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a piece of advice for brand new members, if I may


That thread may amuse you. If not, that does not surprise me. What's my overarching point ? You can post almost anything on DU, and you will get disagreement, unless something is a universally accepted fact, even by the right wing.

If you can't tolerate disagreement, and at times vigorous disagreement and intense debate, this site may not be for you. YMMV. HTH.


German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

(yes original headline)


The German rozzers raided a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday (July 2), and found a Nazi tank from 1943 hidden in the cellar, alongside a torpedo and "other weaponry".

The Local reported that the raid took place under the orders of the town's prosecutors, who suspect the villa's owner held the Nazi-era weaponry illegally, due to a law controlling the possession of instruments of war.

Kiel's prosecutors were apparently alerted to the presence of the military hardware by Berlin prosecutors, who had searched the property about a month earlier for stolen Nazi art.

The villa owner's lawyer has claimed that, as the tank could no longer fire its weapons, he was therefore not in breach of any law, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The newspaper also sourced a complaint from Alexander Orth, mayor of the nearby Keikendorf municipality, who said: "He was chugging around in that thing during the snow catastrophe in 1978."

Happy 4th of July/Independence Day!

something to think about

Hi Skinner, Elad and EarlG, and thanks again for a good board.

Something to think about: The forums at World of Warcraft are, in general, inferior to DU. I'll stipulate that upfront. However, they do one thing right IMHO. The background is brown and the letters are yellow. As a result, it's very easy to read for me. Granted, it's an unconventional design, but for my 56 year old eyes which have contacts on and sometimes prescription glasses (I'm nearsighted with astigmatism), it's very easy to read. I'd guess that most of our readers are at least 40 and many are over 50 and 60.

I really do prefer the brown style over white. At any rate... something to ponder. Happy 4th!


sincere question about a term the RW uses

The term is "race baiter". This link made me ask the question:


I know they are trying to insult the good Reverend when they say that, but what are they REALLY trying to say ? Do they mean, if you bring up race at all, you are automatically a race baiter in their eyes ?

Thanks for answering my sincere question. All the best to everyone in AA!


I'd prefer the term "unrealistic left"

I think it's great many on the left want to change the system, the nation, the economy, etc. However, barring a violent revolution, it will have to take place within the legal confines of our democratic system. That takes changing hearts and minds and getting people to vote consistently every election for progressive causes.

Ideals are fine. Just don't lose sight of unpleasant realities that must be transformed. All the best to you and your lovely family!

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign


(yes the actual headline from the website)

A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world leak IP data.

Vasile C. Perta, Marco V. Barbera, and Alessandro Mei of Sapienza University of Rome, together with Gareth Tyson, and Hamed Haddadi of the Queen Mary University of London say vendor promises of user privacy and security are often lies that put users at risk.

"Despite being a known issue, our experimental study reveals that the majority of VPN services suffer from IPv6 traffic leakage," the authors wrote in the paper A Glance through the VPN Looking Glass: IPv6 Leakage and DNS Hijacking in Commercial VPN clients .

"Our findings confirm the criticality of the current situation: many of these providers leak all, or a critical part of the user traffic in mildly adversarial environments.

more at link

The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States (not to be taken seriously)


Florida gets the worst ranking, 50th. Color me surprised!

Michigan gets number one for the best (hear that, MrScorpio ?)


ICYMI: DU is upgrading, eventually


Star Member Skinner (60,419 posts)
1. I'll ask Elad to check it out. Because that is way over my head.

FWIW, We are working with our ISP to scrap our antiquated server setup and move into something new. It's a big job and it will take a while. But we are working on it!

The Urban Heat Island and Local Temperature Variations in Orlando, Florida



Cities artificially alter local climates affecting economic and biological processes. This study examined air temperatures in Orlando's urban canopy layer using a network of twenty-nine fixed-point stations from September 1999 to December 2001. Urban Heat Island (UHI) statistics were calculated using two stations that were representative of an urban and rural setting. Orlando's UHI develops best on calm, clear nights during dry months: its maximum magnitude exceeds 8°C. Orlando's UHI, however, is predominantly a nocturnal phenomenon with intense heat islands sometimes occurring during warm afternoons. These events are most likely attributable to isolated thundershowers. Local temperature variations between urban and rural extremes were examined by calculating environmental indices for all stations. The range in monthly cooling degreeday totals exceeded 100 degree days in six months of the thirty-six month study period. Heating degree totals and number of freezing hours were also highly variable.
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