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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

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Twits on Twitter 0

A no one could possibly be this stupid oh I stand corrected twit.

We are a society of stupider, striving for stupidest.

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All the News that Fits, Foxy Shady Dept. 0

Scare tactics.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another incident of passing politeness:

“On scene, the complainant stated a male was driving a white Nissan Armada and pointed a gun at him, and his 5-year-old daughter, during a road rage incident,” the probable cause statement says.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another responsible gun owner (sic) traverses the turnpike with politeness.

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The Hiatus 0

Pig:  Well, guys, I'm off to enjoy a relaxing vacation to revive my soul and lift my spirits.  Goat:  Where are you going?  You don't even have luggage.  Pig:  I'm just getting off social media for an hour.  Rat:  I didn't know that was an option.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

They grow fiendlier every day.

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A Tune for the Times 0

(Warning: Mild language.)

For more about Trump’s bad day, see Liz Dye’s report at Above the Law.

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Some More Thanksgiving Trivia 0

The first thanksgiving in England’s American colonies was in Virginia, three years before any English boot stepped on Plymouth Rock.

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Some Thanksgiving Trivia 0

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune shares some tidbits about giblets.

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The Saint radio show, with Vincent Price as Simon Templar.

I have been a fan of The Saint since I was a young ‘un.

I have read almost all of Leslie Charteris’s novels and short stories and watched all of that most excellent Roger Moore television series, some episodes multiple times.

Of course, neither the television series nor the radio shows were entirely true to Charteris’s Saint. Their Saints were much more law-abiding than the original; the original valued justice over law and was quite willing to break the law to achieve justice. The broadcast series feared to go quite so far.

But the Vincent Price series is a great listen.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Mangy comments at the Youtube page:

Donald Trump was supported by some of the most unhinged, racist, conspiracy-believing, anti-government, fascist-wannabe whackos of all time. The ‘religious’ leaders that supported him were much the same, although generally they tended to be mostly amoral grifters whose holy schtick was an easy way to pay for their luxury lifestyle and pool boys without doing any heavy lifting.

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The Sore Loser 0

Uncle Sam, holding a clipboard, asks man red-hatted man,

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Recommended Reading 0

In the olden days, when I was a young ‘un and prowling the local library, I got much pleasure reading the works of P. G. Wodehouse. I know that the author himself was a living anachronism stuck in the Edwardian past, but the man knew how to write.

I look forward to reliving that enjoyment, as I have learned that many of his works are available at Project Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg and Librivox are two of the most worthwhile projects on the inner tubes.

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The Endless Loop 0

Alexander:  Wow.  Four more subscribers to my Youtube channel.  If I keep this up, I'll be an influencer.  Dagwood:  That's great.  But what exactly do you want to be an influencer of?  Alexander:  Getting more subscribers to my Youtube channel, of course.

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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

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Twits Own Twitter 0

Title: Moving Forward.  Image:  Elon Musk, after chopping the Twiiter bird in two, says,

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Sociopathic Media 0

Vehicle shaped like a bird, bearing the Tesla logo, and labeled

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The Good Tweets 0

It turns out that some tweets are good for us. Needless to say, that aren’t from twits on Twitter.

Psychologist Daniel Fryer reports on a recent study.

The recent study, led by academics from King’s College London, found that hanging out with birds improved not only the moods of people with depression but also the moods of the wider population at large (i.e., pretty much everybody).

The two-week study involved participants from the UK, Europe, the U.S., Australia, and China, so it’s pretty safe to assume that birdsong is of a cross-cultural benefit.

Act quickly, though. My local rag reports that

More than half of bird populations are sharply declining across the United States, and dozens have been added as tipping point species. Others, such as swans and geese, are doing fine.

Tipping point species are close to threatened or endangered because they have lost half or more of their populations in the past 50 years. The State of the Birds Report, by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, used five different sources of data, including the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Follow the links for the full stories.

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The NBC University Theater of the Air at the Internet Archive.

These dramatizations of classic literature are extremely well done and quite worth your while.

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