Begone, White Devils
Friday Ephemera

Service With A Snarl

Another candidate for our not-entirely-suited-to-the-job file:

The elderly couple ordered a “carefully budgeted” $50 of groceries to be delivered to their home last Sunday… Nothing was amiss until they went outside to meet the driver, Tara, for fear that she might struggle with her vehicle in their snow-covered driveway. When they opened the front door, Tara yelled at them… while rocking her vehicle back and forth in the driveway.

It turned out the issue wasn’t snow

The ostensible cause of Tara’s mental crisis can be viewed here.

Update, via the comments:

The individual in question, the one swollen with righteousness, is no longer employed.

Via I, Hypocrite, via Darleen. Also, open thread.

Comments

Mike D

I bet you a fiver Tara has a penis.

Jen

viewed here.

Happy ending. :-)

Steve across the Pond

Mike D: Gigglesnort

I got nothing. At least nothing nice.

NJH

I have been smitten by a mental image of Tara, as gleaned through my stereotypical spyglass.
A stint in a cell over Christmas on bread and water, would be the start of some beneficial therapy, which she may wish to continue with to enhance her self esteem.

David

Previously.

pst314

It turned out the issue wasn’t snow

Crazy eyes.

John

Telegraph (but it might have been any of them:-

11:40am
Breaking: Boris Johnson announces first death from omicron in the UK

Next line

Boris Johnson has confirmed the first death of a patient with omicron in the UK.

Lying bloody fear-mongering bastards.

pst314

A stint in a cell over Christmas on bread and water, would be the start of some beneficial therapy

Guard, is this bread organic and gluten-free?

pst314

Lying bloody fear-mongering bastards.

A running joke is that every murder victim and traffic fatality gets classified as due to COVID.

pst314

It turned out the issue wasn’t snow

I am a little uneasy about this story, though: The only other mentions of this incident are on blogs that link to the alphanews site, and I have no idea how reliable that site is. Cannot find any primary sources. Cannot find the quoted text anywhere on Facebook.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Good point, pst314. I've seen "news stories" that were not. They came from sites that looked like legit news sources, not the onion or bee.

Lying bloody fear-mongering bastards.

True story, heard at Thanksgiving from a relative. Her father died recently after a long stay in a Canadian hospital.

He was in the hospital because he was a stage IV cancer patient, and there he caught pneumonia, but because he popped on the covid test, guess what killed him?

pst314

Good point, pst314.

I even did an image search on the driver's face. Nada.

Do any of David's readers use Instacart? I wonder if customers can see photos of all local Instacart drivers.

Blaine is a northern suburb of Minneapolis, by the way.

WTP

I am a little uneasy about this story, though

I got a similar feel. It would take me pages to sufficiently describe this phenomenon, but this smells a bit like a fake hate crime, with a strong dash of false-flag thrown in, and coming as it does so shortly after the Smollette case I am highly suspicious.

WTP

"Amber Gray" supposedly originated this story by a FB post, per the article. The only "Amber Gray" who even remotely fits the demographic of the accompanying profile pic that I can find on FB right now is a young woman in Illinois who tragically lost her 38 year old husband to a traffic accident around Thanksgiving.

ComputerLabRat

I bet you a fiver Tara has a penis.

It's a man, baby!

Bet another fiver there are no negative repercussions for Tara from either CUB Foods or Instacart. They'd have BLM AND the trans mafia down on their heads.

pst314

I posted a comment at alphanews, asking if they have reached out to the Blaine PD for corroboration and comments.

WTP

And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for that...sandwich.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A running joke is that every murder victim and traffic fatality gets classified as due to COVID.

Not completely a joke, from the CDC itself, scroll down...

Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events - 16,620

That would be murder, suicide, car wrecks, falling off a ladder, tsunamis, etc., etc., yet they are counted among the 780,000 "covid deaths" despite the disclaimer that 5%* (it is right there on their website, so anyone with any "misinformation" claims can bugger off) are from covid alone.

The UK has similar gamesmanship "The daily COVID deaths counts reported on the government's COVID-19 dashboard (produced by PHE) shows deaths within 28 days of a first positive laboratory-confirmed test."

IOW, run over by a truck lorry because you glued yourself to the street at a "protest", but you had covid three weeks ago.


*("For over 5% of these deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned on the death certificate. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 4.0 additional conditions or causes per death." - from CDC link above.)

Buck Fiden

Tara has a penis.

My thoughts, exactly.

