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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Evening Polgara

    Our blackout in Metro Detroit did last a couple of days, and it was very hot and humid here as well. But from what I remember, everyone kind of held it together, at least where I was.

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    Good evening, ocean515.

    I well remember the blackout over the NE some years ago! It was a hot muggy day, and with no air conditioning or fans, it was unbearable! Although it was only for about eight hours, it sure seemed a lot longer than that! I can't imagine the problems if it went on for days or weeks, or longer! Social unrest to begin with, because everything in the freezer would spoil, milk in the fridge would sour, and if you're stuck with electric stoves.....? No gas for your car because no way to pump it, grocery stores closing eventually? It sure would be a mess, because we depend so much on electricity! :

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    First, any conventional Nuclear weapon detonated on US soil via panel van or low boy trailer would be limited to that of a tactical single stage device with a yield a fraction of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki weapons.

    Those weapons are highly technical. The smallest nano second of deviation in timing of the multiple explosive charges that take a sphere of highly enriched plutonium to it's critical mass would turn it into a "fizzle" instead of a multi-ton yield.

    Its why there has been no Nuclear attack like that on American soil. Nuclear weapons, even the old one's have to be continually serviced to remain effective. The Nuclear suitcase everyone use to fret about would have to weigh at least a 100 pounds.

    Now a thermal Nuclear weapon being transmitted via cargo van or tanker is even less likely. Given the Hydrogen isotopes ( tritium and dueterium ) have very short half lifes and have to be continually serviced and replenished, or the bomb reverts from a say 40 megaton to just the yield of the nuclear trigger needed to reach the temperatures that tritium and dueterium will fuse at.

    The threat has always been a dirty bomb for a reason. It's virtually impossible to get a hold of some of the internal componenets needed and even harder to get a hold of enough radioactive isotope to complete a fusion weapon.

    They are too technical for the likes of Al Qaeda, for now anyway.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    Evening Polgara

    Our blackout in Metro Detroit did last a couple of days, and it was very hot and humid here as well. But from what I remember, everyone kind of held it together, at least where I was.
    Good evening, JC!

    After that "wake-up" call, I bought two solar ovens, and I have practiced using them a lot over the years. Believe it or not, food actually tastes better, and there is little shrinkage with food cooked that way. I haven't experimented with baking biscuits yet, but bread does fine. If I have to cook everything that way, at least I know how. Maybe "early to bed, early to rise" would become the way we live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Good evening, JC!

    After that "wake-up" call, I bought two solar ovens, and I have practiced using them a lot over the years. Believe it or not, food actually tastes better, and there is little shrinkage with food cooked that way. I haven't experimented with baking biscuits yet, but bread does fine. If I have to cook everything that way, at least I know how. Maybe "early to bed, early to rise" would become the way we live?
    Can you get a nice crisp brown edge on your burgers?

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    Is it hard to control the temperature on one of those things? Can you get it up to 400 degrees?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Good evening, JC!

    After that "wake-up" call, I bought two solar ovens, and I have practiced using them a lot over the years. Believe it or not, food actually tastes better, and there is little shrinkage with food cooked that way. I haven't experimented with baking biscuits yet, but bread does fine. If I have to cook everything that way, at least I know how. Maybe "early to bed, early to rise" would become the way we live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbabgone View Post
    Can you get a nice crisp brown edge on your burgers?
    Not yet, darn it! : Roasts, all casseroles and soups, including chili, baked chicken, and all cooked veggies are delicious! Bacon is good, but scrambled eggs are tricky. I'm still working on those. It's like a slow cooker without electricity! Of course the sun has to be shining for them to work, so I guess when it rains, no cooked food! At least for now, my gas stove in the kitchen is operable.

    BTW, Hillary was giving solar cookers by the thousands to third world countries a while back, so they didn't have to use scarce wood for cooking fires. That was a good move!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    Is it hard to control the temperature on one of those things? Can you get it up to 400 degrees?
    400 degrees is about as high as I've gotten, which is why I'm having problems with biscuits. Pies and cakes are not a problem, though. One drawback is that as the sun moves, I need to make sure the solar cookers are repositioned. My brother is working on figuring out how to have a solar-operated mechanism turn the cookers as necessary, but he hasn't accomplished it yet. He will, though. He's stubborn. The beauty is that, like a slow cooker, you can put your meals on to cook in the morning, and forget about them till dinner time. I don't think it's possible to burn anything, as long as you have a little liquid in the cooker. Rice and noodles are superb! I haven't tried oatmeal, so maybe that will be my next experiment.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    400 degrees is about as high as I've gotten, which is why I'm having problems with biscuits. Pies and cakes are not a problem, though. One drawback is that as the sun moves, I need to make sure the solar cookers are repositioned. My brother is working on figuring out how to have a solar-operated mechanism turn the cookers as necessary, but he hasn't accomplished it yet. He will, though. He's stubborn. The beauty is that, like a slow cooker, you can put your meals on to cook in the morning, and forget about them till dinner time. I don't think it's possible to burn anything, as long as you have a little liquid in the cooker. Rice and noodles are superb! I haven't tried oatmeal, so maybe that will be my next experiment.
    Good evening, Polgara.
    Looking back at this thread, might I suggest the purchase of a home generator?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good evening, Polgara.
    Looking back at this thread, might I suggest the purchase of a home generator?
    Looking into that. .

    Goo evening, Jack.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    YOU KNOW its bad when David Cay Johnson calls you a dictator:

    “All governments leak when they want to,” Johnston says. “The actions of the administration in this case are the actions of a dictatorship. They are not the actions of a free people whose government is responsible to them.”
    David Cay Johnston calls the DOJ
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure" - 2006 Senator Obama...leadership failure indeed!

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