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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 7:25:57pm

The religious right is still frothing about State Farm.

All they have is wildly delusional imaginations. They don’t live in the real world.

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Rightwingconspirator  May 23, 2022 • 7:35:55pm

re: #1 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Speaking of the real world? I just Paged the next chapter of our drought-scaping.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 7:51:38pm

re: #2 Rightwingconspirator

That’s one conspiracy I can buy into: killing off lawns.

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No Malarkey!  May 23, 2022 • 7:52:23pm
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retired cynic  May 23, 2022 • 7:53:01pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 7:56:33pm
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JC1  May 23, 2022 • 8:00:00pm

F*ck Kissinger with a rusty bayonet.

finance.yahoo.com

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Crush White Nationalism  May 23, 2022 • 8:01:33pm

re: #6 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

We’re supposed to think rejecting bigotry is bad.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  May 23, 2022 • 8:12:40pm
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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 8:25:38pm

re: #7 JC1

F*ck Kissinger with a rusty bayonet.

finance.yahoo.com

Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe.

The former US secretary of state and architect of the Cold War rapprochement between the US and China told a gathering in Davos that it would be fatal for the West to get swept up in the mood of the moment and forget the proper place of Russia in the European balance of power.

Sorry, Henry, you mass-murdering sack of hubris, I am for the crushing defeat. Long term stability is the reason you persisted with Thieu in Vietnam and the Shah in Iran. How did that work out for you?

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 8:51:59pm

re: #10 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Sorry, Henry, you mass-murdering sack of hubris, I am for the crushing defeat. Long term stability is the reason you persisted with Thieu in Vietnam and the Shah in Iran. How did that work out for you?

It worked out fine for him; didn’t work out well for the rest of us — for Americans, Iranians, or Vietnamese.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n 😷 Trips  May 23, 2022 • 8:54:21pm

She graduated high school and attended college in Georgia. She appears to have lived and worked in Georgia since then too.
So, she appears to have at least spent the last 2/3s of her life in Georgia

So I wonder what he meant by that??? 1/2 /s/

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2022 • 8:54:58pm

I remember saying towards the beginning of the fighting that eventually the West would buckle under the pressure of sustaining the sanctions and would begin pressuring Zelensky to accept a return to status quo antebellum in order to allow the spice…er, oil to begin flowing again. And the response I got back was denial, that there was no way that the West would let Putin off the hook that easily.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 8:58:46pm

re: #11 Hecuba’s daughter

It worked out fine for him; didn’t work out well for the rest of us — for Americans, Iranians, or Vietnamese.

Yeah, since Henry is too old to stand trial, he got away with it. I stand corrected.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 9:12:16pm

Time for some audiophile porn: The world’s major hifi trade show is in Munich, not held since 2019 because of the pandemic, opened again in 2022 just last week so lots of sexy videos.

Here is one featuring Triangle Art, a small maker of high end products (but on the high-end price scale, not that expensive.) I kind of like the aesthetics. Normally I don’t like black gear, and definitely don’t like the black-and-silver designs popular of late from some European makers, but the gold-and-black still has a touch of elegance:

Youtube Video

Horn speakers are not my thing either, and one can’t get a good sense of their sound via a cell phone. But some people really dig horn speakers.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 9:13:24pm

re: #14 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Henry and his ilk still think Russia is necessary as a superpower, because without them the Mongol Muslim horde will over-run the west.

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2022 • 9:20:58pm

re: #16 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Henry and his ilk still think Russia is necessary as a superpower, because without them the Mongol Muslim horde will over-run the west.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Russia has spent the last two decades basically being a weapons factory for the Middle East, churning out everything from AKs to tanks at rock-bottom prices while regularly staging “special operations” as demonstrations of their wares to potential buyers.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 9:26:27pm

On Pence endorsing candidates in the Georgia primaries:

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 9:38:28pm

So Stonekettle,after posting one of his pictures of a locust, did his usual snarking on cilantro:

and here is a sample of how the rest of his afternoon went:

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EstebanTornado1963  May 23, 2022 • 9:41:13pm

There’s no republican past or present that I trust.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 9:42:19pm

Posted a year ago today. So far the Hub City has avoided disaster but the hot weather is just beginning.

LP&L’s crack computer commandos prepare for the long awaited switch to the ERCOT system. What could go wrong?
(Normally, even rats know to jump off a sinking ship but Lubbock is hell-bent on jumping aboard.)

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 9:46:23pm

Somebody with more talent than I needs to draw “Deady Kilowatt” as a mascot for ERCOT power failures.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 9:47:34pm

re: #21 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

I am sure that your sacrifices to help support all the “bitcoin mining” in Texas as well as dis-investment in the power grid by the power companies are appreciated.

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jaunte  May 23, 2022 • 9:49:23pm

re: #23 ckkatz

You might think bitcoin miners would see the benefits in a reliable grid, but apparently they’re acting like any other mindless parasite.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 9:52:00pm

re: #19 ckkatz

So Stonekettle,after posting one of his pictures of a locust, did his usual snarking on cilantro:

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For Pesach, my BIL mistakenly purchased cilantro instead of parsley. I was the one who made the discovery and immediately told them that it tasted like soap. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the unpleasant flavor is due to my possession of a gene that affects only a small minority of the population.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 9:57:11pm

re: #24 jaunte

You might think bitcoin miners would see the benefits in a reliable grid, but apparently they’re acting like any other mindless parasite.

Bitcoin miners are the worst of parasites — inflicting serious damage on their host environment by excessive expenditures of energy.

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 9:59:22pm

re: #26 Hecuba’s daughter

Bitcoin miners are the worst of parasites — inflicting serious damage on their host environment by excessive expenditures of energy.

