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  1. Ned Beatty (83) died of natural causes in his sleep.   https://variety.com/2021/film/news/ned-beatty-dead-dies-deliverance-network-actor-1234995509/
  2. I'm not going to comment on the logistics of carrying a mattress on a train, but have you considered using large heavy-duty trash bags as the plastic wrapper?
  3. Transferring title

    The new buyer is mistaken.  The USAREUR AE Form 190-1A is a "U.S. Forces POV Registration/Title/POV Authorization" certificate.  The AE Form 190-1A issued to the new buyer is all that is required to register a vehicle in the U.S. when the owner returns.  My experience is limited to four cars, two motorcycles, and one truck that were sold to people who eventually returned to the States with them.    I was the original owner of one motorcycle and had the Harley Davidson Certificate of Ownership, but I don't remember if it had my name on it.  The buyer didn't need it when he returned to Arizona and registered it there.   For the truck, I had the Ford Certificate of Origin that was issued to the original buyer in Texas, not the person from whom I bought it, who first brought the truck to Germany.  In the time between the original Certificate of Origin and the time I sold the truck, it had been sold and registered to four people in Germany in the USAREUR system.  The person who bought the truck from me returned to PA and didn't need the Certificate of Origin.  All that was needed was the USAREUR AE Form 190-1A.  The PA DMV issued a new title to the person.   None of the other vehicles had Certificates of Origin and the new owners did not have any problems registering the vehicle when they returned to the States.  I still keep in touch with some of them, and I'm sure I would have been notified if there was a problem with the documentation.
  4. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      I think you are correct.  I see lots of Dodge Ram and a few F-150 imports here that appear as if they have never seen so much as a bag of mulch in the bed.  Maybe they are used to tow the family yacht.   I am a pickup fan and am working on my second Ford Ranger.  My trucks are work/hobby trucks, not toys or status symbols.  My first Ranger in Germany was a 2003 U.S. standard cab model that served me well until I decided to replace it with a 2019 model year Ranger extended cab when I retired.  The Ranger was the only truck I could find in Germany that had options for the cab (standard, extended, and crew).    I doubt there will ever be a Lightning, Rivian, or Cybertruck in my future while I reside in Germany.  These trucks are available only in the four-passenger crew cab configuration, which is useless to me.  This effectively shortens the useful length of the bed in favor of a feature I have never needed nor wanted (two extra passengers) in a pickup.  The F-150 I had in the States was the extended cab long bed version that fit in my garage.  There was enough room behind the seats to carry pilferable items and I could easily carry full sheets of plywood and drywall in the bed while towing the trailer.   None of the new EV trucks will fit in my garage, which is one of my non-negotiable criteria for vehicle purchases.  My Ford Ranger Wildtrak just fits in my garage next to my wife's car with enough access to open the driver doors.  While I am not opposed to EV trucks, I won't consider buying one that won't meet my needs.
  5. replace from oil to gas heating

    I had two houses in rural Virginia and a third house in North Dakota.  The ND house and one of the VA houses were rental properties and I lived in the other VA house.  All three houses were 100-percent electric and had heat pumps with central air conditioning.  Living in rural VA during the winter with frequent power outages was not fun, and the house I lived in didn't have a fireplace.  The other two houses had a woodstove insert that did a good job of heating the house when the tenants bothered to stock up on wood during the year.   When the outside temperature dropped below the normal operating range for the heat pump transfer, the electric heater in the air handlers took over to provide some heat.  The house was never warm on the coldest days, but was acceptable.  However, the electric bill was punishing during this time since the system ran almost continuously.  It didn't help that the house was not as well insulated as houses are now, but it was built to the standard of the time.  During the summer, I rarely used the AC, because I had ceiling fans in every room to circulate the air and had a decent cross breeze with the windows open.   After the second year of enduring frequent power outages during winter, I replaced the heat pump, stove, and water heater with propane units and installed a 1,000 gallon underground propane tank.  Because I signed a five-year promotional contract with the propane company as a new customer, there was no charge for the underground tank or connection to and in the house.   My electric bill dropped and my total energy bill for the year was about half of what it was the previous year.  The 1,000 gallon tank, with about 800 gallon capacity, lasted over a year, but I was on a quarterly fill schedule as part of my contract.  I also installed a 6.5kW generator and automatic transfer switch, fed from the same propane tank, to provide limited power during the outages, which continue to this day.  Someday, the electric company will replace the distribution infrastructure with buried cable, but this is part of the tradeoff for living in the sticks.   I bought the house I used in 1989, made the electric to gas conversion in 1991, moved to Germany in 1997, and rented out the house.  I had one tenant who lived in the house for a year, and the second tenants who lived in the house until I sold it to them in 2018.  Sometime in 2012, the tenant wanted a larger dual-oven stove, so I replaced it, but the other items from the 1991 conversion were still working great at the time of the sale.  The annual service components are still available, but these are no longer my concern.
  6. Intra-EU flight hijacked in Belarus

