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Fwiffo

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From Wikipedia:
“For example, after the Battle of Brandywine, the British made a list the Continental Army prisoners whom they had captured, including their nationality. Of the 315 prisoners captured, only 82 of them (25%) were listed as having been born in America, with many of the rest having been born in England, Ireland and Germany. While white Americans mostly stayed home, the backbone of the army fighting for their independence was foreign born.”

Blimey the yanks outsourced their war of independence.
 

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The American military has always been made up of migrants. Until the past year, it was a one of the main pathways to citizenship for immigrants.
 

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The American military has always been made up of migrants. Until the past year, it was a one of the main pathways to citizenship for immigrants.
I knew that from a 60 minutes documentary on how some Nigerians were serving in Iraq as a means to citizenship. That said I never thought the war for independence would be outsourced to foreigners. You would think if you felt so strongly about breaking away from the motherland you would spill your own blood for it. At least that's how the narrative was written by the founding fathers.
 

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In spite of the whole ‘plucky citizen-soldiers led by the brave George Washington’ narrative, it was mostly professional Prussian and French units that won battles against the Brits. Washington was a crap military strategist and the American troops were no match for the disciplined Brits.

The US army of the civil war was made up of Irish and German migrants looking for a new home.

European migrants fought the Korean War and undocumented Latinos fought for citizenship during the Viet Nam war.

A few years ago, it was was nearly all undocumented migrants enlisting in Southern California.
 

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When you send out a wedding invitation - is it customary for the woman's name to be first then the man?

I thought it was male first.
 

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When you send out a wedding invitation - is it customary for the woman's name to be first then the man?

I thought it was male first.
Bride first is the tradition- maybe because her parents are paying.
 

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I'm going to get on to six weeks without a visit to my barber. He is usually off this week due to the spring break with his daughter. Does coronavirus and social distances mean barber visits are risky?
 

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I'm going to get on to six weeks without a visit to my barber. He is usually off this week due to the spring break with his daughter. Does coronavirus and social distances mean barber visits are risky?
My barber went underground last week. Don't think the hair industry is closed down in Ontario except for voluntary decisions. The wholesaler was still open today in Saskatoon selling hair care supplies albeit with a phone in and pick up outside the door system.
 

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That leads to another question.

Social distancing.

Here I keep seeing distances of 2m preached. Britain and Singapore were preaching 1m. I just saw a tweet that Australia is recommending 1.5m.

As a species, humanity can't even agree on what the standard ought to be.
 

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While waiting to catch the (nearly empty) train this morning, I stood 1.5m away from a lady on the platform. She turned around, glared at me, and moved about 3m away from me. Clearly, she didn't think that I was taking social distancing seriously enough!
 

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While waiting to catch the (nearly empty) train this morning, I stood 1.5m away from a lady on the platform. She turned around, glared at me, and moved about 3m away from me. Clearly, she didn't think that I was taking social distancing seriously enough!
She must come from some sparsely populated country where they can afford 3m distances. Mongolia.
 

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My wife went out to the grocery store yesterday. The tellers are now behind plexiglass and the floor is taped at 6’ intervals so that people queuing for the register know how far to distance themselves.
 

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My wife went out to the grocery store yesterday. The tellers are now behind plexiglass and the floor is taped at 6’ intervals so that people queuing for the register know how far to distance themselves.
Same here in the supermarkets. And in one place they have team of youngsters going around spraying the trolleys and you have wear gloves and disinfect before you enter.
 

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My wife went out to the grocery store yesterday. The tellers are now behind plexiglass and the floor is taped at 6’ intervals so that people queuing for the register know how far to distance themselves.
none of that here
 

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I went to work in another branch office today. The lift clearly says only one at a time to maintain social distance. One couple walk on. I guess they don't give a toss about infecting each other. Then another bloke gets in but can't get to his floor so the space that was suitable for one person now has four including me.
 
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