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  2. The curious case of Benjamin Buttom. YOUNG SOCRATES: What is it? STRANGER: The life of all animals first came to a standstill, and the mortal nature ceased to be or look older, and was then reversed and grew young and delicate; the white locks of the aged darkened again, and the cheeks the bearded man became smooth, and recovered their former bloom; the bodies of youths in their prime grew softer and smaller, continually by day and night returning and becoming assimilated to the nature of a newly-born child in mind as well as body; in the succeeding stage they wasted away and wholly disappeared. And the bodies of those who died by violence at that time quickly passed through the like changes, and in a few days were no more seen. From Plato's Statesman.
  3. Place your (pretend) bets..

    Point 1 = you managed to somehow quote/reply to yourself. It was me who said that.... Point 2 = I think it's fair to suggest someone who has changed their name 13 times on this forum (that's you) might have a reason for doing so.. usually it's to escape embarrassment over an ill-considered post or three.. And previously... Who said it was just because he's horrible? In fact, it seems very obvious to me that he will be ousted because of CRIMEs. Sure, those crimes are in large part due to that horrible-ness, but your argument is a non-starter. Anyways, I'm a very, very patient person. I'll pop back in a few months once all the documentation starts to flow... Largely because all the power-seeking guys have to do is one or more of the following: - lay low and keep the prepolls down so the other side doesn't feel the need to vote - scare off the other side from turning up - set up and use social media to fool the gullible (and ask, or just allow, other countries to help.. cough) - etc All of the above were in operation in the last election (even though most are more often associated with countries with highly corrupt or dictatorial societies) - I believe they will be rather less effective this time around, even if he lasts to be a candidate. Compulsory voting pretty much fixes all of those things... and yes, I choose to believe there are more non-gullible people than gullible. Yes, we do. But first a bit of basic reason for you to consider (I know it's not your thang, but try...) A relatively simple and almost bullet-proof electoral roll exists in Oz - you turn up, give your name and address and they cross you off - no ID required, and there is a cross-checking process after every election for duplicates/errors. It is currently about 95% accurate. Second, the fines for not voting are not exactly high, so it's no big deal if you really don't wanna. Third, we know, therefore, how many actual functioning votes are forthcoming, and we have very high turnout - there is no movement I'm aware of towards non-compulsory voting here. If there was, watching what has happened to the USA would have obliterated it.. But to answer the question, if you really wish to do the ****** thing, you can simply draw a donkey (or whatever turns you on) on your vote paper, or not even put a single mark on it. That is called the 'donkey' vote, and those blank or illustrated ballot papers represent the conscientious objectors. Last election the percentage of donkey / invalid votes was, wait for it.......... about 5%. Do the maths. To me, those numbers suggest something about the fact that most Ozzies aren't as dumb as they look, and are engaged pretty well with the system. Sure, there is increasing distrust of gov't corruption, unfairness of the rich-v-poor gap etc. But would we vote in a Trump, in (giggle) an attempt (chortle) to 'fix' (chuckle) those things? You've got to be kidding... Indeed we've just had a federal election - ask Clive Palmer how it worked for him - he's the nearest thing we have to a Trump, as a businessman who happily uses bankruptcies to escape liability for mismanaged ventures where he scoops off the money and runs - sound familiar? So how did he and his 'United Australia Party' go? He got a miserable 3% of the vote, and won not a single seat despite a *huge* "Make Australia Great" advertising campaign that scarily echoed Trump's approach. He and it failed dismally. The Greens party, and yes, that's exactly what you would think it is, got 10% of the vote and a seat in parliament (that's our 'Congress'). Sometimes, it's hard to be humble......
  4. I don't believe you

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha good one!!!! ”It was 99 cents” “I am gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket”
  5. I don't believe you

    No no, this song is dedicated to a dear dear dear Professor friend of mine. Who truly is “To Sirr With Love.”
  6. Abortion exceptions

