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  1. 11 points
    Cats always look at you like you just asked them for a ride to the airport.
  2. 10 points
    Who the hell is Caitlyn Jenner? She looks like a man with a wig on!
  3. 10 points
  4. 9 points
    You have to be kidding me! There's a city in Florida named Frostproof!
  5. Sir Wearer of Hats

    the ark of the convendent

    Is that the monstrosity that Ken Hamm inflicted upon the world? If so, I apologise for him as an Australian.
  6. 8 points
  7. 8 points
    Since men don't live as long as women shouldn't their retirement age reflect that and give them earlier retirement than women? Also shouldn't their wages be accordingly higher in order to make the same amount over a lifetime of work as their female counterparts?
  8. 8 points
    The playlist has turned back to retro... [00.03:17] ~
  9. Ozymandias

    The Council of Europe

    The Council of Europe (French: Conseil de l'Europe) is an international organisation founded in the wake of World War II to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Founded on 5 may 1949, it has 47 member states, with a population of approximately 820 million, and operates with an annual budget of approximately 500 million euros. Its headquarters id based in Strasbourg. Today, 5 May, is the 72nd anniversary of its foundation with the signing of the Treaty of London. The treaty was signed in London on that day by ten states: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, The Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, but it does have the power to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics. The best known body of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights. Symbol: the European Flag with 12 golden stars arranged in a circle on a blue background. Its musical anthem since 1972, the "European Anthem", is based on the "Ode to Joy" theme from Ludwig van Beethoven's ninth symphony. Anthem of Europe (Latin/English) - Bing video Article 1(a) of the Statute of the Council of Europe states that: "The aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage and facilitating their economic and social progress." Membership is open to all European states who seek harmony, cooperation, good governance and human rights, accepting the principle of the rule of law and are able and willing to guarantee democracy, fundamental human rights and freedoms. Council of Europe - Wikipedia
  10. 7 points
    Cashiers are always checking me out.
  11. jethrofloyd

    Tina caught a great torso orb

    I have nothing to say before Papameter show a percentage of probability.
  12. 6 points
    When a hero stumbles cowards rejoice.
  13. 6 points
    That's one way to fend off robbers. video
  14. Actually @acute filched it and buried it in Mellor Hall's basement under the servants' loo.
  15. 6 points
    Today was an interesting day, I have been driving here in South Korea since 2014 without any problems. Well today me and the wife were stopped at light and some guy hit us in the back end doing 15 to 20 km per hour. To top it off the guy did not have insurance, so I called my insurance company and they immediately called the police who then arrested the guy. Well at least there is a bright side to the story, I was driving my 2014 Hyundai Tusan and not my 2021 Genesis G-80, if .I had been driving my new car I would be in jail along with the guy because I would have put my boot up his butt! But, at least we are have full coverage on both Vehicles, including uninsured motorist coverage. So in the morning I am going to need to go to the hospital, I have already had to back surgeries, and this has put me in some serious pain tonight, I doubt I will get any sleep.
  16. ouija ouija

    the ark of the convendent

    Hi, jadamz Welcome to UM. It's good that you've got a sense of humour as there will be times when you will really need it! Have fun!
  17. 6 points
    People are strange...
  18. cormac mac airt

    The Paracas, Who Were They?

    No qualified geneticist HAS EVER come forward in a profession capacity or paper to substantiate any ET/non-human DNA claim. In fact IIRC the claim was first made ON FACEBOOK of all places. By that note perhaps everyone should believe everything written on April Fools day as well, it bears the same credibility. cormac
  19. I agree with lightly Helen, you do have a wonderful sense of humor and I enjoy all your posts. What is really amazing is the fact that English is your second language and you are more articulate and well spoken than many people here whose first and only language is English. I wish you would post more often, like I have said many times your comments are right on target and Putins Puddles just don't know how to respond to your remarks!! Gods Speed and take good care my Sister.
  20. zep73

