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About maarsen

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    Social Justice Hyperbolist
  • Birthday 06/08/1956

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    "Books, lots and lots of books. I read 'em, you betcha." Making tasteless jokes about anything sacred. Or not.

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  1. maarsen

    Binge reading

    Again I admire your restraint. A good book is like a drug for me and I find it sooo hard to stop after just one.
  2. maarsen

    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    No longer invading other countries or trying to enforce your laws across international borders would be a good start for a left leaning administration.
  3. maarsen

    How's Life thread

    I really don't know what else to say besides stay strong.
  4. maarsen

    Binge reading

    I admire your self restraint.
  5. Paper books make better fly swatters than tablets. One more reason to keep paper stuff around.
  6. maarsen

    Binge reading

    One can only hope ti find such a series all in order, and available to be read in such order.
  7. maarsen

    Small things that have left you SPEECHLESS

    That reminds me of the time in elementary school when I was chewing on a pen and somehow inhaled a mouthful of ballpoint pen ink. Speechlessness was the least of my worries then. I could not even ask to leave the room to spit the stuff out. I just waved my hand frantically and ran for the washroom.
  8. Even more to the point is that Kavanaugh was investigated before the nomination and evidence of his drunken rapist behaviour probably came out before Feinstein ever got any letter from Ford or even knew who Ford was. The Republicans were prepared for this. They knew who Kavanaugh was and were still willing to go ahead.
  9. maarsen

    Small things that have left you SPEECHLESS

    Theda I have been around long enough that I could write a book about stuff that left me speechless. Dealing with management and workers as a union exec gives me more than enough material. Working as a millwright, fixing other people's problems and screw ups gives me even more. I once found a problem with a machine that needed a new part, only to be told that since they did not have that part, something else needed to be wrong and go find and fix that instead.
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    Binge reading

    Is there anyone else out there who binge reads an author the same way one would binge watch a TV series? I have had this tendency since childhood. I would find a book by an author I really liked and then go on to read everything else written by that author. I tend to do this to the exclusion of everyone else until I have exhausted my brain. Tell me your stories of binge reading.
  11. I never liked the notwithstanding clause ever since it came in. It basically makes the Constitution useless. I hope enough people think the same as me and vote out the Conservative party at the first chance we get. Nothing pisses me of more than bullying behaviour. Doug Ford will regret this till the end of his days and I sure as hell will be reminding everyone of his stupidity and ignorance at every opportunity I get.
  12. maarsen

    The Tales of Drunk and Egg

    As someone with a high level of shyness I have not found alcohol to be much help. I wish I knew what the solution was though. I would pass it on.
  13. maarsen

    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    Try Mother Night. I went through a phase of reading Vonnegut many years ago and that is the one that stuck with me. Cat's Cradle was also good and so was The Sirens of Titan. I agree that he can be a difficult writer to like but there are gems to be found.
  14. There is bad and there is 'Are you fucking stupid? Is your fucking head made of fucking wood?" bad. Trump is the latter.
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    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    Bonnot is right. THE NYT editorial writer is a piece of crap. He wants to see a smarter Trump instead of the idiot they have.