Re: Guest Post - Potato Saboteurs

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Usually this sot of thing is followed by a "ransom" demand. We shall see.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 4:44 AM
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There's a "usually"? This is a SORT of thing?


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 6:02 AM
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That is evil. A threat to fries.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 6:40 AM
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2. I can remember two or three cases in Britain. The usual modus operandi was to sabotage produce or glass jars in supermarkets (on one occasion baby food, which made me briefly reconsider my position on public flogging); then the perp waited till it was all over the media and submitted a demand for money from the company or companies affected. Usually they turned out not to be the brightest bulb and were picked up fairly quickly.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 7:34 AM
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2,4: well, the most serious case was in the US - the Tylenol Killer?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Tylenol_murders


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 7:37 AM
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That wasn't a ransom demand, though, was it? Just killing people for no reason.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 7:42 AM
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Instrumentalist.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 7:46 AM
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6: apparently some guy did claim a ransom (and got arrested) and they're sort of sure it was him doing the poisoning too.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 7:57 AM
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8 I'm pretty sure they never caught whoever did it though a few years ago they thought they might have.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 9:40 AM
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I will never understand this kind of sociopathic malice.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 9:54 AM
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lower than a snake wearing snowshoes

Never heard that one.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 07- 3-15 10:37 AM
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Everyone's windows are open and we all know a bit more about our neighbors than is ideal, but advantages: Dwarf Lord and I quibble more kindly in public, and neighbor teen is practicing classical-isj guitar. This is the nicest thing I know about him and a most peaceful noise.

In worse news, WA apparently can't presumptively limit fireworks use, and there are idiots driving around setting them off in all the dry dry woods. Whidbey is.... being evacuated? Volunteer fire departments are trying to arrange anything else for people to do.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:10 PM
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AIMHMSTP, my brother and I started a fire with bottle rockets. A friend put it out without knowing we started it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:21 PM
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No fireworks here; the state lifted the burn bans for some areas after they got some rain, but the Anchorage one is still in place, and they even cancelled the public fireworks shows for the Fourth. On the other hand, it's actually raining a bit today which should bring the fire danger down.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:24 PM
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The bottle rockets were illegal, but South Dakota was close by. Here, everything is illegal but sparklers and those stupid snakes made of ash.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:27 PM
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The fire danger is definitely still real, it seems.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:33 PM
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There are fireworks here, and the pre-fireworks activities include a wing-eating contest. Because declaring independence from the British Empire was about many things, but primarily it was about a young nation's dream of consuming gluttonous amounts of chicken.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 2:35 PM
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Fireworks have been illegal in IL for as long as I've lived here, but that doesn't stop the period leading up to the 4th and all through it from having a sound so thick with firecrackers going off that MacArthur would have called it "the sound of Musketry". Or at least Manchester quoted him to that effect, describing a mid-twentieth-century battlefield.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 3:31 PM
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The fog is already rolling back in here so hope everyone enjoys the sound of fireworks ss they'll not see them.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 3:36 PM
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Almost any radio overheard pusses me off more than even terrible music practice. Ads are really awful and hard to ignore. Ew.

And it's annoying to have to go in a piss in a toilet allatime but I don't think it would be quite fair of me to whizz in the compost so close to our neighbor's windows. I've been thinking of trying one of the urine-voltaic designs; haven't seen them reviewed for stink.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 4:09 PM
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Puss, piss, whatever. Her coat is so warm.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 4:10 PM
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I don't know from compost, but I do know that it takes lots of pissing in the same place to make a lingering smell noticeable outdoors at more than a few yards distance.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 5:42 PM
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YOU'RE TELLING ME, BUDDY!


Posted by: OPINIONATED WOLF WITH PROSTATE ISSUES | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 5:49 PM
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At the ER in Houston. Fixing the freaky angle of pokey's broken forearm.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 5:51 PM
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Yikes! That doesn't sound fun. Get well soon, HP!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 5:54 PM
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Ditto to 25. Hope everything works out well.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:09 PM
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Ugh. Hope it heals well.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:14 PM
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Not a good holiday! Commiseration and best wishes!

Are you still on vacation as well as the holiday weekend? Classic and even more unfun.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:30 PM
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In happier small-child news, I got to see my niece again for the first time in a year. She's just as perspicacious and humorous as ever, and we'll hang out again tomorrow!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:38 PM
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28: yep, two hours out on the long drive home.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:41 PM
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So you aren't near your home hospitals orcthe ones your family knows? ....are you sharing intake with fireworks injuries? Poor pokey and heebie!


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:54 PM
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In Georgia, they call the ER the "Hold my beer and watch this" ward.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 6:57 PM
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We were joking that we beat the 4th injuries bc it was still out.

Just got his prescription filled at walgreens, saw the most depressing thing ever: baby formula was locked behind plexiglass and you had to get the clerk to unlock it, so that you wouldn't shoplift formula for your baby.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 7:23 PM
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Baby formula, like Tide (cf.), gets shoplifted a lot because it's a useful commodity to barter for drugs.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 7:31 PM
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34: Also depressing!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 7:38 PM
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Also, I thought the powdered formula was sometimes used to cut drugs.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 7:39 PM
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Who has drugs but wants baby formula and didn't get the drugs using something that could have been traded for more baby formula in the first place?


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 8:54 PM
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37: There's a "Gift of the Magi" joke in there somewhere.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 9:37 PM
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37: People who earn a precarious living taking in one another's freebase.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 10:36 PM
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City fireworks over here. Over to Two.

Did not hiss at guy wearing Battle Flag of the Losers headwrap. Wanted to.

Also couldn't get anyone to sing the anthem with me when the big flag went by although people clapped. I complain about this every year, don't I?


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 10:48 PM
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Home now. That was an exhausting trip.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 4-15 10:52 PM
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heebie: so, so very sorry! I guess he put the right one in, took the wrong one out? (and if the joke falls flat because you're miserable, I apologize.)

20: I believe some sort of mountain laurel is canonical?

29: although bali is beautiful, this unplanned trip back to, (then to the US from, then back again to) asia is sad in large part because I'm missing my once-a-year chance to see my only nephew. my husband's side--he's an adorable tow-headed norweigan/polish bambino, with china-blue eyes. I had always hoped husban x would contribute some blue or green eyes to our children, but my brown eyes came in on top.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 2:54 AM
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really sorry for the long drive especially, heebie! fuck that's a long time to be in pain.

I only realized like an hour ago that I have to change my kid's and my booking for july 6 NOW. I was going to miss that and my whole booking would be forfeit as you have to fly every leg in sequence (but WHY? why the fuck do they care if I get a ride to DC with my bro?). I have to also change my bali departure, and my separate singapore-->SF leg. it will cost a million dollars. fuck it's a wonder I ever get anywhere. I think my husband is a kind and devoted person to put up with my profligate bullshit.

it's easy as a panhandler to convince people to buy you baby formula, which you then return to the shop for 50%. easy as in harrowing and arduous, but it's a good pitch. people do cut drugs with it, too. enfamil and similac are both ivory colored, somewhat. if you see that in your powdered coke or heroin, complain to the management.

brb going to the spa for 2.5 hours


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 3:11 AM
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Best wishes to pokey.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 3:37 AM
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If anybody tries to panhandle me for formula, I just give the some literature from la leche league.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 4:43 AM
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If it's a man, I tell him about social constructivism.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 4:53 AM
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I love you, moby hick.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 07- 5-15 9:08 AM
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