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They have a shit ton of brown tree snakes as well, don't they?

Yes, and the spiders eat those too.  :kingmeh:

Uh, I'm not so sure about that, especially given they're about 3-6 feet long.  My understanding was that brown tree snakes ate all the birds which used to hunt spiders, leading to a population explosion, and the only animals which feed on the brown tree snakes are red-bellied black snakes and cane toads.  The former is...not terrible, as far as Australian snakes and invasive species go, but the latter...

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Bar-tending is a terrible job.

Well, for me it was.  But then, I don't like people much.  Data entry in the middle of the night is definitely more my speed.

He hates data entry, loves to work with people. And bartending here is a whole different game... bartenders make bank and it's incredibly hard to get a job doing it. It's not uncommon for bartenders to make six figures here.

Ah of course, tips.  Makes sense.

Here, I pulled down just above minimum wage, and had to do most of the ordering and maintenance and stupid shit the owners are supposed to do.  I was effectively the manager, which was certainly not reflected in my pay.

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Bar-tending is a terrible job.

Well, for me it was.  But then, I don't like people much.  Data entry in the middle of the night is definitely more my speed.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
« on: October 11, 2014, 01:42:19 pm »
This board is practically Proust, compared with 2004's offerings.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OK, so this is odd
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:51:25 pm »
I mean "threat of violence, little to no actual violence, maybe a couple of people killed, max, to make a point".  By most coup standards, that is pretty bloodless.  And wouldn't require troops marching around seizing radio towers and whatever.  Though I suspect The Art of Coup D'etat is probably a banned text in NK.

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I don't believe enough people saw this modern masterpiece I posted on Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OK, so this is odd
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:40:38 pm »
As hilarious as number one sounds, at the moment number 2 may be more accurate.

One of the key pillars of his fathers rule was the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party...essentially an unaccountable secret police force inside the party, with the power to put anyone they liked under surveillance (among other things).  The OGD was not successfully fully transferred to Kim Jong-Un before his father's death and Kim's own backers and loyal allies came with him, from Switzerland. And they tend to be around his age.  By contrast, the OGD are the elite of the elite when it comes to North Korean political infighting.

Chances are, there was a power struggle between the OGD and Kim's Switzerland posse, and the latter lost.  Badly.  OGD would ensure continuity of government through their institutional power, leaving Kim as a titular figurehead.

Kim may have also been injured in an otherwise bloodless palace coup by the OGD or a similar faction, thus necessitating his treatment before being put on the puppet strings and rolled out for public consumption.

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also agreed.

Got sent home today for feeling sick. Not sure with what though. I was feeling short of breath, feverish, dizzy and there was a pain in my side. I'm starting to wonder if i'm cut out to work so many young kids like this. I'm worried the stress is what's making me sick.

Recently I had a similar spell... I wonder if it's related?

You both have Ebola.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:25:03 pm »
Yeah, Scottish nationalists also tend to be more socialist in orientation - whether that's a genuine ideological position or taken simply to piss off the English neoliberal consensus is a matter for debate.

UKIP, by contrast, are very enamoured with the Tea Party, American style-libertarianism, right wing populism and culture war of a counterjihadist kind.  Spend some time reading today's Daily Mail and The Sun, and imagine a political party run off those espoused viewpoints.  Voila, you have UKIP.

Also, can't help but snigger at Farage crowing about a "revolution" in British politics...by re-electing someone who has already sat in Parliament for the best part of a decade.  Much lol, very amuse, so revolt.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OK, so this is odd
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:21:14 pm »
Yeah Faust, that's definitely another thing.  An obviously transparent lie like that really stands out.  There have been observations that the North Korean media is trying to diversify its coverage of the regime, and not rely on "all-Kim all the time" overexposure....a far cleverer lie would've been something which bolstered that observation, though since it would require a level of reflexive understanding of how the media reports on and views North Korea, it was always an unlikely option.

Junk, most observers believe that the military has the most to gain from NK's provocative, omnibelligerent and isolationist stance, and has effectively sidelined the Korean Workers Party, who are descended from the original KWP core who supported Kim Sung-il (which is why they are a big deal - ideological location of the state and important symbol of continuity and legitimate authority).  China, by contrast, has been supporting the Workers Party, in hope of opening up and liberalizing North Korea.  In any such scenario, China would be the favourite party to win bids for extensive mining rights...and North Korea is very rich in raw materials and minerals.

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Aneristic Illusions / OK, so this is odd
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:08:38 am »
There's been lots of speculation lately that Kim Jong-Un is...well, no-one is quite sure what has happened to him.

He hasn't been seen in over a month now.  This has led to speculation that he's been overthrown in a coup or is deathly ill or something.  I've been ignoring that sort of thing up until now because if there is one thing I know about North Korea, it's that press reporting on its politics is usually hilariously wrong.  You have to remember, this is the same press that, half of the time, is convinced North Korea is a monolithic block under the direct totalitarian rule of its pudgy man-child leader.

But Kim was missing from an anniversary meeting of the Workers Party, which is something of a big deal.  A really big deal in fact.

It doesn't necessarily argue in favour of a coup or similar, because the normal indictations of a coup are not present.  High level delegations are being sent around the world still, which wouldn't be happening in a coup scenario (the chaos in North Korea would see many ambitious people looking to consolidate their position), and there hasn't been much in the way of unusual troop movements.

But something odd is going on.

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Unix fails to include ddate.

Massive security vulnerability found in Unix.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Card looks interesting, but my current setup should suffice for now...assuming it actually gets fixed.

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Sting?  STING?

Even Green Day have more right to be on that list than Sting, as a solo artist, does.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:48:29 am »
ICSR tends to conservative baselines in their estimates, in my experience.

Interesting that women are catching up in Islamist circles.  As a rule, female terrorists are well represented except in those groups, for obvious reasons.  Of course, in those circles there also may be the possibility that male terrorists are purposefully putting female supporters in more passive roles, for obvious reasons.

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Possibly the most satisfying thing ever:


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