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John Cuthber

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  1. 56 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    Although, as Alex says, the UK is to the left of the US Cons (and Dems to a degree, I think) it has a distinct capitalist-flavoured party and socialist-flavoured party, yet it never slippery-slopes too far in either direction. Over decades, there is a fairly narrow range which we move either way. Undoubtedly fear-mongering on the US Cons part.

    Over the years and decades, the UK has drifted significantly to the Right

  2. 13 hours ago, raphillips67 said:

    I have called three laboratories this week, one has already responded they can do such testing and what the fee would be. ($780). I intend to peruse this avenue. 

    Her lawyer will say you sprayed them.


    How will you prove that you didn't?

  3. You use the phrase "negations of subdivision" a lot.

    It would be better if you used one with a meaning.

    On 7/23/2019 at 7:40 PM, MigL said:

    Really ?
    My favorite was Melanie Chisholm ( sporty ), the others all seem 'flaky'.
    She also seems intelligent enough to have attended school, and not relied on looks/sex to gain fame.


    Strictly speaking, my mum taught a class from which Mel C was skiving.
    Lack of attendance does not seem to have hld her back much.

  4. Given your answer I conclude that, while you may (or may not) know much about medicine , you clearly don't know much about the difference between real life and the movies.

    Which is more likely?

    There's an unexpected artery in someone who gets shot or

    the show's producer said " It's OK, but it's not gory enough- can we get lots of blood spurting out?"?
    Here is a hint. It's just a story. Somebody made it all up.

    And the interesting thing is that, even with very limited medical knowledge, I can point this out to you.

    Incidentally most "Hollywood" stuff doesn't happen in Hollywood.

    Now, just to let you know, her chances of survival are very poor.
    You can see blood on her lip before  she opens her collar and gets sprayed with blood. 
    That implies a lung injury to go with the arterial damage.

    Also, the blood sprays almost directly up into her face which, even given that she's leaning back, implies a very odd wound track.


    Anatomically and physically, it's just not possible. You only get a clear spray from an artery if the artery itself is more or less exposed- otherwise viscous drag at the sides of the wound will prevent it.

    So, she must have a pretty big hole in her torso to let the jet out.

    And yet, she's still alive.


    So, even a trivial understanding of science lets you know that the scene isn't realistic. Why were you looking for realism in it?


  5. 6 hours ago, Sensei said:

    "Temperatures above 3,500 °C (6,330 °F) can be obtained in a few seconds." (on the Earth!).

    Everybody should be using such solar-furnaces on the Earth to limit coal burning..

    I seldom want, and never need, to heat anything to 3,500 °C; why should I be using such a furnace?

    (Also, my garden isn't big enough)


  6. 22 hours ago, MigL said:

    "Boris, recognized by a trademark mop of unruly blonde hair and a bumbling, gaffe-prone speaking style"

    Don't know much about the man ( other than he wants England out of the EU although being the son of an EU civil servant ), but the above quote makes him sound like your version of D Trump.
    Join the club.

    The similarity is worrying.

  7. 1 hour ago, iNow said:

    Came across another fascinating idea. Haven’t yet thought through all of the potential ramifications and undecided if I’m for or against, but the summary is:

    Votes are weighted heavier when younger than older, but remain equal in weight when considered from one citizen to the next across all votes they cast across their lifetime. 




    Curious what you think?

    Looks interesting.

    Would have saved a lot of hassle here in the UK.


    But where do you draw the line?
    Do you favour the votes of those who are better educated (and thus likely to live longer)?

  8. 19 hours ago, Lawrence Dawson said:

    As to being an autodidact, my daughter was completely home-schooled. She did not enter a classroom until she entered College. She had the Second highest score in the State on the SAT and was a national merit scholar. When she entered a private college she was given a list of great books which she was told an educated person must read. She had already read half the books on the list. She is currently a PhD establishing a nursing major at NNU

    And my mum taught one of the Spice Girls, but that doesn't make me a pop star.

    How did you come to the conclusion that someone else's education was relevant?

  9. 7 minutes ago, BraveDoNut said:

    if you'll learn stupid fake stuff in school is that your thing.... but I don't want that!

    Then why are you posting it here?


    8 minutes ago, BraveDoNut said:

    a proof is a proof,

    And you don't have one.

  10. 2 hours ago, Enthalpy said:

    Everything I wrote is confirmed

    So who wrote this?

    6 hours ago, Enthalpy said:

    If 0.3t cyanide had been injected in the atmosphere of a dense city, more people would worry about it.


    2 hours ago, Enthalpy said:

    Lead oxide doesn't dilute in the atmosphere. It falls down.

    Delighted to hear it. I know Parisians can be a bit odd, but eating from the floor isn't common there.

  11. 2 hours ago, Enthalpy said:

    If 0.3t cyanide had been injected in the atmosphere of a dense city, more people would worry about it.

    The population of Paris is about 2 million

    And, if they are typical French people, they smoke an average of about 1100 cigarettes per year.

    So that's roughly two billion cigarettes per year.

    Each cig is about 0.65 g

    So that's a total of 1250 tonnes of tobacco.
    And, according to this

    the yield of cyanide is about 500 micrograms per gram i.e. about 1 in 2000 of the mass.

    So that gives very roughly 0.6 tonnes of cyanide released in Paris each year just from cigarettes- there are, of course, other sources too.

    "we estimate that 654 tonnes of HCN were emitted in 2012 from LDV in Canada, including ~252 tonnes in Ontario."


    How worried are people?
    Well, not very worried, because the atmosphere is big.

    On a related note, how much of the timber had been treated with copper chrome arsenate?

    What's the yield of benzo alpha pyrene from timber in fires?


  12. 4 hours ago, Dan9191 said:

    voice to skull using microwaves,scalar waves and ultrasonic

    That is not an answer to the question " why?" it's an answer to the question "how?".
    And nobody asked that.

    However, the important advice here is; see a doctor.

  13. On a tangentially related note.  (and I accept, it's a serious "tangent"), if I was minded to repeat Cavendish's experiment on weighing the Earth, What would be the best material from which to make the suspension wire?

  14. Lead is hardly the only possible contaminant which would have people wearing masks etc.

    Have we ruled out asbestos, for example?

    6 hours ago, Enthalpy said:

    Many people told quickly "yellow smoke is lead, toxic, decontaminate"

    By whom?

  15. Could a combination of materials do for a piano frame what this does for the pendulum of a clock?

    Even better, could it change the length of the frame in such a way as to compensate for changes in both the length and the tension of the strings?

    That way, temperature wouldn't affect the tuning.

    The old joke about "it was in tune when I bought it" might become a thing of the past.


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