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    Charlie Stross @ 101 Thank you. This make things a bit clearer....
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    Heteromeles @ 90 Bill Arnold @ 89 Thank you! Wikipedia has a long page defining the concept but it does not say when the term first appeared and who might have invented the term....
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    Who invented the term "fiat money? Wikipedia is strangely silent on this....
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    I must live in one of Canada's Mormon-free zones. Haven't seen a single one since I moved here from Montreal 17 years ago. Or maybe they're intimidated by the six foot tall fence and by the six foot tall gate...
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    Re Adam Smith and Machiaveli, Erasmus was aghast to see the Lutherites cite his book "In Praise of Folly" as an influence in turning them to revolt against the pope....
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    Humanism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism...
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    When you say they roar, are you refering to parts of the songs they make up in the ultrasonic range? https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/news-posts/the-science-behind-singing-mice-and-laughing-rats...
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    JBS @ 1362: "Gender, smhender! It's a mouse. Who cares what gender it is other than another mouse. What I want to know, is does it ROAR?" If you genetically modified a mouse to grow a syrinx, like corvids and...
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    I have a friend who always works from home and always needs a clear signal for his computers. He knows exactly how pure a signal he can get from a perfect telecom line. The Bell Canada people know him well...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1342 Do not forget the squirrels. In most residential neighborhoods in Montreal the power and telecom lines are not buried. Big grey squirrels rule the tops of the poles. They use the lines as highways but they...
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    Troutwaxer @ 1321: " The gender was clearly mentioned. What was the mouse named?" I had to read the story three times before I finally realised that they gave the mouse a gendered name and thus revealed its sex, right...
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    Scott Sanford @ 1312: "Coincidentally, a local acquaintance of mine (and Hugo Award winner, yay) just had a story..." I think the story would have been better if Levine had mentioned the gender of the mouse. Acrual mouse researchers on...
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    "From what I've read with such a big thing tumbling and a low angle of attack it will be hard to predict even a rough spot until a few hours before it hits." I hope it falls in the...
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    "...the class has flown about 7 times in total but with each iteration there are bugs that need to be worked out." This might mean a terrible loss of face for the Chinese. Lack of experience is no excuse....
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    Damian @ 1225: "It was mostly pea of various types." You're lucky to get the type of pea. Over here all I get is a mention that it's made from soja, regardless of the producer and regardless of it being...
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    "... in fact it was all rather like that right the way through, whereas physics was all about understanding things, which chemistry tended to leave out and was very disappointing as a result." With me it was exactly the opposite....
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    Moz @ 158 I thought that it was common scientific knowledge that pre-schoolers were naturally adept at picking up their mother tongue and did not need any form of simplified baby talk to make them learn it....
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    Robert Prior @ 1126 I watched "Angry Inuk" on filmzie.com and it had no ads at all. It was a good complement to the Wikipedia article on Inuit cuisine....
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    Thank you! I'll watch it after going out and getting my weekly supply of fake meats....
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    Robert Prior @ 1107: "Speaking of yummy food, have you seen Angry Inuk?" No, and I'm not about to see it, because their Web site has only the trailer for it and the list of ""future" screenings stops in 2017...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1091: "...but it is unclear whether we could live without either cooking or milk." I live without cooking or milk but I have to admit that I cheat: I slightly reheat (the verb) soya-based fake meats and...
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    Don't ask me. I never cook. The only meat I eat is in a toom temperature tuna salad....
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    Canadian wolves eat only fresh meat. There are enough moose around! https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/animal-facts-wolf As to carrion eaters, a lot of terrestrial invertebrates beat everyone else....
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    Elderly Cynic @ 996 (reheat and/or afterburner) If I can trust the Wiktionary one is a noun and the other one is a verb. Noun reheat (plural reheats) (aeronautics, chiefly Britain) An afterburner. Verb reheat (third-person singular simple present reheats,...
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    The first US ICBM was based on the Atlas rocket and the first US astronaut to orbit Earth (John Glenn)went up on an Atlas rocket. The Atlas was a USAF rocket made by Convair and designed by a Netherlands citizen,...
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    Heteromeles @ 943 If it makes you feel any better the V2 and the space age were not the child of the Nazi technological tradition. There was no such tradition. The Nazis were bunglers in everything dealing with Science and...
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    Robert Prior @ 932, John Hughes @ 925 So, Arthur C. Clarke and his chums would lift their pints and drink to the space age once they heard the second boom?...
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    John Hughes @ 925 It's pure legend. You could not hear a V2 and that's why it was more a terror weapon than a V1....
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    whitroth @ 918 About 20 years ago I tried red bell peppers and they were too sweet for my taste. That's why I think "sweet Italian frying peppers" would be too sweet for me....
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    "They can be 10cm to 13 cm high. They have their own taste, and they are nomally, in the US, served as green peppers. Red or yellow, you buy separately. No one buys a green and waits for it to...
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