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Serving your Later Saturday Morning Open Thread Needs
During Parts of 2016, Off and On

Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe it's time to take a break for a Chocolate Festival in New Zealand in less than a month, from July 11 - 17. This particular chocolate festival was made possible by romantic city planning.


Baldwin Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

When British surveyor Charles Kettle drew up road plans for Dunedin during the mid-19th century, he modeled the design on the elegant grids of Edinburgh's New Town. Dunedin's erratic topography, however, was less than ideal for the street system that had worked so well in Scotland. Nonetheless, city planners forged ahead and ended up with Baldwin Street, whose gradient has earned it a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

The "World's Steepest Street" is now the site of the annual Jaffa Race. Jaffas are candy-coated balls of orange-chocolate. For race day, they are painstakingly numbered, and people can bet on an individual candy for a dollar. Proceeds go to charity. Three races took place last year, with red, yellow and blue Jaffas.

photo_by_gerard_o_brien_55a85a6d0e.JPG

While your are in scenic seaside Dunedin, you might stop by the university to see the Beveryly Clock. "Running since 1864, this clock has yet to be wound, possibly the longest running science experiment known." It runs on changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. It could serve as a model for the future, when some of our friends on the left dream of a world without electrical power.

But the dreams of the left are affecting Dunedin today, too. I ran across a blog concerning construction of a stadium in Dunedin. I am happy to report that there appeared to have been some push-back against city officials who blamed flooding on "climate change". Could the "clilmate change" narrative really protect them from liability for failure to properly maintain storm drain systems, etc? I also liked the graphic below from the Jaffa races. Heh.

Ready to pack?

Historical Weapon Science

It's back to ancient Scotland from New Zealand fir the following news item. It is possible that a distant ancestor of a Dunedin city planner was involved in fighting between the Romans and the Scottish barbarians. Roman troops apparently used whistling bullets (shot from slings) as "terror weapons".

Weighing about 1 ounce (30 grams), each of the bullets had been drilled with a 0.2-inch (5 millimeters) hole that the researchers think was designed to give the soaring bullets a sharp buzzing or whistling noise in flight.

The bullets were found recently at Burnswark Hill in southwestern Scotland, where a massive Roman attack against native defenders in a hilltop fort took place in the second century A.D.


Sound of the whistling bullet here.

The candy balls in the Jaffa races are friendlier. Of course, bullets, even from slings, are generally not intended as missiles of welcome, like a bunch of bouncing chocolate balls.

Have a great weekend. Eat some chocolate, maybe.


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1 Peanut butter pie

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at June 18, 2016 11:18 AM (QPdNE)

2 Chewing George Lucas' Chocolate.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 18, 2016 11:19 AM (GdFQh)

3 Where'd you get it?

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 18, 2016 11:21 AM (n0YCT)

4 The Whistling Bullet was no match for the Scottish Farting Longbow.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at June 18, 2016 11:21 AM (sl+zA)

5 BTW, what does New Zealand have to do with chocolate? A New Zealand Chocolate Festival is like Vietnam Ice Hockey Week.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at June 18, 2016 11:27 AM (sl+zA)

6 need to fix that picture

the second loads extremely slow

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 11:28 AM (Cq0oW)

7 doggy dropped it

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 18, 2016 11:30 AM (GdFQh)

8 I just creamed forty eight ears of corn. I have grandma's old corn creamer thing. There is some Knuckle Skin in there but not too much. Yes, I am an old corn shucker.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at June 18, 2016 11:31 AM (jujYg)

9 Teal'c would agree that Jaffas have balls

Posted by: Kindltot at June 18, 2016 11:34 AM (ry34m)

10 Thanks. I'll be by shortly, Dave.

All I need is a pint or so.

See you about 2AM.

Posted by: Golfman at June 18, 2016 11:34 AM (9HX7k)

11 Carry on

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 18, 2016 11:35 AM (n0YCT)

12
Last comment before I take a shower and get out of the house, I swear.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 11:35 AM (5o5ek)

13 2AM?! I'll leave the light on for you.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at June 18, 2016 11:35 AM (jujYg)

14 Any handymen around? Got a power tool question. Craftsmen cordless circular saw.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 11:36 AM (9ym/8)

15 A couple of years ago I was out of work for a while so I decided to teach myself how to use a sling.
For me, as an area weapon, I found it fine.
I did not achieve the pin-point accuracy of the Balearic slingers

I did find that one and two ounce fishing weights and old spark-plugs flew well if thrown in a "spiral", and that irregular rocks both whirred like manic quail going down range, and at times appeared to do 30 degree trajectory changes

Posted by: Kindltot at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (ry34m)

16 My old moonshining great uncles had no use for corn. They stole rye from boxcars. Uncle Henry wanted me to learn the craft but I never did.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (jujYg)

17 Sink hole, that's the culprit

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (d9qXV)

18 Ricardo, you shouldn't have sawn through the cord.

Do that every year with my hedge trimmers.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (ry34m)

19 Daddy, what does regret mean?

Posted by: More Butthole Surfers especially for Fathers Day at June 18, 2016 11:40 AM (n0YCT)

20 16 My old moonshining great uncles had no use for corn. They stole rye from boxcars. Uncle Henry wanted me to learn the craft but I never did.
Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (jujYg)

That would have been a useful skill in the burning times.

