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12:27 AM
@Mitch It's open.
 
 
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1:54 AM
@Robusto Excellent.. thanks. My crusade for exposing barely noticeable nuance that nobody cares about carries forward.
 
 
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4:57 AM
> Down there where coal is dug is a sort of world apart which one can quite easily go through life without ever hearing about. Probably majority of people would even prefer not to hear about it.
Why is there no article before "majority of people"?
 
It's sorta weird, but I think I can't judge it.
I'm much more comfortable with the versions with an article
 
5:12 AM
I recorded Umka yesterday on my ancient iPhone
There were not a lot of people in the bar, for fear of Omicron and monday.
 
5:53 AM
This is a song translated from poems by Gintaras Patackas
Gintaras Patackas (g. 1951 m. liepos 18 d. Kaune) – Lietuvos poetas, vertėjas, prozininkas, dramaturgas. == Biografija == 1968 m. baigė Kauno 14-tą vidurinę mokyklą, 1973 m. Kauno politechnikos instituto Statybos fakultetą. 1973–1977 m. dirbo Žemės ūkio statybos projektavimo institute inžinieriumi, buvo korespondentas, žurnalo „Keturi vėjai“ ir „LitPoliinter“ redaktorius. Nuo 1987 m. Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos narys. Tarptautinio P.E.N. centro Lietuvoje narys. Eilėraščius pradėjo skelbti 1972 m., pirmasis rinkinys „Atleisk už audrą“ pasirodė 1975 metais. Ankstyvieji G. Patacko eilėraščių rinkiniai...
Titled "The Death of the Liquor Bar"
The narrator in the song recalls his constant drinking in the bar, and how he drunk himself to delirium.
When he heard the voice of his mother calling from above, telling him to go home.
And in the refrain he asks mom to switch off the Prodigal Son software in his brain.
And mom turns off the Prodigal Son software in his brain.
And voila, the Liquor Bar breaks up into a heap of bricks, and he is free and sober.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (also known as the parable of the Two Brothers, Lost Son, Loving Father, or of the Forgiving Father) is one of the parables of Jesus in the Bible, appearing in Luke 15:11–32. Jesus shares the parable with his disciples, the Pharisees and others. In the story, a father has two sons. The younger son asks for his portion of inheritance from his father, who grants his son's request. This son, however, is prodigal (i.e., wasteful and extravagant), thus squandering his fortune and eventually becoming destitute. As consequence, he now must return home empty-handed and intend...
 
6:14 AM
*Then, not *When
 
 
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9:41 AM
So warm. Minus 5°C
 
 
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12:39 PM
@CowperKettle you're right,it should be "a majority". Without sounds really wrong to me.
 
 
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2:18 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword in link text in answer, link at beginning of answer, pattern-matching website in answer, potentially bad asn for hostname in answer, potentially bad ns for domain in answer, +1 more (261): She came in in a wheelchair‭ by Medimove India‭ on english.SE
 
3:00 PM
> He who is a "son" of a heretic is not a friend of Chist!
Hard to grasp.
Stencilled on the defensive wall encircling the 18th century monastery near my home.
The Novo-Tikhvinsky Monastery
It's a women monastery. Officially established in 1809, but in 1799 there were 15 female monks already
I mean nuns
Nuns from this monastery prepared food for Nicholas II and his family and servants, and carried it 4 km to the place where the retinue was imprisoned.
Four nuns were shot by the Soviets, and three later died in the GULAG camps
The monastery was reestablished in 1994
They operate a soup kitchen there.
I should start a page in the English Wikipedia about the monastery.
And upload some pics.
After all, I've run literally thousands of kilometers on the Monastery's cemetery, demolished by the Soviets.
They did not care to remove the bodies, and people now and then come across a bone or a skull right in the park.
 
 
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4:56 PM
> Hence, the prerequisite for those who oppose him, or who need to counter his aims, is to show complete resolve and no weakness through forms of recognition or appeasement.
 
