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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Uber and Zoomy should merge:
    new company title would simply be UseMe.
    I leave it open whether that describes a plea to customers,
    or the drivers’ relationship to the company.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I see you just got a shout-out on the BBC Radio 4 science show The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry (Series 3, Episode 4, The Portly Problem, addressing your question about middle-aged spread).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to nzlemming,

    None of this should be treated as entertainment
    (he says, not quite resisting the urge to make the obvious joke
    about really not wanting to know about Trump's position)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Come to think of it, the only other “banter” excuse I’ve heard trotted out by politicians in recent years concerned Mr. “Grab ’em by the ponytail”.
    (Ah, yep, that's what you linked to.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Nah, it’s all of a piece with his campaign.
    Live by the bullshit, die by the bullshit.
    (Generously assuming that this too is bullshit,
    and not an honest expression of his belief.)
    The past few months seem to have demonstrated that bullshit, utterly unconstrained by reality, can't be beaten by “fair and square”: the best you can hope for is that it defeats itself. That’s bloody depressing.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    Probably a subset of the old favourite “all people who even think about wanting to have sex must die” (see: any teen horror movie).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Mae West noted

    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

    It's hard to look at the US election and not think they're taking that advice seriously.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Alfie,

    Having had the Democrats choose a Republican-lite candidate,
    the Republicans don’t need to take the election seriously;
    so, send in the clown…

    More seriously, what we’re seeing is that many voters don’t trust the system, and so anyone who appears to be outside the system can gain support. Except there are very good reasons Trump is a Washington outsider: e.g. he doesn’t play well with others; and he knows nothing about politics and likes it that way. Whereas … being a lying racist misogynistic moneygrubbing sack of shit doesn’t make him that much of an outlier in the Republican circus.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Sacha,

    The event is positioned as a celebration.

    True enough; but I think Grant's point stands about the difference between the live event vs. what it looks like on TV. (Difficult for the presenter to tread a middle ground, though.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Dickey said the Court would heard from nearly a dozen former staffers…”
    - should be ‘hear’.

    Or 'had heard' (more common error, resulting from ambiguous 'd being wrongly expanded).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1466 posts Report Reply

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