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    Yes, Louis Pasteur was a charlatan. There's no...

    Yes, Louis Pasteur was a charlatan. There's no such thing as microorganisms.
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    ^^ Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto isn't half bad...

    ^^ Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto isn't half bad either.
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    With the masking we have had, to the extent at...

    With the masking we have had, to the extent at which people complied, we haven't had a flu season this year. That alone should erase any doubt in anyone's mind that masks are in fact effective.
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    Around the turn of the millennium, I worked data...

    Around the turn of the millennium, I worked data entry for a rebate fulfillment company. That zip code is a wealth of information when someone submitted with an incorrect address. For example here...
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    My response to people complaining sci-fi shows...

    That's because almost all of them have sucked.[/QUOTE]

    My response to people complaining sci-fi shows are basically the same show: for that matter, police procedurals are basically the same show....
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    It could just need a simple truss rod adjustment....

    It could just need a simple truss rod adjustment. That would be about a $20 repair by a knowledgeable tech.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/africa/south-africa...

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/africa/south-africa-astrazeneca-johnson-and-johnson-vaccine-intl/index.html
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    ^^ Had Seinfeld premiered in today's climate, it...

    ^^ Had Seinfeld premiered in today's climate, it would've been canceled after only a few episodes. It was originally on Wednesdays, as a lead-in to Night Court. It didn't take off, becoming one of...
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    Yes, it's borderline comically implausible. The...

    Yes, it's borderline comically implausible. The first episode started with the caption that an alien spacecraft crashed, and the debris has finally reached, and started falling on the earth. The...
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    My first job out of the Navy in the late 80s, the...

    My first job out of the Navy in the late 80s, the company made dancing cactus...a take off on the dancing flowers of the time period. The shipping boxes were clearly marked "This Side Up," so the...
  11. Dice IS funny.....................to a 5th grader.

    Dice IS funny.....................to a 5th grader.
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    The J&J vaccine has proven effective against the...

    The J&J vaccine has proven effective against the South African and Brazilian strains, whereas the others, not so much.
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    I had a similar experience with UPS 2 day air. ...

    I had a similar experience with UPS 2 day air. My package took a side trip to Dallas, actually being loaded to a truck, and taking a ride along the route. When they realized it was in the wrong...
  14. Not music, but comedy: Andrew Dice Clay opening...

    Not music, but comedy: Andrew Dice Clay opening for Bill Maher. Here in Phoenix, Dice had the crowd so riled up, they booed Maher off the stage. Organizers had to bring Dice back to the stage.
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    ^^ That's not as bad as "anti-commercialist" Neil...

    ^^ That's not as bad as "anti-commercialist" Neil Young selling the rights to all his music. Before long, we'll start hearing Heart of Gold used in those Gold commercials.
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    On many occasions, Amazon drivers left my...

    On many occasions, Amazon drivers left my packages at my neighbors door, and versa-vice.



    That's a problem unique to places like the Puget Sound, and Bay areas. Many Silicon Valley tech...
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    ^^ Imagine doing that same thankless job for a...

    ^^ Imagine doing that same thankless job for a privatized USPS, or a privatized TSA. I shake my head when I hear a pundit complaining about being groped by a TSA agent, as a reason we need to...
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    ^^ I remember when Dances with Wolves aired on...

    ^^ I remember when Dances with Wolves aired on prime time network television...including the scene with Kevin Costner's butt. That predated NYPD Blue with all their naked butts.
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    I remember Ace Frehley being voted best guitarist...

    I remember Ace Frehley being voted best guitarist in either Guitar World, or Guitar Player right after his accident. It was clearly a pity vote because in the immediate aftermath of the accident, he...
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    My dad is a Maricopa County Arizona retiree. His...

    My dad is a Maricopa County Arizona retiree. His name is on the wall with the other retirees. My folks are now in a position to financially help my younger brother, a local school bus driver...
  21. A first world problem is definitely not having...

    A first world problem is definitely not having enough time to vacuum our floors, so we buy a robot to do it for us. Then we're lost when those robots go on the fritz. But what can we expect? ...
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    I watch it religiously. As dramadies go, it's a...

    I watch it religiously. As dramadies go, it's a clever concept.
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    Professionals like lawyers, accountants,...

    Professionals like lawyers, accountants, doctors...most definitely. Hourly workers like a letter carrier, not even. Then factor in the health and retirement benefits, which disappeared from most...
  24. Thread: Birders

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    Something like this...

    Something like this would give you the ease of a point and shoot, with the quality of a DSLR. Nikon is known for their optics.
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    And yet Kerry Livgren didn't even make the list.

    And yet Kerry Livgren didn't even make the list.
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    ^^ Same here. I ordered an item from eBay a week...

    ^^ Same here. I ordered an item from eBay a week ago today. I received it Monday.
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    Perhaps pushing the boundaries of this thread: during the 80s, I didn't much care for Rush's 80s material. After their epic 70s work, I felt they sold out and went new wave. I was even pissed that...
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    With the added bonus of not having to pay...

    With the added bonus of not having to pay generous public empoyee salaries, and generous public employee benefits.
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    Not to mention time not spent just sitting in...

    Not to mention time not spent just sitting in traffic. Pre-pandemic, it would take me 15 minutes to drive in downtown traffic, about 3/4 mile to the freeway on-ramp. Then another 15 minutes waiting...
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    The 4 open Board of Governors seats will have to...

