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  1. I am Unvaccinated, or as I like to call it "Organic,' lol.
  2. Okay, we know what tous meant .... but that response was funny.
  3. Around here, diesel is usually 10 to 20 cents more per gallon. As far as horror stories, I was talking more about people forgetting to winterize their fuel tanks, northern states mostly, and having to deal with jelled fuel. You are right about the diesel availability, even around here where there are a lot of diesel vehicles and a huge number of log trucks, diesel is almost always available even when gasoline is harder to find. Where I live, I can only remember one time when gasoline was seriously hard to find and that was when Debby hit. 2012, I think. I have both diesel and LP whole house generators. I just got the LP one this year. It's hard to hear it running when the tv is on.
  4. December 2nd in music. 1972 - The Temptations "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" hits No. 1 in the US. Running 6:58, it's one of the longest chart-topping singles. Birthdays: 1906 - Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, who invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945. The invention went on to revolutionize the way people listened to music. 1941 - Tom McGuinness. Guitar, vocals, Manfred Mann, who had the 1964 US No. 1 single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy'. McGuinness later became a member of The Blues Band. Born in Wimbledon, South London, England. 1960 - Rick Savage. Bass player, Def Leppard, (1987 single 'Animal’, 1987 world wide No. 1 album Hysteria, 1988 US No. 1 single 'Love Bites'). Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
  5. On December 2, 1961, following a year of severely strained relations between the United States and Cuba, Cuban leader Fidel Castro openly declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist. The announcement sealed the bitter Cold War animosity between the two nations. Castro came to power in 1959 after leading a successful revolution against the dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista. Almost from the start, the United States worried that Castro was too leftist in his politics. He implemented agrarian reform, expropriated foreign oil company holdings, and eventually seized all foreign-owned property in Cuba. He also established close diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, and the Russians were soon providing economic and military aid. By January 1961, the United States had severed diplomatic relations with Cuba. In April, the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion took place, wherein hundreds of rebels, armed and trained by the United States, attempted a landing in Cuba with the intent of overthrowing the Castro government. The attack ended in a dismal military defeat for the rebels and an embarrassing diplomatic setback for the United States. In December 1961, Castro made clear what most U.S. officials already believed. In a televised address on December 2, Castro declared, “I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall be one until the end of my life.” He went on to state that, “Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class.” He also noted that communism would be the dominant force in Cuban politics: “There cannot be three or four movements.” Some questioned Castro’s dedication to the communist cause, believing that his announcement was simply a stunt to get more Soviet assistance. Castro, however, never deviated from his declared principles, and went on to become one of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. In late July 2006, an unwell Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his younger brother Raul. Fidel Castro officially stepped down in February 2008. Castro died on November 25, 2016, at 90.
  6. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, the Italian-born Nobel Prize-winning physicist, directs and controls the first nuclear chain reaction in his laboratory beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, ushering in the nuclear age. Upon successful completion of the experiment, a coded message was transmitted to President Roosevelt: “The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.” Following on England’s Sir James Chadwick’s discovery of the neutron and the Curies’ production of artificial radioactivity, Fermi, a full-time professor of physics at the University of Florence, focused his work on producing radioactivity by manipulating the speed of neutrons derived from radioactive beryllium. Further similar experimentation with other elements, including uranium 92, produced new radioactive substances; Fermi’s colleagues believed he had created a new “transuranic” element with an atomic number of 93, the result of uranium 92 capturing a neuron while under bombardment, thus increasing its atomic weight. Fermi remained skeptical about his discovery, despite the enthusiasm of his fellow physicists. He became a believer in 1938, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for “his identification of new radioactive elements.” Although travel was restricted for men whose work was deemed vital to national security, Fermi was given permission to leave Italy and go to Sweden to receive his prize. He and his wife, Laura, who was Jewish, never returned; both feared and despised Mussolini’s fascist regime. Fermi immigrated to New York City, Columbia University, specifically, where he recreated many of his experiments with Niels Bohr, the Danish-born physicist, who suggested the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction. Fermi and others saw the possible military applications of such an explosive power, and quickly composed a letter warning President Roosevelt of the perils of a German atomic bomb. The letter was signed and delivered to the president by Albert Einstein on October 11, 1939. The Manhattan Project, the American program to create its own atomic bomb, was the result. It fell to Fermi to produce the first nuclear chain reaction, without which such a bomb was impossible. He created a jury-rigged laboratory with the necessary equipment, which he called an “atomic pile,” in a squash court in the basement of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. With colleagues and other physicists looking on, Fermi produced the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction and the “new world” of nuclear power was born.
  7. Diesel/gasoline are about the same as far as this discussion is concerned. Diesel has it's advantages in some situations, but the government has done everything it can to eliminate my desire for a diesel burner by taxing the **** out of diesel. I bought a diesel vehicle just before they decided to start jacking the price. Luckily I was able to trade it without losing (much) equity. But I haven't ever owned a diesel vehicle in an area of the country where cold weather would be a concern but I've heard horror stories.
  8. But in that line of thought, a tank full of gas will last hours longer than the average battery charge will AND, freezing temperatures lower the battery charge by as much as 25% according to the battery manufacturers. I would much rather be in the gasoline powered vehicle anyway because If I could find someone with a can of gas (or siphon hose) after I run out, I could just refill my car and drive off. I would have to have the EV towed to a recharging station or have a generator brought to my EV. All in all, the gasoline powered vehicle will always be the choice for me, freezing or baking Florida sunshine.
  9. Volvo "Sugga" TP-21 - Command Car Volvo “Sugga” TP-21 Volvo "Sugga" TP-21 - Rat Ride
  10. The SOONER the BETTER, in my opinion. I quit twitter several years ago. I should have done the same thing with Farsebook but they took care of that by banning my primary account permanently, rofl.
  11. Here's another version of that cartoon.
  12. Yes sir. I started thinking the same thing when they put OnStar in vehicles. I told my wife, and she agreed, that anytime anyone has capabilities like that it will lead to the ability to control you far more than their stated intentions.
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