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  1. Rock Strongo

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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/15/wikileaks-bp-azerbaijan-gulf-spill

    This is news that only bolsters the contention that BP should be cited for gross negligence and not just negligence for the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in 2010.
     
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    They are still in my crosshair...since the Gulf disaster I have maintained my personal boycott of their petroleum products and have shopped just once in a convenience store associated with their gas brand.

    For me, it's ironic in that one of the most friendly French natives I met in while living in the small village of Beaugency (hard on the Loire River) was the BP service station owner on the end of our block. Emil would not be pleased with me!
     
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    Very true stringertom. I won't either. No thank you. Some of the things they pulled even before the Spill are just mind boggling. I've seen it up very close. Basically, the industry they are in is inherently dangerous. Yet,while many other energy companies really do try their best to do things the right way, BP consistently seems to cut safety corners in an effort to maximize profits. It's very misguided. Many BP station owners are pursuing damages against the corp. as well, because many lost quite a bit post-Spill.
     
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    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-the-birth-of-a-star-photos-20130820,0,3492846.story

     
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    When traveling east on the San Mateo Bridge, it is best not to look to your left, and into the distance, for a view of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. For if you do so, you may contemplate better Hunan restaurants than where you dined, while inadvertently changing lanes.
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    Yeah, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
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    Moscow traffic rated worst in world

    Published time: April 05, 2013

    Moscow traffic is rated the world’s worst by Dutch GPS manufacturer TomTom, which has issued its annual congestion report. Slow streets prolong an average ride by more than a half, thus stealing at least five days from the life of a Moscow driver.

    Istanbul takes a 'prideful' second spot on the list, with its traffic just a trifle less congested. Poland’s Warsaw comes third.

    The Russian capital has topped the 2012 Congestion index, revealing that the city traffic makes an average journey 66 per cent longer than when the traffic is flowing freely. The morning rush hour figure goes as high as 106 per cent, in the evening it hikes up to 138 per cent.

    On average, a Moscow driver spent 127 hours in traffic last year, that's not counting the normal time needed to get from A to B. The busiest traffic day was November 29, when Moscow streets were nearly paralyzed by heavy snowfall.

    Wednesdays are the busiest weekdays traffic-wise in the Russian capital, TomTom's index shows. The smoothest ride awaits those traveling on Monday mornings and Friday nights.

    TomTom's Congestion Index measures traffic congestion in 161 cities across five continents and compares it to congestion levels in the previous year. It is believed to be the world's most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas.

    The results are based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network.

    “The TomTom Congestion Index clearly shows that traffic in our major metropolitan cities is on the rise," TomTom’s Asia Pacific VP, Chris Kearney said in a statement. "At TomTom we’re constantly working to help governments and road authorities make more informed decisions about tackling the issue of traffic congestion and the Index aims to do just that.”

    Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney and Rome also made it to the top 10 of 'traffic horror' venues.

    In 2011 Warsaw took the top spot for road congestion, in 2010 it was Brussels.
    http://rt.com/news/moscow-traffic-worst-tomtom-386/
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    There are 27 states in the USA that have towns named Moscow.

    Not including Moscow-on-the-Hudson

    (midtown)
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    I once drove past Florence and maybe Athens and perhaps even Moscow in one hour.

    In South Carolina.

    (I could have the names wrong, but they were European cities)
     
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    Driving is my favorite form of travel. Sentinel's post and the great photos remind me of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac.

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    I prefer Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley", a longer US journey in a camper with the author's beloved pooch. Woof Woof, two paws up!
     
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    Georgia is home to an Athens and a Rome!
     
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    We're all getting there, in one way or another.

    Yes, I've been drinking again...
     
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    Yeah, but I'm an unwilling passenger!
     
  18. borg number one

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    10 U.S. Open Tips

    Enjoy the US Open everyone!

    See: http://queens.about.com/od/usopen/tp/usopen_tips.htm

    Top 10 Tips for Your Day at the US Open in Flushing Meadows
    For First-Timers at the US Open and for Flushing Meadows Pros

    By John Roleke, About.com Guide

    Make your day at the US Open more fun by following these simple tips.
    1. Take the Subway - Take the LIRR - But Whatever You Do, Don't Take Your Car

    Trust me. You don't want to drive to the US Open. Driving is a headache. Parking is expensive ($15) and far from the Open, and the traffic can kill your swinging mood.
    The #7 subway is cheap ($2) and stops a short walk from the US Open. So does the more expensive LIRR (Long Island Railroad). The advantages of the LIRR over the subway are the set schedule, comfier seats, and faster trip from Manhattan's Penn Station.

