Acoustic Guitarist Gareth Pearson Tears It UP: “Blue Smoke”

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Welsh finger-picker Gareth Pearson does the impossible - he gives Tommy Emmanuel a run for his money. CAUTION: awesome high-speed Travis picking ahead.

Blue Smoke performed by Gareth Pearson, from his album Urban Echoes Vol.1. - candyrat.com

Tablature and sheet music - musicnotes.com

Official Website - garethpearson.com​​​​​​​​

Kepma Guitars - kepmausa.com​​​​​​
D’Addario Strings - daddario.com​​​

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1
Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:43:47pm

CL’ed….

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:46:58pm

HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW….
Detroit Free Press: Detroit judge denies request to toss robocall charges against right-wing provocateurs

A Detroit judge declined to dismiss felony charges against two right-wing political provocateurs on Tuesday, instead appearing to agree with prosecutors that comments included in a robocall could be seen as menacing and deter someone from voting.

Third Circuit Court Judge Margaret Van Houten said the messages orchestrated by Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman that were distributed throughout Detroit included language people weighing voting by mail could find threatening.

“It’s not whether they succeeded in deterring someone from voting, it’s whether they attempted to deter someone from voting. That is the language in the statute,” Van Houten said.

“Certainly, the robocall itself, the language in the call could influence someone and deter them from voting by mail.”

In October, Attorney General Dana Nessel charged both men with multiple felonies, accusing them of intentionally trying to dissuade Black voters from casting a ballot in the general election. Both men have since been charged in other states and face civil lawsuits related to the robocalls as well.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:52:32pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:57:30pm
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gocart mozart  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:58:01pm
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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:58:54pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

In fairness, the guy is fairly certain Trump’s supporters are out to kill him, and while he is being a bit of a lapdog, he’s probably also hoping that enough sweet talk will get them to, if not be less crazy, at least be less murder-happy.

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2021 • 5:59:17pm

The current “Finding Your Roots” has Roseanne Cash. Come to find out her fourth great grandmother was black, a slave. The story looks like her future husband gave the county clerk in Alabama $200 and the clerk basically would have said at that much money “looks white to me.”

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:00:51pm

re: #7 Belafon

You watched that too. I found it very interesting as to what people expect and do not expect in their backgrounds.

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ipsos  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:01:46pm

Four hours in to my new half-vaccinated life.

Arm is slightly sore.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:02:15pm

re: #2 Eric The Fruit Bat

HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW….
Detroit Free Press: Detroit judge denies request to toss robocall charges against right-wing provocateurs
…..
In October, Attorney General Dana Nessel charged both men with multiple felonies, accusing them of intentionally trying to dissuade Black voters from casting a ballot in the general election. Both men have since been charged in other states and face civil lawsuits related to the robocalls as well.

Republicans have abandoned that approach and are now trying to stop POC from voting the old fashioned way: disenfranchising them outright and suppressing their ability to vote.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:02:33pm

re: #9 ipsos

That is pretty much the same thing Dr Fauci said.

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:03:47pm

re: #8 PhillyPretzel

You watched that too. I found it very interesting as to what people expect and do not expect in their backgrounds.

My wife is watching it now.

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stpaulbear  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:04:26pm

re: #5 gocart mozart

Pretty easy vote. The Bangles don’t even like Walk Like An Egyptian.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:09:25pm

re: #12 Belafon

WHYY finished it a few minutes ago. Like most of the shows on PBS it is well written. One of many reasons why I watch PBS. :)

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:11:20pm

re: #7 Belafon

The current “Finding Your Roots” has Roseanne Cash. Come to find out her fourth great grandmother was black, a slave. The story looks like her future husband gave the county clerk in Alabama $200 and the clerk basically would have said at that much money “looks white to me.”

To be honest, when I first saw photos of her Mom, I thought she was a Black woman. I’m not surprised she has Black ancestry. I was more surprised that Johnny Cash had Black ancestry as well.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:17:39pm

They’re doing it wrong. The rats are supposed to flee BEFORE the ship sinks.

ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas are resigning in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm

Five board members, including the chair, who do not live in Texas will resign. A candidate for another position on the board has withdrawn his application. The vacancies will not immediately be filled.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:18:49pm

re: #16 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

They do not know better so they get out as the ship is sinking.

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TedStriker  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:20:51pm

re: #15 Patricia Kayden

To be honest, when I first saw photos of her Mom, I thought she was a Black woman. I’m not surprised she has Black ancestry. I was more surprised that Johnny Cash had Black ancestry as well.

If you’re white and your family was in the South in the 18th or 19th century, it’s likely even money that you have black and/or Native American ancestry somewhere down the line.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:21:09pm
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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:21:43pm

re: #18 TedStriker

Very true.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:23:44pm
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TedStriker  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:24:48pm

re: #20 PhillyPretzel

Very true.

As a white Southerner with likely Native American ancestry (IIRC, on my father’s side), it doesn’t bother me one bit; Americans are mutts anyway, what’s one more fork (or more) on the family tree?

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:24:58pm

re: #13 stpaulbear

Pretty easy vote. The Bangles don’t even like Walk Like An Egyptian.

Didn’t stop them from suing The Swinging Erudites parody!

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TedStriker  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:25:37pm

re: #19 Patricia Kayden

Clint Black has always seemed to be a good sport to me.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:26:57pm

re: #21 The Pie Overlord!

Memories of Momma’s pecan pie and she always had to have a scoop of Lady Borden’s French Vanilla Ice Cream on top of it!

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:28:56pm
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Dave In Austin  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:30:38pm
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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:30:48pm

re: #24 TedStriker

Clint Black has always seemed to be a good sport to me.

Yeah. He came off as a class act.

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TedStriker  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:32:15pm

re: #28 Patricia Kayden

Yeah. He came off as a class act.

He had to put up with being “fired” by Trump in one of the iterations of Celebrity Apprentice, so he’d have to be.

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TedStriker  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:32:45pm

re: #27 Dave In Austin

ROFL

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:35:06pm
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aatharuv  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:37:00pm

re: #18 TedStriker

If you’re white and your family was in the South in the 18th or 19th century, it’s likely even money that you have black and/or Native American ancestry somewhere down the line.

In Louisiana (due to the blurring of the racial lines especially before American rule) and South Carolina (due to it’s pre-Great Migration African American majority), there are fairly large percentages of self-identified White Americans who aren’t white according to the one-drop rule (More than 10%, IIRC). It’s much lower in the rest of the US.

Native American ancestry is quite low amongst self-identified white Americans.. The most recent studies show that the average percentage of native American genes across the white population is about 0.2%, though, this is concentrated in about 3% of White Americans.

Admittedly, I understand Native American genetics are not as precise as those of larger groups, because there are fewer DNA samples, and it at least some cases, it’s hard to tell whether certain genes come from relatively recent white ancestors, or through Ancient Northern Eurasian ancestors who are amongst the ancestors of Native Americans and of Scandinavians, amongst other people.

(Genetic testing is based on cluster analysis, which does throws up false positives especially with smaller sample sizes.)

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austin_blue  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:41:50pm

re: #84 austin_blue

Holy shit! That was scary.

Ah, those were just little puppies.

These are proper BLEVEs.

Horrifying Bleve Explosions Around The World | Explosions Gone Wrong

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:43:42pm

re: #33 austin_blue

re: #84 austin_blue

Holy shit! That was scary.

Ah, those were just little puppies.

These are proper BLEVEs.

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Video

Jesus Christ! No thanks, I choose life.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:49:59pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:52:31pm
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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2021 • 6:57:49pm

re: #19 Patricia Kayden

I love that show. Happy to see I can watch recent episodes on pbs.com.

It pretty much always makes me cry, but it’s a good cry. Always fascinating.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:03:06pm

re: #33 austin_blue

Unofficial acronym:
Blast Leveling Everything Very Efficiently.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:07:14pm
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jaunte  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:14:46pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:18:19pm

re: #9 ipsos

Four hours in to my new half-vaccinated life.

Arm is slightly sore.

That’s it. That’s the post.

We’re back from our hospital trip to Scottsbluff. It’s been a bit over a day since my second shot; my arm is sore as hell.

Stopped at the supermarket in Bridgeport on the way home: Literally the only two people in the store wearing masks were my wife and me. We got a few things we needed right away and got the hell out.

I think we’ll keep our shopping to the market in the Village of Dalton, though it’s much further away from our house; they have very few people in the store at any one time and everyone there wears masks.

Aside from those two stores (and the general store here), the nearest grocery store is sixty miles away.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:18:35pm

re: #33 austin_blue

Eesh.

That last one reminded me os a scene in the book, The Enemy Within.

In this scene a directional mine was placed on an LNG tanker truck. The mine was triggered by a photo-electric circuit. A couple of seconds of darkness, like going under an over pass set the mine off. This punched a hole in the tanker letting the gas out, and a squib lit the natural gas streaming out of the hole.

During rush hour in Seattle.

Some of the overpass came down a kilometre away.

Scary stuff.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:18:59pm

re: #32 aatharuv

DNA tests such as from 23andMe and AncestryDNA (the two best IMO) check loci at around a few hundred thousand total (used to be about a million in the old 23andMe test, but current versions are around 600k I think) in our chromosomes.

Most of the loci are not strictly part of genes, but in the spaces between genes.

Also, about our ancestors: because of how meiosis works we lose a lot of ancestors at each generation, in our DNA. You likely have many 8th great grandparents from whom you’ve inherited no DNA at all, while you’ve inherited quite a bit from a few of them. Even closer ancestors like 5th great grandparents may have disappeared from your DNA.

Nevertheless, you’re right on that an American who has early colonial ancestors in the Americas has a good chance of having recent (past 500 years) ancestors from south of the Sahara.

Also, many such Americans have recent ancestors from north Africa and the islands of the Med. This is from the strong Spanish influence in early North America, a history that the white supremacists suppress.

Not so many people in the US of colonial ancestry have Native American ancestors. However, many Mexicans do, and with the growing Hispanic population in the US there will be an increasing share of such ancestry in our nation.

Personally I like these DNA tests for the cousin discoveries. Many things have come to light from such. The ethnicity stuff I think is a bit suspect, not that one can’t correctly identify population groups, but there is an oversized importance given to these things, and as I noted above you’ve lost most of your genealogical ancestors from your DNA anyway.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:21:46pm

(reload my prior comment as I had to make a correction that changes the meaning of the last bit.)

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:30:36pm

I was totally trying to figure out what it means to be tuna shamed.

LMAO

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:32:57pm
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sagehen  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:33:33pm

re: #15 Patricia Kayden

To be honest, when I first saw photos of her Mom, I thought she was a Black woman. I’m not surprised she has Black ancestry. I was more surprised that Johnny Cash had Black ancestry as well.

From an episode a year or two ago… Carly Simon’s grandmother was Afro-Cuban (news to Carly; she’d always been told grandma was Spanish).

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:47:06pm

re: #45 plansbandc

I was totally trying to figure out what it means to be tuna shamed.

LMAO

I still don’t get it.

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:48:24pm

re: #48 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Christian (cross) Unashamed.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:48:42pm

re: #48 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I still don’t get it.

un ashamed . the T is the cross.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:50:16pm

re: #49 plansbandc

Christian (cross) Unashamed.

Thanks. I got the Latin cross, but I couldn’t figure out what “tunashaming” was. Even putting that in context of the early Christian fish logo, it just sailed passed me.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:50:40pm

re: #45 plansbandc

I was totally trying to figure out what it means to be tuna shamed.

LMAO

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It means you have a jones for this…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 7:51:21pm

re: #52 🌹UOJB!

It means you have a jones for this…

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My gourmet cooking.

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William Lewis  Feb 23, 2021 • 8:32:24pm

re: #52 🌹UOJB!

It means you have a jones for this…

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The creamy pasta with almost unidentifiably small bits of broccoli is my preference…

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2021 • 8:47:18pm
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stpaulbear  Feb 23, 2021 • 8:48:03pm

re: #36 The Pie Overlord!

OBAMA EATS BABIES!!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 9:08:54pm

re: #56 stpaulbear

OBAMA EATS BABIES!!

