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   StormCnter  One more tech-related gripe. Probably this should be on the Computers Wall, but since it's a gripe, maybe here is better. Why don't printer manufacturers include the required cable? From the days of Adam and Eve (rhetorically ), we opened printer boxes to find that a trip down to Best Buy would be required to purchase a printer cable before the thing could be installed. Nothing has changed. The newest printers now take a USB cable, but many folks don't just have extra USB cables lying around the house. Just include the cable and raise the price a little bit.
January 12 at 07:27 EST .

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   GO3  I agree. It seems printer companies are pushing the wireless feature. Wireless does come in handy in our house for kids' to print from their laptops, phones, etc. The disadvantage is wireless tends to drop off under certain conditions and it can be a PITA to reconfigure, especially with Winblows 10. A USB cable would come in handy as a backup.
January 13 at 20:42 EST .




   StormCnter  Google. Just about everything pertaining to Google. Just now, I am peeved because Google sends me messages on my cellphone to "confirm" my telephone number for "security reasons". No, I'm not going to do it. But, in the meantime, there is no way to remove Google's message, so the phone keeps blinking as if I have a call. Grrrrrrr.
January 3 at 17:15 EST .

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   GO3  I recommend DuckDuckGo for a search engine. It doesn't track you - supposedly.
January 4 at 10:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Google is pernicious.
January 5 at 18:49 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I use IXquick for search, no tracking
January 8 at 10:57 EST .

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   StormCnter  Last night, I woke up about 2AM, was trying to get back to sleep when I heard my cellphone chime in another room. If I had been asleep, it wouldn't have awakened me. But, a phone call at 2AM is never good, right? So, I retrieved my phone to see who had been in an accident or suffered a heart attack or something similarly frightening. Well no. I was being alerted that Verizon has an update ready for my phone. Then, I REALLY couldn't get back to sleep because I was composing poison letters to Verizon in my head.
November 24 at 05:43 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  (why I turn off my ringer at bed time )
December 12 at 13:46 EST .

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   GO3  So, is anybody else as tired of the snarky editorial cartoons on the main page as I am? I thought all of the "both candidates are bad" drawings would be gone now that the election is over. The one today can be interpreted as George Washington passing judgement on both zippy and Trump. Really? Or maybe I am misinterpreting it. Anyway, the main page cartoons attempted to establish some sort of equivalency between Trump and Hillary which was laughable. Listen, Staff, it's one thing to let posters give all sorts of opinions, but for goodness sake, stop this triangulation nonsense.
November 15 at 02:35 EST .

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   GO3  Case in point: see today's editorial cartoon on the main page.
December 2 at 01:49 EST .

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   GO3  Geez, 12 December and another one. 20-something lefty interns on staff, or what?
December 12 at 07:39 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Dear GO3, you do wonderful work on the Vets page, if you keep this up, you will get banned. I did, Cap MarineTet68 (a west coast editor ) and our beloved Rake King ) I got back, Rake didn't and Cap died. Take care
December 13 at 10:37 EST .

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   GO3  Pity. I've been on Ldot since the beginning; 20 years I think. People in the business of public forums and news can't have thin skin. Obscenities is one thing, but observations and legitimate complaints are another. I thank you for your advice, though. Sad to hear about Cap - RIP.
December 13 at 19:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  No one is banned for doing wonderful work.
Keep it up GO3, I know your effort is appreciated.
December 15 at 11:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  I've been here since the Monica/Clinton reveal mostly lurking 'til confined a few years ago. I find the historical listings fascinating and when I remark on them to my son he always teases me about my age, wondering if my remarks are from first-hand experiences pre 14th century. Sadly, he gets his teasing from me. : )
December 15 at 17:51 EST .

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   Safetydude  So, is anybody else as tired of the sliding, texting penguin as I am?
Texting and driving is neither cutie nor funny.
How about a couple of photograph of a car full of teenagers wrapped around a telephone pole?
November 2 at 20:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Haven't seen that one - we lost a teenager w/a big future ahead of her in a wrap around accident caused by a hit and run driver ... family has never been the same.
November 8 at 10:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  While grocery shopping today, I watched a woman in the produce section sampling grapes. She plucked a grape from each of four different open-topped bags, clearly enjoying each one as she ate them. Then she wheeled her basket away without putting grapes in her basket. Now, I am not a proponent of sampling produce unless it is offered by an employee. Grapes, raspberries, blueberries, etc., are not free to the customer. Anything we eat costs the grocer. I knew better than to confront her. I've done that from time to time and there is always a scene with me getting yelled at.

Anyone else have an opinion on "grazing" the produce section of your store?
October 29 at 16:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Agree! I've seen too many 'mothers' give their kid(s ) a box of cookies, or cereal/potato chips, etc., to eat while shopping and leave the refuse in whatever aisle it was finished in. Once a really young Mom was in front of me at checkout, she put an empty cookie box through for payment - I congratulated her for being an exceptionally honest person with the hope it would be multiplied back to her.
Confession here - years ago I took my son & parents blueberry picking, when we came to ck. out & weighing our baskets I told the cashier to put her thumb on the scale - the 'boys' had been sampling as evidenced by their shy smiles and blue teeth!
October 30 at 01:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  The other day at our Giant, I saw a mom grab some grapes for her daughter. An employee walked up, took them back and told her taking from there is stealing. At the front of the produce section they have a basket, with a sign, it has bananas, tangerines, and baggies of grapes. It is to feed your child.
October 30 at 16:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  One of our stores just started w/small baggies of fruits r veggies for kids - it will be interesting to see how this works out and if the other chains pick up on it.
November 20 at 21:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  A Dominoes ad currently running on TV. The family wants pizza, the teenage daughter comes out demanding salad. The parents cave. But Dominoes offers salads too. I'd buy a bag of lettuce, and some veggies, and tell her to make her own.
October 16 at 16:57 EST .

