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kengr
Sep. 27th, 2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
Sat, 16:00: Photoset: jordynslefteyebrow: it’s….. it’s right there…..right where you didn’t highlight…. http://t.co/JnvOMpdKB6

I *do* see a different problem, though.

Citizens United may not *be* "overturnable". If the Court decided it based on the restrictions being unconstitutional, then there's *nothing* that Congress, much less the President, can do.

Well, they could try passing an amendment to the Constitution, but that'd be a major job. One that I don't you could get thru.

Otherwise, it'll be like the states that are trying to wiggle out of the Obergefell decision.

It's *possible* there's some wiggle room, but I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope.

Military spending is another can of worms. Some of it is stupid and wasteful. But big chunks of it are due to Congress doing what *it* wants rather than what the military asked for. Stuff like *not* paying to fix or upgrade existing gear, but deciding that it should be replaced with shiny new stuff (that some company has lobbied them to approve) that doesn't work as well and costs a lot more (including the costs involved in getting rid of stuff that is working or can easily be kept working).

Yeah, the military gets the pet project nonsense sometimes too. But Congressmen and Senators get it a lot more, mostly to bring jobs to *their* districts/states.

Hell, the B-52 has needed (yes *needed*) replacing for decades. There are now pilots flying the *same* planes that their *grandfathers* flew. The airframes were never intended to be in service that long.

And lets not get into all the "do everything" planes Congress has approved time and again instead of ones better suited to particular missions. Those tend to be Congress's fault about as often as they are the fault of DoD "manager" types who don't have any military experience (or whose experience was pretty much getting their tickets punched so they could get a good rank then resign and go be a bureaucrat at the Pentagon).

kengr
Sep. 27th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Sat, 16:40: Photoset: inspired-ashiok: tarigrove: 10 Stunning Minerals for Space Witches Row 1: Aqua Aura Kyanite (x),... http://t.co/hfWy6mKvNX

Goldstone (of any variety) isn't a mineral. It's a synthetic. I was rather annoyed when I found that out years after buying some at a mineral show.

I'm also beginning to get suspicious about these various "aura" minerals too. They look suspiciously like somebody used vapor deposition to coat them with a metal film and then anodized it or used some other treatment to get the pretty colors.

kengr
Sep. 27th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yep, I was right.

Goldstone is a *glass* first made in Venice.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldstone_%28gemstone%29

Aura Quartz leads to this wiki entry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal-coated_crystal

What got me suspicious about the aura stuff was the mention of titanium on this one. That, combined with the colors being pretty obviously oxidation colors of a metal.

Free titanium *can't* occur in nature. At least not under any conditions we'd find on earth in the last billion or so years. And if it did, it wouldn't last all that long. Too active a metal.
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