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Forum: Social Studies 21 November 2017, 03:31 AM
Replies: 12
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Charles Manson Was Not a Product of the...

Charles Manson Was Not a Product of the Counterculture (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opinion/charles-manson-counterculture.html)
Forum: Techno-Babble 21 November 2017, 02:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 160
Posted By thorny locust
ganz, I think all that assumes that other...

ganz, I think all that assumes that other intelligent life would necessarily behave the way we do. We emit radio waves -- surely everybody else would do the same! (and never mind that even most human...
Forum: Techno-Babble 20 November 2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 160
Posted By thorny locust
Haven't we been sending out signals ever since we...

Haven't we been sending out signals ever since we invented radio?

If somebody out there's going to read them, I expect we're in considerable trouble already. [ETA: aside, of course, from the issue...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 November 2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By thorny locust
From the article Psihala just linked:

From the article Psihala just linked:
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 November 2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By thorny locust
Reminds me somewhat of a conversation I once had...

Reminds me somewhat of a conversation I once had with a family member who's very much in favor of continued human population growth, but didn't want housing built on a then-open field in his...
Forum: Social Studies 20 November 2017, 02:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By thorny locust
Bye, bye, Charlie. May every attempt to...

Bye, bye, Charlie.

May every attempt to start a race war fizzle out in jail. Preferably without killing a batch of people first.
Forum: SLC 19 November 2017, 12:33 AM
Replies: 965
Views: 116,255
Posted By thorny locust
Probably that they would then get to teach their...

Probably that they would then get to teach their kids exactly what they think those kids should learn; and be able to prevent them from learning anything else.

And/or, considering the...
Forum: SLC 18 November 2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,634
Posted By thorny locust
I suspect there are limitations also built into...

I suspect there are limitations also built into the egocentric directions, and that we have trouble seeing most of them.

That passage doesn't seem to match very well with this one:



But it...
Forum: SLC 18 November 2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 116,255
Posted By thorny locust
Many years ago, I took a five-hour drive to visit...

Many years ago, I took a five-hour drive to visit my mother, driving a car that I didn't expect anything to go wrong with en route.

The car's water pump blew out -- in the parking lot of her...
Forum: SLC 18 November 2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,634
Posted By thorny locust
Apparently you say it's your south leg, or...

Apparently you say it's your south leg, or whatever.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html

That of course means that the same leg becomes your north leg if you turn...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 18 November 2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By thorny locust
In addition to the differences you and others...

In addition to the differences you and others have mentioned: white tail deer in significant areas of North America are very much the reverse of endangered; to the point at which they themselves are...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 18 November 2017, 12:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,370
Posted By thorny locust
Me three. That is so over the top that I...

Me three.

That is so over the top that I wonder whether it's actually from him. It reads as satirical.

And is he supposed to be claiming all those 50 women were unwilling and it doesn't matter,...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 November 2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,370
Posted By thorny locust
I think that's part of the reason they often get...

I think that's part of the reason they often get away with it for so long.

None of us likes to think nasty things about people we like and/or admire. It's so unpleasant, the mind often tries to...
Forum: SLC 17 November 2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,634
Posted By thorny locust
Left and right is kind of an odd concept to begin...

Left and right is kind of an odd concept to begin with (though I haven't, as an adult or older child, had much trouble with it myself.) Something can be simultaneously on the left and the right of...
Forum: Police Blotter 17 November 2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By thorny locust
The story gives next to no information about the...

The story gives next to no information about the fraud warrant, which is kind of frustrating.

What are they claiming was done that was fraudulent? did they already know she was driving a vehicle...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 November 2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,370
Posted By thorny locust
Let alone on the ones against himself.

Let alone on the ones against himself.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 November 2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By thorny locust
Yeah, the oil company may be annoyed about the...

Yeah, the oil company may be annoyed about the timing. It's harder to say 'don't worry, our lines won't leak!' when your lines are freshly in the news for leaking.

Of course, if the oil's in the...
Forum: SLC 17 November 2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 116,536
Posted By thorny locust
. . . those new-fangled automatic elevators that...

. . . those new-fangled automatic elevators that were taking away his job . . .
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 November 2017, 04:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By thorny locust
Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota (http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leak/index.html)
Forum: Social Studies 17 November 2017, 12:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,282
Posted By thorny locust
I wonder whether the behavior and attitudes that...

I wonder whether the behavior and attitudes that are otherwise considered laudatory by this society in positions of power may be related to predatory behavior and attitudes.

In order to be...
Forum: Police Blotter 16 November 2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By thorny locust
Agreeing with that. Some things are legal, and...

Agreeing with that. Some things are legal, and ought to be legal, that nevertheless shouldn't be done. This I think is one of them.

However, having said that: shouldn't the sheriff's concern be,...
Forum: Social Studies 16 November 2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,282
Posted By thorny locust
I wonder how much of Congress would have to...

I wonder how much of Congress would have to resign, if every one of them who has done such things were to do so.

Maybe we could have a whole new set of elections!


(I don't think most men go...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 November 2017, 04:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,898
Posted By thorny locust
It's dated 1977. I don't know what kind of...

It's dated 1977.

I don't know what kind of pen was used; or how they tell age of ink on modern inks; or whether it is indeed possible to tell forty-year-old ink from several-days-old ink on all...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 November 2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,898
Posted By thorny locust
That's forty years ago. Isn't it possible to tell...

That's forty years ago. Isn't it possible to tell whether the writing is new? If it's forged, it would almost certainly have had to be done within the last couple of weeks; it wouldn't make any sense...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 November 2017, 03:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,898
Posted By thorny locust
Roy Moore Denies Knowing 5th Accuser, Despite...

Roy Moore Denies Knowing 5th Accuser, Despite Signed Yearbook (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/moore-denies-knowing-fifth-accuser-despite-signed-yearbook.html)

Story actually seems to...
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