AlanD2

AlanD2

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Politicians (Putin) are very good at ignoring facts/opinions that imply their great plan is wrong. Bush/Cheney were good at this too......
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    Someone twisted Erdogan's arm, oh dear, how sad I sure somebody made Erdogan's change of heart very profitable for him... :-(...
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    The court has at different times told various states & local governments that public schools and public school officials cannot REQUIRE prayer or bible readings or other religious observances. From what I remember, the court said that public schools and...
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    I dunno. It would only take one crossing the aisle to break the tie. On really important issues (gun control, immigration, abortion, etc.), there is currently no tie in the Senate. Since 2 Democrats side with Republicans on these issues...
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    The Americans do use legislation to amend statute law the same way that we do, they just don't seem to do it that way for constitutional change. Trying to add a new U.S. Constitutional Amendment is a real nightmare -...
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    ...what happens if/when the "R's" manage to grab power in 2024 & the whole USA goes fascist, eh? I'm afraid we're likely going to find out - and most of us in the U.S. are not going to be happy......
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    Blue States secede and join Canada (forming the United States of Canada - USC) leaving the remaining backwards poverty stricken Red State to form the United States of Jesus (USJ) The JesusLand map is cute, but it doesn't really show...
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    But y'all are missing the most important point. There was NO Shutdown or Power Off Option on the menu when I needed to shut off the computer the other night. The three-finger salute (Ctrl-Alt-Del) should work in most situations. (Although...
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    Anyways, I did a search and one result suggests his gambling debt might have been paid off by a higher authority (DT/GOP?). I think we can eliminate DT. He's well know for vacuuming money in but never giving it away......
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    It's hard to tell from here whether abortion is really a central thing or just a wedge issue that's got away from them. Definitely a wedge issue, in my opinion. If the GOP really cared about the lives of babies/children,...
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    Ultimately, the target is Brown v. Board of Education. Ultimately, the target is getting rid of public education altogether. Those people don't need an education, after all... :-(...
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    Unless good guys fight as viciously and as dirty as the bad guys. Then it becomes difficult to tell who is who... :-(...
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    I just watched the new HBO documentary "Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes", which exposes the lies that the Soviet government told its citizens about the accident (which later helped lead to the downfall of the USSR). Rather depressing, as it shows...
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    A perhaps more subtle question is why are leaves not black? Perhaps because they'd get too hot to photosynthesize efficiently?...
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    Tying your calendar to astronomical phenomena is merely a choice of implementation. Not when you're a farmer trying to decide when to plant your crop......
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    Also there may never come another leapsecond, as USA/DoD is still trying to get them abolished. Just like all those countries who refused to give up the Julian calendar, despite the Gregorian calendar being more accurate. Who needs reality, anyway?...
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    Yes, raccoons are both pretty intelligent and physically agile. But they can be aggressive and don't get along with other species which can be a limiting factor in running a planet. Are you suggesting our limited ability to get along...
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    Actually, Troutwaxer's mostly right AFAIK, in that birds have more neurons/gram than we do, and the smaller avian/dinosauaran neurons seem to work just as well as bigger mammalian neurons do. Not surprising, given that the brain of any flying organism...
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    CORVIDS - amazingly clever avians are corvids. Don't forget Alex, the African Grey parrot. He was said to have the English vocabulary of a human 5-year-old....
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    Just because you'd probably live longer on an Antarctic plateau than in the middle of the Pacific Ocean doesn't mean you'd enjoy it... especially if you arrived at the same distance from the centre of the planet in both places....
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    Can also be avoided by treating aircrews as valued and skilled workers, rather than disposable cogs. Some of the current employment practices seem almost designed to produce stress and fatigue… Agreed. But a lot of stress and fatigue is baked...
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    His real life tales of his own auto correct, as well as that of others, when something very suddenly goes wrong, such as the wind direction abruptly changing to absolutely the wrong direction for landing, while in the runway landing...
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    He [Musk] is totally "free market" when it comes to speech. At least until his employees criticize him (they were fired)......
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    These days it's not just that our staples are 5-6 things, but the rest is low 100's and for many people I suspect under 100. That's going to affect trace element availability even with the best possible soils. This is...
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    The very idea of a plane flown w/o human capacity to decide tells me, "Don't Do It!" Piloting a modern aircraft is at the extreme end of human capabilities, even with the aid of amazing automation. Computers will doubtless replace...
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    Yes, the 392 crashes which involved "advanced driver-assistance technologies", 273 were Teslas, 90 were Toyota, and eight other automakers had 10 or less. But these numbers are meaningless without knowing how many such vehicles exist, and how many miles they...
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    Portland uses plastic poles on rubber strain reliefs screwed to the pavement with hard plastic collars. These are more common in Portland, but parking-protected bike lanes also exist. See my post #533, showing the intersection of Broadway and Clay....
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    While checking out some Oregon bike laws, I found this one about how to ride in bike lanes: If a bicyclist is riding on a street that has a bicycle lane, the bicyclist is required to use the bicycle lane...
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    Once the drivers (and any passengers) come out of their cages, don't they have priority over the bicyclists "who's lane" they have to cross to reach the sidewalk? I found the following interesting stuff regarding bicyclists and pedestrians in Oregon:...
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    By the way, it's nice to see those green-painted safety areas for bicyclists. Portland started using those a few years ago, and it has made downtown much safer for riders....
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