Out of the Blue

Happy International Women's Day 2021! At first I thought this was to celebrate international women like Gal Gadot and Sofia Vergara. It turns out to be an international celebration of all women with a focus on fighting gender bias. With all due respect to Gal and Sofia, that's probably for the best. They get enough attention every day as it is.

Obituary: Allan McDonald, Who Refused To Approve Shuttle Challenger Launch, Dead At 83. Thanks RedEye9.

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Mar 8, 2021, 12:49
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JFC
The CDC has released a smorgasboard of cafeteria styled recommendations. Not confusing in the slightest. Wink
People who are fully vaccinated still need to take precautions in many scenarios. The guidelines say fully vaccinated people must:
Wear a mask and keep good physical distance around the unvaccinated who are at increased risk for severe Covid-19, or if the unvaccinated person has a household member who is at higher risk
Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.

CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can:
Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing
Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease.
Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days
I’m going to continue to wear a mask for my community as much as myself. Just like I do with pants.


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Mar 8, 2021, 12:58
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Allan McDonald -- one of the greatest examples I know of on how to live/act with integrity. It is lacking far too often in way too many people. RIP.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:23
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Allan McDonald's coworker Bob Ebeling died in 2016. Ebeling was still racked with guilt years later for failing to stop the launch. Fortunately, McDonald helped set him straight.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:30
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Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2020 Estimated to be Highest in 13 Years, Despite Dramatic Drops in Miles Driven.

Surprising, I would have thought a drop in deaths by 25% over 2019. I wonder what the cause is. Self driving cars can't come soon enough.
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:33
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:30:
Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2020 Estimated to be Highest in 13 Years, Despite Dramatic Drops in Miles Driven.

Surprising, I would have thought a drop in deaths by 25% over 2019. I wonder what the cause is. Self driving cars can't come soon enough.
My uneducated guess is less public transportation use.
You have a lot of people that went out and bought vehicles so they could avoid buses and subways, and most of them I bet are unskilled drivers.

I bet the number of fender benders are through the roof.
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:37
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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:23:
Allan McDonald's coworker Bob Ebeling died in 2016. Ebeling was still racked with guilt years later for failing to stop the launch. Fortunately, McDonald helped set him straight.
There were several NASA and Morten Thiokol employees that should have seen the inside of a jail cell.
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:51
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RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:37:
There were several NASA and Morten Thiokol employees that should have seen the inside of a jail cell.
Totally agree. Seven counts of man slaughter.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:53
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Mar 8, 2021, 13:53
 
Gal Gadot

Still hoping one day, to be able to login and return to the intended page to post.-
If there is no current post in an article you want to post in. You login, then get stuck, have to return to the Bluesnews.com, and then back to the article page.

Doing a Search, it would be nice to have a Page Count. -
I was trying to see if you already had posted the story of Kojima's exit after finding a decent story but had no idea how many pages I was going to be searching through.

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Mar 8, 2021, 14:05
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:30:
Surprising, I would have thought a drop in deaths by 25% over 2019. I wonder what the cause is. Self driving cars can't come soon enough.
Perhaps so, but I still think I won't live to see it. I might live long enough to see automated trucks which drive between two locations both directly next to Interstate connections. Even if I could win, I wouldn't bet on it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Will there be a second WandaVision season?
who knows?

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RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 14:32:
Will there be a second WandaVision season?
who knows?


So first day back to work after almost a year, and I had the @#%@! Agatha song stuck in my head on repeat all day long. THANKS WANDAVISION! (realized that somehow I missed the last episode and watched it yesterday)
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Mar 8, 2021, 15:25
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RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:33:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:30:
Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2020 Estimated to be Highest in 13 Years, Despite Dramatic Drops in Miles Driven.

Surprising, I would have thought a drop in deaths by 25% over 2019. I wonder what the cause is. Self driving cars can't come soon enough.
My uneducated guess is less public transportation use.
You have a lot of people that went out and bought vehicles so they could avoid buses and subways, and most of them I bet are unskilled drivers.