Well, they claim they are atheists, so of course they would eat babies.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 9:31:07pm

How Fox News hosts started attacking COVID-19 vaccines after Biden took over the rollout from Trump (Business Insider)

TL;DR, News Corp. sees undermining confidence in the new vaccines as a way to undermine Joe Biden and his political agenda. FOX supported the vaccines when Trump was President.

News Corp. says the studies showing shifting Republican opinion against the vaccines are flawed, and they support mask-wearing and vaccines (despite what their hosts put on the air).

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 23, 2021 • 9:38:53pm
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Belafon  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:02:51pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:08:50pm

IBM Security Report: Attacks on Industries Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts Double (PR Newswire)

Ransomware becomes a big business in the time of plague.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) Security today released the 2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index highlighting how cyberattacks evolved in 2020 as threat actors sought to profit from the unprecedented socioeconomic, business and political challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, IBM Security X-Force observed attackers pivoting their attacks to businesses for which global COVID-19 response efforts heavily relied, such as hospitals, medical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as energy companies powering the COVID-19 supply chain.

According to the new report, cyberattacks on healthcare, manufacturing, and energy doubled from the year prior, with threat actors targeting organizations that could not afford downtime due to risks of disrupting medical efforts or critical supply chains. In fact, manufacturing and energy were the most attacked industries in 2020, second only to the finance and insurance sector. Contributing to this was attackers taking advantage of the nearly 50% increase in vulnerabilities in industrial control systems (ICS), which manufacturing and energy both strongly depend on.

“In essence, the pandemic reshaped what is considered critical infrastructure today, and attackers took note. Many organizations were pushed to the front lines of response efforts for the first time - whether to support COVID-19 research, uphold vaccine and food supply chains, or produce personal protective equipment,” said Nick Rossmann, Global Threat Intelligence Lead, IBM Security X-Force. “Attackers’ victimology shifted as the COVID-19 timeline of events unfolded, indicating yet again, the adaptability, resourcefulness and persistence of cyber adversaries.”

(more)

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Varek Raith  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:10:38pm

re: #59 🌹UOJB!

ROFL

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:12:17pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:15:03pm

re: #61 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

They note Linux users need to take care for malware attacks.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses sought to accelerate their cloud adoption. “In fact, a recent Gartner survey found that almost 70% of organizations using cloud services today plan to increase their cloud spending in the wake of the disruption caused by COVID-19.” 1 But with Linux currently powering 90% of cloud workloads and the X-Force report detailing a 500% increase in Linux-related malware families in the past decade, cloud environments can become a prime attack vector for threat actors.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:22:11pm
TORONTO - Ontario labour inspectors are homing in on warehouses and distribution centres, but the site of a major workplace COVID-19 outbreak isn’t included in the ongoing inspections: Canada Post.

More than 300 employees at the postal service’s Gateway facility in Mississauga, Ont., have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the year and one employee has died. Canada Post advised customers across the country to expect delivery delays as the outbreak impacted operations at the central mail delivery hub.

But because Canada Post is a federally regulated Crown corporation, its inspection falls outside provincial jurisdiction.

The president of the national union representing postal workers said consistent standards should be applied to all workplaces, noting that the outbreak has had an “enormous impact on all postal workers.”

“The virus doesn’t distinguish between provincial and federal workplaces and neither should inspections,” Jan Simpson, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said in a statement. “Workplaces and workers in the Peel Region have been hit hard by COVID-19. It’s in everyone’s best interest that all workplaces be inspected to ensure the health and safety of workers.”

Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said earlier this month that the ministry chose to focus on warehouses and distribution centres in Peel Region - the hard-hit region of the Greater Toronto Area - noting that such workplaces employ a high number of temporary and precarious workers.

(more)

Mississauga Canada Post site hit by major coronavirus outbreak excluded from provincial inspections (CP24, subsidiary of Bell Media)

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Varek Raith  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:22:59pm

FYI, I’m gonna be re-following you all on my old twitter account again. Managing two is no fun.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:26:01pm

LOL

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:27:55pm

re: #66 Varek Raith

FYI, I’m gonna be re-following you all on my old twitter account again. Managing two is no fun.

WB.

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John Hughes  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:29:02pm

re: #2 William Lewis

Hey, I have a question for the Navy types here.

Is it true the Swedish Navy have barcodes on their ships so at the docks they can Scan da Navy in?

< whistles innocently >

Of course it’s true.
In the same vein the motto of the French navy is:
A l’eau, c’est l’heure!

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:46:14pm

re: #6 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

In fairness, the guy is fairly certain Trump’s supporters are out to kill him, and while he is being a bit of a lapdog, he’s probably also hoping that enough sweet talk will get them to, if not be less crazy, at least be less murder-happy.

If I were a crazy Trumpanzee, this would make me want to . him more, not less, esp. as I would be feeling his fear.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:50:36pm

I suspected this to be the case after it was noted that the coronavirus could enter the body through mucus membranes such as the eyes, but I am not a researcher. There is now a preliminary study that seems to indicate people who wear glasses are less susceptible to infection.

I never thought my myopia would be a blessing, but here we are.

Coronavirus less likely to infect glasses wearers, study suggests (FOX News Channel)

Good news, glasses wearers: Your spectacles may offer you some extra protection from the novel coronavirus, according to the findings of a new study.

In a report published earlier this month on the pre-print site medRxiv, researchers said that those who wear glasses at least eight hours during the day are less likely to contract the novel disease because they touch their eyes less frequently than those who do not wear glasses.

(more)

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:58:06pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2021 • 10:58:32pm

CNN has an interview of a couple who lost their 6 year old adopted daughter to COVID. The girl had pre-existing health issues, but the death was sudden and the disease included a symptom I was unaware of: a rash, which can be associated with serious pediatric cases.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:10:58pm

How the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works differently than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines from MedCram (11:48)

Coronavirus Update 121: Johnson and Johnson Vaccine - Efficacy and Safety vs. Pfizer & Moderna

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:13:35pm

how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows
That too many people have died?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:17:29pm

re: #74 Hecuba’s daughter

CNN has an interview of a couple who lost their 6 year old adopted daughter to COVID. The girl had pre-existing health issues, but the death was sudden and the disease included a symptom I was unaware of: a rash, which can be associated with serious pediatric cases.

Totally unrelated to Covid-19, CNN videos place a cookie for adultswim.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:21:26pm

At a Zoom gettogether with Trump-hating friends the other evening, we had a heated conversation concerning Rush Limbaugh. One of the group said he used to listen to Rush on a regular basis, and that we fail to realize how entertaining Rush was, and how he discoursed on a variety of topics that would engage the listener. Rush would also have extensive conversations with callers and provide advice.

Our friend felt that it could be instructive for a media personality on the left to study Rush’s style and adopt much of it to advance liberal causes. Several of us were vocally hostile to his suggestions, but then I never listened to Rush and so, in fairness, should not have excluded that possibility. It seemed to me from what I read that Rush’s humor was always cruel or demeaning and that he provided a fact-free zone to his audience, while promoting white supremacist ideology and so offered nothing of value.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:26:05pm

re: #72 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

According to the FOX article, this preliminary study is on the heels of a Chinese study which was fully peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which noted the same result as the Indian study (about 1/4 to 1/3 of the infection rate of those who do not wear glasses).

The Chinese study notes they had a very large pool of people to study whilst controls (people without glasses) were harder to get, because 80% of the Chinese population has myopia (I didn’t know the figure was that high).

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:31:05pm

re: #79 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

According to the FOX article, this preliminary study is on the heels of a Chinese study which was fully peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which noted the same result as the Indian study (about 1/4 to 1/3 of the infection rate of those who do not wear glasses).

The Chinese study notes they had a very large pool of people to study whilst controls (people without glasses) were harder to get, because 80% of the Chinese population has myopia (I didn’t know the figure was that high).

What about contact lenses? Did they provide any protection against infection?

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:32:22pm

re: #78 Hecuba’s daughter

At a Zoom gettogether with Trump-hating friends the other evening, we had a heated conversation concerning Rush Limbaugh. One of the group said he used to listen to Rush on a regular basis, and that we fail to realize how entertaining Rush was, and how he discoursed on a variety of topics that would engage the listener. Rush would also have extensive conversations with callers and provide advice.

Our friend felt that it could be instructive for a media personality on the left to study Rush’s style and adopt much of it to advance liberal causes. Several of us were vocally hostile to his suggestions, but then I never listened to Rush and so, in fairness, should not have excluded that possibility. It seemed to me from what I read that Rush’s humor was always cruel or demeaning and that he provided a fact-free zone to his audience, while promoting white supremacist ideology and so offered nothing of value.

The argument here is not the content of Mr. Limbaugh’s shows (objectively horrible), but his delivery style (showman and comedian).

One has to craft an interesting delivery to pitch a message.

Part of Mr. Limbaugh’s appeal was his bombastic style, which might not translate well to another person.

Other sources for lessons in imparting information might also be the style of Madison Avenue, or even television. (As much as folks who follow the inside baseball of politics lament that others do not, engaging and entertaining methods of delivery would be helpful.)

However, messaging shouldn’t lock into one kind of style: People either liked or despised Mr. Limbaugh, with very little middle ground. As you noted, you never listened to him, based on his reputation.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:35:50pm

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

What about contact lenses? Did they provide any protection against infection?

Neither study addressed contact lenses. Both studies addressed the fact people who wear glasses touch their eyes less, which seems to be the reason they have lower incidence of the disease (partly because they get in the way of touching, partly because they help keep things from blowing into your eyes, &c). I presume (but don’t know) that people who wear contacts probably touch their eyes about the same amount as people without glasses.

Who’d’ve thought that evolution would select through disease the blind to take over the earth? /s

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:37:02pm

re: #80 Hecuba’s daughter

What about contact lenses? Did they provide any protection against infection?

The apparent lesson from the studies seems to be you need to immediately ditch your contacts and put your spectacles back on. /s

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Amory Blaine  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:43:46pm

So a guy who calls himself Little Pharaoh just happens
to hate the Jews. Huh.

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:48:50pm
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:50:22pm

The state government sets the relative risk of infection guidelines (reflected as a dial on public health district dashboards).

The state dramatically dropped our risk from the middle of “high” to the dividing line with “moderate” for the Panhandle + Grant County.

Interestingly, looking at the cities and villages, all of them are at “high” except four small villages (and the three at no risk including mine—we’ve had three deaths but no new cases since last month).

All counties are at high risk except two of the lowest population counties (Deuel and Sioux).

The number of deaths hasn’t changed; that remains at 182 for over a week now. Hospitalisations dropped from 8 to 5.

Total cases for the week are up slightly over the previous week (84 versus 80).

The weekly positivity rate dropped from 19.8% to 18.3%.

Panhandle Public Health District records 9,427 people vaccinated out of a population of 82,962 (est) plus Grant County at 614 (est).

The largest age groups to fall ill are equally 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49. Women and girls remain 2/3 of cases (the reverse of the statewide figures).

pphd.org

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 23, 2021 • 11:55:39pm

Glasses/face shields will limit/prevent infection through the surface of the eye.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:02:32am

Another thing about Rush Limbaugh’s style is it fits well in the rubric of “bumper-sticker politics.”

Like it or not, people like their politics in easily-digestible bites. Listen to a Marxist explain communism and your eyes will glaze over in about twenty seconds digesting definitions of things like “bourgeiosie” (good luck spelling it, never mind applying it properly) or “proletariat” or the labour theory of value.

Sound bites like “Medicare for All” are very good at capturing an idea (everyone should have healthcare provided at government expense), but liberals are really good at shooting themselves in the foot about “where’s the details? How would you pay for that? How would you distribute that?” leaving openings for conservatives to tear the idea apart as pie-in-the-sky or simply unworkable.

Conservatives on the other hand have no trouble floating an idea with no evidence to even support it works, such as supply-side economics or lower taxes. Conservatives don’t question the narrative.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:02:55am

I had to visit my doctor to get a renewal on my BP med. I had a N-95 mask, big-ass sunglasses and a hat on through the visit. I wouldn’t even sit in the waiting area chairs as they weren’t cleaned every time, like where you sat for your blood test, ..which made for a 90 minute wait so I walked out. I’ll get a blood test when they can do it in less than 30 minutes.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:10:17am

Help. I’m a rock.

