Tommy Emmanuel Brings Down the House: “Guitar Boogie”

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1
Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 4:59:20pm

Reposting this here because Haley is such a naked Trump sycophant:

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:01:24pm

The race for President starts the day after the previous election.

Several GOP names are clearly angling themselves to be the inheritor of Trump’s gnarly gang of thugs.

Haley has no chance, but she’s going to try real hard.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:02:54pm

Nobody has more fun playing than Tommy!

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EPR-radar  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:10:46pm

re: #1 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Reposting this here because Haley is such a naked Trump sycophant:

The only Republicans who should dare to talk about Washington are the ones that voted for the second impeachment in the House or Senate.

All other Republicans should sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up. They can contemplate the dismal abyss between Washington, who could have made himself a king but chose not to do that, and Trump, whose attempt to make himself a king by force had and still has strong majority GOP support.

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gocart mozart  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:14:54pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:23:00pm

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:24:45pm

re: #6 Dread Pirate Ron

PECO will be helping NJ and OH get back online. Lets hope nothing happens to PA.

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:24:54pm

Dunno if this got posted but the letter 11 members of Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s family (R-IL) sent to him is a doozy (you can read the letter without reading the article). It’s like a two page example of what Christian nationalism and Trump worship is doing to the country.

And then there’s this from the article:

The letter-writers in his family, he said, suffer from “brainwashing” from conservative churches that have led them astray.

The name of the cousin who sent Kinzinger the letter? KAREN Otto.

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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:31:04pm

It’s always enjoyable when Christians think they speak for God.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:32:03pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:35:24pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:37:30pm
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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:39:15pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

Hitch knows what you are up to.
en.wikipedia.org

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:39:58pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:44:58pm

re: #11 Charles Johnson

Back in the 60s-90s we had no crows here. We had blackbirds, now they are gone and crows moved in. I saw 8 soaring above me this morning. They were riding the wind current above the hill and just hanging out.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:45:15pm

re: #13 PhillyPretzel

Hitch knows what you are up to.
en.wikipedia.org

…harassing Tippi Hedren?

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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:47:13pm
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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:52:11pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

They’ve been really mental here this year also. I think they know something.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:52:44pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:57:21pm
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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:57:48pm

re: #8 mmmirele

Dunno if this got posted but the letter 11 members of Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s family (R-IL) sent to him is a doozy (you can read the letter without reading the article). It’s like a two page example of what Christian nationalism and Trump worship is doing to the country.

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And then there’s this from the article:

The name of the cousin who sent Kinzinger the letter? KAREN Otto.

That family seems to have learned their grammar and punctuation from reading DT’s tweets.

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dat_said  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:58:58pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

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When I see a murder of crows behaving like that, I look for the owl or eagle that they are harassing.

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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 5:59:05pm

re: #20 Charles Johnson

He was Donald tRump without social media.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:00:15pm

re: #22 dat_said

When I see a murder of crows behaving like that, I look for the owl or eagle that they are harassing.

Watching smaller birds team up with crows to harass hawks is fascinating.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:01:21pm

hi

I won’t be around long tonight because I have to go to Cheyenne tomorrow.

Last night’s low here was -26°F. That does not break the local record, which was -47°F in 1899.

Currently it’s -5°.

My brother-in-law in Texas has no electricity. He was able to call and tell us they are doing okay, but now apparently cell service is down in his area (landlines for the win here).

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Jay C  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:01:46pm

re: #19 Dread Pirate Ron

WFTITFS?
“Dems’ REFUSAL to deliver immediate aid… “ ?

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:02:42pm

re: #11 Charles Johnson

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Charles last week there were HUNDREDS of crows here in Koreatown endlessly chirping and flying around!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:03:31pm

re: #15 Dread Pirate Ron

Back in the 60s-90s we had no crows here. We had blackbirds, now they are gone and crows moved in. I saw 8 soaring above me this morning. They were riding the wind current above the hill and just hanging out.

We have sparrows, pigeons, and turkey vultures.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:03:57pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:03:58pm

re: #27 🌹UOJB!

Charles last week there were HUNDREDS of crows here in Koreatown endlessly chirping and flying around!

Meeting with the raccoons to establish a historical trash and shiny objects sharing accord.

And also do some insurance fraud.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:06:02pm

re: #26 Jay C

WFTITFS?
“Dems’ REFUSAL to deliver immediate aid… “ ?

It’s Sirota, who fancies himself a party killer.

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dat_said  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:06:09pm

re: #24 The Ghost of a Flea

Watching smaller birds team up with crows to harass hawks is fascinating.

I’ve seen them swoop down and bounce off a perched hawk’s head in situations like that and marveled at their audacity. And the hawk just sits there unflinching.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:06:48pm

Got my approval for vaccine. Either this Saturday or next Saturday.

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:07:20pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

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Is that a Schitt’s Creek reference?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:07:22pm
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Amory Blaine  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:07:39pm

Southside with you playing on bounce tonight.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:10:13pm

re: #29 Charles Johnson

Down here I rarely have to deal with crows.

Parrots, on the other hand, like to congregate in the area I live.

The noise… parrots love to talk.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:10:58pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:11:39pm

re: #34 sagehen

Is that a Schitt’s Creek reference?

Very much so.

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HRH Stanley Sea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:15:36pm

MURDER!!

This was from a visit to Fresno a few yrs ago. Had to pull over to take photo. There were so many. Photo still failed to catch how many there were.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:15:59pm

re: #20 Charles Johnson

Conservatives have been at this longer than Reagan.

Winding all the way back to Thomas Paine and his book “The Age of Reason.” Paine today is remembered as an atheist.

In the opening of that book, he emphatically states he is not. He states he is a believer in God because he sees his hand all around him in nature. (That argument is used today by Christian apologists.) His arguments in that book are against interpreting the Bible literally (that’s not new either).

A few years later, conservatives passed laws prohibiting even possessing that book. Shop owners, printers, even clerks were arrested for selling “The Age of Reason” until a landmark court case upholding the I Amendment right to print and own books was decided.

Fast forward a little farther to Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. He surrounded himself with Christian apologists, who advised he give a speech condemning Paine for being “a dirty atheist,” reasoning that if the President made such a speech, that would cause massive numbers of Christians to avoid that book.

Roosevelt complied, and the desired result came about: Paine was “an atheist” therefore you can’t trust anything he ever wrote.

Never mind in the time he lived, powerful people of the day noted it was his focused writing that buoyed support for the American Revolution.

Any time you read about Thomas Paine now, you will learn about his pamphleteering and books, possibly how he was jailed in France, and that he is an atheist. The last is not true.

[edited to correct the Roosevelt quote]

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:16:06pm

re: #19 Dread Pirate Ron

BERNIE COULD HAVE WON!!11!!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:17:10pm

re: #22 dat_said

When I see a murder of crows behaving like that, I look for the owl or eagle that they are harassing.

or the smaller birds that are telling them to GTFO

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:17:57pm

This might seem to be a bit in-group or meta, but this is a report a guy wrote on his Patreon about a science fiction publisher’s forum being used to advocate for political violence.

Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence

patreon.com

I’d just like to say that these kinds of discussions could be happening *anywhere* there is a fandom and a forum. It could be sewing, beer brewing, gardening, motocross racing, you name it, it’s possible there’s a group of people on a forum for that group, encouraged by lax or non-existent moderation, and basically plotting to overthrow the government.

I don’t think I’m paranoid.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:20:08pm

re: #29 Charles Johnson

and then the murders began…

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:20:18pm

Read this set of tweets and got so hungry for chili tonight…and I found the shredded cheese to go on top!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:21:36pm

re: #41 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Note: Roosevelt’s comment about Paine was “he was a dirty atheist.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:25:49pm

re: #46 🌹UOJB!

Read this set of tweets and got so hungry for chili tonight…and I found the shredded cheese to go on top!

Cincinnati chili meat uses the same spices as used in making gyro meat.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:29:26pm

Here we go: It’s our turn now.

Western Nebraskans advised: Prepare for temporary blackouts, conserve electricity (Scottsbluff Star-Herald, one hour ago)

The long-lasting cold throughout much of the country is having effects on the electrical infrastructure, Mark Becker, Nebraska Public Power District representative told the Star-Herald.

Wholesale and retail customers of NPPD [Nebraska Public Power District, our state provider] and other electrical providers have been asked to take steps and to expect intermittent blackouts.

“We did have a black out around noon for about 30 minutes,” Becker said. “It is very fluid because of the weather conditions.”

Black outs will be dependent on usage of electricity. The current plan is for blackouts to occur in 30-minute increments and they will be spread out throughout the state. One entire area, like the entire area of western Nebraska, won’t be affected at any one time.

“I think that people should be prepared for the possibility that there could be a black out where they are,” Becker said.

(more)

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:29:51pm

All those birds—that’s really tippi, dude.

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:32:13pm

Data structures, drag queen style. I actually learned some things.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:32:42pm
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:34:16pm

re: #48 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cincinnati chili meat uses the same spices as used in making gyro meat.

I love Skyline chili (4 way). Once you get past that it’s not chili like you might be used to (not like I was used to) it’s really good.

But I now get why ordering spaghetti at one of those Greek owned family restaurants gave a very non-Italian kind of spaghetti, much more Skyline vs Olive Garden.

Cinnamon in chili took getting used to.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:34:53pm
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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:35:52pm

Supposed to maybe have a bit more snow the next couple of days…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:38:56pm

re: #53 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I love Skyline chili (4 way). Once you get past that it’s not chili like you might be used to (not like I was used to) it’s really good.

But I now get why ordering spaghetti at one of those Greek owned family restaurants gave a very non-Italian kind of spaghetti, much more Skyline vs Olive Garden.

Cinnamon in chili took getting used to.

Cinnamon is just part of the Baharat and other middle Eastern/Mediterranean blends.

Chocolate is the real secret ingredient in Cincinnati chili.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:40:37pm

re: #49 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

NPPD is part of the regional emergency power agreement which includes Louisiana.

NPPD also notes that power generation from wind in the district is less than 5% of normal.

With most cold weather storms, Becker said, high winds are usually common. However, in the current weather pattern, there has not been the wind activity. That has affected wind energy.

“There is a lack of wind in the Southwest Power Pool footprint,” he said. “They get 30 to 40% of their footprint at a time comes from wind and it is down to 10%.”

Even NPPD is seeing its power generated from wind have dramatic increases. At “full blast,” Becker said, the system generates 480 megawatts of energy from wind. This afternoon, he said, only 14.5 megawatts of energy was coming from wind.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:41:27pm

oh my dog

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:42:46pm

LOL

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:43:54pm

I can’t stop thinking about this chicken. Since we’ll be snowed in I made a grocery run this afternoon when we came back from the vaccination site. I just checked the pantry and fridge and I have all the ingredients except blood oranges. I will just have to make it using regular navel oranges.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:44:04pm
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Sufficient unto the day...  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:44:16pm

re: #44 mmmirele

On a similar subject…

Patreon is funding Neo N@zis

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:44:38pm

re: #46 🌹UOJB!

Read this set of tweets and got so hungry for chili tonight…and I found the shredded cheese to go on top!

I had never heard that before.

Interesting.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:46:37pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh my dog

Totally not a cult.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:46:50pm
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ipsos  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:47:37pm

re: #65 Dread Pirate Ron

The fissures are growing. And I am here for every crack.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:51:09pm

re: #44 mmmirele

This might seem to be a bit in-group or meta, but this is a report a guy wrote on his Patreon about a science fiction publisher’s forum being used to advocate for political violence.

patreon.com

I’d just like to say that these kinds of discussions could be happening *anywhere* there is a fandom and a forum. It could be sewing, beer brewing, gardening, motocross racing, you name it, it’s possible there’s a group of people on a forum for that group, encouraged by lax or non-existent moderation, and basically plotting to overthrow the government.

I don’t think I’m paranoid.

Baen was a libertarian. I know the type, as I read their books for years and I’ve been in forums with those people. I would have been shocked if Baen’s forums didn’t go in that direction.

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:53:56pm

re: #62 Sufficient unto the day…

On a similar subject…

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Video

Castalia House! I know about that—they were one of the perpetrators of the “sad/rabid puppies” in science fiction fandom several years back*. And yeah, it’s run by “Vox Day” aka Theodore Robert Beale, whose Wikipedia says:

He has been described as a white supremacist,[3] a misogynist,[4] and part of the alt-right.[5][6][7]

Whatta guy. And why yes, Castalia House is fascist.

*This is how Chuck Tingle “PhD in holistic massage from DeVry University” got his Hugo nominations. Apparently “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” (nominated in 2016 through the effort of the puppies) was better than evil Social Justice Warrior works, so they voted for Tingle, even though I am for damn sure they didn’t bother to read what he wrote.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:54:01pm

re: #62 Sufficient unto the day…

On a similar subject…

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Theodore fucking Beale.

The guy why tried to fuck up the Hugos.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:56:34pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:58:40pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:58:45pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

I am just having a night of encountering entirely new stuff I’ve never encountered before.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 15, 2021 • 6:59:24pm

re: #31 Belafon

It’s Sirota, who fancies himself a party killer.

If Sirota’s so right, why did he delete his tweet?

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:02:13pm
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Barefoot Grin  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:05:20pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Maybe this is why when I can’t sleep at night and come down to sleep on the sofa next to the dog she turns to sleep with her nose jammed in my crotch.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:07:41pm

re: #75 Barefoot Grin

Maybe this is why when I can’t sleep at night and come down to sleep on the sofa next to the dog she turns to sleep with her nose jammed in my crotch.

