Out of the Blue

Running a little late here... need to get back on the stick, as we have a big weekend... we are preparing to journey northward to attend the baptism of our young niece Jenna. Something struck me about these recent elections in the U.S. Can you believe it's been two years already since the heavily contested election centered around the hanging chads and all? I have a hard time believing that myself. I guess time really does fly when you're having fun.

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Re: oh really? (#18)
Nov 9, 2002, 07:53
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Re: oh really? (#18) Nov 9, 2002, 07:53
Nov 9, 2002, 07:53
 
Otherwise, I simply don't worry about it too much. After all life is far too short to worry about people whineing over spelling.

So long as you realize that if you don't care how you communicate, you communicate either that you don't care or that you are stupid.



Anvil
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Re: oh really? (#18)
Nov 8, 2002, 18:11
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Re: oh really? (#18) Nov 8, 2002, 18:11
Nov 8, 2002, 18:11
 
That is the best answer I've read in awhile. I was never a fan of spelling, besides if I'm writeing a paper I'll spell correctly. Otherwise, I simply don't worry about it too much. After all life is far too short to worry about people whineing over spelling.
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there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
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Re: Change in formating?
Nov 8, 2002, 17:47
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Re: Change in formating? Nov 8, 2002, 17:47
Nov 8, 2002, 17:47
 
My local paper, the Knutsford Guardian (and yes, no NUTS-ford jokes please!) will be all over this publicity... it's a big story for my little Knutsford

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Re: Change in formating?
Nov 8, 2002, 16:46
indiv
 
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Re: Change in formating? Nov 8, 2002, 16:46
Nov 8, 2002, 16:46
 indiv
 
The -Posted by is now at the bottom of the post?

That's nothing... Earlier all the headlines were missing.

And related to the squirrel story, I once had a squirrel run up my hand while I was leaning against a tree. Squirrels have damn sharp claws and needless to say I bled like mad. Good times.

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Re: Change in formating?
Nov 8, 2002, 16:40
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Re: Change in formating? Nov 8, 2002, 16:40
Nov 8, 2002, 16:40
 
The -Posted by is now at the bottom of the post? Is that new or am I crazy?

Yes.

But I think its kinda silly. Time and date yea, but by? Who else but Blue would post?

Wait... now its gone. Guess I'm crazy too.


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Follow up to SotD - Squirrel's Dead
Nov 8, 2002, 16:18
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Follow up to SotD - Squirrel's Dead Nov 8, 2002, 16:18
Nov 8, 2002, 16:18
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Re: OMG... the SQUIRRELS!!
Nov 8, 2002, 16:13
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Re: OMG... the SQUIRRELS!! Nov 8, 2002, 16:13
Nov 8, 2002, 16:13
 
The sad thing is - I COME FROM THE TOWN that the squirrel is terrorizing - if I weren't at Uni, I guess I'd be dead now or something

Jon.

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Re: Hanging Chads
Nov 8, 2002, 15:49
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Re: Hanging Chads Nov 8, 2002, 15:49
Nov 8, 2002, 15:49
 
I'll say this about the whole florida deal about chads, We have a simular type of system here in illinois and when I went over to vote, I checked my ballot for that stuff.

Yeah, I did that for the 2000 election too. This year DuPage County (also Illinois) bought new optical scan machines instead. So this election was like taking a standardized test or buying a Lotto ticket. Nice. I heard someplaces like San Francisco had touch-screen booths. I would've liked that. I've been to an Arby's restaurant out there that had touch-screen menus. Very cool.


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Re: oh really?
Nov 8, 2002, 15:44
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Re: oh really? Nov 8, 2002, 15:44
Nov 8, 2002, 15:44
 
Then why the hell do you keep spelling it as 'plauge'?

Because he's a Historian not an English Prof.

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oh really?
Nov 8, 2002, 15:34
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oh really? Nov 8, 2002, 15:34
Nov 8, 2002, 15:34
 
"I am a historian, and I've spent 15 years studying the black death."

Then why the hell do you keep spelling it as 'plauge'?

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Change in formating?
Nov 8, 2002, 15:05
Bronco
 
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Change in formating? Nov 8, 2002, 15:05
Nov 8, 2002, 15:05
 Bronco
 
The -Posted by is now at the bottom of the post? Is that new or am I crazy? Never mind, don't answer that.


