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Ace-o-aces  May 17, 2020 • 4:58:49pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 17, 2020 • 5:07:48pm
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Charles Johnson  May 17, 2020 • 5:10:52pm
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The Pie Overlord!  May 17, 2020 • 5:10:55pm

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Charles Johnson  May 17, 2020 • 5:13:34pm

Is this going to be a thing now, where New York Times reporters try to tear down reporters for other outlets?

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Charles Johnson  May 17, 2020 • 5:19:25pm

Serious, this is fucking bizarre.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 17, 2020 • 5:19:54pm
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mmmirele  May 17, 2020 • 5:24:24pm

We can blame Orrin Hatch for the proliferation of do-nothing “supplements” that very carefully word their claims so they don’t cross into the territory of actually making health claims.

That said, the FDA and the FTC have been cracking down on people claiming that their magic woo can treat or cure coronavirus. Most notably, the Jim Bakker Show was told to stop peddling their crap, but he’s literally one of dozens who have received letters over sales of coronavirus cures. fda.gov

What’s more interesting to me is the warning letters sent out by the FTC to ten multilevel marketing companies late last month. These outfits sell oils and pills and shakes and so on. Some of the “distributors” of these companies were making false claims about coronavirus. In addition, the FTC is also cracking down on income claims being made by MLM “distributors,” who, to put it bluntly, make more money off recruiting than by actually selling the product.

ftc.gov

This has sent other multi-level marketing companies into a frenzy of “OMG Don’t Make Income Claims!” based on the internal videos and memos that are circulating on anti-MLM YouTube. I love these (mostly young) women, almost all of whom got sucked into MLMs and are now taking them down by showing pictures and videos of distributors making claims and then showing that 99 percent of people do not make money in MLMs.

Just as a side note: it’s interesting how gendered these scams seem to be. Most multi-level marketing companies appeal to women, with the exception of the granddaddy of them all, Amway. Consequently, most of the former MLMers looking to take them down are women, starting out from their kitchen tables with their smartphones and graduating to better cameras and sound equipment as they get followings.

However, there is a whole genre of “financial gurus” who appeal to young men. Probably the most (in)famous is a guy named Grant Cardone, who is a real jerk that has managed (generally) to keep his nose clean (but anyone who buys something from him should know he’s a very committed Scientologist). Underneath him, there are whole tiers of guys trying to shake down young men with the secrets of how to make money fast. And the people busting these guys tend to be young men, not all of whom were in the various programs out there. If you’re interested, you can find those videos by searching “fake guru.”

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Citizen K  May 17, 2020 • 5:38:55pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

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Serious, this is fucking bizarre.

Journalists only find their camaraderie when one of them gets criticized by a Democrat in some way.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 17, 2020 • 5:41:31pm

From downstairs:

re: #87 BeachDem

And maybe he made up his IQ number.
lttttt
…you may have noticed a minor slew of news stories about celebrities with very high IQs.

….Quentin Tarantino (160), James Woods (180)….

The figures were said to have been published by Mensa, the UK-based society which calls itself an “international high IQ organisation”.

But here’s the thing: Mensa published no such figures.

…..

Although James Woods may not have a verified IQ of 180, he was accepted to MIT and (bizarrely) dropped out his last semester to pursue his acting career. So my guess is that his IQ was significantly higher than average.

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DodgerFan1988  May 17, 2020 • 5:43:18pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  May 17, 2020 • 5:43:52pm

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Teukka  May 17, 2020 • 5:48:28pm

re: #11 DodgerFan1988

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So Cal Greek Hippie  May 17, 2020 • 5:49:12pm

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 17, 2020 • 5:50:35pm

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

From downstairs:

Although James Woods may not have a verified IQ of 180, he was accepted to MIT and (bizarrely) dropped out his last semester to pursue his acting career. So my guess is that his IQ was significantly higher than average.

my congesscritter is an MIT grad.

Doesn’t mean he’s a genius by a long shot

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jaunte  May 17, 2020 • 5:55:32pm

“While security is TSA’s top priority, the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public is of utmost importance to us. TSA remains in close communication with medical professionals, the CDC, and various government agencies as we continue to carry out our important mission.”
tsa.gov

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 17, 2020 • 5:57:46pm

re: #16 jaunte

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Patricia Kayden  May 17, 2020 • 5:57:47pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  May 17, 2020 • 6:01:10pm

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

He can assemble Ikea furniture very quickly, then.

IQ is a measure of a set of basic skills that MIGHT make an individual more able to learn more complicated skills, to a greater degree of mastery, than a person with less IQ.

Might, because the missing part of the equation is both opportunity and desire to learn.

If, from a set of cultural or psychological limits, a person ceases to learn, then their IQ does not translate to understanding, let alone insight, in any specific area of knowledge.

Which is why IQ clubs are full of high school shop teachers and mid-level managers who think they’re fucking Machiavelli.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 17, 2020 • 6:04:46pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 6:06:15pm

re: #83 Hecuba’s daughter

James Woods — continuing to be the perfect example of how high IQ has nothing to do with intelligence or decency or ethics or real education. Maybe he is just a racist?

It does have to do with intelligence, but nothing to do with decency, ethics, or education (he dropped out of college to pursue acting).

The overwhelming majority of members of high-IQ societies do not go around telling you what they scored, even to others in the same society. To those outside such a society they may say they’re a member or talk about the things they do, but not about their specific score on a test.

Most standard IQ tests top out around 160-165, so Mr. Woods’s claim of 180 is questionable. The only source for Mr. Woods’s claim is Mr. Woods. It has been repeated by the media (especially media which covers celebrities), but he has provided no evidence of it (for example, the results of a proctored IQ test).

Lots of people claim to have high IQs, but “I think I have a high IQ” is not the same as having a proctored test by a professional trained in that area (a psychologist).

It’s not always the celebrity who makes the claim though: Sometimes the celebrity media makes the claim up out of whole cloth.

For example, there was a stir when Huffington Post made the claim Shakira is a “genius” because she has a 140 IQ as published by Mensa UK.

Mensa UK has no such published figures; Mensa does not publish them.

Mensa International refutes recent press stories (Goes to Mensa International, debunking the so-called celebrity list which included James Woods)

American Mensa, Ltd. used to give the score to members when they took a Mensa-proctored test, but the American Psychological Association stopped Mensa from doing that, only permitting “accepted” and “not accepted” now. Mensa requires a four-year degree to proctor a test, but not a degree in psychology.

After the HP post was debunked, they updated their article to claim Mensa “denies” they released Shakira’s scores. No other outlet ever updated or corrected their articles about her, James Woods, Madonna, &c.

Interestingly, the source is here:

Tarantino, Madonna y Shakira, entre las personalidades con alto IQ: Mensa International (goes to Sinembargo in Spanish, a Mexican news outlet, citing its own owner Notimex but no other source).

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William Lewis  May 17, 2020 • 6:11:01pm

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Patricia Kayden  May 17, 2020 • 6:14:01pm

Ditto

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 17, 2020 • 6:14:57pm

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

From downstairs:

Although James Woods may not have a verified IQ of 180, he was accepted to MIT and (bizarrely) dropped out his last semester to pursue his acting career. So my guess is that his IQ was significantly higher than average.

My older daughter is an MIT grad. I have no idea what her IQ scores would be now, but she is a genius.
Hee, reminds me of a story about her mother, my late first wife.

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When it first appeared that daughter #1 could get into MIT, when she was a junior in high school, I was naturally very excited. Her mother much less so. During a long-distance phone discussion, she said, “Gee, I don’t know about her going there, Jimmy. They say all the boys there are gay.”
I was astonished at her bizarrely skewed priorities, but instead of delivering a lecture on gossip, generalization, homophobia, etc. I merely said, “Ok, is this a problem? Sounds like a perfect place for her to me.”
She said, in disgust, “You just can’t take anything seriously can you?”
I just shook my head and hung up.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 17, 2020 • 6:15:19pm

re: #15 Backwoods_Sleuth

my congesscritter is an MIT grad.

Doesn’t mean he’s a genius by a long shot

My original point was that IQ isn’t really a measure of intelligence. IQ is a narrow tool to measure skills needed to pass multiple guess exams and possibly to do well in certain academic classes. But it indicates nothing about intelligence in the real world, judgement, knowledge, or character.

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jaunte  May 17, 2020 • 6:16:23pm

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

Mike Flynn probably tested well.

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Patricia Kayden  May 17, 2020 • 6:16:54pm

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jaunte  May 17, 2020 • 6:17:35pm

As did Oliver North.

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Ace-o-aces  May 17, 2020 • 6:19:55pm

re: #11 DodgerFan1988

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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 6:21:15pm

re: #29 Ace-o-aces

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I’m about to wade in to see if anyone accuses Lilly of being a bot.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 17, 2020 • 6:22:00pm
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 17, 2020 • 6:23:07pm

Apropos of nothing in particular, MIT does have a football team.
MIT Engineers football

The MIT Engineers football represent the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the American football intercollegiate sport. The team plays in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conferences (NEWMAC) and competes in Division III of the NCAA. Home games are played at Henry G. Steinbrenner ‘27 Stadium, located on the Institute’s campus. The current coach is Brian Bubna.

They’re pretty good, having won several conference championships recently.

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DodgerFan1988  May 17, 2020 • 6:24:26pm
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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 6:25:51pm

re: #32 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Apropos of nothing in particular, MIT does have a football team.
MIT Engineers football

They’re pretty good, having won several conference championships recently.

Which is also the name of WPI’s football team.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 17, 2020 • 6:26:19pm

re: #30 Belafon

I’m about to wade in to see if anyone accuses Lilly of being a bot.

More like “who do you think you are?” 🤣

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 6:29:32pm

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

My original point was that IQ isn’t really a measure of intelligence. IQ is a narrow tool to measure skills needed to pass multiple guess exams and possibly to do well in certain academic classes. But it indicates nothing about intelligence in the real world, judgement, knowledge, or character.

Many IQ tests aren’t “multiple guess” such as the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS, which scores a constellation of areas including non-verbal communication), the Cattell Culture Fair Intelligence Test (explicitly designed to remove cultural bias from tests) or the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (used to identify developmental delays in children).

This goes back to my original note about IQ tests. Improvements to tests have been going on for over a hundred years as more is learned, but a fuzzy measure still works better than no measure.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 17, 2020 • 6:33:40pm

re: #36 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Many IQ tests aren’t “multiple guess” such as the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS, which scores a constellation of areas including non-verbal communication), the Cattell Culture Fair Intelligence Test (explicitly designed to remove cultural bias from tests) or the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (used to identify developmental delays in children).

This goes back to my original note about IQ tests. Improvements to tests have been going on for over a hundred years as more is learned, but a fuzzy measure still works better than no measure.

When I was a student over half century ago, the IQ tests routinely administered to students in public schools were multiple choice because those are the most convenient to administer and grade.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 6:33:50pm

re: #30 Belafon

I’m about to wade in to see if anyone accuses Lilly of being a bot.

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Charles Johnson  May 17, 2020 • 6:35:48pm

Fuck.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 6:36:14pm

re: #37 Hecuba’s daughter

When I was a student over half century ago, the IQ tests routinely administered to students in public schools were multiple choice because those are the most convenient to administer and grade.

I don’t recall taking an IQ test in school. (Not much point in my tiny school anyway.)

The first test I recall taking resembling an IQ test was the military ASVAB in 1977 when I sought to enlist in the US Navy.

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Barefoot Grin  May 17, 2020 • 6:41:01pm

Thanks, Charles. I was looking for podcasts to listen to when I was going through hard times around 2009/2010. I hit upon Adam Carolla and Marc Maron among a few others that were just starting. I liked Carolla because it was polished and I could listen when I was working out. But Marc’s was a shit show of anger and need and trying to figure out how he and other comics made their way. It was mostly stuff like: why is it ok for Carlos Mancia to get rich by ripping off other comedians, etc. Over time it has become as slick as Carolla because he’s mostly interviewing big stars promoting their latest, but there is still a vulnerability that others lack. I hope he keeps it up, but I would understand why he would quit either temporarily or forever.

ETA: I stopped listening to Carolla within the first year. His “I swung a hammer instead of going to college therefore I know more than those who went to college” routine grew old quickly.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 17, 2020 • 6:48:36pm

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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calochortus  May 17, 2020 • 6:49:35pm

re: #40 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I don’t recall taking an IQ test in school. (Not much point in my tiny school anyway.)

The first test I recall taking resembling an IQ test was the military ASVAB in 1977 when I sought to enlist in the US Navy.

Way back in the dark ages when I was in elementary school apparently we didn’t exactly take IQ tests, but there was some test that they could magically derive IQ scores from. No idea what my alleged IQ score was/is. My own kids were given IQ tests in school. They are both bright and as I recall their scores reflected that, but are pretty much irrelevant to real life.

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retired cynic  May 17, 2020 • 6:50:22pm

re: #36 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Many IQ tests aren’t “multiple guess” such as the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS, which scores a constellation of areas including non-verbal communication), the Cattell Culture Fair Intelligence Test (explicitly designed to remove cultural bias from tests) or the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (used to identify developmental delays in children).

