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Re: OotB: Baby monitor
May 25, 2022, 21:05
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Re: OotB: Baby monitor May 25, 2022, 21:05
May 25, 2022, 21:05
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 25, 2022, 18:27:
jdreyer wrote on May 25, 2022, 18:15:
Blue wrote on May 25, 2022, 09:48:
jdreyer wrote on May 24, 2022, 22:23:
If a crazed gunman, or group of them took out a couple dozen congress people, or the entire supreme court, we might see some actual change to the gun laws. Until then nothing will change. If it couldn't change after Sandy Hook or Orlando or Vegas, it won't change until congress is actually affected.
I think you are underestimating the power of lobbying dollars over cognitive dissonance, because this has already proven to not be the case:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/12/steve-scalise-shooting-gun-rights-interview
I think that is different from what I'm talking about.
1) No one died
2) Only one congressperson was affected
3) Good Guy with a Gun™️ was activated

In my scenario, I don't think there is change unless dozens die. It's just an observation on previous legislation that has moved through congress quickly when they were personally affected.
I was thinking the same. Would we have the Brady bill if James had only been winged instead of permanently disabled or if he'd been a member of congress. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/brady-bill-signed-into-law#

Still waiting for Wayne "blood on his hands" LaPierre's good guy with a gun to make an appearance. It's been 12 years since he vomited that statement and all its done was make for nra fundraising material.

EDIT
It's official. NRA Sets 1,000 Killed In School Shooting As Amount It Would Take For Them To Reconsider Much Of Anything https://www.theonion.com/nra-sets-1-000-killed-in-school-shooting-as-amount-it-w-1819573533

I guess my real concern is that I don't think any amount of casualties is too many to be the proverbial straw for the camel. People have already forgotten about Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas. He killed 59 people and wounded 411 in only 10 minutes. Charles Whitman killed fewer people (and wounded far fewer) in over an hour and a half. When Las Vegas happened and didn't stir anything toward action, I pretty much quit holding my breath. Yeah, it resulted in bump-stocks being banned, but that isn't really fixing much. I don't believe there is any number no matter how high that would budge the hardcore base that has its hold over the GOP. I suspect the most that might ever happen is location-specific (such as restrictions against carrying in state houses) but not any kind of national policy.
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Re: OotB: Baby monitor
May 25, 2022, 17:58
33.
Re: OotB: Baby monitor May 25, 2022, 17:58
May 25, 2022, 17:58
 
Blue wrote on May 25, 2022, 09:48:
jdreyer wrote on May 24, 2022, 22:23:
If a crazed gunman, or group of them took out a couple dozen congress people, or the entire supreme court, we might see some actual change to the gun laws. Until then nothing will change. If it couldn't change after Sandy Hook or Orlando or Vegas, it won't change until congress is actually affected.
I think you are underestimating the power of lobbying dollars over cognitive dissonance, because this has already proven to not be the case:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/12/steve-scalise-shooting-gun-rights-interview

True

Possibly - and I mean only possibly - if Sandy Hook or Uvalde or similar massacres were treated the way Emmett Till's mother did "I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby" - then maybe there might be enough public outcry that might push toward a solution. The problem is that mass shootings are so routine that there's a day of shock and then it dissipates. They show pictures of the victims when they were smiling and happy, and people feel sad. No one is forced to confront the havoc wrought on children's bodies with civilian variants of modern-day military weapons. As horrifying as the idea of showing the victims as victims would be, maybe that would be the only thing that could wake up enough collective horror to encourage *something* to be done. But of course, that will never happen.

So instead we get the cycle:

1) Initial shock at the latest horrific mass shooting
2) Calls for something to be done
3) The Deflection Playbook rolled out (no need to dust it off, because these things happen to often in America to accumulate dust)
a) Thoughts and Prayers
b) The Democrats/Left/liberals are politicizing this when we should all focus on our grief. It's "too soon" to talk about fixing things. People are too emotional. We should allow grief (and more importantly, people's attention) to dissipate before talking about solutions (which we will never talk about)
c) This tragic incident is indeed tragic, but no policy could ever have prevented it with 100% certainty. Policies must always either be 100% effective or they cannot be done at all (applies only to guns - not to safety measures for food, drugs, automobiles, planes, airport security, border walls, etc.)
d) There are rumors that the perpetrator was a (fill in blank for proxy for some kind of liberal-associated cause)

So far, all the bingo boxes have already been checked. Rep Paul Gosar helpfully filled in 3(d) this morning.

