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Post by Katiedot on Wed 02 Aug 2017, 09:11

Ooops, it's the 2nd of August already.  How are you folks, anyway?  Enjoying the summer?
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Post by melbert on Wed 02 Aug 2017, 12:02

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's freakin' HOT!!!!
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Post by PigPen on Wed 02 Aug 2017, 13:39

melbert wrote:NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's freakin' HOT!!!!
  It's August for heaven sake.  You were expecting snow???


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Post by Katiedot on Wed 02 Aug 2017, 14:46

Hehehe!  It's a balmy 30-degrees here every day.  Not sure what that is in old money - mid 90s?
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Post by melbert on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 02:52

PigPen wrote:
melbert wrote:NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's freakin' HOT!!!!
  It's August for heaven sake.  You were expecting snow???



That would be nice!   However, stop the 100s!!!!!!  I do okay 70 and below, but 80 and above - "F" NO!!!!!!!
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Post by PigPen on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 13:49

I'll remind you of these words when it's 10 degrees and your bippy is frostbitten.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 17:43

Mel, I'm with you! I hate hot weather - especially humid hot weather! What I really, really hate is going from air conditioning to hot and humid! Ugh! It hits you like a wall of heat! At least if you're cold you can add clothing and warm up. There's only so much you can take off when you're hot.  Censored
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 17:48

Well, with the climate change/science deniers in charge, we're all one step closer to a world where every day feels like walking behind an old bus.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 22:13

Neymar, a very popular football player (for everybody on COH in the States: soccer) from Brazil changed from his former team in Barcelona to his new team in Paris for 222 million Euros, which is even more in US $. I don't know what you think about it, for me it's an obscene amount of money...
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 22:53


Yep.Totally

But Qatar own Paris St Germain football club........and they have so much money from oil it's a drop in the ocean to them. Their worldwide investments are huge and in some ways quite staggering. They own loads of property in the UK including The Shard and have shares in British supermarkets etc etc

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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 06:39

I just read that Neymar paid the 222 million $ himself to buy him out of the contract with Barcelona. I don't believe for one minute that this money's from his own purse - but probably from his own bank account, and somebody else filled it up before. And that's certainly Qatar...
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 07:09

About summer weather / climate:
In my area we had really heavy floodings last week while I was in Britain. But due to the internet we were live informed all the time. The houses and gardens of some members from our group were flooded but they all had family members at home who were looking after that so nobody had to cancel their holidays.
We often had floodings in our area, usually in spring after the snowmelt in the mountains nearby. But it was never as bad as now, although we have huge areas the water can extend. It was also the fourth flooding since 1998 - which of course leads to many problems for those who have been flooded several times. Their houses are damaged again, their interiour is destroyed, they don't get an elementary insurance anymore etc.

Yesterday, it was very hot here with a lot of humidity - and at the same time we had a fresh gale, which was just hot. Very strange.
But I'm so glad that there's no climate change - or, as some people say - there have always been climate changes, and we've got no impact on it. Maybe it's true - but we're damaging and exploiting our planet so hard that we should try everything to prevent it. And we all know that our natural ressources are limited, so it's necessary for our own survival to find alternatives instead of planning new nuclear power stations (remember: we still haven't found a way to disposal the nuclear waste ultimately) and coal mines (it's getting more and more complicated to mine the coal because we've already exploited the mines within reach, and we don't have endless coal. We've already found products to replace, so which sense does it make to pollute the air and damage the environment even more? To get some hundred jobs for workers? Do they think that coal is a competitive product? That they can revitalize it?)

Sorry, this is getting a bit too serious for the chit chat...
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 20:53

10 out of 10 Cheerleader
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Post by PigPen on Tue 08 Aug 2017, 18:05

Stop what you're doing... grab your handbag and car keys and head for the liquor store .. don't be caught unprepared...... August 16th is National Rum Day.


If Amal can get pregnant with twins while he's slurping tequila-   the sky is the limit if he's  swigging "ho ho ho and a bottle of rum". Wheee! Wheee! Wheee! Wheee!

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Post by annemarie on Tue 08 Aug 2017, 21:59

Glen Campbell has died he was 81.

