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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
Offline Last Active Apr 19 2018 01:55 PM

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In Topic: Police Behaving Badly and What to Do About It

18 April 2018 - 08:31 PM

 LFC, on 18 April 2018 - 12:35 PM, said:

Looks like panicky cops shoot white people too. This is just sickening.

Wait a second. He got a minivan up to 25 mph in reverse on a driveway when coming out of a garage? How long was their freaking driveway?
Somebody omitted a crucial decimal point? Or someone told a helluva fish story...

In Topic: RIP — 2018 Edition

16 April 2018 - 06:57 PM

Harry Anderson, who presided over Night Court for so many years.


Harry Anderson, known for his acting role as Judge Harry Stone on "Night Court" was found dead in his Asheville, North Carolina home Monday morning according to police.

He was 65 years old. Foul play was not suspected according to officials.

In Topic: TDB: The Excruciating Death of Local News

16 April 2018 - 03:46 PM

It isn’t just large market dailies that have taken it on the chin. Small- and medium-sized market dailies & weeklies have been gobbled by larger entities in the last few years. Case in point, my local rag, owned for what seemed like forever by The NY Times Regional Newspapers Group, has undergone two ownership changes since (roughly) Dear Daughter graduated from high school, 4 years ago. Halifax bought the rag in 2014-ish, and GateHouse bought Halifax about 18 months after that. There has been a noticeable, steady decline in locally based content, and more content from the “sister papers”, since 2014.

Just for yukkies the other day, I Googled “who owns GateHouse Media”. This is a VERY interesting read:



This little-talked-about, won’t-talk-to-the-press newspaper chain owns more daily newspapers than any other U.S. publisher — likely more than any other publisher in the world. And with a market value of $800 million, it stands second only to Gannett’s ($1 billion) among public newspaper firms.


Just since the beginning of the year, numerous GateHouse papers have cut more newsroom staff — in the single digits at smaller newsrooms as far-flung as the Springfield (Ill.) Register, Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger, Erie (Pa.) Times and Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger. Those cuts follow more major cuts in the newsrooms of papers it’s acquired more recently — those papers have seen the bigger cuts, as reported to me by the NewsGuild/Communication Workers of America. That includes 40 jobs cut at the Providence Journal, a paper GateHouse bought from Belo in 2014.

Word of an overall 4.6 percent budget cut across the chain is rifling through company.

It’s the cutbacks at the smaller papers — the roots of the pre-Fortress GateHouse chain — that may be most telling.

In Topic: The YouTube thread

12 April 2018 - 07:39 AM

A remark in another thread...

View Postandydp, on 11 April 2018 - 07:27 PM, said:

We're lucky to be able to travel - I'm hoping for a trip down US Route 66 in the near future.

reminded me of this:

In Topic: Rapid Money Supply Growth Does Not Cause Inflation

11 April 2018 - 06:25 PM

View Postandydp, on 11 April 2018 - 12:04 PM, said:

Our daughter got married at the reception hall next to a brew pub in Troy NY. Great ambiance, great food. Very accommodating on providing vegan meals to those who asked. We kept the cost down by having a1 hour open bar then the rest of the evening was wine and beer only. I doubt anyone noticed. All their friends are "beer snobs" and the brewer is a friend of our SIL so he made a special keg for their wedding.

Daughter's wedding was way less expensive than the son's but everyone had a great time at both. Added perk: There was a "wild dance" contest to win a magnum of Saison beer. My college friends and I managed to annoy my daughter in our antics to the final win. When she said something I just explained it was a "perk".

Taking notes here. :)


Our daughter's brother in law got married to a very nice and very well off young lady in Florida (Their wedding present from her dad is a 5 Bedroom house on a canal in Boca Raton) We saw a couple of photos. All I can say is it looked like something from Gatsby.
Yup, pretty much anything waterfront in Boca Raton is gonna be along those lines. :o So I believe it...but as a wedding gift?!? Holy Crap...that IS "Well off", even by South Florida standards.