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Curtain Raiser

Our over-militarized police forces need to be reformed! It will likely take some defunding, and converting to more community based law enforcement organizations. This won’t happen overnight, but it has to happen! And, it has to happen in conjunction with reforming our court system, and prison systems. Private prisons are an abomination. No one should profit off the incarceration of others. These are all major aspects of America’s systemic racism. We can no longer turn a blind eye to these injustices. It’s way past time that we live up to the convictions of our Declaration of Independence, and show that we all truly believe that : “ALL men are created equal.” — YUR


Stop the U.S. of Lyncherdom, Colltalers

Get your knees off our necks.‘ The eloquence of Rev. Al Sharpton’s eulogy of George Floyd, choked to death by a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day, was appropriate to match the public horror about his death. Hundreds of thousands across the U.S. and the world marched in protest.
The massive 11-day rallies are not only a response to the horrifying 8:46min video of Floyd’s killing but also a demand for change, redress, renewal of our tenets as human beings. Not surprisingly, the police behaved badly all along, arresting and beating people up. So now there’s talk of defunding it.
The crowd also paid respects to Breonna Taylor, whose 27th birthday was Friday, and countless of young black lives cut short by police brutality and cruel social inequality now reigning in the U.S. Breonna, an African-American medical technician, was shot by police…

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George Floyd’s Tears Echoes Through Eternity!

I’ve always respected the institution of the police department. But, it is abundantly clear there are some members who never should’ve been sworn in. These few never should’ve graduated the academy. And, better yet, they never should’ve been ACCEPTED into the academy! All of our police departments need greater, in depth, psychological analyses of their applicants. And, they need constant psychological screening of the recruits to weed out the ones who may have slipped through the cracks. Racism is only one of the problems. The bigger one, in my mind, are those who were bullied and/or abused in their youth, or who may have been disenfranchised to the point where becoming a cop is their big chance to GET EVEN! We can not allow people like this to wear a badge and carry a gun. We also need to end the practice of the “blue wall of silence”. It’s not being a “rat” when you help to weed out the bad elements. You are actually making the force stronger by removing these weak, and potentially dangerous, links. The police need to police themselves better. And, if they won’t take the job seriously, they will have to concede to a civilian review board. One with real teeth.
And, of course, they need to re-evaluate some of their “training”, because they can’t continue to fall back on: “they were only doing what they were trained to do.” Be well and do good, friends. — YUR


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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Albert Einstein

In the height of ’Jihadi John’ reign of terror, the Islamic State executioner who derives pleasure in executing journalists, that image stuck in my mind. However, it has been replaced with Derek Chauvin grinding his knee into George Floyd’s neck while the poor man cried for mercy. When Jihadi John murdered several innocent journalists, mostly whites. I was angry and wrote about the atrocities of ISIS. It has come as a surprise that people are eerily silent about the murder of George Floyd.

Alas, Derek and countless other heartless cops in the US are terrorists protected by the state. The US President has threatened to kill looters but killers like Derek would not have been arrested without…

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Curtain Raiser

Not to sound like a radical rightist, but I believe certain aspects of this COVID-19 pandemic are being used – by out government/corporate media – as a distraction from other major events going on around the world. What we don’t know about . . . we can’t care about . . . until it is too late. Think about it, friends. — YUR


Don’t Let it Happen, Colltalers

Norma McCorvey never meant to be part of an American cultural landmark, the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. Then she switched sides and became a ‘pro-lifer’ activist. But in her deathbed she confessed that she did it for the money. The Evangelical money.
China thought the tragic COVID-19 diversion was perfect to crush Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. Instead, it turned the world against it and fueled President Trump’s conspiracy claims blaming it for the virus and for all he hasn’t done about it. Also, Hongkongers won’t take it lying down.
Not to sound spoiled, but let’s face it, we’re not doing too well. With close to 5.5 million cases worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic is still expanding albeit at a slower rate in some places, and according to epidemiologists we’re still at least a year from a vaccine if one…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/12/20

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Visual Description:  “The Patty Duke Show” meets “Mad Money”.


Clue/Question:  The twin sisters pooled their money to buy stocks so they could – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters) AND (5-letters) (5-letters)

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(With fifteen letters I thought this one might be a little tougher.  But, it’s a good stinky pun, regardless.  Some of you purists might object to my referencing “The Patty Duke Show”, from the early ’60s, because the silly premise of that show was that they were “identical cousins”, not sisters.  Maybe I shouldn’t have dated myself, and went with the more recent “Sister Sister”.  Or, as I liked to tease my daughter, “Moesha” Moesha!  They were both on in the mid to late ’90s, starring black teen girls.  She used to get so mad at me!  LOL!

