• ArguingWAristotleTiff
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    Thank you! I've had one before, so it won't be a complete surprise. The worst part right now is drinking 2 more quarts of salty slop.Bitter Crank
    Never 2 quarts but I have had my share of salty slop. :razz:

    There's snow on the ground this morning, 31º. The weather ball is green so frigid lows are foreseen. A low of 15 for Saturday. Brrr.Bitter Crank
    Okay now your making me jealous! It is another cloudless sky, 78* and perfect weather that I am absolutely done with! :angry:
    I am so wanting the soft, quite sound of snow falling. It makes the world look virginal of all mans' victories and defeats against Mother Earth. :halo:

    Have a good day. :flower:Bitter Crank
    Awwww I would still like to come over and bring you a little dinner. You have got to be starving and I promise, nothing salty, only sweet. :flower: :flower: :flower:
  • Bitter Crank
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    Twilight sleepArguingWAristotleTiff

    What I got was some benzodiazapine and fentanyl -- the stuff that everybody is overdosing on and dropping dead from. It worked great--I was awake to watch the show. Now, afterwards the nurse told me she had to tell me to keep breathing several times but I have no memory of that. There were a couple of moments that were painful, but not terrible and very short -- when they turned the head of the scope backwards to view the asshole from the inside out.

    The results were zero polyps, zero cancers, all good.

    I was starving: a can of soup, a piece of cold chicken, some toast, cheese, a sweet potato with fresh apple sauce and cranberries (now in season).
  • praxis
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    The results were zero polyps, zero cancers, all good.Bitter Crank

    Congrats. You might want to consider consuming probiotics of some kind to help along the microbial recolonization of your gut tract.
  • Bitter Crank
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    I might, but what product actually delivers what it claims to deliver? (I guess yoghurt is fairly reliable, but that's only 4 or 5 species of bacteria out of... thousands.) Probiotics aren't regulated, so whether they contain what they claim, as much as they claim, or anything more than dust from the warehouse is anybody's guess.

    There wasn't much of anything left in the large intestine, though I suppose the walls were coated with samples of bacteria that were there before. The appendix is also supposed to keep a sampling of microbes on tap. But this didn't, after all, involve antibiotics. The furthest extent of the colonoscopy tube is where the small intestine joins the large intestine; one could see some of the cilia-structures; it looks quite a bit different than the colon. One could also see the opening into (or out of) the appendix, if ever the appendix decided to open up.

    Since the microbiome is so important in our function, I'd like to get the mix that produces intellectual brilliance, creative genius, sunny equanimity, physical prowess, and a robust immune system. The varieties that I had before produced nothing but bullshit.
  • praxis
    880
    Well, I’ve been trying varieties like yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi lately. Enjoyable regardless of any microbial benefits. But yeah, I must have been thinking of antibiotical recovery rather than a simple cleanse.
  • DiegoT
    65
    It is obvious from outside that Republicans are (usually, not always) climate change negationists, to a great extend, becouse they perceive it as a Democrat thing, just one more lie from the Party they don´t trust. If Dem politicians REALLY wanted Republicans to care about the climate, they would make it an identity issue. They´d leave public climate reports to scientists (like Morgan Freeman, who´s not a scientist at all but many people probably think he is at this point) and make agreements with Republicans on this grave matter without using it as an electoral weapon or political banner.
  • DiegoT
    65
    sorry, I meant Democrats should NOT make climate an identity issue. In Spain all parties agreed to stop talking about separatist terrorism in campaign and only make joined statements and policies on the issue, and terrorism was defeated and democracy became stronger. The socialist party, with Zapatero, broke this consensus and used terror in campaign to reach power; terrorist attacks are on the rise since then and the political armies of the separatist group are trying to consolidate a coup d´etat.
  • Michael
    7.3k
    It is obvious from outside that Republicans are (usually, not always) climate change negationistsDiegoT

    I honestly don't know if they genuinely don't believe in it or if they do but care more about money and so lie about it.
  • DiegoT
    65
    I´m afraid is the former. I wish all politicians and leaders were corrupt and clever, then we could solve problems much faster. But in reality, they usually believe in what they believe, as they live in their small reality bubbles, like the rest of us. What we find obvious and undeniable is really what is inside our bubble.
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
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    There were a couple of moments that were painful, but not terrible and very short -- when they turned the head of the scope backwards to view the asshole from the inside out.Bitter Crank
    Hmmm now that approaches the level of pain that a lady endures for the first 4 hours of a 12 hr labor. Thank goodness for modern medicine because I was at a level of 15, dying from pain when I asked for my Epidural and within minutes I was filing my nails watching my beloved Cubs lose yet another game. That flippin meter that I was dying at 15 hit 133 in my 11th hour and all I was supposed to feel was "pressure" but alas as the baby nears Oxygen they taper the Epidural down so the woman can "feel" to push. BULLSHIT! It's not "feel" it's flipping barbaric levels of pain. But enough about me... :scream:

    The results were zero polyps, zero cancers, all good.Bitter Crank
    Woo Hooo that is AWESOME news!
    Damn again to modern medicine. When my Mom was a Nurse just starting out was in the lab, doing smear screens under the microscope, looking for Cancer cells that took dayssssssssss….. peace of mind is such a necessary part of our overall health.