    Ceiling Fan Came On By Itself

    Sounds like a broken switch. I'd definitely call an electrician.
  21. Gosh - thanks for that. It looks exactly like the one me and my three sons built last weekend. You know - just in case. Except ours is painted fluorescent orange, so we won't get it mixed up with all the neighbours' Arks. Just been checking out their website. I'm not going to say they're totally cuckoo, but... damn. "Did you know there are over 200 myths from all over the world about a major Flood? If a worldwide Flood never happened, then why are there so many stories about it?" Err - the clue's in the word 'myths'. "Creationists love science!" "Meet Ebenezer, our stunning full-size Allosaurus. He’s a testament to the reality of the global Flood of Noah’s day and the truth of God’s Word." "We can see that dinosaurs still existed during the time of Noah’s Flood because we find dinosaur fossils today that were formed when conditions were right during the global Flood." "Creationists love science!" (That one's worth repeating.) "We even find huge numbers of fossils of sea creatures in the layers, including on what are now the tops of mountains all over the world as further indication of a global catastrophe when the ocean waters totally flooded over the continents." They've even got a section named "Education"!
  22. If you like Country and Western music and you are familiar with what a steel pedal guitar sounds like then you know how beautiful it can be. Slim Whitman Medley is very nice. After this first video I think it will go on to other C/W videos with steel guitars. If it doesn't go on to other videos like this you can Google C/W music on steel pedal. Another artist I like who plays very nice steel pedal is Dennis Elder.
  23. Really it comes down to, because history shows that if you start letting government dictate what you will do and not do, you start losing other individual freedoms as well. Guns bans are just a start, not the be all to end all, because after that bad actors can get in government control and start passing other laws that tell you what you can say or think. Hate speech laws are one example, other countries have those, we don't, yet. Next they can start telling you what to eat and drink by placing bans on those things. Honestly we really need to get away from the "because we have guns we can defend ourselves against tyrants" argument, because it's not so much about that. It's about letting the government have an inch and taking a mile with us, piece by piece, little by little. Erosion of our other freedoms one by one. But by standing up and saying "No, you won't start with the guns." the line is drawn here. The problem with your arguments about why we are not allowed flame throwers, grenades, missile launchers, is the main fact that we don't really need those heavy grade weapons to stop intruders either. Or defend ourselves against wildlife while out in the woods. I'm not going to want to fire off a missile launcher in my own home to stop a crack-head from breaking into my home. That defeats the purpose of saving my ass and keeping my house intact. Same with a flamethrower. It's really more about common sense than "you shouldn't have those high grade weapons" in order to defend yourself in your own home.
  24. Noteverythingisaconspiracy

    The Council of Europe

    So Boris Johnson, who advocated strongly for Brexit, is trying to put the UK back in the EU and, despite being consevative, he is also a the leader of a communist government. Do you even think about what you write or are you to just to well informed dim to see how stupid it sounds ?
  25. Aaronsmom

    George Floyds case and trial

    I think you and I will have to agree to disagree, aztec. Personally, I don’t buy the argument that the jury convicted Chauvin due solely to political or social pressure. The jury arrived at the correct verdict. Derek Chauvin used prohibited restraint methods to pin Floyd face-down on the street and kept Floyd restrained like that for a ridiculous amount of time, even long after Floyd became unresponsive (which should’ve alerted police to a serious medical problem). The evidence make the facts inarguably, as the whole 9 1/2 minutes was documented on several different sources of video. The videos, plus eyewitness accounts and expert testimony made it clear that it was a case of murder. Nothing less. Chauvin did the crime so now he must do the time!
  26. A newly discovered miniature trap jaw ant from the evergreen tropical forests of Ecuador bears the curious Latin name Strumigenys ayersthey, among hundreds, which are also named in honor of people, but end with -ae (after females) and -i (after males). This makes the newly described ant perhaps the only species in the world to have a scientific name with the suffix -they, thus celebrating gender diversity. https://phys.org/news/2021-05-ant-species-recognition-gender-diversity.html
  27. OverSword

    How does America's gun violence cycle end?

