We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Speaking of secular holidays. Perhaps most have seen this... but it is worth viewing twice. In my opinion one can't be reminded too often of the sacrifices that have been, and are being made today, that enable us to enjoy our great freedom.
Bird Dog ... I sympathize about the mysterious computer problems, which always seem to increase on weekends. I have a theory, with absolutely no evidence to back it up, that the regular staff of the servers works, or tries to, a five-day week like normal people. So, Friday evening, the regulars check out and go home for two days off. And then the hacker/trolls lurch in and take over, making malicious little additions and subtractions of data throughout the blogs, addling things up royally for both its websites and their reader/commenters. Site owners and site readers have to struggle all weekend, when they, poor dears, deserve to relax and enjoy too, instead of having to tear their hair out over the strange sinister changes in what was formerly clear as glass.
BD.... my empathy. Up to recently I pecked a keyboard 7-5+, 5+ days a week in support of global retail systems. Amazing how angry people get when they can't use their credit card at 3am! (or how ticked off the marketing group gets when they take a multi thousand dollar hit because the software they bought for political reasons turns to be P.O.S. software (in both senses of the term. Heh.)). [aside: it is great sport and fun to write an outage report to the executives using the P.O.S. acronym. One can talk at length about the P.O.S. software, the support people see it one way and the marketing types, even IF they read it the same way, cannot come back for an incorrect term. It really is Point Of Sale software.] I think Marianne has it right there. I notice on my home VPN firewall/router, the logs show a marked increase of attacks late at night/weekends.
Quite an amazing achievement for a fifteen year old. Let's hope she grows up to be a leader, which she likely will given her forceful and insightful views at such an early age. Maybe there is hope yet.