Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brain Break Games

Let's take a moment and step back from politics, current events, global climate warming change, and exercise our brains in a different manner.

A search on Optical Illusions, (something I've always enjoyed) turns up a lot of different sites. There's tons of them at which to play around.

I found some interesting ones at Illusions.org. Especially the one below:

Look at the chart below above and say the COLOR
 of the word, not the word itself.

Why is it so difficult?  Because the right half of your brain
is trying to say the color, while the left side of your brain
is trying to say the word.

I started out "okay" because I knew what I was supposed to do. But I stumbled on the third row on the Blue colored word Yellow. And I had to concentrate on the rest and definitely felt that "left side/right side" conflict of the involuntary reflex of wanting to say the word, not the color.

And THIS ONE explains why I am not a good proofreader of my own material.

And THIS ONE is fantastic. 
 
Put the world on "hold" for a few moments, and have some fun with optical illusions.
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Grammar error fixed: 8/16/2017

Now is the time to start worrying over Y3K !

I love it when prophecy fails to materialize. The inability of Man attempting to accurately predict future events is folly.

Matthew; 24-36:
The Day and Hour Unknown
36)  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
So I was not surprised when an earth axis shift did NOT occur on August 15, 2017:
This telepathic message was received on August 15, 2017 at 3:09 am Mountain Time at the Star Lodge healing Center in Lake George, Colorado USA[.]
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[The message was] sent from RaTesh, the Pleiadian [sic] Cosmonaut[.]
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[The] planetary Axis Shift of Earth, will cause your planet’s oceans to “slosh” greatly – ON A MUCH BIGGER SCALE than this recent “minor”, approximately 13 degree Axis Shift – which just occurred a few days ago, of your Earth time.
Yeah, RaTesh...not a good batting average. (Is Al Gore, Jr. impersonating RaTesh?)

But we really should start worrying about Y3K right now. Shouldn't we?

U.S. Blackhawk down near Hawaii

Pray people...pray.

From The Telegraph:
Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield, near Honolulu, reported losing communications with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk at around 10pm local time on Tuesday (9am BST).

Is this the New Glock?

Is this the new Glock 17M : The Firearm Blog:
... someone finally got their new Glock 17M duty gun in from Glock! I am inclined to believe that it is a genuine photo because our source is an officer with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, one of the first agencies to receive the new guns. The officer that this 17M belongs to is one of the first to get the new Glock[.]
 Hit the link for the details.

Additional info, Soldier Systems.

Check out more leaked 17M photos HERE,  at Guns.com. Definitely worth the time.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Man accidentally shoots himself in heart with Nail Gun

Image:Scripps Media

Man accidentally shooting himself in the heart with a nail gun drives himself to the hospital.  WCPO.com:
... [Doug Bergeson] was working on framing in a fireplace at his house near Peshtigo in northeast Wisconsin when his nail gun accidentally fired, sending a nail ricocheting off some wood and into his chest.
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As he tugged at his sweatshirt, Bergeson, 52, said he realized only about 1 inch of the 3 1/2-inch nail was sticking out of his chest.

"I could see the nail moving with my heartbeat. It was kind of twitching with every heartbeat," Bergeson said.
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Note to Scripps Media advisory: "Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."

I have every right under Fair Use Section 107 U.S. Copyright Code to reproduce your material. If you don't like it, sue me. I can use the publicity.

Tech News

Average reading time, excluding linked material:  45s


Human DNA embedded with malware. Beta News:
Security researchers have managed to infect a computer with malware embedded in a strand of human DNA.
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Once the malware-infected synthetic DNA strand was sequenced, the machine got infeced [sic] and essentially granted unlimited access of the system to the hacker.
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C|Net.  A must read for Daryl fans. An interview with Norman Reedus, of "The Walking Dead."
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Wired: Would you be creeped-out by an insect-like six-legged, crawling robot?
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Do you use a password manager? Is it secure? From Security Week:
A password recovery firm has claimed that the overall security of password managers is debatable. "Are password managers more secure than keeping a list of passwords in a single Excel spreadsheet?" it asks. "Not necessarily," it concludes.
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BackReaction: It's not the universe that makes you look fat.
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ArsTechnia: Here's a Tab trick for you Chrome users.
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BGR: How Cox upped their monthly fee $50 and no one noticed:
Make no mistake about it: Cox has gone sideways to end up at a point where, to get the same plan that you enjoyed a year ago, you have to pay $50 more.
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Security Week: Public clouds more secure than private and hybrids.
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Computer World: MicroSoft is having a hard time figuring out how to support Windows 10. (Doesn't that sound exactly like a headline from "The Onion"?)
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Information Week: The Future of Data and Analytics.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Toppled Confederate soldier, tells Workers World Party, Durham Branch, "you didn't hurt me at all."