    2. Love the Ground Pass Tickets for the Best Value at the US Open
    Want to be close to the action? You aren't you going to get that in Arthur Ashe Stadium unless you have a corporate connection or big bucks. You're better off skipping the expensive upper tier at Arthur Ashe (and its infamous poor views) and getting a grounds admission pass during the first week of the US Open.

    Grounds admission lets you see matches at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand ,and all of the up-close-and-personal field courts. Who plays there? Some of the best. On the first day of the 2007 US Open with a grounds pass you could have seen: Nikolay Davydenko (4), Marion Bartoli (10), Marcos Baghdatis (18), Tomas Berdych (9), and Tommy Haas (10).

    The grounds pass is best the first five days of the Open.

    3. Don't Bring a Bag

    No bags, no purses, not even a paper bag with your takeout lunch. The security lines for folks with bags were insane last year. If you don't bring a bag, then you can get on a separate line that moves a lot faster.

    4. Enter by the South Gate

    The morning lines at the East Gate, right off the subway/LIRR, are the longest and slowest. Walk around the crowd and to the South Gate, which is directly in front of the Unisphere.

    5. Wear Sunglasses
    Dang that sun is bright, and there isn't a lick of shade at Flushing Meadows. Want to follow the match? Visitors are highly advised to bring their own pair of sunglasses, lest you feel forced to fork over your Christmas bonus in advance for a fancy pair at one of the many US Open shopping kiosks. (A hat and sunblock will also make you happier.)

    6. Save Money by Eating Outside the US Open

    $5.25 for a hot dog, $16.50 for burger, fries, and drink? Ouch! Instead, get your hand stamped, and step outside the Open for late lunch off a hot dog cart in Flushing Meadows Park for half the price. There are carts immediately outside the East Gate, or near the Unisphere out the South Gate.
    Or walk farther in the park toward the soccer fields, and you'll find a couple Ecuadorian and Peruvian snack carts for even less money.

    Or eat on your way to the Open or on your way home by subway to train.

    Families (and anyone frugal) can pack sandwiches and bring them inside, but you'll have to wait in the longer line for bag check.

    7. Don't Be a Rube

    The folks in this photo are watching a practice session from the stands of a live match. That's just obnoxious.
    The US Open is a crowded, busy place, especially the first week. Everyone wants to the superstars, but all the players at the Open are exceptional athletes, deserving of our attention.

    8. The West Side Is the Best Side
    On a sunny day, the Open can feel overrun with people. Head to the West Side, away from Louis Armstrong Stadium, and you'll find less crowds and more chances to see great tennis at the field courts.

    9. Dress for the Weather
    Wear a hat, sun screen, sun glasses, and loose clothes. If the weather report says anything about possible thunderstorms, pack an umbrella for these short monsoons (or to keep the sun off). And keep hydrated in the heat.
    The New York summer is hot and humid.

    August Averages - High 83°F (28°C) - Low 69°F (21°C)
    September Averages - High 76°F (24°C) - Low 61°F (16°C)
    You may catch shade at Arthur Ashe Stadium (except on the north side), but don't count on it to last. The field courts are all about hats. At night it'll cool, but not as much as you would like. Thunderstorms are a real possibility.

    10. See All of New York City at a Glance

    Too worn out from a day at the Open to see New York? All you have to do is walk seven minutes to the Queens Museum of Art and see the whole of NYC in a room. The Panorama of New York City is a huge, scale-model replica of the city and it's free for your viewing pleasure during the Open.
    NYC Panorama for Free
     
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    Yes, i could have been driving into Georgia to visit a court for a speeding ticket.

    Thanks for the tips, Borg.

    Rommil should be there at the USO.
     
  20. borg number one

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    That's a pain Sentinel to have to do that! You're welcome on the US Open. Enjoy it. It should be good as always.
     
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    I use to speed too much along the California I-5, and had to revisit obscure towns a few times as a result. Traffic school was more of a problem before the internet.
     
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    Josie Maran was born in Menlo Park.
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    Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has a very nice way about her.
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    Ludowici GA used to have the most infamous speed trap...small burg along I-95. Athens lives up to its name...very cultured from the UGA influence; also home of R.E.M.!

    BTW, neighboring Alabama has a college in Troy and Mississippi has an Oxford, home of Ole Miss and William Faulkner used to write a bit while living there.
     
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    I found a pair of artificial grass courts in Helsingør earlier today. I want to play on them now.
     
