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I Would Prefer Not To  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:13:31pm

Current Mood

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freetoken  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:14:27pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:37:31pm

I don’t know who is more fucked, Britain or the U.S.

WE ARE ALL FUCKED!!

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:39:50pm

Sadness. So young and accomplished.

ESPN - U.S. Olympic cyclist Catlin found dead at age 23

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23.

USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, told VeloNews that his daughter killed herself.

Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the U.S. national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:41:42pm

re: #3 The Vicious Babushka

I don’t know who is more fucked, Britain or the U.S.

WE ARE ALL FUCKED!!

In a way your statement may be more right than intended. Because by saying all, I see it as all the world and it does seem like this mess is everywhere.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:44:08pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:47:03pm

(CL’d on the last thread)

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:48:27pm

PROJECTING LIKE AN IMAX IN OUTER SPACE… SPACE… SPACE…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:48:56pm

re: #6 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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And then when things go wrong, she’ll blsme the Dems because she’s a Cheney with no integrity or honesty.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:49:31pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

PROJECTING LIKE AN IMAX IN OUTER SPACE… SPACE… SPACE…

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Waaah my name’s Donald and I can’t handle being President.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:52:05pm

Anyone watching 60 Mins? Holy Shit!
The topic is Stem cell therapy for sickle cell anemia. They use a modified HIV virus to carry the therapy on the cellular level. And it looks like its working.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:52:08pm

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.”
GrahamCracker 400#ManInMomsBasement News.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:52:36pm

re: #10 HappyWarrior

If he cannot handle it then he should step down.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:55:27pm

re: #13 PhillyPretzel

If he cannot handle it then he should step down.

He should but he won’t.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:56:43pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

That is a good thing.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:57:16pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

Anyone watching 60 Mins? Holy Shit!
The topic is Stem cell therapy for sickle cell anemia. They use a modified HIV virus to carry the therapy on the cellular level. And it looks like its working.

Heh, I was just going to mention that too. I very seldom watch but tonight I’m doing some web work and had CBS on from basketball and just left it on.

I’m glad I did. That is a stunning development in medicine. Incredible how a bad virus like HIV can be stripped of the bad and then used to transfer corrected DNA.

Like the doctor said at the end. This opens up a whole new area of thinking on genetic correction for many diseases.

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Teukka  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:57:46pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 10, 2019 • 4:58:41pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

Anyone watching 60 Mins? Holy Shit!
The topic is Stem cell therapy for sickle cell anemia. They use a modified HIV virus to carry the therapy on the cellular level. And it looks like its working.

Are they switching back on juvenile hemoglobin production? There must be some evolutionary reason for this switch to adult hemoglobin, but juvenile would be better than mutant, one would think.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:00:24pm

re: #17 Teukka

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His wife actually did. Also comparing 1865 and 2019 is really stupid but consider the source.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:00:25pm

re: #16 ObserverArt

If we don’t jack it up I think we’re on the cusp of some very very important medical breakthrough. Jonas Salk type stuff.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:03:47pm

re: #20 Dave In Austin

If we don’t jack it up I think we’re on the cusp of some very very important medical breakthrough. Jonas Salk type stuff.

“Medical” is the problem. Science handed them human tumor necrosis factor on a silver platter, but somehow when the freakin’ medicos got their hands on it, they managed to screw it up somehow….

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:05:54pm

Dick Van Dyke is on PBS.
whyy.org

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:23:54pm

Did I kill the thread?

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:27:04pm
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BlueGrl21  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:27:44pm

re: #12 Barefoot Grin

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.”
GrahamCracker 400#ManInMomsBasement News.

There’s also not a shred of evidence he has done anything right.

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wrenchwench  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:30:13pm

re: #23 PhillyPretzel

Did I kill the thread?

Blame it on Dick Van Dyke.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:31:10pm

re: #24 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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Hannity is a fraud. Shocker.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:32:37pm

re: #25 BlueGrl21

There’s also not a shred of evidence he has done anything right.

He’s done nothing, in fact quite the opposite, to dispel the idea he’s working for Russian interests.

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freetoken  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:34:08pm

re: #23 PhillyPretzel

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:34:58pm

I commented downstairs about Cindy Yang and her alleged ties to the Chinese government. Without reading any of the articles, I can guess how things may have transpired.

Option 1. Chinese government approached her and suggested it could help and her husband out financially if they fronted this new business venture. Perhaps the government also suggested any family members still in China would also benefit from such an arrangement, or not if Yang refused. Yang wisely agreed to the plan.

Option 2. Yang and her husband realize they have the business opportunity of a lifetime. with a gullible US president who is easily flattered within their reach and a Chinese government and business community hungry for influence and financial gain in the USA. Within short order, the Chinese government also realizes it has the chance of a lifetime, to leverage Yang’s schmoozing of the rich and famous to infiltrate American government and blackmail important American leaders.

Or some combination of the two.

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wrenchwench  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:37:59pm

re: #29 freetoken

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

Followed (maybe not directly…) by The Wonderful World of Disney.

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freetoken  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:38:59pm

Yes, the show has its own Youtube channel it appears:

Strangest of All

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:39:31pm

re: #12 Barefoot Grin

There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.”
GrahamCracker 400#ManInMomsBasement News.

Unless Mueller spoke to you directly you don’t know anything

There’s lots of evidence
It hasn’t been made public yet

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Decatur Deb  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:39:42pm

re: #29 freetoken

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

Important life lesson watching Marlin send the big dumb guy to do all the really dangerous stuff.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:41:29pm

PROJECTING. LIKE. AN. IMAX. IN. OUTER. SPACE… SPACE… SPAAAAAAAACE….

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Dave In Austin  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:43:12pm

re: #32 freetoken

Yes, the show has its own Youtube channel it appears:

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OMG!! Every Sunday. It formed my love of all things natural. Which I consider a pillar of who I am.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:43:23pm

re: #29 freetoken

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

I loved Marlin Perkins’ segues from what we’d been watching to…insurance. Some of them were pretty creative. Or maybe the word is “surreal”.

Edit: Sorry, FF crashed, and I always forget the last thing reappears in the window when it restarts.

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freetoken  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:43:59pm

re: #36 Dave In Austin

I suspect MoOWK helped form my personality.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:44:19pm

re: #35 The Vicious Babushka

PROJECTING. LIKE. AN. IMAX. IN. OUTER. SPACE… SPACE… SPAAAAAAAACE….

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You had the majority in the House for two years. Ask the Ayn Rand fan. You have no case that the Russia investigation is just a partisan motivated witch hunt. In fact, Mueller has been more active in Republican administrations than Trump had but yeah go ahead act like Trump is a victim rather than one of the biggest scoundrels in American history because you can’t accept you back a Russian asset racist fraudulent piece of shit.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:47:53pm

re: #37 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

“Medical” is the problem. Science handed them human tumor necrosis factor on a silver platter, but somehow when the freakin’ medicos got their hands on it, they managed to screw it up somehow….

I loved Marlin Perkins’ segues from what we’d been watching to…insurance. Some of them were pretty creative. Or maybe the word is “surreal”.

Two of my buddies in high school had practiced a series of segues adapted from the show, with one guy playing Marlin and the other, poor hapless Jim.
“Just as the mother hippo protects her young by trampling the human interloper …”
{Jim screams in agony}
“… so too can you protect your loved ones with life insurance from Mutual of Omaha.”

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wrenchwench  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:48:08pm

re: #37 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I loved Marlin Perkins’ segues from what we’d been watching to…insurance. Some of them were pretty creative. Or maybe the word is “surreal”.

Maybe without all those we could have had single payer a generation ago.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:50:29pm

re: #34 Decatur Deb

Important life lesson watching Marlin send the big dumb guy to do all the really dangerous stuff.

I’m thinking more about that big leopard pelt hanging on the wall behind Marlin.

Shows the difference in eras as I doubt you would have an animal education program with a pelt up on the wall behind the host on TV today.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:53:40pm

re: #39 HappyWarrior

You had the majority in the House for two years. Ask the Ayn Rand fan. You have no case that the Russia investigation is just a partisan motivated witch hunt. In fact, Mueller has been more active in Republican administrations than Trump had but yeah go ahead act like Trump is a victim rather than one of the biggest scoundrels in American history because you can’t accept you back a Russian asset racist fraudulent piece of shit.

The president of Judicial Watch. Yeah, I’m going to pay attention to anything he and they say.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:54:25pm

re: #43 ObserverArt

The president of Judicial Watch. Yeah, I’m going to pay attention to anything he and they say.

Seriously. These guys are so far up Trump’s ass.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:55:42pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:55:45pm

re: #12 Barefoot Grin

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.”
GrahamCracker 400#ManInMomsBasement News.

Isn’t OANN supposed to make Fox look liberal by comparison?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:57:53pm

re: #45 Charles Johnson

Has Joe Biden said that he is running?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:58:55pm

re: #45 Charles Johnson

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Well said. Those are my problems with him too. I’d add that the Dems do their best as insurgent types rather than continuing. Biden is a good guy but someone else is needed imo.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 5:59:40pm

re: #47 The Vicious Babushka

Has Joe Biden said that he is running?

I think it’s more or less going to happen. The party moderates are clamoring for one of their own to run.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:00:45pm
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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:01:17pm

re: #47 The Vicious Babushka

Has Joe Biden said that he is running?

Not officially yet.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:03:32pm
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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:04:08pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

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I like her less than Bernie.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:04:36pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:06:34pm

Re: the OP: Ms Bee and Ms Hoggart nailed the Brexit debacle perfectly.

Britain will need a miracle to avoid the national disaster approaching in 19 days. At this point, only divine intervention can save them from self-inflicted injuries, and I doubt it is forthcoming.

How May is still PM baffles me.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:06:58pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

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Really frustrating that Bernie and Biden are the most popular. I like Biden but you got at perfectly why I don’t want him and Bernie is Bernie. A seventy plus year old white guy isn’t our future.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:07:07pm

re: #47 The Vicious Babushka

Has Joe Biden said that he is running?

He seems to be very close. He certainly hasn’t denied it.

Also a factor. Believe it or not he may be encouraged by polls from out of Iowa showing him the favorite (28%?) over Bernard (20%) with Harris (12.5%), Warren (10%), O’Rouke (5.5%). Booker (3.5%) Klobuchur (3%) and the rest tailing off…

Source:Real Clear Politics

RealClearPolitics - Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:07:11pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

Also, “I have no idea what I’m doing.”

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:07:36pm

re: #48 HappyWarrior

Well said. Those are my problems with him too. I’d add that the Dems do their best as insurgent types rather than continuing. Biden is a good guy but someone else is needed imo.

I won’t agree or disagree. Two things I like about biden:

“I am a gaffe machine,” he said in December 2018. He turned his confession into a dig at Donald Trump—“But my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth”

And

While he tried and failed twice, now he’s got 8 years as VP behind him

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Dave In Austin  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:08:46pm

re: #45 Charles Johnson

But don’t you think he’ had good counsel the last 10 yrs? I can accept that. I cant go any further left than Warren, and she’s a stretch for me. Again. Stability. Joe’s gaffs as opposed to…… What can you say to that? (chuckle..)

Come On Charles, who ya gonna push for and let’s talk about it. I’m by no means settled and prolly won’t be for a while.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:09:11pm

re: #57 ObserverArt

He seems to be very close. He certainly hasn’t denied it.

Also a factor. Believe it or not he may be encouraged by polls from out of Iowa showing him the favorite (28%?) over Bernard (20%) with Harris (12.5%), Warren (10%), O’Rouke (5.5%). Booker (3.5%) Klobuchur (3%) and the rest tailing off…

Source:Real Clear Politics

RealClearPolitics - Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus

Biden is prone to gaffes, but a point in his favor is his long tenure in politics. He would definitely make Trump sweat during the campaign, because Joe knows what Obama knows about Trump and Russia.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:09:13pm

re: #59 Man, DangerMan

I won’t agree or disagree. Two things I like about biden:

And

While he tried and failed twice, now he’s got 8 years as VP behind him

He wouldn’t be horrible imo but I just think we can do better. I’d pair Biden with a young liberal stalwart woman of color tho.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:09:21pm

I wish I could like Tulsi Gabbard. She grew up in Hawaii, she’s a surfer. But she also grew up in a very weird cult.

