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 on: December 16, 2014, 07:16:20 PM 
Started by D Semple - Last post by tefer2

 on: December 16, 2014, 07:13:26 PM 
Started by D Semple - Last post by Switchback

 on: December 16, 2014, 06:48:06 PM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by buzzbee
China already runs the ports in Panama. Thanks to another liberal, Jimmy Carter signing a treaty with a dictator handing over control at the end of the 20th century and eliminating our presence in the canal zone.
What contract with Venezuela do we have?
And why are you concerned China is getting that oil cheap? Heck, we are making our coal super expensive  here as an energy source through the EPA, but agree to pacts with China that they can burn all they want for the next fifteen to twenty years.
We will renogotiate after we have been crushed.

 on: December 16, 2014, 06:08:26 PM 
Started by Richard M - Last post by Richard M
>Always wanted to go there (Colorado, not Southpark) since reading Michener's Centennial about 30 years ago.

I lived in Western Nebraska on the North Platte at the time the mini-series came out which prompted me to read the book.  He wrote it about the South Platte, but it's just as applicable to the North Platte valley.  From the Indians to the sugar beets, from the Germans to the Japanese.  We were on the Oregon trail.  You could drive 10 miles form my house and see the wagon ruts going through the pass at Scotts Bluff...

One of the most inspiring books I've ever read, it honestly made me feel I'd been born in the wrong century, (although I imagine that rality would bit pretty quickly) it sounds like incredible country; I've read heaps of Michener's books - I loved all the ones that followed settlement of America, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, particularly liked Chesapeake. 

The Centennial miniseries wasn't bad either.

What's the fishing like in the Platte rivers? It must be an incredible thing to know you're sat at the head of a river that could take you all the way to New Orleans. It would be pretty cool, if you had the time, to chuck a four stroke OB on the back of a small boat and follow the river all the way down.

 on: December 16, 2014, 06:02:08 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by Snowhitsky
I agree with Richard M point by point but then I share his background (apart from the artillery and going to Australia) and I think this is what it's all about.

The US has a gun culture which simply does not exist in most of Europe. Even in those countries with large numbers of legally held or owned firearms, the relationship of citizens towards firearms is radically different to the US. Over here they are seen as a necessary evil best kept under lock and key and preferably in the hands of responsible law-enforcement professionals. What passes as a healthy interest in the US is seen as something to worry about over here. It's just two radically different cultures which are unlikely to ever understand each other.

As an aside, I must say I do find it amusing that almost any problem, no matter how banal, mentioned on a US forum usually ends up with at least one person suggesting a solution involving a firearm.

 on: December 16, 2014, 05:50:37 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by Richard M

>And guns to protect you from the government? Do you really distrust them that much?

Anyone who has studied history should.

Hmmm, so not much trust in the rest of the Constitution then, I'd have thought that any objective study of the American Constitution and your Federal political history would lead you to quite the opposite conclusion - wasn't it the Washington that outlawed slavery, forced through Civil Rights and ended segregation in the 60s?

To put your gun death rates into some sort of perspective, at 11,000 or so a year, it's the equivalent of 3.66 x 9/11 deaths each year.

Ah well, the only upside that the rest of the First World can take from that mindset is that for the most part, while you wait with guns loaded, for the day that the government tries to oppress you, it's your kids who will continue to die and be maimed in their thousands every year, (more than a hundred thousand a decade - say 1.5 average superbowl crowds) not ours.

 on: December 16, 2014, 05:42:25 PM 
Started by mc1960 - Last post by capt44
The dimensions on a 5 frame medium Nuc box is  6 5/8 inches deep, 19 7/8 inches long and 9 1/2 or 9 1/4 inches wide.
I have found no set standard to the width.
The frame rest are rabbet joint cuts at 3/8 inch deep x 5/8 inch wide cut into the short boards.

 on: December 16, 2014, 05:41:03 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by Culley
Have any of you thought about a home invasion scenario where someone just comes and knocks on your door? Do you take a concealed firearm every time you open your door? Or do home invasions only happen at night there?

Not trying to be a smarty pants. I live in Australia where violent crimes usually don't involve firearms. But I have traveled in countries where gun violence is part of everyday life.

 on: December 16, 2014, 05:38:21 PM 
Started by Richard M - Last post by capt44
I take 500mg of Vitamin C each day.
When I do get stung I put a shot of smoke over the area to mask the scent of attack.
I've been stung as high as 100 times below the waist and not swell.
But I did take a Benadryl tablet.

 on: December 16, 2014, 05:11:23 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by Richard M
One question, Richard. Even tho your death rate by gun went down considerably, how much did your actual murder rate and violent crime rate go down?

Firearm deaths as a proportion of homicides went from 25% to 13%.

Homicide rates in Australia by decade

1990s - 1.76 per 100,000 per annum

2000s - 1.58 per 100,000 per annum

2010-2014 - 1.1 per 100,000 per annum

Overall a 37.5% reduction in homicides from all causes between the 1990s and 2014. (ie knife, blunt instrument, strangulation etc didn't see a reciprocal increase). The place has never been safer.

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