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Belafon  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:16:16pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:17:01pm

re: #1 Belafon

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retired cynic  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:18:06pm

re: #1 Belafon

Wow? Is Manchin Catholic???

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Belafon  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:18:31pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:23:44pm

re: #3 retired cynic

Wow? Is Manchin Catholic???

Yep. But there are many Catholics who ignore this Pope and his teachings, especially those that involve treatment of the poor and the immigrant.

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ckkatz  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:29:16pm

Timothy Snyder is a History professor at Yale University. He specializes in pre-World War 2 and World War 2 European History and the Holocaust.

In 2017 he published “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”, a very short book about how to prevent a democracy from becoming a tyranny, with a focus on modern United States politics and on what he called “America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

He is currently doing videos on the 20 lessons of the book, based upon the past 4 years experience. I found the videos even more chilling than the original book. Which, in 2017, I also found quite chilling.

***NOTE***
If you are already dealing with a difficult level of stress, you may not want to watch these.
***NOTE***

Here is the most recent in the series:
LESSON 6: Be Wary of Paramilitaries

LESSON 6: Be Wary of Paramilitaries

The series playlist is at:

YouTube

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retired cynic  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:32:40pm

re: #6 ckkatz

***NOTE***
If you are already dealing with a difficult level of stress, you may not want to watch these.***NOTE***[Embedded content]

I have heard of him. I think I had better heed your warning! shudder

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ckkatz  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:37:35pm

re: #7 retired cynic

I respect your decision. A lot of folks already have way too much on their plate.

What Snyder is discussing how what we saw over the past four years matches with what he has seen studying democracies that descended into authoritarianism. As we all know on lgf, this process did not end with the 2020 election.

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JOE 🥓  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:55:39pm

re: #1 Belafon

We know what the Catholic Bishops will do in the US! They will continue to ignore Pope Francis and march lock step with the Republican Party.

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teleskiguy  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:58:30pm

I get it. Disco had its place, and there’s some good disco recordings.

But Warren Zevon whoring himself out to the genre? Not cool.

Nighttime in the Switching Yard (2007 Remaster)

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plansbandc  Oct 17, 2021 • 9:59:33pm

This song haunts me, so I’m trying to work it up for a vocal performance of some sort…

Crowded House - Amsterdam

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:07:22pm

My maternal grandfather:

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teleskiguy  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:19:17pm

re: #12 Eric The Fruit Bat

There are a number of photos of both my maternal and paternal grandparents floating around. Many need to be digitized. This one was digitized by my aunt. She’s the kid with arms around my grandmother, sitting next to dog Silver and her husband Mike, my grandfather who died before I was born. That’s my mother, the kid in the foreground, and my great grandmother’s dog Panda on the side. Great grandmother took the picture. Sometime in the 1950s, Sioux Falls, SD.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:23:34pm

re: #13 teleskiguy

Nice pic. I’ll be posting my maternal grandmother soon - it’s sitting on the scanner but I’ve gotten distracted with other things (mainly my trip to Las Vegas to celebrate my 62nd birthday with friends who I will be meeting up with!).

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Dread Pirate Ron  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:32:45pm

We had about 2 hours of an and off drizzle but still no measurable rain for the year.

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A Cranky One  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:34:48pm

When my mom passed away my younger brother took all the old photos and digitized and restored them (he’s a highly published photographer and artist). He then assembled them and had a book printed of the collection. What he was able to do with old tattered photos was amazing.

For Christmas that year I sent him a screaming goat toy. He sent me a family heirloom.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:40:34pm
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Dread Pirate Ron  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:51:06pm
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A Three Hour Tour  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:51:13pm

re: #12 Eric The Fruit Bat

My maternal grandfather:

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Your maternal grandfather resembles my paternal grandfather 10-15 years later.
Then again, my grandfather also reminded me of LBJ and Thurston Howell III when I was a kid.

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sagehen  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:54:45pm

My grandfather reminded me of Abe Vigoda.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Oct 17, 2021 • 10:58:49pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:02:32pm

re: #17 Dread Pirate Ron

Although case levels have been running high — not quite as high as the January maximum— the deaths remain low as a percentage of cases. So either the vaccines have reduced the severity of the disease or treatments have significantly improved.

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Targetpractice  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:26:46pm

re: #18 Dread Pirate Ron

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It’s amazing what has changed in the last 8 months. When VP Harris did an interview in WV, there was all sorts of outrage among Dems that this was a “slap in the face” to Manchin and might damage efforts to pass the Relief Act.

8 months later and nobody seems ready to rush to the defense of Joe’s hurt fee-fees.

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teleskiguy  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:32:42pm

re: #21 Dread Pirate Ron

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:34:46pm

Why does the modern political right relegate everything environmental to the left? Wasn’t conservation and protecting the planet at one time part of the conservative domain? In talking about China, Douthat says that “there is a left that thinks the existential stakes of climate change require deep cooperation with Beijing.” What could be more conservative than conserving our planet?

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teleskiguy  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:43:08pm

Like I’ve been doin’ lately, I’ve been raiding my parents’ vinyl (literally, it’s right over there! And M&D don’t mind at all).

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy vinyl sleeve

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Cheechako  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:44:41pm

re: #26 teleskiguy

Looks like a pea shooter.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:50:49pm

re: #27 Cheechako

Looks like a pea shooter.

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Targetpractice  Oct 17, 2021 • 11:52:11pm

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

Why does the modern political right relegate everything environmental to the left? Wasn’t conservation and protecting the planet at one time part of the conservative domain? In talking about China, Douthat says that “there is a left that thinks the existential stakes of climate change require deep cooperation with Beijing.” What could be more conservative than conserving our planet?

Because modern conservatism is defined by being opposed to everything that liberals support, no matter how ridiculous or self-destructive that opposition may be.

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teleskiguy  Oct 18, 2021 • 12:06:20am
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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 12:13:09am

re: #30 teleskiguy

I don’t think most people will delete FB; they will just get increasingly bored with it and switch to other forms of communication and entertainment. Younger Americans are already not engaging with this medium; it belongs to their parents and grandparents. It was exciting at its inception, but like happens with most new technology, it’s become stale.