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:10:01pm

re: #56 HappyWarrior

Really frustrating that Bernie and Biden are the most popular. I like Biden but you got at perfectly why I don’t want him and Bernie is Bernie. A seventy plus year old white guy isn’t our future.

Name rec
And other than announcing, no one’s done much of anything

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:10:49pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

I wish I could like Tulsi Gabbard. She grew up in Hawaii, she’s a surfer. But she also grew up in a very weird cult.

She seemed very neat until I read more about her. She’s also awful on FP. Stupid naive people think she’s a dove. She’s anything but.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:11:09pm

re: #64 Man, DangerMan

Name rec
And other than announcing, no one’s done much of anything

Sure.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:16:56pm
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wrenchwench  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:17:26pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:17:34pm

Biden can get a spot on the next Dem administration. I like the guy. But I just don’t want him running for President.

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ObserverArt  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:18:43pm

re: #60 Dave In Austin

But don’t you think he’ had good counsel the last 10 yrs? I can accept that. I cant go any further left than Warren, and she’s a stretch for me. Again. Stability. Joe’s gaffs as opposed to…… What can you say to that? (chuckle..)

Come On Charles, who ya gonna push for and let’s talk about it. I’m by no means settled and prolly won’t be for a while.

What we need to be aware of is pissing off the younger people, people of color and women that are really being fired up by the more progressive types.

They are looking to the future that needs to be fixed and I am concerned you turn them off and we get a repeat of Trump.

They helped us take back the house, they can’t be lost in any amount if we want a right ass kicking of Trump and to take the Senate. There is strong momentum and I don’t know if Joe fits that and could stall it.

By the way, I am non-committal other than I have mentioned I would like no Sanders and not keen on Biden. But I will vote for the Democrat. I’m watching and worrying a bit because times are really fucking bizarre.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:18:46pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

I wish I could like Tulsi Gabbard. She grew up in Hawaii, she’s a surfer. But she also grew up in a very weird cult.

I didn’t know anything about that part till reading her Wikipedia entry just now. She’s an Hare Krishna devotee? I remember running into those people in Penn Station all the time when I was in college, trying to sell me a copy of the Bhagavad Gita for a “donation” of $10 or whatever. I told one guy I was a poor college student (quite true) and I needed that money to get home (also true), but could I keep the book anyway? He just grabbed the book out my hands, and walked away to find his next victim. That told me all I needed to know about the group.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:21:08pm

re: #59 Man, DangerMan

I won’t agree or disagree. Two things I like about biden:

And

While he tried and failed twice, now he’s got 8 years as VP behind him

and some 35/36 years as a senator

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:23:24pm

re: #68 wrenchwench

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Judge: Jail time for Florida man who attacked McDonald’s worker over straw

Almost as much as manafort. //

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retired cynic  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:26:23pm

Nancy LeTourneau has an article in Washington Monthly, Toward a More Balanced View of Joe Biden’s Legacy.

But the reason I am pointing it out specifically now is for a point our Boss made in the last thread, about Reagan being a racist.

For some historical context, Ronald Reagan was president and the biggest foreign policy issue at the time was the scourge of the apartheid government in South Africa. As violence against black citizens was on the rise, governments all over the world were being called upon to condemn apartheid and impose sanctions against the deplorable regime.

On July 22, 1986, Reagan gave a speech in which he soft-pedaled South Africa’s racist oppression and insisted that his policy of “constructive engagement” was best for that country’s black majority. He also refused to impose sanctions, which he described as “immoral and utterly repugnant” because they would hurt the people most in need of help. In response, Archbishop Desmond Tutu—who had won the Nobel Peace Prize two years earlier—issued a statement calling Reagan’s speech “utterly racist and totally disgusting.”

The next day, Reagan’s Secretary of State George Shultz appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to explain the administration’s position on South Africa. That is when Joe Biden had a defining moment of justified outrage.

Biden Shultz South Africa

Within a month of that exchange, Congress began debate on the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, which imposed sanctions against South Africa and included five preconditions for lifting the sanctions that would essentially end apartheid. The bill passed in both chambers but was vetoed by President Reagan. When the veto was overridden, it marked “the first time a sitting president had been so rebuked on foreign policy by Congress in the entire span of the 20th century.”

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dell*nix  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:27:27pm

re: #16 ObserverArt

A staple of SciFi books for decades.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:27:39pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

Anyone watching 60 Mins? Holy Shit!
The topic is Stem cell therapy for sickle cell anemia. They use a modified HIV virus to carry the therapy on the cellular level. And it looks like its working.

Science is so fucking cool sometimes.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:29:57pm

re: #71 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I didn’t know anything about that part till reading her Wikipedia entry just now. She’s an Hare Krishna devotee? I remember running into those people in Penn Station all the time when I was in college, trying to sell me a copy of the Bhagavad Gita for a “donation” of $10 or whatever. I told one guy I was a poor college student (quite true) and I needed that money to get home (also true), but could I keep the book anyway? He just grabbed the book out my hands, and walked away to find his next victim. That told me all I needed to know about the group.

Worse than Hare Krishna - an offshoot of Hare Krishna with a very obvious grifter playing the part of the “guru.”

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:30:56pm

OMG.

Megadeth announce 350-page graphic novel, Death by Design

In collaboration with Heavy Metal magazine!

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:31:13pm

re: #22 PhillyPretzel

Dick Van Dyke is on PBS.
whyy.org

Apparently his name is problematic on twitter: Dick and Dyke in the same post raises red flags.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:31:27pm

re: #77 Charles Johnson

Worse than Hare Krishna - an offshoot of Hare Krishna with a very obvious grifter playing the part of the “guru.”

And you just described 99% of all cults.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:31:48pm

re: #78 GlutenFreeJesus

That cover art is legit.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:32:23pm

re: #74 retired cynic

Great read. Let’s be honest. If Republicans controlled Congress, no sanctions would have been imposed on South Africa and we’d still have apartheid. Good on Biden for passionately demanding sanctions. I will have no problem voting for him should he be the Democratic nominee for President.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:33:07pm

re: #79 Barefoot Grin

Apparently his name is problematic on twitter: Dick and Dyke in the same post raises red flags.

Not trying to be funny. A British film critic said on his podcast that he was having tweets blocked recently discussing the new Mary Poppins film.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:33:18pm

I think that Biden’s greatest asset/talent is that he knows how Congress works and how he can make it work.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:34:17pm

re: #84 Backwoods_Sleuth

I think that Biden’s greatest asset/talent is that he knows how Congress works and how he can make it work.

He can only make it work if Dems are in control.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:34:25pm

re: #81 Eclectic Cyborg

That cover art is legit.

I am so excited for this. And holy cow, I was 9 years old when they formed?! lol

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Decatur Deb  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:35:19pm

re: #84 Backwoods_Sleuth

I think that Biden’s greatest asset/talent is that he knows how Congress works and how he can make it work.

And he knows a Big Fuk’n Deal when he sees one.

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nowherenorth2  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:40:24pm

re: #86 GlutenFreeJesus

Old thrash band of young’uns, i.e. my age (36) used to play hardcore and metal shows with my band. Used to cover “peace sells” all the time and it was glorious.

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nowherenorth2  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:41:13pm

re: #86 GlutenFreeJesus

And when that was going on it was 15 years ago. And peace sells was not considered hip

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William Lewis  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:41:27pm

Peeps up to date on intel laptops: i currently have a dell with a dual core celeron. Im looking at a used dell fot $120 - its got a i5-520m dual core 2.9ghz & i can stick my memory and disk from the old one into it. How big a perf boost would it be? 8gb ram and 1tb disk swapped in.

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wrenchwench  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:42:20pm

re: #79 Barefoot Grin

Apparently his name is problematic on twitter: Dick and Dyke in the same post raises red flags.

Today was the first time his name struck me as funny. And Mary Poppins was the first indoor movie I saw.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:42:33pm

re: #77 Charles Johnson

Worse than Hare Krishna - an offshoot of Hare Krishna with a very obvious grifter playing the part of the “guru.”

Oh boy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:44:06pm

heh

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makeitstop  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:48:23pm

re: #35 The Vicious Babushka

PROJECTING. LIKE. AN. IMAX. IN. OUTER. SPACE… SPACE… SPAAAAAAAACE….

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Geez, Maria. Pump another couple of gallons of filler into those lips, why doncha?

To think I actually liked her once upon a time.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:48:41pm
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Belafon  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:49:00pm

It’s really early in the process. IIRC, at this point in time Bill Clinton was a near unknown. We’ve got plenty of time for things to shake out. And we haven’t even had a debate.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:49:39pm

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:52:50pm

re: #95 Charles Johnson

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Aha. As soon as I see an Anglo name associated with an Eastern religion, I immediately conclude the Anglo is a grifter. About 90% of the time (using statistics pulled straight from my bunghole), it’s true. There are equivalent groups among Buddhists, as well.

“Science of Identity Foundation” sounds like some kind of Deepak Chopra-style woo-woo. too.

I’ll read that New Yorker piece later. Time for work here.

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DodgerFan1988  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:53:10pm

You mean to tell me Tucker Carlson is a misogynist asshole? I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:53:56pm

re: #99 DodgerFan1988

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You mean to tell me Tucker Carlson is a misogynist asshole? I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!

Who woulda thought?

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:56:14pm

re: #99 DodgerFan1988

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You mean to tell me Tucker Carlson is a misogynist asshole? I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!

In unearthed audio, Tucker Carlson makes numerous misogynistic and perverted comments

And the peasants rejoice!

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A hollow voice says, Collusion!  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:56:31pm

re: #90 William Lewis

Peeps up to date on intel laptops: i currently have a dell with a dual core celeron. Im looking at a used dell fot $120 - its got a i5-520m dual core 2.9ghz & i can stick my memory and disk from the old one into it. How big a perf boost would it be? 8gb ram and 1tb disk swapped in.

I’m not really up on this, but I did about the same upgrade path, and I noticed the difference. I can’t really quantify it beyond that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 10, 2019 • 6:58:11pm

re: #97 The Vicious Babushka

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A hollow voice says, Collusion!  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:00:48pm

re: #98 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Aha. As soon as I see an Anglo name associated with an Eastern religion, I immediately conclude the Anglo is a grifter. About 90% of the time (using statistics pulled straight from my bunghole), it’s true. There are equivalent groups among Buddhists, as well.

“Science of Identity Foundation” sounds like some kind of Deepak Chopra-style woo-woo. too.

I’ll read that New Yorker piece later. Time for work here.

In my experience, there are plenty of grifters irrespective of national origin. Also serious practitioners. I keep my waries on at all times.

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:09:13pm

re: #93 Backwoods_Sleuth

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heh

He thinks all that shit he’s signing is gonna be valuable after he’s dead

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:10:38pm

re: #96 Belafon

It’s really early in the process. IIRC, at this point in time Bill Clinton was a near unknown. We’ve got plenty of time for things to shake out. And we haven’t even had a debate.

It’s sort of the election equivalent to the Mueller report.
Nothing’s happened yet

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:12:13pm

re: #104 A hollow voice says, Collusion!

In my experience, there are plenty of grifters irrespective of national origin. Also serious practitioners. I keep my waries on at all times.

It’s a bias of mine, that a Westerner cannot really represent an Eastern religion authentically without being immersed in the culture and language from whence it comes. I assume the Westerner has only appropriated enough of the religion to be able to sell his or her own version of it to his fellow Westerners.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:12:41pm

Off to the office! BBL

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:21:50pm

re: #99 DodgerFan1988

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You mean to tell me Tucker Carlson is a misogynist asshole? I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!

Tucker will issue a meaningless apology since he clearly still holds the same views and Fox will forgive him.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:25:31pm

Puppies!!

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Jay C  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:28:30pm

re: #55 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Re: the OP: Ms Bee and Ms Hoggart nailed the Brexit debacle perfectly.

