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2015-12-26 21:52:50 (30 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act continues to putter along successfully

The ACA does keep coming up in political speeches from the GOP, but it's as more of a reflexive afterthought, something to criticize because of course you criticize it, but more from the principle of it being something That Man and His Democrats did than from any serious flaw.

Meanwhile, GOP votes are taken to dismantle the "parts we don't like" while quietly leaving along the "parts that the population seem to really like (but wouldn't be viable if we got rid of the parts we don't like)." But detailed criticism of the gross failures of the program have largely faded away ... largely because there haven't turned out to be any.

That's a good thing.

Most reshares: 8

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2015-09-05 16:15:46 (27 comments; 8 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

'Ask yourself if you'd be supporting a Muslim county clerk in the United States who refused to issue a marriage certificate to a woman who wasn't wearing a hijab. If the answer is "No," you're not fighting for religious freedom. Instead you're a hypocrite and a bigot who is fighting for Christian privilege.'

Most plusones: 62

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2015-07-18 01:51:12 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

New glasses

Latest 50 posts

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2015-12-27 03:19:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Enjoyed our very crowded walk around Christmas in the Park, downtown San Jose. 

Enjoyed our very crowded walk around Christmas in the Park, downtown San Jose. ___

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2015-12-26 21:57:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Hatred based on ignorance

There are three mosques in Wyoming, and the newest one is in Gillette, a town of about 30,000 on the prairie. There are only a few Muslims there, mostly from one extended family; they own some hotels and most have been there for decades. They converted a house into a makeshift mosque.

Only recently has this become a problem. The founder of the Facebook group “Stop Islam in Gillette” has changed its name to “Stop Forced Syrian Immigration to Gillette,” in order to “better reflect the group’s ideals,” as their main fear now is Syrian refugees. There are no Syrian refugees in Gillette, though, and there are none coming, so the group’s focus is still the mosque.

Is anyone really surprised? People are being told to fear and hate. They’re being given a target for their disenfranchised, impotent anger, and some of them are taking it. They didn’t suddenly come up with this on their own; they didn’t come up with it after 9/11, when their leaders were telling them something very different—and when there weren’t quite so many who felt so helpless and hopeless.

Now that we have a political party dedicated to channeling those feelings at a particular group, I expect we’ll only be seeing more of this.

http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gillettes-first-mosque-draws-anti-refugee-anger___Hatred based on ignorance

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2015-12-26 21:52:50 (30 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act continues to putter along successfully

The ACA does keep coming up in political speeches from the GOP, but it's as more of a reflexive afterthought, something to criticize because of course you criticize it, but more from the principle of it being something That Man and His Democrats did than from any serious flaw.

Meanwhile, GOP votes are taken to dismantle the "parts we don't like" while quietly leaving along the "parts that the population seem to really like (but wouldn't be viable if we got rid of the parts we don't like)." But detailed criticism of the gross failures of the program have largely faded away ... largely because there haven't turned out to be any.

That's a good thing.

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act continues to putter along successfully

The ACA does keep coming up in political speeches from the GOP, but it's as more of a reflexive afterthought, something to criticize because of course you criticize it, but more from the principle of it being something That Man and His Democrats did than from any serious flaw.

Meanwhile, GOP votes are taken to dismantle the "parts we don't like" while quietly leaving along the "parts that the population seem to really like (but wouldn't be viable if we got rid of the parts we don't like)." But detailed criticism of the gross failures of the program have largely faded away ... largely because there haven't turned out to be any.

That's a good thing.___

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2015-12-14 04:48:03 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

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2015-11-30 04:48:02 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Not everyone who made the bomb got into the history books | Women, minorities, and the Manhattan Project: http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2015/11/27/women-minorities-and-the-manhattan-project/ …

Not everyone who made the bomb got into the history books | Women, minorities, and the Manhattan Project: http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2015/11/27/women-minorities-and-the-manhattan-project/ …___

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2015-11-04 04:16:36 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Go Sharks 

Go Sharks ___

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2015-10-23 04:35:00 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Sharks! Best LA

Sharks! Best LA___

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2015-10-20 15:05:39 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

New hot drink machine at work. Should I get a small, medium or large?

