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  1. 1 hour ago, Dawg Hair, SASS #29557 said:

    HMMM, I'll have to try the olives/pickles or maybe capers...................


    What you made is sort of an amalgam of pimento cheese and deviled ham.  Yeah, I oversimplified, but close in essence.  All sort of ways to play with it.  I like the idea of capers.  

  2. 4 minutes ago, Chantry said:

    American ingenuity  USS Lexington supplies power to the city of Tacoma, Washington: https://historylink.org/File/5113


    "In 1929, western Washington state suffered a drought which resulted in low levels in Lake Cushman that provided water for Cushman Dam No. 1. The hydro-electric power generated by this dam was the primary source for the city of Tacoma and the city requested help from the federal government once the water in the lake receded below the dam's intakes during December. The U.S. Navy sent Lexington, which had been at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, to Tacoma, and heavy electric lines were rigged into the city's power system. The ship's generators provided a total of 4,520,960 kilowatt hours from 17 December to 16 January 1930 until melting snow and rain brought the reservoirs up to the level needed to generate sufficient power for the city."





    After the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami,  when the US sent a carrier and supporting vessels to render aid one of the guys at church was grousing about it,  "What are we going to do,  invade?"  

    I pointed out to him the assets it brought,  SAR, electric power,  desalination capabilities to supply fresh water,  medical facilities, food,  and a whole bunch of manpower. 


    He shut up after that.

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  3. 5 minutes ago, Dawg Hair, SASS #29557 said:

    I'm with you.  I take one can of spam, one jar of Velveeta cheese and some roasted red peppers, mix it all in a grinder and eat it on crackers or bread.  

    Heck, I just had dinner and I am salivating again!






    Be interesting to add some sliced green olives or pickle relish to it.

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  4. https://www.thedrive.com/news/39378/how-canadians-derailed-a-train-and-drove-it-to-city-hall-for-power-after-a-brutal-ice-storm?xid=fbshare&fbclid=IwAR3bqC58U-IuhEC5gy5hWWLMFjm7TQZ_NBAFYuRmOLOWFk2Zr2gchNW6Vmo



    Over the week spanning Jan. 4-10, 1998, a trio of massive ice storms wracked the northeastern United States and parts of Canada. Knocking over transmission towers, the storms deprived up to 1.35 million people of electricity, in some cases for weeks (sound familiar?). Rather than leave town, though, one Canadian mayor stepped up to bring in the biggest mobile power generators they could get their hands on: Diesel-electric freight train locomotives.

    This unusual solution to a power problem, which was also covered by Gizmodo last week, unfolded in Boucherville, a Montreal suburb just northeast of famed Formula 1 racetrack Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Having reportedly heard of locomotives being used to generate electricity during another emergency years prior, Boucherville's Mayor Francine Gadbois asked the Canadian National Railway to lend the city a couple of units. CN obliged, sending over two Montreal Locomotive Works M-420s per the 1998 issue of Trains, as recounted by members of its forum.


    CN M-240 locomotive serving as a generator in January 1998


    Both locomotives were powered by Alco 251C prime movers; 131.4-liter, single-turbo diesel V12s making some 1,950 horsepower according to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Rather than power the wheels through hydraulic or mechanical transmissions, these massive motors turned traction generators that could send juice to motors connected to the wheels. In a pinch, however, that power can be routed outside the locomotive for whatever purpose one desires, like keeping municipal buildings operating in times of crisis. And that's exactly what these locomotives did for Boucherville.

    According to yet another account from a train forum, officials craned M-240 number 3502 off the line down the street from city hall before moving it some 1,000 feet down the street, carving deep ruts in the asphalt. Once at its destination and hooked in, its V12 had to be run at a specific, constant rpm' to generate AC current at 60 hertz, the frequency used by most North American utilities.


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  5. 56 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Very well stated.  They are celebrities because they are celebrities becsause they are celebrities.......


    To quote a man on the Firefly TV series, "I cannot tolerate useless people."


    They aren't useless.   They are perfectly stunning Horrible Examples. :D

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  6. Today in Old-West History -- On today’s date 175 years ago, Thursday, February 26, 1846, famous Victorian-Era American buffalo hunter, U.S. Army Scout, & Wild West showman Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) was born on a farm near the town of Le Claire in Scott County, Iowa Territory.
    William Cody began his working career at the age of eleven following his father’s death -- employed as a mounted messenger for a railroad company.
    In 1860, after trapping beaver, Cody joined the Gold Rush to Pike’s Peak, Colorado. In the same year, he briefly rode for the Pony Express, during which time, according to his own accounts, he set several riding endurance records.
    During the War Between the States (1861-1865), Bill Cody served in a guerrilla group loyal to the Union & then in the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.
    In 1868, Cody was appointed chief of scouts for the Fifth U.S. Cavalry, & during the next year his Western-Frontier exploits became nationally famous when author Ned Buntline (1821-1886) wrote his first dime novel -- with Buffalo Bill as the hero.
    In 1872, Cody won the Medal of Honor, led the hunting party of Grand Duke Alexis of Russia along with George Armstrong Custer, & was persuaded by Ned Buntline to act in his play, “The Scouts of the Plains,” which started Cody on his entertainment career.
    Over the next decade, Cody alternately took to the frontier or the stage, & in 1883 he organized his famous “Wild West Show” -- an open-air extravaganza featuring horses & riders in a variety of displays that included reenactments of legendary frontier events. For the next three decades, the show toured across the United States & Europe.
    On May 11, 1887, Buffalo Bill presented a command performance of his Wild West Show for Queen Victoria in the city of London, England.
    In 1895, Cody was instrumental in founding the town of Cody, the county seat of Park County Wyoming, where he opened several inns & hotels, & established the TE Ranch, where, in his spacious ranch house, he entertained notable guests from Europe & America.
    It has been stated by several noted historians that, by the turn of the 20th Century, Buffalo Bill Cody was the most recognizable celebrity on the face of the Earth.
    The circa-1890 cabinet-card photograph depicts the visage of Buffalo Bill Cody at around the age of 44.
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  7. Ни шагу назад!


    1934: It's just a tax on machine guns, silencers, and short barreled rifles & shotguns.


    1968: It's just a ban on buying guns through the mail.


    1986: It's just a ban on new machine guns.


    1989: It's just a ban on importing "non-sporting rifles."


    1993: It's just a background check when you buy a gun from a dealer.


    1994: It's just a common-sense temporary ban on extra scary guns.


    2014, 2017: It's just a ban on importing Russian guns.


    2021: It's just a common-sense ban on the most common guns in America.

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