If anyone is interested, Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station has a pretty good series of essays on America's gun violence:

https://www.stonekettle.com/2022/05/the-gun-posts.html
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Re: IitB: Pentastic
Mar 16, 2022, 21:12
1.
Re: IitB: Pentastic Mar 16, 2022, 21:12
Mar 16, 2022, 21:12
 
So Mike Myers has finally decided to plumb the depths of the Pentaverate...I wonder if Colonel Sanders will make an appearance

https://youtu.be/YKRFlNryaWw?t=60
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Re: Magpies
Feb 24, 2022, 18:27
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Re: Magpies Feb 24, 2022, 18:27
Feb 24, 2022, 18:27
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 24, 2022, 14:48:
Read two takes on the situation recently. One was from a former diplomat from the late 90s early 2000s who thought the expansion of NATO after the fall of the USSR was effectively, shoving the fall of the USSR in the face of Russia. He felt it was an unnecessary provocation of Russia, pushed by a US Congress which had little to no understanding of the situation. He contends the US had absolutely no intention to respond with troops if Russia had attacked the former Soviet satellites. The expansion simply caused the situation to fester in the minds of Russian government officials. Which, effectively led to a environment which allowed someone like Putin to rise to power. Someone who looks back on that fall and thinks it should be reversed.

The second was simply a "Putin will lose in history" spin. Which while likely true is not particularly useful to anyone right now.

That was George Kennan who developed the "containment" policy applied to the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

He was very much against NATO expansion after the fall of the Soviet Union. One of his quotes was: “[B]luntly stated…expanding NATO would be the most fateful error of American policy in the entire post-Cold War era. Such a decision may be expected to inflame the nationalistic, anti-Western and militaristic tendencies in Russian opinion; to have an adverse effect on the development of Russian democracy; to restore the atmosphere of the cold war to East-West relations, and to impel Russian foreign policy in directions decidedly not to our liking … ”

Dubya especially thought it was a great idea to expand NATO to Russia's own doorstep, completely "misunderestimating" Putin despite Dubya's dubious claim that "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country." Adding the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) did not sit well with Russia. A quarter of Latvia's population are Russians (used to be about a third, the 2nd highest behind Kazakhstan). The former Soviet bloc states of Eastern Europe were variously incorporated into NATO in both Clinton's and Dubya's administrations.

A few things a lot of Westerners never seem to have gotten about Russian leaders has been:
1) They conflate parades with power in a very French way. Everything has to be done in a showy manner and they believe their own B.S. until reality is forced to intrude and then they sulk.
2) They're paranoid about land invasions because Russia has been invaded so many times over the centuries. So they like a lot of land between them and Western Europe, land under their direct control or influence. Consider that Russia's entire history has been about invasion - the Scandinavian Rus' (from which "Russia" derives), the Mongols (from which the Russian word for money "деньги" derives), Poland, Sweden, France, Germany).
3) In the First World War, forces from Great Britain and the United States landed in Murmansk and Archangelsk and eventually Vladivostokh following the Revolution, ostensibly to "protect supplies" that the Western Allies had sent to Russia for its participation in World War 1, but also to try to intervene. Along with that, a force called the Czechoslovak Legion fought its way across the expanse of Russia against mainly Bolshevik forces. American forces finally left Russia in 1920 - a year and a half after the end of the First World War.

I never thought Russia with its rising nationalism under Putin would ignore all of this. It doesn't matter what the motivations and intentions have been on the Western side to expand NATO into the former Soviet bloc. Putin and other Russian nationalists and those who have grated at the loss of prestige and power would always see it - or use it - as a provocation to reassert some control where they could. The calculation by Putin is that Russia is more willing to act militarily within Ukraine than Western forces will. Maybe they will install a pupper/vassal government and then symbolically "withdraw" Russian forces "once the immediate situation has been stabilized" - essentially doing to Ukraine what the Soviet Union did within the bloc states.

