Saturday Open Thread

Is there anything to watch on TV? I recommend Race Around the World Season 1 and 2 on Discovery +. It is not another Amazing Race, it's miles better and more interesting with unbelievable photography.

Next up is Vicenzo on Netflix, which is half drama and half comedy and just wonderful.

I'm also watching the new season of Make the Cut on Amazon Prime (with Heidi and Tim). If you haven't seen Tehran on Apple TV, it's great and has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

U.S. Network TV continues to get more and more vacuous in my opinion. Cop stories and victim stories. No thank you.

In the good news department, Malverde will be starting soon, Telemundo's "most ambitious adventure". (Although that phrase is as overused as when Chris Harrison would say on the Bachelor, "This is the most dramatic season ever.) Rafael Amaya who played Aurelio in Senor de los Cielos will make his return to TV after more than year. And there's an indication, however slight, there could be a Senor de los Cielos 8. A La Reina del Sur 3 is also in the works.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    The Olympics are on TV (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by fishcamp on Sat Jul 24, 2021 at 06:58:28 PM EST
    all day, and thankfully, all nigh too for those of us who don't sleep well.  Many events put me right back to sleep.

    Did you happen to catch the men's (none / 0) (#4)
    by desertswine on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 12:13:52 AM EST
    handball?  I had never seen that before.  It looked like water polo without the water.

    Unfortunately I missed the men's handball, (none / 0) (#5)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 08:19:09 AM EST
    and I wish I had seen it.  I played tournament handball in high school and college for the Jewish Community Center in Portland.  It was rather strange for a Catholic boy to play for the JCC, but I was pretty good and they kept me on the team for years.  Portland State College (now a university) was across the street from the JCC, so I always had a parking place in downtown Portland.  For some reason my mother took me to the JCC as a child to learn to swim, and I kept my membership for years.

    I don't know what I was thinking.. (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by desertswine on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 09:35:13 PM EST
    I think I was expecting two guys slamming a Spalding against a wall.

    This is good (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 10:11:03 AM EST
    speaker Nancy Pelosi said it's her "plan" to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to the House select committee to investigate January 6, just days after the GOP walked out on the panel, CNN reports.

    The Illinois Republican has been telling people in recent days he'd accept the appointment if offered.

    Kinzinger (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 12:48:53 PM EST
    has said he would be honored to serve on the committee. McCarthy apparently is having a meltdown about this because Nancy is supposed to "consult with him" before placing Republicans on the committee. I guess McCarthy doesn't realize that he ceded the ability to name any members to the committee after pulling all of them off.

    As, poor little (none / 0) (#17)
    by Zorba on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:47:27 PM EST
    Kevin the Snowflake.
    He'll melt into an even bigger puddle when the Don gets through yelling at and threatening him.

    My LTE published last week (5.00 / 4) (#18)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 02:12:58 PM EST
    In the Marin Independent Journal. I'll save you from clicking the link. Here is the letter.


    As the January 6 cases unfold against the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, it is obvious that any conspiracy that uses electronic communication creates a blueprint for prosecutors. Encryption doesn't work if one of the conspirators gives up the key, a risk that increases exponentially with each new member.

    These few dozen conspirators couldn't hide the evidence, and some were turned in by people close to them. Yet they believe that thousands of people conspired across multiple states to steal the 2020 election without a single one being identified. They believe that in spite of the riches that awaited the first person to drop a dime or the first reporter to smell the story, these thousands, who were recruited in secret, kept communications security and pulled off their scheme without leaving a trace of how they did it, in states where every aspect of the election was run by Trump supporting Republican Secretaries of State.

    Anyone who believes that has a pretty good chance with an insanity plea.

    I'm a First Time Quince Eater (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by RickyJim on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 07:27:23 PM EST
    I saw them on sale for 53 cents each today.  After googling for information on how to eat them, I was told to cut them up and then simmer them in water with a little sugar added until the pieces are soft enough to eat.  And they tasted great!.  Something like the apples in an apple pie but a bit firmer and with much less sugar.  Make sure the skin has turned yellow.  Even if some of the flesh has turned brown, no problem.  It doesn't seem to effect the taste. And they are really good for you.  Very filling and only 52 calories.

    Quince jelly (none / 0) (#26)
    by Zorba on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 01:08:55 PM EST
    Is also very good.  We have a steamer-juicer, so it's easier to get the juice extracted.

    Is Merrick Garland (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 02:08:17 PM EST
    the right man for Attorney General at this time in our history?

    Judge Garland is said to be an "institutionalist", the exact application of which is unclear, other than deploying methodical approach to the tasks at hand. But, political institutionalism, for which the DOJ is not immune, requires that political parties have some capacity for adaption. That is not an assumption in 2021.

    Attorney General Garland has said upon assuming office  "...to succeed and retain trust of the American people is to adhere to the norms that have become a part of the DNA of every DOJ employee." But why did he feel it necessary to bring up the notion of retaining trust of the American people?  

    Trust has been badly shaken by the former guy and the previous AG and some of the DOJ employees. Garland does not seem to have warmed to the idea of pursing Trump for his criminal attitudes or to look into, directly, DOJ cases such as Roger Stone or Michael Flynn. Or, the handling of investigations in interrelationships between Trump and Russia. Better, he believes, to leave that to the DOJ Inspector General. Avoiding political cases because of politics in using politics to avoid decisions.

    It appears, in some ways, that Garland is placing more emphasis on restoration of DOJ employees morale than recognizing the antidemocratic, fascist threat to the country. That is, no doubt, not the case, but statements made such as "I am not going to look backward" do not engender confidence for the future.  After all, Trump is very likely to be the Republican nominee for president in 2024.

    Returning to "norms" is important, but not enough. President Biden may have looked to the sterling character and prestigious career of Garland in a way that President Ford did in appointing Edward Levi, a distinguished professor and dean of law and president of the University, to be Attorney General after Watergate, so as to reform the corruption of the Nixon era.

    However, it seems to me, that the circumstances are not the same. Restoring trust in DOJ is more than a return to norms.  It is actively pursing the corruption and crimes of the Trump Administration. Not side-stepping them. It is the job of the president to issue pardons, not the Attorney General.

    We don't really know any of that. (none / 0) (#83)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 01:54:39 AM EST
    Merrick Garland may be one of those attorneys general who prefers to keep his own counsel and not telegraph his moves. And in the absence of information, speculation naturally abounds.

    At least, I hope that's the case.


    That Lil Ol Band from Texas (5.00 / 3) (#54)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 05:39:10 PM EST
    is now a duo.

    RIP Dusty Hill, bassist for ZZ Top. Throughout it's long history, the lineup for ZZ Top never changed. Cheap sunglasses for all my friends.

    Seems like a pretty big deal (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 02:11:05 PM EST

    Justice Department Says Trump's Taxes Must Be Released

    July 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 179 Comments

    "The Justice Department on Friday said the Treasury Department must turn over former President Trump's long-sought tax returns to the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee," The Hill reports.

    From the memo: "The statute at issue here is unambiguous: `Upon written request' of the chairman of one of the three congressional tax committees, the Secretary `shall furnish' the requested tax information to the Committee."


    The pandemic (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 06:01:13 PM EST
    has transmogrified from a critical public health issue to a mental health problem.

    We have a cherry dresser that has been (5.00 / 3) (#65)
    by Peter G on Sat Jul 31, 2021 at 02:05:58 PM EST
    in my wife's family (from Kentucky) for over 100 years. We took it after a favorite aunt died. The glue was drying out, so it was coming part; and of course it is scratched all over and the finish is not what it once was. Finally got around to taking it to a local reupholstery and furniture repair shop (about six blocks from our house, actually), run by husband and wife Vietnamese immigrants. We agreed on an estimated price ("cash only"), with delivery upon completion in about three weeks. As I was getting ready to head home from the shop, I asked the owner whether he wanted a deposit. "No," he replied, "without even asking first you helped me carry it in to the shop from your van. If you hadn't, I would ask for a deposit." What an excellent way to size someone up.

    It is a good way (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 31, 2021 at 03:51:59 PM EST
    but I'm trying to imagine what kind of person, who was physically able, would not help him carry it in.

    I whole lot of the self-important, high opinion (5.00 / 1) (#67)
    by Peter G on Sat Jul 31, 2021 at 09:49:49 PM EST
    of themselves, more money than they know what to do with (which they take as proof of their own superiority over those with less money) suburban sh*theads ("entitled" is a word often used to describe them) who live in the same general area as I do (although mostly in the fancier neighborhoods).

