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Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 29 Minutes ago by: Thomas Koenig

Something doesn't ring right here. Trump has been berating Germany for its dependence on Russian gas. See, for example, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-summit-pipeline/trump-lashes-germany-over-gas-pipeline-deal-calls-it-russias

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 45 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

Too bad. We'll just have to see how this works out.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 47 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

I suspect it is part of the long-term Republican goal of destroying Social Security and Medicare. That is, after all, why they have been pumping up the National Debt all these years: in the hopes of one day being able to leverage it to

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 47 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.com

You guys are way behind the curve. https://www.wcvb.com/article/satanic-temple-flag-request-boston-city-hall/39906576# https://abc7chicago.com/satanic-temple-of-illinois-display-baphomet-statue/11370430/ https://www.findlaw.com/legalblog

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 56 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

That's because the appropriate recipient would be Vlad Putin, Trump's controller.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 57 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

You may want to cogitate on the difference between "intel" and "analysis". They are not the same thing. The analysts only "failure" was to not physically block him. Of course, he was the VP at the time, no doubt with Secret Service age

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 8 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

Perhaps "sub-cultures" would be better, since they are clearly more than just a bunch of separate individuals. As the majority, if it tolerates and protects them, then eventually the larger culture will become co-responsible with the su

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 12 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

Sad but true. Unless Jiri's 2.0 has made the jump.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 13 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

As a data type, sure. As something you can write code in ... well, I suppose it would depend on the compiler (which would make it not portable).

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 19 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

That's the problem with Free Speech -- you don't get to control what other people say.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 21 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

Provided, of course, that they cannot vote in /both/. After all, since one is the /Democratic/ Primary and the other is the /Republican/ Primary, they are two different Primaries and a voter can certainly vote in two /different/ electio

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 24 Minutes ago by: Alan

Well, being intelligent and articulate, we are "prominent" in Terry's list of enemies. :-) And why in the world would we need to denounce this killer? Which of us has promulgated false information in order to convince the ignorant t

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 34 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

I can't speak for Alan, but I am certainly not "prominent". Nor a member of any political or ideological Party. I am hoping this isn't the guy who did it because of "replacement theory" because, if he was, it is the /Republicans/ whose

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 39 Minutes ago by: Paul S Person

Just keep repeating those Trump (Putin) Talking Points! On Nextdoor, you would get a lot of agreement ... but the cause would not be anti-police sentiment, it would be homeless-coddling. It is, however, true that the more extreme plans

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Hour 57 Minutes ago by: Scott Lurndal

Bill Clinton wasn't president and didn't make any of the decisions leading to the ill-considered and arguably illegal incursions into either Iraq or Afghanistan. What he said, or not, is an irrelevent diversion. Bush lied, and he knew i

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 1 Minute ago by: Scott Lurndal

The ironic thing about that is the reason Russia sold Alaska to the United States in the first place was to poke Britian in the eye and quash British ambitions in the Oregon territory.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: Alan

Did Al Gore "rebel" by pursuing redress through the courts? Nope! Courts differing on what is "legal" is a very different thing that armed insurrectionists invading a building.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

Like Al Gore (who actually succeeded in delaying the certification, unlike Trump)?? There is much more needed than this "very definition of a rebellion" which I'm sure you would realize if you thought about it. Of course, there are diff

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

That's not how they are going to make America great again. ;)

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

And trusting the local Afghan militias US forces were working with actually wanted to capture or kill him.

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Thomas Koenig

Or read up on the dangers of dihydrogene monixide.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Hours 47 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Yes, it was. It got close at Tora Bora, but the opportunity was lost due to delays in the command chain. OBL lived for years after that. Pt

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 3 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

You might want to look up the several ways that plain old water can kill you.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 4 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

I have been hearing that the USA is broke and can't afford to do anything more than half a century now. What leads you to believe that the US is "broke"? That it owes a debt that is astronomical compared to whatever pittance you pull o

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 9 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

So what? You really have something wrong with you if you think that NATO dragged US kicking and screaming against its will into responding to the 9/11 attacks. Bush was going to attack _somebody_ and Iraq and Afghanistan got the hits.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 15 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

In that case you should easily be able to obtain the requested date from said book. And the Taliban still controls the country, so rumors of their demise seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 17 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

What leads you to believe that it is a difficult problem?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

(a) What is your source for this information? (b) Titan II payload was more than 3 tons.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

Both.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: Alan

How is attempting to stop the process of certifying an election NOT a "rebellion" "against the authority of the United States OR THE LAWS THEREOF". It is the very definition of a rebellion in that context. Yet more slander from Terry

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 33 Minutes ago by: Alan

What errant twaddle.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Hours 34 Minutes ago by: Alan

You think that unless someone is charged with a crime that means something didn't happen? Was anyone in that group charged with "insurgency" (actually "insurrection")? No? Well then I guess it can't have happened. :-)

[wfc] Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk

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Posted: 4 Hours 43 Minutes ago by: James Nicoll

Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/my-soul-to-keep Desperate for money, a sorcerous PI takes on a job she knows is out of her pay scale, only to discover the stakes are much higher than she though

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 5 Hours 30 Minutes ago by: Jack Bohn

There was a story... "A Trick or Two" by John Novotny, where possibly everyone had a minor ability, but only one. The minor powers seen in the story had the appearance of stage magic (a friend of our main character shows an ability to

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 6 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

The character Colin Robinson in the TV series "What We Do in the Shadows." A psychic vampire, or, as the others call him, a daywalker. One (we've all met them) who will waste your time, almost literally boring you to death. The only vampi

Re: "UFO Hearing: Pentagon Shows Declassified Footage of Flying (thread)

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Posted: 9 Hours 56 Minutes ago by: Charles Packer

declassified-footage-flying-spherical-object The year 1947 was indeed a big year for "flying saucers," eventually to be known as UFOs and then UAPs. It was also a big year for Princess Elizabeth, eventually to be known as Queen Elizabet

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 11 Hours 33 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

Some Russians believe that Alaska had been rented to the United States for 99 years, says the article. I can just imagine Russia promising "One country, two systems" in Alaska. John Savard

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 11 Hours 49 Minutes ago by: Thomas Koenig

Well, there's Alaska... if the US does not want to return it to Russia peacefully. https://www.adn.com/politics/2022/03/16/a-russian-lawmaker-wants-alaska-back-good-luck-with-that/

Re: Inhibitor Phase. Alastair Reynolds. (thread)

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Posted: 11 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: Default User

While I didn't find it all that exciting, my reaction was much less negative than yours. It was a bit scattered and some of the parts seemed like extra stories appended to the main without helping things too much. Brian

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 12 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

They have little incentive to do so, since, as has been pointed out, they could deliver the warheads to their most likely target with a truck. But the technology isn't beyond them. Some of our earlier missiles were pretty hefty (the Mk

Inhibitor Phase. Alastair Reynolds.

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Posted: 12 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: Titus G

Inhibitor Phase. Alastair Reynolds. Revelation Space 5, I read this back in February so suspect Reynolds fans will also have read it. I loved the first four books. It started brilliantly as usual but deteriorated to dreadful, dreadful. I

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 12 Hours 44 Minutes ago by: Titus G

I bounced off The Riddle Master of Hed on first read but have since enjoyed it. Complete escapism. I liked that there was little to date it and the emphasis of the world building seems to be on the concepts of place in the world and duty

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 23 Minutes ago by: Alan

Fair enough.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: Alan

Then that mission was a complete failure.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Alan

Except Trump...

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Alan

You don't even try to understand things before you blurt out your next bit of nonsense...

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: Alan

Yes: they really were and are.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 13 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Without the US nuclear umbrella?

Re: xkcd: Cre^pe (thread)

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Posted: 14 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: Joy Beeson

No "universal code" that adamantly refuses to distinguish between umlaut and diaresis is worth thinking about. The glyphs of the two diacritics don't even resemble each other as much as "1" and "l" do.

Re: Questionable Content: Yah is a Little Crazy (thread)

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Posted: 14 Hours 24 Minutes ago by: David Johnston

Roko was engaging in a bit of hyperbole.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 15 Hours 11 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

You do know that the USA is broke, right ? With the costs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid spiraling out of control, there is no money to make war with. BTW, are we talking about the same Russia that is getting its butt kic

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 15 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sure, the two halves of the War Party ? They continuously agree on War. Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 16 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

Sorry, you're just flat out wrong. Check your cites. I know of no revelations about chemical WMDs - all agencies were convinced of Iraq possessed chemical WMDs Again, this was never said by the CIA. There was only debate about what t

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 16 Hours 57 Minutes ago by: David Johnston

There will continue to be talk about amending the American constitution. It just will always fail when tried. In order to succeed the two parties would have to agree on something.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 17 Hours 57 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

It would have worked just fine, if FDR hadn't bombed Pearl Harbor! :) John Savard

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 17 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

What? I thought that the facts, as reported by the mainstream news media, were that a heroic CIA employee revealed that the CIA told Bush "no WMDs" and so Bush lied about WMDs to invade Iraq. Except that those facts - as Valerie Plame h

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 3 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

Europe needs to be effectively defended. How well is defending itself working out for Ukraine? Whether 300,000 or 100,000, the American troops in Germany prevented it from being invaded. Having a similar force in Ukraine would have pre

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 8 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

Turkey is sort of useful. If a new government arose there, we could get it to repudiate the treaty with Russia that prevents it from denying Russia any profit from its seizure of Crimea. But ideally, Turkey should be moved to central As

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

"Edgar Buckley describes how NATO invoked Article 5 on 12 September 2001, 24 hours after the terrorist attacks against the United States." https://www.nato.int/docu/review/articles/2006/06/01/invoking-article-5/index.html "Today, NATO

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 35 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

By Pakistan ??? I highly doubt it. Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 54 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Dimensional Traveler <dtravel@sonic.net> wrote in news:t66cc1$gh8$2@dont-email.me: I believe that "meaning" is beyond Alan's ability to grasp. He'd only try to understand the meaning of a word so that he can lie about it. You know that

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 55 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t66e5t$43v$3@dont-email.me: ICBMs with that kind of payload have been built.

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 18 Hours 58 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Microsoft. :D

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 12 Minutes ago by: John W Kennedy

C99 added the use of Unicode escape sequences, and most compilers today support direct use of Unicode. Fortran is still hanging back, but gfortran can handle UCS-2.

Re: OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan

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Posted: 19 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: William Hyde

Aristotle. he's full of crap. Every monarchy is a tyranny. The problem is that this is not well translated into English. It may not be possible to translate correctly without a lot of footnotes. For example the Greeks of his day had

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Shoot, there was even a book and a movie made about the CIA on the ground and the B-52s in the air just weeks after 9/11: "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan" https://w

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 27 Minutes ago by: John W Kennedy

Do you mean APL2 the language or the software product “APL2” sold until last year by IBM?

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: John W Kennedy

You can’t ignore a fundamental problem in a signature product and hope to stay in business, especially when the product has been around for decades.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 35 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

And the Pakistani nuclear weapons start at two tons and go to ten tons. Not very ICBM friendly. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 37 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Other than plain old water. Lynn

Re: Questionable Content: Yah is a Little Crazy (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 39 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Yah is wearing a skirt instead of their normal workout wear or pants. https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic969 Or a suit: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic413 Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 19 Hours 58 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

In order to prevent or at least delay further attacks on the US.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

He said "after" Russia has won that war, when it is preparing to invade North America.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 5 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

I think the word "culture" needs to be defined for this sub-discussion to have any meaning.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 7 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Only because the people they most want to use them on are just on the other side of the mountain.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Its odd to see the America First Committee revived after 90 years. Is Trump your new Lindbergh? Isolationism worked real well in the 1930s, didn't it? In the age of the internet, global trade, and ICBMs, American isolationism is utterly

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 42 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Re: OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan

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Posted: 20 Hours 43 Minutes ago by: David Johnston

Whoever that was, he's full of crap. Every monarchy is a tyranny. Every "aristocracy" is an oligarchy. And the failure mode of democracy is almost always to become a tyranny. And the reason why the world was a collection of kingdoms

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 46 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Ross Presser <rpresser@gmail.com> wrote in news:3cb8f6ac-2132-4ca8-b508-8f5f2c38b705n@googlegroups.com: You're hallucinating. Again. That's not even remotely close to anything I've said. Of course, it's more than just "open primaries,"

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 51 Minutes ago by: David Johnston

Well to take one example, it's impossible for spiders to produce that much webbing so fast. Yes, they do seem to be stronger/faster/more venomous.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 20 Hours 52 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t663qt$cbk$2@dont-email.me: Now you're moving goalposts. Which won't surprise anyone, since you do seem likely to have - eventually - realized how stupid you sounded before.

Anthology post: The Philip K. Dick Reader

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Posted: 21 Hours 13 Minutes ago by: David Brown

For my latest blog post, I continued my series of anthologies with a post on Philip K. Dick, specifically a 1997 collection called The Philip K. Dick Reader. As I comment, it's of most interest for having a fair number of fantasy or even su

Re: Questionable Content: Yah is a Little Crazy (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 17 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

Is it my imagination or is Yay looking less androgynous?

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 19 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

And then there is Aspartame, which is said to be the only substance known to Man that is completely benign to laboratory rats.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 20 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

By what means? There is no mechanism provided in the NATO treaty for such "ejection".

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 23 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

So you want Russia to become strong enough to actually make a fight of it?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

No. Insurrection is a crime. Seditious conspiracy is a different crime. No one has yet been charged with insurrection. Chris

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

Your argument was that Clinton supported the invasion of Iraq because it would benefit him politically. You have not demonstrated what the political benefit would be. Instead you made a pathetic effort to change the subject.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

Please state your source for that statement.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

Ok, tell us on what date a B-52 strike "took out" a "warlord army".

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 30 Minutes ago by: J. Clarke

They have nuclear capable submarine launched cruise missiles

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 50 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.com

The actual term for the crime is 'seditious conspiracy', and indeed, 11 'Oath Keepers have been charged. https://www.vox.com/2022/1/16/22886516/stewart-rhodes-seditious-conspiracy-january-6-oath-keepers That was two months ago, yet dumb

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 51 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

No. The problem, like so many things, is rooted in the definition of killed because of the riots. A similar range for the Jan 6 riot might be 1-9. If we use the definition of some conservatives for Jan 6 (ie, 1) then the number for the

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 21 Hours 59 Minutes ago by: Ross Presser

So sidelining state law is a good thing as long as you, Terry, like the outcome. Got it. It's difficult for me to imagine any more obedient party soldier than you. You spend countless unpaid hours here attempting to belittle and confuse

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Thomas Koenig

Not in code (although it was probably the most widely implemented extension). Lower case came in Fortran 90. Character strings - these were introduced with FORTRAN 77, before it was only non-standard Hollerith, which varied widely. Yo

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

Of course, Alan - I would think you would know that by now. https://www.cnn.com/2004/US/06/19/clinton.iraq/ Clinton, who was interviewed Thursday, said he did not believe that Bush went to war in Iraq over oil or for imperialist

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

That was not the mission. The mission was to kill Osama Bin Laden. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 31 Minutes ago by: pete...@gmail.com

PSP speculated that the Apple ][ was an eight bit machine. I simply confirmed that fact. The Steves, for whatever reason, did not provide lowercase bitmaps for LC characters. It was certainly capable of storing the full 255 different valu

"UFO Hearing: Pentagon Shows Declassified Footage of Flying Spherical

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Posted: 22 Hours 34 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

"UFO Hearing: Pentagon Shows Declassified Footage of Flying Spherical Object" https://www.zerohedge.com/military/ufo-hearing-pentagon-shows-declassified-footage-flying-spherical-object You know, one would think that the lizard people wo

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 36 Minutes ago by: Chris Buckley

Sorry, John, that's simply another conspiracy theory - I would have thought you read enough to know better. There were no doubts expressed by any of the intelligence agencies (US, British and allies) that Iraq had some WMDS. There was c

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 47 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Ross Presser <rpresser@gmail.com> wrote in news:a6af236d-2d21-41d9-b8b4-7eaa24a23b47n@googlegroups.com: Many would consider that a good thing. Open primaries have certainly made certain that nobody can get elected in California who is no

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t661bj$k43$5@dont-email.me: Which stopped how many terror attacks? Zero.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 49 Minutes ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

What does it mean to increase the capability of a bug? Just intelligent direction, or they are actually stronger/faster/more venomus?

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 22 Hours 50 Minutes ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

That seems way low to me.

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Posted: 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I would not hold my breath on that. There is a big fight about the ERA amendment coming. https://msmagazine.com/2022/01/27/equal-rights-amendment-resolution-us-house-28th-amendment-constitution/ and https://www.germanna.edu/blog/hig

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Not our war. Europe needs to defend itself. You know, when we dropped our army strength in West Germany from 300,000 ??? to less than 100,000 in 1995, we effectively left anyway. There is enough left for a good wienie roast and that

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Posted: 23 Hours 6 Minutes ago by: Ross Presser

Donald J. Trump is not. He wasn't even interested in briefings while he was in office; now that he's out, he gets no briefings.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

I hope not but I thought about that too. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 10 Minutes ago by: Thomas Koenig

You haven't heard of the IBM /360 RR instruction type, one half word, 16 bit, then? It was used for arithmetic instructions like ADD, and for instructions like BALR. The /360 also had the SS instruction format with 48 bits.

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Posted: 23 Hours 11 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

He was still read in on national defense. All former presidents are. Lynn

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Posted: 23 Hours 13 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

The B-52s took out the warlord armies so that our CIA guys could roam the country as needed. Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 15 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

But Pakistan does not have ICBMs. That is an even more exclusive club. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 16 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

C / C++ has wide characters, 16 bit. Fortran has allowed lower case since Fortran 77. Maybe even some of the Fortran 66 compilers. Lynn

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Posted: 23 Hours 18 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

We have to move to 64 bit (x64 / Win64). Watcom does not have 64 bit compilers and linkers. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 20 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sorry, 8 bit characters. You are correct about the other machines. The Univac 1108 was 6 bit characters, 36 bit words, and I am not sure about the addressing. Ours had 32K words code space and 32K words data space. The CDC 7600 was

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 21 Minutes ago by: David Johnston

It helps that she could temporarily increase the capability of the bugs as well as control their actions.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 22 Minutes ago by: Ross Presser

I've read some theorizing that he's trying to be a spoiler. From https://ballotpedia.org/Primary_elections_in_Michigan ] Michigan state law stipulates that any voter may participate in a party's ] primary election, regardless of that

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 26 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Supposedly the total mass of insects on Earth is 100X that of the total mass of human beings on Earth. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 28 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Mediumpowers of course ! Or would that be Medianpowers ? I have no idea if sidekicks are rated too. Lynn

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Posted: 23 Hours 29 Minutes ago by: Lynn McGuire

Questionable Content: Yah is a Little Crazy https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comicG89 Being a fairly new independent AI with many android bodies, Yah is still figuring things out. And 1% battery status is bad, real bad.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 23 Hours 53 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

The one were some statues were removed and some streets were renamed! Finally in its long history, the United States has faced up to its legacy of racism, and real progress is about to happen... what, it isn't? John Savard

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Posted: 23 Hours 55 Minutes ago by: Quadibloc

Children of illegals who are born on U.S. soil are citizens, so just lax enforcement of immigration rules will work just fine - although I regret having to make the talking points of MAGA nut jobs for them, I give even the Devil his due,

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: David Johnston

The American Constitution has fossilized now, though. There will be no further amendments.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: David Johnston

So what's next? Do they also overturn Griswold which was the basis for Roe?

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

The problem, such as it is, has two heads: -- just because something causes cancer in rats doesn't mean it does so in humans -- there was a saying in the 60s or 70s (or possibly even today): "/Everything/ causes cancer in lab rats" So,

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

He's a Friend of Putin/Russian Propagandist. But aside from that, he appears to be quite reasonable.

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

Or NATO could just eject Turkey, which (under Erdogan) wants to occupy a mediating position between Russia and the West anyway and has purchased a Russian AA system capable of providing telemetry on NATO's next-gen fighter, which Turkey

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:v1tc8h9p4iq13ch1q1eeslmm15blihvreq@4ax.com: And? That such intel was available *to* pick was a failure of the intelligence community. And deluding the Russian public, though the

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:unsc8hdrv2oaaugggf98njk0f6j8b19glj@4ax.com: They really weren't different groups. Heh. Coming from you, I can only assume you're failing at stand up comedy, like you fail at ev

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:u3rc8ht1a60if83agikutceo4qktlnvo95@4ax.com: And correct, as well. Yeah, he's a high quality candidate. Not for office, but a candidate for *something*. If it weren't implied,

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:qsqc8h9ahmk8muptbr6j1gqho9fk4q209l@4ax.com: So the guy who just shot up a supermarket in Buffalo is representative of all the Democrats who didn't immediately denounce him? Incl

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

I guess you missed the part where Vice President Halliburton (a wholly owned subidiary of the corporation) /hand-picked/ the Intel he wanted to see and ignored the actual analysts conclusions. I think Putin deluded himself. And is stil

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:lnqc8hd8evedk6n3d3b5h9m3bl0vb3iho5@4ax.com: Not a single person has been prosecuted for insurgency. In a just world, people like you would be sued to oblivion for libel for perp

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:ckqc8h1h7h399akrddo2h4kdvjp32m1l9j@4ax.com: it is, but there's absolutely no reason to believe Quaddie's drooling idiocy that the insurgents didn't kill anyone. It's more a matt

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

Not to doubt your narrative or your conclusions, but -- the Taliban was the government in Afghanistan that was shielding Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Ladin -- Osama was not "the leader of the Taliban"; he was the leader of Al-Qaeda Which doe

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: David Johnston

I'm sure that guy will be very happy that he just made it mandatory for Boston to fly this flag https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/QFkAAOSw4tBeXucw/s-l640.png As soon as someone gets around to submitting the application.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

Too bad you couldn't continue with Watcom, but if you can't, you can't. Perhaps different FORTRAN standards are involved. IIRC, C pretty much defines it's standard character set, and, lo and behold, it is 7-bit ASCII. So Unicode code w

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

I was very disappointed when they weren't broken up, having used OS/2 for some time and having found it quite nice.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day ago by: Paul S Person

<snippo> I didn't mean to imply that IBM ever did an 8086. But I am reasonably sure some of the early near-clones did. And the point was that the competition from the clones drove the evolution of the PC. Had IBM been left the only ma

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Nice defense, but my statement was quoted as: and that, at least, says nothing about his being "representative of all Republicans". I certainly hope not, as it appears otherpost that he has now decided to infiltrate the Democratic Par

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

To be fair, some Republican leaders probably /would/ have denounced him -- after all, some of them denounced the guys who proclaimed that -- incest is rare -- rape victims control whether or not they get pregnant -- a 30-something man co

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

I remember a certain Lensman owing a debt to a spider . . . And cockroaches eat plastic. Eat the right piece of plastic and your ICBM doesn't launch or blows up in the silo.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

They were attempting to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of Joe Biden on 1/6/21? 'Cause that's the only /insurgency/ in this country for a very long time.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

And after Russia controls the entirety of Europe then what?