Posted by: Moki at June 18, 2016 11:41 AM (ezHMO)

21 "Ricardo, you shouldn't have sawn through the cord. "


*checks*

Nope, no cord. Battery.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 11:42 AM (9ym/8)

22 So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or, more likely, have they just been stuffed down the memory hole because, inconvienent?

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad at June 18, 2016 11:43 AM (3Mimg)

23 So who is up for a Mo Me at this year Vietnam Ice Hockey Week?

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at June 18, 2016 11:43 AM (QHgTq)

24 You can get extremely good with a wrist rocket slingshot with just a little practice. Like hit at thirty yards more accurately than most folks can with a pistol. Silently.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at June 18, 2016 11:43 AM (jujYg)

25 So who is up for a Mo Me at this year Vietnam Ice Hockey Week?


Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at June 18, 2016 11:43 AM (QHgTq)
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Didn't someone here the other day, mention that they were going to Vietnam?

Posted by: grammie winger, 2 Chronicles 7:14 at June 18, 2016 11:46 AM (dFi94)

26
Illinois still cant pay its lottery ticket holders. When the PB had reached 1.5 billion in January, the NYT was telling people that the anuity was a better deal bc your money was safer with the government. LOL

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 11:49 AM (iQIUe)

27 Craftsmen cordless circular saw.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 11:36 AM (9ym/

Do not use it to floss your teeth.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo -- Am Yisrael Chai at June 18, 2016 11:50 AM (Zu3d9)

28 The Aztecs had the Romans beat by a mile when it came to psychological warfare.

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/horrifying_aztec_death_whistle

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 11:51 AM (sdi6R)

29 I thought it was the Illinois state lottery where they were telling winners, "Here's an IOU, we're good really we are."

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 18, 2016 11:51 AM (S3u/T)

30 The Aztecs were awful in all ways. So of course they had a death whistle.

Posted by: Chupacabra at June 18, 2016 11:53 AM (McglG)

31 torn between making shit on a shingle or wokking up slices of salt pork and onions. maybe just pour salt down my gullet? nah

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 11:54 AM (Cq0oW)

32 I expected a throw-away thread, but this was fun!

Interesting watching the Jaffa Race. It's like molecules of gas, some of them are far, far, ahead of the others.

Posted by: t-bird at June 18, 2016 11:54 AM (w/iDp)

33 The only people who admire the Aztec are La Raza because they want to be them and the gullible fools who refuse to learn.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 18, 2016 11:54 AM (S3u/T)

34 That zipping sounds frighten sheep, not Scotsmen, had been known for centuries.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 18, 2016 11:57 AM (aFP77)

35 where can i buy an Aztec death whistle?

you'd think Amazon

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 11:57 AM (Cq0oW)

36 the Aztec were just the ancient American version of Cthulhu cultists

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 11:58 AM (Cq0oW)

37 27 Craftsmen cordless circular saw.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 11:36 AM (9ym/

Do not use it to floss your teeth



That's what Dremel Multi-Max tools are for.

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 12:00 PM (d9qXV)

38 Goooood Morning, Peoples' Republic of Spades!

Vlad #22: So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or, more likely, have they just been stuffed down the memory hole because, inconvienent?

Perhaps not so much "gay" as whatcha might call polymorphously perverse. IIRC, the 9/11 terrorists were drinking and partying before the event.

Designated Terrorists get a pass on Islamic taboos, it seems. So, Orlando boy could have just been ghey-ing around, among other indulgences, because he could. (Not to say he wasn't gay-curious in the first place, of course.)

cthulhu touched on something like this. Never heard of "a 'Faust'" before, or this kind of deal, but it rings likely:

cthulhu #618 on the ONT http://bit.ly/1V4Zv0B:

I'm coming to the belief that they gave him a "Faust". Sign up with jihadists and you get three years of joy -- you get a wife we provide you, you can sire a son, you get a hajj, you get financial support....and three years from now you do a "martyrdom operation" that forgives you from any depravities you incur in the meantime.

He knew he was marked in 2013. He knew martyrdom was near in April 2016 when he signed his house over to family.


