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paul, to random
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This isn't hyperbole. Vote out the GOP in STATE races

The GOP is so close to be able to call an Article V Constitutional Convention at the state level & rewrite the entire damn thing, authored by the Federalist Society, & there will be nothing anyone can do

Do you really want these insane laws they're passing in red states to be hard coded in the US Constitution?

Do you really want the US billionaire oligarchs to buy a constitution they are happy with?

They just need 34. Almost there.

paul,
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2/ Some reading.

🔗 The Federalist Society's Convention of States Action, https://conventionofstates.com/

🔗 Stopping a Dangerous Article V Convention https://www.commoncause.org/our-work/constitution-courts-and-democracy-issues/article-v-convention/

🔗 Warning: A “Convention of States” Is Practicing to Rewrite the Constitution https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/convention-states-constitution/

🔗 Idaho legislators debate amending U.S. Constitution through convention of states https://idahocapitalsun.com/2024/02/14/idaho-legislators-debate-amending-u-s-constitution-through-convention-of-states/

🔗 A Second Constitutional Convention? Some Republicans Want to Force One https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/04/us/politics/constitutional-convention-republican-states.html

paul,
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@Mallulady @mhalligan
When you look at the 19 states that already passed it and the ones that are taking it up this year, it's been a concerted effort. Just a few shy...

Passed & when:
Georgia, 2014
Alaska, 2014
Florida, 2014
Alabama, 2015
Tennessee, 2016
Indiana, 2016
Oklahoma, 2016
Louisiana, 2016
Arizona, 2017
North Dakota, 2017
Texas, 2017
Missouri, 2017
Arkansas, 2019
Utah,2019
Mississippi2019
Wisconsin2022
Nebraska, 2022
West Virginia, 2022
South Carolina, 2022

paul,
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@InkySchwartz

Considering States actively considering the Convention of States Resolution with legislation in 2024, they might just make it before the end of the year.

Those states are, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming

Last year, Montana shot it down by just one vote.

paul,
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@mhalligan @Mallulady

Trump had a video of a unified reich the other day.

I imagine they could be inclined to tag it in their name, if it comes to it.
https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/24/media/trump-unified-reich/index.html

TheBreadmonkey, to random
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I really like old idioms/phrases that have a basis in something from a bygone era....

Bite the bullet
Meaning: To accept something difficult or unpleasant

Origin: In the olden days, when doctors were short on anesthesia or time during a battle, they would ask the patient to bite down on a bullet to distract from the pain. The first recorded use of the phrase was in 1891 in The Light that Failed.

Break the ice
Meaning: To break off a conflict or commence a friendship.

Origin: Back when road transportation was not developed, ships would be the only transportation and means of trade. At times, the ships would get stuck during the winter because of ice formation. The receiving country would send small ships to “break the ice” to clear a way for the trade ships. This gesture showed affiliation and understanding between two territories.

Butter someone up
Meaning: To impress someone with flattery

Origin: This was a customary religious act in ancient India. The devout would throw butter balls at the statues of their gods to seek favor and forgiveness.

Mad as a hatter
Meaning: To be completely crazy

Origin: No, you didn’t already know this one, because it didn’t originate from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Its origins date from the 17th and 18th centuries — well before Lewis Caroll’s book was published. In 17th century France, poisoning occurred among hat makers who used mercury for the hat felt. The “Mad Hatter Disease” was marked by shyness, irritability, and tremors that would make the person appear “mad.”

Cat got your tongue?
Meaning: Asked to a person who is at loss of words

Origin: The English Navy used to use a whip called “Cat-o’-nine-tails” for flogging. The pain was so severe that it caused the victim to stay quiet for a long time. Another possible source could be from ancient Egypt, where liars’ and blasphemers’ tongues were cut out and fed to the cats. (What a treat for the cats!)

Barking up the wrong tree
Meaning: To have misguided thoughts about an event or situation, a false lead

Origin: This refers to hunting dogs that may have chased their prey up a tree. The dogs bark, assuming that the prey is still in the tree, when the prey is no longer there.

Turn a blind eye
Meaning: To ignore situations, facts, or reality

Origin: The British Naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, had one blind eye. Once when the British forces signaled for him to stop attacking a fleet of Danish ships, he held up a telescope to his blind eye and said, “I do not see the signal.” He attacked, nevertheless, and was victorious.

