N.E. Brigand

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    Phantom Regiment & Boston Crusaders
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    Santa Clara Vanguard 1999
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    J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinema, Herpetology, Early Music, Theatre

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  1. Possibly relevant to planning for drum corps: despite putting procedures in place meant to prevent the spread, "85 kids, counsellors infected with coronavirus in YMCA camp outbreak, Georgia officials say". The camp closed in late June after a counsellor tested positive. The story notes that 82 people at a summer camp in Missouri also have been infected.
  2. I thought we were talking about tall people not sharing their boxes with short people.
  3. I also trust that Hopkins won't try threatening the judge in his case. Just because that worked for some other defendants doesn't mean it will work for him. - - - - - - - - - - And just a passing note: the classic phrase, which was coined by Lord Acton in the mid-1800s, is: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." It's a fairly modern idea. The ancient phrase, at least among the English, was that "A man does as he likes when he may do as he will." In other words, power doesn't corrupt, it merely reveals that you already were corrupt.
  4. Historically, I think it's fair to say that most people would have seen the first frame as showing "equal opportunity", because every person is given the same thing: one box. That said, you're probably right that the tall person would just hoard his boxes rather than actually use them.
  5. You've probably seen this cartoon before (there are multiple versions in circulation), but just in case not: I agree with you that everyone deserves an equal opportunity. It's a question of what equal opportunity means. Or as Martin Luther King said in a 1967 interview: "it's a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps". And I would expect that this question of defining equality is part of what Cadets are considering.
  6. I've seen all these shows before on the Legacy Collection videos, but it's nice to have a prompt like this thread to encounter them again. I just watched BD's show, which strikes me as a rather heady affair.
  7. I trust that Hopkins doesn't have any leverage over Pennsylvania's governor and thus his commentary isn't a way of fishing for a pardon.
  8. Apparently the Dallas schools superintendent tonight said on TV that it was very unlikely that Texas will have high school football this fall. And there may or may not be some insights to be gleaned from events in Israel, where they're imposing new restrictions because cases rose to nearly 1,000 per day after they reopened from earlier lockdown measures that had brought cases down to 10 per day in May: "On Tuesday, in testimony to the Israeli parliament, Dr. Udi Kliner ... reported that schools—not restaurants or gyms—turned out to be the country’s worst mega-infectors."
  9. What caused the Bridgemen to decline so precipitously? From 3rd place in 1980 (and less than a point from the champions) to 14th place in 1984 to 26th place in 1985?
  10. I hope you like it. The subject matter is quite interesting. And besides the impressive casting, it was helmed by the director of The Killing Fields and written by the author of Lawrence of Arabia and A Man for All Seasons.
  11. DCX lists Bluecoats playing something by Morricone called "Moon" in 1997. What is that? The Wikipedia list of Morricone compositions is no help.
  12. Awesome music. Gorgeous photography. Boring film, unfortunately. Far from the first time that the composer's work will outlast its reason for existing.
  13. As I said before, I agree with you that the wheels of justice move too slowly, but I think the only solution is to pour a lot more money into the judiciary, so that the system isn't overtaxed and can work expeditiously to resolve matters both for the victims and for the accused: it's no good if we have a system that moves quickly but punishes the innocent. Almost everyone here seems to agree about Hopkins, but from time to time, there are people wrongly accused of sexual assault, and the last thing we should want is for them to wrongly go to jail. But as an example of how slowly cases move, I was reminded of your post today when I read something about the Bernie Madoff investment scandal, the famous fraud case involving roughly a billion dollars that came to light in 2008. One of Madoff's alleged co-conspirators, Frank Avellino, is still fighting the case against him, 12 years later. Or consider a big decision announced recently by the Supreme Court: Aimee Stephens, a funeral director in Detroit, was fired in 2014, for reasons that Ms. Stephens claimed were discriminatory under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Two years later, the District court ruled against her. She appealed. Two years after that, the Appeals court ruled in her favor. Her employer appealed. And just three weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in her favor. It took six years just to resolve an employment case, but at least it's a victory for Ms. Stephens, right? Well no. She died of cancer in May. Edit: And another Supreme Court decision, announced just today, actually pertains to a crime related in kind (if not degree) to that for which Hopkins has been charged. A man named Jimcy McGirt was convicted in 1996 by an Oklahoma court of having raped a four-year-old girl. He is serving a life sentence. In 2017, based on an Appeals court ruling on a different case, McGirt appealed his conviction on the grounds that because he is an enrolled member of an Indian tribe, and because his crime happened on land ceded to an Indian tribe in the 1830s and never subsequently ceded to the state of Oklahoma (although much of it was since purchased by others), he should have been tried in a federal court not a state court. And the Supreme Court today agreed, in a 5-4 decision that split along non-partisan but not unexpected lines. What has people talking about the case today is the fact that this may put a large chunk of Oklahoma, including most of Tulsa, under federal law as pertains to crimes committed by Native Americans. A number of other convictions may have to be set aside and retried. But what occurs to me pertinent to this discussion is that McGirt's victim may now have to go through a new trial for something that he did to her more than 24 years ago.