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January-February Open Thread

by Bernard Mon Jan 18th, 2021 at 06:48:22 PM EST

COVID vaccination on the march throughout Europe (OK, maybe limping...)

When we present our new year wishes this year, we are tempted to add: may 2021 be better than 2020.

Well, maybe not if you have any friends or relatives in Indonesia. Consider this, in less than three weeks:

And we are just a little over two weeks into January...
by Bernard on Tue Jan 19th, 2021 at 06:37:25 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:48:00 PM EST
by generic on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:50:48 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 06:18:38 PM EST
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Of course, as amply demonstrated in that thread.
by Bernard on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 09:20:02 PM EST
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Good thing his ancestors didn't come from Ukraine.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:59:25 PM EST
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The coastal town of Margate in east Kent is the place where the fast-spreading variant of Covid-19 first mutated before it swept through the rest of Britain. Scientists identified Kent last month as the county where the mutant virus developed, but a source with knowledge of research into its origins tells me that the earliest case of a person being infected with it was in Margate on the Isle of Thanet.
Seems appropriate given the English inability to do contact tracing. "On Margate Sands/I can connect/Nothing with nothing."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:38:08 PM EST
Soviet Union, 1920s

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 07:37:59 PM EST
Herding cats more difficult than expected
TransTeam Biden: Where are the missing 20M doses?
Bones: They expired, Jim.
TransTeam Biden: C'mon, man. They must be spread out across arms in the states.
Bones: They expired, Jim.
TransTeam Biden: OK. Let's boost the manufacturing pace!
Bones: Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor not an operations manager.
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 03:25:12 PM EST

by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 05:05:11 PM EST
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In Philadelphia, A Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination ["]Startup["] Led By 22-Year-Old
"The marketing plan hinged on inoculating local celebrities like rapper Meek Mill, a Philadelphia native, in order to attract his fan base."
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 06:31:44 PM EST
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Austrian MP allowed to call beer shop owner `asshole,' court rules
An Austrian court ruled Thursday that Sigrid Maurer, who leads the Greens' parliamentary group in the Austrian parliament, had the right to insult a man who had sent her obscene messages.

In May 2018, the owner of a craft beer shop sent Maurer sexually explicit messages. She fired back in a private chat, calling him an "asshole."

As a result, the man, who has not been named, filed a case against Maurer, alleging that her words amounted to slander.

According to local media, a district court in Vienna argued that the way the plaintiff had "verbally raped" Maurer justified her becoming angry and calling him an "asshole."

"Given the perversity of the plaintiff's remarks, the defendant's indignation, which continued for two days afterward, is legitimate," the court said.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:32:31 PM EST
I read that as "Australian MP..." and wondered why the courts would bother. That counts as friendly banter over there.

Though it would be spelt "arsehole" in that case.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 9th, 2021 at 11:29:45 AM EST
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UK Cladding on High Rise Apartments

A costly cost-cutting decision to not abide by EU Building Safety Rules ...

Grenfell Tower Fire - from the diaries

Devastating Fire Engulfs West London Tower - 120 Flats

Grenfell Disaster: Criminal Neglect Is Manslaughter

by Oui on Wed Feb 10th, 2021 at 09:52:36 AM EST
by Oui on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 06:48:24 PM EST
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I used a search engine for BGS, British Geological Survey as their expertise was needed for research of a grave of 81 skeletons of British soldiers near Utrecht in the Netherlands. A mystery yet to be solved ...

History First Coalition War in Holland 1792-1797

The First Coalition And The Jacobin Regime

Confronted by such policies, Great Britain, already allied with the Dutch from 1788, was inevitably drawn into the war. In addition to their alarm at the course of French conquests, the British became suspicious of French intentions toward the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville, the British foreign secretary, protested to the French ambassador, Bernard-François, marquis de Chauvelin, against decrees of November 6 and 19 and finally, on January 24, 1793, gave him his passports. A week later the Convention declared war.

by Oui on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 at 08:53:06 PM EST
Communism is Soviet Power + Electrification of the Whole Country - Seventeen Moments in Soviet History
Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.

and there's no place for communism in Texas.
by generic on Fri Feb 19th, 2021 at 01:50:50 PM EST
Anton Philips sold 50,000 electric light bulbs to Russia in 1898 for the Winter Palace of the tzars in St. Petersburg

Philips restores the historical lighting of the Oriental Gallery at the Winter Palace

by Oui on Fri Feb 19th, 2021 at 03:39:42 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:05:03 PM EST
Pitching a show today called Yallah dig! about a group of Egyptian Englandologists who were able to buy an excavation permit for Westminster Abby after England finds itself in dire financial need 20 years after Brexit. Wish me luck.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 08:27:39 PM EST

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