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Targetpractice  Oct 18, 2021 • 12:19:25am

re: #31 Hecuba’s daughter

I don’t think most people will delete FB; they will just get increasingly bored with it and switch to other forms of communication and entertainment. Younger Americans are already not engaging with this medium; it belongs to their parents and grandparents. It was exciting at its inception, but like happens with most new technology, it’s become stale.

I personally signed up because my grandmother and the other relatives on my mom’s side of the family suggested I should in order to keep up with what was going on. And I kept up with it for a bit, before remembering two very important things: 1) I’m boring as fuck and 2) I lived through that period of the 90s where they drummed it into our heads constantly not to post personal info on the internet because you never knew who could see it.

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Targetpractice  Oct 18, 2021 • 12:46:24am

Hotel is 100% smoke-free, and you can get fined $250 if we find evidence that you smoked in a room during your stay. There are signs posted at all entrances to both buildings that say “Smoke-free Environment.” And yes, this also means that we don’t want you burning incense or scented candles in the rooms since those not only leave smells that linger after you leave, but can (and have) presented a fire hazard in the past.

And yet, at least once a week, somebody will poke their head into the lobby to ask me if we have/sell lighters or matches.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Oct 18, 2021 • 1:00:52am

re: #17 Dread Pirate Ron

Evolution is real.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 1:22:52am

re: #21 Dread Pirate Ron

China has stunned US intelligence and military officials by testing a nuclear capable hypersonic missile that traveled through low orbit in space, making a full circle around the globe before speeding towards its target.

so this is in effect, weaponizing space.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:00:39am

re: #32 Targetpractice

I personally signed up because my grandmother and the other relatives on my mom’s side of the family suggested I should in order to keep up with what was going on. And I kept up with it for a bit, before remembering two very important things: 1) I’m boring as fuck and 2) I lived through that period of the 90s where they drummed it into our heads constantly not to post personal info on the internet because you never knew who could see it.

I post nothing on FB unless I am fine with the idea that the whole world can see it.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:03:45am

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

Why does the modern political right relegate everything environmental to the left? Wasn’t conservation and protecting the planet at one time part of the conservative domain?

Don’t even mention how Nixon founded the EPA.

The Conservative image of liberal environmental whackos is that they want us to live in lean-tos and wipe our butts with leaves. When in fact, they are the ones promoting the most modern technologies over outdated 19/20th-century fossil fuels, in which conservatives are heavily invested.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:23:15am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:25:42am

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

China has stunned US intelligence and military officials by testing a nuclear capable hypersonic missile that traveled through low orbit in space, making a full circle around the globe before speeding towards its target.

so this is in effect, weaponizing space.

Space was weaponized as soon as the USSR launched Sputnik.

The latest Chinese innovation is the next development in missile tactics.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:30:58am

I think the next step will be to have the missiles in permanent orbit ready to fall upon their targets at any time

and THAT is some seriously weaponized space.

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Targetpractice  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:35:51am

re: #40 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I think the next step will be to have the missiles in permanent orbit ready to fall upon their targets at any time

and THAT is some seriously weaponized space.

Why do that when you can just put a satellite in orbit whose sole job is to aim and drop a tungsten rod the size of a telephone pole? All the fun of a nuke with none of the fallout, just add gravity.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 2:58:23am

re: #41 Targetpractice

Why do that when you can just put a satellite in orbit whose sole job is to aim and drop a tungsten rod the size of a telephone pole? All the fun of a nuke with none of the fallout, just add gravity.

Remember the bit in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress where the Lunar rebels just throw rocks at Earth?

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:12:26am

re: #41 Targetpractice

Why do that when you can just put a satellite in orbit whose sole job is to aim and drop a tungsten rod the size of a telephone pole? All the fun of a nuke with none of the fallout, just add gravity.

They can’t just “drop” a rod like that. That’s not how orbital mechanics works. The tungsten rods would still have to be a missile, with a delta-v budget able to bring it into the atmosphere almost straight down (which requires a rather powerful rocket), they just wouldn’t need a warhead.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:23:55am

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

Why does the modern political right relegate everything environmental to the left? Wasn’t conservation and protecting the planet at one time part of the conservative domain? In talking about China, Douthat says that “there is a left that thinks the existential stakes of climate change require deep cooperation with Beijing.” What could be more conservative than conserving our planet?

Because liberals fall into the fallacy of equivocation when discussing the term “conservatism.”

Political conservatism is about maintaining hierarchies and gaining and maintaining power. That’s all it’s ever been. Edmund Burke and others were very clear on this.

When it is simply described as “conservatism,” it is easily described as “conservation,” which it is most definitely not.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:31:03am

re: #40 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

While Trump fantasized about weapons in space, in reality the US is a signatory to treaties regarding “outer space”, including weapons:

unoosa.org

en.wikipedia.org

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:33:04am
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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:36:50am

re: #37 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Don’t even mention how Nixon founded the EPA.

The Conservative image of liberal environmental whackos is that they want us to live in lean-tos and wipe our butts with leaves. When in fact, they are the ones promoting the most modern technologies over outdated 19/20th-century fossil fuels, in which conservatives are heavily invested.

How Nixon founded the beginnings of the EPA was through executive fiat, in other words, by decree. That fits exactly into political conservatism.

By 1970, no one could deny the environment was in serious danger through unrestrained capitalism. At the time, Time magazine, in describing the danger, had to define the word “ecology” because the overwhelming majority of the American public did not know what it meant.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:41:52am

re: #47 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

We were taught about ecology and even read Silent Spring in High School science class.

Of course, the counter-argument back then was: Do you want progress and prosperity or do you want pristine streams and undisturbed meadows?

What they did not point out was the economic cost of pollution in terms of health and general quality of life. Modern environmentalism is simply about fixing the market so that those people who cause pollution are also responsible for cleaning it up afterwards and are not allowed to “socialize” the downstream costs.

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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:42:05am

re: #47 Anymouse 🌹🏡😷

Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1970 (Wikipedia, Nixon’s order to Congress establishing the EPA and NOAA)

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:49:50am

re: #48 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Of course, the counter-argument back then was: Do you want progress and prosperity or do you want pristine streams and undisturbed meadows?

