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by John Bleau
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rita Heading for Cat 5
Replies: 23
Views: 5129

Well Nature has a sense of humour. Katarina devastates the Gulf Coast and Bush's popularity plummets. He gets approval for some 60 bn for reconstruction, and Nature sends a Category 5 now. Bush, who has been berated for his tax cuts, huge spending, the war in Iraq (which diverted resources, some of ...
by John Bleau
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Internet maps reveal Roman villa
Replies: 12
Views: 3355

Hey TB, my trip will be taking me down the Hudson a few weeks from now. Maybe we'll finally get to "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" each other... Ralph, knowing your insatiable appetite for knowledge and love of history, I'd bet my bottom dollar you'll be doing some Internet traveling with this thing. I...
by John Bleau
Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Internet maps reveal Roman villa
Replies: 12
Views: 3355

I've been using this fantastic tool extensively ever since it's come out. I've been reexploring past trips, looking at the Parisian grid, checking out Mt. Everest, and lately planning my next trip through the East Coast canal/river system, from here in Quebec to Florida, and then on to the Bahamas. ...
by John Bleau
Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hu's on first?
Replies: 2
Views: 1707

I do admit, they stretch it...
by John Bleau
Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Famous storm victim dies
Replies: 8
Views: 3148

So so.
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hu's on first?
Replies: 2
Views: 1707

Hu's on first?

(From an email I received) George: Good morning Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening? Condi: Sir, I have the report you asked for about the new leader of China. George: Great. Let's have it. Condi: Sir, Hu is the new leader of China. George: That's what I want to know. Condi: Sir, that's what I'...
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Famous storm victim dies
Replies: 8
Views: 3148

Famous storm victim dies

Goodbye Gilligan
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: So where are the aliens?
Replies: 13
Views: 3920

The problem is in determining how productive the money is. Like Brendan, I'm not so anthropomorphic as to imagine that bug-eyed blob creatures 50 light years from here are rippling their sides with laughter at episodes (live, at that!) of the Honeymooners, however. But there are assumptions in any E...
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: So where are the aliens?
Replies: 13
Views: 3920

Probabilities in this field are a philosophical matter. Barry, do you say "better off spending the money on more productive space related things" knowing how much money this actually is? In math, there is (was) a similarly impractical field: number theory. And lo and behold, spinoff benefits come ev...
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 10345

Yes, precisely. You understand his use of the term as I do: a formal plan cannot take into account all that arises in practice and is, therefore, of value, but somewhat less than substantial. The fear of litigation by hotels reeling under a forced evacuation, the resistance against moving by signifi...
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 10345

That's what "technically" means - formally, according to plan. He didn't misuse the word.
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 10345

Pizza,

There are significant parallels re preparedness and relief. Do you not see this?
by John Bleau
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 10345

That is a City of New Orleans document. It can hardly mandate FEMA or any other 'non-local' agency, but it does provide for requests for their help (see near end of the document): "Following a disaster of such magnitude that far exceeds the City's and State's ability to meet the needs of the communi...
by John Bleau
Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

BuKiNisT, thanks for the reply.
by John Bleau
Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

BuKiNisT, I have a couple of questions for you: Were it not for Reagan, do you think the Soviet Union would have collapsed anyway? If so, how much sooner or later, and would it have collapsed in a more orderly manner? I've asked a number of Russians, and they generally think that it would have colla...
by John Bleau
Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Price Gouging Saves Lives
Replies: 59
Views: 28235

Barry: fair enough.
by John Bleau
Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Price Gouging Saves Lives
Replies: 59
Views: 28235

Barry, first I want to say that I read your reply in the other thread. Thanks for taking the time. My point here is that the tow truck driver (self-employed and working illegally, btw), was more useful to me at that moment with his gouging than was the rest of humanity. And more to the point, his in...
by John Bleau
Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Price Gouging Saves Lives
Replies: 59
Views: 28235

The price gouging issue was at the forefront here in Quebec, when the power lines went down in 1998. People were selling power generators for extremely high prices, but then were prohibited from doing so. I have to say I'm with BVW 1080 on this. What emerges with price gouging is that those with bet...
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reason for war = oil
Replies: 44
Views: 21284

