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Cute animal videos please

I'm feeling morbid. Temp of 99.9 last night and twice today.

Cartoons used to make me cheer up, but they're not funny anymore. I've watched all the Joe Peras on Adult Swim at least four times each, then I hit the one where his grandmother dies and it's back to zero. Even Food Wars ("his shirt flew off!" is no comfort anymore.
Posted by cyclonefence | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:30 PM (3 replies)

"Discovering" new foods

A long time ago, I read an essay by Russell Baker how his family first encountered spaghetti and struggled with how to eat it. I was surprised--I come from a family which for generations was not exposed to new foods and who treated them with suspicion, but which had always afaik eaten spaghetti--and no, we're not Italian.

I asked my mother, and she said they'd always eaten spaghetti with meat sauce when she was growing up.

I've been trying to think of foods I take for granted that were introduced to my family during my lifetime, and the only one I can come up with is pizza.

When I was little--5 or 6 years old--I was taken for the first time to a bowling alley. No one in my family bowled, and I, and probably they, had never been in a bowling alley before. The bowling alley served snack-ish food like hot dogs, but somehow my parents had learned that it served pizza. They must have been told by someone else that it was delicious because they were not adventurous enough to have sought it out on their own. Anyway, pizza slices in that bowling alley were my (and I'm sure my parents') introduction to pizza. My mother began to buy the Chef Boyardee pizza kits in a box for a treat.

Let me stress how frightened of unfamiliar foods my parents were. One Christmas about ten years ago, they complained sneeringly that someone had sent them a smoked turkey breast--which they threw away!

Did your family come late to a food we now commonly eat?

I have never loved the cute animal videos as much as I do now

Thanks to all who post them--they lift my heart.

I broke down and made oatmeal cookies today

I miss going to the grocery store because I am inspired by what I see there to decide what to cook. I also generally buy myself a little treat like an individual pecan pie--we don't keep sweets in the house. My husband goes to the store; we keep it to once a week or less frequently--and btw, what is being called "hoarding" might be folks like us who buy more than we need right now so we won't have to go out again.

Anyway, he occasionally brings me a sweet treat, but not always stuff I like, so I decided to make cookies. I avoid making cookies when it's just us at home because there we are stuck with a dozen or more cookies whereas at the store I could buy just one big one. Anyway, I started looking through my recipes, and they all took lots of eggs, or whole milk/cream, nuts or cream cheese--stuff I don't keep on hand. Well, eggs I have, but I want to eat those for breakfast.

Then I found an oatmeal cookie recipe that uses old fashioned oats, which I don't have the patience right now to cook for breakfast (a big container, too), butter, which I have in the freezer, brown sugar and *one* egg.

Oh my god are they good. I've got 20 of them. My husband is a diabetic and I am known to binge. We are doomed, but we'll go down with smiles on our faces.

On edit: my husband shamed me into taking them over to my daughter's group home and leaving them for the staff (the three ladies are on a strict eating plan). So no coma for him and no bloat for me.

I dreamed about merthiolate last night

I cut up stuff for salad with an old device called a Feemster slicer, which is a poor woman's mandoline. I hate making (and eating) salads, but my husband feels they are part of a healthy diet, and I love my husband, so I make him salads. This slicer makes it a lot easier.

But of course I slice my thumb on a regular basis, and a couple of days ago I did it again. It was no big deal--shallow but bloody--but it left one of those annoying dead skin flaps. This one was too small for me to bite or cut off. Plus it was sore. I rubbed Neosporin into it, but it still hurt.

In my dream, I kept asking people if they had any merthiolate or gentian violet.

As a kid, those were my preferred antiseptics. Unlike iodine (which is what I ended up painting my thumb with) they didn't sting--gential violet was especially gentle, but my mother hated it because of the stains it left.