5:18 PM
 
5:51 PM
> Tip: To properly troubleshoot, be sure to restart your PC rather than shutting it down and turning it back on. When you just shut down a PC running a modern version of Windows, “Fast Startup” mode puts the Windows kernel into hibernation so it can boot faster. Restarting a PC bypasses Fast Startup, forcing it to reinitialize the kernel. This can fix problems where the Windows kernel or hardware drivers are stuck in a bad state.
This is exactly the opposite of what I have come to expect from a computer over the past 40 years. Why, Microsoft?
 
6:36 PM
Perhaps because the fast startup is most useful in a situation which comes up often?
Shutting down then starting up is something most people do often, whereas restarting few people do often.
 
7:06 PM
@Cerberus Restarting sounds like it should be 'shut down then startup, without having to wait around to press a button'
 
7:21 PM
Cripes I didn't come here to comment on the almost inerrant pattern of Windows, whenever there is a design choice to be made, choosing the one that is the most annoying.
But I did come here to be annoying with off-topically on-topic content!
(it's sorta of already in a wikipedia page or two, but yay OED!)
This chart shows the most common applications of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to represent English language pronunciations. See Pronunciation respelling for English for phonetic transcriptions used in different dictionaries. AmE, American English AuE, Australian English BahE, Bahamian English BarE, Barbadian English CaE, Canadian English CIE, Channel Island English EnE, English English FiE, Fiji English InE, Indian English IrE, Irish English NZE, New Zealand English PaE, Palauan English ScE, Scottish English SIE, Solomon Islands English SAE, South African English SSE, Standard Singapore...
 
@Mitch Yes, it is weird that there should be any difference at all.
But I think what I mentioned above might be Microsoft's reason.
 
@Cerberus A not unreasonable inference.
But I would think that...
well
really I have no thoughts at all.
my mind is a blank
or rather full of inconsequential thoughts
like
mmm...oreos
I read a book by...
stop me if I've told this already...
 
7:38 PM
Do you like Oreos?
 
by someone who had had a stroke...
and
@Cerberus Yeah
and
well the book was written a year or two afterwards, so lots of time to recuperate
the person was in their 30's so the stroke was unexpected (not like it ever really is)
and of the great description of their experience of going through the process...
they recounted how at one point they noticed that they had no thoughts at all, that their inner monolog was completely silent.
How, you might reasonably ask, were they able to remember such feelings given that they had destruction of brain tissue that presumably would have stored such a memory?
I think liberties were taken in recreating the experience.
Not fabrication, not exaggeration, just liberties, maybe a little interpolation, what must have been.
 
@Mitch Why?
 
Interestingly enough the author was a lead neurologist at a research institute that collected brains for study. So the occurrence was a self-fulfilling accident?
 
@Mitch Or how was she able to think that she had no thoughts?
@Mitch I think I have heard about this book.
 
@Cerberus Why do people like sunsets? Why do dogs like rolling down hills? Who's to say one's right or wrong? Leaving home we're living there still.
sends off to lyrics writers with attached royalty contract
 
7:46 PM
@Mitch It is basically made with the very cheapest ingredients possible.
Loads of sugar.
A bit of vanilla.
 
@Cerberus Because it tastes good?
 
And burned cocoa powder.
@Mitch I think you are in error!
 
@Cerberus OMG that's it! packaged sugar! They should just sell that.
@Cerberus mmmm
roasted you mean.
@Cerberus I'm beginning to doubt your connection to reality and am considering notifying the authorities for an 'intervention'.
 
Same thing, it just tastes like a cookie that failed because you forgot to take it out of the oven.
And you used the cheapest, most flavourless ingredients possible otherwise.
@Mitch I'd love to be intervened.
 
When I am king, saying no to oreos will be considered bad taste and you will be condemned to...
to... well... condemned to having the choice of not eating them.
If you don't eat yours, soneone else will get the chance.
I'm sorry but that's the way it'll have to be
draconian I know
Also you'll be in a labor camp.
@Cerberus exactly. that whole book must be made up out of whole cloth... or paper... or paper with a high cotton content so it is smooth and durable like cloth.
but a lot made up.
a neurologist friend said that
but it also depends on the kind of stroke, severity and location.
you can have situational memories that are distinct from linguistic memories
and if you had a language stroke that you build back up you might be able to report on the situational memory still
@Cerberus So what kind of cookie do you prefer to oreos then
 
7:53 PM
Boris Johnson pleads ignorance: “I’m absolutely categorical, nobody said to me, ‘This is an event that is against the rules,’” Johnson said Tuesday.
 
