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A Fungus Amungus
by pondering_it_all - 10/23/21 07:38 AM
Carbon Sequestration
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Le Shrooms
by pondering_it_all - 10/23/21 07:12 AM
RoundTable For Fall 2021
by pondering_it_all - 10/23/21 06:44 AM
What % of humanity is batsh!t crazy?
by TatumAH - 10/23/21 02:49 AM
A Question of Culture
by TatumAH - 10/23/21 02:43 AM
Why and How can they?
by TatumAH - 10/23/21 02:39 AM
3 word story game
by TatumAH - 10/23/21 01:26 AM
Winning
by perotista - 10/21/21 05:22 PM
Where did this car thing start?
by jgw - 10/20/21 05:14 PM
Mountain Meadows Massacre
by Mellowicious - 10/20/21 02:41 AM
Divorce: American Style
by pdx rick - 10/20/21 01:04 AM
Who killed General Colin Powell?
by Ujest Shurly - 10/19/21 10:42 AM
Gerrymandering
by perotista - 10/19/21 12:19 AM
A Musical Quiz
by TatumAH - 10/18/21 09:01 PM
What about the latest Catholic Church fiasco in France?
by pondering_it_all - 10/18/21 08:35 PM
Southwest, American among Texas businesses defying governor
by pondering_it_all - 10/18/21 08:24 PM
Mobile sign-in issues
by pdx rick - 10/18/21 03:20 AM
Biden Administration Threads not in Current Topics
by Jeffery J. Haas - 10/18/21 03:10 AM
Arizona Audit/Recount 2020 election
by rporter314 - 10/16/21 05:23 PM
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The Environment Jump to new posts
Re: A Fungus Amungus pondering_it_all 1 hour ago
I have some umami powder that is made from shiitake mushrooms. It makes a great addition to anything you want to add some more savory taste. Just used some tonight to jazz up some rather bland homemade cashew chicken.
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The Environment Jump to new posts
Re: Carbon Sequestration pondering_it_all 1 hour ago
Farmer Gold has no trouble getting them moving. They are pretty wild and wary of him and his 4-wheeler. His problem is getting them to go where he wants! They already have found a nice shady spot with yummy lush grass they like. Maybe once they munch the grass down, they will move on naturally to another spot. He envisions moving them from paddock to paddock intentionally, but I suspect he will discover it's far easier to just make the adjacent lush paddock available and they will move on their own. He could help them along by filling water troughs and putting out salt licks in the new paddock.

He's in Northern Vermont, so he's going to have an interesting time convincing them his barn is a nice place to hang out over the winter. I warned him cattle were going to be a whole new ball game from raising ducks and geese. He has all of his ducks trained to go in their house when he yells: "All ducks go to bed." at dusk. Dairy cows that want to be milked twice a day are trainable. Free-range beef cattle, not so much.
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Health, Medicine & the healing Sciences Jump to new posts
Re: Le Shrooms pondering_it_all 1 hour ago
I knew it was DET, DMT's big brother, because I knew the guy who made it so many any decades ago. (Long past the Statute of Limitations.) He nearly burned down his lab throwing used Lithium Aluminum Hydride in the thrash can when the final reduction was finished. That stuff catches on fire when it contacts air OR water! He had some ethylamine (instead of methylamine), hence DET.

You had to smoke a crystal, and it tasted pretty horrible. But instead of a five minute acid trip, it was more like 15 minutes. I had taken LSD and various other interesting drugs at that point, so it was fun. A hell of a lot more fun than ayahuasca, which almost always starts with technicolor projectile vomiting. So much fun, I smoked it all up over the course of a couple of months.

I don't know of any other drug that you have to smoke, is like an acid trip, and only lasts five minutes. So I bet their DMT was real.
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The RoundTable Jump to new posts
Re: RoundTable For Fall 2021 pondering_it_all 2 hours ago
I could make a joke about Donald Trump's father pulling out back in 1945, but I will restrain myself.
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Religion and Philosophy Jump to new posts
Re: What % of humanity is batsh!t crazy? TatumAH 6 hours ago


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Morality & Society Jump to new posts
Re: A Question of Culture TatumAH 6 hours ago
Ark needed Kwell
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The Trump Administration Jump to new posts
Re: Why and How can they? TatumAH 6 hours ago
Bowl der dash
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General Stuff Jump to new posts
Re: 3 word story game TatumAH 7 hours ago
Originally Posted by Ken Condon
Yer all assholes


Hey, can we take this over the the fungus amongus thread, where you already commented on why fungi are winning over the antifungals!

The antifungals are all AZOLES!

