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   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  Please forgive me for stealing Gram's interjection... bu "Oh goodie" -- the unblockable ads are back on the mother site. And tacky tabloid crap, too. I can hardly contain my joy (/sarc ).
Yesterday at 21:40 EST .



   Kono  (but ) . . .
Yesterday at 21:45 EST .


   Tulsa  Using Edge browser with ABP - 12 ads.
Using FireFox browser with ABP - 17 ads
Using Brave browser with ABP - 0 ads

Hope this helps.
Yesterday at 09:02 EST .


   Lucky5  I just installed Brave. Just to read lucianne. Those ads they use on this site make me nauseous. They are just gross stuff.
I have two ad blocking add ons on Chrome and these ads are back.
23 hours ago .


   Lucky5  I just installed Brave. Just to read lucianne. Those ads they use on this site make me nauseous. They are just gross stuff.
I have two ad blocking add ons on Chrome and these ads are back.
23 hours ago .


   Tulsa  Two ad blockers will fight and you will have ads. I read that somewhere long ago. Iows, more is not better.

Check your settings on Brave. I think they are under
Edit at the bottom of that window. Make certain pop ups are blocked. I get frustrated when I'm unfamiliar with a browser. I haven't had to use Brave in a long time, so it needs a tune up. Go thru each option and set them. It is worth your time as ads are here to stay. You'll also find it will tell you it needs (can't remember the word ) click ok or yes and you will be removed from whatever site you are visiting when it ? (refreshes/recalibrates...I'm blank at the moment ) It only takes seconds and doesn't happen often.
23 hours ago .


   Tulsa  Ok, Lucky5. Chrome is a browser. Brave is a browser. No ads with Brave. If you are using Chrome and getting ads, stop using Chrome. I think? that's what you said.
22 hours ago .


   Kono  Thanks for the hot tip. Seeing the compliments from users here motivated me to try the brave browser.

I downloaded it but can't find anything that shows the layout of the window and where to find things like bookmarks. The three-dot icon at upper right offers to open bookmark list for editing, but shows no bookmarks at all even after telling it to import all my firefox settings (and yes, after turning firefox off like the instructions say to do ).

For me, getting started means showing the basic window layout, not how to set up payments (which is the only hit a search for 'getting started' or 'overview' finds ). I'll look at it again later; but right now I'm plumb out of patience.
22 hours ago .


   Tulsa  There is no charge. Brave is free. It took 2 tries to download/transfer bookmarks to Brave from FF and from Edge.

I'm currently in Brave. Across the top of the page it reads: File, Edit (where you will find settings ) View, History, Bookmarks (aka favorites from FF and Edge or whatever browser you download )Shields (don't know what that is and don't care ) Window (I also ignore this one ) and Help

Everything you need. Set up is more simple than FF. All under 'settings' which is under EDIT.

Maybe rest and go at it fresh another time. Read up on Brave. That's how I learned how to use it. I just kept reading until things 'dawned' on me bc I can be extremely obtuse and I'm so right brain I need a map to the left brain. I am so not technical. I don't like or enjoy this stuff. Not at all. It is simply necessary as I don't want a tech constantly at the house.

Hope something I typed helps, Kono.
22 hours ago .


   Kono  Thanks. My trouble was not finding stuff to read about brave, just a Q&A type community help forum which required a login to ask a question. (Going the wrong way on the anonymity spectrum... )

But after giving up on finding a window-layout overview I was happy to discover that my old app-hacking skills aren't totally gone even though mostly-unused in 40 years. I was able to use trial and error to figure out how to get bookmarks to transfer and show. (Used the html-bookmarks import rather than the direct-from-firefox import, which I could never get to work. ) After a little tweaking, the bookmark toolbar looks like my old firefox one. The only persistent deficit is that these bookmark folders do not offer separators to help visually organize them (but that's not a show-stopper ).

Another bit of trial-and-error seems to have worked in getting ads to block. (Initially brave was showing even more ads than firefox-with-adblock, and even auto-playing the ads that were videos! )

I've got enough working now to have reached critical mass -- I'll try to figure out what to do with brave's "payments" feature later. Thanks again for the tip and the encouragement. I'm remembering that figuring out features by experimenting was a lot more fun than just reading manuals, anyway.