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Post by Katiedot on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 04:29

You know, reading those last two posts straight after each other, it really sounded like Glen Campbell died as a result of national rum day!
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Post by Joanna on Sun 13 Aug 2017, 20:13



HAS ANYONE ON HERE BOUGHT THIS YET .??

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Post by Katiedot on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 05:07

I've moved the questions about Angel to its own thread. This one is more for non-George chit chat and so on.
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 09:40

Good news: Daniel Craig is staying on as James Bond. Hooray!!!!! bounce
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 21:30

That is good news Katie! Craig is solid as Bond. My favorite Bond man was Connery, followed by Craig then Brosnan (sp?). I thought that Craig wanted to move on from the Bond series ... had grown tired of it. But guess not.
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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 21:59

I used to like the movies but at some point was tired of Bond surviving every injury, no matter how implausible his survival was. The stories were also more and more constructed, more and more unbelievable. I did like 'Casino Royale', Craig's first Bond movie but not the following ones. So I stopped watching them.
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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 04:04

I agree carol ... 'Casino Royale ' was the standout Bond movie for Craig. I enjoyed it far more than many of the Bond movies because it showed a very human and vulnerable side of Bond that we hadn't seen before. I also thought Craig and Eva Green (Vesper) had great chemistry.
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Post by Katiedot on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 09:39

Yes, the first one was the best. They turned Bond into Bourne which in many ways improved the films, but yes, it's silly the kind of stunts he supposedly survives.
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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 19:14

I saw Craig on Stephen Colbert the other night and he said that this will be his last Bond movie.
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Post by annemarie on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 20:31

Attack in Barcelona has killed 13 people and injured 64.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 21:49

I just saw it in the news. Another truck attack, just horrible Sad
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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 17 Aug 2017, 22:09

This is horrible. I feel like these attacks are becoming so frequent that it's easy to become numb to each new occurrence. It's incredibly challenging to figure out how to protect people from these acts of terrorism.
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 18 Aug 2017, 00:02

Donnamarie - I don't think there is a way to keep people safe from this kind of madness. Days like this I despair of humanity. Sad Mad
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 Aug 2017, 06:53

When people want to injure or kill others, they will always find a way to do it.
Over the last months I've read several articles about vehicles running into people, and most of these incidents were caused by either the driver's fault or technical failure.
Does this make any difference? The result is the same, people die or are injured badly. But there's a big difference on the psychological side: We accept human or technical failures because we know they can always happen. There have been attacks with vehicles because the drivers saw somebody they had been in a fight with for years and kill them - and probably others - which is called murder. People do illegal car races in cities and kill innocent people who are so unlucky to cross their ways. We shake our heads but some people are appreciative of them 'because we weren't any different when we were young'.

And then you've got terror attacks, and we stand helpless in front of this. We can't protect ourselves, and we know they will always find new ways of attacking us. They aren't just from one country, they contact ISIS and offer themselves as assassins. During the last week, there were ISIS, Boko Haram etc. attacks in the Middle East and Africa with hundreds of victims, and somehow we're getting used to these news. We hear them and continue with our own lives, don't think about the victims. An attack in Europe or the States gets much more attention, especially when there are victims from other countries as well. That's something we react to (I'm not talking about COH but about global attention), and we discuss about what to do or damn the assassins, a whole religion and our politicians who can't protect us.
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 18 Aug 2017, 13:35

I'm beginning to think the UFO conspiracy theorists are right. Humanity is a failed alien experiment!
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 Aug 2017, 14:32

The victims of the attacks in Spain are of 34 different nationalities. Some of them from muslim countries. I know it's one thing to kill 'not-believers' (as the Jihad says), but in touristic hotspots like Las Ramblas, there can always be muslims as well. Doesn't this bother the assassins?
On the other hand they also attack people in muslim countries and kill many of them. So where's the difference to an 'ordinary' terrorist?
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 18 Aug 2017, 15:15

Carolhathaway - No difference. Evil is evil, no matter what they call themselves or how they try to justify what they do.
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Post by Katiedot on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 03:43

carolhathaway wrote: Doesn't this bother the assassins?
Nope, not one bit. Because in the terrorist's mind, these people aren't 'real' muslims anyway and so deserve to die. The fact that rarely gets mentioned in news coverage is that groups like daesh have killed far more muslims in the middle east than any non-muslims outside the region.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 09:17

Katie
exactly! As I've written above: We're getting used to hear about attacks in Bagdad, Istanbul etc. with hundreds of victims, and that does't bother as much as one attack with maybe ten victims in 'our' world. Are their lives less valuable than ours? Do we think that their loss doesn't hurt their beloved ones less than ours?

