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Keeping it lite today...

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Let's continue Snowy's food-themed thread with something else on the lite side.   So, what's the weather like in your neck of the woods? We had some snow the last couple of days and right now, it's 18 degrees.  Typical January day in north central Ohio. View from our front porch:   (by Primordial "brrrr" Soup)

Sweet, Sour, or Salty?

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 Add spicy or sour if you please. I like sweet, it is my undoing, ice cream especially. My significant other prefers salty. Particularly potato chips. I actually know someone who likes their food and snacks "tart" (isn't that the same as sour?) https://www.seriouseats.com/how-do-we-taste-salt-sour-acid-sweet-bitter-flavor https://www.healthline.com/health/types-of-taste#how-it-works Supposedly, sugar is the worst. I don't buy it, as in, I don't believe it, but I sure as Hell "buy" it. The science of sugar: why we’re hardwired to love it and what eating too much does to your brain https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-sugar-why-were-hardwired-to-love-it-and-what-eating-too-much-does-to-your-brain-podcast-175272 Which way do YOU lean? 

“The Great Replacement:” An Explainer

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Once largely relegated to white supremacist rhetoric, “The Great Replacement” has made its way into mainstream consciousness in the past several years. From the chants of “Jews Will Not Replace Us” on the University of Virginia campus to then-U.S. Rep. Steve King’s tweeted protest, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s complaints that the Democratic party is attempting to “replace the current electorate” with “third-world voters,” the racist conspiracy theory has well and truly arrived. The following provides an introduction to “The Great Replacement:” Where it began, how it feeds into white supremacist grievances and which “mainstream” personalities have used it to score points and signal (not so subtly) their nativist point of view. Origin Story “The Great Replacement”  theory has its roots in early 20 th  century French nationalism and books by French nationalist and author Maurice Barres. However, it was French writer and cri

Who's Your Favorite LOONY!?

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Admit it.  You like mentally ill characters on TV, in film and books.  We all do.  There's something compelling about a truly whacko character.  For example:  The Joker. And as long as we're really killing it, there's Dexter. But we can't leave all of the fun for guys, right?  Let's remember the delectable  Harley Quinn! And, of course, the amazing, demented, regenerative Deadpool! Yes, from Hannibal the Cannibal to Dr. Strangelove, we've all got a strange love for the loons.  So who's your favorite?  Which insane whackadoodle would you most like to meet...and run from, screaming?             --AlextheKay wants to know!

Opinion: Joe Biden is Not Failing or Flailing

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By Kirsten Powers, CNN Senior Political Analyst Here's an apparently unpopular opinion: Joe Biden is not failing or flailing. His presidency is not in peril. It's hard to see this through the blizzard of over-the-top headlines such as, "Biden Can Still Rescue His Presidency," "How the Biden Administration Lost Its Way" and "Biden's Epic Failures." Everyone needs to take a breath: It's been one year. These headlines could just as easily read, "Joe Biden Fails to Fix Every Problem in the World in 365 days." What drives much of the "presidency in peril" coverage is Biden's approval ratings. CNN's poll of polls, released Thursday, found that 41% of Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job while 54% disapprove. Low approval ratings are used as a proxy by various political and ideological factions to argue that the president needs to do more of what they want and if he doesn't, he won't get r

Where the Webb space telescope is going, Lagrange point 2, and why

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Ms. Pickles, the teacher: It's science time again class. Ladies, put your Springfield XDs in your purses and your cell phones in your backpacks.  This one is Springfield model XD-S Mod.2 , which is a very slim and lightweight single stack firearm that makes a great handgun for easy conceal carry, and, better yet, they are conveniently available for 9mm, .40sw, or .45 acp ammunition; The ladies just love this reliable handgun, with plenty of knockdown power in the  9mm or .45 acp models, although the .40sw stings and that will draw the attention of any lucky recipient  Gentlemen, put your Ruger GP100s and cell phones in your backpacks.  The  popular  GP100 is a line of full-sized revolvers available with six, seven, eight, and ten shot capacities and a multitude of calibers including .22LR, and, when  you need some serious firepower,  the always popular .357 magnum and 10mm auto;  These fine handguns reminisce of the Dirty Harry look with modern flare, reliability and knockdown pow

A ‘Not My Party’ Airing of Grievances

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  Mike Huckabee:  America had gone through a long period where the people quit saying “Merry Christmas.” You deliberately changed that. Donald J. Trump:  And I’ll tell you, we brought it back very quickly. Huckabee:  You really did. Mr. Garrison:  ♪ Merry **** Christmas to youuuuu. ♪ Tim Miller:  This is “Not My Party” brought to you by  The Bulwark . It sure feels great to be able to say “Merry Christmas” and roast chestnuts on an open fire as a free man in Joe Biden’s America. President Joe Biden:  Merry Christmas, America. Klaus Heisler, the goldfish from  American Dad :  Let’s celebrate! Miller:  So this week as a little holiday treat, I wanted to have a Festivus celebration with y’all. Frank Costanza:  I haven’t celebrated Festivus in years. Miller:  What’s that mean? Well, on Christmas Eve Eve, it’s tradition to show off feats of strength—not my strong suit—and air out your grievances.  This  I got. Ben Stiller’s version of Starsky:  Do it. Miller:  So grievances it is. Let’s do