Britain will need a miracle to avoid the national disaster approaching in 19 days. At this point, only divine intervention can save them from self-inflicted injuries, and I doubt it is forthcoming.

How May is still PM baffles me.

I’m thinking that the answer to that last point is simply that Theresa May - awful as she is - is still seen as “less bad” than the alternative.
Which, come to think of it, is as depressing a thought as any…

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:30:32pm

I wonder if the local YMCA would kick me out.

World’s Most Dangerous Toy! RIP SAW RC CAR

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danarchy  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:37:08pm

re: #90 William Lewis

Peeps up to date on intel laptops: i currently have a dell with a dual core celeron. Im looking at a used dell fot $120 - its got a i5-520m dual core 2.9ghz & i can stick my memory and disk from the old one into it. How big a perf boost would it be? 8gb ram and 1tb disk swapped in.

I think that really depends on what model celeron.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:48:14pm

re: #111 Jay C

I’m thinking that the answer to that last point is simply that Theresa May - awful as she is - is still seen as “less bad” than the alternative.
Which, come to think of it, is as depressing a thought as any…

There isn’t another Tory with the reputation or character to take over and handle this — which is very sad. And Labour with Corbyn at the helm is even worse. The Western world is in dire straits and it’s not clear we can recover from Putin’s attack on our civilization.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 10, 2019 • 7:50:33pm

I am currently watching “Behind the Curve”, a Netflix documentary about Flat Earthers.

These people are nucking futs.

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Chrysicat  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:09:06pm
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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:10:48pm
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Chrysicat  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:11:44pm
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William Lewis  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:22:02pm

re: #113 danarchy

I think that really depends on what model celeron.

3205U 1.5 ghz, 2 core 2 thread.
vs
i5-520m 2.9 ghz 2 core 4 thread

I run a lot of emulators and a handful of games though my serious gaming is on a Nintendo Switch.

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Interesting Times  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:25:59pm

Ha:

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mmmirele  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:26:17pm

re: #99 DodgerFan1988

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You mean to tell me Tucker Carlson is a misogynist asshole? I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!

I’d like to introduce Tucker to a lawyer friend of mine. She’s over 70, lives in Southern Utah and has been a guardian ad litem for kids caught in legal tussles between a father who left Warren Jeffs’ polygamist sect and moms who were still in. As part of her guardian ad litem role, she went, with other attorneys, to Texas to attempt to take Warren Jeffs’ deposition. Jeffs was in “answer them nothing” mode, so she got nothing out of him except he was claiming his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself. She went back to court and recommended that the father be given primary, sole custody because the ex-wives could not guarantee that they wouldn’t turn the daughters over to other polygamists for underage sexual assault, or kick out their sons.

I think my friend Nadine would have VOLUMES to share with Tucker. Just VOLUMES.

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A hollow voice says, Collusion!  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:27:04pm

re: #107 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

It’s a bias of mine, that a Westerner cannot really represent an Eastern religion authentically without being immersed in the culture and language from whence it comes. I assume the Westerner has only appropriated enough of the religion to be able to sell his or her own version of it to his fellow Westerners.

Where I come from, there are Westerners who have been born and raised in the religion in question. And “Easterners” who look at the west with dollar signs in their eyes.

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fern01  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:29:49pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

PROJECTING LIKE AN IMAX IN OUTER SPACE… SPACE… SPACE…

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Is there nothing he will not blame Hillary Clinton for? Waiting for him to blame her for his failed marriages, his weight problem, the failure of his golf courses and the ugliness of his soul.

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fern01  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:31:09pm

re: #12 Barefoot Grin

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.”
GrahamCracker 400#ManInMomsBasement News.

There’s not one thread of evidence that President Trump has done anything right - #everyonewithaworkingbrain

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Teukka  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:36:38pm

re: #121 mmmirele

I’d like to introduce Tucker to a lawyer friend of mine. She’s over 70, lives in Southern Utah and has been a guardian ad litem for kids caught in legal tussles between a father who left Warren Jeffs’ polygamist sect and moms who were still in. As part of her guardian ad litem role, she went, with other attorneys, to Texas to attempt to take Warren Jeffs’ deposition. Jeffs was in “answer them nothing” mode, so she got nothing out of him except he was claiming his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself. She went back to court and recommended that the father be given primary, sole custody because the ex-wives could not guarantee that they wouldn’t turn the daughters over to other polygamists for underage sexual assault, or kick out their sons.

I think my friend Nadine would have VOLUMES to share with Tucker. Just VOLUMES.

Chainsaw? The most rusty chain?
And yeah, I know, hold the lubricants…
Also, will her enlightening him be pay-per-view?

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:43:56pm

re: #115 Eclectic Cyborg

I am currently watching “Behind the Curve”, a Netflix documentary about Flat Earthers.

These people are nucking futs.

It’s cross-pollination of poor science/geography education, mistrust of science and government authorities, delusional thinking, paranoia, and illogic.

And trying to talk sense to them is as fruitless as convincing a Creationist to accept evolution or a Trump supporter to accept his hero is a lying criminal.

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fern01  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:44:24pm

re: #59 Man, DangerMan

While he tried and failed twice, now he’s got 8 years as VP behind him

He can thank Pres Obama for that - He failed in the role of getting gun control into congress and what else did he do without Obama’s assistance? I find him underwhelming - but better than Bernie.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:47:17pm

re: #122 A hollow voice says, Collusion!

Where I come from, there are Westerners who have been born and raised in the religion in question. And “Easterners” who look at the west with dollar signs in their eyes.

Well, to be sure, that’s also true. I think the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi did pretty well for himself after he met The Beatles.

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A hollow voice says, Collusion!  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:51:52pm

re: #128 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Well, to be sure, that’s also true. I think the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi did pretty well for himself after he met The Beatles.

Good example.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 10, 2019 • 8:53:35pm

re: #126 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

It’s cross-pollination of poor science/geography education, mistrust of science and government authorities, delusional thinking, paranoia, and illogic.

And trying to talk sense to them is as fruitless as convincing a Creationist to accept evolution or a Trump supporter to accept his hero is a lying criminal.

The hilarious thing is that this documentary shows them trying several experiments to prove the earth is flat…and failing spectacularly.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:02:30pm

re: #130 Eclectic Cyborg

The hilarious thing is that this documentary shows them trying several experiments to prove the earth is flat…and failing spectacularly.

There was one kid online who tried to explain why water could not possibly stay on the ground in the southern hemisphere by pouring water over a globe of the Earth.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:04:01pm

This is not the video I was referring to, but it’s still related.

Flat Earth Theory - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 39

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:07:30pm

re: #109 Hecuba’s daughter

Tucker will issue a meaningless apology since he clearly still holds the same views and Fox will forgive him.

I was wrong — Tucker did not apologize at all. It’s the Trump way - do or say anything and never apologize no matter how vile the statement or action.

From Huffington Post:

The host responded to criticism over the clips late Sunday, moving to distance himself from them by saying he was simply caught “saying something naughty.”

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said in a statement to HuffPost. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:09:27pm

re: #131 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

There was one kid online who tried to explain why water could not possibly stay on the ground in the southern hemisphere by pouring water over a globe of the Earth.

IMO, noone capable of remembering to breathe actually believes the Earth is flat. They’re pure trolls, trying to get a rise out of everybody and laughing their asses off at the responses they get. Either that or they’re clinically psychotic. In either case, arguing with them is counterproductive.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:12:50pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:16:48pm

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danarchy  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:37:06pm

re: #119 William Lewis

3205U 1.5 ghz, 2 core 2 thread.
vs
i5-520m 2.9 ghz 2 core 4 thread

I run a lot of emulators and a handful of games though my serious gaming is on a Nintendo Switch.

The benchmarks seem to give the i5 520m an edge, but not a huge one. the i5 520m was released in 2010 and the celeron 3205u was released in 2015.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:49:09pm

John Oliver on robocalls.

dailymotion.com

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William Lewis  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:51:56pm

re: #137 danarchy

The benchmarks seem to give the i5 520m an edge, but not a huge one. the i5 520m was released in 2010 and the celeron 3205u was released in 2015.

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I’m thinking the 4 threads may do me more good than anything, depending on how well they’re used by Ubuntu.i’m having some nervousness about my video stability (getting white flashes randomly) so a used machine for $120 that can use the ram and disk I already have plus a speed bump? I was thinking about going AMD when this one died but this is even cheaper.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:52:26pm
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Dr Lizardo  Mar 10, 2019 • 9:53:06pm

re: #107 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

In some fairness, there are white Americans involved with Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which is a Japanese sect of Pure Land Buddhism. From what I recall, Jodo Shinshu is growing (slowly) with white American converts in parts of the West Coast.

When I lived in the US, there was a fellow, a white guy, who was the reverend of Oregon Buddhist Temple; he’d started off as an Episcopalian and found his way to Jodo Shinshu.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:00:43pm

re: #138 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

John Oliver on robocalls.

dailymotion.com

As usual, I watched John Oliver tonight and his special report was terrific; haven’t laughed so much in quite awhile. Maybe the FCC will actually take some action —- oh, wait, Trump is President— there will be no response.

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BeachDem  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:20:08pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

I wish I could like Tulsi Gabbard. She grew up in Hawaii, she’s a surfer. But she also grew up in a very weird cult.

She was the keynote at our state convention several years back and, although I can’t remember exactly what she said that struck a really negative note to me, I had a visceral negative reaction to her immediately.

I still haven’t committed totally, but Kamala Harris went a long way to convincing me when I saw/met her Friday. I was really impressed.

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:24:17pm

Off to work. Back later.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:34:20pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:34:52pm

re: #141 Dr Lizardo

In some fairness, there are white Americans involved with Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which is a Japanese sect of Pure Land Buddhism. From what I recall, Jodo Shinshu is growing (slowly) with white American converts in parts of the West Coast.

When I lived in the US, there was a fellow, a white guy, who was the reverend of Oregon Buddhist Temple; he’d started off as an Episcopalian and found his way to Jodo Shinshu.

Another branch, Kandampa (sp?) which has some connection to Tibetan Buddhism, is also very active in the USA, the UK and elsewhere. I saw an article recently alleging that the Beijing government is using Kandampa to undermine the Dalai Lama’s influence on Tibetan Buddhists.

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piratedan  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:36:34pm

I’m getting to the point where someone respected, beyond reproach is going to have to go before the nation and simply shame the NYT to go on the record and state that HRC is innocent of all of the shit that the GOP has been accusing her of….

namely… Seth Rich did not die at her behest, neither did Vince Foster
She and Bill did not break any laws with their Whitewater land deals
She did not break or violate any rules with her use of a personal server for e-mail
There is no malfeasance with the Uranium One transactions
There were no laws broken with her use of Confidential information while she was Secretary of State
She did nothing wrong with the reactions and responses to what took place in Benghazi

and the NYT (and every other fucking media outlet that “both sided” this bullshit to death) needs to simply come out and say so and then mea culpa themselves to indicate where the got it wrong and why and feel free to cite the laws that they implied were broken and then illustrate why her actions did not break ANY FUCKING LAWS.

now you and I both know that THIS will never happen, but until it does, this boil will never be lanced and the GOP will continue to operate as the Party of Grievances and be allowed to operate as if they’ve been wronged somehow.

I’m not saying that HRC is a saint or that I agree with the POV and policy provisions that she has embraced, but that’s just it, they are positions that can be debated and discussed and analyzed. Until the Media can own up to this (because I never expect the GOP) they will continue to kick this fucking can down the road as to make themselves irrelevant.

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freetoken  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:38:26pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:38:55pm

re: #145 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

The Lifelock guy learned how easily people could steal his identity after he famously posted his Social Security number in his advertisements to prove his confidence in his own system.

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Deep State SuperElite Satinist  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:40:21pm

re: #134 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

IMO, noone capable of remembering to breathe actually believes the Earth is flat. They’re pure trolls, trying to get a rise out of everybody and laughing their asses off at the responses they get. Either that or they’re clinically psychotic. In either case, arguing with them is counterproductive.

If only that were true.
This man is very sincere about his flat-earth beliefs.
He was also elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. Twice.