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

It's also rather ... vague. But perhaps some PDs don't keep accurate records.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

Why? Ukraine seems to be doing a fine job and if the USA went in without their consent they'd likely fight us just as hard as they're fighting the Russians. If he told you he was leaving then it's almost certain that he's been arreste

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

Bill Clinton left office and politics on January 20, 2001. He wasn't "in line to be President", he had already served the two terms that were allowed him by the Constitution.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Only if they ever get green cards and become citizens and avoid felony convictions. Among other conditions. I suspect the demographics suggest something like that will happen even if no immigrants are allowed at all. Not even Trump's be

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Putin's minimal goal appears to be to make the Russian homeland 'safe' from invasion. Russia sits in a vast plane, and has been invaded many, many times. Fear of invasion is deeply rooted in Russian strategic thought. Historically, the

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

The exhortation to support the Socialists in their street wars was made at the time (I was, of course, hearing about this about 50 years later). The Great Leader of German Culture involved was using it to promote his own political views.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

And still are, so Lynn's B-52 strikes don't seem to have been very effective in destroying them.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

Of course not, they have nuclear weapons.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

Why not? You think the US _needed_ NATO to take down Saddam? OK, link the order from NATO to the US that instructed the US to invade Afghanistan. And on what date was this "bombing back to the stone age" completed? Post that link as

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

As I have noted before, up here in Seattle and also in Portland we have had these guys and gals infiltrating peaceful demonstrations and using them as cover for such activities as rushing out and breaking windows for at least two decades

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

In what universe were the VAX, Prime 450, or IBM 370 8-bit? Because they weren't in this one. Primes from the 300 series up were 16-bit, VAX was 32-bit from the git-go. IBM 370 was 32-bit instruction/data with 24-bit address.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

That doesn't really relate to its being 8-bit though. My 8-bit CP/M machine had no problem at all with lower case.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

APL2 doesn't require a mainframe you know. Runs fine on Windows.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Yes, you could get aftermarket display cards that added 24x80 mixed case modes, but the on-board video was 24x40, uppercase only (but it was possible to display both white-on-black and black-on-white). pt

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

What "tectonic shift" would that be? Very briefly there was a flash of anti-police sentiment, but that has gone away in the face of increasing crime rates.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

Only if they admit Hispanics who are on a path to citizenship. Noncitizens don't vote.

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Posted: 1 Day 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Probably because it was something 'they'd heard' but couldn't be arsed to look up. Just because something is a popular claim, doesn't mean it's false. Google 'dui rates by county dry wet' and you'll get a bunch of references. Examples:

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

Have you got the cites for those claims?

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

Why do you "hope" at all? You've been going on and on about how it doesn't matter to you what happens to them.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

No. There are no such cultures. There may be a large number of PEOPLE within some cultures that feel that way, but even there, I'd bet large that they aren't nearly in the majority.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

You're utterly delusional.

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

You don't RC.

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

You should have elected the guy who wanted to use nuclear weapons against hurricanes... ....who thought that hurricanes might be created by a Chinese super-weapon...

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Alan

Wrong. The involvement of SOME NATO countries doesn't make it a NATO venture... ....and you cannot produce the document that "invoked" the treaty...

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Well ... I think you can blame *any* cancer in *any* lab rat on scientists, regardless of which clone line they're in or what it was designed for. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to cause lab rats to have cancer, if the study goals are

Re: [Big Hair Big Guns] A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

If only I'd thought to review this in 2021, the year in which it is set.

Re: [Big Hair Big Guns] A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Eventually, I will consistently remember the descriptions... A young American woman gets swept up in the resistance against an American dictator.

[Big Hair Big Guns] A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein

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Posted: 1 Day 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/make-you-real

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 7 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

My take is that Bill Clinton was onboard to slaughter foreign Muslims needlessly, or just about any other foreigners, when his political career called for him to take that stance. As are most U.S. politicians. In this, I think that I

Re: Recently read: The Five-Way Secret Agent by Mack Reynolds (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 9 Hours ago by: Charles Packer

What interested me about your review was the notion of private interests going around governments to save the world. This is basically what is proposed in "The Open Conspiracy" by H.G. Wells, a non-fiction book he published in 1930. Th

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I didn't know that. I simply thought that while the CIA told Bush that it believed that Saddam Hussein _probably_ didn't have any WMDs, they had also admitted they weren't 100% sure of that. Given that Saddam Hussein _was_ known to be o

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Minor typo. No doubt you meant "Couldn't possibly have had anything to do with them providing a safe haven for al-Qaeda, eh?". They weren't providing a _haven_ for the Taliban; back then, the Taliban were the guys running the place. J

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: peterwezeman@hotmail

Somewhere on the scale between superpowers and micropowers are there powers? Peter Wezeman anti-social Darwinist

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Which website? If its the company's website why would you expect it tell people about a problem?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

US as well.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Alan

Correct. We have IBM's panic due to the growing success of the Apple II running VisiCalc to thank for their use of mostly off-the-shelf components in the design of the original IBM PC.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Alan

Actually, there is only one Mac still being made that runs an Intel processor: the Mac Pro. All the other Macs (and iPads and iPhones) run processors Apple designed themselves. Apple Silicon

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 13 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

Links have been posted to substantiate my numbers. Yours are wrong. And why did you say "Probably from Jones"? Chris

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: Alan

Yeah...

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

You do realize that Bill Clinton supported the war declaration and has stated that Bush went to war out of a genuine belief that large quantities of weapons of mass destruction remain unaccounted for. Please give your reasons for believi

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Block's Evan Tanner had that, thanks to a brain injury in ... Korea, I think. Gave him lots of time to indulge his hobbies, like funding quirky nationalist movements.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus

[snip] I should probably clarify that it was my take on bug control when I started reading _Worm_. It changed ... significantly, not to say drastically, over the course of the serial. I should have kept in mind that there are estimated t

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 14 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I can't speak for other countries but Canada had troops in Afghanistan for more years than WW1 + WW2 + Korea taken together.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 15 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

Wildcards had (has?) a whole raft of characters like this: The Deuces I believe they were called. In the Powder Mage setting these minor gifts are called Knacks, and those having them The Knacked. Currently the only one I recall is that

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Alan

He's representative of all the Republicans who don't immediately denounce him, yes. Because declaring any one left of you as abnormal is perfectly acceptable!

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

In a mage campaign, my generally no good at combat character used his not particularly impressive affinity with animals spells to summon every ant within a mile to deal with vampires. Ants are terrible at resisting magic and there are lot

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Default User

The only one I have read is the Stross. Fine telekinesis is also useful for picking locks and opening safes after exploring the inside for booby-traps and such. That brings to mind Niven's Gil "The Arm" Hamilton, with his psychic replace

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Alan

And you didn't produce a link to this study...

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: John W Kennedy

I can’t say; I haven’t had access to a mainframe since 1997. But the website says nothing of a problem

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Default User

That's the main power that Discworld's Susan Sto Helit has initially. This can be a problem when some teachers at her school don't think she's been attending class. She does develop more of the powers inherited from her adoptive grandfat

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

So are you suggesting this MIGHT be a temporary situation if Biden + other Democrats open the borders sufficiently to admit enough Hispanics not to need black support any more? Mathematically that >IS< the impact of the current policy i

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Isolationism doesn't work in the 21st century. It didn't work for most of the 20th century either.

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

She knew things mortals didn't. ;)

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I am about 10% through Worm. https://parahumans.wordpress.com/ Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus

Lawrence Watt-Evans's _With a Single Spell_ (1987) was like that. And then there is _Worm_. I remember starting it and thinking "OK, so the main character's superpower is bug control. I know that many stories take a seemingly minor or us

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: David Duffy

Many examples of people with the superpower of being easily ignored, _A Gift from Earth_ came to mind. The related power of being boring is not necessarily supernatural.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63tu9$tc$1@dont-email.me: I'm less surprised than many people than the Russian military is a paper tiger, long past its prime. The Soviets never did have the kind of robust military

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

They are doing amazingly well. Much better than I hoped. Of course, the country has been totally trashed which may have been Putin's goal all along. Of course, every one has been dumping smart weapons on the Ukrainians. My former US

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63p89$7q6$1@dont-email.me: I suspect that'w why he qualified it with "out of the box."

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63rhs$jt6$1@dont-email.me: Then why were they ongoing attacks the entire time we were in the country, and how did they have enough resources to retake control even as we were pulling

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

B-52s at 40,000 feet and a few CIA officers on the ground destroyed the warlords in Afghanistan after 9/11. That worked fine, we should have stayed with it. Of course, Osama Bin Laden turned up in Pakistan later and we took care of h

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

No questions are stupid. We are updating our Win32 diagrammatic user interface C++ code (450 KLOC) to be able read, store, and display UTF-8. We are converting from the ASCII Win32 API to the Wide Win32 API, which, we already supporte

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

That is right, Anya was deadly scared of bunnies. Lynn

Arlo and Janis: To The Batroom, Robin !

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Arlo and Janis: To The Batroom, Robin ! https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/05/18 I hate 4 am bathroom calls. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Huh. All of the six bit machines that I programmed on (UNIVAC 1108, CDC 7600, etc) did not support lower case characters since the lower case characters used the 7th bit in ASCII. But all the eight bit machines that I used (IBM PC, D

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63ois$qp6$2@dont-email.me: The Ukranians seem to be doing a pretty good job of it so far.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63ogn$qp6$1@dont-email.me: More likly UN peacekeepers, which will include some from the US. Which will require a restructuring of the UN charter to keep Russia from vetoing it, but t

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63o45$j68$1@dont-email.me: It's a long term factor, but it's a big one. I am. We were at fault for enough to piss off some violently crazy people. And? Not all US interests are co

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

We already fought WWI and WWII in Europe. We, the USA, need to sit this one out and let those people defend themselves. Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

You do realize that we are probably headed to USA peacekeepers in the Ukraine. My agent in Russia told me that he was going to take his family and leave four weeks ago, probably to Germany. He has not gotten back to me yet so I have

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t63no6$c1e$1@dont-email.me: Couldn't possibly have had anything to do with them providing a safe haven for the Taliban, eh?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I think that is a little too simplistic but, you could be right. There was lots of things going on in the middle east and we got blamed for a lot of it even though we were not totally at fault. The previous major involvement on USA so

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I think that GW Bush used NATO for cover for the invasion of Iraq in payment for Saddam Hussein trying to kill his father. Without NATO he probably would not have done it, just continued shooting down their planes and bombing their an

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Ross Presser <rpresser@gmail.com> wrote in news:60cb7ffe-e937-43e0-82c0-35a7a5997c71n@googlegroups.com: So, someone who doesn't matter and never will, who has zero chance to actually be elected, is now representative of all Republicans?

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

A former vengeance demon's contribution to the discussion about what was the source of the latest problem.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Nuclear ICBMs, the new SALT. :P

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Ugh. Not my favorite Buffy episode. Giles singing was not the best. And I still don't get the bunnies so I guess that I am not remembering something about that particular episode. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Zero for five again ! Orson Scott Card calls these micropowers in his "Lost and Found" series. The first books is excellent. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Orson-Scott-Card/dp/1094091197/ Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Also: ] While he's previously run for office as a Republican and is listed as chairman ] of the Antrim County Conservative Union, Bishop filed Tuesday to seek the ] Democratic nomination in the 37th Senate District. Well, I guess it do

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

[snip] I think I found it! Michigan state Senate, not Wisconsin. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2022/04/24/white-families-michigan-senate-candidate/7410621001/ ] Randy Bishop, a right-wing Michigan radio host who filed l

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:3i7a8hdajjt3sfr5cu13hvedc93fmslhup@4ax.com: Aside from things like the $150 million investment from Microsoft to bolster their claims they weren't an illegal monopoly.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:23b716b4-97d2-4748-9df2-11861ea9bda3n@googlegroups.com: Knowing what the fuck you're talking about would go a lot further. And if pigs had wings . . .

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:n09a8h5gsoidih6f9kprk73rh3cfh29egg@4ax.com: You're just noticing that?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:oc8a8hdbv1cgt1c3o4uv9pb8dlv7k2q7l0@4ax.com: Salt is a significant component of human blood, IIRC.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:t89a8h5ec5g36kieofhbpherlm583hrg7h@4ax.com: One of the things that came out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the declassifying of a *lot* of Cold War documents. There were som

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

And what exactly am I supposed to be seeing? You have presented nothing to see over the years as regards what racism is!! I have gone in depth into my views of racism. I've heard nothing from you other than your cheap unsubstantiated i

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

scott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:N6ahK.61497$qMI1.18412@fx96.iad: Not all the riots over Floyd's death were in Minneapolis. In fact, there were riots in many major cities, and many of them involved insurgents killing e

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:1cae01fb-9a3b-4eba-ab7e-f7bfbdf63bd9n@googlegroups.com: You're not allowed to read anything that doesn't feed The Narrative, and you know it. Faux News has the most comprehensive list: http

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

Indeed, as has been stated in other threads, perhaps you have been reading biased news stories. If you want a liberal-trending look at some of the death reports: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/18/fact-check-more-bl

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:5e6a8hpo36cth2jidonspcdfbhp8rv1et2@4ax.com: Is that a trace of self awareness from you? At long last?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

scott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:7r9hK.48988$JSxf.34835@fx11.iad: DT didn't say Bush was resonsible, he said Bush lied. Lying is a specific allegation that involves the person doing it knowing what they are saying is untr

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:ht6a8htolprjvvq7restpn9ncvdgp6hkm5@4ax.com: Clearly, you know as little about the rhythm method as you do about most subjects. A distinction without a difference. Or, to quote t

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:7g5a8hp4kjv5phkfc2ujmtcg9p9c2jp657@4ax.com: The more recent the event, the less time it's had to reverberate throughout history. But they don't make troublemakers the way they u

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:2a5a8htulofes9s39dp1c4iv8a9t9tt1p5@4ax.com: They joined in the insurgency trying to verturn the election. They both consider police, and the rule of law in general, The Enemy, a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 1 Day 23 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

There were two deaths during the George Floyd riots. Calvin Horton Jr. was killed by a pawnshop owner who believed Horton was burglarizing his business. Oscar Lee Stewart Jr. died from smoke inhalation after being trapped in a burning b

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Scott Lurndal

NATO wasn't involved at all. Perhaps you are thinking of the UN?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Quadibloc

Apparently I will need to word my posts much more precisely to avoid misunderstandings. One's race is _a_ community to which one belongs. Of course under normal circumstances people should be able to include people of different colors a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Quadibloc

Perhaps I have been reading biased news stories. As far as I knew, not one person had been killed in the riots *by the rioters*; there may have been killings by the police, and, of course, there were the people killed by Kyle Rittenhous

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Of course someone can. March in, take the hit, keep marching, pull down every building, raze every middlesex, village, and farm, salt the ground, the whole nine yards. The result might be civilization delenda est, but the fact that the

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

You _sent_ your kids? What did you do, hold a gun to their heads and make them join the armed forces? However you really weren't paying attention if you think that either Iraq or Afghanistan was something that NATO dragged the US into.

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: pete...@gmail.com

As an Apple ][+ owner who programmed in assembler, I can confirm that it was most definitely 8 bit. Heck, out of the box, it didn't even support lower case. pt

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

So you're saying that if there was no NATO Shrub wouldn't have lashed out at Iraq and Afghanistan? On what basis do you make that contention?

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

What IBM PC model used the 8086? There were the PC and XT which were 8088 and then the AT which was 80286. Intel processors were chosen initially by IBM--they weren't "developed for the IBM-PC clone market", the IBM PC was developed a

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Stupid question time: you mean that you are revising the code to read, store, and write Unicode, right? not that you are rewriting the code itself in Unicode I /said/ it was a stupid question.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Scott Lurndal

As one president remarked, "The Buck Stops Here".

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S Person

I think that's a bit extreme. For one thing, I don't think there's enough salt available.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Nazi In All But Name

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Which, of course, is just what a Friend of Putin would want.

Re: OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Google Groups is one option.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Ssssh ... you are refuting his Russian Propaganda!

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days ago by: Paul S Person

I believe that Apple II, like my trusty North Star Horizon and other early microcomputers, was an 8-bit machine. But, yes, Apple was a major success story. Which is why it is still around today. The IBM PC was a 16-bit machine. Well,

[tor dot com] Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: James Nicoll

Five Characters Who Make the Most of Minor Superpowers https://www.tor.com/2022/05/18/five-characters-who-make-the-most-of-minor-superpowers/ Well, more characters who do what they can with minor super-powers and trivial spells.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

<snippo; "they" are "Roman Catholics"> That is hardly surprising. The statistics on the Rythm Method are: 99% effective x 2 times/week x 52 weeks/year = 1 baby per year which, of course, is why the Bishop of Rome supports it. None

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

I managed to necro up the thread OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan by replying to one of them. John Savard

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Exactly.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

2022. Possibly in May, more likely in April. This is /current events/, not past history.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

I agree emotionally with the sentiment. (Although not the quote. Rome was an *aggressor nation* against Carthage.) But Russia has nukes, so no one can destroy it. Instead, just as during the long decades of the Cold War, we must remain

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Indeed, one might almost say they intend to /cancel/ the very concept. But not, of course, the reality.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

The only one I missed after I returned home from the Army in 83 was when they changed the Primary from September to August and I blanked out. I applied for voting by absentee ballot the next day. You need to read /The Illuminatus Tril

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

At one point, I was introduced to a theory called "Critical Points" (or whatever the now-forgotten Greek term could be rendered as). This started out great, asserting that history was a series of these points, the really big ones setting

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Nice Trump (Putin) Talking Point : that the BLM protests were actually about /the 2016 election/ instead of about /bad police behavior/? At least you are separating BLM from "Antifa" -- that is, Anarchists. The usual T(P)TP is that they

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:vfd88hdcdcv32hlg67qp7v04tde6qihvsk@4ax.com: I can predict Lynn's response to that: "Why would we care about the EU? What have they done for us (or, rather, me, personally) lately?"

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

scott@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) wrote in news:8N6hK.4308$NMxb.2283@fx02.iad: I'm more of the opinion they were lied *to* by intelligence people who were too eager to please, and believed (at the time, at least) what they were saying

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Which, BTW, makes it quite likely to be revived by the Republican Party.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t61p7g$rur$1@dont-email.me: Lack of involvement in foreign affairs leads to things like 9/11. The philosophy of "do we want to fight them there, or here at home" has significant merit.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Dimensional Traveler <dtravel@sonic.net> wrote in news:t61fi0$4c3$3@dont-email.me: Heh. And if we hadn't elected a potato to replace him, it's even less likely. Indeed. But when the main member of that alliance is headed up by a potat

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Robert Carnegie <rja.carnegie@excite.com> wrote in news:d9392a3f-a81e-4618-8073-e1aa2142a092n@googlegroups.com: Somebody just published a study that concluded that dry counties have a significantly higher fatal accident rate due to drun

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:8b1da734-4360-4bee-b5e6-6569ebd9a857n@googlegroups.com: Which is to say, you're making shit up. Again. Plus, of course, most newspapers are liberal propaganda rags, unworthy to even wipe your

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode Once More With Feeling.

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

I assume you mean the patient lab assistants who bred strains of lab rat who were all clones of each other who were 100% fated to develop cancer ... the variable being *how soon* they would develop it, under the influence of a controlled

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

It was a joke, obviously. And yes, the top attribution like had scrolled off the screen, you were indeed responding to Paul.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

cident). No, they were not. Some members of the coalition were also NATO members, but NATO had nothing to do with it. "NATO as an organization had no role in the decision to undertake or conduct the campaign" https://www.nato.int

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Lynn, Iraq had nothing to do with NATO. That was the US GOP that invaded IRAQ specifically Dick and George after lying through their teeth about the causes belli.

[translation] The Apothecary Diaries, volume 5 by Natsu Hyuuga (Translated by Kevin Steinbach)

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Posted: 2 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

The Apothecary Diaries, volume 5 by Natsu Hyuuga (Translated by Kevin Steinbach) https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/cold-folks

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

I'm well aware of the differences, as well as the similarities; I support some forms of affirmative action in the present. But both are racist, according to my definition of racist. (I'm not sure using your definition of racist - you've

Recently read: The Five-Way Secret Agent by Mack Reynolds

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Posted: 2 Days 9 Hours ago by: Default User

I have been reading one of the themed Science Fiction Megapack anthologies, this one "Crime". This 1969 story features a USA that has a "meritocracy" government. Supposedly all jobs go to the most qualified. Elections are one vote per doll

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

The driving worries me. We had isolated cases, pun not intended, when Scotland restricted bars and alcohol sales in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic but we have a mostly undefended land border with England. Also Scotland imposed a minimum price

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Well again the site does say IN THE UNITED STATES and since I'm not that one person must be someone else.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

NIABN? New term for me...

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

You sir are confused by your delusion that the person you are trying to reach inhabits the same planet since by his own words he clearly does not.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

<shout on> GENERAL CONSENSUS MY ASS<shout off> I'm sorry - neither was right and anyone who dares say the former excuses the latter is beyond contempt. To say there's a general consensus to the opposite is off on a different planet and

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig

Iraq wasn't. Germany famously refused.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:8jm88ht6f9hlgq7hlj6os7jmcglq5r7kf8@4ax.com: If you actually *solve* the problem, there's no more need for anyone to lead the charge against it (and get filthy rich doing so).

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 11 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

You know, I cannot even write a clear sentence tonight so, no way I got the bunnies. You will like the explanation for the "vampires'. And the horrible downside for being a "vampire". Good to hear that your finances have improved. I

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Not yet. Bought it just recently because my finances have improved but haven't gotten to it. Did read the first some time back. (And I'm betting you don't get the bunnies.)

Re: OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

It would be inaccurate to accuse anybody of deligitimising a term which was not historically regarded with the sort of worship that it is today - had it been, the world would not have spent so long as a collection of kingdoms.. Here are s

Re: OT: Some Facts About Leaving Afghanistan (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I am not sure how one goes about _linking_ to a USENET post, but I do know how to "necro" one. John Savard

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

This series is very closely related to the "The Excaliber Alternative" universe. I fully expect that should there be a book #3, another player will be admitted to the game. Probably not named Avalon though. https://www.amazon.com/

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Did you read the second book and explained the technology behind the vampires ? Lynn

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Both Iraq and Afghanistan were NATO joint ventures. The British, French, Canadians, and others sent troops in because the USA invoked the NATO treaty. Not as many as the USA did but they did send troops. Shoot, Britain even sent a ro

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Wrong. Both Iraq and Afghanistan were NATO joint ventures. The British, French, Canadians, and others sent troops in because the USA invoked the NATO treaty. Not as many as the USA did but they did send troops. Shoot, Britain even

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Please link these posts.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

You don't understand the issue. If black people ever achieved equality they wouldn't need the Democrats to pretend to stand up for them anymore. The Democrats have a vested interest in keeping them down while throwing them symbolic ges

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

So which one do you suggest which supports this statement?

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I was not too happy with the partial explanation of the Vamps we got here. I would have liked to stay with a Magic/Tech universe. Also I felt the foreshadowing detracted from any suspense. Still I will pick up the next one, if any, whi

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

You haven't been reading any newspapers for the last six years or so? John Savard

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

You can't tell the difference between affirmative action and Jim Crow? John Savard

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 15 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Russia is a threat to the US, and all countries that respect democracy and the rule of law. Russia clearly interfered in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and seems to have supported Brexit, and the various extreme right movements in Europe..

