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Forum: Rantidote 23 June 2018, 03:55 AM
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Posted By erwins
Richard W, just a few posts back at post 124, I...

Richard W, just a few posts back at post 124, I contrasted the US system vs a Parliamentary system like Canada's.

The reason I was questioning the factual accuracy of the election claim is that...
Forum: Rantidote 23 June 2018, 12:28 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
Please don't assume you know what I'm aware of. ...

Please don't assume you know what I'm aware of. I'm quite aware of multiple parliamentary systems, and did a fair amount of reading to try to determine exactly how the applicable German one worked. ...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 10:03 PM
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Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
Ah. I never thought it did. There are lots...

Ah. I never thought it did.

There are lots of ways that someone trying to seize power under our form of government can be stopped. But all of them require people in key positions to follow the...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 140
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Posted By erwins
Is that what the claim is? That's a different...

Is that what the claim is? That's a different claim.

I'm still not understanding the point.

Just factually, at the time he was appointed Chancellor, his party held 33% of the seats in the...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
Was he? He was appointed Chancellor when his...

Was he? He was appointed Chancellor when his party had a plurality of seats in the Reichstag. I'm not sure if that qualifies as coming to power through an election. He then eliminated the other...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 22 June 2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
If the tying up and beating you are referring to...

If the tying up and beating you are referring to is based on the allegations at the Virginia detention center, that abuse seems to have predated Trump (although I'm sure it did not abate under his...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
Can you expand on that? I'm not understanding...

Can you expand on that? I'm not understanding your point.
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
UEL: The long, defensive post I had mostly...

UEL: The long, defensive post I had mostly drafted but then deleted made most of those same points. For better and for worse -- much worse at the moment -- we have a more stable form of government....
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 140
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Posted By erwins
Should say "other bad countries out there." Ugh....

Should say "other bad countries out there." Ugh. I hate it when I miss the weird autocorrect errors.

Sue, there's long been an effort here to change that terminology. The people are not illegal. ...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 01:31 PM
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Posted By erwins
I think, when it was happening, Nazi Germany was...

I think, when it was happening, Nazi Germany was uniquely awful. But the Nazis did not come to power because Germany was uniquely awful. It can happen anywhere, and complacency should be guarded...
Forum: Rantidote 22 June 2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,883
Posted By erwins
UEL, What should we be doing? What would be...

UEL,

What should we be doing? What would be effective? What would make this administration actually change? If you know, please tell me.

I had a post mostly drafted to say #notallAmericans,...
Forum: SLC 21 June 2018, 08:42 PM
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Views: 73,871
Posted By erwins
Oregon also lacks self service gas. I used to...

Oregon also lacks self service gas. I used to occasionally tip when they used to check the oil and clean the windshield while the gas was pumping, and they also handled the money. So I would...
Forum: Social Studies 21 June 2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 993
Posted By erwins
I used to travel on long international flights as...

I used to travel on long international flights as a kid, back when there was a smoking section. My parents both smoked. They would book one seat in the smoking section and 3 in non-smoking, and...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 21 June 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 351
Posted By erwins
I'm so sorry Darth. What a rotten thing to have...

I'm so sorry Darth. What a rotten thing to have happen. Please think about what you can do to be extra kind to yourself. That's a lot of loss to have to cope with in a short time.
Forum: Weird News 21 June 2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By erwins
So, it had nothing to do with her tongue, and...

So, it had nothing to do with her tongue, and this article from earlier this month is based on news from 6 and 7 years ago. And similar reports on the same journal articles have led to UL...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 21 June 2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
The turnover may be a mixed bag, but I do think...

The turnover may be a mixed bag, but I do think it's part of the reason for so many vacancies that are still unfilled.

And people in career civil servant positions are generally pretty...
Forum: Social Studies 20 June 2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 993
Posted By erwins
I've seen claims that most or all of the...

I've seen claims that most or all of the carcinogens from cigarettes are from the smoke, and that vaping is safe. But there's obviously more to it than that since chew and snuff also cause mouth and...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 June 2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
Oh, yeah. I think maybe the 20-day rule applies...

Oh, yeah. I think maybe the 20-day rule applies to jail-like facilities. So something more residential might get them out from under the rule. (This is hazy remembering on my part, and I can't...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 June 2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
Pretty much. But AIUI, the rules are still in...

Pretty much. But AIUI, the rules are still in place that prevent kids from being detained long-term, so either they will need extremely expedited hearings, or to resume releasing families after...
Forum: SLC 20 June 2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,096
Posted By erwins
That's the Model X. It has some interesting...

That's the Model X. It has some interesting design elements, like the "falcon-wing" rear doors, and a panoramic windshield that extends much higher/further back than usual. (Both of which have been...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 June 2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
So that humanitarian crisis of children being...

So that humanitarian crisis of children being separated from their families at the border that is totally the fault of the Democrats, who wouldn't close the "loopholes" and not a new policy, and the...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 June 2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,365
Posted By erwins
Even for people being held in jail pretrial on...

Even for people being held in jail pretrial on criminal charges, most residents will have someone who will take care of their kid. There's another parent, grandparent, other family member, who will...
Forum: SLC 20 June 2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,096
Posted By erwins
Yesterday I saw a Polaris Slingshot just like the...

Yesterday I saw a Polaris Slingshot just like the red one here (scroll down): ...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 June 2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By erwins
Some days, the only thing scarier or more...

Some days, the only thing scarier or more appalling (or both!) than his lies is when he accidentally tells the truth.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 June 2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By erwins
No, I think they were using it as a verb, you...

No, I think they were using it as a verb, you know, like, "adulting.". When you can president, please get that done." :)
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