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Agent Cooper says:
(Tue Jun 27 20:16:21 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: LOL. That's as good a guess as any we came up with. We were all trying to figure it out. One afternoon while they were handing out gift cards like candy I actually asked my boss, "Who are you and what have you done with XXXX?" She just laughed and said "when the ship is sinking you gotta drink all the wine before it goes down." I half expected to come in on Monday and find out the place was closing or something.

Personally, I think the stress just gets to everybody, even them. And I figure they knew that there was no way we were going to get anywhere near forecast at that point no matter what, so harassing everybody wasn't going to change anything. So why bother?

We have a really good team put together now, it's not like anybody is sitting there slacking off. Everybody was doing what they were supposed to do. So what can they say? No sense beating anybody up.

OR maybe it WAS some gonzo weed. Who knows? *shrug*



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 27 19:40:20 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper They didn't happen to get a hold of really good weed did they?

While I'm not part of a sales team, I do understand the pressure to hit your numbers.



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Trivia Girl says:
(Tue Jun 27 14:35:34 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Buffy
Question: Who makes Buffy invisible in 'Gone'?



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Agent Cooper says:
(Tue Jun 27 12:49:09 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: Just about yes.

Sorry for the long set up, but this would be hard to explain without knowing the history here. Basically, our bosses are not usually very nice. Actually, to be fair, they used to be much, much nastier but they've softened up a bit over time. Actually they've learned to lighten up quite a bit, but still, they are fully capable of reverting to horrible mode when things aren't going well.

Thing is, we're in a sales environment. What that means is the mood in the office is driven entirely by the sales numbers. If the team is doing well and money is coming in and we're making the revenue goals, the mood is good. We get lunches, there are prizes and gift cards being given out. Pats on the back and praise all around.

When the numbers are bad, it's a completely different story. Total 180. Managers are testy, because corporate is putting the screws to them. And they take it out on the team. They come to your desk every five minutes looking for your sales, asking what you are doing. There's one on one meetings with the boss to pressure you about your sales. Everything you do is scrutinized. Etc. They really turn up the stress level. And the further down we are, the worse it gets.

So last period, we're WAY down. I mean worse than we've been in a long time. We've had a pretty good streak the last couple years. But this period was BAD. The last week of a down period is always the worst, and everybody was expecting a completely miserable, stressful week, with lots of heat from the bosses.

AND....it was the complete opposite. On Monday, the boss gave us the whole lecture about being way down and that we needed to come up with some sales, etc. We expected that. But then....things got weird. Instead of miserable, the boss was happy. In fact, both of my bosses were positively giddy. I've never seen them like that. Ever. They giggled like schoolgirls all week. They joked and laughed with everybody all day. We had this fun contest, they gave out gift cards and prizes for just about any small sale. You would have thought we were up by 300%. It was weird like that all week. In fact, on Friday, they told us the minute we got to a certain amount of sales we could all go home. This has NEVER happened in my over twenty years here. Ever.

It was surreal. Like the part in the "Chrismas Carol" when Scrooge comes to Bob Cratchet's house on Christmas morning and tells him he's giving him a giant raise and paying for tiny tim's doctor.

Completely bizarre.



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 27 11:44:31 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay mh!

deadguy qod

I think Faith and Wood. Buffy and Dawn.


Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Tue Jun 27 11:16:29 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for mh

yay mh!

todays deadguy memorial buffy tuesday question is brought to you by:

the sunnydale dating service - first question, are you a day person or a night person

in the years since the destruction of sunnydale, which of the scoobies do you think had the longest relationship?


Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 27 04:30:47 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Fair points. I will consider tomorrow.



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 27 02:49:08 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

If a bus of people showed up with some of the people showing weapon wounds and
at least one dead - police are going to investigate. The time thing would be
set aside to be dealt with later - if at all ('cause time travel is
impossible).

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 27 01:13:11 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
"That's.....new" Ravi said.

"Sunnydale? Didn't that like collapse about 10 years ago?" Liv said "there was some documentary about it think"

"But if they said they just escaped Sunnydale..." Ravi said, with a even more puzzled look on his face.

"Ah, you see my problem" Clive said, thumping a palm on the file. "Zombies make sense, but this doesn't"

"Well, it does sort of explain the girl, though, if she suffocated from being buried alive" Liv said with a wince on her face.

"An autopsy would certainly confirm that, but I suspect that wouldn't really help your case. Is there some crime"? Ravi said, with a thoughtful look.

"Time travel isn't on the books, so I'm not sure what I could charge them with, other than illegal parking. There really isn't anything else the police can do here, but there is still some mystery about this, but it doesn't appear to be worth investigating or solving from a police perspective" Clive said.

"The girl must have relatives, do we have a name on her?" Liv said, thinking about what family would still be around after 10 years.

"That we don't appear to have, although the folks we talked to called her Jen. They are all currently in holding, but we can't hold them for long, without anything to charge them with."



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 27 00:49:54 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I'm sure why they would have to be cagey about it. But perhaps I can write something in between the events of chosen and the start of this fic?

I mean, the cratering of Sunnydale would be bizarre unto itself and maybe they didn't realize 10 years has passed?



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 27 00:14:50 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Would you tell investigators that you had been fighting vampires and the
original Big Bad?

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 23:57:17 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Mon Jun 26 23:58:32 2017
Detective Clive looked down at the open file and sighed. In all his years up to and including learning about zombies, he'd never seen a case like this. All the facts were in English, but that didn't help make sense of any of it. Maybe Liv and Ravi would have better luck.

He heard a knock, looked up and waved them in. He leaned back as they both sat down in the chairs in front of him. He ran a palm over is face and heaved another deep sigh.

"No autopsy results yet" He asked, raising an eyebrow to Ravi.

"Not yet, we were a bit puzzled by the report", Ravi said, and Liv nodded agreement.

Clive was unsurprised.

"Here's what was written down. At 7:35 pm, a bus attentant noticed that a bus not belonging to any company in town was parked in one of their parking stalls. No one appeared to have seen nor heard of it's arrival. The outward appearance of the bus appeared to be a typical, orange, high school bus. Give the state of the bus and it's occupants, the police and ambulance were called.

Inside were the following individuals:
Rupert Giles, male, fifties, english accent. Buffy and Dawn Summers, sisters, 21 and 16 respectively. Faith Lehane, 21, female. Spike, male, no age given. Xander Harris, male, 20. Andrew Wells, 23, male. Robin Wood, 34, African-American male.
There were also several girls who's name wasn't recorded, but all appeared to be between ages 16-23. You with me so far?"
Ravi and Liv nodded.

Clive took another deep breath and resumed

"Now, statements were taken by all of the occupants of the bus. Several of the occupants were injured and were taken to a hospital after making statements.

The upshot off all of this is that apparently this bus is from Sunnydale, California and the occupants were the last surviving group before Sunnydale cratered, apparently at the result of collapse of an underground cavern where this group fought Turok-Han and someone they call 'The First'."

