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by D.A. Ridgely
Today, 13:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 171
Views: 12078

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

thoreau wrote:
Today, 12:45
Ken Starr has joined Trump's defense team.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/us/p ... owitz.html
John Yoo must have been busy.
by D.A. Ridgely
Today, 13:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

*shrug* I assume optics. They aren't a democracy but want to seem like one. Lawful Evil is more effective than Chaotic Evil. Well, Orderly Evil is more effective, lawful or not. Russia's age old inferiority complex vis a vis Western Europe (not entirely unjustified when you count the ways in which ...
by D.A. Ridgely
Today, 13:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1415
Views: 67830

Re: cars and how they get that way

As I look for a bus that I could convert into an RV and live that sweet sweet skoolie life, most of the ones I come across are diesel engines. I am scared of diesel engines! - unfamiliar to me - loud - don't start when it's cold - expensive to fix - everybody in Europe seems to drive diesel vehicle...
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Jan 2020, 21:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

I no longer have any idea what people are arguing about or who is on which side, but I'd like to go on record here and say I disagree.
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Jan 2020, 11:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2495
Views: 155780

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Edd Byrnes, 87. Most famously known, if no longer remembered, from the late 50s/early 60s TV show 77 Sunset Strip as "Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson III, the rock and roll-loving, wisecracking, hair-combing hipster and aspiring PI who initially worked as the valet parking attendant at Dino's, the clu...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 22:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2888
Views: 194501

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

So we are finally to the point where we can quote The Expanse? Fuck yeah! Bout time this fucking timeline stepped up its game. Dumb question, bu Is it a very quotable show? I haven't heard anything I realized was a quote from it. (I'm still living under a rock WRT TV. I'm trying to actually get bac...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 17:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

And I'm arguing this point because it's the one you guys have taken up. There is no prior moral rule preventing a violent overthrowing of Kim Jong Un. No principle of justice or rights or fairness or sovereignty comes into play. None. After that we can talk about consequences, but if we don't agree...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 354
Views: 112677

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

I wrote an essay that I am happy with and think can do better than my no-traffic blog, but I don't think I can get it into a paying venue. So I'm trying out Medium. https://medium.com/@physicistatlarge/the-farewell-as-a-tale-of-similarity-in-an-era-of-diversity-8a90414d23eb?sk=b07cb7be5d1071566c59a...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

Trump and Pompeo basically acknowledge the U.S. has an army of occupation in Iraq.

Admittedly, the Iraqi parliament's vote was non-binding and blah, blah, blah, but the U.S. previously at least gave lip service to the notion that Iraq was still a sovereign state.
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 840

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

All other considerations have been subjugated to "has appeal to the global market". I'm not sure that's business dumb for mega films. Except that niche or genre films about which the Asian market (which is the only global market if we are to take South Park as truth) is known from the get-go to hav...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 11:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3160
Views: 184571

Re: Twitter!

Oh, if only there was some sort of legal precedent to permit short term use of land or buildings! What a brilliant idea!
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 11:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 840

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Funny or meh, it's always good to go after hollywood sanctimony at one of their self congratulatory events. I find the piles of money and hot spouses thing a strange riposte. I mean, hollywood types get all preachy about billionaires, so ... One of the reasons that Hollywood studios fail so often i...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7101
Views: 289823

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I would say not really, because "cost" can be literally any number anyone wants to make up. I'm very cynical about "cost plus" sorts of budgeting. Costs are too fungible for there not to be room for shenanigans. I don't think "fungible" is the right term, but I agree with the point. Federal contrac...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

There are reasonable prudent and political reasons why the U.S. shouldn't make a habit of assassinating foreign despots willy-nilly, not the least being that we propped many of them up in the first place, so it just seems unsporting. But as Jason notes, some cases are easy calls. No one would mourn ...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 585
Views: 25045

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition, er, Trump to win.

Mind you, I think Sanders would get crushed and Biden has only a slightly better chance of winning than Trump, but nobody who didn't take Trump seriously in 2016 is going to make that mistake again.
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 585
Views: 25045

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Sanders is going to win the NH and VT primaries. 538 is now handicapping the nomination with Biden a 2 in 5 chance of winning, Sanders a 1 in 5 chance and the rest of the field as longshots. Of course, turnout is key, but if Biden has a strong lead after Super Tuesday (March 3), I'd say it's all over.
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Jan 2020, 23:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 840

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Chappelle had a much better Epstein joke at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony televised last night. Having previously mentioned Hugh Hefner in a different context, he then did a callback, describing Hefner as "you know, like Epstein but with a grotto." :? Fort the record, this wasn't Chapelle's joke. ...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Jan 2020, 17:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

He would, for example, most likely have a far more lenient immigration policy than ethnocentric social conservatives want if only because he'd want to keep the unskilled and construction trade skilled labor pool as cheap as possible. There are a few ways to do that. You can do it the way America do...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Jan 2020, 13:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

Mo wrote: I think you guys underestimate Trump's ethnonationalist inclinations, which is likely where the difference in the calculus lies. Also, I believe you and Jason remain somewhat anchored by what their respective governments look like today and how they would shift from their existing governme...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 23:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The F Word
Replies: 788
Views: 37235

Re: The F Word

If you fill the under-bed space with storage containers, things can't get kicked under and lost. This. You go to The Container Store or some such and buy those large plastic rectangular containers and you keep winter clothes there in the summer and vice versa or Christmas decorations or sex toys yo...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 22:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40453

Re: Iran (so far away)

In Trumpworld, Trump gets to keep being president as long as he likes, which job largely entails going to rallies where his adoring fans cheer him on, taking vacations so he can get as far away from those adoring fans as possible and maybe 5% of the time doing actual presidential stuff, mostly off t...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 14:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 840

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Chappelle had a much better Epstein joke at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony televised last night. Having previously mentioned Hugh Hefner in a different context, he then did a callback, describing Hefner as "you know, like Epstein but with a grotto." :? He said it was a better joke, he didn't say it...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1754
Views: 118141

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

Time to put bond to bed. Doesn’t make sense decontextualized from the Cold War. The Craig bond in CR was a good attempt, but the rest of those movies were just poorly written. There was always a tongue-in-cheek / wink-wink quality to the Bond films (not so much in the books, Fleming took himself to...