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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Here is a very good outline of how the delegates work in a contested Republican convention:

This really is a valuable read, smething to save to help follow the convention.

Republicans haven’t seen a second ballot since 1948, but they might see one this summer. Here’s a quick primer on what could happen:

Who are the Republican delegates?
They’re awarded by each state, usually based on primary or caucus votes. In some states, delegates are elected directly, while in others candidates choose delegates.

Starting with Tuesday’s primaries, states yet to vote are ones that can award all their delegates to the winner. All 99 of Florida’s delegates will go to Trump. All 66 Ohio delegates will go to Kasich. In other states, they have been awarded using different formulas, often based on a percentage of the vote.

Must delegates vote for their candidates?
On the first ballot, virtually all the delegates must vote for their candidates. In some states, however, they are not bound. In Pennsylvania, for instance, 17 of the 71 delegates go to the state winner. The rest may vote for whomever they choose, though most are savvy politicians who will go by the wishes of the voters.

Nationally, the rules loosen on a second ballot. Most of the delegates, but not all, can vote for anyone they want.

On a third ballot, almost all the delegates are free.

More answers at the link.

Yet another reason to use ad blockers:........ Major sites hit by 'ransomware' malvertising

A number of major news websites have seen adverts hijacked by a malicious campaign that attempts to install “ransomware” on users computers, according to a warning from security researchers Malwarebytes.

The attack, which was targeted at US users, hit websites including the New York Times, the BBC, AOL and the NFL over the weekend. Combined, the targeted sites have traffic in the billions of visitors.

The malware was delivered through multiple ad networks, and used a number of vulnerabilities, including a recently-patched flaw in Microsoft’s former Flash competitor Silverlight, which was discontinued in 2013.

When the infected adverts hit users, they redirect the page to servers hosting the malware, which includes the widely-used (amongst cybercriminals) Angler exploit kit. That kit then attempts to find any back door it can into the target’s computer, where it will install cryptolocker-style software, which encrypts the user’s hard drive and demands payment in bitcoin for the keys to unlock it.

Major automakers to announce pact to install auto-braking systems by 2022

Automatic emergency braking includes systems designed to prevent crashes in which drivers do not apply the brakes or fail to apply enough braking power to avoid a collision.

So your car is gonna brake all by itself while you are driving?????

Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

BREAKING: Kochs Demand $400 Million Refund from Rubio

sez Borowitz just now....

So worth this picture:

List of reasons for admission to mental asylum 1864 to 1899

( my favorite...novel reading)

Do we no longer have MIR teams?

Just realized I have not seen announcements of new teams, in quite some time.

I am sleeping so much better since I reduced blue light at night on the puter/e-book use.

I knew as we age, it is common to have sleep problems, and sure enough, over the past few years, falling asleep and staying asleep has been a problem.

I have been reading of the effects of computer/e-book use at night which inhibits melatonin production, because of blue light waves... and can affect sleep.

So, out of curiosity, I got a pair of orange lens sunglasses, and started using them from 8 pm on when at the puter and in bed reading the e-book.
Been a week now.
And it works.
Falling asleep naturally about 20 minutes after going to bed, and have much deeper sleep, feel more alert the next day, and have more energy.

Did an experiment and did not use them 2 nights ago, felt sluggish and dull the next day.

Mr. Dixie is off searching for a pair today.

Clinton daily apology # 243:

Clinton Issues Longer Apology for Praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS Record.

"I Made a Mistake, Plain and Simple."

After praising the late Nancy Reagan for starting "a national conversation" on HIV and AIDS, then promptly apologizing in the face of intense criticism on Friday, Hillary Clinton has now issued a much longer explanation and apology, posted to Medium on Saturday night.

"To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS," she wrote. "That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day."

"I've heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said. As someone who has also lost friends and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why. I made a mistake, plain and simple."

NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy.

The ACLU of Massachusetts blog Privacy SOS explains why this is important:

What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages.
FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.

This basically formalizes what was already happening under the radar. We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA. Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained. If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone. And it certainly isn’t the only time that that national security apparatus has let law enforcement agencies benefit from policies that are supposed to be reserved for terrorism investigations in order to get around the Fourth Amendment, then instructed those law enforcement agencies to misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information — see the Stingray debacle. This isn’t just a few rogue agents. The lying has been a matter of policy. We’re now learning that the feds had these agreements with police agencies all over the country, affecting thousands of cases.

We did say this would happen...people scoffed back then.

Iditarod officials: Snowmobile strikes 2 teams, kills dog, injures others

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A person on a snowmobile drove into two dog teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Saturday morning, killing one dog and injuring at least three others.

Mushers Aliy Zirkle (AL-ee ZUR-cul) and Jeff King were attacked outside the village of Nulato (noo-LAH-toh), a community of 236 on the Yukon River a little more than halfway into the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race to Nome.

A suspect has been identified by a village police officer. Race officials did not know the gender of the suspect, said Bri Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Iditarod Trail Committee.

King was 12 miles (19.31 kilometers) from Nulato when three of his dogs were hit by the snowmobile.
Nash, a 3-year-old male, was killed. Crosby, another 3-year-old male, and Banjo, a 2-year-old male, received injuries and are expected to survive.

King himself requested medical attention at Nulato.

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