The East is the East and the West goes through bouts of lunacy.

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This is what I felt when I had an interaction recently with a bunch of Afghans who appear to have started their traditional relationships with our plainspeople once again.  And why not?  Their experience with the West over the past 40 years might have finally convinced them that a view of the Hindu Kush induces lunacy in Western governments.


Well Thank God That Weekend Came to an End Open Thread

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the public clowning of Peyton Manning and the Broncos (I was rooting for the Seahawks but I came to see a game not a humiliation), now lacing up for a third (or fourth?) winter storm of the year. There are far more terrible things in life, but I would have preferred to see a few dozen more movies with Mr. Hoffman in them, all things considered. 

Enrollment around 80% and counting

It was previously suggested here that "you don't know how many of the 2.1 million have enrolled, but most likely well less than half" (emphasis mine) with the oft-repeated claim being that a majority of people who selected Obamacare plans would not make the necessary premium payment to complete the purchase of those plans. 


Speedy Recovery Prayer Circle and Open Thread

Wherein we all hold hands and try to miracle Hank into feeling a little bit less like yesterday's meatloaf. While arguing about stuff.

Hastily concocted semi-live football diary (& open thread)

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OK: now that the AFC had decided it's champion for this year: one main question now arises:


Who ITH designed the Seahawks' (presumably standard "home"?) uniforms? Darth Vader? If you wanted to to highlight the teams into "humans" vs. 
"robots" for TV, you couldn't do worse than this....


Also: said robots don't seem to have had their "defense" programming updated....

Digital Sunrise Open Thread

 The way to see the sun in Tiananmen Square is now on an LED Screen:


... I'm in sunny San Diego and giving thanks for the EPA. Open Thread!

Parents of the Year open thread

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• I'm fairly confident in saying that this family isn't in the running, and I don't think that Omaha PD will win the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year award, particularly since they took the child out of the home even though no crime was committed.

Why People Sometimes Go Poof, Vanishing Magically into the Good Night

I had no desire to leave The Forvm. I had written numerous E-Mails to the Moderators regarding my sudden inability to post...I could read and log in to The Forvm....but I could not post, all I ever got was a white screen saying, "Service Unavailable." I assumed that this was how it was for people that were banned...they could read but they could not post having received two yellows or a red card.

Free speech open thread

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Apparently, the Kansas Board of Regents doesn't think much of the First Amendment, with emphasis on doesn't think.

Polar politics Open Thread.

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