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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 21:20 Mr. Tact
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 18:16:
Brexit dominates everything and it's hard to look at any big expenditure as wise with so much uncertainty about what our economy will look like a few years. It's some measure of economic stimulus, but there are higher priorities. We haven't even started buying the land for the border controls we'll need in 19 months. It feels like we're treading water until someone senior in the government acknowledges the elephant in the room: this is a terrible idea. The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the uninformed.
Was listening to a program on NPR about this and it was pretty amusing. Someone from the UK rattled off a list of some of the things which needed to be negotiated with the EU and how long each of those things themselves would in normal circumstances take to be fully negotiated. None of the time-lines were less than the time until Brexit is supposed to happen. And now ALL of them need to be completed. It can't be done in any kind of normal way. Which probably means there will be quick and dirty compromises which will likely be painful -- probably more so for the UK than the EU.

They also said something which rang true to me. Basically, it is in the EU's interest to make Brexit as hard and painful to the UK as they can. Why? Because they want to discourage other nations from doing the same thing. Which obviously is more bad news for the UK. It will be interesting to watch and see what happens. It may well come to be a defining moment in UK history one way or the other.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 14:48 Mr. Tact
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 14:45:
By contrast, most Parisians would pay good money to see la tour Eiffel torn down.
Let me guess... because too many ugly Americans come to see it?
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 14:47 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 13:15:
donald was forced to make a comment that made sense. must have been extremely painful. It only took the idiot 48 hours.
He may have read the statement, but I guarantee he didn't write it and most likely doesn't understand why he "had to" read it.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 11:18 Mr. Tact
 
Wow. Big Ben's regular hour ringing out for four years. Deeper in the article it claims the Parliament building needs 7 billion pounds ($11 billlon) of repairs. Really? I would have thought you could build that building several times over for $11 billion....  
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 09:21 Mr. Tact
 
gsilver wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 08:58:
When I was a kid, I liked getting rare denominations like both kinds of dollar coins, 2 dollar bills, and even had some old coins like the nickel one cent coins.
You had me for a minute. I was thinking, "nickel one cent coins"?! What the hell are those? But I simply didn't know that name for them. I knew them as only "Indian head cents".

I'm a minor currency nerd myself. Own a ridiculous number of proof sets of coins... and hundreds of the state and park quarters...
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patch This Week
19. Re: No Man's Sky Patch This Week Aug 14, 2017, 09:13 Mr. Tact
 
I agree flying is easy and yeah, you only forget to contact traffic control a couple of times before it is burned into your memory. But I remember the first dozen times or so of getting through the slot and onto my pad as being a bit of a challenge. Especially locating the pad.. there were more than a couple of times I had to circumnavigate the interior of space stations...

Euro Space Truck Simulator is appropriate, I did rare trading to make money. Had more fun on my long distance trip into unpopulated space though.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 12, 2017, 16:01 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2017, 16:21:
SlimRam wrote on Aug 11, 2017, 15:21:
Also watch 'The Road' if you really want to imagine what would be left of the USA after a nuclear apocalypse (my old lady actually cried while watching this... good times)
One of the most bleak and horrific movies ever made. Glad I watched it, but will never see it again.
Oh wow, I remember seeing the trailer for that once, but never saw it was playing in the theaters. Does look bleak, maybe I can catch it on the movie channels some day.... I like me some Viggo..
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patched
19. Re: No Man's Sky Patched Aug 12, 2017, 11:36 Mr. Tact
 
I don't know, I was thinking more clueless than entitled...  
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 12, 2017, 09:15 Mr. Tact
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 12, 2017, 09:08:
I don't know about the second part of that. If he wanted to distract people from his Russia connections, he's done a decent job.
I really doubt he's that strategic. He is simply responding to the cable news story he has seen most recently. He is unable to concentrate on a single subject for more than three minutes, "distracting" the news cycle away from the Russia story is a side benefit. The closest he might have gotten to planning it was to think to himself, "I'm not going to talk about Russia."
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patch This Week
16. Re: No Man's Sky Patch This Week Aug 12, 2017, 00:24 Mr. Tact
 
I need to get back to Elite Dangerous at some point..

However, truthfully, I'm not looking forward to
1) setting up the HOTAS again -- not especially difficult just kind of annoying
2) relearning the flight controls and activities such as docking/landing again

Being a lazy bum is a such tough life...
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2017, 21:29 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 11, 2017, 20:54:
We have had nuclear weapons for over 70 years with no appreciable accidents. What if we goof?

