Rick Moen

Rick Moen

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    P J Evans @1039: I think you'd have to include a couple of barrels of Madame Pele's favorite gin with that offering. (My wife Deirdre comments: '...and a good antacid!') Seems a fair price. And then, whatever Polynesian goddesses subsequently...
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    Toddler-in-Chief Jr., in the new book he had ghostwritten for him, reports that he had the following deep thoughts, after a recent visit to Arlington National Cemetery, on the day after Inauguration Day: "In that moment, I also thought of...
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    Greg Tingey @1020: A manufactured "state of emergency"? *ding* We have a winner! Imagine it's October 2020, and all credible polls say the Toddler-in-Chief is about to suffer historic defeat. The Toddler suddenly holds a presser proclaiming that his utterly...
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    Bill Arnold @934: The video is worth watching and listening to, IMO, to better understand one of the unsavory (some argue heretical, IMO abominable) aspects of American fundamentalism, and the power it has. I was a bit startled by this,...
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    cptbutton: Remember Thor Five!...
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    whitroth @552: A truly enviable souvenir, sir. The best I have is my old McGovern / Eagleton campaign button. (My, how times change. In 2019, having a record of treatment for depression, a la Eagleton, is just a sign of...
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    Nojay, you know what's even more apocalyptic? England just defeated the All Blacks for a place in the Rugby World Cup final. That is surely unnatural past all measure. With a score of 19 to 7, even. 'Dogs and cats...
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    Scott Sanford @ 444: *ahem* As an American I must object to the word "organized." As an American, I'll rejoin that some organised crime is very badly organised. *grin* (Upthread, I intended to mention membership since '78 in the National...
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    An afterthought to D. Mark Kay's comment @440: Language is a boundary marker, and people learn to use specific phrases (or a particular meaning attached to a phrase) to communicate which community they are loyal to. Seems like more than...
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    D. Mark Key @445: My goodness, you're extremely welcome, not least because I thought your analysis about nomenclature and coded meanings was quite good. My sole concern was some international readers making the error of thinking of USA culture...
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    _Moz_ @ 432: Although I would be far from contesting D. Mark Key's tracing of coded language, I should warn that it's not at all that simple. As an overall picture, I would characterise the USA as a nation-state whose...
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    Elderly Cynic @398: They block it in Europe. I really MUST get around to signing up to a good 'anonymiser', but it takes effort to find one :-( I rather like FrootVPN. It lets me be in Stockholm without 15...
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    Greg Tingey @363: WHy the FUCK couldn't they stick with the old method, which was the Tangent of the angle? I mean "1 in 4" is really easy to understand ( & means you have a rise angle of 14...
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    _Moz_ @357: Holy mother of god, that looks even worse than 'El Camino de la Muerte' as seen in Top Gear's Bolivia Special. I believe you that it's stunningly beautiful, but I'll content myself with photographs....
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    Heteromeles, I very nearly decided to hike down Waipi'o Valley Road and back from the outlook at the top, the last time I was on the Big Island, but leaving my family bored at the tourist outlook while I spent...
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    Elderly Cynic @339: People regularly cycle up 25-30% grades in the UK - I have to push above 20%. There are a some major roads (i.e. ones used by articulated lorries) with over 15% grades. No, they aren't high,...
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    SFReader @341: How does it compare with Ghostery? Prior to 2018, Ghostery was proprietary bloatware, and I cautioned people away from it entirely, as I did from Abine's Better Privacy for the same reason. In 2018, they went (theoretically at...
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    P J Evans @316: On California parties: My brother first registered, back in 1971, as P&F. Later, he and his wife were registered as Greens. Several years ago, they both switched to the Democrats. If there was a viable party...
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    Windscale @281: Maybe you can get around that with some sort of cunning proportional representation scheme like STV, but I would think that would be controversial in itself You're actually confusing two concepts, there. 'STV' is an example of a...
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    WreRite @72: https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/21/books/another-fine-mess.html (One free article then paywall). Easy workaround, for now: 1. Toggle off Javascript support. 2. Load the nytimes.com URL in a private browsing window. 3. Re-enable Javascript support. Works because a private browsing window has all-new user...
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    P J Evans @564: I remember reading about the San Jose era - it was something like the Saloon Capital. So it was. It helps in interpreting California's post-Mexican history to realise that heroic imbibing was historically about as...
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    FWIW, the second listing of 'Vallejo' was intended to be 'Benicia', which indeed is, and certainly was in the 1840s, an even more deadly-dull wide spot in the road than Vallejo is/was. The State Capital building in Benicia is quite...
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    JBS @554: That's not a real round-about, it's got stop signs at every entry point. Sad, isn't it? I'm still doing the good work of being an ambassador for the idea of proper roundabouts, and the real obstacle is basically...
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    P J Evans @559: I have to admit, 'Diverging Diamond' is sort-of elegant, as a solution to the conflicting-traffic problem. The entire area of north Berkeley around Arlington Circle was designed and laid out as part of an explicit 1911...
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    Bellinghman @550: I know only that a 2007 poll of 500 drivers by Highway Insurance Co Ltd. returned what the drivers claimed were the most terrifying road intersections in the UK: 1. Hanger Lane Gyratory System, Ealing Borough, London 2....
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    Just piping in again to say that, without Magic Roundabouts, we'd not be able to enjoy an loving description posted to H2G2 of the (famously) most terrifying example in the entire UK, the Hanger Lane Gyratory in Ealing Borough....
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    Greg Tingey @547: Shortage of proper footpaths in places like Marin Street, Berkeley is indeed damned annoying and pretty rubbish, really. The lack of sidewalk (UK: pavement) on that up-to-25% grade street probably owes to it having been very rural...
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    P J Evans @541: I think I might have found the design you described: Displaced Left Turn (DLT) and/or possibly Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Actually, that entire set of 'innovative intersections' designs from Virginia DOT held my interest....
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    P J Evans @540: Arlington Circle, yeah. The one with eight road spokes and a delightful fountain in the centre island (that was built over the Solano Avenue tunnel. There's also a slightly less impressive roundabout (six road spokes) about...
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    Greg Tingey @532: Like THIS do you mean? Cherish the incongruity: A Rupert Murdoch company (News Corp Australia) taking the lead on a press freedom initiative. W T F is going on in AUS? Got me, cobber. Seems as if...
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