Libertarians are always barbarians and parasites. That’s the only common element the dozens of different flavors of libertarians have.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 10:00:24pm

Who needs talent? Here he is, DEADY KILOWATT, official mascot for ERCOT grid collapses.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 10:01:14pm

You may remember that, 2020, there were clashes between China and India in isolated parts of their shared border. (Or more accurately, the border between India and Chinese occupied Tibet.)

(This has been happening off and on between India and China for many decades. India has generally come out worse in the battles.)

However, China has also been systematically building a railroad, road grid, and infrastructure into even the most isolated parts of Tibet. It has been doing this for decades. India has not.

China has been following the strategy of pushing until it meets resistance, then backing off just a little. It waits a while and then starts pushing some more. (It does this in the Pacific as well.)

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mmmirele  May 23, 2022 • 10:06:31pm

re: #20 EstebanTornado1963

There’s no republican past or present that I trust.

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This irritates me so much. Both the English-language US press and US politicians of both parties are to blame for this. The situation with the border is *complex*. It’s not easily condensed down to soundbites. Especially when both journalists and politicians try to just make it about drugs flowing over the border or “rampaging hordes of brown people.” We don’t talk about why Genaro Garcia Luna, former secretary of public security in Mexico, is going on trial in October for allegedly being paid off by the Sinaloa cartel. We don’t talk about how Honduras deported its former president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, to the USA a month ago, to stand trial on drugs and arms charges. We don’t talk about how shitty people’s lives are in so many countries due to the ongoing drug war or low level civil wars and immigration is seen as a way to escape. It’s all of a piece. Or even stories about how Mexico is currently being badly affected by the Ukraine war because wheat shipments are held up. We don’t hear any of this.

Sorry to rant, the situation is complex….

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 10:09:10pm

re: #30 mmmirele

This irritates me so much. Both the English-language US press and US politicians of both parties are to blame for this. The situation with the border is *complex*. It’s not easily condensed down to soundbites. Especially when both journalists and politicians try to just make it about drugs flowing over the border or “rampaging hordes of brown people.” We don’t talk about why Genaro Garcia Luna, former secretary of public security in Mexico, is going on trial in October for allegedly being paid off by the Sinaloa cartel. We don’t talk about how Honduras deported its former president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, to the USA a month ago, to stand trial on drugs and arms charges. We don’t talk about how shitty people’s lives are in so many countries due to the ongoing drug war or low level civil wars and immigration is seen as a way to escape. It’s all of a piece. Or even stories about how Mexico is currently being badly affected by the Ukraine war because wheat shipments are held up. We don’t hear any of this.

Sorry to rant, the situation is complex….

Here’s one part of US immigration policy that is simple — anyone in the US taking a hard line on immigration is either advocating for employer sanctions or is a clown.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 10:09:52pm

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

For Pesach, my BIL mistakenly purchased cilantro instead of parsley. I was the one who made the discovery and immediately told them that it tasted like soap. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the unpleasant flavor is due to my possession of a gene that affects only a small minority of the population.

The now locally common, and invasive Brown Mamorated Stinkbug has a stink that is reminiscent to cilantro. I am one of those who likes cilantro, and the stink while somewhat obnoxious, is tolerable to me.

Of course, as a guy, and having spent a lot of time outdoors, and in the military, my olfactory sense may not be the most fastidious.

A lady I dated for a long time detested cilantro, and was seriously bothered by the stinkbug’s stench.

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Belafon  May 23, 2022 • 10:15:43pm

I heard this on the radio and thought I would share:

Youtube Video

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 10:24:19pm

Wording!

4 and I’m happy.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 10:25:48pm

Speaking about bitcoin and the power grid. I don’t remember if it was mentioned here, but there have been a lot of articles about bitcoin ‘mining’ operations setting up next to old gas wells, coal mining waste piles, and even nuclear plants (google Talen Energy). Some of this has been done quasi-legally, some much less so.

For example:

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Targetpractice  May 23, 2022 • 10:31:42pm

The border’s been “fucked up” at least as far back as “Operation Wetback” in ‘54, when ranchers and farmers in the South raised so much of a stink about migrants workers entering the US “illegally” to work. This was after we’d spent WWII happily allowing the same migrants into the US to work the fields while able-bodied white men were all drafted to fight.

Gee, I can’t imagine why the sudden change in attitude…//////

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 10:33:57pm

re: #35 ckkatz

Speaking about bitcoin and the power grid. I don’t remember if it was mentioned here, but there have been a lot of articles about bitcoin ‘mining’ operations setting up next to old gas wells, coal mining waste piles, and even nuclear plants (google Talen Energy). Some of this has been done quasi-legally, some much less so.

For example:

From the article:

On the podcast, Tarantula claimed that mining at stranded gas wells is environmentally friendly. “We’re reducing fugitive emissions, which is natural gas that would leak out, we’re actually putting it through a controlled environment and combusting it to CO2 which can be used by trees and turned into oxygen, which we breathe,” he said. “Whereas the methane or the CH4 that leaks out is 30 percent more damaging to the atmosphere and the ozone and there’s absolutely nothing that converts that into something that can be used in a beneficial manner by humanity.”

Properly plugging gas wells reduces methane emissions without increasing carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming and climate change.

Damaging the environment as part of their Ponzi scheme to help criminals and enrich a few libertarians.

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Captain Ron  May 23, 2022 • 10:41:00pm

re: #18 ckkatz

On Pence endorsing candidates in the Georgia primaries:

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Hey now, Duke says, “Don’t disparage us rottweilers.”

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 10:42:55pm

Beyond wasted energy and the resultant pollution and climate change, I just do not see what crypto-currency achieves.

Certainly crypto-currency is becoming far less opaque to the law enforcement community as the associated criminal activity becomes more obvious.

