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« Reply #10200 on: December 24, 2017, 02:00:33 AM »
No doubt.

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« Reply #10201 on: December 24, 2017, 08:53:28 AM »
iI don't bother deleting anything either.

my spouse worked for google for a few years and has kind of seen it all, but one time she came back just stunned after a work trip to their largest data farm. acres of servers. that one is in colorado. so yeah, definitely no worries about google storage.

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« Reply #10202 on: December 24, 2017, 09:11:23 AM »
timely trivia i did not know -- ulysses grant made christmas a formal holiday:

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ulysses-s-grant-president-made-christmas-holiday-article-1.3714376

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« Reply #10203 on: December 26, 2017, 06:30:50 PM »
this is amazing the worst mall of all time the galleria at pittsburgh mills


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« Reply #10204 on: December 26, 2017, 07:24:40 PM »
New York is on track to have fewer than 300 murders this year in a city of well over 8.5 million people. Unbelievable.

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-new-york-killings-record-low-2017-story.html

"Killings hit record low in New York City, despite terror attacks" 

Meanwhile Chicago currently has 662 murders in a city of 2.7 million people. Equally unbelievable.


Toronto, a city of 2.7 million people and a metro of 5.9 million people, hasn't had a year of more than 86 homicides since 2005.  They haven't had more than 400 gunshot victims in any year since 2005.

I'm not sure what's "unbelievable" about New York's murders being less than 300 this year.

There were 395 homicides in Japan in 2014.  The whole country.  Their population is north of 126 million.

Our bar is so incredibly low.

Well said. My Ukrainian wife is horrified at the violence in the USA.
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« Reply #10205 on: December 31, 2017, 09:57:38 AM »
Today, December 31, 2017 will be the only day every adult in the world was born in the 1900s, and every minor was born in the 2000s.
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« Reply #10206 on: December 31, 2017, 01:35:20 PM »
Well said. My Ukrainian wife is horrified at the violence in the USA.

She is right to be; however ...

2010 murder rate per million

US  -  42.01
Ukraine  -  51.36
There's nothing wrong with optimism, as long as you don't get your hopes up.

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« Reply #10207 on: December 31, 2017, 01:49:56 PM »
She's especially appalled at the mass shootings. She also never heard gunshots outside of a shooting gallery until she moved to the USA.
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« Reply #10208 on: January 02, 2018, 10:53:37 AM »
A few New Year's resolutions from The Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness...
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« Reply #10209 on: January 06, 2018, 03:06:57 AM »
I was off work for six days and returned with a beard that I let grow out during the six days that I was honestly just being lazy but edged up the morning I went back in. I was just thinking it's winter, it's cold as hell and I could use all the hair I can grow so whatever, I'll try it out. The women at work went nuts over my board. One woman said, "Wow, you're ruggedly handsome!" Beards are a trend right now but it's still surprising. I think the trick to effective facial hair is showing that you've done something with it. You can't just look shaggy.

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« Reply #10210 on: January 06, 2018, 10:13:32 AM »
The women at work went nuts over my board.

So just how do you maintain your shaggy BOARD?

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« Reply #10211 on: January 06, 2018, 10:33:19 AM »
Oops. Beaaarrrrd.

I never knew how annoying and time consuming they could be to maintain compared to clean-shaving. Probably just me, though. I don't even like figuring out what I'm wearing for the day.

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« Reply #10212 on: January 07, 2018, 01:53:31 PM »
I was off work for six days and returned with a beard that I let grow out during the six days that I was honestly just being lazy but edged up the morning I went back in. I was just thinking it's winter, it's cold as hell and I could use all the hair I can grow so whatever, I'll try it out. The women at work went nuts over my board. One woman said, "Wow, you're ruggedly handsome!" Beards are a trend right now but it's still surprising. I think the trick to effective facial hair is showing that you've done something with it. You can't just look shaggy.

I trim mine down as far as I can about once or twice a week.  Looks less gray that way.  I'm also shaving the rest of my noggin at least every other day, lest I look my actual age.

Holly used to say she couldn't complain too much about the gray because she caused most of it, but that doesn't apply anymore.

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« Reply #10213 on: January 11, 2018, 10:53:56 AM »
So kind of an interesting fact I just saw on Twitter:

John Tyler,the 10th president, has two living grandchildren.  I just find that fascinating. 

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« Reply #10214 on: January 11, 2018, 11:01:46 AM »
Is it bad that I've never heard of that president? I know about most of them... He must not have left much of a legacy, other than his offspring.

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« Reply #10215 on: January 11, 2018, 11:04:14 AM »
The first thing Google said about him when I looked him up is that he was a 'big supporter of state rights.' I think I hate him already.

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« Reply #10216 on: January 11, 2018, 11:05:59 AM »
^ I believe that he is also the only president who died as a sworn enemy of the United States.

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« Reply #10217 on: January 11, 2018, 11:15:08 AM »
Fascinating. I thought Trump would get that title.