    "A whole lot ...," not (none / 0) (#68)
    by Peter G on Sat Jul 31, 2021 at 09:54:12 PM EST
    "I whole lot ...."  Doesn't matter how many times you proofread ....

    I think regional culture (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 08:31:35 AM EST
    might be involved here.  There are plenty of very rich people in this particularly area.  But honestly the only people I can see doing that here would be "the northerners" who make up a lot of the Village where I live.  They often do and say thing that result in the exchange of eye rolls from the locals.

    A person born in this area would do what you did.  I know that sounds like a generality but it's really not.  

    I've spent the last month explaining that I live among morons.  But the are for the most part outwardly polite and friendly and helpful morons.  Bless their hearts.  Welcome to the south


    Yet (none / 0) (#73)
    by FlJoe on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 11:21:05 AM EST
    tRump, the ultimate "northerner", has become the idol of the morons. It remains a puzzlement to me.

    He says and does things (none / 0) (#74)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 11:30:13 AM EST
    many of them have wanted to say or do for years but have been held back by their upbringing.

    I (none / 0) (#75)
    by FlJoe on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 12:04:16 PM EST
    understand their embrace of tRumpism but idolatry of Trump the man is creepy.  

    The whole we 'will let the blowhard from NYC speak for us" seems awfully emasculating IMO.


    Sure (none / 0) (#76)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 12:16:58 PM EST
    but when they say he speaks for us that's exactly what they mean.

    So (5.00 / 1) (#77)
    by FlJoe on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 01:17:22 PM EST
    no good ole boy was up to the task, it just seems weird.

    Kind of a mashup between Nixon goes to China and Green Acres.


    Where (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by FlJoe on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 01:20:25 PM EST
    have you gone Governor Wallace? Our confederation turns it's lonely eyes to you.....

    FWIW, I have no southern cultural heritage (none / 0) (#79)
    by Peter G on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 03:30:45 PM EST
    I was born in New York City, and grew up in the NY suburbs. My family is New York on both sides, going back two or three generations from immigration. It's just a matter of having two nice people for parents, who raised me and my sister with an innate sense that kindness (and honesty), based on other folks' equal dignity, was fundamental. And that individuals who happened to be born with above-average intellectual gifts had a duty to give back, to help others, and to share.

    Maybe because so many of us are not (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 04:08:44 PM EST
    we in the south think even those who are not born with above-average intellectual gifts have a duty to give back.  I guess.

    Having gone to college and law school with (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by Peter G on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 08:44:56 PM EST
    a lot of such folks, I have unfortunately observed that many people seem to think that being born smarter than average is simply a sign from the gods that you were meant to be rich.

    The. Vietnamese imigrant who (none / 0) (#69)
    by oculus on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 01:03:53 AM EST
    has refinished furniture for me brings his wife to help move stuff. Of course they are both of small stature.

    ... and files, so you won't later ask me for a retainer.

    My willingness to accept people's promises (none / 0) (#89)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 11:49:54 AM EST
    to pay me later -- rather than in advance, which is the norm in my specialty -- is definitely influenced (principally, I would say) by my subjective assessment of their character, along with the objective probability of their being able to keep that promise.

    I appreciate that. (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 03:54:36 PM EST
    I have done a significant amount of work as a consultant gratis. My proudest achievement was a plaque that the folks from a a less-than-affluent central California farm town mounted in their community health center's lobby, acknowledging and thanking me for my efforts to raise the nearly $9 million they needed to build the healthcare complex.

    I had first met these folks at Burbank Airport while we were waiting for our flight to Oakland. They otherwise couldn't have afforded our firm's services, but they were so sincere in what they were trying to do that I decided on a whim to help them anyway.

    I just never imagined at the time that it would eventually become what was arguably the most challenging project in my private-sector career. I couldn't believe that a major hospital corporation would take vigorous exception to federally qualified health centers operating on what they saw as their turf, and they actively tried to shut this one down before it even broke ground.

    I don't know how many hours I ultimately spent in Sacramento, patiently lining up support for the health center at the state legislature and the governor's office, but I eventually succeeded in convincing state officials to cover 50% of the project's planning, design and construction costs. That was huge.

    It was all worth it when we attended the ribbon-cutting and the health center finally opened its doors to patients. And for the record, aside from the plaque on the lobby wall, they later reimbursed me for most of my travel-related expenses. That was one project in which I can definitely say I had a positive impact on people's lives.



    So predictable (5.00 / 2) (#101)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 04, 2021 at 06:38:21 AM EST
    "I am going to work hard to ensure that something like this doesn't happen to another progressive candidate again. We didn't lose this race, evil money manipulated and maligned this election."

    -- Nina Turner (D), in her concession speech after losing to Shontel Brown (D) in a House special election primary.

    Why doesn't anyone like Nina Turner? (5.00 / 1) (#103)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Aug 06, 2021 at 05:13:18 PM EST
    The Grio | August 4, 2021
    Jason Johnson, Ph.D.: Why Nina Turner, the real `establishment,' lost Ohio Democratic primary race - "The reality of the Ohio primary is that Nina Turner, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, was the Establishment in this race. She had more money, higher name recognition and tons of celebrity endorsements in her pocket. Her opponent Shontel Brown was a local Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair that nobody would've been able to pick out of a lineup four months ago. And yet, Turner still lost."


    "Nina Turner had burned a lot of bridges in local Cleveland politics years ago, and voters have long memories. This is not to say that Shontel Brown didn't have her detractors; her management of the Cuyahoga County Democrats was seen as biased and one local organizer told me that Shontel's campaign trafficked in colorism and classism. I heard a number of people complain that Brown's only policy position was `supporting Joe Biden' and they wanted more.

    "However, in the minds of the majority of non-aligned voters, Turner, not Brown, was the big-name establishment politician. Initially, that helped Turner when she began the campaign as the political prodigal daughter coming back to save her hometown. Unfortunately in June after she jumped out to a huge lead, her campaign went national, bringing in activist and rapper Killer Mike who insulted Democratic power broker Congressman James Clyburn, and going overboard with attack ads depicting Shontel Brown as a corrupt politician. Clevelanders have a long history with corrupt politicians and Shontel Brown doesn't fit the bill."


    "Nina Turner raised $4.5 million in campaign funds to Brown's $2 million and while outside groups spent slightly more on pro-Brown advertising, Turner had been on the air much longer so the air war was basically a wash. The truth is, had Turner kept the race about fighting crime in Ohio City and PPP loans for failing businesses in Tower City, Jim Clyburn would've never driven into Cleveland in a caravan like a Democratic King Jaffe Joffer with the entire CBC in tow.

    "Turner didn't lose because of 'dark money,' she lost because local voters don't live their lives on Twitter, don't read puff pieces in The New York Times and didn't want the Progressive Establishment carpetbagging into town and telling people how to vote. Not to mention, Shontel Brown is actually a pretty darn good public servant."

    That pretty much sums it up. Only two months ago, Nina Turner enjoyed a 35-pt. lead over Shontel Brown in the polls. She then proceeded systematically to remind mainstream Democratic voters that she's a major league a$$h0le. And as the late Maya Angelou counsels us, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."



    Natural Selection at work... (5.00 / 1) (#112)
    by desertswine on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 10:06:45 PM EST
    Former Newsmax host and right-wing Florida radio commentator Dick Farrel -- who mocked vaccines, the "scamdemic" and "lying freak" Dr. Anthony Fauci -- has died of COVID-19.

    Moron shirts (5.00 / 1) (#129)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 07:56:05 PM EST
    Great idea

    This is not a joke: House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is selling t-shirts to his supporters with the word "moron" printed on the front.

    McCarthy is apparently trying to capitalize on Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently calling him a moron, but I'm not sure they thought this one through.

    Wow (none / 0) (#130)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 08:09:09 PM EST

    Complete with money bomb check box

    These people are nothing if not consistent


    Yes, (none / 0) (#133)
    by KeysDan on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 07:38:51 AM EST
    "I'm a moron, send money" does not sound like it was thought through.  Hard to sanitize and weaponize, especially when the subject is not known as an Einstein..

    No one want to talk about Britney Spears (5.00 / 1) (#136)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 04:47:16 PM EST
    but she has done a lot to educate people, like me, about conservatorships and how I would not want to be a conservatee.  

    True (5.00 / 1) (#138)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 05:52:51 PM EST
    The bookkeeper I work with and I were having this discussion a while back when the Spears news first broke and I guess being in accounting she said it is a problem that has been around, it is routinely abused etc. but also said conservatorships have been operating under the radar but now they've pretty much been exposed for what they are.

