General Discussion, Thursday, February 11, 2021

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  1. Lucille says:


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    • czarina33 says:


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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Beautiful. You can just hear the quiet. It’s one of the things I love most about fresh snow. The first photo is stunning. Thanks Lucille.

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      • Lucille says:

        That first photo truly is beautiful. I tried to find the name of the photographer, but it was found at one of those wallpaper sites which does not list such info.

        Seems to me that Stella might have used it as photo-of-the-day some time back. But I thought it deserved another go-around because it is so…well, heavenly. God’s lovely world.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Foxes use the Earth’s magnetic field as a targeting system
    By ED YONG – January 11, 2011

    It’s winter on a British meadow, and a red fox is on the prowl. The snow-covered ground masks the sight of its prey but the fox can still hear the telltale rustle of a mouse. It creeps forward slowly, listening intently with erect ears. Once it pinpoints the mouse’s location, it leaps into the air to surprise its prey with a strike from above. This pounce, known as ‘mousing’, is a common sight but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Jaroslav Červený has found that when red foxes pounce, they mostly jump in a north-easterly direction. He thinks that they’re using the Earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Hah!! Mornin’ y’all!

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    • WeeWeed says:

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      • weather257 says:

        This morning I was remembering a joke my mother told when I was young about the little boy whose parents were hosting an adult formal dinner. He smeared his mom’s ‘vanishing cream’ all over his body and paraded naked around the dinner table. The guests politely pretended not to notice him. He thought he was invisible until his parents scolded him afterward. Reminds me of our fake Congress, thinking they’re pulling off their caper and no one noticing. Those leftists live in a dream world…this includes all communists. They’re children.

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Beautiful day here. The news sucks. “Why?” You might ask. Just everything in my opinion. I’m off. I have some things to do before my housekeeper comes.

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  5. just stevie says:

    Good morning…at work today! As I was driving in…everything is covered in ice and it’s beautiful…just enough that it didn’t break tree limbs and knock off power.

    PS: Stella, I’m in the bin on the Open Thread…can someone get me out? LOL!

    Have a wonderful Blessed day wherever you may be…🙏

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  6. stella says:

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  7. stella says:

    Very interesting!

    What we do and don’t know about deaths connected to the Capitol Hill Riot

    By saying that the riots were deadly – and often adding that five people were killed – the articles may encourage readers to forget the nature of those deaths and even to fill in the blanks with the thought that the rioters killed five people and killed them purposely. But three of those deaths were described this way in a January 7 article:

    Those people were Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; and Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

    Boyland collapsed at the Capitol, where police performed CPR, reported. She was taken to a hospital, but did not survive.

    Greeson’s family said in a statement that the Trump supporter suffered a heart attack during the chaos, The News Courier reported.

    Phillips, who had organized a group to drive to Washington, D.C., from his home state, died of an apparent stroke after being taken to George Washington University Hospital, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. . . .

    Then we have demonstrator Ashli Babbit, who died from being shot by a person who is reportedly a member of the Capitol Police. The rioters certainly didn’t kill her, and we’ve had very little official word on her death except for the existence of an investigation. We don’t know the identity of the person who shot her, either.

    Which leaves the fifth person who died, Capitol Police Officer Sicknick. Again, so far we know very little in terms of statements from officials, although there are certainly many rumors. . . .

    Sicknick’s death is being investigated, but it’s been four weeks and I’ve not seen any recent updates. And yet if a poll was taken right now, I would guess that for most people who know about Sicknick’s death, the majority of them may think that it is a known and proven fact that right-wing Capitol “insurrectionists” killed Sicknick by beating him with a fire extinguisher. . . .

    Moreover, the website ProPublica offered a different explanation.

    It quoted Ken Sicknick, whom the site identified as the late officer’s brother, as saying that Brian Sicknick had communicated with his family and never mentioned a fire extinguisher attack.

    “He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” said Ken Sicknick. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”

    The site said that on Thursday, family members were told that the officer had a blood clot and suffered a stroke and was on a ventilator…

    According to what ABC called “sources familiar with the matter,” authorities believe Brian Sicknick’s death was driven by a medical condition. . . .

