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  1. Well the holidays are around the corner and we will encounter climate deniers in our own families. I notice when folks have little to back up their arguments other than their feelings and lack of evidence they start name calling. Sigh! We can take the high road. Whatever inspires you to myth-bust this holiday season, here are six ways to respond to your family’s climate-denying comments. In the most respectful, loving way, of course: 1. Uncle Frank says, “Climate change is natural and normal — we’ve seen fluctuations throughout history.” You say: The Earth has been through a lot in the last 4.5 billion years. And yes, high levels of carbon dioxide have been released naturally in the Earth’s history. Scientists have attributed mass extinctions to atmospheric carbon dioxide from 580 million years ago, long before humans were around to burn ridiculous amounts of fossil fuels. What we’re experiencing with climate change today, however, is far different than any warming or cooling humanity has seen — in rate and in scale. Our present climate change is occurring 20 to 50 times faster than the most rapid climate change events in Earth’s history. That some of the world’s mass extinctions have been tied to CO2 shouldn’t be a relief, though; it should be a wakeup call. Unlike in the past, we are the ones doing the damage (through the out-of-control burning of fossil fuels), not the Earth. The good news is it’s entirely within our control to phase out fossil fuels and avoid the most devastating impacts of unchecked climate change. We don’t have to be dinosaurs, and we definitely should stop burning them. 2. When your cousin Wilma says, “Scientists can’t even agree that climate change is happening.” You say: Well, actually… 99 percent of scientists agree that climate change is happening and that humans are the primary cause. Perhaps you’re thinking of indecisive politicians, many of whom are backed by the fossil fuel industry. Maybe that’s why leaders are still dragging their feet when it comes to climate action — or worse, vocally denying its existence in the face of rigorous scientific report, after report, after report. The truth is politicians have known about climate change since (at least) the 1980s. But leaders in the highest-emitting countries are doing next to nothing to slow climate change, let alone stop it. 3. Grandpa says, “It’s so cold outside. Sure could use some of that global warming.” You say: Weather and climate are two different things. Weather fluctuates from day to day, while climate is defined by long-term trends and weather averages. So, just because it’s cold right now doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening. The last five years have been the hottest five years on record, and that’s counting the bitter polar vortexes that have driven Arctic air down across North America during that period. The Earth is on track to warm up to two degrees Celsius this century, but winter’s not going to disappear altogether in many parts of the world. Record low temperatures will just become rarer. The U.S. saw nearly as many record highs as record lows in the 1950s. By 2000, the number of record highs was double the record lows. And, as the cold becomes rarer, it will feel more intense and hit unexpecting places. And while you might not lose your winter altogether, unchecked climate change will bring other major weather shifts, in the form of extreme weather events like drought, wildfire and hurricanes that will become more frequent and more intense in our warming world. So, bundle up and brace yourself for the extreme weather climate change brings — including the intense cold. 4. Your mom says, “Plants and animals will adapt to the changes.” (Mom, stop embarrassing me!) You say: Climate change is occurring too rapidly to allow for species to adapt. And this is about more than the pictures of starving polar bears you see on Facebook (sorry, Mom). Climate change threatens over 40 percent of amphibians, nearly 33 percent of corals and more than a third of marine mammals. At this point, with climate change not even at its fullest force, more than one million species are at risk of extinction. This is because climate change is compounding the effects of other already-existing detrimental human activities like overfishing and deforestation. A U.N. report published in May of this year ranked the top five direct drivers of the disappearance of species. Climate change was third, behind changes in land and sea use and overexploitation of organisms (all human-caused). Currently, species are going extinct at 1,000 times the natural rate of extinction. That means we could lose 30 to 50 percent of the total species found on Earth by mid-century. Can you pass the cranberry sauce? 