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  1. Actually, no, he won't go through 20 years of appeals. He hopped the border into Italy, and opened fire on a couple of cops. He wounded one of them. The other cop shot back, and killed him on the spot. End of story.
  2. Take a look at what has happened with the crime rate statistics in Australia since they passed those laws. They have NOT gone down.
  3. You don't even need that. You just need the Bad Guys to THINK you MIGHT have one, that you would not hesitate to use against them when and if they provoke you sufficiently, by e.g. breaking into your house obviously intent on committing Bad Acts against you and/or your loved ones.
  4. Coyotes in Cactus??? The mind boggles. Yes, gravity is still working. I just checked.
  5. I saw the same emails. It sounds as though the owners are doing a facelift and update and ... and they want new blood, or something. I'll be in town in about ten days or so, and will check it out.
  6. The malaria strains found in Thailand are resistant to chloroquine and mefloquine. They are VERY susceptible to doxycycline, and doxycycline is CHEAP.
  7. What they carefully don't mention is that many of those fact-resistant humans are "scientists" and politicians. In freshman physics, I was told "Physics is an empirical science." Along the way, I learned "One experimental result trumps a thousand theories and hypotheses." I also picked up the idea that "Simulations and models are absolutely worthless unless they can be validated against real-world experimental data, with all its warts." And I have to go run errands.
  8. Nope. No mushrooms. I was about to see the inside of a hyperbaric chamber for the first time. For real, not a tour.
  9. A recent eye exam says I need to get new glasses anyway. I'll talk to Top Charoen next time I'm in town.
  10. Yes and no. First, it is human nature, once in a while, to pray, to say, if only to the universe at large, "Hey, I could really use a hand right now, or at least a sympathetic ear." At the same time, sometimes people in that position get an absolutely unequivocal, unmistakeable answer. "Don't worry. You're going to be all right. I've got this." That experience tends to get someone's attention, real dam' fast.
  11. Nope. If you run the reaction as follows: C2H5OH + 3 O2 --> 2 CO2 + 3 H2O + energy what you are doing is burning ethanol. That makes a fire, releasing carbon dioxide, water, and heat. That's the definition of exothermic. Running the reaction the other way, using energy (and technology) to reform carbon dioxide and water into ethanol and oxygen, takes energy to drive it. Carbon dioxide is not easy to split: it takes a lot of energy. Water naturally dissociates into protons and hydroxyl radicals, but splitting the hydroxyl radicals into protons and ionized oxygen also takes a lot of energy. Then you have to transport everything and get it to reassemble into a relatively high-energy configuration, rather than the low-energy (CO2 and water) configuration you started with. You have to pump energy in to form the ethanol. That's endothermic.
  12. 2 CO2 + 3 H2O + energy --> C2H5OH + 3 O2 The process is necessarily endothermic, because running it the other way is burning ethanol, consuming oxygen, to release energy.
  13. I'm remembering a Sunday evening in Dallas, many years ago. I was at Cabaret Royale This was during the first couple of years it was open, when it was a REALLY good place. I found myself talking with a Sweet Young Thing from Stuttgart. She taught me to drink Jagermeister.
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    When my old Canon inkjet failed, I replaced it with an Epson XP-630 combo: scanner/printer/copier. I like everything about it EXCEPT the internal paper trays. The Canon had a external feed that was a lot easier to load.
  15. When I saw the first piece from that web page about all of Soi Cowboy being closed, I queried John at Cactus about it. His reply, while (predictably) unprintable, dissented. In a follow-up, he said he'd probably close for a couple of days out of respect. Somehow, I can't imagine the Arab closing down for very long...
  16. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. Resquiecat in pace. Amen.
  17. Thunderball, starring Sean Connery as James Bond. American Airlines had it on the video system in Business Class on my flight from Hong Kong to Dallas. First time I've ever been able to watch the whole thing, beginning to end, no commercial breaks. I never realized how much underwater footage they did for that film. Lots of fun.
  18. I'm flying in next week, landing at Swampy very late Friday 2 Sep, flying out very early Sunday 18 Sep. 30 Sep is too late for me...
  19. There is a lot to be said for the Hooters waitstaff, especially when they are armed with genuine Thai smiles!
  20. A friend who works at Hooters Soi 4 just posted a photo of her on the mechanical bull. The implication was that the photo was taken some hours ago.
  21. Hooters on Soi 4 was in the front of the Nana Hotel, not the Rajah.
  22. I hate to see it. A friend works there.
  23. T minus 6 weeks and counting. ETA Swampypoom 2 Sep just before midnight. DEROS 18 Sep too early in the morning.
  24. How easy is it to live out of downtown and still be close (5-10 minutes MAX) from a good hospital ER? Bumrungrad ER is good. Police Hospital, across from Central World if I remember correctly, is good, but quite a bit farther away. (I had to run an acquaintance to ER one night. She refused to let me take her to Bumrungrad, saying it was too expensive.)
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