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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    You do understand that not only is this kind of treatment 100% voluntary, but somebody has to really really really want it and try very hard to get it, and it affects only a vanishingly tiny minority...
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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    This has little to do with 'protecting vulnerable children' and a great deal to do with anti-trans bigotry. One can make a case for prohibiting surgery, but hormone treatments are far better if done...
  3. Re: Republicans gunning for Medicare... again

    One more time: EVERY other developed country spends much less on health care than the US, for roughly comparable results by every reasonable measure. And they cover everybody, all the time. The...
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    Re: Chinese spy balloon over US

    It's generally wise not to imagine a nefarious plot in something that is easily explained by blundering. And most countries are reluctant to admit to stupid screwups.
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    Re: Chinese spy balloon over US

    And HRD once again does his damndest to make people think he's an employee of the Chinese government agency in charge of influencing public opinion. A tip, Mr Davies: it would be more effective if...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    There's apparently a show in Japan with huge straw figures every year; fun with leftover rice straw after the harvest. Here's a link.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Davies has submitted a very credible entry to the 'world's largest strawman' contest. Nicely done!
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    Re: AFAB the French

    Well, better than 'Hijx de putx!' :D

    Seriously, I have never yet met a native Spanish-speaker in the US who thinks that 'latinx' is a good idea. Lots of eye rolling, if they're being polite. ...
  9. Re: The real reason why the GOP wants to kill SS

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a strong contender for the single wrongest sentence in the Bilge for this year, certainly; perhaps this decade. Well done, TLT! :rolleyes:
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Nah. Racism (in the conventional sense) is just a subset of tribalism, and it can be large and horrible, or small and not much of a problem. The kind we have to deal with in the US is mostly a...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Andrew's right. It's not simple racism - unless one expands 'racism' to mean tribalism, different standards for Those Not Like Us. Not Like Us can be skin color, physical features, language,...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    One evil is not a justification for another. The fact that the pot is black doesn't change the color of the kettle in the slightest.
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    Re: Heat resistant wood glue?

    Sort of (link). Grainger says 200F maximum, FWIW (another link)

    Yeah, probably right; it seems to be intended more as a metal filler. Here's the data sheet. Probably too thick.
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    Re: Heat resistant wood glue?

    The spec sheet says that strength of Titebond II drops from 4000 PSI at room temperature to 800 PSI @150F. Doesn't seem like a good bet.
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    Re: Heat resistant wood glue?

    Very useful? :d
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    Re: Heat resistant wood glue?

    You can get high-temperature epoxy. One type:

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81usjovhg-L.jpg
  17. Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Lots more of them, and a lot nearer to where people usually hang out. Coyotes surprised me too; I've never heard of anyone attacked by a coyote. OTOH, the stats are for all injuries, not just fatal...
  18. Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Large mostly-hairless primates are the really dangerous ones.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Mr Davies, you are intelligent enough to understand that a photograph like that is not reliable evidence of much anything. It could have been taken in 2015. That doesn't mean your claims are right...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Nice work, George.; you gave him a good sticky tarbaby to whack at.
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    Re: Liberals... well, you know.

    Indeed. It's a process that started with 'energize the base' about 1980.

    I never thought I'd appreciate George W. Bush's relative sanity. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Liberals... well, you know.

    Yes, and the Republican party is engaged in desperate attempts to hold minimally together, appeasing their craziest and most sociopathic politicians, and alienating more and more voters by pushing...
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    Re: Liberals... well, you know.

    That cartoon's about 10% truth, 90% bullsh!t.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Not easy to do. Neither being Swedish nor Norwegian, I stay a minimum of fifty feet away from the stuff.
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    Re: Would you buy one of these Canoos?

    Nah. It's kind of cool, but the price-to value ratio wouldn't be nearly good enough. Also too quirky.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    I don't think you know what my 'view of the situation' is, since I haven't written much of anything about Tibet. I may have fewer illusions about theocracy than you think. But I will check out the...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Rusbots seem fairly easy to identify; they come and they go. You wouldn't think it would be worth the effort, but it seems pretty clear that's what they are.

    I'd bet that Mr Davies, however, is...
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    Re: Trump has lost his marbles...

    National Review! He's right, obviously, but I wouldn't have expected it from them.
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    Re: Not again….

    Very sorry to hear it; hoping for a quick recovery.
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    Re: alanmc for the win

    And the pigeon thinks he won the chess game.
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    Re: Italian Automotive Design

    I worked with a guy once who actually bought a Yugo. He was no fool, and quite a good machinist, but his name was Ljudo Churchich from Croatia, i.e. a Yugo himself.
  32. Re: Alabama is jailing pregnant marijuana users to ‘protect’ fetuses

    Right. While alcohol is legal. :rolleyes: Honestly, if you had to pick one, it would make far more sense to ban alcohol and make weed legal, although that's obviously not a good idea.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Western Front

    The book's even better.
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    Re: How do you wipe

    Here you'd have to break the ice with an axe. Snow works, though, if it's somewhat wet and you can make a snowball, although it's not comfortable.
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    Re: How do you wipe

    That's difficult around here in January.
  36. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    11 kids, 5 parents = 2.2 per pair. Ugh. Too complicated for me.
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    Re: Critical Environmental Theory

    Who else uses the phrase? Is there any significant number of people in any country who seriously support 'open borders'?
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    Re: Thoughts and prayers again....

    FWIW, your chance of dying in a car crash on the way to the mall is VASTLY greater than your chance of getting shot. Not that we don't have a problem with guns, but people are not very good at...
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    Re: Critical Environmental Theory

    'Open borders' is a propaganda phrase, an imaginary nonexistent boogeyman that serves only to fire up the right wingers.
  40. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    Taking a somewhat larger view, the supply of nurses and doctors and other health-care workers is not like the supply of tungsten or natural gas, at least not in the medium term. People can learn how...
  41. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    Without significant immigration, Europe and even the US would have similar troubles, different only in degree. We're not far from a declining population without immigration. Japan's immigration...
  42. Re: The real reason why the GOP wants to kill SS

    Certainly, but I didn't say 'at FICA rates'. If all income were included, rather than just the first $160K of wages, the rate could be a small fraction of what it is now. Still unlikely to happen,...
  43. Re: The real reason why the GOP wants to kill SS

    A Modest Proposal. Tax all income for FICA; no limits. Do we really want a regressive tax on earned income? Yeah, yeah, sparkly pink unicorns, since the majority party in the House maintains as...
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    Re: Seditious Conspiracy

    My first reaction was 'Well, DUH . . ' , but nothing about this is obvious or certain.
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    Re: A breakthrough in colonoscopy prep?

    Well, not having to drink that stuff would be an improvement, but you'll still have to sh!t out everything south of your esophagus; no help for that. Ah, well, at least watching the screen while...
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    Re: George Santos

    Heather Cox Richardson (link). It would be howlingly funny if it weren't so ridiculous.
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    Re: What Are You Reading?

    Guy Gavriel Kay's latest, All the Seas of the World. Not Great Literature, but good fun.
  48. Re: Humankind's fate depends upon this planet and no other.

    Two quite different things. Yes, for any kind of foreseeable future, the survival of our species depends entirely on the earth and not screwing things up too badly. Moving somewhere else isn't even...
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    Re: WBF changes coming?

    I'd challenge this too. Big boats, yes, but not small ones. I dunno about a deep mind, but I don't have deep pockets at all by that standard, and I've build six wooden boats.

    'Banning...
  50. Re: At war, the US dollar is on the brink of collapse

    He's catastrophising.
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