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  1. Arcadia

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Isn't that what they say about all of us?
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    Introverts, how is your day?

    In our house, that would be a bat. Holee sweet ….. no no no no no!!!!!! The crowd is bad enough, but in a crowd IN WATER???? Aaaiiiiiieeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Well, that certainly hits all the clichés! I think I ranked about an 8 on that thing. (And no, I'm not saying which ones I scored on!) I placed Sherlock somewhere under 20 … of course, I'm assuming that he's faking it when he pretends not to care about people. 😁 At any rate, hadn't he already established that he's not a psychopath, but a high functioning sociopath? I seem to remember something about that.....
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Yeah, lord knows there's plenty of them. Not just in government, seems to me the worst perps always come from business. Think they own people. Eccch.
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    Recently watched movies

    I've read a couple reviews of "Skyscraper", they're almost identical to yours, VBS. I'd like to see it, there's just something about "The Rock" that I really enjoy. Which is weird because normally I hate that kind of thing. Maybe because he doesn't seem to take himself too seriously? Last night I watched "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and kept thinking, if they ever do a remake, Cumberbatch would be perfect for the Jimmy Stewart role. I rather enjoyed the film (even Doris Day didn't bother me as much as she usually does), but it had a cheesy ending.
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    The Political Thread

    All true, all true. Although I thought he shot Mr. Potty in the face, not in the fireplace? 😛 Then what the heck is Trump whining about??? I think it's good thing … IF these countries like and/or respect each other. And it's really, really scary if they don't. Sigh, looks like we have once again been cursed with interesting times.....
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Protestors, apparently. I can't find the article anymore, maybe it was fake news. So if I may pose your own questions again: "What kind of a person applies for a job the basic purpose of which is to push other people around? (And how many of them actually believe their own claims that they merely want to "help"?)" (Emphasis mine.) Maybe I over-interpreted your statements, but the reason I keep pushing back is because the phrases I highlighted indicated to me a disapproval of anyone associated with the government, simply because they are in government. I hear a lot of that from my fellow Americans (and others), but I find it rather unfair. I don't find that a whole lot different than demonizing Muslims just because they're Muslims, or reporters because they're in the media, or whoever the scapegoat of the day is. Having said that, I do recognize that "power corrupts" etc. has a solid foundation in history. But I just can't find it in me to accept that it's universally true. I've known people who say that makes me naïve. I know I think of those people as cynical. Maybe history will eventually prove one of us right. (But I doubt it.)
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I have to admit, I think here we're mostly debating semantics. It's encouragement only if it's something you want to do anyway, isn't it? But if you don't want to do it, I bet it feels like pushing. But I admit there's a matter of degree involved; the consequences of refusing to learn are pretty bad, but the consequences of breaking the law are (potentially, at least) worse. And I'd say the consequences of sinning depend on what faith you follow. And shopping … yah, okay, you got me there. Refusing to shop could actually lead to happiness. 😁 I wondered the same thing. I also hear he was unable to enjoy his golf game. Poor baby. 100% agree, and with Trump, we have all three rolled up into one … at least, going by how some of the evangelicals hang on his every word. I'd think I'd throw mass murderers into the mix too, except I'm afraid Trump would then aspire to become one of those as well.... Somehow I don't think that's what Trump has in mind. Far too scenic, for one thing. How tall is that wall, really? From photos it's always looked to me like a hobbit's idea of a wall.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    But by that definition, isn't the purpose of almost anything to push people around? Teachers push students to learn, merchants push shoppers to buy, clergy push the faithful to believe … So it seems to me, the answer to "what kind of a person applies for a job the basic purpose of which is to push other people around" is … almost every kind of person. It's what we humans do. As for "And how many of them actually believe their own claims that they merely want to "help"? … I don't know the answer. But what do you make of this guy running for president of Sudan? https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/by-day-he-runs-for-president-of-south-sudan-by-night-he-unloads-trucks-at-lowes/2018/07/07/6c1efca2-804d-11e8-bb6b-c1cb691f1402_story.html?utm_term=.866ef4061679&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1 Don't worry, I can get as cynical as the next person about politics. But I do believe that just feeds the power of those who really are in it for themselves, so I tend to "push" back against it, too. But I don't deny the cynicism comes more easily all the time.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    AHEM. Now there's a blanket statement that makes ME nervous! How many people here have actually worked in government, or worked for a politician in some capacity? I've done both, and my experience is, politicians are just like everyone else. Some of them are utter ass-holes; but so are some doctors, farmers, mechanics, teachers, clerks, scientists, waiters, etc etc. It's a human failing, not a political one, imo. Some politicians are extremely decent people. Some ain't. Most have lapses of judgement from time to time, just like the rest of us. I admire people who sincerely embrace public service; it's not an easy job, and it's even harder to be considered successful at it, because, well, you know, the public is so #$%^& fickle! 😄 At any rate, because I'm me, I must (MUST, I tell you!) take exception to the description of governance as being for the purpose of pushing other people around. In this country, at least, it's defined rather differently: "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity..." Although I will concede that efforts to achieve that goal can become rather, er, domineering. But that's a flaw in the system, not the purpose of the system. Oh, Fantasy, that's just what the autocrats -- the people who really do want to push others around -- want you to feel. They're doing everything they can to undermine faith in the process of governing, thinking once they've torn it down, they'll be able to step in and take over. Don't give them the satisfaction!!! Get involved instead! Find a cause you believe in and work with the system to make it happen, not against it. But you are wise to be wary; don't give that up. But don't let wariness lead to apathy; because that's when the bad guys win.
  11. Arcadia

    Help with the new look Sherlock Forum!

    Yep, the reply box … but now that the dang function is working properly again, I realize you can click pretty much anywhere, and whatever options are available to you at that point will appear. For example, if I right click on your text, I get a menu that says Select All, Print, and Read Aloud. Paste is there too but it's greyed out (not available.) If I click on the text I'm typing, I get Read Aloud, Select All and Paste … again, Paste is greyed out, because I haven't copied anything yet. But if I copy something, then Paste will no longer be greyed out. Etc. If you want to copy something, you have to highlight something, and click on the highlighted area. It's pretty dang useful, especially when you're a clumsy typist like me and have trouble hitting all those special keys. I'm far more proficient with the mouse, probably because I do graphic stuff on my computer more than I type.
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    Help with the new look Sherlock Forum!

    It's a mouse thing. I've been using mouses (mice? meeses?) so long I've forgotten most of the keyboard methods, apparently. But until this latest kerfuffle with Edge, I was able to right-click in this here box, and get a menu that let me copy, cut, paste, and something else, I forget what. Oh, and look, today it's working! I give up. Hmmm, maybe it's the mousepad itself that has something wrong with it......
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    Help with the new look Sherlock Forum!

    Well, I didn't really ask a question, maybe that's why. But I'm happy Caya deciphered what I was struggling with. The highlight thing seems consistent so far, I haven't had a chance to try it much. I find it strange that the right-click functions are disabled though, those are so basic. (As in, that's basically all I use. 😉) Doesn't seem to work on other websites any more either. Agggh, Microsoft, why you do this to me!???!
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    Help with the new look Sherlock Forum!

    Yes, thanks Caya! I knew there was something, but since I've never had to use it until now, I couldn't remember what it was. Ta.

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