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Tue Jun 02, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: School Daze IV Edition

by brillig

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Another in my occasional series. This one's prompted by 4th grader K2's math assignment last week.  Sharpen your #2 pencil and follow me past the orange rug after a word from our sponsor...

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Last Monday, my partner and I took visiting family members on a day trip by road, into the Canadian Rockies. We were headed to the towns of Banff and Lake Louise, nestled in the Rockies, and well-known tourist destinations in their own right. Both are located within Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada.

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Grab a coffee (Tim Hortons preferred) and an orange croissant for the road, buckle up, and join us as we head westbound on the Trans-Canada highway.
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Greetings, top comments readers. This is my first top comments diary, so I thought I'd introduce myself by clearing up the (possible) confusion as to what my nickname is, why I chose it, and explain and discuss it a bit. But, first I need to do a disclaimer of sorts. I wrote an astrology diary some time ago, and a couple of lines in that diary were not very well written. It led some of our science geeks to think that I meant there was some scientific basis to astrology. No, I don't think that. The diary was meant as entertainment, not as a science diary; but, I got into a little bit of trouble anyway. So, hopefully this disclaimer will ease any troubled minds. Please don't take anything I write in this diary too seriously. Just have fun with it. Follow me below the fold to learn about librarisingnsf. And, special thanks go out to Steven and Ben for helping me to get the diary ready to published.

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You know, you'd think that since I'm now only writing for Top Comments every other week, I'd actually be able to write diaries. I had just the topic in mind for tonight, but it was apparently just not the day to write it. I finished my latest dissertation chapter draft today, which took the better part of the day. Then, I went to the Sprint store for what I thought would be a quick upgrade to the iPhone 6...yeah, it only took them two hours to transfer all of my stuff from my old phone. Needless to say, a diary ain't happenin' tonight. But thankfully, President Obama has written one for me. THANKS OBAMA!

As I'm sure you know, we're approaching June, which of course is LGBT Pride Month. I don't know about you, but I always get goosebumps (or, as Chris Matthews might put it, a thrill up my leg...sorry) when President Obama issues his LGBT Pride Month proclamation. Today, while I was away fretting about what I was going to write about tonight, he issued his 2015 proclamation. Follow me below the fold for the full text...

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A look at a group that was never a mega-seller, yet were pioneering in their own way (and recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) after the jump .....

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Wed May 27, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Waaaahmbulance Edition

by Puddytat

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Silly season is again arriving early heralded by a Republican parade of very serious, self-important, self-obsessed, publicly very pious and righteous,  nearly all white men (seriously, folks, Carly Fiorina has zero chance). Aided and abetted by truckloads of billionaire money they're out there in front of every group of possible supporters (or donors) they can find boasting about how conservative they are, blowing the dog whistle every time they can, beating up on the poor and disenfranchised at every opportunity, creating a plethora of imaginary boogeymen that only they can defeat (so hurry and donate!), and vacuuming up every nickel they can get suckers to cough up on their behalf.

Some of them even believe part of the crap they're spewing; others are just in it for the money and attention. Some of them just want a Fox or RW radio gig, but all of them want to gather a great big email list to solicit money not just for their campaigns, but to sell later to an endless series of fearmongers or snake oil hucksters to mine for suckers.

They also have something else in common: very thin skins.

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Tue May 26, 2015 at 07:01 PM PDT

Top Comments: Recipe Sources Edition

by brillig

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"What's for dinner?" is a regular refrain around Casa Brillig. For the most part, my status as the at-home parent means I am the Dinner Decider. We've got a short set of meals I make often, for which no recipe is needed. Others did come from someone else's recipe, however, and there's always that moment when it's apparent we're in a dinner rut and need a new idea. For a look into where those ideas come from, follow me below the orange cavatappi after a word from our sponsor ...

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Mon May 25, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments - Investments in Self

by BeninSC

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While out driving, earlier, I saw a young woman running along the road, on the sidewalk. A little further along, it was an elderly gentleman, also running. From their ‘gear,’ it was clear that it wasn’t a one-time outing for them. It was a regular activity, fully intentional. A bit later I saw a young mom pushing a stroller. It was rigged to keep the sun off her infant, well-designed, well-planned. Her pace was brisk! She wasn’t doing it as obligation. She was GOING! Fresh air and exposure to fine activity for the little one, quality, focused exercise for the mom. Wonderful!

I see people doing these things all the time, and always they lift me a little bit. Always they inspire me.

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Sun May 24, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Role Model Edition

by brillig

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In the midst of 24/7 exposure on social media to the horrific mess that is admitted child molester Josh Duggar and his felony coverup parents, I read a variety of tweets under the hashtag #TeamDuggar. Much like reading conservative websites or just about any newspaper online comment section, I recommend not doing so. It was vile. One series from a highschool girl gushed on about how this dysfunctional family are her role models and how she desperately wishes she could be a "Duggar girl". The thought of anyone in that family being a role model sickens me, and after a discussion about it with K1, posted as such on social media. A friend commented "Who did you discuss as proper role models?". Good question! Follow me below the orange cloud of radical cult deprogramming after a word from our sponsor...

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A look at the big story coming out of the Emerald Isle ... and one not so well-known (yet still historic, as well), after the jump .....

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Um, so apparently no one was scheduled for tonight.  Consider this an open thread while your TC team throws the rest together.

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