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Everything posted by Arcadia

  1. Oooh, right up my alley. In no particular order.... Moody Blues ... To Our Children's Children's Children Everything by U2 except Zooropa and Achtung Baby. Paul Simon ... Graceland R.E.M. ... Automatic for the People and Murmur Fairport Convention ... Liege and Lief Joaquin Rodrigo ... Concierto de Aranjuez Holst ... The Planets Salif Keita ... Moffou Suzanne Vega ... Songs in Red and Gray Jethro Tull ... Stand Up and Benefit The Verve ... Urban Hymns Dead Can Dance ... In Concert Garbage ... Strange Little Birds And that's just the tip of the iceberg......
  2. It's a site where you can store photographs, and link to them. But it's become an expensive service since that was posted, from what I understand. I'm still using Imgur, which is free. (Thanks Caya!)
  3. I hope that's true, but I wonder ... it seems awfully convenient. But then, I can't figure out how anyone ever believed in Trump to begin with. The Washington Post has kept track of every lie and misleading statement Trump made while he was president ... the total was over 30,000. Why do people think he would lie that much about some things, but not lie to them? *sigh* Thank you! I saw the one with the Edward Hopper painting and couldn't figure out what the joke was! I guess I didn't notice him at the inaugural. But that is pretty funny.
  4. He's not being mean, he's giving his beloved sibling a lovely head massage. The poor little thing has a headache after hearing too many puns.
  5. Oh, Artemis. So sorry. The most miserable times of my life have always been when my snugglebugs are seriously ill. Wish I could say something that would help, I know it must be a miserable time for you. Here's a virtual hug, though.
  6. Gawd no, white looks horrible on me. I look like the Pillsbury dough boy in white. Black suits me, though, as long as it's a cool black. I actually took one of those "what colors should you wear" courses many, many years ago, and I love it ... it makes shopping for clothes much easier, since I can skip over 3/4 of everything on the racks and go straight to something that has a chance of looking decent on me. I've always heard that turquoise is the universal color ... but of course, there are many different shades of turquoise. I know that sea-green turquoise looks awful on me, e.g., but dark turquoise is one of my go-to colors. Now if I could just find clothes that fit me properly...........
  7. I can't see it. The Capitol police wear black, is it one of them? Did anyone watch the inaugural? I expected to be bored, but I actually found it quite moving, instead. It was ... dignified. Something that's been sorely lacking for the last four years. My friend, who normally doesn't show any interest in politics, suddenly announced that she felt as if a great weight had been lifted from her shoulders. Aye to that. I hope the feeling lasts.
  8. I think you put it very well, VBS. I'm actually almost teary-eyed. For myself, I guess I have to admit that I don't believe certain beliefs ... white supremacy and male grievance, to name a couple ... deserve representation. Counseling, yes. But not an advocate. And I also believe that many -- too many -- in Trump's base are NOT careful, thoughtful people. There's a lot of anger, resentment and desire for revenge bubbling around in there. I say this, because I know some of them. They are not prone to dispassionate analysis of his words. And the words of a president carry more weight than those of John Doe down the street. I remember how often the right made fun of Obama's very careful manner of speaking ... and it could indeed take him a long time to say something ... but I think Obama was acutely conscious of the potential for inflaming passions with words. Trump is too, but in a different way ... he doesn't give a damn about the results of his rhetoric as long as it feeds his monstrous ego. Whatever happens to anyone else is of no concern to him. I could go on (indefinitely!) but basically I feel the leader of any country should be held to a higher standard of behavior than most people. And in that regard, Trump has failed miserably, over and over, since the moment he was elected. What I don't understand is why he wasn't impeached after his first month in office ... it was abundantly clear even then that he was neither suited to public service, nor capable of growing into his role. *sigh* I think the impeachment process is confusing to everyone, (even those in congress!) but as I understand it, the end game is to prevent Trump from ever running for office again. Which is nice, but frankly I'm far more terrified that he will start his own media empire and continue to foul the world with his lies and bombast. Oh well, I guess that will happen anyway, whether or not Trump is on the loose ... the genie's out of the bottle. Maybe it's useful to have a public face to tie it to. I don't know, I just know I wish he would cease to exist.
  9. Evidently! Although this one didn't get it quite right....
  10. I think I actually prefer that to the original.
  11. I think this sums it up nicely. You don't have to advocate violence, you just have to light a match in a room full of bombs.
