Because Austerity is Totes Awesome

Because spending money to put people back to work never accomplished anything …

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thsi is pretty amazing. not sure what it means for the workforce

TED 2013: 4D printed objects ‘make themselves’

Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.

At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble.

It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.

It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts.

(who wants to kiss that Ikea wrench goodbye?)

I think it’s time that people recognized that the rise of parties like Golden Dawn (in Greece) and similar neo-Fascist groups elsewhere is not an unfortunate side-effect of austerity, but the INTENDED effect.

Seriously – the actions and pronouncements of the ECB are utterly moronic if taken literally, but make perfect sense if the goal is to reproduce the 1930s…

@CaptHowdy: I’ll give you my hex key when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

See, no one has a credit card or a mortgage so no one can grasp the idea of using credit to expand one’s worth. Yes, there’s Catt and girth but that’s a different conversation. Even I can understand why a bank regards debt as an asset and money on hand as a liability.

@CaptHowdy: Ladies and gentlemen, Skylar Tibbets and the Inappropriate Behaviors!!

I am afraid only the powerless will feel the bite. like my old people. what the fuck am I supposed to tell them when they get cut off. its not like they will grab a pitchfork and head to DC.

@CaptHowdy: That fascinates me. I totally want to get a 3D printer…think they could make moquettes from maya models?

@redmanlaw: @Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: I think we’re back to taxing bullets. Or additional penalties for being caught with an unregistered DIY gun.

As far as the technology goes, I’m surprised they solved the durability problem so quickly — an earlier version couldn’t even make it through a clip a couple months back. Aside from the Controversy, it’s a great ad for 3D printers.

But yeah, horses have left the barn. You can’t possibly block the schematics on the Internet, just like you can’t block pirated movies or nuke recipes. (And, unlike nuke recipes, 3D gun templates don’t require massive national investments to execute.) So, since Prevention is now impossible, let’s move on to Consequences.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: “Moquette” is the correct spelling? You are so cultured, dude. I thought that was the child of a member of the Maquis.

@Dodgerblue: I think it’s “maquette”, actually. iPad thought otherwise.

@Dodgerblue: P.S. I’m only cultured in the way that, say, yoghurt is cultured. Benedick is far more worldly than I. Yes, he’s been around the world, again and again and again. And then another time. And then the other way round, just for his sick kicks. But I love him for who he is. Really. Mileage and all. Like a worn out t-shirt you use to dust and wipe things, he’s always around.

@nojo: Will they regulate Asian boy sexbots, do you think? I’m not getting any younger.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing:

Feminists seek legislation over sex bots

it doesnt say anything about asian boy sexbots but – —

First they came for Tami,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t into blonds.

Then they came for Stacy,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t into redheads.

Then they came for Tiffany,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t into brunets.

Then they came for my asian boybot,
and they will have to pry him from my cold dead fingers.

@CaptHowdy: Wait until the holodeck is invented.

@Dodgerblue: Why do you think nerds are so excited about Google Glass?


dont think that is the kind of law the feminists had in mind.

@nojo: I already pay a 10 percent federal excise tax on guns and ammo for funding state wildlife programs. Shit is going to very well funded this year, but only to a point. The Wal-Mart near my house is totally out of handgun ammo except for weird shit like 10 mm (a not very popular high power handgun round developed for the FBI in the early 90s.)

Did you know the federal transfer tax on a machine gun (like full auto, none of this semi-auto nonsense) purchase is only $200? The goddamn machine gun itself is about 20 grand +, however.

@Tommmcatt: Cool. Send me an email or give me a call and we’ll talk dee-tales.

@redmanlaw: Okay, how about gun-owner insurance? Work it like cars: My rates are based on my age, record, car, mileage, and the wonderful habits of my fellow Southern California drivers. Gun insurance would also quickly sort itself out, treating rural hunters and sportsmen more lightly than folks more prone to, um, accidents.

Oh, golly — everyone’s already ahead of me.

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