Important Message: One of the greatest
mistakes I ever made in using computers was starting to use Gmail a few months ago as my basic
email service rather than AOL’s email service which I had been using for years. I still will use both, but I will be
minimizing my use of Gmail in the future and slowly returning to AOL.
The reason: Gmail uses algorithms to determine what is
and what is not spam. To find what they
have been missing, all Gmail users should inspect their spam files on a daily
basis if not more frequently. They
should also check out what Gmail, using its own criteria, has decided is “social,” a “promotion,” an “update”
or what they label a “forum.” This is an annoyance, beside letting someone else
make your decisions for you. To get to
these “labels,” Gmail’s word for folders, it is sometimes necessary to look below the “Compose” button at
the top left of the Gmail screen, clicking on “more” to reveal labels which may
be hidden, and to which your email may have been moved.
AOL, on the other hand,
allows the user to set up the criteria for determining what is spam. Whatever advantages Gmail may have, this is
enough to sour me on it. I have discovered
a lot of communications I have missed because of it. Also, the number of fonts and
font sizes available in Gmail is far less than in AOL mail. I only hope AOL stays in business. I still will have my Gmail address, but I
encourage all to contact me at Riart1@aol.com
once again. I will be sending out emails to people who
frequently contact me advising them of this shortly. (This is not to say that AOL doesn't have disadvantages as well, but I think they are more easily managed than Gmail's shortcomings.) Jack
A Tom Friedman Column
Rather than give you a difficult-to-manage link to it at the New York Times web site, I am reproducing the entire column. Don't tell anyone! It is vitally important that all Americans, including those who have been used by the Russians (see following item) read it. Here goes.
Trump Supporters Tools of Russian Intelligence
I’ve heard that the dummies in the White House are somewhat relieved by the tragic shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, because it takes the spotlight off of Special Prosecutor Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, still denied by the Administration’s chief dunce. The indictment of a group of Russians by Mueller brings this truth (not “fake news” as the dunce in the White House refers to the Russia probe) right back into the spotlight.
Basically, they are accused of attempting to use dumb, gullible Trump supporters to reach their goals. Many of them fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
Read Frank Cerebino’s witty Palm Beach Post column on how the fire which drove many Trump backers to support him was ignited in their child-like, impressionable minds by the Russian intelligence apparatus skillfully using social media on the internet.
Special Prosecutor Mueller’s commission has just indicted a group of Russian agents for doing this, and the poor souls (the same ones still waving pro-Trump banners as his motorcade drives by) who executed it were never even aware of for whom they were acting … and for whom they continue to work.
(In an article subsequent to the column I hope you just read, Cerebino contacted a few of the 'duped' Trump supporters. These dummies couldn't care less. One actually said that, in deriding the FBI's Russia investigation, "They're trying to connect Trump to Russia, but I was the guy dealing with the Russians, not Trump." I suppose, if you're stupid enough, that makes being the dupe of a foreign power okay, even unwittingly, if it helped elect Trump. As I have said, never ever overestimate the intelligence of a Trump supporter!)
Bottom Line on Guns
No matter how many millions, or even billions, are poured into mental health diagnosis, treatment and care, and no matter how detailed background checks of those purchasing weapons might be, there is no way of knowing which of the millions of Americans with grudges, anger problems or even criminal intent will be the ones who will carry out the next mass killing with an assault weapon.
And as for increased vigilance on the part of the public, "If You See Something, Say Something" just isn't enough when law enforcement agencies lack the personnel for detailed, around the clock, monitoring of all those about whom they have been "tipped off." To do that job properly, many, many more law enforcement officers would be needed along with many, many more mental health professionals. There are millions of disturbed people in this country, some of whom have never sought help, and they are impossible to keep track of! Military weaponry must be kept out of civilian hands. You, the voter, rule America, not the NRA!
(I sent the following letter to the Palm Beach Post the other day. Doubt that they will print it because they printed another letter from me fairly recently. But here it is for your benefit.)
Steve Bannon, the Feminist
HOW TO BE ALERTED TO FUTURE BLOG POSTINGS.