Friday, February 16, 2007

Less Stress for the Average Citizen, Via TV Remote Automation

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My microwave knows to run for 1 or 2 or 3 or more minutes with just one push of a button. How come my TV remotes, even the most expensive ones, don't have this feature ?

Could it be that Sony makes tv's and owns media which they use to sell products like HeadOn and KaBoom ?

Could it be there's a giant conspiracy to force people to listen to commercials??? Without a doubt it is far easier to push a mute button followed by one digit for a full minute or minutes of sound off, or two or three digits for xx number of seconds of silence. This is not rocket science.

I am continuing to look for such a device or a work-around that I can build. I am totally amazed at how little is written about this concept. The closest I've come to finding it is an arthritic patient who wanted something to adjust his bed automatically at night. Another person claimed a schematic for it was at a newsgroup site, and I'm still looking for it.

So, how about a timed button pusher, a remote with a timer mechanism, etc. Where is it ? I can't imagine that nobody else thinks this is important. Things you can do with one finger, reinvest your entire investment portfolio via etrade,. but you can't get timed silences from head-On, activon, the force driving me to get this ball rolling. Never buy a product that causes the problem it purports to cure.

KaBoom go the advertizing stressors !

I will be watching this post anonymously from another machine to see if it disappears. I have a copy ready to repost if necessary.

How crazy is it all ?

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Anna Nicole Smith

" I'm stupid but pretty, and I struck it rich, and entrusted it all to my attorney, including my life itself....."

And so, she now is the most important thing on the planet, at least according to Fox "News."

This is The "news" source that discovered Al Gore flies in a jet to most efficiently deliver his message while staying rested and making the maximum number of stops. Chasing Gore for that is like complaining about a fire truck draining the duck pond while the farm house burns.....

Hey Ralph Nader,

There are many ways of protesting. For one, anyone giving youi any money for anything should cease until after the 2008 election, or at the point where you tell your supporters not to actually vote for you.

Private, No meaning To Anybody But Me

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KMozul visits sw.

Gogie, googie, ninety niner goes the 49'r.

The dogs are in, are you ?


Friday, February 09, 2007

Avoiding Identity Theft on Your Birthday

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One should never give out one's birthday, if one wishes to avoid ID theft, so annoucing things like "Today is your birthday!" and 'WhenI'm 64" and various other Beatle's tunes is a bad idea.

We're still not on Mars in person. Big disappointment. I'm glad Nicole Smith took the heat of the astronaut.

Growing older ticks me off, I've decided not to do it anymore. The reason time flies for older people is that they take more naps.

The Iraqis have finally figured out how to hunt in packs, just like lions and other predators. Up to now the US copters have been safe, but I suspect that the Iraqi glory hogs finally got together, and using two way radios/cell phones, or even land lines, they've set up spotters all over the place in a given area. Then they relay speed and direction information as soon as a chopper takes off. Eventually the chopper passes over a fully alerted and waiting group with just plain old machine guns and RPG's. The effect is an IED in the air. What's surprising is that it took this long for them to figure it out.

Bush, ever the opportunist, will report it as, "advanced weaponry from Iran," and, like a gambler way in over his head, he'll stumble over there to bloody the noses of US citizens everywhere, with more stupidity. If astronauts can fall off the wagon, why do people think that it can't happen to presidents ? We need sanity tests for our leaders, as well as our astronauts.

In the meantime, China is building an extremely advanced rail line from China to Turkey, through some of the richest oil nations on the planet. The US burns while President Bush fiddles.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

What the heck, One Last Blast, Highjacked from elsewhere

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Henry Porter has a real must read column up in the Observer. He takes a look at the tolerance of intolerance in Britain. His judgment of it is harsh, indeed.

Imagine the Archbishop of Canterbury or any senior Anglican clergyman giving a sermon which suggested that homosexual men should be thrown off a mountain; that they were no better than filthy dogs. Imagine another priest rising in another church to preach that children should be hit for not praying, that women were deficient, should walk behind men and only go out with their man's permission. Consider what the reaction would be if a third joined in by saying all Jews were born liars.

The media would be trembling with indignation for weeks. Questions would be asked in the House and the archbishop called to account for the state of his church. There would be demonstrations, commissions of inquiry and Baron St John of Fawsley would be summoned from retirement.

