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Comment: hydro power plant (Score 1) 403 403

See the 1957 book, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, nuclear fallout apocalypse.
at Amazon.
Spoiler alert:
Nuclear submarine commander looking for remaining people on the surface tracks down the last electrical signal. Turns out to be static from the neon light in a shop window.

Comment: clean white sand is a byproduct of tar-sand oil (Score 1) 264 264

Clean white sand is a byproduct of tar-sand petroleum production in northern Alberta, Canada. They dig a giant hole in this gooey stinky tar stuff, wash it in hot naptha, take the clean white sand coming out, and dump it back in the hole it came out of. What limits production is lack of permits for the pipeline they need to export the oil.

Comment: every gym should have one (Score 2) 134 134

I lost a son, age 25, to sudden cardiac arrest. He left the gym, died a half hour later in his office. We thought he was the healthiest one in the family. Every gym should have an EKG machine as well as an AED. I hope you never learn what I know --- no loss exceeds losing a child. Search for Jos Claerbout

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