As for donnie, he was an idiot and used inappropriate speech and behavior long before he was on the campaign trail, nothing has changed.
Yes, we've had them that long -- and despite our years of practice and professional standards (not to mention the bureaucracy -- yes, even with nukes) we have mistakenly transported nukes more than once. Sure, transporting and launching are totally different. How much money would you like to bet on the standards of the DPRK military in this regard?

And yes, nothing has changed with Trump. Again, do you trust the DPRK to realize "it's just Donnie"?

I understand what you are saying RedEye, and I hope your sentiment is correct. Trying to predict the actions of Donnie, is only slightly less difficult than predicting the DPRK...
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2017, 20:31 Mr. Tact
 
While I agree, in general, the DPRK "isn't that stupid." Mistakes happen, even big ones. What if they goof? Trump's statements are incredibly irresponsible. His inappropriate speech and behavior are simply dangerous. And while this is going on we essentially skip over his "thanking" Putin for forcing 775 diplomats out of Russia. I admit I can no longer tell if he has no connection to reality or simply doesn't give a flying fuck.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patched
3. Re: No Man's Sky Patched Aug 11, 2017, 20:18 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, I give. Heck, $24? I know I'll get at least that much entertainment value out of it...  
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2017, 16:39 Mr. Tact
 
Interesting idea, but unfortunately I suspect most if not all of the kids would simply throw the books away.  
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patch Plans
20. Re: No Man's Sky Patch Plans Aug 9, 2017, 16:22 Mr. Tact
 
I "almost" pulled the trigger on this during the Steam Summer Sale. It was certainly over-hyped and over-promised. Have a buddy who did get it and I've talked with him about the game a couple of times. I suspect I could get even $60 worth out of it, but I'm trying to hold out for $20...  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2017, 12:39 Mr. Tact
 
Heard on NPR the original Godzilla suit weighed 200 lbs! Now that is some serious dedication!  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 7, 2017, 08:27 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2017, 02:56:
But it's much less harmless than most other kinds of legal and illegal substances, was my point.
You might think that, but you don't know that. And neither does anyone else. Maybe you're right, or maybe you're not. We need to find out. However with marijuana being a Schedule 1 drug, it makes studying it virtually impossible. I would agree it is ridiculous marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug. However dangerous it is, it clearly isn't that dangerous. I agree marijuana is overly politicized, Jeff Sessions statements on it are inane.

I suspect there are issues, possibly serious ones, with marijuana usage when "developing brains" are involved. But that's probably also true for anything you'd want to compare it to.

What is clear and known is we need a more coherent approach/policy on marijuana. Legalization? Maybe. But with people like Jeff Sessions in power, policy isn't going to change any time soon.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2017, 23:09 Mr. Tact
 
I don't know if pot is better or worse than alcohol but it sure isn't harmless. I suspect if pot was as legal and available as alcohol we might find out in a few years or maybe decades which was worse... I wouldn't care to make a bet on it.  
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 5, 2017, 23:14 Mr. Tact
 
As a side note, the Ds basically make it easy for the GOP to gerrymander them... they collect in urban areas where they actually enjoy partaking in music and food from other cultures. The GOP is out in the rural areas avoiding all that hedonistic activity while strongly clutching their guns and bibles.

Yeah, an over-exaggeration... but you get the idea.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 5, 2017, 22:04 Mr. Tact
 
Yes, as I have said previously, the GOP spent the last 2-3 decades taking control of the election district mapping, culminating in their victories in the 2010 elections. It doesn't change the fact between 40 and 50 percent of the population voted for them. Given that, a popular uprising seems unlikely. It would be more like a civil war, which I have difficulty believing is a good idea. Again, I don't want to be next on someone's list.

Not sure how you jumped to thinking my heroes were Benedict Arnold or the Rosenbergs... but then you are well known on these forums to be troll. So, whatever. But for the record I am a veteran of the USAF, with an honorable discharge. So, I've done my duty to support the US. How about you Cutter? Did you serve in the Canadian military?

The important thing is to keep the political process in place. Political fortunes of people and parties swing to and fro. Yes, they've swung toward the GOP for now, in no small part due to their own careful planning. However, Trump and the GOP aren't trying to do anything which corporations and their supporters haven't been trying to do for many decades. Even if they are successful, their plans will eventually show themselves to obviously be bad for "the common guy on the street", and their fortunes will turn.

Will there be pain in the mean time? Yeah. But a lot less pain than a civil war.

This comment was edited on Aug 6, 2017, 18:12.
 
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