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  1. about 8 hours ago on B.C.

    …or mosquitos. Malaria is the #8 cause of death globally.

  2. about 8 hours ago on B.C.

    I think you are onto something there.

  3. about 8 hours ago on B.C.

    It took me a while to figure out why so many publicly held companies are doing the same thing: running the company into the ground purely for profit and nothing else. The directors are elected by the big stockholders, mostly mutual funds, based on their willingness to bleed the company white for higher stock prices in the next quarter. They select a CEO who will implement that policy and the employees and the company suffer. The irony is that mutual funds mostly get their money from us, in our 401ks. Everybody is doing what they are supposed to but we are being abused with our own money.

  4. about 21 hours ago on Wizard of Id

    I guess “world peace” is from a bygone era. If anybody has seen “Pleasantville” (1998) this reminds me of the bleak outlooks provided by David’s teachers. I owe my success at pulling out of the mire of my childhood to public libraries, the source of my useful education. People who try usually succeed. People who do not try probably never succeed.

  5. about 21 hours ago on Luann

    True. I could see it when she pointed it out but I was clueless until then.

  6. about 21 hours ago on Luann

    All too many of us had nothing but bad surprises as kids. In my experience in scouting it seemed about one in five kids is raised in a home where kids should not be raised. A fairly typical surprise was my (schizophrenic) mother stopping me on my way to bed, when we were in Iran, and saying, “I’m leaving your (alcoholic) father and going back to the States. Are you staying here with him or coming with me?” The race riot in high school when police refused to come on campus was a bit of a surprise, too.

  7. about 21 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Pipes can be protected by allowing a faucet near the end of each run to drip. I didn’t understand that until recently; pipes burst when they freeze in the middle and the ice plug begins to grow laterally. If the faucets are completely off the water is trapped by the expanding ice and the pipe is overpressured.

  8. about 21 hours ago on B.C.

    The difference is sharks were born that way. Politicians decided to be that way. Ditto with upper management in the company I work for.

  9. about 21 hours ago on Arlo and Janis

    OMG – we’re out of rhubarb!

  10. about 21 hours ago on Arlo and Janis

    Cars are an important one. If the antifreeze level is not up to the expected temperatures it is better to drain the engine and radiator. The car won’t be usable until it can be filled with proper coolant but at least the block won’t crack. Here in Flagstaff I maintain a 60/40 concentration because 50/50 is marginal for the worst of the cold snaps (-30F in nearby Bellemont).