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    Love people, and use things

    (...Not the other way around...)


    Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, "The Minimalists"
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    The "Father of Wisconsin" was Charles Michel de...

    The "Father of Wisconsin" was Charles Michel de Langlade (b. 1729). He led armed Indigenous People against revolutionaries during the American Revolution. His base was a trading post now known as...
  3. January 2020 Social Security increment 1.6%

    Approximately 67 million Americans who are receiving Social Security benefits will receive an increase of 1.6% next year.

    As my Old Dad would say, "It's better than nothing."
  4. With mung bean sprouts I use a large bowl full of...

    With mung bean sprouts I use a large bowl full of cool water. I find that the hulls tend to float, and the floating hulls tend to adhere to each other. So in a large round bowl I start the water in...
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    The PBS clip was interesting. So the UAW has...

    The PBS clip was interesting. So the UAW has 46,000 members at GM, but in 1978 the headcount was 10x that? Sounds like 40+ years of decline.

    From Detroit Free Press articles I gather that...
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    I gather the heat in the dishwasher deformed the...

    I gather the heat in the dishwasher deformed the cups. Still they look capable of holding a little pinot noir.

    Cent' anni!
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    Now how would you like to express you opinions...

    Now how would you like to express you opinions and feelings on pillow cases?

    All my life until about a week ago, I slept on cotton (or cotton flannel) pillow cases. For a change I thought I would...
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    Remembering Stan Rogers (1949-1983)

    Stan Rogers wrote a line in his song, Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's:

    And when I reach that last big shoal,
    Where the groundswells break asunder,
    Where the wild sands roll to the surge's toll,...
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    I have been listening to an audiobook of David...

    I have been listening to an audiobook of David Sedaris reading his bits on dining in restaurants in NYC, learning to speak French, etc.
    I suppose it does not qualify as "reading". But I laugh...
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    Welfare checks... Police are called to check on...

    Welfare checks... Police are called to check on someone. In rural Wisconsin it is still routine for officers to go to the residence, and inquire into the well-being of the person of interest. But I...
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    There seems to be an incredible bubble in all...

    There seems to be an incredible bubble in all sorts of bonds. In my humble opinion, this is a wonderful time to sell munis.
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    Footnote. I always have a wee dram to offer to...

    Footnote. I always have a wee dram to offer to those who served. A vet would not need to buy any of the makings. Slainte.
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    Puerto Rico's Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

    The objective was to put the island US Territory of Puerto Rico on a financial footing as sound as the average of the 10 shakiest of the 50 states. So, there is a real possibility that PR will...
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    I paid (on sale) $13 plus sales tax of 5.5% for a...

    I paid (on sale) $13 plus sales tax of 5.5% for a total of $13.715 for 1.75L. I consider that expensive, but I don't know how the cost per liter ($7.84) compares to other vodkas.

    I would...
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    I added the sweetener just before serving,...

    I added the sweetener just before serving, because I tasted the liquor, and judged it to be overly tart. My hunch is that if the sweetener were added early, there could be considerable variation in...
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    Plum cordial

    I had some free sweet red plums. ( I will have to invite the neighbor over for a new year's toast … Sweet New Year!)

    Cut plums in half and discard the pits, filling a large-mouth jar with the...
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    Khorasan Wheat (Kamut)

    I prepare Khorasan wheat by sprouting. It is ready to eat after 3 or 4 days. I keep the sprouted Khorasan wheat refrigerated, rinsing 2x per day.

    I usually eat it as a mid-day snack. I drizzle...
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    I am glad to be asked for my opinion.

    The facts indicate that employees and employers are paying a lot for health insurance premiums (and also deductibles in the case of the insured).

    Over...
  19. Heath Insurance Premiums: Employer paying $14,561, Employee paying $6,015

    Based on a survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation,
    All firms
    Family health insurance coverage in the USA now costs
    on the average $20,576 per year, of which $14,561 is paid by the...
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    That's correct. The album sold 700,000 copies in...

    That's correct. The album sold 700,000 copies in the first month after release.

    In the episode I watched on TV, they played one cut from that album, which was I Can't Stop Loving You. Ray...
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    In last night's episode, it was repeated how...

    In last night's episode, it was repeated how recordings and radio made it possible for either race to privately listen to the music of the other. And specifically, when Ray Charles won enhanced...
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    A brewery in Fort Collins uses peaches to make...

    A brewery in Fort Collins uses peaches to make beer... but I do not know how it is done.
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    I watched the segment on "The Sons of the...

    I watched the segment on "The Sons of the Pioneers"


    See them tumblin' down,
    Pledgin' their love to the ground!
    Lonely, but free, I'll be found,
    Driftin' along with the tumblin' tumble-weeds....
  24. Thread: Love

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    Like SteveinMN said, I agree. "Love is a...

    Like SteveinMN said, I agree.

    "Love is a many-splendored thing". Love can be, if necessary, changing wound dressings on a daily basis.
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    Audiobook of David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One...

    Audiobook of David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day,

    I do not know much about the author, but I gather he has made a career out of reading from his diaries for the BBC, etc. I enjoy his sense of...
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