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I hit a wrong button by mistake and now the DU print is smaller. How do I reset it back to how it


Before the BOG is shut down I want to share the following excerpt from a letter I received

from BO in 2015. It should be a reminder to us of our end goal as we prepare for 2020 and life after Trump.

ďWe also need to protect a Government of, by, and for the people that serves ordinary Americans and ensures their voices are not drowned out by millions of dollars in secret, special interest advertising. Allowing corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections is damaging to our democracy. And both parties in Congress need to come together to solve our countryís problems and rebuild the trust of the people who sent us here.

The constant cycle of manufactured crises and self?inflicted wounds created by Washington has undermined our economy, and it has to stop. We must invest in ourselves and build a country where anyone who works hard has a chance to reach for our Nationís promise.Ē

My final comment: in a country as diverse as ours if we donít lose faith we cannot fail.

Recently there was a discussion thread on DU concerning a person with cancer

choosing alternative medicine (essential oils) over conventional medicine for their treatment. For being a progressive site some of the replies chilled me to my core as some did not feel the cancer patient had a right to choose their course of treatment. Isnít a personís right to choose not only the core of the abortion debate but the genesis for other issues as well? How can one be against oneís right to choose their cancer treatment yet be in approval of oneís right to choose whether or not to have an abortion?

The comments resulted in my asking the question how intertwined the use of alternative medicine is to oneís connection to Mother Earth through their spirituality. Here is my conclusion.

I believe that spirituality is an energy force that is inherent in everything that inhabits Mother Earth. Expansion of oneís energy force results in a higher understanding of our place and our connectedness to things that are greater and other than human. It is through this perception and understanding that one accepts the reality that Mother Earth has provided all who inhabit this earth with natural resources for healing. The acceptance and use of these natural resources is the connection that makes the respect for Mother Earth, alternative medicines, and spirituality inextricably bound.

Unfortunately, over the centuries humans have rendered extinct some of the healing plants provided in nature. The following is a (short) list of some healing plants that still exist in nature. Willow Bark became aspirin. Paclitaxel, extracted from the Pacific yew, is the precursor to todayís cancer fighting chemotherapy drug marketed as Taxol and is considered to be one of the National Cancer Instituteís successes in their search for new cancer drugs from nature. Yohimbe is the precursor to Viagra. Bearberry is the precursor to sulfa drugs used to treat UTIs. Bitterleaf is a zoopharmacognosy remedy used by animals to treat parasites. Bloodroot is the precursor to commercial preparations to counteract dental plaque and gum disease. Brazil Nut provides the necessary micro-nutrient selenium in selenium-deprived areas. The ricin in the Castor Bean is being bioengineered to attach to antibodies that bind to and destroy cancer cells. Chaste Tree is the precursor to commercially prepared PMS remedies and for treatment of Parkinsonís. Forskohliiís compound forskolin was found to calm muscle spasms, lower blood pressure, and as a prescription drug, is used for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Foxglove is the precursor to conventional drugs used in controlling edema associated with congestive heart failure. Happy Tree is the precursor for many cancer fighting drugs recognized and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In World War I a remedy containing Cannabis was given to horses in the military to treat colic episodes.

Clearly, there is a use for conventional medicine and a use for alternative medicine and their uses can be inclusive, not exclusive.


I just read my Inbox. Thanks to both of you for the hearts. nt

Commander in Chief question

If the Pres is Commander in Chief of all the military and it can be proven that tRump is incapable of performing that position because of decisions he's made that put troops in harms way or other reasons, could this be a back door to remove him from office?

Deciding on a new roof is not a simple as black and white.

I need a new roof and like most houses in the desert Southwest mine has a foam roof. Iíve got no complaints about foam but one of the bids Iíve received wants to use bitumen instead of foam. (Bitumen (or asphalt) is a sticky, black, and viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum.)

Iíve done some internet research on bitumen but mostly the info talks about its durability in the parts of the country that donít get as hot as the desert Southwest. Since the seams for the bitumen underlayment are heat-sealed I wonder if the seams will stand up to the intense heat of the AZ summers, or will they liquefy and loosen allowing rain to enter through the seams? In the summer we can get rain when itís 100 degrees or higher. Bitumen is black, meaning it absorbs heat more than the white of a foam roof. Our electric bill with the solar system we installed is nearly negligible so while energy use is a consideration, itís not a real concern. Bitumen being a petroleum product is more of a turn-off for me than energy use with a black roof.

Also, the summer heat creates micro cracks in the stucco on the top of the roof parapets. These micro cracks enable rain to fall between the exterior and interior walls which then seep out onto the floors. I have had the parapets re-stuccoed many times but that treatment has never lasted more than one or two summer seasons so I am thinking of including treatment of the parapets with whatever roof treatment I choose. Does anyone have another product suggestion?

Donít see many houses with bitumen roofs in AZ. Does any DUer have a bitumen roof or know someone who has a bitumen roof on their house?

Cost is less of an issue in my decision-making process than the productís reliability and longevity. All suggestions and comments are welcome. A new roof is a hefty financial investment so Iíd like to get as many thoughts as I can before making a decision.


Does anyone have first hand knowledge about the effectiveness of using a

fire extinguisher to kill rattlesnakes rather than snake shot? I want to be at a distance so the gizmo that captures snakes is out of the question. We get 5 to 6 rattlers a year. One is too many.

Does anyone on DU know about raising chickens?

This morning I broke a jumbo size white egg to scramble and onto the pan drops two full size, same size yolks. Is this common? I usually buy large eggs. What would have been the outcome if the egg had been allowed to hatch?

Does anyone remember the off the cuff comment tRump made at one of his rallies just a month or two

ago when he said he wasn't worried about the 2018 election, but that people needed to vote in the 2020 election?

IMO Putin is not going to mess with our 2018 election at the ballot box --- because that is where everyone will be looking. IMO it will be a calculated energy shut down of our power grid that will interfere with voting and getting election results in 2018 and Trump knows.

If the twelve Russian intelligence officers named in the Mueller indictment do not submit to the

jurisdiction of the U.S. courts, can they be tried in absentia? If so, how would this affect any prosecution of the as-yet unnamed (co)conspirators who are American citizens?
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