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by Quercus
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714698

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

Women urged not to put ice lollies in their vagina to cool down. I'm not actually sure if this article is in response to something that people are actually doing. Last night I was holding ice against many different parts of my body where the blood was close to the surface in an attempt to cool down...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936106

Re: Trump presidency

On the whole racist or just pandering to racists thing - while intent can be a useful thing to hash out in a personal context, it's less so in a public, political one. Once something is a deliberate act, which one could reasonably forsee the consequences and interpretation of, intent ceases to be a ...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

On an unrelated note, Presta tyre valves are bullshit. Listen, cyclist community, you can't possibly think a valve used on every motor vehicle is somehow unsuitable for bicycles. It is and you will thank me when you have no trouble inflating your tyres at any odd gas station without having to mess ...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That said, genuinely curious; what prevents unauthorized immigrants from abusing the asylum process? Generally asylum seekers aren't allowed to work, and those whose asylum claims are rejected are subject to deportation. For someone without a genuine reason to claim asylum increased levels of monit...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Or -- hear me out here -- whatever alleged "crimes" they may or may not be guilty of shouldn't even factor into this, because it's no way to treat human beings, period. Agreed, although I do think that it is important to establish that these people aren't criminals, because arguably there...
by Quercus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What the fuck is with the camps denying people SOAP? I'm not in favor of unrestricted immigration, but even criminals should have access to SOAP. People requesting asylum aren’t criminals. The point is we shouldnt be treating them worse than criminals. It's not too important a point but technically...
by Quercus
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What the fuck is with the camps denying people SOAP? I'm not in favor of unrestricted immigration, but even criminals should have access to SOAP. People requesting asylum aren’t criminals. For the avoidance of doubt, PAstrychef isn't referring here merely to an opinion or a matter of current practi...
by Quercus
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936106

Re: Trump presidency

I never really did understand that "orange man bad" meme. I mean... yes, rando altright troll, the orange man is bad, which is what the person you're responding to was just saying, probably much more eloquently. Do you have a point? I was going to compare it to the idea of liberals respon...
by Quercus
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3585314

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I don't know why, but I'm unreasonably annoyed when someone writes a lot into a chat and hits "send" after every single sentence rather than typing up everything in one go. I don't want a dozen notifications from one conversation, thank you. Too bad even I tend to do that sometimes... I f...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936106

Re: Trump presidency

I think I might have forgotten entirely about some social media accounts I've made and used in the past five years - I think there's at least one Twitter account I used briefly for career purposes I can't even remember the username of. Reddit throwaway accounts too - I think I still have them in my ...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Recipe requests
Replies: 97
Views: 25748

Re: Recipe requests

I'm wary of having a lot of liquid in there, but I guess I wouldn't mind making a stew. It is conceivable I am wrong on that point! I've used (well seasoned) cast iron for some quite long reductions and have never noticed an issue. I made a tomato based sauce in cast iron once or twice and that did...
by Quercus
Wed May 29, 2019 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Maybe I'm just in a pessimistic mood but I fear it will only aid his cause. It'll be seen as politically motivated and voters currently on the fence might just lean more towards him as yet another two-fingers to 'the man'... It's not voters you have to convince though, it's specifically Tory MPs (w...
by Quercus
Sun May 26, 2019 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936106

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, the nicest way to describe that would be "a load of insane conjecture". I was going to rebut it point by point but it doesn't really seem worth it, there's no substance backing any of it up to start with. It's a Gish gallop. Spew a wall of nonsense, then when someone tries to refute...
by Quercus
Fri May 24, 2019 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

gd1 wrote:May leaving in June? Yeah, that works.


Yeah, except the front-runner to replace her is fucking Boris Johnson, so we're probably going from bad to worse.
by Quercus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8623

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

"The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide healthcare i.e. treat diseases." Leaving aside the "treat diseases" part for a moment, it's worth addressing a syntactic issue here. It would be very hard to argue that the purpose of a "healthcare system" is not to &qu...
by Quercus
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936106

Re: Trump presidency

And insulting swing voters is the worst possible political strategy: As I say, it'll result in nothing but "Oh, really? Fuck me? Well, fuck you!" - and a loss of power for a generation. Thesh is posting his rant on a tiny internet forum that hardly anyone reads rather than somewhere with ...
by Quercus
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1166100

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cop "mistakes" gun for taser, shoots inmate . Officer not charged, obviously, but retired from department. Forgetting the lack of punishment for the moment (which is sadly not unexpected) what would the charge have been here? The person didnt die. There was no intent to kill. Would it hav...
by Quercus
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

Being Odo, the shapeshifting head of station security from DS9 would make being genderfluid a *lot* simpler, but then I don't really want to be a security officer. I guess if I'm him then I can put in a transfer request to the engineering section, which would be much more my cup of tea. Also, while ...
by Quercus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

Thesh wrote:I think they are confusing headlights with daytime running lights.

Seems likely. My car ain't fancy enough to have those!
by Quercus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

You could just risked the stern complaint from the cops, and just drive home until you get to the mechanics tomorrow. It wasn't so much the stern complaint I was worried about - it was the many miles of unlighted motorway at night on the way home - only being able to see obstructions on one side di...
by Quercus
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

elasto wrote:Schools would be a good place to start, but that won't get through to the majority.


