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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Very cool! But I think the festival runs this weekend, right? I'm going to be busy planning curriculum and lessons, and also have an article to finish writing.

    Tom
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    Re: Little Free library score

    I hope it had some kind of punctuation to make it clear that "English major" was not in the vocative case. :)

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Pronunciation is something to work on for sure, but it's not as bad as I feared. Almost all of the sounds in Polish are also present in English--it's just that English doesn't commonly put some of...
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    Only overdue by about 10 years...

    Tom
  5. Thread: Daughter

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    Re: Daughter

    It's so good to wake up to this news, Rob. I'm glad things went well, and that things are OK.

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

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    Nothing good, I'm afraid. There are warnings out not to drink or bathe in the river right now. I don't know many details, but fortunately the municipal water system is still safe according to...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    One more for tonight--another pair. This one is at the main entrance to Pasaż Grundwaldski (a big mall near my neighborhood--Wrocław has lots of shopping malls).

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    The inscription on the...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Then there's this hotel porter gnome (outside a hotel, of course):

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    And this pair of gnomes (another of my favorites) pulling off a heist from an ice cream shop in the Stare Miastro (old...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Since we're discussing sculptures now, a few more krasnale. Here's one in the window of the former city jail that I just discovered this weekend:

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    That's the fun thing--each gnome somehow...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Yep! It's right on Swidnicka, I think--the main(ish) street that runs past the market square (the street I will walk to work each day). But at first I didn't see its counterpart, on the other side of...
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    Re: Cowards, Crooks, and Crazies

    That's why "Agent Orange" was in quotation marks in the article--she means that 9/11 was the parallel disaster for the 21st century, not that 9/11 literally involved Agent Orange.

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Excellent! I just have to confirm with my wife that a weekend in Berlin will fit her vision for that long weekend. :)

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Off the top of my head:

    The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
    The Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew
    The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Sand
    The Rynek
    The Church...
  14. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    No one in the prehistorical Clovis hunter-gatherer communities would have called a large shaggy member of Elephantidae a "mammoth," so how is it that we can?

    See how silly that is?

    Tom
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    Thanks for posting--neat to see some small boat adventures on the Jersey coast.

    Anything you're thinking of changing/adding to your boat now that you've been at this a while?

    Tom
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    Re: Why have a Checklist ?

    This is the first question that needs to be answered. And it can only be answered by the employees. Who might not want to answer unless there's a basis of trust already established.

    Why are they...
  17. Re: Afghanistan collapse rooted in Trump-Taliban deal

    The article in the OP doesn't go back nearly far enough. The collapse of Afghanistan is solidly rooted in W and Cheney's response to 9/11, and their subsequent ill-conceived invasion, not to the...
  18. Thread: Scot Bell

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    Re: Scot Bell

    Thanks, Scot! Your work in keeping the WBF up and running, and reasonably civil, has been much appreciated.

    Tom
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Or, use an elastic hair band you find on the beach. That's what I use on my boat... :)

    Looking fantastic, Alex. What a neat boat. Is Tad Roberts going to be able to attend the launch or...
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    Re: Your Address: climate change risk factors

    ^^^ How long will insurers continue to insure houses in flood zones and areas subject to frequent wildfires? How long should they continue?

    It's going to get a whole lot worse.

    Tom
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    Re: Why have a Checklist ?

    Joe,

    have you considered that it may well be (my experience tells me "it probably is") a systems problem, and not a worker problem?

    If these are the results you are getting with running things...
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    Re: Finally, it looks like a boat

    It does look like a lot of deadrise, though--a very soft bilge. Especially the stern view.

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    The utility lies in having a shared language in which people agree on what meaning words have. You don't seem to understand the value of that, though, so I can see why you're puzzled.

    "Socialism"...
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    Re: Socialism

    I do not grant your premise, nor the tortured logic you use to try to support it. But I understand that you find it necessary to avoid admitting that you are simply wrong about limits on what may be...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    What's this "beating to windward" nonsense, Alex? It's a motor sailer, innit? :)

    Tom
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    Re: Decorative stemhead?

