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we just gotta email from Bill and Melinda gates saying they
are giving us 17 million dollars!
but the address is from the u.k.?
you went to harvard
what would you do?

Take it, donate a quarter to charity. You will still have 16,999,999.75.

the age of hardware has submerged beneath the tranquil sound of sterility.

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6. Excellent. A good illustration that cognitive ability doesn't fit neatly in man vs animal buckets.

Somewhat relatedly, I would like to admit a change to the Twitter timeline algorithm, how I relate to it, and how some might relate differently. Feel free to skip if you are uninterested in how social media promote ideas..

Twitter has always shown us tweets by people we follow. Recently they have done more to pull in tweets related to those people we follow. They always tell you the "why" in the first line of the tweet. You may see "X liked this" or "X replied to this." I think a more recent change is "X and 4 other people you follow saw this."

Some people are quite animated that this is an invasion, but to be honest I still take personal responsibility. I may not like everything I see (@NiskanenCenter follows some strange people!), but I still feel like it's on me (I can drop @NiskanenCenter if I want).

Twitter never, as far as I know (and I can see from that "why" line), hitting me with tweets outside my network. They're just edging the network outward.

Still, apparently there are a lot of people who like the tighter idea of a social network, and that you only see what you follow, no second order interaction.

I won't say they are wrong, if that is their preference.

That was very relevant to the monkey using a instagram, so thank you for chiming in. Tell us more about how you use Twitter.

That was a (stilted) apology to another user.

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I’m very disappointed in you anon/shrug/bear. This was a perfect opportunity for you to link to a tweet from orange POTUS showing other chimps that use technology. COME ON MAN. You’re shtick is better than this.

So .. you know it's out there?

Congratulations on your citizenship.

Somewhat related to *this*, I haven't been a real Biden fan, but when he comes out with "America is an idea" as the first literal line of his campaign, what can I do?

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/01/simple-points-emigration.html#blog-comment-159761781

So he's speaking to me, though it reminds to be seen if that is too centrist or pragmatic for the Democrats.

We’re talking about a septuagenarian that fondles 12 year olds while being photographed.

And a man who fully supported the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.

And a man who came up with a “plan” to keep CT forces in Afghanistan in 2009 while removing all conventional forces.

And a man who supported the overthrow and sodomizing by bayonet of a dictator that willingly gave up his nuclear program.

And a man who championed 25 year minimum sentences for drug dealers.

And a man who advocated three strikes laws.

And a man who supported bankruptcy laws in which loans could not be discharged.

Not just an incompetent. A fascist incompetent.

Horseshoe theory?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory

Joe Biden may not be the perfect candidate, but to the extent that people become unglued, I think that represents the fringes on both extremes.

It's not he's an absurd candidate of the Trumpian scale.

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Still better than Trump by a mile. Also just about everyone supported the (Republican) Iraq war, and killing Gaddafi, and all that other stuff.

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He has enough "dirty old white guy" appeal in him to peel away disillusioned Trump voters and he gets automatic votes from Dems for just not being Trump. In the national election, the math is clear. In the primaries though, the socialists could beat him.

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Unfortunately, he also seems to advocate for a race war in places.

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It really isn't.

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#5 Imagine if aliens have visited us for decades and tried to make contacts but we don't know about it because of bad NAVY procedures.

Aliens visited several billion years ago, many times. They created a secret biobot factory, and that factory has been generating a secret force of biobots, enslaved to the ulterior motives of these aliens. We are not allowed to know.

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5. Of course, now that the Navy has upgraded UFO sightings, the number of sightings will increase exponentially. Just as economists conducting research see what they are looking for, so do Navy pilots. My problem with the Navy's upgrade for UFO sightings is the same as my problem with economic research: seeing what researchers and pilots are looking for means they are less likely to see what they are not looking for.

Just as economists conducting research see what they are looking for, so do Navy pilots.

No, their research is inconvenient to your worldview, hence you assume they're as dishonest as lawyers.

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Maybe, but then let's also hope that the Fed, the Treasury and Congress pay a little more attention to economic research, than the Navy now pays to UFO reports, right? I understand that congressmen are already very good at not seeing what they are not looking for..

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Kahn (UPenn) four “nuances” are ailing in this "analysis" – the vital (sarcasm) as distilled, the locative (forgetfulness)as accrued despair, durative (unrequited love) as own impotence, and existential (impermanence) ceased drums.

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6. My daughter had figured out how to use a tablet by 1 year old. It's definitely her favorite thing, after my nipple.

