|Portland Policeman on Monty|
The horses were all wearing what looked like rubber overshoes. New to me.
|Portland Policeman on Monty|
1455 NW Overton Street, Portland, Oregon
|Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall at the Golden Globe awards this month. Photograph: John Shearer/Getty|
|Jerry Hall with son Gabriel by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, 1992|
If you think the U.S. elections are flawed, consider the Iranian Parliamentary elections being held today. The elections are specifically for the Parliament and the "Assembly of Experts." Another group called the "Guardian Council" disqualified almost two-thirds of the 800 candidates—including all or most of the candidates committed to government reforms—for reasons undisclosed. The culling of candidates will serve to ensure that the hardliners in Iran continue their domination of the Parliament. The next time a friend complains about having choices like Trump, Clinton, Sanders and Cruz, keep the Iran example in mind.
It is focus and determination like this that makes the world a better place. Our washing machines, dishwashers, cars, not to mention antibiotics etc., came from endless hours of obsessive work. That's not to say the originators necessarily benefit, themselves. Probably not a lot of correlation between usefulness of invention, and benefit to inventor. After all, the most useful items are antibiotics, clean water, power...but people have gotten wealthy off of fabric softeners and TV shows, and worse.
|Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee, left) & Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender, right)|
|Veruschka and some ominous black dude in Casino Royale (2006)|
Veruschka was born Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort on 14 May 1939, in Königsberg, East Prussia, now known as Kaliningrad, Russia. She grew up at Steinort, an estate in East Prussia, which had been in her family for centuries. Her mother was Countess Gottliebe von Kalnein (b. 1913). Her father, Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort, was a German count and army reserve officer who became a key member of the German Resistance, reportedly after witnessing Jewish children being beaten and killed. When Veruschka was five years old, her father was executed for allegedly attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the July 20 Plot. After his death, the remaining family members spent their times in labor camps until the end of World War II. By the end of the war, her family was left homeless. - WikipediaThe July 20 Plot was the basis for the 2008 movie Valkyrie with Tom Cruise.
|OHSU Tram approaching (or is it leaving?) the upper terminal.|
|OHSU Aerial Tram Upper Terminal|
|A different view of the mysterious red and yellow-green boxes, taken from the walkway mentioned above.|
|Cable stuff at the upper terminal.|
|Cars flowing along highways|
|Blood cells flowing through blood vessels|
“Dainty” Dorthy Poynton was 17 when she won the Gold Medal for this dive at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. She repeated the feat at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
|Wiley Student Edition Restricted!|
|Small Building in New Albany|
|Old windmill tower barely visible through the trees.|
|Building on the Abercrombie & Fitch world headquarters campus, New Albany, Ohio|
|Abercrombie & Fitch world headquarters & distribution center, New Albany, Ohio|
This view is about 0.9 miles across and 1.1 miles top to bottom.
|Dinosaur Comic # 2944|
TOOTH OR CONSEQUENCES RE: "Officials Removed Fluoride from the Water in Calgary, Canada... and Guess What Happened?" [Blogtown, Feb 18], in which Wm. Steven Humphrey pointed out that since Calgary took fluoride out of its water in 2011, that city's children have had an average of "3.8 more cavities, extractions, and fillings." While Humphrey's post brought Portland's anti-fluoride science-phobes back out of the woodwork, we aren't going to print their comments.And the Dinosaur Comic. Don't forget the Dinosaur Comic.
As a dentist who graduated 40 years ago and has practiced in both a fluoridated city (Chicago, fluoridated since 1956), and non-fluoridated Portland, there is a definite difference on a community-wide basis.
Interesting facts in the defeat of the fluoridation vote back in May 2013: The Westside precincts (except out on rural Skyline Road) voted "yes" for fluoridation, and the higher socioeconomic status (SES) precincts on the Eastside—Grant Park, parts of Irvington, Alameda, Laurelhurst, and Eastmoreland—all voted "yes" too.
It was the lower SES communities—those that would have benefited from fluoridation—that voted "no." Those east of SE 82nd voted 80 percent against.
With only 42 percent of registered voters casting ballots in the election, there were 251,000 voters who did not weigh in on fluoridation.