New hot drink machine at work. Should I get a small, medium or large?___

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2015-10-17 18:41:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Gotta see this

CBS Bans Advertising for Movie "Truth"
One of Cate Blanchett's "greatest screen performances

Good reviews for movie about CBS throwing Dan Rather and Mary Mapes to the wolves over investigations on how George Bush got into the Texas National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam, then mysteriously got out of the Guard again. Anyone who doubts that CBS caved in to Republican Party pressure should recall three things: 1) Mapes and Rather broke the Abu Ghraib torture story, which Republicans also at first said was false 2) CBS appointed a lawyer from the Republican Party to head an "independent investigation" into their report that didn't interview a single expert on journalism, 3) The long-time assistant to Bush's commander, Jerry B. Killian, said on TV that while she didn't believe Killian typed the critical document in question about Bush allegedly missing a full year's service in the Guard, Killian believed everything in that document. 

The subset of facts that are not in dispute: Bush leapt to the front of a long waiting list to get into the Texas National Guard despite having negligible qualifications, ostensibly to train in flying fighter jets; then Bush got his Guard assignment transferred to Washington to work on his father's political campaigns; then Bush was allowed somehow to leave the Guard before his term was up, simply because, in his words, "I wanted to go back to school". I wonder how many service people in Vietnam knew someone could get out of the military once enrolled simply by saying "I want to go back to school"? 

Robert Redford and Topher Grace are said to be excellent and ... "*Ms. Blanchett, in one of her greatest screen performances, offers a compelling portrait of a driven, high-strung television journalist fearlessly operating in a cutthroat professional climate*. She is relentless in tracking down documents that appear to have been written in the early ’70s by Mr. Bush’s commander, Jerry B. Killian, who died in 1984. And when she finally secures an interview with Lt. Col. Bill Burkett (Stacy Keach), an ailing National Guard veteran, who produces incriminating documents that seem to be authentic, her case momentarily seems airtight."

Review at the embed. 

"Killian Documents on Wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rather#Killian_documents 

Also, "CBS Refuses Ads for ‘Truth,’ Film About a ‘60 Minutes II’ Segment http://nyti.ms/1LpHgz4

Article: In ‘Truth,’ a News Team Tells Its Side of a ‘60 Minutes II’ Scandal http://nyti.ms/1VSVMJT___Gotta see this

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2015-10-15 03:40:06 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Look what I found at the beauty shop today. Clinton was amazing in the debate considering her condition.

Look what I found at the beauty shop today. Clinton was amazing in the debate considering her condition.___

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2015-10-13 13:58:46 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

These are great!

Well, well...

+Katherine Schock +Douglas Pierre +Ed Hong +Pamela Zuppo +Paula Jones +David Bee ___These are great!

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2015-10-09 01:15:25 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Sailing on San Francisco bay today, watching the Blue Angels rehearse for this weekend's shows 

Sailing on San Francisco bay today, watching the Blue Angels rehearse for this weekend's shows ___

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2015-10-06 13:25:37 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Vote!

I received a panic email from a Times reader about voting for BernieSanders in the primary.___Vote!

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2015-09-30 02:23:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Here's the chart that makes utter-clear how deceitful and stunningly evil are Ted Cruz and Rupert Murdoch and every single denialist who used the "no warming in the last 17 years" talking point.  Did none of you ask: "why SEVENTEEN years specifically?" It was in order to peg the "before" comparison on 1998, the hottest year in human history....

... that is, till this year, when suddenly Cruz etc have dropped the “17 years” line and referring to 1998… because it has lost its usefulness.  And yes, El Nino years are spikes.  But a sapient person would look at the chart… (yes, go LOOK at it! This is the chart Republicans have used)…and let it speak. 

Then listen to the brilliant men and women who have successfully modeled climate on SIX Planets. And other geniuses who gave us the FOURTEEN DAY weather forecast. They are smarter than you andme and a whole... more »

Here's the chart that makes utter-clear how deceitful and stunningly evil are Ted Cruz and Rupert Murdoch and every single denialist who used the "no warming in the last 17 years" talking point.  Did none of you ask: "why SEVENTEEN years specifically?" It was in order to peg the "before" comparison on 1998, the hottest year in human history....

... that is, till this year, when suddenly Cruz etc have dropped the “17 years” line and referring to 1998… because it has lost its usefulness.  And yes, El Nino years are spikes.  But a sapient person would look at the chart… (yes, go LOOK at it! This is the chart Republicans have used)…and let it speak. 

