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  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Happy Ending #2: Flight ANA 008 is recognized and permitted to land on a near-mothballed California ANG. The passengers and crew interned followed by mutual failure of infection quarantine protocols. Mortality among returned passenger and crew is >90%. Mortality across...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    For a bit of light(?) humor related to internal smuggling, there is this recent case from Canada. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/royal-canadian-mint-employee-convicted-of-theft-after-smuggling-out-162k-in-gold-nuggets-inside-his-butt I have been to private sector competitors of the Mint and security was much, much tighter. By far, more than recent airport...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    That's an easy one: statistical science, particularly that involving cohort studies, evolved from actuarial science. Which, in turn, was developed in response to the creation of risk-based insurance premiums which apparently date to the mid-18th century. There's also a big...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    How about the [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Madrid_Seismic_Zone"]New Madrid Seismic Zone[/url], instead? I lost count at a couple dozen civilian nuclear plants within the potential zone, plus Y-12 and some de-activated weapons production facilities. Not to mention chemical storage facilities that could not withstand...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I know a mycologist / mushroom hunter who absolutely loves eating lobster mushrooms (Hypomyces lactifluorum), a fungus that parasitizes the fruiting bodies of mushrooms which, in turn, are either symbiotic or parasitic on the roots of specific trees. Quite delicious,...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Office Depot expressly rejects e-waste items containing radioactive elements. A quick search indicates that, in North Carolina, the recommended method of disposal of smoke detectors containing Am-241 is return to the manufacturer. Good luck with that....
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Don't forget the release of Vampire: The Masquerade(tm) RPG in 1991. The RPG had many literary and cultural influences but it spawned a legion of angsty, misunderstood vampires onto the SF/F bookshelves and TV screens....
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Coincidental with the Air India 182 bombing was the Narita Airport bombing which occurred during handling of luggage from Air India flight 301. Presumably, the timing device on that bomb experienced partial failure and detonated later than when the flight...
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