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Stone_Wolf_
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Um...I'm not touching that with a 12 foot Pole, or two 6 foot Swedes.
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Marek
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what about a twelve foot Brit?
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Never met the chap!
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Anyone feel like motivating me to stop procrastinating and start work?
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Get your lazy arse to work!

NOW!!!

[Smile]

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*whimper* ... but... but... I don't wanna!!
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Right this moment Mister Doctor!
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Marek
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I suppose i should be working as well
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Nah!
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It's only the doctors among us that should be working.
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We don't have to pay them or nuffin!
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Doctors and garbage men (waste disposal specialists?). We all saw what happened to the world in Wall-E after they went on strike.
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The people in Napoli can confirm that.
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You speak for the people of Napoli? I barely speak for myself...only sometimes, like when my wife is not looking.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
You speak for the people of Napoli? I barely speak for myself...only sometimes, like when my wife is not looking.

lol, i was going to make a joke about speaking for the trees, but that was way funnier
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[Smile]
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I just ate maquis flavored ice-cream.
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Who is Marquis?
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The real question is how do you pronounce it? (I'm looking at you FFXII)

A quiz though: Can anyone tell me the three meanings of "maquis"? No posting until you get the answers (and though I was tempted to say there were four when there are actually only three, I refrained).

(Edit for misreading)

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quote:
the French underground movement, or Resistance, that combatted the Nazis in World War II.
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an evergreen shrub, Aristotelia chilensis, of Chile, having toothed, oblong leaves, greenish-white flowers, and purple berries, grown as an ornamental in S California.
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Maquis or macchia is a type of high ground in Corsica covered in thick vegetation, where privateers used to hide. The name has been adopted by a variety of guerrilla movements in francophone countries.
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The Spanish Maquis were Spanish guerrillas exiled in France after the Spanish Civil War who continued to fight against the Franco regime until the early 1960s, carrying out sabotage, robberies (to help fund guerrilla activity), occupations of the Spanish Embassy in France and assassinations of Francoists, as well as contributing to the fight against Nazi Germany and the Vichy regime in France during World War II.
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In the American Star Trek science-fiction franchise, the Maquis /mɑːˈkiː/ are a 24th Century paramilitary organization or terrorist group first introduced in the 1994 episode "The Maquis" of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who subsequently also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.
Also...you didn't misread me, I ninja edited.
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Huh, I did not know about the Chilean evergreen shrub. Interesting.
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Wow, so much content! How did that happen on this thread?
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Well, the no content strategy wasn't working, so I guess we're evolving (devolving?) into something else...
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Want content, I'll give you content!

Blurg!

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Burgleflickle!
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Hey, watch your mouth buddy!
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Such language! [Eek!]
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You curse at your mother with that mouth?
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Maybe I should give my talk entitled "Averting Human Extinction: Energy".
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Sounds too much like "content", which this thread is not supposed to have.
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Marek
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no, that is the Seinfeld Thread, the thread about nothing
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Yada, yada, yada...
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Ha, you thought you could sneak in here while all the US folks are sleeping, but ... you can't! So ha!
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The second talk in my series is called "Averting Human Extinction: Population". It's about the population explosion, how our ideas about it have changed over the last few decades, and how we will attain optimum population density with a peak population of 10 billion, which then will continue steady-state or decline to whatever we decide is the optimum number. You want it to be enough for lots of innovation and intellectual activity, but not so much that the ecosystem is degraded unsustainably.

The third talk is "Averting Human Extinction: Civilization". It asks the question how do/did we become civilized, as a species and as individuals.

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So do you come down more on the Julian Simon or Paul Ehrlich side? Obviously 10 billion is a much higher number than Ehrlich would ever have been comfortable with, but we've clearly passed his most liberal estimations of what the earth is capable of sustaining (well, depends on your definition of sustaining I guess...), so I'm curious if you use his same principles for establishing a peak population, just increasing the number, or if you are using some other factors? Perhaps a sort of limited cornucopianism, with 10 billion as a ceiling? I wonder what Malthus would have said about the number 10 billion...
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quote:
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Ha, you thought you could sneak in here

Actually I was planning to come through the door quite noticeably, make some seemingly uncoordinated body movements and then end with sweeping my right hand through my hair.
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quote:
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...how do/did we become civilized, as a species and as individuals.

Simple.

Men become civilized because they want to have sex with women who require them to act in a more civilized manner to find them palatable enough to bear their children, who after they are born, are total savage barbarians, then the womenfolk raise them to be more civilized.

Or in simpler terms, the answer to that questions is: women.

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Having met female infants, this raises the question, how did the women become civilized?
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Oh, that's easy...mother's raise their children to be civilized.

With the boy children, puberty destroys all that work.

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Now it all makes sense
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meh

They aren't, they just hide their incivility better.

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They? Aren't what?

Hiding your incivility -is- civility.

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It's close enough to count, anyway. Even better, of course, is training your brain to have fewer and fewer uncivil impulses, until you don't have anything left to hide.

Here's how: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBCEA6CAE376D8BC1&feature=plcp

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I'd rather train my brain to be telekinetic
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I'd rather brain my train to not be dyslexic.
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Telekinesis I haven't tried yet.
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Would make getting the remote easier.
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There's only one button on the remote that matters.
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Button, button, who's got the button?
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my money's on the witch
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