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The source info for dat pandamania in da hed gif: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/life-is-like-a-basketful-of-pandas

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

Oh good. The puns I was hoping for. And a bunch of goofy little weirdos. (Not the noncommenters.)

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Not exclusively the noncommenters.

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Serendipity, the elder cat, the ex-feral, is too cool for words. She has seen it all and nothing flaps her. For Gryffn, the world is a big ball of wonder and possibilities.

She was accustomed to seeing squirrels on videos, and also seeing squirrels in the tree next to the deck. So when she first saw baby panda videos, the logic chain is easy to follow, and I happen to catch it.

https://substack.com/profile/1687878-1d57a1d5931d/note/c-53021057?utm_source=notes-share-action&r=106di

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Hahaha! That's purrfect!

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Attentive!

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“There could be pandas!”

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Pandas are an essential part of our strategic SQUEEE! reserves

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

The only species that I know of where ownership every last one is claimed by a single government. You have to beg for the loan of a couple, like a common pandahandler.

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

Yeah, I remember when Greece was in charge of all muses... damn, that was a nightmare!

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I already have one.

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It's very nice!

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Well played.

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Lucky! I know how hard we are to find.

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

What?! Your nym says you a literally not a muse.

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Shhhhh!

Have you not heard of hiding in plain sight? 😉

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It's exchanges like this one that make me a happy camper in Wonkerland. May the muses smile upon us all, here...

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Always, my sweet friend!

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🎶 If you knew musie, like I know musie,

Oh, oh, oh what a gal! 🎶

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

🐼 🥰😍 💀

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

More like pandamonium.

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

There's no vaccine for this pandamic.

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

Can't fool me, those are Raccoons!

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

Pandaring to the squee crowd I see

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

It's not quite as black-and-white as that.

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There’s no bamboo-ziling you, clever thing 🐼🎋

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

There is no banboozlement here.

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Apr 2Liked by Martini Glambassador

And like our head gif, I must eat, shoot and leave ^.^

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/whimpers/

pleeeeeease staaaaaaaaaahp

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My apologies, forgot what a bear the pun strings are to some people.

*runs and hides*

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/curls into the fetal position, weeps softly and miserably/

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😂

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Top comment in the Youtube comment section for Beyonce's Jolene:

"Jolene sitting in the nursing home wondering wtf she did to Beyonce,"

Secondest top comment:

"At this point we need to hear Jolene's side."

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Steve Bannonn increasingly looks like a golem left out in the rain. His idea that Trump doesn't need to appeal to woman voters is good news for Democrats. Also discourage people from mail-in voting, don't Get Out The Vote and just expect God to care about who gets elected president.

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Steve Bannon: "This trial on the 15th is to destroy Trump in front of the American people and particularly women." Trump has already done that himself.

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He's worried about Trump's image in front of WOMEN???

brb, gotta pee myself laughing...

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So based on reporting by Haaretz the Israeli murder of seven humanitarian workers was highly deliberate - the vehicles were hit 3 times by a drone but were able to drive more than a mile between the first and the final attacks.

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Netanyahu has beach resorts, shopping malls, and luxury condos to build. His associates are impatient and they don’t like delays. He knows all too well what’s going to happen to him and his family if he doesn’t deliver.

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What can one even say to that?

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Sure seems like an intentional effort to drive away all the humanitarian aid from Gaza so Bibi can starve even more people, faster before also bombing them into oblivion.

It makes me very angry that we're apparently poised to send some more weapons to Israel. There needs to be an immediate "fuck no, you're cancelled." There's no point in us trying to appeal to both sides via carrots, if Israel is just going to make sure the carrot of humanitarian aid can't be distributed safely.

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Bibi doesn’t care. The US has been sending him support for this war.

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Many things, I guess.

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The second eclipse article, omg, are we in the middle ages? God is choosing THIS eclipse to signify the coming shit-rainwhen he's had I don't know how many eclipses to choose from?

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That's because this one is covering most of Jesus's favorite nation the U, S and A.

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If it's not weasels altering our timeline it's a fuckin eclipse.

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I was able to drive to see eclipse totality in 2017 and it was amaze-balls. Go if you can

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Same here, was about an hour to my mother in law's house near Clemson SC at the time.

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Apr 2Liked by Evan Hurst

Evan! Why you dissing on badass bake sale grannies? Even pond scum is too good for Steve Bannon.

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Verrryy Scary. Count Floyd! RIP

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Oh no! Count Floyd!

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Awww... now they both been blowed up real good, but it's real bad!

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I'm sure this was said down thread, but GRUFF GRANDMAS LIBULZ!!!

Also too, I'm buying Timothy Snyder his coffee the next time I see him at the coffee shop.

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When I read "Steve Bannon says Republicans shouldn’t even be trying to get votes from women. Good luck with that, Guy Who Looks More And More Every Day Like That One Gruff Grandma Who’s Always Running The Bake Sale To Raise Money For The Class Trip." - I thought that ain't Rebecca - that's EVAN - and I scrolled back up to the top and I was right - EVAN be doin' our TABS today.

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To be fair to Donald Trump Jr., he has been pretty...um...twitchy lately. You can understand how some lightning might startle him a bit.

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He coked to the tits and he’s flying a majority of the time I think that’s how I translated that statement.

