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Uncle Dave Thinks You Should Vote - Oct. 17, 2018, 7:51 a.m.

Small Gov/Low Taxes

A friend worked for the Navy here in the states. Every year they have to rush around in October to spend all of their money on projects that they don't need to do in order to secure funding for the next year. I'm not talking chump change, this is millions of dollars. Projects like replacing all the lighting on base with LED lights, even though there is a supply of functional CF and Fluorescent bulbs on hand that should be used first.

Or, Seattle and the homeless issue. City officials wanted to impose an arbitrary head tax on 20 of the biggest businesses in Seattle for homeless housing and such. People got pissed and asked to see the books to find out where the other 190 million dollars they get every year went. The idea was quietly thrown out as the council, who has no official oversight, didn't want people to see the waste.

Just a few examples. 

Thanks for keeping it civil. And congratulations on almost making thorough the oped without endorsing a candidate.

6 MTB Hacks That May Change Your Life* - Oct. 15, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

The better way to tie your shoes....

Tie your shoe, but use two raps around the loop instead of one before pulling through. Your laces will NOT come undone with this knot. This is superior to any double knot, or over under. (Not my idea, read bout it in a fishing knot book). Probably the most useful as your laces wear out and lose that grippieness that new ones have.

e*thirteen TRS+ 9-46t Cassette - May 7, 2018, 8:21 a.m.

Hmm. Not very appealing. $300 for the cassette. Then another $100 every year as the top 3 rings wear out. Sunrace is pretty appealing for Shimano drivers. My GX is wearing nicely and when it goes, its just $90 for an entire cassette. The Garbaruk looks fantastic, but that price tag...

2018 Kona Satori 29'er - April 11, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

You sure could have. Then this would be just like every other review where they swap half the parts on the bike and then call it amazing. I liked your 'reviewed as is' approach. We all know that bikes can be tweaked and massaged to perfection, but that kind of wasn't the point of this, was it? :)

2018 Kona Satori 29'er - April 6, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

Andrew, that sounds like a really good idea. Problem with it, though, is that I'd have to bleed the reverb remote after every ride to get the airhorn to work!

2018 Kona Satori 29'er - April 5, 2018, 12:04 p.m.

Great review. I really wish all bike reviews could be this pointed. 

I have that awful top of bar Reverb remote on my Jeffsy. I effing hate it. To switch out, I need to get a new clamp for my front break and then a new remote (WolfTooth). What a pain. More than once I've fumbled around trying to find it. I get the tidy bars aspect of it for 2x drive trains (ditched mine for a 1X), but its pretty awful.

Standard Issues - March 12, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

"Especially since so many product managers seem to think that we all want a 34t ring with our Eagle drivetrain. "

Why is it so difficult to just spec a bike with a 1x drive train, 30 tooth front ring? From there the consumer can go up or down depending on their legs. Would save a lot of dollars on mas production by just having one setup per group set vs two.

As for DUB. Who cares. If it works it will endure. If not, not.

And I rode in sun both days this weekend in WA. :)

Uncle Dave Tackles the Vista Outdoor Debate - March 8, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

Dave, good write up and thanks for taking the time to reason it out.

However, I think you are really glossing over why the NRA, or other gun lobbies do things the way they do. They lobby lawmakers because if they don't, then like minded people would get steamrolled by people who's agenda is to not allow you to own a firearm. You, and others, paint it as though the only lobbying going on in DC and at state levels is by the NRA. But you are lying to yourselves and presenting a false argument if you don't include both sides of the discussion. 

Here is a list found with a 5 second google search for anti-gun lobbies:

The Brady Campaign
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Everytown for Gun Safety
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Violence Policy Center

There are more, some more frenzied than others.

Expanded background checks are a great start, but in the US  you have to be careful because it starts to infringe on 4th amendment rights. Where does the information for the more comprehensive tests come from? Does the government have the right to collect and store this information? etc.

In the case of the Florida shooting, yes, a kid who shouldn't have been allowed to buy a gun did. But in many cases, these people are either older than 21, or just take their parents guns. No background check would have prevented those types of incidents. 

In the end, it is a very complicated topic and there is no short solution. Most of the issue is societal anyway. And that is an even more difficult subject to sort through.


Camelbak, Bell and Giro Caught in Assault Weapon Backlash - March 4, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Consider this: SOME of the American public want tighter gun control. The mere existence of an organization such as the NRA presupposes your statement. If all of the US public wanted tight controls, then an the NRA would not exist because there would not be a need to defend the 2nd amendment.

The NRA is funded by memberships and donations. Their goal is not to pass laws. Their goal is to uphold the 2nd amendment. They do this through their lobby groups, legal foundation and public awareness campaigns. Their most recent (50 years or so) political orientation is a direct response to the attack on private citizens ability to keep and use firearms. 

I think it is safe to say that no one wants to see this horrific shootings continue, no matter what side of the argument you are on. Having a rational argument is a different story.

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