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John Hughes  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:24:46am

re: #72 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Great.
Problem is I usually have to take them off when I’m outside in order to see through the fog.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:30:47am

re: #91 John Hughes

Great.
Problem is I usually have to take them off when I’m outside in order to see through the fog.

Well, the risk outside is much lower at least.

The KF-95 South Korean masks suggested by someone here I’ve found are much better at not fogging up my glasses over the flat masks the VA gives out or the cloth masks my wife made.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:33:15am

re: #45 plansbandc

I was totally trying to figure out what it means to be tuna shamed.

LMAO

Mackerelinferiority Complex

Trout Self-Doubt

Perch Neurodivergence

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:37:22am

re: #88 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Another thing about Rush Limbaugh’s style is it fits well in the rubric of “bumper-sticker politics.”

Like it or not, people like their politics in easily-digestible bites.

Political discourse that is conducted on bumper stickers, tweets or memes leaves no room for nuance or context.

It is all about a shouting match.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:45:21am

A wire on the top of the mask will take care of the fog problem — shape it so the top of the mask conforms to the shape of your face.

Or tucks on each side of the nose do the same thing.

With which I bid you good night.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 12:47:40am

re: #95 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

A wire on the top of the mask will take care of the fog problem — shape it so the top of the mask conforms to the shape of your face.

and will enhance reception of your tracking device

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:20:48am

re: #96 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and will enhance reception of your tracking device

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t all out to get you.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:27:31am

re: #96 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and will enhance reception of your tracking device

Or you can channel it to earbuds and listen to AM radio.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:30:23am

A goat rodeo tonight in Omaha’s GOP meeting to censure Sen. Ben Sasse:

Republicans in Nebraska’s most populous and competitive political county fell short Tuesday on censuring U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse for his criticisms and votes against former President Donald Trump.

The effort by the Douglas County Republican Party to censure Sasse failed because of a technicality when a handful of the party’s central committee members left Tuesday’s meeting early. It looked like a strategic step by opponents of the measure, which angered several people in the crowd who were there to support Trump and rebuke Sasse.

The county GOP fell three people short of the quorum needed to vote on the resolution. Party organizers then made a last-ditch effort to add people to the central committee from the crowd to replace those who left. But each time they added someone to the central committee, the number needed for quorum climbed.

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Omaha-area Republicans fall short in effort to censure Sasse (Omaha World-Herald)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:32:12am

re: #99 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

A goat rodeo tonight in Omaha’s GOP meeting to censure Sen. Ben Sasse:

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Omaha-area Republicans fall short in effort to censure Sasse (Omaha World-Herald)

It is all about posturing and proving their ideological purity and moral superiority…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:36:07am

re: #100 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It is all about posturing and proving their ideological purity and moral superiority…

Sasse spokesman James Wegmann, reached after the vote, said: “After all the tough talk about censure for another week, the folks mad at Ben couldn’t get enough Nebraskans to show up tonight. Ben’s the only federal Republican candidate for any office to win (Douglas County) in a decade — Douglas County Nebraskans voted overwhelmingly for him again in November, and they voted with their feet tonight when they didn’t show up for this nonsense resolution.”

The conservative-leaning OWH has no problem using the word “lie” in the article to describe Donald Trump’s assertion the election was stolen from him. Every time the subject comes up in an article, the Omaha World-Herald describes it as a lie. The same goes for other newspapers in this state.

Perhaps national media outlets should be looking to Nebraska media on how to report this subject.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:38:11am

Republicans in disarray?

Denise Bradshaw, a conservative independent who helps Republican campaigns, said she supported the censure resolution. The fact it failed on a technicality will keep her from working for Republican candidates this spring.

“What happened tonight was a strategic plan to prevent Sasse from being embarrassed,” she said. “I believe Senator Sasse is trying to run for president in 2024, and any aspirations would be dashed if he can’t keep his own party in line.”

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:41:06am

So far this county resolution has only passed in suburban Sarpy County, North Platte’s Lincoln County, Scottsbluff’s Scotts Bluff County and rural Keith and Hitchcock Counties. It has failed everywhere else it is brought up.

The state GOP meets in Columbus, Nebr. to vote on the resolution Saturday.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:45:15am

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

So 2024 is going to see pro-Trump vs anti/never-Trump in the primaries?

Stock up on popcorn futures!!!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 1:58:17am

re: #104 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

So 2024 is going to see pro-Trump vs anti/never-Trump in the primaries?

Stock up on popcorn futures!!!

I am well-positioned for that, as Nebraska is the #1 producer of popcorn in the USA (and thus the world).

Popcorn: Ingrained in America’s Agricultural History (USDA, history and facts about popcorn)

The Popcorn Board (yes, there is one) has a whole passel of popcorn recipes on their site.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 2:00:28am

re: #105 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I am well-positioned for that, as Nebraska is the #1 producer of popcorn in the USA (and thus the world).

Popcorn: Ingrained in America’s Agricultural History (USDA, history and facts about popcorn)

The Popcorn Board (yes, there is one) has a whole passel of popcorn recipes on their site.

movies & popcorn go together like guns & ammo…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 2:07:26am

re: #106 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

movies & popcorn go together like guns & ammo…

Bacon goes with everything.

Bacon Jalapeño Popcorn (recipe at The Popcorn Board)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 2:10:11am

re: #107 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Bacon goes with everything.

Bacon Jalapeño Popcorn (recipe at The Popcorn Board)

my aunt used to make a fresh spinach leaf salad which I loved to eat as a kid, much to the delight of my parents.

I later asked aunt Helen what her recipe was for the dressing:

1 pound of bacon, fried crispy. Remove bacon, reserve the grease.

add half cup each of mayonnaise and sugar to the grease, crumble in bacon and pour over spinach leaves….yummmmmmm!

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 2:16:17am

I’m going to head off now, you lucky devils. Catch y’all later.

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John Hughes  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:36:33am

re: #64 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

They note Linux users need to take care for malware attacks.

Yeah, but the bit you quote is just sloppy journalism. What the report said was:

Cybercriminals Accelerate Use of Linux Malware - With a 40% increase in Linux-related malware families in the past year, according to Intezer, and a 500% increase in Go-written malware in the first six months of 2020, attackers are accelerating a migration to Linux malware, that can more easily run on various platforms, including cloud environments.

Then what the “journalist” wrote:

But with Linux currently powering 90% of cloud workloads and the X-Force report detailing a 500% increase in Linux-related malware families in the past decade, cloud environments can become a prime attack vector for threat actors.

So, no, the report didn’t say “a 500% increase in Linux-related malware families”. It said a 40% increase in Linux malware families and a “500% increase in Go-written malware”.

I wonder why there’s such a large increase in “Go-written malware”. Hum.

azure.microsoft.com

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:43:59am

re: #110 John Hughes

Yeah, but the bit you quote is just sloppy journalism. What the report said was:

Then what the “journalist” wrote:

So, no, the report didn’t say “a 500% increase in Linux-related malware families”. It said a 40% increase in Linux malware families and a “500% increase in Go-written malware”.

I wonder why there’s such a large increase in “Go-written malware”. Hum.

azure.microsoft.com

Reading the bits you quoted, it’s more like pointing out that Linux is becoming a platform for launching malware attacks, using cloud-based Linux VM’s and Go-based malware software. Any hacker can spin up a simple botnet using Azure or AWS, and not everyone who has a cloud services account has the intelligence or the knowledge base to secure them properly.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:46:27am

re: #105 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I am well-positioned for that, as Nebraska is the #1 producer of popcorn in the USA (and thus the world).

Popcorn: Ingrained in America’s Agricultural History (USDA, history and facts about popcorn)

The Popcorn Board (yes, there is one) has a whole passel of popcorn recipes on their site.

We are the peanut capital of the world. Who is the leader among caramel producers? And those little prizes?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:49:12am

re: #112 Decatur Deb

We are the peanut capital of the world. Who is the leader among caramel producers? And those little prizes?

Why, that would be Kraft’s manufacturing facility close to home in Kendallville, Indiana.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:49:52am

re: #76 Dread Pirate Ron

how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer blows.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:49:54am

re: #113 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Why, that would be Kraft’s manufacturing facility close to home in Kendallville, Indiana.

no shortage of crackers to go with those Jacks

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:50:55am

The Kendallville plant was in my dad’s territory as a regional manager. My mom used to love it when he’d go to Kendallville, because it was always a short trip and he’d always come home with a huge box of caramels and other similar products that they manufactured at that plant.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 24, 2021 • 3:52:06am

re: #65 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I used to work there! They paid very well for sorting mail. Just awful to hear this news.

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(((Archangel1)))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:03:25am

Good morning lizards - and I hope yours was good, because after yesterday’s 2nd vaccine jab, mine has royally sucked so far.

With the first jab a few weeks ago, I just felt tired the day after. That was it.
This time around? Woke up after less than five hours of sleep (and I can never get back to falling asleep after i wake up in the morning) to a splitting headache, chills, low-grade fever, and really sore arm. Neck pain too, but that’s likely from sleeping in a bad position.
I’d wrapped up my freelance work projects for the week early, and postponed my plans for today and tomorrow as a precaution, but I sure wasn’t expecting anything like this.
If you’re ahead of your 2nd jab, consider yourself warned - it can get nasty.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:04:45am

re: #118 (((Archangel1)))

Sounds like you’re on the rough end of the 2nd jab - it’s varied anywhere from “a little bit more arm soreness compared to the first one” to this. Hoping that it passes quickly and you can get back to life, and congratulations on getting vaccinated. Can’t wait for my turn, but that’s gonna be a while.

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steve_davis  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:11:06am

re: #78 Hecuba’s daughter

At a Zoom gettogether with Trump-hating friends the other evening, we had a heated conversation concerning Rush Limbaugh. One of the group said he used to listen to Rush on a regular basis, and that we fail to realize how entertaining Rush was, and how he discoursed on a variety of topics that would engage the listener. Rush would also have extensive conversations with callers and provide advice.

Our friend felt that it could be instructive for a media personality on the left to study Rush’s style and adopt much of it to advance liberal causes. Several of us were vocally hostile to his suggestions, but then I never listened to Rush and so, in fairness, should not have excluded that possibility. It seemed to me from what I read that Rush’s humor was always cruel or demeaning and that he provided a fact-free zone to his audience, while promoting white supremacist ideology and so offered nothing of value.

uhm, probably ed schultz tried that. in fact, i think ed was a conservative before he decided to take on liberal-commentating schtick for a living. he had the gruff voice and demeanor, unafraid to light people up on his show but also able to be kind of homey. There was some scandal with him that effectively blew up his msnbc show when he went to television, but i can’t remember exactly what. something race related?

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steve_davis  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:14:09am

re: #82 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Neither study addressed contact lenses. Both studies addressed the fact people who wear glasses touch their eyes less, which seems to be the reason they have lower incidence of the disease (partly because they get in the way of touching, partly because they help keep things from blowing into your eyes, &c). I presume (but don’t know) that people who wear contacts probably touch their eyes about the same amount as people without glasses.

Who’d’ve thought that evolution would select through disease the blind to take over the earth? /s

hey, if you watch apple tv, you knew this was coming.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:15:00am

A lot of modern Conservatism is related to a certain personality type: dismissive, confrontational and querulous, they enjoy getting a rise out of people so they can then just laugh and say “I was only jokin’ with you, chill out, don’t be so over-sensitive!”.

And that was who Rush was and why he appealed to masses of people who are that way or at least want to hear someone like that on air.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:16:18am

well, yeah, eyeglasses are like masks for your eyeballs, so to speak.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:18:17am

Quick reads suggest that glasses wearing protects, not by providing a barrier, but by reminding wearers to keep their fingers out of their eyes. Behavioral, not mechanical.

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jeffreyw  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:18:59am

Who’s A Happy Puppy?

