TECHNOLOGY: New GE Washer needs a unavailable software upgrade?

RE: GFW850SPNRS GE Washer

Bought a brand new GE washer from Lowes.  

Had to wait for delivery.

Finally got it installed.

Came in one day and it sounds like it’s draining.  Unplugged it and plugged it back in.  All quiet.  A fluke?

Came in another day and the same thing,  Left it unplugged and scheduled service.

Service guys came and said: “Oh yeah they should have know that this model needs a software upgrade to fix random draining. The upgrade should be available between mid and end January. You just have to install it.  We’ll leave the report open in case that it doesn’t fix the problem.”

Argh!

No one’s problem but mine!

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data | Sharyl Attkisson

Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data DATED: DECEMBER 14, 2020 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON LEAVE A COMMENT Report released by Michigan court today Dominion software said to have an incredibly high 68% error rate, “by design” 2020 election data illegally deleted on Nov. 4, according to the Plaintiff’s forensic report Plaintiff’s attorney claims the forensics exam proves fraud, which Dominion and Antrim County, Michigan officials deny Plaintiff’s attorney says the forensics explain the mysterious 6,000 vote “accident” in Antrim County, in which Biden was incorrectly declared the winner until a correction showed Trump actually won

Forensic Report of Dominion Voting machines alleges fraud; intentionally high error rate; deletion of data | Sharyl Attkisson

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Seems like the machine IS the “smoking gun”!

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TECHNOLOGY: MAC OSX 11.01 on MacBook Air (M1, 2020) always has a problem waking up

MacBookAir (M1 2020)

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TECHNOLOGY: MAC OSX 11.01 on MacBook Air (M1, 2020) always has a problem waking up.

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You would think that Apple is getting overwhelmed my automatic reports?

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TECHNOLOGY: The search engines rewrite history

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/12/no_author/google-youtube-is-erasing-all-evidence-of-election-fraud/

Google/YouTube Is Erasing All Evidence of Election Fraud
By Andrea Widburg
American Thinker
December 11, 2020

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Google/YouTube didn’t try to be subtle. It announced on Wednesday that it would delete any videos that so much as mentioned the word “fraud” in connection with Joe Biden’s patently fraudulently ascension to the top of the ticket in the days after the November 3 election. The implications of this are so enormous that it’s currently difficult to assimilate all of them, let alone understand what needs to be done to hang on to American liberty.

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The control of “history” belongs now not only to “the victors” but to the corrupt “lame stream media” and the tech giants who control the search engines.

Hopefully, “We, The Sheeple” will not forget. 

But that is asking a lot for the asleep, the dumb, and the distracted.

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Sounds like “Social Media” won’t be afforded protection from accountability any more

https://dailycaller.com/2020/11/27/trump-section-230-national-security-biden/?fbclid=IwAR0xufJwDTMAFBq0ZFR6ncje-ZkknUuB3u-QEcGk8JNtgpdG8qwQwPgUSww

‘Immediately Terminated’: Trump Calls For Abolishing Section 230 In Late Night Tweet
ANDERS HAGSTROM — WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
November 27, 202010:22 AM

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Trump and Republicans have argued for years that social media giants like Facebook and Twitter were abusing the immunity to silence conservative voices on their sites.

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Long overdue!

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TECHNOLOGY: When does Facebook lose it’s immunity?

https://www.justfactsdaily.com/usa-today-facebook-illegal-voting-by-non-citizens

USA Today & Facebook Use Slanderous “Fact Check” to Suppress Facts About Illegal Voting By Non-Citizens
By James D. Agresti
November 24, 2020

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A “fact check” by USA Today is defaming a Ph.D.-vetted study by Just Facts that found non-citizens may have cast enough illegal votes for Joe Biden to overturn the lawful election results in some key battleground states. The article, written by USA Today’s Chelsey Cox, contains 10 misrepresentations, unsupported claims, half-truths, and outright falsehoods.

