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    Paul @ 189: Hint: to get around the paywall click "Inspect" in your web browser, search for "limited-access" and delete the "class" attribute that it's part of. The search returns "no match"....
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    Pigeon @ 1170: "I have no idea how the sheep ended up in the school cafeteria, but they usually did." Cooked or raw? Sheepishly wandering around. I believe it was almost a tradition that at some point during the school...
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    voidampersand @ 134: I was responding to some red herrings describing the US election system as magical thinking and comparing it to the recent fake referendums in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. Well, one difference is in the U.S. you don't have...
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    Dave Lester @ 122: Yes, ... "at least a bit". It's another scheme to pervert the law for the benefit of the rich?...
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    Greg Tingey @ 119: Yes ... it's absolutely certainly why the Brexshiteers wanted us out of the EU.As for the US, it looks as though the upcoming mid-terms are vital, more vital than 2024, because if the "R's" get control...
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    Government: How do you balance the needs of the undeserving poor against the desires of the undeserving rich?...
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    David L @ 94: I disagree with the bit about "Until... Trump came along". The GQP began it's descent into fascism in the mid-50s. Trump is the result of the idiocy, not the cause. W.C. Fields said, "You can't cheat...
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    Greg Tingey @ 63: David LI assume "red clay is a particularly infertile soil that also compacts horribly & is difficult to break up, or improve? Red clay "soil". About the only thing that grows well in it is Kudzu....
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    Pers @ 54: How difficult is it to stage a military coup? Asking for a friend... Not difficult enough....
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    Scurra @ 49: Got a link to an explanation of these "Freeport plans"? Google doesn't help much over here on the farside of the Atlantic. All I get are "plans" from the city council in "Freeport" any U.S. state ......
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    Pigeon @ 46: It's a nice fantasy, and I think it will happen right after Trumpolini announces on Truth Social that he was only kidding, Biden DID WIN the election....
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    SFReader @ 12: Any insights into connections across/between the various fascist parties that have been springing up all over Europe? You should look to the activities of Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort & Roger Stone and who is funding them? Bannon...
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    Charlie Stross @ 8: History tells us that when a major political faction is eliminated it leaves a power vacuum behind. In the case of the Tories, that power vacuum would be on the hard right. If we lucked out,...
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    NecroMoz: deanimator of the undead @ 1160: If it's fence-able it might be worth looking at a rent-a-goat-herd service who will normally use goats that have been trained to respect temporary electric fences. Since they also like novelty and eating...
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    ME @ 755: Ok, I was wrong about Bornholm. It belongs to Denmark, not Sweden. Substitute Danish Territorial Waters where I wrote Swedish territorial waters....
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    Heteromeles @ 741: Bottom line, I was wrong. PIGs won't fly in this scenario. But it was fun while it lasted....
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    SFReader @ 735: RE: 'within Russian territory (sea/water limits)' Just noticed that one of the articles said these explosions occurred in international waters. A previous article I'd read before posting said it was within Russia's waters. Which is it? Technically...
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    MSB @ 734: This is why I also doubt that Germany will foot any repair bills. Why repair something that is obsolete and won't be used again anyway? I don't know if anyone will repair the pipelines now or in...
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    David L @ 728: Pipeline PIGs. I'm NOT an expert. But from what I know about them you need both ends to cooperate on getting one through. If the extraction end of a pipe isn't in on it then you'll...
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    paws4thot @ 721: That's sort of my point. Having taken measures to avoid getting O2 (or air) into a hydrocarbon pipeline, you then need to take further extraordinary measures to actually do so. Actually exploding (used advisedly) the pipeline might...
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    Robert Prior @ 710: And who has form for attacking economic infrastructure (and civilian targets)? Without being in a declared war? Russia, America, Israel, and France off the top of my head. Doubtless others as well. You know better than...
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    Adrian Smith @ 707: I like Paws' idea that an explosive pig could have been inserted into the pipeline at the Russian end and pushed along by a puff of natural gas. I think it could meet the Occam's Razor...
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    AlanD2 @ 691: And... ok, in the US, at least, a lot of fishermen who have boats also have radar, for finding fish. I believe you're thinking about sonar, as radar doesn't work underwater. Some radars will, but they're not...
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    paws4thot @ 677: 652 - I'm not sure how you'd mix O2 and CH4 in a pipeline. Even the Ruzzians know enough about the gas properties involved to take active measures to not do that in a long distance gas...
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    Heteromeles @ 657: A bit of googling came up with an air-gas volumetric ration of 9.53:1 for pure methane to burn. In other words, for cubic meter of methane, you need 9.53 cubic meters of air. "Air" is mostly NOT...
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    Heteromeles @ 655: I have no direct knowledge, but I'd bet that those drug-running submarines are constructed to go down to no more than 20' or so - just enough to avoid detection from boats and planes. There would no...
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    Troutwaxer @ 652: The problem here is that gas itself is explosive. The only thing any record of an explosion proves is that the gas mixed with oxygen and a spark, and maybe Russia conscripted their maintenance workers... so I'm...
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    Troutwaxer @ 649: The "PIG" could carry explosives and a couple tanks of oxygen - instant big badda boom. Wouldn't need to carry oxygen tanks. You could just inject some oxygen into the pipeline ahead of the pig and let...
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    Heteromeles @ 641: What are the likeliest environmental impacts of such a leak? The tap was supposedly turned off but I'm guessing some gas might have still been inside. Basically, both pipes were full of gas, but not flowing. Making...
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    Rick Moen @ 616: What Zeihan finds most interesting is that "someone out there has now decided that core economic infrastructure is a viable target". Could be the harbinger of greater damage elsewhere. And who has form for attacking economic...
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