That’s still the argument. However, now they’re trying to apply it to these modern green technologies, arguing that the old and busted fossil fuel stuff is better because “we’ve been living with it this long, and climate change is all a hoax anyway, so why upgrade and cause our society to lose some of its comfort?”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:53:01am

re: #50 Dopamine Fish

There are also still plenty of people who measure wealth and prosperity in terms of how many resources we consume and not in terms of the how efficiently we use them or the quality of life we actually gain.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 3:55:44am

True

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Ming5000  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:06:17am

Ragnarok Lobter (eclecticbrotha) is the one person who I know has blocked me on Twit. Don’t know why. I am pretty sure I never even replied to him.
It bothers me a little. realMing5000

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William Lewis  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:14:39am

re: #21 Dread Pirate Ron

Fractional Orbit Bombardment Systems. Theory has been around since the 40s and we’ve had the technical ability since the 60s. Just more pearl clutching by the defense industry.

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William Lewis  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:21:05am

Anyway. Up for air briefly. I have a job interview this morning. Hope you all have a great day today.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:21:54am

re: #43 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

They can’t just “drop” a rod like that. That’s not how orbital mechanics works. The tungsten rods would still have to be a missile, with a delta-v budget able to bring it into the atmosphere almost straight down (which requires a rather powerful rocket), they just wouldn’t need a warhead.

That’s not strictly true. They would still have to have enough delta-v to re-enter the atmosphere, but just like with a spacecraft, a properly shaped re-entry system could use atmospheric drag to reduce its orbital velocity enough to bring it down on a target. It would not be like in the movies, where it literally drops straight down on the target, but more like a guided cruise missile that comes from above instead of below.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:22:04am

re: #55 William Lewis

Anyway. Up for air briefly. I have a job interview this morning. Hope you all have a great day today.

Good luck!

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:45:28am

re: #53 Ming5000

Wow! Perhaps it was a chain block where multiple people are blocked in one thread.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:50:37am

re: #56 Dopamine Fish

That’s not strictly true. They would still have to have enough delta-v to re-enter the atmosphere, but just like with a spacecraft, a properly shaped re-entry system could use atmospheric drag to reduce its orbital velocity enough to bring it down on a target. It would not be like in the movies, where it literally drops straight down on the target, but more like a guided cruise missile that comes from above instead of below.

When leaving the satellite it would either require a rocket, or to be fired out of cannon. It has to be decelerated or rather accelerated in the opposite direction of the orbit. Just letting go without anything to “push” it, it will float along with the satellite. If there’s enough atmospheric drag to bring the rod down at that point, the satellite would go with it too.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:53:13am

re: #59 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

When leaving the satellite it would either require a rocket, or to be fired out of cannon. It has to be decelerated or rather accelerated in the opposite direction of the orbit. Just letting go without anything to “push” it, it will float along with the satellite. If there’s enough atmospheric drag to bring the rod down at that point, the satellite would go with it too.

Hence what I said. They would have to have some kind of propulsion to slow them down from the satellite enough to get them into the atmosphere. From that point, drag, gravity, and a guidance package can do the rest.

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Nojay UK  Oct 18, 2021 • 4:57:18am

re: #56 Dopamine Fish

Anything in orbit that has to get to ground has to burn fuel to enter the atmosphere. At that point it then spends most of its energy heating the air at high altitude as it slows down and dissipates a lot of the expensive kinetic energy used to put it into orbit. Targetting a specific point on the Earth’s surface from a given orbit might also require a large cross-range vector further eating into the energy budget.

The Rods From God weapon system doesn’t work out as good value energetically speaking compared to nuclear and non-nuclear weapons fired from the ground on ballistic or cruise missiles. These missile systems have the advantage they’re not exposed to the harsh radiation and thermal environment in orbit, they can be tested and repaired easily in-situ, they’re easily verifiable for nuclear weapons treaty obligations etc.

As for the supposed “Chinese hypersonic missile test” I’m dubious. Any space-going launch that reaches any kind of orbit is travelling in the hypersonic region, reaching 10km/s plus (Mach 30). A hypersonic projectile is something that can travel at Mach 10 in thick air close to the ground and there’s no evidence this Chinese test launch did anything like that.

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Ming5000  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:00:31am

re: #58 Patricia Kayden

Wow! Perhaps it was a chain block where multiple people are blocked in one thread.

That’s what I figured. Plus, my profile pic fits the MAGA meme.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:03:01am

a chain block sounds like a cross between a block chain and a cluster fuck…

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:11:28am

re: #18 Dread Pirate Ron

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Maybe someone in Congress should suggest that Manchin’s exemptions should only apply to West Virginia.

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:15:57am

Colin Powell died from Covid-19: cnn.com

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:16:04am
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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:19:48am

re: #65 Belafon

He was fully vaccinated.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:22:01am

re: #14 Eric The Fruit Bat

Happy 62nd B’Day!!

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:22:19am

re: #65 Belafon

Oh no!!

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:23:07am
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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:25:26am

re: #70 Belafon

Infect others with what? The vaccine? That sounds like a damn good thing, if you ask me. (It’s also what my crazypants sister-in-law believes, but you do you, dumbasses.)

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DodgerFan1988  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:26:58am

re: #67 Belafon

He was fully vaccinated.

The Right already exploiting this as evidence the vaccine doesn’t work.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:44:01am
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jeffreyw  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:46:03am

cloudless sulphur on a canna

Good morning!

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 18, 2021 • 5:59:03am

re: #72 DodgerFan1988

The Right already exploiting this as evidence the vaccine doesn’t work.

Yeah, It’s tough for them to understand that 93% isn’t equal to 100%.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:04:33am

re: #75 Eventual Carrion

Yeah, It’s tough for them to understand that 93% isn’t equal to 100%.

It’s only seven percent effective!

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Ming5000  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:06:13am

re: #72 DodgerFan1988

The Right already exploiting this as evidence the vaccine doesn’t work.

My mind remains boggled. More proof to the right that vax is bad, and they will continue to gamble on not getting The Covid by luck. If they get The Covid they call on the Prayer Warriors to save them. If the Warriors fail to sway God’s will, the victim will “get their wings”, so no biggie.

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No Malarkey!  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:06:53am

re: #72 DodgerFan1988

The Right already exploiting this as evidence the vaccine doesn’t work.

