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    Deep thinking from NBC: “LGBTQ nonprofits fear 'disastrous' losses under new tax plan

    It’s all a Republican plot! Since the new tax plan doubles the standard deduction (and in doing so reduces taxes), more people will choose that and fewer will itemize deductions. And if you don’t itemize, you won’t get a tax break for charitable contributions. Is that sneaky or what!

    Obviously the solution is to raise taxes, not lower them, if you want to promote tax-exempt contributions. This is actually true, though it doesn’t seem very appealing to me. BTW there’s nothing in the article as to why LGBTQ nonprofits will be any more affected than churches, thrift stores, etc. But that’s NBC of course.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/lg...cid=spartanntp


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    Headline: Professor claims 'meritocracy' in math class is a 'tool of whiteness'

    After reading this, looks like we have to give up either math or merit.
    Last edited by KenOC; Jan-09-2018 at 09:05.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Headline: Professor claims 'meritocracy' in math class is a 'tool of whiteness'

    After reading this, looks like we have to give up either math or merit.
    Oh, that choice has already been made, and we're living the fruits of it.

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    Almost got me with that one - but anything seems possible coming out of Washington these days. Deport the bears! Sad!

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    Black pudding saved my life, says butcher

    http://www.cetusnews.com/news/Black-...eH07meHEM.html

    The headline reads like something out of Withnail & I.
    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Black pudding saved my life, says butcher

    http://www.cetusnews.com/news/Black-...eH07meHEM.html

    The headline reads like something out of Withnail & I.
    Is he related to Bill Oddie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totenfeier View Post
    Almost got me with that one - but anything seems possible coming out of Washington these days. Deport the bears! Sad!
    Made me think of this song

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    Is he related to Bill Oddie
    Ecky-Thump gets a mention in other coverage of the story:

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/0...black_pudding/
    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

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    This is really starting to scare me. “Slaughterbots”, autonomous micro-drone swarms used by US troops in warfare – or really, by anybody anywhere. What will be our future?

    First, read this upbeat article on Fox:

    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/...frontline.html

    Then watch this video, and you may be as scared as I am.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    This is really starting to scare me. “Slaughterbots”, autonomous micro-drone swarms used by US troops in warfare – or really, by anybody anywhere. What will be our future?

    First, read this upbeat article on Fox:

    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/...frontline.html

    Then watch this video, and you may be as scared as I am.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA
    Not to be that guy, but:

    Revelation 9:1-4

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    I liked your typing to avoid censorship- next they will offer a p e n i s colouring service

    Splitting the word between lines also works:


    Last edited by geralmar; Jan-13-2018 at 04:47.

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    More scary stuff. How many young adults live in their parents’ basements playing first-person shooter video games? Lots, I suspect.

    Video-gamer, 28, kills mom after blaming her for broken headset, police say

    Of course this may lead to behavioral abnormalities, ranging from notorious school massacres to more mundane violence.

    Do violent video games boost aggression? Study adds fire to debate
    Last edited by KenOC; Jan-13-2018 at 08:02.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Black pudding saved my life, says butcher

    http://www.cetusnews.com/news/Black-...eH07meHEM.html

    The headline reads like something out of Withnail & I.
    Barry Florence from suppliers HM Sheridan said the firm was “absolutely delighted” to “play a small part in saving this man’s life”. He said it was the first time he had heard his black pudding, which he supplies to the Queen and the Prince of Wales, being used to batter a door down.

    “We only use the finest Scottish ingredients. That might make it harder,” Florence said”

    Might be all that iron in the blood?

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    This must qualify for this thread...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ngham-42610625

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