Sunday Open Thread: Music Heals and Thanks

The Global Citizen concert yesterday honoring first responders and healthcare workers was excellent. Of course my favorite was the Rolling Stones. You can see all the excellent performances on You Tube (or at yesterday you could).

A big thanks to Lady Gaga who made it happen.

I am captivated by her microphone. Anyone know what kind it is?

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Notes from Isolation.... (5.00 / 8) (#3)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 10:53:56 AM EST
    Greeting Old Friends...does this sh:t suck or what?

    Hope y'all are hanging in there. I'm doing better than many if not most. Healthy and feeling good, as are the loved ones...the important thing.  Freezer full of meat and cubbards full so eating good. Not much else you can ask for, right?

    Still working albeit from home, with a 20% paycut till further notice. Would probably do better moneywise being furloughed or laid off with the extra 6 hundo the feds are adding on, but I figured I'd hold on for the timebeing. If pay isnt restored in another month or two things could get dicey. Hopefully more stimulus bread from Uncle Sam is forthcoming. All these people out of work...I worry about the people who can't get unemployment or the pittance stimulus. And of course all those lost or suffering from this damn virus. Mother Nature really doing her thing tryin' to thin an overpopulated herd...not surprising in that sense, probably long overdue.

    Isolating with the ladyfriend and her daughter, homeschool online is for the birds but we do our best. Get out to the local park everyday to maintain semblance of sanity. Rockin' the skateboard like I'm a teenager again lol. Missing live music the most, yearning for the day the right to peaceably assemble joyfully is restored. I don't think social animals like us can live like this for more than a couple months and still call it livin'.  

    Better days must surely come...keep on holdin' on y'all!

    So good (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Zorba on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:11:38 PM EST
    To hear from you, kdog!  We were so worried about you!

    Daughter Zorba and her SO live in NYC (in Brooklyn) and we worry about them.  Fortunately, they've been working from home for quite awhile now, because they are consultants.  They're also trained virologists, so they know how to protect themselves.

    You keep on keeping on, dog, as well as your lady friend and her daughter!  {{Hugs}}.  Namaste.


    Hugs back at ya Hippie Godmother! (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:32:46 PM EST
    We got a little more space to keep our distance out here on Long Island vs. The Boroughs. But we are not without our "hotspots". So far it's just been "friend of a friend" twice removed type deals of people having the virus confirmed, and they all recovered at home without hospitalization. We suspect my ladyfriend might have had it back in February when she was sick as a dog for almost two weeks. She tested negative for regular flu so they just called it an upper respitory infection at that time....who knows. Her daughter and I never got sick.

    I'm available to do wellness checks if needed for your daughter, or any other TLers with loved ones in the NYC area...f*ck-all else to do!


    That's so sweet (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Zorba on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:00:54 PM EST
    of you to offer, kdog.  But they keep in frequent contact with us, and they do have Fresh Direct grocery delivery, so they don't have to go out much at all.

    It's great to hear from you (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:19:40 PM EST
    KDog, I got a lot of emails wondering if you were okay. Thanks for checking in, and stay safe.

    If any of you are worried about other present or former TL readers, I'm happy to shoot them an email and check in on them. Just let me know, either in comments or by email.


    Thank you J... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:34:41 PM EST
    for this big family you created and all the love. Keep on truckin'!

    J, could you send an email to caseyOR. (none / 0) (#28)
    by vml68 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:52:43 PM EST
    I had her email a while ago but can't seem to find it.

    will do (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:58:33 PM EST

    Hey, vml68, here I am. (5.00 / 2) (#164)
    by caseyOR on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 08:18:10 PM EST
    Thanks for asking about me. How are you doing? And your husband? And the dogs?

    I am laying low here in Lincoln Land. Sheltering in place with my kitty. I usually make one trip out a week to pick up my grocery order.  My local grocer, the last locally-owned grocery store in the city, has a very easy app to order groceries online. I have the option of delivery or I can pick up at the store where they bring the groceries out and load the car. I choose pick up and that is often my only trip out into world each week.

    This is the first time I have been in a high risk group ( I turned 68 a few months ago.), and I do not like it.

    Now that the weather is warming up I plan to get outside for walks. In the meantime I am walking 1-2 miles a day around my condo. It is not a big condo. I am wearing a path in the carpet in the hallway.

    I recently joined a CSA ( Community Supported Agriculture) and I am looking forward to weekly boxes of locally grown organic vegetables starting next month. I eat very little meat anymore. The occasional burger. And who could totally eliminate bacon from their life? I am learning many tasty ways to prepare beans and lentils. And I recently added farro and freekah to my collection of whole grains alongside the brown rice and bulgar.

    If I don't get COVID-19 I may come out of this healthier than I have been in decades.

    I see from this fthread that Howdy and Zorba and Repack and my old Pirate Crew buddy Kdog and many more TLers are alive and well. I might have missed it, but I didn't see anything from fishcamp. Anybody heard from him?

    I'll keep in better touch as we grit our teeth and put our shoulders to all the wheels and power through this. I think we are in for a long haul with this one.

    Ya'll take care now.


    Very good to hear from you, casey (5.00 / 2) (#167)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 10:44:44 AM EST
    Yes, fishcamp is doing fine.  He comments briefly on occasion, but some of us are in regular contact with him via email.
    We are all doing fine up here on the mountain.  Freezer is full of venison, among other things, waiting for the Pirate Crew to come and take sanctuary.  ;-)
    Some of the garden is in, and we are hardening off the tomato, pepper, and herb plants we bought.
    (We are also cooking like mad.  We have to watch that we don't gain weight!)
    You take care as well, lady.

    Glad you're okay (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:23:37 PM EST
    and be thankful you have a governor that believes in science and doesn't lie to you guys about the virus.

    Never a Cuomo fan... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:38:46 PM EST
    but I must admit he has done a pretty good job and been a reassuring leadership presence during this crisis. Especially in comparison to Dopey Donnie at the federal level.

    Dude almost got lucky and skated through 4 years without a major crisis, that he himself did not create at least.


    All of you should be glad that your (none / 0) (#18)
    by vml68 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:49:58 PM EST
    respective Governors at least know how to put on a freakin' mask!

    I don't know (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:52:44 PM EST
    if mine can actually put on a mask or not. However, you and I could play a great game everyday called Kemp/DeSantis who is worse. Kemp is having a press conference today on opening up the state. He never holds press conferences. He seems to like to hide from the voters.

    ESSENTIAL activiies (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by MO Blue on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 11:59:36 PM EST
    Georgia is opening up these ESSENTIAL businesses on Friday.

    Kemp, a Republican, said specifically that fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses can reopen as early Friday, April 24.

    Risk dying over getting more body art. Guess my definition of ESSENTIAL is no where close to the Governor of Georgia.

    As Forest Gump was known to say, "Stupid is as stupid does."


    It's now (none / 0) (#57)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 06:47:57 AM EST
    coming out that it's all about money. He doesn't want to pay people unemployment. The UE fund is going to run out in 28 weeks. And you know he can't go to the yahoos and raise taxes to actually cover this. The financial mismanagement of the state isn't his fault since all this was done before he took office but he also has done nothing to rectify it while in office. The state is behind billions in tax revenue but opening up these businesses is not going to solve the problem. Sorry to say but most of them are going to end up going under due to Kemp's complete mismanagement of the virus.

    I am sure there are some people who would (none / 0) (#58)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 08:56:50 AM EST
    consider a "massage" parlor, an essential business ;-)

    I have been meaning to ask you this for a while but you don't post that often anymore, so haven't had the chance...did you ever make that trip to the UK that you were planning a few years ago?

    I had travel plans for this summer that are not going to happen now. Feeling a bit bummed about that.


    3 years ago (5.00 / 2) (#76)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 06:15:48 PM EST
    I traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with my daughter and her husband. Lovely county and great people. As our Scottish guide would have said; It was lovely.

    On February 22 of this year I flew into Sydney, Aus and then after 3 days in Sydney, took a 15 cruise through Australia and New Zealand. Flew back into US on March 12th. Sailed through US customs with few questions and no testing of anyone. We were very lucky to get back when we did. A little later and we might have been one of those ships stranded on the high seas for weeks. The trip BTW was fantastic. Australia was great and New Zealand was truly beautiful.

    Sorry about your trip. Definitely a bummer that it had to be cancelled. My daughter also had a nice trip scheduled for June that they planned eons ago, cancelled as well.

    Hope you and your family are all doing well and continue to do so until this nightmare is over.


    Sounds like you had two wonderful trips! (none / 0) (#84)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 09:38:33 PM EST
    Thank-you for the good wishes and likewise to you and your loved ones.

