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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    mdlve wrote: Most people in general use don't get that specific - they use DNC/GOP as convenient 3 letter shorthands for the 2 parties. I've been meaning to ask you about this for a long time now, because I'm wondering....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Personal addition: I wasn't really aware—before I just looked up all those numbers—that the UK is doing so much worse than even the US. It's a bit frightening…...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    RalphB wrote: And, except in countries like New Zealand which kept the virus out almost entirely, everywhere that the virus gained a foothold has seen death tolls similar (per million) within a factor of 2 (varying from 350 per 100K...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    In other, other news, the first COVID-19-denying head of state has just died—possibly from COVID-19. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52984119 "Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, aged 55, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest, the government says. … Since last week, Mr Nkurunziza's wife, Denise...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "What if …"-question about the church-photo-op. I seem to remember that it wasn't an unplanned surprise visit, but that the time and place were known before hand. So, could the bishop who denounced the photo-op afterwards have been there while...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    As the old thread is fizzling out, I'm taking the liberty to follow up with a question here: OGH wrote (in the previous thread): Scotland will keep the monarchy around -- after all, England only "borrowed" the monarchy in 1606,...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Heteromeles (@153) said: I could be wrong, but I got the impression that werewolves are kind of 5-10 years ago too, coinciding with the vampires. […] And if we're really unlucky, the next big thing will be films glorifying hybrid...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    If I may redirect your attention to the UK general election and Brexit for a moment… The commentators here in the German news were pretty unanimous: the clear Tory victory means that we're now on course for Brexit on Jan...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I forgot to add: "when the text of the later verses is actually much more about kinky sex, camouflaged by allusions to biblical stories."...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Another example that springs to mind is Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I always find it amusing to hear it in church, mistaken for a pious hymn to The Lord Almighty or even to Holy Matrimony, when the text of the later...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Speaking as an observer, sleepingroutine's stance has been pretty consistent since he's a commenter. I'd summarise it as: "Russia has never committed any crimes at all. Any and all allegations are false, and proofs are fabrications by The West. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    D. Mark Key #2137: Those are good points, but there is a third option: expand the pie in such a way that the working classes and minorities gradually catch up, or at least stop falling behind. I believe that this...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    How will the supreme court hearing/decision on Tuesday play out? Would it be possible that we get an interesting scenario, in which they declare prorogation to be legal for England (and Wales, and Northern Ireland), but illegal for Scotland? And...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Oh yeah, that really adds an extra layer of irony, doesn't it? Now that Boris has made it to 10 Downing Street, all he wants is to REMAIN there, never LEAVE again!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    MattS #626: All of which illustrates the poverty of HMGs negotiating strategy… Well, just a reminder that Her Majesty's Government is run by the Party-Which-Created-This-Mess™. And the Party-Which-Created-This-Mess™ is run (now more than ever) by the People-Who-Created-This-Mess™. And it seems...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    gasdive @ 600: Have you ever made a serious attempt at crossing an ocean by cargo? Generally you need to book a year or more in advance and a 1st class air ticket is usually much cheaper. How do you...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Now I'm curious: what is your current car? I was of the impression that I already drive one of the smallest models available (as I wrote, Peugeot 107), and the e.GO Life is a bit shorter, albeit a little wider...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    JBS @ 1269: I was just goofin' on y'all ... like the suggestion that all of the United State's problems could be solved if the "Indians" would just take back Manhattan Island and give us our $24 worth of trinkets...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I have also posted how very small, light vehicles could be designed and built that would meet 90% of the UK's (and Europe's) current commuting and shopping requirements. But that is not what is being proposed by the "electric vehicles...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    [sarcasm] Perhaps everything would be much calmer if Iran invested in a bigger navy and sent a carrier group or two to regularly patrol the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea. After all, what's good for the goose is...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The upshot of the U.S. Civil War was the United States ended up with the large standing army the founding fathers had wanted to avoid. And that would have been the precise moment to abolish (or rescind—or whatever you do...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    With regard to Germany it's "had". Conscription ("Wehrpflicht") in Germany was suspended in 2011. However, de facto this suspension is more like an abolishment, because any attempt to reinstate it would be met by a lot of resistance. The majority...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The most recent POTUS to have made his living by physical labour is, I believe, Harry Truman, who was a farmer, then haberdasher, then farmer again before he got into politics. What about Jimmy Carter? He started as a peanut...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Englishman who promoted fascism & Nazism before they becam fashionable & credited as such by Adolf The name you're looking for is Chamberlain (not Neville)....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Scott Sanford wrote: It's hard to overstate the level of incompetence in Trump's circle of lackeys... 'First class leaders recruit first class people; second class leaders recruit third class people.'...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I can hear that in the voice of the narrator of a Peter Greenaway short film: "In the year 2018, there were 760.000 children born in the UK, none of which are named Nigel."...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You are certainly more familiar than I am with the British political landscape, but I can't really imagine how something QE2 allegedly said 31 years ago as a friendly gesture towards the outgoing ambassador of an allied country could be...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "Willheim Von Schatcz-Alpsberg and Sam Bruce Davidson" are the sort of authors who give sorting algorithms hiccups... I would, obviously, file that under A for Alpsberg :) And you would, obviously, be wrong. Depending on Willheim's country of origin (and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I've yet to see an outlet in a bathroom in a hotel in Europe. Hm. I don't know where in Europe you've been so far, but I've yet to see a bathroom in a hotel in Europe (or in fact...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    to Charlie: technical issue with the website Since the latest version of Safari puts an 'unsafe'-warning in the address line if on a non-https site I've noticed that internal links in the blog consistently lead to non-ssl versions of the...
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