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I've been a member of DU for over 14 years, but now it is time for me to check out. The glee people on this site took over bashing Gov Northam is too much. EW Jackson, VA's version of a RW troll is being respected and his options considered while the Gov who expanded medicare to 800,000 citizens of my state (including an adult son) is bashed over a 35-year old indiscretion. I see DU as being infected by RW trolls and ratfuckers while the admins are largely absent. See 2016 if you don't believe me. While Northam was being bashed, threads appeared bashing Harris (she took a hard stance against Franken) and Booker (he's corporate) and promoted people who will never be elected in America such as Gabbard and Sanders. Their indiscretions are ignored. For what reason? Their unelectability? The members here that aren't RW trolls or ratfuckers are attempting to achieve some type of purity that will never happen due to mankind's flawed nature. People ar human and prone to mistakes. The rhetorical tools that attack people such as HRC, Franken and Northam will be turned on people like Kamala Harris and Justin Fairfax. It is only a matter of time. I refuse to help the RW and the PURE destroy people and our party. DU was a noble idea, but is a tool on the internet being used to ruin the Democratic Party, suppress the vote, and destroy decent candidates. I won't take part in this crap any longer. To my couple of friends here, so long, it was nice chatting with you. You know how to reach me if you want.

Journal Archives

Another option for cutting the cord to cable:

If you have a ROKU box, have you added Pluto.tv yet? It a free channel with 75 stations.

Among it's offerings, it has 10 news stations (including a few awful ones), MST3K, Rifftrax, The Onion, a classic movie channel, and a whole lot more. It will put another nail in cable's coffin. Check it out.

If you have a ROKU box, have you added Pluto.tv yet? It a free channel with 75 channels.

Among it's offerings, it has 10 news stations (including a few awful ones), MST3K, Rifftrax, The Onion, a classic movie channel and a whole lot more. It will put another nail in cable's coffin. Check it out.

Seth Meyers takes A Closer Look at Trump's 1st 100 Days

Can a crazy president be removed from office?

From Cecil Adam's column, The Straight Dope:

Dear Cecil:

How crazy must the President of the United States be before it's considered cool to refuse an order? If the president orders an all-out nuclear attack on Canada, is the proper response "Yes, Mr. President,Ē or to throw the lunatic in a cell?

Dear Cecil:

What does it take to remove a sitting president who is obviously mentally ill? I don't think I need to say any more than that.

Cecil replies:

Iím starting to see a pattern to the questions Iíve been receiving lately: itís almost as though, for some reason, readers have suddenly become preoccupied with the notion of a president being psychologically unfit to serve. The good news is that a presidentís civilian and military underlings can certainly refuse to carry out illegal orders, and we likely have a constitutional procedure in place for removing a chief executive whoís no longer quite all there. The bad news? None of it's likely to help much.

The rest at:
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3338/can-a-crazy-president-be-removed-from-office?utm_campaign=1781882_The Straight Dope%3A 04%2F28%2F2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ChicagoReader&dm_i=2JCR,126WQ,2KTJUC,35QUX,1

Across the Globe with US Attorney General Jeff Session....

From Tom the Dancing Bug

Russian Nesting Dolls

The Washington Post had this picture on the cover of my print edition this morning:

Tillerson is the middle doll.

Ok DU Gardeners. How do I keep the squirrels from eating my tulips?

There is plenty of sunflower seed around, but they break off a tulip, take a few bites and then decide they don't taste that great. Any way to keep them away?

Edible batteries use stomach acid as the electrolyte

Batteries of various technologies and form factors get a lot of attention for many reasons. Everyone is looking for a battery with higher energy density by weight and volume, with superior discharge (and even charge) specifications, and low cost. As a result, there's been lots of attention on lithium-ion (Li-ion) chemistry and its many variations, since that seems to offer Ė at least for the foreseeable future Ė the greatest potential (pun intended) in meeting those density objectives.

Still, there are applications where unusual chemistries, construction, and form factor are the priorities, more than just an incrementally better Li-ion cell. Consider the work being done by a team lead by Prof. Christopher Bettinger at Carnegie Mellon University. They are developing edible, biocompatible batteries that use non-toxic materials already present in the body, with available liquids such as stomach acid as the electrolyte; see references below (Figure 1). His team has produced cathodes based on melanin, a pigment already in the body, and anodes made of manganese oxide, which is also already present; other versions based on body-friendly materials have also been developed.

The idea is that the electrodes will dissolve harmlessly after use. Most of the resulting batteries, using a variety of soluble cations, had modest voltages (between 0.5 and 0.7 volts); although definitive specifications are hard to find, there was one mention of 5 milliwatts of power for up to 20 hours.

More at http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/power-points/4458024/Batteries-safe-for-use-in-humans-and-fish

Puppy vs Steps


LOL, at Rubio (who looks like they pulled him out of a bar at last call) & is pretending to be an

expert on something.

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