General Discussion, Thursday, August 6, 2020

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    • lovely says:

      Afternoon Lucille 🙂 !


      • Lucille says:

        Good afternoon, lovely! I’m spending most of the day listening to cello music from various artists–Mischa Maisky (a Latvian born in 1948 who has the most fabulous hair besides being a superb musician); good ole Yo-Yo Ma…
        Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile – “Waltz Whitman” (Official Video)
        July 23, 2020

        …and lots of vids at CroCellomania YT channel showing uber talented students 10+ years ago…some of whom I looked up and are, indeed, employed in the music world…including Luka Sulic of 2CELLOS. Plus I watched an interview with Luka…such a lovely young man…
        “Luka Šulić about Šulić beach and his family”

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  1. czarowniczy says:

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Another day. Same weather.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ sportsfans! Isn’t this special…..

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  4. stella says:

    Do you believe the reports about the Beirut explosion? Here is another opinion.

    …When analyzing the explosion at the Beirut port, one notices the distinctive color of the explosion. The mushroom cloud resulting from the explosion was a reddish-brown color. Yet, most mainstream publications and pundits have speculated that the massive explosion was the result of ammonium nitrate being detonated.

    According to sources that I spoke with, the detonation of ammonium nitrate would result in a gray mushroom cloud not the reddish-brown one we witnessed.

    So, what chemicals would cause such a massive explosion and a reddish-brown mushroom cloud?

    Octagen, or better known as HMX (which does have ammonium nitrate as a precursor).

    According to a 2016 report from Defense World, “Octagen (HMX) is used exclusively for military purposes to implode fissionable as a component of rocket propellant, and as a high explosive buster charge.” That same report indicated that in 2016, “Iran’s Defense Ministry announced […] the country’s plans to produce [Octagen] to boost the penetration and destructive power of missile payloads.”

    Four years later, it would appear that the Iranians are making good on their threats to do just that. As this occurs, the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programs are proceeding apace. I believe that the attack on the Beirut port was the result of actionable intelligence that the Iranians were moving HMX-enhanced weapons into Israel’s near-abroad to be used to devastate Israel. This represents not only an escalation from Iran against Israel, but it also further proves my theory that there is an undeclared shadow war that is becoming more public and skirting into the conventional realm each iteration.

    It is important to note here that rudimentary nuclear weapons, what’s known as the “implosion design” require shape charges to detonate. The implosive catalysts are usually one of four compounds, according to The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, and they are: HMX, RDX, or TATB. I cannot stress enough the possibility that Israel (or someone affiliated) may have managed to take out a facility storing some rudimentary nuclear weapons device that was being prepared to be deployed against Israel.

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    • Lucille says:

      For many years I’ve subscribed to Franklin Graham’s newsletter email. This is part of the message he sent out today…

      5 Prayer Requests After Explosion

      Pray for believers in Beirut.
      “Pray for the churches as they mobilize to help and to share the Gospel with those that are around us.”

      Pray for the country’s leaders.
      “Our country has been going through a lot of financial difficulty even before this one. The resources are very scarce [and] the political divisions of the country have made it hard.”

      Pray for those who lost loved ones.
      “They need the comfort of the Lord and the hand of the Lord on their lives.”

      Pray for medical needs.
      “Some hospitals have closed down in the area because they have been destroyed. … The hospitals are full. There are a lot of people who have suffered injuries.”

      Pray for the Gospel to spread.
      “Pray that the Lord would touch lives and change lives and Christ’s name would be known and the Gospel would be known.”

      Sami Dagher’s church in Beirut, Lebanon, was hard-hit by Tuesday’s explosion. The Lebanon-born evangelist is a longtime friend of the Graham family, pictured here speaking at Billy Graham’s funeral.

      Church members were inside Alliance Church at the time of Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, but no one was hurt.

      “I talked with Sami yesterday, and the church, its Bible school, and its offices have a lot of damage. The country and the people are devastated,” said Graham, president of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse. “Samaritan’s Purse will be helping the church and as many as we can in the community. Would you join me in praying for Sami and the Karantina Alliance Church today? Please also pray for the families who lost loved ones and those who have been most impacted by this horrible incident.” – Franklin Graham

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  5. stella says:

    A Queer Indigenous Professor Who Died of COVID-19 Didn’t Actually Exist

    A popular Twitter account claiming to be run by a queer, Indigenous Arizona State University professor who “died from COVID-19” on Friday was an elaborate catfishing hoax. Though the account, called @sciencing_bi, had gained some renown in Science Twitter circles, the professor does not seem to have ever existed at all.

