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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 5:45:29pm

Why yes, I did just post a new thread right after the last one. Oops, was going to schedule it and I ferrrrgot. Probably my Catholic guilt about advertising.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Nov 26, 2021 • 5:45:58pm

Damn! That was fast. A 2 post thread has to be a record.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  Nov 26, 2021 • 5:52:16pm
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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 5:54:22pm
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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:00:11pm

Current mood: investigating crypto-currency, and realizing it’s the fucking wild west.

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Dopamine Fish  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:00:39pm

re: #5 Charles Johnson

Currently mood: investigating crypto-currency, and realizing it’s the fucking wild west.

Not quite. The Wild West at least had rules, and laws.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:08:20pm
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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:10:47pm

I deleted a harsher reply to David Frum, but those dinner companions are the people he encouraged and supported as they got crazier and crazier, despite warnings from people like yours truly.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:27:37pm

David Frum is another one of the guys who’s going to spend the rest of his life doing Lady MacBeth, wondering where all this perfidy and malice came from.

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Rightwingconspirator  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:34:17pm

Oh my. Our Sunbeam stand mixer gave it’s last turn yesterday in a valiant but fatal effort to make our family mashed potatoes. For three decades it served us all quite well from potatoes to whipped cream and breads. So today our kind BIL took the wife out and bought a shiny new Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer. Oh man, I think I’m ordering the pasta roller attachment right away!

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Dave In Austin  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:34:20pm

I have questions….

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:35:04pm

I’m going to get the headphones Charles suggested a couple of days ago, but I need a few books and will pull the trigger through the LGF connection tomorrow. G’night.

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A Mom Anon  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:36:47pm

re: #10 Rightwingconspirator

I have one. With the meat grinder attachment and one that sliced veggies. My son got me flame stickers to decorate it with, lol. I haven’t used it in awhile, but it’s one of those things I won’t part with.

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Dangerman  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:41:53pm

From down down stairs

re: #165 The Ghost of a Flea

In the running discussion on pro-lifers, consider how “crisis pregnancy centers” currently function and you’ll get a picture of what’s going to happen next.

If you’re pregnant out of wedlock and up against a wall because you don’t have a support structure or money, you’ll get help but the pressure will be to give away your kid through a religious agency that sell kids. After that’s done they have no use for you and the stigma of pre-marital sex and single motherhood means either you’re pushed out of society or you’re pulled in by another religious institution that provides halfway-house services.

Remember this started with an assumed pregnant 9 year old. And I assumed not by a family member.

No crisis pregnancy center

A minor that can’t possibly be considered “close enough” to adulthood to make decisions or consent to anything (imo)

Someone will have to.
Who, how, and what gives them the right and/or the responsibility?

They have not thought this through

It’s entirely insane

Anyway it was a fun but pointless exercise.
Until it actually happens.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:43:10pm
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Barefoot Grin  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:45:57pm

re: #15 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

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I don’t know. That chimichanga looks like a sand worm from Dune.

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Mattand  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:46:25pm

So, apologies for the Thanksgiving rant I posted last night. I’m trying not to do shit like that here, but it’s been a rough week.

The partner’s parents flip on Fox News or Fox Business between 11AM and 1PM and it literally stays on until 11PM, excepting a dinner break. Mom-in-law is going deaf, so she’s blaring it so loud, there literally is nowhere in the house you can’t hear it.

I’ve only watched Fox in bits and pieces before. I’ve never really been exposed to it for long stretches. This is fucking insane. Literally chyrons on the screen like “The Left wants you to not enjoy Thanksgiving.” Any Democratic policy is referred to as “socialist”. Constant railing about how the “left” hates America. Constant, constant talking, noise and graphics, followed by commercials even louder than the broadcast following the same formula.

It’s fucking straight up brainwashing propaganda.

And they just sit there, all fucking day long, in recliners watching this. 10 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s like the senior citizen version of A Clockwork Orange.

On top of that, my partner is stuck down here for at least two more weeks because Mom is going in for laparoscopic heart surgery and there’s no one else to take care of her folks (both 80+; we’re in NJ and they live in SC).

I have to head home because of both the dog and work, but the amount of guilt I’m feeling right now is suffocating. It’s doesn’t help that her mother is a fucking monster.

I realize other people here are dealing with shit way worse than this, and the losing family members to Fox News is nothing new, but goddamn; to really see it up close is brutal.

So, sorry again. I’m gonna check out for a bit.

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Dave In Austin  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:51:35pm

re: #16 Barefoot Grin

That made me LOL……!

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:53:32pm

If sandworms eat sand plankton, why do they have teeth?

