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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Yes, verified by Snopes (and, since I grew up there, also verified by a former Seminole tribal judge friend with whom I went to HS)....
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    Re: Cougar. How about an Everglades Panther? Said to be cougar but for a cowlick at the base of the tail. Four decades ago, I was working the Collier County Fair, selling Kaypros, and the booth next to me would...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    John Varley wrote Steel Beach and the rest of the (damned fine) Eight Worlds series....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Robert Prior asked: Has anyone written an alternate history where America did a Marshal Plan for the USSR, rather than encouraging corporate looting? Well, yes; the late Stuart Slade (the defense analyst, not the London playwright) wrote that into his...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    It's missing Cat....
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    For vets from my brothers' generation (I was from the tail end of a large family) I use "Thanks for dining on shit-on-a-shingle for us. Brave man!" which is guaranteed to get the point across in a non-saccharin way. For...
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    And a picture of the Portland lane protectors...
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    [AlanD2] Portland has recently started putting bike lanes between the sidewalk and the car parking lane. [OGH] This only really works if there's a raised kerb between the bike lane and the car parking lane. Portland uses plastic poles on...
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    Typo alert: Typed 40MW in the second graf, should be 30MW. Apologies....
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    Storage batteries near the grid nexus of an old coal plant. Sounds like a wizard idea, wot? Well, Oregon's largest public futility just brought 40MW of battery onto the grid, near our old coal power site, adjacent to wind and...
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    An interesting insight on OGH's biz, 'Content Creation': “Cultural producers who, in the past, may have focused on writing books or producing films or making art must now also spend considerable time producing (or paying someone else to produce) content...
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    [Tim H.] Re #300: Have been resisting the mention of King Ralph with gritted teeth. [Nojay] Re: #299: Hydro's also dependent on reliable rain. California ain't getting what they used to and is predicting hydro shortfalls. No surprise there, given...
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    By all means, automate The Queen In Perpetuity. Open Source the code, though. Don't want King Bender Rodriguez....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The Uvalde SWAT club looks like an appropriate racial mix for 70 miles from the Mexican border. Remember, lotsa German folk ended up in northern Mexico; that's where the tuba in Norteño music came from. https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/unclear-if-uvalde-swat-team-responded-to-texas-school-shooting/...
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    The .22TCM round which can be used in a pistol such as a 1911 or Glock (if appropriately modded) or factory-installed does, indeed, weigh more than the .22 Long Rifle cartridge which predominates when discussing .22 Anything....
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    Sasumata catchpoles? Enhance by integrating taser dart firing pistols into the catchpole, and you've got something....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    And that's why I carry a 10mm; for the bear. "Many proposed laws probably would not have much impact on curbing the mass shootings that dominate the news." - Washington Post, today....
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    No, no, a thousand times, no. Let's not provide funding and infrastructure to racist right-wing Bubbas to organize and become effective Trumpolini militia. I can't see anywhere near enough liberal folks signing up to counter this disaster....
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    Moz, you may find it comforting that you share the Haitian debt delusion with the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/world/americas/haiti-history-colonized-france.html...
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    Meanwile... Scots forced to drive more despite Glasgow blather for trains cuts by 1/3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0c807z2...
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    If little Finland can do it, Godzilla #1 is shown to be a non-problem. https://www.science.org/content/article/finland-built-tomb-store-nuclear-waste-can-it-survive-100000-years...
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    AlanD2 asked: Yup. I'm waiting for insurance companies to stop insuring housing in southern Florida due to flooding caused by rising sea levels. Trillions of dollars of real estate rendered unsaleable - I'm sure the howls of outrage will be...
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    It sounds like what's happening is that your prices marked on things are not the full story because they don't include sales tax, so when you take your purchases to the till, the cashier tots it all up and...
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    I would think that helicopters would get an extra 10-15 minutes just for clearance... don't big corporate jets still need to wait for a runway to take off from, or to land on another? Or do they get to...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    One thing Musk's companies get very right is that they try to create vertically integrated technology stacks It seems to be feature of driven companies led big a very strong "brilliant" single person. Ford (River Rouge Complex), Apple's Jobs...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Ain't the electronic program guide, the automatic (enabled not often enough) commercial skip function, the 30-second fast-forward and the seven-second oops-I-went-too-far buttons on the TiVo the greatest things since sliced bread? Don't know if I could stand the babble box...
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    (Quiz question: Why are all the Civil War statues of southern traitors ?) Poul-Henning, they ain't. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Union_Civil_War_monuments_and_memorials Civil Wars are for our Cousins Across The Pond. But you's a furriner, and therefore don't get taught much about what's properly...
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    For reference, seven (count them, seven) states have no-bullshit abortion rights laws. https://images.fatherly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/abortion-legality-map-september-2021.jpg Very proud mine is one of them. https://www.findlaw.com/state/oregon-law/oregon-abortion-laws.html...
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    Thirteen federal Circuit Courts (I worked for the Ninth Circuit). Thirteen Justices for the Supreme Court. Problem solved. Next question?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    And, the other lo-tech solution (inspired by discussion of umbrella hats) is a sunshade to erect over the Jeep when parked, preferably one on legs to allow air flow beneath the sunshade. White or aluminized fabric is best. Drill through...
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