Government controls the curriculum, so it will never happen anyway (outside of a few maverick teachers)
by Quercus
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Felstaff wrote:I'm going on the march tomorrow, if anyone wishes to join me (and at least, like, 47 others), PM me. You get to score 10 points on the 'meet-a-mod' scoreboard we have at the xkcd office.

Thanks for the offer. If I wasn't moving house at the exact same time I'd likely be taking you up on that.
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1166100

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Personal property isn't the same as private property. Not exactly. Personal property is private property that belongs to a person. There is private property that does not belong to a person--land belonging to a church congregation for example--so private property is broader than personal property. ...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The notion that we're stripping away the right to vote from citizens who are subject to our laws -- and have a tremendous interest regarding the function of our penal system -- is deranged. (Emphasis mine) Agreed. I also seem to recall that that very grievance precipitated a certain revolution a fe...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1166100

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My experience is with actual human behavior. Um, no it isn't. No-one magically gets direct experience of stuff like that. Your experience, as everyone else's, is of a small sample of human behaviour, produced under very particular circumstances dictated by where you happen to live and what gets rep...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1166100

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I have news for you, the courts are broken in virtually all other countries too. In Singapore, it's de facto a crime to appeal a court decision, Japan's legal system is basically guilty until proven innocent, France has a serious problem with its minorities, etc. The main difference being that in s...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

That assumes that people won't change their vote as they get here older. That's far from obvious - after all, the elderly of 2018 once voted to join the EC back in the seventies. That's very true - I had thought that the independent article I saw had used a more sophisticated methodology involving ...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

↶ I'm just hoping that the EU 27 grant a good long extension. The nature of such an important deal (or the lack of it) is clearly not best decided by a government in active constitutional crisis. Frankly, I hope they do so only under the condition that there's either a new election or a new referen...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also I am not sure about that, but I wouldn't be surprised if paying for the cost of that election was on them. The part about it being ridiculous would be a joke on them. The guardian live news feed said it would be a cost borne by the UK. Seemed to think it would be about £100 million, but I don'...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And if the UK doesn't take part in them, and then revokes A50, then the EU parliament would be constitutionally unable to do anything because the UK wouldn't be represented. I'm not sure what would happen then, we'd probably have to have our elections in a hurry. I've heard that the EU has made hav...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 266352

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

John Bercow has ruled out another vote on the government's previously rejected Brexit agreement if the motion remains "substantially the same". Maybe some or more of the players are all being extremely clever here, but I can't help fearing that it's one of those movie-climax fights on the...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4898
Views: 755284

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Bear in mind that most antisemitic stereotypes are about Jews' supposed superiority, whereas virtually all other racism is about supposed inferiority. I'd dispute that. There are a *lot* of antisemitic stereotypes about supposed inferiority - physical ones, both appearance and capabilities/health, ...
by Quercus
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

My passenger side headlight burnt out last night, so I ordered some new bulbs on Amazon and got them this afternoon. At work, I was looking up instructions on how to change out the bulbs, and I was getting ridiculous instructions like removing the wheel and reaching up through the wheel well to cha...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 277
Views: 60610

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Sungura wrote:Order fish n chips in America you get british chips (aka fries). Otherwise, chips in america are crunchy (british crisp).


Do you get British chips (thick cut) or fries (thin cut)?
by Quercus
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 277
Views: 60610

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

We also have a lot if asian chestnuts. They are an invasive species. Aha, I didn't know about Asian chestnuts, that's what I was missing And while the chestnut blight desimated the american chestnut, they do still exist and now that the blight long since swept through they are coming back. A friend...
by Quercus
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 277
Views: 60610

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I can guess what “chestnut paste” is but no clue how to make that either. I dont even know where to buy chestnuts so i guess i have to wait for them to be in season here and grab them off the trails as I hike? It's a specifically French thing - you can find it in larger UK supermarkets if you're ov...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3585314

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Shoes are literally the worst. I’ve never found a truly comfortable pair of shoes (not sandals). Literally every shoe I’ve tried on is way too fucking narrow in the toes. It’s not like I haven’t tried many shoes, either. Why the hell do they make shoes that way? At least on my feet, the toes are th...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

↶ TIL that that was a thing - it never happened in the UK AFAIK, because our sockets are just too damn big to fit into the back of a PSU Well, not a full wall socket, but a reversed C13 connector: this is one of the few pictures I was able to find . Ohhh! That socket is output (of course it is, the...
by Quercus
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387896

Re: Thoughts for ships

When and why did computers stop having that neat outlet on the PSU for the monitor? Almost every computer had it around the millenium, probably because it frees up a socket, so there must be some drawback that resulted in its disappearance but I'm not seeing it. TIL that that was a thing - it never...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 277
Views: 60610

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I want to try and cut back on my meat, egg and dairy consumption. What are some good things to easily just add to my diet with little effort while ensuring I meet my dietary requirements? Spaghetti and falafels or other vegan "meatball" is an obvious one. I was going to try making a vegan...

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