The article Barry referenced is long and tedious reading. It might be summarized with its closing ten points: But a positive accounting could be offered without braggartry, and would include: (1) The overthrow of Talibanism and Baathism, and the exposure of many highly suggestive links between the t...
by John Bleau
Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mr. Magoo Stays On Vacation
Replies: 51
Views: 21466

I doubt Lilith is Owlice. Her turns of phrase and reasoning appear to be different, for example, Owlice tends to say 'couldn't care less' and Lilith said 'could care less.' I doubt the former could bring herself to make what she perceives to be a grammatical inaccuracy even if it were for the purpos...
by John Bleau
Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Why did it go down?
Replies: 13
Views: 30475

Here’s what the conspiracy theorists say: WTC-7 should never have gone down (the same day as the two towers). We’re told that over the past 50 years, never has a steel structure building gone down due to fire. Only earthquakes and demolition have done that. WTC-7 was separated from the two towers by...
by John Bleau
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Why did it go down?
Replies: 13
Views: 30475

Anstendig's banning is a little perplexing to me. In my recollection, he has always been a very gracious poster. Darryl, I have since visited Dealey Plaza, at 1 am, on a three-day 2991-mile drive back from Tucson to Quebec City, three summers ago. Quite a thrill to be there, unbothered by camera-cli...
by John Bleau
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Posting Pictures on CMG
Replies: 70
Views: 10769

You're right Ted. My conjecture was quite shabby, and I apologize. The pictures you posted are magnificent, by the way.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: They still don't get it
Replies: 54
Views: 84570

You're right on every point, Barry. It's just that the credible alternatives are unpalatable to Americans.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Posting Pictures on CMG
Replies: 70
Views: 10769

I don't know if it's the placing of the images, but the opening of a page with huge pictures in it must surely tax the server. I find CMG quite slow.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Why did it go down?
Replies: 13
Views: 30475

I do remember you Wadia/Darryl. Thanks for the hello, and hello back.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: They still don't get it
Replies: 54
Views: 84570

Actually Barry, the Republican administration has painted itself into a corner. The horrible truth is that this means to break something. The situation in Iraq probably does require a huge increase in investment, in people and materiel. However, I believe that the draft would be a serious injustice....
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: And movies get worse and worse
Replies: 30
Views: 51800

Hi Werner,

I've heard of "The Aristocrats" and have ruled it out for the theatre, but not necessarily for DVD rental.

If you liked "March of the Penguins," then I suspect you'd like "Le Peuple Migrateur" (English title: "Winged Migration") which is extraordinary.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Why did it go down?
Replies: 13
Views: 30475

Why did it go down?

It's only fair for someone to ask me to listen to him if he listens to my HIV/AIDS myth talk. So this person insists that 9/11 is a conspiracy perpetrated by the US government. I don't want his whole argument, just one key point. It was a question: "why did WTC-7 go down?" The official answer is tha...
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: When grade inflation makes choice impossible
Replies: 5
Views: 5119

Holy god, Brendan, I surely missed those retorts of yours.
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: When grade inflation makes choice impossible
Replies: 5
Views: 5119

The winner gets a $10,000 'scholarship'? Dare I ask what in?
It's a scholarship to the Ralph Kramden Academy of Bus Drivers.
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92256

A real Brazilian wont Tell a Jew that he cant Spell
...which proves that I'm not a Brazilian or you're not a Jew - or both.

