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  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "... NPR, broke in the fall of '95, and just gave in. Before then, I always contributed to my local station; never since." Happened before then. It was at least before the election in 1988....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think we'll see the "short victorious war" replaced by the "short stupid war", although it won't really be short. The initial high intensity phase will be short, but it will then drag on in stalemate for years and years....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "What I love about you, Charlie, is your boundless optimism." Yeah, except that he is probably being unduly optimistic....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I remember the morning fairly well. I had just finished an early morning service call and got back to my vehicle. The local PBS station runs BBC News at 9:00am with a 5 minute NPR news break between the intro...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    “This was back when you could still get a mortgage from a bank & the bank carried the mortgage all the way to the end.” "Now, now. While many banks sell of the servicing and paper so that they get...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    "I think I've seen L. Sprague de Camp's books filed variously under C, D, and S." What letter of the alphabet would they be properly shelved under?...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "For Americans 9/11 was a defining moment in their history, for me it was a Tuesday. Crazy people blew shit up and killed a lot of other folks, welcome to the IRA." I guess it depends on how old you...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Just remember that To Serve Man turned out to be a cook book....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    “Reagan killed the "Fairness Doctrine," which required television outlets to "afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance."” "Were you around then? Most of what I remember was by the 70s it meant incredibly...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "And there are always 30 year mortgages.... Anyone in the US, if your mortgage has just been sold, feel free to contact me, and I'll tell you the real name of the SMC, so you can arrange a new mortgage...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    “We had a class action suit by a woman Engineer over sexual harassment, late 80s. She won, it destroyed her as a person of course,” "You are aware that you are saying that the abuse she suffered did no harm...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "That's approx half a million tonnes - coming in at a relative velocity of what ... Would make a big splash/hole, wouldn't it?" The Canyon Diablo Meteorite that created Barringer Crater in Arizona is thought to have been created by...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    “Barring some kind of powerful intervention I expect WWII-level violence in the next ten years.” "Yout too?But how are the "sides" going to be divided?" If Il Douchebag gets his wish & is elected "President for Life" in 2024, I...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Mark Twain once said that "Other than Congress, America has no native criminal class." That was, of course, before Congress enacted laws allowing interstate banking....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    allynh @ 141: "Wiki - The Nine Nations of North America" Is that supposed to be a link?...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Just came across this, from total left-field ... a commentary on Charles Dickens in the USA: “...an idealistic view of America, imagining a democratic, progressive society without the handicap of decayed old-world aristocracy. What he discovered was the brutal reality...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "I do like the 11 regions idea." "However..." "If you look more closely at California and its history (which I don't think Woodward did), you'll find that the far west isn't the way he described it." I think you're confusing...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "You talk as if America was culturally one monolithic country. Check out Colin Woodward's "Eleven nations of America:" "http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/fall2013/features/up-in-arms.html" That does make a lot of sense....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    “OT, a note to all you in the UK: PLEASE, PLEASE, contact your MPs. Cambridge Analytica is liquidating... and I have yet to see what will happen to its DATA, and software (aka IP). That all needs to be seized,...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Ioan @90 “I disagree that the Second Great Awakening had great influence on the South. To my knowledge, it was primarily a Northeastern, Midwestern, and Appalachian movement. If you look at the new religious denominations which arose in the 1830's,...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "The Second Great Awakening wasn't just in the south. As I noted above, it was quite prevalent in the northeast, too. Indeed, western New York was known as the "burned over district," in (hyperbolic) reference to how many times it...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    allynh @ 59: “I've been searching and I can't figure out what "peculiar American folk religion, dating to roughly the 1830s in its current form" that you are talking about.” Pigeon @ 60: “I think Charlie's talking about a set...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    The English colonies in the new world weren't founded by people seeking "religious freedom". They were founded by fanatical dissenters who wanted to establish their version of the "one true religion" as the dominant one, so they could persecute everyone...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "Google "segregation academies" if you're interested." Don't have to Google it, I lived through it. I'm not interested. I survived and I'm safely out the other side of it....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "Elderly Cynic @ 42:" “I am no expert, but I can assure you that many (most?) versions of Christianity teach that we have no business questioning the actions of God, and decisions of life and death are His sole perquisites."...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "'Pro Life' seems like just another weird-ass religious thing, though more offensive than most, add an aversion to any remedy for poverty that is in any way socialist, and that combination is not uncommon, you get something monstrous. No tentacles...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Are these tablets part of the 5000 some stolen artifacts they already had to give back or is this an additional cache of looted artifacts that has turned up since?...
  • Commented on On hold
    "claiming that Waitrose customers are scum & the Monarchy are parasites ....." Considering all the tourist dollars (or pounds or euros) they attract to the country, wouldn't the Monarchy technically be "symbiotes"? Saw in the news this morning that Wembley...
  • Commented on On hold
    "Saw a recent study that strongly suggested that the poorest were more obese, simply bevasue of both poor food choices & poor food "availability"." Food "availability" can have a large impact of food choice. As can "accessibility"....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    "I miss XP, but unlike others, I find Win10 certainly acceptable ..I have permanently silenced "cortana" by never activating it in the first place ...." Didn't see an option for that during the "upgrade", or I certainly would have chosen...
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