47 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-29-16

  1. Good morning everyone but Jo.
    Hi Jo.
    I just saw on Drudge that driverless cars are subject to carhacking.
    I hadn’t thought of that. It makes sense.

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  2. Chas, my husband has been saying that about driverless cars all along, that if someone doesn’t like the passenger, he can be kidnapped or transported somewhere against his will (into the river, maybe). Or put in an “accident” on purpose.

    Jets have already been proven to be hackable, but the danger hasn’t been addressed.

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  3. Every machine, which includes computers, should have an override. Planes no longer have navigators. Celestial and other navigation techniques should be part of a pilot’s training. At least on an elementary basis.

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  4. That bitt of information, and my readings in Cyber Wars, by Richard Clarke makes me thing, of this possible scenario.
    Given that, as Clarke says, some of the parts of our fighter planes are made overseas by potential enemies. I can imagine this scenario.
    The Chinese are moving into the South Pacific. We send a carrier out to challenge them. We launch our finest jets to go out to meet the enemy. Somewhere in China, a guy makes an entry into a computer. He hits “enter”. The jet’s guns won’t fire.
    Or maybe it flames out. Or something.

    .

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  5. I get most of my information here and on FB as well. THEN I go google whatever I find and read it from several different sources. I am so tired of getting skewed information. There was a movie on over the weekend, TRUTH, about George W. Bush and the 2004 election. It was very “Watergatish”. The man is a has been. He is doing his best to do good deeds as an former president. Leave him alone and let history deal with him.

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  6. Chas, the Naval Academy has gone back to teaching celestial navigation.
    Anyone want to go to the Navy/Tulane game with me in September? Mr. P can’t go because of Alabama Football and BG won’t go because she has something else planned. I believe it includes brunch at Commander’s Palace the next day. It’s just as well, I am sure they don’t have chicken fingers on the menu.

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  7. Good morning!

    I just sneezed about four or five times. I hope it is from sitting by the open window and related airborne allergens and not from the start of a cold. With the new school year starting, it is the season for illness. I heard there is a bad stomach bug going around.

    Last night Art and I watched the movie, Temple Grandin. It is the true story of a woman with autism who did not speak until four years old. Her mom was dedicated to not institutionalising her. Her aunt and uncle let her spend time on their farm where she found a love for farm animals. She was able to attend school and finally went to a school with a science teacher who recognized her brilliance and challenged her with experiments and readied her for college. She succeeded eventually in the male dominated industry of stockyards and getting cattle ready for slaughter. She devised methods that were cost effective and treated the cows in the most humane way. Everyone needs to see this! It’s an HBO movie. Mumsee, have you seen it?

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  8. I spotted “Truth” on the schedule last night, wasn’t that the (pro) Dan Rather thing? I didn’t watch it. πŸ™‚

    I just hauled 6-7 bags down to the driveway for Salvation Army pickup, I think they said the stuff had to be out there by 6 a.m. And so it was. I didn’t want to leave it out overnight for fear someone would make off with it. All the bags are labeled “SA,” per the online instructions.

    Now, everything in me is telling me to go back to bed, I could still squeeze another 50 minutes of sleep out of this night. If it’s dark out, it’s still night in my world.

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  9. I watched a couple 1970s reruns last night, Bob Newhart and Marty Tyler Moore.

    Mary, dressed in a very fashionable beige-and-white dress with heels, reluctantly went to jail for not revealing a news source. πŸ™‚ So very Mary.

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  10. Donna, Art and I love to watch Bob Newhart. We see it frequently πŸ™‚

    AJ, is that gorgeous flower a dahlia? My dad grew those, and he would cut them for us to carry to the neighbors for a nice surprise.

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  11. Good Morning, y’all! I have missed our fellowship…my fault for letting things slide. It has been a wild ride since leaving the teaching profession! School is going well, but I have to retake some courses before the entry into radiography…apparently nothing can be more than 7 years oldπŸ˜•. Have a job interview tomorrow…see prayer requestsπŸ˜ƒ. Also, put our house on the market…time to downsize. I need Kim to move up here and sell it for us…

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  12. Janice, yes, we have. Fifteen year old daughter got a lot out of it as she could relate. We talked about her need for a squeeze chute. She needs to be held tightly but does not like to be touched. We compromise with me being the only one who is allowed to hold her tightly. Others may or may not receive a hug from her.

    One of the older daughters brought up the movie when I was trying to describe a sheep pen I was thinking of having her build for me. We have gained a lot from it and from her books.

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  13. In”But
    Downsizing is a pain. Worse than you can imagine.
    What happens is, you are moving into a place that can’t accommodate all of your treasures.
    Something gets left behind.
    I know for a fact that I didn’t leave my pet behind. But he’s nowhere around.
    And things I threw out?
    I’m having to buy some of them again.
    i.

