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    That's not television. _This_ is television:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgcANF6LGcM
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2018
     
    Posted By: Angus"Cutting the cable" has become a thing where I live. Why pay exorbitant fees for stuff you almost certainly alteady get via your network connection?. I cancelled our cable TV service three or four years ago. The internet-hostile Mrs A was aghast at first but now gets irritated when all that is available is old-fashioned cable and its endlessly reprovisioned network shows.

    Well, quite a bit of the TV I could do without - though I'd still want my internet over fibre - nothing else gets close.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2018
     
    Fibre to the curb, twisted pair to the house is fine.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2018
     
    Posted By: AngusFibre to the curb, twisted pair to the house is fine.
    Is the kerb serving as the curb in this particular instance? ...
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2018
     
    Ha.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018
     
    We Irish are becoming wannabe Canadians. Look, I spotted this in a car park this morning: even our leaves are trying to be Canadian!

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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018
     
    Please register with the Royal Canadian Association for the Use and Protection of National Symbols if you intend to grow maple trees in future.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018
     
    Nah, you have to witness the scale of a bigleaf maple (yes, Angus has them too) turning colors. Some leaves larger than a dinner plate.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018
     
    But no reds. That's just the sugar-maples to the east, or them newfangled Japanese thingies.

    BTW. we label the ones Asterix refers to as "Manitoba Maples". Just in case that might be important to somebody.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018 edited
     


    The US Has Military Bases in 80 Countries. All of Them Must Close.

    In a series of panels over two days, conference speakers from every corner of the globe proceeded to describe the extraordinary cruelty and toxic lethality of US foreign policy despite King’s warning more than 50 years ago. We learned that the United States has approximately 800 formal military bases in 80 countries, a number that could exceed 1,000 if you count troops stationed at embassies and missions and so-called “lily-pond” bases, with some 138,000 soldiers stationed around the globe. David Vine, author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Overseas Harm America and the World, reported that only 11 other countries have bases in foreign countries, some 70 altogether. Russia has an estimated 26 to 40 in nine countries, mostly former Soviet Republics, as well as in Syria and Vietnam; the UK, France, and Turkey have four to 10 bases each; and an estimated one to three foreign bases are occupied by India, China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
    David Swanson, introducing the panel on US militarism in South America, observed:

    "Modern imperialism is unique to the US. US exceptionalism justifies imperial bullying and is a prominent sentiment we may have to cure. US nationalism has a religious character. Its destructive mission is imagined as sacred. Fort McHenry is not a historic site—it’s a “National Monument and Historic Shrine.” We may have to learn to value other things including the other 96 percent of humanity before the empire shuts down."

    The global breadth of the participants was striking as we heard from activists in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, all ready and willing to expand this new network and work, not just to close down US bases, but as many expressed so eloquently, to dismantle the US empire and its patriarchal, racist, colonial policies that are causing such harm around the world.
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    There is this prevalent myth that great harm would come to the West as a result of US base closures.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: AngusBut no reds. That's just the sugar-maples to the east, or them newfangled Japanese thingies.


    For reds we have lots of wild cherry trees. And poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) makes for early autumn reds.

    I've been told that the wood from a. macrophyllum is excellent for bassoon construction, after being dried and aged appropriately.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018
     
    @Duracell

    Looks like an organic Seal of Solomon for those who fell from The Tree of Life synagogue.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThere is this prevalent myth that great harm would come to the West as a result of US base closures.
    800 bases is outrageous. US exceptionalism is no myth.

    No other nation is doing, or has done, what the US has been doing since the end of WWII.

    No other nation has, or has ever had, anything even remotely close to 800 military bases abroad.

    No other nation is interfering, or has interfered, in the internal affairs of so many other sovereign states to the same extent as the US has done and is still doing.

    No other nation is fighting, or has fought, anything even remotely close to the number of covert and secret wars abroad as the US has fought and is still fighting.

    No other nation has, or has had, a secret army anywhere even remotely close to as large or as well resourced or as active as the CIA.

    No other nation has, or has had, anything even remotely close to the US’s military firepower, arsenals and other assets.

    No other nation is thwarting, or has thwarted, democracy in anywhere even remotely close to the number of other sovereign states in which the US has thwarted, and is still thwarting, democracy.

    The US is indeed exceptional. It is singularly exceptional insofar as it is by a very long margin the single greatest threat to peace, to freedom and to democracy that this planet has ever had to endure.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2018
     
    Posted By: Duracell
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThere is this prevalent myth that great harm would come to the West as a result of US base closures.
    800 bases is outrageous. US exceptionalism is no myth.

    No other nation is doing, or has done, what the US has been doing since the end of WWII.

    No other nation has, or has ever had, anything even remotely close to 800 military bases abroad.

    No other nation is interfering, or has interfered, in the internal affairs of so many other sovereign states to the same extent as the US has done and is still doing.

    No other nation is fighting, or has fought, anything even remotely close to the number of covert and secret wars abroad as the US has fought and is still fighting.

    No other nation has, or has had, a secret army anywhere even remotely close to as large or as well resourced or as active as the CIA.

    No other nation has, or has had, anything even remotely close to the US’s military firepower, arsenals and other assets.

    No other nation is thwarting, or has thwarted, democracy in anywhere even remotely close to the number of other sovereign states in which the US has thwarted, and is still thwarting, democracy.

    The US is indeed exceptional. It is singularly exceptional insofar as it is by a very long margin the single greatest threat to peace, to freedom and to democracy that this planet has ever had to endure.


    Well, there was Rome for a while. Not that they thwarted democracy, although perhaps Boadicea would argue about that were she still around
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2018
     
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    Cultural relativity?


    Meanwhile, in the YGTBFKM Department...

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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2018 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2018
     
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    Deep background:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26XoeKq3Ics

    I always liked him. Very soothing.