He was 84 freaking years old. The reason we need everyone vaccinated is that the immune systems of some people, especially the elderly, are weaker than average, so the best way to protect them is to vaccinate everyone around them.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:08:41am

re: #78 No Malarkey!

He was 84 freaking years old.

so it was a co-morbidity!

but he was vaccinated, so we have to stress that it was Covid!!!

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:35:49am
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Dangerman  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:39:09am

re: #80 Belafon

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..impaired judgment
He obviously doesnt know coffee

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:39:23am
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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:40:43am

re: #82 Belafon

VACCINES DON’T WORK! LOOK AT COLIN POWELL!
“He had blood cancer.”
… … VACCINES DON’T WORK! LOOK AT COLIN POWELL! IGNORE THE FAKE NEWS!

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Shropshire Slasher  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:41:41am

re: #40 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I think the next step will be to have the missiles in permanent orbit ready to fall upon their targets at any time

and THAT is some seriously weaponized space.

I’ve seen that movie!
/

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Dangerman  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:42:26am

The man who would be president is a Constitutional idiot and a certifiable loony bird

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JOE 🥓  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:43:10am

Yesterday relative posts a picture wearing a T shirt saying F Joe Biden and the…”N-Word”. This relative is now a Pulpit Pimp in a right wing church. Boasts about wearing it on Facebook.

So I exercised a bit of “cancel culture” for the Pimp who now insists that Crackhead Mike will put Trump back in the White House by Thanksgiving.

I’m getting to the point that I’m ready to kill my Facebook account.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:43:17am

re: #85 Dangerman

The man who would be president is a Constitutional idiot and a certifiable loony bird

What exactly are these “damning findings” that Trump’s Twitter mouthpiece is talking about?

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:45:55am

Apologies if this travesty has already been posted — another fine McNaughton painting.

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT ORIGINAL - $4k; you’re supposed to note the dates.

This argle-bargle is just full contradictions and stupidity.

My new painting - “Solitary Confinement”
Over 600 American citizens have been detained since January 6, 2021 for the storming of the US Capitol. Many have been placed in solitary confinement.

What has become of our country when they choose to fight against its own people? When riots ensue that burn down entire blocks and are excused, yet Americans waving flags march in protest to the US capitol are thrown in jail in such a manner? What about Ashli Babbitt? Many Americans today feel that they have been denied their Constitutional rights and freedoms and are isolated and forgotten, in essence, placed in a solitary confinement. The important part of this painting is the dates scratched into the wall of the prison cell. I pray for America and what she has become.

$4000 — but no frame
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:46:19am

re: #85 Dangerman

“President Donald J. Trump releases new statement on damning findings in Pima County, Arizona”

“What about Pima County?” will be trending soon, and that is all this is about.

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Citizen K  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:52:02am

CNN racing for the thin skin crown against the Times.

Zero self-awareness from any of them, not a fucking one.

EDIT:

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:52:42am

re: #86 JOE 🥓

Yesterday relative posts a picture wearing a T shirt saying F Joe Biden and the…”N-Word”. This relative is now a Pulpit Pimp in a right wing church. Boasts about wearing it on Facebook.

So I exercised a bit of “cancel culture” for the Pimp who now insists that Crackhead Mike will put Trump back in the White House by Thanksgiving.

I’m getting to the point that I’m ready to kill my Facebook account.

Seems like a great time to report your relative on Facebook.

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Dangerman  Oct 18, 2021 • 6:52:52am

re: #85 Dangerman

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The man who would be president is a Constitutional idiot and a certifiable loony bird

They got art of him making the call

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:01:00am
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JOE 🥓  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:02:17am

re: #91 Belafon

Seems like a great time to report your relative on Facebook.

I’ve done that. But Marky Mark won’t lift a finger.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:02:39am

Tots and pears

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JOE 🥓  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:07:15am

re: #95 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

Tots and pears

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Time for a long distance dedication to the assholes who run SincLIAR!

FATS DOMINO - AIN’T THAT A SHAME 1955

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:11:35am

re: #74 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

Ganesh

My first visit to the Asian Art Museum since before the pandemic.

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:23:47am

re: #86 JOE 🥓

Yesterday relative posts a picture wearing a T shirt saying F Joe Biden and the…”N-Word”. This relative is now a Pulpit Pimp in a right wing church. Boasts about wearing it on Facebook.

So I exercised a bit of “cancel culture” for the Pimp who now insists that Crackhead Mike will put Trump back in the White House by Thanksgiving.

I’m getting to the point that I’m ready to kill my Facebook account.

I’ve gotten to the point that when a weirdo posts bad stuff I have a cadre of smart friends who swoop in and demolish them. That, plus blocking, keeps my feed sane.

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The Pie Overlord!  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:25:02am

It’s called “Projection” Ms. Dumbert.

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darthstar  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:25:47am

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:27:14am

re: #99 The Pie Overlord!

Isn’t it funny how Hunter Biden does everything the Trump children were falsely accused of, attacked over, and condemned for?

You mean like lying on security clearance forms to obtain a White House advisor’s position? You mean like being considered as a candidate for World Bank President? Like being sent as an envoy to the Middle East to work out a peace deal?

Yes…EVERYTHING

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Citizen K  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:30:12am

re: #99 The Pie Overlord!

It’s called “Projection” Ms. Dumbert.

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Ideologues like her project so hard, that they even have to accuse others of projection to cover up their own.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:30:34am

re: #86 JOE 🥓

I have my faceplant page pretty much locked down and use it mainly for foodie posts (some of which end up here) and updates in my personal life (some that have been posted here, but not there, yet). I’ve made it pretty well known that I don’t want politics on my TL and if you even try to go antivax/mask I’ll boot your ass and block you if you try it. So far most of my family and friends have accepted that. Those that didn’t, well they’re not there anymore.

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Teukka  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:32:56am

Now playing in this lizards lair (20 track playlist):

Logos Kill

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:34:25am

re: #99 The Pie Overlord!

It’s called “Projection” Ms. Dumbert.

Isn’t it funny how Hunter isn’t involved with his father’s presidency unlike the Trump brats but I can see why an ignorant nutjob like Bobo doesn’t get that.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:36:13am

re: #102 Citizen K

Ideologues like her project so hard, that they even have to accuse others of projection to cover up their own.

