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Wednesday August 13, 2014 Berlin Wall anniversary

Night the Wall went up, I was listening to Radio Moscow news. But it was next day before I found out what had happened.

The newscaster kept explaining Why This Step Was Necessary. And I kept waiting to find out what that step was.

***"Turn of the century charm," real estate ad in a neighborhood paper. Someone hadn't noticed the 20th century is over.

***To Waite House for monthly NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Package for Seniors), and for twice-monthly produce giveaway.

The produce giveaway is preceded by a presentation. This time, on sugar in bottled drinks. You might be surprised to learn that sodas and energy drinks have unhealthy amounts of sugar.

We were urged to sign up for a "sodacation." Refrain from drinking sodas with sugar between August 17th and September 2nd. Participants to get a choice of free items at the end; with drawing for a grand prize the following week.

I signed up.

***Seen from bus on the way home: a stilt-walker with butterfly-like wings. Part of a local health expo.
Wednesday September 25, 2013 "As early as 1804 some New England Federalists had discussed secession from the Union if the national government became too oppressive."

"Secession was again mentioned in 1814–1815; all but one leading Federalist newspaper in New England supported a plan to expel the western states from the Union. Otis, the key leader of the Convention, blocked radical proposals such as a seizure of the Federal customs house, impounding federal funds, or declaring neutrality. Otis thought the Madison administration was near collapse and that unless conservatives like himself and the other delegates took charge, the radical secessionists might take power. Indeed, Otis was unaware that Massachusetts Governor Strong had already sent a secret mission to discuss terms with the British for a separate peace."

***Smartphone app, learned about on Twitter:

40% of the food we produce goes to waste.
25% of us don't know our neighbors' names.
70% of us are overweight.
16% of Americans lack enough food for a healthy lifestyle.
99% of us don't need a second helping of the beef lo mein.

LeftoverSwap solves all of these problems.

LeftoverSwappers don't feel the need to eat an enormous restaurant portion, and instead pass it on to a hungrier neighbor, in turn learning their name and avoiding excess calories. Through increasing the efficiency of each plot of land dedicated to food production, we can reduce our intensive use of natural resources, and reduce our expansion into sensitive environmental areas.

***From Twitter:

GalleyCat ‏@GalleyCat
Would you like a glass of "Red Satin?" E.L. James helps create ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ wines:

isalmanac ‏@Disalmanac
Today in 1951, Mark Hamill was born. George Lucas has removed Hamill from the original "Star Wars," replacing him with a CGI walrus.

Jessica Misener ‏@jessmisener
i think we're all ignoring the real news here: portland has a VEGAN STRIP CLUB
Retweeted by Ben Smith
Wednesday September 18, 2013 Citation: Padhraig Higgins. Review of David Ryan, _Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs_. H-Albion, H-Net Reviews.
September, 2013.

***From Twitter:

Tablet Magazine ‏@tabletmag
Germany's Bauer Media Group to stop publishing pro-Nazi pulp mag 'Der Landser' @simonwiesenthal #goodnews
Retweeted by Lillian Cohen-Moore

GuardianUS ‏@GuardianUS
Science! That's the latest tool to help you pick women up:

Not entirely serious, as this excerpt from the article might suggest:

The skinner

Named for the discoverer of operant conditioning, this potentially-sinister-sounding technique involves providing a reward whenever a woman you find attractive displays positive behaviour towards you. This will cause her to associate this behaviour with reward, and engage in it more often, thus increasing her favourable actions toward you.

Typically, the reward you use should be a pleasant foodstuff such as sweets or chocolate. However, you shouldn't make your actions too obvious, or any positive association could be neutralised by suspicion or doubt. To prevent this, you should visibly provide these positive rewards to others. Ideally, do this with children, to demonstrate your willingness to engage with infants and triggering further positive associations with you via the female caring instinct. You will need to keep a large supply of rewards on your person, so a large coat with many pockets is advised.

It's well known that if there's one thing women can't resist, it's a man in a long coat offering sweets to children he doesn't know.

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