This goes back to my original note about IQ tests. Improvements to tests have been going on for over a hundred years as more is learned, but a fuzzy measure still works better than no measure.

Hey, I earned money from grade school on stapling the Cattell Culture Fair tests. My mother was secretary, then office manager there until she retired at 70. I moved on from gathering and stapling at a penny a pop to helping in the computer department, growing with it as it grew. Decided to go for a Masters in Statistics, but soon decided that was not my thing.

We were proud that the Culture Fair, or Culture Free tests were non-verbal, and could be used around the world to test perception and reasoning.

My mother earned her money, deciphering Raymond Cattell’s handwriting!

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 17, 2020 • 6:53:59pm

Link

Heh….

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 6:56:53pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 17, 2020 • 6:58:32pm

Good evening!

as we pulled into the driveway we spotted a burrowing owl perched on the hitching post

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mmmirele  May 17, 2020 • 7:00:31pm

re: #37 Hecuba’s daughter

When I was a student over half century ago, the IQ tests routinely administered to students in public schools were multiple choice because those are the most convenient to administer and grade.

My high school administered one of those tests. I hated it, because I scored very well on it and got to hear for the next 2.5 years about how I wasn’t living up to my potential. *rolls eyes*. Forty-two years after graduation, I’m all “who cares?”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 7:03:10pm

re: #44 retired cynic

That’s pretty kewl.

When my mother was in college for her clinical psychology degree, one of the things she was required to do was find guinea pigs test subjects that she didn’t know to take the WAIS. The problem was our town was so small she knew everyone, so the instructor allowed her to test people in our town and family members (so my eldest cousin, sister, and I were all test subjects for the adult test).

One of the issues about the test at that time as my mother tells it is cultural bias. She notes that she argued for three days in class to get the instructor to accept an answer to a verbal question my cousin, sister, and I gave for “What do you do if you see smoke coming from a building?”

There were lots of acceptable answers, such as “call the fire department” or “tell someone in authority.” All three of us gave the answer “check and see if there’s a fire.”

Where I lived in Michigan the fire department was ten miles away and could only respond to one fire at a time. If you called the fire department out on a false alarm, not only could you deny service to someone who needed it, there was a fookin’ big fine, so all parents taught their children to check for a fire first.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 7:09:22pm

re: #42 The Pie Overlord!

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Patricia Kayden  May 17, 2020 • 7:15:35pm
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danarchy  May 17, 2020 • 7:20:41pm

re: #40 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I don’t recall taking an IQ test in school. (Not much point in my tiny school anyway.)

The first test I recall taking resembling an IQ test was the military ASVAB in 1977 when I sought to enlist in the US Navy.

Freaking ASVAB, they made us take that in high school and the navy was bugging me for the next 2 years.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 7:22:38pm

Looks like state senator Megan Hunt kicked a murder hornet’s nest.

Group behind TestNebraska was looking nationwide, registering web domains in nearly every state (Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald)

LINCOLN — The Utah group behind Nebraska’s and Iowa’s multimillion-dollar ventures to increase COVID-19 testing was dreaming big after it developed what it calls its “crisis response service.”

On the same day in March when the group inked its first contract to provide coronavirus testing in Utah, one of the firms in the group registered web addresses similar to testutah.com for 47 other states.

A few days later, URLs were registered for Puerto Rico and some Canadian provinces.

Today, most of the sites redirect you to crushthecurve.com, another site registered by Domo, of American Fork, Utah. crushthecurve.com provides a marketing pitch for states to sign up for the Utah group’s services.

(more)

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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 7:22:49pm
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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 7:29:41pm
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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 7:30:57pm
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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 7:31:40pm
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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 7:32:27pm

LOLOL

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Rightwingconspirator  May 17, 2020 • 7:37:03pm

re: #22 William Lewis

Oh, man. My fave among your recent works.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 17, 2020 • 7:44:07pm

60 Minutes must have uncorked a bottle of whoop ass.

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William Lewis  May 17, 2020 • 7:45:55pm

re: #59 Rightwingconspirator

Oh, man. My fave among your recent works.

Thank you, I appreciate hearing that.

Getting my Nikon and a set of manual focus lenses for it has been a real giver of inspiration and pleasure. I have one more wide angle to get (a 24/2.8 that is equivalent to 35mm on a the APS-C) and I’ll be quite set with pre 1977 glass and a modern 24 mega pixel digital camera :D

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 7:46:22pm

Kuh Kuh Crazy (by Juanita Jean Herownself)

She goes into the bizarre conspiracy theories Peter Navarro was spreading on “This Week with George Stephanopolis” on ABC today.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 7:53:04pm

The annotated snark version of Senator Ben Sasse’s commencement speech to Fremont, Nebr. High School’s graduating class is now up.

Instead, we all got to watch what happens when Sasse finds himself in the impossible position of delivering a speech that has to appeal to graduating seniors, who belong to a generation he has built a career on belittling, and their septuagenarian racist grandparents, who comprise his voting bloc. In this deliciously horrific spectacle of cognitive dissonance, Sasse combines the stilted vocal fry of a 48-year-old man trying to sound like a Fellow Kid, a series of jokes that capture the youth zeitgeist as well as a mom dabbing to K-pop, insults that target everyone from China to psychologists to the very kids he is speaking to, and a healthy dose of condescending nationalism.

Here is the Seeing Red Nebraska annotated transcript of Sasse’s speech. Ask yourself if a woman in Sasse’s position could show up looking like she just came off a bender, slurring words, and calling high schoolers fat-would it just by chalked up to acting kavanaughty? Find a video link at the bottom of the page.

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Can We Get a Wellness Check on Ben Sasse? (Goes to Seeing Red Nebraska, with a transcript of the speech and annotations in red-letter text)

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The Pie Overlord!  May 17, 2020 • 7:54:42pm
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sagehen  May 17, 2020 • 7:56:20pm

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

American Mensa, Ltd. used to give the score to members when they took a Mensa-proctored test, but the American Psychological Association stopped Mensa from doing that, only permitting “accepted” and “not accepted” now. Mensa requires a four-year degree to proctor a test, but not a degree in psychology.

When I joined Mensa (early 80’s), I didn’t have to take one of their tests. I mailed them a copy of my SAT scores, and that was sufficient.

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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 7:59:09pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:01:45pm

re: #65 sagehen

When I joined Mensa (early 80’s), I didn’t have to take one of their tests. I mailed them a copy of my SAT scores, and that was sufficient.

They no longer take the most recent versions of the SAT. They have judged them to be more vocational tests rather than IQ tests (the same goes for recent versions of the ASVAB).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:09:49pm

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s São Paulo ‘near collapse’ (BBC)

The mayor of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could collapse as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus cases.

Bruno Covas said the city’s public hospitals had reached 90% and could run out of space in about two weeks.

São Paulo is one of the country’s worst-hit regions, with almost 3,000 deaths so far.

On Saturday, Brazil overtook Spain and Italy to become the nation with the fourth largest number of infections.

The health ministry reported 7,938 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total above 241,000. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers.

The death toll in the Latin American nation over 24 hours was 485, meaning that the total number of deaths is 16,118 - the world’s fifth-highest figure.

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São Paulo is a city of more than 12,000,000 people.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:24:59pm

South Africa’s lockdown over the virus includes a nationwide ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. The nation’s largest brewer was forced to dump the equivalent of twenty million bottles of beer. The nation’s winery region faces economic collapse.

Bootlegging alcohol is rampant, along with smuggling cigarettes. South Africa has put the Army on the streets to enforce the cigarette and alcohol ban.

(video, 3:02)

bbc.com (live updates)

Also, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was turned away from a Wellington restaurant due to her own government’s seating restrictions. Her partner claims responsibility because he did not get a reservation first.

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Dread Pirate  May 17, 2020 • 8:27:25pm

re: #69 The Pie Overlord!

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…and Republican voters think that means Trump is smarter than Obama.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 17, 2020 • 8:30:46pm

re: #65 sagehen

When I joined Mensa (early 80’s), I didn’t have to take one of their tests. I mailed them a copy of my SAT scores, and that was sufficient.

I got into Mensa in my senior year of high school. Teachers were shocked that I got in. I went to one Mensa meeting in college and their lusting for Ayn Rand turned me off. I quit.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:33:20pm

One witness says one person’s parachute didn’t appear to fully open.

Canadian aerobatic jet crashes amid pandemic show; 1 dead (Associated Press)

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 17, 2020 • 8:37:33pm

Dr. Bright was on 60 Minutes. That’s what set Trump off.

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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 8:40:39pm

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:48:02pm

re: #72 Joe Bacon 🌹

I got into Mensa in my senior year of high school. Teachers were shocked that I got in. I went to one Mensa meeting in college and their lusting for Ayn Rand turned me off. I quit.

Until we moved here, I rarely went to any meetings. (Mensa was originally founded on the idea that people are scattered so they could stay in touch through mail, newsletters, and national magazines. That worked well for me when I was in the Navy.)

The only meeting I ever went to before moving to Nebraska was decades ago when I threw a party for the Jacksonville Mensa group. (The reason: I lived at the beach in Jacksonville Beach. Turns out lots of people wanted to come.)

My wife and I only went to one in Omaha (too far to drive, the annual winter party) and several dine-outs in Cheyenne.

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sagehen  May 17, 2020 • 8:53:11pm

re: #70 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Also, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was turned away from a Wellington restaurant due to her own government’s seating restrictions. Her partner claims responsibility because he did not get a reservation first.

Did they at least offer her the option of take-out?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 8:54:11pm

First female flight attendant took maiden trip 90 years ago (UPI)

As flight attendants learn to navigate new working conditions — and potential job losses — amid the coronavirus pandemic, Friday marks the anniversary of the flight that in many ways gave birth to the job as we know it today.

Ninety years ago on May 15, 1930, Ellen Church led the first group of what were then called “stewardesses” on a Boeing Air Transport — now United Airlines — flight. Church and three other young women served as flight attendants on the trek from San Francisco to Chicago, which took 20 hours and 13 stops for 14 passengers.

(more, with photographs)

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Belafon  May 17, 2020 • 8:55:02pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — When Jake Bland, with Hometown Hauling, noticed a woman hadn’t put out trash in more than two weeks, he knew something was off.

Instead of ignoring the small observation, Bland, the company’s operations manager, asked dispatch to call the customer.

Bernice Arthur took Bland’s call and immediately searched for the woman’s information. What Arthur learned about the 90-year-old woman devastated her.

“She just didn’t have nothing to eat,” Arthur said, “and that’s why she had no trash to put out there.”

For more than two weeks, the elderly woman had no way to leave her home or get groceries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She was running out of food, and Hometown Hauling decided it wanted to help.

“She has no family, nobody,” Arthur said. “I said, ‘You do have a family now.’”

Bland helped compile a list of groceries and went shopping. He then personally delivered the groceries to the woman, whom they call “Mrs. W.”

The local garbage company paid for everything.

wdrb.com

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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 9:20:14pm
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austin_blue  May 17, 2020 • 9:25:40pm

re: #24 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

My older daughter is an MIT grad. I have no idea what her IQ scores would be now, but she is a genius.
Hee, reminds me of a story about her mother, my late first wife.

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When it first appeared that daughter #1 could get into MIT, when she was a junior in high school, I was naturally very excited. Her mother much less so. During a long-distance phone discussion, she said, “Gee, I don’t know about her going there, Jimmy. They say all the boys there are gay.”
I was astonished at her bizarrely skewed priorities, but instead of delivering a lecture on gossip, generalization, homophobia, etc. I merely said, “Ok, is this a problem? Sounds like a perfect place for her to me.”
She said, in disgust, “You just can’t take anything seriously can you?”
I just shook my head and hung up.

When I was 16, I took a Junior Engineering Testing Service test when we lived in Georgia. Summer, 1972. I scored in the 97th percentile. We moved that August back up to Fairfax, Va, where I finished my last two years of High School (W.T.Woodson Cavaliers!). The next month I got a letter from MENSA inviting me to join.

I circular filed it. I wanted to be a student, not an egg head. I’ve known a lot of people who were really, really smart in my life, and quite a few of them couldn’t change a tire if you handed them a jack and a lug wrench.

When I went to college, I entered Tulane with an idea to be a bio-medical engineer. That lasted a semester. Hated the curriculum. Realized I was a skilled generalist guy and not someone who was interested in “focusing down” on minutia.

So I majored in Geology, minored in theater, and then went and flew jets in the Air Force for a few years. While I was there I discovered I was a cool customer when things went wrong (things often went tits-up). Didn’t panic, went through the checklists, got really analytical as to what was happening and how to fix it.

After I got out of the service, I worked as wellhead geologist, offshore, and then as a consultant on high-pressure, deep drilling projects.

It was always about solving problems and keeping us out of trouble. Tore my back out in a rig accident, got a lumbar laminectomy, and went into environmental geology.

