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  1. 3 points
    Killing the neighbors cat will immensely improve the eco system. And the neighbor should be more responsible.
  2. 3 points
    Yep you simply don't get it. I won't bother explaining it to you any further coz you're just digging a deeper hole for yourself.
  3. 3 points
    I won’t whitewash this, Walls are amoral.
  4. 3 points
    ...and Matthew and Luke!
  5. 3 points
    FFI Someone needs a punch in the guts.
  6. 3 points
    Unless they have a long record of driving drunk/stupid, they probably shouldn't go to jail. Five years of spending every weekend night cleaning up the blood in a busy emergency ward or being a porter in the morgue seems more appropriate.
  7. 3 points
    Boy, you would have asked Jim Jones for seconds.
  8. 3 points
    Remember, when defending Trump & Co. stick to the Standard Trump Defense Procedure (STDP). Deny (it never happened) Defend (it happened, but so what) Deflect (it's not a crime) Trivialize (It's may be a crime, but it doesn't matter. Everyone does it) Blame Hillary/Obama (Hillary was worse. Obama was black) You jumped right to the Blame Hillary step! Which is not the proper procedure. It does not allow the thread to become a confusing ball of shit we expect. I'm going to ask you at this time to take a refresher class on the STDP (Dog's teaching this week), and hopefully when you return, we'll see your posting quality improve. We're all behind you 100%. You can do this!
  9. 2 points
    i've come up with my before and after
  10. 2 points
    Fah you're probably think I'm into humping each other's leg repeating this, but it seems The Times might be reading this thread for inspiration. I would linky it but pay walled. In essence The Times go one step further about this logjam and MP's forming into too many groups and coming up with too many different things under the current Westminster system of respecting individual representation, not in the past acting like sheep controlled by the party. They do this by naming and shaming MP's who firstly are not debating but providing wooden speeches with short soundbites to put on their electoral social media accounts. They identified former Brexit Secretary David Davis and Tory MP Bernard Jenkins queued up outside on the lawn for the TV cameras to parade their denial of a no deal Brexit doing any damage, simply to extend their personal brands. Secondly the opposite being MP's who have complained about being vote fodder at the behest of whips in the past, now rising to the occasion to take on responsibilty their party leaders won't through paralysis or obstinance. Labours Yvette Cooper once dull as as a doormat is now a ministerial interrogator reducing the illinformed to silence. Hilary Benn and Tories Dominic Ben grey people of the past are now forcefull speakers. These are the ones who are abrest the complications from fish packing to car parts. Finally a list of MP's who are not even across the most basic facts you can get from Wikipedia, but put gobblygook into the public arena including their constituency. For instance Dan Henman of Vote Leave saying nobody is talking about threatening the UK's current place in a single market and like Boris Johnson saying he would vote to stay in that market? Similarly Owen Paterson championing Leave for the referendum now says we can participate in a single market without being saddled with the EU? Davis the former Brexit Secretary saying with no deal the UK could negotiate trade agreements during the 21 months transition? Stunning idiocy when when there is no transition period without a deal. Nadine Dorries another prominent Leaver rejecting May's deal on the grounds it leaves the UK with no voice or votes in the EU Parliament? What did she fucking think leaving meant? Raab admitting he didn't know much trade went through Dover and Calais? Bridgeman saying Brits would have rights to a Irish passport? That was a good one but maybe the best is reserved for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling having no idea that with no deal, UK road hauliers would have no right to drive through Europe? These are people wanting the UK and their constituents to take them seriously. Fuck me dead. Maybe I was wrong about the leaders keel-hauling a few rebels to get the message through about party unity. Maybe leaders included they should all be keel-hauled and then we only have to listen to those who can hold their breath the longest? Second thoughts can that idea. Rees Mogg who can talk underwater would end up as PM.
