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Abolishing Civil Asset Forfeiture July 21, 2017

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I just signed this petition asking for the removal of civil asset forfeiture. I think it’s something that everybody of every political persuasion should sign. If they reach 100,000 signatures, the White House will issue a response.

I don’t know what Jeff Sessions was thinking when he decided to double down on civil asset forfeiture, but we should help him unthink it.

Dunkirk ~ the Other one. July 19, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Ballistics, News.
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I was searching for YT trailers for the new movie, Dunkirk, and found this 5-minute, single-take tracking shot (in a different movie).

Film fans like geoff will appreciate this.

Volkswagen “Ashes” Commercial July 19, 2017

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Saw Spiderman a couple of nights ago (liked it), but didn’t really enjoy the Volkswagen commercial that preceded it.

The commercial shows a family cruising around with a recently-widowed grandmother while we listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” I’m watching this family reminisce about grandpa as they drive past gorgeous scenery, and saying to myself, “This had better not be a frickin’ car commercial.”

But of course it was, panning back from the final scene where they pour Grandpa’s ashes into the sea to show the Volkswagen Atlas. Because nothing says dignity and respect for the departed like turning their memory and the disposition of their ashes into a car commercial.

Nothing is sacred for some people.

Apparently the commercial’s a couple of months old, and I saw a cut version. You can read an alternate take on it and view the commercial here.

Idiotic NYT Headline July 19, 2017

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When a Broken Headlight Leads to Deportation

No, being in the country illegally leads to deportation. A broken headlight leads to one’s illegal status being detected.

GoPro Mystery July 18, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, News, Travel.
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…with a happy ending.

Exports Time July 14, 2017

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You were probably sitting there at your computer saying to yourself, “Gee, I won’t feel good about enjoying my weekend without knowing how exports are doing!”

Well fret not, because I’ve got your exports data right here:

ExportsJuly2017Report

Crawling sideways, so no good news. Kind of like all the economic data of late.

Manufacturing Jobs Stall, But at Highest Level of Past 5 Years July 13, 2017

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Yep, for the past 3 months the number of manufacturing jobs has held steady at just under 12,400,000. No one likes to see manufacturing’s climb arrested, but that’s actually the highest level of manufacturing jobs we’ve seen since the recession.

ManufJobsJune2017Report.GIF

Still, I’d like to see more in the way of gains.

Millennial International July 11, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Fashion, News.
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A Worthy Cause!

Somewhere in Utah July 8, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in News.
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See the smoke up ahead?

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I’m Baaaack July 8, 2017

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I’m back from the mini IB gathering.

All I have to say is ‘Somos pocos pero estamos locos’! (we are few but we are Crazy)

We stayed with geoff (the perfect host), along with Clan Skinbad (who did not lose their luggage). Lauraw and Mr. Lauraw along with Osoloco and Jam2 met us for beers.

geoff must have been thinking of Dave when he posted this sign in his bathroom:

StolenTowells

We got to watch geoff at his part-time job:

boulderBuds 2

 

Well I want to see if this works before I tell you everything that happened.

 

Employment Report: Nearly Imperceptible Uptick July 7, 2017

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Presented without comment:

FullTimeEmpvsCivPopJul2017Report

Puddles July 6, 2017

Posted by skinbad in Art, Entertainment, Humor, Music.
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I’m a new, big fan of a clown. It’s not that I find that terribly surprising–I’m not creeped out by clowns, I just don’t really think about them one way or another. Anyhoo, as many time-wasting link-clickers can attest, the Wide World of the Web is chock-full of click bait. And I’m pretty good at ignoring it. But I have clicked a couple of America’s Got Talent videos recently. There’s a deaf girl (Mandy Harvey) who did a great job singing an original song. You can find it if you’re interested. Then, a few days ago, I clicked on something about a clown that brought the house down.

This guy:

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