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This is a frame from the movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings"

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If I hear another person ignorantly parrot the phrase, "We're not a democracy, we're a republic!", I think I'll puke.

Democracy has many forms. The form of democracy we have in the US is a representative democracy. Because it is not a monarchy, it is also a republic. (A republic is a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who is accountable to the public.)

**** "Democracy" and "republic" are not mutually exclusive. ****

Here's Merriam-Webster's current definition of democracy:

"a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections"

Here's an image of the definition from Samuel Johnson's dictionary of 1785, at the time when our country was formed:


Without using any reference material (no internet, books, etc.), explain florescence in detail.

I just blocked a user for racist comments.

What's wrong with this picture?

This is a frame from the movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings"

Congratulations to Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for being awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for their work in developing methodologies in the analysis of causal relationships.

The methodologies are useful in many fields of study beyond economics and allow precise conclusions to be drawn about cause and effect from natural experiments (observation of naturally occurring conditions and events rather than planned, controlled experiments).

This is has been a huge problem in many fields -- establishing cause and effect rather than just correlation between variables. Their methods have made that easier.

The feature set in Affirmation 7.4 has significantly increased over the previous version.

Captain Kirk in space (for real)

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner for traveling into space on top of the Blue Origins New Shepard rocket. The Texas launch happened on the morning of October 13, 2021 14:49 UTC.

The 90-year-old Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek series, is the first Star Trek actor to go into space and the oldest astronaut to boldly go beyond the Kármán line (100 km above sea level).

Video: launch and flight

Video: Shatner discusses his experience and how thin the atmosphere is

The truth is...

Bozo the Clown wasn't a single person, but several people who played the character. They include Michael Zamakhshari, Hank Werneckfarsborn, Roy Higgs, and others.

To differentiate between the various versions of the character, they are simply referred to as the Z Bozo, the W Bozo, the Higgs Bozo, etc.

= A statement that is logically or literally true (or partly true), but seems to imply something that isn't true or is just plain weird. (for rhetoric, logic or propaganda studies... or just for fun)

This video explains how the Earth's greenhouse effect works, and it's not the same way that an actual greenhouse works.

(includes a detailed explanation with some math)

If the Earth was the size of an apple, the atmosphere would be less than the thickness of the apple's skin.*

The portion of the atmosphere that humans can inhabit and breathe in is only one-fifth the thickness of the apple's skin.

* - where the highest aircraft have flown <40 km (excluding spacecraft, of course)

I just visited a website that stuck 419 cookies on my machine!!!!

A single page on a single site, and they cramped 419 cookies onto my computer.

Also, whenever a site asks me to set cookie options and gives me the option of "only absolutely necessary cookies", somehow they think that doubleclick and youtube cookies are absolutely necessary to make they're site run.

Here is the definition of "woke":

woke - aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)

(from “Woke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,

If someone is "woke" they are aware of when a situation is contrary to the ideals exposed by The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson. That political philosophy was developed by Thomas Hobbs and John Locke, among others. It is the foundation of the United States and many other republics throughout the world.

I have one question for all of the anti-maskers and antivaxers in the US...

What have you achieved that was worth the lives of 700,000 Americans?

Photo courtesy Ralf Roletschek ( per licenses at

Final totals
US military deaths in Afghanistan
by administration:

Bush 642
Obama 1737
Trump 63
Biden 13


The truth is...

New evidence points to the supposition that the CoVID-19 vaccine escaped from the lab.

= A statement that is logically or literally true (or partly true), but seems to imply something that isn’t true or is just plain weird. (for rhetoric, logic or propaganda studies… or just for fun)

Have you ever noticed that the icon for a pinned toot is actually a thumbtack and not a pin?

See some of my previous toots for explanations of what a surgical mask and respirator are. (Respirators are sometimes referred to as "N95 masks")

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