Then listen to the brilliant men and women who have successfully modeled climate on SIX Planets. And other geniuses who gave us the FOURTEEN DAY weather forecast. They are smarter than you and me and a whole lot more honest than your cavalcade of liars, on Fox.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/paris-2015-august-smashes-global-heat-record-as-giant-el-nino-builds-20150914-gjmp0j.html___

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2015-09-29 16:47:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Just hours after NASA revealed the discovery of water on the surface of Mars, a spokesman for Koch Industries said that the company would spend billions to become the red planet’s first major industrial polluter.

“At Koch Industries, we are well aware that our practice of spewing over six million pounds of toxins a year into Earth’s water is not sustainable,” said the billionaire Koch brothers’ corporate spokesman, Harland Dorrinson. “That’s why this discovery of water on Mars is so exciting.”


The company hopes to conduct the first toxic-dumping mission to Mars by 2030—at a projected cost of three billion dollars, or roughly the price of four Presidential candidates, the spokesman said.

In response to a reporter’s question, the Kochs’ spokesman offered no opinion about whether the water on Mars could sustain life, saying only that it would beunlikely to in the fu... more »

Just hours after NASA revealed the discovery of water on the surface of Mars, a spokesman for Koch Industries said that the company would spend billions to become the red planet’s first major industrial polluter.

“At Koch Industries, we are well aware that our practice of spewing over six million pounds of toxins a year into Earth’s water is not sustainable,” said the billionaire Koch brothers’ corporate spokesman, Harland Dorrinson. “That’s why this discovery of water on Mars is so exciting.”


The company hopes to conduct the first toxic-dumping mission to Mars by 2030—at a projected cost of three billion dollars, or roughly the price of four Presidential candidates, the spokesman said.

In response to a reporter’s question, the Kochs’ spokesman offered no opinion about whether the water on Mars could sustain life, saying only that it would be unlikely to in the future.___

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2015-09-23 13:57:36 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

It's about time

___It's about time

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2015-09-19 16:29:41 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Our room for our last night in Rome. Very impressive ceiling. Don't really know why there's a window next to the bed, into the bathroom.

Our room for our last night in Rome. Very impressive ceiling. Don't really know why there's a window next to the bed, into the bathroom.___

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2015-09-19 14:42:12 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Back in Rome, we visited the Pantheon. Didn't realize that in 609 AD the emperor gave it to the Pope, and it's been a church ever since - thereby probably saving it from destruction during medieval times.

Back in Rome, we visited the Pantheon. Didn't realize that in 609 AD the emperor gave it to the Pope, and it's been a church ever since - thereby probably saving it from destruction during medieval times.___

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2015-09-18 12:39:34 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Bad news - big fire on the Almafi Coast, so that trip was cancelled. But we had a great visit to Capri. 

Bad news - big fire on the Almafi Coast, so that trip was cancelled. But we had a great visit to Capri. ___

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2015-09-17 14:58:49 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Today we spent 2 hours touring Pompeii in 100-degree heat. So much to see! I was amazed at how large the site is, and we only saw a sampling. Now we're on to Sorrento.

Today we spent 2 hours touring Pompeii in 100-degree heat. So much to see! I was amazed at how large the site is, and we only saw a sampling. Now we're on to Sorrento.___

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2015-09-17 06:02:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Propaganda, not truth

From the article:
"The War on Cops is a grossly inaccurate response to recent police killings which are on track for another year that will rival the safest on record. Gunfire deaths by police officers are down 27 percent this year, according to the Officer Down memorial page, and police killings in general are at a 20-year low, given current numbers for 2015. Police deaths in Barack Obama’s presidency are lower than the past four administrations, going all the way back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency."___Propaganda, not truth

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2015-09-17 06:00:07 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Say no more...

___Say no more...

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2015-09-17 05:58:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

@srjones66: The Biggest Winner Of The CNN Republican Debate Was Bernie Sanders http://www.politicususa.com/2015/09/16/biggest-winner-cnn-republican-debate-bernie-sanders.html via @politicususa #p2 #p2b #ctl
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@srjones66: The Biggest Winner Of The CNN Republican Debate Was Bernie Sanders http://www.politicususa.com/2015/09/16/biggest-winner-cnn-republican-debate-bernie-sanders.html via @politicususa #p2 #p2b #ctl
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2015-09-17 05:52:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Wonderful dinner last night at the Machiavelli (Yes, that one) estate in Tuscany. Great food, entertainment and friends. The wine was so so.