    The pilot might have remembered what happened to KAL007 or MH17 and decided to comply.  As a pilot in Korea, I was escorted by a pair of F-16s out of an active training area that was not announced and was not on the air traffic controller schedule.   At least Ryanair haven't charged the passengers for a change in the itinerary...yet. 
  7. Intra-EU flight hijacked in Belarus

    While I would never encourage an airline to play chicken when the safety of its passengers could be at risk, I wonder what the MIG-29 pilot's instructions were if the Ryanair flight continued to Vilnius or diverted to another airport to the west.
  8. Proof of negative Schnelltest?

    In my area, all of the free rapid test stations use the Chayns app (corona.chayns.de) as the preferred method of reporting; however, paper test results are available for those without the app.  The app is easy to use and the certificate shows up in the app wallet in about 15 minutes.  Since the certificate is valid for 24 hours, it disappears from the wallet some time after the 24 hours passes. 
  9. The Vegetarian's Dilemma

      I was going to reply with "only if the bugs were in the tofu", but then I realized most bugs likely have standards.
  10. The Vegetarian's Dilemma

      The Rewe in my town sells dry-aged beef.  My favorite is 5cm thick entrecôte (ribeye) on the Weber grill.  Five to six minutes on each side for rare, six to six and a half minutes for medium rare.  Yum!
  11. Why are you unhappy today?

      All of my projects were in Europe, with half being in Germany, and I can assure you the distinction between "safe room" and "panic room" is very real in the circles I traveled.  I am very familiar with the European construction, as I am with the techniques and tactics to neutralize a room designed to protect the occupants from those who would do them harm.  I would never ask for a "safe room" when a "panic room" was required.   My point, which you might have missed, is whatever you call the room, make sure the designer understands your intent for the room.
  12. Why are you unhappy today?

      Call it a safe room, panic room, or piddle palace.  All that really matters is the architect or designer understands the performance objectives for your special place and can develop a build package for the general contractor.  If you rely solely on Wikipedia to define your project, you might get what you asked for but not what you wanted.   I have experience with special construction and renovation projects in different countries that included a panic room.  Without exception, the architects differentiated between a "safe room" and a "panic room".  As discussed earlier, a safe room is designed to protect the occupants against natural or man-made events that do not include forced entry.  A panic room is a safe room that also provides reasonable and limited protection against forced entry.  I can breach a safe room door in less than a minute with commonly available tools that I can carry in a backpack.  A panic room door will take much longer, but the intent is to deter entry while waiting on the cavalry to arrive.    In each of my projects, the general contractor built the six sides of the room, which included the rough-in opening for the door but was not told the purpose of the room.  We had a different team deliver and install the door and any additional interior features after the project was complete.  The team also added additional post-construction architectural features to disguise the external appearance of the door so it wasn't obvious.
  13.   This might be the problem.  I tried on a much newer thread by Guest.   Perhaps you could copy the contents of the first Guest post into Tor's post and delete the Guest post (or move it to the dead post graveyard).  This would keep the thread alive.  
  14.     I tried, after logging out and logging back in, but it didn't work.  Apparently, the forum software thinks the thread is over 5,000 days old.      
  15. He took a photo of the Lunar Module, Eagle, as it orbited the Moon and the Earth in the background.  As this was before the concept of the selfie, he was the only human in existence not in the photo.   https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/michael-collins-picture-1969/    
  16. Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Command Module pilot, is dead at the age of 90.   https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/statements-on-passing-of-michael-collins
  17. Police brutality in the USA

