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July 15, 2016

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Hal

Erotic dining.

Oh, that is an interesting idea---granting, while definitely agreeing with the comment of Don't get how erotic it is, but what a clever idea!

Hal

This rarely works with cats.

Actually that does work fine with multiple cats---albeit the relative sizes do get reversed.

Hal

A brief history of the bra.

Just keeping abreast of things, there.

Hal

How big is yours?

Oh, that could get addicting, especially if they have variations, alternatives, alternates . . .

Hal

And finally, probingly, “Scientists have accurately recreated the feel of a rectum.”

. . . bringing whole new meanings to the idea of getting behind in one's work . . .

Hal

The magazine history commentary in Razor-less post-mortem shaving powder reminded me of the Official Meeting Facilities Guide.

R. Sherman

Do we get to brag about how big/large/gargantuan/enormous/brobdingnagian ours is?

R. Sherman

The Queering of Pregnancy.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Somehow I don't think the vocabulary test is quite accurate. Obviously I had a few lucky guesses.

R. Sherman

@Ted

Check your privilege, bub.

Jamie

This rarely works with cats

That's how I sleep every night with my four cats. Works a treat !

dicentra

I wasn't so lucky.

Good thing I don't write for a living.

sH2

Miracle breakthrough in high-tech armpit cooling.

"Lower the temperature by circulating air by making the airflow send the wind in the clothes, for us to suppress the sweat."

Thank you Google translate.

svh

This rarely works with cats.

Adorable (apart from the nappy licking).

PiperPaul

Me, um, like, not good do on word thingie, only get 7.

jones

How big is yours?

gibigulous as it turns out.

Jen

Ooh, I don’t like that cracking sound.

Does Trigglypuff live upstairs?

Trevor

How big is yours?

A strange thing: Dearly Beloved and I have just done the test and both been told that our scores place us in the top *.27% of the population. Coincidence, or is there some reason for the .27%?

Harry Iraethin

If you can't tell it's art... it's probably not.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/elderly-woman-fills-out-crossword-artwork-in-german-museum/7632800

For confirmation, read what makes up the rest of the exhibition. Cuttings from the newspaper?

John D

If you can't tell it's art... it's probably not.

"an artwork in an Italian museum resembling the aftermath of a large party was binned after cleaners mistook it for actual rubbish."

Everyone's a critic.

Southpaw

"Mine" is 22350 (whatever the devil that means) or the top 6% of vocabulary test aspirants.

The downside is it renders me permanently ineligible to run for public office in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, NZ or Australia.

dicentra

If you can't tell it's art... it's probably not.

The caption implied that it was PARTICIPATORY art. She just took them up on it.

Darleen

holy crap ... they haven't even finished removing the bodies from the street in Nice and this is a headline in The Guardian

Sympathy should be our only response to the Nice terror attack

The French president, François Hollande, has extended for three months the state of emergency resulting from the Charlie Hebdo killings and the events in Paris last November. He has announced, yet again, that France is “at war” with the threat of Islamist terrorism. [...]

Such responses may comfort the citizens of Nice in their state of shock. But there is no defence force on Earth that can defend a crowd from a madman in a truck. [...]

What has happened in France is tragic and calls for human sympathy. Beyond that, there is nothing we can usefully do – other than make matters worse.

David

and this is a headline in The Guardian

And then the word decadent sprang to mind.

mike fowle

The bookshop in Buenos Aires is marvellous. In this country I would rate Barter Books in the old station at Alnwick. Any suggestions?

David

Any suggestions?

Afraid not. I haven’t been in a bookshop in close to a decade. I use Amazon.

mike fowle

So do I, but I still like to browse bookshops. There's an excellent one in Bath with hand written recommendations and an area to sit and cogitate: Mr B's Emporium. Also one filled with the sort of books for students and their studies.

jabrwok

there is no defence force on Earth that can defend a crowd from a madman in a truck

Well, a crowd with lots of guns might have a chance. Or a handy wall. Or another truck.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...there is no defence force on Earth that can defend a crowd from a madman in a truck...

One .50 AP round into the engine block stops them pretty fast, as will a LAW, or a Carl-Gustav. RPGs, AT4s, Dragons or Javelins, Mk. 19s, and the old standby, somebody who can shoot the damn driver. The windshield of that truck was well ventilated everywhere except in front of the driver.

Darleen

there is no defence force on Earth that can defend a crowd from a madman in a truck

Only true if, indeed, he was "mad."

However, if he was following a particular group's ideology - crush that group and make being part of it way to expensive to pursue.

For instance ... it is obscene that the San Bernardino Islamist terrorists are buried in a Muslim cemetery & were laid to rest with Islamic ceremony.

Every terrorist body should be confiscated by the Government and filmed while being fed to pigs.

If they aren't "really Muslim" then the Muslims won't care, right? And any terrorist who believes he/she is tempted to engage in martyrdom might think twice when they realize they aren't going to get to heaven by way of a pig's ass.

wtp

What Darleen said. Times three.

Just read over at Ace that the Nice guy was a common crook who the police blackmailed to spy on Islamic radicals. When the radicals found him out, they coerced him to turn terrorist. Not sure how accurate that is until I see it from a few other sources but it fits in with the profiles of some of the suicide types of the past.

james

there is no defence force on Earth that can defend a crowd from a madman in a truck

I think that it is outrageous that anyone can just walk into a motor dealership and buy a truck.