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I Would Prefer Not To  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:53:48pm

re: #17 Mattand

So, apologies for the Thanksgiving rant I posted last night. I’m trying not to do shit like that here, but it’s been a rough week.

The partner’s parents flip on Fox News or Fox Business between 11AM and 1PM and it literally stays on until 11PM, excepting a dinner break. Mom-in-law is going deaf, so she’s blaring it so loud, there literally is nowhere in the house you can’t hear it.

I’ve only watched Fox in bits and pieces before. I’ve never really been exposed to it for long stretches. This is fucking insane. Literally chyrons on the screen like “The Left wants you to not enjoy Thanksgiving.” Any Democratic policy is referred to as “socialist”. Constant railing about how the “left” hates America. Constant, constant talking, noise and graphics, followed by commercials even louder than the broadcast following the same formula.

It’s fucking straight up brainwashing propaganda.

And they just sit there, all fucking day long, in recliners watching this. 10 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s like the senior citizen version of A Clockwork Orange.

On top of that, my partner is stuck down here for at least two more weeks because Mom is going in for laparoscopic heart surgery and there’s no one else to take care of her folks (both 80+; we’re in NJ and they live in SC).

I have to head home because of both the dog and work, but the amount of guilt I’m feeling right now is suffocating. It’s doesn’t help that her mother is a fucking monster.

I realize other people here are dealing with shit way worse than this, and the losing family members to Fox News is nothing new, but goddamn; to really see it up close is brutal.

So, sorry again. I’m gonna check out for a bit.

I would not have made it through the day. Not saying, I’m a good person, but I would have been yelling at the tv after five minutes.

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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:55:25pm

re: #15 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

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That chimichanga looks like dog vomit in a corn husk.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:56:50pm

re: #17 Mattand

So, apologies for the Thanksgiving rant I posted last night. I’m trying not to do shit like that here, but it’s been a rough week.

The partner’s parents literally flip on Fox News or Fox Business between 11AM and 1PM and it literally stays on until 11PM, excepting a dinner break. Mom-in-law is going deaf, so she’s blaring it so loud, there literally is nowhere in the house you can’t hear it.

I’ve only watched Fox in bits and pieces before. I’ve never really been exposed to it for long stretches. This is fucking insane. Literally chyrons on the screen like “The Left wants you to not enjoy Thanksgiving.” Any Democratic policy is referred to as “socialist”. Constant retailing about how the “left” hates America. Constant, constant talking, noise and graphics, followed by commercials even louder than the broadcast following the same formula.

It’s fucking straight up brainwashing propaganda.

And they just sit there, all fucking day long, in recliners watching this. 10 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s like the senior citizen version of A Clockwork Orange.

On top of that, my partner is stuck down here for at least two more weeks because Mom is going in for laparoscopic heart surgery and there’s no one else to take care of her folks (both 80+; we’re in NJ and they live in SC).

I have to head home because of both the dog and work, but the amount of guilt I’m feeling right now is suffocating. It’s doesn’t help that her mother is a fucking monster.

I realize other people here are dealing with shit way worse than this, and the losing family members to Fox News is nothing new, but goddamn; to really see it up close is brutal.

So, sorry again. I’m gonna check out for a bit.

I feel lucky that it didn’t happen to my parents, but it happened to many of their friends and I know these people and interacted with them. For many of them—“God-fearing Christians”—it started with the Clintons (ok, there were a couple who I remember talking about fluoride when I was a kid). But others succumbed to Rush and then went to Fox (and then double dipped each day). It was always impressive to me that my dad went the other way; after retirement he devoted a lot of his energy to advancing opportunities to guys released from prison (supporting one of his former laborers who got sober, quit construction, and started a prison ministry) and to rebuilding in the Black community (he was in construction as an engineer his professional life).

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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:57:49pm

re: #20 I Would Prefer Not To

I would not have made it through the day. Not saying, I’m a good person, but I would have been yelling at the tv after five minutes.

I would have been in the back yard, drinking their bourbon.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 26, 2021 • 6:57:52pm
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Dopamine Fish  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:00:14pm

re: #24 Backwoods_Sleuth

Florida’s “reporting” is hella sus. I wonder if history will ever be able to correct the record of what Ron DeathSantis accomplished in the swamps and fens of his state.

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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:01:22pm

re: #19 jaunte

If sandworms eat sand plankton, why do they have teeth?

Because they are very territorial and it’s necessary for the plot and just shut up!

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:02:20pm

re: #24 Backwoods_Sleuth

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But I think that’s how it works. When it’s relatively cool in Florida people go outside and spread out. But in summer they all go inside into the air conditioning. Whereas, up here in New Hampshire it doesn’t fucking matter because we have a built-in nut-case population who moved here deliberately to create a libertarian utopia and they refuse to get vaccinated and now we’re the break-out case among other northern states that are somewhat struggling because people are going in doors. Ours is a self-inflicted wound.