TAT
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Politics In General Jump to new posts
Re: Winning perotista 10/21/21 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by Greger
I'm totally down with your predictions as they pretty much mirror my own.

Democrats will lose the Senate and the Whitehouse in 2024. Biden is going to be another Jimmy Carter and there are a huge number of Democratic senators up for elections.

Oddly, I'm getting a weird feeling that the House might fall to Dems in 2024. It's counter-intuitive but those are local races and universal so you get a more clear picture of public concern on the issues.

While voters in 2024 might politely reject another Biden and/or Harris administration, they might not be willing to give rock-ribbed republicans free rein to do as they please.

Now...if something really good happens in the next six months...prices drop, wages rise, a mild winter with plenty of snow, no new pandemic surges, the passage of Manchin's $1.75 Trillion dollar legislation, and a quiet fire and hurricane season, things of that sort...then the picture might change.

Mostly we're sitting on our hands in an off-year watching politicians make fools of themselves at the expense of the poor.

Same as it ever was.
2022 if far from being set in stone, 2024 might as well be 50 years into the future.With my predictions, they could change tomorrow based on new numbers. With me the House is just a SWAG, based mostly on the Generic Congressional Ballot along with retirements. Without redistricting, a SWAG is about all one can give. The Senate on the other hand is based on polls. Some new, some old. But at least the senate is based on numbers.

With a year to go before the midterms, anything can happen. All it take is for one unforeseen event to upset the whole apple cart, to turn this election upside down. On Biden's downturn, I placed the blame on Afghanistan and expected a quick recovery. That didn't happen. I overlooked supply and demand and the rise in prices. Paying too much attention to the minutia and not seeing the whole or big picture.

It happens. The good news is the Democrats have jumped out front in the money race. Following the money is a good indication as to what will happen in future elections as are retirements. Retirements are one indication about the Dems retaining the senate while retirements point to a GOP take over of the house. It's much easier to win or switch an open seat than to beat an incumbent.
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Ain't This America Jump to new posts
Re: Where did this car thing start? jgw 10/20/21 05:14 PM
A car story. During the great depression a group of Russians were traveling through the state of Washington. At the same time there was a 'march' on the state capital about the depression. The Russians were invited to go to the march of the people against gov (I think). The Russians turned out to be amazed at the simple fact that all the 'marchers' arrived by bus and car. In Russia very few people owned cars.
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Morality & Society Jump to new posts
Re: Mountain Meadows Massacre Mellowicious 10/20/21 02:41 AM
Rick - think I watched at least the first hour of this before; there some scenes that seemed familiar. I may not keep it up; so far as I can see Sam Waterston is the best part of the series - although Mr. Waterston may be enough to keep me going.

It may just be that I’m tired and not really open-minded enough to “get” it. I’ll try again tomorrow.
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The Biden Administration Jump to new posts
Re: Joe Manchin Defeats Progressives in Battle Over Joe Biden's Climate Plan Greger 10/20/21 01:14 AM
Manchin is doing nothing of the sort! He is removing it from this bill. Democrats are welcome to introduce a separate climate bill. The goal is to shrink this bill to a more manageable size. He may be correct and he may pull republicans on board. Bi-partisan legislation is much easier to build on.

Let's see if this post bumps it.
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Ain't This America Jump to new posts
Re: Divorce: American Style pdx rick 10/20/21 01:04 AM
Seriously?!? Donald Trump polling higher than Joe Biden?

crazy
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Military & Veteran's Issues Jump to new posts
Re: Who killed General Colin Powell? Ujest Shurly 10/19/21 10:42 AM
Even though I do not think this needs to be posted for RR Members (most seem very aware of current events).

General Collin Powell, was undergoing treatment of an autoimmune disease, he had Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. Both it and chemo suppress the immune system. In effect, he had no immune defense. Multiple Myeloma also is incurable. So, he had a losing hand from the get go.

So long General. One of the very few republicans (him and John McCain) I respected.
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Politics In General Jump to new posts
Re: Gerrymandering perotista 10/19/21 12:19 AM
LOL, okay. Now you know why people voted the way they did. The facts are,
2010 52% of all Americans opposed the ACA. This resulted in a 52-44 margin of all Americans voting for Republican congressional candidates letting the GOP gain 63 seats and retake control of the House of Representatives.

2014 27% of all Americans were saying the ACA was hurting them vs. 16% who said it helped them. The people were saying the law hurts more folks than it helps. 53% of all Americans opposed the ACA. Due to this Americans voted 52-46 for Republican congressional candidate enabling them to retain control of the house. More importantly, Americans voted 52-43 in the senate elections enabling the Republicans to pick up 9 senate seats and take control of the senate.

