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dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Boy do I have a treat for you this morning. I’m trying to get this done in time for this post, I think you’ll all be very pleased to see this.

Well, after we got back from the dentist, I decided to do a back yard live stream. In the course of that stream, I did a personality profile test.

Now, Harper was in the chat, and one of my regular stream viewers suggested after some back and fourth that maybe Mrs. Curvy (aka Harper) should do the test for me to see what her interpretation of my nature would yield.

Well, I thought she’d just do it on her tablet and give the results.

But she showed up in the back yard and told me she…. wait for it….

WANTED TO GO ON CAMERA!!!!

I could never have predicted this.

So rather than give you a link to the stream, I clipped out the part with Harper in it. HERE IT IS FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE:

https://youtu.be/FWd-t5n_t9U

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

Thanks, Dv8! Wonderful to see you, Miss Harper.

X_LA_Native
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2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

What a pleasant surprise! And not a moment too soon (I finally figured out the st00pit sound issue with this thing).

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  X_LA_Native

I’m very glad I made the right call. Also glad you got your computer woes worked out. I recently had some of those, myself.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

I am sorry it took me a while to get the noise gate adjusted properly.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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It’s Thursday, GN…I can hardly wait to see what sort of chaos and violence will come out way today.

G’day dv8 and HARPER!!…on camera! What a lovely, unexpected delight…teh YAY!!1! (Only had a chance to watch the first 6:30 just now but absolutely will watch the rest at my earliest opportunity.)

So very cool; it’s like teh Nation’s own reality show -- or perhaps “The Newlywed Game” -- given that “Mrs. Curvy” will be taking the test for dv8. Minus the “cringe factor”, of course…which is a huge plus. 🙂 🙂 🙂

BBL.

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This image turned up in my Twitter feed last night and I couldn’t resist adding teh childish caption:

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dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

I didn’t feel guilty putting this edited version up here since it was already on the stream. I don’t fully understand what caused her to want to go on camera. She is usually so cautious about even being photographed, owing to a long history of weirdness regarding images of herself.

I thought you all would want to see it.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Good morning, GN -- happy Thursday Dv8 and Fatwa.

I see that Drew Brees has groveled and apologized for all the sadness he caused by saying NFL players kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem was not something he supported. At least he gave our very important sports talk shows something to discuss for the rest of the week other than the National Frisbee World Cup or the sadness of loosing a cornhole match.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

what’s been going on with photobucket lately, eh? Nice to see you Mac.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

I’ve been listening to an audio book by Stephen Hunter: I, Sniper. Published in 2009. There’s a passage in there where a senior FBI agent is talking to a junior agent about why their boss is being set up to take a fall based on false reporting by the NY Times. A novel written eleven years ago, with a scene that accurately describes the press then and today. For your enjoyment.

Let me tell you what’s going on and why this one is so touchy. We are fighting the narrative and you do not fight the narrative. The narrative will destroy you. The narrative is all powerful. The narrative rules. It rules us. It rules Washington. It rules everything. Now, ask me: what is the narrative?

What is the narrative?

The narrative is a set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing it believes in them. It’s so powerful because it’s unconscious. It’s not like they get together every morning and decide these are the lies we tell today. No, that would be too crude and honest. Rather it’s a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality that they’ve never really experienced that’s arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal assumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they’ve chosen to live their lives. It’s a way of arranging things a certain way that they all believe in without ever really addressing carefully. It permeates their whole culture.

They know, for example, that Bush is a moron and Obama a saint. They know communism was a phony threat cooked up by rightwing cranks as a way to leverage power to the Executive. They know Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction, that Bush’s response to Katrina was fucked up, that torture never works, and that mad Vietnam sniper Carl Hitchcock killed the saintly peace demonstrators. Cheney’s the devil; Biden’s a genius. Soft power good; hard power bad. Forgiveness excellent; punishment counterproductive. Capital punishment a sin.