TMI

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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:08:41pm

re: #75 Barefoot Grin

Whatever works. :D

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:08:59pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:09:03pm
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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:09:14pm

...

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:12:08pm
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wrenchwench  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:13:18pm

re: #78 The Pie Overlord!

The bow to the onlookers!

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:16:56pm

Well, uhm, this is interesting:

Faced with more than a week of subfreezing temperatures, ice and several inches of snow, a cannabis lounge in Wagoner has stepped up to serve as the town’s only warming station and shelter service for the town’s homeless population.

Budz Lounge on Main, 224 S. Main St., began offering shelter and warming services, as well as food, clothing and blankets to those in need on Saturday after a discussion on the town’s Facebook page raised the issue of what was being done to help the town’s homeless population during the deep freeze that has gripped the state over the past week.

readfrontier.org

There are over a dozen churches in town and not a one felt the need to step up. Why are we giving these guys a tax exemption again?

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:17:51pm

re: #78 The Pie Overlord!

One Dutch person remarked that swimming in that particular river wouldn’t be good for him no matter the weather.

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wrenchwench  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:18:47pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

The binturong is the only Old World mammal and one of only two carnivores with a prehensile tail (the other is the kinkajou).

I’m still working with my cat.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:19:59pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:21:12pm
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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:21:38pm

re: #48 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cincinnati chili meat uses the same spices as used in making gyro meat.

I have some Skyline in the freezer, but now I’m sad that I didn’t stock up more before having to scratch Publix from my shopping circle. (Still haven’t figured out why a FL-based grocer stocks Cincinnati chili in SC)

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TedStriker  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:23:13pm

re: #88 BeachDem

I have some Skyline in the freezer, but now I’m sad that I didn’t stock up more before having to scratch Publix from my shopping circle. (Still haven’t figured out why a FL-based grocer stocks Cincinnati chili in SC)

Because it’s a national/super-regional brand; Kroger tends to carry it too.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:23:48pm

re: #88 BeachDem

I have some Skyline in the freezer, but now I’m sad that I didn’t stock up more before having to scratch Publix from my shopping circle. (Still haven’t figured out why a FL-based grocer stocks Cincinnati chili in SC)

I’ve been to Skyline a couple of times. I have always wished I could get it here; it’s one of the few chilies I’ve truly and deeply enjoyed. I probably can, I’m just not trying hard enough.

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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:25:57pm

re: #56 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cinnamon is just part of the Baharat and other middle Eastern/Mediterranean blends.

Chocolate is the real secret ingredient in Cincinnati chili.

My ex hated it when I would put cinnamon and chocolate in when I made the chili.

Beans, corn, ground beef, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, a bit of catsup or vinegar, chili powder, cumin, paprika, chocolate, cinnamon. I did not go for high heat levels, I preferred a mellower flavor that warmed you not boiled you.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:26:00pm

re: #88 BeachDem

I have some Skyline in the freezer, but now I’m sad that I didn’t stock up more before having to scratch Publix from my shopping circle. (Still haven’t figured out why a FL-based grocer stocks Cincinnati chili in SC)

Can you order direct? Or online from a Cincy store?

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:26:29pm

re: #91 William Lewis

My ex hated it when I would put cinnamon and chocolate in when I made the chili.

Beans, corn, ground beef, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, a bit of catsup or vinegar, chili powder, cumin, paprika, chocolate, cinnamon. I did not go for high heat levels, I preferred a mellower flavor that warmed you not boiled you.

That sounds really good to me!

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:26:43pm

re: #83 mmmirele

Well, uhm, this is interesting:

readfrontier.org

There are over a dozen churches in town and not a one felt the need to step up. Why are we giving these guys a tax exemption again?

How else are Pulpit Pimps going to buy their next mansion, yacht, Rolls, jet and most important—their next Pool Boy Stud?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:27:17pm

re: #93 retired cynic

That sounds really good to me!

Right? I love me some heat, but when it comes to chili, I treated it more as a thick rich soup, and that means savory and warm.

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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:28:31pm

re: #67 Sherlock Hound

Baen was a libertarian. I know the type, as I read their books for years and I’ve been in forums with those people. I would have been shocked if Baen’s forums didn’t go in that direction.

Yeah. The other thing to remember is that lots of them are Meal Team 6 members who would need their brown pants if anyone shot back.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:30:32pm

Admittedly, I am not a fan of beans, and so when I do chili, it’s always beanless. But outside of that, I prefer flavor over raw heat - I was just discussing with Mrs. Fish our philosophy on hot sauces, which is to say, a sauce which tries to be hot just for hotness’s sake isn’t a good sauce; the sauce has to contribute actual flavor and not just burn the ever-loving shit out of your mouth.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:32:14pm

re: #89 TedStriker

Because it’s a national/super-regional brand; Kroger tends to carry it too.

The Kroger near me is a dump, and the last time I was there, they had canned Skyline (gross) but not frozen. Kroger being a Cincinnati company and MB being a big spot for Ohioans makes sense. Publix was kind of a surprise.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:32:18pm

re: #88 BeachDem

I have some Skyline in the freezer, but now I’m sad that I didn’t stock up more before having to scratch Publix from my shopping circle. (Still haven’t figured out why a FL-based grocer stocks Cincinnati chili in SC)

Gold Star in my freezer.

Do you have Sav-A-Lot in SC? They carry it, frozen and canned.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:37:11pm

I have to buy a new computer.

When I turned on my computer, Windows detected a disk error, and went into repair mode.

My laptop is ten years old, so I guess it’s time.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:39:34pm
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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:39:37pm

re: #67 Sherlock Hound

Baen was a libertarian. I know the type, as I read their books for years and I’ve been in forums with those people. I would have been shocked if Baen’s forums didn’t go in that direction.

The flip side is he had moments where he went outside his usual bubble: publishing Lois McMasters Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, which is emphatically not the usual right wing claptrap, for example. That was where I first got to know Baen and only later some of the other works for better (the early Honor Harrington books) or worse (Stirling’s Draka books).

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:40:51pm

Apparently, Amazon will deliver canned Skyline or Gold Star chili, if I really want it that badly. This could prove to be a problem. Damn you, Jeff Bezos…

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:42:41pm

re: #103 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Apparently, Amazon will deliver canned Skyline or Gold Star chili, if I really want it that badly. This could prove to be a problem. Damn you, Jeff Bezos…

Has to have the shredded Sargento cheese on top!

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plansbandc  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:43:00pm

Would it be blasphemy to try making that chili with veggie or turkey chili? I just don’t do beef.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:43:17pm

re: #104 🌹UOJB!

Has to have the shredded Sargento cheese on top!

Well, that I can get at about three of the local grocery stores, so I’m covered there.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:45:04pm

re: #105 plansbandc

Would it be blasphemy to try making that chili with veggie or turkey chili? I just don’t do beef.

The greatest chicken chili I ever had was Phyllis Diller’s Philli Dilli Chicken Chili. I would buy half a dozen cans at a time and feast on it for a week!

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:45:35pm

re: #83 mmmirele

Well, uhm, this is interesting:

readfrontier.org

There are over a dozen churches in town and not a one felt the need to step up. Why are we giving these guys a tax exemption again?

GOD NEEDS A STARSHIP

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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:47:32pm

re: #105 plansbandc

Would it be blasphemy to try making that chili with veggie or turkey chili? I just don’t do beef.

When I’ve had vegetarian guests, I’ve made chili with small diced cubes of tofu. It works well as a meat substitute texture wise. Some of the newer turkey products aren’t bad either.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:48:47pm

re: #99 Backwoods_Sleuth

Gold Star in my freezer.

Do you have Sav-A-Lot in SC? They carry it, frozen and canned.

Are we going to do the Skyline vs. Gold Star thing again? SKYLINE FOREVER!

Just checked all the stores near me—Kroger only carries cans (blech)—The only other SC grocer that carries it is Harris-Teeter, and nothing local.

Maybe Publix will do a giant mea culpa and I can shop there again…

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:51:05pm

re: #109 William Lewis

When I’ve had vegetarian guests, I’ve made chili with small diced cubes of tofu. It works well as a meat substitute texture wise. Some of the newer turkey products aren’t bad either.

I’ve found tofu dishes pleasant when it comes to curry, because of its inherent flavor-absorbing properties. Turkey has come a very long way, and I’ve had some turkey burgers that I would actually order at a restaurant. I wouldn’t hesitate at eating a turkey chili, though a tofu chili would give me pause.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:51:23pm

re: #19 Dread Pirate Ron

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:51:30pm

Oh No! What will QAssholes do?

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 15, 2021 • 7:54:27pm

re: #108 The Ghost of a Flea

GOD NEEDS A STARSHIP

“Now stay with me on this one folks. The Demoncrats have a Tiberian Junker, which is the favored ship of the Commies, and they have trapped our new CBC ship in a, uh, positronic tractor beam. So we’re going to need an ionic tractor disruptor. Not a regular ionic tractor disruptor, but a negative ionic tractor disruptor to help spread the word of Jesus”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:00:08pm

re: #114 Jack Burton

“Now stay with me on this one folks. The Demoncrats have a Tiberian Junker, which is the favored ship of the Commies, and they have trapped our new CBC ship in a, uh, positronic tractor beam. So we’re going to need an ionic tractor disruptor. Not a regular ionic tractor disruptor, but a negative ionic tractor disruptor to help spread the word of Jesus”

Demoncrats will also use that ship to seize control of the Jewish space laser.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:02:15pm

re: #115 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Demoncrats will also use that ship to seize control of the Jewish space laser.

I thought the 5 Jewish Bankers that controlled the world from the Death Star of David were the ones pulling the dems strings though?

And only Donald Trumpwalker and Obi-Wan White Jesus would stand up to them.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:04:26pm

Omaha World-Herald, ten minutes ago:

Biden team looking to block Medicaid work requirements in Nebraska

Gov. Ricketts jumped right on Donald Trump’s idea of making Medicaid recipients work to receive Medicaid benefits.

LINCOLN — The Biden administration may force Nebraska to rethink the state’s two-tiered system of benefits for Medicaid expansion patients.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid alerted state Medicaid officials Friday that the agency is looking to withdraw approval for a state plan requiring that low-income, working-age adults work, volunteer or do other specified activities for 80 hours a month to get full benefits.

A letter from acting administrator Elizabeth Richter cited “serious concerns” about policies that require people to meet work and community engagement requirement in order to get health benefits, as Nebraska plans to do. It also cited concerns about the ongoing health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Taking into account the totality of circumstances, CMS has preliminarily determined that allowing work and other community engagement requirements to take effect in Nebraska would not promote the objectives of the Medicaid program,” Richter wrote.

(more)

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:06:59pm

re: #111 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

I’ve found tofu dishes pleasant when it comes to curry, because of its inherent flavor-absorbing properties. Turkey has come a very long way, and I’ve had some turkey burgers that I would actually order at a restaurant. I wouldn’t hesitate at eating a turkey chili, though a tofu chili would give me pause.

The secret of tofu and its derivative products is that it’s generally better to think of it as vegetable dairy rather than any kind of meat. Lots of Indians make paneer (firm fresh cheese with little flavor) curries with firm tofu.

You could make chili by pressing tofu to remove water, seasoning it to be more meaty (savory and a bit grassy), then pressing it again and reducing it down to crumbles, but it would be easier to just buy a vegan product (like TVP, or Beyond Burger) that’s already done the work for you.

I make meat sauces with the dry shelf-stable soya chunks that local bodegas have. You just break them down to slightly smaller bits and rehydrate them…I pep them up by using stock and decent soy sauce for that step.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:08:38pm

re: #111 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

I’ve found tofu dishes pleasant when it comes to curry, because of its inherent flavor-absorbing properties. Turkey has come a very long way, and I’ve had some turkey burgers that I would actually order at a restaurant. I wouldn’t hesitate at eating a turkey chili, though a tofu chili would give me pause.

Tofu. The pineapple on pizza of chili.

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:13:15pm

It took a couple of days, but the “he wasn’t one of us” people are now sounding off about Ravi Zacharias’ wretched behavior. I am not having it.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:16:41pm

re: #119 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Tofu. The pineapple on pizza of chili.


Mapo dofu
is really close to tofu chili and it’s magic. One of my favorite things to cook.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:18:39pm

SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites, but the booster went into the drink. The video feed of the droneship clearly shows several seagulls onboard. Clearly, the booster veered off course to save the birds. ///

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:20:03pm

re: #120 mmmirele

It took a couple of days, but the “he wasn’t one of us” people are now sounding off about Ravi Zacharias’ wretched behavior. I am not having it.

I love “no true Christian” arguments. If the crime the Christian did is horrible enough, they then paint the person as an atheist.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:20:44pm

SpaceX booster versus birds:

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:22:54pm

Somebody needs to lay off the happy pills!

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:25:42pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:27:00pm

re: #125 🌹UOJB!

Somebody needs to lay off the happy pills!

Literally a lie. Slavery is promoted in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Plenty of Christians were abolitionists, and some might have used other lines from the Bible to justify that position, but in no wise does the Bible oppose slavery.

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ckkatz  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:29:41pm

re: #29 Charles Johnson

The crows in the Washington DC region have been interesting to watch over the past 3 decades.

