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Oh, how I love it when Diamond Joe stirs the pot!

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Time for airplane mode

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TABZ!

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So I am awake in the night for the nicest of reasons. No not that. One of the nicest reasons.

Serendipity the Eldercat woke herself up, crying a while ago. She does that sometimes, Awakens from a bad dream, or awakens disoriented, as if she is lost and alone. The first few times she did that it was just terrifying wail of sorrow, but tonight it was just kind of bewilderment.

And I was half awake, so I got up pretty quickly, but Gryffn was next to me in bed, and she shot out like a rocket, and went to her. Serendipity raised the two kittens up by hand, and taught them to be very, very good cats, but she tolerates few overt displays of affection from them. And yet, when she is in need of support, they come running and go to her and try to comfort her.

Serendipity needed or wanted about 15 minutes of solid cuddling, but she was purring and happy for most of it. Came on here to say that I really love being part of this funny household.

There are a couple of people here who love to point out that if I died, they would eat my face. So deeply suspicious are they of cats that they probably think a couple of strange cats would turn up at the feast as well. The only thing I find distressing about that idea is that they would be afraid and alone and uncared for. I wouldnโ€™t begrudge them a cheek or two.

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My story from my previous Maine Coon is less troubling. He woke up from a nightmare with a hiss. Then he got this blank expression ...

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Dirty rotten whatever-it-was that he was disagreeing with disappeared on him!

I get the sense sometimes they are trying to sort out dream experience from reality.

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I have had many very good and pretty animal friends and one of my favourite things by FAR is when animals talk in their sleep. My best boy/canine lifemate used to talk in his sleep, and it was SO funny, because it was like he was barking under his breath. "woof! woof! woof woof woof woof!" but never loud enough to wake me up even though he slept right next to me ๐Ÿ˜‚

I did wake him up if it seemed to get too agitating- he was a rescue & had some trauma for sure. (Terrified of baseball caps, beards, camo...)

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I hate that sound. Crying scared older cat. Heartbreaking. Had two who had a few nights like that toward the end. Just very upsetting. Thereโ€™s just this awful elemental loneliness in it. But yeah the nice thing like you sayโ€”that they will come out of it with a nice long cuddle.

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I think sheโ€™s been through this often enough that I think on some level She recognizes it. And now itโ€™s more bewildered than heartbroken. She no longer has that sound that you described so well. But the first few times it happened it had this last living creature in the universe quality comment that was indeed wrenching.

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Pookie had that late in his life. He always accepted a snuggle after.

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Darn it. Got the dreaded double reply, so I deleted one of them and they both disappeared.

You may be amused to know that I read the comments that were left about her aloud to her, and she slow blinked.

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The easiest way to lose pets, for me, is to have their time run out. Sounds like lots of snuggles are due.

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The fried chicken in those Wesson ads LOOKS SO PERFECT.

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Too perfect. No one's fried chicken EVER looks like that.

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Yep, advertising....

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It can, but it takes years of practice. My grandmotherโ€™s did. Mine doesnโ€™t.

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Church's does!!!

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I love Church's chicken! My fave. Haven't had any in 15 years, sadly.

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I'd be half afraid to eat anything that looked that perfect.

I've looked into food advertising and how they make all of that food LOOK so enticing. Their methods are extremely clever but extremely unappetizing.

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I kinda loved the idea of a band called Dead Cat Bounce. Like I would start one if there werenโ€™t one but turns out there was... Irish comedy troupe slash band; sounds like mostly defunct some ten years though did a rรฉunion in 2017...

... like of course a band called Dead Cat Bounce has to have a reunion.

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Just the one, tho.

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โ€˜They were too drunk to flyโ€™: Dumpster-diving vultures in Conn. became intoxicated

A pair of vultures in Connecticut were rescued earlier this month after they became severely intoxicated from gobbling up fermented food and fruit from cocktails while dumpster diving.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2024/04/17/they-were-too-drunk-to-fly-dumpster-diving-vultures-in-conn-became-intoxicated/?p1=hp_featurebox6

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There was a great story on NPR, probably Tjis American Life, about a moose that would show up again and again to eat fermented fruit and get drunk. Animal Co trol would then have to follow him around the city. It was a great story!

