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  1. Boston licensing question

    Some questions from a US resident who spends much of the year overseas: - What is the licensing appointment situation with regards to applications? - Does a renewal of a license not quite yet expired issued by a green town require a Moon Island test? - Is Boston currently renewing...
  2. NRA is at it again

    Just got an email about the NRA increasing the NRA instructor renewal fees "a little" I guess in NRA speak a 16.7% increase is a "little" and a fee for each rating is "flat rate", and this after virtually destroying the training program with the "blended learning" concept requiring a nominal...
  3. Amazon review

    Amazon emailed asking me to review a pair of jeans I recently bought. Amazingly, the approved and posted my review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2LG4NSZ9UHSUG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv Customer Review Mini Schnauzer Lover 5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Pockets December 23, 2019...
  4. Electrician Question

    A power distribution question... I have three locations: A------------B-------------C A-B distance is 1000ft B-C distance is 850ft Three phase power is available at "A". All locations connected by single mode fiber. Unoccupied 2" schedule 40 conduit already buried between A, B and C...
  5. Anyone here read Korean?

    I have a two page letter in handwritten Korean (the handwriting is a work of art) that I would like to have translated. I have a translation that came with it, but would like to see how that compares to a translation by another person literate in Korean who does not have the first translation...
  6. Trump Renal Conspiracy Theory

    1. Trump issued an executive order mandating 80% of ESRD patients be on home dialysis or transplanted by 2025. I know enough about this sort of thing to know that is about as practical as banning tornadoes in Kansas after 2025. Doing it at home requires meticulous attention to sterile...
  7. Plumbing supplier: Supplyhouse.com

    I placed a very small order with supplyhouse.com for an inexpensive but hard to find part back in May. The total was less than $10 (Amazon was over twice the price). I got the part in 1 or 2 days (place is in upstate NY), so I sent them an email thanking them for their excellent service...
  8. Healing while black

    This would actually be funny it if weren't such a sad commentary about how pervasive profiling is. A black hospital patient went on a walk with an IV drip. A security guard thought he was stealing medical equipment - CNN Short form: Black guy in hospital get MD permission to take a walk...
  9. Natick trying to pluck the chickens

    The town of Natick apparently will stoop so low as to go after high school students to balance the budget. The school committee is counting on making $70K in parking fees to use for other programs. Natick schools counting on $70K in parking fees to bolster budget Two problems: 1) They...
  10. GOAL bill

    The GOAL Friday news reports the GOAL amendment failed. MA House Strands Licensed Gun Owners - Refuses To Address Broken Licensing System - GOAL.ORG With all due respect to GOAL, this was a doomed strategy. This was filed "on behalf of" GOAL, which means GOAL was not able to find a...
  11. Another "oops, I meant taser"

    Excused via the "just a mistake" defense: District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the March 3 shooting was "was neither justified, nor criminal, but was excused," according to the statement posted on the DA's office website A Pennsylvania police officer shot an unarmed man in the stomach - CNN...
  12. Full of S--t aware goes to ex Pope

    I've never been a fan of papism because of the way that church tries to impose its morals on non-believers, but this goes further than even I thought possible: Ex-Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence on church's sex abuse crisis and blames the sexual revolution and liberals Benedict XVI breaks...
  13. 2006 Hyundai, 126K, $1K

    SOLD Got my wife a new car, getting her old one, selling my current car. 2006 Hyundai Sonata, 126K miles, midnight blue, no known problems, $1K. Currently my everyday commuting car. Original owner, bought new June 06. Golfball sized dent in door, typical amount of general body wear for a...
  14. German Suitability

    German man not fit for firearms license after being shot by own dog: court I subscribe to the logic that one who has had an accident is less, rather than more, likely to exercise a lack of caution in the future.
  15. Warren racist?

    The old "one drop of blood" rule was racist via its very nature. The rule (enshrined in laws of days gone by) was that even a drop of an inferior race made you a member of that race. This also relates to a particular racist expression involving a woodpile. Lizzy has been applying the "one...
  16. Trump / Fat Boy summit

    How many people think its ironic that Trump is meeting the dictator from the communist north of a split nation in a communist nation that was similarly split until it beat the US in a prolonged war? Perhaps fat boy wants to show trump a role model for the US to follow.
  17. Fighter planes over Metrowest

    Just saw four go over the Natick/Framingham area. Any idea whazsappening?
  18. The blue shield of protection

    Be sure to watch the video where the chief explains that an officer shooting one's partner in the absence of any gunfight with criminals is not an act of recklessness or negligence, but simply an accident. Obviously reading from Officer Duncan's (Framingham) playbook. Indiana police release...
  19. Kidnapping

    Kidnapping is a lucrative industry in many countries where the police are only marginally effective. Here in the US, it's a dead-end industry with a low ROI since the police and feds are very very good at tracking the abductors with two weak points: 1) the communication medium used to make the...
  20. Another sad closing: Hansen Electric

    Hansen Electric in Framingham has a sign out announcing the going out of business sale for their retail lighting division. I spoke to one of the guys in the back half where the do wholesale electric sales and he told me that part will "eventually" be closing as well. A sad occurrence. The...
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