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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
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President Woodrow Wilson ignores petition by Ho Chi Minh for help in creating Vietnam....

Wilson ignores petition by Ho Chi Minh for help in creating Vietnam independent from French rule and led by nationalist government.



D. R. Sar Desai, Vietnam: The Struggle for National Identity (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992), p. 50

Interesting tidbit I found.

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YMMV, of course. Some may hate it. HTH.

Subtropical Storm Ana Drifting in Atlantic Off US Coast


MIAMI The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is meandering in the Atlantic off the U.S. southeastern coast Friday after forming nearly a month before the season officially begins.

Subtropical Storm Ana's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) with slight strengthening forecast during the next day or so.

The storm is centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says it's been nearly stationary over the last few hours but is expected to move north-northwest later in the day.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The system is expected to deliver 2 to 4 inches of rain over eastern areas of the Carolinas over the weekend, and is already causing heavy surf and swells.

Man loses leg to flesh-eating bacteria after swimming in Florida


(video at link)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Doctors are issuing a warning about swimming with open wounds after a man in Florida had to have his leg amputated because of a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

Zach Mody only had a minor cut on his toe when he went swimming off a Fort Myers beach in the Gulf of Mexico about a month ago. Now, he's in a hospital bed and is missing one leg.

"I would have never thought in a million years this would have happened to me," Mody told ABC affiliate WZVN-TV.

His symptoms started shortly after his visit to the beach.

more at link


I really hope I can contribute here, and that this group is respected, on DU and on the wider internet.

Here goes: I have chronic depression, since age 6. On two meds for it. Father was Bipolar I. Mom had depression. I get it genetically.

There was an incident a while back of someone "raiding" this group to smear another DU'er, which I found really despicable. Hopefully that will never happen again. No, I'm not going to give out any links or hints. It's over now, in the ancient past. As you can tell, that incident stopped me from coming here for months and months.

Lurkers and freepers, you are lower than dog shit if you take the content in this group to ridicule people or smear people. That's a fact, not just my opinion.

At any rate, hello and thanks for welcoming me to this wonderful and MUCH needed group.


"The Most Livable Places at 50+", from dead tree AARP Bulletin for this month

*heavily edited*

Most livable neighborhoods

1- Mifflin West, Madison, WI

2- Upper West Side, Manhattan

3- Downtown Crossing, Boston

4- South of Market, San Francisco

5- Washburn, La Crosse, WI

6- Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

7- Southside, Virginia, MN

8- Downtown Bismarck, ND

9- Downtown Seattle

10- Downtown Los Alamos, NM

Most Livable Cities, Large

1- SF

2- Boston

3- Seattle

4- Milwaukee

5- NYC

6- Philly

7- Portland, OR

8- Denver

9- Washington DC

10- Baltimore


Most Livable, Medium

1- Madison WI

2- St. Paul, MN

3- Sioux Falls, SD

4- Rochester, MN

5- Minneapolis, MN

6- Arlington, VA

7- Cedar Rapids, IA

8- Lincoln, NE

9- Fargo, ND

10- Cambridge MA


Most Livable Cities, small

1- La Crosse, WI

2- Fitchburg, WI

3- Bismarck, ND

4- Sun Prairie, WI

5- Duluth, MN

6- Union City, NJ

7- Grand Island, NE

8- Kirkland, WA

9- Marion, IA

10- West Bend, WI


This is done by AARP via their "AARP Livability Index". I don't know if this is online or not.

eta: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/best-places-to-live/?intcmp=BUBB3

Time for a funny GIF-off!

How much did you hate Windows Vista ?

I didn't hate it. I was in a very small minority I think.

National Weather Service/NHC/NSSL are all government funded (socialism, yes ?) with no private money

National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/

NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

NSSL: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov

I was watching the tragic destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma yesterday. They decimated the towns of Bridge Creek, Oklahoma and Amber, OK.

How many taxpayers and citizens of this country are willing to allow private business(es) to make a profit off this vital information ? I don't think private industry could do a better job of it, although I'm sure the die-hard libertarians would disagree with me.

I'm thankful for the socialism in this case, as well as other cases.

ETA: Yes, I'm aware there are private businesses in the weather business, but none as vast as NWS, NHC and NSSL.
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