OT ~ Welcome to Saturday!

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Sit-a-while
on swinging porch
where tin-dippers and
sweet water
in cool touches
meet lips
from hand dug wells.

I avoid all the language and nudity and violence and everything. I have enough of that at home. ~ Tim Conway

Good morning good people,

Tribute to Tim Conway who walked on this week.

Thanks for the laughs and memories.

Have a fun day.

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The rebuilt Notre Dame could feature a futuristic glass design, solar power, and an urban farm that supports vulnerable and homeless Parisians, if one architecture firm's vision is realized.
In April, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international competition for architects to redesign the cathedral's 19th century spire, which collapsed after a fire devastated the 850-year-old Gothic landmark. Paris firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures responded to the call with an innovative, eco-friendly design that supports the local population and produces more energy than it uses.
Four years ago, an art historian used lasers to digitally map Notre Dame Cathedral. His work could help save it
The Vincent Callebaut project is titled "Palingenesis," a Greek concept of rebirth or recreation. The firm proposes a new roof made of glass, oak and carbon fiber, which connects "in one single curved stroke of pencil" to the sloping spire. The rooster which topped the original spire, retrieved from the rubble after the fire, will resume its watch from the new glass design, while the cathedral's choir will be "bathed in natural light."https://www.cnn.com/style/article/france-notre-dame-green-scli-intl/inde...

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was overflowing with rejoicing worshippers. I enjoyed the opportunity to see it being used for a service apparently very important to its flock, rather than only as a film locale or tourist favorite.

During that same trip, I went to see Les Invalides on a random weekday. Some others, whom I assumed were fellow tourists, taking it all in, were scattered in the pews. I sat in a pew near the entrance to view the interior of the church, whereupon organ music began and a couple of bridal attendants entered, followed by the most beautiful, beaming bride I've ever seen in real life to this day, wearing an incredible ensemble. At that point, I noticed a couple of men near the altar in old school, formal morning suits, striped cravats, cutaways and all.

Why she was getting married on a weekday morning, I don't know. But, I like to think that she's had a marriage as beautiful as she was that day.

So, in my own way, I was very blessed by visiting both iconic churches, having nothing to do with religion. I never would have planned either visit the way it happened. So, thank heaven for serendipity. (-;


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@HenryAWallace
a delightful dinner in the old town of Monterosso in a terrific restaurant when all of a sudden locals in black tie and gowns started coming in followed by the bride and groom, a wedding party; we restaurant patrons joined in the fun.

Days on Saint-Michel, ah... splendid; fortunate to have the memories.

The glass design intrigues me, rather cool, imo.

Thanks for sharing.

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anywhere to share it, other than an open thread. I hope people see it.

I like the glass design as well and love using a church to feed the poor, as someone supposedly once charged everyone to do. I am not, however, sure how I feel about the spike in the center.

I should have mentioned the design in my prior post but got lost on Memory Lane, 'cause sweet memories are too sweet for me to resist.

Anyway, here's my new share. Enjoy!

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are too obvious. It makes it more of a joke (which it obviously is in a sense) but I think it would be more impactful if the hand was black and it took a minute to get the creepy association. Plus, it's missing a finger!

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Maybe the idea is that Biden is cartoon-like. If the hands were black, the T shirt would tell a whole different story. Biden acts as though he is entitled to take liberties with the bodies of women of all ages and colors. I would be surprised if someone with black hands shared that view.

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I hadn’t considered the alternative association, but you’re right. It’s good I’m not a graphic designer.

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wonderful personality. The school kid's joy of weekends, winter and spring school vacations, snow days, etc. is so ingrained in me that, by now, it may have become part of my DNA. That may be why I feel happy approaching the weekend with NCTim's funkin' Friday thread, followed by starting the weekend with Smiley's Special Saturday thread. So different and I enjoy each one so much.

Although I don't remember the interview or the interviewer, I do remember that Tim Conway was one of the funniest persons I'd ever seen interviewed. And that ain't nutthin' in my book.

Anyway, happy weekend, Caucus classmates. Soon, school will be out for the Summer!

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@HenryAWallace
Always a pleasure; here's Johnny and Tim.

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is also a blessing! Poignant sometimes, but a blessing nonetheless.

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Everything has an expiration date.
Qu'est-ce qui est a toi?
Je ne sais pas.
Tim Conway's came up
and we are laughing less today.