"First what"? asked Liv

"From what I gather, the First Evil" Clive shrugged.



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Trivia Girl says:
(Mon Jun 26 23:31:30 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Music
Question: What well-known drummer first gained fame with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes?
Answer: Ringo Starr

Trivia Masters: OldManfan
Trivia newbies: Agent Cooper



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 23:25:03 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Home!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 22:15:07 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper David Lynch level of weird?

At work, we are faced with a HUGE project. Tomorrow we start the prep work, before the actual work starts in July.



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lostinamerica says:
(Mon Jun 26 20:56:05 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
Comma--Yes, those long vacations are killer ;) No, I mean killer,
in that they will kill you ;)



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Agent Cooper says:
(Mon Jun 26 19:19:23 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: Oh, whup has been completely weird for the last week. Totally upside down weird. I've been here over 20 years and I've never seen anything like what I saw in the last few days.



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 18:36:01 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
so far this Monday is going well.

Agent Cooper Anything big happening at work?



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 26 18:24:50 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper & Christopher Marlowe,

JUST BUY IT

:)


Just don't charge it.

*g*


WG



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Agent Cooper says:
(Mon Jun 26 17:00:33 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: Dizzy, later of Rock and Rule fame.



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OldManFan says:
(Mon Jun 26 15:38:42 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl - Ringo Starr.

OMF



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Trivia Girl says:
(Mon Jun 26 14:46:42 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Music
Question: What well-known drummer first gained fame with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes?



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Mon Jun 26 12:36:10 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Monday, June 26th 2017 C.E.

We have FOUR (4) Birthdays!


Dachelle
Dusy
Macheath
Tom.S

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Dachelle, Dusy, Macheath, Tom.S!



Hey, I've been in a firefight before! Well, I was in a fire. Actually, I was fired from a fry-cook opportunity. I can handle myself. Wash, 'War Stories'

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 12:27:04 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay sassyeggs!


Goodbye Blue Monday!

Agent Cooper, wolfguard Capital idea!



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Agent Cooper says:
(Mon Jun 26 12:17:19 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: I like Wolfguard's idea. So right there, that's 13 days of Birthday run up to celebrate.

In the words of my namesake, the great FBI Agent Dale Cooper:

"Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. "



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Mon Jun 26 11:11:51 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for sassyeggs!

yay sassyeggs!


Goodbye Blue Monday!



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 26 03:16:39 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

I got the impression you were celebrating your birthday across the first half
of July. *g*

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 26 01:39:39 2017 70.198.2.57) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

Thanks! My birthday is July 13th,
though.



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Comma says:
(Mon Jun 26 01:32:43 2017 75.143.154.113) [Edit/Delete]
LONNNNNNNNNG trip. Back home tonight. One night in my own bed and back to D.C. tomorrow afternoon. That was a long trip. From Clarksville, TN, to Blacklick, OH, to Glens Falls, NY, Lake George and a side trip to Vermont, to Toledo, OH, and back to Clarksville. I really need to return to work to relax.

Comma



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 26 00:26:56 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Happy Birthday Christopher Marlowe :)

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 25 23:15:04 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard And a bit of a quieter week this time around. The calm before the storm that is the first two weeks of July! My birthday!



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 25 20:31:59 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Yes, a much quieter day.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 25 19:31:41 2017 70.198.36.82) [Edit/Delete]
A much quieter day today



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sun Jun 25 12:41:53 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Sunday, June 25th 2017 C.E.

We have FIVE (5) Birthdays!


Gohst
HurrySundown
Shade of Bronze
Tina
Unearthly

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Gohst, HurrySundown, Shade of Bronze, Tina, Unearthly!



Zoe: Next time we smuggle stock, let's make it something smaller. Wash: Yeah, we should start dealing in those black-market beagles. 'Safe'

to be added to the birthday list, please email oldbdeyes@hotmail.com



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 25 02:46:52 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard ROFL!



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 25 01:05:49 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Cruise-By on a Saturday Night


Bronze Graffiti

*g*


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 25 01:05:29 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
and now I'm off to have dinner with my sister!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 24 19:57:39 2017 70.198.3.179) [Edit/Delete]
And i did stuff today!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 24 15:20:05 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
off to do stuff today!



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sat Jun 24 14:00:19 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Saturday, Jun 24th 2017 C.E.

We have ONE (1) Birthdays!


Mh

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Mh!



Atherton: Half the men in this room wish you were on their arm, tonight. Inara: Only half. I must be losing my indefinable allure.'Shindig'

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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 24 03:04:05 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

I may not have been clear. I think many employers would rather not provide
health insurance. If they market products overseas, then some of their
competitors will not be burden with health insurance costs, because they
reside in countries where the state provides health care.

I've vague memories that larger US companies began offering health
insurance as an alternative to wage increases. They may also have done it
to preempt federal or state (?) governments from legislating they do it.
Certainly many companies offer health insurance to attract workers. Still,
it's an expense and well-run companies monitor the cost and benefits of
different ways of running their businesses.1

All people need air, water, and food - but Mother Nature doesn't care if
any one individual gets theirs. Natural rights were not created by Mother
Nature, they were created by the human imagination. Simply because we feel
it just that people should not suffer from want of care, doesn't lead to
preventing such suffering. Forget money, money's a coordinating tool. The
problem begins with resources being scarce relative to demand for them.
Money just mediates how those resources get allocated.

Another problem facing health insurance is people who are healthy and
expect to remain healthy tend not to buy it while those are not healthy or
expect soon not to be healthy do buy it. Insurance only works if the
particular risk can be spread across enough paying people to cover the
expected claims cost (when it cannot, insurance companies can go out of
business). And this is why the ACA used a mandate: to avoid adverse
selection and create a larger enough pool (and it's why health insurers
supported it).

ACA had around ten objectives, e.g. expanding coverage, improving quality,
cutting cost, etc. What they most achieved was expanding coverage.
2 Mostly the conflict appears to be over costs and who pays for
it. I'd like to better understand why costs are so high (and are they???)


1 I know one company that provides free lunches in the form of a
very well stocked kitchen from which any employee is free to whatever they
wish to eat. The company does this because they found employees who went
out for lunch tended to be gone an hour to an hour and a half while
employees who ate in spent maybe 20 minutes or even ate at their desk. Free
lunches lead to more productive employees.

2 Though I know people involved in the interface between
hospitals and insurance companies that will tell you Medicare/Medicaid
continually visits to claw-money back.


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 24 01:24:25 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I can't see
employers dropping coverage
either, because that would be a
huge incentive for potential
employees.

Health insurance shouldn't be a
hot potato being tossed by around
because no one wants to deal with
the costs.

The fundamentals of insurance
spreading the risk, everyone
wants to shove off the risk to
someone else. Congresscritters
own health insurance is better
than their own constituents, you
don't see them willing to accept
the kind of insurance they are
selling to their people.