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

If George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, *and* Joe Biden hadn't done the obvious - and gotten Ukraine admitted to NATO after Russia proved that it was a threat to its freedom by invading first Crimea, and then Donetsk and Luhansk -

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

What does any of that have to do with the US belonging to NATO? Are you under the mistaken impression that those wars happened because a NATO member invoked the NATO treaty rather than because Shrub didn't think his dick was big enough?

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Here's another quote from the article: "By welcoming Finland into NATO, Biden is offering Helsinki the kind of war guarantee Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave to Poland in the spring of 1939, which led to Britain’s having to dec

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

That's just crazy talk. Russia's immediate neighbors can't deal with the threat Russia poses to them, because Russia has nukes and they don't. Period. That's why we need an international order where the world's free countries are defen

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

First, all the Middle East adventures weren't NATO. Second, if Trump hadn't spent four years trying to undermine and dismantle NATO there is a good chance that Russia wouldn't have invaded Ukraine. Being part of a strong alliance is a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 16 Hours ago by: Jay E. Morris

I was probably a little further south and east of you. Same time frame but we went to Ohio.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

That is a very expansive answer. Why not ? Let's send your kids then. Mine went to Iraq already. Twice. He was smart enough to refuse to volunteer to go to Afghanistan after that. He and his First Sergeant had a four hour talk abo

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And then the Russians start digesting the EU and we're back there but without the forward basing and commonality of systems and coordinated doctrine that we have now.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

No, it isn't.

Re: "Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

It really was VERY weird the way he brought vampires into the first book. <starts singing>I have a theory, it could be bunnies....<stops singing> Um, no vampires! It was almost like he realized he'd written humanity into too tiny of

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Aye - the site underreports. For example, from the ssa.gov website, where you can search for baby names: More information for male name Payton • For 2018, the number of births with name Payton is 237, which represents 0.012 percent of

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

On 5/16/2022 11:41 PM, Quadibloc wrote:

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Or not.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 18 Hours ago by: Moriarty

Oh! I hadn't read that due to being pretty ambivalent about "Stress". However I am interested in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, having seen an exhibition of their works a year or three back and then watched a pretty good fictionalised mi

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:5c588h565c85ht1bahk5sg5sq15vinq677@4ax.com: Don't be questioning the monkeys that fly out of his ass, now. His masters won't like that.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

WWI wasn't about "defending freedom". It was about which member of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha clan had the biggest dick.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

UTF-8 isn't 8-bit. It's variable width with an 8-bit subset.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Is Log-On actually selling it at this point? I knew they were supporting it, but I seem to recall they had some difficulty that was preventing actual sales.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Accept that it's his definition, sure. Obey his orders, not so much.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Their leader was named "Jim" and they knew your political viewpoint perhaps?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Read the Illuminatus Trilogy. Also, "fnord" has its own wikipedia entry.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

That you and your cat agree on some topic does not mean that there is "general consensus". And I suspect that the cat is just humoring you.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I think if the Founders could see what America is like today they'd have made some adjustments to the Constitution, probably not the ones I would expect, or that liberals would expect.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And your authority for this statement is?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

You know, you're the flip side of quadi. Get out of your little blue bubble for a while.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Some prefer it because it gives them time to do things that are important to _them_ instead of to the idiot they work for.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Which if he wasn't so dangerous would be a hoot, considering that he's a NIABN.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig

My grandfather worked on such a system, I used to love helping him with the experiments. It probably came a bit too early for market success, though.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Chris Buckley <alan@sabir.com> wrote in news:jeigfhFghdrU3@mid.individual.net: No, when we're told to see it by our betters.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Chris Buckley <alan@sabir.com> wrote in news:jeifqgFghdrU2@mid.individual.net: Rather like Shawn Wilson's claims to be an economist, which he refused to define even when I offered him a thousand dollars cash to do so. This is the fasci

"Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

"Into the Light (Out of the Dark, 2)" by David Weber and Chris Kennedy https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Out-Dark-2/dp/0765366924/ Book number two of a two book series of an alien invasion science fiction series. I read the well pri

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig

"The" is an unusal first name. I have only run across this once, with "The Journalist" in "Starship Titanic".

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Chris Buckley <alan@sabir.com> wrote in news:jeiet4FghdrU1@mid.individual.net: I'm guessing they're white. Which is to say, in Quaddie's diseased fantasy world, they're not people and don't matter. Not quite. It's in the interests of th

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Kevrob

I had a PoliSci professor (Political Philosophy) who earned his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame. Without fail, at least 1 student a year had been told by those who had taken the course already that he could be importuned to tell

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

What a ridiculous, contradictory statement! We're supposed to be teaching kids to recognize racism by telling them that they will know it when they see it???? And I was responding to Paul - check the attributions. Chris

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Calling Justice Potter, calling Justice Potter. And you're responding to John, not Paul.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Check back in a couple of days, maybe that's how they populate their database.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

And exactly how are we supposed to teach kids to recognize it when we can't even give a definition for it for adults? Paul, you have been railing against racism for years, calling people and groups racist. But you have flatly refused t

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 20 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

As opposed to making a fuss about the 9-25+ people killed in those riots? You seem to be ignoring them. In part, for the same reasons that one party is so strongly against laws that prohibit state and local governments from discrimin

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Robert Carnegie <rja.carnegie@excite.com> wrote in news:f841d944-ed1f-4655-96ac-af281501441dn@googlegroups.com: Yeah, that's Bobbie's job. And he does it so well.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

OK, I laughed at that concept. Lynn

Re: xkcd: Heath Data (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

The leading cause of cancer in laboratory rats is scientists.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Sigh. Any idea *when*? 2022? 2021? 2016? I found this tweet, but it's equally unsourced. https://twitter.com/RachelBitecofer/status/1506726579807789061 ] @RachelBitecofer ] 4:16 PM · Mar 23, 2022 · Twitter Web App ] GOP 2022 ] Marr

xkcd: Heath Data

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

xkcd: Heath Data https://xkcd.com/2620/ “Causality is the leading cause of death in this country”. Yup, the world too. Explained at: https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2620:_Health_Data Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

We are in the middle of converting our software distribution of 1.3 million lines of C++ and F77 from ASCII to Unicode (UTF-8). The conversion is not going well and we have yet to start on the Fortran code. Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fnord Its a bit more complicaterd. It comes from Discordian books, such as the Principia Discordia and the Illuminatus! trilogy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fnord In this context, PSP means that racism

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: William Hyde

And his dad, a fascinating character in his own right. with Powers channeling John Le Carre. I loved "Expiration date" but have been unable to finish "Earthquake Weather" despite two tries. Of more recent novels, other than Declare,

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Don't trust the site. It says I don't exist. 642,077 with my first name, 163 with my last, and 0 with both. pt

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

There's no reason Unicode can't work on Usenet, but a great deal of the time, it doesn't. I've successfully posted Tibetan script from trn, and it was readable (if you read Tibetan). However, the stumbling blocks are: Many clients strip

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

If the word "fnord" encloses something in a Usenet post, it indicates the author wishes readers to forget that they read it. So the comment had to do with the people objecting to what they allege is teaching "Critical Race Theory" in th

The Lordlings of Worship and Their Catastrophic Mindrides

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I ran across this novel recently. Glanced at the description in the dustjacket, then hastily put it down. It appeared the book was about how God kept sending disasters to the planet because the human race had failed to obey Him - and this

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Well, anyway, as I explained, it's exactly as traditionally American as slavery, do it goes back a /long/ way.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Do not feed the troll.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

If "one's community" is your race - I think that most people would regard that as racism, whether they're for or against that. ObSF: in Poul Anderson's _There Will Be Time_ when the hero and heroine of different dates time travel to the

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Apparently according to that site there are 63000 people in the US with my first name and 4800 with my last name and 1 person with both. Since I am not >IN< the United States well he ain't me. I'd be curious knowing where he is and poss

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Racism goes far beyond ownership of other human beings. And I have no hesitation saying so though I utterly reject the racism of BLM and those who demand "equity" (equality of results) rather than "equality" (equality of opportunity). Wh

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I was mostly disputing his mis-remembered chronology. My father was born on 30 January 1933 - I'm pretty sure I know who took power in Germany that day and what resulted from that. During the 1920s both Nazis and Communists were signif

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Wiki attributes it to the princess Victoria daughter of you know who and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II so if I'm wrong on Bismarck I'm not wrong on the era https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder,_K%C3%BCche,_Kirche My late wife stayed hom

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jaimie Vandenbergh

Ew. I rescind my previous article, which of course also isn't possible on Usenet. Cheers - Jaimie

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jaimie Vandenbergh

On a Mac, just hold the "e" key down for about 2.5 seconds and you get a popup with accent offerings. Applies to the other obvious candidate keys also. There's no sense in trying to work out characters that have been to Usenet and back,

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 2 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

While true, IBM was rather late to the game by Aug 12, 1981 when they introduced the IBM-PC. Apple had sold 100,000+ Apples (mostly various versions of the II) by the end of 1980 (one of them to me) and a large number of them WERE runnin

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days ago by: Quadibloc

While I don't agree with him that it's a particularly "low blow", it is indeed true that _Kinder, Kirche, Küche_ is referred to as a phrase used by Hitler in a number of works, and is associated with him. John Savard

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days ago by: John W Kennedy

Cocoa has always used UTF-16 (though with translation to/from UTF-8 and UTF-32 are available), but, a couple of years ago, Swift changed its internal representation to UTF-8.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days ago by: John W Kennedy

Especially since the ⍎ operator (small circle over inverted-T), “Execute” was added, which interprets a character string as an APL expression in the current context. It was only in 2021 that IBM sold APL2 to Log-On Software, whic

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:0di78hls0usllsrrj6a79ef8mtq8i0soka@4ax.com: So far as the crows are concerned (and their opinion is the only one that matters to them), if they become aware you exist, you're torm

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Actually, some of them have been warming up to Rome, to the point of adding opposition to contraception to their position and redefining infanticide as "post-birth abortion" so the Fathers can be said to oppose abortion. Such concern ov

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I've known several, in various contexts. And, while they may not /agree/ with the Pope, I suspect that they accept his definition of "pro-life".

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

"They" refers to "animals" or, more particularly, IIRC, pigeons.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I apparently strayed "too close" to the nest. Which I never saw. But they may have felt tormented, I suppose. More likely, they felt that their eggs or chicks were /threatened/. They have a territoriality range of at least 10 feet, poss

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

<snippo> It was the /family/ that was being defined, not marriage. To the best of my recollection, it was a candidate in the Republican Primary for a State-level office. Possibly in Wisconsin, although quite possibly not. Note that "St

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:86h78hdrpas3od9oq7a8q2ire40nk5c21j@4ax.com: Since she's the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, yes, I'm pretty sure she would disagree with that. I'm sure she'd a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Because the sad truth is that racism is as American as apple pie. Albeit now in only some areas. And will continue to be such until rooted out altogether. Hence the uproar over actually teaching kids to recognize it and call it out whe

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:mn568hdlubc1ssntia7q017l77159nesb9@4ax.com: Yes. Perhaps you've hear of "Black Lives Matter" and "Antifa," though of course, you're not allowed to recognize their violent insurgency trying

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:mf568hd63vv4c70bdb31t789gb8t2cj83p@4ax.com: You've *just* noticed that the *first* place the left goes is "if you disagree with me you're literally Hitler"? That's been their standard line

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Who all appear to be agreeing with a Justice who apparently believes in Replacement Theory, a staple of the alt-right. Judging from the footnotes to his draft. Footnotes, I should add, that may or may not remain in the actual decision if

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

The problem is that the Republican Party has become an ideological party -- and, yes, everbody has to believe the same thing or they are RINOs. I will agree that the Dems are moving in that direction, but they aren't there yet. But as

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Not agree with what? -- that all women will find life worse under Republican totalitarianism? -- that some women might be content to be houswives? or something else?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Are you sure? IIRC, it was presented to me as the traditional German attitude. But I suppose they could have been mistaken. Or my memory could be. And, really, all I am doing is pointing out that it is possible that not /every/ woman

Re: Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 4 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

UTF-8 _is_ unicode. There are many possible encodings for unicode, UTF-8 is the most common outside of windows, which uses UTF-16 by default. And Clarke is correct, you cannot represent Chinese in 8 bits, even when using UTF-8 encoding

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

[re: driving and calculus] I still mostly think of fuel economy as a post-driving metric for analysis. I didn't have instantaneous fuel economy until I was too old to experiment with drafting behind trucks. I do remember the joys of a

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 7 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I meant to say "acceleration or the value of staying behind the next car." And on reflection, let me mention fuel economy.

Re: [OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 9 Hours ago by: Charles Packer

[stuff] Fun fact (courtesy of HowManyOfMe.com): There are less than 1700 Americans named Payton. Racist, schmacist. If I had had the name Payton inflicted on me by parents named Pam and Paul, I'd eventually...well, I don't know what I

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 10 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

While there was indeed widespread property damage and looting, there is a general consensus that to make a fuss about that in the face of the death of a human being is... indecent, and shows bigotry against black people. Whether or not

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Absolutely right. I'd go so far as saying few science fiction writers write 'as far in the future' as the 250+ years since 1776 and that our shock at the 23rd / 24th century would be far less than the Americans of that era. (I know - S

[OT] Two Recent Mass Shootings

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Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-16-2022-1.6454744/blaming-fox-news-republican-rhetoric-for-buffalo-mass-shooting-is-too-easy-says-professor-1.6454921 The professor being interviewed for CBC Radio says it's "too ea

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: Kevrob

You might want to search on the term "seamless garment" in regard to Catholic "pro-lifers." I don 't know if Protestants use that or have their own jargon.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

It was a bit subtle, you had to think about what was being communicated because it wasn't straight "speech" Rudy was receiving. And I'm used to automatically thinking "Why are they saying it like _that_?" with, well, pretty much everyt

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: Gary R. Schmidt

UNICODE?? It's a joke, Joyce. (If only it was!!) And I've been fighting with UNICODE (and incompetence/lack of understanding) of UNICODE for decades. The only thing less (or wrongly) understood than UNICODE in computing is time and d

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Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: Kevrob

AWB? The Average White Band! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_White_Band I think neither the Real World nor in-story groups with those initials would like their music.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

During the 1920 the Nazi SA were almost entirely engaging in street battles vs their Communist counterparts. Hard core Nazi anti-semitic actions didn't really get into full gear until after Jan 1, 1933 when they took power. If the Nazi

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

THAT is an extremely low blow since while the term "Kinde, Kirche, Kueche" was coined by Bismarck, it is most associated with the Third Reich which some Democrats insist on describing their opposition as. (As does Putin in describing any

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

That's true pretty much anywhere where there's a boundary where the drinking age is lower on one side than the other. I had a similar discussion with my daughter when she came home for Christmas her first year at Carleton (Ottawa ON wh

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Surely you mean 2020 (or more accurately January 2021). I am not aware of a great deal of uproar relating to Trump's inauguration. On the other hand you are showing your bias when you excuse the widespread rioting after the Floyd death

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

The Trumpsters would probably describe me as a RINO if I were an American - I'm very tough on the need to run a tight ship financially but am fairly tolerant on social issues. I'm NOT one for social engineering by pouring dollars on them

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Thanks! My first grandchild - she will be 10 days old tomorrow. Son + wife aren't keen to have us over just yet - he says they're still working out their crib arrangements.

Re: Recently Read - "Two Dooms" (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Joy Beeson

And this plain has been flooded a foot deep for a week or two at least once a decade ever since the glaciers retreated, therefore building a dam to put it under twenty feet of water permanently will make no difference whatsoever.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:36v48hpfgsqsuk9a8rrhs96jjqfko130ga@4ax.com: You deserved it, for tormenting them. If they did, that still says more about the intelligence of people than it does about crows. On

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quinn C

That's doesn't fall under the normal interpretation of "handle with 8 bits" for me.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

On 5/16/2022 7:50 PM, Dimensional Traveler wrote:

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Yes, you can with variable-width character encoding UTF-8. We are in the middle of converting our software distribution to it. The Fortran code is dicey at best though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8 Lynn

Movie Reviews: Best Godzilla movie and worst Trek movie???

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Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: David Brown

Here's a couple things I've done that got backlogged. First, a review of Godzilla Vs Biollante, sometimes considered the best in the series. Unfortunately, you can't get it here. https://trendytroodon.blogspot.com/2022/05/featured-creature-

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 15 Hours ago by: Moriarty

Tim Powers is one of those authors who, for me, is very hit and miss. Some I love, some leave me totally cold. If you want to try another of his, give "The Anubis Gates" a go, or "Declare". The former is a time travel fantasy about Egyp

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Juvyr ba Anaghpxrg ur znxrf "pbagnpg" gubfr erfcbafvoyr sbe Gur Punatr. "Gurl" ner gur zretrq pbafpvbhfarff bs nyy fragvrag orvatf va gur tnynkl/(havirefr?) sebz znal ovyyvbaf bs lrnef va gur shgher. Nf orfg nf ur pna qrgrezvar gurl

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Anybody who tries to drive by doing calculus in his head is probably already a statistic.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

As implemented it's a bit wild-west, but it was necessary--you can't handle Chinese with 8 bits.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

While there have been APL compilers in the past, they are aberrations. APL has historically been an interpreted language and most APL code expects that environment. Current commercial implementations are APL+Win, APL2 (I think--it was a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

You don't actually know any Catholics, do you?

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Posted: 3 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Who is this "we"? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus G

Great. Thanks for the warning. Given your previous recommendations/reviews, I suspect my mileage will be similar. _Last Call_ is the only Powers' that I have read. I think it may have been recommended here.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

But in that case, how was your post intended as a relevant reply to a post that _was_ only talking about right and wrong, and not about the current status of the law? John Savard

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Well, he used the A-word to describe Israel! Thus, if one wishes to muddle up the discussion of Middle East politics in the same way as has been done around Ilhan Omar, one... _could_... fashion an argument to that effect. John Savard

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: Moriarty

I loved "Last Call" but found "Expiration Date" to be a tedious snore-fest. I finished it but had to make myself do so; Powers has enough runs on the board that I won't abandon him mid-book. "Earthquake Weather" has been un-read on my sh

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 18 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

(oh, he really was quoting "The Horny Goat" and not Terry Austin) I thought that the only member of "The Squad" that was even accused of anti-Semitism was its only Semite... Ilhan Omar. She has opinions I disagree with about Israel and

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t5uf68$c71$1@dont-email.me: I suspect our foundes would all have a stroke and die foaming at the mouth at what we've become.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

The post is pretty bad around Christmas. I don't know anything about this case but it is desirable to pause fighting at an earlier point in peace negotiation. ?You can always start again if it doesn't work out. ObSF, Joe Haldeman's _Th

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Quinn C

My spontaneous interpretation was that it was a circumflex in an outline font. I don't think we can combine a diacritic in an outline font with a character in a different font, though.

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Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Where is that supposed to have come from? It could be out of the traditional "mad scene" performed in each year's Republican convention, but Google doesn't recognise the words, which implies no one even alleges it, or else they're censo

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

People are much better at driving safely than most would estimate from our recorded reaction times. It appears that humans have a hardwired appreciation of at least some things that normally involve calculus. We can throw things with f

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Yup. A friend who passed away a couple of years ago called the repuglican party and the dumbrocrat party the two sides of the War Party. I suspect that he would be aghast at both of them now. Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Congrats on the new grandchild ! Lynn

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t5ueb6$6ea$1@dont-email.me: One could argue that he is in the sense that he's (closer, at least, to being) a true conservaive, while the party itself lost their way years ago.

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Trump's legacy, three conservative SCOTUS justices (two more than I had expected), is proof to me and mine that Trump was not and is not a RINO. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus G

Despite little attraction to demons and horror suspense, I was fascinated by the strangeness and the complexity in the 'patterns' of _Last Call_ and would be happy to try the next.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I need to reread the Dies The Fire series because I do not remember who the Powers are and why they are messing with humanity. I reread the first four books last year. I seem to recall that Rudy makes it to Nantucket around book #8 o

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Some more photos of the kids: http://www.boston-baden.com/hazel/Pix/A/kajafoglio.htm

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

From http://www.westercon64.org/?page_id=231, dated 2011 ] The Foglios have two children, a son Victor (a budding artist and entrepreneur in his own right) and daughter Alex. From https://girlgenius.fandom.com/wiki/Victor_Foglio ] In no

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

You are making me hungry. Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sorry, I did not intend a joke here. As a computer programmer, I find Unicode both fascinating and horrifying. Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I was not even aware that there was a current APL compiler. Lynn

Pearls Before Swine: Dear World

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Pearls Before Swine: Dear World https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/05/16 Oh my, that will not go well. I see a “Bless your heart” in Pig's future. Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Although this citation does date the quote to May 2, 2022, other searching I've done dates it to April 2, 2022. For example: https://www.newsweek.com/gop-candidate-says-we-are-church-we-run-state-viral-video-1696729 I still would like a

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Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Thanks for this one!

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

The Treaty of Ghent was signed on Dec 24, 1814; the British government ratified it on Dec 27th, but it didn't even arrive in Washington DC until Feb 17th. The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8th. While the treaty provided

Re: xkcd: Crepe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

IIRC, an article, probably in BYTE, reported in the early 80s that businessmen were flocking to computer stores and buying any computer they could get (all of them 8-bit things) "so long as it ran VisiCalc". The small computers on desks

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:gkv48h93ilq8kgp6op38kgvc9demkha3ds@4ax.com: Only for Catholics. And really, when it comes to the loudest of the anti-abortion types in the US, neither they nor the Pope would co

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:mpv48hd1hqunracu937gvdagbp7htshj4k@4ax.com: Ones that have a lot of adherents? Only if your desire is to confuse the issue. Which, of course, it is. No reason to let others be a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Precisely. Personality is something we detect in others. In other people, in animals, even in things.

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Actually, the point I was and am making is /precisely/ what the law is. And I said nothing about "right" or "wrong". Although I feel I should point out that adopting the position that it is always "right" to disobey the law because the

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Including _Vandals of the Void_ (the most un-Vancian of the Jack Vance novels I have read)?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Depends on what you call "major". Other issues are a /lot/ more variable than this one. Well, he probably does.

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

It is my understanding that, if you check with the Pope, you will find that being pro-life includes all of: 1) opposition to abortion 2) opposition to effective contraception 3) opposition to capital punishment Although not a Roman Cat

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:k3lv7hlcsntmam38flgl07dppb1ko3p5fp@4ax.com: And here you are, literally unable to stop yourself from talking *about* me. As usual.