    Britney's father Jamie Spears ... (none / 0) (#147)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Aug 14, 2021 at 09:47:27 PM EST
    ... sounds like a real piece of work. If nothing else, we've once again learned how some parents can behave when they see their children as literal cash cows. He's not painted a pretty picture.

    Bad news for the frightened (5.00 / 2) (#139)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 08:18:14 PM EST
    Everybody was predicting that ... (none / 0) (#146)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Aug 14, 2021 at 09:37:47 PM EST
    ... the City and County of Honolulu's population would be shrinking per the 2020 U.S. Census. Indeed, the last estimate in November 2020 pegged it at 963,973 residents.

    Rather, the Census shows that it actually increased by 6.6% to 1,016,508, the very first time Oahu's population topped the 1 million mark. Here on the Big Island, we're at 200,629, an 8.4% increase, with Hilo accounting for 25% of the island's population.

    So much for conventional wisdom. I think the data shows that despite all the roadblocks being thrown in front of them by the Trump administration and the COVID pandemic, Census takers in Hawaii actually did a remarkably thorough job.



    President Biden's (5.00 / 1) (#156)
    by KeysDan on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 07:10:20 PM EST
    speech on Afghanistan was excellent.  He was frank in explaining his decision to withdraw troops and support staff so as to end our 20-year participation in a civil war and honest in discussing the failures of US policy.  

    So many crocodile tears being shed by media types and Republicans.  At a time of fascist threat to American democracy, it is disconcerting that the complexities of execution of withdrawal are subverted to political attacks upon a president who is acting of behalf of the national interest.

    The nooze coverage is killing me (none / 0) (#158)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 07:15:23 PM EST
    It's like, yeah, sure... this was going to happen eventually.  But it's happening way to fast.  The "optics" are bad.

    They should have planned this so it was at least a couple of weeks before the government collapsed.

    It's all just so embarrassing.  How could Biden allow the optics to be so bad?


    This (none / 0) (#159)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 07:24:37 PM EST

    "The president said that the buck stopped with him, but in fact, this speech was full of finger-pointing and blame, especially for the Afghans... He did not really get into or accept any blame for the catastrophic exit that we have been watching on television in the last several days."

    -- CNN anchor Jake Tapper, commenting on President Biden's speech to the nation on Afghanistan.

    Media (5.00 / 1) (#162)
    by KeysDan on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 10:07:05 PM EST
    has an opportunity for some nice bothsiderism.  See we criticize Biden as well as TFG.   And, they are too lazy to do more than "a lot of blame to go around".  And, Biden was at Camp David,too.  Optics you know are everything.

    As it should be (none / 0) (#166)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 07:01:19 AM EST
    New York Times: "The political impact of the chaos and possible bloodshed in Afghanistan is far from clear, either in the midterm congressional elections next year or the 2024 presidential election."

    "Once the images from Kabul this week fade from television screens, relief that the war is over -- at least for U.S. troops -- could be the dominant emotional outcome."

    The Taliban's (5.00 / 1) (#168)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 09:08:54 AM EST
    successful overthrow of the Afghan government was more peacefully achieved than the failed attempt of the Republicans to overthrow the US government.  

    The attention span of US citizens is likely to move on to other matters by Thanksgiving at the latest and the 20-year war to nowhere will be a memory despite the media's glee to tug at the record of a good president.


    Ending involvement in war is good (none / 0) (#172)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 03:25:11 PM EST
    Ford's Approval Rose After Troops Left Vietnam

    August 17, 2021 at 1:31 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 110 Comments

    An interesting observation from Domenico Montanaro:

    "There are a lot of comparisons being made between the fall of Saigon and chaos in Kabul. I'm not saying this will happen, but it's a point to note that we don't know everything... After Saigon fell on April 30, 1975, Ford's approval rating went up -- from 37% in March to 51% by June

    How did helping/fixing a country (none / 0) (#160)
    by jondee on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 08:16:58 PM EST
    on the far-side of the world become solely the U.S's responsibility to begin with?

    Did we prefer it that way, in the sense of edging out the competition and cornering the war market in Afghanistan-along with whatever other markets were there to be exploited?


    Military Keynesianism.. (5.00 / 2) (#161)
    by jondee on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 09:58:34 PM EST
    is an interesting descriptor of something that's been going on for decades: "the term is used to refer to politicians who claim to reject Keynesian economics, but use Keynesian arguments in support of excessive military spending, with said public spending allocated to the arms industry, whereas Keynes advocated increasing public spending on socially useful items like infrastructure".

    Just a bump in the road (5.00 / 1) (#178)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 06:26:31 PM EST
    If that

    Afghanistan Pullout Won't Reduce Military Spending

    August 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 77 Comments

    Roll Call: "The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan could mean changes for the billions of dollars the Pentagon sought in the next fiscal year, but is unlikely to change the trajectory of the larger defense policy and spending bills currently under consideration in Congress."

    Well, I am (none / 0) (#169)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 01:57:57 PM EST
    glad that I am not watching cable news because I would throw a shoe at the TV. All this is reminiscent of Andrea Mitchell and her hand wringing over the optics of a "private server" which now seems quaint and ridiculous that we spent hours discussing that nonsense.

    The howling (none / 0) (#170)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 02:11:39 PM EST
    by the media seems to be to stay in the good graces of those in the military and neocon think tanks.  They need to br sympathetic to their sources.  

    Unfortunately for them (5.00 / 1) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 02:53:11 PM EST
    they are not the viewers.  At least of CNN and MSNBC.   I predict MSNBC, at least,  will return to regularly scheduled programming when their viewers numbers fall of a cliff.

    Bombs (none / 0) (#173)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 04:20:15 PM EST
    bursting on TV and war gets ratings and eyeballs.

    So far (none / 0) (#175)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 04:45:59 PM EST
    the generals have escaped scrutiny.  I hope that their losing the argument, after 20 years, for a win just around the corner with just one more surge and another year or two, did not put their heart and soul into the president's decision.

    It really (5.00 / 1) (#176)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 05:15:50 PM EST
    is amazing that we spent 20 years there and really nothing changed. We should have just hunted down OBL and left, knocking off Taliban as they got in the way.

    Yes, the (none / 0) (#177)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 06:22:06 PM EST
    failure started in the beginning, continued to the  end and everything in between.  The OBL hunt in Afghanistan (which the military missed out on in the cave area of Tora Bora) should have taken the tact finally used to find him in Pakistan-- oh, we violated your sovereignty, sorry will we be out very quickly-- type approach.  

    The failure at the end was sealed with the Trump/Pompeo DOHA agreement that excluded the Afghan government.  It was at this point, in all likelihood, that the Afghan president started stuffing his suitcases with American dollars, secured his vehicle and helicopter caravan and set his GPS for his new out-of-country palace.

    It will be more of a challenge for the Taliban to govern the country this time around. If they plan to pick up where they left off twenty years ago they may be in for a surprise.


    After hurricanes down here (5.00 / 1) (#188)
    by fishcamp on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 12:08:14 PM EST
    you wouldn't believe the stuff lined up along the highway.  People take advantage of the county pickup, and completely remodel their houses.  They leave avocado colored sinks, and toilets that you just know weren't hurricane damaged.  After Irma there was a quarter mile long line of appliances up the road a ways.  We can leave anything out in front of the house and they will finally pick it up.  Stuff doesn't last long in the sub tropics.

    Am I the only one (5.00 / 1) (#197)
    by Zorba on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 02:50:43 PM EST
    Who doesn't care at all who will be the next Jeopardy host?

    Hey now!!! (5.00 / 2) (#202)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 04:29:25 PM EST
    I look forward to Jeopardy every night. I mostly know who I don't want to host. Getting final Jeopardy correct when all the players get it wrong is, unfortunately, one of highlights of my day. With the Delta variant spike in PA, I don't go anywhere. I just won't chance it

    No (none / 0) (#198)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 03:50:56 PM EST
    Goodbye, and thanks for all the music... (5.00 / 2) (#207)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at 11:36:52 AM EST
    Drummer Charlie Watts, whose adept, powerful skin work propelled the Rolling Stones for more than half a century, has died, according to his rep. He was 80.

    Damn. RIP Charlie Watts. (5.00 / 2) (#208)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at 12:40:48 PM EST

    Amazing and creepy (5.00 / 1) (#210)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at 06:39:10 PM EST
    Scientists Grew Stem Cell 'Mini Brains'. Then, The Brains Sort-of Developed Eyes

    Mini brains grown in a lab from stem cells have spontaneously developed rudimentary eye structures, scientists report in a fascinating new paper.

    On tiny, human-derived brain organoids grown in dishes, two bilaterally symmetrical optic cups were seen to grow, mirroring the development of eye structures in human embryos.

