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20160828 11:35 Skidmark Sometimes the medium IS the message, Richard.
20160828 10:58 Mullah Richard Understand some Postal workers in the Border Security branch (the folks who screen incoming letters and the like) have gotten ill from some of the chemicals infused into paper or packaging materials coming in.

Don't always side with the USPS, but in that case it is indeed a sh*tty but necessary job.
20160827 17:20 Shipman you are correct Dale, was/is called blotter acid, very common way of delivery. The solid version "Window Pane", is much less common.
20160827 08:31 Dale New to myself is passing a drug or drugs on paper. Looks like a plain piece of paper. Same look and feel but costs several hundred dollars because it is clear coated with some drug. They say LSD was passed this way. I had suggested that the Baltimore officers should transfer to Western Maryland corrections. Officer said that was not a good idea because officers are bringing in drugs themselves at our prisons.
20160827 08:25 Dale People traveling this weekend. Five Saudi's one night and then Four Kuwaitis Saturday night. Each group traveling to DC. One Saudi said to say Hi to others and gave his name but I didn't catch his pitch. All young men. Hope they aren't recent graduates of commercial flight school.
20160826 15:50 Pappy Irony of the Week is at the bottom of an article by the last editor of Gawker.com, lamenting its demise and how an "experiment in journalism free of commercial pressures and the need for respectability, constrained only by law" was undone by someone smarter and angrier than them, using law.

At the very bottom is:

"This discussion is closed"
20160826 13:28 Deacon Blues Do Androids dream of electric sheep?
20160826 06:57 Skidmark The 160th pilot said, "Tent?"
20160825 22:04 Thing From Snowy Mountain Now I lay me down to sleep
Try to count electric sheep
Sweet Dream Wishes You Can Keep
How I Hate the Night...
20160825 16:36 badanov A General was conducting an All Service member pilot briefing in Afghanistan one day, and he posed the question: "What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?"

A Navy pilot said, "I'd step on it."

An Army pilot said, "I'd hit it with my boot."

A Marine pilot said, "I'd catch it, break the stinger off, and eat it."

An Air Force Pilot said, ā€œIā€™d call room service and ask why there was a tent in my room.ā€
20160825 16:11 Pappy wretchard:

All the contradictions between pacifist politics and military reality are being highlighted by the feckless North Koreans. Imagine a scenario where the Japanese are told one of North Korea's Sinpo submarines has put to sea with a 1 MT warheaded missile and intelligence indicates it is on a suicide mission to attack Honshu.

What do they do to make sure the missile is never fired? Take the chance that North Korea won't? Authorize a conventional attack on the sub? Or hit it with an atomic depth charge? This is the problem which North Korea is slowly posing and which the Obama doctrine has constrained itself from answering.

Perhaps in his heart of hearts president Obama believes there is no answer; that we are trapped between our godlike technology and our infernal human impulses. So he just spends the time reassuring everyone, both hawk and dove, that there is nothing to worry about. In the meantime he prays to the God that liberals don't believe in and hopes for the best.
20160825 12:52 Marvin the paranoid android ***SPAM?*** Don't talk to me about life.
20160824 12:20 Skidmark When you recognize these biobags as organic machines Dale, I think you have pretty much described life.
20160823 22:18 Dale I am beginning to think a matrix life will be upon us in the near future. The consciousness will simply be downloaded in a system to create a VR. No need for the body. No illness. A world of machines to maintain systems. A point will be reached where we can choose our fate. I believe that choice may not be an option. Living space will be whatever you wish it to be. A pleasant caretaker will be your guide to the life you wish to live, oops!! exist. Space exploration with no concern for time, or services. With Hilly in charge I suspect a large number of deletions will occur.
20160823 10:23 Skidmark Speaking of 'tiny habitats'.
20160823 10:21 Skidmark Somebody at NASA reads Rantburg!
20160823 08:47 Shipman Well a tiny house would work for us, provided we built a 2500 sq.ft. , climate controlled barn next to it, for stuff.
20160823 08:43 Pappy Don't get me wrong - I ain't opposed to living in a small house. My current abode, the "Closet Near the Wadi From Hell," is about 640 square feet.But it's about costs and planning for down the road. I like Airstreams; it'd be cheaper living in the RV park on base. But tiny houses are a fetish (in the mystical sense.)

It's like 'minimalism' where everything you do own is top-brand. Walden Pond as a designer label. And anyway, Henry Thoreau was a fraud.
20160823 02:12 3dc Shipman - not good: Extracts from the bark of yohimbe are used in West Africa as a general tonic and as an aphrodisiac.[2][3][4] Yohimbe bark and extract are widely used in manufactured dietary supplements. The levels of yohimbine present in yohimbe bark and manufactured supplements are highly variable.[2][3]

Although proposed as a potential treatment for erectile dysfunction in humans, there are cautions about its safety or effectiveness.[2][3]

Side effects of using yohimbe, particularly in high doses, may include high blood pressure, increased heart rate, headache, nausea, tremors and sleeplessness.[2]

Animal use[edit]
Yohimbine is used in veterinary medicine to reverse sedation in dogs, elk or deer.[3][6]
20160823 00:35 Thing From Snowy Mountain "...Not to mention a symbol of decline."

I'm not a fan of tiny houses, unless they have "AIRSTREAM" on them, but my personal life choices are down to "accept decline" or "make a viable business out of robbing banks" and I doubt the latter is possible these days.

I don't know what to do any more.
20160823 00:23 badanov Some late Monday night Haley Reinhart (Post Modern Jukebox):

20160823 00:00 trailing wife I strongly suspect the number of tiny houses being build is in the same order of magnitude as the total number of episodes about them. How many parents with 3.5 children under the age of four are going to create a home inside a schoolbus and hit the road looking for adventure in this great land of ours, secure in the knowledge that Daddy's job can be done remotely?