Not that it makes her any less a real woman. I love my job.

ccscientist

If the story about Tara is true, it illustrates why we need police. No need to go searching for irony these days...

pst314

No, this is not progress.

ccscientist

Thanks pst, now I have ptsd. Pity any such children who are just props for the mentally ill.

pst314

Thanks pst, now I have ptsd.

The motto on the masthead of that link: "This channel gives me depression".

Herp McDerp

It seems to be real:
https://www.kstp.com/minnesota-news/blaine-police-investigating-after-instacart-shopper-allegedly-drives-over-elderly-couple-groceries/6331227/?cat=12196

False Profiteer

pst314 is asking the same questions I had when reading this article. Are we sure this story is real? It wouldn't be too hard to fake the evidence shown in that post, and heaven knows how many "some customer wrote something racist on the receipt instead of a tip!" articles we've seen. This could be one of those aimed at the other side of the political aisle.

It's worth noting the gofundme is almost up to $4000. Are we sure this isn't some kind of outrage scam?

Darleen

It seems to be real

The Blaine Police Department said it has identified the shopper and that charges are "likely in the near future." The couple has reportedly received a full refund from Instacart.

Let's hope for follow up on this incident by the local news.

pst314

Herp: Thank you for continuing to check up on this. I wasn't going to check again until another 24 hours had passed. Thanks!

pst314

heaven knows how many "some customer wrote something racist on the receipt instead of a tip!" articles we've seen

Indeed!

It's worth noting the gofundme is almost up to $4000. Are we sure this isn't some kind of outrage scam?

Good question. If it had happened to my parents, I would not have started a gofundme appeal but would instead have just bought them groceries out of my own pocket. On the other hand, if a $50 grocery bill is a continuing problem for them, a gofundme could be nice.

pst314

Just one more illustration of why the right to bear arms is an essential human right.

HarvardR

I bet you a fiver Tara has a penis.

In a jar on the mantel?

Daniel Ream

The parallels to Fight Club are ominous.

David

An update:

[D]etectives have been in touch with the driver, who’s described as a 36-year-old woman from Coon Rapids…

Instacart released a statement in response to the incident, calling the shopper’s actions “unacceptable.”

“We’re appalled by the unacceptable actions of this shopper, who has been removed from the Instacart platform as a result. We’ve been in direct contact with the customers to refund their order and provide additional resources. We’ll continue to provide support to the impacted customers and will also work directly with local law enforcement on any investigations into this matter,” Instacart said.

The driver has not been arrested or charged with a crime, but she could face misdemeanour charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, which can send her to jail for up to 90 days.

So, all’s well, etc. And it’s good to know that some individuals are so gorged on piety, so committed to being a good person, that they’ll repeatedly drive over your bags of groceries while screaming incoherently.

David

The parallels to Fight Club are ominous.

Never been tempted to watch it. Am I missing much?

JuliaM

Surely that should read ‘ex-Instacart driver’..?

GC

screaming incoherently

Is that the Woke equivalent of speaking in tongues?

David

It must be quite strange, and exhausting, to go through life having to react vehemently, and often ludicrously, to anything of which you disapprove.

I don’t mean to sound sympathetic, of course.

MC

It must be quite strange, and exhausting, to go through life having to react vehemently, and often ludicrously, to anything of which you disapprove.

They very often declare themselves "tired". Must be all that time spent "literally shaking".

pst314

They very often declare themselves "tired".

But not as likable as lily von Shtupp

pst314

Surely that should read ‘ex-Instacart driver’..?

From the Instacart website:
"Personal shoppers pick items with care. Chat as they shop and manage your order."
So it seems these drivers also do the shopping. That surprised me, as my local supermarket has its own people fill baskets for online orders.

WTP

That was another thing that I somewhat read into this story. As it was groceries that were being delivered, it seemed likely that there should have been some sort of a relationship there. In addition to being something likely to be delivered regularly to older people there's the personal factor in regard to vegetables and meats and such. But I wrote that latter thought off as to maybe, it being $50 only, that the delivery was just for standard packaged goods. So I'm curious, does anyone have experience with personal shoppers, specifically in regard to produce and meats? I didn't realize until this story that we had Instacart here, nor this thing about how they will chat with you as they shop your order. I have seen Publix people doing personal shopping but I wouldn't trust them much. Not for myself but thinking of an elderly neighbor who would not think of imposing on friends, and who has started to view the Publix corp with similar distaste as I do.

pst314

there's the personal factor in regard to vegetables and meats and such.

