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  • White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds

    01/21/2017 11:07:48 PM PST · 26 of 35
    fireman15 to lowbridge
    The media is able to estimate the number of Obama supporters at any event by the amount of trash they leave behind. In 2009 they left over 100 tons of trash on the National Mall.

    The problem is that Trump supporters do not leave trash behind, and some of them pickup any that they see so once they have left all that proves they were there are the pictures like this one.

    So the "protesters" found a good clean area the following day... Of course they felt obligated to leave it looking like a garbage dump in typical liberal tradition. They love the earth so much that they want to force the rest of us to clean up after them.

  • Liberal Protester Screams In Agony As Trump Sworn In

    01/21/2017 10:52:21 PM PST · 3 of 22
    fireman15 to Enlightened1

    “It” is right. But it did make my wife and I laugh.

  • Doesn’t look like Obama has any interest in pardoning Hillary

    01/21/2017 10:49:42 PM PST · 22 of 34
    fireman15 to alexander_busek

    The establishment wouldn’t want to stir up the Democrats by sending the heads of the Clinton Crime Syndicate to prison no matter how deserving they are. But I think that there is a pretty good chance a special prosecutor will be appointed anyway because Trump isn’t afraid even if their was a political price to be paid.

  • White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds

    01/21/2017 10:41:22 PM PST · 13 of 35
    fireman15 to lowbridge

    It wasn’t just CNN pulling this crap.

  • Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

    01/19/2017 3:59:35 PM PST · 15 of 65
    fireman15 to Rockitz

    So, if Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s findings start a justice department criminal investigation about Obama’s fraudulent documentation and the rest of Obama’s records are unsealed and it is proven that he was never eligible to be president in the first place... How long is it going to take to round these clowns back up and throw them back into Federal Prison?

  • Gwen Moore to Attend Inauguration as 'The Resistance' (D WI)

    01/18/2017 6:00:35 PM PST · 25 of 33
    fireman15 to freedumb2003

    Are we 100% sure that is not the dead body of Don Knotts in black face drag?

  • Ralph Retort: "CNN warns" attack on inauguration could justify Obama administration keeping power

    01/18/2017 5:50:26 PM PST · 41 of 205
    fireman15 to TigerClaws
    Well they are obviously hoping for a portrait mishap like on King Ralph.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 4:27:12 PM PST · 55 of 60
    fireman15 to SandwicheGuy

    Thank you for your kind and thoughtful response. Microsoft should not be expected to make everyone happy all the time.

    The feel of Windows 10 is largely a result of the corporate policies set by CEO Satya Narayana Nadella. I am sure that he is a very smart guy, but I do not believe that he understands the psyche of many Americans well. Many of us are deeply offended any time someone tries to force us to do anything. We like to feel like we are in control of the computer not the other way around.

    Microsoft has had a somewhat undeserved reputation for being a little tone deaf in the past, but never to the extent we are seeing these days. It is making them a terrible competitor and is opening up amazing opportunities for other companies. So Satya Narayana Nadella may very well be responsible for the next tech billionaire at Microsoft’s expense.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 3:56:25 PM PST · 51 of 60
    fireman15 to dayglored
    My observation, after over a year of running the Windows Ping List, is that most of the sniping in Windows threads comes from disgruntled Windows users and recent-convert Linux users, with considerable overlap between those two groups.

    Thanks for your work on the Windows Ping List. I enjoy a lively discussion and sometimes its fun to discuss something other than politics.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 3:52:28 PM PST · 49 of 60
    fireman15 to Woodman
    I test proprietary software for a living and I am just not seeing the issue most people pile onto Windows 10. Maybe I’m lucky, maybe its my experience.

    Anyone who is happy with Windows 10 should expound on its virtues if they want. They should probably expect a little blow back from people such as myself who are not fond of it. It's true, my primary issue is with not having much control over the update process. there are other areas where taking control of your own computer has become more difficult or confusing as well.

    I too have had driver issues with older but still useful peripherals. I have a fairly new drawing tablet that has instability issues every time it is hooked to a Windows 10 computer even with the latest drivers. I still have a problem with the way Microsoft attempted to force this down our throats whether we wanted it or not. Overall Windows 10 wasted a significant amount of time before I finally swore it off and went back to Windows 7 on every device that we could.

    The thing that I will admit is that for people such as my parents who mostly look at emails and browse the Internet, it does tend to keep them out of trouble most of the time.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 3:36:28 PM PST · 46 of 60
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    And there, fireman, is the difference. Where is all the sniping from us “Mac guys” in Windows threads?

    Surely, you must have accepted derision about Apple products from PC users on this forum as a fact of life after all these years? We can't help ourselves; I am not sure why. I gave you a heads-up because I wasn't sure that you realized that we fight and belittle each other as much discussing Windows as we do when raiding your Apple threads.