  11. 2 points
    And how many small mammals, reptiles and ground-dwelling birds *don't* currently exist in the USA because of cats? Mikey doesn't know. He can't know except possibly from inferential data in the fossil record. But - we do know what's happening. We know how some small marsupial populations recover when feral cats are excluded from their territory. We also know how expensive it is to do this. It's impossible to do even for a small fraction of the Australian landmass which is an even better reason for intensive suppression of feral animals on islands. NB: Tasmania is an island. I help suppress feral animals. Calicivirus has done a lot to knock back the rabbits and we don't have foxes in Tasmania. Long may it stay that way. The rabbit population is interesting - that was another classic study when I was at University. Some of the pictures from the 1930's are stunning. One side of a fence, bare dirt and hundreds of rabbits. The other side, native pasture. Myxomatosis gave us a breathing spell from the rabbit plague. Calicivirus another. I'm pretty sure the rabbits will breed resistance though due to their fecundity, just a question of how long. We have some of the oddest animals left on the planet and I'd really like my grandkids and many subsequent generations to be able to see them in their native environment, not in a zoo. If that means that cats have to go in toto should it come to that, so be it. Responsible cat owners - defined as owners who only have spayed/neutered pets with microchips and whose animals are collared, belled and KEPT TO THEIR OWNERS' PREMISES will help keep even stronger restrictions at bay. It wouldn't take a lot of people as irresponsible as Mikey to generate a backlash that would see cats prohibited in Tasmania. We probably couldn't eradicate the ferals now but we could put a lot of selection pressure on them. I do wonder about how one could combine low-light cameras, image recognition and some form of trapping in the bush to put further pressure on the feral population. Be a great research project. Australian ecology is one of my hot buttons I'm afraid. I learned too much about the fuckups of well-meaning people to have any time for bleeding hearts like Mikey. We've had his types try to smuggle in carp in the not so distant past for live bait then let the things go (though the fishery they'd fuck up is introduced trout so maybe that would be a wash ecologically). It took 20 years to eliminate them from a relatively confined area. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-16/fisheries-officers-push-for-carp-free-tasmania/7936798 FKT
  12. 2 points
    What is really mindblowing to me right now, is that all the UK MPs and the government are debating, arguing and negotiating on what the Brexit deal should be, being COMPLETELY oblivious to the fact that the negotiation is not within themselves, but with the EU! And that negotiation already took place, and this is what May presented. They can decide whatever they want within themselves, but if May comes back with a "new deal" to the EU; the reply might be/ most likely will be a polite: No while the EU representative will be bitting their tongue really hard, not to answer less politely: Go fuck yourself
  13. 2 points
    By Max Boot Columnist January 13 "On Friday, the New York Times reported that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” That investigation may well be continuing under the auspices of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. We don’t know what Mueller has learned. But we can look at the key, publicly available evidence that both supports and undercuts this explosive allegation. Here is some of the evidence suggesting “Individual 1” could be a Russian “asset”: — Trump has a long financial history with Russia. As summarized by Jonathan Chait in an invaluable New York magazine article: “From 2003 to 2017, people from the former USSR made 86 all-cash purchases — a red flag of potential money laundering — of Trump properties, totaling $109 million. In 2010, the private-wealth division of Deutsche Bank also loaned him hundreds of millions of dollars during the same period it was laundering billions in Russian money. ‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ said Donald Jr. in 2008. ‘We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,’ boasted Eric Trump in 2014.” According to Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress, Trump was even pursuing his dream of building a Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign with the help of a Vladimir Putin aide. These are the kind of financial entanglements that intelligence services such as the FSB typically use to ensnare foreigners, and they could leave Trump vulnerable to blackmail. — The Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help elect Trump president. — Trump encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails on July 27, 2016 (“Russia, if you’re listening”), on the very day that Russian intelligence hackers tried to attack Clinton’s personal and campaign servers. — There were, according to the Moscow Project, “101 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives,” and “the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.” The most infamous of these contacts was the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between the Trump campaign high command and a Kremlin emissary promising