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giggle

Like our cedar waxwings in the fall. They eat the holly berries and some of those are fermented and those birds are a trip XD They were all hanging upside down, swinging, or flopped on the ground doing hop flop hop flop

Drunk birds man

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Having watched various songbirds get falling OUT of the fucking tree drunk on fermented cranberries on the tree in our front yard every spring I know that to be all too entirely accurate.

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I have to fix a door hinge this weekend. Lucky me.

(Actually it's an easy fix, I just like to complain cuz I'm practicing to be a crotchety old fart.)

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That's the spirit!

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As the only English words that rhyme with orange, the poetic possibilities boggle.

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You forgot the part about goddamnit people, taking your tools and not putting them back where they belong

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I gotta clean 30 windows.

Wanna trade? I'll make you a sammich

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We're doing windows this week too. And I'm at my sammich allotment for the week (not kidding there, my cardiologist has me on a pretty strict diet these days).

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I'll make you a heart happy sammich

Prolly taste like cardboard and sawdust tho. Imagining like some sort of wheat pita and dried turkey breast and maybe a sploosh of avocado if you are lucky

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...are you related to my cardiologist? Because you sound just like her. ;)

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Was just trying to think of the things I would have to feed hubby when we were trying to beat his cholesterol problem with diet alone XD

I mean he already was exercising 6 hours any given day at manual labor and weighed a buck fifty, so it was not exercise that was the problem

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Doing great!

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Insomnia is just freakin' evil.

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Agreed.

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#Worldle #818 (18.04.2024) 2/6 (100%)

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Rainy here, but temperatures have been so clement that things are blooming several weeks ahead of schedule.

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Good morning! Holding off on playing Worldle until after I've had a cup of coffee.

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I thought it was smaller than it is.

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Good morning!

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It won't happen, but wouldn't it be awesome if after his graduation, Barron Trump announces that he's voting for Biden for president, because he loves democracy and competence, but his dad hates democracy and competence.

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He's opted for 80s movie villain hair like his brothers, that's not a good sign...

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I simply cannot lose hope for a kid. I feel the same way about the Metro Nazi's innocent kids.

They ALL deserve a damned sight better in the way of adult role models than what they've got. I can't help but hope that they prevail and do so as Democrats who actually get what needs to be done DONE.

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He's got nothing to lose. All his pater has to leave him is a cursed legacy and a mountain of debt so high that accountants are regularly attacked by angry goats.

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I imagine that his mother has provided well for him, and he has accounts in several countries.

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I wonder. I really do.

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The one redeeming quality that I see in her is that she is fiercely loyal to her son. I have the sense that she justified all the crap sheโ€™s had to put up with by having confidence that her son will be well provided for on many levels. I also suspect that when her husband dies, she will be out of this country before we can blink, and the boy will go with her.

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My estimate of him would go up a lot.

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He's an 18 year old kid with a dad like that.

I ain't even got an estimate for him, but do hope he ends up a better human being than his eldest siblings

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๐— ๐—ง๐—”๐—– ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2024/04/17/russia-us-election-interference-deepfakes-ai/

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Good! But it would be better if they didn't do it at all, or that we didn't have traitors in our midst, doing their bidding.

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Down below I saw the discussion about cults. It is probably a good time to disclose that I was once in a cult 40 years ago. Like Scientology, this one had well known celebrities. Florence Henderson was at the very top of the hierarchy. I was in the Cult of Wessonality.

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So ... What IS the secret to having unclogged arteries?

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"Well, what's our little skeptic doing today?"

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DId you meet my mother? She was a member of the same cult.

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My ma had those icons in her kitchen as well.

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???

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Someone is making clever reference to some iconic '70s advertising.

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To my nana, all cooking oil was "wesson" much like all tissues were "klenex" and all butter was "Olio" (that one I never got- when I knew her, she was back to using real butter or worse, lard, so what with the Olio, Nana?)

