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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:37:51pm

You survive a complete breakdown of public services, and then you get killed by something completely random like this:

cnn.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:42:25pm

re: #1 austin_blue

I had a rather poor taste joke I was going to make but out of respect for the victim I’m just
going to keep my mouth shut.

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IngisKahn  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:44:10pm

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:46:20pm

re: #3 IngisKahn

Of course.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:47:25pm

re: #3 IngisKahn

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That’s a pretty incredible Fauxtoshop job, to be honest. Whoever made those graphics might consider putting those on a portfolio.

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jaunte  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:51:38pm

Steve King is apparently having a baby. Congratulations, Steve.

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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 7:52:47pm

re: #3 IngisKahn

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Texas or Florida?

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Belafon  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:14:48pm

This seems like a very important story:

While women across the world face a number of symptoms that make menstruating difficult throughout the year, others face additional issues such as living in poverty that make dealing with menstruating even harder. Despite misconceptions that access to female hygiene products is an issue in developing countries and not the U.S., the truth is American women are 38% more likely to live in poverty than men, making them vulnerable to period poverty. Period poverty is a lack of access to menstrual products and resources. Women living in poverty often must choose between buying products like pads and tampons and feeding themselves or even feeding their children, making access to hygiene products an obstacle. In addition to lack of hygiene products, period poverty could include lack of access to clean water and even waste management services like toilets.

In efforts to end period poverty, two women, a mother and daughter duo, have been delivering free menstrual products door-to-door in Philadelphia for at least three years. The women, Lynette Medley and her daughter Nya McGlone, have often delivered these items at night to respect the privacy of those they serve, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now as word of their kind-hearted work has spread, community members have come together to crowdfund a menstrual hub. Opening Saturday, The SPOT Period menstrual hub will be the first hub of its kind in the nation.

m.dailykos.com

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gocart mozart  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:35:16pm
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🌹UOJB!  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:40:50pm

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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:46:04pm

re: #9 gocart mozart

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Love it.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:53:07pm

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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 8:54:44pm

re: #10 The Ghost of a Flea

Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

dammit

Since this makes absolutely no sense, I have to assume that a “yet” is missing after the word “killing”.

I have to assume we have got some levers in motion to get MBS replaced as heir to the throne. It could take a while, if it ever happens.

The alternative is for his private airplane to crash over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on his next visit to the UN.

Doable and deniable.

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A Cranky One  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:04:10pm

re: #3 IngisKahn

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Do liberals get 5G unicorns?

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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:08:13pm

re: #15 A Cranky One

Do liberals get 5G unicorns?

Yes, but they can’t be caught on camera except with infrared film.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:13:39pm

re: #16 austin_blue

Yes, but they can’t be caught on camera except with infrared film.

Sneaky bastards.

/

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austin_blue  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:20:22pm

Electric Cyborg

Sneaky bastards.

They can also be tracked by their fantastically scented, glittering rainbow droppings, well known for curing everything from dropsy, to an excess of the rigors, to COVID-19 its own self.

And I’m off to bed. Night all, have a lovely weekend.

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danarchy  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:34:20pm

re: #14 austin_blue

Since this makes absolutely no sense, I have to assume that a “yet” is missing after the word “killing”.

I have to assume we have got some levers in motion to get MBS replaced as heir to the throne. It could take a while, if it ever happens.

The alternative is for his private airplane to crash over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on his next visit to the UN.

Doable and deniable.

Are you serious. On the scale of bad things world leaders have done and the US continues to deal with them, MBS murdering one of his citizens, even a reporter, hardly rates. If they aren’t willing to sanction him they aren’t going to assassinate him either.

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DodgerFan1988  Feb 26, 2021 • 9:42:14pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 26, 2021 • 10:16:49pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 26, 2021 • 10:17:45pm

re: #21 Dread Pirate Ron

Oh, never mind that’s the panel of experts, still not authorized.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 26, 2021 • 10:33:16pm

re: #20 DodgerFan1988

I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade already.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 26, 2021 • 11:44:56pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Feb 27, 2021 • 12:04:08am

I found this station on radio.garden. I like that I’ve never heard 95% of the songs they play. They really mix up their music styles, sometimes you can get whiplash from the playlist.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:11:53am

Decided to check out what the current version of the text I used in my fundamentals of physics class (the calculus based first year sequence for physical science majors.) The standard text was written by Halliday and Resnick a long time ago, but they are now gone yet the text keeps getting updated with a new editor by the publisher Wiley.

It’s a commonly used textbook in college: amazon.com

$321.

That is a crime.

You can pick up a used version from 40 years ago - the physics hasn’t changed - at any old used bookstore.

This signals the inherent problem with academia: inflated prices.

No college/university should require a student to pay $321 for a textbook whose content can be found in the last half century’s worth of prior versions.

It’s a scam by Wiley. It’s how they make money.

Physics departments who require this textbook are complicit in a scheme to bilk as much out of students as possible.

This is one reason why I am so skeptical of those who are crying for “free” college. There is too much going on in academia in regards to propping up their own business model, versus what is really required to take a young person and help them gain knowledge and skills they will need (for whatever they want to accomplish.)

There is a new edition that costs less: amazon.com

Only $130 for ring bound, $262 for “loose leaf” (such options were not available when I went to school.)

But I checked the University of Wisconsin Madison (largest producer of physics people) and their intro physics class requires the more expensive version.