And I'm sure Putin has a broad array of cyberattacks ready if he wants to deploy any to cause some deniable chaos. No one has yet gone to war over a cyberattack, no matter how much damage it's caused or how well the trail leads back to the host country. He's probably counting on that ambiguity.
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Re: Ian Fleming: Warlord of John Carter
Sep 29, 2021, 20:19
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Re: Ian Fleming: Warlord of John Carter Sep 29, 2021, 20:19
Sep 29, 2021, 20:19
 
Maybe they can have Ian Fleming in a flying car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (written by Fleming between "You Only Live Twice" and "The Man With The Golden Gun")
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Re: Apple Proposes App Store Changes
Aug 27, 2021, 21:09
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Re: Apple Proposes App Store Changes Aug 27, 2021, 21:09
Aug 27, 2021, 21:09
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 27, 2021, 18:44:
You know who gutted anti-trust back in the 80s? Jesus Christ!

He did? Wow!
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Aug 13, 2021, 16:59
4.
Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 13, 2021, 16:59
Aug 13, 2021, 16:59
 
Bill Borre wrote on Aug 13, 2021, 13:04:
I thought the Republican party was the pro-military spending one. When did they become Russia's choice?

Maybe after key members decided the Party's abbreviation (or initialism, for those who prefer that) of "GOP" works best as the first 3 letters of an exhortation of "GOPоссия!"
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 2, 2021, 19:49
29.
Re: Out of the Blue Jul 2, 2021, 19:49
Jul 2, 2021, 19:49
 
Acleacius wrote on Jul 2, 2021, 19:23:
Hope I remember the names correctly, I'm not a history major especially not Russian, but think it was Lenin.

Rather ironically, Lenin used the the Bible, almost verbatim from the writing of Paul to form Communism.
But as mentioned it was basically nullified by rightwing authoritarianism by the Party Leaders, making it a dictatorship.
Especially as Stalin gained more and more power.


One prominent example was the 1936 Constitution of the USSR (which by then was under Stalin), where rather than adopting the actual Karl Marx approach of "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs", the Soviets instead chose this for Chapter 1, Article 12:

https://www.departments.bucknell.edu/russian/const/36cons01.html

ARTICLE 12. In the U.S.S.R. work is a duty and a matter of honor for every able-bodied citizen, in accordance with the principle: "He who does not work, neither shall he eat."
The principle applied in the U.S.S.R. is that of socialism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his work."

That sentiment is actually a conservative mantra and echoed several times in the Bible: Tracing the Biblical Roots of Socialism’s Enduring Slogan

https://www.departments.bucknell.edu/russian/const/36cons01.html
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 28, 2021, 19:45
9.
Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2021, 19:45
May 28, 2021, 19:45
 
Sigwolf wrote on May 28, 2021, 15:32:
The "Darth Vader" house has absolutely nothing Darth Vader or Star Wars about it at all. You see some houses and think, "I wish I had 4.3 million to spend on that house". I see that one and think, "If I had 4.3 million to spend on a house, it sure wouldn't be that one." Very uninspired, sterile, ultra-modern design.

So I actually used to live a couple blocks from that house and remember when it went up. People actually called it the "Darth Vader Helmet" house but it's been shortened over the years just to "Darth Vader house". As I recall, it was built for a wealthy plastic surgeon who drove a DeLorean and you used to see it parked in the driveway. They originally tried planting St. Augustine turf grass up the steep slopes of the house. Problem is, Houston gets torrential rain on a frequent basis (any month of the year) so the turf would just slide off and looked terrible. They kept putting it back up again and again for almost two years. Then they decided to give up and ordered some expensive and rare Italian shale to put up the sides of the house. But that was apparently in short supply and it took almost two years before they got it all installed.

My brother just mentioned to me these tidbits about the eccentric owner: His whole office was ultra modern and painted black. He reportedly once defibrillated himself when his heart went into AFIB after an electrical outlet shocked him when he was alone in his office.

West University *used* to be a sleepy neighborhood (actually an incorporated city that originally was on the western outskirts of Houston but then Houston grew around it and it's almost in the center of Houston). Mostly working-class families and a lot of retired elderly people. That changed in the 1980s when attorneys and doctors and executives began buying up the homes, tearing them down, and building mostly ugly oversized McMansions on the lots. Typical lots are 5,000 sq ft although some are 7,500 and a few are bigger - such as on Buffalo Speedway and parts of University Blvd where this particular home is located.

For many years, West U has had one of the very highest price/sq ft valuations in the Greater Houston area. Typically, 5,000 sq ft lots with original homes sell for $700,000-$1 Million as tear-downs. In the instances where someone wants to live in the home on the lot, typically it will be a 1920s or 1930s bungalow of around 1,500 sq ft (unless it's had the attic converted or an addition added) and will have knob-and-tube wiring. Property taxes will be around $15,000-$20,000 per year. Homeowners insurance will run around $4,000 per year.

