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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, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,990

About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

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Did anyone see this on their ballots??

There were city, county and state positions.
On most of the positions there was a Libertarian option, along with Repub/Dem. candidates.

Never have seen this before. Even when there was no Dem. choice, there was the other 2.

I need DU help to solve a (possible fraud) mystery

We go to the grocery store once a week, same day of week. get a load of groceries, spend about 140.00.
Pay with debit card, get a few bucks back. Regular as clockwork.

Come home, and I enter the receipt amount into the $$$ program on the computer, same day so I won't forget/lose receipt, whatever.
Bank statement comes middle of month, I balance the account.

This time I happened to notice a grocery store debit, on the same day, for TWO withdrawals. One was in amount I had entered, the other, 150.00, no receipt for.
I know for a fact it wasn't our shopping.

called the store, mentioned possible fraud, they instantly checked their till records, and said that sale was not in their records. Hmmm..

called the bank, told them...store,dates, no record at store.

They said to come in, and immediately said they would re-issue new card, and put the amount back into our account. ( good local bank).
So problem correctly solved.

except...WHO took the 150.00? How did it end up being on our statement when it did not show on the store totals?
the bank seemed not all that surprised, they had instant response, and they are not talking. Which I can understand for obvious reasons, that they don't wanna share security info.

But...any dear DU Sherlocks....who got the money, and how?....

Fantastic news source...

Global map which shows current/incidents. You can choose the country/areas.
Area settings are at top of map.

For instance, Ukraine


I'm picturing Lin Manual-Miranda writing the play about Ukraine..

And Zelensky having a dance number in it. He does have dance skills.

Too far fetched?

Finally found why Putin wants to have all the Ukraine.

Ukraine has enormous oil and gas fields,one by Crimea is ginormous, but Zelenskyy lacks resources to adequately tap them.
Plus, Crimea gets its water from Ukraine river,and when Putin invaded, Zelenskyy damned up the river to Crimea.

Russia gets half its money from selling gas and oil, Ukraine could become a huge seller if it were developed.
Now the big oil companies have pulled out, and Nordstream pipeline has been blocked.
Obviously the oil companies are anxious to help Zelenskyy make boatloads of money for his country. And he IS a rich business man,after all.

Lots of reasons given for the invasion,but nothing clicks like fuel and water wars.

In video, here:


Some Russian troops are surrendering or sabotaging vehicles rather than fighting:

WASHINGTON — Plagued by poor morale as well as fuel and food shortages, some Russian troops in Ukraine have surrendered en masse or sabotaged their own vehicles to avoid fighting, a senior Pentagon official said on Tuesday.

Some entire Russian units have laid down their arms without a fight after confronting a surprisingly stiff Ukrainian defense, the official said. A significant number of the Russian troops are young conscripts who are poorly trained and ill-prepared for the all-out assault. And in some cases, Russian troops have deliberately punched holes in their vehicles’ gas tanks, presumably to avoid combat, the official said.

The Pentagon official declined to say how the military made these assessments — presumably a mosaic of intelligence including statements from captured Russian soldiers and communications intercepts — or how widespread these setbacks may be across the sprawling battlefield. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational developments.


Seen on Kyiv news thread


Radiation reports from Chernobyl are grim.


A few ways to help Ukrainians

from Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History at Yale. Author of "Our Malady," "The Road to Unfreedom," "On Tyranny," "Black Earth," "Bloodlands," and "Reconstruction of Nations"

How to play Wordle offline, free and forever.

Recently purchased by The New York Times, Wordle has moved to the NYT website, where it's still free. Some people think it's harder now (it's not). Others noticed their win streaks and guess distributions weren't imported (later fixed). Yet, there's a fear that the subscription-based Times will eventually hide the game behind a paywall -- which is why you might want to download Wordle to keep playing it for free.

Twitter user Aaron Rieke posted a thread explaining how Wordle runs entirely in your web browser. Technically you don't need the internet to play Wordle, because all of the game's future daily words are included right in the webpage (even on the NYT). If you download a web archive of Wordle, the game only needs your device's current date to deliver a new word puzzle each day.


bottom line....got to the Wordle page, b-click on page, when the save option box comes up, click save and it will download into what file you want.

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