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Goku (Amerikan Baka)
Does anybody here watch the new Trek shows? Are they worth watching?
So cute. Finch’s buddy the little Maltese died shortly after my grand imp was born. Finch is still unhappy with the trade.
Yeah that was getting long. Annnnnd malarkey!
Meant to ask what the various debate formats are? Zoom? Same stage? What?
So my latest self-soothing activity is to watch the ActBlue tally spin higher and higher. Last Tuesday I made a note of the tally and compared to today, it’s now $130 million higher. That’s an average of $26 mill raised per day. I’d say people are activated.
I have the calendar pet pictures in a folder. Where do I send them?
@VeniceRiley: Interpretive dance-off!
@VeniceRiley: Isnt the first usually standing at the podiums. Then the more casual sitting-and-getting-up to-engage-the-audience. Forget how the third is, if we get to that
I know they say debates dont change anything, but that second format was where Bush Sr. got a lot of heat: Looking bored as hell and looking at his watch.
@jeffreyw: Please send email to pet-calendar att balloon-juice.com along with the names of all your critters. Or to my watergirl email, either one works.
We will send you link within a day or two so you can upload your photos.
Biden: The only reason you’re running for re-election is to keep your mobster ass out of jail.
@Goku (Amerikan Baka):
I liked Picard and Discovery.
@LuciaMia: Will there be an audience even?
For debate #2, they’re going to fight with pool noodles.
I guess we all know who Q is now.
I do not think debates matter as much. Gore got heat for something (sighing?) during a debate.
I think there are very few actual undecided voters. It is all about turnout.
@L85NJGT: I won’t be watching either – or the third.
I regret watching any of the 2016 shitshow. I’ve never been on the fence with the Rethuglican party being a goddamn fucking pile of shit my entire life.
Biden: Where’s your tremendous bigly healthcare plan that’s been 2 weeks out for the past 4 years, you lying sack of shit?
@Goku (Amerikan Baka):
I like Trek, so I tend to give any Trek show a chance. And I don’t care much for the noise coming from some idiots, uh, I mean fans, who claim that the new shows are not true to Roddenberry’s vision.
I liked ST: Picard most of all the new shows, mainly because I liked the character of Jean Luc, and it was good to see him and some of the old TNG gang again. The series was uneven, but a couple of episodes were outstanding for any iteration of Trek.
Lower Decks is amusing most of the time.
I tried to like Discovery, but this was the second Trek series that I just abandoned. The other was Enterprise.
Discovery had some interesting possibilities, but would always choose the “lame” option. BTW: there were dopes who did not like the Discovery version of the Klingons. My objections were purely practical. The make-up was so heavy and excessive that the actors could not act. I find this stuff as stupid as the idea that the Mandalorian in the Disney Star Wars series must always be seen wearing his helmet.
Love the dog photos. Mrs. Almost Retire and I, alas, are usually dogless, except for the occasional weekend (such as this one), when we have temporary custody of the Grand-dog when my son is traveling. She is a pit bull mix, and completely neurotic. If there were a DSM-V for dogs, I would do further research. She reacts as though every vehicle passing by on our quiet street is a truck full of squirrels, so we have to keep the door shut. I always miss her when my son comes to pick her up.
@VeniceRiley: There was an audience of a kind in the two CNN town halls
Done, and TY
@Almost Retired: I’d bet the hound is right, and the squirrels have camouflaged the truck to look like something else.
Oh, and they’re also driving.
Or: Trump and the GOP have never offered a health care plan. They lie about protecting pre-existing conditions. They want to kill Obamacare. They want to kill Medicare. They want to kill Social Security. I won’t let them do it.
@mrmoshpotato: Didnt you hear about the $200 gift card?
@Brachiator: Well, if you wanna go the nice route…
little Marcosleepy Joe! You’re a total loser! My hands are enormous, and my penis is tremendous! SAD!
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@Goku (Amerikan Baka): Watched the pilot of Picard, it was intriguing enough to go on with the series but I haven’t got around to it.
(It’s a little depressing to see how old Patrick Stewart is, but I already knew that from his sonnet readings.)
Don’t keep up enough with TV to know what other series you might be talking about. I know about Star Trek: Lower Decks and I’ve been thinking about watching that but haven’t done so yet.