Good morning! We have an appointment for out first jab today! Yay!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:20:02am

re: #124 Decatur Deb

Quick reads suggest that glasses wearing protects, not by providing a barrier, but by reminding wearers to keep their fingers out of their eyes. Behavioral, not mechanical.

This is good to know: allergy season is coming up and itchy eyes are one of my major symptoms…

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Decatur Deb  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:21:46am

re: #126 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is good to know: allergy season is coming up and itchy eyes are one of my major symptoms…

Always allergy season here. Spring is the worst, when sticky pine pollen is so thick you can write your name on a car fender.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:24:15am

re: #127 Decatur Deb

Always allergy season here. Spring is the worst, when sticky pine pollen is so thick you can write your name on a car fender.

yeah, here it is fruit tree blossoms and hazel nut pollen.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:27:12am

re: #128 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

yeah, here it is fruit tree blossoms nd hazel nut trees.

Here it’s cottonwood trees. Damn things drop so many seeds, it looks like it snowed in the middle of June.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:27:29am

re: #128 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

yeah, here it is fruit tree blossoms and hazel nut pollen.

We’ve been losing the backyard pines to a bark beetle and the occasional hurricane. I miss the trees, and each removal costs a grand (60-80 footers).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:28:56am

re: #129 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Here it’s cottonwood trees. Damn things drop so many seeds, it looks like it snowed in the middle of June.

yeah, our neighbor’s cherry and plum trees literally “snow” into out backyard

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:29:48am

re: #130 Decatur Deb

We’ve been losing the backyard pines to a bark beetle and the occasional hurricane. I miss the trees, and each removal costs a grand (60-80 footers).

We’ve lost two tall deciduous trees (maybe maples? I need to go look) to lightning strikes in the 10 years I’ve been here. Thankfully, those trees are technically on my neighbor’s property, so they’ve had to deal with them, but it’s still not fun to see the tree coverage at the bottom of the hill slowly disappearing in blinding flashes of light.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:43:09am

Wonkette had an interesting article yesterday about a piece of guerilla art (a sculpture) which appeared in a Portland, Ore. park.

Monument Of Black Explorer York Discovered In Portland Park

Last October, a statue of “scowling” Harvey Scott was toppled from its pedestal in Portland’s Mount Tabor Park. Although I don’t support vandalism, this wasn’t a big loss: The conservative newspaper editor was a kind of a jerk. He opposed women’s suffrage and public high schools, which he considered a “luxury” that would serve only as a “haven for drones” and “undermine self-reliance and individualism.” Scott’s sister, Abigail Duniway, is more impressive. She successfully advocated for women’s suffrage in Oregon and was the first woman to register to vote in the state.

Scott’s statue was replaced this weekend with a bust of York, the first Black person to cross North America and reach the Pacific. No one knows how the bust got there. Adena Long, the director of Portland’s parks bureau, calls it “guerrilla public art” — presumably she spells out the word “guerrilla” to avoid confusion — and a “pleasant surprise.”

The New York Times reports:

York, [Long] said in an interview, is “a figure that in my mind that we need to do a better job of proactively and thoughtfully celebrating.”

Ms. Long said that she was not aware of any message about the bust from those responsible, but that it would be allowed to stand so long as it does not pose any safety risks, in line with a bureau policy regarding tributes. “We’re hopeful the artists will make themselves known so we can have a conversation, but it will stay,” she said.

If you have no idea who York is, that’s why we have a 1619 Project. York was William Clark’s “lifelong body servant” whom Clark’s father “willed to him,” like property with a pulse.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:50:23am

Governor Pete Ricketts (R-Dad bought my office) falls back on two oldies-but-goodies for Republicans when they are out of power: so-called federal government overreach, and lies.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has taken a shot at the Biden administration’s climate, conservation and environmental agenda, pledging that Nebraska will “stand up against federal government overreach to protect our family farms and our way of life.”

In a statement released to the news media, Ricketts said “Nebraskans should be on the lookout in their communities for attempts by federal agencies and their partners to regulate land and water use.”

“From canceling the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to rejoining the Paris Agreement, the Biden administration has taken a number of actions that harm our national security, energy independence and working American families,” the governor said.

Biden’s recent executive order “blocks significant amounts of oil and gas development and outlines far-reaching plans to lock away staggering portions of our nation’s land and natural resources,” Ricketts said.

(more)

Ricketts attacks Biden climate change agenda (Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald)

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Ming5000  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:53:31am

re: #120 steve_davis

uhm, probably ed schultz tried that. in fact, i think ed was a conservative before he decided to take on liberal-commentating schtick for a living. he had the gruff voice and demeanor, unafraid to light people up on his show but also able to be kind of homey. There was some scandal with him that effectively blew up his msnbc show when he went to television, but i can’t remember exactly what. something race related?

I remember liking Ed Schultz on MSNBC. I didn’t remember the details of his departure. I don’t recall if there was a scandal leading to his departure, so I checked. Alex Wagner got caught up in the same MSNBC programming shift:

Jul 31, 2015 * NEW YORK — MSNBC has canceled “The Cycle,” “Now with Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz as the network reconfigures its afternoon line-up to focus more on breaking news, according to a Thursday memo obtained by The Huffington Post.

Then things got weird. Schultz eventually joined RT where he became a Trump and Putin fan.
Reading about Schultz shows a complicated journey through life. I did enjoy watching him on MSNBC. Schultz died at the age of 64.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 4:56:49am

In the category of “stupid macho cops”:

Shitshow of a Shootout (Goes to Seeing Red Nebraska, more at the link)

There was a shootout in Lincoln on Saturday. Not a “shooting,” but a literal shootout, during a car chase, and exactly zero of the “heroes” involved deserves an Oscar for their performance.

It started simply enough. There was a mid-morning robbery at a hotel near the interstate in NW Lincoln. Police were called to the scene and began taking a report. It’s unclear how much was stolen, but no one was injured. While giving a report, the victim of the crime was notified that a credit card of theirs was being used at several locations in Lincoln. One can only assume that since the victim was notified, bank fraud software already shut that down and the losses stopped at that point. There were no reports of anyone threatened or injured at any of the businesses where the thieves were shopping.

So at this point, it’s a violation and a huge inconvenience for the victim. Whichever banks the cards were from would have to submit claims to their insurance to cover the losses. It would be nice to catch the thieves and have some restitution.

But it’s money. It’s just money. And it’s fixable.

But wait! Then the car the thieves are driving is spotted. The car turns out to be stolen from someone in Wyoming. We may add this to the thieves’ tally of property and money stolen from victims, but, again, we know of zero people who were hurt in this crime spree so far.

So next, law enforcement attempts to bring them in. The thieves do not want to surrender, and attempt to flee. Now the cops have a choice to make: Do they engage in a pursuit for some credit cards that are surely already canceled and a car that is likely not in any condition the rightful owner would want it in? Why yes. Yes, they do.

The state patrol chose to escalate this from property crime to a potentially dangerous situation for all those on the road. In fact, according to a five-year-old report by USA today, more than five thousand innocent bystanders have been killed during police chases.

Here in Lincoln, in classic stupid-criminal-one-upmanship, the pursued criminals began shooting at police cars next. The police again had a choice to make and they weren’t going to allow this behavior to pass without retaliation. Again, they choose escalation.

Lincoln police joins the pursuit and one officer crashes into the criminals’ car under an overpass. Criminals are shooting, law enforcement from two agencies are returning fire. It’s a regular OK Corral on 56th Street.

Over property.

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:13:18am

Just a reminder that India’s president is Trumpy

Indian cows, or “gaumata”, are clever and warm creatures who don’t sit in dirty places; produce milk with traces of gold; and their dung has anti-radioactive properties. In contrast, “exotic” jersey cows are dirty, lazy and emotionless creatures who sit idly all day and are prone to diseases because they’re unhygienic. Such bovine wisdom, and more, has been published by the national government body for cow welfare, Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, to help candidates prepare for India’s first annual countrywide cow examination on February 25.

hindustantimes.com

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:13:34am

Morning all

Salon: “One day before the Georgia Senate runoff elections — and two days before the Capitol insurrection — a leadership PAC attached to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a mystery company that had previously bought copies of Cruz’s book…”

“Over the course of 2020, the Cruz-affiliated Jobs, Freedom, and Security PAC paid $1.2 million — nearly 80% of its operating budget — to a company called Reagan Investments LLC for ‘sponsorship advertising.’ The only other committee to register any disbursements to that company was Trump Make America Great Again, for a fundraising promotion for Cruz’s books in December… However, the Trump group clearly marked the payment for ‘collateral: books

So no one wants to buy teds book.

But it’s worse than that. From the article

“If Reagan Investments is a means for Cruz to collect publishing royalties, the senator would appear to be converting donations to personal use and possibly filing false FEC reports.”

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:16:01am

re: #138 Dangerman

Morning all

So no one wants to buy teds book.

But it’s worse than that. From the article

Gotta pay for those jaunts to Mexico somehow.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:28:53am

More people need to learn you do not call the police when a person is having a mental health crisis. (Stars & Stripes)

SAN FRANCISCO — A Navy veteran who was going through an episode of paranoia died after a Northern California police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, his family said Tuesday.

The family of Angelo Quinto called police on Dec. 23 because the 30-year-old was suffering a mental health crisis and needed help. His family says a responding officer knelt on Quinto’s neck for nearly five minutes while another officer restrained his legs. Quinto lost consciousness and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died three days later.

“He said ‘Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me,’ as they were putting him on the ground. They handcuffed him and one officer put his knee on the back of his neck the whole time I was in the room,” said Quinto’s mother, Cassandra Quinto-Collins.

Quinto-Collins said she had been hugging her son and he was calm when officers arrived at their home in Antioch, 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

“I trusted the police because I thought they knew what they were doing but he was actually passive and visibly not dangerous or a threat so, it was absolutely unnecessary what they did to him,” she said.

(more at the link)

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Dave In Austin  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:31:14am

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:33:45am

re: #140 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

The last paragraph of the article seals the deal:

“I asked the detectives if there another number I should have called, and they told me that there wasn’t and that I did the right thing. But right now I can tell you that the right thing would not have killed my brother,” she said.

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:35:58am

re: #136 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

In the category of “stupid macho cops”:

Shitshow of a Shootout (Goes to Seeing Red Nebraska, more at the link)

“Over property”

White property, right?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:37:33am

re: #141 Dave In Austin

An awful lot of Fundamentalist Christians still love to see themselves as martyrs waiting in the vaults beneath the Colosseum to be thrown to the lions…

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:37:47am

President Biden’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs wants to be a secretary for all veterans.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs will review its policies and determine how to make the agency a more welcoming and inclusive place for LGBTQ veterans and employees.

VA Secretary Denis McDonough issued a memo Tuesday about the policy review. He said during a news briefing that it would be finished by March 30.

“My goal as secretary is to make sure VA is welcoming to all veterans, including our transgender veterans,” he said.

The review falls in line with an executive order President Joe Biden signed during his first day as president. He directed the head of each federal agency to assess whether underserved communities face barriers at those departments.

Disabled American Veterans, a national veterans’ organization, praised the review, calling it a proactive approach to reform the culture within the department.

(more at Stars & Stripes)

VA secretary orders review of policies to root out barriers for LGBTQ veterans

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Dave In Austin  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:43:09am

re: #144 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:45:05am

re: #105 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I am well-positioned for that, as Nebraska is the #1 producer of popcorn in the USA (and thus the world).

Popcorn: Ingrained in America’s Agricultural History (USDA, history and facts about popcorn)

The Popcorn Board (yes, there is one) has a whole passel of popcorn recipes on their site.

I just went to the popcorn board website and no lie a message popped came up that said the site uses cookies

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:46:23am

re: #143 Dangerman

“Over property”

White property, right?

Well, just by population distribution the odds would be pretty good for that. The article doesn’t say who the theft victims were.

Seeing Red Nebraska notes that at every chance the police could have deëscalated, they chose more aggression and asserting authority instead.

The criminals fleeing in the stolen car could have been stopped by other means: You can’t outrun a radio. Simply setting up a roadblock ahead of them would have been enough to stop them.

