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« Reply #600 on: January 18, 2018, 05:39:04 AM »

Counting down the days til spring, or better yet summer.   I detest winter.  I like a little bit of cold weather around Christmas, but as soon as midnight hits on Dec 26th, I'm done.

Not a fan but detest is perhaps too strong a word in my case. I identify three milestones in Winter:

1. December 22nd, when the days start getting longer again
2. December 26th, when there are just two of us with all that left-over food   
3. New Year's Day, back to normal and a first step along the road to Spring Grin

Here's my winter timeline

September 23 - First day of fall.  Bummed to see summer ending.
October 1 - OK, crisp weather.  Cooler nights, not running the AC, firepits, whiskey neat, pumpkin spice coffee, the Halloween season.   I'm good. 
November 1 - Even cooler weather, getting ready for the warm and fuzzy holiday season. 
November 7 - Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time. 
November 25 - Thanksgiving is over.  Start decorating for Christmas, doing the festivities, listening to music.  Happy happy joy joy.  Stop counting calories.
December 21 - First day of winter.  The cold goes so well with the Christmas season.  Bundle up, grab a warm drink enjoy.
December 26 - What's this???  It's 21 degrees outside. 
January 2 -  F**K!!!!  Two and a half more months of winter.  Too cold.  Too dark.  I need to start dieting.  Summer's so far away.   
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« Reply #601 on: January 18, 2018, 08:16:52 AM »

I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.

I know. I saw something about a place in Russia that was -62C a few days ago. I guess with our temperatures they would consider it to be a heat wave!
Can't imagine dealing with such cold weather every day. I'd have to get a whole new wardrobe.
It's too cold. But, popular fact says people who live in really cold/ hot places eventually get used to it.

Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time.
Few years back we cancelled the Daylight Savings Time. But even when we shifted time, I didn't see the difference. It's just hour. Not, say, 5 hours.
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« Reply #602 on: January 18, 2018, 08:18:58 AM »

I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.

I know. I saw something about a place in Russia that was -62C a few days ago. I guess with our temperatures they would consider it to be a heat wave!
Can't imagine dealing with such cold weather every day. I'd have to get a whole new wardrobe.
It's too cold. But, popular fact says people who live in really cold/ hot places eventually get used to it.

Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time.
Few years back we cancelled the Daylight Savings Time. But even when we shifted time, I didn't see the difference. It's just hour. Not, say, 5 hours.

It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST
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« Reply #603 on: January 18, 2018, 08:44:46 AM »

It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST
Looks like in the U.S. daylight to pitch black changes fast, in hour. Here, it doesn't - it's dark regardless. Ditto flying to place with few hours' difference time zone. People usually complain they can't sleep & vice versa. But, I read that in fact, it's easier to adjust to the time in any place than it's given credit for.
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« Reply #604 on: January 18, 2018, 08:51:54 AM »

It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST
Looks like in the U.S. daylight to pitch black changes fast, in hour. Here, it doesn't - it's dark regardless. Ditto flying to place with few hours' difference time zone. People usually complain they can't sleep & vice versa. But, I read that in fact, it's easier to adjust to the time in any place than it's given credit for.

Depends on the season.  In summertime, the transition from day to night is a little more gradual.  However, in the fall / winter months, it seems to get dark much faster. 
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« Reply #605 on: January 19, 2018, 03:44:59 PM »

I don't know whether it's what KDS means--I won't speak for him--but the change out of Daylight Savings Time is more a slap in the face than anything else. Obviously, one hour's difference isn't such a big deal. But it comes in November, when the days are already naturally getting shorter. So we're only a few months from when the daylight lasts until 8, 9 p.m., and all of a sudden it's getting dark at 5:30--then literally overnight, it's 4:30! That's what makes it so depressing, I think. It just piles on an already depressingly inevitable road to darkness.

Thankfully, it's cyclical. While throughout winter it's usually dark both when I leave the house for work and by the time I get home from work, today I was noticing how it was still light outside at around 5 pm. It's a little thing, but I'll take it happily. In a few months, that'll be 6, 7. Right now I'm happy every time it's above freezing--and damn near jubilant when it's almost 40 F, as it was today--but in a few months we'll be in the 50s, then 60s, everyday. (Then it'll hit summer, we'll get streaks of 90 degree days and nights above 70, and I'll complain about that.)

