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by afew Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 10:13:54 AM EST

Not late today


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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 10:17:28 AM EST
Mysterious lyrics that haunted my childhood.

"How could they know just what this message means
The end of my hopes, the end of all my dreams"

(quoting from memory)

I could probably find meta-analysis of the song on the internets, but where's the fun in that?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:10:46 AM EST
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"Behind the door, where my love reined as queen"...

"The company was gay, We turned night into day..."

"A terraced house in a mean street back of town..."

Seeing them singing this stuff on Top of the Pops with their idiot grins is quite something.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:58:02 AM EST
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One wonders what they were adding to the milk.

Probably not turmeric.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:59:54 AM EST
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Graham Gouldman, who wrote it:

by asdf on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 12:57:46 PM EST
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Haha one more step wider range than the Star Spangled Banner / The Anacreontic Song...
by asdf on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 01:00:11 PM EST
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Thank you for that. Great song. Fantastic middle eight.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 06:14:46 PM EST
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Le projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel adopté par l'Assemblée Bill on gay marriage passed by the Assembly
Après dix jours d'une bataille parlementaire intense menée par une poignée de députés UMP, l'Assemblée nationale a adopté, mardi 12 février, le projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel. Le texte a été adopté par 329 voix contre 229. Dix députés se sont abstenus. C'est la première réforme sociétale d'importance de la majorité socialiste depuis l'élection de François Hollande. Le texte devra maintenant être examiné au Sénat à partir du 2 avril.After ten days of intense parliamentary battle led by a handful of deputies UMP , the National Assembly adopted on Tuesday, February 12, the bill on gay marriage. The text was adopted by 329 votes against 229. Ten MPs abstained. This is the first re form of societal importance of the majority since the election of socialist François Hollande . The text will now be considered in the Senate from April 2.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 12:12:00 PM EST
Akiva Orr, one of Israel's early communists (and much else later) died a few days ago. Here is a fascinating video made a few years ago in which  he describes his life, and Israel's wars from his point of view. It's a fascinating mix of nonstandard viewpoints I was aware of, along with many that I was not (and many where I am not sure if his view is correct and/or complete). But it's hard to resist someone who can't mention the name "Shimon Peres" without adding "piece of shit". And there are lots and lots of fascinating details along the way, such as the French proposal to bomb Beersheva to give Israel an excuse (blaming it on Egypt) for 1956, or Yeshayu Leibowitz's comment on civil wars (the only good type of war, as they are fought over matters of principle).

Warning: It's well over 2 hours long, and hard to stop in the middle. Amazing energy for someone almost 80 years old.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 02:50:08 PM EST
Fauja Singh, World's Oldest Runner At 101, Races For Women's Rights
Before retiring from racing, the world's oldest runner has made sure to take a big stride for women's issues.

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Singh, who first took up running at 89, is now planning for his final two marathons in Australia and then Hong Kong at the end of February, according to the Times of India. But he said he plans to continue to run at least four hours a day to serve as an example for others.

Ahh - I am a sucker for these kind of stories. And it shows once again, it is never to late to start something.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 03:03:13 PM EST
If that guy is 101, then I am, like 39.
by asdf on Tue Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:44:43 PM EST
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Dang, how did I somehow miss Tuesday?

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Feb 13th, 2013 at 05:52:59 PM EST


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