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« Reply #10218 on: January 11, 2018, 04:02:41 PM »
So will Casey Affleck introduce Best Actress in this year's Oscars, and will James Franco attend if/when he gets nominated?

I say no to the first- it would be poetic if Brie Larson introduced the Best Actress instead of that animal - and yes, Franco will show up to a chorus of general silence from the hypocrites in the audience. Well, maybe his brother will applaud, unless he grows a pair by then.
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« Reply #10219 on: January 12, 2018, 07:41:15 PM »
The first thing Google said about him when I looked him up is that he was a 'big supporter of state rights.' I think I hate him already.

It didn't mean then what it does now.   The Framers definitely placed the states ahead of the Union.

Tyler was never elected, he succeeded to office when William Henry Harrison died after a month.   He was the first VP to do so.  He did have one lasting impact on American history, he was a strong supporter of  "manifest destiny" which meant annexing Texas and eventually buying the Mexican Cession after the war.

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« Reply #10220 on: January 12, 2018, 10:26:08 PM »
Heh. These days, every federal-level Republican's cop-out response to controversial issues in order to mitigate risk, is "it should be left up to the states." That's why I said that. It's really annoying. The legalization of marijuana (including recreational use) needs to be implemented at the federal level so that drug laws that result in incarceration are fair across the board. Abortion needs to be federal as well, since someone can just travel the next state over, to get the procedure done.

People back then probably loved the sense of autonomy with individual state rights but I think it's less relevant now. People don't identify with their state as much as they identify with being an American. I would argue that people identify with their city or metro area as much or more as they identify with their state. States are the most irrelevant level of government in the minds of most people, with such a strong urban vs. rural dynamic that you see now.
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« Reply #10221 on: January 12, 2018, 10:29:41 PM »
It was also much more difficult to move to another state or travel before 1900. Unless you were wealthy you hoofed it or were limited to areas close to rivers or canals. You were also much more likely to be tied to a farm like I am still today.
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« Reply #10222 on: January 12, 2018, 10:35:38 PM »
We live in an entire different country now, that's for sure.

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« Reply #10223 on: January 12, 2018, 11:18:49 PM »
How are you tied to a farm? What do you mean?

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« Reply #10224 on: January 13, 2018, 11:21:05 AM »
We own 400 acres in Pickaway County just south of Rickenbacker. It's just my mother and I. She lives in the farmhouse. At some point in the next 10 years some of it may sell due to warehouse growth near the cargo hub.

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« Reply #10225 on: January 13, 2018, 01:20:28 PM »
Heh. These days, every federal-level Republican's cop-out response to controversial issues in order to mitigate risk, is "it should be left up to the states." That's why I said that. It's really annoying. The legalization of marijuana (including recreational use) needs to be implemented at the federal level so that drug laws that result in incarceration are fair across the board. Abortion needs to be federal as well, since someone can just travel the next state over, to get the procedure done.

People back then probably loved the sense of autonomy with individual state rights but I think it's less relevant now. People don't identify with their state as much as they identify with being an American. I would argue that people identify with their city or metro area as much or more as they identify with their state. States are the most irrelevant level of government in the minds of most people, with such a strong urban vs. rural dynamic that you see now.


It's good to have different laws between states (subject to the limitations of the Bill of Rights, of course) for a couple of reasons.   One is their people still retain different characters.  Another is it allows different approaches to be tested on a lower level to see what works and what does not.

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« Reply #10226 on: January 21, 2018, 05:22:55 PM »
So my post got deleted literally seconds after I wrote a response.

A disgruntled Clevelander brought up how I just hate anything related to Cleveland (even though I've talked a ton of smack about both Cincinnati and Columbus on this forum and have in fact said MANY positive things about Cleveland.)

I essentially said that if I'm going to be known as a Cleveland-hater, I at least want to be known not for hating the fact that what are IMO great Ohio brands always seem to fail in Cleveland, but instead be known for hating their absolutely corrupt local government who is seeking to fund a multi-million dollar dirt bike track for thugs and fudges gradings/scores to re-pave streets that have absolutely NOTHING wrong with them. I also brought up how their white collar jobs pay roughly 20% less than the same job in the other 2 Cs.

I'm really sick and tired of Clevelanders catching feelings over my MODERATE views and having me censored on here.

They think I live in my own world if I challenge Down4Cle or KJP. Haha. I've never seen a whole group of delusional people before. It's fascinating.
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« Reply #10227 on: January 21, 2018, 05:35:19 PM »
If Cleveland is so liberal and progressive, maybe those liberal, white citizens should actually take a stand against the police and unarmed black men being shot and killed for no reason. How many settlement payouts does it take up there? I don't live in CLE anymore but the city still pops up in my Facebook news feed.

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« Reply #10228 on: January 21, 2018, 06:11:14 PM »
*Pouring out a 40, in honor of the man who lost his life (for no reason) to a CLE PD officer, in University Circle.*

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« Reply #10229 on: January 21, 2018, 06:41:35 PM »
Man you are on a ROLL today