5. Uncle Frank is back at it: “Climate change is a good thing. You say: Hold my eggnog. For many reasons — economic, environmental, physiological — climate change will have a net negative impact on the world. New research even shows we’ve significantly underestimated the financial risks of climate change around the world. The United States stands to lose billions of dollars, second only to India in terms of the negative economic impact. In our warming world, U.S. estimates currently sit at a loss of 10 percent of its $19 trillion GDP by 2100. If we start curbing climate change, this amount could fall to 1 percent. But enough with the economic hypotheticals. We’re already seeing how dangerous climate change is to plants and animals as well as humans. Higher temperatures have increased heat-related deaths. Higher temperatures also worsen air quality, which scientists have connected to everything from more violent crimes to more cancers. But what’s just as scary are the statistics on natural disasters: Hurricanes are reaching new extremes — with the number of categories 4 and 5 increasing over the last 30 years. Wildfires, too, are claiming larger burn areas and increasing in intensity. What’s so great about that? 6. Your stepdad says, “It won’t affect me or anyone I know.” You say: Climate impacts are already here and now, and they will only get worse if we continue to do nothing. Climate change affects individuals disproportionately, hurting the poorest and most vulnerable communities worse than others, so you may just be feeling a buffer from your comparative privilege. Climate justice recognizes that climate change isn’t just a physical problem — it’s an ethical one, too. The individuals and communities who will be most affected by climate change are the ones contributing the least to it. But this is also a generational issue — you may not have to bear the brunt of our collective inaction on climate change, but let’s try to have some empathy for future generations (even if you don’t understand TikTok or selfies). Your great grandchildren — who are currently on track to inherit a world four degrees warmer than yours and feel its effects at every stage of their life — will have to clean up the mess your generation made in their fight for survival. They’ll grow up in a world with more air pollution, more vector-borne diseases and more extreme weather events to deal with. The future of humanity is on the line In conclusion, you can’t choose your family, but you can try to change their mindsets on climate change. Some of these arguments may stick; some may go in one ear and out the other. These conversations aren’t easy, but we should try to engage in them when we can.
  2. https://www.votervoice.net/AFSA/newsletters/41940
  3. Kirk perhaps you might want to go to the article and post that in the original post on Malwarebytes security company's blog. For those that use it, knowing can avoid losses. I do have friends who use Apple systems and are glad to have any heads up, as I am about any systems I have. I refuse to use Android NFC paying systems. But if I did having it "only" affect Android pay would be very important to me. I know we will see someone come in objecting and trying to say it does not. The link is provided assuming anyone who does use it will read the link. Did you read why use Express mode? From the article: "The vulnerability identified by the researchers is only present when Visa cards are set up using Express mode in an iPhone’s wallet. Express mode allows iPhone owners to use transit or payment cards, passes, a student ID, a car key, and more, without waking or unlocking their device, or authenticating with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. The user may even be able to use their card, pass, or key when their device needs to be charged." I do use my phone to unlock my Tesla and remotely turn on HVAC and check on it from afar in my Tesla App. As well I have Sentry mode which anyone can look up if they are interested. I have Visa cards and recently lost one and found I could block it temporarily until I found it. One option among several to still use express mode like removing Visa cards from your phone. So if I had an iPhone I would have to have it in Express mode or have to take out my wallet and get my key card out to swipe against the pillar post or fumble with turning it on and manually unlocking in the App. PITA when proximity works by locking it when I walk away and get ten feet or so away with no action from but having my phone in my pocket without me doing a thing. It also unlocks it when I get close to it on my return with the phone in my pocket. If I or any other Tesla owner had an iPhone we would use it to unlock and lock our cars too. Thus Express mode. It has also only been demonstrated in the lab but Apple is pointing fingers at Visa and Visa at Apple. However, it is now in the public domain and attackers will now be trying to exploit it. Researchers warn the companies with undiscovered yet vulnerabilities silently when these kinds of new exploits are discovered, to give them time to fix them. When the companies do not fix them they go public. That way the folks with the vulnerable systems can turn off the offending app or service until it is fixed. Or not. When it is my money or systems/identity, I want to know and track it to the conclusion to know when it is safe to go back. An informed decision. Others may not. But it isn't an Apple slam. Just a vulnerability. Now that it is public it is in Apple/Visa's court but they have to take it seriously now. What's in your wallet?
  4. When we add our carbon it can amplify changes. What causes the difference between winter and summer anyway? The earth is tilted on its axis relative to the sun. Half the year we are further away from the sun in our planet's northern hemisphere, winter, and half the time closer to the sun, summer, as our axis tilt doesn't always stay the same as we rotate around the sun. It changes which would put us further away in winter and closer in summer.Here's the science I am referring to: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/Milankovitch/milankovitch_2.php#:~:text=As the axial tilt increases%2C the seasonal contrast,the axis varies between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees. So we may also be experiencing an axis tilt change, in addition to a shift in magnetic north.
