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Comment: Norman Wisdom (Score 1) 186

by fremsley471 (#49484685) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

A few years prior to his death, I was looking up some obscure entry to be startled to discover that Norman Wisdom, a nonagenarian British comedian, was alleged to have invented a key device referenced within the article. Corrected and thought no more.

However, someone had big plans for Norman, as after his death, similar sets of spurious facts had been seeded all over Wikipedia, some making it to his published obituaries - see

Wonder if they're still there?

Comment: Re:OK, I'll bite... (Score 1) 676

by fremsley471 (#49461651) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

I wasn't after a partisan approach, but interesting.

My interest was piqued by the Benghazi accusations of intelligence mismanagement, especially by Fox. To be able to say 'this was on your watch, it's your fault' about a terrorist raid in N Africa seems fine, but to do it about Sept 11th isn't. This contradiction stinks of the grossest hypocrisy (I know, quelle surprise).

Hadn't heard about the Sandy Berger accusations. Turns out there's a reason why (they weren't true)

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 676

by fremsley471 (#49458977) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

If you can't get the citizenry outraged over the 9/11 fuckup what makes you think they'll even wake up for that nothingburger?

Never understood this. A country attacked from within, thousands dead, hundreds of billions of associated costs, but not a single government official, was to blame? No-one?

You can see why the nutters think it was an inside job.

Comment: Re:No obvious reason (Score 1) 253

by fremsley471 (#49163201) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

DMSP F11 exploded in the same way 11 years ago. See the last paragraph here:

Some anonymous user from Washington DC deleted the above reference from Wikipedia on 6 June last year (and that's all they did). Now, the discussion on this site, full of clever, well-informed people, is without that information (it would have been just above F13). That in itself is interesting.

I was at a meeting last week where we were shooting the breeze over satellite-killers and how if you were going to try out your technology, what type of target would you use? For the USAF, an old, inoperational, big weather satellite was the one we would choose = F11 and now F13.

But you are right (no sarcasm intended), we have zero proof and propellant explosion is more probable.

Comment: Re:Star Wars! (Score 1) 253

by fremsley471 (#49163157) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Unfortunately, I think they did install some bleeding edge technology as a sister satellite, the F11 exploded in a very similar manner in 2004. See last item here:

Only interesting part of this story is that I included the JSR reference for F11 in Wikipedia in June 2004. It was deleted last year by an anonymous user in Washington DC.

Comment: Re:Replacement Co-Anchors (Score 1) 277

by fremsley471 (#49029933) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Joking about how old and tired he looked, he said that people regularly meet him and say "Jon Stewart!, hey, are you OK?". Can see why he wants to leave and I don't think the Daily Show has faded that much over the decades.

Am reminded though of a show from 2008 with photos of world leaders showing how much they'd altered after their long terms in office. Then he compared W from 2000 to the present day...

Comment: Re:On loan??? (Score 4, Informative) 118

by fremsley471 (#49021997) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

Well there were questions raised, but it's all settled now- they're her mementoes now.

I agree with the Bill, but am re-reading Michael Collins' excellent autobiography and he's not completely effusive about many of his colleagues - he also shares the bewilderment over the David Scott Apollo 15 mailbag. [talking about heroes with leaden feet, the book's autobiography is by Charles Lindbergh].

Comment: Re:This is Texas! (Score 1) 591

by fremsley471 (#48963475) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

Also European, not living in the bush; black is still the term to describe many people of colour, at least in my culture. A selection of headlines from last last six months in the very, very politically-correct Guardian newspaper

They all, unfortunately, have something else in common. But no, African-American is certainly not used with anything like the same dominance by our media.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie