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    Re: '... remembering what happened but not how they felt about it; doing their best to blank it because their childhood was horrible.' Will be interesting to see what type of adults today's youngsters become in 20 years' time. Their...
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    Re: '... adults losing all recollection of the childhood viewpoint: ' Puzzles me too. Sometimes wonder whether this is another round and/or type of neuronal (memory) pruning similar to what happens to kids around age 5. If yes, to what...
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    Re: '... notorious problem here in the UK that building surveyors ... useless' New codes seem to mostly apply to new construction in the UK with getting old buildings up to code at the discretion of homeowners. Insurers might provide...
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    Re: 'On the payment/disconnection side, I used to work on billing software for utility companies.' With the Equifax massive data breach exposing about half the US population's PII, credit history and probably their primary email and related info, all you...
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    Re: '... it's illegal to disconnect a pensioner between the 1st of October and the 31st of March.' Fine they might not freeze to death. But how do they do their laundry, watch TV/go online, cook their meals, etc. April...
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    Re: estimating energy bills Don't UK appliances come with info about average annual energy consumption? When I was reading up on passive and solar power found a few sites that provided per-use numbers on a wide range of appliances by...
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    Re: '... you don't need to be intimately familiar with the last 70 or 200 years of British weather records' Prefer to start with data, as in -- do secondary research first....
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    Re: '... the feeling of being an observer in a bubble somewhere ...' In first year undergrad read up on a few occultish topics including astral projection mostly because they sounded so weird and interesting. Never got there via TM...
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    Re: 'You do assume a lot, are you 16?' Hey - what can I say? The parents didn't pass on the omniscience gene and I didn't have time to google UK's weather for the past century....
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    Re: 'Do I *really* need to go on, as to why I wish I could join a union?' Okay, understand your concern. As mentioned in a previous post, I place the overly extended, never-ending business day of the 1990's -...
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    Re: Empty roads/ subjective awareness of our brains You raise a good point about the complexity of urban vs. rural roads. Although rural roads probably have their own surprises apart from deer, rabbits, and other critters. Am also assuming that...
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    Re: '... 70% of the Swedish road network would be.. a challenge.' According to Wikipedia, 85% of Swedes live in urban areas, so you could probably ignore a large chunk of the total 'Swedish road network' even if the major...
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    Hey folks, saw the weather news re: Ophelia. I'm assuming that such storms hitting the UK is still rare. Given the current discussion about electricity grids, was wondering how well your current UK electrical system is set up to handle...
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    ... as in the historical primary flavoring is pennyroyal, an abortifiacient?...
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    Re: Greg's house obviously ... Yeah - because Greg's the only house on the block with someone at home to notice this. Or, power switching is randomized and nobody knows whose house/office is going to lose power or when. Hey...
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    Re: '... still hold with a random-ish trigger event followed by psychogenic propagation subsequently exploited for political purposes...' Yeah - this is still on the table. So, what's your theory re: why this happened in Cuba vs. some other country...
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    Re: '... basic understanding of the electricity grid is so lacking ..' Greg's experience sounds similar to mine and I'm on a different continent. In my area, there's only the one electrical supplier who also happens to export energy more...
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    Re: Johns Hopkins U & UPenn Two top-notch medical/research centers with connections to major research labs on the planet. From a fiction book or movie POV ... if you really wanted to screw the intelligence boys&girls, you'd start by picking...
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    Re: Cuba: Symptom - dizziness There are at least 81 different diseases and disorders associated with dizziness, plus a wide range of organic and synthetic (benign and toxic) substances, then you can add to the list all of the magic/techno...
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    Re: Cuba - psychogenic cause Yes - already read that article. Problem is that these particular symptoms could be caused by almost anything including mass hysteria. It's like someone presenting with fever: without the timely administration of a gamut of...
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    Re: Planning for higher traffic Wonder how the PRC manages. Golden week in China was a week ago. It's the single largest holiday on the planet with about 1.3 billion folks traveling to see family. http://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-golden-week-vacation-tourism-2017-10...
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    Re: PR Thanks! - Wasn't aware of that history. Noticed only one reference* for this article so looked it up on AMZN. Mentions FBI and CIA doings. So, one of these agencies and whoever OK'd their work was complicit in...
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    Re: Punishment - dogs, kids Have a serious issue with punishment as a way to model behavior - period. Reward works better in the long run. Guardian did a related article good cop-bad cop on this topic: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/13/the-scientists-persuading-terrorists-to-spill-their-secrets Something to...
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    Re: PR debt One solution is to change PR's statehood status. By denying aid, DT is saying he as the voice of the American People is denying any ownership of and responsibility toward PR. This is an inversion of the...
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    Man, oh man! This corp is a giant in its segment over here and have never heard any iffy remarks about their brand name before. FYI - Rubbermaid is kitchen containers: garbage bins, leftover or sandwich containers, etc. In case...
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    Re: Georgia Tech Also quite good; I'm just more familiar with Emory. Interesting excerpt from Wikipedia: 'In 1959, a meeting of 2,741 students voted by an overwhelming majority to endorse integration of qualified applicants, regardless of race.[25] Three years after...
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    Re: Alabama vs. Georgia Having a respected university of international caliber (Emory U in Atlanta Georgia) also helps in mixing the population and accents up a bit. As does being home to 7 Fortune 100 companies: Coke, Home Depot, UPS,...
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    Re: '... vast majority of plea deals that result in prison time are based on facts of guilt.' Even if yes, does the punishment fit the crime within this system? This gets really complicated. Recommend John Oliver's segment on this:...
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    Re: Gas prices More expensive but keep in mind that the British gallon is also larger: 1.0 Imp. gallon is 1.2 U.S. gallons. A couple of years ago when I drove through 4 or 5 different states in one day...
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    Re: '... next to impossible to crate one in the computer field.' Apart from job security, given the number of certs programs and designations available, plus widespread agreement as to job description and market salary range per designation, what do...
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