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2) So even Irish newspapers are on the alert now for each day's crazy "Florida Man" story

There was one "Florida Man story, but there were two "Florida" stories. The chimp is also from Florida.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwf080_Bfby/

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2. There have been around 22 recorded kick attacks by cassowaries in Australia with only one of them resulting in death. In this case the bird was defending itself from attack by two boy who had decided to try to kill it with clubs in 1926.

This is why it is vitally important to give your children plenty of screen time in northern Queensland.

New OSHA standard?

Yeah, spending time indoors playing computer games and using social media is why they think children's blood lead levels are surprisingly low near the lead smelter here.

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#4 is very misleading. GDPR has "worked" as far as companies are abiding to user's requests to delete their data. Is that really helping anything? I don't know. But as far as allowing users to control their data, that is working. The other cases they mention sound more like "policing tech companies". Of course that is not working and I hope it never does.

Apparently the Irish aren't towing the German line.

Or maybe toeing to the German line.

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Agreed - it is an a good article. Evidence that Ireland isn't doing a good job is that they haven't fined anyone yet. That's one helluva assumption.

*not a good

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3 - If Dr. Liu read all of Smith's Wealth of Nations, she has my vote.

Using the Menu to Research is interesting.

Seriously.

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Her research sounds interesting. What does it say about academia that her achievements ("I received my PhD in Political Science in 2018 from Stanford University, where I was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, as well as a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, one of the University's highest distinctions for doctoral students.") didn't turn into a tenure track job?

I guess that it doesn't value intellectual history.

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6. Chimpanzee using Instagram.
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Except the right wing moneys, they got banned.

Chimps display more civility than some of those right-wing asshats.

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3) average is over?

6) wow, just wow. In other examples of monkeys using tools they alwayssseemed so clumsy. This is the first time I have seen anything approaching human levels of dexterity

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#3

She hot!

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Did some of the Hapsburgs end up in China? Glory M Liu looks like a Chinese Hapsburg.

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(6) Wow, that is good.

I have always wondered if chimpanzees really like to put pretty cotton bonnets on their heads .... if you don't know what I am talking about, that is (will be, to be technical) a very important thing in the 22nd century when they run and RERUN surveillance and straight up artistic video ON EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE 21st century (Because they can, and because like us they get bored and seek entertainment)... the important 22nd century thing I am talking about are these "recreations" of long gone chimps (our contemporaries, ffs , pay attention) , living in the horrible conditions my contemporaries (not me, though) usually create for animals we live in proximity to , and some of the chimps (mostly the females, one would think, but not really) get really happy looks on their sweet chimp faces when they dress up in the kind of bonnets you used to see, if you were born in 1950 or so, on some of the kindlier actresses in John Ford Westerns.

Is it because the female chimps know they are more attractive with a slightly brimmed bonnet because they know that such gear makes their eyes larger and makes them more attractive?

Is it just the feel of cotton on one's simian head (is simian the word I want - is not there a better word for what we and the chimps and the orangutans and, yes, even the howler monkeys and the cliff monkeys who so often sing of the days when they too would jump from their gentle abodes on the Rock of Gibraltar and swim over to the aircraft carriers and climb the side and try to wrestle the night watch over the rails and into the sea - but I ramble here, and nobody cares about my trivial memories of the proud and honest USA Navy from back in the day).

Yeah I know which MLB baseball player got a hit in 100 straight weekday afternoon games - in which the game started in the early afternoon, west of the Mississippi, in which the opposing starting pitcher came into the game with an E.R.A. of more than 4.1;

that sort of thing is trivial to know. Chimps and their love for bonnets - I gotta say, I can only wonder, without real knowledge.

If you have never seen the happy look on the face of a chimpanzee trying on a new hat or a new scarf or some other fetching piece of clothing, you really haven't lived a completely fulfilled and informed life.

Just saying. As for me, I made the cashier at Target laugh today when I told her, when she rang up my purchases (bread, aspirin, a sympathy card, a boring shirt, and tonic water) that the total - 18.79 --- was the year my youngest grandmother was born.

Ring, rang, rung -
lie, lay, lied, laid ----- there have been a couple dozen billion people born with the gift of language learning ability and not many of us can go on and on about ring rang rung and as for me I COULD BUT I WON'T

you're welcome.
Pray for someone tonight that you have not prayed for in a while, and flip open the Bible and read a random paragraph or two. You won't regret it, and if you do regret it you have my permission to tell yourself this ----

I WILL NEVER EVER AGAIN TAKE ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO PRETENDS TO KNOW AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT CHIMPS AND WHO RESPECTS THEM AND WHO PRAYS FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEM AND ALL THEIR HOUSES
as for me and my house we will be as kind as we can to our friends the chimps

Be kind to an animal today

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paragraph 4 - primates was the word I was looking for. Not really one of the words that is best at being the right word for what it expresses, to tell the truth.
paragraph 5 - Ichiro, Molitor, or Olerud. You figure it out.

