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Dave, think about the people Manafort has close connections with, and maybe consider why bail conditions may appear very high.

(Betting Dave isn't really aware of Manafort's resume.)
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Also figure out what you want - forests or grasslands?
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Maybe you ought to get yourself a closer view of some of those areas, Dave.
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Dave, do you think the defendant should be allowed to contact potential witnesses for the prosecution? Can you think why that might be a bad idea?

Have you heard of Al Capone?
I'd be careful here; there isn't anything even close to a general rule precluding pretrial contact with witnesses.

It can certainly be a precondition for bail. In Manfort's case, prosecutors would be idiots if they hadn't made it a precondition.
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Dave has yet another FGM moment.
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To be honest, I'd prefer him to be trying to justify the havoc being wreaked on asylum seeking families in his Heads Rolling thread. He seems pretty committed to silence there.
Probably a wise choice, in light of the spectacular cluelessness revealed in his just now discovering the whole concept of bail and pre-trial incarceration.

Check out the KrangTNelson tweet posted in, iirc, Comic Relief this morning.
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To be honest, I'd prefer him to be trying to justify the havoc being wreaked on asylum seeking families in his Heads Rolling thread. He seems pretty committed to silence there.
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I think you should do some more historic reading about West Texas and the Llano before you get overly invested and can't back down, Dave.


Otherwise we're in for a tedious reprise of the same ol' same ol' Dave makes firm statement, is contradicted immediately by recorded facts.
Oh Borealis, you know Bluffy can't back down. Especially on something as important as SAVING THE WORLD.

True. But he can, if he notices in time, commit to Radio Silence and Never Mention It Again.
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Well we will just have to leave it at that. People can just tell. It is a matter of faith.
No, as has been explained, it's a matter of paying attention to the details and the context. No hard and fast rules. And one would have to have some concept of the modern world, though it would be possible to use antiquities as examples and look at what the average person from that time was knowledgeable. Obviously, if one were to show something made out of plastic, say a large sheet of plexiglass, to someone from even 1000 years ago, they'd be utterly mystified. But I'd expect someone with some education and smarts would realize it was a human artifact and know it's purpose, even if they were unable to know anything about it's origins.

Of course, if one takes only most cursory look at something, with no attempt to discover anything about it, they aren't going to end up knowing anything about it and would likely accept it's something the gods made. There have always been the ignorant and uninformed.

You for instance.

They'd be impressed, idk if they'd be mystified. They knew glass and glazed ceramics. They understood resin and oil based varnishes. They would assume some new material, probably related to glass or varnish, and would be very interested in discovering the method for making this interesting unbreakable clear stuff.

Probably : What have those clever Arabs come up with now!?"
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Dave seems to have forgotten that his point was that the Sahara Desert is man-made.
You know, dave... the term "anthropocene" is not new to the rest of us.

It's amazing. I think he's skimming and just posting a para. whenever he sees a couple words he thinks are on point, never noticing that he's irrevocably headed off a cliff.
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Ruddiman is even discussed on the Wikipedia 'Sahara' page.

But Dave appears to have Hawkins-read a bit about Ruddiman's works and as so often, has gotten hold of the tail of the dog, having no clue of the size and toothiness of the other end of the beast.
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IIRC, "head rolling" means "going to jail".

So there's Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.
Yeah.

BEFORE his trial.

What is this? The Soviet Union?
Is this the first time you've heard of pretrial detention?

It's always kinda amazing what's new info to Dave.

It is. As if he read a traveller's guide to the planet with a 'How to Blend In' section which he skim-read. The completely blank spots in his common knowledge are downright jarring sometimes.
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I think you should do some more historic reading about West Texas and the Llano before you get overly invested and can't back down, Dave.


Otherwise we're in for a tedious reprise of the same ol' same ol' Dave makes firm statement, is contradicted immediately by recorded facts.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
 :whyyou:

Anyway, galley kitchens suck, don't buy that house.
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Since 'plant trees' has been a mantra since at least the 1960s, I'm sure he heard something like that somewhere.

Pretty sure it was a thing in the first Whole Earth Catalogue.
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Even though it literally says "There was no science suggesting it would work.", you stand by your accusations of the "octo-hatters"?
Your'e not suggesting that the president of Senegal pulled this idea out of his ass are you?


In fact, he did, pretty much. He was not supported by science at the time, and even did not really understand what was happening wrt desertification. He just thought it would be a good idea.

