Well now, that was interesting… #NHS — Julie Lawford

Getting carted off to hospital in an ambulance at 4am, doubled-over with acute abdominal cramps that just won’t go away; not the best start to the week. I’ve had a stressful year, upturned – the untimely death of a parent does that. So when stomach problems started to surface a few months ago, that’s what […] via Well now, that was interesting… #NHS — Julie Lawford Continue reading Well now, that was interesting… #NHS — Julie Lawford

Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

My blogsite was hacked, once.  Fortunately, I was signing in often to look at tracking data, so I discovered the problem immediately (my password had stopped working) and recovered the account on the same day.  I don’t believe any harm was done. Always use an obscure password which you don’t use on other accounts.  Ideally, every online password should be like a single fingerprint.  The advice on how often to change a password varies. The mistake I made was using a foreign word (with a correct diacritical mark, which seemed so clever at the time), followed by a predictable series … Continue reading Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

Please Help This Video Go Viral

(This blog post was revised on August 5, 2018.) Earlier this week, a hostile white woman who regards herself as an American (sic) was caught on video in Los Angeles, threatening to call ICE on a woman and her baby.  Cell phone video of the incident was recorded by Maria Navarro and posted on YouTube. Although we should usually discourage public shaming, the actions of the woman carrying the coffee cup were shameful.  She wasn’t embarrassed.  She was upholding the Trump Hate Pledge, and she was willing to damage people’s lives in the process. Many Trump supporters will cheer on hate … Continue reading Please Help This Video Go Viral

Pronouncing Someone Else’s Birth Name

Originally posted on helenchristiedotcom:
A lot of people change their names, either legally or informally, to simplify the communication thing. Recently, if you heard reporters refer to the late George Michael by his birth name, be advised they probably got it wrong.  Here’s a short video of a person who could get it right every time: https://youtu.be/yw7XgoFc6LM Continue reading Pronouncing Someone Else’s Birth Name

George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover

Originally posted on helenchristiedotcom:
Some pieces of art that should become legendary are forgotten. When George Michael and producer Phil Ramone got together to create an album of standards in the late 1990s, they were probably aware that the end result would not be a commercial success. Although Songs From the Last Century isn’t in the same league with the later Michael-Ramone collaboration Symphonica, it’s worthy of more attention than it receives.  Below is a link to a YouTube audio-only upload of Mr. Michael’s cover of Secret Love. Secret Love was first recorded by Doris Day, for the 1953 movie Calamity Jane.  Sammy Fain composed the… Continue reading George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover

Evil is Evil, No Matter Where it Happens

A crime against a child is a crime against a child.  Personal loyalties or political/religious views should never be a factor in recognizing whether or how badly a child has been hurt. People who make excuses for — or cheer on — Donald Trump’s disgraceful immigration policies will minimize the horror of what happened to the child in an Arizona detention facility, identified by the initials D.L.  Those people are full of shit. People who call this the worst atrocity in history are also full of shit.  Devastating things have already happened to other kids in various past situations, and … Continue reading Evil is Evil, No Matter Where it Happens

Please Stop Voting for Conservatives. You’re Hurting Your Country.

At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a predictable report on poverty in the United Kingdom, posted today on The Independent’s site. I know.  It isn’t just Tories and Republicans.  It’s also public officials who know better, cooperating with Tories and Republicans.  In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton — a Democrat — signed so-called welfare reform legislation which was destined to put more families on the streets.  He was cooperating with Republicans in Congress, and complying with misguided public opinion.  It was a self-serving, rotten thing to do, but he wanted to be re-elected (which he probably would … Continue reading Please Stop Voting for Conservatives. You’re Hurting Your Country.