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  1. Comment on The new meth: Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem in ~health

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    I enjoyed reading this article, but midway through it I thought to myself that this writing style really reminds me of Dreamland. I scrolled back up to the top and sure enough it was the same...

    I enjoyed reading this article, but midway through it I thought to myself that this writing style really reminds me of Dreamland. I scrolled back up to the top and sure enough it was the same author. If you haven't read Dreamland it's good. The chapters are all very short and like this article it kind of revisits the same points over and over (which some people might not be crazy about). I'll check out his new book too for sure. Meth has done a real number here. I live in a small city about an hour west of Atlanta, GA and the number of homeless people here has increased over the last eight years or so. There are multiple intersections and shopping centers where you'll see panhandlers, which was something I was only accustomed to when living in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

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  2. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Just checked with Walgreens here, no one has any within a 40 minute drive.

    Just checked with Walgreens here, no one has any within a 40 minute drive.

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  3. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I’ll see if I can find some. I don’t patronize Walmart, but I’ll see if anywhere else has them. We did check with the independent pharmacy we use and they didn’t have any tests at all.

    I’ll see if I can find some. I don’t patronize Walmart, but I’ll see if anywhere else has them. We did check with the independent pharmacy we use and they didn’t have any tests at all.

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  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    It'd be nice, but we don't have a ton of choice here. There's one big pediatrics practice (the one we go to) and a small practice that we used to go to that isn't very good.

    It'd be nice, but we don't have a ton of choice here. There's one big pediatrics practice (the one we go to) and a small practice that we used to go to that isn't very good.

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  5. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    There's also Kavosiey Smoke pronounced like Courvoisier who plays football for the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as Lovasea Carroll which rhymes with Courvoisier who plays for the Georgia Bulldogs.

    There's also Kavosiey Smoke pronounced like Courvoisier who plays football for the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as Lovasea Carroll which rhymes with Courvoisier who plays for the Georgia Bulldogs.

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  6. Comment on What's something about yourself that you had to face? in ~life

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    I was a heavy drinker in my 20's. I went to rehab at 25 and haven't had a drink since then, which has been over 15 years. I've never really had the temptation to drink again. My life was such a...

    I was a heavy drinker in my 20's. I went to rehab at 25 and haven't had a drink since then, which has been over 15 years. I've never really had the temptation to drink again. My life was such a train-wreck at the time that simply eliminating alcohol got me back on the tracks. I hesitate to classify myself as an alcoholic. I did AA for a few years, and while I enjoyed the people and helping others, I never felt that I had the same difficulty quitting that others did. When it all boiled down the difficulty I had to face was that I was a mid-20s manchild. I had never grown up, never had to be responsible, never felt the consequences of my actions. Turning my critical eye on myself instead of others helped me to finally grow up and be a productive member of society.

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  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I just wanted to vent for a bit here about our current situation here in the west Atlanta exurbs. My 10 year old daughter and 2 year old son have both been exhibiting some symptoms of COVID....

    I just wanted to vent for a bit here about our current situation here in the west Atlanta exurbs. My 10 year old daughter and 2 year old son have both been exhibiting some symptoms of COVID. Nothing serious, fevers, lethargy, congestion, coughing, etc. We took them both to the doctor yesterday and they wouldn't perform a COVID test on either of them. It's all so strange. I get that they're low risk, but it would sure be nice to know if they have it and if we need to shut everything down for a bit around the house. We're just acting on that assumption for the most part.

    I went online as well to see if I can get a test a pharmacy and there are no appointments for days and days. The only real option that's readily available is a cash pay urgent care that charges $130 per test. It's all very frustrating here. I just wanted to vent.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    Tim Robinson either leaves me in stitches or staring at the TV wondering what the hell I just watched. There's really no in-between for me. This is a good one.

    Tim Robinson either leaves me in stitches or staring at the TV wondering what the hell I just watched. There's really no in-between for me. This is a good one.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Covid, in retreat in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've made the same assumption several times during the pandemic, but seem to have been proven wrong each time, especially when I've assumed that at least my locale has reached some level of local...

    I've made the same assumption several times during the pandemic, but seem to have been proven wrong each time, especially when I've assumed that at least my locale has reached some level of local herd immunity. Just like this article states here in west Georgia (US state, not the country) we've seen a significant dip in the last couple of weeks. We just came off a high of 92% ICU usage last week and are down to 66%. This particular area is deeply Red, having voted for Trump at a rate of about 75% of the county, and hasn't taken COVID even moderately serious since the very beginning (currently sitting at 21% vaccination rate). So I've repeatedly figured that everyone who can get it has already had it. But I've been proven wrong each time.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission in ~tech

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    Great news, now do outlets.

    Great news, now do outlets.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm currently reading Tower of Secrets by Victor Sheymov and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. I'm not far enough into either of them to make a judgement on how they are just yet. I just...

    I'm currently reading Tower of Secrets by Victor Sheymov and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. I'm not far enough into either of them to make a judgement on how they are just yet.

    I just finished Needful Things by Stephen King. I enjoyed it but felt like it was a couple hundred pages too long. I felt like I knew where the story was going and how it would end about 3/4 of the way through the book. Enjoyed it and have been enjoying my read through King's bibliography, however, I did start Gerald's Game right after I finished NT and immediately shelved it. I was not into it AT ALL and probably won't actually read it.

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  12. Comment on Recommend me books with a twist (with a twist) in ~books

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    The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I'll let you decide if it has a twist or not.

    The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I'll let you decide if it has a twist or not.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Norm Macdonald dies: Influential comedian and former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update anchor was 61 in ~tv

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    This Nerdwriter piece on The Moth Joke and Norm's style is great. RIP Norm.

    This Nerdwriter piece on The Moth Joke and Norm's style is great. RIP Norm.

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  14. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    A lot of your complaints are complaints I have about Android, but in reverse. I tried to switch two years ago to a Pixel and the paralyzation of settings, launchers, options, browsers, widgets led...

    A lot of your complaints are complaints I have about Android, but in reverse. I tried to switch two years ago to a Pixel and the paralyzation of settings, launchers, options, browsers, widgets led me to spend so much time fiddling with my phone that I always felt like I was just missing the right set of settings to get the phone to where I wanted it. I don't have nearly the same problem with an iPhone. I'll allow that maybe I'm a dolt who just doesn't know what's good for me. But I vastly prefer the iPhone.

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  15. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    I currently live about 100 miles (~160km) from where I was born. The farthest away I've lived is around 750 miles (~1200km) away.

    I currently live about 100 miles (~160km) from where I was born. The farthest away I've lived is around 750 miles (~1200km) away.

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  16. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to Colors by Between the Buried and Me. I had a pretty hefty project I had to get done this week and it was nice being able to just listen to it on repeat.

    I've been listening to Colors by Between the Buried and Me. I had a pretty hefty project I had to get done this week and it was nice being able to just listen to it on repeat.

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  17. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I just finished I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. It was juicy, but not quite as tabloid-like as some of the other Trump books. Reading through the last few years was...

    I just finished I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. It was juicy, but not quite as tabloid-like as some of the other Trump books. Reading through the last few years was definitely entertaining. There was just one bat-shit crazy moment after another that at the time I didn't truly appreciate. And this book doesn't even hit on them all.

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