Friday, February 26, 2021

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36 comments:

  1. "You Need to Take the Religious Left Seriously This Time"

    Alan, thanks. Great article!! I sent it to all the clergy I sit with who seek spiritual guidance.

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    1. Glad you like it; I don't know enough to be able to evaluate it, but it seemed hopeful.

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  2. The battery invented 120 years before its time [Click] I have long been a proponent of the Edison Cell; this article points to a a particular use as a stationary power storage device.

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  3. I am actually finding the second day effects after the shot worse than the first day. More intense muscle pain in more locations, headache.

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    1. ๐Ÿ’–SUSAN ๐Ÿ’–
      I have heard that is the case, especially the headache part. You should feel lots better by tomorrow.
      Thanks for being a trailblazer, as the rest of us prepare for our turn.

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    2. Are your aches and headache quelled by meds?
      Did the nausea abate or is that worse too?

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    3. No, they advised *against* any meds as they might hamper the settling in of the antibodies.

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    4. Argh!! I hadn't heard that.

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  4. FYI: Full Moon will occur overnight at 3:20am.

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  5. VT cases: 14,963-14,840 = 123
    2473 active cases
    204 deaths(+1)
    Recovered 12,286 (82.1%)
    Hospital 24(-4) ICU 10(-1)
    Tests 328,832 (+1063)

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  6. Golden Statue of Trump at Conservative Political Action Conference [Click] I couldn’t possibly have made anything like this up. Link to video included.

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    1. I couldn't even look.

      (Who needs a calf?)

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    2. It is wonderful. Garish, cartoonish, ugly. Perfect for a fool like trump.

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    3. Looks like Alfred E Neuman -taking a dump.https://t.co/m6qCkzQdRQ
      — ๐Ÿ’œDwoman๐Ÿ’œ (@kindredspiritWA) February 26, 2021

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    4. You made me look, and I concur with all of you. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Thanks, puddle! That was excellent.
      I liked that someone asked: "The golden calf wasn't available?"
      And another replied: "They used the Golden Ass instead."

      https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/donald-trump-gold-statue-cpac_n_6038eac7c5b60f03d9b3dec5

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    5. Oh, I missed that exchange; excellent.

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  7. OHIO Covid today:

    964,380 cases, 17,183 deaths.

    1.78% Death rate

    Good for you getting the vaccine, Susan!

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  8. Sad to report that a beautiful little church in Vermont caught fire and burned on Wednesday morning. It is a church where I have met with clergy who were seeking spiritual guidance...in two comfy rockers at the back of the nave. No one was in the building at the time of the fire, and the fire department was quick. But it was over 100 years old and the structure is a complete loss.

    One of the people I sit with used to be the pastor there, is not retired and has been called upon to offer pastoral care to the congregation, as their last pastor died last year and they have currently been without clergy.

    https://www.wcax.com/2021/02/24/middlesex-church-on-fire/

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    1. The First Presbyterian Church [Click] in my hometown had one of the most notable structures, as well as most notable congregations in the town. It was built about the same time as the Middlesex United Methodist Church, and when it caught fire (the cause was never established) in 1978 it burnt so fast and fiercely that the fire department couldn’t do anything more than keep it from spreading to neighboring buildings. Of course there were no fire precautions built into those old buildings. So many of the old buildings, both public and private, in my home town and neighboring towns have been lost since I was young. A lot of people from Maine settled there in early days, and brought their building styles with them; the area has been used as a stand-in for New England in several movies. My sympathy for Middlesex.

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    2. Oh, how sad that it happened to the Presbyterian Church out west, too. And just like their situation, the fire was so hot that there will never be a way to know exactly what started it. It is understood to NOT have been suspicious, at least, that there's some real comfort in that. The fire melted the siding on the house next door...and it wasn't even a close next door building.

      I definitely like the old style better than the modern sort.

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    3. As a good example of mid-century modern (arguably brutalist) architecture, I think St. Anthony of Padua in Fresno looks very good. [Google images]

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  9. Thanks, everybody, for all the replies to my question on the last thread.

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    1. Thank you, Cat; I got educated and re-educated a bit in the process. I remembered about terror birds evidently being wiped out by wolves and suchlike that entered the Americas from Siberia, but thought that was in North rather than South America.

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  10. After being frustrated by not being able to find any info on how to nominate someone for the Presidential Medal of Freedom by googling, it finally occurred to me to go to the White House web site. There, again, I searched to no avail for info, finally clicking "Contact us." There's actually a selection in the drop down box, "Contact the President." So, I wrote him the following letter:

    Dear Mr. President,

    I would like to recommend Neil Sedaka for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    On April Sixth, 2020, Mr. Sedaka presented "A Medley to Brighten Up Your Day" on his social media channels. The next day he started a daily series, first called "Today's Medley" and later called "Today's mini concert." Taking only the occasional holiday Monday off, he presented this series Monday through Friday until December Fourth. When he returned on January Fourth, 2021, he reported that he had had Covid 19 over the past weeks. Indeed, he had seemed mildly ill in the last few mini concerts, but he said he hadn't told us because he didn't want to ruin our holidays with worry over him. Since January Fourth, he has not broadcast every day. But he still maintains his mini concerts three or four days a week.

    With his tireless work, Mr. Sedaka has brightened the spirits not only of Americans during the dark months of Covid, but those of countless people around the world. In my view, he is richly deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Thank you for considering my suggestion.

    Very truly yours,
    Kerry Thompson

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  11. I was a bit under the weather again today, perhaps from the vaccination on Tuesday afternoon. So I took it easy. But after all, I have never had any exposure to coronvirus before--quite unlike influenza. I look forward to being over it tomorrow.

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    1. Golly, that's a potent dose you got. Thanks for the heads up about what it can be like. May I assume that you, like Susan, were recommended not to take meds to take the edge off?

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    2. Just the standard dose, but presumably an active immune system. I think they may have said acetaminophen would be OK, but I wasn't paying attention. In the event I did take one dose the evening of the vaccination.

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  12. Senate Democrats move immediately to "Plan B" on minimum wage [Click] Rather complicated, and likely to need some adjustments to work well, but it should do for now.

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    1. Indications are that they have been working on it as a contingency plan for weeks.

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    2. I should think so. With Biden as their leader, the Dems seem rather organized, for unwrangleable cats.

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  13. Update on investigation of Capitol Police Officer Sicknick [Click] Evidently he wasn’t hit with a fire extinguisher after all.

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    1. Oh, I thought they knew that. I heard the thinking was he got hit with bear spray and he had a fatally bad reaction to it.

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    2. I hadn't heard that, or overlooked it.

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