Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Federer in some trouble against Berdych at Wimbledon. Djokivic through to the semis. Murray and Rafa Nadal (vs. Soderling) still to play.

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    finally (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:26:49 AM EST
    the flying car arrives

    Flying car set to take off

    A flying car is to go into commercial production after manufacturers were given a special exemption by US aviation officials.

    The Terrafugia Transition is designed as a 'light sport' aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification.

    Uniquely, however, the FAA has granted the Transition an exemption - allowing it to be classified as a light sport aircraft despite being 120lb over limit, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    Light sport aircraft licences require just 20 hours' flying time, making them much easier to obtain than full private licences.

    The two-seater Transition can use its front-wheel drive on roads at ordinary highway speeds, with wings folded, at a respectable 30mpg.

    Once it has arrived at a suitable take-off spot - an airport, or adequately sized piece of flat private land - it can fold down the wings, engage its rear-facing propellor, and take off.

    Its cruising speed in the air is 115mph, it has a range of 460 miles, and it can carry 450lb. It requires a 1,700-foot runway to take off and can fit in a standard garage.

    Terrafugia says that one of the major advantages of the Transition over ordinary light aircraft is safety - in the event of bad weather, it can simply drive home instead of being grounded or flying in unsafe conditions.

    The car is expected to retail at about £130,000. The company says that 70 people have already ordered the car, leaving a £6,650 deposit each.

    Pretty cool for the grownups, but for the kids (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:53:08 AM EST
    I like this one.  This kid has "future mad scientist" written all over him.

    pretty cool (none / 0) (#7)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:54:51 AM EST
    the flying car seems like a really bad idea to me.

    having said that, I totally want one.


    Well (none / 0) (#27)
    by squeaky on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:55:28 PM EST
    I like the personal jet pack myself. I believe it is $90,000 + 1 year wait. Ultra light class so no license needed.  And there is a company in CA that has been working on, or has already built a flying motorcycle..

    oh yes (none / 0) (#28)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 02:33:36 PM EST
    those look very safe

    Yes (none / 0) (#29)
    by squeaky on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 02:40:00 PM EST
    I think so too... half hour flying time..  let go of the handles and you hover like treading water.

    Next year all those who live on the 80th floor in NYC will start having to get curtains, or change their behavior.. lol.


    Who knew... (5.00 / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 10:59:24 AM EST
    MADD was big in the UK too...they really don't f*ck around with DUI laws across the pond, even in a case of a 8mph max scooter of a disabled man.

    Are WUI laws next?

    Like most "do good" organizations (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:43:48 AM EST
    MADD has accomplished what it wanted to do.

    But like the environmentalists and other "never ending journey" organizations it now must demand more and more and more and more control.


    What next? (none / 0) (#36)
    by Zorba on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 05:43:36 PM EST
    If the guy is found wheeling his manual wheelchair around while drinking, they're going to ban him from using that, too?  Yes, this is going a bit far (understatement).

    winner 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Bad Prose Contest (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:13:50 PM EST
    for the worst opening line in a novel:

    For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss-a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil.

    This weeks edition... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:38:19 AM EST
    of God Save the ACLU...they're on Walmart for a wrongful termination of a former Associate of the Year Award winner due to his medical marijuana use to treat pain caused by a rare form of brain and nasal cavity cancer.

    D*ck move, but that's Walmart fort ya.  Give 'em hell ACLU, make them pay.

    Things not going so well for Tebow (none / 0) (#3)
    by scribe on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:48:45 AM EST
    Apparently, he has not impressed the fan base in Denver.  E.g.:

    "The biggest impact Tebow has had on the team since being drafted is to raise coach Josh McDaniels' appreciation for veteran Kyle Orton."

    Those of us not in the thrall of the Tebow kinda saw this coming.

    Why play (none / 0) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 10:01:47 AM EST
    Dog in the Manger to those who think Tebow is the second coming of Elway?

    I bleed UT orange but the guy is now a pro. If the team wants to try him, now.. well, they haven't done much on the past 10 years or so..


    I'm just buying stock in (none / 0) (#9)
    by scribe on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 10:13:23 AM EST
    Orville Redenbacher.

    Plain or extra butter? (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:37:33 AM EST
    Inquiring minds want to know.



