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  •  Look at my profile. (8+ / 0-)

    I have been helping put murderers behind bars for four decades. It is what I do. Think fire is bad? Try fishing a 'floater' out of the water after a week in a Louisiana swamp in August.

    Gunpowder is made of charcoal, saltpeter (potassium nitrate) and sulfur. All of which are common chemicals. It can be made cheaply in almost any quantity you can buy. Google "making gunpowder."  You can either make your own charcoal or get it at the supermarket. Sulfur and saltpeter are available at farm stores. You can get them on Amazon in bags. It is easier to make than meth or moonshine.

    As for the mill being run by a woman. I have this thing about strong capable women. I was married to one. How the hell is that revealing?  Are you projecting?

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:04:59 PM PDT

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    •  Apologies (0+ / 0-)

      but you did ask if we'd seen such a thing, as if we should have seen such a thing.  I'm a bit offended that you think such a thing should be part of anyone else's education, and I do hope that you have access to good therapy to deal with the things you regularly see.  And I hope you realize that "Have you ever seen a person killed in [such and such] a manner" is an incredibly creepy and deeply offensive thing to say.

      There are a hell of lot of things that are easy to make but are still heavily regulated.  As to the precursors of gunpowder, saltpeter might be the easiest to regulate, though regulating the sale of sulfur would be fairly simple too.  

      As to the last:
      At best, you phrased your sentence poorly and included a piece of irrelevant information about the gunpowder maker's genitalia.

      At the worst:  In the middle of a paragraph where you were talking about how easy it is to make gunpowder, you mentioned that a woman could do it.

      I'm glad you were married, as that allows you to make sexist remarks forever without being called out for it.  

      •  Rec for the apology. Very gracious, thank you. (3+ / 0-)
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        The question was rhetorical. Not meant to be literal.

        Back in the early days, women built this damn country, and could do anything a man could do, often better. My ggg-grandmother was such a woman.  The Internet does not do subtlety or nuance well. One should be careful about alleging stuff when one does not know the background. Not all of these were on DKos, but yesterday I saw a Jewish guy flamed for being "antisemitic."  AA bloggers I know have been accused of being "racist." And then there is one M-F transgendered user who was accused of being "homophobic."

        Saltpeter is used for stump removal, gardening, and curing meat. It is not all that hard to get. Sulfur is commonly available, and many farm and garden supply stores carry it.

        There were 4,033 instances of explosive devices last year, resulting in one death and 37 injuries. In 2011, there were 5,219 incidents, causing 36 injuries and 5 deaths.  The money would be better spent on health care, safety education and mental health care. In our county alone, we average more injuries and deaths in a month from auto accidents than the whole country does in an entire year from explosives. The bomb incident in Boston will push the numbers up, but that is a single crime.

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:59:34 PM PDT

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      •  Decided to unrec (1+ / 0-)
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        Crookshanks

        for this, after thinking about it overnight, and the more I thought about it the more pissed I got:

        I'm glad you were married, as that allows you to make sexist remarks forever without being called out for it.
        I have no idea what kind of burr is under your saddle, but I don't do passive-aggressive very well. That hostile parting shot was both uncalled for and untrue.  

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 05:10:06 AM PDT

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