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  1. Thread: Data Gathering

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    You can't escape it, but you can do a few things...

    You can't escape it, but you can do a few things to tamp it down. Use DuckDuckGo as your search engine. Firefox seems to be the best browser for privacy--at least I thought so when I started using it...
  2. Thread: UK Election

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    Could be the end of the UK. The Scots...

    Could be the end of the UK. The Scots Nationalists are already calling for a new referendum, and as a glance at one of those color-coded electoral maps shows, their support is solid. Tories will...
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    Unless, of course, it was him, again. It...

    Unless, of course, it was him, again.


    It may be that Trump in his twisted way has a point. Time's state criteria is that POTY should be some who "for better or for worse... has done the most to...
  4. It's been clear for at least a decade that what...

    It's been clear for at least a decade that what was needed was a massive, WWII-level mobilization of resources to cut carbon emissions, stabilize population and transition to sustainable energy...
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    I think Trump's perception of the military isn't...

    I think Trump's perception of the military isn't conditioned by knowledge of the actual military, but by movies about the military. Specifically, Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris movies. In the...
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    I've wondered about that myself. I don't presume...

    I've wondered about that myself. I don't presume to understand what the Sandy Hook parents went through, but I think if I were in their shoes I'd want pictures of those dead children on the front...
  7. Thread: Shingles

    by oldhat
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    I had a mild reaction about 24 hours after...

    I had a mild reaction about 24 hours after getting the first shingles shot. Some night chills and perhaps a slight fever. Certainly preferable to getting shingles. I will definitely get the second...
  8. I'm on the fence on this. My experience has been...

    I'm on the fence on this. My experience has been that life consists mostly of suffering with rare, fleeting episodes of joy. But I don't wish I'd never been born.

    There's a Stephen Sondheim song,...
  9. There are always going to be people who dismiss...

    There are always going to be people who dismiss this kind of stunt activism as wacky or pointless. I like to remind them that probably the original stunt journalist was Henry David Thoreau, whose...
  10. Just tell them it would make you uncomfortable....

    Just tell them it would make you uncomfortable. Apparently making someone uncomfortable is now illegal.
  11. Thread: Flu Shot

    by oldhat
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    On one or two occasions I've woken up with mild...

    On one or two occasions I've woken up with mild chills following my annual flu shot, but the feeling always passed by morning. Arm usually gets a little sore, but nothing serious.

    I get this...
  12. Thread: Shingles

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    I got the first shot yesterday. I had a bit of...

    I got the first shot yesterday. I had a bit of difficulty finding a pharma that had the vaccine on hand, after several attempts recently.

    Back for the second shot in two months.

    Tenngal, hope...
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    I don't quarrel with the idea that her actions...

    I don't quarrel with the idea that her actions merit punishment, fairly harsh punishment, even assuming her version of events was true. And if a manslaughter charge would only have gotten her two...
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    I only know the outlines of this case, but I was...

    I only know the outlines of this case, but I was puzzled by one thing--the charge of murder, given that apparently she didn't know this guy at all. Again, based on my limited knowledge of the case,...
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    Anyone who works in any aspect of publishing has...

    Anyone who works in any aspect of publishing has seen huge changes in technology that have resulted in huge gains in productivity.

    The worth of what we produce is a separate question:

    “We are...
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    It's more than just minerals. It's sand...

    It's more than just minerals. It's sand. Greenland's rapidly melting ice sheets are creating millions of tons of sand. Trump is using his superior brain to corner the market on sand. We lesser...
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    If the Danes are willing to sell, I'm prepared to...

    If the Danes are willing to sell, I'm prepared to go as high as $499.
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    Some interesting background on the real Fredo...

    Some interesting background on the real Fredo, as well as on John Cazale, the wonderful actor who played him and who died too young.

    My favorite Cazale role wasn't Fredo, though, it was Sal, Al...
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    I'm fairly tuned into NYC Italian-American...

    I'm fairly tuned into NYC Italian-American culture, and I was unaware that "Fredo" is some kind of deadly insult. An insult, sure, but a dismissive one. Certain not equivalent to "the n-word."

    In...
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    When I was in high school my sister went with...

    When I was in high school my sister went with some friends to see a new sensation named Bette Midler. She liked Bette, but was even more captivated when her music director played a few songs during...
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    Talk about false equivalence. Someone who mows...

    Talk about false equivalence. Someone who mows down 22 (by the latest report) people with an assault rifle is the same as some bunch of politically correct whiners on Twitter?

    Listen to yourself....
  22. This is my main beef with modern life--it's too...

    This is my main beef with modern life--it's too damn complicated. I have by far the simplest life of anyone I know, and I still can't keep track of all the stuff that I'm supposed to keep track of....
  23. Thread: Bicycling....

    by oldhat
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    I'd like to bike where I live, but I'm frankly...

    I'd like to bike where I live, but I'm frankly terrified. Too much traffic, and roads that were in no way designed to accommodate both cars and bikes.

    I don't think this is an idle fear, either. A...
  24. Thread: Bad words.

    by oldhat
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    Forgive me if I'm skeptical of all this. I've...

    Forgive me if I'm skeptical of all this. I've been subjected to plenty of sensitivity training in my day, most of which managed to insult my intelligence, my integrity, or more usually both. But I've...
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    Cable news is the main culprit. They have to be...

    Cable news is the main culprit. They have to be in a lather about something all the time, and the Trump show has been a godsend for them. This is true regardless of political bias. The talking heads...
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