Wonderful dinner last night at the Machiavelli (Yes, that one) estate in Tuscany. Great food, entertainment and friends. The wine was so so.___

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2015-09-15 20:17:09 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Yes, it really leans. And we can cross this off our bucket list. Never need to see Pisa and all the people selling stuff (or should I say shit) again. Don't need a giraffe sculpture to remember my trip (or watches or purses).

Yes, it really leans. And we can cross this off our bucket list. Never need to see Pisa and all the people selling stuff (or should I say shit) again. Don't need a giraffe sculpture to remember my trip (or watches or purses).___

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2015-09-15 20:13:36 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

First we saw a replica outside, then we went in the museum and saw the real thing. Amazing how beautiful this is in person in Florence.

First we saw a replica outside, then we went in the museum and saw the real thing. Amazing how beautiful this is in person in Florence.___

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2015-09-15 06:47:05 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Great time in Venice, especially the gondola ride. Our tour guide compared it to Disneyland, and I think he's right. Boat rides everywhere, shopping, eating, drinking. 

Great time in Venice, especially the gondola ride. Our tour guide compared it to Disneyland, and I think he's right. Boat rides everywhere, shopping, eating, drinking. ___

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2015-09-13 15:37:26 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

We're in Venice! Took a water taxi to our hotel. It's supposed to storm tonight. Hope tomorrow isn't a wash out.

We're in Venice! Took a water taxi to our hotel. It's supposed to storm tonight. Hope tomorrow isn't a wash out.___

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2015-09-13 11:16:25 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Why don't Italians like toilet seats???

Why don't Italians like toilet seats???___

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2015-09-13 03:11:42 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Yesterday we travelled to Umbria, to Assissi. There's Rick in front of the Basilica of St Frances. Very interesting to see the area where San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Clara got their names.

Yesterday we travelled to Umbria, to Assissi. There's Rick in front of the Basilica of St Frances. Very interesting to see the area where San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Clara got their names.___

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2015-09-11 15:48:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Very impressed with our tour of Saint Peter's Basilica. It was so huge!

Very impressed with our tour of Saint Peter's Basilica. It was so huge!___

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2015-09-11 15:44:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Today we had a tour of the Vatican Museums, including rare access to the Bramante staircase.

Today we had a tour of the Vatican Museums, including rare access to the Bramante staircase.___

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2015-09-09 17:27:49 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Walking around Rome today with Rick. Our first day here - getting used to the time difference. And yes, the taxi drivers do use "Mama Mia" as an all purpose swear phrase.

Walking around Rome today with Rick. Our first day here - getting used to the time difference. And yes, the taxi drivers do use "Mama Mia" as an all purpose swear phrase.___

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2015-09-07 13:32:21 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Got to SFO 2 hours before boarding, and it was empty. One thing to cross off my bucket list - being first in line for baggage check in. On the way tons vacation in Italy. Can't wait.

Got to SFO 2 hours before boarding, and it was empty. One thing to cross off my bucket list - being first in line for baggage check in. On the way tons vacation in Italy. Can't wait.___

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2015-09-06 15:52:57 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Tribute to man, not God?

Lololol. ___Tribute to man, not God?

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2015-09-06 15:44:07 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Sometimes it's great to be a woman

... And you let your children play football?
Movie documents Bennet Omalu's fight to sound alarm on football's effects on brain
 By Donald W. Blount Record Managing Editor Posted Sep. 5, 2015 at 5:15 PM 