Average reading time, including video: 2m 15s

A group of the Workers World Party Durham Branch tied a rope around a metal statue of a Confederate Soldier and pulled it to the ground. Then they kicked at the statue. They sure showed him, huh? WXYZ.com:
The statue has stood outside the courthouse since 1924.

According to a Facebook event page, the protest was organized by the Workers World Party Durham Branch. The protest was organized to demand the removal of all Confederate symbols.
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"Charlottesville and racist monuments across the country are the result of centuries of white supremacy,” Alissa Ellis, a member of Workers World Party Durham branch, told the News Observer. "But we cannot ignore the fact that the current Trump administration has emboldened more Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists to target, brutalize, and kill our communities"[.]
I'm surprised - no, SHOCKED! - that Alissa doesn't have a hyphenated-last-name. Usually-especially-women-who-are-in-groups-like-this-have-hyphenated-last-names. Alissa is an iconoclast.

Here's their Facebook page, if you were considering "liking" them.

And good for Alissa for invoking Godwin's law. Nazis, the KKK, Hitler, etc can never be mentioned enough when pointless organizations like the WWP have no point.
 
Workers World Party Durham Beach displaying their intelligence.

Memo to the WWP: You did not hurt the soldier.

For the sake of argument, let's pretend this disrespect of property is removed from any political nuances. These people are out of their minds. They are the mob that is the mob they so abhor.

They are suffering severe Cognitive Dissonance.

Let's just get a basic understanding and definition of the WWP from Wikipedia.

The Wiki entry for the Workers World Party describes them as:
...a communist party in the United States, founded in 1959[.]
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WWP describes itself as a party that has, since its founding, "supported the struggles of all oppressed peoples".
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The WWP has maintained a position of support for the government of North Korea.
They are a Communist party, supporting the struggles of oppressed people...and they support the government of North Korea ruled by Kimmy Jong Un, an oppressive and ruthless tyrant?

Here they are below, proudly displaying their evolved prefrontal cortex:

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My guess? They all have severe amygdala damage and trama.

Monday, August 14, 2017

World News Links

Average Reading Time (allowing for video but not how much time you spend at the linked stories): 4m 45s 

The Telegraph - Over 300 dead in Sierra Leone mudslide in city of Freetown:
An estimated 2,000 people have also been made homeless[.]
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Speaking at the scene, Sierra Leone's Vice President, Victor Foh, said: "It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble."
Mudslide video. Pray for these people:

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Sky News: "A smooth and orderly Brexit."
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Another bank, another crisis - Azerbaijan. Eurasianet:
...loan sharks are an increasingly popular way for Azerbaijanis to get money, amid a banking crisis that has rocked the country’s legitimate financial sector.Azerbaijan.
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...the government sharply devalued the local currency which ultimately led to the closure of 13 banks[.]
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N.Y. Daily News: Info Wars creator and host Alex Jones blames the violence in Charlottesville, Va. on "Jewish Actors."
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Canoe.com: Chewbacca charged with attacking ski resort employee.
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Mutant Ant













Red Orbit: Mutant Ants!
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Goldfish are alcoholics? Courthouse News Service
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Technocracy: The United Nations new, supercharged, Urban Agenda. ("Entering New World Order, please form a single line.").
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New Atlas: You've probably heard of Tiny Houses? Well, welcome to the Micro-Cabin. And they seem pretty darn neat!
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Corriere Della Sera: Singer Morrissey claims "terrorized by Rome policeman."

Link fix 8/14/2017

Oysters by Vending Machine in France; 100 year old fruitcake from Antarctica

Average reading time: 40s (excluding video)

No worries about what to have for dinner tonight.

Bon Appétit!

Buying oysters from a vending machine? Sure, why not: Simplemost:
In France’s Île de Ré, an island off the country’s west coast, oyster lovers can indulge in the shellfish 24/7 thanks to [a] vending machine[.]
For desert? That would be an edible [(?)] 100 year old fruitcake from Antarctica. Antarctic Heritage Trust:
...the fruit cake is still wrapped in paper and encased in the remains of a tin-plated iron alloy tin. [sic]
The cake probably dates to the Cape Adare-based Northern Party of [Robert Falcon] Scott’s Terra Nova expedition (1910 – 1913) as it has been documented that Scott took this particular brand of cake with him at that time.
[.] Although the tin was in poor condition, the cake itself looked and smelt (almost) [sic] edible.
Define, "(almost)"?


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08/14/2017: Link repair
08/16/2017: Spelling errors fixed (as far as I can tell)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Micro-chipped employees can pay for snacks at the vending machine with a "swipe" of their finger!

Average reading time: 2m 30s

The recent micro-chipping of employees at a Wisconsin company  isn't anything all that new. The Ladders.com:
...employees can get chips faster from the vending machine. With the microchip implanted in their hands, employees can wave their hands and get chips from the company vending machine[.]
Yah, yah, yah...they can also open doors within the company and log onto their computer without signing in. Well, if their corporate office is using any version of Windows - sorry - that micro-chip isn't going to do a thing to make MS boot any faster.

