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  1. lots of press now on this subject of rounds of golf, interesting. out of curiosity I did a google and found a site, not sure if its true. On this web site Woodrow is said to have played 1200 rounds and Ike 800. http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/stories/Ike-Golf.htm
  2. It would require statistical assumptions and assumed benchmarks to calculate the reduction in risks of premature death. This web site discusses the topic. http://www.law.upenn.edu/blogs/regblog/2011/05/agency-calculations-of-the-value-of-statistical-lives-saved.html
  3. "The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents." http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20111250.htm
  4. I dont think PG is the best place for this thread and some folks tie not just to match it exactly but for the joy in the craft, the joy in creating
  5. anyone vote for McCain because Obama is black.....
  6. not a quote, from a personal letter Thomas Jefferson to Samual Kerkavel, 7-12-1816 not my words just me taking them out of context I guess., "... Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. It is this preposterous idea which has lately deluged Europe in blood. Their monarchs, instead of wisely yielding to the gradual change of circumstances, of favoring progressive accommodation to progressive improvement, have clung to old abuses, entrenched themselves behind steady habits, and obliged their subjects to seek through blood and violence rash and ruinous innovations, which, had they been referred to the peaceful deliberations and collected wisdom of the nation, would have been put into acceptable and salutary forms. Let us follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs. Let us, as our sister States have done, avail ourselves of our reason and experience, to correct the crude essays of our first and unexperienced, although wise, virtuous, and well-meaning councils. And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods. What these periods should be, nature herself indicates. By the European tables of mortality, of the adults living at any one moment of time, a majority will be dead in about nineteen years. At the end of that period, then, a new majority is come into place; or, in other words, a new generation. Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before. It has then, like them, a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its own happiness; consequently, to accommodate to the circumstances in which it finds itself, that received from its predecessors; and it is for the peace and good of mankind that a solemn opportunity of doing this every nineteen or twenty years, should be provided by the constitution; so that it may be handed on, with periodical repairs, from generation to generation, to the end of time, if anything human can so long endure. It is now forty years since the constitution of Virginia was formed. The same tables inform us, that, within that period, two-thirds of the adults then living are now dead. Have then the remaining third, even if they had the wish, the right to hold in obedience to their will, and to laws heretofore made by them, the other two-thirds, who, with themselves, compose the present mass of adults? If they have not, who has? The dead? But the dead have no rights. They are nothing; and nothing cannot own something. Where there is no substance, there can be no accident. This corporeal globe, and everything upon it, belong to its present corporeal inhabitants, during their generation. They alone have a right to direct what is the concern of themselves alone, and to declare the law of that direction; and this declaration can only be made by their majority. That majority, then, has a right to depute representatives to a convention, and to make the constitution what they think will be the best for themselves. But how collect their voice? This is the real difficulty. If invited by private authority, or county or district meetings, these divisions are so large that few will attend; and their voice will be imperfectly, or falsely pronounced. Here, then, would be one of the advantages of the ward divisions I have proposed. The mayor of every ward, on a question like the present, would call his ward together, take the simple yea or nay of its members, convey these to the county court, who would hand on those of all its wards to the proper general authority; and the voice of the whole people would be thus fairly, fully, and peaceably expressed, discussed, and decided by the common reason of the society. If this avenue be shut to the call of sufferance, it will make itself heard through that of force, and we shall go on, as other nations are doing, in the endless circle of oppression, rebellion, reformation; and oppression, rebellion, reformation, again; and so on forever...."
  7. I think the company is good as well. I have two bobbins that are critical to spinning deer hair imo and one of the bobbins I dropped and broke the ceramic tube. Sent back and fixed no problem plus personal email discussion with owner.
  8. I would argue your example of Soylent Green the movie of art imitating life is a interesting but maybe not in the way you meant it to be. I have always liked this movie, probably have seen it several times. I was ten when it came out. I will never forget Heston and the old man eating that food Heston "acquired" like they had never eaten fresh food in their lives, and probably had not... Excerpts from Wiki: Taking place in 2022, population is forty million people in New York City alone. The world is suffering from overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and a hot climate due to the greenhouse effect. Food is scarce; most of the population survives on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation, whose newest product is Soylent Green, a small green wafer advertised to contain "high-energy plankton". The remaining farms are high security facilities that only the extremely wealthy can afford and have access too. Heston is a cop investigating the murder of a Soylent Corporation businessman. Turns out to be a inside job because the businessman had info. that would go public. He and his fellows discover that the oceans no longer produce the plankton from which Soylent Green is said to be made.
  9. When I was growing up my family had a fondness for VW with our german heritage. We owned buses, beatles, squareback, the first rabbit and a GTI. We started to vary cars more then just family tradition to what we thought was the best value and performance for what we needed. I had a Datsun coupe, Chevy van, Nissan wagon, Volvo, Subaru, Ford ranger, F150 and now a Toyota Tundra (type 1). I now some of these cars were made partially in us, canada, mexico and some fully from overseas. If someone can sort out what cars are made where let me know, I am confused... I do know I like my Tundra more then my F150. The 150 was great but the Tundra seems easier to handle and as good to tow with if not better. I have to say our company recently purchase a new vehicle. I shopped all major manuf. within a similar sedan size and price range. No one could touch Ford for discounts, warranty and price, but I also have to say out of all I tested the Honda was the best driving car. In summary I would love to buy American (whatever that means nowadays) but I will end up with what I think is the best price/performance at that time.. John
  10. I did this one last year, call it my Halloween deciever
  11. In my opinion hybrid technology, like most issues, is never black and white. But maybe thats just me. Toyota has sold about 900k hyrbrids in US since opening. I personally dont like the styling and I want more driving experience, but they do have value as a range extender. I am also glad to see more options in US on petrol only high mileage cars. The US, like many countries is funding alternative energy and energy efficiency projects or providing tax incentives for alternative energies. There is some value to promoting and having more efficiency for all of us. If for the simple reason to extend our fuel supplies. The US has also invested millions in traditional energy sources, many times alternatives, to allow for greater efficiency.
  12. Actually a used (non hybrid) 911 are not that bad price-wise.... I love the air cooled 930 or 964 Still haven't convinced the wife of this yet...
  13. oh yeah, liking those hybrids The top one has made a good showing at the Ring 24h in the past two years. Some of that tech may works its way down the VW tech ladder (beign VW owns Porsche now) You forget the new Porsche coming out, list is about 850k
  14. I was in a meeting about 40 miles west of quake center. Scared the crap out of me. I cant imagine how the folks at the Anna Nuke plant felt, they were only a few miles from center.... I wonder what it was like on Lake Anna in a boat...
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