  5. Dutch THANK YOU! That is exactly what I needed. I knew about the pulse and and that it is not for everyone. I have at least a month or three to get evaluated because it will be that long to see if the clots are gone. If they are I won't need any O2. If not I'll be ready now to consider whether weight or longer run times are my preference. We have some Escapees friends visiting and we are going out to show them how fast the Tesla is and I'll be using the small tank for that. For now it suits my needs, and is 100% covered. I see online lots of short steel tanks, man I am glad I was issued the lightweight aluminum ones for as long as I need them.
  6. More security news: Malwarebytes research shows an unequal, unsafe Internet https://blog.malwarebytes.com/reports/2021/09/malwarebytes-research-shows-an-unequal-unsafe-internet/?utm_medium=email-internal-B2C&utm_campaign=EM-B2C-2021-October-newsletter-Issue1-TestB&utm_content=malwarebytes-research-shows-an-unequal-unsafe-internet Neiman Marcus data breach affects millions https://blog.malwarebytes.com/reports/2021/10/neiman-marcus-data-breach-affects-millions/?utm_source=double-opt-in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-B2C-2021-October-newsletter-Issue1-TestB&utm_content=neiman-marcus-data-breach-affects-millions Apple Pay vulnerable to wireless pickpockets https://blog.malwarebytes.com/exploits-and-vulnerabilities/2021/10/apple-pay-vulnerable-to-wireless-pickpockets/?utm_source=double-opt-in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-B2C-2021-October-newsletter-Issue1-TestB&utm_content=apple-pay-vulnerable-to-wireless-pickpockets Safe Travels! (and computing)
  7. Lots of new security features in Windows 11 thus the hardware requirements. I'll do a review later as I am still debating which system to try it on and am recovering from medical issues with less stamina to do research/testing if something goes wrong. But this article which I'll excerpt longer really has some interesting insight as to why it may be very good as far as security improvements are concerned. Excerpt: "Windows 11, the latest operating system (OS) from Microsoft, launches today, and organizations have begun asking themselves when and if they should upgrade from Windows 10 or older versions. The requirements and considerations of each organization will be different, and many things will inform the decisions they make about whether to stick or twist. One of those things will be whether or not Windows 11 makes them safer and more secure. I spoke to Malwarebytes’ Windows experts Alex Smith and Charles Oppermann to understand what’s changed in Windows 11 and what impact it could have on security. A higher bar for hardware If you’ve read anything about Windows 11 it’s probably that it will only run on “new” computers. Microsoft’s latest OS sets a high bar for hardware, with the aim of creating a secure platform for all that’s layered on top of it. In effect, Microsoft is making its existing Secured-core PC standards the new baseline, so that a range of technologies that are optional in Windows 10 are mandatory, or on by default, in Windows 11. In reality the hardware requirements will only seem exacting for a short period. Moore’s Law and the enormous Windows install base mean that yesterday’s stringent hardware requirements will rapidly turn into today’s minimum spec. Three of the new OS’s hardware requirements play major, interlocking roles in security: All hail the hypervisor At a minimum, Windows 11 requires a 64-bit, 1 GHz processor with virtualization extensions and at least two cores, and HVCI-compatible drivers. In practice that means it requires an 8th generation Intel processor, an AMD Zen 2, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8180. This is because Virtualization Based Security (VBS) has become a keystone concept in Microsoft’s approach to security. VBS runs Windows on top of a hypervisor, which can then use the same techniques that keep guest operating systems apart to create secure spaces that are isolated from the main OS. Doing that requires hardware-based virtualization features, and enough horsepower that you won’t notice the drag on performance. Noteworthy security features that rely on VBS include: Kernel Data Protection, which uses VBS to mark some kernel memory as read only, to protect the Windows kernel and its drivers from being tampered with. Memory Integrity (a more digestible name for HVCI), which runs code integrity checks in an isolated environment, which should provide stronger protection against kernel viruses and malware. Application Guard, a protective sandbox for Edge and Microsoft Office that uses virtualization to isolate untrusted websites and office documents, limiting the damage they can cause. Credential Guard runs the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service in a virtual container, which stops attackers dumping credentials and using them in pass-the-hash attacks. Windows Hello Enhanced Sign-In uses VBS to isolate biometric software, and to create secure pathways to external components like the camera and TPM. United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) UEFI is a specification for the firmware that controls the first stages of booting up a computer, before the operating system is loaded. (It’s a replacement for the more widely-known BIOS.) From a security standpoint, UEFI’s key feature is Secure Boot, which checks the digital signatures of the software used in the boot process. It protects against bootkits that load before the operating system, and rootkits that modify the operating system. Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0) TMP is tamper-resistant technology that performs cryptographic operations, such as creating and storing cryptographic keys, where they can’t be interfered with. It’s probably best known for its role in Secure Boot, that ensures computers only load trusted boot loaders, and in BitLocker disk encryption. In Windows 11 it forms the secure underpinning for a host of security features, including Secure Boot’s big brother, Measured Boot; BitLocker (Device Encryption on Windows Home); Windows Defender System Guard; Device Health Attestation; Windows Hello; and more. New in Windows 11 Windows 11 has some new tricks up its sleeve too. Hardware-enforced Stack Protection Windows 11 extends the Hardware-enforced Stack Protection introduced in Windows 10 so that it protects code running in kernel mode as well as in user mode. It’s designed to prevent control-flow hijacking by creating a “shadow stack” that mirrors the call stack’s list of return addresses. When control is transferred to a return address on the call stack it’s checked against the shadow stack to ensure it hasn’t changed. If it has, something untoward has happened and an error is raised. Pluton Windows 11 comes ready to embrace the impressively-named Pluton TPM architecture. It’s been a feature of the Xbox One gaming console since 2013, but doesn’t exit in PCs… yet. Pluton sees the security chip built directly into the CPU, which prevents physical attacks that target the communication channel between the CPU and the TPM. And while Pluton is backwards-compatible with existing TPMs, it’ll do more if you let it. According to Microsoft, “Pluton also provides the unique Secure Hardware Cryptography Key (SHACK) technology that helps ensure keys are never exposed outside of the protected hardware, even to the Pluton firmware itself”. Microsoft Azure Attestation (MAA) No discussion about security in 2021 would be complete without somebody mentioning Zero Trust, so here it is. Windows 11 comes with out-of-the-box support for MAA, which can verify the integrity of a system’s hardware and software remotely. Microsoft says this will allow organizations to “enforce Zero Trust policies when accessing sensitive resources in the cloud”. Evolution, not revolution For several years, Microsoft’s approach to Windows security has been to create a chain of trust that ensures the integrity of the entire hardware and software stack, from the ground up. The latest version of Windows seeks to make that approach the default, and demands the hardware necessary to make it work. With Windows 11, Microsoft is making an aggressive attempt to raise the security floor of the PC platform, and that’s a good thing for everyone’s security. Make no mistake that threat actors will adapt, as they have done before. Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups are well-funded enough to find a way through tough defences, ransomware gangs are notoriously good at finding the lowest-hanging fruit, and lucrative forms of social engineering like BEC are notoriously resistant to technology solutions. And you can add to that the interlocking problems of increasing complexity, backwards compatibility, and technical debt. Operating systems and the applications they must support are a behemoth, and while Microsoft pursues its laudable aim of eliminating entire classes of vulnerabilities, new bugs will appear and a lot of legacy code will inevitably come along for the ride. Decisions about whether to adopt Windows 11 will doubtless be impacted by the fact it won’t run on a lot of otherwise perfectly good computers. We expect this to have a chilling effect on organizations’ willingness to migrate away from Windows 10. And there are other headwinds too. These days, new Windows operating systems are rarely greeted with great enthusiasm unless they’re putting right the wrongs of a particularly disliked predecessor. The bottom line is that Windows 10 works and OS upgrades are painful, so it is difficult to imagine that anyone will conclude they need Windows 11. Migration away from older versions of Windows is inevitable eventually, and by the time mainstream support for Windows 10 ends in October 2025, users will undoubtedly be more secure. But we expect organizations to move away from Windows 10 slowly, which will delay the undoubted security benefits that will follow from wide-scale adoption of Windows 11."
