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This is just an update on my previous comments about using AdBlocker Ultimate as an

add-on in the Firefox browser. Yesterday I re-set my Firefox browser since it was slowing down.
That means I have to re-install all my add-ons and settings. When I went to re-install the
AdBlocker Ultimate there was a note from Firefox that AdBlocker Ultimate was known to slow
down Firefox, so I've replaced it with UBlock as my blocker. Just a heads-up so that others
can benefit from my misfortune! So far so good.

From The Guardian: Dogs' barking prompts owners' rescue from Swiss avalanche...


'Two people caught in an avalanche in Switzerland were rescued after their dogs barked for help, attracting the attention of nearby snow-shoers who were able to dig them out, the air ambulance service Rega said on Sunday.

The avalanche swept the pair off a hiking trail in the Avers Valley of south-western Switzerland, near the Italian border and west of St Moritz, shortly after 3pm on Saturday, Rega said in a statement.

“Their dogs, who were not buried by the masses of snow, drew attention to themselves by barking loudly,” the statement said.

“The dogs attracted the attention of a group of snow-shoers who were some distance away in the same valley but had not witnessed the avalanche.” Roughly 15-20 minutes after the avalanche, the group was at the scene, where one of the avalanche victims’ hands was visible; the other person was buried entirely, Rega said. Both were dug out slightly injured and with mild hypothermia. Rega then flew them by helicopter to hospital.'

photo and more text at link https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/31/dogs-barking-prompts-owners-rescue-from-swiss-avalanche

Yes, a dog can certainly be their humans' best friends and are due for lots of love and treats!

From The BBC: Hilton Valentine, guitarist with the Animals, dies aged 77

from article: snip

"The British band's version of blues standard The House of The Rising Sun topped the UK and US charts in 1964.

The Animals' record label ABKCO Music described Valentine as a "pioneering guitar player influencing the sound of rock and roll for decades to come".


Valentine co-founded the Animals in Newcastle in 1963 alongside singer Eric Burdon, bassist Chas Chandler, organist Alan Price and drummer John Steel.

The group also scored six other UK top 10 hits including Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and We Gotta Get Out of This Place."

more at link https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55875914

This news really takes me back to when I was a 14-year-old budding guitarist and learning the
chords to many popular songs, including the Animals' version of "House Of The Rising Sun".
RIP Hilton!

From AlJazeera In Pictures: "Greece's only zoo approaches extinction...

After almost three months of closure due to COVID-19, it faces huge bills to keep 2,000 animals fed and healthy."

This gallery provides text and photos that I find a pleasant distraction from the serious
political news of the day.


From Forbes, February 12, 2020: There Are Five Types Of Political Leader. So Which Is Donald Trump?

Note: Earlier today I viewed an op that referenced "Level 5 Leaders". Since this is a new term for me I
asked for clarification and stated that I would do a search if necessary. Here are the results of my search.

see: https://www.democraticunderground.com/107851095

From Forbes article:


"...five types (levels) of political leaders exist, which are as follows.

1. Surgeon Leaders (tRUMP fits this category.)

2. Soldier Leaders (Dick Cheney fits this category.)

3. Accountant Leaders (Bill Clinton fits this category.)

4. Philosopher Leaders (Woodrow Wilson fits this category

5. Architect Leaders (Abraham Lincoln fits this category.)"

Much more text and photos at link*, including British pols and references (such as ITV that I'm not familiar with
and a search did not satisfy:

* https://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminlaker/2020/02/12/there-are-five-types-of-political-leader-so-which-is-donald-trump/?sh=79967b78f479

So there you have it. I see that for me a Level 5 Leader is a good thing indeed!

From The BBC Future: The new mosquito bringing disease to North America...

I saved this article on 1-19-21 since I didn't want to drop it when we were all busy celebrating
the inauguration. But here it is now and I think it's important to know.

From article: "The discovery of a novel mosquito on Guantanamo Bay reveals how globalisation is threatening to unleash the next pandemic.

During the night of 18 June 2019, on the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an intruder was caught in a trap.


The intruder was an Aedes vittatus mosquito. One of 3,500 mosquito species found across the globe, it is a new addition to the dozen or so species in North America that carry parasites or pathogens harmful to humans. Other mosquito species, like Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, can transmit diseases like dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. But unlike those others, Aedes vittatus is capable of carrying nearly all of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases, except for malaria.

“Being in close contact with these mosquitoes is not good news. They’re breeding in your bird bath and they’re feeding off your kids,” says Yvonne-Marie Linton, research director of the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit and curator of nearly 2 million specimens in the Smithsonian Institution’s US National Mosquito Collection.

The Aedes vittatus is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has never been seen in the western hemisphere until now. The mosquito is “a proven vector of chikungunya, Zika, dengue, yellow fever viruses and many other diseases”, according to the team of scientists who discovered it."

much more text and photos at link:


Damn, I haven't even gotten my covid vaccine yet!

An update on my thoughts and experience with WIN 7 and WIN 10...

Just a little over a year ago Microsoft announced they were ending support for WIN 7. I've been using WIN 7 for many years and I like it. But a funny thing happened. Every month during
2020 I continued to get updates on my WIN 7 machine. "Wassup?", I thought. And eventually
after seeing some negative aspects of operation, in September of 2020 I finally upgraded to
a WIN 10 unit and relegated my WIN 7 unit to my bedroom computer graveyard where I can
only connect via WIFI.

I've tried to build up enthusiasm for WIN 10 but I just can't like it. A couple of days ago I
decided to fire up my WIN 7 unit just to see what was going on and because I haven't
migrated any of the information I have installed on it into my new unit. It had been at least 2
months since I'd turned on the WIN 7 machine and it took awhile to get things running since
at first it did connect using WIFI but then forgot everything I'd taught it and told me I had no
LAN connection. I finally got that straightened out then had to go through installing Microsoft,
Firefox and Malwarebytes updates. But I got that done too, and noticed that all the updates
were the latest and greatest. "Wassup?" I thought.

Anyway, I did retrieve some info from the WIN 7 unit and transferred it via an email message
so it's now accessible to my new machine. Then I sent some family photos from the WIN 7
unit to my granddaughter via email and now I can put those on my new machine. By the time
I was done my WIN 7 unit was running just fine. I miss it and am glad I kept it as a back-up.

As I always say, technical advances are not always a sign of progress! And the amazing thing
to me about this computer/internet thing is that it works at all!

Today is the first full moon of 2021! Have a howling good time but stay safe!

Dayum! I got so caught up in binge-watching Rush Hour that I missed Adam-12! (well, I don't actually

watch with my full attention) But doncha hate when that happens?
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