What more could we ask from technology? Technology ends here, Mister Musk We can go no further in technology than micro-chipping us for vending machines. "Stop all the research, somebody call CERN and tell 'em 'shut her down', we've gone as far as we'll ever go. We've reached the zenith of technology with this vending machine thing."

The earliest news story about employee chip implants that I found is from The Daily Mail, from January 2015 :
A Swedish company has implanted microchips in its staff which allows them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch.
I don't believe the type of chipping above is The Mark of The Beast, and I base this opinion on someone I know who knows the Bible inside and out, backwards and forwards, and left to right, upside down and in reverse. And he said, there will be no mistaking the mark of the beast as The Mark of The Beast. There will be no question about it. People will clearly know they are accepting the Mark of the Beast, as opposed to chipping for vending machine access and opening office doors, or a credit card or your means of digital payment.

I think this was just a PR stunt by the Wisconsin company that had voluntary employees be chipped. After all, this company makes and produces vending machines. Do you think there was some vested interest in their publicizing the chipping?

Candy bars, soda, M&M's, gum, granola bars, those small cheese and cracker plastic containers with barely nothing in them, Ho-Ho's, Skittles, all of which are ludicrously overpriced...and you can PAY with your FINGER?!?!? What a huge step in the advancement of technology.

Anyway, here's what it comes down to. (If I were to say that properly, without ending with a preposition, it would be, "to here is what it comes down").

Does anyone, anywhere, really think that the line at the vending machines will move more quickly just because their co-worker ahead of them can pay by waving their finger?

No. The entire thesis of more efficiently advancing the line at the snack machines because your co-worker is chipped has no legs.

Why? Because the same people micro-chipped are still going to be the same ones standing at the vending machine pondering, "Hmmmm, chips or a Twix?  Cheetos or trail mix. The trail mix is more healthy but I kinda want some Cheetos. Oh, Oreos too???!"

And then, as they're about to make their selection on the A,B,C,D,E,F and 1,2,3,4,5,6 vending buttons, their finger freezes. Again, they're mulling over, "salt or chocolate."

No, I'm afraid nothing will speed up the selection process of the undecided minds of people who - well...how can you not be relatively 90% certain of what you want long before you even enter the break room?

Propaganda film maker Michael Moore ponders vending machine snack choices.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Averaging Reading Time

Approximate reading time: 1m 15s

I've noticed sites are more and more adding a blurb including an "Average Reading Time," and I like that idea.

I'm going to be doing that from time to time, especially on the more wordy posts, which, to be honest I hate writing, let alone publishing and expecting others to read it.

What metrics am I basing the Average Reading Time I'll be using?

Well, I read the post aloud and allot 20-30 seconds to click on a link, read the headline, and return to the blog.

I understand that the order of words and their sequence can be written so as scanning across a sentence, or multiple words at one time, you'll grasp what I'm  conveying.

You could go down a Rabbit Hole following a link in a post and become lost on Albert Gore Jr.'s SuperDuper Information Highway...but I can't be held accountable for that.

So, copy (i.e. text), images and checking the links within the post will be the criteria I use. Please, by all means, take a stopwatch - there's probably one your computer or cell phone - and time yourself reading it and let me know if your ART is within the same timeframe.

Thanks.
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Typos corrected 8/12/2017

Harry Truman, only president to drop Two Atomic Bombs killing thousands...and he was a DEMOCRAT! (GASP)!

Average reading time: 3m, 45s.

I've had this one in the "hopper" for a while. There's not a lot of details here, just a lot of words. It's really not even about Harry Truman.

This is about how The Left will never, ever, ever let Richard Nixon rest in peace. When the Libs get desperate, they will eventually make a reference to Republican President Richard. It's the Liberal equivalent of Godwin's Law .
"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches —‌that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough - sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or his deeds."
I searched for it, and couldn't find any similar "law" applicable to Nixon or Watergate.

I probably won't be ambitious enough to make my own Wiki Entry officially christening what we'll call "Drake's Law", but let's call it that. At least informally.

Richard Nixon, 1913-1994, 37th President: Jan. 1969-Aug. 1974

Drake's Law. "The longer a Liberal talks, or the more desperate and unhinged they become, sooner or later, they will reference Nixon."

Hillary Clinton did just that, in May, 2017, in her Wellesley College Commencement The NYT:
[Clinton] referred to an "assault on truth and reason," criticized Mr. Trump’s proposed budget, and drew parallels to Richard Nixon and his ultimate fate[.]
And because some pages eventually become replaced, expire or "story not found" - meaning the linked story; here are a few additional sources of the same story of Clinton referencing Nixon at Wellesley. You don't have to click on them or read them, they are there as additional references of the same story.

