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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Today at 06:34:49 PM »
Hopefully you're a favorite child..

I assume that they will go to my nephews.

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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Today at 04:44:26 PM »
In the case I'm weighing numbers in an account vs having a 130 year old handmade work of art beautifully ticking in my hand.

My mother has a collection of watches, mostly passed down from various family members. She wears the best one, her grandfather's gold watch, on a chain sometimes. She keeps them all in a curio-cabinet.

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In The News / Re: welcome to Internet fame Amy Cooper
« on: Today at 04:39:50 PM »
I believe the technical term for these people is "Karen."

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In The News / Re: Thank you America
« on: Today at 04:28:33 PM »
He called me Jewboy again, like a true nazi circa 1932. He’s a bundist, a good little German. Good men rest in Arlington cemetery who died fighting people who talk like him.

He is a vile human being, they all are. He is not your friend. He's proven that over and over in many ways. None of them are.

He and his ilk are your enemies. This is why you shouldn't turn on your real friends.

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In The News / Re: Thank you America
« on: Today at 12:53:41 PM »
I asked you a simple, perfectly reasonable question and you cannot/won't answer.
We killed 3,000,000 Vietnamese who were minding their own business in their own country. I thought you were against invaders? Name one Vietnamese who threatened your freedom, and name the specific freedom threatened and the date and place of that threat.   ;D

We lost the war in Vietnam. Are you in favor of returning to finish the job?  ;D

Shit Hook is a moron. He will never grow. He will never be reasonable or rational. He is content to be a moron and he will never be anything but a moron. If anything he gets dumber with age.

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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Today at 12:50:31 PM »
this one.. before the handwatch there was the pocket watch.   They were used to keep railroads in sync.   One of the biggest pocket watch companies was Waltham Watch Co from Waltham, Ma.   The old watch factories are a 20 min drive from me.     This Waltham was handed down to me and it's broke.     I found a guy local who can fix it: $250-$500.   That's a lot considering I could sell it for maybe $250.   Still, it is circa 1890-1900 watch and I think it would be cool to see it working and in my collection.   Come to think of it I should have sported a pocket watch back when I was single, surely would attract the chicks  8)

That's too cool of a piece to not fix. I would pop for the repair, but that's just my 2 cents.

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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Yesterday at 06:54:52 PM »
I had to look it up. Nice.

I went through a phase of collecting 'pretty things' but found that I never really did anything with them past owning them and taking them out of their boxes once in a while like some kind of Gollum.

Much like with cars, I never brought new...always on the lookout for something that someone else had lost 33% of its sticker price on the moment they signed the check and were handed the receipt.

My wife bought me a very nice cigar lighter years ago...it has never left the house, mainly because I don't trust myself to not lose it. I haven't checked its resale price but I would guess its scrap metal value alone would now be more than she paid for it retail, although for obvious reasons I could never sell it...so it sits in a drawer waiting to be passed on once we have both turned to dust. 

Because that fake watch was 'only' £50 I can happily wear it day-to-day, but the irony is that if I lost it I'd probably more distraught than if it was authentic. Well, perhaps not more distraught but you know what I mean?  :)

My Baume and Mercier is modest, as watches go. There are two watches that can appreciate. Number one, hands down, is Patek. Number two is Rolex.

Nobody knows what my Baume and Mercier is and I like that. It is steel with a rose gold bezel and hands. I wear it every day. I have a couple of Skaggens that I wear sometimes but mostly I wear my Baume and Mercier. The cheaper Skaggens are nice but they don't last more than a year or two so in the long run the nice watch is a good investment.

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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Yesterday at 05:54:29 PM »
I love my Baume and Mercier Clifton.

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I hate RWNJ conspiracy lying assholes.

Can't wait to de-Nazify this nation. It's coming. Soon. January 20.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

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I lost it all.. the brick building, the tailor craft, the brand, the style I tell you I lost it all


I bet you never heard of this brand Sweet-Orr.



It was a worker clothing brand and for decades had their brick factory right on the main street in town.   



Somehow wearing Sweet-Orr for kids in the 70s and 80s was the shit and they had overalls and colored denim.  Cooler than Levi's.

The building burned and was destroyed.

The brand moved to South Africa

https://www.sweet-orr.com/history/

A couple of years ago we lost Cone Mills, where the best U.S. denim was made. Leave it to the Japanese, though. The occupying armies in Japan, after the war, brought Levis. In the 60s and 70s the U.S. manufacturers discarded their shuttle looms in favor of much faster projectile looms. Denim, before projectile looms, was much better. So the Japanese bought the shuttle looms and today, between their slower but better looms (creating all kinds of great weaves and making an art of it) and their traditional indigo dying art the Japanese are making the best selvedge denim.

I have a pair of Pure Blue Japan nubby selvedge that's incredible. I also have a pair of Studio D'Artisans that I haven't worn yet because I don't want to not wear the PBJs.

On the other hand there are still some awesome heritage boots being made here. The best leather is being made at the one remaining tannery in Chicago, Horween. There is some good stuff from other U.S. tanneries, like the Law Tannery in Milwaukee. I have two pairs of Truman boots, made in Oregon. I have a pair of awesome Vibergs, although they're made in Canada. Whites. Redwing.

Clothes today, in general, are crap and don't last. The good stuff is atually more economical but then a lot of people want to wear their crap a few times then throw it out. We have been conditioned to buy cheap stuff by T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom's Rack.

Another interesting development is the emergence of a lot of great online retailers. I have enjoyed dress shirts from Ledbury and Proper Cloth, for instance.

Some other good U.S. manufacturing seems to be slowly developing. I welcome it. You get the same crap at any of the brick and mortar retailers but you get an incredible selection online.

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#SecondRedWave

Just as ordered by the "conservative" death cult.

