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DU sound problem

A couple weeks ago now, I have no sound on youtube or other clips posted on DU. There one day, gone the next.

I don't have this problem on any other site. Ideas please?


Golden eagles hatch in a California park for the first time in decades


Here's a spot of good news to celebrate the holiday: A close cousin of the nation's iconic symbol, the golden eagle, is coming back to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California. For the first time since the 1980s, a pair of chicks were spotted in a remote part of the park.

Katy Delaney, an ecologist with Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, told the National Parks Traveler website that loss of habitat has reduced the range of the eagles throughout the state, enough to be worrisome for their future. "Humans are the greatest threat to golden eagles," Delaney said. "In the past, they were trapped and shot throughout their range and today, they are vulnerable to habitat loss. Like their mammalian carnivore counterparts, they can die from eating poisoned prey as well as from lead poisoning, electrocution on power lines and collisions with wind turbines."

It's possible, she said, that they've been around and just haven't been seen, but the appearance of these two chicks, which have been banded for tracking, "is a good thing for our mountains. We not only have mountain lions here, but we have golden eagles, too." Here's an encouraging tidbit for the future: "golden eagles are thought to form strong pair bonds and exhibit high mate and territory fidelity, meaning they will likely stay with the same partner and return to the same nest each breeding season. […] Historically, golden eagles nested throughout the Santa Monica Mountains—from the Gorge in Malibu Creek State Park to Boney Mountain in Point Mugu State Park. According to local Chumash Indians, golden eagles had a deep historical connection to Boney Mountain but the last known confirmed nesting there occurred in the early 1980s."

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Twitter reacts to Trump's extraordinary history lesson about airports and the Revolutionary War

These are hilarious!!

George Washington directing the YE Olde Flying Tigers at the battle of Dulles International

"Francis Scott Key calls the airline and asks, "Oh, say. Can you see if there's an earlier flight?"

They were a scrappy bunch of misfits who just wanted to take their water bottles through the TSA checkpoint.

More at:

A courageous mom....

I was wincing till the last squeek.

"Kicking Gas" - Disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to sell gas cars to prospective EV customers.

This is pretty funny. I guess Arnold has given up his Porshe.

Democrats: Stop apologizing!

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton said that half of Trump supporters were a basket of deplorables. Right-wing anger ensued, and Clinton later apologized for stating the truth. Earlier, during the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama stated, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” He was right: That bitterness is what ultimately led to Donald Trump being elected in 2016. Candidate Obama apologized shortly after the remarks were made public, and the Clinton campaign jumped on them as derogatory—even though he was right, and was actually prescient about 2016.

Recent history is littered with Democrats apologizing for offending delicate Republican sensibilities. Tell the truth about Republicans, and they will whine and complain about it until the Democrat apologizes. It has become a game with Republicans. The conservative movement in this country has gotten so good at demanding apologies that it was able to get a report from the Department of Homeland Security on right-wing extremism (i.e., terrorism) pulled in 2009.

The report called this convergence of factors the “most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.”
Conservatives went ballistic.

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