General Discussion, Sunday, February 23, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:


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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Just had our 2nd death of the Mardi Gras season and both were caused by gross violations of parade behaviors we’ve had drilled into us over the years since Day One,

    First one was caused when a woman went to grab beads or say ‘hi’ to someone on the dual float – stories vary – but when the floats were stopped, as they frequently are in the parade for various reasons, a woman went between two tandem floats, tried to climb over the hitch joining them and was run over when the floats started up while she was still between them.

    Second was a young man tonite who was reaching for beads close to the float and was pushed by someone, probably also fighting for throws, under a tandem float. Bad thing was, other than his dying, this happened right in front of his family.

    The tandem floats are BIG floats, two or more articulated floats, some double-decker too, connected by a hitch. They’re steerable to allow them to negotiate the corners but need a good distance to turn, They’re pulled by a large farm tractor specifically set up to drag these behemoths and the drives, while very experienced, have very limited rear visibility – it all relies on common sense by the parade goes to go well. As I said, we’re told from birth almost, and it’s repeated endlessly on TV during the carnival season, that we’re not to go into the street, to stay on the curb. We’re told DO NOT (yes, in capital letters) go into the street in front/behind/under/up against floats as they can’t stop on a dime and they jerk when starting up. DON’T reach onto the street for any throws while the floats are moving as you could get pushed and run over. Most especially DON’T try to crawl between tandem floats as the space is narrow and if the float jerks to a start you’ll get knocked over and run over.

    The mayor and police chief are nonplussed and immediately cancelled the rest of the parade tonite, demanded that the remaining parades uncouple their tandem floats and run them as singles while promising a full investigation on how to make tandem floats safer or ban them entirely. Neither of them said anything about banning the legal and open consumption of alcohol on the parade routes, one has to have the tourists’ best interests in mind. We have to protect NOLA’s reputation as an ‘alcohol open’ city and the resultant profits, can’t possibly blame bad behaviors on the party-goers’ parts.

    So before this it was thugs shooting each other and parade-goers, guns being the problem and not the thug’s themselves – now firearms are banned along the parade routes. Now it’s folks doing behaviors that are basic, bedrock rules and it’s the float’s fault. Welcome to the 21st Century.

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    • rheavolans says:

      I don’t want to seem heartless, but it seems dumb to me to cancel the parades because some people did things they weren’t supposed to and got killed. It’s horrible they died, but play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

      File this under “Reasons Rhea can’t Be a Liberal.”

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Back when I lived in S. Cal., there was a big tree that several people had run off the road and hit, and got killed. I know in at least one case the driver was drunk and, or, speeding and in the other case was speeding. There was an uproar about how dangerous the tree was even though it was back off the road. So, people petitioned to have it cut down. I can’t remember if they did, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        It was confirmed tonite that the man who was killed yesterday went down onto the street for throws, lost his balance and fell under the float which started up and drove right over him. That ‘Don’t get down into the street right by the floats’ is, and has long been, one of the 10 Mardi Gras ‘Don’t Do That Commandments’.

        We just contributed to the GoFundMe account for his funeral.


  3. Lucille says:

    Rare footage of sign language used by Native American peoples
    Published on May 7, 2018

    “Sign language used by Native American peoples evolved as a way of communicating across language barriers, which proved valuable for trade, story-telling, and ceremonies. This was an interesting time in history when sign language was used alongside spoken languages. This footage is from the Indian Sign Language Council of 1930 (Plains Indian Sign Language – PISL).”

    Comparing American Sign Language & Crow Sign Language (PISL)
    Published on Oct 10, 2018

    Flarin Big Lake, Crow Tribe member is the last deaf person in the Crow Tribe who uses Crow Sign Language. He emphasizes the version he uses is not a nationwide native sign language but is used in the plains area by the Crow, Cheyenne, Flathead, Rocky Boy, etc.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Both videos are fascinating. I thought the similarities of the two sign languages were very interesting. I expected differences, but not so much similarities.

      My son and DIL taught my granddaughter some sign language when she was just a tiny baby, a few months old. It amazed me that she could communicate so easily with them before she could speak.


