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Lord Liaden

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    In other news...

    He probably grazes on the damn things. 😖 The stuff is spreading in Canada too: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/08/09/giant-hogweed-plant-that-can-cause-burns-and-blindness-spreading-in-canada.html. From the details in this article, it doesn't sound quite as nightmarish as the first linked one seemed to imply. Some simple precautions should allow you to deal with it if you spot young plants on your property. As is so often the case, lack of knowledge is the greatest danger.
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    In other news...

    Apology accepted, and reciprocated. (Please check your Private Messages for elaboration.) Nothing unreasonable or unhealthy about skepticism in this case.
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    The mindset that would lead any company to characterize these things as "kid-friendly" is beyond my experience to comprehend. 😶
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    In other news...

    What's your definition of "tiny?" Hog deer: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Axis_porcinus/ Range mass: 79 to 110 pounds. Range length: 49 to 53 inches. Notice in the video I posted how far the snake can distend its mouth to engulf the deer's body. Many snakes can unhinge their jaws to swallow large prey whole. Of course the circumstances leading to a human attack are rare. Two confirmed kills in a year, in a country of over 260 million people, is not statistically improbable.
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    In other news...

    Start at 4:16.
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    In other news...

    The Washington Post did so as well. Apparently there's visual evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm6f2OX6rHw. You may call that fake, but it's the second reported consumption of a human by a python in Indonesia within a year, and for the previous one the available footage is more graphic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilxj-3TslWg
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    Funny pics

    I just took it to mean both actors were using Scottish accents for their characters, which weren't native for either of them.
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    Representation Matters

    I do. That's why I wear a helmet.
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    Deeply tragic, but I'm not sure what point you wish to make.
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    Worst action movie clichés

    I'd actually like to see that in a movie when a villain is holding a gun on the hero in a car and making the hero drive him somewhere. "Sure, shoot the driver while we're doing 90 miles an hour. See how that works out for you. Or you can just wait until those traffic cops catch up to us."
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    Abraham Lincoln had the right of it: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power." And you know, I almost feel sorry for Trump's base. Many of them will wake up one day to the realization of what they supported, and have to live with that.
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    "Don't do what I do, do what I say!"
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    Republicans Absorb New Lesson: Cross President Trump at Their Peril This sounds to me unsettlingly like the progress of an authoritarian regime consolidating power. And a stark reminder that it isn't laws or institutions that preserve and promote democracy; it's the people's faith in them and willingness to defend them.
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    Worst action movie clichés

    https://vlipsy.com/vlip/deadpool-2-thats-just-lazy-writing-dFr8IexQ
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    A Thread for Random Videos

    Referred by our Scott Bennie. Real life is hilarious. 😄
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    Parts for a Time Machine

    You'll really need to obtain some unobtainium.
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    The Incredibles 2

    No, it isn't.
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    As long as that's just one of Trump's usual self-aggrandizing boasts. My greatest fear is that he actually believes what he's saying.
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    Worst action movie clichés

    The hero dives through a window, shattering the glass into a thousand shards which miraculously don't leave a scratch. The hero jumps onto the roof of a fleeing car, desperately clinging to it while the villain swerves to shake him off. Seriously, what did he think he was going to do once he was up there?
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Marvel hired a director who's known to work that way, and had produced movies which demonstrated that he knows what he's doing, where he wants to go, and how to get there. Sure, it was a gamble to hand him a big-budget effects film, and to take an established character in a new direction; but it was a calculated, considered gamble, and it paid off very handsomely at the box office. Note that I didn't care for Ragnarok myself -- classic comic-book Thor is my favorite superhero -- but a lot of people feel it revitalized the character.
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    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    "They call me Mellow Yellow."
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Deleted due to unnecessary provocativeness.
  23. I know quite a few people who have seen it two or three times. Including myself. The thing is, as sad as the end of the movie was, almost no one believes all those characters are going to stay dead. What I'm hearing and reading online is a lot of speculation, and yes, excitement, over how the next movie will restore them, and over which characters will stay dead, and which of the remaining characters will die. People are going back to the movie looking for clues they might have missed. Infinity War isn't The Last Jedi. There were surprises and shocks, but the plot was logical, the characters stayed true to themselves, and Marvel has built up a lot of fan trust and goodwill over the years. Just look at the fan marks for Infinity War on Rotten Tomatoes and Cinemascore. Most clearly loved it. People don't avoid movies because of sad endings; sometimes they actually seek out such a cathartic experience. I mean, how else could you explain the success of Titanic? The main difference in fan feedback about IF vs TLJ, is that while many people are saying IF was sad, very few people are saying it was bad.
  24. I think I threw out my back catching that much sarcasm.
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