@Robusto Oblivious
 
Nobody said it was wrong to shit in the punchbowl, either. Somehow everybody just knew that.
 
@Mitch Haha I liked the first part better.
@Mitch Basically anything that has flavourful dough and no burned flour or cocoa powder to fake flavour?
And no stupid filling like vanilla palm oil.
@Robusto Hilarious.
It has been known for many decades that this man has neither scruples nor ethics.
@Robusto I don't see why anyone should be fired for having sex with a fellow employee.
 
8:09 PM
@Cerberus And to stand out in politics, a career noted for its profound lack of those character traits, is somewhat breathtaking.
 
As long as it doesn't really affect work.
@Robusto Quite.
 
@Cerberus In the office?
 
@Robusto As long as there is no damage, and they don't spend too much time doing it during work hours, who cares?
Should be for for team spirit.
 
Heh. The humor is predicated on a point of view that is less liberal than yours.
 
I really don't think you could get fired for that here!
Perhaps if she were your boss, she could be fired.
Or vice versa.
 
8:12 PM
There's an American saying, "Don't shit where you eat."
 
I didn't know you believed in coprophilia.
 
I never gave any evidence or indication that I do.
And if you think that's what the saying is about, then you misunderstand it.
 
Aequating sex and faeces?
 
It's more metaphorical than an equation.
 
@Robusto Or is it possible that I made a follow-up joke?
Consider that!
 
8:14 PM
It's possible. I will grant that.
But your joke grossed me out completely.
 
Oh, the mysteries of human behaviour, eh?
So did your metaphor.
 
Nov 24 '21 at 2:42, by Robusto
Human beings are the worst.
 
Worst, best, who will be the judge?
 
Whatever replaces us on the evolutionary ladder.
 
Aww do you really have to be replaced?
No fun symbiosis?
 
8:18 PM
I dunno. That's above my pay grade.
@Cerberus I think homo sapiens will give way to whatever the Latin would be for "deliberately stupid man."
Homo stultus, perhaps?
 
Is that better or worse than AI?
@Robusto That would be appropriate.
 
I dunno. The jury's still out.
 
8:33 PM
hello
 
Hi.
 
9:31 PM
@Cerberus Think of it this way. You'll be getting good exercise, working with nature.
Unfortunately, it may be in a coal mine, which, while still nature, is not extra out in the fresh air.
 
@Mitch But I am a city dog!
@Mitch I don't care about fresh air so much, so that's OK.
 
@Cerberus Hm.. I've never heard of an urban labor camp, they always seem to be way out in the countryside.
OK I'll consider it.
 
All those you visited?
 
Proximity to Starbuck's
and other conveniences
ease of commute
 
I don't need to stinking low-quality multinational chains!
 
9:33 PM
but consider the pollution
Reasons for incarceration:
1) dislikes oreos
2) dislikes fresh air
3) hates happiness in others.
@Cerberus so you're kinda saying all cookies -except- oreos
 
@Mitch Who says I hate happiness in others!
As long as they suffer, it's all the same to me.
 
@Cerberus It can upset others... like if one of the people having sex is using it to get promoted above other more qualified candidates.
 
@Mitch Hardly!
Many supermarket cookies are meh.
 
name one.
by name
not commercial name but recipe name
 
@Mitch Yes, absolutely: when it somehow disrupts work relations, then it becomes a problem.
Then you can e.g. move someone to a different position.
But that was not the case here.
@Mitch It was he and the cleaner.
@Mitch One what?
 
9:39 PM
@Cerberus and also there is hidden coercion. prevent the sex and that might prevent coercion.
 
@Mitch That is why you shouldn't have sex with anyone you have any power over, such as your student or your underling when you're his boss.
 
if it's not those terrible situations, like employees at the same level of authority then yeah it seems like what is everybody's problem let them do what they want if they're not bothering anybody.
 
But office clerk and cleaner, or two colleagues on the same level, that may cause issues, but it is not forbidden in any way.
@Mitch Exactly.
 