That, in fact, is one reason I have been reluctant to try out such services.

Not for myself but thinking of an elderly neighbor who would not think of imposing on friends...

Yes, a common attitude: people have their pride and hate to feel that they are a burden, and hate to admit to others that they cannot do everything for themselves.

pst314

Don't feel too bad, David: Everyone makes mistakes now and then. Embarrassing: British Realize They've Been Using The Wrong Words For Hundreds Of Things

David

Everyone makes mistakes now and then.

Prepare my galleons.

[ Rummages for flashcards with correct spelling of aluminium. ]

ccscientist

If the shopper actually spends time in jail, this would be more than the punishment for many who burned down buildings during the riots. So I vote for "no time will actually be spent in jail".
Such people want to give the visual appearance of defiance and anger and chaos, prefer to be jerks in public, and then melt down because they can only get a job as a personal shopper. Why are there consequences? It's not fair!

pst314

Prepare my galleons.

They're fenders, David, not wings. Otherwise we'd have flying cars. :-D

anon a mouse

Never been tempted to watch it. Am I missing much?

"Missing much"? Look at what you're surrounded by here. You're missing nothing.

*ducks out door*

pst314

Prepare my galleons.

[ Activates regiment of sultry barmaids to distract galleon crews from their duty. ]

anon a mouse

They're fenders, David, not wings.

So twenty years of watching "Top Gear" wasted?

Bummer.

*streams Clarkson's Farm*

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Never been tempted to watch it. Am I missing much?

I enjoyed it quite a bit. The problem with radical critiques of capitalism, consumerism, masculinity, etc. is that it's really hard to be effectively coherent (which is why Jordan Peterson is so feared; his arguments are almost meme-worthy).

Chuck Palahniuk has that ability, too. His writing book is also insanely useful and practical, and I speak as one who has a library full of them.

Another favorite Palahniuk movie is "Choke," which I picked up when the local Blockbuster went out of business. Stars Sam Rockwell, who has become my must-see actor.

Hard to think you can create an affecting movie about a sex addict who picks up women at the meetings, but the more you see of his life (he works at a Rev War recreation tourist trap), the more you feel for his hunger to connect with people and his inability to do so.

("Choke" by the way, refers to his technique for connecting. He goes into restaurants, pretends to choke on food, and gets rescued with the H. maneuver. He does this because he wants to be held and cared for, and is willing to fake it to get it.)

Should you see them? If you love movies, absolutely. "Fight Club," no matter what you think of it, made an impact on the culture, and for your self-education alone it is worth watching.

If you just want to be entertained, well, it depends on what tickles you. These aren't Adam Sandler movies. They're witty, intellectual, observant, ironic and emotional.

Steve E

They're fenders, David, not wings.

This is a fender:

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This is a fender:

No, that is a pizza paddle, this is a wing.

WTP

She had to go through seven psychiatrists...7...as in seven...before she found one out of state to properly address this transgender idiocy. The problem isn't transgenders, it's the psychiatrists.

https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/12/13/what-ive-learned-rescuing-my-daughter-from-her-transgender-fantasy/

Steve E

I bet you a fiver Tara has a penis.

"The penised individual who raped you is a woman."

semi retired conservative

"""[D]etectives have been in touch with the driver, who’s described as a 36-year-old woman from Coon Rapids…"""

I gotta hand it to Los Yanquis. You'd never mistake their news headlines for anyone elses...


Of course, darling, up here in Soviet Canuckistan the bought and paid for goobermint approved presstitutes would never dream of "horrors" gendering a suspect anymore....

Progress. You can't buy it but you'll always be paying for it.

anon a mouse

This is a fender:

Nay. 'tis a Strat. Or as the Ms calls it, "turn that down"

David

In other news, The Other Half is distractedly watching David Lynch’s Dune. It’s quite a shambles.

I think he’s watching it ironically.

Sam

RE Fightclub...

Watching it as a teenager made me want to fight. Went on to form a makeshift fight club (with boxing gloves, we weren't completely stupid) and had great fun.

Re-watching as an adult made me cringe from the weird homo-eroticism and faux-edgy solipsism. (I mean, a few credit card offices FFS? Why aren't you bombing the IRS you f*ckwits??)

Getting old sucks.

pst314

I think he’s watching it ironically.

If only David Lynch had made it ironically.

David

If only David Lynch had made it ironically.

He gave up after about forty minutes. I suspect irony alone wasn’t enough. For a film like that you need hard liquor.

Now I’m typing with Red 2 in the background.

