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Oh, I thought they were referring to The Pepsi Syndrome:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/78/78ppepsi.phtml
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Shufflecat. All the rage. Looks like a fun game. Also polishes floors.

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Seems like a functioning democracy would include the ability to audit the votes. Beth Clarkson has extensively studied voting patterns in Kansas and noted several troubling statistical anomalies, ...
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Please Respect our Wildlife - Please Share Widely
I wasn’t going to say anything about what I witnessed a few days ago in Yellowstone, but after thinking about it, I thought it was something you should hear. I was driving along very early in the morning and saw a young grizzly walking in the grass along the side of the roadway. A few cars had pulled over to look at the bear and I was one of them. After watching her for a short time, the bear made her way into the trees and disappeared.
A little while later, I saw two people in a pullout, one of whom was crouching down photographing something. From the person’s posture, I thought they were photographing a weasel or other small animal, but then I realized within 15-20 feet from them was the same grizzly I had seen earlier. I immediately opened my car window and told them they were too close to the bear. The photographer ignored me, but his companion looked over and then looked away. The bear wasn’t paying much attention to either of them and continued foraging in the grass.
After a few moments, the bear moved on and walked along the edge of the pullout heading towards the road. I was thankful that the bear was finally leaving the area and figured that would be the end of it, but I was wrong. The two people then began following the bear down the roadway and continued photographing her. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point but was still in my car so I pulled into the road between the people and the bear. The bear was spooked by the sound of my car and ran across the road, into the thick trees. After the bear disappeared, I got quite an earful from the photographer who was following the bear, but that didn’t surprise me, especially after what I had just witnessed. I was so angry that any response I would have given would have made a bad situation worse, so I drove off, parked in another pullout and fumed.
All I can say about seeing something like that is that it upset me for the rest of the day. I don’t like to see people getting too close to wildlife to take photos, but that’s what many of us see day after day. And it’s not just bears; it’s bison, elk, moose and just about anything else out there. When I stop to think about it, I really don’t know why people are doing this. I don’t know if people don’t understand that these animals are wild; if they don’t care; if they like the adrenaline rush of being close to something "wild" or if they just want to post a cool photo on Instagram. The reason doesn’t really matter because these actions are stressing our wildlife.
When people get too close, it will always be the animal that pays the price. If that animal is a bear, he will be cracker-bombed or hazed or relocated from the area where he wants to be because people can’t control themselves. Bears frequent particular areas because they know that’s where they can find food, but if people disrupt that, the bear will miss out on a much needed food source when they need it most. I feel for the rangers in Yellowstone who have to manage bear/animal jams, but they don’t have the resources to be every place at once, so situations like this persist.
So next time you feel the need to approach a bear or any other animal in Yellowstone, ask yourself if the photo you’re about to take is worth disrupting the life of an animal who is trying his best to survive in a world that is so much tougher than we will ever know. Remember we are only visitors to their home, and we can make a choice to put the animal first because it's the right thing to do.

Thanks for listening,
Sandy

Please note: This photo was not taken during the bear incident I witnessed this week, but is just an example of how our actions can stress the wildlife in Yellowstone.
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The Mini Hugo Rocket is a half-scale, machined and polished aluminum version of the rocket from the Hugo trophy. This miniature version was commissioned by Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, to be taken into space and displayed as shown aboard the International Space Station. The astronaut who carried it into space and took these photos is Kjell Lindgren.
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Good title, everything else is in service to the 'can't we all just get along' argument. The puppies have been well & truly spanked by the Hugo voters after trying to game the awards. I'll say they got the answer they deserved, update my list of 'nope, not going to buy anything he writes, either', and get back to enjoying my fiction. Also, anyone who uses the terms 'SJW' or 'CHORF' as labels for humans in any seriousness whatsoever fails to have my regard (respect has nothing to do with it...that vanished when this whole sorry mess came to light).
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my utmost thanks to +Angie Person for plugging this gap in my education. (+Nikki C now I get what you were talking about on that angels post!)

and I know the title looks like clickbait but this really is seriously priceless.

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I’ve seen conversations about how the Hugos are “just a rocketship” and that people shouldn’t be so invested in getting an award. And while that might be true on an individual basis, the Hugo awards themselves are a reflection of our society. I’m not just…
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