No kidding. Hunter and his sister Ashley aren’t involved in their Dad’s administration. Ivanka, Jr, & Reek were all intimately involved. I’ve only heard Hunter speak once and it was to introduce their Dad but he’s supposed to live as a pauper for some reason.

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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:36:18am

Scoop: Manchin’s red lines

The big picture: Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) held a call with House centrist lawmakers last Wednesday in which the senators detailed some of their specific concerns about Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending plan.

They also discussed the White House’s decision to link the package to approval of the separate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — a demand of House progressives.

Sinema told lawmakers she will not vote for the social spending plan until the House passes the infrastructure bill, according to Reuters.

Neither Manchin nor Sinema endorsed Biden’s compromise price for the social spending plan in the $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion range.

Manchin also continues to privately tell colleagues the president’s Clean Electricity Performance Program, a cornerstone of Democrats’ plan to achieve zero-carbon electricity, is a non-starter.

axios.com

From Greg Dworkin over at DK:

For years, I’ve heard “so we elect Democrats and we get this?”, whatever this year’s “this” is. But the truth is you need more than the number we have now to get what we think is better. Play the long game.

And from washingtonpost.com:

Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
Manchin himself helped craft it, so he wouldn’t want it to die in a filibuster — would he?
But it’s important to acknowledge another reality that goes beyond Manchin, Sinema and the Democratic Party as a whole: Severe structural problems in our politics and institutions are making it far harder to solve problems — and to have productive debates over how to do so.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:37:30am

re: #85 Dangerman

Please report Liz’s Twitter account. She’s helping Trump circumvent the Twitter ban.

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JOE 🥓  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:42:12am

re: #108 Patricia Kayden

Please report Liz’s Twitter account. She’s helping Trump circumvent the Twitter ban.

I’d love to but @jerk stripped that ability away from me because I reported too many of his conservative pals.

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A Mom Anon  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:43:12am

re: #78 No Malarkey!

He also had a form of blood cancer so there’s that too.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:43:15am

re: #91 Belafon

Yep. And release the photo. He should be doxxed.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:43:45am

re: #109 JOE 🥓

I reported her as did others according to the comments thread.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:45:07am
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Ming5000  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:46:18am

re: #108 Patricia Kayden

Please report Liz’s Twitter account. She’s helping Trump circumvent the Twitter ban.

Good reminder. I just did. Twitter has a “misleading information” for politics as well as for health information.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:48:22am

Looks like Columbia, South America is dealing with a major invasive species outbreak: Hippopotomus!

In the 1980s, [Columbian Drug Lord Pablo] Escobar smuggled several [hippos] into his Colombian estate, Hacienda Nápoles, along with many other exotic species, to create a private zoo. After seizing the property, authorities sold off the animals but left the four hippos.

“It was logistically difficult to move them around, so the authorities just left them there, probably thinking the animals would die,” Nataly Castelblanco-Martínez, a Colombian ecologist working at the University of Quintana Roo in Mexico, told the BBC earlier this year.

Instead, the hippos flourished. In the 27 years since Escobar’s death, the group of four has swelled to between 80 and 120. Researchers recently estimated their numbers will skyrocket to more than 1,400 by 2039 if left alone.

Colombia has proved to be a “hippo paradise.” In the hippos’ native Africa, seasonal droughts keep their population tamped down by making them vulnerable to disease and predators. Without that natural check, their numbers exploded in Colombia, where water is plentiful year round, food is abundant and there are no predators big enough to threaten them.

(And some local businesses see a tourist trade in them)

Drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled hippos into Colombia. Officials are now sterilizing the invasive species.
washingtonpost.com

ETA: Mis-spelled ‘South America’ [sheesh!]

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Dr Lizardo  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:50:43am

re: #113 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

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Move over, Liz. Looks like Shlomi there is the new rightful King of England - and he’s got Excalibur to back him up, too.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:52:46am

re: #116 Dr Lizardo

Move over, Liz. Looks like Shlomi there is the new rightful King of England - and he’s got Excalibur to back him up, too.

I’m still waiting for Harold Godwinson’s descendants to make a claim.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:56:27am

LASD seem like such lovely folks //////

County seeks psychiatric exam for Vanessa Bryant in suit over leaked photos of Kobe Bryant crash

Los Angeles County is trying to force Vanessa Bryant to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for her lawsuit against first responders who leaked photos of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed her husband, former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

She is suing the county of Los Angeles, saying her family’s privacy was violated after county sheriff’s deputies shared photos from the crash site where her husband, their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others died in January 2020.

…snip…

Bryant’s legal team criticized the motion, accusing the county of resorting to “scorched earth discovery tactics” meant to “bully” the plaintiffs. Bryant’s lawyers said the county’s request would be an “eight-hour involuntary psychiatric examination” forced not just on the adult plaintiffs, but also the juvenile plaintiffs — identified in court filings only by their initials — who range in age from 5 years old to teenagers. Bryant has three surviving daughters.

washingtonpost.com

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:56:32am

re: #115 ckkatz

Based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen, the locals think they’re cute and don’t want them to be killed. That will change if they start hurting humans, I suspect.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 7:56:53am

re: #117 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I’m still waiting for Harold Godwinson’s descendants to make a claim.

Dennis: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Arthur: Be quiet!

Dennis: You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ‘cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

Arthur: Shut up!

Dennis: I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:00:17am

re: #119 Patricia Kayden

Based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen, the locals think they’re cute and don’t want them to be killed. That will change if they start hurting humans, I suspect.

That is also my understanding.

Plus of course, the businesses trying to profit over them.

And as you imply, hippos have a reputation for having a really bad attitude and an air (well deserved) of impunity.

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Dr Lizardo  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:02:37am

re: #121 ckkatz

That is also my understanding.

Plus of course, the businesses trying to profit over them.

And as you imply, hippos have a reputation for having a really bad attitude and an air (well deserved) of impunity.

Africa’s Deadliest Poop Sprinkler

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:11:30am

re: #122 Dr Lizardo

Heh! I did not realize that poop sprinkler was thing.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:13:22am

re: #119 Patricia Kayden

Based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen, the locals think they’re cute and don’t want them to be killed. That will change if they start hurting humans, I suspect.