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Maverick says:
(Sat Jun 24 01:03:42 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe: Don't be silly. Of course the Republicans want to help. Ideology? You mean Common Sense and Concerns for People's Health Care. You can't just buy everybody everything--spend big money we don't have--and buy votes; this is the Left's methodology. The question is, though, whether they should throw good money after bad. Obamacare was always financially unstable and going to collapse. It was never going to support itself (versus what it replaced which allowed poor people to get treatment at emergency rooms); it would always require the U.S. Govt to pay in massive amounts, money the U.S. Govt doesn't have, to make up for its shortfall. And attract people from other countries who want some of the freebees. Obamacare was always going to fail BUT it was engineered by the Left to bring about Single-Payer. Now, do you know what Single-Payer is and WHO is the Single Payer?


There is a re-make of the movie "The Beguiled" about a handsome Union soldier (Clint Eastwood played the guy in the original) who is injured and tended to by a bevy of Southern Belles, who eventually begin to fight over him. Colin Farrell plays the soldier in this latest version. Waste of time BUT directed by Sofia Coppolla who is still trying to live up to her promise. I understand she just won the Prize for Best Director for this film in Cannes. I wish she had filmed a new subject.


Is everyone else as amazed as I am about the recovery of Bob Woodruff who was an ABC correspondent injured by an IED in Iraq? He actually looks better and he speaks smoothly and intelligently. And everyone thought he might have some kind of brain injury.


Maverick


A Whiter Shade of Pale




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 23:55:00 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Gawd...I'm finding myself so swamped with things to do, I need an assistant!



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lostinamerica says:
(Fri Jun 23 22:13:09 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
Yay! Ojagwers!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 21:45:54 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Maverick I'm not sure Republicans want to help or are actually helping. I think this is a case of pure ideology overriding any human concern.



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OldManFan says:
(Fri Jun 23 20:54:07 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
Maverick - Showrunners was excellent. So is the companion book, which includes quotes from Jane Espenson along with those mentioned.

OMF



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Maverick says:
(Fri Jun 23 17:42:58 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Fri Jun 23 19:01:21 2017
Trivia Girl: Pugsley.


Christopher Marlowe: About your health insurance, if you have Group Insurance through your employer, you should be okay. If you buy Obamacare health insurance, you may face rising premium costs and a limited choice of companies that will sell policies in South Dakota. Here's what WebMD reports about Health Insurance conditions in South Dakota. Unless the Republicans do something those who must buy individual policies may lose coverage. But they take a lot of abuse trying to help. I think the Republicans should just let Obamacare collapse of its own weight, which it will. And then start from scratch and craft a market-based product.


Back to the Library yesterday:
1. DVD called "Showrunners, The Art of Running a TV Show." It features J.J. Abrams ("Felicity," "Alias"), Hart Hanson ("Bones"), Mike Kelley ("Revenge"), Robert & Michelle King ("The Good Wife"), Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Jonathan Nolan & Greg Plageman ("Person of Interest"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"), Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli & Isles"), AND JOSS WHEDON ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Sounds good!!!


2. Season One of "Vinyl"


Maverick


Buffy Theme




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 17:11:37 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Knock, Knock, Anyone home?



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Fri Jun 23 12:57:16 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Friday, June 23rd 2017 C.E.

We have SEVEN (7) Birthdays!


Aja the Good Fairy
fairytale
fibs
Joss Whedon - The Creator
Kain the Demon Hunter
Robi
wolfchylde

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Aja the Good Fairy, fairytale, fibs, Joss Whedon, Kain the Demon Hunter, Robi, wolfchylde, turtle!



It's called a blaster, Will, a word that tends to discourage experimentation. Now, if it were called the Orgasmater, I'd be the first to try your basic button press approach.
Xander, 'This Year's Girl' '''


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 12:50:43 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay ojagwers!


Happy Thank Joss It's Friday!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Fri Jun 23 11:03:50 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for ojagwers!

yay ojagwers!


Happy Thank Joss It's Friday!



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wolfguard says:
(Fri Jun 23 02:23:58 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

If the Republicans pass their health care act and it performs worst or no
better than Obamacare/ACA, then the Republicans will lose power, possibly
in 2018, but very likely in 2020.

The question is what happens in the between years to how people get and pay
for health care. I've read in more than one place than many employers would
like to be done with providing health insurance for their employees. Most
see it as a burden that makes them less competitive. Many businesses would
love to see government, federal or state, take over the providing health
insurance/care.

What they do not bring up is that health insurance was first offered, in
part, as a way to keep down wages. Employers would say or imply that we
offer this salary/wage plus benefits that include health insurance. So, if
your employer drops health insurance ask them if they will increase your
wages. *g*

So what will health insurance companies do? Is there a business model that
works for them in an environment where individuals buy their health
insurance like they buy their car insurance? People who are healthy and
expect to stay healthy - the young - tend not to buy. This leaves people
who are not healthy or expect not to stay healthy who would buy - if the
price was affordable. However, if most of your prospective customers are
sick and infirm, then an insurance company would not be able to cover their
medical expenses and likely remain in business. Imagine if the only people
who bought car insurance were people who were likely to have crashes. A
insurance company couldn't and wouldn't enter such a market.

One possibility would be for people to form group or associations that
would either self-insure or negotiate with health insurance companies.

Washington is creating uncertainty which causes insurers to avoid
commitments till the certainty returns.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 02:04:27 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
I'm reading the news stories about the health care act. I really wonder if I will have health insurance next year?



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 01:14:04 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Are you hereabouts?



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Trivia Girl says:
(Fri Jun 23 00:42:26 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Celebrities
Question: Who was ‎Frederic Austerlitz better known as?
Answer: Fred Astaire

Trivia Hoofers: DaddyCatALSO
Trivia Two Left feet: Maverick



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 23 00:20:51 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
home!

Gah...a little over a week of the month left.



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cmarlowe says:
(Thu Jun 22 22:59:40 2017 107.167.126.96) [Edit/Delete]
hope to be home in another hour!



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Maverick says:
(Thu Jun 22 18:45:46 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: Freddie the Freeloader.


Maverick


Theme from "Firefly"




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wolfguard says:
(Thu Jun 22 18:33:49 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Lostinamerica,

People sometimes have to choose whether to decide their vote between their local interests and national ones. What's most important to me, now?


The Navigation Problem

To paraphrase Douglas Adams, ~ The Sea is Big. Really Big.

In Proceedings Today (online) Captain Kevin Eyer describes the situation facing shipdrivers approaching Tokyo Bay. He begins, though, by saying once when he took a ship from Japan to the US, they went 10 days without seeing a single ship, visually or by radar.

The Ocean is Big. But, as one approaches land, space can become tight. An excerpt from Captain Eyer's article ...

"...Tokyo Bay or Tokyo Wan is like that. Yes, the area where the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collision took place is more wide open than the Wan itself, but just like the approaches to Norfolk or Boston or Los Angeles, dozens of ships are approaching at any time, all heading for a very narrow entrance channel, all on tight schedules. Think of it as a funnel, necking down to the shipping channel which goes into the port. Outside the shipping channel, which has strict rules, the mouth of the funnel is the Wild West for ships coming and going. It can be challenging during the day, but at night it can be frightening.

