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"Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt, tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt."
"When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults."
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'Deers'? Really? 'Deer' is an irregular plural, like 'sheep', 'aircraft', 'swine', 'trout', and many others, for which the singular and plural are identical.
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This man is going to have no cred whatsoever in jail. "Oh, yeah, he's the guy who got beat up by the eighty-year-old woman in the house he broke into." "Pathetic."
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There is also the fact that smartphones have the potential to short-circuit the plot of many movie genres -- for example, the group of random people encountering the creature out in the woods, and no one believes their story afterward... except they had smartphones, and they've got more than a dozen pictures of it. Or being lost... except that they have a smartphone, and GPS and Google Maps shows them where they need to go. Or they're injured out in the boonies, and have to try to survive with a crippling injury... except that they have a smartphone, and can just call for help. When the characters in a movie have smartphones, the script has to go through gyrations to set things up so that the smartphone is useless, in order to prevent them from derailing the plot.
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There's also the issue that Disney faced with the Expanded Universe of having to deal with a forest of separate creators. If the movie rights to the characters created by the various EU authors were not part of their book contracts, Disney would have had to negotiate separately with the authors for inclusion of individual characters, facing the issue of having to write around both the existing EU canon and explaining the absence of a character critical to that canon if an author decided to try to hold Disney up for a bigger payment for the movie rights to a character they created. Declaring the EU to be 'Legends' pushed all of that to the side, allowing Disney to pick and choose which parts of the EU they want to draw back into the core canon while ensuring that none of it is a 'must have' component that could obstruct new production if the author tries to be obstructive.
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Manure-pile fires are nothing new; piling up manure, often mixed with hay and sawdust, is part of the composting process to turn it into fertilizer. The composting process generates heat in the pile, and if not turned over regularly, the center of the pile can reach temperatures high enough to ignite. The composting process requires a minimum ambient temperature for the microorganisms responsible to reproduce well, but higher temperatures do not of themselves raise the risk of the pile igniting.
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The concept of the internal capsule that can be ejected in an emergency, sliding out of the body of the aircraft, is inherently flawed. Ignoring the problem with the number of connections that would have to be made to bring power, ventilation, etc. to the capsule, ejecting the capsule not only requires that all of these connections be severed cleanly, but that there is no damage that prevents the capsule from sliding. Take the recent suicide bomber blowing out the side of the plane; if that were in an escape capsule, the torn edges of the capsule blown outward would jam into the shell of the aircraft, preventing the capsule from ejecting.

Making the body of the aircraft an ejectable pod also has fundamental problems. As it is now, the passenger cabin is an integral part of the aircraft. With the passenger cabin as a pod, there will be a limited number of attachment points holding the pod to the airframe, making it possible to sabotage the aircraft by blowing the attachment points, with sabotaging the emergency chutes an additional fillip to ensure 100% casualties among the passengers -- like the Challenger astronauts, aware of their fate throughout their fall to earth.
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You beat me to it; this is something that I picked up from when I was riding Greyhound to go to and from college during breaks that I'll do for truckers, especially at night when it's harder to judge distances. It's a little thing, but it can improve the flow of traffic; I've been a passenger several times when I've seen someone behind a passing semi cut across in the gap between the semi and the car I was in because they couldn't wait for the semi to pull back to the right and the trucker wasn't sure he had clearance to come back
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Ahh, the joys of timely, accurate, up-to-date reporting. Xu Xing described microraptor gui from fossil specimens back in 2003 (National Geographic article), but the LA Times article makes no mention of the fact that the four-winged body plan is not a new discovery. Sensationalism wins out over accuracy; "Archaeologists find other birds with four wings" just doesn't have the same impact.
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The local Whole Foods is selling bags of chocolate-covered kale... which appears to be ideal to keep around for an emergency backup chocolate supply, because from the way it tastes there's no way in hell you'd eat it if there were _any_ other chocolate available.
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