because Outlook has never been very good at actual email at all
Especially as it enables 'creative types' to set amusing coloured and patterned backgrounds to their emails..
(Grumble, grumble, email is 7-bit ASCII, grumble, grumble)
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band doing science based blues songs? I went down to the black hole
Well - there is a prog-metal band (Ayreon - actually just Arjen Anthony Lucassen + various guest musicians) that has an album (Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator) featuring the following songs:
2.4 To the Quasar
2.5 Into the Black Hole
2.6 Through the Wormhole
2.7 Out of the White Hole
2.8 To the Solar System
2.9 The New Migrator
(Not Blues I know - but pretty good - if you like prog-metal)
Ethanol and also hops
Except that (in the heyday of small beer) hops wasn't used at all in beer.. (in this country anyway - where hopped beer wasn't available until 1400s when it started being imported from the Netherlands).
Every AleWife had their own recipe and many, many things were used as a flavourant - preservation wasn't that important since small beer was generally drunk within a week or so of being brewed and very rarely travelled very far from the inn or brewery.
 In modern terms - generally each village or town had only one or two inns/breweries and any small beer made was drunk only within that village or town.
But as soon as it is connected to the mother ship it becomes dumb as a rock, subservient to the whims of its maker
Why does "Dark Star" spring to mind?
(I saw that many, many years ago, well after reading the source story. The film is best appreciated after brain-melting amounts of scrumpy and while puffing on whacky-baccy fags. Allegedly)
Skin in The Game makes the game a lot easier on all the players!
This most certainly didn't work in earier times - for most of the Armys life, the officer corps was drawn exclusively (almost) from the sons of nobility and the wealthy since comissions had to be purchased (and were quite expensive).
So it wasn't unheard of for chunks of the nobility to lose sons during wartime since SOP at the time was always 'shoot the opposing officers first' (which, in quite a few cases, probably improved the morale and capabilities of the army..).
I'm somewhat confused that (unlike in civilised jurisdictions) contract law is allowed to trump national law.
In the UK (at least) contracts that try to enforce terms that are illegal (ie - attempt to take away legal rights) are deemed to be unenforcable and (potentially) illegal. I assume that isn't the case in the US
Err.. no. To go into the whole realm of biblical symbolism is beyond the scope but, in general, animals were used to represent either political or religious intitutions and, in that regard, Revelations is no different.
(For an OT example, see various parts of the book of Daniel).
Also, there are many, many interpretation of Revelations (continuous-historic, partial historic et. al) which assign different institutions to the various beasts and other things (like the False Prophet) - the most common interpretation (in Protestant circles anyway) is that the Beast ironically refers to the Catholic Church..
The confessional, in it's raw form, is simply "a problem shared, is a problem halved"
Umm.. no. It was a direct result of the heresy that promulgated that a priest had the ability to forgive sins (especially when combined with the 'salvation through works' idea).
customs in the church started off with good intentions
Or were accreted in via the various pagan ideas absorbed by the church.
smartphones are prone to butt dialling
You are holding^W storing them wrong..
(What is this fascination for putting them in back pockets? They are easier to steal and more prone to being sat on and broken..And putting them in a case [or even locking them] is a pretty simple way to prevent butt-dialling..)
but how come my experience is so different?
Same reason that some people win the lottery - pure, dumb luck..
(It's a variant on the '10 million monkey Shakespeare' trope.. sooner or later, 10 million Windows 10 machines will eventually produce one that actually works..)
 Or you have a machine with no exotic hardware and don't use it to do anything that causes a crash..
he has been appointed to negotiate the terms of the UK's withdrawal
... along the lines approved by the other 27 EU countries. It's pointless agreeing an agreement if he can't get it approved by all the EU counties because just one saying 'non/nein/nyet' will scupper the whole thing..
Democracy is about representative government
Err.. no. *Representative" Democray is that - democracy per-se is about 'rule by the people' ('demos' being the Greek work for people..).
In Ancient Greek that was done by having large meeting of all the free citizens (ie - adult non-slave males who were citizens of that city - no women, foreigners or slave allowed) where a direct vote would be taken.
Since that's pretty much impossible for anything bigger than an Ancient Greek city, representative democracy was born where those eligible to vote elect others to represent them on the premise that those elected would accurately reflect the wishes and opinions of those electing them.
Then political parties were invented and it became more important to reflect that the party wanted than the direct wishes of those who elected you. So we get to the current absurd situation where MP's from areas that voted Remain are still required to reflect the wishes of their party/faction leader rather than the wishes of the electorate in their constituency. I'd have a *lot* more respect for MPs if they grew a backbone and tried that, rather than blindly followed the party whips in the hope that they'll move up the ranks.
Unelected autocrats such as Theresa May
You do realise that she is an elected MP? And that 'autocrat' is an utter mis-statement? If she were an autocrat, her vision of Brexit would already have been signed, sealed and delivered and she wouldn't be walking the greased tightrope over the shark-tank filled with rabid MP's..
Well - it would. but would require a much, much larger crew. Which would mean many, many more stores. Which would mean a much, much bigger ship (or more frequent stores intake).
The automation allows faster information flow and lower personnel leves.
Oh there will always be a market for efficient, knowledgeable people providing specialist services
Much like opticians. I would rather not go to somewhere like Specsavers where they seem to specialise in grabbing just-qualified opticians and then burning them out..
I'll stick with my traditional opticians thankyouverymuch. The place where I know all the staff, they know me and, if I've managed to pull off one of the nose pads on my glasses (again!) will replace it without bothering to charge me..
but Trump won the elections
Err.. I think you'll find he didn't. He lost the popular vote but the (unelected) U.S. Electoral College chose him anyway..
(There was recently both an Only Connect *and* University Challenge question using the few US Presidents that got elected by the College despite losing the popular vote)
Socialism and Communism have proven themselves to be brutal, dystopian, totalitarian systems of government
As have many right-wing governments - many of them supported by the US..
Hint: It's not the political system that's at fault - it's the people ruling. Power corrupts and all that..
There was no way to do this without either breaking the Good Friday agreement or else damaging the Union that the Conservative and Unionist Party stands for
And this is the fundamental issue for the Tory Party - in order to kowtow to the fanatical Brexiteers (most of whom appear to be stuck in the 17th - or at best the 18th - centuries) they now have to cause a rupture of the Union - one of the fundamental things their party stands for.
And let's face it, post-Brexit, the liklihood of Scotland voting for independance goes up markedly. Especially as one of the critical reasons for the sececcionists losting the vote last time was that they wouldn't be part of the EU if they left the UK..
I have a tiny smidgeon of sympathy for May - she's pretty much in an impossible situation wherre anything she does is pretty much going to be blocked by one segment of Parliament or other..
Then I remember that she got herself into this situation by calling a snap election that she didn't need to and eroding her majority to the extent that she needed to be propped up by buying support from a bunch of throwbacks from Norn Iron.
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