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Forum: SLC 09 December 2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By erwins
Yesterday, we went to the Mt. Hood National...

Yesterday, we went to the Mt. Hood National Forest and cut down about a 7 foot tree (with a permit). It was fun, but hard to find a good tree. It's the first time I've done it. Next time, I'll...
Forum: Crash and Burn 07 December 2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By erwins
The OP article (now) says it is the same runway...

The OP article (now) says it is the same runway as the earlier overrun incident. Nice to see how the improvements worked. Also a good idea from the earlier incident: Closing and demolishing a gas...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 06 December 2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 655
Posted By erwins
What is the environmental impact of setting loose...

What is the environmental impact of setting loose 50,000 silk moths per silk sari produced?

As for the OP, putting aside who is advocating for the change, I could see trying to stop using "beating...
Forum: Techno-Babble 04 December 2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By erwins
So they put an AI designed to have its own...

So they put an AI designed to have its own (possibly "tetchy") personality in orbit, with plans to have it interface with the space station's systems.

What could possibly go wrong?
Forum: Crash and Burn 03 December 2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
Consider that in societies lacking prisons, often...

Consider that in societies lacking prisons, often the punishment choices for a member of the society for a serious offense were/are death or banishment. In some societies, banishment means making...
Forum: Rantidote 02 December 2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 461
Views: 26,298
Posted By erwins
Tactical pants does sound silly. I guess the...

Tactical pants does sound silly. I guess the tactic is to not be stuck in pants if you get hot? It seems like it's meant to appeal to preppers and police/military wannabes. Sometimes I like the...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 01 December 2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By erwins
We had fox squirrels in Florida too when I was...

We had fox squirrels in Florida too when I was growing up. One house I lived in, kind of out in the country, they would come by fairly regularly. Impressive, aren't they?
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 05:26 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
Too late to edit. Wow, the information keeps...

Too late to edit. Wow, the information keeps changing rapidly. This link says that many were killed by salvagers. ...
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 04:36 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
In a sense they do. As recently as the 90s,...

In a sense they do. As recently as the 90s, something like 50 to 100 of them might have been killed by people salvaging stuff from a shipwreck on the reef just off the beach. So they might still...
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
I'll add more later, but I think the 2006...

I'll add more later, but I think the 2006 incident is a horrific murder of the two men. They were not supposed to be that close to the island, and were poaching, but did not intend to go ashore. ...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 30 November 2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 126
Posted By erwins
Zoo heartbroken as six-year-old (elephant) Lily succombs to virus

The Oregon Zoo is in mourning today following the sudden and unexpected loss of Lily, the youngest of the zoo elephant family, one day before her sixth birthday. Despite exhaustive efforts by...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 30 November 2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By erwins
"The author argues that this is an astonishing...

"The author argues that this is an astonishing statement, coming from an organization that is often lambasted for protecting the rights of people accused of all manner of crimes."

The ACLU can...
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
No, not only is it obvious that he did not stay...

No, not only is it obvious that he did not stay out of range after that, he actually said that he did *not* stay out of range after that.

From the excerpt of his diary where he mentioned trying to...
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
Is there any disagreement that that would be...

Is there any disagreement that that would be extremely wrong?
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
The impression I had from the reports I've read...

The impression I had from the reports I've read was that he had approached and yelled from a distance and been chased off. It was unclear to me when and how far distant he was during the part where...
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 03:10 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
Ganzfeld: Just like I can't prove that the...

Ganzfeld: Just like I can't prove that the disease risk was part of the reason, it also hasn't been proved not to be.

Why would you describe Chau as "unarmed" and "a trespasser" but not as a...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 29 November 2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By erwins
When did he ever try?

When did he ever try?
Forum: Wild Kingdom 28 November 2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 551
Posted By erwins
So, does knickers mean the same thing in...

So, does knickers mean the same thing in Australia as in the UK? Is he effectively named Undies?
Forum: Crash and Burn 28 November 2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
In addition to that, I don't think we should...

In addition to that, I don't think we should presume that it played no role. There is no evidence either way about this event, but I think that it's possible that the killing was directly motivated...
Forum: Crash and Burn 28 November 2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
This article talks a bit about how introduced...

This article talks a bit about how introduced disease can devastate isolated peoples. (Yes, even one's who've had sporadic contact.)
...
Forum: Crash and Burn 27 November 2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
I've seen multiple sources say they could be...

I've seen multiple sources say they could be wiped out in the same way other tribes on other nearby islands have been (as well as other tribes in other parts of the world). I have not seen anything...
Forum: Crash and Burn 27 November 2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
I think they have this knowledge as well. Maybe...

I think they have this knowledge as well. Maybe in a direct way, as GenYus posits.

But regardless of whether they have it in that form, it certainly seems likely that it is a part of an extremely...
Forum: Crash and Burn 27 November 2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,145
Posted By erwins
It seems very much like self defense to me. It...

It seems very much like self defense to me. It may not be the best outcome -- which would happen only by not being disturbed in the first place -- but it is not one that I find blameworthy. Not...
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 26 November 2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 891
Posted By erwins
Yeah, the professional chef quoted in the article...

Yeah, the professional chef quoted in the article said it could not be had, even through commercial supply chains, in the North. So, cake flour is not the same thing. I make pretty good biscuits,...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 24 November 2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,733
Posted By erwins
I can't read the article because I'm out of free...

I can't read the article because I'm out of free ones this month. But was that ever a reason she gave for doing it? The reason I remember her providing was that she did not want to carry two...
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