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Re: Observations on life

Post by MurphCID » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:27 am

HaveaMint wrote:
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My biggest gripe in San Antonio traffic is the freeway drivers that do not know how to Merge. There method is to get at the end of the entrance ramp and stop to wait for rush hour to end.
No kidding. I often times think that in San Antonio, all that is necessary to get a driver's license is to correctly identify a photograph of a car.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by Citizen229 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:36 am

As a native rural "flatlander", all i can say is everyone in the major cities drives like idiots.I experienced jersey/York area n a tractor trailor with a D7 dozer on the back. People still wanted to play road games lol. Chicago wasnt too bad would have preferred to be in a car. Trips to Maine werent to bad. The only problem with Mass. , is its full of Massholes, who will whip around you at 80mph and honk and go bonkers. "Oh im sorry , im doing the speed limit." LOL. Needless to say being rural folk, I try to avoid the big blue cities. Toledo is not that big and I avoid it like the plague. Columbus is actually decent, when the Buckeyes are playing, its a ghost town.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by Portreve » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:34 pm

Right now in S.W. Florida, I'm generally seeing $2.65/gallon, which (h/t xe.com for today's conversion rate) about €0,60/l.

I'm going to try and be as tactful as I can in saying this because politics (and therefore danger) is not far away.

It's my opinion that even though European countries tax things at a much higher rate (fuel here, as an example) the people of those European countries actually get something for their having been taxed. Roads, bridges, and other elements of infrastructure are better or better maintained, education (elementary through post-secondary) in many countries is subsidized, etc.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by JerryF » Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:02 pm

Portreve wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:34 pm
Right now in S.W. Florida, I'm generally seeing $2.65/gallon, which (h/t xe.com for today's conversion rate) about €0,60/l.

I'm going to try and be as tactful as I can in saying this because politics (and therefore danger) is not far away.

It's my opinion that even though European countries tax things at a much higher rate (fuel here, as an example) the people of those European countries actually get something for their having been taxed. Roads, bridges, and other elements of infrastructure are better or better maintained, education (elementary through post-secondary) in many countries is subsidized, etc.
I agree with you somewhat, Portreve. Increased taxes do pay off in the long run, but only if done properly.

I live in Rhode Island and we started a program called RhodeWorks. It's to fix the many bridges, overpasses, and roads that have been crumbling (literally). We just implemented tolling for certain large tractor-trailer trucks only. It's been a huge deal here and the trucking industry is going to fight it. Our "reason" (which our leaders have very little of) for the tolling is that the trucks are the ones that do the most damage of our roads. :roll:

The sad part is that the money has always been there, just never spent properly. We have this dastardly thing called the "General Fund". Almost all income that the state receives goes into that. Another example is the e911 (Enhanced 911) system. We get charged for the e911 system, but not all of the income has been spent for the equipment that we're supposed to have. Please have been put on HOLD when calling into 911! :evil:

I could go on about recent events here, but that requires writing a novel.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:22 pm

hi jerry...as you might remember, they dont call RI, "Rogues Island the State of Corruption" for nothing...think "Buddy" Cianci, the former and now late Mayor of Providence RI (we used to have regular dinners at the Blue Grotto on Federal Hill) the twice or thrice convicted felon and yet he was still getting elected as Mayor of Providence despite his felony convictions and lets not forget "Uncle Ray Ray", AKA, Raymond Patriaca, the former and now also the late head of the RI chapter of La Cosa Nostra under the tutelage of the late Gennaro "Jerry" Angiulo, (my aunt married one of his Capos) faction of the La Cosa Nostra of Boston as well as good old Joe Mollicone, (he was my banker as well as also one of my fine dining buddies) of the 1991 collapse of Rhode Island's credit unions fame and closure of all the Rhode Island banks for a week, (something not seen since the Great Depression), while he was a fugitive from justice gambling his stolen, ill gotten gains, in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is until the Feds arrested him there, or also Christopher Hightower of Barrington Ri, where i used to live at the time (we went to the same church) of the infamous crossbow murder spree he went on killing an entire family over a failed, fake business he orchestrated a fraud upon...unfortunately for me, i knew each and everyone of them since we at that time all were in the same social circles...lol...from what your saying, it looks like RI hasnt changed much since i left...lol...the game remains the same...only the players have changed...lol...DAMIEN
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Re: Observations on life

