Out of the Blue

We are right on top of our holiday decorations here in the BlueTower. The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree is all set up, as is our itty-bitty Festivus pole. These are trivial to set up so I'm not taking a victory lap here. Each of these is fun, the tree plays a good portion of Vince Guaraldi's beloved piano music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, while the pole plays four Festivus quotes from Frank Costanza. One of these is about how aluminum is the choice for the Festivus pole due to its "very high strength-to-weight ratio." This seems ironic since this pole is plastic, but this is not the time for the airing of grievances.

Obituary: Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, convention-breaking historian whose Montaillou was a bestseller.

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An angry group of tailors destroyed the first sweatshop that used the new sewing machine. great video
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Nov 27, 2023, 00:11
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Blue, please show your holiday decorations.
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Nov 26, 2023, 18:53
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Without admitting to anything I can confirm that I know that exposure to fentanyl (either second hand smoke or coming into contact with it) is not dangerous. What it does when put into the body is a different story.
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Hmm, fentanyl misinformation:

"This has never happened," said Dr. Ryan Marino, a toxicologist and emergency room physician who studies addiction at Case Western Reserve University. "There has never been an overdose through skin contact or accidentally inhaling fentanyl."
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Nov 26, 2023, 13:46
 
Ghost

This comment was edited on Nov 27, 2023, 16:59.
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RedEye9 wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 13:07:
After closer inspection I see it is animation and not real video.
LOL. I didn't notice. Too bad.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 12:44:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 12:16:
I don't know why they continually test the concrete mixer truck, it's clearly the winner. https://youtu.be/eBK6LU_SGcU?si=Qejg0Mw0S1kKpYmr
Hmm, can anyone identify the car which gets the 99.9 survival chance? Just curious. Are they Russian cars?
Dangit, i originally saw this or similar on a youtube short on my phone.
After closer inspection I see it is animation and not real video.
nevermind
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RedEye9 wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 12:16:
I don't know why they continually test the concrete mixer truck, it's clearly the winner. https://youtu.be/eBK6LU_SGcU?si=Qejg0Mw0S1kKpYmr
Hmm, can anyone identify the car which gets the 99.9 survival chance? Just curious. Are they Russian cars?
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WaltSee wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 09:56:
Police making busts have lapsed into comas simply breathing fentanyl dust inside a car where it was found--

This is copaganda and has been disproven so many times, it's now a meme. The alleged "overdoses" are nothing more than hysteria from the pants pissing boys in blue.
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I don't know why they continually test the concrete mixer truck, it's clearly the winner. https://youtu.be/eBK6LU_SGcU?si=Qejg0Mw0S1kKpYmr

Dangit, i originally saw this or similar on a youtube short on my phone.
After closer inspection I see it is animation and not real video.
nevermind

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When I had my last colonoscopy/screening, they put me out with propofol and fentanyl, let me tell you that is a helluva drug. I remember briefly chatting with the people before, a brief euphoria then nothing at all and waking up an hour later feeling a grogginess like I had slept a thousand years. No wonder people call fentanyl users zombies.
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WaltSee wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 09:56:
I have no idea where you could have formulated your unusual opinion, as the absolute dangers of fentanyl have been trumpeted loudly from coast to coast for years. I would stay away from that source for news from now on, had I been misled in such a fashion.
That is a ton of reading between the lines there. And a pretty bad job of it too. First, I was aware 10s of thousands of people were dying from fentanyl. My knowledge gap was that anyone was attempting to purposely take fentanyl recreationally. I thought the deaths were, as I indicated, simply due to cost cutting measures by drug cartels. And as you and I both indicated, it is difficult to imagine how you take it "safely" given how potent it is. Second, any gaps in my knowledge are far more likely to be caused by my ignoring the subject than the accuracy of any of the news sources I was using. Third, are you sure the incidents you are referring to with cops falling into comas are accurate? As I said, I have ignored this subject for the most part, but I know of a least one publicly known faked police reaction to fentanyl exposure. I doubt there was only one. Which is not to say it isn't dangerous, but if I was a cop I think I'd rather have to deal with a sample of fentanyl than one of anthrax...
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I’m shocked that the far right is still spreading lies about fentanyl. You can’t overdose on fentanyl by touching it and other myths.
But then again January 6th was nothing more than a family picnic at our nation’s Capitol. /SARCASM
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Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 25, 2023, 12:24:
Shows you how much attention I have been paying to the drug scene. I didn't realize people purposely took fentanyl. I thought it was just a cheap substitute the drug makers were putting in as a cost savings measure and it was causing problems. Hard to imagine how you take it on purpose safely. One time when taking someone to an emergency room who was having intense pain, they gave them fentanyl and the dose given was so small I remember thinking, "Freaking hell, the stuff is crazy potent if that's a dose for someone in severe pain." It worked well.