Sorry to other Ldotters who might not have been interested in a browser discussion dominating the main wall here again. Any further 'brave' remarks I'll direct towards the computers-and-tech board.
21 hours ago .




   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  Admittedly being only an occasional participant here, I don't know whether Lakerman1 hangs out here. But he mentioned on the mother site yesterday that today's his 79th birthday. And I wanted to stop by here, where socializing is not discouraged, to wish him special birthday blessings.
I've a real problem retaining names I don't use every day (even my own! ), so I only remember a dozen or so Ldotters by-name. And he's one I have come to recognize over the years as a real credit to the Ldotter community (along with you who contribute here all the time, like Phooey, MeiDei, Gram, StormCtr, et al ).
Name-nesia notwithstanding, I hold y'all in highest regard.
Happy birthday Lakerman1, and a blessed Epiphany Sunday to you all.
January 7 at 09:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  How very kind of you to transfer Lakerman's post Kono.

Best of Birthdays Lakerman1 and many more containing health, happiness & more than enough of all else so you can joyfully share with those less fortunate.
January 7 at 10:13 EST .

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   StormCnter  I join in happy birthday wishes for Lakerman1 and I thank Kono for reminding us. Please come again, Kono.
January 7 at 12:43 EST .

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   Kono posted on Comments Suggestions  Wasn't there originally a way for us to look up a particular user's wall by name?

Do we have a SEARCH function of ANY kind here?
January 7 at 09:25 EST .

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   Gram77  When I first came to this site what you are talking about did exist.
January 15 at 08:29 EST .

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   Tulsa  Kono, click on the poster's name (underlined in blue ). It's 'hot'. All of that poster's comments and replies to that comment will appear.

That is the only way I know to 'search' for a poster.
January 16 at 08:37 EST .

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   Kono  Thanks for both of these. I'm not sure whether the disabling of that user-wall-search feature was because it broke or because it presented trolling / harassment capability. But now that the Connection has become a living memorial to its founder (brother Joshua, Rest In Peace ), fixes or new features become issues of honoring his memory even more than issues of technical feasibility.
January 19 at 19:12 EST .




   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  Nice political cartoon on the LCom home page today. It might make more sense to have the caption be "Military / Civilian" than as "Foreign / Domestic". But maybe that's just me being picky.
   October 7 at 22:04 EST .

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   Kono posted on Computers &Tech Issues  In all candor, as pathologically-ad-averse as I am, the persistent inattention to the SSL certificate problem (on this and the mother site ) is a FAR bigger issue.

Now that the support staff has beaten back the prevalent ad blockers, could they show one iota of concern for the insecure authentication here?

http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=919514
   August 6 at 11:50 EST .

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   Tulsa  Kono, 2 things. I read about the Brave browser. No ads. It's out of beta. This is their first edition. The set up is much like Firefox only more features are built in. A former Mozilla/Firefox employee (not certain which ) created it. No ads. No tracking. https://www.brave.com/ Several people here already knew about it.


I wrote Luis a long time ago about the certificate. No response. If more people write him or Lucianne, perhaps they will address it. Their emails are on the home page under 'contact'...top of the page in the box.
August 7 at 09:21 EST .

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   Tulsa  I wrote Lucianne and Luis today about the SSL Certificate and the ads. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
August 8 at 11:58 EST .

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   Kono  Mysteriously, this morning all the ads that made the mother site so ugly for the past week or two are no longer there.

The ad-deployment technique that evaded blocking looked pretty impervious to me, so as much as I'd love to hear that ABP caught up to them with a new detection/filter technique, I'm inclined to guess that LCom staff (maybe even our dear Lucianne, herself ) decreed a back-out of the ad code to the earlier method (that ABP was capable of handling ).

Even if this is just a one-day reprieve, I'm grateful for the freedom to read news without having to mentally block out the visually-disturbing images every page, at least for the moment...
August 8 at 12:34 EST .

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   Tulsa  I wrote Luci and Luis 9:50 am EDT. I told her there had been complaints about the SSL Certificate and that I encouraged posters to write her and Luis, not to just post problems to other Ldotters. I told her we all hate the ads, but understand she has to do what she has to do to keep the site open.

The site still is not secure, but I hope and pray they are working on it.

You can download the Brave browser if the ads return. No ads and no tracking. I use it and several others here do.