The thieves might have chosen to go out guns blazing anyway, but if that was inevitable, the whole thing could have been done in a manner which didn’t endanger the public.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:55:06am

US Will Seek Seat on UN Human Rights Council (Voice of America)

This is an embarrassment we have to do this, thanks to Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States will seek to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council when elections are held later this year.

Blinken said in a video address to the council Wednesday, “We humbly ask for the support of all U.N. member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body.”

Seats on the 47-member council are held for a three-year term, and Blinken said the United States would seek to occupy one for 2022-24.

The United States withdrew from the body under the administration of former President Donald Trump with arguments that the council unfairly targeted Israel and included among its membership a number of countries with poor human rights records.

“As the United States re-engages, we urge the Human Rights Council to look at how it conducts its business. That includes its disproportionate focus on Israel,” Blinken said.

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:57:10am
Every new president since 1988 has lost at least 1 cabinet nomination: GHW Bush (John Tower), Clinton (Zoe Baird), GW Bush (Linda Chavez), Obama (Tom Daschle), and Trump (Andy Pudzer).

Tanden loss would be relatively lower profile compared to the above.

Remember Zoe Baird’s nomination went down after it was revealed that she had hired an undocumented immigrant as a nanny. Apparently, the baby (3 years old back then) that the nanny was hired for is now China policy adviser in Biden’s national security council.

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:58:28am

re: #148 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Well, just by population distribution the odds would be pretty good for that. The article doesn’t say who the theft victims were.

Seeing Red Nebraska notes that at every chance the police could have deëscalated, they chose more aggression and asserting authority instead.

The criminals fleeing in the stolen car could have been stopped by other means: You can’t outrun a radio. Simply setting up a roadblock ahead of them would have been enough to stop them.

The thieves might have chosen to go out guns blazing anyway, but if that was inevitable, the whole thing could have been done in a manner which didn’t endanger the public.

I have often said what separates the police from us is not the guns, its the radios

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 5:58:48am

More crap left over from Trump.

US Tech Executives Warn SolarWinds Hack Bigger, More Reckless Than Previously Disclosed (VOA)

Executives with technology companies impacted by the massive cybersecurity breach known as the SolarWinds hack are giving U.S. lawmakers more reason to worry, warning the intrusion is both bigger and more dangerous than first realized.

The officials, including those from FireEye, the cybersecurity firm that first discovered the breach last December, and SolarWinds, the Texas-based software management company at the center of the hack, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday and told lawmakers they are still trying to assess the damage.

“These attackers, from Day One, they had a back door,” FireEye Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mandia said of the hack that impacted as many as 18,000 SolarWinds customers around the world.

Adding to the woes:

Making matters worse, Microsoft President Brad Smith, whose company’s source code — the basic programming essential to run Microsoft programs and operating systems — was accessed in the breach, said more victims may still be out there.

“There are more attack vectors, and we may never know what the right number is,” Smith said. “Right now, the attacker is the only one who knows everything they did.”

Smith further warned that the massive hack was more dangerous than most people would like to admit, calling it “an act of recklessness.”

“The world relies on the patching and updating of software. We rely on it for everything,” he said. “To disrupt, to damage, to tamper with that kind of software updating process is, in my opinion, to tamper with the digital equivalent of our public health service.”

(more)

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:13:51am

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:16:06am

re: #153 Dangerman

problem is that bullshit continues to mutate into new and more virulent forms…

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:23:21am

Joe Biden’s Nominees Of Color Are Facing Outsize Opposition
“The Senate has been much easier on his white nominees”

Is anyone quelle surprised?

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:23:23am

re: #154 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

problem is that bullshit continues to mutate into new and more virulent forms…

It’s like the cold: It’s been around as long as humans have and will likely outlive us.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:24:48am

Beginning Friday, South Korea will begin mass inoculations with the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccine, about 2.5 months after other wealthy industrial countries did. Saturday they will begin distributing the Pfizer vaccine amongst healthcare professionals.

Because the virus never spread out-of-control there due to South Korea’s aggressive strategies when the virus first appeared, that gave the nation more time to develop strategies to quickly and effectively distribute the vaccine.

voanews.com

Had Donald Trump bothered to listen to experts when it first appeared here (on the same day it appeared in South Korea), he’d have been hailed as a damn hero and probably would have been reëlected in a massive landslide.

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:29:40am

More here

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:32:09am

re: #157 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Had Donald Trump bothered to listen to experts when it first appeared here (on the same day it appeared in South Korea), he’d have been hailed as a damn hero and probably would have been reëlected in a massive landslide.

I am convinced that Trump was terrified at the thought of what would happen to his heavily-leveraged properties if they suffered a loss of revenue streams.

That and the way he believed that a strong economy would contribute to his chances of re-elected.

He failed to grasp that people will rally around the President, even in times of economic crisis, if he is showing strong leadership and at least giving the impression that he is working hard to make things better for them.

But that sort of thing takes a lot of work and requires a lot of personality traits that Trump is sorely lacking.

Had Covid not come along he certainly would have won re-election, or had hydroxychloroquine turned out to be the least bit effective, he would have won by a landslide and be praised as the Hero Who Saved America.

Blasting work would have already started for his portrait on Mount Rushmore…

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:39:26am

GQP: “There’s no need to raise the minimum wage because only teenagers and new hires get paid that much!”

Also GQP: “HERE’S OUR PLAN TO RAISE PEOPLE’S WAGES!!!”

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Belafon  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:41:52am

re: #160 Targetpractice

“How can we make it so that getting a pay raise is complicated?”

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:43:01am

re: #159 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am convinced that Trump was terrified at the thought of what would happen to his heavily-leveraged properties if they suffered a loss of revenue streams.

That and the way he believed that a strong economy would contribute to his chances of re-elected.

He failed to grasp that people will rally around the President, even in times of economic crisis, if he is showing strong leadership and at least giving the impression that he is working hard to make things better for them.

But that sort of thing takes a lot of work and requires a lot of personality traits that Trump is sorely lacking.

Had Covid not come along he certainly would have won re-election, or had hydroxychloroquine turned out to be the least bit effective, he would have won by a landslide and be praised as the Hero Who Saved America.

Blasting work would have already started for his portrait on Mount Rushmore…

At the core of Trump’s thinking was that constant fear of being seen as a “loser,” that Trump’s don’t “lose” and if they do then they’re not a Trump. You can see it’s eating Half-Scoop all up inside that his daddy is not only seen as a failure, but that Repubs are no longer talking about a “dynasty” with him as the next in line but have already skipped over him to suggesting Ivanka might be the heir-apparent.

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:46:44am

re: #161 Belafon

“How can we make it so that getting a pay raise is complicated?”

This and the Romney/Cotton “alternative” are step two in the usual GQP playbook: First you downplay a popular Dem proposal, then you offer “alternatives” that the “liberal media” latch onto as the way to “compromise,” with the final step being to say that since neither side can agree on a “compromise” that the whole thing needs to be put on the backburner until “later.”

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mmmirele  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:50:08am

re: #61 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

IBM Security Report: Attacks on Industries Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts Double (PR Newswire)

Ransomware becomes a big business in the time of plague.

(more)

The stories I could tell about last summer and fall at my evil too big to fail employer.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 6:56:39am

re: #164 mmmirele

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:13:24am
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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:16:06am

re: #166 darthstar

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I doubt he’ll address this, but if he does I’m sure he’ll insist that her tweets critical of his daughter have absolutely nothing to do with why he’s opposed to her nomination…because of her tweets about his Repub colleagues.

//

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:31:40am
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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:32:35am

re: #167 Targetpractice

I doubt he’ll address this, but if he does I’m sure he’ll insist that her tweets critical of his daughter have absolutely nothing to do with why he’s opposed to her nomination…because of her tweets about his Repub colleagues.

//

What sucks is we can’t afford to have him switch parties, or McConnell resumes control of the Senate, Graham gets his chair back, and the next two years are a shit show.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:33:43am

re: #169 darthstar

What sucks is we can’t afford to have him switch parties, or McConnell resumes control of the Senate, Graham gets his chair back, and the next two years are a shit show.

Yeah, I’m worried Mcconnell will try to pull some shady shit to convince Manchin to jump ship for exactly this reason.

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lawhawk  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:34:43am

re: #160 Targetpractice

Hawley’s plan is simply. Peanuts for minimum wage workers while offering up massive tax breaks for millionaires again. SS/DD.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:36:44am

re: #168 darthstar

I’m tired of all this blue on blue crime. You people really need to stop destroying your own communities.

Blue lives matter!

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plansbandc  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:41:36am

re: #135 Ming5000

Shultz was on my Air America channel, though I think he was syndicated. Anyway, they played him.

I always felt he was conservative to the bone, but playing a liberal on the radio. Rush light, really. Couldn’t stand him.

Rachel was on Air America and she was so good. Very funny. Maron was quite good too. Too bad Air America never really caught on.

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Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:44:15am

re: #173 plansbandc

Shultz was on my Air America channel, though I think he was syndicated. Anyway, they played him.

I always felt he was conservative to the bone, but playing a liberal on the radio. Rush light, really. Couldn’t stand him.

Rachel was on Air America and she was so good. Very funny. Maron was quite good too. Too bad Air America never really caught on.

Regardless of what “side” Ed Schultz was on, and what “side” I was on at the time, I’ve never liked him. His running to RT was just an “I thought so…” moment.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:45:09am

re: #174 Jack Burton, Gunner on Death Star of David

Regardless of what “side” Ed Schultz was on, and what “side” I was on at the time, I’ve never liked him. His running to RT was just an “I thought so…” moment.

They pay well for “services” of that sort.

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lawhawk  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:48:53am

Popular Mechanics had to post about the latest insane conspiracy theories sweeping social media: Texas snows are fake and that snow will not melt when you hold a flame to it.

People don’t care about basic science/physics: sublimation, which explains this entirely.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:50:45am

re: #176 lawhawk

People don’t care about basic science/physics: sublimation, which explains this entirely.

If they even bother teaching that in schools anymore, you know that these people were too busy playing pocket pool

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:52:40am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:54:27am

re: #90 Dread Pirate Ron

Help. I’m a rock.

That could be a gneiss condition to be in. Or are others taking you for granite?
// :D

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 7:57:10am

re: #169 darthstar

What sucks is we can’t afford to have him switch parties, or McConnell resumes control of the Senate, Graham gets his chair back, and the next two years are a shit show.

Manchin won’t switch parties, because he’d never win the WV GQP primary and so would be out on his ass. The man’s trying to gain a measure of power over his party’s policies by leverage his vote, you really think he’s gonna abandon that by becoming McConnell’s lackey for the remaining five years of his last term in office?

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:00:21am

re: #125 jeffreyw

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Good morning! We have an appointment for out first jab today! Yay!

Western good morning!

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Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:02:27am

Just paged this:

Cambridge University study finds common threads in those who join political extremist movements

When you reduce what the evidence of our senses, into academic-speak, the results can be a little … stark.

Viz:

Cognitive and personality assessments consistently outperformed demographic predictors in accounting for individual differences in ideological preferences by 4 to 15-fold. Furthermore, data-driven analyses revealed that individuals’ ideological attitudes mirrored their cognitive decision-making strategies. Conservatism and nationalism were related to greater caution in perceptual decision-making tasks and to reduced strategic information processing, while dogmatism was associated with slower evidence accumulation and impulsive tendencies. Religiosity was implicated in heightened agreeableness and risk perception. Extreme pro-group attitudes, including violence endorsement against outgroups, were linked to poorer working memory, slower perceptual strategies, and tendencies towards impulsivity and sensation-seeking—reflecting overlaps with the psychological profiles of conservatism and dogmatism.

Shorter: it ain’t the “economic insecurity.” It’s the psychological conditions of ignorance & short-term thinking that push people towards joining militias.

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:04:29am

Time to walk the boys.

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:04:44am

This isn’t surprising, btw.

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Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:05:24am

Cambridge University studied what the underlying traits of those who join political extremist movements.

More:

individuals’ ideological inclinations are related to various psychological traits, such as their personal needs for order and structure, cognitive flexibility, metacognition and learning styles and even perceptual reactivity to negative information

How does this manifest?