    Right now, the most exciting thing in our family is that my niece who is a senior this year is a National Merit scholar Finalist and was accepted into a very good university. We are all excited for her.

    As for travelling, my husband travels for work quite a bit and I join him occasionally. So far, I have limited myself mostly to domestic destinations.
    He goes to London every year and while I did not join him in the past, I had planned to do so this year.

    A close friend of the family who lives in Sydney got married last year. We had planned to attend the wedding but at the last minute the couple decided they did not want all the hoopla and wanted to keep it to just the two of them, so we did not go. My best friend from high school lives in Melbourne and I have a lot of other friends and family in Australia, so a trip there is in the works but the date is up in the air right now.

    Hopefully, when this passes, we will all be able to get back to our normal lives or as close to normal as we can get.


    Hope you get to Australia (none / 0) (#100)
    by MO Blue on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 05:35:35 PM EST
    It is a great place to visit. Truly love the people, the wild life, the food especially Barramundi (Aus sea bass) and their wine is not too shabby either. If you travel that far, try and get over to New Zealand as well.  Country is really beautiful, great seafood and their local wineries make excellent wine. Also found a very nice hard cider there. Fell in love with the hard cider in England and Ireland but haven't found any in US that I like.

    You might be picking up a theme here. High on my list is interesting people, fantastic scenery, great seafood and something nice to wash it down.


    Glad to hear from you, Mr K! (none / 0) (#15)
    by vml68 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:25:06 PM EST
    I was asking about you just the other day.

    Sorry to hear about the 20% pay cut. I have been reading and hearing about companies that are doing really well despite the shutdown that are taking full advantage of the PPP.
    Harvard U is in the news but plenty of others. Know of one personally, wish I could share the story here. It is absolutely disgusting what they are doing.


    Awww feelin' the love :-) (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:49:33 PM EST
    I want to give the owners the benefit of the doubt that it was necessary. I don't see the overall numbers but from my desk sales are most definitely in the toilet. I just hope they are doing it out of necessity and not just to line the pockets or scam a SBA loan based on keeping everybody on the payroll while taking back 20%.

    Was seriously considering asking to be furloughed or laid off instead and getting a "moral hazard" raise on unemployment, but then there is health insurance and possibly having to look for a new job with 20 million other souls when this is over to consider. Gonna ride it out, not gonna go hungry or miss rent but my Mom's property tax bill that I help pay is due in May and haven't heard sh"t from the county about help with that. Maybe the 2k a month bill proposed in the House will get some traction.

    Can we start the primary over and all support Yang? Dude comin' out of this looking like a genius, as are the candidates who wanted to separate health insurance from employment. But we kinda knew that already.


    Can we start the primary over and all support ... (none / 0) (#24)
    by vml68 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:34:45 PM EST
    Elizabeth Warren? :-)
    Can we start the primary over and all support Yang?

    Yeah, probably not the best time to quit your job. God only knows how all of this is going to shake out. What the economy is going to look like in the months ahead, what the new "normal" will be.

    I'll admit, I have no idea how unemployment insurance works. I have been trying to read up on it because there are so many articles out about FL residents having a hard time signing up or getting an adequate amount.

    If anyone here has links to good articles that will help my knowledge, please share. It would be much appreciated.


    I didn't either... (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:49:19 PM EST
    I've never collected unemployment, my research seemed to indicate NYS pays up to 500 a week and the feds are adding 600 a week...which would be a raise over my normal pay nevermind less 20%! I'd imagine FL is less than 500 a week...it's a maze to find the straight dope, probably a maze by design.

    I can see why supermarket and fast food workers are especially angry now and would probably be world's better off getting laid off...both for safety and cash money reasons. Viddy-19 has shined an even  brighter light on wealth disparity and unappreciated disposable people.


    FL can thank Rick Scott for their messed up (none / 0) (#32)
    by vml68 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:06:01 PM EST
    I (none / 0) (#38)
    by FlJoe on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 04:17:07 PM EST
    filed for unemployment, it was by far the most frustrating online experience I have ever had. I must of logged (or tried) over 100 times and spent 50+ hrs on it. I finally got registered but still haven't been able to actually claim my weeks.

    The max in Fl is a paltry $275 but I assume the federal $600 will be tacked on automatically but haven't been notified officially about that.


    Ugh! Sorry to hear that FlJoe. (none / 0) (#68)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 01:31:59 PM EST
    I hope you are able to get by while they work on this mess.

    I'm (none / 0) (#69)
    by FlJoe on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 01:50:44 PM EST
    ok, finally got all squared away with UI. Just today started looking into getting my stimulus check which I haven't gotten yet and for some reason I'm unable to even check on. The IRS doesn't have my bank info but SS does and I am not sure if I will automatically get it or not and they are not giving me a path to find out.

    My retired friend (none / 0) (#70)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 02:06:12 PM EST
    Who is also my neighbor has also not gotten a check.  We are pretty much equal in all ways as far as SS and the IRS and whatever.

    I got mine in the first wave.


    Yeah, my parents got theirs last week. (none / 0) (#73)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 03:56:58 PM EST
    Husband and I don't qualify, so no stimulus payment for us.

    Did you already try (none / 0) (#71)
    by McBain on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 02:39:55 PM EST
    "Where's My Payment?"
    I was disappointment to learn the IRS didn't have my bank info even though they've been using it for my tax refunds/payments for years.

    Being self employed, I can't file for unemployment until the 28th.  I sent in PPP and EIDL applications but that process has been a mess.  I'm still working around  70% of normal, so I'm not expecting a lot of money, but it would be nice to get some.


    Where's My Payment (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 02:46:20 PM EST
    is a joke.

    tried (none / 0) (#74)
    by FlJoe on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 03:59:21 PM EST
    that, my information is not available because I got a 1099 from SS. I guess those will get processed eventually, not sweating it but disappointing after the unemployment fiasco. Republicans design these thins to fail.

    I was under (none / 0) (#26)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:39:28 PM EST
    the impression that when plumbing supply sales were in the toilet, that would be a good thing.  Never-the-less, so glad things are  OK for you and all, considering. Miss you at TL

    Yes, the Yang idea during the pandemic makes sense, and for everyone----means testing is a bad social policy, making it politically vulnerable, if not adding to the --those people getting unearned and undeserving free stuff.  The additional costs are not that great in the scheme of things, and, besides, the amounts given to the likes of old Wilbur Ross and young Bill Gates can be clawed back at income tax time.


    We wanna sell the toilet.... (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:09:25 PM EST
    Not be the toilet KD! lol

    Yang, Warren, Bernie...one thing for sure, if Corona hit a few months sooner I don't think we'd be stuck with Biden, it woulda changed the primary game.

    Oh well, I just hope we still have an election, preferably with universal vote by mail coast to coast. Brand R will fight that tooth and nail though, up to and including burning down the Post Office. Suffrage is their Corona.


    Corona & Biden (none / 0) (#105)
    by Coral on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:02:42 PM EST
    It's so nice to see all these posts from the old gang!

    Biden is kind of weak tea in this crisis, but I'm wondering if polls out of FL showing him winning vs. Trump with 65+ isn't a sign that he might be the least threatening of Democrats to those on the fence over Trump.

    Of course, any VP pick is going to be a big target for GOP. Especially Warren if he decides on her, but I don't think he will.


    I thought so too (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:09:41 PM EST
    But Biden has said things that make me think he might not be planning to pick a black woman.  Which was a rumor for a while.

    Now he will just say he will pick a woman.  With a deflecting comment about putting a black woman on the SC.  I still think Warren is unlikely but maybe not.  Who knows.  


    Yesterday (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Zorba on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:29:33 PM EST
    Was Eastern Orthodox Easter (yes, for Easter, which we call Pascha, we follow a different calendar, so our Easter is usually, although not always, one or two weeks after Western Easter).

    Kind of a quiet time.  No big celebration with friends and relatives.  But we did cook lamb, and Greek oven-roasted potatoes, and Greek salad, and tyropita (Greek cheese-phyllo pie).  But instead of Greek-style vegetables, I steamed some broccoli and made Hollandaise sauce.

    Today is a local holiday (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by CST on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:48:52 PM EST
    Patriot's day.  Aka Marathon Monday.

    Our company gave us the choice of using a floating holiday some other time but I decided to just take it now.  I'm very fortunate to be working - in some cases more than full time.  We are full steam ahead from home.  Feeling extremely fortunate for that but it's also very stressful.  Not nearly as stressful as for all my service industry friends though.

    I wonder how much of this is going to stick, from remote work to weekly family zoom meetings.  I've "seen" my cousins more in the past month than I did in the previous 6. As weird as things are right now it's also starting to feel like a new normal.

