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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2015 at 3:55pm

Glad that works out for you at the library, Idaho spud.

When will you have time for all of those DVDs, CDs and books, Ian?

I'm being lazy today. It's raining. Not an excuse for skipping the gym.

Did you guys see the news about the flooding in Japan (including groundwater around the reactor flooding into the ocean)?

I've been a bit depressed about future drought projections for the Americas.

Worried About Refugees? Just Wait Until We Dust-Bowlify Mexico And ...

... here is what a 2015 NASA study projected the normal climate of North America will look like. The darkest areas have soil moisture comparable to that seen during the 1930s Dust Bowl.

Even though I'll be long dead, this is such a depressing prospect. I keep imagining all of the Americas' population trying to squeeze into ... damn there's nothing left is there? The drought goes right up to the Arctic.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 10, 2015 at 8:20am

Back again after a few days in England. Nice to see the family. It was my sister-in-law's 50th birthday too.

I went wild in the charity shops and bought over 20 books plus a few DVDs and CDs. Should see me through the winter.

How are you all? When not lugging computers to and from the library, that is :-D

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 12:17pm

Thanks Kathy.  Since I found-out the library has internet service that can be accessed outside the building (maybe even several blocks away, I keep hoping the city will get with it and make the internet available everywhere in the city.  I've heard that some cities do.

I like your stories of demanding decent prices and winning.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 9, 2015 at 12:08pm
Complain away Spud. Unfortunately many of us are in the position of not having reliable or affordable internet service. I think it's in the 90% range.
But, since we can't get reliable Internet service we can't really complain about it now can we?
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:58am

Thanks Bertold.  I did put a thumb drive in my pocket, and will try it when I find something I want to print.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 9, 2015 at 10:54am

Spud - Glad your setup is working out. You could always just use a thumb drive to print anything you need off one of the library computers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:27am

Never been to Craigs's list Ruth.  I'll check it out.  I

'm at the library again on my iMAC, and it's working fine.  Carrying this big 20 pound computer in wasn't as hard as I thought.  Just put it it a large strong Home Depot bag.  Now to find a place with a comfortable chair by a desk that doesn't have sunlight on the computer and this will be much better than the library's computers. 

I can now read so much better on this large screen, and I can save things on the computer.  I don't yet know if I can print things like I can on the library's computers.  I can't at home because since upgrading my operating system, it won't recognize my printer, and I can't find a driver that will work. 

OK, I think I'm through complaining (for the time being).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2015 at 6:17pm

You could try looking for an inexpensive laptop on Craig's list, Idaho Spud. People upgrade and sell their old one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 8, 2015 at 11:10am

Thanks Plinius, Bertold, Pat, Joan, Randall, and Ruth.  I'm back at library.  They're not open Sundays or holidays, so today is the first time since Saturday that I could get back here.

Using the library computers is a hassle, so I'm trying to save enough  to get a laptop.  In the meantime I'm going to see if my 12 year old windows laptop will work here at the library. I haven't tried it yet because it's battery is shot and I can't find It's power supply.  I have power supplies that will work, but I don't know the polarity yet.

I will also plan on bringing my 20 pound iMAC to see how that works.  I'll put it in a large bag to carry it in.   I don't know if the library will have a problem with that or not.  I'm not going to ask.  I'll just try it.  I would prefer to use it, as it's large screen and keyboard are easier to use than a laptop.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 7, 2015 at 12:34am
Ruth,it's Kathy if you like. And the older l get the more l take a firm stand. Two weeks ago it was a difference of a price quoted twenty dollars cheaper on an order. Last week it was the extra fee's AT&T charge. Fifteen dollars a month that ,by law,you don't have to pay! Taxes, yes. The fee's, no. Read your phone bills and it's printed on them. Call and ask them nicely and they will led you to believe you are required to pay them. I'm beginning to enjoy this. It surprises me how often l win.
 

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