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    By the bye, this morning, the Malignant Carcinoma has demonstrated to the world that he really, truly knows NOTHING. He talked about going to the Supreme Court if the House starts impeachment proceedings. For those of you over the Pond,...
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    Heh. Heh. Heh. Don't complain. Back in the seventies, I worked a couple of summers as a bike messenger in downtown Philly. The second year, I spent some time in the office, since I was also a bike mechanic. They...
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    I love fandom. I was guessing someone would get it....
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    All this discussion of unit conversion seems to ignore the handed-down wisdom: measurements will always be given in the least useful form. For example, 1.8x10^12 isn't just a good idea, it's the law....
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    Backdoors, yeah... "G7 Comes Out in Favor of Encryption Backdoors" https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/04/g7_comes_out_in.html...
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    Excerpt we *know* that there are megatons of bots out there. I wonder how many real, individual people follow Farage.... And what, you're not suggesting that the government of our democracy is run by monarchists, er, nobility, I mean, millionaires...
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    Hubbard's writing: *which* are you referring to? "To the Stars/Return to Tomorrow" (alternate title) isn't bad sf. Now if you're talking about Battlefield Earth.... Actually, I read that when it came out, and went, "oy, as they say, vey". Each...
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    Um, nope. "Mexicans invading California"? And here, I thought it was the other way around, since they were there first.......
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    Well, yes, there is. Apparently, according to the reports from Mueller, Russian agents had a *lot* of Facepalm followers - over a million, and they had a dup actually set up a rally that occured. So, yes, they did. Oh,...
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    When my late wife and I moved to Chicago in '94, a little while later, we were at a local club's party, and the guy had a subscription to Sky & Telescope, which I hadn't seen in a long time....
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    Come on, the answer is 42, and the question is "what's 6 * 9". Now, that is true... in base 13. So that's why things mostly don't work - they *would* if we were using base 13, instead of 10,...
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    "Without an actual empire"... well, except for the countries that do whatever we want, because of American business, and then there's the quibble called the Monroe Doctrine....
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    Sorry, you've got the history mixed up. Hubbard was a writer - not bad, actually, but late forties is when the rumored bet took place, that of "bet I could make more money inventing a religion than writing for $0.01/word...
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    There's a much more permanent cure for the folks advocating this: stick *their* heads in the bucket three times, and pull it out twice.......
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    Yes, the Angles and the Saxons (and whatever other Germanic groups) were invaders. Let's see, we *know* the Romans fought them. We know of the Romano-British. Then, in a relatively short period of time, we have mostly Angles and Saxons,...
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    Give me a break - show me anyone who doesn't refer to 1. the Roman invasion of Britain 2. the Anglo-Saxon invasion or 3. the Norman Conquest as "invasions". We will, of course, ignore the "we'll buy the whole thing...
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    Um, no. They just worked to encourage it, but we've had it all along. Look up "Dixiecrats", ALL of whom changed their registration from Demcratic to Republican in a few years after LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965....
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    Hmmm... I wonder what impetus led to Brexit.... Lessee, there was a story on the Guardian this morning, that... Excerpt: it should come as no surprise that half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population, with...
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    How did China survive (we'll ignore the khans) for all that time? Have you ever played Risk? Southeast Asia is relatively safe, as opposed to, say all of Asia. The whole Middle East, and Italy, can be invaded from any...
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    Yeah... like the "resources" that went silent when Cheney outed Valery Plame to the reporter, who published it....
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    Assange... he's a thread that's been running through my head for the last few days, and here's a really unpleasant thought that pops up: after Obama's election, they were dumping a lot that was embarrassing to his administration. Then comes...
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    I would be *really* cautious about them. It might have been Bonewits who was taking what, around '89 or so, some of the supplements touted to help your thinking, l-tryptophan... and got a bad batch, which gave him a disease,...
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    I have my doubts about that. If that's the case, then why didn't the massive amounts of TB and emphysema in the UK stop it? I'd suspect it's partly cultural, and partly economics/politics dependent. If, for example, the Big Money...
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    Yes, *please*. What drove me nuts was the idiocy, a few years ago, of GOTTA HAVE LEAD-FREE SOLDER.... Let's put bismuth in, that's *so* much safer (NOT)....
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    Wasn't mocking anyone, just explaining them. Mercury... preservative.... Y'know, back in my mid-20s, years before I went back to college, then became a programmer, for a couple of years I was driving for Yellow Cab. I was drinking about four...
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    Always wanted to make Hay (on Wye, of course). Dragoncon can go suck a big one, after they deliberately stole the weekend that Worldcon in the US was always on (and that was my late wife and my anniversary)....
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    Well, not exactly. That would be rather, um, declassee. Now, curing the sick, raising the dead, yep. Oh, and bringing about The Millenium. Probably immortality (barring the occasional set of nails and some large pieces of lumber). Don't know that...
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    Lead to gold was metaphor. The *real* goal, at least of the initiates who knew what they were actually trying to do, was "perfect the soul". Since doing that would, effectively, make you like Jesus, you understand that maximum obfuscation...
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    Thanks muchly, Gret. I'd missed that the other day. Farm out, man......
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    Yeah, about that: the reason that witches, and magicians, and sorcerers were so persona non grata with the Church was one of two reasons: either a) they're frauds, gulling the credible (and "leading them to the devil"), or b) it...
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