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Windows April Feature Update (1803)

It seems Microsoft thinks it's necessary to provide a "new and improved" version of Windows again. To this end, they have released Windows 10 version 1803. I have a half-dozen systems here running Windows 10 and all but one have successfully updated to 1803 on their own without issue. That's great. I also have a primary … Continue reading Windows April Feature Update (1803)

Seattle’s Homeless—Another Solution

Seattle, like many cities large and small all over the country, is facing a homeless crisis. The homeless have been studied, vilified, embraced, patronized, and pushed from one encampment to another as we struggle with a real solution to the problem.  As I see it, (and I'm no expert), there are many reasons people resort … Continue reading Seattle’s Homeless—Another Solution

The Black Panther and Education

We just saw The Black Panther to escape from the oppressive heat here in Redmond.  Before you reply "88 degrees? That's nothing it's 104 here in...," consider that we're not used to it, and we don't have air-conditioning, as we usually only have a few days of heat every year. No one wants to see me sleep … Continue reading The Black Panther and Education

On Poverty and School Children

I listened to an NPR story on poverty in schools and America. Study after study shows academic achievement and success is directly proportional to two factors: How much money is spent on the child's education and the economic class (and success) of the parents. In homes where the parents are struggling, unemployed, jailed or working … Continue reading On Poverty and School Children

Solar Win for California and China

Great. Every new home in California will have solar panels. Too bad we didn't invest more heavily in the technology so American companies would be manufacturing the panels. Most will be built in China. Know an American company which does manufacture panels and roofing tiles? Tesla. https://www.tesla.com/solarroof I checked out the Google Project Sunroof site … Continue reading Solar Win for California and China

On Statins and Greed

Like millions of Americans whose doctors have prescribed statins to lower cholesterol, consider that many, many of us had great success with them for decades--until they turn on you. About five years ago, my steady decline in health and fitness went unnoticed and was attributed to my advancing age--the age one sees on a lot … Continue reading On Statins and Greed

Seattle Tech Companies Tax Revolt

So Jeffie throws a chair into the corner and says he's not going to build a new Amazon building in downtown Seattle because of the new head-tax on big companies like Amazon. Good. When a city is facing a housing crisis which means an entire class of people can't afford to find a place to … Continue reading Seattle Tech Companies Tax Revolt

On Offending those on the Right

I again offended my midwest farmer friends and relatives on Facebook or those who appreciate them. I apologize. I also appreciate hard-working men and women who work hard against impossible odds to bring us the food we all need. I didn't mean to indict wide swaths of America as ignorant fools who aren't smart enough to … Continue reading On Offending those on the Right