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I've been off-line pretty much this last week, reading my friends page but rarely commenting; not posting, at least not my own thoughts.   The positive reason for this is that i am more and more into silence, discovering its beauty. its mystery, and its wisdom.  It is indeed, the "native language" of the Divine, of the Universe.

There are also a couple of not so positive reasons.   I took microsoft's offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 without consulting with my children or grandson, so now i am stuck with a computer system that i thoroughly misunderstand and am extremely uncomforable with.  Also this software seems to have no games apps so i am less tempted to sit in front of it.  This is a good thinng since i am addicted to Solitaire and not having it available will free up a lot of my time for what must be certainlly less unproductive activity.

And i continue to fret about Dianne's health.  The Northwestern USA is ablaze with wildfires.  Nearly half are in Idaho and one of the worsst, still not quite contained after more than a week,is burning about sixty miles Southwest of us.  The air is thick with smoke and people with respiratory difficulties are being warned to protect themselves from it.  Dianne's oxygen saturation level (OSL) seems to get more difficult to control.  (Though today has been a surprisingly good day so far)  Today i wsas looking forward to a long scheduled (i thought) appointment with her pulminalogist.  After complaining loudly, i was able talk to her doctor and schedule an appointment for next Wednesday.  So the update i had planned for today will be next week, after the good doctor has eased my panic (which is probably near half the problem.

There was another (there have been several) article in the local newspaper last week about competition between the two major "nonprofit" hospital systems in the area.  This one showed what seemed to be increasing reluctance of physicians connected with one suystem to refer patients to sevices provided by the other system.  If these increased expenses, expansio0n, and power are supposed to help give better service to patients, i have yet to see any sign of it.

I dislike competition.  I especially dislike it when it as taken seriously or as the default SOP for a society; and i especiallly especially dislike it when it supposedly provides essential human services, like health, education, incarceration, and public safety,  All such experiments,it seems to me have been wasteful. ineffective, and often fatal.


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Aug. 20th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Is there someone who can help you with WIN 10? I have heard it isn't so much different from 7 and is certainly much better than 8 in all its versions ever was.

As regards solitaire, I found this:

Microsoft is also bringing back the Start Menu to Windows 10, so that means you'll be able to boot up a game of Solitaire by navigating to Start > Programs > Accessories > Games, just like old times.

Good thoughts for Dianne!
Aug. 21st, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Thank you. Donna.
My level of competence and confidence in dealing with computers cannot possibly be underestimated. :)
Aug. 20th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
There's a good chance you can restore your previous version of Windows. I made a short post about it,
Aug. 21st, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you,
Aug. 21st, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
Where information is not free, the song-and-dance of competition is always directly unproductive activity, except insofar as it provides pleasure for participants or audience/spectators/olfactors. Sometimes, in some degree, it can still be worthwhile: democratic elections are an instance I choose.

I do not think that these activities have resulted in good healthcare in the US.

And public health is inherently public.

Say, did I ever tell you that when I taught in Michigan in the mid-90s biology students thought that infection was no longer a health issue?

Holding my thumbs for Dianne, for you, and for the northwestern US.
Aug. 21st, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

I do not see elections so much as competitions as pro forma way of making political decisions that are constitutionally required. Sort of a modern version of the casting of lots. The competitive part, where the candidates vie for votes seems totally unproductive. except that we get to see who the "social dominants" are so that we can avoid voting for them if we have any sense. Do we really need a copy of Adolph Hitler to solve our immigration "problem?"
Aug. 21st, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
I wish I had a solution to your computer issue thought I computer challenged. Remembering Dianne as always and hoping the smoke dissipates.

Edited at 2015-08-21 08:36 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jeff.

The computer illiteracy is only a problem if it interferes with my ability to communicate with friends. It hasn't done that so all is well.
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