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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Am I waiting with *bated* breath or with *baited* breath?

from http://www.worldwidewords.org, one of my favorite stops after log on in the am.

The correct spelling is actually bated breath but it’s so common these days to see it written as baited breath that there’s every chance that it will soon become the usual form, to the disgust of conservative speakers and the confusion of dictionary writers.

It’s easy to mock, but there’s a real problem here. Bated and baited sound the same and we no longer use bated (let alone the verb to bate), outside this one set phrase, which has become an idiom. Confusion is almost inevitable. Bated here is a contraction of abated through loss of the unstressed first vowel (a process called aphesis); it means “reduced, lessened, lowered in force”.
So bated breath refers to a state in which you almost stop breathing as a result of some strong emotion, such as terror or awe.

Shakespeare is the first writer known to use it, in The Merchant of Venice,. in which Shylock says to Antonio:
“Shall I bend low and, in a bondman’s key, / With bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness, / Say this ...”.
Nearly three centuries later, Mark Twain employed it in Tom Sawyer: “Every eye fixed itself upon him; with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale”.

Apparently either use is, for now, "correct".

Tornadoes and huge hail in the Mid west, blizzard in Colorado and trop. storm on the E. coast.

Gonna be a memorable Mother's day!

"in the next 10 years, 2 billion people will be living with absolute water scarcity"...see this map.

Last night's Vice show covered India's water problem and expanded to global water issues.
Edited to add: "in the next 10 years 2/3 of the world's pop. will live under "water stress" conditions".

They showed this map, which I got a screen capture of.

Hey guys...look at the wind map..all the wind in the country is pouring into Denver.

It's like one of those sinkholes.


Is MSM covering that Republican Citizens United's South Carolina Freedom Summit;

where Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are all specch-ifying now?

I am curious if there are shots of the crowd size and how much air time any of these clowns get.

One of the best protest signs I have ever seen.

Killed by police facts:

At least 400 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2015.

At least 50 people have been killed by U.S. police since #FreddieGray was #KilledByPolice in #Baltimore

At least 800 people have been killed by U.S. police since #MikeBrown was #KilledByPolice in #Ferguson

At least 900 people have been killed by U.S. police since #EricGarner was #KilledByPolice


Finally, check out this time lapse map of police killings over the last 16 months:


officer failed to turn on his camera before fatally shooting a man

witness said cop killed man for no obvious reason.

The San Diego Police Department decided to change a section of its body camera policy after an officer failed to turn on his camera before fatally shooting a man in the Midway District.
Instead of hitting record when they make contact with someone, they will have to turn on their cameras before they arrive at a scene.

The move comes after Officer Neal Browder shot Fridoon Zalbeg Rawshannehad, 42, to death on April 30 outside the Highlight Bookstore in the Midway District.

“I support police, but this was wrong. This guy shouldn’t have been shot based on what I saw on the video,” said the man, who did not want to be identified. “The guy was walking, just normal, lazical (sic), lazy walking. If he (the officer) said ‘stop’, that’s all he said. He just opened the door, and said ‘stop’ and shot.”

If James Kunstler and Tom Robbins had a love-child, it would be this guy


Interesting ideas, much focus on what comes next, delicious writing, as he ponders futures.
In the link above...the future of the internet.

Radio and television, like most of the other familiar technologies that define life in a modern industrial society, were born and grew to maturity in an expanding economy. The internet, by contrast, was born during the last great blowoff of the petroleum age—the last decades of the twentieth century, during which the world’s industrial nations took the oil reserves that might have cushioned the transition to sustainability, and blew them instead on one last orgy of over-the-top conspicuous consumption—and it’s coming to maturity in the early years of an age of economic contraction and ecological blowback.

The rising prices, falling service quality, and relentless monetization of a maturing industry, together with the increasing burden of online crime and the inevitable rebound away from internet culture, will thus be hitting the internet in a time when the global economy no longer has the slack it once did, and the immense costs of running the internet in anything like its present form will have to be drawn from a pool of real wealth that has many other demands on it. What’s more, quite a few of those other demands will be far more urgent than the need to provide consumers with a convenient way to send pictures of kittens to their friends. That stark reality will add to the pressure to monetize internet services, and provide incentives to those who choose to send their kitten pictures by other means.

It’s crucial to remember here, as noted above, that the internet is simply a cheaper and more convenient way of doing things that people were doing long before the first website went live, and a big part of the reason why it’s cheaper and more convenient right now is that internet users are being subsidized by the investors and venture capitalists who are funding the internet industry. That’s not the only subsidy on which the internet depends, though. Along with the rest of industrial society, it’s also subsidized by half a billion years of concentrated solar energy in the form of fossil fuels. As those deplete, the vast inputs of energy, labor, raw materials, industrial products, and other forms of wealth that sustain the internet will become increasingly expensive to provide, and ways of distributing kitten pictures that don’t require the same inputs will prosper in the resulting competition.

If you could only take ONE tv series with you to a desert Island........

which one, created in the last 10 years, and why?

For me.....The Big Bang Theory
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