Learned shallow groundwater dynamics, vertical contaminant flow based on contaminant density, and vapor intrusion models for chlorinated solvents. Ended up spending my 16 years working as an emergency response coordinator trying to keep things blowing up and killing people. Never had a fatality after an initial incident. Nor a serious injury.

This is just to say there are several kinds of genius. I got yanked out of my fifth-grade class in my neighborhood school and transferred into the first “Gifted Program” in the Fairfax County Public School System. I was comfortable with many of the other kids, but some were just weird. Twidgets.

I’m really good at calmly reviewing a large chaotic situation and seeing necessary immediate reaction, looming bottlenecks, and fixes.

I understand Schroedinger’s cat, but I quite frankly don’t give a fuck whether it’s there or not. I’ll leave that to someone who is into that shit. I have always been into real world grit. Always will be.

See a problem. Fix the problem.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 9:41:56pm

re: #81 austin_blue

It appears we’re going through the Sunday night personal reveal session at Little Green Footballs.

It was such an event (but not Mensa) which my wife and I were going to go to in Germany this month, before a virus fouled that up.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 9:43:17pm

re: #77 sagehen

Did they at least offer her the option of take-out?

According to the article, they were able to fit them in after a wait.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 17, 2020 • 9:46:46pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 9:47:12pm

For lotto followers:

Woman wins $2M lottery prize with same numbers that won her $50,000 (UPI)

May 14 (UPI) — A North Carolina woman won a $2 million Powerball prize using the same number combination that won her $50,000 just three years earlier.

Shanika Miller of Durham told North Carolina Education Lottery officials the Powerball ticket she bought using the lottery website’s Online Play option bore the same numbers she always uses — her children’s birthdays.

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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 9:55:15pm
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austin_blue  May 17, 2020 • 10:10:48pm

re: #73 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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One witness says one person’s parachute didn’t appear to fully open.

Canadian aerobatic jet crashes amid pandemic show; 1 dead (Associated Press)

Goddamit. Those two-seat Tutor trainers went into service in 1960, and they have a side-by-side cockpit and the ejection seats are ballistic, meaning there is basically a mortar round under you butt that blows you out of your seat. I mentioned downstairs that I hoped they had upgraded the seats with rockets to get you some more altitude (thus time for ‘chute deployment), but no, they had the original equipment, which in a low-altitude ejection is just a killer.

An old classic line in pilot training is “stall, spin, crash, burn, die, coming ‘round the ninety”. Which simply means that if in a turn your wings get to 90 degrees to the ground, you have no lift. The nose falls straight down. Stall. Out of control until you get enough speed to control the plane. That’s okay if you have enough altitude. If not, you have to eject. But if you eject and you don’t have a modern rocket-assisted seat, you are probably gonna die.

RIP, Jenn. You fucked the dog and you bought the farm.

This is the STANEVAL crew (Standardization Evaluation crew), the best flight crew at Fairchild AFB in Spokane in 1994, doing the same damn thing. They got up to around 70 degrees early in their turn, shallowed out, and yanked to make their turn point for their flight demonstration practice. If you look closely you’ll see one hatch blow off as someone tries to get out. Mortars under their butts. Old tech. They all died.

B52 Crash View B Fairchild 1994

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 10:14:18pm

Texas’s runoff primary is coming up in July, so Democrats and civil libertarians are looking for a quick resolution to the vote-by-mail case working its way through the Texas courts.

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday temporarily put on hold an expansion of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Siding with Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Supreme Court blocked a state appeals court decision that allowed voters who lack immunity to the virus to qualify for absentee ballots by citing a disability. That appellate decision upheld a lower court’s order that would have allowed more people to qualify to vote by mail. The state’s Supreme Court has not weighed the merits of the case.

AG Ken [accused felon fraudster] Paxton argues local officials must use his reading of Texas law regarding disability and mail voting and not what the plaintiffs are arguing. The legal wrangling has gone on for three days, resulting in multiple interpretations of the disability voting statute.

Texas law defines disability as a “sickness or physical condition” that prevents a voter from appearing in person without the risk of “injuring the voter’s health.”

Democrats and civil libertarians are arguing that susceptibility to the virus counts as risk to a voter’s health. Paxton argues Travis County allowing “anyone” to request a mail ballot contravenes Texas voting law.

Paxton is also arguing that District Court Judge Tim Sulak incorrectly interpreted the law, saying “fear” is not a valid reason to request a ballot under Texas law. Judge Sulak did not rule based on an assertion of “fear” but on susceptibility of catching the virus.

The order from the state Supreme Court blocks the district court judge’s ruling while appeals continue. The court will hear arguments on whether Judge Sulak erred and abused the court’s discretion on Wednesday.

Texas Supreme Court puts expansion of voting by mail on hold (Texas Tribune, more at the link)

The GOP is desperate to keep people from voting. If they thought they could win outright, they would not care how many people voted by absentee ballot; this isn’t about standing up for some legal principle.

“This is a dark day for our democracy,” he [Texas state Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hijonosa] said. “The Republican Texas Supreme Court is wrong to force the people of Texas to choose between their health and their right to vote. They would have Texans die, just so they can hold on to power.” (my emphasis)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 10:29:07pm

re: #87 austin_blue

This is a news article about the B-52 crash at Fairchild. The news crew has a former B-52 crewman analyse the film in slow motion to tell what went wrong during the manoeuvre and what the pilot tried to do to correct the aircraft’s attitude.

At the very end of the flight the aircraft actually hit power lines, but they did not cause the crash; the aircraft was hopelessly out-of-control by that point. (4:03)

B52 Crash

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 10:47:25pm

Trump has now promised to veto the next coronavirus stimulus package passed by the House if it gets past the Senate.

upi.com

Rep. Kevin McCarthy is whinging “illegal immigrants!” which Trump is also repeating.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 17, 2020 • 10:50:34pm

re: #90 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Trump has now promised to veto the next coronavirus stimulus package passed by the House if it gets past the Senate.

upi.com

Rep. Kevin McCarthy is whinging “illegal immigrants!” which Trump is also repeating.

With I’m sure a lot of additional whining about the Democrats making him do it assuming it does get past Moscow Mitch and his cronies.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 10:53:01pm
Lockdown in Panama is strictly enforced, with men allowed out one day and women the next. But this has been used by some as an excuse to harass members of the trans community.

Coronavirus: They grabbed my breasts and said, ‘You’re not a woman’ (BBC, tells her past story and current assault by the police)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 11:01:46pm

re: #74 Eclectic Cyborg

Dr. Bright was on 60 Minutes. That’s what set Trump off.

It could also have been Fed chair Jerome Powell, or maybe both of them.

Coronavirus: Fed chairman Powell warns downturn ‘may last until late 2021’ (BBC)

The chairman of the Federal Reserve says the US economy could “easily” contract by 20-30% amid the pandemic.

Jerome Powell added in a CBS interview that the economic downturn might last until late 2021, and a full rebound may not be happen until a vaccine is found.

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Something something a bunch of people aren’t going to spend a dime they don’t have to if it means risking their health.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 11:06:18pm

Can I be an honourary veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 17, 2020 • 11:17:05pm

World leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19 (Goes to UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

GENEVA, 14 MAY 2020—More than 140 world leaders and experts, including the President of South Africa and Chair of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have signed an open letter calling on all governments to unite behind a people’s vaccine against COVID-19. The call was made just days before health ministers meet virtually for the World Health Assembly on 18 May.

The letter, which marks the most ambitious position yet set out by world leaders on a COVID-19 vaccine, demands that all vaccines, treatments and tests be patent-free, mass produced, distributed fairly and made available to all people, in all countries, free of charge.

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Sorry. Conservatives in wealthy nations need to ensure their billionaires and corporations can continue to receive their profit streams from suffering. These aren’t the days of Dr. Jonas Salk. Profit, capitalism, and power are all that matter now.

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teleskiguy  May 17, 2020 • 11:37:59pm

There aren’t enough negative adjectives to describe that orange tub of rancid lard.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 17, 2020 • 11:40:01pm

re: #23 Patricia Kayden

I knew that Donald Trump becoming President would be a disaster, but even I couldn’t have imagined it getting this bad.

I kept telling myself that things would just have to get worse before they could start getting better, but I never imagined them getting this bad…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 17, 2020 • 11:42:58pm

re: #60 The Pie Overlord!

….This whole Whistleblower racket needs to be looked at very closely, it is causing great injustice & harm.

to bullies who are used to intimidating others into getting their way

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austin_blue  May 17, 2020 • 11:46:07pm

Ach, way too late for me. Off to the rack. Good night sweet princes and princesses, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 12:01:43am

re: #99 austin_blue

Ach, way too late for me. Off to the rack. Good night sweet princes and princesses, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

I’m going to head off to bed as well. Catch y’all later.

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 12:04:02am

*sigh*

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Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 12:10:09am

re: #101 teleskiguy

*sigh*

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The problem isn’t the “folk who are responsible,” Joe. It’s the legion of dumbasses who aren’t and think that an “exception” should be made for them because “reasons.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 12:12:19am

I just had to block an old FB musician friend over some post over how Mario Cuomo and a cabal of billionaires want to turn New York into an authoritarian dystopia…

Too much of that shit going around these days.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 12:36:26am

From Mr. Johnson’s offering at the top of the article:

Posting this because it’s a funny rant. Do I need any other reason? Should I be taking turmeric?

Sir, now you’ve dumped the idea in my head that I need to go out and start taking turmeric as a supplement to relieve general inflamation.

(Rummages around wife’s spice cabinet)

Yup, she’s got plenty of turmeric. I’ll make sure to let her know she needs to put it in more than the occasional Indian food dish (like rye bread or cookies) to ensure she can stain more of our wooden and plastic spoons.

That video is pretty funny.

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Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 12:49:58am

“Folks who are responsible” don’t bitch about the laws/regs requiring them to do an act, they do that act because they’re “responsible.” If you’re bitching about the laws/regs, chances are you’re not “responsible.”

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 12:54:54am

How about some music?

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:10:27am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 1:17:50am

re: #107 teleskiguy

Well this explains the pervasive nazi problem on Twitter.

thank you for reminding me of why I never go near that site and generally only hear about it here…

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:36:47am

re: #107 teleskiguy

The tweet I quote-tweeted has been deleted, the person who tweeted it deleted for fear of being suspended by @delbius. Screen shot below.

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:45:55am

re: #109 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:52:09am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 1:55:03am

re: #111 teleskiguy

Remember: 40 Years ago On May 18, 1980, 8:32 a.m. PDT
eruption of Mount St. Helens

I forget, what was God punishing us for back then?

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:56:03am

re: #111 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 1:58:19am

re: #113 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 2:09:26am
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John Hughes  May 18, 2020 • 2:32:37am

re: #109 teleskiguy

If one is to believe the doxing he works in “caring, educating, and protecting vulnerable children, young people and adults”, which, if it is correct, is scary shit.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 2:51:23am

re: #116 John Hughes

If one is to believe the doxing he works in “caring, educating, and protecting vulnerable children, young people and adults”, which, if it is correct, is scary shit.

vulnerability is a sign of weakness, and you know what happens to the weak…

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 18, 2020 • 3:08:24am

How long will it take for the masses to realize that “social media” exists to monetize the personality of each individual?

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 3:10:01am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 3:14:56am

re: #118 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

How long will it take for the masses to realize that “social media” exists to monetize the personality of each individual?

as long as people use it as a source of news on politics and current affairs, the future of civilization is in decline…

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John Hughes  May 18, 2020 • 3:15:20am

re: #116 John Hughes

If one is to believe the doxing he works in “caring, educating, and protecting vulnerable children, young people and adults”, which, if it is correct, is scary shit.

It also explains how he could know @delbius, who also comes from the “protecting vulnerable children” world.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 3:17:25am

Seems that the stalker site has expired, I stop by there occasionally to see how they are obsessing about Chuck…

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John Hughes  May 18, 2020 • 3:23:08am

re: #117 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

vulnerability is a sign of weakness, and you know what happens to the weak…

I know I’m supposed to think that they get fed into the ovens, but that’s not really what Nazis want to to with weak, vulnerable people. Weak, vulnerable people get turned into Nazis.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 3:28:35am

re: #123 John Hughes

I know I’m supposed to think that they get fed into the ovens, but that’s not really what Nazis want to to with weak, vulnerable people. Weak, vulnerable people get turned into Nazis.

They have no use for the “unproductive”. Mentally weak and socially vulnerable people often get turned into Nazis.

East Germany, for all its other shortcomings, made an effort to take care of people’s social needs. Nearly every small town had some sort of community center with some sort of activities at the weekend: a film or a disco or even the odd live band.

Those all closed down, and the places turned into ghost towns. The West German neo-Nazis moved in after reunification and started offering family picnics and gatherings and activities for all ages, and did a lot of successful recruiting that way.

