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The Shame Among Us

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I wonder what will happen if I poke this bear with this sharp stick...
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Each dB drop exactly halves the sound pressure, IIRC, so a 3dB drop is actually dropping your sound output to 1/8 the original (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2) output. Sound *perception* is another thing. Most people can't perceive a sound as having dropped in volume by 1/2 until it has dropped several decibels, so that 3dB drop may not sound too much different than the original level to most folks.
The thing is, what one person considers "loud" another person considers "not so loud".
Yeah, the deaf buggers riding the bikes consider it "not so loud" and the people without damaged hearing consider it "loud".
I agree.

The US isn't so badly off, financially. Those trillions of dollars in debt that are growing so rapidly could be easily be taken care of if they simply stopped paying more on their military than all other nations combined. Ramp back down to the same rate as the rest and, voila, money to burn.

When the debt gets bad enough, it will happen.
I sat on the balcony during Edmonton's run for the Stanley Cup and counted the bikes roaring by on the main drag during one night of celebrations:

Cruisers 47

Sportbikes 16

Standards 2

Of the cruisers, there were 39 with identifiably aftermarket pipes (judged by volume). They were loud enough that I couldn't sleep until about 2am. Ironically, just as I fell asleep, a sportbike roared by on the road and I sat up to watch him fly by doing at least 90 on a normal city street.
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It could still be spent into the economy, but in different ways that provide both jobs and some other tangible benefit for society other than militant beligerence, i.e. health care and education. Teachers and doctors still spend and we would get a much better value for the dollar than hyper-inflated military spending.

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