There are people in West U who buy second lots for $1MM or more and simply use the lot as an extra yard for their kids or build a garage on it for their automobiles and are comfortable paying $40,000 per year in property taxes for a non-homesteaded lot. Lots of conspicuous consumption in West U.

There's another interesting house down the street from the Darth Vader house that was one of the original "build it just because you can" houses in West U. People called it "Tara" - it's a Southern-style plantation mansion at 6339 Buffalo Speedway Houston TX 77005 and was built by the owners of the long-defunct Cellar Door Restaurants. It was built in the 1980s and has changed hands a few times.

This comment was edited on May 28, 2021, 20:49.
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Re: Epic Raises $1B
Apr 14, 2021, 13:05
24.
Re: Epic Raises $1B Apr 14, 2021, 13:05
Apr 14, 2021, 13:05
 
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 14, 2021, 01:58:
cappy wrote on Apr 13, 2021, 19:32:
Maybe they could hire more people and better train them to handle basic customer service. But I doubt it.

I've been going back-and-forth for two months with (latest count) 30 email exchanges with a rotating group of pseudonymous Epic customer service representatives trying to get a refund for pre-purchasing Vampire Bloodlines 2 through them. The hilarious part is that Epic actually emailed me in February offering to do a refund due to the game now being in limbo. All I had to do was contact Epic's award-winning customer service team.

So far, I've had their reps tell me the refund was already processed, no actually it wasn't that was a different account sorry, apologies for the inconvenience and fresh promises to look into it that are repeated by the next rep like Groundhog Day (this has happened almost a dozen times with new reps each time). The latest was an email Friday claiming the refund had been processed followed by an email today from someone else saying it hadn't and they were looking into it and needed at least 14 more Business Days before they thought they could issue a refund.

My understanding is that people who pre-purchased on Steam or GOG had no issues getting refunds. I'd assumed that a multi-billion dollar company that's been around almost 30 years would kind of be able to process a refund. I mean, even small proprietors do that regularly in under a week rather than spending (based on the latest email) at least 3 months.

I've filed a BBB complaint, an FCC complaint, and another fraud complaint with the state attorney general since Epic figures I have plenty of time to wait and I may as well keep myself occupied with something Epic-related. Epic's Refund Policy claims "You can cancel your pre-purchase and get a refund at any time before release." I suppose I could go into the page's code or maximize the fonts to see if it also says "But good luck actually receiving a refund. We usually take months and make it so hard that we hope you will just go away so we can keep your money."

Contact whoever that was the company that you used to pay for it (Bank or Paypal, etc) and ask for payment to be stopped or reversed. Send them all the emails. Granted you MAY have your Epic Account Suspended (had this problem with Sony years back for bogus charges for Planetside 2 subscription), so keep that in mind.


Yeah, issue is that credit card companies typically have a 60-day limit for disputing charges, so that option isn't available. Interestingly, state and federal laws leave refund policies up to businesses - including whether or not they are even remotely timely. It would pretty much fall under contract law, and of course in most cases pursuing a legal remedy for that isn't worth the expense. My solution has been to remind them frequently and to escalate to the complaints to the BBB, FCC, and state attorney general and to forward those to them. As of yesterday afternoon, I received a slightly more detailed and less form-style response that may give hope that a refund is somewhere on the horizon. The latest reply is still claiming 14 business days, so I'll see whether that happens. I did notice that other BBB complaints about refund issues seem to have been resolved by Epic.
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Re: Epic Raises $1B
Apr 13, 2021, 19:32
15.
Re: Epic Raises $1B Apr 13, 2021, 19:32
Apr 13, 2021, 19:32
 
Maybe they could hire more people and better train them to handle basic customer service. But I doubt it.

I've been going back-and-forth for two months with (latest count) 30 email exchanges with a rotating group of pseudonymous Epic customer service representatives trying to get a refund for pre-purchasing Vampire Bloodlines 2 through them. The hilarious part is that Epic actually emailed me in February offering to do a refund due to the game now being in limbo. All I had to do was contact Epic's award-winning customer service team.