We need to make it difficult to buy trucks- especially the high powered ones.

Spiny Norman

How big is yours?

Surprisingly, 30150. Not bad for a high school education - just a once-voracious reader.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

The windshield of that truck was well ventilated everywhere except in front of the driver.

I see I wasn't the only one who noticed.

Fred the Fourth

Re: truck windshield
If I were planning such a crime, I'd hie me down to TAP Plastics or similar and order up a bunch of the thickest polycarbonate sheet I could get (1/2 " thickness is trivial to find). A little bandsaw and glue-lamination work later - hey presto, bullet-resistant windows. Ugly, heavy, but effective against most ammo short of something like a .30 cal rifle hunting round.
Look at www.theboxotruth.com if you're curious about ammunition and its effects. (See for instance "The Box O’ Truth #6 – Ballistic Resistant Glass Gets Tested")
Fortunately I am not a psychopath.
(Good God. Seeing a photo of the victims laid out on the Promenade des Anglais froze my heart. I've been on that section and I have old friends in Nice.)

David

[ Rubs eyes, drinks coffee. ]

So what did I miss?

Tim Newman

So what did I miss?

A bungled coup attempt in Turkey. Lesson 1 of couping: take control of the TV and radio stations.

David

A bungled coup attempt in Turkey.

Oh yes, that.

In other news, I can’t help thinking there ought to be a word for this.

Tim Newman

I can’t help thinking there ought to be a word for this.

A rock star? On the basis that he is smothered in chicks.

Southpaw

>In other news, I can’t help thinking there ought to be a word for this.

Looks like a great place to meet chicks.

Joan

I can’t help thinking there ought to be a word for this.

#SignsOfTheApocalypse

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Look at www.theboxotruth.com if you're curious about ammunition and its effects.

Your point that a chunk of great thick polycarbonate is better than automotive tempered glass is accurate to a point, but it is hard to take seriously the tests (or anything else) of a website that advocates that the best method for ensuring a weapon is cleared by pointing the thing in front of your feet at a concrete floor.

Then you point it in a safe direction such as the garage floor and pull the trigger.

That is just plain, "Here, hold my beer and watch this," stupid.

Wildgoose

@mike fowle

I highly recommend Scarthin Books in Cromford, just outside Matlock Bath, (North Derbyshire).

In fact, I prefer it to Alnwick's Barter Books which I think is the second best bookshop in the country, with Scarthin being the best.

It's a veritable maze inside. Even the door to the cafe is actually a hinged, curved book case.

http://www.scarthinbooks.com/

PiperPaul

"I see I wasn't the only one who noticed"

Even the driver's side door shows bullet holes where the [expletive deleted] ostensibly wasn't. But remember that the police were firing from an oblique angle, not standing directly in front of or orthogonal to the side of the truck.

[PP making up for size with 'oblique', 'ostensibly' and 'orthogonal']

Farnsworth M Muldoon

But remember that the police were firing from an oblique angle...

Neither of us having been there that would assume you have cops shooting from the right front and left rear, IOW at each other which, while certainly possible, is not exactly the best plan. Regardless, if it is, in fact, what happened, they still managed to put rounds into everything but the driver.

Meanwhile, this will solve everything.

PiperPaul

"Neither of us having been there..."

Well, there is video of them shooting, and they'd be fools or careless to stand where the [expletive deleted] could fire at them (they have to assume he is armed with more than just a truck). In the driver's seat his center of mass is considerably above grade, so bullets are going to go over the heads of officers on the other side.

And they did manage to put at least one round into the driver. Eventually. It's hard to imagine the chaos that goes on during these things and I'd guess that spraying and praying from cover is the best option.

Fred the Fourth

Farnsworth: Ouch!
The site host usually seems so careful. I should check out who & where that pic and instruction comes from. Not that I care much as I have no firearms of my own to maintain.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Farnsworth: Ouch!

Ouch indeed. In another lifetime, one of our number who was having difficulty getting with the program performed this non-standard task to prove his weapon was cleared after entering the arms room after and having failed to use the clearing barrel outside. Needless to say, he received the benefit of "remedial training" as wall-to-wall counseling was frowned upon at that time. His push-up score did improve, though.

Hal

I think that it is outrageous that anyone can just walk into a motor dealership and buy a truck.

and

A bungled coup attempt in Turkey. Lesson 1 of couping: take control of the TV and radio stations.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Whatever you're grilling this weekend: don't do it in the bathtub.

mike fowle

Wildgoose. I have been there (Scarthin Books) funnily enough. I think it was also referred to indirectly in one of Stephen Booth's books.

Jabrwok

For those hard-to-reach places:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/328582971/bakblade-20-the-ultimate-diy-back-and-body-shaver/?

David

A couple over at Samizdata, here and here.

Surreptitious Evil

as will a LAW, or a Carl-Gustav
Or the legendary but mythical belt-fed Wombat.

Theophrastus

Please don't fret about Nice: group hugs and hashtags will make you feel better.

J.M. Heinrichs

Maintaining the tenor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2gABYTmXos

Cheers

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