    For months, @sciencing_bi had tweeted about their apparent battle with COVID-19, and being forced to teach in-person at Arizona State University in April. Early last week, @sciencing_bi tweeted about needing help fighting COVID misinformation on a COVID survivor Facebook group. The account tweeted extensively about social justice, the professor’s Indigenous heritage as a member of the Hopi tribe, the LGBTQ experience in academia, and their battle with COVID-19.

    On Friday, BethAnn McLaughlin, founder of MeTooSTEM, announced that @sciencing_bi had “died from COVID-19,” and tweeted a long thread about the impact @sciencing_bi had on her.

    “Who else is going to tell me that I’m not being strong enough? That the bigger fights are ahead That I have to do better,” McLaughlin tweeted. “Who else is just going to be there to call me out publicly for being soft on NIH and NSF? She wasn’t nice. She was powerful and she worked so stinking hard.”

    But ASU told Motherboard in a statement that it has had no faculty member die of COVID-19 in recent days, Twitter has suspended McLaughlin’s and @sciencing_bi’s account, and the Hopi tribe told Motherboard it is unaware of any professor who matches @sciencing_bi’s description who has died of COVID-19. That @sciencing_bi was a catfishing hoax was worked out by several members of the academic community over the weekend.

    “Unfortunately, this appears to be a hoax. We have been looking into this since this weekend and cannot verify any connection with the university,” an ASU spokesperson told Motherboard in an email.

    “We have been in touch with several deans and faculty members and no one can identify the account or who might be behind it. Some of the past commentary this person posted is questionable, such as teaching in April. ASU went fully remote in March. The person also mentioned salary reductions. We have not implemented any salary reductions here,” the spokesperson said. “We also have had no one, such as a family member or friend, report a death to anyone at the university.” …

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  6. lovely says:

    I can’t decide what is more pleasing TW’s thread

    Joe Biden

    Or thinking about Hillary’s statement “It that fu*king bastard wins we’ll all hang from nooses.”

    BREAKING: New York Judge Requests Testimony from Julian Assange in Seth Rich Case

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  7. lovely says:

    Democrats are scared witless, they are painting the most intelligent, best actor & most ruthless street fighter of their crew into a corner. Comey will bring them all down. He’ll do it with an affable smile on his face.

    Watching history unfold and knowing it will be written and talked about as long as the earth still spins is amazing.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’m not so sure about Comey, but I guess we will soon see. 😀

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    • Lucille says:

      There is no human, animal or thing on earth that Comey loves and adores more than himself. As the perfect man, he will NEVER admit to anything even when they’re putting the noose around his neck. I wonder if he has brain damage from klonking his head so many times when ducking to go through doorways.

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      • lovely says:

        It’s not a matter of “admitting to” it’s a matter of dead to rights. And a narcissist will always shift blame and destroy anyone who gets in the way of their self portrait.

        My belief is that Comey will tear everyone from Obama to Ciaramella to shreds.

        Or be suicided.

        Time will tell.

        Perhaps if Comey’s mom had dropped him on his head less often he would have been 6′ 9″ or 10″ .

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    • texan59 says:

      Look at this in a bit of a different light. If everyone going in front of this committee has just a little bit different story, who is telling the truth, and where does all of this end up. Keep in mind that while it makes for good TV, a Senate or Congressional hearing is nothing but pure kabuki. Rarely does anything come of it. None of what has occurred will ever make it to “mainstream” media, thus, it doesn’t really exist to most of America.

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      • Menagerie says:

        As near as I can tell, Congressional hearings are high school plays for bitchy, ignorant politicians to all get a spotlight. I can’t really see anything else.

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      • lovely says:

        All true Texan.

        Let’s see what shakes out from incitement’s. My thoughts are there will be a lot of the coup crew members throwing each other under the bus.

        And the minions remain unaware of everything other than the meal worms that their momma birds feed them.

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