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  • Random Thoughts: February 2014

    02/11/2014 9:49:48 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us? I am so old that I can remember when sex was private. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” applied to everybody. However fascinated the U.S. Supreme Court may be with the concept of “diversity,” every one of the 9 justices has a degree from one of the...
  • America vs Europe - things that amazed me.

    11/18/2013 7:14:50 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 82 replies
    Recently there was an interesting article about what foreigners thought of American culture - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3090848/posts Just thought I’d share my observations of times I lived in Europe. Here's a scattering of what I discovered. All payments are electronic. Your salary, your bills, your insurance, your rent or mortgage, etc. You constantly have to check online to see where you are financially. Hospitals are stark and bare. No beautification or art work. But hospital rooms have windows you can open and patients can buy beer in the cafeteria. Electrical bills are paid in advance. You are billed for electrical usage that...
  • Pennsylvania Voting Thread (please post your comments)

    11/02/2010 9:35:44 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 43 replies
    Personal Observation ^ | 2 November 2010 | Self
    The Mrs. just spelled me off from poll watching duty one hour ago. Our precinct had logged in slightly less than 300 voters by 11 a.m., about normal for a mid-term election according to our local judges. Absentee requests for the county were 6500 as of Monday versus 3000 for a normal election. One worrisome note: My daughter's did not arrive even though she mailed it two weeks ago. I'll be on closing duty tonight.>p>Official state results will be available at the link. Pls post your observations, including the part of Pennsylvania.
  • My sister and her phone in reports to me about 912 gathering in DC.

    09/11/2009 2:34:44 PM PDT · by Sally'sConcerns · 18 replies · 1,538+ views
    On the scene reports from my sister | 091109 | self
    My sister and B-I-L arrived yesterday afternoon from Houston. My sister and B-I-L along with close to 20 other people met up in Senator Cornyn's office. He was courteous, spent time talking to all of them. He also confirmed he did NOT like the health care bill and shared he was proud people were getting involved. My sister stated it was a very positive meeting. They then went over to Al Green's office.They were the only ones who went to Green's office. While she did say the lady was friendly she also was asked what district my sister was from....
  • Something Different 2

    08/03/2009 6:57:38 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 170+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 08/03/2009 | Kip Davis
    Mrs. Ozella McHargue of St. John, Ind. Was a lady with real holiday spirit, even after her spirit had left her body. When she passed away, she treated her family and guests to a holly Jolly funeral. McHargue came up with the idea after being diagnosed with cancer. She said she didn’t want depressing organ music at her funeral - she wanted songs like “Silver Bells” and “Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer.” She got her wish. The funeral home was decked with holly, wreaths, mistletoe, poinsettias and a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from friends and family. McHargue was placed...
  • Immigration Reform ? How About Using Common Sense ?

    05/21/2007 8:33:51 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 199+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 05/21/07 | vanity
    Listening to the battle over "immigration reform", I wonder if there's still time for common sense ?
  • Media minds: fair and balanced? The Back Lot: Taking a new view

    03/02/2007 6:48:24 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 8 replies · 423+ views
    Variety ^ | 3-2-3007 | Peter Bart
    One of the most irksome traits of columnists or media gurus is that they never change their mind. Would Rush Limbaugh ever admit "Iraq was a dumb idea"? Columnists occupy valuable real estate, yet dwell in a cave of certitude. Having written this column over these past 16 years, I, too, may have fallen into the same trap. So let me venture into uncertain ground by admitting that I've changed my mind about a few things. I won't suggest that these changes will affect the course of our society, but I thought I'd acknowledge them anyway. Cable television news: In...
  • Troops’ Written Wartime Observations Tell Personal Truths

