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by crfriend
Wed May 13, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

I'll admit I'm wrong a lot more than I'm right. Such an admission is a rarity of any and group in 2020. I've conceded my share of debates, and I'm left to figure I've got to be the dumbest person on the planet, surrounded by genius all around me... Moon, I'd like to echo the sentiments of Fred and ...
by crfriend
Wed May 13, 2020 6:13 pm
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Topic: Corona Virus
Replies: 455
Views: 6272

Re: Corona Virus

I recently lost a contact lens and had to go into Bath this morning to collect a replacement.  I took the camera with me: [...] Wow! That is a ghost town. In all the shots I counted perhaps 25 individuals. From a pal of mine who lives in Providence, RI, that's about what the place looks like now --...
by crfriend
Wed May 13, 2020 12:45 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

I haven't heard a single good reason why the system can't figure out that as long as I am pounding on letters on the keyboard that I am engaged with the system and should be timed out. Every other time-out feature works that way so it can't be that tough! How about that we start with this simple fa...
by crfriend
Wed May 13, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Changes at the Cafe
Topic: Here we go again...
Replies: 47
Views: 688

Re: Here we go again...

This conversation goes way above my head, I wish you could speak in English... :lol: :lol: :lol: That's a problem with all technical fields -- they all have jargon that's unique to them and which has very specific meaning to the practitioner but very little to anybody else... In any event, I've bee...
by crfriend
Tue May 12, 2020 9:56 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

I am flattered that my post has lead to so many responses and frustrated that so many of you apparently weren't paying attention during your high school history and civics classes. What astonishes me is that it's actually stayed reasonably polite! There is no question that the role of money in our ...
by crfriend
Tue May 12, 2020 3:01 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

without the electoral college the whole dam country would be held hostage by New York and California The presence of the Electoral College is highly divisive -- and thus perfect for deflecting attention away from where the real problem lies, and that's the corrupting influence of money in the elect...
by crfriend
Tue May 12, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: My Weather
Replies: 37
Views: 534

Re: My Weather

Also of note is that "weather" is quite distinct from "climate". Forget that at your peril.

So, it's gonna suck for a few days. That's weather, If it's gonna suck for a decade, that's climate.

You're not alone. I'm in a cold spell as well, and that's not going to lift for close to a week.
by crfriend
Mon May 11, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Changes at the Cafe
Topic: Here we go again...
Replies: 47
Views: 688

Re: Here we go again...

From above, and late, "much cursing". This is going to be a heavier lift than I anticipated as it looks like lots has changed in the style conventions. Even the "wide" version of the "Prosilver" theme isn't working properly and the attempt of simulating the old "subsilver" is just as badly busted. I...
by crfriend
Mon May 11, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

Nor was there an economic motive to Pres. John Kennedy's call to the nation to go to the Moon and safely return. That was almost purely ideological; we wanted to prove the superiority of American science and engineering over the Soviet Union's. But before we got there, we explicitly announced we we...
by crfriend
Mon May 11, 2020 12:35 am
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

I went down to the next level and found some dirty wheeling and dealing in the past. But that almost seems "normal" in the current circumstances. In the rest of the developed world it would be shocking. One cannot compare the modern USA with any of the top-tier states in the EU. That's like compari...
by crfriend
Sun May 10, 2020 9:40 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

I'm afraid the notion of Diebold escapes me, even with a dive in Google. Must be my Dutch background. Diebold is a manufacturer of things like ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) -- and voting machines -- in the United States. In an infamous leaked e-mail from a few years ago there was a blatant indic...
by crfriend
Sun May 10, 2020 9:23 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

beachlion wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 9:20 pm
I'm afraid your auto-corrupt system took over. ;) Sparks are flying anyway.
Unless Diebold was involved and then it might be considered, in a limited sense, "electrical"... :twisted:
by crfriend
Sun May 10, 2020 7:34 pm
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Topic: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything
Replies: 90
Views: 1210

Re: How Did the Country (USA) that Could Do Anything Turn Into One That Can't Do Anything

There are ... 13 Supreme Court "justices" ....That's 4 more than I know about. Yep, I committed a gaffe there. Perhaps it just seems that there are more than there really are... Thanks for the correction! However the concentration of power, the tenure of the seat-holders, and the seeming inability ...
by crfriend
Sun May 10, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who do I want to be during COVID19...
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Who do I want to be during COVID19...

It might cheer you up to hear about some of the things that have been going on over here: Thank you -- very much -- Pelmut. It's good to see things when they actually work. We all live a lot closer together over here, so this sort of neighbourliness is a lot easier, but the current crisis is defini...
by crfriend
Sun May 10, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Changes at the Cafe
Topic: Here we go again...
Replies: 47
Views: 688

Re: Here we go again...

Well, we're just about at the dress-rehearsal stage here in the hinterlands of The Pay State (aka Taxachusetts). I've pulled the entire database, and a full backup of the file-system for The Skirt Cafe into my kitchen and am capable of running it in my lab. As the next step, usually I'd ask Igor (wi...