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Sometime this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)

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A Tune for the Times 0

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Twits on Twitter 0

Fat-shameful twits.

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The Privatization Scam, the Bill Comes Due Dept. 0

Governor McDonnell outsourced management of public roads to a private company.

The con is now taking its toll.

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Zuckerdorsey’s Monster 0

Frames One and Two:  Mad Scientist pushes button and Frankenstein-like monster sits up and says,

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At Psychology Today Blogs, Phil Reed offers some thoughts. A snippet:

Multinational companies and corporations are set up for a clear purpose—to make money. The rest, such as facilitating expression and communication between people, is just advertising and marketing.

(Syntax error fixed.)

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A Pillow of the Community 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Party politely.

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The Squad, Republican Style 0

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death,

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QOTD 0

W. E. B. Du Bois:

The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?

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Maskless Marauders 0

We are a society of stupid.

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Facebook Frolics, Reprise 0

And it goes on.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Methinks Parmy Olson is unduly optimistic.

Plus, she provides yet more evidence that “social” media isn’t.

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

Sam, Emma, their guest, attorney and writer Sam Melo, discuss the history of immigration and immigration legislation in the United States.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

They get fiendlier every day.

Aside:

The first rule of flight club is don’t tell anyone about flight club.

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Frame One:  Mitch McConnell climbing a ladder says,

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False Warranty Claims 0

David Lazarus explores the “your car’s extended warranty is expiring” robocall scam.

Even if you already know the calls are a scam, his explanation of the nuts-and-bolts of the con is enlightening.

Aside:

We sometimes get two or three of these a day on our cell phones and land line (yes, we still have a land line).

Per his article, the number of such calls in the United States this year is projected to be in the neighborhood of 13 billion. That’s about 40 calls for every man, woman, and child and about 120 for each registered vehicle.

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QOTD 0

Bertrand Russell:

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death.

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Geeking Out 0

Updating a VirtualBox virtual machine of Linux Mint MATE using the command line (the command line is always faster, if you know the commands) on Mageia v. 8 under the Fluxbox window manager. The Mint wallpaper is from Mint. The Mageia wallpaper is from my collection.

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Prioritization 0

White male scientist:  Climate change has hit catastrophic levels!!!  How can we get people and the media to care about it!?!  Black female scientist:  Tell them the Earth is a missing white girl?

Via Job’s Anger.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness.

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Vaccine Nation, It’s Complicated Dept. 0

Medical professional to interviewer:  The patient died from complications related to COVID-19.  interviewer:  What were the complications?  Medical professional:  Ignorance, obstinance, gullibility . . . .

Via Job’s Anger.

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