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JC1  May 23, 2022 • 10:44:28pm

re: #24 jaunte

You might think bitcoin miners would see the benefits in a reliable grid, but apparently they’re acting like any other mindless parasite.

They only care about cheap power. So it’s surprising that Texas would be a good spot.

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Captain Ron  May 23, 2022 • 10:45:31pm

re: #24 jaunte

You might think bitcoin miners would see the benefits in a reliable grid, but apparently they’re acting like any other mindless parasite.

I wonder if they power down during high power rates.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 10:47:21pm

It’s May, which means it’s tornado season on the southern plains.

Monday saw one tornado, in Texas near the NM state line.

Only one… but it was a big one:

Youtube Video

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Youtube Video

Some amazing video.

Seems like that tornado should be in one of those cheap horror/action movies by The Asylum.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 10:49:44pm

Hmmm — old (12/09/2021) but perceptive article by Rick Lowry of all people with a healthy distrust of Putin and a concern of the right’s fawning over him as a role model.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 10:52:37pm

re: #42 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The last video, a little half way through, you can see the individual vortices as they move around on the edge of the wedge.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 10:53:03pm

This has a serious Taliban/Bamiyan Buddhs vibe to it
Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones are a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States. A set of ten guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts.
*snip*

One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the guidestones. The structure is sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge”. The monument is 19 feet 3 inches (5.87 m) tall, made from six granite slabs weighing 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg) in all. The anonymity of the guidestones’ authors and their apparent advocacy of population control, eugenics, and internationalism have made them an object of controversy and conspiracy theories.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 23, 2022 • 10:55:06pm

re: #42 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It’s May, which means it’s tornado season on the southern plains.

Monday saw one tornado, in Texas near the NM state line.

Only one… but it was a big one:

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Video

Some amazing video.

Seems like that tornado should be in one of those cheap horror/action movies by The Asylum.

“Twister” was a fun 1996 disaster film. But it wasn’t cheap.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 23, 2022 • 10:55:47pm

re: #43 Hecuba’s daughter

Putin had long been known to be an autocrat with a bent towards domination regionally.

But GWB looked him in the eye and declared Putin our friend.

Probably because after 2001 it was the Muslims who are the enemy and Putin was seen as an ally in that great clash of civilizations (remember that phrase?)

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 11:01:43pm

re: #47 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Putin had long been known to be an autocrat with a bent towards domination regionally.

But GWB looked him in the eye and declared Putin our friend.

Probably because after 2001 it was the Muslims who are the enemy and Putin was seen as an ally in that great clash of civilizations (remember that phrase?)

That clash of civilizations stuff was always crap, as was the Bushite “they hate us for our freedoms”.

1) Western civ has a long history of tearing itself apart.

2) 9/11 was a simple case of blowback — for decades the US fucked around in the middle east, making enemies of all kinds. 9/11 was the finding out part.

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 11:03:47pm

re: #45 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

I hadn’t known about the Georgia Guidestones before now. I’m not surprised that GOP swivel-eyed loons want to blow them up.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 11:06:48pm

Looks like Moldova may be starting to clean up Russian sympathizers and corrupt officials. This a required first step towards effective national governance. And essential if they intend to join the West.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 11:10:25pm

re: #45 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

It was always interesting to me that Afghanistan had been under Muslim rule for 1300 years before anyone crazy enough to want to destroy the “pagan” Bamiyan Buddhas came to power. The statues date from a couple of centuries before the Muslim conquest, ie 6th Century BCE.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 11:10:48pm

Sounds like Elon Musk is a nut that didn’t fall far from the family tree.

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Captain Ron  May 23, 2022 • 11:14:01pm
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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 11:17:23pm

As El Salvador’s government found out, the problem with cryptocurrency as legal tender is the aspirational but misleading premise of the word itself. A currency, as economists understand it, must fulfill three functions: It must be a relatively stable store of value, a commonly understood unit of account, and a widely accepted medium of exchange. Bitcoin fulfills none of these. It is, like other cryptocurrencies, a speculative asset masquerading as a currency—or to be more generous, an asset whose speculated value is based in part on the promise of one day becoming a commonly used currency. But until that happens, the popularity of cryptocurrencies rests on in their highly volatile values and the get-rich-quick dreams they conjure, which cuts against the very promise of stability and future everyday use.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 11:20:59pm

re: #53 Captain Ron

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Come over to the Dems, Maddy. We have cookies.

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ckkatz  May 23, 2022 • 11:21:33pm

G’nite all! Time to head to bed.

And for the Dad joke we have this fine curated sample:

A weasel walks into a bar.
The bartender says, “Wow, I’ve never served a weasel before. What can I get for you?”

“Pop,” goes the weasel.

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 11:24:23pm

re: #55 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Come over to the Dems, Maddy. We have cookies.

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Not really. Cawthorne is a grade-A shitbird who should most definitely not be welcomed into the D big tent.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  May 23, 2022 • 11:32:15pm

re: #57 EPR-radar

Not really. Cawthorne is a grade-A shitbird who should most definitely not be welcomed into the D big tent.

Show mercy on the poor homeless sinner. Let’s see what he has on the coke orgies and Russian honeypots.

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EPR-radar  May 23, 2022 • 11:41:53pm

re: #58 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Show mercy on the poor homeless sinner. Let’s see what he has on the coke orgies and Russian honeypots.

No deals for chump change like that.

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Captain Ron  May 23, 2022 • 11:52:32pm

re: #56 ckkatz

G’nite all! Time to head to bed.

And for the Dad joke we have this fine curated sample:

A weasel walks into a bar.
The bartender says, “Wow, I’ve never served a weasel before. What can I get for you?”

“Pop,” goes the weasel.

I tell those to my wife every night. I get chased out of the room every time.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 24, 2022 • 12:32:16am

re: #51 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

The statues date from a couple of centuries before the Muslim conquest, ie 6th Century BCE.

