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Post by Grammatron » Fri May 25, 2018 6:21 pm

Pfft, you can't go through Ardennes into France.

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Post by Pyrrho » Sat May 26, 2018 4:29 pm

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All iron railings from London houses & parks being chopped down to be recycled into weapons & aircraft. Bandstands also sacrificed.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat May 26, 2018 4:39 pm

[i]George Orwell[/i] wrote:
APROPOS of my remarks on the railings round London squares, a correspondent writes: ‘Are the squares to which you refer public or private properties? If private, I suggest that your comments in plain language advocate nothing less than theft, and should be classed as such.’

If giving the land of England back to the people of England is theft, I am quite happy to call it theft. In his zeal to defend private property, my correspondent does not stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the landgrabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors; they were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.

Except for the few surviving commons, the high roads, the lands of the National Trust, a certain number of parks, and the sea shore below high-tide mark, every square inch of England is ‘owned’ by a few thousand families. These people are just about as useful as so many tapeworms. It is desirable that people should own their own dwelling houses, and it is probably desirable that a farmer should own as much land as he can actually farm. But the ground-landlord in a town area has no function and no excuse for existence. He is merely a person who has found out a way of milking the public while giving nothing in return. He causes rents to be higher, he makes town planning more difficult, and he excludes children from green spaces: that is literally all that he does, except to draw his income. The removal of the railings in the squares was a first step against him. It was a very small step, and yet an appreciable one, as the present move to restore the railings shows. For three years or so the squares lay open, and their sacred turf was trodden by the feet of working-class children, a sight to make dividend-drawers gnash their false teeth. It that is theft, all I can say is, so much the better for theft.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Wed May 30, 2018 12:13 pm

This really is a gem. Quite catchy!

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Did it work?

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Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 31, 2018 2:02 am

Oh, I had forgotten about that! I used a hole punch. :D

It wasn't recommended for "important" data.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:21 pm

Doctor X wrote:Did it work?

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If the multiverse theory of the universe is true, perhaps there is an alternative universe out there where Da Bums are still playing at Ebbets Field.







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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:10 pm

Not at Ebbets Field.

Branch Rickey wanted a new stadium and Robert Moses offered him Shea (which was already being built).

Branch Rickey turned it down because he wanted one in Brooklyn not Queens and ended up getting his bluff called.

In my alternate universe the Queens Bums are still at Shea, and no Mets ever. :coolspecs:
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Anaxagoras wrote:This really is a gem. Quite catchy!

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He used to be a 97 pound weakling, but look at him now!
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