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    The US and its allies supported the Viet Minh immediately after the Japanese invasion in WW2. So formal military involvement began then. The Wikipedia article on the war is pretty good as a general background. The recent Ken Burns documentary is even better.


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    In National Treasure, they repeatedly round up 230-ish (in 2004) years since the Revolutionary War and say "three hundred years ago", compared to that, rounding 20-something to "thirty" years is nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    The US and its allies supported the Viet Minh immediately after the Japanese invasion in WW2. So formal military involvement began then. The Wikipedia article on the war is pretty good as a general background. The recent Ken Burns documentary is even better.
    Yes, the OSS were on the ground supporting Ho Chi Minh in 1945. The extent to which that involvement created circumstances contributing to the Vietnam War is open to debate, but that would seem like an ideal focus for accusations of a "government cover-up", if you were that way inclined.

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    When Destiny 1 came out, my son beat the game and then asked me for a hug. I asked if he was a Titan. He said, "Why?" and I said, "No hugs for hunters."

    I found that so funny, I shared that story with Bungie on their facebook and G+ profile.

    Tonight, I was playing Destiny 2 and notice that the lead Hunter NPC, Cayde asks people for hugs and no one will hug him.

    It'd be kind of cool if that put that in because of my son's request.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    When Destiny 1 came out, my son beat the game and then asked me for a hug. I asked if he was a Titan. He said, "Why?" and I said, "No hugs for hunters."

    I found that so funny, I shared that story with Bungie on their facebook and G+ profile.

    Tonight, I was playing Destiny 2 and notice that the lead Hunter NPC, Cayde asks people for hugs and no one will hug him.

    It'd be kind of cool if that put that in because of my son's request.
    It would be BEYOND cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    It would be BEYOND cool.
    One of my other brushes with fame for my son happened on G+, too. Somehow, instead of watching Phil Plait, Pamela Gay and the rest of the gang on Google Hangouts, I somehow joined the feed and could be seen by the other people there. Phil spotted my son, a toddler at the time and called him "The Littlest Astronomer".
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    The teevee just showed a clip of David Letterman interviewing Pres Obama. Letterman looks really strange with a huge beard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The teevee just showed a clip of David Letterman interviewing Pres Obama. Letterman looks really strange with a huge beard.
    Hasn't he had that for a while now? And yes he does.

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    Well in some provinces they have a new holiday in February. I just decide to check out what date it falls on and underneath it had the "in the colony of New Brunswick", it has been a while since the province has been called that.
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    In what nation was the calendar printed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    In what nation was the calendar printed?

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    It wasn't a calendar it was a google search.
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    This week at one of the biggest electronics trade shows in Las Vegas the power went out for two hours.
    https://www.cnet.com/news/the-lights...f-at-ces-2018/
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    File under "makes you feel good". I had ice all over the windshield while driving. It was annoying, but good thing it was there because I noticed my registration was up. Like 6 months ago, up. Oops.

    The NYS DMV is not really all that great and it is a holiday weekend so I though this was going to be a problem. Nope. Go to website, jam in some information, a credit card number and they drop a registration sticker in the mail and give a 10 day temp letter. Nice.

    I have no idea how I missed renewing, but it's all fixed.
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    Sooooo, do you have to tape the temp letter to your windshield?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Sooooo, do you have to tape the temp letter to your windshield?
    No, just have it in the car dashboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post

    The NYS DMV is not really all that great
    It is a truth universally acknowledged (by annoyed New Yorkers).

    (Do complaints about the roadtest inspectors also fall under this umbrella?)
    Last edited by KaiYeves; Yesterday at 04:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    It is a truth universally acknowledged (by annoyed New Yorkers).

    (Do complaints about the roadtest inspectors also fall under this umbrella?)
    Our local DMV has improved greatly. They planned on a series of cutbacks, reduced services, few employees, longer lines, outages etc, then asked the local police force for a physical, daily presence for support and assistance. The police said they were not there to provide support and assistance for policy changes, that they were welcome to call 911 in the event of a problem, just like anyone else. The police also suggested that they could hire security.

    All of a sudden they put in more staff, more self service options, longer and later hours, a queuing system, a greeter, a way to make appointments, a children's play area, sofas and couches, comfy chairs and any number of things that makes consumers happy. It takes all of 10 minutes to fix common problems, now.

    Funny how that worked out.

    (It is somewhat amusing to note that the DMV has two MMA training gyms on either side of them. Nice people as near as I can tell, but you don't accost people in this plaza.)
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