(Being able to pull up stuff like this - one of the few advantages of being an Obsessive-Compulsive blog reader.)

Posted by: mindful webworker - back by poplar demand at June 18, 2016 12:00 PM (U/u2R)

39 The leftys are whining bc the french police are not allowing them to deliver a convoy of "aid" to Calais refugee camp. They planned it for months but did not bother to obtain permission. And they are not being starved so not sure what aid they are being given except clothes maybe. Anyway, they are blaming the brit government as if they have something to do with it. smh

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 12:00 PM (iQIUe)

40 35 where can i buy an Aztec death whistle?

you'd think Amazon
Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 11:57 AM (Cq0oW)


Maybe Etsy?

That thing would be more effective than a handgun for dissuading burglars. Not as messy, unless you count their pants.

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 12:01 PM (sdi6R)

41 Craftsmen cordless circular saw.
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For a festive Father's Day bunch, use a variety of blades as charming dinnerware. Cordless saws make delightful centerpieces! Secure one on a carving board or turkey platter with double-sided carpet tape, then decorate at will with fresh or dried flowers.

You're welcome!

Posted by: Martha Stewart at June 18, 2016 12:01 PM (T/5A0)

42 http://dangerousminds.net/comments/horrifying_aztec_death_whistle

Is that anything like the dog whistle the Democrats prattle on about?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 18, 2016 12:02 PM (aFP77)

43 RK - What's the problem?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:02 PM (9mTYi)

44 Here's an article saying, no, the steepest street is in Pittsburgh with the added bonus of snow in the winter. They're all great candidates, however!

http://googlesightseeing.com/2009/06/the-worlds-steepest-streets/

(remove spaces, as usual, if any show up)

Posted by: t-bird at June 18, 2016 12:02 PM (RrDm2)

45 yep

etsy has some

hee

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 12:03 PM (Cq0oW)

46 Regarding that hydraulic press vs. ball bearing video.

About 12 years ago some maintenance guys I worked with accidentally loaded mismatched punch and die into the couple ton press I was operating. The result was a true flashbang experience. I remember seeing a white smoky flash. Next thing I know I was 20 feet away staggering towards the office. No real harm done but I have a scar on my chest about 3 inches above my heart where a fragment tore through my shirt and laid me open. Could have been so much worse. Fun times.

Posted by: Doomed: shocked, awed and scarred at June 18, 2016 12:04 PM (bGLSw)

47 I'm really skeptical about the slingshots ammo.
I'm inclined ti think that the holes were for stringing them together, for whatever purpose. Possibly ammo-belt style.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:04 PM (9mTYi)

48 How can the Soviet Justice Wanker snowflakes claim to be victims if they coordinate with authority?

They are programmed cogs of self-destruction. Except they haven't strapped on a bomb belt, yet.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 18, 2016 12:06 PM (S3u/T)

49 I passed by a funeral home today and there was a line of cars pulling in for a service. Half the guys had aloha shirts on.

At my father's funeral, one relative wore a Primo Beer shirt.

Fair warning: at my ceremony I expect to see you all in High Victorian mourning attire. And there had better be professional weepers.

I am totes cool with strippers at the afterparty, though.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:06 PM (jR7Wy)

50 35 where can i buy an Aztec death whistle?


Doesn't Pontiac make those?

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 18, 2016 12:07 PM (GdFQh)

51 >> where can i buy an Aztec death whistle?


You have to cut it out of an actual Aztec.

Which is why they are so rare.

Posted by: garrett at June 18, 2016 12:07 PM (snYm7)

52 Posted by: Doomed: shocked, awed and scarred at June 18, 2016 12:04 PM (bGLSw)

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Origin story!

Who will portray you in the movie franchise?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:08 PM (jR7Wy)

53 Continuing from the dead thread: President Jet-set also took a vacation up to Acadia early in his term.

And completely screwed it up for the people there who don't get to take vacations all year. There's one way into town, and he stayed at a hotel right on it. And they'd close down Cadillac Mountain whenever he wanted to go up it.

Posted by: Chupacabra at June 18, 2016 12:08 PM (McglG)

54 Aloha shirts are allowed at a funeral if the line of cars is a bunch of Woodys with surfboards.

Professional weepers? Hiring Boehner to lead the weeping?

How high the Victorian, as in heels high that is.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 18, 2016 12:08 PM (S3u/T)

55 8 I just creamed forty eight ears of corn.

Whatever you want to do in the privacy of your own home...

Posted by: Insomniac at June 18, 2016 12:09 PM (0mRoj)

56 >>Aloha shirts are allowed at a funeral if the line of cars is a bunch of Woodys with surfboards.