Steve E

He gave up after about forty minutes.

So did David Lynch.

David

[ Rolls solitary pickle along bar. ]

On the house. For sharing, obviously.

Steve E

[... solitary pickle...]

A pickle so bad, even the other pickles won't go near it.

pst314

So did David Lynch.

I wonder if David Lynch even understood the book.

Baceseras

watching it ironically

Dean Stockwell saying, "The poisoned tooth!" was worth the price of the ticket.

pst314

He gave up after about forty minutes.

"Go into the theater."
"What is in the theater?"
"Pain."

Sam

All of you are simply wrong about Lynch's Dune. Shame on y'all for not appreciating ambition and Francesca Annis*.

*Also in Krull, perhaps the uhr-example of "terrible movie with an amazing score". A label which many (incorrect and dull) people use to describe 1984 Dune. Can't fault her agent for trying.

Daniel Ream

Never been tempted to watch it. Am I missing much?

Yes. It's one of those movies which, like Joker, you should see whether you agree with it or not because it's a well-made film that presents its message coherently.

Re-watching as an adult made me cringe from the weird homo-eroticism and faux-edgy solipsism

I fear you may have missed much of the point, which is that large numbers of disaffected men without much in the way of marketable skills can easily fall into self-destructive and/or nihilistic ways of lashing out at whatever they feel is to blame.

Prepare my galleons

An Englishman commanding Spanish warships. I'll assume they were captured prizes and that you are not a secret agent of the Spanish Crown.

streams Clarkson's Farm

Enjoyable, but never forget that it's calculated image rehabilitation. The man's worth $60M, which is why he got away with punching a junior producer without being charged with assault. You'll notice they never show you his actual house during the show, because if you saw his opulent mansion that might remind you that he's an aristocrat who beat a peasant and got away with it because he's an aristocrat.

a sex addict who picks up women at the meetings

The parking lot of AA/NarcAnon meetings is where a lot of drug deals happen. You fish where the fish are.

It’s quite a shambles

Some books just can't be easily made into movies. I've not seen the latest incarnation, but Dune is one of those things that defies adaptation.

Also I've gotten sucked into Hades' Star, which I was quite enjoying until I hit the "give us money if you want to play for more than fifteen minutes a day" point. Fortunately Stellaris goes on deep sale fairly frequently.

Daniel Ream

The problem isn't transgenders, it's the psychiatrists.

An older girl showed romantic interest in her. I barred that girl from our home. I learned later that she had molested my daughter.

It is always, always, always about childhood sexual abuse.

pst314

An Englishman commanding Spanish warships. I'll assume they were captured prizes...

Captain Jack Aubrey repeatedly said that England's best warships were prizes built by France and Spain.

[ Notices that one galleon is still being prepped. Concludes that some sailors were not tempted by seductive barmaids. Orders activation of company of flirtatious cabin boys and platoon of sheep. ]

Daniel Ream

It is always, always, always about childhood sexual abuse

Also notice the very large and very absent elephant in the room in that article.

a different  james

a sex addict who picks up women at the meetings

A bachelor uncle-in-law was an alcoholic.

When he crossed the line from functioning to non-functioning his family would persuade him to attend AA meetings.

He was usually amenable to this as, although he did not say it to his anxious family, he always enjoyed a few drinks with some of his fellow attendees after the meetings.

Daniel Ream

Captain Jack Aubrey repeatedly said that England's best warships were prizes built by France and Spain.

I will point out that by his own admission David does not know how to spell aluminium.

pst314

I forgive David his poor spelling. After all, he means the best, poor fellow, and he never sics the henchlesbians on me when I bring in my own snacks.

pst314

Speaking of snacks, anybody want some chocolate biscuits? I still have half a warehouse full, and they're only 4 years past their sell-by date.

Directrix Gazer

An Englishman commanding Spanish warships.

Galleon is the name of a broad class of ships, basically the big, general-purpose ships that followed the carrack but preceded the divergence into specialized men-'o-war and cargo ships, so there were English galleons aplenty (though I'm not sure if the English called them such).

Captain Jack Aubrey repeatedly said that England's best warships were prizes built by France and Spain.

