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    That crash was rather suspicious. Having...

    That crash was rather suspicious.

    Having finished the book, I think there's more to the story than was ever told, but the authors came to no conclusions--except that we don't have any idea what...
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    My closest childhood friend did become a nun for...

    My closest childhood friend did become a nun for a time, then left the convent, married, and had children. Both paths her life took were equally incomprehensible to me. :~)
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    Your post does make it sound like...

    Your post does make it sound like people--including children--are falling apart all around us. I wonder why this is.
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    In fairness, that was before our time. Some...

    In fairness, that was before our time.

    Some of us remember the civil rights struggles that seem to have to be fought all over again, in some measure, every generation.
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    My mother was so influenced by her Catholic...

    My mother was so influenced by her Catholic education that she refused to wear black shoes--they reminded her of being scolded and staring down at nuns' feet. Her sister led an insurrection when one...
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    I think there's some truth to that. Some...

    I think there's some truth to that. Some eventually find their way back through talk therapy, diet, emotional support, growing older, etc.
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    There certainly seem to be more "broken" people...

    There certainly seem to be more "broken" people abroad in the present time. I used to listen to police scanners years ago, and I occasionally do now too, and the number of apparently mentally ill...
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    Huh? i never got that impression. We knew the...

    Huh? i never got that impression. We knew the rules, we had regular recesses to let off steam, we were engaged, and we learned quite a bit.
    I'd be unhappy if I were forced to work in groups, as I...
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    I didn't present a case. This is not a debate....

    I didn't present a case. This is not a debate. And I made no "extraordinary" claims, which you could have confirmed in about 60 seconds by doing a quick Google search.
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    And because the government has deemed them...

    And because the government has deemed them Schedule One, there's not likely to be. Pity.
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    This isn't a term paper: I don't need to provide...

    This isn't a term paper: I don't need to provide footnotes.

    When I run across conflicting information, I go to a search engine. I suggest you do the same--far keener minds than mine have made the...
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    We regularly had 30-ish kids per class, no nuns,...

    We regularly had 30-ish kids per class, no nuns, and no behavior problems.
    Funny how time changes things.
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    You don't get around much, do you?

    You don't get around much, do you?
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    My friend is in Oregon. My understanding is that...

    My friend is in Oregon. My understanding is that opioids aren't much more effective than NSAIDS for pain relief, so I'm thinking of the recent book Cure, which lays out how the mind can influence the...
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    They promote relaxation, pleasurable interactions...

    They promote relaxation, pleasurable interactions with like-minded friends, and--in the case of the psychedelics--mind expansion. Also, small quantities of alcohol and cannabis have proved to be...
  16. It seems easy enough just to call people what...

    It seems easy enough just to call people what they want to be called, without throwing a tantrum about it.
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    Using various substances/methods to alter...

    Using various substances/methods to alter consciousness is not always pathological, but pleasurable, like immersing yourself in a good book can be. I'm pretty sure the birds that get stoned on...
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    Someone is Hiding Something, about the...

    Someone is Hiding Something, about the disappearance of Flight 370, written by Richard Belzer, generally known for conspiracy theories. I have another Flight 370 book in queue, to balance it out.
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    I'd give in and invest in a giant home screen and...

    I'd give in and invest in a giant home screen and a Netflix subscription. Not quite the same, but at least no annoying seatmates.
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    It says on the news that Seattle's air quality is...

    It says on the news that Seattle's air quality is worse than Beijing's, due to BC fires. I'm not seeing or smelling smoke. It might be hazy; I just thought it was typical cloud cover.
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    We'd be a much poorer country without these...

    We'd be a much poorer country without these hard-working immigrants--who make up not only legions of restaurateurs (I remember when the only "ethnic" food you could find in this area was watered down...
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    People have always sorted, categorized, and...

    People have always sorted, categorized, and labeled others. Think Hester Prynne. It's nothing new.
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    I always thought "corporate culture" was an...

    I always thought "corporate culture" was an oxymoron.
    I tended to operate as far under the radar as I could; it worked.
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    So far, it's been quieter than usual here. Even...

    So far, it's been quieter than usual here. Even the float planes aren't taking off. Supposedly, this is a four-day event, of which one and a half have passed without incident. i have sets of earplugs...
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    No Passport Required (PBS) last night featured...

    No Passport Required (PBS) last night featured Ethiopian food and culture. Well worth watching; had me salivating.
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