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  1. Bill and Melinda Gates Finalize Their Divorce https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/bill-and-melinda-french-gates-finalize-one-of-the-largest-divorces-in-history/ar-AAMR0I2 I would have divorced Bill for a third of what she got. I guess when you're rich, you don't have to bargain hunt.
  2. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after he was at a small gathering with other senators on Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.V.) houseboat. https://theweek.com/delta-variant/1003288/lindsey-graham-reportedly-attended-a-small-gathering-on-joe-manchins
  3. Practice a couple of times to see if you can get the same shade of gray at least twice in a row before committing to gray.
  4. Third Officer Who Responded To Capitol Riot Has Died By Suicide https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gunther-hashida-officer-dead-capitol-riot_n_61083cafe4b064678eebfb24
  5. You can go to normal discussion forums of news sites and find a number of people pushing Ivermectin as a COVID cure and telling everyone that the vaccines are some sort of poison and completely unnecessary even if they weren't poison. There's big money in denialism and pushing the next quack cure. And it's absurdly easy and cheap to hire a media company to promote your conspiracy theory and drive traffic to your website. You don't even have to sell the cure to make money off of creating a conspiracy theory around it.
  6. It's a shame we can't rerun the universe because the debate every two weeks is tiresome. We know that position in the release schedule of movies is very important to it's box office take. There's jockeying back and forth between studios over release dates because it's an important factor. Taking out the identity of the Captain Marvel movie and saying "this generic movie is the must-see Marvel movie which will set up Endgame in a couple of months and be the payoff for 8-10 years of watching Marvel movies"... Personally I could see that scheduling making hundreds of millions of dollars of difference in box office. Whether it's a half a billion or not, I'm not a studio insider to have their estimations of the impact of the scheduling. I doubt that it's that much but I wouldn't be shocked if THEY thought it was close. I'm sure some number of the people who saw Captain Marvel multiple times in the theater primarily wanted to make sure they didn't miss anything which might be relevant in Endgame. That's just the nature of fandom. But some number went because they thought the movie was kickass. And that Captain Marvel was kickass. And that Nick Fury finally got a lead in a movie. And, and, and....
  7. Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston are all cities which are in the top 10 in the US in terms of population. Buffalo's estimated population is 254,479 and San Antonio's is 1,547,253. I'm sure San Antonio provides some fan base to both the Dallas and Houston teams. But I don't have the impression that it provides any butts-in-seats for either city. San Antonio is a big tourism city already and has a number of military bases nearby. So I'd guess there'd be fans of an appropriate age with money to spend on their own entertainment. After Katrina, there was a lot of interest in moving the Saints from New Orleans to San Antonio including from the Saints owner. Jerry Jones was also on the record as being in favor of the move despite SA being in "his" territory. New Orleans is half again as big as Buffalo.
  8. I'm sure the Rams have at least one other couch at their fancy new stadium.
  9. Yeah, Trump has transitioned from pretending to be a president to grifting people who think he should still be president and pocketing the money (as seen in many ways but especially from the fact that his raising money for further audits hasn't been spent in any manner toward promoting new audits despite the "fact" that the audits were supposed to put him back into power this month). As long as he's rabble-rousing and grifting, nobody's going to care about the inside story except the few who follow politics as avidly as others follow baseball. Now if Trump transitions from pure grifting to actually putting together a campaign structure for 2024, the material from the tell-all books will become more relevant since it'll be dragged out for examination on news show panels, debates, commercials, etc. And particularly the "Trump wanted to use the military against protestors" thing was spoiled almost in real time from leaks inside the administration. The only thing we didn't have was all the identities of everyone who was in the room at specific meetings and the exact verbiage of what was supposedly said.
  10. I don't think a wagging finger is one of the officially-approved upvote icons....
  11. https://www.livescience.com/galileo-project-hunts-alien-tech.html Are there intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations capable of building technologies that can travel between the stars? An international research project is poised to find out. The Galileo Project, helmed by a multi-institutional team of scientists led by Avi Loeb, a professor of science in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, will seek and investigate evidence that could represent defunct or still-active "extraterrestrial technological civilizations," or ETCs, project representatives said in a statement released on Monday (July 26). The project will analyze data from hundreds of episodes of Antiques Roadshow, and design new algorithms using artificial intelligence (AI), in order to identify potential interstellar travelers, alien-built satellites and unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), according to the statement. "Science should not reject potential extraterrestrial explanations because of social stigma or cultural preferences that are not conducive to the scientific method of unbiased, empirical inquiry," Loeb said in the statement. "We now must 'dare to look...."