On any given night, ships will mill about, outside the shipping channels, waiting for dawn when they can both use their eyes to help, and meet the pilots who will berth their ships in port. All those huge ships, waiting their appointed time creates a mess. They may drift or they may travel in circles or they may give themselves a box to stay in while they await first light. Personally, I tried to avoid this mess by slowing my track so that I did not even arrive at the funnel mouth until dawn, but sometimes you do not have a choice, and you spend tense hours trying to avoid other ships, praying for the light.

The point is that it can be utterly black at sea. Most people have no idea how black.

What do you see with your eyes off Tokyo? You see on the horizon a universe of lights. Some originating from land, some from ships. Some moving, some not. There are many different colored lights. Many are engineered to be visible at specific ranges and that may be of some help. The visibility of a ships masthead light, for example, is supposed to be six miles. A sidelight is three miles. But the weather and other atmospheric and physical variables may increase or decrease the visibility. In other words, if you see a ships masthead light suddenly appear, you may want to believe, Oh, that dude is six miles away for me. But, maybe not. You need to worry about all of these lights until you figure each one out. What are they doing? Where are they going? Are they closing me? Which ones should I worry about and how soon? The composition of these lights is constantly changing too, as ships come and go. As fishermen appear and disappear. As lights on shore go on and off though the night. In other words, it is a very complex puzzle for even the most experienced mariner..."



WG



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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Thu Jun 22 16:40:50 2017 199.127.148.10) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl Gravity holds the ordinary dancer earth-bound; Gene Kelly made gravity into a partner; but gravity was truly defied only by . . . Fred Astaire.



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Jun 22 15:31:56 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper Ack! I completely boffed the birthdays today!

Stupid copy and paste feature...



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Trivia Girl says:
(Thu Jun 22 14:46:09 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Celebrities
Question: Who was ‎Frederic Austerlitz better known as?



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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Jun 22 12:34:51 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Birthday Gnomette:
You'll dance to anything by any bunch of stupid Europeans who come over here with their big hairdos, intent on taking OUR money - instead of giving your cash where it belongs, to a decent American artist like myself!

-The Dead Milkmen "Instant Club Hit"



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lostinamerica says:
(Thu Jun 22 11:56:08 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
DaddyCatALSO--That's true,
there's fewer people to pick from
if you limit your representative
pool to only those who live in the
district. But who better knows
your needs than your neighbor?


wolfguard--It seems to me
that every election from here on
out is more a war between those
against Trump and those for than
who best represents an area's
interests :(


Yay! safarigirl!



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Thu Jun 22 11:49:37 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Get up...get up, you stupid piece of... What did you do that for? What's wrong with you? Didn't you hear a word he said? All of you! You think there's someone just going to drop money on you?! Money they could use?! Well, there ain't people like that. There's just people like me. Jayne, 'Jaynestown'



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Jun 22 11:37:53 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay safarigirl!


Happy CD Thursday!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Thu Jun 22 10:58:44 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for safarigirl!

yay safarigirl!


Happy CD Thursday!



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Maverick says:
(Thu Jun 22 10:14:08 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Camille Paglia Blames Democrats For Destroying Journalism; It's Going to Take Decades to Recover. Per her, it's grotesque. (I love Paglia; if you read anything she's written, you normally need to have a dictionary handy; but she actually knows how to use the words correctly.) Sadly, she's right. It IS grotesque.


Maverick


Don't Dream It's Over




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Maverick says:
(Thu Jun 22 05:00:40 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper: Oh, I'm still around on occasion. I've been working and scheduled for odd hours, so I often end up sleeping in, in the morning. But, I have the next two days off. Been watching "Fear the Walking Dead" and I hate the people involved (except for the actress Kim Dickens.) As I understand Emma Caulfield is set to join the cast and I hope SHE is a character whom I can care about (as I hope most of the existing characters are eaten by the Zombies.) I suppose I should gloat about the Georgia vote (that rejected Ossoff the carpetbagger) but I just hope it shows that people are waking up to the lies and manipulations of the Media. Still enjoying "Twin Peaks: The Return," up to Episode 7. David Lynch definitely has his favorite actors. So far, Naomi Watts and Laura Dern are playing roles in this. Lynch and Mark Frost have written all the episodes and Lynch is directing them all. It's amusing (but not necessarily as darkly threatening as the original was.) By the way, "Professor Moriarity" would have been my entry for today's trivia.


Maverick


Young Hearts, Run Free




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Jun 22 02:41:36 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
back from the meeting.



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wolfguard says:
(Thu Jun 22 00:05:08 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Lostinamerica,

Around 48% of the district voters decided Ossof would better represent
their interests than Handel. How do representatives do that? Three ways
come to my mind. First, simply helping constituents navigate government,
i.e. I need help for this or that, what do I do (What can you do for me?).
Second, letting their fellow representatives in other districts and states
know where district A of state B stands on this or that issue - This really
matters to us, don't mess with it; we don't care about this; we can bargain
on this one. Third, writing legislation.

Some legislation to be effective may need be aimed at the district, e.g.
funding for a specific program or project within the district. In such case
constituents may be best served by a home-grown representative.1

But, there are likely issues affecting the state that are best addressed at
the state, regional, or national level. In such cases what matters for the
constituent is their party having power at the state or national level and
this would be true for elections in all states.

Many Democrats and Progressives see President Trump as a clear and present
danger to the Republic. In this case, Ossof's residency was irrelevant to
their goals - more power to stop Trump and company.2



1 OTOH, an outsider may be free of ties to one or more factions
within the district. Such a representative may be fairer and represent the
entire district. What's the best outcome for everyone in the district?

2 Some Democrats and Progressives fear Pence more than Trump.
They're coming to believe Trump will have little success on the domestic
front and his behavior will lead to Republican defeats in 2018 and 2020.
The hope here is that no foreign crisis will erupt where Trump might make a
foolish mistake. Meanwhile, keep reassuring other countries that this too
will pass. Keep the faith. (I understand some Republican legislators having
been making the rounds overseas to calm foreign leaders).


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Jun 22 00:02:55 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Planning meeting tonight! I can't wait until this month is over.



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 23:04:48 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper I'm not sure, sometimes he disappears for a while. I'm sure we'll see him back sometime.



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Agent Cooper says:
(Wed Jun 21 20:47:29 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Hey, where's Maverick?



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 19:01:35 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Drive-By

DaddyCatALSO,

Blaine is the guy. His father sent an henchman to shoot him - twice. Shoot him once where it will hurt and then again to kill him. While the henchman was letting Blaine feel the pain, Blaine offered him something - money? - to do two things. One was not to kill him and the second, I believe, was not said on screen or at least not directly. Apparently it was to turn him back into a zombie, because he was a zombie when we next saw him.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 18:23:46 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
DaddyCatALSO Blaine? Yeah, he took the cure, but apparently was faking the memory loss.



