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Name: Carol
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Hometown: Northern California
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I joined DU following the election melt down that produced the second George the Lesser Term of Office. I am outraged by war, by out-sourcing of jobs, by Corporate control of both parties, and enheartened by my fellow citizens who are bravely part of "Occupy!"

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Is there a way to get my spouse's new Windows Seven Machine to display

The old XP start menu box?

Any help appreciated. ***** On edit: Even figuring out how to access "Games" and "Search" would be great.

Sanders election is predicted to national audience of one million people:

Last night on Coast to Coast Am with George Noory, noted author and psychic Mark Frost, who channels Seth, predicted to a national audience of one million people that Bernie will win in a landslide. (Source: coasttocoastam.com - if you go there before tonight's broadcast, at 10 pm Pacific time, you can listen by streaming it for free, I believe.)

The spiritual entity he channels puts it at a seventy percent likelihood - it would be more that that but we do have to deal with the following situations:

One: the crookedness inherent in the primaries,

Two: the gerrymandering


Three: the electronic voting machinery, which those of us who were active in 2004 know switched the election to George W Bush.

But if we roll up our shirt sleeves and work hard, we should be able to persevere.


I need to mention that this noted author is also my bedmate, and spouse of eleven years. (Well, ten years and three weeks, but who's counting!?!)


Thirty Five years ago Yesterday, Eco History was turned on its head.

Thirty five years ago yesterday, Pres. Ronald Reagan revealed that his nomination for the Secretary of the Interior Position was to be one James Watt.

Among other things, "after the President, the Secretary of Interior has more power than anyone else in government over the nation's public lands and natural resources. The Secretary of Interior is steward over a quarter of the nation's land area, and 300 million acres on the outer-continental shelf. The Secretary is required by many laws to carefully balance the grazing, timber and mining interests with fish and wildlife conservation, watershed protection, wilderness and recreational needs."

"Watt's positions on virtually every important Interior Department program were well known and documented when he was nominated. As President and chief legal officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) Watt initiated many lawsuits to stop or impede federal programs to protect the environment. For example, MSLF 1) tried to block efforts to control overgrazing on public lands; 2) repeatedly sued to stop EPA from controlling air pollution; 3) promoted diversion of water away from Wild Rivers already in danger of drying up; and 4) fought restrictions on oil development in wilderness study areas.' " Source, website and URL http://scorecard.lcv.org/roll-call-vote/1981-13-nomination-james-watt-be-secretary-interior

But what is to be noted as perhaps the most astounding aspect of Watts' nomination is that during the hearings for his Senate confirmation, Watt made a remarkable statement. He insisted to the US Senate that there was no need at all to protect the environment, due to the "fact" that the "Rapture" was due to happen any day now, and that therefore the earth's resources should be offered up for profit, as since after the Rapture no one would need the earth. It stands to follow that if no one was living on the Planet after the Second Coming of Christ then "why not?" became the most sensible policy as far as exploiting the earth. (And it offers up far more immediate profits, besides. What is not to like about this stance!)

After his confirmation was finalized, he immediately put into place insane policies that allowed much of the nation's designated federal lands to be further exploited. And lands owned and overseen by the Native People's were also taken out from under them.

If you have ever wondered why the News Media promotes right wing Christians so much,the doctrine of "The Rapture is Coming, so all available resources might as well be immediately utilized" is most agreeable to Big Industry.

I have been told that no one in the US Senate bothered to set Watt straight as to how:

The Rapture was not then (or ever later on) to be a proven concept, and also, that
all his extreme notions were the stuff of fairy tales. I have not researched whether that is true or not.

But if there was money to be made, I imagine our Senators, always pragmatic, saw no real reason to scream at Watts out loud.


I downloaded an imp ACA insurance PDF file on Friday, but

I cannot open it.

The download history shows that it was downloaded and it shows the title, the time and date and also the amount of megs it took up. (It is listed as being 1.2 megs big.)

But I cannot for the life of me get it to open.

Sometimes when a file is stubborn about opening, right clicking gets me a menu that says things like "Open in a new tab" or "open in a new window" but this time around, all I get after right clicking is "Delete file from history" and one or two things that don't make sense.

I operate a Windows XP file computer.

So should the USA now applaud Russia for seriously kicking of some ISIS/ISIL butt over

The last 72 hours?

