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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Here's an oldie but goody from Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson



'Memba them?

Cliff: "Well, ya see, Normy, it's like this .. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it's the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But, naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers!”



Anybody have experience - good or bad - with memory foam mattress toppers?

I'm seriously considering buying a memory foam mattress topper, it's something that goes on top of your regular firm (or extra firm) mattress that gives a soft comfort layer.

The foam topper that I have now is NOT memory foam, and it was kind of cheap when I bought it 10 years ago. But it's time to replace it now, and I'd like to get something a little better.

The one I'm looking at - but I have no way to try it out - is the new "cooling" gel one that claims to have solved the problem of the foam toppers trapping body heat. These new ones are supposed to keep you cool in the warm summer months. (Not usually an issue for me, but ...)

I have questions:
1) Is it comfortable and sturdy enough to justify the $100+ price tag?
2) Is there any substantial difference between the 2", 3", or 4" thick memory foam?
3) Any sore-back or sore-neck issues from sleeping on one of these?

Thanks for helping me decide!


It's Bob Dylan's 80th birthday today, major artists tell their favorite Dylan song



(link) https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/may/24/favourite-dylan-song-mick-jagger-marianne-faithfull-tom-jones-judy-collins-and-more

Bob Dylan is 80 today. But what’s his greatest song? Stars pick their favourite – and recall their own encounters, from Marianne Faithfull turning him down to Judy Collins whacking a policeman to get backstage.


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Youtube recordings for each song, so take some time to enjoy these.

Happy birthday Bob Dylan and many, many more!

21 die in extreme weather in China ultramarathon

(Link) https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2021/05/23/21-die-in-extreme-weather-in-China-ultramarathon/stories/202105230236



BEIJING — Twenty-one people running a mountain ultramarathon have died in northwestern China after hail, freezing rain and gale-force winds hit the high-altitude race, state media reported Sunday.

After an all-night rescue operation in freezing temperatures involving more than 700 personnel, rescuers were able to confirm that 151 people were safe, out of a total of 172 participants. Twenty-one had died, according to the official Xinhua News Agency, which said the runners suffered from physical discomfort and the sudden drop in temperature.

The runners were racing on an extremely narrow mountain path at an altitude reaching 6,500-9,800 feet. The 60-mile race was held Saturday in the Yellow River Stone Forest tourist site in Baiyin city in Gansu province. The participants were not rookies. One of the deceased was a well-known runner Liang Jing, who had won a 62-mile race in Ningbo, reported the Paper, a state-backed newspaper based in Shanghai.

The race also followed a relatively established course, having been held four times, according to an account posted online by a participant in the race who quit and managed to make his way to safety. But the weather caught them off guard, and on the morning of the race Saturday, he already sensed things were not normal. The runners were not dressed for winter-like conditions, many wearing short-sleeved tops.


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Parts of the marathon trail were on steep mountainsides, over a mile high. Many of the marathoners were unprepared for the sudden change in temperature. Some runners had fallen off the trail into deep crevices, making the rescue work difficult and dangerous.

Pa. voters approve constitutional amendments to curb governor's power

(cross-posted from the Pennsylvania thread)



(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/05/18/pennsylvania-constitutional-amendments-2021-election-results-limiting-governors-power/stories/202105180166

This story was updated at 11 a.m. on May 19, 2021.

Pennsylvania’s primary election featured nationally watched questions stemming from Republican dissatisfaction over shutdowns ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf during the pandemic and worries over whether federal judges appointed by former President Donald Trump will roll back civil rights protections.

Both of the ballot questions — which sought to limit the power of the governor in declaring a disaster and put more power into the hands of the Legislature’s 253 lawmakers — have passed, The Associated Press reported, making Pennsylvania the first state to impose such restrictions on a governor.

The two questions led with almost 54% of the vote with 73% of precincts reporting.

The first proposed constitutional amendment will make it so that the state’s General Assembly could terminate or extend a disaster declaration at any time without approval from the governor. The Pennsylvania Constitution will have to be amended so that the disaster declaration power will be shared by the governor and the General Assembly.

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The second question proposed that the time limit on a disaster declaration be shortened from 90 days to 21 days unless the General Assembly votes to extend it. Mr. Wolf openly advocated against these ballot questions in a visit to Pittsburgh last week, calling them “bad news” and saying that they would politicize the government’s response to disasters and emergencies.


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In my opinion the questions were intentionally worded in a way to be confusing. And don't get me started on how they snuck this in on an off-year primary ballot with typically low participation.


Pa. voters approve constitutional amendments to curb governor's power



(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/05/18/pennsylvania-constitutional-amendments-2021-election-results-limiting-governors-power/stories/202105180166

This story was updated at 11 a.m. on May 19, 2021.

