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August 13, 2019

Yes, I am back

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 16:35

I got up at 4 AM.  Ron had been up since midnight.  Ron and I shared some time with the cats and enjoyed coffee.  Then I did my morning cartoon round up.  Then before I went to take my shower I decided I was tired of the lagging in my browsers so set the computer to  reset the operating system.  That normally takes about 20 minutes.  When I got back to the computer I did the normal settings check, and started doing updates.  Normally no big deal.  However today everything seemed to go sideways.   I was complaining to Ron a whole day gone doing blogging stuff.  So I did a complete factory image install, it has taken this long to get most of the up to date stuff done.  I am about ready to answer comments and go read blogs!  YEA!!  Hugs

July 8, 2019

What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Filed under: Children, Education, Health, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:48

July 7, 2019


Filed under: Education, Facts, News, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:33

July 3, 2019


Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 14:50


Think about this timeframe

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, News, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 14:46

June 28, 2019

Lake Peigneur Drilling Accident

Filed under: Earth News, Education, Harm, Nature, Questions, Reason, Science, You Tube — Scottie @ 13:18

June 19, 2019

Environmental regulations make our life better !

Filed under: Earth News, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:24


June 8, 2019

Another great idea on how to fix homeless problems, see them as people and help them

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Political, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 17:35

The fear this administration has for people learning the truth about climate change is really stunning.

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 09:46

White House Blocks Climate Change Written Testimony

White House Blocks Climate Change Written Testimony

More at the link above as always.  Hugs

The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research prepared testimony comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the idea that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

June 6, 2019

Christians pushing their religion in schools on your children and making taxpayers pay if they are sued

Alabama’s Bible-in-School Bill Would Break the Law Before Classes Even Begin

Alabama’s Bible-in-School Bill Would Break the Law Before Classes Even Begin

Like several other Republican-dominated states using the Project Blitz playbook, Alabama is on the verge of passing a “Bible literacy” bill.

American Atheists puts that in English:

… SB 14 encourages teachers to discuss the Bible as a source of morality and public policy. It also allows schools to display “religious materials” like crosses during certain classes. Under SB 14, parents can’t sue the school districts if teachers try to indoctrinate children, a provision that blatantly violates parents’ and students’ First Amendment rights.

“Just like Alabama’s abortion ban, this ‘Bible class’ bill is a clear challenge to constitutional precedent,” said Alison Gill, American Atheists’ Vice President for Legal and Policy. “This bill is so extreme it even encourages school districts and teachers to break the law and proselytize, since it claims to shield them from legal responsibility.”

In theory, there’s nothing in this bill preventing a teacher from putting Christian crosses all over the classroom the way you might see the letters of the alphabet in a grade school.

That last statement is huge, too. The bill calls for neutrality, but if teachers break that rule and proselytize, the school district will never have to pay a price for it. If there’s a lawsuit that results in a payout for the plaintiffs, the bill says it’ll be covered by state taxpayers.

If you’re a school district, then, what’s stopping you from finding a pastor with teaching credentials to run the classes no differently from Sunday school? You literally have nothing to lose.

June 3, 2019

Microsoft account demand and frustration.

Filed under: Fascism, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 14:15

I use Microsoft Office Outlook for my email.  I have all my email forwarded to my Gmail account and then I use Outlook to bring it to me and I like the way the program works.  I guess I am use to it and I like look of the program.  However starting Thursday I had a situation develop.   I did not even realize it until Saturday.  My Email stopped updating.   On Saturday I tried to fix it and it kept telling me I was not connected to the internet but it would also do the updates.  I reset the computer and started the windows environment fresh.  It worked for a day and on Sunday I noticed it had again stopped getting my mail claiming I was not connected to the internet.  Well as you know Sunday was taken up with another issue.  

I do not use my Microsoft account to sign on the computer.  I also restrict usage of that account on my computers as I feel they are too lose with the privacy and let far too many applications monitor / store / transmit to Microsoft for a data file on you.  Remember we are all commodities to these big companies, the data on our selves / likes / web sites we visit / and basically all they can glean from our lives.  

Well I had to go out early this morning and only got home about noon.  So I looked at the email problem closely.  I went to my Microsoft account, looking at the devices attached to it.   When I dump the computers to reset them, I tend to give them new names.  It helps me to keep track of when , what , and where.   I noticed that the names were wrong for both of my main computers.  I deleted them.  Then I opened opened the Outlook which again said I was not connected to the internet.  I then opened word and when it asked to sign in with my account I did so, and this time when it asked to use my account on everything on the computer I clicked OK.  Prior to this I either clicked no or Microsoft apps only.   I was able to sign in / active word / and when I checked my account on Microsoft web pages the new name of the computer I gave it Saturday was there.   I then started Outlook and surprise it worked!  I went into settings and had a bit of a fight to first shut off the Microsoft account and then to remove it but I won.   Once I had the account controlled again I checked Outlook and it is working fine and I am getting my email again.  Yea!  My unread email count is now up to 35,423.  I soon have to zero this out.  

