Open Thread WE 25 JAN 23 ~ remember the green comet


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Green Comet Cleanser
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There is no better time to scrub the tub than now that the green comet cleanser is
coming in for a quick zip. We spoke with Mr. Clean about this 50,000 year old act.

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On to other things.. Opening lines from an old novel. Do you remember this?

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Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide.
For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher
turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.
That is the life of men.

Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything
they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.

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OT, so shout-out your financial warring political climate spiritual observations with glee!

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 1937

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Today is for doing and saying the opposite of what is usually done, or saying the opposite of what is meant. Have fun with that!

also

1955 Russia ends state of war with Germany
1979 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
and
Robbie Burns Day!

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@QMS

1955 Russia ends state of war with Germany

Too bad that Germany/UK/EU/NATO didn't sign on to this.

or maybe it's just so far away

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Why is it amerika's the only country in the world who
has a military that's based on a profit motive.

@ggersh

sometimes the brain is drained
this is one of those times

thanks for the Carole King tunes!

perhaps a single malt is in order?

Up in the Morning Early

Cauld blaws the wind frae east to west,
The drift is driving sairly;
Sae loud and shrill’s I hear the blast,
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.

Up in the morning’s no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw,
I’m sure its winter fairly.

The birds sit chittering in the thorn,
A’ day they fare but sparely;
And lang’s the night frae e’en to morn,
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.

Up in the morning’s no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw,
I’m sure its winter fairly.
Robert Burns

or

Address to a Haggis

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang 's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut ye up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bluidy flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll make it whissle;
An’ legs, an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o' thrissle.

Ye Pow'rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a Haggis!
Robert Burns

cheers!

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@QMS

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.”

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@QMS

Today is for doing and saying the opposite of what is usually done, or saying the opposite of what is meant.

vewwy late to the party here, tanks for the OT. Speaking of which, how many wood fired trains would it take to move 300 tanks from Poland to Poltava, or thereabouts, since the Unkie no tiene electricidad?

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris

about 1/4 mile light, then you stick 20 tanks on it, maybe 1/16 mile
per chord. How far you want to move them tanks? Oh, up to the battle
line with the ruskies. Coming in from Poland, let's call it 500 miles.
So, that would be about 5000 acres of trees to move your tanks.
Only problem there chief, all of the able bodies are getting shot to hell,
so who's going to fell the trees, cut and split the wood, then load it onto
the 50 cars to feed the engine? Just sayin' maybe unfeasible.

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Is the Noise Before Defeat

https://thesaker.is/tactics-without-strategy-is-the-noise-before-defeat/

Good morning QMS----This is a long article by Andrei from The Saker and I'll just copy the last bits here:

"Since we know from Sun Tzu that “tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat” we can immediately see that none of these capabilities has any chance to avoid a NATO defeat. In other words, US commanders will soon have to face an even worse choice: defeat or nuclear war.

I submit that the West currently has neither (real, meaningful) tactics nor any strategy.

None.

All I see is magical thinking, narcissistic delusions, a mindset shaped by centuries of relative impunity and an over-arching, blind, hatred of Russia and everything Russian.

Hardly the ingredients for a victory (under any definition thereof) against the most powerful continental warfare military on the planet."

If you have the time and interest the complete work details each step that the West has taken and its defeat at every turn, that brings us to the brink now.

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NYCVG

@NYCVG I'm afraid I'm a bit behind in my intertube reading.

The Python Twit competition should be the opening video for all of our "news".

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sanctions, billions and tanks is mostly noise
it seems not so much an end to conflict as much as
weakening Western Europe and making the defense
industry more wealthy ..
scaring the citizens and keeping us poor is a strategy

thanks for chiming in!

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@QMS @QMS From Intel Slava Z

"Kiev will be able to receive Abrams tanks not earlier than in a year - CNN"

Just noise.

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NYCVG

here;
https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/the-green-comet-comet-2022-e3-...
I'll be looking for that green thing. Hope to have some clear skies sometime over the next week or so. The best view of the comet is supposed to be just pre-dawn on February second.

I've been reading about Covid and the lack of public health care as per usual. I don't want to mess up your OT with those links, but there are some interesting developments out there. The German Health Minister made a surprising statement the other day about the effects of Covid. There is also the interesting spectacle of the Davos crew taking all the kinds of precautions for themselves that the public health community and media have been discouraging the hot polloi to take.

Thanks for the OT QMS, hope all is well with you up north.

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@randtntx

I'm cleaning the vacuum next so I doubt the dirt will hurt much.
Plus we have Mr. Clean on the team.

Hope you are well!

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@QMS , thanks. We have a sparkly sunshiny day here although a little chilly ( although for you northerners it would probably be considered room-temperature).

Here goes with the links since Mr. clean is on the team.
h/t nakedcapitalism

The following source compiled a list of links that delve into the problems of immune-system compromise post covid infection;
https://jessicawildfire.substack.com/p/the-gig-is-up-and-it-feels-weird?
This is the actual list of articles, there are 32 of them (I have only skimmed them so far);
https://raindrop.io/JW_Lists/covid-and-the-immune-system-30487300/sort=-...

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@randtntx Especially any link that shows the hypocrisy of Weffers!

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

@on the cusp . This is an article about the Davos Covid precautions implemented for the participants but which are considered unnecessary for the general population of the world;
https://boingboing.net/2023/01/21/davosstandard-should-be-for-all-of-us....
again h/t nc

Sad about the family violence cases. The stressors just keep coming for the working class. The breaking points are inevitable...or are they.

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@randtntx @randtntx

https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/spot-circumpolar-comet-ztf-c-...

be well and have a good one

EDIT: fixed bad link

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris , I'll check that site out.

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@randtntx

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris , ...a good article. I bookmarked it because I liked the author's style (and I will have to read it several times, hopefully understanding a bit more each time). Muchas gracias.

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I have 2 cases on the dockets in different counties tomorrow. I involves a daughter accused of trying to run into or over her mom with her car. The other involves a man ramming his wife's car with his truck. Thing is, the wife was in the back seat lying down and sleeping. Talk about a wake up call!

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

@on the cusp

has a major encouragement by the movies and news
it is no small wonder how people enact the same in
their lives. Like most of our social problems, they end up
with the cops, prosecutors, courts and lawyers.
This is not an extremely efficient solution.
Break the law and get caught - jail time.
I do not envy your role in this broken system.
We need trained social workers in the community
more than military mindsets.

good luck pal

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reminds us of when the mass-media "left" lined up to put the hit on Julian Assange:

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"you can say what you want about this country and I love this place. I love the freedoms we used to have..." -- George Carlin

public broadcasting moved to the war mongering camp
was it in the Clinton era? I forget. Something about cutting their budget
changed their messaging owing to the new sponsorship. The Ford foundation
or other stink tanks decided to stop the anti-war noise. They then got on
board with the MSM and trashed Julian, went full in on russiagate and here
they are now, Just another stenographer for the deep state propaganda.

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US arms suppliers support the current war effort.

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the gullible public.

Truth be damned!

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for referencing Their Eyes Were Watching God, my all time favourite book. It was nice to be reminded of an excerpt, although after multiple readings I should know it all by heart. It is the most beautiful love story I’ve read, with the most captivating and life-affirming characters one can meet.

I also very much enjoyed hearing In the Air Tonight again.

Cheers

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