Note that Wiley produces many variations on this text (it has been the worldwide standard for 50 years or so), many of which cost less.

But UWMadison links to the expensive version in their course schedule.

Wiley of course adds bells and whistles (such as MATLAB products), etc.

Perhaps it helps some people learn physics, but I am not sure about that.

Anyway, higher education is rife with these kinds of examples. Institutions like these have for too long been allowed to go on with unnecessarily burdening students with frivolous but expensive changes.

No wonder so many people are cynical about college education.

For the non-physics majors (but still calculus based) physics class (for biology majors, etc.) the requirement is an e-text version that only costs $45. Not as offensive as the hard copy (though still ridiculously high for an electronic copy of a textbook that can be found at any used book store.)

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:15:14am

OK, so I hoped Wanda was forced by AH to mind-rape about 4000 people, but apparently she decided to do it all on her own?

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William Lewis  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:19:24am

re: #26 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Best physics text I ever read was my copy of the three volumes of the Feynman Lectures which are now available for free online. Dead tree is $54 on Amazon.

Last course I took I bought the one edition back from new for ~$40. The new one was, IIRC, $200 and most of the students were happy at how cheap it was.

My hometown school - UW Eau Claire - used to rent students their text books at much saner rates than, say, Madison.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:28:35am

re: #28 William Lewis

I checked the upper level physics classes at UWMadison - the Electrodynamics classes, and the QM classes - and they use the much more reasonable priced David Griffiths texts for those subjects.

But those texts are from Cambridge Press, who are academic publishers but at least for upper level texts don’t add the irrelevant bells and whistles.

It’s the intro texts which sell in large numbers (because of the huge university weed-out courses), so major textbook publishers like Wiley and Pearson etc. create these outlandishly priced texts, to move large quantities and generate the revenues.

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Ming5000  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:32:50am

This article from the Daily Beast was noted in the last thread:
‘Humiliated’ Rioter Jessica Watkins Vows to Ditch the Oath Keepers: ‘Time to Let All of That Go’

“Her attorney also claimed the Ohio bartender joined the Oath Keepers simply to support her own group, the Ohio Regular State Militia. Insisting that she was more of a “consultant” than a member

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:46:36am

Looking at the other typical undergraduate physics class (usually first semester of junior year), classical dynamics, I see that UWMadison requires this book: amazon.com

Only $103.

Which is a steal, I guess, for a textbook… but it’s an updated version of one I used, originally published in 1971 I think. The Marion book was frustrating, for most of us students anyway. He’s gone now, but Thorton updated it. The version I had was another Wiley publication, I think, and if they printed this one it would be more expensive. Now it is published by Cengage, a company that is newer and buying up smaller publishers. It apparently marks up “list price” (see Amazon “list” for the above book is $199) but sells discounted through retailers.

Anyway, this is all more examples of how old stuff gets a new cover and sold at ever higher prices. This is a type of inflation that is particularly annoying. Sort of like real estate.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:47:56am

It’s also a bit sobering to see universities today using the same text books, just new versions, that I used 40 years ago.

Is that a testament to the value of the texts?

Or, does is reveal how sclerotic academia is?

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 1:59:05am

re: #32 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

In Russian unis they still use Landau and Lifshits, even without any updates. I think some things simply have long-term value.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 2:03:47am

re: #33 Nyet

Pure physics is not a flourishing field.

Applied physics - lots of interest, activity, and money going into everything from quantum computing (ugh, hate that term) to geophysics. Those fields are pretty healthy and still making progress.

Pure, fundamental physics - not so much. Interest in majors is falling, and frankly undergraduate education in the field hasn’t changed hardly at all since my time, and I was learning from profs who had the same basic curriculum as I but 30 years prior.

The advances that have been made mostly don’t get covered in undergrad physics degrees because they take too much background.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:02:53am

So Arizona is coming closer to being able to disenfranchise all its non-GOP voters:

Judge Rules Arizona Senate Can Access 2020 Election Ballots

The Senate’s lawyers contended that the constitution gives the Legislature the role of maintaining the purity of elections and make sure voter integrity is protected, that the subpoenas were legal and a proper use of legislative power.

In his ruling, Thomason agreed with the Senate on all those arguments, saying the subpoenas “are legal and enforceable.”

elections and bodily fluids…

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:03:35am

re: #31 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Looking at the other typical undergraduate physics class (usually first semester of junior year), classical dynamics, I see that UWMadison requires this book: amazon.com

Only $103.

Nowadays hardly a problem, when one knows where to search.

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:04:59am

I found the textbook in under 2 minutes.

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:43:41am

someone forgot to send out the save the date cards

Vice News: “For weeks, QAnon followers have been hyping March 4 as the date when Trump would return as the rightful president of the U.S. But in the last couple of days, virtually all the major QAnon figures and influencers have reversed course and dismissed the date, calling it a false flag event created entirely by the mainstream media to ‘make the whole movement look dumb

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:45:34am

re: #38 Dangerman

someone forgot to send out the save the date cards

Great thing about QAnon is that everything, even your own news, can be dismissed as Fake News, Hoax and False Flag.

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:48:34am

re: #39 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Great thing about QAnon is that everything, even your own news, can be dismissed as Fake News, Hoax and False Flag.

It’s not a unified movt, so theories that arise in some parts of it will be dismissed by others.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:50:16am

re: #40 Nyet

It’s not a unified movt, so theories that arise in some parts of it will be dismissed by others.