Simplest Irrefutable Flat Earth Proof

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:50:21pm

re: #150 Deep State SuperElite Satinist

If only that were true.
This man is very sincere about his flat-earth beliefs.
He was also elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. Twice.

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Video

Yikes!! Not only is he a fool — but so are the idiots who vote for him. He probably believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old too.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 10:55:49pm

re: #150 Deep State SuperElite Satinist

If only that were true.
This man is very sincere about his flat-earth beliefs.
He was also elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. Twice.

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Video

He may have studied math and have a JD, but he has clearly never flown an airplane and never learned anything in physics class about gravity. His first fallacy was the pilot has to “dip the nose” of the plane in order to maintain a constant altitude over a curved Earth. The second major whopper is the idea that a plane reaching Antarctica would be “upside down.”

These he calls irrefutable proof that the Earth is flat.

I swear, if you took these yokels out somewhere between the Earth and the Moon they would still find a way to deny the truth.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 10, 2019 • 11:01:32pm

!!!

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 10, 2019 • 11:04:10pm

re: #153 goddamnedfrank

!!!

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It’s a parody. The real domain for Trump Hotels is a .com address, not a .org address.

So it is spam.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 10, 2019 • 11:14:08pm

re: #151 Hecuba’s daughter

Yikes!! Not only is he a fool — but so are the idiots who vote for him. He probably believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old too.

I retract my insult of the voters — there is no evidence that he believed this nonsense in the 1990’s when he held office.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 10, 2019 • 11:25:38pm
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sagehen  Mar 10, 2019 • 11:33:15pm

re: #150 Deep State SuperElite Satinist

If only that were true.
This man is very sincere about his flat-earth beliefs.
He was also elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. Twice.

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Time for my occasional repost of a DK classic (from 2005):
dailykos.com
Tonight on Hardball… Planet Earth: Round or Flat?

excerpt:

CRANIUM: Chris, I have a PhD in astrophysics. I’ve worked for 20 years in this field. I consult at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena. I can speak on this issue with some authority. May I ask what Mr. Mehlman’s scientific credentials are?

MATTHEWS: Fair question. Ken?

MEHLMAN: I built a mini-volcano out of clay, baking soda and vinegar when I was a sophomore in high school.

CRANIUM: Chris, let me cut to the chase. The Earth is round. I can show you satellite photos. We’ve taken pictures of the Earth from the moon. We have astronauts orbiting the Earth in the international space station. Mr. Mehlman can call them up and ask them if the Earth is round or flat.

MATTHEWS: Ken, your response?

MEHLMAN: I’ll respond to that specifically in a minute, Chris. But I first want to respond to something the professor said earlier. He said he consults for a laboratory in Pasadena.

MATTHEWS: Yes, he did. Please go on.

MEHLMAN: Pasadena is very close to Hollywood — home of Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen and Rob Reiner. That tells you a little bit about where the professor is coming from.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 11, 2019 • 12:39:56am
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freetoken  Mar 11, 2019 • 12:40:46am

May’s own party is pleading with her to not hang herself:

Tories tell Theresa May to cancel tomorrow’s meaningful vote

British politics is so messed up.

I can only gather that what we are seeing is some fitful throws of at the end of a dying empire, where revanchist longings will crash into walls of reality.

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freetoken  Mar 11, 2019 • 1:01:24am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 1:08:50am

re: #29 freetoken

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

We also had a Sunday afternoon program on WGN in Chicago, Family Classics, which features greats like Lassie, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, Sink the Bismarck, Around the World in 80 Days, The TIme Machine: all the favorite movies of my childhood.

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Dread Pirate Whitebeard  Mar 11, 2019 • 1:50:07am
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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:09:29am

I’m rather late to the Biden discussion, but wanted to add my two cents. My opposition to his running is largely that his “good” poll numbers right now are due to the image created in the Obama years of his being the “funky grandpa” who was satirized as washing a Trans-Am on the White House lawn or pictured with a biker mama on his lap. He earned himself a lot of good will in those years and I think that’s why he looks to a lot of people like a good choice.

You get him in the race and that satirized view of him dissolves into the reality of the cranky grandpa who rants on Christmas morning about how he doesn’t understand why the grandkids can’t be happy with the new set of encyclopedias he got them and keep wanting those damned “Mephones.” The kinda guy who, on a stage with several younger candidates talking about the need for bold initiatives, talking about “working across the aisle” to achieve “bipartisan reform” because he’s got a long career of working with Republicans and can find “common ground.” It’s not really going to help us convince voters that things like Medicare for All are realistic alternatives to the status quo when the front-runner is up on stage arguing that that’s “too much too fast” and suggesting we tinker around the edges of the current system instead because it means people can keep their insurance if they want to.

As for his long career, let’s be honest, do any of us really look forward to inevitable campaign commercials of clips from 30-40 years ago of Joe arguing for topics ranging from “traditional marriage” to “strong border control”? We can’t exactly say at this point that shit said 30 years ago isn’t relevant today, because we’re crucifying our own for year book photos.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:16:02am

re: #162 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

Iran President Rouhani in Baghdad to ‘expand ties with Iraq’

Isn’t this the very reason over 4,000 Americans died in Iraq?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:25:22am

re: #163 Targetpractice

Too much baggage, and it will all be turned against him by both the idealist left and the ratfucking right.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:26:31am

re: #159 freetoken

May’s own party is pleading with her to not hang herself:

Tories tell Theresa May to cancel tomorrow’s meaningful vote

British politics is so messed up.

I can only gather that what we are seeing is some fitful throws of at the end of a dying empire, where revanchist longings will crash into walls of reality.

I genuinely don’t know who they’re trying to fool with this shit. They signed onto this suicide pact when they allowed her to survive the no-confidence vote, it’s a little late to now act as though they’re concerned by her leadership. The time to put a stop to this came and went.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:27:55am

re: #166 Targetpractice

I genuinely don’t know who they’re trying to fool with this shit. They signed onto this suicide pact when they allowed her to survive the no-confidence vote, it’s a little late to now act as though they’re concerned by her leadership. The time to put a stop to this came and went.

They have a choice between backing down, admitting they made a mistake and losing face, or tanking the economy and causing unnecessary suffering.

What do you think a politician is going to choose in that situation?

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 2:31:25am

re: #167 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They have a choice between backing down, admitting they made a mistake and losing face, or tanking the economy and causing unnecessary suffering.

What do you think a politician is going to choose in that situation?

They don’t have a choice, the economy has been in a slow-motion crisis for months now, ever since she revealed the “deal” the EU gave her. The Tories are just debating now about how shitty they will allow the situation to become before they beg Brussels to let them back in.

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steve_davis  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:21:32am

re: #29 freetoken

Sunday afternoon and life is slow and easy…

When I was little, I remember watching (on b&w TV) Disney and the early Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. That was the late afternoon/early evenings of Sundays for me.

it was half-an-hour of Wild Kingdom, followed at 8 by Disney. Normally, there was a Volare commercial in there, sung I’m guessing by Perry Como, then fireworks going off around the magic kingdom. Kind of cool, actually, at least if you were around 7 at the time.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:30:36am

re: #161 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We also had a Sunday afternoon program on WGN in Chicago, Family Classics, which features greats like Lassie, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, Sink the Bismarck, Around the World in 80 Days, The TIme Machine: all the favorite movies of my childhood.

I remember seeing Ivanhoe, the movie, on TV when I was a kid. And I remembered we had a copy of the novel, which my grandfather had bought. So I decided to read the book, and surprisingly, it was pretty entertaining to a bookish 10-year-old such as I.

It also helped me appreciate Prince Valiant (the comic strip) a little better.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:32:39am

re: #169 steve_davis

it was half-an-hour of Wild Kingdom, followed at 8 by Disney. Normally, there was a Volare commercial in there, sung I’m guessing by Perry Como, then fireworks going off around the magic kingdom. Kind of cool, actually, at least if you were around 7 at the time.

Wasn’t that also Bonanza night? Too lazy to look up old TV schedules.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:33:52am

To be honest, I watched way too much TV as a kid. But I also read a lot of books, including comics, so there’s that.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:36:49am

Would Obama be eligible as a VP candidate? Just curious.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:38:06am

re: #173 Dave In Austin

Would Obama be eligible as a VP candidate? Just curious.

There’s nothing in the Constitution to prevent it, but no one has ever done it before.

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Chrysicat  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:39:47am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:41:11am

re: #174 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

There’s nothing in the Constitution to prevent it, but no one has ever done it before.

Would he be eligible to assume the Presidency?

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Dave In Austin  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:48:20am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Would he be eligible to assume the Presidency?

If not, it would prolly just roll to the SOTH.

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steve_davis  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:48:37am

re: #90 William Lewis

Peeps up to date on intel laptops: i currently have a dell with a dual core celeron. Im looking at a used dell fot $120 - its got a i5-520m dual core 2.9ghz & i can stick my memory and disk from the old one into it. How big a perf boost would it be? 8gb ram and 1tb disk swapped in.

if it’s a Dell, you will more than likely discover that you can’t stick anything in it because parts may be glued in. Same issue as to why I’ll never buy another Macbook. I literally can’t upgrade because the fuckers glued stuff in. I’ll just have MainGear build me a custom rig next time I need a laptop.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:53:52am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Would he be eligible to assume the Presidency?

Good question. He would be able to run for election as president, but succeeding a sitting pres as the VP I assume would be OK. But I am not a Con lawyer, so you can safely ignore me on this point.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:54:26am

re: #179 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Good question. He would be able to run for election as president, but succeeding a sitting pres as the VP I assume would be OK. But I am not a Con lawyer, so you can safely ignore me on this point.

I believe there is a two-term lifetime limit.

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Chrysicat  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:55:19am

re: #178 steve_davis

if it’s a Dell, you will more than likely discover that you can’t stick anything in it because parts may be glued in. Same issue as to why I’ll never buy another Macbook. I literally can’t upgrade because the fuckers glued stuff in. I’ll just have MainGear build me a custom rig next time I need a laptop.

I’ve never heard of a hard-drive being glued in place rather than being screwed in via an enclosure, and I’d suspect that it wouldn’t be possible because laptop-size drives invariably have their circuit board exposed on their underside. I’ve heard of enclosures that require proprietary screws, sure (OHAI, ASUS! Wanna know why I went HP Omen for my new machine?), but William isn’t suggesting switching motherboard components or anything like that, just a literal brain transplant. And considering I know people whose computers’ cases contain data drives that once included a Win95 portion, I suspect that’s a thing that really is done.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 3:55:49am

re: #175 Chrysicat

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Even the DC-10, which had the worst domestic airline accident in US history (Flight 191), didn’t notch a fatal accident until 2 years after introduction.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 4:06:23am

re: #181 Chrysicat

If you look hard enough, you can always find drivers for proprietary screws.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 4:11:11am

re: #182 Targetpractice

Even the DC-10, which had the worst domestic airline accident in US history (Flight 191), didn’t notch a fatal accident until 2 years after introduction.

If the WaPo article I cited earlier is correct, it seems Boeing did not include a manual override for the fly-by-wire system. So, you’ve got pilots knowing something is very wrong, but having no way to correct the problem. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max jets pending an investigation, and I think they all should be grounded worldwide until Boeing fixes the problem. It does not seem to be pilot error or a mechanical failure, but a systems failure.

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Shropshire Slasher  Mar 11, 2019 • 4:13:43am

Start of the news week cycle, time for the release of the Mueller report.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 4:18:00am

re: #184 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

If the WaPo article I cited earlier is correct, it seems Boeing did not include a manual override for the fly-by-wire system. So, you’ve got pilots knowing something is very wrong, but having no way to correct the problem. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max jets pending an investigation, and I think they all should be grounded worldwide until Boeing fixes the problem. It does not seem to be pilot error or a mechanical failure, but a systems failure.

Honestly, it sounds like another case of a company deciding that the users are either A) too stupid to know better than the computer or B) can’t be trusted not to override the computer in an emergency.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:25:32am

re: #184 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

If the WaPo article I cited earlier is correct, it seems Boeing did not include a manual override for the fly-by-wire system. So, you’ve got pilots knowing something is very wrong, but having no way to correct the problem. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max jets pending an investigation, and I think they all should be grounded worldwide until Boeing fixes the problem. It does not seem to be pilot error or a mechanical failure, but a systems failure.

