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25th-Nov-2016 09:50 pm - More Repitition of History
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I'm currently watching a batch of Dr Kildare movies filmed in the 1930s in the middle of the Depression and so much of what is going on with doctors and poor people I fear may occur again now that the Gross Old Party has complete control of the government. What's also scary is that while this was going on here in the US over in Germany the Nazis were gaining control of Germany
24th-Nov-2016 05:35 pm - Arrival
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The friend I usually share a Thanksgiving dinner with is in San Francisco as one of her sons is now living there. I am currently staying in her apartment taking care of her dog. This morning I went to see "Arrival" which is truly a terrific SF movie. Last century I loved SF movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet". This century we finally have a couple of good movies like "The Martian" and this one. It's a believable movie with characters that are very true to life. The heroine, Louise played by Amy Adams, appears like a realistic woman and not a movie star in terms of makeup and clothing and I love the house she lives in. The creators did a wonderful job of making the aliens very alien in terms of appearance, culture and communication. Of course if you truly analyze the aliens you wonder why they have not already found ways of communicating with us as we have been broadcasting into space for some 70 or so years but ignoring that, it really points out communicating with aliens will not be easy . I know we have made translating apps but those deal with the languages of our home planet and making universal translators like on Star Trek may truly be impossible. I plan on seeing "Arrival" again though probably it will be on TV. I'm also left wondering what is going to happen in 3000 years. Here's an interesting article on how the movie makers created the alien language and writing: https://www.inverse.com/article/23159-arrival-invented-new-complicated-alien-language.

ETA: Here's an interesting article on how great a SF movie "Arrival" is from a scientific aspect: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/76811

20th-Nov-2016 02:55 pm - Rebels With a Cause
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If you need to find a way to try to undo the damage that is being done our friend spikedluv has a tag for her posts with links for things to do at http://spikedluv.livejournal.com/tag/rebel%20scum. I'm sure the posts and links will continue to grow as things get worse in our country :(
13th-Nov-2016 10:21 am - Are We Doomed to Repeat History?
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I feel like history is repeating itself and we are at the beginning of something similar to Nazi Germany where Pastor Martin Niemöller wrote:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

Here in America they seem to be starting to come for the gays, transgenders, Muslims, illegal immigrants and people of color. Eventually they may go after women, atheists, agnostics and noners. I will speak out because somehow they must be stopped asap or our democracy will be in ruins.

11th-Nov-2016 10:27 pm - Beyond Despair
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What a horrible week. On Tuesday the US was fatally hurt, yesterday Leonard Cohen died and today Robert Vaughn, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. passed away. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel of doom?

ETA: I was mistaken - Leonard Cohen passed away on Monday.
9th-Nov-2016 03:02 pm - As The World Falls Down
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I went to bed last night without watching the news nor did I watch it this morning. I left my place and walked into the rain. It seemed to me that everyone I saw here in NYC was somber. I then passed a newspaper stand and saw, much to my amazement and disgust, that somehow Mr Deplorable had won the election. When I read that while standing in the rain I felt like Mother Nature was actually crying. I can't believe how many stupid people are in our country willing to threaten it and our planet. I really blame the media for doing such an awful job of reporting the truth about this despicable man. See  https://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/kurt-eichenwalds-huge-list-of-trump-failures-destroys-gop-nominees-self-proclaimed-business-prowess/

There's a Chinese curse that goes "may you live in interesting times" and right now I feel truly cursed :(