Whereas Antifa and BLM are monoliths in which each member is responsible for the actions and utterances of every other, right?

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:55:07am

Charles,

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:56:24am

literal reaching

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:56:27am

re: #30 Ming5000

This article from the Daily Beast was noted in the last thread:
‘Humiliated’ Rioter Jessica Watkins Vows to Ditch the Oath Keepers: ‘Time to Let All of That Go’

“Her attorney also claimed the Ohio bartender joined the Oath Keepers simply to support her own group, the Ohio Regular State Militia. Insisting that she was more of a “consultant” than a member

expect a 1099 in the mail rather than a w-2

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:56:44am

I think I figgered out why my Ted Cruz rebus .jpg would not upload the other day…it had to do with the title: “C*nt tree roads”

once I altered that there was no problem

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:58:10am

re: #38 Dangerman

someone forgot to send out the save the date cards

ps they don’t need any help making the whole movement look dumb

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iceweasel  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:58:35am

re: #45 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I found out why my Ted Cruz rebus .jpg would not upload the other day…it had to do with the title: “C*nt tree roads”

once I altered that there was no problem

I was hoping you’d get to repost it!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:58:36am

re: #30 Ming5000

“Her attorney also claimed the Ohio bartender joined the Oath Keepers simply to support her own group, the Ohio Regular State Militia. Insisting that she was more of a “consultant” than a member

“The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules!”

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 3:58:43am

re: #40 Nyet

It’s not a unified movt, so theories that arise in some parts of it will be dismissed by others.

hey,just like science. //

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 4:00:26am

re: #47 iceweasel

I was hoping you’d get to repost it!

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 4:02:22am

re: #50 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

u baaad lol

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iceweasel  Feb 27, 2021 • 4:03:22am

re: #50 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yup, still love it.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 27, 2021 • 4:50:55am

Turning away from CPAC’s masterful set design skills, there’s this:

The all-time winner of their presidential straw polls is Mitt Romney (5 times). This year he was pointedly dis-invited for lese majeste. It’s not your crazy uncle’s CPAC any more.
en.wikipedia.org

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Nyet  Feb 27, 2021 • 4:56:17am

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Decatur Deb  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:08:46am

re: #54 Nyet

Doing a take for a quick impression—just fell asleep with my hand on a cup of coffee.

2017 looks more hopeful and more dangerous. A post-Trump version will probably be more pronounced. If Trump had simply lighted on rational management of CV19, we might have more Olds, and we might be really fucked.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:16:52am

re: #32 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Is that a testament to the value of the texts?

Or, does is reveal how sclerotic academia is?

Yes.

When I was taking my CompSci classes, there were very few established textbooks for various courses (and some gems that have withstood the test of time, like Donald Knuth’s “The ARt of Computer Programming Series”)

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William Lewis  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:24:16am

re: #56 Eric The Fruit Bat

Yes.

When I was taking my CompSci classes, there were very few established textbooks for various courses (and some gems that have withstood the test of time, like Donald Knuth’s “The ARt of Computer Programming Series”)

Yup.
The Design and Implementation of the 4.3BSD UNIX Operating System
The C Programming Language by K&R
Elements of Programming Style by K&P
Common Lisp - A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation by Touretzky

Are the ones I go back to.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:37:46am

re: #57 William Lewis

Are the ones I go back to.

Becuase I work on so-called computing dinosaurs (I.e. IBM Mainframes) my goto books:

z/OS MVS JCL
z/OS REXX Users Guide/Reference
z/Architecture Principles of Architecture / Reference Summary
z/OS Enterprise COBOL Reference/User’s Guide
z/OS CICS Application Programmer Reference

The latest z/15 mainframe now fits in a standard U-series rack.

IBM also makes a zSeries machine series that only runs Linux workloads - with z/VM and Linux it’s not uncommon for such a box to run hundreds (if not thousands) of Linux instances.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:45:57am

re: #58 Eric The Fruit Bat

I came into the arena when Sun was a dominant power in the server space. I learned Linux on IBM PC’s and Solaris when I went to programming contests at the University of Cincinnati. By the time I made it into the corporate arena, very few outside of banks still had mainframes that actually handled workloads; they might still have their mainframe computer itself, mainly because it was built into the building.

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jeffreyw  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:46:09am

Good morning!

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:49:54am

re: #60 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Poor little guy at the end be like, “Did I miss it? Hey, where’d everybody go?”

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:57:07am

re: #59 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

By the time I made it into the corporate arena, very few outside of banks still had mainframes that actually handled workloads; they might still have their mainframe computer itself, mainly because it was built into the building.

It’s been decades since the mainframe were very large once IBM converted over to CMOS CPU’s; by that time they were refrigerator-sized, but dwarfed by the sheer number of hard discs (DASD raches). Now with 1U flash drives and high-density terabyte disc arrays mainframes can handle any size workload you can throw on it; especially with z/TPF (Transaction Processing Facility) being able to bust out hundreds of thousands of transactions/sec for airlines, hotels and car reservation systems.

I cut my teeth into the Unix world via Minix written by Prof. Andrew Tanenbaum for his ‘Principles of Operating Systems’ book on my Atari 520ST which I upgraded by stacking 512KB DRAM’s on top of the motherboard and using wire-wrap soldered to the address selection line.

