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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    Jonathan Chait (link)
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    0.7g is less that I could probably have wiped off my index finger, some evenings long ago.

    Stupid, for sure, but calling it 'smuggling drugs' is pushing it.
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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    Steve Benen on why she did it, give that she's going to caucus with the Democrats and keep her same committee assignments. Seems like a reasonable analysis. (Source.)
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I'm not. Others can speak for themselves.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Thanks, Andrew. Excellent point about the Taiping rebellion; China has had more trouble with religious fanaticism fairly recently than most places outside the Middle East. In the west you have to...
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    Re: Bloody Sinema

    If she intends to keep her committee assignments, she's going to have to caucus with the Democrats, or close enough as makes no difference. This will get her attention and possibly more leverage,...
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    Re: Dems are going to win.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/Tin_foil_hat_2.jpg
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Nah. 'But whaddabout' is as fallacious here as anywhere else.
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I doubt that Mr Bout will be able to resume his former business.
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    And here, ladies and gentleman, we have the compassionless kneejerk US right-wing reaction, possibly the point of Putin taking a hostage. No, there are no good courses of action here. This is...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    While I'm very glad they got her out, it's altogether too much like paying off a hostage-taker. If anyone deserves prison, it's Viktor Bout, but at least he's unlikely to be able to take up his...
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    Re: To some degree, I was conceivedÖ

    Well, I'm probably here because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My father was on an aircraft carrier off Japan getting ready for the invasion which never happened.
  13. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    The proverbial 'yellow dog' voters, who used to be southern Democrats in the old days. Conservative southerners have switched parties, of course.

    OTOH, right now I likely wouldn't vote for any...
  14. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    Not 'deep red' no - but if you turn off enough more moderate people, you can still lose. Maybe 'energize the base' is reaching the end of its usefulness. One can hope.

    Also, Warnock ran a quite...
  15. Thread: Herschel

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    Re: Herschel

    Interesting question. I'd guess two major factors:
    1. Much of the Republican party has gone completely insane. This made enough people either vote for Democrats or stay home and not vote for...
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    Re: Herschel

    White evangelicals overall, I'd guess a very high margin. Rural white evangelicals, pretty close to all of them. The only reason this doesn't make our heads explode is that we're used to it.

    But...
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    Re: Herschel

    You could be right; there's certainly some selection bias. 'Bad news sells' is as true as it ever was, and an ex-professional athlete going on to have an ordinarily successful life is not news. But...
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    Re: Herschel

    From The Atlantic: Yes, he did it voluntarily. She still makes a very good point.
  19. Re: Is it just me, or have the other parts of the forum thinned out little?

    Winter, perhaps?
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    Mr Davies, I have a request. I know a little about China. You obviously know a lot more than I do, and whether you're right or wrong, you make some interesting points, and I could learn something...
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    Re: Think I need to deal with this?

    That's one industrious rodent.
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    Since I have Mr Davies on my ignore list, I missed this, but it deserves at least a brief reply. The artificially-created famine of the 'Great Leap Forward' killed some 40+ million people, one of...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    Oh, my!

    https://media.tenor.com/yISuN3IYZjgAAAAM/lol-spit-take.gif

    Well, there's something to be said for exposing one's true colors.

    Note also how he has managed to derail the discussion...
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    Re: Still more rear window stickers.

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/2JYAAOSwcA1fQfjO/s-l500.jpghttp://forum.woodenboat.com/image/jpeg;base64,/9j/4AAQSkZJRgABAQAAAQABAAD/2wCEAAkGBwgHBgkIBwgKCgkLDRYPDQwMDRsUFRAWIB0iIiAdHx8kKDQsJCYxJx8fLT0t...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    It isn't all he has, but it's way too large a percentage to make it worth your while.
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    Re: Wordle is blowing my mind.

    I actually got it on the first try today, 100% luck. That just happens to be my standard first word; three of the vowels and two common consonants.
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    Re: POLITICAL Cartoons.

    Exactly. I agree 100%.


    Doonesbury today.

    https://assets.amuniversal.com/be5012b03d12013bcde9005056a9545d
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    Re: What I get paid for:

    I didn't have anything to do with that, and that's the only video I know about. Edge-banding is pretty standard equipment; this was a complete one-off. I didn't even see the finishing section, in...
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    Re: What I get paid for:

    I prefer 'stately'. :d The speed is determined by the roll coater applying the glue upstream. And faster costs more.
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    What I get paid for:

    This just showed up; thought it might be of some interest. The video shows the 'sandwich maker', a custom door assembly machine I designed a while ago, maybe six or eight years, for the Oshkosh Door...
  31. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Plenty of female Morris dancers around here. Falling in love with an idiot, I agree 100%; best avoided.
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    Re: extending the sailing season

    https://cdn.mibluemag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/117/2019/06/iceboats.jpg
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    Well, not all that different. Still legal, just harder to do in some places. The obligatory recognition of marriages from other states is very important.

    And no, it doesn't go far enough, but...
  34. Re: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate After Bipartisan Breakthrough

    As I understand it, federal law can't require a state to allow same-sex marriages to be performed, but this bill does require states to recognize marriages from other states. A same-sex couple...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Kanye West is a messed-up celebrity artist. I can understand Trump having lunch with him. Nick Fuentes is far, far worse, about as close to a genuine Nazi as we get these days.
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    Hide glue does make a lot of sense when you might need to take it apart. I'm skeptical of 'crystalline hardness' affecting the sound much; there's a lot of mythology in traditional crafts, but what...
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    Oh, nice! The paint came out very well; I've never done anything that was supposed to look old.

    Yes, the corbels are pure ornamentation in this case, although they pretend to be structural.
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    Re: The origin of College Debt

    Yes, 'list price' and what people actually pay are different. The latter gets very very complicated, as financial aid is at best a pretty baroque system. And 'aid' figures sometimes include...
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    "A Luddite with a guilty conscience." - I like that a lot. Makes total sense. There have been many times I've been very thankful that the lower floor of my house has suspended ceilings, makes...
  40. Re: Chris Schwarz' new project - substack "American Peasant."

    I have a real love-hate relationship with Chris Schwarz's stuff. He's generally interesting, very talented at resurrecting old pre-electricity techniques, but he's SUCH a ****ing Luddite, and seems...
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    Re: The origin of College Debt

    Some data.


    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Rise-of-College-Tuition_Datastream-1.jpg

    But it's not evenly distributed, not even close:
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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...
  46. Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    One of my guilty pleasures is that I'm excessively amused by Hemingway parodies.
  47. 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.
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    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.
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    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...
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