1. Need for “law and order”
2. Rejection of any new thinking
3. Denial of inconvenient reality in favor of preconceived biases

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:09:14am

re: #182 Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)

Shorter: it ain’t the “economic insecurity.” It’s the psychological conditions of ignorance & short-term thinking that push people towards joining militias.

lemme repeat again for all you Hillbilly Elegists out there: I grew up in a midwestern industrial town during the Golden Age of the White Working Man, back when a fellow just had to finish High School, get on at a mill or factory, rack up some seniority, and he could afford a (modest) house and a (mid-sized) car, and still keep his wife at home to raise the kids, whom he could put through (state) college on his wages.

And those guys were every bit as racist as you see today…

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:11:37am

re: #158 Dangerman

More here

Ah, police being total jerks.

I got caught in the Veterans’ Day Blizzard of 1988 in DC and ended up abandoning my car next to a clogged exit lane* (semi stuck in it) and walking a couple of miles to where I was staying in Bowie, MD. Since the plows had piled snow multiple feet deep along side the road I was walking in the road.

And I did have a police cruiser slow down and look me over as it went past. Guess they decided I wasn’t a threat so they did not stop.

The second or third car that came past me stopped and the driver offered me a ride.** So I got to ride in a warm car for a mile and a half and got dropped off fairly close to my destination.

* - I was looking at apartments in Alexandria, VA that day. Had half a tank of gas when I started out to get home. Spent 2+ hours getting over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and then at least 3 hours more crawling up I-95 weaving past the abandoned vehicles. Finally got to break in the median barrier and went up the southbound lanes (which were plowed and empty) to go up an on-ramp and get onto some unblocked roads. Eventually got to US-40 to head to Bowie, MD and hit a traffic jam headed east. Was on fumes by the time I got to the exit I wanted and found it blocked. So I walked in from there. (And was told when I got to where I was staying that the next exit a few miles down was a snow emergency route and got priority on getting plowed and cleared.)

** - Guy was a convenience store manager who was heading to the shop to make sure the people on shift had a way to get home safely.

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Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:12:24am

And here’s the part that struck me the hardest:

This can push the analogy of ‘elective affinities’ into the realm of perception and cognition to allow us to tackle the question: are there parallels between individuals’ ideologies and their general perceptual or cognitive styles and strategies?

So basically, is your political ideology driven by the facts that you process and the reality you observe?

If that is the case, then presenting MORE facts, MORE COMPELLING narratives will then sway people.

But.

If it’s just HOW you process facts & reality - then IT DOESNT MATTER what facts or reality you expose right-wing extremists to. They are literally cognitively unable to process them.

Shorter: Facts. Don’t. Matter.

See also: the years 2000-2021, inclusive

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:13:12am

re: #163 Targetpractice

This and the Romney/Cotton “alternative” are step two in the usual GQP playbook: First you downplay a popular Dem proposal, then you offer “alternatives” that the “liberal media” latch onto as the way to “compromise,” with the final step being to say that since neither side can agree on a “compromise” that the whole thing needs to be put on the backburner until “later.”

And complicated and bureaucratically unworkable is a feature. Just look at Florida.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:13:31am

re: #173 plansbandc

Shultz was on my Air America channel, though I think he was syndicated. Anyway, they played him.

I always felt he was conservative to the bone, but playing a liberal on the radio. Rush light, really. Couldn’t stand him.

Rachel was on Air America and she was so good. Very funny. Maron was quite good too. Too bad Air America never really caught on.

I found him obnoxious. Really played a role in why I’ve grown anti-populist. It’s not that I am okay with corporate power. It’s that I don’t see boogeymen in every corporation.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:15:14am

re: #170 Eclectic Cyborg

Yeah, I’m worried Mcconnell will try to pull some shady shit to convince Manchin to jump ship for exactly this reason.

I think Manchin won’t since changing parties will get him primaried immediately by a GOP Q-nut at the first opportunity.

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Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:15:27am

re: #186 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

lemme repeat again: I grew up in a midwestern industrial town during the Golden Age of the White Working Man, back when a fellow just had to finish High School, get on at a mill or factory, rack up some seniority, and he could afford a (modest) house and a (mid-sized) car, and still keep his wife at home to raise the kids, whom he could put through (state) college on his wages.

And those guys were every bit as racist as you see today…

Yeah, I keep seeing references to how the white labor movement suddenly became a WHOLE LOT LESS about “brotherhood of workers” when some of the workers joining, say, the UAW, were black.

Something tickles the memory about FDR having to send in troops to Detroit during WWII to get the white boys back to work because they were freaking out about having to work next to black guys on the airplane & tank assembly lines.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:16:27am

Hope everyone is well though. I have my first vaccine dosage on Friday. It’s funny how it happened. I was walking to Trader Joes after having had my breakfast out yesterday- yesterday was the warmest day we’ve had here in the DMV in awhile and the ice is slowly going away. Didn’t see the email notification at first but when I did, I smiled under my mask for. But we can’t forget those who lost their life to the virus nor the incompetence that made the spread as bad as it was.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:17:48am

re: #193 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

…But we can’t forget those who lost their life to the virus nor the incompetence that made the spread as bad as it was.

Which is why he have to make sure the New Normal is not the same as the Old Normal.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:18:21am

re: #192 Khal Wimpo (exhaling for 1st time in 4 yrs)

Yeah, I keep seeing references to how the white labor movement suddenly became a WHOLE LOT LESS about “brotherhood of workers” when some of the workers joining, say, the UAW, were black.

Something tickles the memory about FDR having to send in troops to Detroit during WWII to get the white boys back to work because they were freaking out about having to work next to black guys on the airplane & tank assembly lines.

And this is why I get annoyed with Bernie Sanders. He has acted like the Democrats sold out the labor movement and working class. Uh no, Bernie, they chose to put their racial resentments above solidarity and began embracing policies that were anti worker because they didn’t like “those people” benefiting from the same programs they did.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:18:39am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:20:48am

re: #196 Eric The Fruit Bat

Oh, well…Fry’s Electronics going out of Business.

Was reading about that earlier. I’ve never been to a Fry’s but apparently like so many other fallen electronics retailers it was a cool place at one time.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:23:14am

re: #133 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Wonkette had an interesting article yesterday about a piece of guerilla art (a sculpture) which appeared in a Portland, Ore. park.

Monument Of Black Explorer York Discovered In Portland Park

(more)

Point of information: the earliest black man (that I know of) to reach the Pacific was an African slave named Estevanico, in the 1530’s.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:23:30am

re: #197 Eclectic Cyborg

Was reading about that earlier. I’ve never been to a Fry’s but apparently like so many other fallen electronics retailers it was a cool place at one time.

I’ve been to one a few times. It was a nice place. Competitive prices, good quality stuff, I liked going there when I needed to. Shifting to online ordering as I grew older, as well as there not being one nearby (the only electronics store I know of, outside of Best Buy and similar, is Micro Center), is why I haven’t been there in years.

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dat_said  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:24:24am

Deregulation wasn’t saving Texans any money before the deep freeze.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:26:31am

re: #200 dat_said

Deregulation wasn’t saving Texans any money before the deep freeze.

because there are some things that cannot be left to an unregulated market

why do we have to learn the hard way?

or as I suspect will be the case with Texas, refuse to learn at all?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:27:37am

re: #199 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

I’ve been to one a few times. It was a nice place. Competitive prices, good quality stuff, I liked going there when I needed to.

When I lived in Illinois they had one in Downer’s Grove - huge freaking place.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:28:10am

re: #200 dat_said

Deregulation wasn’t saving Texans any money before the deep freeze.

Deregulation isn’t about saving people money. It’s about making the rich richer.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:28:35am

re: #193 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

How did you get the vaccination so quickly? I believe you are much younger than me. Just curious.

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mmmirele  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:29:47am

re: #82 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

I wear glasses and I tell you why I don’t touch my eyes-because I might get fingerprints on the lenses and have to clean them again!

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JC1  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:34:37am

re: #196 Eric The Fruit Bat

Oh, well…Fry’s Electronics going out of Business.

Darn shame. End of an era.

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Belafon  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:34:47am

re: #196 Eric The Fruit Bat

Oh, well…Fry’s Electronics going out of Business.

for some reason, they decided to stop being a funky electronics chain, and decided that mattresses were the way to go.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:35:04am

re: #205 mmmirele

I wear glasses and I tell you why I don’t touch my eyes-because I might get fingerprints on the lenses and have to clean them again!

Same here. I also wonder if the lenses themselves, preventing particles from getting into the eye (to some extent anyway) are also playing a role in this.

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lawhawk  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:35:54am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:37:01am

re: #209 lawhawk

Heh, he’s probably got more than $500 stuck in his shoe on a good day.

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KingKenrod  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:37:08am

I’ve spent thousands $$$ at Fry’s over the years. But a few years ago I noticed they started pushing junk merchandise to the front of the store and more and more of the store started to empty out. The last time I went there, just before the pandemic, the store was half empty. I asked the clerk if they were closing the store and he got testy with me.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:39:49am

re: #78 Hecuba’s daughter

At a Zoom gettogether with Trump-hating friends the other evening, we had a heated conversation concerning Rush Limbaugh. One of the group said he used to listen to Rush on a regular basis, and that we fail to realize how entertaining Rush was, and how he discoursed on a variety of topics that would engage the listener. Rush would also have extensive conversations with callers and provide advice.

Our friend felt that it could be instructive for a media personality on the left to study Rush’s style and adopt much of it to advance liberal causes. Several of us were vocally hostile to his suggestions, but then I never listened to Rush and so, in fairness, should not have excluded that possibility. It seemed to me from what I read that Rush’s humor was always cruel or demeaning and that he provided a fact-free zone to his audience, while promoting white supremacist ideology and so offered nothing of value.

That sounds like PsyOps (all the hate and meanness is a bonus on the right). Pretty sure Rush broadcasted mainly (and widely) in rural America, which has been slowly dying for decades, moreso with each generation, because there are limited opportunities.

What united rural areas was the notion that it was all the cities faults because that’s where rural Young adults went. So all blue areas were stealing their kids, all the “Urban” (which you know what code that’s for) was turning those kids against those traditional values, etc. ad infinitum. Same with colleges.

Those left behind (most often by choice) needed a scapegoat to blame for those kids not wanting to farm or take a minimum wage job for life. What might have once been a company town (one company provided a nice life; nice wages, stability, all that, died when the company did. The derision shown for anything that could lift the community, job re-training, education, etc., cemented their fate.

The right used that as the basis for the PsyOp.

I’m not sure I’d even want to follow that model. I don’t want to learn to hate people. I’m struggling with that enough as it is.

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PrairieQueen  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:39:51am

I’ve frequented Al Jazeera news when it was broadcast in the US, and also online. It was, at one time, one of the newsier news stations. Welp, now it’s going the way of Fox and OANN with its own conservative flavored (not news) news, with a Fox veteran at the helm.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:43:50am

re: #204 Patricia Kayden

How did you get the vaccination so quickly? I believe you are much younger than me. Just curious.

He’s mentioned previously that he has medical issues.

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sagehen  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:44:38am

re: #198 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

Point of information: the earliest black man (that I know of) to reach the Pacific was an African slave named Estevanico, in the 1530’s.

A 1530’s slave means… English people had nothing to do with it. The slaveholder must have been a Spaniard.

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Mattand  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:46:34am

re: #209 lawhawk

Springsteen was harassed by two cops whose only purpose in that incident was to try to fuck him over.

I’m still surprised no one is pointing out that the set up took place in November, and was only revealed the day after his big Super Bowl Jeep commercial, or whatever it was, debuted.

Seems like if you’re busting one of the biggest names in music for DUI, you announce it ASAP.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:46:50am

re: #215 sagehen

A 1530’s slave means… English people had nothing to do with it. The slaveholder must have been a Spaniard.

They were the first slaveholders in the New World.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:47:16am

re: #211 KingKenrod

I’ve spent thousands $$$ at Fry’s over the years. But a few years ago I noticed they started pushing junk merchandise to the front of the store and more and more of the store started to empty out. The last time I went there, just before the pandemic, the store was half empty. I asked the clerk if they were closing the store and he got testy with me.

