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The unpleasant symptoms I'm seeing now in trying to navigate around DU since the recent

update are as follows: I run WIN7 Home Premium and use Firefox for my browser...

1. I keep DU open in two tabs. In one tab i keep Latest Threads open. I use the other tab to access
My Posts and The Lounge.

2. Using the Latest Threads tab results in difficulty with the normal "previous page" function and right
now the only way I can navigate that page is to open each op that I want to view in new tab, then
close it to go back to the Latest Threads page. That works but hey, it's not normal!

3. When I go to the tab where I access My Posts or The Lounge I experience no problems at all with
navigation...

None of this was happening before the recent DU and Firefox updates...

Go figure. I'm not a tech guy, I'm a tech user and can usually figger things out. I'm not done with this yet.

The monsoon is here in Duke City. Yes, the monsoon here in New Mexico is something I've heard

about since we moved here in 2005. I finally did a little research and found out that this is really a
THING!

from website: "New Mexico and other areas across the Southwest U.S. are affected by the North American Monsoon System (NAMS) every summer, and the “Monsoon Season” is designated as the period lasting from June 15th through September 30th."

more at link: https://www.weather.gov/abq/prepawaremonsoonhome

Now as a child I experienced the monsoon of southeast asia in West Pakistan and India and we
typically get very little rain here in New Mexico compared to what falls in southeast asia. No matter, here any rain is welcome!

From Al Jazeera: The BBC's latest attempt to play down the UK's role in slavery (...)

Why did the BBC publish an article glorifying a 19th-Century Nigerian slave trader amid global BLM protests? by Tafi Mhakaby

"In July 2018, Nigerian journalist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani wrote an honest, captivating and illuminating article about how her late great-grandfather's life as a 19th-century slave trader shaped her life.

In the expansive essay published by the New Yorker, Nwaubani told intriguing tales about family, Igbo traditions, slavery and colonialism. She explained how her great-grandfather, Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku, gained wealth and influence during the transatlantic slave trade era by selling other Africans and helping missionaries establish Christianity in Nigeria."

snip

"On July 19, just seven weeks after George Floyd's police killing in Minnesota sparked a global movement for racial justice, Nwaubani chose to tell her great-grandfather's story once again, this time to the BBC. The new article, titled "My great-grandfather sold slaves", has a brand new editorial slant and does not once mention her family's efforts to reckon with the slaveholder's legacy.

This time, the Nigerian journalist describes his grandfather not as someone who "gained power and wealth by selling other Africans across the Atlantic", but merely as "a businessman" who lived in a time when "the fittest survived and the bravest excelled"."

much more at link:
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/bbc-latest-attempt-play-uk-role-slavery-200730095612890.html

Interesting perspective...

Saw a well-washed t-shirt at the store today with this message on the back:

Free the Missiles
Hear the Sirens
Since Violence
is all our species knows (...)

Bill Nye explains the science behind skin color: 'We're all one species': The New York Post

"It turns out everybody on Earth is descended from people that live here, Africa,” he says while pointing to a map. “As groups of us moved around the world, the color of our skin had to change, and here’s why.”

snip

“Skin is where we make Vitamin D. If you don’t get enough ultraviolet, you don’t get enough vitamin D,” the bow-tie wearing scientist, 64, says. “If you have too much ultraviolet, you break down your folates. You have to have it in perfect balance,” he explains, showing a meter ranging from pale beige to dark brown.

“Because the ultraviolet varies, the color of our skin varies, and that’s it!”

He ended the video with an important reminder: “We’re all one species! But we’re not treating each other fairly. Not everybody is getting an even shake,” he says. “It’s time to change things.”

link: https://nypost.com/2020/07/23/bill-nye-on-the-science-of-skin-color-were-all-one-species/

Here I've been thinking of writing an op on this very topic. But Bill Nye beat me to it and did it better!

From The Guardian: Protests predicted to surge globally as Covid-19 drives unrest (...)

New analysis finds economic shock of pandemic coupled with existing grievances makes widespread public uprisings ‘inevitable’ (...)

By Karen McVeigh

The economic impact of coronavirus is a “tinderbox” that will drive civil unrest and instability in developing countries in the second half of 2020, according to new analysis.

Highest risk countries facing a “perfect storm”, where protests driven by the pandemic’s economic fallout are likely to inflame existing grievances, include Nigeria, Iran, Bangladesh, Algeria and Ethiopia, the analysis said.

more available at link if the reader takes advantage of The Guardian's "free registration" with the disclaimer "It’s important to say this is not a step towards a paywall" (...)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/17/protests-predicted-to-surge-globally-as-covid-19-drives-unrest

It's my view that it's clear that protests/civil unrest are occurring in ALL of the world's countries.
Let's take all the advantage we can from this.

Oh, and Guardian, if you're listening, I've contributed to you in the past but don't expect any more
until your priorities and mine match up.


From The Guardian: "The Truth About Sharks" in pictures...

Power, majesty, wonder: the startling world of sharks(...)

A species of unrivalled variety, sharks find themselves threatened around the world by overfishing, microplastics and habitat loss(...)

By Eric Hilaire

link to pics:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jul/11/power-majesty-wonder-the-startling-world-of-sharks-in-pictures

WOW!

Today is the 38th birthday of my autistic/blind son that lives with me. Here's the sentiment

that was in one of the cards he got in the mail:

Wishing Life's Best For You, Son...

For your birthday,
I am wishing all good things
to come your way.

Where there are opportunities,
I wish you the ability to see them
and seize them.

Where there are challenges,
I wish you courage and patience
so you will grow in strength and wisdom.

Where there is love,
I wish you the openness to accept it
and the willingness to return it.

And within each wish is a hope
that you will be blessed
with a meaningful, successful life.

Snipped here to edit out happy birthday wishes. I think this would make a great daily
affirmation since we can't have too many...

From The BBC News: Google Doodle: The short but influential life of Olive Morris

"Activist Olive Morris has become the latest Google Doodle on what would have been her 68th birthday.

Morris, who died from cancer aged 27, campaigned for racial and gender equality, and squatters' rights.

She led protests and demonstrations, and helped to found the Brixton Black Women's Group in 1973, one of Britain's first networks for black women.

Google Doodles are the changes made to the company's logo to mark events, anniversaries and significant people."

more at link: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-53191543?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world&link_location=live-reporting-story

Every day, in every way, I'm happy to learn something new for me and you.

From The Guardian: The Iconoclast unmasked: the man behind far-right YouTube channel

Former media student Daniel Atkinson used video-sharing platform to influence new generation of rightwing activists(...)

by Mark Townsend, Sun 21 Jun 2020 03.15 EDT

He is the anonymous architect behind one of the most successful and toxic British far-right YouTube channels, responsible for disseminating racist, Islamophobic and antisemitic material. For years the individual known as The Iconoclast has managed to protect his identity despite amassing nearly 21m views and more than 218,000 subscribers.

However the Observer can reveal that the figure behind one of the biggest far-right content producers in the UK – and the movement’s most prominent anonymous account – is a former media student called Daniel Atkinson.

Campaigners said the unmasking of Atkinson was important because he is emblematic of the latest manifestation of the far right.

(YouTube accused of being 'organ of radicalisation'
Read more)

They said it is highly likely his widely disseminated racist views influenced some far-right supporters who clashed with police in central London last weekend.

much more at link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/21/the-iconoclast-unmasked-the-man-behind-far-right-youtube-channel

I think this article provides some good perspective on social media and right-wing influence. At least
I find it informing...
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