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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday November 09 2019, @05:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the hoping-for-a-speedy-recovery dept.

The observant among you may have noticed I'd been posting fewer stories recently.

On October 27th I went to the hospital. After a physical examination, CT scan, and MRI, it was determined that I had had a minor stroke. I had mild loss of use of the pinky and ring finger of my left hand as well as some loss of fine motor control in my left arm and leg. A couple days later saw me in the operating room with a stent being inserted in my right carotid artery. I was released on Halloween day for a few days' recuperation at a relative's home and am now cleared to go back to work. I'm starting easy with slightly shortened work days, as I lack the stamina I had before.

Still, as these things go, I can't help but think of how fortunate I am. Nothing internal seems to have been affected (heart, lungs, etc. all working fine.) I am right-handed, so no problems there. No problem with talking or swallowing, so that's a huge plus. Thanks to neural plasticity and prescribed exercises, I have already mostly recovered. The lack of stamina manifests as my just being too tired after a day at work to be able to do much in the way of posting stories out to the site. As for my mind, I can attest that I am still as tarp as a shack! =)

As much as I would like to think I'll just bounce back to normal in no time, I acknowledge that my activities here will be at a somewhat diminished capacity for a while; time will tell.

With my absence, the rest of the editorial team rose to the occasion and kept the main page fed with stories. This meant extra time and effort on their part. Please join me in thanking Fnord666, Janrinok, cmn32480, takyon, chromas, NotSanguine, and CoolHand for their efforts to help push out stories to the main page. There were probably others whom I failed to notice; please accept my apologies for their omission. Call them out in the comments, and join me in thanking them for their efforts.

On a related note, it is my pleasure to announce that Fnord666 has accepted my invitation to step up to fill the position of Alternate-Editor-in-Chief. When janrinok was Editor-in-Chief (EiC), I accepted becoming Alternate-EiC, and when he stepped down as EiC, it was a privilege to take on becoming the EiC. I foresee no imminent demise on my part, but recent events made it abundantly clear to me the value of having this position filled. Please join me in congratulating Fnord666 on his promotion!

(For completeness' sake, I wish to point out that all of the staff at SoylentNews are volunteers. Nobody here has ever been paid anything for their work on the site. Any monies received when you subscribe go towards paying hosting fees, domain name registration, tax preparation expenses, and other costs required to keep this site running. Speaking of which, we are at nearly 70% of our goal for this half of our fiscal year—many thanks to those who have already subscribed!)

Lastly, I now place a request to the community. With the holiday season coming, my free time will become even more limited by work demands. It would be such a help to us to see story submissions from members of the community. It's really not that hard to do. Take a look at what the general layout of each article looks like on the site. Nothing very fancy or elaborate is needed. Click the Submit Story link in the SlashBox on the left-hand side of the main page of this site. Provide a title for the story, select a topic, provide a link to what you are writing in about, and a few paragraphs from the linked story would prove extremely helpful to us! We aim for mostly tech-oriented stories, but that is not an absolute requirement. Please submit your story in English (either North American, British or other variant is fine). Do be aware that we aim for balanced reporting here; attempts to push an agenda with one-sided, biased, or slanted submissions will likely result in the story being declined. The story submission page provides a link to the Submission Guidelines that, if followed, greatly improves the chance that your story will be accepted. (NB: We tend to relax the standards a bit on the weekend so as to include slightly offbeat or humorous stories; we appreciate a good laugh, too!


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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 11 2019, @07:33PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 11 2019, @07:33PM (#919032)

    No, you sound like a city slicker that sees those "expose" videos, and simultaneously don't understand what is happening in them, and therefore must be cruel, and assume they happen everywhere, instead of being the exception (its almost like the reason there are so few is because the actual abusive practices are rare). I actually live in the middle of farm country and see more livestock in a day than you probably will your entire life. More animals die thanks to my combine in a year than on my neighbor's dairy farm. I've raised animals from birth until I killed them with my own two hands. So please, tell me about how I know nothing about our livestock and agricultural practices.

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  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by barbara hudson on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:02AM (1 child)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:02AM (#919179) Journal
    You really should not post while drunk, or whatever. The facts discovered by investigators of reputable shows in Canada show the extent of cruelty - has nothing to do with PETA or vigilantes.
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    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:15PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:15PM (#920454)

      Barbara (tom) Hudson CHEMICALLY CASTRATED himself with estrogen since you failed as a man lol! You also FAIL as a "woman" you NEUTERED delusional freakazoid! What is is like knowing you are a living mockery? A parody of both a 'woman' or a man! You know that. Everyone knows it about you "TraNsTeSticLe" hohohohoho. Barbara Hudson is a twistoid mental case deluding itself it is a REAL woman. Clue: You will never EVER be able to pass a DNA test due to the fact you do not, nor did you ever, possess female mitochondrial material you crackpot weirdo. It isn't logical to attempt to "fix" bodyparts that work with no issues. You had a working (extremely small) penis and balls you sawed off with estrogen hahahaha! Barbara Hudson breaks laws by possessing a SAWED OFF SHOTGUN, rotflmao!!!

  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by barbara hudson on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:10AM (2 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:10AM (#919180) Journal
    Also, when the company's own security cameras capture widespread abuse and start firing employees because of it, it's because the behaviour is inexcusably cruel. There's no whitewashing the bad practices of workers taking out their frustrations on animals by chaining them up and then beating the shit out of them.
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    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @01:37AM (#919185)

      So more handwaving and exceptional behavior? The fact people get fired, and quickly, for abuse is just more evidence that it is not tolerated and hardly a general practice. But your still dealing in unspecified generalities and impressions. Maybe when you have something substantial or verifiable facts, then we can talk.

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:13PM (#920453)

      Barbara (tom) Hudson CHEMICALLY CASTRATED itself with estrogen since you failed as a man lol! You also FAIL as a "woman" you NEUTERED delusional freakazoid! What is is like knowing you are a living mockery? A parody of both a 'woman' or a man! You know that. Everyone knows it about you "TraNsTeSticLe" hohohohoho. Barbara Hudson is a twistoid mental case deluding itself it is a REAL woman. Clue: You will never EVER be able to pass a DNA test due to the fact you do not, nor did you ever, possess female mitochondrial material you crackpot weirdo. It isn't logical to attempt to "fix" bodyparts that work with no issues. You had a working (extremely small) penis and balls you sawed off with estrogen hahahaha! Barbara Hudson breaks laws by possessing a SAWED OFF SHOTGUN, rotflmao