Have a thoughtful day, everyone! Pleasantry

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Women are human beings, not prey.
(I forgot where I read it although it might have been in The Intercept)

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@Raggedy Ann

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@smiley7
La chanson francaise m’a inspire

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Women are human beings, not prey.
(I forgot where I read it although it might have been in The Intercept)

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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Reminds me to follow the Monarchs.

Thanks for the vid and have a fun day.

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A nice trade day this morning...got a long stout rope for $1 and a 4' square for $2. Summer has arrived ahead of the solstice, and it looks like 90's all week.

Tim was so funny...loved his Mrs. Wiggins routine. Laughter is curative and healing.

Hope you all have a weekend full of laughter and joy!
Hope you enjoy Carl's whistling song. (4 min)

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Love the music, thank you.

Joan's version of Stew Ball, an old favorite.

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And doing movies with Don Knotts. Those are my beloved childhood memories of Tim Conway.

Thanks also for the great memories in comments here today. Wonderful.

Have a great day everyone! I-m so happy

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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@mhagle

Great fun:

Have a fun weekend.

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Thanks for the great OT. I laughed and laughed. I will remember to do this more often.

Have a good one, everyone...

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7034945/Statue-Liberty-Museum-o...

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Henry Louis Gates, Nicky Hilton Rothschild and James Rothschild, Michael Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey . . .

♩♫ How does it feel to be one of the Beautiful People?

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I think they just came to look if their own statue had already been placed.

Otherwise I think it feels like Russian oligarchs and Republican billionaires playing in a mud pie.

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Looks like the cats actually get outside. Nary a one outside did I see anywhere in Berlin the whole time I was there.

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@magiamma
When have you been there?

It is quite weird for me watching on German TV today documentaries of Berlin from the year 1975 (like I saw it today just a couple of hours ago). I lived there back then, but today they can put together old images, quotes and scenes from former East Berlin and West Berlin, which was obviously not possible back then. I left Berlin and Germany in 1979.

I never had seen folks being interviewed that were from former East Berlin - today - long after reunification, or not so long ago from the last couple of years. I couldn't relate. I was flabbergasted of how much more progressive and liberated former East German women were compared to West Berlin women. It showed me how little we knew about East Germany in the seventies and how much Western propaganda about the Eastern propaganda missed to talk about the essential things, like women's equal rights for example. Eastern German women were much more emancipated and independent than Western German women. For me that is a huge suprise. I considered them entrapped in a communist system and not free, that's all I saw back then.

It is amazing to see how much I missed, not being in Germany, about my own country. At the same token I feel that I was dumbed down and hold back living in the US. But that too is not quite fair to say.

It is a very confusing experience I am going through. Everywhere I look I see only so many things I don't know about and it is so embarrassing. On the other hand considering what was given to me in my bio I wouldn't have known how to do better or different. I worked all the time and never learned that what I wanted to know. On the other hand I learned a lot of things I preferred not to have learned. Unfair.

Strange life.

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@mimi
For two summers around 2009. I barely could speak by the time I left. Learned to love opera. I walked all over. The whole length of the wall. The culture was way different for me. Some things I loved and others not so much. Much of it seemed way advanced to me.

That east German women were acculturated so differently does not surprise me. I felt out of place in many ways. Maybe you have to be somewhere longer. It sounds almost like you are a foreigner in your own country. Though it is my experience that you can never go back. Things change and you change. Which leaves me right back at my - be here now, love the one you are with - cause why not and what else. There is beauty there just for the seeing. It is in you. Be well.

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@magiamma
may be you are much younger than me?

Online communications are so ... difficult and in a way meaningless, if one never knows who is ones conversation partner. I read now you are an artist. Sorry for never having checked you out before. I can imagine you must have felt completely lost in Germany. Online we live in our own bubble and it's hard to understand the other person's bubble without destroying it. If I have done that with what I was saying, I apologize.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and be as well as you can be.
Give rose

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@mimi

it is a bubble, but differently than bubblegum it doesn't pop so easily as long as trust is generated.

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@janis b
and experienced in person. The rest, online conversations, books, news articles, I acknowledge their existence, read them, get agitated about them, but trusting them? No. I also think I can only understand those things I have experienced in person, live, the rest I believe I can understand, but basically never know it's true and if I really understood correctly.

So, ... when do we have a meet-up with you? May be in Florida? Who else could come down there? Smile

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There's one extra bedroom if you come ; ).

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especially when one looses his mind due to old age...
I sleep in a tent or hammock. No bedroom required. Smile (Well if my bones will still carry me).

