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Aerial Assault

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  1. International law requires that any world crisis involve an Italian cruise ship.
  2. Except for the part where the people who are vaccinating their kids are trying to prevent the spread of infectious disease. And using risk analysis and critical thinking to do so, without defaulting to hysteria about wild claims of a causal connection between vaccines and autism.
  3. Skynet's new strategy? 😞 They own Corona?? Sad day for sure, if not exactly the end times, when your average trusty Mexican product is owned by a Belgian-controlled "American" beverage company.
  4. It is, you're right. I think he just meant that a narrow waterway isn't going to stop disease transmission. My two cents, probably worth even less, is that Singapore's government is not necessarily the most liberal in the world (remember the kid who was caned? Although that was many years ago so perhaps things have changed), so who knows how they might react to some cases of this disease appearing. Your travel efforts back home could be impeded. Probably a watch and wait situation. (Editing to say sorry, I read right over msommer and someone else already saying similar stuff.)
  5. Funny, I'm actually the reverse. I find that Summers' and even Copeland's playing gets repetitive after a while, and with a few exceptions there are no backing vocals (excluding Sting mulitracking) or keyboards (which is why the greatest exceptions to that, Every Little Thing, Invisible Sun and Spirits are my three favorites). When Sting went solo, he opened things up with much wider orchestration and also spread his wings as a songwriter a bit more. Fortress, Mad About You, All This Time, and Soul Cages are standouts, and there is so much terrifically dark, atmospheric stuff on Nothing Like the Sun.
  6. It's because they broke up, never to reunite, and Sting's solo career absolutely took off. It would be as though Phil Collins started making solo records and left Genesis, so there would have been no Abacab, Genesis (the album), or Invisible Touch. Also, after about four solo records, Sting made no further attempt to continue to be popular, having made all the money he and his family will need for the next 500 or so years. Even so, I'm pretty confident that most people of age who are under 25 know who he is. They might even know The Police too. Breath and Wrapped get a substantial amount of airplay even today.
  7. I meant to add this the first time I posted and apologize for not doing so. The piece posted recently here via link, "Christmas Eve Confessions of Chuck Todd" or somesuch, lays out this whole problem nicely. In that article, the author summarizes Todd's recent public realization that political figures - including without limitation U.S. senators - go on his show, MTP, in a deliberate effort to offer spin contrary to fact to blunt the truth and appear antagonistic to the media. Todd also belatedly realizes that only one side does this and admits his naivete in failing to grasp this sooner. (Don't take my word for it, either - read the piece.) The issue is the same here. The solution probably won't work for Chuck Todd and MTP, but it would work here just fine. Simply excuse those who are only here to argue, attack others, post little rollies, and start calling others trolls. No need for some complex system: just thank anyone who does this for their time and permaban them. Take it a step further and ban anyone who insists on engaging these people rather than posting about the issues. Yes, this proverbial axe may - just may - fall disproportionately on one group. But it will result in a friendlier and more constructive atmosphere. Hard as it is to believe, some people really are here just to disrupt, exhaust critical thinking, and devalue the truth.
  8. Wow, 29 pages. I don't really think this is that hard. Just ban people who aren't advancing the discussion. If you see it in one thread, you've very probably got the right folks regardless of how many threads you check out. If the hammer happens to fall more heavily on one side of the aisle, that's just how it works out.
  9. Second/third of Wild Craft. Boone is awesome. Just beautiful country up there.
  10. The first one is arguably one of the best superhero movies ever. I watched it on a plane recently and was enthralled. The second one has not held up and the third one was and remains a mess. So I mostly agree with you.
  11. Daisy Ridley was awesome in this trilogy and I really, really want them to bring Rey back in live action in the future.
  12. I thought this was very good but actually better in the abstract and upon reflection than in the execution. The Whiterose nuclear plant attack bit was a bit silly, especially after it was confirmed to be real. Mostly I was happy that Darlene - my favorite character - didn't die and was critical to getting her brother back. Good series overall but suffered from uneven delays between seasons.
  13. Little sliders that block the cams on tablets and laptops.
  14. I was absolutely sure about this too, except Ollie kept nagging me. I don't think Ollie is dead as far as the audience knows. I believe the last time we saw him until this past episode was when he tried to get Angela to say something incriminating on a wire, or a recording device, but failed. That was in Season Two maybe? He was definitely alive at the end of that appearance. But perhaps he was killed offscreen since and someone referred to him as dearly departed, and I don't remember it. Anyone?
  15. He did very, very well. Seven years of DS9 starring status should have set him up for good.
  16. Wow, Twilight Zone here - I am familiar with almost everyone involved in this one too (except the plaintiff's lawyer - never heard of him). Set for an order to show cause hearing on December 16, with parties (both plaintiffs and an Allstate rep) to appear in person.
  17. Yeah, briefly, he produced the death certificate, which was for a different date than the status conference (a few days off, I believe). He sort of argued that he was in mourning and got mixed up on his dates. Judge Seibel ended his contempt so he didn't incur any more charges, but refused to vacate her previous two contempt orders, so they remain a matter of record, and she referred him to the (New York state) Grievance Committee. Interestingly, I have appeared in front of her twice (nothing major - no trials, just motions) and I thought she was terrific and very mild-mannered. I would never have picked her to be the judge in this sort of situation (I'm certainly not saying she was wrong - I'm just surprised she did what she did). Reading the orders in the case I think she was influenced heavily by his conduct in the case as a whole, which validated his reputation.
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