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Comment Re:20 years passed (Score 0) 422

there's something about spring, and april particularly

there is such a thing as seasonal affective disorder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder

my point is, it is possible to suggest that there is some sort of deeply rooted seasonal psychological fluctuation in humans that might explain why mid spring / april in the northern hemisphere is the time of crazies

Comment Re:How Tragic (Score 2) 422

The factory didn't make explosives, it only made fertilizers. It is stuff that like many chemicals can in some situations be explosive, no doubt.

fertilizers and explosives share a common trait:

lots of nitrogen

for the fertilizer, it's the bioavailability of nitrogen for plants that is the point

for explosives, the point is that nitrogen really, really wants to be N2 again

for explosives, AND fertilizer, when you pack a lot of nitrogen together in a chemical, and then heat it up, the nitrogen tends to figure out how to become happy N2 again, releasing a lot of energy in the process

a fertilizer factory is basically the same as an explosives factory, in regards to the existence of lots of chemical feedstock compounds containing nitrogen grumbling that it is not N2

Comment Re:Jumping to conclusions (Score 1) 1105

terrorism has a specific meaning

or at least it should

the surprise intentional mass murder on innocent civilians outside of wartime for political reasons

however, the term has been so abused and overused and applied to so many completely unrelated subjects (my professor is a terrorist for scheduling the final when he did... my political opponent is a terrorist because of his fiscal policies... etc) that the word no longer has a coherent meaning

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New submitter imikem writes "University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs and health risks. 'Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,' said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. 'We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.' 'The research team has developed a type of plasma that is encased in its own magnetic field. Nuclear fusion occurs when this plasma is compressed to high pressure with a magnetic field. The team has successfully tested this technique in the lab. Only a small amount of fusion is needed to power a rocket – a small grain of sand of this material has the same energy content as 1 gallon of rocket fuel.'"

Comment Re:this could be the downfall of the NRA (Score 1) 344

4 million members is a tiny minority of the us population. why do you speak of this number with pride? due to demographics, it is in fact shrinking

why is such a tiny minority allowed to lord a status quo over the usa that is detrimental to so many lives?

don't answer that, it doesn't matter

demographics will mean membership is 3 million, then 2 million, etc

and the bulk of rational and sane citizens will move on without you long before that

enjoy obsolescence

Comment Re:this could be the downfall of the NRA (Score 0) 344

it's about hypothesizing how to defeat the NRA, the odious merchant of murder. its funding by gun manufacturers is the problem. like most problems in washington dc, it is about how the will of the people is being defeated by financial interests. with the NRA this phenomenon is especially odious because the results are actual deaths of thousands of citizens a year

the mouth breathing paranoids who support the NRA are of no consequence. they are a fringe group that is dying demographically

without financial influence in washington dc, guns would be more strictly controlled, as they should be in any sane society

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