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Who would win: Jimmy Conway or Darth Vader?

Why is Martin Shkreli so interested in antiparasitic drugs?

The new Star Wars movie? It BETTER not suck.

I remember when The Phantom Menace came out...before it opened everyone thought, "oh, Return of the Jedi was twice as awesome as A New Hope so The Phantom Menace is going to be awesomer still."

And then out trotted Jar Jar Binks. All of a sudden 95 percent of the moviegoing world saw what would without Jar Jar be a perfectly serviceable "Darth Vader's boyhood" flick as an atrocity of biblical proportions.

After two years of hype for this movie, if this thing isn't awesomer than any movie has a right to be - if there's even a frame of suckage in the whole spectacle of awesomeness - someone's gonna steal a howitzer from the National Guard and use it to shell George Lucas's house flat.

Could on-vehicle CO2 catalysis cut down on global warming?

This is done over one of several catalysts:

2CO2 -> 2CO + O2

Or in English, carbon dioxide dissociates into carbon monoxide and oxygen. Chemical plants that make things from carbon monoxide (a LOT of things are made from it) run the smoke from their heat sources across catalysts, recover the CO and use it in their processes.

Now, here's my idea: since carbon monoxide is a fuel gas, why couldn't they put a catalyzer in the exhaust system of a car and feed the carbon monoxide into the intake manifold?

Lowe's has 6-packs of LED light bulbs for $9.95

Apologies: This really should be Energy & Environment but GD gets a LOT more traffic.

60-watt equivalent. I bought one last night and the bulbs work well - nice and bright, much better than the "60-watt equivalent" CFLs I replaced with these.


Why Colorado Springs?

Robert Dear drove 1450 miles and crossed several state lines to get from his home in North Carolina to his target in Colorado. What's so special about THIS Planned Parenthood?



It's called a Cthurkey. No, I didn't think of this. It is a cooked turkey with a precooked octopus shoved in one end, with precooked crab legs wedged under the sides. And some people add bacon, because everything is better with bacon.

What are the requirements for student visas?

By now we all know the far right's current argument against the refugee program: a terrorist might slip through the cracks.

Considering just how deep those cracks really are - 18 to 24 months of investigation, many interviews, plenty of training to help the refugee assimilate into his or her new land, and no guarantee that after you get through all that you won't be sent to a country you don't even want to bomb - it doesn't appear, at least to me, that the Refugee Program is the best way to infiltrate terrorists into a targeted country.

Then I started thinking: Why couldn't this week's Number Two Man at Al Qaeda, the Deputy Commander of Daesh for Foreign Infiltration, or whoever else is running terrorists this week just pick a handful of people who aren't on anyone's radar screen and enroll them in a community college in the area they want to hit? Community colleges like having foreign students and sending a person to live in the area near the target would let them do long-term reconnaissance of it.

I saw Mockingjay Part 2 today

I give it seven out of ten. Too much talking, not enough killing.

The fatal flaw in this picture is as plain as day: they tried to make an exact duplicate of the book. It took about an hour to get to any action, and even after they got there they still spent much more time planning and discussing than they did shooting at Peacekeepers. They would have been better off modeling their film after The Guns of Navarone or Robocop (much more action than talk) rather than My Dinner with Andre.

I'd see it again and I'll buy a Blu-ray of it, but at least now I know where the boring parts are.

Blast from the Past: "If you're destroying Christmas, here's your yard decoration"

My store has acrylic polar bears and various kinds of reindeer for outdoor display.

Get one reindeer and about six polar bears.

Lay the reindeer on its side. Then put the polar bears in a ring around the reindeer.
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