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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Elderly Cynic @ 496: If you clean game and fish, you are putting shit down the sink, anyway. City slickers! Being a "city slicker" I don't have to clean game or fish, I can buy it ready to cook at...
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    David L @ 478: That picture is of the standard US based washer sold for 50 years or more in the US. Now the energy efficient ones don't have the center agitator bus cycle the inner drum back and forth....
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    whitroth @ 474: Charlie, I'm about 2/3rds of the way through Dark State, almost ready to buy the new one. One thing bothers me: no one has said *anything* about what the US did to, let's see, Gruinmarket was about...
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    Charlie Stross @ 6: Same shop, I think: he had to move a few years ago (ended up just up the road). Back in the 90s Mike ran the SF/F bookstore in the basement of Edinburgh's Forbidden Planet, before they...
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    ilya187 @ 1162: Apropos of nothing, what do all y'all think of the prototype US Space Force Dress Blacks? Immediately made me think of David Weber and Honor Harrington Made me think of Paul Verhoeven having an inappropriate relationship with...
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    PS: I saw the two tub type with a separate spin tub in Iraq. Don't know if they were British manufacture or not, but the electricity there used British style 220V plugs. The two tub washing machines I saw in...
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    Moz @ 408: Ditto. I'm more used to wishing they had two outlets, one for the wash cycle and one for the rinse cycle/lawn. But these days with 30 litres per complete cycle and better detergents (less salt added!) it's...
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    JHomes @ 407: "Top loaders are rare for a number of reasons, including: the need for a separate centrifuging tub in addition to the washing tub makes them far too wide" Eh? Our top loader has but the one tub,...
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    Moz @ 404: I quite like the old wringer washing machines, basically a tub with an electrically powered stirrer in it, and a couple of powered rollers over the top that you can feed clothes through the rid them of...
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    Pigeon @ 400: Laundromat machines are a different kettle of fish from domestic ones. Simple one-setting top-loaders, and gas-fired dryers that get the clothes dry in a few minutes instead of a couple of hours like domestic ones do, built...
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    whitroth @ 390: Philly had Lit Bros, and Gimbals - we *may* have been the home store - and the upscale Wannamakers, right across from City Hall. I used to buy clothes and shoes at Sears and Penney's. Around here...
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    David L @ 387: I have to wonder how much of all of this is related to the fact that washing machines in Europe and very different beasts than those in the US. What we in the US consider a...
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    paws4thot @ 370: #354 - Are they? I've not seen the film (ever) but the obvious difference between a real VW type 62/82 Kubelwagen and VW type 181 Trekker is that the Kubel has exposed headlights and the Trekker's are...
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    Moz @ 365: Sometimes the best you can hope for is to serve as a warning to others./i> I'll leave it as a verbal warning, thank you very much! That one experience was enough for me to swear off hand-grenades...
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    The War on Terror Was Corrupt From the Start Windfalls of WarAfter a decade of war, the Center for Public Integrity took an in-depth look at the billions of dollars spent on military contracts that are not competitively bid. Call...
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    AJ (He/Him) @ 351: Not available to me in the UK... What is parked in the background? I have seen the film but I don't remember noticing anything. Apart from that it wasn't a great film... Alex drove it for...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 343: Accidental discharges were known, but almost all were the result of idiocy, including one person who killed himself by putting a loaded, cocked rifle into the back of a pickup and then driving over an African...
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    Mikko Parviainen (he/him) @ 338: We didn't have anyone killed from a negligent discharge, but a couple of the guys gave it the old college try. Sometimes I'm amazed how few accidents, especially fatal accidents, there are in the Finnish...
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    Geezer-with-a-hat @ 316: In the swedish language we have this handy mnemonic ABC ("Andning" - breathing, "Blödning" - bleeding, "Chock" - shock) which gives the priority order in triage situations (and the implied "everything else will have to wait") We...
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    whitroth @ 278: Did your dad ever say anything about the plans publised in Evergreen? Ramparts? or was it the Atlantic? Somewhere like that, around 1979, in an article about a high school student's science project, based on declassified documents,...
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    Nojay @ 271: Life in the USA would be a lot less unpleasant if, for example, someone turned the taps and the conveyor belts off off and the USA lost the 40% of electricity generated by natural gas and the...
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    It's after 300, so ... Stupid movie on YouTube - Escape to Athena "a 1979 British adventure comedy war film" ... "Free" with commercials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxfiQQaESXE Pause it at 15:10 and look at what's parked there in the background. It's not...
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    paws4thot @ 270: #265 - Triage - Do you imagine this doesn't happen following major incidents?Legal angle - I won't say specifically how/why I know this but the military do have fatal accidents involving accidental or unsafe discharge of weapons...
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    Robert Prior @ 263: https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_the_magic_washing_machine Looks like it got cut short. Extra letter 'e' tacked onto the end of machine (machinee)...
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    Robert van der Heide @ 231: I’d call that an extremely successful defense on Vietnam’s part." I'd call it an even more stupid, useless war (on both sides) than the U.S.'s 10+ year long misadventure in Vietnam. Especially coming so...
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    Greg Tingey @ 221: JBSI have kept my old set of Whitworth sockets .... Cool. Now I know who to call on if anyone ever gives me another broken down Morris Minor....
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    paws4thot @ 183: Further to Charlie's #182, you do understand the difference between a nuclear powered vessel and one with nuclear weapons? I'd say apparently not....
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    David L @ 174: Those who have been vaccinated almost never need an ICU bed. The ratio in the US seems to be 19 to 1. Unvaccinated to vaccinated. Which in a very crude analysis leads to 90% of the...
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    David L @ 171: Welcome to Trumpism. We don't need no sticking furners telling us what to do. Which is why I own two of everything like sockets, open and box end wrenches, and Allen wrenches. And all kinds of...
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    Damian @ 162: The entertaining thing is that (federal health minister) Greg Hunt's go-to reason to reject pandemic advice from (highly respected health economist) Stephen Duckett was that the latter predicted blowing through ICU capacity in the event of something...
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