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    Yay, Brady & co. bring them No. 5! [2 more...let's go!] I am totally convinced.

    ...when Sir Karl Popper [AustroBrit] met Albert Einstein, he did not confer him the status of demigod [which he was in the realm of applied science] though he reluctantly hatted-off to him because he was!
     
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    No need to promote Stan to Majorship yet but isn't an NCO Sergeant designation a bit low for someone with 3 GSes, Sir?;)
     
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    It's a play on The Fab 4's GOAT album that changed the music and culture of the 60s like no other...Sgt. Pepper. No disrespect for a, at that time, 2-slam winner to be compared to GOAT musical innovators!
     
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    On April 25, 1969 in St. Petersburg FL young Joseph Francis Buck was issued into this world and would go on to fame as a sports broadcaster, just like his father Jack Buck.

    On May 25, 1969 many first saw Jon Voigt in his role as Joe Buck when the classic film "Midnight Cowboy" was issued to cinemas all over the world.
     
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    That's another movie on my to-watch list.

    Oops, I just realized that I forgot to watch The Matrix today. :oops: Please don't tell Poisoned Slice...
     
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    This video puts a smile on my face and makes me forget about the new Putin and Trump era.
     
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    There is an interesting dynamic in tennis, where the winner of a match is usually assertive in enforcing that the loser shakes the hand of the chair umpire first. I remember that when Nadal first stated beating Federer, Roger led Nadal to shake hands first, but Nadal wouldn't give in and insisted that Roger shake hands first.

    In politics, this a very important dynamic, where the leaders jockey to put their arms on the back of a fellow leader, to lead them into a building. It is viewed as a psychological expression of dominance. I wonder if sports psychologists encourage players to follow this practice.
     
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    I remember some pictures surfacing a few years ago of Dubya holding hands with some Saudi prince or king. They said it was a common practice among male friends in Saudi Arabia, but it's obviously supergay in the Western World when you are over the age of 6. I'm wondering if the Saudi ruler knew that and used that imposition to show the world who was boss.
     
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    NOBODY EATS THE NAAN

    I recently returned to California, and we ordered a meal for friends from a very good Indian restaurant. Nobody ate the naan. I happen to like Indian cuisine, and this has happened before. The rice was much more popular for some reason. Any good recipes for naan in the fridge?
     
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    "Golden Showers"

    Once, there was a way to get back homeward
    Once, there was a way to get back home
    Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
    And Putin will sing a lullaby

    Golden showers fill your eyes
    Hotel surveillance while Trump rises
    Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
    And Russia will sing a lullaby...
     
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    Someone actually started a thread on Mirka's USD 1,500 Gucci-wear [was $500 before Mirka wore them] in GPPD?! Wow!:D

    Something very similar was selling for USD 500; by Marc Jacobs.:oops:
     
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    The Naan needs to be had fresh off the oven, crisp. A couple minutes late and it will be chewy and leathery.

    You could put a naan over your toaster and let it crisp and have it with veggies of any kind.
    We never have naans since they are made of refined flour. But they can be really good when straight off the fire.
    The garlic naan is great (lasooni nan, its called in some places).
     
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    So you forgot to invite sureshs again ?
     
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    Had a great idea.
    A taxi, right? But it's the driver who decides where you go.
    Good, huh?
     
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    Had a great idea.
    A taxi, right? But it's the driver who decides where you go.
    Good, huh?
     
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    People are confused in how to break and eat it with your fingers.

    Better to make a Naan Roll or even better Naan Pizza - best personal pizza ever
     
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    It has been very rainy in the Bay Area recently.
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    @Rusty Shackleford still in tears after the AO final, no?
     
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    Russia’s Sexual Blackmail Didn’t Die With the Soviets
    By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMERJAN. 11, 2017

    When the Soviet Union set up the Intourist hotel and travel company under Stalin, the bellboys, drivers, cooks and maids all worked for the N.K.V.D., the secret police agency later known as the K.G.B. Also on the payroll were the prostitutes deployed to entrap and blackmail visiting foreign politicians and businessmen.

    Russia’s Intourist hotels have since been sold off, including the travel company’s once dowdy flagship hostelry just down the road from the Kremlin. Lavishly refurbished and fitted with a spa and special security features, the hotel is now the Ritz-Carlton, a five-star temple of luxurious living that promotes itself as an “unforgettable retreat in the heart of the city.”

    But, according to uncorroborated and highly defamatory memos prepared by a former British intelligence operative for a Washington political and corporate research firm, the Ritz has remained a place where foreign guests, including Donald J. Trump, can fall victim to the Russian art of “kompromat,” the collection of compromising material as a source of leverage.