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 5:57:43am

re: #55 Decatur Deb

Doing a take for a quick impression—just fell asleep with my hand on a cup of coffee.

2017 looks more hopeful and more dangerous. A post-Trump version will probably be more pronounced. If Trump had simply lighted on rational management of CV19, we might have more Olds, and we might be really fucked.

He wouldn’t be who he is

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:00:19am

re: #62 Eric The Fruit Bat

It’s been decades since the mainframe were very large once IBM converted over to CMOS CPU’s; by that time they were refrigerator-sized, but dwarfed by the sheer number of hard discs (DASD raches). Now with 1U flash drives and high-density terabyte disc arrays mainframes can handle any size workload you can throw on it; especially with z/TPF (Transaction Processing Facility) being able to bust out hundreds of thousands of transactions/sec for airlines, hotels and car reservation systems.

I cut my teeth into the Unix world via Minix written by Prof. Andrew Tanenbaum for his ‘Principles of Operating Systems’ book on my Atari 520ST which I upgraded by stacking 512KB DRAM’s on top of the motherboard and using wire-wrap soldered to the address selection line.

He’s also pretty good at political analysis these days

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:01:00am
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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:02:22am

Where’s FEMA???!!!!

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Teukka  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:02:42am

I really have to wonder why…. or rather WHO, caused this notice to be necessary
(They walk among us folks).

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:04:27am

re: #64 Dangerman

He’s also pretty good at political analysis these days

That he is.

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:05:27am

re: #66 Dangerman

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Where’s FEMA???!!!!

And in case its not clear, that’s the unpaid cost over all the years by avoiding “regulation”.

You pay it now or you pay it later. You will always pay it
Of course now its a socialized loss

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:09:57am

re: #68 Eric The Fruit Bat

That he is.

I have my breakfast with electoral-vote.com
I spend my day at lgf

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:12:39am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:13:30am

re: #66 Dangerman

Texas winter storm costs could top $200 billion — more than hurricanes Harvey and Ike

You can pay to fix it now or you can pay triple that amount at some undetermined later date…

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:14:02am

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Dangerman  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:21:36am
BuzzFeed News “spoke with more than three dozen people, including more than two dozen former students, their friends, and their relatives, who described or corroborated instances of sexual harassment and misconduct on campus, in Cawthorn’s car, and at his house near campus.”

An R so meh.
But Cuomo’s gotta go, right?

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:38:13am

re: #73 Dangerman

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:42:01am
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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 27, 2021 • 6:59:07am

re: #31 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Looking at the other typical undergraduate physics class (usually first semester of junior year), classical dynamics, I see that UWMadison requires this book: amazon.com

Only $103.

Which is a steal, I guess, for a textbook… but it’s an updated version of one I used, originally published in 1971 I think. The Marion book was frustrating, for most of us students anyway. He’s gone now, but Thorton updated it. The version I had was another Wiley publication, I think, and if they printed this one it would be more expensive. Now it is published by Cengage, a company that is newer and buying up smaller publishers. It apparently marks up “list price” (see Amazon “list” for the above book is $199) but sells discounted through retailers.

Anyway, this is all more examples of how old stuff gets a new cover and sold at ever higher prices. This is a type of inflation that is particularly annoying. Sort of like real estate.

Our department chooses a text based on the homework system (OWL from Cengage), the price works out to be a hundred+ or so for a full year if they get the electronic text which comes with it. Loose leaf a bit more (can’t re-sell), hardback quite a bit more ( which can be resold but caveat emptor if the homework system is required, which it usually is).

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A Cranky One  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:09:27am

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:11:51am

So the Nazi themed convention continues I see…

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lizardofid  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:13:24am

re: #72 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

You can pay to fix it now or you can pay triple that amount at some undetermined later date…

“We’ll have to let our actuaries run the numbers, and get back to you.”

//

Oh, good morning.

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JC1  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:17:31am

re: #74 Dangerman

An R so meh.
But Cuomo’s gotta go, right?

Both are allegedly scummy, but allegations against Cuomo are worse since he used his power as governor to harass those working for him.

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Tahitinho  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:20:49am

re: #31 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

I teach high school physics. My most advanced class does use an updated Halliday and Resnick. I believe the county got a discount over the ridiculous amount they charge individual college students. Not really sure, as I had no part in the actual purchase.

Nowadays, there are very good free textbooks, such as the ones from OpenStax.

There is no reason individual college students should have to pay hundreds of dollars for a single book.

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plansbandc  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:21:45am

re: #78 A Cranky One

Fabulous!

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:22:11am

re: #80 lizardofid

“We’ll have to let our actuaries run the numbers, and get back to you.”

//

Oh, good morning.

One of my coworkers tried to argue that a cost-benefit analysis on preparation was probably needed, and I finally told him that, since we work at a defense contractor, that it was a good thing the government was into preparing for adverse situations. “Point taken,” he said.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:26:21am

re: #77 BlueSpotinAL

Our department chooses a text based on the homework system (OWL from Cengage), the price works out to be a hundred+ or so for a full year if they get the electronic text which comes with it. Loose leaf a bit more (can’t re-sell), hardback quite a bit more ( which can be resold but caveat emptor if the homework system is required, which it usually is).

That’s the gimmick at Cengage (and others too.)