Last week marked the end of the NFL preseason schedule. The end of those games are significant in that it means the NFL season begins this week. Many fans, including me, will be rooting on our favorite teams.
But another significant event happened last week, too. The trailer for the movie “Concussion” was released. In the movie, to be released Christmas Day, Will Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, now chief medical examiner for San Joaquin County, in his fight against the NFL. It was more than a decade ago that Omalu, then a forensic pathologist at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh, began an autopsy on Mike Webster, the former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro center.
Oakland Raiders fans will remember Webster, perhaps with respect but not all that fondly. He was part of too many bad memories for Raiders fans, no doubt.
Webster was a key member of those Steelers teams of the 1970s that kept winning championships. And worse than that, Webster was the center on the 1972 team that defeated the Raiders on the “Immaculate Reception.”
Just 30 seconds were left in the game and the Raiders led, 7-6, when quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass that was deflected by Oakland safety Jack Tatum. The ball appeared as if it would fall harmlessly to the ground. If it hit, the pass would be incomplete. But it was scooped up by Steelers running back Franco Harris, who ran it in for a touchdown.
The Steelers won, 13-7. And that play was selected by NFL Films as the greatest NFL play of all time.
The Steelers would win four Super Bowls by the end of the decade. Webster would be recognized as a great player.
And then he retired.
And life for him became cruel.
Anyone watching grown men slam into each other time and time again will see that football is brutal on a body.
Knee replacements, arthritis, fingers that point in directions they are not intended to and other maladies all become somewhat routine for many former players.
And for some, their minds are affected, as well.
“Iron Mike” Webster ended up urinating in his kitchen oven and using Super Glue on his teeth. He ended up divorced, unemployed, broke and living in his car.
He died at age 50 from a heart attack.
Webster’s body ended up before Omalu, who kept asking himself, “How did this happen? How did this man end up like he did?”
And Omalu wouldn’t let it go.
He started digging and kept digging.
And when he finally got a microscopic look at Webster’s brain, he saw what is now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, caused by repeated blows to the head.
Omalu continued digging after the NFL rejected his findings.
The list of former NFL players he examined is painful to read.
Terry Long, dead at age 45 from drinking antifreeze.
Andre Waters, dead at age 44 from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Justin Strzelczyk, died at age 36 during a police chase when his vehicle struck head on a tanker truck carrying corrosive acid and exploded.
Tom McHale, dead at age 45 from an overdose of oxycodone and cocaine.
Omalu discovered the brain is damaged when it is repeatedly banged around in a skull, no matter how good the helmet is.
And he fought until the risk to football players was finally acknowledged.
We have seen some players retire early, such as Chris Borland, who was a budding star with the San Francisco 49ers. Others are still more than willing to take the risk, as there remains a hunger for the game that is the nation’s most popular sport.
And although there is debate about whether kids should play football and helmets continue to improve, who knows what will eventually happen?
But as we line up in stadiums and at homes to watch the games, let’s keep a perspective on the risk that many of these players are taking.
Let’s also keep in mind that an unassuming doctor removed the veil and exposed that risk. And maybe one day, we will all be grateful for it.
— Contact Managing Editor Donald W. Blount at (209) 546-8251 or dblount@recordnet.com. Follow him at recordnet.com/editorblog and on Twitter @donblount. 

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150905/NEWS/150909850___Sometimes it's great to be a woman

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2015-09-05 16:15:46 (27 comments; 8 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Truth

'Ask yourself if you'd be supporting a Muslim county clerk in the United States who refused to issue a marriage certificate to a woman who wasn't wearing a hijab. If the answer is "No," you're not fighting for religious freedom. Instead you're a hypocrite and a bigot who is fighting for Christian privilege.'___Truth

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2015-08-31 23:39:37 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

What I was thinking

And...here's today's Andy Borowitz satirical take on building a giant wall!___What I was thinking

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2015-08-27 21:20:27 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Can't resist

#pundayeveryday ___Can't resist

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2015-08-08 21:03:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The future is now. Rolling Stone discusses how future climate scenarios are happening in the present day

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-point-of-no-return-climate-change-nightmares-are-already-here-20150805

The future is now. Rolling Stone discusses how future climate scenarios are happening in the present day

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-point-of-no-return-climate-change-nightmares-are-already-here-20150805___

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2015-07-26 23:13:28 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Went on a long bike ride this morning and discovered San Jose's newest sculpture. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28460843/enormous-silvery-mammoth-arrives-guadalupe-river-trail

Went on a long bike ride this morning and discovered San Jose's newest sculpture. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28460843/enormous-silvery-mammoth-arrives-guadalupe-river-trail___

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2015-07-25 15:01:19 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Income inequality has reached epic proportions in the USA.  
A small tax on Wall Street transactions will help generate billions of dollars to help American lives, as well as help the environment.

Read about +Bernie Sanders Robin Hood tax bill here:
http://goo.gl/YstqgG

#mydailybernie   #Bernie2016   #feelthebern  

Income inequality has reached epic proportions in the USA.  
A small tax on Wall Street transactions will help generate billions of dollars to help American lives, as well as help the environment.