    09/13/2006 9:09:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2006 -- About 50 authors, including current and former servicemen and women as well as family members, gathered in the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building last evening to sign copies of a 377-page book of their observations and experiences in the global war on terrorism. Navy Reserve Cmdr. Kathleen Toomey Jabs, 40, whose Navy officer husband deployed to Iraq in 2004, autographs a copy of “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.” For the book, Jabs wrote a fictional account about a military mother leaving her 4-year-old...
  • Observations: Passing the Baton From Coalition to Iraqi Forces

    06/09/2006 7:48:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    CAMP AL QAIM, Iraq, June 9, 2006 – The security situation in Iraq is like a relay race. Coalition forces have the baton for the first leg. They pass it to the Iraqi army, who in turn pass the baton to the Iraqi police. In Anbar province, the race is a bit slower than in other portions of Iraq. But progress is being made. Training the Iraqi security forces is the most important mission for coalition personnel, who realize that capable security forces will quicken their return home. Iraqi soldiers and police understand this and are very receptive to coalition...
  • Fade to Black (Possible Reduction in Military Satellite Observing Capability)

    05/16/2006 9:23:30 AM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 826+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | 05/14/2006 | Aviation Week
    Concerns are growing that 50% or more of the KH-11 optical and Lacrosse imaging radar satellites that make up the core of secret U.S. space reconnaissance operations will die before smaller, more modern replacements can be launched. A new program, however, may be forming to stem this trend. Fears over the loss of future secret imaging capability are growing as the need for detailed pictures of Iranian and Chinese weapons developments is increasing. U.S. intelligence officers have been concerned for years that China, especially, is trying thwart satellite intelligence by using aggressive camouflage techniques, Central Intelligence Agency managers say. As...
  • House Demoncrats Decry NPOESS Overruns

    05/16/2006 9:07:37 AM PDT · by cogitator · 4 replies · 271+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 05/16/2006 | Phil Berardelli
    Democrats on the House Science Committee said Monday they want the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a deputy undersecretary of Commerce removed from their jobs due to their gross mismanagement of a major weather satellite program. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), the committee's ranking minority member, and Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) ranking member on the environment technology and standards subcommittee, said NOAA's Administrator, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (Ret.) and Gen. John J. Kelly Jr., Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, should be fired. At issue is the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System,...
  • Learning Counterinsurgency: Observations from Soldiering in Iraq

    04/06/2006 5:58:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 161+ views
    The US Army Professional Writing Collection | Lieutenant General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army
    The Army has learned a great deal in Iraq and Afghanistan about the conduct of counterinsurgency operations, and we must continue to learn all that we can from our experiences in those countries. The insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan were not, in truth, the wars for which we were best prepared in 2001; however, they are the wars we are fighting and they clearly are the kind of wars we must master. America's overwhelming conventional military superiority makes it unlikely that future enemies will confront us head on. Rather, they will attack us asymmetrically, avoiding our strengths-firepower, maneuver, technology-and come...
  • NASA Budget Cuts Jeopardize Environmental Satellite Missions

    03/06/2006 10:56:20 AM PST · by cogitator · 15 replies · 321+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | March 5, 2006 | Matt Crenson
    Budget cuts and poor management may be jeopardizing the future of our eyes in orbit -- America's fleet of environmental satellites, vital tools for forecasting hurricanes, protecting water supplies and predicting global warming. "The system of environmental satellites is at risk of collapse," said Richard A. Anthes, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. "Every year that goes by without the system being addressed is a problem." 'Program in Crisis' Anthes chairs a National Academy of Sciences committee that advises the federal government on developing and operating environmental satellites. In a report issued last year, the committee warned that...
  • NASA Satellite Technology Helps Fight Invasive Plant Species

    02/16/2006 3:49:03 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 779+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Feb. 15 | PRNewswire
    Products based on NASA Earth observations and a new Internet-based decision tool are providing information to help land and water managers combat tamarisk (saltcedar), an invasive plant species damaging precious water supplies in the western United States. This decision tool, called the Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS), is being used at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Institute of Invasive Species Science in Fort Collins, Colo. It is the result of combining USGS science and NASA Earth observations, software engineering and high- performance computing expertise. "The ISFS combines NASA satellite data with tens of thousands of field sampling measurements, which...
  • Black Hole Swallows Neutron Star, Observations Suggest