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 3:41:47am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 18, 2020 • 4:18:45am
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William Lewis  May 18, 2020 • 4:30:44am
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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 4:39:59am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 18, 2020 • 4:51:11am
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Dave In Austin  May 18, 2020 • 4:52:25am

This gets their attention.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 4:54:04am

re: #130 Dave In Austin

This gets their attention.

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People will die. People need to die. This is war, economic war, and there are 1% of Americans making sure that they maintain hold on their 40% of America’s wealth, no matter how big the sacrifice the working people have to make.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 4:59:43am

re: #122 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Seems that the stalker site has expired, I stop by there occasionally to see how they are obsessing about Chuck…

Nope. They just moved and combined. They have also infected twitter.
blogmocracy.com and ‎@Blogmocracy

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 5:04:30am

re: #132 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Nope. They just moved and combined. They have also infected twitter.
blogmocracy.com and ‎@Blogmocracy

I could not imagine giving up their obsession…blogmocracy.

“Congress shall make no law abridging…freedom of speech…”

so hard to grasp. Just like that bit with the “well-regulated militia” in their other favorite amendment…

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jeffreyw  May 18, 2020 • 5:17:03am

YouTube

Good morning!

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 5:22:49am

re: #133 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I could not imagine giving up their obsession…blogmocracy.

“Congress shall make no law abridging…freedom of speech…”

so hard to grasp. Just like that bit with the “well-regulated militia” in their other favorite amendment…

Birds of a feather and all that.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 5:24:17am

re: #135 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Birds of a feather and all that.

Listen, I been obsessing about my ex GF for nearly three years now…I can relate at least on that level

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 5:46:19am

re: #136 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Listen, I been obsessing about my ex GF for nearly three years now…I can relate at least on that level

….

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A Cranky One  May 18, 2020 • 5:48:12am

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steve_davis  May 18, 2020 • 5:49:44am

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

From downstairs:

Although James Woods may not have a verified IQ of 180, he was accepted to MIT and (bizarrely) dropped out his last semester to pursue his acting career. So my guess is that his IQ was significantly higher than average.

bizarrely, or did his high iq finally convince him that he would be a multi millionare many times over if he followed his dreams, rather than listening to his elders?

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A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 5:57:02am

re: #138 A Cranky One

That was probably made in CHINA!! And to think these idiots are allowed to drive and reproduce….

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steve_davis  May 18, 2020 • 5:57:08am

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

It does have to do with intelligence, but nothing to do with decency, ethics, or education (he dropped out of college to pursue acting).

The overwhelming majority of members of high-IQ societies do not go around telling you what they scored, even to others in the same society. To those outside such a society they may say they’re a member or talk about the things they do, but not about their specific score on a test.

Most standard IQ tests top out around 160-165, so Mr. Woods’s claim of 180 is questionable. The only source for Mr. Woods’s claim is Mr. Woods. It has been repeated by the media (especially media which covers celebrities), but he has provided no evidence of it (for example, the results of a proctored IQ test).

Lots of people claim to have high IQs, but “I think I have a high IQ” is not the same as having a proctored test by a professional trained in that area (a psychologist).

It’s not always the celebrity who makes the claim though: Sometimes the celebrity media makes the claim up out of whole cloth.

For example, there was a stir when Huffington Post made the claim Shakira is a “genius” because she has a 140 IQ as published by Mensa UK.

Mensa UK has no such published figures; Mensa does not publish them.

Mensa International refutes recent press stories (Goes to Mensa International, debunking the so-called celebrity list which included James Woods)

American Mensa, Ltd. used to give the score to members when they took a Mensa-proctored test, but the American Psychological Association stopped Mensa from doing that, only permitting “accepted” and “not accepted” now. Mensa requires a four-year degree to proctor a test, but not a degree in psychology.

After the HP post was debunked, they updated their article to claim Mensa “denies” they released Shakira’s scores. No other outlet ever updated or corrected their articles about her, James Woods, Madonna, &c.

Interestingly, the source is here:

Tarantino, Madonna y Shakira, entre las personalidades con alto IQ: Mensa International (goes to Sinembargo in Spanish, a Mexican news outlet, citing its own owner Notimex but no other source).

dolph lundgren. chemical engineering degree, and then a career making mostly bad B movies. Still, it would be kind of cool if he’d been cast as MacGyver. He could have spent the entire series thinking about various outlandish ways to get out of each episode’s jam, and then breaking the fourth wall to explain to the audience why the laws of physics don’t actually allow for that particular harebrained scheme.

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A Cranky One  May 18, 2020 • 5:59:22am

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steve_davis  May 18, 2020 • 6:02:51am

re: #40 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I don’t recall taking an IQ test in school. (Not much point in my tiny school anyway.)

The first test I recall taking resembling an IQ test was the military ASVAB in 1977 when I sought to enlist in the US Navy.

yeah, i took the ASVAB in high school and spent the next year with military recruiters trying desperately to get me into the army. I was flattered at the time. Now I realize they must have been really desperate.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 6:06:31am

re: #12 Eclectic Cyborg

IOKIYAR.. I know that. You know that. It’s how the GOP works, and they’ve worked over the media to do the same, and they’ve now got the courts intent on doing the same.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 6:14:54am

re: #128 teleskiguy

I’ve been up to Mt. St. Helens once, and it’s a most imposing sight, even all these years later. Half the mountain blasted away, trees for tens of thousands of acres blown down even now - and rivers/streams dammed up by the flows. When I was there, they were worried about the humpback, a new magma chamber rising through the mountain, and it steams and seethes even now.

And then I remember that Mt. Rainier is also an active volcano just 70 miles from Seattle/Tacoma, and if it goes, we’d see major destruction through the greater Sea/Tac region, including mudflows all the way to the hearts of these cities.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 6:17:51am

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 6:18:05am

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mmmirele  May 18, 2020 • 6:19:34am

Religious scholars are now hard at work at examining the QAnon phenomenon, which is now branching out into a “church of QAnon,” growing out of extreme evangelical/charismatic Protestantism.

Thread:

and article: theconversation.com

This really does go “deep,” but worth a read to see how far these people have gotten on their thinking and where they are going next. I asked if my “favorite” (as in he lives six miles due south of me) “baker” named “Praying Medic” is involved.

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 6:26:43am

Geology is an extremely slow process, except when it isn’t.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 6:32:09am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 6:34:15am

re: #144 lawhawk

IOKIYAR.. I know that. You know that. It’s how the GOP works, and they’ve worked over the media to do the same, and they’ve now got the courts intent on doing the same.

The GOP has successfully sold the image that Democrats are the Deep State Establishment while they are the Party of Freedom Fighters standing up for the interests of the Little Man.

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A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 6:35:26am

It really says something when fucking NASCAR shows better leadership (as in masks and distancing)than the fucking POTUS and the GOP.

My husband has pretty much nothing but conservative right wing friends. Ack. Long tale of me losing my shit more than once over the years…however husband is lots more liberal because of my leadership, heh. He’s FINALLY calling out these idiots and proving how stupid they are when they start their crap. Progress. Sort of. He’s lost a couple friends, meh, this my sad face😜

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 6:40:53am
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Shropshire Slasher  May 18, 2020 • 6:42:58am

re: #136 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Listen, I been obsessing about my ex GF for nearly three years now…I can relate at least on that level

The longest road traveled is from your head to your heart.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 6:44:35am

re: #153 teleskiguy

As the CBS Sunday Morning reports noted, the USGS wanted to push back the no-go zones even further, but the state governor refused to deal with it. The overwhelming majority of those killed were outside the exclusion zone, but within the areas that the USGS wanted to include.

Once again, not listening to the experts had dire consequences. The remarkably low loss of life considering the size and scope of the eruption is due entirely to the USGS issuing those warnings in the weeks leading up to the eruption.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 6:46:23am

re: #132 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Nope. They just moved and combined. They have also infected twitter.

I looked at the so-called stalker site once a long time ago after someone here brought it up, just to understand what people were talking about. Holy shyte it was full of nothing but whinging about Mr. Johnson and how he dare kick them off his private Website like some common private property owner.

At that new site mentioned here, I went to look to see what they’re talking about now, mostly because there wasn’t enough battery acid in my coffee. They’re still whinging.

The owner let the old site expire intentionally he says.

It is with a sad, yet hopeful heart that I call the end of Diary of Daedalus. There is no need to carry on. The idiot boy is a failure and simply a small turd in the bowl of life. A turd is in fact high praise for the groovy pony-tail. His minions float lower in the bowl, by choice.

I wasn’t aware I was “a minion.” I am neither dependent on nor servile to Mr. Johnson. Any of y’all here minions?

He then goes on to say that we’re all “basement dwellers,” the site is “a wreck,” and somehow Mr. Johnson “blew it” for not listening (to who, him? The photo of St. Ronald of Reagan on his new site?)

He ends with this gem regarding his old Website and this one:

We will now welcome abusive tirades against the jazzy ponytail and his sadly moronic followers who still can’t come up with a way to cook a side of salmon, or be able to put a noun and verb together.

The DoD database and the comments are secured. The brilliant work of the unnamed genius few remains.

I can’t imagine being that hurt and that childish over a freakin’ Website. I’m not as mad as that against my ex-wife who made me homeless for more than a decade.

Reading through the comments section on that thread, I realise I could live in far worse places than Conservatopia. I could live in Crazytown. I’m glad I don’t know any of those folks.

And no, asshats, no one wants Trump supporters to get Covid-19 (if for no other reason than they might give it to us). All but eight people in my town are Trump supporters and I don’t want any of them to get it.

A fair number of people think they might get it of their own accord (because they refuse to do with this disease what has been known about every disease since the dawn of time for which there is no cure).

www (dot) blogmocracy (dot) com/2020/05/11/the-end-of-diary-of-daedalus/
“The End of Diary of Daedalus”

That whole thread is some first-class whinging.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 6:50:43am
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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 6:51:26am

And how did Karl Rove know Obama was talking about Trump?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  May 18, 2020 • 6:52:18am

re: #157 jaunte

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 6:53:11am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I can’t imagine being that hurt and that childish over a freakin’ Website.

They’re not butthurt over a website. There butthurt over a challenge to their ideology.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 6:53:17am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

The brilliant work of the unnamed genius few remains.

Who is it who can’t put together a noun and a verb? Grammar much?

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 6:54:50am
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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 6:55:42am

re: #159 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

I’d sooner drive with Biden than be in a room with any of the Trumps. I don’t want covid19. And it’s spreading throughout Trumpworld thanks to their refusal to social distance or mask up.

And thanks to Trump’s know nothing views, he’s empowering like minded know nothings to do the same thing, putting their lives and those in their community in peril as well.

We’re already seeing rises in cases all around the country due to Mother’s Day gatherings. We’ll continue to see these spikes, and rises thanks to states relaxing already lax requirements. This pandemic isn’t going away. It’s going to keep killing people and spreading because we lack the will as a nation from Trump on down to do the right thing. We just aren’t doing enough testing, and every day that we lack that ability means you need to do even more testing.

It’s a paradox, and it started with Trump refusing to take this seriously at all when we had a chance to try and get ahead of the disease.

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A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 6:56:45am

re: #161 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’ll have them know I cook an excellent recipe for salmon baked with garlic butter. So neener neener poopy wingnut boys….

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Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 7:00:15am

re: #157 jaunte

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It’s also virtually unheard of for a sitting president to suggest that his immediate predecessor guilty of unspecified “crimes” and demand the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee drag him in to testify under oath.

But your “concern” is noted, Karl.//////

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 7:03:14am

re: #165 Targetpractice

It’s also unprecedented for a sitting president to claim that he’s got absolute immunity for any actions he’s taken, but that his predecessor should be prosecuted for “crimes” that should also be immune under his same theory of “absolute” immunity.

The batcrap insanity is batcrap. Trump doesn’t care how much crap he throws out there. He knows his base will believe it, the media will repeat it and regurgitate it and amplify it, and he can move on to the next lie and crime.

And the dead bodies keep piling up.

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A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 7:03:26am

re: #152 A Mom Anon

I meant to add, so I wonder how my hubby’s buds feel about NASCAR being more responsible and smarter than they are.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 7:04:54am

re: #165 Targetpractice

Rove with the ‘drive-by shooting’ subtle nod to Birth Of A Nation fans.

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A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!  May 18, 2020 • 7:08:35am

re: #134 jeffreyw

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Video

Good morning!

Western good morning!

…and welcomes little foxes in with gently smiling jaws.
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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 7:10:28am

Racism spelled with a B.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 7:11:12am
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Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 7:11:26am

re: #159 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

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It’s sick and twisted, but not in the way Salome thinks. It’s “I’m Eric” following up from Half-Scoop’s “joke” yesterday about Biden being a paedophile.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 7:12:22am

re: #169 A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!

Where are you? Alligators and flamingos in the West?

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Barefoot Grin  May 18, 2020 • 7:12:59am

re: #165 Targetpractice

It’s also virtually unheard of for a sitting president to suggest that his immediate predecessor guilty of unspecified “crimes” and demand the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee drag him in to testify under oath.

