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Messages - Belfrager

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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Probably it's fake that the leg band was fake.
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Catch the Pigeon!
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Not in the EU though
Yes, they would be like the Swiss... or the Norwegians. Very much political correct this Cimmerian.

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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Conan saves America.
Good we don't have him in the EU, he emigrated to the land of the Free, the home of the Brave.
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For the detractors of the EU, the centralised vaccine acquisition process by Brussels for 27 countries was a fantastic thing allowing smaller countries to have the same negotiating power as the bigger ones.
Was not for that and people from Malta or Portugal or Estonia or many other nations would be vaccinated maybe by 2025.

A rare (very rare) example of the benefits of a centralised model of government, the same way the international co-operation between scientists was also a rare example of globalisation benefits.

Well, to Caesar what belongs to Caesar....
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Archaeologists uncover ancient street food shop in Pompeii
You can know what people were eating at the disaster day... (a bit of a morbid thing to know)
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News from the ancient worlds.
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She's just called the First Minister, not PM.
Gabh mo leisgeul
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I mostly agree with your vision ersi, but bottom line to me is that the EU gained to get rid of the UK. The European project doesn't need traitors.

This deal is nothing, mainly about some minor fishing, nothing about finance or economics. A way to the UK government to make the British population believe they still have any negotiating power. They don't.

I have to salute the Scottish prime minister's words that they didn't vote nothing of this and this is the moment for Scotland to become an Independent European nation. Be welcome.
 
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DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Do we invest too little in public infrastructure, or too much?
Here you have a simple answer: Manmade mass outweighs life on Earth
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When spying was a thing proper of human beings, not electronic machines, the Soviets stolen the plans of the British-French marvellous airplane - le Concorde and made their own supersonic, the Tupolev TU-144.

The Tupolev crashed at it's world presentation at the world famous Paris - Le Bourget air show.

Beware of the Chinese, those makes the stolen things to work effectively.

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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
They do not acknowledge that society exists in the first place.
I believe that in the first place exists the moral rules that should govern civilised societies.
Isn't The Lord of the Flies a classic chez vous?

Bus yes, I agree that is no one job to convince others. For that we have missionaries, teachers and politicians.That's enough boring people.
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
I think the real point is that if I earn more than I need is it  a moral obligation to distribute a part I don't need with those who are suffering or not?
That's the foundation of social justice.
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I haven't tested it yet. Does it import Opera's mail? If not, it is a big missing feature...
It seems so, but I never did it. Have a look here.

Quote from: Vivaldi
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Vivaldi M3/Mail is pretty darn good so far.
Vivaldi browser, mail and calendar are my trilogy of preference these days. Together with Qwant for search engine.
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American friends should understand that 99% of Europeans absolutely don't care about American domestic things. What interests us it's the international American positions. Therefore Biden has already made, just with his announcements, much better than anything Trump ever did.

Not so speak about the lack of class, you just can't present into the world aeropagus with a moron like Trump representing you. Glad that finished.
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I doubt it'll hold up in court, but for now we're stuck with it. I
Here, it was necessary that the President declared in the first place the Emergence State (which suspends certain constitutional rights and freedoms) and only after that it was possible to impose a curfew.

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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Someone should scream at him You're fired!! just the way he enjoys to do to others.
What an imbecile.
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Very difficult choice today for our American friends.

Specially if we consider that besides having two decide between two intellectual nullities to command their national destiny they are also asked to have an huge responsibility in world policy without any candidate able to perform at such level.
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Even better, no more rjhowie's mumbo jumbo.  ;) 

I also remember an old Sci-Fi short story, by Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God.

Quote from: Wikipedia
Plot summary
In a Tibetan lamasery, the monks seek to list all of the names of God. They believe the Universe was created for this purpose, and that once this naming is completed, God will bring the Universe to an end. Three centuries ago, the monks created an alphabet in which they calculated they could encode all the possible names of God, numbering about 9,000,000,000 ("nine billion") and each having no more than nine characters. Writing the names out by hand, as they had been doing, even after eliminating various nonsense combinations, would take another 15,000 years; the monks wish to use modern technology to finish this task more quickly.

They rent a computer capable of printing all the possible permutations, and they hire two Westerners to install and program the machine. The computer operators are skeptical but play along. After three months, as the job nears completion, they fear that the monks will blame the computer, and by extension its operators, when nothing happens. The Westerners delay the operation of the computer so that it will complete its final print run just after their scheduled departure. After their successful departure on ponies, they pause on the mountain path on their way back to the airfield, where a plane is waiting to take them back to civilization. Under a clear night sky they estimate that it must be just about the time that the monks are pasting the final printed names into their holy books. Then they notice that "overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."
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How about this?
t seems that Mexico got a president who is clearly a historical ignorant and an idiot. It happens frequently with Republics.
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And what I am saying is that none of this is characteristic to a charity,
Ok, you base your point in a definition of "charity" that is not clear at all.

We have in my country what we call IPSS meaning Private Institutions for Social Solidarity, that's the closest I know to "charities". At all of them people are paid, I know it well, I already worked for one of those.

Those Institutions have a special tax regime because they aren't considered businesses. But they have to pay their debts as anyone else. They also have volunteers that don't have a salary but can have some form of retribution like meals or housing.

Charities are like everything else, it's not possible to do a consistent job if you don't pay people. Volunteering is very nice but you can't rely exclusively on them.
The Church does the same thing.
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Bishops get salaries
And so do priests. It's not practical to have people always behind them carrying bags full of money to pay the bills.

You seem not to know that many if not most priests are also doctors, teachers, philosophers, lawyers, economists and so on.
Most of them don't live in monasteries following a life of hermitage.

To become a simple priest you must study several years at the seminar where besides the religious studies you need to get a superior graduation in some area.

The Catholic Church is not isolated from the world, by the contrary. It needs to pay salaries, it needs to receive donations. In fact, the Church should be paid directly by the States for all the social work realized that the State doesn't do.
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Dioceses are basically a head-tax extortion racket.
Wrong. Dioceses are simply the Holy Church territorial units, created by the Pope all over the world and are administrate necessarily by a Bishop.
Very important dioceses will be called archdioceses.
Just that.

As for the financial administration, I'm not sure but I think that those Bishops will report to the Cardinals they are hierarchically subjected and the Cardinals will report directly to the Vatican's financial institution. In fact many dioceses at poor countries are very very poor and the social work needs to be financed by other dioceses or by the Vatican directly.

Et voilá. No secrets à lá Dan Brown. :wine:
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Catholic dioceses all over the world do more work helping human beings than most state institutions ever do, that you can be sure.
So it's really strange when I see people rejoicing because catholic institutions are facing financial difficulties.

As for American things specifically, they are totally out of comprehension. No comments.