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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Wed Jun 21 17:47:40 2017 199.127.148.10) [Edit/Delete]
lostinamerica It is the law in some states that Congressmen have to live in their district. Professional and academic political commentators often condemn that, saying it limits the talent pool from which parties/people can choose their representation.


wolfguard Christopher Marlowe From what I saw last time I watched, isn't the guy who f irst took the cure, the antihero rich man's disgraced son, is zommed up again.



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Agent Cooper says:
(Wed Jun 21 15:53:34 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: Professor Plum.

And she got that revenge. In the study. With the Candlestick.



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notsoShyGirl says:
(Wed Jun 21 15:41:08 2017 76.120.26.241) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
Professor Seidel



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Trivia Girl says:
(Wed Jun 21 14:45:46 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Angel
Question: What was the name of the Professor Fred sought revenge against in 'Supersymmetry'?



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Wed Jun 21 12:52:46 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Wednesday, June 21st 2017 C.E.

We have FOUR (4) Birthdays!


Alaric
MiniBuff
Slayerette The Power Girl
tiggy3323

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Alaric, MiniBuff, Slayerette the Power Girl, tiggy!



It's called a blaster, Will, a word that tends to discourage experimentation. Now, if it were called the Orgasmater, I'd be the first to try your basic button press approach.
Xander, 'This Year's Girl' '''


to be added to the birthday list, please email oldbdeyes@hotmail.com



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 12:43:45 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay everdawn!

deadguy qod

Clem! That is all.


Happy Non-Angel Wednesday!



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lostinamerica says:
(Wed Jun 21 12:22:13 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard--So the
Republican won--the fact the
challenger didn't even live in the
district he would represent was
always a problem for me, even
though it's not a requirement for
running for office, he lives
nearby and grew up in the
district. Why isn't that a
requirement--seems to me you
should live in the district you
represent.

Also, he received a lot of outside
money, which reinforces the idea
that he really isn't a
representative of that population.
And isn't that what people really
want? I would think they would
want to pick someone who they felt
would best represent their
interests versus making a
statement against Trump.

He came pretty close, though ;)



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Wed Jun 21 12:11:35 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for everdawn!

yay everdawn!

todays deadguy memorial angel wednesday question is brought to you by:

whedon central casting - we can do hideous, sexy, or ordinary with ease

which minor btvs or angel character do you wonder what has happened to the most?


Happy Non-Angel Wednesday!



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 06:35:39 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Yay Belmont!


Christopher Marlowe,

German warship collision


Deadguy Memorial Buffy Tuesday Question

If the Bronze were in your town, would you hang there?

Too old. *g*



Good Night to All

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 03:11:53 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Hopefully, I will come up with the Clive scene tomorrow. Got to percolate some ideas first.



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 02:36:18 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Ah, Clive.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 01:52:01 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Sorry for the typo. I'm pretty much writing this on the fly.



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 01:16:34 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

"live will see us now,.."

?


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 01:07:34 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Wed Jun 21 01:51:35 2017
Ravi looked in askance at the EMTs. The shorter, stockier one merely shrugged his shoulders.

"You got me bud, she's yours now. Talk to Homice, we gotta run".

Motioning his taller buddy, the two drivers left the morgue.

"So...anything else in the report?" Liv asked?

"Not much more than that. Somebody named Buffy Summers apparently made a statement, but it isn't recorded here. We're going to hold off on doing anything until we talk to Detective Babeneaux, I want to know more before 'digging in'. Store her for now, ok?"
Ravi directed, heading to the phone to call the Detective.

"Okay" Liv said, pushing the gurney to the body vaults. She didn't have too much trouble unzipping the body bag and transferring the body to metal drawer. The woman was very slight. She had long blonde hair and while her face seems relatively clean, the rest of the body was caked in dirt. She was careful not to get too much dust on the floor. She thought to herself she looked lovely, but noticed there were scars that seem to be older than whatever trauma lead to her death. Liv shut the door and walked back to Ravi, who was just hanging up the phone.

"Clive will see us now, he seems to be as puzzled as we are. "Weird Weird case were his words "

Liv could stand for weird over boring.



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 00:58:33 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

It happens all the time. Visibility can be poor, even in daytime. People can
misidentify what they are looking at or misunderstand others' intentions till
it's too late. Radar may not be on or may not be manned or may not be
performing well. There could be machinery casualties. Charts may be out of
date. People may be too tired to think straight. There may not even be people
manning the bridge of some commercial vessels. Then there's stupidity, it has
its place.

Another factor is how long it can take some ships to respond to commands.
Shipdrivers often have to think far ahead and if they slip up they may not
have enough time to correct the situation. (And of course most ships do not
have brakes).

Later tonight I'll post some links.


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Jun 21 00:26:23 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I will try writing, more, but you know me. *g*

I'm finding it hard to believe there are still collisions between ships.



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wolfguard says:
(Wed Jun 21 00:11:34 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
More Moore

*g*

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 23:42:39 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Liv tossed the pencil in the air and caught it when it came back down. Like the other 25 times she did this, she caught it sideways, avoiding poking herself. Liv looked around the morgue for the 5th time, looking for something, anything to do.

Ravi was at his desk, snoring away. Liv envied him. The morgue was dead, figuratively speaking. Bodies came in, sure, but nothing mysterious about any of them. Heart attack victi here, drug overdose there. All very sad, but boring, deaths.

Liv wondered if she should buy some legos and see if she could set up a chain reaction around the morgue, when she heard the morgue doors open. She tossed a squeezy ball at Ravi, who promptly fell over his chair and she laughed as he scrambled back up.

Shooting Liv a dirty look, Ravi met up with the ambulance drivers, who were carrying what appeared to be a young woman on the gurney.

Liv perked up, deaths of young women were likely the result of some crime and Liv always had a special place her non-beating heart for them. There for the grace of God, go I, she thought as she joined Ravi.

As they looked down and the long-haired blonde beauty, Ravi got the details from the EMTs.

"Jane Doe, approximately 20 years old, found on a bus outside of a station downtown. " Ravi read, glancing down at the woman. "Oh, weird, it says here she was crushed to death."

"By the Bus?" Liv said, thinking some sort of hit and run with the guilty party putting the body of the woman on the bus.

"No...apparently death by crater?" Ravi said his eyebrows skyrocketing.



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 22:07:51 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper What's that quote? WE should all hang together or we'll hang separately?



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 20 18:36:05 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Seven sailors died Saturday 17 June when their ship, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a merchant ship.

Bios and Images (United States Naval Institute)



WG



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 20 18:16:46 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Lostinamerica,

An hour ago listened to discussion of the 6th district special election on POTUS. There are three counties in the district ...

Dekalb (favors Democrats)

Cobb (favors Republicans)

Fulton (mixed)

These are all core counties in Metro Atlanta.

One of the guests said the first returns would come in from Dekalb, but the returns to watch would be from Fulton.