Furthermore, Facebook is using this misinformation to suppress the genuine facts of this issue instead of honoring its policy to “Stop Misinformation and False News.” Compounding this malfeasance, a note at the bottom of Cox’s article states that USA Today’s “fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.” 

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Back in the old BBS’ days, websites were immune to suits as long as they didn’t exercise “editorial control” over the content. 

Like the phone companies weren’t responsible for the conversations they carried, so to Facebook SHOULD be held accountable BECAUSE they are exercising “editorial control’1

When will they be held accountable for their biased “fact checking”, deplatforming, and selective advertising?

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TECHNOLOGY: what3words app v4.7: shared lists and widget | what3words

Shared listsLists are an easy way to share recommendations and useful locations with friends, family, hobby groups and teams. Share a list with your top foodie tips in an area, plan a trip with friends, or organise activities around specific locations. All you need to do is generate a link in the app and share it.

Source: what3words app v4.7: shared lists and widget | what3words

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I think this is a neat idea to “mark” and “communicate” places that are not easily addressed in “normal ways”.

And more convenient than Google’s plus codes.

Interesting?

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TECHNOLOGY: Was Election Software Rigged? Sidney Powell Lays Out the Trump Team’s Findings.

There are other concerns about how the software can be utilized. The attorney stated software and election officials have the ability to do things like delete ballots, force the machine not to read voters’ signatures or the down ballot. Powell said there’s also the ability for the machine to be programed to only count votes for Biden.

Source: Was Election Software Rigged? Sidney Powell Lays Out the Trump Team’s Findings.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, why would one build in these type of functions?

Only one reason, FRAUD!

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Big Data as evidence of fraud

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/big_data_to_the_rescue_the_electoral_college_meets_data_pattern_science.html

November 13, 2020
Big Data to the Rescue: The Electoral College Meets Data Pattern Science
By Jay Valentine

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“When subject to statistical analysis against known patterns, industrial fraud stands out like a dinosaur walking through a field of peanut butter. It is unmistakable.”

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Pretty damning evidence IMHO!

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TECHNOLOGY: Yet another downgrade — no reduction in price, of course

Hello Ferdinand Reinke,

You are currently using the IONOS Address Book feature.

Since this feature no longer meets our current technical requirements, we will be completely discontinuing the IONOS Address Book on 02/16/2021.

On 12/15/2020, the first step will consist of deactivating the ability to create new contacts or collect them through contact forms on your websites. 

On 02/16/2021, we will turn off the Address Book feature permanently.

Until then, you still have the possibility to retrieve your contact data via the export function as a vCard (VCF file) in order to save them for yourself or to transfer them to a system of your choice. Find out more

Sincerely,
IONOS Customer Service

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TECHNOLOGY: Dropping Google and returning to the “less evil” empire of Apple

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Ok, I admit that my attempt to move from Apple to Google was a complete and utter failure.

Google:

  • By killing Google Cloud Print, it made my printer “obsolete” with no alternative. (Was the final straw!)
  • Google docs and sheets are no where near as good as Microsoft Office.
  • Google’s “end of life”-ing chromebooks is inexplicable.
  • Google’s 4a offering was “unsubscribable”. (A tech giant should be able to do that!)
  • Google has no support comparable to Apple’s.
  • Google Fi’s beem a disappointment compared to Altice Mobile.

Apple

  • Has a remarkable consistency in their infrastructure.
  • While killing iTunes Apple Music, iWeb, and a parade of obsolescence, it has been as disruptive as Google’s “end of life”-ing chromebooks.

I’ll continue to watch the field, but it’s no sense wasting anymore time.

I’ll still recomend chromebooks with the caveats about printing and “end of life”-ing.

Argh!

(My apologies for the bad advice!)

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TECHNOLOGY: Google cleaning out the app’s inventory

Over three years ago, we launched the Trusted Contacts app as a way to help people stay up to date with their loved ones’ whereabouts. Since then, we’ve built this functionality directly into Google Maps with Location Sharing – making it even easier to share your live location with trusted friends and family.

As a result, the Trusted Contacts app will be removed from the App Store and Play Store today, and will stop being supported after December 1, 2020. If the app is installed on your device, you can continue to use it until then.

