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I am so glad that our president is finally granting pardons to some drug users.

I think that as long as their only crimes was using pot and coke and possibly splitting up the odd pound to sell to friends (OK, I may have done that once, but my memory is not what it used to be) there is no reason for them to be in jail.

I believe that as a young man, President Obama also used these drugs in his youth, along with over half of the people in the country. I think that it would be a the right thing for him to release those imprisoned for the very same acts. If he had been made to pay the same price that these young people are paying, he most probably would never have become our president. He needs to step up and do the right thing, and in numbers a lot more than eight at a time.

I just cancelled my Hulu subscription.

I read that they are refusing to run pro choice ads.

If anyone else has done the same, please post here and maybe we can send them a message they will understand. They will not get another penny from me and hopefully many others.

This is a British Ted Cruz wannbe.


I am no expert of UK politics, I have been away for so long. However, this guy sounds a little too extreme for the Conservative Party, as I remember them.
Posted by pennylane100 | Fri Oct 3, 2014, 03:22 PM (6 replies)

The only finger pointing I find valid

is the cluster fuck that occurred when the Ebola victim first went to the hospital.

I understand that he did notify them that he had recently arrived from Liberia. Although he was less than truthful about his contact with a dying Ebola victim (the daughter of his landlord) they knew he was from a country with an Ebola outbreak and displaying symptoms that would be present when contagious. THEY SENT HIM HOME.

There can be some discussion about who exactly was responsible for this terrible decision by the hospital to send him home with antibiotics However, pointing out that this was one of the most irresponsible acts imaginable is not demonizing anyone. The people he was in contact before returning to the hospital now have to spend the next three weeks worrying about the possibility they may have contacted a deadly disease.

It is a stretch to politicize this hospital's irresponsible actions, however if we are going to get this thing under control, we must learn by our mistakes. Part of that learning is analyzing the mistakes made in Texas and to avoid them in future cases. I think that is more important than worrying about political agenda's, real or imagined.
Posted by pennylane100 | Fri Oct 3, 2014, 02:05 PM (2 replies)

I do not follow football closely, but I sometimes watch it.

However, I must admit I have no idea about all the players in the Ray Rice scandal. I understand that Rice attacked and knocked out his then fiancée. There was a video of it and he has been banned. I also understand that the leader of all the football clubs as been less than honest in dealing with this. He said he did not see the video but he really did, etc.

However, tonight there was a guy called Simmons from ESPN who apparently called the leader of the football clubs, and I quote "a fucking liar" While this does appear to be true, I am not clear on how ESPN is involved in this comedy of errors. Can anyone shed a little light on this.

I have been so frustrated by the reporting about Obama's handling of the ME

that I am unable to watch even Rachael or Chris, my two very best favorites. When they give what may be a valid critique that points out some less than favorable facts, I just want to scream that they always should always start with the most important fact which is that the Middle East Shit Show is the sole responsible of the Bush Crime Family. They started an illegal war which has led to the destabilization of the whole region and they all belong in jail.

The consensus is that this war cannot be won without troops on the ground. They bring experts on to back up their thesis. That may be true, but then they should discuss where this cannon fodder will come from. Yes, it is bombing our way to victory is a horrible path to victory but if the alternative is to ship our young men and women over their to fight and die, they should say so. They have to stop saying what is wrong with the President's plan and start talking about the alternatives that would help.

They point out how expensive this type of war is, but fail to take into consideration the cost of the alternatives are. The cost of the Iraq is estimated to have cost 1.2 trillion dollars. A decent amount of that is for VA services, and that amount will continue to rise as we ramp up services to the level they should be at. So when pointing out the cost of Obama's plan, what alternatives would work.

I do not know what the best solution is but if we do nothing, the whole region could destabilize and millions will die.

It is certainly very important that police depts reflect the community they serve.

However, there is another very important criteria that needs to be observed in policing our communities. The people we arm and send out to keep us safe should be psychologically capable of handling this responsibility. Many of them are not.

The prolific videos that cell phones have provided show a scary vision of those that are supposed to protect us. Often they do not know the laws they are enforcing and if they do, they can ignore them with impunity. They can shoot and kill innocent people with no consequences. They are answerable only to themselves. This is a recipe for disaster unless we start changing the criteria for whom we hire and stop allowing them to investigate themselves when things go wrong.

I have three old computers, that I do not use any more,

However. the hard drives contain lots of old photo that I would like to keep. Is there anyway that I could just copy the hard drive without fixing up the computers and updating all the many things in windows. I know that sounds almost impossible but I thought it was worth asking.

Curiosity killed the cat

Satisfaction brought it back. There are so many sites available to get this info and it gets really interesting once you get started. I named a few in an earlier post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5216462.
Posted by pennylane100 | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:08 PM (0 replies)

I recently received a email from google

telling me that someone had attempted to access my account and if it was not me, I should change my password.

There are better than even odds that it was me because I have a very bad habit of forgetting my password and go through the instructions to reset but forget to write the new number down. Very bad habit I know, but my time honored excuse is that I am very old.

However the email did give the IP address that attempted to enter my google account, and no, it was no, it was not mine. Does any one have suggestions as to how I can track the name of the owner. I have gone to some sites and they tell me some info but I have not been able to locate an actual name. It is not a big deal, but just trying to track it down gives me a little better understanding how the internet works and it is quite entertaining.

As for changing my password, I will do that as soon as I find out what it is. It comes up automatically at the moment so I will be able to change it easily.

Thanks for any advice.
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