ABP is being paid to whitelist ads. They do block anything that flashes and blinks. I can't go to Drudge without ABP. It's a nightmare there.

Agree. Even one day without ads is a good thing. They are an assault to the senses and a big distraction. They drive people away.
August 8 at 18:01 EST .

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   GO3  My thoughts from a business case perspective. Response on technical issues for the connection vs. LDot don't rate very high because not very many participate here. If I'm going to expend bucks and expertise it will default to the mother ship. Nothing against LDot or Luis, but I would think it's just a matter of priorities. For example, I've had no resolution on the avatar issue, but oh well, that's the way it goes. I use ad blocker and still get the ads and I just ignore it and move on. One other thing. These "ads" are not traditional ads as we've seen before. These are pushed out to websites by outfits such as Taboola which is paid money by other media and commercial establishments to blast this stuff out as click bait to get a handle on viewing habits and what content at what sites grab people's attention. That kind of mapping is big money so it's hard to resist cashing in on the ads. JMO.
August 9 at 01:36 EST .

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   Kono posted on Computers &Tech Issues  Today the ugly ads showed up on the mothersite again, and the usual tricks (flushing browser cache, updating adblock filters and reloading ) did not make them go away.
Is that afflicting anybody else here?

Or, more to the point, was anybody else able to regain ad-free-ness?

To be fair, if the site's operators would put the effort in to make the logins here SAFE, I might be willing to tolerate the ugly ads...
August 1 at 14:53 EST .

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   Trackman999  hate the ads but have tolerated them. today the ads and posted articles combined for an on sceeen unreadable mess.
August 1 at 15:15 EST .

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   WAN2  Ad Blocker Plus has worked for a long time. No more. Ditto Firefox. Sad. Lucianne topped my list each day. I move on.
August 1 at 19:27 EST .

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   Tulsa  On a pc, in Win. 10, using Firefox with Adblock Plus, I simply click refresh and the ads disappear. If I exit and return later I must click refresh again to remove the ads.

I guess this could stop working any time, but so far so good
August 1 at 23:41 EST .

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   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  I have memories of members of the FakeStreamMedia issuing apologies a few days after the election for misreporting the poll results and distorting the campaign news in general... and promising that they would clean up their act.

Am I just imagining that memory? Did anybody else hear/read that at the time? Did their promise last more than two days before they were right back at their old tricks? Has the amount of bogus reporting gone up or down since they made that promise?
May 2 at 17:12 EST .

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   GO3  It was a temporary mea culpa and now they are backto their old selves.
May 3 at 00:28 EST .

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   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  I don't know if rosefenn ever hangs out here (didn't it used to let us go to other users' walls? ). But I wanted to offer a word of thanks for posting on the mothersite today that piece about the sandhill cranes at their migration stopover on the Platte River.

The reason given for the post being closed was that it's not a news site.

Bull puckey.

The Omaha World Herald is Omaha's main newspaper. While not the biggest newspaper in the country, it is most definitely a news site. And I'm most definitely happy to see the reminder of how neat the Sand Hills of Nebraska can be during the crane migrations each year.
March 28 at 18:29 EST .

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   Kono  (I was remiss in leaving out a link to the story. Thanks again for the original post. )

http://www.omaha.com/outdoors/kelly-conf
luence-of-cranes-along-the-platte-river-
at-sunset/article_98cd7f00-d1a0-5de3-90f
c-3f253e368941.html
March 28 at 18:55 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  (IHLG, picture on Faith Wall )
March 29 at 14:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  What does "IHLG" stand for?
March 30 at 10:26 EST .

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   Tulsa  I sorta know. Kevin? Vet poster (um...Cap68 ) who died, signed his comments that way. In His Loving Grip ? ...someone will correct me if I'm incorrect.
March 30 at 17:21 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Tulsa is correct. Kevin was a west coast editor of Luci for many years and signed his emails IHLG.
Someone, who shall remain nameless, complained and had him banned, at that point many posters quit. And some quit the Connection, when RakeKing was banned, for no apparent reason.
March 31 at 07:41 EST .

