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  2. "Yellow-Vest" protests reach Tel Aviv

    .. and to smash the Capitalist System and usher forth a Communist Utopia.
  3. The grand old Duke of York He had 10,000 zombies He marched them up to the top of the hill, Then they all walked down again. And when they where up, they where up And when they where down they where down. And when they where only halfway up, Their heads suddenly fell off !
  4. It’s ranked as one of the least festive Christmas cards ever sent: pipe-smoking men in suits milling around on the immaculately mowed lawn of an English country house. But the recipients were some of the most secretive people in the country, and only they understood the true message of the card. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/15/top-secret-christmas-card-sent-to-bletchley-park-codebreakers-rediscovered
  5. Vlad the Mighty

    You know how Google assiduously collects the data on what we've searched for and stuff and sells it to advertisers and the Government? I'd love to know what it makes of mine. I've just found my last few searches:

    Thank u, next (Song by Ariane Grande);

    i said donkeys (:huh:)

    Czech railways

    H. Samuel

    Ents

    Elvish  

     

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      Ents?

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      Vlad the Mighty

      :rolleyes: Ents are a race of beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth who closely resemble trees. They are similar to the talking trees in folklore around the world. Their name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for giant.

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      Their name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for giant.

      O I C.  Probably short for 'enlargements'. B)

  6. God and science

    We may be talking across each other. Yes, Yes, even in many parts of Asia and India today, monks and holy men are treated with charity and benevolence, but I think that has more to do with the culture and the belief that holy men have the ear of god. There are even anecdotal tales of raging battles coming to a halt to allow monks and druids (Celtic holy men) to cross the field of battle. In ancient Ireland, it was considered unwise to deny a Druid food and shelter. I cannot remember if it was demanded by Brehon Law. And, by extension, 1st century priests would be honored the same way, since you don't want to p*** off god. But, if you are the average believer, with a family and obligations, all your (general usage pronoun, not you Dan personally) personal spiritual beliefs won't materialize a pot roast on the sideboard to feed your you and your family. The actions of other believers may provide food & shelter because they feel it is their obligation to do charitable acts unless Dan, you are suggested that an individuals piety somehow cause others to be charitable. And if that were the case, then only religious/spiritual people would ever receive aid.
  7. The American Mafia Today

    AN AFFAIR, THE MOB AND A MURDER. Margaret “Muffie” Yeatman was a 46-year-old Defense Department employee who had been fatally shot in 1986. Now her best friend, a retired D.C. police officer named Linda Tague, was on the phone explaining what happened next. As we spoke, I searched online for my Washington Post article, which I’d written when I was 25. The headline on the nine-paragraph, July 15, 1986, dispatch: “Slain Woman’s Friend Probed.” “The Alexandria boyfriend of Margaret F. Yeatman, the Annandale woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car June 29, is being investigated in the death, according to a police affidavit. . . . Arthur L. Cunn, who allegedly had been having an affair with Yeatman since 1980, led a ‘double life.’ ” Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/an-affair-the-mob-a-murder/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.28093e0a4fea
  8. "The Israeli government must discuss this crisis at its next meeting on Sunday, and decide to put an end to the price increases before all the country burns," said protest leader Shai Cohen. Ten people were arrested as hundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of central Tel Aviv on Friday morning in protest at the rising cost of living. Inspired by recent protests across France and other major European cities, organizers urged the public to turn up in their masses to oppose increases in the price of electricity, water and foodstuffs, as well as to dismantle the power of monopolies. Full report: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Police-arrest-10-as-Yellow-Vest-protests-reach-Tel-Aviv-574385 "The Israeli government has declared war on the chance of the middle class and weaker layers of society to keep their heads above water," Shmuli said. Folks tired of waiting (and paying) while the fattest are fed first or simply fed-up hooligans wanting mischief?
  9. Who is Dracula REALLY ?

    wow, thanks for the taking the time to write this up for little old me ! I really appreciate the gesture. I've looked up ObsoleteOddities, it seems to be more based on stories or facts and I haven't come across any analysis but perhaps it's there in his older stuff. I didn't realize this website was more about reading, although I wasn't hoping to get tons of views or anything. YT is a patient man's game, if I can at least get a few people interested and spark a bit of conversation and get some feedback, I'm happy.
  10. A motorist has survived by breathing through a pocket of air for five hours after crashing his car into an icy river. Emergency services were called at around 5:20am on Wednesday after a red Ford Fusion was spotted upside down in the Klamath River in Siskiyou County, California. Highway patrol officers said the vehicle's four-way emergency flashers were on. They didn't realise Michael Finn, 28, was alive inside the vehicle until it was pulled out of the river with the help of a tow truck. https://news.sky.com/story/man-found-alive-in-car-five-hours-after-crashing-into-river-11580127
  11. Hmm.... I'm really not convinced. A radiation blast of that magnitude would have had a devastating effect on land mammals... and possibly even plants. There would have been many other signs of such a catastrophe. But - so far as I am aware - no such signs have been detected ?
  12. acute

    I'm really looking forward to the Trump Shutdown! I just hope he doesn't find a way to reboot like the Maybot did.

