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Gearing up for a tour of Ireland. Any tips?

Dublin to Killarney and back, visiting several places along the way. If any DUers have spent time there during the winter, I would really appreciate your advice--especially about what sort of weather to be prepared for.

Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Nov 29, 2013, 12:45 AM (11 replies)

I just received my 23andMe results.

Several years ago, my kids got me a mitochondrial DNA test for Christmas. Since then, I've traced the women of the family as far back as 1609. I even met someone who shares a relative from more than ten generations ago.

This year, the 23andMe analysis was my Christmas present to myself.

The health risk details are enlightening. I won't make any immediate decisions based on what I've learned but the information is certainly useful. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and these results are a good starting point.

The ancestry composition results are interesting, too. Assuming that my siblings and I have the same parents, it's fairly certain that we're all of mostly Northern European origin. I'd already done some genealogy research, so the percentages--Irish and British, French and German, Scandinavian, etc.--didn't come as a complete surprise. But it was news to me that a small part of the total composition is Eastern European. I've always had a feeling that some of our ancestors were Ukrainian, and this bit of data points in that general direction.

Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Nov 23, 2013, 02:43 AM (9 replies)

Off-the-shelf knee braces--anyone have experience with them?

I wonder if the hinged braces are better than the regular elastic ones. Not looking for a diagnosis (I know that is frowned upon here), just a little feedback on hinged versus non-hinged. I may be touring Ireland, soon, and I'll probably be doing a lot of walking.

Any advice is appreciated.
Posted by Fridays Child | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 01:54 AM (37 replies)

Think about this: in 15 years...

...fully 50% of Americans--regardless of who we vote for, no matter who we hate--will have type II diabetes.

The next time you're out in public, take a look around. One half of everyone you see will be facing heart disease, blindness, limb amputations, permanent disability, job losses, endless medical bills. The streets will be overflowing with homeless families, untold millions of children will be traumatized by the loss of one or both parents, crime will skyrocket, every single social safety net will fail catastrophically. And, when it happens, finger wagging and "I told you so" will be utterly irrelevant.

I am a card-carrying, unreconstructed Liberal. I think that baggers (and right wingers, in general) are crazier than proverbial shit house rats. But so what? That doesn't fix a damned thing. The challenge is figuring out how to transcend our differences, now, and solve the problem.

That is the stuff of Nobel prizes.
Posted by Fridays Child | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 01:03 AM (29 replies)

I removed the Norton trial stuff from my new laptop last night and now I'm bombarded with ads. Help!

I'm even getting ads on this site where I shouldn't see them at all, as a star member. I'm getting double underlined words that create pop up ads, if I accidentally mouse over them; whole page ads that pop up, when I try to go from one DU page to another; ads underneath the new members box on the right side of the Latest Threads page; and ads at the bottom of every page.

Also, I keep getting this pop up page from rvzr-a.akamaihd.net saying "The media content is not shown properly. It is recommended to update your system player now and there's an "Install Update" button for something called "M.Player 9.2"

Can anyone clue me in as to how to stop this?

I tried to download MS Security Essentials last night, thinking that might help but I got a message saying I needed the 64 bit version and I can't find a link to that version.

PS I have Windows Defender turned on but it's not helping.

ETA Even my own post here is generating those stupid double underlined link words! AAARRRGGGHHH!
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Nov 9, 2013, 06:02 PM (26 replies)

If there's a heaven and a hell, what do you suppose will happen to...

...Roger Ailes, when he "dips his toes in the chilly streams of Jordan?"


(Of course, I wish him a long, prosperous life and am only engaging in idle speculation.)

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:11 AM (8 replies)

The Tingler--what a hoot!

It's a great old Vincent Price movie on AMC, right now. It has everything! Fear, suspense, LSD!


Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Oct 25, 2013, 03:10 AM (11 replies)

Checked out the new neighborhood Walmart grocery store, today.

I boycott Walmart and, with extremely few exceptions, I have done so for decades. But, out of curiosity, I decided to check out their new local grocery store just to see what they offer and how the prices compare to where I usually shop.

The prices weren't any lower, really. Selection was okay. They do offer certified humane, free-range (not just "un-cooped") eggs but they run $3.89 for 10--not even a full dozen!

The big "take-away," though, came from my chat with the cashier who told me that her Walmart paycheck qualifies her for WIC assistance. In fact, she wouldn't be able to adequately feed her children without WIC.

So, nothing has changed: Walmart under-pays their workers and we make up the difference. I don't have a problem with helping poor women and their children. I do have a problem with a multi-national behemoth like Walmart not paying their employees a living wage.

So, free-range eggs be damned, I will continue to refuse to enable those fuckers.
Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Oct 21, 2013, 01:22 AM (21 replies)

A family member's Marine fiance didn't get his discharge payout.

He was told that this was due to the shutdown. He will have to wait to receive it before he can come home.

Don't let the anyone get away with saying that the shutdown isn't hurting soldiers. That's a lie.

Say it with me: The Republican shutdown is affecting Americans who agreed to stop bullets for us. It's an epic and shameful breach of promise.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Oct 6, 2013, 10:01 PM (4 replies)

When and where did the tradition of Labor Day begin?

According to the folks at www.curious.com:

Happy Labor Day! While most Americans consider Labor Day a homegrown holiday, it actually originated after an American machinist witnessed a national Labour Festival celebration in Toronto, Canada in 1882. It wasn't until 1894 that it became a U.S. holiday. On the heels of the deadly Pullman Strike where federal troops killed over thirty strikers, President Grover Cleveland quickly pushed a Labor Day bill through Congress to try and mend fences with the labor unions. The public didn't buy it, however, as Cleveland failed to even win his own party's nomination, losing the Democratic primary to William Jennings Bryan, largely on populist themes.
Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:47 PM (2 replies)
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