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    Googling Traverse City machine shops turns up two...

    Googling Traverse City machine shops turns up two places with an equipment lineup on their websites that seems plausibly consistent with nateacox's claim, but I have to question whether either of...
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    What makes you think Fonda has any claim on our...

    What makes you think Fonda has any claim on our attention? She doesn't, at all...other than to stimulate a reflexive utterance of the word Cunt at any mention of her name—and the wistful thought that...
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    What makes you think Fonda has any claim on our...

    What makes you think Fonda has any claim on our attention? She doesn't, at all...other than to stimulate a reflexive utterance of the word Cunt at any mention of her name—and the wistful thought that...
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    In the pantheon of treacherous cunts, her place...

    In the pantheon of treacherous cunts, her place is right there with Tokyo Rose. She should have done time. In generations past she probably would've been shot.
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    That's the bottom line right there. Automatic 30%...

    That's the bottom line right there. Automatic 30% off catalog price, free shipping over $99, free upgrade to next day air if you ask. No time to waste on ebay, or waiting for the ebay seller to ship....
  6. Even the large-scale rebuilders are competing in...

    Even the large-scale rebuilders are competing in a dying market. Modern engines with computer management will run long after the car itself is worn out, then they just go to the shredder. Except for...
  7. I don't doubt that you do, but your analysis is...

    I don't doubt that you do, but your analysis is subjective. Objectively, your politicoeconomic theory is flawed. Impoverishing the wealthy does not enrich the poor; it's just an exercise in...
  8. B, why in the world are you so bitter about...

    B, why in the world are you so bitter about entrepreneurs who earned ten or twenty times what you claim to have earned in your lifetime? Ever consider the possibility that they may have simply...
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    Absolutely. Consumption-based taxes such as the...

    Absolutely. Consumption-based taxes such as the EU's VAT do proportionately more damage the lower your income. In many US jurisdictions they have exempted food from sales tax for that reason. In ours...
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    It has nothing to do with the contribution of...

    It has nothing to do with the contribution of labor to the success of the enterprise. That's pretty much a given, because without the labor there's no product...and incidentally no jobs. And there's...
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    Yeah, come de revolution, gonna be no more...

    Yeah, come de revolution, gonna be no more limousines.
    B, you're an old union guy, what are you doing posting in a shop owners' forum? It's a forum for those who meet the payroll and the payroll...
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    Adios, my friends

    I see where I began this thread in 2013. Time sure flies.

    This business has evolved to the point where we're nearing 20 employees, and I no longer have the luxury of even reading PM, let alone...
  13. Ooooh, Pete! You have such a scary west-coast...

    Ooooh, Pete! You have such a scary west-coast meow.
  14. Climate change is a given. Those who ascribe it...

    Climate change is a given. Those who ascribe it to human endeavor exhibit colossal hubris in addition to excessive credulity. On the scale of geologic time Homo Sapiens has occupied less than a...
  15. True—but equally true is that you shouldn't waste...

    True—but equally true is that you shouldn't waste your time explaining the obvious to dedicated commies, they are impervious to common sense. You should maybe consider a different arena.
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    Once again, Chicken Little: "Specific magnesium...

    Once again, Chicken Little: "Specific magnesium fire prevention" is housekeeping, pure and simple. Magnesiun fire fighting is what happens after you neglected said housekeeping and allowed the hazard...
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    You're one of the know-it-all noobs driving...

    You're one of the know-it-all noobs driving experienced people away from here.
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    We used to empty the chip pails in the dumpster....

    We used to empty the chip pails in the dumpster. Mag being so reactive, it would degrade into the equivalent of cigarette ashes overnight. You could also mix it with the dirt in your yard and it'd...
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    Oltrt is a blowhard. That being said, there...

    Oltrt is a blowhard.

    That being said, there are a few precautions one should take. All our castings were mag (AZ91C thru E) from 1982 to 2006. I would periodically demonstrate a mag fire in the...
  20. We used to buy mill runs 20 years ago, it really...

    We used to buy mill runs 20 years ago, it really saved money. However, in recent years they all have a clause in the purchase agreement reading something like, "plus any surcharge in effect at time...
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    Survival is a strong enough instinct that...

    Survival is a strong enough instinct that justification for the actions isn't usually sought. After the fact, the winners write the history, and in some cases they'll feel obligated to make the...
  22. Well, certainly. But it's a big "if" for the...

    Well, certainly. But it's a big "if" for the employees depending on you for their livelihoods. No employees, gamble away. Employees, no gamble.
  23. In the pantheon of dumb posts on PM this should...

    In the pantheon of dumb posts on PM this should rank near the top. Follow this advice at your peril...
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    Well, I don't agree with capriciously firing, but...

    Well, I don't agree with capriciously firing, but I've had to get rid of more than one bad apple where I'd have cheerfully paid $5000 and considered it cheap!
  25. This should actually be at the top of any bullet...

    This should actually be at the top of any bullet list of advice for shops. Fifteen years ago I took a $260K/yr hit when a customer moved to a competitor, and the only way we survived it was by having...
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