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Kee Hinckley

Kee Hinckley 

Fascinated by the boundaries of technology and social behavior.

Occupation: I create things using code, words, and ideas.

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2017-02-19 01:37:50 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Most reshares: 7

2017-02-18 10:03:19 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-18 19:38:12 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

It makes sense that Trump thinks criticizing himself is an attack on the country. He's been running a brand all his life. If you're a brand, then your reputation and your companies are inseparable.

Of course this is also another flaw in the "we should have a businessman running the country" idea. Never mind that macro-economics are very different than, and sometimes the opposite of, micro-economics (the only thing I took away from Econ 101). Never mind that a president isn't a CEO and requires a different set of skills. Trump is not a businessman. He's a brand. He doesn't run businesses; he sells his name. His lawyers, bankers, and associates run the business. His job is simply to make his name better known. We didn't elect a CEO. We elected a walking ego.

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2017-02-19 08:32:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 08:18:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Maybe this was the attack in Sweden Trump was referring to?

... But there was a recent incident in Sweden, in which Nazis attempted to kill refugees.

Three suspected neo-Nazis have been arrested in Sweden after a home-made bomb attack on an asylum-seeker centre last month left one person seriously injured, security services said Thursday. ___Maybe this was the attack in Sweden Trump was referring to?

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2017-02-19 07:50:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

US Border Patrol agents post Hemingway quote,
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter."

https://web.archive.org/web/20170219061159/https:/twitter.com/NBPC1613/status/827320710691328001

US Border Patrol agents post Hemingway quote,
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter."

https://web.archive.org/web/20170219061159/https:/twitter.com/NBPC1613/status/827320710691328001___

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2017-02-19 06:33:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Jungle animals looking into a mirror. I found the variety of responses really impressive.

Jungle animals looking into a mirror. I found the variety of responses really impressive.___

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2017-02-19 06:15:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

"Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over."

Grassroots movements built a large infrastructure of co-ops that showed their competency and positivity when the government and political conservatives lacked both. Additionally, activists reached beyond the choir, inviting participation from people who initially feared making large changes.

Norwegians also took a different attitude toward violence. They chose nonviolent direct action campaigns consisting of strikes, boycotts, demonstrations, and occupations—a far less fearsome picture than Nazi Brown Shirts and street fighting. Norway therefore lacked the dangerous chaos that in Germany led the middle classes to accept the elite’s choice of Hitler to bring “law and order.”

Via +Chris Merle​___"Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over."

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2017-02-19 06:06:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Shadi and I. Probably playing Star of the County Down.

Shadi and I. Probably playing Star of the County Down.___

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2017-02-19 05:24:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 03:42:53 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Anyone know a good luthier in NW Washington? I just discovered a crack in the soundboard of my guitar. It's a bit of a hike to take it back to the maker in Maine.

Anyone know a good luthier in NW Washington? I just discovered a crack in the soundboard of my guitar. It's a bit of a hike to take it back to the maker in Maine.___

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2017-02-19 03:39:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants


Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants
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2017-02-19 03:37:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

This bit was performed in 1956 as part of a benefit to help keep Carnegie Hall from being closed and demolished -- a demolition which had been scheduled for 1960. It's important to understand that just as Benny's "character" was supposed to be "cheap" -- when the real Benny was incredibly generous, his character was a terrible violin player, while in reality he was an excellent player.

This bit was performed in 1956 as part of a benefit to help keep Carnegie Hall from being closed and demolished -- a demolition which had been scheduled for 1960. It's important to understand that just as Benny's "character" was supposed to be "cheap" -- when the real Benny was incredibly generous, his character was a terrible violin player, while in reality he was an excellent player.___

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2017-02-19 03:28:44 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

This house protected by...

and your moment of Zen... i actually know this guy.. didn't know he had a pet squirrel. ___This house protected by...

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2017-02-19 03:17:48 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

#wearabletech

#wearabletech___

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2017-02-19 03:00:13 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

In which, an analysis of Norman Rockwell, a thing not often seen.