    I don't own a gun. So now what? edit to add: I typed that just to get a rise out of you So easy. The way I actually feel is that if you guys are fine with your firearm laws then so am I.
  28. 5 points
    You're twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark, according to the New England Aquarium.
  29. Thanos5150

    The Origin of the Sumerians

    En Esur: Ancient Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel c. 3000-5000BC More. En Esur: . More images. Just throwing this in here to give a greater sense of the fact there was a lot more going on in the ancient world around this time than people realize with the promise of much yet still to be discovered.
  30. 5 points
  31. Link Warning: Teodoro Locsin Jr. used some strong language
  32. Absolutely Brilliant News, The Royal Yacht Britannia more than paid for itself over the years. it would go around the world conducting, trade missions, host business dinners and entertain foreign dignitaries. It gives a safe and secure envrionment for those events. - it costs millions when foreign dignitaries visit in policing, security etc... tens of millions if its an occasion such as G7. G20, with many world leaders meeting. and the added bonus if gives her Maj' a chance to go on holiday away from the press. and gives Her maj' a residence when visiting her realms.including the commonwealth. HMY Britannia. spent 40 years in service. She conducted 968 official visits and clocked up more than a million miles at sea. In the years 1991 and 1995 alone she is estimated to have brought £3 billion of commercial trade deals to our country. In 1993, on one trip to India alone, £1.3 billion of trade deals were signed. those deals would have been signed in any event, but the presence of Britannia sped up the negotiations from years to days. To put that into the context of the renewal and running of a royal yacht, the deal signed on that one trip would have paid for a royal yacht in its entirety and its annual running costs for 100 years. https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-10-11/debates/A35B4CBD-3DFE-4BB7-B9C4-BB9E99422890/RoyalYachtBritanniaInternationalTrade The same follows with the proposed HMY Prince Philip. £200m. bargain will more than pay for itself, just like HMY Britannia. imagine getting an invite, Her Majesty would like to invite you aboard Her Majesty's Royal Yacht. for nibbles and a chat. concluding talks and business on sea days.
  33. The Oneida Casino is connected to a Radisson Hotel, both of which are owned by the Oneida Nation. All has been secured now. No real word about the number of victims in this article. The shooter is in custody. This is in the Green Bay area and started about 1-2 hours ago. https://kstp.com/news/green-bay-wisconsin-casino-shooting/6093099/ It seems this was under control pretty quick, thank goodness. https://www.wbay.com/2021/05/02/heavy-law-enforcement-presence-at-oneida-casino/
  34. 5 points
    My Single Status Update Still Single.
  35. The following story and photographs were sent to the site via e-mail. Check them out and see what you think of them, especially the photographs - have you seen them before anywhere ?
  36. A Japanese firm is developing a portable container that enables you to take your pet fish for a walk... yes, really. https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/346625/weird-device-lets-you-take-your-fish-for-a-walk
  37. Not again, I think it was not long ago that the "fungus" on Mars were posted here on UM the last time, and as some people pointed out then, there are scientific explanations for the shapes that have nothing to do with fungus.
  38. I've got two of those, so if you give me your address and five million quid I'll send you one. Anywhere with access to the sea and lax rules about importing dangerous animals.
  39. Ozymandias

    The Road to Brexit

    Your 'enhanced partnership' deal is not a trade deal, as I understand it. The real trade deal between India and the UK has yet to be finalized and signed. Maybe I'm wrong about this. I thought the main difficulties between India and the UK lay with immigration. There are many illegal Indians in the UK and India wants even more of their citizens allowed access to the UK and be given rights to work there. How will this play out with the UK wanting to take back control of its borders and immigration. Seems to me that UK problems with immigration have less to do with the EU and more to do with people from outside the EU wanting to get into Britain. And, of course, there is the issue that trading with a country on the other side of the planet is no compensation for easier traded with your near neighbours in Europe.
  40. psyche101

    How does America's gun violence cycle end?

    Because the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a swimming pool is a good guy with a swimming pool. Godamn that's a dumb comparison.
  41. psyche101

    How does America's gun violence cycle end?

