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  1. A local rescue does rehoming, fostering and adoption of racing greyhounds, so we're looking at options to train and adopt one. Not sure if we'll meet their criteria though. We only have a very small back yard, and would need to figure out where the dog would live when we're at work or whatever. In reality we're planning on dropping the dog at my wife's parents (which is on my way to work) when we're not in, same as we did for our last little guy. When we are at home they'll have access to our large fenced front yard, and we're looking at moving to (have already bought) a property with a big fenced yard in about a year. But I'm doubting all that will fly as a solution in the eyes of the greyhound rescue. Still, big steps for my wife to even be considering this. Her best friend of near 17 years passed last September.
  2. Though I preferred Billy Bob as the antagonist in season 1, I remember thinking the middle episodes really dragged. Could've done with being a couple episodes shorter. So I far preferred season 2, which engaged me from start to finish. May have been less of an issue if you binged it though. Enjoying the current season, though not as much as the last.
  3. Thanks! That makes life so much more tolerable.
  4. I don't agree that bioware are in decline either. But that's probably because I never put them on a pedestal like some do. They've always been massively inconsistent. There was Neverwinter Nights, though Bioware would say they released a toolset rather than a game, but the base campaign was awful. Jade Empire was lackluster and never grabbed me at all. DA2 was oddly paced with horrible combat. DA:I (some may disagree with me here) had cheesy as hell writing and seemed like one overlong fetch quest, and again had horribly oversimplified combat (at least the mobs weren't spawning everywhere though I guess). And ME3 was a big step down from ME2 and had that ending. Now we've got ME:A, which is a massive tonal shift and has some terrible writing, but at least has the best gameplay / action of the series once in combat. I'm still on the fence whether if I care enough about the plot to be bothered finishing the game though.
  5. Yeah I was going to write something similar. I mean even if you do conflate the One Nation (populist extreme right wing) party with authoritarianism, they're unlikely to break too much more than 10% nationally, which is about where they were at in the mid-90s. The recent state election in Western Australia had them at 4% there, and that's far from the least conservative of states. This is probably as much due to them being run by an utter moron as much as anything else though. The mainstream parties aren't going anywhere soon due to mandatory voting, and I would be extremely surprised if our current center right government lasts more than its current term. That's about par for Australian polictics (2 terms in government). So we'll end up with a center left government in 2019, and they'll in all likelyhood need support of the hard left greens party (who consistently get 10% of the national vote) to get legislation through the senate.
  6. Ah, the cyclists dilemma. Ride on the footpath and get abused by pedestrians taking up the entire path, unwilling to move a foot to let you pass. Or ride on the roads and get repeated near misses, or just run off or hit by crazy / inattentive drivers.
  7. Overbooking most certainly does happen here (Australia) I was bumped from a connecting flight in Melbourne just last week. Luckily there was another flight only an hour later. I believe Europe has tighter laws on it though. News source to back up assertion: http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/flight-overbooked-what-rights-australia-united-airlines/8433170
  8. Maxwell 82 not out at stumps, looking solid and comfortable getting there. What the hell just happened? Nice job from both Smith and Maxwell in rescuing the first innings, intelligent batting. Was all looking a bit pear shaped for Australia at lunch. But this sets up an interesting test.
  9. The group of 30-50 year old women swooning over that photo at my work today would probably disagree.
  10. Trouble with Tribbles (great episode) completely side-stepped the issue. Worf just said "We do not discuss it with outsiders."
  11. I work in respiratory disease. It's impossible for us to 100% tell whether or not smoking has lead to someones emphysema, or lung cancer. The body is incredibly complex and people do develop those diseases in the absence of cigarette smoke. That doesn't mean they should just say 'oh well you can't tell I'll just keep smoking then'. Which is pretty much what the above is excuse is geared towards.
  12. The difference is Dems aren't just agreeing with their party. They're also agreeing with over 90% of people who have studied this is enough depth (the scientists) to form an opinion. And frankly looking at the fucking crazy weather patterns that are happening world wide as it was predicted they would.
  13. Mosf likely scenario in my mind is a few million voting for Clinton split tickets as a check against a Clinton admin. And a few million only showed up to vote for Trump.
  14. I worked in research microbiology for several years. There is very little funding in antibiotic development. That's from either public or private money. Big pharma isn't really interested, as any new drug developed will immediately be put as a drug of last resort and be extremely sparingly used. Plus resistance tends to arise very quickly. Public money is up and down. But infectious diseases in general aren't particularly sexy. And the healthcare burden isn't high enough (yet) in the western world when compared to the more common cancers, or say, smoking related illness (which I'm currently working on). A large sustained injection of cash into antimicrobial drug development could absolutely make a big difference.
  15. Personally i find the skill system, classes and combat to be way over simplified in 5E. Especially the combat; the monsters have too many hps, and it can too easily devolve into a repetitive roll fest. We've had to convert a bunch of the 3E rules to our current campaign to spice it up. And sure you can do that, but I often find myself wishing we were still just playing 3.5E.