Why can’t the profs make their own homework assignments? All my classes had profs who had their own homework (from a text and additional) and they did quite fine grading them.

re: #82 Tahitinho

Yeah, I know, there is a lot of free or at least low-cost stuff out there. I think the day of the super-priced textbooks are doomed.

I do like physical books still, and think that the most important classes that still rely on classics of the profession still are worth having the classic book(s), over electronic copies.

But the gimmick, as noted above with Cengage, is to get schools to buy into the idea that the entire online experience ought to be managed by a company, not the professor.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:27:50am

re: #35 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

So Arizona is coming closer to being able to disenfranchise all its non-GOP voters:

Judge Rules Arizona Senate Can Access 2020 Election Ballots

The Senate’s lawyers contended that the constitution gives the Legislature the role of maintaining the purity of elections and make sure voter integrity is protected, that the subpoenas were legal and a proper use of legislative power.

In his ruling, Thomason agreed with the Senate on all those arguments, saying the subpoenas “are legal and enforceable.”

elections and bodily fluids…

And, of course, Arizona is considering legislation to ignore voters and let the Republican legislature choose electors.

A FB post of an Illinois Trumpster acquaintance who is visiting Arizona:

It’s wonderful to be visiting a free state like Arizona.
Everything is open and citizens can choose where to go and what to do.
But then, no matter the bizarre voting pattern in November, the libertarian mindset prevails.
Let Freedom Ring!!!

Based on other posts, I am 100% confident that in 1964 she would have been totally against the Civil Rights Act, as was the great libertarian icon Senator Goldwater.

Arizona is even worse than Illinois when it comes to cases and deaths from coronavirus as a percentage of population. She has also praised Kristi Noem for her handling of the disease. Her business was seriously impacted by covid, and that certainly colors her perspective. But if Trump had been on board with restrictions, she would have abandoned her opposition to masks and business limitations without a second thought.

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lizardofid  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:28:55am

re: #84 Belafon

One of my coworkers tried to argue that a cost-benefit analysis on preparation was probably needed, and I finally told him that, since we work at a defense contractor, that it was a good thing the government was into preparing for adverse situations. “Point taken,” he said.

I would also suggest that perhaps one had been done, and that’s how we wound up were we were. : )

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plansbandc  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:34:18am

Recreational Marijuana bill has passed the State House, on to the Senate. This is where the bill died last time, but I’m somewhat hopeful it will get through because a few of the conservative Dems were ousted by more liberal Dems, and the pressure to legalize due to other states legalizing is strong.

The Governor has said she will sign it if it gets to her desk.

In other news, when I was an undergrad I took a class from the Grand Poobah of Sociology at CU. He required a text (written by him, of course) that was out of print. So we had to buy a Xeroxed copy of the book for a hundred dollars. Incredible ripoff.

The Prof was honestly one of the most leftist of leftists. And that was at CU! He was amazing though. I dropped the class, but did get an A in one of his classes which was sort of ridiculous because he was known for almost never giving A’s.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:40:49am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:43:31am
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Decatur Deb  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:45:31am

re: #89 Backwoods_Sleuth

Give Paxton a break. he was obviously on the trail of a major election fraudster at MaL.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:46:30am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:48:10am
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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:49:48am

re: #87 lizardofid

I would also suggest that perhaps one had been done, and that’s how we wound up were we were. : )

Definitely, especially if the analysis assumes that the federal government picks up the entire cost of the damage. ERCOT also claims sovereign immunity which protects them from lawsuits; it’s the typical “Privatize profits, socialize costs” regimen that governs the modern capitalist system.

Under capitalism, companies will only do what is profitable AND what is legally required; if it cost money, they will not do what is right unless forced to. The Ferengi (except for their sexism) are the ultimate model of a perfect capitalist society.

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:54:43am

re: #92 Backwoods_Sleuth

Turn Texas Blue and North Dakota can go fuck itself.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:55:12am

re: #79 darthstar

So the Nazi themed convention continues I see…

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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:56:49am

re: #60 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Good morning!

Western good morning!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 7:59:39am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:01:12am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:03:04am
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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:04:12am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:05:32am

also, not an apology

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:05:50am

re: #32 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It’s also a bit sobering to see universities today using the same text books, just new versions, that I used 40 years ago.

Is that a testament to the value of the texts?

Or, does is reveal how sclerotic academia is?

A testament to the fact that the basic scientific facts (reality?) are not changing. Especially in stuff like physics. The theoretical edges are being toyed with, but the stuff you start with as a freshman or sophomore has not.

I had a low number edition Halliday and Resnick physics textbook in 1981. Had a red cover and it hung around in a box or on a bookshelf until the early 2000s before I sold it for a few bucks. (And right when I bought mine there had been an edition change and the used ones being sold around campus lost value*.)

* - And to a degree it’s not that the real contents changed, but that the illustrations did as well as where specific text appeared in the book. So if you were assigned to read a certain group of pages it might well be that the desired text was located elsewhere than those pages. In any case most students identified textbook prices 40 years ago as being a bit of a scam.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:08:38am

well, clutch those pearls!

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:09:20am

re: #61 O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..

Poor little guy at the end be like, “Did I miss it? Hey, where’d everybody go?”

That’s a wren. Good chance it chased the rest of them off. You should see them when there are cats around.

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:11:25am
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lizardofid  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:13:35am

re: #101 darthstar

If I remember the story correctly, that thing gets ground up and mixed on with the closing banquet meal.