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:02:40pm

re: #26 austin_blue

Also, if spice is essential to space travel, how did humans manage to get to Arrakis in the first place?

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sagehen  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:05:08pm

re: #17 Mattand

Have you considered using the parental controls on their cable box to lock them out of Fox?

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:06:08pm

I never understood why the White Walkers didn’t just go underwater around the end of the Wall. It’s not like they had to breathe.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:07:08pm

re: #28 jaunte

Also, if spice is essential to space travel, how did humans manage to get to Arrakis in the first place?

They had bags of it hidden in the closet that they forgot about but then discovered when they were…. Ok, this is the story of remembering the ditch weed I had that didn’t get me high and so I hid it in the attic and then found it a few months later looking for something else and it had cured and was not bad.

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:07:39pm

re: #31 Barefoot Grin

The Ditch Must Flow!

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Mattand  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:07:53pm

re: #20 I Would Prefer Not To

I would not have made it through the day. Not saying, I’m a good person, but I would have been yelling at the tv after five minutes.

We pick our moments to push back, but her mom is a malignant narcissist that quite possibly cannot be measured by modern science. The slightest hint of criticism or pushback results in her lashing out at everyone until she gets a bullshit apology or gets her way; then it’s like nothing happened.

Their whole family dynamic is “Keep Mom happy at all costs, because she’s not going to change.” It makes my skin crawl. If my father had behaved like this, I had have stopped talking to him decades ago.

It’s like dealing with a goddamn four year old.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:08:06pm
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Charles Johnson  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:08:24pm
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Mattand  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:09:15pm

re: #29 sagehen

Have you considered using the parental controls on their cable box to lock them out of Fox?

Her house, her rules. She will literally fall asleep in front of the TV and if someone changes the channel, she will get mad, switch it back to Fox and promptly go back to sleep.

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Dopamine Fish  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:09:52pm

re: #35 Charles Johnson

That dude knew exactly what he was doing. Pretty pro move, if you ask me.

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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:11:08pm

re: #28 jaunte

Also, if spice is essential to space travel, how did humans manage to get to Arrakis in the first place?

Ah! There was interstellar commerce run by AI’s until the Butlerian Jihad (BJ), which basically got rid of machine intelligence. The spice had been discovered before the BJ, and the Bene Gesserit had helped gene mod the Navigator’s Guild so that trade was not interrupted. It also required Houses to acquire Mentats to serve as human computers.

Don’t ask me about why humans were so scared of machine intelligence, but I suspect it was a SkyNet scenario.

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Mattand  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:11:10pm

re: #22 Barefoot Grin

I feel lucky that it didn’t happen to my parents, but it happened to many of their friends and I know these people and interacted with them. For many of them—“God-fearing Christians”—it started with the Clintons (ok, there were a couple who I remember talking about fluoride when I was a kid). But others succumbed to Rush and then went to Fox (and then double dipped each day). It was always impressive to me that my dad went the other way; after retirement he devoted a lot of his energy to advancing opportunities to guys released from prison (supporting one of his former laborers who got sober, quit construction, and started a prison ministry) and to rebuilding in the Black community (he was in construction as an engineer his professional life).

Thanks for writing this. Your dad was a great dude.

My dad had a bigoted streak that would erupt every so often, but I’m grateful he never fell down the Fox/Rush rabbit hole. Not that he didn’t agree with this stuff, but he was too politically lazy to bother with it, LOL.

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:18:31pm

re: #38 austin_blue

Don’t ask me about why humans were so scared of machine intelligence, but I suspect it was a SkyNet scenario.

Alastair Reynolds has the answer to that in Revelation Space:
en.wikipedia.org

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:20:26pm

re: #38 austin_blue

Ah! There was interstellar commerce run by AI’s until the Butlerian Jihad (BJ), which basically got rid of machine intelligence. The spice had been discovered before the BJ, and the Bene Gesserit had helped gene mod the Navigator’s Guild so that trade was not interrupted. It also required Houses to acquire Mentats to serve as human computers.

Don’t ask me about why humans were so scared of machine intelligence, but I suspect it was a SkyNet scenario.

The Butlerian Jihad is the first thing I think of when I see articles like this:
Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars (2018)

The assailant slipped out of a park around noon one day in October, zeroing in on his target, which was idling at a nearby intersection — a self-driving van operated by Waymo, the driverless-car company spun out of Google.

He carried out his attack with an unidentified sharp object, swiftly slashing one of the tires. The suspect, identified as a white man in his 20s, then melted into the neighborhood on foot.

