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What we're not having for Thanksgiving

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Ah, Thanksgiving!  When we make every conceivable dish under the sun for all the family members, friends and just plain hangers-on who'll attend?  Wait, what?  Only two of us are actually gonna be here?  Well, that means I don't have to make... Green bean casserole!  That ugly glob filled with mushroom soup I'm actually allergic to! And cranberries!   I swear, everybody in the dam' world but me loves these little red things! A- and no Jell-O Molds!   (Seriously, does the word "mold" not tell you to avoid this immediately?) I may not make many dishes this year, but I know I'll like them all!  Even as leftovers! So--what aren't you making this year?   Alexthekay wants to know!

Sizzling sex diet that will make you fall in love all over again

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  Romance dwindled in lockdown? Never in the mood after too much time together? In an intriguing new book, a top sexual therapist reveals the: Sizzling sex diet that will make you fall in love all over again Christine DeLozier has spent years helping couples with issues in their sex life She claims some natural foods can improve physical performance within hours Sexual health therapist says leafy greens can restore balance to hormones She cites studies that show nuts increase the intensity of orgasms in men Uh-oh. Right now, we are quite literally stuck with ‘him indoors’ — or her — and no other source of social life. And it’s too cold to get away from each other by pottering around the garden for an afternoon. Help! But what if, instead of seeing this as time to just get through without plotting divorce, you decided to invest the time into reviving your relationship? What if you could swerve all the potential tension and frustration of enforced togetherness and instead improve the mos

Dose of Sunday Religion: Getting Satanic Religions Straight -- The Blue Cheese Dressing Test

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At present, there are at least two satanic religions in the US. The two seem to have crossed paths and decided they don't like each other much. I financially support one of the two, The Satanic Temple (TST). Although TST is a recognized religion under US law, it is a group that fights in court to keep church and state separated. In essence, they fight in defense of secularism. The other group, Church of Satan (COS), is a different beast. TST describes the bickering and differences that distinguish the two fine groups: "In only six years, The Satanic Temple has become the primary religious Satanic organization in the world, with chapters internationally, and a number of high-profile public campaigns designed to preserve and advance secularism and individual liberties. The rise of The Satanic Temple has been met with an increase in commentary regarding what Satanism is as media outlets struggle to grasp how this upstart religion has begun to shift religious liberty debates with

Sunday is a Day of Rest Isn’t It?

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  There is the mistaken impression that for a modern economy to work efficiently, everything must be 24/7. Missing a beat is considered fatal to good business and economic productivity. All must be frenzied and hurried if one is to compete in today’s globalized economy. Such assumptions go against the necessities of human nature. People are not machines. They need to stop and rest. If society is to return to some kind of order, people must be convinced that things can stop. Things should stop. Things must stop. This is not some wistful desire for simpler times of the past. Stopping can be done today and a good example is found in Germany. They call it “sonntagsruhe” which in German means “Sunday rest.” Germany, the world’s fourth largest economic power, stops on Sunday. It should be emphasized that stopping on Sunday is not optional in Germany: one must stop on Sunday. The “sonntagsruhe” is not just casually staying away from work. Rather, the long-established custom keeps most shops c

Good News! The Fish Cannon is Now Online and In Use

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Also called the salmon cannon, this device is used to move salmon migrating upstream past dams that block their progress. The cannon is a modified form of fruit cannon used in harvesting easily damaged fruit without damaging it.  The fish swims into a narrow enclosure with an opening at one end. The fish swims into the opening, which then closes and a blast of air with some water mist accelerates the fish to about 20-28 mph through a slippery, soft flexible tube over the dam. The fish then flies out the end of the tube, through the air and into water on the upstream side of the dam. Go Fish! Hard hitting deep investigative journalism by Germaine.

"The Big One" is Coming to California

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While 2020 has brought the trials of a pandemic, civil unrest, and political turmoil to those across the country, California and nine other states are additionally burdened by earthquakes. However, seismologists predict that Southern California is particularly at the mercy of a disastrous earthquake called, The Big One. Earthquakes are powerful displays of mother nature that occur when pressure is released from continental plates shifting and colliding beneath the surface. Depending on the size, they can be dangerous and cause damage to landscapes in their wake. They are nearly unpredictable with the exception of seismologists who’ve developed a way to statistically estimate when a big earthquake will occur, using data from the past and present. Since January, Los Angeles (L.A.) has experienced three earthquakes that were 4.0 and above on the Richter scale -- a scale used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes based on the size of their vibrations ranging from 1.0 to 8.0 and above. Ea

Improvement One for the USA: Ranked Choice Voting

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  By Best in Moderation A while back I posted a list of ten possible improvements, and there was a large amount of requests to take them on one at a time. So I will be doing that in a series here, including any discussions up to now and hopefully promoting more discussions as we focus on each one. To begin, let’s look at  Ranked Choice Voting The Concept: Currently we elect candidates for office with a whomever gets a plurality of votes, or in simpler terms, whoever gets more than any other candidate. But there are issues with this approach: Voters are usually forced to choose to vote for the most popular candidates or have little impact and risk a person winning they truly dislike. Candidates can win with a very small base of support, so long as it is more than any other candidate. It is very difficult for third parties to gain advancement To fix up these issues, Ranked Choice Voting is suggested, where you indicate your order of preference of the possible candidates. It would work as