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

This was a very interesting mish-mash of quotes from different sequences. Granted, they all had the same overall title, but the only place they form a continual conversation is -- here. Actually, depending on how you /define/ religion,

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:4iu48hdjfvagulugib33iojie7mrqd2erd@4ax.com: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:qau48h57r9ibvh3ivbb0g0hnnfq2f8b8o7@4ax.com: Is that the most recent Democrat you could come up with that I couldn't immediately point to fascist acts they've committed? Most lik

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Back when I was walking an hour each day for exercise, I walked too close to a nest during the season when they were raising their young. They didn't like it and attacked. And kept attacking. This is not at all uncommon here, as the Bur

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:6uj48hd3a6jq1dq72nqarmm05tir4ggkd2@4ax.com: All domesticated animals have personalities. It is especially prnounced in animals that we keep as pets, or companions, like cats, dogs and

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

I think it more a question of both centrist RINOs and far-right RINOs, which are very different from each other. What I like to think of the Republican Party is somewhere in between. Maybe we should also be recognizing DINOs. Bernie, of

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:e3u48hlp0cqi8ulkkrg8slf3gsdg0p6tlj@4ax.com: I'm not sure Ms. Ronna McDaniel would agree. In fact, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't.

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:0ot48hhadks9991i4unvbksedk8s18tt09@4ax.com: I would argue that he is actually too stupid to be properly sexist.

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Posted: 4 Days ago by: Paul S Person

No, no, no. We want him alive, kicking, and in prison. And that will take a bit longer. Although he /does/ respond to $10K/day court fines ...

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Indeed. But the left-wingnuts plaguing the Democrats are not, at least so far, in control of the Party. This is why Manchin is so unpopular with them. What the Dems need, BTW, is more candidates like Manchin in traditionally Republican

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Jimmy Carter went all fascist on you? Poor baby! It is the /Republicans/ that have gone fascist. And, BTW, "they do it" doesn't mean "I can do it too". The Republicans became well known for sitting down, making an agreement that reco

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jack Bohn

I want to say _Midsummer Century_, but I don't have it to check. I also want to say either "Beep" or its expansion into _The Quincunx of Time_, but I have those[1]. They have a major character named Thor Wald, so I began doubting an off

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Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I don't think so. The most basic principle of the Traditional Family Values they champion is, after all: women are cattle However, "all women" is a bit of a stretch. Any woman who is satisfied with the 3 Ks (Kinde, Kirche, Kueche -- th

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Posted: 4 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

1. Yes, that was drawn rather broadly. And may have confused different results from different contexts. 2. I said nothing about your state of domestication. Indeed, I didn't even mention the concept. 3. Overseas charities deal with cul

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 2 Hours ago by: Martin

I have a four-paperback series "The Complete Federation of the Hub" (series link at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074BPTX6Z), which contains the following: 1. Telzey Amberdon 2. Trigger and Friends 3. T.N.T.: Telzey Amberdon

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

If you have had cats, multiple, you will be aware that they have personality.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

OK, show us the statute or case law that defines "personality". Not "person", "personality", the words are not synonyms.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The point is not what the law is, but what the law should be. If you equate "lawful" with "right" and "unlawful" with "wrong" you really should move to Canada or Britain or some other place that wasn't founded by people who violated the

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Personally I'm a Republican and I don't give the tiniest damn what Trump wants. He had his shot, he screwed up by the numbers, he lost, and I suspect if he tries again it's not going to turn out like he planned. Be nice though if he ki

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

That's probably more fair to Heinlein, yeah.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

This is Democratic Party cant.

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Right now a debate above my pay grade at my current employer is whether to keep APL or move everything that is currently on APL to another platform.

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Nonetheless, sooner or later "the good guys" are going to have to take down a nuclear-armed opponent. And a quick Russian surrender most assuredly would be a "win for the good guys". Just don't fuck up the subsequent regime change.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

I must not have had enough coffee yet this morning. I can only think of one such novel -- _Starship Troopers_. Which other of his novels had this idea?

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Are you saying that he had this *outside* of the Cities stories? I'd be interested in knowing which, if you happen to recall.

Re: Misnamed series (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

In those terms, _Empire Star_ may be a misnamed book, but I suppose that's a spoiling remark, which is a risk in this topic. Consider Douglas Adams's cover of book five in "the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy." That

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Anti-what? Oh well, at least you don't consider it important among "their crimes". Whatever it is.

"This Is Not What It Looks Like" by Sarah Hoyt

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Posted: 4 Days 10 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

"This Is Not What It Looks Like" by Sarah Hoyt https://accordingtohoyt.com/2022/05/15/this-is-not-what-it-looks-like/ Sarah Hoyt's cat, Havelock, is cute, real cute. And looks huge. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 10 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Yes, me too. Lynn

Misnamed series

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Default User

Book series frequently have a name attached to them either by the author or book sellers. There have been a few that I have come across that really don't fit the actual books. The Parker Interstellar Travels by Michael McCloskey. In the fi

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Default User

Another series that fits well in this category are the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath books by Jack McDevitt. I would actually like to find more like this. Brian

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Gary R. Schmidt

Do you often find your hair being parted as the joke whooshes by??? Cheers, Gary B-)

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:9ni38hpfpv3h70fbpmgo4jbmhtsoslt26c@4ax.com: In a perfect world, we'd remove the quotes around "crimes" in the case of those who have openly endorsed the violent insurgency after the 2016 e

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:38i38hpto49bifpfutotblli22mnqefqkq@4ax.com: Stereotypes are all Quaddie can understand. Simple, bigoted stereotypes. Especially where women are concerned.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

And one must reconcile the fact that a) every major religion has a different definition of when life begins, and b) imposing religious dogma as law in unconstitutional. As well as c) you're a fucking morong, and d) who gives a shit wha

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:55a5d83a-5b90-4519-b8d9-5a5ab39107d0n@googlegroups.com: The human brain, at birth, has basically *no* functuion beyond the autonomic ones. People who study such things scientifically believe

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Dimensional Traveler <dtravel@sonic.net> wrote in news:t5rsa6$phu$2@dont-email.me: Which is emaningless until it's also ratified. Which occured on the same day as the beginning of the battle, making it physically impossible, in 1815, fo

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:700bceca-04d4-41cd-bcdf-6ecbc00d4883n@googlegroups.com: You can't even *define* "the pepole in control of the Republican Party" in a coherent manner, so not, they cannot. Just to humiliate you

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert Woodward

The minions of Trump are busy driving out all sane Republicans by calling them RINOs (of course, Trump and company are the actual Republicans In Name Only).

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Well that is DEFINITELY 'channelling his inner Heinlein' since Heinlein in several novels tied the franchise to a period of government service (not just military as Starship Troopers makes plain)

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

My comment was about NATO actively taking part in the fighting. That's why I prefaced my comments of Putin using nukes in Ukraine as the "mother of all blunders". I'm sorry I apparently wasn't sufficiently clear but I was suggesting th

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dan Swartzendruber

In article <0a36344b-9dbc-4f5f-9495-87d091c7f26fn@googlegroups.com>, kevrob@my-deja.com says... I went to college in northern Indiana in the 70s. It was very popular for students to drive less than 1 hour over the border to Michigan, w

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Yup - and Visicalc largely sold several hundred thousand Apple II's back in the day.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Oh? And the fact that modern Democrats egg on their most extreme elements (the Squad's open anti-Semiticism is the least of their "crimes") with zero restraint whatever? I'm no Trump-ista but if you describe ALL Republicans in those ter

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Hate to tell you this but that isn't a specifically a female trait. Was I showing my "female side" when I saw my 3 year old son had wandered off the curb into traffic on a 4 lane street and I ran between him and the oncoming car screami

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Can't the people in control of the Republican Party just be bent on making life worse for nearly all women? John Savard

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Personality is a function of the human brain. When the human brain does something is a scientific fact that has to be determined by observation. Not by someone's arbitrary decree. What you've said here is just silly. If law makes right

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

That's not the point at *all*. The legal definition of "human being" is whatever some politicians chose to write one fine day. It could have excluded people with dark skin. It could have excluded Jews. So the fact that it excludes the u

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 18 Hours ago by: William Hyde

"But weaseling is what separates us from the animals!

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

This sounds like a Jim Crow law, although calculus is how to understand such phenomena as acceleration of the value of staying a ways behind the next car when driving at speed. I suppose that most twentieth century drivers had a reason

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

The Battle of New Orleans took place well after the peace treaty was signed.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

I think it was _Mission_ I read, not knowing it was a juvenile, at that awkward age when I was able to drive but not yet understand calculus. I think two theories of juvenile fiction is that the protagonist should be either someone the r

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

I got the impression that The Powers were trying two methods of getting what they wanted. So both were intended results rather than one being a side-effect of the other. But then I also have some serious issues with who The Powers are

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

He's made similar statements about resuming XXXenophile. He did that for money, not love, though, and it's possible GG brings in enough he'll Never feel the need. Pt

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Christian Weisgerber <naddy@mips.inka.de> wrote in news:slrnt82gjv.1epi.naddy@lorvorc.mips.inka.de: All things considered, I'd say they're justified in getting a little uppity.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus G

From the same thread: Paul Person wrote: Jibini replied: I have noted the same thing. I can't think of a single trait that is uniquely human. There are many that we do *better* than any other species, but the only uniqueness we have is t

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus G

A Carlos Ruiz Zafon Trilogy not only claims that each book can be read on its own but that they can be read in any order. I am reading them in publication order having read _The Shadow of the Wind_ and forgotten it before reading _The Ang

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 21 Hours ago by: Magewolf

I was replying to the only anti-capital punishment people are pro-life statement,pointing out they are not the same thing.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Yup, that is my impression. In the school of equal and opposite effects, the effect of removing electric fire from the world caused Nantucket Island to be moved 3,000 years in the past. Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: John W Kennedy

Actually, APL was becoming very popular among accountants and the like in the prehistoric days before VisiCalc (awaiting a cry from the Peanut Gallery, “What’s Visicalc?”).

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:98828hdenq4jqstabbchjgrhpp77h0td7o@4ax.com: When one side of an argument has to resort to instilling hysteria to convince you, it's very likely because that's all they have.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:lr728h17iht5rb5cnskbsc827pme41q3v4@4ax.com: I have noted the same thing. I can't think of a single trait that is uniquely human. There are many that we do *better* than any othe

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:0j728hphnknb04d76k5lh16hhj30c2cqtf@4ax.com: In response to the Democrats going all fascist on us Like Obama's idea of "bipartisan cooperation" being for the Republicans to sit

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:3p728h9vpi02lht0qeikddnh6amn1t08j8@4ax.com: There has been peer reviewed research. Some varities will also not only *use* tools to dig food out of small places, they will *manuf

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Christian Weisgerber

Indeed, who cares about Moscow. "Moscow as a centre of Rus' will disappear - the imperialism was a consequence of the Mongol invasion, and Rus' went the wrong way for centuries. This imperialism is now dying, we won't recognise Eastern

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:va728hhfqpdhfdkircb60gc9e8csrvuc3p@4ax.com: Making as ass out of himself? No, he's *always* been an ass. When evolution conflicts with survivial instinct, in the long run, evolu

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:d60e4f48-c70e-4261-aa03-1ec9234125e9n@googlegroups.com: So, in your diseased fantasy world, all Republicans are hell-bent on murdering all women? That *must* be your belief, based on what you

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Thomas Koenig

"cat" is short for "catalytic". Which reminds me of something that happened ~20 years ago. We were discussing a chemically unstable catalyst, which decomposed. A Belgian colleague was abbreviating "catalyst" with "cat", so he talked ab

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

My feeling is that for whatever reason, the Winston line was sort of an "also ran" effort, with some enjoyable entries. As for _The Star Dwellers_, you have to give it credit for the "They became bad liars?" bit.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days ago by: James Nicoll

Oh, yes.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Have you read very many Winston SF titles (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pubseries.cgi?790+2)?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Was it? IIRC, GB was willing to claim that Napoleon's transfer of Louisiana to the USA was invalid. If the battle took place before a date specified in the peace treaty (and IIRC which I might not, it did), then Great Britain could tr

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Canada grants birth certificates to stillborns and/or miscarriages? You wanted to know when personality came into existence. The answer is: no sooner than a human being does. And that is determined by law. And no amount of handwavium

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Again, this is not the point. The point is the legal definition of "human being". And an unborn child does /not/ qualify. Hysteria does not help, not even one little bit.

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I seem to be missing a point here. Aristotle may seem to be simplistic here, but plants /do/ grow, animals /do/ move, and humans /do/ reason. It's not like he claimed the soul could, say, transport itself instantaneously to Mars or som

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

It is truly amazing, over the last 50-100 years or so, how many "distinctively human" activities have turned out (when suitably defined) to be anything but.

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Having made that mistake in the past, I can confirm that it certainly /seems/ that way. And, around here at least, they are /protected/, so can't even defend yourself effectively.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I should acknowledge here that, much as I would prefer a different outcome, the usual result of a mid-term election in a President's first term is, indeed, for the other side to take control of Congress. Up to 40 years ago, this was arg

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Well, there's your problem -- making an ass out of yourself. Female mammals with offspring tend to act to preserve their /offspring's/ survival. Some overseas charities learned long ago that -- if you give the husband the money, he wil

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

NATO is already united militarily against him. That's why it exists. He just hasn't pushed them to the "release the Kraken" point.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Or maybe it's his attempt to emulate YA SF without really understanding it.

Re: [tears] The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

I just read this and _Mission to the Heart Stars_ earlier this month. It seemed to me as if Blish was channeling his inner RAH. A coming of age story, with two boys and their mentor, the mentor explaining what was wrong with the twentieth

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Actually they are connected. In one of the 'Dies the Fire' books a main character visits Nantucket Island. The reader finds out that their Nantucket is the far past Nantucket that was switched for the modern Nantucket in the first "I

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

How about this? <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?544>

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Posted: 5 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars, volume 1) by James Blish https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/at-least-it-was-short How wretched can a YA about a cadet, his space pal, and his grumpy mentor be and still get published? At least as bad as T

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 4 Hours ago by: artyw2@yahoo.com

Tim Powers has a Trilogy (Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather) in which the last one is a sort of a sequel to the first 2.

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 8 Hours ago by: Default User

I saw a video featuring crepe shops in Japan. They made large crepes (14" or so). After cooking, they put whipped cream, fruit, and syrup on one half, fold the other side over that, then roll it into a cone. In the top of the cone they'd

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Default User

I would put the Murderbot Diaries stories by Martha Wells in that category. While there is some linkage between stories, they are mostly different locations and often totally different casts other than Murderbot itself. All Systems Red -

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Parrots can use speech meaningfully. Human exceptionalism has retreated to elevating the elaborateness of human grammar. And mainly in English, I suppose. Indeed, I think there's a word that I would have liked to use instead of "elevate

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

A rare sighting (of some version), about 8 and a half years ago: <https://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date 131230>

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

If long shot upon long shot the Ukrainians got to do to one or more Russian cities what the Russians have done to Mariupol I doubt few westerners would share tears even though most of us probably wouldn't advise it. Putin resorting to n

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Nope - different point of divergence (that's the soc.history.what-if term anyhow) between the two.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Correct - there is very little of the War of 1812 where opinion was unanimous on one side or another other than that both sides tend to agree the Battle of New Orleans was a grievous waste of life since it was fought AFTER the peace but b

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Not to mention that they know darned well that they won the 2016 election in large part by over-confidence by the other candidate. And would prefer not to do likewise.....

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

My experience with pastors - and I've known several - is that like any other field of human endeavor they range from the sublime to the truly awful and I'm chiefly surprised anybody's surprised on that point. The one who did my wife's s

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 11 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

They continue to make money, we continue to be entertained. It seems a fair exchange. Also, given the nature of the Girl Genius series, where most of the payoff is in the comedy associated with each installment, this isn't like a "Wheel

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

This does not involve a pretense of completely understanding women. Simply the assumption that women share with men one nearly universal characteristic of organic life - an interest in promoting conditions consistent with their own surv

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I remember a "Confucius Say": "Show me a man who understands women, I show you a man who has a big fat surprise coming." I understand Campbell used to challenge his authors to come up with aliens who thought as well as a man, but not li

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I have been married to a woman for over 40 years. My conclusion is that they are a different species of humans than men. Any man who says he knows what they are going to do is delusional. Lynn

Re: Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Thank you. Now I know.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:fas08htqo2rqqdf36s65snh64520jtti52@4ax.com: His fantasies are all he has, or ever will have. Can you imagine an actual woman ever letting him near her?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

That is not clear. Dolphins communicate with each other in some encoding that we do not understand. That we do not understand it does not mean that it doesn't exist.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Yes, you are. Women are not the simple creatures you imagine them to be.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I suppose one _could_ think of the Honor Harrington series, and similar ones - Kylara Vatta's, and Kris Longknife's - as examples of this. But what came to my mind, instead, was the Demon Princes novels of Jack Vance. I am a bit unhappy

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I remember reading _New Lensman_, and liking it though not as much as Doc Smith. It may say something that the 70s were kind of Smith's last publication hurrah, with the Pyramid editions of all the Lens, Skylark and IPC out yet Pyramid (

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I'll be 62 in a couple of weeks. I now find it difficult to move back and forth from C++ to Fortran and back to C++ in the same day now. I suspect that this problem will get worse, not better over time. Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

A refinery catalytic-cracker is a special type of reactor that mixes catalysts in the vaporized crude oil stream using high pressure compressors and cracks the long hydrocarbon chains into short hydrocarbon chains for making diesel, je

Re: Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Nope. I did have one memorized around fifteen years ago, so I could quote words in Elvish with their vowel-length marks. But that was fifteen years ago, and I seem to have forgotten it.

Re: Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Ok, I am certain that the refinery was not cracking felines. The ASPCA would have complained. What does "cat-" stand for in this instance? Good for him.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Do you happen to have a link to the whole lot?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:a7ec5245-47f6-41eb-8e6c-03941bf2a9fcn@googlegroups.com: You are not the first to observe the similarity. There's no evidence that you ever have. Or stupid.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus G

snip. Israel has one of the most liberal abortion practices. The fetus is not a life until the head or most of the body is outside the mother. Mishna. The following is short but interesting and informative: https://israelnewsagency.com/

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus G

snippage and editing .. He didn't know much about plants then, did he? The animal souls were [also] concerned with movement,. .. He didn't know much about animals then, did he?

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Posted: 5 Days 19 Hours ago by: Alan

What action has a child taken to be "imprisoned" by his/her parents?

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 19 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

What, you don't have over 100,000 characters memorized, such as ♖. https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2600.pdf Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 20 Hours ago by: John W Kennedy

It’s not a proper Ê. It either E with an inverted breve above it (Ȇ) and a circumflex ^ above the inverted breve, or else it’s an E with a tiny A (or a Starfleet A badge or even a simple 2-D line drawing of Duke, the Java mascot)

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus

[snip] That's right. The type of title record 958455, which was linked by Don, is "INTERIORART". If you display publication record 208961 (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?208961), you will see that it appears on page 136. The related

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

A spray of vinegar on the leaves will curl them up and wither them away. (It has been suggested the leaves make good greens for a salad. I'll never try.) I've long since decided my house pride doesn't require my yard to be dandelion-fre

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

.... The title "Course Perilous" simultaneously refers to two items. One a story by Smith, the other interior art by Finlay.

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I cannot really argue that claim, but the only thing that has recently struck me as resembling Hitler's career is where... first Hitler says he is only trying to protect the Sudeten Germans, and then he gobbles up all of Czechoslovakia

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:bd3d28ee-d04b-443c-976e-2733adfb7f3cn@googlegroups.com: Rather thoroughly proven to not be true. Crows, for instance, have demonstrated the ability to describe humans to other crows. Which me

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:bsiv7ht814i0pjevk4f6u1ocsr9l1rsdq6@4ax.com: Not speicically, no. It recognizes a right to be "secure in your home" and requires a warrant. Only a fucking moron would see that as

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

You didn't bother mentioning parrots. Yes, many creatures vocalize, but only humans have *language*. Although our hopes were once raised in respect of chimps, and even gorillas, involving sign language rather than vocalizations. John Sa

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ninapenda Jibini

Kevrob <kevrob@my-deja.com> wrote in news:aa07d9e9-11e3-46b5-bec8-2168a48e9f5bn@googlegroups.com: Dandelion wine is a thing.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Don

1976 makes even more sense given _New Lensman_'s provenance. <http://decomposed.outel.org/goe/lensfaq.html> says it first appeared as "Moon Prospector" in _analog_ April 1966. Then it was embellished to become _New Lensman_ in the PR se

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

However, Canada's definition of birth does _not_ require the baby to have taken its first breath. But the definition of birth is about as relevant to the abortion debate as the definition of weaning. John Savard

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 22 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus

1975 is the year of the first serialization while 1976 is the year of the first book publication. See http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/index.php/Help:Use_of_the_SERIAL_type#Date_Rule for a discussion of the reasons behind the ISFDB's dating rule

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 23 Hours ago by: Magewolf

FINAL.pdf Why? What action has the fetus taken that warranted a death penalty? Being born to the wrong person?

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 23 Hours ago by: Don

isfdb shows it the other way around. It says Forry first published _New Lensman_ in 1975: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?678313>. And a year later Futura published it, presumably for the first time in /Great Britain/. There's

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Several of the Telzey stories obviously take place after other Telzey stories (IIRC, publication order, with one or two exceptions, can be assumed to be internal order).

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

I see that one chapter was published as "Moon Prospector" in Analog in the 60s. Forry also serialized another Ellern Lensman title, _Triplanetary Agent_ (which only appeared in Ace run of Perry Rhodan, #100-105).

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

An Uncle once confided to me that what he did for his local church's lawn was put a drop of gasoline on each and every dandelion. No, I never tried it. And, yes, they are very prolific.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Andrew McDowell

I like the Astreiant series. It is an interesting medieval fantasy world, well described, and the good guys work well together (in fact two of them are in a male-male relationship but most of what is described is them working together to f

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Him can't. Him too far into bot mode. I hope not. How can I tell if he's slipping into bot mode if he does that? And he is so ludicrously funny in bot mode.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

One problem is that "soul" is a vague term. Well, unless you consider "psychology" to be what it was originally intended to be -- the scientific study of the soul (psyche in Greek). But pretty much nobody does that any more. Aristotle r

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Martin

How about James Schmitz's Federation of the Hub stories? There are more short stories and novellas than actual novels, but they can be read in pretty much any order.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I'm not trying to prove the underlying theological point, merely pointing to Quadi that that /is/ the traditional answer to when a person begins. And that it /is/ the traditional Christian answer as well. He hasn't responded. Perhaps he

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

Interesting, so UK only until Forry picked it up. One of the links there suggests Ellern may still be with us.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I'm taking it for granted that the origin of this attitude is classical Calvinism. But I suppose the person quoted could have come up with the idea on his own.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Of course, that has /nothing/ to do with privacy. Do you even know what "privacy" means? And, BTW, I wasn't responding to you. But thanks for providing the source material.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

So, then, the Constitution /does/ recognize a right to privacy. Despite the assertion I was responding to. You confirmed my point. Am I therefore a moron ... because you are one? Again, the question was asked of the person I was r

Re: xkcd: Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

And on us non-programmers who can't turn backslash-x-alpha-numeric into something we don't have to guess from context.