    Oh, and my wife and I have prayed for your speedy recovery.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 12:35:08 PM PST · 36 of 60
    fireman15 to chrisser; Woodman; SandwicheGuy; jcon40; Bob434; rockrr; dayglored; Bullish; Swordmaker

    Just a casual observation. If you take a look at an Apple thread started by Swordmaker you will find plenty of sniping from we “PC guys”, but the “Apple guys” mostly stay in lock step supporting their I-phones, I-watches, I-pads, I-macs and I-whatever else they have. There is not much “diversity” in the Apple Fan Boy community.

    But you bring up anything to do with Windows 10, Microsoft, or PCs in general and you get opinions from a huge number of knowledgeable people who come from a huge number of viewpoints and levels of experience. There are those of us who have been working or tinkering for decades with various operating systems. Most of us believe that the operating system is the software that provides basic support for our systems and should mostly just stay out of our way. Ironically, we set up systems with two, three, four or more OS’s on them with multiple boot options on startup. Or we set up multiple virtual systems on our computers and we fool around with numerous systems that way. Why do we do it? Speaking as someone who has frequently had six or more operating systems on a single computer... I really cannot give a good rational explanation other than I am always probing and taking apart everything that I own.

    I always find it amusing when someone starts a thread or makes posts claiming that Windows 10 is the greatest operating system ever and that anyone who disagrees with them is a “luddite” or ignorant or stupid. This community has some extremely knowledgeable members and you just cannot make blanket statements like that and be accurate.

    We all have our own perspective and I personally have appreciated so many different OS’s over the years. For me it really started with various operating systems on “home computer systems”, then the various DOS (Disk Operating Systems) that became available and their constant improvements. Then graphical overlays came on scene popularized by Apple, Commodore GEOS, and Windows and others. At first I just a straight DOS system, where I set up my own menu system for quick access to the programs I used. But after years graphical interfaces became more and more convenient and allowed one to use various programs together which increased productivity especially with progressively more powerful hardware.

    Up until Windows 10 I never had any major complaints with any Windows Operating System. Windows 3.1 worked fine for me as did Windows 95, Windows XP, and Windows 7. I also didn’t have any problems with Windows ME or Windows Vista. To me it seemed like Windows 8 was starting to go off the rails a little but there were work-arounds that made it acceptable on devices that shipped with it.

    I also didn’t have difficulty with devices running Windows PE, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 2003, or other variations. I used phones and GPS devices with these various Windows Operating Systems and they were dependable and easy to use for me.

    I understand why there are those who like Windows 10, the biggest problem I have is the high handed philosophy behind it. Windows 10 is making a transition from Operating System to service and content provider. Legally, I suppose that this started even before Windows 10 but it has become more and more clear the path that Microsoft is leading us down.

    Going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is like moving away from a house with property where you had independence and could grow your own food and raise livestock and moving to an apartment complex where you are dependent on others to provide your basic needs. Some people like being renters better than being home owners. The difference is that most apartment dwellers do not attempt to denigrate those who prefer to own their home. This is of course an over-simplification, but maybe it will give a tiny glimpse into my perspective.

  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry to Skip Trump Inauguration

    01/18/2017 11:06:43 AM PST · 60 of 116
    fireman15 to seanmerc
    Maybe he clipped Obama's rear wheel and fell off his pink bicycle again!

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/18/2017 10:02:17 AM PST · 32 of 60
    fireman15 to Bullish; SandwicheGuy
    Thanks for the insults asswipe. I’ll remember that.

    Mr. Bull, you appear to be a thin skinned precious little snow flake aren't you? And I am sure that you do have a long memory. We are talking about an OS here not the future of the Republic. You are the one who picked the pseudonym Bullish??? Not me. Ha, ha, ha!!! You didn't figure someone would come up with Mr. Bull from that? How adorable!

    Fireman felt the need to insult me and imply that I’m a rookie compared to his vast knowledge, hahahaha.

    Kind of a reach? And how did I insult you? By pointing out you are acting as a Microsoft shill, trying to improve the image of the disaster that is Windows 10??? I have been a Microsoft booster for decades, up until they tried to force Windows 10 down my throat. I have actually met come into contact with both Steve Ballmer and Paul Allen because of interests outside of computing. And living on the East side of King County I have countless friends and associates who are former and current Microsoft employees. You do not seem to have an understanding of the transition that Microsoft is trying to make with Windows 10.

    Fireman implied that I don’t know what I’m doing when he’s the one who has a laptop sitting in a drawer that he doesn’t know what to do with.