    Today was a very big day in the House (5.00 / 2) (#211)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at 08:29:43 PM EST
    Miss Nancy is a force of nature.   I love that she steamrolled the mouthy moderates.

    New Open Thread is Up (5.00 / 1) (#215)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Aug 26, 2021 at 05:59:18 PM EST
    Sorry it took so long!

    One of several (1.00 / 1) (#150)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 01:53:48 PM EST
    People who fell from planes after trying to stow away in the wheel well of a cargo plane.  

    it's not a gruesome image

    It looks almost peaceful.  And it not meant as a comment on withdrawing from the country or even the "way" it was done.

    Just worth looking at because, what a world.

    I have mixed thoughts. (5.00 / 1) (#151)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 02:33:59 PM EST
    Invading Afghanistan was a mistake in the first place. History before we got there proved that.

    We've been there too long. It's been what, 19 years. That's ridiculous. I do think we should help those that helped the US. Get them out. Give them refuge.

    On the other hand, it does seem like it is there country to fight over or for. It seems without US forces propping them up, they didn't have the fight in them to preserve or create a democratic country. I feel like if all these people in Kabul now fearing for their lives had done more to fight or stop the Taliban for the past 20 years, they wouldn't be in this predicament.

    Lots of wasted money and lots of wasted lives.

    We could have created a health care system with free healthcare for all for what has been spent in Afghanistan.


    We have our own (5.00 / 1) (#157)
    by jondee on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 07:14:47 PM EST
    resistant-to-facts Taliban-types here that fight against Universal Healthcare with all the vehemence with which the Taliban denies rights to women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.

    At the rate we're going, the Afghanis will probably have Universal Healthcare before we do.


    Someone (none / 0) (#152)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 02:38:11 PM EST
    tweeted that maybe we should have trained the women to fight instead of the men since it seems the men don't care but the women do. Our own cultural biases may have been part of this disaster.

    I am Still Looking for he Explanation (none / 0) (#153)
    by RickyJim on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 03:16:56 PM EST
    I am still looking for the explanation why we couldn't have just gone after Al Qaeda/bin Laden instead of trying to conquer and maintain the entire country.  Did we try hard enough to bribe Mullah Omar to help us in the former goal?

    "It looks almost peaceful" (5.00 / 1) (#164)
    by coast on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 06:39:05 AM EST
    WOW! Words really can't describe that comment.

    Almost 20 years ago we saw a number of Americans doing the same basically. I doubt the same thoughts came to mind then, or now.


    Congratulations (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 06:55:11 AM EST
    you found something irrelevant to be triggered by,

    I doubt it was a "peaceful" feeling (none / 0) (#167)
    by leap on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 09:06:46 AM EST
    to the person falling to earth.

    One was Zaki Anwari. (none / 0) (#195)
    by leap on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 11:23:19 PM EST
    I just finished The Wilds on Prime (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 24, 2021 at 05:44:53 PM EST
    It was fun.  Not what it sounds like from the promos.

    Chapelwaite starts next month on EPIX. It's an adaptation of Jerusalem's Lot.  A King story with Adrian Brody.    I think Domina on EPIX is excellent.

    Also Solos on Prime (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jul 24, 2021 at 05:50:01 PM EST
    A series of stories that end up being interconnected.  Most with a single actor. Some really good actors



    A question for the vegetable gardeners (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 10:07:47 AM EST
    My tomatoes are starting to ripen.  But two have seemed to almost instantly rot after they got red.


    Should be taking them in green and allowing them to ripen inside?

    I've decided I'm having fried green tomatoes for lunch.

    I hardly made a dent (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 10:47:22 AM EST
    Blossom end rot (none / 0) (#12)
    by BGinCA on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:08:00 PM EST
    May be blossom end rot. Usually caused by insufficient calcium in the soil, excess nitrogen, pH imbalance. (yeah I know too many too be helpful) You can test your soil, but probably no help for this years crop. Depending on the severity, I usually pick them before the whole fruit is destroyed and cut off the rotten end. Or let them ripen indoors as you are doing. Put them in a paper bag with an apple. Or fried green tomatoes are always good. Good luck!

    Epsom Salts (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by jmacWA on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 02:51:13 PM EST
    SO, reminds me that we used to put Epsom Salts into the soil since it is supposed to help reduce blossom end rot.  High humidity will also encourage rot.  As long as you can see that the tomato is changing from green, you can bring it inside and it should finish ripening.

    Fried Greed Tomatoes, and green tomato relish are good too :)

    As to containers, we plant in these horse troughs.  Ours are from tractor supply, but I would assume any good farm store would have them.  The one I linked to will nicely do two tomato plants.  We have two of those and also two of the 40 gallon.


    that's really interesting about epsom salts (none / 0) (#20)
    by leap on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 03:09:33 PM EST
    Here's a bit on how to use them in the garden. Of course, that's from the Epsom Salt Council. I might try that on my peppers.

    Thank you (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:12:43 PM EST
    That sounds right.  But they are in store bought potting soil?

    Weird.  I did just what you said with a couple that had a spot.

    Lunch was great


    I think the pots I used (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:27:49 PM EST
    were not big enough.  I have to water them every day.  The plants are a lot bigger than I expected them to be.  Almost as tall as me.

    Live and learn.  I do love fried green tomatoes


    You can also make (none / 0) (#16)
    by Zorba on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:45:46 PM EST
    Green tomato relish and/or green tomato chutney.  I can't remember which recipes I used, I just googled them.

    I've been enjoying Lisey's Story on Apple TV (none / 0) (#8)
    by McBain on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 10:47:02 AM EST
    It's a Stephen King adaptation with Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.

    I tried Katla for a few episodes on Netflix but lost interest.

    I finished and enjoyed season 2 of Black Summer, a zombie show with a faster pace than the Walking Dead.

    Going to see Pig in the theater today, a Nicholas Cage movie with good reviews.  

    Pigs are trending (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 10:50:27 AM EST
    I definitely have to see Lisey's Story at some point.  It's a great book.

    Pig was a little disappointing (none / 0) (#23)
    by McBain on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 09:34:19 AM EST
    but still worth seeing when it's available to stream.  

    I've seen three movies since theaters reopened.  None of them terrible but they didn't live up to expectations....
    Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
    A Quiet Place Part II


    I just drove by the local emergency room (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jul 25, 2021 at 01:13:48 PM EST
    The parking lot was overflowing into the surrounding lots.

    Couldn't sleep again last night,so (none / 0) (#24)
    by fishcamp on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 11:49:40 AM EST
    I watched the ladies Olympic fencing.  Those electronic face mask helmets with red, green, and white lights are quite amazing.  The time between touches is very short, and soon put me to sleep.

    I attended an alternative high school (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 03:05:01 PM EST
    in Stockton, Ca that had a fencing class. I signed up. It was a lot of fun and I have enjoyed watching fencing ever since.

    Not related, but I am one of the few people I know that enjoys watching sumo wrestling. Spent over 3 years in Japan and have enjoyed watching that sport ever since.


    You need a little cannabis tea (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 03:13:18 PM EST
    Check your email (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 03:22:48 PM EST
    I used to (none / 0) (#25)
    by Zorba on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 01:07:30 PM EST
    Fence some in college- it wasn't techno back then, as it is now.  I was a foil fencer.  Mr. Zorba fenced saber.

    Saber is crazy (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Peter G on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 02:09:15 PM EST
    Real Zorro.

    He was also (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Zorba on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 08:20:19 PM EST
    On his high school's rifle marksmanship team.  He used to carry his rifle to school on the city bus.  Can you imagine that being allowed nowadays?
    And I took rifle marksmanship in college, with the ROTC instructors. I got my Marksman patch.
    So basically, don't mess with us.  ;-)

    I have a niece who was recruited (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by Peter G on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 10:28:52 PM EST
    to work as a bodyguard for high level U.S. government civilian personnel abroad based on her performance in competitive marksmanship in college. She describes (within limits) James Bond-type holsters built into evening gowns (which she could wear rather impressively).

    My favorite... (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by desertswine on Mon Jul 26, 2021 at 02:32:41 PM EST
    I'd excel in any ... (5.00 / 1) (#85)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 02:04:53 AM EST
    ... Olympic competition for blending the perfect margarita.

    Pop your corn early (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 07:12:39 AM EST
    Playbook: "The House's Jan. 6 committee makes its debut this morning."

    "For the first time across dozens of high-profile Trump-related oversight hearings, Republican leadership and allies will have no voice on the panel. (It's going to be weird for us Hill watchers who are used to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) lobbing procedural grenades into proceedings to start fights."