Pennsylvania’s primary election featured nationally watched questions stemming from Republican dissatisfaction over shutdowns ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf during the pandemic and worries over whether federal judges appointed by former President Donald Trump will roll back civil rights protections.

Both of the ballot questions — which sought to limit the power of the governor in declaring a disaster and put more power into the hands of the Legislature’s 253 lawmakers — have passed, The Associated Press reported, making Pennsylvania the first state to impose such restrictions on a governor.

The two questions led with almost 54% of the vote with 73% of precincts reporting.

The first proposed constitutional amendment will make it so that the state’s General Assembly could terminate or extend a disaster declaration at any time without approval from the governor. The Pennsylvania Constitution will have to be amended so that the disaster declaration power will be shared by the governor and the General Assembly.

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The second question proposed that the time limit on a disaster declaration be shortened from 90 days to 21 days unless the General Assembly votes to extend it. Mr. Wolf openly advocated against these ballot questions in a visit to Pittsburgh last week, calling them “bad news” and saying that they would politicize the government’s response to disasters and emergencies.


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Not enough voters followed the instructions to vote NO-NO-YES, and the wording on the questions was deliberately confusing, IMHO.

Today's joke :-)

Q: How do you tell the difference between a fully vaccinated person and an unvaccinated person if they aren't wearing a mask?

A: Ask them who won the election.

Something for the English teachers :-)

1. If you take someone from China and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

2. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

3. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

5. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

7. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

8. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?

9. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

10. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

11. Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

12. “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?

13. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, dog trainers disembarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

14. What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

15. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the postmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

16. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive or play golf.

17. No one ever says, “It's only a game” when their team is winning.

18. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 each on those bottles of "designer label" water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

19. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?

20. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea, does that mean that fifth one ENJOYS it?

Happy Friday my friends!

Dem Primary Ballot: Candidates for Judge of the Superior Court

Democrats are asked to vote for one candidate (out of three)

Jill Beck of Allegheny County
Campaign website with bio: https://www.jillbeck.com/#about
Questionnaire: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eBDOX35B0cQXNbVj7o7jnT2_9mGwT098/view

Timiki Lane of Philadelphia County
Website info with video: https://judgelane.com/
Questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J9DJPG7RsPuWQRlzIoH9bzgXEGwuMe6i5kiueOCO7Lg/edit

Bryan Neft of Allegheny County
Campaign website with bio: https://bryanneft.com/meet-bryan-neft/
Questionnaire: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15sJVJxnDGcnKQKN0ZDytItIYtJuX60Vu/view

I had to do a little research on these candidates because I was unfamiliar with them. Decided to share this info on DU, I hope this helps!



Edit to add: I found the candidates on this nice advisory page: https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/judges-pa-2021/

One way to stop the Big Lie is to impose big legal costs on the conspiracy theorists

(link) https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/why-newsmax-apologized-rather-face-defamation-lawsuit-n1266099

Why Newsmax apologized rather than face a defamation lawsuit


May 3, 2021, 6:06 AM EDT
By Jessica Levinson, MSNBC Opinion Columnist
Last Friday, the right-wing television outlet Newsmax issued a public apology to one of Dominion Voting Systems' top employees over its false allegations that the voting technology company engaged in fraud in the 2020 election. Newsmax's belated capitulation to the truth shows that defamation claims could be a major way to combat disinformation.

Seventy percent of Republicans believe President Joe Biden didn't win enough votes to be elected, according to a recent CNN poll. This isn't just wrong; it's deeply problematic that, six months after the election, half of the members of one of our two major parties have concluded that there's solid evidence that democracy was subverted when it wasn't.

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How does a voting technology company clear its name — and the stench of political disinformation in the process? Dominion filed defamation suits against Fox News, Giuliani, Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, while Coomer separately sued Newsmax. A defamatory statement is, generally put, a false statement that harms someone's reputation. Defamation laws vary by state, but they all generally require that plaintiffs, Coomer in this case, be able to demonstrate three things: that the people they are suing communicated or published a false statement of fact, that the people communicating or publishing that false statement of fact had the requisite state of mind (meaning they knew or had reason to know the statement was false; again this varies a bit) and that they suffered damages as a result.

It's another victory in the battle against the Big Lie after the threat of legal action from Smartmatic, another voting machine company, also forced retractions from Newsmax and Fox News in December. The fact that Newsmax went even further when it apologized to Coomer and retracted its claims about Dominion in the face of a defamation lawsuit shows that these suits can lead to real action.


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Hit them where it hurts the most. Maybe it won't shut up the crazies, but hopefully the smart business people will stop giving them free airtime to tell their lies.

If they aren't too smart, well maybe these big lawsuits will put them out of business. Same difference.

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