    And I didn't imply anything. I have a spare hard drive with the Windows 10 operating system installed on it in a drawer for my “primary laptop”, not my “primary laptop”. By drawing the conclusion that I had the laptop that I am typing on right now in a drawer somewhere you make all the implications without any help from me. I guess you didn't realize that someone can swap the hard drives out of them thangs. But the fact I stirred you and SandwicheGuy up enough that you were up at 2:30 in the morning posting about me indicates that you two are taking this all too seriously.

    But lets get back to common ground, we are all friends and it sounds like we have similar histories when it comes to computer experience. I have been a computer enthusiast since before “home computers” became available. My first introduction was a digital electronic experimentation kit, that controlled a two digit LED Display. This was before electronic calculators had become affordable. It was given to me by my 5th grade teacher who was impressed that I had taught myself how to use a slide rule, and by my inquisitive nature and the fact that I was already reading at the 10th grade level. So when the rest of the class was focused on subjects that I had picked up on my own, he let me tinker with the "digital electronic experimentation kit". It helped to keep me from being bored and disruptive and I learned much from it.

    I still have a couple TRS-80s in my basement, along with the first XT Clone that I put together, Commodore 64s, VIC 20s, TI-99-4As, a Timex Sinclair, a couple Atari home computers, a Spectravideo SV-328 which was the machine that the failed MSX (Microsoft X) Standard was based on... I have a large assortment of tape players, drives and expansion boxes for these as well. Believe it or not this hardware has actually become fairly valuable again. About the only hardware I do not have “vintage computer museum” is any overpriced Apple junk which I have shunned since the beginning.

    And I have always been interested in machine work, and did work as a millwright for 8 years in a family owned business. But the only piece of CNC equipment that I have directly used with a Windows computer is my 3D Printer. Although I have gotten fairly good at using Windows based software to build 3D models. My favorite software package for this are currently Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk 123D Design which both work fine with Windows 10. But I have other drawing and design software and hardware which will not work with Windows 10 which is one of the reasons I choose not to use it right now.

    As far as calling people who prefer email programs such as Windows Live Mail which have the capability to store their files locally “luddites”??? I think the two of you are out on a limb with that as well. There are many legitimate security concerns with “cloud based storage solutions” and they are not going away. This is regardless of whatever security enhancements Microsoft comes up with for Windows 10. The only time a storage device is truly secure is when it is not connected to a computer that has an internet connection and it is locked in a safe.

    So lighten up you two, life is too short. Any generalizations that I make are not directed at either of you specifically as insults or otherwise. I think that both of you are very interesting characters and enjoy reading your posts.

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/17/2017 10:41:26 PM PST · 8 of 60
    fireman15 to Bullish
    Windows 10 is the best so far and I, for one, have been very happy with it.

    Yeah that's the ticket Mr. Bull! That's why Microsoft had to try and repeatedly trick people into accepting it! I've been using Microsoft products since MS DOS 2.0 and my opinion is that Windows 10 sucks big time.

    We were forced to install Never 10 on all of our Windows 7 computers to keep them from taking the update to Windows 10. Microsoft made it basically impossible to not update without doing this. We have one newer computer with Windows 10 and we did a clean install on a new hard drive for our primary laptop which is now sitting in a drawer somewhere. So we have had plenty of experience with Windows 10. Much of it against our wishes.

    It may be OK for people who do not get into the nuts and bolts of a computer operating system and have brand new equipment. Personally I cannot stand Windows 10 after it has caused us numerous headaches. Microsoft has never taken a bigger step backward.

  • Obama Commutes Bulk of [Bradley] Manning’s Sentence

    01/17/2017 1:34:25 PM PST · 14 of 21
    fireman15 to crusty old prospector

    Is Moochie O going to trade grooming tips with him/her/it?

  • PROJECT VERITAS - Busted Democrats Caught Cheating 2017 - Election "Judge" Corruption

    01/17/2017 7:23:47 AM PST · 2 of 9
    fireman15 to johnk

    This is more good work from Project Veritas. Why am I not surprised that the Democrats got caught gaming the system for the millionth time?

  • Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

    01/17/2017 7:08:46 AM PST · 9 of 90
    fireman15 to rktman

    This is going too far. It is an indicator of the level of panic on the left. This is the type of thing that Obama himself started out doing as an organizer/agitator.


    01/16/2017 9:09:18 AM PST · 142 of 189
    fireman15 to palmer
    The answer to that nonsense is free clinics where the doctors volunteer to treat chronic conditions like alcoholism.

    Believe me, there were a multitude of “solutions” that were come up with for our $2.4 million dollar man. He once said he wanted to go back to South Dakota to be with his family so firefighters and police officers took up a collection and we put him on a bus the very next day. He was back in less than a month and up to his old routine.

    Fortunately, after many years he decided he wanted to do better, and in 2008 he became sober and incredibly has stayed that way since.