    The Family Zoom calls... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 01:18:21 PM EST
    have been an ok substitute...but ya can't hug a damn screen. And the McArabs are huggers...especially my moms. It kills us a little that we can't hug when I drop off her groceries and talk through the storm door. Once this is over, Zoom gets uninstalled for me.

    As for working from home...I could get used to that but I miss the doublescreen desktop instead of the laptop. Everything takes longer...but it's not like we're busy. Other than a couple hair raising emergency rush orders for hospitals the plumbing supply business is slower than it's ever been, for obvious reasons. Hence the paycuts.


    I see my siblings (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by CST on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 01:00:05 PM EST
    A lot in real life but our zooms go all the way to my cousin in Hungary now. With road work it seems like everyone is trying to move ahead as much as possible while traffic is light.  It's just a question of how much we can get done.  I miss my double monitors too but I definitely don't miss my commute.  Plus I can do things like slow roast some ribs all day while at work.

    Glad to see you around these parts and hear you're holding up.  Hopefully soon this will just be another story to tell.


    Do you mind if I brag about how great (5.00 / 10) (#45)
    by Peter G on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 06:21:29 PM EST
    our youngest daughter is? (She will turn 30 next month.) She works for a non-profit agency as a paralegal; does not make a lot of money, for sure. She told us today that she had gotten her $1200 stimulus payment, and immediately turned around and donated half of it to the community bail fund, to allow a low-income person held pretrial for lack of access to a few hundred dollars to get out of the county jail. Which our judges should be doing across the board, but aren't.

    Scratching for binges (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 12:00:42 PM EST
    I have been digging to the bottom of the PRIME barrel before I cancel and I discovered PATRIOT

    It's not something I would normally do but these are not normal times.  It's really very good.

    Hollywood Reporter

    Arguably the best drama you're not watching, or haven't even discovered, Amazon's gem returns for more existential spy action, laughs and folk songs.

    UNDONE (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 01:14:04 PM EST

    You've never seen anything quite like Amazon's Undone. We mean that literally.
    This visually stunning show is a trippy sci-fi drama and a lovely story about a woman dealing with trauma, all in one.

    With the voice of Bob Odenkirk

    I have never been the biggest fan of this kind of rotoscoped animation.  It always struck me as a cheap cheat way to visually impress.  But it totally works here.  IMO


    PS (none / 0) (#67)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 01:25:47 PM EST
    That's an OK review but


    You've never seen anything quite like Amazon's Undone.

    Is only true if you have not seen WAKING LIFE or SCANNER DARKLY

    Reality is twisted, shifted, fractured and propelled into another dimension in Amazon Prime's new series Undone - the first TV show to use rotoscope animation reminiscent of Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater's films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. The series was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, the team behind the animated sitcom BoJack Horseman.

    But to be fair few have seen either.


    Just stopped by neighbors place to drop off (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 04:21:40 PM EST
    something and to ask them for their grocery list as I will be going shopping tomorrow.
    They are in their late 70s, white, guy is a vietnam vet. They are just about the sweetest couple.

    We've never really discussed politics and based on their comments, I was never sure which way they leaned and I really preferred not to know.
    Well, today I found out that my sweet old lady neighbor is a hardcore Trumper. Lordy! I spent an hour gently shooting down all the misinformation being spewed about the "fake news lying about Tr*mp", "the wonder drug - hydroxychloroquine", "Nancy Pelosi and her ice-cream", "Nancy Pelosi not doing anything to help small business", etc.
    They are the first Tr*mpers I've dealt with in person. I don't know how those of you who deal with it on a daily basis handle it. It is exhausting!

    Never thought I would/could like any Tr*mpers but I am really fond of these two.

    Welcome (5.00 / 1) (#77)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 06:20:05 PM EST
    To my world

    This is why (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 07:37:30 PM EST
    I mostly stay off of Facebook. This is what most of my high school classmates are though quite a few are starting to get a clue. Lots of neighbors are Trumpers. My neighborhood is probably a big time Trumper neighborhood. I'm always surprised to find someone who is not a Trumper.

    The best thing I can do for myself is working on making Trump history in November.


    I moved to my current house about a year (none / 0) (#86)
    by vml68 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 10:23:35 PM EST
    ago and only know my immediate neighbors on either side. My other neighbors are most likely democrats (I am guessing based on bumper stickers!). They are nice but keep to themselves. The only two in that family that I interact with regularly are a college going son and his extremely active late 80's irish grandmother.

    My conservative neighbors on the other hand have been very welcoming and very helpful.  
    I don't know why but my lady Tr*mper neighbor and I got on like a house on fire from the moment we met. My background is so different from anything that she was familiar with, so she was fascinated by me and had a zillion questions I was happy to answer.
    My husband was very surprised because he knows I tend to be very reserved until I've known a person for a while.  Initially, her husband used to be horrified by the questions she asked me, now he just shakes his head and laughs.


    Brother in FL (none / 0) (#109)
    by Coral on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:16:06 PM EST
    All his friends are Trumpies. He just moved in with his son, who's in grad school and is a Bernie bro--interesting times.

    Nancy and ice cream (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 08:12:08 PM EST
    Much is being made of how "devastatingly effective" this Trump ad

    Let Them Eat Ice Cream

    It's an interesting thing.  It is a very sly thing.  There is nothing in this ad that shows anything bad about Nancy.  Unless you hate Nancy.  Or want to hate Nancy.

    I think the video of her talking about her sweet tooth is sort of, well, sweet.

    It very cunningly twists it into something that is undeniably effective.  It's succeeds IMO.  it's dishonest and craven but it works.


    Compared to what? (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 09:18:36 PM EST
    Someone who owns golf resorts, lives in a fake mansion called "Mar a Lago," and fancies gold toilet seats and door knobs?

    It's sad, pathetic and galling. (5.00 / 6) (#98)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 05:17:29 PM EST
    It's like listening to Tucker Carlson disparage Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the other night as a "child of privilege," even though prior to being elected to Congress, she was a longtime bartender / waitress who was born to working class parents of Puerto Rican descent, who themselves had to hold multiple jobs in order to provide for their two children. And never mind that Carlson himself is a trust fund baby who is an heir to the Swanson's Foods fortune.

    May there be a special place in Hell for Trump, Carlson, et al.


    Erm, her father was an architect. (2.00 / 1) (#116)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 04:29:06 PM EST
    According to the wiki. Also he was the president of the firm. She graduated cum laude from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics.

    Somehow I don't think working as a bartender after she graduated was her only employment option. Although many people do work as bartender/waiters because they can make decent money and still have their days open and flexible to pursue other goals. As I once did myself.

    Sure, not a "child of privilege," but not at all the picture you paint either.

    fwiw, you are not required to write your typical multiple paragraphs of gobbeldygook in response. But, u do u...


    The Ocasio family still struggled. (5.00 / 1) (#136)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 11:33:00 AM EST
    Sergio Ocasio's modest firm specialized in building and landscape inspections, employed six people and had an average annual revenue of about $500,000. According to AOC, he also did landscape services and maintenance on weekends to supplement his income.

    The Ocasio family owned a very small 3 bdrm., 1 bath house of less than 1,000 sq. ft. in Yorktown Heights, NY so that the children would be in a better school district than the Bronx. AOC's brother Gabriel noted that he frequently saw his parents skip dinner so he and his sister could eat.

    After Sergio Ocasio's death from lung cancer in 2008, his company closed and the family was in serious financial straits because he didn't leave a will, so his estate fell under the control of the Westchester County Surrogate's Court. At one point, the family feared that they might lose their home.

    After AOC graduated from college, in order to assist her mother (who cleaned houses and drove a school bus), she tended bar and waited tables in addition to her day job as educational director with the National Hispanic Institute, a nonprofit that provides leadership training for Latino youths.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was no child of privilege.


    A more balanced review. (none / 0) (#147)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 03:51:42 PM EST
    Although heavily dependent on what AOC says. You may uncritically take any politician's word as 100% factual as you deem fit, I won't do so for any of them.

    An example of why I won't:

    Previously, Ocasio-Cortez's biography stated: "She ended up attending public school 40 minutes north in Yorktown, and much of her life was defined by the 40-minute commute between school and her family in the Bronx."

    But Ocasio-Cortez didn't commute to school in Yorktown; she lived there with her mother in a house purchased for $150,000 in 1992.

    You have no idea ... (5.00 / 1) (#149)
    by Yman on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 07:11:44 PM EST
    ... how "heavily dependent" it is on what AOC says.  But feel free to produce some actual facts if you think it's inaccurate.  It would be a nice change of pace.