I don’t even like drive by wire technology. I want a cable connecting the gas pedal to the carburetor. I drove a Prius in the snow once and if the wheels started slipping it just disabled the accelerator…super fuckin’ dangerous. Having airplanes behave the same scares the crap out of me.

Oh, and good morning everyone.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:45:13am
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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:48:23am

re: #158 Dread Pirate Whitebeard

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:49:13am

re: #188 darthstar

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He’s all they got. Unless he bows out before next year, he is the guy they have to carry across the finish line because otherwise they’re left with a Dem president with a Dem House, meaning nothing they want is going to happen for a minimum of 4 years.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:49:38am

re: #160 freetoken

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:50:27am

re: #184 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

If the WaPo article I cited earlier is correct, it seems Boeing did not include a manual override for the fly-by-wire system. So, you’ve got pilots knowing something is very wrong, but having no way to correct the problem. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max jets pending an investigation, and I think they all should be grounded worldwide until Boeing fixes the problem. It does not seem to be pilot error or a mechanical failure, but a systems failure.

That’s insane. Who in hell thought that would be a good idea? Seriously, there always needs to be some kind of manual override for emergency situations.

I agree - those jets need to be grounded pronto until the problem can be fixed.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:51:57am

re: #173 Dave In Austin

Would Obama be eligible as a VP candidate? Just curious.

No. The purpose of the VP is to take over for president. Since he’s served eight years, he would be ineligible to finish more than two years, which means he could not take over at the beginning of the term.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:55:50am
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jeffreyw  Mar 11, 2019 • 5:58:42am

Good morning!

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:01:57am
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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:03:27am

re: #195 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Your birds are getting fat.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:04:26am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:06:28am

re: #198 Belafon

What people actually mean when they say they want “non-political” comics like when they were kids is that they’re devastated to have woken up one day as an adult, read a comic book, and realized they’d grown up to become the kind of person their childhood hero punches in the face

Captain America was totally non-political.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:12:34am

re: #198 Belafon

People who complain that other people are snowflakes and too sensitive sure seem to be mighty sensitive and snowflakey about lots of stuff.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:13:41am

re: #200 Sir John Barron

People who complain that other people are snowflakes and too sensitive sure seem to be mighty sensitive and snowflakey about lots of stuff.

They have a view of how the world is supposed to be, mainly a rose-tinted image of an America that never was, and are upset to see that much of it has changed.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:14:14am

re: #159 freetoken

May’s own party is pleading with her to not hang herself:

Tories tell Theresa May to cancel tomorrow’s meaningful vote

British politics is so messed up.

I can only gather that what we are seeing is some fitful throws of at the end of a dying empire, where revanchist longings will crash into walls of reality.

American: American politics sure is messed up.

Brit: Hold our tea…

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:16:55am

re: #202 Sir John Barron

What an utter shitshow.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:19:53am

re: #203 Dr Lizardo

What an utter shitshow.

May needs to accept that she’s going to be leaving office soon, yank the whole Brexit idea, let the leavers bitch and moan for a few weeks, then England can get back to being its whingy self.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:26:56am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. The UK and EU are hurtling towards a disaster and no one is at the helm in the UK as Brexit has a life all its own and no one seems to have the rational idea that it is a fucked up bulkshit idea that no one who proffered it in the first place knows how to make it happen, and all the excuses for doing it don’t hold up to the slightest scrutiny.

Brexit is a disaster that wouldn’t help the UK, and weakens the EU. Who in the world would possibly want something like that.

This guy:

Wait… no that one… This guy:

Meanwhile, Trump just released his budget proposal, and it’s DOA. He didn’t even bother to provide enough information for analysts to do a thoughtful analysis of the POS, but it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even pass the smell test - namely massive and deep cuts everywhere but a $8.7 billion demand for his boondoggle wall.

He got none of that while the GOP were in control of Congress, and now with a split in Congress, that’s got even less chance of success.

So, that means that Tucker Carlson is going to be the next head of the WH Comms shop? Yeah, I know. He’s a misogynistic pussbucket of bigotry and racism.

Exactly. That’s the kind of guy Trump wants around his shitshow. Carlson is under attack for a whole range of insane comments made over the years (as if this is a new revelation), and Fox will stand by him (for now). This is the same org that stood by sex predators all around the organization, and turned the entire network into an agitprop outlet that seeks to sway an audience of one - Trump - but has also weaponized an entire generation and population of viewers who listen to this misinformation and agitprop for decades. These are the people impervious to facts or logic.

Nothing will get through to them - except deprogramming.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:28:15am

re: #205 lawhawk

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:28:41am

Oh, and Trump’s back to quoting Graham Ledger? The OAN kook whose grasp with reality is to the right of Fox?

That Graham Ledger?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:28:44am

re: #202 Sir John Barron

American: American politics sure is messed up.

Brit: Hold our tea…

Lots of people find in the UK say that it would be a mockery of the principles of Democracy to hold another referendum.

But this is not just a case of “We didn’t get the result we wanted so we are holding it again until we get the correct answer”.

This is a case of “We promised you a better deal, but now we can offer you only chaos, tariffs, tears, toil and sweat!”

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:29:33am

Back later….off to teach.

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jeffreyw  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:30:21am

re: #197 darthstar

Your birds are getting fat.

I asked that fellow to show off his red belly. He may have fluffed it out for the intended audience - those who would mistakenly call him a red headed woodpecker. Anyway, he says, the suet cake is dessert and not a main course.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:34:13am

re: #210 jeffreyw

I asked that fellow to show off his red belly. He may have fluffed it out for the intended audience - those who would mistakenly call him a red headed woodpecker. Anyway, he says, the suet cake is dessert and not a main course.

I hate to think what your monthly bird feed costs are. But I admire your dedication to treating them well.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:34:35am

re: #210 jeffreyw

I asked that fellow to show off his red belly. He may have fluffed it out for the intended audience - those who would mistakenly call him a red headed woodpecker. Anyway, he says, the suet cake is dessert and not a main course.

He is also probably quite adamant against pineapple on pizza.

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:35:28am

re: #212 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

He is also probably quite adamant against pineapple on pizza.

Try it. You’ll like it. It really isn’t that bad.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:35:29am

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darthstar  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:35:50am

re: #213 darthstar

Try it. You’ll like it. It really isn’t that bad.

And I know…Canadian bacon isn’t really bacon at all.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:39:55am

re: #206 Belafon

Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again.

We hope he learned his lesson.

Narrator: He has not now nor will he ever learn any lesson

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:40:03am

re: #202 Sir John Barron

American: American politics sure is messed up.

Brit: Hold our tea…

The sun is finally setting on the British Empire.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:42:54am

re: #213 darthstar

Try it. You’ll like it. It really isn’t that bad.

I have. I like it

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:44:39am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:47:04am

Women are beginning to stand up and say No to the GOP in Mississippi.

theguardian.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:47:40am

re: #217 Joe Bacon 🌹

The sun is finally setting on the British Empire.

The sun may be setting on Great Britain: Let’s see what happens to Scotland and Northern Ireland after this fiasco.

Evergreen Yeats:
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity”

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jeffreyw  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:49:41am

re: #211 darthstar

I hate to think what your MrsJ’s monthly bird feed costs are. But I admire your dedication to treating them well.

I have no idea what the monthly bill is and am of sound mind so I do not question it.

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Jay C  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:51:17am

re: #217 Joe Bacon 🌹

The sun is finally setting on the British Empire.

The sun set on that particular polity decades ago - the Brexit fiasco is just going to be turning out the lights: probably for good.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:53:31am

re: #223 Jay C

The sun set on that particular polity decades ago - the Brexit fiasco is just going to be turning out the lights: probably for good.

England is just following in the footsteps of the Ottoman, Spanish, French and Dutch empires.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:58:01am

The flu hit me Friday night slept a lot on Saturday and Sunday. Now waiting for a Dr appt. If I eat any more chicken soup I’m going to sprout feathers…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 6:59:05am

re: #224 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

England is just following in the footsteps of the Ottoman, Spanish, French and Dutch empires.

Brexit was a lot about National Identity and how they would rather accept economic disadvantages in order to be able to keep the foreigners out and not let Brussels tell them how to pack their cucumbers.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:01:16am

re: #226 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Brexit was a lot about National Identity and how they would rather accept economic disadvantages in order to be able to keep the foreigners out and not let Brussels tell them how to pack their cucumbers.

Well, the foreigners are leaving, along with their businesses and goods, and so are those continental cucumbers. Tally ho!

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Jay C  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:09:38am

re: #224 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

England is just following in the footsteps of the Ottoman, Spanish, French and Dutch empires.

Yeah, but most of those Empires bit the dust as a result of destructive wars - either civil or external. The Brits are unusual in that their final dissolution will have been entirely self-inflicted.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:11:12am

re: #184 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

If the WaPo article I cited earlier is correct, it seems Boeing did not include a manual override for the fly-by-wire system. So, you’ve got pilots knowing something is very wrong, but having no way to correct the problem. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max jets pending an investigation, and I think they all should be grounded worldwide until Boeing fixes the problem. It does not seem to be pilot error or a mechanical failure, but a systems failure.

I didn’t read the WaPo article; the news (radio) was discussing the Lion Air accident and a new(?) anti-stall safety mechanism that Boeing had installed that was activating and that the pilots weren’t able to respond properly. Part of the Lion Air accident was being attributed to a pilot training error? And, that while the there are similarities to the accident from Jakarta to the one from Addis Ababa, too much is still unknown about the second crash.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:13:14am

re: #195 jeffreyw

Beautiful red-bellied woodpecker.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:14:56am

I should begin spring cleaning today but instead I’m sitting here while I take a thousand hours to finish my coffee.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:19:41am

re: #229 Colère Tueur de Lapin

I didn’t read the WaPo article; the news (radio) was discussing the Lion Air accident and a new(?) anti-stall safety mechanism that Boeing had installed that was activating and that the pilots weren’t able to respond properly. Part of the Lion Air accident was being attributed to a pilot training error? And, that while the there are similarities to the accident from Jakarta to the one from Addis Ababa, too much is still unknown about the second crash.

As I understood it, the mechanism or system was mistakenly assuming the plane was in a stall situation on takeoff, and forcing the nose down to end the stall. There was no way for the pilots to override the system, at least within the scant seconds required to avoid slamming into the ground.

A somewhat similar issue affected a Korean airliner on approach to SFO a few years back. The pilot was overly confident in the plane’s automatic landing system, which somehow got into its electronic head that the ground was further away than it really was. The co-pilot noticed something was wrong, but was unable to get the pilot to switch off the auto-landing program in time. IIRC two passengers died — both high school students from China going to a summer program in the States.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:20:59am

re: #231 The Vicious Babushka

I should begin spring cleaning today but instead I’m sitting here while I take a thousand hours to finish my coffee.

I vote for drinking the coffee at a leisurely pace. Grab another cup after you finish that one!

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:21:55am

re: #211 darthstar

I hate to think what your monthly bird feed costs are. But I admire your dedication to treating them well.

I don’t know what Jeff spends; me: $8 of 10 suet cakes lasts quite a while. I go through a 40 lb bags of millet/sunflower mix and a 40lb heavy sunflower mix in about 2-3 months, safflower seed lasts quite a lot longer. Squirrel food is rationed, they’d eat me out of house and home. 50lb bag of peanuts and 20lb bags critter food doled out in the peanut ring and 5gal mason jar feeder. The squirrel-go-round gets restocked as a function of motivation.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:26:30am
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:30:12am

re: #235 lawhawk

He’s reaching on this one. He had a senior moment, and he’s trying to paint it as a clever idea. How much faster is Tim/Apple than Tim Cook of Apple? Will he refer to world leaders as Teresa Britain or Emanuel France now?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:30:21am

re: #235 lawhawk

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:33:59am

re: #237 The Vicious Babushka

In my house, if you don’t make fun of your flubs, someone else will.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:34:15am

Of course there’ll be another Trump-Kim Jong Un summit. Trump needs to deflect from his failures by engaging in more photo ops.