    A summary of the former spy’s findings was presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump, who at a news conference on Wednesday denounced publication of the allegations as “fake news.” A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the accusations as “mind-boggling nonsense” and “outrageous drivel.”

    A hotel spokeswoman declined to discuss the matter. “In line with our company standard to protect the privacy of our guests, we do not speak about any individual or group with whom we may have done business,” Irina Zaitseva, the hotel’s marketing and communication manager, said in an email.

    Whatever did or did not happen in Mr. Trump’s hotel suite in 2013, when he visited Moscow to attend a Miss Universe contest, Russia has a long and well-documented record of using kompromat to discredit the Kremlin’s foes and to lean on its potential friends.

    For decades, hotels across the former Soviet Union visited by foreigners were equipped with bugging devices and cameras by the K.G.B. A remnant can still be seen in Tallinn, the capital of the former Soviet republic Estonia, where the new Finnish owners of the former Intourist hotel have set up a museum to display the surveillance and other techniques used to spy on and blackmail foreign guests.

    Peep Ehasalu, who helped set up the museum, said that 60 of the hotel’s 423 rooms were bugged and reserved for “interesting persons” like foreign businessmen. Guests who were judged vulnerable to blackmail were put in a handful of rooms with holes in the walls through which special cameras would film dalliances with prostitutes. All the prostitutes, Mr. Ehasalu said, worked for the K.G.B., which chased away freelance sex workers who had not been officially approved.

    Most of the guests at the time were from Finland, which had unusually close and accommodating relations with Moscow but which Soviet leaders always worried might tilt toward the West. To discourage that, the K.G.B. targeted decision makers from Finland who made trips to Estonia.

    “If a politician or businessman knows that the K.G.B. can publish embarrassing photos of him or send them to his wife, this person is very easy to control,” Mr. Ehasalu said in a telephone interview. Businessmen who fell into this trap, he said, “all went back home and said life in the Soviet Union was fine and that Finland should make more business with the Soviets.”

    An early victim of kompromat was Joseph Alsop, an influential American newspaper columnist who, during a 1957 visit to Moscow, fell into a gay “honey trap” set by the K.G.B., which filmed his encounter with a young Russian man at his hotel.

    In his own account of how two K.G.B. officers stormed into his room shortly after he finished having sex, Mr. Alsop said he was told that there were photographs of “the act” and that he needed “to help them a little if they are going to help me.” He informed the American Embassy and hastily left the Soviet Union.

    Russia, unlike Estonia, has hardly turned its back on Soviet-era methods. The F.S.B., the successor agency to the K.G.B., lost much of its influence in the early 1990s, but has reasserted itself forcefully since Vladimir V. Putin took power 16 years ago.

    Before becoming president, Mr. Putin played a prominent role in a particularly successful kompromat operation. As head of the F.S.B. in 1997, he won the trust of President Boris Yeltsin by helping destroy the career of Russia’s prosecutor general, Yury Skuratov. After starting an investigation into Kremlin corruption, the prosecutor was disgraced on national television by the broadcast of a video that showed a man who looked like him in bed with two young women.

    Mr. Putin certified in public that the man in the video, widely believed to have been arranged and then filmed by the F.S.B., was indeed the prosecutor general. Mr. Skuratov resigned, the corruption investigation ended and a grateful Mr. Yeltsin named Mr. Putin prime minister, clearing his path to the presidency.

    Unlike entirely fabricated reports of criminal or simply embarrassing behavior, kompromat is generally true, though photographs and videos are sometimes tinkered with to heighten the embarrassment. This makes it a particularly blunt and dangerous weapon that can easily backfire.

    Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia’s security services at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, said that the unverified strategy suggested by the British spy was “very risky” and that it would be nonsensical for Russia to blackmail Mr. Trump.

    “If the Russians ever released such a video, they would be declaring war on Trump,” he said. “And that is definitely not something Putin would want to do.”

    For Mr. Putin’s opponents in Russia’s opposition, kompromat, including surreptitiously recorded sex videos, has become a serious problem.

    The release of embarrassing material has had devastating effects on the families and careers of some activists, leaving scars lasting years. But the release of such material can also be a badge of honor, indicating that the target did not succumb to blackmail.

    Ilya V. Yashin, a young activist and ally of the slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was among the targets of a “honey trap” operation that involved a woman who went by the nickname Mumu and managed to seduce at least three journalists and members of the Russian opposition. She had access to an apartment wired for surveillance and stocked with cocaine and sex toys, according to Mr. Yashin, who spoke in an interview about his experience.