    01/15/2017 9:17:29 PM PST · 85 of 189
    fireman15 to DoodleDawg
    Insurance for everyone. Lower deductibles. Lower costs. This should be interesting.

    The thing I don't get is why people think that “everyone” should have health insurance. It seems like a misunderstanding of what insurance is actually for. Insurance is primarily meant to protect your assets in case of some type of catastrophe.

    I spent 25 years scores hauling people who had no money to hospitals. How many do you think were turned away because they didn't have coverage? None, not one in 25 years. We had one alcoholic / bum who was transported hundreds of times per year. He ran up a 2 million dollar tab. What did Obamacare do to remedy that situation. Nothing!!!

  • Dead People Doled Out $2.6 Billion Worth of Food Stamps

    01/15/2017 12:06:25 AM PST · 15 of 51
    fireman15 to Olog-hai

    “We found that 3,394 authorized SNAP retailers (retailers) used Social Security Numbers (SSN) that matched SSNs of deceased people,”

    I have no doubt that massive fraud is taking place in the food stamp program. But it seems like this is a misleading headline. The people who are dead in this situation are the people who own the businesses accepting the food stamps. This could be an indicator that some type of fraud is taking place, but there are many legitimate businesses which have dead people showing as principles. I am not sure how long it took after my grandfather died before he was formally removed as a principle in our family construction business. It was not an indicator that any type of malfeasance was taking place.

  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 2:04:17 PM PST · 78 of 81
    fireman15 to Robert A. Cook, PE
    That somebody (including a person who may be one of many affirmative action picks) was appointed BY Bush from a group of people selected BY other Bush insider appointees does not mean they are the “best and the brightest”

    It was Bush who gave us the biggest affirmative action disaster of all time... that would be the Kenyan Usurper himself. And it was Bush who called Bill Clinton his “brother from another mother” during the last election campaign. Being a “Bush appointee” is nothing to brag about in my book. I mention it because we have 16 years of political appointees at least to purge from the system. That this clown basically volunteered to be numero uno does make him a footnote in Trump's legacy.

  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 9:40:39 AM PST · 61 of 81
    fireman15 to fireman15
  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 9:38:53 AM PST · 59 of 81
    fireman15 to FreeReign
    He was appointed by Bush in 2008 and reappointed by Obama in 2009.

    Thanks for the clarification. Doesn't the good general remind you of this general from the movie Mars Attacks? The little Martians should have Make Mars Great Again Stickers on the top of their helmet. Hopefully, this is basically what is going to happen to all of Obama's people in Washington DC and everywhere else for that matter.

  • Obamas to disappear to 'undisclosed location' after inauguration

    01/14/2017 9:12:35 AM PST · 4 of 153
    fireman15 to ColdOne

    Hopefully, a bunker under the streets of Berlin with Angela Merkel.

  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 9:08:48 AM PST · 48 of 81
    fireman15 to proust
    Implying there’s a dime of difference between the two.

    Definitely agree with you on that point. Strictly an accuracy issue.

  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 9:04:16 AM PST · 45 of 81
    fireman15 to Grampa Dave
    According to his ribbon rack, 15 years of war, and his only overseas trip was an annual training someplace.

    My brother-in-law Colonel Bob has a huge ribbon rack. We were over at his house as he was getting ready for some sort of formal occasion... and his daughter started asking about all those ribbons. He started, “ Well this one is for changing my socks for 30 days consecutively.” And then went on from there... he had us all rolling on the floor laughing by the time he was through.

    Of course he, like so many others these days had multiple overseas deployments. My sister-in-law and our nieces came to live with us during a few of those because she was having health problems. Our niece who asked about his ribbons joined the military a few years later and just got back from a deployment in the Middle East a few months ago.

  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 8:52:53 AM PST · 43 of 81
    fireman15 to Nifster
    Actually he was appointed by bush

    Maybe you should try using bigger, bolder, redder letters next time? Because some people didn't seem to notice.

    He might very well be a boot licking Obama lover, but...

    Actually he was appointed by Bush!

  • The 58th Presidential Inauguration

    01/14/2017 8:36:39 AM PST · 19 of 23
    fireman15 to CyberAnt
    Now .. do you get it .. I guess the schools don’t teach that stuff anymore .. SAD .. will change very soon.

    Did someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Or are you always so full of sunshine?

  • The 58th Presidential Inauguration

    01/14/2017 7:42:37 AM PST · 4 of 23
    fireman15 to Bronzy

    Are they just trying to screw people who are planning to attend up? What is the point of this website?

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/13/2017 4:50:48 PM PST · 239 of 240
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Thank you very much for the reply. I was worried that I had bugged you enough. Despite my previous posts, I am not a huge fan of doctors myself. But I probably owe my life to doctors and modern medicine.