Do you really think non-scientists don't make huge blunders on occasion, especially when they have virtually unlimited authority? If you read further you'd see they had hardly any funding for the plan, either.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
I've repainted every wall twice or three times in 24 years but I still have no windows in the terrible under roof slope tiny bathrooms, nor in the narrow uncomfortable galley kitchen, also under the roof slope. 19 windows in the house, not one in the kitchen.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
We bought when briefly you only needed 5% (I think? Not much, anyway) down. We looked into it and discovered mortgage payments and property taxes (also included in the mortgage payments) would still be not much more than our rent.

There were a lot of upfront costs - lawyer fees (including a deed search and lien search), fees for inspection, fair sized property transfer fee, etc. You should try to find out about all those surprise costs, they can be pretty rough on the budget.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
Lol, iow, details are getting fuzzy and I don't recall exactly how interest worked - I think we ended up paying less.

Also, idk if your banks do this, but ours insist on insuring the mortgage holders, and it is just part of your payment every month/two weeks. The insurance, which was relatively cheap, would have paid off the mortgage entirely if one of us had died or become too disabled to work.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
We made a few extra one time lump sum payments over the years, but I believe bi-weekly can shave an average of 4 years off your mortgage life. In some cases, the 'extra' annual payment is considered to be on principal as opposed to paying down interest, which I think is how ours worked. You'd have to check with your laws and practices, but well worth looking into.

Between bi-weekly and the lump sums (not that large, none more than $3000, but consider rural house, not that expensive) we paid it off in 18 years on a 25 year mortgage.
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General Discussion / Re: home buying advice
Here's a few odd non-lawyerly notes (in Canada). From buying our house 20 years ago.

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foreclosure, owned by bank:
avoids most of the dangers with auction foreclosures.  but the prices tend to be competitive with non-distressed houses.  so typically not much of a bargain.

CMHC in Canada takes over at sale time. The rest of this should apply though.

If the bank has had the house over a year or more, they want rid of it. It costs them to keep the heat on/pipes from freezing/mould, and in Canada there's no choice. They dropped about 15% off list price, which had already been dropped twice before we made a bid.

Paying every two weeks as opposed to once a month reduces your length of mortgage paying way more than you might think.

Pay attention to how the house was listed. Ours was listed with a woodstove for additional heat (it's our primary. The older stove in the house turned out to not be CSA approved, seller had to replace with a new one of our choice. Seller also had to install a new water sterilising system. (water is important. if it smells or looks funny, don't buy, regardless of how clean it tests.)

Look really hard for defects (like shitty windows, badly installed trim, foundation cracks) and for things you don't like. Don't get charmed by the features you like into thinking you'll 'fix' the problems. 20 years later I still hate the kitchen and the bathrooms and they are major structural fixes that would cost $50,000+ to even begin to address.
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Actually that article is excellent,  dave. You should read it.

He should. If he wasn't so fanatically dedicated to guru-figures, it's exactly the kind of story that should inspire him to be creative about his efforts. He does have bursts of creativity, where he thinks about things like pollarding trees, but then he gets lost in not having basic information about tree species and their habits, stubbornly depending on luck of the draw. The Sahel farmers got information about their trees' habits and uses, and used them accordingly.
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I'm not an octohatter, but it was not painful or anything to read the article. As I understood it, it does not favor Dave's interpretation.

No, it does not. :hehe:

If he'd read even the first few paragraphs he'd have known 'octohatters' never proposed or supported the idea, it was introduced by the President of Senegal, whose education was in law and economics. If he'd read further, he'd have discovered what success looks like.

I bet those Sahel farmers have never even bought a Savory video.  :ohmy:
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Bahahahaha...  here's what happens when arrogant octohatters who have absolutely  no fucking clue what they are talking about yet get paid large salaries advise country presidents like Senegal's.

"Plant trees in a belt 10 miles wide and 4300 miles long. Derp. Derp"

Oops! 80% of them are now dead! Imagine that!

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/
Fucking LOL. Did you even read past the title, dave? :rofl:

Talk about self-own.

Dave, this is what comes of not reading past a title and assuming you know what has been said.
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In fact, if Savory actually believes all land that does not support herds of cattle is 'brittle' or 'degraded', he's legitimately a certifiable quack. Until now I just thought he had a few eccentric enthusiasms and had developed a set of woo-ish ideas that worked for him as selling points surrounding the basically sound practice of rotationally grazing livestock.