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    Re: Dems are going to win.

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/9-01-2013/K0g2nk.gif

    Ladies and gentleman, we have a strong candidate for the silliest political post of 2022, and maybe of the century. Anyone who can believe this...
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    Re: Drone AI warfare is the future

    Military drones are new, so defense against drones hasn't has a lot of thought put into it yet. Give it time. Defense may be easier than you might think; they're slow and vulnerable.

    Drones are...
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    Likewise.
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    O'Brian is not to everyone's taste, but 'unreadable dreck' is the sort of thing that in previous ages would have resulted in early-morning pistols for two and breakfast for one. I like his writing...
  5. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    One of my guilty pleasures is that I'm excessively amused by Hemingway parodies.
  6. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    Those rules sound fine if you want to write like Elmore Leonard. Nothing wrong with that, but there are many other perfectly good ways to write.
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    Re: Klaatu Barada Nicto

    The original short story it was based on was even better; 'Farewell to the Master' by Harry Bates, 1940. You can read it here.
  8. Re: A monumentally stupid idea meets its just reward

    And a damn good thing. Considering they were established in 1933, when banks failing had caused no end of misery, I'm not even a little surprised.
  9. Re: A monumentally stupid idea meets its just reward

    You think? :rolleyes:

    But the difference is that capitalism as such is in some respects amoral, entirely unconcerned with the kind of issues these folks get so excited about. Megabucks LLC is...
  10. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Unless you were Jewish.
  11. Re: A monumentally stupid idea meets its just reward

    Definitely has the smell of an enterprise set up purely to extract money from investors, the standard Trump pattern.
  12. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    But whaddabout The European conquest of the the Americas?

    But whaddabout Tamerlane?

    But whaddabout The Mongol invasion of Europe?

    But whaddabout the An Lushan rebellion?

    But whaddabout...
  13. Re: the far right is already attacking the Club Q hero

    Very true. The great advantage and disadvantage of the internet is that barriers to entry are so low, and the fringes are easy to find. Fifty or sixty years ago, you'd have to look long and hard to...
  14. Re: the far right is already attacking the Club Q hero

    http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/funny/1/vomit.gif

    As the average of the culture gets farther and farther away from them, the crazies get crazier.
  15. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    I did indeed, and Mike did a very, very good thing. Y>Y> Glad to hear he's doing so well.

    But it's not a competition, and there are lots of ways to make the world a better place, both on your...
  16. Re: CBS News interviews the father of the Colorado Springs shooter. OMG.

    Every now and then I wish I believed in hell.
  17. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    Historically true, and still true, but decreasing recently. One could say that you can lay the blame at the feet of younger people, because they can't be bothered to vote - and it would be almost as...
  18. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    The complaint that people are less virtuous than they used to be is one human characteristic that seems to be constant throughout all of recorded history. I think it's almost always wrong.
  19. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    Nah. It's a very big problem, for sure, but money does not equal votes, and votes still count.
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    It goes back further than that.
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    Yes, sure. (I was going to say 'Well, DUH!", but that seemed unnecessarily rude.) So why? What do we do about it?
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    Well, thinking about it a bit more, that's an interesting point. So why do evangelical Christians, or rural folks, or southerners, oppose universal health care? Getting bent out of shape about...
  23. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    Oh, joy. :rolleyes:
  24. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    This is getting a bit silly. There are a lot of factors that correlate with voting for conservatives in the US, some quote strongly, and age is only one.
    - Older people tend to vote for...
  25. Re: What were your favorite cars from your younger days

    I actually had one like this, although not in as nice shape:

    https://www.thelastdetail.com/galleria_images/789/789_main_l.jpg
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    People's ideas about lots of things seem to be surprisingly stable as they age. Not always, of course, but particularly about cultural things, that's the way to bet. Most support for legal...
  27. Re: You can lay the blame at the feet of the Baby Boomers.

    That's a nationwide thing, and it's been increasing for a good long time now. It's one reason Republicans have been so crazed lately; they've hung their hats on the culture-war issues favored by...
  28. Re: Automobili Pininfarina Battista hyper GT

    No doubt the price is also a world record for an electric production car.
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    Ouch! :d
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    Re: one motion

    Not bad at all. Y>

    Fortunately they kept the guy who's been doing most of the Toyota front ends lately away from it, the one who watched WAY too many Transformers cartoons as a kid.
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    Re: Thanksgiving

    Plenty of turkeys in my suburban neighborhood, but chasing one with an axe would be futile (and would seriously alarm the neighbors). One industrially-raised frozen bionic turkey from the...
  32. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    Yes, and you don't get as good as he was at football without them. But Mr Walker last played pro football 25 years ago, and it's very common, almost a truism, that even extremely talented athletes...
  33. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    Yes . . . they translate sometimes, for some people. And being an effective Senator also requires some abilities that are not at all necessary to play football well.
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    Or maybe not.

    A Thanksgiving song for the occasion:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpn8xS2yvjE&ab_channel=PriscillaHerdman-Topic
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    Re: Circus fat man 1890

    What do you expect? For almost all of our species' history, starvation was the problem, not obesity, and we evolved so that at the rare times when lots of food was available, we'd eat it all.
  36. Re: Anyone else NOT excited by the World Cup?

    World what? That's soccer, right?
  37. Re: Bought a new phone - after seven years

    Yes indeed. I got rid of a Galaxy S5 a couple of months ago, replaced it with an S22. Eight years, or nine? The difference is huge; the new one just works.
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Could happen. Trump would likely get a lot more votes than Nader did.
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    But she has almost no power within the Republican party, and will be out of office in January.
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    This is going to be interesting. At least part of the party and more of of the big money folks are dumping him, it seems - but how much damage he'll do on the way out, and how much of a spoiler...
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    Re: Dems are going to win.

    Landrith is funny - or at least he would be if he weren't serious.
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    Re: State of the Republican Party

    One data point: A guy I work with is my standard interview subject in a probably futile attempt to understand the right wing. He's a serious evangelical Christian, a creationist, and pretty far...
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    Re: State of the Republican Party

    I would hope so too, but there is quite a large very radical right-wing faction in the House that has been explicit about rejecting compromise. I just hope they don't crash the world economy by...
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene do indeed tend to get a lot of flak. The fact that neither of them are very bright and both subscribe to the craziest of politics has a lot to do with it. ...
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    The question, I think, is why they hate her with such intensity, more than other comparable (male) leaders of the other tribe. Schumer or Biden or Obama don't provoke such vehement reactions. The...
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    Re: Why does the the right hate Nancy Pelosi?

    There are plenty of reasons to disagree with her, right or left, but the demonization of her on the right is so far out of proportion to anything she's done that it's just bizarre. Just like Hillary...
  47. Sticky: Re: Jamie Johnston (S.V. Airlie) is in the hospital.

    Well, damn. Very sorry to hear it; he was a good guy.
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    Re: More Republican Party Fracturing

    From your keyboard to God's ears. That would be an excellent thing for the country, and better yet if the Republicans could be persuaded to abandon Trumpism and reactionary religion, and find their...
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    Re: It's not always a gun!

    You can certainly kill people with sharp bits of metal; people did it for thousands of years - but there's an excellent reason that armies all now use guns.
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    Re: State of the Republican Party

    From your keyboard to God's ears. That would be very good for the country, and better yet if they recover from Trumpism and return to something like responsible conservatism.
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