Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    It should be noted that Anslinger and Hearst both campaigned in the ugliest and most racist fashion imaginable - really a complete horrorshow in modern terms....
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    Seatbelts became non-optional items in the U.S. starting in the late 1960s or early 1970s. By the 1980s seatbelts were coming with shoulder straps, at least in the front seats, and seatbelt use became mandatory in (I think) the late...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I would describe a variable as being like an envelope. Either you or the math (computer program) decides what to put in the envelope. But you treat it as an abstraction that holds something....
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    I should note one more thing about the "expanding matter" theory. It explains why we can't detect anything that powers gravity. But if both space and matter were expanding at once, we'd be pushed against worlds from both sides -...
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    "Another possibility: changes in the gravitational constant will affects the rate of atomic fission/fusion at some threshold/critical level. (What are min/max distances over which electrons can bind vs.jump ship to another atom?)" You know son, we're very lucky we still...
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    It would only logical that the anti-fusion is producing anti-matter right? And that's why the Earth is about to explode!* * Probably on December 31st, because what could make 2020 worse? (Don't answer that question!)...
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    But if you drew all the continents on a balloon, and you blew up the balloon, the continents would grow with the rest of the balloon. So why haven't the continents grown with the Earth? The continents have iron inside...
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    It's odd you should mention Sagittarius A... Growing Earth theory must be true, because apparently a new study says we're 2000 light years closer to Sag A than we thought. https://phys.org/news/2020-11-earth-faster-closer-black-hole.html...
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    True, but 20-30 million years from now, what are the chances of someone finding such a thing?...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    You might check to see if they have a premium package. I have one here with AAA in the U.S. and the premium package will get me towed anywhere within a hundred miles for $20 more/year....
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    Greg - and Whitroth - I don't think Allynh actually believes that this stuff is true. I think he's saying that it makes excellent fodder for alternate-world science-fiction and fantasies, not to mention a good general source of stories....
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    There are Toyota hybrids, like the RAV-4 that will get you up much higher, and of course the vans will get you off the ground very nicely. Not sure about the Honda versions, but they're nice too....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Because she'd merged her consciousness with someone who did know about Google. And Libraries. And all that other stuff....
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    I should note that no author catches all their own problems. This is a failure on the part of the editors and it could have been fixed with a couple paragraphs of First-of-Spies-and-Liars being sad about the stupidity of her...
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    I think the problem with this part of the book (which I otherwise enjoyed and have reread multiple times) was that Cassie didn't spend an afternoon Googling, then spend an hour thinking through what she could or could not tell...
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    Balderdash. If you're having those problems you're buying the wrong cars. My Prius has gone 165,000 miles with nothing more than ordinary maintenance,* and I've been told by my mechanic that I can safely buy a used one with up...
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    "I'm beginning to suspect that all forms of "spirituality" suck ...." I'll bow out of that discussion ASAP. I was speaking to the magic/tech issues in the Laundryverse....
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    Now if I could only find a Herkimer Battle Jitney! https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wQEw4k4T42Y/maxresdefault.jpg...
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    Not only the population density, but Christianity and other "major" religions (that is, magick suppressing religions) have had considerable trouble adapting to the truths which science has exposed, which has caused a measurable part of the population to go looking...
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    I had a couple Tomita records back in the day. Holst's "The Planets" and one other, I forget which. I should listen to "The Planets" again soon....
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    Boba Yoda?...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Ooops. You're probably right. And not to disrespect anyone, but different people handle animals in different ways, and do so successfully....
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    "Um, also? Your description of what the horsey girlfriend did in another post? Does not parse...and I've got more than a few creds in that area. Allowances made for lack of knowledge, but all the same...does not parse." She made...
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    They're whacked. I blocked them long ago....
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    Hate Murdoch, not Rudd. I've hated Murdoch news properties for a very long time....
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    Frankly, I hate the guy, definitely one of the liars who brought us Trump. Further, I think that right-wing nutcase news is the most underprotested industry on the planet!...
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    Yes, but it's not just a matter of regenerative braking. It's a whole suite of technologies. For example, after you've been stopped for a couple seconds, the engine shuts down. Under thirty-five the car can run as a pure electric,...
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    I guess - I don't know anything about what you were driving - but the point is that my Prius didn't lose mileage during long trips at freeway speeds....
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    Otherwise you'd notice that a significant number of trucks are driven by...those of us of the female persuasion. Often pulling horse trailers or hay trailers. This reminds me of the wonderful truck story of my then-girlfriend and my best friend....
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    -Snorts disgustedly- California resident here....
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