@Cerberus That seems like a very large power imbalance, potential for abuse.
 
@Mitch An office clerk should have no power over a cleaner, who is hired by the boss.
 
9:41 PM
@Cerberus It worked out OK for Dostoyevsky
well his second wife
but frankly I don't know what she would have said
long Russian sigh "But at least I got paid"
@Cerberus But maybe all the other clerks are jealous, they want the same perks of the job.
 
@Mitch Hmm I don't remember, what happened?
 
@Cerberus name a type of cookie you like
 
@Mitch Minor issues always surface in offices. That is not reason to fire someone preventatively.
 
@Cerberus I think he married his note taker.
 
@Mitch Florentines?
I like so many cookies.
Of many I wouldn't know the English names, if they even have them.
@Mitch Hmm, well, such things happen.
A relative of my friend's married his housekeeper.
They had a happy marriage.
 
9:46 PM
@Cerberus I've never been in an office where I was aware anything was going on so I don't even have second hand experience, but I suspect that if some preventative measures aren't taken, things get... messy.
and affects business
 
And their son became what's probably the only constructor with an upper-class accent in the region.
 
@Cerberus oh those are good.
maybe too good
 
@Mitch Things are always going on.
And minor issues always arise.
Luckily, those things usually don't really affect work, so we don't care or don't know about them.
 
@Cerberus but break ups occur and then, to mix multiple metaphors, the fur may fly
 
@Mitch True.
Then again, serious social problems may also arise in the office for other reasons.
That's no reason to fire someone preventatively.
Here, I do not think any judge would allow that.
 
9:48 PM
and that affects work which affects profits which tells the owner to tell the VP to tell the manager you gotta fire them now before the shareholders scream.
@Cerberus also, it's pretty hard these days to meet someone in person -and- get to know them entirely outside of work.
 
@Mitch Yes, especially in places with a, shall we say, strong work ethic?
 
@Cerberus It doesn't make sense to me either but it seems to be a big deal here.
> As a California employee, you cannot be fired solely because you are dating a co-worker. While employers are permitted to implement anti-fraternization policies in the workplace, your employer's control over your off-the-clock life should be limited.
separately:
> Employers are allowed to fire you for interfering with work, for supervisors dating subordinates, and for making your romance a distraction in the workplace.
'distraction' is broad
But this is all progress from 50 years ago where if you hinted that you might get pregnant, you could be fired.
@Cerberus or 9-5 office work
 
@Mitch Hmm on the one hand, it's easy to fire someone in America, isn't it?
 
maybe going to church often purely for 'mingling' opportunities is an advantage
 
On the other, perhaps it is some vestige of American puritanism?
@Mitch Yes, this makes perfect sense, except that I feel the 'distraction' ought to be be quite serious, as you say.
 
9:56 PM
@Cerberus what is it called 'at-will work' both sides can terminate pretty abruptly with little notice and no reason
(but that's actually more power in the hands of the employer usually)
 
@Mitch Here, you'd often be fired upon marriage, I think even in the sixties.
Only if you were female, of course...
Romantics and pessimists should never forget the tremendous progress that we have made even in a couple of decades.
@Mitch That is probably the case in most states?
 
@Cerberus I think American Puritanism (and American Colonialism, if you'll allow me the strained comparison), are huge stretches of those terms.
 
How about the one in which this series supposedly took place?
 
So sure the very first colonists, the pilgrims, were very uptight, and the Puritans were also more in power in some parts of the northeast (maybe just Boston), but the rest weren't.
@Cerberus a break up can be -very- distracting. Not just cause for gossip but more for disruption of working together, getting work done.
 
@Mitch America is still quite a Puritan society compared with other European countries/colonies!
 
10:02 PM
as usual I'm just guessing, all I know about office scandal I get from commercials for Shonda Rhimes series
haha she actually has a series titled 'Scandal'
 
@Mitch Yes, but so can e.g. a fight between Platonic colleagues.
 
@Cerberus "I read that as you'd often be fired upon"
 
Or a loud eater.
@Mitch Heh.
Probably not, but who knows?
 