There were no new clue words today, so no need to worry about ralis95 not picking them up.  However, all six jumbles appear to be new.  A fairly rare occurrence.  I thought that “sareoc” and “pliaam” were a bit tough.  The answer letter layout was nice long jumble.  But the spacing for the final answer made it a slam dunk, for me.

Fine twin cartoon.  We haven’t had one in a while.  I liked Jim Cramer on the TV, in the background.  And of course, I like that both ladies have I 🧡 JUMBLE  mugs!  Is Jumble Co. a penny stock, or is it on the Pink Sheets???  LOL!  Happy Easter and Passover, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 03/13/20cett

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Visual Description:  Saved By Zero.


Clue/Question:  The zeroes got together and did – – –

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(Excellent pun!  I always enjoy the animated number cartoon/puns.  And, this reminds me of one my favorite standard gags.  Whenever someone asks me: Qué pasa?, or Qué paso?  I always reply:  Nada.  Nada damn thing.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  I’m here all week.  Try the veal!

Hoyt has snuck in a new clue word today, in “cutest”.  Ralis95 will have to update his world famous clue word database!  Two of the jumbles came up as new.  But we’ve definitely seen both “rihya” and “garndo” sometime in the past.  That did not stop me from struggling to get “dragon”.  It must be one of my pet peeve words!  It took me a few looks to get “cutest” too.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic jumble.  Not obvious, in the least.

What can I say about this extremely clever cartoon?  Zeroes lounging by the pool!  Brilliant.  Whoda thought that zeroes led such relaxed lives?  Nice work, David and Jeff!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and comiXology

Curtain Raiser

A few days old, but still – mostly – relevant! — YUR


They Like the World As It Is, Colltalers

It’s spreading, it shows no mercy, and it may kill thousands. Not the coronavirus, though, but the bombing of Syria’s Idlib by Russian-backed Syrian forces against Turkey-aided rebels. Thousands more are caught between fire and freezing weather, but world headlines had little room to report them.
Instead, coverage has focused on the virus scare and not much else. Far-right governments in China, the U.S., Brazil, and others first tried to dismiss the crisis and then named hacks and climate-change deniers to manage it. It won’t work. That’s why so many believe that it’s time to vote them all out.
Speaking of elections, Israelis are back at the polls today for the third time this year. But as before, no major changes are expected regardless of who wins. Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest acting Prime Minister, and his challenger Benny Gantz think alike…

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Curtain Raiser

REAL Current Events! Or, All The News That’s Fit to be HIDDEN by the Corporate Media! — YUR


Unsung Heroes to the Rescue, Colltalers

We can’t change the world while ignoring Earth defenders in mortal danger for doing our bidding. The Wet’suwet’en nation blocking a gas pipeline, or Amazon warriors, or Mexican butterfly protectors faced police and hit squads but the media’s top week headline was the misleading ‘Trump Acquited.’
The coronavirus is spreading and so are China’s draconian containment measures, but coverage is about death tolls. Climate change-triggered fires and floods abound, the U.S. boosted its brutal immigration raids, racist chants disrupted two major soccer games. But little about the news-related activism.
One promising news this newsletter did miss last week: Ireland. So it goes that Brexit has unwittingly opened the gates to a potential revolution – and likely its sole good news – with the surprising win by Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Revolutionary Army. Suddenly, Ireland’s reunification has re-entered the political lexicon…

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Merry Christmas Eve/Happy Hanukkah – 2019

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Way behind, but I’ll catch up, folks!  Sorry to keep you waiting, but it’s just one of those things, friends.      YUR

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I just read this tonight, so I haven’t tried it. But, I like the idea! — YUR

Simplify Tasks

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Fun Stuff – The “Speaking” Dog

This is a non-political reblogging! Just for fun! — YUR

What Ingrid Watches

This is not only fun but also adorable and genius! A speech pathologist called Christina Hunger has taught her dog Stella how to “speak”, using a soundboard. Sounds incredible? Have a look at the clip (source: CNN).

Not only does the dog know 29 distinct words, but she is also capable of combining 3 -4 words into “sentences”. That is an incredible feat and it’s more than proof that dogs are intelligent! Hunger’s work doesn’t stop here, by the way, because she is eager to know how many more words the dog is capable of learning and if Stella can make longer sentences!

To be continued!

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