Open Forum – Wednesday

22 June 2016

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  1. In response to Brown’s query yesterday about the pic, yes it is one I took when at the Forum in Rome. I chose that one due to the absence of people and I quite liked the pedestal in the foreground. Anyone can hop on the pedestal here as long as you keep it seemly.

    Forum:
    1. the marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and a place of assembly for the people.
    2. a court or tribunal:
    the forum of public opinion.
    3.an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.

    Dictionary.com says that forum is a let Middle English term (1425-75) from Latin for marketplace, public place akin to forās (outside), foris (door).

    Modern usage:
    1. a website or section of a website that is used for public discussion of a specific topic and on which users can submit or read messages:
    2. an online discussion group that is maintained on such a website:

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  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  22nd June 2016

    ARE *YOU* ON THE TSA NO-FLY LIST??

    Me and Wayne were thinking of heading over to Sydney next month and catch up with his brother for a boozy weekend!!

    Trevor sent this to us last night, and suggested we should “check ourselves out” just in case. We’re not on it, thank God, but it’s a wee bit scary just how many ‘moozlim sounding’ names there actually are o_O

    Anyway, it’s hours of fun……look up your name, your friends, neighbors, work colleagues etc, etc……

    http://www.no-fly-list.com/page1/

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    • unitedtribes2

       /  22nd June 2016

      Pleased to find I wasn’t on this list either. Having said that neither are the top ten listed al qaeda operatives

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      • I would’t stop them boarding as long as they are subjected to strict security checks. If they are not armed they could easily be detained once they were on the plane seated amongst a number of Special Forces soldiers.

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      • Blazer

         /  22nd June 2016

        Bin Laden is on it…he’s dead….isn’t he?

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    • pickled possum

       /  22nd June 2016

      Yep no possum on the list …. phew

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    • pickled possum

       /  22nd June 2016

      Yep No possum on that list … phew!

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    • Dougal

       /  22nd June 2016

      Searching yourself on a no-fly list might actually get you on there!

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  22nd June 2016

      The analysis in the details of each entry is the most interesting part – and how they got the data.

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      • Willis

         /  22nd June 2016

        The interesting part is that you all read past the very fake name “TERRORIST SECURITY ADMINISTRATION” and the equally fake looking logo and are now discussing the data analysis. As John Lydon once said “Ever get the feeling you’ve been had?”

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  22nd June 2016

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  22nd June 2016

          Irrespective of its source or validity the way the data is structured is interesting.

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          • Willis

             /  22nd June 2016

            So what’s a “lobal dominated threat vector”? Or an “Auto-Surv Stat”? .The data is just gibberish.

            @Nelly The no-fly list is maintained by the TSC not the TSA, (and TSA is Transportation Security Administration). It may well be you that ‘don’t know shit’, cos it certainly isn’t me. Nice try though. Beware of Nigerian Princes, they are a trap for the gullible.

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            • Nelly Smickers

               /  23rd June 2016

              Excuse me Willis??

              The link was sent to us by my brother in-law in Australia. Let me assure you, Trevor *does* know shit!!

            • Willis

               /  23rd June 2016

              If you will just step this way then, I’ve got a lottery payout for you that just requires a ‘small’ transaction fee to activate it.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd June 2016

              Do you have a sister named svetlana by any chance Willis? o_O

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd June 2016

      It’s spelt Muslim or Moslem and is a proper name. so has a capital letter. It’s pronounced to rhyme with book.

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  3. Brown

     /  22nd June 2016

    Thanks Pete. It brought back memories of the OE nearly 40 years ago. A very interesting place to visit.

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    • Of all the history I saw in Rome and in Italy (about 5 years ago) the Forum moved me the most, to imagine how much history was defined by that one place and how many highly influential people had spoken and debated there.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd June 2016

        I have a wonderful book-The Faber Book of Reportage-and it has some first-hand accounts that have survived of Ancient Rome-in translation, of course. It’s a fascinating book-the accounts go from a time of plague in ancient Athens to the downfall of Marcos. Almost all the accounts are first hand, a few are by people who knew someone who was there. There’s a wonderful one, Pliny’s account of being in the Vesuvius eruption as a teenager and how terrifying it was. At one time the sky went black-he said it was as if all the lamps had gone out in a closed room, nobody could see anything. How terrifying.

        I have other books that deal exclusively with ancient Rome and Roman Britain. Many of these were on the library sales table.

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  4. Zedd

     /  22nd June 2016

    i hear drumpf is running short of dosh ! 😀

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd June 2016

    Toll roads for Auckland?

    AA spokesman Barney Irvine said feedback from members showed there was support out there for tolls – as long as people saw direct congestion benefits.

    “But there’s also a lot of scepticism.”

    There was an important distinction between using tolls to manage demand on the roads and raising revenue, Mr Irvine said.

    No, there isn’t. Both are anti-competitive monopoly exploitation. User pays is entirely different and an honourable principle which the politicians need to rediscover and auditors need to validate.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11660628

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  6. Gezza

     /  22nd June 2016

    She’s been a hard road trying to get no downvotes today. :/

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