The HuPoPoo : "Hillary Clinton compare[s] Trump to Nixon."

The N.Y. Daily News: "Clinton hints at Trump impeachment as she invokes Nixon."

CNN: "Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in fiery speech at alma mater ..."

NDTV: "Hillary [brings up Nixon] at Commencement Speech."

Okay, we know the drill. Libs bringing up Nixon (or Watergate) increases in  proportion to the decreasing level of their political clout and/or how desperate that Liberal becomes.

We need to counter this unending reference about Nixon made by Liberals and throw it back at them; diplomatically of course, but one can be diplomatic and sarcastic at the same time. You know that!

Enter: Harry "Give 'em hell, Harry!" Truman.


I propose this:

Every non-Liberal politician or candidate, or any of us who engage in conversation with our snowflake friends, needs to work into every statement the following words, "Well, you know, the only president to drop two atomic bombs was Harry Truman, and he was a DEMOCRAT!

And I cannot stress this enough; over-emphasize the word "Democrat", thereby conveying that delightful little thing called sarcasm.

Conversations can vary; improvise from the templates below:

Reporter: "[INSERT NAME OF NON-LIBERAL POLITICIAN OR CANDIDATE HERE], what is your position on global climate change?"

Non-Liberal Politician or Candidate: "That's a very serious issue, but first, let me say that Harry Truman, a DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT, was the only president, the only leader, who has ever dropped atomic bombs killing thousands of innocent lives. Now, about that global climate change..."

Or:

Interviewer: "[INSERT NAME OF NON-LIBERAL POLITICIAN OR CANDIDATE HERE], what is your position for LGBT serving in the military?"

Non-Liberal Politician or Candidate: "That certainly has been a hot topic in the news, hasn't it? But, did you know that the only president or world leader to drop two atomic bombs was Harry Truman and he was a DEMOCRAT? Didja know that? It's true. Now, about the LGBT, military issue..."

See, see how easy it is? I encourage all non-Liberal minded people to use this phrase in discussions with Liberals. And don't bother to wait any length of time before you bring it up, unlike Godwin's Law. Bring it up right away and mention if often.

Or:

Your Liberal (brother, sister, friend, etc): "Hi, how are you?"

You: (clear throat), "Well, you know, the only president or world leader who dropped two atomic bombs was Harry Truman and he was a DEMOCRAT. And I'm fine. How 'bout you, want a beer?"

(Caution advised/suggestion; you many not want to use the above example with your mother andor father in-law because they probably hate you already, and have hated you since the moment you became part of their family).

Or, during family celebrations, holidays or dinners:

Anyone at the table to you: "Would you please pass me the bread."

You: "I'd be happy to, along with the fact that Harry Truman was a DEMOCRAT and the only president to drop two, count 'em two, atomic bombs."

I don't need to complete this sentence; "if Harry Truman had been a Republican, the Liberals would never forget to remind us that he..."
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Putney Bridge Jogger-Push(er) Arrested

The police have arrested the jogger suspected of pushing a woman in front of a bus. BBC:
A man has been arrested by police after footage emerged of a jogger appearing to push a woman into the path of a bus on Putney Bridge.

The 50-year-old was held at a residential address in Chelsea on Thursday morning on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

He was later released while inquiries continue, police said.

The CCTV footage showed the woman, 33, narrowly avoiding serious injury due to the bus driver's quick reactions.
This lady is very lucky to be alive. And so is he, that she went virtually unharmed. But did she contribute to her fall?

The video is below:

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Watch as the man approaches the jogger and where the man is positioned. Then watch how much more inward, towards the jogger, her path is.

I'm not defending the jogger's actions, but he had plenty of room as the man passed by. There was plenty of room for both of them.

Then watch the woman approach the jogger; she seems defiant in not wanting to allow room for him. Clearly she sees the jogger, but she makes no attempt to move out of his way. And it almost looks like she is going to kick the jogger in the groin.

In the third frame below, her right leg is raised, she is only standing on her left leg. Watching the video, do you think she is considering to, or in the act of, tripping the jogger?

Click to enlarge.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oregon Bicycle Tax...I Want To Ride My Bicycle...Bicycle...Bicycle!

Advisory: Video contains some (inoffensive) glimpses of (slight) nudity.

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This is as good as it gets. This is the kind of story for which I live. This is a story about Full Circle Liberalism, because it's funny when Liberals are TAXED and assessed FEES!

In the past, it was those who engaged in "vices" that were hit hard with taxes. Mostly, users of tobacco and those who enjoy a cocktail took the hit.

Could it be that because so many people quit smoking that Oregon state revenue also dropped and now the time has come to tax the bikers? Full Circle Liberalism...how can you not just love this type of story?

Oregon will tax bicyclists.  The Washington Times:
...the state Legislature’s approval of the first statewide bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.
Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.
Ahhhhhh, da poor widdle environmentally (un)conscious bikers and the sound of their communal Liberal Whining. (Sniff, sniff..) it's just...so movingly touching.