@mali muso: There seems to a big advantage in fundraising for Democratic congressional candidates. I’m following Democratic freshmen in purple districts, like Torres-Small (NM), McBat (GA), Spanberger and Luria (VA), and they all lead their republican challengers 3-4 to 1. Same here in the open VA 5th. Luria, Torres-Small, and McBath face rematches with their 2018 opponents.
@LuciaMia: Haha. Even taking that claptrap seriously, I’m a ways off from Medicare.
Aside – can someone go punch Paul Ryan?
@Goku (Amerikan Baka): @Goku (Amerikan Baka): I really enjoyed the ‘Picard’ show and revisiting (and learning new things about) the character. The animated — and shouty — ‘Lower Decks’ does nothing for me. I run hot and cold on ‘Discovery,’ a show in search of a consistent story line. Three seasons, three different themes. Highlight of season two was the prominence of Enterprise captain Captain Pike, a younger Spoke and No. 1. The creators were wise to announce an eventual show featuring those characters.
Well the good news is that Lil Bit is eating a mix of science diet for bad tummies and chicken. I tried chicken and rice and she ate it but the side effects have been nasty. She has three more days of the antibiotics but we’re going to the beach Tuesday so having her in this condition in someone else’s house is not great. I have three pair of diapers and ordered three more so we’ll just have to keep and eye on her. The poor little thing.
@jeffreyw: Got it, thanks!
@raven: I wonder if the antibiotics might also be contributing to her tummy issues.
@jeffreyw: We’re doing one here too! We had to cancel the doggie parade but the calendar is a decent little fund raiser so we’re going ahead with it.
@raven: I’m glad the food is going down, but poor pup. Is Bohdi hanging out with you at the beach?
Ceci n est pas mon nym
I’m filling in the gaps in my MCU viewing, which are considerable. There were several characters in Endgame that I hadn’t seen before.
I was curious about the one-armed character who shows up in the after-credits scene of Black Panther. I guess he’s called “The Winter Soldier”. I did enough Googling to figure out he shows up in Captain America: The Winter Solder (duh) which I’m now watching. Any others? Is this movie going to explain how he ends up in Wakanda as, as Shuri says, “one more white boy to patch up”?
Haven’t see the Thor movies or the Iron Man solo movies either. Or, come to think of it, the Hulk movie. Yeah, as I said, a lot of gaps.
Another character I saw in Endgame but never saw before is Don Cheadle. Which movie will introduce him?
@WaterGirl: Yes, most certainly. They gave us probiotic powder to put on her food and I think that really did her in. The vet said to hold off on that but make sure to complete the antibiotics so that’s what we’ll do. I may take her in in the morning but I don’t really think there is anything they can do. She also will not eat in her chair which scares us with the increased possibility of the chow going down the wrong hatch and giving here aspiration pneumonia. The vet elegantly said “that will probably be what gets her”.
Hey! NYT article revealing info from Trump’s tax returns. I think this is a big deal.
@Immanentize: We go Tuesday but the beach is pretty much over for both of them. He won’t ride in the cart anymore and the sand is really bad on old dog legs. In August we found a beach on the bay and I carried him our and tried to get him to swim but his feet touched the bottom and I think it scared him. It sucks but it’s where we are.
JR said this:
So i posted this tweet.
@Geminid: Open Secrets reported that in the open CO 3rd, Diane Mitch Bush had raised $1.1 million; her opponent had raised $150,000. Having more campaign funds does not guarantee victory for Congressional Democrats, especially with all the dark pac money out there. But it certainly doesn’t hurt.
@raven: On the bright side, it’s clear that your vet is a straight shooter.
@WaterGirl: Yep, I always remember as Raven battled cancer. “The time is going to come but it ain’t yet”. Then it was.
@raven: I have the drawing you’ve shared a couple of times printed and in my desk drawer. I know you’ll do right by them. Personally, the groundhog viddy will always be the one I think of for Bohdi.
Dorothy A. Winsor
My 2018 novel, THE WIND READER, is a semi-finalist for the UK Book Blogger’s Novel of the Year Award. The award is open only to small presses and/or self-published books. This is the first year it’s been offered, so they accepted submissions from previous years. Given how many they must have had, I was honored (and surprised) to land on this list.
I wanted to point out that my publisher, Inspired Quill, has TWO books on this list, mine and Anne Goodwin’s SUGAR AND SNAILS. That’s a real accomplishment, since the list is very competitive. Anne’s book was short listed for the UK Polari Prize for LGBTQ literature. The book listed right after mine (WHEN WE WERE BRAVE) has won seven awards for historical fiction. One a few place earlier on the list (THE FRIDAY EDITION) was listed by Kirkus as one of the best indie books of the year.
