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|Jan-01-17|| ||technical draw: TD's first:
A man is being interviewed for a job.
The interviewer says, "I think everything is fine. I just need to ask you one more question. What would you say is your worst characteristic?"
The man says: "I'm a very honest person"
Interviewer: "An honest person?. Well, I don't think that's a bad characteristic. In fact I think that it's a very good characteristic.
Man: "I could care less what you think!"
|Jan-02-17|| ||technical draw: From wikipedia: "Banana Wars is the term used by some historians since it was coined in 1983"|
Ha! My brother and I coined it first in 1961 when we started flinging bananas at each other. My mother settled that war with a belt.
|Jan-02-17|| ||Boomie: <TD>
You'll always be the top banana around here.
There are only 2 rules in TD's forum:
1. TD is always right.
2. See rule #1
|Jan-02-17|| ||technical draw: Thank you <Boomie>. Have a nice, healthy and prosperous New year.|
|Jan-03-17|| ||falso contacto: Much better this way with all of you making some positive noise. Im in the middle of my italian tour, so its been a very cold summer. Wish you all a happy new year.|
|Jan-03-17|| ||technical draw: Feliz aņo nuevo <falso contacto>!|
|Jan-07-17|| ||WannaBe: Bwahahahaha...
|Jan-07-17|| ||technical draw: That goes to show you <WannaBe>, never get your information from the comics.|
|Jan-09-17|| ||technical draw: Great music: Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture:|
|Jan-11-17|| ||juan31: Tienes mi voto|
|Jan-11-17|| ||technical draw: Gracias <juan31>.|
|Jan-12-17|| ||technical draw: Here's an interesting statistic:
<A total of six bullets were fired by Japanese police nationwide in 2015.>
In just one incident in the US a cop fired 9 bullets. I'd like to move to Japan but they probably won't take me.
|Jan-13-17|| ||Richard Taylor: <technical draw> Just noticed your post on the list...
There have been a 'spate' of police shootings in NZ recently.|
These are all being investigated. All such things are investigated fairly throroughly. (This could be improved, for a country of NZ's size we have too much violence by people and the police, one death of that kind is too many).
But the police here don't carry guns. (Side arms or rifles etc). Those shootings are incidents where someone is seen with or is suspected of having a firearm.
In 2015 I heard a gun shot and in my own street the police came out three times. No one was shot. But these police (special squad called 'The Armed Offenders Squad').
In Australia the police are armed. In NZ they might have guns in their cars in some cases but I have never seen and ordinary policeman with gun. Per capita there is a lot of crime. If gun control was weakened here it would be terrible.
They may have a similar situation in Japan. There may be a lot of violence, as there is here (per capita).
Is it better here? That is always subjective. I don't think Americans would have any trouble emigrating here. I think hundreds applied when Trump was elected.
But you could get in quickly as when they heard that I lived here, and a certain large person (who shall be nameless) was not here, they all cancelled...[It's obligatory to make a joke on here I believe...]
|Jan-13-17|| ||technical draw: Thanks for your comments <Richard Taylor>. Jokes here are optional! Thanks for that info on Australia and new Zealand. The US is a very large country so a lot of statistics are only useful as local information. If you eliminate large urban areas from the compilation the homicide or the assault rates will drop drastically.|
There are safe zones and dangerous zones. Safe cities and really dangerous cities (think Chicago). Maybe I'll move to Wyoming. Lot of empty space and I can keep an arsenal in my house just in case.
|Jan-13-17|| ||technical draw: Thousands of boots were recalled because the imprint they left on the ground resembled a swastika. One funny guy said he liked them because they were good for marching into Poland.|
|Jan-13-17|| ||WannaBe: Okay, okay, I thought that boots post was a joke...|
Did you know, that on Sept 1, 1939, Germans marched backwards into Poland and told the Polish (border) guards they were leaving.
Let the boos begin!!
|Jan-13-17|| ||technical draw: <WannaBe> <Did you know, that on Sept 1, 1939, Germans marched backwards into Poland and told the Polish (border) guards they were leaving.>|
Those cunning Germans!
|Jan-14-17|| ||Richard Taylor: <technical draw: Thanks for your comments <Richard Taylor>. Jokes here are optional! Thanks for that info on Australia and new Zealand. The US is a very large country so a lot of statistics are only useful as local information. If you eliminate large urban areas from the compilation the homicide or the assault rates will drop drastically.
