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The US government was constructed with the the *consent* of its citizens and one of the things that has kept us on our first republic (I think France is now on its Fifth Republic, no?) has been the right of the public to bear arms to protect ourselves against repressive régimes.

When France was rolled over in weeks to a smaller German Army, Americans were building their then-tiny army for the coming struggle. Your gun-controlled country allowed traitors like Pierre Laval & Marshall Petain to assume power and deport Jews and other "undesireables" to Nazi death camps. Such an oppressive government won't ever gain power here because individuals are self-armed to prevent it. Yes, a kook can go nuts once in a while and kill innocents, but that is the price of liberty. France may hold dear its égalité & fraternité, but they have forsaken liberté...

Straight talk from Sid.
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I've visited Korea a couple times and found it an interesting place. I didn't realize the fan legend, though ... that is good to know. It's surprising that a people who are (generally) a lot more technically astute than many Westeners can delude itself by such nonsensical pseudo-science. Interesting.
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Just to be clear, yeah, you can damage a fuel pump by running it dry, but the damage is only going to happen if you (really stupidly) continue to try to start the car after it has stalled. The in-tank pumps rely on fuel running though them to keep them cool. If you keep trying to start an out-of-gas car, you keep the pump running and it eventually overheats, ensuing a tow and an expensive repair. If you just ran the car out of gas and admitted defeat after the car died, the pump would be fine. Key thought: admit defeat and go hike for gas rather than trying to get it restarted on a dry tank.

The varied auto manuafacturers all have their own idea of the optimum "empty reserve" (an actual automotive engineering term) for their particular customers. Personally, I'd like a tank gauge to read right on F when it is full and right on E just before it sputters and dies, with accurate linear reading in between. Unfortunately, the greater public is frankly rather dim and are easily fooled into thinking the car gets better fuel economy if it takes *forver* to move off "F" and then takes 100 miles to finally die after E has reached. As a result, automotive engineers deliberately calibrate the pump sender units to read high when fuel, low when empty, and varying slope in between. All cars do this, but the more a car exhibits such goofy inaccurate behaviour, the dumber the automaker thinks its customers are. Like I said, all cars are different, but no automaker delivers truly accurate gauges. If your model goes forever on E, they think idiots are the primary buyers.
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You can't blame him too much for the Hans Chritian Andersen incident. Andersen was famously annoying and 5 weeks with him would probably be a bit much for anyone.
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I'm with Alannah. The Prince is a refreshing throwback to a past time when people could speak what they really thought without the "PC Police" attacking them, suing them for emotional duress, or crushing their careers. Words are words folks.

Pol X -- If that is what the Prince had meant, wouldn't he have said "Red Indian"? Among folks of his generation, I'm pretty sure plain "Indian" meant from the Subcontinent, not an Indigenous American, no? :-)
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Geez, people like to paint things really black and white!

Sure Edison was a ruthless businessman, but he was *extraordinarily* creative as well over many DECADES. He hired smart people and set them to work on problems he thought had promise. In the early years, he had to do most of the inventing himself, but as his success grew, he was able to hire an increasingly large research staff. The say that he stole his inventions is a pretty unjust characterization.

Tesla was unquestionably brilliant and ultimately proven correct over Edison as far "the battle of the currents" (A.C. v. D.C.) goes. But he was really eccentric to the degree of being a tad wacky, especially in his later years. That doesn't disparage the tremendous work he did (especially regarding power generation and transmission), but Edison was no slouch either.

Finally, the concrete houses (look at the model and the pic of one under construction) were actually pretty nice -- they were not featureless monoliths like one might imagine. Still, people were not quite ready for mass produced houses then, so the project eventually tanked. Fast forward to the late 1940s, when post-War America embraced the rows of identical crap thrown up (like the famous Levittown, Long Island) on the cheap during the housing boom. By the way, most of those Edison cast concrete houses are still standing -- I think 10 remain. They are holding up pretty well and most of the owners really like them.
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People are missing Matt's subtle jab at the wording in the posting which implies that L.L.Bean continued (past tense) to sell the boots until today, i.e. something has changed and they no longer sell the boots. The sentence should read something like "...and continue to sell the boots today."
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Oh my goodness, what idiot would be amazed that people have a 50% chance of dying within half the year?

Just goes to show you how ignorant and mathematically incompetent folk are today. No wonder so many con artists take up scamming people for a living -- there are a lot of fools out there...
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@Alex:
1. Thanks for the answer on the tie-in to the Iggulden boy's book. It looks like they gave permission, probably after a lot of £ changed hands.
2. The *version* of the book being promoted, is the US edition. There is also at least a UK version as well & maybe more. If it is like the Iggulden "DBfB", the heroes listed are biased toward the target country. Nothing wrong with this -- it's a fine idea for the young readers to read about heroes they can more easily personally identify with. Some, like Marie Curie, are big enough "stars" that they will be in EVERY edition of course...
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Oh, I am SO glad this is coming out. I've grown rather tired of the criticism the "Dangerous Book for Boys" took from lefties on account of its lack of inclusiveness for girls. Here's your book, chicks, now go away and let us climb rocks and burn things.
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