The opposition to the ACA in 2016 40% in favor/49% against helped Trump defeat Clinton. Of those opposing the ACA, Trump won them 82-13 over Hillary Clinton.

https://www.cnn.com/election/2016/results/exit-polls/national/president

Then in 2018, once Trump made the ACA popular the year before, 47% favor, 40% oppose, it helped the Democrats regain the house, the Democrats gaining 44 seats as Americans voted for the Democratic congressional candidates 54-45.

Although in 2018, I think the dislike of Trump had much more to do with the the American People kicking out the Republicans than the ACA. But no doubt, the ACA figured into it.

These are the facts. I posted the links prior. Now Jeffrey, you can try to dispute the facts if you like. But I take that as more a partisan rant than disputing the facts the ACA played a major role in deciding the 2010 House elections, the 2014 senate elections, probably a significant role in the 2016 election. Less, but also played a role in 2018.

Once the American people became use to the ACA, where it fit into their comfort zone, Trump and the GOP were politically stupid to try to repeal it. All that did was make a piece of legislation that had been highly unpopular, popular. Without Trump, in my opinion the ACA would still be unpopular. But that's irrelevant, the ACA certainly influenced if not decided certain elections. What I found strange was in 2012 when Obama beat Romney, neither talked about the ACA or made it a campaign issue. Most likely because of RomneyCare in Massachusetts when Romney was governor. He didn't have a leg to stand on.

Now which facts are you disputing here?

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/obama_and_democrats_health_care_plan-1130.html

https://news.gallup.com/poll/178094/say-health-law-hurt-instead-helped.aspx

Or didn't you read the whole post before you went off on a partisan rant?
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General Stuff Jump to new posts
Re: A Musical Quiz TatumAH 10/18/21 09:01 PM
Originally Posted by Mellowicious
I looove hang drums. Bought a little one off the web but, as I expected, it was a POS…But the real ones are too expensive to buy experimentally.

Hello Mello grin
It's been a while!

There is no need to buy el-cheapo hang drums on the internets when it is so easy to make your own steel drum at home grin What could go worng with these simple doo it yourself instructions? grin
Steel drum tuning and construction handbook

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When I was sixteen, I fell in love with the sound of the steel pan, and decided that I was going to make my own. I knew they were made by hand-hammering the bottoms of surplus 55-gallon drums, and I assumed (with the brash arrogance only naive, precocious, slightly spoiled teenage boys can muster) that if it could be done by “island natives” in one of those smaller, lesser countries elsewhere in the world, it would surely be easy, for me, in my suburban backyard in Dallas, Texas, USA.

I spent much more time on this site than I care to admit, even though I have little interest in Calypso music when not compromised by gumbay smashes or whatever rum based intoxicant was the local favorite,

Rum and coke in the islands is mostly rum, as it is made there, while coke has to be imported. I ended up carrying a pregnant wife back to our room piggyback, after only one complimentary welcome drink! No wonder the kid was strange!

I was fascinated by the complexity of the steel drum organization. The complementary notes in the various scales/chords are closely associated physically on the steel drum-head to enhance favorable harmonics and discourage dissonance. If you think tuning your own piano is complicated and tedious, you should try tuning your beat out of tune steel drum with a large hammer and forge!

TAT
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Religion and Philosophy Jump to new posts
Re: What about the latest Catholic Church fiasco in France? pondering_it_all 10/18/21 08:35 PM
Obviously, they are not so much upset about paternity leave as much as paternity.
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Ain't This America Jump to new posts
Re: Southwest, American among Texas businesses defying governor pondering_it_all 10/18/21 08:24 PM
Cruise ships never made any sense to me: Paying to travel to nowhere! Traveling to a resort and staying there for a while seems like a much better use of your time.

It seems like taking your kids is particularly dangerous. The usual policy is no lifeguards at the pools, and if your kid dies they just pay for the funeral, and that's it. If you want to file a lawsuit, you have to do it in Panama. They do have a lot of activities so the kids can stay occupied while Mom & Dad drink and lock them out of the stateroom for fun time. So the kids are pretty unsupervised. Perfect predator hunting grounds, with no police, a bunch of Filipino staff who don't care if your son or daughter is in some guy's cabin, and an intricate system for reporting crimes that involves Panamanian police and the US State Department.
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Tell It To The Editors Jump to new posts
Re: Mobile sign-in issues pdx rick 10/18/21 03:20 AM
Yeah...I one-finger it (index finger) on my phone.