    Mr. Yashin, 25 at the time and unmarried, said Mumu had contacted him online. They dated for a few weeks. One evening, she called and asked him to come over for a “surprise” that turned out to be a second woman who wanted to engage in a ménage à trois.

    “What startled me when I came over is how the two girls basically attacked me sexually once I came inside the door,” Mr. Yashin said. He did not resist, he said. “Later, I became more suspicious when one of them took out a big bag of sex toys. Katya got a whip and started whipping me. I told her to put it and all other toys away.” Soon, the women also produced cocaine.

    Mr. Yashin said he suspected a trap and “told the girls that I needed to go and began to get dressed.”

    No video of the encounter was ever made public; Mr. Yashin said this was probably because he had not been filmed with the sex toys or cocaine. Other videos filmed in the same apartment were released in 2010.

    The tactic did not always succeed. “Some people didn’t buy it at all,” Mr. Yashin said. Mumu had invited Dmitri Oreshkin, a political analyst, to her apartment. Instead, Mr. Yashin said, Mr. Oreshkin invited her to his home, “where she was greeted by his wife.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/world/europe/donald-trump-russia.html
     
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    Golden showers shall set us free!
     
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    The H2O section of the reach in cooler at 7-11 is starting to resemble the vodka aisle at a liquor store...every imaginable variation of "unique" edges and jazzy looking bottles. They even have their own premium label called 7-Select Pure water...supposedly optimally pH balanced. It competes directly with the very snazzy bottled Core Hydration water, a "nutrition enhanced water with electrolytes". This of course is like Smart Water, the Glaceau brand that helped make its founder and investors like 50 Cent very wealthy a decade ago when Coca Cola paid $4.1billion for their brands, including Vitamin Water.

    This just in...it's water. Buy yourself a decent filtration system and drink 4-6 glasses a day for better health. I use the Zero Water filtration system in a 32-ounce pitcher and refill 1-gallon jugs for refrigerating it easily. Tastes great, is healthy and doesn't add to the overuse of plastic bottles that is a UUUGGGEEE ecology issue.
     
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    ^^^
    Well said.
     
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    Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata was Ingrid Bergman's final film.
     
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    "Casablanca" always gets the hype but "Notorious" by Alred Hitchcock and with Cary Grant and Claude Rains is my favorite Bergman role.
     
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    Tom Brady's "acid-free" diet is bogus. If he does indeed play until he's 45, it won't be from his religious avoidance of nightshade vegetables and fruits...the dude won't eat a tomato or a strawberry for fear they cause inflammation!

    #QBIdiot
     
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    It is said that "witches" took "flight" with the help of the nightshades henbane and belladonna, and a means of application was the root of the flying on a broom myth. Eggplant is another member of the nightshade family, which gives flight to Sentinel's comedic words. As far as I know, Brady has never said anything remotely interesting; maybe he needs some nightshades in his life.
     
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    The only part of his life that interests me is the runway model he married but she has become tiresome of late, especially with her co-endorsement of that wack diet!
     
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    The Keith Richards Diet: grandma swears by it

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    Mike, is it legal yet to puff on the joints in CA? I'm not sure I will even if it is. I much prefer alcohol (in moderation).
     
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    Thank you for the thought, buddy.

    Yes, that was me. :(
     
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    I am not a good sport. Where would you get such an idea?

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    Apparently pubic wigs (merkins) are a thing. Overzealous protection against the flu season? You be the judge.

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    Why is your palm shaped like a triangle???:eek:

    "Mary, Mary, quite contrary..."
     
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    You're not? In that case, keep on crying over Rafa's AO final.[​IMG]
     
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    I'd patent this before Nostradamus does. ;)
     
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    Bundchen is almost as ugly as Sara Jessica Barker.
     
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    Sara Big Brown Parker, as @Dedans Penthouse coined it. Neigh!!!
     
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    I thought @Dedans Penthouse said it was Sara Seabiscuit Parker.

    Sara Seabiscuit Parker in a Secretariat outfit. Just imagine.

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    Yes, those are just a few of his pet phrases to describe Mrs Broderick...Man O'War, Spectacular Bid, Seattle Slew, Citation, Secretariat all got a nod in his story!
     
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    Sir Mo Farah breaks his own European 5,000m record in Birmingham as he signs off indoor career in style
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    © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Sir Mo Farah broke his own European 5,000 metres record as he signed off his indoor career in style.

    The four-time Olympic champion won in 13 minutes and 9.16 seconds at the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

    He followed the example of Scottish rising star Laura Muir, who set a new indoor 1,000m European record earlier by winning in two mins 31.93 secs.

    Farah beat Bahrain's Albert Rop in a sprint for the line as his high-altitude training in Ethiopia paid off following a seventh-placed finish at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last month.

