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  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    I was thinking more along "The Producers", also by Mel Brooks. From what I've read about Hollywood accounting practices, it's not even all that far-fetched......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > students who came to capoeira looking to > learn to fight, yes, but that mindset was > always quickly discouraged. I've been having Tae Kwon Leep flashbacks all through this thread......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > mark "funny, they don't say a word when I > go through security with my solid wood > walking stick" In the USA, that's an "assist device" and protected by Federal law. Not even the TSA can take it...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > But cinema release has an audience > bottleneck, in time and seats available. And like bookstores, that bottleneck is getting tighter. The local metro area, say a 35 mile radius, has gone from maybe ten theaters to only two;...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > the novel that took five years or seven years > to write, can be just as good an investment. Can it? If it takes you five years two write a novel, it doesn't mean you're a better writer. It...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    In other states, a police officer may interact with lawfully armed members of the general public several times per shift without even knowing it....
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    ...or nobody in charge at all. Have the employment agency send a bunch of people, have them follow the procedures on their computer terminals. No need to training or supervision when you have ISO-9000 workflow documentation! Some fast-food chains in...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > They seemed chagrined, embarrassed--but not > enough to let go of their status in a recognized > hierarchy. That's not unusual. I've read half a dozen accounts of Soviet defectors set up in Britain, Canada, or the USA with...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    @21: With all due respect, the US States are not governments; they're regional/municipal administrations --- Not even close, Charlie. You'd have to rewrite both the Constitution of the USA and the fifty state constitutions to support that viewpoint....
  • Commented on Apology
    > PS: Feynman is God. And God's Words are > now free online Long ago I decided, if I ever got rich enough to be able to buy art, I'd want one of Winston Churchill's landscapes, one of Adolf Hitler's...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    > reminded me just how similar your working > experience was to mine. I think there are many of us. Our paths diverged after Charlie went to writing full-time, but the earlier similarities are eerie....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In view of the long amity between our nations, not to mention the Special Relationship... would you mind doing it again? Nobody seems to be taking my proposal to resume above-ground nuclear testing in the District of Columbia seriously......
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > Almost every dictator from Caesar to Putin got > their start either in their country's military or > in the internal security services. Notable exceptions: Lenin: columnist, newspaper editor Stalin: columnist, newspaper editor Mussolini: newspaper owner and editor Hitler:...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In the US, the police, the prosecutors, the courts, and the prison systems are all pretty much independent of each other as far as funding and accountability. You'd generally be arrested by the police or some sort of "law...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > If, in the USSA something like 33%-&-rising of > the populace are on the "criminal" database - > how long before over 50% is? Not just criminal lists, but the TSA's secret "no-fly" list, and the even less accessible...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > estimating from the population and makeup of > where I live, we'd have a police force of ~24 > for a town of 21,000, not 53 like Ferguson. My town is about 30,000, with 15 police officers. About as...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > he didn't start talking with the community > immediately. "Community" assumes a group of people living near each other, who more or less know each other, identify with the local area, and share social or cultural norms. Americans, particularly...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > This is a military weapon. Yep. The Soviets found that out when they sent troops armed with fancy new 5.45x39 AK-74s against antique SMLEs in Afghanistan. The "obsolete" .303s picked off Soviet soldiers from beyond the range of their...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    "To Protect and To Serve" was prominently written just below the windows of the patrol car doors of a police TV show called "Adam-12", which was very popular about 40 years ago. The motto was visible probably once every...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The US military has non-citizen soldiers. My niece, for example, became a naturalized American during her second enlistment in the US Army. It's not like the old French Foreign Legion; naturalization isn't part of the deal. Some complete their...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > North Hollywood shootout That wasn't an arms problem, it was a training problem. Police training in California drilled officers in shooting to "center of mass," held to be somewhere around the sternum. And for the most part, the officers...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > It's not the militarization of the police, it's > the paramilitarization of the police, which is > a lot scarier. Now look up "fusion centers" and see why so many Americans get their full paranoid freak on. "Yes, we'll...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > it’s the mind-set of a soldier at war. Yep, and if you say anything about it, you're automatically sorted into the same group as people who think George Bush was a Soviet mole; people the Republicans think of as...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    > The tricky part would be getting the aluminum > for the zeppelin or plane bodies, if you're going > to make a 19th century air force. With your oil-based chemical technology, you could jump directly to fiberglass and carbon...
  • Commented on Down tools
    > same waypoints That's the USAF's version of "working to rule." When the Pentagon doesn't like the orders they get from the Oval Office, they interpret them in such as way as to increase casualties. That's why they flew the...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Same here; for a second I thought it was the authors who were being signed. Hey, it would be cheaper than paying for tattoos......
  • Commented on Down tools
    > The reason for not making QE nuclear- > powered is also simple: cost. That, and the Royal Navy's mission profile is a lot more varied than, say, the US Navy's. The US Navy is a sledgehammer; carrier groups get...
  • Commented on Down tools
    >Tell me, again, why we scrapped the Avro >Vulans then? Britain was in considerable economic distress at the time, and the Americans were offering a triple package of free, subsidized, or joint weapons platforms a'la carte. British engineering was top...
  • Commented on Down tools
    >is a nuclear bomber force a credible threat today? Theoretically, no. In practice, when the US military, DEA, and other agencies can't seem to see or track planes full of drugs crossing the Gulf of Mexico or the souther US...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    They're looking for Charles Stross books, perhaps? Back in the early days of the internet I maintained a couple of FAQs. I regularly got mail from people DEMANDING detailed information on... almost anything. Like they worked themselves into a...
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