    "McCarthy's rather abrupt decision last week to pull his members from the Jan. 6 committee means that Democrats -- and their two GOP allies on this issue, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger -- will have free rein to set the narrative. (This is why several folks on McCarthy's own leadership team thought that pulling out was a bad idea.)"

    "But ask yourself this: Do you think McCarthy's complaints about Pelosi will mollify Donald Trump when he turns on his TV and sees no Republicans on the dais defending him?"

    Punchbowl News: "*Oh, and by the way, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar and Louie Gohmert, will hold a news conference outside the Justice Department on Tuesday to complain about the treatment of alleged rioters arrested for their role in the Jan. 6 attack. Talk about mixed -- or non-existent -- messaging."*

    Seditionist's press conference abandoned... (5.00 / 4) (#41)
    by desertswine on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 01:54:09 PM EST
    Members of the so-called sedition caucus, the moniker given to Republican lawmakers who have refused to acknowledge the truth of what happened on Jan. 6, were chased out of their own press conference on Tuesday by a man blowing a whistle and a protester holding a "RAPIST" sign.

    But protesters quickly swamped the event, including one holding up a sign behind the podium that read "TRAITORS + RAPISTS: SIT DOWN." An aide confronted a man who was repeatedly blowing a whistle and asked him, "Are you trying to assault people with auditory weapons?" before eventually shutting down the presser while yelling "the left shut us down." Gaetz and Greene had to be whisked away by security while a woman repeatedly yelled, "Are you a pedophile?" at Gaetz.

    -- Daily Beast --


    You can stream it here (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 07:37:31 AM EST
    I've been listening to this (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 11:19:02 AM EST
    the whole time I was at the gym.  Which I had entirely to myself.

    It's the most amazing sickening stuff I have ever heard in a congressional testimony

    I'm sure the visuals were compelling but just listening to them and the way they sound when they describe this  is incredible.


    Yes, the (none / 0) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 11:52:01 AM EST
    visuals were powerful, particularly the shots of the witnesses being attacked verbally and physically.  Officer Hodges being trapped in a doorway and screaming in pain was graphic testimony.

    The Republican hopes to make this go away went up in smoke.


    I've been cable surfing (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 12:02:25 PM EST
    The usual suspects were usual.  FOX carried the whole thing.  The first thing out of a bobble heads mouth was about Nancy putting Jordon and the other one in the penalty box and how "they will be joining us in just a moment".

    But the "political analysis" even on FOX was pretty straight up.  There was no both sides available today.  No place to hide.

    When the shills came on the argument they seem to have decided on is it's all Nancy's fault because they were not "better prepared".  

    So,I guess she should have been better prepared so she could have saved us from ourselves.  


    It was nice (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 12:11:50 PM EST
    to watch a hearing with Congress members who take their responsibilities seriously.  No clowns, no obtuse antics.  All dressed appropriately--even suit jackets.

    The it's (none / 0) (#42)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 27, 2021 at 02:22:12 PM EST
    Pelosi's fault is one that has been recycled before. However Pelosi could not call the national guard. Only Trump could do that.

    Strange that Dow Jones (none / 0) (#43)
    by fishcamp on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 01:06:49 PM EST
    is down 45%; and Nasdaq is up 45%.  Their dollar amounts are different, of course, but I've never seen this before.

    If the infrastructure deal is real this time (none / 0) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 01:20:02 PM EST
    They say it is.  Again. But if it is I expect they will both go up.

    We should know for sure soon.  Maybe today


    CBS (none / 0) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 01:32:04 PM EST
    Today (none / 0) (#46)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 02:18:29 PM EST
    U.S. Senate to vote on infrastructure after bipartisan breakthrough

    The fact this even happened is kind of a big deal.  I think it shows they are starting to understand just say no is not working any more.


    I am sure (none / 0) (#48)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 02:30:47 PM EST
    that their idiotic behavior has not moved their numbers in a positive direction. Biden's proposal is popular and a lot of them voted against the American Rescue act which is already hurting the GOP.

    Maybe they also are realizing that Biden is not Obama and 2021 is not 2009.


    I have become (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 08:25:26 PM EST
    cautiously optimistic that the Republicans now fear their Waterloo and are changing tactics. They may sense that the American people are getting tired of the antics and their vocabulary limited to the word "no".

    Democrats, too, seem to have tired of being nice. Often somewhat slow to confront incivility and, certainly, to call out the Republican's march to fascism. That, I hope is changing..  If not yet a tsunami, a sea change. The DOJ seems to be listening to constructive criticism, Congress members are not mincing words and the Speaker is not nuanced in her opinions.  The select committee on 1/6 may have been the genesis.

    President Biden is trying to stay above the fray letting, for the moment, congressional Democrats do the heavier lifting through committees.  He can work on messages of unity and restoration of the Democratic governing core that government can and does help Americans.  However, the critical and remaining thrust must be to enact voting rights legislation. Not sure all Democrats have grasped the gravity of  this situation.


    I think Biden will go for voting rights (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 09:02:22 PM EST
    I think he is being very strategic and letting others deal with the tactics.  I think he really really wanted this deal.  It was becoming annoying how much he wanted it. He was willing to go along and avoid stepping on toes to get it.

    But now that it's happened, I really never thought it would, I think he was right.  It's going to give them serious momentum.

    Republicans and democrats both are going to bask in the glow of actual governing.  They will want more.

    I think.


    It's also an interesting bit (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 09:06:32 PM EST
    that since Trump started threatening republicans if they do this the number supporting it has doubled.

    Just reported by Lawerence.

    I think republicans (most republicans) want to shut Trump up at least as much as democrats.  The loss yesterday of the Trump endorsed candidate did not hurt.


    Yes, (none / 0) (#58)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 09:15:23 PM EST
    President Biden understands the need for the voting rights legislation---his speech in Philadelphia laid it all out in a compelling way.   I agree that he has moved on it gingerly awaiting passage of the infrastructure bill without roughing too many feathers.   His next focus will be to get all Democrats on board and maybe a few Republicans, although that will not be like getting on board for the popular roads and bridges bills.

    It's a process I guess (none / 0) (#59)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 09:32:12 PM EST

    Senate Democrats Revamp Voting Rights Bill

    July 28, 2021 at 4:29 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 93 Comments

    "Senate Democrats are preparing to release a revised voting rights bill as soon as this week, hoping to keep the legislation alive a month after Republicans blocked the consideration of a previous, more sweeping proposal," the Washington Post reports.

    "Several key senators huddled inside Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer's office on Wednesday to hash out the details of the bill, which is expected to at least partially incorporate a framework assembled by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who expressed qualms about the previous bill, known as the For the People Act."

    "They emerged saying a new product could be released in a matter of days."

    I'm surprised (none / 0) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 03:38:01 PM EST
    I thought Mitch would yank the football again.

    This will be blown out of any reasonable proportion by the press.  In a good way for Biden.  Bipartisanship.  Like a Dodo sighting.


    This is great (none / 0) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 04:54:32 PM EST

    Trump Slams `Weak' Republicans on Infrastructure Deal

    July 28, 2021 at 5:59 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave a Comment

    President Donald Trump just released a statement trashing the bipartisan "infrastructure" deal while saying Republicans look "weak, foolish, and dumb" for supporting it.

    He added: "If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be coming your way!"

    They already (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 05:32:03 PM EST
    have primary opponents. Though Trump's endorsed candidate lost yesterday I think it was in Texas.

    He doesn't want infrastructure passed because he is mad that it didn't get done in the four years he was in office. Instead of going after Biden he sho7uld be going after Moscow Mitch since ole Moscow could have gotten an infrastructure package through. Moscow just really did not want to pass an infrastructure package.


    BBC news, tonight: (none / 0) (#70)
    by oculus on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 01:08:18 AM EST
    McConnell has always supported infrastructure.  .

    Just popped up (none / 0) (#47)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 02:23:18 PM EST

    • WHAT...Heat index values of 105 to 110 expected.

    • WHERE...Portions of eastern and north central Arkansas.

    • WHEN...From noon Thursday to 7 PM CDT Friday

    Right now it's 95 and feels like 107.  Tomorrow it's supposed to BE  102.

    Start chilling your Margaritas... (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by desertswine on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 04:12:12 PM EST
    We've been getting an unusual amount of rain for the last 2-3 weeks, with more to come in the next week to come.