But your “concern” is noted, Karl.//////

Karl is so pissed that he lacks this kind of ammunition.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 7:13:02am

I’m sorry I got called out.

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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 7:15:15am

Oookay…

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:15:50am

re: #101 teleskiguy

*sigh*

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[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

When gene simmons and KISS are more responsible

And

Asked how the virus was affecting music, he replied: “We can talk about the big numbers and that means billions of dollars that are lost. The rich and the famous and the good-looking folks who wear silly outfits like this and have silly hair like this… billions of dollars just flushed down the drain. So what? You’re talking about single mothers and families who live from check to check. The people who actually put on these concerts - the security people, the road crews, all that stuff - this is survival. The folks in and around the infrastructure are the people who are suffering the most.”

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 7:15:58am
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Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 7:17:45am

re: #178 jaunte

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Yet he feels comfortable with this shit because the media has basically given him a pass on those accusations.

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retired cynic  May 18, 2020 • 7:18:58am

Bless Judd Legum, he is really on it. Kroger has backed down, and is extending hazard pay for another month. And he is really pushing Facebook.

Facebook, unmasked.

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John Hughes  May 18, 2020 • 7:19:43am

re: #124 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

re: #145 lawhawk

And then I remember that Mt. Rainier is also an active volcano just 70 miles from Seattle/Tacoma,

Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano about 6 miles from Naples, population 967,068.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 7:21:46am
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A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!  May 18, 2020 • 7:22:09am

re: #173 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Where are you? Alligators and flamingos in the West?

I’m in the west, (where we do have flamingos, though not alligators), but most of the animals aren’t. I took that picture in Costa Rica.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:22:14am

re: #152 A Mom Anon

It really says something when fucking NASCAR shows better leadership (as in masks and distancing)than the fucking POTUS and the GOP.

My husband has pretty much nothing but conservative right wing friends. Ack. Long tale of me losing my shit more than once over the years…however husband is lots more liberal because of my leadership, heh. He’s FINALLY calling out these idiots and proving how stupid they are when they start their crap. Progress. Sort of. He’s lost a couple friends, meh, this my sad face😜

The most prominent office in America — with all of the testing, resources and doctors it needs — is still struggling to keep its employees and leaders safe, even as more than a dozen states reopen businesses, restaurants, parks and beaches.”

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:24:08am

re: #158 jaunte

And how did Karl Rove know Obama was talking about Trump?

Exacto!!!!!

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 7:24:21am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 7:24:30am

re: #183 A hollow Gandalfian voice says, VOTE, you fools!

I’m in the west, (where we do have flamingos, though not alligators), but most of the animals aren’t. I took that picture in Costa Rica.

I want meaning to get personal. I was just curious. 🙂

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 7:24:53am

re: #181 John Hughes

Yup. And there are plenty of other active volcanos all around the Pacific Ring of Fire that are near major population centers. Just focused on the US volcano threats.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 18, 2020 • 7:25:15am

re: #141 steve_davis

dolph lundgren. chemical engineering degree, and then a career making mostly bad B movies. Still, it would be kind of cool if he’d been cast as MacGyver. He could have spent the entire series thinking about various outlandish ways to get out of each episode’s jam, and then breaking the fourth wall to explain to the audience why the laws of physics don’t actually allow for that particular harebrained scheme.

Always liked MacGyver. He could take a broken-down SUV, a pile of beer cans, and some salvaged household wire and make a C-13O out of them.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:29:44am

Who coulda seen this coming?
Except like everybody?

The Guardian: “Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests - some of which have been connected with Covid-19 cases - are often traveling hundreds of miles to events, returning to all parts of their states, and even crossing into neighboring ones.”

“The data raises the prospect that the protests will play a role in spreading the coronavirus epidemic to areas which have, so far, experienced relatively few infections

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 7:29:53am

re: #181 John Hughes

Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano about 6 miles from Naples, population 967,068.

If you want to know just how “responsible” people can be, ask why these people didn’t leave when they found out about Pompei.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 7:30:15am

re: #171 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

He’s sorry he got called out around the world.

When rape and Nazi apologia happen so often to conservatives, you have to wonder why they go for those comparisons so much. (No wonder, they like that.)

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:31:03am

re: #192 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

He’s sorry he got called out around the world.

When rape and Nazi apologia happen so often to conservatives, you have to wonder why they go for those comparisons so much. (No wonder, they like that.)

Slow learners?

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 7:31:44am

re: #181 John Hughes

Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano about 6 miles from Naples, population 967,068.

If that blows (again), Italy is looking at an unprecedented catastrophe.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:32:43am

From 538

The most startling shift, though, is among voters age 65 and older. Four years ago, Trump bested Hillary Clinton by 13 points, 55% to 42%… But now Biden narrowly leads Trump 48% to 47%, based on an average of 48 national polls that included that age group. If those figures hold until November, they would represent a seismic shift in the voting behavior of America’s oldest voters.”

Separately and related

Matthew Yglesias: “Some evidence here that ‘let grandma die’ is not a very persuasive message to America’s older voters.”

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Sherlock Hound  May 18, 2020 • 7:33:57am

re: #194 Dr Lizardo

If that blows (again), Italy is looking at an unprecedented catastrophe.

I seem to recall Mt. Etna in Sicily blows off every so often.

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retired cynic  May 18, 2020 • 7:35:48am

re: #81 austin_blue

I circular filed it. I wanted to be a student, not an egg head. I’ve known a lot of people who were really, really smart in my life, and quite a few of them couldn’t change a tire if you handed them a jack and a lug wrench. …
I understand Schroedinger’s cat, but I quite frankly don’t give a fuck whether it’s there or not. I’ll leave that to someone who is into that shit. I have always been into real world grit. Always will be.

See a problem. Fix the problem.

The brothers that we had help us on the farm, my “sons”, could figure out anything, right down to taking an old “Johnny Pop” two cylinder diesel John Deere all the way down to the bones and putting it back together again good as new, and running and repairing computers and electronic sound and light equipment for their band. They called folks like that (and probably me) “educated stupid.” Anything we needed, from shoveling manure to helping with vet procedures to putting up hay was all in a day’s work. And if you have never kept hay equipment up to snuff, or timed a bailer, you just haven’t lived!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 7:37:09am

re: #154 Shropshire Slasher

The longest road traveled is from your head to your heart.

Previous GF took around 15 years to finally shake…

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Sherlock Hound  May 18, 2020 • 7:37:49am

According to this AFP newsitem, spraying disinfectant in the streets doesn’t work that well. More to the point, this guy spraying on the front of his sweeper truck (looks like it’s in Indonesia) is going to get himself killed.

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b.d. (Follow science, survive and vote!)  May 18, 2020 • 7:39:01am

re: #196 Sherlock Hound

I seem to recall Mt. Etna in Sicily blows off every so often.

FAKE SPEWS!

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Shropshire Slasher  May 18, 2020 • 7:39:02am

re: #190 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

Who coulda seen this coming?
Except like everybody?

I didn’t see the link, but how did they get the cellphone data?

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 7:39:42am

re: #196 Sherlock Hound

I seem to recall Mt. Etna in Sicily blows off every so often.

Yep. And Vesuvius isn’t the only potential headache Naples has the worry about: the Phlegraean Fields, a literal supervolcano, is not far away at all. Right in their backyard.

en.wikipedia.org

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 7:41:40am

re: #81 austin_blue

I wish the really smart people I know would figure out how to properly install a graphics card in a computer or set up a network.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 18, 2020 • 7:43:06am

re: #176 teleskiguy

Oookay…

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Holy moly!
Do y’all remember that bumper sticker that asked “Is it weird enough for you yet?” Wish I could find one. I’d scribble “Yes, it’s entirely ****ing weird enough for me now” on it.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 18, 2020 • 7:44:17am

re: #118 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

How long will it take for the masses to realize that “social media” exists to monetize the personality of each individual?

This is quite obvious. If the product is free, you’re the currency.

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The Pie Overlord!  May 18, 2020 • 7:44:52am

re: #170 jaunte

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Racism spelled with a B.

A backwards B.

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sagehen  May 18, 2020 • 7:45:06am

re: #155 lawhawk

As the CBS Sunday Morning reports noted, the USGS wanted to push back the no-go zones even further, but the state governor refused to deal with it. The overwhelming majority of those killed were outside the exclusion zone, but within the areas that the USGS wanted to include.

Once again, not listening to the experts had dire consequences. The remarkably low loss of life considering the size and scope of the eruption is due entirely to the USGS issuing those warnings in the weeks leading up to the eruption.

Jindal: Who Needs Volcano Monitoring?

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 7:45:59am

Some potentially encouraging news to start the work week:

“Moderna’s closely watched early-stage human trial for a coronavirus vaccine produced Covid-19 antibodies in all 45 participants, the biotech company announced Monday, sending the company’s shares surging more than 17%.

Each participant received a 25, 100 or 250 microgram dose, with 15 people in each dose group. Participants received two doses of the potential vaccine via intramuscular injection in the upper arm approximately 28 days apart.

At day 43, or two weeks following the second dose, levels of binding antibodies in the 25 microgram group were at the levels generally seen in blood samples from people who recovered from the disease, the company said. Those in the 100 microgram had antibodies that “significantly exceeded levels” in recovered patients. Data on a second dose was not available for the 250 microgram group, the company said.

The vaccine also produced neutralizing antibodies against Covid-19 in at least eight participants, the company said. Experts have said neutralizing antibodies appear to be important in acquiring protection.”

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 7:46:18am

Imagine my shock and surprise.

Fast tracking military sales to the Saudis.

And improper actions by a Trumpist? I’m shocked. Shocked.

/no, I’m not. This is all too predictable in Trumpworld.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 7:46:23am

The volcano on Stromboli is permanently spewing, lending its name to a class of volcanoes.

And it served as the inspiration for Mount Doom (Tolkien visited the island on a tour)

And the islet of Strombolicio must have served as the inspiration for the Dark Tower

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 7:48:27am

re: #208 Eclectic Cyborg

Some potentially encouraging news to start the work week:

“Moderna’s closely watched early-stage human trial for a coronavirus vaccine produced Covid-19 antibodies in all 45 participants, the biotech company announced Monday, sending the company’s shares surging more than 17%.

Each participant received a 25, 100 or 250 microgram dose, with 15 people in each dose group. Participants received two doses of the potential vaccine via intramuscular injection in the upper arm approximately 28 days apart.

At day 43, or two weeks following the second dose, levels of binding antibodies in the 25 microgram group were at the levels generally seen in blood samples from people who recovered from the disease, the company said. Those in the 100 microgram had antibodies that “significantly exceeded levels” in recovered patients. Data on a second dose was not available for the 250 microgram group, the company said.

The vaccine also produced neutralizing antibodies against Covid-19 in at least eight participants, the company said. Experts have said neutralizing antibodies appear to be important in acquiring protection.”

The only discouraging thing is that it’s a US company, so we’ll have to deal with Trump trying to block the rest of the world from having access.

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A Cranky One  May 18, 2020 • 7:50:02am

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 7:50:09am

re: #211 Belafon

The only discouraging thing is that it’s a US company, so we’ll have to deal with Trump trying to block the rest of the world from having access.

Or trying to charge other countries out the ass for said access.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:51:07am

re: #201 Shropshire Slasher

I didn’t see the link, but how did they get the cellphone data?

LinkLink

The anonymized location data was captured from opt-in cellphone apps, and data scientists at the firm VoteMap used it to determine the movements of devices present at protests in late April and early May in five states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado and Florida

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Eventual Carrion  May 18, 2020 • 7:52:45am

re: #159 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

[Embedded content]

Eric, I certainly wouldn’t let your dad drive my daughter anywhere.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 7:55:40am

re: #211 Belafon

The only discouraging thing is that it’s a US company, so we’ll have to deal with Trump trying to block the rest of the world from having access.

World leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19

More than 140 world leaders, experts and elders have made an unprecedented call for guarantees that COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, tests and treatments will be provided free of charge to everyone, everywhere

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 7:55:43am

re: #156 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

They yearn to be the Mos Eisley of the internet.

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sagehen  May 18, 2020 • 8:00:59am

re: #195 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

From 538

Separately and related

Separately and related

Matthew Yglesias: “Some evidence here that ‘let grandma die’ is not a very persuasive message to America’s older voters.”

Also separately and related:

inquirer.com

“Ten years from now, you want to be splitting the Hispanic vote by something close to 50-50,” said antitax activist Grover Norquist, a leader of the conservative movement. “That’s completely doable if the threat of deportation was removed. But it’s not doable as long as that’s hanging over, and some Republicans talk as if they’re for the deportation of your mother or your aunt.”

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plansbandc  May 18, 2020 • 8:03:51am

Listening to the latest episode of WTF, Marc Maron’s podcast. It’s a tribute to his partner/GF who collapsed and died on Friday night (!!)

Not Covid, don’t think they know for sure what it was, but damn. Guy is torn the hell up. He’s playing the first interview he did with her from 2015. First time they met.