But there’s zero evidence that Trump listens to anyone providing advice, let alone technical advice. If he did that, there wouldn’t have been a first or second summit - because Jong Un wasn’t giving up its nuclear program and all of the concessions have been made (and kept by Trump) while Jong Un is right back where he was before the summit - ready to conduct tests and expanding his missile and nuclear programs.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:38:52am

re: #239 lawhawk

Trump, like any good used car salesman, keeps coming back with a new pitch in hopes that you will buy his product. It’s worked with so many people that he just doesn’t get why it won’t work with Kim.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:40:37am

re: #240 Belafon

Trump, like any good used car salesman, keeps coming back with a new pitch in hopes that you will buy his product. It’s worked with so many people that he just doesn’t get why it won’t work with Kim.

Trump’s a one-trick pony.

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William Lewis  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:53:21am

re: #231 The Vicious Babushka

Hey, thanks for the idea last night. The thought of hash sounded so good I made myself some from my own leftovers. So it was good inspiration.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:55:37am

Trump doesn’t quite get that Kim doesn’t take him seriously anymore. Between dropping the preconditions for face-to-face talks and treating the dismantling of old/outdated sites as major “accomplishments,” Kim knows that he doesn’t have to offer much for Trump to be happy. After all, what’s Donny going to do? Threaten to go to war? Not a chance, he’s too invested in being seen as a “peacemaker” with North Korea to do such a thing. So Kim will keep stringing him along, working to find that one thing that will be enough to get the sanctions lifted.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:56:57am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 7:57:29am

re: #228 Jay C

Yeah, but most of those Empires bit the dust as a result of destructive wars - either civil or external. The Brits are unusual in that their final dissolution will have been entirely self-inflicted.

Their decline can be directly traced to WWs 1 and 2, but yes, after losing their Empire they lost their sense of scale. They really thought that Europe would give them a sweetheart deal to keep them as close to the Union as possible, and failed to see that the EU had no incentive to anything but make an example of them for any other nation considering their own Spexit, Portexit, Italiexit, Frexit, Monacexit, Andorrexit, Luxembexit, etc…

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steve_davis  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:11:53am

re: #40 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Two of my buddies in high school had practiced a series of segues adapted from the show, with one guy playing Marlin and the other, poor hapless Jim.
“Just as the mother hippo protects her young by trampling the human interloper …”
{Jim screams in agony}
“… so too can you protect your loved ones with life insurance from Mutual of Omaha.”

oh god, poor jim! “while i remain safely in the helicopter overhead, Jim will make his way down the narrow tunnel into the lion’s den. We’re fairly confident the mother lion is out hunting at the moment…..fairly confident. Better than 50 percent.”

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:11:56am

re: #244 Patricia Kayden

Maybe we should start describing it as being discriminated for, and that it is a form of discrimination because it means you’re getting accolades for being mediocre.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:15:15am

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

PROJECTING LIKE AN IMAX IN OUTER SPACE… SPACE… SPACE…

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c’mon then, donny… just shut down the federal investigations, you know you want to, you know you can get a hack lawyer to tell you that it’s legal, even under these circumstances. just do it you whiny little bitch.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:16:48am

re: #244 Patricia Kayden

[Embedded content]

“So how are they being discriminated against?”

“They’re getting passed over for jobs! And promotions!”

“Yeah, and my kid got turned away from admission to a college he wanted to go to! But he says the black kid who did worse than him got in!”

“And the black girl at the McDonald’s counter was so rude to me! Just because I needed more time to figure out what I wanted!”

“You ever think that you’re just facing what minorities have faced for decades?”

“NO! IT’S SO MUCH WORSE!!!”

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retired cynic  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:20:23am

This is gorgeous: apod.nasa.gov

And while you are there, look at the one for today!

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:20:37am

re: #244 Patricia Kayden

there’s long been a persecution complex among a certain segment of conservatives, particularly those of the Christianist variety. They see anyone getting equal protection under the law as somehow invalidating their rights or as discrimination against them (this was a big current in the ACA contraception mandate cases). Every once in a while, you’d see it pop up when discussing things like affirmative action, but mostly on the fringe (either because it was a fringe opinion (the mythical “reverse discrimination”) or because those speaking were smart enough to know it was an opinion you couldn’t share in polite company). But as the GOP and the conservative movement has become Trumpified, and no longer represents any sort of intellectually driven (I know, I know) ideology and is instead now just a grievance based movement, this shit has become mainstreamed in the party. Which is also why the party is likely shrinking rather than growing.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:22:35am

Also, just because:

Daylight savings is stupid. Just stupid, stupid, stupid.

Can we just agree to either fall back on last time in whatever month it is that we do that, or just make this the last time we spring forward?

I don’t even care either way, I’ll adjust to stupidly early sunrises or stupidly late sunrises, but for fuck’s sake, can we just pick one?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:22:40am

re: #244 Patricia Kayden

There’s a distinct difference between being “discriminated against” and “being knocked down a peg or two in the power structure and getting pissed off about it.”

Whites are used to having all the advantages, now they are starting to lose them to due to demographic shifts. That’s not discrimination, that’s reality.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:22:43am

It also goes back to the very founding myth of America: the Puritans did not come to America to escape religious persecution, they came here so they could practice their own form of fundamentalist religious persecution without interference from other people who did not share their views.

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Jay C  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:22:45am

re: #245 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Their decline can be directly traced to WWs 1 and 2, but yes, after losing their Empire they lost their sense of scale. They really thought that Europe would give them a sweetheart deal to keep them as close to the Union as possible, and failed to see that the EU had no incentive to anything but make an example of them for any other nation considering their own Spexit, Portexit, Italiexit, Frexit, Monacexit, Andorrexit, Luxembexit, etc…

In short, the Brexit crowd “assumed” that the EU needed them more than they needed the EU.

But you’re right about that sense of scale: the British (well, the English in particular) have always had a superior , and very (literally) insular attitude towards “the Continent”. They seem to think that post-Brexit Britain is going to be something like it was in the Edwardian heyday: when it’s far more likely that it will revert to its really old (say, pre-Jacobean) status: i.e. a second-tier power on the geographic and political fringes of Europe. Too big to be ignored, but not powerful enough to be a Major Player.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:24:33am

re: #255 Jay C

In short, the Brexit crowd “assumed” that the EU needed them more than they needed the EU.

But you’re right about that sense of scale: the British (well, the English in particular) have always had a superior , and very (literally) insular attitude towards “the Continent”. They seem to think that post-Brexit Britain is going to be something like it was in the Edwardian heyday: when it’s far more likely that it will revert to it’s really old (say, pre-Jacobean) status: i.e. a second-tier power on the geographic and political fringes of Europe. Too big to be ignored, but not powerful enough to be a Major Player.

Even in its heyday in the 19th Century, Britain needed Continental allies. They have just severed all ties with them.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:25:03am

re: #249 Targetpractice

re: #244 Patricia Kayden

Sometimes I think we are one decision away from the Supreme Court reinstituting Plessy vs Ferguson.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:30:03am

re: #257 Hecuba’s daughter

Sometimes I think we are one decision away from the Supreme Court reinstituting Plessy vs Ferguson.

I mean, theoretically, we always are. But the difference is that it would be much harder to justify a Plessy style decision in light of the 14th Amendment and the widely accepted legal opinion that the 14th Amendment was specifically designed to overturn Plessy was very wrongly decided in light of the 14th Amendment. Also, as conservatives will likely find if/when an abortion ban law comes before the Supreme Court, it’s much harder to unwind/undo a recognized fundamental/constitutional right than it is to reject it before it is recognized. Even scaling it back is rather difficult.

We saw that, a bit, with same sex marriage a decade ago. Telling someone they have a right and then saying “on second thought, not so much” is almost always a means to failure.

Edited because I have too much blood in my caffeine system this morning.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:32:44am
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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:34:01am

re: #255 Jay C

In short, the Brexit crowd “assumed” that the EU needed them more than they needed the EU.

But you’re right about that sense of scale: the British (well, the English in particular) have always had a superior , and very (literally) insular attitude towards “the Continent”. They seem to think that post-Brexit Britain is going to be something like it was in the Edwardian heyday: when it’s far more likely that it will revert to it’s really old (say, pre-Jacobean) status: i.e. a second-tier power on the geographic and political fringes of Europe. Too big to be ignored, but not powerful enough to be a Major Player.

What the Brexit crowd assumed (and the Tories discovered was bullshit) was that they didn’t need to deal with the “elites” in Brussels, they could just bypass them and go straight to Berlin, to Paris, to Rome, and pressure the individual states of the EU to give them beneficial deals or at least keep things consistent with the existing status quo. What they found was a very unreceptive audience, as most of continental Europe already thinks the Brits received special treatment in the EU (ex: Keeping the pound rather than converting to the Euro) and so see their bellyaching now about losing “sovereignty” as the squalling of a spoiled child rather than an oppressed state. It would be like Merkel exclaiming tomorrow that the German people feel as though they’re not getting a fair shake from Brussels and they’re thinking about leaving.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:34:38am

re: #259 Patricia Kayden

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Shorter tweet: Trump setting up his funniest joke yet.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:37:05am

re: #259 Patricia Kayden

He’s looking to gut Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP. Each would see massive and deep cuts.

Trump’s policies are DOA, but had they any chance of being passed, it would mean more people dying from lack of health coverage, medically induced bankruptcies, and more starvation.

Trump thinks gutting SNAP would help.

SNAP benefits are one of the most efficient and effective programs out there. For every $1 spent by the feds, it creates $1.40 in economic activity.

But yeah, Trump also wants to spend $8.7 billion for his boondoggle wall.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:38:22am

re: #258 KGxvi

I mean, theoretically, we always are. But the difference is that it would be much harder to justify a Plessy style decision in light of the 14th Amendment and the widely accepted legal opinion that the 14th Amendment was specifically designed to overturn Plessy. Also, as conservatives will likely find if/when an abortion ban law comes before the Supreme Court, it’s much harder to unwind/undo a recognized fundamental/constitutional right than it is to reject it before it is recognized. Even scaling it back is rather difficult.

We saw that, a bit, with same sex marriage a decade ago. Telling someone they have a right and then saying “on second thought, not so much” is almost always a means to failure.

14th Amendment was passed decades before the Plessy decision.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:38:54am

re: #254 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It also goes back to the very founding myth of America: the Puritans did not come to America to escape religious persecution, they came here so they could practice their own form of fundamentalist religious persecution without interference from other people who did not share their views.

They were “persecuted” because other (Trinitarian, Protestant) sects were tolerated.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:39:18am

re: #260 Targetpractice

What the Brexit crowd assumed (and the Tories discovered was bullshit) was that they didn’t need to deal with the “elites” in Brussels, they could just bypass them and go straight to Berlin, to Paris, to Rome, and pressure the individual states of the EU to give them beneficial deals or at least keep things consistent with the existing status quo. What they found was a very unreceptive audience, as most of continental Europe already thinks the Brits received special treatment in the EU (ex: Keeping the pound rather than converting to the Euro) and so see their bellyaching now about losing “sovereignty” as the squalling of a spoiled child rather than an oppressed state. It would be like Merkel exclaiming tomorrow that the German people feel as though they’re not getting a fair shake from Brussels and they’re thinking about leaving.

That’s a funny piece of repeating history right there. One of the reasons the US Constitution was created to replace the Articles of the Confederation is that the British were going to individual states and negotiating separate deals with each one of them, weakening the newly formed union.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:39:25am

re: #260 Targetpractice

In fairness, there are 9 EU members that don’t use the Euro. The UK and Denmark have a special exemption under the original treaty creating the Euro. And the EU hasn’t actually tried to force any of the other seven members to adopt the currency.

The thing is, the EU has always been on a course towards a United States of Europe super-state. I’d argue that the EU is effectively a state under international law at this point, but the world just sort of pretends that it is not.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:40:01am

re: #263 Hecuba’s daughter

you’re right, I haven’t had enough coffee yet, apparently.

