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1 hour ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

I am sincerely sorry to hear this. Is there anything we can do for you?

Not really.

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On 3/31/2018 at 9:09 PM, mlooney said:

I was just notified that my father passed away on the 29th.  This has not been a good month for me.

I'm so sorry to hear.  I had something similar, with my mom calling me on Saturday morning and it turned out he'd been in the hospital since Thursday night.  She didn't want to interrupt my attending a conference and figured there was nothing I could do anyway, but it felt weird to know that this'd been going on and I'd had no idea.  Please do let us know if there is anything we can do, and if you just need to vent, we're a great audience for that, too.

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I have been a longtime fan of the comic Erfworld. I have followed it through many ups and downs. I have been a Patreon for it for a while and have always loved it.

Rob Balder, creator of Erfworld, just posted the news that his wife has been diagnosed with liver cancer. They are taking up the fight but it is not looking good. I know all too well how that is. One of my closest friends died from liver cancer less than two years ago. I still vividly remember his long hard struggle.

Erfworld is going to continue at a reduced level of activity but that is the least of things on my mind right now. I am not sure even what to think. This... hit me harder than I can offhand explain.

Damn it.

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There have been several stories about services and ceremonies held by Jewish congregations and organizations in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.  The reason this makes me sad is, while they repeatedly declare they will NEVER FORGET the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, and no one else should either, they seem quite happy to forget all about the other six million victims, the disabled, the homosexual, the Romani, and all the other minorities that the Nazis were equally diligent in trying to wipe out.  Not one mention of the fact that there were any other victims, that anyone else suffered and died.  You would think if they're so determined that everyone remember what they went through, that they'd be a bit less quick to forget others who went through the same thing and are doubtless just as unhappy to be forgotten.

It was especially blatant when reporters cited a recent study that said that something like 22% of Millennials thought only 2 million Jews were killed -- and not one reporter nor anyone they interviewed made any mention of whether they knew about any of the other victims, or pointed out the lack of their inclusion in the study if that was the problem.

If you wish not to be forgotten, the most important step to take is to remember others.  It holds true for individuals, but I believe it holds true for groups of individuals as well.

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9 minutes ago, CritterKeeper said:

There have been several stories about services and ceremonies held by Jewish congregations and organizations in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.  The reason this makes me sad is, while they repeatedly declare they will NEVER FORGET the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, and no one else should either, they seem quite happy to forget all about the other six million victims, the disabled, the homosexual, the Romani, and all the other minorities that the Nazis were equally diligent in trying to wipe out.  Not one mention of the fact that there were any other victims, that anyone else suffered and died.  You would think if they're so determined that everyone remember what they went through, that they'd be a bit less quick to forget others who went through the same thing and are doubtless just as unhappy to be forgotten.

It was especially blatant when reporters cited a recent study that said that something like 22% of Millennials thought only 2 million Jews were killed -- and not one reporter nor anyone they interviewed made any mention of whether they knew about any of the other victims, or pointed out the lack of their inclusion in the study if that was the problem.

If you wish not to be forgotten, the most important step to take is to remember others.  It holds true for individuals, but I believe it holds true for groups of individuals as well.

This is so important. Thank you for saying it. For example, the mass murder of the disabled is so often erased or glossed over. They, the Rom, and so many others deserve to be remembered.

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Our saltwater aquarium at work died.

Last summer, a former employee was moving with his family to Florida, and his brother who had said he'd take the tank backed out at the last minute, so my boss agreed to let him set it up in the lobby.  It had two clown fish, on royal gramma (bright yellow one end, bright purple the other), and a bunch of rocks with live soft corals on them.  It quickly started growing an icky red algae and had various other problems.  We have a place just down the street that specializes in salt water, corals especially, and we wound up paying them to come in and get everything in order.  (Apparently the former owner was doing almost everything wrong, which does not really surprise me....)

The fish were colorful, snails and crabs provided even more critter entertainment, and I was surprised how interesting the corals could be.  One, especially, which I'd saved from falling off its rock by putting its base into a little hole on another rock, had turned out to have at least half a dozen different shapes it could take on, and I could occasionally see a tendril/frond/whatever fold in around some tasty bit of debris, and I watched it grow and thrive.  We'd recently added two peppermint shrimp to get rid of some less desirable growths, and they'd just started coming out of hiding more and doing their job.  The tank was looking really good!

Well, this morning when I came in the lights were off, but once the lights came on in the tank, first time I walked towards it I could see all the soft corals were drooping down over their rocks instead if standing up, and when I looked closer, the fish were floating at the bottom, not moving.  Even the little peppermint shrimp were lying dead.  The water felt noticably too warm, and when I floated the thermometer it was almost 100°F.  Apparently, the heater malfunctioned, and stayed on instead of switching off when it got too warm.  Our poor little fish and shrimp and crabs and snails, and all those live corals, got cooked and died in one night.

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