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Comment: Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649 649

The UCMJ does still have the death penalty for 14 crimes such a mutiny, espionage, murder, rape and desertion (during war). However, it's been over 60 years since they've performed an execution; the last was in 1961. I think there are 6 people on the military's death row.

Comment: There's a name for this kind of gun (Score 4, Informative) 116 116

A gun like this, triple barreled with shotgun and rifle barrels is called a drilling. Most typically they have two shotgun barrels and a rifle barrel, but other combinations are possible, e.g. one shotgun barrel, one larger caliber (e.g. .30-06) rifle barrel, and a small caliber rifle (e.g. .22lr) barrel.

Comment: Re:if you think products are consumer driven. (Score 1) 370 370

Well, mainstreamed, anyway. The more-or-less new vehicle which came about then was the mini-van. SUVs had been around for quite a while at that point with things like the International Harvester Travelall (1953) and Scout (1960), Ford Bronco (1966), etc. becoming available on the US market well before mileage standards.

Comment: Re:Star? (Score 4, Informative) 119 119

Additionally, in astrophysics the term "metal" includes many elements which are not metals in any other field. Astrophysically, metals are any element other than hydrogen or helium, so in addition to ordinary metals like sodium and lithium non-metallic elements such as carbon and oxygen are counted as metals.

Comment: Re:units please (Score 1) 476 476

Whilst the USA might be having an unusually cold snap, how often is the temp below 0F there, other than Alaska?

Quite a bit, actually. In my hometown in New York in January the average daily low is just above 0F and it was often colder than Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. It wasn't unusual to have daily high temperatures below 0F. The record low was -37F. I'd say below 0F isn't at all unusual above about 40 degrees north latitude in the US except in coastal areas; you're probably talking about 1/3 of the continental US.

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