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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...
  7. 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...
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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...
  9. Thread: Conavirus......

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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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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...
  21. Thread: Shingles

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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...
  22. 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,...
  23. 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...
  24. Just tell them it would make you uncomfortable....

    Just tell them it would make you uncomfortable. Apparently making someone uncomfortable is now illegal.
  25. 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...
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