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Friday Open Thread

by ceebs Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM EST

Time to kick back, the weekend is here


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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:35:11 PM EST
Well I can see you are sage about that

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:43:19 PM EST
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He's just showing off to impress Rosemary

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:45:22 PM EST
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He's right Herb.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:51:47 PM EST
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well he's needed to go in another direction since Taras gone

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:53:24 PM EST
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And SHE left Basil in the first place....

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:55:33 PM EST
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Only one missing was the parsley.
by sgr2 on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 04:50:01 PM EST
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That's cos he's in the Garden

The magic word is "Herbidaceous"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 05:04:58 PM EST
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"Do the hand chive, baby!"

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:52:40 PM EST
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<races to wiki for a list of all herbs. Who's first?>

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:54:05 PM EST
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Cumin

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:57:34 PM EST
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Choose any three

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 01:00:24 PM EST
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Well that's fairly mint

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 01:10:01 PM EST
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Anise, or was that Absinthe?
by sgr2 on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 04:54:02 PM EST
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You're breaking the unwritten rules ;-P

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 05:31:37 PM EST
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well only a worm would :)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 09:53:10 PM EST
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Time-lapse perseids for the Recent commenters

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:35:33 PM EST
ildekon
Awesome close-up shot of tit


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:36:34 PM EST
outstanding

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:40:55 PM EST
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Earth's green carbon sink on the wane : Nature News

The capacity of plants to act as a carbon sink could be on the decline.

As global temperatures have risen in recent decades, the amount of atmospheric carbon being converted into plant biomass has increased in step. However, in a paper published today in Science, ecologists Maosheng Zhao and Steve Running at the University of Montana in Missoula report a surprising reversal of this trend over the last decade, despite its having been the warmest on record1.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:37:11 PM EST

Souce

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char

by Melanchthon on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:40:29 PM EST
Excellent picture. Is it for real or just photoshopped ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:41:41 PM EST
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It's for real. However, the photographer says the lightning is not striking the Eiffel tower, but is somewhere behind the tower.

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:51:05 PM EST
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Oh sure, if it was striking the tower it'd have hit the top, quickest path to earth.

But I just thought it was a lucky coincidence to get the lightning exactly behind it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 01:37:52 PM EST
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Obviously that is French WMD, good job Tony and George never saw that pic or the bombers would be heading that way right now.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:44:47 PM EST
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that the Eiffel tower was blue for France's EU presidency, ie the second half of 2008, so that picture is 2 years old.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 05:03:17 PM EST
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really incredible pole gymnatics; cheesy music tho'



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:44:14 PM EST
oh there's several heart-stopping moments in there

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:50:06 PM EST
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Incredible. Applause for the cerebellums.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 05:37:07 PM EST
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Fab  Aurora borealis



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:47:20 PM EST
Beyond City Limits - By Parag Khanna | Foreign Policy

The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city. In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built. This new world is not -- and will not be -- one global village, so much as a network of different ones.

Time, technology, and population growth have massively accelerated the advent of this new urbanized era. Already, more than half the world lives in cities, and the percentage is growing rapidly. But just 100 cities account for 30 percent of the world's economy, and almost all its innovation. Many are world capitals that have evolved and adapted through centuries of dominance: London, New York, Paris. New York City's economy alone is larger than 46 of sub-Saharan Africa's economies combined. Hong Kong receives more tourists annually than all of India. These cities are the engines of globalization, and their enduring vibrancy lies in money, knowledge, and stability. They are today's true Global Cities.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:58:06 PM EST
Oh look! I can draw another arbitrary boundary! Aren't I clever!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 01:04:02 PM EST
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And when the oil runs out they're all screwed from lousy transport logistics. but apart from that, good future-scoping.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 01:10:51 PM EST
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campaign 2010 - endorsement from the grreat asylum South Carolina


South Carolina's US Senate race is a media extravaganza. Jim DeMint, the radical right
Republican incumbent and tea partier and Alvin Greene, a mysterious, unknown Democrat and action figure enthusiast who has been indicted on a felony obscenity charge are joined by Tom Clements, a peace and environmental activist. Newcomer Clements is the Green Party nominee and a life-long activist involved with vital public interest issues affecting South Carolina, the United States and the world. Clements excels in political research and advocacy....

DeMint, a former paper salesman and ad executive, is the hero of the far right. Media is drawn to the enigmatic Greene, giving him more coverage than any candidate in America according to the Pew Research Center. DeMint is the most ultra-conservative Senator in Congress. Greene would stimulate the economy by selling action figures of himself, which could include a jailbird, considering  his indictment for showing pornography to a teenage student. But Clements' record of public service and activism gives him the credibility to be a Senator for all the people.
Read more...



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 02:32:06 PM EST
One day we're gonna know how Greene won the primary nomination cos right now nobody seems to know.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 02:47:25 PM EST
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South Carolina runs open primary elections. That is, speaking pragmatically, neither uniparty faction may easily control the preliminary outcomes for their preferred nominees; every election of public office is a "top-two" and "general election" despite attention to uniparty candidate personnages: SC secretary of state, SC State Election Commission, scvotes.org_final_precinct_results.

It just so happens though, if partisan composition of the state legislature is a reliable indicator, more residents vote for self-identified Republican Party members.

Speaking of state legislators, Senator Phil Leventis sent a letter to the SC State Election Commission requesting the impoundment of voting machines used during the 8 June 2010 primary elections by which Mr Greene obtained Democratic Party nomination.

According to published reports, many voting irregularities occurred in the Democratic primary for United States Senate. For instance, it has been reported in 25 precincts in Spartanburg County, one of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate received more votes than were actually cast and there were 50 other precincts where votes appeared to be missing from the final count.

Read more...

(whatever you do, do NOT click on the "become a member" hyper link.)

Possibly related commentary:
nonpartisan primaries
What Difference does 2nd Preference make in London?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 04:13:26 PM EST
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hee hee, sorry can't help but laugh

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 04:39:31 PM EST
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Thinking about going out to see a movie. Sit in a real theater, munch the popcorn, and embrace the Ambulance of It All.

Then I looked to see what was showing.

Have a choice between seven standard boring Hollywood crap films you couldn't pay to sit through or three standard boring Hollywood crap films in 3D you couldn't pay to sit through.

Time to dig through the DVDs.

(sigh)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 06:23:02 PM EST
I'm going to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World tonight. I don't think you're in the demographic for that one. And well, popcorn either way.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 07:03:58 PM EST
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That was one of the films.

You're right, I'm not the demographic.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 12:43:50 PM EST
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We watched 'I love you Phillip Morris' (Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor) last night. The DVD is recently released in Europe. Theatre run again delayed until October 2010 in the US.

Standard and boring it isn't.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 04:26:11 AM EST
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Thanks.

I'll check it out.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 12:44:15 PM EST
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