    Fear of agonizing death (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 04:21:10 PM EST
    An issue that is (none / 0) (#61)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 04:08:57 PM EST
    not much covered is the cost of treating COVID patients.  As experience has been gained, treatments involve not only oxygen and less expensive drugs such as Dexamethasone, but also, Remdesivir (antiviral) @500/vial or, on average, about $3120/patient; the monoclonal antibody drug, Bamianivimab at $1250/vial requiring a dozen or so vials per patient.  And, of course, the most expensive hospitalization costs of ICU, with a patient/nurse ratio of about 2 to 1.And, pulmonary and infectious disease specialists.

    Of course, until the vaccines, this was all necessary and the best that could be done. Now, with effective ( free to the patients)and accessible vaccines, these costs can be avoided. And, put economic strains on the health care system.  So costly, it will be difficult to give those Republican tax cuts to corporations and the one percenters.


    I've seen a few articles on huge hospital bills. (none / 0) (#64)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 07:30:57 PM EST
    My own COVID debacle generated over $400K in billings. Of course my insurance company didn't pay out that much. It is mind boggling the discounts they take from the contracted prices they pay. I feel for the uninsured. They have to pay full freight.

    Luckily, I work for a large corporation with good insurance (and short term disability benefits). They announced early on that COVID would be covered at 100%. I've had to go round with providers and the insurance company on a few items. Most recent was getting a $1500 coinsurance bill reversed and covered. Woo hoo!

    My largest expense ended up being the two ambulance rides I had to take.

    But you are right, there is not enough discussion on the cost of this pandemic. The other issue is that these new COVID cases of the unvaccinated are taking up bed space in hospital. Taking away resources for heart attacks, auto accidents, hell, any kind of accident. People who need medical care through no fault of their own are being pushed out by people who could have done something to prevent their own hospitalization.


    A dear friend of my spouse ... (none / 0) (#93)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 04:11:03 PM EST
    ... had repeatedly postponed going to the doctor during the pandemic and by the time her breast cancer was finally diagnosed in January, it had already metastasized in her lungs and the meninges of her brain and spinal column. She immediately entered into hospice care and died three months later in April. Two weeks ago, we joined the woman's family to bequeath her ashes to the waters just off her beloved Waikiki. Heartbreaking.

    just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me (none / 0) (#63)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 06:06:17 PM EST
    HEELS (none / 0) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 at 09:27:53 AM EST
    Tim's Vermeer (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 02, 2021 at 06:23:14 PM EST
    I've been drawing lately and was talking to a friend about reproducing things like old photographs and he reminded me of this movie.  I had meant to see it for a long time.  
    It's about a guy who try's to reproduce a Vermeer painting using a process he pretty much invented.  Or reinvented.


    It's definitely worth your time if you are interested at all in the subject.  A lot of it is based on ideas from a book by David Hockney

    Secret Knowledge

    Which I now guess I have to read.  And I have to read it because there is visual information.

    We're experiencing what may well be ... (none / 0) (#86)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 02:39:48 AM EST
    ... the largest brush fire in Hawaii's history with over 40,000 acres scorched up near Parker Ranch in Waimea and South Kohala, which is about 70 miles northwest of us.

    Yep, no climate change out here. (Cue eye roll.)

    Cuomo (none / 0) (#87)
    by FlJoe on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 10:28:51 AM EST
    in a heap of trouble. Special investigator finds multiple cases of sexual harassment including grabby, grabby stuff. AG suggests criminal charges possible.

    In Regards to Trump (5.00 / 1) (#91)
    by RickyJim on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 01:35:29 PM EST
    Similar treatment would have been during his presidency for the US AG to appoint a couple of lawyers to investigate the charges and file a report.  Is the difference explained by the differences between federal and state law or simply the different political situation?

    In most states, including New York, (5.00 / 2) (#96)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 07:01:52 PM EST
    the Attorney General is independently elected, and  does not answer to the Governor. Not so, the Attorney General of the United States vis a vis the President. The AG of the US is appointed by the President (subject to Senate confirmation), is  a member of the Cabinet, and can be fired by the Prez. The traditional and much vaunted independence of the federal AG is just that -- a tradition at best, and to some extent simply a myth.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#100)
    by FlJoe on Wed Aug 04, 2021 at 06:22:34 AM EST
    it looks like those so called "guardrails" didn't work very well.

    Likely a little of both. (none / 0) (#94)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 04:24:39 PM EST
    and for all their considerable differences, the one key similarity between Gov. Cuomo and Donald Trump is that both men created a toxic work environment in Albany and D.C., respectively, which had the practical effect of intimidating the majority of staff members into a protective cocoon of silence.

    That's why people like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman are the exception, rather than the rule. For all our celebration of whistleblowers, our governing and corporate institutions tend to not look kindly upon their efforts and will retaliate. Thus, Lt. Col. Vindman's military career was short-circuited by the Trump White House and the Pentagon, and he's now Mr. Vindman.



    Linky (none / 0) (#88)
    by FlJoe on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 10:39:10 AM EST
    I don't think (none / 0) (#90)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 12:13:15 PM EST
    he will have many friends after today.

    Anyone think that Cuomo will still be governor (none / 0) (#95)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 06:56:33 PM EST
    after this week?

    It sounded like (none / 0) (#97)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 07:22:36 PM EST
    it might take a while to get rid if him even when they get to it.  If it gets to that.  A complicated removal process different from a president that I honestly don't remember the details of.  Just that it was complicated.

    Assuming he does not step down.  He didn't sound like that was coming soon today.  But the pressure is going to grow for surel


    Yes. Channeling Gov. Northam. (none / 0) (#98)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 03, 2021 at 08:20:49 PM EST
    Tough it out.

    P Wire (none / 0) (#99)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 04, 2021 at 06:20:51 AM EST
    Cuomo Impeachment Could Come Quickly

    August 4, 2021 at 6:22 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 19 Comments

    New York Times: "A person familiar with the process said it could take just a month to complete the inquiry and draw up the articles of impeachment. A trial in the State Senate could begin as soon as late September or early October."

    Playbook: "New York's impeachment process looks a lot like Congress', but with a few differences. It starts in the lower chamber and takes a simple majority of the Assembly's 150 members to impeach, just like on Capitol Hill. The chamber can create a special committee, though in this case the Judiciary panel has been investigating Cuomo."

    "But unlike with presidential proceedings, Cuomo would be tried in the so-called "High Court of Impeachment," a jury composed of all the state's senators (except the majority leader, who would become lieutenant governor and therefore is recused), and the seven members of the state's highest court. Removal takes two-thirds of the 69-member body."

    Time crystals (none / 0) (#102)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 04, 2021 at 05:59:33 PM EST
    this sounds pretty cool

    Scientists from around the world claim to have harnessed a time crystal inside a quantum computer. If true, their discovery--as outlined in a July 28 pre-print research paper--could change the world virtually overnight with a limitless, rule-breaking source of energy that would bring quantum computers into the now.

    As The Next Web astutely points out, this could be "the most important scientific breakthrough in our lifetimes." But to understand why, let's first examine the complicated connection between time crystals and quantum computing.

    Everybody needs to just STFU (none / 0) (#104)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 07, 2021 at 02:12:45 PM EST
    about Tucker Carlson.  The guy is a troll.  He drops the troll bait and they snap it up.

    He loves Viktor Orban.  Great.  Trump loved Kim.  Move on.  Stop giving him airtime.

    Ha (none / 0) (#105)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 07, 2021 at 02:14:50 PM EST
    CNN apologizes for giving it air time.  After giving it air time.

    I feel the same way about Mike Lindell. (none / 0) (#106)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Aug 07, 2021 at 09:09:05 PM EST
    CNN had him on tas a guest and of course, the interview was an entirely predictable train wreck. But what does CNN accomplish and what do the rest of us gain, really, by taking down the crackpot MyPillow CEO on the air?

    The answer is "Nothing." And that's because Lindell has never been anything more than a f*ckin' strawman and sideshow who's chasing his Andy Warhol-allotted 15 minutes. If he could get air time by claiming that the British monarch is still our one true and only sovereign, he'd do so.

    The old Persian proverb still applies: "Dogs bark and the caravan passes."



    Yes (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 08:22:12 AM EST
    Him too.

    Okay, this L.A. Times obituary ... (none / 0) (#108)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 03:13:12 PM EST
    ... for the late Bobby Bowden, Florida State's legendary football coach, is actually sorta macabre and creepy -- not for its content, mind you, but rather for the fact that sportswriter Chris Dufresne, who had obviously penned it in advance, had himself passed away back on May 25, 2020.

    I (none / 0) (#109)
    by FlJoe on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 07:58:11 PM EST
    always liked Bobby, as far as major college HC's go.
    Until this
    "I want to thank all the many many people who were thinking of and praying for me over the last few weeks," Bowden said Wednesday in a statement released by his son, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. "I just went through a battle with COVID-19 and God just wasn't ready to take me home yet to be with him.

