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  1. Against my better judgment, I watched Bill's cell phone rant. And it seems to me that 90 % of what he was complaining about was the internet, not cell phones. Sure, it's way more convenient to access the internet with a device that we can carry around in our pocket, but if cell phones ceased to exist today, we would still be able to bully each other, access porn, cancel each other, and plan insurrections via our tablet, lap top, or desk top computer. Again, slightly less convenient without the phone, but the only ill that Bill railed about that would go away without cell phones is his date
  2. That comedian/commentator reminded me of the commentator played by Fred Willard in Best in Show. Except Fred Willard was doing brilliant satire of, well, clueless commentators like the new guy on ATD. If the producers of this show want someone who can do some humorous sporting event-like commentary and actually has some genuine affinity for dogs I recommend this guy. Overall I liked the new format. I agree that the zip line is pointless, but I liked seeing more diversity in breeds and handlers . I don’t know exactly what the rules and time constraints are on searching for the scented ke
  3. I think Jon's Wuhan rant could have been a planned bit IF Stephen had offered more pushback. But as it was, yeah, I think Stephen was taken a bit by surprise. Stephen finally managed to point out that maybe the reason there is a Corona virus lab in Wuhan is because there is such a diversity of natural Corona virus types there, as opposed to Jon's rant that seemed to claim that there is only one Corona virus, and it exist because of the lab. There was so much disinformation in that rant that it did seem sorta satirical, but with no strong counterpoint, I think Jon was serious. I'm actually
  4. Some golden retrievers have been trained to remain completely motionless in a clanging MRI machine for up to 30 minutes for neurological research that requires the dog to be fully awake and not sedated. Working golden retrievers have to maintain a stay while guns are being shot and other dogs are dashing past them to fetch birds. Until a couple years ago at any large obedience trial you could see a dozen dogs, usually including several goldens, lined up 3 ft apart maintaining a stay for 3 to 5 minutes while the owners were out of sight and the rest of the dog show went on all around them. G
  5. That sheep penning competition was horribly designed. Skilled shepherds working cooperatively could have managed to shed off sets of four sheep and then maneuvered each packets of four sheep to different pens in widely separated parts of the field. But clueless teams working against each other at a central penning location are just going to interfere with anyone getting any sheep anywhere near any pen. As was suggested above, each team should have worked individually and been timed. That would have been plenty challenging and gone far more quickly than having five teams all running Willy N
  6. The set wasn’t quite a mirror image, but darn close, and more stark than I thought it needed to be. I wasn’t nearly as disturbed by that as I was by hearing President Obama say he was spending all his time crumpling his balls though. Dad, ewwww!!!
  7. Yeah, as much as I enjoyed the Fuck 2020-plosion, at some point while watching it I asked myself how many tons of CO2 I was watching being released into the atmosphere while I huddle in my hoodie and long johns with my heat pump thermostat set at 65. So I was hoping it was CGI, and am sort of sad to see that it apparently wasn't. Still, it was fun cathartic entertainment. But bad. But really enjoyable. But bad. Oh fuck 2020. I can't even enjoy watching shit get blown up with a clear conscience.
  8. Of the actions John proposed, getting rid of the electoral college is the least practical. That would require a constitutional amendment, which would have to be approved by a 2/3 vote of both houses. As unlikely as that scenario is, the next step is even more fantasmagorical - being ratified by 3/4 of the states. Any state with less than the mean population per state has greater representation with an electoral college than with the popular vote, and is not going to vote to give up that disproportionate representation. We couldn't even get 3/4 of the states to ratify the ERA, and women mak
  9. Stephen, don't worry about all those good doggies being disappointed by the lack of chicken in the cups they are sniffing. I can pretty much guarantee that chicken, or something comparably delicious, is exactly what they get every time they indicate a positive sample.
  10. Tucker Carlson continues to prove why he doesn't deserve any air time. Fixed it for you.
  11. I need a support group of folks whose lives are an empty void now that the 2020 Marble League has broadcast its last event of the season. I'm left with only my memories and about eleventy-thousand Youtube videos of spherical objects rolling along tracks and through funnels to see me through these dark times. Highlights of the final event for me: a) seeing John Rolliver join the venerable King Stardust for the demo run of one lap of the marathon b) cheering for valiant Yellup of the last-place-in-the-standings team Mellow Yellow as s/he/it lead the pack through almost the entir
  12. Regarding Bill's fixation on reopening professional sports (which includes college football): let us not forget that Bill is a part owner of the Mets. All his rah! rah-ing! about not letting fear of killing people prevent us from enjoying the simple pleasures of watching some version of a couple groups of dudes try to move a ball past each other is tinged by just a wee bit of self interest. He'll be watching on his big screen TV from the safety of his private little estate while he collects his share of the income generated by his part ownership of a major league sports team.
  13. Coach from Friday Night Lights: " I need a scotch flavored drink."
  14. I too was puzzled by what that thing is that Liberty is holding up in Trevor's graphic. I was thinking it was some sort of cell phone and symbolized viral videos being the new torch held aloft by Liberty. Since I'm not the least teeny bit white privileged [/S], riot shield never occurred to me until Epeolatrix suggested it. I wasn't sure at first, but it turns out that riot shields come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here's a link to one of the bazillion vendors of riot shields. The one pictured at this site looks pretty similar to Trevor's graphic. Googling for riot shield images was
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