Nana was the target demographic for these things XD

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Everything's better with Blue Bonnet on it.

Why no. No, it isn't.

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That stuff is absolutely vile.

I cannot abide margarine.

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I was a kid during the end of the widespread Oleomargarine era. NO one, except for the rich and maybe farmers, had "REAL butter" in the house. At least for me it was sticks and not the even worse Country Crock, which is even more vile.

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I had an auntie who made the same associations. I loved her to bits.

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yeah Nana was great XD she was the not evil grandmother.

Not that the other one was actually evil, she was just a cold, selfish, unloving woman who withheld any affection from my mom because she did not approve of my dad. And made sure we kids felt it too.

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This will Explain All:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtR1Y2I__PM

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She actually had a pretty nice singing voice

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Yeah, she did.

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Kinda got a little jazz lilt there

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WOW, I have NEVER seen this! By the time I was old enough to remember, they were just spoken ads!

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It was an odd time.

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Booo!

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I was raised a catholic.

Not sure that specifically qualifies as a cult because...reasons?..and things? And I guess at least they don't kill you (anymore) when you leave it.

But I like to use my family as sort of a quasi observational experiment group; there are 7 of us, all raised the same, with butts in the pew every sunday and holy day of observation. Of that 7, 3 of us are agnostic or straight up atheist, 3 of us are bible beater born again Catholics, and one is right in the middle. That seems right to me somehow, that balance

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Having been raised and educated in that church I view the dogma as extremely cultish.

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Horrors!

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The hooked me with "Fried chicken can be greasy...."

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Should have used an air fryer!

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She was hot stuff! Before scene takes on the Brady Bunch where she and Robert Reed were in bed she would say all kinds of filthy things to him to rattle him. He was very serious about that role.

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So many people fell for that.

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Ben Shapiro says Biden afraid to bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.

Joe Biden Is Scared of His Own Shadow

https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/24/joe-biden-is-scared-of-his-own-shadow

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Ben Shapiro has the diplomatic capacity of a rabid badger.

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Personality of a small soap dish: cause or effect?

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Yeah, real tough, manly guys wouldn't have a problem killing millions of innocent people. They're even BROWN people, so what's the problem?

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was that gigantic asshole not just saying the other week how Biden was gonna bomb all the people and get us into WWIII?

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Yes, I thought they were peace loving, isolationists now?

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The Iron Rule of the Beltway also applies to dickheads with glorified blogs, it seems.

Anything said today is of absolute importance and must be treated as inviolable gospel.

Anything said before today is irrelevant and mentioning it is just unfair and uncivil.

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Saying whatever they think the cult wants to hear on any given day. No matter how contradictory it is to their own previous statements.

Logic, facts, and consistency are irrelevant to them.

Fear mongers.

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We have always been at war with Eastasia!

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They still wont return the mower.

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And won't take back what they said about our mother.

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Ben Shapiro's afraid of vaginal secretions.

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๐—ช๐—ฃ: ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ž๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ '๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป' ๐—จ๐—ธ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€.A secret Kremlin foreign policy document calls for Russia to leverage the war in Ukraine and exploit weaknesses in "unfriendly states" in order to forge a new global order in which the U.S. no longer plays a leading role, the Washington Post reported on April 17.

https://kyivindependent.com/wp-secret-kremlin-document-outlines-plan-to-weaken-ukraines-allies/

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My god, the thing that is obviously true to anyone giving the situation even a cursory glance is actually true?

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So... that cold war that you all thought was over...

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House republicans and doing their best to help the Kremlin, as is trump, but he's limited in what he can do right now, as he's not in office. Vlad screwed up by not making sure that trump was reelected in 2020.

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His money was tied up murdering children... Priorities, y'know?

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And we knew this two years ago. Nice to have confirmation, though.

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Vlad wants to be the new Stalin.

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He wants to be the new Peter the Great.

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He's not got long, at the current rate he's going to croak before he's even won the war in Ukraine.

And spoiler, as soon as he does keel over, the war ends.

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