But who is a real muslim in their mind? Last week, a sixteen year old German girl was  arrested in Iraq because she had joined ISIS last year, had left her family and friends - and realized very soon that life and fight there wasn't as glorious and great as she'd expected. Is she a criminal? How do the courts in Iraq and Germany treat her? Wouldn't it be senseful to find out how she was contacted?
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 14:39

Carolhathaway - I think it's only human nature to be more concerned about threats close to home because they might affect our own safety. That doesn't mean that we don't care about the plight of others - only that we care about ourselves, too. Pain is pain - no matter who is suffering.

As far as that 16 year old girl (and others like her) are concerned: her age pretty much says it all. She's still a child, at least mentally, no matter how much she believes otherwise. At that age many kids are looking for a cause to fight for - something to belong to that makes them feel empowered and important. They don't have the maturity to judge the consequences of their actions on themselves or others. They just fall prey to evil people who know how to manipulate their insecurities and immaturity - just like the sexual predators who troll the net.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 21:47

I agree Lizzy. It's more natural to feel sympathy for tradegies that hit closer to home. It's easier to understand and have empathy for those who share the same experiences that we do. I think for many violence and deaths in third world countries doesn't have the same visceral effect. Im not saying it's right. It's just my impression.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 22:38

Well, for us in Europe the Middle East is located much closer than the States. And if I remember the medias' attention about incidents in Iraq or Turkey to ones in the States, they are usually mentioned very briefly while everything in the States gets lots of attention
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 23:19

Carolhathaway - Not saying it's right, but maybe that's because in many ways America's actions affect so much more of the world than things that happen in Turkey or Iraq.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 23:28

Don't know if you saw this Jimmy Kimmel programme on this subject - sort of - but it explains how local the world is really.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ugJZhL-cbc&t=3s

Surprising when you think how 'connected' the world is with 24 hours newscycles, Facebook, Twitter etc........

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 04:27

Geez PAN that's embarrassing Embarassed ... tho very telling of how insulated many Americans can be as far as how we see or actually don't see the rest of the world. There seems to be a real lack of curiosity about what goes on outside our borders. Even when events abroad may impact the U.S. many people just don't get past the headlines.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 11:05

When I watched the Jimmy Kimmel video, I was linked to another one by Anderson Cooper about Charlottesville.
Anybody interested?

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 12:10

.........and this is a must-see! Stay with it. It's brilliant........



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t16xYMSyMXU&t=3s

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Post by annemarie on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 13:05

Dick Gregory has died the comedian and black civil rights activist was 84.

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Post by annemarie on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 19:37

Jerry Lewis has died he was 91.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 21:01

I love this!

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 22:24

Thanks carol for that very funny video.  A nice way to remember how talented Jerry Lewis was.  He wasn't one of my favorites but can't deny that he was a brilliant comic of his time.
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Post by PigPen on Sat 26 Aug 2017, 15:05

To all COH famly and their families dealing with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, our love is with you.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/26/us/hurricane-harvey-landfall/index.html

(CNN)As the sun rose Saturday, Texans who rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade ventured out to witness the full scale of damage as Hurricane Harvey lumbered on in what was "now turning into a deadly inland event."
The storm, which blasted ashore as a Category 4 around 11 p.m. ET Friday, between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, was a Category 1 by mid-morning Saturday, packing winds of 80 mph as it plodded northwest at 6 mph. Coastal cities remained in danger of a potentially deadly 13-foot storm surge, with places even far inland predicted to get as much as 40 inches of rain through Wednesday.



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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 26 Aug 2017, 15:12

Prayers and best wishes for anyone in the path of this monster storm. I just heard that the weathermen expect it to sit along the Texas coast for days. Hope FEMA and the Red Cross show up quickly and do what needs doing without the hassle they put us through with Sandy.
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Post by Katiedot on Sun 27 Aug 2017, 11:11

Hope everyone was ok.
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