    I was starving: a can of soup, a piece of cold chicken, some toast, cheese, a sweet potato with fresh apple sauce and cranberries (now in season).Bitter Crank
    Mmmm sounds good then again ANYTHING would sound good!
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    kombucha,praxis

    Everyday, first thing I consume and it removes any sugar craving I might have had. Lots of energy and a healthy stomach...it really is the fountain of youth, in a bottle, for the same price of beer. :roll:
  • praxis
    880
    I meant Democrats should NOT make climate an identity issue.DiegoT

    Unfortunately, Al Gore championing the issue seems to have made it one.
  • LD Saunders
    314
    I hate Trump so much, I wish I could have voted twice.
  • DiegoT
    65
    it was a wrong move, with the best intention. Hell would be a pitiful place without all those good intentions...
  • DiegoT
    65
    why do people hate Trump in the U.S.? Is it becouse you are weary of him, after so many years in the spotlight and all those appearances in tv shows? What exactly is hateful in Trump. Trump is a curious surname; in English sounds like "wild card" or "winning card", in Spanish is similar to "trampa" that means trap.
  • Bitter Crank
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    why do people hate Trump in the U.S.?DiegoT

    Not everyone does hate Trump.

    Those who are not fond of, dislike, loathe, or hate Donald Trump are responding to several features:

    First, he has zero record in public service. He is an entrepreneur.
    Second, as an entrepreneur (real estate) he has not been nearly as successful as he paints himself to be. Some of his projects appear to be manipulative bankruptcies. Many of his hotels are not actually his -- the Trump name is licensed.
    Third, Much of Trump's wealth was inherited. This is not at all unusual -- a lot of rich people inherited their wealth. But Trump has presented his wealth as the work of his own genius.
    Four, Trump's familiarity to the public is based on his abrasive celebrity shows.

    Much of his career carries with it more than a little odor of dishonesty and flim flam.

    Trump has made little effort to perform the role that politicians traditionally at least attempt: the statesman with gravitas. Trump eschewed any sign off gravitas (substance and dignity) from the getgo. While not being uneducated himself (presumably he learned something in college) he favors the impression of being anti-intellectual. Americans do not expect their presidents to be learned scholars, but they want them to respect learned scholars (because the president needs to get good information on which to make decisions). Trump seems to be in very short supply of good information about anything.

    Trump is cynical; this is standard in politics, but he makes little effort to conceal cynicism the way most politicians do. His election strategy was to play to the lowest common denominator in crucial states. We don't like open cynicism.

    Trump has little respect for the kind of role that most Americans expect the President to fulfill.

    Trump didn't invent the right wing, white supremacists, racism, anxiety about poorly controlled immigration from Mexico and Central America, and so on but he has done nothing to allay mainstream fears about the right wing, photo-facists, crypto-fascists, authoritarians, and so on.

    Barack Obama, George Bush II, William Clinton, George Bush I, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, J. F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, F. D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, and Woodrow Wilson -- have all been problematic in various ways. Presidents, of course, are not perfect and it is a very difficult job. But most Presidents have more or less played the role that was expected of them. Most of them have been reasonably competent. Perhaps Trump is most like Warren Harding. Harding died in office, so maybe Trump will be kind enough to do the same. His Vice President can follow suite.

    Trump has more forthrightly revealed what ruling class politics is really about -- protecting the ruling class and fucking over everyone else. He has pulled the curtain aside (think of the Wizard in Oz 'reveal' scene).

    In summary, Donald Trump is an arrogant asshole.
  • thatoneguy
    3
    Voting legitimizes power structures.darthbarracuda

    Seems like a good reason to vote.
  • thatoneguy
    3
    Their own studies have shown their roll back on regulations will have a negative impact on climate change. They know and they don't care.
  • Michael
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    Trump is a curious surname; in English sounds like "wild card" or "winning card"DiegoT

    It means "fart" in the UK.
  • Jake
    775
    One did. He still won.Michael

    I know, I know, I heard that story on NPR. Hilarious! I felt so sorry for the Dem though, whooped by a dead man, how embarrassing!
  • Jake
    775
    It means "fart" in the UK.Michael

    It means fart here now too.
  • Jake
    775
    While I agree with your even handed analysis of President Dumpster :smile: there is another side to the story, sorta.

    Trump understands the media, and consumers of media, better than any politician in my lifetime. My theory is that this is due to

    1) natural talent

    2) living in NYC arguably the corporate media capital of the world

    3) his business career

    Trump gets that corporate media is not a public service, but a business whose function is to make money.

    Trump gets that the business model for corporate media is to use drama to build audience and thus ad revenue.

    Trump gets that consumers of media are more interested in being entertained by drama than they are in complex public policy issues.

    Trump gets that super intelligent huge brained philosophers like us who claim that they are somehow different than other consumers of media are largely self delusional. :smile:

    The proof of the above is of course that Trump beat every professional politician on all sides of aisle, and did what the media said for years he could never do, win the highest office on Earth.

    Is Trump an asshole? Yes, of course. But he's also an intelligent REALIST, and that is his great power.

    Politicians are a mirror image of the public they serve, and when we don't like what the mirror reveals, we yell at the mirror.

    Except for us of course. :smile:
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    Mmmmmm it feels like another shady count in our state :chin:
  • Bitter Crank
    6.7k
    As Lenin said, "Who votes is totally unimportant. What matters is who counts the votes."
  • Bitter Crank
    6.7k
    Yes. Good analysis.
  • praxis
    880


    All you’re essentially saying is that he’s good at the manipulation of his base (not the sharpest tools in the shed). The evidence indicates that the motivation behind his tactics is at least primarily to gain power and wealth, rather than advance a more noble goal like human flourishing.

    A leader with principles and unselfish goals wouldn’t be able to do what he does, that’s for sure.
  • Jake
    775
    All you’re essentially saying is that he’s good at the manipulation of his base (not the sharpest tools in the shed).praxis

    All I'm saying is that he won, because he is the sharpest tool in the shed in some important respects.
  • praxis
    880


    No, he’s simply willing to do what others with principles and less selfish goals are not. The almost half a billion dollars he inherited from his father also gave him an unusual advantage.
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