We just sold a 46 Pontiac, this week. Should be loading it up this afternoon.

Posted by: garrett at June 18, 2016 12:10 PM (snYm7)

57 18 Ricardo, you shouldn't have sawn through the cord.

Do that every year with my hedge trimmers.
Posted by: Kindltot at June 18, 2016 11:38 AM (ry34m)

Heh. I did that once.

Posted by: Insomniac at June 18, 2016 12:11 PM (0mRoj)

58 52

Know anybody who could pass for a cross between Martin Landau, Don Knotts and Shemp Howard? If so that's who you want.

Posted by: Doomed: shocked, awed and scarred at June 18, 2016 12:12 PM (bGLSw)

59 I expect to see you all in High Victorian mourning attire.
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So bustles and corsets for the ladies?
Spats, beaver skin top hats and canes for the men?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:12 PM (9mTYi)

60 Aloha shirts piling out of a Hearse is aesthetically dissonant, as would be a shudder of clowns.

And how high the Victorian, Anna? At least 3 inches. Or three glasses of absinthe. Or both.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:13 PM (jR7Wy)

61
I'm coming to the belief that they gave him a "Faust". Sign up with jihadists and you get three years of joy -- you get a wife we provide you, you can sire a son, you get a hajj, you get financial support....and three years from now you do a "martyrdom operation" that forgives you from any depravities you incur in the meantime.

He knew he was marked in 2013. He knew martyrdom was near in April 2016 when he signed his house over to family.

(Being able to pull up stuff like this - one of the few advantages of being an Obsessive-Compulsive blog reader.)
Posted by: mindful webworker - back by poplar demand at June 18, 2016 12:00 PM (U/u2R)


So we had San Bernadino, and Orlando-how many more "Fausts" are there in this country, and where are they? And with hundreds of new Islamic refugees coming in everyday, how many are being set up for their three years?

The bigger question, though, is will anyone in the govt do anything about this to protect American citizens?

Posted by: Moki at June 18, 2016 12:14 PM (ezHMO)

62 *rummages through chest of drawers*
*dammiit, I know I have some spats in here*

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:14 PM (9mTYi)

63 *ptui*

There. Spat.

Posted by: Insomniac at June 18, 2016 12:15 PM (0mRoj)

64 "RK - What's the problem?"


Just quit right in the middle of using it. Bound up a couple of times, no problem. Third time it did.....no more worky. Trying to figure out if there's a safety feature on it somewhere that tripped or what.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 12:16 PM (9ym/8)

65 So bustles and corsets for the ladies?
Spats, beaver skin top hats and canes for the men?
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:12 PM (9mTYi)
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That's a good start. I promise *fingers X* not to watch you all fap if you don a topper and batwing collar. Extra succubus points for a pince-nez and boutonierre.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:16 PM (jR7Wy)

66 Posted by: Moki at June 18, 2016 12:14 PM (ezHMO)

Seems like one way to tell is the new Pakistani/palistinean bride/handler.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 18, 2016 12:16 PM (GDulk)

67 There. Spat.
Posted by: Insomniac
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Heh. The AoSHQ clock makes all actions past tense.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:17 PM (9mTYi)

68 The bigger question, though, is will anyone in the govt do anything about this to protect American citizens?

No. On the contrary, TFG is trying to bring in as many GFMs as possible before his term runs out.

Posted by: Insomniac at June 18, 2016 12:18 PM (0mRoj)

69 Okay, time to hit the gym. The whalebone corset stays are starting to splinter under the strain.

You all maintain decorum in my absence!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:19 PM (jR7Wy)

70 69 Okay, time to hit the gym. The whalebone corset stays are starting to splinter under the strain.

You all maintain decorum in my absence!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:19 PM (jR7Wy)

Like we were maintaining decorum in your presence anyway...

Posted by: Insomniac at June 18, 2016 12:20 PM (0mRoj)

71 Seems like one way to tell is the new Pakistani/palistinean bride/handler.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 18, 2016 12:16 PM (GDulk)

{{{Polliwog}}}}


Will we be accused of racism if we "see something, say something?" Duh, that's a stupid question. Of course we will. My biggest concern is not really the cells, it's the govt response. Or lack thereof.

Posted by: Moki at June 18, 2016 12:20 PM (ezHMO)

72 Just quit right in the middle of using it. Bound up a couple of times, no problem. Third time it did.....no more worky. Trying to figure out if there's a safety feature on it somewhere that tripped or what.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill
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Possible that they have an overheat fuse, but I doubt it.