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

I have no idea. The parents keep the children well out of the limelight.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

That is indeed the British Orbit, which is now part of the Hachette-verse. Hachette created an American arm of Orbit, but far too recently to have published Ellern.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

The ISFDB entry: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?211509> gives a price of £0.60

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 9 Hours ago by: Michael Dworetsky

I am not all that worried about adaptations to 24-hour cycles. Someone mentioned indoor cannabis farms, which leave the lights on all the time (and in one case not far from us in outer London they managed to burn down a whole row of ho

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 10 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

But babies start talking a lot earlier than at 20 years old. What other creature can do that? John Savard

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 11 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

I recently noticed that one of my favourite podcasts is back after a hiatus (that the podcaster doesn't really want to talk about). The name is now "Can't Cancel Rob Smith" Rob Smith trained as journalist after a stint in the US army and

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 12 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

My Dad used APL in the 1960s trying to control a refinery cat-cracker using an IBM 360. He kinda got it working and wrote his PhD Chem Engineering thesis on it. He got his PhD from Princeton in three years because of that. Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

So you are saying that the ê is not a Unicode character ? Or are you talking about the little hat over the e ? Lynn

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 14 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

OK, thanks! Hmm. The cover image I can bring up says "Orbit" for the imprint of the paperback, and I don't see a price. Was that a British label? Wonder why I never saw this except in PR. I certainly would have bought it.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 15 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

Someone else found it. This is very traditonal: Calvin applied it, IIRC, in Geneva. To be fair, it was also what the Bishop of Rome was doing from the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the rise of nationalism and national churches

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 16 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I think they lie down on the ground until they're ready to leap up and release their seed. Um... anyway, I can believe the flowers lie flat when they /hear/ a mowing machine.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 16 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Unless you're vegetarian, I guess you've eaten critters that had some kind of a brain. We make a difference for a human brain that is fully developed, but they say that takes around 20 years.

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus G

I hope they don't taste like dandelions.

Moon Colony Wacky Baccy. (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Titus G

snip No. They have to imitate the climate of the plants' natural habitat but speed up growth with heat so there has to be day, lights on, and night, lights off. When the day cycle is shortened, the plant flowers, producing buds containing

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Kevrob

ObOtherSF: Dandelion Wine, by Bradbury. I can see Loonies making Pruno out of it. Can we put the domes on rails and have them circumnavigate the Moon in order to stay in sunlight? " The Farms Must Roll!"

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 17 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:k6jt7h1rkrhp54a2v0husn1oha9d6ro7sq@4ax.com: And dandelion is a source of significant nutrition. Plus, you can make rubber out of the sap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyePMeGE3CI

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 18 Hours ago by: Richard Todd

William B. Ellern's _New Lensman_. It was better than the Kyle novels, and took considerably fewer liberties with Smith's background setting, being basically the story of one Triplanetary Service agent-turned-Lensman assigned to Coperni

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 18 Hours ago by: Kevrob

Not a good answer for those of us living in a republic that, the opinions of some conservatives aside, does not privilege religious values. Appeal to philosophy (specifically ethics) and/or appeal to the biology of human development,

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: John W Kennedy

Well, this mess isn’t even a Unicode character. And, on my Mac, I can’t even fake it by putting a combining circumflex over a combining inverted breve over the e, though it ought to work in theory. (I tried both straight output to

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The full text of the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probabl

Re: xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

APL is nearly as old-school as Fortran, and funky non-ASCII characters abound. Nice thing about Windows--if you routinely use another language that uses a different character set, just install the keyboard map for that language. Dyalog

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I've got a cultivar of dandelion for them. Mowed on Tuesday afternoon. On thursday afternoon they're a foot tall and putting out seed.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: William Hyde

Most of the recent American settlers would have been content enough to be again a part of the US, but they weren't going to lift a finger to advance the possibility. Actually the NY militia was not necessarily our enemy. At least one B

Dilbert: Mystery Solved

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Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Dilbert: Mystery Solved https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-13 Is she legally blind with her glasses on or off ? Lynn

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Hmm. Mentioning grow lights prompts the thought: do clandestine cannabis farms put the lights on and off, or are they on basically all the time? I'm not sufficiently familiar with the trade to know, but my impression is that they are al

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Zero for five here. Would Heinlein's future history count for this ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_History_(Heinlein) Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I should have said old school programmers with a lot of Fortran code. I have 850,000 lines of Fortran 77 in my calculation engine. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

If I'm allowed, I used the portal to the Jo Waltonverse <https://www.tor.com/2009/04/06/so-what-sort-of-series-do-you-like/#comment-947139> to give names to her categories. Not worthy to share at Tor, I judge, are other thoughts of "-ve

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Cool ! I did not realize that HPB was interstate until recently. Apparently there are over 120 of them. https://hpb.com/ Lynn

Re:_xkcd:_Crêpe (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Alan

They were...

xkcd: Crêpe

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Posted: 6 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

xkcd: Crêpe https://www.xkcd.com/2619/ I love crêpes ! My Dad, myself, my son, and three of my nephews stood at a fancy crêpe stand and ate about 20 to 30 of them in Paris by the Eiffel Tower back in 2009. We had a lot more fun

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

How much Swedish - or Norwegian, or Danish - do _you_ know, to be able to tell that? John Savard

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Thank you. I had: <http://www.outel.org/decomposed/goe/lensfaq.html> which is sooo close! I will update accordingly.

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: pyotr filipivich

The real, un addressed issue remains: grow lights. While it might be possible to turn regolith into soil, earth plants are adapted to a 24 hour diurnal cycle, not a 336 hour cycle (okay, more like 354, but...) Solar panels are a groov

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Thank you! And, wow, I missed that you got a lot of "new" stuff... from the 1990s. ...Um... ...

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 22 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Let's see - same list, with years: Poul Anderson - Shield (1963) James Blish - Black Easter and The Day After Judgment (in one volume) (1968 and 1971) Leigh Brackett - Alpha Centauri or Die! (1963) Steven Brust - Brokedown Palace (1985)

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

I think I remember either David Drake or somebody quoting David Drake talking about this on a Baen podcast. They said that if somebody buys your book in haste at an airport bookstall and then finds out it is book three of a series and mak

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Currently accessible here (a different URL than we'd previously had): http://decomposed.outel.org/goe/lensfaq.html Original URL, accessible via the Wayback Machine (archive.org) here: https://web.archive.org/web/20210507155225/http://www

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 6 Days 23 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I am reading _Cosmos_ now, a chapter between finishing one book and starting another. The Keller chapter is very proto-Lafferty.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days ago by: Alan

'Well, the more traditional Calvinists still believe that the State exists to do whatever they tell it to do.' '"But we are the church. We are the church, and we run the state."' So... ...how do those differ?

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days ago by: Alan

Riiiiiiight. And that's why you had to snip his arguments...

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days ago by: Don

From my vantage point as a PR newbie, with only about a quarter of Ace's PR corpus consumed (read) to date, one such Smith serialization comes to mind. It's "Cosmos Chapter 13a Course Perilous!" by either Edward E. Smith, Ph.D. (author o

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Born in 1956, thus he is 66 last week (born on May 1st, were there any superstitions about Beltane babies?).

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

But how old are their children?

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:fkvs7hhg1hcdsgp915qva9f6dj3rg9d9fv@4ax.com: You are, as always, an idiot. An illiteral idiot, incompetent even in your own native language.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

eichlertwothedigitnotspelled@comcast.net (Bice) wrote in news:627e4df7.140717984@localhost: Which doesn't really say what Paul claims it said, but that's hardly a surprise, given how stupid he is.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:3kus7h93mnr62ef6gesga2jafccbicliqt@4ax.com: Explicity and specifically covered by the 4th Amendment. Which specifically mentiones the issuing of warrants upon probably cause. Mo

Re: "Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by Jake Rossen (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

/Dolores Claiborne/, which made a very good (IMHO) movie, would appear to be another. Well, unless the book is different.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Of course it does. It allows for those who were famous when the were alive, serving as a reminder that it /is/ possible for not-stupid Republicans to exist. And it allows for those who are alive but not famous, that is, who are unknown

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Robert Carnegie

I kind of want to know the mean or median date of Tony's latest acquisitions. Some I'm pretty sure are older than I am, which might be the reason for buying. It also may be obvious in not-so-good ways, but I have a lot of love for d

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

That's perfectly fine, but I find that "Stupid is as Stupid does" is more euphonic than "Unwise is as Unwise does" to my ear.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Michael F. Stemper

I've never seen it, but I think that that's the stuff written by William B. Ellern: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?11862> Gharlane's Lensmen FAQ mentioned this, but I can no longer find the archived version.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

<snippo> Huh. So a warrant is not required to search a home? Or it isn't required because there is no right to privacy in your own home? Are you sure you are living in reality? That does appear to be their argument. Whether it wil

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Scott Lurndal

IIRC, the article noted that while it did, indeed grow, it grew poorly.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: Tony Nance

Cool - thanks for both of those I'm expecting it to...not be very good. I'm also disappointed that my E.E.Smith Lensman stuff has gone walkabout - my dad says he never had it, so ... where did it go? If they're roughly as good (or bet

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Garrett Wollman

It's pretty clear that there's a continuum, and even within the same setting authors can write stuff that's more or less independent.[1] I think the trend over time is for successful series authors to make their books less and less stan

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

I've heard of the Ellern but never seen one. And apparently there are two other Kyle additions to make an "Authorized Lensmen Trilogy" (per isfdb). Tony

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

HPB is exactly where I was yesterday - both stores. We have 5 in the area (one of which is "Temporarily Closed"), and I went to the two that are best for SFF. Tony

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

1) Re: It’s odd I cannot think of short, snappy terms to distinguish the two models. Do you have any ideas? Maybe “episodic” (vs “serial” or “sequential”)? 2) Re: other examples banks - culture vinge - zones of thought bu

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

What was the one that Ackerman serialized in Perry Rhodan?

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 2 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

Been a long time, but I remember TLOP as being more mainstream(*) Vance, before all the sumptuous meals and footnotes. (*) As in "mainstream sf". Actual "Mainstream Vance" *would* have sumptuous meals and footnotes.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Kind of, except in the end, she leaves him, due to class differences. The ISFDB shows that it came out in serial form in 1962, which was only about a year before the first Berkley edition. Anderson hadn't had time to regret the sins of

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Oh, very definitely Little Fuzzy (the Federation's golden age), then The Cosmic Computer (the Federation's gears are making unhappy grinding sounds), and then Space Viking (the Federation is dead and gone, and the barbarians rule [1]).

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

One man and one woman, as I recall. Kind of an odd duck book, in that the Pax America is presented as oppressive and unjust in its methods [1]. My copy is a Berkley MMPB, which I don't think came with one of Anderson's trademark "I wro

Re: [tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

H. Beam Piper's future history certainly falls into this category. Without looking up the information, I couldn't say which of _Space Viking_, _The Cosmic Computer_, or _Little Fuzzy_ happens first. For that matter, Anderson's magnum opu

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Unfortunately, it's a minor Brackett. Although I suppose if I ever wanted to do "five novels about people fleeing an oppressive Earth government" it would be a possibility.

[tor dot com] Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels

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Posted: 7 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Five Series Made Up of Standalone Novels https://www.tor.com/2022/05/13/five-series-made-up-of-standalone-novels/ What it says on the tin: some series are really one very long novel, broken into parts. This looks at anther sort, where ea

[WFC] The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/so-criminal An ambitious jade setter's career plans are derailed when a precious item belonging to one of the two most powerful clan leaders is stolen from his b

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

That would be _Z-Lensman_. The entire "Other Lensmen" series is: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?4156>

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

You are assuming that you know better than that person what that person's interests are. Which is typical behavior for a crusading do-gooder. If the all-powerful State knows better than the voters and is expected to act on that superio

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Indeed, at least as far as the stuff with which I'm familiar. _Shield_ is a "one man against society" thing, with the man being a just-returned space man and society having changed while he was gone. _The Jewels of Aptor_ pushes the usu

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

In "Fledgling", Lee and Miller make a finer distinction--in the fictional society of that story, "advertency" plays a major role. If one came to grief by their own actions they would be considered "inadvertent", and "inadvertency" wheth

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Which was actually within the Founders' intent. Several states, at the time the Constitution was ratified, had state religions. The Establishment Clause was intended to reassure them that the Federal government would not attempt to alt

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

.... I don't remember if we ever got around to recommending _The Mind Pool_, but I enjoyed both versions. He did another book set in the same universe, I'll have to read it again; at the time it wasn't what I was looking for in a sequel

Re: Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

Doesn't say how much lunar dust to how much "other nutrients." At worst, I figure lunar soil can function as sand (or, as in some potted plants I've received, small styrofoam pellets,) in keeping the soil from compacting and allowing exc

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 5 Hours ago by: Bice

"Don't talk to me about separation of church and state. Church and state was written because the state has no business in our church. But we are the church. We are the church, and we run the state."

Heinlein and "Harsh Mistress" news item

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Posted: 7 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael Dworetsky

This morning the London Times features a front-page article about how moon dust from Apollo missions is being studied to see if plants can be grown in lunar soil. "Researchers at the University of Florida spent 11 years asking to borrow

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

I saw an interesting summary of a popular science article recently that looked at typical adolescent stupidity and compare it to more sane decision by adults. What they found was that the adults were relying on experience unavailable to th

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

I remember enjoying a book on Nadreck, which I presume was in that series. (I have just started re-reading "On Basilisk Station" after re-reading the proper Lensman series. I found more similarities in the Lensman series than I expected -

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 13 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

I thought I'd read an excerpt of the Kyle Lensmen but it must have been William B. Ellern's Lensmen.

Re: A Nice Little Haul Today (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Cool. Half Price Books can have some great finds too. I have one in Sugar Land, TX. Lynn

A Nice Little Haul Today

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Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Quite unusually, I pretty much had a day to myself, and after running some errands and finishing a few minor projects, I ended up with an open afternoon. So for the first time in roughly a year, I visited a couple used book stores, resu

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

But the Tenth Amendment - or is it the Ninth Amendment - _does_ also say something about rights, doesn't it? Ah, yes, it's the Ninth Amendment that says: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construe

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I do have the prejudice that a black person who would vote Republican - at least, _these_ days - in the privacy of the voting booth is acting in a way that is manifestly against his interests (in most circumstances), and could fairly be

Re: "Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Oh hey - I have that downstairs...<gone a minute>...ah, here we go: Quoted from "Why I Was Bachman" by Stephen King: "... In 1968 or 1969, Paul McCartney said a wistful and startling thing in an interview. He said the Beatles had discusse

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 15 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Specifically, page 71 of the Del Rey paperback edition. John Savard

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Oh? Their flag was described accurately at a _very_ early point in the book, and so I thought that particular "spoiler" was very clearly telegraphed well in advance to any present-day readers of the book (as opposed to people reading it i

Re: "Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: Moriarty

I think you could count on one hand his stories that DON'T have a science fiction or fantasy aspect. "Misery" is one that leaps to mind, I'm sure there others. That essay is, appropriately enough, in the introduction to "The Bachman Bo

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: Alan

You said it before me. Intelligence is about solving problems. Wisdom is asking whether or not there is a problem that needs one's attention.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 16 Hours ago by: Alan

You're utterly immune to irony...

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 17 Hours ago by: rkshullat

In my lexicon stupidity and intelligence are antonyms. I'd instead say that the individuals were intelligent but unwise. Intelligence and wisdom are orthoganal to each other. Robert

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 17 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

It's in Act 2 Book 9 currently, and Act 1 was 13 books. So about 4 and a half to go.

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Hmmmm. I wonder when their resolve to go on doing GG until their kids finish college will be amended to "grandkids."

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Books, games, T-shirts, jewelry, anything they can put a trilobite on ....

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

The Foglios announced at least a decade ago that GG would continue to run * until their kids have finished college. _____ * At least. -- Dorothy J. Heydt Vallejo, California djheydt at gmail dot com Www.kithrup.com/~djheydt/

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Phil just turned 64, so he's got a bunch of years left.

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

swag . . . Considering that Higgs just entered Skifander, sans Zeetha, and the door closed behind him, and that's not even the main arc, I suspect it's going to go on for a while.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

I would like to see a citation for that. That too, please. I'm not doubting your memory, I just want to learn more about these events.

Bloom County: Who Is Driving The RV ?

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Bloom County: Who Is Driving The RV ? https://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1987/04/08 Oh yeah, the self driving vehicle has been wanted for a long time. Lynn

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I have several trade paperback collections.

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

Ads, printed volumes, electronic games, an RPG game, novelizations ...

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

How are they monetizing it ? Just ads ? Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sorry dude, I am a sixth generation Texan. We've been here quite a while, since before the Civil War. However, my wife is 3/8ths Cherokee. One of her grandfathers is listed in the Dawes list. I had to arm wrestle him after I married

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Alan

Dear god, you're one of those idiots. It does NOT say that. "The POWERS not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Governme

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

No, the actual issue is that the federal abortion right was granted based on a non-existent right to privacy in the USA Constitution. There is no such right even though I think that there should be. It appears that the right to privac

Re: How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be? (thread)

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Posted: 7 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Realistically the answer is probably "As long as we can do it and make money from it."

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Posted: 7 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Breaking Cat News: Elvis Missed Georgia https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2022/05/12 Oh yeah, definitely a Siamese. Our 15 lb Siamese male sat in the kitchen last night for ten minutes last night and meowed at me. I know t

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:qmdq7h5rcboot6itq4nmhb0c4adacsro1l@4ax.com: "None that are alive and famous, anyway." does not allow for *any*. And my circle of acquaintences is pretty small. None of which in

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S Person

A while back, I read the volumes I had not previously purchased (10 onwards). I stopped buying them when I burned out on them. Each review noted that this was a incredibly detailed soap opera [1], but a well-written soap opera and very

How Long is Girl Genius Supposed to Be?

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Posted: 8 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

Right now, the webcomic is working on chapter 23, but out of how many? I vaguely remember an estimate from Philo Foglio of 24 or 25 chapters, but that was at the start of the Castle Heterodyne arc. Has anybody heard an update?

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Two out of how many hundreds, if not thousands, of local Republicans either in local office or seeking local office in California? Up here, I have often voted for /sane/ Republicans for such positions as Treasurer and Auditor. They tend

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days ago by: Paul S Person

You are confusing "intelligence" with "stupidity". Every so often, back when newspapers still existed as a viable concept, I would read a story like this: "NN, a female High School student, died when she flew through the windshield of

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

That's a true observation, but it isn't relevant here if they all (or mostly) require a live birth before a new human being can be said to exist. And, anyway, the /actual/ issue isn't the morality of abortion, it is whether it should be

Re: "Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Jack Bohn

He wrote some essay where he mentioned his pseudonym, comparing it to if the Beatles had really gone out as "Billy Shears and Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and he concludes that they would have been recognized into their fir

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

<snippo above & below> No, no, the usual meaning -- "Dead White European Males" -- was intended. No need to limit it by denomination. OK, 1914. The article was interesting (OK, the introduction was). One of the books I read was /The

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 3 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

More ObSF: "Sixth Column" by Robert A. Heinlein. (Trigger warning: racism) ] The proponents of the measure had maintained that China was a big bite ] even for Soviet Russia to digest and that the United States need fear ] no war while t

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 11 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

The classic study of the issue is "When prophecy fails". https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Prophecy_Fails Pt

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Posted: 8 Days 11 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

It passed a few months ago. Pt

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Posted: 8 Days 12 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

"Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman" by Jake Rossen https://getpocket.com/explore/item/known-alias-how-stephen-king-was-outed-as-richard-bachman? "A bookstore clerk reads through King’s deception, kicking off th

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 16 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

It's certainly better for the criminals. I wonder how many of our legislators are in the pocket of organized crime. They certainly seem bent on creating as much of it as they can get away with.

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Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I don't think that's how it works. Perhaps more reliable is "Is Abortion Permitted in Judaism?" (yes), <https://www.snopes.com/news/2022/05/09/abortion-permitted-judaism/> As you said: "The fetus is not viewed as separate from the pare

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

That's hardly a unique foible of fundamentalists - plenty of non-fundies come up with reasons it's a godly act to do whatever "worthy" cause they favor - even abortion in one case I've heard. As for "god damn' that's backwards - the oat

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: William Hyde

Of course it wouldn't be reasonable to expect the percentage of pro/anti UK types to undergo a step function at the various anglophone Colonial borders. There were plenty of loyalists in the south, disloyalists in the north. As Nelson f

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Most of these are in the past. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events> Most of the really sciency ones there are in the future. Y2K, the problem of computer dates in 2000, was preventable, and was

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: Magewolf

I was not disagreeing with that being a very "unique" reason for opposing God damn just commenting that it does not seem common even here in the bible belt.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Magewolf <Magewolf@nc.rr.com> wrote in news:t5h9v9$bmr$2@dont-email.me: And it is often an indication that the person who believes that (you abuse the word "thinking") is projecting their own faults onto others.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I've never read the DTF series, but my understanding is that they both started with the Nantucket timeslip event. Nantucket went to the past, but standard physics still applied there, and in the present the event changed physical law for

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 19 Hours ago by: Magewolf

From many decades of working with the Democratic party in NC I can say that that is not true and thinking that is one of the main reasons the party pretty much imploded here and had to rebuild(along with becoming a sock puppet for the

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

But if they get an offensive rolling it might not be all that easy to stop.

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

That depends on how it went down. However if China consumed Russia I suspect they would have enough indigestion to keep them out of trouble for a good long time.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Both of which are much more defensible, but that's not what his "pastor" told him.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

In a sense. "Dies the Fire" is the flip side.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Magewolf <Magewolf@nc.rr.com> wrote in news:t5h5am$bmr$1@dont-email.me: That is both linguistically and theologically supportable. But it's not what Clarke was talking about.

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 20 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t5h126$ddi$1@dont-email.me: Sounds like about as much fun as the injections into the eyeballs for retinopathy.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Magewolf

I believe the usual reasoning around here is that it is taking the Lord's name in vain or if not that you should not be praying for damnation in general.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Got tied in to them.

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Just for clarification, I am not advocating stopping supplying Ukraine with weapons. I am just noting the possibility is one of the reasons people in power to make those decisions may be deciding to not supply Ukraine.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Didn't the "Island in the Sea of Time" books transition into the "Dies the Fire" series ? Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

I liked _Guns Of The South_. In retrospect it probably led Turtledove to a well he drew from a few times too many.

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I am hitting the one year diagnosis of glaucoma. The drops burn every night. But my eye pressure is down from 18 to 14. Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:tkun7hhhkr252gq67squefm7njobtq1oc1@4ax.com: I'll take your word for it. The only stuff I've read with his name on the cover is the Falkenberg's Legion stuff he wrote with Pournelle. Does he

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

The Horny Goat <lcraver@home.ca> wrote in news:68un7hdlv618cp5gollhh8ktiddslk0hal@4ax.com: I did not even remotely suggest they were a majority, or even a large minority. Simply that they existed, which you agree they did (or it wouldn

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 22 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

So are mine (though as a Canadian I'm not a Republican) and even joined them in the early 80s but discovered I enjoyed being anti-social with a modem more than socializing with them (might have been the 1/2 hour drive each way to where t

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Not sure if that would be such a great idea - wouldn't that pretty much deliver all of the former Soviet Union east of the Urals into Chinese hands? How THAT would be good for the world is not clear to me at all.