    "I've had a chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted to be around to vote for President Trump," Bowden said.

    Trump responded to Bowden's comments on Twitter: "Thank you to Florida State for giving us Bobby Bowden!"


    Instant Karma's gonna get you. ;-D (none / 0) (#110)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 08:38:54 PM EST
    Bobby Bowden was always an Xs & Os kind of guy. On Game Day, if you're a Florida State fan, you had every confidence that the coach and his team would prevail. But off the football field, his personal judgment about other people's character and ethics was often less than stellar. So, the endorsement of Trump really doesn't surprise me.

    You (none / 0) (#113)
    by FlJoe on Mon Aug 09, 2021 at 06:08:42 AM EST
    could say this
    his personal judgment about other people's character and ethics was often less than stellar.
    about a majority of HCs, hence my qualifiers. I liked his public persona which seemed much more humble than your average successful HC.

    Topic jump (none / 0) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 09, 2021 at 08:53:04 AM EST
    It's an interesting bet DeSantis is making.  It looks either brilliant or insane.  Or a bit of both.  His base loves it.  The rest of the planet is horrified but they don't vote in FL.

    I'm glad he is taking some of the covid headlines from my state.  The strange thing is he seems determined to do that.

    I guess we are going to learn soon enough if this works.  It's interesting to watch two republicans with presidential stars in their eyes take such starkly different approaches.  Our governors.


    Do (none / 0) (#115)
    by FlJoe on Mon Aug 09, 2021 at 02:52:30 PM EST
    we really live in a world where gambling with peoples lives could be a "brilliant" political strategy? The sickness runs deep in more ways than one.

    Is that rhetorical? (none / 0) (#116)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 09, 2021 at 03:36:21 PM EST
    In case it's not, yes.  We do.  

    Sadly (none / 0) (#117)
    by FlJoe on Mon Aug 09, 2021 at 03:49:30 PM EST

    I have never seen the air quality so bad... (none / 0) (#111)
    by desertswine on Sun Aug 08, 2021 at 09:35:38 PM EST
    The mountains to the east, the foothills which begin only about 3 blocks away, are veiled in a hazy shroud of smoke.  The mountains on the western horizon are not visible.  The horizon isn't visible.  If you stay outside too long, the eyes begin to burn.  The smoke hangs in the air and stinks of burning trees.  And there's not a fire anywhere near me.  It's all moving in from fires in the far west; California, Oregon, maybe Canada.  I hope the weather patterns shift tomorrow.  We've really made a mess of things.

    You would almost think (none / 0) (#118)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 11:53:38 AM EST
    the governor wanted to step on Biden's big infrastructure news.

    Naaa,  he wouldn't do that.

    In case we missed it (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 11:56:41 AM EST

    Senate Advances $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Plan

    August 10, 2021 at 12:40 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave a Comment

    Less than an hour after passing a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the Senate advanced consideration of a $3.5 trillion budget plan on a 50-49 vote.


    Cuomo Resigns

    August 10, 2021 at 12:12 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 320 Comments

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) resigned after the state attorney general said he violated sexual harassment laws, the New York Times reports.

    For Real (none / 0) (#120)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 12:20:12 PM EST
    Infrastructure Week

    It's a big F'ing deal (5.00 / 1) (#121)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 12:30:24 PM EST
    Cuomo takes a Brodie... for you! (none / 0) (#122)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 12:50:41 PM EST
    "And I love you. And everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love,"                  

    I almost thought that he was about to sprout a pair of wings and fly away.

    I was only off in my prediction (5.00 / 1) (#123)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 01:49:38 PM EST
    by three days. Much better than those who said he's tough it out to the bitter end.

    Now do Polanski. (none / 0) (#124)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 07:58:03 PM EST
    My prediction on that one: never (none / 0) (#125)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at 09:53:19 PM EST
    Give or take three days.

    will peak from midnight on Aug11 to dawn on Aug 13 (none / 0) (#126)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 05:27:38 PM EST
    "They" say that every year. (none / 0) (#127)
    by leap on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 07:18:15 PM EST
    I've yet to see a meteor shower live up to the built-up hype.

    You haven't looked (none / 0) (#128)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 07:49:28 PM EST
    at the right time.  From the right place.

    Well, I've tried. (none / 0) (#131)
    by leap on Wed Aug 11, 2021 at 10:37:50 PM EST
    Several times over the years, I've driven with a friend to a dark coulee, ≈30 miles out of town. No city lights in the sky or on the horizon. Dark starry sky. We'd bring blankets to lie on so as to not strain our necks. We'd see occasional streaks, but nothing like the promised dazzling show hyped all over the media at the time. The coulee at night was wondrous, though, without shooting stars. Dark and quiet, occasional yipping coyotes making their way up canyon. Crickets. And plaintive poorwills in the distance. Didn't miss the meteors, anyway.

    I guess the problem (none / 0) (#132)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 07:04:45 AM EST
    might be your expectations.  

    Streaks are kind of the point.  Some consider that kind of dazzling.  I was out last night from about 1-2.  

    I saw many streaks.  


    Also (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 07:46:40 AM EST
    FTR 30 miles out of even a medium small city is not a great place to skygaze.

    here's a map


    We seem to be leaving Afghanistan (none / 0) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 01:11:13 PM EST
    from the roof of the embassy.

    Whatever.  Leaving is good.  

    It is nice that the government spokesperson discussing this with the press does not sound like an idiot.  And can pronounce all the names and places.

    Nice change.

    roof (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 12, 2021 at 04:50:08 PM EST
    U.S. Sends Troops to Help with Embassy Evacuation

    August 12, 2021 at 5:26 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 103 Comments

    "With security rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, the United States is sending in an additional 3,000 troops to help evacuate some personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul," the Associated Press reports.

    Yeh (none / 0) (#140)
    by Zorba on Fri Aug 13, 2021 at 05:53:18 AM EST
    .......the fall of Saigon......

    The Bush-Cheney Wars... (none / 0) (#141)
    by desertswine on Fri Aug 13, 2021 at 02:18:07 PM EST
    are finally coming to an end.  The Afghan military, which we have been equipping and training for the past 20 years, are melting away faster than a popsicle in the summer sun.

    For fhe Afghans (none / 0) (#142)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 13, 2021 at 02:31:52 PM EST
    before there was Bush/Cheney there was Russia.  They just wait in a cave until these superpowers get bored.

    They have nowhere to be.  Except still there when they leave.


    in which an American was in Vietnam and was apologizing to some Vietnamese for the war. Might even have been Anthony Bourdain, don't remember. Anyway, the Vietnamese simply shrugged their shoulders and said something like "We've been at war for the past 600 years, don't worry about it, we barely remember you." Something like that.

    Our 30-something year old Vietnamese guide (none / 0) (#154)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 03:52:01 PM EST
    in Hanoi told us the Vietnamese don't hate us.  Just China.

    Do you think (none / 0) (#155)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 06:09:20 PM EST
    your guide would have told you he hated you?

    Ha. No tip for you, (none / 0) (#163)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 11:42:46 PM EST

    It is amazing (none / 0) (#144)
    by KeysDan on Fri Aug 13, 2021 at 05:45:26 PM EST
    that so many experts, arm chair and others, have found the answer to Afghanistan now that we are "abruptly" leaving.  If only they would have divulged their thinking over the past twenty years.  Maybe the Turtle's idea of bombing the Taliban as they advance will do the trick.

    July was the hottest month... (none / 0) (#145)
    by desertswine on Fri Aug 13, 2021 at 10:39:55 PM EST
    ever recorded.

    According to new global data, the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees F, making it the hottest July since record keeping began 142 years ago.

    Cool! (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 15, 2021 at 01:35:00 PM EST

    Urgent alert: Large cat spotted early this morning...
    Nextdoor Cherokee Village
    to me
    16 hours agoDetails

         Seena Walker, Cherokee Village
    Large cat spotted early this morning in the Saginaw Circle/Kusa area....possibly a cougar or panther.

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    Nanci Griffith... (none / 0) (#149)
    by desertswine on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at 01:47:19 AM EST
    Trevor Bauer (none / 0) (#174)
    by BGinCA on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 04:42:50 PM EST
    Is anyone following the hearing for a TRO against Dodger pitcher Trevor Bauer? I am surprised he is contesting the restraining order so vigorously. Three day hearing with multiple witnesses.

    Logan Barnhart (none / 0) (#179)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at 06:56:50 PM EST
    I have a dead 65 inch flat screen (none / 0) (#180)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 07:56:05 AM EST
    Any ideas what I can do with it.