RIP Lynn Shelton.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 8:03:57am

re: #209 lawhawk

I had a feeling they were looking at more than dog-walking.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 8:04:13am
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teleskiguy  May 18, 2020 • 8:05:06am

Dumber than a box of shit. What does this even mean?

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 8:06:41am

re: #164 A Mom Anon

I’ll have them know I cook an excellent recipe for salmon baked with garlic butter. So neener neener poopy wingnut boys….

Tonight’s dinner. Baked or plank grilled?. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Cedar Bay Maple BBQ Atlantic Salmon.

Also this morning’s breakfast.

2 eggs over medium, cheesy hash browns and two sausage patties. Yum, Yum.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 8:11:22am

re: #173 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Where are you? Alligators and flamingos in the West?

Why not?

Gators and the Snake: Florida alligators bask in Idaho warm springs

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 8:13:11am

re: #222 teleskiguy

Dumber than a box of shit. What does this even mean?

It means gas prices are up 10 to 20 cents in my area.

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 8:14:33am
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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 8:16:20am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 8:19:01am

re: #226 lawhawk

Main Street:
Uber slashes 3,000 jobs, laying off 25% of workforce and shuttering 45 offices.

Wall Street:
Stock price soars 7%

Yeah, there’s no disconnect there. None at all.

Their ultimate goal is to fire the entire force of drivers and replace them with self-driving vehicles anyways.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:21:31am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Their ultimate goal is to fire the entire force of drivers and replace them with self-driving vehicles anyways.

I’ll stay out here on the High Plains where we’re safe from such boondoggles.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 8:22:54am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Their ultimate goal is to fire the entire force of drivers and replace them with self-driving vehicles anyways.

Youtube Video

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 18, 2020 • 8:24:59am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Their ultimate goal is to fire the entire force of drivers and replace them with self-driving vehicles anyways.

The question is can they continue to post losses long enough until that technology becomes rock-solid enough to be cost-effective - that also predicates that electric car technology becomes rock-solid as well.

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 8:25:04am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Their ultimate goal is to fire the entire force of drivers and replace them with self-driving vehicles anyways.

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

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John Hughes  May 18, 2020 • 8:25:34am

re: #189 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Always liked MacGyver. He could take a broken-down SUV, a pile of beer cans, and some salvaged household wire and make a C-13O out of them.

Stargate SG-1 Macgyver Gag

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lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 8:26:18am

re: #232 KGxvi

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

Johnny Cab.

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Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 8:27:49am

re: #232 KGxvi

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

Season 2, Episode 1 of Extant.

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 8:29:38am

re: #231 Eric The Fruit Bat

The question is can they continue to post losses long enough until that technology becomes rock-solid enough to be cost-effective - that also predicates that electric car technology becomes rock-solid as well.

Once the technology is rock solid, they’ll have to figure our all the legal aspects. There’s basic road rules/regulations of driving. There’s questions of liability - not just for insurance coverage but things like negligence and design/manufacturer defects. I can come up with a fact pattern fairly easily that would raise all sorts of legal questions I suspect many of not thought about (I’m sure there are lawyers at these companies who have thought about them, but I’m also pretty sure their suggested results are not what legislatures and judges would be on board with).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:30:10am

Flat-Earther Lady Tries To Use Sovereign Citizen Meme Logic To Get Out Of Wearing Mask, Fails (Wonkette)

The wingnut sovcit woman who harassed a worker and manager at a supermarket claiming her “disability” prevented her from wearing a mask and “HIPAA” would allow her to sue them.

She has deleted her video and made her Facebook page private.

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 8:30:35am

re: #234 lawhawk

Johnny Cab.

re: #235 Jay C

Season 2, Episode 1 of Extant.

Twilight Zone Lite: You Drive

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 8:31:24am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:31:56am

Wingnut Christian weighs in. (0:22)

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 8:32:56am

re: #240 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Wingnut Christian weighs in. (0:22)

As long as they all gather at the same church and stay away from me.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 8:33:23am

re: #229 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’ll stay out here on the High Plains where we’re safe from such boondoggles.

Germany does not even allow Uber to operate. But only because they lack the Ümlaut on the name…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 8:34:43am

re: #237 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Flat-Earther Lady Tries To Use Sovereign Citizen Meme Logic To Get Out Of Wearing Mask, Fails (Wonkette)

The wingnut sovcit woman who harassed a worker and manager at a supermarket claiming her “disability” prevented her from wearing a mask and “HIPAA” would allow her to sue them.

She has deleted her video and made her Facebook page private.

That came up ysterday. I love the thought of anti-government people citing laws to back them up wherever it suits their needs.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 8:35:50am

re: #234 lawhawk

Johnny Cab.


My Mother the Car

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:45:51am
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 18, 2020 • 8:48:54am

re: #232 KGxvi

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

They have definitely never seen Stephen King’s horror/comedy Maximum Overdrive, in which Emilio Estevez and others fend off a horde of homicidal trucks while trapped in a North Carolina truck stop. My favorite from the movie, though, is the rebel soda machine that mows down a whole Little League team with a barrage of high velocity cans.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 8:49:35am

re: #224 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Why not?

Gators and the Snake: Florida alligators bask in Idaho warm springs

That’s just weird! But more power to them. 😂

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 8:50:04am

Now this looks very interesting.

Da 5 Bloods | Official Trailer | Netflix

Gonna have to check this one out.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 8:54:09am
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William Lewis  May 18, 2020 • 8:54:14am

I got the stupid IRS letter signed by the Mango Moron today. I used it as TP and it is now down the sewer where it belongs.

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BlueSpotinAL  May 18, 2020 • 8:54:22am

re: #227 Belafon

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The polls at election day did not include the effect that the hypocrite Comey’s announcement had on the population of undecideds (the common clay, you know, morons).

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 8:55:33am

re: #246 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

They have definitely never seen Stephen King’s horror/comedy Maximum Overdrive, in which Emilio Estevez and others fend off a horde of homicidal trucks while trapped in a North Carolina truck stop. My favorite from the movie, though, is the rebel soda machine that mows down a whole Little League team with a barrage of high velocity cans.

I’ve never seen Maximum Overdrive… I only know it because it’s a running joke on Archer.

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jeffreyw  May 18, 2020 • 8:57:31am

re: #248 Dr Lizardo

Now this looks very interesting.

[Embedded content]

Video

Gonna have to check this one out.

June 12 premiere. Looks fucking awesome.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 8:58:03am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:58:22am

re: #244 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))


My Mother the Car

Christine.

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Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 8:59:29am

But we also get Knight Rider.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 8:59:32am
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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 8:59:54am

re: #240 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

saying stuff doesnt make it so
Prove it, josh.

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Eventual Carrion  May 18, 2020 • 8:59:58am

re: #249 jaunte

[Embedded content]

POC: Just do what authorities say and we won’t have to shoot you for walking down the street.

White: Fuck your authority over me.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 9:00:27am

re: #256 Belafon

But we also get Knight Rider.

And the Gadgetmobile.

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plansbandc  May 18, 2020 • 9:00:33am
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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:00:49am

re: #244 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))


My Mother the Car

Mr. Ed

i thought we were doing vintage TV shows. ;-)

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 9:01:43am

re: #251 BlueSpotinAL

The polls at election day did not include the effect that the hypocrite Comey’s announcement had on the population of undecideds (the common clay, you know, morons).

According to CNN’s exit poll from 2016, 13% of voters decided in the last week of the election and went 45-42-13 for Trump. Those that decided before that went 49-46-5 for Clinton. That’s at the national level, don’t know what the numbers look like at the state level, which, sadly, is where it matters.

It’s a shame that there isn’t the will to move to a national popular vote and be done with the stupidity that is the electoral college.

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Disloyal Archangel  May 18, 2020 • 9:02:47am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 9:03:27am

re: #259 Eventual Carrion

POC: Just do what authorities random wingnuts with guns say and we won’t have to shoot you for walking down the street.

White: Fuck your authority over me.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 9:03:32am

re: #247 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

That’s just weird! But more power to them. 😂

It’s actually a very nice (but small) resort. Until the pandemic hit, we went down there at least once a month. Nothing like soaking in a nice hot mineral bath for an hour. Their geo-domes are also very nice

Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs

The Alligators are just a fun bonus attraction.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:03:40am

gah

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Disloyal Archangel  May 18, 2020 • 9:04:55am

re: #171 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 9:05:24am

re: #265 Disloyal Archangel

Trump with his one-week horizon is doing his best to spike the second wave much higher than those 1918 losers.

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 9:05:36am

re: #268 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

gah

evergreen comment.

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steve_davis  May 18, 2020 • 9:05:45am

re: #113 teleskiguy

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that’s more than 6 pics.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:05:58am

re: #257 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

[Embedded content]

what these people (and therefore trump) are calling ‘fake news’
is merely a cameraman recording them and what they’re doing

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SteelPH  May 18, 2020 • 9:06:37am

re: #265 Disloyal Archangel

[Embedded content]

That’s what gets me about all this mess.

You can rebuild an economy. You can’t bring people back from the dead.

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jeffreyw  May 18, 2020 • 9:07:11am

re: #267 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

It’s actually a very nice (but small) resort. Until the pandemic hit, we went down there at least once a month. Nothing like soaking in a nice hot mineral bath for an hour. Their geo-domes are also very nice

Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs

The Alligators are just a fun bonus attraction.

Especially at tourist feeding time! **

**excepting that particular tourist

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:07:21am

re: #264 KGxvi

According to CNN’s exit poll from 2016, 13% of voters decided in the last week of the election and went 45-42-13 for Trump. Those that decided before that went 49-46-5 for Clinton. That’s at the national level, don’t know what the numbers look like at the state level, which, sadly, is where it matters.

It’s a shame that there isn’t the will to move to a national popular vote and be done with the stupidity that is the electoral college.

What I’m tired is the notion that popular vote is “canceling” rural areas and states. It’s not the Democrats fault that the GOP is increasingly a rural and sectional party.

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 9:08:02am

re: #253 jeffreyw

June 12 premiere. Looks fucking awesome.

Yeah, it does. I was quite impressed with BlacKkKlansman. Great casting all around, and Topher Grace as David Duke?! That was a solid performance on his part.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:08:31am

re: #273 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

what these people (and therefore trump) are calling ‘fake news’
is merely a cameraman recording them and what they’re doing

[Embedded content]

This is why I talk about defeating Trump and Trumpism as two separate things. The former I’m more bullish on than most lizards but the latter is going to linger.

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 9:08:38am

re: #255 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Christine.

Pfff. How can you forget The Car?

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:09:55am

re: #278 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

This is why I talk about defeating Trump and Trumpism as two separate things. The former I’m more bullish on than most lizards but the latter is going to linger.

you cant fix stupid
but you can duct tape its mouth shut

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 9:10:10am

Huge and ongoing thread of conservatives comparing whatever outrage they are on to either the Holocaust or Hitler. Each Republican is named and called out on Twitter if they have an account.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 9:10:34am
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jeffreyw  May 18, 2020 • 9:12:53am

re: #232 KGxvi

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

Spielberg’s Duel should get an honorable mention.

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 9:13:12am

re: #276 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

What I’m tired is the notion that popular vote is “canceling” rural areas and states. It’s not the Democrats fault that the GOP is increasingly a rural and sectional party.

The electoral college is actually cancelling votes everywhere. If you’re a Democrat in Wyoming or Utah, there’s no point in you voting for president, because what difference does it make if the Democrat loses 60-40 or 55-45? If you’re a Republican in California or New York, it’s the same scenario.

If it’s a popular vote, then Democrats closing the gap in Wyoming and Utah matters. Same with Republicans in California or New York. In fact, this might actually be more beneficial to Republicans because there are more lost votes in big states than there are in smaller states.

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The Ghost of a Flea  May 18, 2020 • 9:13:37am

re: #273 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

what these people (and therefore trump) are calling ‘fake news’
is merely a cameraman recording them and what they’re doing

It’s kind of impossible to downplay how much these people live only in their own solipsistic fanfiction.

If they’re caught on tape and it looks ugly…it’s not their fault.

Same kind of egoistic singularity is present in how these people deploy Holocaust and rape metaphors: if a bad thing happens to me it is comparable to the worst events in the world. And, yes, there is an inverse proposition in which these people will discount the experiences of actual genocide and sexual survivors, because the point is not these experiences are things that others can empathize with, the point is that these things are only bad if they happen to the certain, better kinds of people.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:14:00am

re: #284 KGxvi

The electoral college is actually cancelling votes everywhere. If you’re a Democrat in Wyoming or Utah, there’s no point in you voting for president, because what difference does it make if the Democrat loses 60-40 or 55-45? If you’re a Republican in California or New York, it’s the same scenario.

If it’s a popular vote, then Democrats closing the gap in Wyoming and Utah matters. Same with Republicans in California or New York. In fact, this might actually be more beneficial to Republicans because there are more lost votes in big states than there are in smaller states.