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Since when have the Ukrainians expressed any interest in Moscow? No question they'd like eastern Ukraine and Crimea back (and anything else Putin might have conquered in 2014) but I've never heard anything about a northern thrust toward

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Interpretation of biblical prophecies isn't just a hobby of loonie fundamentalists but no question they're the ones who most pursued it. The minister I mentioned above was more about building churches than interpreting biblical fine poi

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

One possibility is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corneal_pachymetry

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quinn C

In my world, the word is established enough that it had time to become unsalvageable (being interpreted as "I look down on less educated people".)

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

His Island in the Sea of Time books didn't and he wrote more of those than about Draka

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

One of the great fears of the British governor in 1812 was whether the former Americans (NOT the 'United Empire Loyalists') who had moved to southern Ontario from the Northern US after the Revolution was whether these men would be loyal

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Hmmm. Didn't know Stirling had a Canadian connection. He certainly made an opus out of work out of a simple play on words (on "Marching Through Georgia"). As a chess player I certainly knew THAT Georgia (it did produce 2 world champion

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:j4pn7hdvgu15rdvdp3iu8jcjjtf9sv016g@4ax.com: So is denying that one is doing so.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:o9sn7hhc0r4bcdv6f79habvi4vbv08fjt1@4ax.com: And your posts here are an indication of how useful SAT scores are (not) at measuring intelligence. Like IQ tests, which measure only the abi

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:dlon7h95ntidnuf43uap6nfsdrhis7eo70@4ax.com: I know two, and I live in California. Ergo, your misguided beliefs say far, far more about your bigotry than they do about Republican

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:01sn7hlput88i0ok6jnru00la9ufr2pvro@4ax.com: Based on a translation of a transalation of a translation (at least), all of which introducted errors, and all subject to deliberate editori

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Paul S Person <psperson@old.netcom.invalid> wrote in news:lcon7hhlfdfdfn6ujul83kksv0dahfldjk@4ax.com: Except every major religion has a slightly different view on the matter. And none of them have offer the slightest shred of proof tha

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 8 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I've said it before, eventually the world is going to have to figure out a way to take down tinpot dictators with nuclear weapons. If NATO decides eventually to take the hit and disarm Russia that would be a very worthwhile object lesso

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Well, I'm a Republican and my SAT scores qualify me for Mensa . . .

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Unfortunately modern American "fundamentalists" have chosen to ignore 2000 years of theological and philosophical consideration of scripture and make it up as they go. I remember one (not a stupid or ignorant person--he could handle mat

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: J. Clarke

Having climbed the stairs from the lower city to the upper city, I have a great deal of pity for any soldier who had to make that climb up the cliff in full military kit against opposition.

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: Chris Buckley

I completely understand. Cherryh is the author with the most books on my Favorites bookcase (3 times the second place author), but the _Foreigner_ series isn't all that close to having a representative there. I buy her in hardcover to r

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

<SNIP re: US-Canada relations> There were two simultaneous invasions of Quebec in 1775. Arnold moved by boat or overland through what is now Maine ("aided" by a bad map). Montgomery went through the traditional invasion route of Lake C

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: rkshullat

I just had an exam on Monday and this sounds like the gadget they used. Looked like an oversized pen or marker? They used it after putting in numbing drops and I couldn't tell if they touched my eyeball with it or not. I apparently have a

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: The Horny Goat

No apologies needed - and given the passage you quote comes from Genesis you can be reasonably certain that Jews believe that. As for religion and the law a fundamental basis of Christianity is that we were given intellect and the abili

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days ago by: Paul S Person

So, the Soviets claim to be attacked and do /not/ use nukes? And Putin appears to have done the same (no maskirovka involved). So, to return to the point: No, Ukraine attacking Russia does /not/ guarantee a nuclear war. At least, fro

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

I think I burnt out on Cherryh. Love her style but just lost interest in The Perils of the Paidhe.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

None that are alive and famous, anyway. There may be some lurking about at the State level.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

It begins when God breathes into the infant's nostrils the Breath of Life, causing it to breath independently of the mother. As noted, providing assistance is allowed. Sorry to get so religious on you but, as should be apparent, this is

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

If the inhalator works, then they were not stillborn or a miscarriage, and so were born live.

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: J. Clarke

I suspect that it has come into the public's awareness through its use by Sandra Bullock's character in the recent movie "The Lost City".

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

And many people, including some very famous DWEMs, agree today and agreed when they were alive with that position. "The Bible interprets itself" is another aspect of it: to understand one part, you must consider the other parts. Indeed,

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: James Nicoll

This one had an actually physical probe. Maybe it was some cutting edge device schools got. My flinch reflex is pretty developed and we never, ever got it to work on me. Even the puff requires me to physically hold my head in place so it

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Sadly, it's a moveable feast. But it's always in the future. And they always have an excuse when the date is reached and ... nothing happens. This is, of course, embarassing to those involved. But, somehow, they either pick themselves

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Sadly, we appear to be dealing with either a Russian bot or a Friend of Putin. Who, so far, hasn't actually responded to you. Perhaps he can't think of an evasion for your point.

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Prodded it with a puff of air, IIRC. And, yes, it was good to see it go.

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 3 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

Indeed. McKillip has been one of my very few "automatic buy in hardcover" for decades. I think the only ones remaining whose automatic buys haven't been converted to e-books are Kay, Cherryh, and Brust. The reasons differ, but for McKi

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

I let the local optometry students do my exams because I have some eye issues that aren't common. Last one, I rattled off to the student areas where she was going to have trouble testing me. She was a little surprised at the detail but

Re: [translation] The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim (Translated by Sean Lin Halbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Surrealist novel about a bureaucrat whose knowledge of gifted people makes him a target for greedy people.

[translation] The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim (Translated by Sean Lin Halbert)

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Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim (Translated by Sean Lin Halbert) https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/no-mutant-enemy

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

Yes, I agree. That was why when Paul insisted he had a _confirmed_ case of a Ukraine attack on Russia territory I was so surprised. It would be a very major political statement if such a case existed. Chris

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 5 Hours ago by: Lenona

"What does it mean to give love, and to receive it? No one can answer. For the answer can only be lived. And sometimes, the living takes sharp and unexpected turns. "It seemed so simple to Barbara, Joslyn and Claudia -- the idea that the

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 5 Hours ago by: Lenona

"ID this pre-1980 novel - woman with menagerie?" https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.sf.written/c/fXWXVfYfVMA/m/-Uzf600FBAAJ Since my memory wasn't quite clear, I confused the style of the cover artist - Gervasio Gallardo - with Brian

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 6 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

So what was the date to be? Just so we can be prepared?

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Wasn't RSR primarily about the naval battle in the Atlantic in that scenario? (I'm NOT thinking of the Search for the Red October which was in the same "universe" but not the same book at all) I'm pretty sure there were no nukes used in

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 9 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

There's no question this minister would have been aware of Lindsay but he was not the sort who would be an enthusiast for Lindsay's type of fantasies. Yup - I read a lot of that kind of material in my late teens. In between the Foundat

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Given fighting stopped after Yorktown with the British still in posession of New York City a subsequent American expedition against Ontario, Quebec or the Maritime provinces might not have ended nearly as successfully particularly if the

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Well that's a matter of opinion of course but what is unarguable is that it was the actual declaration of war took place in Washington not London. Canada was not "complicit" for the very good reason that Canada had no warships of her

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

So if the poor tyke has to spend their first 2 or 3 weeks on an inhalator they're not born yet? My late wife would have celebrated her birthday a month later than she did if that had been the case way back when.

Re: Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 11 Hours ago by: Moriarty

Well, damn! "The Riddle Master of Hed" is one of my all time favourite series. Time for a re-read. -Moriarty

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

In a situation where it is not in the interests of anyone who could definitively confirm or deny the event to do so, this is the best evidence available. There has been an unusual number of fires and other accidents at Russian war relat

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

That completely misses the correct reference. Adams was asked if Dilbert had ever 'gotten lucky'. He responded (paraphrasing) 'No, but when he does, I'll draw his necktie hanging straight.' And indeed, sometime later, after a series of st

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Call of Duty, a very popular first person shooter series of games.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

So, anyone not a full blood Native American should go home? Pt

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 13 Hours ago by: Joy Beeson

At my first visit to a new eye doctor, he opened the interview by singing the praises of contact lenses. Then he tried to put eye drops in, and the subject never came up again.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 14 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Snopes says a lot of the war film is from video games with names like "Call of Booty" or whatever. And this isn't the first time that happened. It's bonus points I guess if television news - or Fox - broadcasts that as the real thing,

Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022)

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Posted: 9 Days 14 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

https://locusmag.com/2022/05/patricia-a-mckillip-1948-2022/ Noted fantasy author Patricia A. KcKillip has died.

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

You know, Dilbert has lost weight over the years. So has PHB. God for them. Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Oh my goodness, please. We are really getting tired of immigrants to Texas, legal or illegal. Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sure, by God. Man, no. Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

After the first chapter in the first book. Lynn

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

https://dilbert.com/search_results?page=1&terms=necktie

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

A YouTube video isn't evidence of anything.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

The "Dies the Fire"/"The Change" series _started_ that way. :P

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Sadly, since Dilbert now wears office casual, we won't know exactly where it goes. Pt

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Did you watch the video? There are more of the same event, also. Pt

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 16 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

I once asked one of these loons about that. His response was "Yes, the day and hour are known only to God, but the year, month, and week can be worked out." Pt

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Well if the OED only has 600,000 words in it, it is hardly the definitive authority on the English language. Do I have to mention James Nicoll and his 3,000,000 stolen words ? https://www.oed.com/ However, the Urban Dictionary has

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Not "Conquistador". Maybe the rest of the 30+ books of SMS that I read. Not sure about the other 30 books. https://smstirling.com/books/ Lynn

Re: Dilbert: Sapoisexual (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 17 Hours ago by: John W Kennedy

I don’t offhand see why. “Sapiosexual” hasn’t made it into the OED yet, but it’s been around for about twenty years, and I, myself, can testify the phenomenon is real enough.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t5eot3$ouv$1@dont-email.me: Don't all his books end that way?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t5eg1p$3ab$2@dont-email.me: And not all of them were in the US side.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

J. Clarke <jclarke.873638@gmail.com> wrote in news:njpl7hpgitcsm8bdj1nc00fsfc4emdufo2@4ax.com: He's a lefty. It means "People who agree with my insanity. Everyone can be killed at will."

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Quadibloc <jsavard@ecn.ab.ca> wrote in news:6b1ba310-961a-41cc-a57e-ad9f2a69fad8n@googlegroups.com: Well, there's your error (we all knew there would be one, and that it would be early in your drivel). That you use the term "in fact" im

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Ah. Not a Dr. Who fan. I have tried and just lose interest quickly. Thanks for the explanation. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

It's from Doctor Who. Matt Smith's first story, "The Eleventh Hour". This time, there's... a crack in the universe. Everywhere. And specifically in the bedroom wall of an Earth child called Amelia Pond, where an alien known only as

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Hey, I just read a five book series of alternate history books by S. M. Stirling, a former Canadian, where that happened. His premise, not mine. Ended up with the entire Earth decimated and in slavery. Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 18 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Define "personhood". Talking about when it begins is meaningless if you don't know what it is. <Wall of text trimmed>

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 19 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Well, let's see, the helicopters fired missiles and the storage facility blew up and the Russians aren't whining about it being an orphanage or some such, so apparently nothing else was hit.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 20 Hours ago by: William Hyde

It's tough to compete with Mr Savard in this arena. But you might just have what it takes. William Hyde

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Perhaps Who is that might be a better question, containing it's own answer.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

What proof is there that missiles were fired into the storage facility?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Or if the thirteen colonies has seized Canada also at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. There were many people in favor of it. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

On 5/10/2022 2:41 PM, Robert Carnegie wrote:

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated!" also comes to mind.

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I expect that "they" do, given the very great number of people who will give them an education in the subject, one way or another. Even if, like Dave, you don't consider yourself to be Black. A prejudice of my own is that Black Republi

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

It applies to chickens, and to well laid plans as well as eggs. Humans, including several in my family, are extremely unhappy when they intend to have a baby and they don't. That is not a time to mention chickens. I didn't ask if th

Re: [tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I have read "Space Cadet", "Galactic Patrol", and "Star Rangers". I do not recognize the others. I am surprised that you did not mention the first "The Day The Earth Stood Still" movie. And of course, there are hundreds of books abou

Dilbert: Sapoisexual

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Posted: 9 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Dilbert: Sapoisexual https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-10 This is not going to a good place. Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 23 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

I quite liked the Homecoming series the first time that I read it. The society portrayed was different enough from ours to hold my interest. In that first reading, I got a distinct _Acts of the Apostles_ vibe from it. Only later did I r

Re: Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture (thread)

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Posted: 9 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Going there? I would have thought _this_ strip is lampooning the racist stereotype that all black people must, of necessity, understand and sympathize with stereotypical black attitudes and cultural phenomena. John Savard

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days ago by: jdnicoll

Did Clancy explain how the results of the Superbowl were recorded? Tie? Whoever was leading at the moment of incineration wins? N/A?

Re: War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days ago by: Scott Lurndal

And, since it has apparently been quite a while since you read it, there's no nuclear war in RsR; rather it was the current Ukraine conflict writ large. (You may be conflating with _Sum of all Fears_, but, while the superbowl game was di

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days ago by: Quadibloc

That may be the traditional time of birth, but you were replying to a post about when personhood begins. Old and trraditional laws reflect _how people thought_. That isn't really informative here. The question is: when does personhood

War in Ukraine (a long time ago began as: Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days ago by: Scott Lurndal

You are confused. I don't have a position on this particular topic, just noting a curious possible juxtaposition of current events with a fictional depiction.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

The /traditional/ time is "when the child draws breath independently of the mother". Note that "encouraging" the child to do so by slapping it on its behind (more recently, poking it in the foot) has always been allowed -- nay, expected

[tor dot com] Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space

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Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: jdnicoll

Five SF Works About Fighting Crime in Space https://www.tor.com/2022/05/10/five-sf-works-about-fighting-crime-in-space/ What it says on the tin, although it should say "classic" or "old" or "is there evidence James has read anything in

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Hal Lindsey /There's A New World Coming/. Copyright 1973. So the military tech would be late 60s/early 70s rather than my earlier estimate. There are entire denominations involved in this sort of thing, plus (no doubt) independent churc

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I don't recall -- it's been a long time since I read it. I remember enjoying it, though. You do realize that, by citing a fictional instance where maskirovka produced nuclear war, you are /weakening/ your position, since a maskirovka c

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

All you are going to get /now/ are the Standard Excuses. We are dealing either with a Russian Bot or a Putin-lover.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

This is one of those cases where 'everyone knows, but no one will admit.' Just what other groups might have helicopters firing missiles into a fuel storage facility 30 miles from the border? Pt

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

"Reuters has not yet been able to verify the images."

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Wasn't it _Red Storm Rising_ that started with the Russians complaining about an attack on an oil refinery within Russia (maskirovka)? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_military_deception

[Third Ace Specials] Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard

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Posted: 10 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/sparks-fly Second in the third series, this focuses on a temporarily resurrected man determined to extend his lifespan beyond months.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 10 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

That's "ancestry"? So, a grandfather (or mother) clause. Oookay.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Nothing wrong with that, given that Britain started that war by commiting aggression against the United States by kidnapping its citizens to serve in their naval forces. Canada, however, was not complicit in this aggression, so the fact

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert Woodward

There are family stories that suggest my sisters would be eligible for the DAR (from both sides of the family, both my mother and her sisters and my father's sisters would had been eligible). IIRC, it was Continental Army membership f

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 13 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

This was all over the news a month ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?vfXrGQcKnJc Pt

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Which is interesting given the evolution of requirements through the year - many members had their ancestor's service 'certified' by much lower standards which is currently (as I understand it) in effect. One of the funniest (for me) sp

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 14 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

I'll be more blunt - I think you are misremembering the article. There have been no confirmed air attacks on Russian territory. Not enough for what you claimed (that there was a confirmed attack). You trust Russian propaganda? Chris

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 19 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

That was a couple years after I first went to the Safe House in Milwaukee (was living near Madison at the time). Looks like it's still there; it was a lot of fun as a kid. https://www.safe-house.com/

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 20 Hours ago by: Kevrob

Huh. I didn't show up in MKE until 1974, but the clinic at Great Lakes only opened in 1972. https://www.nytimes.com/1972/06/24/archives/pioneer-navy-facility-leads-drive-to-treat-alcoholism-navy-facility.html Now a DoD/Va partnership:

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Kevrob

[snip] [snip] https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/syngamy Ever since this issue broke into the public consciousness in my teens - the Sisters at my high school used to arrange bus trips to Albany so that the girls could join protes

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

Which is somewhat ironic as Great Lakes is where the Corp sends marines and the Navy sends sailors who have alcohol problems.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Kevrob

The bars in Milwaukee, prior to Wisconsin being whipsawed into raising the drinking age to 21 by the Feds denying states any highway money unless they knuckled under, had a constant stream of brand-new sailors given liberty from the Gr

rec.arts.sf.written Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Evelyn Leeper

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Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

http://leepers.us/evelyn/faqs/sf-written.htm "rec.arts.sf.written is a newsgroup devoted to discussions of written SF. It is a high-volume newsgroup and this article is intended to help reduce the number of unnecessary postings, the

Re: [tears] Infinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

On 5/9/2022 10:53 AM, Paul S Person wrote:

"Drakas!" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 10 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

"Drakas!" by S. M. Stirling https://www.amazon.com/Drakas-S-M-Stirling/dp/0671319469/ Book number five of a five book alternate history military science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Baen

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: Joe Pfeiffer

Almost nobody has to demonstrate they meet that requirement directly -- tracing your ancentry to a member will do it. So, since my mom was a member (in fact, she was the person in charge of assisting applicants in putting their applicat

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I don't know what book you're referring to but the minister in question led a rather large big city congregation first in Montreal then Vancouver. He happens to be buried about 20' from my grandparents but that's coincidental. Gone way t

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Does a service in a state militia count? (In our case NY?) Trouble of course would be documenting that from a distance of 250 years unless the ancestor is somebody famous. We've got a connection to the Rockefeller's (Nelson Rockefeller's

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days ago by: Robert Woodward

The relevant authority can be found as part of Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution: "To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particu

Re: [tears] Infinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

They got badly burned when the USA subsidiary of one of them decided to /sell tax evasion/ as a financial plan. They shouldn't be blaming the IRS and our courts. They should be blaming whoever thought /explicitly and deliberately helpi

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Restricted to /sane/ theologians, that makes sense. But nutters are everywhere. That was because the firmly predicted Big Day arrived and ... nothing happened. Rather than return to reality, some groups adopted the assertion that some

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

But ... but ... Putin would regard any threat to his re-election (he does get re-elected every so often) as an existential threat to Russia. "L'etat, c'est moi" (in no-doubt severely fractured French) is his motto. Kind of like Trump an

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Sadly, no. It is lost in the whirlwind of time. Or, more accurately, the confusion of the Microsoft News thingy, which appears to have a policy of never showing a story you have read and want to find again. That they complained is enou

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

In an interview, Miyazaki apologizes to Spanish-speakers for borrowing "Laputa" (in /Castle in the Sky/) from Swift, being unaware of the meaning of "la puta" in Spanish when he did it.

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

I will attest that my Father bought "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" for me specifically for the science in it[*], this would have been circa 1971, probably the Ballantine edition. [*] He had asked a co-worker for a suggestion.

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Perhaps, but be aware that another of his novels is 'Tropic of Capricorn'. Pt.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 2 Hours ago by: Torbjorn Lindgren

Their webpage claims DAR's requirement is much stricter that that. Specifically, the ancestor must have provable "Revolutionary War service" (on the US side), just having an American citizen ancestor is not enough. Which isn't enough i

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 3 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

I am quite skeptical of the idea that parents bought the Scribner's juveniles for their kids because of the science in them. In fact, I rather doubt that parents were even aware of it. (Since I was still in single digits when RAH stoppe

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Sweet!

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Thank you. Actually, I didn't make the connection to Gulliver until a year or two after I started referring to him that way.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Bice

I work on a Navy base and was riding a bicycle across the base one day when a guard stopped me and gave me a warning for not wearing a helmet. I told him that helmets aren't required for adults riding a bicycle in Pennsylvania, and his r

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 5 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

As the saying goes, "I am Groot." https://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/tales_to_astonish_13amazing_ad.shtml Note: the purpose of the above site is the maintainer's thoughts while putting his comic collection in internal

Re: Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I see that Serhiy Dyachenko and his wife were currently living in California within the United States, and that he was 77 years old. Thus, natural causes, rather than Russian military aggression, is presumably the likely cause of death.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: Kevrob

The Salkinds were responsible for that one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus:_The_Movie Not having any kids, I easily avoided it . Rumor has it that it made "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" look good by comparison. The

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 17 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Henry Miller did write _Tropic of Cancer_. This is the name of a zodiacal-geographic boundary on the Earth, the north edge of "the tropics", but Henry Miller had in mind the disease... metaphorically, I think. <https://tvtropes.org/pm

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I dunno - the only place most people see such creatures would be around a D&D table....

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Uh boobs askng questions about dinosurs?

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: Wolffan

Hmm... that would apply to lots and lots of gals... Gorgons. Lamia. Female nagas. Probably more. And while we’re at it... exactly where _do_ female werewolves, minotaurs, etc., keep their mammary glands? And how many pairs? And exac

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Try harder. While it's possible Putin could go all 'Apres moi, le deluge', and order the use of nukes in contradiction to published doctrine, I doubt he would, and if he tried, this is one area where he'd get a lot of pushback, and flat

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: William Hyde

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Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 19 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

They should have put the first of those on the <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque> to make sure aliens don't mess with us. Although the Pioneers went out in 1972 and 1973 and <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?264722> refer

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

"Trope Ick of Cancer" hasn't been written yet!

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

DJT inspired his book, "Win Bigly": https://www.amazon.com/Win-Bigly-Persuasion-World-Matter/dp/0735219710/ Lynn

Over The Hedge: Suburbs Emerging From Quarantine

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Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Over The Hedge: Suburbs Emerging From Quarantine https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2022/05/08 Just a little over the top. Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Scott Adams is a big supporter of Donald Trump.

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 20 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Either of these covers would have attracted questions. http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/f/f7/MTHSLHSCHL1975.jpg http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/e/ee/THDRNTSMMB1979.jpg

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: William Hyde

Not at all in my experience. James has mentioned in the past at least one Heinlein he couldn't bring to school due to the cover. But RAH had no control over that cover or any other. - even though he routinely pushed the envelope on

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Well. <http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p&5> The word "breasts" appears; actual breasts don't appear, but who knows what the background represents......

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jay E. Morris

Dinosaurs with boobs?

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

OK, Quadi, quote the exact question that was posed in each case, and the answer. Of course they could have been questioned under fast-penta while connected to a veridicator and monitored by a treecat and a Bene Gesserit truthsayer and y

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

I missed "the article", also. Could you please post a link? Certainly the Russians have complained about air attacks inside Russia. But I'm unaware of any confirmed attacks. Attacks very possibly exist. But the word _confirmed_ was em

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

If in fact this resulted in better outcomes for black students, then they made the right call. If it did not then they wasted everybody's time and money. So did it?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 11 Days 22 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

Adams does have it in for "Ted".

