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by ObsessoMom
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 660260

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The drone was gathering data on water temperature and salinity--i.e., measures of climate change. Why would Trump want to see the experts he loathes get their scientific tool back?
by ObsessoMom
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13870
Views: 1817391

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The new five pound note contains tallow. No word on which animal has been used, as this article only focusses on vegan/vegetarian implications rather than religious. Wasn't sure if to put here or news in brief, but it is definitely a ridiculous oversight. It's human tallow. UK currency is people. U...
by ObsessoMom
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 142
Views: 17557

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I enjoy reading the obituaries of fascinating, admirable people I'd never heard of (such as journalist Ruth Gruber , who died a few weeks ago at age 105. It makes me happy to think that the world is filled with many other fascinating, admirable people I've never heard of because they are still livin...
by ObsessoMom
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 3364

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

Isn't the "jingle" of "Jingle bells" an imperative verb rather than an adjective, Soupspoon? (Kinda like Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," but less apocalyptic.)
by ObsessoMom
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 709749

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Judge throws out ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's plea deal, saying six months in prison not enough tl;dr: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca tried to get a more lenient sentence for the beatings of prisoners (and of at least one prison visitor), and for the intimidation of the FBI officer...
by ObsessoMom
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 17526

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I hate RT, which is Putin's propaganda machine. Here's a more reputable source for the second story.

[Edited to say: Sorry, I forgot to thank you for bringing this to my attention.]
by ObsessoMom
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89691
Views: 6011364

Re: Random natterings

Zohar wrote:Back to the Future and Grease were set in the 80s, too.


Huh? Grease came out in 1978, and the film is set in the 1958-1959 school year. Methinks you're misremembering.
by ObsessoMom
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2021
Views: 559896

Re: Something on Youtube

This 3-D printed, light-activated zoetrope of a dancer is lovely. I definitely prefer the single animation to the multi, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uun1liGAN6Q
by ObsessoMom
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 98125

Re: British EU referendum in June

I've been watching The Wall Street Journal's live coverage. Pretty interesting.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats stage sit in over gun legislation in House
Replies: 40
Views: 4517

Re: Democrats stage sit in over gun legislation in House

Well, they're getting publicity, but it's definitely not good:

The New York Times: Three Separate, Equal, and Dysfunctional Branches of Government
by ObsessoMom
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 353962

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Eebster, you may find this illuminating. I stumbled across it a few days ago when I was trying to figure out someone's use of "TK".
by ObsessoMom
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89691
Views: 6011364

Re: Random natterings

Re: weddings: Who's paying for it? If the parents are paying for it, it's THEIR party. They get to use it as an excuse to throw a big, obnoxious blow-out to impress THEIR friends, most of whom the couple don't know. My husband and I are both shy, awkward people, and didn't want to start our new life...
by ObsessoMom
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13870
Views: 1817391

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The point of drug testing for welfare recipients is not to reduce drug use, it's to shame people for needing help. Rich people don't need help so why should we shame them? They are basically hand chosen by God to be the money bearers of society, and are thus the most righteous people in society. In...
by ObsessoMom
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 709749

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Oakland loses third police chief in nine days, will operate under civilian control The Oakland department is currently reeling from allegations that officers were having inappropriate relationships with a teenage sex worker, possibly while she was underage. [Oakland mayor Libby] Schaaf also said Fr...
by ObsessoMom
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Cross Skims Off 25% of Donations
Replies: 24
Views: 4732

Re: Red Cross Skims Off 25% of Donations

Thanks for this. Sadly, I'm not surprised. My local Red Cross chapter has had about twenty years of scandals, lawsuits, etc., under a series of directors who have been either spectacularly incompetent, deliberately unethical, or both. Although I know that the odds are high that I'll someday have to ...
by ObsessoMom
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 41463

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Yes, sorry, I realized too late what you really meant, Zohar.