    That's the sort of provocative ahole comment that makes you lot look like a bunch of idiot self righteous pricks. You're not doing yourself any favours with that tremendous ego. When you say stuff like that I think of you as a weakling that would crumble to the ground and cry if you didn't have a gun to offer and unfair advantage. That's all gun culture is. Giving coward's courage.
  42. spartan max2

    Police shoot and kill 16 year old girl

    1) That's making a bunch of assumptions that we don't have information for. We don't know how long the original call was, if the caller got off the phone first, and what the police knew before hand. 2) I don't see any more before hand information stopping an officer from shooting an immediate stabbing when he gets on scene. What information would that be?
  43. The idea of making it free is so that everyone would get it without the constraint of having to worry about affording it. The costs of not controlling this pandemic far outweigh the costs of the vaccines themselves.
  44. itsnotoutthere

    The Road to Brexit

    Carefull, your mask is slipping.
  45. itsnotoutthere

    The Road to Brexit

    EU 'trying to bully' Finland into passing £650bn recovery fund and handing bloc tax powers BRUSSELS is attempting to bully Finland into ratifying the EU's coronavirus recovery fund into domestic legislation, an analyst has claimed. Helsinki’s five-party coalition appears to have the necessary support to pass the £650billion bailout. But the European Union has taken tough-talking action in a bid to force the government to back the legislation. Finland’s Constitutional Law Committee last week ruled that a simple majority would not be sufficient to pass plans that hand the EU Commission unprecedented borrowing and taxation powers. https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1431544/EU-news-Finland-coronavirus-recovery-fund-vote-EU-countries-latest
  46. 4 points
    If you dont want my apples and oranges why should i give you my peaches and plums?
  47. Not A Rockstar

    Police shoot and kill 16 year old girl

    Hey Papa. IDK if anyone answers you later on this, am just scanning through the thread now. Speaking as a retired cop, perhaps I can answer a bit of your wondering. 1. IDK he even carried a taser. (I never did, never wanted to). 2. That knife was up and inbound and the target was pinned against the vehicle. The stab was 2 seconds away if that long. This required a gunshot to halt and I am impressed he did it and hit nobody else despite the adrenalin rush and confusion of the scene at the moment for him. (they demanded we qualified at over 90% annually on my old dept because they said with the adrenalin rush you are gonna lose 90% accuracy on scene if it breaks as bad as it can). 3. Even if he did have a taser, the ones we had in our department took a few seconds to power up and you HAD TO yell "taser" a few times and more bs before you could shoot it and if it doesn't connect solid the first hit it fails and you have to get the dart and ... nah, I never wanted to carry one and in this case the girl being attacked would be stabbed a few times and dead probably. So, taser is irrelevant in this scenario, IMO. Other comments i have seen on youtube and elsewhere about how he should have have just yelled at her or ordered her to drop it or similar are simply empty for the same reason - lethal force was a second away from the girl being attacked. Only a bullet was gonna be fast enough. Further remarks about how he should have aimed at her hand, etc., is .... that's the difference between reality and Hollywood movies. Cops are just humans doing a sometimes hard job. He got her center of mass as we are trained thousands of times to do on courses annually over a career and in a moment like that it is 100% training and automatic and very little about aiming and thinking the "long division" way. Hope this helps you understand the cop's point of view a bit easier, even if you do not agree with it.
  48. How does America's gun violence cycle end? When the pandemic started...the cops stayed off the streets ...wasn't a lot of traffic to enforce anyway...but those who noticed the lack of enforcement took to driving any speed they damn well pleased and many still have that attitude. What that goes to show is that Laws not enforced are not really seen as 'laws' merely suggestions. We need better Gun Crime legislation. It would go something like this: 1. Make all Gun Crimes a Federal Offense. Make any murder with a gun an Automatic Death Sentence by Firing Squad. 2. Make any crime committed with a gun an Automatic Sentence of Life in Prison without the possibility of parole. That should do it.
  49. Manwon Lender

