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amateur cyclist & journo spends 8 months taking banned performance drugs (damn interesting)


how to make an airplane that really works!
from just a matchstick.. uhh, and some other common household objects..


it's called (surprise) a sidewaysbike


(mostly) indoors fireworks party: Even so, I had to be careful to avoid bombarding the big mosque across and half a block up the street. Shocking bad form.

and no, this is just dodgy: Washington state schoolkids are being given "patriotism tests" (with a scary example - dear god I wish I was making this up)

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notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 2nd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (link)
far from being cruel to the flies, you'll be teaching them a new and valuable thing

don't do it for me.. do it for the children flies.. those future generations who will benefit from such wisdom..
theheretic From: theheretic Date: January 2nd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (link)

Tests

This may shock you, but we had Patriotism Tests in the 1970's and 80's. They only slacked off on them the 90's. That these things are back again is no real surprise.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 2nd, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

shock me? hmm. I am beginning to wonder just what the current administration would have to do to really shock me.

immunity through numbness?
theheretic From: theheretic Date: January 3rd, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

As weird as they are, they're not that different from most prior administrations. Hell, Andrew Jackson was as much a crook as Nixon or Clinton. American Presidents and their little helpers are good at being crooks. If it's any consolation, the fact that the current party won the last election assures the downfall of that political party because they have presided over the economic destruction and dismantling of what little reputation the USA gained over the last 230 years. When its finally over, this is just another chapter in the history books as an example of how things can go wrong.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 3rd, 2006 01:22 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

can't argue with that man, can't argue with that.
theheretic From: theheretic Date: January 3rd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

The funniest part of being at ground zero of a failing civilization and knowing its certainty is the perspective: why try? Nothing can fix it. No amount of effort is going to stop this collapse. North America is a trap which has destroyed at least half a dozen valid civilizations. True, most of them were stone age, but they died out not because of technology but because the weather, which goes a century or so of perfect predictability suddenly goes haywire and turns to mostly drought for a couple decades. That long is enough to destroy any stable culture. You gotta eat, after all. So I see what's happening as just another example of The Trap doing its usual to the current residents. Life is too easy here. And that's why cultures fail.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 3rd, 2006 02:37 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

it's not just bad weather (even sustatined) that brings down civilizations though.

The traditional view of the Romans is that corruption, malaise & sloth did it to them... which, I please tell me if I'm wrong, also sounds suspiciously like modern USA.

I don't know enough about other civilizations to add any more data points.
theheretic From: theheretic Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:53 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

What destroyed prior civilizations here is the fact that life was very predictable. You could plan, everything was regular and easily controlled. You knew how many mouths you could feed so it was very orderly. When things go your way for too long, you start to think they're supposed to be that way, and then you think you're entitled to it. When conditions change, you are ingrained with Entitlement for generations and refuse to adapt. That's what killed the prior civilizations here. That's what is destroying america. It wasn't that long ago (1970) that Americans will still very adaptive people. I think the older folk and the very young ones will absorb the changes and adapt. Others will break, though. There will still be people here after the Empire falls, just like there are still people in the UK. The power will be gone, but people will remain. Kinda like being Spanish after 1850. Hopefully folks here won't be as bitter but I suspect a LOT of the population will be living on past glories, same as the Southerners did after they lost their slave plantations. So yes, there is sloth, but that's a direct result of the Entitlement mindset because life here is so very predictable. Disasters are a good thing. We need more of them. Might keep us alive longer.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 3rd, 2006 03:02 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Tests

it's not just bad weather (even sustatined) that brings down civilizations though.

The traditional view of the Romans is that corruption, malaise & sloth did it to them... which, I please tell me if I'm wrong, also sounds suspiciously like modern USA.

I don't know enough about other civilizations to add any more data points.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC) (link)

pat test

all rather Potty really, all very Pol Potty.

davey
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 7th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: pat test

ahh yes, but that's the absolute beauty of it! more pots than you could shake your stick at..
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