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/ Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify
« Last post by Betty on March 08, 2019, 02:23:24 PM »
Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that she would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury,” a statement from her representatives said.

Earlier in the day, Manning told reporters that she was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing over her resistance to provide testimony because she doesn't believe in the grand jury process.

On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.

"I responded to each question with the following statement: ‘I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights," Manning said in a statement.

"All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010... answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," the statement said.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a trove of military intelligence records to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after seven years behind bars.

On Tuesday, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia denied a motion filed by Manning's attorneys challenging a subpoena calling her to testify, according to her lawyers.
I think I got my first home computer in '94 when my friend and I started our business and soon discovered Betty's. I guess I have been visiting about that many years. Thank's Betty for all the wonderful years of entertainment and information.
/ Re: Irish dance dresses (gallery)
« Last post by Angela M... on March 07, 2019, 09:06:06 PM »
We don't have one near enough to me so I will watch Toronto's on TV. I do love the Irish dancers though. I also like the Scottish Highland games in summer and try to get to at least one. Part of my family is Scottish and there is Irish on my mothers side. Funny though as she once tried to enroll me is Highland Dance after seeing me in a Kilt.
Sounds a bit like the Newfie Hanging Weather stick, if it is swinging, it is windy. If it is wet, it is raining, if it is white, it is snowing etc. but the stick is more accurate.
/ Re: Regrettably I see it's time for the Winter Flickr
« Last post by Betty on March 07, 2019, 11:44:31 AM »
Statistically the groundhog has been correct only 38% of the time.

With a 50/50 chance of getting it right, you'd be more accurate by flipping a coin or making a wild guess. Or you would be right more by just assuming whatever the groundhog predicts, it would be the exact opposite.

The groundhog has nothing to do with it anyway, & is just a figurehead. It is decided whether he sees his shadow or not, by a committee at a club in Punxsutawney days in advance without actually seeing the groundhog.

But maybe they should start letting the groundhog itself predict it rather than a committee, because whatever formula they're using is usually wrong.
/ Re: Irish dance dresses (gallery)
« Last post by Betty on March 07, 2019, 11:20:57 AM »
St. Pat's day coming soon, & our parade is the 17th. Bumping this post of pretty Irish dance & solo dresses. I love them!
My 300w dish heaters like the one in the bathroom don't get hot enough to set fire to most stuff placed right in front of it, but they will get hot as an object placed in the hot sun on a hot sunny day. I keep it near the bathroom door far away from where the towels & other stuff is in case a cat knocks them onto the floor. They haven't done that in a long time though.

The other one just like it is on a kitchen counter, so nothing can fall in front to it. They all have tip safety switches, but the cats never bumped them. They don't like much heat so keep some distance from them.

The more powerful 400-800w heater is on a low little table so nothing can fall in front or on it. Even when only 3' from the bed, the side of the bed never gets dangerously hot.

For Sunday, we're still expecting a rainy, windy day, with a high of about 50F (10C). It looks like most of the rain will be early. But we may get light sprinkles throughout the day.

For St. Pat's Day parade the following Sunday, we're expecting a snow/rain mix with a high of 37F (3C) & a low of 32F (0C).

So far our first day of spring, March 20th, it looks like snow with a high of 32F (0C) & a low of 22F (-5C). It appears it will get even colder in the following days, with more snow. But those long range forecasts aren't very accurate.

Currently it's 17F (-8C) with a wind chill of 7F (-14C) here. Better than yesterday's below zero (-18C) wind chills right? High of 31F (-0.5C) expected tomorrow.

Also on the 20th. It's Betty's Pub's anniversary. Betty Pearl's Sissyboys went officially online on the first day of spring, 1994... 25 YEARS ONLINE!

I was already setting it up before then, but set the official ready & open date for the the first day of spring. That was the day we would abandon our usenet newsgroup, & move to the new fangled internet. The site was hosted in those days by "", an internet bulletin board host server.

Technically Betty's was around on the usenet since 1981 when I was still in my mid-20s. Our usenet newsgroup was for gays, CDs, & trans with a typical usenet address in those days, The was no Betty Pearl name yet, which is of course, was something I made up for the internet board.

In 1981 it wasn't world wide, it was served off usenet hosts in Buffalo, Hamilton Ca, Niagara Falls Ca, Toronto, Rochester NY, Syracuse NY, Albany NY, & NYC. In 1981 that was a lot of coverage for any newsgroup. Just a few years later though, most newsgroups & us were carried nationally, & then internationally.

So Betty's in one form or another, if you include the usenet/newsgroups has been online for 38 years.

The newsgroup may actually still exist, but we abandoned it in 1994.

I rather quickly came up with the name "Betty Pearl". A week or so before making our board public, I thought I should have a name other than than the defaults like mod, moderator, admin, or administrator. In just a few seconds I came up with the name "Betty Pearl". It was always my intention to change it to something else later after giving it more thought.

But because I was moving an entire group from the usenet to the place, the name stuck & became familiar rather quickly. The search engines & web directories of the time quickly had the place listed as Betty Pearl's Sissyboys. People could find us by searching for "Betty Pearl" rather than knowing the address. So I kept the name.
My mom had a small one of these heaters in her little bathroom. My dad converted a small closet into a powder room so they would not need to go downstairs to the main bathroom at night. Basically it was a toilet and sink and it was an unheated space with very little insulation. She would often put this heater on low and leave it on all night with the door open about 5 inches. This worried me all the time as she did not remember putting it on and almost never shut it off. I had the thermostat programed to reduce the furnace time at night and come on again at 9 AM when she got up but she often messed with it not understanding it was automatic. She drove me crazy the last few years of her life but I miss her dearly almost everyday. 
Yep. I saw that video too. 1500W of electric heat... no matter what design is still the same amount of BTU heat. Some may have a more powerful fan to blow it around more evenly, concrentate in a small breeze of warm air to where it's pointed at, or with radiant heaters (they glow red or orange), direct quite a lot of the radiant infrared heat toward what they're pointed at (like the ones in the pictures).

The advantage of the radiant heaters is that you can direct more heat to where you need it, therefore save a lot on energy & electric bills, rather than blow heat all over the room, to the ceiling, under & behind furniture, or everywhere else where you or other people aren't around at the time. It's also fast heat, you can warm up yourself or an area in the room rather quickly rather than try to toast up the entire room.

But no matter which design you use, wattage being equal, all of them will heat up an entire room just as much & just as fast. The radiant designs can save you money if you only need most of the heat for the area you're in.

If you're trying to get an entire room, apartment, or house toasty throughout, gas or kerosene will be much cheaper than trying to heat electrically.
Someone did a YouTube video about electric space heaters. His pet peeve was that although some are marked for small rooms and some (more expensive) for "medium" rooms, they were all 1500 watts.  And since heaters are pretty much 100% efficient (since they exist to generate heat, there is no "heat loss"), that means that, other things (features, etc.) being equal, the only difference between the "small room" and "medium room" heaters is the price.
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