Re: [tears] Infinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman (thread)

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Posted: 11 Days 23 Hours ago by: Don

The preface of "Howard Hughes: A Modest Proposal:" ... I admire the work of John Dos Passos, especially the USA trilogy, and wanted to borrow his intricate technique for a science fiction novel. I wanted to boil it down,

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 11 Days 23 Hours ago by: Kevrob

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days ago by: James Nicoll

Authors generally have somewhere between zero and no say in cover art. Some may have negative say.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 12 Days ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

The dilbert.com site also has the best search of any comic strip site. You can search for dialogue or characters. I've often wished I could do the same for Peanuts.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

I like your double entendre - both the reference to Gulliver's Travels and to Spanish even though putting the phrase into the proper gender would destroy the joke.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

It also depends on the audience. When I was 10 years old I was more interested in dinosaurs than boobs. I won't discuss which attracts me more these days.....

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

In fairness Heinlein didn't go in for softcore porn covers as some authors did - even though he routinely pushed the envelope on his content. I'm thinking of things like I Will Fear No Evil or certain parts of Time Enough for Love

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

Well with all due respect anybody with a web browser can easily follow Dilbert (and many other strips) https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-08 is today's strip. Any guesses on what the URL for yesterday's was?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

Exactly - it's fine to be proud of your parentage or place of birth but it doesn't transform you into a superior human being as a result. And only a complete idiot or somebody with a triumphalist agenda would try to enforce privileges a

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

I defy ANY theologian to say definitively what a particular prophecy of the future is supposed to be about. Obviously past ones can be judged as fulfilled or not (for instance saying in 400 BC that the temple in Jerusalem would be rebuil

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Where you are, maybe. In California in 1969, no. That's why the EM ("Enlisted Men's") Club was so popular. And so much "fun" to clean up the next morning.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

Appeal courts overturn established precedents all the time and nobody considers that an act of "moral turpitude". Indeed - there's a standard for what is required to overturn a previous precedent and the bar is deliberately set high. It

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

But the OP may have been referring to one of those strips. What a difference a day makes!

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I'm sorry you missed the article. The /Russians/ were upset by it. And said so. But no nukes were used.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: The Horny Goat

In the olden days they used to vote by publicly announcing it on a raised stage and the party agents would give the man (this was pre suffrage) who had just voted a drink - usually whiskey. That's a far cry from offering people in line a

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

Oh, no; that's Paul Hellyer. John Savard

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

Isn't he the one that believes in flying saucers? John Savard

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

Oh, no. They were asked what they thought of Roe vs. Wade and what their plans were for it, and they evaded the question by saying, truthfully, what the law was instead. John Savard

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 2 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Yup - and in the Canadian federal Liberal and NDP parties there are policy positions on points that are NOT a matter of jurisprudence that will instantly lead to a person being refused as a candidate. Issues that are not at all unanimous

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 2 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

That was after all one of the key arguments in Brown v Board of Education - since it was demonstrated that budgets for 'white schools' vs 'black schools' were something like 4 or 5 to 1 per pupil and it was argued (and the high justices

[tears] Infinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman

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Posted: 12 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Infinite Dreams by Joe Haldeman https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/in-every-possible-way A collection of short stories from early in Haldeman's career.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Well, I've read it a couple time now, and the only argument that I can follow is: “A shift of the exchange rate risk from Gazprom as exporter to its importer counterparts in the ‘unfriendly’ countries could potentially res

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 11 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

When the country has a totalitarian dictator, the doctrine is "do what I say", regardless of any little pieces of paper that say otherwise.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 12 Days 11 Hours ago by: Kevrob

The Ghost Who Walks was being reprinted in David McKay's ACE COMICS as early as #11, Feb, 1938, https://www.comics.org/issue/206249/? ....and in FEATURE BOOK #20 and some later numbers, starting in Dec, 1938. https://www.comics.org

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 12 Days 12 Hours ago by: Andrew McDowell

I've seen this suggested elsewhere. I was going to trot out my line about how satire is not the same thing as a reasoned argument and is as a side effect considerably more ambiguous - but the Dilbert strip for Friday May 6th (viewed from h

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 15 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Russia has a published nuclear doctrine. Nothing that has happened so far is close to triggering it. It's described here: https://sgp.fas.org/crs/nuke/R45861.pdf Read from page 7 on, the summary at the start gives a misleading impressio

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Here is a complete listing of S. M. Stirling book: https://smstirling.com/books/ Lynn

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 17 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

In the US? Most assuredly yes. In fact this was a point of contention between Jacksonville, Florida and USNS Mayport--the base commander had set the on-base drinking age to 18 and Jacksvonville had 21. IIRC ultimately the base command

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Of course - kitty cats didn't enter human history till about 7000-8000 BC in the earliest days of ancient Egypt when agriculture started and the Egyptians quickly figured out that (a) their grain silos attacted mice and (b) the mice attr

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness. (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 18 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I also have excess tearing but the eye doctor said the only real solution was surgical which he did not recommend. I'm about a +7.0 so if and when I do go for cataract surgery I will ask the doctor about correction (non-astigmatism) I'v

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Back in the days when the age of majority was 21, the argument was "if they're old enough to fight, they're old enough to vote." So I didn't get to vote in Kennedy vs. Nixon. When I was old enough to vote against Nixon, I did so every ch

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Were I a bar owner, I would not care to bet my bar on a random judge agreeing with that logic.

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Given I'm a 25 year veteran of both soc.history.what-if and alt.history.what-if I'm astonished I haven't read his complete opus then. So I looked up https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/s-m-stirling/ and found I had read about 28-29 of them

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Have you EVER heard of any member of any of the armed forces in uniform being denied beverages on account of age? I sure haven't. Not in uniform sure but I've never heard of a soldier or sailor in uniform even being "carded" much less d

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

They weren't asked for "positions", they were asked what the law was. And they're lawyers, so they said what the law was. Why are you having so much trouble with this concept? What did you want them to say, that "no, this is not preced

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Yeah, yeah, and Moskva just accidentally caught fire and sank.

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I've got about 30 of his books, maybe 40, and there is no churn in my opinion. He has stretched the "Dies The Fire" series as far as it can go (and possibly too far) but who can blaim him ? SMS writes alternate history stories which

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 23 Hours ago by: Dudley Brooks

Good one!

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days ago by: The Horny Goat

Thanks - yes my daughter is both extremely bright and emotionally frail - which is probably why she didn't get offered an articling job after law school. (Long story but around the time of my mother's death 15 years ago who she was very

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days ago by: The Horny Goat

Wow - that's impressive. Clearly it was long ago that the pain doesn't hurt daily - which is good. We're not yet there as today is the 2 month anniversary.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days ago by: Dimensional Traveler

I'm not aware of any _confirmed_ Ukrainian air attacks on targets inside Russia. Any such attacks are almost certainly being conducted by ground forces, aka "boots on the ground", simply because they are much harder to confirm.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days ago by: Robert Carnegie

I see a quoted tweet "Dave will be featured all week". Evidently that meant till Friday. Let's see what happens after that. Going by search at Dilbert.com, the comic previously used the word "Black" to describe a person approximately

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

We don't read a newspaper at all, these days. We read various webcomics online, but I don't look at Dilbert at all unless somebody posts a link here. /googles Dilbert It's not about Dave at all; it's about Wally's voicemail. The last

Re: Pearls Before Swine: User Survey (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Or employee survey, IMLE. AKA the "mgmt only provides the answers it is willing to hear" technique.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

If it is the law of the land, and established precedent, then overturning it is acting in direct opposition to their stated positions. Which is to say, it shows their statements to be lies. And the reversal, if it occurs, to be bad beha

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

The reaction to the various "bathroom bills", which has already cost jobs and convention-center bookings. The not-just-verbal war between Disney and the State of Florida over the "don't say gay" law. No violence so far, at least. And t

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

And yet, when Ukraine attacked a similar target /inside Russia/, no nukes were launched. Get it? Russia was attacked; no nukes were launched. Just attacking Russia from the air isn't enough. But I wouldn't advise putting boots on the

Re: Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 2 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

Thanks; I wasn't careful enough in my reading! The problems with pronouns... Chris

Re: Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Ahasuerus

The one who died is the husband, Sergey (Sergueï in French, Сергій in Ukrainian, Сергей in Russian.)

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Kevrob

Or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Dolezal Newspapers have screwed up comic strips by not following the coloring guide the syndicate used. In this day and age, I'd think the coloring used on a creator's or the syndicate's websit

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

One place's analysis, similarly supported by other places: https://fortune.com/2022/04/01/why-putin-wants-russia-to-be-paid-in-roubles/ "... By weaponizing his trade surplus, Putin not only props up the ruble but demonstrates internally

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

No Dave on May 6 - Dave only showed up locally on that first day. We seem to have gotten the May 7 strip, but then, Dave isn't in that one. Tony

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: Kevrob

Sure, until you got into range and your nose betrayed you! If anything, SMS gets criticized for churning stuff out.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

This raises a question. Recently, La Puta insisted that all payment for Russian petro-stuff be made in rubles. Why wouldn't he insist that it be in money? Like Euros or dollars, or even something like Turkish lira?

Re: Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 4 Hours ago by: Chris Buckley

I'm sorry to hear that. A shame we won't be seeing more new from her (depending on what her partner has), though I suspect we will be seeing more past works translated. I read your review of _Vita Nostra_ and bought and read it. It is

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert Woodward

That might be the reason for the 2 surrender signings. However, I reread the wikipedia article more closely and it was the timing of the ceasefire order that is important (the 2nd document was signed in Berlin on the 7th, with the cea

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 13 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

From rec.arts.comics.strips: https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2022/05/03/dilbert-presents-black-character-gets-dragged/ Lynn

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Congrats on the anniversary. Are you going to watch Hal eat the cake ? Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

My local newspaper in Fort Bend County, Texas does not carry Dilbert. It carries Peanuts, Arlo, Alley Oop, and about five others. https://www.fbherald.com/ Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

So, did you see Dave in your newspaper today? Have you seen Dave in your newspaper at all? Just curious! ;-)

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

Well, it's a movable feast: I started seeing the ads and thought, "What? THIS Sunday?" Turns out it's "second Sunday in May." OTOH it's Hal's and my fifty-first anniversary. He bought a sinfully rich chocolate cake at Costco. It's

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

/e hugs Goat I'm sorry for your loss.

Re: Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Whoop. I reviewed it in April.

Serhiy Dyachenko (14 April 1945 -- 5 May 2022)

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Posted: 13 Days 15 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

SF author Serhiy Dyachenko (whose Vita Nostra, co-authored by Marina Dyachenko, I reviewed in March) has died.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 16 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Which is understandable, since what he _really_ is, is a Dutchman. John Savard

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert) (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 18 Hours ago by: Wolffan

He’s a white Persian cat and a monocle short of being a Bond villain, is what he is.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 18 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The pay is likely to go where it's supposed to. The thing is they get paid in rubles, which outside of Russia are pretty much toilet paper.

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 19 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Does the machinery to open to silo doors require maintenance? Do the personnel manning the installation need training and regular drilling to remember how to do the launch procedures? Do the communication links from command to the sil

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Sorry to hear that. Sounds tough for the daughter too. Lynn

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Titan II was liquid fuel and could launch on 60 seconds notice. It's called "storable propellants". Google it. Well, for one thing the O-rings need to be inspected periodically. But the fact is that nuclear warheads do not remain us

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I've got weird associations--my mother died on mother's day, and my SO was born on mother's day.

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I guess one has to consider the times. The titties are mostly interesting because they are natural, post-Internet-porn-barrage they certainly don't shock, anymore than a craptastic animatronic dinosaur appeals after however many install

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And at that time it was. So where is the lie? Roe vs. Wade certainly held that. Where is the lie? The Supreme Court certainly held that. And at the time it _was_ the law of the land. Where is the lie? And it certainly was settle

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Ha ha ha - I'm actually trying hard NOT to think about Mothers' Day this Sunday since I had the dubious "privilege" of burying my wife 6 weeks ago and this will be the first Mothers' day without her. My main priority right now is keepin

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 20 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Solid fuel ICBMs are always loaded an ready to go. Liquid fuel ICBMs require four hours to load the fuel. And liquid fuel off gases over time becoming unusable in a few years. You know this. Do solid fuel rockets require any mainten

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Magewolf

movies-list.html I think the redhead had a muffintop she did not want on camera so she pinned a scarf around her waist. They should have gone all in and set it on Venus and done something(anything) about the script. Actually this rem

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

What kind of "labor actions" do you have in mind? When those actually happen get back to us. What particular "labor actions" and "boycotts" do you have in mind that induced any company to relocate from one state to another? You con

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Dilbert: Dave's Urban Culture https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-06 Oh yeah, Scott Adams is going there. I wonder how many newspapers have pulled him this week ? Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Oh, the horror, having to stand in line. You've never been in any kind of military, have you? Those who favor preventing political activists from influencing elections by doing favors for people standing in line waiting to vote believ

Pearls Before Swine: User Survey

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Pearls Before Swine: User Survey https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2022/05/06 Yup, that is about as useful as a typical user survey. Lynn

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Of course, even if they didn't outright commit perjury, unforthcoming statements with the intent to decieve could still be considered contempt of Congress. However, there is another side to this. As I recall at the time of some confirmat

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Location: the floor of the United States Senate. The words? You can listen to them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJCGAA4VYT8 skip ahead to 4:40 or so November 11, 2006 _Roe vs. Wade_ is an important precedent of the Supreme C

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Avoiding labor actions, boycotts, stuff like that. Also, this sort of thing has _already happened_ with regard to legislation considered inimical to LGBTQ+ rights, so this would be a continuation of an established pattern. One certain

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 21 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Although respected political commentators in the U.S. have indicated that ID requirements can weigh more heavily on minority group members, I was talking about the more obvious things. In Texas, and several other states, black neighbor

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 22 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

And most recently as "A Jadoon Platoon, Nude on the Moon" to get a few to watch it out of curiosity. (I kid.)

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Posted: 13 Days 22 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Trump had legal limits on his power and people who might prevent a nuclear launch in that situation. Putin does not and will have those who disobey shot.

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Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

However this vehicle is clearly not propelled by Cavorite. I was expecing the guy with the pipe to blow them all to Hell. Smoking a pipe in close proximity to experimental rocket fuel is not, in general, a good idea.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

So? Please show the Federal statute that prohibits "moral turpitude" and establishes the penalties for it. You still have not shown evidence of this supposed "lie". Please state the words that constitute said "lie" and the time and l

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Why would you expect to see this? What's in it for those "major corporations"? And do you really think that the small chance that one might need an abortion outweighs, say, the cost of living?

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Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Well there's your problem, you rely on "news dispatches" to tell you what life is like for people you have never met. Oh, now you're going for an establishment of religion. The Democrats are going to try to slaughter you on that one.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Quadi, people knew this in the _18_60s, some of them were even slave owners. But they couldn't figure out a way to get from where they were to where they wanted to be without creating a lot of black misery in the process. And we're sti

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

I am, at least, in reciept of news dispatches from the real world. And I find them most distressing. Thus, I think it's time to replace how things are run in the real world with the situation where God's Kingdom _has_ come, and it _is_

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Quadibloc

I realize that there's always a problem inherent in taking drastic measures. But something has gone wrong. We are behind schedule. People knew in the 1960s that racism was a terrible problem, but progress had been made in overcoming it.

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Lying, under oath or not, is a sign of moral turpitude. Here is one definition: Moral turpitude refers to conduct that shocks the public conscience, or which does not fall within the moral standards held by the community. The law concer

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Oh, /I/ can wait for that. Bernie and friends may not be able to, but they aren't the ones that are going to solve the problem. And, much as I wish it weren't so, the Dems chronic inability to campaign effectively will make it take a lo

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Robert Carnegie

"also released as "Girls on the Moon," "Moondolls," "Nature Girls on the Moon" and "Nudes on the Moon" <https://www.amazon.com/Marietta-William-Mayer-Lester-Brown/dp/B01GWD9JI2> I think Cavorite is manufactured in liquid form. And...

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I just want to commend you for your efforts to educate Quaddie. I don't think its working, but the effort is still appreciated.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

/That/ is a keystone of the book: John (well, God) isn't describing what he's describing -- he's describing 70's/80's level advanced weaponry. And the Yellow Peril. These are books I inherited from my maternal grandfather. I don't know

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

You forgot the context: 2017: Trump, realizing that the only way to get Mexico to pay for the Wall, invades. Initially, they reach Monterrey, but soon they are pushed back to within a few miles of the border. Still on the Mexican side,

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.) (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 2 Hours ago by: Paul S Person

And that "educational" purpose was the only reason the parents tolerated it.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 3 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

No, this isn't an objection that can be answered by it only being a little bit of censorship. It has to do with the principle of no ex post facto laws: the citizenry needs a clear idea of what will or will not get them banned from the air

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 3 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

How about a few citations? Preferablly to something a bit more mainstream than Usenet.

[WFC] Night of The Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

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Posted: 14 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Night of The Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/happy-boys-and-girls One bold teen sets out to minimize the damage from a practical joke gone wrong.

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Posted: 14 Days 5 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

As I recall there were two "surrenders". The first on May 8 inside territory controlled by the Western Allies. Stalin threw a fit and demanded another signing of the surrender documents inside Russian controlled territory, which took

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Posted: 14 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael Dworetsky

OK, but Heinlein was always keen to insert some real science in his work to help educate his readers (in this case, mostly teen-age boys). And he was friends with a Mt Wilson astronomer, Dr R S Richardson. On the other hand he was not

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 10 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Have you ever, once in your life, visited the real world?

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 10 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The thing is, if a black kid robbed a white kid at knife-point in a recently-integrated school he might well be strange fruit later that afternoon. And the black kids _knew_ this.

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Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The production values were almost Whovian. The direction and script make Ed Wood look like Orson Welles. Scenery was nice--didn't look like a surgical enhancement in the lot and none of them were starving themselves. But that's about

Re: Honor Harrington and the Pitfalls of Politics (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9A7bf2-dM John Savard

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 12 Hours ago by: Robert Woodward

Supposedly, the German surrender was signed rather late on May 8th, so late that it was after midnight in Moscow.

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Yes, but it's so hard to _prove_ that someone didn't just change his mind as he studied the matter more deeply in order to render a sober and fair judgment upon it. I don't really mind Roe vs. Wade being overturned, in itself, as it see

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I wasn't thinking of lynching, I was thinking of being robbed of one's lunch money at knifepoint. This isn't because black people are intrinsically violent, it's because crime is a problem to be expected where there are poor people. T

Re: Isaiah 9:6 (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

No, it was _integration_ they were opposing based on their delusions, I apologize for my error in wording. John Savard

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Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Well, if anyone's rights are being violated, anywhere in the world, they should just be able to pick up the phone, and call the police, who will come and put an immediate end to it. No need of any "revolution" which might be messy. It

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 14 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Stalin really pushed the generals to complete the occupation of Berlin by May Day, but they missed. Similar tactics to what we see today in Ukraine; indiscriminate destruction, looting, murder and rape of civilians. Right now, the Russia

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

So, a day that ends with a "y". :D

Re: Stories Where You Just Didn't Buy What The Author Was Selling? (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

I wasn't aware that starship pilots were poor people.

Re: Stories Where You Just Didn't Buy What The Author Was Selling?

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Joy Beeson

Poor people do die all the time.

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

There was, however, a tabletop RPG with the same title. I never played it, but reading the manual was a hoot. The "races" to which the player characters could be assigned were Human, Near-Human, Not-So-Near-Human, and Real Weirdies. I f

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: John Halpenny

I have watched some late night TV movies that I didn't bother to finish, like "Tammy and the T Rex" - the boyfriend's brain is used as part of a reconstructed dinosaur - and one where the monster is a killer fog - the special effects co

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Why, you expect poorly maintained Russian solids to make out better than poorly maintained NASA solids?

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Which was more or less my point.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Impeach away. What makes you think it will any more effective when applied to a Supreme Court justice than it did when applied to Trump. To get them out of office you don't just have to impeach them, you have to _convict_ them which req

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Rather ironically since his idol Stalin enthusiastically (especially enthusiastically since he made the Spanish Republicans send their gold reserves to Russia to "pay" for these "volunteers") sent arms - and men - to Spain 1936-39.....an

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And that is exactly the problem. "We want our rights and we don't care _how_, we want our rev-o-lu-tion NOW!". It will take a very logn time, decades, of concerted effort to establish that consensus. And that will only happen if the e

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

No no - it's "Victory Day" which in western terms would be V-E day but celebrated on May 9 instead of May 8 like the rest of us. It's been a huge Soviet day ever since 1945.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

The extent to which it is a democracy is debatable. It is Germany, everything that is not specifically permitted is prohibited. That's where do-gooders want to take America. Because it isn't Germany. Funny how the people who actual

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

On the other hand I hear with great regularity such people demanding an end to conservatism, that all conservatives be jailed or worse, that conservative political parties be banned, and the like.

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

You clearly have not talked to black people who grew up under segregation if you think that the teachers in black schools were all, or even mostly white. As for the inferior resources, schools today put a lot of store in "resources" and

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

So discriminating against Putin is a crime against humanity? After all, he is a minority of 1. You have decided, without due process of law, what constitutes a crime and now you want, without due process of law, to impose your will on

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Posted: 14 Days 15 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And then we have that great African American success story called SpaceX. Of course he's the wrong _color_ African American.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

The catch was that prior to Brown v Board of Education "separate but equal" was proven to lead to gross mismatches in education spending between the separate but "equal" schools and the justices recognized that and disallowed the claim b

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

On the other hand I >have< heard a Christian minister suggest that mankind has had the technological ability to bring about all the plagues described in the book of Revelation on our own without divine "help" since around 1975 in a somew

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

Back in 2010 my daughter (from Vancouver) was in art school and did an exchange semester in Baltimore, MD. They went for beer one night and the subject turned to genealogy and my daughter shocked everybody by telling them that she (the o

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I knew they had collaborated though Pournelle is more known for his collaborations with Larry Niven.

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

You are right - I am having a confused sort of day

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed

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Posted: 14 Days 16 Hours ago by: BCFD36

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion... I watched Nudes on the Moon...

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Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Dudley Brooks

And it is on the list of Worst Movies, after all! But no, it's definitely not So Bad It's Good, like Plan 9 From Outer Space. Nor is it almost watchable, like my own favorite bad SF movie, Teenagers from Outer Space.

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Kevrob

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Puebla for those who don'r know.

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Posted: 14 Days 17 Hours ago by: Dudley Brooks

My condolences. I had the same sad experience you did ... although perhaps seeing it as I did in a theater at a film festival, where lots of people could jeer it, made it slightly more bearable. I still think, though, that the scenes

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Posted: 14 Days 18 Hours ago by: BCFD36

I went and took a look at the movie. It is at https://archive.org/details/Nude.on.the.Moon.1961.AVI1Gb It is terrible. It has some somewhat attractive topless women, but that is the only thing that is remotely worth watching. And it is

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 14 Days 19 Hours ago by: artyw2@yahoo.com

I have a vague recollection of a story (it might have been a comic book) about some hideous tree aliens, but the good guys won using termites.

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Posted: 14 Days 19 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

They vary. Some are liquid fueled, some use both in different stages. One, the RT-2PM2 Topol-M, has 3 solid stages. pt

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Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: Wolffan

If you’re going to drone-strike somewhere in Florida, may I suggest Mar-a-Lago?