Read about +Bernie Sanders Robin Hood tax bill here:
http://goo.gl/YstqgG

#mydailybernie   #Bernie2016   #feelthebern  ___

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2015-07-25 15:00:11 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

If it wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious: Royal Dutch Shell just crashed another one of their Arctic drilling vessels. And they still want to go ahead with drilling.

First, Shell ran the drill rig Kulluk aground in Alaska in 2012, resulting in 8 felony convictions for recklessness and willful deception of authorities. Now they’ve torn a 3 foot gash in their primary icebreaker, Fennica.

On July 3rd, Shell was taking another shortcut through shallow, treacherous waters with the Fennica when they struck something hard enough to puncture the hull of their toughest icebreaker.

Shell is now violating any responsible reading of their permit and has proven they value money over the safety of our oceans and climate. It’s time to cancel Shell’s arctic drilling permits.

Shell has been forced to send the Fennica south to Portland, Oregon for repairs.This is... more »

If it wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious: Royal Dutch Shell just crashed another one of their Arctic drilling vessels. And they still want to go ahead with drilling.

First, Shell ran the drill rig Kulluk aground in Alaska in 2012, resulting in 8 felony convictions for recklessness and willful deception of authorities. Now they’ve torn a 3 foot gash in their primary icebreaker, Fennica.

On July 3rd, Shell was taking another shortcut through shallow, treacherous waters with the Fennica when they struck something hard enough to puncture the hull of their toughest icebreaker.

Shell is now violating any responsible reading of their permit and has proven they value money over the safety of our oceans and climate. It’s time to cancel Shell’s arctic drilling permits.

Shell has been forced to send the Fennica south to Portland, Oregon for repairs. This is Shell’s only icebreaker equipped with a “cap stack”, the mission critical gear needed to cap a blown-out well. Shell’s own safety plans - the ones they had to submit to the Department of Interior in order to get permits to drill in the Arctic - rely on having two primary icebreakers in order to avoid accidents that can lead to devastating oil spills.

Yet the Department of Interior just granted a limited permit allowing Shell to begin the drilling process, while keeping it from actually drilling down to the oil itself. This conditional approval is another step in the wrong direction, but Shell will still need a new permit to drill for oil once it completes the Fennica’s repairs.

Without the Fennica, Shell is in violation of its own Oil Response Plan, as well as its Exploration Plan.

The next step should be clear: the Department of Interior should cancel the permits they have already granted Shell, and refuse to grant any more.

Tell the Secretary of the Interior SHELL NO
http://other98.com/tell-secretary-interior-shell/?can_id=b41ac5c30cc75a48d9cc2bb1f86efe4c&source=email-time-to-put-shell-out-of-its-misery&email_referrer=time-to-put-shell-out-of-its-misery___

2015-07-22 01:47:28 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

The senseless murder of the young woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant who had prior criminal convictions is causing a great deal of interest on Capitol Hill. Republicans have jumped on the "Obama's illegal aliens murder hundreds of Americans daily", which of course, is not based on any facts, only political expediency.

Here are the facts:
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, more than 25,000 foreign nationals were arrested for homicides over a 51-year period between August 1955 to April 2010, but not all of them were undocumented immigrants, nor ultimately convicted. Among the general population, there were 11,200 arrests for homicides in 2010 alone, the Department of Justice reported.

Most of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States are not a violent threat, with one study finding that “among mena... more »

The senseless murder of the young woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant who had prior criminal convictions is causing a great deal of interest on Capitol Hill. Republicans have jumped on the "Obama's illegal aliens murder hundreds of Americans daily", which of course, is not based on any facts, only political expediency.

Here are the facts:
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, more than 25,000 foreign nationals were arrested for homicides over a 51-year period between August 1955 to April 2010, but not all of them were undocumented immigrants, nor ultimately convicted. Among the general population, there were 11,200 arrests for homicides in 2010 alone, the Department of Justice reported.

Most of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States are not a violent threat, with one study finding that “among men age 18-39 (who comprise the vast majority of the prison population), the 3.5 percent incarceration rate of the native-born in 2000 was 5 times higher than the 0.7 percent incarceration rate of the foreign-born.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the immigration-restrictionist organization Center for Immigration Studies previously said, “we found no strong evidence one way or the other for the notion that immigrants commit either more or less crime than the American population.” What’s more, a 2013 Criminology and Delinquency study found that first-generation immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than second-generation immigrants and native-born, non-Hispanic whites.

