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Stuart G

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I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

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These are the hardest-to-spell words in the English language, CNN:


By Mallory Hughes, CNN
Updated 1:41 AM ET, Tue May 21, 2019

Bondieuserie. Bewusstseinslage. Ayacahuite.

Most of us wouldn't even know how to pronounce those words, let alone spell them.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a week away and it is sure to be filled with a plethora of problematic words.

An international team of linguists from the language-learning app Babbel partnered with Merriam-Webster to analyze a decade's worth of words and find out what knocked out Bee contestants in the final round.

The analysis of nearly 400 words found that classical languages were the basis of most of the misspelled words. Study up on scientific, medical, and legal terms, which trace their origins back to Greek and Latin roots.

"English has always borrowed words from other languages, and once they are found in our dictionaries they are considered to be English words," said the editor at large of Merriam-Webster, Peter Sokolowski, in a news release.

According to the linguists, nature and natural science accounted for 38% of misspelled words, followed by words related to medicine, arts, politics, and law.

From modern languages, words derived from French knocked out the most final-rounders. From living languages, it was German and Italian that lead to the loss.

"Every year we are inspired by watching these kids grapple with the toughest words in the Bee and we hope this list gives them an extra boost of confidence," said Babbel CEO Julie Hansen in a statement.

rest of article at link above..It doesn't matter to me, because I can't even spell the easy ones. I have been corrected by the spelling police at DU countless times....

I have never seen anything like this. Extreme differences in value of exact same item..

There are rumors out that this so called "Black Diamond Edition" of this video is worth a whole lot of money..
Take a look at people offering this at such wide differences in value.
.All for the same item. I got one of these. Is it worth $6,000 or $10.00? What do you think. I have never seen such a variation for the same exact thing. Take a look, but don't buy.

1992 Aladdin Film Collector's Edition VHS Tapes


Willing to share your oldest memory of the "internet"?

Yes, I was visiting a friend in 98 or 99. He was deep into computers and had been for years. He took out this laptop, (cost $3000 in 1998) hooked it up to the net, and he showed me White House dot gov. Clinton's site at the time. Also, we looked up Al Gore and his info.
..The library where I lived installed 4 computers for public use in 2000. I was actually on the internet looking around,(as we do) when 9/11 attack hit. People yelled out, switch to this site and watch this. After a while they turned on the main TV at the library and everyone was able to watch.
..Long before any of this, I took a course in the early 80s, or late 70s, where the professor said, one day everyone would be carrying around a hand held computer like we saw in "Star Trek" (original series)...First time I ever saw a hand held computer was 2006. Someone was carrying around one, while I walked around the indoor track that I still go to from time to time. I said to myself..Why does that guy have to have one of those while he walks around the track?.(now lots of people have them while they walk around the track, which I still go to.....
..............Oh well, back to my computer game.............................

Legitimate Fraud Advisory from Social Security Administration 5/17/19

from Inspector General of Social Security Administration about Social Security Advisory Board-Related Scam
Yes, this is real, hit link below to verify.

Fraud Advisory: Inspector General Warns Public About Social Security Advisory Board-Related Scam


May 17, 2019

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams, this time involving the Social Security Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has reported that individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the board’s phone number on caller ID. The callers are reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you should not engage with the caller or provide personal information or money in response to requests or threats.

These callers are employing tactics similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. Inspector General Ennis advises that callers may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

However, the Social Security Advisory Board typically does not contact the general public to request personal information over the phone. Moreover, government employees will never threaten you to obtain personal information or payments. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”

Inspector General Ennis urges the public not to provide sensitive information over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. You should also never wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for any official government service.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams: https://identitytheft

Celine Dion & Il Divo, I believe in you

Last Word: Republican who called for Nixon's impeachment, "Lawrence J. Hogan"... 4/22/19

Yes, this was up before, but perhaps it is more important now....(because of Justin Amash R )
Originally posted, 4/23 by niyad

Death row inmate forgoes last meal, asks supporters to feed the homeless, Yahoo News:


Adam Tamburin and Natalie Neysa Alund
USA TODAY•May 16, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee death row inmate Donnie Edward Johnson did not want a special last meal before his execution Thursday. Instead, he wanted his supporters to donate meals to the homeless.