The slashing was one of nearly two dozen attacks on driverless vehicles over the past two years in Chandler, a city near Phoenix where Waymo started testing its vans in 2017.

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jaunte  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:22:08pm
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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:35:04pm

re: #42 jaunte

Awwww….too bad, so sad…I weep for what has happened to the most effective operative in the TFG’s former cabal. (ahem)

Damned by faint praise, dontcha know.

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retired cynic  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:39:48pm

re: #34 Charles Johnson

My ‘son’ did that for a while. He is strong and smart, and was good at it, but he tore his body to pieces for very little pay, and when he was seriously hurt, they messed up the workmen’s compensation claim (turned it in days late) and then went out of business, so he couldn’t get anything.

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austin_blue  Nov 26, 2021 • 7:56:04pm

And I’m out for the night.

Oh, and Timothee Chalamet is the worst possible Paul I can imagine, unless he is replaced by Hunky Timothee Chalemet who has done nothing during the two years while becoming a Fremen and learning their ways except eating sandworm cheeseburgers and bulking up before the second half of the movie.

Delicate little flowers do not take over the Local System and become the Padishah Emperor by single combat, certainly not against Feyd Rutha, when they look like a trade-unionist agitator being released from Dachau for his Christmas vacation in 1934.

Sleep well, be nice to each other.

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:20:14pm

Our 12 person (including 4 young children) Thanksgiving dinner had brisket, turkey, vegan “mac and cheese”, twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole, several vegan stuffings, asparagus, salad, fruit, and three pies: a vegan gluten-free pumpkin pie, a vegetarian gluten-free dairy-free lemon custard pie, and a vegan pecan pie. So everyone had at least two pies they could try for dessert. It was delicious.

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:25:27pm

From a FB friend:

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:37:15pm

re: #28 jaunte

Also, if spice is essential to space travel, how did humans manage to get to Arrakis in the first place?

That was before the Butlerian Jihad (aka triumph of the Luddites), when they had computers to handle the navigation, and didn’t need to rely on zonked-out human brains.

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sagehen  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:48:58pm

re: #47 Hecuba’s daughter

From a FB friend:

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I’m not nerd enough to translate. Any volunteers?

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HRH Stanley Sea  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:50:30pm

re: #17 Mattand

I feel much for you & can relate. Hell on earth to try to deal with a elder parent who’s a victim of the fucking brainwashing. They are so gone.

At my dad’s yesterday. All the kids (adults) minus one. My dad doesn’t have TV, but every time I go over he’s watching Tucker/Fox, OAN or some other mindfuck propaganda on his laptop.

So I did an edible before arriving. While at the table he started a rant. I read some diversion techniques on here, but my mind wasn’t sharp enough for those.

No. I tried a distraction technique of suggesting marry, kill, fuck.

I’m infamous in this family.

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sagehen  Nov 26, 2021 • 8:59:26pm

The Maccabeats’ Hanukkah song for this year is out

The Maccabeats - illuminating - Hanukkah

as is SixThirteen’s

Six13 - West Side Chanukah Story | Presented by MJE

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Belafon  Nov 26, 2021 • 9:03:14pm

re: #49 sagehen

I’m not nerd enough to translate. Any volunteers?

I overate

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plansbandc  Nov 26, 2021 • 9:12:02pm

re: #39 Mattand

My dad was a full Republican before Fox News and Rush. By the end of his life, he had either Rush or Fox News on whenever he was at his shop or at home. Constantly. He went full-on nut ball far right.

Had he lived past orange’s inauguration, I truly believe he would have become an anti-mask anti-vaxxer. Q adjacent at least if not full-blown Q.

It’s probably best he left this world when he did, though I truly do miss him always. Fuck Fox News for starting all of this.

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retired cynic  Nov 26, 2021 • 9:14:43pm

re: #53 plansbandc

Fox didn’t start it. In my lifetime, it goes back to the John Birchers, but I am sure there was a strain of this going back hundreds of years. Maybe for all history.

But Fox made it a bull horn, and the internet serves as speakers.

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plansbandc  Nov 26, 2021 • 9:33:57pm

re: #54 retired cynic

Yes, Birchers did start it, but my dad was way too sane back then to be affected by them. Fox broke him down into the pure hateful bigot R.

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retired cynic  Nov 26, 2021 • 9:38:44pm

re: #55 plansbandc

My dad was also a life-long R, but his hero was Eisenhower. I never heard him express any liking for any of them post Ike, but he still claimed to be a Republican. Rush was in full swing, and Fox was well started, before he died, so I hope he would not have gone that direction.

