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16 years ago
Nolondil
It doesn't have to be 'dirty' in the sense of contaminated with some sort of food poisoning. Besides the 'disgust factor' for people who have gone vegetarian there is the problem of adaptation. Your digestive system needs to relearn how to make the enzymes to digest meat if you stop eating it for a long time. If you just suddenly eat meat again you can have major gastric upset, sort of like catch
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16 years ago
Nolondil
I'm all for homeschooling if I could afford to do it myself. Let's admit that the public shool system is failing greatly. As long as we admit why it is failing: The public attitude towards education has changed. People don't think it's 'cool' to be smart and well educated anymore. If the kids don't think that education is important they don't put any effort into it, but spend their energy disr
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16 years ago
Nolondil
All of the Royal families of Europe are interrelated now. It had to happen as they kept killing each other off to build bigger fiefdoms. Eventually the pool of 'acceptable' mates was identical with the pool of rival families and they had to intermarry to keep from catastrophic inbreeding. Even so the gene pool is rather shallow now, and they have problems such as the famous hemophilia that afflic
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Popularly, it means 'Black Plowman' (ploughman for Brits... :) That's what you will find if you Google for it. Actually, the word in modern German for a plowman is 'plfueger' (ue=umlauted u of course). An 'egge' is known in English as a harrow which is a different device than a plow. You would generally use both on your fields, though. So, you can see the very ordinary peasant origin of the fami
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, it's becoming increasingly clear that the validity or falsity of these particular documents is irrelevant. The official records released by the Bush Administration have turned out to contain more than enough to prove that Bush didn't serve. It just took some time for researchers to work through them and piece the story together. This is probably the reason for the controversy over the j
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16 years ago
Nolondil
The issue of typewriter fonts and other capabilities has suddenly become very important on the 'Stumpers' reference list, and the discussion is getting very interesting. Just thought I'd pass some of it on: ****************************************************************** From: "Automatic digest processor" <LISTSERV@LISTSERV.DOM.EDU> To: "Recipients of STUMPERS-L digests&qu
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Looks like many other people also see the problems with this: Forced mental screening hits roadblock in House Rep. Ron Paul seeks to yank program, decries use of drugs on children "The American tradition of parents deciding what is best for their children is, yet again, under attack," writes Kent Snyder of the Paul-founded Liberty Committee. "The pharmaceutical industry has c
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16 years ago
Nolondil
No, I think the initial headline is quite accurate. The majority of Europeans are much more aware of the stupid risks that corporate-greed driven genetic tampering is exposing us to, and they don't like it. Many differnet opinion polls have shown this many times over the past decade. Singling out one activist organization that is speaking up and claiming they are somehow 'unique' is misprepresent
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Already knowing that GWB was a nutjob, there wasn't a lot of shock involved in learning some of the details of his nutjob behavior. But I was much more surprised at the information about Laura Bush than GWB. Logically, I guess you couldn't have expected a truly sane & stable person to have married GWB... :) But it's a bit scary to learn that she broad-sided her ex-boyfriend and killed him, an
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16 years ago
Nolondil
FYI, here's the whole series to date: High Plains Grifter: Part One: The Ties That Blind Part Two: Mark His Words Part Three: More Pricks Than Kicks Part Four: Jesus Told Him Where to Bomb Dunno how many parts there will be before it's done. Apparently there is no lack of materials. :-/
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Well, as it turns out there is a much more respectable source for this story. Just ran across this today from another source, but the date it about the same as the worldnetdaily story. British Medical Journal: And look at the comments it generated:
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, all it means is she has refused to testify... With jury selection under way, the criminal case was dropped late Wednesday by prosecutors who said the 20-year-old woman accusing Bryant of rape had decided not to participate. Her exit followed gaffes that led to the public disclosure of her name and other personal details, and prosecutors said they would not carry on without her testim
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Gack! Let's ask for a fully functional editing system before we go for stupid trinkets like avatars.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, the biggest scandal is: 3) Family of Abu Ghraib whistleblower gets death threats
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Interesting that they can only pin minor charges on the others. I wonder if Equatorial Guinea will seek to have all of them extradited or if they are only going for Mark Thatcher. In 'other' news... did you see that the report on the involvement of 'Intelligence' personal in the Abu Ghraib scandal says that several 'private contractors' were involved in the torture of prisoners? Many of these co