Over the last 48 hours, Russia has destroyed a fleet of 500 ISIS trucks used to smuggle oil out of Syria. 355 [targets] were destroyed in the countryside of Aleppo, Idleb, Raqqa and Dir Ezzor during the last 48 hours. “The Russian air force, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, carried out 186 sorties against ISIS sites in Syria,” Syria news agency reported. It added 26 command-centers, 35 depots, 28 fortified sites, 3 training camps, 8 explosive factories and 86 heavy-weapon stores were destroyed.

Dissidence in a time of "terrorism" - John Kirakou discusses our loss of freedom

Dissidence in a time of "Terrorism" - John Kiriakou

OtherWords columnist John Kiriakou is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the winner of the 2015 PEN Center USA First Amendment award. OtherWords.org.

When the government hired me in 1988, it was widely understood that if the National Security Agency intercepted the communications of an American citizen — even accidentally — heads would roll. Congress had to be informed, an investigation would be launched, and the intercept had to be purged from the system.

Today, the NSA has an enormous facility in Utah big enough to save copies of every email, text message, and phone conversation made by every American for the next 500 years. You can bet they intend to.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my government trampling my civil liberties like this.

Still, people sometimes ask me why they should care if the authorities read their email or listen to their phone calls. “I have nothing to hide,” they say, “so why should I worry about it?” (Much more at above link)

After reading the article, I realized that a friend sending me a significant quote probably made by Karl Rove was all the more chilling:

from Daily Kos posts on 9/11 --

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off.* "That's not the way the world really works anymore." He continued "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

*Rove speaking/paraphrased. Wiki 2, clarification:

The source of the term is a quotation in an October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush," quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush (later attributed to Karl Rove )

World War One was fought almost exclusively because of the ability of

The vested interests to utilize propaganda to bring the citizens of all of Europe into a conflict that enriched the bankers and the arms dealers. Foreign ministers, who were allied with the bankers, certainly did little, if not outright nothing, to persuade the heads of European nations not to go to war.

I doubt very much they had some 100 year game plan. Greed doesn't work that way.

It was quite helpful that the military generals on all sides decided to treat this war that was basically "infantry fought" as though it were all a cavalry campaign. Not only that, but the citizens in all nations were told that it would all be over by the Christmas holidays of 1914.

Within a year, the generals knew they were wrong, but they couldn't then go about fighting the war in a better way, because first they would have to admit their stupidity. To do that would have meant they would be held accountable for most of the deaths that took place the first year.

Second year of war, same as the first.

Third year of the war, same a the second. And so on, until finally Germany did the decent thing and surrender.

Instead of being thanked for submitting to a surrender, the German people were then pushed into a financial settlement, that would have kept the nation of Germany in debt until the early 1980's.

The fact that most European bankers and foreign ministers were Jewish, and the fact that genetics theory became ascendant during the Nineteen Twenties -- both these factors paved the way for Hitler and his party to take over Germany. (Never mind that the whole genetics argument was a ruse. For instance, we all can determine that here in the USA, our government ministers and bankers of all faiths are willing to put the citizenry into harm's way via needless and endless wars - so genetics should not have been used in this manner.)

So then once Hitler and his band of thugs was in place, you have World War II, during which some fifty million people were killed.

Quite a while ago, Nixon began saying that the world had experienced World War III during all the endless and brutal wars of the USA and Soviet Russia. This War involved of course, our Vietnam war and then Russia's excursion into Afghanistan. With Vietnam War de-stabilizing the area, we then had the Cambodian holocaust. And our governmental ministers, officials and bankers all liked having our nation involved in the wars against the people of Central America, during the 1980's, so the World War III activities continued.

Whether the Egyptian, Syrian situation is part of this World War III period all (and expansion) depends on whether or not Israel is directly attacked. Should that happen, it could well become a thermonuclear war of unprecedented terror, and few of us would be left to debate if the war was "III" or "IV."

What is not being mentioned in this discussion of Global Climate Change is

This extremely important fact - the Number One concern of many meteorologists and geologists is the volcano-ization possibilities spread out across the planet.

Whenever any of the major volcanoes wake up, they indicate various significant differences in the scenario of Global Warming. When ever a volcano goes off in the Southern Hemisphere, the likelihood of cooling the planet significantly goes up greatly. (Note the volcanic explosion back in the early 1990's that resulted in a significant drop in global temperature.)

At the risk of being called "aery faery" I would say that it looks like Gaia is wanting to take care of itself.

Currently the volcano that I live quite close to, Mt Konocti, here in Northern Calif., is now considered enough of a threat that there are US Geological Society sensors installed on various places on its shoulders. These sensors mean that should the volcano go active, residents of Lake County would have close to six months worth of warning to get out.

This a marks a huge difference in how Mt Konocti was viewed back in October of 2005 when we moved here.

