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starfish&coffee

Member since Jan 2009 • Last active Oct 2020

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    when they arrived were given no payment, they decided to just leave.

    And that again sounds something that should only happen in the badlands of a failed state. In what other first world country would a transport company have to worry that they would not get settlement if they just sent an invoice after the job? So worried that they would only commit to doing the return journey if they got cash upfront?

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    I've been thinking about those stranded people who ended up in hospital.
    So far the focus has been on the incompetence of the campaign, but I am also wondering about how wretched the attendees must have been. How badly can a crowd of like minded folks from the same town fail in looking after another. It was only 5 miles to safety, couldn't they rustle up some taxis, get friends and family to come out to pick them up. Offer up any free seats to strangers who were poorly dressed etc. Considering it was only 5 miles it isn't too much to expect that some people would be happy to take several trips to collect stragglers. After all they are your fellow Trump supporters and the election is imminent.
    Makes me think many of these guys are in a much worse state than you can perceive from the TV coverage. And that America as a society is very badly broken indeed.

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    Fucking hell!

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    inexperienced riders zipping around at power assisted speeds

    I can't be bothered to find the link, but around my neck of the woods boomers on e-bikes is an increasingly common sight, as well as increasing their presence in accident statistics.
    We won't get people off those e-bikes again (nor should we) so in principle, having a technological solution to a problem that technology created seems fine with me.

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    𝙺̶𝚗̶𝚘̶𝚠̶𝚒̶𝚗̶𝚐̶ ̶𝚝̶𝚑̶𝚎̶ ̶𝚌̶𝚘̶𝚗̶𝚝̶𝚎̶𝚡̶𝚝̶, that is an incredible picture.

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    Gerrymandering has gotten out of hand

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    "four - five months ago I had it made, I wasn't coming to Eire, there was no way I was coming"
    Trump tells the crowd at his Eire rally that he's only there because he is struggling in the polls.

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    how many aren't hosted by an American with a focus on an American perspective?

    I struggle with the same thing. I love well produced podcasts, but I end up with hours of American navel gazing as a kind of background muzak in my life.

    For those that understand Scændinaviån I would recommend the following – in no particular order:

    Swedish:
    En mörk historia - True crime. I especially enjoyed the Svarta änkan episodes about a man murdered by his wife.
    P3 Dokumentär - Not really a podcast, but the Swedish equivalent of the BBC making their best documentary material available in podcast form. The Hästgården mini-series about child abuse is unforgettable.
    Danish:
    Kvinden med den tunge kuffert - Miniseries produced by the newspaper Politiken. About a serial fraudster. Amazing.
    Et langsomt mord - True crime about a cold case murder. The twist is that the podcast is led by the victim's son. Well produced, but a little slow paced maybe?
    Norwegian:
    Taakeprat - The only independent podcast on this list. The guy making it has no other outlet and appears to have no mini-celeb aspirations. Mostly about weird cults and ideologies.
    Hele historien - Produced by the Norwegian BBC. Mini series on events in recent Norwegian history. The mini series about the Alvdal child abuse case that escaped detection by the local authorities as well as the Treholt cold war spying scandal are quite good.

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    the first I've read of his but will definitely seek out more.

    I went from 'Everything...' to his next novel where he does some kind of schtick by writing himself as a fictional person traveling back to his grandparent's home village in Ukraine. Was quite disappointed.

    @moocher
    What are the best Proulx books? I have Shipping Forecast on my to-do list, but would be happy to re-shuffle my priorities a bit.

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    Can anyone point me to a source for mesh filters to my Grunwerg cafetiere? I have the smallest one (three cup?) and the mesh filters are ca 70 mm Ø.

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