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I am supposed to use distilled water in my cpap device, although...

I have no idea if other waters would work.

Anyway, I tried five stores this AM to get a gallon of the stuff, and finally found one last lonely gallon at the sixth store.

Plenty of spring water, purified water, and other stuff on the shelves, but no distilled? Why the run on distilled?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 17, 2020, 12:01 PM (8 replies)

And now for something completely different-- wife selling as alternative to divorce...


Wife selling in England was a way of ending an unsatisfactory marriage by mutual agreement that probably began in the late 17th century, when divorce was a practical impossibility for all but the very wealthiest. After parading his wife with a halter around her neck, arm, or waist, a husband would publicly auction her to the highest bidder. Wife selling provides the backdrop for Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, in which the central character sells his wife at the beginning of the story, an act that haunts him for the rest of his life, and ultimately destroys him.

Although the custom had no basis in law and frequently resulted in prosecution, particularly from the mid-19th century onwards, the attitude of the authorities was equivocal. At least one early 19th-century magistrate is on record as stating that he did not believe he had the right to prevent wife sales, and there were cases of local Poor Law Commissioners forcing husbands to sell their wives, rather than having to maintain the family in workhouses.

Wife selling persisted in England in some form until the early 20th century; according to the jurist and historian James Bryce, writing in 1901, wife sales were still occasionally taking place during his time. In one of the last reported instances of a wife sale in England, a woman giving evidence in a Leeds police court in 1913 claimed that she had been sold to one of her husband's workmates for 1.


And, of course as all good British customs come to the colonies:


For divorce-based instances from the colonies before they became the U.S., see wife selling (English custom).
In 1781, in South Carolina, a "Bill of Sale"[3] of a "Wife and Property"[3] for "Two Dollars and half Dozen Bowls of Grogg",[3] the buyer "to have my said Wife for ever and a Day",[3] is, according to Richard B. Morris, "unique of its kind".[4] According to Morris, "although the administration of the law was in a somewhat unsettled state during this ["British"] military occupation [of Charleston], neither at common law nor under the marriage laws then in force in South Carolina would the sale of a wife have been valid".[5][a] The document likely was a way, wrote Morris, for "dissolving the marriage bond"[6] since the state forbade divorce[7] "and the marriage laws of the Church of England were widely disregarded among the poorer whites and in the back country",[8] but it could also have been intended to reduce the husband's liability for debts for support of the wife and her children and for her pre-wedding debts,[9] while it was unlikely to have been for the sale of a Black slave or an indentured servant,[10] though being for the sale of an Indian woman or a mestizo, while unlikely, was not impossible.[1

Now, according to several sources, some wives had no problem being sold to a better mate, and often instigated their sales to their lovers.

Still, to our modern sensitivities, the entire idea seems brutish.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 17, 2020, 08:05 AM (13 replies)

About toilet paper...

Apparently, it was invented in the 6th century by the Chinese. It never became popular in the West until the 1800s, when some patents were issued.

So, what did we do without TP?

Many things are a bit icky to talk about, but we have had cotton cloth for a long time. Terrycloth.

When I have bouts of diarrhea from certain meds, I have this huge stack of washcloths sitting there. The come in handy for kitchen and other spills, too, and I hardly use paper towels at all any more. Even good as potholders and other things...

I stock up when I see a display of a pack of a dozen washcloths or hand towels for a couple of bucks. They get dirty, and I throw them in the wash, with plenty of bleach.

Another problem solved.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Mar 15, 2020, 08:50 AM (35 replies)

A woman of my acquaintance just had her daughter accepted to a prestigious private...

high school. But it's the one she applied to that didn't accept her that is the story.

They are both shutting down, but her school offered students who had no safe place to go a safe dorm until the crisis is over, or at least better understood.

The other school demanded that everyone leave, including a large number of Chinese students who they insisted had to go back to China. No tuition refund, or other assistance-- just get out. Sounds inhuman to send them back into the maelstrom.

These Chinese students, btw, pay full freight, allowing girls like my friend's daughter to get generous scholarships.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Mar 15, 2020, 07:28 AM (6 replies)

Yesterday I was listening to Mazie Hirono say that Donald Trump should just...

shut up and get out of the way so people who know what they are doing can deal with the crisis.

Simple, eh?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 01:20 PM (6 replies)

Don't have time to look right now, but has Pence's new position been...

fully raged about here?

The man who once expanded the HIV crisis in his state by personal objections to needle sharing solutions and insisting prayer was better than medicine is now the gateway through which all comments by people who know what they are talking about must beg to pass?

Even Goebbels understood that at some point the public's eyeballs meant more than the most exquisite propaganda.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 05:54 PM (1 replies)

Good bye, cable nooze...

Had it up to here with endless discussions about looming elections. Never anything breaking that I don't get with a quick look at the Times or WaPo.

And never anything in depth-- takes up too much time and money to do a half hour on a subject.

And what's with the Kars for Kids commercials on MSNBC on Sirius?

Back to local channels, PBS and NPR. At least you can get traffic and weather reports. And the latest gas station shootout.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Feb 22, 2020, 05:00 PM (31 replies)

I have been spearphished!

Which is worse than a simple phishing expedition.

I'm in my car and get a message that my account has been suspended.

What account? Was this a text? (Bluetooth can do odd things)

Then the phone rings and I'm given a choice of numbers to press. I press one and some guy with a vague accent starts asking questions...

"Are you *****"


"Do you live at ********"


And few more like that.

Finally, he says there is a problem with my Sprint account.

"I don't have a Sprint account."

Immediate hangup.

Spearphishing is an advanced form of phishing where they have tidbits of information about you, enough to make you think they are for real, and try to get the good stuff. If we went on longer, he would have eventually asked for my credit card info to "fix" the problem.

It's getting nasty out there.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 01:10 PM (16 replies)

I was in the ER last month when I was found passed out in the shower...

then went back to the ER the next night when I felt the same symptoms. They found my pulse and blood glucose way too high, but otherwise OK, and I was released in the mornings. Got an envelope from the hospital a couple of days later, but it was just a survey about how well they did. Just got the bill in the mail, though.

It was not itemized, just the total of $18,000 and change.

18 grand! You woulda thought I got a brake job on my Mercedes. But, it appears Medicare bargained that down to around 8 grand and paid about $7,000 of that.

So, from $18,000, I owe them a little over a thousand. Although grateful that I don't owe them the whole thing, the absurdity of it all astounds me.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 02:51 PM (64 replies)

This bullshit drives me up a wall. It was only a little less than three years ago...

that 65 million Americans voted for a woman.

Actually voted. Didn't just say they would on a poll.

And that was Hillary, with a ton of baggage they tried to crucify her with. And no one knew just how bad Trump would be.

Get Warren or Harris up there compared to Trump in a real election and you bet your damn ass Americans will vote for a woman.

(OK, Klobuchar, too, but she does look like a lost cause at this point. Maybe Veep?)

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Jul 21, 2019, 10:15 PM (0 replies)
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