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My mom is a poll worker, she has been venting to me about this whole election cycle. In fact I was visiting my parents during the primary, and she had ballots thrown back at her by people who wanted to vote for Trump, but did not update their party affiliation.

She told me duing the congressional primary, people were showing up, to vote for Trump. She had to turn them away, of course, because, well, he wasn't on the ballot, but they blew fits and threatened her. They had to call a cop for detail to control them. Mom kept telling me over and over how one particular woman kept coming back, bragging that she never voted, but registered just this year to vote for Trump.

Well, she called me today, scared out of her fucking mind. Some of the Trump "poll watchers" found her at the grocery store and followed her home. They staked out the house, and are now stalking her. Fortunately, this is Florida, so my brother had no fucking qualms walking out front with his .45 and telling them to GTFO. Since my mom works for the election board, she can't have any party affiliation or candidate endorsements anywhere, so it's not like there's Hillary stuff around the house or on her car. They just recognized her and attempted to let her know that they're watching her so she doesn't do anything "funny".

Once they high tailed it when my brother came out armed, mom got the license plate and called the Feds, who came by, and told her that her case was hardly an isolated incident, and they've been getting calls from all over the county to deal with these assholes. Their county is a blue county with the exception of the career old school GOPer in the House who has come out openly against Trump, so now my mom is scared to fucking go to work in 2 weeks, and my brother is trying to convince her to pack the 9mm, and we both keep reminding her that if they so much as speak to her in a threatening manner other than asking for a ballot and "please" and "thank you", they can get locked the fuck up.



And now, for comedy:
http://latest.com/2016/10/see-it-former-mlber-curt-schilling-holds-worlds-saddest-trump-rally-no-one-showed-up-to/


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Also, week 4 of grad school: FUCK THIS.

I am in a baaaad mood today.

My students were fucking shitheads, so I feel your pain. Except for like, 3 of them that actually wanted to do work. The rest were in it for the gen ed credit, and certainly liked crying to me when they got a D on their Crappy McCrapface  "I wrote this at 2am" paper. Painful.

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have I ever mentioned how much I fucking hate south park?

It had its moments.

Back in 2002.

I'm a hipster for hating south park.

No you aren't. I never found it that funny.

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Apple Talk / Re: FUCKING ORANGE EATING CONTEST
« on: September 28, 2016, 03:08:11 am »
WHY THE FUCK DID YOU DO THIS?

Edit: Okay, so I read why, BUT STILL, DUDE. YOU'VE READ THE HORRORS!

-Suu
Just felt her asshole pucker all over again.

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https://pima.bibliocommons.com/list/share/324530247/707736609?_ga=1.32996286.1478290541.1474987019&from_login=true

I went to the public library's website to reserve some books, and there was a thumbnail that caught my eye: Martha Reads Banned Books and one of the books featured in the thumbnail was Harry fucking Potter and the god damn Sorcerer's Stone.  So I looked to see what was on the least and lo! thirty books were on the list, with a comment about each.

Apparently, the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy is "occult/satanic," and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee just says “If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.”

I facepalmed so hard, you guys.

Missing "The Handmaid's Tale." I'm surprised. That one is a hot topic now.  I haven't gotten to it yet, but considering how it takes place in a Christian totalitarian post-United States, I can see why some people want it squirreled away.

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She had this consistent look of utter bemusement on her face the entire evening, and it was fantastic. She barely opened the flood gates and he just rushed at her like an orangutan on acid, reaching for invisible shit in the air.

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TERRAAAAAWR.

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Apple Talk / Re: Quotes of the Moment II
« on: September 15, 2016, 04:26:43 am »
Hibiscus is super-tasty.

It's fantastic, and super refreshing. I've brewed with it. I actually have BAGS of dried hibiscus in my cabinet that I harvested myself in Florida a few years ago, but this tea sounded lovely. And it is.

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Apple Talk / Re: Quotes of the Moment II
« on: September 15, 2016, 12:44:17 am »
Today at the grocery store, I grab a box of "Hibiscus Cleanse" tea, it's new. It's hibiscus, yerba mate, and mint. I got it because it sounded tasty. And then...


Her: "Does that stuff work?"
Me: "Hmm?"
Her: "Does that tea actually work as a detox?"
Me: "No, that's what my liver is for, I just like the taste of hibiscus, and it sounds good with mint."
Her: *confused face*


Hibiscus is a diuretic, but seriously, I just think it tastes good.  :kingmeh:

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Anyway, hi there PD. I'm here because I'm miserable, cranky, and tired, and according to the newsfeed I'm in the perfect mood for PD.com.