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nines09  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:40:12am
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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:42:06am

re: #266 KGxvi

In fairness, there are 9 EU members that don’t use the Euro. The UK and Denmark have a special exemption under the original treaty creating the Euro. And the EU hasn’t actually tried to force any of the other seven members to adopt the currency.

The thing is, the EU has always been on a course towards a United States of Europe super-state. I’d argue that the EU is effectively a state under international law at this point, but the world just sort of pretends that it is not.

You could argue that the EU is sort of the US pre-Civil War: While on the world stage it appears a united state, in practice it’s still effectively a loose confederation of individual nation-states which pay lip-service to the idea that there are a singular nation. It wasn’t until the Civil War that went from the “the United States are” to “the United States is.”

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steve_davis  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:45:24am

re: #171 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Wasn’t that also Bonanza night? Too lazy to look up old TV schedules.

Bonanza may have been off by then. This was relatively early 70’s and I think it had been absorbed by the Matrix by that point. I can still remember original Gunsmoke episodes, but I think that show lasted well into the 70’s. I certainly remember original Little House on the Prairie episodes, including the pilot, which apparently means I remember 1973 or 4 pretty solidly. (Hell, I can remember Apple’s Way, or whatever that was called, and I think they only made 6 episodes of it in 1975.)

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:45:35am

re: #269 Targetpractice

You could argue that the EU is sort of the US pre-Civil War: While on the world stage it appears a united state, in practice it’s still effectively a loose confederation of individual nation-states which pay lip-service to the idea that there are a singular nation. It wasn’t until the Civil War that went from the “the United States are” to “the United States is.”

That’s just a grammatical change. Words or phrases that are formally plural still require plural verbs in British English (The Government are….).

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:45:45am

re: #269 Targetpractice

You could argue that the EU is sort of the US pre-Civil War: While on the world stage it appears a united state, in practice it’s still effectively a loose confederation of individual nation-states which pay lip-service to the idea that there are a singular nation. It wasn’t until the Civil War that went from the “the United States are” to “the United States is.”

Yes, and no. I mean, even pre-Civil War, the individual states weren’t sending their own ambassadors to other nations the way that EU members do. Nor could, say, Florida decide to go to war with Cuba on it’s own, the way that the UK and Poland joined the US in the Iraq War without the rest of the continent.

The EU is a uniquely Post War creature that operates unlike anything else in history.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:46:11am

re: #252 KGxvi

Also, just because:

Daylight savings is stupid. Just stupid, stupid, stupid.

Can we just agree to either fall back on last time in whatever month it is that we do that, or just make this the last time we spring forward?

I don’t even care either way, I’ll adjust to stupidly early sunrises or stupidly late sunrises, but for fuck’s sake, can we just pick one?

The entire planet should use the same time and get over the idea that some arbitrary number on a dial means something special about where the sun is located.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:46:54am

re: #273 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The entire planet should use the same time and get over the idea that some arbitrary number on a dial means something special about where the sun is located.

Ok, as long as the Eastern Hemisphere gets the night shift.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:48:25am

re: #258 KGxvi

Edited because I have too much blood in my caffeine system this morning.

I reject this hypothesis. It is impossible to have too much caffeine in your body. Period.

Edit - Oops. I read this backwards. You are correct.

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steve_davis  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:49:22am

re: #181 Chrysicat

I’ve never heard of a hard-drive being glued in place rather than being screwed in via an enclosure, and I’d suspect that it wouldn’t be possible because laptop-size drives invariably have their circuit board exposed on their underside. I’ve heard of enclosures that require proprietary screws, sure (OHAI, ASUS! Wanna know why I went HP Omen for my new machine?), but William isn’t suggesting switching motherboard components or anything like that, just a literal brain transplant. And considering I know people whose computers’ cases contain data drives that once included a Win95 portion, I suspect that’s a thing that really is done.

I just have had awful experiences with Dell. You are likely right about the hard-drive. I just remember taking my last Dell, which was incredibly forward-enabled when it was built, and having the guy look inside and say, “Yeah, sorry, can’t upgrade the power supply cause it won’t fit. Can’t upgrade the motherboard because it’s not upgradeable. Can’t do pretty much anything.” And that was the desktop tower. As I recall, the laptop had the graphics integrated into the motherboard, so if the graphics went on the fritz, you were just basically screwed.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:49:27am

re: #275 Colère Tueur de Lapin

I reject this hypothesis. It is impossible to have too much caffeine in your body. Period.

That’s my point, I don’t have nearly enough caffeine in my system.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:50:52am

re: #275 Colère Tueur de Lapin

I reject this hypothesis. It is impossible to have too much caffeine in your body. Period.

At Denny’s or wherever I always used to offer to remove the top of my skull so they could pour the coffee directly onto my brain. No takers….

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Jay C  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:51:18am

re: #260 Targetpractice

What the Brexit crowd assumed (and the Tories discovered was bullshit) was that they didn’t need to deal with the “elites” in Brussels, they could just bypass them and go straight to Berlin, to Paris, to Rome, and pressure the individual states of the EU to give them beneficial deals or at least keep things consistent with the existing status quo. What they found was a very unreceptive audience, as most of continental Europe already thinks the Brits received special treatment in the EU (ex: Keeping the pound rather than converting to the Euro) and so see their bellyaching now about losing “sovereignty” as the squalling of a spoiled child rather than an oppressed state. It would be like Merkel exclaiming tomorrow that the German people feel as though they’re not getting a fair shake from Brussels and they’re thinking about leaving.

Another example of the old saw about “assume” proving true: first, they seem to have (apparently deliberately) ignored/waved-away the entire raison d’etre of the European Union, I.e. that as a Union, they’ll all share in the benefits of membership - but only if they act as a unit. And secondly ( as seems to be the general opinion here on LGF at any rate), they have vastly overestimated the level of “pressure” an “exited” Britain could exert.

But since the last point has been based (AFAICT) mainly on the near-all-pervasive sense of arrogant jingoistic “nationalism” that is unfortunately the default setting for a lot of British political attitudes, it’s no wonder it’s proved a popular (if utterly ineffective) bargaining position…

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:51:25am

re: #262 lawhawk

He’s looking to gut Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP. Each would see massive and deep cuts.

Trump’s policies are DOA, but had they any chance of being passed, it would mean more people dying from lack of health coverage, medically induced bankruptcies, and more starvation.

Trump thinks gutting SNAP would help.

SNAP benefits are one of the most efficient and effective programs out there. For every $1 spent by the feds, it creates $1.40 in economic activity.

But yeah, Trump also wants to spend $8.7 billion for his boondoggle wall.

The House should zero out the money for the wall and transfer it to SNAP, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:51:31am

Talking about TV “back in the day” reminds me that, as an early Milennial, I remember the days back when TV networks would actually have an “end of broadcast day.” Then came the rise of infomercials while cable networks started showing whatever old shows they could get their hands on (ex: Nick at Nite).

I suddenly feel the need to scream at some kid to get off my lawn.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:51:36am

re: #259 Patricia Kayden

“Trump to release $4.7 trillion budget that locks in $1 trillion deficits, boosts military spending and cuts to social safety net.”

Fiscal responsibility, bitches!

*spit*

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:52:53am

re: #273 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The entire planet should use the same time and get over the idea that some arbitrary number on a dial means something special about where the sun is located.

I recommend adding one hour to each day. That way every location will slowly rotate through the sun cycle. This will still require some adjustments, but it would work better than the sun rising at 2 am in some locations.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:53:40am

re: #277 KGxvi

That’s my point, I don’t have nearly enough caffeine in my system.

I read it backwards. My bad.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:53:54am

re: #282 Eclectic Cyborg

“Trump to release $4.7 trillion budget that locks in $1 trillion deficits, boosts military spending and cuts to social safety net.”

Fiscal responsibility, bitches!

*spit*

I’m so old, I remember when trillion dollar deficits were portrayed as a massive “failure of leadership” and proof of a party that had “failed the American people.”

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:54:00am

re: #281 Targetpractice

Talking about TV “back in the day” reminds me that, as an early Milennial, I remember the days back when TV networks would actually have an “end of broadcast day.” Then came the rise of infomercials while cable networks started showing whatever old shows they could get their hands on (ex: Nick at Nite).

I suddenly feel the need to scream at some kid to get off my lawn.

I’m a late GenXer/early Millennial and I don’t remember the “end of broadcast day”. I sort of remember it as a trope of old cartoons and TV shows, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing them, beyond maybe the UHF channels.

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:54:05am

re: #281 Targetpractice

Talking about TV “back in the day” reminds me that, as an early Milennial, I remember the days back when TV networks would actually have an “end of broadcast day.” Then came the rise of infomercials while cable networks started showing whatever old shows they could get their hands on (ex: Nick at Nite).

I suddenly feel the need to scream at some kid to get off my lawn.

In the mid-fifties I was often found alone at night, staring at the holding pattern or at grey fuzz. My sister swore that I was communicating with fellow Martians.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:54:27am

re: #276 steve_davis

I just have had awful experiences with Dell. You are likely right about the hard-drive. I just remember taking my last Dell, which was incredibly forward-enabled when it was built, and having the guy look inside and say, “Yeah, sorry, can’t upgrade the power supply cause it won’t fit. Can’t upgrade the motherboard because it’s not upgradeable. Can’t do pretty much anything.” And that was the desktop tower. As I recall, the laptop had the graphics integrated into the motherboard, so if the graphics went on the fritz, you were just basically screwed.

That latter is true of almost all laptops. It’s also true if desktops, though you have a slot you can stick a graphics card into if the integrated graphics goes out.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:54:53am

re: #283 Belafon

I recommend adding one hour to each day. That way every location will slowly rotate through the sun cycle. This will still require some adjustments, but it would work better than the sun rising at 2 am in some locations.

Hmmm. This seems like a good idea.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:55:16am
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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:55:28am

re: #286 KGxvi

I’m a late GenXer/early Millennial and I don’t remember the “end of broadcast day”. I sort of remember it as a trope of old cartoons and TV shows, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing them, beyond maybe the UHF channels.

It’s sort of that hazy memory period, though I could just be remembering watching Poltergeist instead.

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Belafon  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:56:05am

re: #286 KGxvi

I’m a late GenXer/early Millennial and I don’t remember the “end of broadcast day”. I sort of remember it as a trope of old cartoons and TV shows, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing them, beyond maybe the UHF channels.

The end of the end of the day depended a bit on the location, but It was well into the 70s before it ended in Abilene, TX.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:56:57am

re: #291 Targetpractice

It’s sort of that hazy memory period, though I could just be remembering watching Poltergeist instead.

I think there was a UHF channel out here that would just show a loop of the flag with some sort of instrumental playlist of patriotic songs. But yeah, very hazy memories.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:57:27am

re: #276 steve_davis

If you think that’s bad, think about smartphones.

I have a Motorola droid and the battery is glued to the motherboard. If you want to get a new battery because the old one is fubar, you need to either send it out, or find someone who does the specialized repair. They can’t just plug and play.

For a battery, which is a part that goes.

Everything else about the phone is fine, but once the battery goes, it’s all downhill.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:58:40am
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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:58:55am

re: #292 Belafon

The end of the end of the day depended a bit on the location, but It was well into the 70s before it ended in Abilene, TX.

Yeah, see, I was born in ‘78. And honestly, barely remember a time before cable. Like I remember having an old black and white rabbit ear TV at my folks’ office, or only having six channels at my grandparents’ house.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:59:22am

re: #288 Belafon

That latter is true of almost all laptops. It’s also true if desktops, though you have a slot you can stick a graphics card into if the integrated graphics goes out.

Oh, I thought the dedicated graphics were for the period of time when your dual NVidia cards had a brain-fart and you were waiting for the replacements to arrive.

I need snark tag here?

1/2 /s.

