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very true and very wise

A few other thoughts intended, sincerely, to be helpful to anyone who reads this forum.....

1- Most people have a "bottom" to their pain, upon which they get galvanized to do what they need to do. Some do not ..and some just die miserable. Sad, harsh and true. I firmly believe for most human situations, where there is a WILL, there is a WAY. It may not be easy, cheap or fun, but there is a WAY out. Change it, adapt to it, or both.

2- Some people are called in the psych professions "help-seeking/help-rejecting": they seek help, only to avoid implementing all rational and sane approaches. Hmm. At some point, everyone just gives up, including most psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, friends, family members, doctors etc. One can only complain so long, before one gets tuned out. Also sad, harsh and true.

Take steps to curb robocalls (from my wireless carrier, Consumer Cellular)


How can you protect yourself? Here are a few important tips.

The most simple and effective remedy is to not share your phone number, or any other mobile phone information, with anyone you do not know, and don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t know. If you do answer, don’t respond to any invitations to press a number to opt out. That will merely verify that yours is a working number and make you a target for more calls. Simply hang up instead.

Also, watch what you say. The FCC warned about a recent scheme involving getting consumers to say “yes” and later using a recording of that response to allow unauthorized charges on the person’s credit card account. When the caller asks, “Can you hear me?” and the consumer answers “yes,” the caller gains a voice signature that can later be used to authorize fraudulent charges over the phone. It’s best to answer with “I can hear you,” or another non-committal phrase instead.

For smartphone users, download apps like Truecaller, RoboKiller, or Hiya, which can help identify legitimate callers and block out those that are not.

I had never heard of the "yes scam" before.

had a "no f***s left to give day" yesterday

THIS IS THE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP. Abrasive and unkind comments not welcome.

For the benefit of you all who aren't hip to the current lingo, a "no f***s left to give day" means you did or said whatever the f**** you wanted to.

Case in point: yesterday I got my hair cut. I was in the NFLTG mood. Going to the hairstylist, unless she or he is equally loquacious as you, is kinda like going to your therapist. You get your hair cut, they listen to your sane or not so sane words (or lack thereof, done that too) and it's all good.

Poor woman heard my mostly uncensored comments on a variety of subjects. I was a bit embarrassed after I left, but she and her co-worker seemed to enjoy my almost-senior self-deprecating humor and "advice".

Is it my new meds? Almost being 60 in 6.5 months? I RARELY get one of these NFLTG days haha

Former President George W. Bush said that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians".....

Former President George W. Bush said that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians" interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.


Stopped clock award goes to you GWB. Of course, now Trump will say Bush is out to get him, along with Mueller and we dastardly Democrats and the FBI!

Quincy Jones on Marlon Brando: "He'd f*** a mailbox"


[Marlon] Brando The actor and Jones were longtime friends. During a down period in Jones’s life, he spent time on the island in Tahiti which Brando owned.

The two called each other Leroy, owing to a story recounted extremely well (one among many) in this recent GQ profile. used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.

He slept with them? How do you know that?

[Frowns.] Come on, man. He did not give a fuck! You like Brazilian music?

Zak Storey, a very brave and honorable young man, talks about his depression

THIS IS THE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP. Abrasive and unkind comments are not welcome here.

This is all in my print (dead tree) edition of Maximum PC magazine, March 2018.

He's a deputy editor of the magazine, probably 20's to maybe early 30's if I had to guess. Caucasian guy (if I had to guess from his small photo), as many in the tech industry are.

I am going to copy as much manually as I can from my magazine shortly, but long story short, he openly admits to the world that yes, a bright young man such as he, with a good job etc, has clinical depression and he's had it for a long time. He's going to get away from his computer for a while to enjoy nature and other great things to help his depression.

It is 2018 and yes, anyone with a great brain and a great heart knows that we all, men and women, can suffer from depression, either one episode or many or a lifetime. The stats I've seen say that women suffer more from it than men, but the problem is that it is still seen as very "unmanly" for a man to openly admit depression (man up dude, grow some balls, stop whining, etc etc etc). So, the vast majority of men would rather just shut up and suffer or drink or self-medicate with their drug of choice or.....kill themself ultimately.

Things are better now than 10, 20, 30 years ago, but this whole myth of masculine toughness needs to die. As in yesterday. We men suffer and bleed just as women do.

Much respect to you, Zak, and I hope you get zero to very little crap for your honesty.

eta: https://twitter.com/zak_storey/status/943832865606860800

Just finished a lab note talking about depression, computing, and how I tackle it. One of the more challenging things I've ever written, takes a very delicate hand to get it right, especially when you're limited to 300 words.

Hopefully I've done it justice.


Page 92 of the dead tree Maximum PC magazine for March 2018

Study reveals chemical in McDonald's fries may be cure for baldness

just WTF....probably die from a heart attack or stroke before you get to enjoy your new hair LOL


A new study reveals a chemical found in McDonald's French fries may be the cure for baldness.

Scientists from Japan said the chemical is added to the fries in order to keep the cooking oil from frothing up.

When they tested that chemical on mice, scientists said, the mice regrew hair.

Scientists said this is the first time they have mass produced what they are calling "hair follicle germs" with this method.

Treasury's Mnuchin says he wants answers on Equifax breach


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said he wants to know how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is handling a probe into a hack of credit bureau Equifax Inc (EFX.N) after a report that the agency’s acting director had pulled back from investigating the matter.

Equifax disclosed in September that hackers had stolen personal data it had collected on some 143 million Americans.

On Monday, Reuters reported that acting CFPB chief Mick Mulvaney had put the brakes on the agency’s Equifax investigation.

“I haven’t spoken to Director Mulvaney about it but I will,” Mnuchin told the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. “It is something I am going to discuss with him.”

Call me a cynic but I call BULLSHIT. Prove me wrong, Mnuchin.

-49F, just northeast of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada


This reading is the coldest I've seen yet for the Canadian high Arctic. These readings I usually see on the Greenland ice sheet.

CNBC: "It turns out nice guys don't always finish last" (Chris Long)


It turns out nice guys don't always finish last.

Super Bowl champ Chris Long, defensive end for the Eagles donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to charity. Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million roster bonus.

Long donated his first six paychecks of 2017 to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. He says he was inspired to give after seeing the violent protests held by white nationalists in August.

"I've always believed there are inequities in our country," Long said in an interview with the Washington Post. "People's apathy or resentment for that reality has been surfacing a lot lately. And so for me, it's like, 'I'm going to be a part of the solution.'"
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