I see people rapid-fire on their phones with two thumbs. I can't do that. Hmm


But! On a desktop, I can mouse and write with a pen/pencil at the same time. laugh

(Only because I'm left-handed, and back in the early 80s, mousing was taught to kids using the right-hand. Nobody considered that us lefties should mouse left-handed. Oh well. Worked out well for me. smile )

I see righties mousing, then picking-up their pen/pencil, writing, dropping the pen/pencil, then going back to mousing. THAT must be exhausting for you guys! LOL
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Tell It To The Editors Jump to new posts
Re: Biden Administration Threads not in Current Topics Jeffery J. Haas 10/18/21 03:10 AM
Uh ohhhh, I'll look at it and see if I can remember how to correct that.
It used to happen to the "The Trump Administration" threads in the old software build.
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CHB Columnists Jump to new posts
Re: Arizona Audit/Recount 2020 election rporter314 10/16/21 05:23 PM
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Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) ... The fact is that people want total verification of the election results ... a lot of statistical anomalies
This character is trying to get Gov De Santis to sign off on an audit of 2020 election in FL. No ... people, and when he says people, he means Trump supporters, and no they do not want verification of votes, they want the election overturned. So Rep Sabatini based his case on My Pillow's "research" showing statistical anomalies. And yet, no one has found a single fraudulent vote which was tied to a statistical anomaly. Most if not all fraudulent votes have come from Trump supporters voting more than once, and again almost all of them used their ID.

Can I safely say this character is stupid .... I mean I can't believe a politician would simply blatantly lie to his constituents. .... hmmmm .... maybe both could be true at the same time .... Trumpian statements = stupid lies.
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The Trump Administration Jump to new posts
Re: Editorial: History will harshly judge Trump's coup attempt — and those who defen Greger 10/15/21 04:34 PM
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He is the son of god, savior of America, blah blah blah.

Yep, despite all of the evidence to the contrary.
And his re-election is an entirely possible outcome of the 2024 election.

He's made it clear that the only thing between him and running would be failing health and he seems pretty healthy for a man his age.

So yeah...it could happen, but is it worth obsessing over for the next few years? As the title of this thread implies, history is going to judge the capital riot harshly and once all the facts are in history is going nail Trump and his little cadre of racists and crooks for exactly what they are.

Like you, I am expecting the immediate future to be bleak. But I'm not gonna let it get me down.

I don't think Trump will be the next president, but if he is I already know exactly what it will be like. I survived it once and will again. If there is a silver lining to look for it is that Republicans are notoriously bad at governing. They are their own worst enemies.

Politics is a slow-moving game, and it's looking like we're gonna hafta pretty much hunker down for a decade. If that scenario plays out, there will be a massive blue wave in 2032.

But for now, we really don't have enough data to speculate about 2024. Biden, Harris, and Trump are the only sure players in a squid game that will involve 100 or so.
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Education Jump to new posts
Re: opening schools Greger 10/12/21 12:33 PM
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basically, 2 teachers, would probably be the best way to do this the easiest and best way

Florida schools are 5000 teachers short of being able to give students even one teacher.

There are 4000 other school positions open as well, bus drivers, custodians, and clerical help...

American workers are currently engaged in a low-key general strike.
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The Biden Administration Jump to new posts
Re: Confusion Ken Condon 10/12/21 04:20 AM
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General Stuff Jump to new posts
Re: Lyrics pondering_it_all 10/10/21 09:04 PM
Mad World is one of my favorite songs of all times, but it may have more to do with what I was watching the first time I heard it. It was a CSI episode, and the camera was moving on a track in an elevator shaft down the floors of a Las Vegas hotel, rich folks in the penthouse, casino floor, kitchen, laundry. On the top floor there was a dead body, and there was one on the bottom.

It really made the point that no matter your station in life, it stills ends the same way.

My other favorite of all times is Boys of Summer by Don Henley. Absolutely perfect, and it evokes longing and regret: Something rare in a rock song.

[Verse 1]
Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I'm driving by your house
Though I know you're not home

[Chorus 1]
But I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got your hair combed back and your
Sunglasses on, baby
I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

[Verse 2]
I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream?
Now I don't understand what happened to our love
But babe, I'm gonna get you back
I'm going to show you what I'm made of

[Chorus 2]
I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
I see you walking real slow and
Smiling at everyone
I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Out on the road today
I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said
“Don't look back, you can never look back”
I thought I knew what love was, what did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but...

[Chorus 3]
I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got the top pulled down and the
Radio on, baby
I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

[Chorus 4]
I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got your hair slicked back and those
Wayfarers on, baby
I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Pretty unusual, in that all the choruses are different. He was relatively young when he recorded it, but this is a version he performed on Howard Stern recently: Boys of Summer

He's a few years older than me, and this is the 70 year old version of looking back at lost love.
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