CE, not BCE.

Your point is well made, though. What many American’s think of Islam today is a stereotype based on very recent rises in a kind of anarchic, backwards cult (and yes, spread by the likes of the KSA.)

After initial conquests, many Muslim areas were no more violent than many Christian areas (after the Christian conquests.)

I think the rise of modern suicidal fanaticism in some variants of Islam is down to the loss-of-god problem that modernity brings.

We humans long ago invented gods because we needed them.

Now along comes modernity pooh-poohing gods and … lots of people are very upset at that. Some are driven into violent extremism.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 24, 2022 • 12:39:38am

Now we get into the serious audiophile porn, the hardcore European style audiophile porn, where a turntable and stand cost more than 120k Euros:

Youtube Video

..

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 24, 2022 • 1:00:19am

One of the trends the past few years, in that very high end Euro-speaker industry, is to go Teutonic in design, making brutish looking loudspeakers. Here’s a pair for a mere 350k Euros:

Youtube Video

Other companies have similar designs, such as Göbel, that look very similar are are equivalently priced.

I guess there is a market for these things. Probably for the world-domination personality types.

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Decatur Deb  May 24, 2022 • 1:53:49am

re: #61 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

CE, not BCE.

Your point is well made, though. What many American’s think of Islam today is a stereotype based on very recent rises in a kind of anarchic, backwards cult (and yes, spread by the likes of the KSA.)

After initial conquests, many Muslim areas were no more violent than many Christian areas (after the Christian conquests.)

I think the rise of modern suicidal fanaticism in some variants of Islam is down to the loss-of-god problem that modernity brings.

We humans long ago invented gods because we needed them.

Now along comes modernity pooh-poohing gods and … lots of people are very upset at that. Some are driven into violent extremism.

We do not yet understand the purpose and function of gods. We know that they are damn near universal, flexible, and fairly persistent. When we know what they do and how much they cost, we can work the cost/benefit analysis.

There Is A Future For You In The Anthropology Corps.

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Patricia Kayden  May 24, 2022 • 2:43:56am
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TarHellion  May 24, 2022 • 3:44:58am

Wordle 339 4/6

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Flirting with disaster. Given how it started, yeah, 4 ain’t too bad.

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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 3:49:00am

re: #66 TarHellion

Back-to-back 5s (yesterday and today) have this week off to a rough start.

Wordle 339 5/6

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 3:50:22am

re: #45 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

The Georgia Guidestones is a fascinating subject, particularly, the identity of the pseudonymous “R.C. Christian”, the purported author.

As for why the Guidestones were erected, personally, I think this is the most likely reason:

Author Brad Meltzer notes that the stones were built in 1979 at the height of the Cold War, and thus argues that they may have been intended as a message to the possible survivors of a nuclear World War III. The engraved suggestion to keep humanity’s population below 500 million could have been made under the assumption that war had already reduced humanity below this number.

In the context of the time the Guidestones went up, that explanation makes perfect sense. It was intended as a message to survivors living in a post-apocalyptic world, a set of principles to rebuild a shattered humanity.

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Eventual Carrion  May 24, 2022 • 4:31:27am

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

For Pesach, my BIL mistakenly purchased cilantro instead of parsley. I was the one who made the discovery and immediately told them that it tasted like soap. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the unpleasant flavor is due to my possession of a gene that affects only a small minority of the population.

I must have it also, cilantro just makes me gag. My wife loves it, but I just cannot get by the bad taste it leaves in my mouth.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 24, 2022 • 4:32:14am

No cucumbers were hurt in the making of this video.

Kendall Jenner’s dolce vita hit a snag when she struggled to walk up a set of old brick stairs in Italy.

Her sister Kylie Jenner shared a hilarious video of the model slowly waddling up the stairs in a skintight Dolce & Gabbana dress and cozy slippers as they made their way to Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s lavish wedding at Castello Brown.

Filmed from behind Kendall, the footage includes Kylie hysterically laughing as she says, “Oh s-t, these stairs are crazy.”

pagesix.com

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Eventual Carrion  May 24, 2022 • 4:44:37am

re: #34 Hecuba’s daughter

Wording!

4 and I’m happy.

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4/6 for me. But everything reset on me. Cleared all my streak and reset me to 1 again. WTF

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Edit: Now that I think about it, I did clear my cache yesterday. Bet that deleted it. Oh well.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 24, 2022 • 4:53:29am

Taiwan Relations Act 1979

The Taiwan Relations Act does not guarantee the U.S. will intervene militarily if the PRC attacks or invades Taiwan nor does it relinquish it, as its primary purpose is to ensure the US’s Taiwan policy will not be changed unilaterally by the president and ensure any decision to defend Taiwan will be made with the consent of Congress.

en.wikipedia.org

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 5:01:55am

re: #7 JC1

F*ck Kissinger with a rusty bayonet.

finance.yahoo.com

A crushing defeat of Russia is precisely what will help with long term stability across Europe and Asia.

Let me count the ways:

Russia’s weapons are revealed to be paper tigers, and can be easily defeated with Western weapons. Russia loses foreign weapons business.

Russia’s ability to reinstitute an empire is shattered, as it can’t expand its sphere of influence due to lack of military and other capabilities. Stopping Russia in Ukraine is the way to end Russian threat to all of Europe and Asia. China too can stop Russia in the East, and since China’s weapons often look to Russian/Soviet design, this too shows where/how their failings are. Russian weapons failures also put India in a delicate position since they’ve built out their military using a whole lot of Russian gear.

Russia’s soft power is degraded given resurgence of NATO and EU, which shows that Europe can not only fend for itself, but that a strong US partner can help deal with larger scale threats in a holistic way.

