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  1. 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,...
  2. 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...
  3. Just tell them it would make you uncomfortable....

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

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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...
  5. 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....
  15. 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....
  16. Thread: Bicycling....

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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...
  17. Thread: Bad words.

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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...
  19. Thread: New England

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    It's God's country.

    It's God's country.
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    It seems to me that I think I could make the case...

    It seems to me that I think I could make the case that virtually all your reasoning here is laughable. But whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
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    Literacy Volunteers provided training (four...

    Literacy Volunteers provided training (four evening sessions over two weeks, as I recall) and all curriculum materials. The curriculum materials weren't so terribly useful, since although LV tried to...
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    You may not like Hillary, but she would have...

    You may not like Hillary, but she would have governed as a bland, middle-of-the-road technocrat--much like Obama, but without the charisma.

    By the same token, with Trump we're mostly getting...
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    I taught an ESL class for Literacy Volunteers for...

    I taught an ESL class for Literacy Volunteers for a couple of years. I stopped because I'm frankly at an age where I'm kind of worthless after a full day at work and wasn't able to give it my best....
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    I'm old enough to have watched the moon landing....

    I'm old enough to have watched the moon landing. At the time I was just as caught up in the enthusiasm of it all as everyone else, but in hindsight I'm not so sure. I guess you can argue that,...
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    The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the...

    The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the English Language by Peter Martin. Not exactly beach reading, but quite absorbing if you are interested in the history of lexicography. Chronicles how...
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