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By Emerald63 on Apr 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Forgot to mention that PBS is commercial free! There are brief messages about big sponsors, but only in between shows. They also have ads about other upcoming shows, but that's not really a commercial if you ask me. :D

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By Emerald63 on Apr 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Iz still Sundog Day here, late affernoonz. What am I doing? Well.... I'm on ICHC... DUH! LOLOL!! I love a good documentary, too, especially about history, archeology, and mystery events, like the Tunguska blast in Siberia in 1908. In the States we have the Public Broadcasting System, PBS. It's a partially funded government TV network. There also have to be tons of sponsors, as the conservatives here become less and less inclined to fund anything publicly, even enriching, entertaining, and educational TV. Anyway, sponsors are on occasion corporations, but are just as or more often charitable foundations, as well as millions of average people who donate anywhere from $20 to several hundred dollars a year. The docs aren't totally independent, but they're as close as you'll find here and most do a decent job of covering various sides of a debate. There are shows on nature, politics, science, medicine, human relations, foreign cultures, history, you name it, as well as fine arts shows, like symphonies, operas, plays, and dramatic shows like the series "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch (that one's either BBC or co-produced with them). They also show reruns of popular British shows, often sit-coms. And before the BBC reboot of Doctor Who, PBS was the only venue here to see the old shows. I remember watching a fantastic 13 episode series of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy back in the '80s. It put the crappy 2005 movie to shame. What's really sad? I saw that movie in the theater on my 42 birthday! Double disappointment. Anyway, a lot of the PBS docs are available on DVD, though I don't know if you can get them for whatever "code area" NZ is in. (Not all DVDs will play in all players.) The website is PBS.org. There's still an occasional good doc on some of our cable channels (that one must pay for), though there doesn't seem to be even one go-to channel for that anymore. They're all to addicted to reality shows. I ask you, how do Ax Men or Swamp People merit being History Channel shows??? Yeah... shoulda stuck with the PBS discussion, 'cause now I'm feeling grumpy, too. Kinda-sorta lol. Oh, and who knows if there even is a right way to spell Aljazeerah in English? It originated in the Arabic script and those words often have half a dozen or more different approximations in English! Hope the week ahead is a good one for you!

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By Emerald63 on Apr 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

That should have read "but even those that aren't religiously based are run by militaries."

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By Emerald63 on Apr 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I see your point. Yes, "The sky is falling" very well describes some of the Fox News stories. That's weird about you not being able to find free news sources. I know there are more pay ones online now (e.g., The New York Times has some free articles but the bulk of their stuff requires a subscription.) Do you not have daily national news programs? Or are you looking for something more in depth? Ours are only 30 minutes *with* commercials. (O_o) I've watched/read CNN for many years, but in the last couple it has started to turn to documentary programs and concentrating on just a few extremely high profile stories. They have so concentrated on the missing Malaysian airline story (all Plane Crash "news" all the time, even when there isn't any) that I have to think the level of sympathy from viewers has dried up. Meanwhile, Putin is doing Gods only know what just outside Ukraine and it's barely touched on. Sure, there are other news sources, ones lots more reliable and thought provoking, but it's finding them that is a pain. I'd heard good things about Aljazeerah, which seems strange, given the sort of governments many predominantly Islamic countries have. That's not to say it's Islam that's the problem - it's the govts. Only some of them are religiously based, but even those that aren't run by militaries. Do you suppose prejudice has anything to do with it jumping around? You know, you might do a search for news available online. I know BBC has a site and probably has some videos there, too. You can find so many entire TV shows online now that I bet there are complete newscasts available, too. A lot of shows are available free of charge, too! How I miss Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow. They provided facts, not supposition, and when they did commentary they told you upfront it was commentary, not hard news. Yeah... chokkolate... wer wud w beez wifowt chokkolate... :O

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By echeg5 on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Thanks for the congrats! I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. The cookies were wonderful! Where did you get them? I want the recipe!

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By Emerald63 on Apr 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Hiya SovaPlum. I noticed your comment on one of my LOLs - http://cheezburger.com/8135480832. I've posted a reply you might want to check out.

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By fareon on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:59 AM

What disability? Spacelexia! I just told you, and it's not like I just made it up to score some free sympathy. That's pretty cold of you being suspicious like that after everything I've done for you Captain... Is the bodygel non-poisonous vanilla flavoured fun gel? Because if not I'm not interested... *looks around for witnesses*... fine give me the gel, I'm going to Disney world to harrass som princesses, Mickey will be soooo mad :P

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By mamawalker on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Ohai, sweetie!! Fankee fur dem gratzez and that luscious caek!! I had to hide in the closet to eat it cuz my kittehs lubz brandy!! Mmmmmmmmmm!!!