Have you checked the battery itself?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:21 PM (9mTYi)

73 RK - Possible cause : http://tinyurl.com/hy34vnk

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:24 PM (9mTYi)

74 Trying to figure out if there's a safety feature on it somewhere that tripped or what.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill

Is the screw that holds the blade in too tight? On my electric saws there is a built in safety cluth. Overtighten the screw and no workee.

Posted by: Cicero Skip at June 18, 2016 12:24 PM (FIrEF)

75 When I used to chew... I always had a spat bottle.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 18, 2016 12:25 PM (JmjOe)

76 Gardening thread up.

Posted by: HH at June 18, 2016 12:25 PM (DrCtv)

77 via Zerohedge

First Brexit poll following the shooting of "Remain" supporting parliament-person shows Remain support *dropping* 8 points, entirely the opposite of the sympathy swing pundits expected.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/h87rz9d

Dear political leaders (of Britain), when you get gunned down in the street and the public responds with a collective yawn, you might want to rethink your priorities.

Posted by: Methos, AoSHQ commenter since 2006, now apparently nonvoting democrat at June 18, 2016 12:26 PM (3Liv/)

78 Nude gardening thread.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:26 PM (jR7Wy)

79
Jack Spat could eat no fat...

Hmm. I may have that wrong.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:26 PM (9mTYi)

80 m coming to the belief that they gave him a "Faust". Sign up with jihadists and you get three years of joy -- you get a wife we provide you, you can sire a son, you get a hajj, you get financial support...

_____

maybe

might've had HIV

I've conversed with Saudis who have HIV and those young men have ... let me say they get advice about how they can still be good men.

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 12:26 PM (Cq0oW)

81
So, how is Ace today? I always think a good night's sleep gives the eyes time to heal. So, hope he woke up with no pain and clearer vision.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 12:28 PM (iQIUe)

82 A paean to the Aztec war god Huitzilochtli

The battlefield is the place:
where one toasts the divine liquor in war,
where are stained red the divine eagles,
where the jaguars howl,
where all kinds of precious stones rain from ornaments,
where wave headdresses rich with fine plumes,
where princes are smashed to bits.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 18, 2016 12:28 PM (S3u/T)

83 So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or,
more likely, have they just been stuffed down the memory hole because,
inconvienent?
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Mohammadan sodomites hold that only the catcher is gay so he may have only been relieving himself. Or may have simply been staking the place out for two years.

Posted by: Methos, AoSHQ commenter since 2006, now apparently nonvoting democrat at June 18, 2016 12:29 PM (3Liv/)

84 So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or,
more likely, ...
--------------

It all seems to be speculation. Until someone reports first-hand interaction, I am skeptical.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:43 PM (9mTYi)

85 "bouncing chocolate balls"

Oh my.

Posted by: Reggie "Midnight" Love at June 18, 2016 12:44 PM (BO/km)

86 Suck on my salty chocolate balls
Put 'em in you mouth and suck 'em!

Posted by: Chef at June 18, 2016 12:48 PM (0mRoj)

87 78 Nude gardening thread.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 12:26 PM (jR7Wy)


Well, that's certainly a way to get us to check out the gardening thread.

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 12:50 PM (sdi6R)

88
The PowerBall jackpot is at 114,200,000 or $68,976,800 after federal taxes. A poor substitute for MegaMillion but someone has to win it so I will bite the bullet and volunteer.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 12:53 PM (iQIUe)

89
Last comment before I take a shower and get out of the house, I swear.
Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 11:35 AM (5o5ek)
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So I took a shower and got out of the house and here I am in Starbucks supposedly job-hunting but instead clicking around the internet looking for excuses to do anything but.

Maybe I should have gone to a bar.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 12:56 PM (wZY5i)

90 I do believe I might buy this Aztec Death Whistle.

https://tinyurl.com/h23lwss

If someone breaks into my house, I'll blow this first. If that doesn't make him decide he'd rather be elsewhere, then I'll rack the 12-gauge.

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 12:58 PM (sdi6R)

91
So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or,
more likely, ...
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It all seems to be speculation. Until someone reports first-hand interaction, I am skeptical.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:43 PM (9mTYi)
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I keep waiting for at least one companion to come forward.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 12:58 PM (wZY5i)

92 As a non-gardener, I feel segregated against and marginalized, like I was beneath people who garden. Is it too much to make this the thread *above* the gardening thread?

Posted by: Steve and Cold bear at June 18, 2016 01:04 PM (ULkm8)

93 Steve and Cold bear at June 18, 2016 01:04 PM

Worse yet, you are likely to be below the Pet Thread soon, too.

Think of it as a boost in your victim status. Feel better. That which does not kill you makes you a better victim. Have some chocolate.