In spite of the facts, other lawmakers have jumped aboard the homicide train.

Yet, there are between 35 - 80 Americans killed daily at the wrong end of a gun held by another American. In fact, white male Americans have a proclivity to engage in mass murders, no matter the age or gender. Where's the republican outrage?

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2015/03/06/3630666/sessions-might-want-to-check-his-facts-again/___

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2015-07-21 01:55:04 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Map of U.S. By Home Values

Cartographic rendering of U.S. sizes each state according to "total value of all homes".

Zillow via Vox:
http://www.vox.com/maps/2015/7/16/8978141/us-housing-value-cartogram 

Map of U.S. By Home Values

Cartographic rendering of U.S. sizes each state according to "total value of all homes".

Zillow via Vox:
http://www.vox.com/maps/2015/7/16/8978141/us-housing-value-cartogram ___

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2015-07-19 16:44:45 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Great background information

Read. All of it. Seriously,.___Great background information

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2015-07-18 01:51:12 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

New glasses

New glasses___

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2015-07-12 15:01:09 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps and inadequate state testing, overwhelmed regulatory agencies do not have a complete picture of what oil companies are doing.

The risks and hazards associated with about two-thirds of the additives used in fracking are not clear, and the toxicity of more than half, the report concluded, remains “uninvestigated, unmeasured and unknown. Basic information about how these chemicals would move through the environment does not exist.”

Jane Long, the report's co-lead, said officials should fully understand the toxicity and environmental profiles of all chemicals before allowing them to be used in California's oil operations.

Recycled oil field wastewater used for crop irrigation may contain chemicals used during fracking and other wellsti... more »

The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps and inadequate state testing, overwhelmed regulatory agencies do not have a complete picture of what oil companies are doing.

The risks and hazards associated with about two-thirds of the additives used in fracking are not clear, and the toxicity of more than half, the report concluded, remains “uninvestigated, unmeasured and unknown. Basic information about how these chemicals would move through the environment does not exist.”

Jane Long, the report's co-lead, said officials should fully understand the toxicity and environmental profiles of all chemicals before allowing them to be used in California's oil operations.

Recycled oil field wastewater used for crop irrigation may contain chemicals used during fracking and other well stimulation procedures, the report said. While treatment of that water is required, the testing is not adequate, the report said. Long said researchers did not find strong evidence of fracking fluids in irrigation water but added: “What we did find was that there was not any control in place to prevent it from happening.”

The probability of toxic exposure to humans and the environment is low, but no studies have been conducted assessing the risk, the report's authors said.

Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) said that she planned Monday to propose amendments to legislation she already had introduced, based on some of the report's findings. They include the development of an approved list of chemicals, with known toxicity, for use in oil development as well as the phasing out of the use of unlined pits to dispose of oil field waste.

“Government agencies, the public in general and residents living near well sites need to know in detail about the presence of dangerous chemicals mixed in water used in fracking and then pumped to the surface as byproducts,” Pavely said in a statement.

The potential for contamination linked to fracking, according to the report, demands that the state conduct more thorough studies in order to close significant data gaps.

For example, there is little evidence to show that oil activities are contaminating groundwater, Long said, but little analysis has been done.

“We think the fact that we haven't looked for it is an issue,” Long said. “You can't find what you don't look for.”

Seth Shonkoff, lead author on the public health sections of the report, said he was surprised to learn during his research that recycled wastewater from oil fields was being used on crops.

*Read the report:
http://documents.latimes.com/study-hydraulic-fracking/

Or here:
http://ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php

#BanFRACKNG   #GovJerryBrown   #Corrupt   #Bastard  ___

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2015-07-12 14:56:10 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

QUOTE:Something wicked has crept into American society, something that many hoped was left back in the dustbins of the 19th century. We’re talking about monopoly, the ogre that screams capitalism run amok. Monopolies, or near-monopolies, as are most common in America, rise up through a lack of competition. When one or a handful of players dominate the marketplace, get ready for higher prices, low-quality products, and crap wages for you and me.

QUOTE: Monopolists buy politicians a dime a dozen, and they write laws to preserve their power. Yet until recently, few journalists had given this subject an in-depth look.

