Why have we fallen into the train of thought that there is nothing we can do about the high gas prices?

Question by Jon B: Why have we fallen into the train of thought that there is nothing we can do about the high gas prices?
The news stations just report that gas prices are increasing with no solution to the problem (perhaps they are not allowed to rile the people up). The politicians apparently don’t have to pay for gas hence, it doesn’t affect them. We just keep pumping, keep complaining, and no one gets together to dispute it. What stops Americans from putting their voices together and making a difference? Organizations like UCAN only report where you can pay less for gas, what about fighting for prices to come down? I’m ready are you? Let’s post some viable solutions to the right now problem, not electric cars of tomorrow or alternative fuel solutions (or bikes….) Right Now solutions.

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Answer by Rob
Politician do not have the genitalia to address
the fuel issues.

oil companies and refineries do NOT dictate fuel prices

demand and speculators create price fluctuations.

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How can i make a stage prop/fake 3 tier cake? need it to be about 5 ft tall when done. Any ideas?

Question by nuthen2it: How can i make a stage prop/fake 3 tier cake? need it to be about 5 ft tall when done. Any ideas?
I need to figure out how to make a stage prop 3 tier cake that will be around 5 ft tall when done. Any ideas?

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Answer by Steven D
Use Styrofoam. It’s light, you can carve it with a bread knife, and takes latex paint well. Go to any insulation supplier and ask if they have any broken sections. They can’t sell them so they’re just waste.. I use them for my train layouts.

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Teaching puppy about electric fence around horse pasture?

Question by adl1217: Teaching puppy about electric fence around horse pasture?
I have horses that are in a pasture with an electric fence. Horses learn by experience as puppy will eventually too, but I would like to minimize the shock as she is only 3 mos old. I have had the fence off but the snow is almost gone and the time is coming to put it back on. Any suggestions?

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Answer by jackknife barber
They’re high voltage, low amperage. He’ll figure it out. Only takes once. It did for mine.

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What are some things i can research about?

Question by rocker chick: What are some things i can research about?
So our teacher just gave us a project saying we can research about ANYTHING
me and my friends decided to do models in New york city
so what are some questions i can probably form to research about

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Answer by cat
Decide what you would like to know more about or think about some question you wish you knew the answer to and research that. Why is the sky blue? Why was the Magna Carta important? How did dogs become domesticated? Why do people lie? Why hasn’t the oil spill in the Gulf been stopped? What does it take to become a railroad engineer? Where does electricity come from? What are the origins of democracy? These are some ideas.

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Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?

Question by disconnect1: Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?
Where when and with whom was his musical training/education? Who was his key influence, who was it who influenced him? What were some of the key elements that made this person an innovator of jazz? Tell me about when he got his break or a great story about him!

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Answer by LAlawMedMBA
Cootie Williams’ earliest influence was his musical mother, who encouraged him to take up the tuba and play in the school band. When his mother died, his father hired a local trumpet teacher, Charles Lipskin, a major influence who once played with New Orleans Excelsior Jazz Band.

At the age of fourteen, Williams spent a summer in the family band of Willis Handy Young, playing alongside the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young. By sixteen, he had played in numerous bands around his native Mobile, Alabama, and was constantly exposed to New Orleans bands in town for one-nighter’s, particularly trumpeter Kid Punch and clarinetist Edmund Hall. He went with Hall to Jacksonville, Florida, and the two ended up with Alonzo Ross, leader of a Florida territory band called the Ross Deluxe Syncopators that played at the Rosemount Ballroom. There he saw a lot of Louis Armstrong, who was a second major influence.

In 1928, Williams traveled by steamship from Savannah, Georgia to New York City. He was soon working with two of Harlem’s most popular bandleaders: pianist Fletcher Henderson and drummer Charlie “Chick” Webb. Playing for both of these extraordinary bands put him at the cutting edge of jazz, and was his “big break.”

His second major career advancement occurred in 1929, when he replaced Bubber Miley in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He matured there through the 1930s, leading sessions with Lionel Hampton and Billie Holiday.

