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Richard Landgraff

Richard Landgraff

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Disabled UK man has wheelchair banned from roads because... it's a tank?!

Jan 24th 2011 10:45PM You are on the right -- er -- "track" here. The width problem is that the vehicle will not fit through most doorways (to rest rooms for example). In the USA, building doorways must be no less than 36-inches wide (0.91 meters) and open public walkways must be 42-inches wide (1.06 meters).

However, he could have a standard wheel chair mounted on a back rack that swivels out 270 degrees so he could remove it, open it up and transfer into it for such doorway restrictions.

But I like his tracked vehicle ("tank" is incorrect as many other vehicles have been built using linked tracks) because it allows outdoor lovers a chance to see more. I know a couple of people who like to go to Yosemite with other family members but are camp-bound by their wheel chairs. This vehicle will give them a lot of freedom of movement and morale boosting as they will be feeling more independence and in more control of their lives.

Unusual Uses for Egg Cartons

Dec 18th 2010 1:38AM Egg cartons are also very good sound dampeners. I've seen them nailed to the ceiling and back wall of a Police pistol range. Also if you are a band and/or choir director you can install them over standard fiberglass insulation betwen the studs of your garage walls to keep the practice music inside without bothering the neighbors.

Their shape is actually like cups that trap the sound waves and muffle them through the raised shape on the other side. Paper cartons are the best as plastic ones tend to split in two when you nail them to the walls.

Two Asteroids Pass Near Earth

Sep 8th 2010 5:53PM From Traser: The search technics used to locate asteroids today have not changed much from years ago. I would try to explain this but for lack of space it would be better for you to check into this online. You would be surprised at how unprepared we are. The great majority of funds are spent on trying to kill our enemies and not very much on what will probably be the planets downfall. I fear total extinction from a meteor comet impact versus some crazy radical extremeist but on the bright side when it hits us they will suffer the same as we will.

We have the technology, but are not using it. After working for the Department of Defense for 39 years (US Navy) I'm not referring to horizon sweeping RADAR for navigation. I'm referring to TARGETING RADAR that can pinpoint an incoming as small as an artillery shell.

That's what we should be using for Asteroid searching. Mk-1 eyeball (even with a telescope) is not accurate enough. But RADAR pulses go out at the speed of light and if something gets in the way, the return pulse is also at light speed and the difference in time between outgoing and incoming pulses tells you how far away it is.

After a few re-targeting spots are made its trajectory and speed can then be estimated.

Two Asteroids Pass Near Earth

Sep 8th 2010 2:45PM All right you super brained, over colleged Astronomers. How the hell did these Asteroids get seen AFTER they made their near misses of Earth.

You over-educated geeks are looking in the WRONG DIRECTION. I recall just a few years ago a very large Asteroid passed between Earth and our moon but wasn't noticed untill it went passed.

The numerous movies about Asteroid hits may be fiction BUT are also a very serious WARNING. Anybody out there paying attention to that warning?

Instead of our military and civilian targeting antennas looking for Soviet ICBMs, they should be looking for Asteroids. With the missiles and nuclear warheads we have today, we can blow them up or redirect their course into a degenerating orbit to eventually vaporize in the Sun.

Oh, one more thing. Some super overpaid scientists advanced the theory that instead of blowing up an Asteroid with a Nuke, the warhead should detonate at some distance from the rock and allow concussion to move it to another orbit.

What concussion? You need an atmosphere to compress and transfer a concussion wave. These super brains may have had top scores in Astronomy but flunked basic physics.

Seven Best Ghost and Paranormal Shows

Sep 4th 2010 11:57PM Ghost Hunters is all fake. Their horrible "live" telecast from Fort Delaware on Halloween night showed all the goof ups their camera crews do and are tried to explain they were infra-red images of ghosts. The tugging of the coat hood was the most obvious fakery of all.

