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Those blood-sucking vermin in state and national capitals and city halls everywhere

Before the storm: random ruminations on a not-quite-rainy weekend

Yesterday came sunshine — a brief respite between cold-and-wet and windy-and-really-really-wet. Thank you, November, for the small break. I took advantage of it to go meet a local who wanted to buy St. Guinefort the Greyhound. He’d seen it at the county fair and didn’t have much trouble tracking me down because — as it turns out — he’s one of the few locals who recognize my name from my writing. It also turned out (small town and all) that we have mutual acquaintances. Best of all (aside from the fact that he bought me a nice lunch and will…

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Midweek links

  • Worried some disgruntled ex might post intimate images of you (known these days as revenge porn)? The simple solution is now available. Just pre-emptively send F*c*b**k whichever of your most sensuous photos you happen to be concerned about and … yeah, somebody thinks that actually makes sense.
  • Democrats hit their lowest approval rate in decades. Then sweep yesterday’s elections.
  • That 84-year-old doctor in New Hampshire continues to fight an uphill battle to get her medical license back. The state keeps pushing the notion that she “voluntarily” surrendered it. (Sort of like we “volunteer” to pay income taxes. After we’ve been subjected to a high-pressure audit.)… 14 Comments
  • Monday links

  • Elderly small-town doctor who accepts mostly cash patients loses her medical license because she doesn’t have a computer to report to her state’s mandatory drug-monitoring program.
  • Where oh where have we heard stories like this before? And why do politicians never see the predictable end to the tale? California plans to slap monumental taxes on legal cannabis in hopes of filling up the state’s shaky treasury.
  • The paradise papers are shaking up some otherwise comfortable people.… 36 Comments
  • Friday links

  • Donna Brazile confirms what we all knew: that Debbie and the DNC allowed Clinton to control the party apparatus and budgets long before she even won the primaries.
  • For those concerned that Amazon wants to take over the world, here’s more ammo: their legal department just registered three domain names for cryptocurrencies.
  • Last week employees at two online NYC-based news ops cheered at winning the right to union representation. This week they all lost their jobs and the publications died.… 14 Comments
  • One of those weeks/random thoughts/much etcetera

    It’s been one of those weeks. You know the kind. Nothing really terrible is happening, but the petty annoyances and small setbacks threaten to overwhelm all productivity. It started with Amazon’s sudden imposition of stupid security on vendor accounts, then went from there in a bruising week of itty-bitty pokes by Jokester Fate. I found a solution for the Amazon stupidity (thank you, parabarbarian), but getting it implemented involved hours of additional stupid. And so the days went, with my writer’s to-do list getting longer and my patience shortening by the hour. Yesterday I woke up to a tank-rental bill…

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