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In the News! [Nov. 13th, 2019|04:35 pm]
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Well, shit. Two confirmed cases of pneumonic plague. This is the really bad version, that spreads directly from human to human, where you can be walking around completely healthy, then be dead a few hours later.

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Ol' Pope's been readin' mah journal...

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Chiropractor broke a guy's neck...

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This is the song that does not end...

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Birds and Mammals [Nov. 11th, 2019|06:47 pm]
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An interesting article about a bird hospital in India, which develops into an essay on animal consciousness. FWIW, I'm certain as can be that all mammals and birds are conscious in the same way that we are, with a sense of self in a world that is not-self, and models of reality being used to test possible actions and predict their outcomes. The behaviouralist model of reality requires that all other animals use an entirely different mechanism to produce behavior which is essentially identical to ours (if less elaborate and abstract, at least in those aspects to which we pay attention) and directed toward the same overall ends, which assumption, while not impossible, would certainly set William of Ockham spinning in his grave.

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Octoculence [Nov. 11th, 2019|12:51 pm]
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I love John Bolton, but honestly, he's the very last person who ought to be decrying anyone else as a "hand grenade".

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I cleaned and reorganized the kitchen and made peanut brittle. I was proud of my busy day, until I read about this guy.

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Resisting Anti-Semitism [Nov. 10th, 2019|02:20 pm]
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Petition to urge Congress to speak out against anti-semitism. It is sad and frightening that something like this has become a problem in the United States.

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Meanwhile, in Mexico [Nov. 10th, 2019|12:31 am]
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Having solved Mexico's organized crime problem, Lopez-Obrador now turns his attention to grocery-baggers' wages. Perhaps supermarket managers will be cowed by his authority.

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Eck Bommisville [Nov. 8th, 2019|08:41 am]
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The Smol Donald helps Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar face some inconvenient truths.

Gotta get help now to move the sofa, 'cause I laughed my ass off, and I think maybe it rolled under there.

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IMS will have self-driving car races. Didn't take too long for Penske to get to work. It never does, though.

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Beer! [Nov. 7th, 2019|12:00 am]
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So, in Texas, you can buy a 99-pack of beer. Because Texas, ya know.

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When I was 19, I lived in West Virginia for half a year or so. I don't remember if it was legal to buy beer at 18 there, or if the shop clerk was just cool, but at any rate, I bought beer there.

One of the items they had, in the refrigerated section, no less, was the "BIG JUG o' BEER!". This was a one gallon plastic jug, like milk comes in, except that it was beer. And it cost like a dollar fifty for one gallon. And it was a bad buy at that, or any, price. I think what the big jug people did was to drain the leftovers out of returned kegs, blend it together, and sell it. Flat, nasty beer.

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Chile [Nov. 6th, 2019|11:27 pm]
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I'd kinda wondered if things had calmed down in Chile, given that they'd dropped out of the news. It seems not. They're now throwing molotov cocktails at humans. Not just randomly lighting stuff on fire because it's a riot and you can get away with stuff like that, but actually trying to set other people on fire. And, of course, there's someone dressed as "the Joker". There would be. One can't eat a "peach-mint" cake because that might offend some snowflake, but a movie that celebrates mass murder and treats it as edgy and cool to earn money from teenage boys, now how could anyone object to that???

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Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November... [Nov. 5th, 2019|02:22 pm]
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Eight years ago today, I was on a plane, on my way to Findra's funeral.

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! [Nov. 4th, 2019|10:24 am]
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OMG! Roger Penske just bought the Speedway.

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