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04:43 pm: News

The WashPost did a two-year investigation on intelligence companies and found that many are doing the same things. This three-part article has neat graphics and a lot of information.

We have a very skillful and educated serial killer here in the DC area. He might not have been caught if ATF hadn't searched his house for guns.

We had a lot of other deaths here in the area -- 19 heat deaths so far -- Maryland has had 13, DC has had one, and Virginia has had five.

Also here in the DC area, park rangers wear wool pants. I can't believe it -- long wool pants when it will be 101F and high humidity on Saturday.

I mentioned before the "granny pad" and it's now been manufactured.

China always wants to do things bigger than we do -- their oil spill is bigger than ours.

The commuter trains seem to lack space, at least during rush hours, and there are people who take up two seats by putting their bag or feet on one, etc., and a website has been set up to show pictures of seat hogs.

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From:mjlayman
Date:July 22nd, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
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You're supposed to hold them, and briefcases, etc., on your lap. I know that means you can't read the newspaper, but it's hard to read when you fold it that small, anyway.
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From:dd_b
Date:July 23rd, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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That works if you're commuting to work, but not if you're coming back from the store with a backpack and two handbags, or going to the airport with two suitcases.

Realistically, the system is built for commuting; it's not really feasible as a general-purpose transit system.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 23rd, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
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The DC Metro, yes, (not to mention all the dead escalators and elevators), but I don't know about the other places in the website.

There'd be a lot more space if you aren't riding during rush hour or when a game is on downtown.
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