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Should pizza be considered a vegetable?

Congress says so, what do you think?

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Solar Generators - for emergencies and more

I've started an IndiGoGo campaign - 'Solar for Sandy' - to provide emergency solar generators to those devastated by Super Storm Sandy. I've started it because our Congress is useless.  It really, really, really bugged the hell out of me the way our Congress both disregarded and greatly delayed relief to the families suffering from Super Storm Sandy.  They made a bad situation much much more worse. So - unlike Congress - I decided to do something about it.  First, deliver mutual aid to New Jersey families with portable solar generators.  And the next time a climate disaster strikes we won't have to wait on Congress to do the right thing.  We'll route around their inaction and just get it done. I'm asking the Green Community on Instructables to join me.  Become a funder or spread the word widely so we can make this happen and provide relief.  One of the perks is a complete building manual for our iPower Station solar generator. Thanks for hearing me out - and providing a helping hand. Solar for Sandy  Excerpt from 'Build Your Own Solar Generator'

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anonymous Internet harassment is now a federal crime.

The Communications Act of 1934 criminalizes anonymous harassment by a telecommunications device. Congress recently amended the law to criminalize anonymous harassment via the Internet. Some argue that the law curtails freedom of speech. Perhaps. If someone is blogging or commenting anonymously about a private citizen in an obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent manner with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass, it is actionable, according to the new law. But should someone have the freedom to do that? Apparently Congress doesnt think so. What do you think?

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Legalizing hobby distilling

Would you take a minute to contact your US Representatives about HR-2903 and US senators about S-1562?  It's a pair of bills that would enable small-time and hobby folk to distill small amounts of alcohol legally. Here's a link to the legislation itself (below).  There's a nice executive summary with a few bullet points.           https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2903 Here's a link to contact information for your representatives:           https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ Oh, you need your full ZIP code to contact most of these politicians.  Look yours up here:           https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action YOU CAN DO IT!

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Abraham Lincoln Assassination vs John F. Kennedy Assassination

I am going to go straight to the point - Abraham Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846John F. Kennedy was elected to congress in 1946Lincoln was elected president in 1860Kennedy was elected president in 1960Lincoln was shot on a FridayKennedy was shot on a FridayLincoln's Assassain had a 3 word 15 letter name (John Wilkes Booth)Kennedy's Assassain had a 3 word 15 letter name (Lee Harvey Oswald)Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouseOswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theaterBooth was assassinated before his trialOslwald was assassinated before his trialLincoln was shot in the head from behindKennedy was shot in the head from behindLincoln was shot in a theater named FordKennedy was shot in a car made by FordLincoln's wife was present when he was shotKennedy's wife was present when he was shotLincoln was succeeded by a Vice President JohnsonKennedy was succeeded by a Vice President JonhsonI got all this info from a book. But I noticed something... Lincoln's last name has 7 lettersKennedy's last name has 7 letters SUPER WEIRD =

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How would I go about getting nomination into USNA? Answered

Hi, I am 13 and will be entering high school at the end of the summer. I have the desire to attend the United States Naval Academy. I understand almost everything I need to do to get into the academy... except for one thing. I am slightly confused about the nomination from congress. If you have an explanation to this process your information would be greatly appreciated. Any other information regarding what to expect at the academy or in the navy is also welcome.

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Not accepting 3rd party cookies at Instructables.com preventing commenting

I've turned off acceptance of all 3rd party cookies in my browser. Because of this, I am not able to post a comment to anyone's Instructable. I get how analytics help drive your business, so you need to use a server based solution vs using client-side (using 3rd party pixel.quantserve.com click/data capture) to do so [I'm accepting cookies from your domain]. Blocking 3rd party cookies is pretty common.  [Mozzilla was even considering making it the default, before enough lobbyists have complained that Congress sent a letter to Mozzilla asking that they not do that] Accepting the quantserve cookie, as a REQUIREMENT for commenting is just not kewl!

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Orphan Works Or, How You May Lose All the Rights to Every Piece of Art You Have Ever Created!