  13. Things that make you go grrrr ( Part 2 )

    GRR! at 'superstars' who think they can cancel their tour dates and substitute them with 8 TV ads!
  14. The Pliocene-Pleistocene Boundary By Richard Foster Flint Doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/SPE84-p497 Published: January 01, 1965 Maybe the amount of heat produced by either the Sun or Earth was affected by an effect of a star going supernova. Or maybe not. In my opinion, though, the extinction event was a direct consequence of cold, not of a higher incidence of cancer - which latter I consider to be a ridiculous idea.
  15. {un}holy haiku - 3rd Edition

    your own inner moon overwhelms sometimes with its emotional tide
  16. Combatants agree to truce in Hodeida, Yemen

    Hmm.. dunno about "hypocrisy", more like Realpolitik ? Saudi is a major power within the gulf, and gets US support for all sorts of reasons. (not least because they spend BILLIONS on weapons). Yemen, on the other hand, is - for the most part - a p***ant little country with no huge strategic significance. The Houthis are a nasty piece of work, and it was THEY that attacked Saudi Arabia. It's sad that civilians are being killed and starved, but heck, that's a local issue for the Arabs to sort out. There have been WAY more people killed in the Mexican Drug War (by an order of magnitude), or the Boko Harem insurrection, or the South Sudan/Ethiopia civil war, than have been killed in the Yemini civil war. You don't hear crocodile tears about THEM, do you ?
  17. Answer a Question With A Question (Part 4)

    Is it possible he 'mis-spoke'? (Love that word ... only from America! )
  18. Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony in India, a health official said. Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in Mysore, a city in the southern state of Karnataka. “Eleven people have died so far and 93 others are hospitalised,” said KH Prasad, the health officer for Chamraj Nagar district where the temple is located. “It is likely that some toxic substance got mixed with the rice. The samples have been sent for forensic testing,” Prasad said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/15/india-eleven-die-after-eating-toxic-rice-at-temple
  19. Syria's war: Who controls what?

    Are you SURE about that BRD ? I thought that the US ground forces - about 300 special forces, plus about 400 marine artillerymen from the MEU - where based around Raqqa ?
  20. Opening gambits in EU / UK exit negotiations;

    And you accepted that. Is this the same eu that accepted the WA. So they've accepted the WA without knowing. C'mon. No one is falling for that mantra. The UK missed a trick with the WA, the UK govt should have put it to parliament to vote on first and if like is expected voted it down we'd have then taken it back to the eu. But the eu quickly accepted it. Now the eu is relying upon the uk parliament to pursue a second referendum or general election. As is the eu style. It should be clear give parliament a vote on the WA. And if its voted down. There is no going back to the eu so leave we must even the remainers must see this. The irony is the remainers wanted a good deal but their actions have led to a bad deal. I mean the eu was never going to offer a good deal when the remainers where saying they wouldnt leave without a deal nor briefing against their own country.
  21. Things that make you go grrrr ( Part 2 )

    Make that 8!
  22. God and science

    There is some irony that our OP makes his material way in the world as a baker and retreat manager (if I understand his posts over the years). These are productive activities which earn his community the resources they consume, based on voluntary exchange with the surrounding ecoomy. Putting aisde that there may be some spiritual benefit in being a producer (or, in other monastic orders, a mendicant, or whatever), the situation of the monk or nun is not necessarily exploitative of the surrounding non-religious. Even thinking historically and personally, I feel the heaviness of my debt to those monks of the past (many of them Irish) who preserved so much of what survives of the ancient literature. That was a prodcutive thing for them to do. I tread lightly here.
  23. Zombies walk in circles, but not necessarily downhill. Watch any Zombie film and you will see the same made-up extras over 'n' over again.
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  25. Combatants agree to truce in Hodeida, Yemen

    Agree with everything you wrote and I'm not surprised about Rand Paul who undoubtedly follows in the footsteps of his father. Unfortunately the political ranks are infested with double faced hypocrites and it's not only an American phenomena.
  26. Who or what was christ?

    Sure... During all those the Church was stable and trusted itself. The Inquisition was not all of Christianity. It wasn't even aimed at Christians. Forced conversion. Again, not aimed at Christians. Crusades... Not aimed at Christians. Turn a blind eye? You're raising a different point here now. Or, perhaps a strawman? Sure those were horrible things that happened, but none of that messed with the teachings of Christ, or how scholars viewed Christianity. Those mainly were Politically motivated and enacted through the Church, since it was the largest truncheon that the top level rulers of the day could swing around. Of the three, how many died in the Inquisition? How many were purposefully killed for being pagan? How many were killed in the Crusades? Truth is, not as many as Christian haters like to try to make it out to be online. And I don't mean to call you a Christian hater, but often it is their websites that are linked/quoted by well meaning people. Not that I'm saying you are posting links to hater sites.... Sigh.... Point being Christians have done some bad things, but that doesn't mean Christianity is represented by them.
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