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12 Oct
"WHY IS THERE A LIZARD IN MY CLOSET" is a thing that gets shouted in this house more often than you might suspect
apparently "because he likes sitting on your sweaters" is not an acceptable answer??
I try to give him lightly supervised roaming time each day. The things I supervise for are the danger of him getting inadvertently stepped on by the dog or the kids, and the danger of him taking a dump someplace where he shouldn't (eg, a stack of sweaters)
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28 Sep
Federal taxes paid, first year in office

Ronald Reagan: $165,202
George H.W. Bush: $101,382
Bill Clinton: $62,670
George W. Bush: $250,221
Barack Obama: $1,792,414
Donald Trump: $750
One thing I'm hearing a lot is "well duh Trump donates his salary." Per the IRS the max charitable writeoff is 50% of the donation. $400k in donations leaves him with $200k to pay taxes on.

And that's in addition to the millions his other ventures make.
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23 Sep
Extremely dire warnings being issued by experts in democracy, authoritarianism and elections right now. Is anyone listening?…
I'm getting the same feeling now I had in mid February, when usually mild-mannered public health experts were absolutely losing it but the rest of the country was blithely going about business as usual.
People asking me what to do, this is what Michael Coppedge of Notre Dame told me last week.…
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18 Sep
NEW: The United States is undergoing "substantial autocratization" under Trump. Historic data show that only 1 in 5 democracies that start down this path are able to reverse the damage before succumbing to full-blown autocracy.…
“Everything we see in terms of decline on these [democratic] indicators is exactly the pattern of decline” seen in other autocratizing nations, like Turkey and Hungary, one expert told me.…
“Executive respect for the Constitution is now at the lowest level since 1865,” another one told me. “Corruption in the executive branch is basically the worst since Harding.”…
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10 Sep
If Jeff Bezos gave all 876,000 Amazon employees a $105,000 bonus, he'd be left with exactly as much money as he had at the start of the pandemic.…
As a society we really haven't come to grips with the morality and ethics of allowing so much wealth to accumulate in so few hands.
Like, we talk a lot about a person's *right* to accumulate $200 billion in personal wealth, but not about the civic *responsibilities* that might come with that.
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