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I guess 34 years just isn't enough...[weather rant]

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I guess 34 years just isn't enough...[weather rant]

I'm starting this thread from the perspective that I was born in 1970.

The weather. We still get snow and rain - and after all these years, the best we can come up with is an umbrella and a pancho?! C'mon!!! When it snows, we're still in the same situation with the white stuff as it was in 1970 - no progress on tackling the nuisance of skidding in the snow into a guardrail. Or ice. We still get wet in the rain! Can someone please explain to me what all the geniuses in this world have been doing for 34 years? We still can't go out when its raining and still stay dry?! It's the 21st Century, for Heaven's sake!
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Ever hear of telecommuting, internet ordering and grocery delivery? I hear you don't even have to go to the movie theater anymore!
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Or just not being a big *****?

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The problem is that any technology used to solve these problems has to have one particular trait: it must be <i>damn near free</i> in bulk quantities. Salt is damn near free, and so we dump tons of it on the roads, even though it doesn't do a great job against ice, etc. We can certainly think of chemicals that banish snow on contact, but deploying it across an entire city is hideously expensive.

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Nuke the snow. problem solved
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I wouldnt say there's no progress...global warming has come a long ways in the past 34 years.
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Have you never heard of Gore-Tex? Technical fabrics have come light years from where they were in the seventies. If you don't want to get wet in the rain, pony up and spend some money on a descent jacket man!
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What about solar-powered mats that cover sidewalks and driveways? No electricity, no $$$ to spend - except for the purchase of the mats that are heated by the sun's rays.

As for the streets icing up - see all the telephone poles with wires going every which way? Enhance those telephone and cable wires so that they generate HEAT when snow or sleet is predicted! This will save lives, and it can't be that complicated or costly to set up. Not in light of how much more convenient life would be thereafter.

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