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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,688

About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

Have you seen the Birdie sticker yet?

Act Blue made and is selling them:

Good news, guys. Campbell soup is gonna label GMO foods AND remove BPA from cans!!!!!

If you like Progresso soups as much as I do, let them know they need to up their game:

I just sent them the Campbell's headlines and asked them to do same, here:

Campbell Soup To Label Products Containing GMOs, Supports Mandatory Labeling

Campbell to Remove BPA from Packaging by Mid-2017

I am a big fan of contacting manufacturers, if enough of us do it, it does produce change.

Netflix Admits To Throttling Its Own Streams On AT&T, Verizon Wireless Because Data Caps

for the the last five years, Netflix has been capping their own mobile data streams at 600 Kbps on most wireless networks around the world.

The reasoning? If you hit your data cap and get socked with overage fees you won’t be watching any more Netflix this month — and you might cut back in future months, too. Therefore, in the interest of keeping customers watching and subscribing, they throttled the streams.

But wait: Netflix admitted to doing it for Verizon and AT&T customers, but not for T-Mobile or Sprint. Why not? Because “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies,” Netflix told the WSJ. Specifically, they mean the practice of throttling down data instead of charging overage fees. Watching too much Netflix in one week might mean you can’t for the next three weeks, but it won’t make you broke. And consumers are very sensitive to hits in the wallet region.

Does the number of views a post has include the times the poster returned to the page?

I post, someone answers, I go back to post to comment, or to see comments,.....does that make the post count increase???

I swear this looks like Nathan Lane and Cary Grant had a love child

AT&T Follows Comcast, Will Charge $30 More to Avoid Usage Caps

In a blog post, AT&T's Bob Bickerstaff stated that starting on May 23, the U-verse usage cap will be bumped from the uniform 250 GB per month, to different caps based on your service tier. AT&T says customers on U-Verse tiers with speeds of 768 Kbps – 6 Mbps will now face a 300 GB cap; customers on U-Verse tiers of speeds of 12 Mbps – 75Mbps will see a 600 GB cap; and customers on speeds of 100 Mbps – 1 Gbps will see a cap of 1 terabyte.

Users who exceed these caps in any given month will automatically have to pay for 50 GB of additional data for $10 each. Users who want to avoid the cap will now need to pay $30 a month more moving forward. That is unless you're also a DirecTV or AT&T U-Verse TV customer, in which case AT&T is waiving the $30 fee.

That last bit is a fairly transparent ploy to address a spike in cord cutting t AT&T -- by forcing customers into signing up for television services they may not actually want if they want to avoid usage restrictions. Whether using arbitrary caps to force users to sign up for TV technically violates net neutrality (either the FCC's rules or the concept in general) is something that's likely to be hotly debated.

Alabama Gov. sex scandal getting more and more interesting.

1. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his top advisor, Rebekah Mason, with whom he admitted having inappropriate sexual conversations, no longer attend First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, according to a statement from the pastor.

"While church discipline is a church family matter, both Governor Robert Bentley and Mrs. Rebekah Mason are no longer members of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa," Senior Pastor Gil McKee told Christian News Network on Friday

Hmmmm..sounds like they were booted out. Baptists can be pretty severe.
his supporters are NOT gonna be happy about that.

2. Her husband is sounding more like he was bought off to look the other way.

Jon Mason also collects a state paycheck, serving as executive director of the governor's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, also known as Serve Alabama.

The scandal currently rocking Montgomery has generated serious concerns about Rebekah Mason's high-power position in the Bentley administration and about hundreds of thousands of dollars Bentley's campaign paid to a company owned by the couple, RCM Communications, during the 2014 campaign.

It also raises the question of why Jon Mason, who worked as a weatherman before joining the Bentley administration, was chosen to head up an important taxpayer-funded state agency that controls millions of dollars and is overseen by the governor's office.

The state paid Jon Mason an annual salary of $91,400.08 in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 for his service as head of Serve Alabama, according to the state Department of Finance. He received an 18.7 percent raise between fiscal 2013 – when he was paid a salary of $76,999.92 – and fiscal 2014. He also received $76,999.92 in fiscal 2012, his first full fiscal year working for the state.

And then there is this:
Rebekah Mason is listed in official filings as the lone officer of RCM Communications, which was paid more than $400,000 by the Bentley campaign between RCM's formation in July 2013 and November 2014 for consulting and polling work, according to state campaign finance records.

I just escaped a HUGE eye care ripoff. ( UPDATE: glasses came and are perfect)

The time has come that I need eyeglasses to see the computer clearly enough.
Been getting by without them, and have using orange colored sunglasses to block the blue light from the puter and the e-book at night, which has been having a very positive effect on the quality of my sleep and stopping watery itchy eyes.
Screen words are still a bit blurry tho.

So,time to get the prescription glasses, and the eye doc firmly declared since they were for the computer, I HAD to have the special blue light coating.
ok...quick vision check, then I am marched over to the nice young thang sitting at the glasses fitting table.
But, I have played this game before, so I asked her for the bill for just the exam and that I would have to wait to get enough money for the glasses and could I please have a copy of the prescription for my files.
Exam only bill came to $33.00.

The special coated lenses came to 400.00!
Without even counting the frames.

Can I just have the eyeglasses with out the bluelight coating?
NO, she said.
( That is bs and I know it)

Now this is the ONLY eye doc in town, and they are part of a chain which is the only one in any of the nearby towns.

Got home, immediately called the Canadian eyewear company that I had bought my last prescription from in November,
( single lens prescription, frames, free magnetic sunglasses, hard clamshell case, and 100% guarantee for a year) for $49.00, no tax.
I could have bought more expensive frames, but the ones I got are of excellent quality also.

Had to bargain a bit because of the special blue light preventive coating, at first they asked 200.00, then 150.00
but I know a secret.
I know that making lenses for glasses is done in just a few places in the country, and that it costs under $12.00 or so to make them, and the rest is profit. ( Hat Tip to Consumerist.com)
and I know that there is negotiation room with online eyewear places. ( Mr. Dixie has used them for years)

Bottom line......frames, glasses, coating, $83.00, no tax, will be here within 10 days of last Wed.

So the shooting at the WH Visitor center "co-incided" with a real shooting.....interesting.

An active shooter drill took place at the U.S. Capitol on Monday morning, and an email sent early in the morning about the drill initially caused confusion among staffers after reports of shots in the visitor center later in the afternoon. The drill and this reported shooting are separate events. -

Gee...how often have we heard that before...planned drills taking place and then similar incidents at same time.

Bad news folks....

Secret Service: No guns in GOP convention

The statement comes in response to a petition that calls for allowing open carry of guns inside Quicken Loans Arena, the host venue.

The petition has amassed more than 43,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

This is a double heart breaker. The petition only got 43,000 signatures.

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