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  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/26/2018 11:56:18 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    fireman15 to NobleFree

    I have no desire to lie about you or anyone else. That is typical of those hooked on pot. I am very sorry for you. You could not give marijuana up no matter what negative consequences it was shown to have on your physical or psychological well being. I am fairly certain that you are not capable of even admitting that marijuana has any negative affects on your or anyone else’s physical or psychological well being. I am surprised that you admit that you should not smoke pot when before or during driving.

  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/26/2018 12:26:55 PM PDT · 35 of 38
    fireman15 to NobleFree

    From your posting history it is obvious that your primary reason for posting here is to advocate for marijuana usage. I have seen the many negative repercussions from marijuana usage during my decades long career. It is criminal that the media, movie industry and determined advocates such as yourself portray marijuana as a harmless substance associated only with good times and ignore the great damage that it does to both individuals and to our society.

    I have seen the negative consequences first hand. Legalization is a mistake, but it is just like communism, socialism and other leftist BS... no matter how strong the evidence... no matter how much damage it does... there will always be people like you obfuscating and determined to hide the truth. Of all the substances people abuse in our society marijuana users are the ones who are almost always the most determined to never give it up.

    Myself my coworkers, doctors nurses, and other in the medical profession have seen this with acquaintances, family and the public at large. Marijuana has a stronger grip on those who become dependent on it than any other substance that I am aware of. Many would rather have their right arm chopped off than give up marijuana. That is not a healthy dependency. There is a high probability that this describes your association with marijuana whether you will admit it here or even to yourself or not.

  • Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion Called a “Tragedy of Historic Proportions.”

    05/26/2018 9:19:17 AM PDT · 8 of 44
    fireman15 to Morgana

    The media, liberalism and the death of common sense will march on and on.

  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/26/2018 8:58:38 AM PDT · 32 of 38
    fireman15 to NobleFree

    Just yesterday my wife and I were sitting at a stoplight and I could smell the skunk like odor of marijuana. I looked to my left and the driver of the car next to us was a young woman who was smoking marijuana. I pointed out to my wife where the smell was coming from. When the woman saw us looking at her she made an obscene gesture. Which seems to be the way that most marijuana smokers feel about anyone who questions their unhealthy behavior. Do you believe that it is safe for people to be smoking pot while they are driving?

    The statistics you have provided have been contradicted by multiple other sources that I do not have time to dig up for you. Almost none of these “studies” cited by marijuana advocates have specific enough data to do anything other than provide misleading fodder for marijuana advocates. While any real world evidence and experience and common sense are completely ignored by these same advocates... And that is you to a tee, isn’t it?

    I spent 25 years responding to the victims of motor vehicle accidents and a large proportion even before marijuana was legalized here were caused by people who were impaired by pot. Few of these would make it into any statistical studies because blood samples are only collected in fatal accidents and under specific circumstances... the vast, vast majority of “accidents” have no blood data collected at all by fire or police. And even among those “accidents” that do... the data from those which have no fatalities is protected by HIPPA privacy laws that severely limit the sharing of this data with ESPECIALLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

    You are operating on the wrong side of COMMON SENSE! I can make one prediction that I can guarantee is 100% accurate. You and othere like you, will continue to ignore the observations of people who have made direct observations and have a lifetime of experience or anyone else who contradicts your pot clouded belief system.

  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/25/2018 1:22:00 PM PDT · 24 of 38
    fireman15 to NobleFree

    Our State Patrol and local law enforcement have had to place a new emphasis on “impaired driving” because the problem of people driving during and after using marijuana has become so bad.

  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/25/2018 10:49:14 AM PDT · 7 of 38
    fireman15 to bgill

    We have had a HUGE increase in serious accidents caused by “impaired” driving since marijuana was legalized. There seem to be a large number of people who consume most of their marijuana in their cars. You can’t go for a drive to the grocery store without the skunk like odor of marijuana wafting into your car from other cars near you. The police seem to do almost nothing about it.

