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Forum: Police Blotter 17 May 2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 160,059
Posted By Samwise Z
I had heard, quite some time ago, that is was...

I had heard, quite some time ago, that is was more expensive (for the tax-payers) to execute someone than to keep them in prison for life. The cost of appeals, tying up the time of lawyers, judges,...
Forum: Amusement Bark 17 May 2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,737
Posted By Samwise Z
Sexist as the comics were (I read them in late...

Sexist as the comics were (I read them in late 50s and early 60s), they're stuck with the character name if they want to use the character. I don't think a show about "BatPerson" would do well.
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Forum: Amusement Bark 17 May 2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,737
Posted By Samwise Z
ganzfeld: She was Supergirl in the same way that...

ganzfeld: She was Supergirl in the same way that young Superman was Superboy -- in the original comics, she started as middle-teens.
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 April 2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,657
Posted By Samwise Z
When I was a kid, everything was Westerns -- half...

When I was a kid, everything was Westerns -- half of TV and a zillion movies. Then it hit a point when it had all been done, and they stopped making Westerns.

I think that, because of the CGI...
Forum: Fauxtography 17 April 2015, 03:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 77,212
Posted By Samwise Z
Also, it is also not difficult to find "faces" in...

Also, it is also not difficult to find "faces" in random patterns such as wave froth.
Forum: Techno-Babble 14 April 2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 23,035
Posted By Samwise Z
Is Unroll Me safe?

This is a program that supposedly cleans out your unwanted commercial mail: https://unroll.me/ Is it real? Is it safe? I did a wee bit of looking but only found one negative website, which claims...
Forum: Fun House 01 April 2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 21,371
Posted By Samwise Z
Well, while I was typing that, the 2015 NPR April...

Well, while I was typing that, the 2015 NPR April Fool story came on, and it's lovely. They include it in their regular reports, done "straight" but ...
Forum: Fun House 01 April 2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 21,371
Posted By Samwise Z
NPR always does a wonderful fake story for April...

NPR always does a wonderful fake story for April 1. My favorite was a few years ago, when they interviewed a guy who owned a maple tree farm for making maple syrup, and noted that the trees have to...
Forum: Medical 31 March 2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 44,370
Posted By Samwise Z
Soap (not necessarily Dawn, but any soap) can...

Soap (not necessarily Dawn, but any soap) can kill insects: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05547.html
Forum: Medical 30 March 2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 44,370
Posted By Samwise Z
On "Coca Cola removes rust" this is a...

On "Coca Cola removes rust" this is a green-cleaning website:
http://greencleaningproductsllc.com/mythbuster-science-of-cleaning-cleaning-with-coca-cola-effective-green-cleaning-products/ says it...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 26 March 2015, 03:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,420
Posted By Samwise Z
Freedom from religion? I think these guys are...

Freedom from religion? I think these guys are pushing "Freedom from heresy".
Forum: Techno-Babble 18 March 2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,190
Posted By Samwise Z
The Straight Dope covered this a couple years...

The Straight Dope covered this a couple years ago: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2893/why-dont-we-ever-see-pictures-of-the-floating-island-of-garbage
Forum: Fauxtography 18 March 2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,661
Posted By Samwise Z
I looked at a pixel level, unfortunately the...

I looked at a pixel level, unfortunately the resolution is fairly low, so I can't see definite indications of Photoshop-ping, but it certainly looks like a Photoshop trick to me.
Forum: The Doctor Is In 15 March 2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,170
Posted By Samwise Z
Any good ER, espesh when crowded, will do triage...

Any good ER, espesh when crowded, will do triage -- they'll take cases based on seriousness, rather than on the order people showed up.

I have a cousin (well, a cousin's son, so a first cousin...
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 March 2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,429
Posted By Samwise Z
He was one of those very, very few writers who...

He was one of those very, very few writers who could write humor that also comments on the human condition. Even if he was writing about vampires (who have taken temperance oaths not to drink blood,...
Forum: Fauxtography 03 March 2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,407
Posted By Samwise Z
Without seeing the original photos to analyze a...

Without seeing the original photos to analyze a pixel level, I don't think we can know. It's certainly possible that Photoshop (or equivalent) was used to smooth out the baby's face (e.g., hollow...
Forum: Amusement Bark 20 February 2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,388
Posted By Samwise Z
Hugh Grant as Leo G Carroll ??? That's just wrong.

Hugh Grant as Leo G Carroll ??? That's just wrong.
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 February 2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 19,613
Posted By Samwise Z
$90 ??!!?? for a teddy bear with toy handcuffs? ...

$90 ??!!?? for a teddy bear with toy handcuffs?
P T Barnum was wrong, there's not just one sucker born every minute, there must be thousands of 'em.
Forum: Questionable Quotes 12 February 2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 42,979
Posted By Samwise Z
I thought they disliked Jefferson (didn't Texas...

I thought they disliked Jefferson (didn't Texas try to kick him out of high school history text books?), but it's probably because they have no clue what any of the founding fathers really said.
Forum: Amusement Bark 10 February 2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,173
Posted By Samwise Z
It's gratifying that my prediction/wish came true...

It's gratifying that my prediction/wish came true a day later: http://marvel.com/news/movies/24062/sony_pictures_entertainment_brings_marvel_studios_into_the_amazing_world_of_spider-man Yeah, not...
Forum: Food 10 February 2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 88,774
Posted By Samwise Z
If this is (as it seems) translated from Chinese,...

If this is (as it seems) translated from Chinese, both of these combinations are pretty much staples at every Chinese restaurant in the US, anyhow.
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 February 2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,304
Posted By Samwise Z
I think that's probably correct, but he was...

I think that's probably correct, but he was following the source material. And the condemnation of the post-Civil War "Reconstruction" carpet-baggers is not without justification. After the...
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 February 2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,173
Posted By Samwise Z
My son (in Hollywood) says that, basically, DC is...

My son (in Hollywood) says that, basically, DC is owned by Warner Bros and the movies are (with few exceptions) controlled by executives/committees that want to make money and don't have any...
Forum: Politics 08 February 2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 27,188
Posted By Samwise Z
Just to note: these "criticisms" of the measure...

Just to note: these "criticisms" of the measure of unemployment rate have been around for at least 30-ish years. I remember them being discussed in the 1980s.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 01 February 2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 289
Views: 93,855
Posted By Samwise Z
"Freedom of religion" only goes so far. No one...

"Freedom of religion" only goes so far. No one argues that an Islamist Jihadist has the right to behead infidels, not even in California. Nor should parents who oppose vaccinations have the right to...
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