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Oh, neat. I've been micro-loaning via Kiva since 2008. Now they have "Kiva Cards" so if you want to check out Kiva, but want to use my money not yours to do so let me know and I'll buy you a Kiva Card. (I'm no millionaire, so this is a limited volume offer :))

huh. Apparently I'm due/overdue for more vaccinations?
Vaccine | Immunization Status
COVID-19 | Complete
HepA | Complete
Influenza | Recommended Now
MMR | Recommended Now
Pertussis(Tdap) | Complete
Td | Recommended Now
Varicella | Recommended Now

What are these and why didn't my GP shoot me up with them at my annual physical? Influenza is my fault, I've been too lazy to schedule yet another appointment.

Oh! Happy Transgender Awareness Week! (I was not aware, gotta switch flags in front of my cult house in the woods!)

Oh, nice. If you want to challenge my ethical philosophy (Utilitarianism) you could do worse than Star Trek: Voyager S1E13 "Faces"
B'Elanna: You've killed him!
Sulan: Yes, but his organs will save more than a dozen lives.

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Wha? The US average wage has risen 35% in the last 10 years? That's way higher than I would have guessed, good news?

Aww man I thought the Jesuits were the thoughtful / intellectual Catholics. Plot twist: they sold slaves at Georgetown

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Concept: scalemail armor made from discarded juul pods

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Some critters photographed from the veranda this afternoon. The White-browed Scrubwren could be sharper, but it was in the shade and didn't sit still. The Brown Thornbill prefered a little leaf cover, but at least sang at me. And there's a blue dragonfly of some sort which obligingly stayed still while I manually focussed.

#AustralianWildlife #bird #photo #nature #BrownThornbill #WhiteBrowedScrubwren

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation.”

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Presumably the reaction time of dogs brains + muscles + human brains is slower than the light / sound difference at that distance.

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Pretty sure this is scientifically false under my conditions, but I just observed the speed of light is faster than the speed of sound:
Super windy day, I'm ~100 yards from my truck. Dog is standing next to the truck. I hit my remote to make the truck honk and I saw his head whip toward the truck (startled) before I heard the truck honk.

But it denies that our systemic problems could be fundamentally improved so the sludge / grind of millions of jobs could, for example, pay a living wage to workers. I don't think that's too much to ask of employers. Especially large ones.

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But 99.9% of the content makes it sound like "suck it up" and "power through" and "leave" are the only options for workers. That the system is what it is and nothing can be done, individuals have to be mobile and flexible and find a better deal. Yes, that's true and possible for millions of us, and we should do that.

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