I saw a black swan in my neighborhood

Okay, it was a metaphorical, rather than literal, black swan. I was walking my two dogs yesterday and a couple I’ve never seen before crossed my path. The man was wearing a “Trump/Pence” t-shirt. This is in Santa Clara, CA. Home of “Silicon Valley”. As politically blue (i.e., liberal) as it gets. In the past three years I’ve seen exactly one red MAGA hat. The man, not surprisingly, weighed at least 260 lbs and was having difficulty walking.
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One silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic

In a typical week I used to receive between five and fifteen telemarketing calls each week. In the past three weeks I’ve received exactly two. Apparently even scumbag telemarketers aren’t willing to kill their employees by forcing them to work in close proximity in call centers. A work environment that is probably second only to a nursing home as a petri dish for the spread of COVID-19.

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Rep. Steve King, Iowa, embodies midwest and Christian evangelical values

USA Today reports that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defends rape and incest. I’ve been to Council Bluffs, Iowa, several times on business. You can’t drive a half mile without seeing a church or religious sign (typically a billboard). Steve King is representative of too many of the “salt of the earth” people who live there: hyper religious, willfully ignorant, bigoted, racist, and proud of it. You couldn’t pay me enough to live there.
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How about we treat men who buy guns like women who want abortions?

From a comment in this Joe My God: “How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion - mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because).
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A Chance to Eat a Big Mac with Donald Trump

Ads, masquarading as surveys, by the Trump 2020 election campaign have been appearing on a lot of the news sites and blogs I read such as Raw Story. I’ve filled out a few of those “surveys”. They have the sort of questions you would expect. For example, “Do you think the mainstream news media has treated Trump fairly?” To which I check “no”. In fact, my response to every single question makes it crystal clear I wouldn’t vote for Drumpf to be the town dog catcher let alone President of the USA.
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About that 95% approval rating metioned by Eric Trump

A few days ago Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump, stated on Fox & Friends that “95% of the country is behind him”. Which is obviously absurd since even the most popular presidents have never had an approval rating that high. Too, Trump has yet to have his approval rating exceed the percentage who disapprove of his job performance. So the question is where did Eric get that figure? I have a good idea after clicking on a web ad asking me to take a survey about Donald Trump.
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I love it when conservatives try to "own the libs"

Quartz reports: People feel strongly about straws, and US president Donald Trump is here to capitalize on that. “Liberal paper straws don’t work,” tweeted Trump’s campaign, with a link to purchase a pack of 10 red plastic straws emblazoned with Trump’s name for $15. If you think all that’s outrageous about a $1.50 plastic straw is the price, think again. For environmentalists, plastic straws have become a potent symbol for the toxic and persistent scourge of single-use plastic—an everyday item that can be easily eliminated from use, not unlike the plastic bag.
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Beyond Meat is good but too expensive

The grocery market closest to my home has started selling Beyond Meat burgers. When I saw it on sale for $1 less than its usual retail price ($5.99 vs $6.99) I decided to give it a try. Let me start by saying I enjoyed the taste and the experience of cooking a Beyond Meat burger. Having said that I think anyone who regularly eats beef burgers will easily identify this as not a beef burger.
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Mama Mary's whole grain pizza crust -- as good as cardboard

Last night I was at my local Grocery Outlet. They had some Mama Mary’s whole grain pizza crusts. I wasn’t intending to make pizza but decided to give them a try since they were heavily discounted (which should have been a warning sign). Even before baking the pizza I had my doubts. The crust was very stiff and was pockmarked with holes on both sides that is the hallmark of cheap, mechanically produced, pizza crust.
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One simple way to block most web server attacks

As I wrote in my previous blog post I recently switched from Apache+Wordpress to Caddy+Hugo. But looking at the Caddy access log I was perplexed to see almost no attacks being logged. So I looked at the caddy.log. Bingo! It contains lots of warnings like this: 2018/11/14 16:32:26 [INFO] 73.189.179.153 - No such site at :80 (Remote: 59.110.139.59, Referer: ) 2018/11/14 17:45:02 [INFO] skepticism.us - No such site at :80 (Remote: 181.
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