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Solyent Green?
Nov 8, 2002, 14:57
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Solyent Green? Nov 8, 2002, 14:57
Nov 8, 2002, 14:57
 
West nile virus, plague, aids, flesh eating diseases. A way to cut down on a vastly overpopulated world, that's getting even more overcrowed everyday with less resources to share?

Hrm...

"Soon they'll be breeding us like cattle! You've got to warn everyone and tell them! Soylent green is made of people! You've got to tell them! Soylent green is people!"
-Det. Thorn, Soylent Green.


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No subject
Nov 8, 2002, 14:36
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No subject Nov 8, 2002, 14:36
Nov 8, 2002, 14:36
 
squirrels are key!

Doin' it Big
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OMG... the SQUIRRELS!!
Nov 8, 2002, 13:14
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OMG... the SQUIRRELS!! Nov 8, 2002, 13:14
Nov 8, 2002, 13:14
 
omg.. that squirrel thing... so hard not to laugh... I mean, yea it sux children are getting bitten. But dear god, grown men running from a squirrel? muahaha... ROFLMAO. Thats just so damned funny to picture. Tiny little squirrel taking over a town! Perhaps hes played to much GTA:3? Gotten a bit upset at the guy that called in and talked about eating squirrels, decided to take out his anger GTA style and rampage a town. Haha, flying fuzzy squirrel of death!!! omg... never gonna stop laughing about that.

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Hanging Chads
Nov 8, 2002, 13:06
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Hanging Chads Nov 8, 2002, 13:06
Nov 8, 2002, 13:06
 
I'll say this about the whole florida deal about chads, We have a simular type of system here in illinois and when I went over to vote, I checked my ballot for that stuff. Sure enough I had 2 dimpled chads and a couple chads were hanging. I wonder how many others checked for this?

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They dont know that I'm only using blanks.
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Re: Sheesh
Nov 8, 2002, 12:48
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Re: Sheesh Nov 8, 2002, 12:48
Nov 8, 2002, 12:48
 
well it's not so bad at a 1280x1024 resolution...

Agreed. Plus if I can handle them on other sites like CNET or CNN, I can handle them here...

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Re: #7
Nov 8, 2002, 12:35
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Re: #7 Nov 8, 2002, 12:35
Nov 8, 2002, 12:35
 
I don't see this one being very likely to happen again... there are enough anti-bacterial medications out now that it's handleable

The bigger problem is going to be some virus, because we currently have no real way to cure viral diseases... especially when you consider that for 50 years a number of countries (Russia, Iraq, Iran) have been playing with smallpox



oh, and... I knew we shouldn't trust those squirrels!


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Re: #7
Nov 8, 2002, 12:23
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Nov 8, 2002, 12:23
 
No it's the truth. And it wasn't bubonic plauge that killed everyone, it was pneumonic plauge. After the bubonic plauge became airborne that killed millions of people off. The original infection started from tick and flea bites, it later became airborne and became much more dangrous. Pneumonic plauge was more common in large urban centers of course, in your smaller towns and whatnot it was simply carried by rats.

Unfortunatly several of the strains of plauge are now drug resistant, and only the most powerful antibiotics will kill it. Even penicillin won't kill some of them off for a few simple reasons. Over prescribeing antibiotic's, and those that take it don't take the full dose. You know the type that take the anitbiotics until they feel better and stop. Yeah those they're the type that will doom us. Most of this information is available on the CDC's website if your intrested on reading more. Even your public library will have books showing the mutation rates of the plauge, and the resistance built up because of over prescribeing and not following recommeneded doses.

I am a historian, and I've spent 15 years studying the black death. Why and how it started, why and how it droped off, and what caused insergences.

I personaly don't look at it as funny, I look at it as an event that may happen again.
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there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
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Re: #5
Nov 8, 2002, 12:20
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Re: #5 Nov 8, 2002, 12:20
Nov 8, 2002, 12:20
 
Fortunately we have antibiotics now. Penicillin will kill the Bubonic Plague.

Yeah, but will it have any effect on pneumonic, or its more sinister cousin pneumatic, plague?

edit: fyi, pneumonic plague is real(it's very contagious, and spread by breathing), but it was the bubonic plague that was coined 'the black death'...

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#5
Nov 8, 2002, 12:06
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#5 Nov 8, 2002, 12:06
Nov 8, 2002, 12:06
 
The pneumonic plague? is that supposed to be funny?

The Bubonic Plague, AKA The Black Death, is exactly what killed of millions of people in Europe in the middle ages.

Fortunately we have antibiotics now. Penicillin will kill the Bubonic Plague.


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