But when these statements are made in British mosques and recorded by a secret camera for a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, it seems nobody takes much notice. This might have been because Undercover Mosque was broadcast three weeks ago, as the nation was obsessed with Jade Goody's behaviour on Big Brother. While Goody has the power to cause an international incident, it seems that weekly attacks on women, gays and Jews raise little interest.

I suspect the lack of outrage has a lot to do with the degree of separate development that has taken place in Britain while so many of us were living the multiculturalist dream. Whatever Muslims say, the standards that most British institutions live by simply do not apply to the missionaries of Saudi fundamentalism who, as demonstrated beyond doubt by this documentary, are attempting to poison relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Britain and to establish what amounts to a separate community under Sharia law.

Porter points out the unhinged conspiracy theories that dominate among younger Muslim males in Britain. Terror arrests are seen as a plot against Muslims. Bombings by islamists, more plots. The list goes on and on. But there are also hopeful signs with some people in the Muslim community standing up against the islamist extremists.

There is a twisted set of double standards in place that allows the extremists a free hand to spout venomous hatred with impunity. The West cannot simply continue to allow that double standard to exist in the name of multiculturalism.

Just to prove I Tried to get this made right..

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This is a series of items I posted, and then Google's screwed up reposting of them.. This is absolutely my last post

UNLESS A HUMAN FROM PLANET MEGACORP GOOGLE decides to bless me with a reading of the issues, and a thoughtful resolution.

Hope Springs Eternal !

bye for now.....

I posted over in another area, and my first post was modified when
posted to eliminate some crucial information needed to solve the
issue. I tried posting back to that area, and was blocked. So I will
try again here.

OK, even dumber, their blacking out the email addies I so carefully
published, probably from themselves too. They are absolutely
necessary for solving this problem.

Fortunately I checked before logging out, so here comes the scrambled
but legible by humans version of the emails in question.

First part of old addy is:

The second part is

They are joined by the usual (at) sign.

The first part of a currently working addy is:


The second part is

Again they are joined by the usual (at) sign.

On Feb 4, 10:48 am, Keach wrote:

> I get one shot at this, as, unless something changes, I may never be
> able to log in again. In a nutshell, as I have posted to my blog at:

> "So this will be the last post unless I can get through to a Google
> human, which is not likely.

> I had already determined that what I thought would have been the
> Google ID I'd set up a year and one half ago, and then never used, did
> not respond to any of my passwords.

> So this time I put in my old email addy, now long dead, and one of my
> most likely passwords, and presto, I'm in like Flynn. The only
> problem is that now they are sending a confirming email to the dead
> address, without ever bothering to ask if it is still valid. Dumb,
> dumb, DUMB GOOGLE !

> So either it will reset and give me a second try after it maybe
> realizes that the email account is a deader, or it will simply freeze
> me out. We shall see."

> If someone who is in control will be so kind as to change the email
> for me from [email address] over to [email address], I will
> be able to stay in touch. Otherwise, it is totally sayonara for me
> from my blog of four years.

> Why do you not have a chance to at least PAY the $10 and talk via
> email at least to someone who is human and can handle these kinds of
> issues, which will not be handelable via message boards which will be
> out of reach, as soon as I log out this one time ??????

> Microsoft has already done this number to me. There sits my hotmail
> blog, I can still see it, and turn up items in it via Google search,
> but I cannot reach it, or anyone at Microsoft to make the changes so I
> can change it.

> Here's my challange. Is Google as DUMB as Microsoft ?

Of all the Dumb F Arrangements

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So this will be the last post unless I can get through to a Google human, which is not likely.

I had already determined that what I thought would have been the Google ID I'd set up a year and one half ago, and then never used, did not respond to any of my passwords.

So this time I put in my old email addy, now long dead, and one of my most likely passwords, and presto, I'm in like Flynn. The only problem is that now they are sending a confirming email to the dead address, without ever bothering to ask if it is still valid. Dumb, dumb, DUMB GOOGLE !

So either it will reset and give me a second try after it maybe realizes that the email account is a deader, or it will simply freeze me out. We shall see.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Well, this may be the last post....

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Google announces join up or shut up. Unless I join and stay joined, I'm locked out, after this post.

