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Forum: Social Studies 16 December 2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Many of those stories come across to me as an...

Many of those stories come across to me as an attempt to argue that we don't need societal solutions, because Individuals Of Good Will will step up to deal with problems.

Color me unconvinced....
Forum: SLC 16 December 2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,748
Posted By thorny locust
GM, take it easy. I'm not entirely following...

GM, take it easy. I'm not entirely following ASL's thought process here, and there may be a joke in there that I'm not getting; but I don't think it's trolling; and that's a pretty drastic accusation...
Forum: Social Studies 15 December 2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
But do you see my point that people getting only...

But do you see my point that people getting only one to two weeks a year might want to be able to bank some of it from a year in which they're healthy, in case they need more than one or two weeks in...
Forum: SLC 15 December 2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,748
Posted By thorny locust
I think the world's writing us, much more than...

I think the world's writing us, much more than the other way around.

Although, as we're part of the world, we're also doing some of the writing.

ETA -- whoops, ASL seems to have entirely...
Forum: Social Studies 15 December 2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Wow. That is a lot. No wonder it doesn't...

Wow. That is a lot.

No wonder it doesn't accumulate from year to year. It doesn't need to. Somebody who's too sick to work for more of the year than that really can't do the job.

In the USA,...
Forum: Social Studies 14 December 2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Hans, how much sick leave do you get in a given...

Hans, how much sick leave do you get in a given year?

Leaving the retirement thing out of it: in the USA many of even the people who do get sick leave only get a few days of it. Any major illness...
Forum: SLC 13 December 2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,748
Posted By thorny locust
It's fiction. Is Bilbo really a hobbit? ...

It's fiction.

Is Bilbo really a hobbit?




-- if you want to make the argument that the portrayal of Oscar diminishes and/or pokes fun at the lives of people who genuinely have to live in...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 13 December 2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 170,523
Posted By thorny locust
Ace: Oh, it's so comfortable here! Faucey:...

Ace: Oh, it's so comfortable here!

Faucey: OK, I guess I can sleep with you cuddled up next to me . . .
Forum: Social Studies 13 December 2018, 03:49 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Did sick days there accrue to the next or later...

Did sick days there accrue to the next or later years?

Seems to me that allowing them to do so would reduce people taking the days when not actually sick; because nobody knows whether, next year,...
Forum: Rantidote 12 December 2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 12,910
Posted By thorny locust
FWIW, years ago, in NYState, I was rear ended...

FWIW, years ago, in NYState, I was rear ended while trying to take a left turn into the veterinary's office. (Road conditions were spottily icy, the car behind me slid into me.)

Nobody was hurt;...
Forum: Social Studies 12 December 2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Years ago, when the US Federal government was...

Years ago, when the US Federal government was starting to work on revamping the food safety standards for greens etc., I went to a meeting at which they said they wanted farmers' input.

At the...
Forum: Moot Court 11 December 2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,475
Posted By thorny locust
Something I learned today! Thanks for info,...

Something I learned today! Thanks for info, GenYus.

Are they pleading guilty to premeditated murder, though, or to a lesser homicide charge? I couldn't quickly figure that out from the cite.

...
Forum: Social Studies 11 December 2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,013
Posted By thorny locust
Or it might mean that you are really, really good...

Or it might mean that you are really, really good at whatever it was they were doing, and most people aren't.

(I'll grant that it's more likely that the office was badly run; and also that the...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 09 December 2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By thorny locust
Praises also to the rescuer who kept putting out...

Praises also to the rescuer who kept putting out water and food, as near as I can tell before there was any evidence that that particular dog (or any dog) was eating/drinking it.
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 December 2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,294
Posted By thorny locust
Terry Pratchett pulled off something very like it...

Terry Pratchett pulled off something very like it with rats (https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/book/the-amazing-maurice-and-his-educated-rodents/).

His rats were magically enhanced, which...
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 December 2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,294
Posted By thorny locust
I tried a couple of times to read Watership Down...

I tried a couple of times to read Watership Down (as an adult) but could never get very far with it, because it seemed to me (though I don't now remember details) that the rabbits were behaving way...
Forum: Moot Court 09 December 2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,475
Posted By thorny locust
Yes, you almost never see a flat out guilty plea...

Yes, you almost never see a flat out guilty plea to murder charges. I guess their only choice was between the sort of claim they made and 'I was justified because I was defending the country against...
Forum: Moot Court 08 December 2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,475
Posted By thorny locust
Charlottesville Jury Convicts 'Unite The Right' Protester Who Killed Woman

Charlottesville Jury Convicts 'Unite The Right' Protester Who Killed Woman (https://www.npr.org/2018/12/07/674672922/james-alex-fields-unite-the-right-protester-who-killed-heather-heyer-found-guilt)...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 08 December 2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By thorny locust
Well, that's encouraging. I wound up...

Well, that's encouraging.



I wound up just rolling the video portion up off the screen about that point and listening to the commentary until it was clear what had happened.

-- leopards as...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 07 December 2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By thorny locust
crocoduck_hunter, that video starts with a...

crocoduck_hunter, that video starts with a disturbing-content warning, but they didn't say for what, at least not before I closed it again. Could you give a general idea, possibly whited out?
Forum: Wild Kingdom 07 December 2018, 01:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By thorny locust
Hope he's going to be OK. That's quite a young...

Hope he's going to be OK. That's quite a young cat dumped into territory he doesn't know his way around in.

Admittedly I'm not quite sure what else they were going to do with him.
Forum: Wild Kingdom 06 December 2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 800
Posted By thorny locust
Hey, I could make a silk purse out of a cat's...

Hey, I could make a silk purse out of a cat's ear!

It'll take a while, though . . .

Step 1: acquire a cat. Treat the cat very well; feed the cat, apply pats, provide excellent feline housing...
Forum: SLC 05 December 2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 848
Posted By thorny locust
Thanks for posting this, snopes. I'm sorry...

Thanks for posting this, snopes.

I'm sorry to hear that she's gone.
Forum: Wild Kingdom 05 December 2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 170,523
Posted By thorny locust
Hmm. Ignoring Ace doesn't seem to work very well,...

Hmm. Ignoring Ace doesn't seem to work very well, does it?
Forum: SLC 04 December 2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,774
Posted By thorny locust
Looked like play gestures to me, on both parts. ...

Looked like play gestures to me, on both parts.

Would have been a really risky game, though --

and is that really a sturdy enough fence?
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