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.
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.