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Good lord, another post with "back in my day..." replies.

Back in my day…

“I went into the military and they treated me like shit.”
Translation: I was paid to be treated like shit but college students should suck it up and pay for the privilege.

“I didn’t have a/c in my dorm room.”
Translation: I went to college at a time when global climate change wasn’t killing millions in heat waves every year. Kids today are spoiled!

Seriously. I’m pushing 60 and feel like DU is getting too old for me when I read these old codger replies.

Agree with all this, & also this is disastrous for the local environment.

These minks will be competing with native species such as river otter, beavers, raccoons, fox, etc. for food and habitat. It’s going to decimate local rodent and amphibian populations which were mostly balanced systems before this.


For comparison, when they were reintroducing river otter to parts of Pennsylvania where they’d been hunted to near extinction, they only introduced 153 otter between 1982-2004 throughout the whole state. In 2016, the population had recovered enough for a limited number of hunting licenses to start being issued for river otter.

I second rounding up as many as possible and putting them in a preserve or sanctuary. That would be the most humane response for both mink and the local ecosystem.

Ya know, I thought TFG was guilty, but now that Putin's

said this, I really have to rethink my stance.

If you are really on top of when new titles are published,

the wait times aren’t bad for digital items. You just gotta get your holds in early! Also, most public libraries are in consortium arrangements with other libraries. For instance, my library can borrow digital materials from just about every other public library, and some universities, in the state. Many of these initiatives are coordinated via the State Library so even small towns can participate. Some large cities offer free digital cards to anyone in state. We also offer two digital book portals, Libby (formerly Overdrive) and Hoopla. Hoopla has arrangements with publishers to offer some best sellers on demand. So really, it’s totally worth your while to poke around you local library’s web site to see what they offer.

You can read all of those books and also stream movies FOR FREE, in your home,

24/7/365, via your local library. If you’re buying your books exclusively from an independent bookstore, it’s one thing. But you’re helping Bezos fly to the moon if getting them through Amazon.*

Meanwhile, your local library** benefits tremendously by your digital checkouts! Library funding often relies on circulation stats for funding. It’s a small change in habit with immediate, positive local civic impact. You’ve already paid for these materials via your taxes. You might have to wait a long time for the hot new bestseller, but you can easily fill the wait with wonderful books, especially popular books you missed when they were first released.

*Disclosure: I’m an Amazon Prime member so not trying to shop-shame you here.
**Disclosure, The Sequel: I’m a public librarian and I approve this message. 🙂


My workplace goes through them like buttah. I’m in a library, so they are sometimes used as bookmarks, but mostly folks just jot notes to remind them of webinars, meetings, a title or two to remember to order for the collection, or whatever, and stick them on computer monitors or shelving units as a way to keep them front and center. Plus, writing something makes it more memorable than plugging it into a calendar app. I’m 59, but most of my coworkers are in the 25-35 year old range.

Um, Harvard was the unofficial Unitarian theological school.

While the Unitarians still considered themselves Christian, the were all almost all abolitionists of some sort by 1827, including Unitarian Henry Ware, who was the President of Harvard at the time.

That's not the full text of Luke 22:36-38, and it makes a difference.

In 22:38, Jesus literally regulates the number of swords the disciples at the Last Supper should have: two are sufficient - for all 12 of them!

Luke 22:36-38 (Source: BibleGateway.)
New International Version

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[a]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” he replied.

Agreed, but it's a shame none of us will probably see it happen in our lifetimes.

The reason I’m sure Jesus isn’t the Messiah is, if “Messiah” in the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”) meant a future savior for Jewish people, how can so many of his followers be antisemitic? Or even if you just take the straight Christian (appropriated) assumption that he’s a savior for everyone who believes in him, why would Christianity be the most splintered religion in the world? The mental gymnastics some Christians go through to justify their hatred and viciousness is nauseating.

Jesus Christ, for the millionth time, I'm an atheist.

This is like the third time you’ve jumped on me about some imagined slight on atheists. I’m calling them hypocrites because I’ve read the fucking Bible and they don’t follow any of the teachings of Jesus. Take it down a notch, dude. Not every post is about you.
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