Anyway, that's my take on it. It's not the hour here or there. It's the cumulative effect combined with that one, suddenly shifted hour of Daylight Savings Time.
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« Reply #606 on: January 19, 2018, 07:58:37 PM »

I have always had problems with having "the blues" starting in November. And Christmas is a sad time. The lack of sunlight knocks me down every year.
I live at 30 degrees latitude so have a lot more sunshine/daylight hours in winter than those in much more northern latitudes.
Read some depressing news yesterday - For the month of December, Moscow had a grand total of SIX MINUTES of sunlight (the normal for December there is 18 hours). I would have ended up needing to be in a padded room if I had been there.
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« Reply #607 on: January 22, 2018, 09:20:57 AM »

I don't know whether it's what KDS means--I won't speak for him--but the change out of Daylight Savings Time is more a slap in the face than anything else. Obviously, one hour's difference isn't such a big deal. But it comes in November, when the days are already naturally getting shorter. So we're only a few months from when the daylight lasts until 8, 9 p.m., and all of a sudden it's getting dark at 5:30--then literally overnight, it's 4:30! That's what makes it so depressing, I think. It just piles on an already depressingly inevitable road to darkness.

Thankfully, it's cyclical. While throughout winter it's usually dark both when I leave the house for work and by the time I get home from work, today I was noticing how it was still light outside at around 5 pm. It's a little thing, but I'll take it happily. In a few months, that'll be 6, 7. Right now I'm happy every time it's above freezing--and damn near jubilant when it's almost 40 F, as it was today--but in a few months we'll be in the 50s, then 60s, everyday. (Then it'll hit summer, we'll get streaks of 90 degree days and nights above 70, and I'll complain about that.)

Anyway, that's my take on it. It's not the hour here or there. It's the cumulative effect combined with that one, suddenly shifted hour of Daylight Savings Time.

Yes and no. 

But, I was talking about the fading of daylight into night.  Maybe it's my imagination, but sunsets in summer seem a little more gradual, and it seems to take a little longer from when the sunsets to when the black of night sets in. 
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« Reply #608 on: February 04, 2018, 11:18:44 AM »

Reading latest BBs vs. Beatles - ha! Some poster goes out of way to apologize to troll? Welllll...people never fail to weird me out.
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« Reply #609 on: February 04, 2018, 07:23:48 PM »

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« Reply #610 on: February 05, 2018, 03:24:35 AM »

Speaking of nausea, I do believe that, as emetophobe, it helps to read about it, see short clips as well as hear people puking to cure. This is what Emily disagreed about when we chatted via messages last year. She said sth. like "no, it doesn't help, it's really bad idea". She said to see videos with [phobia subject], to be around it to cure it is bad method. But, I read many sites with people telling they did just that, been advised to by licensed specialists. F.ex. people with germs phobia must be locked inside, say, dusty room. It may be a bit too tough, which I got was Emily's point, but, in my view, if you choose mild treatment I really doubt it works. Anyhoo, it's been interesting to discuss with Emily, even if we see it differently.
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« Reply #611 on: February 14, 2018, 09:32:01 PM »

Watched the news.

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« Reply #612 on: February 15, 2018, 02:27:00 AM »

What news?
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« Reply #613 on: February 15, 2018, 04:31:32 AM »

I'm sporadically watching the Dutch skaters' progress in the 10,000 Metres at the Winter Olympics...
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« Reply #614 on: February 15, 2018, 04:44:28 AM »

A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"
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« Reply #615 on: February 15, 2018, 10:47:17 AM »

A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"

Horrific. Acceptable losses? What an asshole. The general public should not be allowed to possess firearms, period. What is it going to take, I wonder?
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« Reply #616 on: February 15, 2018, 11:15:45 AM »

After living through near break-ins, knowing friends who just last week went through a break-in experience in my area, knowing how horrific some sexual assaults can be, having lived in a pretty ghetto area once in my life, and other things I wonít detail here, I canít really sleep soundly if I donít have a gun in my house nearby. But I am also willing to find alternate ways to protect my family as well. For me, itís about protecting my loved ones and myself in my home from evil people with evil intentions.