In which, an analysis of Norman Rockwell, a thing not often seen.___

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2017-02-19 02:46:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The compromise that got this rape in Somalia tried was to do so under Sharia law.

I'm impressed that women can find justice in Somalia. It took the hard work of many people over time and the involvement of religious as well as secular authorities, but some measure of justice has been done. Hopefully this is the start of something great.___The compromise that got this rape in Somalia tried was to do so under Sharia law.

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2017-02-19 01:37:50 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 01:12:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I just rewrote the lyrics to "Harry Pollitt" to be about Donald Trump. This is going to be fun.

I just rewrote the lyrics to "Harry Pollitt" to be about Donald Trump. This is going to be fun.___

2017-02-18 23:47:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
-- Donald J. Trump, via Twitter

I've spent 30 years working in television news, a career I'm proud of. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite and other anchors who defined the industry - Howard K. Smith, Chet Huntley & David Brinkley.

I watched, with millions of Americans, our nation's triumphs as we landed men on the Moon and saw them return safely to the Earth. I saw our less pleasant moments, as well: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy; his brother, Robert; civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.; the VietNam War; Watergate.

I have been part of the news business through national tragedies like the Challenger and Columbia disasters, through the attacks on 9/11 and at the Boston Marathon. I have seen visits by... more »

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
-- Donald J. Trump, via Twitter

I've spent 30 years working in television news, a career I'm proud of. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite and other anchors who defined the industry - Howard K. Smith, Chet Huntley & David Brinkley.

I watched, with millions of Americans, our nation's triumphs as we landed men on the Moon and saw them return safely to the Earth. I saw our less pleasant moments, as well: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy; his brother, Robert; civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.; the VietNam War; Watergate.

I have been part of the news business through national tragedies like the Challenger and Columbia disasters, through the attacks on 9/11 and at the Boston Marathon. I have seen visits by foreign heads of states and popes. I've been there for earthquakes and devastating fires. I've seen bodies pulled out of the water, and seen Americans beheaded (yes, we cut that down for you folks at home).

And, in a slight tangent, I am a union member. It was union members who stood to on 9/11 - New York's first responders and construction workers - who looked at the debris and said, "Let's get to work."

And that's what journalism is. That's what journalism does. It embodies both the freedom of speech, but of the fourth estate - the press - to allow our democracy a unique and valuable asset, the ability to self-examine, celebrate our triumphs and recognize our shortcomings, together, as one nation, indivisible. Liberty and justice for all follow because we are honest with ourselves, not because we're paying lip service to the Stars & Stripes.

When you are the Commander-in-Chief, it's almost a given that you will have a contentious, if not combative, relationship with the media. Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter. The press is not there to be your cheerleading section or inflate your ego.

Bawling like a spoiled and ill-mannered child about how the 'fake media' is being grossly unfair to your wealthy, privileged backside and that of your wife, daughter, sons, and cabinet picks doesn't make you look like the leader of the greatest free nation in the world. It makes you look like a spoiled and ill-mannered child desperately seeking approval for pooping in his diaper.

A great nation is unfraid, but it is also honest with itself and with others. If you're running in the opposite direction because you don't like what you're hearing, Mr. Trump, the problem is with you, and not the media.
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2017-02-18 23:29:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"Mama Don't 'Low". I never understood the "DH Lawrence" line as a kid; they didn't teach about Comstock laws in school.

"Mama Don't 'Low". I never understood the "DH Lawrence" line as a kid; they didn't teach about Comstock laws in school.___

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2017-02-18 23:24:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

3D scanning with your phone.

I have to admit, this Android app is scary good, even in free beta form. I needed to create 3D models from some small physical objects, and researched the array of photogrammetry options available that could work from sets of photos. There are many, ranging from free to expensive, but almost all have rather complex pipelines or other "too much hassle for this" aspects. Then I stumbled across this app, which claimed to create 3D models from a set of photos you take with your phone (or you can import photo sets from other sources). What really seemed unlikely is that it does all of the processing on the phone itself -- it does not require uploading to a cloud system as do most of these solutions. And it claimed the ability to output a variety of formats, including common STL. The results in my early testing are ridiculously good, even from relatively small sets of photos (e.g. 16). The resulting models are excellent, and import into other tools without difficulty. And this was just at default settings (processing only took a few minutes) -- there are higher quality settings available. In fact, it has worked great from my very first try. Pretty amazing.___3D scanning with your phone.

