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Windows 10 Leak Exposes Microsoft's New Monthly Charge

This was obvious when you think about it. You used to get disk copies of pre-installed programs. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were provided to give you a platform to work from. They ended that years ago. But this is worse. It’s an outrageous scam,

Windows 10 Leak Exposes Microsoft's New Monthly Charge

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American Acquisition Disorder

We are a nation of over consumers. It is reflected in our obesity, our waste stream, our debt load, and much more...our need for much more. What brings this to mind is "The World's Longest Yardsale" occurring this weekend. It starts in Gadsden Alabama at the southern end of Lookout Mountain and winds its way to Addison Michigan near Ann Arbor almost 700 miles. The name and the event support my point - it is the world's longest and so must be the best, the greatest, the largest, the mostest. We just can't get enough. Folks we have a problem.

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Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war! a vote in epic bipartisan collegiality

…for the John S. McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Bill (subtitled ‘The Sneeze Wrong, We’re Comin’ to Fuck You Up Act’).  Here’s the very lengthy summary of provisions in the House version from govtrack.us, although it may have changed slightly since the House and Senate conference agreements.

Why does the climate crisis appear hopeless? A critique of Nathaniel Rich's NYT piece

Climate change appears to be a hopeless spiral into ever-hotter temperatures, with eventual outcomes being crop failure, release of methane clathrates from permafrost and from ocean floors and the transformation of Earth into a planet of Venus-lite, dead to the universe.

U.S. wheat exporters losing ground as Mexico turns to Russia, other suppliers because of Trump’s trade war

Trump’s $12 billion isn’t even going to begin to cover the damage he’s doing to the agricultural community. Especially the small family farms. Or what’s left of them rather.

U.S. wheat exporters losing ground as Mexico turns to Russia, other suppliers because of Trump’s trade war

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Mexico, the top importer of U.S. wheat, is increasingly turning to cheaper supplies from Russia, which surpassed the United States as the top global wheat supplier in 2016.

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