    A Case Against A Wuhan Lab

    I understand your point and on the surface it makes sense however it is actually a flawed concept for the following reasons. 1) Where did Bats get the Coronavirus: It appears that bats are the reservoir hosts of this coronavirus, it probably co-evolved with them over millions of years of their evolutionary history. Recent research has found that coronaviruses and bats had been coexisting for at least 10,000 years, probably for hundreds of thousands of years, and possibly millions of years. Fish are at the sort of base of the vertebrate evolutionary tree, they evolved about 500 million years ago and all vertebrates have come from that lineage. So fish virus's tend to be the ancestors of all Virus's today that infect all other vertebratates, such as birds, mammals, and reptiles. To make this clear fish have even been found to carry the genetic relatives of both HIV and Ebola viruses. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-09/how-did-coronavirus-start-where-did-bats-get-covid-19-from/12132312 2) Why wouldn't a Virology Lab not have bat related virus that was know to previously evolve (perhaps from another animal) into SARS and MARS: Since it has been determined that Bats are the actual reservoir host where all Coronavirus actually evolved there would not be any need to have mutated forms of the Virus from other animals. Especially because it is still unknown which animal was infected that allowed the Virus to break the animal / human boundary. To get to humans it would have to cross a metaphorical valley, to genetically adapt to be transmissible between humans. SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19 is 96 per cent similar genetically to a bat coronavirus. And both SARS-CoV-1, the virus which caused the SARS outbreak in 2003, and MERS‐CoV, the virus that causes MERS, are found in bats. Both these viruses jumped to humans via an intermediate, in the case of SARS via civet cats, and with MERS a couple of times via camels. We don't know pangolins are the intermediate [between bats and humans], but it's clear they obviously have a similar virus, so pangolins could be the break through animal for COVID19. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-09/how-did-coronavirus-start-where-did-bats-get-covid-19-from/12132312 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200506133614.htm 3) Virology research labs won't use natural occurring viruses as a starting point: This statement is completely inaccurate, when ever a Novel Virus appears upon the scene, the first thing scientists do is try to find the viral reservoir. This is because the pure unmutated strain of the Virus is most important in developing Vaccines. The only reason it's important to find the intermediate animal that the Virus jump to humans from is because that same animal could allow future viruses to also jump to humans. However that animal is not important in finding a cure, only the main reservoir ( Bats ) is needed for that. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-09/how-did-coronavirus-start-where-did-bats-get-covid-19-from/12132312 4) The idea the virus came from a bat in no way excludes it escaping (after being modified) from a government lab: The genetic makeup or “genome” of SARS-CoV-2 has been sequenced and publicly shared thousands of times by scientists all over the world. If the virus had been genetically engineered in a lab there would be signs of manipulation in the genome data. This would include evidence of an existing viral sequence as the backbone for the new virus, and obvious, targeted inserted (or deleted) genetic elements. But no such evidence exists. It is very unlikely that any techniques used to genetically engineer the virus would not leave a genetic signature, like specific identifiable pieces of DNA code. The genome of SARS-CoV-2 is similar to that of other bat coronaviruses, as well as those of pangolins, all of which have a similar overall genomic architecture. Differences between the genomes of these coronaviruses show natural patterns typical of coronavirus evolution. This suggests that SARS-CoV-2 evolved from a previous wild coronavirus. So at the end of the day when everything is looked from the science involved to makes a decision. It's very obvious that Covid19 was a naturally occurring Virus that was either transmitted to humans directly from the Horseshoe Bat or by an intermediate animal at this time that has not been positively identified. While the WHO says there is a very very unlikely chance the Virus cane from a Lab. This is because of the politics involved, some very influential people were sucked in by the Conspiracy Theories that have circulated from the beginning of this Pandemic and that were further blown out of proportion by our last President. An organization like the WHO must be politically correct when they make a statement. So even thought they know this Virus did not escape from a Lab the Director of The Who said there was a very very unlikely chance it did to placate those who believe the Conspiracy Theories, while they actually continue their research in the areas where the real answers can be found. Take Care, and just a foot note. I don't care if you believe me or not, no one else on this forum has proven me wrong to date on this subject. If you choose to follow your convictions, fine with me. But, if you do at least do some additional research so that you are certain that you are right. If you need any research materials on this subject let's me know, I have around 100 pages on this subject I would be glad to share with anyone who is interested. Peace to all