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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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GREAT green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts... "VERY BUMPY ON DESCENT. PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE...


Powerful storms throughout the Northeast have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights today, but some passengers haven't been so lucky.

A pilot report from a flight that landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that led a large number of passengers to vomit.

"VERY BUMPY ON DESCENT. PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE ON THE PLANE THREW UP. PILOTS WERE ON THE VERGE OF THROWING UP," the pilot wrote in a PIREP, which is a report that pilots often send to ground stations when they face poor weather conditions. The reports usually just note the weather conditions, but this one took it a step further, providing graphic detail that hinted at what must have been an incredibly unpleasant flight.

This may be the most interesting thing about this year's Oscars: the goodie bag...

It’s a stark display of how the #MeToo movement has hit every corner of Hollywood.

This year, among the usual plane tickets, holidays and luxury cosmetic items given away to Oscar nominees, will be a canister of pepper spray and other personal safety products.

“This event is a unique opportunity for us to lend a helping hand in the #MeToo movement with solutions that take aim at the harassment culture that’s been pervasive most notably in the entertainment industry and in broader society,” said David Nance, the CEO of security systems company Sabre.

“We hope to help others by inspiring self-empowerment.”

Sabre is giving away five products in the Oscar gift bag, including a key-ring sized pepper spray, a gel pepper spray, two personal body alarms and a kit to test whether your drink has been drugged.

Are Republicans doomed in 2018-2020?...

U.S. jobless claims plunge to 49-year low of 210,000

The rate of layoffs as measured by U.S. jobless claims fell to the lowest level since 1969, reflecting the strongest labor market since the end of the dotcom boom nearly two decades ago. Initial U.S. jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 210,000 in the seven days ended Feb. 24.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total 226,000. New claims haven't been this low since December 1969.

The more stable monthly average of claims declined by 5,000 to 220,500, the government said Thursday. That's also the lowest level since 1969. The number of people already collecting unemployment benefits, known as continuing claims, increased by 57,000 to 1.93 million.

Or maybe not so doomed...

Oh, NO, there's MORE!

U.S. crude oil production hit record high in November: EIA

U.S. crude oil production shattered a 47-year output record in November and retreated slightly in December, the U.S. Energy Department said on Wednesday, as oil production from shale continued to upend global supply patterns.

Oil output rose to 10.057 million barrels per day (bpd) in November, a revision from earlier estimates, the EIA said. December production fell 108,000 bpd to 9.949 million bpd, it said.

November’s figure exceeded the 10.044 million barrels produced daily in November 1970. Output has surged in the last several years due to the shale boom, pushing the United States past Saudi Arabia among top producers. Only Russia now has greater daily oil output.

Shale oil, that's what Obama and Middle Eastern nations tried to crush for eight years or more...

Don't eat brown snow...

Michael Loso, a glacier geologist, calculates that 36,000 mountaineers attempting the treacherous peak between 1951 and 2012 have deposited up to 215,000 pounds of solid human waste on to Kahiltna glacier, on the most popular summit route.

Since 2007, the NPS has required that climbers keep waste off the mountain’s surface. Alpinists catch their poop in biodegradable bags and pitch it into deep crevasses on the glacier.

However, Loso’s research indicates human waste never reaches the bottom of the glacier and will never fully disintegrate. He warns of the prospect of the waste reappearing downstream as stains on the glacial surface, in the otherwise beautiful wilderness landscape.

Officials are now proposing new regulations instructing climbers to drop waste in only one high crevasse, where a huge ice cliff is thought to pulverise the poop and render it inert. Climbers would have to carry out the rest of their waste.

Beyond the aesthetics, climbers on Denali obtain all drinking water by melting snow, which if contaminated by excrement can spread bacterial illnesses, which could be deadly at altitude.

Trump announces re-election campaign for 2020

President Donald Trump announced that he's running for re-election in 2020, and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign's 2016 digital guru, has been named campaign manager.

In an announcement posted on the president's campaign website, his son, Eric Trump, called Parscale "an amazing talent" who was "pivotal to our success in 2016." Top Trump adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner said that Parscale "was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run."

The news was first reported by Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. The president had already filed for re-election -- he filed his Form 2 paperwork with the Federal Election Commission hours after he was inaugurated over a year ago. He has also held a number of re-election campaign rallies already.

Failed special election candidate Jon Ossoff will not run for Congress again

Remember Jon Ossoff? He’s the progressive candidate who ran in last year’s special election for Georgia’s 6th district seat. That election was hyped for months as a possible turning point for the Democratic party heading into 2018.

Money poured in from around the country turning the race into the most expensive campaign ever waged for a House seat. But in the end, Ossoff still lost comfortably to Republican Karen Handel. Today, Jon Ossoff announced he wouldn’t be trying again saying, “I’ve decided that this is not the moment for me to run again for Congress.”

Horse appreciates kitty appreciation of horse...

Slightly misread text...

"In today's weather report, the Moon is Waxing Gibbons, 68% visible"...

Russian trolls Liberals can LOVE! "A familiar pattern? Russian trolls on Twitter rile Americans...

... on gun violence."

An organization that monitors Russian trolling has spotted a peculiar similarity between certain types of social media postings that went up immediately after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas festival shootings and again after last week’s shootings at a school in Parkland, Fla.

The pattern: A day after the tragedy, the trolls tweet on all sides of the gun control debate. A day later, they push conspiracy theories. It’s a formula designed to stir up emotions over mass violence and gun laws, and more broadly to foment anger and exasperation over the U.S. political system.

“The purpose is to stoke tensions,” said Bret Schafer of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, which is financing researchers following 600 or so Twitter accounts suspected of being operated by Russian “trolls” — pro-Kremlin mouthpieces aiming to encourage discord in the United States.

“It is also bait to attract a larger following from American users by talking about issues that we care about." The 600 accounts monitored by the project known as Hamilton 68 put out an average of 20,000 tweets a day, Schafer said, and they often focus on hot topics that divide Americans.

“Russia’s role is to sort of boost the signals of these fringe-y conspiracy theories and just circulate them a bit wider,” said Schafer, whose group is part of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

HOW could they leave out FRIIIIIIIIIED CHICKEN?!...

New York University served up a “Black History Month” meal at one of its dining halls — complete with watermelon-flavored water and collard greens — and had to apologize when students called the school out for playing into racist stereotypes.

College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris wrote on Facebook she was shocked to learn what was on the menu Tuesday at the Weinstein Passport Dining Hall on University Place.

“This is what it’s like to be a black student at New York University…” she wrote. “In 2018, I literally had to explain why displaying watermelon and koolaid in celebration of Black History Month was not only racially insensitive but just ignorant.”

Harris blasted the institution for offering the meal and said she was bounced around from person to person when she tried to figure out who was behind the decision.

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