    Ten years ago I had abdominal pain severe enough that I had to miss a day of work. Then it got quite a bit better. But a few days later I was feeling poorly again and my wife said that my complexion had an unusual tint. She is a nurse and insisted that I go to get looked at. Her exact words were, “If you do not go to the doctor I will shoot you myself.” She is a pretty good shot.

    So I waited from the time the urgent care opened up until sometime after noon while every crying kid was triaged in front of me. They finally took some blood and then I waited for another couple hours. Then they took an X-ray of my abdomen. An hour later they called me back in from the waiting room and an excited doctor came in and told me I had a ruptured appendix and they had called an ambulance to take me to a hospital that I don’t like. I told them to cancel the ambulance and that I was going to drive home and have my wife take me to a different hospital that I trust more.

    They said that they could not let me do that because I was not fit to drive, and that they had “admitted me” and that they would call the police if I tried to leave. So I called my wife and she came to the urgent care so they would let me leave without a fight, and I drove home and she took me to the other hospital.

    When I got to the other hospital they had been warned of my impending arrival and seemed excited to see me. We didn’t have to wait. They took an MRI immediately. My wife was standing in the hall and heard the radiologist exclaim, “Whoa!”, followed by a couple expletives. Then he came out, saw her and apologized for what he had said.

    I was feeling subpar, but not like my life was in danger. the head surgeon at the hospital came in to talk to me. I asked the doctor if they could just give me some antibiotics and fix it after the infection cleared up. He said, “No! If we do that you will die!” I didn’t actually believe him; I assumed he was exaggerating to get me to do what they wanted. But what choice did I have?

    So I had a lengthy surgery and ended up with a scar from hip bone to hip bone. They had to take all my intestines out so they could wash the nasty stuff off that had been leaking into my abdominal cavity for a week.

    So I had a quick and basically pain free recovery. A year later I had an overtime day and I was in charge of a “probationary” (new) firefighter. When I was talking to him, he told me about his dad who had been the same age as me and also a serious bicyclist. He had been in perfect health. But he had died just a few months earlier from peritonitis because he had ignored abdominal pain the same as I did. He had abdominal pain that he had ignored just like I did. He had the same surgery that I did and came out of it and it seemed like he was going to be OK, only he ended up with an infection that killed him.

    So it turned out the doctors probably were not lying to me after all. So these days I do not try to second guess my doctors... as much. My concern with your situation is strictly that I have known quite a few men on high protein low carb diets who have had heart issues. After their episodes those who continued with their high protein low carb diets had poor outcomes. I do not know if there is any conclusive evidence confirming this. But my personal observations of this concern me, and I would be grateful if you would discuss this with whoever is aiding your recovery.

  • Finding that no power means no income, will Hillary run for office again?

    01/13/2017 9:54:22 AM PST · 36 of 59
    fireman15 to Oldpuppymax
    “The Norwegian government’s planned contribution to the Clinton Foundation next year will be nearly 90 percent off its peak...”

    When the Norwegians start jumping ship... you know it is over.

    Our friend Stan Boreson in a photo from the 1960s, but still going strong at age 92.

  • Ryan on Trump's mass deportation plan: 'It's not happening'

    01/13/2017 9:07:06 AM PST · 77 of 87
    fireman15 to july4thfreedomfoundation
    Someone should inform the moonbat Paulina Firozi at “The Hill” that it’s 40 - 50 ILLEGAL ALIENS, not “11 million immigrants.”

    They have been saying “11 million” since Reagan was in office. I guess its hard for them to change their number. A million or two enter the country illegally every year and about the same amount overstay their visas. Some end up leaving on their own after a while depending on mostly economic and political conditions, so it is a somewhat fluid number. But even the INS, DHS, and the Census Bureau estimate 30 million or more people in the country illegally. So yes this “11 million” figure gets more than a little tiresome.

  • Northeast warming more rapidly than most of US (Aieee!)

    01/13/2017 8:46:03 AM PST · 59 of 62
    fireman15 to texas booster

    Strangely enough we know from satellite data that the actual amount of land mass in the world has been increasing not decreasing especially in coastal areas during the modern era. But from compilations of historical data sea levels do appear to have risen an inconsequential amount at a very slow but fairly constant rate since the end of the little ice age. The rate is so slow that the year to year increases are within the margin of error and difficult to differentiate from land masses rising and falling and the effect of erosion depositing more sediment in coastal areas. There is no credible evidence that the rate of rise has increased since in the 30 years or so since this nonsense has taken hold.

    The predictions of an increased rate of Sea Level rise over the past 3 decades seem comical when you visit coastal landmarks and find that basically nothing has changed in an easily observable way in hundreds of years.

