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Shrike58 #31781 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 14:37

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Last week's reading:

 

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0253015820/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

 

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805082360/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

 

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765394324/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

 

The first is a brisk military life of the French general, with particular emphasis on debunking some of the darker accusations thrown at Weygand in the wake of the collapse of France in 1940. The second is an examination of some of Old Man Ford's more deranged projects, which still look more positive in retrospect compared to some of the worst excesses of exploitation happening under our lovely globalized economy. The last is a novella of Lovecraftian horror that is somewhere between "The Laundry" books of Charlie Stross and X-Files.



KilljoyCutter #31782 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 16:16

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Does the Ford book include the attempt to grow rubber trees in Brazil while getting literally everything possible wrong? 

 



FrozenKemp #31783 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 16:31

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View PostKilljoyCutter, on Aug 07 2018 - 10:16, said:

Does the Ford book include the attempt to grow rubber trees in Brazil while getting literally everything possible wrong? 

 

From the cover and title, it looks like what it's about.

KilljoyCutter #31784 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 16:38

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So add another to the list of confirmed criminals and scumbags in the current administration -- Wilbur Ross detailed as an epic grifter.

 

https://www.business...s-report-2018-8

 

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Continued progress on understanding domestication:

 

https://www.national...ics-study-news/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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godofdun #31785 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 16:42

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View PostRitaGamer, on Aug 07 2018 - 04:32, said:

I like tall/bigger people. 

They produce more Co2 and therefore attract more mosquitos, they are a good mosquito repellent, always keep one near.

 

 

Short people are likewise useful, they're useful for getting things off the bottom shelf or picking things in the garden.  They're also closer to the cats so they can hand you a kitty to pet when you need.

Shrike58 #31786 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 17:23

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View PostKilljoyCutter, on Aug 07 2018 - 10:16, said:

Does the Ford book include the attempt to grow rubber trees in Brazil while getting literally everything possible wrong? 

 

 

That's the guts of the book...though there's more than that.

Kenshin2kx #31787 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 17:59

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 06 2018 - 19:12, said:

 

Wait. What?!

 

BS. I'm having a long and healthy life. My skeletal support system is fine, thank you very much.

 

Hahaha, there are always exceptions ... but the trend reinforced by age groups show a positive correlation to height as a significant variable in general longevity in humans.  So, all else being equal, the petite female (as a group) will have the longest average life spans due to the physics of a more compact (gravitationally friendly) frame, along with the life extending bonus that estrogen provides over testosterone ...

 

An observational eye opener ... if the opportunity arises, note the ratio of males to females in retirement homes, then overlay the addition of the height/weight variable ...


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View PostSpectreHD, on Aug 06 2018 - 23:59, said:

 

Indeed. I think one has to be like 7ft and over to start having height related health issues.

 

Actually, increased height to something like 7ft would tend to magnify the problem ... but the mechanism in question has to do with the effect over time as the body ages and progressively loses its ability to maintain biological status quo.  So, the younger person, will likely not see this factor, but as our bodies progress towards 'retirement' age - the metabolic buffer that sustains normal sedentary existence becomes smaller and at some point (for most) crosses over into a progressive negative (the organs start to loose youthful capacity <in this case the the potential for a weakening heart and the bodies hardening vascular system> )  

 

Now where the height comes into play ... is much like comparing two buildings, one 75 stories, the other 50 stories (built at the same time by the same construction company with the same general techniques) ... over time as the buildings age, the taller building will in all probability have greater problems with the maintenance of its plumbing and structural integrity.   Now, add the following mitigational differences, in the taller high rise, high performance water pumps (with small tank reserves) and high speed elevators ...  in the 'low rise', high economy water pumps (with large tank reserves) and regular elevators.


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Zergling #31789 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 20:42

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Donald Trump’s endgame: He may admit collusion — and claim he was saving America from Hillary

 

The Trumpsters are currently at 'so what if it was collusion, that's not illegal!', but as that article predicts they'll soon be moving to 'so what if it was illegal, it saved America from Hillary becoming President!'.

 

 



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View PostZergling, on Aug 07 2018 - 20:42, said:

Donald Trump’s endgame: He may admit collusion — and claim he was saving America from Hillary

 

The Trumpsters are currently at 'so what if it was collusion, that's not illegal!', but as that article predicts they'll soon be moving to 'so what if it was illegal, it saved America from Hillary becoming President!'.

