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Electric cars
Aug 14, 2022 - 9:21 PM - by specious_reasons
Can we talk about electric cars? Mrs. Reason's car is all electric, and my eldest has a plug-in-hybrid which she mostly uses in electric mode. We don't have a great solution for charging them, so they charge slowly from an outdoor plug. (It's actually been hard to get an electrician to come in to install a 30 or 50 Amp charger due to their local popularity and other demands on electrician's business.)

But I also wanted to start by talking about this:


Skeptoid's Brian Dunning is normally pretty decent about making coherent and logical science based arguments, but has a spotty record about making social and economic ones.

Here's part of the argument for "You're screwed if the battery dies."
Sure, just as an ICE car is screwed if it runs out of gas. But who is ass enough to drive someplace where they don't have the range and where there aren't any gas stations? Whether you're an ass isn't determined by what kind of car you have, so EV owners are no stupider than ICE owners. So running out of power in the middle of nowhere simply doesn't happen, and isn't a part of the EV experience. This is a false and made-up objection.
This is basically saying, "People don't run out of gas, and if they do they're idiots." This works fine if you're middle class and can afford to get refilled whenever your energy gets low.

People do run out of gas, something he obliquely admits. If you run out of gas, you can call someone you know (or a tow service), and they can bring a gas tank, give you a few gallons of gas, and then you can get to the next gas station. How... [Read More]
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Election 2022
Aug 11, 2022 - 5:22 PM - by Stephen Maturin
Welcome to your dumping ground for news, commentary and shitposting re: 2022 U.S. elections!

Beto O'Rourke is the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, running against Republican incumbent and all-around shitbag Greg Abbott. Beto is not going to be governor of Texas, but he's gonna have a damned fine time between now and November. Here he motherfucks a wingnut during a town hall.

Here in Colorado, it's not uncommon to see a disconnect between hardcore party activists - the people who go to every monthly meeting of their county party, get themselves elected as delegate to all the various district, state and congressional assemblies, etc. - and the non-hardcore shlubs who basically just register as a member of a party and vote in primaries and general elections. So it was with Republicans this year. Every last crackhead trumpanzee whackjob running for statewide office won big among the party hardcore at the GOP state assembly. All those crackhead trumpanzee whackjobs lost their primary elections.

That's not to say that the Republicans who won their primary races are prizes or anything. Heidi Ganahl, the GOP nominee for governor and the only Republican in the current crop who's actually won a statewide race - was asked early on whether Biden won the 2020 presidential elections and derided the reporter for asking such a "divisive question." She's also picked an election denier nut as her running mate. That guy is now busy telling people that he is not now and never was an election denier. Badass political reporters Kyle Clark and Marshall Zellinger, who now both work for the same teevee station in Denver, are not letting him get away with it.

Anyhoo, in this time of utter lunacy, it's almost comforting to see some old school Republican claptrap making a comeback. ... [Read More]
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