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Frank Diary [May. 16th, 2018|10:51 pm]
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Someone has found Anne Frank's collection of dirty jokes, hidden in her diary. According to the historians, reading these really gives a sense of Frank as a human being, and not just a character from history. Sadly, we can't read them, because none of the news outlets are printing them. We've become such a prissy society in 2018 that the sort of story a 13 year old girl might consider smutty and funny would apparently cause societal meltdown if printed in the news.

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I'm glad they found them, nonetheless. I've long doubted the authenticity of that diary, based largely on the way that it was found. IIRC, some two years after the War, Mr. Frank, last survivor of the family, went to visit the attic where they'd been hidden, and after about five minutes alone emerged with the diary which he'd found in its hiding place. This after Nazis had searched the place, and the room had been returned to its regular use as an attic for two years. A secret cache of dirty jokes so well hidden that they don't come to light until 70 years later isn't the sort of detail a hoaxer usually includes. I'm pleased to be wrong on that count.

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Tornado Time! [May. 15th, 2018|06:10 pm]
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Air raid sirens are blowing, but the box seems to be to the south of here, just like yesterday. It looks absolutely deathish outside, with a yellow sky, and that weird, diffuse light.

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Ho-Zuntly! [May. 14th, 2018|10:07 pm]
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All of my glasses were dirty. I readily admit to being a slovenly housekeeper. At any rate, rather than wash one, I grabbed a plastic storage tub, and filled it with ice water from the refrigerator. And... damn... that's an amazing way to drink water! The tub partially encloses my face, and I get a faceful of the cool air and smell of the water as I go to drink! It's very much like drinking from a stream, without the mess.

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We've finally done the right thing and moved our embassy to Jerusalem! That's been a standard campaign lie for every POTUS for the last 25 years, at least, if not longer, but Trump actually did it. I'd pretty much forgotten what it's like to have a President of whom I can be proud for keeping his word, regardless of pressure.

There's apparently a commemorative coin now with twin profiles of Trump and Cyrus the Great.

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I hadn't really been following the royal weeding as closely as I might, but I see now where Meghan's father isn't going to attend, which I think is sad. I'm sure there's some awkward story behind that.

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The official version is now that the MH370 pilot committed suicide. I still have my doubts.

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Catnip Tea at Bedtime [May. 9th, 2018|09:09 pm]
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Not quite up there with Atavan, but quite relaxing nonetheless. Pleasantly astringent taste as well.

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Blue Bird [May. 9th, 2018|02:41 pm]
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Watching more of "The World at War". It's hard sometimes to believe that all of that really happened. We set entire cities on fire. That just staggers me to think about, now, even though it seemed routine when I was younger.

I was born in 1961, and as a child, the War (capitalized) was a constant background presence, a sort of prelude to the birth of the world. As I was growing up, it seemed to exist in some indefinite past that had been there before I was, that had been there before anything I knew, even though most of the adults I knew had been involved in some fashion, or at least (like my mother) remembered it as children. With the perspective of age, I see how short a time it had been over in the mid 60s, and how badly some of the adults I knew were still freaked out by it.

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So, the Boy Scouts are changing their name to "Scouts BSA", because they're going to let in girls, and want an 'inclusive' name. One does wonder what the "B" in "BSA" stands for, then.

Quite apart from that, I thought they'd already changed their name a few years ago to "Scouting USA".

I was in Boy Scouts as a child, but hated pretty much every minute of it. Exactly why I stuck it out as long as I did, I don't know. Actually, I do know. I was indoctrinated with the idea that walking out on something that's wasting your time makes you a 'quitter' who can't handle challenges.

Cubs and Webelos was fun, but our Scout Master was fixated on woodcraft and primitive camping, neither one of which interested me. I did learn how to roll a joint, make home-made firecrackers, and make an emergency bong from a beer can with only my Scout knife for a tool, so I suppose it wasn't an entire waste.

What I really wanted to be in was Campfire. They were much more about learning useful, real-world skills, self-actualization, and community service. They had this fascinating thing with beads, too, where you got beads of different shapes and sizes for completing tasks, instead of the patches that Boy Scouts got. It looked like a great deal of fun, but up until 1977, they were for girls only. They became co-ed when I was 16 years old. I could have joined at that point, and indeed I thought about it, but I'd have been starting out ten years behind everyone else, and only remained eligible for a year and a half or so, so I didn't. I rather wish that I had, now.

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In The News [May. 9th, 2018|01:37 pm]
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I am so pleased to see that dreadful Iran treaty flushed down the toilet. Quite apart from the merits (or lack thereof) of the treaty itself, is the fact that, just like the Paris Accord, it was never ratified by the Senate. In fact, the Senate voted against it.