Exactly

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:18:40am

re: #280 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

you cant fix stupid
but you can duct tape its mouth shut

Stupid, cruel, & out of touch.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 9:19:20am
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sagehen  May 18, 2020 • 9:20:43am

re: #280 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

you cant fix stupid
but you can duct tape its mouth shut

It would be good if we could and did fix stupid. Before they have a chance to breed.

My dog wasn’t stupid at all, but I did have him fixed.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:21:08am

re: #288 jaunte

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Incompetent hypocrite liar.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 9:21:55am

re: #290 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

President, Cronies Weekend At Camp Covid

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:22:22am

re: #282 jaunte

[Embedded content]

No one is requiring you to wear a mask.

However your not wearing a mask poses a health risk to everyone in the store.

This is private property. You may only enter if you wear a mask at all times. Just like everyone else.

If this is not to your satisfaction, we encourage you to file a complaint with the ADA.
Ask us for their contact info.

(PS - it’s probably fraud of some kind to claim an ‘exemption’ that is not real.)

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 9:22:35am

Another point on the electoral college, though I feel like I’m preaching to the choir on this:

The Founders created a system of indirect representation. Senators were selected by state legislatures; electors were as well. If there were elections for electors, the states had districts for electors. Regardless, the system quickly changed and we had a direct election system placed on top of an indirect election that still had some terrible fucking flaws.

Unless you believe that the states qua states should have representation in the federal government (and I think that’s a questionable concept at best), rather than the government representing the actual people, then there is no good argument for keeping the electoral college.

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Disloyal Archangel  May 18, 2020 • 9:23:25am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 9:23:30am

re: #262 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

Mr. Ed

i thought we were doing vintage TV shows. ;-)

vintage shows with sentient or talking cars…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 9:27:46am

re: #293 KGxvi

Unless you believe that the states qua states should have representation in the federal government (and I think that’s a questionable concept at best), rather than the government representing the actual people, then there is no good argument for keeping the electoral college.

I would support keeping it with two basic changes: for one, each state’s electors reflect their share of the population and not their representation in Congress, and secondly, it would only kick in if no candidate wins a clear majority of the popular vote.

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Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 9:29:39am

re: #295 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

vintage shows with sentient or talking cars…

Oops. Then The Car doesn’t count, because it was literally Satan. My bad.

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jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 9:30:22am
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:31:17am

I mean when you think about the difference between Clinton and Trump in PVs. That’s not an insignificant number. That’s literally millions more who preferred Clinton to Trump. As I said, the GOP by their own choices and actions have become a rural, regional party. They choose to pander to resentment. They choose to treat newcomers like invaders. They choose to pander to a worldview that treats Rush Limbaugh as more credible than scientists.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:31:53am

re: #295 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

vintage shows with sentient or talking cars…

;-)

ok then Herbie

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KGxvi  May 18, 2020 • 9:32:02am

re: #292 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

No one is requiring you to wear a mask.

However your not wearing a mask poses a health risk to everyone in the store.

This is private property. You may only enter if you wear a mask at all times. Just like everyone else.

If this is not to your satisfaction, we encourage you to file a complaint with the ADA.
Ask us for their contact info.

(PS - it’s probably fraud of some kind to claim an ‘exemption’ that is not real.)

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LA county and some of the cities that have their own health departments (like Long Beach) are requiring masks for customers entering essential businesses. It’s not just a business decision in those locations. I believe it is a business decision on occupancy issues, still - some stores are limiting occupancy, others, I’m not sure about.

As for “you can’t ask me for proof”, that is… and I’m sure this will shock you… not true. HIPAA doesn’t apply to customers in a business. It only applies to health care clearinghouses, employer-sponsored health plans, health insurers, and medical service providers that engage in certain transactions.

Moreover, as a general rule, when you put your health conditions at issue, people are allowed to ask about them. This happens in litigation all the time. Someone claims disability discrimination, the employer/defendant is allowed to ask questions about it. Same thing would happen in these cases.

Oh, and the ADA doesn’t apply to people without disabilities.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:32:05am

re: #298 jaunte

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Bullshit Barr and Barr should have been discredited for his actions in the aftermath of Iran Contra years ago.

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Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:34:22am

re: #301 KGxvi

LA county and some of the cities that have their own health departments (like Long Beach) are requiring masks for customers entering essential businesses. It’s not just a business decision in those locations. I believe it is a business decision on occupancy issues, still - some stores are limiting occupancy, others, I’m not sure about.

As for “you can’t ask me for proof”, that is… and I’m sure this will shock you… not true. HIPAA doesn’t apply to customers in a business. It only applies to health care clearinghouses, employer-sponsored health plans, health insurers, and medical service providers that engage in certain transactions.

Moreover, as a general rule, when you put your health conditions at issue, people are allowed to ask about them. This happens in litigation all the time. Someone claims disability discrimination, the employer/defendant is allowed to ask questions about it. Same thing would happen in these cases.

Oh, and the ADA doesn’t apply to people without disabilities.

100%

that’s why you call them on it and encourage them to file the complaint

304
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:36:36am

so sad

“Attorney General William Barr said that he did not expect the prosecutor he handpicked to review the 2016 FBI investigation into President Trump’s campaign would investigate former president Barack Obama or former vice president Joe Biden — an assertion that is likely to dismay Trump and his conservative allies,” the Washington Post reports.

305
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:37:20am

the independent IG wouldnt do what we wanted

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Post that the fired inspector general “wasn’t performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to” and was “trying to undermine what it was that we were trying to do.”

306
A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 9:37:25am

Welp, Georgia is never going to be virus free. Nope.

I had to go to Home Depot because we have home repairs that need parts and gas for the weed trimmer and parts for a bad pool pump.

Half the employees had no protective gear. 75 percent of customers weren’t wearing masks. Including two women, one with an infant in a little car seat thing and a woman with a 1-2 yr old in a stroller. FFS, they don’t even care about their kids. To get a gallon of paint and a flower pot. God damn it. What the actual fuck is wrong with people? I know, I know…but damn it.

307
Patricia Kayden  May 18, 2020 • 9:41:32am

re: #249 jaunte

Let’s be honest. How many White people have been arrested or fined for violating stay-in-place orders? White people are above the law, imho. That’s why they feel empowered to march around with weapons to the point of even shutting down the Michigan legislature. Unarmed Blacks and Native Americans have been violently attacked by the police for peacefully demonstrating for decades now.

308
Hecuba's daughter  May 18, 2020 • 9:44:13am

re: #284 KGxvi

The electoral college is actually cancelling votes everywhere. If you’re a Democrat in Wyoming or Utah, there’s no point in you voting for president, because what difference does it make if the Democrat loses 60-40 or 55-45? If you’re a Republican in California or New York, it’s the same scenario.

If it’s a popular vote, then Democrats closing the gap in Wyoming and Utah matters. Same with Republicans in California or New York. In fact, this might actually be more beneficial to Republicans because there are more lost votes in big states than there are in smaller states.

The EC is the ultimate in gerrymandering. Obviously, the Republican objections are solely because they believe they will be consigned to a permanent minority status if they have to win a majority of the popular vote. So they adopt any position or argument that guarantees them control of the government.

309
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:45:39am

re: #304 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

so sad

Even Barr can’t completely make salad out of bullshit.

310
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:47:29am

re: #308 Hecuba’s daughter

The EC is the ultimate in gerrymandering. Obviously, the Republican objections are solely because they believe they will be consigned to a permanent minority status if they have to win a majority of the popular vote. So they adopt any position or argument that guarantees them control of the government.

When Obama beat Romney, some of our local Republicans tried to make Virginia a state that divided its EVs by congressional district. Obama got over 50% of the vote twice. As I’ve said, the GOP chose to shit on urban and diverse areas and they’ve paid a price and they can’t handle it.

311
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:49:55am

The Democratic base and its elected officials look like America. The GOP looks like a 1950’s corporate board.

312
Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 9:52:36am

Your daily moment of levity:

313
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 9:53:32am

re: #305 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

the independent IG wouldnt do what we wanted

BTW, in case it hasn’t been noted here yet, this Washington Post piece (ATTN: paywall alert) dredges up a bit more background on SoS Pompeo, and the firing of Steve Linik, the State IG.
Apparently, the errand-running and dog-walking stuff is just chaff: the main investigation Linik is supposed to have been conducting relate(d) to the “emergency” declaration last year enabling $8B of arms sales to Saudi Arabia - skirting, it seems, the rules for Congressional approval/disapproval of such sales.

What a surprise! (not)

314
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:54:22am

re: #312 Targetpractice

Your daily moment of levity:

[Embedded content]

Still need to beat RDR2 here. Then it’s on to I dunno.

315
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 9:56:45am

re: #311 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

The Democratic base and its elected officials look like America. The GOP looks like a 1950’s corporate board.

Yet they still managed to present the Democratic party as Deep State Washington Establishment while the GOP is the party of radical rebel advocates of the Common Man (and his loyal wife)

316
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 9:56:53am

re: #313 Jay C

BTW, in case it hasn’t been noted here yet, this Washington Post piece (ATTN: paywall alert) dredges up a bit more background on SoS Pompeo, and the firing of Steve Linik, the State IG.
Apparently, the errand-running and dog-walking stuff is just chaff: the main investigation Linik is supposed to have been conducting relate(d) to the “emergency” declaration last year enabling $8B of arms sales to Saudi Arabia - skirting, it seems, the rules for Congressional approval/disapproval of such sales.

What a surprise! (not)

precis

317
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:58:22am

...

318
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 9:59:34am

re: #315 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yet they still managed to present the Democratic party as Deep State Washington Establishment while the GOP is the party of radical rebel advocates of the Common Man (and his loyal wife)

And what are their electoral successes since 2016?

319
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 10:00:32am

We know about 2016. I’m specifically talking about the future of a party who is whiter than my ass after a day at the beach.

320
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 18, 2020 • 10:01:15am

re: #207 sagehen

And Bobby Jindal pretty much disappeared after 2016.

321
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 10:02:12am

re: #320 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

And Bobby Jindal pretty much disappeared after 2016.

And Rubio’s cowardice on immigration isn’t going to make him a GOP Obama with Latinos.

322
jaunte  May 18, 2020 • 10:02:53am
323
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 18, 2020 • 10:04:09am

re: #224 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Why not?

Gators and the Snake: Florida alligators bask in Idaho warm springs

en.wikipedia.org

Colorado too.

324
LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  May 18, 2020 • 10:04:31am

re: #322 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Trump judges are going to be impacting us into my 50’s.

325
makeitstop  May 18, 2020 • 10:04:45am

I guess this is the first dispatch from the ‘Death Star’ that Parscale was hyping last week.

‘Truth over Facts.’ Fuck outta here.

326
NO SMOCKING GUN!  May 18, 2020 • 10:05:23am

re: #304 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

so sad

Just another rightwing shiny object. If anyone gets indicted for anything, it will be some functionary who cut corners. I doubt there will be any indictments (see Andrew McCabe).

327
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 18, 2020 • 10:06:02am

re: #232 KGxvi

I swear, it’s like none of these people ever watched/read science fiction growing up.

When one of the companies starts putting Green Goblin masks on their vehicles as a promotional gag then head for the hills where they aren’t any roads. (And hope the business doesn’t do flying drones as well.)

328
Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 10:07:16am

re: #325 makeitstop

“Investigative website”

Is that a whiff of CCJ I smell?

//

329
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 10:09:54am

re: #318 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

And what are their electoral successes since 2016?

I am just talking about their image…I think that the truth might finally catch up with them this year.

330
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 10:10:04am

re: #325 makeitstop

[Embedded content]

I guess this is the first dispatch from the ‘Death Star’ that Parscale was hyping last week.

‘Truth over Facts.’ Fuck outta here.

do you people really want to be known as that stupid?

331
Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 10:10:06am

re: #304 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

so sad

It’s the same shit we’ve seen again and again over the last 3 years: When you fail to make your case, lash together the few bits you do have to “imply” that there is a bigger conspiracy that is preventing you from getting to the “truth.”

332
sagehen  May 18, 2020 • 10:10:39am

re: #313 Jay C

BTW, in case it hasn’t been noted here yet, this Washington Post piece (ATTN: paywall alert) dredges up a bit more background on SoS Pompeo, and the firing of Steve Linik, the State IG.
Apparently, the errand-running and dog-walking stuff is just chaff: the main investigation Linik is supposed to have been conducting relate(d) to the “emergency” declaration last year enabling $8B of arms sales to Saudi Arabia - skirting, it seems, the rules for Congressional approval/disapproval of such sales.

What a surprise! (not)

wasn’t nuclear technology to the Saudis a big part of what the Obama team found alarming in the transcripts that ended up being Flynn?

333
Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 18, 2020 • 10:10:50am
334
Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 10:12:24am

I’m seriously starting to wonder what the Russians have on Bill Barr.

335
Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  May 18, 2020 • 10:12:25am

re: #323 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

en.wikipedia.org

Colorado too.

Cool

336
wrenchwench  May 18, 2020 • 10:14:52am

re: #180 retired cynic

Bless Judd Legum, he is really on it. Kroger has backed down, and is extending hazard pay for another month. And he is really pushing Facebook.