      It has been 25 years since I last pinned on a badge, strapped on a gun, and became a lawman.  At the time, the demographics of my county were about 45 percent Caucasian and the remaining 55 percent was Black, Hispanic, and other.  The Detention Center population was about 75 percent Caucasian, 20 percent Black, and 5 percent other.  I went back a couple of years ago to visit a friend on the Sheriff's Department, and the county demographics have skewed in favor of Caucasians because of population growth, but the Detention Center mix was about the same.  My friend was a new recruit that I had the pleasure of training as his FTO.  Now he is a Captain, with his own mix of recruits, and a few more years to go before mandatory retirement.
  18. Police brutality in the USA

      I suspect every sector using carbon-based life forms as a source of labor will have employees with "issues".  From my experience and observations in my former department, overt and covert screening does exist, and the probationary period never really ends.  Those who exhibit undesirable characteristics and cannot, or will not, change their behavior are removed.  The Sheriff is an elected official and all Deputies serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff.  When the Sheriff is elected, all Deputies must be sworn in again.  Those who do not receive the formal invitation to the swearing in ceremony know their time with the Department has ended.   As a Deputy Sheriff in a rural county, I lived in a virtual fishbowl for all to see and judge.  Those of us assigned to the Patrol Division had take-home cruisers and were encouraged to use the vehicles for personal business within the county, but we were required to respond to any call or observed violation while using the County's resources.  The cost of using the vehicle for personal uses was greatly offset by having an additional marked cruiser on the streets with an equipped and trained Deputy ready for anything that comes over the radio.  Those who did not want to be available left the cruiser and used their own vehicle.  About half of the time I went shopping, I responded to calls, made traffic stops, or assisted others as necessary.  A few times a quick trip to the store turned into a four-hour event by the time the accident scene was cleared or the assailant was booked and reports filed.  Then it was back to the store for an unmelted quart of ice cream.
  19. Police brutality in the USA

      Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to armchair evaluation of another nation's law enforcement policies.  My observation in the UK and Germany is the general population has a higher level of respect for law enforcement than some areas in the U.S., but my opinion is somewhat affected by first hand experience with the tender mercies one person can inflict on another in my presence.
  20. Police brutality in the USA

      I will assume, based on your response, that your entire knowledge of law enforcement tactics and procedures comes from the media and not months of intensive training at a law enforcement academy, followed by another month of being shadowed by a Field Training Officer.  I will assume that you have not been in situations that resulted in you being shot, stabbed, kicked, punched, or spat on while trying to restore order or stop aggression (I have).  If so, you are in good company with most of the population.   The officer did not empty the magazine in his weapon.  From what I remember, he fired four rounds, but it does not matter.  We are trained to shoot center mass in order to protect our lives and the lives of others.  If that can be done with one round, wonderful.  If that requires every round of ammunition available, so be it.  The number of rounds required to accomplish the result is irrelevant.  Had Ms. Bryant been on PCP, or similar substance that suppresses the physiological response, it is unlikely that she would have noticed four rounds.  Had Ms. Bryant complied with the repeated verbal commands from the Officer, it is unlikely that any rounds would have been needed.   I have been in several potentially deadly encounters where the assailants were armed and tempers were raging as I arrived on the scene.  Some encounters ended safely for all, some did not.  In each event, the outcome depended on the level and speed of cooperation of those involved.   Unfortunately, for reasons known only to Ms. Bryant, attacking another woman with a knife was very important to her.  The responding Officer had no way of knowing what had happened prior to the attack, not that it mattered.  What mattered were the events that occurred in his presence.   You are certainly entitled to your opinion.
  21. Police brutality in the USA

      Unfortunately, this is the issue.  The officer has a split-second to make a decision, while the attorneys will have weeks, months, or years to second guess the decision.   Concerning your last sentence, I am also waiting for someone to suggest this.  It plays well on TV and the movies, but in real life it is not practical, and in my former jurisdiction, was expressly forbidden.
  22. Police brutality in the USA

      After watching the bodycam video being dissected in slow motion over and over again last night, a benefit the responding officer did not have, I am confident that as a former LEO I would have made the same decision.  The woman had what appeared to be a knife, clearly visible in the video, was not responding to verbal commands, and was moving towards another person.  It is not reasonable to expect the responding officer to know the woman was a 16-year old girl, with "issues", and living in a foster home, not that any of this would have been relevant at the time.   I'm not picking on you, Anna, but assume you had the proper escalation of force training that the officer likely had.  Aside from your training and experience, the only tools you have available in the moment are what you have on your duty belt.  You have a fraction of a second to recognize the threat and another fraction of a second to react.  What would you do to remove the threat and protect the other person?