At least the locals who posted the videos do…. The farmers whose crops they’ve eaten aren’t so happy.

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The Pie Overlord!  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:18:42am

Ted Cruz gets PWN3D, again.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:20:19am

re: #125 The Pie Overlord!

Ted Cruz gets PWN3D, again.

Here’s the original tweet:

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:22:08am

And one more from the morning read:

As Japan’s yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime

…snip…

Yakuza membership is plummeting — the result of a decade of intensifying crackdowns targeting organized crime and the yakuza’s reach into illegal activities including drug trafficking, money laundering and gambling.

…snip…

About a decade ago, yakuza groups had become so brazen and financially powerful that authorities across Japan enacted ordinances prohibiting any business or person from being associated with a yakuza member or activity.

…snip…

But Hirosue, who works as a probation officer at the Justice Ministry, said the changes have led to a rise in other criminal networks outside the yakuza. These groups have now moved into new schemes, including elderly fraud, cybercrime and ways to profit off legal drugs such as sleeping pills and morphine, he said.

washingtonpost.com

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Dr Lizardo  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:22:38am

re: #123 ckkatz

Heh! I did not realize that poop sprinkler was thing.

Yes. Yes it is.

Hippo Butt Explosion - Real video (not edited) - Best poo Video ever

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:23:26am

re: #119 Patricia Kayden

Based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen, the locals think they’re cute and don’t want them to be killed. That will change if they start hurting humans, I suspect.

I have a pond here on the property. Maybe I could bring in a clan of these hippos to help control the feral hog population. What could go wrong?

Hmmm…… How about a dryland Hippo mutation, possibly engineered by nefarious science geeks in the employ of Soros?
Can you imagine North Texas swarming with thousands of ill-tempered rogue hippos? No doubt our well regulated militia would deploy for hippo shooting parties. Given their record against feral hogs, though, I don’t think the super-hippos would have much to worry about.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:27:47am

re: #125 The Pie Overlord!

It just astounds me that Rafael Edward Cruz seems to face absolutely no consequences from wasting his, and our time, on this absolute nonsense.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:30:56am
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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:34:51am

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

I have a pond here on the property. Maybe I could bring in a clan of these hippos to help control the feral hog population. What could go wrong?

Hmmm…… How about a dryland Hippo mutation, possibly engineered by nefarious science geeks in the employ of Soros?
Can you imagine North Texas swarming with thousands of ill-tempered rogue hippos? No doubt our well regulated militia would deploy for hippo shooting parties. Given their record against feral hogs, though, I don’t think the super-hippos would have much to worry about.

Texas does seem to have a reputation for exotic wildlife. From abandoned Spanish cattle in the 1700s that became the famous Longhorn herds. To the camels abandoned at Camp Verde by the US Army in the 1860s. To the herds of feral bacon now wandering the landscape. So what’s few hippos?

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:36:04am

Hippos are cute until they get pissed, they’re viscous belligerent animals, and stomple you, or decide to eat your entire crop (of whatever) one night.

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Rightwingconspirator  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:37:32am

What’s the difference between a Hippo and a Zippo? One is a big animal and the other a little lighter.

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:38:00am

re: #134 Rightwingconspirator

What’s the difference between a Hippo and a Zippo? One is a big animal and the other a little lighter.

*WHACK!*

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:38:08am
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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:43:54am

re: #133 Colère Tueur de Lapin

they’re viscous

That sounds thickening! ;)

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:46:05am

re: #137 ckkatz

That sounds thickening! ;)

You people are too much on a Monday morning.

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:50:29am

re: #72 DodgerFan1988

The Right already exploiting this as evidence the vaccine doesn’t work.

I have a friend who has had multiple battles with cancer. Several months ago, after she was fully vaccinated, the doctor ran antibody tests on her and discovered that she was not protected. She received a third shot and that did the trick. I know there are lizards who are immunocompromised who received a third shot as a matter of course and wonder if that was true for Powell or if he had received only 2 shots. He probably was among the first to be be vaccinated.

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:54:43am

re: #85 Dangerman

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The man who would be president is a Constitutional idiot and a certifiable loony bird

Trump is not an idiot. He learned his lessons from studying Hitler’s book “My New Order” and he knows that his followers will believe anything he says. He is using his lies to destroy our democracy and tens of millions of Americans are fine with that.

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JOE 🥓  Oct 18, 2021 • 8:57:25am

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

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Just a reminder that Adam Sandler’s production company has two movies stuck in turnaround—one based on Tonka Trucks and another based on…Candy Land!

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Dr Lizardo  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:00:23am

So, in Czech news, President Miloš Zeman has been found to be unable to perform the duties of his office by doctors at the Central Military Hospital. His long-term prognosis is considered “grave”.

The Czech Senate will therefore execute Order 66….I mean, invoke Article 66, which relieves the President of his powers and reassigns them to other elected officials.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:01:06am

re: #140 Hecuba’s daughter

Trump is not an idiot. He learned his lessons from studying Hitler’s book “My New Order” and he knows that his followers will believe anything he says. He is using his lies to destroy our democracy and tens of millions of Americans are fine with that.

Yes, a lot of what tfg and his co-conspirators are doing seems to follow (or, as the old saying goes, rhyme) with what Hitler did in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Rightwingconspirator  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:02:24am

re: #138 Dopamine Fish

You people are too much on a Monday morning.

Gayla Peevey - I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Hippo the Hero) (Audio)

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:03:17am

By the way, if you are curious about what happened to the Texas camels, the Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article on them. Including some of the folk legends as well as documented history:

In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his eyes. Another swore it devoured a grizzly bear.

“The eyewitnesses said it was a devilish looking creature strapped on the back of some strange-looking beast,” Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian, tells me.

Months after the first attacks, a group of miners spotted the Ghost along the Verde River. As Trimble explained in Arizoniana, his book about folk tales of the Old West, they took aim at the creature. When it fled their gunfire, something shook loose and landed on the ground. The miners approached the spot where it fell. They saw a human skull lying in the dirt, bits of skin and hair still stuck to bone.