Condemned inmates in Tennessee can spend up to $20 on a last meal before they are executed. Johnson, who was executed by lethal injection Thursday night at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, declined to pick one.

Johnson's attorney, federal public defender Kelley Henry, said the decision was a tribute to executed Tennessee inmate Philip Workman, who had requested that the $20 for his last meal in 2007 go toward vegetarian pizzas for a local homeless shelter.

Prison staff did not send a pizza to the shelter, but Workman's supporters did. Johnson wants the people who supported him to do the same.

Mr. Johnson realizes that his $20 allotment will not feed many homeless people," Henry said earlier this week in an email. "His request is that those who have supported him provide a meal to a homeless person."

I Am For Joe, But I Will Support Whoever We Pick.

...If possible I will work for that person, I will send money, and I will talk to those who will listen. What matters more than Joe, is that we get rid of Trump. Trump is no good, and he is "evil deep down." There is so much proof of that "evil", that we need not go into it. But the bottom line is the same it was 6 months ago, and will be the bottom line 6 months from now, 12 months from now, and 17 months from now, when we have the next Presidential Election.

...In order to win, from this point of view 17 months out, we must stay united and together for the final battle. No matter what happens in the next 17 months, we must work together to win. Another 4 years of Trump, after this 4, could destroy this county for good. It might not, and that is completely honest. But he is a mean, vicious, and selfish person who was really not elected legally to be President of the United States. While our present view is the Primary Elections, we must be focused ultimately on winning. Not just for our good, but for all the people who live here and those people who admire this country.

Thank You for reading this,


Leonard Nimoy's daighter on her late father's mission to get people to stop smoking..." Yahoo News"


Somewhat sad, but informative. I did not know this until today,and I have been a Star Trek fan from the early 70s.
Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor best known for playing Mr. Spock on Star Trek, was a man of many talents. Along with being an actor, he was a director, writer, photographer, and singer. But while many fans can quote his most famous line from Star Trek, not everyone knows about the severe health issue that ultimately ended his life in 2015.

Now, his daughter Julie Nimoy is sharing stories of her late father and trying to raise awareness of the lung disease Leonard faced until he passed away at 83 years old.

When Julie was 11, Leonard landed the pivotal role on Star Trek. “All of a sudden, he became very well-known,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “and that completely changed our lives forever.” Although she says that growing up with a famous dad was “tricky,” “he and my mom, they really tried hard to keep our family life very grounded.”

However, Julie recalls that a cigarette was Leonard’s constant companion. “He probably started [smoking] around 17 years old,” she says. “As long as I could remember, as a young child, he always had a cigarette in his hand. He smoked everywhere we went and smoked two packs a day.”

The actor quit for good around 1985 or 1986, recalls Julie. But when Leonard was in his 50s, Julie started to notice that her father was having some breathing issues. “If we’d go on a long walk, he was slowing down,” she says. “He’d have to stop and take breaths.”

Boeing Reportedly Resisted Pilots Angry Calls for 737 Max Fix Last November, CNBC:

Weeks after the first of two 737 Max crashes, American Airlines pilots angrily pushed Boeing to fix the anti-stall software suspected in the deadly disasters.

Pilots asked Boeing at a private meeting in November to take emergency action that would have likely grounded the Max, but Boeing officials resisted, according to an audio recording of the meeting reviewed by CNBC.

The meeting attendees included Mike Sinnett, a Boeing vice president; Craig Bomben, a top Boeing test pilot; and senior lobbyist John Moloney. The meeting was first reported by The Dallas Morning News.

Sinnett told the pilots at the meeting that the company was working on a software fix that would be ready in as little as six weeks, and it would not rush the process. He also said it was unclear whether the new system was to blame in the October Lion Air crash, which killed 189 people.

“No one has yet to conclude that the sole cause of this was this function on the airplane,” Sinnett said at the meeting, which took place at the Allied Pilots Association headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The group represents American Airlines pilots.

Five months after the Indonesia disaster, another Boeing Max crashed, killing 157 people in Ethiopia.

The union recorded the meeting without Boeing’s knowledge and shared the audio with media, including CNBC, because it was concerned Boeing wasn’t treating the situation as an emergency at the time.

“American Airlines pilots have been pressing Boeing for answers because we owe it to our passengers and the 346 people who lost their lives to do everything we can to prevent another tragedy,” APA President Daniel F. Carey told CNBC.

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