The following week, they only spent a half hour reviewing the show. The next half hour was supposedly of a haunted house where sometimes an unlocked back door "mysteriously" locks itself. You can see plain as day where the door jam has been slightly carved out with a knife so you only need the knife edge to reopen the lock.

I do that all the time where we have my Model Train Club meetings to get the raffle prize cage out of a storeroom.

I don't bother watching them at all anymore. However, "Fact or Faked" has some potential and has actually resolved some "paranormal" incidents that (as in one case) was a natural optical illusion.

Jokers Fake Great White Shark In Massachusetts

Aug 27th 2010 12:37AM Reminds me of the first "JAWS" movie where a couple of kids are imitating a shark. As they surface they find themselves surrounded by boats with men and weapons including an M-1 Garand rifle pointing straight at them.

Unusual Uses For Alka-Seltzer

Jun 26th 2010 5:57PM How true, how true. For an upset stomach, I do take Alka-Seltzer. But for slow running drains I use baking soda. Good ole Arm and Hammer. Available at the 99 cent store.

Using vinegar as well enhances the chances of actually physically breaking up the clog. Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is an alkali. Mix the two together and watch the foaming.

Oh yes. That's what we used to do for lava flows with our paper-mache volcanos in Jr. High.

FDA Fines Red Cross $16 Million for Blood Safety Violations

Jun 18th 2010 7:22PM The Red Cross has had its community relationship problems ever since its inception. Many people do not realize that it is doing its best to keep blood supplies going in order to meet demands during major disasters. Also being mostly a volunteer organization is overlooked by the nay-sayers and think it should be as modern and up-to-date as the Mayo Clinic.

What bugs me is the horrendous amount of fines the FDA is imposing on a non-profit organization dedicated to trying to save lives. It really sounds like the FDA is trying to make up its own "bailout" fund.

Yes, the FDA is a Federal organization. But "bailout" funds from the Federal government is being given to private banks and mortgage companies (so their CEO's can retire with millions of dollars) rather than to agencies within the government that are organized for the safety and health of the taxpayers that are paying the private CEO retirements.

So I think the FDA itself needs some inspection also. It takes it years and years to approve a medication. Then it turns out their approval was wrong (as happened to my mother for a certain pain killer that was later banned). Other medications have proven themselves safe and effective in other countries but the FDA wants to keep their inspection schedules as long as possible while American citizens suffer.

SpaghettiOs recall: Campbell's says contents could spoil

Jun 18th 2010 3:34PM Based upon the huge number of food recalls over the past few years, I think it is wrongly presumptious to suddenly claim the company is using illegal immigrants (Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Cambodian or East Los Angeles) are at fault.

There are many factors involved besides personal hygiene of the workers such as sterilizing the metal the cans are made of to cleaning of the food making/mixing machinery to where the food ingredients come from and a myriad of other factors difficult to track in order to meet production order demands.

The family shoppers in America at their local grocery stores aren't the only buyers of the products. Rather, due to our ability (and need) to mass produce many other countries want or need those products as well and when disasters strike. When that happens, the demand jumps extremely high for supplying victims of earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires, volcanos, revolution, drought, flash flooding, etc.

Agencies dedicated to relief services of above mentioned disasters need massive amounts of food quickly so it can be delivered and fairly distributed within its experation period. Such agencies include the International Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, US Navy, US Air Force, UN nations and many more legitimate groups trying to reach out with a helping hand.

So, sometimes during such instantanious mass production demands, Murphy's Law naturally comes into action. "If there is ANYTHING that possibly go wrong, it WILL."

Justin Puts Best Foot Forward on 'The Bachelorette' (VIDEO)

Jun 15th 2010 12:58PM Mirror imaging (intentional or goof up by the editor) is not unusual. However, sometimes either the actor or continuity director also fould up.

Ages ago on "Gun Smoke" Dennis Weaver (playing as Chester Wood,a deputy with James Arness) walked with a limp throughout the entire series.

But one time Dennis was excited about doing a certain scene was grateful the continuity director shouted, "You're limping on the wrong leg".

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