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    today's birthdays: Leonard Cohen and Stephen King.
    The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men. - Plato
    How was I supposed to know that there'd be consequences for my actions? - Gina Linetti

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    Quote Originally Posted by TranaGreg View Post
    today's birthdays: Leonard Cohen and Stephen King.
    They don't post here much anymore.

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    I like peas.

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    Nightshift is a great collection of Stephen King short stories
    unfortunately Stephen King's books are usually just very, very, long short stories

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    I remember a great SNL weekend update routine where Dennis Miller interviewed Jon Lovitz as Stephen King ... throughout the interview his fingers were flying on a typewriter non-stop ... at the end Miller asks "King" what the new book is about - his response was something to the effect of - "I have no idea", he stops typing & starts reading ... "apparently it's about some guy ... "

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    Seen on twitter a few days ago (paraphrasing) ...

    God: so how are things going down there? Are the humans scared yet?
    Angel: not really, they're still doing all kinds of crazy shit.
    God: did you push the Trump thing like we talked about?
    Angel: yeah, all the way.
    God: what about the hurricanes - did you get them going?
    Angel: yep. still nothing.
    God: hmmmm ... okay then, send in the clowns.

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    on Indo-Pacific coral reefs there is a fish called the bluestriped fangblenny. they contain things called chromatophores that allow them to change pigment and adjust to better match the neighbors. coral reefs are like underwater cities for fish, as a result you will find many industrious guppies. most coral reefs have fish that at least set up makeshift car washes. and other fish will duly line up nice and orderly to be cleaned. the only cost is the parasites they want cleaned so it's a good deal everyone. what happens is the fangblenny pretends to be a bluestreak cleaner wrasse and then when a customer moves up it takes a chunk out of it. naturally this is bad for business and the cleaner fish eventually sort it out. it's a relatively rare fish, which allows it to go unnoticed at the car wash at first.

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    the largest organism in the world is a fungus in Oregon's Blue Mountains. it's 4 square miles big and perhaps as old as 8000 years.

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    ok how about dogs parachuting into jungles to catch poachers? what can't these animals do? and they're like, they hear the helicopter and start wagging their tails because they know they are going to work.


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    it's in our DNA, to save other species. to cooperate. it's just that our environment doesn't really allow it to be noticed as much right now. but you catch glimpses of it from time to time. a baby pig diving into a pool to save a baby goat. cats or dogs hit by a car but staying to try to revive it's peer. an orangutan rescuing a baby duck. a duck feeding fish. a dog trying to push water over stranded fish. it happens every day. everything in the world fighting for the right to survive while having these moments where they fight for more.

    we're multi-celled organisms made up of single-celled organisms. and if single-celled ones took 3 billion years to become cooperative to make us, how long would it take us to return the favor. just by definition of our physiology, cooperation is in our genes. and some of the same genes in us are also in everything else. which is why occasionally you see with your own eye's something today that you wouldn't think would be possible. not yet at least. but you do catch glimpses of it. this altruism. like humpback whales mobbing orcas attacking another species of whales. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...mms.12343/full

    as long as we establish that there can only be one technological species per planet. for the other primates using tools today, it just isn't there anymore. the pressure we put on them now will always prevent them from evolving into their potential. so we have to dig deeper to find a connection to who we are.

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