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:13:56am
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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:14:38am

re: #104 Backwoods_Sleuth

well, clutch those pearls!

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How does anyone listen to him with a straight face?

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:14:47am

re: #91 Decatur Deb

Give Paxton a break. he was obviously on the trail of a major election fraudster at MaL.

And he needs to borrow a few million from Trump in order to buy the Wawa gift card to pay off the electoral fraud bet to Fetterman.
///

Oops. Wrong Texan I think. It’s Patrick that owes Fetterman.

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:15:28am

re: #107 lizardofid

If I remember the story correctly, that thing gets ground up and mixed on with the closing banquet meal.

I’m waiting for someone to do the Golden Calf scene from The Ten Commandments and have Charlton Heston shocked to see the golden Trump.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:16:51am

re: #109 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

How does anyone listen to him with a straight face?

Part of the initiation into the GQP cult is a pledge not to laugh at each other’s bullshit.

Edit: the rest of us laugh our asses off.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:17:00am

another asshole (and he’s a politician!)

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:18:05am

re: #101 darthstar

These guys are trying to create the craze of small versions of these* as the conservative version of Maneki-neko.

* - I’m sure they will quote his speeches loudly and wave arms, etc.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:19:00am
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A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:19:09am

re: #78 A Cranky One

Until this picture was posted, I hadn’t noticed the magic wand. (If it’s the one he used to eradicate covid, he needs a better one.)

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:26:38am

re: #113 Backwoods_Sleuth

It certainly has become easier to recognize assholes from a distance since Covid started. Going to miss that a bit after it’s over.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:29:31am

re: #113 Backwoods_Sleuth

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:31:19am

re: #115 Backwoods_Sleuth

The politico article she links is about Trump stewing over McCarthy again. Tomorrow’s speech could be something.

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jeffreyw  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:37:54am

re: #97 A hollow voice says NOW drain that swamp!

Western good morning!

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Those sure look lifelike. I want some for my yard!
//

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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:44:26am
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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:46:12am

Okay this is funny

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jeffreyw  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:51:57am

re: #105 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

That’s a wren. Good chance it chased the rest of them off. You should see them when there are cats around.

Fake news! Thrasher would like a word.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:52:20am
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Teukka  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:52:48am

Just when you thought it was safe… Anime music tiem again…
Asaka: この世の果てで恋を唄う少女 (A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World)
From “YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World”

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo - YU-NO (Opening Full w/ Lyrics & Subtitles in English/Español)

Oh, and slight CW/TW if you decide to watch the Anime.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:54:22am

Just completed my morning chore - oil changes in both fishmobiles. 10 quarts of 5W-30 out, 10 quarts of 5W-30 in, and two oil filters. Took an hour and 20 minutes to do both, which is astonishingly fast for me. Having the proper tools and procedures really helps.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:54:27am
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darthstar  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:55:05am

re: #124 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s going to take more than 83% of Americans voting against Republicans for them to lose in the next cycle though given their suppression efforts.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:57:36am

Posted by a friend on FB

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In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination … End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations.
A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24.
The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord - Lev.1:9.
The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.
Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia
(It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian) See Less

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:59:00am

re: #129 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Posted by a friend on FB

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Ugh, Dr. Laura. She filled in for Rush a few times back when I still listened to him (and, well, when he was still alive… That will never get old LOL) She is a hateful little shrew.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:59:54am
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Eventual Carrion  Feb 27, 2021 • 8:59:58am

re: #30 Ming5000

This article from the Daily Beast was noted in the last thread:
‘Humiliated’ Rioter Jessica Watkins Vows to Ditch the Oath Keepers: ‘Time to Let All of That Go’

“Her attorney also claimed the Ohio bartender joined the Oath Keepers simply to support her own group, the Ohio Regular State Militia. Insisting that she was more of a “consultant” than a member

Yes I am a minion of Satan, but my duties are mostly ceremonial.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:01:36am

re: #123 jeffreyw

Fake news! Thrasher would like a word.

I stand corrected. Though they also are known for being aggressive nest defenders.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:04:24am

A ssholes
F uckers
P ricks
A nd
C owards

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:04:56am

Rep. Madison Cawthorn gets severe shade from Nick Fuentes at AFPAC:

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:05:06am

re: #120 jeffreyw

Those sure look lifelike. I want some for my yard!
//

CSB: My family did a fundraiser for our church one year using those things. My dad went out and bought a flock of them, and late one Saturday night, as a family, we snuck over to the pastor’s residence next door to the church and planted them in his yard. The next morning, the churchgoers arrived to the sight of two dozen plastic pink flamingoes, and a message from my dad that we were fundraising for our teen program and that contributions would allow you to specify where the flock should move next, or purchase “insurance” for a limited time. It was wildly popular and rather hilarious.

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EstebanTornado1963  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:12:03am

re: #129 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Posted by a friend on FB

[Embedded content]

re: #129 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

West Wing - Bartlet & the Bible

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:13:34am

re: #125 Teukka

“CW/TW”?

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:17:27am

BAHAHAHA

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:21:31am
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mmmirele  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:22:31am

re: #26 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The tl;dr is at the bottom.

I worked selling college textbooks on and off in the 1980s. It was the way I was able to finish out my BA after I dropped out of college in 1982. Anyway, we were not the semi-official college bookstore, we were that other store, right next to the semi-official one, and it was always tough.

