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Forum: Techno-Babble 25 May 2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By E. Q. Taft
I recall reading somewhere -- unfortunately I...

I recall reading somewhere -- unfortunately I don't remember where -- that one of the bigger mistakes made by the Bush administration (and they made a lot of big ones) was Bush's famous "Axis of...
Forum: Techno-Babble 24 May 2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I am reminded of a tale told by Linda Ellerbe in...

I am reminded of a tale told by Linda Ellerbe in her marvelous book And So It Goes, about television news and her particular career in it. During the Iranian hostage crisis, a group of reporters in...
Forum: Techno-Babble 23 May 2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By E. Q. Taft
By the way I was a bit skeptical when I saw this...

By the way I was a bit skeptical when I saw this story on TV, because they said the placards held by the cute little figure read "Death to America" in Arabic. One presumes that in Iran, it would be...
Forum: Techno-Babble 23 May 2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By E. Q. Taft
United States Iran pushes app with 'Death to America' emoji

Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a "Death to America" emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it...
Forum: Social Studies 23 May 2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 487
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Although strongly supporting well-funded public...

Although strongly supporting well-funded public schools doesn't have to be incompatible with sending your own kids elsewhere. I, personally, support well-funded and effective public schools despite...
Forum: Social Studies 23 May 2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 487
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I guess I didn't see the article as so much...

I guess I didn't see the article as so much "blaming" or attacking the named 9.9%. It notes, for example, that they tend to include the most educated, who voted for Clinton by a significant margin. ...
Forum: Social Studies 22 May 2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 487
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Ponder The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

A long, thoughtful, frank, non-polemic, somewhat downbeat article on the multiple aspects of economic inequality in contemporary United States -- how we got here, what it looks like, and what's...
Forum: Rantidote 21 May 2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 490
Views: 35,268
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I initially read that was "My UK twin was ordered...

I initially read that was "My UK twin was ordered from a store," which would be an interesting way of going about having twins...
Forum: Police Blotter 21 May 2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,961
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Right, but make sure you stay virginal and/or...

Right, but make sure you stay virginal and/or 100% faithful while doing so, so you won't be classified as a slut. :rolleyes:

I'm not saying that women are perfect, but sheesh, men. Can we stop...
Forum: Police Blotter 12 May 2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,100
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Obviously, I'm aware that a lot of it has been...

Obviously, I'm aware that a lot of it has been there all along, and that part of the reason the media didn't cover it is that it wasn't news. "Someone called the cops because a black man was walking...
Forum: Police Blotter 12 May 2018, 01:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,100
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Shortly after posting this I went into the rest...

Shortly after posting this I went into the rest room and found myself confronted with not one but two men of the African-American persuasion. They were, God help us, in the process of -- right in...
Forum: Police Blotter 10 May 2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,100
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Bang Head Police called after black Yale student fell asleep in common room

Lolade Siyonbola is a black postgraduate student at Yale University. She shares a common room with other students that live in the same hall of residence.

On 8 May, a white student living in the...
Forum: Social Studies 09 May 2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 6,556
Posted By E. Q. Taft
As a side note (I think I've said enough, if not...

As a side note (I think I've said enough, if not too much, on the specific OT), if I get a chance, I think I will ask a friend I have who is heavily into belly dancing, and particularly into the...
Forum: Rantidote 09 May 2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,322
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I think Congress could pass a resolution to...

I think Congress could pass a resolution to remove the sanctions, but whether Trump would comply is another question, and I don't know how the Supreme Court might come down on the question.

But...
Forum: Rantidote 08 May 2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,322
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Believe me, there are a lot of us in the US who...

Believe me, there are a lot of us in the US who would like to join you in that.

My own personal feeling is that the major effect of this is going to be a further, and major, lessening of US...
Forum: Techno-Babble 08 May 2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 807
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I joke about this one, but in all honesty, it's...

I joke about this one, but in all honesty, it's not that big a deal to me. I've been told that in theory, you should leave two spaces when using a fixed-width font, and one when using a proportional...
Forum: Social Studies 07 May 2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 6,556
Posted By E. Q. Taft
At the same time, though, you sometimes have to...

At the same time, though, you sometimes have to ask where the 'threshold' is for a reasonable concern over people being offended. To take an extreme case, if only one Chinese-American objected to...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 07 May 2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,482
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Jaded Oliver North Will Be Next President Of NRA, Organization Says

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, infamous for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, will be the next president of the National Rifle Association, the organization says in a statement.
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Forum: Social Studies 07 May 2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 6,556
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I agree, and it's one of those things I find a...

I agree, and it's one of those things I find a little peculiar on a personal level. A good friend of mine, for instance, has recently developed (or finally gotten the chance to indulge) a strong...
Forum: Techno-Babble 06 May 2018, 12:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 807
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Yeah, I thought that was pretty hilarious myself....

Yeah, I thought that was pretty hilarious myself. The benefits "should" carry over? Um, isn't science about testing that sort of thing?

Nonetheless, I will cite the study because two spaces...
Forum: Techno-Babble 05 May 2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 807
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Cheer One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.

“Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong,” Farhad Manjoo wrote in Slate in 2011. “You can have my double space when you pry it from my cold, dead...
Forum: Social Studies 05 May 2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 6,556
Posted By E. Q. Taft
For me, I tend to think in terms of two...

For me, I tend to think in terms of two (admittedly over-simplistic) points:

1) Culture is not genetic;

and

2) You can't really "steal" culture -- if I adopt some aspect of, say, Japanese...
Forum: Amusement Bark 04 May 2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,659
Posted By E. Q. Taft
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a profoundly sad...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a profoundly sad portrait of an abusive family...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 04 May 2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,956
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Well, there's plenty wrong with me. :) But...

Well, there's plenty wrong with me. :) But generally, yes.

I know people who have gone a long time between relationships. Some of them seem OK with it; at least one actively and emphatically...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 04 May 2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,956
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I'm always reluctant to get into the subject,...

I'm always reluctant to get into the subject, since I certainly qualify, in a technical sense, as "involuntarily celibate." And there are things I resent about the structure of society that I think...
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