 

 

And if I did... You Deserved it.



KilljoyCutter #31791 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 21:14

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View PostZergling, on Aug 07 2018 - 14:42, said:

Donald Trump’s endgame: He may admit collusion — and claim he was saving America from Hillary

 

The Trumpsters are currently at 'so what if it was collusion, that's not illegal!', but as that article predicts they'll soon be moving to 'so what if it was illegal, it saved America from Hillary becoming President!'.

 

Read that one earlier today.

 

It's one of those articles that I start out agreeing with... and then hit the ranting hyperbolic screed about the end of America... and go read some of the author's other articles... and end up sighing and saying "never mind".  

 

Maybe if I hadn't listened to the same "End of America!" gibbering back and forth by the respective "opposition parties"  about Bill Clinton... and about GW Bush... and about Obama...  I'd have more patience for it.  Something something, Chicken Little. 

 

There's a great deal of irony in his statements about his "the right" treats "the left", while he's speaking about "the right" with nearly the same sort of blanket, broad-brush "eliminationist" language that he berates "the right" for.    One can't accuse an entire swath of the American political landscape of being in dangerous toxic anti-American lockstep while criticizing them for making exactly that same accusation about one's own particular political tribe. 

 

Zergling -- I do note that you're referring specifically to "Trumpsters", and on that narrower category I'd be more in agreement, but the article just about lumps everyone to the "right" of Hillary Clinton into the category of "Trumpite" regardless of their actual statements or actions.

 

Don't get me wrong, Trump is very likely the worst president we've ever had, and the GOP as a whole has been feckless and spineless and lacking any sort of principle in their reaction to him, but... sheesh. 

 

 



KilljoyCutter #31792 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 21:23

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In other news, a new ad is airing during "Fox and Friends", in which a self-proclaimed supporter asks Trump to lay off Mueller...

 

https://www.huffingt...4b0de86f4a55321

 

...because attacking Mueller makes Trump look weak, petty, and impotent. 

 

 

Interesting, but I think he has the causality skewed.  Trump is a position to be a target of such an investigation, and cannot resist attacking the investigation... because he IS weak, petty, and impotent (morally, intellectually, and/or otherwise, I leave as an exercise for others). 

 

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Today is primary day here in MI, and looking over my lacklaster, choose-how-we're-screwed "choices", I'm reminded that one of the Democrats running for governor shouldn't even be running.  As in, under the MI constitution, he's not eligible to run for office. 

 

To run for office, a candidate must be a registered and eligible voter for at least 4 years prior to the election.  The candidate voted in NY state in 2012, which meant he was not longer eligible to vote in MI until he moved back and re-registered here... which he didn't do until 2016.  As in, only 2 years ago.  He lived in and was a registered voter in NY state as late as 2015.   

 

But for some reason, the judge who ruled on his eligibility punked out on actually enforcing the clear letter of the MI constitution and declared him clear to run for office. 

 

Oh, and because his name happens to be El Sayed, there were of course accusations of anti-Muslim bias leveled against those who objected to him running. 

 

 


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stalkervision #31793 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 22:31

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View PostZergling, on Aug 07 2018 - 14:42, said:

Donald Trump’s endgame: He may admit collusion — and claim he was saving America from Hillary

 

The Trumpsters are currently at 'so what if it was collusion, that's not illegal!', but as that article predicts they'll soon be moving to 'so what if it was illegal, it saved America from Hillary becoming President!'.

 

 

 

Have you ever seen the people at a trump rally and  heard their responces? It can make your head spin!

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View PostKilljoyCutter, on Aug 07 2018 - 15:14, said:

Zergling -- I do note that you're referring specifically to "Trumpsters", and on that narrower category I'd be more in agreement, but the article just about lumps everyone to the "right" of Hillary Clinton into the category of "Trumpite" regardless of their actual statements or actions.

 

On the one hand, I can acknowledge that while I am diametrically opposed to you on some issues, on others our positions seem quite in line - and I'm some sort of Canuck socialist.  (Seriously, I vote for the left wing party while holding my nose.)  