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A Cranky One  Nov 26, 2021 • 10:16:22pm

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A Cranky One  Nov 26, 2021 • 10:17:14pm

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Dread Pirate Ron  Nov 26, 2021 • 10:19:17pm
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A Cranky One  Nov 26, 2021 • 10:25:12pm

Had a coworker who insisted on playing faux news all day on one of the lab TVs.

Finally had enough one day after some particularly egregious lies, confronted him with the evidence they were lies and demanded he turn that shit off.

To his credit he turned it off and left it off.

Not long after he started telling people to watch OAN at home. Sigh.

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Targetpractice  Nov 26, 2021 • 10:28:19pm

re: #59 Dread Pirate Ron

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Another day, another “feel good” story that just further cements the reality that the American Dream is dead.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:29:29pm

re: #5 Charles Johnson

Current mood: investigating crypto-currency, and realizing it’s the fucking wild west.

I was at a movie theater last night and they played this crypto ad featuring Matt Damon before the trailers:

Fortune Favours the Brave | Crypto.com

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sagehen  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:32:32pm

re: #56 retired cynic

My dad was also a life-long R, but his hero was Eisenhower. I never heard him express any liking for any of them post Ike, but he still claimed to be a Republican. Rush was in full swing, and Fox was well started, before he died, so I hope he would not have gone that direction.

For my dad, it was Nixon. Oh, he so loved Nixon. It broke his heart what Nixon turned out to be. Dad was also quite fond of HW… he barely tolerated Reagan, mostly for the tax cuts, but considered him a lightweight. HW had the impressive resume and the amazing foreign policy.

If he’d lived long enough, I think he would have turned against what the party became. The anti-abortion obsession would have offended him as a doctor who in pre-Roe times had seen way too many hemorrhages and “non-specific infections” in his ER, and the Christian Dominionism would have truly frightened him.

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ericblair  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:34:15pm

Variant Xi would have gone over real well.

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No Malarkey!  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:36:42pm

Anti-vaxxers promoting remedies to de-vaccinate (impossible) such as bloodletting and drinking toxic bleach.

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Targetpractice  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:42:48pm

re: #65 No Malarkey!

Anti-vaxxers promoting remedies to de-vaccinate (impossible) such as bloodletting and drinking toxic bleach.

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IOW, what was old is new again.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:45:16pm
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No Malarkey!  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:46:42pm

A good article on the new variant. The good news is that the mRNA vaccines can be adjusted in a matter of weeks if it is vaccine resistant. yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:48:00pm

ξ is my favorite Greek letter to write. Always a joy in physics.

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ericblair  Nov 26, 2021 • 11:53:22pm

People have been using South Africa’s crappy vaccination rates as a springboard to yell about the lack of vaccines in the developing world, but the problem with RSA is demand not supply. However, RSA does have a very good test and trace capability, so it’s quite likely it didn’t develop there but was detected there (like the Spanish Flu).

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Dread Pirate Ron  Nov 27, 2021 • 12:11:06am

re: #68 No Malarkey!

also this.

YouTube

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wrenchwench  Nov 27, 2021 • 12:17:36am
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wrenchwench  Nov 27, 2021 • 12:20:02am

re: #72 wrenchwench

Click on the pic icon in the blue bar to see more cat. The eyes! The people eyes, too!

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wrenchwench  Nov 27, 2021 • 12:58:00am
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No Malarkey!  Nov 27, 2021 • 1:33:16am

A story soon to be made into a cable tv dramedy: A mother and daughter facing years in prison for allegedly hacking the vote for Homecoming Queen. yahoo.com

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Nov 27, 2021 • 2:24:38am
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Targetpractice  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:04:30am

I think the stress finally got to me and I’ve cracked, because I suddenly have a craving for Spam…and I haven’t touched the stuff in literal years.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:32:25am

...

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:34:38am

Since many people are only shopping online this Black Friday extended sales weekend, they are missing the joy of the old days of shopping in department stores… so to help you relive those days of old, you can pretend you’re in a real store whilst you roam the digital alleys of Amazon:

Kmart In-Store Music: Christmas 1974 (reupload/recreation)

..

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steve_davis  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:46:14am

re: #30 jaunte

I never understood why the White Walkers didn’t just go underwater around the end of the Wall. It’s not like they had to breathe.

Because that plot device had already been using earlier when they were pulling the dragon out of the water with the enormous tire chains that they just happened to have laying around for no conceivable reason.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:50:32am

Suspected Omicron Covid case found in Germany

A minister in the German state of Hesse said on Saturday that the variant had very probably arrived in the country.

“Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveler returning from South Africa,” tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in the western German state that is home to Frankfurt airport.

A full sequencing of the variant is being carried out.

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steve_davis  Nov 27, 2021 • 3:52:41am

re: #49 sagehen

I’m not nerd enough to translate. Any volunteers?

