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  •  The deserted streets of London make me think (4+ / 0-)
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    of a Monty Python sketch where everyone was turned into Scotsmen so aliens could win at Wimbledon. The city was emptied and only a lone Scottish kilt maker, Agnus Pudgorney, could save the day.

    Many people thought Bush was "the kind of guy you wanted to have a beer with". People are beginning to realize that Romney is "the kind of guy you want to pour a beer on".

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:14:25 PM PDT

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    •  Long piece on NPR the other day (7+ / 0-)

      about the dubious track record of economic benefits to cities hosting the games.  

      My thought, though, was that much of the infrastructure improvements that typically run up the tab, are really deferred maintenance that cities ought to have been funding all along, but would never get around to without a big deadline to create the urgency.   Not all of them, of course -- I don't know that citizens really NEED huge new arena complexes -- but fancying up streets and parks and waterways isn't such a bad thing.  Even if it doesn't have a direct ROI.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:24:00 PM PDT

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      •  So, Chicago dodged the bullet, sort of? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:32:46 PM PDT

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        •  Probably yes, was the gist (1+ / 0-)
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          except for my thought about whether citizens reap much-needed infrastructure benefits, even where projected tourism and trade dollars fail to materialize in the short run.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:55:29 PM PDT

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          •  I doubt Chicago would have reaped... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...much in the way of infrastructure improvements, since many of the venues were planned to be near the downtown area, which has had beaucoup infrastructure work done on it since before I started with the City in 1983. Parts of the City that could benefit would have been untouched.

            Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

            by JeffW on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 01:36:57 PM PDT

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    •  Graham Chapman's Scientist Character (3+ / 0-)
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      Kept saying "I don't know"

      Given the nature of the Blancmange creatures I suspect the sketch was an homage to this movie X:The Unknown(1956)

      Character actor Dean Jagger playing a physicist and his  running line was "I don't know"

      Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

      by JML9999 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:25:30 PM PDT

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    •  More chicken sex. (3+ / 0-)
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      . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

      by 88kathy on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:29:30 PM PDT

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