@Cerberus compare it to the rest of the world.
 
@Mitch No!
I'll compare it with whatever I like.
 
10:04 PM
@Cerberus I mean on the 'uptightness' scale
which you can define however you want
 
Sure, it is less uptight than perhaps most non-European countries.
 
so it seems I'm giving you a lot of leeway in your argument setup
Does Puritan = uptight?
 
But this is not some odd theory: it is a well known fact.
 
is that our definition at the moment?
 
It means reacting with shock to anything remotely sexual, or not even sexual but about (semi-)nakedness.
 
10:07 PM
@Cerberus I totally discredit that theory.
 
Facebook deleting pictures of naked breasts.
Or even drawings.
Etc. etc.
@Mitch It is no theory, so that's fine.
 
@Cerberus That's a pretty narrow definition. Facebook is not the US...
um...
arguably not the US
 
Look, read basically anything about the subject.
I'm not going to defend the fact that the world is round.
 
I think 'American Puritanism' is an exaggerated meme that has only gained force not in reality but by repetition.
@Cerberus I don't have all day here (it's not by the way, it's an irregular oblate spheroid)
@Cerberus any recommendations?
which I will immediately and easily be able to tear down because of lack of reality
 
I'm sorry, but if you don't think that, let's say, some Americans have an exaggerated reaction to nudity and sexuality, it is like saying the world isn't round.
It's super obvious and well documented.
 
10:15 PM
That's somewhat taken out of context; it's talking about religious puritanism, not this vague pearl-clutching about nudity kind of Puritanism
 
I have given a few examples.
 
Facebook is one... others?
and there needs to be a lot of other things in addition to just nudity to convince me.
 
All other American websites and media?
No boobs, no swearing.
 
Sure American's have on the whole a large percentage of reported religiosity and likewise anathema to stated atheism than Europeans as a whole.
@Cerberus uh...there's lots of swearing and boobs in movies, also lots of porn production.
 
@Mitch But not on national television or on anything that is accessible to anyone, like Facebook or newspaper sites, right?
Gewoon Bloot is a television programme in which ordinary, fully naked adults take place on a stage, and children are the audience. They ask questions about people's bodies and stuff.
Do you think this would be possible on national television in America? The penes and vaginae are not covered.
Or do you think the adults would perhaps be prosecuted?
 
10:27 PM
The whole 'American Puritanism' myth was started by de Tocqueville who has an inebriated libertine fabricator, widely know for his outlandish whole-cloth-created poor-man's sociology.
 
@Cerberus Certainly not.
 
When children send naked pictures of themselves to others in America, let's say someone of a somewhat similar age, they or the recipients could be prosecuted, couldn't they?
@Robusto Right.
 
@Cerberus No because the Dutch are a bunch of weirdos
 
@Cerberus Sadly, yes, in some states.
 
Do some women uncover their breasts on regular beaches in America? Just curious.
 
10:29 PM
@Cerberus They're covered in that picture.
 
@Mitch See, you think it's weird. That's exactly the cultural thing I meant.
 
@Cerberus Only on designated "nudist" beaches.
 
@Mitch Yes, because it is meant to survive American censorship online, or the programme couldn't advertise.
 
Sometimes a nursing mother will be given shit about "indecent exposure" ...
 
@Robusto Here, I think men are only naked on nude beaches, but some women uncover their breasts on regular beaches.
 
10:30 PM
If there is anything more natural and wholesome than a mother nursing her infant, I can't think of it.
 
@Robusto Heh, poor women, poor child.
 
@Robusto Oreos
 
That attitude is changing somewhat, perhaps?
 
@Cerberus somewhat
 
@Mitch Are children under, say, 10, normally allowed to play at the beach naked?
 
10:31 PM
@Mitch I think you should be double stuffed.
 
@Cerberus They used to, but people are becoming more uptight about it.
 
Do team mates generally shower naked together?
 
@Robusto Sassy!
 
And people in gyms?
Here, many do.
I have to admit I'm a bit of a prude myself...
So I don't.
@Mitch Huh, more than in the past?
Odd.
 
