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Looking to adopt a dog from a hoarding situation

He is a 9 month old mini-Aussie. My family has quite a bit of experience with the breed and associated breeds (Collie/Border Collie/Aussie mix, Aussie, Border Collie, and Sheltie). He came out of a horrible hoarding situation in which he received little or no acclimation to humans. He is doing ok in his foster home, but it took quite a while to warm up to the husband (the wife runs our local shelter). A prior placement fell through when the dog was so scared of the husband that he hid, and the shelter administrator actually had to drive an 1 1/2 half at night to retrieve him. He would be a local dog adoption for us.

I have yet to meet the dog. I want my first meeting to go as well as possible. Any suggestions on how to handle it. I hope that he is my dog (like my Collie mix who passed away two years ago was). I went in deep depression when Arlo passed, and it took over a year to finally get my head on straight and start exercising and caring about my diet again. A dog was kind of prescribed by my doctor because I walk a lot, and it does get lonely (Arlo and I would go onto up to 20 mile walks). I am back to pretty long walks now after losing over 80 pounds.

I plan to set up a bit of a playroom for him in the basement and try to keep him out of the face of my 15 year old Aussie. Of course long walks which he apparently likes would be expected. My daughter might also do agility with him, but first I want him to bond with me.

Elvis biopic budget of $85M

Bohemian Rhapsody cost $55M. Rocketman cost $41M. I think both Queen and Elton John are more popular now than Elvis. Walk the Line Cost $29M. I can't imagine $85M for Elvis. What did they spend the money on???


According to early estimates, the Warner Bros. film is aiming to collect $30 million from 3,900 venues in its domestic box office debut over the weekend. That’s a solid start for a drama catering to adult audiences. But given the film’s $85 million production budget, which does not include the many millions spent on promoting the movie, “Elvis” will have to keep singing in theaters throughout the summer to justify its price tag.

Science Fiction Double Feature

As a kid many (most) of the movies I saw growing up in So. Cal. where double features (a new movie paired with an older one). I realized tonight my daughter has never done a "double feature" so next Tuesday ($5 night), we are going to see Lightyear followed by Jurassic World: Dominion. I have to buy tickets for each show, but the feeling should be the same.

Also biggest screen in Iowa (at least they say it is) and recliner seating.

Looking forward to it.

Stacey Abram's unforced error - Georgia is not the worst state


"I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live," she said. "Let me contextualize. When you're number 48 for mental health, when we're number one for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that is on the rise and wages are on the decline, then you are not the number one place to live," she said.

That state would be Mississippi or Louisiana actually. Georgia has its problems, but it has a brighter future than those two states as an example.

Couldn't she have qualified her statement a bit more? It has become red meat for the GOP and a rallying cry.

Does somebody have more information on this quote (perhaps a full transcript)? I don't see her making an error like this normally.

Oakland Teen Saves Pearl Jam Concert After Drummer Gets COVID-19: 'Kai Neukermans from Local Band


After learning that Pearl Jam's drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for COVID-19, a local 18-year-old drummer decided to take matters into his own hands by volunteering to join the band at the Oakland Arena on Friday night.

"Everybody, this is Kai; Kai, this is everybody!" Eddie Vedder introduced the high school student to the crowd from the clip the band posted on YouTube.

Kai Neukermans of Mill Valley already plays for his band The Alive, consisting of his 14-year-old brother, who plays bass, and their friend Bastian Evans, 17, who helms the group's guitar and vocals.

I wonder if bands should maintain lists of local musicians that they could call if one of their members can't make the concert. Another possibility is to use the musician from the warm up band they are touring with. So long as it is for unavoidable situations and not a regular occurrence. Also it would be extremely difficult to replace Vedder or any other front man.

Still a dream come true. It is like when the NHL uses a local player to play goalie in an emergency.

The Delaware State bus stop by Liberty County was unconstitutional

Another poster pointed out the lane restriction is for trucks. The law specifically excludes buses. 40-6-52 - Trucks using multilane highways - "As used in this Code section, the term "truck" means any vehicle equipped with more than six wheels, except buses and motorcoaches." The pretextual stop was unconstitutional to begin with so running the probable cause on four legs around the bus was also unconsitutional. I think those students have quite a strong case - maybe they will own the county after this is done. Somebody needs to be asking the sheriff this question. That other bus they searched that day also has a case.

DSU, state leaders 'incensed' after team bus stopped, searched in Georgia


I am not sure how this is constitutional? They removed bags to allow a drug sniffing dog to examine them? They opened a sealed present with no evidence of drugs and without a warrant?

All this for a pretextual driving in the left lane. It is a BS violation of the 4th amendment.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

George Perez, beloved superhero comic book artist, dies at 67

Some tremendous art on Wolfman's Teen Titans run. Also Crisis. 67 is way too young to die. RIP to his family and friends.

Thank you for the exciting and beautiful art. You made Wolfman's story come alive. Made my college years a blast.

"A comic book legend is gone. Five months after publicly announcing his terminal cancer diagnosis, artist and writer George Pérez — who redefined the Teen Titans, created the first great superhero crossover event, and influenced countless other artists — has died, his friends and family confirmed on social media Saturday. He was 67 years old."


Here is a copy of the Collins-Murkowski bill

The House should pass it immediately.


Senate should work towards a filibuster carve out for it.

You can't teach about slavery by bringing a cotton plant to class?

Our world has gone truly insane. This is the kind of crap that gets demagogues like Trump elected.


A Creative Arts parent, Rebecca Archer, who is Black and Jewish, was concerned about the lesson for her mixed-race children. She expressed fears that the lesson, which put the raw cotton in the children’s hands, could “evoke so many deeply hurtful things about this country.”

“There are people who think this lesson plan promotes empathy; I’ve heard that and understand that,” said Archer. “There are a lot of people who don’t understand why it’s hurtful or offensive.”

Another parent told The Chronicle they felt the teacher was being treated in a way that she called “unbearably cruel.” The parent, who chose to remain anonymous, said that her child considers the teacher one of his favorites.

“I think it’s insane they would treat a teacher like this and basically discard a teacher that has been so inspiring and dedicated,” said the parent, who requested anonymity to protect her child. “It feels like it was a lesson in sensitivity and empathy. That’s why my mind is so blown, and I can’t stop being angry about it.”
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