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  1. Keeping with the numerical format - 1 - Go to the local diner about 10:00 AM for breakfast. 2 - Drink my coffee left-handed, with exactly one refill. No more, no less. 3 - Go to the local supermarket for supplies, especially for whatever crockpot dish I'm making that day. 4 - After leaving the supermarket I drive around the block. Where I live, around the block is about 3 miles. Oh, and if the Bills lost the week before I change directions. Otherwise, it's the same. 5 - Go to Family Dollar for more supplies like toilet paper because by now I have to take a massive local diner shit. And always pick up a package of chocolate covered almonds. 6 - Get home and get the crock pot meal going so it's ready for the later games. 7 - Do a last-minute check of my fantasy leagues. 8 - Get multiple feed links of the Bills game set into my favorites on my streamer. That way if one quits working I already have a backup or two in place. Then add links to the most important fantasy games for watching during commercials. 9 - Tell myself how stupid all that superstition is and then watch the Bills.
  2. One-hundred years ago, in 1922, the planet was warming, the ice cap was melting, and people were worried. It really happened. Here's the AP news story in the Washington Post from 1922 - The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. This information came on the heels of another article, relayed from Norway and published in the Monthly Weather Review, also in 1922 - The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fisherman, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto underheard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface. Interesting to note the observations of Capt. Ingebrigsten, who compared the dwindling ice of a hundred years ago to that which he had seen 50 years before - around 1872. Then, of course, fifty years later, in 1972, we were on the verge of an ice age, as the arctic ice was reaching all time highs and global temperatures were dropping - and articles like this were being published - “The evidence in support of these predictions [global cooling] has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.” The Cooling World.“ A study released last month by two NOAA scientists that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.” The Cooling World.“ Telltale signs are everywhere...the thickness of the pack ice...the southward migration of warmth-loving creatures like the armadillo...” Another Ice Age?“ Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7 degrees.” Another Ice Age?“ The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind,” The Ice Age Cometh! Follow the science. But global warming alarmists would have us all believe that ice pack data only started in 1980. Before that everything stayed the same year in and year out. or . . . . maybe it's just the natural order of things.
  3. Yes, my edit was at the bottom but it was referring to the first time, when I said I knew I had it, tested positive for it, and also positive for antibodies 11 months later. I know I had it the first time, even though it wasn't a big deal for me. The second time I didn't have a fever or lose my senses and it felt like a regular cold, though I wasn't tested that time.
  4. December of 2020 I noticed an annoying dry cough - minor but would be enough to wake me from a sound sleep occasionally. Slight fever never got over 100. It started on a Thursday night and I laid low all weekend. Felt fine by Sunday. If it hadn't been for all the COVID news and hype I wouldn't have even considered it to be a problem. But Christmas was the next weekend and with my parents both in their 80s I continued to lay low until I got a drive-thru test the next Tuesday where I tested positive and was required to quarantine for 10 days from when my symptoms first appears - the prior Thursday. Got to spend Christmas in isolation. But there are worse things so no biggie. Interestingly, though my mild symptoms only lasted from Thursday to Sunday, it was the following Thursday, while feeling fine but isolated on Christmas eve, I lost my taste and smell completely. That lasted for one day and was back to normal. Weird. Some friends of mine also acquired COVID around the same time (nobody was vaxxed at this point). They reported severe symptoms and total lack of energy, being able to do very little besides sleep all day, with flu like symptoms and a lot of muscle aches. Been fine since then. Until March of this year I went for a drive, to Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut, then to Long Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. By the time I was driving home to WNY I could feel something coming on. If it was COVID this time it was nothing like the first time. Still didn't feel too bad but I had a very productive, wet cough (no fever) for about 3-4 days. I'm retired so it's easy for me to just stay home and ride it out - though I did discover the handiness of Instacart. Anyway I didn't get tested the second time but it felt like a plain old chest cold. EDIT: For what it's worth, the first time I was pretty sure it was COVID. Even though it was very mild it was just a strange overall feeling, unlike any cold I ever had. Also, as a curiosity, in November of 2021 (11 months later) I had my antibodies tested and they came back at 321, though nobody seems to really know what that number means except to say that anything above .8 is considered positive for antibodies.
  5. I never said any of that. I know America has many faults. I was talking about Putin and Ukraine/Russia. Ukraine gained sovereignty. And yes, since then America and many other nations have tried to get their hand in the jar. I basically alluded to that in my comment about post sovereign corruption. But my post is about Putin citing a bullshit reason to justify his forcible, violent takeover, when the reality is he's been wanting to retake control of the Ukraine ever since his communist partners lost it. And I find it ironic that he does so by blaming NAZIs while simultaneously using NAZI tactics - and for many people it seems to be working. Feel free to disagree with that all you want. But don't put words in my mouth.