Kissinger still thinks that we’re dealing with a bipolar global paradigm. He’s right, except that he got the wrong country in the counterveiling balance to the US.

It’s China and the US. With a strong US and a strengthening EU, you’d have a tripartite system, and that would help balance power.

Oh, and Fuck Kissinger. I studied his PhD thesis, and even now, he ignores the lessons from his own earlier work.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 24, 2022 • 5:03:33am

Heh, old timer showing everyone how it is done.

Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the few billionaires who has seen his net worth rise this year. Buffett’s wealth is valued at $110 billion — $1.2 billion more than where it was at the start of 2022.

nypost.com

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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 5:04:57am

Akiva started a thread on the 11th Circuit’s brilliant analysis and smackdown of Florida’s anti-social-media law, and this bit is the part I’ve been saying for a while now:

Because FUCK NAZIS.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 5:08:29am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area - looks like the GOP found voter/election fraud after all.

It was inside their own operations. They were actively engaging in malfeasance to rig the votes in the GOP primaries in Michigan. People who were canvassing to get candidates on the ballots lied about the signatures they collected - and 5 of the GOP candidates may get knocked off the ballot, including 2 of the leading contenders.

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Patricia Kayden  May 24, 2022 • 5:24:06am

re: #76 lawhawk

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 5:25:40am

re: #77 Patricia Kayden

The presumption is that if the GOP keeps doing it, then Democrats must be doing it too - and doing a better job of it because they’re not getting caught, so let’s keep investigating until they find it.

In the meantime, GOPers will keep engaging in actual election and voter fraud, because that’s how they think they’ll be able to keep up with the supposed Democrats’ voter fraud that doesn’t exist.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 5:29:52am

Thor: Love and Thunder trailer dropped.

Youtube Video

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 24, 2022 • 5:44:30am

Demonstrating that stupid animal videos are not a new thing, here’s a video clip from 1978:

Youtube Video


..

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 5:45:18am

re: #79 Dr Lizardo

Dude…. you flicked too hard….

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jeffreyw  May 24, 2022 • 5:51:22am

Good morning!

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 5:58:38am

re: #81 lawhawk

Dude…. you flicked too hard….

Nice casting to have Christian Bale as the central antagonist. Films like this can often rise or fall on the strength of the villain and having a solid actor like Bale really helps.

Taika Waititi is pretty much perfect to write and direct these films; he knows how to write action and heartfelt scenes while still being willing to unapologetically embrace the inherent goofiness of it all.

Also, Russell Crowe as Zeus….LOL. It was great.

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gocart mozart  May 24, 2022 • 5:59:58am
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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 6:12:17am
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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 6:15:20am
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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 6:16:08am

re: #86 lawhawk

Gee, it’s almost like what we have been saying for years is true, and they believe that only Republican votes count.

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mmmirele  May 24, 2022 • 6:50:57am

LONG thread by Robert Downen, a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and one of the authors of the groundbreaking account of hundreds of Southern Baptist ministers who had convictions for sexual abuse. In it, he explains the significance of a single tweet by the Conservative Baptist Network. If you want to understand what’s going on, I STRONGLY recommend you read this. (And oh yeah, there were pirates involved.)

One thing briefly touched upon by Downen was that one of Paige Patterson’s buddies is a guy named Paul Pressler. He was a judge on one of the circuit courts of appeal in Texas for a very long time, and he was one of the people behind the “conservative resurgence.” Pressler has also been accused of sexually assaulting young men, and the Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that a civil case against Pressler could go forward.

Another thing about Patterson that Downen does not mention is that Patterson was involved in obtaining a forged fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This particular fragment appeared to be tailor made for someone of a very conservative religious bent, and Patterson got a donor to give $500K so he could acquire it for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Well now it turns out it probably is a forgery. Patterson has been involved in, and is still involved in, some very shady stuff.

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HRH Stanley Sea  May 24, 2022 • 7:03:44am

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The Pie Overlord!  May 24, 2022 • 7:09:55am

re: #25 Hecuba’s daughter

For Pesach, my BIL mistakenly purchased cilantro instead of parsley. I was the one who made the discovery and immediately told them that it tasted like soap. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the unpleasant flavor is due to my possession of a gene that affects only a small minority of the population.

I once sent Zedushka to the store to buy parsley. He grabbed the cilantro by mistake (why do the stores park it right next to the parsley??) and I was in a hurry so I threw it into the soup.

Then my kids complained “the soup tastes like bandaids”

I like cilantro, but I am 7% Sephardi.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 7:10:42am

House Democrats margin just dropped by one as Rep. Antonio Delgado of NY is resigning to become Lt. Governor.

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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 7:10:49am

Apparently, this is what happens when you get rejected on social media; you go absolutely batshit insane.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 7:11:42am

re: #88 mmmirele

JFC, it’s like the Boston Globe’s reporting on the Boston Archdiocese and their decades of sexual-abuse hijinks.

Dead Sea Scroll forgeries? Heh, I got some wood scraps here. Prick my finger and get a little blood on it, let that set up good, then maybe I could hustle it to these rubes as “genuine blood-stained fragments of the True Cross I found not far outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate” or something. Betcha I could make a fortune!

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mmmirele  May 24, 2022 • 7:11:43am

re: #70 Shropshire Slasher

No cucumbers were hurt in the making of this video.

pagesix.com

You know what this does for me? It confirms that I am just right for dressing comfortably for events. If I’d been invited to this wedding, I would have worn a not tight dress, no hose and comfy shoes for walking. But then again, I’m not being invited to Kardashian weddings.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 7:14:05am
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gocart mozart  May 24, 2022 • 7:21:44am

re: #92 Dopamine Fish

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  May 24, 2022 • 7:21:46am

re: #82 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

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mmmirele  May 24, 2022 • 7:29:16am

re: #93 Dr Lizardo

JFC, it’s like the Boston Globe’s reporting on the Boston Archdiocese and their decades of sexual-abuse hijinks.