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Pray for someone tonight that you have not prayed for in a while, and flip open the Bible and read a random paragraph or two.

You won't regret it, I hope.
Even if you think you are a thousand times smarter than me, and I am kind of smart, so I would be super impressed if you were right.... about that .... you won't regret it.

Remember, it is no small thing to be a friend to a creature who never had a friend in this world, and while I have met many many people and have met not all that many who meet that definition (most people have had parents who were, at least for a while, kind and friendly, and most of us don't often meet the kind of people who didn't - and if we do they usually have had other friends in this world, after they left the abode of hell that life with parents who do not love you can be ------) anyway, while, technically speaking, I have not many people of whom I could say they never had a friend in this world, lots of us are sort of like that, for reasons that are too long to go into here ---- Time is the friend of the fortunate, but not so much of the unfortunate, would be my "modern" way of saying it (I have a few Biblical quotes which explain it better, but I am not writing this comment for the sort of person who respects Biblical quotes ----) ....

and, in conclusion, sometimes you just need to remember that it is no small thing to be a friend to a creature who never had a friend in this world, and sometimes that creature is you, and by flipping open the Bible and reading some of the wonderful and kind wisdom therein, you might understand not only

HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU

but how much you can do by praying for someone who needs more help than you do.
I remember

you want footnotes:
the cliff monkey story was told me by my older brother, an aviation squadron commander, in 1990 .... it is a familiar old Navy story I guess.
The 100 game hitting streak was just something an announcer on old "Monday Night Baseball" referenced a few years ago, who knows if it is true.

In real life, I make perfect sense and do not seem eccentric at all.

One adjusts the way one communicates to the means of communication that one decides is worth communicating on.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

If you read the first paragraph or so of the first 32 chapters of Jeremiah, one after the other (it takes about 15 minutes) - if you do that you will get a good feel for what you have been missing all these years
Trust me on that

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in all that "wall of text", to use a phrase that the losers in life like to use when referring to long comments they think have no value, there was one, and only one typo.

(while, technically speaking, I have not many people)
should read
(while, technically speaking, I have not met many people).

I am in a good mood tonight, so I am going to suggest another way to read the Bible that will maybe help you out.

In 40 minutes, you can read all the Chapter 17s in the Old Testament, do that a few times, and then read all the Chapter 8s in the New Testament.

Or do something like that, change the numbers, but remember that the Bible is not just a book, I mean it would be just a book if God talked to you personally in clear language that you could understand as easily as a rat understands what it needs to do to find food for itself and for its little rat family ---- but probably you are not the sort of person to whom God talks to in language that you can understand as easily as a rat understands what it needs to do to find food ---- sorry about the metaphor, it was not one of my best, to say the least ---- but seriously, unless you have a good Christian friend to talk these things out with, just pick up the Bible and look for the sort of thing you need to know.

Thanks for reading.
Cor ad cor loquitur

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Seriously in real life I am the least eccentric person you will ever meet, if uneccentric were a word in a picture dictionary my picture would be next to it.

If you have never seen the happy look on the face of a chimpanzee trying on a new hat or a new scarf of some other fetching piece of clothing, you have not really lived a completely informed and fulfilled life.

Eccentric people are not capable of saying something like that.

So what are you waiting for, the Chapter 17s and the Chapter 8s and their ilk await!

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#4: LOL. Politico.

#6: LOL. Twitter. That monkey has a longer attention span than most humans.

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"Life is beautiful"

CANT TRADEMARK THAT

forfsake pay attention

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Pray for someone tonight that you have not prayed for in a while

that is all I ask

lots of people make serious cash off this religious stuff but I will never make a cent, ever, off of any religious knowledge and insight I have

trust me

pray for someone tonight that you have not prayed for in a while

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pay attention to this that was all OC (original content) and guess what
CANT TRADEMARK THAT (just a hint)
verb. sap. sufficit !!!!

and no primates is not anywhere near the top 90 percent of English words, qua successful English words

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1 Corinthians 13:13

we have no mockingbirds in my uneventful suburban neighborhood but often the catbirds, at evening time, sing for hours about the love in their heart for their fellow catbirds

and for all of the rest of us, chimps, rats, people, losers in life, winners in life, copyright lawyers, former traveling salesmen who remember with fondness those days when, tired after a long day, they would open the drawer in the little piece of furniture next to their hotel bed (I forget what those little pieces of furniture are called) and see, with a look of familiar recognition, yet another avatar of the beloved Gideon Bible ..... the list could go on ......

Be kind to an animal today

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6 -- This chimp seems to have an opposable thumb.
She must be from the Planet of the Apes.

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