      • glendl says:

        Kids always learn to communicate before they learn to speak. Tongue positioning or control is what prevents kids from learning to speak at a younger age. I believe it is the “L” sound that is the last letter kids learn to pronounce and that happens about age 6. There are a couple of other letters that are learned shortly before that.

        Until they learn to talk, they communicate with body language and they do it quite well.
        The old learning interfering with new learning is a major problem for adults. That is not a problem for kids.

        Our oldest Granddaughter started to talk about the Batlands before her second visit to our home, It was a while before anyone figured out what she was saying. At 4 years old she did not have the ability to properly pronounce a “d” in the middle of a word. The summer before she loved her first visit to the Badlands.

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        • JTR says:

          My Daughter learned just as much Spanish as English as a baby. She was raised with many in the family speaking Spanish at home, and the first thing she learned was “Demi un besito”! That means give me a little kiss. She would pucker up so cute!

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          • stella says:

            Both my grandsons had a Spanish speaking day care giver, and spoke and understood Spanish. The older one also attended a Spanish immersion pre-school, and spoke Spanish fluently for a while. He lost most of it when he switched to regular school. He’s the one who is a Japanese major in college. He will be teaching English in Japan next Fall for a semester.

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            • texan59 says:

              My nephew is completing his 6th year of Mandarin and will be graduating HS in May. Likely studying engineering at Georgia Tech, or Auburn, but I’ll be interested to see how he incorporates the Mandarin. He’s obviously my sister’s child and not mine. 😉

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! Y’all know it’s coming……

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. Sunny and cool here.

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  6. Lucille says:


    Nazare, Portugal

    Heavy Seas
    A rogue wave is usually defined as a wave that is two times the significant wave height of the area. The significant wave height is the average of the highest one-third of waves that occur over a given period. Rogue waves can disable and sink even the largest ships and oil rigs. This NOAA research vessel, the DISCOVERER, endures punishing waves in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska.

    Video at

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  7. rheavolans says:

    There was a story I saw yesterday about how a server at Dunkin’ Doughnuts had served a bloody doughnut to a customer. The employee had a paper cut that they hadn’t noticed and managed to get it on everything. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this, as a diabetic who has bled on more things by accident than I care to recall (spot band-aids are easier than scrubbing bloodstains out of clothing. Ask me how I learned that.)

    I would hate to have eaten a bloody doughnut, so I get that the customer is upset, but the customer is freaked out because they ate half the doughnut before they noticed it was bloody. Uh, okay. I very rarely eat any fast food until I have looked at it. I don’t know why this is but I can’t just start eating it; I have to at least glance at it first. So, maybe you might look at your food first before you just chow down? (And yes, even when I go through the drive through, I have to look.)

    Also, stomach acid destroys a lot of germs, so I’m curious to know what the risk of blood-borne illness, other then Hep C, actually is from something like this.

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  8. Lucille says:

    The three cities President and First Lady Trump will be visiting in India….

    …where the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is a major tourist site, though that’s not on their itinerary…

    …Motera Stadium is on the itinerary, but it’s actually not finished. Maybe President Trump can give them some building pointers…LOL!…

    …the photos of Melania are going to be terrific at the Taj Mahal…

    New Delhi…
    …Lal Kale (Red Castle) built in 1639 of red sandstone, it is in “Old Delhi”. Every year the Prime Minister of India opens the national flag here on Independence Day…

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    • czarina33 says:

      Wow! Looking forward to waching the travelog. I will NOT be visiting India, or any other really dirty country without first rate sewerage and electricity supports. Oh, yeah, or LA and San Francisco.

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  9. Lucille says:

    Blago: Obama “Began the Whole Conversation” About His Vacant Senate Seat and Sent a “Middleman” to Me the Night He Was Elected President (VIDEO)

    by Cristina Laila February 23, 2020

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    • lovely says:

      This is a pretty interesting interview. Blago lying out his ears, but still putting Cooper on the ropes because Cooper is dumb and Blago is intelligent. Blao is a very good specimen of a corrupt Illinois position.

      And yes it was “corrupt politics as usual..” which makes one wonder just who Balgo angered.

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  10. auscitizenmom says:

    Blago talks too much. I think he has a short lifeline. 🙄 Not that I don’t want that info out there.

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  11. lovely says:

    Most awesome float of the parade!

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