  12. The test claims I'm easy to get along with. I have my doubts about that. Maybe in social situations, but I'll bet I'd be tough to live with. Too used to being alone.
  13. November, 2015: An activist chanting Black Lives Matter at one of Trump’s rallies was beaten by his supporters, prompting Trump to remark, “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” February, 2016: Regarding hecklers at his rallies while on the campaign trail, Trump suggested that his fans, “knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously," he said. "OK, just knock the hell. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.” February, 2016: When a protester was taken out of a Trump rally, Trump remarked, “He's walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you.” August, 2016: Trump suggested that “second amendment people” could stop his rival for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton, from appointing judges. Given that the second amendment states citizens have the right to bear arms, this was commonly understood to be a suggestion that his supporters assassinate her. July, 2017: Trump remarked to policemen that they should not worry about injuring suspects and “please don’t be too nice.” (Borrowed from Harper's Bazaar, too busy to look further.) Forgive me if I hold the president to a higher standard than the rank and file.
  14. No reactions yet, except for delight at finally getting them!
  15. It's not just the one speech, Carol. Trump has been fomenting this kind of behavior since the day he started running for office, if not before. He could have stopped talking the way he does at any point, but instead he chose to continue an us vs. them approach. I've seen unedited videos of his speeches; the media is not putting words in his mouth. He DOES use inflammatory language, and he DOES incite hatred towards elected officials (as well as many other people). A more balanced person may take his rantings with a grain of salt, but not everyone is as open minded as you are. Some were bound to be riled up to the point of violence, and he did nothing --- NOTHING --- to counteract that. I'm on the fence about impeachment. On the one hand, I think Trump is evil and should be punished for being who he is. On the other hand, I don't see what good it will do, he's opened Pandora's box, the ills he's unleashed will only feed on his "martyrdom." And on the third hand, I'd rather see Congress get on with the business of fixing this country rather than continuing to split it apart. But even if that means letting Trump get away without even a slap on the hand? I don't know. Some betrayals are too big to overlook, maybe this is one of them.
  16. Belated Happy New Year, everyone. It's sure gotten off to a rocky start. There IS good news, though ... several of my acquaintances have already gotten the vaccine, or are about to. Hopefully we are finally turning the corner on this thing.
  17. Hmm. From a purely editorial point of view, I didn't find that article to be journalistic at all ... it read like a high school essay. It stated a thesis, supplied references, and stopped when it reached the approved word count. It didn't even have a summary paragraph. I've always taken "our" version of Sherlock to be basically a fantasy show, with a large dollop of humor -- it may make commentary on the human condition, but it's not meant to be taken as realistic. (I hope! ) And Ben infuses Sherlock with a warmth and vulnerability that is completely at odds with the character's outward behavior, which was a brilliant move. Also, as Tobe pointed out, "our" Sherlock could learn and grow (unlike the other male ego named in the article.) So, no, I don't find him particularly toxic. I've never seen Elementary either so can't speak to that. I tried to watch it a few times and it just didn't engage me at all.
  18. I suspect neither my underpowered laptop nor my friend's erratic internet are up to the task, but we'll see.
  19. If I'm not mistaken, that is the infamous partial thumb beast. So called because they are even dumber than my left thumb. For instance, this one appears to have attempted to steal VBS's Christmas turkey, but the fowl feet are clearly sticking out of its hoodie.
  20. Have you actually seen it? I mean, just imagine if they thought all the orc bits were the best part, and trimmed out most of Bilbo's scenes.....
  21. Well, yeah. No wolves in this part of the world, though. I'm pretty sure human intervention was involved.
  22. The head's flatter than usual, and something about its nose and teeth seem rather off for a housecat. I do believe Caya's on the right track. I wouldn't want to mess with it, whatever it is. How do you folks feel about breeding domestic animals with wild breeds? My current roommate has a half husky/half wolf, and while she's a pretty thing, she has a lot of behaviors I find difficult to put up with. Basically, she's pretty destructive, just because with her speed, agility and jaw strength, she can be (and because my roommate takes few steps to correct her). I feel she'd be a fine dog with someone who knows how to handle her, but she's not an appropriate house pet for us regular folks, imo. I feel the same about most domestic/wild hybrids ... you're just asking for trouble for the sake of having something 'different.' I find myself wanting to do something awful to the breeders who produce these critters. But maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way.
  23. What a strange looking cat! Like it's been crossed with a weasel or something. Does anyone know if it's a particular breed?
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