    Farah is planning to transfer to road racing after August's track World Championships in London and believes his efforts in Africa proved the difference.

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    © Reuters Great Britain's Mo Farah He said: "I can't quite believe it is my last race but I have had a great indoor career.

    "It is something that must come to an end. It is weird thinking about it and saying goodbye because I have had great support from everyone and in particular this track where I have broken so many records. It has been amazing over the years.

    "I didn't know I had broken the European record but that is good. It means a lot.

    "It's a lot better than where I was in Edinburgh. There was no secret with what I had to do. I had to get out in the mountains and train hard and put in the miles. The last four weeks have been painful but it's what I needed.

    "I knew I needed to do some work and to go away and leave my family behind and get back to real training and I did for the last four weeks and it is paying off, hard work pays off."
     
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    It is hard to think about tennis after what happened in Sweden on Friday.

    'Sweden, who would believe this?': Trump cites non-existent terror attack
    At Florida rally president refers to attack in Sweden that did not happen, possibly confusing it with Sehwan in Pakistan


    Alexandra Topping
    Sunday 19 February 2017 09.05 EST First published on Sunday 19 February 2017 07.31 EST

    Donald Trump appeared to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday, inviting questions that he may have confused the Scandinavian country with a city in Pakistan.

    With thousands of supporters gathered in an aircraft hangar in Melbourne, Florida, Trump used his speech to talk about migration in Europe and linked it to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice and Paris. He then added Sweden to the list, incorrectly stating that an attack had happened there on Friday.

    Trump told supporters: “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.”

    “Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.”

    There were questions about whether Trump had confused Sweden with Sehwan in Pakistan, where more than 85 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Sufi shrine on Thursday.

    The former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”

    The source of Trump’s remark is unclear, but it came after Fox News aired an interview with film-maker Ami Horowitz, whose latest documentary examines whether high crime rates in areas of Sweden is linked to its previous open-door policy on people fleeing war and persecution.

    According to the 2016 Swedish Crime Survey, crime rates in Sweden have stayed relatively stable over the last decade, with some fluctuations. In 2015, there were 112 cases of lethal violence in Sweden, an increase of 25 cases compared with 2014, but assaults, threats, sexual offences, car theft, burglary and harassment all reduced compared to the previous year – as did anxiety about crime in society.

    Trump’s comments come after Kellyanne Conway, one of his senior advisers, was ridiculed for blaming two Iraqi refugees for a massacre that never happened.

    At the start of February Conway cited the fictitious “Bowling Green massacre” in an interview backing the travel ban imposed on visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    Two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were arrested in 2011 over a failed attempt to send money and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq. They are currently serving life sentences for federal terrorism offences, but there was no massacre, nor were they accused of planning one.

    On 29 January, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, referred three times to an attack in Atlanta – where a string of bombings were carried out in 1996 and 1997.

    Later, in an email to ABC News, he wrote that he “clearly meant Orlando”.

    Forty-nine people were killed and more injured in the attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub in the Floridian city in June. It was carried out by Omar Mateen, a US citizen born in New York to Afghan parents. Afghanistan is not on the list of countries under Trump’s travel ban.

    Trump has repeatedly accused what he described as the “dishonest media” of producing “fake news”. He repeated the attack on Saturday stating: “When the media lies to people I will never ever let them get away with it.”

    He added: “We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live and what to believe,” he said. “We are free, independent people and we will make our own choices.”

    After Trump’s remarks in Florida, the Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet posted a story about crime that really had occurred in Sweden on Friday. Non-fake news it ran included: “Due to harsh weather in northern parts of Sweden the road E10 was closed between Katterjakk and Riksgransen” and “a man died in hospital, after an accident in the workplace earlier that day”.

    It added: “OK let’s not be fake news, this story took place in the autumn, but was reported Friday before lunchtime and we thought you would like it. A wooden moose got the attention of a lovesick moose bull.”

    Another Twitter user posted a picture of famous Swedish export Abba, writing: “Four extremists responsible for #swedenincident are still at large, if you see these people phone @realDonaldTrump at once.”
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  49. Mike Bulgakov

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    Russian and Czech WTA players have historically had good relations with hockey.

     
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    Ukraine is increasingly looking like those colour revolution countries touched and blessed by USA. Sad to see Nazis getting control and the average Ukranian falling for the simple narrative pushed by the remnant of the cold war elements. At least Crimea did not go the Libya or Syria way.

    It is interesting how people isolate Russia from Soviet Union, equate it to USSR and leave out regions like Ukraine and Georgia as some sort of saintly places unconnected to USSR.
     

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