Give it up, Yasser.
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92256

And you are a brazilian shmuck posting as an american wiseguy
A real Jew would not misspell "schmuck."
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92256

Saul is a Palestinian agitator posing as a Jew.
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

By all means. But don't kill them, we need their crossword puzzle.
by John Bleau
Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

Ralph, I hope that after I exposed the vested interests manifest in the makeup of the NYT Board of Directors re public health you began taking such articles with a grain of salt. Even not so forewarned, the fawning character of the article is suspect. As the scion of an advertising family, I’m aware...
by John Bleau
Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Most Tragic Figure in American Sports Has Passed
Replies: 17
Views: 10661

Ah, Barry, with Toronto's success, there was happiness in the land... Ralph, it doesn't take an understanding of sports to understand human disillusionment. Moore's suicide might have been reflective of a social sensitivity beyond that of most of us. And as long as we have whipped cream, Vatel's sui...
by John Bleau
Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Most Tragic Figure in American Sports Has Passed
Replies: 17
Views: 10661

I understand the pitcher's (Donny Moore) suicide, though I wouldn't opt for it under the same circumstances (on the surface - I'm not factoring in the mental problems this person allegedly suffered). The pitcher blows a save that will get not only him, but his entire team and his manager who has bee...
by John Bleau
Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Most Tragic Figure in American Sports Has Passed
Replies: 17
Views: 10661

Mauch is a well-known figure around here. I remember that Angels game, which occurred after his years at the helm in Montreal. The announcer said, "you gotta feel for that man," after that last slip at the threshold of a lifelong dream.
by John Bleau
Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

I agree with Einstein
by John Bleau
Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

I didn't know about Tamiflu, thanks. Given the awful standards in AIDS medicine testing, I'd pass on this one until extremely well-informed on it.

I'm not asking you to agree with me on the transmission of AIDS - it is an NIH document I cited and referenced, so your issue is with them.
by John Bleau
Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

Flu? I've caught it when it was going around. Pretty convincing to me that there's an agent of transmission. HIV? In the other thread, you were mistaken on two points on this: sexual transmission, which I debunked using an NIH document, at least in the case of heterosexual transmission, and AIDS in ...
by John Bleau
Sat Aug 06, 2005 11:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

Well, Contessa, the other topics are a little tattered for me - American politics, Israel, Iraq... my eyes glaze over. So my little glimpse into one far-reaching aspect of American life is about the best I can offer these days. It's an important issue, though, with ramifications of corruption, influ...
by John Bleau
Sat Aug 06, 2005 9:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Next Pandemic?
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

Give us your billions and we will save humanity Corlyss, I'm usually of the impression that you read penetratingly, but I'm not in this case. A disease reputed to be a cross between ebola (for lethality) and HIV (for length of onset). Yet it is bacterial, treatable and is not transmitted directly f...
by John Bleau
Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Priceless Anecdote About Bill Moyers
Replies: 11
Views: 6843

Ralph, you don't fool me. You didn't take the vacuum cleaner because it didn't come with a free Mexican.
by John Bleau
Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Priceless Anecdote About Bill Moyers
Replies: 11
Views: 6843

Well, Barry, (I know I've posted this quote before, but it's worth repeating) LBJ famously said about why he wouldn't fire Hoover, "I'd rather have him in the tent pissing out than out of the tent pissing in." I'd vote for removal of his name from the FBI building, too. Hell, I have his name on my v...
by John Bleau
Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Alzheimer's, Depression, HIV/AIDS, and other fun stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 32833

I don’t want to tarry on the ICC, but there was one point made by Liam Scheff that motivated me to email him for details. It is a quote he provided from, he claimed, ICC’s own published history: "Early in the [AIDS] epidemic, HIV disease of childhood was considered to be a downhill course leading to...
by John Bleau
Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Alzheimer's, Depression, HIV/AIDS, and other fun stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 32833

Ralph is a good example of how far-reaching the Puppet Masters’ strings really are, and I’d like to present him as a case study to illustrate that even the highly knowledgeable among us are not immune to the pull of these strings. Reviewing the thread, one will see many instances of how Ralph has tr...
by John Bleau
Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Alzheimer's, Depression, HIV/AIDS, and other fun stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 32833

The Puppet and the Puppet Masters Ralph’s reference will allow me to explore in greater depth points that I only touched on in this thread. I’ll refute its contents, then I’ll examine the article in a wider context. The article was on the front page of the Sunday New York Times. Among the claims it...
by John Bleau
Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Alzheimer's, Depression, HIV/AIDS, and other fun stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 32833

Hi Brendan, good to see you. Thanks for your post.