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Meanwhile, in zany old Tanzania...

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The Russians have a robotic tank. It's long seemed to me that tanks would be the best and easiest things to turn into autonomous fighting vehicles. Considering how everyone made autonomous UAVs before anyone even started on tanks, there's obviously some flaw in my reasoning.

That tank seems to me to have an incredibly high profile, like something from the beginning of the Second World War. I'm guessing there's something intrinsic to the design that requires that. While there's no crew at risk, that's obviously a very costly weapon, and I have to think they did what they could to make it survive on the battlefield.

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The deodorant challenge. Now normally, when you read stories about stuff like this, it's de riguer for the teen to insist that they didn't know it could hurt them. I've often had my doubts about the truthfulness of that, especially with absolutely moronic stunts like eating Tide Pods. Here, the girl is telling how all of her friends have scars from doing this, but she went ahead and did it anyway. Words fail me, little girl...

I wonder what causes the injury? I can't imagine that the dedorant itself is responsible for that. Is it perhaps frostbite from adiabatic cooling?

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Yet another ebola outbreak.

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Votin' Day! [May. 8th, 2018|04:17 pm]
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Dun mah votin'... We voted in the rec hall at St. Elizabeth's again. Very pleasant, welcoming church, with a garden statue of St. Francis talking to a bird that's perched on his hand, that makes me happy to look at it. I'm going to guess that Elizabeth of Hungary is the patroness of the church (the Catholic Church has a whole slew of St. Elizabeths), since she was a disciple of St. Francis.

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Here, when you go to vote in the primary, you have to declare a party affiliation, or you can choose a non-affiliated ballot, which is basically just the issues with no candidates. This time, to my surprise, "Green" was one of the ballot choices.

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Statue of "Rough Sleeper Jesus". I'm guessing that this is intended to build sympathy for the idea of allowing homeless people to sleep on public benches. There's a certain irony in that no-one can sleep on the bench it was installed on. Nicer to look at than those little divider bumps they put on benches these days, though.

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Echoes [May. 6th, 2018|07:23 pm]
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Watching the Kentucky Derby yesterday. Unexpectedly, they have a sort of live commercial for Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Their spokeslady has clearly been enjoying their product. She was trying not to giggle while she gave her speech. That made my day :D

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Albatross pair adopt a child.

Did I adopt an albatross, I'd name him "Overhead".

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We Had a Dream We Would Spin Around in Circles [May. 5th, 2018|02:29 pm]
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So, as retailers do, they were advertising automobiles on TV. It was a very old-fashioned car commercial, in that they were actually talking about the features of the car, and not just trying to create a mood. I've really not saeen that approach since the 70s or so, and it pleases me. However, one of the selling points was a secret compartment where you can keep valuables in the car. They showed where it is. They showed where the button is that you push to open it. Words fail me.

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We've got Everton vs. Southampton on TV for match of the day. Everton seems to be sponsored by Angry Birds, which seems weird to me. For whatever reason, the crowd keep singing "When the Saints Go Marching In". Repeatedly. That must be thr Southampton song. As an American, I associate that with New Orleans.

EPL guys flop worse than the NBA, which is saying something. Dude got brushed while airborne, landed squarely on his feet, then, after about a half second delay, fell over backwards.

And what a remarkable finish!

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Blackburn won their game, but Doncaster failed to beat Wigan. I'm happy with that, They'll advance to the Championship League. Congratulations to any Wigan fans reading this.

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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2018|07:51 pm]
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[music |Me: Spin Around in Circles 'til We Die!]

I don't think that "fulsome" means what I think Trey Gowdy thinks that it means.

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I can honestly say that I have never in my life wanted to ride in one of the modern "cruise ships". I'm increasingly having difficulties understanding why anyone would, given the nonstop debacles they seem to produce anymore.

Now what I *would* like is to take a trip on a freighter, ideally a P&O with a few staterooms, going on a slow trip to the end of the world. This comes of reading too many stories by Rudyard Kipling and Wiliam Hope Hodgeson, I suspect.

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The times, they are a'changin'...

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I'm having real trouble feeling any empathy for the NFL cheerleaders who are complaining that they have to wear skimpy costumes, and aren't treated with dignity. Professional cheerleader isn't a dignified profession. It's basically about bouncing around showing T&A. Personally, I'd like to see the custom done away with, pretty much for that reason, but, if you're going to take a job like that, then don't complain about the nature of it.

Besides which, the Colts have a horse who comes out a couple times a game, and holds my attention way better than the T&A girls.

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Kilauea is erupting! For some reason, the idea of fissures just opening up in the streets spooks me. This is by no means a dangerous volcano, if you have some common sense - andesitic volcanoes like those in the Antilles arc are much more likely to kill you - but that just bothers me.

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