Everyone is Falling Apart

Thanks for all the kind words for my dad- he’s resting comfortably at the hospital and will have his surgery Monday morning. I asked him if he was having an affair with one of the nurses there and that is why he is spending so much time there, and he was not amused.

In other news, Dom and Taylor are over for dinner because now, Gerald is mostly recovered, but Brianna and Landrea (Gerald’s daughter and wife, respectively) both got back from the hospital with a diagnosis of an extremely contagious pneumonia. I cooked up a big spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and made some cookies, and I’m gonna go get some vanilla ice cream and make ice cream cookies and we’ll have movie night. They’re going to just stay the night in the third floor bedrooms because it makes no sense to send them back home into a contagious environment.

There was an election today fr the school levy for the county, and when I was in the grocery store and heard a guy grumbing how he was going to vote against it because “I don’t have any kids why should I pay more” and I just wanted to punch him in the neck because I am glad to pay more for education so I am not FUCKING SURROUNDED BY STUPID PEOPLE. At any rate, went down to the polling place and voted. For the first time in forever, it was just a simple paper ballot, and we all agreed we would love it if they just used paper ballots from now on.

Other than that, not much going on. You all?






114 replies
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    trollhattan says:

    Sounds like things are about as good as you can ask for, leading up to Monday’s big event. Here’s hoping it goes super-well!

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    Hoping for the best for all those falling apart.

    We are having a school bond election by mail. First time. I’m not sure when the deadline is – I got my ballot in some time ago – but this week the local newspaper noted that there were already more ballots than usually are cast in a school bond election.

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    columbusqueen says:

    You’re a good man, Cole.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    For some reason I thought your dad’s CABG surgery was today, so I’ve spent the entire day thinking good thoughts about him. What a waste! Now I have to do it all over again on Monday. I suppose it never occurred to you — or your dad — that I might have made other plans for Monday? Sheesh! Talk about your selfish.

    (Seriously, as a veteran survivor of a 2001 quadruple bypass, I wish Dad Cole only the very best. Love to him — and to Mom, and you, and Seth, Annie, and Devin.)

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    Yarrow says:

    Sending good thoughts to Dad Cole and your neighbors as well. Contagious pneumonia sounds awful!

    My family member who had heart surgery last week has graduated to a rehab facility, so things are going pretty well there. Have full confidence things will go well for Dad Cole too.

    @SiubhanDuinne: Did you ever get back in touch with efg? Apologies if I’ve missed an update.

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    Jeffro says:

    “Because you didn’t even come close to paying the cost of your kids’ schooling back when they were in public schools, jerk” is a good opener.

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    germy says:

    My wife is sick right now, coughing and blowing her nose and miserable. Completely wiped out.

    She went to her dentist on Monday for a scheduled cleaning and the stupid dental hygienist was coughing.

    And now my throat is feeling scratchy.

    Why can’t these idiots take a sick day, instead of infecting the rest of us?

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    Ivan X says:

    I’ve had a beautiful woman in my life for 20 years and I live in a nice apartment in a great part of the greatest city in the world (NYC; ymmv) and, after a lifetime of wanting to write and sing music and being inexplicably blocked about it, I am finally doing it, so I’m going to take this moment to express how grateful I am for these amazing things. (It’s so easy for me to see what’s wrong or imperfect; I want to do something else tonight.)

    Thanks JC as always for creating this place. There’s no where else online really like it.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @germy:

    I spent the afternoon at the public library, and because it was crowded today I ended up sharing a WiFi table with someone who was dripping and snorting and sniffing and sneezing. So far so good, but I’m nervous I’ll wake up at 3:00 a.m. with a Nose and a Throat.

    Pray for me.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ivan X:

    Awesome! Applause, applause! 👏👏👏

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yarrow:

    I left a phone message several days ago, but have not heard back. Will give it another try tomorrow or Monday.

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    Jay says:

    @germy:

    For a lot of people a “sick day” is a day with out pay, and they can’t afford that. If you look at how long you are contagious with a cold or the flu, 4 days to 2 weeks, that’s how long you should be away from “contact”. For some people, that’s a financial loss too far, for others, they would lose their jobs.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Run to the drugstore right now and buy some of those foul tasting zinc cough drops.

    Ohio Dad and I can’t prove it but both of us are convinced we’ve headed off colds with them; my neighbor the VA pharmacist tells me there is actual research proving they shorten colds by several days. She also has an explanation about zinc interrupting virus replication that is too technical for me to remember and retell.