Post by Pjotr » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:27 am

Portreve wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:34 pm
It's my opinion that even though European countries tax things at a much higher rate (fuel here, as an example) the people of those European countries actually get something for their having been taxed. Roads, bridges, and other elements of infrastructure are better or better maintained, education (elementary through post-secondary) in many countries is subsidized, etc.
Yes, but don't get me started on the yearly wasted tax billions for purposes and on projects that the Dutch politicians *know* are useless, senseless or even downright harmful, but are being spent anyway, because of their almost semi-religious hobbies. :evil:

Furthermore, to the US readers: allow me to apologize for the rude behaviour of my prime minister, during the press conference with your president (the interruption and objection). That was impolite, counterproductive and disrespectful towards a fellow democratically elected head of state. I (and many Dutchmen with me) felt deeply ashamed.
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Post by kenetics » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:38 am

In the Tampa Bay beaches of Florida where I live, It's sometimes called "Ontario South" during the winter. That's alright though, if one can cope with the traffic, those Canadian visitors help keep our taxes low.

I agree with Damien. Boston is the worst driving experience I've ever had the displeasure to participate in. Great place to visit though.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by JerryF » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:30 pm

Damien, all those names from the past! You had deep ties to Rhode Island. I'm a transplant from Fall River, MA, and things there aren't too different. It's gone downhill. The 42nd mayor, William Flanagan was recalled for lack of confidence. The mayor now is the youngest mayor at 23 years old. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

You're right, nothing has changed except crime has gotten worse in Providence, and not just the politicians. I feel like I'm in a Godfather movie and I'm one of the extras in it.

Cianci certainly was a character. :roll: If he were still alive and ran for mayor, he'd probably win---again! He tried for governor, but had stiff competition.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by mediclaser » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:05 pm

Observation on Life: Many people have dual personality.

For example, people would easily dislike the looks or DE of a Linux distro, but they never criticize the looks of the Linux Terminal. :wink:
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Re: Observations on life

Post by Sir Charles » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:26 pm

mediclaser wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:05 pm
Many people have dual personality.
Quite an understatement, if you ask me :wink:
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by Sir Charles » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:37 pm

Observations on....Modern Life
(by Wandy Aarhol?)
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I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by thx-1138 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:24 am

Marziano wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:37 pm
Observations on....Modern Life
... => Steve Cutts
Appears to also have a promising future ahead of him... :wink:

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Re: Observations on life

Post by Sir Charles » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:43 am

thx-1138 wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:24 am
Appears to also have a promising future ahead of him... :wink:
Wish we could wish it for the Man as well :(

PS. I find his observations on life on this planet truly accurate which is wonderfully reflected in his great work. What a talented Homo Sapiens :D
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Re: Observations on life

Post by lsemmens » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 am

One thing about life is certain, we all die!
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Re: Observations on life

Post by catweazel » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:22 am

lsemmens wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 am
One thing about life is certain, we all die!
Modern science says not even that is certain, though it turns on what you mean by death.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by andyO » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:22 am

Pjotr wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:50 am
The Amsterdam parking rates are extreme even for Dutch standards, but the Dutch government taxes car ownership(!) and fuel horribly as well.... To give you an idea: for one American gallon of regular gasoline (i.e. 3.79 litres), we pay in the Netherlands currently $ 7.31. And that's the price at cheap tank stations.

Most of that price is taxes, of course.... :evil:
This made me go and have a comparison of fuel costs across Europe and I now feel much better (or less aggrieved) about the fuel costs in the UK, which I had previously assumed were taxed to the max compared to other countries. It looks like prices across the continent have risen to match (or exceed!). :?

Also in the interests of apologizing for governments, can I say that I generally shaking my head while looking at the floor with regards to most things the UK government does...

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Re: Observations on life

Post by Rocky Bennett » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:54 pm

lsemmens wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 am
One thing about life is certain, we all die!


Please define "death."

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Re: Observations on life

Post by lsemmens » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:42 am

Rocky Bennett wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:54 pm
lsemmens wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 am
One thing about life is certain, we all die!


Please define "death."
Oh! All right! Our body stops breathing and becomes worm food.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by all41 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:47 am

lsemmens wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:42 am
Rocky Bennett wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:54 pm
lsemmens wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 am
One thing about life is certain, we all die!


Please define "death."
Oh! All right! Our body stops breathing and becomes worm food.
Is there nothing more?

Life is only short because death lasts a looong time

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Re: Observations on life

Post by catweazel » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:29 am

all41 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:47 am
lsemmens wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:42 am
Rocky Bennett wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Please define "death."
Oh! All right! Our body stops breathing and becomes worm food.
Is there nothing more?
There certainly is, and I can assure you from first-hand experience that being dead turns out to be not dead. Furthermore there is a whole new branch of science emerging on this very fact.
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