    12/14/2005 6:33:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,101+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/05 | Robert Roy Britt
    A distant eruption of high-energy gamma rays is evidence for a black hole swallowing another dense object called a neutron star, astronomers announced today. A neutron star is a stellar corpse with a mass equal to a few suns packed into a space no more than 12 miles across. Black holes are even denser objects, so dense that matter and even light can't escape once inside their spheres of invisible influence. Scientists have long suspected collisions between these objects are common. Other recent bursts have looked similar, but observations from NASA's orbiting Swift satellite and other telescopes, recorded July 24...
  • [Antarctic] Ice shelf collapse was unprecedented event in last 10,000 years

    08/04/2005 10:28:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 103 replies · 1,990+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | August 4, 2005
    The disintegration of the huge Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica was an unprecedented event in the past 10,000 years of geological history, a study has found. Research by scientists from Hamilton College in New York, based on the scrutiny of six ice cores from the vicinity of the ice shelf, found that a collapse of this size had not happened during the period since the end of the last Ice Age. The piece of ice which sheered away from Larsen B into the sea in 2002 was roughly the size of Luxembourg. The study, published in the journal Nature,...
  • Changing planet revealed in atlas [satellite images]

    06/06/2005 8:35:35 AM PDT · by cogitator · 31 replies · 1,500+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 4, 2005
    Changing planet revealed in atlasAn atlas of environmental change compiled by the United Nations reveals some of the dramatic transformations that are occurring to our planet. It compares and contrasts satellite images taken over the past few decades with contemporary ones. These highlight in vivid detail the striking make-over wrought in some corners of the Earth by deforestation, urbanisation and climate change. The atlas has been released to mark World Environment Day. The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) produced One Planet Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment in collaboration with other agencies such as the US Geological Survey and...
  • Earth-science satellite network in jeopardy

    04/28/2005 10:23:02 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 296+ views
    New Scientist ^ | April 28, 2005 | Kelly Young
    The US network of satellites monitoring the environmental health of the Earth is on the verge of collapse, according to a highly critical report released on Wednesday by the country’s National Research Council. Six recent NASA Earth-observing missions have been delayed, scaled back or completely cut. Several of the cancelled missions were follow-ups to successful satellite projects. The US is probably responsible for about half of the Earth-science satellites currently in orbit, says Richard Anthes, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and co-chair of the committee that produced the report. Most of the document focuses on research satellites,...
  • Baghdad Dominated by Protest (Vanity)

    04/11/2005 11:07:22 AM PDT · by Radix · 2 replies · 524+ views
    E-mail ^ | 11 April 2005 | A Troop in Iraq
     Please pardon any grammatical errors. This is after all just a vanity post. Observations of a Troop currently stationed in Iraq.Baghdad Dominated by Protest    It struck me as humorous when Carter told this story at dinner the other night.  ‘My interpreter came up to me the other day and said “my family and I pray every night that you will stay here for a long long time.” Carter’s response was of course....”That’s funny, because my family is home every night praying for the exact opposite ...praying that I come home tomorrow. I guess we’ll have to see whose god...
  • The Great American Revival

    03/23/2005 7:42:30 AM PST · by STD · 2 replies · 132+ views
    Radio ^ | 3/22/05 | DrMike
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Having just driven from Northern Wisconsin down to Kansas City spending weeks there and driving back home, I noticed several very interesting things. Living in KC and drawing in the atmosphere, I was touched by the kindness and goodness of the people I met along the way.An over the road truck driver told me that 80% of truckers are followers of Christ. This he reports is a recent change. Additionally, I was quite impressed by the radio stations I heard along the way. Pushing the seek button to look for music or talk radio...
  • Al-Kut, Iraq: After-Battle Report