    Feel free to post it up. Don't be shy.

    Shouldn't all blocks of quoted text (5.00 / 1) (#157)
    by Peter G on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 12:09:37 PM EST
    in comments be accompanied by a link showing the source? It's so easy to do, and allows everyone else to take into account the reliability of the source, the credibility of the reporter or other author, and the context from which it was excerpted.

    would bring it up, but fair enough: https:/yonkerstimes.com/ocasio-cortez-not-proud-of-westchester-roots

    this is (none / 0) (#192)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 11:42:52 AM EST
    Why? (none / 0) (#163)
    by Yman on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 07:38:30 PM EST
    She never said she commuted from the Bronx to her school.

    "My dad had a small family business in the Bronx, and the rest of my whole family stayed there. So I grew up between two worlds, shuttling between the Bronx and Yorktown most of my life,' she said.

    'It was that experience that allowed me to internalize at an early age that the zip code a child in born in determines much of their opportunity; and that was an early motivating factor for me to work for community change,' she continued."

    But feel free to post a single bit of evidence that she had better job offers or that her family (including her father,  the"President"/architect) made more money.

    Wingnuts and their specious innuendo garbage.


    In Ocasio-Cortez's campaign bio, (none / 0) (#190)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 11:35:29 AM EST
    In Ocasio-Cortez's campaign bio, she describes how she ultimately attended school 40 minutes away from the Bronx, but she doesn't explicitly say that she moved to Yorktown Heights: "She ended up attending public school 40 minutes north in Yorktown, and much of her life was defined by the 40 minute commute between school and her family in the Bronx,"
    As the Times notes, Ocasio-Cortez relocated to Yorktown Heights when she was a kid:

        The family lived in Parkchester, a planned community of mid-rise buildings, in the same apartment where Ms. Ocasio-Cortez now lives, until Alexandria was about 5, when they moved an hour north to a modest two-bedroom house on a quiet street in Yorktown Heights, a suburb in Westchester County, in search of better schools.

    There was no commute, she and her family lived in Yorktown.


    Try reading slower (5.00 / 1) (#195)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:07:32 PM EST
    Much as you'd like to fixate on her commute, the "commute" was to visit her family (and for her father's business) that stayed behind in the Bronx.

    But you already knew that.

    My statement about wingnuts and their specious innuendo/garbage were your suggestions that she had better job offers or that her family (including her father,  the"President"/architect) made more money.  Provide a link for that, or we can just dismiss it as typical, baseless, winger smears.

    But you won't ... because it only exists in your head.


    There are moonbats, and then there are (1.00 / 1) (#200)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:29:17 PM EST
    moonbats. You, however, are about the moonbattiest I've seen in a long time.

    Nice job adding quotes to the word commute. Heh. I guess your added quotes allow you in your head to tell yourself that she was saying something quite different from what she did actually say.

    But you already knew that.

    Keep pounding the desk if you must, it is entertaining.


    Link (none / 0) (#193)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 11:43:28 AM EST
    Didn't I note that the family lived ... (none / 0) (#177)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 06:51:21 AM EST
    ... Yorktown Heights, where they had a modest home? I believe I did, so for some unfathomable reason you're disputing something I never said. Are you really that desperate to own the libs?

    And further, given Peter's complaint, if you're going to directly quote an op-ed in the Yonkers Times, at least show some courtesy and respect to the author of the column by citing or linking your source material.



    I dispute. I'll give you a pass as maybe you don't read so well, but to be clear I suggested that taking a pol's word as 100% factual might not be the best course of action, and then point out an example of AOC not being 100% factual. Not that difficult to understand.

    Yet (5.00 / 1) (#196)
    by FlJoe on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:09:37 PM EST
    you seem to be oblivious to tRump's multiple whoppers. You are fishing for minnows in the deep blue sea.

    Please show your work. (2.00 / 1) (#201)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:31:47 PM EST
    Taking a winger's word (none / 0) (#197)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:09:55 PM EST
    ... as 10% factual is an even worse idea.  Which is why anyone who can read on a first grade level should dismiss your posts.

    Sweden not doing "fine" (5.00 / 1) (#85)
    by Yman on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 09:46:15 PM EST
    Some have been claiming that Sweden has been doing just fine after refusing to introduce mandatory distancing measures.

    Turns out,  that's not remotely true.

    Sweden is doing OK (none / 0) (#87)
    by ragebot on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 02:38:08 AM EST
    Since different countries have larger or smaller populations the number of cases or number of deaths does not really provide any information about how good or bad a policy is.  The number of deaths per million is a better measure and Sweden is doing better than Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and, Switzerland in terms of death per millions of population.

    Heh. Sure. (5.00 / 2) (#88)
    by Yman on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 06:37:46 AM EST
    Sure.  If you're straining to do an apples-to-oranges comparison by selecting countries where the virus hit earlier and aren't remotely comparable (tourism, industry, etc.), there are a few countries that have more deaths.    But for those who prefer honest comparisons to Trumpian figures, the reality is much more stark - and accurate:

    Sweden - 17.33 deaths per 100K
    Norway - 3.42
    Denmark 6.38

    I could add the other 180+ countries that are behind Sweden (who's now in the top 10 deaths per capita), but that's waaaay too much typing.

    "Just fine".


    Depends on choice of comparison (none / 0) (#110)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 06:52:11 AM EST
    Sweden's cases per million people are growing more slowly than in Britain, even though the UK has been in an economically damaging lockdown for a month and Sweden has not imposed one at all.  

    Sweden is doing better at deaths per million compared to the locked down UK, Spain, Italy, and Belgium.

    In this country the non-lockdown states provide a good metric to compare to lockdown states.


    Apples to oranges (5.00 / 1) (#111)
    by Yman on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 07:19:31 AM EST
    The metric of deaths per person was his - and Sweden is in the top 10.  There are more than 180 countries with lower deaths than Sweden.  

    In this country the non-lockdown states provide a good metric to compare to lockdown states.

    No idea what this is supposed to mean, but the virus hit the non-lockdown states later and they are mostly rural.


    I gotta (none / 0) (#112)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 08:49:32 AM EST
    love how you guys have now embraced "social" Sweden.

    Of course, having a dog breeder running a pandemic task force is so on brand for you guys though.


    Nothing new there (5.00 / 3) (#119)
    by Zorba on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 06:51:31 PM EST
    After all, Bush the Younger's FEMA director, Michael "Heck of a job" Brown, was an International Arabian Horse Association commissioner.
    Horse guy, dog guy.  

    Sweden's (none / 0) (#113)
    by FlJoe on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 11:19:01 AM EST
    new cases and deaths are rising faster than the rest of Europe, on the current trajectory total per capita deaths will reach UK/France/Italy numbers in about eight days. They had the advantage of being a week or two behind the rest of them and having a younger and less dense population.

    The individual state data is interesting but hard to compare as most of the non-lock down states are heavily rural. I would note that LA and MI have had the best success at bending the curve downwards among the hardest hit states.



    Cases or deaths per million (2.00 / 2) (#117)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 05:49:54 PM EST
    Are stats that make it easy to compare.

    That's (5.00 / 1) (#120)
    by FlJoe on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 07:16:12 PM EST
    why I said per-capita. I find it interesting that most of the top countries  in cases and deaths are Western European.

    Sweden's COVID outbreak ... (none / 0) (#138)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 12:02:02 PM EST
    ... has 17,152 cases and 2,152 deaths as of this writing. Its infection rate is not expected to peak until May 20, which is 26 days from now. The University of Washington IHME projects that on that day, 252 Swedeswill die from COVID. IHME further estimates that the country will lose 10,584 to COVID by August 4. For a nation of just 10.2 million people, that's a heavy loss.

    Unless I'm doing the math wrong, (none / 0) (#179)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 08:01:18 AM EST
    That 10,584 is just under 0.1% of the population.

    Happy (5.00 / 2) (#90)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:50:00 AM EST
    Might as well (none / 0) (#91)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 09:18:02 AM EST
    Appreciate the good news

    This is the effect coronavirus has had on air pollution all across the world

    The coronavirus pandemic has lead to an increase in air quality all around the world. Lockdowns have resulted in factories and roads shutting, thus reducing emissions.
    These 11 visualizations, using data from NASA's Global Modeling and Data Assimilation team, show the dramatic impact lockdown measures have had on pollution levels

    Good news for my three employees (and me) (5.00 / 6) (#92)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 11:36:37 AM EST
    My PPP (small business "payroll protection") loan from the SBA came through from our bank this morning. The government is basically paying me not to lay off my staff for the next eight weeks. As long as I don't, after eight weeks the loan (which is interest-free for five months) is forgiven, and thus basically turns into a grant. No wonder numerous big companies appear to have gamed this very generous and attractive program for unwarranted government subsidies, thus threatening the stability of the program (which was intended for genuinely small "businesses" such as mine).