So far, I've had their reps tell me the refund was already processed, no actually it wasn't that was a different account sorry, apologies for the inconvenience and fresh promises to look into it that are repeated by the next rep like Groundhog Day (this has happened almost a dozen times with new reps each time). The latest was an email Friday claiming the refund had been processed followed by an email today from someone else saying it hadn't and they were looking into it and needed at least 14 more Business Days before they thought they could issue a refund.

My understanding is that people who pre-purchased on Steam or GOG had no issues getting refunds. I'd assumed that a multi-billion dollar company that's been around almost 30 years would kind of be able to process a refund. I mean, even small proprietors do that regularly in under a week rather than spending (based on the latest email) at least 3 months.

I've filed a BBB complaint, an FCC complaint, and another fraud complaint with the state attorney general since Epic figures I have plenty of time to wait and I may as well keep myself occupied with something Epic-related. Epic's Refund Policy claims "You can cancel your pre-purchase and get a refund at any time before release." I suppose I could go into the page's code or maximize the fonts to see if it also says "But good luck actually receiving a refund. We usually take months and make it so hard that we hope you will just go away so we can keep your money."
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Re: Sunday Metaverse
Mar 21, 2021, 19:20
4.
Re: Sunday Metaverse Mar 21, 2021, 19:20
Mar 21, 2021, 19:20
 
I'm envisioning something along the lines of the scene in "Being John Malkovich" where Malkovich goes inside his own mind and everyone looks like him and says his name over and over...

https://youtu.be/Q6Fuxkinhug?t=25
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Re: More on Apple v. Epic Games
Mar 5, 2021, 10:55
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Re: More on Apple v. Epic Games Mar 5, 2021, 10:55
Mar 5, 2021, 10:55
 
Nullity wrote on Mar 5, 2021, 09:27:
Sepharo wrote on Mar 5, 2021, 02:10:
Their ticket tracking system(s) must be a nightmare.
If EGS is anything to go by, I doubt they have one. They probably all work off of a single basic text file stored on a network drive, keeping/updating notes - constantly overwriting each other's changes.

Another response from Epic. Now they admit that they did not actually issue a refund over a week ago at all because the order wasn't recent enough. They're back to promising to credit my PayPal account instead.
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Re: More on Apple v. Epic Games
Mar 4, 2021, 21:34
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Re: More on Apple v. Epic Games Mar 4, 2021, 21:34
Mar 4, 2021, 21:34
 
fakespyder wrote on Mar 4, 2021, 20:50:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 4, 2021, 19:20:
Epic, fighting the good fight. Plus free games, what's not to love.

I think by now we all know what aspects of Epic's business model we love and those aspects we don't.

They're not "fighting the good fight". They want in too. So they'll break ToS, make exclusive deals and litigate to get there.

But yes, the free games are nice.

Yeah, the free games are nice. The ones you pre-pay for, not so much. I made the mistake of pre-ordering Vampire Bloodlines 2. With the latest turmoil about the game's development and questionable release, Epic sent me an email offering to allow me to cancel my pre-order and receive a refund. Cool. That was upfront of them. So I did.

I've now been mired in over a week of back-and-forth emails with various Epic customer support people variously replying to me with the following:

1) Wanting my PayPal email address to issue a credit (I paid originally with a credit card whose account number hasn't changed, but thought okay, if that's the way they want to issue a refund, that's fine)
2) Asking me why I sent a PayPal email since a refund was already issued
3) Apologizing and saying they had looked at the wrong order number and would issue a refund to my PayPal
4) Telling me I should have received the PayPal refund by now and to double-check and if not received they would escalate
5) Asking me why I am inquiring because they claim the refund should already have been applied and to talk to PayPal
6) Asking me why I was asking about PayPal because the refund was sent to a credit card account (um, because they asked ME for a PayPal account to issue the refund?)
7) Telling me to talk to my bank and ask when the funds would be added to my bank account (not credit card account)

Note that I have checked both PayPal and my credit card (including by phone) after 7 days past when they claimed a refund was issued.

These people literally are so confused and inept. I have never encountered such a complete inability to perform basic customer functions. Kudos for how quickly they email a response. But it's the content and quality of the replies that are not terribly useful or helpful.

