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Pass common-sense phaser laws now

Senator,

Every day, 91 people are killed by rapid-fire assault phasers. Pass common-sense phaser laws now.

Worf, Son of Mogh
Security Chief, Starship Enterprise

When you’re somewhere, you ought to be there alvin July 7, 2016 - 9:07am

“If you have four more years or four more weeks, you’re here right now ... I think when you’re somewhere, you ought to be there, because it’s not about how long you stay in a place, it’s what you do while you’re there, and when you go, is that place any better for your having been there?”

Chris Stevens, KBHR radio, Northern Exposure

Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann, Bruce Springsteen

I have always known the song Blinded by the Light to be performed by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, but I learned last night that the song was originally written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. I had a hard time believing that Springsteen would write lyrics like this, but I looked it up, and it’s true.

Here’s the version I’ve always known:

Deeds, not words

“Deeds, not words.”

What you said, what they heard alvin July 5, 2016 - 10:05am

One day back back in December, 2015 — about ninety minutes before I went to the ER — I was eating lunch with some other people, and as I was trying to eat I suddenly realized that I was having a hard time swallowing. It was like someone shot my throat full of novocaine, and I couldn’t feel my neck/throat muscles to swallow, or they were otherwise paralyzed so I couldn’t swallow.

All adopted: Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Ellison

Fact of the day: Billionaires Larry Ellison of Oracle, Steve Jobs of Apple, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon were all adopted.

Jobs met his biological mother and sister in his thirties. He would later meet his biological father once in passing at a restaurant, and they even shook hands, but they didn’t know they were father and son.

Bezos grew up with his biological mother. He says he doesn’t remember his father, who he last saw when he was three years old.

Ellison would meet his biological mother at age 48. (That’s all I know about him.)