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    What, the Chooky Dancers? They're great, aren't they! It's not "my" video, mind, it went viral ages ago. I've never been up to Elcho myself, the closest I ever got was Tennant Creek. One of those isolated spots that's oddly full of talented people, it seems - Gurrumul is from Elcho too.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012
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    German Catholics lose church rights for unpaid tax
    Germany's Roman Catholics are to be denied the right to Holy Communion or religious burial if they stop paying a special church tax.
    All Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax of 8-9% on their annual income tax bill. The levy was introduced in the 19th Century in compensation for the nationalisation of religious property.
    Until now, any German Catholic who stopped payment faced eventual excommunication. Although the measures laid out in the decree are similar to excommunication from the church, German observers say the word is carefully avoided in the decree.
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    The Onion headline? Not a The Onion headline? Jebus... Maybe Mitt's magical underwear transforms into a pressure suit or a parachute when needed...

    When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.


    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/24/1135824/-Mitt-Romney-wants-airplane-windows-to-roll-down-in-case-of-fire-so-people-can-breathe-more-easily
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012
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    All Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews


    And nobody in Germany sees anything wrong with the concept of registering as a Jew ? I'm just asking. Not to mention the fact that there seem to be "official" and unofficial" religions.
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012 edited
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    Well the synagogues benefits from the 8-9% tax so I'm guessing not. Plus why would they see a problem? You can opt out. No-one in York sees a problem with putting Jew on the census.
    http://www.yorkcastle.com/pages/jewish_history.html
    Edited to say in contrast with the UK Germany doesn't have a state religion, though different areas are either more catholic or protestant.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012 edited
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    Live feed of tonight's protests:
    http://elpais.com/elpais/2012/09/17/videos/1347870347_245504.html

    BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19712203
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    Robots join the fight against cancer

    ...snake robots could be as minimally invasive as possible with today's technology - they would use body orifices or local incisions as points of entry, says Rob Buckingham, managing director at OC Robotics...

    I for one one welcome our robotic arse-eel overords...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    A study of urban coyotes shows that they are 100% monogamous, never cheating on their shaggy mates until death do they part:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120925142549.htm
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    Awwwwwwwwww
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    Just like wolves, then.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    Wolves are mostly monogamous. With smart social creatures there's room for rule-breaking. I've read accounts of Alpha Females getting it on with second-rank males while the Alpha Male is away.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    David Cameron fluffs citizenship test on David Letterman's Late Show
    David Cameron may struggle at passport control when he returns home from his trip to the US and Brazil after fluffing a mock citizenship test on the Late Show with David Letterman.
    "You have found me out. That is bad, I have ended my career on your show tonight," the prime minister said, after struggling when Letterman fired a series of questions at him.
    Fingers fucking crossed.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    @StefanJ : my illusions are shattered. Burning my wolf shirt as we speak.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    @The Mighty Foamhead

    Maybe if we're lucky, he'll be sent to the tower for treason.

    Iron Man 'Carved from meteorite'
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    I tried burning my Three Wolf Moon shirt, but it reassembled itself from the ashes and came back even stronger. You don't fuck with a Three Wolf Moon shirt. Even the Honey Badger knows that.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    What I want to know is where do I find a Three Coyotes Moon Shirt ?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    @Curb : "Iron idol brought from Tibet by the Nazis actually came from space" ? Are we living in Hellboyworld, now ?
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    I know, right? I'll be disappointed if it doesn't have EERIE POWERS...
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2012
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    Have to be the guy, here... L. David Mech, world expert on wolves & the man who coined the term 'Alpha male' has since rejected the concept, especially in reference to wolf packs.