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    There are numerous historical precedents. At...

    There are numerous historical precedents. At least when this one was over, you still had some flowers.
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    Interesting to see this thread resurrected. I was...

    Interesting to see this thread resurrected. I was all set to walk to Camino last year after my planned retirement in the summer. Bought the guidebook, and in fact was scoping out airfares the very...
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    I've become very big on audiobooks in recent...

    I've become very big on audiobooks in recent years. My eyes aren't what they used to be--I had cataract surgery two years ago because of worsening glaucoma. As an editor, I read all day on a computer...
  4. Thread: Wow. Just wow.

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    This is the kind of argument often made against...

    This is the kind of argument often made against pure science. It's not just whether or not there was ever life on Mars, or how subatomic particles behave, or the mating habits of some obscure insect....
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    I don't entirely disagree with the "the money...

    I don't entirely disagree with the "the money would be better spent here" argument. However, it's hard not to credit the NASA scientists, whose robotic exploration of Mars has been a roaring success,...
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    Wow. Just wow.

    Maybe this belongs under Public Policy, but somehow it seems more appropriate to post it under Success Stories.

    It's the video of the landing of the Mars rover Perseverence.

    I took the time...
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    Comparing that incident with what happened on Jan. 6 is ludicrous.
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    When we were teenagers my sister was a devoted...

    When we were teenagers my sister was a devoted reader of Cosmo. I read it too--it was a window into what was then, and to some extent remains, a mystery--the female mind.
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    It's easier to wave a bloody shirt that has...

    It's easier to wave a bloody shirt that has actual blood on it -- the blood of a police officer and several civilians dumb enough to swallow Trump's line of bull.

    But hey, you can't make an...
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    The outcome is disappointing of course, but...

    The outcome is disappointing of course, but overall I think the Dems have to be feeling pretty good right now. I expect they didn't expect more than a few Repubs would break ranks, and they got...
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    CT opened eligibility to 65s on Thursday. I got...

    CT opened eligibility to 65s on Thursday. I got my first shot Friday morning.

    I had some luck. None of the news media here has done a very good job of explaining exactly what to expect when you...
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    Not long after Trump was elected, I remarked to a...

    Not long after Trump was elected, I remarked to a friend, "Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world. Ironic, ain't it?"
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    Fox is really running scared over this...

    Fox is really running scared over this multi-billion dollar lawsuit. Normally news outlets (Fox sorta qualifies) can get away with saying just about anything about anybody provided they are public...
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    Saw him and James Earl Jones in Othello at the...

    Saw him and James Earl Jones in Othello at the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, CT (long since defunct) back around 1980 or so. A memorable Iago.
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    Agreed, it's complete insane and very stress...

    Agreed, it's complete insane and very stress inducing. I really feel for people who have serious health issues and have to deal with this crazy system on a regular basis.

    Even having "good"...
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    It starts the first day of the month in which...

    It starts the first day of the month in which your birthday occurs.

    I was born June 9, 1955, so I became eligible on June 1, 2020. I only signed up for A, which is required, but since I'm still...
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    Gambling has never held any appeal for me. I'm...

    Gambling has never held any appeal for me. I'm always amused when I talk to people who've been gambling, who invariably claim they came out "a little ahead" or "a little behind." If it's always "a...
  18. 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...
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    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...
  21. 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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