I'm probably just going to have to dispute the charge with the credit card company because Epic can't manage to figure out how to do refunds.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 4, 2020, 21:57
18.
Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2020, 21:57
Oct 4, 2020, 21:57
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 4, 2020, 20:04:
cappy wrote on Oct 4, 2020, 16:57:
It may be someone who was doing the "knockout game". I had someone do that to me a year ago, slamming me really hard from behind out of the blue and then strolling off while the two people near me tried to help me. He caught me in the back of the neck but also slammed me into a railing which did most of the damage because my shoulder caught the hard edge of the railing. Ended up with damaged rotator cuff and took many months to recover. Massive bruises. I was wearing a backpack which may have helped dampen the slam he gave me from behind, though. In that part of town, there was a rash of these random attacks because apparently a particular group of teens and early 20s were doing them. They ended up catching them a month or so after my attack, and ironically I rode on the train with someone who was heading to the courthouse to testify. I never saw the face of the one who attacked me. Just saw him from behind and he was wearing a hoodie. Watched him stroll half a block and then get on a bus.

Did you ever consider not living in Somalia? /s

Frankly, I've never considered living *in* Somalia...
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 4, 2020, 16:57
15.
Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2020, 16:57
Oct 4, 2020, 16:57
 
It may be someone who was doing the "knockout game". I had someone do that to me a year ago, slamming me really hard from behind out of the blue and then strolling off while the two people near me tried to help me. He caught me in the back of the neck but also slammed me into a railing which did most of the damage because my shoulder caught the hard edge of the railing. Ended up with damaged rotator cuff and took many months to recover. Massive bruises. I was wearing a backpack which may have helped dampen the slam he gave me from behind, though. In that part of town, there was a rash of these random attacks because apparently a particular group of teens and early 20s were doing them. They ended up catching them a month or so after my attack, and ironically I rode on the train with someone who was heading to the courthouse to testify. I never saw the face of the one who attacked me. Just saw him from behind and he was wearing a hoodie. Watched him stroll half a block and then get on a bus.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 16, 2019, 17:19
59.
Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2019, 17:19
Mar 16, 2019, 17:19
 
Blue - I am so sorry to hear this. Take care and hope you can find solace.
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Re: Ubisoft Changing Controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC
Jan 26, 2019, 14:29
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Re: Ubisoft Changing Controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Jan 26, 2019, 14:29
Jan 26, 2019, 14:29
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 25, 2019, 17:12:
ALL species require male and female to produce. Even in nature, asexual species must change their sex to produce offspring.

With the exception of parthenogenesis, which only requires females (and no gender change) and produces offspring with no male genes (there are different means of doing this; some create a clone of the mother, others have the mother produce two sets of genes and non-clone offspring, etc.). It occurs naturally in various reptiles, amphibians, and fish and has been lab-created in some mammals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Nov 28, 2016, 22:27
7.
Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 28, 2016, 22:27
Nov 28, 2016, 22:27
 
descender wrote on Nov 28, 2016, 17:37:
You end up paying like twice as much as just buying it outright somewhere else, but most people don't seem to care.

The payment plans definitely used to be like this, but not anymore. I've been shopping around for a new provider and they all seem to be within a few percentage points of the retail price of the phone now if not the same.

For the phone itself, that's correct.

But AT&T will then charge $20 extra per month (per phone) under their "Monthly Access Charge" if you finance the phone(s).

If you bring your own phone, it's $20/month. If you buy it through AT&T and finance it, it's $40/month.

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plans.html

"If you are on a 2-year Agreement your monthly access charge will be $40."
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Re: Evening Metaverse
Apr 16, 2015, 18:44
6.
Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 16, 2015, 18:44
Apr 16, 2015, 18:44
 
Sepharo wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 18:21:
Creston wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 13:03:
NKD wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 02:53:
Creston wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 01:12:
If you haven't watched Orphan Black, go watch it. It's truly awesome. Just a fantastic storyline, and watching Tatiana Maslany do all these different characters is fantastic (and no more so than when she plays one character imitating another.)

I find myself literally forgetting that it's the same actress. It just doesn't even occur to me when I'm watching it.

Agreed. She is phenomenal.

I watched the first season a while back and really liked it. Forgot about the 2nd season but started binge watching it last week. Yeah I'm constantly amazed at how I'm able to forget she's playing 4 sometimes 5 characters an episode that all seem like believable unique individuals.

Agreed. And even more so when she has one "character" trying to pass as another "character" - she introduces subtle quirks that make it really feel like someone is doing an almost-but-not-quite-perfect impersonation.
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