    Well, you are quoting Mark Kizla's opinion (none / 0) (#10)
    by magster on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 10:19:37 AM EST
    and Kizla, like any other opinion writer cares more about attention than accuracy.

    Wait for preseason to make an opinion on our favorite fundie.


    If he can win (none / 0) (#14)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:39:36 AM EST
    all will be forgiven.

    And I lived through Elway's early years.

    Many thought John didn't have a prayer.


    District 11 (none / 0) (#4)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:49:01 AM EST
    To think that half the country consistently (none / 0) (#6)
    by magster on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:54:01 AM EST
    votes for these guys doesn't speak well of our country. Wish the other half had a better/stronger team to vote for.


    Lets Hope... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 10:26:17 AM EST
    Gov. Paterson accidentally vetoes his own criminal tobacco tax hike while he goes veto crazy for the next 29 hours.

    Kill that pork Gov...but lends adequately fund the schools, eh?  That reminds me, where's all the Lotto money?  Or is the lottery commission the second bookie in history to lose money, like OTB.  

    I swear Albany gives any state a run for their money when it comes to crony-fied thievery.  

    When a lotto or OTB loses money (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:41:02 AM EST
    somebody is playing hide the profits.

    It's crony central... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:47:01 AM EST
    help me get elected I'll get you a 100k a year do nothing job at OTB or the Lottery commission....one of the longest scams running.

    Little wonder we're some of the highest taxed citizens in the nation...alotta well-connected dead weight to carry.


    Imagine (none / 0) (#31)
    by NYShooter on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 03:59:03 PM EST
    a great new way to raise money.

    NYS should runs a contest....open only to folks between the ages of 5 & 10.

    The basis of the contest would be this:

    "Suppose you're in charge of a company which, by law, is a 100% monopoly....no competition. The company is located in one of the most populous states in the country, and your customers are hundred of thousands, maybe millions, of addicted folks who spend every last cent they can get their hands on to buy your product. They come to your store almost every day of the year, not just once in a while like other stores.They stay and spend and spend until, 99% of the time, they have nothing left.
    As a special treat you'll have the State Treasury as your private piggy bank and can spend almost any amount of money you want, including hiring many, many experts, to lure & trick your customers to come and spend everything they can beg, borrow, or steal.

    The winner of this contest will be the young boy or girl who can figure out a way to make this company actually lose money."

    (3 months later,)
    deadline reached, and 2,435,761 entrants' ideas analyzed by an IBM super computer later, the results were announced....

    No one, not a single little person was able to lose even a dime. Not even Izzy Robinowitz, from Brooklyn Heights, who, blindfolded, tapped away 14 hours a day for 22 consecutive days on his mom's new Mac.)

    New rules to be announced shortly.


    Well played Shooter... (none / 0) (#33)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 04:48:47 PM EST
    we really should be ashamed of ourselves for not having the statehouse surrounded by now, pitchforks in hand.  

    I know I'm ashamed.


    Yeah kdog (none / 0) (#38)
    by NYShooter on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 08:57:48 PM EST
    I used to own a bar which was "home" for the wise-guy gambling business; sort of the "back room" where the runners & ticket guys exchanged their wares for the money owed by the money (bankers) guys. Since half my clientele were cops and detectives, my place was kinda the "demilitarized zone" between the two. Matter of fact, the cops were the most avid gamblers of all (numbers, sports tickets, and also sports betting.) In all the years I owned the joint, I never had a hint of trouble, and the business side of the gamblers were some of the nicest guys I've ever known. The idea that these guys were vicious, breaking limbs and all that crap was just that.....crap.

    Never happened. If a customer got in over his head and couldn't pay, payment plans were always worked out. I mean, they were really smart, long term business people. Breaking arms and legs just doesn't happen. (unless in the movies) There's a community there and more customers are enticed into the games by not being afraid of getting smashed for non payment than would be by fear of physical damage for being a little "short."

    The bad guys however, were the loan sharks; nobody liked them, and they could be vicious. If a gambler got into trouble and asked the bookies where they could connect with a shark, the books would take the loser under their wings and tell them, "you don't want to that; we'll work it out)

    Just good business, and more honor shown there than any Citibank, JP Morgan scum walking proudly in today's "straight" society.