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    In Denmark? If so, perhaps round up Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern for a dramatic doubles match!:)
     
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    If not in Denmark, then on Denmark.....or rather Denmark Street, a Ray Davies indictment of the unscrupulous music publishers one encounters on London's music row.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cuhPnuRVWU
     
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    Are there any vegetarian options for people eating outside the US Open ?

    I saw Rogi's match last night (1 am my time). Saw two sets.
     
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    I used to drive to Atlanta at 105 or 110 mph sometimes coming down to 95 or 100 which then felt like crawling, then back to 110.

    However, i got my tickets driving at 30 on a 25 or 40 on a 35.

    I remember driving on Highway One / Pacifica, once or twice, that was just awesome.
     
  31. borg number one

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    I'm not in New York Sentinel, but here in Houston. I wish I was there catching some of those matches live! I've never been to that tournament but I will go sometime. I was just reading about those tips for the U.S. Open. New York does have two "go to" eating options for me on the road: great pizza places and Indian restaurants.
     
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    ^^^Be careful with the pizza...many recipes for the sauce include ground-up pork sausage for added flavor.
     
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    True, I always ask first about sauce, including vegetable soups. Eating out is never like eating at home of course.
     
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    This gotta be the best thread on TT :)
     
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    I was thinking of an ex-girlfriend the other day and have a question for you to consider...if you "spoon" with The Devil would it be more like "sporking"???:twisted:
     
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    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/502182/20130829/gulf-mexico-oil-spill-bp.htm

    It was a "settlement" sort of...

     
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    Many strict vegetarians don't realize that it is very common for fish sauce to be in seemingly vegetarian items at Thai restaurants.
     
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    True, I steer clear of those entirely as well Mike B. No oriental food for me. I do go for milk and melted cheese though. That's a great point and very "useful" info.
     
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    What could that suspicious wet patch on her dress be. :confused: :twisted:
     
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    Sweat? Remnants of a spilled glass of Stolichnaya when she impulsively gave Mike Bulgakov a hug?
     
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    Lol Mike B., we'll go with the latter explanation. That surely seems to be the most plausible.
     
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    The vegetable soup often has stock (beef/chicken ...). I was about to have a soup once in a nice cafetaria in California ages ago, when the comely girl (helper or whatever) told me she'd find out if it was vegetarian or not. Came back saying it has some stock in it.

    In Alhambra, we ordered some soup at a Korean restaurant. Told the lady "No meat". She just took out the meat/pork pieces and gave us the soup. My colleague kept saying this is the tastiest spinach soup i have ever tasted. Hey, what are these little pieces at the bottom of my soup. I told him those are pork pieces ...

    We have so very often ordered a vegetarian pizza or other dish (in the US), and been served something with chicken/ham in it.
     
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    One of the truest posts I've read all day. True story. Thanks Sentinel. I visited India this summer by the way. Amazing place. Everytime I go though, I'm very ready to go home.
     
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    Everyone is biased: Harvard professor’s work reveals we barely know our own minds

    http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2013/02/05/everyone-biased-harvard-professor-work-reveals-barely-know-our-own-minds/7x5K4gvrvaT5d3vpDaXC1K/blog.html

     
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    My fortune cookie today said "life is a school...". I'm not eager to graduate but I have quite a lot of credits so far.
     
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    Nice fortune cookie stringertom!

    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-greenland-canyon-20130830,0,5451102.story

    See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ENg9Hci9y3M
    Longer than the Grand Canyon, this deep river-cut gorge lies a mile under Greenland ice and reaches depths of 2,600 feet below the ground surface.

     
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    ^ That's an interesting post on biases. I know how we've been biased (even here in India) into thinking that white is good and black is bad, dark skin vs fair skin being something I once posted about in this thread or some other thread in the O&E section.

    I just remembered how in carrom the black pieces have half the value of the white ones, white starts first in chess ... Somehow wearing black has become cool, but i wonder whether it is because it accentuates fairness ?

    Which brings me to .... for centuries we have had practices here such as mindfulness (to name just one) that helps to clear the conditioning that affects our thinking and choices. You can say this mental conditioning thus runs our life while we think we are choosing independently.
     
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    My first chance to watch a match on TV for a while and I had to hit "mute" ASAP...Azashrieka was playing.

    Like Dodig's shirt...Solfire???

    Hate listening to the old mixed dubs partners that won a major in their teens...time for new voices.

    Has Rafa ever worn white except at Wimby...omen for doom based on his last two events there? (Allez Rogi!)
     

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