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, yes it is about earning votes. Or rather suckering votes. The political process in the 'free world' is nothing but a big con-act these days. There is no 'either/or' with stem cells. They don't have to be acquired from embryos. Research on how to convert ordinary cells back into stem cells is well under way, and all indication are that it is quite doable. So there will be no conflict wit
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Well, it was interesting enough when 60-some mercenaries were arrested in Zimbabwe and charged with plotting to stage a coup in Equatorial Guinea in March of this year. But now the mercenaries have begun to implicate their (alleged) backers, one of whom is Mark Thatcher, son of the former UK Prime Minister. Languishing in solitary confinement in Zimbabwe's maximum security Chikurubi pris
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Apparently Tony Blair is jealous of the power of an Aicrcraft Carrier Battle Group and has been planning for years to build a couple for the UK so he can join Bush in swaggering around the world 'influencing' events. You hadn't heard any of this? It's your government, not ours this time. I thought Americans were the ones who were oblivious to the doings of their government? :) I wonder where he
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16 years ago
Nolondil
They'll go back to spending all their time trying to sabotage the sitting President you mean. These people really can't accept that anyone else should wield power.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
This is something that was crossing my mind but in a vaguely different way. Has any US Presidential candidate ever lost an election and returned to lead his party again? In the UK it was very common, but then, we elect a party here, not a man. Yes, but that was in the 19th century. Grover Cleveland was elected in 1884 as a Democrat and only served one term as he was defeated by Benjamin Harri
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16 years ago
Nolondil
9-10 feet is a lot if you live on the Madives islands... quote: Also, a number of island nations in the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific will be confronted with the grave prospect of the submersion of most of their territory. The Maldives, for example, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 1,190 islands of various sizes. At the present time, over 80% of the Maldives' entire
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Come on, if some govt agency is monitoring you, they must have a reason (other than just because you're all paranoid) Yes, of course they have a reason. Because they can. You're right that it's very unlikely a government agency would devote any serious resources to watching anyone here. There's nothing going on here but some ranting. But it doesn't take 'serious' resources to watch a website m
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16 years ago
Nolondil
And Jenghis Khan led a nation of only about 200,000 yet managed to conquer and hold just about the entire continent of mainland Asia with more than 100 million people on it. And still had the forces to launch some very destructive raids into Europe and the Middle East (such as sacking Baghdad in 1258). I don't know the actual number of opposing troops he defeated but I don't think he ever had num
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16 years ago
Nolondil
First we need the URL, then we can worry about the content. :) Is this any newer than the CapitolHillBlue story cited a few weeks ago? That's all I could find by Googling on 'Cheney indictment'.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
I just became aware of that a few days ago myself. It's a deadpan spoof of 'action - adventure' movies made entirely with puppets in the 'Thunderbirds' style! It looks hysterically funny. And it's scheduled to hit theatures in October would you believe! This could make GWB's gung-ho policies look pretty silly, and some celebs too. It might have an effect on the election. Check out the AICN (Ain't
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Yeah, there is an old Usenet tradition of tagging a bunch of 'terrorist' keywords on the end of your posts to clog up the supposed government scanning of Usenet groups. I suppose both the Usenet scanners (if there are/were any) and the current 'voice scanners' have to be tuned somehow to distinguish real discussions from decoys and not be tripped too easily by casual mentions of a few keywords.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Let them monitor. They need the feedback... LOL! Yes, let's make sure to use the acronym FBI a lot so they notice our complaints!
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Since RFID chips appear to be very 'hackable' this turns out not a security measure at all but a huge mistake. "Lukas Grunwald, a senior consultant with DN-Systems Enterprise Solutions GmbH, is warning retailers that the RFID technology that they are quickly adopting can easily be hacked with the appropriate tools. Grunwald has written a program called RFDump which lets you read and disp
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16 years ago
Nolondil
It's a bit early, though. He's still useful until the elections here in the US are over. And I'd have expected a simple 'mistake' in the security protecting him. There is no shortage of people who want to kill him, after all. Like family members of his victims. All they have to do is allow someone with a grudge to get to him and their problems are solved. An 'oversight' in vetting some of the Ira
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16 years ago
Nolondil
It's amazing how effective the 'old time' tricks still are, while all the fancy pesticides become useless as the pests become immune to them. An old farmer's trick to kill rats still works while most of the modern 'rat poisons' like warfarin have now become just another flavor in their food. Mix plain old meal or any sort (corn, wheat, whatever) & plaster of paris & put it out where the r
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