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Don’t Let the FCC Break the Internet!

December 13, 2017

This Thursday, December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality. Who thinks that’s a good idea? The gatekeepers who will become toll collectors: Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. Who thinks that’s awful? The guys who built the Internet and the people and companies who actually use it.

What can you do? Answers here.

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Kim Davis: Resurrection?

November 15, 2017

Kim Davis: Resurrection?

Intolerant Kentucky County Clerk Kimberly Jean Bailey Davis will be running for reelection in 2018. Ms. Davis was imprisoned in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was sprung after a federal judge determined that her deputy clerks were doing the work she shirked, providing equal justice under the law by issuing civil marriage licenses to all couples. Ms. Davis’s unconstitutional stunt cost the State of Kentucky $224,000 in court costs.

Kim Davis believes in marriage so strongly she’s had four of them. Her twins, born five months after her divorce from her first husband, were sired by her third husband and adopted by her fourth husband, who was also her second husband.

And family values are what the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is all about. When she was elected in 2014, Kim Davis hired her son to work in her county government office, just like her own mother, Rowan County Clerk for 37 years, had hired her. If Mrs. Davis ever decides to abdicate, surely her son will inherit the family business.

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Standard Time

November 5, 2017

Standard Time
Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep last night (in Europe, make that “last week“). America has now moved from “Daylight Saving Time” to “Standard Time,” except in Arizona, which stays in Standard Time all year long. Arizona also doesn’t believe in Climate ChangeWater FluoridationInternational Law, or Evolution, either. But wait:

“The fall transition to standard time is linked to an increase in crime that costs the country billions of dollars annually. Transitions into and out of daylight saving time are linked to disrupted sleep patternsincreased heart attack risk, and an uptick in fatal car accidents.

… a team of researchers from the departments of psychiatry and political science at the universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen and Stanford added another formal complaint to the indictment against clock-turning: The autumn shift to standard time appears to be closely linked to a jump in depression diagnoses around this time of year.”

— “Turning back the clock 1 hour takes a serious toll on your mental health,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

More:

“For the last time, daylight saving time isn’t worth the trouble it causes,” Laura Grant, Quartz

“Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 6 things to know about ‘falling back,’” Brian Resnick, Vox

“Daylight Saving Time as Americans know it was instituted by corporate lobbies, not farmers,” Zoë Schlanger, Quartz

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Lackluster No

October 14, 2017

“Lackluster No,” by Nova Heart, led by Helen Feng, who directed the video. Cinematographer: Joewi Verhoeven.

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I Remember California

October 8, 2017

“I Remember California,” by R.E.M., 1988.

“I remember redwood trees, bumper cars and wolverines
The ocean’s Trident submarines
Lemons, limes and tangerines”

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Train To Birmingham

September 17, 2017

“Train To Birmingham,” written and performed by John Hiatt, 2011.

John Hiatt website

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2017

Bagel Day

Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop is near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there is a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

The developers were plugged into the Web, and learned as much – or as little — as anyone that morning. We knew a third plane hit the Pentagon and heard the false report that a fourth had hit the White House. There was a rumor that a plane had hit the Capitol, but we were two blocks away and would have heard that.

I scanned on the radio, but the news stations were clueless. I heard some good eyewitness reporting from New York over Pacifica, which I hadn’t expected. I put it on the telephone intercom and went through the office, turning intercoms on for some, off for people who had already heard enough.

I called the boss, got the word to send folks home, and surfed up reports on school system closings and Metro. The Red Line at Union Station was shut down until early afternoon. Phones at schools were busy, cell phone systems overloaded. I helped negotiate carpool rides for suburban commuter parents anxious enough to try the crowded roads, shut the center down, and walked home.

It was a quiet walk. There wasn’t a plane in the sky. All civilian aircraft were grounded. I kept the radio off and waited for the Wednesday paper.

Versions of this have been posted here each September 11th since 2007.

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America’s National Road System

July 31, 2017

America’s national road system: The Federal Highway Administration looks back on a century of America’s public roadways.

More highway history here.

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C Jam Blues

July 30, 2017

“C Jam Blues,” written by Duke Ellington (possibly with Barney Bigard), performed by the Oscar Peterson Trio in Denmark, 1964.

Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums).

More:

“C Jam Blues (1942),” Chris Tyle, JazzStandards.com

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Synesthesia

July 9, 2017

“Synesthesia,” a 2009 short film by Terri Timley (Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey).

syn·es·the·sia syn·aes·the·sia (sĭn’ĭs-thē’zhə) n. 1)A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. 2) A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. 3) The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.
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