I can put up with differing points of view, but be prepared to defend your premise; don't just throw something out there without supporting evidence. And don't bother even starting a conversation if you doubt science, believe in flat earth, doubt the moon landing, are opposed to vaccines, or just generally believe in fairytales. Keep an open mind and maybe get off the internet once in a while....
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
An intriguing family mystery of sorts
And then this week, I got a random letter about some property a distant relative owned.
So I opened up the Family Search history and poked around, curious about whether this person was related. It turns out that my paternal grandfather had a sister, which I knew.
She travelled from Newfoundland to NY, at some point to room with my grandfather, which I did not know.
And later, she married and had a daughter. That would be my dads first cousin, who lived in NY.
And, my grandfathers sister lived in NY and died in the mid 70s. So she outlived my grandfather.
I asked my mom about it and she remembered that my grandfather was "close to his sister" ... and yet my mom doesn't think he saw her after he moved to Florida, in about 1942. And she doesn't recall my dad ever meeting (or even knowing about) his cousin. Or having seen his aunt.
Aside: my dad spent some of the summer in NY at the worlds fair in 1964, and didn't "look her up" while he was there, most likely because he didn't know she was there.
That's just strange in a way.
I also poked around my grandfathers other siblings, and they each had children, and they'd be dads first cousins as well. They were in Canada, so I get why we never saw them. But I didn't even know about all of them.
We met some of them a number of years ago, but there are more than we knew about.
It's weird how family simply drifts and loses touch. Or at least used to in this pre-connected world.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Another letter about impeachment to Florida’s senators.
I noted yesterday that while the house impeachment manager showed the video that *unequivocally* demonstrates that trump called for the insurrection, you had your head down, pretending to read some papers.
Almost like the apocryphal ostrich burying it's head in the sand at a sign of trouble.
When history books tell the accounts of January 6th, they will surely talk about the assault on democracy, insurrection, and sedition. And they will undoubtedly list the 44 senators who chose to vote against impeachment for their own selfish reasons.
And your name will be on that list. History will judge you for these actions. And remember you as being a self-involved coward who was complicit in the actions that day.
You are an embarrassment to florida and to our nation.
There is no mistake. Trump committed a high crime and your duty is to uphold the constitution. But you violated your own oath of office and that is your legacy.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Valley News - Dartmouth halts $200 million project after excavation goes awry
The construction error happened on new *engineering* school.
I guess they can literally write the book on how not to engineer a project.
Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.
Best comment I’ve seen on mask wearing
Nah, he has to wear a mask even if he doesn't want to. 🤷🏼♀️ Those are the rules everywhere. Grow up and wear your mask properly, or stay home. I work as a cashier in my local grocery store, I am literally putting myself and my family at risk to serve the public, and not wearing a mask properly or at all, is one of the most selfish things you can do (not that you people care, all that matters to you is your comfort and your feelings). A lot of my coworkers have had to stay home for two weeks, sometimes a whole month, because they're getting exposed to the virus thanks to selfish customers. Everyone would rather report us to corporate and accuse us of "discrimination" and "being mean"– essentially lying about the situation, just so they can get out of wearing a nask! But of course they won't stay home because it's "not fair to make them suffer by trapping them at home", but they will make up any excuse to not wear a mask. Heck, they would probably flip if they knew any grocery employees got sick, and accuse us of putting *them* at risk for it!
I am over all excuses for not wearing a nask. Tell someone who cares, because it ain't me. Wear a damn mask!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How rumors propagate.
Monday, February 1, 2021
An open letter to GOP senators on impeachment.
And you are constitutionally bound to act on it.
You can (incorrectly and absurdly) argue that he didn't mean anything by his words. But the fact that many of those arrested in connection with this assault on democracy have said unequivocally that they acted because trump told them to. There is no ambiguity there.
I have heard your colleagues argue that he can't be tried for the impeachment because he already left office. To this, I have two comments: first, he committed this crime while in office and was impeached in the house while in office. We need to hold any/every one to account for their actions on that day. And he himself reportedly will offer a defense of "the election was stolen so I felt some obligation..." which makes no sense whatsoever. It is simply an open admission of guilt.
And second, I would ask you if your answer to the question of whether you think it would be different if he were still in office. Think carefully, because it's very likely that you are supporting an attempted coup, which makes you complicit in the actions.
You see, senator, there is no reason to simply stand behind trump other than thinking of yourself or your party.
This is a constitutional crisis of sorts, and we need to ensure that everyone who was involved in this riot on our establishment is punished for their actions. Every. Single. Person.
Do your job to the oath you swore to protect and defend the constitution.
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