I over eight. God, that’s been rattling around in my head since I failed that quarter of 11th grade algebra.

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Dave In Austin  Nov 27, 2021 • 5:30:23am

Good Morning!

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Nov 27, 2021 • 6:03:49am

re: #83 Dave In Austin

An iMac - seriously? None of my software will work on it….
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jeffreyw  Nov 27, 2021 • 6:16:31am

Picnicking Possum

Good morning!

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Nov 27, 2021 • 6:46:42am

re: #85 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Good morning!

Western good morning!

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DodgerFan1988  Nov 27, 2021 • 6:50:26am
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gocart mozart  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:00:24am
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jeffreyw  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:22:24am

Mrs J found a mantis and carried it down to her basement garden. It was on the hunt the other day.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:22:26am

re: #88 gocart mozart

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The elves collectively own the shop and its tools.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:26:37am

re: #62 Eclectic Cyborg

I was at a movie theater last night and they played this crypto ad featuring Matt Damon before the trailers:

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It’s been on TV as well.

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darthstar  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:29:28am

re: #43 austin_blue

Awwww….too bad, so sad…I weep for what has happened to the most effective operative in the TFG’s former cabal. (ahem)

Damned by faint praise, dontcha know.

He’ll be fine. Saudi Arabia has a lot of money to launder and Kushner’s ‘investment firm’ will be a good vehicle for it.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:31:16am

It won’t matter if the truth is told. I talked to a young Trump supporter about the failures in North Korean diplomacy and he’s still convinced Trump did something amazing there even if he can’t articulate a single thing. It just has to be true.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:46:26am
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jaunte  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:49:37am

re: #62 Eclectic Cyborg

I was at a movie theater last night and they played this crypto ad featuring Matt Damon before the trailers:

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Video

This would work well as a condo timeshare pitch, too.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:50:12am
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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:50:41am
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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:52:17am

re: #96 Belafon

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I don’t see any tear gas or a bible. What a loser!

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:55:22am

For the Le Creuset Scandal file:

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:55:45am
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darthstar  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:58:01am

re: #100 Belafon

Why even retweet that kind of garbage?

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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 7:58:32am

re: #100 Belafon

How many shots would that be? 20? 30? Not to mention the boosters.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:00:37am

re: #102 PhillyPretzel

How many shots would that be? 20? 30? Not to mention the boosters.

They’re predicting variants in advance, but somehow needed an insurrection to stay in power.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:00:49am
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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:02:58am

re: #104 Belafon

It looks like it is more of a problem for DT and his supporters than Joe.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:11:04am
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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:12:30am

The anchor here makes a point that need to be raised over and over: the media gives the wackos a pass because they repeat the same thing over and over but they only get challenged once.

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:15:44am

re: #106 Belafon

Someone points out in the replies that Lorne was 50 in the picture and Betty was 43.

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:16:12am

re: #105 PhillyPretzel

It looks like it is more of a problem for DT and his supporters than Joe.

The truth and the real world are irrelevant to Trump acolytes. They get their marching orders from Faux and OAN et al and filter out any inconvenient information. They live in the world of “alternative facts”.

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darthstar  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:17:25am

re: #108 Belafon

Someone points out in the replies that Lorne was 50 in the picture and Betty was 43.

That would mean he was my age now when he skied with me at Sun Valley.

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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:20:11am

I just got a foldable wire rack and it is a mess. Paint is chipping off and yes there is rust under the paint. The safety latch on the back requires some weight to engage it. I sat on it (I weigh about 90 pounds). It would be a logistical headache for me to ship it back to amazon so I will leave a frank review of said item. I have learned the lesson of never buy anything without a review or star ranking.

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darthstar  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:21:38am

re: #111 PhillyPretzel

Do a return, list it as damaged, and don’t bother sending it back.

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darthstar  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:26:01am

re: #111 PhillyPretzel

I bought two barstools from Amazon that were impossible to assemble because the thread inserts for the bolts were put in upside down (took me forever to figure that out). I filed a return and put them back in their boxes but UPS would only take one with the shipping label they gave me. So I sent one and left the other box in my car for a while.

Eventually, they asked about the second return. I couldn’t print a new return label so I reprinted the first, stuck it on the box, went to the UPS store and set it on the counter and walked out waving and said “I don’t need a receipt, thanks!”

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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:35:54am

re: #112 darthstar

I am seriously considering that. I will wait until I have calmed down. I am really pissed about this.

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Dave In Austin  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:43:53am

Question….. Did I just have a misunderstanding on Twitter from someone here? I think I might have and want to clear it up.