Apparently, due to financial issues, they wanted deals with their suppliers where they wouldn’t pay for product upfront and only reimburse when it was actually sold.

As you can probably guess, not many suppliers went for this so Fry’s got left with relatively little product to put on its shelves.

Here’s a Twitter thread from about a year ago showing the emptiness:

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:48:12am

re: #215 sagehen

That’s right. The Wonkette article Anymouse was quoting identifies York as the first Black man to reach the Pacific. Not so.

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:50:29am

re: #217 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They were the first slaveholders in the New World.

Nope. Indigenous people were already there. In fact, Estevanico and the other party members were enslaved for a few years by some of the peoples they encountered.

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Mattand  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:51:54am

re: #196 Eric The Fruit Bat

Oh, well…Fry’s Electronics going out of Business.

My partner’s mom used to run a MicroCenter in the area. Think Fry’s or CompUsa, but much smaller. Like 10 stores total, maybe.

The few times I’ve been in there the last few years, the store has become junkier and junkier. That said, they still have a Mac department, which is either dedicated or foolhardy, depending on your view.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:52:30am

re: #120 steve_davis

uhm, probably ed schultz tried that. in fact, i think ed was a conservative before he decided to take on liberal-commentating schtick for a living. he had the gruff voice and demeanor, unafraid to light people up on his show but also able to be kind of homey. There was some scandal with him that effectively blew up his msnbc show when he went to television, but i can’t remember exactly what. something race related?

And then he went to Russian Times.

Schultz was either stupid or thought his audience was. I listened to him for a while and caught too many inaccuracies. Then I turned him off.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:52:43am

re: #88 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Another thing about Rush Limbaugh’s style is it fits well in the rubric of “bumper-sticker politics.”

Like it or not, people like their politics in easily-digestible bites. Listen to a Marxist explain communism and your eyes will glaze over in about twenty seconds digesting definitions of things like “bourgeiosie” (good luck spelling it, never mind applying it properly) or “proletariat” or the labour theory of value.

Sound bites like “Medicare for All” are very good at capturing an idea (everyone should have healthcare provided at government expense), but liberals are really good at shooting themselves in the foot about “where’s the details? How would you pay for that? How would you distribute that?” leaving openings for conservatives to tear the idea apart as pie-in-the-sky or simply unworkable.

Conservatives on the other hand have no trouble floating an idea with no evidence to even support it works, such as supply-side economics or lower taxes. Conservatives don’t question the narrative.

Let’s not blame liberals for that; it’s the media and conservatives who latch onto the narrative that it’s too expensive and we cannot afford it. Liberals who make these arguments are just trying to appeal to the media backlash against any program designed to help the poor or middle class. OTOH it also reflects liberals being aware of reality too — that many of us are not tied up in fantasies like conservatives.

When conservatives come up with policies all designed to enrich the wealthy, the MSM tends not to focus on the real effects of the policies but only on the political game.

The bumper sticker message that proved a problem for Democrats in 2020 and may have cost us seats in Congress and the Senate was not “Medicare for All”, but “Defund the Police”. A true self-inflicted wound

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aatharuv  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:54:24am

re: #199 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

I’ve been to one a few times. It was a nice place. Competitive prices, good quality stuff, I liked going there when I needed to. Shifting to online ordering as I grew older, as well as there not being one nearby (the only electronics store I know of, outside of Best Buy and similar, is Micro Center), is why I haven’t been there in years.

Used to go to their various SF Bay Area locations frequently to browse, and sometimes to buy. Each of their stores had a theme “Wild West”, “Silicon Valley”, “Mexican”.

The last computer I built was mostly built from Fry-purchased parts, and I’ve bought numerous video games, books, and components from them over the years.

They had an excellent selection of electronic components, computers and computer components and all sorts of random things including appliances, furniture, and a small kids toys section. They had a good selection until about 2 years ago, when I started seeing empty store shelves everytime I went by there. I had asked them at that time what was happening, (and whether they were closing) and they claimed that they were expecting more supplies later. I dropped by another of their stores a month later when dropping past it and saw the same problems.

A few months later, I started seeing news reports saying they claimed they’d gone to a consignment model. And then they started closing stores. And now this…

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Belafon  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:56:19am

re: #221 Mattand

My partner’s mom used to run a MicroCenter in the area. Think Fry’s or CompUsa, but much smaller. Like 10 stores total, maybe.

The few times I’ve been in there the last few years, the store has become junkier and junkier. That said, they still have a Mac department, which is either dedicated or foolhardy, depending on your view.

The Microcenter in Dallas has benefited from Fry’s getting rid of their electronics. They are hiring.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 8:56:38am

re: #220 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

Nope. Indigenous people were already there. In fact, Estevanico and the other party members were enslaved for a few years by some of the peoples they encountered.

You got me there. And of course I forgot that the Maya and Aztec cultures also held slaves.

But I meant that the Spaniards were up to it for nearly a century before the English.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:02:58am

re: #186 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

lemme repeat again: I grew up in a midwestern industrial town during the Golden Age of the White Working Man, back when a fellow just had to finish High School, get on at a mill or factory, rack up some seniority, and he could afford a (modest) house and a (mid-sized) car and to keep his wife at home to raise the kids, whom he could put through (state) college on his wages.

And those guys were every bit as racist as you see today…

Memories of the 1964 PA Democratic Primary when ALL of the Catholic Priests backed George Wallace because they opposed the Civil Rights Act and they put so much pressure on our then-Congressman Frank Clark that he was only 1 of 2 Northern Democrats who voted No on the act.

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PrairieQueen  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:05:15am

Did McDonald’s take note from Amazon about their work force unionizing? These are almost Scientology-level shadow people.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:07:16am

re: #228 PrairieQueen

SCOOP: McDonald’s has a secret intelligence team, whose tasks include spying on the Fight for $15 and workers involved in the movement advocating for a $15 minimum wage

Rugged individualism: the right of an individual to negotiate one-on-one with a multi-billion-dollar international corporation for terms of employment, insurance coverage or financial services.

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Belafon  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:09:49am

re: #228 PrairieQueen

Did McDonald’s take note from Amazon about their work force unionizing? These are almost Scientology-level shadow people.

Pretty sure it’s the other way around. McDonald’s has been doing this longer than Amazon has been selling books.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:11:54am

re: #224 aatharuv

Used to go to their various SF Bay Area locations frequently to browse, and sometimes to buy. Each of their stores had a theme “Wild West”, “Silicon Valley”, “Mexican”.

The last computer I built was mostly built from Fry-purchased parts, and I’ve bought numerous video games, books, and components from them over the years.

They had an excellent selection of electronic components, computers and computer components and all sorts of random things including appliances, furniture, and a small kids toys section. They had a good selection until about 2 years ago, when I started seeing empty store shelves everytime I went by there. I had asked them at that time what was happening, (and whether they were closing) and they claimed that they were expecting more supplies later. I dropped by another of their stores a month later when dropping past it and saw the same problems.

A few months later, I started seeing news reports saying they claimed they’d gone to a consignment model. And then they started closing stores. And now this…

The Downers Grove, IL store’s theme is “huge electronics store.” I guess they’d given up store themes by then.

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PrairieQueen  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:13:48am

re: #229 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Rugged individualism: the right of an individual to negotiate one-on-one with a multi-billion-dollar international corporation for terms of employment, insurance coverage or financial services.

I have first-hand experience working for a large national chain that is still vehemently anti-union, whose company-produced docs and films all warned employees the dangers of unions. It was like Reefer Madness, but replace marijuana with unions. They even had a section about things that pro-union people will typically say to employees to start a conversation, to create dischord.

To this day, the company still produces its own films with its in-house marketing team, while paying even their longtime employees as little as possible. Record profits, every year.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:15:16am

Hope all you Lizards are doing good. I’m avoiding the COVID plague here in Czech Republic like….well, the plague (the situation here is bad, one of the worst in the world in fact).

For all you Lizards who are fans of geology and seismology, I found this fascinating Deutsche Welle documentary (in English) about the “Big One”….not in Los Angeles, but rather, Istanbul.

Istanbul earthquake — risk and early warning | DW Documentary

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aatharuv  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:17:42am

re: #221 Mattand

My partner’s mom used to run a MicroCenter in the area. Think Fry’s or CompUsa, but much smaller. Like 10 stores total, maybe.

The few times I’ve been in there the last few years, the store has become junkier and junkier. That said, they still have a Mac department, which is either dedicated or foolhardy, depending on your view.

They used to have a SF Bay Area location (in or near Santa Clara) which was decent, but fairly small. They closed it a while back, presumably, because they couldn’t compete with a Fry’s just a few miles back.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:19:40am

re: #232 PrairieQueen

I have first-hand experience working for a large national chain that is still vehemently anti-union, whose company-produced docs and films all warned employees the dangers of unions….

Unions are associated with organized crime, thuggery and coercion…while the Captains of Industry are seen as the white-vested heroes leading our country to prosperity.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:25:33am

re: #214 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

He’s mentioned previously that he has medical issues.

Okay. Thanks. Just wondering since only older people in Maryland are getting the vaccination to the best of my knowledge.

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Florida Panhandler  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:26:47am

re: #213 PrairieQueen

I’ve frequented Al Jazeera news when it was broadcast in the US, and also online. It was, at one time, one of the newsier news stations. Welp, now it’s going the way of Fox and OANN with its own conservative flavored (not news) news, with a Fox veteran at the helm.

The problem with a “right wing” English language Al Jazeera division is that it will be in direct conflict against the “right wing/Conservative” contingent inside Arab countries once religion enters the news story.

Worldwide, Conservatives really only share a basic resistance to change itself as a common core feeling along with a general hatred towards outsiders and outside ideas. Policy details and ideologies inside Conservatives factions in different countries vary wildly apart from each other (typical for nationalist/tribal movements worldwide) and it will be difficult for Al Jazeera to air American right wing grievance theater rants against specifically Muslim and anti-Arab and anti-brown skinned people sentiments that American Conservatives crave.

It remains to be seen if an Al Jazeera owned American right wing nuthouse can offer the level of hate that these people need in order to tune in. We’ll see I guess.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:28:45am

re: #233 Dr Lizardo

Hope all you Lizards are doing good. I’m avoiding the COVID plague here in Czech Republic like….well, the plague (the sitYuation here is bad, one of the worst in the world in fact).

For all you Lizards who are fans of geology and seismology, I found this fascinating Deutsche Welle documentary (in English) about the “Big One”….not in Los Angeles, but rather, Istanbul.

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The Czech handling of Covid is worse than ours and you don’t even have a Trump clone leading you.

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:28:46am

re: #229 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Rugged individualism: the right of an individual to negotiate one-on-one with a multi-billion-dollar international corporation for terms of employment, insurance coverage or financial services.

Said “negotiations” conducted between an employee and a supervisor/manager who are paid to sell the company line about how “hard work can get you far,” but then quietly admitting that most franchise locations run on the Klingon promotion principle: The only way you go up in rank is in the person above you quits, gets fired, or gets promoted because the guy above them quit/got fired/etc.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:32:32am

re: #239 Targetpractice

Said “negotiations” conducted between an employee and a supervisor/manager who are paid to sell the company line about how “hard work can get you far,” but then quietly admitting that most franchise locations run on the Klingon promotion principle: The only way you go up in rank is in the person above you quits, gets fired, or gets promoted because the guy above them quit/got fired/etc.

because even if the company is expanding, they would often rather outsource the new capacity…

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:32:55am

re: #238 Hecuba’s daughter

The Czech handling of Covid is worse than ours and you don’t even have a Trump clone leading you.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is very much in the mold of Donald Trump; he’s been referred to more than once as the “Czech Trump”…and while he is smarter than Cheeto Mussolini, he’s just as whiny and psychopathic.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:41:15am

For Future reference

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nines09  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:45:43am

Meanwhile….

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:46:49am

re: #243 nines09

what is most human music about?

