Sunday, August 17, 2025


Blogger said I need to post a notice about cookies if theirs doesn't show up, to satisfy European laws. I don't see theirs on my page, maybe because of something to do with my page setup.
So here it is.
Blogger keeps cookies.
I might have apps that keep cookies, I don't know.
I do not personally keep cookies.

Monday, November 04, 2024

The structure of this blog

I have several blog posts that are at the top of my blog for extended periods of time, because I believe they are of continuing usefulness. So when you look at my blog, the fact that the first few are the same doesn't mean I haven't updated the blog recently.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Reliable and unreliable media

Links to my posts with links to reliability of various "news" web sites

Media bias chart

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts according to Forbes

Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors

Honest Reporting

If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites


Fact-checking sites:

Friday, April 05, 2019

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

I volunteer with Tax-Aide.

We can file your taxes, but the IRS cannot send out tax refunds until the partial government shutdown is over.

See the following link for information on VITA, TCE, and Tax-Aide sites, and what info you need to bring with you.
Tax-Aide has the fewest restrictions on who can be served by the program.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Media bias chart

Pretty much fits my observations of the ones I am familiar with.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of January 20, 2019

See the link below for the timing of the eclipse, and interesting information lunar cycles and eclipses.

By Doris Elin Salazar
Jan. 9, 2019

Get ready for an epic moon event this month. Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.

The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.


To a certain extent, lunar eclipses reveal something about Earth, too. "Lunar eclipses ... reflect our world," astronomer and podcaster Pamela Gay told in an email. "A blood colored moon is created [by] ash from fires and volcanoes, ... dust storms and pollution all filtering sunlight as it scatters around our world. A grey eclipse is clear skies.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Melania Trump reportedly took a military plane to Florida hours after Donald Trump canceled Nancy Pelosi's flight because of the shutdown

Bill Bostock
Jan. 18, 2019

First lady Melania Trump chartered a military plane to Florida on the same day President Donald Trump said he was canceling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip because of the government shutdown, NBC News reported.

On Thursday, the 27th day of the government shutdown, Melania Trump flew to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on an Air Force jet, NBC News said.

Earlier Thursday, Donald Trump told Pelosi he was postponing her trip to Afghanistan "in light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay."


CDC sees possible link between opioids and horrific birth defect

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Thursday, January 17th 2019

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.

Babies born with the defect have their intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall. Surgery is often needed to fix it.

Roughly 1,800 such cases are seen in the U.S. each year, but the number has been rising.

A study released Thursday noted cases were 60 percent more common in counties that had highest opioid prescription rates.


A.J. Jacobs Thanked One Thousand People For His Morning Coffee

Found this after I heard his TED talk about the subject on WABE radio on Jan. 19, 2019

By Mary Kaye Schilling On 11/21/18

A.J. Jacobs isn’t religious, but he likes to begin dinner with a prayer of thanks for all the people who contributed to the family meal: the farmer who grew the vegetables, the trucker who brought them to the store, the cashier who rang him up at the supermarket. You can imagine the eye-rolling from his three sons. One night, the youngest said, “You know they can’t hear you, right?”

Jacobs pondered this and realized that his premeal thank-you sessions were a little perfunctory. He decided to commit more fully. It occurred to him that every object he encountered in a day required the effort of thousands of people, many of them below the radar. Jacobs decided he would thank everyone involved in something he can’t live without.

Thus was born the “Great Coffee Gratitude Trail,” a project that has become his sixth book, "Thanks a Thousand", and his second Ted Talk.


“If there’s a bigger theme to Thanks a Thousand,” he says, “it’s that, in the creation of any one thing, there are hundreds of people involved from around the globe. With the increasing calls for tribalism and isolationism, it reminds us of how interconnected we are.”


as Jacobs discovered, each thank-you on the trail yielded dozens more. “The book could have easily been 800 times longer,” he says.


Jacobs’s gratitude commences with the barista at Joe’s; by the end of the book, he’s picking coffee beans with a family of growers in the mountains of Colombia. But there are less-expected stops: truckers and health inspectors and steel plant workers and a company that makes the invaluable pallets that move the heavy bags of beans throughout the process. “I came to appreciate pallets like I never had,” says Jacobs. (Me too.) “Forty-six percent of wood in America is used for pallets!”


Which is part of the whole show "Approaching With Kindness" on WABE

His own web site is