The author is putting in Aubrey's mouth the words of a number of RN officers of his age. It's an oddly common phenomenon, the notion that the enemy's kit is superior to your own. As in this case, it's often unfounded (and quite often you can find combatants on both sides simultaneously claiming the other guy's equipment is obviously superior to their junk - about the same pieces of equipment). Spanish and French ships were often more heavily-armed than their British equivalents, but at the cost of stressing their hulls to the point that their lifespans were greatly reduced. As a result they were usually stripped of some of their guns when placed into RN service. They were also built with iron nails instead of the more difficult and labor-intensive wooden fasteners and joins that held British warships together. The nails tended to rust and rot the wood around them, and the flexing of the hull would loosen and back them out over time. Such prizes generally had a shorter life than similar British-built warships, and required more frequent and expensive refits. French-built prizes tended to be somewhat faster in calm seas, but the margin was lost or even reversed in more typical conditions.

All this isn't to say they were terrible or even bad ships, just not superior. Direct comparisons of military equipment are often misleading, as the designers or builders can be optimizing for different things, or designing for a different concept of employment.

Also notice the very large and very absent elephant in the room in that article.

Dad?

Daniel Ream

basically the big, general-purpose ships that followed the carrack

I am but pedantic north-northwest; when the wind is southerly I know a carrack from a currach.

Dad?

[ sound of crickets ]

asiaseen

@ Daniel Ream
he's an aristocrat who beat a peasant and got away with it because he's an aristocrat

Clarkson an aristocrat? Not so:
"His parents, who ran a business selling tea cosies"
"Clarkson's first job was as a travelling salesman for his parents' business, selling Paddington Bear toys. He later trained as a journalist"

So, what he is is nouveau riche who struck lucky with Top Gear

Daniel Ream

Clarkson an aristocrat? Not so:

Yes, and the junior producer is not literally a peasant, in the sense that he's not legally bound to his lord's demesne and required to provide 70 bushels of wheat a year to the manor.

It's a metaphor. You may have heard of them.

Richard Cranium
I've not seen the latest incarnation, but Dune is one of those things that defies adaptation.

Alas, I would have wanted to see Downbelow Station (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downbelow_Station) in some type of movie/TV series. Such a thing in these times would be turned into a pile of dung.

Daniel Ream

I would have wanted to see Downbelow Station in some type of movie/TV series

Mine is James White's Sector General series.

David

The problem isn’t transgenders, it’s the psychiatrists.

[M]y daughter went through Teen Talk — a Manitoba, Canada-based program that says it provides “youth with accurate, [non-judgmental] information” on “sexuality, reproductive health, body image, substance use awareness, mental health, issues of diversity, and anti-violence issues” — at her public school. She came home with a whole new language. She and all her girlfriends discussed their labels—polyamorous, lesbian, pansexual. None of the five girls chose “basic,” their term for a straight girl.

And the nub of things is tickled.

See also.

David

Also I’ve gotten sucked into Hades’ Star, which I was quite enjoying until I hit the “give us money if you want to play for more than fifteen minutes a day” point.

Not sure which point that is, unless you’re paying for instant upgrades, which isn’t necessary (and would become rather expensive). Excluding red star missions, which can get quite intense, especially at higher levels, the game is slow-burn and seems designed to be played in short(ish) sessions, the results of which accumulate over days and weeks. As opposed to games designed to be played for hours at a sitting. It’s a game for the patient, and slightly obsessive, enlivened with periodic fits of mayhem. That said, once you join a corporation and participate in the trading and social interactions, in-game and via Discord, it can get quite elaborate and immersive. I find the camaraderie much more entertaining than I expected.

RS9; XP 219; Influence 36,000. Since you ask.

Watcher In The Dark

Nothing expresses one's anger against an unjust world than smashing a carton of someone else's yoghurt on a snowy drive. Take that, society, and don't say I didn't warn you!

Back when I taught (briefly) some of the 'students' would demonstrate their immense strength and sense of purpose by, having gulped down a can of some cola at a single sitting over a two-hour lesson, put a dent in the empty can with just their bare hand. It was awesome to behold.

Watcher In The Dark

Directrix Gazer: "Direct comparisons of military equipment are often misleading, as the designers or builders can be optimizing for different things, or designing for a different concept of employment."

Didn't the good old Soviet Union supply Egypt with tanks for their wars against Israel, which the Egyptians found hard to play in as they were vehicles designed not for deserts, but insulated for Siberian winters?

David

Nothing expresses one’s anger against an unjust world than smashing a carton of someone else’s yoghurt on a snowy drive.

Well, it’s worth bearing in mind how often far-left politics attracts people with issues other than those they profess, and for whom the stated politics may well be a fig leaf, a pretext. For instance, the high concentration of transgender people involved in Antifa. An opportunity to smash stuff and intimidate others, apparently at random, while exulting in a sense of mob power, is no doubt attractive to those who wish to exact revenge on the world.

pst314

The author is putting in Aubrey's mouth the words of a number of RN officers of his age...

