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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    thons of them.
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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Considering that we're all our own ecosystems of such things, it's rather mutual and ongoing I'd have thought.

    Eventually, the wee things get us all, eh? They play the long game.
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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    What, no fungi and microbes?
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    Re: Brexit: Whoever Could Possibly Have Known?

    Herself once spoke about pictures she'd seen drawn of old London Bridge, a few centuries apart.

    She thought how the older picture seemed far more attractive until one looked close enough to see...
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    Re: Brexit: Whoever Could Possibly Have Known?

    Jesus. If only there'd been some hints of this in advance.
  6. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Well, Trump isn't literally toast. And while some birds would probably eat at least parts of him, I'm not sure he'd be part of a healthy diet anyway.
  7. Re: "The Rest is History" - 4 part series on the rise of the Nazis

    What I'm saying about the middle class driving change for the poor ... is that it's the existence of a middle class which has driven positive change for the poor. Motivated by the twin beliefs that...
  8. Re: "The Rest is History" - 4 part series on the rise of the Nazis

    "Sacrifice the middle class" and you've sacrificed the only engine which actually ever has driven positive change for the poor.

    I agree that the middle class is mostly concerned with itself. ...
  9. Re: "The Rest is History" - 4 part series on the rise of the Nazis

    It's hard to tell that from the body of work you've posted here over the years.

    Dad had a bumper sticker once which read "If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence...
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    Re: None for me, thanks.

    Didn't watch. And I'm a guy who will watch boxing, and used to watch mma.

    I've no need to see a murder or attempted murder to know it happened. When I trained martial arts more, I did watch...
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    So in a two party system, who do you vote for? The "greater evil"?
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    My point is that environmental protection now is mostly trivial, from the perspective of the bison, or the countless species which lived in the vast ecosystems their tens of millions of hoofs and...
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    Perhaps state your unstated conclusion?
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    I'm bewildered Osborne. How have I so angered you?

    I intended my first comment on this thread tangent actually to agree with what I thought you were saying about most of us being the prisoners...
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    He was talking about cultivating compassion, cultivating gratitude, cultivating awareness. Which are, frankly, synonyms. Part of that is embracing the truth of one's own limitations - of...
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    That's always the challenge, and I haven't found a reliable way to know when I'm facing it squarely, and when I'm not.

    I mean, you rightly observe that we're caught in The Matrix right now. Or...
  17. Thread: Not again….

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    Re: Not again….

    Dreadful. Prayers from my house, Norm.
  18. Thread: Trump:Russia:FBI

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    Re: Trump:Russia:FBI

    Interesting story here about McGonigal.

    A woman (Allison Guerriero) he had an affair with during this time has testified to a Grand Jury recently. Among other things, she remembers a bag filled...
  19. Re: "The Rest is History" - 4 part series on the rise of the Nazis

    I was a bit later to speak it out loud, Nick, but I hear you. I was just a bit dumbfounded listening earlier today to this final episode, and seeing not a correspondence here or there, but so many...
  20. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Building on prior examples, e.g. most prominently Napoleon. Who stocked the Louvre with art looted from the cultures he overtook, precisely as a way of displaying French Imperial dominance and...
  21. "The Rest is History" - 4 part series on the rise of the Nazis

    Final episode released today.

    While the first 3 episodes were brilliant, this fourth is a remarkable summation of how Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930s worked this or that aspect of the Weimar...
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    Re: All Quiet on the Western Front

    "The Scouring of the Shire" was deeply important in the book - and to me. The observation that war doesn't stay over there somewhere, and that there are (and have always been) people all around us...
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    Re: High praise for Gordon Lightfoot.