Dead Sea Scroll forgeries? Heh, I got some wood scraps here. Prick my finger and get a little blood on it, let that set up good, then maybe I could hustle it to these rubes as “genuine blood-stained fragments of the True Cross I found not far outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate” or something. Betcha I could make a fortune!

I knew there was shady shit happening in Boston back in the 1990s, but not in the way you would expect. The now defunct Boston Phoenix ran a few articles not about the sex abuse scandal but about the archdiocese’s attorneys. And the reason it came to my attention was because the articles were being used to compare Scientology attorneys with archdiocesan attorneys. Neither came out looking very good. In fact, if memory serves, it was hard to decide which was worse because they were both very awful. And then the Spotlight articles came out and it was clear what the archdiocese’s lawyers were covering up. UGH.

As for pieces of the True Cross, the otherwise dour John Calvin is reputed to have remarked that there were enough pieces of said Cross in churches and monasteries across Europe to fill a ship.

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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 7:29:51am

re: #98 mmmirele

As for pieces of the True Cross, the otherwise dour John Calvin is reputed to have remarked that there were enough pieces of said Cross in churches and monasteries across Europe to fill a ship.

Probably enough of them to build said ship, in fact.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 24, 2022 • 7:29:54am

Thank God it’s cancer and not pregnancy.

She’s been in menapause for five years. She almost died from an heterotopic pregnancy previously. Hell of an article.

Amazingly, the doctor was still not 100% willing to state I’m not pregnant ― he gave it a 99.8%. Even as he was discussing the levels of hormones they detected, I know for a fact that I’m not. They would be detecting a pregnancy that is just hours or days old, so unless I was drugged and raped, it’s something else ― most likely ovarian cancer. (I’m still waiting for a final batch of tests that will confirm my diagnosis.)

A wave of relief washed over me. The weight of the stress and anxiety I’d been carrying around suddenly lifted from my shoulders. A faint chorus of angels sang only to me.
Yes, cancer was a relief over pregnancy.

For starters, I don’t have to choose from one of three horrific options:

1. Keeping a child that I can’t afford and don’t want to raise at this age (spending the next 18 years and at least $250,000 to raise him/her/them).

2. Mentally scarring myself and the kids I do have by putting it up for adoption (sorry ― we can’t keep your sister).

3. Termination (if that’s even an option ― who knows how pregnant I could be).

Instead, I have one easy path forward: aggressively treat the cancer.

Furthermore, I don’t have to disclose my sex life to anyone, explain how I “let this happen,” or deal with any social stigma for being a single, unwed mother. I don’t have to replace my clothes, lose control of my body, or wear my diagnosis for everyone to see, comment on, and rub. Pregnancy is public. Cancer is private ― no one will know unless I tell them.

Don’t get me wrong: I know that my cancer might be fatal. But so might a pregnancy ― especially if Roe v. Wade is overturned. I almost died in my last one: It was heterotopic. As I type this, some states are trying to make surviving that illegal. The U.S. already has the highest maternal mortality rate of the developed world and that was when we had access to complete health care. I talk to my twins about that. They would have lost me (and their little brother) at age 11 if it was illegal to remove the wayward fetus stuck to my fallopian tube. “Right to life” somehow doesn’t include the mom’s life anymore (or any other fetuses in a multi-gestational pregnancy).

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 7:31:20am
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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 7:39:56am

Fucking Rudy….

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Hecuba's daughter  May 24, 2022 • 7:46:05am

re: #73 lawhawk

A crushing defeat of Russia is precisely what will help with long term stability across Europe and Asia.

Let me count the ways:

Russia’s weapons are revealed to be paper tigers, and can be easily defeated with Western weapons. Russia loses foreign weapons business.

Russia’s ability to reinstitute an empire is shattered, as it can’t expand its sphere of influence due to lack of military and other capabilities. Stopping Russia in Ukraine is the way to end Russian threat to all of Europe and Asia. China too can stop Russia in the East, and since China’s weapons often look to Russian/Soviet design, this too shows where/how their failings are. Russian weapons failures also put India in a delicate position since they’ve built out their military using a whole lot of Russian gear.

Russia’s soft power is degraded given resurgence of NATO and EU, which shows that Europe can not only fend for itself, but that a strong US partner can help deal with larger scale threats in a holistic way.

Kissinger still thinks that we’re dealing with a bipolar global paradigm. He’s right, except that he got the wrong country in the counterveiling balance to the US.

It’s China and the US. With a strong US and a strengthening EU, you’d have a tripartite system, and that would help balance power.

Oh, and Fuck Kissinger. I studied his PhD thesis, and even now, he ignores the lessons from his own earlier work.

Months ago I compared Russia to Austria-Hungary; Kissinger has clearly overlooked that historical analogy. It is China who is returning to its historical role as a power, this time with worldwide influence, not just local influence. But Russia is a failed state, a nation with much potential but doomed by rapacious leadership that interested only in the preservation of the oligarchs.

Of course, thanks to the scheming of Putin and Trump and their handmaids in the GOP, we may be facing the same dire future. It is far simpler to destroy than to build — to raze than to raise. Biden is doing his best to restore our nation, but the evil is everywhere trying to tear him down.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 7:49:15am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 24, 2022 • 7:51:30am

re: #78 lawhawk

The presumption is that if the GOP keeps doing it, then Democrats must be doing it too - and doing a better job of it because they’re not getting caught, so let’s keep investigating until they find it.

In the meantime, GOPers will keep engaging in actual election and voter fraud, because that’s how they think they’ll be able to keep up with the supposed Democrats’ voter fraud that doesn’t exist.

