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  1. In other words @peterferris8 Dump is still bitter about the fact that, although he won the electoral college in 2016, he lost the popular vote by 3 million... He *really* needs to let that go.

    Also, people are right to question his victory in 2016 anyway. He had previously been a reality TV personality and (so far as I know) had nothing to do with politics. It was a very sudden jump from TV to deciding he wanted to be president, without having been a senator, congressperson or doing anything to gain the sort of experience that most politicians do - and that makes us, rightly, question why the sudden change of career. Of course now we're uncovering his financial details and maybe getting some idea from those. Which makes 2016 stink even more of corruption and strings being pulled to make sure he won. 

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  2. This is from yesterday, but I wrapped and posted some early Christmas presents. That felt good, to be spreading a bit of cheerfulness at the end of a turbulent year. One is on the way to a U2 friend, the other is for a Star Wars trading card group friend as part of that group's Secret Santa. I'm relieved (and impressed) that I managed to get out and find suitable gifts before second lockdown started.

    Then, on the way back from the post office, I bought 5 packs of F1 trading cards and pulled the silver Limited Edition of my favourite driver :D  That means I've nearly completed the set of the Limited Edition cards. 

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  3. 5 hours ago, Manohlive said:

    I hope it means mercy and a hand up instead of prison time.

    I hope so too. Prison doesn't help address the issues of why someone feels the need to take drugs - if anything, it can lead to them getting hold of more/different drugs while in prison and making it worse. 

    I hope Oregon will take the approach of supporting people with addictions, helping them get treatment and help to resolve whatever problems have led to them doing drugs in the first place. And educating people on the dangers so that they hopefully don't start in the first place. 

    I live in an area where cannabis use is very common and it seems that, no matter how much our local police do in terms of raiding houses of growers/dealers, there's always someone else that steps in. Last year, there was an instance when one of the young people who hang out at the library in normal times was sitting around, quite openly discussing with younger, school-age friends how often he smoked cannabis and wondering how much it would cost him to buy some cocaine :o 

    I politely pointed out to him that those things are illegal and that maybe he shouldn't be discussing such matters in a public building where people could overhear and maybe report him. But it typifies an attitude among some young people that they think these things are perfectly normal, even acceptable, even though they're very much illegal. They don't even seem to consider the health risks of such drugs. And that's a scary thought. 

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  4. 2 hours ago, dmway said:

    P.S. I also love the coincidence (or not - maybe that’s why he has his surname) that his last name is slang for “fart” in the UK. I just kept that in mind every time I heard his name for the past 4 years.

     

    We've often referred to him over here as "the racist old fart" - especially during the protests when he visited. Although it has ruined baked beans for me. My neighbour's son, when he was little, used to call beans "beans what trump" because they made him fart. 

    Come to think of it, baked beans are also a similar shade of orange :lol:

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  5. 10 hours ago, dmway said:

    The Donald is going to learn very quickly that his saying so doesn’t make it fact. In order for him to have a case, he’ll have to provide evidence - which he won’t have because there isn’t any. (I see Twitter did their job properly by flagging this message too - I bet most/all of his tweets going forward will be flagged as well.)

    The bitter recriminations of a classless person - again, to quote him himself, “Sad!”

     

    You make a good point about the evidence (or lack of it). While reporting on the election, Dump's claims, the BBC and other British news outlets - including our newspapers - have been very clear in stating that there is no evidence for his claims of fraud. They have made it clear that his claims have no factual basis at all - which helps to emphasise that this is just the ranting of a bad loser who had convinced himself he was going to win because his party tried to rig and suppress the vote (e.g. trying to delay postal service deliveries, reducing the number of polling places etc).

    If he does try and take this to court, he's only going to embarrass himself again as I imagine his "case" will get thrown out very quickly due to said lack of evidence. If anything, I'd like to see someone make him undergo a proper psychological evaluation as he's clearly not of sound mind. Over here, the police or a court can order a person to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I don't know what your equivalent would be, but it could easily be argued that he's a danger to the public/national security. As are some of his supporters - and some of them genuinely worry me. Especially the ones taking machine guns with them to polling places to harass the staff. If it was up to me, I'd have them all locked up on domestic terrorism charges. Having the right to bear arms does *not* mean having the right to threaten people just because they don't like the result of a vote.  

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  6. 2 hours ago, Manohlive said:

    I just found out that my current president has been fired.  Time to party   😀

    And the rest of the Zoo (and the rest of the world) would like to thank you, @dmway and all the other American Zootops who helped to fire him :D

    It's going to be nice to have actual grown-ups in the White House who know what they're doing. It's felt weird these last 4 years watching your country go from Obama's dignity and compassion to being turned into a laughing-stock by a guy so blatantly not fit for office, to fearing that you were slipping into dictatorship. 

    Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that you've avoided that for the foreseeable future and once again have knowledgeable, competent leadership by a President and VP who genuinely care about the citizens they are serving.  

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  7. @dmway - If you look at the small print, it says right there that a portion of the money raised will go to paying off debts Dump ran up during his election campaign. Even on the way out, he's still trying to fleece money from his supporters :rolleyes: 

    He is utterly shameless - and not even trying to hide his scams any more. I hope he gets arrested soon as he steps out of the White House door. Not only does he deserve to go to jail, but he *needs* to go to jail in order to deter anyone else from so much as thinking about trying the same stuff in future. 

    And even over here in England, some clown has just flown a plane over a football ground in Liverpool with a message trailing behind it claiming that Dump has won (thus implying cheating by the Dems, even though we know Dump was the one trying to cheat). Complete with stupid four-letter hashtag that I hope I never have to see again after this year. 

    I'm assuming the people who did it did so because the Everton v Manchester United match will have live TV coverage and they're hoping to get publicity for their conspiracy claims. I just wish all of these loonies would shut up, stop posting their nonsense all over the internet, go back to school and get some brains so they can rejoin us regular people in normal life. 

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  8. 45, 573 - Counting while America keeps on counting. Maybe we should take over their counting for them and show them how to do it? :P

    I managed to buy the Secret Santa gift before the shops all shut, so that's something good. And my writing is going well. Although only one of our library customers was able to come in and pick up their reservation before we closed. One lady has been waiting for her books since February - at this rate, she's going to have caved in and bought a copy before she can collect it :lol: 

    I have 18 library books to last me through this latest lockdown. I think that should be enough :D

  9. 5 hours ago, doctornickriviera said:

    I think he’s accepting defeat most graciously....... no toys out of the pram like a spoilt brat whatsoever........ 😃

    I tell you what Dump reminds me of: being ten years old and you'd go and play out with your friends and whatever game you were playing, whether it was football, hide-and-seek or whatever, there would *always* be that one kid who could never accept losing. That one kid who would pick up the football (even when it wasn't actually their ball) and would accuse everyone else of cheating, throw a tantrum and run off home threatening "I'm telling Mum, you're being mean..." and so on.  

    That's what he looks like at the moment with all of his threatening to sue everyone just because he's losing and he can't handle it. 

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  10. 6 hours ago, Manohlive said:

    Aren't we supposed to seek medical attention when we get elections which go longer than 48 hours?

     

    I just heard Jimmy Kimmel say that. 

    :lol:  

    I saw a post on Twitter from a friend, highlighting that Kanye West apparently stayed up until 4am watching results come in - and the poor guy seemed to genuinely think he had a chance. I actually feel sorry for him. As I understand it, he's got mental health issues and it seems quite clear that the people around him are exploiting that by encouraging him to do outlandish things (like launching a hopeless run for the presidency) and basically exploiting his manic phases for their own purposes. He obviously needs help and instead he's got people (like his wife) encouraging ideas that he comes up with when he's clearly not thinking rationally. I'm not a fan of his music, but I worry for him.  

  11. I had the radio interview today, sharing my story along with several other listeners and an expert analyst, who gave advice on how to spot fake news and how to also try and educate friends and family who might be sucked in to believing these things. Hopefully it's done some good for people listening. 

    As for politics, we Brits won't get to try and fire our current lot until 2024 or so :( I voted to fire them last year, but sadly not many other people did. 

  12. Not going to lie, I'm nervous over here too. I honestly don't want to think of another 4 years of Dump given that the previous 4 have involved so many horrifying (and illegal) things. As @Manohlive said, it is literally a choice between repairing America under Biden and 4 more years of white surpremacist dictatorship under Dump. 

    I like to think that Dump's non-handling of Covid will also have made people realise he's not good for their country. He goes off to his golf course and spews conspiracy theories on Twitter while people have died in horrendous numbers that could have been avoided with competent leadership. He doesn't care about the rest of the population - all he cares about enriching himself and feeding his ego which is out of control. 

    Come on America, do the right thing and vote for sanity. Vote for the actual politician who knows what he's doing and not for the TV personality who got there by corruption in the first place. 

     

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  13. 45, 572 - I'm just hoping I can get my Secret Santa present (and presents in general) bought before the "non-essential" shops shut again. And get it posted out by the November deadline. 

    And we've only *just* got our local library deliveries going again after the first lockdown :wacko: We had a delivery on Thursday, so the books come out of quarantine this week and I'll be ringing round to tell people they can come and collect them. Hopefully at least some people can pick theirs up, but our opening hours are limited at the moment, so it's going to be a pickle. 

