OK – maybe I’m too stupid to run YouTube but I have an Android cell phone and ChromeCast. I play video A and it works fine. I plave video B and when video B is over it starts playing video A again. I swipe it away to stop it. Then I play video C and after it finishes it plays video B again and then video A.

All I want is for it to play the video and quit. How do I make the damn thing QUIT DOING THAT?

Hip American Gothic

Looking at couples over the first nine years of marriage, the study found:

• More frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives (two-to-three times per month or more often) predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by husbands.

• Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives.

The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills.

You know the next step: a reference to net neutrality proponents being akin to Nazis and Hitler. I wonder how much the Kochs and the rest have invested in ISPs and related that would lose money if net neutrality was enacted? Nah, that’s crazy talk!

A mysterious conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a “grassroots” campaign to kill net neutrality—at one point suggesting that “Marxists” think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea.

The emails, which come with subject lines like “Stop Obama’s federal Internet takeover,” come from American Commitment, an organization that is nonprofit in name only and has been called out time and time again by journalists and transparency organizations for obscuring where it gets its funding.

In an email I received, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the “first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether” and says that the FCC is plotting a “federal Internet takeover,” a move that “sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia.”

Here’s a link to the petition.

He posted it to YouTube. It speaks for itself.

Just at a time when Microsoft screwed up Windows by coming out with Windows 8 and 8.1 which suck and suck a little less respectively, and ending support of XP; it created a window of opportunity for Linux to make it’s move into the mainstream. So what did they do? KDE and GNOME copied Microsoft to come out with new versions that really suck. In fact Linux has gone backward more than Windows in that generally Linux users want more functionality, not less.

Think about it. When you have an operating system that’s FREE and you can’t compete against an expensive operating system that sucks, what does that tell you? The Linux desktop was far better 10 years ago than it is today.

The one distribution that I like that I tested is Mint Linux. Mint agrees with me that GNOME 3 sucks and has forked GNOME 2 to create the MATE desktop. I brought it up in a VirtualBox and it’s the first time I installed a Linux distro where everything works.

It seems that stupid is the new smart these days. It’s like everything is getting worse. A lot of application software is worse. Internet is worse. Web browsers like Firefox getting worse. Yahoo email getting worse. Hotmail and outlook.com – worse.

Maybe it was a mistake to let stupid people have computers?



I’m not a fan of the name Mars, god of war. I think if Elon Musk builds a rocket that reaches Mars that we should rename the planet to Elon. I think Elon is a much friendlier name than Mars. And when a person who just decides he wants to colonize a planet builds a rocket company and makes it happen, he deserves to have the planet renamed after him.

The meme starts here. Spread the word! Planet Elon.


Alanna Petroff

Move over Sarah Palin. Get out of the way Fox News. The new moron is Alanna Petroff – of CNN Money – who is sounding the alarm. Old people are bad for the economy. Everyone should die young to protect investors. Watch out for the plague of super aged countries. She even has a map showing where these evil countries are and how it’s spreading!

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Open discussion – what do you think?


Here’s a presentation I (Marc Perkel) did at the Humanists Community in Palo Alto on July 27, 2014. The only definition of God that makes sense is if God is a personification of Reality the same way Uncle Sam is a personification of the United States government. If my God is really Reality itself then  my God is bigger than your God.

My God (Reality) created the Universe. My God is omnipresent. My God speaks to us through evidence, and my God says the same thing to everyone. Are you worshiping the wrong God? Are Christians really the Atheists because they turn their back on the real God – Reality?


It’s a well-known fact: bacon makes everything better. From martinis and ice cream to filet mignon and asparagus, there’s pretty much nothing you can include this gift of the swine to that it doesn’t improve.

So Sad. Robin Williams debut on Happy Days.


Warning – watching this video will lower your IQ. Please at least take a breath before contradicting yourself. It’s totally random babble. She should run for office!

Click pic to read the document (pdf)

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.
Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.

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