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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by kathy: ky on December 12, 2018 at 9:27am

Hang in there Joan.  You'll beat the odds. 

Comment by Randall Smith on December 12, 2018 at 7:39am

A bus takes you up from the town of Agua Calientes (I think). Hair pin turns all the way. No cable cars. A train takes you to the town first. It will soon be very difficult to visit Machu Picchu as restrictions in numbers of tourists will be enforced next year. That's good, because it's a mad house. Damage to the site is now occurring-- oily hands touching the stones, etc.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 11, 2018 at 11:54am

Randy, how far did you walk to get to Machu Picchu?  Is there still a cable car and a bridge?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 11, 2018 at 7:44am

Peru is a country with contradictions: Urban vs. rural. Spanish influence vs. indigenous. Rich vs poor (In so many ways). I was really struck by the diversity.

I spent only one day in Lima, a sprawling coastal city. Not too impressive, but they're trying.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu are the drawing cards for tourists (of course). Everywhere you go there are "hawkers" trying to sell you something. Streets are narrow and bumpy--traffic awful.

We visited at least 6 ruins, including M.P., the most wondrous. Restorations are quite impressive. We had guides and gave us details most tourists would miss.

Food was good--a variety of choices, many "fusions", thanks to Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese ancestry.

One trip (and one week) is enough, although I'm sure there are many more places to visit. I could write a lot more about my trip--so many details that would bore you all. Questions?

Comment by Plinius on December 11, 2018 at 3:22am

Just do the things you do best, Joan, and enjoy yourself. It's a disease you can't stop, but enjoying a full life is good for you and slows trouble.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 10, 2018 at 11:12pm

Welcome back, Randall. I hope you feel better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2018 at 10:32pm

Randy & Loren, the signs cannot be ignored nor denied. I have known for some time; my family thought I was goofy, the doctor gave a name to it, dementia. 

As you know, the last few years have been rough ones for me, and I still have fight in me. Please DO let me know when I miss the target. I want to stay in the fray until my last breath. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 10, 2018 at 2:57pm

Randall, two suggestions:

  • Pepto Bismol, and if that ain't strong enough:
  • Kaopectate!

If the first don't work, the second will!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 10, 2018 at 2:56pm

Joan, if dementia is any part of who you are, you couldn't prove it by me.  That said, I'd feel privileged to joggle your elbow if I see something amiss come from your account.

BIG HUGS, my friend!

Comment by Patricia on December 10, 2018 at 2:16pm

Welcome back, Randy. Hope you feel better.

 

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