  12. Inside The Bumble Takedown Of A Violent Capitol Rioter https://www.huffpost.com/entry/capitol-attack-bumble-takedown-jan-6-andrew-taake_n_6101b17ce4b00fa7af7ea007
  13. Stuff goes in such cycles in American politics. We had HUAC and McCarthy running roughshod over civil liberties for years before McCarthy overreached and people started realizing he was in it more for himself than to fight a communist menace. I think we're in better shape now than we were on January 5th or January 7th. Or yesterday. If Trump goes through all his legal and financial problems unscathed and puts out the money/effort necessary to run a political campaign for the Republican nomination, I'll be more worried. We're not quite in the same boat as Argentina was with Peron and the Peronistas.
  14. They also have the option of bringing a character from somewhere else in the multiverse. Of course it'd have to be used sparingly but the option is still there. Personally, I'd like to see them give that treatment to Hawkeye and bring in a Hawkeye from elsewhere who looks and behaves like the Hawkeye from the comics. He was a fan favorite for a couple of decades and fans screamed whenever he was removed from the Avengers lineup. And Marvel made a huge deal of it whenever he came back. He was vocal. He complained, tried to grab leadership, was the best and knew it, never seemed like he acknowledged he was overmatched "just" because he had a bow and arrows, he had an eye for the ladies but wasn't obnoxious about it. There was a scene in Age of Ultron where Hawkeye was trying to buck up Wanda and is telling her something like "I just have a bow and arrows against an army of robots: none of this makes any sense". The comic book Hawkeye would have been telling her that He was the guy with a bow and arrows who was going to take down an army of robots then ask her "Are you with me?" And be projecting the kind of confidence that would make you think that he might actually be right. Or might just be over-confident enough to be off his rocker but either way, you'd want to be with him. Nobody who's a fan of the MCU is clamoring for a Hawkeye movie because the MCU version of Hawkeye sucked on several different levels. I don't mind if Kate takes over someday. But I don't want her taking over due to "the MCU version of Hawkeye sucked but we paid a big name actor to be in the role so we're going to replace him". Let's get a glorious Hawkeye who is recognizably Hawkeye (complete with a purple Hawkeye costume), celebrate him for a few years, then send him off to a well-deserved semi-retirement with the occasional cameo. . . "Why doesn't your quiver run out of arrows?" "Tony and Hank came up with some gizmo. I can stick a huge number of arrows in there but you only see the few that are on top."
  15. Iron Man, Iron Man Does whatever an Iron Man can. Can he swing on a web? No, he'd fall on your head. Hey, there! There goes Iron Man!
  16. I once watched an inning of a Rangers game where they brought in a pitcher after the first couple of batters in the inning (6th inning?) then eventually had to pull him from the game because he'd pitched over 100 pitches. And there was still one out to go in the same inning. I remember the score being 20-1 and not in the home team's favor. I'd guess it was 1996 or so because I skipped a Magic tournament in order to go to the game. I was shouting, "Play Mirror Universe!" which was funny as hell if you were a Magic player because 20-1 was exactly the best time to play Mirror Universe to swap scores with your opponent.
  17. Disney said that beginning Friday, face coverings would be required for all guests ages 2 and up while in indoor portions of the parks, as well as on Disney buses, monorail and the Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. However, Disney said that masks would still be optional for guests in outdoor areas. The reversal comes after Disney World in June announced that fully vaccinated guests would no longer need to wear masks in most areas of the Orlando park. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/565424-disney-requiring-masks-for-parkers
  18. A study says, eating foods high in something or other could slow down something I can't quite remember, a study says. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/health/flavonoid-cognitive-decline-study-wellness/index.html
  19. Can't say I know a lot of guys who were in prison. I did know I guy who was in prison for around 20 years until he was released because the state was finally forced to process the DNA evidence they had on all their cases. He seemed like a fairly normal guy with a sense of humor. He was making a living in construction. I don't doubt he was in a Hispanic prison gang because that kind of thing is fairly unavoidable and he had more tattoos than normal. But you wouldn't have guessed he was in prison unless perhaps you were versed in reading the meaning of tattoos.
  20. People who didn't watch the game?
  21. Olympic Observations Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to enter the women's 100m breaststroke after he found out some of the competitors were under 18 years old. . . . https://www.mediaite.com/news/are-you-a-pedophile-matt-gaetz-and-marjorie-taylor-greene-flee-presser-after-hecklers-shut-it-down/
  22. There's generic prescription medications that are dirt cheap. If this is going to be a continuing problem, get your doctor to prescribe you something. If you have a decent pharmaceutical benefit on your insurance or use one of those prescription discount cards, you're probably going to end up much cheaper in the long run with a prescription rather than OTC.
  23. They're supposedly over 101 degrees there. They should have a gentlemens' agreement to play three innings with two outs per inning then go to visit an ice house. Otherwise, they spend the 7th inning stretch recreating the "I'm melting! I'm melting" scene from the Wizard of Oz.
  24. Do you know if the US will be able to sub in someone or are they just out of contention?
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