  • Internet Problems Right Now??

    01/12/2017 1:09:15 AM PST · 107 of 123
    fireman15 to little jeremiah
    Internet goes out all the time. This was just a totally new one to me - no internet except for FR! A first.

    We use Obihai devices to get free phone service. Frequently after a power outage they will still be working even though we can't get online with the computers. That is a little similar I think.

  • Internet Problems Right Now??

    01/11/2017 10:15:31 PM PST · 84 of 123
    fireman15 to covertInLA

    He said his connection started working again after he reset the cable modem.

  • Internet Problems Right Now??

    01/11/2017 10:02:20 PM PST · 82 of 123
    fireman15 to little jeremiah
    I turned modem off and waited, and then on again.
    That appeared to fix whatever it was.

    We have had to reset our cable modem on numerous occasions. We are in an outlying area near the foothills; we feel very lucky to have internet access at all. But we have high winds and frequent power outages especially in the winter. We have had to go on generator power a couple of times in the last month. Things get glitched.

  • Internet Problems Right Now??

    01/11/2017 9:38:39 PM PST · 68 of 123
    fireman15 to little jeremiah

    Do you have any other devices such as a phone or a tablet that you can use to check your wifi signal.

  • Read CNN's response to Trump's accusations of false reporting

    01/11/2017 8:50:10 PM PST · 3 of 112
    fireman15 to greeneyes

    My opinion also is that CNN was attempting to use this crap in a more that was damaging way than Buzzfeed. Trump should lock them out of every news conference until they knock this crap off.

  • Internet Problems Right Now??

    01/11/2017 8:46:50 PM PST · 23 of 123
    fireman15 to little jeremiah

    Did you try disconnecting and reconnecting your modem and your router from the wall outlet and then restarting your computer?

    We have frequent power outages here and often things get a little screwed up and give weird behaviors similar to what you are describing.

  • A top ethics official says Trump is setting a bad example ("government ethics" is an oxymoron)

    01/11/2017 8:04:33 PM PST · 2 of 36
    fireman15 to E. Pluribus Unum

    But there is no problem with the Clinton Foundation taking 100s of millions of dollars from foreign governments.

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/11/2017 4:55:38 PM PST · 235 of 240
    fireman15 to SamAdams76
    I am now convinced that at least for myself, a “lower” carb diet works. But in particular, a diet based on whole foods. I couldn't care less how many carbs are in things like blueberries, apples, bananas, and such. I eat as much of those as I want. But if it comes in a package and it's labeled “low fat” or it includes high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated (trans) fats, I don't eat it.

    Even yogurt is where I can pack on weight. If I ate the low-fat yogurt, it is likely to have 30 or more grams of added sugar. But with the full-milk yogurt (higher fat), you have no or very little added sugar at all and it is delicious. Especially when blueberries or blackberries are mixed in.

    We were out this afternoon; I did want to mention that to me it sounds from your description that you have a well thought out diet plan that works for you.

    My wife's "little" sister was up visiting for a week in December. She is someone who spent her lifetime abusing her body by smoking, drinking, eating poorly and letting herself become obese. She is actually two years younger than my wife, but my wife looks ten years younger than she does. More importantly my wife's sister can't get around without a cane while my wife is still very athletic and able to enjoy life like someone decades younger.

    While her sister was visiting I had to go to Costco and buy her special organic high protein shake powder made from a huge assortment of healthy sounding stuff. Then I bought her a bunch of frozen and fresh fruit, nuts and expensive almond milk. So in the morning while I was making a more traditional breakfast she was blending up these shakes which she insisted were extremely healthy.

    She refused to eat most of the food that I prepared while she was here including my beef stew made in the pressure cooker with fresh vegetables and potatoes, or even my home made chicken soup. She wouldn't eat my homemade bread. She refused to eat the smoked beef, pork or even turkey that I made during the week she was here. She actually did eat some of the oatmeal that I made from machine cut oats. But every night she went through literally about a pound of candy before she went to bed.

    We had to endure long winded lectures about her new found knowledge of nutrition that she was parroting mostly from her 18 year old daughter who has become a vegetarian. It was almost comical to have this person who spent almost her entire life abusing her body preaching to her sister about nutrition. And I did realize a little why there is so much disagreement about nutrition.

    People come at this from so many directions. There are vegetarians who want everyone to give up all types of meat or even animal related products such as dairy. Then there are body builder types who want to eat a bunch of high protein products that they think will increase their muscle mass and virility. Believe me I ran into that a lot at my previous job. And then there are a large number of people who are OK with “carbs” but believe that gluten is an evil player in available foods. The largest group however are those who want to lose weight but do not want to experience the hunger pain associated with a traditional diet. And it seems that this high protein low carb diet helps people with that a lot. All the groups want to believe that they are making very healthy choices.

