Hi, Stephen. Sign me "extremely creeped out" by just the concept of replicatig dead people's voices, let alone its execution.

The little electronic voice that speaks to me in my left-ear hearing aid every morning, announcing "Left Ready" when I connect its battery, is about all I can tolerate. It also tells me what channel I am on: "Universal" (outdoors, quiet indoor settings); "Music" for listening to TV and radio; and "Zen", a marvellous white-noise generator that plays a harpsichord on very low volume, allowing me to hear conversations more clearly.

Thanks for the heads-up. I don't own an Alexa, and now I am even less motivated to get one.

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Hi, Josh. I have highlit this statement:

"The reason Putin did this was that NATO rules prohibit nations with contested borders from being admitted as members, and so now Georgia was technically ineligible for NATO membership."

Sounds an awful lot like what is happening in Ukraine today. Putin doesn't want any more NATO countries pushing up against Russia's borders.

Thanks for your presentation, analysis and credit to Harlan Ullman for his piece in The Hill.

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I have become much more aware of fructose in my diet. I read labels carefully, and if I find "high-fructose corn syrup" listed as an ingredient, I put the item back on the shelf.

My canned fruit is packed in water or naturally occurring fruit juice, not syrup. I eat fresh fruit and veg as often as I can.

I LOVE fish, all kinds, the only seafood I've met that I don't like are squid and octopus.

My exercise regimen could do with some fine tuning. Thanks for these suggestions.

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Hi, Umair and your editor. I am "white hot with rage" too, and I don't even live in your country (Hooray Canada.). Time to step up and vote, time to demand those justices who have already hinted at more unwanted changes to fundamental freedoms, 21st century style, be dismiised from the US Supreme Court. Time to demand new amendments to the Constitution that will bind ALL 50 states, not a mere 24 (in the abortion issue) and even fewer (gun control laws). Please do it or I will have to move off this continent to get away from your far-right lunatics.

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Like Antoine Larine below, I'm not an American either. I am Canadian. Abortion and access to it became legal throughout Canada in 1988, over 30 years ago, thanks to the courage and persistence of Dr. Henry Morgentaler, and Canadian women are never letting go of this right.

There are still some problems with access outside large urban centres, but our Prime Minister has just agreed to help fund more access for all Canadian women.

He announced this just after the leak of the opinion about overturning Roe v. Wade. We'll do our best to to help you if you need to come to Canada for your procedure. It's a horrible shame that you might be forced to make that journey instead of being able to have it in your own country.

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Hi, Cory. Thanks for the presentation.

And here I thought the anti-abortion turkey gobblers were just sexist. My favorite quotable line: "These billionaires are the true single-issue voters, because their single issue is themselves."

And that's how you know we are in the Second Gilded Age. It will take a lot more work to poke the necessary holes in this balloon than it did for the first one, in order to rebalance social equity around the world.

As well, my understanding of the term 'libertarian" as applied to a style of government was that it meant "NO government and no taxes." Your definition makes a little more sense.

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Carol Shetler

Carol Shetler

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