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    When I first started voting, I decided that school millages were always a yes for me. I never saw a school system that was overfunded.

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    Yarrow says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Okay, thanks. I have missed his comments.

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    David Fud says:

    Speaking of paper ballots, the Republicans are doing their damnedest to ram through *another* hackable, expensive, touch-screen voting machine here in Georgia. Some of us are fighting that tooth and nail since that extra $100,000,000 could do some good here in the state and we like to prevent outright election theft. The bill is HB 433, and Georgians should definitely let their state congressional members know their preference. The Georgia House minority leader has taken up the fight: https://twitter.com/RepScottHolcomb/status/1099090976583401472 You can see some other twitter activity about this topic under the tag #HandMarkedPaperBallots .

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    Yarrow says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I have a friend who swears by Airborne. You can find it at any drugstore.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Run to the drugstore right now and buy some of those foul tasting zinc cough drops.

    Done and done. I keep a good supply of them on hand. Also Ocylococynol however you spell it.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yarrow:

    Thanks. Have heard of AIrborne but have never used it. Between the zinc and the Ocylococynolwhatever, I hope to fend off any incipient nasties.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    1. Glad Mr. Cole’s dad is okay.

    2. Paper ballots!

    3. Drink a glass of real OJ every morning, stay away from dairy, and try not to touch anything you don’t absolutely have to. Especially in the fucking hospital, Mr. Cole.
    Sounds stupid, but it works.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Yarrow: My kid’s elementary school teachers were all big Airborne users. Little kids who don’t cover their coughs and have not yet perfected nose blowing and sneezing into tissues spread a lot of germs.

    I am not convinced about the efficacy of Airborne’s herbal ingredients but it does contain zinc.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    Glad to hear your dad is okay Cole. I’ve encountered such people myself.

    A lady the other day was going into conspiracy theory mode about the local school emergency levy passing last fall by fewer than 100 votes. Apparently, because the news showed it losing for most of the night, that means somebody altered the results. Oga booga! She apparently doesn’t understand the concept of precincts reporting in over the course of election night.

    The emergency levy probably wouldn’t have passed had the district revealed that it was closing one of the four elementary schools as part of it’s restructuring plan prior to the election. Fewer students are enrolling apparently. But open enrollment is off limits. This emergency school levy isn’t the first by the way over the last 10 years, but state and federal funds have been drying up AFAIK.

    Property taxes are a really stupid way to soley fund education

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Sending good health karma for your dad’s surgery.

    Started emptying the kitchen today. Recently spoke with our super about replacing or repairing the leaky fridge, not-working oven and microwave, and the stuck utensils drawer. Since the building is renovating apartments as they become empty (converting to coop), he and management have decided to tear out the kitchen and renovate it. So for what he says is one week, and we anticipate to be as much as four, we’ll be without kitchen and with construction during the day. We can live with that, except I have to go get a small dorm-style fridge for my insulin before we start, Monday March 4th.

    Have discovered that bending over and I no longer agree AT ALL. Glad we have time to get this done.

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    Jeffro says:

    #1 thing you can do to fight colds and flu and what not is wash your hands a lot.

    #2 is to wipe down your phone and keyboard and other frequently touched surfaces a lot

    #3 is the same as Midnight Lurker’s…keep your hands off of everything, including your own face.

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    debbie says:

    @Jay:

    A person is most contagious just before symptoms appear. By then, it’s too late.

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    debbie says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    I too believe in zinc. Don’t use it on an empty stomach though.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ohio Mom: I’m not convinced either but my friend swears by it. She also swears by Umcka. It’s done nothing for me but she says you have to start it right away so maybe I’ve used it too late.

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    debbie says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    People with autoimmune issues should stay away from Airborne, I think because of the goldenseal that’s in it.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Ohio Mom: The taste drives the germs away.

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    Pogonip says:

    Wishing a speedy recovery to Mr. Cole and the other patients!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Went to see Roma today on a big screen. I just loved it.

    I scrupulously avoid any movie reviews before seeing the film, because they usually include spoilers. Much nicer to have a completely clean slate to experience.

