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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Tweet from BOM this morning: https://mobile.twitter.com/BOM_Qld/status/1194349208616210432 The worst is in NSW — the blanket of smoke around where gasdive lives is far worse than what I saw this week so far. Some of that smoke looks like it will make...
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    In Brisbane yesterday, the afternoon sun was watermelon-red and you could look at it with the naked eye. Most of the fires are over 100km away, this was just smoke blowing through. Didn’t smell like smoke either, if anything it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ninja attack novels can be the best creative excursion, either for the author or for readers or sometimes both. Here’s a heartfelt expression of not really caring, and a slightly drunken, dogged, broken-bottle-waving insistence that if Charlie’s on a roll...
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    I once had a long conversation with someone who’d been a high school music teacher for over 20 years, and had never heard of temperament. It didn’t entirely freak her out when I explained it, but she did work through...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I have often played his and many other LC songs, in fact I had a go at a semi-rockabilly version recently. I’m a bit conflicted on Mr Cohen, there is stuff that seems great and stuff that makes you wince,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I no longer recall which thread contained a mention of ‘Tomorrow when the War began’. The author, John Marsden, who is apparently a high school principal, has lately been in the media with the view that bullying, being normative, has...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Queen and the soldier is also one I used to play. Probably not busking, but certainly parties. It’s one I still do, because in bass-baritone range it suits my voice, or my voice suits it, or something. And that works...
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    I largely agree, which is why I have avoided engaging with him and advised likewise. Even if he were genuine in his engagement with us here, he has shown no capacity to appreciate nuance outside his own immediate perspective. I...
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    Actually, busking, I’d have added Billy Bragg’s Between the Wars and that was a set....
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    I used to cover it myself, and I always had the impression my version was well liked by the people around. I probably wouldn’t do it now, if the opportunity to do a covers gig came up, but that’s just...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Just in case we end up decarbonising, so we don’t kill them all through ocean acidification. The thing about Dennis Leary is similar to the prolonged popularity of songs like ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Khe Sahn’, neither of which...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ... which is sort of how I got onto “liquidation”. I do also think of the moment Cook encountered the Eora people in Botany Bay. They tried to spear him, there was a bit of musket fire and I imagine...
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    The record-keeping thing has been raised as an explanation for statistics which previously led to claims that some regions produce more longer-lived people. And helps with some questions like “why do these people live so long, they eat so much...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “ Self-determination of nations is a principle, whether you are talking about Scotland, Catalonia, or even Crimea, where whether anyone likes it or not the Crimeans clearly prefer Russia to Ukraine.” For various reasons, not necessarily directly related to this...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “[D]roves of female Conservative MPs are standing down from this election, anecdotally due to the level of vitriol they're receiving on social media” The commentary I heard is that all remainer MPs from all parties are receiving a lot of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That’s not cheap. Yeah, but she don’t like that kinda behaviour....
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    I learned to drive in my grandfather’s car, and turning the high beam on or off was a foot switch to the left of the clutch pedal. In essentially every other car I have ever driven it involved manipulating the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “ in professional financial circles whatever the crooks in the Brit Overseas territories get up isn't Money Laundering, as defined ... it does have some other technical term, but I don't know what at the moment .....” Thieving? Arbitrage? Bricolage?...
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    I forget how many comments we’re supposed to get up to before veering wildly off topic, but this is definitely tangentially relevant to the OP and arguably totally relevant. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/julian-assange-appears-confused-at-extradition-hearing-struggles-to-recall-his-name I worry about Assange’s descent from his heyday to his...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Pretty sure that the MSG stuff was all 70s and 80s, and not evidence based and the underlying cause was anti-east-Asian racism. What “MSG” is actually in cross cultural cuisines is an effect rather than the specific sodium salt it...
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    Sort of following the theme of the OP here, but one other characteristic of the group here is that it’s almost as much a Banks and Pratchett group as a Stross one. As evidence I offer that everyone here knew...
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    Three-round bursts sounds much more reasonable. That would work well enough even without the extra monster size magazine in the picture (otherwise you’d be wanting some sort of belt mechanism really). I can see that sending three times the mass...
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    While my first glance reaction was “holy crap, what madness is this”, on reflection I can see there’s a sort of gun enthusiast variation of Rule 34 - if you can imagine some kind of gun, it exists....
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    Yes - see my later comment. I suppose I really thought that referring to sub-machine guns would date my reference to the 40s. I didn’t include enough context....
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    Just following on, it goes to show that you really do need to be careful and supply enough context to make it clear what any random thoughts concern and to identify any historical references unambiguously. Anyhow what I meant here...
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    1940s France...
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    The term anti-fascism, much as it has a load of mystical-romantic overtones also brings with those very overtones a bunch of linked images of people with greasy hair, trousers 2-3 sizes too large (optionally secured with rope), and waving around...
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    Oh, that’s one of Bernard Woolley’s irregular verbs, isn’t it? I have an independent mind, you are an eccentric, he is round the twist. Similarly - I give confidential press briefings; you leak; he’s been charged under section 2a of...
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    There are a few things going on here. Both formal and informal rules exist and the distinction is pretty blurry, it’s not even a continuum just a sort of mish-mash. The more formal the rule, the more some concept of...
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    For many, many things, improvements in reporting rates are often mistaken for increasing prevalence. Add to that a lot of myth and misinformation and it's a wonder people express strong views without doing the appropriate deep dive first. A lot...
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