See, Nick’s fighting the narrative. He’s going against the story and the story was somewhat suspiciously concocted exactly to their prejudices, just as Jason Blair’s made up stories, the Dan Rather’s National Guard documents were. And the narrative is the bedrock of their culture. The keystone of their faith to the altar of their church. They don’t even know they are true believers, because in theory they despise the true believer in anything, but they will absolutely frag and destroy anybody who makes them question all that. And Nick had the temerity to do so, even if he didn’t quite know it at the time.

That’s why, led by Brother Ben Jackson and whoever is slipping him data, they have to destroy Nick. I don’t know who or what is behind it, but I do know this: they have all the cards. And if you play in that game, they will destroy you.

Why can’t we simply destroy the narrative?

Starling, it’s everywhere. It’s all things. It’s permanent. It’s beyond. It’s beneath. It’s above. It’s in the air. The music. The furniture. The DNA. The blood, if these assholes had blood.

I say, destroy the narrative.

I say, you yourself will be destroyed.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Wow. Powerful stuff! Pretty much what I’ve been saying. Also in line with Linux Rob’s Grand Unifying Theory of Mass Manipulation.

X_LA_Native
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2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

:: whistle ::

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  X_LA_Native

I love how your personality comes across so strongly on the Wheel!!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, dv8, Harper!!1!!eleventy!!, Fatwa, Sven, TeX, and Mac!

What a group this morning!

I’ve been listening to/watching our lovely Harper and dv8 interact and I have to tell you it was just what my weary soul needed. What a joy to hear you two! I now understand why Mac speaks so fondly of the time he spent with you both! Thank you!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Hi, TeX, Sven Mac and Paddy!

Paddy --

Hope your parent meeting went better yesterday than you were anticipating.

Maaaaaan…Riot Season really snuck-up on us this year; we still have our COVID decorations up. (Since our decorations for the former are getting a little shabby, I’m going to loot some new ones from Walmart; BRB!)

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Hi Fatwa! No, it didn’t go well. I was just facilitating the meeting and let the principal address a lot of the issues (since she wanted to be a part of the meeting). She absolutely be-clowned herself, rambling on, unable to explain things, throwing people under the bus. The meeting lasted 2.5 hours and we’re not done yet. We’ll send the parent and their advocate the draft document for them to review and comment on. Once they respond, we’ll meet again to hammer things out.

Now off to a meeting about a kid in foster care with an interpreter.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Sh¡t, man…I’m sorry to hear that.

Perhaps you can use this hammer:

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dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Let’s mount that puppy over the UN building.

X_LA_Native
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2 years ago

Oy.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

That may have just been the best comment ever!!

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

I’m glad I was able to get that video up in time for morning thread.

I see photobucket is acting up again. Once again, I’m very sorry about the audio. It took me a while to get my noise gate adjusted.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

I was a little disappointed that Miss Harper didn’t have her wand.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

I see today kicked off the George Floyd Memorial Tour 2020. The sympathy I had for his family went out the door once they aligned themselves with Crump and others of his ilk.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

I just got my 10 port usb 3.1 powered hub today. Now I can keep everything connected in the office like I want it to be including cameras.

It’s kind of a mess in there with several projects going at once, so I’m kinda dreading the hooking up of things….

I really need to do some cleaning up in there.

Anyway…..

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Danegeld. Got any?

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he was cutting $150 million from the police department budget and would give it to communities of color instead – declaring he is committed to ‘making this moment not just a moment,’ the Daily Mail UK reported.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Yeah… That’ll fix everything…………..

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

It will be a moment, all right.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

yeah, it seems that when they cut police budgets, what actually happens is you have more of those stressed out, bad actors on the police force.

There are police advocates that have been saying for years that police need to be rotated off of difficult duty so they don’t get burned out, pstd, jaded, etc. It’s part of the human condition and to be expected from some people who are over exposed to very difficult areas and assignments in policing.