Several years later, a rancher near Eagle Creek spotted a feral, red-haired camel grazing in his tomato patch. The man grabbed his rifle, then shot and killed the animal. The Ghost’s reign of terror was over.

smithsonianmag.com

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darthstar  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:04:26am

First colors of fall…

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Barefoot Grin  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:05:42am

re: #145 ckkatz

By the way, if you are curious about what happened to the Texas camels, the Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article on them. Including some of the folk legends as well as documented history:

smithsonianmag.com

One of its descendants had a job tempting teenagers to smoke. Joe, they called him….

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:08:11am

re: #147 Barefoot Grin

Ouch! Between that and the lighter joke, it’s a tough crowd here! :)

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:18:46am

I hang out on FB mostly to see what’s going on with family and friends, especially to view pictures they post, and to try the chess endgame puzzles that a libertarian friend occasionally posts. This friend used to post some politically-charged comments(nothing over the top) but now it’s all chess, food, drink, and activities, no commentary on other topics.

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mmmirele  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:18:58am

People are tired of putting up with managerial bullshit and will walk. Probably more like younger people, not us Olds creeping up on retirement, but still…

I stopped over by my mother’s yesterday because she’s been pestering my brother to pester me to come by and watch this video of my nephew’s marriage in Mexico. So I saw it on Saturday, while Mom was sleeping on the couch, but my brother and I agreed yesterday that I had seen the video yesterday. Because she was asleep on the couch then too.

I really don’t want to watch the video again, but will if I have to. Also, I am THAT cynical person and remarked to my brother that in between this video and the video shot at the very nice reception my sister threw her son, it’s going to be super-clear to the immigration authorities that this was a real marriage, not a sham.

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A Cranky One  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:21:01am

re: #145 ckkatz

The camels are still around, but we don’t notice them because they’ve perfected their camel-flage.

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gocart mozart  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:21:35am
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A Three Hour Tour  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:22:11am

re: #31 Hecuba’s daughter

I don’t think most people will delete FB; they will just get increasingly bored with it and switch to other forms of communication and entertainment. Younger Americans are already not engaging with this medium; it belongs to their parents and grandparents. It was exciting at its inception, but like happens with most new technology, it’s become stale.

Back in late August, I involuntarily joined the ranks those people NPR wrote about in early August who had had their Facebook accounts hacked and their password changed on them and couldn’t get the Facebook algorithm to accept their forms of identification Facebook requires to establish their identities in order to get their accounts back, and cannot get any form of response from a biological entity at Facebook to resolve the situation.

I was able to report it as hacked within moments I received notification that my password had changed and successfully locked down the account, since my account disappeared from my family members’ friends list and from Facebook search results soon after I reported the hack.

So, I’ve been Facebookless for coming up on two months. It has made it slightly more difficult to coordinate logistics with my daughter and I am out of touch with the few high school and college friends who didn’t grow up to be Trumpers. (I carefully curated my F-list and limited myself to connecting with only 50 people. And I cut all the tea partiers and eventual Trump voters out of my life on FB and in meatspace waaaaaay back in 2010, so there.)

I’m still on tumblr, but have serious curtailed my activity there, not posting for months at a stretch.

I’m not on Instagram, and never have been, and I will never, ever get myself a Twitter account.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:23:34am

re: #151 A Cranky One

The camels are still around, but we don’t notice them because they’ve perfected their camel-flage.

:)

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:33:59am

re: #150 mmmirele

Best Wishes to the newly wedded couple!

And, completely separately: Wow! It is so easy to forget about all the straw bosses who are complete jerks.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:35:37am

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:36:46am

re: #152 gocart mozart

That videographer was quite wise to stop and video from a very good distance away from the intersection.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:38:40am

re: #151 A Cranky One

The camels are still around, but we don’t notice them because they’ve perfected their camel-flage.

You reminded me of the old joke about the guy who canceled the first meeting of the camouflage club when it appeared that nobody had shown up.

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mmmirele  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:39:42am

Trump’s New Lost Cause:

The pledge at a rally for the Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Virginia on Wednesday night was different. At the beginning of the event, which Steve Bannon hosted and Donald Trump phoned into, an emcee called an attendee up onstage and announced, “She’s carrying an American flag that was carried at the peaceful rally with Donald J. Trump on January 6.” Attendees then said the pledge while facing the flag. (Youngkin didn’t attend, and later tepidly criticized the moment.)

This is a bizarre subversion. The pledge affirms allegiance to the republic, indivisible and offering justice to all. This flag was carried at a rally that became an attack on the Constitution itself: an attempt to overthrow the government, divide the country, and effect extrajudicial punishment. Elevating this banner to a revered relic captures the troubling transformation of the events of January 6 into a myth—a New Lost Cause. This mythology has many of the trappings of its neo-Confederate predecessor, which Trump also employed for political gain: a martyr cult, claims of anti-liberty political persecution, and veneration of artifacts.

Most of all, the New Lost Cause, like the old one, seeks to convert a shameful catastrophe into a celebration of the valor and honor of the culprits and portray those who attacked the country as the true patriots. But lost causes have a pernicious tendency to be less lost than we might hope. Just as neo-Confederate revisionism shaped racial violence and oppression after the war, Trump’s New Lost Cause poses a continuing peril to the hope of “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

theatlantic.com

Not that this country is united, not that this country doesn’t have huge fractures in it, but this shit does not help in the least.

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No Malarkey!  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:45:12am

re: #93 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

John Roberts surprisingly deleted his false tweet.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of USPS, Goodyear, and Oreo  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:46:43am

re: #147 Barefoot Grin

One of its descendants had a job tempting teenagers to smoke. Joe, they called him….

Later known as Joe Chemo (RIP).

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:47:26am

re: #159 mmmirele

When did Conservatives ever care about uniting this country? All they care about is raw political power and the ability to control people of color, gays and women. If Trump gets back in power, there’s going to be hell to pay by anyone who opposes his agenda. It’s sad that because of the filibuster, Democrats are setting us up for a possible GOP takeover in 2024.

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:51:15am

re: #150 mmmirele

People are tired of putting up with managerial bullshit and will walk. Probably more like younger people, not us Olds creeping up on retirement, but still…

[Embedded content]

I stopped over by my mother’s yesterday because she’s been pestering my brother to pester me to come by and watch this video of my nephew’s marriage in Mexico. So I saw it on Saturday, while Mom was sleeping on the couch, but my brother and I agreed yesterday that I had seen the video yesterday. Because she was asleep on the couch then too.