The headquarters building on NE Sandy for the pro-fluoridation side is now a cannabis shop. The fluoride lovers have been replaced by the THC chemical lovers. BTW: No one who has consumed fluoridated water at the optimal level of 0.7 ppm has ever overdosed from fluoride. Can't say that for those consuming an edible chocolate.
posted by Kurt Ferre
Obviously fluoride isn't harmful. They want us to argue about it so that we don't talk about chemtrails.
posted by The Immortal Goon
|San Clemente Pier Fireball – Ams Event #2989-2915 caught over the Clemente, CA Pier 2015-11-03 19:50 PST © Lisa Speakman|
|Fireball captured on February 6, 2016, at Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V. at the University Rostock © Gerd Baumgarten – Possibly AMS Event#489-2016|
|Meteor over Horseshoe Park, CO – Dec 13th 2015 © Bryce Bradford|
|Fireball over Martin Lake, Minnesota – September 12, 2014 © J. Ericson|
|Liquid Cooling plate for Smart Phone. It is about four inches long by two inches wide by one millimeter thick. The top of the scale and the bright spot in the picture is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It's not solid, it's full of tiny tunnels filled with liquid and gas.|
. . . the Samsung Galaxy S7 isn't the first smartphone to feature liquid cooling. Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950xl both use liquid cooling. Sony's use of the technology goes further back, to the Xperia X2, which was released in March of 2014.
Why use liquid cooling? It's probably being used for a number of reasons. First, Qualcomm had problems with the Snapdragon 810 overheating, a problem that resulted in Samsung passing up on the chip for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
|John Wayne in The Shootist|
I didn’t vote for him but he’s my President, and I hope he does a good job.—John Wayne (1907 - 1979) on the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960
I hope he fails.—Rush Limbaugh (b. 1951) on the election of Barack Obama in 2008
I've been singing the refrain to this song occasionally pretty much my whole life.I learned it when I was a little kid. I think our parents had the album. Radical hippies, were they?
|Patrick Renoult, Head minesweeper Civil Security of Versailles Demining Centre and head of the museum before a collection of bombs and shells of the First and Second World Wars.|
|Muu Muu's Big World Diner|
Restaurant & Bar
|Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron by Margaret Sarah Carpenter|
because we need a picture and I like Ada much more than his Lordship
When Byron's great-uncle, the "wicked" Lord Byron, died on 21 May 1798, the 10-year-old boy became the 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale and inherited the ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, in Nottinghamshire.Okay, he got his title the old fashioned way, he inherited it.
|Phineus & The Harpies by Russell Marks|
|The Big Short - Inside The Doomsday Machine|
The Big Short describes several of the key players in the creation of the credit default swap market that sought to bet against the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) bubble and thus ended up profiting from the financial crisis of 2007–10. - Wikipedia's article about the book.
The two discover that the impending market collapse is being further perpetuated by the sale of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), groups of poor loans that are packaged together and incorrectly given AAA ratings due to the conflicts of interest and dishonesty of the rating agencies. - Wikipedia's article about the film.Why has it taken so long for a clear explanation to reach me? Perhaps because earlier stories were too full of complicated economic analysis, too full of hype from people promoting their own particular view of what happened, and the normal legal fears of calling people criminals before they have been convicted.
|The Drug Lords: America's Pharmaceutical Cartel|
The biggest problem with drugs is that they are illegal. Suicides are tragic, but sometimes it is the best option available. If accidental overdoses are a concern, perhaps labeling the drugs with a 'do not exceed' message might help.
I don't know, but I suspect that the worsening economic situation is behind the increased suicide rate. A negative income tax might help with that. Making vacant houses available to the homeless might help. Promoting primitive farming, ala the Amish, might help more people become self sufficient, which might help.
Drug addiction is not necessarily a medical problem. Many people think it is, but there are reasonable people who disagree. Now I wonder if there is any correlation between being a drug addict and committing suicide by deliberately taking an overdose of drugs.
The DEA is an abomination and should be dissolved. Anyone who wants to keep drugs illegal is either a moron or they are they are part of the American Drug Cartel.
The media talks about the drug cartels in South America, but they are small fry compared to the American one. I do not recommend picking a fight with them, they are vicious and would not think twice about killing anyone who opposes them if it would help maintain their grip on the drug market.
Don't support them with feeble minded legislation that add new restrictions to drug distribution.
Do not forget that the pharmaceutical industry is part of the American Drug Cartel.