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2017-02-18 22:30:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I find this news oddly pleasing: even as fin fish and shellfish populations plummet, the cephalopods are booming. It's not quite clear why, except that perhaps they're better-suited to adapting to these rapid changes.

Part of this is no doubt due to their fairly rapid life-cycle; something I'm quite curious about is whether this has pushed a further adaptation towards sophisticated intelligence. Octopodes already have spectacularly complex minds, but likely for different reasons than we do. Social hunting and scavenging are things that have driven a lot of intelligence development in terrestrial species -- think of crows, and raccoons, and humans. Octopodes, on the other hand, have this wonderful advantage of being able to get into any sort of place, but the associated disadvantage of not having any armor or protection. They've had to use their brains to survive, as well as to get... more »

I find this news oddly pleasing: even as fin fish and shellfish populations plummet, the cephalopods are booming. It's not quite clear why, except that perhaps they're better-suited to adapting to these rapid changes.

Part of this is no doubt due to their fairly rapid life-cycle; something I'm quite curious about is whether this has pushed a further adaptation towards sophisticated intelligence. Octopodes already have spectacularly complex minds, but likely for different reasons than we do. Social hunting and scavenging are things that have driven a lot of intelligence development in terrestrial species -- think of crows, and raccoons, and humans. Octopodes, on the other hand, have this wonderful advantage of being able to get into any sort of place, but the associated disadvantage of not having any armor or protection. They've had to use their brains to survive, as well as to get their hands on food.

I'd be quite curious to see if we're finding evidence of new foraging or sheltering techniques showing up among our tentacled neighbors, or whether they're simply spreading into ecological niches being vacated by overfishing and acidification.

h/t +Kitty Stryker___

2017-02-18 19:38:12 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

It makes sense that Trump thinks criticizing himself is an attack on the country. He's been running a brand all his life. If you're a brand, then your reputation and your companies are inseparable.

Of course this is also another flaw in the "we should have a businessman running the country" idea. Never mind that macro-economics are very different than, and sometimes the opposite of, micro-economics (the only thing I took away from Econ 101). Never mind that a president isn't a CEO and requires a different set of skills. Trump is not a businessman. He's a brand. He doesn't run businesses; he sells his name. His lawyers, bankers, and associates run the business. His job is simply to make his name better known. We didn't elect a CEO. We elected a walking ego.

It makes sense that Trump thinks criticizing himself is an attack on the country. He's been running a brand all his life. If you're a brand, then your reputation and your companies are inseparable.

Of course this is also another flaw in the "we should have a businessman running the country" idea. Never mind that macro-economics are very different than, and sometimes the opposite of, micro-economics (the only thing I took away from Econ 101). Never mind that a president isn't a CEO and requires a different set of skills. Trump is not a businessman. He's a brand. He doesn't run businesses; he sells his name. His lawyers, bankers, and associates run the business. His job is simply to make his name better known. We didn't elect a CEO. We elected a walking ego.___

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2017-02-18 19:29:50 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

From a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service that Republicans tried to bury: “The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution.”

From a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service that Republicans tried to bury: “The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution.”___

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2017-02-18 19:28:43 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The Strange Lives of Polar Dinosaurs

Look closely for the mammal in the picture.

I still sometimes suffer images of dinosaurs, presented passively in the popular culture of my youth, as cold-blooded, scaly-skinned marsh dwellers rather than the vibrant, active, recognizable-yet-alien creatures science describes today.

This article is a bit long, but worth it if you like this kind of thing.___The Strange Lives of Polar Dinosaurs

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2017-02-18 19:25:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

#Pewtrust is trustworthy news, data and analytics. Interesting to see how your state is handling financial social economic decisions.