The GOP knows that the Democrats aren’t doing this but they are perpetuating that lie to justify their voter suppression. They are doing their best to sow dissension and hatred throughout the land and installing an old-fashioned white supremacist regime. They know that if the vote is restricted to Caucasians they will win and they are working hard to make sure that is what happens. That is why Orban is their hero.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 7:56:58am

re: #98 mmmirele

re: #99 Dopamine Fish

There’s likely enough “relics of the True Cross” out there to crucify every single person killed by the Romans in that particular manner a thousand times over.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:00:17am

re: #101 lawhawk

Not just that, but (IIRC) the peak years of the baby boom generation were 1957 to 1961. And this year, those people are starting to turn 65. The greying of America will only accelerate from this point.

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HypnoToad  May 24, 2022 • 8:00:30am

In all the recent talk about Elon Musk’s strangeness, peccadillos and so on, along with comparisons of him to late-stage Howard Hughes, we’ve forgotten the truly weirdest and most consequential person to ever run a rocket company—Jack Parsons.

en.wikipedia.org

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Eventual Carrion  May 24, 2022 • 8:03:55am

re: #107 Dr Lizardo

Not just that, but (IIRC) the peak years of the baby boom generation were 1957 to 1961. And this year, those people are starting to turn 65. The greying of America will only accelerate from this point.

Hey, I resemble that remark.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  May 24, 2022 • 8:05:28am

re: #106 Dr Lizardo

There’s likely enough “relics of the True Cross” out there to crucify every single person killed by the Romans in that particular manner a thousand times over.

The Romans crucified 6000 people in connection with the Spartacus rebellion alone, so maybe not.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:06:28am

re: #108 HypnoToad

In all the recent talk about Elon Musk’s strangeness, peccadillos and so on, along with comparisons of him to late-stage Howard Hughes, we’ve forgotten the truly weirdest and most consequential person to ever run a rocket company—Jack Parsons.

en.wikipedia.org

In fairness, at least Elon Musk isn’t watching Ice Station Zebra on endless repeat, collecting his urine in jars, and hoarding Baskin-Robbins banana-nut ice cream.

At least, I don’t think he is….

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JC1  May 24, 2022 • 8:07:24am

re: #111 Dr Lizardo

In fairness, at least Elon Musk isn’t watching Ice Station Zebra on endless repeat, collecting his urine in jars, and hoarding Baskin-Robbins banana-nut ice cream.

At least, I don’t think he is….

Not yet…
Elon us still in his 40s. There’s still time.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:17:40am

re: #112 JC1

Not yet…
Elon us still in his 40s. There’s still time.

I remember my dad musing that he’d heard through the L.A. grapevine that Hughes went a little funny in the head after a plane crash into Lake Mead in 1943.

Apparently he suffered a pretty significant cranial injury as a result. Needless to say, my dad wasn’t surprised that much when details about Hughes’ eccentricities in his later life emerged after Hughes died in 1976.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 24, 2022 • 8:18:35am

re: #112 JC1

Not yet…
Elon us still in his 40s. There’s still time.

Just turned 50 last year, actually.

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Jay C  May 24, 2022 • 8:21:46am

re: #106 Dr Lizardo

There’s likely enough “relics of the True Cross” out there to crucify every single person killed by the Romans in that particular manner a thousand times over.

Though most of the “fragments of the True Cross” around are pretty small. ISTR reading somewhere that while a Roman crucifixion cross would contain something like 14 (?) cubic feet of wood, an analysis of the supposed surviving fragments (obviously done by somebody with a real obsession to detail) totaled only about 2 cubic feet. So still plenty out there (I.e. a chance for the Museum Of The Bible to add to its collection of forgeries with a couple of 2x4s of the “True Cross”….)

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HypnoToad  May 24, 2022 • 8:26:14am

Let’s see… I worked at Jack Parson’s Laboratory (JPL) for thirty-five years. My first girlfriend was into the Aleister Crowley stuff. I’m a member of LASFS. I tried (unsuccessfully) to launch a homemade rocket.

Uh oh.

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Jay C  May 24, 2022 • 8:27:14am

re: #113 Dr Lizardo

I remember my dad musing that he’d heard through the L.A. grapevine that Hughes went a little funny in the head after a plane crash into Lake Mead in 1943.

Apparently he suffered a pretty significant cranial injury as a result. Needless to say, my dad wasn’t surprised that much when details about Hughes’ eccentricities in his later life emerged after Hughes died in 1976.

I read once in a biography of Hughes that the main changer was his 1946 crash in the prototype YF-11 reconnaissance plane. The engines drove two counter-rotating propellers each, and the gearing failed on one of them, sending the plane, and Howard, crashing to the ground in Beverly Hills (I know the spot, it was near where my parents lived).

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:27:28am

re: #115 Jay C

Though most of the “fragments of the True Cross” around are pretty small. ISTR reading somewhere that while a Roman crucifixion cross would contain something like 14 (?) cubic feet of wood, an analysis of the supposed surviving fragments (obviously done by somebody with a real obsession to detail) totaled only about 2 cubic feet. So still plenty out there (I.e. a chance for the Museum Of The Bible to add to its collection of forgeries with a couple of 2x4s of the “True Cross”….)

I’ve seen one of those relics; it was up at a monastery on the island of Cyprus (the Greek part of the island). It wasn’t very big at all, just really nothing more than a tiny fragment of wood. Frankly, it could’ve been anything. Still, fascinating to see in any event.

I’ve also kissed the hair of the Prophet Muhammad and seen the tooth of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gotama) at Engaku Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

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HypnoToad  May 24, 2022 • 8:32:28am

I saw this in Konya, Turkey in 2006

The sign.
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Dangerman  May 24, 2022 • 8:34:42am

Keys100, 50k update
Here’s the short and sweet

Team Danger came in 8th overall.
Sixth male.
It was stupid, idiotic, insanely hot.
Bested my 2019 time by a few minutes, when I came in 13th.

