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fantastic prescience of the 21st century in a ’50s men’s magazine?

SEARCHING FOR IMAGES ON THE INTERNET for one project often leads to some very un­ex­pected dis­cov­eries. In this case, I was looking for some sharp photos of a couple of rather rare Elvis Presley records from the ’50s when I came across True Strange mag­a­zine. There I saw what looked like a hint of prescience. [Continue reading]

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is google grooming me to love donald trump?

TOP-LEVEL FBI AGENT RESIGNS! The head­line in this morn­ing’s newsletter reads, “Top-level FBI agent under fire for his role in Hunter Biden in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­signs.” It should have added “em­bat­tled” as the ar­ticle ad­dresses the res­ig­na­tion of agent Tim­othy Thibault, who has been re­peat­edly ac­cused by Sen­ator Chuck Grassley of mis­han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Hunter Biden. [Continue reading]

important: do you receive email notifications from this blog?

IF YOU ARE A SUBSCRIBER TO THIS BLOG (Neal Umphred Dot Com) and you do not re­ceive up­dates and other no­ti­fi­ca­tions via email from this blog, listen up! It ap­pears that I ini­tially mis­un­der­stood quite a few things in set­ting this blog up, in­cluding the sub­scrip­tion process and how emails are sent to subscribers. [Continue reading]

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maybe we should call them the “thoughts and prayers squad”

YOU’RE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS is fairly common con­do­lence, al­though for many it sounds like a plat­i­tude. Merriam-Webster de­fines plat­i­tude as “a banal, trite, or stale re­mark” while Google de­fines it as “a re­mark or state­ment, es­pe­cially one with a moral con­tent, that has been used too often to be in­ter­esting or thoughtful.”

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the post’s experts never saw the hunter biden laptop let alone “analyzed” it

DOES THE “HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP” EVEN EXIST? On March 30, 2022, the once-hallowed Wash­ington Post news­paper ran an ar­ticle ti­tled “Here’s how The Post an­a­lyzed Hunter Biden’s laptop.” The ar­ticle car­ries a rather puzzling/troubling sub-title: “Two ex­perts con­firm the ve­racity of thou­sands of emails, but say a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion was stymied by missing data.” [Continue reading]

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commenting on a comment on my other blog

MOST OF THE COMMENTS that I re­ceive on my blogs are com­pli­ments of or ques­tions re­lated to the ar­ticle to which the com­ment was made. Yes, I get the oc­ca­sional less-than-positive bit of feed­back but they are rare, in­deed. Even rarer are ones com­menting on truly per­sonal and in­ti­mate topics. [Continue reading]

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the stupidest way to price a record album I ever saw!

WHAT IS THE STUPIDEST WAY to put a price on a record album that I ever saw? It hap­pened forty years ago in a thrift shop in San Fran­cisco and I still shudder thinking about it. And it didn’t in­volve those impossible-to-remove-without-lighter-fluid stickers that record store owners who don’t trust their cus­tomers affix to the front covers of LPs!

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