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commented on When Obama Is Not Shaking Hands With Commies...
I have to agree with the fuckstick. Going to the self-serve soda dispenser at the drive-in and serving a little of every flavor in one cup is called a graveyard.
And rumor had it that it was called such because it was poisonous.
commented on The US Government Is Out of the General Motors Business
@10 nothing is preventing Boeing from staying here except corporate greed, plain and simple. We would be throwing away $8b in tax revenue just to ensure McNerney's $750K/month pension.
GM was faced with going out of business. Not relocating to someplace sunnier, warmer, and with a low-cost labor force (they already did that in the 90's, see NAFTA).
If Boeing does move to Savannah, the shock to our economy will occur over a longer period of time and we have enough of a cushion of other heavy-hitters (MS, Amazon, etc) that the effects will not destroy Seattle (or Washington).
Had GM gone tits up, the effect would have coursed through the economy like a tsunami, wiping out a large swath of the supply chain. And it's not just GM that depends on those suppliers, either. Delphi, for example, makes the best weatherproof electrical connectors for the automotive industry and they sell to all sorts of other, smaller markets.
If, say, PACCAR and Ingersoll-Rand, and SullAir, and a host of other, smaller players that you've never heard of but that employ workers and keep industrial process going can no longer get parts they depend on, the ripple effect will be huge.
Boeing would still be building jetliners, just somewhere else.
GM and all its suppliers would be gone.
So yes, they are different things. You can try to boil them down to their simplest part, but like all economics the devil is in the details.
commented on On the Man Who Set Out to Kill Sex Offenders in Clallam County
Compare this to the community's outrage at learning that that sportball coach, Sandusky, had been molesting children for years, decades even.
They rallied around him to protect him, and they tried to discredit the accusers.
My point is that all these people are fine with killing alleged molesters in abstract, but as soon as the alleged molester is someone they know or someone famous it's a whole 'nother story.
See also the whole of the Catholic Church.
6:07 PM yesterday
commented on Tunnel-Digger Stuck Under Downtown
@50 That's generally a feature of every tunneling machine everywhere. Because in addition to digging the tunnel, the machine also places the concrete tunnel lining segments behind it. They must be placed immediately as they serve to support the tunnel and keep it from collapsing, which it would once the boring machine moved on. So placing the lining has to happen, or you can't bore a tunnel.
And the lining reduces the diameter of the tunnel, so the boring machine can't just back up, out of the tunnel. It can only move forward, or not move.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
@11 Given the volume of crap and amount of time that idjit spends spewing on Slog I have zero tolerance for its stupidity. Sorry if that ruined your morning. One non-snarky comment does not make up for a career of idiotic posts.
At least when you spew stupid republican talking points other commenters correct you. So you, inadvertently, serve a purpose here. Not the one you wish, but overall it's a positive.