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    All hail to the sexy Rams!

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  1. I am Ram

    Trump and Utah

    Translation: "We don't want nature nature. That's gross. No, we want a nice scenic place where we can take our double-chinned offspring to shoot stuff within a hundred yards from our truck so we can still make half-priced dessert hour at Applebee's later."
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-budget/u-s-government-posts-147-billion-deficit-in-may-idUSKBN1J82FN Up 66% from May 2017 despite a booming economy. SMH.
  3. Big politics aside, as a consumer with reasonably deep but not extremely deep pockets, I am worried about how increased protectionism will affect the quality and price of everyday goods I buy. I know this is going to hurt a few people's feelings, but many domestic products can't compete with foreign imports quality-wise. We get Hershey's, Europe gets Lindt (at almost the same price). Our factory chickens are soaked in ice chilled chlorinated water, which destroys taste and texture. Euro chickens are air chilled by default. Japanese eggs can be eaten raw without any worries about salmonella thanks to a better production practices. European eggs don't even have to be refrigerated. US domestic cars that are not trucks or muscle cars have been a joke for decades (there are notable recent exceptions, of course). The list ist long. Oh sure, you can buy Godiva and Draper Valley Farms chickens, etc. but it's going to cost you. Now, the beauty of the American retail market is that you can buy pretty much whatever you want if you are willing and able to pay. (Cars are an exception - +++++ you, 25-year rule!). If a lot of the foreign competition is driven out of the market, I am worried what will happen to product availability in the US. It's possible that domestic producers will fill the gaps, but given that most artisan brands are already owned by big corporations, there is a good chance that we'll end up with either vastly higher prices or premium products that are "somewhat" better than the regular garbage
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    Running A/C in hot summer climates

    Portland, OR here, so not exactly Texas, but I set my thermostat to 75 in the summer. I'd be fine with a warmer house as long as the air moves a bit, but we have aquariums that are sensitive to heat. We invested in good insulation and tripple-pane windows, and it makes a big difference both in terms of comfort level and energy bill.
  5. I like this. I decided to take a break from reading and posting here after a run-in with some members that resulted in a bunch of name calling a couple of months ago. I'm not terribly sensitive about these kinds of things, but at some point you ask yourself if the enjoyment you get out of a discussion board is worth the negative energy. I can imagine many people have asked themselves this question. This doesn't have to become a PG-13 board (and it won't), but the discussion here would greatly benefit from a more civilized tone.
  6. I am Ram

    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    Look it up yourself. You can find those numbers on most publicly traded companies on Wikipedia. I'll save you the search: They are very healthy. No. Great. That makes it a lot cheaper to build. Plus, in most places in America, all you need is a bunch of utility poles. When Century Link upgraded to fiber in my neighborhood, it took them exactly a day. Try that in Helsinki. They can, but if they do, why don't they charge less in densely populated areas?
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    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    Okay. Then tell me how come that local for-profit ISPs in America (other than subsidized municipal ones) aren't significantly cheaper than the big guys. They don't have to deal with covering unprofitable low-density populations, so according to your logic, they should be MUCH cheaper than the national competition. But they aren't.
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    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    Let's not pretend Obama came up with the idea of net neutrality. Most advanced nations have rules in place that enforce NN to some degree.
  9. I am Ram

    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    It's almost like the ISPs' profit margins directly correlate with the cost of providing utilities, weird.
  10. I am Ram

    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    Ladies and gentlemen...the board's greatest sheep who isn't a CSU fan!
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    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

  12. I am Ram

    Net neutrality repeal imminent...

    Several valued board members are already all giddy with excitement. The is government finally getting out of the business of preventing ISPs from regulating the consumers' internet use.
  13. Can't do that. Insurance companies would throw a fit. Like how people freak all out when you help yourself to something on the top shelf at Home Depot. "Geez, sorry I'm not *air quotes* trained *air quotes* to use your valuable employee ladder car thing, Mr. Minimum Wage."
  14. 1,800 feet, hm? He *could* just take a ride up the One World Trade Center...
  15. I am Ram

    Today I Settled All Family Business

    This has never be a reason not to be King in Saudi Arabia, though.