Posted by: KT at June 18, 2016 01:08 PM (qahv/)

94 OK. I just ordered it.

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 01:13 PM (sdi6R)

95 Apologize for misusing the word 'gay'. I did not mean to ask if he was lighthearted and carefree. I meant to ask if he was a homosexual.

Sorry.

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad at June 18, 2016 01:14 PM (3Mimg)

96 OK. I just ordered it.
Posted by: rickl

*cringing in safe spaces*

Posted by: Neighborhood dogs at June 18, 2016 01:19 PM (9mTYi)

97 I'll probably have to test it outside, lest I scare the hell out of my cats.

I might scare the hell out of my neighbors, though.

Eh, that's their problem. I'm more concerned with the well-being of my cats.

Posted by: rickl at June 18, 2016 01:20 PM (sdi6R)

98 If someone breaks into my house, I'll blow this first. If that doesn't make him decide he'd rather be elsewhere, then I'll rack the 12-gauge.
Posted by: rickl
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The practical solution is obvious - a whistle that sounds like a pump shotgun being racked.

There.

Posted by: Kneel Grassy Tyson at June 18, 2016 01:25 PM (9mTYi)

99 Watching A Bridge To Far (1977), the part with Edward Fox as Lt Gen Brian Horrocks is on. He did seem to be quite the colorful character in all the clips he's in such as the World at War tv series.

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 01:35 PM (d9qXV)

100 Some breaks into my house I'm quietly sliding a round into my 45.

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 01:37 PM (d9qXV)

101 I would imagine that the way the terrible shooting was politicized (no, the shooter didn't shout "Britain first") so that people who want Brexit were portrayed as unfeeling yahoos who supported murder probably didn't help.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 18, 2016 01:42 PM (rmw+9)

102 Possible cause : http://tinyurl.com/hy34vnk

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:24 PM (9mTYi)///Never thought much about how the battery packs are made. I watched your link and the one that autoplayed next. I now have one more usable pack. Thanks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtOS5evrqrQlink is to what I got with the autoplay

Posted by: Willy J. at June 18, 2016 01:48 PM (Yskl0)

103 imma break into rickl s house armed with a vuvuzela

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at June 18, 2016 01:49 PM (Cq0oW)

104 Is that anything like the dog whistle the Democrats prattle on about?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 18, 2016 12:02 PM (aFP77)


Doesn't sound too scary. Kind of like a badly-dubbed horror movie scream track. A little bit of whistle, mixed with a whole lot of rushing air.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 18, 2016 02:01 PM (GSdpU)

105
Last comment before I take a shower and get out of the house, I swear.
Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 11:35 AM (5o5ek)
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So I took a shower and got out of the house and here I am in Starbucks supposedly job-hunting but instead clicking around the internet looking for excuses to do anything but.

Maybe I should have gone to a bar.
Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 12:56 PM (wZY5i)
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Oh for God's SAKES.

I start at the house in my PJs listlessly job-hunting but mostly hitting F5 at Ace of Spades and reading articles off Drudge etc.

Realize I'll have to get out of the house if I'm going to get anything done, go to Starbucks and spend $4.65 on stupid coffee and croissant that I don't really want.

Find job I don't really want but start applying for it anyway, compose detailed cover letter, and monitor dims -- ooh, time to plug in -- except that I FORGOT MY POWER CORD.

Now I'm back home in the SAME DAMN SPOT where I was when I got off my butt three hours ago, only this time with a glass of wine instead of coffee.

That's what I should have done at 10:00 this morning. I"ll remember it going forward.

P.S., yes, my cover letter is saved.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 02:02 PM (5o5ek)

106 Just quit right in the middle of using it. Bound up a couple of times, no problem. Third time it did.....no more worky. Trying to figure out if there's a safety feature on it somewhere that tripped or what.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at June 18, 2016 12:16 PM (9ym/


Sounds like it blew an internal fuse or circuit breaker. You have a manual for it? Or if you have a spare battery, try that. They may have put the breaker in the battery case. I believe lithium batteries are prone to explode if subjected to prolonged excess over-current.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 18, 2016 02:08 PM (GSdpU)

107 To iforgot;


Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 02:09 PM (d9qXV)

108
To iforgot;


Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 02:09 PM (d9qXV)
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Thaaaaanks. (sip)

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 02:12 PM (5o5ek)

109 And there had better be professional weepers.


*hopes Eris is still around*


One of my favorite stories is Heinrich Boell's "Es wird etwas geschehen" (Something will happen).

It's a satire of the economic miracle culture of Germany in the 50s. It opens with "I am by nature more inclined to idleness and contemplation than to work, but occasionally persistent financial difficulties force me to accept a so-called position".

So he gets a job in Wunsiedel's factory and one thing leads to another and his attitude basically gives Wunsiedel a fatal heart attack.