    It seems these days that only a small minority are now those like my wife and I who started out or achieved athletic conditioning in our younger days and mostly just want to maintain our good health as we age by making good choices in our diet and activity level. We are willing to listen to the other groups but we take a lot of what we are told by people with a grain of salt. I have eaten everything left behind from my sister-in-law's visit other than the high protein organic vegetable powder. I am just not a true believer in any of this stuff. I believe in moderation in all things and staying busy enough that I don't sit around eating all day.

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/11/2017 12:46:10 PM PST · 234 of 240
    fireman15 to SamAdams76

    Thanks for the great history. I am glad that you have found something that works for you. But please be careful and if you start having health problems let your healthcare professional know about your dietary philosophy.

    There is no doubt that a “low carb” “high protein” diet helps millions of people lose weight. And carrying a high amount of excess body fat puts one at risk for all sorts of health problems. Our daughters have had battles with weight and they yo-yo back and forth. They lose weight while on their low carb diets and they gain it back as soon as they go back to their normal routines. The “low carb” diets they choose do not seem to be sustainable or healthy for them. When they are on them they tend to be grumpy, mean and have very bad breath.

    People are able to get away with this approach when they are young. But as we age our bodies are less able to absorb the needed amount of essential nutrients from a diet that is intentionally restricted to exclude “carbs”. Many foods high in “carbs” are easily used by the body for its essential energy needs. Foods high in animal fat and protein especially often have to be used by the body in a more circuitous manner that puts a strain on the liver especially but also on other organs.

    In addition unrefined foods which contain “carbs” in the form of whole grains etc. provide an important source of fiber which is important for digestive health. This is not to mention that many “high protein” foods contain large amounts of animal fats which have known health risks associated. This is all debated by adherents to certain diet philosophies to a point that would make Global Warming fanatics blush.

    The primary problem that I have with “low carb” “high protein” diets is specific to persons who have a history of cardiac problems. I have seen over and over people who literally will not give up their ill advised diet philosophy until it kills them. I am not arguing that the philosophy does not produce results. I have seen first hand however that in the long term that it is not healthy.

    The evidence that the adherents are acting irrationally is very easy to observe. You can try to convince them to take a more balanced, moderation in all things approach until you are blue in the face. They will ignore all evidence that contradicts the nutrition philosophy that they have chosen. That is very nearly the essence of irrational behavior in all its ugly forms.

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/11/2017 10:23:45 AM PST · 232 of 240
    fireman15 to SamAdams76

    I actually can’t find anything in your most recent post that I disagree with. I included you in my reply to Swordmaker because I felt you were part of the discussion.

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/11/2017 10:17:44 AM PST · 231 of 240
    fireman15 to Swordmaker; SamAdams76
    My girlfriend is an RN with other alphabet soup behind her RN, and is writing books on nutrition. She forgotten more than Fireman thinks he knows on this subject. She has years of practical experience in the field, having lost 243 pounds and kept it off for over twelve years, watching her health statistics closely, including all blood levels.

    First off let me assure both you and SamAdams76 that nothing makes me happier than to be able to continue having this type of conversation with the two of you... complete with whatever mischaracterizations and misquotes either of you would like to assign to me. I consider both of you to be very good and knowledgeable “freeper” friends. The amazing thing to me especially with Swordmaker is all the parallels in our life experiences.

    My wife of approximately 30 years is a retired nurse who taught nutrition for decades and was the reigning Northwest Aerobics Instructor Champion in her age group when I met her. She, like your girlfriend had been pudgy at one point in her life and also has kept the weight off since that time. At 60 she is still just 110 pounds and currently fairs better than me riding a bicycle 50 or 60 miles over a mountain pass for an afternoon outing.

    I personally have also had a life long interest in nutrition. It started when I was a teenager and state road bicycle racing champion and nationally ranked racer. I was a skinny little kid who had to eat massive amounts of food to supply the energy necessary to ride my bicycles over 10,000 miles a year. My coaches and I felt it would maximize my competitiveness if I made good food choices.

    Swordmaker, I have no idea the extent that your dietary and lifestyle choices have contributed to your current difficulties. You told me previously that you had worked in a medical related field for 35 years. I will happily acknowledge also that you and your girlfriend are very smart and have forgotten more than I will ever know about nutrition. And I have now learned that you have doctor friends who have studied 80 to 100 year old people who have concluded that what they ate had little to do with their longevity.

    My message to you is very, very simple... it doesn't matter how smart we are... it doesn't matter how much we know or think we know... any life threatening medical episode like you have just experienced is a wake up call. If you do not pay attention. If you keep doing things the same way you have been, no matter how well reasoned you feel your behaviors are... you will have continuing problems and the next time you might not be so lucky. I don't know why it is but most people make poor decisions when trying to out think their own doctors after a crisis such as you have just experienced.

