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  1. Julian Borger, The Guardian / July 16, 2019 The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey, Chris Smith, instructing the defence department’s inspector general to conduct a review of whether the US “experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975”. The review would have to assess the scope of the experiment and “whether any ticks or insects used in such experiment were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design”. The amendment was approved by a voice vote in the House and added to a defence spending bill, but the bill still has to be reconciled with a Senate version. Smith said the amendment was inspired by “a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at US government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons”. A new book published in May by a Stanford University science writer and former Lyme sufferer, Kris Newby, has raised questions about the origins of the disease, which affects 400,000 Americans each year. Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons, cites the Swiss-born discoverer of the Lyme pathogen, Willy Burgdorfer, as saying that the Lyme epidemic was a military experiment that had gone wrong. Burgdorfer, who died in 2014, worked as a bioweapons researcher for the US military and said he was tasked with breeding fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects, and infecting them with pathogens that cause human diseases. According to the book, there were programs to drop “weaponised” ticks and other bugs from the air, and that uninfected bugs were released in residential areas in the US to trace how they spread. It suggests that such a scheme could have gone awry and led to the eruption of Lyme disease in the US in the 1960s.
  2. Exactly. Paul told us in May 2018: "Things have been very crazy of late and very unsure of what the future will bring We sold our sugar cane farm in north Queensland after many years of trying and the wife and I decided we would take some time off and travel around a bit on a working holiday till we decide what we want to do" With such a huge change in Paul's life, it's no wonder he became less active. But he still loves us and we all love him. https://www.bigmacktrucks.com/topic/53404-mrsmackpaul/?tab=comments#comment-399268 I am hoping that Billy is well. Never a kinder fellow.
  3. Truck News / July 16, 2019 LISLE, Illinois – Navistar has enhanced its dealer resources by launching an engineering hotline. The hotline will provide International dealers with direct, rapid access to the product experts who designed the vehicles. The hotline can be reached through a simple phone call from any International dealer. Calls are immediately directed to an application engineer who listens to the dealer’s request and offers support. During a pilot phase conducted earlier this year, the hotline quickly amassed well over 100 calls from dealers, the company said. Typical phone calls ranged from general questions on severe service truck configurations to advanced, application-specific questions from customers.
  4. Paul is a great example. His life has had some changes down in Oz and he doesn't have as much free time as he did for a period. So yes, we hear from Paul less than before (I miss his great videos), but it's not because he's upset with anything at BMT.
  5. Ford Trucks International Press Release / July 16, 2019 The Ford Trucks 4142XD's 12.7 litre Euro-6 "Ecotorq" engine: Built for power and endurance. #SharingTheLoad .
  6. Gosh guys, how can you take a thread asking about Billy's well being (he's an older gentleman) and end up with hatred? We have the best truck website in the world.......I can tell you that. Now with so many wonderful members worldwide, the website can't meet everyone's vision of perfect every day all-the-time. If we all had exactly the same views.......the world would be an awfully dull place. BMT is not only a place for discussing old Mack trucks. It's also a place for discussing new Mack trucks, other brand trucks both new and old, and non-truck topics as well. You have the ability to choose what you want to view..........and what you don't want to view. For example, if you only choose to view posts about old Mack trucks, you can head straight to the "Antique and Classic Mack Trucks General Discussion" thread. You're in the driver's seat....you only need read what you want to read.
  7. Your'e welcome. The synthetic brake fluids like Motul don't absorb moisture, and unlike the original synthetic brake fluids that the military used years ago are not spongy (pedal feel).
  8. "Diamond-T Line Model T9800B long nose conventional in process. Set-Back front axle vocational model capable of handling up to 600HP diesels. Glider Kits or Full Trucks. Accepting Orders Now." Joe Whitman
  9. So.......even though she fails to show up for work 42 percent of the time.........our employees in Washington continue to employ and pay her.
  10. One of President Donald Trump’s latest picks for the Federal Reserve, economic commentator Judy Shelton, has missed 11 of 26 board meetings, or 42%, of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in her first year as the U.S. representative, according to minutes of the meetings. .
  11. I'm still trying to figure out how this company could possibly know what to sell you, to change from spoke to disc. Only a Mack dealer, or the Mack Specifications Department via a changeover request, could accurately determine what the truck was built with originally...........and what you would need to effect the change. If the springs are Mack, what is the 4QK number stamped on one of the two "T's" at the ends of the springs?
  12. I'm sure the entire BMT family hopes that Billy is simply preoccupied, and not away because of illness. Billy is "good people".
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