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Whenever my parents had a house full of visiting family, some slept in beds, some on air mattress on the floor of the bedrooms. Roger, my former husband, and I chose to sleep on a mattress on the floor of the screened-in porch. We got to be in the fresh air (un-air conditioned), and away from the maddening crowd.

Since there’s no screened porch anymore, unless mosquitoes are allergic to you, you’ll have to accept a comfortable bed in the house ; ).

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@mimi
no offense taken... none. I meant I could just barely speak German by the time I left. Lots to love there. They are ahead of us in many ways, advanced, in the way they live on the planet - recycle, young kids required to learn to ride bikes (many to dodge on the streets), etc. I spent every spare moment I could in museums. They abound and are amazing. gave many a tour to all who came to visit me of the Jewish Holocaust sites, memorials, museums monuments and most amazingly the little bronze circles cemented into the sidewalks in front of the houses of Jews that were killed there. Of course they did not have all the names. Mind boggling. Great experience all and all.

maybe you are not younger than me, just sayin'. Lol heh...

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for all of us.

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and perspective. They are unique to you because of your experience in time and place. They may be incomplete and confusing but they are yours.

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@smiley7

That's as cute and funny as Conway!

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Cheeky cat Denis, now known as Denis the Menace to his neighbours, with his haul of stolen goods

He has taken men’s boxer shorts, a pair of shoes, a cardigan, a dog chew, dozens of pairs of socks, a chamois leather, tea towels, seven car sponges and a cuddly toy.

Victims of the two-year-old black and white cat’s antics often turn up at Mrs Newman’s home in Luton, Bedfordshire, when their belongings go missing.

The first theft was recorded just a week after he was let out of the house for the first time, with his stolen stash growing week on week until he began carrying home T-shirts in his mouth, often having to jump over garden fences along the way.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205461/Real-life-cat-burglar-F...

Hi janis, Smile

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Denis even wears a mask while he's busy burgling ; ).

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https://www.salon.com/2019/05/17/saudi-arabia-beheaded-37-dissidents-las...

If this were Iran doing this, . . . do I even have to finish that sentence?

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to Tim Conway--he and Vicki were always my favorite of the Burnett foursome. The funniest, IMO. What a wonderful thing to be remembered for--making people smile and laugh for decades.

"May you 'Rest In Peace,' Mr Conway." Give rose

I'll have to swing back later to watch the videos, which I look forward to doing.

Saw an essay about Universal MFA, but, too pushed to get in to comment about the CBO Report. If I can find the link (quickly), will swing back here and post an excerpt. It makes the point that I've been making about Bernie's/Jayapal's proposal--it's managed care.

Now, if I can't locate it quickly (this evening), will try to post it later this week. There's one paragraph, in particular, that you and all Traditional/Original Medicare beneficiaries will likely want to take note of. Also, you may recall that I posted a blurb from the PNHP.org website which pointed out that there will be 'winners and losers.' (Just like the ACA.) Anyhoo, for now, want to drive home the 'managed care' aspects of the proposals, since that alone is a deal-killer (for us).

Please, folks, read the CBO Report (on their proposals). It practically screams out that the new Universal MFA system will be 'reformed' into something you won't recognize--with Global Budgeting, and so-called Utilization Management. (UM is an euphemism for managed care.) I'll furnish the link to the CBO Report when I post the excerpt.

BTW, IIRC, the CBO link is in a Common Dreams piece (posted in gj's essay on this topic)--if you, or anyone else, wants to go ahead, and check it out. Think he posted the essay on about the 13th of May. BTW, thanks for the essay, gj!

Must say, got a good laugh outta ol' Joe's speech earlier today--had it playing in the background while I was paying bills. Talk about 'O' 2.0--without uttering the words "hope" and "change," of course. Phew! And, the really pitiful thing is--I believe/fear he might just pull off the Dem nomination. (Hope not! Dash 1 ) For certain, most of the corporatist MSM--especially, MSNBC and CNN--seems to be pulling for him.

Bad

Hope you're doing well. Everyone have a nice rest-of-your-weekend!

Pleasantry

[Apologize in advance for typos, etc.]

Mollie

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
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Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.

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comedians are the best actors.

Boy howdy, the MFA plans abound and i praise the dialogue, but if the Dems don't focus on taking the senate, it will be years away and Gary Cohn's making the MSN circuit promoting a major change to Social Security--yep, invest the money in the market plan cleverly devised to look appealing to everyone.

As i've said before, big fight to keep Traditional Medicare on the horizon. Do have a new link from elana c which looks promising as to providing details and comparing plans; haven't the time to dig in though.

Hope you three are doing well and if traveling, be safe.

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