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Name: Steve
Gender: Male
Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
Current location: US
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
Number of posts: 25,173

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Atlantic: Tropical Depression Dolly ; Pacific: Tropical Storm Norbert


Tropical Depression Dolly


Tropical Storm Norbert

How good is your memory ?

I chose the first option, but I exaggerate a tad.

to Raffi Ella for the online test: http://www.buzzfeed.com/perpetua/how-bad-is-your-memory

Only two things, that I can see, will cause such a revolution

1- "The Sixties" sprang out of the repressiveness of the fifties and earlier decades. Were those conditions to be replicated again, I could see a peaceful revolution.

2- The other, more likely condition is another true Great Depression. We barely avoided it in 2008-2009, but I fear it is coming in the next several years. Another true Great Depression = official unemployment figures of 25 percent, and that's not counting the under-employed and those who stopped looking for work.

What I fear is, the combination of a depression with right wing sentiment. I hope my fears are baseless.

Atlantic: Tropical Storm Dolly ; Pacific: Tropical Storm Norbert


Tropical Storm Dolly

Last Updated 9/2/2014, 5:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 22.0N 97.0W Movement W at 12 mph
Wind 45 MPH Pressure: 1004 MB


Last Updated 9/2/2014, 5:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 18.5N 106.5W Movement N at 9 mph
Wind 40 MPH Pressure: 1004 MB

a minor rant: I'm really tired of reading posts arguing against white privilege

As most of you know, I'm a middle aged white guy. I've grown up in the South. Holy shit, if you deny white privilege, you are either 1) being willfully obtuse, either paid or unpaid; or 2) you have never ever met a person of color in your entire life or ever read or heard of their difficulties in this country. I think option #1 is the case in 99.99999999999999999% of cases.

If I'm THIS sick of reading those posts, I can just imagine how AA posters feel.

eta: I'm awaiting the deniers to arrive in CreekDog's thread any minute.

Citibank phishing scam in my inbox.....

As always, don't click on any links in the email and delete it. In case someone on DU doesn't know how to handle these phishing messages. HTH.


Do you have any good news today to share ?

I'm healthy. My son is healthy. Life is good.

Microsoft Defies Federal US Court Order To Disclose Customerís Overseas Email


Microsoft is flat out ignoring a federal court order to provide U.S. prosecutors access to a customer's emails being held on a server in Ireland. For Microsoft, this boils down to a matter of trust with its users, and so long as the case continues to maneuver through the appeals process, the Redmond outfit has no intention of complying with the order.

Judge Loretta Preska, chief of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, ruled back on July 31 that Microsoft was required to hand over the email messages to U.S. prosecutors investigating a criminal case. However, she temporarily suspended the order so that Microsoft could appeal.

Prosecutors have since argued that her order was not a "final, appealable order," and since Microsoft hadn't been held in contempt, no reason exists to enforce the stay. Preska agreed with that assessment, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured," and that "the fact that the court has not closed the case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and could be appealed.

In other words, the prosecutors got their wish in terms of having the judge side with them and order Microsoft to hand over emails, but as far as Microsoft is concerned, federal authorities don't have jurisdiction over data stored outside the U.S., giving it legal ground to ignore the order.

Read more: http://hothardware.com/News/Microsoft-Defies-Federal-US-Court-Order-To-Disclose-Customers-Overseas-Email/#!bOfc9D#ixzz3C7l1v2sl


You will wonder what the hell this has to do with "Loners group", but I think you'll see.

I play an online MMORPG game, by myself. I'm not going to name it, so I don't get harassed by the idiots of the world. Long story short, someone called me a "douche" in the game. I don't think I deserved being called that name. I cried real tears in real life. No one has ever called me that nasty name in my entire life. Yes, I'm overly sensitive. Yes, I need to grow a rhinoceros hide.

Yes, I know in the grand scheme of things, being called a douche is nothing. Absolutely nothing. However, can't we all be kinder to each other ? That includes me too. Today just reminded me, once again, to be KIND, as much as humanly possible.

Happy Labor Day all DU'ers !

I wish you all much joy, peace, and rest today.

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