Google has pointed the gun at my privacy, and the most obvious question, "Can I delete the Google Toolbar, and still access Google and GMail without being so obviously tracked ?" is not answered anywhere convenient. I also just got 20 SPAM comments, even with moderation turned on, so now I have to turn on moderation + identify the letters and numbers to avoid those hassles.

I will create a google only email for them to write me as I explore it a bit further. I have my way of tracking them. You can't ask such questions until AFTER you've signed up. Wonder if this post will last ? TypePad here I come. It's like I only have about six different email enabled sites, three of them anonymized completely, that I can set up on. Actually, I am going to experiement a bit with setting of a vBulletin site (BBS) first for Nevada County and the high country. This may take awhile. At, surfer girl!

In the meantime, commenting on is always fun.

Eeeeeekamouse !

Friday, February 02, 2007

Clock Closer to Midnight, Way Closer.....

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Some how or other (is that all one word ? "Somehoworother" "Somehow or other"), 4 choppers go down in two weeks.

Does this move the US closer to direct force against Iran ?

Is it really Iranian sourced, or a double sting to give the US the excuse to attack Iran ? (Did we supply the missles ?)

We will probably never know, but for me the doomday Clock moves much closer to midnight.

50 choppers in 4 years, but 4 in two weeks ???? WTF ???? Where's the Fire ???
At that rate we'd lose 200/year.

Something has changed.

"If confirmed, it would be the fourth helicopter lost in two weeks.

Last month, 12 US soldiers died when a Black Hawk military helicopter crashed near Baghdad. The helicopter is believed to have been shot down.

The US military has lost more than 50 military helicopters in Iraq since May 2003.

"I can confirm that we are looking into reports that a helicopter went down north of Baghdad," US military spokeswoman Lt Col Josslyn Aberle said.

Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Iraqi military source as saying his unit saw the helicopter go down near Taji, about 30km (20 miles) north of the capital.

"We don't know the reasons for the crash, nor its exact site because the US army has sealed off the area," ...

How come some ground forces in Iraq can suddenly down the most powerful US whirlybirds ?
We are paying too much attention to blinking billboards with antique video game characters.

hey, with Hugh Hewitt apparently supporting Romney in his new book, anything can happen.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Further Stupidity on the "Why Are We There? " question.

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"We had to destroy the village to save it, "the classic quote from Vietnam, gets an upgrade on the family level. Unfortunately this one cuts way too close to home in many families.

A Jordanian man fatally shot his 17-year-old daughter whom he suspected of having sex despite a medical exam that proved her chastity, an official said Thursday. The man surrendered to police hours after the killing, saying he had done it for family honor.

A state forensic pathologist, who works at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine in Amman where an autopsy was performed, said in a phone interview that the girl had run away from home several times for unknown reasons. (really, “unknown reasons?” be honest) - Doug

Weeks ago, the girl had returned home from a family protection clinic after doctors had vouched for her virginity and the father had signed a pledge not to harm her, the pathologist said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the case.

“The tests proved that she was a virgin,” the pathologist said. The girl returned home only after her father signed a statement promising not to harm her, he added.

The father shot the girl four times in the head on Tuesday. On Wednesday, an autopsy was performed that again showed “she was still a virgin,” the pathologist said.

Crazy values wreck an otherwise happy family, what can I say ?

Homeland Security Needs a Youth Wing, Fox News Needs a Mirror

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I can't believe Boston. And the Boston Mooninites.

I can't believe Fox. Will PacMan have a revival and rule the World for Osama ? Good Grief !

Today Fox ran a total rehash of yesterday, including the fact that they started receiving emails immediately from the younger generation telling them exactly what the image was. What was so difficult about calling Turner Broadcasting and starting an investigation?

Why didn't Fox report as part of the news that the younger generation had a much better idea of what it was than Fox did ? Or at least that the younger generation had some "Information of Interest ?"

Could it have been that Fox needed the Terror story to sell air time ????
Yeah, that might be it.

With MIT's science research labs stuffed full of youthful scientists and Harvard's business school crammed with budding entrapmentaneurs, surely a quick caucus would have focused on Turner quickly, and analysed a circut board with a few batteries as not having the volume to contain a sufficient sized bomb to do much damage.

Maybe Homeland Security should invest in free floating occasional groups of youth culture experts to analyse situations like this.

So much for the "chicken little story of the day."