OPEN THREAD 20200226

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U



18 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200226

    1. Back in the day, I was involved in SOX compliance. We’d go through some meetings, everyone from the client would leave, and we’d look at each other and say, “DANDA”.

      Denial, Anger, Negotiation, Depression, Acceptance.

      We’d go into meetings, and put out the plan, and hear, “there’s no way we are doing any of that”…..when our mandate came from the CEO, CFO, and Board. We’d get personal attacks and say, “we’re being paid $100 an hour to get you guys with the program — go ahead and hate us and fight it.” We’d get, “how ’bout we genuflect in a compliance direction and essentially keep doing what we’ve been doing?” We’d hear, “I hate my job — it’s no fun anymore.” And, finally — and after finding some wild, wild, wild stuff (for example — one reserve for doubtful accounts subtracted Euros from Dollars) we’d get grudging acknowledgement that the quality of their financial statements had been improved by our work.

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        1. Kuebler-Ross noted that it wasn’t really “stages of grief”, it was more like “reactions to massive change”. They weren’t always in the same order, didn’t all have to happen, nobody had to die…..but when a change came through that knocked people onto their back foot, these are things that any observer can see them doing.

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  1. The Dubnans had been playing around with synthesizing Cn way back in 1971 using the “neutron soup” method but got nowhere.

    In 1996, the Darmstadt Group smooshed zinc into lead and got a single Cn. The same setup was repeated in 2004 and 2013 for a total of three additional atoms.

    The Dubnans tried smooshing calcium into U-238 in a lighter neutron broth in 1998 and got quite a lot of data…..which they may still be sorting through.

    Cn-285, the most stable isotope, has a half-life of 29 seconds.

    Intriguingly, Cn may be liquid at room temperature…..if you could ever synthesize enough atoms at the same time to observe this.

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  2. Two Carolina farmers, Jim and Bob, were sitting at a bar. Jim says to Bob: “You know what? I think I’m going to go to college”.

    So, the next day, he saunters over to the local UNC campus. When he is talking to the Dean at the college, the Dean says to Jim: “You will be taking 4 classes: English, Math, Science, and Logic”. “Logic? What the heck is that?” Jim asked. “Here,” the Dean said, “I will give you an example, do you own a weed Wacker?” “Yes.” “Then logically speaking you have a house”.

    ”I do have a house!” “And, if you have a house, you probably have a wife, and if you have a wife you must be a heterosexual!” “Wow!” Jim said, “You found all that out just because I have a weed Wacker!” The Dean nodded.

    Excited, Jim goes back to Bob and says: “I will be taking 4 classes: English, Math, Science, and Logic.” “Logic?” Bob said,” What the heck is that?” “Here, I will give you an example, do you own a weed Wacker?” Jim said.

    “No,” Bob replies.

    “Then you’re gay.”

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  3. Recently a routine police patrol was parked outside a country bar.

    After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so apparently intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity, in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

    Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off; it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons’ vehicles left. At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road.

    The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyser test. To his amazement, the breathalyser indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all!

    Dumbfounded, the officer said, “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken.” “I doubt it,” said the truly proud local. “Tonight, I’m the designated decoy.”

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  4. Out beyond the ‘burbs, there were some folks living across the river from each other, who feuded constantly. John hated Clarence with a passion and never passed up a chance to throw rocks across the river at Clarence.

    This went on for years until one day the Corps of Engineers came to build a bridge across that river. John was elated; he told his wife that finally he was going to get the chance to cross over and whip Clarence.

    He left the house and returned in a matter of minutes. His wife asked what was wrong, didn’t he intend to go over the bridge and whip Clarence?

    He replied that he never had really seen Clarence up close and didn’t realize his size until he started over the bridge and saw the sign: “CLEARANCE 8 FT 3 IN”

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  5. Bonus Musical Interlude #4 — ’cause it makes me smile —

    — I like how the bassist cant be bothered to actually pick the strings — everything’s a hammer-on.

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  6. Two Yankee boys were driving through the South and were stopped by a State Trooper. The Trooper walked up to the open driver’s window, reached in, and slapped the driver on the side of his head. “What did you do that for?” the driver asked. The Trooper replied, “I don’t know how y’all do it up north — but here in Alabama, you have your driver’s license ready when I walk up to the car.”

    The Trooper took the license when it was offered, walked back to his unit and then came back and returned the license to the driver. He then walked around to the passenger side of the car and tapped on the window. When the passenger rolled the window down, the Trooper reached in and slapped the passenger on the side of the head. “What did you do that for?” asked the startled passenger.

    “Well,” responded the Trooper, “I didn’t want you to be disappointed. Otherwise, you’ll get about two miles down the road and then say, ‘I wish that redneck woulda tried that with me!'”

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