    01/10/2005 3:39:30 PM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies · 1,172+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | 1/10/2005 | MEQ
    In April 2004, followers of Iraqi Shi‘ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a well-coordinated uprising across southern Iraq. While Western media focused on events in Sadr City, Najaf, and Karbala, violence occurred elsewhere as well. A Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) source forwarded the following after-action report regarding violence in the town of Al-Kut, the capital of the Wassit governorate and home to the Ukrainian contingent.The unclassified report, written by a coalition security contractor, highlights dysfunction between regional coalition offices and the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters in Baghdad, as well as tension between diplomats and security officers. The summary faulted a British...
  • Japan plans advanced spy satellite

    09/27/2004 8:32:05 AM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Space Daily ^ | September 27, 2004 | Space Daily
    Japan Plans To Develop Advanced Spy Satellite (Caption) Japan's spy satellites build on a legacy of increasingly sophisticated earth observation satellites. The Japanese government plans to develop an advanced spy satellite for launch in 2010. Government sources say the satellite will be able to distinguish objects on Earth as small as 50 centimeters. The satellite in fast polar orbit will pass over each target site once a day, compared with once every two days with Japan's current satellite system. Kyodo News reports that the project is aimed at watching missile and nuclear facilities of North Korea. Japan deployed two spy...
  • MN State Fair observations(Vanity)

    09/07/2004 2:24:45 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 9 replies · 670+ views
    ^me | 9-7-04 | Rakkasan1
    a popular local talk show host observed and stated something we had both observed at the MN State fair. The DFL party (MN dims) had a wall of post-it notes that people could state why they were voting against Bush. He noted they included things like because ..."I'm poor", "I want to be happy,"I want the world to like me" ,etc,etc. He also risked going into their booth to take a computer "test" about who to vote for. A option of most important issuses included healthcare,education,"war in Iraq" ,but nothing about "terrorism". Odd, is it not?
  • National Data Buoy Center

    09/02/2004 4:21:24 PM PDT · by Lokibob · 696+ views
    NDBC ^ | 2 Sep 04 | National Data Buoy Center
    I found this web site that has the latest weather data for the 10 closest buoys to Hurricane Francis:   National Data Buoy Center http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/radial_search.php?lat1=24.1N&lon1=74.8W&dist=450&time=3       Hurricane Special! For observations closest to Hurricane Frances, see our customized Observations Search page.    
  • VANITY: A couple observations about the olympics ceremony in Athens

    08/14/2004 2:49:11 AM PDT · by yonif · 23 replies · 969+ views
    8/14/2004 | me
    Before I begin my short remarks let me say that I was watching I guess the european coverage in Armenian here in Armenia. First and foremost were the opening cermonies before the parade of nations. You might remember the guy running around the stadium through all the different olympics. When he reached the time when WWI happened, he stopped. When he reached the Munich olympics with Hitler before WWII he also stopped. These stops symbolized that there was something wrong etc. Anyways, when he was reaching the 1972 Munich olympics, he didn't stop. Even though something bad did happen, the...
  • "First Light" for NASA SeaWinds instrument

    02/26/2003 8:56:08 AM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies · 163+ views
    Planetary Photojournal ^ | February 25, 2003 | Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    PIA03896: NASA'S Newest SeaWinds Instrument Breezes Into Operation One of NASA's newest Earth-observing instruments, the SeaWinds scatterometer aboard Japan's Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (Adeos) 2--now renamed Midori 2--has successfully transmitted its first radar data to our home planet, generating its first high-quality images. From its orbiting perch high above Earth, SeaWinds on Midori 2 ('midori' is Japanese for the color green, symbolizing the environment) will provide the world's most accurate, highest resolution and broadest geographic coverage of ocean wind speed and direction, sea ice extent and properties of Earth's land surfaces. It will complement and eventually replace an identical...