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 8:59:28am

re: #290 lawhawk

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I rather think the problem with going off the Iowa polls (which seems to be the big thing right now) is something I saw remarked upon by a pundit the other day: The first two states to weigh in are older and whiter than the national average, which means they skew further to the right and are going to be more comfortable with men like Biden and Bernie than they are Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke. The days of either state being a bellweather for the nation are long past.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:04:12am

re: #298 Targetpractice

I rather think the problem with going off the Iowa polls (which seems to be the big thing right now) is something I saw remarked upon by a pundit the other day: The first two states to weigh in are older and whiter than the national average, which means they skew further to the right and are going to be more comfortable with men like Biden and Bernie than they are Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke. The days of either state being a bellweather for the nation are long past.

Iowa is still something of a bellweather. 2000 is the only year since 1988 that it didn’t vote for the winner of the electoral college. New Hampshire has gone to the GOP nominee only once since 1988, in 2000.

But having Nevada and South Carolina be early primary states has sort of helped dilute the older/whiter issues of Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:06:30am

re: #295 lawhawk

Trump would destroy discretionary programs, cutting them by $1.3 trillion. These are things like Section 8, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, public housing, NOAA, NIH, NASA, NSF, the CDC - most of the programs that we think of when we think of what the government does.

I wonder if Trump even looked at the budget. This is the GOP budget. This is their ideal — with a trillion dollar deficit so that they can come next for Medicare and Social Security,

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:08:02am

re: #300 Hecuba’s daughter

I wonder if Trump even looked at the budget. This is the GOP budget. This is their ideal — with a trillion dollar deficit so that they can come next for Medicare and Social Security,

Of course he didn’t, that would require him to read something longer than a tweet that doesn’t include his name and pictures of scantily clad women. And it doesn’t matter anyway, because he’ll go out and say whatever he wants about what is or isn’t in the budget and his 37% will believe him because, of course they will.

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Sufficient unto the day...  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:10:01am

re: #297 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Don’t know about that, I’m just flying a single NVIDIA GTX 460 (holy fuck…it was released almost 10 years ago!)…

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:11:11am

re: #301 KGxvi

Of course he didn’t, that would require him to read something longer than a tweet that doesn’t include his name and pictures of scantily clad women. And it doesn’t matter anyway, because he’ll go out and say whatever he wants about what is or isn’t in the budget and his 37% will believe him because, of course they will.

He’s going to hold a rally in the next week or so, I guarantee it. He’s gonna get out there are swear up and down that his is a budget that will make America “great,” this is a budget that will get everything running on time, will ensure we have the greatest military in the world, and will finally “BUILD THE WALL!” And anybody who opposes it, Democrat or Republican, is standing in the way of that “greatness” and so should be seen as little more than enemies of America.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:11:17am

re: #302 Sufficient unto the day…

Really just being a tad silly.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:13:45am

Not crossing with Mad Max Fury Road vehicles.
Not crossing open border.
Not crossing via US-Mexico border.

Seized at a port of entry - the southern entry point known as the Port of New York.

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Jay C  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:18:10am

re: #281 Targetpractice

Talking about TV “back in the day” reminds me that, as an early Milennial, I remember the days back when TV networks would actually have an “end of broadcast day.” Then came the rise of infomercials while cable networks started showing whatever old shows they could get their hands on (ex: Nick at Nite).

I suddenly feel the need to scream at some kid to get off my lawn.

Well, I guess I’m a Certified Old by now, but I remember when I was a kid (L.A. late ’50s), over-the-air TV stations (which were all there were back then) didn’t necessarily broadcast 24 hours a day: as I recall, many/most of them stopped their programming (if not the signal) at 12:00 midnight, and started up again (usually with the “farm report”) about 5:00 or 6:00am.
I’m guessing it had something to do with economics early on, but not much later, most of the stations had gone to 24h: broadcasting something/anything to catch night-owls’ eyeballs: and making staring at the static/test-pattern-with-Indian a thing of the past…

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:18:30am

re: #305 lawhawk

$77m worth of cocaine? I’m expecting the stockmarket to have a bad week, or at least a bad run until the brokers’ weekly supply can be refilled.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:18:36am

re: #260 Targetpractice

What the Brexit crowd assumed (and the Tories discovered was bullshit) was that they didn’t need to deal with the “elites” in Brussels, they could just bypass them and go straight to Berlin, to Paris, to Rome, and pressure the individual states of the EU to give them beneficial deals or at least keep things consistent with the existing status quo.

Individual EU states don’t do that, that is why they are in the EU; to negotiate as a bloc.

But Britain somehow thought that it pulled a lot more weight and failed to see that the EU needed to set a harsh example to anyone else thinking about leaving, namely, no free movements of goods and capital without similar free movement of people.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:20:17am

re: #266 KGxvi

In fairness, there are 9 EU members that don’t use the Euro. The UK and Denmark have a special exemption under the original treaty creating the Euro. And the EU hasn’t actually tried to force any of the other seven members to adopt the currency.

The thing is, the EU has always been on a course towards a United States of Europe super-state. I’d argue that the EU is effectively a state under international law at this point, but the world just sort of pretends that it is not.

In some respects. But their approach to the refugee crisis also shows that they are sovereign states in that respect; Germany took more than its share while other states took few or almost none.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:21:29am

re: #278 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

At Denny’s or wherever I always used to offer to remove the top of my skull so they could pour the coffee directly onto my brain. No takers….

Just take it intravenously

Like the Lord’s name…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:22:04am

re: #281 Targetpractice

Talking about TV “back in the day” reminds me that, as an early Milennial, I remember the days back when TV networks would actually have an “end of broadcast day.” Then came the rise of infomercials while cable networks started showing whatever old shows they could get their hands on (ex: Nick at Nite).

I suddenly feel the need to scream at some kid to get off my lawn.

I still remember the National Anthem followed by a test pattern…in Russia, they broadcast a loud warning beep to remind people to turn off their TV’s as they had a nasty tendency to overheat or short out and cause fires.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:22:58am

re: #308 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Individual EU states don’t do that, that is why they are in the EU; to negotiate as a bloc.

But Britain somehow thought that it pulled a lot more weight and failed to see that the EU needed to set a harsh example to anyone else thinking about leaving, namely, no free movements of goods and capital without similar free movement of people.

The UK did have a lot of power in the early days of the EC/EU. It was basically the UK, France, and (West) Germany. But as membership expanded, particularly in the aughts; and with the German economy doubling the UK’s, their power waned. They didn’t realize it because the UK, France, and Germany are still the three most powerful drivers in the Union, but relatively to where they were in say, 1993, they’re not on as strong a footing.

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:25:50am

re: #309 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

In some respects. But their approach to the refugee crisis also shows that they are sovereign states in that respect; Germany took more than its share while other states took few or almost none.

Yeah, like I said in re: #272 KGxvi it’s sort of is and isn’t… Schrodinger’s state, if you will.

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:29:10am

re: #303 Targetpractice

He’s going to hold a rally in the next week or so, I guarantee it. He’s gonna get out there are swear up and down that his is a budget that will make America “great,” this is a budget that will get everything running on time, will ensure we have the greatest military in the world, and will finally “BUILD THE WALL!” And anybody who opposes it, Democrat or Republican, is standing in the way of that “greatness” and so should be seen as little more than enemies of America.

Most president s didn’t have time to hold rally after rally

They did actual, you know, *work*

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:32:38am

And btw in case anyone cares, I have not lost my affection for lgf
It’s just been a *busy* month or 2

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:33:52am

moron

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:35:25am

For those who follow art and design, this year marks the centennial of the Bauhaus movement, and for a school that existed for only 14 years, its lasting legacy lives on all around us.

It’s also a story inextricably tied to the rise of the Nazis, the persecution of those who were at the school, where/how those who were at the school fled, and what some of those teachers who remained did to survive.

Israel’s Tel Aviv has the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus designed structures anywhere with more than 4,000 structures.

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Mike Lamb  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:36:26am

re: #316 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron

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80% positive? What “yes man” polling is that asshole reviewing?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:39:41am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:40:40am
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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:42:38am

re: #316 Backwoods_Sleuth

Republican Senators have a very easy vote this week. It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. It is an 80% positive issue. The Dems are 100% United, as usual, on a 20% issue, Open Borders and Crime. Get tough R’s!

Narrator: It was, in fact, entirely “Constitutionality and Precedent.”

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:42:40am

re: #316 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron

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It is an easy vote for Senate Repubs, they only have to ask themselves one question: How would you vote if this was Hillary Clinton asking you to help her violate the Constitution?

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:42:56am

So, we had quite a windstorm overnight here in Moravian Silesia; winds were clocked at 80 MPH and it caused damage.

Here’s a photogallery:

moravskoslezsky.denik.cz

The wind woke me up around midnight - it sounded like a tornado outside my apartment.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:44:53am
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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:46:04am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Trump next year: “I never called for cuts to Medicare! It’s simply not true!”

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:46:12am
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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:46:56am

(*yawn, stretches*)

It’s Monday, doop-de-doo, check the feeds, see if Trump has nuked anywhere …

Hmm. Seems the GOP field director in Nebraska has some “interesting views”

talkingpointsmemo.com

This stupid kid just turned 21 and he’s painted a target on himself for the rest of his life. Then again, he does live in Nebraska, where such views are not-quite-yet mainstream Republican ideology:

“by CPAC next year we should all be repping at least 225 on bench, have a QT trad white gf, and have had at least one role in local politics,” Bressman wrote in another post from April 2018.

In other posts, Bressman says the only downside of running down a Black Lives Matter supporter is that he has “a nice car and it’s white.”

Bressman describes his hatred for undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ people, and black people, joking that his “redneck cousins call watermelon n***** ham.”

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:49:16am

re: #326 lawhawk

Gloriously insane!!

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KGxvi  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:49:33am

re: #327 Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)

“by CPAC next year we should all be repping at least 225 on bench, have a QT trad white gf, and have had at least one role in local politics,” Bressman wrote in another post from April 2018.

Bench press numbers are soooooo 1997. Let’s talk squat and deadlift numbers, bro.

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lawhawk  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:49:34am

re: #328 Dr Lizardo

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William Lewis  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:49:36am

re: #317 lawhawk

While I know of them, this I fear is what I think of first when I think of Bauhaus…

Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi’s Dead

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Targetpractice  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:52:03am
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Dr Lizardo  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:52:25am

re: #330 lawhawk

[Embedded content]

Now that is some damned high praise.

I saw Fury Road in the cinema (best place to appreciate it) and yeah, my jaw was on the floor at the stuff they were doing.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:53:24am

re: #332 Targetpractice

“The View’s Meghan McCain calls in sick after getting brutally mocked online all weekend.”

SNOWFLAKE!

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Man, DangerMan  Mar 11, 2019 • 9:57:25am

re: #319 Backwoods_Sleuth

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if you make DST permanent then you dont ‘save’ anything
it’s a trick that only works once

like your tax cut and immediate adjustment to withholding - only works the first year (and for the tax cut, not even that)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 11, 2019 • 10:03:46am

5,000 on order…O_o

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Mar 11, 2019 • 10:04:42am

Have always loved the John Constantine (aka “Hellblazer”) character.

Despite the clunky movie/TV show made out of it.

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ObserverArt  Mar 11, 2019 • 11:11:00am

re: #195 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Good day!

Just getting around to checking out the goings-on around here.

Looks like “Woody” Woodpecker was at Jeffery’s Fly-in.

Probably already mentioned but the Boeing DC 737-800 does have a manual override system for their anti-stall program. The problem seems to have been Boening didn’t inform their customers enough on how this system works and how to override it manually. Many pilots were not informed of the new system, how it works and what to do if the sensors inputs get screwed up.

I saw an America pilot do a demo on how to shut it down. It seemed simple enough, but if you don’t know and in a panic situation you are screwed.

Seems like both Boeing and the airline companies needed much better communications. And both planes that have crashed recently are foreign companies operating them, so who knows how the communications went when trying to explain the new procedures.

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Old Liberal  Mar 11, 2019 • 11:35:03am

re: #305 lawhawk

[Embedded content]

Not crossing with Mad Max Fury Road vehicles.
Not crossing open border.
Not crossing via US-Mexico border.

Seized at a port of entry - the southern entry point known as the Port of New York.

Gee Americans buy a lot of illegal drugs. But don’t blame Americans for illegal drug problems.


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