#Pewtrust is trustworthy news, data and analytics. Interesting to see how your state is handling financial social economic decisions.___

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2017-02-18 19:23:17 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-18 19:03:19 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The Last Howard Johnson's. Talk about a staple of my childhood travels.

The Last Howard Johnson's. Talk about a staple of my childhood travels.___

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2017-02-18 18:52:00 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

This hadnt occurred to me. What's it like doing simultaneous translation of Trump's speeches?

"He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid."

To retired interpreter Kumiko Torikai, his questionable morality, as evidenced by a string of misogynistic and racist remarks that dogged his election campaign, is a bitter reminder of why — after 20 years — she quit the profession in 1986.

"As an interpreter, your job is to translate the words of a speaker exactly as they are, no matter how heinous and what an outrageous liar you find the speaker to be. You set aside all your personal emotions and become the speaker yourself. It’s a really tough thing, not being allowed to demonstrate your own judgment about what is right and what is wrong. And that’s why I quit."___This hadnt occurred to me. What's it like doing simultaneous translation of Trump's speeches?

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2017-02-18 18:48:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

NYTimes: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget

NYTimes: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget___

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2017-02-18 18:41:14 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Want a hair die that changes color when the temperature changes?

The change is so fast that I have trouble believing it's not a special effect. Can anyone confirm this? Apparently she specializes in creating fashion that reflects invisible data: pollution levels, temperature, brain activity, etc.

I may need this.

Lauren Bowker is a witch. In fact, she grew up in Reed, very close to Pendle Hill where women were infamously hung in 1612 after being accused of murdering people with witchcraft. “I have always been into the occults and into mixing stuff,” she says. “Even as a kid I used to mix bath potions, and was really hands-on with the stuff I had around me, making new products out of them, without even knowing I was doing it.”

As well as being a witch, she’s also an extremely inventive data visualisation scientist who uses fashion – something she believes dictates trends in science – to communicate her ideas. THEUNSEEN is her material exploration house that aims to bring to life the hidden worlds around us – she’s created a headpiece for Swarovski with gemstones that change colour in response to brain activity, a jacket that responds to air pollution and now, with her latest project FIRE, she’s developed a hair dye that changes colour as temperature drops and rises, to be launched at London Fashion Week in collaboration with Storm Models. Yes I tried it, yes it works and according to Bowker, just came from “messing about in the lab”. ___Want a hair die that changes color when the temperature changes?

The change is so fast that I have trouble believing it's not a special effect. Can anyone confirm this? Apparently she specializes in creating fashion that reflects invisible data: pollution levels, temperature, brain activity, etc.

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2017-02-18 18:22:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump says in the tape. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government."

“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump says in the tape. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government."___

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2017-02-18 18:20:41 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Watching the glacier the size of Manhattan calve is like watching something alive dying. It's stunning.

Man points camera at ice – seconds later he captures the impossible on film as a piece of glacier the size of the Lower Manhattan falls into the ocean.___Watching the glacier the size of Manhattan calve is like watching something alive dying. It's stunning.

2017-02-18 10:03:19 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-18 09:50:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-18 08:48:51 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Eyes".

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Eyes".___

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2017-02-18 08:29:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In 2006 I took an arrangements class at Meadowlark Music Camp with the amazing vocalist, guitar player, harmonizer, and arranger, Cindy Kallett (http://cindykallet.com). I had an idea for a version of "House of the Rising Sun" that focused on Hurricane Katrina and the impact of destroying the coastline growth that protects us from floods and hurricanes, and I decided to use that as my class piece.

The amazing thing about an arrangements class where everyone is better than you, is that you get to say things like, "I'm looking for something for this tune that feels angry." And then everyone goes around in a circle and tries different bits and pieces of stuff that you couldn't do in a million years, and you get to pick and choose what you like and then put them all together into something far greater than you could do on your own. So I came out of it with awesome sad... more »

In 2006 I took an arrangements class at Meadowlark Music Camp with the amazing vocalist, guitar player, harmonizer, and arranger, Cindy Kallett (http://cindykallet.com). I had an idea for a version of "House of the Rising Sun" that focused on Hurricane Katrina and the impact of destroying the coastline growth that protects us from floods and hurricanes, and I decided to use that as my class piece.