    Glad to hear someone got their money (none / 0) (#93)
    by McBain on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 12:23:01 PM EST
    Still waiting for mine even though I submitted an application on the first day.  

    I would guess the problem is between (none / 0) (#94)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 01:18:02 PM EST
    you and your bank, not the SBA. I had to nag mine many times to move things forward before the SBA ran out of money. And I just dug in my heels and said, "You're not serious," the second time they said they wanted more documentation of the figures I used to calculate the amount of my ask. For goodness' sake, the program is at zero risk to the bank (which has the mortgage on our office building, and years of our tax returns), and their experience with me gives them no reason to think I am other than 110% clean and honest in my bookkeeping and other financial dealings. Yet they were starting to treat me like a stranger trying to cash a fishy check. My officer responded, "Ok, let me see what I can do," and the next day I heard that we had been approved.

    Part of the problem with going through (none / 0) (#95)
    by McBain on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 03:15:55 PM EST
    Bank of America is they make it extremely difficult to to talk anyone directly involved with the application process.  The only email I received about my PPP app said don't call or visit BofA because they won't have any knowledge about my loan status. Of course, I called and made a visit anyway and got some info but no one could give me a straight answer.  I'll take your advice and be little less polite.  

    What I learned is that BofA might not want to fund my loan because I don't have business credit card with them anymore. Never mind that I had one for several years and always paid my balace. Never mind that I currently have a personal credit card with them and always pay my balance.

    Initially, I was pleasantly surprised with how simple BofA made the application process on day one.  Part of the problem was the SBA wasn't clear about exactly what was needed from businesses like mine to qualify for the loan.  That's why a lot of people have been asked to provide additional information.

    Anyway, I'd glad some people are starting to get some money.  Another person I know got an advance on a EIDL loan.  The government and lenders are trying but the rush to make this work has led to several problems.  


    Yep (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 04:03:50 PM EST
    we had a mortgage with BOA and you have to go through a nightmare phone trunk line to get anybody if you ever can. I'm not sure I ever got anybody because it was so long ago I can't remember. Our mortgage got sold to another company which I haven't been all that happy with but they are 10x better than BOA. As a matter of fact, when we bought a car a couple of years ago the car company told me that they could get me a good interest rate from BOA. I told them that I wouldn't do business with BOA unless they were offering me a 0% rate and found the same or better rate with a credit union.

    my instinct turned out to be correct (5.00 / 2) (#97)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 04:12:41 PM EST
    to go to the smallest, most local bank that I did any business with. That's what worked.

    I was watching the Trump Circus (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 05:31:02 PM EST
    today.  He's nuts.

    I have a hard time watching him anymore. (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 06:34:18 PM EST
    It just upsets me. And since I can't do anything about it, I have to turn it off. I'll catch the highlights / lowlights later on Rachel Maddow's show.

    ... have pinpointed its likely trigger as the prodigious amount of rainfall the Big Island received in the months prior to the 2018 eruptive phase, which includes that time Hurricane Lane dumped up to 52 inches in the Hilo area over a three-day period in August 2017. From The Guardian:

    "The 2018 Kīlauea eruptions were one of the most extraordinary sequences in at least 200 years, according to the scientists, with rifts opening, summit explosions and collapses, and a magnitude 6.9 earthquake. But the trigger was not known.

    "However, several months of unusually high rainfall preceded the eruption, with one 24-hour period setting a record for the entire US. This flood of water would have percolated down into fissures and pores in the rocks of the volcano, as far as 1.8 miles (2.9km) below the surface.

    "The scientists calculated this pushed up the pore pressure inside the rocks to the highest level in almost 50 years, weakening them and allowing magma to push up from below.

    "The scientists also looked at eruptions of Kīlauea since 1790 and found that these historical events were twice as likely to happen in the rainy season."

    The report itself strongly suggests that the effects of climate change, especially excessive rainfall, may influence volcanic activity.


    Whoops (5.00 / 3) (#104)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 07:06:51 PM EST
    Trump rolls Brian Kemp under the bus:
    Trump Urges Kemp to reverse coronavirus rollback

    Brian, ole buddy, Rick Wilson warned you guys. But Brian ole buddy we all know you're not too bright. Thanks for proving it to the entire world besides providing us with a bunch of laughs.

    Koyaanisqatsi (5.00 / 1) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 12:37:49 PM EST
    If that needs an explanation you seriously need a good google.

    It was on TCM so I recorded it.  I don't remember seeing it since tv weirdly.  I was a huge fan in theaters.  Several times.

    Anyway, I'm finding it the perfect salve for the times.  It's the perfect background/wallpaper for a quarantine

    I'm a big fan of the Qatsi trilogy (none / 0) (#115)
    by McBain on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 02:47:29 PM EST
    also like Reggio's Qatsi-esqu Visitors.  But nothing beats the original. I got to see it at the Hollywood Bowl with live music from the Philip Glass Ensemble and the LA Philharmonic about 10 years ago.      

    Koyannisqatsi synchs up magically well.. (none / 0) (#132)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 10:16:21 AM EST
    with the Pink Floyd compilation album "Works".

    And LSD and it's an unforgettable mash-up.

    Now I'm regretting ripping through my stash of mushrooms too early in the isolation period.


    Notes frum isolation (5.00 / 1) (#168)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 12:51:02 PM EST
    My dryer stopped working.  It's electric.  It's not very old so I want to fix it but everyone I called is either not working right now or booked for months.

    So I got a clothesline.  It's awsum.  Something I probably would never have done but air dried clothes are awsum.  Try it.

    The hardware was available at Walmart for less than $5 total.

    Trees (none / 0) (#169)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 12:52:01 PM EST

    They are awesome (none / 0) (#170)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 01:18:04 PM EST
    except for jeans and towels. Jeans tend to be so stiff they can stand alone in a corner and towels are like sandpaper. I have had neighbors that hung things out to dry even though they had a dryer for the very reasons you stated especially sheets.

    And (5.00 / 1) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 01:53:40 PM EST
    Probably less fun in winter

    One of my chores as a kid/teenager (5.00 / 2) (#174)
    by Yman on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 02:37:33 PM EST
    ... was retrieving the laundry from the clothesline.  One time during a particularly cold spell in PA, my mother had hung a load of laundry despite the cold.  Some jeans were folded over the line with clothespins and were frozen to the line.  So I tried to unfold them to lift them and one of the legs broke off in my hand.  My sister was not happy with me.

    that's how you make cut-offs! (5.00 / 1) (#175)
    by leap on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 04:06:01 PM EST

    Oh my (none / 0) (#176)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 07:22:36 PM EST
    that is a funny story!

    They're great (none / 0) (#172)
    by Yman on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 02:12:54 PM EST
    Nothing like the smell of sheets dried outside in the sun.  For those with small yards or little property/trees, we got a folding version that takes up very little space but can hold a full load of laundry - won't link to it, but it's from a company called Brabantia.  Had it for about 7-8 years and its held up really well.

    I hang all my t-shirts outside.. (none / 0) (#173)
    by desertswine on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 02:15:14 PM EST
    I just like the way they feel.  They seem so fresh.

    81 and still rockin' ------ sort of. (5.00 / 1) (#205)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 29, 2020 at 11:55:19 PM EST

    1.37 for regular (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 08:53:26 AM EST
    Just filled up and wished the tank was bigger.

    Oil prices are so low (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 06:48:01 PM EST
    ...that Exxon Mobile had to lay off half of Congress.

    WSJ (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:52:28 PM EST
    Art of the Deal. (none / 0) (#40)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 04:47:22 PM EST
    Trump was bragging about his role in the Russia and Saudi agreement to push oil prices higher. Got to help out Vladimir's big old gas station (aka Russia).

    Trump and Jared pal Prince Bone Saw brilliantly launched an oil price war during a global pandemic and economic downturn---another part of his grand vision for his country and the world.

    And, Saudi shipments to the US are highest in years, when demand is crashing, US inventories are soaring and storage capacity is stretched. Maybe someone will conclude that it is best to leave the oil in the ground for a bit.  Unless they like the idea of paying to take crude off their hands given the price per barrel being below $0. But, its all Hillary's fault, those emails.


    Where to go... (none / 0) (#49)
    by MKS on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 07:52:49 PM EST
    Not that many places to drive to nowadays.....

    Happy 4/20 (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 09:52:11 AM EST
    Check your local dispensary for deals.  Happens to be delivery day for me.

