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Re: Strange World

Postby Mbwun » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:09 pm

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Re: Strange World

Postby EZ Rhino » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:55 am

I voted 'No' but I meant 'Hell, No!'
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Re: Strange World

Postby Slade » Wed May 02, 2012 8:18 pm

MM drew my attention to this. Fascinating, eh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hall_(VC)
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Re: Strange World

Postby jellybelly » Thu May 03, 2012 1:02 pm

Couple of snippets from the papers i have read over the weekend...

Through possible terrorist threat to the Olympics in London there may well be surface to air missile launchers on top of the local flats.

A man, drunk at 4am in Portugal, has fallen 65 feet...dead or badly injured ? Nope apparently he just got up and walked away :shock:
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Re: Strange World

Postby krista in ma » Thu May 03, 2012 8:21 pm

jellybelly wrote:A man, drunk at 4am in Portugal, has fallen 65 feet...dead or badly injured ? Nope apparently he just got up and walked away :shock:


I have heard, read, and been told by a friend who is a cop (and who has been first on scene for such car accidents) that a drunk driver is more likely to survive a car accident than a sober passenger (etc.) as the drunk driver is more relaxed and tends not to try and brace themselves (which can lead to more injuries) as the accident is about to happen. I would think that a sober man who fell 65 feet, wouldn't be as lucky as this drunk man.
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Re: Strange World

Postby dreab trawets » Wed May 09, 2012 7:22 pm

Two US senators have proposed to excise the word "lunatic" from federal law, calling it outdated and offensive. What are the word's origins and why is it so offensive?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17997413


Tennessee last year passed a law replacing "handicapped" with "having a disability" and "idiot, lunatic, person of unsound mind" with "person adjudicated incompetent".

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Re: Strange World

Postby Baidhnobas » Tue May 29, 2012 2:37 pm

Thoughts: the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? The name you give them. The thing that makes bitch a sexist put-down or a salute to female bad-assedness? The intent with which it is used. Words are what you make them.

Edited to add: Even as I said it I realized I was being hyper-relative. The problem with that attitude, aside from being another of those things that good people need do to let evil prevail, is you can't hold it without being a hypocrite. There are words that everyone finds offensive, words that I can't listen to and tell myself it all depends on context and intent. And some attitudes and their attendant vocabulary should--I don't want to say banned because if you ignore the bad parts of history, you can't learn from them, and if you don't learn from them...
But I don't think this is one of those cases where shutting down word choice will improve society. Referring--or not--to people as lunatic is a matter of manners, not legislature.

Unrelated absurdity:
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/2035/Police+shoot+naked+eating+another+face+bizarre+Miami+incident/6691258/story.html
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Re: Strange World

Postby jellybelly » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:20 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/952875/live-g ... -in-oldham

Not strange as such, well strange as in this place is quite near where i live, much so that i heard a 'noise' earlier...must have been this ?
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Re: Strange World

Postby marcd » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:51 pm

Wonder if Chandler is having some nasty flashbacks after reading this?


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Killi ... story.html
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Re: Strange World

Postby Slade » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:11 pm

Thanks, marcd. Good story.

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Re: Strange World

Postby EZ Rhino » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:39 am

Lot of rain in the past few weeks in BC. Made for some rough times for some places: landslide footage

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=046_1342224638
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Re: Strange World

Postby dreab trawets » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:16 pm

“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment , the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure. “
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Re: Strange World

Postby ScottDBetson » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:28 am

EZ Rhino wrote:Lot of rain in the past few weeks in BC. Made for some rough times for some places: landslide footage

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=046_1342224638

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Re: Strange World

Postby EZ Rhino » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:58 pm

Can people change their beliefs? Woman who was conservative republican moves to Canada (doesn't say why she moved here) and becomes a supporter of universal health care after having a kid or two. I can imagine the cognitive dissonance.

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/12/how-i-lost-my-fear-universal-health-care

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Re: Strange World

Postby Mbwun » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:04 pm

EZ Rhino wrote:Can people change their beliefs? Woman who was conservative republican moves to Canada (doesn't say why she moved here) and becomes a supporter of universal health care after having a kid or two. I can imagine the cognitive dissonance.

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/12/how-i-lost-my-fear-universal-health-care

I rarely got sick as a kid but I'm glad we have the system that we do.


I have a first cousin - once removed (my father's cousin), who was adamantly pro-abortion.
Then he got a job selling medical equipment. One of the things he wound up doing in the
process of selling medical equipment was to demonstrate ultrasound machines. After performing
several ultrasounds on pregnant women, he became adamantly pro-life. So yes, I firmly believe
that people can change their beliefs.
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