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Nov 30, 2013 notfahfrombahston commented on Slog Poll: Leaf Blowers, Yay or Nay?.
@53,

Actually, allowable noise levels in Seattle range between 55 and 70, according to the following document:

http://www.noisefree.org/cityord/seattle…

What's more, according to this document, between 7am and 10pm (with caveats) on weekdays and between 9am and 10pm on weekends, these decibel levels may be exceeded (by no more than) 15dB for "powered equipment used in temporary or periodic maintenance or repair of the grounds and appurtenances of residential property, including but not limited to lawnmowers, powered hand tools, snow-removal equipment, and composters."

In other words, even in the 55dB areas of the city noise levels of up to 70dB are permissible during specified hours and for specified purposes.

So, like I said, a leafblower registering 65dB at 50' away from you during specified hours is just as legal - and probably no louder than - the jackass next to you braying into his cellphone.
Nov 26, 2013 notfahfrombahston commented on Slog Poll: Leaf Blowers, Yay or Nay?.
According to Consumer Reports, a variety of gas-powered leaf blowers have "excellent" noise ratings (defined as 65dB at 50' away).

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-…

That's probably no louder than the ass at the table next to you braying into his cellphone so that he can hear his own jokes over the traffic on Broadway.

Nov 23, 2013 notfahfrombahston commented on The Saturday Morning News.
Erm, Kelly Ayotte is a Senator from "New Hampshire" (the state where Pat Buchanan won two Republican primaries), not Maine.

Maine's senators are Susan Collins and Angus King, both of whom are on record supporting legislation in support of same-sex partners.

http://immigrationequality.org/clippings…

http://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/pres…
May 10, 2012 notfahfrombahston commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage.
Hooray! Having gone out on the right with Dick Cheney on civil and human rights, he's gone out on the left with Dick Cheney on same-sex marriage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5jefmsqB…
May 2, 2012 notfahfrombahston commented on On Violence and the "Smashy-Smashy".
> "'Smashing a window is not violence, it's vandalism,' he writes. 'There is a difference—unless you think of people as the moral equivalent of property.'""Smashing a window is not violence, it's vandalism," he writes. "There is a difference—unless you think of people as the moral equivalent of property."

Anyone who could write that needs to spend more time reading up on the Kristallnacht.
Feb 29, 2012 notfahfrombahston commented on SL Letter of the Day: Not Wanting Kids—Your Own, Someone Else's—Doesn't Make Someone an Asshole.
For me one risk of dating someone with children has been that I would find that the kids were more interesting to talk to than the parent.
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Apr 16, 2011 notfahfrombahston commented on SL Letter of the Day: Have At It, Gang.
It's very simple: FUBARD gets to impose a punishment on his daughter for her drive-by grenade attack on FUBARD's girlfriend's children, if and only if he agrees to abide whatever punishment his daughter wishes to impose on him for detonating a grenade in the middle of his own family.
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