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I believe that Pompey's thread, as indeed his earlier on the subject, were satires on both the ridiculous levels and lack of worthwhile content of the coverage the British media gives to the US elections.
The US media (already horrible) is at its worst during a presidential election. Makes me
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
As Chris said, it was intended in jest. If you watch the news over here you would think whoever Ohio votes for will be President.
Without looking up, would you be able to name a current Governor of any state?
You know I thought I could, but I checked before I posted so as not to look stupid and it turns out I would have looked stupid. I'm actually reading an interesting book at the moment written by a British man living in the States, who thinks the anti-amercanism in the world is unwarranted and tries to redress it. A lot of it explains amongst, other things, your enthusiasm for the elections. We wouldn't put up with the blanket coverage and recorded phone calls, etc over here.
I'm glad you wouldn't be voting, if given the chance, because you are uninformed.
You have a congressman and maybe a senator to elect. Most locations also have school boards, city and county offices, and other local and state offices. In my state, there is an amendment to the state constitution under consideration (granted, this one has zero controversy, but that's not always the case.)
Several years ago, my city council made a serious of disastrous decisions that are negatively affecting the city to this day. The next election we threw ALL of them out of office. Among other things, the new council improved our police and fire department, finished some much needed infrastructure, allowed some businesses to build and done much to improve the city. Last major election, our city soundly rejected to tax increases for some joint county-wide projects. There was much ridicule at the time, but we've been proven right over the long run.
Growing up, my tiny town consistently rejected school budgets, forcing them to become quite lean and to concentrate on what matters. For years that school was one of the best in the state.
My three desktops, all vertical standing, had about one inch (2 1/2 cm) salt water in them before I could get them off the floor. Since they were off (and power had gone out about half an hour earlier) nothing was immediately fried.
Any experience or suggestion on trying to retreive them alive? I'm planning to rinse the with plain water and letting the dry. Then, it's power up (and watching the pretty sparks and clouds of smoke).
Some external USB drives did the teabag trick - I plan to open, inspect, rinse and dry if needed, and use USB dock to read drives.
With 9.4 million registrants, someone must have tried this before.
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I've heard Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol are good for cleaning electrical components, plus rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly so drying doesn't take long. I've personally used alcohol wipes to clean CPUs when changing their cooling accessories, all worked fine after, but I wasn't cleaning parts that are meant to carry signals.