Someone’s making money off college textbooks, but it’s not the college bookstore. The standard discount on a new textbook was 20 percent. So I’m looking at Halliday and the bookstore would be paying $257.40 plus shipping (and those books are HEAVY, this edition weighs in at slightly over seven pounds). Even if you’re ordering 300 copies, you are not making bank on this book.

No, the real money was in used college textbooks. It was a constant battle, even in the 1980s, to keep up with the edition changes. Back then, what the book publishers would do is make deals with professors or departments for the “University Version” of the book used in (for example) Sociology 101. They’d be shrink-wrapped together with a workbook sized collection of articles that used to be printed down at Kinko’s (remember them?) but those moved to the textbook publisher, who had the economy of scale to clear the rights for the articles. (That was also a war in the 1980s, between print shops printing packets of articles for profs, and publishers sending threatening letters to print shops.)

You could hit the jackpot, then, if you could buy, say, that (in those days) brand new, first semester used biology textbook that had sold for $75 on its first outing. I, buying back books, would pay $37.50 for the book in December, and turn around and sell it for $60 in January. That was where the money was at—used textbooks. And if the textbook was used for a third or fourth or fifth semester, the profit margin became better. BUT you had to be super-careful about buying, making sure you had the right edition, or that the profs hadn’t changed books entirely, or that they weren’t going with those evil shrink-wrapped editions that would be “updated” semester to semester.

It was a constant struggle, and it was all tracked manually. We’d be buying books right and left and someone would should, “stop buying X Biology, we have enough” and at that point we’d stop paying $37.50 and then switch to paying the wholesale price, which was probably going to be around $20. Or, worse yet for the students, we were paying $15 for an old edition because we were in December, we knew Professor Y was using it for his the spring semester and that was what we were offering.

And, I’m going to wrap this up by saying that you have not lived until you’ve had one of those huge freshman biology textbooks chucked at you by an irate student that you just told was an old edition and we weren’t offering anything for it because we had a basement full already. (Which may or may not have been true.)

Oh, and just for the record, we only paid $1.00 for a copy of “The Puritan Dilemma” by Edmund Morgan. Because, again, that was for History 315 (usually fall) and we had 200 in the basement that we were holding over for 9 months until the next time massive sections of the course were being taught.

tl;dr: someone is making money, but it’s not the college bookstore, nor the long-suffering employee who just told you your book is worth nothing because Professor Z is using an edition with a one-time-only code and people have to buy the book new. Please do not throw books.

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:28:26am

re: #141 mmmirele

I was trying to remember how much my Halliday & Resnik cost in 1988, but I think it was over $100 back then.

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retired cynic  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:30:39am

Mom Joke? (stolen, of course)

My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’. It’s a cover band.

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:32:46am

re: #143 retired cynic

Mom Joke? (stolen, of course)

My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’. It’s a cover band.

*WHACK!*

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:34:17am
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:38:22am

re: #145 Backwoods_Sleuth

All fun and games until they grow, weight 12 lbs, have sharper and longer claws, and still want to do that.

Floof Cat charges tribute to let me go up the stairs since the bottom of the stairs near the front door is her aggression spot.* I can risk having my ankles bitten, or toss a treat or two into the living room as a distraction while I make a run for it.

* - She wants to go/look out, but there are other cats out there. I think she had an encounter and got scratched/bitten on her hindquarters. She has a small (which got a little larger) bare spot and some red marks are visible. She also had a vet appointment on Monday to have it looked at. (Plus catching her up on her various shots.)

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mmmirele  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:39:16am

re: #62 Eric The Fruit Bat

It’s been decades since the mainframe were very large once IBM converted over to CMOS CPU’s; by that time they were refrigerator-sized, but dwarfed by the sheer number of hard discs (DASD raches). Now with 1U flash drives and high-density terabyte disc arrays mainframes can handle any size workload you can throw on it; especially with z/TPF (Transaction Processing Facility) being able to bust out hundreds of thousands of transactions/sec for airlines, hotels and car reservation systems..

Banks, don’t forget banks. Banks use Big Iron from IBM, which has been extremely reliable. One of my coworkers, who had experience in programming on the z/OS side before moving to enterprise availability, got an award from the bank for working to reduce the volume of processing on the mainframes. I forget how many MIPS (million instructions per second) that team reduced processing by, but it was significant, and more importantly, it cut costs. That’s because in addition to actually buying Big Iron (back in the day, one of those boxes was seven feet tall and the width of a two-door wardrobe and I got to “meet” one on the floor of the data center before the DC was locked down) we had to pay for various usages under the contract. And having to add more CPU, even temporarily, means paying more.

Yeah, the middleware and front-end processing is where most of the problems are at these days, not so much with mainframes anymore. I spent seven hours on a call yesterday because a piece of middleware choked on one file and that file had to be processed, whatever we had to do. The file got out, finally, but *wow*.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:43:42am

re: #147 mmmirele

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Amory Blaine  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:43:50am

Just got my first moderna vaccine. Woot.

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mmmirele  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:44:07am

re: #142 Belafon

I was trying to remember how much my Halliday & Resnik cost in 1988, but I think it was over $100 back then.

