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 on: Today at 04:45:40 am 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by spork
Why not just change the locks? It's cheaper than moving.

What egywho says. If the cottage hasn't sold yet, Hedgepig should be there.

Another option: get a different man to occupy the couch. Hedgepig won't like the arrangement.

 on: Today at 04:36:02 am 
Started by john_proctor - Last post by pedanterast
If you have internet, www.mlb.com is the answer.  I believe their price for all the post-season games is $9.95.  Some will be blacked out if you are in the US or Canada, though.  Conveniently, I will not be back in the U.S. until shortly after the World Series is over.

 on: Today at 04:34:11 am 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by pedanterast
I believe the decline in "going postal" is demographic in nature.  I worked for the post office for eight years as a letter carrier and I had NO understanding of the concept of it being a "high stress job."   I think the shootings stopped for a while because there were fewer combat veterans and gun nuts among the workforce, as the Vietnam vets aged and retired.  I don't buy into "improved hiring practices" and the testing and selection process would make it hard to weed out those with PTSD.  In fact, if they have a disability pension, even partial, they get 10 points added to their test scores as opposed to 5 points for mere combat era veterans.  So we will probably have some more incidents involving the postal service.

"Having a well-armed militia" with flintlocks is not quite the same as a bunch of wing nuts and gang bangers running around with Kalashnikovs.  Furthermore, one can defend home and hearth as well, if not better, with rifles and shotguns.  Therefore, I favor an immediate and absolute ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns.  I also favor the disarming of street cops, who have abused their pistols one too many times for my liking.  British street cops aren't armed and their homicide rate is orders of magnitude lower than ours.

It is interesting to be in Iberia and watch how the citizens interact with the street cops.  Walking up to them, exchanging pleasantries, inquiring about their families, and asking for restaurant recommendations.  In turn, the cops will often stop their patrol cars to chat with little old ladies and so forth.  Of course, they often do this in the middle of the block and carry on for ten minutes while traffic comes to a complete standstill, but since Europeans aren't as impatient and chronically harried as those in the U.S., "road rage" is not forthcoming in these situations.  Spanish and Portguese street cops do carry pistols but you don't see them running around shooting people in the back for minor crimes.

 on: Today at 02:23:57 am 
Started by ysupenguin1984 - Last post by mountainguy
There are no vegetarians in [town of 30,000 in Midwest Flyover State]. All vegetarians eat grass, which is bad for you.

 on: Today at 02:14:08 am 
Started by vardahilwen - Last post by mountainguy
I'm sorry to see that so many forumites are sick. Feel better, everyone!

 on: Today at 02:10:58 am 
Started by untenured - Last post by theblondeassassin
The average age at hire (pre-tenure) where I am is 40, so that would make the retirement age 80.

The present retirement age is 67, by comparison.

 on: Today at 02:02:43 am 
Started by thinkdean - Last post by science_expat
I moved overseas and got full relocation expenses - including the dog - and 3 months accomodation costs.

 on: Today at 01:41:51 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by protoplasm
For the most part, it's blame the victim porn.

A sizable number don't care who leaves or who stays. They just want to hear pleasant things said, or nothing said, about the segmented labor system.

 on: Today at 01:31:06 am 
Started by vardahilwen - Last post by llanfair
Fvcking IBS.  It's 2:30 am and I'm exhausted, but there'll be no sleep for me tonight.

 on: Today at 01:29:37 am 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by dr_know
mild headache

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