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Comment Re:Australia (Score 2) 67

How 'bout a 'bloomin onion, govner?


1. 'blooming onion' is a menu item from a US restaurant chain serving American cuisine in which the items are typically and arbitrarily given Australian names. (although in this particular case the item does not have an Australianized named)

2. 'govner' is a bad rendition of an English (UK) word which does not have any traction in Oz.

Struth mate. Nothing you wrote has anything to do with straya and you definetly can't talk strine.

Comment Re:Slackware (Score 3, Funny) 499

and if you want the best user experience, install it from floppies.

Been there, done that. Now get off my lawn, user number 622387. LOL.

Careful, you don't want to invoke the small number Gods on here. It can get ugly. I know, as I have hidden behind my keyboard and watched as 4 digit and under users have emerged from the depths and cast judgement on us lesser souls.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 4, Insightful) 131

How about "occupying their time" with work such as making license plates, breaking big rocks into smaller rocks, digging holes, filling in holes, etc.?

And when they get out their only possible skill set will be "making license plates, breaking big rocks into smaller rocks, digging holes, filling in holes, etc.". At least with a tablet the have the possibility of learning something of value.

Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 1) 474

> the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system.

Americans have to get over their fear of socialism and accept that, all other things being equal, a community that works together is stronger and more prosperous than one that does not.

Except that the concept of "self reliance" is enshrined in the US constitution and is such a part of the American psyche that I don't know if it can ever be removed.

(bear with me .. this may seem like a left wing rant, but it is not)

For example this is seen in the 2nd amendment where the right to bear arms is enshrined. But why would you give someone the right to individually bear arms? That can only be because you want to allow them to be able to unilaterally act in using those arms. Thus in the 2nd amendment you are stating that an ideal of being an American is the power to act (for better or worse) as an individual.

How can you convince a society to act in a way that is un-selfish when the their society is fundamentally founded on the opposite?

Comment Re:Conversion typo (Score 1) 138

300 meters is 984 feet.

I'd love to know how this "typo" was produced. TFS looks like a simple cute and paste from TFA, yet the TFA has the correct number in it.

NA: We'd usually expect a canal to be built for this kind of purpose, so why a tunnel?

Because in this case we are crossing a hill which is more than 300 m (984 ft) high. The only alternative is a tunnel. From a maritime point of view this is still a canal, but with a "roof."

It's almost as if the error was deliberately introduced.

Comment Re:FAKE NEWS! (Score 4, Informative) 536

But speaking of asking questions unrelated issues, you should listen to some of the Republicans asking questions. They're more concerned with whether the freedom of press applies to news organizations publishing classified leaks than the actual issue of Russian meddling with the election.

Killing off the free press was always one of Trump's stated goals with his desire to open up libel laws in order to facilitate suing the press.

Comment Re:bloviated shit gibbon (Score 5, Informative) 536

you have evidence current plays golf more often than Obama did; also we paid for Obama's Hawaii vacations including 2008 vacations before he became president. so, do you really have a point?

It's been well documented that Trump is spending public tax dollars at rate well over double what Obama did, in order to fund his trips to his private club.

All the time while Camp David stands empty.

And then you have secret service costs for Melanie in NYC, and the secret service costs for his sons as the fly all over the world undertaking private business dealings.

This from a guy who basically campaigned on fiscal conservancy.

Comment Pittsburgh is fine ... (Score 3, Interesting) 127

Pittsburgh is a great place unless you want to see the horizon. With all those rolling hills the most you can really see in any direction is about a 1/2 mile. After growing up in a place where I could see the horizon I actually felt a bit claustrophobic in Pittsburgh.

And it ranks just behind Seattle for cloudy days, so don;t plan on seeing much in the way of sunlight.

At the opposite end of the spectrum I loved living and working in Salt Lake City for the vistas and the sunshine (other things not so much)

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