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    That didn't take long.
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    Anything found during the execution of a search...

    Anything found during the execution of a search warrant may be used as evidence in the prosecution crimes unrelated to the original warrant. So I understand.
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    48th anniversary (just checked), August 8th,...

    48th anniversary (just checked), August 8th, 1974. The Watergate break-in was June 17, 1972 -- pity they couldn't have timed thing to coincide with that.
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    Willing to be the safe was more along the lines...

    Willing to be the safe was more along the lines of, "Either you can open the safe, or we can open the safe the hard way. Cheaper for you if you open the safe."
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    January 6th Committee

    Sh*te be goin' down!

    Seems the FBI just executed a search warrant on TFG's digs at Mar-a-Lago. Wonder which other of TFG's homes/offices got hit? Trump Tower? Bedminster?
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    Apparently, a high-school classmate of mine was...

    Apparently, a high-school classmate of mine was cast in Grease at the age of 16. She spent the summer if 1977 filming Grease and palling around with Olivia Newton-John.

    I don't remember that in...
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    I believe he's referring to American...

    I believe he's referring to American anti-abortion laws,-- near total prohibition, inane requirements on abortion clinics that other facilities doing in-house outpatient surgeries don't have comply...
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    Is that down at Seaview? If I didn't have...

    Is that down at Seaview?

    If I didn't have COVID, I'd come down and visit.
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    I used to know several people who self-identified...

    I used to know several people who self-identified as ovo-lacto-bacon vegetarians.
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    And barges are to rail as rail is to trucks.

    And barges are to rail as rail is to trucks.
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    Rhine River level

    Here's a video unloading a bottom dump hopper gondola. Scrub to about the 6m mark to see the unloading 115 tons of coal (250,000 pounds, 104,000 kilos) in about 5 seconds.
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    [I've always like the "just turn it over and...

    [I've always like the "just turn it over and shake it" approach.]

    We've got rotary gondolas like that, too, but also bottom hopper gondolas like these, with automated bottom gates. As the gondola...
  13. Mary Travers or Peter, Paul and Mary. To quote...

    Mary Travers or Peter, Paul and Mary.

    To quote a comment on one of her obituaries, in response to hecklers making fun of the weight she'd gained from her leukemia,

    "She was the hottest thing on...
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    Works for me.

    Works for me.
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    Here's a guy in Abbottsford, BC, milling Alaskan...

    Here's a guy in Abbottsford, BC, milling Alaskan Yellow Cedar shakes at CAD $100/bundle.

    Maybe he'd ship?
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    Happy birthday!

    Happy birthday!
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    Oh goodie. Another spambot.

    Oh goodie. Another spambot.
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    Don't get me started on the bad idea that is the...

    Don't get me started on the bad idea that is the FICA payroll tax disincentives for small businesses and shops.
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    Touching the 3rd Rail?

    And/or, just eliminate the FICA tax cap (you only pat Social Security taxes on the first $147,000 of income.)

    Even better, do with the Social Security tax what Medicare does. Medicare is a 1.45%...
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    Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    According to KTVU (Fox) San Francisco, it originated with a Berkeley Karen, posting on the app NextDoor and reposted to Twitter by an account @BestOfNextDoor that aggregates silly things people say...
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    I heard something earlier about a ferry on the...

    I heard something earlier about a ferry on the Port Townsend - Coupeville run being out of service.

    Must have been KENNEWICK. Wonder what broke?
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    Should have named this thread "Here, Hold My Beer...

    Should have named this thread "Here, Hold My Beer And Watch This!"
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    Touching the 3rd Rail?

    Ron Johnson suggests Medicare, Social Security be approved on annual basis
    BY JULIA MUELLER - 08/03/22 7:31 PM ET

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Social Security and Medicare should...
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    In this instance, people would be "delight[ing]...

    In this instance, people would be "delight[ing] in waving raw meat in front of people who choose not to eat meat...", because those people are being d*cks about it, trying to cram their preferences...
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    Yeah, I'd like to at least hope it's a...

    Yeah, I'd like to at least hope it's a fake/satire/parody, but . . .
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    "29th April 1971 Dear Sir, We act for Mr...

    "29th April 1971

    Dear Sir,

    We act for Mr Arkell who is Retail Credit Manager of Granada TV Rental Ltd. His attention has been drawn to an article appearing in the issue of Private Eye dated 9th...
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    Probably better off buying asparagus crowns (year...

    Probably better off buying asparagus crowns (year old roots). Easier to get going and less time to getting asparagus.

    https://extension.umn.edu/vegetables/growing-asparagus
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    Or, as the master list above puts it, fallacy #23...

