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Black Friday

28 Nov

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Black Friday represents so much of what is wrong with this country.  Nobody I know takes part in it.  It’s only existed for a dozen years.  I keep hoping it will die as a fad, but the media and the corporations won’t let it.  They wear maniacal grins while they rub their greedy palms together, leading consumers to think they’ll miss something important if they don’t go shopping.

(Click on photos for clearer versions.)

 

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Meanwhile, at least one company closed on Black Friday. R.E.I., which is a store that sells outdoor clothing and ski gear, encouraged people to get out into nature on Black Friday.  I was out in nature, but didn’t see anyone else.  But then most of R.E.I.’s customers are high end consumers who only want the appearance they’re into nature.

 

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It was a bright and sunny one degree Fahrenheit (-17 Celsius) day after a storm that had some freezing drizzle and ice fog.  I love these types of storms because of the interesting ice crystals that grow on the grass, twigs and branches.  In the above photo, contrary to what you might think, the crystals form on the side of the branch that faces into the wind.

 

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The silence was deafening.

 

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  1. Vince

    January 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve trying to comment on your iDessicate program you posted years ago, but it appears that comments are off or disabled for your older posts. When I click on your installation link, it just opens a new browser page full of what looks to be XML. How do I actually install this code? I’d love to strip out the PRIV tags from my Google MP3s, but have had no success even accessing them manually. Any help would be appreciated, and sorry for hijacking a new post. If I could find an email address or comment directly, I would.

    -Vince

     
 
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