    Anyway, I just wish I could remember some of the jokes that flew through the air, between the suds and the smoke, about the OTB & Lotto games, even then.


    Great story Shooter... (none / 0) (#39)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 08:57:21 AM EST
    you must have a million of 'em from those days!  Make a helluva book.

    I too have found more honor and good customer friendly business practices in the black markets than in the "legit" ones, though my experiences have been in the reefer sector more than the gambling.  I do remember the neighborhood bookie in my small Queens hood, he ran a hotdog cart on the main drag...he was like the mayor man.  Everybody loved him...watching out for the neighborhood and the neighborhood kids, always hooking us up with free sodas.  


    Ouch - I didn't know (none / 0) (#25)
    by scribe on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:10:45 PM EST
    that in New York to make the line-item veto work, he had to veto and sign each line item.

    Something like 6800 lines he has to sign.  

    He's gonna have some tired fingers.


    And an aching back... (none / 0) (#30)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 02:42:31 PM EST
    due to his blindness he's really gotta hunch over the paperwork to read it.

    He'll earn his salary for 29 hours at least:)


    everyone was a jerk (none / 0) (#18)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 11:57:16 AM EST

    Report: Harvard scholar's arrest avoidable
    Review says both cop, professor missed changes to 'ratchet down' situation

    The burden was on (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by brodie on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 12:11:11 PM EST
    the supposedly trained and professional and armed "peace" officer not to ratchet up the situation, especially after Gates showed his ID and was trying to enter his own house.

    If this were a civil case -- apparently that won't happen, unfortunately -- I'd assign at least 90% of the fault to the officer, no more than 10% to Gates.

    This officer got off easy, in part due to Obama's unforced news conference error, which seemed to put the full force of the presidency against the cop, making him a sympathetic "victim" in the eyes of many.


    Exactly.... (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:09:51 PM EST
    one guy was on the clock, working for the people, being paid to serve and protect.  He did neither...he was a big fat jerk instead.

    Last sentence: (none / 0) (#20)
    by oculus on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 12:51:20 PM EST
    Neither man, in interviews with the panel, said he would have acted differently.

    What did you expect, (none / 0) (#21)
    by scribe on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:07:31 PM EST
    now that their Beer-bama buzz has worn off?

    Has the S/L run on Gates filing (none / 0) (#24)
    by oculus on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:10:25 PM EST
    a civil lawsuit against Crowley/Cambridge?

    "Advise and consent," the outer limits: (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:09:03 PM EST
    holy crap this is frightening (none / 0) (#32)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 04:48:25 PM EST
    How a broker spent $520m in a drunken stupor and moved the global oil price

    By 10am it emerged that Mr Perkins had single-handedly moved the global price of oil to an eight-month high during a "drunken blackout". Prices leapt by more than $1.50 a barrel in under half an hour at around 2am - the kind of sharp swing caused by events of geo-political significance. Ten times the usual volume of futures contracts changed hands in just one hour.

    Saw that story... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 04:51:22 PM EST
    and couldn't help but wonder...if the rogue trader's drunken shenanigans had made his firm money, instead of losing a bundle, would he have been promoted with a fat bonus instead of banned from trading for a few years?

    sad (none / 0) (#35)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 05:42:48 PM EST
    hes a blowhard but we need him.

    An Update from Christopher Hitchens
    by Christopher Hitchens
    June 30, 2010, 4:00 PM

    I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.

    It was only a matter of time (none / 0) (#37)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 06:09:13 PM EST
    Our first big storm this hurricane season on the gulf coast always spelled a sort of doom.  The storm isn't going to hit any where near me but the winds that spin off of those storms come inland throughout most of the gulf region.  We due to start raining here soon, and a little moisture is welcome with me because the heat has been pretty intense for the last few weeks.  But the boom is all ineffective in this weather.  Here comes the oil though in huge quantities that the beaches have not seen yet.  Looks like Florida is going to be spared though.  Thank God, but we have to get through an entire hurricane season and I don't know if they will spared the next time or the next time.  The real tragedy that was just laying around out there killing dolphins, and turtles, and whales now commeth for the rest of us!  I saw video today of a damned whale that had swam through an oil burn, his/her back was coated in oil and on fire.