The amazing thing about an arrangements class where everyone is better than you, is that you get to say things like, "I'm looking for something for this tune that feels angry." And then everyone goes around in a circle and tries different bits and pieces of stuff that you couldn't do in a million years, and you get to pick and choose what you like and then put them all together into something far greater than you could do on your own. So I came out of it with awesome sad flute pieces from Anna Grosslein, and really angry fiddle from Lyle Hawthorne, and I asked both of them and my daughter if they'd perform it with me on the final performance night--and this was the result.

It starts off with my guitar playing a bit rocky--I was nervous! And I screw up the vocals more than once. But all and all, it conveyed the meaning and emotion I was looking for. And the audience kicked in at the end the way only the Meadowlark audience can do.

So now, ten years later, I decided it was time to put some imagery on it as well, and here's the result.

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
It's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And Lord I know I'm one

My mother was a tailor
Sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a working man
Down in New Orleans

My father worked hard all his life
Building up our dreams
Draining swamps and cutting trees
That protected New Orleans

Mothers' warn your children
Not to do the things we have done
Burning fields and market yields
Have drowned the Rising Sun

I've got one foot in the ocean
The other it's on the land
I can't go back to New Orleans
There's no place left to stand

There was a house in New Orleans
They called the Rising Sun
It's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And Lord I know I'm one___

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2017-02-18 06:14:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Bottoms up!

Bottoms up!___

2017-02-18 06:02:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Dear German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
Do you remember when the US secretly spied on your phone calls and online transactions? Would you please consider returning the favor and then emailing the results to the New York Times? Thanks a bunch...we'd appreciate it.
- The rest of the world

Dear German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
Do you remember when the US secretly spied on your phone calls and online transactions? Would you please consider returning the favor and then emailing the results to the New York Times? Thanks a bunch...we'd appreciate it.
- The rest of the world___

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2017-02-18 05:56:24 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Kilgarra Mountain

There are a lot of versions of this song, and names for it. But this is how I learned it from my father. I suspect he got it off a 78 somewhere. I apologize for the quality. I haven't picked up the guitar in nine months, and I haven't played seriously in years. Figured this was a way to get back into it.
And I had no idea the mixing bowl was in the way!

Kilgarra Mountain

There are a lot of versions of this song, and names for it. But this is how I learned it from my father. I suspect he got it off a 78 somewhere. I apologize for the quality. I haven't picked up the guitar in nine months, and I haven't played seriously in years. Figured this was a way to get back into it.
And I had no idea the mixing bowl was in the way!___

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2017-02-18 05:22:58 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I knew pay phones were getting rare, but this is impressive.

I have maintained a toll-free telephone number since 2004 to make it easy for family members and very close friends to reach me in case of emergency. These days it's impressively cheap. And while payphone calls incur a steep per-call surcharge, I opted to accept those calls in case of serious problems, like being stuck in the middle of nowhere, or being arrested.

This week, I had to port the number over to a new provider, because the old one is shuttering its business. I chose a provider which supposedly does pass through payphone calls and their surcharges (most simply block payphones completely). The transfer all worked fine, until it was time to test payphone calling ability.

Before I hit the punchline: In the past several years, the former Bell-associated phone companies have divested themselves of payphone operations, making nearly all of them privatized. And of course, there has been some attrition in payphones in the wild as usage has gone way down thanks to ever-cheaper mobile phones. I knew finding a phone to test would be harder now, but I didn't quite expect this.

I can't find a working payphone within about a mile or two of my house.

I live pretty near to downtown Atlanta. I went up and down, back and forth all the arterial roads, looking for phones, something I did quite well in my teenage years (for reasons). I counted 131(!) empty shells or "stumps" where a phone once was, most with an advertising placard still hanging over the empty space. I found three actual phones, but they were all dead.

Maybe it's stupid, but I felt like a piece of my early years was suddenly gone. While I wasn't paying attention, the world completely changed in a subtle, but major-to-me, way. Being such a technogeek, I never thought I would be the victim of future shock.