Since getting my thyroid disease treated in August, my range of emotions has expended past "vague sense of dying" that defined the previous six months. I have added feeling sad, stupid, and lonely to the mix.

This too shall pass and all that, but fuck it. I feel like whuppin' on some motherfucker.

Hashimoto's or Grave's?

Welcome to the "My immune system is so fucking badass it's eating my thyroid alive" club.

Grave's. My mom had Hashimoto's, so it figures. My 4-hour iodine uptake rate was 89%, which I understand to be in the "really fucking high, how are you alive" range.

Jesus Christ. You're lucky you haven't wasted away to nothing. My uncle has Grave's, he has to eat 6000-9000 calories a day, and he's still super thin. IF ONLY I HAD THAT KIND OF POWER.

But no, my thyroid decided it was best to sit in a puddle of her own drool and make me dizzy, and fall asleep every day at 2pm, and then wake up hangry, and wanting to murder my husband when he looked at me funny. I still don't think I'm balanced out, but my last blood pull showed a TSH of 0.9, so I'm on the money in that regard. Watch your vitamins, and have your doc test your B12 and D3 panels next time you go in for bloodwork. Synthetic thyroid hormones nuke them, and I know if I don't take mine daily, I will go back to crashing. On the bright side, they made my weight stabilize, finally. Last year was rough, really rough.

Hang in there, it's totally fixable, it's just a bumpy ride on the way.

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Anyway, hi there PD. I'm here because I'm miserable, cranky, and tired, and according to the newsfeed I'm in the perfect mood for PD.com.

Since getting my thyroid disease treated in August, my range of emotions has expended past "vague sense of dying" that defined the previous six months. I have added feeling sad, stupid, and lonely to the mix.

This too shall pass and all that, but fuck it. I feel like whuppin' on some motherfucker.

Hashimoto's or Grave's?

Welcome to the "My immune system is so fucking badass it's eating my thyroid alive" club.

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Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 14, 2016, 06:16:43 pm »
Roughly how much could an author of a paper expect to receive from publishing a paper? I was under the impression that the vast majority of the cost of obtaining a paper goes to the publisher rather than the authors.

In my field, authors get a pack on the back and a line in their CV.

"Just think of the grant money you can get when they see you've been published! Here, eat this exposure!" 

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Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:12:15 am »
Roughly how much could an author of a paper expect to receive from publishing a paper? I was under the impression that the vast majority of the cost of obtaining a paper goes to the publisher rather than the authors.

Depends on the publisher. It's not enough to make a living, but it can be a good supplement if you can churn out 2-3 papers a year for a good publication. If you publish an "article" length paper, which was described to me as 15,000 words, at 15 cents a word, you're getting over 2 grand, which is why published articles are getting shorter.

There's a lot of fighting going on right now between academics and journals, much along the same lines of artists and assholes involving "exposure", basically it looks good on grant applications. Grants are where the money is, but you sometimes can't publish without grants, and you can't get grants without being published.  :roll:


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Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 14, 2016, 06:25:48 am »
I don't understand why people whine about paying for academic papers. Scholars deserve to be paid just as much as artists or any worker does. Research can take months, or even years, and paywalls and journals exist for a reason: to help protect their intellectual rights and ensure that they can be paid fairly by the publication for their work. Yes, sometimes they can get pretty damn steep, and I understand not everybody can swing a JStor account, but that's why we have nifty things like interlibrary loan and research librarians who can help you do this at almost any public library.

Guys, seriously. I've paid too much goddamn money to go to school. Nigel has paid too much goddamn money to go to school. Millions of people have paid too much goddamn money to go to school, and put in hours of work hitting the books and labs to be able to write a coherent, peer-reviewed article. I charge 8 bucks for digital copies of my thesis. Eight. Bucks. That's it. I'd give it away for free if I wasn't paying off mountains of debt.

Scholars should not be treated any differently than artists. Time, training, and talent has a price. Please, do the right thing and obtain the research you need through the right channels. There are a great deal of tools if you can't swing journal subscriptions: Interlibrary loan, research librarians, Academia.edu, Scribd, Project Gutenberg for out of copyright releases, etc. It's just not cool to yell at people who won't just give you their research for free. Don't be that guy. It's bad enough a lot of academics find themselves dying of exposure these days anyway, it's typically called adjuncting.

-Suu
Who is riproaring pissed at some bitch right now who is calling her all sorts of things because she wouldn't give her free copies of her longest papers that are currently under review.  :argh!:

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