Monday, December 5, 2022

Burlington
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66 Responses to Monday, December 5, 2022

  1. Miranda says:

    Headed back to hot yoga today for the first time since the pandemic. I’ve been working out at the Y, but they aren’t as crowded, so it’s easy to distance. Going back to yoga is the last step to getting back to normal for me.

    Of course, this class is ‘hot power flow’, so I may end up collapsing from other reasons, but I’m still looking forward to it 🙂

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Not that there’s anything wrong with this, but are they qualified ?

  3. Anthony says:

    My Facebook account, which is mostly art memes and satire, has been restricted. Wtf??

    • Somebody says:

      Clearly you’ve upset big brother. Satire is dangerous misinformation, memes too.

    • swanspirit says:

      Elon Musk doesn’t own it yet!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Your timeline is fun, for your real friends that is ! I have a feeling someone got offended by something and reported one of your posts. Also, it just takes one word to trigger the FB Nazis’ algorithms.

      • Anthony says:

        Well, I *did* take a fun shot at Greta Thunberg. Article about her bitching about how hard her automobile commute to school is, so I said “Shouldn’t she be walking to save the environment?? HOW DARE SHE!!!

        Ppl are so touchy these days, gotta watch every word…

    • elliesmom says:

      Whenever I’ve had my account restricted, it’s been over some silly banter between my brother and me. It wasn’t a breach of the rules. I “offended” one of his any silly ass friends, and it got reported to FB. When it worked, they kept doing it. His loss because I stopped commenting on his feed, and the loss of our comedy show lost him followers. His feed is all but dead. Turns out his political views were not what a lot of people were going there to read. His job relies on his social media presence, but for me it was just fun to share our old dinner table debate

      If you haven’t said anything that should attract a FB censor, either a robot one or a real person, then the culprit lies in your own friend list or on someone’s whose feed you’ve commented on. Someone flags one of your posts or comments, FB restricts your account automatically. You can ask them to have a person review it. Eventually, someone will, but by then the restriction period is past. The real issue is if they keep doing it the restrictions get longer and longer. My brother refused to act so I did the only response under my control.

      • lyn5 says:

        I left FB after a seven-day restriction. On Twitter, I create new accounts with new emails from proton.me. I can have 10 email addresses on the paid version.

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  5. DandyTIger says:

    Love the Burlington image at top!

    • lateblum says:

      Yes! It is festive and sweet and beautiful. It almost looks like a Christmas card.

      • Somebody says:

        It looks like a lovely place, but I’m confused by the snow mounds. I’m not being facetious, I genuinely am perplexed. Is it normal to pile up snow like that? Isn’t that a street? Perhaps pedestrian traffic only? Because if it’s a street cars drive on it looks hazardous. I thought snow was either removed or pushed to the side to clear streets.

        I freely admit I have no familiarity with snow or the fine art of snow clearing.

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s a pedestrian walkway, and there’s no way to completely remove the snow so it gets pushed into piles. On a road or a driveway, it would get pushed to the sides, but here it would block the entrances to the shops. They often do the same thing in parking lots. Pick a couple of places and push the snow into big piles there.

  6. helenk3 says:

    Yesterday was one of the best days ever. My two granddaughters arrived Saturday night surprised me. They stayed overnight and went home last night. We went and saw the manatees. had a great dinner by the water. Just had fun all day. I have the greatest grandkids and love them so much.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    What a treat for this audience.

    • CalSteno says:

      What a treat for all of us! Seeing Neil Diamond live was one of the best concerts we ever saw — the audience loved him and he loved us in return. Thank you for posting.

  8. elliesmom says:

    I’ve been thinking a bit about our conversation last night. When you teach science (and also history) you encounter things we call “private universes”. A private universe happens when people develop their own explanations for what and why things happen. Those explanations become so ingrained it can be next to impossible to dislodge them. A famous example of that happened at a Harvard graduation. Twenty-five random graduates and faculty members were interviewed and asked why the Earth has seasons. Twenty-three of them said it’s because the Earth is closer to the sun in the summer and farther away in the winter. With no science training at all, these people should know that couldn’t possibly be the reason because when it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the southern, but they hold on to that idea in spite of being highly educated people. The reason we have seasons is taught in every middle school in the country. I can attest to when I taught astronomy in high school, it was rare for any of my students to be able to tell me why. Although I went to great lengths to demonstrate the real reason, I would bet most of my students eventually went back to their own private universe.

    The problem we have right now politically is so many people have created their own universes. It won’t matter if Musk reveals how much collusion there is between the Democrats and the media, or if the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop are plastered all over any organization that will print it. People who already believe those things will have their beliefs reinforced. People who live in a different universe will continue to refuse to believe it. There may be a few people along the margins who can be persuaded, but they will be rare. What discourages me is there is no emotional component to accepting a different reason than what you believe about why we have seasons, and yet people refuse to internalize the truth. How in the world do we get people who are all emotionally tied up in their politics to accept they are wrong? Because we have to.

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  14. helenk3 says:

    Kristi Alli died. May she RIP.

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