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By 1TeamKSO on Apr 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

From Sylviag. Thanks! Alonso deserve a part just because of his name - so stagy :)

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By allcatsloved on Apr 7, 2014 at 7:46 AM

TANKS sweeties! Well....hmm....DATS wat doze crumbies wer! Kitties got to transporter befor me as usual. Dey in BEEG trubbol nao! xox

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By Sylviag on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Hello, mai name is Sylviag and ai has a tabbie habit LOL Ai seem tu hab tree ob dem der tabbies. Ai doant know how it happened, wun just led to anudder an before ai knowed it, ai was addickshunned. Teh kits lukking very comfy and happies! Ach, sad about TB. Maybe dey can aks sum rescue shelters tu halp find him a homes. Oh u haz a wundermous boss womanz! U need tu make kake for her :) ai only allowed tu uze pruners - hubs woant let me neer any power toolz. Gud fing u saw the water puddel befor gotz muh worse. Wot is a "council"? We gonna hab warm and sunnies dis week up to 70F (21C)! Fnaks for the summer doodadz and ai hang dem on teh ront porch. Sending band aid wid pikshur ob liddul tunas on for Tabini's ear.

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By plaidcats on Apr 7, 2014 at 2:18 AM

O nom! I am digging right in! PhenkaU I,chowph, lurvs chawkphit too! Er. Scuze me. It's good! Thank you m friend. Pc:)

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By cataff on Apr 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Ohai, Fanta. I'm glad u and the other kittehs liked the noms. Only hoomins are stoopy enuf to mess wif tyme, but if it got u ur noms early, that is gud. I hope Beanie's owchie will heal quickly. Be patient with Stoopy, err I mean Katsanova. He will learn. Fanks a lot for the cherries! Woodee n Pruds r sending you a big bag of fish flavored Greenies dis tyme,

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By Sylviag on Apr 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Mmmph, munch, mphh. Ai eated teh kake eben tho ai waz sabing it as a wurk ob art. Waz berry gud and the colors were delishus. nao u needz to answer all my kwestions in last msg,

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By Emerald63 on Apr 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

So if Katsanova iz bossinating u, duz dat meen he's doin' teh bossi-nova? Hehehehe. My first cat rescued himself by running up to me in the dark parking lot of my apartment complex on a cold November night, following me around to my door, and running straight in. He was with me for 14-1/2 years, bless him. He was such a lover and so sweet that when I was deciding on a name for him I tried out Casanova, Romeo, Don Juan, and a couple others, but none of them seemed right. Then I called to him one day, the same way my grandmother called us grandkids, "C'mere, sugar." And that was it, The Name - "Sugar," even though he was a boy. He was an only cat for 6 years and he never did get to be friends with my second cat, Obie. He was a rescue, too. Kept trying to come in my house with me and meowing loudly enough to wake the dead when I wouldn't let him in, lol. So... he got to come in. Even though he was solid black (they both were), he had to have been part Siamese - he was tall and lanky, had a sort of angular head, and was very talkative with the loudest, most obnoxious "meow" ever. After he'd been with me a while and gained some wait, you could look down at him and see this little kitteh pot belly (he wasn't fat anywhere else). I ended up describing him as the cat that swallowed a cantaloupe. He'd already been front-paw declawed and had a bent-over ear the vet said was from fight scar tissue. I also had him neutered. And in later years he lost the sight in one eye. That led to me also describing him as a cat with "two sets of claws, one ear, one eye, no balls and still the best damn cat I've ever had." I sure do miss them both, but never would have missed out on loving them, even if it meant having to let them go eventually. >^..^<

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By cataff on Apr 3, 2014 at 3:03 AM

I'm really sorry you couldn't enjoy your break because you were sick. It's hard to lose a break. I'm glad that Katsanova is settling in and Tabini and Fanta are feeling more comfortable with him too. It's always good to get the adjustment period over with. The computer and I are getting along for now. I am curious about the upcoming upgrade and hope it won't cause me any upset. The slow crickets have been a big hit! The elderly kittehs have no problems at all catching them and send you head bonks and purrs of thanks. They are sending your bois a large bag of chicken flavored greenies. These are nutritional snacks for cats and also help reduce tartar on their teeth. According to Prudence and Woodee they are delicious. Here they come.

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By Sylviag on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Syviag Kake iz a wurk ob art an a kant possibly eet it! An my team kolors! U teh bestest fwen! Ai puts in freezer to perserve it foreber and ai just take it owt to admirashun it and show off tu my fwens. How is teh sikkies - awl ober now? Hope u were abul tu enjoy sum ob ur time off. U cut tee down by urself wid a chainsaw?? Wot did u need plummer for - leaky pipes? How cum u cutted it? Katsnova all heeled up now? Ai wish Tabini and TB wud kall a truce so neider ob dem get hurtz. We had a tuffy cat wun time wen we still let our kittehs outside and he always getting in fites but ai fink e was usually teh winner. He did getz a cuppel ob absecces and wunce he had wun dey had to put a drain in an a cone wich he hated bery much. Sending Katsanova kan ob finest itteh bitteh sardines and a bud ob nip an u tellz him ai bery prowd ob him for hiz bravery.

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By 1TeamKSO on Mar 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

From Sylvag Fanks! Ai doant know if teh big kitteh an teh krokatilian gonna fit intu the stage kiddy pool and prolly awt at teh same time Ai tell Lawyer Shy Stern abowt dem. LOL

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By signet02 on Mar 30, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Thank you for fav'ing my LOLs...

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By Emerald63 on Mar 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Hiya SovaPlum! I was away for a couple of weeks but now that I'm back and caught up on LOLs, I'm catching up with my cheezpeeps. Just wanted to say Congrachamalayshunz on adopshunning Katsanova!! Or... did he adopshun you? I hope you, he, Tabini, and Fanta will be very happy together. :D

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