Dear Whining Oregon Bicyclists, if you can pay over $200 for  a bike, you can afford another $15 for "the state".

Continued from the same linked story above:
BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”
“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.
Wrong, Mr. Maus. The most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economical sustainable form of transportation EVER - is WALKING. Besides, what adult makes a statement that will be published, saying, "[INSERT TOPIC] is the best thing EVER"?  Are you in middle school, Mr. Maus?

It might take you a few hours or more to walk the 5 or 25 miles to work, but don't you feel better about not using a bicycle, which takes natural resources, steel, labor, rubber, plastic and a bunch of other stuff. Plus the retail mark-up; 'ho, we can't forget the greedy, money and soul-sucking, bastard corporatistsThey're making a profit...how dare they!

And let's not forget, the bike is not going to drive itself to your local bike shop. No, it will probably get there by being transported in a large semi-truck. And if your precious bike is made in overseas, then it spent some time on a cargo ship. My God, think of the carbon footprint. How dare you own a bicycle, you aristocratic elite bastards!

But it takes natural resources and stuff to make shoes and hiking boots too! Yeah, but still not as much as a bicycle.


More from the same story:
Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier blasted what he described as Ms. Brown’s “endless obsession with finding new and innovative ways to take money out of the pockets of Oregon taxpayers.”
This Libertarian (that would be me) is MORE than joyous to see a Democrat governor in a deeply imbued Blue state, find "new and innovative ways to take money [from taxpayers]." Especially the taxpayer tri  bicycle riders.

More, from the same story:
The Street Trust, a Portland pro-bike group, praised the overall transportation package while saying that the bike tax “sends the wrong message to those trying to help.”
“Let’s be frank: This bike tax is very disappointing,” said The Street Trust’s Romain Bonilla.
Oh, Romain, that's so sad. Yes, it is so very disappointing, eh Romain?

Liberal Whining...The Best Ever. EVER!

And this nugget, from the same story.
Bikers cheered last year when Portland passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline aimed at improving roads[.]
Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh...typical Liberal refrain; "tax thee but not me."

On a different issue, Gov. Brown has decreed "free abortions for all."  The Washington Times:
“The ability to control our bodies and make informed decisions about health are critical to providing all Oregonians the opportunity to achieve our full potential and live productive, thriving lives,” the Democratic chief executive said in an email. “Attempts to deny access to contraceptives and family planning are an attack on all Oregonians, particularly women of color, low-income and young women.”
Yes, I guess in order to achieve full potential, living productive and BEST EVER  THRIVING lives, a free abortion is an inalienable right. And so is a bicycle. Maybe?
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

World News Links

Breaking News, 12:35AM Mountain Standard Time: Deadly Quake Hits China:
A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in southwestern China, killing 13 people, injuring 175 others and knocking out power and phone networks[.]

At least five of the dead were tourists, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. The government in Aba prefecture in Sichuan province said 13 people were killed, and 28 of those hurt were seriously injured.
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The magnitude-6.5 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometers[.]

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The Sydney Morning Herald: Ten year old dental brace lodged in a woman's intestines.
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Sky News: "Crazy Uncle" Kimmy Jong Un planning missile hit(s) on Guam?
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Worldpress.org: British model Chloe Ayling escapes kidnapping after being sold for sex in the Middle East.
[She] was in Italy for a photoshoot, was allegedly taken captive for six days by a group calling itself "Black Death"[.]

The young model was attacked by two men, drugged and abducted to be sold in an online auction, Italian police said, with reports suggesting a sum of £230,000.

She was told she would be "sold to somebody in the Middle East for sex", her lawyer Francesco Peschi said.
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Eurasianet.orgPutin visits breakaway republic of Abkhazia and pledged to support its “stability and independence”.(Keep a look-out for John McCain. If he travels to Abkhazia, he'll fcuk it up bad. Real bad).
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NewsAsia: Disney pulling all movies from Netflix. Will use their own streaming service. (Yeah, this move never made any business sense. Why didn't Disney do this in the first place?)
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The Middle East Eye: Christians in Syria fighting in Raqqa: "We must defend ourselves."
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The Hockey Stix Gallery! Yay! Viva Le Hockey...eh? View from the Hubble.
Courthouse News Service:

The Hockey Stix Gallery. Image: NASA
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ZD Net: Starmind co-founder,"True AI does not yet exist, and it won't until companies stop comparing the human brain with computers and look into understanding the principles of the brain through[.]"
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Bitcoin sets new record; over $3,500. Beta News
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Doc's in New Zealand want to ban alcohol sales in supermarkets. The New Zealand Star
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The Scotsman: Scottish Conservative Ruth Davidson breaking with Theresa May’s policy on foreign students and questioning the government’s 100,000 net migration target.
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The Daily Telegraph: Police arrest multi-millionaires' Ibrahim brothers and others as they disembark multi-million luxury yacht. $ 2 Million is a suitcase.
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Zimbabwe Men: Juju responsible for man menstruating? Another man has full female reproductive system.

