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by thoreau
Yesterday, 18:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Anyway, my mother's maiden name is Sicilia, so I almost certainly have distant ancestors from every part of the Mediterranean. Each part of my ancestry is about as miniscule as Elizabeth Warren's Cherokee blood, but there's a whole bunch of them. Guido Power FTW!
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Sure, but saying that they are/aren't Arabs really comes down to "What's an Arab?" If it's about speaking the language then you're an Englishman and an Arab, and the Irish are also Englishmen. If it's about having a family that's spoken Arabic for many generations, much of North Africa counts as Ara...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Syria has had plenty of millennia of civilization. Ditto for Tunisia. Syria is part of Lebanon in my construction. And Tunisia isn’t Arab they’re Berbers. Tunisia has very few Berbers. They're more common in Algeria and Libya. Since the first great civilization in Tunisia was Phoenician, and the Ph...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 897
Views: 36880

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Some people deserve their Novichok.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 16:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

Yes, the racism of Trump himself is a problem, but the fact that party organizations are willing to follow his lead, and even go farther, is far more worrisome. Trump will eventually leave office, either due to term limits, impeachment, or coronary artery disease. But if the party infrastructure is ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

If someone can beat up a reporter, win office, maintain the support of his party and the president, and then win re-election, we are kind of screwed.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Syria has had plenty of millennia of civilization. Ditto for Tunisia.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Honestly, I would trade Iran straight up for Saudi Arabia right now as a client state. Iran is much closer to liberalizing and the threat of shutting off western universities to Saudi elites is enough to keep them more in line. Also, Iranian scientists are better than KSA's. KSA has scientists? Per...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 11:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

Meanwhile, Trump is praising the Congressman who assaulted a reporter: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/us/politics/trump-greg-gianforte-montana.html Guys, I know that it isn't gryllpropriate to suggest that anything is in any way different or worse or more dangerous about the current situation, n...
by thoreau
18 Oct 2018, 20:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Ezekiel 25:17
by thoreau
18 Oct 2018, 18:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 178
Views: 3666

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

I think that if there were a different person in the White House the Saudis would feel the need to be a bit more subtle in their targeting of journalists. Instead of murdering him in a consulate with entrances and exits that are under surveillance by any number of entities, they would do it in a mor...
by thoreau
18 Oct 2018, 11:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

The real debate is over whether the entire world should just be one big time zone.
by thoreau
18 Oct 2018, 11:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2268
Views: 103618

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

I find it interesting that CNBC believes that their audience knows who Grover Norquist and Joe Arpaio are, but Ron Jeremy needs context. Apparantly Hof is still going to be on the ballot for the state leg seat he was running for, and will likely win due to the partisan lean of the district. Fuck. T...
by thoreau
17 Oct 2018, 17:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

"War is bad" is not a sufficient argument, but it should go into the cost-benefit analysis. Many people pointed to the weakness of the purported evidence for WMD programs, the paucity of evidence that Saddam Hussein was harboring terrorists who would attack the US, and the known antipathy between Sa...
by thoreau
17 Oct 2018, 13:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

Lunchstealer and I posted the same picture; I just posted the tweet that it came from. I read Shem as saying that our picture is the same as the one a few posts previous, i.e. the original one. And I'm saying that there's a pretty big difference. Though I suppose that whether the difference is major...
by thoreau
17 Oct 2018, 12:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

Er, look more closely.
by thoreau
17 Oct 2018, 11:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Mo, those of us who opposed the invasion of Iraq were not serious thinkers. We were the clown shoes brigade, not engaging in any deep thought about geopolitics and fourth generation warfare. The serious thinkers all supported this. Better to be seriously wrong than stupidly right.
by thoreau
17 Oct 2018, 02:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6001
Views: 146092

Re: Orange is the new President

Via Dungeons and Donalds, FYI.

by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 19:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

University administrators routinely "fail upward." At the rate my Dean is fucking up, she might be rewarded with the Presidency of Harvard.
by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 15:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

MeMegan explained all of this ten years ago. We were wrong to be right and she was right to be wrong.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/ar ... tion/3080/
by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 14:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Mo wrote:
16 Oct 2018, 14:25
Here’s the thing I don’t get about AZ senate. How the fuck are the people who were right about Iraq the bad guys?
Because they didn't want to fight the mooselimbs.
by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 12:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

And he just got Warren's vote.

by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 11:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Seriously, whoever this is, he's an amazing troll.

by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 11:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8794
Views: 271827

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Mo wrote:2017 is weird and it has given us Woke Max Boot.
I'm not 100% certain that it's really him, but Ahmadinejad is apparently tweeting some woke stuff.

by thoreau
16 Oct 2018, 10:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 648
Views: 21925

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Kmart has been nothing but terrible for as long as I can remembe. Its continued existence baffled me once Walmart, even the bad wal marts, came about. Santa Barbara has a Kmart instead of a Target for God only knows what reason. When I was in grad school I went there because it was near the student...