    My trash people won't take it and she said she doesn't know anyone who will.  Usually there is a referral to one of several recycling places.  Not here.

    And yes I know I can contact the manufacturer

    One of the things (5.00 / 1) (#196)
    by CST on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 11:44:13 AM EST
    I miss about living within the Boston city limits is that the weekly trash/recycling pickup would take literally everything. You could put an entire apartment worth of furniture on the curb on trash night and it would be gone the next day. Sure - half of it might be taken by some neighbors but that's part of the charm.

    I remember snagging (none / 0) (#199)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 03:52:23 PM EST
    a couple of cool things from a pile of stuff on the sidewalk when I lived in Boston.

    Got it (none / 0) (#181)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 08:08:20 AM EST
    turns out there is an electronics recycling party here a week from today.

    Lucky me.  But this is a weird thing.  These things are selling like hot cakes and there is literally no place to get rid of them easily


    I hope it never happens... (none / 0) (#182)
    by jmacWA on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 08:18:02 AM EST
    It will cost as much to get rid of electronics as it costs to buy them in the first place

    I looked (none / 0) (#183)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 08:50:49 AM EST
    in general the makers say flat screens, in almost any price range, will last 4 - 10 years.

    Mine was 6 and 3/4


    But there will really HAVE to be (none / 0) (#184)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 08:53:48 AM EST
    accommodations made.  I was told by city hall there is a group that goes from town to town around here and they are the only ones who will take them.

    Lucky for me our day is one week from today.

    There are millions of the things.  And 65" diagonally is to big to bury.


    I had one previous flat screen that died (none / 0) (#185)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 09:01:10 AM EST
    That one I bought in about 2004.  It was an early crank model.  Cost an arm and leg.  But when it died one of my game company coworkers wanted it because he refurbished them.

    I guess there will be more of that also.


    I also predict (none / 0) (#186)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 09:04:36 AM EST
    if it is not made REALLY easy they will start turning up in ditches everywhere.

    Many people are not going to spend the time I just did finding a place for it


    In our Township, you generally pay (none / 0) (#187)
    by Peter G on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 09:50:40 AM EST
    a few cents per pound to drop stuff at the dump (if it is too much for the weekly curbside trash pickup), but they will not take electronics that have a screen. Twice a year there are "free dump weekends" where you can take anything up without fee, and they contract with one of those electronics recycling outfits to take electronics with a screen for a fee (I think it was $25 per device).

    Extinction is the rule. (none / 0) (#189)
    by fishcamp on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 12:45:25 PM EST
    Survival is the exception.   Carl Sagan

    I'm watching the movie (none / 0) (#200)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 04:25:43 PM EST
    Reminiscence on HBO.

    It take place in a near future Florida that is mostly under water.

    Great shots of flooded cities and streets.



    This is from the makers of Westworld (none / 0) (#201)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 20, 2021 at 04:28:14 PM EST
    Many of the same actors and directed by Lisa Joy.

    Regular old batteries (none / 0) (#190)
    by jmacWA on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 03:16:26 PM EST
    I cannot find any place to recycle regular old aa aaa d 9-volt batteries.  I don't want to trash them, but I will once I run out of storage space.  In both my previous homes (AZ and WA) I was able to easily recycle batteries.

    Regular old batteries (none / 0) (#191)
    by jmacWA on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 03:17:05 PM EST
    I cannot find any place to recycle regular old aa aaa d 9-volt batteries.  I don't want to trash them, but I will once I run out of storage space.  In both my previous homes (AZ and WA) I was able to easily recycle batteries.  PA is not as forward looking when it comes to recycling.

    We have fulltime (none / 0) (#192)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 05:03:35 PM EST
    Recycling center where I'm at. Just haul the stuff over and put it into the right bin/dumpster.

    So do we (none / 0) (#193)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 05:54:31 PM EST
    Except for flat screen tvs.

    My trash truck guy once picked up a sofa (none / 0) (#194)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 19, 2021 at 05:55:54 PM EST
    after I worked on it with a SawsAll

    Don Everly... (none / 0) (#203)
    by desertswine on Sun Aug 22, 2021 at 04:26:34 PM EST
    Don Everly, who with his late younger sibling Phil established the template for close harmony vocalizing in the chart-topping duo the Everly Brothers, died Saturday at age 84 in Nashville. NO cause of death was immediately disclosed.

    re: Everlys (none / 0) (#204)
    by Peter G on Sun Aug 22, 2021 at 06:10:39 PM EST
    I'm doing my crying in the rain. (I had not realized this wonderful song was written by Carole King.)

    Chapelwaite has started on EPIX (none / 0) (#205)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Aug 22, 2021 at 07:44:40 PM EST
    it's excellent.

    There has not been much good tv for a while.   The first 3 episodes are streaming on demand.

    2021 hasn't exactly been the year of great Stephen King adaptations on the small screen. "Lisey's Story" wasn't the cerebral thriller it should have been. And the newest attempt at "The Stand" was a major dud almost from its onset. But, as they say, the third time's a charm with "Chapelwaite," a pitch-black horror set in 1850s Maine, where vampires rule the looming eternal night.

    Like many great "Nosferatu"-lite narratives, "Chapelwaite," based upon King's "Jerusalem's Lot," isn't merely fixated on the bloodthirsty undead stalking the innocent humans trembling in their candlelit homes; it explores our relationship with death, grief, family and what it means to have eternal life.

    Subpoenas are supposed to go out next week (none / 0) (#206)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Aug 23, 2021 at 07:53:17 PM EST
    and this

    Select Committee Wants Lawmaker Phone Records

    August 23, 2021 at 9:02 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave a Comment

    "The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot is poised to send notices to various telecommunications companies requesting that they preserve the phone records of several people, including members of Congress," CNN reports.

    Response to BGinCA (none / 0) (#209)
    by McBain on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at 05:31:16 PM EST
    I've been following the Trevor Bauer restraining order hearing and administrative leave from baseball. It's been fascinating.  

    The judge denied the restraining order and came down pretty hard on the accuser, basically saying her injuries were consistent with what she requested. I think there's a legal issue of what you can consent to if you're unconscious if this ever goes to criminal court, but I'm not sure how she would be able to prove if and when she was unconscious.

    I wonder if the Dodgers were hoping the restraining order would be granted and criminal charges brought so they could possibly not have to pay his 100 million dollar contract?  MLB is doing their own investigation, it will be interesting to see what they do.

    As for a civil case, if Bauer settles that could hurt his credibility with MLB, so I don't think he wants to do that.  

    Trevor Bauer (none / 0) (#212)
    by BGinCA on Wed Aug 25, 2021 at 03:18:30 PM EST
    I agree, the judge sided pretty strongly with Bauer. I was surprised that a hearing for a restraining order would last three days with so many witnesses. I imaging Bauer's strategy was to show how strongly he would dispute the charges and preempt the filing of criminal charges. Maybe see what evidence the accuser would bring to bear. In this he seemed successful.
    As for MLB and the Dodgers, they were probably disheartened to see Bauer succeed. Makes it harder for them to get rid of him and for the Dodgers to save $100mil. What an embarrassment for baseball.
    Sad. She seemed like an emotionally unstable substance abuser. And him.....

    We were having a discussion above (none / 0) (#213)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 26, 2021 at 07:42:46 AM EST
    about safe disposal of electronics

    I just gave them my tv.  It was a couple of rednecks, nice friendly ones, in an old pickup truck.

    I really expected something more official.  I asked if they do this regularly.  I found out about today from city hall last week.  They said, hell no.  It's a pain and this is the last time we are doing it this summer.  Maybe ever.

    They had no idea what happens to the thousands of flatscreens that will die by next summer.

    We are in the first generation of flatscreen ownership right now.  They ARE going to start dying.  4 - 10 years.

    Seems like a helluva business opportunity for somebody.

    More on Bauer... (none / 0) (#214)
    by McBain on Thu Aug 26, 2021 at 11:00:12 AM EST
    I think the case/hearing lasted as long as it did because a lot was at stake for both parties.   Here's what the judge said...
    On Thursday, Judge Gould-Saltman said, "The injuries as shown in the photographs are terrible," the transcript shows.

    However, the judge said she believed Bauer did not do anything the woman didn't consent to.

    "If she set limits and he exceeded them, this case would've been clear. But she set limits without considering all the consequences, and respondent did not exceed limits that the petitioner set," the judge said.

    The judge stated her decision was based on evidence she believed showed the roughness of their sexual encounter was consensual. "We consider in a sexual encounter that when a woman says no she should be believed," Gould-Saltman said, per the transcript. "So, what should we do when she says yes?"