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

I’m in Southern IL right smack dab in the middle of the path of totality and yes, not far from you. Second time in seven years for us and the crazies are crazyin’ about the Biblical disaster about to hit here. Earthquakes will swallow us! Asteroids will smash us. The sun will simply die and we will freeze to death!. All of the above or A and B only.

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Maybe the New Madrid Fault Line will really blow next Monday. (I'm up in Chicago and too tired and busy to drive down)

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New crazy idea popping up here: the path of the storm yesterday parallelled the path of the eclipse will take next Monday. Something about preparing the way. I guess the storm was John the Baptist? Therefore: doom!

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The potatoheads get a little wild with the end times stuff.

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and I am sure you and I know the local pronunciation of "New Madrid"

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They're so cute in their little Scream masks.

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I just listened to Beyonces' album and it will be lingering in my mind for a bit. A couple of really good ones and yes Jolene stands out. I think I like the message better (blasphemy i know) than the original.

I'm not even going to waste my time attempting to roll my eyes at the hurt buttheads of county music and just be happy that we have amazing music by amazing people and leave it at that.

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Maybe not the hurt buttheads of country music, but maybe a take from another Black artist, one who works in related genres full-time. Out today via guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Yasmin Williams: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2024/apr/02/beyonce-version-of-country-cowboy-carter-yasmin-williams

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Yasmin has some points that I will think about but I still prefer Beyonces' autonomy to Partons pleas.

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

But Beyoncé has never been autonomous. On her last album, on most tracks there are 20-30 songwriters listed. She claimed she gave credits to all the people who played on the album. Anyone who knows how music publishing works knows that is bullshit.

And while I don't remember the title of the song, there is one where she is dancing on a stage with other women and there are the lyrics ''if you want it then you better put a ring on it" I assume that she is referring to sex perhaps? But the video ends with the word ''FEMINIST'' in huge capital letters on the stage. So is her not at all feminst messsage that if you want sex you have to marry her. Not surprising for someone who has called herself Mrs. Carter.

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Yeah, I looked and I couldn't find anywhere that gives credit to everyone playing on the album. The featured guests? Sure, but not everyone else. Come to think of it, a Xitter convo began because the author of that Guardian piece, Yasmin Williams, had gotten a ton of messages asking if she played on "Riverdance". She didn't, but asked if anyone knew who did. Even music nerd that I am, I haven't found out yet. The multiple composer credits thing in pop music is another entire thing, too...

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

I have been a non-fan of Beyoncé ever since she left Destiny's Child, which was managed by her FATHER. Basically he took the member of that gorup with the LEAST talent and worst voice and gave her a solo career. Kelly Rowlnads was the BEST singer in that group and I have her first two albums.

Also, Daddy Rowlands was the one who introduced her to Jay-Z, knowing a big money deal when he saw one. Mr. Carter took the bait and he and Mrs. Carter evenually had a dughter who got to wear a multi-million dollar designer dress.

Meanwhile, other Knowles daughter, Solange, is both a much better vocalist, and a musician who plays many various instriuments. I have two of her albums and an EP.

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Solange is badass. I've never been interested in Bey either...and prob would never have been involved in the convo if it weren't that a few of the artists dicussing it are friends.

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Fair enough. It just came up as part of another discussion with several artists, Yasmin being one of them. Yas is an incredible player, certainly worth checking out some of her own stuff.

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Here in California, our home insurance is $1.6K/year, and auto insurance $4K/year. Three cars, four drivers, no tickets or accidents.

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My insurance company no longer insures homes in CA, so we’re having to move to the FAIR plan. Ok, premiuim is about the same for house at $3k. Oh but now you need supplemental insurance to cover everything else except the house burning down and that is also $3K. Huh, I did not see that coming. (Actually I did see it coming but it still hurts)

2 cars, 2 drivers, no tickets, no accidents $2k/yr - my insurance on the car hasn’t cancelled but they aren’t taking any new policies either.

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Our home insurer, if we miss a payment, will cancel our policy and not reinsure us, as they too are getting out of the market, but supposedly they have to keep insuring the people who renew on time.

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Mine sent me 4 months notice that they were leaving the state entirely and noping out on everything - Travellers for the record. They gave me all of the info to get on the state FAIR plan and my agent did the rest. Annoying and expensive but not a huge surprise we are surrounded by open space and have had major rural/urban interface fires within 5 miles.

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Fire is supposed to be a natural part of the redwoods life cycle, but fortunately we haven't had one in this neighborhood in about 100 years. Here's hoping we can go at least another 50.

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I think the main thing keeping from buying my wife a 2024 Prius is the extra cost of insurance. Her 18-year-old Durango is a major gas hog, but it's cheap to insure.

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Yeah, at this point, our oldest car is a 2013 Hyundai hybrid. Followed by a 2014 Sienna, and a 2022 Leaf. When we had older vehicles, it was definitely lower.

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Grenell made himself quite unpopular in Germany, for example after he said "I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders." Like Orbán for example. He was also friendly with Germany's home-grown not-quite-Nazi-but-close AfD party and other far-right German groups.

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Gay dude has no sense historical perspective, does he?

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He just values his white male supremacy more than he values anything else.

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EXACTLY!!

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You know who else wanted to empower other conservative European leaders when he got to Germany…

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David Hasslehoff?

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