dirt on Clinton. Donald Trump Jr.’s reaction to the offer of Russian assistance? “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” — The Trump campaign was full of individuals, such as Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, with suspiciously close links to Moscow. — Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for free and was heavily in debt to a Russian oligarch, now admits to offering his Russian business partner, who is suspected of links to Russian intelligence, polling data that could have been used to target the Russian social media campaign on behalf of Trump. — Trump associate Roger Stone, who was in contact with Russian conduit WikiLeaks, reportedly knew in advance that the Russians had hacked Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails. (Stone has denied it.) — Once in office, Trump fired Comey to stop the investigation of the “Russia thing” — and then bragged about having done so to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister while also sharing with them top-secret information. Later, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he would not end the special counsel investigation that resulted after the firing of Comey. As Lawfare editor Benjamin Wittes argues, “the obstruction was the collusion” — Trump has been effectively protecting the Russians by trying to impede the investigation of their attack on the United States. Trump has refused to consistently acknowledge that Russia interfered in the U.S. election or mobilize a government-wide effort to stop future interference. He has accepted Putin’s protestations that the Russians did not meddle in the election over the “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that they did. — Like no previous president, Trump attacks and undermines the Justice Department and the FBI (“a cancer in our country”) — two institutions that stand on the front lines of combatting Russian espionage and influence operations in the United States. — Again, like no previous president, Trump attacks and undermines the European Union and NATO — he has suggested that France should leave the E.U. and that the United States should leave NATO, reportedly saying, “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.” The E.U. and NATO are the two major obstacles to Russian designs in Europe. — Trump supports populist, pro-Russian leaders in Europe, such as Viktor Orban in Hungary and Marine Le Pen in France, just as the Russians do. — Trump has praised Putin (“a strong leader”) while trashing just about everyone else from grade-B Hollywood celebrities to leaders of allied nations. Trump even praised Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats and, notwithstanding instruction from his aides (“DO NOT CONGRATULATE”), congratulated Putin on winning a rigged reelection. — Trump was utterly supine in his meetings with Putin, principally in Hamburg and Helsinki. Even more suspicious, according to a Post article on Saturday, Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with . . . Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials . . . Several officials said they were never able to get a reliable readout of the president’s two-hour meeting in Helsinki.” — Trump defends the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and repeats other pro-Russian talking points. — Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, handing that country to Russia and its ally Iran. — Trump has effectively done nothing in response to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in international waters, thereby encouraging greater Russian aggression. — Trump is sowing chaos in the government, most recently with a record-breaking partial government shutdown and “acting” appointees in key posts such as the Defense Department and Justice Department, thus furthering a Russian objective of undermining its chief adversary. Now that we’ve listed 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset, let’s look at the exculpatory evidence: I can’t think of anything that would exonerate Trump aside from the difficulty of grasping what once would have seemed unimaginable: that a president of the United States could actually have been compromised by a hostile foreign power. In his own defense, Trump claims he has been tougher on Russia “than any other President,” but literally in the next sentence he says, “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.” When the United States actually has taken steps to get tough with Russia in the past two years, it has usually been the work of Congress (the 2017 Russia sanctions bill) or Trump aides (expelling 60 Russian diplomats). The Post reports that Trump was “furious” when his administration was portrayed as being tough on Russia, and NBC News reports that he instructed subordinates never to publicly discuss plans to sell weapons to Ukraine. This is hardly a “beyond a reasonable doubt” case that Trump is a Russian agent — certainly not in the way that Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames were. But it is a strong, circumstantial case that Trump is, as former acting CIA director Michael Morell and former CIA director Michael V. Hayden warned during the 2016 campaign, “an unwitting agent of the Russian federation” (Morell) or a “useful fool” who is “manipulated by Moscow” (Hayden). If Trump isn’t actually a Russian agent, he is doing a pretty good imitation of one.
