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1 hour ago, Marbles said:

Thoughts:

Were I to plan a robbery of ShiaChat, I'd execute it on any one of these days. Absolute ghost town.

What is "it" that you think we are 'competing' against.?

l was hearing this weekend that "millennials" are "incredibly lazy".

lt takes a little thought and coherent composition to be on SC.

Could we advertise?

l'd like to hear more from Asian participants.

We do not have to be Shi'a to be on SC.

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Happy Birthday to Imam Zaman AS.  Happy Birthday @Zarla! 

Happy Birthday @starlight!! Hope you have a wonderful day.  

Wishing all SC'ers a blessed month of Rajab, InshAllah we can all reap some spiritual benefits. 

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8 hours ago, Marbles said:

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Were I to plan a robbery of ShiaChat, I'd execute it on any one of these days. Absolute ghost town.

@repenter has been standing guard infront of the Bank of ShiaChat since approximately 1992. Hasn't stopped to eat, drink, sleep, or even defend WF. With all due respect, you wouldn't stand a chance.

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This had to be taken from a safe distance.

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Are children nowadays much larger than they were 30-40 years ago? My son usually wears size 18 month or 2t trousers. I put a handed down pair of gym shorts on him and they're even maybe a little snug around his waist. Based on the style and the age of the children of the lady who gave them to me, I'm guessing they were purchased in the late 70s or 80s. They're size 5. I'm shocked. 

They do come down to his knees. I'm pretty sure in the 70s and 80s, little boys wore short shorts, at least by modern standards. Maybe they weren't worn by her own sons. Maybe they're much more modern, just a retro style and mis-sized.

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On 4/16/2017 at 6:44 PM, notme said:

My library book is due back tomorrow,

What happened? :muslima: 

I was a part-time librarian among my different jobs, so I am curious. :D 

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19 hours ago, Marbles said:

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Were I to plan a robbery of ShiaChat, I'd execute it on any one of these days. Absolute ghost town.

People can't share thoughts, knowledge or stories here unless they spend some time outside SC to originate and develop them first. It's the cycle of retraction and renewel, lock and unlock...the natural law guiding our happy, law-abiding community.

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1 hour ago, hameedeh said:

What happened? :muslima: 

I was a part-time librarian among my different jobs, so I am curious. :D 

Well of course the librarian let me renew one more time, but I really hoped (though not expected) to finish it and return it.

I've been reading this one book intermittently since January. It's hard to get through because there is so much in it that I find annoying. I've really enjoyed other books by Carl Sagan in spite of his professed atheism. His beliefs haven't really played a part in the other books of his that I've read, but in this one, he appears to attempt to be respectful of religion, but his atheistic condescension shines through. It's annoying, but not so annoying that I don't want to extract the good stuff from the writing.  It's about science, pseudoscience, anti-science, societal attitudes toward knowledge, and stuff like that, that I care enough about to endure reading my beliefs grouped with silly superstitions. 

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So who was this Lord Stanley and what makes him so special that he gets a cup named after him?

Knowing Canadians, it was probably that he was intensely loyal to the King of England or some other nonsense like that.

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3 minutes ago, baradar_jackson said:

So who was this Lord Stanley and what makes him so special that he gets a cup named after him?

Knowing Canadians, it was probably that he was intensely loyal to the King of England or some other nonsense like that.

Nah, he was a governor-general who bought a Cup for like $20 and gave it to the best hockey team in the country. He now has a world-famous trophy named after him because he had the foresight to invest in what would soon become the greatest sport on the planet.

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1 hour ago, notme said:

I've really enjoyed other books

I thought the librarian would let you renew the book! Glad that you have extra time. I never read any books by Carl Sagan, but I remember watching a few youtube videos like Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot. 

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3 hours ago, magma said:

People can't share thoughts, knowledge or stories here unless they spend some time outside SC to originate and develop them first

That's pretty obvious, but that's a non-sequitur. 

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9 hours ago, hameedeh said:

I thought the librarian would let you renew the book! Glad that you have extra time. I never read any books by Carl Sagan, but I remember watching a few youtube videos like Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot. 

What I most enjoy about Dr. Sagan's writing, aside from my interest in the subject matter, is the sense of wonder he brings to the work.  Even as an atheist, Dr. Sagan brings a sense of the sacred to most of his writing.  Not so much this book I'm reading now, which was written near the end of his life.  I think maybe he became bitter and grumpy as an old man.  

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On 4/17/2017 at 10:37 PM, baradar_jackson said:

He is called "Lord" for that?

Your original query:

On 4/17/2017 at 10:14 PM, baradar_jackson said:

what makes him so special that he gets a cup named after him?

 

On 4/17/2017 at 11:01 PM, King said:

Not a fan of hockey generally but playoff hockey can be quite fun to watch.

 

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If you want to watch some clunky, ugly basketball, tune into the Cavs and watch Lebron James crab dribble all over your TV screen.

If you wanna watch some silky smooth handles and crisp clean beautiful work-of-art passes, watch John Wall.

Yeah I know Le Bon is great and blah blah... he just has zero style and it's appalling to watch.

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Me: "What happened with the pacers? I turned the game off after cleveland went ahead."

@Martyrdom: "They collapsed they had a meltdown they suck the whole team should be fired from the NBA. Indiana should be revoked of their team for 5 years."

Me: "So... they lost then?"

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9 minutes ago, Marbles said:

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I hate going to the dentist. I absolutely [Edited Out]ing hate to go under the bleeding drill. 

What have YOU got to complain about? When we were little, our ____ mother had this sick-in-the-head "l don't believe Novocain is good for children"  stance.

So we sat as still as we could to reduce the pain.

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http://tass.com/politics/935159    :coffee:

The Russians are tired with Sen John McPain's "absurd accusations". This time it the allegation Wikileaks works for Russia.

:confused:<--"huh"

Well, Assange is confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy -and has been for years,

Ecuador is part of the OAS --organization of American states.

So is Venezuela, Colombia , Mexico .... all with connections to drugs.

And all OAS members have embassies in Moscow.

OMG, McPain maybe correct. lt is all a vast tailwing conspiracy.

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7 hours ago, Marbles said:

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I hate going to the dentist. I absolutely [Edited Out]ing hate to go under the bleeding drill. 

Pretty sure that's universal.

Also, dental x-rays rays are an unreliable way to locate cavities. If the same x-ray is given to three different dentists, they will all find cavities in different places. So only go under the drill if you can see the cavity without an x-ray or you are having pain. 

(I do love a good conspiracy theory, they're after your money, blah blah, but this was an actual study done a while back. I just don't consider it important enough to look it up. Feel free, if you like.)

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I'm contemplating going to the march for science. I'm still a little unclear on the objectives, but scientists in general aren't the best communicators. I don't know, it's a battle between my curiosity and my reclusivity. In my whole long life, I've marched for a cause only once, in 2006 against Israel attacking Lebanon while DC sat silently. 

I do think funding for STEM education and research should be a national priority, but is that thought stronger than my dislike of crowds? 

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