Where did the last decade-plus go? Heh.
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Tagging +Phone Trips because RK might get a smile out of this anecdote. Photo is not mine; it's from this article: http://escondidograpevine.com/2015/09/06/where-have-all-the-payphones-gone/___I knew pay phones were getting rare, but this is impressive.

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2017-02-18 04:42:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The tuatara takes more than 20 years to reach sexual maturity and only reproduces every four years. They have been around for 225 million years, but had almost died out.


I had no idea that a reptile named a Tuatara has survived, pretty much unchanged, for more than 225 million years.

70 Million years ago, their species went extinct.

Everywhere, that is, except New Zealand, where a group of them, no one really knows how, managed to live on. Tuatara live there still, today.

This l'il one's ancestors could have known the dinosaurs, or preceded very many of them.

We know he outlived them, clever boy...


Not everything is so rosy for this slow-loving species in the speedy-loving modern world; like the dinosaurs, they take their time reproducing: more than 20 years just to reach sexual maturity.

Moms lay eggs only once every four years.

There's a new-ish theory that Dinosaurs' drawn-out reproductive cycles contributed to their demise; succeeding generations just couldn't get on the road fast enough; 'slow' dinos couldn't adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

Something similar is happening to the Tuatara, few remain.

Thus far, only one interventionist group has had success hatching eggs.

Numbers-boosting efforts have been ongoing for over 40 years, but until now, the right 'formula' for captive birthing and breeding eluded biologists.

Things are looking up:

Seven new babies, happy, healthy, and rearin' to grow, born in the last year.


See the latest l'il guy's welcome into the world, at link...


~RA

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One of the Scientists who oversees the Tautara program describes their glee at seeing these guys emerge and thrive:


It took nearly 40 years of research and dedication to achieve the very first breeding of a tuatara outside their homeland in New Zealand last year.

Now, after waiting all that time for the first to successfully hatch, six more have come along.

Hatching these remarkable animals is real testament to the skill and expertise of the herpetology team at the zoo. Hopefully this means we’ve found the winning formula in terms of breeding the species, which has been a mystery to science for so long. Tuatara lived before the dinosaurs and have survived almost unchanged to the present day. They really are a living fossil and an evolutionary wonder.


Breeding the species is an amazing event and almost as special is the fact we’ve now caught a tuatara hatching on film for the first time. It’s very, very special footage - footage which has barely ever been recorded before, certainly not in this level of detail. We will be able to learn more and more about these amazing animals from this footage. It’s incredibly unique and a real privilege to be able to witness something so rare.


– Isolde McGeorge, reptile keeper


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Tuatara are found wild only in New Zealand and are the last surviving species of its group, commonly known as beak heads, or Rhynchocephalia.

Around 70 million years ago the species became extinct in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa.

To this day, conservationists aren’t sure how and why they were wiped out.

Since then, tuatara have only survived in New Zealand, where the animal now has iconic status.

It is steeped in Māori culture and is highly revered, with the islands on which they live now protected and which very few people are granted permission to visit.


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When President Johnson signed Hart-Celler into law, he declared that immigration discrimination defied a “basic principle of American democracy” and was “un-American in the highest sense.” Like many of the other transformations of the civil rights era, this principle that President Johnson called fundamental was also unprecedented.

When President Johnson signed Hart-Celler into law, he declared that immigration discrimination defied a “basic principle of American democracy” and was “un-American in the highest sense.” Like many of the other transformations of the civil rights era, this principle that President Johnson called fundamental was also unprecedented.___

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My grandfather and grandmother on the left. Princess Ileana of Romania in the center. My grandmother ghostwrote her autobiography "I Live Again". And (I recently learned) she spent two weeks living with my parents on the Walker River Paiute reservation in Nevada while she was getting a Las Vegas divorce. That would have been far from a palatial stay! It's a weird world. And the more I go back through these old photos, the more I realize just how odd it all was.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Ileana_of_Romania

My grandfather and grandmother on the left. Princess Ileana of Romania in the center. My grandmother ghostwrote her autobiography "I Live Again". And (I recently learned) she spent two weeks living with my parents on the Walker River Paiute reservation in Nevada while she was getting a Las Vegas divorce. That would have been far from a palatial stay! It's a weird world. And the more I go back through these old photos, the more I realize just how odd it all was.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Ileana_of_Romania___

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My parents, at their wedding at my mother's house.