When my parents died and the house was being emptied, I was unable to see to it myself. I told my husband and son I wanted everything out of the medicine cabinet, but they thought I was joking. Merthiolate, gentian violet, *paragoric* which is *opium*, cough medicine with *codeine* in it, and "drawing" ointment, which supposedly "drew" infection out of boils and things. It all got thrown away, dammit.

Were there wonderful over-the-counter medicines when you were a kid?

Why Donald Trump won't be wearing a mask or scarf

He is a man who paints his face orange.

He cantilevers his hair and dyes it a color unseen in nature.

He wears a tie that flaps around his ankles.

He stands leaning into the wind like the prow of a pirate ship because of the lifts in his shoes.

He walks around with toilet paper hanging off his shoe and fights with umbrellas. And nobody on his staff cares enough to help him out.

A mask would make him look silly.
Posted by cyclonefence | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:56 AM (7 replies)

Trump is afraid to use federal powers

to get manufacture of masks, gowns, ventilators because if people still die he feels he will be blamed. Now, by shifting *his* responsibilities to the states, it's "not his fault". His biggest fear imo is being shown to be in the wrong, and he figures, I think, that if he doesn't *try* he can't be responsible for what happens.

Where is the 25th amendment? Pence, of all people, can see that Trump's irresponsible behavior is costing American lives. Pence is, I think, the person who can put this all in motion. When will he do it?

Alternatively, how can Trump be made to understand that his failure to act puts him squarely to blame for the greater part of these deaths?

And why is My Pillow devoting only 75% of its manufacture to masks? Why not 100%? And who knew you could make masks from scraps of foam swept up from legitimate mattress manufacturers' floors?
Posted by cyclonefence | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:54 AM (8 replies)

If now is not the time for Amazon workers to unionize,

when is?

If now is not the time to press for a national $15--hell, $20--minimum wage, when is?

Commercials--who knew?

I've never watched so much TV in my life. Things I care about, I record and zip through commercials, but now I am watching live TV and being exposed to commercials I never knew existed. I'm sheltering in place but being exposed.

What fiend thought up "1-800-7 Cars for Kids?" I've never been subjected to such television pain--and I lived through "Mother! Please! I'd rather do it myself!" and "I ate the whole thing." There is no mercy when it comes to those nasal-voiced Children of the Corn with Up with People grins mechanized like some nightmarish Chuck E. Cheese automatronic band chanting--flat--their hell-fire incantation. They come from the depths of Hell and infect us with the earworm which insures we, too, are raising demons every time we repeat those words in our brains.

This organization knows, they surely know, that no one who hears the words of this commercial will donate a car to them. They obviously don't want your car. They know that the hearer's response has to be "well, I'll never give anything to *them,*" yet they persist.

The obvious explanation:

If enough of us repeat the incantation, even just in our own heads, we will bring on the Apocalypse. We don't know how many of us it will take, but with so many more of us being exposed to this commercial, we must surely be approaching the magic number. What can we do? For now, every time I find myself chanting, I substitute "1-*900*" because I don't think it will work--ceremonies to raise demons generally don't--unless the exact formula is repeated. If you have suggestions, please post them They may be all that stand between us and the Anti-Christ.


(and just in case: )

If warm weather will kill the virus

are we seeing any outbreaks now in the southern hemisphere, where it is warm?

It appears that there is one case in Brazil, in a man who had visited Italy. (http://virological.org/t/first-cases-of-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-in-brazil-south-america-2-genomes-3rd-march-2020/409)

On the other hand,

1) The Southern Hemisphere only makes up 10-12% of the global population, and since the population density is MUCH higher in the Northern Hemisphere, you'd expect to see bigger clusters of COVID-19 being reported here.

2) Testing methods are not as prevalent in many areas across the Southern Hemisphere, so there's a possibility many cases just aren't being detected.

3) Countries like Australia in the Southern Hemisphere are also struggling to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41892048/will-warmer-weather-help-fight-the-coronavirus)

Has anyone read or heard anything more definite about low incidence in the southern hemisphere? And does the opposite hold true--i.e., is there a heavier incidence the colder the country is?
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