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Mme. Defarge

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Mme. Defarge's Journal
March 28, 2022

What is it about poisoning peace negotiators

that speaks to the legitimacy of a country’s leader?

My question now about Biden’s unscripted nine word assertion that no doubt caused a run on the market for smelling salts, is what did the President know and when did he know it?

March 25, 2022

At the very least, the Ginni Thomas revelations

fail the “appearance of a conflict of interest” test. Meaning that the expectation of confidence in the opinions and judgments of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has to be in serious doubt.

March 25, 2022

Question about ending our war in Afghanistan.

Has it allowed us to be stronger in our support of Ukraine?

March 25, 2022

DU format on iPhone question.

A few days ago the DU format changed on my phone. Now there are blocks of white space making navigation more cumbersome and less aesthetic. I have reviewed my browser settings and tried tweaking things, but without fixing the problem.

Any suggestions?

March 22, 2022

A metaphor for the war in Ukraine?


'I'm still in shock': Woman stunned by pig pen surveillance video

Rebecca Shaw was shocked when she watched a black bear enter her pig's pen. Watch as Hamlet and Mary courageously fend off the bear.Source: CNN
March 17, 2022

A canary in the coal mine for Putin's invasion?

Could it have been those magnificent Irish fishermen who forced the Russian navy to back off?

March 17, 2022

I can't get this song out of my head despite its cartoonish

and controversial depiction of a historic battle.

"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1959, it was very popular with teenagers in the late 1950s/early 1960s in an era mostly dominated by rock and roll music.
March 15, 2022

Feel free to weigh in.

Met up at a favorite restaurant with longtime close friend the other evening. While I did not have much to say about myself, having spent much of the past two years in voluntary solitary confinement, I wanted to hear all about her sudden whirlwind romance and engagement.

During a recent FaceTime happy hour, which included her fiancé, I’m not sure how the subject came up but she started talking about how great his retirement income was. It isn’t something I would have brought up, but I let the discussion topic run it’s course and said something like, “That’s great” for the sake of politeness.

However, when she again brought up the subject of his very generous retirement income at dinner l felt disturbed by it. She knows how much my retirement income is - which allows me to live comfortably and enjoy a few pleasures, and her income has been roughly the same, but way below his apparent tax bracket.

So, am I envious? No. I have what I need and have never aspired to great wealth. Again, I listened and made polite nods to her apparent good fortune, but am left with questions about the etiquette surrounding discussions of money in social situations.

March 9, 2022

Pootin's exit strategy?

Just say that all the Nazis have been eliminated.
Mission Accomplished! He could be dressed for combat and land on an aircraft carrier where he would make the announcement.

March 9, 2022

Four Horsemen of the Gentrification Apocalypse

"There are four horsemen of the gentrification apocalypse," he says, "craft breweries, small ladies walking tinier dogs, a Whole Foods, and a coffee shop."


This is a fascinating read about the origins, rituals and aesthetics of coffee.

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