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Michel2Bec

  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    " Ask Grayling? Or Gove?" All great artists, we are just unappreciative peons....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    2021 starts with a strong 2020 clown circus feeling : "Microsoft Word/ Google Docs issue compatibility issue causes Gohmert lawsuit to miss submission deadline" https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-word-google-docs-issue-gohmert-lawsuit/ Incompetence at this level is an art form....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Brexit Progress !!! "Exclusive-Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules" https://www.reuters.com/article/britain-eu-facebook-exclusive-idUSKBN28P2HH...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    acoup is a great blog. the articles about bread taught me a few things about subsidence agriculture (and the mindset of the subsidence farmer). Probably nothing new for you given your areas of interest....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    "--Even the classical Greeks knew about coal being *really good* for metallurgy. However, they only used surface deposits, and when those were gone, that was it. This was also true of China and elsewhere. The lesson? Coal isn't magical stuff,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Under Windows, there is an old utility(*) than allow you to build your own signed keyboard driver - it is a quite tedious process, but there is also a number of pre built keyboard drivers on the web. I'm using...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Speaking of statues I just saw this one on twitter : https://twitter.com/p_zalewski/status/1326808434281418752 "Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has just unveiled a giant statue of his favorite dog" Does Ivanka have a favorite dog ? (in 4 years ?)...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Given everything that has happened, not the least of which around Covid, for Trump to be increasing his voter base says to me that the true believers are more numerous than many are willing to admit." Being from France, where...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "But it only worked because enough voters were either inclined to vote that way anyway, or to stupid to understand a very simple concept - employee good / contractor bad" Seen from europe : it's been a looong time USA...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Modern Internet is a pain, more often than not. I have a special place in hell for the sites that only load thru Javascript. Even, with my standard uBlock + Cookie Autodelete settings blocking a lot of crap the difference...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    uBlock Origin will help you here, under Firefox,new Edge and *even* ad-friendly-Chrome, I just checked....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Smallpox may be extinct in the wild but there are still samples in biological warfare labs around the world for an absolute certainty" It's not even needed ; I remember reading an article about rebuilding it starting from cowpox (which...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Paranoia" was one of the best RPG of the 80s. Looks like a "code 7" mission....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I remember reading an article on these ants / termites. It turns out that if you remove the active workers, the lazy workers take they work. It is probably built-in resilience, which is often the contrary of optimal efficiency, as...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "DOES NOT MEAN That "good" & "evil" do not exist" I don't believe in Good, but I know Evil when I see it ? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see_it )...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "the French were probably the least abusive..." "The later ones, yes - but the French were settling Quebec ..." Maybe to the local indian tribes, not to the slaves. Lets not forget that a big part of the south was...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    " https://aftertherapturepetcare.com/ " : this one made me spill my tea thru the nose. I almost died. The creativity of grifters is endless, this scheme is even better than cryogenics because you have no capital to expend, only a unverifiable...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    "I've read that someone in Lebanon still had hopes of extracting a payment from the original owner of the nitrate, and that was more iffy under Lebanese law if the cargo was sent on. Presumably that person wasn't responsible for...
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    Well your fertilizer may be mixed with stabilizing products, specially if it is sold to non professionals in a reasonable country. Here is a safety sheet, in case you have the pure stuff : https://www.austinpowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ammonium_Nitrate.pdf TLDR : keep it well...
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    Ammonium Nitrate can be remarkably stable, up to the point where it goes bang. My engineering school is a descendant of the "école des poudres", so when the AZF disaster struct a chemical engineer did an article in the school...
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    How long untill english immigrants are as badly considered as ... say italians in the 1930s ? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/brexit-fuels-brain-drain-as-skilled-britons-head-to-the-eu "Co-author Daniel Tetlow added: “We’re observing a new social migration phenomenon and a redefining of what it means to be British-European. In...
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    "the DNC VP choice has become about checking certain boxes and rewarding factions in the DNC with a total disregard for actually winning" In french : "Vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué"...
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    I cannot agree more. But the number of people that prefer ideological purity over practical progress is always worrying....
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    Some people are less than happy about the potential candidates : https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/07/kamala-harris-or-susan-rice-the-veepstakes-appears-to-have-kicked-out-two-truly-terrible-choices.html What's your take ? I kind of like this site, but they are also often not shy of pushing pie in the sky "solutions"....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Try getting an american or englishman pronounce the "vre" in french "lièvre". (not that I'm any good with "th" in english)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Not to worry: England is collectively saying "hold my beer"" The proud Americans won't be one-upped : "Here in Texas, political leaders have been at odds with one another, and residents sharply disagree about the danger the virus poses and...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    " What's the PROFIT in dismantling the Mid Class? What's in it for them?" : The same reason people try to be on top in supposedly classless "socialist republic" societies : power, privilege and mostly the pleasure of seeing other...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I haven't tried the RPG, maybe this setting may interest you : https://killsixbilliondemons.com/ https://killsixbilliondemons.com/kill-six-billion-demons-rpg-full-release/ So far, nobody in the story has a clean slate....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The level of outright incompetence and/or corruption in German banking is truly unbelievable. Whenever i take a look at English edition of German newspaper or at https://ftalphaville.ft.com/ I find a new tall tale. And I do not read these papers...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Apparently, if the story is juicy enough, it can survive a looong time (or it may be mere coincidence and clicbait) : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.html...
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