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Hometown: Flint MI
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And now Midland

I moved away from MI more than 20 years ago, but my family still lives there so any news catches my eye right away.

I've never even been to Midland but this reduces me to tears. I grew up watching TV stations that announced their call letters and the area they served: "Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland" so it's like it is part of my home town. The same with the shooting of the Family Dollar - I've never been there, it was built after I left, but I have a connection in spite of that. I saw the horrific aftermath when Vassar flooded and drowned many years ago.

This is shouting into the wind, but I really wish that Michigan would stop making the national news.

COVID-19 is now in Las Vegas

I posted it here.

And the Johns Hopkins CSSE map has it.


To tell you the truth, since this is one of the biggest vacation spots for people from all over the world, I'm surprised it took so long.

Health District confirms presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Southern Nevada

Source: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) The Southern Nevada Health District held a press conference on Thursday morning to talk about the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Southern Nevada.

The presumptive positive case has been confirmed by a local laboratory. A sample is now being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health district should know within 24 to 48 hours if their test confirms the local test.

According to SNHD, the victim is a man who is over 50 years old. He is currently in the hospital and has been quarantined. The health district says that the man does have an underlying health condition and they are hoping for the best. The man's family, including a child, have also been advised to stay home until it can be determined whether or not they have also contracted the disease.

Read more: https://www.ktnv.com/news/potential-case-of-novel-coronavirus-in-nevada-reported-by-website-health-district-to-respond

Well, to tell you the truth, I expected it to reach us sooner. We get vacationers from all over the world.


The Liberal Redneck is back!

It's been 3 months without anything new, and here's his latest:

Do you have audible.com? A question or two...

I've been thinking about subscribing to Audible.com, but I have a few questions.

First, they say that you "own the audible book forever." Does that mean that it has been downloaded on (or downloadable to) your computer? Or is it sitting in the cloud somewhere so you can access it for all time?

What do you like about it?

What do you not like about it?

If there are other snippets of info you could share, I will greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Twitter videos

It used to be that I could play them all right in the DU thread.

Now I sometimes see a message like "medium could not be displayed" in a video sized blue box. If I click on the text of the tweet, it will take me to Twitter where I can watch the video.

Sometimes the video plays in the DU thread.

There doesn't seem to be any way to tell in advance what will happen. This started a couple few weeks ago.

Does anyone know why this is happening?

Watching the House Judiciary Committee Hearing Online

If you don't have access to a TV, here are a couple YouTube links:

House Judiciary Committee (has scrolling viewer comments - very distracting):

C-SPAN (no comments):

Dear President Zelensky,

You must be feeling just a bit squeezed these days between the threat of Russian invasion and the extortion of the American so-called pResident who is demanding that you assist in internal American election politics. It sounds like a frightening place to be, but may I offer a suggestion on how to get out of the worst of it?

Release the recording of the phone call you undoubtedly made and possess. There are several ways to do it:

1. Brash & Bold method: Call a news conference, announce that you are going to release it, and tell the world the website where they can download their own copy.

2. Sneaky But Safer method: Send a recording of it in a diplomatic bag to your embassies in the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, and/or Australia. Any of these countries would be good places.

Then, once your embassies have their copies, have them pass them along to major news outlets in their respective countries. TV and newspapers will jump for the opportunity to run the conversation(s) in their entirety.

Yes, this would be a bit scary. Releasing the recordings would go a long way toward getting rid of the difficult and frankly criminal US president who put you in this situation, but it would weaken Putin at the same time. Western public sentiment is with you. This is your time to strike a blow against the criminal syndicates trying to dominate you. This is your time to stand tall, brave, and strong.

A concerned American citizen who doesn't like what's going on

Harry Potter trailers in 7 different genres

This is so cute. You don't even have to be a fan or even to have seen the movie to get it (but it helps).

What the hell was THAT?!

Just around 6:30, there was an incredible noise over Vegas that traveled over my house. The last time I heard something like it was at an air show with the Blue Angels.

I checked a couple TV news stations, but nothing yet.

Did anyone else hear it? What was going on?

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