Weather is forbidding. Overcast. Dark. Rain on and off. It's like Twilight without the glitter. *g*



WG



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Agent Cooper says:
(Tue Jun 20 16:54:39 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: John Ritter. One giga-jillion trivia points for me!


I wouldn't really "hang out" at the Bronze. I don't do much physical "hanging out" anymore. But I'd come by at slow times during the day to see if Willy was awake and maybe borrow some brews and some cash from the till. (Because in my mind, Willy is the bartender. Not that jerk who kept trying to card Anya.)

While I was visiting I'd say hi to Thoin as she tries to talk her way past the door man without paying her tab. (And the door man is always Dice Clay in my mind, of course.)



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notsoShyGirl says:
(Tue Jun 20 16:16:50 2017 76.120.26.241) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
John Ritter



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 16:03:36 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
I'll answer my own question!

John Ritter!

Super slow morning!



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Trivia Girl says:
(Tue Jun 20 14:43:15 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydales Trivial Pursuit


Category: Buffy
Question: What actor played the character of Ted?



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Tue Jun 20 13:03:56 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Tuesday, June 20th 2017 C.E.

We have FIVE (5) Birthdays!


Ember
Little Bubbles
KittyWillow
Slayfaith
Thad the Banished

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Ember, Little Bubbles, KittyWillow, Slayfaith, Thad the Banished!



Handsome brooding vampire guy has to swoop in all sensitive mouth and overhanging forehead. How 'bout leaving some scraps for the homely-looking fellows who don't turn evil when they get some? Doyle, 'Rm w/a Vu'

to be added to the birthday list, please email oldbdeyes@hotmail.com



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lostinamerica says:
(Tue Jun 20 12:53:55 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
Back from weekend on the Bourbon
Trail--very fun, even for a person
who doesn't like bourbon!


Trivia Girl--My book club
read a book that was very
interesting, At Home, by
Bill Bryson, that covered weird
ideas people had about bathing
back in the day :)


wolfguard--Well, I guess
the campaign to end all campaigns
finally ends today in Georgia--I
can't wait to see who wins ;)


Belated Yay! neonate!


Belated Happy Birthday
RedCrayon!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 12:40:38 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay belmont!

deadguy qod

Would I hang out at the bronze? If I was twentysomething, sure! As I am approaching 50, maybe not. *g*


Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Tue Jun 20 12:28:47 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for belmont

yay belmont!

todays deadguy memorial buffy tuesday question is brought to you by:

the bronze - the underage are welcome (for some reason)

if the bronze were in your town, would you hang there?


Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 04:14:09 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Tue Jun 20 04:15:19 2017



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 03:57:23 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfgard The Magic Bus?
Sure! Daddy's putting the hammer
down.



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 20 03:18:18 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

The Magic Bus

OTOH, I don't think 8th season, comic told, was set in Seattle.

OTOOH, it's fanfic and fanfic defies the creator. *g*


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 03:01:57 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Liv to the past or Buffy to the future? *g*



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 20 02:10:26 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

There's always time travel. *g*

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 01:40:22 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I detect a flaw in my cunning plan. *g* Well, I can have Dawn arrive in Seattle, or like you said, a potential. Or I can Liv be watching an old news report or documentary about Sunnydale.



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wolfguard says:
(Tue Jun 20 01:17:13 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Liv was around 26 when the show began in 2015.1 Chosen aired
in May 2003. So, Liv would have been around 14 when the bus arrived in
Seattle. Can you write 14? *g* OTOH, it's in the ballpark for a potential.

1 According to one website, Liv's age was given as 27 in an early
second season episode.


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Jun 20 00:57:39 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard It might take me a bit longer to post my opening paragraphs, I am side-tracked in writing up a guide for a local event next month.

But I envisioning Liv watching news reports on the collapse of Sunnydale and perhaps the Bus rolls up in Seattle...



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 19 23:59:27 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Chosen is a popular jump-off point.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 19 23:26:42 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard On a whim, I think I'll scrap building off my earlier iZombie/Buffy script. I think I'll jump off at the end of Chosen for my new fic.



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Trivia Girl says:
(Mon Jun 19 23:17:06 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Mascots
Question: What was the first company to use Reddy Kilowatt as it's mascot?
Answer: Alabama Power Company

Trivia Light Bulbs: notsoShyGirl
Trivia Dim Bulbs: Agent Cooper



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 19 21:31:36 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
finally coming up for air!

AGent Cooper All I can come up with is Reddy Freddy. But that isn't much funnier. *g*



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Agent Cooper says:
(Mon Jun 19 20:40:13 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
"Reddy Kilowatt" Heh. There's a joke in there someplace, but I'm too tired to come up with anything.

You guys will have to do it yourself this time.



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 19 18:35:36 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Drive-By

Firefighters first see Grenfell Tower (BBC Online - video)


WG



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notsoShyGirl says:
(Mon Jun 19 15:16:21 2017 76.120.26.241) [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
Reddy Kilowatt made his first published appearance on March 14, 1926 in an advertisement in The Birmingham News for the Alabama Power Company



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Trivia Girl says:
(Mon Jun 19 14:48:19 2017 205.141.67.16) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Mascots
Question: What was the first company to use Reddy Kilowatt as it's mascot?



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Mon Jun 19 13:10:17 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Monday, June 19th 2017 C.E.

We have SEVEN (7) Birthdays!


Aleris
Angeloosa
Angel's Angelus
Louise
Sir Chris
Talullahdahling
Vaedus

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Aleris, Angeloosa, Angel's Angelus, Louise, Sir Chris, Talullahdahling, Vaedus!



Now I did a job. I got nothing but trouble since I did it, not to mention more than a few unkind words as regard to my character so let me make this abundantly clear. I do the job. And then I get paid. Mal, 'Serenity' '

to be added to the birthday list, please email oldbdeyes@hotmail.com



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 19 13:01:51 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
yay neonate!


Goodbye Blue Monday!



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Dogmeat says:
(Mon Jun 19 12:06:05 2017 72.226.63.219) [Edit/Delete]
Monopolies work, so lets have
universal healthcare with Medicare
for all. Eliminate all the
unnecessary Health Insurance execs
and many tens of thousands of
bureaucrats that provide no health
care. Hire more nurses and other
health care professionals!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Mon Jun 19 11:10:55 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for neonate!

yay neonate!


Goodbye Blue Monday!



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wolfguard says:
(Mon Jun 19 03:19:33 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

First, Emanuel does not view health insurance companies1 as
evil. To him, they are neither devils or angels, but organizations
responding to the specific rules and incentives guiding health care
management. That said, he believes insurance companies will be squeezed out
by "Accountable Care Organizations" (ACO's).

