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Old 10-31-2019, 07:01 PM   #25636
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"Bundesland" is translated to "state".

Our country elections are between the two major parties of "Boss Hoss" and "Truck Stop".

(And the reporting about the election results also shows great the difference between BBC and Telegraph. At the BBC, they know that he is more like Goebbels)
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:30 PM   #25637
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:18 PM   #25638
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Jupp Heynckes is completely offline and its absolutely impossible to get him on the phone today.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:32 PM   #25639
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Herbert L. Connolly lost to Robert B. Kennedy by one vote, and it was his own. Connolly arrived at his precinct a few minutes after the polls closed and wasn't able to vote.
Well, that is one big fail...
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:59 AM   #25640
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Misadventures in procedural plot generation, part 2:

The crown negotiated a favourable arms deal with the king, at a local store.

At least, "the crown" in this case is in the meaning of "the government", not the object, but the King happens to be its only member, so the whole thing is still weird enough.

Fortunately, this one is just due to insufficiently narrow parameters and not due to a logic failure, but I guess there's going to be a lot of that as this little experiment continues.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:28 AM   #25641
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 Misadventures in procedural plot generation, part 2:

The crown negotiated a favourable arms deal with the king, at a local store.

At least, "the crown" in this case is in the meaning of "the government", not the object, but the King happens to be its only member, so the whole thing is still weird enough.

Fortunately, this one is just due to insufficiently narrow parameters and not due to a logic failure, but I guess there's going to be a lot of that as this little experiment continues.

You mean the crown as defined by Terry Pratchett in his novel "Nation"?







Mr. Black straightened up. 'As you wish. We are known as the Gentlemen of Last Resort. We serve the Crown. Does that help you?'
'But I thought the king was-' The captain stopped, not wanting to say the dreadful word.
'He is dead, Captain Samson. But the Crown itself is not.'


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'Ah, you've got it right at last, Mother, ' said the king. 'I'm me, not us. I am I, not we. One pair of buttocks on the throne, one head in the crown.'
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:42 PM   #25642
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You mean the crown as defined by Terry Pratchett in his novel "Nation"?
Yeah, exactly that.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:28 PM   #25643
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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-engla...ppy-line-debut

Well, its colourful.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:10 PM   #25644
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We had a major heist in Germany last night, with some invaluable pieces of the state treasure of Saxony being stolen from the Green Vault in Dresden. The burglars stole at least three sets of jewelry, altogether estimated in value up to one billion Euro. They stole three out of ten sets in the collection made of diamonds.

They had been noticed by security, but managed to escape with the jewelry before the police arrived. The security workers had been unarmed and did not try to arrest the invaders themselves. The burglars possibly also set fire to a power supply station near the vault, the fire fighters had been called to it and it at least turned off the street lighting. The possible escape car of them was found burnt later today.

Trying to sell the jewelry should be impossible to extremely hard, but even destroying the jewelry to sell individual gems could be worth it. Which would be a major loss, since most pieces in that state treasure are not just unique, but also often of an exceptional artistic quality. All pieces of the collection are known in the world and thus very hard to sell without getting caught.

The most valuable piece of the collection is on display in New York right now, with a rare 41 karat green diamond (green diamonds are already rare themselves).

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50545003

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On the news here, looks like they are more concerned about its history than its value. Sort of an odd threat that if anyone is convicted and the jewels are destroyed they get 10 times the usual sentence?
Not sure if that is legal or even a threat.

Better off trying a reward, not sure the cops would like that.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:58 PM   #25646
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Missed it by a month, but always worth a reminder...

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Old 11-26-2019, 01:34 AM   #25647
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 On the news here, looks like they are more concerned about its history than its value. Sort of an odd threat that if anyone is convicted and the jewels are destroyed they get 10 times the usual sentence?
Not sure if that is legal or even a threat.

Actually, that could make sense.


First of all, they will be punished for "heavy burglary (245 StGB)" in any case, just for reaching into a building they had no entrance to after using violence to open it. Thats already up to 5 years in prison, unless they would have stolen something really worthless.


Next, it would be a especially heavy case of theft (243 StGB), punished from 3 months to up to ten years for stealing an important historic artifact from a public exhibition.


Next, 244a would apply, since they did it as a team. Could mean another 1 - 10 years.



Would they destroy the artifacts, 304 would apply... another 3 years.


Now, the German system is quite complex to calculate the final full punishment. Essentially, you take the most severe punishment and add a fraction of each other punishment, until you reach 10 years. No summed up punishment is permitted to reach the realms of lifelong punishment.

Just returning the artifacts intact could mean just a few months in prison, which would likely be turned into a long probation period, if its the first such crime of the criminals.

Not returning them and destroying the artifacts, including the arson, and they could even face something along 7-8 years in prison.

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 Missed it by a month, but always worth a reminder...

Henry V (1989) - Kenneth Branagh - Battle of Agincourt - YouTube
Did you see the Tom Hiddleston version? Much more personal and less Gilderoy Lockhart

Seriously though, my kiddo asked me if I'd known Gilderoy Lockhart had done a Shakespeare play (I think she was only 10 at the time) I just told her it was a wizard thing.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:26 AM   #25649
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I had to look up the Gilderoy reference, not been to cinema for about 20 years!
So, Tom Hiddleston either.

I'm not a big Branagh fan, he was all over the place with his then wife and I thought he'd turn into another Olivier.

Peter Ustinov tells a nice tale of him rehearsing for Spartacus!

About eight minutes in, though its all worth watching.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:31 PM   #25650
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We do have music playing in some milking-parlours here. This is a bit over the top though.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50571010

I wonder they get anxious about?
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