    Or, as the master list above puts it, fallacy #23

    The Bandwagon Fallacy (also, Argument from Common Sense, Argumentum ad Populum): The fallacy of arguing that because "everyone," "the people," or...
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    Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Posted to a food subreddit back in March.
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    That's rather Begging the Question, because that...

    That's rather Begging the Question, because that "thought game" requires acceptant that the question under discussion, "Is a foetus a human being?", is true.

    Further, it elevates the foetus,...
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    Maybe he's talking Gödel's Incompleteness...

    Maybe he's talking Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems?

    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/goedel-incompleteness/
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    Fallacies: A Useful Reference

    The "rules" of argument have been hashed out over centuries.
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    Most people with lung cancer have it by choice....

    Most people with lung cancer have it by choice. Nobody forced them to smoke. It doesn't make it not a health problem.

    For lung cancer, the death rate is 46.7 per 100,000 for white men.

    Heart...
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    [QUOTE=Decourcy;6705666] Most fetuses don’t...

    [QUOTE=Decourcy;6705666]

    Most fetuses don’t harm the mother./QUOTE]

    Only reason that's true is through the miracles of modern medicine.

    Take a walk through any old cemetery and note the...
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    I should say that this "bicycle gymnastics" is an...

    I should say that this "bicycle gymnastics" is an actual sport, "indoor cycling", governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale in Switzerland. Been going since the late 19th century.
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    Fallacies: A Useful Reference

    Lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso assembled this "Master List of Fallacies", both traditional and contemporary.

    We see many of these in politics, and here in the Bilge.
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    Stupid Bike Tricks

    Whatcha got?

    https://youtu.be/5sYk-7v74C8


    https://youtu.be/5sYk-7v74C8
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    Trump is Toast

    Just the phone numbers by themselves will provide useful intelligence. From those, it can be determined

    - where and when people were located (triangulation off cell tower pings)
    - who called who...
  39. Thread: Ukraine

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    Ukraine

    Colonel Bob Smalser (ret.) checking in on Facebook.

    Be interesting to hear his perspective on what's going on in Ukraine, given that fighting the Russian Army was something of his professional...
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    I can only remember it because 60 mph = 100 mph...

    I can only remember it because 60 mph = 100 mph is easy to remember.

    And the ratio between miles and kilometers is serendipitously close to phi, the golden mean, where the reciprocal of phi is...
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    Bad Ju-Ju Much?

    Seems like an invitation to have a lot of angry ghosts.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-tombstone-house-petersburg-virginia

    The Tombstone House
    Petersburg, Virginia

    A home built...
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    100 km = c. 62 miles. 187 miles is more like 300...

    100 km = c. 62 miles. 187 miles is more like 300 km.

    There's a setting in Google maps (Apple Maps, too.) to switch over to kilometers, or to let it choose based on the location in question.
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    Our front porch this morning, courtesy of number...

    Our front porch this morning, courtesy of number one son:

    Lima: "We have contagious disease aboard."

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52267775471_034ff65695_h.jpg

    My wife just asked,...
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    Sloop was port tack. Larger vessel was...

    Sloop was port tack. Larger vessel was [seemingly] under power, so nominally the give-way vessel.

    But, could their helm even see what was happening under their bow?

    And, the sloop clearly had...
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    Weird. Link seems to have gone bye-bye. Plot...

    Weird. Link seems to have gone bye-bye.

    Plot Summary: 30-40 foot sloop sails under the bow of much, much larger vessel. With predictable results. Didn't look like she got rolled, but it wasn't...
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    Did I mention that I hate Facebook? Let me see if...

    Did I mention that I hate Facebook? Let me see if I can get a link that works.
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    Wonder if anybody was killed?

    Or, you just cain't fix stupid.

    https://www.facebook.com/100002510189170/posts/pfbid02rEHogAHdV4ZQsSLa5wSdrw8MTbSuyGMUPgAJhvW8bBtUCZBGjVL4LLdtNkrtrWYwl/
  48. Brass Gronicle Award: Honorary Bilge Rat Nominations

    I nominate this guy, 64-year old stroke survivor.

    Took out a Russian column in Bucha with a captured Russian RPG and a few hand grenades. Brass gronicles indeed!

    [Also says something about the...
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    Here she is. Sails as GOLDEN HORIZON. ...

    Here she is. Sails as GOLDEN HORIZON.

    https://www.tradewindvoyages.com

    Looks like all sailings are cancelled through October due to the war in Ukraine — seems their line of credit is...
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    Can't be too hard find. Wonder what a cruise...

    Can't be too hard find.

    Wonder what a cruise on her would run.
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