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General Discussions / I reset the map at the bottom of our pages
« Last post by Psk on August 01, 2018, 04:06:32 am »
I reset & cleared the map of all dots at the bottom of our pages. It had been so cluttered with visitor dots after a half a year, it barely looked much different month to month anymore.

So it's been restarted fresh today. It'll be fun to watch the dots slowly grow again. It might be a different pattern this time as we have different filters to block out odd bots, malicious IPs, some other nasty stuff, & dual firewalls. I've also took steps to reduce traffic this year to save costs, work, & time. So the dots should accumulate a little slower this time.
General Discussions / Roseanne's sitcom cancelled
« Last post by Psk on May 29, 2018, 06:48:28 pm »
Well, that didn't last long. As I predicted last year, when the revival of the Roseanne TV was announced, it's been canceled. I praise ABC for doing a good job making sure the show didn't go too far & wasn't too bigoted. Unfortunately although they were able to control the show's content a bit, they had no control over the star's bigoted life... a devoted Trump supporter.

Roseanne in a tweet said former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett looked like the Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.

Hours later, ABC canceled Ms. Barr’s show. The sudden cancellation of a hit show with some of the highest ratings for a new series in years stunned an industry.

According to two Disney insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe company matters, there was more at stake than just a hit show. Disney has been widely praised in recent years as a leader in efforts to combat racial stereotypes through its movies and TV series.

Roseanne dismissed accusations that the comment was racist, defending it as just a joke. That's the problem with most racists. They don't even know they're racists. To even think up, & say a thing like that, thinking it was a funny joke makes them racist, but they don't know it. They say they were just "kidding around". To joke that a top adviser to Obama looks like they descended from a Muslim monkey, is extremely insulting & racist.

That's like Trump's "Locker Room" humor isn't really funny unless they're a filthy pig. But they don't know they're a pig.
Science, Astronomy, & Physics / Stephen Hawking died
« Last post by Psk on March 14, 2018, 12:02:28 pm »
One of my heroes, Stephen Hawking died last night.
Science, Astronomy, & Physics / Last chance to look at Andromeda
« Last post by Psk on March 09, 2018, 11:35:12 pm »
Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog, blazes brightly in the southern sky. Sirius is only eight and a half light years away.

All the bright planets are visible in the sky, the inner planets in the evening and the outer planets in the morning. At 6:30 a.m. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are spread across the southern sky. Jupiter is the brightest of the trio of planets and is the furthest west. Mars, appearing red, and Saturn, appearing yellow, are in the south-southeast, appear similar in brightness and are separated by 11 degrees.

After sunset look low in the western sky for Venus and Mercury. Venus will be the brightest object in the sky and will be an easy object to spot. Mercury is not nearly as bright, but shines bright enough four degrees to the upper right of Venus.

Time to spot the Andromeda Galaxy is growing short as the galaxy sets earlier each night. First look for what resembles a large slender letter V, which is beginning to drop below the horizon. The second pair of stars from the horizon are the two stars needed to start looking for the galaxy. At 9 p.m. the galaxy is 15 degrees above the horizon in the northwest. These two stars are separated by about four degrees and, moving this same distance to the right of the two stars, will lead you to the galaxy.

You'll need to be in a very dark sky location in the country to see Andromeda. It may just appear as a faint small cloud, but should look more like a galaxy with binoculars or a small telescope. Andromeda is the closest galaxy to us, right next door to our own galaxy. It's on a collision course with us. In a few billion years, before our sun blows into a red giant, & burns up the earth, the gravity of Andromeda colliding with our own galaxy will have upset the orbits of stars, planets, & asteroids probably rendering the earth uninhabitable.
Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs / Oregon FAA & Pilot UFO tapes
« Last post by Psk on February 23, 2018, 04:01:50 am »
In Oct. 2017, A radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California & Oregon was spotted by airline pilots traveling over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the UFO, which quickly became invisible to radar.

These are the audio recordings of the Airport tower, pilots, & the FAA during the incident. The voices of the people are electronically altered to protect their identity, but is on record with the FAA.
General Discussions / Your hair spray, or deodorant can be bad.
« Last post by Psk on February 23, 2018, 01:43:15 am »
US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions.

The study, led from Colorado University, focussed on so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

These are contained in petroleum-based products such as cleaning fluids and paints, and when they get into the air can form particles that affect health.

Dr Jessica Gilman said it should not be seen as that remarkable because vehicle fuels are burned (to yield mostly carbon dioxide and water), whereas many of the household products are simply wafted into the air by design.

"Most commonly, they're used as solvents - things like nail polish remover, the hairspray I used this morning; they are used in many cases as cleaning agents like carpet cleaners," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist told reporters.

