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    I couldn't agree more. We need more tradespeople,...

    I couldn't agree more. We need more tradespeople, and a solid apprenticeship structure.

    All this wrangling about college loans is probably moot--only about one percent of such are forgiven, if...
  2. I got rid of a broken surge protector, which...

    I got rid of a broken surge protector, which required rearranging a lot of computer equipment and moving an awkward piece of furniture, before switching it out with a new one. I'm unreasonably proud...
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    Of course they are--to hear some of the more...

    Of course they are--to hear some of the more vocal wacko "Christians*" out there, they're the cause of hurricanes, earthquakes, meteor strikes...(there really should be a sarcasm emoji.)

    *Not to...
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    You always start negotiations with some pie in...

    You always start negotiations with some pie in the sky thrown in, and work down from there.
    Good for the kids. My siblings demonstrated at that age (and even my mother was drawn in).
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    You're right that (Republican) presidents have...

    You're right that (Republican) presidents have steadily eroded respect for the rule of law while enriching themselves and their cronies, but we have to have reached an apogee with this clown, else we...
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    I don't know that my life needs meaning, but I'm...

    I don't know that my life needs meaning, but I'm happy to be here.
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    "Sorry about bugging out on the G7 climate change...

    "Sorry about bugging out on the G7 climate change talks and then lying about it." "Sorry about the emoluments clause, non-stop grifting and self-aggrandizement." "Sorry about time wasted playing golf...
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    The new president will also have to deal with the...

    The new president will also have to deal with the nightmare of reversing all the damage Trump has wrought with his slash and burn approach to governing and to mend fences with all the countries we've...
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    Also, type 2 diabetes is eminently reversible in...

    Also, type 2 diabetes is eminently reversible in a 30 year-old, if you seek out the right resources.
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    It wasn't that Pollan's recommendations were...

    It wasn't that Pollan's recommendations were wrong--who can argue with "eat whole foods"?--but that it was delivered with such dismissive smugness in the clip I saw.
  11. If I consider that plants seem to show a level of...

    If I consider that plants seem to show a level of consciousness along with the fact that in all but the tiniest, most ethical organic farms, small mammals, lizards and amphibians, birds, and insects...
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    I knew he was a Rhodes Scholar--he and Rachel...

    I knew he was a Rhodes Scholar--he and Rachel Maddow were talking about the delicacy of coming out before or during studies abroad--and I'd heard about his languages. He must be really gifted--I...
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    I just ran across this interesting anecdote--he's...

    I just ran across this interesting anecdote--he's not number one on my list, but I have a lot of respect for him:
    ...
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    Diet most likely plays a part, for a variety of...

    Diet most likely plays a part, for a variety of reasons. Vegans are particularly susceptible, probably because of numerous deficiencies. Food sensitivities may play a part.

    I didn't have any...
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    Pollan was pretty dismissive and deprecating,...

    Pollan was pretty dismissive and deprecating, too.

    I stand by my assertion where people with families and (particularly) manual labor or 8 hours on your feet-type jobs are concerned.
    Maybe he's...
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    British Medical Journal:...

    British Medical Journal: https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3697/rr-4
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    I've had only a few months' experience with...

    I've had only a few months' experience with SSRIs--and none with other Pharma psychoactives, but I suspect their ubiquity has a lot to do with the recent epidemic of suicide and suicide attempts...
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    What soured me on Pollan was a presentation...

    What soured me on Pollan was a presentation wherein he and some foodie friend of his were making a meal of fresh foods and Pollan pointed out how easy the whole process was. Yes, I suppose it was...
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    Oregon is going to have a psilocybin legalization...

    Oregon is going to have a psilocybin legalization measure on the ballot coming up. My experiences with "magic mushrooms" were not transformative, but very, very pleasant. LSD not so much. Pollan's...
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    Good news! I personally attended the Midvale...

    Good news! I personally attended the Midvale School for the Gifted. :idea:
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    I'm not a housekeeper, and don't aspire to be, so...

    I'm not a housekeeper, and don't aspire to be, so I can relate. I figure the more "germs" I'm exposed to, the better. Fortunately, I'm the only one I have to please.
    And I'm not exactly a "people...
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    Medical cannabis is long-established: ...

    Medical cannabis is long-established:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_medical_cannabis
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    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great...

    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great fun, but love is altogether different, and more satisfying in the long run. Sex and infatuation may be related.

    John Ciardi's take on it: "Love is...
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    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr....

    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, which I also read. His books are engaging and light, with a backdrop of IT drudgery. Nice contrast to the depressing stuff I've...
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