What the actual expletive deleted???

Courtesy of Vox Day, we learn of this message: Click the image for a larger view.  Here’s the critical sentence: MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event. WTF????  Permits for the March For Our Lives demonstration were applied for several months before the Parkland shooting – which was allegedly the event giving rise to the march – had even happened? Two possibilities come to mind: The permit application was for use with a different demonstration, but was rapidly “repurposed” after the Parkland school shooting,

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Cheesed off

I’m still not sure whether this report is real, or an April Fool joke released a couple of days early by mistake.  There is one other reference that would seem to confirm it, and (as you’ll see from the links I’ve provided), I’ve been able to confirm some of the details as genuine.   Nevertheless, true or false, it’s funny. Researchers at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, say they have cracked a way of massively accelerating the ripening process normally so essential to creating a cheese with the required texture and smelliness. “What nature takes three weeks, three

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Walking the medieval way

YouTube user Roland Warzecha has produced an interesting video on this subject.  He’s disabled embedding, but you can view it at this link.  Recommended. He’s listed the video as “outdated”, saying: I have learned a lot about this topic ever since this video was recorded, and consider the presentation incomplete now, which is why it is not listed any more. However, his updated video is restricted to his Patreon subscribers, and isn’t available for public viewing;  therefore, I’ve chosen to link the earlier version.  Even if he regards it as “incomplete”, it’s an interesting concept.  I agree with his comments

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Trump, the State Department, and foreign policy

A retired “Diplomad” has some interesting thoughts about the State Department and US foreign relations in the Trump administration.  Here’s an excerpt. Even with “deep cuts” the budget for State/AID remains in the $40 billion ballpark, which is a pretty big ballpark. The U.S. Foreign Service consists of over 8,000 diplomats, another over 7,500 “specialists,” e.g., support personnel, plus AID officers, and a smattering of people from other agencies, such as the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce. In addition, 11-12,000 Civil Service employees work for State, most but not all in Washington, DC. So State has some 28,000 or more

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That sucking sound you hear . . .

. . . is all levels of US government dredging your wallet for everything they can get.  It’s bad enough at the federal level. The latest monthly Treasury report on taxes and spending shows that gross tax receipts in February were $1.4 billion higher than the year before. Weren’t the Republican tax cuts supposed to explode the deficit? According to the report, the government took in $238.2 billion in taxes in February. The year before, tax revenues were $236.8 billion. For fiscal year 2018, which started last October, taxes are up $50.5 billion compared with the same months last year,

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Can anyone help identify this song?

A friend who’s looking for movie theme music asked me whether I could identify a song both of us remember from way back when.  Unfortunately, neither of us know its title or the singer.  Some of the lyrics go something like this: 1999 Will I be yours? Will I be the one that you love? The second line alternated between “Will you be mine?” and “Will I be yours?”, and perhaps something else too.  The chorus went something like “It will be a strange world without you, love”, repeated several times. I think it was a hit in South Africa

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Collective noun of the day

From The Gunslinger, who provides attribution: A group of three or more Prius vehicles is a “Smug” of Prii.  “I’m betting they show up in a Smug of Prii.” Perfect! (For the benefit of overseas readers who may not understand: to drive the electric-hybrid Prius is renowned notorious as an ostentatious nose-in-air “statement” by eco-Nazis that they’re doing their best to protect the environment, while the rest of us plebs in our gas-guzzlers are not.) Peter

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