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    I knew he was a Rhodes Scholar--he and Rachel...

    I knew he was a Rhodes Scholar--he and Rachel Maddow were talking about the delicacy of coming out before or during studies abroad--and I'd heard about his languages. He must be really gifted--I...
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    I just ran across this interesting anecdote--he's...

    I just ran across this interesting anecdote--he's not number one on my list, but I have a lot of respect for him:
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    Diet most likely plays a part, for a variety of...

    Diet most likely plays a part, for a variety of reasons. Vegans are particularly susceptible, probably because of numerous deficiencies. Food sensitivities may play a part.

    I didn't have any...
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    Pollan was pretty dismissive and deprecating,...

    Pollan was pretty dismissive and deprecating, too.

    I stand by my assertion where people with families and (particularly) manual labor or 8 hours on your feet-type jobs are concerned.
    Maybe he's...
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    British Medical Journal:...

    British Medical Journal: https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3697/rr-4
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    I've had only a few months' experience with...

    I've had only a few months' experience with SSRIs--and none with other Pharma psychoactives, but I suspect their ubiquity has a lot to do with the recent epidemic of suicide and suicide attempts...
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    What soured me on Pollan was a presentation...

    What soured me on Pollan was a presentation wherein he and some foodie friend of his were making a meal of fresh foods and Pollan pointed out how easy the whole process was. Yes, I suppose it was...
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    Oregon is going to have a psilocybin legalization...

    Oregon is going to have a psilocybin legalization measure on the ballot coming up. My experiences with "magic mushrooms" were not transformative, but very, very pleasant. LSD not so much. Pollan's...
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    Good news! I personally attended the Midvale...

    Good news! I personally attended the Midvale School for the Gifted. :idea:
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    I'm not a housekeeper, and don't aspire to be, so...

    I'm not a housekeeper, and don't aspire to be, so I can relate. I figure the more "germs" I'm exposed to, the better. Fortunately, I'm the only one I have to please.
    And I'm not exactly a "people...
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    Medical cannabis is long-established: ...

    Medical cannabis is long-established:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_medical_cannabis
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    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great...

    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great fun, but love is altogether different, and more satisfying in the long run. Sex and infatuation may be related.

    John Ciardi's take on it: "Love is...
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    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr....

    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, which I also read. His books are engaging and light, with a backdrop of IT drudgery. Nice contrast to the depressing stuff I've...
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    In the film, Karina's coach warns her that she...

    In the film, Karina's coach warns her that she may see her friends die, and she might very well die herself, or be seriously injured. I guess that added to the thrill somehow.
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    Conservatives seem to use "virtue signaling" a...

    Conservatives seem to use "virtue signaling" a lot.

    Cannabis is here to stay; it's been around forever. And friends who use it for sleeping and pain control swear by it.

    I'm not sure why...
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    You have to be actively dying to get suicide...

    You have to be actively dying to get suicide assistance in Oregon--if I remember correctly--with only a few months to live. "Very broke" wouldn't cut it.
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    I don't know why anyone would want to try rock...

    I don't know why anyone would want to try rock climbing or BASE jumping or team sports or ballroom dancing, but people do. Adults altering their consciousness for brief periods of time (in countless...
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    Interesting article on emissions from chemical...

    Interesting article on emissions from chemical fertilizer plants: http://ens-newswire.com/2019/06/06/us-fertilizer-plants-emit-100-times-the-methane-reported/
    Spoiler--they're a lot higher than...
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    Ruminants--unmanaged or properly managed--are...

    Ruminants--unmanaged or properly managed--are necessary for fertile soil.
    http://www.regenerateland.com/why-livestock-are-necessary-for-food-production-to-be-sustainable/
  21. I think it's called "flexitarian."

    I think it's called "flexitarian."
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    I get so tired of hearing "plant-based" and "ethical" when it comes to food (everything edible is "plant-based" one way or another) that it makes me feel like grabbing a heart or liver and eating it...
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    The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD. I finally...

    The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD. I finally got around to reading this excellent exploration of how we gain weight, and why.

    Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and...
  24. Thread: Meritocracy

    by JaneV2.0
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    I swear I heard my neighbor's house went for...

    I swear I heard my neighbor's house went for $900,000K, but I can't be sure of that and it sounds ridiculously high. I remember when a friend and her husband bought a house in Portland for $500K some...
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    There were class rankings? >8)

    There were class rankings? >8)
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