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

While you may well be right I do think Scott Adams is being brilliant in his mocking on this story arc (which for those who haven't seen it involves a black guy "who identifies as white") For those who haven't seen it this week's arc sta

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Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

If most of his ICBMs are solid fuel rockets then I would be (and am) very concerned. If their ICBMs are liquid fueled, my concern level drops considerably. Still concerned but the usability of the liquid fuel drops considerably over

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I was thinking that also. Stirling and Pournelle did write a couple of books together. https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Sparta-CoDominium-Future-History-ebook/dp/B00APA4SQ2/ Lynn

BC: SKWAK

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Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

BC: SKWAK https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2022/05/05 Yup, that would be unnerving. Especially when it tried to eat you. Lynn

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

Good catch! Also, Simak's _All Flesh is Grass_, which has Simak's home town of Millville taken over by purple flowers from outer space.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

It is fitting that it was in Springfield (Illinois) that Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that included these words: "He finds the Republicans insisting that the Declaration of Independence includes ALL men, black as well as white; and fo

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I've already addressed this point. But what really keeps perplexing me is this: Surely we all agree that the Federal Republic of Germany is a democracy. After the end of World War II, you don't see *any* open expressions of anti-Semiti

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

No, I don't think that's going to happen. After all, the Senate couldn't even convict Trump. And *if* it's not going to happen, enlarging the Court is the answer that remains. At the moment, it certainly _looks_ as though the Republica

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I'm aware that there are girls-only schools, with the intent of helping girls become willing to develop their non-traditional skills. School segregation usually meant black students, white teachers, and a markedly inferior set of resour

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

I suspect you recall Jerry Pournelle's _Computing at Chaos Manor_ column in BYTE.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

If the majority favors discrimination against a minority - like Muslims in Egypt or Pakistan - since discrimination is a _crime against humanity_ it must be prevented by whatever means are necessary. Always, and without exception. Democ

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Oh, I believe in freedom of speech! So segregationists could still make their case in print. But the limited resource of the airwaves, with its pivotal role in shaping mass consciousness, needs to be limited to constructive content. J

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Posted: 14 Days 23 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

61? Obviously I don't get out enough. I very much do remember his columns in Byte magazine years ago...

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Of course, in your scheme, prior to the Civil War, it would have been illegal to publicly advocate stripping slave owners of their legal property, anywhere in the country. Your attitude is fundamentally unAmerican and unconstitutional.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days ago by: Quadibloc

Yes, that is true. But that doesn't make them Native Americans, just native Americans. The phrase "Native American" has been used with a specific meaning, it exists and is commonly understood. It exists because a replacement for "Indian"

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: pete...@gmail.com

About 30 miles, iirc. There's been a lot suspicious fires and explosions in war related locations in Russia. How many are chance, how many foreign agents, and how many home grown resistance is an open question. Pt

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I tried some research, mostly to see if the second usage is now considered something you can be sued for in South Africa. -- elements of the African-American community used "Black" in the 60s and probably later. Some of this usage surely

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

After a no-longer-quite recent, well-publicized case where such a claim /was/ put to the test, that sounds like a prudent position to take. A long time ago, when I was interested in geneology, one of the first things I learned is that m

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Ah. I wasn't aware PBS was a /print/ medium. But I see where the topic comes from.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Enlarging the Court isn't the answer. Two of the Justices appear to have testified, under oath, that they would respect and not try to overturn Roe v Wade. If they do, they can be impeached for moral turpitude. Two more recent Justices

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

They don't have the votes now, and aren't likely to have them after next November, no matter what happens. For one thing, they would need 3/4 of the States to ratify it.

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

The strategic missile defense forces may be in better shape than the others. I have no particular desire to find out. But I suspect Putin is your basic bully -- mostly bluff.

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Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

I don't recall, but it wasn't very far.

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Posted: 15 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

In our universe.... :D

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

So they should get to work on building it. But in your ideal world where you are dictator, the only vote that counts is yours, so why is this an issue? So you favor tyranny as long as you agree with the tyrant. There are black peop

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Cool. My luck it would have been a bear.

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Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

On grounds of genetics, not size.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: Jack Bohn

As he was advocating the state of affairs before the Supreme Court decision, it would take a rather quickly-pivoting government body to ban any discussion of subjects against current laws. You have discovered a practical reason agains

Re: [Big Hair Big Guns] The Silicon Mage (Windrose Chronicles, volume 2) by Barbara Hambly

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Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Volume 2, in which our hero does her best to make amends for having handed the keys to the universe to the big bad in book one.

[Big Hair Big Guns] The Silicon Mage (Windrose Chronicles, volume 2) by Barbara Hambly

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Posted: 15 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

The Silicon Mage (Windrose Chronicles, volume 2) by Barbara Hambly https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/more-than-just-a-number

Re: Planetary Conjunction (was Re: Light Pollution, Lack of

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Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael Dworetsky

It was in the chapter which, I recall, was entitled "Lineup". He had all four large moons lined up one side of Jupiter to cause a "Ganymede Quake". This cannot actually happen, because one of the moons (Io) is always on the opposite s

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Michael Dworetsky

One night in the early 1970s I was observing at Mt Wilson Observatory and stepped outside the 60-inch dome to check for any encroaching clouds, or rising fog from the Los Angeles Basin below. (The night assistant was taking a brief tu

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 9 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

It would take a very long time to build a consensus in favor of "abortion rights". However, other amendments to the Constitution ought to be someday obtainable. "Impatient", however, is perhaps not the right word. When it comes to genui

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 15 Days 11 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

Not necessarily. The puma and the cheetah are both considered to be small cats.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 12 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

And then at the next election it gets enlarged again and the ruling gets reversed again. The right way to do this is to amend the Constitution, but that requires a consensus that Democrats are too incompetent and lazy and impatient to b

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

In other words, a piggyback attempt to hijack the Star Wars meaning.

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

I've asked that question more than once and he hasn't answered. Others have guessed that it's because Baker played the fourth Doctor Who. And a charming alien he was, too. Somewhere I have a video of an interview with him in which he sai

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I don't think that anything like that is likely to happen. But two people hold the power to ensure it won't happen. Manchin and Sinema. They just have to get out of the way, so that Biden _can_ enlarge the Supreme Court. John Savard

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Jay E. Morris

IIRC, may the forth (doctor) be with you.

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Riding a roller coaster without glasses can be terrifying. Lynn

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 15 Days 14 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I assume that you are talking about big cats. Lynn

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Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

You REALLY need to explain why its "Tom Baker Day".

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

John Grisham wrote a book about that. The outcome was not good. I'll give you a hint, "The Pelican Brief". You can even watch a movie about it. Lynn

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 15 Days 16 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I thought that same about Gwendolyn in Drakon. In fact, I gave it five stars on the strength of her character alone. And I am fairly sure that I would intensely dislike her in real life. Stirling has 61 books published now. What lev

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 19 Hours ago by: The Doctor

Sad but true.

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Posted: 15 Days 19 Hours ago by: The Doctor

Happy Tom Baker Day!

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: William Hyde

Monarchs rarely give up titles except to assume a better one, and often not then. Having been kings of France once, arguably anyway, the British monarchy retained the title until about 1810 - about the same time that the Austrian emperor

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

You left out the doctrine that Ukraine is just part of Russia that is farther away. That type of delusion also isn't exclusively Russian. Your King James Bible tells you that Jimmy is King of France, as well as of Britain and Ireland.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

'Identifies as' isn't restricted to gender. Example: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-33156905 Race activist Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black' (an identification that surprised both her parents). My brother in law 'identif

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

How far is "just over the border"?

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

If you look for the book on Amazon, DONT click on 'Imperial Draka'. pt

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Posted: 15 Days 20 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

I suspect that there is also some doubt now that Putin actually _could_ launch his nukes given the way his army and navy are doing in Ukraine.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I believe you are wrong, although Scott Adams's satire has a wide scope, and he appears to be as screwy as Terry, but of course more successful in life. Nevertheless - as with the links I just posted about President Obama - some people g

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed

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Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: John Halpenny

I enjoyed Iron Sky II. I don't watch many movies, so I got to see all of the plots of all of the SF movies rolled into one big ball. John

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Indeed? But I thought it was "new" for mainstream or casual writing to use the capital letter. Since a point, well, I'll play safe and say after 2010. Maybe it was old style, then out of style, then in again. I don't know if this i

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I enjoyed the series though have the following comments: - Stirling has a long way to go before he could be fairly described as a prolific author - Of COURSE the Draka books describe terrible acts - the Draka are villains and by definiti

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Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jerry Brown

My favourite of the other segments is "Son of the Invisible Man" starring Ed Begley, who has recreated the fornula which made his father both invisible and insane. He's only succeeded in one of these.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I figured that a reader would not need to be astute to recognize that "I identify as" identifies the strip as a dig against the transgendered. John Savard

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

If we are discussing this coming court decision, please satisfy my curiosity: what would be the position now, Wednesday, if half of the justices had been shot dead on Tuesday?

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I also forgot to mention that by the year 1980 the Draka free citizens are using gene manipulation on themselves and their serfs. They are making the serfs more compliant and raising their IQ by 10 points to an average 110. For thems

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

No. A astute reader could work it out perhaps, but at first glance the PHB is simply pointing to a white guy, who (unsurprisingly) self identifies at white. The next day's strip compounds this when the PHB admits that he claimed to be bl

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Check the links in the first post. pt

Re: [Tears] The Man Who Counts by Poul Anderson

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Thank you. I should have been clearer: I think the yellow lads are on the left. I suppose they're at war with Maza, whose "transmission is cut off" by them when Ted makes a videophone call, and as you see, they're wearing pagodas. Th

Re: [Tears] The Man Who Counts by Poul Anderson

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Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

That's a lot of Damsels in Distress! Turnabout is fair play (warning - pinup level NSFW) https://comixjoint.com/commiesfrommars4.html pt

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Zero for five here. A couple of good additions would be "Midworld" and "Mid-Flynx" by Alan Dean Foster. https://www.amazon.com/Midworld-Alan-Dean-Foster/dp/0345310179/ Many of Alan Dean Foster's books contain perilous plant life.

Re: "Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

BTW, the name of the book is "The Stone Dogs". I copied the Amazon information without thinking about it. Lynn

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: James Nicoll

It's not an uncommon attitude in nations, though. Just drone-strike one Tallahassee wedding to eliminate a crypto-Pythagorian and see how the US reacts.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: Quadibloc

Even if the beard doesn't at least suggest the character in question is black, surely the joke makes it obvious? John Savard

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S Person

And fund raising. And voter turnout. Don't forget those. And there are a few things they might be able to do: for example, they might be able to use Federal control over interstate commerce to prevent States from prohibiting the receipt

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S Person

They have allowed similar flags to fly in the past. And they announced, when the suit was filed, that, if they lost, they would change their policy to assert control over what could be flown. Which the decision explicitly allows them t

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S Person

Not that I know of. But then, I am not /au courant/ on the current stereotypes.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days ago by: Paul S Person

The identifier "Black" has been spelled that way for a long time in both America and in South Africa.

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

But they are in color on the web. Are they not in the printed newpaper?

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Washington State, IIRC, amended its Constitution two years before Roe v Wade to legalize abortion. Others may have done the same. Several have done the opposite. So some States may need to do something on the issue if Roe falls, but ma

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

As the documentary history amply demonstrates. Even when they tried real hard not to drop or add anything.

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

So far, Lindsey hasn't made the "inerrancy" claim. But perhaps he cannot conceive of any alternative being possible.

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Because, when Russia invades Ukraine, it is the Will of God that they do so. But, when Ukraine invades Russia, it is Holy Mother Russia that is being invaded. That's how it works: Russia gets to invade whoever it wants to. Nobody get

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Too late -- Ukraine has already made helicopter-based missile attacks on targets just over the border. This was some time ago. It produced some whining, but no nukes.

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

That, I think, was what I was reading about. After all, they /did/ take Berlin! They have a lot to celebrate. But not their conduct in Ukraine.

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Why spend money on the troops when you can stuff it into your Swiss bank account?

Re: [Tears] The Man Who Counts by Poul Anderson

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Don

It's hard enough to find a bigley, buxom, breastplated, braided blonde on an old pulp cover to begin with. And now all of my hard work is met with an implication, an innuendo, about how an unseen "warlike yellow alien" association stains

Re: [Tears] The Man Who Counts by Poul Anderson

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Somewhere, Robert Graves (probably in speculative mode), states that he agrees with another mythographer that the Great Mystery was ... a sprouting head of corn. IOW, the Great Secret was, at least for plants, that -- life comes from l

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 16 Days 1 Hour ago by: Paul S Person

Sounds like there may have been some improvements in the process. Then again, I was unconscious both times, so cannot confirm that the old lenses were phyically (as opposed to sonically) removed. It was after I got the second one that

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Wolffan

If you’ve gone to the trouble of killing the bear to get the bear fat, why not use the bear skin?

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and High-Risk Gardening

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Steve Coltrin

Besides... it was low hanging fruit. (puts on sunglasses, cues The Who)

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Hexapodia is the key insight. - Tony

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Bice

Space Mutiny was featured on Mystery Science Theater. Someone put together a nine minute highlight reel of the episode up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7POGi2TQls Or if that's too long for you, there's also a three and

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Presser

ObSF: Simak had a robot character who killed bears over the centuries so that he could lubricate himself. (Itself? Themself? Whatever.)

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

As the weeks have gone by, Western nations have become much less nervous about sending Ukraine better weaponry. In particular, the artillery being sent now will undoubtedly be used to strike targets tens of miles into Russia. Published R

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

All true in general, but this paper has mentioned such things in the past when they occur. That said, there is a brand new editor (in the job less that two months - maybe less than one), so maybe this is an indication of how this editor

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

I considered it but I think it was on an earlier list.

Re: [tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Inevitable 'Why didn't you include....' post: The Day of the Triffids - Wyndham pt

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: Michael F. Stemper

That is a claim that is less than universally accepted: Historians dispute his acount. Ian Kershaw, for example, wrote in his biography of Hitler Hubris, “A family named Frankenreiter did live there, but was not Jewish. Ther

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

The M/D/Y silliness in America only applies to numerically written dates. 'Fourth of May' and 'May Fourth', are equally acceptable. 'May the Fourth' is a bit odd. We do have terms like 'Wednesday the Fourth', but there, 'the Fourth' is

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Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

At this point Ukraine, if they had the ability, would be completely justified in rolling over Russia and not stopping until they hit the Pacific.

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Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Not strange that they aren't saying anything. They are obviously afraid of controversy and/or "offending" some readers, so why even tell them "Hey, we're not printing this comic because we think it is offensive."? That would itself j

[tor dot com] Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and High-Risk Gardening

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Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Five Stories About Perilous Plant Life and High-Risk Gardening https://www.tor.com/2022/05/04/five-stories-about-perilous-plant-life-and-high-risk-gardening/ What it says on the tin. My parents had a one acre garden that I got to weed so

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

The May 4 is another substitution here - also without notification or comment by the paper. Could be. True, but it wasn't exactly a year (the substitute was 5/5/21), and today's substitution is from February 2020. Strange that they'

Re: [Tears] The Man Who Counts by Poul Anderson

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Posted: 16 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

In article <c086f917-8686-489e-b9fd-d931bc85474en@googlegroups.com>, Oh, that takes me back. In the late nineties I wrote a series pf stories set in the third centuries BCE. In one of them, my protagonist trained for initiation into the

[translation] Witch Hat Atelier, volume 1 by Kamome Shirahama

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Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: James Nicoll

Witch Hat Atelier, volume 1 by Kamome Shirahama https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/that-magic-technique An ongoing manga about a young girl who, having accidentally killed her mother with self-taught magic, is enrolled in a witch's scho

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Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Hmm. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maza_of_the_Moon> "Ted Dustin, an American inventor, seeks to win a prize of one million dollars by being the first person to touch the Moon with an object launched from Earth. He devises a huge gun

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

FWIW Adams has tweeted that the reliance of the strip on being printed in color was intentional: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1521511843159674880 All part of my plan. (Of course I know they print without color in some ma

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 4 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Well, May 2nd and May 4th strips also were on the subject. On the other hand, maybe your newspaper is embarrassed about how the strip prints without colours. Or if it was exactly a year adrift, it could just be a mistake. <https://dilb

Re: Over The Hedge: Technology

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Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

Well, certainly virtual reality technology has improved _his_ life, by letting him rob a family blind that was using it... John Savard

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I see the title of the show was "The Chosen", and it was about Jesus and His disciples. I will resist the impulse to automatically conclude from the choice of title that it must be anti-Semitic... But that's the thing. Normally, I would

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 6 Hours ago by: Charles Packer

I should emphasize that when I said anything could happen, the "anything" would of course be an entirely human creation. There is something that has changed since 1000. That's the existence of mass media capable of creating large-scale

Re: Light Pollution, Lack of Darkness.

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Posted: 16 Days 9 Hours ago by: Gary R. Schmidt

I had my lenses and cataracts melted using ultrasound and the plastic lenses slipped in in their place a couple of years ago. I went from being short-sighted to being long-sighted, with greater clarity of vision. You can get multi-foc

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Posted: 16 Days 10 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

I've always been a bit creeped out by putting things on the surface of my eyeball so I'm partial to glasses. My daughter (whose vision is worse than mine) isn't so she does. As they say "different strokes..."

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Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

I'll go along with that. Remember the Agat? An imperfect rip-off of some early Apple computer, known informally as the Yablochka.

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

How so?

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Posted: 16 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Putin screams "It was weapons you gave them that attacked Russia!!" Pushes the nukes button. That answer your question?

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Posted: 16 Days 13 Hours ago by: The Doctor

And It is Tom Baker Day!

Re: May the Fourth be with you!

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Posted: 16 Days 13 Hours ago by: Your Name

Except it's the "4th of May" in sensible countries that don't put their dates backwards. :-p

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Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: Don

The Dec 21 1929 _Argosy_ cover captures the concept: http://www.philsp.com/data/images/a/argosy_19291221.jpg It turns out Isidore's interest in buxom, breastplated, braided blondes is nonexistent, at first. _Electric Sheep_'s Martian na

Re: Arlo and Janis: Sunrise is like Sunset in reverse

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Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: Default User

Most of the sunrises I have seen have been from the wrong side of sleep. Brian

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 14 Hours ago by: Leif Roar Moldskred

I seem to recall that with The Phantom they went back and colourized old, originally black-and-white stories at some point.

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Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

I would like to see a Privacy Amendment added to the Constitution. That would solve this type of issue and start a whole lot more. Lynn

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Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

What I don't understand is that if Russians invade Ukraine why it's a vile thing for Ukrainians to hit targets inside Russia. Why is that worse than Russians hitting targets inside Ukraine?

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Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: The Horny Goat

It is known Hitler's grandmother worked as a housekeeper in a Jewish household. This does not of course imply she was the husband's mistress. I remain annoyed that Putin et al still refer to the Ukrainians as 'neo-Nazi' since other tha

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 16 Hours ago by: Magewolf

refusing-to-fly-christian-flag-u-s-supreme-court-1.5885195 opinion-00029473 The thing is that I think regardless of their opinion on abortion rights if you held a gun to most lawyers head while they were hooked up to a lie detector mos

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 16 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

Possible, but unlikely. If forced to speculate, I'd guess it has more to do with the editors and/or company lawyers being uncomfortable with the race aspect. Tony

Re: Sam Youd/John Christopher's centenary (in April)

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Posted: 16 Days 18 Hours ago by: Moriarty

Something similar happened in his obituary thread: someone wondered whether Christopher/Youd was Jewish, his daughter responded with a "no", and plenty of people passed on condolences to her, saying how great his books were. -Moriarty

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Could the publisher be involved in <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_college_admissions_bribery_scandal>?

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Posted: 16 Days 19 Hours ago by: Tony Nance

You know what's interesting about that? My local paper didn't run that strip today -- they ran a strip from a year ago -- and I would never have noticed if you hadn't posted the above. I can't find anything in the paper saying they subst

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 19 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

Ideally there would be two different versions. I remember a really nice panel of The Phantom fighting a lion in which the color version would have been much better without the ziptone effect. Of course The Phantom is an action/adventure

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: pete...@gmail.com

Ziptone, or whatever the digital equivalent is. Ie, a way to indicate that the character is African American, using only black ink, and not turning him into an opaque ebon blob. As it is, the joke is entirely different in color and mon

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Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I do see one flaw in it. It relies uncritically on the historical record. Given the First Amendment, specifically the Establishment Clause, the argument is not without weight that, while one could point to a time before which Sunday Blu

Re: Isaiah 9:6

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Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: The Doctor

But of course, man corrupts.

Re: Highlights and Lowlights - Mar-Apr 2022

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Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: Titus G

Sorry. I have mistaken the Praxis book for a Metropolitan one. I was completely mixed up.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 20 Hours ago by: Quadibloc

I'm going with the period known as "The Crazy Years" in Robert A. Heinlein's future history. John Savard

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: J. Clarke

<https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israel-denounces-lavrovs-hitler-comments-summons-russian-ambassador-2022-05-02/> And it's about to get worse. A majority of the Japanese public is in favor of revoking the renunciation of war

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

What's the sci fi angle of you whining like a two year old with a dirty diaper?

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Jibini Kula Tumbili

Lynn McGuire <lynnmcguire5@gmail.com> wrote in news:t4ruom$r55$1@dont-email.me: Note that this is a working draft that was leaked (which is apparently unprecedented), not a final decision, and whatever it ends up being won't be publishe

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Scott Lurndal

May Day? The Russians have lost _at least_ 3,374 military vehicles so far (documented), including 600 tanks. Many abandoned due to logistical failures (no fuel) or unit cohesion (or lack thereof). https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2022

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

I want to say "shading".

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Actually, today's Dilbert had PHB talking about running the scam in reverse to pay for college. https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-05-03 Lynn

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

There were (and may still be) plans for a third movie in the franchise but the odds IMO are pretty low considering how little the first made and how long its taken to get the second.

Arlo and Janis: Sunrise is like Sunset in reverse

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

Arlo and Janis: Sunrise is like Sunset in reverse https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/05/03 No ! There is no such thing. Lynn

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Something pointy haired boss couldn't imagine.

"Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling

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Posted: 16 Days 21 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

"Stone Dogs (Draka #3)" by S. M. Stirling https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Dogs-Draka-S-M-Stirling/dp/0671720090/ Book number three of a five book alternate history military science fiction series. I read the well printed and well bound

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

What's the sci fi angle in any of this that justifies bringing it up?

Re: Movie reviews: List of worst movies reviewed

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Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert Carnegie

Tell your family you love them on the 7th. The 8th is liable to be hectic.

Re: A Poor Supreme Court Decision

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Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Lynn McGuire

You are going to love this one, "Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows" https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473 Hat tip to: https://www.drudgereport

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: ted@loft.tnolan.com

The Elves will own the means of production!

Re: Scott Adams didn't think this through. (Dilbert)

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Posted: 16 Days 22 Hours ago by: Dorothy J Heydt

I should've specified that Hal is not African-American; we are both whiter than mayonnaise, he more than I. *Two* of his grandparents came from Denmark.

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