Re: PO Coleman-Smith needs to be keel hauled and given history lessons.
Different HMS Hood.
252 posts • joined 23 Aug 2007
I worked in a cheapo sausage factory (not producing snags for Greggs but for several supermarket "Value" ranges) during one of my holidays from uni. It's not blood that adds the pink colouring- that comes from the tub of food colouring and additives that's chucked into the big vat full of bones, gristle and fat.
I speak Norwegian, not Danish, but they're similar enough.
From the original language article:
""Der var intet CO, CO2 eller NOX i luften, hvilket der ville have været, hvis den havde kørt med udstødningsgasser", siger Ditte Dyreborg." = "there was no CO, CO2 or NOX in the air, which there would have been if it had been run with exhaust gases, says Ditte Dyreborg".
She does appear to say that there is no (intet literally means nothing/ zero) CO etc in the air but she does presumably mean that there weren't the levels expected if the story hadn't been bollox.
In the theatrical release you hardly see the alien and it's much better for it. In the Director's cut it is much more apparent that's it's a slow moving prop/ guy in a rubber suit. The DC also has that weird scene with 2 of the crew turning into eggs which throws the pacing off near the end (it was left out of the theatrical cut for good reason).
From behind the paywall:
"One solution is that the nucleobases were delivered by interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and meteorites. During these early times, these bodies delivered ∼6× 10(to the power)7 and ∼2× 10(to the power)3 kg⋅y of intact carbon, respectively"
Those figures are taken from a 1992 paper co-authored by Carl Sagan so that's billions and billions of kgs of carbon.
Worsley has a bust in his hometown in NZ.
McNish is the one I feel sorry for: he was the ship's carpenter and as well as making the sea journey with Shackleton to S Georgia he modified and strengthened the boat they used (the James Caird) to make it seaworthy. Without him the journey would have failed and the rest of the crew would have starved to death on Elephant Island.
Despite this he was denied a polar medal (he had briefly rebelled against Shackleton shortly after the Endurance was lost) and died homeless and destitute in New Zealand.
"stupidly expensive aircraft."
Latest (that I could find) cost per unit (January 2017):
F-35B (the version we're getting): $122.8 million
F-35C (the cat and trap version): $121.8 million.
We're getting 138 planes so for cats and traps to be cost effective off the bat would require BAe Systems to install cats and traps to both ships for under $138 million. Does that seem likely to you?
As a skint student I did a couple of shifts in a factory making cheap "value"supermarket snags (the kind that lose their shape if defrosted). I don't mind the less appetising parts of an animal and the sausages were mostly made up of colourless fat and gristle. It was the amount of chemicals added (to make them pink etc) and "filler" that swore me off the cheap ones.
Actually AC you're wrong. In cladistics (biological classification) apes ARE monkeys.
If you don't consider apes to be monkeys then you're left with a paraphyletic grouping consisting of old- and new-world monkeys with apes (which evolved after these 2 groups split) stuck in the middle.
In cladistics you can't have paraphyletic groups which is why you now see Tyrannosaurs referred to as "non-avian dinosaurs".
If gorillas are apes, and humans are apes, then it follows that our common ancestor was also an ape.
And actually he did say, in The Descent of Man;
"If the anthropomorphous apes be admitted to form a natural sub-group, then as man agrees with them.....we may infer that some ancient member of the anthropomorphous (ape) sub-group gave birth to man."
'Polar bear numbers are increasing.'
Possibly true, but then polar bear numbers have been below the carrying capacity of their habitat for decades, due to hunting. As hunting has mostly ceased it would not be that surprising if numbers were now increasing. As Mike says it is also very difficult to estimate the size of polar bear populations as they spend most of their time at sea and range over vast distances. There is also an argument that polar bear numbers are less dependent on summer sea ice than previously thought- some populations live onshore during the summer and those that do go on the ice during the summer are still probably mostly dependent on fat reserves built up during the spring.
Just because there are more polar bears it does not follow that Arctic temperatures aren't increasing or that the extent summer sea ice is decreasing. Polar bears (and bears generally) are remarkably adaptable animals and I think their outlook is fairly good even with global warming. However I would like the generations that follow to be able to see polar bears hunting seals on sea ice like I have rather than raiding the municipal rubbish dump for scraps.
"they're becoming a real pest as the population grows (because less people are hunting them!)"
Do you have a source for that?
I agree that the deer population is growing/ has grown but AFAIK hunting (and I'm talking about hunting/ stalking specifically rather than culling) has little impact on overall deer numbers- bucks are favoured by trophy hunters rather than breeding-age females.
If you want to reduce deer numbers (and I think we should, they have a serious impact on attempts at regenerating the Caledonian forest) then it would require a large-scale targeted cull, probably indefinitely even if we reintroduced predators (lynx, wolf, bear). This has been known for years but nothing is done as it would cost too much money. The Kiwis basically machine gun them from helicopters but I don't believe that would be acceptable in the UK unfortunately.
I don't understand why there isn't a large-scale commercial hunt in this country- during the stalking season in parts of the highlands butchers buy venison from the estates very cheaply (it is basically a very tasty byproduct), then sell it over the counter at exorbitant prices (under the counter is a different matter :)).
Actually, the more I think about this the less sense it makes (the Aztecs drinking dogs' piss)- I can see the point with shamans drinking reindeer piss- "oh look that reindeer is wasted, quick, get a bucket!" as the reindeer are more likely to find the mushrooms before the reindeer herders....but why would you intentionally force feed perfectly edible (yes I know they taste horrible but they're more palatable than fucking dogs' piss) cactus and mushrooms to dogs?
None of the poisonous Amanitas look anything like A. muscaria. I would expect the Sami to be perfectly capable of identifying poisonous mushrooms anyway.
I would really like to know what the first shaman to get high on reindeer piss was actually expecting to happen though...
And did the lesser priests also become high priests after drinking the high priests' high piss?
"Can anyone provide input about the 999 services being able to pinpoint a mobile phone - in the scenario that the first responder is alone with a patient?"
Calls from a mobile can be triangulated using the cell towers but I believe it's to within up to several square kms- in rural areas the area would be bigger. Probably a more accurate trace is possible but would require a special request etc.
Newer smartphones (2014 onwards) use the phone's GPS to send a text to the network operator as soon as you dial 999. As accurate as your phone's GPS (I imagine).
I'm not sure if the same system works with the emergencySMS service and I would actually be quite interested in finding out.
I work at a large university and we have a massive problem with ambulances not being able to find their way around campus buildings as the whole campus shares the same postcode.
I would recommend everyone in the UK register for the emergencySMS service btw.
And you see absolutely no difference between a gun used to control pests/ vermin, and a handgun disguised as a smartphone?
Guns can be used as tools (I currently have a rifle permit for polar bear protection) but the sole purpose of a handgun like this is to put holes in other human beings.
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