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Old 09-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #76
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #77
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During the Million Vets March on the Washington Memorial, Sarah Palin
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... And we will not be timid in calling out anybody that uses the military as pawns”...
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:28 PM   #78
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"Nothing matters very much and few things matter at all". (Arthur James Balfour, British Prime Minister 1902-05).

I believe he said this at a Cabinet meeting of all places.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #79
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"A lot of the problems with iPhone stuff, Snapchat, Facebook, whatever, if you get addicted to it, a lot of your life is communicating with other people being part of the tabloid culture, not being educated and learning. As machines take over for the humans, learning is less and less and less important."
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:55 PM   #81
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The Woz quote makes me think of the movie "Idiocracy".

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Old 06-19-2015, 05:26 PM   #82
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“I admired the English immensely for all that they had endured, and they were certainly honorable, and stopped their cars for pedestrians, and called you “sir” and “madam,” and so on. But after a week there, I began to feel wild. It was those ruddy English faces, so held in by duty, the sense of “what is done” and “what is not done,” and always swigging tea and chirping, that made me want to scream like a hyena.”

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Old 06-19-2015, 05:50 PM   #83
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Yeah. We're really not so big on duty these days.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:02 PM   #84
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #85
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“I admired the English immensely for all that they had endured, and they were certainly honorable, and stopped their cars for pedestrians, and called you “sir” and “madam,” and so on. But after a week there, I began to feel wild. It was those ruddy English faces, so held in by duty, the sense of “what is done” and “what is not done,” and always swigging tea and chirping, that made me want to scream like a hyena.”

Julia Child, from “My Life in France.”
I admit to swigging tea, but I never chirp.

Well, a chap has his standards, you know.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:06 PM   #86
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When was that quote from? I never here 'sir' or 'madam' and I don't have a particularly strong sense of what is done and not done. I actually notice the use of the word 'sir' as a form of address in American shows and movies because it's fallen out of use for much of the country here - there are some contexts you still hear it and often these are commercial or service interactions, but mainly it doesn't get used much - higher end retail and service might. Though it's possible it is on greater use in some parts of the country- certainly wouldn't expect it where I live. Far more likely to use my name or just 'love'

I do swig tea
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:41 PM   #87
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In her own words, it is a book about the things Julia loved most in her life: her husband, France (her "spiritual homeland"), and the "many pleasures of cooking and eating." It is a collection of linked autobiographical stories, mostly focused on the years between 1948 and 1954, recounting in detail the culinary experiences Julia and her husband, Paul Child, enjoyed while living in Paris, Marseilles, and Provence.[2]
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:43 AM   #88
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Ahhhh well - yeah that probably accurately described English cullture back then.

also - just realised I typed 'here' instead of 'hear' in that post. Doh.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:37 AM   #89
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“I admired the English immensely for all that they had endured, and they were certainly honorable, and stopped their cars for pedestrians, and called you “sir” and “madam,” and so on. But after a week there, I began to feel wild. It was those ruddy English faces, so held in by duty, the sense of “what is done” and “what is not done,” and always swigging tea and chirping, that made me want to scream like a hyena.”

Julia Child, from “My Life in France.”
As DanaC mentions, it's pretty much unheard of for anyone to use 'sir' or 'madam', these days.
However, a few weeks ago I was out walking my canine guest when a runner approached from the opposite direction.
I wished him a 'Good morning' and he responded with 'Good morning, sir' which took me by surprise.
I think that he was from the nearby RAF station and they probably err on the side of caution and call everyone 'sir'.
I suppose it's a spin off from the old British Military dictum of 'If it moves, salute it. If it stands still, paint it'.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:43 AM   #90
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Or he was sucking up so you wouldn't sic the dog on him.
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