    That said, seeing that wall in the hacienda scene made me think of … Thurston. No spoilers, peeps.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I lost my Dad last year,so sending good karma to you. As for that #sshat who whones about school levies, I guess there were those back in the day, who did not have kids but voted for those levies when he was in school, because it was a civic duty, and the took pride in their town.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Just visited next door neighbor who was being treated with radiation/chemotherapy for colon cancer all last month. He’s tired but in good spirits under the circumstances. Can eat anything he wants and is so grateful to be out of the hospital for 12 days.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Ohio Mom: I have used Emergen-C with success.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Another Scott: Maybe not but I can tell you they have worked for me. Is it some psychological thing? I don’t really care as long as the cold goes away.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: It is Washington has had been taken to court to find a way to fund their schools. Frankly I wish a couple of those GOP legislators would have end up in jail for contempt, when they allowed deadlines to pass without a plan. I say slash 10% of the defense budget to pay for schools, for starters

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    I lost my Dad last year,so sending good karma to you.

    Someone tonight complimented me on my sweater I was wearing, and I realised I must have had it for at least a quarter of a century. It was a gift from my dad, and I just observed the 24th anniversary of his passing.

    It gets easier, but it never vanishes. Nor should it. I’m sorry for your own recent loss, and I hope it will be a long time before Cole experiences that unique grief.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: Every state is a little different but here in Ohio, property taxes are not the only school funding source, just the absolute biggest. Some bits of money come from Columbus and the feds.

    Our state used to have a tangible property tax on businesses but the Republicans in Columbus did away with that. Its removal made the districts that benefited from sharing their jurisdictional boundaries with lots of businesses as poor as other districts, thereby removing some of the discrepancy between well- and poor-funded districts. Something of an ebbing tide lowers all boats approach.

    Also, I know of one Cincinnati suburban school district that levies an income tax. Why that isn’t a more widespread funding mechanism, I don’t know.

    But yes, funding schools through local property taxes is an awful corner we’ve painted ourselves into.

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    @David Fud: 100 MILLION dollars? Is that a typo I hope?? Because Hell to the Fuck No!!!
    I mean even if it was 100 thousand it’s too much to be putting into Vote Stealing Technology but this?

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    JMG says:

    Dear John: So different here in my Mass. suburban town where the unspoken message is “vote for this school funding bill or your kids won’t get into Princeton or MIT.” Always works. Lived here 25 years. At least 20 overrides (Mass. law regarding property tax increases) and only one has failed.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The old guy acoss the street from me reliably votes for school levies to keep his property values up. He’s quite clear that he thinks it’s extortion.

    But something tells me property values are not the animating influence in Bethany as they are here in archetypal big-city suburbia which people move to for the highly rated schools (which is why we live here).

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    Jay says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    My property taxes cover education amongst other things, but we do it differently here in Canada.

    Property tax is Provincial, and is distributed porportionally for both Provincial, Regional and Munincipal public services.

    As a result, public schools conform to Provincial standards no matter the difference in property values across communities.

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    cain says:

    I think we need to stop using property taxes to pay for education. There has to be a more sane way to do this. The retirees are all upset because they got fixed income and it takes stuff away from them.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I’m sorry to read of your recent loss – and anytime last year is recent, in my view.

    Seeing the date in the corner of my computer made me recognize that today would have been my parents’ 45th anniversary were they still alive. I may drink an Old Fashioned, the cocktail he drank to celebrate my arrival and through much of my childhood, in memory of my father. I’ll probably need to leave the house to do so, since I don’t have any bitters, so I also may not.

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    Jay says:

    @debbie:

    Colds vary from 1 day before to 4 days after, to one day before to 12 days after. You can’t take a sick day for the first stage of a contagion you havn’t noticed, and many people can’t afford to take a sick day during the remaining days they are still contageous.

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    stinger says:

    @Ivan X: Hooray!

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    Jeffro says:

    @cain: There’s ABSOLUTELY a more sane way to pay for this…it’s called, make it part of people’s state taxes on a progressive scale. Schools should not be locally financed and especially not through property taxes.

    Make it a zero-sum change for the median homeowner/taxpayer, and remind the voters that 1) everyone benefits from a well-educated population – serious direct economic benefits 2) property owners benefit most of all, because the #1 factor in keeping property values high is great schools, and 3) oh yeah it’s also the right thing to do.

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    jacy says:

    Hoping everybody who is sick has a swift and uneventful recovery — February seems to be the month when everybody gets sick. I had bronchitis last week (when the kid spread his cold around). Everybody is still a little hacky around here. I will be very glad to see this stupid month in the rearview mirror!