QUOTE: So what we have in America is that there are actually very few marketplaces in which you have a single company that has complete, 100 percent control. But what you do have is many marketplaces, thousands of markets, in which you have a dominant player that reallycon... more »

QUOTE:Something wicked has crept into American society, something that many hoped was left back in the dustbins of the 19th century. We’re talking about monopoly, the ogre that screams capitalism run amok. Monopolies, or near-monopolies, as are most common in America, rise up through a lack of competition. When one or a handful of players dominate the marketplace, get ready for higher prices, low-quality products, and crap wages for you and me.

QUOTE: Monopolists buy politicians a dime a dozen, and they write laws to preserve their power. Yet until recently, few journalists had given this subject an in-depth look.

QUOTE: So what we have in America is that there are actually very few marketplaces in which you have a single company that has complete, 100 percent control. But what you do have is many marketplaces, thousands of markets, in which you have a dominant player that really controls commerce in that activity.___

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2015-07-10 14:41:04 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

The Ghost Army That Duped The Nazis ... "Deception and decoy are part of war strategy. During the Second World War the Allied forces employed dozens of tricks to confuse, mislead or intimidate the German army — from dropping dummy paratroppers to dropping aluminum tinfoil, from faking the death of a fictitious Major William Martin to completely covering up a military aircraft plant. One such deceptive operation that came to light only a few years ago is the so called Ghost Army.

The Ghost Army was a 1,100-man unit officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops whose goals were to impersonate vastly large U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. The men that made up this secretive unit weren’t your regular soldiers. They were artists, illustrators and sound technicians handpicked for the job from New York and Philadelphia art schools. They didn’t carry M1s and Thompsons,but l... more »

The Ghost Army That Duped The Nazis ... "Deception and decoy are part of war strategy. During the Second World War the Allied forces employed dozens of tricks to confuse, mislead or intimidate the German army — from dropping dummy paratroppers to dropping aluminum tinfoil, from faking the death of a fictitious Major William Martin to completely covering up a military aircraft plant. One such deceptive operation that came to light only a few years ago is the so called Ghost Army.

The Ghost Army was a 1,100-man unit officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops whose goals were to impersonate vastly large U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. The men that made up this secretive unit weren’t your regular soldiers. They were artists, illustrators and sound technicians handpicked for the job from New York and Philadelphia art schools. They didn’t carry M1s and Thompsons, but large inflatable tanks and rubber aircrafts, powerful amplifiers and speakers to mimic the noise created by a large gathering troop and radio equipment to transmit phony messages.

Over the course of the war, the Ghost Army travelled all across Europe staging a sort of “traveling road show of deception” aimed at Hitler’s legions. They staged more than 20 operations where they conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. The Ghost Army is estimated to have saved tens of thousands of soldiers' lives with its deceptions, yet almost no one knew about them. Their existence and their every move were highly classified and remained so for more than 40 years after war ended.

To create the impression of a huge army, the unit would set up inflatable tanks, trucks, artillery and airplanes, and play pre-recorded sounds of armored and infantry units through giant speakers that could be heard up to 15 miles away. Radio operators created phony traffic nets, actors dressed as soldiers hung out at local cafes and spun counterfeit stories for spies to pick up, while another impersonated a major general and drove from town to town in a convoy of jeeps. Sometimes the unit would drive just a couple of trucks in loops to create the illusion of an entire infantry unit being transported. Often the thousand-men-unit would impersonate the presence of twenty to forty thousand men.

One of their biggest performance came towards the end of the war. In March 1945, as the 9th Army prepared to cross the Rhine into Germany, the 23rd was called upon to feign a crossing in a different place to draw German units away from the point of the real attack. More than 600 inflatable tanks and artillery were set up. At night they played the sounds of trucks rolling in. In the daytime they played sounds of heavy construction, as if bridging units were being put together. Artillery fire was mimicked by setting off flash canisters. While the Germans concentrated their effort over a rubber army, the real one successfully made the crossing facing minimum resistance.

After the war, many of the men who served in the unit, went on with their art careers. Some became famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly and photographer Art Kane. Fewer than 50 of the men are left today. They found recognition after more than seventy years, thanks to a PBS documentary titled The Ghost Army released in 2013, where several of the members were interviewed. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/the-ghost-army-that-duped-nazis.html___

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