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   3XALADY  Just popped in on my way to start some household chores and thought I would say 'hey.' I'm the former Betty Jean, as ECNY knows. She so graciously offered me her home when I was in FL that year the hurricanes were chasing all of us. She mentioned Rake King and I am wondering if he is still with us. Seems I saw that he had been ill. He was so very nice and knew what I was talking about when I wrote about the scissor sharpener cart the guy would push on the streets in St. Louis all those years ago, with a bell clanging at a certain spot when the wheel turned. I've re-settled to Warrenton, MO to be close to niece who is my remaining family since I lost my DH last May. The sunshine has left my life and I'm trying to move on, but you will never know how you will handle it until you go thru it. I pop on here once in awhile just to see how things are going, on lucianne every morning. When I was packing for my move, I found the email where I signed up for lucianne dated August 1990. Or was it 2000? Can't remember but it was when AlGore was trying to steal the election from GWB. Thanking God every day for our president, but kind of disappointed in him the last couple of days for calling out the Freedom Caucus for their stand on the healthcare 'makeover'. Pffffffft on Paul Eddie Munster Ryan and all his cohorts on this bill.
March 31 at 13:10 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Heard from Rake at Christmas and he was doing well, had finally retired at 82. He was sad they had to sell the biz his parents started, and he called on Sam Walton, before the 5&10¢ store turned into Walmart, he has fantastic stories to tell and never should have been kicked off this site, GRRR. Hey Betty, DH just crossed into MO, told him to give you a wave !
March 31 at 13:58 EST .

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   3XALADY  Hey, Gurl! So glad to hear Rake is still up and going and I do remember his wonderful stories about their company. Did he not have kids to inherit? Or maybe the kids didn't want to inherit. I was reading on the Faith wall and so sorry to hear of your health issue. If I were still in Florida, I would be right over to take care of you as you go thru this. Bless your heart! An aside: I read somewhere that in an area of this country saying 'bless your heart' had a very bad meaning. But I ignore that as I've used it all my long life. Which side of MO is DH coming in on? I'm about an hour west (I think ) of St. Louis toward Kansas City, in the country. Haven't lived where I had to drive to get a gallon of milk in over 50 years but I guess I'll live. Just thankful my sweet niece wanted to bother with me in my old age. She has a 4 year old (I pray for patience! ) and a 4 month old so life is not boring. I am in the lower level of her beautiful atrium home on 15 acres. Spring is springing and I'm getting anxious to start planting spring bulbs for next year's bloom. I got used to having blooms all year in Florida and missed them after I moved at the end of September. Hoping DH has a safe trip until you see him again, and God bless you with speedy healing. I've reconnected with a friend who has battled lymphoma and she said it wasn't easy. God bless you, friend.
March 31 at 14:48 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Wehll, Bless your Heart can be sarcastic when dealing with morons, but it is good between friends. Bill's grandkids have other professions.
There are many kinds of lymphoma, my Dad had it for 14 yrs, but mine is a B-Cell Low grade stage 4,so no cure, remission for 5 yrs is the best they have to offer right now. Chemo Starts 4/11.
DH is on his way to Nebraska Furniture, Kansas City,Kansas then will be home for me the 10th.
His Schneider hub is Atlanta and with the hwy collapse, the unbearable traffic will be beyond words.
March 31 at 15:25 EST .

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   Mike PHX  I'm very glad RK is still kicking. I hope he's still checking in, I send my best wishes. We had some good times and I wish he were still posting.
March 31 at 20:35 EST .

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   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  Here's a pic that ran in sfgate today showing President Momjeans giving his final Christmas tribute to the troops. Noting the practically-flaming look he sports, and the quasi-disgusted look on Mooch, I thought it might be good "Caption This" fodder...
   December 26 at 23:31 EST .

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   GO3  Zippy: Excuse me, I've got to go potty.
Mooch: You already did.
December 28 at 07:42 EST .

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   Kono  With the end of my Presidency, I've agreed with Michelle that we will change places. We have a bet between us about whose two terms will wind up being better. I fooled her, though; because I actually WANT to be Ethel Merman for a week, so I'm hoping her 8 years as President will be better than mine were.
January 21 at 16:11 EST .

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   Kono posted on Main Page The Lobby  One of the things I had HOPEd would CHANGE during Obama's time in office was the way the First Couple seemed to have no use for carrying themselves in public with the dignity befitting the leaders of this country (much less the leaders of the world, as some spoke of Barry and Mooch ). I see this stuff and it projects pandering rather than projecting pride and strength.
   November 11 at 13:39 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  It is in their DNA
November 14 at 21:21 EST .

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