    I am telling you directly that people I have known who were counting “carbs” and eating a high protein diet after having a cardiac event had poor outcomes. And by that I mean that they are now dead. Almost every one was very smart and could argue with the best of them and tell you how they knew better than nutritionists and doctors, heck some of them were doctors. But they are still dead.

    If you do not think that the doctors you currently have know what they are talking about, then find some different doctors. Even doctors are generally not good doctors for themselves and you are not either. This is not like arguing about Apple products. Get professional guidance and care and follow it.

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    01/10/2017 11:51:54 PM PST · 2 of 41
    fireman15 to BenLurkin

    Isn’t that just peachy?

  • Prayer request for Swordmaker who will be undergoing heart cathertization sunday

    01/10/2017 11:09:34 PM PST · 228 of 240
    fireman15 to Swordmaker; SamAdams76
    Also, read as much as you can on nutrition and diet in general. Many doctors still have old-fashioned ideas on nutrition so ultimately you need to listen to your body. From SamAdams76

    Had I eaten what the hospital nutritionist sent to me as a cardiac diet (what they also referred to as a diabetic diet) I would have consumed almost 500 grams of carbohydrates in a single day. From Swordmaker

    First, Swordmaker, I thank God that you survived your ordeal and that you are doing alright. You have my prayers for your continued well being. Now if you even are actually able to remember who I am... I will give you a little of what you might have come to expect from me... advice that will contradict you and other posters here.

    I give you this advice based on what I know from 25 years working on a fire department. I responded to countless people who were having cardiac events. Many of them became repeat customers. But I also have many, many years volunteering at Nursing Homes and Retirement Centers, and watching friends and family members recover from similar cardiac events.

    The very first thing that you should do is to forget all about counting how many grams of “carbs” you are eating. And don't try to listen to your body. And don't try to read everything you can on nutrition and diet. Most of the self help nutrition books you find these days are pure unadulterated fad diet nonsense. And that goes especially for this high protein, low carb diet crap. If that is how you have been picking what you eat, then you do not have any idea how typical your situation is. You just survived something that could easily have killed you. This is not a the time to play games with your health trying to use your superior intellect by putting your faith in some fad diet guru.

    Sorry guys, but patients are often their own worst enemies especially when it comes to recovering from a cardiac event. Follow the advice of your doctors and the nutritionist from the hospital or whoever your doctors recommend. They are professionals and their “old-fashioned ideas” are typically based on years of experience. If they are older they have observed who has done the best after going through what you just have. If they are younger, they probably are up on the latest research.

    I have known many people in their 90s and quite a few who made it past 100 and still had their wits about them. Not one was ever counting their carbs or eating a high protein fad diet. Many were under the guidance of nutritionists. I can't tell you how many men I have met who were on high protein low carb diets who had cardiac events... most of those who continued on the same routine are now dead. So I feel very passionately about this.

    The people who I have known who have reached very old age ate a balanced diet, have had an active lifestyle, and had interests that kept them mentally engaged. They weren't counting carbs and eating high protein diets. You were lucky enough to survive your cardiac event. It was a wake up call. Follow the advice of the professionals whose actions saved you. And if they advise you to change your diet... LISTEN even if it means eating French Toast with genuine syrup, Orange Juice, a large banana, and three quasi-sausages. That sounds delicious to me and probably has more than enough protein for a balanced diet.

    So get well and keep letting us know about all things Apple. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said.

  • FBI chief given dossier by John McCain alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts

    01/10/2017 8:56:13 PM PST · 60 of 145
    fireman15 to Hostage
    The dems are so frickin pathetic they should be abolished and turned out based on nonsense like this.

    They will not ever give up. The fact that “conservative Republicans” Linda and Juan are in the middle of this crap ought to get them both ostracized forever.

  • Horrifying footage shows a huge wasp dragging a paralysed huntsman spider around a kitchen floor

    01/10/2017 9:48:37 AM PST · 30 of 56
    fireman15 to MrEdd
    The saddest thing about spiders is that they don’t have little faces so you can see the look of shock and outrage as they are sucked up into the vacuum cleaner.

    Please Sir don't suck me up with your vacuum cleaner... I was just eating little fleas, lice and mites which were feeding on you, your wife, your children and your dog.

  • Obamas Will Take Last Flight on Air Force One After Trump Inauguration

    01/10/2017 9:04:29 AM PST · 89 of 145
    fireman15 to Texas Fossil

    “before Air Force One takes them someplace warm, according to their plans”

    The same thought immediately goes through all our heads as to where that destination should be.