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    Jeffro says:

    @cain: Oh and btw one nice ‘ask’ of retirees in exchange for transitioning out of a property-tax-based school funding system? “We need you to come in and volunteer in our schools…read to kids, help with prepping materials, whatever you want. You’re vital and we need you”. Total win.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    I know Youngstown has an income tax. They have a fairly large budget. I don’t like that the state has put in some CEO to take over school administration from the district, even if the School Board is somehow incompetent.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Jeffro: In my school district, volunteers have to be fingerprinted for a background check. Even to chaperone a field trip. That started about halfway through my kid’s public school career. I thought it very unnecessary but no one consulted with me.

    @cain: Some places have property tax reductions for senior citizen homeowners who might otherwise be forced from their homes by rising school taxes. Which seems a fair stop gap to me, until/if ever we straighten out school funding.

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    debbie says:

    @Raven:

    Good for them.

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    debbie says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Here the discount is $50. Not so much, to be honest.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: Oh yes, I just read about that CEO thing in the Lorain and Youngstown districts (and one or two others) at Diane Ravitch’s blog earlier today.

    It’s similar to what happened in Flint (and what ended up causing their their water crisis): the state government usurps a local government (for school districts are a form of local government) and installs a privatized entity. It’s fascism, really, the melding of state and private to replace a democratically elected government. Very scary as well as unfair and unjust.

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    NotMax says:

    I asked him if he was having an affair with one of the nurses there

    Your father is a switch hitter?

    TMI.

    (Roundabout, jocular way of saying promoting the assumption that nurses must refer to females is antediluvian. And most unhip.)

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @debbie: That’s all? I thought it was more. It certainly should be more.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Ohio Mom: Yeah the fingerprinting/background check thing is ridiculous…it used to be that only student teachers who were going to be in class for a half-year had to go through it, now all education students have to do it (even just to pop in for 15 hours of observations). Same with regular classroom volunteers (seniors or not). Fortunately a lot of school districts cover the cost for both students and volunteers, but not all do, and regardless it’s still a pain for these occasional folks to have to do this kind of thing when they’re just trying to help out.

    And frankly the data shows that most folks who would do *something bad*, anywhere on the scale, are people without priors anyway. It’s kind of dumb but the school districts (and their lawyers) feel like it gives them an extra layer of protection from liability suits. The only thing that would solve it is for states (via legislation) to hold districts harmless for NOT conducting these checks for all but frequent visitors (such as student teachers and weekly volunteers). Unfortunately, there’s no constituency for that…

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    It really is too bad. I used to live in an aging suburb, and one of the ways the town tried to encourage older folks to support funding was to allow walkers in the hallways during certain times. It was like mall walking only in your neighborhood. Now all the doors are locked. And I understand why, but it’s still too bad.

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    rikyrah says:

    Continued prayers for Papa Cole🙏
    Prayers for everyone else🙏
    At least they have a diagnosis and can go along for treatment.
    You are good people, Cole🙌😊

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    Miss Bianca says:

    working on grants, drinking some peach mead D and I made, and really, really, trying not to think about Luna being still missing. We have had a lot of snow in the central mountains, and yeah, she’s a Husky, she’ll be able to handle it if any dog can, but man…it’s been a hard couple of weeks.

    Best wishes for Cole, Sr’s surgery to be successful, uneventful, and soon over.

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    @NotMax: It does not follow. I read this to mean John was referring to a particular nurse, maybe one his old man was talking to or some such.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hear Hear!

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @NotMax: Got the implied commentary and quite appreciated it. Thanks for making that point.

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    raven says:

    I needed to cheer up so I watched Taxi Driver.

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    Skepticat says:

    I am glad to pay more for education so I am not FUCKING SURROUNDED BY STUPID PEOPLE.

    This, enthusiastically seconded by an old, single, childless person. Though I wish that were all that is required; hasn’t worked out well enough so far.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Miss Bianca: I lost track of time, hadn’t realized Luna has been missing for so long. Not knowing has to be harder than anything else would be. Keeping you and Luna in my thoughts.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Ohio Mom: thank you! It does help, to know others are thinking of her.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @raven: OK, that nearly prompted a spit-take.

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    RAVEN says:

    @Miss Bianca: There is such an impulse to tell stories about other lost pups but I just don’t think they are helpful. I hope for the best for ya’ll.

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    raven says:

    @Miss Bianca: If the wasn’t bad enough I had the Old Man in the Sea recorded too and fast forwarded through the last hour!

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Miss Bianca: I hate to hear that but at least the snow should trouble her less than most. You’re in my thoughts and I’ve been asking her to get her Husky ass home since you told us she’d wandered.