More to come with pix in a few days.

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Crush White Nationalism  May 24, 2022 • 8:35:16am

re: #119 HypnoToad

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I’ve heard the phrase “dumb as a box of hair,” but had no idea that hair boxes are fancy. I’d pictured cardboard.

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:38:08am

re: #121 Crush White Nationalism

I’ve heard the phrase “dumb as a box of hair,” but had no idea that hair boxes are fancy. I’d pictured cardboard.

Here’s one, a traveling relic of a hair from the beard of Muhammad.

Fancy.

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gocart mozart  May 24, 2022 • 8:40:13am
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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 8:46:37am

re: #123 gocart mozart

Jade Helm 2022.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 8:48:40am
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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 8:54:55am

re: #125 lawhawk

Yeah, but I don’t know too many folks who name their kids X Æ A-12 (which, BTW, I personally insist on pronouncing “Bob”).

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Hecuba's daughter  May 24, 2022 • 8:55:02am

re: #125 lawhawk

Isn’t Musk saying only affluent white people should be having children? Aren’t those the only people he cares about?

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Mike Lamb  May 24, 2022 • 9:03:42am

re: #125 lawhawk

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Kids’ day in my house is any day that ends in “y” save, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, my birthday, and my wife’s birthday.

(And who am I kidding, those 4 days are super negotiable).

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gocart mozart  May 24, 2022 • 9:07:16am
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gocart mozart  May 24, 2022 • 9:09:53am

Minus Scooter & the Big Man

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  May 24, 2022 • 9:11:47am

re: #122 Dr Lizardo

Here’s one, a traveling relic of a hair from the beard of Muhammad.

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Fancy.

CREEPY!

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Dr Lizardo  May 24, 2022 • 9:17:57am

re: #130 gocart mozart

For me, the best cover of a Dylan song was this one:

Youtube Video

Directed by Zack Snyder, btw.

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ckkatz  May 24, 2022 • 9:22:41am

re: #7 JC1

F*ck Kissinger with a rusty bayonet.

finance.yahoo.com

Paging Henry Kissinger. Please pick up line #5. Sudetenland on line #5 for Henry Kissinger…

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sagehen  May 24, 2022 • 9:23:21am

re: #126 Dr Lizardo

Yeah, but I don’t know too many folks who name their kids X Æ A-12 (which, BTW, I personally insist on pronouncing “Bob”).

according to the Vanity Fair profile of Grimes, they call him X (and his little sister, born earlier this year, is Y).

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Captain Ron  May 24, 2022 • 9:25:59am

ha ha ha

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The Pie Overlord!  May 24, 2022 • 9:26:29am

jfc

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Crush White Nationalism  May 24, 2022 • 9:26:33am

re: #126 Dr Lizardo

Yeah, but I don’t know too many folks who name their kids X Æ A-12 (which, BTW, I personally insist on pronouncing “Bob”).

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Captain Ron  May 24, 2022 • 9:35:10am
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JC1  May 24, 2022 • 9:40:24am

re: #114 Eclectic Cyborg

Just turned 50 last year, actually.

Crap, means I’m getting older too. He’s a few years older than me. Thanks for being a downer man. /s

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 24, 2022 • 9:40:59am
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JC1  May 24, 2022 • 9:41:38am

re: #117 Jay C

I read once in a biography of Hughes that the main changer was his 1946 crash in the prototype YF-11 reconnaissance plane. The engines drove two counter-rotating propellers each, and the gearing failed on one of them, sending the plane, and Howard, crashing to the ground in Beverly Hills (I know the spot, it was near where my parents lived).

An incredible scene from The Aviator.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 24, 2022 • 9:44:15am

re: #136 The Pie Overlord!

jfc

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Kemp, “sanest” Republican candidate for governor, is just as vile as the rest — it’s only that he is more careful in crafting his statements. He has a long history of disenfranchising black voters and the new laws, adopted during his term and signed by him, were specifically designed to suppress minority voters. He has no decency or ethics; he’s just more polished in promoting the same toxic viewpoints as his competitors.

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Belafon  May 24, 2022 • 9:45:25am

re: #138 Captain Ron

That is so going on Facebook when I get home.

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ckkatz  May 24, 2022 • 9:49:46am

Two threads on Russia’s “Tank Problem”.

There was a sighting of a T-62 being transported recently in Russia. The question of whether a 60 year old tank was being re-activated brought up discussion on whether heavy losses in Ukraine were causing this issue, and what that would mean.

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ckkatz  May 24, 2022 • 10:03:12am

Besides Syria-Iraq-Kurdistan-Iran-Yemen, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, there is also ongoing stuff all throughout Africa.

Plus a CIA project in the Puntland region of Somalia appears to have splintered. With the various factions now in armed conflict with each other.

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lawhawk  May 24, 2022 • 10:04:33am
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Dopamine Fish  May 24, 2022 • 10:06:04am

re: #146 lawhawk

This is why we can never portray the other side as “the enemy”, nor declare that we are “at war” with them. Because when you are in a war with an enemy whom you have created as a matter of faith, not fact, you will do absolutely anything to win that war.

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BlueSpotinAL  May 24, 2022 • 10:09:12am

re: #133 ckkatz

Paging Henry Kissinger. Please pick up line #5. Sudetenland on line #5 for Henry Kissinger…

Here’s an idea - let’s give Henry Kissinger to Russia.

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John Hughes  May 24, 2022 • 10:41:31am

re: #90 The Pie Overlord!

Then my kids complained “the soup tastes like bandaids”

how often do your kids eat bandaids?


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