  8. I would agree with Kirk, However having owned sevel motorscooters, he Honda Aero 105, a Vespa, Honda Elite 150, and the 250cc Honda Helix I have a caution. An under 25 foot Class C will be very limited in carrying capacity. Scooters weigh more than most people would think. I would research that first because you may find weight and handling issues. If you plan to have a rear carrier research the weights of those as well, add them together. If it is a hitch carrier that goes in a standard 2" hitch the hitch on the motorhome also is usually limited to 300-500 ponds max. That includes the weight of the carrier and scooter/bike. If the rig is one with too much rear overhang, that extra weight at the back can affect handling in winds uneven roads. I've ridden Motorcycles from my Honda Dream 305cc (I think) back in the day to full dress Harley Super Glides and Goldwings and everything in between. I love the fun of a scooter, and that I could ride right after a rain and the front fairing kept me from getting soaked from puddles. But even the Helix strained to cruise at highway speeds and motorcycles were heavy. But for in town they are great. Even the smaller ones. Electric bikes while limited in speed and range still go 50-150 pounds and require a carrier. But may be ideal if you consider that for any side trips you can use the class C to take the highways there, then the ebike for the immediate area. First go to the shows as Kirk suggested. Get specs and weights for any you think you might consider and do the research yourself on adding the weight of a scooter and carrier. If it hasn't been suggested you might want to join the RV Consumer group for their guides. They won't help you decide which of the front runners to get, but will help you eliminate the worst from your consideration. Class Cs with long rear overhangs can be from hard to handle to downright scary in winds or being passed by big trucks. Many are more stable by the physics of their design. See the here: https://rv.org/blogs/news That's their free info page. I have no affiliation with them other than I bought their rating guides and got lots of help from them and made the right choices for me. You sound motivated to learn. This stuff isn't rocket science, just tedious for some. Great good luck with your research!
  9. Wow! I needed this thread. I was issued the giant Invacare Perfecto 2 O2 Concentrator, with the Invacare Homefill II Tank filler, two thin aluminum tanks good for 3 hours and a big tank for power failures that lasts 30 hours or so, and tubing, a sling pack and a back pack. Insurance coverd 100% of it. I just had a pretty large PE and a large DVT in my leg. Doc said I would be on O2 until the PE reduces. He said he expects a full recovery but I will be on Eliquis for life. He said to just take it slow and easy for a month or three and I may not need O2. I was told I could mow the lawn as long as the mower was self propelled and I take it easy. It went well but getting the lightweight tanks in the pack to stay on and not fall off/out made me look for portables. It was a slight learning curve but the tanks are a PITA agreed. The portable units are expensive but I'm also seeing them for sale used in FB Marketplace. However with no warranty and the cost of batteries I'll likely get a new one if I find I have to stay on O2 for life. My question to the folks with experience is about the different models of portables. I your opinions is Inogen the best mix of features? I see the G1 through G5 I think. Which has the better features of run times and weight? Gary, I now see why you had to move from here to lower altitude. Man it is tough with breathing issues. Mine came on virtually overnight. Safe travels guys. Thanks guys.
  10. Agreed on all counts but since I only wear them in public indoor places like the Commissary at Peterson Space Force Base, or COSTCO it is not like when I was scrubbing in for surgeries all day or when working Medical ward with infectious cases having to don and remove full PPE all day long. (Mask Gown gloves, booties, shield and hand wash/sanitizing.)
  11. Seems overkill when I can get 120 hours out of three masks rotated for a buck or so each. But if that is your choice I'll respect it.
  12. You got it bud! If COVID is still active you can get them to go and bring them here. If they get a plaid demonstrator at our local Tesla showroom and service center you need to free test drive it too.
  13. The video is hilarious! and amazing. Having just spent three days in the horsepistol myself it struck home! 😂🤣 OMG his wife was on it too and was funny as well. https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a37543273/homemade-xray-machine/?source=nl&utm_source=nl_pop&utm_medium=email&date=100321&utm_campaign=nl25186639&utm_term=AAA -- High Minus Dormant and 90 Day Non Openers
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