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Friday, February 5. 2021
Hey, remember normal American life? Me neither.
The Proposal to Prevent the Feminisation of Male Adolescents called on schools to fully reform their offerings on physical education and strengthen their recruitment of teachers. The text advised recruiting retired athletes and people from sporting backgrounds - and "vigorously developing" particular sports like football with a view to "cultivating students' masculinity".
The American version is reminding the male students that they'll never be half the man their mother was.
Flu season in the US runs from October to February. It's February. You're welcome
Well, after giving away money doesn't work, there's nothing left to do but pay you to take it.
If you're unfamiliar with 23andMe, they're like Facebook, but instead of spying on your browsing habits, they rifle through your medical waste if you're dumb enough to send it to them.
What a glorious hoax.
You can get it in any color you want, as long as it's... white?
You know, I'd kinda noticed that my Svalbard mollusks seemed a tad taciturn recently. They've completely lost the urge to fetch sticks and dig in the garden, too.
I remember this one time I was at a boring convention, but they had an open bar with a half-decent wine selection. I guess I sorta took advantage of the open bar thing. After my eighth trip across the auditorium to get another glass, a guy handed me a big trophy, a pretty girl kissed me, and the master of ceremonies announced over the public address system that I'd won the dance contest.
Amazon should just install the driver's mother-in-law in a jump seat and get it over with.
I was walking down the sidewalk in New York once, when I noticed a stockbroker I'd met at a party recently coming towards me. "Hello," he lied.
This dude is in for an SEC enema with a Maxine Waters rubdown finish. He'll be used as a political football. If he's useful in their endless efforts to raise taxes, they'll call him a little guy and let him keep the vig. If he hurt the wrong hedgies, they'll stake him out on an anthill. But his real problem comes later. Some enterprising lawyer with a client who dumped their college money into GameStop and lost it all will sue him, and win. It's pit bull season, and he's wearing milk bone underwear.
Well, that's the links for today. Don't forget to shift your buttocks slightly on the couch at least once a day.
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Regarding 23andme, I agree that giving them your DNA to add to their database is a really, really bad idea.
The sad part?
As long as you have one relative who thinks it's a 'good idea' - your DNA is basically on file. It's not that hard to link you to a cousin. Like online data, it's the kind of thing that you don't need too many points of contact to re-engineer back.
But giving them full access to my DNA? Yeah, not doing it.
My bored, widowed sister is one of those who has her nose in her Facebook account on her tablet just about every waking hour, and she is the over-sharing type. So of course she sent a specimen to 23andme, and has been sharing results with her six hundred Facebook friends. Ugh.
I refuse to get any social media accounts, bluntly told the former employer where they could stick their Linkedin mandate. I cringe...
"Don't forget to shift your buttocks slightly on the couch at least once a day. "
Negative interest rates mean that you pay the bank interest on your deposits, both checking and savings. The point is to force you to spend money.
Or put it in your mattress. I suspect cash is going to get scarce over the next several months.
I’ll shift my buttocks slightly on the couch as often as I feel like it, bubs!
Shooting for 3x tonight—wish me luck!
"Four Wall Street businessmen at another table had ordered the Bordeaux First Growth – the most expensive wine on the restaurant’s list at $2,000 (£1,528) – but were served the $18 Pinot, the restaurant’s cheapest, said McNally on his Instagram account.."
I was really disappointed when I saw this actually happened in 2002; I was going to ask if the young couple was there celebrating their profits from buying GameStop.
The wine mixup made me laugh out loud! Neither party noticed! I am curious, though, about why the sommelier didn't present the bottles to the customers for inspection. Does an expensive restaurant like Balthazar not even have a wine steward these days? It's been decades since I dined at an establishment with a sommelier, but I thought letting the customer inspect the bottle was part of their routine, like having the customer sniff the cork and take a sip before serving the lady. Come to think of it, presenting the bottle before pouring was a tradition designed to prevent just such mixups. Otherwise, how would one know that he was actually drinking what he paid for? I see this as another breakdown of the culture.
AT 2000 bucks a bottle there would likely be too much dust on the cork and it would drive you into an asthma attack.
I'm guessing they probably did present the bottles, and then took it away to be decanted where they got switched. And yea, nobody noticed they ordered a RED wine and got a WHTE one?? (and vice versa)
Writing from my secret underground bunker/hideaway, I say pppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppfoooey!!! on Blue Checks. Mine are paisley.
Bank of America Notifying Feds of Customer Purchase History to Use Targeting Capitol Hill Protestors
Is this legal? Remember this when the politicians start pushing policies that are anti-cash.
House Democrats Vote To Stop Saying Pledge Of Allegiance Before Committee Meetings.
Perfect! I have said many times that the Democrats are anti-American. They don't like you and want to erase you from their country.
"The pandemic is getting better all across the U.S."
Of course it is - Trump isn't President anymore.
The pandemic numbers are unrelated to the yearly influenza. That's an idea repeatedly floated because people would like it to be true, but it does not have actual, y'know evidence to support it.