  14. 2 points
    David Frum ✔@davidfrum Not every president has the political genius to drive home to every last voter in America that his most feared political opponent wanted to meet troops in a war zone that he himself had been too frightened to visit 6,800 4:57 PM - Jan 17, 2019
  15. 2 points
    I am always impressed by Jacob Rees-Mogg's debating ability. Of course, it is possible to win a debate and still be wrong.
  16. 2 points
    No, they went in there to oppose Assad. Turned out they were helping ISIS allies, among others.
  17. 2 points
    I notice that no one else has brought this up, but just in the way that Jamaican immigration to Great Britain is a payback for colonialism, the influx of possible immigrants from Central America is, in a lot of ways, merely payback for the US colonial policy at the end of the 1800s. Panama, for instance, would not exist without US interference. Honduras certainly was a US colonial product of United Fruit. Hey, were just getting the forseen result of years of colonialism. If we made the problem, then we are part of the solution, or so it seems to the poor peasant.
  18. 2 points
    Look, I love the laser and I'm not saying carrying your boat is something good, but being able to do it is. You should see some of the older sailors in my fleet dragging their boats (with their cockpits half full of water) up the ramp after a couple of hours racing... My point is big changes in design will effectively make a different class, and then the laser would lose it's advantage which is the current fleets you can race in around the world, and in exchange of what? A new boat that looks like an Aero? It'd make no sense.
  19. 2 points
    So, after finally getting a mechanic who actually knows something about these engines, it turns out that a major issue is the timing. I had the injection pump rebuilt a few years back and was never able to properly re-time it. For those that don't know, it's done by fitting shims between the pump and the case. Anyways, it appears that somehow the pump got longer while in the rebuild process, and now even with no shims, the timing is still off. I'm going to have to get the case ground down so the pump can fit a bit lower as naturally the rebuilders of the pump have no idea how it could have happened. Whether this turns out to be the underlying issue I don't know, but it's a start.
  20. 2 points
    Logan 33. Original 1912 Logan designed Coquette was used as the mould to produce a run of modern versions. Marketed as the Tucker 33. David Barker produced this version Feather with a outboard.
  21. 2 points
    Personally, I think the trip should be postponed. To be perfectly honest, I think Congress and the President should have their pay frozen and be required to hammer out a deal before leaving DC for any reason. Fat chance of that happening.
  22. 2 points
    I have donated 115 times and have never recieved a cent, only juice and cookies and the occasional lunch room credit when I donated at work. The techs often say that my blood looks really good. It is a slightly differant shade of red than most. This is what 14 gallons of blood represents.
  23. 2 points
    Max Prop. Best customer service I've ever experienced. Great reverse. Love mine...
  24. 2 points
    I think you're onto something here. Either the Ridgeline or the Versa could be used as the basis for a moveable wall. Then you wouldn't even need to cover the full 1,954 miles. Instead, every night the wall would move, a virtual wall so to speak. This would sow uncertainty amongst the terrorists who would give up and go back to Iran. Quite brilliant really.
  25. 2 points
    1. I stomped your dick singlehanded in O/D. 2. Me and my mate stomped your dick in doublehanded O/D. 3. Me and my mates stomped your dick in a coastal race, sometimes to an island no one really wants to go to. 4. Me and my mates stomped your dick racing around a rock no one really wants to go around. 5. Me and my mates stomped your dick racing around the world at great expense. 6. I stomped your dick racing around the world non stop at great expense. 7. I stomped your dick racing around the word non stop in a multihull at great expense. 8. I/we stomped your dick racing in a class no one cares about in a corrupt international competition to satisfy the IOC. 8. Me and my mates stomped your dick racing expensive rating yachts around small floaties at various defunct events around the world. 9. Me and my mates stomped your dick and drank champagne while racing super expensive shiny yachts, that really shouldn't be raced, in exotic locations. 10. I didn't stomp your dick, but I did pay a crap load of money to have my top pro's stomp the dicks of your top pro's in boats no-one other than really top pro's will ever sail, for a mug that isn't even a mug.