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@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)

Bazro.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)

Oof-

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)

Heh

@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 01:47 PM)

So the Emperor in episodes 1 through 6 was a clone?

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

YEEEE I'M A SURVIVOR-

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 July 2020 - 03:14 PM)

Convert him to Maple Syrup.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 03:10 PM)

what would Canada do with Yogi?

@  Cyoti : (01 July 2020 - 12:51 PM)

We can deport Yogi back to Canada now.

@  Sabrblade : (01 July 2020 - 12:50 PM)

Jellystone National Pawk. A westful wetweat.

@  Rycochet : (01 July 2020 - 12:47 PM)

Jellystone. We're going to be plunged into a decade of poor animation. Fortunately we've been led by bad cartoon characters for years so we won't notice much difference.

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 July 2020 - 06:19 AM)

what next? YELLOWSTONE?


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Ticking time bombs: The legacy of World War II


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#1 Nevermore

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:43 PM

This is just a little bit of FYI, from the perspective of someone living in Germany. I'm not trying to argue about the war itself (my grandparents' generation started it, committed a crapton of atrocities, then lost, the end), and I'm not trying to argue about the rights or wrongs of certain types of warfare as executed by the Allies. I'm just telling you about its legacy.
 
 
For as long as I remember, leftover bombs from World War II that had not detonated (official English term is "unexploded ordnance", also colloquially referred to as "blinds") have been a permanently lingering potential threat that could be lying under the ground beneath our feet. They would regularly be uncovered during excavations for a new construction project, and then numerous city blocks would have to be evacuated, and a bomb squad would be called in to disarm the bomb. Another danger is that the material the bomb is made of has progressively corroded over the decades, and thus there's the real possibility that a bomb might eventually explode on its own. While being buried underneath a building where people live. Since 1947, there have been about 20 auto-detonations, sometimes without being triggered by any outside force.

Just this weekend, there has been a situation in the city of Dortmund, about an hour from where I live, that involved a massive evacuation.
https://www.thelocal...mass-evacuation
https://www.dw.com/e...ombs/a-51963479
https://www.dailymai...ombs-found.html
https://www.timesofi...ass-evacuation/

Some statistics I read today that might give you a little bit of perspective as to the scope of this situation: A whopping 1760 (!) WWII bombs have been found last year. And those are only the numbers for the federal state of Germany I live in, and only for the first three quarters of 2019. For the entirety of 2018, the total number was 2811 (!!) bombs.



How about other countries that were bombed during WWII? Do people there also still have to live with the fear of leftover explosives?


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 01:15 PM

I've seen stories about unexploded blitz bombs being found in England, but I don't live there so it's all second hand to me.
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Posted 12 January 2020 - 03:01 PM

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.



#4 Nevermore

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 03:43 PM

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.

 

Are those dangerously explosive?


Edited by Nevermore, 12 January 2020 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 04:39 PM

I know WWII sea mines are still occasionally found scattered around the ocean and there was one caught just last year off of the Isle of Wight in a fishing net.

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:29 PM

I understand it's a problem in southeast Asia too.  The US dropped a lot of conventional bombs during Vietnam.

 

http://legaciesofwar...-million-bombs/


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:34 PM

 

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.

 

Are those dangerously explosive?

 

 

No.  If you find one, you can probably sell it.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:00 PM

 

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.

 
Are those dangerously explosive?
 
 
No.  If you find one, you can probably sell it.

Not true. There is unexploded Civil War ordnance, and it can, and has exploded, causing casualties.
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Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:02 PM

I was going to say, Grapeshot Canisters were a thing.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 08:21 PM

Ocasonally in the UK unexploded WW2 bombs appear, mainly around the southern cities during large construction projects, if I recall correctly, in my local city when they were building a massive new shopping centre about ten years ago or something, they came across a unexploded bomb which got dealt with but then a large chunk of the city got trashed during the war! There is a church that's apart of a local park, where the roof got completely destoryed but they never replaced it and to this day they not done anything, so these bombs can still be found on occason but its becoming increasly rare and they are becoming rather sensative as time goes on but back when the bombs were dropping it was more a case of looking before leaping for those dropping the bombs which is why where was so much destruction in World War 2! Thou in the begining it was aimmed at miltray facuilties before it spread to towns and cities as plans went a stray from a single accident, thou I recall seeing a photo from the aftermath of a raid during the war, London I think it was, someone's office had been destoryed yet it was business as normal, they were outside, someone on a typewriter being told what to write and they weren't going to let the enemy break their spirt by giving into dispair and they simply got on with business as normal.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 08:44 PM

 

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.

 

Are those dangerously explosive?

 

If I'm right they are blown up. During the war some of the cannonballs were filled with gunpowder to explode in the air.


So we know about Germany and England how about the rest of Europe that was a battlefield.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 09:04 PM

I know in some parts of the world, unrecovered land mines from that era are also a serious problem.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 09:53 PM

 

 

 

I live in the Charleston, SC area and they still find the occasional cannonball from the Civil War.

 
Are those dangerously explosive?
 
 
No.  If you find one, you can probably sell it.

Not true. There is unexploded Civil War ordnance, and it can, and has exploded, causing casualties.

 

 

I didn't realize we had exploding cannonballs in the Civil War, but I see that you are right.



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:03 AM

why have we not used tech (xrays, echo sound, metal detection ect) and start griding off large populated area and find these things?

 

Clean up the past so we can live on in the future


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:32 AM

Germany already has a specialist bomb disposal service, and it seems they're already really active with the amount of material uncovered.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:01 AM

If it were that simple, they'd have done it already. An urban environment has been built over and around them. You'd have to evacuate sections of city where people live and work for months at a time. You could have some close to underground pipes and metal detectors and ground-penetrating sonar wouldn't be able to sort it out from the infrastructure. You'd have to tear away the foundations of buildings and houses every time you found a metal object, and how often would it be something dangerous and not just some metal post-war debris?


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#17 Nevermore

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:02 AM

What they do whenever there's a new construction project is analyze old aerial photos taken by the allies after a bombing raid. That way, they can sometimes pinpoint specific suspect areas.


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:05 AM

why have we not used tech (xrays, echo sound, metal detection ect) and start griding off large populated area and find these things?

 

Clean up the past so we can live on in the future

They have. That's how much ordinance was dropped.



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Posted 29 January 2020 - 02:19 PM

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 01:46 PM

An artillery shell from the Civil War has been found in downtown Charleston.

 

https://www.postandc...Xn1NDOyDQJhMJQE





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