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It is just me or does the format of DU

sometimes go wonky? Like, right now, all of the lines that usually surround posts are gone and everything (all of the text links across the top and side) is all jumbled up together. Usually, when this happens, I reload the page after waiting a while and it goes back to normal. Thing is, it is happening a bit more often now and takes longer to go back to normal. It is like the page "breaks" while loading, like pictures used to do on dialup when you had a slower than cold molasses connection. I'm on broadband at an average of about 21 mbps now though. It shouldn't be doing this, I don't think.

Anyone know a surefire way to fix it without changing browsers? I'm kind of attached to Pale Moon. It works much better for everywhere else than even Firefox did, but on DU, I keep getting this weird problem.

Do they make industrial strength laptop keyboards?

My old computer keyboard had the letters worn off of most of the keys and a worn place almost completely through the space bar on the right side. I paid attention and I do use my right thumb to press the space bar when typing. I kept using it, because I know where the keys are, but it wore out in other ways and I had to replace it.

I have had my new laptop for just over a couple months now and the space bar on the keyboard is starting to get worn on the space bar in the same spot. Washing that spot doesn't seem to remove the worn looking place. Everything else seems to polish up nicely. So, I know it's not dirty. It's just worn.

My question is do they make industrial strength keyboards or at least space bars? That poor space bar seems to take the most wear and tear. Maybe plastic (or whatever most laptop keyboards are made of) isn't my best option.

Would it be possible to add jury results as a link in hidden posts?

I know you can still read hidden posts by clicking Show, but sometimes, I would just like to know what a jury was thinking when they hid a post. It would be a good guideline as to what is and is not acceptable on DU as far as juries are concerned. It would not need to have any identifying information, just the jury votes and comments as to why it was hidden. I don't have any particular post in mind. I'm talking about in general. It would be very interesting to be able to see the comments and people do not always post the results in a lot of cases, like with hidden OPs.

In all honesty, to me, whether Fred Phelps lives or dies, is a moot point.

His daughters have long since taken over the church and run it now. The hatred will still be there with or without him. A lot of people think cutting off the head of that church will end the hate. It will not. The daughters have been running the show for the past 10 years or so. So, that part will not change. He is just the figurehead of the church nowadays anyhow.

To me, the real story is why he was excommunicated back in August 2013. I'm really interested in why that happened. No one has told why yet. I wish some journalists would dig into why that happened and get the story, because that is something I want to see.

I don't begrudge people who feel pleasure over him dying though. As a gay woman, I understand the feeling and would never begrudge anyone that pleasure. He has caused irreparable harm to the GLBT community for decades now. I say more power to those who are able to feel any animosity at all at the thought of his passing.

Me? I feel nothing at the thought of his passing. The reason I stated above is why I feel nothing. His legacy of hate lives on with his daughters who now run the church and will continue to be a thorn in the sides of the GLBT community for the foreseeable future. Whether he lives or dies doesn't amount to a hill of beans in my life, one way or the other. I refuse to waste any emotion on such a horrid, wretched man anyhow.

I do have a problem, however, with those who want to go to his funeral and stand out there sending love to him. I don't see having some kind of lovey dovey religious love-a-thon for him at his funeral like some are proposing. Whether they agreed with his anti-gay, anti-everything beliefs, or not, the idea of sending him love is preposterous. The man never responded to love in his entire life. He only had hatred and only sent out hatred. Sending him love is a waste of resources and a waste of love.

Send that love and resources (in the form of donations) to some groups of people who deserve it. Make donations to gay youth organizations or other GLBT charities instead. It would actually help people who need it instead of wasting the resources to get to Topeka and fawn over him to try to "take the high road."

That "take the high road" mentality, in this case, is bullshit. Trying to pretend that you are better than him seems kind of ridiculous. Think about it. Do you really need to try to prove you are better than a man who poisoned himself with that kind of seething, lifelong, obsessive hatred? If so, what is wrong in your life than you think you need to do that? It should be a given that most people are less hateful than he is/was, already. So trying to prove you are somehow better than him is a waste of time, effort, and energy. Get down off the cross. We need the wood to try to build houses and help people who need it.