Back then, we were told that the likelihood of it becoming active was extremely remote. Then its "sister volcano" unexpectedly went off down in Chile, and so "our" volcano is no longer considered to be quite so dormant.

If Yellowstone goes up, then we would have a scenario similar to an extreme nuclear winter event.

All this could happen in eight months, or a year, or ten years or two hundred years. The number of volcanoes that could impact the cooling effects on Global "Warming" go up each and every month as there are so many reports of "dormant" volcanoes suddenly needing a different (and greater) consideration.


It is time for shaming the American Red Cross. Lack of interest in the fire victims

But then, the American Red Cross used the Lake and Napa County catastrophic fires to raise tons of money -why should they dispense it - the "precious" is theirs to keep in their pocketses!

Storiess in our local Record Bee illustrate that some fire victims are living in tents that are near a creek. Should the expected winter El Nino rains arrive, they will be in an even worse situation.

These are people with few resources, no income available, little in the way of food. A local woman comes in and helps collect dirty laundry and then returns it to the owners - and once in a while, someone makes a stink about the lack of Red Cross involvement, so they will show up with some sandwiches.

This organization needs to be audited from top to toe. It acted the same way with same callous disregard some 12 years ago after the devastating Pomona area fires in Southern California.

But Mainstream Media will never investigate the ARC, as they are smart enough to run big time ad campaigns. Networks would not want to lose that revenue. The networks like and promote the ARC so much that when the fires were still burning, they continually had the small banners at the foot of news stories reminding people to donate to the ARC.

Our militarty's illegal experiments: And we wonder why bird and animal species are in

Decline! ?@&!!??!

Why, when our own military can go ahead and ignore the US Civil Code, which prohibits experiments on people, then I guess the new environmental policy is "Anything Goes!"

What is happening is that in the forests of the Northwest, the Navy will be flying a type of airplane known as "Growlers" that will emit microwaves to be aimed at various pieces of equipment.

At first, the policy was to be that if people were seen in the area to be impacted, then the military would move its operations to another location, but now it looks like people will be forced out of the forest while these experiments occur. As far as birds, reptiles like snakes and frogs, and small animals, there are many assurances that all will be well.

Some websites state that fifteen minutes of exposure to this type of microwave blast would cause damage to the eyes, due to the high power that these blasts possess.


As Truthout previously reported, if it gets its way, the Navy would utilizing the electronic attack aircraft that specialize in radar jamming - in 2,900 training exercises over wilderness, communities and cities across the Olympic Peninsula for 260 days per year, with exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day. Naval surface fleet ships will also be participating by homing in on ground-based emitters - a topic that was never discussed in the Navy's environmental assessment.

Local residents found out bits and pieces about these exercises, in a scatter shot approach. here is one article printed up locally:


And here are some pertinent comments:
Nettie Grant
So in short, they are setting up a microwave on steroids that will cook animals, insects, birds, vegetation, & humans in the area!
· Sep 28, 2014 11:50am

Brian Higgins · Mate at Edison Chouest Offshore, Ltd.
Sounds like dinner! smile emoticon
· Sep 29, 2014 10:52pm

Deanna Munson
in the WILDLIFE area !! absolutely UNACCEPTABLE !!
Like · Reply · 2 · Oct 6, 2014 10:25am

Barbara Walberg · Works at Staying Happy
The fact that notices were published in newspapers outside the impacted areas & not published in the areas involved where residents NEED to be informed, is a huge red flag! It's obvious that something sneaky is going on here. I believe the environmental assessment is very flawed. I feel the impact this involves, may be much more than we are being led to believe. Why does this have to be done here on the peninsula? Why can't these exercises be conducted in safer areas on remote federal lands rather than putting all involved at risk here? I am interested in knowing where the Makah, Quileute, Hoh & Quinault Tribes stand on this issue & the impact involved on "their" peninsula. Yes, I said "their" peninsula, although it's been shared for years. "They" ARE the history of this beautiful land we all love. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD OF THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. Many I've spoken to have no idea of this at all & people need to be informed, to unite & stand up for what's right.
Like · Reply · 19 · Sep 28, 2014 12:05pm

Michelle Diamond Simpson · Owner at Sappho's Garden
I have calls and messages to the Makah and Quileute tribes. These folks do not know anything about this.
Like · Reply · 14 · Sep 28, 2014 1:02pm

Davey Schmidt · University of Washington
Agree, especially since not everyone subscribes to the PDN since they started charging money to read it online.
Like · Reply · 2 · Sep 28, 2014 2:54pm