  • TBI to investigate Bradley County SWAT raid on wrong house

    05/24/2018 10:33:49 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    fireman15 to vette6387
    You missed the boat by not suing them at the time of the incident. The only way this stuff stops is when it gets enough attention, and it costs government large sums of money!

    I disagree. Our legal system is now so completely screwed up that everything that it touches gets distorted and the results have little if any positive benefit. In general the only persons who benefit from the legal system are lawyers and politicians. Suing the SWAT team would probably have turned into a huge hassle; it might have got us a little compensation but no positive changes would likely have been made.

  • TBI to investigate Bradley County SWAT raid on wrong house

    05/24/2018 9:07:03 AM PDT · 4 of 18
    fireman15 to Texas Fossil

    Our house was raided by the King County SWAT team shortly after we moved in around 25 years ago. I was at work, my wife was at home recovering from foot surgery. She is 5’4” and 100 pounds. She was held against a wall with a gun pointed at her head while the rest of the rifle wielding cowboys ran all around our house making a lot of noise and a huge mess.

    My wife was very concerned about the safety of our three dogs. Fortunately they were all contained at the time of the “attack”. It was of course a total screw up, but they had a warrant with our address signed by a judge looking for someone who never had any relation to our home. We never received any sort of rational explanation, apology or compensation for the damage they caused.

  • Woman Mauled By Bear In Montana Walks Miles To Safety With Skull Fracture (doin' her "dream job")

    05/24/2018 8:35:49 AM PDT · 36 of 53
    fireman15 to GnuThere
    Yeah, “dream job” = go out and hike around, look for bear poop or just goof off and get complete bennies but the occasional grizzly attack - sounds poorly planned. GoFundYourself, lady.

    I do not know what her situation is. But a lot of the people doing that kind of work are interns or volunteers and do not get any money or benefits. Typically the ones who do get paid but who do not have some type of special qualifications make just a couple thousand dollars a month.

    There is a huge glut of kids with “environmental degrees” these days. Because of the media they all want to “help the environment”. So the competition for the higher paying permanent jobs is fierce. Half of my nieces are working on environmental degrees. One niece who graduated a couple of years ago is working in a doggie day care. None of them have ever spent a night in the wilderness alone. So to me it seems nonsensical.

  • Woman Mauled By Bear In Montana Walks Miles To Safety With Skull Fracture (doin' her "dream job")

    05/24/2018 8:15:40 AM PDT · 31 of 53
    fireman15 to simpson96

    Recently in Washington State a hungry mountain lion ate a woman Mt. Biker. She tried to run off while her male companion was fighting with it. The mountain lion decided the one that was running away looked like an easier tastier meal. So he grabbed her by the head and drug her back to his den and was still chowing down when the authorities followed his tracks and ended his blissful day.

    This is just one more reason why the Dimocrats efforts to take guns away from those who have a legitimate need are so wrong. If you want to go hiking or Mt. Biking in a wilderness area where there are predators who didn’t get the memo indicating that they are no longer on the top of the food chain... then something more potent than a can of pepper spray might save you or your family and friend’s lives.

    My wife and I have trekked and biked through the area where the mountain lion attack happened many times. The next time we will have an appropriate firearm with us.

  • Comey blasts Trump's FBI claims: 'How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?'

    05/23/2018 8:06:24 AM PDT · 35 of 101
    fireman15 to Leaning Right
    I’d simply tell them that the FBI went through a period of great corruption, a period when it tried to influence political events.

    And then I will tell them that for the good of the Republic many of the traitors had to be imprisoned. And then I will tell them that some including Comey, Obama and Hillary Clinton had to be hanged for treason and their souls are now burning forever in hell with John McCain. But I will tell them in a gentle way so as not to scare them.

  • Bill Nye: Taxing cow farts a 'fantastic thing'

    05/23/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT · 69 of 106
    fireman15 to iontheball
    I grew up around cows and and they will bloat, lie down, and die if they are turned out on a rich, green wet food source such as alfalfa. The bloat gets so extreme they can not breath.