    I like the kind of scalloped stems you see on traditional boats (I think it's what Jim was talking about in post #3. Here's my version:

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    And of course, you don't need to finish it bright...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    I have a school break from October 29 to November 1... EBS in Berlin? Or elsewhere near-ish?



    "Secret gatherings" definitely makes more sense--I appreciate any language lessons you want to...
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    Defining everything stupid as "liberal" is OR's standard tactic. It fits his narrative, if not reality...

    Tom
  29. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    The noun "mammoth" was not coined until 1706. That doesn't mean there were no mammoths before then. But it does mean they weren't mammoths.

    See how silly that is? :)

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    I wasn't talking about "amending"--I was talking about "changing" the Constitution. Which can happen by formal amendment, or--changing how the Constitution is applied in practice, by legal...
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    Re: Socialism

    But court interpretations certainly have changed the application of the Constitution in practice. That was my point.

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    Uh...

    Social security.
    Medicare.
    Unemployment.

    These are widely seen as socialist programs employed within the framework of a representative democracy.

    From Investopedia:
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    Re: Finally, it looks like a boat

    That's a beauty!

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    Re: A Neighborhood Regular

    I think that might have been the year before I attended U of A for a semester--everyone was talking about a guy who had been trampled to death by a moose near the library.

    Which did not make me...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Thanks, Rob. I think you're right about altered photos appearing right-side up. I think the only ones that came out sideways were ones I didn't edit at all. So, that's simple enough--and good thing,...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Even on the north side of the river, well away from the tourist-heavy Stare Miasto, there are a few churches scattered around. #10 is the Church of St. Boniface, which is right across the street from...
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    Church #9 is the Church and Monastery of St. Adalbert--Gothic enough for you?

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    And another one that's not on the map--the Church of St. Stanislaw and St. Dorothy, tucked in at the end of...
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    Church #7 is the Church of St. Elizabeth, with its distinctively red-and-green checkered roof:

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    Church #8 is the Church of St. Mary Magdalene:

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    You can't see it in the photo...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    OK, brief pause to ask: What's the secret to rotating iphone photos on the WBF? Thanks!

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Moving on to the south bank of the Odra River now, towards the Stare Miastro (Old City), there's Church #5 (another cathedral, actually): Greek Catholic, this one. It's the Cathedral of St. Vincent...
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    Just a block past that church is the tiny church of St. Martin (not Martin Luther, I'm guessing... Probably the saint he was named for, though):

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    Church #3 (Church of St. Peter and St....
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    OK, time for a little tour of some churches. There are a LOT of them in the city center of Wrocław, almost all Roman Catholic:

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    For starters, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at the...
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    Ron Johnson (current Wisconsin senator and Trumper) is also tied up in this Pennsylvania stuff, I think. It'll be interesting to hear how it all resolves. With him out of office and in jail, I hope....
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    Re: Trump Takes The Fifth.

    Not in an hour-long session, that's for sure.

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    Uh... FYI, there are actually four ways to pass a constitutional amendment; I think you have to know that much just to earn a GED. And then there are all those other ways to change it (in practice)...
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    Re: Socialism

    Speaking of which--are you still claiming that in the U.S., the demos is only allowed to vote for its representatives, and nothing else? If so, you might want to check out the recent abortion...
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    Re: Socialism

    I agree with you completely--but since OR apparently doesn't understand the amendment process, I thought it might be worthwhile to point out that amendments are not the only way that the constitution...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Yes, but expansion of grazing also contributes significantly to deforestation in much of the world. It's complicated. People running a good grass-fed beef operation would be among the very last...
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    Re: Happy birthday to James McMullen…

    I'm no expert on sailing on tidal waters, but you may have missed the last of the ebb there, McMullen. Put your back into it!

    (And "Happy Birthday," amigo)

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    So, I see that OR continues to stick to his delusionary interpretations of democratic governance, including these rather elementary failures of understanding:

    1. A belief that the U.S....
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