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#297785 - 12/31/16 07:23 PM Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017
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"Happy New Year!" Ubiquitous holiday greeting; "May you live in interesting times." Ancient Chinese curse. Your choice...

Welcome to the first Roundtable for 2017!

2016 was so very complicated. Even the number! It can be factored as 2*2*2*2*2*3*3*7 (bet you didn't see the seven in there, did you?), or expressed as 2^5*3^2*7; whereas 2017 is a Prime Number. How simple, how clean, how hopeful. It is with great relief and trepidation that we bid a collective goodbye to 2016. Relief because it has been a fraught year - the loss of many an icon(CNN), of cherished norms, and of respect for others. But we enter 2017 with great expectations and nary a roadmap. It appears unprecedented in so many ways.

TIME Magazine named Donald Trump 2016 Person of the Year: (How dark, how brooding, how scary!) Trump called it "a great honor." Um, he perhaps did not know what the criteria for the cover is: “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”
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A lot of news is bad news and a lot of people who make bad news are very powerful people. TIME’s editors aren’t immune to that reality. Famously, they named Hitler in 1938 and Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942. These were men who had a huge impact, not just in those years but over the entire century.
TIME. Is Trump going to be like Hitler or Stalin or Khomeini? Or like Obama or Roosevelt or Ghandi? TIME will tell...

So, Janus, what can we expect for 2017? Rolling Stone suggests, Think 2016 Was Bad? 2017 Will Almost Surely Be Worse. Scientists see reasons for optimism in space flight, artificial intelligence, gene editing, virtual reality and transportation - from self-driving vehicles, to personal transportation devices; as well as trepidation from political realities and science-averse leaders. Trump: The most anti-science president ever? - Newsweek.

It's a great time for predictions: 2017 Crystal Ball - CNN; 10 Terrifying Predictions For 2017 - Listverse; Seven science stories we can't wait to follow in 2017 - LA Times (subscription). So, what say you, Ranters? What are your predictions for 2017?

Or, is it?

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#297792 - 01/01/17 12:06 AM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Happy New year to one and all
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#297803 - 01/02/17 02:47 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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I hope everyone survived their New Year's celebrations. I have probably condemned myself to a bad year because I failed to stop by a friend's house for black-eyed peas. She insisted it is for luck, and lord knows I could use a dose of that for the year.
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#297812 - 01/02/17 08:21 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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The wife says it is Lintl Soup that brings luck and money in the new year. ThumbsUp
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#297833 - 01/03/17 06:24 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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I've eaten collard greens and blackeye peas for years. Never seemed to help.
This year I made lentil soup.
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#297834 - 01/03/17 06:36 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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I made some lentil soup, too. Man is that thick. I think it's the barley in this recipe. I like it better without so much barley.

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I am having extreme difficulty housebreaking our new Labrador puppy!

My lab pup is about 8 months old now. I think it gets really easy if you have a dog door so puppy can go outdoors any time it wants and an older dog that already goes out the dog door to do his business. Puppies love to follow older dogs around and copy them. It will rapidly get the idea that this is our den (the house) and we go outside to pee.

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#297835 - 01/03/17 06:41 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Made a glazed ham for Christmas. Baked yams, scalloped potatoes, fresh green beans, coleslaw all were made from scratch. Desserts and rolls we bought from the supermarket. Pretty good.

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#297843 - 01/03/17 11:13 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: pondering_it_all]
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I made some lentil soup, too. Man is that thick.

Mine came out thick too. I could have added more stock but decided to leave it that way and serve it over rice. WHen I realized it was going to be so thick I considered adding garam masala and turning it into an Indian curry but it was awfully good just like it was so I just went with what I had.
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#297844 - 01/03/17 11:27 PM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all

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I am having extreme difficulty housebreaking our new Labrador puppy!

My lab pup is about 8 months old now. I think it gets really easy if you have a dog door so puppy can go outdoors any time it wants and an older dog that already goes out the dog door to do his business. Puppies love to follow older dogs around and copy them. It will rapidly get the idea that this is our den (the house) and we go outside to pee.


Betty Boop (Boopers) is only ten weeks old so I realize it takes time investment and patience. She was a very good girl this morning and understood very quickly what was expected of her when we got outside.
So she got lots of love and treats.
Yes yes to the "house as one big kennel or den for humans" concept.
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#297845 - 01/04/17 08:34 AM Re: Reader Rant Roundtable for January, 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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We have a room with a dog door and a fenced backyard, so Sierra Sunshine took to it right away. I think the breeder had his dogs all outside, which doesn't lead to very good house breaking. We got her at 7 months old because the breeder thought he would keep her and then his kids got too old to spend much time with her. She bonded immediately to us and our other dogs, so going out to pee with the other dogs was natural for her. I think she peed only once in the house!

One thing she really loves is her kiddie swim pool. Labs LOVE the water even if they can just dunk their heads in it. I feel bad we don't have a bigger pool or pond for her.

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