    The sacrament... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:14:20 PM EST
    has never been more essential.

    I've seen no supply disruptions or price gouging yet in our black market. Been doing anti-social contactless transactions with my bush doctor...his business is booming obviously. We were joking that we could never imagine a world where it was easier to buy weed than toilet paper or soap.

    Happy 420 Cap!


    So (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:25:04 PM EST
    They screwed up delivery t my neighborhood.  Again.  They are using 4/20 as an excuse.  It's actually a pretty good one.  The lines lately have been unbelievable I can only imagine what they are today.

    The good news is the supply is fine AND a new dispensary has opened near me.  

    I plane to visit tomorrow.

    But yeah, 4/20 wins.  Glad you are alive.  Stay that way


    I credit 42 years... (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:36:33 PM EST
    of germ immersion for my kick-arse immunes...all I am worried about is exposing others, especially you retirees aka old bastards;)

    I've washed my hands more this month than I have in a decade.


    Origin of the term (none / 0) (#64)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 12:44:26 PM EST
    They documented it.

    The guy in the middle of the photo is the younger brother on my recently deceased bike riding companion of 40+ years.

    A friend of mine (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 06:45:48 PM EST
    ...was one of the San Rafael High school "Waldoes" who created the term. Every year this time he usually gets a lot of TV exposure, but not this year.

    He and I have put common words into the lexicon, which seems rare enough that two people who did that and who know each other is a remarkable coincidence. (My contribution is "mountain bike.")


    Last fall (5.00 / 2) (#48)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 06:55:09 PM EST
    I rounded up a few pounds of the "trim," i.e. what's left after the commercially worthwhile weed has been manicured. There's still a lot there, but it takes too much work to get it.

    I did a couple of sessions with dry ice and a cloth bag with a fine screen on the bottom. The cold and agitation breaks off the crystals and you sift them through a very fine silkscreen onto glass or parchment paper.

    There is an astonishing amount of dust on the table when you are done.  One small pinch in a pipe delivers an astonishing, legal in California, hit. I have a two year supply in a drawer.


    The Microphone (none / 0) (#4)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 11:06:51 AM EST
    ...is a Neumann.  Not sure of the model.

    thank you Repack (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 12:20:52 PM EST
    I'll check it out.

    I've seen very similar (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:02:56 PM EST
    In Disney voice actor rooms.

    WHO (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:02:12 PM EST
    I expect he is talking about the third world here.  We in the first world are mostly bending the curve.  

    This won't happen.  To be fair, even if the west wanted to, is there enough money?

    The head of the World Health Organization has warned that "the worst is yet ahead of us" in the coronavirus outbreak, raising new alarm bells about the pandemic just as many countries are beginning to ease restrictive measures, Politico reports.

    Said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "It has a very dangerous combination and this is happening ... like the 1918 flu that killed up to 100 million people But now we have technology, we can prevent that disaster, we can prevent that kind of crisis."

    He added: "Trust us. The worst is yet ahead of us. Let's prevent this tragedy. It's a virus that many people still don't understand."

    My daughter, (none / 0) (#22)
    by desertswine on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:16:18 PM EST
    an RN at one of the local hospitals, got laid-off this week.  Go figure.  No elective surgeries, not enough patients, with the bars closed there's no violence emergencies and no drunken car wrecks, and there's too much coronavirus. People who normally would be hospitalized are being sent home.  Well, irony lives.  They're not making enough profit.  No profit - no health care.

    Counter intuitive to say the least (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by jmacWA on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 02:55:18 PM EST
    BUT... when you think that with patient population down, they have to cut somewhere to pay those big salaries to the CEOs it really doesn't surprise me that much.

    On the brightside D'wine... (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:18:48 PM EST
    You know she is safer than being in a petri dish hospital right now...and there's always work for RN's when this blows over.

    My sister is a RN still working oncology...she was waiting to be drafted into Corona duty but the call never came, and with the numbers leveling/reducing it probably won't. I'm glad for that...fingers crossed.

    How bout them Mets. Undefeated in mid April! ;)


    Yeah she was always very nervous (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 12:39:04 AM EST
    when she visited.  She would actually stay out in the driveway and we would talk out there at a distance.  She never could be sure if she was infected or not.  You know, you could be negative one day, and then positive the next.

    The Mets have this season locked up.


    Health care system sucks (none / 0) (#106)
    by Coral on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:07:43 PM EST
    Never been so glaringly obvious to me until now. It's a horror show. Though many good people on the frontlines.

    Went to Walmart this morning (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:21:34 PM EST
    This whole thing gets more like some massive social experiment every time I go out.  Maybe it's just where I live.  Maybe the combination where and the lack of an official shelter in place order.

    But there is a developing bifurcation in the public.

    There are the smart ones.  Who wear some form of protection, mask, gloves or both, and the others.

    The others not only do not do this but often, if there's more than one of them, makes jokes about the 70ish percent of their fellow shoppers wearing protection.

    Eventually, if what we have been told is true, this behavior will bring results.

    I'm really trying to think that's bad.

    What is so strange is this this becomes a way to identify political leanings.  It's bad tho, right?

    Like Hitler (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 04:19:34 PM EST
    Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott (R) has suggested workers deemed "nonessential" during the coronavirus pandemic are being treated like Jews during the Holocaust, the Idaho Spokesman Review reports.

    Scott compared Gov. Brad Little's (R) shutdown orders to Nazi Germany, referred to the governor as "Little Hitler" and questioned his authority to decide who can and can't continue working during the pandemic.

    Said Scott: "I mean, that's no different than Nazi Germany, where you had government telling people, `You are an essential worker or a nonessential worker,' and the nonessential workers got put on a train."

    Interesting how they drag out the Nazi (none / 0) (#59)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 09:50:41 AM EST
    comparisons on Hitler's birthday. Especially in Idaho. Where they have a checkered history with White Nationalists, christian Identify and Nazis.

    Yep (none / 0) (#41)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 05:20:50 PM EST
    I see a lot of stupid ones around here. You really can tell who is a Trumper and who is not. Our governor just opened up the state. I expect a lot of Trumpers will now die.

    How to say (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 05:38:12 PM EST
    I'm a member of a death cult

    For Trump's supporters, declining to wear a mask is a visible way to demonstrate "that 'I'm a Republican,' or 'I want businesses to start up again,' or 'I support the president,' " said Robert Kahn, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis who has studied Americans' attitudes toward masks.

    I just want to complement them on the effectiveness of the strategy.  Speaking as an openly liberal person I feel completely owned and put in my place.  


    Haha (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 08:37:10 PM EST
    Yes, lordy they are dumb.

    Somewhere Darwin is laughing (none / 0) (#42)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 05:31:00 PM EST
    Across nation, masks are the latest political, cultural divide

    As I mentioned, it's a solid 70% in masks here.  For a while now.  I don't see that changing.


    No, Darwin is (5.00 / 1) (#52)
    by leap on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 10:10:02 PM EST
    From (none / 0) (#44)
    by FlJoe on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 05:52:53 PM EST
    my rather limited observations mask wearing peaked last week as is steadily declining. My early morning trip to Walmart last week it was around 80% but I made a couple of curbside pickups since and  the rate seemed to be around 50% withh the people going in and out of supermarkets. The convenience are even worse.

    You're in (none / 0) (#51)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 08:37:49 PM EST
    Florida where death is so likely due to age. I guess we can say they were warned.

    Bleach and ants (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 03:36:15 PM EST
    Every spring I have an ant war.  I always win but it's an annual thing.  

    What I accidentally discovered is that ants really really hate the dilute bleach solution I have been using to hose down everything I buy and bring into the house.

    Got ants? Spray your countertops with dilute bleach solution daily.  No ants.

    I use diatomaceous earth (none / 0) (#53)
    by leap on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 10:38:11 PM EST
    on ants. It's kind of a cruel way to off them, but when they are in my kitchen...Nope! But, it's not toxic. It's not a poison. It's actually microscopic silica-rich skeletons of diatoms that scores the bodies of the ants (and other insects) and they die a slowish death. Ants also track it back to the nest, which a good thing, too.

    but I'll have to try (none / 0) (#54)
    by leap on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 10:40:29 PM EST
    your method. I already have a bottle of dilute clorox water in a spray bottle to use on door knobs. So next time I see the critters, I'll soak them. Thanks for the tip.

    It's seems (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 10:34:11 AM EST
    To be more of a repellent that an antocide.  Tho spraying it on them does have that effect.

    Spray everything (none / 0) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 10:36:04 AM EST
    I come home from the store line the stuff up on the counter and spray both sides and towel it off before I take the gloves off.

