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  1. about 4 hours ago on Brevity

    would that include sixes where the middle suit symbols are closer together?

  2. about 4 hours ago on Pluggers

    I remember (from junior high) when they first televised debates between Nixon and Kennedy (1960) and I worried that people were going to pay more attention to what they saw rather than what they heard. Ever since then I have worried when ‘professional’ actors run for office because they, by definition, play to an audience. They want to be liked, appreciated, etc. They know how to ‘play a role’ regardless of their personal beliefs. Of course, anyone in the public eye has to learn how to appeal to an audience, but they have to learn to do so as they campaign and their whole life has not been one of assuming roles at the drop of a hat. So I don’t ‘watch’ political speeches—I read the transcripts. That’s the only way I can make sure I think about what is being said and not get emotionally drawn by the appearance, rhythm and tone of the speaker.

  3. about 4 hours ago on Pluggers

    “Mom always liked you best!”

  4. about 4 hours ago on Off the Mark

    We have our ‘family gathering meal’ at noon. Kids play together (outdoors when possible) in the afternoon and then we have our dessert before people head for home in the evening. I’m the family “pie maker” and I make several, pumpkin is regular sized but I also make mince and pecan small pies for the few who prefer those. We only get together once a year and no one else bakes, so annual pie is an important tradition. This year, of course, we are not meeting except in spirit. Fortunately, the three who caught the virus are recovering and have had few side effects. They asked me to save their pie until they would be able to taste it.

  5. about 4 hours ago on Off the Mark

    We solved that problem by having the ‘host’ provide a main course. Others could as well but at least there would be something besides pie and cake and fruit salad.

  6. about 5 hours ago on Matt Davies

    I tend to think of today as a continuation of that war. When I was growing up, the school history books were so vague that it wasn’t even clear what it was about (the concept of slavery was only mentioned in passing). Having relatives in both the North and the South, I heard it called ‘war between the states’, ‘war for Southern independence’, war of ‘Northern aggression’, as well as the ‘’civil war’. I don’t think we, as a ‘united’ country, ever came to grips with either the cause or the result and it is still festering. Ironic, since we as a capitalist nation are so focused on winner and losers, that we can’t accept who won and lost our most important war.

  7. about 5 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    I don’t know if it is better or worse to maintain the myths or the reality. Probably worse to maintain the myths — because they were usually created to hide our screw-ups and we really get hit in the face when reality shows up (e.g., BLM). However, myths do have their place. They give us goals and dreams and teach us. We just have to learn how to grow up.

  8. about 5 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    I didn’t say that conspiracies didn’t or can’t exist — after all a conspiracy only needs two people to get started. Conspiracies also require some form of slight-of-hand — pretending one thing and doing something else. So, governments disputing territory, etc. with other governments isn’t a conspiracy — it is called dispute and diplomacy. For China to be taking revenge wrt the British taking over control of their port cities in the Opium Wars (Shanghai, Canton, Ningpo, Foochow, and Amoy) and Hong Kong Island, they would be wanting them back — oh, wait, they already have them back. Conspiracies also need to have a ‘justifiable’ purpose — one that everyone in the conspiracy accepts is worth their ‘lives, fortunes, and sacred honor". If you want to quote conspiracies, just think of the American Revolution. But you have to get everyone involved to agree on the goal. Otherwise, it fails. So, a conspiracy to send the world into economic free fall by releasing a virus that doesn’t care who it infects just doesn’t pass the credibility test. It’s a plot line for 12 Monkeys and even then it was the concept of one mad scientists — no radical groups or governments involved.

  9. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    Where is Bruce Willis when we need him? (12 Monkeys ref)

  10. 1 day ago on Off the Mark

    Which seems on par with the criteria people use in making decisions these days.