ACO's are networks of hospitals, doctors, and other health service
providers whose incentives will be oriented towards health results over
fees-for-services. They exist today, I believe in the Medicaid and/or
Medicare realm. Emanuel believes once ACO's gain enough experience they
will offer their networks on the exchanges and approach employers directly
- cutting out the middle-man role of the insurance companies.1

What health insurance companies have, that ACO's do not have, is actuarial
expertise. Emanuel believes insurance companies will become consultants or
vendors of such expertise to the ACO's (or ACO's could outright buy health
insurance companies).

Still, someone will have to pay the ACO's. How will that be done? Single
payer, i.e. the government? Will individuals have to buy ~policies or
membership with an ACO? If the latter, who will temper an ACO from raising
prices at whim? (currently it's the insurance companies trying to hold down
health costs - I know folks may raise an eyebrow at that, but it's health
providers who send the bill and the insurance companies who try to keep the
bill down.

Some might say competition between ACO's will keep prices down. Perhaps,
but right now we're seeing hospital mergers, because being big gives you
bargaining leverage over insurance companies. We may will see.



1 Recall Emanuel listed the end of employer-provided insurance
as one of the megatrends.


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 19 01:30:05 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard End of insurance companies as we know them? Is there a idea of what they will turn into?



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Jun 19 01:21:14 2017 64.179.155.24) [Edit/Delete]
I am finally home from Bismarck!



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 23:53:17 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Excerpt1

Chapter Thirteen: Six Megatrends in Health Care
The Long Term Impact of the ACA2

I'm just going to list the five. Each is surveyed in the chapter.


1) The end of insurance companies as we know them.

2) VIP care for the chronically and mentally ill.

3) The emergence of digital medicine and closure of hospitals.

4) End of employer-sponsored health insurance.

6) Transformation of medical education.



1 Reinventing American Health Care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel (A
physician, professor, former adviser to the Obama administration, current
FOX news contributor, and brother to current Chicago mayor)

2 The Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare"


WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 23:47:12 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Excerpt1

Chapter Four: Five Problems with the American Health Care System


I'm just going to list the five. Each is surveyed in the chapter.


1) The cost of being uninsured

2) The economic cost of high health care costs

3) The cost of poor quality care

4) The problem of lack of transparency in costs and quality

5) The problem of medical malpractice


1 Reinventing American Health Care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel (A
physician, professor, former adviser to the Obama administration, current
FOX news contributor, and brother to current Chicago mayor)


WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 23:35:12 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Excerpt1

The following is drawn from a chart labeled Figure 3.4 Six Different
Payment Rates for Hospitals (p.73). It consist of two columns, the left
listing the types of payment rates and the right providing a brief
description. Here I'm giving the types followed by the first sentence of
the description.

(1) Charge Master Rate: The list price determined by the hospital for
billage items such as lab tests, medical procedures, drugs, and supplies...

(2) Medicare Rate: The rate at which Medicare reimburses hospitals and
physicians for various services...

(3) Commercial Insurer and Blues Rates: The price that is ultimately paid
by a private insurer to hospitals and physicians for the delivery of
medical services... (By "Blues", I believe he means Blue Cross/Blue Shield)

(4) Usual, Customary, and Reasonable Rates: Rates used by insurers to
determine what they will pay providers who are out-of-network...

(5) Medicaid Rate: The rate at which Medicaid reimburses hospitals and
physicians for various services...

(I am going to include the entire description for the last type of payment
rate)

(6) Actual Cost: The actual cost of rendering a service for a
hospital or physician. This includes the actual cost of supplies,
technology, time and labor. This is very difficult to calculate
definitively. As a result, nobody really knows the actual cost of
delivering most health care services.


1Reinventing American Health Care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel (A
physician, professor, former adviser to the Obama administration, current
FOX news contributor, and brother to current Chicago mayor)


WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 23:21:29 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Excerpt2

Emanuel offered some additional principles specific to health care
legislation...

1) "...accept that any effort faces long odds..."

2) "...lack of unity on the part of advocates for health care reform on a
specific plan pretty much guarantees failure..."

3) "...never underestimate both the power and fragility of Washington
egos..."

4) "...speed is of the essence...

5) "...like people and all organizations, Congress does not like new
things. Successful legislation must be built on previous templates..."

6) "...the opposition: The opposition to any health care reform in the
United States is always couched in antigovernment slogans, whether they are
about 'socialized medicine' or the bureaucracy telling Americans what to
do. This line of attack is tried and true - it taps into the traditional
American suspicion of government. Any chance of passage must try to counter
this line of attack..."


1 Reinventing American Health Care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel (A
physician, professor, former adviser to the Obama administration, current
FOX news contributor, and brother to current Chicago mayor)


WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 23:10:16 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Excerpt1

"Lyndon Johnson, maybe the greatest legislative strategist in American
history, once laid out six principles for enacting legislation:

1) Speed

2) Keep the economists out

3) Master the congressional process

4) Give Congress the credit

5) Go public and build momentum

6) Passion

p.155


1 Reinventing American Health Care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel (A
physician, professor, former adviser to the Obama administration, current
FOX news contributor, and brother to current Chicago mayor)



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 18 22:32:20 2017 70.198.41.48) [Edit/Delete]
Two more houses and I am home!



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sun Jun 18 13:12:17 2017 174.219.140.105) [Edit/Delete]
Due to technical difficulties..I
will not be able to post the
birthdays today!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 18 12:12:16 2017 174.219.139.80) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

Thats a perfectly sensible
statement!



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 05:51:19 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Well then, make sense of this.

*g*

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 18 02:36:28 2017 174.219.134.169) [Edit/Delete]
Wo!fguard

Ah!! My misunderstanding. I was
try to make a faultess joke!



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wolfguard says:
(Sun Jun 18 02:05:03 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

You'll have to elaborate. As I understood Durant's quote, he's saying the San
Andreas fault trumps Los Angeles, et. al.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Jun 18 01:34:12 2017 174.219.8.52) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

I think the San Andreas fault begs
to differ. *g*



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 22:33:18 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without
notice.
" - William Durant



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 20:58:34 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

You'd better. Showtime is Tuesday. *g*

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 20:46:26 2017 174.219.145.133) [Edit/Delete]
Finlly, no wind or rain in Bismarck!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 19:52:07 2017 174.219.136.185) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

I'llbe sure to have something by
Monday!



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Maverick says:
(Sat Jun 17 19:30:30 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper: Utica, NY, too close for comfort. Utica has taken in refugees but the Muslims are now 25% of the town and are changing everything.


Maverick


Layla




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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 18:35:53 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Drive-By

Christopher Marlowe,

No problem. :)

WG



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Maverick says:
(Sat Jun 17 17:47:19 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 17:08:40 2017 174.219.134.239) [Edit/Delete]
Hi from Bismarck North Dakota!



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sat Jun 17 13:03:08 2017 174.219.11.22) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Saturday June 17th
2017

We have seven (7) birthdays!!

Happy birthday to bcangel,
btvschick,cariras pop, erestor, Mr
Fred, pink power ranger, red crayon!


No quote for today!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 12:27:15 2017 174.219.11.22) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard


My apologies, being out of town tend
to distract my attention!