    The 4 open Board of Governors seats will have to wait for all the other Senate confirmations, like Biden's cabinet picks.
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    Worst of all, President Biden doesn't have the...

    Worst of all, President Biden doesn't have the power to fire DeJoy. He was appointed by the USPS board of directors, and can only be fired by the same.
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    We keep our houses between 78 and 80 in the...

    We keep our houses between 78 and 80 in the summer. In the winter, more like 68 to 70. The house I grew up in was poorly insulated, and had bare cinder-block walls. My dad kept the thermostat set...
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    There is but one true difference between a...

    There is but one true difference between a psychopath and a sociopath: the psychopath doesn't know the difference between right and wrong. The sociopath knows, but doesn't care.

    Ironically, only...
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    ^^ But here in Phoenix, considerable air...

    ^^ But here in Phoenix, considerable air conditioning costs will be saved keeping offices comfortable at 72 to 75, when it's 115 outside. The typical house is kept at around 78 to 80, otherwise...
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    Surface damage made this copy of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida unplayable. I turned it into a kitchen clock.............to help keep the food warm.

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    It would also depend on whether there's a variant...

    It would also depend on whether there's a variant in Denmark which doesn't respond well to vaccines.
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    Let's hope the rover doesn't get sucked into the...

    Let's hope the rover doesn't get sucked into the QAnon theory while on twitter.
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    I thought of you when I saw news coverage of that...

    I thought of you when I saw news coverage of that visit.
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    EDITED with spoilers removed, as my recollection...

    EDITED with spoilers removed, as my recollection was refreshed:

    After initially cancelling Hannibal, NBC brought it back in the summer, to conclude the season. Then several seasons followed...
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    If most people knew Beethoven's Eroica Symphony...

    If most people knew Beethoven's Eroica Symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, they would be immediately turned off. That work happens to be the singular catalyst for the Romantic...
  41. When HDTracks, another download distributor for...

    When HDTracks, another download distributor for InsideOut transferred ownership from a US to an overseas company, many titles haven't been available in the US. Including American bands, and...
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    The height of Herbie's career coincided with...

    The height of Herbie's career coincided with movie/TV cameras becoming small and inexpensive enough to focus close on the conductor, and orchestra members. Much video footage exists of the camera...
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    Here in the Phoenix area, some Light Rail tracks...

    Here in the Phoenix area, some Light Rail tracks are shut down for system expansion. That means trains running at half schedule, and with larger crowds. I don't foresee that spiking Covid cases.
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    My cousin and his family were visiting Dallas...

    My cousin and his family were visiting Dallas making moving arrangements, in the process of being transferred by his company. They go stuck there due to the weather, and as far as I know, are still...
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    Part of her stand-up routine before the sitcom...

    Part of her stand-up routine before the sitcom was a guy telling her she wasn't very feminine. She tells him to suck her d*** and walks away.
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    To this day when I receive a DHL package, it...

    To this day when I receive a DHL package, it isn't delivered directly to my door. It's delivered to my local post office, and from there to my mail box. I hardly live in the middle of nowhere...I...
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    In the late 80s, I was driving on a remote, 2...

    In the late 80s, I was driving on a remote, 2 lane mountain highway in AZ. Approaching a curve, I saw a group of vultures by the side of the road. When I got closer, they turned out to be feasting...
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    The do so by handing it off to the USPS, for the...

    The do so by handing it off to the USPS, for the final leg of its journey outside city/town limits.
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    Not to mention only the USPS delivers to rural...

    Not to mention only the USPS delivers to rural areas, outside cities and large towns. There's no way to make a profit expanding beyond that.
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    A couple of nights ago, I finally got around to...

    A couple of nights ago, I finally got around to listening to RTF MusicMagic, which I bought nearly a year ago. Plenty of horns, with thoughtful arrangements making good use of those horns. And Chic...
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    Yes, but my uniform is unsat.

    Yes, but my uniform is unsat.
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    ^^ or the title for my manifesto.

    ^^ or the title for my manifesto.
  53. Thread: Birders

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    On Wednesday while riding my bike to the train...

    On Wednesday while riding my bike to the train station, I witnessed a mockingbird fighting with a sparrow. The former alternated between singing to growling. I would've shot video, but that...
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    No, the fetuses are being eaten by the satanic...

    No, the fetuses are being eaten by the satanic lizard people running the world. Excuse me while I change my foil hat.
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    The worst loss in at least the last 6 months.

    The worst loss in at least the last 6 months.
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    Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire. Originally...

    Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire. Originally a 60s protest song, but just as relevant today.
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    ^^ The Tascam TH-200X, which I converted to...

    ^^ The Tascam TH-200X, which I converted to balanced headphones have Sennheiser ear pads installed. They're by far the most comfortable ear pads I've worn, which I barely feel on the commute to and...
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    I have to laugh when I see a truck flying both...

    I have to laugh when I see a truck flying both the US, and Confederate flag. I'm like, in or out.......make up your mind!
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    Going back to your Sola Scriptura example, I...

    Going back to your Sola Scriptura example, I would tend to agree with you..........if it was a 3rd person historical narrative about Martin Luther. In fact it was 1st person, from Luther's...
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    When it's 115 in July, most people are glad they...

    When it's 115 in July, most people are glad they don't live here.
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