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Former NBC Apprentice staffer: Trump crushes up his Adderall and sniffs it

Former @ApprenticeNBC staffer for 6 years @CaslerNoel: Trump is a “speed freak” who crushes up Adderall and sniffs it.

Noel says he is violating his Nondisclosure Agreement with Trump but he doesn't care - he is telling the public the truth about Trump


R2-D2 and C-3PO of Star Wars fame did not get along well off-screen


Known on-screen as the friendly and inseparable duo, the actors who portrayed R2-D2 and C-3PO shared none of the affection of their on-screen personalities. During a 2009 interview with Metro magazine, Kenny Baker, the actor inside the R2-D2 suit, had this to say about Anthony Daniels, the actor inside the C-3PO suit:

I thought it was just me he didn’t get on with but recently I’ve found out he doesn’t get on with anyone. He’s been such an awkward person over the years. If he just calmed down and socialized with everyone, we could make a fortune touring around making personal appearances. I’ve asked him four times now but, the last time, he looked down his nose at me like I was a piece of s**t. He said: ‘I don’t do many of these conventions – go away little man.’ He really degraded me and made me feel small – for want of a better expression. He’s rude to everyone though, including the fans.

Lest you think the feeling of scorn was one-sided and Mr. Baker simply misunderstood Daniels’ feeling on the matter, we’ll let Daniels’ words clear things up. In a 2011 interview with The Mirror he explained:

I never saw him. I mean, R2-D2 doesn’t even speak. He might as well be a bucket.

Whatever the history between the two might entail beyond their public comments, we’ll completely understand if you’d prefer to Jedi mind trick yourself into forgetting this trivia tidbit and continue loving the adorable on-screen duo as they were presented in the films.

Written English question about usage of a comma

Hi all, and thanks for considering my English composition question. I have been out of school a long time and my knowledge of the written English rules is foggy, at best.

My question: When you are writing (or typing) a greeting to someone (say, in a novel or even in a letter or email to a friend), which forms are permissible ?

A- "Hello John", "Hello Susan"

B- "Hello, John", "Hello, Susan" (note the usage of the comma)


C- both of the above ? I typically use option A but I do not know the rules.

The reason why I ask is, in a game I play, a Dutch woman habitually addresses people by option B. I have no idea what the rules are in the Netherlands. Just asking what the English rules are, if it even matters.

Thank you kindly for your attention to this!


Trump campaign supposedly knocking on lots of doors

Heard this on MSNBC.

If true, thoughts:

1- Hello, COVID-19 risk...eta: if the door-knockers do not use masks and social distancing.
2- Will this make a difference in battleground states ?

Financial reporter guy on MSNBC just now says, paraphrased, we may not know for weeks!

Talking about the election outcome. Come on, jesus christ, it is NOT going to take more than, what, 4 weeks at the very worst ? Is it California that takes up to 4 weeks to certify the official vote, because of absentees ? My apologies if I got that totally wrong.

We don't need any hysteria and disinformation about the vote. We are so f*******g spoiled to get these projections on Election Night, but this year, to me, there is NO way to accurately state that because of the mail-in votes.

The media needs to be responsible about this. Trump damn sure won't be, we all know that.

Rant over.

eta: I forget where the "4 weeks" info about California came from, but it was some election in the last few years. Again, sorry if I got that totally wrong.

When is the last day to return my voted vote-by-mail ballot?

Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day. If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, take it to your county elections officeon or before Election Day or to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.


No later than the 38th day after the election, the Secretary of State must determine the votes cast for candidates for state and federal office and for the statewide ballot measures, certify those results, and issue certificates of nomination/election to those candidates who were nominated/elected.



MARCH 2, 2020 3:46 PM

Why does it take so long to get election results in California?


“We prioritize the right to vote and election security over rushing the vote count,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a Feb. 27 statement. “In California, we’d rather get it right than get it fast.”


How long a wait are we talking about?

