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  1. StatisticalOutlier

    Internet Pet Peeves

    And you have to be on fucking Facebook. No thanks.
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    S08.E11: Handle with Care

    I'd have to go with the former. I think it's a rare person who would benefit from having contact with those two. But if it's because they're pissed C&T aren't behaving how they would like, I'm okay with that, too. The ends justifies the means. . Me, too, although the movie-as-a-first-date thing bugs the shit out of me, so I'm biased.
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    S03.E04: Little Lies

    But he was pretty great-looking in the photos, and it doesn't match how he looks now, and I find great fault with that. Although I agree, with sadness, that it's normal behavior these days. I'm just glad that when I met Mr. Outlier on the internet over 20 years ago, it wasn't as common. The only photo I'd seen of him was from his Malibu Grand Prix driver's license, which was the only current photo he had of himself. Aah, those were the days. But it was all made better by Darcey, of all people, trying to mask her disappointment by claiming it's what's on the inside that counts. That's rich.
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    I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter

    I actually hoped Michelle would commit suicide, and every one of those assholes prosecuted for encouraging her to do it, and especially prosecuted under a theory that's not really in the law. I also agree, but in his verdict, the judge, as the finder of fact, found that it happened. He didn't say why he believed she said it, but his finding that she did say it was the basis for his decision, which was not based on encouraging him to commit suicide, but instead, on her failure to act where she had a self-created duty. Here's a Harvard Law Review article about it, criticizing the judge's holding that Michelle's failure to act was criminal. https://harvardlawreview.org/2018/01/commonwealth-v-carter/ At the end, it said her appeal was denied. That's why the judge ordered her sent to jail immediately. I think he wanted her appeal to be granted, to let a higher court deal with the issues. I think that's why he stayed her sentence pending the appeal--because he wasn't at all confident in his verdict and if her conviction got reversed, she would have spent time in jail for a crime she wasn't convicted of. In fact, I wonder if he looked for a reason to find her guilty because she had clearly done some heinous things and he thought she should be punished, but there was no clear law that her acts violated, so he came up with the theory he did, and it would all come out in the wash when an appellate court wrote a decision. And as others have pointed out, the "get back in" wasn't in a private text message, and I'm bringing it up because, as the doctor said, almost everybody thinks she said it in a text message, and almost nobody knows she just later claimed to have said it verbally, a claim that was made amidst lots and lots of lies, so there's no proof whatsoever that she actually said it. It's possible to infer that she did, but that's a far cry from the common belief that there's proof that she did, yet people (including the judge) pin their opinions on her having said it.
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    S03.E02: Five Generations of Teen Parents

    I need more evidence. We know he has a job, but what he's doing when he gets home from work is too vague for me, at this point. If he stays up until the middle of the night playing video games, and is too tired to help out when he gets home from work because of it, then he needs to adjust his priorities. The picture you painted of staying home with a baby sounds like a lot of work, and if it's the equivalent of his eight hours on the job that day, I don't think it's unreasonable of McKayla to want him to help out when he gets home. I don't remember seeing that happen. Needless to say--I'm not defending McKayla. But I know how storylines go on these shows. I' want to know what he does for a living, what his hours are like, and what he does during his non-work time before deciding he's doing his best for his family.
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    S03.E01: We're Back, Baby

    My friends who take the gam gam route say "grandma" makes them feel old. They're in their late 50s or early 60s; I can only imagine how someone in her 30s feels about being called grandma. But I know where there's a big huge group of them to ask. . I thought the back-of-the-van incident was the first time they had sex, and that made sense because I would imagine that the way these kids go at it, it would be impossible to know which act resulted in conception, being spaced every few hours. . I think there's something "off" about the way she looks, especially from the side.
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    Dr. Pimple Popper

