David L

David L

  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    IIRC, when Chamberlain came back, he tod his cabinet: "Gentlemen, prepare for war" Now a reference on that would be interesting. It goes against everything I've heard/read about him at the time....
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    See the past 2-3 days headlines I have to wonder what headlines you see. For whatever reasons my Apple and Google news feeds at times include Daily Mail, Guardian, and other UK sources mixed in with my dose of US...
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    I was, of course, using the std. US-ism, where the media, etc, say "Congress" and they men the House, as opposed to the Senate, even though Congress includes both Houses. Yep. But as this is a blog with most readers...
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    One of the most interesting complaints by these apparently right-wing ministers was how many of them had been taken to task by their congregation or the elders running their churches, even fired, for preaching the gospel and what Jesus actually...
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    Luckily, the Dems have Congress, Ahem. They have the House....
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    Given that the F channel has been the ministry of propaganda for the last few years, having it turn on the administration says something very interesting. There's been some internal division there for over a year now. The day...
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    There are probably many more certified nuclear engineers* like him sitting around and waiting for a job opening. And, like my colleague, very willing to relocate. Interesting conversations at his farewell party. Well we're graduating them locally. https://www.ne.ncsu.edu/ I understand...
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    In the US that seemed to peak with the concept of building a "sealed" house. Now that most everyone knows that a healthy house needs to breath (for lots of reasons) the issue of radon from counter tops is mostly...
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    It started shortly after WWII (Levittown, NY, for example). But it took 20-30 years to ramp up. Sorry. Much much less. My current house and many that were built in the 60s were the 2nd suburban house for those WWII...
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    how 'bout just shooting the developers of subdivisions, move people deeper into the metro areas, and go back to having locally-grown fruits and veggies, as we did till the seventies They build them because people want them and will pay...
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    Nursing homes for developed world citizens in developing countries are much better than domestic ones. It's all about labor costs. Taking care of elderly (or not) who need help eating, bathing, toilet issues, etc... is labor intensive. And very hard...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    for $20/day? Well not really. U-Haul wants $0.50 / mile in most of the US. So it's really a lot higher unless you're near a location and not moving very far. But their vans are great and made for DIY...
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    I'd also make waaaay more than one superclone, so that the whole effort isn't wiped out in a year by some stupid bug or fungus. I keep seeing people here talk about how in the not too distant future animals...
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    One carer can look after 2-5 people who need "full time" care while they're working, sure, but that means three shifts and you don't necessarily end up much better than 1:1 at scale Not really. It takes more than 1:1....
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    Yes. But I've decided it is not the major reason. I had to deal with too many (now dead) older relatives and those of friends who just refuse to go to the doctor until they need an ambulance. And if...
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    Ok, never been to the Caribbean, but I have a real problem believing what she told you - I'd check your bogosity meter. My wife works for one of the US major airlines. And has for nearly 30 years. I...
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    Err, please note that the Tiguan is based on a compact car. Compact for the US. But not from my (limited) experience in Europe. Someone else was calling a Toyota RAV an SUV. I'm sure the RAV-4 is smaller than...
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    For hauling cargo, especially bulky items, I have a small (4'x8') two wheel trailer that can carry as much as most pickup trucks. And because I only hook it up when I need to move "cargo" I don't have the...
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    Obviously I am a fish, because my next car will almost certainly be an SUV. ... (What converted me was a recent road trip in Canada—about 1200km along the trans-Canada highway, with a side-quest off into the wilds of the...
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    Frank fucking Lorenzo, who in the late 80's literally drove Eastern Airlines into bankruptcy and dissolution, because he wanted to break the airline's unions. Not quite all of the story. Like Pan Am and other older airlines they didn't really...
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    At least in the US a lot of rural state highways are two lane, undivided with 55mph speed limits. Which means head on collisions at 110mph Given how most people are over the limit you're really talking up to 130mph....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    ANOTHER reason never, ever to use these crooks. Oh I use Lyft (or Uber if Lyft is not an option) in the US. With all of their warts they are still better than the taxis in most of the US....
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    Also, the Kuwait War was a bit too small-scale and far away to qualify; most Americans couldn't point to Kuwait on a map (or even spell its name). Ah, nope. It WAS a big deal. Just over too soon before...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    simplify things somewhat Full blown sarcasm here....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    ...at least I don't think it is - because I don't really understand what this US concept of "registering with a party" means. From context it sounds as if you have to put your name down on some official list...
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    “What stops us using "cars as a service" right now is not a lack of an AI in each car, or a lack of electrification. It is that late-stage capitalism doesn't work that way.” Actually it turns out late stage...
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    Aeroplane tools honestly do need more detailed specs for reasons. My point was that for other than specialized tools, allowing competition with performance metrics for a military purchase of ordinary items drives the costs up by obscene amounts. It all...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Well, some of those power lines would have to cross national borders. The political reality is that nation-states won't allow that sort of vulnerability. Therefore, solar is a non-starter. Much of New York and New England would go dark, or...
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    Sorry for the diversion deep in to a local US thing. Where are you? For some reason I thought you were up in Wake Forest. I AM house sitting for my daughter who is on a belated honey moon trip....
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    OK, I have been measuring. My Mum loves about 5/8 mile from downtown, a similar distance from open farmland, and about 3/4 mile from 20 story residential. So how do you class that? Not very typical for much of the...
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