In the 1990’s, the crow population grew incredibly large. Massive roosts reportedly containing hundreds of thousands of individuals. A friend lived near one (Laurel, Maryland) and had the paint on his outdoor parked car destroyed by their droppings.

Then West Nile Virus hit the region and killed off almost all corvids, including crows and blue jays. I didn’t see either species for over a decade.

In the past few years, both species have started to reappear. Last summer I watched a breeding pair of bluejays raise some young and make sure that the neighbor’s cats knew to stay well away from their nest. (The cats quickly decided to respect this edict.)

The crow foraging behavior is also quite interesting.

Mornings they fly from the roost in larger groups and upon arriving at the foraging area, then split up into smaller groups of 5-10 that will spend the day foraging together. In the evening the process is reversed, with the smaller groups reuniting into larger group before returning to the roost.

The evening reuniting process locally does seem to involve a lot of noise and activity.

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mmmirele  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:29:55pm

Sharing…when I was in college, I lived in a co-op called The Ark in Austin. This picture is of a certain Stevie Ray Vaughn dressed up as Jimi Hendrix for one of our famous Halloween parties (1980, I think). Someone pried it out of a picture frame and scanned it.

My parents were half-amused, half-horrified about my living arrangements in college, but I wouldn’t be the person I am now without those years at The Ark.

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:33:02pm

re: #127 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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Literally a lie. Slavery is promoted in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Plenty of Christians were abolitionists, and some might have used other lines from the Bible to justify that position, but in no wise does the Bible oppose slavery.

The Baptists and their missionaries were majority abolitionist. Which is why the denomination schismed, that’s how Southern Baptists came to be.

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ckkatz  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:46:20pm

Good to hear the rememberance from former folk dancers on lgf. I remember some of the folk dancing in Pittsburgh. As well as groups like the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.

I’m still on a Balkans kick.

This one is a modern take on a very popular Greek song called “Kaneis edo den Tragoudia” (Κανείς εδώ δεν τραγουδά)

The song, written in 1978 by Nikos Papazoglou, is about a group of friends who would always meet-up in a local tavern. One of them, a woman, has stopped coming. The singer mourns her absence.

Children of the Revolution - Ragizi Apopse

Children of the Revolution - Ragizi Apopse

Here is more on the song, if you are curious:
shira.net

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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:46:38pm

re: #129 mmmirele

Sharing…when I was in college, I lived in a co-op called The Ark in Austin. This picture is of a certain Stevie Ray Vaughn dressed up as Jimi Hendrix for one of our famous Halloween parties (1980, I think). Someone pried it out of a picture frame and scanned it.

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My parents were half-amused, half-horrified about my living arrangements in college, but I wouldn’t be the person I am now without those years at The Ark.

Ah, Stevie. I saw him the only time he played Eau Claire Wi at the University on December 11, 1985. Front row seats baby!!! If I hadn’t already suffered from Tinnitus I would have after that show. Remains the best hard electric blues I’ve ever seen.

I was home from the army and convinced my high school GF to go with me. She was less enthused than I was. I got a clue a couple of years later when she spent a couple of summers following the Dead. Slight difference in musical tastes there. I got a karmic reminder, much to my humor, a few years later when my ex dragged me to a Phish concert and I was bored out of my gourd by their noodling.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:48:52pm

re: #127 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Literally a lie. Slavery is promoted in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Plenty of Christians were abolitionists, and some might have used other lines from the Bible to justify that position, but in no wise does the Bible oppose slavery.

It would have been hard for it to do so, since slavery was universal when it was written.

Also, the tweeter is wrong: Lincoln hated slavery.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:52:05pm

re: #122 Sherlock Hound

Starlink, the bane of astronomers.

Dudebro libertarians think they can do what they will, survival of the fittest and all that.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:57:05pm

re: #131 ckkatz

Yes I remember the Tamburitzans! Remember when they would appear at Ambridge’s Nationality Days!

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:57:34pm

My wife read that ice is forming on Lake Ray Hubbard. A lake on the east side of Dallas.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2021 • 8:59:09pm

No, really, who is that Pokémon?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:05:42pm

Off to use my straight razor for the third time since my wife got it … much covid beard to shave off.

I won’t be able to use it after my surgery Wednesday for quite some time.

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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:11:06pm

re: #138 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Off to use my straight razor for the third time since my wife got it … much covid beard to shave off.

I won’t be able to use it after my surgery Wednesday for quite some time.

They’re interesting to use but I still prefer a safety razor instead. Nice German double edged blades and a bit of whisked up Italian soap. Of course it’s currently just sitting there as I sport a beard these days but if and when I do shave again, it’ll be there ready to use.

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vgranucci  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:14:49pm

re: #44 mmmirele

This might seem to be a bit in-group or meta, but this is a report a guy wrote on his Patreon about a science fiction publisher’s forum being used to advocate for political violence.

patreon.com

I’d just like to say that these kinds of discussions could be happening *anywhere* there is a fandom and a forum. It could be sewing, beer brewing, gardening, motocross racing, you name it, it’s possible there’s a group of people on a forum for that group, encouraged by lax or non-existent moderation, and basically plotting to overthrow the government.

I don’t think I’m paranoid.

Back in June of 2019, Ravelry (a website for knitters, crocheters, and other fabric arts crafters) banned support for Trump and his administration from the site. The policy was recently updated to say that it’s still banned.
ravelry.com

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A Cranky One  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:15:55pm

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:17:17pm

Now why isn’t this on a network?

Hanging With Doctor Z, Ep #1 - Steven Weber

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:25:08pm

re: #137 Belafon

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Oh. Noooo. Who else gets the FMA reference?!

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:25:18pm

Missed this when it came out on BSN two weeks ago:
Lindell: Capitol Rioters Were Drugged By Antifa Sluts

“The rioters were hypnotized by antifa temptresses who hid psychoactive drugs in their vaginas,” said Lindell. “If you look at the video, many of the rioters had crazed looks in their eyes.”

The Business Standard News is a satirical site designed to parody the 24-hour news cycle. The stories are outlandish, but reality is so strange nowadays they could be true.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:28:31pm

re: #144 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Yes but this title tops anything you would see in THE ONION!

QAnon: God Sent Golden Shower of Prayers to Protect Trump

thebiznews.org

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:36:06pm
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William Lewis  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:40:15pm

Oh hell yes, looking for something else and found this on youtube.

Don’t give yourself away…

Cheap Trick - Surrender (Live from Budokan!)

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EstebanTornado1963  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:43:56pm

re: #125 🌹UOJB!

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EstebanTornado1963  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:47:55pm

re: #132 William Lewis

I saw SRV 8 times, the best being in Santa Cruz. I was right in front of the stage, and when he played Lenny, he was so close I could’ve sworn he was sweating on me. LOL.

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piratedan  Feb 15, 2021 • 9:56:49pm

re: #102 William Lewis

Baen was relatively even-handed when it came to who he published, Eric Flint is also a pretty left-leaning author as well, who worked with Weber on the 1632 series.

It doesn’t mean that there aren’t some avowed righties over there in that stable, I know that Ringo and Williamson and I believe Correa are all very much cut from the right/libertarian swath but for the most part, Baen looked for good stories and authors and had more of an open door policy than might be found elsewhere.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 10:00:50pm

Cucumber burps.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 10:15:40pm

I survived my straight razor. No cuts or nicks at all. Third time’s the charm.

I just checked the road conditions from my house to Cheyenne. Roads east of my town are closed (but I’m not going east).

NE-92, US-385, and I-80 are all listed as snow-covered with ice. Yay.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 15, 2021 • 10:29:48pm

How about a Baby Yoda cake for Mardi Gras?

The babies are on the top of the cake!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 15, 2021 • 10:30:49pm

re: #140 vgranucci

Back in June of 2019, Ravelry (a website for knitters, crocheters, and other fabric arts crafters) banned support for Trump and his administration from the site. The policy was recently updated to say that it’s still banned.
ravelry.com

Ravelry notes that they got help from rpg.net in formulating the “No Trump” policy.

RPG has this at the top of their rules discussion:

Regarding the COV-19 virus and its effects:

Things are frustrating, and confusing, and scary. People dream up conspiracy theories to help make sense of things. They’re not helpful, though, and only serve to make the world more confusing and scarier.

We’re not going to have that here. If there’s new information to be shared, share it, but cite your information to a reputable source. And we swear to God, if anyone comes in here and starts spouting off QAnon bullshit about COVID-19 or literally anything else, you are going to get permabanned so thoroughly that your grandchildren won’t be allowed to post here.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 10:37:21pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 15, 2021 • 11:18:38pm

re: #154 🌹UOJB!

How about a Baby Yoda cake for Mardi Gras?

The babies are on the top of the cake!

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HIS NAME IS GROGU!!!

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 15, 2021 • 11:18:45pm
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Ming5000  Feb 15, 2021 • 11:45:04pm

re: #142 🌹UOJB!

Now why isn’t this on a network?

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Video

Funny. I subscribed.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 15, 2021 • 11:52:32pm

Mmmmm, hot bbq brisket sandwich. Perfect for the midnight munchies.

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Ming5000  Feb 15, 2021 • 11:52:32pm

My latest Covid viewing addition. Cookie decorating. Relaxing before bed.

Satisfying Cookie Decorating Video | Antique Rose Carriage Cookies

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Ming5000  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:04:14am

re: #141 A Cranky One

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The replies to that tweet are clever and hilarious.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:04:48am

According to numbers I’m seeing, COVID new cases per day are still falling off a cliff in the US. 52k today (it was in the 80-90k area only a few days ago). Equivalent to where we were in mid September, just before the 3rd phase surge upward started to hit.

I’m assuming the country will see this, ignore the fact that restrictions and the initial vaccinations are what are bringing these numbers down, and will say it’s OK to open everything up completely sabotaging everything…. because ‘Merica!

And I’ll still probably have to wait until the late Spring or Summer to get vaccinated while living off my woefully inadequate (even if I took it at 67) cashed in retirement that I took… at 46.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:06:10am

re: #163 Jack Burton

It might also be because half the country is the temperature of Uranus right now too…

Don’t hear anyone bitching that staying at home when everything is ice is tyranny.

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John Hughes  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:14:28am

re: #18 plansbandc

They’ve been really mental here this year also. I think they know something.

CORVID-21

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Ming5000  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:14:53am

Something I learned about Texas’s power grid today.

ArsTechnica - Texas is unusual in that almost the entire state is part of a single grid that lacks extensive integration with those of the surrounding states. That grid is run by an organization called ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a nonprofit controlled by the state legislature.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:16:41am

re: #164 Jack Burton

It might also be because half the country is the temperature of Uranus right now too…

Don’t hear anyone bitching that staying at home when everything is ice is tyranny.

I agree. Given the weather, people aren’t getting tested and deaths are not getting reported. We have to wait until we defrost (and in Chicago that might not be until spring) before we get a better picture of the pandemic.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:21:26am

re: #167 Hecuba’s daughter

I agree. Given the weather, people aren’t getting tested and deaths are not getting reported. We have to wait until we defrost (and in Chicago that might not be until spring) before we get a better picture of the pandemic.

Yeah but that said, we were already on a massively downward trend on cases. If we didn’t have this weather issue, we might know just how stupid people were on Superb Owl Sunday right about now.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:31:19am

re: #158 Ace-o-aces

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:31:50am

Checked out Zillow to see what sort of houses are coming on the market the past couple of weeks.

As expected, asking prices are way way up from what they were even a year ago.

Very limited supply has really forced the lower half income households completely off the market.

Many parts of the county have nearly no single family houses for sale. This is partly because even if someone wanted to sell their house and stay in the region they couldn’t find or afford another place to live. I expect there is almost no lateral movement in the county. People buying houses are either moving here, or have for some reason seen a big difference in their financial situation of late.

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Ming5000  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:40:16am

re: #170 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

We put our place up for sale about a week ago and the zillow “Zestimate” went up about 9% in that week.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:49:34am

Oh, and here’s a thought for all those high-density housing advocates:

It may sound all noble, to disallow minimum lot sizes and to force multi-family dwelling units, but time and again it can be easily demonstrated that doing these sort of things do not lower housing prices.

I’m looking at a lot currently for sale (it does have an older house on it currently) in one of the more sought after San Diego neighborhoods (Pacific Beach). It’s an oversized lot, twice as large as the usual house lot in old San Diego (before modern min-lots became the norm.)

The price is steep… because a developer has already started the planning/permit to put four houses on the land that currently situates as one house.

Here’s the thing: the price of the proposed new houses (on tiny land parcels) are not going to be affordable to most people in the county, to say nothing of the masses of Americans who are used to living in houses that say cost $250K to $500K.

The lot price is $1.75M alone.

The four new houses, when built and outfitted with trendy appointments (this is, after all, a part of town where up and coming professionals like to live), will easily go for over $1.2M each, maybe $1.4M if the pandemic-price premium doesn’t go away.

So in no sense is making housing more dense actually making these new places affordable.

They just make a developer more money.

Another lot I viewed is in a less trendy part of town but because it is centrally located carries a premium. The small bungalow on the lot is old, but the lot is now being sold with plans to build 4 townhouses on it. A house that just a couple of years ago would sell for $400K-$500K will be replaced by 4 townhomes each of which is likely to be priced around $900K.

So yes, housing more dense.

And more expensive.

This is my beef with the denser-housing advocates: simply adding units does not making houses cheaper.

