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|Jun-18-12|| ||technical draw: Congratulations <Switch> on your, uh, what? Last place? Oh, well, you can't win em all...|
|Jun-22-12|| ||brankat: Taking a break from the rigours of CG kibitzing? :-)|
|Jun-22-12|| ||dakgootje: He'll be back when the Chessonomical summer starts :)|
|Jun-22-12|| ||brankat: <dakgootje> Yep, licking his wounds, and getting ready to come back with a vengeance :-)|
I predict he'll break his own record in the coming summer round.
|Jun-22-12|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Happy <evil pagan festival> guys! :)|
|Jun-22-12|| ||dakgootje: I won't divulge all evil pagan things I did lately -as your ears would fall clean off- but it involved substantial amounts of 'watching the rain' and 'drinking tea while watching the rain'.|
|Jun-22-12|| ||Memethecat: Rain AND tea on pagan festivals? a heady mixture!|
|Jun-22-12|| ||dakgootje: Certainly.
Even more so had the tea been made with rain - but alas.
|Jun-22-12|| ||Memethecat: or the rain made of tea!
I heard a song were it was 'raining men', very dangerous, can you imagine?.
|Jun-22-12|| ||brankat: With a touch of Rum!|
|Jun-22-12|| ||dakgootje: <I heard a song were it was 'raining men', very dangerous, can you imagine?>|
And very undesirable. Within minutes you'd have some grand-scale war. Which, in all honesty, does have the virtue of quickly solving the problem.
Actually, just think about the amount of limbs you'd break when you'd rain down. My-my, aren't we just ever so lucky such isn't the standard way of birth.
It would be a fairly Spartan way of survival of the fittest for birds. Live-birth-birds that is. The younglings would just pop-out and whoever learns to fly before hitting the ground is a keeper.
Then again - perhaps the method was tried, and proved unsustainable.
|Jun-22-12|| ||brankat: What have You been smoking? :-)|
|Jun-23-12|| ||dakgootje: Nothing: smoking is bad for the lungs. Especially tobacco. Nasty stuff, especially with the extra things they put in cigarettes nowadays - I'd rather stay away from them ;)|
I have had this Twinings-cold-tea stuff, which is supposed to be cold. As opposed to forgotten previously hot tea. It's as if you'd blend normal tea with ice-tea (you know, the stuff made for 113% of sugar).
Anyway, I suppose it could really work on a midsummers day with some cooling cubes of ice. The day of yester had neither - so it turned out to be a fairly boring drink. I had it twice.
|Jun-23-12|| ||brankat: <dakgootje> :-)
|Jun-23-12|| ||brankat: And one more. This may make You feel better :-)
|Jun-23-12|| ||dakgootje: I've seen the numbers before - as one of my [former] teachers is fairly active in the anti-smoking campaigns over here ;)|
Thing is politicians and those making the policies aren't all that great at listening. So they stick with making cigs more expensive - though it's known almost the sole effect of that is collecting more tax. Hardly any people quit.
Or the message "Smoking kills" on packs - which doesn't have any effect either. But well, tobacco-industry is powerful. Especially with a minister for health, who has a past in it.
|Jun-23-12|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: So they stick with making cigs more expensive - though it's known almost the sole effect of that is collecting more tax.>|
I'm sure that's not what they're intending at all :)
|Jun-23-12|| ||dakgootje: ;)
There were plans less than a year ago in Australia to raise the price for the pack of cigs to something in the order of $75..
|Jun-23-12|| ||brankat: The "issue" of smoking, assuming it is an issue, is not going to be resolved by politicians. After all they have not been able to solve anything else either.|
Raising prices of tobacco has had nothing to do with their concern for people's health, but with their insatiable greed.
In Vancouver's downtown east-side, where I live, nobody buys cigarettes in stores (9-11 bucks a pack), but contraband ones on the street: $4.00 a pack :-)
And not only cigarettes, but just everything else: groceries, clothes, electronics stuff, including lap-tops, booze, household items, etc.
