Michael D. ßolton comments

Posted in: How a Trump tariff could sideswipe U.S. auto industry See in context

US automakers should swallow the cost. In fact, guzzle it down. I've worked for suppliers to the industry, and markups are absolutely obscene. No sympathy from me.

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Posted in: Japan aborts mini-rocket mission shortly after liftoff See in context

“Russia hacked it” in 3……….2……….1……….

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Posted in: Takata agrees to guilty plea in U.S.; will pay $1 bil for hiding defect See in context

How about doing away with airbags altogether? Seems they’re much more trouble (fatal, at that) then they’re worth.

(Before anyone chimes in with “statistics” and “lives saved,” don’t. Just. Don’t. Members of my family were in the automotive-body-repair business for some 30 years. They and I saw more instances of airbag FAILURE than success, with the expected injuries. The damnfool thing is a flawed idea that should be eliminated. PERIOD. Seatbelts are proven to be much safer.)

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Posted in: Japan, India sign nuclear pact for non-military use See in context

Now India can have its own set of disasters.*

Indeed. As if Bhopal wasn’t enough. :(

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Posted in: Americans don't think Trump is qualified. Why they elected him anyway See in context

While I'll respect an opinion opposite my own (and expect the same in return; we can agree to disagree), there was another Presidential candidate who was considered unqualified, and he was given a chance by those of us who did not vote for him.

TWICE.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd unveils new high-speed ship against Japanese whalers See in context

Unnecessary killing of whales (which I don’t condone, by the way) aside…it’s all fun and games until firearms are whipped out and shooting starts.

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Posted in: Delta shutdown strands 1,000-plus at Narita airport See in context

Reminds me of the joke from years ago: (D)on’t (E)ver (L)eave (T)he (A)irport. ;)

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Posted in: Japanese satellite made 'surprise' find before failure See in context

In about 263 years, the satellite will return as "H'tomi." ("Star Trek: The Motion Picture" reference.)

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' fan favorite Mr Sulu is gay in new film; Takei disapproves See in context

Given his advocacy for LGBT causes, it's interesting that Mr. Takei is disappointed in this.

"To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before," indeed. :/

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Posted in: Divided America: Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms See in context

A nation held hostage.

No. No one is forcing anyone to purchase or use a firearm in the US. Those who feel it necessary to have one should have the freedom and opportunity to do so. That a firearm is felt necessary for one’s safety speaks to the base actions of humanity, and to the failure of the criminal-justice system.

What entrenched guns in American culture was Charlton Heston's "Cold Dead Hands" speech.

No. Firearms were entrenched in American culture long before Mr. Heston was even born.

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Posted in: 8 automakers recall over 12 mil vehicles in U.S. for Takata air bags See in context

All airbags should be outlawed and removed. They add cost to already-too-expensive vehicles, have proven to be not 100% reliable, and are getting deadlier each generation. GET. RID. OF. THEM. NOW.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 73-year-old mother See in context

I cannot fathom this. I lost my mother when I was 13; I would have loved to have her in my life when I was 49. I'm 52 now. :(

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of son-in-law in Aichi See in context

One wonders how old the daughter is.

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Posted in: Honda to recall 20 million more Takata air bags: Nikkei See in context

Personally, I think that airbags should be outlawed completely. They add to a vehicle's price, aren't as reliable as some would want to believe (I've worked in the auto-body business and have seen vehicles in which the things should have deployed, but didn't), and when they do deploy, are proving time and again to be injurious if not outright deadly.

Get rid of them. Seatbelts are much more reliable.

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Posted in: From box to bed: This simple item is making life easier for Kumamoto quake victims See in context

Awesome. Kudos to J Pack. :D

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Posted in: Nissan recalls 3.8 million cars over faulty airbags See in context

I own an older Nissan Pathfinder, and have nothing but praise for its durability. The news of this recall will not affect my opinion of Nissan, as they're on top of the problem.

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