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    Ok, I have another pointless question ... If Brexit goes through will the UK still compete in the Eurovision Song Contest?...
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    whitroth @ 689: Nope, sorry, screw the Shrub. The Project for the New American Century, a truly *evil* collection of villians, among their founding documents was a letter to Clinton in '98, urging him to invade Iraq, oil, y'know. Among...
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    whitroth @ 685: Interstellar: haven't read the book, REALLY liked the movie, was *seriously* pissed it didn't win the Hugo, becuase it *deserved* to - it was real sf. And it had the absolute only and best simulation of a...
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    paws4thot @ 673: #558 - I don't know the local geology (or river width) of Memphis well enough to make a really informed comment, but a lot of "first bridge over $river" replace a ford or ferry crossing, and/or are...
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    _Moz_ @ 613: Mosques were open for the most part, but there's "not giving in" and then there's "don't be a dick". There are places white folk can go to express support and solidarity, and I'm about to go off...
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    Charlie Stross @ 597: Series implies temporal links, as in, say, murder mysteries, or the Hobbit and LOTR, or the Laundryverse as currently written. Nah, the Laundryverse is a setting. It contains: the Laundry Files, being a series of journals...
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    Charlie Stross @ 596: Starting a war in South America could well encourage the other side to send soldiers north to carry that war to the self-declared enemy. Have you looked at a map? Mexico might have something to say...
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    Charlie Stross @ 595: The problem with a Venezuelan War is that it's obviously stupid. It's like stepping into a cesspool. There's nothing they can do to us, there's nothing we can do by invading to solve the situation, and...
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    _Moz_ @ 576: Christchurch events are quite terrifying, and the mosques here in Lakemba are quite tense as well. They're not convinced that all the Australian christian terrorists have gone to Aotearoa... which seems reasonable given the political support being...
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    Troutwaxer @ 574: Practically speaking, we'd have to give them numbers, so we'd know who we were talking about. So REDACTED-358 shot up the _________ in ___________ after becoming inspired by reading TITLE-EXPUNGED_86 by REDACTED-247. Or something like that. It...
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    Greg Tingey @ 561: What the hell is "chipped beef" I assume it is some US variant ... as in what the USAians call "Ground" we called - "Minced" It's beef that has been dried, pressed and thinly sliced (looks...
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    I'm just wondering how often some of us see a movie (or a trailer for the movie, or a TV mini-series) and decide to read the book the movie is based on? Instances in my own life (that I remember)...
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    Allen Thomson @ 545: That's CREAMED chipped beef on toast ... which can't be that bad I rather like it. YMMV. I'm OK with it, but you never find it made with real chipped beef anymore. Everywhere I've ever encountered...
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    Trottelreiner @ 539: In other news, attack on 2 mosques in New Zealand. May I propose reintroducing gladatorial fights to get the idiots to keep it to themselves and leave the rest of the world alone? A better solution might...
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    paws4thot @ 533: #531 - Well, Memphis is a river crossing, and the meeting point of 4 Interstates and 8 national routes. Memphis is the "meeting point of 4 Interstates and 8 national routes" because that's where the bridges are....
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    whitroth @ 496: So, along the lines of sos (shit on a shingle, chipped beef on toast)? That's CREAMED chipped beef on toast ... which can't be that bad, otherwise they'd have made a version of it as a C-ration...
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    Greg Tingey @ 464: It's like Winston's supposed description of Democracy: Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. The problem...
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    Thomas Jørgensen @ 457: ... Actually, you are wrong about that. The people behind these amendments are attempting to tie the electoral college into an origami knot - The form of the (State) amendments is that they obligate the electoral...
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    _Moz_ @ 456: Sorry, meant to link to my "legislate against mathematics" comment above, and say something like "um, what do you mean think they can vote to..." because the morons in our parliament actually did vote to put Australia...
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    _Moz_ @ 448: "it's still a crime to receive unauthorized broadcasts in the U.K." In Australia we have the US DCMA-style garbage making in an offence to *sell* equipment for viewing copyrighted material protected by a mechanism (ie, cable decoder...
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    Ok, so this is how I understand the way Brexit stands today: ♦Parliament voted against May's "deal" (twice?) ♦Parliament voted against "NO deal" ♦Parliament voted against a second referendum ♦Parliament voted FOR a Brexit delay What happens if the EU...
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    whitroth @ 425: "It will take a while. Right now, 16? 18? states have passed, or are trying to pass measures to ensure that the results of the electoral college reflect the popular vote, such that an elector can't just...
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    whitroth @ 422: To... Australia? Oh, *crap*.... That *is* the end of On The Beach (1959) And for you young 'uns, try to put yourself into a headspace that lets you be, literally, up-and-down TERRIFIED, for years on end, that...
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    paws4thot @ 419: Isn't that a pretty much certain artifact of your Electoral College, and particularly how some states (more Rethuglican ones I think?) cast all their College votes for whoever wins the state but others (more Democrat?) would map...
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    Heteromeles @ 416: We're all to blame for 2016, and there's still some misperceptions. For one thing, a "record" 61% of eligible voters voted. Trump got 46%, Clinton got 48%. To adjust those for the turnout:--Trump won with 28% of...
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    paws4thot @ 415: Well, I am wondering if the Mayhem cabinet's conduct of the "Brexit negotiations" may constitute High Treason, and, if so, is the death penalty still available? Observing from out here in the "peanut gallery", I don't think...
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    Troutwaxer @ 414: Sadly, I think we're going to end up with Biden vs. Trump in 2020. Hopefully the Democrats are smart enough to select someone else - anyone else! I expect both Biden and Sanders are early front-runners who...
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    Greg Tingey @ 398: I agree about the river of dark money pushing "leave" ... though I would have thought that the realisation that every single claim made by brexit supporters - including the ones I swallowed - have shown...
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    Charlie Stross @ 393: What's weird about it is that using a geographical feature—a river!—as part of a four-letter code isn't exactly generalizable to the rest of the planet, where broadcast stations use human-interpretable names like "Radio Moscow" or "BBC...
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    Pigeon @ 376: "There are NO areas which are outside science's field of enquiry." "Sorry, I'm afraid we're going to have to agree to disagree on that :) Plenty of things among those that come up on here, for starters....
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