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:46:53am

Hey another article on ” how Q fucked up our life”.

Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’

An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart.

She bought ammunition, camping gear, a water purifier and boxes of canned food. Then, Tyler’s mother started wearing a holstered pistol around the house, convinced that 10 days of unrest and mass power outages were coming.

The chaos would culminate, she assured her son, in former president Donald Trump’s triumphant return to power on March 4, the original Inauguration Day before the passage of the 20th Amendment in 1932.

Tyler, 24, had been living with his mother an hour north of Minneapolis since he graduated college in 2019. The paranoia and fear that had engulfed his home had become unbearable in the months since Trump began to falsely claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

“Any advice for dealing with a qanon parent who thinks ww3 will happen during the inauguration?” Tyler asked last month on r/QAnonCasualties, a fast-growing Reddit group for those whose loved ones have been consumed by the bizarre and byzantine universe of baseless conspiracy theories known as QAnon.

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dat_said  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:47:03am

Here’s the thread:

He still hasn’t resigned.

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nines09  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:50:31am

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

what is most human music about?

Feelings. Emotions. Sex. Drugs. Rock And Roll.

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lawhawk  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:51:15am

re: #246 dat_said

He hasn’t been arrested. He hasn’t resigned. He hasn’t been charged.

He engaged in vehicular homicide.

None of the GOPers are holding him accountable or asking him to step down.

SS/DD from the corrupt GOP that refuses to hold their own to account for criminal acts.

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:51:18am

re: #245 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Hey another article on ” how Q fucked up our life”.

Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’

An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart.

Relatives now gleefully boasting that Trump will be sworn in for a second term at CPAC and JFK Jr. will introduce him and utter the storm bullshit…

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:51:42am

re: #183 darthstar

Time to walk the boys.

Kind of a highish tide today.

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:52:58am

re: #246 dat_said

[Embedded content]

He still hasn’t resigned.

And he won’t, nor will he be expected to resign. They’re only bringing a misdemeanor charge against him to shut up the few voices in their party who feel he should face some sort of consequences beyond having to clean blood off the hood of his vehicle.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:54:00am

re: #245 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Hey another article on ” how Q fucked up our life”.

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darthstar  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:55:40am

re: #251 Targetpractice

And he won’t, nor will he be expected to resign. They’re only bringing a misdemeanor charge against him to shut up the few voices in their party who feel he should face some sort of consequences beyond having to clean blood off the hood of his vehicle.

I swear it tasted like deer blood.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:56:40am

re: #246 dat_said

IOKIYAR

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 24, 2021 • 9:58:21am

re: #249 🌹UOJB!

Relatives now gleefully boasting that Trump will be sworn in for a second term at CPAC and JFK Jr. will introduce him and utter the storm bullshit…

Well that will be an interesting day. What’s on the agenda for the second day, Elvis returns?

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b.d. (America is Great Again)  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:00:50am

re: #249 🌹UOJB!

Relatives now gleefully boasting that Trump will be sworn in for a second term at CPAC and JFK Jr. will introduce him and utter the storm bullshit…

Sworn in at CPAC?!?!

smdh

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:01:41am

re: #252 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:02:02am

re: #246 dat_said

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He still hasn’t resigned.

More proof that Republicans are above the law.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:03:21am

re: #256 b.d. (America is Great Again)

Sworn in at CPAC?!?!

smdh

When you make your own rules and reality, anything goes.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:03:50am

Meanwhile, on Mars…(no really, that’s from the Mars Perseverance)

Youtube Video

Looks pretty quiet.

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PrairieQueen  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:05:16am

re: #249 🌹UOJB!

Relatives now gleefully boasting that Trump will be sworn in for a second term at CPAC and JFK Jr. will introduce him and utter the storm bullshit…

They’ve normalized paranoia and lying. It isn’t every day, it’s every part of every day for them. It’s virtually indistinguishable from breathing. And oh shit, do they get pissed off when anyone even innocently contradicts them with a fact. Fuck, if they aren’t ready to go full blown Cujo at any minute.

I’ve ceased to care about their welfare or world view, because they’re harmful. I’m not sorry they’re stupid (empathy), I’m sick of their stupid. I do, however, feel for their families.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:07:21am

re: #257 Hecuba’s daughter

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:08:38am

re: #260 Dr Lizardo

Fixed that - refresh the comment.

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EstebanTornado1963  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:08:47am
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plansbandc  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:09:25am

re: #245 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The Q casualties subreddit is fascinating and heartbreaking. It’s a must read. Families getting torn apart over monetized trolling.

I know my full-on tRump fan cousins are QAnon. Not sure if my aunt is, but really I wouldn’t be that surprised. My mother spends a lot of time with her, but my mother will never be a victim of conspiracy. She’s far more pinko than I am, and is a very level no bullshit person.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:16:23am

re: #264 EstebanTornado1963

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:16:32am

It’s always illuminating when the mask slips, isn’t it?

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:16:48am

re: #262 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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mmmirele  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:18:32am

Just posting this. These people are so self-centered.

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What a day.

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aatharuv  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:28:24am

re: #269 mmmirele

Just posting this. These people are so self-centered.

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What a day.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:30:46am

re: #221 Mattand

My partner’s mom used to run a MicroCenter in the area. Think Fry’s or CompUsa, but much smaller. Like 10 stores total, maybe.

The few times I’ve been in there the last few years, the store has become junkier and junkier. That said, they still have a Mac department, which is either dedicated or foolhardy, depending on your view.

That seems to be the trend in that style of store. I recall the non-mall Radio Shack stores getting seedier and seedier as time went on.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:32:11am

re: #270 aatharuv

I have not written a check in over 30 years, Germany disposed of them ages ago, all my bills are paid by bank transfers (which I can do online with a random TAN generator from home), as is most of my income.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:34:50am

re: #239 Targetpractice

Said “negotiations” conducted between an employee and a supervisor/manager who are paid to sell the company line about how “hard work can get you far,” but then quietly admitting that most franchise locations run on the Klingon promotion principle: The only way you go up in rank is in the person above you quits, gets fired, or gets promoted because the guy above them quit/got fired/etc.

Less Klingon (since they have honor) and more Mirror Universe “Federation Empire”. Except for the purposefully assassinating your superiors. (Though I’m sure corporate culture can supply some close “stab in the back” analogies.)

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mmmirele  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:37:11am

re: #270 aatharuv

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Nyet  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:41:10am

re: #245 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Hey another article on ” how Q fucked up our life”.

Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’

An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart.

A quick tip on how to read some of such protected articles that beg for money.
Immediately after you see that the page has loaded (like, the fraction of a second) - begin to very quickly press the Esc button. Sometimes you have to repeat the procedure a few times (reload - Esc-Esc-Esc; sometimes, like with WaPo, you have to paste the URL again because otherwise you’re thrown to the front page).

Long story short, often the beggar screens are powered by Javascript and pressing Esc will usually stop the script that is currently running before the elements “locking” the view appear.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:42:31am

re: #254 Patricia Kayden

IOKIYAR

EOKIYAR. Everything. EVERY. THING.

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Targetpractice  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:44:11am

re: #273 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Less Klingon (since they have honor) and more Mirror Universe “Federation Empire”. Except for the purposefully assassinating your superiors. (Though I’m sure corporate culture can supply some close “stab in the back” analogies.)

It has become sort of a running joke in our office that the GM remarks (jokingly) at least once a week that the AGM is trying to get rid of her, leading me to quip “You die and we all move up in rank!”

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Charles Johnson  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:44:37am
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🌹UOJB!  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:46:05am

Just a reminder about what South Dakota USED to do to Republican officeholders who killed people.

They actually went to jail.

nbcnews.com

Bill Janklow, who dominated South Dakota politics for three decades as governor and then congressman, was sentenced to 100 days in jail Thursday for an auto accident that killed a motorcyclist and ended Janklow’s career in disgrace.

After 30 days behind bars, Janklow will be allowed to leave jail during the day for up to 10 hours to perform community service. After he completes his jail term, he will be on probation for three years, during which he will not be allowed to drive.

But now, as Yeah Sure posted, EOKIYAR!

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Dangerman  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:46:28am

re: #246 dat_said

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He still hasn’t resigned.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports Ravnsborg won’t resign, despite articles of impeachment being drafted in the state House of Representatives.

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aatharuv  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:50:21am

re: #272 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I have not written a check in over 30 years, Germany disposed of them ages ago, all my bills are paid by bank transfers (which I can do online with a random TAN generator from home), as is most of my income.

Interesting - I rarely write physical checks either here in California, but there’s the occasional service provider who is still not electronically savvy. And the entire “give your routing/bank account number over the internet to someone who will pull money from it is horribly sketchy”.

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lawhawk  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:50:28am

re: #278 Charles Johnson

3 of the worst people in the world in the same room. Weird how that happened.

And entirely predictable given the nexus of awfulness we know about each.

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Nyet  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:53:17am

Never forget.

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retired cynic  Feb 24, 2021 • 10:54:08am

re: #248 lawhawk

He hasn’t been arrested. He hasn’t resigned. He hasn’t been charged.

He engaged in vehicular homicide.

None of the GOPers are holding him accountable or asking him to step down.

SS/DD from the corrupt GOP that refuses to hold their own to account for criminal acts.

Remember Ted Kennedy.

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BeenHereAwhile  Feb 24, 2021 • 11:39:50am

re: #130 Decatur Deb

We’ve been losing the backyard pines to a bark beetle and the occasional hurricane. I miss the trees, and each removal costs a grand (60-80 footers).

FWIW, before the turn of the century, I managed property a guy whose house in Middle GA was surrounded by longleaf pine trees.

A couple of longleafs (3+ ft diameter) near the house began showing signs of pine beetles.

Called in a tree guy to see about taking them down.

He said to fertilize the trees and see what happens.

When the property was sold 10 years later, the affected trees were still healthy.

YMMV

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 24, 2021 • 11:49:17am

re: #283 Nyet

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BeenHereAwhile  Feb 24, 2021 • 11:55:52am

re: #216 Mattand

Springsteen was harassed by two cops whose only purpose in that incident was to try to fuck him over.

I’m still surprised no one is pointing out that the set up took place in November, and was only revealed the day after his big Super Bowl Jeep commercial, or whatever it was, debuted.

Seems like if you’re busting one of the biggest names in music for DUI, you announce it ASAP.

Yea, I did a gig with an off duty LA Cop, who was quick to tell others working with him that he was the cop who arrested Johnny Carson for DUI.


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Of Monsters and Men - Destroyer (Official Lyric Video) “Destroyer" by Of Monsters and Men available now: omam.lnk.to ►Follow Of Monsters and Men:Instagram: instagram.comFacebook: facebook.comTwitter: @monstersandmenShazam: shazam.comWebsite: ofmonstersandmen.com Video shot & edited by: Cameron Stewart - cjbs.uk Lyrics: I want to be the king of my body and ...
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St. Vincent - the Melting of the Sun (Official Video) Pre-order/save the new album Daddy's Home, out May 14th: lnk.ilovestvincent.comListen to "The Melting Of The Sun": lnk.ilovestvincent.comListen to "Pay Your Way In Pain": lnk.ilovestvincent.com Watch St. Vincent perform live on SNL: lnk.ilovestvincent.com Animation by Chris McD CALL 1-833-77-DADDY FOLLOW ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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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Billy F Gibbons - West Coast Junkie “West Coast Junkie” the new music video by Billy F Gibbons from his forthcoming album ‘Hardware’, available on June 4th on Concord Records. Pre-order ‘Hardware’: found.eeGet signed and exclusive bundles: found.ee Directed by: Harry ReeseProduced by: Matt Sorum Listen ...
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Morcheeba - the Moon (Official Music Video) Listen to 'The Moon' streaming now: morcheeba.lnk.toWritten by I. Žilić/S. Edwards - Directed by Martin J. Pickering for Big Head MediaPre-order 'Blackest Blue', released May 14th: morcheeba.lnk.to Connect with Morcheeba: morcheeba.ukFacebook: facebook.comInstagram: instagram.comTwitter: @morcheebaband ---------- Credits Production Company: Big ...
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