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by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Well, crud -- THAT didn't work. Here's the page:

http://failblog.org/2010/01/19/funny-signs-you-are-leaving-the-ski-resort-you-can-die/

...damned HTML...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Here's the sort of world I want to live in:

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The last clause is what TOTALLY sells it.
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: the Island of Incorrect Toys
Replies: 1
Views: 2103

the Island of Incorrect Toys

Got an in-law with sprogs that you'd like to horrify this Christmas? An easy win for under $20: http://www.amazon.com/Accoutrements-AVENGING-UNICORN-PLAY-SET/dp/B000C9XB96/ref=pd_sbs_sg_30 For the cat-lover in your life: http://www.epartyunlimited.com/crazy-cat-lady-action-figure.html?productid=craz...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Can we diffuse Fatherland Security yet? http://www.myce.com/news/dept-of-homeland-security-raids-dmca-compliant-music-site-37037/ I'm against efficiency in government. I know that sounds weird at first pass, but (IMNSHO) the U.S. version of Democracy was intentionally meant to have huge dollops of i...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

My immediate impression was that the timing is such that Kim Jong-il is firmed up as The Crazy Guy, so that when he hands titular power over to Kim Jong-un, the new kid will have LOTS of leeway to weird out & still be seen as an improvement. ("Hey, Beavis -- he said 'titular.' Huur huur huu...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Per my previous gripe about recent changes in IP rules: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11837939 What -- they're worried about losing market share? (Just recently, it's started to dawn on users of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, & that ilk that these sites are EXCELLENT tools for skip-tracers, ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

The "tort reform" meme is most often out of the same... er, mouths that rant about the evil "trial lawyers." Here's a tort reform idea I swiped from a Libertarian friend. Anyone who brings a huge lawsuit claiming damages should be prevented by law from settling for less than (say...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

How about actually supporting small businesses? The current system (like SBA) is heavily biased toward "small" businesses that're poised for world dominance, NOT mom-&-pop startups. The current definitions the SBA uses have "small" meaning up to 1,500 employees, with gross an...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Good TV
Replies: 43
Views: 41202

Re: Good TV

I've declared The Good Wife to be a logical successor to Boston Legal -- though if they bring Bill Shatner in (especially as a Denny Crane manque), it's reached the shark-jumping moment. Meanwhile, NBC seems to be intent on topping FOX's record of launching intriguing sf/f series & then beating ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Doctor Who - Season 31
Replies: 111
Views: 95538

Re: Doctor Who - Season 31

Okay, so I've harshed on the New Doctor -- he takes some adaptation. But I stand by my estimate that he's not remarkably the best, & maybe that's due somewhat to the rest of the franchise-keepers. I sat down & watched the two-hour "Pandorica" plot. At the end of Hour One, I was gro...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Liberty vs Security
Replies: 46
Views: 24648

Re: Liberty vs Security

I'm still marvelling over how I can't have a toenail clipper in my pocket, but I could carry a couple of rapiers onboard. Maybe it's just me, but that feels like they confiscated my derringer & ignored the big long case marked RUGER. Pan Am 103 was brought down over Lockerbie by a tricked out po...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Hm. Well, no refunds, anyway. Now that I think a bit, maybe a "vesting" period. This would serve two purposes; first, to keep people from writing a hasty check when they see trouble cruising down their personal road, & secondly to bring home the lesson that members of a society invest ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

Suggested plank: any citizen will be allowed to opt out of the benefits of any social program, receive a rebate from their payroll taxes, & simply pay as they go. A half-hour down the road is a very nice blue-collar resort, Maple Lake. If you have a cabin on Maple Lake, you're asked to pay into ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Defeinding bad behaviour (part 2)
Replies: 24
Views: 12093

Re: Defeinding bad behaviour (part 2)

Someone once said that "ethics" is what you say should be done, & "morals" is what you do when nobody's looking. On the one hand, the Internet means that everyone's looking, even if they haven't been born yet. On the other, it means that nobody's looking, because I'm here tip...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Coffee Party Agenda
Replies: 44
Views: 19156

Re: The Coffee Party Agenda

One suggestion for practical economic limitation: a set boundary to Federal disaster relief. Oh, I'm not a heartless bastard (all the time), & I've lived in a few hard-hit regions. But in order to qualify as a business, my little sideline is supposed to make a profit three years out of five, or ...

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