ETA: At one point yesterday, while waiting in line, I thought of leaving as I knew NYC was basically for Hillary but I'm so glad I stayed to vote as I would be feeling so terrribly guilty considering what happened.
8th-Nov-2016 04:13 pm - Perseverance
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You may recall I had a hellish day flying back from Fargo in August. Well today I had a hellish morning in order to vote. I left my place a little after 9:30. For most of my adult life I simply had to cross the street and go to the synagogue there to vote but for some reason that changed and I now had to walk a few blocks to get to PS 59. Well I got there and found a long line going halfway around the block and joined it; the good thing was that it moved at a nice rate. Unfortunately when I got close to the entrance I found that it was the entrance to the High School of Art and Design which was also a polling place! The two schools are side by side and both were polling places! I again had to go to the other side of the block to join a line that went very slowly in the other direction, in fact I wasn't able to vote until after 12:30. There were NO signs explaining that there were two different polling places on the same block. It took one of the election helpers to reveal this idiocy. One reason why the second line moved so slowly was that while I was on the other side of the block Mr Deplorable was also voting in PS 59 and later his son and his family were there too. The one enjoyable thing was that the people around me were great to chat with while we waited; in fact the guy ahead of me with his young daughter was actually a judge running for something so I voted for him later. The worst of it was while I'm a good walker I'm apparently not good at standing in line for so long so now I'm in agony as my back hurts so much. My only hope is that it will be worthwhile and Hillary and the Democrats will win. I don't think I can stand the suspense so I won't be watching TV tonight and I'll find out who won (please, please, please let it be Hillary) tomorrow morning.

ETA: I also saw Charlie Rose at the polling place. Also my friends who lived further north in Manhattan were lucky as they went to their neighborhood school and were able to go in and vote quickly *sigh*
2nd-Nov-2016 11:22 pm - Rachael Ray
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Yesterday I went with a couple of friends to watch the filming of an episode of "The Rachael Ray Show". I haven't been in the audience of a TV show since I was a little girl and a classmate's father, who was a writer of "The Garry Moore Show", got our class invited to attend one day. Back then all I recall was sitting and laughing in the studio. This time we were supposed to watch a man make signals that would cause us to applaud or laugh or go wow! or several other things on command while looking at Rachael host her show and we applauded so many times that I often couldn't hear her speak. The show will air on Veteran's Day and I intend to watch it to see if I can actually hear what she said while we applauded. It will actually be the first time I've ever watched the show. We were there for over 3 hours and yes, it was interesting in several ways. While waiting to go into the studio we could grab bags of potato chips, chocolate covered pretzels and bottles of water. There was also a friend of Rachael who had written his first book, a romance novel which we were given when we left the studio. I haven't been into romance novels since my early 20s so I'm saving it to be a Xmas present for a friend of mine. Anyway from now on when I see TV shows with an audience I will be aware of what can be happening behind the camera.
1st-Nov-2016 12:14 am - Happy Halloween
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Went to the annual Halloween party at the apartment of a fellow NYCAtheist. Had a lovely time eating and also drinking some Baileys Chocolate Cherry Liquor (not really into alcolhol but boy do I like chocolate liquor). His musician friends played many great songs from my youth including "Stand by Me", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "White Rabbit aka Go Ask Alice", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Bye Bye Love". I was just dressed in an orange blouse with black leggings but there were others who dressed in costumes including a witch, a couple of pandas (who were a couple), a space man, a man who dressed like Poldark (or a pirate as he had an eye patch) and a woman who was dressed like someone in a harem with her adorable 4 month-old daughter in a similar outfit. I left before the party ended as I'm going to bed a bit early so I can also get up early to get ready to go watch an episode of a Rachael Ray episode being filmed tomorrow.
26th-Oct-2016 03:57 pm - Hillary's B'day
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Well in one respect Monday wasn't that bad as my friend and her son went to Hillary's birthday party. She said they had a wonderful time. She actually got to talk with Hillary and had her picture taken with her which will be sent to her in an email...eventually. Here's what she said (as far as she recalls):

My friend: "You're all that stands between us and the abyss."

Hillary: "I feel the responsibility heavily."

F: "I hope you'll be able to bring the people back into the world."

H: "That's a good way of putting it. I hadn't thought of it that way."

Later Kevin Spacey did imitations of Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton and Hillary told him that with her eyes closed she really thought it was her husband speaking. There were also other actors including Neil Patrick Harris and of course Stevie Wonder. The only actor who I know is for Mr Deplorable is Scott Baio and I don't recall any mention of a birthday party for the deplorable one on or around June 14th. 

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