If you have created trusted contacts, you can download them from the trusted contacts page until December 1, 2020. After that date, the Trusted Contact app will no longer work and your trusted contacts will be unable to see the live location you are sharing with them from the app.

To learn more about Location Sharing in Google Maps, check out our help center.

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Too bad if you were using it.

You really are NOT in control of your tools.

Makes everything that Google “gives” you for “free” suspect that it won’t be there tomorrow.

Argh!

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CHROMEBOOK: LaCros “fixes” “end of life” on Chromebooks?

https://www.chromestory.com/2020/09/multi-profile-chrome-on-chromebook/?unapproved=75469&moderation-hash=0ed8311875f1f816bf51ad759e8d4a8f#comment-75469

LaCros Will Change the Way We Use Chromebook
September 12, 2020 by Dinsan Francis | Last Modified: September 12, 2020 

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It will stop getting updates when your Chromebook reaches end of life.

Using a browser that no longer gets software updates is not a safe thing to do. With this change, Google can continue to give you Chrome updates even after stopping support for Chrome OS on your Chromebook.

But that’s not what I am excited about

I use two Chrome profiles on my Mac. One has my personal account. The second profile has the Google account that I use for the blog (Analytics and Search Console, etc).

Whenever I have to switch between these two profiles to complete tasks, I tend to use my Mac. It is not easy to do this on a Chromebook. I cannot switch profiles as I do on my Mac or Windows PC.

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Maybe I don’t understand the need for “End of Life” on Chromebooks. I’ve discarded two as my secondary machine to my primary Mac Book Air. I’d have thought that Google had created the computer that was closest to an appliance like a toaster. But they threw in the EOL as planned obsolesce. Such a shame, because the EOL ones still work.

I never saw a need for “profiles”.

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TECHNOLOGY: Ulterior motive of touchscreens in cars?

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2020/08/10/rules-and-rulers/

Rules and Rulers
By  eric – August 10, 2020

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This is considered distracting – and is often illegal for that reason . . . when it comes to the use of cell phones in cars. But it comes standard in almost ever new car. Even more cognitively dissonant is that people are encouraged to be distracted thereby since many of the car’s necessary functions cannot be controlled except via the touchscreen.

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Never thought of it this way.

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

And, I would put it past them to be thinking that.

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Battle Royale — Epic vs Apple / Google

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Fortnite/Epic Games versus app store taxes

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Epic Games kicked off a brief, enthralling campaign against Apple and Google yesterday. First, it emerged that it had found a way to offer discounted in-app purchases in Fortnite, the lifeblood of the game. All without Apple or Google taking a cut, the lifeblood of those app stores.

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Epic filed legal action against both companies. One interesting wrinkle in the lawsuit against Google is a new claim by Epic that accuses Google of crushing Fortnite deals with OnePlus, LG (Android Authority).
Spotify chimed in to support Epic, too (MacRumors).

So, it’s a Battle Royale.

Choosing sides:

We’re well into the era of companies having committed enough fans to entice them to fight against fans of other companies.

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Hope they “kill” each other for the benefit of lower costs to consumers. Just light an old “free capitalistic marketplace” should operate.

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TECHNOLOGY: Amazon Dash Wand shows you how much Amazon cares about anything

Hello,

Amazon is constantly evaluating our product and service offerings to best serve our customers. As of today, Dash Wand devices are no longer supported. You can still use Alexa to add items to your Shopping List, add groceries to your cart, reorder items, and more with any Echo device or use the Alexa feature within the Amazon App and the Alexa App. Learn more about shopping with Alexa.

If you wish to dispose of your Dash Wand device, please find more information about the Amazon Recycling Program here. Before disposing of your Dash Wand device, you can easily deregister it by visiting your account’s “Manage Your Content and Devices“ page and selecting the “Devices” tab on Amazon.com or in the Amazon App. Then, select your Dash Wand and press “Deregister.”

Thanks for being an Amazon customer. We hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,
Amazon Alexa Shopping team

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Still think they should have bought it back!

