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Originally posted by Seaquam:
What were the highlight of your trip?


I too look forward to reading the highlights.

Are you on Instagram? I kept a photo journal with commentary.

Highlights: Phong Nha (the caves, the countryside, the people); some incredible (and silly cheap) street food dishes especially in Hué; fabulous dinners in both Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City; the Citadel and Imperial City in Hué; a day riding bicycles through the countryside outside Hoi An; the emotionally challenging War Remnants Museum in HCMC... and the consistent graciousness and kindness of the people, from the Uber driver in Hanoi who found my phone in his car and drove back to the airport to track us down, to the manager at the restaurant in HCMC (where we ate our last meal before heading to the airport for our midnight departure for home) who comped our wine and desserts because he wanted us to leave Vietnam with a positive last memory.

Lowlights: Halong Bay (it has turned into an overcrowded, polluted tourist trap); the 4 1/2 hour DMZ bus ride from Hué to Phing Nha, squeezed like sardines into our seats, driving pothole-ridden roads; the insanity and culture shock of Hanoi old quarter; Mrs S getting food poisoning from the crappy Korean Air in-flight meal from Seoul to Hanoi and becoming violently ill as we were navigating the Hanoi old quarter.
“You know, I really believe — you don’t know until you test it — but I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.”

What would he do, exactly? Tear the bone spurs from his heels with his bare hands and hurl them like ninja throwing stars?
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
“You know, I really believe — you don’t know until you test it — but I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.”



What would he do, exactly? Tear the bone spurs from his heels with his bare hands and hurl them like ninja throwing stars?
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Originally posted by VinT:
Three companies I cannot believe are still in business:

Moody’s
Standard and Poors
Ashley Madison


I sort-of get the first two but are you really surprised the third is still in business in this age of lying and cheating and general misbehavior? I mean, Republicans and many so-called Christians are apparently cool with a US President who has done a lot worse that what goes on thanks to that website!
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I sort-of get the first two but are you really surprised the third is still in business in this age of lying and cheating and general misbehavior? I mean, Republicans and many so-called Christians are apparently cool with a US President who has done a lot worse that what goes on thanks to that website!

bman, I have no qualms about the ethics. There are a heckuva lot of businesses that exist solely to fulfill morally questionable desires. What astounds me is that the entire business model is based on helping people secretly cheat on their spouses. But the site got hacked and personal information for every AM user was stolen. The hackers threatened to make it public unless the owner of AM shut down the site. They did not. If the hackers truly wanted to destroy the business, all they had to do was carry out their threat - dump the info on the web, send it to a newspaper, whatever. But these geniuses instead downloaded it to the dark web where nobody could really find anything and so Ashley Madison continued merrily along. Unbelievable.
#worsthackever
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by bman:
I sort-of get the first two but are you really surprised the third is still in business in this age of lying and cheating and general misbehavior? I mean, Republicans and many so-called Christians are apparently cool with a US President who has done a lot worse that what goes on thanks to that website!

bman, I have no qualms about the ethics. There are a heckuva lot of businesses that exist solely to fulfill morally questionable desires. What astounds me is that the entire business model is based on helping people secretly cheat on their spouses. But the site got hacked and personal information for every AM user was stolen. The hackers threatened to make it public unless the owner of AM shut down the site. They did not. If the hackers truly wanted to destroy the business, all they had to do was carry out their threat - dump the info on the web, send it to a newspaper, whatever. But these geniuses instead downloaded it to the dark web where nobody could really find anything and so Ashley Madison continued merrily along. Unbelievable.
#worsthackever


Fair point. I expect there is a story behind that.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Fuck your Canadian aluminium!

PH

Headline in our local paper this morning:

Trumps aims at China but hits Canada

My wife and I were at dinner, last night, with friends. [He] is a procurement manager for Rio Tinto. His company imports 70% of their steel from Canada.
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I dream of permanent DST!!

03/11 can't come soon enough


That would suck...bigly!!!!!!!!!!!!


Passed FL Legislature last week


As long as we can keep it one way or the other, I'm good. I love when we fall back an hour, one of my favorite days of the year. But I dread more the upcoming Sunday when we lose an hour, screws me up, and the kids even worse.
There is no need for DST. Light regulates itself. Starts staying light out later just around the time DST is to begin. Why make they kids head out to the bus-stop (for those that do) in complete darkness.

Should just do away with DST and keep standard time year round.
This is an example of the re-phrasing of the laws of thermodynamics.

1. You can't win. DST cannot create or destroy the amount of sunlight.

2. You can't even break even. Or, the law of friction. Even if you like DST, there is a pain in the change one way or the other.

3. You can't get out of the game. Try to tell you employer, your bank, your local government, the school system, the media, the NYSE, or your parents and kids that you are going to ignore any time changes.

Good luck all.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Trump sued by a whore.

Poetic justice!


As I understand it, the Plaintiff is seeking a declaration that the confidentiality agreement is invalid because it wasn't signed by one of the parties.
If she is successful, I would assume she has to give the $130,000 back.

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