General Discussions / Cleaners cause lung decline/COPD
« Last post by Psk on February 23, 2018, 01:29:40 am »
Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway analyzed data from 6,235 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. The participants, whose average age was 34 when they enrolled, were followed for more than 20 years.

The authors found that the accelerated lung function decline in the women working as cleaners was "comparable to smoking somewhat less than 20 pack- years."

The authors speculate that the decline in lung function is attributable to the irritation that most cleaning chemicals cause on the mucous membranes lining the airways, which over time results in persistent changes in the airways and airway remodeling.

The number of men who worked as occupational cleaners was also small, and their exposure to cleaning agents was likely different from that of women working as cleaning professionals

"The message of this study is that in the long run cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs," Øistein Svanes said. "These chemicals are usually unnecessary; microfiber cloths and water are more than enough for most purposes."
General Discussions / Sorry I haven't been around much
« Last post by Psk on February 01, 2018, 12:26:21 am »
Sorry I haven't been posting much, & it seems like I've disappeared a lot.

I've been at my sites every day & on the servers taking care of things, updating our software, security, & looking around as usual. But I haven't had the time, energy, & health to do much else here lately.

As most of you know after stabilizing my COPD for over a couple years, it got much worse over the summer. It never improved again after that. Suddenly before Christmas it got even dramatically & terribly worse. Just getting up to the bathroom to go poo was a dreadful, traumatic experience of gasping for air almost suffocating to death. Every few steps I had to stop, gasping to catch my breath. It would take a miserable & desperate couple hours just to go poo & make it back.

I have no health insurance. So I have no legal prescriptions to get meds, treatments, or oxygen. A single trip to the doctor could cost me months to years of my rent money. I'm also home-bound. Without meds or portable oxygen I can't step out of my apartment for more than a few minutes without desperately gasping for air anyway -- and doctors don't make house call for free anymore.

With well filtered air in a climate-controlled apartment, I'm just barely able to get by. Outside of my place my breathing gets substantially worse. My food & supplies have to be delivered to me. I can no longer get down the stairs. I'm stuck up here. I had to give someone my keys, to bring my food & supplies up to me once a month.

I was forced to buy a small oxygen machine that I can't afford. It helps, in that I won't die of suffocation or a heart attack just trying to go poo, but other than that, it doesn't make my life much easier... I'm just not in danger of imminent death anymore with the new machine.

I could only get a smaller undersized oxygen machine... and it's AC powered, so not portable or mobile. Got long hoses for it though. It's just not powerful enough or makes enough O2 for my condition.

It takes me 40-60 minutes of desperately gasping for air to go poo instead of 2 hours. And at least with the O2, I probably won't die, pass out, or shyt my panties trying to go. I can bend over to pick something up twice before getting way too out of breath instead of just once.

So I've been very busy, & in terrible, miserable health.

Hopefully with your prayers, help, & donations, it will all just be temporary & there's a light at the end of this dark terrible tunnel.

In the meantime, rest assured. I'm still here taking care of our sites, servers, & security. We're still functioning normally. I'm just too busy, ill, & tired to be as sociable as usual or post lots of cool stuff.

My highest priority at our sites will be the safety, security, functionality, & reliability of them. The social graces & frills will have to wait until I have more time & feel a little better.
Science, Astronomy, & Physics / Jan. 2018 meteors
« Last post by Psk on January 05, 2018, 12:47:58 pm »
Since the new year until last night, there's been a lot of bright meteor sightings. They are probably associated with the Quadrantid meteor shower, which peaked January 3. The Quadrantid shower though, is not particularly known for a lot on meteors, or very bright ones, but has been known to produce just a few large bright meteors occasionally before.

Usually meteor showers produce very faint "falling stars", most of which can only be seen in dark rural & country skies.  The meteors are usually about the size of a grain of sand to a small pebble. These bright sightings were probably meteors 6-10 inches in diameter.

Since the New Year, we've had frequent bright sightings from Virginia to Quebec, as far west as the northern mid-west USA, & as far east at the UK & Finland.

These are those that were caught on video.

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General Discussions / CDC is forbidden to use words like Trangender, fetus...
« Last post by Psk on December 16, 2017, 08:41:05 pm »
CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump is prohibiting officials at USA's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender”

The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

It’s likely that other parts of HHS are operating under the same guidelines regarding the use of these words, the analyst said.

At the CDC, several offices have responsibility for work that uses some of these terms. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgender people and reduce health disparities. The CDC’s work on birth defects caused by the Zika virus includes research on the developing fetus.

A longtime CDC analyst, whose job includes writing descriptions of the CDC’s work for the administration’s annual spending blueprint, could not recall a previous time when words were banned because they were considered controversial.

The reaction of people in the meeting was “incredulous,” the analyst said. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’ ”

“In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint,” the analyst said.
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