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  1. omQ R commented on Ron Warren about 18 hours ago


  2. omQ R commented on Wit of the World about 18 hours ago

    Nah, don’t believe it, urban legend. Although “Nova” in Portuguese simply means “new” in female form (“Nueva” in Spanish), we Latin speakers (Portuguese and Spanish) would rather say “Não/No Funciona” rather than “Não vá/No va”.
    “No va” in Spanish would have the connotation of “not going” rather than “not working/running”. The Chevy Nova sold well enough in the Spanish-speaking markets they were marketed in, and as Chevy Nova.

  3. omQ R commented on Wit of the World about 18 hours ago

    I tried looking one up on AutoTrader.co.uk but there wasn’t an option :p. I found one here, in Slovenia:
    "YUGO 45 funny roadworthy East European For Sale (1986), partly restored, welded chassis, fair condition. Our workshop can restore it totally, but in such condition as it is can easily run for 2-3 years as advert or fun car per example. Because of pure production quality there is not much left on the roads, especially not in such condition. It is very clean inside, shipping possible at low cost. New MOT.
    903 ccm, 45 HP. Inspection welcome at Bled or Klagenfurt[Austria]

    On this website about classic cars, it has the following description:

    "Flimsy, rusty, and exceptionally few survivors "

  4. omQ R commented on ViewsEurope 1 day ago

    You’re welcome. Note that when I say “hyperbole” I mean it’s just political pandering to conservative voters who dislike the idea of migrants “sucking at their taxes teat” at all, i.e tax-credits or benefits. In reality, the numbers won’t justify an “emergency brake”. It’s typical blagging up numbers to satisfy angry old (and not so old) white guys.

  5. omQ R commented on ViewsAmerica 1 day ago

    I’ve never been to Rio so I’m not an eye-witness; but by all accounts, yeah, Rio’s water and other olympic venues’ waters are in bad shape.

    The Guardian article mentions: "…athletes at a competition in August still fell ill. The World Rowing Federation reported that 6.7% of 567 rowers got sick at a junior championships event in Rio. "

    This article in ‘O Globo’ (27/01/2016) headlined with:

    Poluição da Baía de Guanabara faz #RioWater ser o assunto mais comentado no Twitter dos EUA
    ‘Pollution of Guanabara Bay is the most talked about subject on twitter in the USA #RioWater’

    The article mentions how a Peter Sowrey was kicked out as CEO of World Sailing after a mere 5 months for attempting to transfer sailing events from polluted beaches to Búzios, another locale along the coast. He recounts how he was told to keep quiet. He said that the prettier well known backdrops and vistas may provide better TV coverage but may bring unwanted attention if any atheletes fall ill, or if rubbish or an animal carcass causes a team to loss a medal….

    The article continues, mentioning how the International Olympic Committee and the state have contested the AP report. However, the government admits it won’t be able to totally clean and decontaminate the bay in time. It does mention how it intends to work with several universities & research centres in order to ensure the 3rd largest bay in the world is made clean and clear…in 20 years time. :-|

  6. omQ R commented on Michael Ramirez 1 day ago

    ‘Let’s see how long it will take the libs to blame it all on Bush, even though the cartoon is absolutely accurate.’

    Admit it, you’re an admirer of empires and imperialist policies. How strange for a supposed libertarian.

  7. omQ R commented on Dan Wasserman 1 day ago

    Ah, this reminds me of Ronnie Raygun. Reagan once appropriated this phrase for himself, didn’t he:

    ‘America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere’

    “As Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation, ’I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.’”

    Yup, that’s how the rest of the world sees ya…:-|

  8. omQ R commented on Wit of the World 2 days ago

    Funny thing, I’ve probably seen more Yugos in Britain than in Croatia (I’ve visited the Istrian peninsula just about every year for the past 10 years). Must be because it was a Serbian car…er, Italian/Serbian cloned car.

    But nary a turnip, just lemons. So much for colloboration in the former Yugoslavia…

  9. omQ R commented on ViewsMidEast 2 days ago

    Morin had a similar take and more explicit:

  10. omQ R commented on ViewsAmerica 2 days ago

    I went along to A Tarde‘s website, searched for “EUA Zika” but although with just a cursory glance over their articles, I didn’t find any negative reporting as regards the USA & Zika.
    In fact:

    Brasil e EUA planejam vacina contra zika; OMS teme a proliferação do vírus

    Brazil and USA plan Zika vaccine; WHO fears proliferation of the virus.