When he performed as a featured guest at Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert in 1938, he was so impressed by Goodman that he jumped to Goodman’s band on November 6, 1940. After a year with Benny, Williams formed his own band. The Cootie Williams Band featured players such as pianist Bud Powell, tenorman Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, alto saxophonist/singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and the alto king, Charlie Parker. The band peaked during World War II, traveling from coast to coast, and having several hits, including “Round Midnight,” which Williams co-authored with Thelonious Monk. From 1948 to 1955, the Cootie Williams Sextet had a steady gig at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, but his popularity waned. In 1962, he rejoined Benny Goodman’s Band briefly, then returned to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, where he stayed until 1978, well past Ellington’s 1974 death.

Williams’ key innovative elements were: (1) His renowned deep driving sound, a growling “jungle” trumpet playing style (in the tradition of Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton); (2) his use of the plunger mute, which reputedly inspired Wynton Marsalis; (3) his pivotal recording, “Concerto for Cootie,” (also known as “Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me”), because of its revelation of diverse styles and moods, from steamy Harmon mute to growling plunger to brassy cascading high notes; (4) his merging of the New Orleans Dixieland sound into Big Band Swing and beyond; and (5) early fusion of jazz with R&B in a 1948 hit called “Gator,” which owed much of its success to the rackety tenor sax of sideman Willis Jackson.

Great Story #1: Williams received hundreds of hate mail letters after jumping to Goodman’s band. While he had the Duke’s blessing to cash in on his fame, many jazz enthusiasts viewed his decision as little less than treason. The controversy even inspired bandleader and composer Raymond Scott to write a hit tune, “When Cootie Left The Duke.”

Great Story #2: His experience with the volatile Bird (Charlie Parker) was such a culture shock that Williams, a lifelong teetotaler, began drinking.

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I want to know about the Rivonia Trial?

Question by chiccoshines: I want to know about the Rivonia Trial?
I want to know about thelife of Nelson Mandela in pison.Information on the day he was release.The first Democatically President of South Africa.The Great Achievements Mandela achieved.

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Answer by irule
The Rivonia Trial was an infamous trial which took place in South Africa between 1963 and 1964, in which ten leaders of the African National Congress were tried for 221 acts of sabotage designed to “ferment violent revolution”.

It was named after Rivonia, the suburb of Johannesburg where 19 ANC leaders were arrested at Liliesleaf Farm, privately owned by Arthur Goldreich, on 11th July 1963. It had been used as a hideout for the African National Congress. Among others, Nelson Mandela had moved onto the farm in October 1961 and evaded security police while masquerading as a gardener and cook called David Motsamayi (meaning “come-and-go”).

Arrested were:

Walter Sisulu
Govan Mbeki
Raymond Mhlaba
Andrew Mlangeni
Elias Motsoaledi, trade union and ANC member
Ahmed Kathrada
Dennis Goldberg, a Cape Town engineer and leader of the Congress of Democrats.
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein, architect and member of the Communist party
Bob Hepple
Arthur Goldreich
Harold Wolpe, prominent attorney and activist
James “Jimmy” Kantor, brother-in-law of Harold Wolpe
and others.

Goldberg, Bernstein, Hepple and Goldreich were Caucasian Jews, Kathrada was Indian, and Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi and Mhlaba were black.

The trial brought in Nelson Mandela and chief of MK, Walter Mkwayi.

The government took advantage of 90 days without trial, and the defendants were held incommunicado. Meanwhile, Goldreich and Wolpe bribed a guard and escaped from jail on August 11. Their escape infuriated the prosecutors and police who considered Goldreich to be “the arch-conspirator.”

Lawyers were unable to see the accused until two days before indictment on October 9. Leading the defense team was Bram Fischer, the distinguished Afrikaner lawyer, assisted by Joel Joffe, Arthur Chaskalson, George Bizos and Harold Hanson. At the end of October, Hepple was able to leave the dock because he had agreed to testify for the prosecution; later he managed to flee the country.

The chief prosecutor was Dr. Percy Yutar, deputy attorney-general of the Transvaal, also Jewish.

The trial began on November 26, 1963. After dismissal of the first indictment as inadequate, the trial finally got under way on December 3 with an expanded indictment. Each of the ten accused pleaded not guilty. The trial ended on June 12, 1964.

