Dave P

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    @523: Given the number of folks with Jewish heritage in the early days of nuclear research, I doubt many would take that offer. They likely had too many friends or relatives with ties to the pogroms earlier in the century...
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    @538: I'll see your Dick Cheney and raise you a Duck Vader....
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    Me @109: Well, that didn't take long. Here's the non-paywalled link from MSN....
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    Here's a bit of news: The prime mover behind a lot of the rapid response vaccine and treatment approaches was - the boffins at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Here's a link to the Washington Post paywalled article....
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    Apropos of meatsacks traveling in outer space - I found this semi-scientific article on a fungus that feeds on ionizing radiation, with potential to be used as part of a radiation protection system....
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    @1909: Biden has said he'll pick his VP by 1 August. Harris, being a senator from California, would have a replacement named by Democratic governor Gavin Newsome, subject to a special election later. This is a safe seat replacement, unlike...
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    @1903: I'm perfectly happy to have Ms. Clinton as a retired SecState and leave it at that. If I were picking the Biden administration roles, I'd like: - Kamala Harris as VP - Susan Rice as SecState - Elizabeth Warren...
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    Me @1898: And as for Wikileaks, if Assange is 10% as smart as he claims to be, he knew exactly who he was getting those emails from. His release of them makes him a witting accomplice to the GRU influence...
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    @1894: I don't want to belabor a discussion of Comey, the GRU hacking of the DNC and Podesta, Wikileaks and their curiously open relationship with both the Trump campaign and the GRU. The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee validated the findings...
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    @1787: Boy, there's a lot of assumptions and suppositions in that story. "Had she held an unclassified account in the State Department’s official system, as the rules required, she certainly would have been hacked. Russian intruders were thoroughly inside that...
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    Charlie @1738: . . . her having an affair with Mitch McConnell. Ack - bring on the mind bleach! The game's rigged. Mandatory reference to Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows. @1739: must type faster or clowns will eat my fingertips ......
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    @1616: Thank you - this made me laugh out loud....
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    @1590: Including the University of Ulm, a town only mentioned in english language media during a Monthy Python sketch. A lovely town, even if you don't want to climb the 768 steps to the top of the Ulm Minster. Those...
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    @1529: United, Delta and American don't usually fly into combat zones. Most troop deployments go by chartered aircraft. Large-scale troop deployments are typically resourced by U.S. Transportation Command via charter airlines that are part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet...
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    Me @1501: Sorry, that was the Heritage Foundation, not the Hoover Institute. It WAS nearly 40 years ago....
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    @1496: And now for something completely different That's some fine Powerpoint engineering, that is. Must've been some good weed those fellas were smoking. First thoughts: - How do you sustain a working environment for the three chumps stuck at 140,000...
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    Charlie @1451: Sorry, comments touched a nerve. My mother's mother, my aunt and my mother all fought cancer, the first two to their deaths. When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, it nearly destroyed me, particularly as...
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    @1398: Justice Ginsburg has cancer again. As the spouse of a three-year cancer survivor, you don't get cancer "again". You fight constantly with drugs and supportive care to keep it at bay - it's ALWAYS there waiting to flare up...
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    @1304: Malta appears to be corporation friendly. The Malta Guide, posted as being run by an expat who moved there nine years ago, has this to say: What Makes Malta a Tax Paradise for Companies Then? The bright spot in...
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    Me @1301: A little quick web research shows i3 Biomedical is a biotech startup headquartered in Quebec with a marketing subsidiary, TrioMed, headquartered in Brussels but registered (and dodging EU taxes) in Malta. It lists a grand total of seven...
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    @1299: Call me back when there's a peer-reviewed study of the mask's effectiveness. This is another example of the press calling a publicity release science. Notably, they don't discuss the mechanism by which the mask "deactivates" the virus....
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    @1085: I suggest you look up surveys on how many kids were planned vs unwanted. . . I remember distinctly one conversation my mom and I had as adults when she told me she was really glad I was a...
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    And now for something completely different: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed an independently mobile robot to assist with tedious lab work. The wheeled robot with a single arm is designed to be able to use lab equipment...
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    Meanwhile, even Time Magazine in the U.S. has noticed the decaying prospects of the BoJo government. As the UK economy continues to contract due to COVID-19, pressure is mounting on the Tories to (once again) punt on the post-Brexit trade...
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    @675: Wir können alles. Außer Hochdeutsch. Yeah, that was already in use before we left Stuttgart in late 2017. And they say Germans don't have a sense of humor . . ....
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    @662: Swabian is quite distinct from Bavarian, the language is quite close to Swiss German. Swabian is also my least favorite German dialect; it grates on my ear. The way they swallow their pronunciation reminds me of the Alabama accent...
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    Me @656: I didn't spend much time in Bavaria, but if it's like Baden-Wuerttemberg, folks only wear the lederhosen and dirndls during Fests, or if they're in the tourist trade....
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    @557: Swabian, was the cultural background. The Swabiche in Baden-Wuerttemberg, being neighbors to the Bayeriche, have picked up a number of their cultural attributes, including the wearing of the lederhosen and dirndl; Stuttgart hosts a very nice version of Oktoberfest,...
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    @443: Wonder whether the military has developed specific tests to determine who's most at risk for this. Yes, for specific use cases. Hypobaric chambers have been used by the U.S. military, and sometimes by civilian airlines, since at least the...
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    @420: Hopping off a plane in Mexico City after a long-duration flight from, say, Schiphol Amsterdam then you're already well on the way to being acclimatised to the existing altitude. Umm, nope. You'd better be VERY careful about any physical...
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