Facebook, unmasked.

He has motivated me to share a bit of my bonus pay to buy a subscription. I’ve been getting the free version for over a year. And retweeting him in support. Time to pony up.

337
Targetpractice  May 18, 2020 • 10:15:04am

re: #334 Eclectic Cyborg

I’m seriously starting to wonder what the Russians have on Bill Barr.

You don’t have to be the subject of kompromat to be Donny’s underling. Barr’s motivation is more ideological: He’s been a supporter for years of unlimited executive power, provided that power is bent towards religious goals that he supports.

338
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  May 18, 2020 • 10:15:57am

re: #297 Dr Lizardo

Oops. Then The Car doesn’t count, because it was literally Satan. My bad.

KIlldozer then? Since it’s not really made clear what possessed the vehicle before it went on the spree.

339
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 10:17:20am

re: #316 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

precis

Are you asking for one?

OK - as best I understand it, big-ticket arms sales are - barring “emergencies” - subject to Congressional review. Supposedly, Linik was looking into the circumstances of Pompeo’s declaration of said “emergency” to go through with the Saudi sale last year (the one done over Jamal Khashoggi’s dead body).

Personally, I have no doubts whatsoever that this is just more Trumpworld corruption, that The Orange Anus was going to sell his pals the arms in any eventuality, that his hack Pompeo’s “emergency” rule was utter bullshit to avoid Congressional oversight (out of an overriding contempt for Congress, and oversight in general), and that the State IG was fired for (possibly) uncovering embarrassing info on his boss (iow, doing his job).

AFACBD, YMMV.

340
Belafon  May 18, 2020 • 10:18:04am

re: #334 Eclectic Cyborg

I’m seriously starting to wonder what the Russians have on Bill Barr.

Bill Barr has been trying to create an all-powerful Republican president for decades.

341
A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 10:20:32am

re: #336 wrenchwench

The comments sections of state and federal level govt Facebook pages are totally overrun with this shit and the agencies don’t even try to pushback. I just got something in my timeline from some “holistic psychiatrist” claiming wearing masks are not only bad, but also satanic. She has 122k followers who share this crap all damned day.

342
Shropshire Slasher  May 18, 2020 • 10:20:34am

re: #339 Jay C

Are you asking for one?

OK - as best I understand it, big-ticket arms sales are - barring “emergencies” - subject to Congressional review. Supposedly, Linik was looking into the circumstances of Pompeo’s declaration of said “emergency” to go through with the Saudi sale last year (the one done over Jamal Khashoggi’s dead body).

Personally, I have no doubts whatsoever that this is just more Trumpworld corruption, that The Orange Anus was going to sell his pals the arms in any eventuality, that his hack Pompeo’s “emergency” rule was utter bullshit to avoid Congressional oversight (out of an overriding contempt for Congress, and oversight in general), and that the State IG was fired for (possibly) uncovering embarrassing info on his boss (iow, doing his job).

AFACBD, YMMV.

So if they sold the arms to Saudi Arabia, who did the give the proceeds to?

343
A Mom Anon  May 18, 2020 • 10:21:43am

re: #342 Shropshire Slasher

Good question, where is that 8 billion dollars now?

344
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 10:23:46am

re: #339 Jay C

Are you asking for one?

OK - as best I understand it, big-ticket arms sales are - barring “emergencies” - subject to Congressional review. Supposedly, Linik was looking into the circumstances of Pompeo’s declaration of said “emergency” to go through with the Saudi sale last year (the one done over Jamal Khashoggi’s dead body).

Personally, I have no doubts whatsoever that this is just more Trumpworld corruption, that The Orange Anus was going to sell his pals the arms in any eventuality, that his hack Pompeo’s “emergency” rule was utter bullshit to avoid Congressional oversight (out of an overriding contempt for Congress, and oversight in general), and that the State IG was fired for (possibly) uncovering embarrassing info on his boss (iow, doing his job).

AFACBD, YMMV.

no - that was me agreeing (with a typo)

345
Eclectic Cyborg  May 18, 2020 • 10:23:51am

re: #343 A Mom Anon

Good question, where is that 8 billion dollars now?

The Trump Orgs offshore accounts?

346
jeffreyw  May 18, 2020 • 10:24:26am

re: #343 A Mom Anon

Good question, where is that 8 billion dollars now?

Have they checked the Contra’s bank accounts?

347
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 10:25:37am

re: #342 Shropshire Slasher

So if they sold the arms to Saudi Arabia, who did the give the proceeds to?

Most likely to what back in the DFH days was called the “Military-Industrial Complex”; of which a sizable portion has, I am sure, been earmarked for (properly stealth-cloaked) campaign contributions….

348
Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 10:28:00am

re: #338 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

KIlldozer then? Since it’s not really made clear what possessed the vehicle before it went on the spree.

In Killdozer, it was an alien entity that crash-landed on Earth in a meteorite eons ago and was accidentally released.

349
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 10:29:45am

re: #344 Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)

no - that was me agreeing (with a typo)

Never mind, then…. :)

re: #332 sagehen

wasn’t nuclear technology to the Saudis a big part of what the Obama team found alarming in the transcripts that ended up being Flynn?

Yes, but last year’s sale was (AFAICT) non-nuclear stuff.

350
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 10:30:05am

Or Duel, an early Steven Spielberg movie…we never see the driver of the truck that is out to kill Dennis Weaver for cutting him/her/it off.

351
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:30:38am

re: #343 A Mom Anon

Good question, where is that 8 billion dollars now?

I would think they didn’t sell $8 billion in arms out of military stockpiles.

The $8 billion would be for defence contractors to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, therefore the money went to defence corporations.

352
Dread Pirate  May 18, 2020 • 10:31:11am
353
So Cal Greek Hippie  May 18, 2020 • 10:31:36am

Raindrops on succulent
iPhone 8 with Macro lens clip on

354
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:33:12am

re: #347 Jay C

Most likely to what back in the DFH days was called the “Military-Industrial Complex”; of which a sizable portion of which has, I am sure, been earmarked for (properly stealth-cloaked) campaign contributions….

It’s amazing how little money it takes to buy a conservative politician (see Bondi, Pam).

For a business, it is a wildly-good investment to have a few conservatives in your pocket.

Buying off politicians is one of the definitions of rent-seeking capitalism.

355
I Would Prefer Not To  May 18, 2020 • 10:34:53am

re: #351 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I would think they didn’t sell $8 billion in arms out of military stockpiles.

The $8 billion would be for defence contractors to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, therefore the money went to defence corporations.

The companies then made generous donations to RepublicCandidatestes for office and put money into superpacs that supported the canidates, etc.

356
lawhawk  May 18, 2020 • 10:36:52am

Whoops.

357
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:38:12am

re: #352 Dread Pirate

State Department watchdog fired for investigating watching dogs.

358
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:39:04am

re: #356 lawhawk

Whoops.

359
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 18, 2020 • 10:39:40am

re: #357 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

State Department watchdog fired for investigating watching dogs.

We need to put an and to this whistleblower nonsense, remember?

360
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)  May 18, 2020 • 10:40:31am

re: #348 Dr Lizardo

In Killdozer, it was an alien entity that crash-landed on Earth in a meteorite eons ago and was accidentally released.

Totally plausible

361
sagehen  May 18, 2020 • 10:41:12am

re: #352 Dread Pirate

[Embedded content]

He actually named the dog “Mercer”?

That’s not suspicious. Not at all.

362
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 10:44:24am

re: #352 Dread Pirate

What a cute puppy!!

But am I a bad person for suspending my normal rule, and thinking that Mike Pompeo doesn’t deserve a cute puppy????

363
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:45:00am
364
Florida Panhandler  May 18, 2020 • 10:45:31am

re: #331 Targetpractice

And rest assured any Barr “investigation” won’t get within 5 miles of a Discovery phase. If it does, that means Republicans and many Trump family members will be going to prison.

365
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 10:55:20am

re: #363 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Transparent, vibrant, and innovative democracies like Taiwan always respond faster and more effectively to pandemics than authoritarian regimes.

OK, Mike: what’s OUR excuse…..??

366
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:55:26am


Jeff Sessions. Remember That Guy?
(Juanita Jean’s)

Jeff Sessions of Aladamnbama, who was momentarily a progressive hero for recusing himself on the Russia investigation of Trump, is back praising Trump, running to get his old senate seat back, and has become a bad check magnet.

He had to file a whole bunch of FEC corrections because conservatives have written his campaign bad cheques.

Listen-up. If you write a hot check down at Bob’s Taco Hut, he tapes it to the wall for all his customers to see. If you write one to a politician, its gets posted on public information.

What a damn mess. And if some guy gives you three hot checks in one damn day, you might want to give him a breathalyzer.

367
Dr Lizardo  May 18, 2020 • 10:55:31am
Sculptor Sophie Prestigiacomo reflects our ongoing and tense dialogue with nature with her swamp creatures in the Marshes Nature Reserve of Séné in the Gulf of Morbihan in France. It began with two mysterious beings a few years ago, and after they departed, a recent crowdfunding campaign to bring eight total to the reserve. Or as the campaign stated (as translated from French): “more numerous, more curious and probably convinced by the first visit of their two ambassadors, there was a relationship tie with the human species.”

hifructose.com

Amazing sculpture. I mean, I’m sure a few people might’ve shit themselves if they didn’t know about those and just stumbled along them while out for a walk, but nonetheless….genuinely brilliant.

368
Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  May 18, 2020 • 10:56:16am

re: #365 Jay C

OK, Mike: what’s OUR excuse…..??

We’re not a transparent, innovative, vibrant democracy?

369
Jay C  May 18, 2020 • 11:01:03am

re: #367 Dr Lizardo

Wow. Fascinating idea:

The figures are modeled with mud and seaweed, with the algae drying within the elements. The colors, textures, and “skin” of the creatures change over time, along with the organic landscape they inhabit. The sculptures offer a chance for onlookers to not only visit the site, but also engage in dialogue about biodiversity and our relationship to these lands.

So - apart from their wire “frames” - not as “permanent” as most sculptures: iow, see and admire them while you can…..

370
Hecuba's daughter  May 18, 2020 • 11:07:14am

re: #369 Jay C

Wow. Fascinating idea:

So - apart from their wire “frames” - not as “permanent” as most sculptures: iow, see and admire them while you can…..

Looks like a model zombie to me!

371
danarchy  May 18, 2020 • 11:12:03am

re: #354 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

It’s amazing how little money it takes to buy a conservative politician (see Bondi, Pam).

For a business, it is a wildly-good investment to have a few conservatives in your pocket.

Buying off politicians is one of the definitions of rent-seeking capitalism.

Because liberals never take bribes.

372
Jebediah, RBG  May 18, 2020 • 11:15:30am

re: #50 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

[Embedded content]

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373
Teukka  May 18, 2020 • 12:05:56pm

re: #367 Dr Lizardo

hifructose.com

[Embedded content]

Amazing sculpture. I mean, I’m sure a few people might’ve shit themselves if they didn’t know about those and just stumbled along them while out for a walk, but nonetheless….genuinely brilliant.

I remember this one from a while back… I can totally see masonry building materials being defecated if this one catches you unawares…

To whoever put the reflective eyes on this tree by the side of the road… [Sauce]

You sir, are an asshole. A genius, but an asshole nonetheless.

374
John Hughes  May 19, 2020 • 2:54:55am

re: #371 danarchy

Because liberals never take bribes.

Whatabout…


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Twenty One Pilots - Level of Concern (Official Video) twenty one pilots - Level of Concern (Official Video)official video for "Level of Concern" - available now on Fueled By Ramen. top.lnk.to Exclusive Crew Nation hoodie available now - smarturl.itA portion of proceeds from this song + the TØP ...
Thanos
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Lotteries: A Rant From a Poor PersonLotteries. A rant from a poor person (me). So I have a MegaMillions ticket. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million against. Right now, the jackpot is $336,000,000. There are endless think pieces in everything from ...
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Clean Bandit - Rockabye Ft Anne-Marie #AtHome #WithMe So fun to play in our garden and link up with Anne-Marie via computer airways for International Nurses Day! Watch the full concert: YouTube Click here to subscribe: bit.ly Follow us:Website: cleanbandit.co.ukFacebook: facebook.com Twitter: twitter.com Instagram: instagram.comSoundcloud: SoundCloudSpotify: atlre.co.uk ...
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The Unlikely Candidates - Novocaine “Novocaine” by The Unlikely Candidates available now! LISTEN HERE: red.lnk.to Catch us on tour! songkick.com Follow us here:instagram.comfacebook.com@tucband?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthortheunlikelycandidates.com Directed by Mattias Russo-LarssonProduced by Lewis Atallah #UnlikelyCandidates #Novocaine #ArtistOnTheRise #OfficialVideo #Pizza #MusicVideo #AlternativeRock #Rock #TUC #LeftSideBrain #VeronicaMars #Alternative #Unlikely #Candidates ...
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