John Hughes

John Hughes

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    Violent agreement. As of 2018, the United Kingdom is the only country to have successfully developed and then abandoned a satellite launch capability. All other countries that have developed such a capability have retained it either through their own space...
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    Not sure this is snark, so, paper is about how many COVID-19 cases are worse than "mild" (vs vitamin D levels). It certainly was snark. The paper sounded interesting, but throwing in the little factoid about low vitamin D in...
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    Maybe that's where "Live Free or Die" came from. Tu veut dire "Vivre Libre ou Mourir"? (It's use in the French revolution appears to predate it's use by John Stark in 1809, the source of New Hampshire's motto)....
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    Also Spain and Italy populations are know to have lowish Vitamin D levels.Which explains why Spain an Italy have lower death rates per capita than the UK. Wait, what?...
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    she made absolutely no secret of her loathing for anything at all to do with space or launchers, as, quite obviously, there was no money to be made from it And she was correct for once Three things: 1.the assertion...
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    Incidentally, what does the USAF regard as being the edge of space?Low enough for the X-15 to count. 50 miles....
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    Incidentally, what does the USAF regard as being the edge of space?Low enough for the X-15 to count. 50 miles....
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    And, incidentally, 50/49 years since Black Arrow - killed by the madwoman ... Margaret Thatcher, UK PM from 1979 somehow managed to cancel Black Arrow in 1971, do tell. Apparently the Secretary of state for Education had more powers than...
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    I would guess if other western country of choice hadn't switched to single-payer/government health care 50+ years ago they also would find it impossible to switch now. Probably. The two systems I know (UK, France), required a world war to...
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    Most people are more afraid of change that MIGHT not work out for the better than keeping the same mediocrity.Nah, the biggest problem with single player is that it would be available to black people too....
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    Charlie Stross -- eldritch monsters and pharmacy hints. Best make sure not to take my cough medicine on trips. Not that I'm going to be taking any trips for a while......
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    The game show of the year! It’s time to play “What Was Trump Asked About”! We give you a Trump rant and you guess what he was asked about in the first place. https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/1261763604141035520...
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    And you should know that the film ends with all life on earth being wiped out by a doomsday machine. Dr. Strangelove: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why...
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    Soviet fears about the first strike capabilities represented by IRBMs in Turkey were rational ... [ ... ] Which was a NATO decision that came in 1979 while Jimmy Carter was still President. It was a response to NATO's...
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    But you reacted to it above as if you were making a serious reply... oh well.If you didn't understand that Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was a very serious film you missed...
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    did actually try to buy paracetamol with NAC in Boots the Chemist in Leeds, years ago, was met with uncomprehending blank stares. Seems it might be available as a prescription, if you have someone at home who might accidentally...
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    Note when Sir Humphrey indicates the Soviets would be able to stop Polaris (around 0:16-0:28).Well, the Soviets, unlike the Americans, actually did have a missile defence system. No idea whether it would work, and it only "protects" Moscow. Sir Humphrey...
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    It's a quote from the movie "Dr. Strangelove." If you haven't seen it, you must, particularly if you were born before 1985 or so.My favorite film, I've lost count of how many times I've seen it....
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    I was expressing my amazement that anybody would be allowed to sell a potentially lethal drug without clearly writing the dosage on the packaging. That you can work out the dosage is nice, that you have to is insane. The...
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    The bottle doesn't say how much acetaminaphen is in each caplet, just not to take more than 4,000mg and not to take more than 8 caplets in one day. I arrived at the 500mg guess by dividing 4,000 by 8.WTF!...
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    Pretty much any good intervention looks like a massive over-reaction. By the time people realise there's a problem it's already too late An expert said (and I quote from memory): In a pandemic any action you take seems like it's...
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    Blow the doubly incontinent - there are pads for that, which would be invisible under his paunch. Well there are some suspicious bulges in some photos......
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    Your mention of the Russians is a straw man Huh? These deterrents were specifically designed to be used against Russia (or more exactly the USSR), it's just an interesting coincidence that the population distribution comes up with remarkably similar effects...
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    (Small error, I meant every American or Russian town... If there was a need to hit both it would need to involve Franco-Anglais cooperation -- "You take the Yanks and I'll nail the Russkis")....
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    That was the 'theory' of MAD :-( But it ignored two facts: (1) that the USA has always been able to glass-carpet everyone else with militarily survivable damage Both the UK and France have enough nukes to put a warhead...
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    Oh, you already said that. Sorry, misread your comment....
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    Of course the Senate Intel Committee was the one that released a report a few weeks ago that said Russia DID interfere with the 2016 election.And yesterday the republican chair of that committee, Richard Burr was raided by the FBI,...
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    But does it work on cats? (A second cat has just been tested positive in France, bringing the world total up to something like 10, probably not counting the tigers and lions which have been tested positive in the Bronx...
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    Tara Reade has witnesses—multiple people she told, contemporaneously, about her experiences of being sexually harassed and assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993.This seems to be untrue....
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    "Oh, you're going to connect things to the network so you can access them? Yes, we've been doing that since the ..."See rfc2324: 418 I'm a teapot Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error...
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