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Seeing old broadcast TV exactly as it was, just as it aired with the commercials




Us, Now...
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Where In A White Man Learns His Whiteness Will No Longer Save Him From the Creep of Authoritarianism

Returning to Business as Usual
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A week back at the office - I have survived it.








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      Allergies have mellowed to a low-level headache. Though constant, it is preferable to the drowning in mucus oxygen deprivation I started the week with.

      I just moved a turtle off a busy street.
      Little poop was SUNNING, just ducked a little when I drove over him (under the undercarriage, not under the wheels) - but his head was already back out when the School Bus sailed over him. I pulled a U-turn as soon as I could (bus behind me, mind). I tried to nudge his turtle-tail, to make him move, but he was just like NYEH so I took him by his midsection over to the nearest ditch & hollered at him to stay out of the street. Even if it seems like a great big hot rock prefect for sunning. It isn't.

What Happened After My 13 Year Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

Reduce Poverty ...by redefining it.

New Kind of War

Real Origins of the Religious Right (old link I had been looking for recently)

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Today's variant on "It's not my first rodeo" -
"It's not my first broken toe."

Current Status: PHOTO

Yelling at the boss.
      And the accountant.
      I shout at them, "The more I learn about the 1960s and 70s, the more horrified I am at what passed for personal hygiene, then." And the boss hollers back, "That's because there wasn't any personal hygiene back then!"

      A man in a car behind mine, yesterday- gesturing and shouting for MILES up the packed freeway. That he was trapped behind, and we both were trapped in by all the traffic, everyone rolling at the same 25 mph together... .. . . . No! It was ME! My fault for being in front of him, getting in the way. He totally could have gone faster...     somehow... in all that gridlock... had I simply not existed.
      Talking to folks in other countries, England, Germany- they are mystified that the situation here could truly be so hostile. Something about paying like £2/litre for petrol over there takes some zing out of the daily need for zoom, I think...

Burn the Guillotine

Biased Algorithms
Evicted : Poverty and Profit

And... if you are able, please help my friend move!

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Watching the firefighters working to save the Notre Dame Cathedral...

...thinking of the one that could not be saved.

The National Museum of Brazil.
2000 artifacts recovered of the 20,000,000 in the collection.
This is the equivalent of burning the ENTIRE Smithsonian complex down to... a small county history museum.

I have been following.
They figure now that it was the wiring for the A/C on the auditorium room. Three units running a space that would have needed five, on a circuit that could only accommodate the draw of two units. That's some BAD math.
AND - they were decades behind on scanning & digitizing.
This loss hurts so bad.




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It's been a ride, but we have location, date & time.

The theme for Goth Prom this year is STYGIAN FOREST.
June 14th 9pm-2am at Loring Bar + Restaurant

Tickets to go live ...soon! (later today?)
Then the BIG announcement across all the pages....

NOT the same wild ride we had last year, thank heavens...


We must DEMAND the world we want.
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Herons are Home!
    I thought I saw one yesterday - I DEFINITELY saw one fly by my window right now...

      When I was 15, I had feet surgery & had to wear "bunion booties" which were white foam & navy blue nylon. They were painfully medical-looking, old-people shoes. It was an insult, an outrage! For most of my complaints, the doctor and his nurse rolled their eyes, shook their heads. "It's the colour they come in," they said.
      "But it costs more to make it white," I said. At this, they looked at each other - this was a point they could take to the supplier. I kept ranting through the bandage change... "Why make shoes white? They just get dirty. Look at these - they look filthy, and I haven't even gone anywhere in them. Black shoes just look like shoes."

    Fifteen years later, I went back for another feet surgery.
      I don't know when in that time the change happened, but all bunion booties now come in BLACK. You can order them in white & blue (and pay a few cents extra), but that is for older folks who prefer those schemes.
      I don't know if I can really claim this as an accomplishment, either? but definitely my doctor was pleased to show me my new booties, haha. I raved on how great they were.

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Olympe De Gouges & French Feminists and the Rights of Man

Most Money Advice Is Worthless

Biker Gangs - guarding mosques


Troll Factory

GOP Infiltration / Police Infiltration

Rainy Melt
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      "All of Saint Paul" is a reasonably accurate pothole warning. I was dodging a bunch of potholes through one of the narrow bits of Hamline Avenue, and just as I thought I was past them, I accelerated - but saw that what had seemed clear road was an axle-eating hole filled with water. I stopped JUST in time to not fall into it. A nearby pedestrian gave a tip of his cap to the save!
      It's bad out there - be aware.

The Floor Mattress Phenomenon

Changing Recycleables For Transit Credits

MN Nice & MN Racism