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A family member is traveling to Paris, soon. I have an electrical adapter question. :)

I've seen American/French adapters at Radio Shack. Is it sufficient to get one or two of those?

My family member will be taking some electric hairstyling tools, including a curling iron, a straightener, and a blow dryer. Should she have something more than a simple adapter in order to operate the blow dryer? It is labeled 125/250 V AC 60 Hz 1875 W. That's the styling tool I'm most concerned about because it has a motor.

The straightener is labeled both 120 V~60 Hz 177 W and 120 V~60 Hz 44 W.

The curling iron is labeled 120 V AC 60 Hz 14 W.

She will be staying with a host family in what I assume is a modern flat. I want to ensure that she doesn't catch anything on fire or short out her family's electrical system.

Any advice from fellow DUers with experience in this area would be so appreciated.

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:30 AM (7 replies)

Is YouTube down?

Or is it just me?
Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:18 AM (2 replies)

Hand over the kittens and nobody gets hurt!

And please hurry! Kittens are the only antidote to the crazy gun talk (pro and con) all over DU. Better yet, I think I'll just stay in the lounge for the rest of the night.

Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:49 PM (38 replies)

Newtown minister: "Evil visited our town, today."

I wonder if assigning this horrific act to some amorphous, unmanageable, unseeable force as "evil" exonerates us from our responsibility to act on it in any meaningful way. I know it allows self-serving creeps like Bryan Fischer to make political hay but does it really help the rest of us?

Taking evil out of the equation, as I consider the proliferation of the guns in our culture versus the problem of mental illness, I'm struck by the fact that, again, we can't see, ahead of time, the level of mental illness that result will in mass murder by firearms. But we can see assault weapons.

With that in mind, doesn't it make sense to clamp down on what we can see and touch?

We need to dial way back on the permissiveness of violence in our culture--as portrayed in news, games, commercials, movies, music videos, print ads, and so on. But, until those representations of violence make exceedingly rare appearances, if at all, shouldn't we take the means of their execution in real life out of everyone's hands?

Control what we can, now, and begin working on the rest until, culturally, we're safe again.

*Please move this to the gun forum, if necessary.*
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:09 PM (7 replies)

Help, please! I want to ditch cable TV and go with antenna and a subscription like...

...Netflix (don't want the DVDs, just the streaming service) Hulu Plus, or other service (are there others?). But I am beyond confused by the whole thing. What do you guys use? If you've managed to wean yourself off of cable TV, are you happy with the decision? What do you miss the most?

I pay $70 a month for my TV service and there are only a few shows I really like--mostly re-runs of sitcoms that are no longer in production. I would miss cable news (mainly, MSNBC but CNN, to some extent, as well). I love PBS but I'm pretty sure I can pull in a good signal by antenna.

I looked at antennaweb.com and it indicates that I would need two different antennae to get all of the local channels. I'm skeptical of that but even if it's true, the only channel I'd be missing by not getting the second antenna is KGUN9 which I think is ABC.

But, for the streaming content, I don't know what system or "box" I need to get. I'm not interested in video games, so I don't necessarily need a game console. I don't own a high definition TV, if that makes a difference. Premium channels aren't of much interest to me, except that it might be good to have Current, if that's possible. Actually, though, since I've never seen Current, I'm only assuming that, as a Liberal, I'd like it.

So, any help you guys could offer would be appreciated.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:29 AM (17 replies)

Re: the Affordable Care Act, I was looking online at the current thinking on the public option...

and I found this: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/11/15/the-public-option-alive-and-well-in-obamacare/

It says that "in 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the small agency that runs the federal civil service, will administer at least two nationwide health plans to compete against private insurance. OPM will be responsible for negotiating the new health plansí medical-loss ratio, profit margins, and premiums.

"The OPM-sponsored plans will automatically qualify to compete against private health plans in the new state exchanges and thus will not be subject to the same qualifications and standards outlined in Obamacare for private plans in the exchanges. OPM must contract with an already existing large insurer, because such a plan must be offered in 60 percent of states in year one.

"These government-sponsored plans will be the only plans that can compete nationwide under a separate set of government rules. Moreover, such plans would have a clear advantage over private plans in the exchanges."

It's clearly a scare tactic-style article designed to rally health care industry lobbyists. And the fact that it's from the Heritage Foundation even further exposes the writer's agenda. But, is it true? Will we really have an option to buy our insurance from better priced federally operated plans, no matter which state we live in?

If this is true and the threat to the big health insurance companies is high, will this option become a bargaining chip for Congressional 'pukes to strong-arm Democrats with? If so, we need to do everything we can to convince our Congressional Democrats to protect it.

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:35 AM (5 replies)

Barber strengthens lead over McSally (Gabby Giffords' seat)

Pima County Elections is still counting ballots and expects to continue counting through the weekend.

Pima County counted more than 10,700 ballots Friday.

The Congressional District 2 race has still not been called. Democrat Ron Barber is leading Republican Martha McSally by 1,402 votes.

Tucson's proposition 409 is also undecided. The $100 million city street repair bond is currently passing by 583 votes.


Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:46 PM (8 replies)

Barber/McSally Update (Gabby Giffords' seat)

Pima County crews counted more than 2,000 early and provisional ballots yesterday. Thousands more provisional ballots still need to be counted.

Election workers have until the end of tomorrow to verify those.

The latest numbers still show a tight race for Congressional District 2.

Democrat Ron Barber's lead now stands at 923 votes over Republican Martha McSally. That is up from 709 vote lead this morning.

A little more at the link: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/20108166/deadline-looming-to-tally-votes

Posted by Fridays Child | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:42 PM (7 replies)

Is it just me or does this Petraeus business reek of Rove?

Maybe I'm behind the curve here and others here have already discussed this but doesn't it seem precisely like the sort scandal Karl Rove would attempt to manufacture? Is there any circumstantial evidence pointing to him? Should Rove be scared?
Posted by Fridays Child | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:29 AM (23 replies)

Ballot counting continues, Barber still leading McSally (Gabby Giffords' seat)

Pima County has added some updated results in the ultra close race for Arizona's Congressional District 2.

Democrat Ron Barber's lead in the CD-2 race now stands at 940 votes over Republican Martha McSally.

And there are new numbers in another close race, Tucson proposition 409.

The $100 million city street repair bond is currently passing by about 240 votes.

The ballot counting continues here and around the state.

A little more here: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/20101188/ballot-counting-continues-barber-still-leading-mcsally

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:17 PM (8 replies)
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