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Forum: Police Blotter 12 May 2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 958
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: 958
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: 958
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: 175
Views: 5,341
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: 2,083
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: 2,083
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: 724
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: 175
Views: 5,341
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: 1,246
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: 175
Views: 5,341
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: 724
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: 724
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: 175
Views: 5,341
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: 27
Views: 2,022
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: 1,817
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: 1,817
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...
Forum: Police Blotter 03 May 2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,270
Posted By E. Q. Taft
From this story...

From this story (https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2018/05/03/shots-fired-call-opry-mills-mall-nashville/578387002/), it sounds as though the shooting at Opry Mills was the result of a...
Forum: Social Studies 02 May 2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 5,341
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I'm not really surprised that there would be a...

I'm not really surprised that there would be a difference in reaction between Chinese Americans versus those living in China. The former are a minority which has often faced a wide variety of...
Forum: Social Studies 02 May 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 5,341
Posted By E. Q. Taft
China Prom Dress That Caused a Furor in U.S. Draws Head-Scratching in China

When Keziah Daum wore a Chinese-style dress to her high school prom in Utah, it set off an uproar — but not because of its tight fit or thigh-high slit....Twitter users who described themselves as...
Forum: Social Studies 02 May 2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 653
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Another problem is that very few cities can...

Another problem is that very few cities can support more than one major newspaper any more. It used to be that a large city would typically have two or more significant papers, each of which might...
Forum: Amusement Bark 01 May 2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,022
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Here's the other thing about ESB: It didn't...

Here's the other thing about ESB: It didn't actually end with Han getting frozen in carbonite -- or even with Luke getting his hand cut off. We see Lando switch sides and escape with Leia,...
Forum: Rantidote 01 May 2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 61,441
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I expect it's been said here before -- quite...

I expect it's been said here before -- quite possibly even by me. But it's worth repeating:

If you're incapable of not looking at your phone for two hours, DON'T GO TO SEE A MOVIE IN A THEATER. ...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 30 April 2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Yeah, there is a big picture of the creature...

Yeah, there is a big picture of the creature involved, so arachnophobes should probably avoid.

I just had no idea that a spider could live for decades. (The next runner up, a tarantula in Mexico,...
Forum: Amusement Bark 30 April 2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,022
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Myself, I don't think I'll be able to judge...

Myself, I don't think I'll be able to judge Infinity War until I've seen part 4. The ending is such a gut punch that I can't even really remember how much I liked what came before, outside of bits...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 30 April 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By E. Q. Taft
The World's Oldest Known Spider Has Died at the Age of 43 From a Wasp Sting

The world’s oldest known spider has died after a record-breaking lifespan of 43 years, according to researchers in Australia.

The spider, known as Number 16 to Australian scientists, was a female...
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