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  • Jamtown Featuring Cisco Adler, G. Love & Donavon Frankenreiter Release New Song “Pick It Up”

    07/13/2017 10:17:03 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom
    MXDWN.com ^ | 6/15/17 | John Wyatt
    Collab efforts are always a tricky thing, a song can be tough enough but a whole project? They can be nearly impossible sometimes. So when a group such as Jamtown-consisting of Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter and G.Love get together, it can be a special thing. With a group as talented and as storied as these three, you know the effort will good. The group brings together a plethora of styles and genres into some easygoing hits, with roots in surf rock, pop/reggae, hip hop, and some folksy harmonica playing all entering the fray. All these ingredients come together to give...
  • Mississippi Power Offers Ideas for Kemper Power Plant's Future

    07/11/2017 6:38:47 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    Power Engineering Magazine ^ | 7/10/17 | Jeff Amy
    Public Utilities Staff Executive Director Virden Jones said Thursday that he believes the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. wants to settle on terms set by Mississippi's Public Service Commission. The three elected commissioners said two weeks ago that Kemper should run on natural gas and not gasified lignite coal, that rates should stay level or fall, and that customers shouldn't pay for the gasifier. Last week, Mississippi Power said it was suspending efforts to complete the gasifier, which is three years behind schedule. The plant is more than $4.5 billion over budget. Southern could have to absorb another $3.4 billion...
  • Ed Gerard "Promised Land"

    05/29/2017 10:14:34 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/8/14 | Ed Gerhard
    This is one of my all-time favorite guitar songs by Ed Gerhard...perfect for a holiday morning. The story behind Gerard's "House of Guitars" CD is fascinating. The album was recorded using an assortment of cheap pawnshop-style guitars. Gerhard is known for his gorgeous tone, and uses these unusual textures for maximum musical impact. "Promised Land" epitomizes what this genius can do.
  • Woodward: 'Mr. President, the media is not fake news'

    04/30/2017 10:21:08 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/30/17 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    Veteran reporter Bob Woodward sent a message directed to President Trump late Saturday: "The media is not fake news." "The effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith," Woodward said during remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "Mr. President, the media is not fake news." Woodward said during his speech that any president and his administration is "clearly entitled to the most serious reporting efforts possible." "We need to understand, to listen, to dig — obviously our reporting needs to get both facts and tone right," he said. "The...
  • Extreme weather linked to greenhouse gases, global warming, Stanford study says

    04/30/2017 8:54:23 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 60 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/24/17 | LISA M. KRIEGER
    Weird weather and climate warming are two separate things, but a Stanford team is linking them. Using math, powerful computers and historical records, research led by Noah Diffenbaugh found that climate change has boosted the odds of extreme heat, drought, punishing rainstorms and retreating sea ice. “The odds of hitting record-setting level of extremes have been made greater by climate warming,” caused by human emission of greenhouse gases, said Diffenbaugh, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. In the past, scientists typically avoided conflating individual weather events and climate change, citing the...
  • Saskatchewan ranchers stunned as beaver herds 150 cattle

    04/18/2017 7:01:19 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 23 replies
    CBC News ^ | 4/17/17 | David Shield
    Saskatchewan rancher Adrienne Ivey may have heard of a beaver, but until now, had never seen a beaver herd — cattle, that is. On Friday, Ivey and her husband were surprised to see 150 of their heifers crowded together in one of their pastures. Curious about the strange behaviour, they investigated further, to find the herd of cattle following a beaver that had wandered along. "He was out and about, I think looking for a new place to build a beaver lodge, and they were following him," Ivey said. "There was about a three-foot space around him. They didn't want...
  • Dodge unveils one-seat 840-horsepower muscle car

    04/12/2017 7:37:55 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 123 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4/11/17 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not a car for normal people. For starters, it comes standard with only one seat. Because passenger seats, and passengers, weigh too much and would slow it down. Your friends aren't worth that. Then there's the engine. The Demon's 840-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is the most powerful V8 engine ever put into a regular production car. That makes the Demon the most powerful factory-produced muscle car... ever. The Demon has already recorded the fastest quarter-mile run by a factory production car ever, as officially certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Starting from a...
  • Mount Umunhum: Closed for decades, opening Sept. 16-17 (CA)

    04/05/2017 7:01:41 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/4/17 | Lisa Krieger
    At long last the wait is over: Closed to the public since 1980, the summit of Mount Umunhum will finally open starting Sept. 16. The grand opening weekend celebration of the prominent 12-acre mountaintop, located within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, will include events and activities welcoming the public to the peak and inviting them to experience its panoramic vistas, rich cultural history and restored natural environment. Nearly 5 miles of new trails, now under construction, will offer dramatic views to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Impatiently, local mountain-lovers have long awaited the opening...
  • California storms: Wettest water year, so far, in 122 years of records

    03/09/2017 7:10:28 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 36 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/9/17 | Mark Gomez
    Between October 2016 and February 2017, California averaged 27.81 inches of precipitation, the highest average since such records began being kept in 1895, according to data released Wednesday by the National Centers for Environmental Information, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Can racist tweets help predict hate crimes? L.A. is about to find out

    09/25/2016 8:21:00 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/23/16 | Richard Winton
    Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media? Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes. During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time. The researchers then will compare the data against records of reported violent acts. The U.S. Department of Justice...
  • Freedom Bridge in Santa Clara faces demolition despite bicyclists' protests