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  14. Janice, I haven’t seen the movie, but i have read her autobiography (in which she tells about discovering how to calm cattle) and I just bought another book by her.

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  15. Well, this school day has not been without challenges but a little voice reminded me that there are no perfect first school days so I was prepared. They are doing very well. They are containing their enthusiasm, barely. They are enjoying the way we are doing it this year, with two in the same grade.

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  16. Husband’s road trip took him past a plane crash yesterday. Sadly, both people on the plane died. It appeared they may have been trying to get to the highway but maybe not. It appears it may have been Darrel Ward’s crash. He was a truck driver. Strange how things happen. Only God knows the number of our days.

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  17. I was looking at my list of what’s been done amd what still needs to be done on the house. I’m (almost, sort of, I think) half way there, so that made me feel much better. A lot has actually gotten done, big things. Just need to get a second wind and push forward with the rest.

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  18. Or you could move to Idaho and sleep in the open in the national forest, bathe in the creeks and lakes, live off the land…..no deadlines, does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care.

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  19. Just got back from taking Misten to the vet. She has hardly eaten anything since Friday night, and is at her lowest weight ever (and that’s saying something, since she’s always been on the thin side and several years ago she went through a stage of being really scrawny). Basically we’re at maintenance, do the best we can to give her some additional weeks at the best quality of life we can manage, but he said he wishes he could give me some encouragement, but he can’t. He did change up her meds, and she may have a better appetite on the new one.

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  20. What are you feeding her Cheryl? Chicken and rice is good. I would put something on whatever you feed her—mine particularly like bacon juice. Some beef or chicken broth would be good. If you could get some beef bones with the marrow still it them to make broth that would give her a lot of nutrition and help her. I am so sorry you are going through this. It is so hard to let them go. You alone will know when it is time. Trust yourself on this.

    On a side note some friends of Mr. P’s came over yesterday. The man said that Amos was so ugly he was cute. THAT did not go over very well. I doubt he calls my Boy ugly again. πŸ˜‰

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  21. Kim, your boy isn’t anything approaching ugly, he’s just cute.

    What I’ve been feeding her the last few days is a mixture of hamburger, rice, and broccoli, warmed with a little water to make broth (but I bought some beef broth today) and then poured over a little bit of her dog food, often with some boiled egg or grated cheese on top. The first couple of days she absolutely gobbled it up. Last night she pretty much just ate the boiled egg (that being something “new”), and this morning she didn’t even eat that. She’s had maybe half a cup of food since Sunday morning, and that’s with all but doing handstands to get her to eat. When she won’t even lick up grated cheese, she’s not hungry!

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  22. Cheryl, 😦 hugs to you both, hard times

    I was stopped at a red light once with my mom’s terrier, Fritz, when a guy pulls up and says “That’s the ugliest dog I’ve ever seen.” So rude!

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  23. The fun of cold-calling handymen — one guy must have been windsurfing, I couldn’t make out anything he said — another sounded European, I finally understood he only does wood floors — 1 guy is coming Saturday for window job but said he’s booked for a month so can only take a look for now

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  24. I was in school one day when an upperclassman walked by and told me I was the homeliest person he had ever seen. I thanked him.

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  25. Hmm, I turned over boy’s device to the public school computer guru. He said the thing was totally unuseable but I know the boy was playing games on it and said it had internet access though he did not use it as such. (I did not necessarily believe the last part). He did show people the games he was playing on it. And the boy he took it from said it had computer access and games.

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  26. We are back home….lovely roadtrip through some uncharted (by us) back roads…we ended up in Canyon City then headed further to Florence to do some antiquing….saw nothing I couldn’t live without…we drove home in a scary hailstorm…had to pull over for a bit…it’s good to be home…and I still smile at him and he at me after all these years πŸ™‚

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  27. Seventeen year old son missed the bus to football practice as he was fighting an out of control blue grass fire. They burn the bluegrass fields after harvest so you can have grass seed for your lawn in a couple of years. Anyway, a guy’s fire got out of control and ended up burning nearly four hundred acres. And his tractor and disc. But he did not get hurt. Lots of farmers helping and fire folk and BLM and all is good. Somebody lost forty or so acres of wheat, most of the rest was stubble. He called coach to let him know he would not be making it.

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  28. I’ll ask again in the morning, if I think of it. But is anyone interested in doing the college football guessing game again? I suppose I let time slip away. The season starts in full Thursday night.

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  29. Peter, I’d be surprised if anyone wants to challenge me again, to be honest. Humility doesn’t allow me to say more than that, but don’t be shocked if you don’t get any takers.

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  30. I think I have joined Donna’s home repair club. Since I have not been in my house in a year and half, it was rather unexpected. Some of it I knew about. They sent an estimate with no questions or comments. Are they waiting to hear from me or just letting me know???!

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