    No, I'm not thinking of Medicaid. I'm talking about an ACA marketplace exchange policy for people with a certain income that qualifies them for not only a subsidy but also cost sharing reductions (CSRs). To get the CSRs, the person has to sign up for a silver plan. I picked a random zip code in Charlotte, NC (28204) and did the numbers for a 50-year-old female. At an income level of $18,000, she gets a subsidy of $689/month regardless of which plan she chooses on the exchange. But at $18,000, she also qualifies for CSRs, and can get a Blue Cross silver plan with a premium of $14/month. It has a $250 deductible and an out-of-pocket max of $600. Doctor visits are $5. That's a hell of a deal. But she may have heard that bronze plans are good for people who don't anticipate needing a lot of coverage. In her case, she can indeed get a bronze plan for a premium $0/month because of the subsidy. But the devil is in the details--because it's not a silver plan, she doesn't get the benefit of CSRs, so the deductible and out-of-pocket max for the bronze plan are $6,750. That illustrates the power of CSRs, and it's something that's not widely known. And woe betide her if her income is $12,000 and not $18,000. At $12,000, she's at the level that the ACA anticipated would have her covered by Medicaid, so there aren't any provisions for subsidies or CSRs for her. But her state didn't expand Medicaid, so she's SOL. At $18,000 income, she gets great insurance for a manageable price because of a subsidy for her premium and CSRs for her out-of-pocket expenses. At $12,000 income, she gets no help whatsoever, and she'll be paying over $500/month for a plan with a deductible of about $7,000 for a plan on the exchange. The same general scheme applies for families, but of course the operative income levels are different because you're covering more people, and you'll be dealing with individual and family deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. But it all depends on income level, with people with the lowest (but still above Medicaid-level) incomes getting the most help, and in the case of a single person working full time at a minimum wage job, access to very good coverage at a very low price. That doesn't mean that the dermatological procedures people on this show get would be covered, but the thought that low income people don't take advantage what's available to them in terms of health insurance drives me crazy. I've spent dozens if not hundreds of hours figuring this shit out since Obamacare came into existence, so I don't blame anybody for not understanding it. It's complicated and tricky. But important, so I evangelize. You may now return to watching gray ribbons of ooze get squeezed out of people's heads.
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    S03.E01: We're Back, Baby

    Did you know Monica before Bill did? The math isn't adding up for me. . If by patenting him she ensured that he can't be duplicated, then I'd say that's a win. . Maybe, but a big part of that could be that it's just that everybody in that damn family has been a teen parent, and it's just how they roll. Plus everybody on her side comes off as very low IQ. I get that some people don't exactly take the world by storm, and that may not be a reflection of what's going on inside their head, but everybody in that extended family seems so vacant, and stupid. Tyra and her cousin and sister all sitting there talking about their babies...I found it disturbing.
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

    I went again today. And yes, even better the second time around. That's partly because I don't like suspense, and there's no suspense the second time around, but also noticing small things. Another great Brad Pitt moment (I think I am becoming a fangirl) was at the beginning, when the Al Pacino character said, "Ah, is this your son?" I totally bought Pitt's laugh. But what really got me this time was DiCaprio in the final scene in the driveway, talking on the intercom. Horrific things had gone down, but I was so happy for him.
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    S09.E09: One Month Down, Never to Go

    Probably. I had the same reaction as you did and I know I'm a square and not with the times. And just the fact that asking a self-described virgin if she participates in oral sex is acceptable makes me cringe. I can see him walking on eggshells, and that that might be interpreted as lack of interest. She's admitted she's plenty experienced, and her "virginity" is just this one little piece of a big puzzle, and she's making a huge deal of it. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't want things to get carried away. He needs to keep his penis at least two feet away from her vagina, to ensure there are no inadvertencies. Fortunately, her mouth is outside that no-fly zone. . I never dress sexy, but I wouldn't be caught dead in that skirt. What even was that? It's like it came up to her armpits, and was still too long. Egad.
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

    Thank for posting this. I thought the movie seemed a little flaccid, but when I see it again, I'll look at it in terms of pacing. And probably realize I was wrong. I didn't know they were showing it in 70mm anywhere. I'm just grateful I can see it in 35mm and don't have to go to a fucking Alamo Drafthouse to do it.
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    S14.E01: New Friend, New Flames

    I actually hope he is, and I'm not generally a mean person. But I just can't stand her.
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    S14.E01: New Friend, New Flames

    I transferred from a Texas college to a college in California in the 1970s, and the majority of people I met there had gone to junior college for two years before going to the big dog. I'd never heard of such a thing. But it was dirt cheap to go to even "real" universities in Texas at the time, and there wasn't this big push for everyone to get a college education, so people who were college-bound were generally prepared for it, and jumped right in. Now, people are doing the community/junior college thing all over the place. As usual, California was in the forefront.
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    S14.E01: New Friend, New Flames

    Strictly theoretically possible. Even really smart people who have been to good law schools that teach them how to think like a lawyer, which happens kind of by osmosis or magic, struggle with the California bar exam. I wouldn't get too worked up about it. . She is such a singularly unpleasant person.
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    S14.E01: New Friend, New Flames

    The California bar is notoriously hard, and I read just the other day that Deval Patrick, who went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School, didn't pass until his third try. So I'll cut him slack on this; I know I don't want to take it. . I was shocked, too, but then thinking about it, it's a small dark room with a door and a lot of sound-absorbing items in it. As long as it's not full of moth balls or dry cleaning fumes, it could very well be a great place for a baby to sleep.