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Hello. I am a single, middle aged man from midwestern United States. Pic is not me.

Microplastics found in every human semen sample tested in study (

Microplastic pollution has been found in all human semen samples tested in a study, and researchers say further research on the potential harm to reproduction is “imperative”. Sperm counts in men have been falling for decades and 40% of low counts remain unexplained, although chemical pollution has been implicated by many...

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Microplastic news keeps getting worse and worse. Astounding that it appears we're literally killing the human race with our plastic and there's a LOT of complacency about it.

If you haven't read it, you should:

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I own a couple actual vintage arcade machines and paid less for them than this. If you shop around you can find deals.

I also have one of these 1up cabs and it is definitely not like vintage. Software may be the same but it is using a modern monitor not a CRT. I think I paid around 300 for it several years ago. Not full size.

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Miss me with this pussy shit, bitches!

You need to punch up your comeback game? I gotchu!

Someone called you a motherfucker? "I found out yo momma so UGLEE her blowjobs count as anal. And she LOOOVES giving me "anal"."

Someone called you a rebel without a cause? "At least I'm not a faggot without a dick."

Some comebacks that work for almost anything:

Did you think of that YOURSELF, Einstein?
You're dumber than you look.
You're not the brightest bulb in the pack, are you?
You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you?
Did your mommy tell you to say that?
Are you always an asshole or only on Fridays?
Are you sure you know what all those words mean?
I’ve been called worse by better.
You go out in public with that face?
Your village called – they want their idiot back.
You’ll never be the man your mom is.
Which circus did you escape from?
Which zoo did you escape from?
Which ape cage did you escape from?
Your ass must be pretty jealous of all the shit that comes out of your mouth.
Grab a straw, because you suck.
I don’t have the time or the crayons to explain.
If you were a spice, you’d be flour.
It’d be awesome if you used glue instead of Chapstick.

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What age do you have to be to get this joke?

Kids probably think its a sexual reference.

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Next we should cut off thieves' hands. Then harvest organs randomly from prisoners.

They're criminals. They should not have any rights. Fuck em, right?


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Wealthy white men from rural areas


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I am sure some farmers are rich.

I am also sure that farmers, like almost any other large group, have a wide range of incomes.

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Maple syrup is awesome. Peanut butter and maple syrup is better. Peanut butter, maple syrup, and mixed nuts is best.

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Stirlon? Is that stirlon silver?

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Some of the best steak I've ever had is ribeye fried then baked.

Skillet to oven

Skillet to oven cooking chart

Above instructions (and site) CANNOT be beat. Buy prime ribeye if you can.

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I would finally build the dome home I dreamed of in college. Myself, no contractors.

Planning might push this in other directions like an earth berm home or similar. I might also consider some hybrid designs. Alternative housing is really interesting and uncommon.

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Very interesting idea. If I could afford it, I'd buy one!

Would you consider a hybrid design too?

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I appreciate local bookstores and brick and mortar B&N...BUT prices.

Unfortunately online is much cheaper than in store.

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Do you want free? Ask in the piracy mag.

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If the difference were only a nominal % I might agree with you.

When I bought the Complete Calvin and Hobbes the price at the local bookstore was about twice the online prices.

Best Buy Membership "discount" (

So I was shopping with my wife today and I said “oh let’s see if my membership helps out.” So we went and added the same item to each of our carts, and to our surprise, the total was the same! So what is it exactly that I’m paying for in this membership if the items “original price” is higher for me than it is for...

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They're actually earning the nickname Worst Buy.

[US] I'm hesitating launching my own business because I'd lose health insurance for my family. What are my options?

I have everything pretty much ready to launch full time. Time, skills, customers, support from family. But I’d leave my current job behind and with it my family’s health insurance for the foreseeable future. I can’t afford any of the options I’ve seen. It’s the one thing holding me back. Any ideas for affordable health...

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I'm not exactly an expert so please research all of this further, but my understanding is that you have a few options. In no particular order:

  1. COBRA. I know it's expensive ($800 / mo or more) but you're still getting the "group" discount your employer gets. Cheaper than buying insurance on the "open market" without getting your employer's group discount.
  2. Major medical. This is health insurance but only covers major incidents. No preventative care. Shitty but better than worst case medical problems bankrupting you.
  3. Open market insurance. Just buying straight from a health insurance company. Very expensive. Try Obamacare first.
  4. Obamacare. This has different names in different states. Tiered costs based on income. You'll want to research how it looks at income because this might inform the timing of leaving your job/current health insurance.
  5. No insurance. Terrible option, but you can go to the emergency room and they have to treat you.
  6. Other insurance. I believe some places like Costco (Sam's club?) offer health insurance for businesses.
    The whole thing is a confusing mess and no options are perfect.

Have you talked with other small business owners? Do you have connections to the business community that could explain what they do? If you don't have anyone to network with about this, FIND some people. Even just by walking into their business and telling your story. Many communities have business incubators or other networking for startups. At least one mentor could make a HUGE difference for you.

Is starting the business and ramping it up for some time THEN quitting possible? This could make sense for a lot of reasons, not just health insurance.

If nothing else, you could work long enough to save up 6 months or a year of COBRA and then quit to do your business full time.

Best wishes!

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I know some shit is unavoidable. But I really do think about clicking on links that seem questionable to me. I try to prevent but also know this is an imperfect strategy.

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