A single grain of fentanyl can kill you. Police making busts have lapsed into comas simply breathing fentanyl dust inside a car where it was found--Naloxone, administered immediately by leg injection by a partner, saved their lives. Stories of sheriff's deputies dropping into sudden comas just from inhaling the dust are common. Police now carry Naloxone injectables as standard equipment, and the US fatal drug overdoses are pegged at 100,000+ per year! It's interesting that fentanyl kills far more than heroin, these days. Any legal, commercial drugmaker using fentanyl in the manner you suggest would have been shut down long ago, and its corporate officers imprisoned.

I have no idea where you could have formulated your unusual opinion, as the absolute dangers of fentanyl have been trumpeted loudly from coast to coast for years. I would stay away from that source for news from now on, had I been misled in such a fashion. Basically, buying street drugs today is playing Russian roulette because it's the drug dealers putting it into their offerings without disclosing to their "clients" what they are buying. Estimates are the US authorities catch less than 10% of the stuff smuggled in from China through Mexico across the southern border, as even when people are dying like flies, enough money will cause Congress to rationalize it all away--hence why the southern border is still far from closed. Cartel corruption is fierce. I have no interest in drugs myself, but this information is common knowledge these days. Your post was surprising!




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jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2023, 02:54:
Luther was a great series.

And of course if you've never seen The Wire, it's one of the greatest TV shows ever made.
Wanted to at least try Luther, but it hasn't landed anywhere convenient for me. I did watch The Wire and agree it was very good. I need to find some time to watch it a second time. I see references to it and I don't remember it really well, only bits and pieces.
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RedEye9 wrote on Nov 25, 2023, 12:48:
Poor Derek Chauvin, he got carved up like they were looking for white meat during Thanksgiving.Too soon?
On Black Friday to boot.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 25, 2023, 21:42:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 25, 2023, 21:10:
I can't recommend it, unless you're in it for Idris Elba who was amazing as always.
I like Elba but after watching the trailer, at 7 hours even if it was available to me I wouldn't bother. Now, if it was 105 minute movie... that might be palatable. Absolutely loved him in "Molly's Game".
Luther was a great series.

And of course if you've never seen The Wire, it's one of the greatest TV shows ever made.
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RedEye9 wrote on Nov 25, 2023, 21:10:
I can't recommend it, unless you're in it for Idris Elba who was amazing as always.
I like Elba but after watching the trailer, at 7 hours even if it was available to me I wouldn't bother. Now, if it was 105 minute movie... that might be palatable. Absolutely loved him in "Molly's Game".
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"Momentous Discovery Shows Neanderthals Could Produce Human-Like Speech"

Even those Neanderthals totally DESTROYED woke culture. INSANE cavemen TOTALLY BROKE anthropologists with what they learned about them. Cave paintings were the earliest known evidence of social media too.
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I watched the Apple TV+ seven hour series Hijack.
IRL a non-stop flight from Dubai to London is 7 hours 55 minutes. If only the series had been that entertaining.
I can't recommend it, unless you're in it for Idris Elba who was amazing as always.
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