On a separate note.  When Ron was rushing to get the last part of the old kitchen torn out so he could get the new appliances set in place and try to have a functioning kitchen he rushed the last 3 foot on the eastern wall and it was sloped rather badly to the wall.   I need to set up the rolling cart I had in my old office for making candles to now hold the two coffeemakers and my bread maker.  Right now the bread maker is in the cupboard and the two coffee makers are on the other counter.  On the cart is the deep fryer, and it is blocked to be flat.   So Ron is tearing out the floor in that area to level it all again.  He has had about 4 hours sleep.  I hope his eyes are not to crossed to read a level.  😂🤣😍 Hugs


May 26, 2019

Of course they want this: a 51st state specifically made for conservative Christians

WA Lawmaker Attends Fundraiser for Liberty, a Proposed 51st State for Christians

WA Lawmaker Attends Fundraiser for Liberty, a Proposed 51st State for Christians

Liberty would span several states in the Pacific Northwest:

It’s not merely a pipe dream. Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, best known for his “Biblical Basis for War” manifesto, has already proposed actual legislation to create Liberty.

The lineup of speakers included Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican who has championed the Liberty State movement; Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan; Spokane City Council candidate Tim Benn; and Loren Culp, the police chief in Republic, Washington, who made national headlines when he pledged not to enforce a controversial gun control initiative that voters passed in November.

County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, former Treasurer Rob Chase and gun activist Anthony Bosworth also were in attendance, as were Barry and Anne Byrd, who lead the Marble Community Fellowship in northern Stevens County. (In 1988, Barry Byrd helped pen a Christian Identity manifesto that referred to Jews as “anti-Christs” and condemned interracial marriage, though the Byrds have since tried to distance themselves from racist ideology.)

Before you call them extremists, though, at least listen to what Shea’s legislative assistant Rene’ Holaday said:

[Holaday] said supporters of the 51st state idea were bound by a common sentiment: “It’s either going to be bloodshed or Liberty State.”

Okay, now you can call them extremists. (They don’t have a publicly available Constitution for the new state, but they do have an official state rifle: The AR-15.)

Shea delivered the last speech of the night, covering many of his usual talking points. He denied the existence of global warming, instead blaming seasonal wildfires on changes in forest management practices. He spoke of the cultural and political differences between Eastern and Western Washington. He claimed the United States is “a Christian nation” under siege by atheists and Communists.

The Communists and atheists — those that are responsible for the deaths of more people than any other belief system in the history of the world — unfurled their flag on the Capitol steps this last spring,” he said.


May 13, 2019

another reason not to return to the past

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:26

May 7, 2019

I blame you !!!

Filed under: Children, Drugs, Health, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 11:35

From 2015.

Note: all were clear.

April 12, 2019

John Kerry fires back at congressman: Are you serious?

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Economics, Fascism, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 16:03

April 10, 2019

Science: what it really is unlike religion

Filed under: Atheism, Ideas, Questions, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:53

Cosmos: “Velikovsky”

April 7, 2019

The Consequences of Threatening Lifetime Sex Offender Registration To Juveniles

Filed under: Children, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 09:25

But there’s little question that our criminal policies on sexual offenses — especially relating to “ancillary” consequences like the sex offender registry — have blown way past anything that could justified as either valid retribution or proportional deterrence. There are consequences that can be imposed on juvenile offenders that are adequately severe given the alleged wrong that do not entail lifetime registration on the sex offender registry (with all the attendant restrictions on personal liberty that carries). Here, as in many other cases in the criminal justice system (especially when dealing with minors), we need to think creatively and break our reliance on extreme punitive measures, and we should reject the false dichotomy that says hyper-criminalization is the only way to get “serious” about these wrongs.

In short: tragedies like this happen because of the reality of the law, not because that reality was relayed. If this feels like a tragic case, then it’s the law, not the communication of the law, that needs changing.

March 31, 2019

Countdown to Disaster

Filed under: Earth News, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:02

March 30, 2019

Country Happiness Rankings

Filed under: Facts, Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:33

Please note that the US is 19th.   It will blow the minds of Fox News ( If they have any left ) to notice that the countries that rank higher than the US all have some form of democratic socialism.    Seems universal health care without worrying if you can afford it, schooling without being saddled with mountains of debt, having the social safety nets to help the people, having higher taxes is a positive thing, less devotion to religion, having a cleaner environment, and having governments that work for the good of the people not the corporations.   Basically people are happier in countries that are progressive not regressive.  In the US one party is trying to take us into the future and have more happiness and the other party is trying to drag us into the past and be more restrictive.   Progressives need to hammer these points home every day.   Hugs

Figure 2.7: Ranking of Happiness 2016-2018

March 21, 2019

True Facts: The Lemur

Filed under: Animals, Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, Science, Sex — Scottie @ 16:16

I love this guy and the videos he posts.  While he is factual and gives correct information, he is hilarious.   His voice is great and his is so funny you forget your learning.   I think Inspired will love this particular one.  Hugs

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