The price of a place to live is totally determined by the desirability of the location.

You will not, can not, lower housing prices simply by adding units.

Because the human population continues to grow, including the US population, the demand curve drives the reality of housing. Supply follows demand. When it comes to housing that is just the way it is in regions where lots of people want to live (like coastal California.)

Further, making housing more dense in a city that is already over a century old doesn’t make life better… because of what is not being changed: the transportation and services.

A road that was designed to handle the density of single family housing on 7000sq.ft. lots is going to be inadequate when 4x as many people want to use it.

America has a mind-boggling sunk cost into the idea of life designed around the automobile.

That cannot be done away with simply by a few token gestures of high-density housing.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:55:47am

re: #171 Ming5000

Looking on Zillow for houses in this county, I’m seeing prices for units that are easily 15% higher than they would have been just 12 months ago.

Just checked out a house that raised their asking price $100K just two weeks after it was listed. Normally these adjustments go the other way.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:57:56am
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Ming5000  Feb 16, 2021 • 12:59:47am

re: #173 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Looking on Zillow for houses in this county, I’m seeing prices for units that are easily 15% higher than they would have been just 12 months ago.

Just checked out a house that raised their asking price $100K just two weeks after it was listed. Normally these adjustments go the other way.

Early in the pandemic there was talk about not needing to live in high priced areas anymore, due to working from home or tele-commuting. I don’t think much of that has materialized so far. Maybe a but further out.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:02:09am

re: #162 Ming5000

The replies to that tweet are clever and hilarious.

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Ming5000  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:05:03am

re: #174 Dread Pirate Ron

The Ars Technica article had a comment noting the 2011 ERCOT blackouts. Only part of the output lose was due to wind turbines going off line. A larger part, as with this outage, came from coal/nuke/gas. Why?

If you click through here you can get to the FERC report on the 2011 SW and ERCOT blackouts.

Page 144 has a table which I think shows that 2 GW of wind was lost because of low temperature limits and blade icing.

About 20.8 GW went down for other reasons, like freezes affecting sensing lines. I think that’s basically all coal/gas/nuke. JK Spruce Unit 2 took almost 800 MW of coal generation down with it for example.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:10:55am

re: #175 Ming5000

Early in the pandemic there was talk about not needing to live in high priced areas anymore, due to working from home or tele-commuting. I don’t think much of that has materialized so far. Maybe a but further out.

There are home in this area which are inexpensive relative to places like San Francisco (even one in my town which I’m considering buying for my mother if I can get her to move out of Chicago because I can’t support her there).

That said, part of the problem with “moving someplace cheap to work from home” also includes “no Internet or cell service” in large parts of the nation.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:13:48am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:18:46am

Tomorrow my wife is taking me to a steakhouse in Cheyenne named T-Joes, probably the best steakhouse in the area (we’ve been there a few times). She wants me to have a good meal before I go under the knife, probably because I won’t be able to eat after my surgery for a couple days, and you never know, it might be my last meal (you can never be too sure about these things).

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:21:00am

re: #175 Ming5000

re: #178 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

A big issue in the US is that our lives are based on a highly connected international economy, but local American jurisdictions want to live in the 19th century.

Even for those of us in major urban areas that have, for example, high speed internet, we still have to buy such services from near monopolies. I pay Cox $90/month just for my internet connection.

This is because it’s a profit-center for Cox, to sell such internet connection at a high price even though their costs were sunk a long time ago for the interconnectivity.

Even in a place as high-tech as San Diego county, alternatives to the local cable company are not that readily available. For example, Google Fiber is not available where I live, even though I live in one of the country’s most populous metropolitan areas.

Again, what America cares about is automobiles, and designing our lives around our cars. This manifests itself in so many ways, including the idea of driving to work.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:21:20am

re: #121 The Ghost of a Flea


Mapo dofu
is really close to tofu chili and it’s magic. One of my favorite things to cook.

Learned how to make that from an ex.gf. At first I was taken aback at the notion of combining tofu and ground pork, but it makes sense, just a small amount to enhance the flavor of the tofu.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:30:25am

re: #181 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

A big issue in the US is that our lives are based on a highly connected international economy, but local American jurisdictions want to live in the 19th century.

Even for those of us in major urban areas that have, for example, high speed internet, we still have to buy such services from near monopolies. I pay Cox $90/month just for my internet connection.

This is because it’s a profit-center for Cox, to sell such internet connection at a high price even though their costs were sunk a long time ago for the interconnectivity.

Even in a place as high-tech as San Diego county, alternatives to the local cable company are not that readily available. For example, Google Fiber is not available where I live, even though I live in one of the countries most populous metropolitan areas.

Again, what America cares about is automobiles, and designing our lives around our cars. This manifests itself in so many ways, including the idea of driving to work.

It’s not so much that we want to live in the XIX Century (though there are plenty of those everywhere including large cities), it’s that there is not much profit for improving infrastructure in rural areas without government investment or incentives.

Telephone service and electric service was extended out to places like this because the government became involved: It was not profitable for corporations to do that. (Fortunately for us, the REA program which gave us electricity also kept corporations out of our electrical grid; the state owns the public power districts).

The same goes for rural improvements to water and sewage infrastructure (driven in part by the polio epidemic of the Fifties).

Our recently-completed sewer replacement project here was done on federal government grants.

Lots of people really seem to have the problem of “big government bad” right up until they need big government. Two months ago the Texas GOP was clamouring for secession; now they want the federal government to help them out with their snowstorm.

I have no problem with that; every area has disasters and the federal government is the best organisation for that. I just hate the hypocrisy.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:33:32am

re: #182 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Learned how to make that from an ex.gf. At first I was taken aback at the notion of cooking tofu and ground pork, but it makes sense, just a small amount to enhance the flavor of the tofu.

I get “server not found” on your ex-girlfriend link /s

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:34:01am

re: #183 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Lots of people really seem to have the problem of “big government bad” right up until they need big government. Two months ago the Texas GOP was clamouring for secession; now they want the federal government to help them out with their snowstorm.

I have no problem with that; every area has disasters and the federal government is the best organisation for that. I just hate the hypocrisy.

and they would get upset if the government aid “favored” black areas over whites…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:34:22am

re: #184 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I get “server not found” on your ex-girlfriend link /s

Great Firewall

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:36:01am

re: #183 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I seem to remember that the Obama administration wanted to do a high speed initiative for America, to reach those rural areas. I don’t know what came of it, but I suppose any such effort would be thwarted by anti-government types.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:37:26am

re: #187 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

I seem to remember that the Obama administration wanted to do a high speed initiative for America, to reach those rural areas. I don’t know what came of it, but I suppose any such effort would be thwarted by anti-government types.

the only thing Government should be doing is lowering taxes and abolishing health, safety and environmental regulations.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:38:25am

re: #187 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

I seem to remember that the Obama administration wanted to do a high speed initiative for America, to reach those rural areas. I don’t know what came of it, but I suppose any such effort would be thwarted by anti-government types.

There is a program now which puts a small tax on cell service and cable service, which is used to subsidise Internet service in rural areas for things like schools and libraries (our library gets a small grant from it).

Republicans in Congress have tried to repeal that more than once.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:39:55am

re: #189 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Obama Pledges to Bring Broadband Internet to Poor Households

President Barack Obama has unveiled ConnectHome, a new initiative to expand high-speed broadband access to all Americans.

Don’t know how much of this got implemented.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:40:21am

The cold wave is starting to move off to our east. It’s -7°F here and -20°F in Omaha.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:42:41am

Let’s say it will take a million miles of fiber network to connect rural towns in America.

At $10K per mile, that’s ten billion dollars.

Seems like a small cost for the impact it would have.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:43:02am

re: #190 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Obama Pledges to Bring Broadband Internet to Poor Households

Don’t know how much of this got implemented.

Fifty-six communities with 52,000 customers are currently connected via the program.

connecthome.hud.gov

HUD’s ConnectHome pilot program was launched in 2015 to address the “homework gap” for students in grades K-12 living in public and Indian housing. While in school, public housing students typically have access to the Internet, but once they go home, the Internet is often unavailable due mostly to the cost of Internet service, the cost of devices, or both. To address this problem, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice asking interested public housing authorities and tribes to join forces with their city municipal leadership to close this gap in their communities. Twenty-eight communities were selected to participate. The twenty-eight communities, working hand-in-hand with private sector stakeholders that made commitments to support this work, helped connect approximately X # of households to the Internet, provided hundreds of hours of digital literacy training, and distributed thousands of free or low-cost devices.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:44:17am

re: #192 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Let’s say it will take a million miles of fiber network to connect rural towns in America.

At $10K per mile, that’s ten billion dollars.

Seems like a small cost for the impact it would have.

That’s ten billion dollars which can’t go to tax cuts for the wealthy if you spend it on Internet service. If they need rural broadband service, they can afford it.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:45:59am

I’m headed off to bed; long drive in the morning through snow and ice (yay).

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boredtechindenver  Feb 16, 2021 • 1:51:42am

re: #195 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’m headed off to bed; long drive in the morning through snow and ice (yay).

Be safe. Good luck with the surgery and I hope to see you posting again soon.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 2:11:13am

Our first day of above-freezing temps here on the Rhine, it should be pushing 50°F by the end of the week.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 2:43:32am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 3:08:09am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 16, 2021 • 3:24:54am

re: #199 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Although I like the final version, it feels to me that it would have been better to have either more or fewer string instruments.

As it turned out, the string section sounds to me like a small group of people chatting with each other, trying to keep up with the dominant person in the room (the piano.) Percussion instruments can really dominate if allowed. I’m not just referring to sound levels here, but the way we humans hear.

If there were a full string orchestra the piano couldn’t dominate as much.

OTOH, if there were a single string instrument, say a cello, then the piano and cello could have a conversation with each other.

In the original version with a vocal, the vocal part is in conversation with the other musicians. As humans we really focus on a human voice (which is why we can pick out a person with whom we are familiar even if they are in a noisy setting), so in the original the instrument(s) can’t dominate the voice and the voice works off the instruments.

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Nojay UK  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:12:50am

re: #192 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

That’s not how it works… Internet connectivity is a series of cheap wires and a lot of very expensive sparkly bits at the ends. A fast switch/router at the end of ten kilometres of fibre can cost fifty thousand bucks and without that switch the fibre is useless. Rural locations are expensive to serve, if there are only twenty customers on that 50k switch that’s 2500 bucks per customer up-front costs.

Those sparkly bits also need maintaining and regular upgrades and a billion dollars of investment in infrastructure made five years ago is electronic waste today, needing two billion dollars more money to replace it with something ten times better to meet ten times the demand.

I was an early adopter of a broadband connection here in the UK, super-fast 256kb/second down ADSL back in 2001 for about 50 quid a month shared between two flatmates, able to download Yahoo! webpages and transfer files (mostly pirated MP3s and ripped CDs). Today I’m getting 35Mb/sec down ADSL2 for less money per month, able to stream high-quality video without noticeable jitter while other traffic goes back and forth in the background. However I live in a city centre and the fibre cabinet across the street from my front door connects hundreds of customers nearby meaning the internet company can keep the price down and still make a good profit.

There’s a case to be made that internet connectivity is a human right, like postal service or free-at-point-of-use health care, a necessity in today’s civilised world. That’s something else but it shouldn’t be thought that providing it to everyone would be easy or cheap.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:23:03am

re: #201 Nojay UK

There’s a case to be made that internet connectivity is a human right, like postal service or free-at-point-of-use health care, a necessity in today’s civilised world. That’s something else but it shouldn’t be thought that providing it to everyone would be easy or cheap.

It’s particularly challenging on this side of the pond, where the people most affected by lack of access to quality tubeage are also the ones that are hardest to reach - the vast expanse of America’s rural areas make it very expensive to provide high-availability, high-quality service. The same logistical challenges apply to any other service, such as the aforementioned health care. Infrastructure development for these sorts of projects should be an immediate priority, but who wants to pay taxes for more/better roads and national transportation mechanisms?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:29:35am

re: #137 Belafon

Who is this Pokemon? Anyone know? It looks just like my dog.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:31:40am
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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:32:19am

re: #203 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Who is this Pokemon? Anyone know? It looks just like my dog.

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That is one of the newest generation of Pokemon, called a Yamper. It’s basically a Corgi in-game.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:38:48am

re: #119 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Tofu. The pineapple on pizza of chili.

The proper to start a chili war is — beans or no beans?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:40:16am

re: #206 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The proper to start a chili war is — beans or no beans?

See, I’ll freely admit to people who are die-hard “beans in chili” people that I’m wrong, but I don’t like beans so miss me on your bean chili. I’ll take the “beanless hot meat-and-tomato soup” over a bean chili.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:41:46am

re: #180 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Tomorrow my wife is taking me to a steakhouse in Cheyenne named T-Joes, probably the best steakhouse in the area (we’ve been there a few times). She wants me to have a good meal before I go under the knife, probably because I won’t be able to eat after my surgery for a couple days, and you never know, it might be my last meal (you can never be too sure about these things).

What is this surgery for?

You’ll be in my thoughts!!

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Nojay UK  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:42:25am

re: #205 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

That is one of the newest generation of Pokemon, called a Yamper. It’s basically a Corgi in-game.

The name in Japanese is “Wanpachi” — Wan is the Japanese equivalent of Woof!, the onomatopoeic sound dogs make when they bark.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:46:34am

re: #190 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Obama Pledges to Bring Broadband Internet to Poor Households

Don’t know how much of this got implemented.