  6. Let me see if I have all this straight. Most of Russia, while huge in area, is a frozen wasteland. Though they do have plenty of oil and timber, the Ukraine has long been the only "Russian" area with large amounts of tillable farmland. It's the breadbasket of the whole of eastern Europe. So back in the 1920s, after Lenin disarmed the whole population of Ukraine, then died from a stroke. Stalin came in, and in the name of protecting the "homeland," his government collectivized (stole) all the farms. He made it illegal for a private person to own a farm. He then went on to "collectivize" (steal) all the food these farmers were now forced to produce all in the name of socialism. But since it was profitable for Stalin to sell most of this grain on the open world market, he did exactly that. While at the same time he forced the Ukrainians to produce food they couldn't eat themselves (the penalty for stealing a bag of grain was death - as was the penalty for trying to leave the Ukraine for a better life), to the point that millions of them starved to death within sight of thousands of railroad cars filled with food. Of course the starving Ukrainians occasionally rebelled, but with only pitchforks against Mosin-Nagant rifles, well, you get the picture - and I'll stop before getting into the benefit of an armed citizenry debate. Though one can't help but wonder how things may have been different if the starving millions were armed with AR-15s and tons of ammo instead of pitchforks and scythes. Regardless, eventually WWII started and the Russian oligarchy was able to somewhat unite the citizens of Ukraine for a while against the evil Nazi empire. They were able to ride that wave of unity, along with their still existing heavy-handed approach to punish any citizens for trying to leave, all the way through the early 1980s, at which point the inherently flawed aspects of forced socialism finally resulted in an unsustainable system of forced collectivization. The great Soviet Union fell apart. At this point, the Ukraine, many of whose citizens had lived through the war, and who had at least heard the stories of the starvation tactics of the previous regime, seized upon their opportunity to once again self-rule. Russia didn't like it much, but they didn't really have a choice. They did, however, sign a piece of paper promising Ukraine they wouldn't invade as long as Ukraine gave their nukes back. Of course serving papers on a rat has no value. Rats don't care about words on paper. And apparently the millions of disarmed Ukrainians who were starved to death weren't around to remind Ukraine of the dangers of disarming. So the Ukraine had it's own government. Unfortunately, being surrounded on all sides by nations and businesses who now saw opportunity in the availability of the tremendous amount of natural resources, competition from all angles resulted in a plague of corruption as different factions constantly struggled for control. Anyway, for all its faults, the Ukraine, if nothing else, served as a geographic buffer between Russia and the so-called evil members of NATO. Meanwhile, Putin, who's grandfather personally served both Lenin and Stalin, and who went through the entire meltdown of the Soviet Union as a die-hard Marxist, sat in Moscow seething for decades over the loss of the Ukraine to his so-called homeland. Waiting and waiting. And finally, after seeing the only major threat to his reintegration opportunity come under the direction of a doddering, ice cream licking, school girl sniffing, diaper shitting puppet, Putin manages to justify his invasion of a sovereign nation by simultaneously equating the existence of the NATO defense bloc with that of the invading Nazis of the 1930s and '40s. So Putin justifies his long lasting desire to re-acquire the Ukraine and all its resources under his oligarchic wing by stating the best way to defend against a NATO invasion is to repatriate the homeland, and therefore remove the geographic buffer that exists. Ironically, Putin manages to justify his actions (even though it's really just about getting the coveted bread basket back under Russian control) by equating NATO to Hitler's NAZIs, while at the same time using a totally Hitleresque speech which serves to fuel and multiply mass paranoia shared by a handful of Ukrainians in a couple different regions. Meanwhile the leader of the last bastion of hope in the free world was heard to say, "Hey Vlad, if you had produced more oil when I shut ours down these people wouldn't be so mean to me . . . Corn Pop . . . . hey you smell nice . . . . now you're being mean so we're not going to buy your oil anyway . . . I like vanilla . . . you gotta understand . . . . well . . . come on, man . . . oops, pooped 'em again . . . wait, one teleprompter is my speech and the other is for my answers? . . . can you type them out faster the people think I'm an idiot . . . let's go to Delaware, they don't ask me hard questions there.
  7. Nice post. But you're wrong. The tendered amount of $2.433 million counts against the cap the moment the Bills officially offered it. If we don't match and Bates goes to the Bears we will gain $2.433 mil in cap space.
  8. Extension allows $2.25 mil in cap relief for Bills this season without any super serious dead cap if released next year or '24. Looks like he's our center in '22 though.
  9. The best part is, after all these higher prices are around for a while, it will lead to an increase in tax revenue by default. Basically a tax raise without raising taxes. Then we can, right around election time, listen to all the current politicians tell us about how they managed to reduce deficits and increase available funds for government programs without raising taxes. And the better than best part is, people will swallow that drivel hook, line and sinker, and vote for their beloved incumbents once again.
  10. Yellowstone, Ozark, Longmire.
  11. And I wasn't pointing it out at you specifically as I'm sure you already know. But there are others who still don't seem to understand using the June 1st rule doesn't help to get under the cap or to sign anyone in March.
  12. Thanks. I'm well aware of how they can clear space. I was just pointing out that when it comers to the conversation of clearing space before March 16th, Star is pretty far down on the list as a priority.
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