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Manbird

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Posted: Jan 14, 2022 - 4:51pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Facts of the Day (1/11/22)

1. Adriano Celentano (1938- ) is an Italian pop star who has also worked as an actor and filmmaker. He has been married since 1964 to actress-singer Claudia Mori (1944- ); their daughter Rosalinda Celentano (1968- ) played Satan in The Passion of the Christ (2004).

Celentano achieved viral fame in the US in the 2000s when Americans discovered "Prisencolinensinainciusol" (1972), his linguistically fascinating attempt to duplicate the rhythms and accent of American English with lyrics that are complete gibberish.




He must have been pretty influential or it was Ã¤ common thang to sound like an american.
I've seen several compilations of European music videos with everyone of them jib-jabbering 
trying to søund like a yank – which comically sounded like baby talk. T'was some great craic!
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ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jan 14, 2022 - 3:57pm

Facts of the Day (1/11/22)

1. Adriano Celentano (1938- ) is an Italian pop star who has also worked as an actor and filmmaker. He has been married since 1964 to actress-singer Claudia Mori (1944- ); their daughter Rosalinda Celentano (1968- ) played Satan in The Passion of the Christ (2004).

Celentano achieved viral fame in the US in the 2000s when Americans discovered "Prisencolinensinainciusol" (1972), his linguistically fascinating attempt to duplicate the rhythms and accent of American English with lyrics that are complete gibberish.


Manbird

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Posted: Jan 12, 2022 - 6:05pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The Wronger Box


Baumol's cost disease, first described in the 1960s by William Baumol (1922-2017) and future Princeton president William G. Bowen (1933-2016), refers to how salaries rise over time in sectors (such as education and the arts) that undergo little or no increase in productivity. This is because when salaries rise in sectors that are becoming more productive, others sectors must keep pace in order to avoid losing potential workers to those sectors. When the demand for labor remains steady while the supply of labor falls, the price of labor (i.e., wages) goes up.

As a 2017 Vox piece declaring that Baumol's cost disease "explains the modern world" notes,

Looking at things this way suggests a possible answer to one of the biggest mysteries about the American economy: how seemingly rapid innovation can be coupled with slowing economic growth rates.

As manufacturing has gotten more efficient, the price of manufactured goods like T-shirts and televisions has fallen. At some point, our living rooms and closets get full and we don’t need any more of this stuff, so we spend less and less on it as prices fall.

What do we do with these savings? We spend it on stuff that’s not getting cheaper. If you live in a city like New York or San Francisco, that probably means paying ludicrously high rent. But for a lot of us, what’s eating up a larger and larger share of our budgets is those labor-intensive services that are rising in the chart above: education, health care, child care, meals out, and so forth.

As a result, more and more of our economy is devoted to producing these services, and more and more workers are focused on providing them.

The problem is that if a large majority of your labor force is in low-productivity service sector jobs like nurses, lawyers, and nannies, then even rapid productivity growth in the manufacturing sector won’t have a big impact on the overall growth rate. In fact, innovation can make the situation even worse by causing consumers to shift even more of their spending into low-productivity services.

The solution? Low-productivity service jobs must increase in productivity by replacing human workers — and their demands for a livable wage — with automation. Get ready for a wave of robot nannies!





Can we get robot politicians? And program them with Asimov's robot rules! 
But remove the 3rd law so all the Republican robots would self destruct! 
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jan 12, 2022 - 5:59pm

The Wronger Box


Baumol's cost disease, first described in the 1960s by William Baumol (1922-2017) and future Princeton president William G. Bowen (1933-2016), refers to how salaries rise over time in sectors (such as education and the arts) that undergo little or no increase in productivity. This is because when salaries rise in sectors that are becoming more productive, others sectors must keep pace in order to avoid losing potential workers to those sectors. When the demand for labor remains steady while the supply of labor falls, the price of labor (i.e., wages) goes up.

As a 2017 Vox piece declaring that Baumol's cost disease "explains the modern world" notes,

Looking at things this way suggests a possible answer to one of the biggest mysteries about the American economy: how seemingly rapid innovation can be coupled with slowing economic growth rates.

As manufacturing has gotten more efficient, the price of manufactured goods like T-shirts and televisions has fallen. At some point, our living rooms and closets get full and we don’t need any more of this stuff, so we spend less and less on it as prices fall.

What do we do with these savings? We spend it on stuff that’s not getting cheaper. If you live in a city like New York or San Francisco, that probably means paying ludicrously high rent. But for a lot of us, what’s eating up a larger and larger share of our budgets is those labor-intensive services that are rising in the chart above: education, health care, child care, meals out, and so forth.

As a result, more and more of our economy is devoted to producing these services, and more and more workers are focused on providing them.

The problem is that if a large majority of your labor force is in low-productivity service sector jobs like nurses, lawyers, and nannies, then even rapid productivity growth in the manufacturing sector won’t have a big impact on the overall growth rate. In fact, innovation can make the situation even worse by causing consumers to shift even more of their spending into low-productivity services.

The solution? Low-productivity service jobs must increase in productivity by replacing human workers — and their demands for a livable wage — with automation. Get ready for a wave of robot nannies!



ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Dec 29, 2021 - 5:58am



Despite being German-born, Peter III (1728-62) was Emperor of Russia for a little over six months in 1762 before being deposed by his wife Catherine the Great (1729-96) and her lover Grigory Orlov (1734-83) and dying shortly afterward. Yemelyan Pugachev (c. 1742-75) claimed to be the late Czar Peter while leading the ill-fated Pugachev's Rebellion (1773-75).

Note that contrary to his portrayal in The Great (2020- ), Peter was in fact the grandson of Peter the Great, not his son.

Orlov, eventually supplanted as Catherine's "favorite" by Prince Grigory Potemkin (1739-91), is said to have gifted her what is now called the Orlov Diamond in a fruitless attempt to gain back her affections. Per Wikipedia, many scholars believe that stone to be identical to the Great Mogul Diamond, one of the jewels obtained by Nader Shah when he sacked Delhi in 1739 (as I described here) and a major plot point in The Sign of the Four (1890)
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Justine started watching "The Great*" ("*an occasionally true story") because she watches all the costume dramas and it is so rude that it caused our teenage son to protest that he had to put on his headphones to avoid having to listen to all the extremely casual and non sequitur discussions of schtupping. SO rude. But it's also well acted, fast paced and funny. Much bloodshed, sex, lots of palace intrigue, and despite being only vaguely based on true facts, I do feel like it might be a far more accurate depiction of how things were. Joe Bob says check it out.

Manbird

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Posted: Dec 26, 2021 - 5:51pm

 oldviolin wrote:

"Old sores that refuse to heal?" Really? Daaaang. Real bum salve? Wow, what a find...
{#Good-vibes}


photoshopped
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Posted: Dec 26, 2021 - 7:54am

 miamizsun wrote:
 oldviolin wrote:

Yeah where is that thread. The very sight of my grabbers will make you faint. Dr. Frank, he play a trick...

nothing a 55 gallon drum of "red dragon's favorite" won't cure
because dragon

 
"Old sores that refuse to heal?" Really? Daaaang. Real bum salve? Wow, what a find...{#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Dec 26, 2021 - 7:50am

 oldviolin wrote:

Yeah where is that thread. The very sight of my grabbers will make you faint. Dr. Frank, he play a trick...

nothing a 55 gallon drum of "red dragon's favorite" won't cure
because dragon


oldviolin

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Posted: Dec 26, 2021 - 7:34am

 miamizsun wrote:
when i look at this thread i keep seeing "hand care trivia"

what's wrong with me?
 
Yeah where is that thread. The very sight of my grabbers will make you faint. Dr. Frank, he play a trick...
miamizsun

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Posted: Dec 26, 2021 - 6:55am

when i look at this thread i keep seeing "hand care trivia"

what's wrong with me?
sunybuny

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Posted: Dec 25, 2021 - 8:44pm

 haresfur wrote:

Kicking some Guelph butt is on my bucket list


Yea, but remember to enjoy some gelato while you're doing it.
oldviolin

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Posted: Dec 25, 2021 - 3:39pm

 Manbird wrote:
 oldviolin wrote:

rhizomes attack!

Iffen you're a stone, it keeps you from gathering any moss
 
Have mercy. You moss be stoned...
NoEnzLefttoSplit

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Posted: Dec 17, 2021 - 8:31am

{#Lol}
haresfur

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Posted: Dec 17, 2021 - 2:49am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


3. The War of the Bucket, an offshoot of the long-enduring power struggle between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, was fought in 1325 between rival Emilia-Romagna city-states Bologna (supporting the Guelphs) and Modena (supporting the Ghibellines). Its lone armed clash, the Battle of Zappolino, claimed some 2,000 lives. The victorious Modenese celebrated by parading the most significant prize captured in the action: a wooden bucket.

Kicking some Guelph butt is on my bucket list
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Dec 16, 2021 - 6:25pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
The Wronger Box publishes a few trivial tidbits that are usually "hmm I had no idea okay" and sometimes "holy smokes that's cool."



3. The War of the Bucket, an offshoot of the long-enduring power struggle between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, was fought in 1325 between rival Emilia-Romagna city-states Bologna (supporting the Guelphs) and Modena (supporting the Ghibellines). Its lone armed clash, the Battle of Zappolino, claimed some 2,000 lives. The victorious Modenese celebrated by parading the most significant prize captured in the action: a wooden bucket.
Manbird

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Posted: Dec 14, 2021 - 1:19pm

 oldviolin wrote:

rhizomes attack!



Iffen you're a stone, it keeps you from gathering any moss
oldviolin

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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 9:37am

 katzendogs wrote:
dionysius and drachenadler are in fact Charles Thilorie
 
rhizomes attack!
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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 9:35am

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Peeps were invented by The Duke of Catalan during The Inquisition as a torture device.
 
yessssssss
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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 9:34am

 winter wrote:
The most common venereal disease among horseshoe crabs is sea monkey infestation. This is usually treated with a poultice of sand, white rum, and drowned sailors' hair.
 
filtered or no?
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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 9:32am

 dionysius wrote:
In ancient India, it was common practice for adulterers to have their ____________ cut off.
 
Ghandi?
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