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dixiegrrrrl

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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: 59,644

About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

Journal Archives

Trump's audience yesterday could not have been over 1,250



That's the maximum allowable seating at the Greenville Convention Center.
Haven't found out if it was fully occupied.

So when you hear the trump camp bragging about a huge crowd size.......



Oh god....that horrible screeching of the national anthem..


Just tuned to Youtube video of TFG speech, it opens with some frowsy looking blond ( of course) woman screeching the anthem.

A warning of what was yet to come, obviously.

Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing

The proposal, called Amazon Sidewalk, involves the company’s devices being used as a springboard to build city-wide “mesh networks” that help simplify the process of setting up new devices, keep them online even if they’re out of range of home wifi, and extend the range of tracking devices such as those made by Tile.

The feature works by creating a low-bandwidth network using smart home devices such as Amazon Echoes and Ring security cameras. At its simplest, it means that a new Echo can set itself up using a neighbour’s wifi, or a security camera can continue to send motion alerts even if its connection to the internet is disrupted, by piggybacking on the connection of another camera across the street. Other devices that don’t need a high-bandwidth connection, such as smart lights, pet locators or smart locks, can use Sidewalk all the time.

But Sidewalk has come under fire for the apparent lack of transparency with which Amazon has rolled out the feature, as well as the limited time available for users to complete the tricky process required to opt out. Other critics have expressed concerns that failing to turn the setting off could leave customers in breach of their internet service provider’s terms and conditions.

But the company’s plans have caused alarm among observers. Ashkan Soltani, a former chief technology officer of the US Federal Trade Commission, told the tech site Ars Technica: “In addition to capturing everyone’s shopping habits (from amazon.com) and their internet activity (as AWS is one of the most dominant web hosting services) … now they are also effectively becoming a global ISP with a flick of a switch, all without even having to lay a single foot of fiber”. The feature may also break the terms and conditions of users’ internet connections, which do not allow such resharing, warned Lydia Leong, an analyst at Gartner.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jun/01/amazon-us-customers-given-one-week-to-opt-out-of-mass-wireless-sharing

So the "feature" has been built into all the devices they want to use, meaning all the devices already in homes as well as future purchased devices.
Meaning this has been a plan all along.

sort of the Bitcoin mining concept, sounds like.
Wonder if they can use my wi-fi even tho I don't have any devices..
oooops...the Fire tablet.....




Anyone know about this huge white dome in Chicago?


Actor John Cusak wants to know.........

https://twitter.com/johncusack/status/1398029342169616386

For those who wonder what all the fuss is about re: the coming cicadas



They are LOUD! A wall of unrelenting sound.
and high pitched
like having ringing in your ears constantly at high volume.

Here's 2 examples,slightly different sounds ( they have variations in the rhythm of noise)

Imagine hearing this 24 hours a day for a few weeks in the hot summer.
Inside the house dims but does not block the sound.






Since cicadas are on everyone's mind now,here is a good tool to predict your area

Very easy chart of the cycles,in each state.


This page has a chart,which shows where and when the cicada schedule will be in your area,
just look for the map of your state. It also shows all the past and future emerges of the 13 year and the 17 year.

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/where-will-17-13-year-periodical-cicadas-emerge-next/#your town

Feel free to kick this up for the morning shift on DU....I;m gonna take my night owl self off to bed.

Jonathan Pentland gets military consequences!

https://twitter.com/fortjackson/status/1382793904135802884


This is followup to the incident explained here:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215333934

the Federalist Society deep ties with Opus Dei, & Putin's oligarchs.


His book is an important read. We are up against long standing international forces.

https://twitter.com/craigunger/status/1373264244662280195

Any recommendations for a good durable reliable cell phone?

Bowing to the inevitable, I have to get a cell phone.
Need easy to see numbers, not a real small type, nothing real expensive.

I will be buying minutes for it, not using a regular service plan.

Don't need/ want e-mail/internet access, just something to use to call around town, and to have a cell number that PayPal and other services are now demanding
( grrrrrr).
I am home most of the time, retired, don't need to make a lot of calls on a cell, don't like talking on them, actually.
I have a landline for home.

Probably will get one on Amazon, out here in the boonies son't have a lot of shopping options, want to avoid a dud.

any do's/don'ts appreciated.

I just got a stimulous check for.....$600.00?!?

via my Soc sec. direct deposit.

Weren't they supposed to be $1200.00 for a single person?
No dependents, we don't owe any income tax.


To add:
We both got the 1200.00 last spring and the 600.00 in Jan. this year.

This looks like a fubar....am wondering how big of a problem it will be.

Problem solved, thanks to a couple eagle eyed DU folks.
This is the notice I didn't get after the Jan. 600.00. the letter is dated ..Feb. 24..
GGGDDMM De Joy.

I've just had cataract surgery and it's difficult to read somethings....

TY all for your help.


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