And I agree with Lucrece's point, too.
by ObsessoMom
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 41463

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

[Never mind--I misinterpreted what someone was saying.]
by ObsessoMom
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 41463

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

This guy was a homophobe, looking to add... meaning and significance to his hate. If he's claimed links to Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah in the past before ISIS then I'm sorry but he's not inspired by ISIS. He was just trying to rationalise his hatred, link himself to some bigger group of hate and fear, a...
by ObsessoMom
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 660260

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Back on topic, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/08/us/politics/trump-university-judge.html If this counts, then this will be the second time Trump has ever backpedaled. I don't think it counts yet. He hasn't retracted his comments--he's said that his comments have been "misconstrued." There...
by ObsessoMom
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13146
Views: 1162133

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that the name "Guadalupe," which I had previously assumed was only a girl's name, is given to the firstborn child in each generation of some Mexican families, whether that child is male or female.
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 30, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13870
Views: 1817391

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

In my non-expert opinion, the GIF that shows some bright spots continuing to shine after that part of Ceres has rotated into shadow suggests phosphorescence.
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 23, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 660260

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A MESSAGE FROM THE GRAMMAR POLICE: I can just quietly roll my eyes and say nothing when people in this thread use "who's" ("who is") instead of "whose" ("belonging to whom")...and "it's" ("it is") instead of "its" ("belonging...
by ObsessoMom
Wed May 04, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89691
Views: 6011364

Re: Random natterings

May the Fourth be with you.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 709749

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's a good idea for everyone to periodically review these handy tips for police interactions. Obviously, your local laws may vary.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13146
Views: 1162133

Re: Today I Learned

freezeblade wrote:Plants are fun!


Mark Watney? Is that you?
by ObsessoMom
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2021
Views: 559896

Re: Something on Youtube

It so happens that Cassetteboy just posted a new video of Jeremy Hunt singing about the NHS to the tune (almost) of The Village People's "YMCA".
by ObsessoMom
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2021
Views: 559896

Re: Something on Youtube

Flumble wrote:It's a tad old, but it flows nicely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YBumQHPAeU


Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful work of art. I'd never heard of Cassetteboy before. Fantastic.

This one was almost as good. And they had a bunch of others I enjoyed, too.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prince: The Writer, Singer, Performer Has Passed
Replies: 4
Views: 2389

Re: Prince: The Writer, Singer, Performer Has Passed

The Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor had a mega-hit in 1990 with her version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U'. Video here.
by ObsessoMom
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 709749

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Not really police in this story...it's the authorities at private prison companies...but that just makes it more horrifying, doesn't it? Key snippets: In their financial reports, prison companies chalk up negative publicity generated by riots and other problems as a cost of doing business, but even ...
by ObsessoMom
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13146
Views: 1162133

Re: Today I Learned

by ObsessoMom
Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Origami and Mental Illness
Replies: 7
Views: 3627

Re: Origami and Mental Illness

Thanks, Cleverbeans, for making my day more fun and beautiful.
by ObsessoMom
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13870
Views: 1817391

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Sure, basic sciences are taught, but do all students have access to that material? If someone's reading scores channeled him or her into taking only earth sciences and biology, he or she wouldn't have had any exposure to the basics of chemistry and physics. At my high school, the one physics class a...
by ObsessoMom
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4412

Re: Panama Papers

US government, Soros funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks Interesting But what else would Russia Today say? From its Wikipedia article : RT has been called a propaganda outlet for the Russian Government[10][11][12] and its foreign policy[10][13][12][14] by news reporters,[15] including ...
by ObsessoMom
Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4412

Re: Panama Papers

Oh. I thought it was because he was an expert on manure.
by ObsessoMom
Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4412

Re: Panama Papers

News of Mr Gunnlaugsson's resignation came from Agriculture Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, who announced he would be taking over.


Very intriguing chain of command they have over in Iceland.
by ObsessoMom
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4412

Re: Panama Papers

What a fascinating ecosystem of scurrying things under this overturned rock. Thanks, Mambrino.
by ObsessoMom
Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13146
Views: 1162133

Re: Today I Learned

today i learned how to conjugate latin verbs in the perfect, pluperfect, & present perfect tenses! i like my latin class. it's interesting. Are you sure you don't mean perfect, pluperfect and future perfect? (e.g. amavi/amaveram/amavero) That's the traditional grouping, and Latin doesn't really...

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