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@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 06:08 PM)

But eventually destroys everything.

@  tigerhawk : (17 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Heals many wounds

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 02:03 PM)

Time.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2021 - 07:53 AM)

I dunno, maybe. I'm not clairvoyant either...

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2021 - 04:30 AM)

Covid?

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 09:50 PM)

At this point, if I'm going to die then it won't be the wait what killed me. It didn't help any, mind you, but it's not what got me.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 January 2021 - 09:37 PM)

Technically we are all literally dying to play with our next figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 05:36 PM)

I am figuratively dying to play with that cheetor.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 04:39 PM)

Still waiting for my box from BBTS to arrive.

@  tigerhawk : (16 January 2021 - 04:29 PM)

Kingdoms is fantabulous and it's only the first wave.

@  tigerhawk : (12 January 2021 - 12:10 PM)

My Super Collection Megatron always had two left legs and I just discovered my Thrilling 30 Crosscut has two right hips.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Fortunately, it's only Netflix Hound, so not really much of a loss here.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:55 PM)

So it's been a while since I've had a misassembled Transformers toy.

@  Echowarrior : (11 January 2021 - 10:02 AM)

More Micromasters would be welcome.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 January 2021 - 06:15 AM)

Instructions unclear, have more sports cars.

@  tigerhawk : (11 January 2021 - 01:57 AM)

Or they could make the other Micromasters of the teams they half assed.

@  ▲ndrusi : (10 January 2021 - 11:20 PM)

There should be a box set of eight Stakeouts.

@  Bass X0 : (10 January 2021 - 08:27 PM)

There should be a box-set of Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet. But I'm not expecting it.

@  Nevermore : (10 January 2021 - 07:51 PM)

I hope there are re-releases this year!

@  tigerhawk : (10 January 2021 - 03:59 PM)

I hope there's rereleases of Earthrise Ramjet, Dirge and Ratchet next year.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 January 2021 - 07:51 AM)

Oh no, he was loved. I'd argue he could have had a better life physically, but he was loved. Deeply.

@  Telly : (08 January 2021 - 01:42 AM)

as long s/he gave love and was loved, it was a good life

@  Echowarrior : (07 January 2021 - 11:10 PM)

Poor puppy. Poor kid.

@  CORVUS : (07 January 2021 - 03:04 PM)

My condolences :(

@  wonko the sane? : (07 January 2021 - 10:45 AM)

So: My sisters dog just had a heart attack and died... while her 12 year old son was walking him. Welcome to 2021 everybody!

@  Dekafox : (04 January 2021 - 07:24 PM)

Except they're Deceptican'ts usually.

@  Devcon : (04 January 2021 - 05:17 PM)

Depending on which dub: Either Decepticons or Decepticans.

@  Bass X0 : (04 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Deception is the French word for disappointment. What does that make the Decepticons in France?

@  Echowarrior : (03 January 2021 - 11:29 PM)

We're just tiny little specks, about the size of Mickey Rooney.

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 January 2021 - 04:33 PM)

It's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, a sun that is the source of all our power

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.

@  TM2-Megatron : (02 January 2021 - 11:57 PM)

relative to the speed that it's swirling around the centre of the galaxy, its rotation is fairly slow

@  PlutoniumBoss : (02 January 2021 - 09:31 PM)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 January 2021 - 07:21 PM)

The Earth moving gave us 2021.

@  ▲ndrusi : (02 January 2021 - 10:50 AM)

It does that.

@  tigerhawk : (02 January 2021 - 10:11 AM)

I think the Earth is moving.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:35 AM)

Sunday evenings are awesome. Looking at the clock at 8 PM and thinking "I still have plenty of time before going to bed..."

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:33 AM)

Now I've been working permanent late shift for almost three years. Don't regret it one bit. One of the rare cases where the needs of the company overlap with my own preferences.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:32 AM)

Before the permanent late shift was introduced three years ago (which I volunteered for as soon as the form became available), I always tended to plan my vacation for early shift weeks. Since the majority of the people in most departments prefer to work early shift and thus tended to plan their vacation for late shift weeks, there were usually enough slots available for me to get my request fulfilled.

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:26 PM)

I was promoted last December, so this past year is my first with the company where I've been able to get whatever vacation I wanted. Instead of competing with 100 other people, there's now only 1 (out of 3 others who share my job) that's been in the building longer than me, and so has first dibs at weeks. It's pretty easy to work it out between ourselves before we give in our requests, though

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:24 PM)

But there's also departments to consider, since we have a varieity of types of machines and not everyone is qualified to run everything. Altogether, there are a lot of ways you can get screwed

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:21 PM)

So a few of the same rules, a few different ones. For regular employees, requests need to be in by January 15th. If they are, those are doled out based on seniority. You're only guaranteed 2 weeks in "prime time" (basically June, July, August). Anything submitted after January 15th is given out first come, first served based on availability

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (01 January 2021 - 02:39 PM)

So who said "Jumanji!"?

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 January 2021 - 08:20 AM)

I knew a woman at Target who was forced to use up her vacation time before she could qualify for maternity leave. Then they denied the leave because she technically hadn't been at work for two weeks beforehand.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Also, if you become sick during your vacation and you turn in a doctor's sick note, it means that you don't lose your vacation days, because according to the law, vacation is intended for recreation, not for recovery from sickness or injury.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 04:00 AM)

Another priority is "vacation request for the next year turned in before the deadline". Like, you missed the deadline, you have to make do with what's left.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 03:59 AM)

No, they prioritize vacation during school holidays for employees with school-age children. Also, only three of the six weeks during the summer holidays per employee so a larger number of employees can get their requests fulfilled.

@  TM2-Megatron : (31 December 2020 - 08:14 PM)

like, not company-wide, obviously, but by facility

@  TM2-Megatron : (31 December 2020 - 08:14 PM)

That's actually not bad at all for such a large company. Do they prioritize vacation by seniority?


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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?


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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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