    @raven: Good thought – I should do that myself.

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    raven says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: It reminds me of when there is a BJ bleg and folks give lengthy explanations for why they can’t help. I guess if it makes then feel better. . .

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    Luciamia says:

    Why is it always the backend of winter when everybody gets sick? The times I’ve gotten the flu it’s been in March.

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    Yarrow says:

    @raven: That made me laugh!

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    raven says:

    @Luciamia: Fluctuation in temperature.

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    raven says:

    @Yarrow: I actually had forgotten what an awful movie it was. Except for Jody.

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    @Miss Bianca: Hope Luna comes back soon. {{{ }}}

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    raven says:

    GOP strategist Rick Wilson noted on Friday who he believes is a “real problem” behind the spread of fake news.

    And that is the generation, Wilson explained on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” of “mostly 60-plus that when they read on RealEaglePatriotNewsBuzzfeed3000.ru and they see a story about Hillary being a robot lesbian they go awwooow.’”

    They “love that stuff and they become addicted to it,” he added.

    Research published in the Science Advances journal in January appears to back up Wilson’s claim. It revealed how “users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as the youngest age group” ages 18 to 29 years old.

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    NotMax says:

    @schrodingers_cat

    You might get a chuckle out of what showed up on the closed captions last night during a movie.

    (cockpit chatter) “Approaching target. Open Bombay doors.”

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    JPL says:

    @JMG: It was true forty years ago too, which is why their schools are tops in the nation. Actually it’s been true for hundreds of years.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @raven: Local newspapers here are doing away with Letters to the Editor who regurgitate FOX News crap.

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    Luciamia says:

    Saw “Can You Ever Forgive Me”. Melissa McCarthy and Richard Grant both wonderful. He’s up for best supporting. Forgers have always fascinated me.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Raven:

    Some context: This protest is against the backdrop of a group of about 50 white supremacists marching across the town in support of the Confederacy or some such crap.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    I hope she comes back to you soon.

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    Orchid Moon says:

    Sending healing thoughts for your dad for great surgical outcome and speedy recovery.

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    Raven says:

    @Citizen Alan: That’s why I linked to the article.

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    Sherparick says:

    Hope your Dad, you, your family start feeling better soon.

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    CaseyL says:

    I swear by zinc to fend off a cold, but the trick is you have to start taking it the INSTANT you think you might be coming down with one. That’s the first faint throat tickle for me, since colds always start in my throat.

    And, yeah, not on an empty stomach:

    I was on an Alaska cruise a few years ago, and thought I might be coming down with a cold the night after the Juneau stop. So I took my zinc – much too long after dinner – and it made me so sick I made it barely to the end of the musical show before bolting for my cabin as fast as was possible. Made it one step into the bathroom before everything erupted, up and down, if you know what I mean.

    Alas, there were witnesses (my aunt and a couple of porters) to me taking suddenly and messily ill. Cruise ships are completely paranoid about anything that looks remotely like norovirus, for which I do not at all blame them. I was put into a wheelchair and taken to the infirmary. Despite my insisting that I was now fine, that it was probably the zinc, they put me on cabin quarantine for 24 hours.

    I missed the Skagway stop entirely (while my aunt went on the horseback riding excursion that we were both supposed to be on). Happily, our cabin had a balcony. So I spent a lot of the day on the balcony, gazing out at the port rock wall.

    So, uh, moral of the story: don’t take zinc without food.

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    Jay says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I so sorry Miss Bianca, putting energy out there fir Luna and your Family.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Raven: Well done, team.

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    Mike G says:

    I am glad to pay more for education so I am not FUCKING SURROUNDED BY STUPID PEOPLE

    Necessary but not sufficient. We also need a culture that doesn’t exalt stupidity and ignorance.

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    James E Powell says:

    @Another Scott:

    You are seriously undermining the placebo potential of these remedies.

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    Sebastian says:

    Good vibes to your dad and to you, JC.

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    David Fud says:

    @John Revolta: It is in fact $120,000,000. But, who’s counting?

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    Janet Strange says:

    @James E Powell: Maybe not. I’m too lazy to look for a link but some podcast I was listening to mentioned that a lot of people got better than with no treatment when they were given a placebo . . . and told it was a placebo! Something like, “We don’t have a drug for your problem, but during a study some of the people in the placebo group got better. Would you like to try that?” Placebo effect is not only real but weird and amazing.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I’m wishing both your Dad and Mom the best. Heck, I’ll even toss in a wish for some good for you, John.