    Can I get an "Amen"?
  24. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Quite a turn of phrase you coined there. Somebody oughta write it down... ;)
  25. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I agree. But if only 15% of Russia's nuclear weapons designed for near or middle range use are capable of exploding - on target or not - it will be catastrophic enough. Explode one, or even a...
  26. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Oh yes. The Western Alliance's objective is to support a legitimate nation state's territorial integrity. The war in Ukraine will not be over until all Ukrainian territory defined at the breakup of...
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    Re: All Quiet on the Western Front

    The films we're discussing show exactly that. I'm sure only to the degree that the filmmakers could stomach, but more than we've seen in most other war films. The smell is missing, and the...
  28. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    It will stop when Putin's overthrown, or alternatively offs himself. IMO the thing most likely at this point to encourage such is the Western Alliance delivering that impenetrable bristling wall of...
  29. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    At this point, I'm not at all sure that a display of overwhelming force in Ukraine - like a formation of 700 tanks - would end Russia's aggression. Exactly because the tanks would be present only to...
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    Re: All Quiet on the Western Front

    I've found it interesting to compare/contrast "All Quiet" with the recent "1917." Similar levels of horror, and similar approach of essentially getting that monumental scale horror across by...
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    Re: All Quiet on the Western Front

    The movie's very fine. Been a while since I read the book...
  32. Thread: Cartoons.

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    Re: Cartoons.

    https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/327566987_1122578259141014_1450814674809434977_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=fKJH0cWLgyYAX8EFDz1&_nc_ht=scontent-yyz1-1.xx&oh=00_A...
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    Re: Even Pence had classified documents

    He had them in his heart though.
  34. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    For me too. Especially when folks may start dying off... (for reasons)
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    Re: Even Pence had classified documents

    The problem isn't a lack of well considered protocols for handling documents. Such protocols exist already, though I read recently that there aren't tracking processes until you get up to a certain...
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    Re: Even Pence had classified documents

    George Conway suggested that Garland expand Robert Hur's mandate as Special Counsel to include Pence's documents too. ;)
  37. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    polyamory for the win? Pool the offspring amongst a sufficient clutch of parents to find a whole-number?
  38. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    I'm just counting heads, Osborne. I don't blame Boomers (I'm on the back shoulder) for when they chose to be born.
  39. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    It is solvable, for sure. FWIW, we're inevitably going to have more stress on the forward shoulder of the mismatch (i.e. where we are now, and will be for awhile) than the back shoulder. Because it...
  40. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    Consider the trouble every rich country now has recruiting and retaining health care workers. Nurses especially, but every other health profession too.

    Partly, it's because we've finally found...
  41. Re: It's 'Now or Never' time for Japan's falling population

    Productivity can certainly increase even with reduced labor - but one still needs markets to sell into. With overall population decline - especially with such decline focused in wealthy countries -...
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    The problem isn't a lower population, it's getting through the transition.

    Decommissioning infrastructure which cannot be maintained anymore, when there isn't a tax base anymore sufficient even...
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    Re: Seditious Conspiracy

    Awesomeness.

    The more trial convictions for seditious conspiracy (not merely guilty pleadings), the more likely a prosecutor will have an easier go convincing a jury of the guilt of the upper...
  44. Russian agents suspected to directing mail bombing campaign last Nov-Dec in Spain

    Here's a link to a "gift" article on the NYT.

    An ongoing investigation, but Russian agents are suspected of directing the activities of a white supremacist group in Spain which sent 6 letter...
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    Re: Being a Karen about my neighbor's American flag

    Occurs to me that Americans fly their nation's flag to honor those who died in their national struggles, and Germans don't fly their nation's flag for exactly the same reason.

    Also occurs to me...
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    Re: the wussification of canada

    Historically, the truly enormous social problems which spurred the temperance movement came with easily distilled and really cheap gin replacing beer for many in the urban working class of the...
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    Re: the wussification of canada

    Saw a video where the guy said "People say alcohol makes you stupid - it doesn't. There's quite a lot of research on this, it doesn't affect a person's IQ or cognitive ability at all. What it...
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    Re: the wussification of canada

    Atlantic Canada's provinces have periodic get togethers among their Health Ministers, to see if there's anything they oughta do together for better effect.

    At the request of their Public Health...
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    Re: Actor Shot by Alex Baldwin firing a Prop Gun

    I saw somewhere on Twitter that Brandon Lee's death was allegedly the result of a similar on-set accident in which he was shot by an actor with a prop gun.

    The Twitter dude observed that the...
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    Re: David Crosby, 81, RIP

    When you see the Southern Cross for the last time . ..
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