Republican led cities and states initiated legislation against it. I recall Kansas being one and Marsha Blackburn going apeshit against it.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 16, 2021 • 4:54:04am

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jeffreyw  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:18:15am

Good morning!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:18:44am

re: #202 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

It’s particularly challenging on this side of the pond, where the people most affected by lack of access to quality tubeage are also the ones that are hardest to reach - the vast expanse of America’s rural areas make it very expensive to provide high-availability, high-quality service. The same logistical challenges apply to any other service, such as the aforementioned health care. Infrastructure development for these sorts of projects should be an immediate priority, but who wants to pay taxes for more/better roads and national transportation mechanisms?

I’m awake.

Particularly who wants to pay high taxes to support rural areas when you hear constantly “what about those moocher red states?” No one in New York or California wants to pay for infrastructure here (and my state has a net loss on federal income).

That also fits with the complaints of high costs in areas like San Francisco or New York for housing: They ain’t making more land. Folks in those places like their perks like parks and zoos.

When folks in those places talk about making low income housing (not a reality as long as land costs so much), no one talks about building it on Central Park or where the San Francisco Zoo currently are (land which is not used for housing).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:29:46am

re: #213 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

What companies do here is squeeze us out of modern markets. In my county, there are now only two gas stations which accept credit cards; all the rest have shut off their credit card machines (over the recently-impemented charging on both ends for a credit transaction: both the merchant and the customer). Credit card companies would rather not do business here at all rather than simply not charge customers to use their cards (when they already do that with usury interest).

Hospital companies (even though those hospitals don’t provide top-flight care here) buy up hospitals to simply strip their assets then let them sit empty.

My sister says “I live off the grid” which is not entirely true (I have electricity and a telephone), but the telephone company is pricing people out of telephone and Internet service here (and would rather not do business rather than accept a lower profit margin, and no one wants to pay taxes to subsidise my telephone).

Those companies on the East and West coasts are quite happy to strip the vast rural middle of all its wealth (that was part of what drove the populism at the end of the XIX Century).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:33:32am

State low last night: Ord, Nebraska (-30°F).

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:39:36am

What’s the over/under on Trump truck owners in Texas driving too fast in the snow because they have 4WD and wrecking their precious flag wagons?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:39:38am

Weather has improved slightly here: We’re upgraded to a wind chill advisory (from a warning). The western column of counties in the Panhandle have no warnings or advisories, nor does SE Wyoming (it’s warmer in Cheyenne than it is here but the roads are still crap all the way).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:42:18am

I’m injecting caffeine …

Our wind chill advisory expires at 8AM. Currently the temperature is -5°F (a warming trend).

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:42:22am

re: #217 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Weather has improved slightly here: We’re upgraded to a wind chill advisory (from a warning). The western column of counties in the Panhandle have no warnings or advisories, nor does SE Wyoming (it’s warmer in Cheyenne than it is here but the roads are still crap all the way).

While trying to find our statewide low temperature from this weekend, I found this quote from MPR:

Since 1873, the temperature in the Twin Cities has remained at or below zero for at least four consecutive days a total of 27 times, with the most recent occurrence being a five-day stretch ending January 18th, 1994. The longest such streak on record was seven days, from January 1-7, 1912.

The same stretch in 1912 clocked in at 186 consecutive hourly observations with temperatures at or below zero. The stretch in 1994 lasted 142 hours. More recent zero-or-colder stretches include 86 hours from 11pm January 12 to 1pm January 16, 2009 and 93 hours from 5pm January 31, 1996 to 1pm February 4, 1996.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:44:35am

re: #218 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’m injecting caffeine …

Our wind chill advisory expires at 8AM. Currently the temperature is -5°F (a warming trend).

Northern Minnesota reported a low of -35 degrees F overnight. Current air temperature at the weather station over thataway *points vaguely east* is -18 degrees F, slightly warmer than the -20 degrees F when I first started work.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:45:22am

NPR local programming is about to put Sen. Ben Sasse on to talk about Donald Trump and the future of the GOP [click].

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:49:20am

re: #220 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Northern Minnesota reported a low of -35 degrees F overnight. Current air temperature at the weather station over thataway *points vaguely east* is -18 degrees F, slightly warmer than the -20 degrees F when I first started work.

Brr.

Uh, oh, they are reporting on the radio that the reason people in New York couldn’t get the number of deaths in nursing homes in that state was because the Cuomo Administration intentionally withheld the numbers.

Cuomo is blaming “a toxic political environment” and when asked by a reporter if he would apologise, he blamed the press and politicians for creating a cynical environment when there was a void of information. Some Democrats and Republicans are calling for his resignation, or stripping of the governor’s emergency powers.

The total number of deaths in New York nursing homes is over 15,000.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:51:37am

re: #222 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

God damn it, Cuomo, stop being a fucking moron. Yes, there is a toxic political environment, but withholding information and being hostile when challenged are exactly the wrong strategies to solve that problem.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:54:21am

re: #223 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

God damn it, Cuomo, stop being a fucking moron. Yes, there is a toxic political environment, but withholding information and being hostile when challenged are exactly the wrong strategies to solve that problem.

It’s hard for Democrats to claim to be the moral party when someone provides a target for the squishy middle to say “see, both sides.”

According to NPR, Cuomo got an Emmy for his daily briefings at the same time it now turns out he was withholding information.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:57:01am

“Marketplace” is reporting that Bitcoin (no symbol in Unicode for that) hit “more than everything I own” yesterday - $50,000.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:57:21am

re: #29 Charles Johnson

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Do not forsake me oh my darling….

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 5:57:25am

re: #224 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

It’s hard for Democrats to claim to be the moral party when someone provides a target for the squishy middle to say “see, both sides.”

According to NPR, Cuomo got an Emmy for his daily briefings at the same time it now turns out he was withholding information.

It’s still true in the general sense that Democrats are the moral party, but the exceptions to that general rule are… significant. And unlike many people in this hyper-polarized political environment we live in, I will not attempt to justify it, nor express support for him.

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Renaissance_Man  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:01:48am

re: #224 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

It’s hard for Democrats to claim to be the moral party when someone provides a target for the squishy middle to say “see, both sides.”

According to NPR, Cuomo got an Emmy for his daily briefings at the same time it now turns out he was withholding information.

Democrats are a political party. As with everywhere in the world, a political party does its share of shady things, has its share of corruption, and the sausages get made. Republicans are no longer a political party, however. They are a fascist and criminal cult that considers themselves above any law. As such, there is only one political party in the US. It’s not great, but it’s the one we have.

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:03:03am

I do feel their pain. When it gets above 80 here in the summer, I really wish I had AC.

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:04:20am

re: #226 Dangerman

Do not forsake me oh my darling….

I read Charles’ tweet as cows, not crows, and thought what sweet hell is he experiencing?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:05:46am

New York Governor Defends Temporarily Withholding Nursing Home Coronavirus Data (NPR)

Nancy Pelosi Announces Plans For 9/11-Style Commission To Study Capitol Attack (NPR)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for Congress to establish an outside and independent commission to investigate “the facts and causes” related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

In a letter sent to her Democratic colleagues on Monday, the California Democrat said the commission will be modeled on the commission established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Pelosi noted the recent work of retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who has “been assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again.”

“As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol,” Pelosi wrote.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:08:57am

re: #230 darthstar

I read Charles’ tweet as cows, not crows, and thought what sweet hell is he experiencing?

Cows are forming airborne squadrons?

Rolling blackouts have started across Nebraska. We’re expecting them here today (but I won’t be here).

Cows With Guns - The Original Animation

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:12:27am

re: #232 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Cows are forming airborne squadrons?

Rolling blackouts have started across Nebraska. We’re expecting them here today (but I won’t be here).

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Best of luck with your surgery today.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:14:39am

re: #233 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Best of luck with your surgery today.

The surgery is not today, just the pre-op. Surgery is tomorrow.

Thanks though. This should go well, it is a straightforward surgery.

I decided to listen to the interview with Sen. Sasse; he sounds reasonable. He immediately agrees that the voter fraud lie is a lie (he used the word lie).

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Sufficient unto the day...  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:20:15am

re: #234 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Is our republicans learning?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:23:21am

re: #235 Sufficient unto the day…

Is our republicans learning?

They note that of the seven Republicans who voted to convict, six are not up for reëlection. The one who is (Lisa Murkowski) is likely to be reëlected due to a change in primary laws in Alaska.

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Rightwingconspirator  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:24:59am

“Too cold for the Moderna vaccine” was one guys comment yesterday…

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:26:33am

Hey, with all the money saved from not traveling for the last year, people can at least afford a night in a heated hotel room at the Ramada.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:29:22am

re: #238 darthstar

Hey, with all the money saved from not traveling for the last year, people can at least afford a night in a heated hotel room at the Ramada.

Good old disaster price gouging.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:30:09am

re: #166 Ming5000

Something I learned about Texas’s power grid today.

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ArsTechnica - Texas is unusual in that almost the entire state is part of a single grid that lacks extensive integration with those of the surrounding states. That grid is run by an organization called ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a nonprofit controlled by the state legislature.

So Texas has already seceded electrically

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danarchy  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:30:39am

Is electric heat just really prevalent in Texas? You’d think with the prevalence of the petroleum industry out there it would be mostly home heating oil and natural gas.

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Rightwingconspirator  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:31:12am

re: #239 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Good old disaster price gouging.

I really thought that illegal. Ah Texas. Enjoy your gouge priced “freedom”. Fleedom?!

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danarchy  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:31:36am

re: #239 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Good old disaster price gouging.

Or the only room left is an executive suite or something.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:32:15am

re: #241 danarchy

Is electric heat just really prevalent in Texas? You’d think with the prevalence of the petroleum industry out there it would be mostly home heating oil and natural gas.

That’s part of the problem; the gas pipelines were also not operational for part of the day yesterday. (Perhaps because portions of them are electrically operated?) Someone with an on-site propane or heating oil tank would still probably be OK, though at least with my furnace, it requires power to blow air through the house.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:32:30am

re: #169 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

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Here’s A list

take a look at the 10 Republican Representatives who voted to impeach Trump and the 7 Republican senators who voted to convict. Only three of the former and one of the latter have thus far completely avoided efforts to censure them (censuring organ, or potential censuring organ, in parentheses):

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:35:47am

re: #238 darthstar

Price-gouging is against the law in Texas during declared emergencies.

§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, or the President by:

Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price;

or
Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity.

(more)

How to Spot and Report Price Gouging (Texas Attorney General’s Office)

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:38:33am
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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:41:43am
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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:43:50am

re: #229 darthstar

I do feel their pain. When it gets above 80 here in the summer, I really wish I had AC.

I’m in the nicely yellow portion of the blob projecting into southern Idaho /northern Nevada. Porch thermometer is say 35 degrees.

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:44:20am

re: #240 Dangerman

So Texas has already seceded electrically

That’s fuckin’ amazing. And yet they asked for federal help. And got it. Next, they’ll ask for federal help building up their grid, but they don’t want to be part of any other interconnect.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:44:37am

re: #229 darthstar

I do feel their pain. When it gets above 80 here in the summer, I really wish I had AC.

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We are that orange dangly part on the right
(Sorry)
Of course we’ll be underwater first

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:46:26am

re: #249 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

I’m in the nicely yellow portion of the blob projecting into southern Idaho /northern Nevada. Porch thermometer is say 35 degrees.

I’m sitting on the 50 on the left. Nice thing about having that big blue thermostat a couple hundred yards away. Will put on a long sleeve shirt to walk the dogs this morning.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:48:23am

re: #248 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

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While the white woman who stormed the Capitol gets bail and with the courts permission goes to Mexico on vacation

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:51:24am
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds President Joe Biden with a 62% to 33% approval rating.

Guess who’s seething

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:52:44am

Power’s out here. Internet and phone still working though. I have emergency power and plenty of fuel, as I’m sure most fatcats, legislators, and policy makers do. To them, it’s probably just another excuse to blame the poor for their plight.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:52:47am

re: #252 darthstar

I’m sitting on the 50 on the left. Nice thing about having that big blue thermostat a couple hundred yards away. Will put on a long sleeve shirt to walk the dogs this morning.

I’m sitting under the -20 near the top, right of center. My house seems to be pretty well insulated, at least.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:54:06am

re: #211 Patricia Kayden

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These people have read the Scarlett Letter and thought they should be getting some of that action.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:54:09am

re: #248 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Inside the apartment, furnished with little besides books and a sign declaring “THE REVOLUTION IS NOT A PARTY,” the agents found their target: a 33-year-old U.S. Army veteran and self-described “hardcore leftist” who had posted a flier on social media threatening to attack “armed racist mobs WITH EVERY CALIBER AVAILABLE.”

Threatening people on-line is a crime no matter who does it. He was not arrested because he is a BLM protestor, he was arrested for threats.

washingtonpost.com

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:54:48am

re: #258 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Threatening people on-line is a crime no matter who does it. He was not arrested because he is a BLM protestor, he was arrested for threats.

washingtonpost.com

That’s what I get for not RTFA. That’s an acceptable reason to arrest somebody.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:55:25am

re: #229 darthstar

I do feel their pain. When it gets above 80 here in the summer, I really wish I had AC.

I’m in the purple blob near the Wyoming line.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:55:53am

Have Texans re-started their “Texas Strong” self-fellatio yet because they survived their self-induced disaster?

