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Funny Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 2021-09-03 12:00:00

Don't know why this absolutely ridiculous account has made me laugh so hard but I thought I'd share with everyone for a chuckle ahead of the weekend.

@oo_mr_chicken_oo

Never Gonna Give You Up by Mr. Chicken ##nevergonnagiveyouup ##rickastley ##mrchicken ##fypシ ##foryou ##foryoupage ##4u ##electronicmusic ##rickrolled

♬ original sound - David Foley

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9 comments (Latest Comment: 09/03/2021 23:51:03 by Will in Chicago)

The Texas GOP
Author: Raine    Date: 09/02/2021 13:01:07

As the Texas GOP works to consolidate their power and build a cohesive “statewide community,” suppression of dissent plays a key role. In 2021, the Texas GOP issued a decree that required Texans to turn in anyone who spoke against the party, its leaders, or the government (see reading, Outlawing the Opposition in Chapter 5). That decree, “For the Defense against Malicious Attacks against the Government,” stated:

Whoever purposely makes or circulates a statement of a factual nature which is untrue or grossly exaggerated or which may seriously harm the welfare of the State or the reputation of the state government or of parties or organizations supporting these governments, is to be punished, provided that no more severe punishment is decreed in other regulations, with imprisonment of up to two years and, if he makes or spreads the statement publicly, with imprisonment of not less than three months.

1) If serious damage to the State has resulted from this deed, penal servitude may be imposed.

2) Whoever commits an act through negligence will be punished with imprisonment of up to three months, or by a fine.

3) To enforce the decree, the Texas GOP set up special courts to try people who were accused of “malicious attacks.” In December [2020], the government replaced the decree with the “Law against Malicious Attacks on State and Party,” adding a clause that criminalized “malicious, rabble-rousing remarks or those indicating a base mentality” against the State GOP Party or high-ranking government or party officials.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 09/02/2021 18:38:31 by Raine)

As the Worm Turns
Author: BobR    Date: 09/01/2021 13:33:32

Long before Coronavirus became a pandemic, there was a small but fervent substrata of society that was decidedly anti-vaxx. They ranged from the mild ("too many vaccines at once for my kid") to the uninformed ("vaccines cause autism") to those pushing fake or discredited "studies" or alternate treatments. Once coronavirus hit and COVID-19 became a deadly plague upon the world, microbiologists and other scientists in the various disciplines related to creating vaccines quickly found a way to use mRNA as way to stimulate the immune system to create anti-bodies. It was rather fortunate that they had been studying this approach for 20 years already, so all they had to do was "plug in" the mRNA from the coronavirus, and begin testing and ramping up production.

For most of the world, this was a miracle come true. The peer-reviewed double-blind studies showed that the vaccine prevented infection most of the time, and prevented the worst symptoms over 90% of the time. That is an amazing success rate for vaccines.

The problem, as we all know, is that The Former Guy had already poisoned the well. He had initially told his cult followers that it wasn't a pandemic, it wasn't his fault, it wasn't as bad as all the medical professionals indicated, etc., etc., etc. He tried to sell them on untested and dangerous "treatments", and then when Pfizer came out with a vaccine (with no help from the government), he tried to take credit for it, while at the same time saying it didn't work and no one needed it.
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 09/01/2021 17:39:58 by Scoopster)

It is done.
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/31/2021 10:10:59

Good morning.

This is the last American plane out of Afghanistan.
https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/c_fill,g_auto,w_1200,h_675,ar_16:9/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F210830093526-05-afghanistan-0830-kabul-airport.jpg

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12 comments (Latest Comment: 08/31/2021 19:35:48 by BobR)

Dipping toes in the water
Author: Raine    Date: 08/30/2021 13:02:19

In 2020 many of us had to let go of (or be forced to do) many things. Around June of this year we started to go back to the "new normal". I find myself saying "This is the first time since 2019 that we (insert event here)." It proves to be jarring, wonderful and even intimidating at times.
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16 comments (Latest Comment: 08/30/2021 21:48:31 by TriSec)

180 Degrees
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/28/2021 15:18:11

Good Morning.

Not quite a year ago, I lamented some personal losses from Covid. Not people - rather, intangibles. Happiness, Fulfillment, Hope, Opportunity, Health. You know, things we took for granted before 2020.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 08/28/2021 21:24:59 by Will in Chicago)

Fluffy & Parky Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 08/27/2021 12:52:24

Thought I'd combo the Friday blog and do something fluffy and with a nod to our National Parks.

The Assateaque Wild Horses
https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/2/wild-seashore-ponies-of-assateague-island-at-sunrise-md-307-alexander-philip.jpg

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5 comments (Latest Comment: 08/27/2021 16:06:54 by Will in Chicago)

5 Days in August
Author: Raine    Date: 08/26/2021 13:05:21

That's all there are left in the 8th month of the year. The 31st day of the month is our deadline to be out of Afghanistan
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27 comments (Latest Comment: 08/26/2021 22:24:51 by Raine)

Cleanup on Aisle One!
Author: BobR    Date: 08/25/2021 13:24:49

President Biden was sworn into office on Jan 20, 2021. That was just 7 months ago. He inherited a mess, and that's putting it mildly. The previous four years with TFG were a non-stop firehose of ineptness, malfeasance, and outright treachery. In the first week or two, Biden blasted through a bunch of Executive Orders, undoing much of what the Orange Menace put into place (also through Executive Orders). Some things, however, required more.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 08/25/2021 17:43:58 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/24/2021 10:07:20

Seven days remain until President Biden's deadline.

Chaos is accelerating, but we are doing the best we can.
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16 comments (Latest Comment: 08/24/2021 19:45:44 by Raine)

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