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I didn't know that Canada has a larger GDP than ...

... Russia, according to a set of figures taken from the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Output stats: Country/Economy GDP Nominal (billions of $) GDP PPP (billions of Int. $) PPP/Nom 2016 share Rank 2020 Rank 2016 share Rank 2020 Rank United States 18,

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Arrivals, Departures, Respect

[--  this was originally slated for publishing on November 8th, and dates back to August. The boring laments about those departed to the lake are kind of embarrassing. But hey, it helped clarify my thinking when I wrote it, and invites correction  of its assumptions. I add the picture of Lake Wateree in South Carolina to take your eye off my errors --] Of the several issues on which he differed from Trump or for which he chastised Trump, Pence has fallen into line -- as reported widely to

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The "Paradise Papers"

Remember the Panama Papers -- the leaking of millions of financial documents, some of which showed the lengths some big players will go to in evading taxes and financial supervision?  There is a new tranche of unveiled financial documents in town. An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has turned up a wide range of financial hanky panky. Here's a brief video: The Paradise Papers – Secrets Of The Global Elite Although a story featured el

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The case of the Ruling Class Pedophiles

The case of the Ruling Class Pedophiles

Over in the active Incel thread, there are a few misunderstandings ... here, for example, Michael notes the superiority of his position with regard to assessing the probability that Adam Schiff is a "Ruling Class Pedophile." Investigating the claims is like pulling teeth.  

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Form Test

Sarah Poet Mock-Fest. Backfire Bigtime Progressive Culture Communication Thing Popular And Serious Divide Let's Start By Analogy A New Way Of Looking At One's Belly-Button Embedding Gross Worldviews Into Themes Normal Popular Literature Good Guy Kicks The Ass Of The Bad Guy Gets The Girl "True Love" Fooling Around And Manipulating Things Like That. I Think You Get My Gist. Hidden References All

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God's little gift (to the world) -- Bill Scherk & Art Bergmann - lyrics

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/527836_10150701763884173_2117387733_n.jpg We're making advances Recalling an early scene Remember you in the times We don't realize Will never be the same Rehearsing the old moves What do the chosen Choose for you You'll never get much of me There's just enough To go around You think you're god's little gift to the world God's little gift To the world Return to the holy land Let's see what you've planned No amount of destruction Will chan

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Iran, detailed reporting, VOA live-blog

Most readers will already of course be reacting to the events in Iran. As I use Twitter I realize that 40% of the 'factness' of reported events is analysis and posturing. On the fourth day of protests, getting the fine grain of these events is not easy, since you have to plow through so much crap. Greta van Susteren tweeted a useful link to the VOA live blog. It is not a trove of details, but a terse timeline. Including President Trump's tweets. The most awful analyses are coming from

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Introducing Jagmeet Singh

The two major national parties in Canada are the Liberals and the Conservatives. The third national party is called "The New Democratic Party" or NDP.  The party has just selected this guy, Jagmeet Singh as their leader ... Jagmeet Singh wins NDP leadership race on first ballot He will become the first Sikh to lead a national party. Singh attracted some national and international attention for how he dealt with a finger-wagging heckler at one of his leadership campaign meetings la

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Restoring deleted blog comments

Restoring deleted blog comments

[Link to kerfufflage on the main stage] Three unfinished 'draft' blog entries had been posted into abeyance, had been put off to the future, which future was January 1 2020.  The entries were glops of quoted material (some of which contained a stupid 'turn Trump to Drumpf' JS routine) ... and I had no pertinent plan to revisit them. When I deleted them, I also deleted a number of comments that were attached to at least one of the entries.  I had thought there was no way of saving those comm
Essay on the Deep State, by Mike Lofgren

Essay on the Deep State, by Mike Lofgren

Do you ever get slightly confused by the term "Deep State," or wonder if another person is sensing the same concept as you? Here's an interesting analytical essay by Mike Lofgren, author of the book "The Deep State."  Anatomy of the Deep State   -- who knew there was a website called Wikispooks.com?  Here's a link to their page on Deep State, which uncovers the interesting provenance of the phrase ...

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From: Some Effective Opening Paragraphs

I very much enjoyed the opening sentence from the new English edition of Il cimitero di Praga. I note that Wikipedia touts its sales "The book is a worldwide bestseller ... that sold millions of copies as of 2010." **Amazon gives a blurb that perhaps explains its appeal: Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines.

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"Charity Refutation" Made Easy, by the OL All-stars

This is a little early to include in Greatest Hits, but I thought we captured the principles behind Charity Refutation, and I would like to capture some search engine action. I took the pithiest one-liners from the All-stars (from MSK to Daunce to Ghs) and made poetry. For 'research' only.

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I am a nitpicker ... please forgive me ...

Phil Coates did answer some of my points on list in an reasonably civil manner. In one point, though, I beg to differ with his opinion. Re FRENCH CAPITALIZATION CONVENTIONS. It is odd that you say "I am correct," when you are incorrect. I am bilingual and this particular 'convention' stumped me at first. As with naming 'The Lawrences' as 'les Lawrence,' French has many pitfalls ... I did actually Google "Place Maubert." In fact, I linked to the French wikipedia entry on "Place Maubert." Indeed

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"I do not ever get colds or flu; I have more Neandertal DNA than you."

"I do not ever get colds or flu; I have more Neandertal DNA than you."

My homespun header sung to the tune of something from Paint Your Wagons, I think. The headline at Phys.org is "Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals." Click and go, but someone go first for Peter and give him an all-clear, thanks. We sometimes talk about viral things and sometime talk about Neanderthal and sometimes we talk about Neaderthal and Rand.  This is my half-assed attempt to knit together a proper blog post. Since I can't socialize the means of content-prod

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