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:57:22am

Wsj …mcconnell

There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”

“I was as outraged as any member of Congress. But senators take our own oaths. Our job wasn’t to find some way, any way, to inflict a punishment. The Senate’s first and foundational duty was to protect the Constitution

I will never let this die

You did that Mitch when you took the first vote on constitutionality.
IT PASSED.

The conviction vote is based on the evidence presented.

if you don’t understand what a vote means and how it works, gtf out of the senate

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:57:42am

Wow. Republicans really believe this garbage. Any claim to morality is thrown right out the window with this one quote.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:58:26am

re: #241 danarchy

Is electric heat just really prevalent in Texas? You’d think with the prevalence of the petroleum industry out there it would be mostly home heating oil and natural gas.

Electricity as the sole source of power is nice because it makes it cheaper to build. Plus, it’s safer than gas.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:59:06am

re: #263 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

“Don’t vote your conscience. Don’t do the right thing or whatever.”
~MAGA 2024

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 6:59:50am

re: #258 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Threatening people on-line is a crime no matter who does it. He was not arrested because he is a BLM protestor, he was arrested for threats.

washingtonpost.com

Still.
No bail
Actual capitol stormer is drinking pina coladas on a mexican beach

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Acemarilllion  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:00:13am

re: #261 Dr. Matt

Have Texans re-started their “Texas Strong” self-fellatio yet because they survived their self-induced disaster?

AKA Yokel Onanism

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:02:18am

re: #261 Dr. Matt

Have Texans re-started their “Texas Strong” self-fellatio yet because they survived their self-induced disaster?

I’m sure they’re working on it here, but they have no power, so they can’t post it to the internet.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:05:18am

re: #265 Dr. Matt

“Don’t vote your conscience. Don’t do the right thing or whatever.”
~MAGA 2024

They’re officially the Party of Ayn Rand. Fuck everybody except our self-interest.

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steve_davis  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:07:19am

re: #206 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The proper to start a chili war is — beans or no beans?

isn’t chili without beans just a hotdog topping?

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:07:34am

I’m supposed to be working from home but the blackouts are affecting my job site and the computers keep going down.

We got down to -3 here in Rockwall. The housing area I live in hasn’t lost power. We figure it’s because there’s a fire station and an assisted living facility on the same part of the power grid.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:09:31am

I started my car; it’s warming up now.

Getting out on to the street might be another matter.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:10:26am

re: #269 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

They’re officially the Party of Ayn Rand. Fuck everybody except our self-interest.

The GOP stole the Libertarian Party’s schtick. Maybe they should sue.

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steve_davis  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:11:47am

re: #225 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

“Marketplace” is reporting that Bitcoin (no symbol in Unicode for that) hit “more than everything I own” yesterday - $50,000.

it does kind of make me wish that on a lark I’d just picked up 50 dollars’ worth back when it was pennies per coin. Unfortunately, I’d never even heard of bitcoin until it crashed and burned from 20,000 several years ago.

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SerialUpDinger  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:17:57am

re: #198 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Thank you for sharing! We enjoyed watching and listening several times. Would have missed this without your post.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:19:10am

I’m logging off now. I’ll catch y’all in a few days, probably on really good opiates so what I type will make little sense.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:19:14am

re: #168 Jack Burton

Yeah but that said, we were already on a massively downward trend on cases. If we didn’t have this weather issue, we might know just how stupid people were on Superb Owl Sunday right about now.

This cold snap might be a boon since it’s enforcing a degree of isolation that even Q-nuts can see since ice, snow, and dangerous roads are non-political enough to get past their conspiracy filters.
/

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Decatur Deb  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:21:22am

re: #251 Dangerman

We are that orange dangly part on the right
(Sorry)
Of course we’ll be underwater first

And we’ll be beachfront again.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:26:19am

re: #276 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’m logging off now. I’ll catch y’all in a few days, probably on really good opiates so what I type will make little sense.

plus with only the left hand characters….. ;-)

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:33:51am

re: #261 Dr. Matt

Have Texans re-started their “Texas Strong” self-fellatio yet because they survived their self-induced disaster?

Would “Texas Shiver” be more appropriate at this time?

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:34:28am

re: #263 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Wow. Republicans really believe this garbage. Any claim to morality is thrown right out the window with this one quote.

The rot is deep in this state.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:35:42am

Leading House Democrat sues Donald Trump under a post-Civil War law for conspiracy to incite US Capitol riot

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani are being accused of conspiring with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the January 6 insurrection in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee that cites a post-Civil War law designed to combat violence and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan.

Get you popcorn ready.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:36:41am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:36:45am

re: #270 steve_davis

isn’t chili without beans just a hotdog topping?

My pet take in Texas “no bean in chili” is that it’s because “red beans and rice” is a closely related dish and covers that section of the Venn diagram.*

* - My secondary conspiracy take on it is that “red beans and rice” is looked down on as peon (Mexican) food and thus the true and mighty Texan equivalent thus cannot use the lowly bean since superior beef will be used instead.

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:38:37am
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Ace Rothstein  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:40:01am

re: #261 Dr. Matt

Have Texans re-started their “Texas Strong” self-fellatio yet because they survived their self-induced disaster?

We’re working on it.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:41:34am

re: #262 Dangerman

Wsj …mcconnell

I will never let this die

You did that Mitch when you took the first vote on constitutionality.
IT PASSED.

The conviction vote is based on the evidence presented.

if you don’t understand what a vote means and how it works, gtf out of the senate

McConnell knows exactly what the vote means, but it’s not as though he ever cared about working with the other side and finding compromise solutions to solve our problems. He only cares that he lost the majority and he blames Trump for that. Most Republicans in the Senate are either cowards or Trump loyalists who were never going to convict Trump, regardless of the evidence. McConnell is a scheming Machiavellian who will do anything to retain power or gain power and that is what his vote represented.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:44:13am

Fortunately no one in this area has lost power. Hoping it stays that way. It’s a balmy 25 degrees here right now.

/

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:47:30am

re: #284 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

My pet take in Texas “no bean in chili” is that it’s because “red beans and rice” is a closely related dish and covers that section of the Venn diagram.*

* - My secondary conspiracy take on it is that “red beans and rice” is looked down on as peon (Mexican) food and thus the true and mighty Texan equivalent thus cannot use the lowly bean since superior beef will be used instead.

Red beans and rice is not looked down in any of the circles I’m even tangential to here in Texas.

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darthstar  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:47:35am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:48:48am

Any PC hardware experts around? I have a strange issue with my monitors when I visit certain websites. My secondary monitor basically goes to black for certain websites (e.g., thehill.com). This is a Windows 10 machines with Dell Monitors. The display settings are the same for both. Any thoughts?

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:49:23am

re: #290 darthstar

We haven’t had a real holiday since Christmas, and Valentine’s Day just got frozen out.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:50:55am

re: #291 Dr. Matt

Any PC hardware experts around? I have a strange issue with my monitors when I visit certain websites. My secondary monitor basically goes to black for certain websites (e.g., thehill.com). This is a Windows 10 machines with Dell Monitors. The display settings are the same for both. Any thoughts?

You have a smart monitor?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:51:03am

re: #291 Dr. Matt

Any PC hardware experts around? I have a strange issue with my monitors when I visit certain websites. My secondary monitor basically goes to black for certain websites (e.g., thehill.com). This is a Windows 10 machines with Dell Monitors. The display settings are the same for both. Any thoughts?

Are you extending your desktop onto both monitors, or is it duplicated?

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:52:06am

re: #293 Belafon

You have a smart monitor?

Nope.

re: #294 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Are you extending your desktop onto both monitors, or is it duplicated?

Extended.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:54:49am

re: #291 Dr. Matt

Ah. I see the secondary monitor is listed as a generic PnP monitor under computer management. Could this be it? Windows says this is the “best driver” for the device, even though they are both same monitor.

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Renaissance_Man  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:54:52am

re: #290 darthstar

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I mean, yeah, but it’s still 85,000 cases a day, which is fucking insane. It’s still another two or three thousand dead people today, and another thousand or so people who are dead in two weeks and don’t even know they have it yet. It’s still worse than it was before Thanksgiving when everyone just had to go and kill their relatives.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:54:55am

re: #295 Dr. Matt

Nope.

I should have included “a monitor that knows the hill is garbage”.

Which screen do you have the browser on when this occurs?

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:56:20am

Godwin needs to update his law. It was “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”. Now it’s “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Trump or Pelosi approaches 1.”

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:56:45am

re: #298 Belafon

Which screen do you have the browser on when this occurs?

Screen 2 is always the one that goes black. The odd thing is I can have the browser on screen 1 (or 2), but screen 2 will still goes to black. Once I close the browser (or offending website), it restores.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:56:48am

re: #296 Dr. Matt

Ah. I see the secondary monitor is listed as a generic PnP monitor under computer management. Could this be it? Windows says this is the “best driver” for the device, even though they are both same monitor.

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Possibly, though weird. Which display ports do you have them connected to on your computer?

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:58:04am

re: #301 Belafon

As in HDMI, VGA, DVI, Displayport.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:58:19am

re: #301 Belafon

Possibly, though weird. Which display ports do you have them connected to on your computer?

Jumping on a zoom. I’ll check when I return.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 7:58:20am

re: #289 Belafon

Red beans and rice is not looked down in any of the circles I’m even tangential to here in Texas.

I’ve come across a few, but they’re generally not logical people by any stretch.

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:01:48am

re: #278 Decatur Deb

And we’ll be beachfront again.

In the next Superman movie remake, Lex Luthor will accelerate global warming instead of causing an earthquake.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:05:24am

re: #292 Belafon

We haven’t had a real holiday since Christmas, and Valentine’s Day just got frozen out.

Yes, and we’ve had a real President with a real plan since 1/20.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:07:45am

Central Texas is a Cold Mess y’all.

That’s it.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:11:55am

re: #307 Dave In Austin

Central Texas is a Cold Mess y’all.

That’s it.

How you holding up? My bro luckily still has power. They live near a hospital. Niece lost power at her apartment and she and her bf and his dog risked driving the 3 miles last night to get to my brother’s. It was below freezing inside their place! Thankfully they made it ok.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:12:02am

re: #212 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

What’s all that white stuff? Fallen blossoms?
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:12:10am

re: #305 BlueSpotinAL

In the next Superman movie remake, Lex Luthor will accelerate global warming instead of causing an earthquake.

So, The Day After Tomorrow, just with Superman?

/

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:12:59am

re: #285 darthstar

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So, 27 days in office and he has already managed to ban fossil fuels and wreck the power grid? I have to wonder if Boebert and her fellow operatives have really thought through the this strategy of attributing super-powers to enemies like Biden, Hilary, and Soros?

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:15:20am

Looks like my company just lost power again.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:17:40am

re: #311 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

So, 27 days in office and he has already managed to ban fossil fuels and wreck the power grid? I have to wonder if Boebert and her fellow operatives have really thought through the this strategy of attributing super-powers to enemies like Biden, Hilary, and Soros?

I think their argument is that the push for alternative energy by those claiming there is a climate change problem is what led to the inability of the power grid to handle this crisis. You know — the fossil fuel companies seeing the potential writing on the wall and switching prematurely to alternative fuel sources.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:17:50am

re: #213 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I’m awake.

Particularly who wants to pay high taxes to support rural areas when you hear constantly “what about those moocher red states?” No one in New York or California wants to pay for infrastructure here (and my state has a net loss on federal income).

That also fits with the complaints of high costs in areas like San Francisco or New York for housing: They ain’t making more land. Folks in those places like their perks like parks and zoos.

When folks in those places talk about making low income housing (not a reality as long as land costs so much), no one talks about building it on Central Park or where the San Francisco Zoo currently are (land which is not used for housing).

I do not believe this. As we just noted, Obama, a city kid, wanted to provide broadband to rural areas. Legislators from blue states — less rural practically by definition — supported him. USPS is supported by dems, even though I subsidize every letter you send to keep costs equal across the country. If rural people want better services, they’re going to have to support democrats. I’m not holding my breath.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:18:18am

re: #311 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

So, 27 days in office and he has already managed to ban fossil fuels and wreck the power grid? I have to wonder if Boebert and her fellow operatives have really thought through the this strategy of attributing super-powers to enemies like Biden, Hilary, and Soros?

They have for a while now with Soros. Once again, it’s what they have been doing with blacks now expanded to others.

In this case, though, it’s something too many people will grasp as a way to complain even though it was all sources.

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:19:26am

Right wingers are going all in on Cuomo being run out of office for his handling of the pandemic as it raced through nursing homes across the state. Let’s just ignore that Trump did all the same things on a national scale. Even worse, Trump blocked data sharing that would have given the state more resources - like the very tests that they say were being withheld. It took weeks and months to get testing up to a level where it could be applied to nursing homes.

Cuomo’s actions were mediocre at best, and a whole lot worse than Inslee, but Cuomo got the press while Inslee didn’t court it. But Cuomo did take leadership when Trump left a vacuum on what to during the pandemic.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:22:44am

re: #246 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Price-gouging is against the law in Texas during declared emergencies.

(more)

How to Spot and Report Price Gouging (Texas Attorney General’s Office)

Probably creating a rewards list.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:22:58am

re: #314 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

I do not believe this. As we just noted, Obama, a city kid, wanted to provide broadband to rural areas. Legislators from blue states — less rural practically by definition — supported him. USPS is supported by dems, even though I subsidize every letter you send to keep costs equal across the country. If rural people want better services, they’re going to have to support democrats. I’m not holding my breath.