    I grew up with cows and horses as well. We had problems when the cows would break into an area with apples and pears on the ground. We sometimes had to shove a short length of garden hose down their throats to release the gas to save them. If the trapped gas were farts I guess that we would have had to shove the hose up their butts.

    Horses actually can have problems as well. We had a retired race horse named Moon Ace. He lived to be 38 years old. All of his teeth eventually fell out and he was almost completely blind. He actually still seemed to have a good life up until his long term companion a young chick horse Morning Star had to be euthanized shortly after she turned 33. He started looking a little rough after that and people were always calling animal control and claiming we had an abused animal.

    Mostly because he had no teeth Moon Ace had to eat special prepared senior horse chow which he was not that excited about. One day he managed to get in with the other horses and ate a bunch of standard grain. He started bloating. We noticed fairly early that something was wrong; he had one hell of a stomach ache. But a horse's digestive system is far different than a cow's, the trapped gas could not be released with a hose and the vet was unable to save him, so he went to horsey heaven to run again in green pastures with his beloved Morning Star.

  • Bill Nye: Taxing cow farts a 'fantastic thing'

    05/23/2018 7:24:37 AM PDT · 51 of 106
    fireman15 to backwoods-engineer

    Bill Nye does not believe in the scientific method. If a hypothesis cannot be tested and falsified or confirmed with a verifiable and repeatable experiment it is not a scientific hypothesis. There is nothing scientific about designing computer models that are meant to confirm a theory, especially when these models have been shown repeatedly to have less predictive value than random chance.

    Even with the break down of our public schools... not too distant generations will look back and wonder what kind of idiots claimed that this global warming nonsense was a valid scientific theory.

  • How the Russia Investigation Helps Trump

    05/23/2018 7:07:03 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    fireman15 to drpix

    Hey Kalifornia Never Trumper Ben Shapiro... Sorry but it is President Trump to you!

  • Cyclist Tired of Waiting for Bomb Squad

    05/22/2018 11:31:36 PM PDT · 58 of 73
    fireman15 to Rebelbase

    I witnessed all sorts of nonsense from the police during my career and from other fire personnel as well. I always did the best that I could to reduce risk to the public and reduce their inconvenience.

  • Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

    05/22/2018 7:30:12 PM PDT · 12 of 20
    fireman15 to BenLurkin

    Since President Trump was elected we have experienced a .5 C decline in worldwide temperatures, the sharpest decline in over 100 years.

    The two major factors responsible for the current decline in temperatures appear to be the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle and a weak solar cycle. Measured CO2 levels seem to have been shown repeatedly to have very little affect. It is somewhat amusing to have the leading measurement of “worldwide CO2” levels to come from Mauna Loa in Hawaii just a few miles from an active volcano.

    The media coverage on “global warming” keeps doubling down on their pet theory despite the data going in an inconvenient direction for them.

  • New NASA chief Bridenstine says humans contribute to climate change 'in a major way'

    05/22/2018 12:34:47 PM PDT · 8 of 41
    fireman15 to ETL

    He is a moron... how did he manage to get himself nominated and why did he take a job he is not qualified for?

  • Could 3D printing solve the organ transplant shortage?

    05/22/2018 9:34:48 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    fireman15 to Wonder Warthog
    I actually had a Roland MX-40 in the prototyping shop of the company I worked for(and was part owner of) before retiring. You would be quite surprised how much can be done even with a light-duty machine like that.

    We are talking apples vs oranges here. The printer that I use is a Monoprice 113860 Maker Select 3D Printer v2. It is a rebadged Wanhao Duplicator i3. This printer has been on the market now for several years and because of its low price, open source roots, easy modification and community support is one of the most prolific 3-D printers on the market. They are currently $269 on Amazon but I got ours for less than $200 on a Black Friday special a couple of years ago.