List of defendants
Nelson Mandela
Walter Sisulu
Govan Mbeki (father of Thabo Mbeki, now President of South Africa)
Raymond Mhlaba
Elias Motsoaledi
Ahmed Kathrada
Denis Goldberg
Andrew Mlangeni
Walter Mkwayi
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein (acquitted)
Harold Wolpe
James Kantor

Charges were:

recruiting persons for training in the preparation and use of explosives and in guerrilla warfare for the purpose of violent revolution and committing acts of sabotage
conspiring to commit the aforementioned acts and to aid foreign military units when they invaded the Republic,
acting in these ways to further the objects of communism
soliciting and receiving money for these purposes from sympathizers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere.
“Production requirements” for munitions for a six-month period were sufficient, the prosecutor Percy Yutar said in his opening address, to blow up a city the size of Johannesburg.

Kantor was discharged at the end of the prosecution’s case.

The trial was condemned by the United Nations Security Council, and led to their trying to get international sanctions imposed against the South African government.

Arthur Goldreich escaped from prison disguised as a priest
Walter Mkwayi (escaped during trial)
Harold Wolpe (esaped with the help of Manni Brown)
James Kantor (esaped with the help of Manni Brown)

Manni Brown Tour operator as a cover to deliver weapons to the ANC.

Originally the death penalty had been requested, but was changed because of world-wide protests and the ingenuity of the defence team. Eight defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, and one acquitted.

[1] “There was no surprise in the fact that Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi, Mlangeni, and Goldberg were found guilty on all four counts. The defense had hoped that Mhlaba, Kathrada, and Bernstein might escape conviction because of the skimpiness of evidence that they were parties to the conspiracy, although undoubtedly they could be prosecuted on other charges. But Mhlaba too was found guilty on all counts, and Kathrada, on one charge of conspiracy. Bernstein, however, was found not guilty. He was rearrested, released on bail, and placed under house arrest. Later he fled the country.”
Denis Goldberg went to Pretoria Central Prison instead of Robben Island (at that time the only security wing for white political prisoners in South Africa) where he served 22 years.

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What are some soft rock bands I never heard of and should know about?

Question by Darren Shazz: What are some soft rock bands I never heard of and should know about?
Searching for little known bands that sound like REM, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20 etc.

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Answer by Keshia
peeping tom
wire daisies
the yeah yeah yeah’s
massive attack

kind of went off soft rock but these bands you should def check out if you like soft rock

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Have one of those dreams you never forget about? Even after decades?

Question by Fatefinger: Have one of those dreams you never forget about? Even after decades?
I have 2. One was about my cousin. He used to have a lot of exotic fish and pets and old lionel trains back when I was little. Had a dream about it, never forgot.

The next one involved aliens. As in extraterrestrial. And yes I have thought about that possibility.

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Answer by Captain Snarky
I had one that I can never forget and it involved me carrying Eleanor Roosevelt in a briefcase while yetis were speaking French.

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How many of you are crazy about trains? you know take pictures and collect stuff? ?

Question by Angel2008: How many of you are crazy about trains? you know take pictures and collect stuff? ?
What got you started and how old were you when you started?
What is it that fascinates you most about trains?
Do you work for a railroad? Do you have a model train track?
What do you collect?

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Answer by Trainchaser
I got started back when I was 3 years old. My dad would take me out quite often to see the Amtrak train run through town. I can’t really describe what it is about trains that I love, just that it’s big machines moving America. And railroads are an ingenious, yet simple concept.

I mainly take pictures, about 5,000 photos to date. Not many compared to many railfans.

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HO model railroad questions about Shinohara code 100 turnouts?

Question by : HO model railroad questions about Shinohara code 100 turnouts?
1) Are these turnouts compatable with Atlas code 100 track?
2) Do these turnouts snap back and forth like a Peco switch does?
3) What is the difference between the #4 and the #6 double crossover turnouts? Does one have a little bit tighter radius than the other, or is one unit longer than the other? It’s a little bit hard to tell by just looking at the photograph.
4) Are these good quality turnouts?

Thanks. Any answers will be greatly appreciated. I already have different size Atlas and peco switches, but this crossover turnout is a great idea and would sure save a lot of work and time, and I’d be able to use my regular switches somewhere else..

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Answer by AJ Gonfiantini
I’m not sure about the second question because I don’t own a Shinohara switch/turnout, but I have the flex track and it is fine with Atlas Code 100 track. To preven derailments I solder the rails together. I would assume it’s a tighter radius. The Walthers flex track is ok, but I would think the switches are good too.

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