My parents, at their wedding at my mother's house.___

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"Contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs."

One of the many loaded questions in a survey that is really a push poll.

https://action.trump2016.com/trump-mms-survey/

"Contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs."

One of the many loaded questions in a survey that is really a push poll.

https://action.trump2016.com/trump-mms-survey/___

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Important update on the recent pentobarbital-in-dog-food recall, and some very interesting history, succinctly stated:


How does pentobarbital end up in dog food?


Pentobarbital caused a scare back in the 1990s.

Veterinarians noticed that the euthanasia drug seemed to be losing its effectiveness, and soon realized that the dogs had developed a resistance to it by eating it in their food.

Consumers feared their sweet Fido was snacking on dead friends.

In 2002, the Food and Drug administration released an analysis demonstrating that yes, some pet food contained pentobarbital, but that it was probably from cattle, and furthermore, the exposure was not harmful—no more than four micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day.

“A dog would have to consume between 5 to 10 micrograms of pentobarbital per kilogram of bodywei... more »


Important update on the recent pentobarbital-in-dog-food recall, and some very interesting history, succinctly stated:


How does pentobarbital end up in dog food?


Pentobarbital caused a scare back in the 1990s.

Veterinarians noticed that the euthanasia drug seemed to be losing its effectiveness, and soon realized that the dogs had developed a resistance to it by eating it in their food.

Consumers feared their sweet Fido was snacking on dead friends.

In 2002, the Food and Drug administration released an analysis demonstrating that yes, some pet food contained pentobarbital, but that it was probably from cattle, and furthermore, the exposure was not harmful—no more than four micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day.

“A dog would have to consume between 5 to 10 micrograms of pentobarbital per kilogram of body weight” to approach harmful levels, the analysis concluded.

Suppliers have tried to reduce the amount of pentobarbital in their food by using higher-quality ingredients.

The PFI said its all of its members are committed to using meat and plant based ingredients good for human consumption, for example.

Evangers and Against the Grain Pet Food are not PFI members.

The two companies are run separately but share an office, and the former company manufactures some of the latter company’s products.

“We received some bad meat, contaminated meat unbeknownst to us,” said Sher. “We purchase wholesome beef from USDA-inspected plants. We never thought that there would be a potential for that.”

Evanger’s FDA recall notice continues:

“All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.”

When pressed about exactly where Against the Grain was purchasing its meat, Sher declined to elaborate.

Could a pentobarbital-euthanized cow end up in human food?

Enright thought it unlikely.

“I’m not aware of any evidence ever that pentobarbital has been found in the human food supply,” she said.

This could only happen if a cow received a dose of the sedative before its trip to the slaughterhouse, which would be unlikely.


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Recall Details:

The Against the Grain dog food recall involves only one flavor and one lot of the pulled beef canned food. Consumers can identify the recalled 12-ounce Against the Grain canned dog food by looking for an expiration date of December 2019 and lot number of 2415E01ATB12.

The recalled Against the Grain food also has a UPC number ending with 80001.


[more: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/02/more-dog-food-recalled-for-possible-barbiturate-contamination/#.WKeSzhBtb-a]

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FDA Notice:

[http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm541692.htm]

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Useful. Finland's tourism board just introduced us to a word aptly describing life in 2017: Kalsarikannit (pronounced cal-sar-y-cuhn-eet), defined as “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear with no intention of going out.

Useful. Finland's tourism board just introduced us to a word aptly describing life in 2017: Kalsarikannit (pronounced cal-sar-y-cuhn-eet), defined as “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear with no intention of going out.___

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Trump just equated criticism of himself with attacks on the state. This is how democracies fall.

And there it is, folks. The media are the enemy.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832708293516632065___Trump just equated criticism of himself with attacks on the state. This is how democracies fall.

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