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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 19:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

I’m stuck in the U.K. because of Singapore’s strict entry rules. I have an employment pass, but for all long term pass holders, you need government permission to enter, on top of a two week quarantine unless you come from a small handful of countries (Japan, NZ, Oz, China, Taiwan, etc.). So I’m try...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 09:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 582
Views: 34986

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

Adam Bates posted an interesting take on "cancel culture" today: One of the most fascinating developments in the right wing's persecution complex is how much these people are starting to sound like the leftists they abhor. To hear them tell it, it's unconscionable that someone should be fired from a...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 04:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Either way, isn't this the type of thing which suggests it would be MUCH harder, if not impossible, to develop an effective vaccine?
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 02:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Oh, shit . My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes. ..."Covid-19 may also be much worse the second time around. During his first infection, my patient experienced a mild cough and sore throat. His second infection, in contrast, was marked by a high fever, shortness of breat...
by Jennifer
12 Jul 2020, 15:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

It’s not that other nations don’t want to welcome Americans, they just can’t. The point of a passport is that a sovereign power vouches for its bearer, but America can’t vouch for the health of their citizens at all. America’s public health regime is far less trustworthy than Liberia’s (which is ac...
by Jennifer
12 Jul 2020, 14:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Good but depressing article pointing out that thanks to America's idiotic covid-19 policies, literally the majority of the planet has closed its doors to Americans. If you'd like to leave the US for business or vacation, these are your current options: 1. Albania | 15. Lebanon 2. Antigua and Barbuda...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 22:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The five largest hospitals in Mississippi are out of ICU beds. https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_e29aa69c-c227-11ea-9ccc-efd3d2b8e0e6.html?fbclid=IwAR0OslCg9TFjWqx5F6mBgN-WFXKoN1j_XrrTORZOogFzx6dIxpEkpEnwVYM The 12 biggest hospitals in the Houston area are telling ambulances not to bothe...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 20:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7718
Views: 412440

Re: Orange is the new President

That just reinforces the idea that they think Trump had some sort of stroke. The idea that they thought they needed to administer such a basic cognitive function test for an adult is pretty... I can't even think of a word. Not to mention the fact that any grown adult-- let alone the sitting POTUS -...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 19:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7718
Views: 412440

Re: Orange is the new President

And precisely how the doctors responded, for Trump to boast about it. Also, not to get conspiratorial, but I wonder if today's photo op at Walter Reed was "just" a photo op, or an excuse for another round of tests. If the latter, does Trump himself know why he's REALLY going there, or was it one of ...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 19:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 706
Views: 27112

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I just don't know what to say to that, Jennigul. Just to clarify: I wouldn't want to deal with a ravenous werewolf, or physical incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins going on a supernatural rampage -- but, people! Activity! Colored lights driving back the darkness WITHOUT giving me sunburn! And if ...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 19:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7718
Views: 412440

Re: Orange is the new President

This is a little old, but of course bad-Trump news comes in faster than anyone can keep up with: WTF was up with him taking a "cognitive test" at Walter Reed? (Given how he bragged about "acing" it, I'd wager he thinks a "passing a cognitive test" is equivalent to "scoring Mensa-level on an IQ test...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 18:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7718
Views: 412440

Re: Orange is the new President

This is a little old, but of course bad-Trump news comes in faster than anyone can keep up with: WTF was up with him taking a "cognitive test" at Walter Reed? (Given how he bragged about "acing" it, I'd wager he thinks a "passing a cognitive test" is equivalent to "scoring Mensa-level on an IQ test"...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 07:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 706
Views: 27112

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I never thought I'd say this, but: I miss crowds . Find myself feeling wistful watching crowd scenes in movies or TV -- I recently watched the Halloween episode of "Bless the Harts" (an absolutely brilliant episode which made me fall in love with the show), and much of it takes place at a big raucou...
by Jennifer
11 Jul 2020, 04:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8976
Views: 389452

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Huh. Today I learned the words "ret" and "rit."
by Jennifer
10 Jul 2020, 23:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

For all the ways anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry have been horrifying post-911, I shudder to imagine how much worse it would be if, instead of POTUS G.W. Bush responding with his "We're not at war with Islam or Muslims; only with a tiny number of terrorists committing evil in their name" speech, ...
by Jennifer
10 Jul 2020, 22:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

The existence of partisanship is inevitable. The degree depends on circumstances. And one important circumstance is whether key people are morons and/or polarizing. For all the ways anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry have been horrifying post-911, I shudder to imagine how much worse it would be if, ...
by Jennifer
10 Jul 2020, 20:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8976
Views: 389452

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Given that "bot" is now arguably a word in its own right, rather than a slangy shorthand for "robot," the two-consonant combo b-t makes a proper English word with any of the five full-time vowels in between: bat, bet, bit, bot, but. I'm trying to think of other two-consonant combos for which that wo...
by Jennifer
10 Jul 2020, 18:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Because the biggest difference between us and them is that they had nationally-driven plans, while we've had this 50-state-solution where some places do nothing and become Covid hotspots that reinfect places that try to reopen that become Covid hotspots that reinfect the first hotspots that were fo...
by Jennifer
10 Jul 2020, 17:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4461
Views: 251969

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

I was going through some questionnaires at 23andme, and one of them was "do you have an os trigonum?" and of course I said "WTF is that" so I had to go look it up. The os trigonum is an accessory bone, a third bone in the ankle, which most people do not have. Its presence is genetically determined....
by Jennifer
09 Jul 2020, 23:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 104
Views: 11434

Re: The past is a foreign country...

In old black-and-white 50s game shows, there were worse problems: anything too bright or shiny (including sparking diamond/rhinestone jewelry; the super-shiny bits of highly polished metal items such as the horns various musicians might play on stage; sometimes even a man's shining bald head) would...
by Jennifer
09 Jul 2020, 21:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1329
Views: 46655

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

More horrifying covid-19 possibilities: Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms UK neurologists publish details of mildly affected or recovering Covid-19 patients with serious or potentially fatal brain conditions "Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details ...
by Jennifer
09 Jul 2020, 18:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 104
Views: 11434

Re: The past is a foreign country...

We decry broadcast networks taping over or merely destroying shows because "no one is ever going to see them or want to see them again" That's another thing: it is a shame (though in retrospect, not all THAT surprising) that so much early television from the 40s and 50s has been lost -- even if com...
by Jennifer
09 Jul 2020, 16:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 104
Views: 11434

Re: The past is a foreign country...

I've been watching old episodes of Barney Miller (as though there exist any other kind), and once again -- hoo boy, times have changed. Lots of what we would consider homophobic bigotry (though, to be fair, Barney did support Zatelli [sp?] after he came out as being gay), lots of sexism (the "marita...
by Jennifer
08 Jul 2020, 22:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3075
Views: 231475

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

When I mentioned this to Jeff, he suggested we also have another word to describe a second memory category: you remember the theme song, at least one character, the overall premise AND a couple of isolated jokes or scenes ... but little else, and no full episode plots. This is where CHiPs exists fo...
by Jennifer
08 Jul 2020, 22:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3075
Views: 231475

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

For me, what inspired this particular "we need a term for that" is, Jeff and I were watching old 1970s episodes of the Match Game, and at one point the host reminded everybody to watch Chico and the Man, featuring our lovely guest Della Reese -- and that's when I realized: I KNOW I have watched that...