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    Scott Sanford @ 1777: ... most roads in Colonial America did not have bridges across rivers and if the river was too deep to easily ford, some family would probably set up a private ferry. Many newcomers to Raleigh (and...
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    Robert Prior @ 1775: So no traffic on or under the bridge. Under shouldn't be a problem. Doesn't anyone remember Project Plowshare? Surely America has enough munitions to remove the bridge entirely, even if you have to convert a stretch...
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    paws4thot @ 1776: #1772 How many of them do you suppose it will take to handle 40,000+ vehicles per day? Fewer than you think. Just because the Yousay has never done it doesn't mean there haven't been chain ferries that...
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    Troutwaxer @ 217: Right. Thanks very much for explaining all this, I now feel I have some understanding of what might have happened. If you get a chance to talk to him, maybe he'll be able to explain what happened....
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    Vulch @ 202: 6. Right now, the Inspiration4 flight is scheduled to launch Sept 15. This is the mission that will launch Tom Cruise. Russia will launch its own actor in October. Right on the Inspiration 4 date, wrong on...
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    Of absolutely no interest to anyone who does not live in the Raleigh area, but most roads in Colonial America did not have bridges across rivers and if the river was too deep to easily ford, some family would probably...
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    paws4thot @ 1763: #1742 Para 3 - And the same number of lanes with a 25mph limit will have 3 times the capacity (vehicles per unit time) and be subjected to about 1/3 the axle hammer per vehicle with the...
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    Pigeon @ 1750: A pontoon bridge could be laid across the Mississippi and it could be done such that it would be possible to periodically open the river to allow the barges through. But no one would be happy with...
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    Moz @ 192: "Sorry, never occurred to me that newshub would block people outside Australia/NZ. And I thought the link text would be enough for most people to go off. "comments labelling Maori scourge of NZ misconstrued as racist"... FWIW,...
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    Simon Farnsworth @ 187: The gold standard is just a promise made by the ledger holder that's supposed to inspire trust in them. It's not a necessary step, it's just how we happened to establish trust in banks as ledger...
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    gasdive @ 1739: Doesn't the USA have a bigger armed forces than the rest of the world put together? Isn't one of the things armies do best is cross rivers? Can your army not blow up the broken bridge so...
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    David L @ 1728: Opened in 73 I think. Go to news.google.com and try this:memphis tennessee bridge closed Last I heard there were already over 200 barges waiting and that number will likely grow fast. You can also do a...
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    David L @ 1724: Yes the pipeline shutdown in the southeast US was a possible big deal. But the "fix" was never going to take more than a few weeks. Maybe a year depending on what they find. And it...
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    Greg Tingey @ 172: JBS"Central Railroad of New Jersey" ?? "West Shore RR"?? "Central Railroad of New Jersey" did not serve Atlantic City."West Shore RR" did not serve Atlantic City and was absorbed into the NY Central Railroad in 1886;...
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    whitroth @ 134: For the US version, the Pennsy*, the Reading, the B&O, and the "Short Line"**. * "The standard railroad of the world", as they billed themselves. Not too unreasonably, given that... was it in the twenties, or during...
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    Pigeon @ 1700: Oh, this is an old argument. The next stage is for someone to say that the truck isn't just one big tank, it's partitioned into compartments, so it can deliver good gas on one side of the...
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    Bellinghman @ 1686: Costco in the UK is also a bit weird. It works on Cash & Carry Warehouse lines, so you need to get a membership card, and that has odd requirements: your company may have an affiliation (a...
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    paws4thot @ 1681: #1672 - Costco is $0.10 a gallon cheaper Yes, but is it really? A good friend has done similar figures over here for $brand_name vs "a major supermarket". The supermarket was £0.10 a gallon cheaper, but he...
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    Moz @ 1676: Not when we need 80%+ of the eligible population to get vaccinated, it doesn't. The actual number varies depending on who you expect to be eligible. If we assume everyone 18+ is eligible, that means every single...
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    David L @ 107: incidentally, didn't we have deflation, here, 1932-6, which was not a good time? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deflation#United_Kingdom Just to give a little taste of what deflation does. Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an...
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    Greg Tingey @ 104: Charlie @ 100/101I can see how severe deflation would be really bad ... incidentally, didn't we have deflation, here, 1932-6, which was not a good time?Agree re.Nakamoto being a goldbug, so the whole thing has "evil...
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    paws4thot @ 79: King's Cross, Marylebone, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street are the names of 4 real London railway terminii! Although not also the names of companies which owned said stations. Since we're in the U.S. I was looking for...
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    Troutwaxer @ 78: Little peer moderation here... I think that whitroth's post is certainly capable of being misinterpreted, but I've read some of hia fiction and we've discussed his politics privately a little, and I can guarantee that for all...
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    Robert Prior @ 1670: I refill at half, on the advice of my mechanic. Something about condensation in the tank being more likely the less fuel there is in there. Couple of other factors ... I developed my habit/method driving...
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    paws4thot @ 1666: That's roughly how I normally buy fuel; run the tank well down, then fill it to the "click" where the pump safety switches the flow off. If I'm not buying at least 3/4 of a tank there...
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    whitroth @ 63: Which reminds me of the ultimate American business that I came up with in the eighties or nineties: I sell artistic stock certificates. There is no product or service (no costs), so that the only employee is...
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    whitroth @ 39: @27, @29, @31: JEZUZ H. Christ, standing on a streetcorner, wearing a lime-green leisure suit, eatin' a watermelon an' spittin' out the seeds!!!!!!!!!! WTF is wrong with all of you? You're giving me the bullshit of the...
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    Troutwaxer @ 32: Praise "Bob." Howard? Or Dobbs?...
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    We're apparently having a Fuel Emergency here in North Carolina today. The major pipeline company that delivers fuel to North Carolina got hit with a ransomware attack a few days ago & shut down. Apparently gasoline supplies started to get...
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    Robert Prior @ 1625: That wastes more of my time than I'm willing to give them. "Doorbell ringers" I just say "No thankyou" and close the door. Friend of mine is fascinated by Christian history and theology. Not a believer,...
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