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   Gerty  Don't get me started on teenage daughters...
October 17 at 21:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hate commercials with kids of any age behaving badly!
October 19 at 12:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty, we all were teenage daughters once : ) Thank goodness my parents handled it well, or I wouldn't have made it out alive!
October 22 at 11:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have four granddaughters, three of them teenagers. The fourth is now in her 20s. Each of them has gone through varying food phases and we, the family, adapt. Right now, I have one vegetarian, one semi-vegetarian, one "pescatarian" (did she make that up?, and one who will eat anything. Holiday dinners are interesting.
October 23 at 08:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  Pescetarian is correct (though I don't know how to spell it ), eating fish, not meat. I am a semi-vegetarian myself. The older I got, the more meat I began to dislike. I'm down to various sausages that have spice so I don't taste the meat, an occasional, well-dressed burger, and an even more occasional Country-fried chicken cutlet at Texas Roadhouse. I also do fish and tofu, milk and cheese for protein.
I just get mad that they let the girl get away with dictating they not eat pizza. My sister has been a vegetarian for 40 years, you do learn to adapt, but, not change your diet. I live with my mom and sister, so, I cook my own meals. Have a bunch of $2.00 cookbooks from Amazon (I subscribe to Bookbub.com ), Korean, Japanese, Middle Eastern, etc. they are really good for new ways to make fish and/or veggies.
October 23 at 10:57 EST .

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   GO3  When I log in on a certain wall, why can't I return to the same wall instead of the main page or wherever? I know, sometimes I don't pay attention and it's my oversight, but this is a minor fix IMO. On a related peeve, I have not gotten an answer as to why I and others cannot change avatars.
October 4 at 00:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  All my family on Facebook who don't know truth from lies, and therefore tell me I'm stupid to not support Hillary.
September 30 at 20:27 EST .

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   GO3  Too bad. My wife is nominally a democrat and she would never vote for Hilary.
October 1 at 21:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  Most of us don't post politics, but gay and transgender relatives do. Even my very liberal sister has admitted not wanting Hillary (privately ), but she'll never vote Trump.
October 9 at 20:25 EST .

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   StarFire  My new pet peeve? People who have to give their opinion even when it’s the wrong time, the wrong place, the wrong audience and they aren’t going to do any good by saying it anyway.

My son-in-law has stomach cancer. He, my daughter and the kids are already stressed and actual treatment hasn’t even begun. Boy, the opinions are coming out of the woodwork, though.

So far:
One friend warned that modern medicine is “more deadly than the disease”. One suggested diet changes that are the direct opposite of what he needs. One warned that the VA won’t provide cancer treatment (it will ). One told horror stories about his cancer treatment several decades ago. Several carried on about having lost loved ones to cancer.

I’m beginning to see that my main job in this may be biting my tongue and redirecting the conversation.

The most ironic element is that the “hard hearted” conservative friends are offering real help & practical information, while the “caring” leftists are telling horror stories and spreading fear. Go figure!
September 27 at 15:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  You're facing what almost all cancer survivors have had to deal with - which is why I warned you to stay away from all the negativity, it's a downer and helps no-one. My survival rate was 20% - so many assigned me to the 80% I wondered how upset they'd be when I did survive ; ) too many. You will all get through this - everyone is different in how they handle chemo - he'll find what works for him. Keep cheerful, keep his spirits up, find humor - eye rolling is a good exercise! God is in control.
September 29 at 18:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Too many people (and I include myself ) struggle with finding the "right" things to say when faced with victims of a serious illness. But, I don't think I would ever, ever, ever share any advice or story that wasn't optimistic and hopeful.
October 4 at 06:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  I wish there were more like you Storm, it's those quiet times when those negative remarks come back to haunt your well-being and no one is around to get you back to hopefulness ... bummer. I put a post-it up to read at such times - it was from a song I heard years ago: "He didn't teach us to swim to let us drown" - worked well for quite a while. I was lucky - people I hadn't heard from in ages, suddenly called often to share stories of survivors of Stage 4 with me - my hope is StarFire's family is equally lucky in that regard.
I don't believe people who give grim news knowingly do so to be hurtful, it's more likely they don't have knowledge of current successful cancer treatments to share.
October 5 at 12:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hmmm, on 2nd thought, I'm more inclined today to call the grim bearer {especially at 3 a.m. just because it's something Maxine the cartoon character would do] and tell them their words have come back to disturb me and I was sure they'd like the opportunity to cheer me up even at that ungodly hour! What do you think? [grin]
October 5 at 13:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  make that - Evil grin!
October 5 at 13:57 EST .

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