These are two strange stories, both from Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Man Menstruating. Zimbabwe News Online:
In a case of suspected juju, a 40-year-old Chitungwiza man claims he is experiencing menstruation periods for the past two weeks.

Joseph Mwale showed H-Metro how he is experiencing pains during urination and discharging blood accusing his wife Sheilah Kahari of bewitching him.

“I am in pain brother, to be honest with you I have been cheating on my wife and I strongly suspect that my wife used juju on me,” said Joseph.
FYI: Juju.
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Doctors discovered that another Zimbabwe man with a full, female reproductive system. izimbabwe.co.zw / Kuzeya Nyaya News:
A 44-year-old man went to the doctor complaining of a stomach ache only to discover that he has a full female reproductive system.

The married man, Mr Chen from Zhejiang province, was shocked when doctors told him that his stomach ache and the blood in his urine was actually because he was experiencing his menstrual cycle and had been a woman all along.
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He also has a penis [and a]  CT scan taken at the hospital showed that he had ovaries and a uterus in addition to male genitals.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Pay Telephone. The WHAT Phone?

Your friendly and helpful switchboard Operator. Via:
http://heartwhispersfindinghope.net/tag/phone/

The Doc's Waiting Room - a travel backwards in excavating magazine fossils.

While waiting, I ran across a November, 2015 Popular Mechanics magazine. Hey, in a doctor's office anything dated 2015 is like having that day's newspaper.  I was pleased my reading options weren't limited to a 1973 issue of  The New Yorker, or a 1985 Better Homes and Gardens, or any 1999 magazine with stories "looking back on the 90's" or on how the world will end because of Y2K.

The Pop Mech article examined the reliable and humble, yet rapidly vanishing, pay phone. They were the technological cell phone of their era.


And below, the pay phone's sometime-companion, the Telephone booth, approximately 1,370 luxurious square inches inside a four walled, "plexi-plastic glass" container...all to yourself.

US/UK telephone booths. US image via
pinterest.com; UK image via photo.elsoar.com

A few excerpts from Pop Mech's pay phone story:
Model: Protel XP1230
Produced: Lakeland, FL

Number of Parts: 453

Time to Disassemble: 4 hours, 45 minutes

For years,if you were away from home and wanted to make a phone call, pay phones were your only option.
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They're also basically bullet-proof, devised to withstand all manner of vandalism and theft. (Maybe the pay phone designers and technicians should be in charge of the NSA? - DD)
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The coin box, with a capacity of up to $195, is a target for theft.
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Two mechanisms must be unlocked to remove it. One is built into the coin-box lid, and the other is a four-armed locking mechanism behind the vault door. Until turned by a T-key, the arms fit into slots in the body of the phone, keeping the door shut.
Do check out the Pop Mech link, the design and construction of the coin box is nothing short of a miniature bank vault.

What does it look like inside? The pay phone, disassembled, all 453 parts:

Photo: Popular Mechanics

The Pop Mech link has a larger image of the above. Don't not check it out, Now...where's that one wire?

The lowly pay phone, far more intricate in its construction than I knew or would have ever imagined, invented in 1889 by William Gray:
It was first installed in the Hartford Bank, Hartford, Connecticut, by the Southern New England Telephone Company in 1889. In 1891, William Gray formed the Gray Telephone Pay Station to rent out coin-operated telephones to store owners.

Making a secure and reliable pay phone turned out to be tough to do, and in 1889 William Gray got a patent for an innovative coin payment mechanism he was able to defend for decades.
Does anyone remember the last time they used a pay phone?

Early cell phones (left), from WiseGeek. Smallest cell phone (right)

We've gone from carrying a suitcase to, "where's my cell phone...oh, there -  under that book of matches."

From Compare my Mobile:
The first commercially available mobile phone was the Motorola DynaTAC, which must take the prize for the largest mainstream mobile phone available ever. It went on sale on 6th March 1983, offered 30 minutes of talk time or 8 hours of standby per charge and was incredibly popular.
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The phone revolutionised [sic] the way in which people communicate, even if it was incredibly bulky and unwieldy – and has become an iconic piece of technology. With a price of $3,995 at the time of release, in addition to its cumbersome design, you may be forgiven for thinking that the phone wasn’t too much of a commercial success. However, sales were enormous and retailers had waiting lists thousands of people long. Despite its size, the DynaTAC was incredibly successful.
Via Flicker.

Without the pay phone telephone booth, neither Superman nor Shoeshine Boy would have been able to change into their superhero garb.

I wonder if the popularity of pay phones and booths will ever return? Going retro as vinyl  did, which appears to be still going strong.