    CNN goes on to add some surprising admissions [emphasis mine]:

    In Sicknick’s case, it’s still not known publicly what caused him to collapse the night of the insurrection. Findings from a medical examiner’s review have not yet been released and authorities have not made any announcements about that ongoing process.

    According to one law enforcement official, medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma, so investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true.

    One possibility being considered by investigators is that Sicknick became ill after interacting with a chemical irritant like pepper spray or bear spray that was deployed in the crowd. But investigators reviewing video of the officer’s time around the Capitol haven’t been able to confirm that in tape that has been recovered so far, the official said.

    The case could also be complicated if Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition. It could not be learned if he did. . . .

    Those are not the only facts about which authorities have been silent. Byron York has touched on some of the other dogs that haven’t barked concerning January 6 in his Washington Examiner piece from February 4 in which he lists nine questions he has submitted to Capitol Police (complete with follow up calls) that he claims have gone completely unanswered. He points out that these are standard questions with answers that are usually released even at the start of investigations, and so the failure to answer is unusual. Here are York’s unanswered questions:

    How many Capitol Police officers were injured in the riot?
    What were their injuries? What is their condition now?
    Did Capitol Police confiscate any firearms from rioters? If so, how many and what types?
    What is the status of the investigation into the killing of Officer Sicknick?
    Is there an autopsy report for Officer Sicknick? If so, will it be released to the public, or will its key findings be released to the public?
    What is the status of the investigation into the shooting of Ashli Babbitt? Has it been ruled a justifiable shooting?
    Who was the officer who shot Ms. Babbitt?
    Did any other officers discharge firearms during the rioting? If so, under what circumstances?
    Did any rioters discharge any firearms during the rioting? If so, under what circumstances?

    I think it’s likely that the present administration, the Democrats, and the press are hoping that the narrative around Officer Sicknick’s death that has already been established in the minds of the vast majority of Americans – that right-wing Trump-supporting rioters killed him by bashing him in the head with a fire extinguisher – will continue to serve its purpose. In order to do this, it would be important to keep any information that might tend to undercut that narrative away from the public.

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  8. stella says:

    Good for her!

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  9. stella says:

    The PTB say that she must be destroyed. I get that she’s a bit goofy, but really?

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  10. Menagerie says:

    I’ve spent almost the whole day doing a deep dive into the 15 candidates for mayor I had to choose from. A few were agitators and activists, easily ruled out. One had workers who got my cell number and decided to duel with me a little, also easily ruled out. Not one, a single one, says whether they are Republican or Democrat.

    So, the guy who gets my vote is the only one to mention the Constitution. He was appalled that his fifth grade granddaughter not only can’t recite the Preamble, she’s never heard of it. He’s also the only one to mention wasteful spending and cutting the budget.

    I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know he isn’t one of the three leading contenders.

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  11. stella says:

    Good news.

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  12. Lucille says:

    A few bit of political cartoonery from….

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  13. jeans2nd says:

    Anyone up for a laugh?
    Listening to John Solomon right now, on Bannon’s show.
    Swallwell, aka FartnBoy, put up two tweets today from two women saying they were coming in on the 5th of Jan, and they were bringing the Calvary.

    Read that closely. Calvary. Not cavalry.

    Solomon called the two women to verify, who with their pastor confirmed their church group met on the 5th and prayed.
    They have now been doxxed and threatened, of course.

    smh We pay these people way too much.

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  14. jeans2nd says:

    Apparently the good Doc used {{gasp}} a bit of medical grade chemistry, and a wee bit of acetone.
    Who knew? lol

    The procedure was valued at $125, which the good Doc did for free.
    Rivaling our own Gifted Hands, Dr Ben Carson.
    Eh, mebbe not.

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  15. stella says:

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  16. auscitizenmom says:

    Does anyone here know how to get rid of a column on the left of ways to share an article on an article you are trying to read? They are boxes that interfere with reading the article.


  17. texan59 says:

    Jack and Zuck are double-teaming O’Keefe and Project Veritas. Dorsey permanently locks out PV on the Tweeter. You would think these guys would get over getting their lunch money taken from them in grade school, but they can hold a grudge………….forever. No matter how many billions they make. At least Bezos had the “decency” to leave his office so his fingerprints aren’t all over everything that he’s doing.

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