The government can look for money elsewhere. In the military budgets, their salaries, expense accounts, all sorts of government's waste, and, of course, the big corporations that are paying, more or less, $0.00 in taxes.
|Jun-24-12|| ||Memethecat: <Switch> Tal sums up the "very simple truth" clearly. I'm just ecstatic to of come to a similar realization as the great man, & it doesn't matter if I'm 1 of 1000s.|
<dak> Assuming the Spartan-fly or die fledgelings had broken out of the egg pre-drop, then birds would probably keep evolving to fly higher & higher, thereby giving the chicks the best possible chance of survival. Eventually you might get space birds!
|Jun-24-12|| ||Memethecat: <branko> Its the same in the UK, me & almost everybody I know buy their tobacco (amongst other things) on the black market, this used to be in pubs or peoples homes, but now its small, family run grocery stores, who are taking a big risk. The real (after tax) cost is £14 that's $22 US per pack, most people cant afford this, so the higher the tax the more people turn to the black market.|
|Jun-24-12|| ||dakgootje: Breaking out of the egg predrop kind of defeats the purpose of an egg. Which presumably is the sole reason we do not have space birds. Or they have existed, but decided to colonize some other planet instead.|
It would be quite something to finally land on Venus, and rediscover the spacebirds.
Perhaps it is possible to make very very lightweight eggs, which could fly on some strong upperwinds. As soon as the egg comes out, the chicks would obviously feed on insects. This would make them heavier, so they'll have to learn how to fly. As the weight-increase only goes slowly, they'll have a significant amount of time.
Of course, as they birds will never have to land - they won't need their legs either anymore. Perhaps they'll evolve into a second pair of wings.
Four-winged birds, floating in the wind..
|Jun-24-12|| ||dakgootje: Interesting you've got such lively blackmarkets.
Fairly sure there are none around here - though I do wonder how the situation is in the big cities; Amsterdam, Rotterdam et cetera. Suppose there are a lot of grey markets there at the very least.
|Jun-24-12|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: There are several other difficulties with spacebirds.|
For starters, there's no air in space. A spacebird would therefore have to carry its own air, a bit like a diving sperm whale. Since journeys in space tend to be quite long, the spacebird needs really enormous lungs...
Also, spacebirds have to be capable of a) keeping their huge bodies alive and warm in space, where food tends to be sparse and b) cleanly escaping the gravity well of a planet. Both of these demand a <lot> of energy, so spacebirds probably eat radioactive material and have natural plutonium reactors in their stomachs. You thought being hit by pigeon @#$% was bad? Try spacebird guano!
Natural plutonium is now only found in trace quantities here on Earth, which proves that spacebirds once lived here :)
Finally, the spacebird will take <serious> damage from radiation - it's a major danger in space to begin with and the internal reactor doesn't improve matters to put it mildly. So it needs some pretty advanced internal chemistry and healing systems to repair any damage as it happens... a pity we haven't got those.
|Jun-24-12|| ||Memethecat: That's just the tobacco, people are distilling alcohol in warehouses, bottling & labelling it, as if it were a well known brand, then selling it in shops! both customer & shop owner know it's counterfeit. Then there's fuel, farmers get tax free fuel that's dyed red(the dye helps the police catch people using it), a lot of people use it & hope they don't get caught, others have a secret 2nd fuel tank. For a while lots of people used shop bought veg oil instead of diesel because it was half the price, until the government realised & increased the price.|
I've never been to a country where the tax on fuel, tobacco & alcohol is higher than it is in the UK, that's not to say there isn't one, maybe that's one of the reasons for our robust black market.
Of course, without such high taxes the UK government might find it slightly more difficult to wage unjust foreign wars, then privileged individuals & selected company's wouldn't be able to accumulate even more wealth & power, from arms deals, rebuilding contracts, oil & mining rights & excessive influence over other countries.
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