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  1. Bird strike? Maybe the sound pissed off a Hawk or something. Too bad you didn't have Sully as a co-pilot...
  2. Catalina

    Houston Mayor

    They did say there was going to be over 20 inches of rain, maybe more. I think the predictions were pretty good. I also think that if I lived in Houston, I would not have been waiting for the mayor to tell me to get out. Especially knowing the traffic there. I would have wanted to be ahead of that wave, so to speak. It is a no win situation for someone in that position.
  3. I think self driving cars are still a ways off for most of us. Might work OK in California, but what happens on the roads in the east, where lines are not painted so well. How will they know where the road is. What happens when there is an inch of snow, and the lines are under the snow? First time it auto brakes, I could see it in the ditch or guard rail. How about construction? What happens at a lane shift, or a cop standing in the road at a detail holding up his hand? Is the car going to know enough to stop while the driver is asleep? Insurance? Who is at fault when the computer makes a mistake and somebody gets killed? You think Ford, Toyota, or anyone else is going to take responsibility? I'm thinking it will be the driver of the car, who better be paying attention. I don't see them merging well in rush hour situations, when the highway is crowded.
  4. They have no passion for cars. But there isn't much to be passionate about. What millennial is going to look back on their youth, and fondly remember their time cruising around in their Corrola for an Accord? Or have a desire to find a car like they had when they were young, and restore it for going to a cruise night? I have a feeling that anyone who has a '60s muscle car in the garage, hoping to get good money for it someday is going to be very disappointed. Who is going to want to buy it? No one under 40, that's for sure.They won't know what these cars are, won't understand the significance, and have no idea how to take care of them. They believe that was ever built in Detroit is junk. Most anything built since the '90s is really quite forgettable, nothing to look back on and wish to get back.
  5. So this means that we assume that once the home invader runs off, that they will never come back? There is no reason to think they will show up again in a night or two and break in again, or worse, set the house on fire? I'm not a gun owner, and don't live in a place where this kind of thing happens a lot, but I'm OK with making sure they don't get away to play another day.
  6. Catalina

    STILL don't get the picture

    Yeh - great idea - What happens 40 years from now, when there is a string of presidents all from party A, and a president from party B gets elected. The former ones can throw the new one out cause they want to??? Some of them would be 80 years old, you saying their judgement will be better?
  7. Catalina

    Flynthe friendly skies

    I get that flights are overbooked sometimes, and that flight crews have to be moved on short notice. But - Once you have boarded, and sat in your seat, as far as I am concerned, you own it. It's unreasonable to force someone off that plane at that point. If you want to keep raising the offer until someone volunteers, fine, but I don't think its right to force anyone off the plane. At the gate, they can do what they need to do.
  8. My father has an Escape. I have driven it a few times, I really like it, he does to.
  9. Catalina

    Where the fuck are you guys?

    The ending of the last episode of that show was one of the funniest things I have aver seen on television.
  10. Sears is done, just a matter of time now. If you told me that Stanley tools would be buying Craftsman 15 years ago, I would have said you were crazy. It's amazing to see how much they have fallen.
  11. Then why would they have planned to spend $1.6 BILLION to move the plant to Mexico. They have to save a lot more than 3% of the labor to ever get that back. Can't be real estate cost, land is practically free in Detroit these days. Fact is, my guess is that Ford already owns plenty of land that they can use.
  12. This is way more complex than the people pushing for change are letting on. If the election was done by popular vote, the candidates would have behaved very differently. They would not concentrate all their time and effort on a few swing states, ignoring the ones that they 'know' are going to go one way or the other. They would have to spread the campaign time and dollars around the whole country in a very different way. This would make the polling process different before the election, and would change the proportion of votes in individual states (by how much, no one could tell). In that scenario, Trump may well have won the popular vote (we will never know that either. One thing for sure, it would be days after election day before we would know who won. In the current system, they start calling states like mine (Mass) right after the polls close. If we had to wait until all the ballots were counted and certified (including absentee ballots) then add it all up to get a nationwide total, it would be the better part of a week before a winner could be declared. I'm not sure that's what we want, or that it would change the result. You have to understand that if the rules are different up front, the candidates would behave differently during the campaign, changing the popular vote result in some way. It' not reasonable to change the rules after the votes have been cast, because you don't like the result.
  13. Catalina

    Meme thread

    There is nothing even remotely like those shows on TV today. Too bad, they had their moments.