    Should women have the right to abort their babies up and until said baby turns into an adult at age 18? Why not...they haven't really accomplished anything at age 2 or 3...or even 4 or 10. In fact children don't really make any worthwhile accomplishments to civilization. Shouldn't we just post-birth abort all the one's who are up for adoption for over a year? When your kid is 5 you don't really know if it is going to turn out to be a good person or a bad person. At age 1 you don't really know either. And you don't know at birth. And you don't know half way through the pregnancy. Nor do you know at 6 weeks. What do you think a 13 year old would say upon being told it was about to be aborted? Life begins at conception. It doesn't begin anywhere else.
  7. Replace one word in a movie title with Bacon!

    The King's Bacon Riding In Cars With Bacon The Cars That Ate Bacon It's A Wonderful Bacon
  8. Religion versus Fiction

    How does what other people think affect you?
  9. Yes, yes, yes, but please don't feed my doubts, as I'm on an affirmative diet.
  10. Urantia Book Poll

    If they were old mistakes, yes; they were the old mistakes with the science of circa 1935.
  11. Ghosts spotted at Norfolk theatre?

    They may well have been 'decent investigators' and did diligently investigate/consider the possibilities you mentioned. All we got is a glossy news article without details. I tend to give people's intelligence a fairer shake than most around here. Usually claimants have considered the easy explanations themselves. My suspicion is that they feel they can debunk the possibilities you gave.
  12. I mean if you didn't know there was gonna be a launch I could see this being creepy but just like that Russian failed missile over Norway created this wormhole entry to another dimension freaked people out lol
  13. haiku time

    breathing doesn't mean we are alive, dare to dream grab life with both hands
  14. Abortion exceptions

    America as a whole considers the fates of these children as trivial. A good number of the children in the system never get adopted. My agenda is the fact that I think the whole abortion issue is just a political divider issue and that no one- Pro-Life or Pro-Choice truly cares about the children as much as they do about the abortion issue or there would be more publicly known data about the adoption rates and number of children waiting for it. No one is adopting all the children we have now, no one will adopt the million extra either.
  15. You have a nose for these things! However, we must close our eyes to color on these matters.
  16. You have cut me to pieces plenty, or more specifically, my nothings, as you say.
  17. Joe Biden announces 2020 run for president

    You do realize that is Joe Biden wins, Bernie supporters will vote for Trump again. If Bernie wins, then there might be a chance of winning against Trump. As it looks like now, it is going to be the former instead of the latter situation for Democrats. They are going to lose this election handily so.
  18. Urantia Book Poll

    So its not coordinating science with religion, its coordinating some old mistakes with religion. That's basically what you are saying. How is that not illustrating that its nonsense?
  19. haiku time

    bury hate, deep down where it won't make a sound, die a little inside
  20. Today
  21. I don't believe you

  22. Glass REFLECTs too, Mr Johnson... They may not be shadows. Those figures, if real (it would be easy to edit such shapes in..), could simply be reflections of some people just out of shot to the left, in the same room containing the camera. If we believe the time stamp, it's ~10:40 pm, and given the lights are on (Why? just for the camera?), one might simply assume there could be people about from an event/film screening, or after it, tidying up.. If 'Ghost Hunters in Great Yarmouth' (who will hopefully google this and join up...) were decent investigators, we would surely have a lot more information about what was going on in that room on that evening, and also some comparison imagery showing what happens when people are moving about as described above, under identical lighting conditions... I'll be delighted (and surprised) if they do actually follow up, and use proper techniques to eliminate the mundane. If they need help to do that, I'm available as a consultant at no cost - I gave a preliminary hint above as to what needed to be done...
  23. I don't believe you

    Just have the occasional look, it is like the Bold and the Beautiful, you can miss a few episodes without losing the drift of the story.
  24. I don't believe you

    To Sir, With Love!
  25. OP, welcome to UM... When you post YT videos, it's considered polite to first declare that the channel is or is not yours, and then ... well, the idea is that this is a discussion forum - so tell us which phenomena you found unexplainable, and why.
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