I bet the number of fender benders are through the roof.
I was going to guess, "No traffic, BABY! Pedal to the metal!"
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Mar 8, 2021, 15:42
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RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 14:32:
Will there be a second WandaVision season?
who knows?


There's really no point to it. The story was very contained.

There will be more with the characters, but not the theme. That's why these series are so exciting to me. A longer form to develop the characters, then put them in something new, with a new combination, and new themes.
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Not sure about the causes of motor vehicle deaths in 2020 but I can say for sure that almost every time I've had to drive lately it seems like I'm in Mad Max. It's really bad and dangerous. Cars give great freedom but wow what a disaster in pretty much every other way.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 15:25:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:33:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:30:
Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2020 Estimated to be Highest in 13 Years, Despite Dramatic Drops in Miles Driven.

Surprising, I would have thought a drop in deaths by 25% over 2019. I wonder what the cause is. Self driving cars can't come soon enough.
My uneducated guess is less public transportation use.
You have a lot of people that went out and bought vehicles so they could avoid buses and subways, and most of them I bet are unskilled drivers.

I bet the number of fender benders are through the roof.
I was going to guess, "No traffic, BABY! Pedal to the metal!"

I had to go in to work today. On my way home, I saw one of the most asinine and dangerous displays of driving that I've ever witnessed in my life, both on track and off.

This dick in a grey, base model Dodge Ram was pissed off that people in a construction zone were not doing the apparent 80 miles an hour he wanted. So he would race by them on the shoulder or the next lane, whip in front of them and slam on the brakes to show his displeasure. There was no one in front of him braking, but he decided a brake check was in order.

For a brief moment I thought "My truck is enormously faster, I could pit him when he's doing a whip over. I'm heavily insured and have no accidents on record for more than two decades." Then I thought "No, don't hurt the baby. Parts are hard to come by these days." So I just went about my trip and trusted karma to eliminate him from the gene pool.
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Nice. You made the right decision BoP. Not worth it.
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You know something is wrong with an article on highway fatalities that says: "A 24% spike in roadway death rates is highest in 96 years..."

96 years ago...what were people driving in 1925? Model T's?

Think about the fact that in the 1965-1975's, when the population of the US was estimated at 175 million (less than half what it is now) that annual highway deaths generally ran in the 45,000-50,000+ per year range. With 2x as many people driving today--doesn't seem we're doing that badly. But the main cause of highway deaths then as well as now is the same: distracted driving, and speeding.

Idiots trying to text or look at their phones instead of the road in front of them are likely a major factor in any increase in highway deaths today, imo. I read an article about a guy in California who fell to his death from a cliff at a state park because he was concentrating on his phone while walking--and walked right off the cliff.

All we can hope for is that the really stupid ones get taken care of by Darwin and that they don't take any intelligent people with them.

It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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Acleacius wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:53:
Gal Gadot

That lucky bastard. If that gal was my wife, I'd probably have 10 kids by now.
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Acleacius wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:53:
Still hoping one day, to be able to login and return to the intended page to post.-
If there is no current post in an article you want to post in. You login, then get stuck, have to return to the Bluesnews.com, and then back to the article page.
Would you be able to provide some steps here? There are a lot of possible scenarios, so I'm curious which you're talking about. For example:
1. Log out.
2. Go to URL x
3. Click on Story Y
4. Click Login button
5. Enter credentials and submit
Actual: Returned to home page
Expected: Returned to Story Y URL where I'd clicked the Login button.

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Mar 8, 2021, 16:59
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 16:37:
Acleacius wrote on Mar 8, 2021, 13:53:
Still hoping one day, to be able to login and return to the intended page to post.-
If there is no current post in an article you want to post in. You login, then get stuck, have to return to the Bluesnews.com, and then back to the article page.
Would you be able to provide some steps here? There are a lot of possible scenarios, so I'm curious which you're talking about. For example:
1. Log out.
2. Go to URL x
3. Click on Story Y
4. Click Login button
5. Enter credentials and submit
Actual: Returned to home page
Expected: Returned to Story Y URL where I'd clicked the Login button.

I tried it and the "Return To Previous Page" prompt did not show up to return to original page.
I posted it in the place where Frans looks.
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