I just pulled up the Noam Chomsky group with no problem. I wonder if there was an issue with your Adobe Flash plug-in, with all the YouTube videos in the header of that group. I've occasionally had similar trouble with Flash and A|N.
Many thanks for the warm welcome. Yes, as a newcomer I will poke around and try to see where everything is. There sure is a lot here! Mathematics, language and poetry are my chief poisons, and of course trying to make sense of a world that mocks thought.
Thank you for the welcome and information. I'll check out the Eco group. California is in one of its normal droughts, not sure if the coming expected rains will get the snow pack and water table levels back to normal. From my understanding, the drought is not caused by climate change but could possibley be made worse due to it.