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by Hugh Akston
Yesterday, 11:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: DOD Cutbacks - Good News and Bad News
Replies: 23
Views: 993

Re: DOD Cutbacks - Good News and Bad News

If it makes you feel any better a) They're not really cuts because the Navy is just going to spend the money on some other overpriced death machine, and b) it's not your money anyway.
by Hugh Akston
15 May 2021, 11:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1752
Views: 137121

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

lshap wrote: 15 May 2021, 07:14
Pham Nuwen wrote: 14 May 2021, 01:31 Most of the country didnt take actual precautions, guys. 600k of our people are dead. Just do what you want. Most already did.
That's the hard truth.
Well, it's a hard guess.
by Hugh Akston
15 May 2021, 02:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1191
Views: 125925

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Those Who Wish Me Dead, a decent Taylor Sheridan flick that a couple years from now I'm going to be surprised to learn that I've already seen. The two women in the movie were the stand-out badasses, and Aiden Gillen looked like an evil Rand Paul.
by Hugh Akston
12 May 2021, 14:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: In the Not Too Distant Future...
Replies: 124
Views: 19193

Re: In the Not Too Distant Future...

Shem wrote: 12 May 2021, 14:11 They hit all their goals, so it looks like 13 new episodes, 24 shorts, and a live show. Pretty excited.
Same. I gave more to the campaign than I was really comfortable with, but It was totally worth it.
by Hugh Akston
12 May 2021, 10:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 245
Views: 27689

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

Just once I would like to see an authoritarian regime that celebrates diversity.
by Hugh Akston
11 May 2021, 15:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8399
Views: 646056

Re: Orange is the new President

Turns out there are worse fates for a Secret Service agent than taking a bullet for the President In her new book, she writes that Secret Service agents reported that Vanessa Trump, the wife of the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr, “started dating one of the agents who had been assigned to he...
by Hugh Akston
11 May 2021, 13:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 245
Views: 27689

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

And the gender ratio for under-15s is something like 120/100 skewed toward men. India is actually worse. They're so screwed, it's going to take at least 4.8 years for light from anywhere not-screwed to reach them. I thought China dropped that 'one child' thing more than 15 years ago. They officiall...
by Hugh Akston
11 May 2021, 10:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 245
Views: 27689

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

China's birthrate is at its lowest point in 60 years The Chinese government said on Tuesday that its population had reached 1.41 billion people, according to a census taken last year. Since the previous census, in 2010, China’s population grew by 72 million people. That increase is larger than the ...
by Hugh Akston
10 May 2021, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 245
Views: 27689

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

Multiple studies have found that the strongest correlation with declining fertility is womens' access to education. But I doubt something this complex and global has a single cause.
by Hugh Akston
10 May 2021, 21:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8281
Views: 487121

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Clown , a mid-budget horror film about a guy possessed by an evil clown suit that turns him into a child-eating demon. It got off to a brisk start, but the transformation took forever and there was very little tension, except for one scene. The one really good gag is when the guy was still mid-tran...
by Hugh Akston
10 May 2021, 15:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 85895

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

Firing squad is actually probably more humane than lethal injection. It's at least instant, as opposed to "minutes to hours of blood boiling pain for the sake of making it look peaceful." I say this every time this comes up; putting morality aside, why aren’t the drugs used for voluntary euthanasia...
by Hugh Akston
10 May 2021, 13:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 85895

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

This is honestly not a very good article . it doesn't really tackle its ostensible subject, but rather careens between being a profile of an activist, a primer on racist policing, and a history of prison abolition. But there are a few kernels. Kaba writes in Prison Culture about the culture of puni...
by Hugh Akston
10 May 2021, 11:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 245
Views: 27689

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

Not sure about the veracity of this one. On the one hand, he does cite some studies to back up his claims. On the other hand, the theory sounds very much like something promulgated by an online guy who has Opinions about Women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oILTOL7L0sU tl;dw buildup of plastic res...
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 21:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1191
Views: 125925

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Wrath of Man was definitely a Guy Ritchie movie packed with Guy Ritchie types, but all way darker and heavier. No bumbling thieves, no incomprehensible accents, no lengthy pre-torture speeches. The homoeroticism was there for the first half. The only humor came from people underestimating Statham. ...
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 21:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1752
Views: 137121

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The beautiful thing about partisan alignment signalling is that it makes charting a reasonable course that much easier. Just weave between the scylla of give me liberty and give me death and charibdis of lockdown forever.
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 13:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I may want to see that?
Replies: 1678
Views: 154077

Re: I may want to see that?



I'm not proud of myself for falling for such an obvious nostalgia cash-in, but otoh Leverage was an excellent show.
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 12:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3244
Views: 276498

Re: What are you reading?

I love my kindle paperwhite except for one thing I hate about it. It's a touch screen and there are no physical buttons. So you have to hold it by the slim little bezel and if your finger strays the least little bit over the line, it turns the page. And if you wind up on some random page it can be ...
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 11:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 85895

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

Great news for the " well if the state has to murder people... " crowd Frustrated by the lack of drugs available to carry out lethal injections in their state, South Carolina lawmakers are on the cusp of a controversial solution: forcing death row inmates to face the electric chair or firing squad w...
by Hugh Akston
07 May 2021, 11:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1752
Views: 137121

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Just so we're all on the same page, neither of you is using the word 'normal' to refer to the way things were prior to March 2020, right? Because currently I am required by state order to wear a face mask when I go to Target, which was not the case 14 months ago or any time before that. And we're g...
by Hugh Akston
06 May 2021, 23:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1752
Views: 137121

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Just so we're all on the same page, neither of you is using the word 'normal' to refer to the way things were prior to March 2020, right? Because currently I am required by state order to wear a face mask when I go to Target, which was not the case 14 months ago or any time before that. And we're go...
by Hugh Akston
06 May 2021, 16:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Infrastructure
Replies: 725
Views: 53882

Re: Infrastructure

There's no way that new rail lines go directly to "the city center" in places like NY or LA. Plus, what would that even mean? I don't know that much about LA (I've only been there twice, both more than 30 years ago), but it sure looks to me like LAX is 'in the city'. Where's the center of the megap...
by Hugh Akston
06 May 2021, 16:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1752
Views: 137121

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The neverending lockdown of the American progressive Some conservatives refused to wear masks or stay home, because of skepticism about the severity of the disease or a refusal to give up their freedoms. But this is a different story, about progressives who stressed the scientific evidence, and the...
by Hugh Akston
06 May 2021, 16:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Infrastructure
Replies: 725
Views: 53882

Re: Infrastructure

There's no way that new rail lines go directly to "the city center" in places like NY or LA. Plus, what would that even mean? I don't know that much about LA (I've only been there twice, both more than 30 years ago), but it sure looks to me like LAX is 'in the city'. Where's the center of the megap...
by Hugh Akston
06 May 2021, 10:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 607
Views: 99295

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

I was dating a tall, beautiful woman with short blonde hair and implants. We were staying with at her family's house in what was ostensibly LA, but felt more like back east. We had planned to start looking for a home of our own and I initiated lovemaking by telling her she would make an excellent St...