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  1. One of my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons...

    One of my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons ends with a reference to rationing. When I was a kid I was baffled by it, until later when I learned what an "A card" was.

    The joke doesn't occur till the...
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    In my earlier post I said my view on this was...

    In my earlier post I said my view on this was being conditioned solely based on what I thought would be the best outcome for the country. I continue to be indifferent to Trump qua Trump. I really...
  3. If ever there were a president who would attempt...

    If ever there were a president who would attempt such an absurd hoax, it's certainly Trump. But no, I don't think it's a hoax. I'm not big on conspiracy theories generally--people so want to believe...
  4. Thread: Weight Loss

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    During the early stages of the lockdown, back in...

    During the early stages of the lockdown, back in April, I became alarmed by my BP, which was up despite being on medication, and my weight, which was about as high as it's ever been (around 245 at...
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    I'm viewing this through the lens of what would...

    I'm viewing this through the lens of what would be best for the country. (Trump, of course, will view it the opposite way, since for a narcissist the measure of anything is how it affects him.) A...
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    I got a revision and my results changed a lot....

    I got a revision and my results changed a lot. Original showed mostly Scots Irish, which I knew, a little English but a lot of French, which made no sense, and only about 15% Italian, which was also...
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    Republican health care plan: "Let 'em die!" ...

    Republican health care plan: "Let 'em die!"
    Republican unemployment plan: "Let 'em drown!"
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    Walden.

    Walden.
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    Since full-time work at home started for me with...

    Since full-time work at home started for me with the pandemic, sweatpants and a t-shirt.

    When I was still going to the office, it was khaki or drab slacks, a shirt with a collar, and brown shoes....
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    I always feel a little sad on the solstice,...

    I always feel a little sad on the solstice, knowing it means the days will slowly get shorter and we're heading into the summer heat and humidity. I love the long summer evenings, tho.
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    Charity. I am fortunate to be employed and able...

    Charity. I am fortunate to be employed and able to work from home full-time.

    As I said in an email to some friends this weekend: I am bored, miserable and lonely, and I am among the luckiest...
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    Purely by chance I came across a wonderful indy...

    Purely by chance I came across a wonderful indy film on Amazon Prime, "Edie." It's that rare thing, a feel-good story that doesn't lapse into sentimentality. Outstanding performance by an 80-year-old...
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    I'm revising my opinion of Cuomo dramatically...

    I'm revising my opinion of Cuomo dramatically upward after just watching about half an hour of his daily press briefing. (Not that it was necessarily low before--I didn't really have an opinion of...
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    Even though he's the gov of the state next door,...

    Even though he's the gov of the state next door, I don't know a lot about Cuomo, but I think lionizing him shows how low our standards have gotten. He's doing a competent job--and that's not intended...
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    I take great pride in how few "celebrities" I...

    I take great pride in how few "celebrities" I recognize. I've known for years I was completing my transformation into complete curmudgeonhood. What I didn't anticipate was how satisfying it would be.
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    After several days of not shopping I'm realizing...

    After several days of not shopping I'm realizing that there's an important difference between this situation and stocking up for other types of disaster. I was going heavily for things that would...
  17. Thread: Conavirus......

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    I'm not sure about your geographical location....

    I'm not sure about your geographical location. Here in a hot zone, allowing 250 people into the same space unnecessarily would be irresponsible.

    Given that it looks like the feds have complete...
  18. Thread: Conavirus......

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    I don't suppose I should be surprised, but in my...

    I don't suppose I should be surprised, but in my brief forays outside during the past two days, I'm still seeing people engaged in unessential activities like eating in restaurants, attending a yoga...
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    Yesterday I had to go to CVS to pick up a scrip,...

    Yesterday I had to go to CVS to pick up a scrip, and afterwards I went into the supermarket next door to continue stocking up. Despite it being mid-morning on a weekday, the store was mobbed. Looks...
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    You can be as glib as you like. Facts is facts.

    You can be as glib as you like. Facts is facts.
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    The lesson of recent history is pretty clear....

    The lesson of recent history is pretty clear. Don't vote Republican. It may not be a perfect solution, but it would seem to increase the chances of competent governance.
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    Hmmm... let's see. In 2008, the previous...

    Hmmm... let's see.

    In 2008, the previous Republican president bequeathed his successor an economy that was near collapse, a country mired in an unwinnable and unnecessary war paid for with a...
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    Around $1.5 million. In any case, since I'm...

    Around $1.5 million. In any case, since I'm retiring in a few months, that's what it's going to have to be!
  24. Thread: How to be happy

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    How to be happy, presented in less than three...

    How to be happy, presented in less than three minutes.
  25. 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...
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