    Don’t want you feeling left out… ;)

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    Yeah, for the first time in my life I had a conversation a few days ago with a friend where we both had a death in the family and each had an acquaintance diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

    I get the feeling that if I am the lucky one, all that will mean is watching as my friends and loved ones disappear around me.

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    seaboogie says:

    @Miss Bianca: so sorry about your missing Luna – sending good thoughts and heartfelt wishes for her safe return along with good thoughts and wishes for Papa Cole.

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    Sending positive vibes to your whole family, John

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    @David Fud: Jayzus Mary and Joseph.
    Let’s see, says here 27,000 voting machines statewide………………that’s………………4,444 dollars per machine. Seems kinda pricey, what do I know?

    Or, you could use paper ballots.

    You could give everyone TAX CUTS!!! Hallelujah!!! Why wouldn’t they want THAT instead??? It’s a puzzlement.

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    Another Scott says:

    @James E Powell: I’m just some guy on the internet.

    ;-)

    Seriously, the placebo effect is amazing. As is the nocebo effect.

    But when these things say homeopathic right on the package, it gets my dander up.

    We were just talking about anti-vaxxers here a few days ago. There are quacks pushing homeopathic vaccines.

    Grrr…

    tl;dr – the human body is amazingly complex and we still don’t understand a great deal about. But we shouldn’t give money to people who lie to us about what they’re selling, nor to those who confuse people about effective medicine (like vaccinations).

    My $0.02.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Kay says:

    John, tell them to get some older photos of the schools (if they’re old schools) and use them in the levy campaign. If they went there they love the photos – we found some photos with students outside. That’s them! Maybe. They were blurry but it might have been them. It might not even matter if they went to that building specifically because we used photos of a school that was the high school then became the 4th and 5th grade building and now isn’t even used as a school and they loved those.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @Miss Bianca: So sorry to see Luna hasn’t returned, I’d been hoping for good news & hadn’t seen anything in a couple days. Come on Luna, get home.

    All the Coles to be well and happy .

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    Ruckus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    Dad’s been gone for 18 yrs next month. Really he was gone almost a decade before that – Alzheimer’s. And I’m finding out how old I am, moving this weekend has been a real lot of fun. My buddy helped but he’s older than I am and it showed, not that it wasn’t obvious that we aren’t that far apart in the process. But the new place is decent and I can walk to work, maybe that will make some of the getting old less of a pain.
    JC – hope everything goes well for you dad and the rest of the family.

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    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    Could that result be that a lot of the faux news audience are seniors? That and senility?

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    eclare says:

    @Miss Bianca: I have been wondering and thinking about you and Luna. I hope she finds her northstar home soon.

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    Seanly says:

    @Jeffro:

    That’s probably true, but I don’t have any kids (I know deep down that the dogs don’t count). I support education for the very reason that John said he does – I don’t like being around stupid people.

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    Aleta says:

    I’m in NH for a family service for my niece. There are a lot of wonderful people here who loved her and her loss is so saddening that it’s nearly unspeakable. At the same time good conversations were going on all night between everyone, including people who’d never met before. Every talk I had tonight with someone I didn’t know (and those I do) has been meaningful and unusual. So I was even feeling grateful to her for what was happening between people tonight. Tomorrow is the service. I have some books for her five year old son that came from his great grandmother’s house.

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    @Aleta: I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I lost two nephews within a couple of years of each other and both left young children behind (a 3 yr old and and unborn child).

    Wishing Dad Cole luck on his upcoming surgery and sending good vibes.

    @Miss Bianca: I hope Luna finds her way home soon

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    Nancy says:

    @Ohio Mom: I’ve also had success with the bad tasting zinc logenzes, Cold-Ease or some derivation of that name. Sweet, pleasant -tasting zinc just doesn’t seem to work. I’m in danger of becoming the annoying psuedo mom at work (got the age part covered, 40 years on some of my co-workers) who passes out cold meds at the sound of a sneeze.

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    williamC says:

    delurking (but now from South America) to “right on!” this one, but also to make the case that in our coming paperless future, this is the only thing we keep using paper for, forever?

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    Ksmiami says:

    @Miss Bianca: I have a Husky too and he’s gone as far as 2 blocks so my sympathy- my vet says u should look in opposite direction from where u would walk her as huskies are curious cats- does she have a favorite treat?

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