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  1. I'll start by saying that I really wish I spoke another language, but I don't. I, and a lot of other Americans, grew up in a very rural area thousands of miles from any country that speaks another language. We had to take foreign language in high school, but only for 4 years. It's just not prioritized here for a lot of reasons (not as necessary, ego, you can get by with english in a lot of other countries, etc.), but I wish it was.
  2. Ok fine but I thought all the "patriots" were against cancel culture. And these yahoos calling themselves "patriots" is such a great marketing move and such bullshit. I do love how they capitalized "Patriots" in their sign, though.
  3. Liefmans sour ale aged for 5 years in my basement. It's good, more subtle than most sours I'm used to, maybe because of it's age. Paired with a homemade moussaka (not pictured) made with eggplant and tomato sauce from my garden, yum.
  4. Man, that sucks. I am kind of glad that I don't live in a red area. NJ is doing decently right now, thankfully. My area is 75% vaccinated (18 and older, 62% total). At my workplace, they're bringing everybody back to work on Monday and even making masks optional for people who are fully vaccinated.
  5. Oh I agree, I don't like having those thoughts but I have a personality type that is very empathetic but tends to rationalize destructive behavior under stress. Whenever I think of all the harm he's caused and all the people's lives he's ruined or changed for the worse, all the families he's fractured, I just can't help it. I think if he was killed I would feel bad and guilty in the end, I think ideally I would want it to happen that way without my knowledge, I guess.
  6. I'm not advocating a violent end for him, I would like it to appear as if he passed from some natural causes. Splitting hairs maybe, but we can't make him a martyr of course. And of course I would like to see him publicly held accountable for all of the shit he pulled, but can anyone really do that in a way that the people who need to get that message won't write it off as a "witch hunt"? Sure, he'll be held accountable in the court of history once we have decades of perspective and temporal distance, but I'm hoping we can have both. He passes on of "natural causes", Garland and SDNY release all the stuff that he would've been charged with, R public officials are no longer afraid of being bullied by him and are perhaps slightly more inclined to try and turn the R party back to possessing some semblance of decorum.
  7. If we do see more violence during / after the 2024 election, what would that look like? Attacks on D public servants, like the plot to kidnap the MI gov., or more small-scale attacks on state, county, and city leaders? Urban-area violence against people protesting shady stuff the Rs could potentially pull? More localized incidents like violence against someone living in a red/blue area who has a Dem/R sign in their yard? Caravans of 4x4s brandishing Trump flags who go out roaming cities looking to provoke violence?
  8. That article summed up the Trumpism situation better and more succinctly than I've seen before. I'm really hoping that some "adults" (as the article puts it) in the CIA or whatever have generated or are working on a plan to "get rid" of Trump (wink, wink) in an unsuspicious way. Believe me, I know how condoning something like that sounds and that going that route is a very slippery slope, but I think that in this case it can be argued that it is objectively better for the nation and world as a whole.
  9. I work for J&J and here's a little secret about Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages. They're all made in Brazil. All of them. Nobody says why we make all of them in Brazil, but everyone thinks there was some dirty $$$ involved. You wonder why your Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages are so expensive? Because everything that made up what's in that box was shipped to Brazil, sterilized, put together and then that box was shipped from Brazil to wherever you are.
  10. Cue the slap bass. (You can see LD on the fridge)
  11. Nothing better on a hot day than a Rodenbach caractere rouge with a homemade pizza with tomatoes & peppers from our garden outside.
  12. Like I said, I can't fault them for taking the route they did. It's probably what allowed them to survive mentally after trying to follow up OK Computer and still be around today, and I'm glad they did take that route. However, the selfish me who came of age between The Bends and OK Computer really wanted to hear studio versions of those tracks in what it seems were their original styles.
  13. Members of SFA and recording engineers discuss the making of the album: And I love this video:
  14. My coworker and his wife both got it at the same time, about a year ago. He regained smell / taste a month or two later and she has only regained about 25% thus far. Kinda scary.
  15. I mean FFS they reportedly left "Lift" off of OK Computer because they felt like it sounded too much like stuff from The Bends and they didn't want to put a guitar-driven sure-fire single hit right in the middle of OK Computer. What an embarrassment of riches.
  16. Agreed. However, sometimes I think they took that u-turn because they felt they had to distance themselves from the OK Computer sound. I mean, that was a bitch of a record to follow up and I can't fault them for how they chose to do it, but I kind of think they ruined several great songs (life in a glass house, motion picture soundtrack) because they felt that they had to have a sound that's 180 degrees different than their previous output. IMO the earlier, more "traditional" versions of those songs are much better, and I wonder how many other tracks from that era went through the wash like that.
  17. I'm against the filibuster but as a counterpoint here, I wonder how many nations that pass legislation by a simple majority only have two parties.
  18. As long as you pay it off every month, it's free money. If you have to carry a balance, then stay away from them as they probably have higher interest rates. A coworker of mine actually used one to buy $25,000 worth of gold coins from the gov't, then deposited the coins at his bank and used that to pay off the credit card, basically giving him $250 for free (1% reward).
  19. Costco card here in the states gives: 4% cash back on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year and then 1% thereafter. 3% cash back on restaurants and eligible travel purchases. 2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com. 1% cash back on all other purchases. The Mrs. and I use that for almost everything, and pay it off every month so I have no idea what the interest rates are. Every year we get a check for between $400 - 800 just from these rewards.
  20. Not to be pedantic or argumentative, but I think it's important to point out that in that study the impairment in metacognitive sensitivity did not seem to correlate with IQ. I guess it depends on how you define "stupid", though. I could easily get on board with "stupid" being defined as those who lack critical thinking ability as opposed to those with low IQ.
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