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Name: Carol
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Hometown: Northern California
Home country: USA
Current location: Office chair
Member since: Sun May 15, 2005, 02:28 PM
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About Me

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.
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