At the funeral it turns out that he has a very good sad face and looks good in black and he becomes a professional mourner.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at June 18, 2016 02:23 PM (1xUj/)

110 Oh fine. So no one is around.

*kicks dirt*

Posted by: Bandersnatch at June 18, 2016 02:26 PM (1xUj/)

111 I'm still here, Bander!

I, too, feel pressured to produce instead of just be, and think I might be simpatico with this character. And I look fabulous in black!

Wasn't this made into a movie? It sounds so familiar.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 02:28 PM (jR7Wy)

112 So was the Orlando terrorist gay or have the reports been debunked, or,

more likely, ...

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It all seems to be speculation. Until someone reports first-hand interaction, I am skeptical.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc, etc. at June 18, 2016 12:43 PM (9mTYi)

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I keep waiting for at least one companion to come forward.

Posted by: at June 18, 2016 12:58 PM (wZY5i)

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Not that there are none, none are ever going to come forward.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at June 18, 2016 02:29 PM (P/kVC)

113 Oh hi!

I don't know that it was made into a movie.

And of course you look fabulous in black.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at June 18, 2016 02:30 PM (1xUj/)

114 So, this week I completed the round robin of doctor visits. GP, cardiologist, phlebotomist, hematologist, and the ear doctor.

My blood numbers, while kind of wonky, are very much improved. As near to normal now as they will ever be. Blood pressure: Good. Kidneys: Suck. Heart: surprisingly good. Blood sugar: Sucks.

When I went through that bout of congestive heart failure, the cardiologist assured me that once you lose cardiac function, it's gone for good. It does not come back.In the six months between echocardiograms, I've recovered half the cardiac function I lost.

I'm of the opinion that I didn't actually lose as much cardiac function as the first tests suggested. I think the leukemia, the chemo, and the numerous blood transfusions contributed in stressing my heart, and skewing the results.

Now that that's all behind me, (for now), my heart is better able to function closer to normal.

Or I could be completely wrong....the cardiologist said interpreting the results of echo cardiograms can be kind of subjective, and since the radioactive isotope scan they did showed there was some previous damage, they took that into account.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 18, 2016 02:31 PM (CHQEC)

115 I'm watching the new(ish) Conan movie with Bebe's crush, Jason Momoa. We'll see if it lives up to the high standards of AHnult's version.

I think, with no Basil Poledouris riffing on Prokofiev, it won't be the same.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 02:31 PM (jR7Wy)

116 Oops, I was in error -- no Heinrich Boell flick. Maybe I'm just remembering you talking about it, and I have a cinematic imagination?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 02:34 PM (jR7Wy)

117 Pet thread is Nood for those interested

Posted by: L, Elle at June 18, 2016 02:36 PM (6IPEM)

118 I just looked and found no movie of the Boell story.

I have told it more than once becasue, I suppose, of wishcasting.

*trudges off to real life*

Posted by: Bandersnatch at June 18, 2016 02:40 PM (1xUj/)

119
Holy Snikeys!

Been reading some of the Drudge links about Omar "We're still looking for some possible motive".

The POS has been trouble since he was young, not to mention the whole family. And yet, not one agency could flag his ass and prevent Orlando.

I'm thinking that if I farted in an "untoward general direction", I'd find myself under the FEMA camp!...

Posted by: Spun and Murky at June 18, 2016 02:47 PM (4DCSq)

120
Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 18, 2016 02:31 PM (CHQEC)

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Wow, Sticky. I trust you're doing everything to keep yourself as healthy as possible. I hope you at least feel well as you go about your daily tasks.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 02:48 PM (5o5ek)

121
Not that there are none, none are ever going to come forward.
Posted by: Burnt Toast at June 18, 2016 02:29 PM (P/kVC)
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I dunno, people at least enjoy 15 minutes of fame. "I went home with him once and all he did was bitch about his wife. I never saw him again" kind of thing. Or "He was really into kinky sex and I think he had a lot of ambivalence about his sexuality" kind of thing. People like to be experts etc.

Theory.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 02:51 PM (5o5ek)

122 Wow, Sticky. I trust you're doing everything to keep
yourself as healthy as possible. I hope you at least feel well as you
go about your daily tasks.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 02:48 PM (5o5ek)


No carbs, mostly, other than whole grain stuff, which doesn't spike your blood sugar the way processed stuff does. I limit the amount of potassium I consume. Ditto for phosphorus, (which means limiting dairy...which means very little cheese, or butter...grrrrr). I watch my BP, and blood glucose, and I'm trying to keep my weight in check....but since I can't eat carbs, or most fruits and vegetables, I'm on the bacon and eggs diet.
I cheat on the dairy a bit, thanks to phosphorus binders...but that's not an envelope I really want to push the limits on. I kind of like my sucky kidneys.


