I wonder how these compare to the RNs Astute class subs. The Astutes are quieter than American Virginia class, and have a longer operational range for reasons of being nuclear, but they also happen to be monstrously big and prone to malfunction... » 10/24/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

It sounds like an average value, thence the relatively tiny percentage of their income that the few very rich households spend on food is counteracting the relatively large percentage that the majority of people probably pay. I spend about 50% of my take home pay on food (soup, bread, and peas, but mostly caffeine of… » 9/12/14 11:04am 9/12/14 11:04am

Try the deep stations on the London Underground some time; things may have improved since the last time I was there but Covent Garden (deepest zone 1 station), the Oxford Street stations, and Leicester Square are all but uninhabitable in summer (the record is 47oC/116oF; rolling stock on the deep lines can't be air… » 9/03/14 1:13pm 9/03/14 1:13pm

"Realizing what a deadly disaster had come to them, the people quickly drove the Italians from their city. But the disease remained, and soon death was everywhere. Fathers abandoned their sick sons. Lawyers refused to come and make out wills for the dying. Friars and nuns were left to… » 8/22/14 1:34pm 8/22/14 1:34pm