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Comment Re:So now Trump controls where we vacation (Score 1) 188

And there's something wrong with that? (The part about extra scrutiny for non-citizens who want to visit us.)

This doesn't address the American citizens who want to go visit the warm friendly beaches and cities of ISIS-occupied territory, of course. Not that they'd make it clear where they were going when they left anyway. (How _does_ one get a visa for Syria or western Iraq anyway?)

Comment Not Pardon, "Clemency" (Score 1) 564

Assange never demanded a pardon for Manning. This is exactly what he said:

"If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange -- despite its clear unlawfulness https://t.co/MZU30S3Eia"

He's breaking the agreement: his statement is a lie.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 285

Firing ranges on military bases aren't anything like those WW I battlefields in France. But still the number of bullets, fragments, and yes, unexploded ordnance, can be quite astounding.

Years ago contractors actually paid good money to get to go out to the berms (piled up dirt walls) behind rifle and pistol ranges, to dig out and screen the tons of pistol and rifle bullets. Copper and lead: both good scrap sellers.

The artillery ranges are different: they can be quite dangerous because of the duds on the surface and shallowly buried. Nobody wants to dig up duds :-)

Good point, someone above: are the seeds going to sprout plants that become a pest or menace in themselves?

Comment Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 160

Yeah, better be careful out there. They've hit magma in Iceland before.


And elsewhere they're doing it intentionally! That's the kind of thing that makes me nervous.


I'm surprised to hear of them pumping water down a well with a magma chamber and having it work out so well!


Hitting mud can be just as bad:


Comment How or Why: I Don't Care! (Score 1) 477

So it looks like this thing actually works! Hooray! Still lots of Doubting Thomases and questions. Me, I don't give a damn HOW or WHY it works. Put a few of them on the back end of a nuclear or solar power source, put it into orbit, orient it forward or outwards (no difference, right?), and see if the orbit changes. Bidda bing, bidda boom. If it changes, rename the whole damned thing the "Toad Drive" and get one headed for the nearest planet-orbited star.

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