Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    ... transport the whole lot, all (then) 6.5 million of them ... to Northern ireland, to set up a "New Hong Kong" ... As I recall the joke ends, "Aye, but are they Protestant Chinese or Catholic Chinese?"...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    My "conservative" relatives get really torqued when I point out that their complaints about various things don't align with their free market slogans. As a general rule, internal consistency checking is not a high priority in right wing mindsets. (This...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I'd be very curious to know what kind of rifle your uncle wanted to give you that couldn't fire modern copper ammo ... I don't know about his uncle's rifle but that was the situation for my grandmother's shotguns. They'd...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I've learned that oak trees (at least around here) have cycles. Every 5 to 10 years my huge oak in the yard goes nuts and drops huge amounts of acorns... According to this article the trigger conditions are unknown but...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    And so how are rats dealing with the lock down in the UK? theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/us-city-lockdowns-rat-aggression-lack-food-waste In the US it seems "Lord of the Flies" meets hungry rats. I read that Edinburgh has happy bees, believed to be due to reduced road...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Drachinifel on Youtube has a really good video on Naval armour development around the turn of the 20th century as well as ... I'll second checking out Drachinifel's Youtube channel for anyone into period naval things. Doubly so when feeling...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    ...one of those cruciform things with four different socket ends for getting the wheel nuts off cars. In America it's called a lug wrench, used on the lug nuts (but "wheel nuts" is self-explanatory). Wikipedia says that in the UK...
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    The general standard of brickwork in 1950's cheap tract houses in Australia is ludicrous. I keep hearing horrible things about Australian construction. It seems an odd thing for the country to not be good at; don't people who write building...
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    Never put tools up on top of a ladder. Put them down on the floor where they're going to fall anyway. It takes a lot less time climbing up & down the ladder than it does driving over to Home...
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    It's still possible for things to go wrong... Oh, yes. And it can happen in much smaller melts: A friend who's a science fiction fan for cons and an engineer in real life has several interesting hobbies and got into...
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    That's something I would kind of like, but have not seen at a reasonable prive vs quality level. It turned out that once I thought to look on ebay there were plenty. Not new, but old hand tools turn out...
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    I have a slightly more modern version, with two driving pinion wheels from the main crank... Yes, that's it; the Stanley Handyman model looks like this on the business side of the crank. I read that the eggbeater style hand...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have three different cordless drills... I hadn't really expected a drill sub-thread but it's a good excuse to share that after too long of not being able to find one I recently acquired an old hand drill, a Stanley...
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    Highly partisan people may ... perceive the exact same report on some topic ... as biased to the other side ... I remember Linda Ellerbee (an American TV journalist) writing of a high profile piece on abortion, "We got equal...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Scott, fuck off. As I was voting for Bernie in '16, this is a personal insult, calling Bernie an "angry clown". You badly misread what I wrote. If it's still bugging you, scroll back and read again. (And I like...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Steve Linick: Trump fires state department inspector general https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52688658 I can't see how anyone can take those jobs anymore. Isn't it obvious? He's a grifter with decades of not going to jail and only sometimes getting caught; anyone in his...
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    "Bin chickens" ... w.t.f? I wondered too, but Google knew. This is common slang for the Australian white ibis, which looks more dignified than anything I've caught going through my garbage. (Which isn't saying much; BoJo dangling in mid-air is...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    ... not that I am saying that Bernie could have beat Trump, but it was obvious from the outside that Hillary couldn't... I think you're projecting later knowledge back to contradict previous understandings. During 2016 there was a strong front...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I think he's just hoping to live somewhere that doesn't have bars on the windows. The Federal Prison in Butner, NC doesn't have bars on the windows. I looked on Google Earth and couldn't see if the place in Butner...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    THAT could be fun if he loses come November .... I think he's just hoping to live somewhere that doesn't have bars on the windows. Incidentally, that article and this one cover another of his self-inflicted problems: Donald Trump is...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    For a random moment of schadenfreude, a recent article in the Washington Post points out that due to existing contracts and zoning rules, Donald Trump may keep Mar-a-Lago as a resort or as his legal residence but not both. This...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Trump would certainly use it as a method of attack That goes without saying. Facts have never mattered, particularly when he's got someone to insult or taunt. Being born outside the US was fine with Republicans twelve years ago when...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    At first glance, attacking Biden for unacceptably touching women looks like a bizarre tactic to sane people, considering Trump's long and well attested history of "grabbing them by the pussy." But anyone who remembers sixteen years of American politics remembers...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    You might also find the latest In The Pipeline blog post for the culture contrast (biohacker vs. big Pharma)... I found it interesting and worthwhile just for the link to Chesterton's Fence, an old idea which somehow I'd never seen...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Is "TM 31-210" the US Army Improvised Warfare Manual? The full title is US Army Improvised Munitions Handbook (big river link); it doesn't cover warfare as a whole so much as weapons and timers soldiers might need to construct in...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    What is it about the bat immune system that allows them to stay healthy despite carrying umpteen different viruses and can we design something comparable for humans? Disclaimer: I am not a bat expert. As I understand it, bats don't...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I expect sometime we'll get a debrief on this from him, probably with a lot of swearing. I expect you're right. In the meantime we'd best cultivate patience....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Not connected to the plague, do any technically minded Brits have opinions about Sheffield's little security oops? Possibly even opinions that can be shared in public with minimal profanity. I'm not Bob Howard but I have to think that the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    ... and none of the cities in Southern California are interested in building a tzompantli. Rumors keep circulating that New York is very interested in building a Trumpantli. Many people would welcome it as an excellent civic improvement for Manhattan,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Most "give me my gun and ammo and I'll fix the world" types have no idea about logistics. For the US in WWII only 1 in 9 people in uniform were in a position to pull a trigger of some...
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