    The Roland MDX-40 is somewhere in the neighborhood of $8000, approximately 40x more than what I spent on my Monoprice Maker Select printer. Even the 6040 4axis Chinese machines that I pine after are typically only around a thousand dollars. And the software that I use Autodesk Fusion 360 is licensed for free to students and hobbyists and the other package Autodesk 123D Design is given away for free by Autodesk on Amazon.

    Despite the extremely low investment... I have produced some very interesting and/or amusing parts and devices. This is why I refer to it as one of my most useful tools. Other than a small space savings I no longer see any real advantage to a dual purpose machine. And I didn't even mention the biggest incompatibility.

    A 3-D printer is an additive machine that basically makes no mess and can be used in an office or bedroom. Because the jobs can often take many hours they work best if they are kept very clean.

    A milling machine depending on what material you are working with can be extremely messy and typically is much better suited for a shop type of environment. The time it takes to perform a milling operation is typically much less than what it takes to print a 3d part so an operator can stand by and clear the chips or shavings and observe the operation.

    I used to use a manual engraving machine with templates in the house with brass and aluminum and even it was messy enough that my wife would sometimes have a fit. It was a small desktop machine about the same size as my small manual key duplicating machine which she also insists that I use in my shop area.

    The thing that keeps her on my side is that she is a fairly well known historian and lecturer and I make her replicas of hard to find historic pieces that she is able to use in her displays at museums and events. My initial machining experience beyond school shop classes was eight years working as a millwright in a small lumber mill that my family owned. Environmentalists, the economy other factors and interests forced a change of occupation in my late 20s.

  • Could 3D printing solve the organ transplant shortage?

    05/22/2018 8:06:03 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    fireman15 to Wonder Warthog
    I'm waiting on one that will both 3-D print and CNC machine. There have been a number of Kickstarter projects aimed in that direction, but I haven't seen one yet that will make me cough up the dough.

    A dual purpose machine was something that I was interested in as well. The problem is that the design parameters for the two different types of machine are different enough that a hybrid will tend to not be very good at either task.

    A 3-D printer has an extruder assembly that is being moved around in 3 dimensions by stepper motors and the CNC machine has a spindle assembly or router being moved around in 3 dimensions by stepper motors. But the printer has basically no side loads while it moves the extruder assembly around. While the CNC machine has to be designed for significant side loads on the spindle assembly. It also has to be designed to handle the higher weight of the spindle assembly.

    The result is that the CNC machine has heavier moving parts which are unnecessary in the 3-D printing process. This added weight significantly slows down the 3-D printing process. Speed can be a very important consideration when many larger parts can already take more than a day to print.

    Also CNC machines typically are designed to work with material that is not very thick so they do not need a great deal of Z axis travel. Adding proportionally more Z axis movement like is found in printers means the entire assembly must be bulked up even more.

    I do want a CNC machine and am torn between several different design types. The Chinese sell a variety of “inexpensive “6040” machines. Just to get started I have been very tempted by a similar but smaller “3018” machine on Amazon for under $300,

    Another option for me would be to put together a MPCNC (Mostly Printed CNC) machine. The parts are relatively inexpensive and the design is scalable so you can put together something closely tailored to the types of projects that you envision.

    The other option that is much better for working with metal is converting an actual milling machine to do CNC work. Their are relatively inexpensive kits for converting a Harbor Freight style 2 speed milling machine to CNC.

    The software that I use for designing printed parts can also be used for designing milled parts so I am even more tempted now than I was previously. It is just a matter of time and money.

  • Could 3D printing solve the organ transplant shortage?

    05/21/2018 11:09:55 PM PDT · 4 of 24
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    I design 3-D objects using modelling software and print them on our printer. But these objects are just complex shapes that are modelled to the correct dimensions. Even so there are a lot of factors that must be considered when designing an object to print. It is hard to imagine the complexity that must be involved in modeling an organic structure. That is something way beyond just a shape layered out in whatever your filament is made of.

    The 3-D printer has turned out to be one of the more useful tools that I own. I highly recommend purchasing one.