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Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 2) 1163

Notice all these shootings seem to be happening in "gun free zones"?

Yep, 'cause the shooters are 100% cowards. Arm more people? Wrong. There will ALWAYS be somewhere where you can't have guns, so the cowards will end up there. The answer my friend is to stop the cowards getting the guns.

"But we need them to be able to form a militia to keep our rights".
That worked out well:

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

I hadn't noticed their development over the years, but one day was testing a new browser without Adblock and I actually screamed. The number of trackers hold the record for me (by some way) for any regularly visited site.

There's a whole chain of newspaper sites (30+) with exactly the same template. One assumes that the owners said "If they're not going to buy the papers, let's make reading our news as miserable as legally possible".

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

I was going to add to the comment by linking to a view of some of the most poisoned ground, but I turned adblock off and the site (a local newspaper in the UK) crashed Firefox. Works fine when all the shit is filtered out.

Aw hell, if you want to see how bad it gets, this is a generic report on cricket with no media associated with the story, apart from the text itself. Please, there's nothing 'malware' about this, it's an exemplar from a local newspaper and shows why Adblock is so necessary:


Astonishing numbers of cookies too (here comes CCleaner).

I think the people who run this site must have some mental illness (not being facetious) or, more likely, run Adblock themselves so never see them. Wonder if the advertisers ever look to see what a mess it is?

Comment Ye gods! (Score 1) 286

The National Geographic Society president and CEO, Gary Knell, will serve as the board's first chairman.

The new joint venture will give the National Geographic Society the "scale and reach to continue to fulfill our mission long into the future", Knell said in a statement. The transaction is expected to close later this year. "As media organizations work to meet the increasing demand for high-quality storytelling across multiple platforms, it's clear that the opportunity to grow by more closely aligning our branded content and licensing assets is the right path" he said.


Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 502

Patted a SR-71 on the nose at Castle Air Museum and was amazed how small it seemed.

Answer to why it was retired is straight-forward, cost. The fuel alone was ridiculously expensive; a quote that sums it up- "It would have been cheaper to use single malt scotch". Assuming that any country that could shoot down a U2 could also shoot down a SR-71, having them do 2 000 mph is not needed. Also, satellites are a little better these days https://vimeo.com/130889259

I realise that this video is far, far below the spatial resolution of even a 50 year old spy satellite, it's still indicative of new directions that are now possible.

Comment Telling it straight (Score 3, Interesting) 182

From TFA.
And, the NERC, which owns half of K Street and has got very deep pockets, has been successful in lobbying against legislation like the Grid Act and the SHIELD Act, both bipartisan bills supported almost unanimously by Democrats and Republicans. They've been able to stall for years and keep these bills held up. One time when we got a bill passed: the Grid Act actually, in 2010, unanimously passed the House. Everybody supported it. But Washington is so broken, one senator put a hold on a bill - if they know which senator to buy, they can buy that one senator and the person can put a hold on the bill so it can't come to the floor for a vote and they can do it anonymously. The senator doesn't have to identify themselves. So, you never know who stopped the bill.

Comment Norman Wisdom (Score 1) 186

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

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

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.

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