I missed his comment in my catch-up. We couldn’t get people to move out of the large cities without hugh capacity broadband everywhere. Plus, I do think it’s reached the point where it’s as much of a person’s right as electricity is.

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:23:58am
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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:25:37am

re: #223 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

God damn it, Cuomo, stop being a fucking moron. Yes, there is a toxic political environment, but withholding information and being hostile when challenged are exactly the wrong strategies to solve that problem.

That’s an overstatement. What happened was a sort of “point of occurrence” death report (the people from nursing homes who died in hospitals were reported, but not as from nursing homes). That sounds more like an error to me (NY had the first epidemic and was overwhelmed for a while there). Of course they should have corrected it earlier.

(The people who are going to shriek most loudly about this will come from states where outright covid denial is a thing, and where reporting is not reliable to this day, I’m sure.)

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:29:34am

re: #316 lawhawk

More to the point, but the deaths in nursing homes was properly transmitted and counted. Was it done as promptly as it should have been? I don’t think so, but that too is an artifact of the lack of adequate testing in the first few months of the pandemic thanks to Trump botching the rollout of testing.

That’s one of the reasons that NY and other states started counting deaths are probably covid19 deaths as they were piling up because there was no other explanation for those deaths when the symptoms were there.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:31:29am

re: #321 lawhawk

More to the point, but the deaths in nursing homes was properly transmitted and counted. Was it done as promptly as it should have been? I don’t think so, but that too is an artifact of the lack of adequate testing in the first few months of the pandemic thanks to Trump botching the rollout of testing.

That’s one of the reasons that NY and other states started counting deaths are probably covid19 deaths as they were piling up because there was no other explanation for those deaths when the symptoms were there.

So this is really more of a both-siderism attack on Cuomo. The media and Republicans are trying to divert attention from Trump’s disastrous handling of the pandemic.

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stpaulbear  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:33:52am

re: #166 Ming5000

Something I learned about Texas’s power grid today.

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ArsTechnica - Texas is unusual in that almost the entire state is part of a single grid that lacks extensive integration with those of the surrounding states. That grid is run by an organization called ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a nonprofit controlled by the state legislature.

That absolutely sounds like a formula for success profits!

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:34:34am

re: #287 Hecuba’s daughter

McConnell knows exactly what the vote means, but it’s not as though he ever cared about working with the other side and finding compromise solutions to solve our problems. He only cares that he lost the majority and he blames Trump for that. Most Republicans in the Senate are either cowards or Trump loyalists who were never going to convict Trump, regardless of the evidence. McConnell is a scheming Machiavellian who will do anything to retain power or gain power and that is what his vote represented.

(oh I know that)
i will still beat this dead horse even deader every chance i get.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:35:39am

re: #293 Belafon

You have a smart monitor?

+1

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:37:22am

re: #316 lawhawk

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Right wingers are going all in on Cuomo being run out of office for his handling of the pandemic as it raced through nursing homes across the state. Let’s just ignore that Trump did all the same things on a national scale. Even worse, Trump blocked data sharing that would have given the state more resources - like the very tests that they say were being withheld. It took weeks and months to get testing up to a level where it could be applied to nursing homes.

Cuomo’s actions were mediocre at best, and a whole lot worse than Inslee, but Cuomo got the press while Inslee didn’t court it. But Cuomo did take leadership when Trump left a vacuum on what to during the pandemic.

And DeSantis, whose government hid data, is being picked as a darling of the GOP.

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:37:25am

re: #323 stpaulbear

328
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:38:24am

“Limping along on under-investment and neglect” is the fundamental ethos of Republican governance.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:39:00am

re: #322 Hecuba’s daughter

So this is really more of a both-siderism attack on Cuomo. The media and Republicans are trying to divert attention from Trump’s disastrous handling of the pandemic.

The media and Republicans are also used to be able to hound Democrat politicians out of office (see Franken, Al) for things that the Republicans willfully ignore and make excuses for among their own.

330
Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:39:19am

re: #271 Belafon

I’m supposed to be working from home but the blackouts are affecting my job site and the computers keep going down.

We got down to -3 here in Rockwall. The housing area I live in hasn’t lost power. We figure it’s because there’s a fire station and an assisted living facility on the same part of the power grid.

back in NY, we lived next to a someone ‘connected’
our street was always plowed first.

331
Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:39:54am

re: #311 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

So, 27 days in office and he has already managed to ban fossil fuels and wreck the power grid? I have to wonder if Boebert and her fellow operatives have really thought through the this strategy of attributing super-powers to enemies like Biden, Hilary, and Soros?

the rubes buy it every time

332
Eventual Carrion  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:40:02am

re: #280 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Would “Texas Shiver” be more appropriate at this time?

Well there’s icein’ down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down

333
Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:42:35am

re: #313 Hecuba’s daughter

I think their argument is that the push for alternative energy by those claiming there is a climate change problem is what led to the inability of the power grid to handle this crisis. You know — the fossil fuel companies seeing the potential writing on the wall and switching prematurely to alternative fuel sources.

who oversees the texas power grid?
isnt it the Texas state legislature through ERCOT?

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:43:15am

re: #330 Dangerman

back in NY, we lived next to a someone ‘connected’
our street was always plowed first.

I saw that when I lived in western PA. I noted how quickly a certain section* of the housing plan I lived in got plowed. And later found out that one of the township council members lived there.

* - And sometimes only that section. Whereas the hilly cul-de-sac I lived on would only get plowed 8-10 hours later.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:44:44am

re: #331 Dangerman

the rubes buy it every time

Same thought process as not wanting to buy required or minimum standards of coverage insurance due to no intention of ever getting sick (or in an accident for car insurance).

336
🌹UOJB!  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:45:56am

re: #206 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The proper to start a chili war is — beans or no beans?

Next—ground meat or diced chunks?

337
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:46:29am

re: #336 🌹UOJB!

And what about diced avocado?

338
🌹UOJB!  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:47:17am

Damn, now I’m hungry for Phili Dilli’s Chicken Chili…and it hasn’t been on the shelves for years… 😢

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:48:05am

Brought to you by the same people who are constantly telling us how evil Communism is.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:48:17am

re: #328 jaunte

“Limping along on under-investment and neglect” is the fundamental ethos of Republican governance.

“our goal is to get the texas power grid down to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.”

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:49:10am
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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:49:48am

re: #334 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

I saw that when I lived in western PA. I noted how quickly a certain section* of the housing plan I lived in got plowed. And later found out that one of the township council members lived there.

* - And sometimes only that section. Whereas the hilly cul-de-sac I lived on would only get plowed 8-10 hours later.

i hear ya
i meant another kind of ‘connected’ ;-)

343
Eventual Carrion  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:50:14am

re: #307 Dave In Austin

Central Texas is a Cold Mess y’all.

That’s it.

Son in San Antonio had frozen pipes yesterday but still had electric. He texted me late last night, and they had unfrozen the pipes but now were without electricity. I haven’t heard yet today if he and his wife got out to work this morning.

344
Sufficient unto the day...  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:50:44am
345
danarchy  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:52:11am

re: #318 Belafon

I missed his comment in my catch-up. We couldn’t get people to move out of the large cities without hugh capacity broadband everywhere. Plus, I do think it’s reached the point where it’s as much of a person’s right as electricity is.

Someone mentioned starlink upthread with a gripe about astronomers and some pejorative about dudebros.

IMO if starlink can actually deliver on the promise of reasonably inexpensive reasonably fast internet anywhere in the world, the hassle to astronomers of programing their computers to digitally compensate for the known orbits of a bunch of satellites will be well worth it.

346
Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:52:40am

re: #344 Sufficient unto the day…

I love his choice of t-shirt, especially since people were joking yesterday about this being what happens when you get Elsa angry.

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:53:48am
348
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:55:35am

re: #336 🌹UOJB!

Next—ground meat or diced chunks?

Wow. That’d be a prep thing to me.

I’d be more willing to let ground simmer longer in the pot with the other ingredients than chunks due to a worry about making the chunks too tough. Adding the braised chunks close to the end before serving would probably make a very good dish.

(My brother does noodle soups this way. Heats the stock/broth, cooks the noodles separately, and the meat as well. Everything comes together right before serving if not in the serving bowl itself.)

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:58:05am

re: #339 Eclectic Cyborg

Brought to you by the same people who are constantly telling us how evil Communism is.

Wasn’t there a video yesterday from Texas showing electrical arcs going down the line from a transformer. Given how Texas seems to (not) regulate anything else why would I not express concern about their standards for electrical transmission on their grid.*

* - More so given that one reason they isolated their grid was to avoid Federal regulation. Which I roughly translate as “avoiding safety regulations”.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:59:28am

re: #332 Eventual Carrion

Well there’s icein’ down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down

Nicely timed comment since I had SRV playing at the time. (Wasn’t “Texas Flood” at the time, but I appreciate the thought.)

:)

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:59:35am

re: #345 danarchy

Someone mentioned starlink upthread with a gripe about astronomers and some pejorative about dudebros.

IMO if starlink can actually deliver on the promise of reasonably inexpensive reasonably fast internet anywhere in the world, the hassle to astronomers of programing their computers to digitally compensate for the known orbits of a bunch of satellites will be well worth it.

That’s my stance on them.

352
stpaulbear  Feb 16, 2021 • 8:59:42am

re: #263 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Wow. Republicans really believe this garbage. Any claim to morality is thrown right out the window with this one quote.

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I wonder how that GOP official feels this morning after becoming an internet sensation?

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:00:02am

re: #349 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Wasn’t there a video yesterday from Texas showing electrical arcs going down the line from a transformer. Given how Texas seems to (not) regulate anything else why would I not express concern about their standards for electrical transmission on their grid.*

* - More so given that one reason they isolated their grid was to avoid Federal regulation. Which I roughly translate as “avoiding safety regulations”.

I didn’t go back and check but I seem to remember that was Louisiana. I could be wrong

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:01:00am
355
Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:01:20am

re: #353 Eventual Carrion

I didn’t go back and check but I seem to remember that was Louisiana. I could be wrong

It was Louisiana.

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:01:31am
357
jeffreyw  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:01:59am

re: #325 Dangerman

+1

I saw that and thought “nun with a ruler”.

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danarchy  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:02:33am

re: #336 🌹UOJB!

Next—ground meat or diced chunks?

why not both?

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:02:59am

re: #349 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

The same Trumpists who proclaimed that California was a disaster because of rolling blackouts due to harsh weather are suddenly very concerned about the lack of power in Texas, due to not preparing for harsh weather.

Instead of noting that Texas grid is independent and lacks the backups other grids do via interconnects, Texas is on its own to avoid federal oversight. You know, the kind that would have mandated winterizing equipment and having measures in place to mitigate against cold weather (which does happen occasionally in Texas - and which gets worse thanks to global warming because warmer global temps means more energy in oceans and atmosphere to generate more intense/longer duration storms).

There’s some idiots who are kvetching that the wind turbines are offline and that they need helicopters and petroleum products to get those back up and working. Well, yeah, they always need those items - the point is reducing the reliance the other 99% of the time when the weather is conducive to wind power generation. There was no backup. They didn’t prepare. They failed.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:05:06am
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Renaissance_Man  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:05:40am

re: #347 lawhawk

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As long as right-wing media is allowed free access to American citizens, the pandemic of fascism will continue to spread.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:06:51am

re: #355 Belafon

It was Louisiana.

I stand corrected. Apologies to Texas for implying their power infrastructure is purposefully playing with being unsafe in order to save a few bucks.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:08:06am
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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:08:36am

re: #362 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

I stand corrected. Apologies to Texas for implying their power infrastructure is purposefully playing with being unsafe in order to save a few bucks.

We have our own problems here in Texas. Other states can do it their way.

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jeffreyw  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:09:12am

re: #336 🌹UOJB!

Next—ground meat or diced chunks?

With beans, maybe 3 kinds. Ground beef and Mexican style pork chorizo. Various chili powders. Usually a can of crushed tomatoes. Roasted jalapenos and poblanos. Served with shredded cheddar, raw onions and peppers. Nacho chips on the side.

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:10:30am

Alabama Good Morning!

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nines09  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:11:43am

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:11:47am

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:12:51am

re: #358 danarchy

why not both?

I’ve done that making lamb stew*. Ground rolled into little meatballs and chunks as well.

* - Shortage of chunk lamb at the Wegman’s. Plus a large price difference between the two a factor as well.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:14:31am

OH MY!

Did Deadbeat Daddy lie to the judge to stiff AJ out of child support again?????

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:15:05am
372
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:17:28am

re: #370 🌹UOJB!

He was spending the whole $99,000 a month?

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:18:42am

re: #372 jaunte

He was spending the whole $99,000 a month?

Don’t YOU wish you earned $99K a month?????

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:19:04am

All the right-wing whining about Puerto Rico’s failures at building a sustainable power grid and Texas responds with: Hold my beer.

Bravo.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:19:16am

re: #366 BlueSpotinAL

Alabama Good Morning!

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You almost had me until I saw the snow pole on the side of the road. Nowhere in the South would they think to have those.

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:21:15am

40%.