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nines09  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:46:55am

re: #111 PhillyPretzel

re: #114 PhillyPretzel

I’m not sure how close you are to any department store Amazon drop. Mine is Kohls and you get the code, take a picture of it, go to the store they scan and take.
No packaging necessary.
Not sure if that service is available to you close enough. You can call them to find out if packaging is needed. I never had no hassles returning things.
The available stores will be shown on “returns”.
Good luck.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:47:11am

re: #115 Dave In Austin

Question….. Did I just have a misunderstanding on Twitter from someone here? I think I might have and want to clear it up.

Wasn’t me. @michele_out

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Dave In Austin  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:48:01am
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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:48:28am

re: #116 nines09

There is no nearby Kohls. And this is really starting to piss me off.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:50:32am

re: #118 Dave In Austin

How am I just now realizing David and I share a birthday? (Different years of course)

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Amory Blaine  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:52:48am

Last night I drove my 93 yo grandma and Trumper aunt through a heavily decorated neighborhood called “Candy Cane Lane” in town and sure enough there was one Trumper that had his Let’s Go Brandon flag out on his holiday- nascar motif. 🙄

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:54:50am

re: #119 PhillyPretzel

There is no nearby Kohls. And this is really starting to piss me off.

Definition of nearby? None here is nearer than 5 miles, but there are 3 within 7 miles and 2 additional ones that are less than 9 miles.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2021 • 8:56:36am

re: #121 Amory Blaine

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Jay C  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:00:13am

re: #104 Belafon

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Yeah: I was listen to Bloomberg Radio the other day, and most of their commentary was along these same lines: the state of the US economy in general is quite fine: but the distortions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., the effects on the economy caused by the lockdowns panics, shortages, shopping changes, etc. in 2020) are going to affect the year-to-year figures, and that “growth” or “contraction” aren’t going to mean the same things they might for a “normal” economy.
Unfortunately, BBR’s commentariat also acknowledged that any economic negatives are going to be relentlessly highlighted (by The Usual Gang) to attack the Biden Administration - free, of course, from any mitigating context….

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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:03:32am

re: #122 Hecuba’s daughter

I do not have a car and use only Public Transit. I am just completely pissed from this. Good Bye.

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Nojay UK  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:06:51am

re: #124 Jay C

Yeah: I was listen to Bloomberg Radio the other day, and most of their commentary was along these same lines: the state of the US economy in general is quite fine: but the distortions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., the effects on the economy caused by the lockdowns panics, shortages, shopping changes, etc. in 2020) are going to affect the year-to-year figures, and that “growth” or “contraction” aren’t going to mean the same things they might for a “normal” economy.

There was a Masters Of The Universe press report a few days ago that was whining about how high wages for us working peons was “distorting the economy” and bound to cause the collapse of Civilisation any day now. I could only sympathise, recalling the endless stories of reduced annual bonuses for millionaire CEOs and the like in these straitened times.

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Ace Rothstein  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:11:32am

re: #42 jaunte

“Questioned his track record in business.”

Translation: “This imbecile could fuck up a cup of coffee.”

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Ace Rothstein  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:12:35am

re: #121 Amory Blaine

Last night I drove my 93 yo grandma and Trumper aunt through a heavily decorated neighborhood called “Candy Cane Lane” in town and sure enough there was one Trumper that had his Let’s Go Brandon flag out on his holiday- nascar motif. 🙄

There are lots of them around here flying outside houses. With children everywhere. Oh, and little kids see them too.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:19:03am

re: #128 Ace Rothstein

There are lots of them around here flying outside houses. With children everywhere. Oh, and little kids see them too.

There are a few still here outside homes here, but there are more of those two flags on the back of the pickup truck types (US flag and some kind of Pro-Trump or Fuck Biden flag).

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Ace Rothstein  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:24:07am

re: #129 Barefoot Grin

There are a few still here outside homes here, but there are more of those two flags on the back of the pickup truck types (US flag and some kind of Pro-Trump or Fuck Biden flag).

No thin blue line flag to show “support” for the cops?

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mmmirele  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:28:05am

Ok, I watched the Doont Bad Lip Reading and it was good, but it’s never going to to top “Medieval Land Fun-Time World” (a Bad Lip Reading of Game of Thrones). In fact, as far as I’m concerned, because I never watched GoT, in my headcanon, “Medieval Land Fun-Time World” IS GOT.

“MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD” EXTENDED TRAILER — A Bad Lip Reading of Game of Thrones

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:30:40am

re: #125 PhillyPretzel

I do not have a car and use only Public Transit. I am just completely pissed from this. Good Bye.