FMJRA 5a and 5b, The Other McCain.

Thanks @ Kevin & Smitty and EBL.

World News Links

"Something ate his legs." Australian teenager's legs bloodied after being chewed by flesh eating lice. The Sydney Morning Herald. (Video Image warning advised, bloody content per SMH).
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Help Wanted: Planetary Protection Officer. USAJobs.
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The New Bitcoin Cash price skyrockets. From The Street.:
Bitcoin cash, with similar bottom technology to bitcoin but with larger block sizes, can process about 30 transactions per second, four times more than bitcoin, though still a far cry from the thousands of transactions handled by Visa every second.
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TechCrunch: Apple. A One Trillion Dollar company? Absolutely.
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Does the name Marcus Hutchins or his aka MalwareTech, ring a bell? He's the guy who stopped the WannaCry ransomware by registering the domain name. Well, the US detained him and accused him of some serious charges. Extreme Tech:
WannaCry began infecting critical infrastructure across Europe and in the United States, rising to 230,000 infected machines in 150 countries within a day of its release.
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[Hutchins] was arrested on Thursday by the FBI. (Initially it was reported he was held by the US Marshals, but this appears to have been inaccurate.) The FBI has filed a formal indictment against Hutchins, alleging that he and an unnamed co-conspirator (whose name has been redacted from the filing) “knowingly conspired and agreed with each other to commit an offense against the United States.
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Large, multi-ship military training exercise off the coast of Saipan. Saipan Tribune.
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From The Deparment of "I thought We Already Did This.": $ 2 Billion allocated for broadband in rural areas. NextGov.
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Horrifying - Woman stalked, kidnapping attempt also? The Hindustan Times.
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"Knife-wielding" Danukul Mokmool's Facebook profile says “nice and friendly”; but shot dead by police. A truly sad story. Daily Telegraph.
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In Denmark, performance artist Julian Toldam Juhlin on display as "Virgin in a Glass Cage." The Copenhagen Post. (And No, I'm not making this up).
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Is this because of North Korea? Public schools in Hawaii urged to conduct nuclear drills. Hawaii Tribune Herald.
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So THIS is how you go viral. I wish someone would have told me this sooner. The Evening Telegraph.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

朋友; 伙伴; 同志 (Comrade) Cooks helps China Gov Censor Citizens


Apple  友; 伙伴; 同志 CEO Tim Cook  makes no apologies for promoting and buckling under to the Chinese government in censoring its internet. Quartz:
Apple removed dozens of virtual private network (VPN) apps from its Chinese app store, depriving many users of tools that are critical to jumping the country’s Great Firewall. The move marked a major capitulation to China’s censorship regime, and follows similar requests to block various apps and content in the country.
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Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has defended his company’s compliance with censorship requests in countries like Pakistan and Thailand by arguing that it serves citizens’ best interests to “continue operating” rather than risk getting shut down for not blocking content.
Is this part of the reason they own $52.6 Billion in U.S. Treasuries?

And with Zuckerberg and Pakistan and Thailand, this is nothing new.

Remember Google, the "Do No Evil" company and how they promised, in 2007, to fight global internet censorship?

Then, January 2010, Google threatened to yank their business out of China if they couldn't resolve their censorship restrictions with the Chinese Government.

Come March 2010, Google shut down their China service, redirecting to its server in Hong Kong.

Eventually, Google gave up in January, 2013.

Even CNN  couldn't put a positive spin on Google in January, 2015. Same link, Google also kowtowed to censorship by the Turkish government.

By December of 2014, the Chinese Government pulled the plug  on Google Gmail, Google Drive and many other Google services.

Besides, Google is not evil, are they?

Or are they?

Well, they dropped the "Don't be Evil" motto, so maybe they are?

Dotcom companies certainly aren't the only industries that play ball with repressive governments.

Then again, dotcom companies, especially the search engine and social media platforms, are companies that exist in a special area, unlike companies in manufacturing or other industries that work within the confines of a country like China or Turkey who control unfiltered information available in their country.

Email and social media companies are specifically in the business of communication(s), speech and information. Ideally, yes, everyone om earth would have the freedom to have unfiltered access to the information available on the web. What are the ethical obligations, if any, of communication companies agreeing with governments who censor the information available to its citizens?

