Out of the Blue

We've seen a couple of cicadas in the area, but until reading an article about this year's spoke in the multi-year cycles for the noisy critters I didn't realize we aren't really in its path, and we shouldn't expect the crazy invasion coming to some areas. But that's okay, because what we do have is an incredible incursion of lymantria dispar dispar, aka gypsy moths (a common name which is weirdly still acceptable considering it contains what's now considered an ethnic slur). According to the USDA these "are among America’s most destructive, non-native invasive insect pests." And they are everywhere. Walking around we are constantly encountering caterpillars hanging from threads, presumably taking a break from ravaging all the leaves in the area, which are definitely worse for wear. There were exterminators on site yesterday, and I know the government does a lot of spraying to abate the problem. Hopefully whatever poison being used is reasonably safe for people, because there's a lot of it floating around.

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Re: OotB: Infested
May 23, 2024, 16:31
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Re: OotB: Infested May 23, 2024, 16:31
May 23, 2024, 16:31
 
The U.S. Justice Department and more than two dozen states on Thursday sued to break up Live Nation, arguing the big concert promoter and its Ticketmaster unit illegally inflated concert ticket prices and hurt artists. https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-sues-break-live-nation-143239439.html
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 23, 2024, 07:48
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Re: OotB: Infested May 23, 2024, 07:48
May 23, 2024, 07:48
 
1badmf wrote on May 22, 2024, 22:40:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 22, 2024, 18:58:
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2024, 18:43:
BREAKING: Justice Dept. will soon take antitrust action against Ticketmaster parent Live Nation, according to people familiar with the matter
I'll be shocked if the end result is significantly advantageous to consumers.

the merger was originally approved with the promise they wouldn't retaliate against venues who chose to go with someone else. they lied, got busted by the DOJ, and kept on lying. this is the end result of years of monopolistic abuse. the only suitable outcome is a breakup of the company.
A corporation lied? I am shocked. SHOCKED! I haven't spent any time looking into what is going on here, despite my ignorance I will predict they don't get broken up.
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Re: OotB: Infested - Mt Fuji
May 23, 2024, 07:22
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Re: OotB: Infested - Mt Fuji May 23, 2024, 07:22
May 23, 2024, 07:22
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Mt Fuji deal - Interesting how the Japanese choose to deal with this. In the U.S. that location would have been seized by the Feds, and then leased for $1 to a large corporation to develop it as a tourist destination.

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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 22:40
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 22:40
May 22, 2024, 22:40
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 22, 2024, 18:58:
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2024, 18:43:
BREAKING: Justice Dept. will soon take antitrust action against Ticketmaster parent Live Nation, according to people familiar with the matter
I'll be shocked if the end result is significantly advantageous to consumers.

the merger was originally approved with the promise they wouldn't retaliate against venues who chose to go with someone else. they lied, got busted by the DOJ, and kept on lying. this is the end result of years of monopolistic abuse. the only suitable outcome is a breakup of the company.
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 18:58
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 18:58
May 22, 2024, 18:58
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2024, 18:43:
BREAKING: Justice Dept. will soon take antitrust action against Ticketmaster parent Live Nation, according to people familiar with the matter
I'll be shocked if the end result is significantly advantageous to consumers.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 18:43
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 18:43
May 22, 2024, 18:43
 
BREAKING: Justice Dept. will soon take antitrust action against Ticketmaster parent Live Nation, according to people familiar with the matter
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 18:25
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 18:25
May 22, 2024, 18:25
 
Prez wrote on May 22, 2024, 14:02:
Gypsy is a racial slur? Huh. I guess I have to throw away my Fleetwood Mac collection.

I always thought of it as more of a romantic word than a pejorative. The "Roma" aren't liked in most places and it doesn't matter what they call them because it's always going to be said in distaste. It's always how the word is said more than the word itself. Gypsies are Bohemians, travelers, poets and romantics IMO. Gypsy Rose Lee, Waylon Jennings song, Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me - great song! Van Morrison - Into the Mystic,
And I wanna rock your gypsy soul, just like way back in the days of old. Then magnificently we will float into the mystic....
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May 22, 2024, 16:49
 Prez
 
The first crew launch of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is on hold indefinitely

The crew kept failing the psych eval required of every astronaut. It's hard for suicidal people to pass such an exam. 😁
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May 22, 2024, 16:00
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May 22, 2024, 16:00
 
I used to work at a fish and reptile store back in the 90's so I had all sorts of critters in my one-bedroom apartment. Of those critters, I had a Schneider Skink who was the coolest of them all, so very docile and chill. I got a Fire Skink hoping they'd co-habitate which turned into a bad idea. She was the meanest #@%& thing I ever tried to handle. I had plenty of snakes, iguanas, turtles, a chameleon, but that Fire Skink (though she looked amazing) could never be tamed. Got bit countless times and would chase the Schneider around until I had to separate them.

Now I barely have time for a dog.
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 14:02
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 14:02
May 22, 2024, 14:02
 Prez
 
Gypsy is a racial slur? Huh. I guess I have to throw away my Fleetwood Mac collection.
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 12:56
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 12:56
May 22, 2024, 12:56
 
On the Al Franken Podcast - TRAE CROWDER "The Liberal Redneck" - 40 minutes. https://youtu.be/0d_YjKZwDYk?si=pjk4YBZuRC2Q4UyX
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Re: OotB: Infested
May 22, 2024, 12:02
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 12:02
May 22, 2024, 12:02
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2024, 11:31:
Odd that makes the news anymore. :
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Matthew Perry, I have no words.
My only words are, if the DEA and LAPD had read Perry's autobiography, their only question would be "How did he not die years ago?"
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May 22, 2024, 11:31
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Re: OotB: Infested May 22, 2024, 11:31
May 22, 2024, 11:31
 
The launch of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is on hold indefinitely.
Odd that makes the news anymore. :
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Matthew Perry, I have no words.
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Frans, thanks for the Eagle cam.
I had no idea what sharpshooting would pertain to.

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