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TECHNOLOGY: AMAZON disappoints again!

FROM AMAZON

Hello,

Amazon is constantly evaluating our product and service offerings to best serve our customers. Beginning July 21st 2020, Dash Wand devices will no longer be supported. You can still use Alexa to add items to your Shopping List, add groceries to your cart, reorder items, and more with any Echo device or use the Alexa feature within the Amazon App and the Alexa App. Learn more about shopping with Alexa.

If you wish to dispose of your Dash Wand device, find more information about the Amazon Recycling Program here. Before disposing of your Dash Wand device, you can easily deregister it by visiting your account’s “Manage Your Content and Devices“ page and selecting the “Devices” tab on Amazon.com or in the Amazon App. Then, select your Dash Wand and press “Deregister.”

Thanks for being an Amazon customer. We hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,
Amazon Alexa Shopping team

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Well la de dah.  You fools who liked and used it are just out of luck.  We gave you your 15$ as a credit on your first order.  So just go away!

After my expereince with “Subscribe and Save” and more recently their bait and switch on shipping date, Amazon has really slipped in my book.  

Wonder when WalMart will get their act together and compete with them?

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TECHNOLOGY: Big Tech needs to be broken up to preserve “free speech”

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Facebook heads lobby group to push “Big Tech” as essential to free speech narrative
 
Silicon Valley is gearing up for a fight with regulators and Facebook is taking a leading role in the formation of a new lobbying effort to spin the narrative in Big Tech’s favour. Called “American Edge”, the group which hasn’t launched yet 
 
“argues that Silicon Valley is essential for the U.S. economy and the future of free speech…The group’s splash page, which went live on Tuesday night, defines the project as: “…a newly formed bipartisan coalition dedicated to the proposition that American innovators are an essential part of the U.S. economic health, national security and individual freedoms.”
 
Read: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccabellan/2020/05/13/facebook-helps-launch-pro-tech-group-to-combat-silicon-valley-regulations/
 
Hold that thought….
 
Youtube deplatforms anti-lockdown epidemiologist and Bitcoin halving ceremony
 
Over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic the Big Tech platforms have been particularly aggressive in deplatforming any content that does not conform to the “official” narrative.  Youtube defines this in particular as anything that does not reflect WHO or CDC directives. 
 
So it was no surprise to learn that  Youtube’s latest hit was on controversial epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski, who had a video on Youtube, with over 1.3 million views, criticizing the lockdown and advocating for a herd immunity approach.
 
But the Bitcoin halving ceremony?  Yes.  YouTube deplatformed Cointelegraph’s live-streaming of the Bitcoin halving ceremony while it was in progress.
 
“Cointelegraph had a full day of programming lined up for a livestream that covered Bitcoin’s third block halving on May 11. The agenda mostly went off without a hitch — fintech luminaries like Tim Draper, Roger Ver, Meltem Demirors and many more shared their time and opinions with Cointelegraph editorial staff over the course of a livestream that lasted just under seven hours.
 
But the stream was blocked and deleted six hours and 42 minutes into a nearly finished program, locking more than 2,000 viewers out of our coverage.”
 
Read: https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/youtube-censors-epidemiologist-knut-wittkowski-for-opposing-lockdown/
 
And: https://cointelegraph.com/news/youtube-cancels-cointelegraphs-btc-halving-livestream-for-being-harmful-content
 
(Yeah, Big Tech is essential to free speech my ass. I can’t believe I’m actually pulling for the DoJ to break all these parasitic quasi-monopolies into a thousand little pieces.)

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Given the hard Left spin of Big Tech, it’s unlikely that anything will happen.

That being said, it’s time to use the corporate tax code to keep all Corporations “small”.

A long time ago, I said that the corporate balance sheets should be limited to 999,999,999.99.

Apply a flat tax on everything over that amount!

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TECHNOLOGY: Bought a new EUFY P1 scale

Since I moved from New Hampshire I never unpacked a lot of stuff. One of which was my Aria scale. Since I shifted from FITBIT to an APPLE WATCH 4, it’s obsolete for my purposes.