    08/28/2016 3:09:00 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/27/16 | Scott Herhold
    <p>A couple of long blocks north of Highway 101, bicyclists whiz up and down the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, one of the best bicycle paths in the valley. At the property of tech giant Intel, a few of them cross to the east side of the creek on a wooden bridge called "The Freedom Bridge."</p>
  • Despite Policy Shifts, China Faces Huge Coal-Fired Overcapacity

    08/05/2016 8:48:14 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | 08/03/2016 | Thomas Overton
    China’s once-booming coal power sector is facing an existential challenge as continued breakneck expansion of new capacity is colliding with flattened growth in power demand, despite increasingly strenuous government efforts to put the brakes on new construction. According to a pair of new studies, China’s overcapacity in coal-fired generation could reach a staggering 400 GW by 2020—an amount larger than the total installed capacity of every other nation worldwide besides the U.S. ...plant utilization rates in China have been falling rapidly over the past several years. This is because while total thermal generation has barely changed since 2011—resulting from a...
  • Germany Bans Traditional Pork Sausages from Public Cafeterias

    03/06/2016 2:39:12 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 127 replies
    Counter Jihad ^ | 3/6/2016 | Anonymous
    In a move that endangers a major sector of German agriculture, there is an effort to ban pork sausages from public cafeterias in schools, hospitals, nurseries, and elsewhere. Judged as a portion of tax revenue, pork agriculture accounts for nearly a fifth of the local economy in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein region. Pork sausages are at the very heart of Germany’s traditional cuisine. Yet the decisions have been made in many parts of Germany to simply remove pork from public life. There is some opposition to the move to strip pork sausages from Germany. “The protection of minorities – including for religious...
  • Storms to pound California with flooding rain, mountain snow into early next week

    03/05/2016 3:55:49 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 3/5/16 | Renee Duff
    Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk of flooding and mudslides across California as storms persistently roll ashore into the second week of March. Rain bypassed the state during most of February, but a shift in the weather pattern will steer storms into the California coast this weekend and into next week. "Storms will usher in moderate to heavy rain across California and heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada [through Monday]," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun stated. Over half a foot of rain could fall across northern California. Snow levels will fall throughout the weekend, allowing feet of snow to...
  • Cow Palace gun show draws a crowd in wake of Obama's executive actions

    01/12/2016 8:14:01 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/9/16 | Pete Carey
    A long line of gun fanciers waiting to buy tickets snaked across the Cow Palace parking lot early Saturday morning despite a cold drizzle, as the Crossroads of the West gun show kicked off a two-day run at the famed exhibition hall. Judging by the size of the morning crowd, show owner Bob Templeton predicted total weekend attendance of about 7,000 -- double the usual 3,500 at the show he's been holding at the Cow Palace for three decades. "There are a lot of first-time buyers," said Templeton, a Utah resident. "They're here for two reasons -- the safety of...
  • Silicon Valley should jump into the smart gun market

    01/08/2016 6:01:39 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 49 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/8/16 | Michelle Quinn
    ...Ron Conway, the San Francisco angel investor, helped to pioneer the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, which put up $1 million to fund a variety of ideas that advance gun lock technology. The goal had been to create the "iPhone of guns," Conway said... ...at least some of the more than 30,000 gun deaths each year would be avoided if there were smart guns. In theory, the technology would reduce gun suicides, gun deaths from accidents and deaths involving stolen guns. Smart guns might have particular appeal to law enforcement who have to worry about their weapons being used against them...
  • Milpitas home visited by mutant squirrel (BLACK SQUIRRELS MATTER)

    12/25/2015 7:51:00 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 35 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/25/15 | Joan Morris
    DEAR JOAN: For the very first time in 24 years at our home, we have a black squirrel in the backyard. With about a dozen trees in back, we have had many gray squirrels over the years but never a black one. How rare are they? He looks smaller, maybe younger than the others. Is this a mutant squirrel or a different type? Dana Arbaugh, Milpitas DEAR DANA: Black squirrels are unusual but not rare. Palo Alto appears to have the most black squirrels in the Bay Area, but they are also seen elsewhere. Technically, you could call it a...
  • Feds initiate aircraft noise studies (FAA Next Gen)

    11/26/2015 11:14:33 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 11/25/2015 | Alicia Castro
    In response to public outcry over aircraft noise above Los Altos and other Bay Area cities, the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a plan to consider changes to flight traffic. The FAA in October began analyzing potential modifications to its aircraft paths, including offshore routes, higher-altitude travel and reduced nighttime operations. "I welcome this important first step the FAA has developed," said U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, who worked alongside Reps. Sam Farr and Jackie Speier to engage the FAA. Eshoo said FAA leadership would follow up with community meetings through the representatives' offices to explain the plan to...
  • F35 Helmet - A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky

    11/25/2015 9:34:53 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/15 | Zoeann Murphy
    The F-35 fighter jet, developed by Lockheed Martin, has a fascinating accessory. The pilot’s $400,000 helmet enables him or her to see through the jet’s skin, using a number of specially positioned cameras.
  • Paris Kumbaya Pictures Post-Attack

    11/15/2015 10:05:47 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 45 replies
    Google Photos ^ | 11/15/15 | Various