 

On the other hand, you seem like a somewhat rare person compared with all the voters still approving of Trump and the masses of officials going along with his authoritarian regime.

 

To be honest, looking at that article, I'm having a hard time understanding what your objection is to the comments in the article.  Do you think the American right is not becoming more authoritarian, say? 


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View PostFrozenKemp, on Aug 07 2018 - 19:16, said:

On the one hand, I can acknowledge that while I am diametrically opposed to you on some issues, on others our positions seem quite in line - and I'm some sort of Canuck socialist.  (Seriously, I vote for the left wing party while holding my nose.)  

 

On the other hand, you seem like a somewhat rare person compared with all the voters still approving of Trump and the masses of officials going along with his authoritarian regime.

 

To be honest, looking at that article, I'm having a hard time understanding what your objection is to the comments in the article.  Do you think the American right is not becoming more authoritarian, say? 

 

A segment of "the right" in America is certainly becoming more authoritarian. 

 

Another segment is willing to opportunistically take whatever advantage they can get, even at the cost of their supposed principles. 

 

Another segment is so disgusted with the empty and broken promises, and being ignored after election day by the establishment of both major parties, that they'd have voted for a turnip with with a little brush mustache.

 

And others look some of the most vocal/visible elements of the "American left" falling back on thinly-disguised bread-and-circuses handouts, demographic triumphalism, and its own brands of hypocrisy... and see no alternative to whoever is on the GOP ticket. 

 

And so on. 

 

People don't vote Republican for the same reason across the board any more than they vote Democrat for the same reason across the board. 

 

But to lump someone like George Will or this writer or even me in with Trump's enablers and sycophants is at best mistaken, and at worst utterly disingenuous.   At least from what I saw today, the very right-wing Washington Examiner is openly and sometimes bitterly critical of Trump on certain issues -- happened across several of their articles today, including one that amounted to "shut up about the Manafort trial, you idiots" directed at Trump and cronies, from a site that also has articles such as one decrying the (paraphrasing) "nosy-neighbor nanny-state obsession over kids left in cars for even 30 seconds". 

 

 

 


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View PostKilljoyCutter, on Aug 08 2018 - 00:53, said:

 

 

, from a site that also has articles such as one decrying the (paraphrasing) "nosy-neighbor nanny-state obsession over kids left in cars for even 30 seconds". 

 

 

 

 

You laugh but a couple such articles recently crossed my feed, including one in The NY Times. That stuff scares me more than the mueller business because I actually can get convicted on stupid crap. I’m a European, we sometimes leave the stroller outside the shop on the footpath. My wife was a latchkey kid. I strongly suspect that we are going to be reported for child endangerment by the time the new one is 18.



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 07 2018 - 20:17, said:

You laugh but a couple such articles recently crossed my feed, including one in The NY Times. That stuff scares me more than the mueller business because I actually can get convicted on stupid crap. I’m a European, we sometimes leave the stroller outside the shop on the footpath. My wife was a latchkey kid. I strongly suspect that we are going to be reported for child endangerment by the time the new one is 18.

 

If I laugh, it's entirely dark humor.  

 

Trying to find it now, but I was reading an article sometime this summer about a woman who was almost arrested and nearly charged with felony child endangerment for leaving her 6-year old kid in the car for about five minutes, with the car and thus the air conditioning, running. 

 

And The Weather Channel (the freaking Weather Channel) has been on an all-out blitz this summer to prevent children being left in cars, to the point of luridly covering every incident they could find and keeping a running tally of deaths. 

 



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I'm going to take a step away from all the political stuff and ask:

skiing or snowboarding?



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View PostBENtheawsomeTANK, on Aug 07 2018 - 21:47, said:

I'm going to take a step away from all the political stuff and ask:

skiing or snowboarding?

 

easy, snowboarding.

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View PostKilljoyCutter, on Aug 08 2018 - 06:14, said:

Zergling -- I do note that you're referring specifically to "Trumpsters", and on that narrower category I'd be more in agreement, but the article just about lumps everyone to the "right" of Hillary Clinton into the category of "Trumpite" regardless of their actual statements or actions.

 

Yeah, I only label the idiots that blindly support Trump as 'Trumpsters'. The sort of people that will continue to support Trump no matter what.

 

 






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