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danarchy  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:21:37am

I’ve been seeing lots of deals on facemasks recently. Recently 2000 of the surgical style masks for under $50, 50 kn95s for $16 etc. I have a feeling people with warehouses full of the things are seeing the end of covid on the distant horizon and are trying to dump stock before they get stuck with it.

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stpaulbear  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:23:40am

re: #311 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

So, 27 days in office and he has already managed to ban fossil fuels and wreck the power grid? I have to wonder if Boebert and her fellow operatives have really thought through the this strategy of attributing super-powers to enemies like Biden, Hilary, and Soros?

Whatever works…

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:25:02am

Transmission week: why we need more big power lines
— David Roberts

“…Right now, we’re stuck in a chicken-and-egg problem: renewable energy developers are hesitant to build, not knowing whether they’ll be forced to pay for expensive new lines; transmission developers are hesitant to build, not knowing whether there will be generators to fill their lines.

Someone (spoiler: the federal government) needs to come in and break up the logjam to get things moving. There’s a huge pool of clean, domestic American energy waiting to be tapped.”
volts.wtf

380
garzooma  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:25:08am

re: #291 Dr. Matt

Any PC hardware experts around? I have a strange issue with my monitors when I visit certain websites. My secondary monitor basically goes to black for certain websites (e.g., thehill.com). This is a Windows 10 machines with Dell Monitors. The display settings are the same for both. Any thoughts?

Definitely a weird problem. I wouldn’t know how to make that happen if I tried. Here’s a site (infopackets.com) that offers a number of suggestions:

Ensure the Monitor Cables are Secure
Review your DVI and HDMI Cable Configuration
Ensure the Monitor Cables are Not Damaged
Reset Power Management Options and Disable the Screen Saver
Obtain the latest Video Card Driver
Try the Monitor on Another Computer
Repair or Replace the LCD monitor

381
BlueSpotinAL  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:28:35am

re: #380 garzooma

Definitely a weird problem. I wouldn’t know how to make that happen if I tried. Here’s a site (infopackets.com) that offers a number of suggestions:

Swap the cables at the monitor end, see if the monitor with the problem changes, or if it is with the video out (I suspect that is the case)

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:29:55am

BTW, as long as you keep in mind “not all Texans” I do not at all mind the ragging on my state as we deserve it.

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lawhawk  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:30:06am

re: #376 jaunte

While right wingers are fixated on wind and solar as why the lights went out in Texas, the culprit is that 40% of the fossil fuel generating capacity went offline during the weather event.

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:30:19am

re: #382 Belafon

BTW, as long as you keep in mind “not all Texans” I do not at all mind the ragging on my state as we deserve it.

i am NOT ‘florida man’

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Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:30:45am

re: #383 lawhawk

While right wingers are fixated on wind and solar as why the lights went out in Texas, the culprit is that 40% of the fossil fuel generating capacity went offline during the weather event.

cant make political points with that

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Dr. Matt  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:31:02am

re: #380 garzooma

I found that the refresh rates were different between two monitors. Monitor 1 was 60p and Monitor 2 was 59i. They are both at 60p and no problems for now….

Could that be it?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:31:17am

re: #386 Dr. Matt

I found that the refresh rates were different between two monitors. Monitor 1 was 60p and Monitor 2 was 59i. They are both at 60p and no problems for now….

Could that be it?

That is definitely a possibility.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:32:40am

re: #370 🌹UOJB!

OH MY!

Did Deadbeat Daddy lie to the judge to stiff AJ out of child support again?????

[Embedded content]

Several commenters pointed out that if his paycheck relies on Trump, there is a good chance all his “paid” work is pro bono. OTOH maybe he is being paid in bitcoin transferred to his offshore accounts.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:34:30am

I wonder how many bullshit deductions Jason Miller claims on his taxes?

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Mike Lamb  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:34:46am

re: #328 jaunte

“Limping along on under-investment and neglect” is the fundamental ethos of Republican governance.

You forgot the part where they then say that this is why you can’t have the gov’t running these industries and privatization is the answer.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:36:08am

re: #353 Eventual Carrion

I didn’t go back and check but I seem to remember that was Louisiana. I could be wrong

It was. Kenner, La.

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plansbandc  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:36:32am

re: #353 Eventual Carrion

Kenner LA, suburb of New Orleans.

393
jeffreyw  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:37:26am

The thread inspired me to start some chili. It’ll be a few hours yet.

394
plansbandc  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:37:28am

re: #371 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Gorgeous pic.

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garzooma  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:38:13am

re: #387 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

That is definitely a possibility.

I wouldn’t have thought so, but apparently, this actually is a thing (from windowsdigitals.com).

Second Monitor Keeps Flickering, Flashing or Going Black Randomly

396
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:40:06am
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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:43:11am

re: #385 Dangerman

cant make political points with that

Not against liberals and their agenda.

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:43:24am
399
Renaissance_Man  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:44:02am

re: #396 jaunte

Like business owners will actually pay white Americans a living wage, thus costing themselves money, when they can pay brown people slavery wages and replace them for free when they die.

400
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:45:26am

re: #399 Renaissance_Man

Even Cotton knows it’s a sham.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:46:42am

re: #390 Mike Lamb

You forgot the part where they then say that this is why you can’t have the gov’t running these industries and privatization is the answer.

Which in Texas applies very little to their major industry. They’ve been regulating their state oil production and prices since 1891.

en.wikipedia.org

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:46:43am
403
Dangerman  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:47:21am

re: #400 jaunte

Even Cotton knows it’s a sham.

but they get to say….

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:47:38am

re: #393 jeffreyw

Chili (non-Texas)

Slow cooker variant.

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:49:42am

re: #402 Backwoods_Sleuth

Republicans, soon: Why aren’t you calling the patriots who just wanted a fair vote to overturn the will of the people?

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:50:05am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:50:52am

re: #398 jaunte

Reminds me. There’s a good board game with a Steam version called “Wingspan” where you are running “preserves” and trying to attract birds to them. (Well, you place the birds.) Artwork and components are very good, and there appears to be on-line and multiplayer options (have not done this yet, but I hope so) for the Steam version.

boardgamegeek.com

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jeffreyw  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:58:21am

re: #404 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

[Embedded content]

Slow cooker variant.

I could eat that.

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retired cynic  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:58:33am

We talked about the Cuomo hullaballoo upstream, and here is Judd Legum’s take. He doesn’t appear to be a fan.

The truth about Cuomo

The first comment is from a woman who rips Judd a new one for comparing apples to oranges. It is long, and worth the read! This is the start of her comment, but not all of it:

Two words: Density. Timing.

Disclaimer: I’m a New Yorker.

Judd, if you’d gone just one step further in researching, you would have discovered that CA’s largest city is LA (2019 pop 4 million), while NYS’s largest city, NYC, is MORE than double that (2019 pop 8.42 million.) Here’s the point: LA’s 4 million are spread out over 502 sq mi. NYC’s pop is crammed into 305 sq mi. Density contributes to Covid spread, and spread contributes to deaths - as we all well know (or should know) by now. Stop the apples-to-oranges comparisons.

Timing: NY was first up in the Covid battle on the east coast. There are estimates now that up to 20% of New Yorkers had Covid BEFORE the first case was officially dx’d in March. And NY entered into the global pandemic AFTER China, AFTER Italy (remember watching the footage on the nightly news?) which meant when NY NEEDED supplies, there were none to be had. We (NYS) MADE our own hand sanitizer; we MADE masks (out of state friends sent me my first masks), we MADE hospital gowns (via shuttered garment shops), we set up our own in-state testing sites (because the CDC was overrun with tests waiting to be processed and we could NOT wait 3-4 weeks for test results. We/NYS MADE replacement parts for defective parts in Covid test kits. Mike Bloomberg’s organization, at Cuomo’s request, set up the FIRST test-and-trace corps - an operation which is still used to this day. And when we started experiencing food shortages, we/NYS TRUCKED produce and milk from upstate NY to downstate NY where the need was greatest. And Cuomo & Co put the whole thing - every single piece of it - together.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:58:45am

re: #406 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

The thing is, it might save you a few bucks in the 90% case where it doesn’t freeze. The question is if the damage done by the 10% case outweighs the savings of the 90% case. I’m going to assume that is a hard yes and they are probably finding that out right about now.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 16, 2021 • 9:58:50am

re: #396 jaunte

[Embedded content]

There is already a law about hiring illegal immigrants on the books I thought. So is he also going to pass a law that makes the sun rise in the east?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:05:04am

re: #411 Eventual Carrion

There is already a law about hiring illegal immigrants on the books I thought. So is he also going to pass a law that makes the sun rise in the east?

he can pass a law making it illegal for women to provoke men into raping them…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:06:17am

moron

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Belafon  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:06:40am

re: #410 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

The thing is, it might save you a few bucks in the 90% case where it doesn’t freeze. The question is if the damage done by the 10% case outweighs the savings of the 90% case. I’m going to assume that is a hard yes and they are probably finding that out right about now.

It’s costing companies here. I cannot reliably log into work because my company keeps losing power, which means it isn’t charging its customer, the US government.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:08:02am

re: #410 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

The thing is, it might save you a few bucks in the 90% case where it doesn’t freeze. The question is if the damage done by the 10% case outweighs the savings of the 90% case. I’m going to assume that is a hard yes and they are probably finding that out right about now.

The winterization package for windmills is a standard option and, iirc, not particularly expensive. The operators could, and probably did, predict that temperatures in this range would occur at some point during the life of the installation (these temps are not THAT unusual and were commonplace in the mid 20th century). In the ERCOT de-regulated dog-eat-dog world of Texas electric production, operators cannot spend a dime that does not immediately affect the bottom line and regulatory requirements, which this would be, are few and far between. Incidentally, Lubbock is not part of the lepertarian ERCOT system and its windmills are winterized. They have had some blackouts today, but only for a few minutes and primarily because they cannot get power from ERCOT affiliated neighboring grids.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:08:19am

re: #413 Backwoods_Sleuth

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jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:11:57am

re: #413 Backwoods_Sleuth

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PrairieQueen  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:19:14am

re: #396 jaunte

A Qoncerned Q citizen yesterday told me 3,500 illegals are pouring over the borders daily since “they” opened them, and the illegals will get all the benefits while thousands of legal citizens in Texas wait in food lines during this terrible weather.

I didn’t realize a “Borders Are Open Come Get Free Stuff” sign was posted anywhere.

419
jaunte  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:21:30am

re: #418 PrairieQueen

Apparently these new immigrants are superhumans whose reaction to a killing arctic weather front is to hike hundreds of miles through a frozen desert.

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PrairieQueen  Feb 16, 2021 • 10:24:07am

re: #419 jaunte

I also didn’t realize they got free health care and housing after crossing the border, “when actual citizens can’t even get that.”

I can only guess this is a loop on Fox or OANN or Newsmax, because I haven’t seen or read anything to this effect.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 16, 2021 • 11:14:00am

re: #375 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

You almost had me until I saw the snow pole on the side of the road. Nowhere in the South would they think to have those.

It’s how we measure the height of fire ant mounds.


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#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 210418Electrics and hydraulics hum along now unattended and without any thought.No more mentions until we add a pump or a panel or... We lived with the partially screened in filter for a week.It didn't feel quite right and it looked ...
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#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 210411The pumps are pumping along. Like they always should have.They go on when the sun comes out, they go off in the clouds and at night.We barely pay attention to their functioning and now can focus on the sight and ...
Dangerman
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AFI - Dulcería (Official Music Video) "Dulcería" comes from AFI’s new album, Bodies, out June 11. Available for preorder everywhere now: riserecords.lnk.to ​ Directed by Adam Mason, produced by Elizabeth Mason LYRICSI saw sugar there, dancing in the sweet air. When my eyes began to ...
Thanos
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The Shaolin Afronauts - Winds Across Gayanamede (Live at Adelaide Festival Centre) Recorded 21 January 2012 at Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Winds Across Gayanamede is taken from the second album from The Shaolin Afronauts; Quest Under Capricorn. The album drops 16 July on vinyl, CD and digital download via Freestyle ...
Thanos
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#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 210404Did you spend all week thinking about solar power and pumps? We didn't either.A week of flawless electrics and hydraulics.The first few days we went out to check on it like hourly.Now we don't even think about itThe proof of ...
Dangerman
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Springsteen - “Prove It All Night” Live at Cleveland Agora, 1978This is so perfect.
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Foster the People - Lamb’s Wool (Official Music Video) Official animated music video for Foster The People's single 'Lamb's Wool' off of their most recent EP 'In The Darkest Of Nights, Let The Birds Sing'. Listen to 'Lamb's Wool' here: stem.ffm.to Listen to 'Lamb's Wool (with Poolside)' here: ...
Thanos
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Talk Talk - It’s My Life (Live at Montreux 1986) Live at Montreux 1986 is a concert video release by the British synth pop band Talk Talk of a concert at 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The show was part of a tour that started in April 1986 ...
Thanos
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KALEO - Skinny [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO] Music and Lyrics by JJ Julius SonNew song “Skinny" available now: kaleo.lnk.toFrom the upcoming album Surface Sounds out 4/23: kaleo.lnk.to What makes you feel good?What makes you angry inside? Why don’t you love me?You want to fuck me or ...
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Hania Rani - Live From Studio S2 Listen to 'Live from Studio S2': hania-rani.lnk.to The full live set video was premiered on the evening before the annual Piano Day worldwide celebrations (March 29th). The motivation to make the recording of the live performances which became the ...
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