Bury the hatchet
Meaning: To stop a conflict and make peace

Origins: This one dates back to the early times North America when the Puritans were in conflict with the Native Americans. When negotiating peace, the Native Americans would bury all their hatchets, knives, clubs, and tomahawks. Weapons were literally buried and made inaccessible.

Caught red-handed
Meaning: To be caught in the act of doing something wrong

Origin: This originates from an old English law that ordered any person to be punished for butchering an animal that wasn’t his own. The only way the person could be convicted is if he was caught with the animal’s blood still on his hands.

Give a cold shoulder
Meaning: Being unwelcoming or antisocial toward someone

Origin: The first recorded use of this phrase dates back to the early 1800s. It refers to an old custom of giving an unwelcome guest a cold piece of meat from the shoulder of mutton, pork, or beef chop, as opposed to a welcome guest receiving a warm serving. This was a polite way to communicate, “You may leave, now.”

Go the whole nine yards
Meaning: To try your best at something

Origin: During World War II, the fighter pilots were equipped with nine yards of ammunition. When they ran out, it meant that they had tried their best at fighting off the target with the entirety of their ammunition.

Let one’s hair down
Meaning: To relax or be at ease

Origin: In public, the aristocratic women of medieval times were obliged to appear in elegant hair-dos that were usually pulled up. The only time they would “let their hair down” was when they came home and relaxed.

Rub the wrong way
Meaning: To bother or annoy someone

Origin: Early Americans, during the colonial times, would ask their servants to rub their oak floorboards “the right way”. The wrong way (not wiping them with dry fabric after wet fabric) would cause streaks to form and ruin it, leaving the homeowner annoyed. Alternatively, it could have derived from rubbing a cat’s fur the “wrong way,” which annoys them.

From Anais John @ Grammarly

paul,
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@TheBreadmonkey "I don't chew [boil] my cabbage twice" meaning 'I don't repeat myself.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQTa_3Ydj4k

paul, to random
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As Kids Stop Watching Cable TV Networks, Cartoon Network Will Stop Broadcasting at 5PM with Adult Swim taking over the channel.

Cartoon Network will air Toonami in its 5 PM to 7 PM Eastern time programming block.

Not only is Toonami returning, but it will air classic shows including Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Naruto.

https://cordcuttersnews.com/as-kids-stop-watching-cable-tv-networks-cartoon-network-will-stop-broadcasting-at-5pm-as-adult-swim-expands/

paul, to HashtagGames
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Sorry I ate all the cookies. I just can't help myself ~Cookie Monster


Cookie Monster eating a cookie

paul, to ky
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As of this post, there are multiple radar indicated #TVS's #Tornados in and around Bowling Green, #KY (red triangle) #KYwx #TNwx #SevereWx

A TVS is a signature, or indication, of a potential #tornado. It is basically an indication of strong wind shear (or changing wind direction) in a very small area associated with potential tornadic circulation within a thunderstorm. A TVS is no guarantee a tornado will form, but definitely a strong indication that one may soon develop, or already has.

paul,
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As of this post, TVS's are basically from the Tennessee line, approaching the Indiana line in #Kentucky right now. #KYwx #TNwx #SevereWx

A TVS (Red Triangle) is a indication of a potential #tornado. It is basically an indication of strong wind shear (or changing wind direction) in a very small area associated with potential tornadic circulation within a thunderstorm. A TVS is no guarantee a tornado will form, but definitely a strong indication that one may soon develop, or already has.

paul,
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@tiamat271

We're right now hearing thunder from that front in

We're on guard and in the basement, after seeing the front that was coming our way.

Looks like just a reg thunderstorm, though, but with my mobility, we're not taking chances.

Thanks

paul, (edited ) to RSS
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Has anyone made a custom recipe for Mastodon feeds in ?

Currently, just adding a feed to the BasicNewsRecipe recipe, you get 'unknown titles', part of the text and please enable javascript in the body.

Calibre guru's, if you don't mind, take a peek at my rss feed at https://oldfriends.live/@paul.rss and point me into the right direction

I'm going to work on this and if I come up with something, will pass it along. I'm slow, though. 🤓
Calibre Forums post:
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4426887

talia_christine, to random
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Yeaaah... I'm gonna go ahead and mute that nightmare post and go back to posting about cats, plants, and sci-fi. 😂🖖

paul,
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@talia_christine

Interest peaked. Must go to TC's timeline and see what I missed.

