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#741 Rich T Bikkies

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 04:43 PM

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


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Posted 29 October 2018 - 03:37 AM

That reminds me of something that I saw in Coventry, a city with a significant Muslim minority, about twenty years ago. While walking in the city centre I passed what was clearly a prosperous Muslim couple, she with a headscarf, he with the white hat of a Hajji. She was walking the traditional one pace behind him. However, she was also talking, and judging by their expressions (they were only in my field of vision for three seconds) she was verbally wrenching his balls off.

The "one pace behind" struck me as ironical. I don't think the Prophet would have approved.
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God is not dead. He was merely voted out of office.

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 07:32 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 29 October 2018 - 03:37 AM, said:

She was walking the traditional one pace behind him. However, she was also talking, and judging by their expressions (they were only in my field of vision for three seconds) she was verbally wrenching his balls off.

This talent of females is apparently hard wired into their DNA regardless of nationality or religion. Whatever they were talking about - HE was wrong.
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Posted 29 October 2018 - 08:42 AM

View Postandydp, on 29 October 2018 - 07:32 AM, said:

This talent of females is apparently hard wired into their DNA regardless of nationality or religion. Whatever they were talking about - HE was wrong.

Sybil: Basil, you do know what I'm going to do to you if I find you've put the money on that horse? [Exit]

Basil (sotto voce): You'll have to sew them back on first.
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God is not dead. He was merely voted out of office.

You can do anything with anybody if you just save them the trouble of thinking.

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 09:33 AM

View Postandydp, on 29 October 2018 - 07:32 AM, said:

This talent of females is apparently hard wired into their DNA regardless of nationality or religion. Whatever they were talking about - HE was wrong.

Poor poor males. Did you ever wonder if maybe, just maybe, he really was wrong and his denial of the obvious is what is really triggering the female?

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 09:38 AM

View Postgolden_valley, on 29 October 2018 - 09:33 AM, said:

Poor poor males. Did you ever wonder if maybe, just maybe, he really was wrong and his denial of the obvious is what is really triggering the female?

It doesn't matter. It is and will forever be, HIS fault.

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I abide by the "5 year rule":

If your "discussion" (regardless of subject) is turning "flaky" then you step back and ask yourself: What will this mean to our lives in five years ? If the answer is nothing, then concede and move on.
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we have the military pay to protecting the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes up very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 29 October 2018 - 09:55 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 29 October 2018 - 03:37 AM, said:

That reminds me of something that I saw in Coventry, a city with a significant Muslim minority, about twenty years ago. While walking in the city centre I passed what was clearly a prosperous Muslim couple, she with a headscarf, he with the white hat of a Hajji. She was walking the traditional one pace behind him. However, she was also talking, and judging by their expressions (they were only in my field of vision for three seconds) she was verbally wrenching his balls off.

The "one pace behind" struck me as ironical. I don't think the Prophet would have approved.
I think there may be divergence. In 1981 in Saudi I dined with an Arab friend near Riyadh. Two goats and rivers of blood later we were sitting on a carpeted floor eating sticky goat, nuts and dates. We moved from room to room leaving a mess behind us. By accident one of his two wives came in without a veil. She was well and truly balled off. No doubt who wore the pants there.

Of course the law in Saudi means a woman can be divorced by saying 3 times 'I divorce you', but in the UK that might not be so easy.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 11:07 AM

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 02:08 PM

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:08 PM

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:24 PM

Just as an FYI the speciation of Golden-winged vs. Blue-winged is not ... let's say "robust". In areas where they breed near each other hybridization is common producing F1 "Brewster's" Warbler, F2 "Lawrence's" Warbler (Brewster's x Brewster's and recessive) as well as all kinds of backcrosses which generally get labeled "Brewster's". For the most part these hybrids are quite fertile so they just keep on breeding. So while this is still an amazing find it would be significantly more stunning if another species was involved to replace either the Blue-winged or Golden-winged.

The Golden-winged x Blue-winged crosses were named a long time ago and in some places are predominant. Unfortunately for those of us who think Golden-wingeds are stunning the Blue-wingeds are seriously winning the genetic "war" and locations that hosted breeding Golden-wingeds in our area for decades have been swamped by the Blue-wingeds. At this point there may not be any breeding Golden-wingeds left in New Jersey or perhaps just one here or there ... often paired with a Blue-winged or hybrid.

As an aside hybrids are sometimes named, likely because they were originally thought to be a separate species. A Herring x Glaucous Gulls cross produces "Nelson's" Gull. There's a hybrid swarm of Western x Glaucous-winged Gulls in coastal Washington state they lovingly (wink) refer to as "Olympic" Gull. And putative (I'm still not convinced it happens often) crosses of Clapper and King Rail are sometimes referred to as "Cling Rails" for convenience.
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Posted 11 November 2018 - 12:04 PM

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:12 PM

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 01:31 PM

View PostAnBr, on 12 November 2018 - 04:12 PM, said:

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I heard them constantly while I was in Victoria and South Australia two weeks ago. It's a unique bird song, and the birds are everywhere, even along remote highways.
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