By Wednesday, the award committee will announce the 10 finalists. At that point, I expect to be cheering from the sideline. (Go, Anne!) A YA fantasy novel is less likely to be taken as serious literature. But I’m super pleased to be on the long list.
@Immanentize: Yea, it’s part of the price we pay for all they give us.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
I salute you for jumping into the MCU.
Winter Soldier I think introduces us to Black Panther. I guess you might need to watch Captain America (but it is OK to skip it), but basically the Winter Soldier is Captain America’s pal from World War 2. But he was captured by bad guys and turned evil. Comic book plots can be as arcane as soap operas.
It has not been explained how Winter Soldier ended up in Wakanda. This was being saved for future films or tv shows.
Iron Man really kicked things off for the MCU. It is perhaps heresy, but I might watch the first Iron Man, and skip the others. I would not watch any of the previous Hulk movies.
He pops up in the Iron Man films.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: That’s such great news, for you and your publisher!
Dorothy A. Winsor
@WaterGirl: Yes, it is. I don’t know how many books it sells, but it’s still good news.
The era of network, print and cable news gatekeepers is history. Now they react to our new internet overlords. This isn’t just in the political sphere, there are OTA channels running junk like pet derp clips from the web.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Congratulations and good luck!
I believe in great literature. I can go toe to toe with anyone on Greek tragedies, Shakespeare, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin and all the high culture icons.
But I hate literary snobbery. And it is stupid. The low culture of one generation often becomes the high culture of later generations. This is especially true of the novel.
I don’t read a lot of YA fiction, but any work that hooks readers and pulls them into the fictional world and makes them laugh or cry, is serious literature.
The Late, Great Mike & Tucker
No blood was ever drawn, but more than one lamp bit the dust.
Best dogs ever ….
Cheadle replaced that asshole as War Machine.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
Don Cheadle replaced another actor, whose name escapes me, as Col. Rhodes, USAF. He’s Tony Starks friend and gets to pilot War Machine, which is similar to the Iron Man suit.
The character is introduced in “Iron Man”. War Machine debuts in “Iron Man 2“.
Spoilers in white:
Steve Rogers takes him there after the events of Civil War. His brainwashing, the thing that makes him the Winter Soldier, is cured by Shuri. He is called back to “duty” during Infinity War, with the Wakandans creating a vibranium arm for him to use to replace the metal arm that was lost at the end of Civil War.
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@Dorothy A. Winsor: Congrats! Very exciting!
That doesn’t stop them from being great books. I’ve read a number of YA fantasy series and thoroughly enjoyed them. I think Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series and Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea series are both classified as YA.
I must admit that sometimes I do feel a little sheepishness at the library circulation desk when checking out books that are probably aimed at 12-year-old girls, like Tamora Pierce’s books. But I still check them out.
It’s in a teaser at the end of Civil War–first view of Wakanda.
From the NYT article about Trump’s Taxes
I guess a few weeks before the election is as good a time as any for this to drop.
Are you saying rapid cuts, incessant use of dutch angles and cgi overload don’t replace quality story telling?
Terrence Howard, a good actor despite any ego issues.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Brachiator: @Ceci n est pas mon nym: I like to think my books are about the human heart and what it means to be a decent person. So I appreciate Jackals’ support.
More from NYT article:
@MattF: I have seen the Charlie/Lucy football dynamic play out too many times with Trump related “bombshells” to get my hopes up too high. Happy to see this information come to light but remember a very large majority of R voters think Trump’s handling of the pandemic is a bigly success.
May the flying spaghetti monster make this a big deal.
That’s it in a nutshell.
I am enjoying this NYT article:
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Dorothy, how fantastic!
Okay, last one.
it’s really just too bad that Biden can’t answer debate questions like we would:
“and to follow up on your comments about my son Hunter — at least when he was an infant I wasn’t out rawdogging porn stars, you cheating piece of shit”
*no aspersions on porn stars intended
@Goku (Amerikan Baka): I’m easily swayed by Red Letter Media, so I’m inclined to be not interested in the new Trek stuff. They make a pretty compelling case that it’s mindless violence-mongering with extra phasers and yelling. For ratings.