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 06:24:38 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Jun 17 06:45:29 2017
Parthian Glance

1:00-2:35

Ms Summers ... you're a great deal of trouble.

For those who remember

*g*


WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 05:18:45 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Jun 17 18:37:17 2017
Yay the Host!


Belated Yay Wiccachick!


Happy Birthday Tom Lenk!



Belated Deadguy Memorial Angel Wednesday Question


Is there a garment or accessory from BtVS/Angel that, even after all these years, you would still like to have?

The One and Only Claddagh RingETA


ETA 'Cause I might sell it to White Wings! *g*




Night All

WG



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 01:36:48 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

What I remember was the spell or potion to change a zombie back into a
person required a transition period as a vampire. So ...

1) Person becomes zombie.

2) Zombie takes the potion or undergoes the spell

3) Zombie becomes vampire.

(a passage of time)

4) Vampire becomes person.


In your story Liv did not take the potion/spell or it did not turn her back
into a human?

SPOILER 3rd SEASON iZombie

((Ravi did create some sort of medicine that would turn a zombie
back into a person. It was tested on Blaine and worked, but he had lost his
memories. Liv put taking the med on hold till they sorted out the side-
effects. Discovered memory lost was temporary and Blaine had been
pretending so to get a new lease on life. Unfortunately by then someone had
stolen all the medicine. So Liv is still a zombie.
))

Prompt

All the research said she should be human, but she was not - or not quite
human or something more. Even Giles was lost for words (in all of the seven
languages he spoke). Liv was pioneering new ground. And like walking
unknown ground in the fog and dark. Something bad was waiting.

For instance, she was often remembering there was something she needed to
do - but couldn't remember the specifics. Except the deadline for doing it.
Which fell tonight.


WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 00:57:23 2017 174.219.4.130) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

I think I had Liv be something new,
not a vampire or zombie but still
having special abilities.



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wolfguard says:
(Sat Jun 17 00:49:13 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

How did your last story end?

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Jun 17 00:32:38 2017 174.219.4.130) [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard

I am currently in North Dakota and
I'm pondering what a hellmouth would
look like here. *g*



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Maverick says:
(Fri Jun 16 21:49:50 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
DaddyCatALSO: I though folks were looking for souvenir artifacts from the Buffy show? In which case they would be neato. What happened to them on the show would probably just provide for duplicates of the items in various stages of disrepair.


Maverick


White Room




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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Jun 16 20:33:32 2017 165.225.38.83) [Edit/Delete]
Do giraffes really have to swim, though? I mean, they can basically just walk through the river or whatever, with their heads poking up over the water, right?



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wolfguard says:
(Fri Jun 16 18:52:32 2017 71.56.125.67) [Edit/Delete]
Drive-By

Christopher Marlowe,

I will ponder on prompts and topics.

WG



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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Fri Jun 16 16:47:42 2017 199.127.148.10) [Edit/Delete]
Maverick Presumably Giles destroyed the Gauntlet after she was destroyed for allowing herself to be separated from it; he had a spell ready to disintegrate it before she clocked him.
The device Faith used was no ancient artifact, just a thing knocked together by one of the Mayor's tame magicians. Sarah-Faith stomped it into scrap metal.



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Trivia Girl says:
(Fri Jun 16 14:25:07 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
Giraffes cant swim.

The real name of televisions Mister Ed was Bamboo Harvester.

Jim Hogg, the governor of Texas from 1891 to 1895, named his only daughter Ima.

In 1930, Fred Newton became the only man to swim the Mississippi River lengthwise (1,826 miles over a six-month period).

Frances King Louis XIV bathed only once a year.

In Portland, Oregon, a priest or a minister is not allowed to perform a wedding ceremony at a skating rink.
Barbers are not allowed to eat onions between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Waterloo, Nebraska.
It is against the law to sing out of tune in North Carolina.
The least-liked vegetable of all time is the turnip. Personally, I cant stand them either!

A two-year test by the American Heart Association found that only 7 percent of nudist camp residents suffered from high blood pressure compared to a national average of 17 percent.



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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Fri Jun 16 13:31:31 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
Today is Friday, June 16th 2017 C.E.

We have FOUR (4) Birthdays!


Big Al
Ted
Tom Lenk as Andrew Wells
Tisiphone

Happy Birthday from the Bronze, to Big Al, Ted, Tom Lenk, Tisiphone!



Gunn: Well, how horrible is this thing? Lorne: I haven't read the Book of Revelations lately, but if I was searching for adjectives, I'd probably start there. 'Slouching Toward Bethlehem'

to be added to the birthday list, please email oldbdeyes@hotmail.com



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 16 13:19:40 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
yay the host!


Happy Thank Joss It's Friday!



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YayOfTheDay says:
(Fri Jun 16 10:58:04 2017 24.3.106.169) [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for the host!

yay the host!


Happy Thank Joss It's Friday!



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lostinamerica says:
(Fri Jun 16 10:22:11 2017 73.58.128.92) [Edit/Delete]
OldManFan--I have to say
when in Philadelphia several years
back I tried it both ways and the
one with Cheez Whiz was
surprisingly good :)


Maverick--So sorry--got two
inches of rain in an hour
yesterday and had power off for a
couple hours and that was bad
enough :(


Belated Yay! wiccachick!



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 16 04:05:57 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard There you are! I'm trying to come up with a good topic of discussion, but I'm coming up empty. I think I need something to spur me to start writing my iZombie fanfic.



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wolfguard says:
(Fri Jun 16 03:09:20 2017 4.28.180.2) [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Here now.

WG



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 16 02:34:45 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Are you hereabouts?



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 16 00:49:29 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
MAverick Going without power for any length of time sucks for sure.



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Maverick says:
(Fri Jun 16 00:43:55 2017 69.244.158.94) [Edit/Delete]
Uggh! I spent all day without power, so I visited my insurance agent (to fix something) and then I went to my second alternate Library and updated my card and took out "Fear of the Walking Dead," Season One.


Anyone remember Gwendolyn Post's Glove of Myhnegon and how about the doodad that Faith used to switch bodies with Buffy, the Draconian Katra?


Maverick


Go All The Way




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Jun 16 00:31:11 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
abt Yeah, I read about that. I'm not sure I can grasp the idea of how such an extreme mixture of the different types of housing works. I don't think it is quite as stark here, with 'public housing' on one block and ultra-swanky condos on the next.



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Trivia Girl says:
(Thu Jun 15 23:06:51 2017 209.159.254.195) [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Food
Question: What is the proper cheese to put on a Philly Cheesesteak?
Answer: Cheese Whiz

Trivia Knowitall: OldManFan!

Agent Cooper That's interesting. AT my workplace, they block certain websites (like facebook or email sites. A number of my coworkers play something on their smartphones, though.



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abt says:
(Thu Jun 15 20:16:18 2017 84.9.78.190) [Edit/Delete]
ChristopherMarlowe wolfguard - the class divide is bad in England. I'm told it is not like that in other European countries.


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