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Comment Not Pardon, "Clemency" (Score 1) 508

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.

http://www.livescience.com/301...

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

https://science.slashdot.org/s...

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

https://news.slashdot.org/stor...

Hitting mud can be just as bad:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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.

Comment Re:California (Score 1) 428

Obviously you've never carried up the heavy bundles of asphalt shingles to repair or redo a roof, or carry off the old ones they just removed. Not an easy task: those bastiges are heavy as hell!

Not to mention flammable, and they never decompose. Why the old ones aren't mixed with petroleum-based road mixes, I'll never know. Maybe all the roofing nails :-)

Comment Thermodynamics 101 (Score 1) 140

Lessee here .. global temperatures rise. Ice melts. Ocean levels rise. Doh ... I'm in the wrong business!

Unless .. if some of that ice is floating on an ocean, and it melts, does that make the ocean level rise? Or fall? Or just dilute it, which changes the specific gravity, but that won't change the levels, just how deep my yacht sinks in it. And how hard whales have to swim to stay afloat!

Hmmmm .. trickier than I thought.

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