I really don’t want to watch the video again, but will if I have to. Also, I am THAT cynical person and remarked to my brother that in between this video and the video shot at the very nice reception my sister threw her son, it’s going to be super-clear to the immigration authorities that this was a real marriage, not a sham.

Half Baked: Scarface quits his job

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:52:01am

re: #160 No Malarkey!

John Roberts surprisingly deleted his false tweet.

I saw your comment — and thought SCOTUS! Different John Roberts — and not only did he delete his tweet, he apologized.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:54:04am
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Dr Lizardo  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:56:30am

re: #159 mmmirele

This flag was carried at a rally that became an attack on the Constitution itself: an attempt to overthrow the government, divide the country, and effect extrajudicial punishment. Elevating this banner to a revered relic captures the troubling transformation of the events of January 6 into a myth—a New Lost Cause.

It’s the MAGA Blutfahne: en.wikipedia.org

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sagehen  Oct 18, 2021 • 9:57:07am

re: #162 Patricia Kayden

When did Conservatives ever care about uniting this country? All they care about is raw political power and the ability to control people of color, gays and women. If Trump gets back in power, there’s going to be hell to pay by anyone who opposes his agenda. It’s sad that because of the filibuster, Democrats are setting us up for a possible GOP takeover in 2024.

At which moment McConnell will eliminate the filibuster, and all the R’s will say “what? the Dems said that was okay. Sauce for the goose.”

And maybe just for shits and giggles they’ll expand the Supreme Court to make more appointments, and it’ll be a 10-3 Conservative majority.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:01:02am
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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:02:39am

A good article of FaceBorg. It starts out with a woman who joined FaceBorg, but never did anything with her account, no friending, no posts, etc. It turned out that FaceBorg still knew a lot about her, from what underwear she wore to where she received her paycheck.

There’s no escape from Facebook, even if you don’t use it

…snip…
How does Facebook’s bigness hurt you and me? As Borovicka and I learned, Facebook takes a toll on your privacy — but perhaps not in the way you expect. It isn’t just the Facebook app that’s gobbling up your information. Facebook is so big, it has persuaded millions of other businesses, apps and websites to also snoop on its behalf. Even when you’re not actively using Facebook. Even when you’re not online. Even, perhaps, if you’ve never had a Facebook account.

Here’s how it works: Facebook provides its business partners tracking software they embed in apps, websites and loyalty programs. Any business or group that needs to do digital advertising has little choice but to feed your activities into Facebook’s vacuum: your grocer, politicians and, yes, even the paywall page for this newspaper’s website. Behind the scenes, Facebook takes in this data and tries to match it up to your account. It sits under your name in a part of your profile your friends can’t see, but Facebook uses to shape your experience online.

Among the 100 most popular smartphone apps, you can find Facebook software in 61 of them, app research firm Sensor Tower told me. Facebook also has trackers in about 25 percent of websites, according to privacy software maker Ghostery.
…snip…

washingtonpost.com

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:06:41am

re: #160 No Malarkey!

John Roberts surprisingly deleted his false tweet.

I don’t believe Roberts made any ‘false’ claims.
Was his premise stupid and lacked context? Sure, but nothing stated could be considered false.

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Patricia Kayden  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:07:12am

re: #160 No Malarkey!

Having grown up in the Toronto suburbs, I remember John as a cool, progressive host of Much Music (Canada’s answer to MTV). It’s depressing to see how far he’s gone down the Conservative rabbit hole. Sigh.

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:07:23am

re: #162 Patricia Kayden

When did Conservatives ever care about uniting this country? All they care about is raw political power and the ability to control people of color, gays and women. If Trump gets back in power, there’s going to be hell to pay by anyone who opposes his agenda. It’s sad that because of the filibuster, Democrats are setting us up for a possible GOP takeover in 2024.

Let’s not blame the Democrats — it’s a country that voted, in essence, for divided government. It’s 2 Senate Democrats who are doing this, not the party in general, who are responsible. And it’s due to a Constitution designed so that the minority can rule the majority, especially in a Senate where a state with 700,000 citizens has equal weight with a state that has almost 40 million residents, in a Congress where gerrymandering can guarantee that those who receive 40% of the votes can get 60% of the seats, with an EC which technically allows a candidate who gets 30% of the vote to win the race (yes — I know that’s unlikely but it’s theoretically possible even with no voter disenfranchisement).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:07:38am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:10:29am
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Belafon  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:14:17am

re: #165 Backwoods_Sleuth

There are 50 senators, Joe, that want to break everything. Are you including yourself in those?

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Hecuba's daughter  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:15:26am

re: #175 Belafon

There are 50 senators, Joe, that want to break everything. Are you including yourself in those?

Yes he is — he is including himself and Sinema with those who want to destroy this nation.

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ckkatz  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:15:32am

re: #174 Backwoods_Sleuth

It is so nice to see a traditional recognition and respect of someone else’s lifetime of achievements.

Rather than the demands by a soulless narcissist that all attention be on himself.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:21:42am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:25:03am

Sitting listening to my phone on speaker as I enter 2 hours waiting on hold with Fidelity Investments.
Joy, joy

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Dopamine Fish  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:27:45am

re: #179 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

Sitting listening to my phone on speaker as I enter 2 hours waiting on hold with Fidelity Investments.
Joy, joy

Well, that sounds like fun.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Oct 18, 2021 • 10:31:56am

re: #179 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n 😷 Trips

Sitting listening to my phone on speaker as I enter 2 hours waiting on hold with Fidelity Investments.
Joy, joy

re: #180 Dopamine Fish

Well, that sounds like fun.

Likely partly my own fault. I hung up and redialed after the first hour.
Damn web page is apologizing for long wait times as the call center is experiencing higher volume. Suggests I ‘login’ for account access. Unfortunately the action I’m calling about isn’t able to be taken via the web page

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darthstar  Oct 18, 2021 • 1:09:32pm

re: #150 mmmirele

People are tired of putting up with managerial bullshit and will walk. Probably more like younger people, not us Olds creeping up on retirement, but still…

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