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September 14, 2023

Free credit reports?

I just tried logging into the "big three" to get my "free" credit report, but all three wanted a subscription. I thought we could get up to three free ones a year. Any idea how to do this?

September 8, 2023

So I thought I was depressed...

For many years now, sporadically, I've felt very depressed for a period of time, as in enough to find a shrink. Maybe six or eight of them over the past forty years or so, with an average of maybe 6-8 sessions with each, and they all gave me the standard responses and approaches to depression. After a few sessions with each one, I realized I was mostly just hearing myself talk about what was depressing me but getting no real solutions.

A couple of weeks ago I had a couple of "water cooler" conversations with a co-worker and they set me thinking. So, just on a whim, I looked up whether there's a correlation between depression and boredom, and lo and behold, there's a fair amount of info online about this. So, after connecting the dots and doing some serious thinking about when I've been depressed, and what I was doing at the time, and so forth, I came up with a very non-medical, untrained, wild-ass diagnosis for myself: I haven't been so much depressed all this time as just bored out of my mind.

The ghost of Papa Sigmund has nothing to worry about, but this has given me a not-so-depressing way to think about how I'm feeling. I'll wait and see what happens.

September 2, 2023

Is Fox channeling the Church in the Middle Ages?

Sorry if this has been posted before, but two posts earlier today got me thinking.

As far as we know, the vast majority of people in Europe during the Middle Ages were uneducated. The Church practically held a monopoly on education, and some of it was through art, which included paintings and stained glass windows showing scenes from the Bible. For most people, there weren't any options for education, and the Church counted on this to keep their power.

Nowadays, Fox seems to be the only source for news and commentary for a lot of people. From what I read here, a lot of what they say is just parroting Fox talking points even if they are lies. Just like in the MAs.

And it goes beyond that. Back in the MAs, the message was "if you do this you will go to hell, and the devil will have you forever." For Fox, the Democratic Party has become the devil. Some of the BS they put out sounds like some of the BS the Church put out back then.

What's today's equivalent of religious paintings and stained glass windows? Could it be TikTok, tweets from magats, and red hats?

I dunno... I just keep getting this feeling of deja vu.

August 23, 2023

Any college profs or administrators here?

I'm applying for a teaching position at my old university, and two of the things they want are a diversity statement and curricula from my previous teaching demonstrating how I use them to promote diversity in the classroom.

There's a fair amount of material online on how to write a diversity statement, but I don't have a clue how to use a curriculum to prove that I promote diversity in the classroom. I suspect they know what they want to hear, but I don't know what it is.

Can anyone help?

August 16, 2023

I dunno... I think elephants have been getting a bum rap here

with the cartoons showing them as repukes. Elephants are amazing animals.

I wish the repuke "mascot" or "symbol" were more like a hyena.

August 13, 2023

Is there an online list of bills introduced by specific members of Congress?

Specifically, I'm curious as to how many bills were introduced by Gaetz, Greene, and others of their ilk.

August 2, 2023

Anyone here order from Wob.com (World of Books)?

Placed my first order a couple weeks ago, and, after 3-4 conflicting messages from them, they're refunding my money. Just curious.

August 2, 2023

Photos of tfg all over the media?

I dunno about anybody else, but I am fucking sick and fed up with seeing photos of the orange aberration online every time an article on something having to do with stuff comes up. I mean, fkrissake, we all know what that thing looks like; why do they have to keep putting its photos up? I swear, I wanna throw up on my tablet every time I see this shit.

OK, end of rant.

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