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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Goooooood Morniiiiiiiiing, GN!

Excellent thread pic, Mac; I appreciate teh sentiment. 😉

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Naw, just a SCOAMF.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Love the thread pic, Mac!

A local city has their big heritage days festival this weekend -- parade, carnival, booths set up by local organizations, food, music, etc. It’s a big deal among the residents. They event was halted after the parade due to the high winds. Organizers are hoping to open up again today at 11 am.

Teh Older and I went to a DOE sponsored event -- the Solar XPO -- which included a college design/build competition for solar/green/sustainable housing. We toured about a half dozen of the homes -- each about 960 sq. ft. and all 100% solar powered. There were some interesting concepts, but most cost about $300,000 to build, proving that these concepts are no where near market-ready.

Another part of the expo was a high school competition for fuel-efficient vehicles that my school was participating in. You drive your vehicle around the road course as many times as possible in 15 minutes, but you are limited to $1 worth of energy (some vehicles are gas powered, some electric, some use propane, etc.). The competition includes many heats, so I won’t hear how our team did until Monday. It was quite fun to watch the different style vehicles navigate the course.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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$312.00 / sq. ft. is a little pricy even for CA. 😉

Hope the kids from your school did respectably with their fuel-efficient vehicle, Paddy.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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A local city has their big heritage days festival this weekend — parade, carnival, booths set up by local organizations, food, music, etc.

Is there a dunk tank featuring local pols and piranhas?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Looks like fun, Paddy.

http://www.the-xpo.org/

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I wonder why “brave, heroic veterans” Kerry and McCain haven’t spoken-out regarding the ongoing carp at the WWII and Vietnam memorials; they don’t generally pass-up opportunities to shove their punims in front of television cameras.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Punims? Sounds dirty. Looking it up…”A yiddish word for face, or more specifically a cute face.” OK.

So the first Sunday of the govt shutdown. May there be many more, or at least a few. I got October 23in the work pool.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Signed into law last week; makes me a little bit nervous given the competency of govt in general.

AB 58, Wieckowski. Medical experiments: human subjects.

Existing law regulates the conduct of medical experiments on human subjects and requires informed consent prior to conducting medical experiments on human subjects. Existing law, until January 1, 2014, exempts from this requirement a medical experimental treatment that benefits a patient subject to a life-threatening emergency if specified conditions are met, including that the patient is in a life-threatening situation necessitating urgent intervention and available treatments are unproven or unsatisfactory and informed consent cannot be obtained before treatment must be administered.

This bill would continue the exemption for life-threatening emergencies indefinitely and would add conditions for the use of medical experimental treatment, including that the institutional review board has reviewed and approved the informed consent procedures and these procedures are to be used with subjects or their legally authorized representatives in situations where use of the procedures and documents is feasible and that specified additional protections of the rights and welfare of the subjects will be provided.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

That may well result in an unstoppable army of mutant Jackie Goldberg clones after the next major disaster; aieeeeeeeeeeee!!1

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Wow…that foully wretched piece of shit in the White House has even shut down the Amber Alert System:

http://amberalert.gov

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Machinist

As any number of folks have pointed out, won’t it be wonderful when these same petty, malicious people control our access to medical care?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Last week, I gave the “Covered California” web site a shot. I think it’s pretty silly. They initially ask you like three questions and then give you several policies that fall into their categories: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. Hidden down near the bottom of the form, I think, was pricing information, but you have to contact the insurance company for an actual quote: so the point is what?

Tonite when I went there just to look, I got this:

This Connection is Untrusted

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to v.calheers.ca.gov, but we can’t confirm that your connection is secure.

Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site’s identity can’t be verified.

Makes me comfortable.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Criminy.

They should have had the porn industry set-up the website. Serially.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

I’ve checked out the Covered Calif. website, as well. Monthly premiums would range from $1121 to $1931 for next-to-nothing coverage to decent coverage. A lot of the links for plan details don’t work and you can’t find out if your doctor is a part of the network for any of the plans.