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« Reply #120 on: July 14, 2020, 07:24:16 AM »
Although I avoid CNN, I still get exposed to daily Trump bashing on FB, where a select few "friends" have feeds that are function as daily ventings of outrage.   We've all known he's terrible since before he even assumed office.  What's the point?

He thrives on publicity.  Remove that oxygen and he'll likely shrivel up.  And despite its claims to fairmindedness, the PBS News Hour also falls into the camp of making too great an effort to be "objective" by allowing both sides an equal voice.  Sometimes that helps.  In this case, when you have children in cages, separated from their parents due to cruel immigration policies, or people dying because of an ignoramus who believes in polls over science, there's no benefit to give both sides equal weight.  I really don't give a rat's patoot what the anti maskers think.  They should all be quarantined together until we figure out a way to insure public safety.

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« Reply #121 on: July 14, 2020, 07:29:40 AM »
I want some Pizza. I want a Carne Asada. I want basic life back instead of living off grocery orders.

and yet I wear the stupid mask.
just one little time change so a draft board in 1968 turns down the bribe to accept "bone spurs" and we are home-free.

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« Reply #122 on: July 14, 2020, 10:25:35 AM »
I got fed up with it when I realised that it was pointless, and maybe counter productive. When you are preaching to the choir you aren't helping, and for a non-believer looking in it just confirms your prejudice.

... but as noted above, the alternative is to try to be even-handed, where even-handedness is ridiculous.

My recommendation would be to stop reporting things that are done purely for the sake of publicity: treat all "celebrities" the same, and confine them to the programmes to which they apply, not the news.

... the problem with that is the "news" channels are 24 hours, and have to have something to fill their time. It may be that the "news" organisations - and their sponsors/ advertisers - are "value-free" they don't care if what they report hurts or helps, they are in it for the bums on seats, so the more scandal they can find/ whip up the better for the ratings. I think that the BBC is slightly less prone to this, but only slightly less. (with the notable exception of the Kuenssbergs/ Pestons of this world, who would be right at home on a US 24-hour "news" show)

I forgot to mention that I am also kinda keen on Erica Hill.

How shallow am I?..
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« Reply #123 on: July 14, 2020, 10:37:49 AM »
She's lovely.  I'd forgotten who she was and then found this video of her.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/11/22/erica-hill-reacts-charlie-rose-allegations-sot-ebof.cnn  BTW, not a day goes by that I want to madam slap Charlie Rose.  What a moron.  His show was just great and he screwed it up for all of us because he couldn't contain his own urges. 

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« Reply #124 on: July 14, 2020, 10:46:39 AM »
She's lovely.  I'd forgotten who she was and then found this video of her.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/11/22/erica-hill-reacts-charlie-rose-allegations-sot-ebof.cnn  BTW, not a day goes by that I want to madam slap Charlie Rose.  What a moron.  His show was just great and he screwed it up for all of us because he couldn't contain his own urges.

She really is quite lovely physically but she is also engaging in her delivery too.
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Re: Local News
« Reply #125 on: July 23, 2020, 05:19:04 AM »
So, yesterday, Smokes' junior, at the tender age of 17, passed his driving test at his first attempt. It also completed phase one of my plan to get free lifts home from the pub.

Congrats to both of us then.
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« Reply #126 on: July 23, 2020, 08:41:33 AM »
So, yesterday, Smokes' junior, at the tender age of 17, passed his driving test at his first attempt. It also completed phase one of my plan to get free lifts home from the pub.
Congrats to both of us then.
good idea


In a quashquash?

... buy the boy a Jag!

Congrats.

Even better in London
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« Reply #127 on: July 23, 2020, 10:30:33 AM »
Congrats to your son, smokes! (and to you!) Now he can start earning his keep running errands and such (we'll just fail to bring up all the free tech support he provides).
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« Reply #128 on: July 23, 2020, 11:04:43 AM »
In a quashquash?

... buy the boy a Jag!

Congrats.

Yeah, we both saw this suggestion coming but we were thinking more F-Pace which prolly doesn't sit that well with you.

Congrats to your son, smokes! (and to you!) Now he can start earning his keep running errands and such (we'll just fail to bring up all the free tech support he provides).

By all accounts he'll be in Manchester in September (not guaranteed) so I may well give him the quashquash. That is if I can get insurance for him that isn't 5 figures.
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« Reply #129 on: July 23, 2020, 09:34:46 PM »
He seems very capable and I'm not surprised to hear he passed, but you must still be proud.  It's frustrating to have his college plans derailed by this pandemic.  Are they having any on campus instruction in the fall?

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« Reply #130 on: July 24, 2020, 03:42:49 PM »
He seems very capable and I'm not surprised to hear he passed, but you must still be proud.  It's frustrating to have his college plans derailed by this pandemic.  Are they having any on campus instruction in the fall?

Halls are pretty much as they should be by way of cost etc, but there is this proposed system of small study groups that would have to also sort of share. Not that clear how it will all play out and I wouldn't be averse to him re-doing the year and sitting all his exams as normal. However, it he gets given top marks it could be folly to take the chance on trying to replicate those in real life.
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