There is an up coming bill in congress that will change copyright laws. saying that if you want to copyright your work you will have to register it and pay a fee for it to private registration companies.With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor.All of it is at risk!go to this link for more information and spread the word:orphan act

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RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Finally, it has come. Time for us to make our own investigatory projects. And it has been bothering me even in my dreams..T_T. Guys, I really nid some help wid this 2pic. I really nid a feasible project and of course, an instructable to do it. I wud lyk to hear ol ur opinions, be it about electronics, robotics, biodiesel, ethanol production, anything. i juz nid a project. and our science congress is less dan 2 months from now. so that is my time frame for now. any project that can be accomplished within or shorter than 2 months will really be of great help. Thank you, guys! I am already sweating now. Our adviser is asking us to pass a methodology! waaah!!

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What is the best kit for testing my home's water for lead?

Over the weekend, I learned that most lead in drinking water comes from plumbing within the house. from Curaflo's history of piping materials:In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials to 8.0%.This so-called "lead-free" brass can still legally contain up to 8% lead, and plumbing systems installed prior to 1986 can contain high levels of lead from both plumbing components and lead solder. The presence of lead in water from the tap is indicative of serious pipe corrosion that must be corrected for health reasons.So, I plan to test my home's water for lead content. Have you seen a comparison of the various home testing kits? Which one is the best?

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"It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up"

Public Knowledge recently published a white paper on 3d printing (see link for downloadable PDF version). It compares low-cost home 3d printing technology with home computing and digital publishing, with specific reference to the possibility of DMCA-style legislation preventing the technology reaching its full potential. In many ways, today’s 3D printing community resembles the personal computing community of the early 1990s. They are a relatively small, technically proficient group, all intrigued by the potential of a great new technology. They tinker with their machines, share their discoveries and creations, and are more focused on what is possible than on what happens after they achieve it. They also benefit from following the personal computer revolution: the connective power of the Internet lets them share, innovate, and communicate much faster than the Homebrew Computer Club could have ever imagined. The personal computer revolution also casts light on some potential pitfalls that may be in store for the growth of 3D printing. When entrenched interests began to understand just how disruptive personal computing could be (especially massively networked personal computing) they organized in Washington, D.C. to protect their incumbent power. Rallying under the banner of combating piracy and theft, these interests pushed through laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that made it harder to use computers in new and innovative ways. In response, the general public learned once-obscure terms like “fair use” and worked hard to defend their ability to discuss, create, and innovate. Unfortunately, this great public awakening came after Congress had already passed its restrictive laws. Of course, computers were not the first time that incumbents welcomed new technologies by attempting to restrict them. The arrival of the printing press resulted in new censorship and licensing laws designed to slow the spread of information. The music industry claimed that home taping would destroy it. And, perhaps most memorably, the movie industry compared the VCR to the Boston Strangler preying on a woman home alone. One of the goals of this whitepaper is to prepare the 3D printing community, and the public at large, before incumbents try to cripple 3D printing with restrictive intellectual property laws. By understanding how intellectual property law relates to 3D printing, and how changes might impact 3D printing’s future, this time we will be ready when incumbents come calling to Congress.   Podcasts and videos on 3d printing. Gothic Cathedral play set. BBC reportage. Freedom of Creation (3d printing designers)

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John Cleese's "Letter To America"

Forwarded along by an Aussie. Enjoy.Dear Citizens of America,In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium," and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.2. The letter "U" will be reinstated in words such as "colour", "favour" and "neighbour." Likewise, you will learn to spell "doughnut" without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "-ize" will be replaced by the suffix "-ise."3. You will learn that the suffix "burgh" is pronounced "burra"; you may elect to spell Pittsburgh as "Pittsberg" if you find you simply can't cope with correct pronunciation.4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.5. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter "u" and the elimination of "-ize."6. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen," but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd willbe a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called "Come-Uppance Day." 8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand the British sense of humour.12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling "gasoline") - roughly $8/US per gallon. Get used to it.13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call french fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with malt vinegar.14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." American brands will be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors as English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ear removed with a cheese grater.17. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of proper football; you call it "soccer." Those of you brave enough, in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American "football," but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of Jessies - English slang for "Big Girls Blouse").18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable and forgiven.19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due, backdated to 1776.Thank you for your co-operation.John CleeseLink

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