I've arrived at the timeline safely. Now, let me scroll and find something that might be it.

Too many boosts. Let me go to Post and Replies to see TC's posts and replies only.

Scrolling, scrolling scrolling...

Found something.

"I have a theory that the men who reply to posts with some version...."

Paul, in a careful and prudent manner, turns around and exits the timeline to go find cute cats.

man turns around and leaves office discretely.

Elleaster, to random
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My dad got an insulin monitor, and although it was terrible at first because it went off all the time, he has since modified his routine and the alarm has mostly stopped.

Even better, he no longer has the incredibly scary low blood sugar episodes.

Highly recommended.

paul,
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@Elleaster

Awesome. Great he is able to keep up a routine and manage diabetes better.

My wife just had to add insulin to her routine. She was on orals and daily and weekly shot.

She's getting continuous glucose monitoring as soon as the insurance oks it. It's ordered.

She's been on regular insulin for a just over a month and already her numbers are better, and getting rid of the once weekly shot has all but cured her gastroparesis that she's suffered for many, many years.

paul, to random
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What is Walmart doing with their in-store security video regarding AI?

I know they were in a program where it was being used for certain things, like detecting known shoplifters, missing children, etc., at least their entry cameras were.

Are they linking checkout data to facial images?

Are they selling it for commercial gain?

https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-is-facing-a-class-action-over-its-alleged-use-of-surveillance-cameras-and-clearview-ais-facial-recognition-database-2022-9

Walmart uses facial recognition technology to spot shoplifters
https://fortune.com/2015/11/09/wal-mart-facial-recognition/

randulo, to random
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Read this! Even if you opt out, any image of you, postsed by anyone is fair game for freeding AI. Or, if you are mentioned in anyone’s post…

The only way is to not be on it at all (good idea).

RE: https://mastodon.social/users/randulo/statuses/112507992070083478

paul,
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@randulo

It looks like not even being on at all will work, either. Looks like having people not take images of you offline so they can't be posted and never mentioning you would be the only way.

I've never had IG and haven't had a Meta account since 2013.

People like me should have a right to stop this because we can't control what others do.

SecularJeffrey, to random
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Close call. I almost used the dream toilet.

paul,
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@SecularJeffrey
Congratulations on that win.

thepoliticalcat, to random
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I just want all of you to know that whenever I call someone out on their bad behaviour? It's because I am also guilty of such behaviour. How else would I recognize it in others?

So if I hurted your feelings by saying you were being mean/a jerk,/an asshole, it's probably bc I was feeling like a mean jerky asshole right then, and projecting my gooey evil feelings ALL OVER YOU.

You're welcome, and also, I'm sorry for inflicting that horrible image on you. I'm having existential regrets.

paul,
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paul, to oklahoma
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Where , , and meet, they are getting battered right now as of this post

Several radar detected TVS vortexes.

Be safe

, , .

🚨 (Don't rely on me or my account for urgent, update-to-date info. I'm posting generically and not as a weather watcher or warning account.)

paul,
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What is a Tornadic Vortex Signature (#TVS) as depicted as a red triangle in my radar images⬆️

A TVS is a signature, or indication, of a potential #tornado. It is basically an indication of strong wind shear (or changing wind direction) in a very small area associated with potential tornadic circulation within a thunderstorm. A TVS is no guarantee a tornado will form, but definitely a strong indication that one may soon develop, or already has.

BakerRL75, to random
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@mybarkingdogs looks like Joplin/Carthage MO has something severe as well.

paul,
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@BakerRL75 @mybarkingdogs

Here's what I see in the region as of this reply. Several radar detected TSV vortexes in the region.

mybarkingdogs, to Arkansas
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, : National Weather Service: WARNING in this area until 2:15 AM CDT. Take shelter now in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Check media. Source: NWS Tulsa OK

This includes

paul,
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@mybarkingdogs

Radar indicated vortex just west of Bentonville as of this reply. (Notated with the red upside triangle.)

paul,
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@mybarkingdogs

I'm in the Ohio River Valley, East of Cincinnati, and wanted to see where the storms were because I was going to rest a while. When I loaded up the radar a little while ago, it was full of vortexes all over Texas, OK, etc. This is a wicked storm. I hope it peters out by the time it gets to us.

paul,
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@mybarkingdogs I think I can get a little nap before it hits us. I have mobility issues, so we get to safe zone as early as possible.

paul,
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