I understand that. When I lived in the city (and neither had a car nor knew how to drive), it would take forever to get to the Loop for shopping. But the problem wasn’t just the time involved, but transporting purchases. Even when living within 3 miles of the Loop, the buses could take a half hour or longer, depending on congestion.

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mmmirele  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:35:44am

re: #5 Charles Johnson

Current mood: investigating crypto-currency, and realizing it’s the fucking wild west.

There were at least laws in the Wild West. Crypto, blockchain, etc., it’s insane. I’m going to tout my friend David Gerard’s writings on crypto again. His bias is that he thinks it’s all pretty much a scam. But it’s a scam that bears watching because of all the permutations.

Just in the last week: Creative Commons getting raked over the coals for shilling Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs)? Yep! El Salvador with a coin? Yes and it’s as scammy as you might think it is, with added pie in the sky about a Bitcoin City! A bitcoin consortium attempting to purchase one of the two copies of the US Constitution not in institutional hands—and failing? Yes! Oh, and more boring stuff about Anti-Money Laundering (except to me, I work in banking and I can tell you that if our AML compliance tech goes wonky, it’s a bad day at work).

davidgerard.co.uk

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:36:07am

re: #125 PhillyPretzel

I do not have a car and use only Public Transit. I am just completely pissed from this. Good Bye.

I can tell you’re pissed. We’re trying to help come up with a solution.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 27, 2021 • 9:58:00am

re: #130 Ace Rothstein

No thin blue line flag to show “support” for the cops?

No shortage of those, it’s true.

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Rightwingconspirator  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:05:23am

re: #133 mmmirele

Oh man. AML compliance is a huge thing in the gold/jewelry biz. My sympathies.

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mmmirele  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:06:09am

re: #127 Ace Rothstein

“Questioned his track record in business.”

Translation: “This imbecile could fuck up a cup of coffee.”

Even if the coffee came in a single-serve packet designed to be put in one cup of heated water.

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TedStriker  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:13:31am

re: #134 Belafon

I can tell you’re pissed. We’re trying to help come up with a solution.

PP, with Amazon, there’s often an option to schedule a UPS pickup for returns; I don’t use it, because I can drop off my returns at a UPS Store by my office.

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steve_davis  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:16:00am

re: #116 nines09

I’m not sure how close you are to any department store Amazon drop. Mine is Kohls and you get the code, take a picture of it, go to the store they scan and take.
No packaging necessary.
Not sure if that service is available to you close enough. You can call them to find out if packaging is needed. I never had no hassles returning things.
The available stores will be shown on “returns”.
Good luck.

and then they give you a 20% coupon for an in-store purchase, unless you’re very unfortunate and they give you a 40% coupon.

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mmmirele  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:20:00am

re: #136 Rightwingconspirator

Oh man. AML compliance is a huge thing in the gold/jewelry biz. My sympathies.

I can’t even imagine what it’s like for a small business. Do you all have vendor(s) who provides global sanctions monitoring? I mean, the US Treasury has a list of “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” and other lists (see here, in various data schemas: home.treasury.gov). However, in order to effectively use those lists at my financial institution, we have programs that take the data and massage it for high speed searching by other programs processing money movement transactions, and then spitting out transactions that need a further look into a queue.

This article is 10 years old, and it describes the poor anti-money laundering capabilities of a bank that was subsequently gobbled up by my employer in 2008.

theguardian.com

But it was *crazy*. The AML was basically non-existent. And the amount in question was $378.4 billion.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:33:08am

re: #140 mmmirele

Slobodan Milosevic is in that database despite having died 15 years ago.

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PhillyPretzel  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:35:42am

A little bit of good news for me. Yes, my Boulder Briefcase does charge up my new battery. I got a few minor scrapes on the frame but that is okay.

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mmmirele  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:36:04am

re: #141 Eclectic Cyborg

Slobodan Milosevic is in that database despite having died 15 years ago.

I dunno…on the one hand, he’s dead, like Francisco Franco dead, but on the other hand, if someone’s stupid enough to move money around in his name, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:38:46am

Report for spreading misinformation, and block.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:41:16am

Just to he clear I find you to be an anti scientific and narrow minded bigot. Your hate for individual sovereignty is noted and discarded.

what a fucking dick

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:44:21am

re: #145 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

One more fish who isn’t aware of water.

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Sherlock Hound  Nov 27, 2021 • 10:49:24am

re: #145 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just to he clear I find you to be an anti scientific and narrow minded bigot. Your hate for individual sovereignty is noted and discarded.

what a fucking dick

“Neckhammer”

All the good nyms were already taken.

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Eventual Carrion  Nov 27, 2021 • 2:16:10pm

re: #141 Eclectic Cyborg

Slobodan Milosevic is in that database despite having died 15 years ago.

That’s what they want you to think.


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