County election officials have 30 days to count all ballots and audit the tally. Padilla will then certify the results by April 10.

By the end of this week, elections officials in California’s 58 counties will release their first report of how many ballots remain uncounted. After the 2016 primary, the first report showed some 2.4 million ballots left to be verified and counted.


Much more at that article but can only quote 4 paragraphs


Old TV set interfered with village's DSL Internet each day for 18 months


Having exhausted all other avenues, we wanted to do one final test to see if the fault was being caused by a phenomenon known as SHINE (Single High-level Impulse Noise) where electrical interference is emitted from an appliance that can then have an impact on broadband connectivity.

By using a device called a Spectrum Analyzer we walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6am to see if we could find an "electrical noise" to support our theory. And at 7am, like clockwork, it happened! Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference in the village.

The source of the "electrical noise" was traced to a property in the village. It turned out that at 7am every morning, the occupant would switch on their old TV which would in turn knock out broadband for the entire village.

As you can imagine, when we pointed this out to the resident, they were mortified that their old second-hand TV was the cause of an entire village's broadband problems, and they immediately agreed to switch it off and not use [it] again.

This occurred in Aberhosan, Wales UK. I wish we could post many more paragraphs, so I just cut to the chase. The article really explains it thoroughly, at the link at the top. Enjoy !

eta: original article here https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2020/09/18-months-of-village-broadband-disruption-traced-to-old-tv-set.html

A highly provocative video for younger voters, not sure how it will be taken....


WTF... Trump Says Confederate General Robert E. Lee 'Would Have Won Except for Gettysburg'



In a campaign speech in Minnesota on Friday, President Donald Trump defended Confederate leaders including General Robert E. Lee while decrying protesters who attempted to damage Confederate monuments.

President Trump has resisted calls by protesters against racism in the U.S. to get rid of vestiges of the Confederacy. He has said that his administration would not allow military installations that bear the names of Confederate leaders to be rechristened. At a July press conference, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the bases "are not known for the generals they are named after, the bases are known for the heroes that served at them." Trump also signed an executive order which would send protestors who deface historical monuments to jail for ten years.

"Robert E. Lee, whether you like him or not, he won many battles in a row," Trump said Friday. "He would have won except for Gettysburg."

Trump said U.S. protesters "have no idea what they're ripping down. They're ripping down in many cases greatness. They're ripping down our past. They're ripping down our history. That's where these guys begin. They take away your history."

Yea, nothing like a CURRENT US President celebrating a treasonous 19th century general who deliberately gave up his opportunity to lead the Union Army to lead the Confederate one!

And he does this in MINNESOTA ... about as Union territory as it gets (admitted 1858 to the union, I checked lol )

Kentucky doctor who urged mask-wearing early on dies of Covid-19


In May, while offering her expertise as a member of the Bowling Green-Warren County Coronavirus Workgroup, Shadowen fell ill. At first, she complained of feeling tired, but on the night she was taken to the hospital, she woke up saying she was short of breath, her husband, David, said.

She toggled between local hospitals for the next four months, at times being placed on a ventilator and in the intensive care unit. During weeks she regained her strength, she was lucid enough to continue working from her hospital bed and share what she knew about the virus that was ravaging her body in unexpected ways.

"There were multiple times she thought she was turning the corner and we thought she was on the road to recovery," David Shadowen, who is also a doctor, said.

But after dealing with complications from the virus, including abdominal bleeding and weakened lungs, Shadowen died on Sept. 11 surrounded by her husband and two adult children. She was 62.

My age and an infectious disease specialist, per the article. Very scary. And people STILL want to flock to these huge gatherings with no masks or social distancing. Sigh.

RIP Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, condolences to her family

COVID-19 data for Florida, by age bracket

from: https://floridacovidaction.com/details/trends-and-analytics/

More trends at the site above.

Rebekah Jones, the fired data scientist, is behind this website.
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