There are safe zones and dangerous zones. Safe cities and really dangerous cities (think Chicago). Maybe I'll move to Wyoming. Lot of empty space and I can keep an arsenal in my house just in case.>|
I was in the US, NY really, and that is the first time I saw police carrying guns. I stopped a couple in Washington Square and asked to see them. I did know years ago (briefly), a big fellow from Australia. He had two revolvers he had smuggled in. He was actually a cowboy. I kid you not....a real cowboy!
But apart from my brother in law who used to go deer hunting and make up his own guns, until he decided against killing animals (we have professional deer cullers here)...once I went to the range and fired a gun at a target. I recall the trigger was hair trigger and the gun kept going off when through the telescopic sites it moved...But guns and rifles are not for me. I don't like people who hunt and kill animals. I even rescue spiders if I can...I was in a bad way when I had to kill rats. I felt that I was a murderer...
Coetzee the Nobel prize winning author (from South Africa now in Australia): his whole thing (almost) is around the idea of animals and our cruelty to them. Our belief that we are superior etc which Montaigne the great C16th essayist and philosopher writes about in his ingenious essays...
|Jan-14-17|| ||technical draw: <Richard Taylor>. I don't kill spiders either. But I do kill flies and mosquitos. Also fire ants and mice. Anything that can harm a person or carry a disease. |
Although I have a cousin who is an avid hunter (mainly deer) I have never gone with him hunting. I don't think I can kill a deer who's just foraging for food.
|Jan-14-17|| ||technical draw: I just read that life expectancy of a person on dialysis is 5 to 10 years. That's pretty bad. But why do they call it "life" expectancy? Death expectancy sounds better.|
It's like when two airplanes in the air get too close to each other. They call that a "near miss". It's actually a near hit.
Language is so cool.
|Jan-16-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: I'm here to set the record straight. <Richard >'s speculation about Japan is mistaken. The country is very safe and nonviolent. Old ladies can walk the city at night with no escort|
|Jan-16-17|| ||technical draw: <thegoodanarchist> I see <Richard Taylor's> point and I see yours. Maybe you should discuss Japan's security in RT's forum?|
|Jan-17-17|| ||Richard Taylor: <technical draw: <Richard Taylor>. I don't kill spiders either. But I do kill flies and mosquitos. Also fire ants and mice. Anything that can harm a person or carry a disease.
Although I have a cousin who is an avid hunter (mainly deer) I have never gone with him hunting. I don't think I can kill a deer who's just foraging for food.>|
Of course I meant I try to avoid killing I know we have to or we do kill animals and we need hunters and in fact we are. But I think we have to think about these things. It is interesting that mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous animals on the earth. Killed more people transmitting malaria etc (for example) in WWII in the Pacific "Theatre" (!)) than the bullets and guns did...
<thegoodanarchist> I didn't say Japan was violent we were just looking at statistics which of course we all know are meaningless but politicians and those liking to argy bargey love...But when we talk about nations we always generalize. Japan at one stage had a great welfare system etc I believe. I think in many ways it is socially a very advanced country. But then these things are difficult to pin down...
I like the Japanese and Chinese Haiku and the ancient and modern art, as well as the letter writing...I once was in a bad state as a teenager and one thing that comforted me was a program about painting the beautiful Japanese letters or 'caligrams' or whatever they are called...
Strangely, I have no interest inplaying golf but I watched (I was either terribly nervous or depressed at this time) a program about how to play the golf strokes. Also I liked the adverts...It is all very strange. The adverts have got too...too complicated these days...So I keep the TV switched off...
When I am desperate for a good laugh I watch YouTube clips of Trump ranting...
|Jan-17-17|| ||Richard Taylor: <technical draw: <WannaBe> <Did you know, that on Sept 1, 1939, Germans marched backwards into Poland and told the Polish (border) guards they were leaving.>
Those cunning Germans!>
There is a clever (and not too long) book by Martin Amis I read called 'Time's Arrow '. It is about a Nazi or an SS man but everything goes backwards towards his birth. The effect is amazing. It shows things "undoing" or "unhappening"...hard to explain. It gives more than pause for thought...
|Jan-17-17|| ||technical draw: <Richard Taylor> I think I'll check out that book "Time's Arrow". It sounds like the move "The Strange Case of Benjamin Button".|
Yes, mosquitoes are real good at transmitting all kinds of diseases. I have my Real Kill handy.
I also laugh at the Trump rantings and election experts failings on YouTube. They are good for a laugh. I like it when snobbish elites are taken down a peg.
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