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  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    America's relentless Westward expansion into the Pacific over the first few decades of the 20th century were a leading cause of the Pacific phase of WWII. The Japanese could see the US coming for them one island chain at a...
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    Sugars are a preservative, cheap, easily grown and taste-enhancing. What's not to like?...
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    I think HUMMVs and the like are actually quite good military vehicles, designed for rapid mobility over rough ground. They're not the best choice for an urban Occupation force, for that you need something like the Serf Efrican Casspirs to...
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    that's what I meant: the CIA is the agency that should have known about this test long before the actual test date. It's entirely possible the CIA had collected intelligence that a test was imminent and it was not a...
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    The CIA are in the business of collecting information, not handing it out to all and sundry. It's not surprising they wouldn't be the first to publicly announce knowledge of a NK nuclear test, it's not their job. It's likely...
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    The money Britain has put into Galileo we've already had back in contracts to assorted British companies and facilities to build various bits of the system. I forget the exact term used but it's common in large multi-national projects like...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    The project you referenced intends to use recycled concrete processed into the 35-ton blocks they use for energy storage because it's cheaper. They plan to stack as many as twenty of them on top of each other i.e. the bottom...
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    Ammunition for when she needs to throw the book at someone. The _Laws_ are not the first choice of front-benchers when tempers flare up, there's an weapon of war racked up there conveniently to hand -- the Mace, a symbol...
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    Under the British Representation of the People Acts it is illegal to carry on other businesses in a Polling Place on Polling Day, Depends where you draw the boundary of a Polling Place. My local Polling Place is a couple...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Since we were going on about the battle of Fallujah, I was actually referring to the DU ammunition for the A-10's GAU-8 30mm gun and the M242 Bushmaster 25mm gun mounted on the USMC's LAV-25 and the US Army's M-2...
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    The adoption of Maltese sovereignty puts the nations of the island of Great Britain into the EU. Wouldn't that make the Maltese cross? Would we all become Maltesers in that case?...
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    Depends what is meant by a "heavy" metal really. Density -- lithium is the least-dense metal at 0.5g/cm3 but it is neurologically active, used in treating mental problems. It also has a low atomic number of 3. Gold is famously...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Uranium Oxide dust is ingested through the same routes as lead or mercury. Heavy metal toxicity will get you long before the residual radiation will. Uranium metal, even in finely-divided oxide form is not particularly toxic when inhaled or ingested....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A good price estimate for large scale (GWh plus) pumped-storage hydro is about £200 million per GWh. Running costs are minor assuming the original engineering is up to snuff, the cost of round-trip storage of electricity depends on the efficiency...
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    Once people start looking for "birth defects" and the like they find them because, well, they're looking for them. We got a lot of really bad statistical analyses and clickbait headlines (before there were clicks even) in the UK about...
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    Why would the US use depleted-uranium weapons meant to destroy heavy and medium armour in a city like Fallujah where their opponents had no such armour? In reality DU wasn't used in that particular atrocity but it's become a staple...
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    Re: magma. A company in Iceland was trying to get geothermal energy out of magma but they were having difficulties stopping the magma from eating their well-end injection/recovery equipment, not suprisingly. Engineering-wise it can be done but it appears anyone...
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    If you're going to go big, go BIG. Osmium, that's the ticket. Highest density of any stable non-radioactive element on the planet (until we isolate or synthesise Islands of Stability super-elements that is). Cheap as chips too, Google Google... Oh....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    You really want to start with a convenient pair of holes with a vertical separation of 200-1000 metres. Ideally really, really big holes. Hence the preference for damming valleys - for a small investment in concrete you get a big...
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    Seals? The old joke about blowing a seal can be understood to have been made, than you. Like I said, TEDtalks and table-top models are no substitute for real materials science and large-scale engineering. If gravitational storage was easy and...
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    What do you use in the foundations to support this sort of massive machine? Depleted neutronium? Lifting and falling weight energy storage systems keep on appearing in the TEDTalk circuit, usually with small proof-of-concept designs and occasional models and a...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    "Fire season" every year isn't really going to happen. Flammable material doesn't grow fast enough to provide a real fire season over large areas every year. What you are getting right now is a combination of too many no-fire seasons...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    From stories I've heard back when I was living near Glasgow and spending a lot of time in the city the usual method of cononating Lord Wellington these days involves a very long fishing rod or pole of some kind...
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    The cone on the horse's head needs holes cut in the base to fit over the horse's ears. It's usually one of the very big ones usually used on major road works rather than the 50cm-high street works cones and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The queen and the swarm as a whole survive just fine, and harvest time is a nuisance rather than a bee apocalypse. The Bad News is that if infection or disease or an outside agent not directly under the control...
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    Edinburgh recently got a nice statue of a heavily-armed bear[1]. It's in Prince Street Gardens. [1]Wojtek the Polish Heavy Mortar Bear. Adopted as a bear cub by Polish forces in Iran it was smuggled into Italy and as it grew...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    "It was buried in the papers" indicates what the SAS were doing in places like Oman and Belize wasn't common knowledge. Certainly if the dots were joined up certain conclusions could be arrived at but few if any actually spent...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The SAS had a presence in Afghanistan before the events of September 2001 kicked off the Greatest Temper Tantrum ever. They were doing intelligence collection on assorted nutters and gun-runners in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, mostly. They spent several months leading...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The existence of the SAS was known, their operational activities through the 60s and 70s were less well-known to the general public. The Battle of Mirbat in 1972, for example, was an action that would have garnered at least one...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    22 Coy(V) (reservists in Edinburgh). There was also 23 SAS(V) based in Glasgow at one time. One of their fellows was once drummed out of the Puritan forces during a Sealed Knot re-enactment event for excessive brutality. He hung around...
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