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Befade
Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2022 4:23 pm Reply with quote
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Sanibel Island has been a beach getaway with my family for years. How can anyone complain about the heat when hearing of the devastation there? The bridge to the mainland is destroyed and may not be functional for a year.

My efforts to endure the heat are: a lot of swimming, more ceiling fans, thermostat at 79. And soon replacing a 40 year old air conditioning unit.

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Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2022 10:06 am Reply with quote
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Unlike the affluent seaside communities of Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach, where the media has descended to chronicle every detail of the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the people who live in the squat homes in Dunbar have faced the crisis mostly on their own.

And for many in the historically African-American neighborhood, there's a sense of anger and frustration. "They're saying the islands got destroyed," observes 24-year-old Lexxus Cherry. "Well, we're destroyed, too. We're really messed up here."

There's no electricity. Water comes out of the faucet, but it's little more than a thin brownish stream, unsafe to drink. A faint smell of sewage wafts up from the street.

When people here call the power and water authorities, they get only vague assurances. No promises, and no timeframes.

(....)

Cherry's uncle, Ta'Wan Grant, detects a pattern in their plight.

"I understand that the city is trying its best to restore everybody's power," he says. "But this is a common thing that I'm seeing in cities around America. Whenever a disaster happens, for some reason the city is slow to respond to people in ethnic communities, in low-income communities."

"We are the ones who need the most help," Grant says.

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/03/1126482416/in-one-fort-myers-neighborhood-residents-feel-forsaken-in-the-aftermath-of-ian

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Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 1:32 pm Reply with quote
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https://apnews.com/article/mehran-karimi-nasseri-the-terminal-dies-in-paris-airport-d13124fc1f2f1c3d3c3609904373573b

Inspiration for Tom Hanks role dies. I was pretty sure "Lounge" was the correct place to post this.

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Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:29 pm Reply with quote
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After all these months of fretting over the election, it's basically a draw. The Republicans will probably take the House by a very narrow margin, while the Democrats get the Senate with 51 or fifty seats. Governorships look to be 26 - 24 in favor of Republicans. The Republicans should have done better because of inflation and Biden making odd statements, but the Republicans were hampered by

(1) Donald Trump endorsing candidates because they were loyal to him rather than having a chance to win. Walker and Dr. Oz, for example.

(2) Candidates running on the last election rather than this one.

(3) Lindsey Graham's abortion bill which ripped apart the argument that overturning Roe v. Wade would return the issue to the states.

(4) Clarence Thomas speculating on other decisions that should be revisited, like Griswold v. Connecticut and Obergefell v. Hodges. I don't know about you, but most people would like to keep the right to contraception, and most people don't want to vacate marriages for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2022 2:52 pm Reply with quote
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I'd put it:
1) Donald Trump and his continued election denial
2) Dobbs aborting Roe
3) The Trump led insurrection (which the House hearings kept in the spotlight all year)
4) Ridiculous Trump endorsed celeb nominees


For a mid-term it's a pretty terrific result. Too bad the Dems messed up in the NY suburbs. The only Senate miscue was WI where Johnon was vulnerable, and Barnes came close despite not much national Dem support.

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2022 8:07 pm Reply with quote
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If Warnock wins the runoff and Murkowski survives, we'll have gone through an election without a single incumbent Senator losing. It would be the first time that happened since the ratification of the 17th Amendment which established the direct election of Senators. (I don't know if it ever happened before that.)

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2022 9:17 pm Reply with quote
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Its a relief that some sanity came through in Arizona.. I left the state......I'm relieved that I left........but I'm relieved that there's a little less craziness there.

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Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2022 12:08 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
I'd put it:
1) Donald Trump and his continued election denial
2) Dobbs aborting Roe
3) The Trump led insurrection (which the House hearings kept in the spotlight all year)
4) Ridiculous Trump endorsed celeb nominees


For a mid-term it's a pretty terrific result. Too bad the Dems messed up in the NY suburbs. The only Senate miscue was WI where Johnon was vulnerable, and Barnes came close despite not much national Dem support.


All the more terrific given it's a midterm election during a period of high inflation and a prez with low approval ratings who gets blamed by the opposition for upheavals that are globally driven. I was amazed that the congress race in the most conservative district of Colorado turned into a squeaker which is presently going to recount it's so close. But then the Trumpian candidate, Lauren Boebert, had no discernible policy ideas beyond "angertainment."

So no Hobbesian nightmare for US. And Arizona has a Hobbsian happy ending. (thanks Whiskeypriest for comments elsewhere riffing on the Katie Hobbs/Thomas Hobbes thing)

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Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 9:54 pm Reply with quote
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RIP Irene Cara, age 63, which is way too young. Her pop career was brief, but included "Fame", "Flashdance...What a Feeling" and the beautiful, poignant and underrated "Out Here On My Own," which was my favorite song from "Fame." The opening of "What a Feeling" is as lovely as it gets. She did other songs, but those three and her acting in "Fame" made her an idol to me.

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 1:40 pm Reply with quote
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She was terrific. For good reason people remember Irene Cara in Flashdance but fewer remember Michael Sembello (who did the film's other hit song, Maniac). Too young. The DeHavilland sisters lived too long, while Cara lived too briefly....the world is out of balance.

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 10:39 pm Reply with quote
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Gromit…….Are you okay? News of protests in Shanghai.

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Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 11:00 am Reply with quote
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Yes, any news from our man in Shanghai? (somehow I picture Gromit as Graham Greene, perhaps wearing shorts and dribbling a basketball)

I was thinking of Gromit and his nudging me to see Fassbinders "World on a Wire" a few years back, as I recently watched the new German short series, "1899." The creative team may have felt the influence of WoaW.

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