    I will try that. (none / 0) (#78)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 07:10:36 PM EST
    Out here, we've found that ants are 100% of the time due to food, and 99.99% of those times it's sugary food.

    Wipe all counter tops regularly, put any food with sugar/carbs either in the fridge or inside zip-lock bags. Including flour, rice, just about any baking liquid (concentrates, etc.), honey, coffee flavorings, etc., etc.

    Makes a big difference.


    Very true (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 07:17:37 PM EST
    Very very true

    And it occurred to me (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 07:20:33 PM EST
    The anti ant effect could just be from keeping the counters wiped down of all the things they like

    But it seems more than that.  Like bleach is something they really don't like.


    30 years ago, we lived on the 19th floor ... (none / 0) (#103)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 06:40:25 PM EST
    ... of a condominium tower in east Honolulu, and it always blew me away that we'd have ants swarming in our kitchen if we ever left anything out. I wondered how they got up that high. The building manager later explained that the ants had been nesting inside the building walls themselves for years. So actually, they were already up there. Ants may be pests, but they certainly are intriguing and fascinating creatures.

    MA schools (none / 0) (#63)
    by CST on Tue Apr 21, 2020 at 12:38:35 PM EST
    Are officially closed for the rest of the year.

    This weekend the globe printed 15 pages of obituaries.

    The northeast is getting hammered. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Louisiana are the hardest hit states thus far and we are feeling it.

    Husband is teacher in MA (5.00 / 2) (#108)
    by Coral on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 08:14:21 PM EST
    We're worried about school next year, since there will be no vaccine. He was planning to work another year before retirement, now seriously reconsidering. As a music teacher he sees about 500 k-5 kids a week. That's a lot of chances to get sick.

    Have several friends who have had the virus, some were extremely sick, none were on a ventilator though.

    We consider ourselves very lucky. Since I've always worked from home, nothing much has changed for me--except my husband is home 24/7. He's a musician, though, so I have plenty of live music.


    On a cheerier note (none / 0) (#89)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 07:40:04 AM EST
    DUNE (none / 0) (#118)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 06:41:34 PM EST
    Have to wonder about casting (none / 0) (#151)
    by ragebot on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 09:55:00 PM EST
    Zendaya as Chani; seems to be a bad decision.

    Not sure why (none / 0) (#152)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 08:56:25 AM EST
    She looks perfect

    Not sure how perfect she will look (none / 0) (#155)
    by ragebot on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 11:01:03 AM EST
    with blue eyes.  Or did you forget that.

    Sorry (none / 0) (#156)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 11:06:21 AM EST
    I don't get the point

    The blue eyes are not racial they are caused by the spice.


    Dr. Frankentrump wants to cure (none / 0) (#121)
    by desertswine on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 09:26:52 PM EST
    the coronavirus by shining a tremendous, powerful light inside the body.  I'm speechless.

    Did someone say 25th Amendment? (5.00 / 3) (#124)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 10:44:24 PM EST
    Please? This has gone from embarrassing to seriously dangerous.

    also, he surmises about injecting disinfectant (none / 0) (#122)
    by leap on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 09:49:09 PM EST
    into the veins to kill the virus in minutes.

    Please, someone do that to him to see if that works. It'll work, all right. Maybe not the way he thinks.

    What a dangerous deranged and ignorant horror he is.


    Reckitt Benckiser (none / 0) (#125)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 07:22:29 AM EST
    the maker of disinfectants Lysol and Dettol, released a statement

    : "As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines."

    We indeed live in interesting times


    Interesting (5.00 / 1) (#126)
    by FlJoe on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 07:42:35 AM EST
    is one thing, insanity is terrifying.

    The most interesting part of that (none / 0) (#127)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 08:13:42 AM EST
    To me, was the reaction and body language of the doctors.  It was like they were talking to a dangerous crazy person.  Like perhaps a suicide bomber.  

    Or like an insane monarch.  The mad king.

    While we would all have loved fir them to say this is bullshi+ and I won't be a part of it any more throw the paper in the air and walk off the stage

    But then what would happen.

    As good as it would feel I think it's probably better for everyone if they try to function as guardrails to the extent they can.

    Because without them there would be no guardrails.

    The guy he just fired is planning to file a whistleblower complaint about Trump.  I wish him well and I'm glad he's doing it, for all the good it will do.

    Bright files complaint.

    I don't think it will matter much.  The best outcome we can probably expect is that some number of Trump voters chug some Lysol or stick 3' fluorescent tubes up their bum.

    I hope they post it on YouTube.


    As long (none / 0) (#128)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 08:55:23 AM EST
    at Mitch McConnell controls the senate and protects and covers up for Trump, you're right that nothing is going to come of these complaints. However I'm glad they are doing it so that we can hear all about it hopefully in 2021.

    Well (none / 0) (#130)
    by FlJoe on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 09:25:39 AM EST
    to be fair some experts don't see any danger
    At a White House briefing, President Trump theorized -- dangerously, in the view of some experts -- about the powers of sunlight, ultraviolet light and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus
    per the NYT, shape of the Earth and all that.

    Yes, bothsiderism, (none / 0) (#131)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 10:05:11 AM EST
    "Some experts",say shinning a flashlight down your throat or up your a$$ is an ineffective treatment for coved-19, others, like the NYTimes and Trump differ.  The jury is still out.  However, ask your doctor if Drano is right for you.  Caution, you may experience nausea, vomiting and death.

    No, from my (none / 0) (#133)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 10:23:48 AM EST
    perspective, public health and infectious disease experts should not drape a cloak of medical authority over the "mad king".  An eye roll is inadequate, if not complicit.  

    Unfortunately, and unfathomably, some Americans still adhere to this monster's every word.  To borrow from ACT UP, Silence = Death. They need to find their voice, and not at some subsequent interview , as has been the case, on the Christian Broadcasting Network.


    Like I said (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 10:58:38 AM EST
    What happens then?

    But I think I can predict what would happen.  The only source of anything like real information from the federal government would be gone.

    Trump would find an "expert" or two, or guys like the Labradoodle breeder that he can convince 45% of the country are "experts",  to say exactly what he wants them to say.

    I think Trump would love this.

    In a perfect world it's a great idea.  If we lived in that world Trump would not be president.


    That said (none / 0) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 11:05:11 AM EST
    IMO far to much time is being spent by the mentioned doctors and others worrying about people who actually listen to and believe what he says.  These are the only people the Lysol comments endangered.

    A shrinking number.

    I think it's safe to say anyone with two brain cells to rub together would not believe a word he say.

    As for those who do?

    F'ck um.  


    I have (none / 0) (#137)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 11:45:50 AM EST
    tired so much of Trump apologists that my standard answer now is aren't you supposed to be inhaling or injecting Clorox and Lysol?

    you can get them (none / 0) (#145)
    by leap on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:47:37 PM EST
    in chewables, now. They're sold out, here, though.

    Leaves your corpse (none / 0) (#146)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 02:13:03 PM EST
    With a fresh pine scent

    I'm (none / 0) (#140)
    by FlJoe on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 12:13:33 PM EST
    with Howdy, it's important the the "last person who speaks to him" is actually a health care expert. So far Birx and Fauci seem to have been relatively successful at that. If they were pushed aside it would be Kushner, Miller or some quack on Fox or worse, guard rails indeed.

    Yes, (none / 0) (#142)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:26:00 PM EST
    that's been the argument and apology for Trump's misadventures for his entire term.  Oh, thank the Lord for ----, we are so much better off having these adults in the room.  They come and go,  mostly go.  Trump continues on listening to the Millers, Pompeos, and the definite expert on all matters, Hannity.

    Trump rambles off on these wacky nostrums to show how smart he is, a natural on epidemiology, and to dim the expert's limelight.  Not sure how much better off we really are with these medical experts standing by, and trying to mop up later.  And, the experts easily become ethically compromised or their expertise discounted by political supporters.  

    Health professionals should not allow themselves to be used by Trump, with the self-serving justification that they are keeping worse from happening.  History is not kind to the likes of Dr, Josef Mengele, who, after all, may have been the first to use phenol (active ingredient of Lysol) to "treat" patients following the desires of his fuhrer.


    For clarification, (none / 0) (#144)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:42:08 PM EST
    Lysol , as formulated for the US does not, generally, contain phenols, the active ingredient is benzalkonium chorded, a surfactant.   Formulations for UK and EU may still contain phenols.

    It doesn't help when (none / 0) (#129)
    by leap on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 09:24:40 AM EST
    the New York Times tweets stuff like this:
    At a White House briefing, President Trump theorized -- dangerously, in the view of some experts -- about the powers of sunlight, ultraviolet light and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus https://nyti.ms/2Vz70YQ

    Some experts. The NYTimes needs to interview the experts who think injecting disinfectant is just fine.


