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Forum: Social Studies 26 April 2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 43
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IME, on farms right now in upstate New York, dogs...

IME, on farms right now in upstate New York, dogs are expected to roam free so they can keep the woodchucks under control, keep strange dogs off the place, and notify the farmer of trespassers...
Forum: Rantidote 26 April 2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 36,078
Posted By thorny locust
IMO companies that are large enough to do so...

IMO companies that are large enough to do so should hire people whose job it is to answer the phone, so that others can get their work done. The phone-answering people should however have, and...
Forum: Moot Court 26 April 2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By thorny locust
I try to keep politics as much as possible out of...

I try to keep politics as much as possible out of my marketing entirely.

-- I sell at farmers' markets in an area with, how shall I put this, an overall strong red lean but a very great deal of...
Forum: Social Studies 26 April 2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
Even people who love dogs, and who don't think...

Even people who love dogs, and who don't think the dog intends to attack them, can get knocked down by a dog who jumps on them. Some people can get knocked down more easily than others, and some...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 26 April 2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,285
Posted By thorny locust
From the article DawnStorm just cited: ...

From the article DawnStorm just cited:



That reads to me as if the "malice" part doesn't mean that they needed to have done so specifically in order to harm someone in particular, but only that...
Forum: Rantidote 26 April 2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 36,078
Posted By thorny locust
It doesn't make individual hills; it makes an...

It doesn't make individual hills; it makes an entire raised strip generally two to four feet wide, by scooping soil in from the sides. Anywhere from one to several rows of crops may be planted in the...
Forum: Moot Court 26 April 2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By thorny locust
The story's kind of confusing. Was the bar's...

The story's kind of confusing.

Was the bar's defense that it didn't happen, or that they did throw him out, and for that reason, but that it's a legal reason? The story seems to be claiming both...
Forum: Rantidote 26 April 2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 36,078
Posted By thorny locust
That's how race works, though. The yardsticks are...

That's how race works, though. The yardsticks are arbitrary to start with, and move around depending on the time and the groups using them.

ETA: do you mean that the exact same individuals are...
Forum: Social Studies 26 April 2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
I expect you could take out the cat, especially...

I expect you could take out the cat, especially if you weren't worried about hurting it; but if the cat were seriously fighting, I think you'd likely take quite a bit of damage in the process,...
Forum: Social Studies 26 April 2018, 03:29 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
I have once had a cat jump up on the lap of a...

I have once had a cat jump up on the lap of a visitor who was flat out terrified of cats. His intentions were entirely benign, yes; but she froze in terror until I removed the cat.

-- she had come...
Forum: Social Studies 25 April 2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
Some cats can be trained by some people, yes. I...

Some cats can be trained by some people, yes. I didn't mean to imply that no cat can ever be trained by any person. But I don't personally usually try to take it any further than 'cats are not...
Forum: Rantidote 25 April 2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 36,078
Posted By thorny locust
I may (or may not) be the only one on these...

I may (or may not) be the only one on these boards who gets either I Just Realized I Entirely Forgot To Plant Major Crop That Must Be Planted By June, And In The Dream It's Now The Middle of August;...
Forum: Social Studies 25 April 2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
Seaboe, that sort of thing can make sense in some...

Seaboe, that sort of thing can make sense in some cases.

But a dog shouldn't be expected to obey the commands of a random stranger on the street. And I wasn't expecting the cat to obey any...
Forum: Social Studies 25 April 2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 971
Posted By thorny locust
Many years ago, I shared living quarters with a...

Many years ago, I shared living quarters with a human who appeared to think that humans needed to be at the top of all social hierarchies, including those of non-humans. He scolded me once for...
Forum: Techno-Babble 24 April 2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By thorny locust
I do still remember people complaining that the...

I do still remember people complaining that the forecast for the Naples NY area for what turned out to be the Flood of 72 was 20% chance of rain.

I just tried to confirm that online, however, and...
Forum: Techno-Babble 24 April 2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By thorny locust
Hmm. It was probably the Old Farmers' Almanac...

Hmm. It was probably the Old Farmers' Almanac which I checked. But I suspect the accuracy results would be similar between the two of them.

It occurs to me to wonder how similar their forecasts...
Forum: Police Blotter 24 April 2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,749
Posted By thorny locust
Thought I answered this, but maybe not. No, I...

Thought I answered this, but maybe not. No, I didn't [ETA: or, if I did, I didn't see it]. But, like Seaboe, I decided to practice my French.
Forum: Techno-Babble 24 April 2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By thorny locust
I have heard one long range forecast in my life...

I have heard one long range forecast in my life that turned out to be entirely accurate. And it was an extremely long range forecast: thirty years, IIRC.

I was at a NOFA conference sometime in the...
Forum: Police Blotter 24 April 2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 698
Posted By thorny locust
Doesn't it depend on the illness/condition? ...

Doesn't it depend on the illness/condition?

Certainly it doesn't sound as if this particular person should have had access to guns, even without 20/20 hindsight being needed. But AIUI there are...
Forum: Techno-Babble 24 April 2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By thorny locust
Some years ago, I tracked the Farmers' Almanac...

Some years ago, I tracked the Farmers' Almanac against the actual weather for several months.

I don't think anybody here (DawnStorm included) will be surprised that they were often wrong, despite...
Forum: SLC 23 April 2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 33,751
Posted By thorny locust
Lainie, I don't know your area; but around here...

Lainie, I don't know your area; but around here many villages and small cities still have downtown independent furniture stores. And at least some of them can order in a piece in a different...
Forum: SLC 22 April 2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 51,728
Posted By thorny locust
Whoops, yes; I didn't take you to be saying that...

Whoops, yes; I didn't take you to be saying that it was your attitude. Sorry if my post read that way.
Forum: SLC 22 April 2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 51,728
Posted By thorny locust
Cigarette butts are horrible litter. If they've...

Cigarette butts are horrible litter. If they've got filters, they don't break down. And they're often not entirely out, and in dry conditions can pose a fire hazard.
Forum: Police Blotter 22 April 2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,749
Posted By thorny locust
Glad it's been found. My French is pretty bad,...

Glad it's been found. My French is pretty bad, but the story sounds like it's still intact.
Forum: SLC 21 April 2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1,016
Views: 231,377
Posted By thorny locust
Sorry, GM, don't get the reference. But, FWIW,...

Sorry, GM, don't get the reference. But, FWIW, the only reason we managed to get it off the truck was with the aid of a neighbor named James.

Having good neighbors also makes me happy; but that's...
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