    At least I've got NaNoWriMo to keep me occupied while I'm at home :) 

  14. Aww, this one hurts a lot :( We've lost an iconic actor, Sir Sean Connery. He was 90. Possibly the best Bond there's ever been and so many other iconic roles. 

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

    It probably won't mean much to those of you outside the UK, but it was also announced yesterday that Nobby Stiles has died, aged 78. He helped England to win the World Cup in 1966 and was also very successful at club level with Manchester United.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36963874

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  15. I really enjoyed watching that. And it worked fine for me, apart from a couple of very brief stoppages early on.

    For "Streets", I took my headphones out and blasted it full-blast on the speakers. 

    Apologies to my neighbours if they heard my bad singing :P 

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  16. @illumination70 *hugs* Condolences on your loss. 18 is a very good age for a cat. Clearly you gave her a lovely happy life. 

     I've just had an email from a presenter on my local BBC radio station - he's organising a radio programme dedicated to the issue of fake news/debunking virus conspiracy theories, educating people on the dangers of them etc - and has asked me to take part.

    Hopefully, this will help stop people falling down the same rabbit-hole that my sister's got herself into. 

    It also shows why I really appreciate the local BBC stations. I can't imagine the commercial stations engaging with community members and investigating our concerns like this. Makes me feel weirdly emotional. It's been a rough week, but I've managed to take something bad and take action on it. One small step of reporting it - and I honestly wasn't sure if anyone would act on that report - but now it's turning into a positive thing and a chance to raise awareness, educate others and maybe get help with how to deal with my sister. If she'll ever talk to me again... 

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  17. It started off as a bad thing, but I'm turning it into a good thing and doing my bit to fight fake news :) 

    My sister (who is admittedly annoyingly gullible about these things) posted some nonsense on FB overnight, a copied and pasted rant about Covid rules and how it's all nonsense (to put it politely - the actual post used a ruder word). It has several false claims in it, dressed up as "YOLO good vibes" fluffiness and written by people who do not understand the fact that stopping transmission of the virus is the best way to get back to the normal life they're on about. 

    So I've reported the post - not to FB, as they won't do a thing - but there is now a specialist BBC reporter/team who investigates and debunks these things.    

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  18. I was able to go to my favourite coffee shop for the first time since lockdown started. They take safety measures as much as possible with the food, wrapping up the giant cookies to minimise the amount of people who have to handle them directly between baking and being eaten by the customer. The staff are always really nice in there and they do gluten-free muffins that my Dad can eat too :)

    Then I bought 5 packs of F1 trading cards and pulled the gold Limited Edition card of my favourite driver B)

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  19. I got to be on local radio - for being a U2 fan :D 

    Each day, the lunchtime host does a section on "Shropshire's Most Wanted" where he tries to find people who fit three categories or criteria. One of today's criteria was trying to find "Someone who has seen U2 live". I wasn't actually listening to the radio at the time, but I saw the post on their social media and rang up. I was put through and got to talk live on air about the 3 concerts I've been to - one of which, London 1 in 2015 involved me taking the radio station's knitted gnome mascot along with me - and he still has the badge. One of the presenters who helped to arrange that has passed away since then, but it was nice to know the gnome is still in the studio and still has all the badges and souvenirs. 

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  20. Now Bill and Ted will never get Eddie Van Halen on guitar :( (Is it bad that that scene from Excellent Adventure is one of the first things I associate with him?) 

     I was up late last night watching Rafa Nadal's French Open match and the commentator broke the news during the match. Which was a bit weird and I couldn't believe it then. Still struggling to compute it now. He inspired so many people to pick up a guitar and learn to play.

    If cancer was a visible, physical being, I'd want to punch it in the face right now. And not just over EVH.

    We lost a member of our family to cancer over the weekend too. Our cousin Paul had already beaten pancreatic cancer once and lived a lot longer than doctors expected, but the cancer returned a few months ago.

    Rest in Peace to both of them.  

     

     

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  21. I've just signed up for the Secret Santa that we're running in the Star Wars card trading group over on FB. I like to take part in things like this - like the Christmas Exchange that we have here in the Zoo. I enjoy that aspect of connecting with people through shared interests. 

    And given how this year has gone so far, it's nice to be involved with something fun. Let's just hope we can get out to buy the gifts once our swap partners are assigned :lol:

  22. 2 hours ago, Frankaz said:

    45 567 Be careful, could be Norovirus! I had that last year, couldn't stop being sick for 48 hours...

    45, 569 - We're still not sure what he's had, but it could be something like that. He didn't manage to eat anything for about 3 days, but he's a lot better now. And I haven't caught it :)

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