@Cerberus They used to (at least when I was a kid). But I have no idea if it has changed
 
10:33 PM
OK.
Do parents walk around the house naked in front of their children?
 
but sure, nudity in public is much rarer in the US than in Europe.
 
Right.
And sex is also more taboo, isn't it?
 
Yes. People have less sex in the US, sure.
 
Sex before marriage, homosexuality, abortion, contraceptives: I think those are more of an issue there than here, aren't they?
@Mitch Now that I do not believe!
 
We all look longingly across the Atlantic wondering what we're all missing.
 
10:35 PM
Again, I am rather a prude myself, so I can sympathise, to a degree...
I'll look longingly back, then.
 
@Cerberus We're just talking, but if you specify 'Puritanism' down to anything that can be measured (as opposed to saying there are not enough boobs ir swearing in American movies) you'd find that the US is nowhere near as extreme in many of the measures as the rest of the world. and higher than some Euro countries, even the most liberal of West European ones.
@Cerberus Just look out the window, I'm sure there are boobs all over there.
 
@Mitch What do you mean by higher?
 
@Cerberus It's talked about quite a lot. Wait... sex before marriage hasn't been an issue since the 70's
 
Of course America is a Western country, or, rather, one in the European cultural sphere (so as not to exclude Latin American), so it is less prudish than most poorer countries.
@Mitch In sex shops, yes.
 
homosexuality... we're on par with (western) Europe with legalization and antidiscrimination laws
 
10:40 PM
Would sex shops be allowed to display materials with naked people in their windows?
 
yes there's problems with abortion laws right now
 
I believe prostitution isn't allowed at all in America, let alone in public?
 
@Cerberus more liberal
 
@Mitch Yes, but only recently.
Twenty years after Holland?
 
(if that is what you want use to define Puritanism
 
10:42 PM
@Mitch Can you think of anything related to sex or nudity in which America is more liberal than Western Europe?
Maybe there are some things.
But the overall pictures is clear enough, isn't it?
 
@Cerberus Well, don't forget there are different laws in different states. New York City, for example, hasn't had an issue with gays since the Stonewall riots in 1969.
The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising, Stonewall rebellion, or simply Stonewall) were a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, New York, United States of America. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered a watershed event that transformed the gay liberation movement and the...
 
@Cerberus Times Square in the 70's was all sex shops. But the Puritanical overlords replaced them with Starbuck's and Hard Rock Cafe's
 
@Robusto Yes, indeed, the differences are great.
@Mitch Can sex shops display pictures of naked women in their windows?
 
@Cerberus probably not. prostitution isn't entirely an accepted thing in Europe either though
 
But much more so on average than in America, isn't it?
 
10:46 PM
@Cerberus you can compare individually (also the Netherlands is a well-known outlier in liberality in (socially) liberal Europe) and you can find how the US will be more Puritanical than -some- other European country.
So why don't you call all poor countries 'Puritanical'?
 
@Cerberus Porn?
Maybe Germany or Czechia out do us?
@Cerberus Can you do that all over Europe?
@Cerberus Yes, I'd grant you that.
I'd grant you that yes, by whatever measure Puritanical, US is towards the more puritanical than most European countries.
 
@Mitch Than the large majority of Western European countries.
But, yes, per subject there is also variant in Europe, of course.
It's just that, on average, on most subjects, nudity and sex are more taboo.
 
@Cerberus The red color is for sunburn.
get it
 
@Mitch Porn? That is legal in most Western countries?
@Mitch I don't know.
 
10:52 PM
see it's a health measure to prevent sunburn is sensitive places
 
@Mitch Phew!
 
the sensitive place being
 
@Mitch Ah, OK.
 
Russia and China
 
@Mitch Yeah I hate sunbathing.
It's carcinogenic for real.
 
10:54 PM
@Cerberus I have a hard time reconciling that being out in the sun is 'healthy' and the science that UV-B is ionizing radiation and any amount of sun is supposedly bad for you.
Maybe that's a white person thing?
 
tanning beds are basically like smoking but for your skin
 
@Mitch Yeah, they cannot be reconciled.
Except that some exposure is good for producing enough vitamin D.
I think, the darker your skin, the more exposure you need for vitamin D!
 

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