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Re: 'Murica

Post by Nyarlathotep » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:37 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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If Jesus were alive today he'd serve Coca Cola.

The Kosher for Passover version with real cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

Even Gentiles stock up on it you know. :coolspecs:
He would have turned the water into Dr. Pepper at the wedding. At least in my world
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:42 pm

Uh oh.

Did I just start a religious dispute about the proper way to take communion? :BigGrin3:
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:44 pm

Only if I ever get to start my own branch of Christianity.

Might be a good way to get rich. Hmmmmm
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:51 pm

FWIW, on one occasion I attended services at an Orthodox shul in Arkansas, and Jack Daniels was served at the kiddush afterward.

Also the more traditional wine, as well as non-alcoholic grape juice for those who wanted it.

Not as consequential in Judaism as communion is in Christianity, but I learned two interesting details.

1) Distilled spirits are inherently kosher without a a rabbi's hechsher (not unlike whole fresh fruit).

2) The blessing for bread covers it, not the blessing for wine.

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Post by Nyarlathotep » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:55 pm

Mormons also have their own version of communion but, ya know, booze is not allowed so it's water and torn up bits of Wonder bread. I even used to perform the blessing on it (any male of a certain age in the Church holds the Priesthood)
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:10 pm

Water?

WC Fields used to say he didn't like water even in his shoes. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Water?

WC Fields used to say he didn't like water even in his shoes. :BigGrin3:
Yep, plain ol' tap water. Luckily in the little mountain town I was living in at the time, the water was pretty good.
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Post by Witness » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:44 am

Nyarlathotep wrote:
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Only if I ever get to start my own branch of Christianity.

Might be a good way to get rich. Hmmmmm
Church of Nyarlathotep? Sounds good! :)

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Mississippi, the only state with a Confederate symbol in its flag, is offering a new flag design on license plates

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Mississippians who'd like to display their state flag minus its Confederate imagery can rejoice in a newly approved specialty license plate.
The state's flag has long contained an image of the Confederate battle flag, also known as the Southern Cross. Mississippi is the only one of the United States with a flag featuring the Confederate symbol.
However, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill last week allowing a new license plate design featuring a revamped state flag by artist Laurin Stennis.

Stennis' design, done in 2014, eliminated the Confederate symbol. Instead, it features 19 stars in a circle around a large center star and a red stripe on either side.
The large star in the middle represents Mississippi as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817, Stennis said. The circle of stars symbolizes unity and continuity and pays tribute to the circle and spiral imagery of indigenous peoples' artwork, the artist added.
"The circle is very powerful because there's no beginning and no end," Stennis said. "Our current flag feels very stuck in time. The new flag allows us to look back in history and also look forward."
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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:28 am

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Post by Doctor X » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:47 am

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Post by Witness » Thu May 02, 2019 3:26 am

U.S. military stops tracking key metric on Afghan war as situation deteriorates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has stopped tracking the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Afghan government and militants, a U.S. watchdog said on Tuesday, one of the last remaining public metrics that tracked the worsening security situation in the war-torn country.

The move comes as U.S. and Taliban officials have held several rounds of talks aimed at ensuring a safe exit for U.S. forces in return for a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used by militants to threaten the rest of the world.

The Taliban announced the start of a spring offensive in early April. Even before the announcement, combat had intensified across Afghanistan in recent weeks and hundreds of Afghan troops and civilians have been killed.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report published late Tuesday night that the U.S. military had told the watchdog it was no longer tracking the level of control or influence the Afghan government and militants had over districts in the country.

The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan had told SIGAR that the assessments were “of limited decision-making value to the (RS) Commander.”
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Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 02, 2019 7:16 pm

It costs the US military about $400/gallon to get gasoline into Afghanistan. Apparently part of the cost is bribes to the Taliban to let the trucks through. It has to be shipped over land through Taliban-controlled territory.
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Post by ed » Thu May 02, 2019 10:09 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:51 pm


1) Distilled spirits are inherently kosher without a a rabbi's hechsher (not unlike whole fresh fruit).
Knew thaat

2) The blessing for bread covers it, not the blessing for wine.
Didn't know that, thanks.

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Post by Witness » Tue May 07, 2019 2:24 am

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 07, 2019 2:27 am

I like it.
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Post by Giz » Tue May 07, 2019 2:30 am

Like an alternate monument for the end of “planet of the apes”

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 07, 2019 2:45 am

I was thinking something less apocalyptic.

More like Abe's probable reaction to today's Texas.
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Post by Witness » Tue May 14, 2019 1:43 am

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.

Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.

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