I'm not sure I have any answers right now. Do you?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

World News Links

Freedom to Tinker - LinkedIn reveals your email to all connections.
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Sidney Morning Herald - Man jumps off plane in San Fran as plane waits to taxi to gate.
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Red Orbitrecall on coffee marketed as a "male enhancement product." 
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Courthouse News Service - Air France passenger jet flies over Sea of Japan moments before North Korea ICBM launch.
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Geek.com201 GB crammed into a one inch square of tape.
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Geek.com - I did not know that August 2 is National Coloring Book Day.  Happy (belated) Coloring!
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Singapore Star - two in three Singaporeans not getting enough mobile data.
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The Scotsman - former First Minister of Scotland calls Trump an "utter nincompoop."
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The Herald - will editing of human embryo gene eradicate inherited diseases?
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Idaho Press Tribune - jogger fights attacking bear by kicking.
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Sky NewsOxford Uni employee is suspect in murder of Chicago man.
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CNS News - is Calexit exporting the Middle Class?
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CBC News - large number illegal border crossing in Quebec by asylum seekers.
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West Central Tribune - Minnesota mom accidentally runs over 2 year old daughter killing her.
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Evening Telegraph - angry mob targets man accused of being a child predator.
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Der Spiegel - German car makers accused of "cartel collusion."
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The Jerusalem Post - Poland excludes Russia from Sobibor Museum project.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis fire and collapse

7:55 PM CST >>> UPDATE: TwinCities.com: One dead, one missing in gas explosion/collapse at Minnehaha Academy.

UPDATE 2:04PM CST - Ruptured gas line likely cause of explosion; Two people still missing, nine hospitalized, death unconfirmed, CNN:
Two people were unaccounted for and nine were hospitalized [on] Wednesday after a natural gas explosion shook Minnehaha Academy[.]
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One witness said two men yelled "gas!" shortly before the blast.
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The Minneapolis Fire Department initially said one person was killed. But it later tweeted the death was not confirmed.
Authorities said early indications are the blast may have been caused by a ruptured gas line.
Breaking news Wednesday morning...

Photo: KSTP.com
Minnehaha Academy on fire, collapses. KMSP Fox 9:
There are reports of a building explosion and collapse at the Minnehaha Academy Upper School.
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The Minneapolis fire Department confirms one person is dead and other people are trapped beneath the collapse. Crews are extinguishing the fire, searching for victims and performing extrications

“There was a gas leak and explosion at the Upper School,” Minnehaha Academy confirmed. “Emergency responders are on the scene. This only affects the Upper School.”
More, from KSTP.com :
Originally, the Minneapolis Fire Department reported one fatality. However, the department then said that fatality had not been confirmed. People were also trapped in the building, according to authorities.

Minnehaha Academy issued the following statement:

"There was a gas leak and explosion at the Upper School. Emergency responders are on the scene. This only affects the Upper School."
Other news sources are reporting three people unaccounted for.

Report of death now unconfirmed.  KARE News 11:
Emergency responders are on scene at a building explosion and fire that authorities say reportedly killed at least one person at Minnehaha Academy Wednesday morning.
Photo: KSTP
Loud boom preceding fire, explosion. KARE News 11:
Residents near the area say they could feel the explosion.

"It was just a really loud boom," said one resident. "You felt it in your chest."

Authorities are on the scene extinguishing the fire and searching for victims.
Photo: KARE News 11



Five people were transported to the hospital; one person was evaluated and released, according to the department.

Bryan Tyner, assistant chief of administration for the Minneapolis Fire Department, said the explosion was the result of a suspected ruptured gas line, which then caught on fire.
Two people now missing. WCCO:
According to police, there are now two victims unaccounted for (a third was found uninjured), five victims taken to the hospital — one critical — and one victim evaluated and released.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MTV Moonman is now Moon Person

Why Moon Person? How do we know, for sure, that it's a person? Presuming it's a person is rather insensitive and it certainly disenfranchises life forms that are not a person.

MTV's renaming Moon Man is the most stupid story I've read in the past...hell - I'm hard pressed to remember the last time a story so utterly ridiculous received media coverage.

From The Washington Times:
“Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.” [said MTV President Chris McCarthy].
How does he know "it" doesn't object to being called an "it" ?

New Emasculated MTV Icon

I'm surprised they didn't choose to give "it" a hyphenated last name.

Moon Person-Gallagher-Adamson-Wyniki-Marsh-Jones-Phillips-Rogers, maybe?

MTV is still owned by Viacom .

From the same Washington Times story, McCarthy noting that part of the reason for the name change of Moon Man is to reverse a five-year "downward trajectory" (i.e. huge ratings drop). He continues that by "amplyfying young people's voices," may help attract the sexual identifications that we now are told exceed the two classifications of 'male' and 'female'.

And changing Moon Man to Moon Person is going to help that five year exodus of MTV viewers. Yup, you betcha!

And isn't MTV showing another form of bias and discrimination by being "other- celestial-bodies"-exclusive?  Why the Moon? Why not a planet? Saturn Person. Neptune Person. What bigotry does MTV exhibit by singling out the moon?

MTV was fantastic in its prime. I'm surprised they're still operating, considering their programming now contains almost no music videos. 

You may not notice the immediate, wonderful impact that MTV's decision will have on your life, but know that ALL of OUR LIVES are far better off for re-naming Moon Man. Don't you feel better already? No? Give it some time.