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    Switzerland Approves Assisted ‘Suicide Capsule’

    more info - - https://www.dezeen.com/2019/05/22/philip-nitschke-death-pod-design/ https://interestingengineering.com/a-3d-printed-assisted-suicide-pod-is-now-legal-in-switzerland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarco_device
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    Abortion - the times may be a changin...

    Read yesterday's oral arguments here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2021/19-1392_p86a.pdf
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    To bounce off the topic of attending church; what do you think of religious or Christian music?

    My favorite Christian piece is Bach's "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme" (BWV 140)
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    National Fast Food Day - November 16th

    By who, and by what authority, has November 16 been declared fast food day? I do not recall an act of Congress to this effect. And why would anyone, other than the fast food industry, want a day devoted to crappy and unhealthy food?
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    Hospital Bills Woman $700 for 7-Hour ER Wait

    If it were me, I would be speaking with my daughter-in-law who happens to also be my lawyer . . .
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    What is wrong with me?

    There are little things I can do without paying attention to what I'm doing, and without generating a memory of doing it, almost as if I'm on auto-pilot. For example, locking the house. A few minutes after leaving home, I suddenly realize that I don't remember locking the door, or even closing...
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    My Basic Beliefs

    My beliefs are based on evidence. - follow the evidence wherever it goes - take nothing on faith - change your views without hesitation when new evidence falsifies them - say "I don't know" when evidence is insufficient to draw solid conclusions
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    Where do birds go to die?

    Living in a large city, I don't see dead animals of any kind very often. But I have seen dead animals of all sorts occasionally, not always in the city, and sometimes half eaten. Just around the neighborhood: birds, dogs, cats, rats, snakes, lizards. I'll let you guess what we have come...
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    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

    @Alligatorob Here's Safety Bulletin #2: Special Use of Live Ammunition Special Use of "Live Ammunition" If you are interested, you can look around on the Contract Services web site ( csatf.org ) and see how much safety training is required to work on union shows. Look under "Training" and...
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    Have you ever served on Jury duty?

    Almost, but no. First time, the judge let me off when I said that I could not promise to disregard testimony if instructed to do so, and said that, perhaps, people who said they could do so without issue hadn't thought about it deeply enough. He also didn't care for my views on following the...
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    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

    @Alligatorob Real or "live" ammunition should NEVER be present on set, as has been stated by several professional armorers in some of the articled linked above. No exceptions. @rgp I've seen those reports also. If true, that would be a major breakdown of safety rules. Again, there should...
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    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

    Irwin said (post #114), "This deadly accident could easily have been averted had they taken a few safety measures." That's almost correct, but should read, "This deadly accident could easily have been averted had they followed long established safety protocols."
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    Anyone Afraid of heights ?

    Heights themselves don't bother me at all. But there have been several "be afraid be very afraid" moments when I was in real and imminent danger of falling.
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    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

    Several comments above say that Baldwin should have checked the gun himself when it was handed to him. In "real life," personally checking whether or not a gun is loaded is correct procedure. But not on a movie set. Many actors are not shooters in real life and are not familiar guns. I...
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    Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

    Questions abound - - - What kind of gun was it? Antique from the 19th century or modern reproduction? - If they were not just about to shoot the scene, why did the prop master or armorer give ANYONE a loaded weapon? - Did Baldwin pull the trigger, or did the gun malfunction and discharge on...
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