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    SFReader @ 561: Re: Beirut A question because I've zero knowledge of how explosives work ... Why is there something that looks like a mushroom cloud/balloon before the major blast/explosion? (Third Tweet time stamp :01 - right at the very...
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    David L @ 552: Roosevelt sold 50 destroyers to the Royal Navy in 1940 in the Destroyers for Bases deal. If that is blocked, the RN would have had significantly fewer ships suitable for defending against a Channel invasion force....
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    Nojay @ 551: Re: the Beirut explosion. Yes, 2700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in barely-adequate conditions for at least seven years (it was supposedly unloaded from a cargo ship in 2013 after it was arrested for being unseaworthy and...
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    Allen Thomson @ 536: Because coumarin has been mentioned here, morphic resonance caused this to appear: https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/tonka-beans Coumarin and Coumadin (Brand Name for Warfarin) are not the same thing. The one you want to be careful of is Castor Beans...
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    Heteromeles @ 534: Might think about checking your timing a bit. For example, FDR was assisting the British against the Nazis long before 12/7/41, so there's no reason for that to stop. Just so you know, I consider your dismissive...
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    Heteromeles @ 511: RE: Alt-WWII Let's see: the US does get into the Pacific theater, doesn't get into the European theater. Why? Who knows. Perhaps the German-American/Lindbergh arm is just enough more powerful that FDR covertly supports the anti-Nazi fight,...
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    Uncle Stinky @ 506: That lot of wankers calling themselves America's Frontline Doctors that had the press conference spamming Republican reopen-style talking points? Not front line at all.https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/87797 Key extract[- "none of the most vocal members have practices that would...
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    Robert Prior @ 505: It really is getting annoying to be repeatedly called an American Which is a very Canadian thing to say… Thing is, Canadians ARE "American", as much as anyone born here in the USA. Mexicans too, but...
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    mdlve @ 502: Suggests to me that Stalin would have jumped on this opportunity and promised these physicists anything to get them onboard. The US not entering the war in Europe would also mean Stalin would have been able to...
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    mdlve @ 475: That isn't a restaurant - there is no way a restaurant would allow a table to be occupied by a single sitting for "hours and hours" - restaurants rely on turning tables over as fast as possible....
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    This whole damn thing is all Reagan's fault (and Thatcher's). Think about it. Because of the "greed is good" mentality that has pervaded both sides of the Atlantic since Reagan/Thatcher, we've raised up two whole generations of GREEDY SELFISH ASSHOLES!...
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    JReynolds @ 468: Would the US even have bothered with the Manhattan Project if they were only fighting Japan? Or if they weren't involved in either war at all? That's a good question. When did the British share the "Tube...
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    Heteromeles @ 455: Give FDR some credit too, I think. He was preparing for war with the Axis long before the US public came around. I agree. But without Hitler's declaration of war on the U.S., for which I at...
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    Autarch @ 443: The Manhattan D.A. is investigating Donald Trump and his company. There's just over 91 days to go to the election. Not sure how this could go. On and on ... it'll go on and on ... and...
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    Charlie Stross @ 430: That old smoothie Winston Churchill pulled a fast one on Hitler by declaring war on Japan without waiting for Parliament to act, causing Hitler in turn to declare war on the U.S. in a tit-for-tat response....
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    It's not always bad news. Kid uses a technique he saw on TV to stay afloat when he was swept out to sea. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-53637025...
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    David L @ 388: Well Japan declared war on the US first. But got the timing wrong by an hour or so. They didn't. Even allowing for the delay in decoding, it's just more diplomatic obfuscation replying to Secretary of...
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    icehawk @ 385: until he could get the Southern segments of the Senate and House to vote for war against Germany. The USA did not declare war on Germany in WW2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_declaration_of_war_upon_Germany_(1941) Admittedly it didn't come until after Hitler declared...
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    RockyTom @ 379: Is there a reason you don't use a 7 day pill box to ensure that you've taken today's pills? Your method sounds like it works for you, but I wouldn't remember which pill I was up to......
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    Pigeon @ 366: Lacrosse was originally a military training exercise. The Turks on Gallipoli used bombs with long enough fuses that you stood a good chance of being able to pick them up and chuck them back. The Brits and...
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    Heteromeles @ 360: Considering who started this, I think a cricket bat may be more to hand. Or, since it's winter, a nice, big golf umbrella to establish appropriate space. I don't own a cricket bat. It's not a sport...
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    mdlve @ 335: So it appears the Biden campaign may be trying to lose Florida - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/07/karen-bass-cuba-venceremos-brigade/614662/ You're reading way too much into it. AFAIK, Bass is only one of a number of women being considered. She's not even near...
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    Heteromeles @ 332: No, I mean a leaf blower. Unfortunately, anyone who's going to call a long F2F meeting in an enclosed room either has a real crisis on their hands (at which point the stunts need to be abandoned),...
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    _Moz_ @ 322: Oh, and I've been looking at cheap rural properties within wired internet distance of train stations. Boss doesn't want me moving to Aotearoa... they have fibre to just about every premises and it's cheaper than Australia's "fibre...
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    David L @ 315: A directional (via a tube) fan that makes a lot of noise. Mainly used to blow leaves and yard debris into the street to piss off the local city crews who get to deal with storm...
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    Mallen @ 302: The only thing that could stop it is a strait up coup and a hail of gunfire. Which cannot be entirely ruled out. Trumpolini is already defying the Supreme Court on DACA....
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    Troutwaxer @ 256: The office "Sergeant At Arms" of the House of Representatives is not an important law-enforcement position. It's far more ceremonial, much more along the lines of "Sergeant At Arms, are the chamber doors open and are all...
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    David L @ 219: and had a learning curve. As someone who on some days will use 20 different keyboards and mice/trackballs/trackpads from different vendors with different concepts of how things SHOULD work ... Now that my life will be...
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    whitroth @ 193: Sorry, but I don't understand why you think a new House can not be formed. In fact, a later section of the Amendment explicitly says that the House must meet at least once a year, and that...
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    David L @ 188: And I too am developing a toothache. I'm not sure why it hurts because that tooth had a root-canal & has a crown. There shouldn't be anything there to feel the pain. If it is in...
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