    The most interesting part of this (none / 0) (#141)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:18:41 PM EST
    Trump Claims His Comments on Injecting Disinfectant Were `Sarcastic'

    Is that he thinks that even if it was true that makes it ok.


    So, are you inferring that (none / 0) (#143)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:26:47 PM EST
    a little Tide Pod snack followed by a Lysol chaser is NOT good for me?

    I was so looking forward to quitting the Famous Amos cookies and milk for something else.


    Just one (none / 0) (#123)
    by KeysDan on Thu Apr 23, 2020 at 09:52:15 PM EST
    beautiful idea after another.  Nuke hurricanes, rake forests, eliminate windmills to curb cancer,, Clorox IV drip a good anti-viral.   And, try hydroxychloroquin, what do you have to lose?

    The Lost Room (none / 0) (#139)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 12:05:55 PM EST
    Anyone remember this?

    Found it in the dregs of Prime but it's great.  Great cast and all.
    Somehow I completely missed it.  Never remember hearing of it.

    It seems ahead of its time.  It would probably be more successful now than 2006

    "The Lost Room"- An Overlooked Brilliant TV Series

    Cutbacks (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 05:39:18 PM EST
    Trump plans to cut daily coronavirus briefings

    These conversations were underway before Trump suggested that researchers investigate whether doctors could cure coronavirus by injecting people with disinfectant. But a source said it finally seems to have dawned on Trump, after this incident, that these briefings aren't helping him. The CDC and other public health officials responded obliquely to the comment by telling people not to drink bleach.

    What a coincidence (none / 0) (#150)
    by Yman on Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 07:16:04 PM EST
    A day after the stable genius gets mocked nationally for suggesting the injection of disinfectants and internal light as treatments for  COVID-19.

    Clorox chewables (none / 0) (#153)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 08:57:55 AM EST
    Is the headline photo on DRUDGE.  Has been since yesterday.

    Kim-Jong-Undead (none / 0) (#158)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 01:23:40 PM EST
    Schrödinger's Korean. (5.00 / 1) (#162)
    by desertswine on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 03:08:38 PM EST
    Did you say this was a story (none / 0) (#159)
    by Peter G on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 01:44:51 PM EST
    of the "Undead"?

    Originally (5.00 / 1) (#161)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 02:14:20 PM EST
    Planned another about how we would know if Trump was in a vegetative state and decided against it.

    It was a little joke (none / 0) (#160)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 25, 2020 at 02:12:37 PM EST
    Perhaps not in the best taste

    Tho that's how I first read that headline


    The new normal (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 08:05:39 AM EST
    Try this

    Type the word "fashionable" into google

    The first choice is fashionable face mask

    I think this is this summers perfect gift.

    Starting to agree with this (none / 0) (#166)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 26, 2020 at 09:09:50 AM EST
    I have been thinking Biden should be more visible.   OTOH, there are several reasons,  including the fact it's Biden, why less could well be more.

    It's starting to feel like all Biden has to do is not be Trump.  People are deciding they have had enough Trump.  Biden just has to be a viable alternative.

    Biden's invisible campaign is winning

    In other good news for Biden, the rights desperate attempt to revive 30 year old accusations is running smack into the Covid wall.

    I won't link to that but if you care it is out there.  Multiple stories just on POLITICO.

    A compliant press really helps. (2.00 / 1) (#181)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 09:51:08 AM EST
    Three female VP picks were on the Sunday shows.  None were asked about the allegations.

    Biden has been interviewed on CNN and other channels. He has never been asked about the allegations.

    This despite much better corroboration than the Kavanagh media circus.


    "Much better corroboration" (5.00 / 1) (#185)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 10:39:15 AM EST
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ...

    That's hilarious.

    BTW - Wingers can start to pretend they care about a single allegation of sexual assault right after they stop supporting and defending a man who openly bragged about sexually assaulting women.


    Plus (none / 0) (#186)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 10:56:32 AM EST
    As I mentioned it's being covered.  And not just on TOWNHALL and WORLD NUT DAILY.

    Other than doctor Ford's assertion (none / 0) (#194)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 01:24:00 PM EST
    There is no evidence she ever so much as met Kavanagh.

    OTOH, in Biden's case there is proof of employment and contemporaneous telling of others.


    You're hilarious (5.00 / 1) (#198)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:18:29 PM EST
    "Proof of employment"???


    "Contemporaneous telling of others" - you mean the anonymous source who won't go on the record or reveal their name or the brother who changed his story (along with her)?


    Please continue to pretend you care about a single sexual assault allegation while you continue to ignore dozens from a man caught on tape admitting it.  It's fun to point and laugh at hypocrites.


    Actually (none / 0) (#199)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 02:19:47 PM EST
    there is because there were other people there at the party. Even the GOP thinks Kavanaugh is guilty because they refused to do a full FBI investigation into her claims.

    "None [was] asked about (5.00 / 3) (#187)
    by Peter G on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 11:00:30 AM EST
    the allegation[]" (just to get our singulars and plurals right, to start off). Yes, I am also surprised that none of them was asked how she thinks the American voter will (or should) respond to a choice between a highly qualified candidate who is the subject of a single, 30-year-old claim, on the one hand, and an utterly unqualified candidate with a life history of marital cheating, more than a dozen allegations of sexual assault and molestation over many years, endless sexualized and other degrading insults directed at women, and a history of paying complainants for their silence. Yes, I do wish they had been asked.

    How many times (5.00 / 1) (#188)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 11:26:17 AM EST
    has Trump been accused of rape? 10? I don't seem to remember you guys being that upset about nobody asking Pence about Trump's multiple rape accusations.

    Trump (none / 0) (#182)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 10:13:33 AM EST
    Has apparently ushered in the Post Giveashit Era

    After grab um by the kitty it just take a lot to break through.  More-so after 3 decades and change.


    155 years ago today on April 27, 1865, ... (none / 0) (#178)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 07:51:55 AM EST
    ... the river steamboat S.S. Sultana, which was designed to carry only 375 passengers and 80 crew but was overloaded with 2,000+ former Union Army prisoners of war being repatriated back up north after the Confederacy's collapse, exploded, burned and sank in the Mississippi River at around 2:00 a.m. local time.

    The steamer had left Helena, AR the prior afternoon and was nearing Memphis, TN when the tragedy occurred. An estimated 1,168 people lost their lives, although the exact number is still in dispute because the steamboat's manifest clearly underestimated the exact number of soldiers on board. Regardless, the Sultana's destruction remains to this day the deadliest non-combat disaster in U.S. maritime history.

    In 1982, the wreckage of the Sultana was located by archaeologists in a dry field on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi. Due to the Great Flood of 1927, the river had shifted course, which is presently two miles east of the sight of the wreck.


    As a person who considers myself (none / 0) (#183)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 10:21:38 AM EST
    Relatively informed about the would around me (Scotch Eggs notwithstanding) and more so when it comes to cute furry animals I am embarrassed to admit I was unaware that Rabbit Agility Training was a thing.

    it totally is

    There is even a website called rabbitagility.com

    Even better if you look to the left there is gerbil, goat and fish agility.  The las one interests me since I have a fish that can jump 15 out of the water and some times knocks the heavy glass tops flying.

    None of this I would probably know without quarantine boredom.

    Sorry (none / 0) (#184)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 10:25:38 AM EST
    Atlanta's Missing and Murdered (none / 0) (#202)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 28, 2020 at 11:05:37 AM EST
    I had been avoiding this but it's really good.  Weird fascinating scary story.


    Neil Sedaka - a medley to brighten the day (none / 0) (#203)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 28, 2020 at 03:51:39 PM EST
    Neil effen Sedaka (none / 0) (#204)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Apr 29, 2020 at 12:01:57 PM EST
    I just got transported back 50 years. Thank you.

    Reckoning (none / 0) (#206)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 02, 2020 at 01:47:59 PM EST
    This just dropped on Netflix.   It's very good.  Very dark.  

    Reckoning, now available on Netflix, is quite possibly the most relentlessly bleak drama I've seen for a while. Of course, any show whose plot is about the hunt for a serial killer whose victims are local teenage girls is going to be pretty bleak; it's subject matter that you don't usually find much levity in. In Reckoning, however, the bleakness is baked into every single frame. Every glance, expression, and dialogue any of the characters share is grim and weighs heavily and hangs over each and every moment. This is not one that really lends itself to binge-watching, I found that between episodes I needed to come up for air and take a deep breath to cleanse myself.

    I am on episode 7 I have felt no need for air.