It’s possible that there’s no getting back the days of Next Generation, or whatever. I do note that some of the most amazing Trek was not quite Roddenberry style. I’m thinking of Deep Space 9, particularly the wilder episodes featuring Garak.
“My dear doctor… they’re ALL true.”
“Even the lies?”
“Especially the lies.”
No surprise here at all.
This will not move his base. For many the American Dream is to be rich, even if it is only fake rich, and to be powerful enough to get away with anything.
And I don’t begrudge people this fantasy. It is not “I Got Mine, Fuck You,” but more “I Got Mine, More Power to You.” It is not nearly as bad as Trump’s noxious insecurity driven need for power and approval.
Unless Vladimir Putin wrote Trump a personal check for millions and millions of dollars, with a note that says “down payment for future favors”, and the original* canceled check is produced, there’s nothing in Trump’s finances that would move the needle much.
* A scanned copy of the check will get the same treatment as the memo about Bush, Jr. that got Dan Rather fired.
@gene108: Its true that there are few undecided this year, and turnout is key, along with whose ballots get counted. But debate performance can influence turnout, by discouraging or encouraging the candidates’ partisans. Here I think trump has the bigger potential downside. I won’t get to see the debate, but I’ll listen on the radio.
@Miki: Great photos, the joy and exuberance really comes through, and they look like wonderful dogs. The closeup of the gray one has a facial expression that makes (her?) look exactly like Joan Rivers!.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: No need to feel sheepish about it! Hell, I’m still checking out chapter books from the “Juvenile” section of the library! Freddy the Pig books, for example, or Margery Sharp’s Miss Bianca series (natch). Or Robert Lawson books. You’re right, a good book is a good book is a good book.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Congratulations!
In the respite zone:
This is a nice, open thread, so I thought I would go into some detail about the content on NHK, the Japanese network, which has a ton of English-language programming.
Some people have NHK on their cable system, and some of the programs are shown on PBS stations, but, hey, it’s nice to be able to order up something when you need some respite from the news. Lots of travel, lots of food, lots of culture on NHK. Many of the programs are in English, although there are some in Japanese (with subtitles, of course). The streaming is very reliable, in my experience.
I have mentioned a few of the shows before, but there is a list of the available on-demand videos here.
(Note: It’s one of those pages where the program list gets longer as you scroll down—or if you “jump” to the bottom you have to do it several times. Anyway, once you have performed the scrolling, Zen: Breaking Through the 21st-Century Mindset is the last one in the list.)
Some points of interest:
ETA: Hmm, might repost this later, as new threads are piling up.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Thats fabulous news! Congratulations, DAW!
That works out to $300/second, or $18,000/min or almost $1.1mil/hr. Yeah, I’d say activated.
Aw, sending good thoughts for the little girl. H0pe she feels better.
There go two miscreants
@L85NJGT: Well I learned something, thank you! I had never heard of a Dutch angle but a quick visit to Wikipedia enlightened me.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Congratulations! You are somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.
But, seriously, I hope you win.
At least once a year, I return to childhood favourites, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Family books (the four, in order, are The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two). Loved them as a kid, love them even more now.
@CarolPW: Standard Poodles certainly are exuberant – but fun and loving and worth their very long adolescence. They graced my life and my sisters’ lives for many years (always pets). (Spoos & Niece)
The silver mismark (rescue) was a very pretty boy with a shatload of health issues (Addison’s disease, calcium oxylate bladder stones, chronic pancreatitis, cancer, seizures). The breed has a genetic bottleneck that I can’t afford – financially or emotionally. I wish I could because I love the breed.
J R in WV
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
So many big congratulations~!!~ Validation is great…
@SiubhanDuinne: I find that some kiddie books from back in the day don’t hold up to repeat scrutiny as an adult, but a surprising number of them really do.
That is a hilarious and great photograph!
I liked Joy Chant’s “Red Moon Black Mountain and John Bellaire’s “The Face in the Frost”.
@Miki: Great pics, surely great dogs.
I read the article and it’s about what I expected, not the numbers but the concepts of his tax deceit.
He’s really not very bright, and in his current mental/physical condition, what little concept he had of reality seems to have gone bye bye.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@stinger: @Miss Bianca: @SiubhanDuinne: Thanks you, friends!
@Steeplejack: Me and Fredrick Douglas!
Dressing up and wearing bow ties is exhausting!
@Steeplejack: Here’s a short but lovely video of fall color in Japan, by one of our favorite hiking-video guys on Youtube.