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  1. volgadon

    China's Amazing Train

    Some cities might have good transport, but plenty of places don't, Utah itself has a very, very long way to go (even Egypt has better systems), and don't even get me started on inter-county and state options.
  2. volgadon

    China's Amazing Train

    Much like bigfoot, people claim to have seen him, but that is about it.
  3. volgadon

    China's Amazing Train

    I will also add that good public transport systems and infrastructure allow those unable to have personal transport the ability to get around, to and from work, shopping, cultural and recreational activities, political meetings, etc., thus increasing their freedom and advancing the interests of society as a whole. At least that is what civilised places attempt to do. So, yes, a step forward any way you look at it.
  4. volgadon

    China's Amazing Train

    Sure, there are one or two advantages to personal transport, but most of the need for them is obviated in civilised nations with good public transport systems. Next time you are stuck in traffic forever, please tell me how that "freedom" is going for you. I came from a nation with good public transport, I've been to others with even better, so coming to this nation which lacks a very good system is a step backwards, away from civlisation and progress, in that regard (as well as others, which we won't go into here). It limits my abilities, and, indeed, my prosperity.
  5. volgadon

    China's Amazing Train

    Better public transportation would actually be a step forward in the direction of civilisation.
  6. volgadon

    Banishing the Cross: The Emergence of a Mormon Taboo

    Wait, you served in the Rostov mission? That is where I served! I even spent seven and a half months in Rostov itself. A long seven and a half months...
  7. Does anyone know why this bill was proposed and ratified? As much as I am for adoption (and Eastern European orphanages tend to be hell on earth), there are some valid concerns, which the USA has addressed.
  8. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    Jingoist nonsense, IMHO.
  9. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    Look here. http://cdm16040.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p4013coll8/id/2807/filename/2787.PDF Google books is also useful for searching the term, as you can limit the range of years searched. Assault weapons would have been heavier calibre things.
  10. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    Nonsense. You'll find the term used in military circles at least as far back as the early 1940s. It was even used in operational documents from WW2. The term makes technical sense, as there are weapons intended for defensive purposes, and weapons for assault.
  11. volgadon

    "You get nothing. I get that for free."

    Don't you think that this might be a manifestation of pride?
  12. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    Well, sort of.
  13. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    There is no fool-proof defense. However, if entrance is denied, you have far greater chances of stopping the carnage before it begins.
  14. volgadon

    Teachers and Firearms

    When you cannot keep the assailant where you can control the situation according to your plan, you've as good as failed.