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Garcia-Lasheras
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Garcia-Lasheras   7/4/2014 2:28:02 PM
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Happy Independence Day for all the American people around ;-)

I suppose that there are a lot of things that could be done better at the USA, but I believe it is a great country. Once upon a time, I was "fighting" with very conservative ideas and people at Spain; then I noticed that the Internet had opened a door to connecting with the people in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean... and I discovered a country of open minded scientists and innovators!

Enjoy this weekend!

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betajet   7/4/2014 4:27:23 PM
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Muchas gracias, Javier!

There are quite a few open-minded people in the USA, but we need all the encouragement we can get :-)

Have you ever read Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by João Magueijo?  Fascinating book, both for the physics and the challenges of trying to advance a new idea in a world of orthodox thinking.  At one point Dr. Magueijo describes a certain kind of older colleagues who are particularly rigid in their thinking and notes that they are usually stone deaf as well.  He speculates that their ability to hear has atrophied through disuse.

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betajet   7/4/2014 4:56:49 PM
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Max asked: What are your thoughts as to the best, most useful, and most unusual things that America has presented to the world?

Well, the info-thingy does show that preëminent USA contribution to the world: blue jeans (les boudjinnes in French).  But where is that other preëminent contribution, le T-shirt?

What?  You say that jeans aren't a USA invention?  That the name jeans comes from Gênes, the French name for Genoa, Italy?  And that denim (de Nîmes) comes from Nîmes, France?

Ah well, at least we still have T-shirts :-)

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Bert22306   7/4/2014 5:53:57 PM
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I think you'll find that the proper FTC term is "Made in USA," by the way.

Well, being an EE, I have to say that electric power distribution is a pretty key innovation, no?

http://americanhistory.si.edu/powering/past/h1main.htm

Happy fourth to all USA-ians, at home and overseas.

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_hm   7/5/2014 2:50:11 PM
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Happy 4th July!

Now it not requires Made in USA, it should be "Design and Made in America". Life time warranty.

 

 

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betajet   7/5/2014 3:11:01 PM
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Max wrote : ...with a little help and guidance from their older, wiser friends, of course...

Like the great Winston Churchill, who is quoted as having said: "The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative."

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David Ashton   7/6/2014 11:35:55 PM
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@Betajet LOL....Winston Churchill had a gift for putting thiings in a short and pithy but very clear fashion.  A bit cynical, some would say,  but as another great Briton, George Bernard Shaw remarked:

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."

On a serious note, it is encouraging to see manufacturing slowly returning to the US (If I read this right).   Australia is still in the process of having its manufacturing jumping or being pushed offshore.   But where the US goes, Australia often follows, so let's hope that happens in this instance as well.

 

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2014 9:16:43 AM
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@Garcia: Happy Independence Day for all the American people around ;-)

Thanks Javi -- even though I'm English, since I live in America I still celebrate the 4th July -- unfortunately one of our dogs hates fireworks, so this is always a traumatic day for her (sad face).

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2014 9:21:36 AM
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@David: On a serious note, it is encouraging to see manufacturing slowly returning to the US.

I agree -- the scary thing is all the skilled machinists and other trades we've lost -- the only way to learn a lot of this stuff is working alongside skilled people, and if they've retired you're uyp the creek without a paddle.

I was watching "Undercover Boss" on TV this weekend -- the first episode I've seen based in the UK -- it was about the construction industry -- one of the points an older supervisor made was that every team shoudl have a "lad" who was learning the trade, but that with the cutbacks none of the teams had younger folks coming up through the ranks...

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antedeluvian   7/7/2014 9:50:41 AM
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Max

 the only way to learn a lot of this stuff is working alongside skilled people, and if they've retired you're uyp the creek without a paddle.

Yeah, but on the plus side they're not retiring. Who can afford to retire? You have to wait for nature's retirement.

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