The EUFY scale has it’s own app. The install and start up procedure was somewhat easy. Only had to do it twice. It didn’t connect via bluetooth the first time.

Now it’s working. We’ll see if it helps.

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TECHNOLOGY: Can this germ-zapping robot really kill the coronavirus?

Whereas similar companies use pulsed mercury UV devices, Xenex touts their unique pulsed xenon UV technology, which is more efficient and environmentally friendly than the former method, the company’s CEO Morris Miller told Crunchbase News last month.

Source: Can this germ-zapping robot really kill the coronavirus?

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Interesting in that could this be the silver bullet for disinfecting anything?

Price has to come down before regular individuals can buy one.

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TECHNOLOGY: Blur’s “Masked Cards”

What are Masked Cards?

Masked Cards are unique, disposable, private credit cards created in the amount you specify. They are real MasterCards that function like a pre-paid gift card that you create on the fly as you shop. Use Masked Cards whenever you’re uncomfortable giving out your real card information.

Source: Blur

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​I’m trialing this as a way to keep autorenewals from autorenewing.  For a 100+$ per year, it MIGHT be an effective solution.
So for stuff I am keeping forever, I’ll just give them my permanent card.  For stuff that I am not (i.e., websites; domain names; software subscriptions), I’ll use a masked card.  Since there is a small handling charge due to card processing fees, I’ll have to run two distinct lists (i.e., stuff on the permanent card and one for the masked cards).
SO I’ll report back how it worked out.
YMMV
Of course, I’m interested in any feedback you have abut this.
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TECHNOLOGY: Italian engineers help coronavirus patients by harnessing snorkel masks for CPAP machines | Fox News

Speaking with Fox News, Romaioli said that Favero proposed an idea: making an “emergency ventilator mask” by modifying a snorkeling mask that was available to the public. The teams contacted Decathlon, the French sporting goods retailer, about the Easy Breath Surface Snorkeling Mask. Isinnova said that Decathlon immediately provided the 3D computer-aided design for the mask, so the engineers could easily evaluate what modification could be made.

Source: Italian engineers help coronavirus patients by harnessing snorkel masks for CPAP machines | Fox News

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Some smart engineers make every CPAP machine a ventilator.

Great work!

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SERVICE: Exchanging for private info like passwords, account numbers, proof of identity, and such!

USEFUL FOR PRIVATE INFO LIKE PASSWORDS, ACCOUNT NUMBERS, PROOF OF IDENTITY, and such!

https://keybase.io/

If someone clicks that link, they’ll be invited to join an encrypted chat with you. Even if they haven’t installed Keybase yet, it will work. So post it anywhere.

Signed,
https://keybase.io/reinkefj

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SOFTWARE: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

According to NASA, the aerospace company didn’t perform a full ‘end-to-end’ integration test of the software designed to automate maneuvers after the craft is launched into space.

Source: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

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Boeing is not having a good 12 months.

Someone cut one corner too many … again.

Wonder how many heads will roll?

Will this be like an auditor having Enron on their resume?

Could be career equivalent of the “kiss of death”.

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 TECHNOLOGY: Bring Drug Dispensing Into the Modern Age With Vending Machines | Cato @ Liberty

The technology has been around for a while. Vending machines have dispensed Plan B emergency oral contraceptive—the so‐​called “morning after pill”—on college campuses since at least 2017. Arizona State University and Florida State University installed pharmaceutical vending machines to dispense a wide range of drugs in their Student Health Services buildings back in 2014.

Source: Bring Drug Dispensing Into the Modern Age With Vending Machines | Cato @ Liberty

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I LOVE the idea of the drug vending machine.  I hope we see more of these.

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SOFTWARE: Switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”

2019-Nov-09

Shocking Proof How Google Censors Health News
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/joseph-mercola/shocking-proof-how-google-censors-health-news/

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​Have to switch from “Doctor Google” to “Doctor Duck Duck Go”?​

https://duckduckgo.com/

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