Orange Hitler: bringer of mass death and economic collapse.

#tRumpvirusdeaths

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Do you ever actually think about anything, Hook?

There was a picture posted yesterday of a crowded street in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. No masks.

Lake Geneva is a tourist trap, just across the border of Illinois. Northwest Illinois is largely Republican.

The "conservative" justices in the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governors' stay at home orders, without any precedent or legal basis. It was pure political hackery in spite of about 65% of Wisconsinites being in favor of the Democratic governor's actions. These people find new ways to prove their stupidity and malice every single day.

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General Discussion / Leopards don't change their spots
« on: Yesterday at 10:19:17 AM »
Yes she has said a few good things of late but she's still Ann Coulter. We don't need her.

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General Discussion / "Conservative" disinformation is not benign
« on: Yesterday at 10:17:51 AM »
These conspiracy theories are nasty disinformation proffered by ugly, nasty people.

This disinformation is what fascists do.

I hate these people and I can't wait for their impending, overdue comeuppance. We have to rid ourselves of this disease. We have to de-Nazify this nation, as we did to Germany after WWII. These are sick people, energized by their vile, corrupt demagogue. We haven't seen how bad they can be, and God forbid we ever do.

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https://www.fastcompany.com/90493469/why-bill-gates-is-the-focus-of-the-latest-coronavirus-conspiracy-theories

“The Bible says there will be an Antichrist, a man that proclaims to be God, who will try to unite the world in a one-world government with a one-world financial system and establish a one-world religion,” says Pastor Adam Fannin, a controversial Florida preacher who has latched onto the anti-vaccination movement, in a recent YouTube video.

Who is this “man that proclaims to be God”? Fannin is referring to Microsoft founder and famed philanthropist Bill Gates, who has become the latest target of conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination fringe groups.

Gates, who has long predicted the U.S. will be unprepared for a devastating pandemic, has been extremely active since the coronavirus emerged. He has donated $250 million toward the crisis, espoused the importance of developing a safe and effective vaccine, and supported the creation of a government-funded manufacturing infrastructure. But purveyors of disinformation are telling a different story, using several disparate false narratives about Gates. All of the conspiracy theories seem to sow doubt about an eventual vaccine. That’s not surprising, given how active anti-vaccine groups have been lately in spreading misinformation about false coronavirus cures.

In Fannin’s video, which has garnered 1.8 million views, he lambastes Gates for supporting vaccination and suggests that he is working on implantable devices with “digital certificates” and “quantum dot tattoos” that would identify people with COVID-19 and send their information to the United Nations. He goes on to call Gates the Antichrist. In Fannin’s other videos, he makes false claims about vaccines, including that they are “filled with filthy chemicals and aborted fetuses.”

Fannin also claims that Gates wants to use vaccination to “depopulate” the world, a myth that has been around for at least 10 years. As Snopes explains, Gates has said he sees slowing population growth as a key component of helping to lift people out of poverty—one of the goals of his philanthropic efforts. In addition to supporting new healthcare initiatives and birth control accessibility, Gates also touts mass vaccination as a way of lowering child mortality rates. He believes that as child mortality rates lower and stabilize, parents will choose to have fewer kids, because they are less worried their children will die.

The “quantum dot tattoos” that Fannin references are related to research funded by the Gates Foundation. In December, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed the development of an invisible ink that could be stamped on kids’ skin at the time of vaccination as a record of their inoculation. The stamp can last five years, but it is just a stamp. It cannot be used to track a person’s whereabouts, as FactCheck.org notes.

As for the “digital certificates” and implantable devices, Gates has no plans to develop any technology that would diagnose and track people with COVID-19. This conspiracy theory seems to stem from a Reddit AMA, where Gates noted that at some point we will have digital certificates that will be able to track who has been sick, who has been tested, and who should receive a vaccine. But Gates’s words were twisted to make it look as though he had plans to commercialize an invasive form of mass population tracking.

Population tracking, even for the purpose of disease control, is a somewhat controversial topic and one that many people are paying attention to. Doctors already track individual human health through electronic health records, and human resource departments may start tracking employee health as people return to work. Apple and Google have announced a plan to create a privacy-focused, Bluetooth-based system to track people’s exposure to COVID-10, and organizations like MIT have proposed similar solutions. But a poll from Pew Research shows that 60% of Americans are skeptical that using cell phone data to track people who have come into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive will do much to slow the spread of the virus. People also disagree about whether this kind of digital contact tracing should be done at all—61% of Democrats felt it was acceptable to track the disease’s movement this way, while only 45% of Republicans felt the same.

There are still more conspiracies surrounding Gates, including one that suggests he started the coronavirus or that he knew it was coming. A report from the New York Times revealed a cache of 16,000 posts on Facebook about Bill Gates with 900,000 likes and comments; Bill Gates conspiracies on YouTube showed similarly high engagement. Gates has long been the subject of conspiracy theories—like this one from 1996, which says that Microsoft is the invention of the Illuminati, or this one that suggests Gates is investing in antivirals as means of colonizing Africa. Conservative conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones have been suggesting Gates is using vaccines to “sterilize” and “depopulate” the world for at least a decade.

What is striking is the way such conspiracy theories—especially those with an anti-vaccine agenda—are allowed to proliferate on the web. Google (YouTube’s parent company) and Facebook have been making an effort to pull down content that would lead to someone getting hurt. But videos like Adam Fannin’s fall into a category of misinformation that isn’t considered detrimental enough to human health.

“We have clear policies and we quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us. For borderline content, such as the videos sent over by Fast Company, we reduce recommendations,” a YouTube spokesperson said. They also noted that the majority of the 1.8 million views were not coming from recommendations being made on the platform, meaning that YouTube is not sending people to the Fannin video. Instead, other websites are directing viewers to it.

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