Posted by: President Barky O'fucknuts III at June 18, 2016 03:03 PM (CHQEC)

123 Sorry about your kidneys.

I didn't know butter had significant amounts of phosphorus in it. How about clarified butter?

Posted by: KT at June 18, 2016 03:07 PM (qahv/)

124 Haven't seen this movie in a while, it holds up well, but it's on till 5 and I want to go for a short bike ride. Both Cornelius Ryan's stories are good because they follow actual people. Wonder why no one ever tried The Last Battle from him.

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 03:07 PM (d9qXV)

125 I can tell about 1/10th of the way in that this "Conan" stinks. Feh.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 03:09 PM (jR7Wy)

126 Special Father's Day video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ExEZtn5os

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at June 18, 2016 03:13 PM (Nwg0u)

127 Wonder why no one ever tried The Last Battle from him.
Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 03:07 PM (d9qXV)
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Was one of my favorite books in HS.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 03:22 PM (iQIUe)

128 Sorry about your kidneys.

I didn't know butter had significant amounts of phosphorus in it. How about clarified butter?


Posted by: KT at June 18, 2016 03:07 PM (qahv/)

Anything rich in calcium is unfortunately also rich in phosphorus.

For you healthy morons out there....phosphorus 'looks like' calcium to your body, so it's readily absorbed into your blood. It's not readily used as calcium though, and so tends to build up, until it begins contributing to coronary artery disease. Your kidneys usually scrub your blood of excess phosphorus.
Since mine are damaged, I avoid most dietary phosphorus, and take a 'binder' three times a day, which is keeping my phosphorus count on the low side of normal.

Easy Peasy...but I do miss cheese, and butter. And canned salmon. Sardines. Tuna.

Posted by: President Barky O'fucknuts III at June 18, 2016 03:30 PM (CHQEC)

129 Conan the Dumbass is rolling boulders down on a nest of slavers but he's killing slaves too. What an ultramaroon.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 03:41 PM (jR7Wy)

130 Back from my ride, really should go every day.

Posted by: Skip at June 18, 2016 03:46 PM (d9qXV)

131
Conan the Dumbass is rolling boulders down on a nest of slavers but he's killing slaves too. What an ultramaroon.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 03:41 PM (jR7Wy)
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Doesn't he have a bunch of his own men in front of him that he's killing, too?

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 03:46 PM (5o5ek)

132 random comment on Nextdoor for my AO...

and remember, this is bluest LA:

"On a coincidental note after these people just got slaughtered like pigs
in Orlando I probably am going to vote for Trump now...and I voted for
Obama..."

Posted by: redc1c4 at June 18, 2016 03:51 PM (8WVNP)

133
Doesn't he have a bunch of his own men in front of him that he's killing, too?
Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 03:46 PM (5o5ek)
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Well ,he is "The Barbarian", not "The Rhodes Scholar".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at June 18, 2016 04:01 PM (jR7Wy)

134
Mr. WrongSkin is back to being naughty again:

https://twitter.com/GodfreyElfwick

He's trolling some lefty jorno who declared that the UK shd take in 2000 Syrian kids in honor of the dead MP.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at June 18, 2016 04:02 PM (iQIUe)

135
random comment on Nextdoor for my AO...

and remember, this is bluest LA:

"On a coincidental note after these people just got slaughtered like pigs
in Orlando I probably am going to vote for Trump now...and I voted for
Obama..."
Posted by: redc1c4 at June 18, 2016 03:51 PM (8WVNP)
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Scales. Eyes. Some disassembly required.

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 04:39 PM (5o5ek)

136
Chelsea Clinton just gave birth to a white male of upper class parentage and there's a father in the home and no step-siblings. Where is the outrage?

Posted by: iforgot (NeverTrumpers, avert eyes) at June 18, 2016 04:42 PM (5o5ek)

137 8 I just creamed forty eight ears of corn. I have grandma's old corn creamer thing. There is some Knuckle Skin in there but not too much. Yes, I am an old corn shucker.

*************

Aside from canned A&P brand Asparagus, there was no more disgusting food in my youth than A&P Creamed Corn.

Hurl-worthy.

Posted by: Noam Sayen at June 18, 2016 05:03 PM (bIhmV)

138 Wellington is like that too. All hilly and stuff. Surrounding a large bay it's very quaint (or was) and picturesque.

I believe New Zealand might have been created by volcanic action? Not sure but both the North and South Islands seem to have been formed that way.

Similar to the Sandwich Islands. (look that up for a bit of trivia.)

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at June 18, 2016 05:57 PM (ECJ+C)

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