Jacqueline Donna Hunter · Olympia, Washington
I agree are we gunny pigs to see how we react to this as the whales in the ocean their brains explode with the sounds of the loud sonar
Like · Reply · 3 · Oct 5, 2014 8:59am

Joanne Adah Kempthorne
That's NOT COOL! !!!!
Like · Reply · 4 · Sep 28, 2014 12:26pm

Debra D'Angelo · Seattle University Graduate School 1990
It doesn't make sense that an 11 million dollar project is a few trucks and jets with low frequency radiation. This is a HUGE experiment with a progressive plan of expansion... and long term outcomes are unknown. When will it end? How will we be notified of changes from radiation to sonar to repetitive sound? Will RF's be intensified? Who is identifying wildlife and monitoring? We have the power to NOT issue permits. It is easy to resolve. Not on Olympic National Forest Land. Why the NAVY? I bet subs and shoreline are involved...
Like · Reply · 12 · Sep 28, 2014 1:30pm

Deanna Munson
they get this equipment set up and the navy gets a foot in the door they will never leave,your way of life and all life forms in the area will suffer a slow sick death ,this has to be stopped before it starts are you too will be living in "sustainable development/smartgrowth" area,forced to eat corporate food and "visit nature" in some fenced off "green area"
Like · Reply · 3 · Oct 6, 2014 10:54am

Jarrod Paul Bramson · Port Townsend, Washington
Can we get a petition going? Would that even help stop this from happening?
Like · Reply · 10 · Sep 28, 2014 1:42pm

Pat Moore · Grossmont College
Yes, please get a petition going!
Like · Reply · 4 · Sep 29, 2014 11:06pm

Deanna Munson
Pat Moore if you can find a way to let the indian nations in that area know that might be very beneficial for you all out there to join forces .you have a city council ?get a mayor involved ,the First nations tribal councils,your relatives.put together a huge letter of concern and get people to print it out or write their own and mail them to every local newspaper you can find.the gov agencies are useless,been trying to save this habitat for 4 years,public exposure is the way.take lots of pictures right now because if they get away with this you need to show the public the loss of life . all ...See More
Like · Reply · 5 · Oct 6, 2014 10:41am

Theresa Valenzuela
Like · Reply · Oct 31, 2014 9:44pm

Heidi Thomas
If the Navy gets a foothold on our public lands in this area... we will never get them back again; this is how it starts!

Also, how do you like the idea of hiking, camping, hunting, etc... being approached and asked to leave? Can't we even get away to nature anymore without being harassed?

Please don't let this happen!
Like · Reply · 16 · Sep 28, 2014 1:51pm

Brian Higgins · Mate at Edison Chouest Offshore, Ltd.
Agreed. I get told on a regular basis that I cant have my dog in the outdoors. All those liberals have regulated the outdoors to the point where I cant even enjoy them anymore.
Like · Reply · 3 · Sep 29, 2014 10:55pm

Deanna Munson
its happening everywhere.go knocking on doors,notify the tribes in the area ,gov agencies are useless and counterproductive,make noise,do it fast ,get letter writing campaigns going nonstop to all the editors of every local paper in a 200 mile radius.call a major newspaper,local tv stations,SCREAM !!

Debra D'Angelo · Seattle University Graduate School 1990
Like · Reply · 2 · Sep 28, 2014 1:53pm

Michelle Diamond Simpson · Owner at Sappho's Garden
It is really great to get a petition started but if you are the person that created this could you include the emitters that they want to install permanently. Also, if you read the Forest Service SOPA they are starting this next month, not 2015. An error was made in either the dates in the Forest Service paperwork, or by the Navy spokesperson. I am trying to verify the timing.

Carol Turner · Bennington College
What about small animals and birds? Expendable?????
Like · Reply · 3 · Sep 28, 2014 4:21pm

Danielle Hendrickson
Someone explain to me please why Sites 3, 4, and 15 seem to be right on the Forest/Park border? It's not that I am okay with this in the Forest, but with the rules so stringent in the Park, it's odd that this is okay with them right on the border.
Like · Reply · 2 · Sep 28, 2014 5:23pm

Michelle Diamond Simpson · Owner at Sappho's Garden
The Navy expanded their practice range toward the end of last year (on the ocean). They are allowed to practice in environmentally sensitive areas. NOAA issues permits to them allowing them to take (kill) a certain amount of sea critters. This, on land expansion, has been planned for awhile, they just managed to keep it on the "down low" until now.
Like · Reply · 3 · Sep 29, 2014 6:46am

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