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JohnK

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Sad to read of another school shooting.

We need to ban guns. We need to go as far as only allowing guns for military and security personnel. Gun manufacturers and gun dealers need to be held accountable with a register of where each gun manufactured can be found.
 

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Looking to place a Tesco click & collect order for Edinburgh, as its in my DNA to squirrel when I get to a new location (water, crackers, chips, mouthwash ect) and saw this.

I think I should get these just for the novelty factor and bring them home. In fact, there are a lot of WTF items at the grocery store in the UK. They are quite exotic with their flavours.
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I don't know what's wrong. The hot plates do not look shiny but for some reason everything sticks. Should I be using some sort of spray?
There is cooking oil spray but it’s just cooking oil. You could use oven paper on the hot plate and cook on top of that or buy BBQ non stick liners - something like this from Bunnings:
BBQ Buddy Nonstick Hot Plate Liner
 

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Given there is a mass school shooting on average every 3.5 in the USA days it seems this is all that those in power are doing. Today's was the 15th for 2018.
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Someone is 50 in our office today so had a cake with candles.

We were more interested in the candles/flame under the smoke detector than what he was saying. There were a lot of candles.
 
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The best answer has been given twice now JohnK.

Posts #72715 & 72744.

That’s the solution.
But the reason hotplates and pans stick is due to incorrect temperature. Usually too cold. At the right temperature hotplates and pans can be nonstick. Copper required about 250C. Steel I think less about 170C

Put a drop of water on hot plate/pan. The correct temperature for nonstick effect is when the droplet seemingly hovers over the surface.

This is the scientific explanation of the Leidenfrost Effect:

Leidenfrost effect - Wikipedia
 

Denali

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Its like making fried chicken, if the oil isnt hot enough, you end up with soggy coating and not crisp/crunchy.
 
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Taking guns off non crims and not crims won’t solve problem.... meanwhile in Chicago...

I don’t want guns either.

Illegal drugs are freely available despite the illegality. Can’t see how guns will be different
 
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Taking guns off non crims and not crims won’t solve problem.... meanwhile in Chicago...

I don’t want guns either.

Illegal drugs are freely available despite the illegality. Can’t see how guns will be different
Just have a look at our laws - our criminals are knee deep in guns. Don’t what is like where you are, but sleepy Canberra has heaps of criminals shooting their weapons at each other (and more scarily some drive by shooting of each other’s houses).

The difference is our disturbed teenagers wouldn’t have the faintest idea how to get a gun and also would not have much idea how to use it.

I agree the culture is such in the USA that it might take a century to change and stop these massacres. It is such a huge change - you have to stop people owning guns and teaching the kids how to use them. Every single massacre I have read had involved legally acquired guns. If making it hard to get them, so they have to buy them off criminals saves a few massacres, surely it would be worth it. You have to start somewhere.

However it won’t happen - America is broken in so many ways - limitless greed, no care for the sick in their society (its their fault they can’t afford insurance), so what’s a few more kids dying.
 

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At least another 17 dead in the latest crazy shooting......................... Why oh why?

Florida shooting suspect arrested after 17 people killed in high school attack

Because enough of the people in the country here have decided to worship at the altar of the Second Amendment. There is nothing more sacred to these people, and any attempt to consider any level of gun control must be stopped at all costs. Once Sandy Hook happened, and nothing changed, the gun control debate here basically ended. If that wasn't enough, nothing will be. How much worse can it get than what happened at Sandy Hook? What worse thing could possibly happen? It will take a tectonic shift in the power structure an assembly here to cause anything to change nationally.

I've exhausted nearly every avenue I can find to leave (born in USA, only a citizen of USA). Unfortunately seemingly nobody is willing to take myself in my current living situation. I've exhausted every possible avenue to see if I at all qualify for dual citizenship. No dice, my family goes back just far enough to prevent me from qualifying for either of my potential heritages. I am stuck here hoping that I and anyone I love and care about are not shot by someone with a machine designed only to kill as many people as fast and efficiently as possible, because they are far too easy to get. I would bet I could get an assault rifle, 1000 rounds of ammunition, on my lunch break at work, and do it all while still having enough time to go through a McDonald's drive-thru for a Big Mac, fries, and a Coke, and not miss any working time.

Australia loses 35 people in the Port Arthur massacre, and almost completely revamps the entire system of gun regulation. More importantly, the culture changes drastically. I was in Tasmania in November 2016. I recall seeing a newspaper article (this one) where people were concerned that Tasmanians had a discomforting number of guns in their possession. When I saw the number that was so concerning, it was a number I wouldn't even blink at here.

The number of guns per capita in Tasmania that was so concerning was less than a fourth of that across the entire USA. And that includes the lower ownership urban areas like NYC and Boston and Los Angeles that Tasmania (sorry Tassie residents!) just doesn't really have. If you limited it to places that resemble Tassie here in the States in terms of geography/population density, it would surely be even higher per capita here.

The USA has had shootings involving the deaths of 49, 26, and 58 people just in the last two years. Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook in 2012 were similar. Five Port Arthurs in the last 11 years. Practically no changes at the national level. There's no appetite for change among the powers that be. Until that changes, this will keep happening. It is an absolute disgrace and will be a seemingly neverending stain on the United States of America, where "American exceptionalism" means being horrifically exceptional at not caring about the lives of our fellow citizens.
 

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If they aren’t willing to change their laws when multiple toddlers were killed, then they will never change.
 
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My niece lived in Texas for awhile. She had very young children and one of her sleepover rules was that they weren’t allowed to go to a house which had guns. I don’t think they went to many sleepovers. She was constantly arguing with people who believed that Australians were constant victims of crime because they had no guns to protect themselves.

Every time there is a massacre in California I contact Master FM, just in case.....
 
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Just have a look at our laws - our criminals are knee deep in guns. Don’t what is like where you are, but sleepy Canberra has heaps of criminals shooting their weapons at each other (and more scarily some drive by shooting of each other’s houses).

The difference is our disturbed teenagers wouldn’t have the faintest idea how to get a gun and also would not have much idea how to use it.

I agree the culture is such in the USA that it might take a century to change and stop these massacres. It is such a huge change - you have to stop people owning guns and teaching the kids how to use them. Every single massacre I have read had involved legally acquired guns. If making it hard to get them, so they have to buy them off criminals saves a few massacres, surely it would be worth it. You have to start somewhere.

However it won’t happen - America is broken in so many ways - limitless greed, no care for the sick in their society (its their fault they can’t afford insurance), so what’s a few more kids dying.

And if you wanted to get your hands on a gun down here, because the guy in the office pissed you off, where do you begin?

Roam Auburn pub or knock on Jokers Lane, saying I want to buy a gun, to everyone? Eventually you'll get someone but before that you will get a lot of unwanted attention first and then theres the price.

In the US, paying off a $20 debt to someone sometimes involves giving someone a gun. Ridiculous!



Once Sandy Hook happened, and nothing changed, the gun control debate basically ended.
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This, this this and this. Children were slaughtered while hiding under their desks and to this day, there are coughholes out there that make a living denying it ever happened and people believe him. Just like there are people out there that believe the naz_ death camps never happened and they write books and go on book tours about it. Crazy. Just f'ing crazy.
 
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