I remember our top-end engineering/physics textbooks had breached $100 by then and we were running out of room around our textbook manager’s desk, where all these very expensive textbooks (verrrry expensive) were shelved so that she could glower at anyone who tried to shoplift a book. And it was a PITA, too, because we could only stock maybe 10 copies of those books on a shelf at a time. Some poor sod (sometimes me) was running back and forth between backstock and the floor and not even making it back to the shelf with that armload of engineering textbooks because they were snapped up by students as I ran/walked over.

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mmmirele  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:48:18am

re: #148 Eric The Fruit Bat

Hey, Charles, Eric the Fruit Bat tried to leave me a private comment, but I’m getting a message “Sorry, this comment is not addressed to you!” Weird. I checked it in a second browser and I’m getting the same error message. Just thought you’d want to know.

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A Cranky One  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:53:59am

re: #151 mmmirele

Hey, Charles, Eric the Fruit Bat tried to leave me a private comment, but I’m getting a message “Sorry, this comment is not addressed to you!” Weird. I checked it in a second browser and I’m getting the same error message. Just thought you’d want to know.

I think you have to use dholmes32 as the address for you to read the comment.

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A Cranky One  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:54:59am

re: #151 mmmirele

Hey, Charles, Eric the Fruit Bat tried to leave me a private comment, but I’m getting a message “Sorry, this comment is not addressed to you!” Weird. I checked it in a second browser and I’m getting the same error message. Just thought you’d want to know.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 27, 2021 • 9:56:03am

re: #151 mmmirele

Try it now

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nines09  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:05:18am

Maybe this is how they get their blow?

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Dave In Austin  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:13:07am

Look who made CPAC Hot Takes.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:15:36am

re: #137 EstebanTornado1963

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Wrong attribution. The rest is correct.

Video

Incorrect signature on satiric e-mail snares professor

It’s a parody James Kauffman said he wished he had written—but he didn’t, a point that the University of Virginia education professor emeritus has been repeating and repeating.

Kauffman’s name and title have been circulating under a long-lived e-mail that satirizes the anti-homosexual pronouncements of conservative radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger. The result has been a flood of daily calls and e-mails from people around the world.

Snopes has traced the “Kaufmann email” back to 2000 and names Kent Ashcraft as the real author.

In early October 2000, Dr. Schlessinger ran a full-page ad in Variety offering an apology for what she called “poorly chosen” words about homosexuality. She had previously referred to gays as “biological errors” and “deviants,” as exemplified by her remarks of 8 December 1998:

I’m sorry — hear it one more time, perfectly clearly: If you’re gay or a lesbian, it’s a biological error that inhibits you from relating normally to the opposite sex. The fact that you are intelligent, creative and valuable is all true. The error is in your inability to relate sexually intimately, in a loving way to a member of the opposite sex — it is a biological error.

October 2000 was not Dr. Laura’s month. A few weeks after she issued her apology, a version of the “Letter to Dr. Laura” was incorporated into the 18 October episode of the political television drama The West Wing. In “The Midterms,” President Bartlet used his own detailed knowledge of the Bible to make a Schlessinger-esque character named Jenna Jacobs look ridiculous. Kent Ashcraft, the author of the Dr. Laura letter, received a modest sum from Lorimar Productions in payment for their use of parts of his letter in that episode):

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:17:52am

Tanker trucks, National Guard dispatched to Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:22:06am

re: #113 Backwoods_Sleuth

We must start shaming those who wear a mask, as they shame others, the masks are coercing us to live their lie. I will not do it , join me in a crusade of honesty, not their March to tyranny. Boycott stores, politicians who lie, do not bear their false witness.

So it goes beyond not wearing a mask like it goes beyond simply being allowed to own firearms…it must be shouted from the snow-capped mountaintops.

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Danack  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:23:19am

re: #129 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo

Posted by a friend on FB

Yeah, I liked it when that was used on the West Wing.

Bible bit starts at 1:30.

West Wing - Bartlet & the Bible

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave..  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:23:24am

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

We must start shaming those who wear a mask, as they shame others, the masks are coercing us to live their lie. I will not do it , join me in a crusade of honesty, not their March to tyranny. Boycott stores, politicians who lie, do not bear their false witness.

So it goes beyond not wearing a mask like it goes beyond simply being allowed to own firearms…it must be shouted from the snow-capped mountaintops.

Saw a guy at the gas station this morning not wearing a mask. It infuriates me still, a year later, that people refuse to do the right thing, intentionally, deliberately choosing to be an asshole.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:24:41am
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Tahitinho  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:25:29am

re: #141 mmmirele Hmmm…

Exam question: If you are hit on the arm by a 3.2 kg copy of Halliday and Resnick that is thrown by an irate student at 2.0 m/s, what is the size of the resulting bruise (in square centimeters)?

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🌹UOJB!  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:25:43am

I will never forget and I will never forgive this GOP $tenographer!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:27:18am

re: #141 mmmirele

Someone’s making money off college textbooks, but it’s not the college bookstore. The standard discount on a new textbook was 20 percent. So I’m looking at Halliday and the bookstore would be paying $257.40 plus shipping (and those books are HEAVY, this edition weighs in at slightly over seven pounds). Even if you’re ordering 300 copies, you are not making bank on this book.

If America looked on education as a public good and not as a commodity, then students would all be able to download their textbooks as part of their tuition, which would of course be subsidized.

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Belafon  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:39:18am

re: #164 🌹UOJB!

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Teukka  Feb 27, 2021 • 10:52:02am

re: #138 Belafon

“CW/TW”?

Content Warning / Trigger Warning.


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