I am all for stricter gun control. I know some gun nuts who have WAY more guns than they need. I think people who own guns should own safes and store their guns in them, keep the weapons empty and the ammo in a separate area. I think if you own a gun you should be required to attend safety classes every year or two. Stricter background checks? Hell yeah. Limit on how many guns and how much ammo you have? I could support that.

But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, Iím all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

Mental health is a huge problem in this country and I wish to god the government would take it more seriously. BOTH gun control and mental health need to be on the table. Itís not a one or the other thing. There are people out there who do need help, there are also people out there who are completely irresponsible with guns. Guns are way too easy to purchase. This sh*t needs to be taken care of before more people suffer. A lot of things need to change in this country.

No child should have to go to school worried about guns. After Columbine I was scared to death of going to school. We held shooting drills all through my schooling. Heck, one year we had so many bomb threats we had to use make-up days at the end of the year because we missed too many classes while the bomb detection dogs went through the school for the rest of the day. People do stupid things with or without guns, and Iím all for more gun control and stricter rules, but also keep in mind that your Timothy McVeighs, Eric Harrisí, Ted Kaczynskis will find a way to create disaster in this world - the best way to curb this problem is not only by taking away the weapons (I'm sure it helps) but by helping them heal their mental problems before they get to a breaking point.
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« Reply #617 on: February 15, 2018, 01:19:10 PM »

I'm not against having one gun for protection, but it needs to be registered, the owner needs to take a safety course, and can't have unlimited amounts of ammo. And why does anyone need an AR-15?
Reading the comments in social media from people today makes me so upset. Suggest anything more than "thoughts and prayers" and they all but call you the devil incarnate.
So, nothing will change.

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« Reply #618 on: February 15, 2018, 05:49:27 PM »

But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, Iím all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.
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« Reply #619 on: February 15, 2018, 06:15:13 PM »

But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, Iím all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.

Yes indeed. Perhaps one day in the distant future such a thing will happen. What shocks me is that no one has thought of a better alternate (or at least been able to mass market such a device) - like a more efficient weapon that doesnít use bullets that could still cause fatal damage, or on the flip side, a better ďstunĒ weapon that would instantly neutralize someone running from the law without killing them or doing long term harm.
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« Reply #620 on: February 15, 2018, 06:23:09 PM »

Common Sense is lost these days in the USA. Guy was able to buy a gun when he was so clearly disturbed. A person who is interviewed by the FBI should not be allowed in a gun store.
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« Reply #621 on: February 15, 2018, 06:43:03 PM »

But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, Iím all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.

Yes indeed. Perhaps one day in the distant future such a thing will happen. What shocks me is that no one has thought of a better alternate (or at least been able to mass market such a device) - like a more efficient weapon that doesnít use bullets that could still cause fatal damage, or on the flip side, a better ďstunĒ weapon that would instantly neutralize someone running from the law without killing them or doing long term harm.

There's no incentive toward inventing anything like that. The gun industry would have too many profits to lose. In my view, they do everything possible (including spending millions of dollars in advertising) to manufacture the illusion that people need guns to protect themselves from an external threat. If they didn't do that, they wouldn't last for too long.
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« Reply #622 on: February 15, 2018, 07:22:30 PM »

I'm not against having one gun for protection, but it needs to be registered, the owner needs to take a safety course, and can't have unlimited amounts of ammo. And why does anyone need an AR-15?
Reading the comments in social media from people today makes me so upset. Suggest anything more than "thoughts and prayers" and they all but call you the devil incarnate.
So, nothing will change.

Totally agree.
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« Reply #623 on: February 15, 2018, 07:29:17 PM »

Even if all gun manufacturers in the country were shut down, aren't there already hundreds of millions of guns in the country? Couldn't more just be smuggled in?
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« Reply #624 on: February 15, 2018, 07:37:46 PM »

Even if all gun manufacturers in the country were shut down, aren't there already hundreds of millions of guns in the country? Couldn't more just be smuggled in?

They could be smuggled in, I suppose. And yet, in countries where they don't have the same level of manufacturing, they don't have a high level of gun-related fatalities from smuggled guns.

If we were seriously concerned about violence as a result of gun smuggling right now, then we'd be concerned about the fact that so much violence is occurring because of guns being smuggled OUT of the United States because of the ludicrous levels of gun manufacturing going on in the country.

What that tells us is that illegal gun smuggling is a larger problem because of lax gun law restrictions.
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