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Miscellaneous / Volunteering
« Last Post by Dave on Today at 04:32:03 AM »
Well, I had my "intervuew" today for being a "Computer Buddy" at my local library. Just a general chat about experience then the ground rules. Last time I did this (2005) I just sat around in the city library in case someone needed help - did a lot of reading and people watching.

Much more structured now: appointments only (on the days/times I designate as being available), lots of work on computer security and online safety, (especially on social media), job searching and CV (resumé) writing, access to social benefit, Job Centre and other government sites, research (reliable sources, verification and coroboration), familiarisation with the hardware, including tablets and smartphones, getting on line, opening email/Google/Amazon accounts etc, etc, etc.

Looks like it could be interesting and will keep a few brain cells active! I will have some homework to do as well . . . I have limited myself to two afternoons a week, 1pm to 4pm, for starters. The library shares the same carpark as the supermarket so those will also become my shopping days.
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Politics / Re: Duke of Bullshit: "The" Donald
« Last Post by Dave on September 24, 2017, 11:40:02 PM »
Seems it is against the law for a president, or member of the legislature, to interfere with the employment of a citizen. Like calling for them to be sacked. Does the law distinguish between rhetorical and sincere speech I wonder.

It also seems that some of the team owners, who may have been on Trump's side in his campaign, have sided with their players on this.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What are you Eating right now?
« Last Post by Dave on September 24, 2017, 11:15:38 PM »
...and a little black pepper!



Dave, first chilli/tomato hybrids and now this! :lol:

;)

Tsk, you have no sense of culinary adventure, girl!
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Miscellaneous / Re: Just thinkin'...
« Last Post by Dave on September 24, 2017, 11:05:44 PM »
Dave, Atlanta is a huge city, the largest one in the southeastern US.  It is a diverse place with world class facilities, education, industry, cuisine, and other  desirable  features. It has one of the busiest international airports in the world. It is also a Georgia cracker bastion of southern thinking all the while.  Not to say that the crackers are at once the same as the medical authorities or  the engineering gurus. Those are not the same people.  That mixture  is not only an Atlanta characteristic, it is almost a nationwide US reality as well as a  national conundrum

That is part of the picture, I know which state these places are in (from hearing the links so often over the decades) whilst knowing not-a-lot about them. My mental image of Nashville seems to include banjo plucking hillbilly types, with a grass stalk in their mouths, on every corner when that probably has nothing to do with it. Is that more Kentucky?

The other side of the image happened  just a short while ago, another multiple shooting in a church.

And yes, America seems to consist of a collection of microcosms of the macrocosm, a commentator once said it was like have a world's worth of national types in a single nation.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Last Post by Tank on September 24, 2017, 10:34:17 PM »
... It convinced me that the human brain can completely deceive itself and become incapable of discerning reality.
Cough cough!!!

Sorry. That was too good to miss  :mb lol:

I don't think there is any question about it.  We can all be deceived completely.  I've seen it in myself and others too many times. 

In case you were making the case that this should undermine my religious sentiments, remember that one reason I keep those in the realm of faith rather than claiming knowledge is my conviction that the human brain is so prone to being deceived.  If we all start from that understanding, it can eliminate extreme positions on either side.

For example, in my view, the statements "I am 100% convinced that God exists" and "I am 100% convinced that God does not exist" are basically meaningless statements, since the fact that anyone of us is "convinced" of anything is, in itself, no evidence of anything at all.  Everyone of us has, at one point or another in his/her life, been convinced of something that turned out to be false.

:hooked:  :snicker:
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Music / Re: Soothing Music
« Last Post by Magdalena on September 24, 2017, 10:02:57 PM »

No one, you've inspired me to post my soothing music.

Thank you.
 :dance1:
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Music / Re: Soothing Music
« Last Post by No one on September 24, 2017, 09:30:32 PM »
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Miscellaneous / Re: Just thinkin'...
« Last Post by Icarus on September 24, 2017, 08:58:42 PM »
Dave, Atlanta is a huge city, the largest one in the southeastern US.  It is a diverse place with world class facilities, education, industry, cuisine, and other  desirable  features. It has one of the busiest international airports in the world. It is also a Georgia cracker bastion of southern thinking all the while.  Not to say that the crackers are at once the same as the medical authorities or  the engineering gurus. Those are not the same people.  That mixture  is not only an Atlanta characteristic, it is almost a nationwide US reality as well as a  national conundrum
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Media / Re: Post YouTube videos that don't suck!
« Last Post by No one on September 24, 2017, 08:49:36 PM »
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Politics / Re: Whats up With Democrats?
« Last Post by Icarus on September 24, 2017, 08:46:40 PM »
I dearly hope that Sister Agatha is a real person, not a sock puppet or other imposter.
She (*he") may very well be able to contribute in a meaningful way to our forum conversations.
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