Let the man live or die and ignore his ass. Do something positive and productive instead of wasting love, piety, and self aggrandizing "we are better than that" grandstanding on someone who definitely does not deserve it. It's bullshit.

Future U.S. History Students: 'It's Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marri

Future U.S. History Students: 'It's Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marriage'

DECATUR, IL, THE YEAR 2083—According to students in Mr. Bernard's fourth-period U.S. history class, it's "really pathetic" how long it took for early-21st-century Americans to finally legalize gay marriage.

The class of 2086 said it was "laughable" that people against gay marriage were given a legitimate political voice in the early 21st century.

The classroom of 15-year-olds at MacArthur High School—all of whom were born in the late 2060s and grew up never questioning the obvious fact that homosexual couples deserve the right to get married—were reportedly "amazed" to learn in their Modern U.S. History: 2081 Edition textbooks that as late as the 2020s, gays and lesbians actually had to fight for the constitutional right to wed.

"Wow, that is nuts," said student Jeremy Golliver, who claimed he knew gay rights was a struggle "like, a hundred years ago" but didn't realize it lasted so long. "It's really embarrassing, when you think about it. Just the fact that people in this century were actually saying things like, 'No, gays should not be allowed to marry,' and were getting all up in arms about it, as if homosexuals weren't full citizens or something. It's insane."


Read the rest here: http://www.theonion.com/articles/future-us-history-students-its-pretty-embarrassing,19099/

Each time a FReeper's head explodes,

another angel gets their wings. That is how you know things are going well; the FReepers aren't happy. If they were happy, we KNOW how bad things would have to be. FReepers are never happy unless there is hellfire and brimstone and torture and slaughter and the misery of millions for their own evil sense of amusement.

I suppose all those dogs and cats and other animals who sit on command,

and do other tricks based on words we say to them are just doing the exact thing we ask them at the exact time we ask them are doing it all by mere coincidence then? Those are some pretty amazing coincidences, aren't they?

Your post is full of shit.

I had a cat that knew left from right based on what directions we gave her after she went blind. Not only that, she knew exactly what we told her on many many everyday things. She even got my aunt's medicine for her when I was away and my aunt needed that certain medicine to be able to breathe.

Animals can and do understand what we are saying to them. The biggest problem is that we don't understand what they say to us. When it comes to superiority in understanding communications outside of their own species, animals have us beat, hands down.

This thread is hilarious!

Rec'ed, Liked, Bookmarked, and I'm adding this post to my journal so I can find it even easier later.

I wouldn't give her the satisfaction of more attention.

As the third horsewoman of the apocalypse, I believe in doing the best possible job that I can. Her "famine" is no attention from her #1 imagined nemesis. So, I refuse to go there. But, friends of mine have described the ramblings of that particular madwoman as Ted Bundy-ish and stalker-like. I do not doubt it one bit. She was like that here on DU too, only slightly less in the open about it. She was becoming unhinged here on DU more and more at the end there.

In her cage, alone, she doesn't even realize that she finally has her perfect Feminists Group. No one else is there to ever dare disagree with her. She has an entire message board to herself to rant and rave and send out her homophobic, transphobic, and misandrist nonsense nonstop, forever and ever. I always had a gut feeling that, eventually, the only way to satisfy that harridan would be to give her an entire group to herself. Now, she has an message board to herself to rant and rave for eternity. Is that poetic justice or is that poetic justice?

Do you keep your life list in an actual journal, on the computer, or in your head?

I am thinking of starting some kind of journal to keep up with all the birds I have seen. I can't think of what would be the best way to organize it to make it easier to find all the species. I had thought of using my Field Guide to Birds, because it is already perfectly organized, but I hate writing in published books. So far, I have just been mentally keeping up with it, but would enjoy it much more if I could put a date, time, and place down somewhere to remember that too. I'm horrible with remembering dates and sometimes even years. I tend to remember eras of my life better than years.

I was just wondering what others do to keep up with all the wonderful species of birds and the times and dates and places where you saw them.
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