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IrishAyes

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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Thanks.

Pets are well, thank you. Molly Maguire is too small and slow to catch squirrels, but Brigid Malone, the smooth-coat JRT which is the same as a foxhound a hundred years ago, has proven herself quite the hunter. She's built for speed; 14" high at the shoulder and mostly legs. BrOne week in winter she caught 8 in one day. Didn't cost me a dime to feed her that day. Since squirrels are pretty smart, I've developed the idea that Brigid MIGHT be jumping the fence to hunt in the overgrown empty lot acros the back alley when she figures I won't find out, and then maybe she brings her catch home to eat. She's pretty smart herself.

As for neighbors I've got new ones on the northside now. A young and growing family. They're racists but for some reason are still rather nice to me, especially inexplicable because they know I'm a flaming liberal................... At long last the hateful old coot on the southside croaked and now another young family has bought the place. Around here odds are high that they're at least very conservative, but I've met them several times across the fence and they seem truly congenial. They're 2 kids and growing also.

Recovering Old Posts (x-posted from Welcome&Help)

I haven't been on DU for over a year due to pressures elsewhere; but now that I've reactivated my account, none of the old posts from way back show up. Does anyone know how I might recover them? I'm using the same account info as before except Skinner was kind enough to send me a new password when the automatic system wouldn't. So only the password changed.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

Hi, it's me again

After a year or more, but I've missed you folks. Hope to visit more often after the general.

I also hope the group will continue after POTUS leaves office; please let me know if it morphs into a group promoting the appointment of Barack Hussein Obama to the SCOTUS.

Recovering Old Posts

I haven't been on DU for over a year due to pressures elsewhere; but now that I've reactivated my account, none of the old posts from way back show up. Does anyone know how I might recover them? I'm using the same account info as before except Skinner was kind enough to send me a new password when the automatic system wouldn't. So only the password changed.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

On Pins and Needles for Tomorrow

Whatever happens, Berners, it ain't over til the fat lady sings and I'm not about to.

Haven't posted in this group before, been busy promoting Bernie elsewhere - but I feel the need to return to DU's warm embrace at times.

Remember, vote early and often.

Tell your CONservative 'friends' if you have any that the GOP votes on Wednesday from now on.

Engineer Types - What Say You About This?

Sounds too good to be true but I want to be wrong. Not about to consider buying one even when they are(?) available in US until I see independent verification.

Meanwhile maybe some of you folks could tell me what you think so far at this stage of development.


http://samuel-warde.com/2015/11/60-minutes-on-this-bicycle-can-power-your-home-for-24-hours-video/



Chemistry Question

Okay, at first glance this might appear to be in the wrong forum because it started with a DIY topic on another website. But those other groups don't necessarily have any SCIENTISTS, much less chemists, and I want the very best answer to my dilemma.

It all started when apartmenttherapydotcom said don't use vinegar for a softener in dishwashers and washing machines anymore because it's hell on the fittings and hoses. Since I have heard about water softener systems screwing up the plumbing in houses, that brought me to a screeching halt.

So I started looking up DIY liquid fabric softeners and except for one, ALL have vinegar in the formula. The one that doesn't says use epsom salts instead.

Question: Is the alkaline epsom salts just as bad for rubber hoses and fittings or less so? than vinegar on rubber hoses and fittings? If it is, can a real chemist tell me a better way to do this?

Special ? about Windows 10 Nobody Else Will Answer

I have great friends on another website (as well as here). Some are very tech savvy, and they honestly mean to answer my question but they still don't although I've rephrased it twice. I hope someone here can do it.

Here's what I posted elsewhere:
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"Tech question! With Windows 10 now available for free download, I've learned some things but still haven't found the answer to a major question.

Okay - if you download and install the program, you have something like 9 months or so to switch back to your previous OS. Fine. You also have up to a year (?) to download and install.
What I still feel unsure about is exactly what happens when you do download. Does the program demand to be immediately installed, thereby wiping out your files etc., or does it download and just sit there quietly until you're ready to install later? I have plenty of room for 10 but also tons of files that I don't have time to move out of potential harm's way just yet."
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All sorts of great advice follows, such as wait the full year allowed to download a free version so the bugs will already be addressed, etc. But no answer to the question I asked! Maybe they assume it no longer matters since they're telling me to wait. But I still want to know!

Part of the trouble is that I don't 100% trust MS to give us that year-long period for a free download. And I do have a massive hard drive with tons of memory so if the download will sit in the corner quietly and NOT auto-install on download, I could easily go through the patch process after downloading.

Oh, and I'm running a 64-bit Windows 8.1 btw.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Looking for McGyver (cross post)

No, really.... I have a pressing personal problem for which there might or might not be a viable solution. Since I'm only 5' tall, my bike's wheels are 24" - otherwise I can't touch the ground with my feet on both sides at once. You don't want to know how many times I wrecked a 26" bike. Well, if you do want to know, I'm not telling. Can't count that high. And I don't trust cable brakes so mine are coaster.

Also with the passage of time, I'm less able to deal with the hills around here, I need some kind of AFFORDABLE pedal assist. I've spent hours hunting a suitable rig online and have finally decided to admit defeat.

So any bike enthusiasts and/or engineer types out there who can help me solve this, I'd appreciate the help.

Looking for McGyver (Cross Post)

No, really.... I have a pressing personal problem for which there might or might not be a viable solution. Since I'm only 5' tall, my bike's wheels are 24" - otherwise I can't touch the ground with my feet on both sides at once. You don't want to know how many times I wrecked a 26" bike. Well, if you do want to know, I'm not telling. Can't count that high. And I don't trust cable brakes so mine are coaster.

Also with the passage of time, I'm less able to deal with the hills around here, I need some kind of AFFORDABLE pedal assist. I've spent hours hunting a suitable rig online and have finally decided to admit defeat.

So any bike enthusiasts and/or engineer types out there who can help me solve this, I'd appreciate the help. I'd prefer something electrical or at least solar or battery for the noise issue. I know systems can be found on eBay for instance, but I never know for sure which would work with MY bike and they're pricey anyhow. There's one beautiful rig that turns any bike into assisted and all you have to do is just pop it on - But if I can pop it on, somebody else can easily pop it off too when I blink. Plus it costs close to 6 times what I paid for the bike. At that price I'd have to walk.
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