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BetterMost People / Re: Dealing with Stress and Stress-Relief Tips
« Last post by Front-Ranger on August 12, 2019, 10:33:49 am »
Food is getting more expensive, mostly due to the stupid trade war and the stupid war on immigrants. Some foods, like beef, are going to get even more expensive because Midwestern crops used for livestock food have been wiped out. These include corn and soy beans. I read one time that 40% of the world's calories come from either corn or soy, mainly in the form of corn syrup and soy oil.

SO, I'm supposed to be writing about how I'm relieving stress and instead I write about the opposite! I feel a growing sense of foreboding. People tell me to just not watch the news but it doesn't help; indeed, I feel more foreboding when I deliberately ignore the news.  :'(
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Anything Goes / Re: Dream Interpretation
« Last post by CellarDweller on August 11, 2019, 08:07:41 pm »
You've been glitter bombed!
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BetterMost People / Re: What's for breakfast/lunch/supper?
« Last post by Front-Ranger on August 10, 2019, 07:23:22 pm »
My dinner tonight will be Rocky Ford cantaloupe, turkey bacon, cucumber in a spicy vinaigrette, and shisho leaves.
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The Lighter Side / Re: Life Advice in Three Words
« Last post by Sason on August 10, 2019, 04:12:34 pm »
drink your tea
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The Lighter Side / Re: Say it all in Six Words!
« Last post by Sason on August 10, 2019, 04:11:48 pm »
visited my mom in hospital today
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Anything Goes / Re: Dream Interpretation
« Last post by Jeff Wrangler on August 10, 2019, 12:02:40 pm »


Did somebody open a tube of glitter again?  ;D
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The Culture Tent / Re: In the New Yorker...
« Last post by Front-Ranger on August 10, 2019, 10:42:11 am »
"Devils Advocate" was a long and wild ride through the depraved world of Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, and a host of teenage girls. Hard to read but great reporting!

Now comes the news that Epstein has taken his own life in prison. He was on a suicide watch. Whoever was watching dropped the ball. Or was told to drop it.
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The Culture Tent / Re: In the New Yorker...
« Last post by serious crayons on August 10, 2019, 09:00:04 am »
I read the Al Franken story today as well as Jill Lepore's piece on Melville. Both were good.

Makes me mad about Franken. I knew that photo and her story were not exactly what they seemed. I was less skeptical of the seven other women, but his transgressions in their cases, whether deliberate or not, seem relatively forgivable. I thought he was a good senator (he's from my state; in fact, grew up near where I did) and would have made a good presidential candidate.

However, I will say that I mentioned him as a potential candidate to a woman I worked with, about a week or two before the photo scandal erupted. My coworker, an attractive 40-ish woman whose politics are about like mine, said she agreed, but ... she added that she'd sat next to him once at a banquet once and he gave off "a vibe."

"Oh, well, a vibe," I said kind of (politely) dismissively.

"No, it was a pretty strong vibe," she said. But she added that she still liked him as a politician.

But I think the main reason he was forced to resign was because a pedophile was running for office in Alabama.

Fun fact: Franken grew up in the same Minneapolis suburb, around roughly the same time, as the Coen Brothers, Tom Friedman, and a couple of other less famous but still successful writers. (All were Jewish; it was the suburb that, for whatever reason, many Jewish families lived back then.) I've often wondered if there was something in the water!  :laugh:

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The Lighter Side / Re: Say it all in Six Words!
« Last post by CellarDweller on August 09, 2019, 08:40:30 pm »
vacation time coming to an end.
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The Lighter Side / Re: Life Advice in Three Words
« Last post by CellarDweller on August 09, 2019, 08:25:33 pm »
Enjoy a vacation
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