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04/15/2021: Turned In the Keys, Thank You, Charles!

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#141 AnBr

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 08:27 PM

I would gladly come back here if Charles decided to come back and reestablish a presence here again. It would just be nice to continue to have access to all of the old posts/information here.
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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

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#142 Bact PhD

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 08:17 AM

This looks to be The End of the Road at this site. The Notice to Vacate has been submitted. The moving van has pulled away.

Again, many thanks to Charles for hosting us all these years, even when his interest in the subject matter languished.

I am hopeful that, at least for a time, the material here will be available in some sort of archival/read-only format so posters can refer back to older posts.

I think all the business here has been addressed...

Politics these days is show business. Elections are Dancing with the Stars with consequences. ~Rue Bella

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 02:08 PM

Many, many thanks Charles. It's been a blast.

Good luck and all the best on your future endeavors.
And there was much rejoicing. Yay.

How can I be expected to distinguish BS from reality when so much of my reality is utter BS?!

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 03:17 PM

Thank you Charles! And thanks to all posters, past and present, for providing some needed perspective on this turbulent time in history,
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