One of the things I like about Patrick O'Brian is how much he drew on the actual records left by English sailors.

...It's an oddly common phenomenon, the notion that the enemy's kit is superior to your own. As in this case, it's often unfounded...

I'm astonished. I assumed that O'Brian was entirely accurate when he wrote about English dockyard corruption producing inferior ships. Well, that's enlightening. Thank you.

pst314

Well, it’s worth bearing in mind how often far-left politics attracts people with issues other than those they profess, and for whom the stated politics may well be a fig leaf, a pretext. For instance, the high concentration of transgender people involved in Antifa.

Also a high concentration of convicted criminals and even (especially?) sex criminals: As you say, they want revenge on the world. (But I suspect that some of those criminals wanted revenge on the whole world before they were ever arrested.)

WTP

Also notice the very large and very absent elephant in the room in that article.

Elephant not needed. The scincey science scientists will tell you so. Well, maybe you can find one out of seven who might disagree. Quietly. So asnot to attract too much attention to themselves.

pst314

However, the backgrounds of the people who fund Antifa are presumably a bit different.

pst314

Mine is James White's Sector General series.

He has written some good books outside of that series, too.

pst314

So, what he is is nouveau riche who struck lucky with Top Gear

So maybe he is the first generation of what will be a new aristocratic line.

pst314

he's an aristocrat who beat a peasant and got away with it because he's an aristocrat

I heard a few vague reports at the time. Always assumed that there was some root connection between the show's on-screen bad boy behavior and that incident.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

So, what he is is nouveau riche who struck lucky with Top Gear

He may be nouveau riche, but TBF "struck lucky" makes it sound as if he won the lotto on a ticket found in the street whereas he and Wellman had to convince the BBC to revive the moribund brand in the first place, and build a new format from scratch.

Never having seen it, I went back recently (as one can stream the whole damn thing) and watched the first new season which was frankly pretty boring largely because of the presenter who was a used car salesman and the show easily could have gone TU. Replacing him with May, revamping the format, and putting together with three wildly disparate personalities a show that became wildly popular over 13 years and then convincing Amazon to spin a similar series is hardly "luck" - particularly compared to the mess it became after May and Hammond walked when Clarkson was booted, and we won't speak of the US abomination.

pst314

It's a metaphor. You may have heard of them.

You mean like this? :-D

David

revamping the format,

Well, to make a car show, or ostensible car show, that even people who aren’t particularly interested in cars will watch, and look forward to watching, for years, in very large numbers, is no small feat.

pst314

Replacing him with May, revamping the format, and putting together with three wildly disparate personalities a show that became wildly popular

"The tale is in the telling". Shakespeare stole from anybody, but we remember him because he told old stories so much better.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... is no small feat.

Most widely watched factual show worldwide 2013 according to Guinness World Records - luck.

"The tale is in the telling".

Exactly, it was/is the interplay between the three and personality development over time. Were it not for that I doubt any of the individual spin-offs would have been successful - let alone existed.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, you will pleased to know that sickle cell, Tay-Sachs, and the like are political and social constructs and not at all physiological.

Directrix Gazer

O'Brian was entirely accurate when he wrote about English dockyard corruption producing inferior ships.

I have no doubt such corruption existed, and it very easily could have led to build defects in warships. The question is, as always, how bad were those problems compared to those labored under by competing navies. The French, for instance, had a bad habit of following a rapid naval build-up with an equally rapid decline when their attention was inevitably refocused on continental affairs, or they just balked at the titanic expense of maintaining a large fleet. At least until the next war where they desperately needed that fleet again. So in their case, fast and cheap construction methods that required less-skilled labor were favored over slower methods that resulted in a long-lived ship but required more cash up-front and the need to maintain a larger critical mass of workmen with specific skills. There are of course corruption risks for this way of doing business, too.

Critically, an RN officer will naturally be quite familiar with the corruption of the British system, but he sees none of the corruption inherent in the French or Spanish system that produced the prize he captains. Similarly, soldiers and sailors are intimately familiar with the potency of enemy fire at the receiving end, but tend to see less of the effect their own fire has on the enemy. Such perceptual asymmetries are very common, and a perennial source of misconceptions.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Elsewhere, a valid question, but I am going to go out on a limb and guess what she is kvetching about will never be a problem.

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