INTERESTING: Las Vegas Oceanfront was always a joke

Thursday, July 2, 2015

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3143818/Helium-LEAKING-massive-earthquake-fault-LA-raising-fears-big-one-devastating-thought.html

Could LA’s Big One be even bigger than we thought? Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

  • Indicates Newport-Inglewood fault more important than previously thought
  • Risk in the next 30 years of ‘big one’ increased from about 4.7% to 7.0%
  • However, study says risk of smaller quakes has actually gone down 

By MARK PRIGG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:15 EST, 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:19 EST, 30 June 2015

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A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found.
They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.

It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating.

It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically.

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You’d think that folks would be taking action. As a IT Disaster Recovery SME, I’d be planning, testing, and conducting exercises.

While the recent movie “San Andreas” was hyperbole, there is a grain of truth in it.

<synonym for excrement> happens!

And, humans are very fragile creatures as individuals.

Water, bean, band aids, bullets, and bullion!

Give how the “We, The Sheeple” ignore everything except for celebrity gossip, sports results, and who’s dirty pictures are on the inet, this will be a real smack in the face.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Robot grocery store

Saturday, June 20, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/06/19/robot-grocery-store-gives-high-tech-upgrade-to-food-shopping/?intcmp=obnetwork

Robot grocery store gives high-tech upgrade to food shopping | Fox News

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Des Moines, Iowa is planning to build a first-of-a kind robotic grocery store as an experiment to offer food and necessities to locals anytime at their convenience.

A partnership between the nonprofit Eat Greater Des Moines and the business equipment firm Oasis24seven will see an automated, vending machine-style unit come to the area.

“Throughout Des Moines, there are areas of town where access to quality food is limited,” said Aubrey Alvarez, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We would love for a full service grocery store to move into these areas, but until that time the robotic unit will address the gap in the community.”

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No security risk.

No staffing issues.

No worry about raising the minimum wage.

No “bodega” for “electronic benefits fraud”.

If this becomes “profitable”, then where will it end?

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INTERESTING: Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

Monday, June 8, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/walter-e-williams/white-privilege-2/

Intellectual Dishonesty
By Walter E. Williams
June 2, 2015

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President Barack Obama’s stance, expressed in his 2014 State of the Union address, is that the debate is settled and climate change is a fact. Obama is by no means unique in that view. Former Vice President Al Gore declared that “the science is settled.” This “settled science” vision about climate is held by many, including those in academia. To call any science settled is sheer idiocy. Had mankind acted as though any science could possibly be settled, we’d be living in caves, as opposed to having the standard of living we enjoy today. That higher standard of living stems from challenges to what might have been seen as “scientific fact.”

According to mathematician Samuel Arbesman’s book, “The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date,” many ideas taken as facts today will be shown to be wrong as early as five years from now. Arbesman argues that a study published in a physics journal will lose half its value in 10 years.

Many academics know that to call any science settled is nonsense. But their leftist political sentiments and lack of academic integrity prevent them from criticizing public officials and the media for misleading a gullible public about global warming.

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I can always count on Professor Wilaims educating me.

I never had heard about the “Half-Life of Facts”.

As a fat old white guy injineer, “facts” were always “facts”.

There are certain absolutes in this world: π, ℊ, 𝑒, and lying politicians.

There are certain moral principles: The Golden Rule (i.e., do unto others), the Zero Aggression Principle (i.e., don’t hurt people or steal their stuff), and Karma (i.e., what you do, comes around back to you).

There are a lot of “theories”. For example, Evolution, Conspiracy, and Global Warming / Global Cooling / Climate Change,

Personally, I have always used the DIKW (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) paradigm to understand the world and structure my memes accordingly.

Note that “facts” don’t appear in my paradigm because, for the most part, when people tell me “facts”, they are not very absolute.

In my mind, “facts” are “information” subject to verification and testing.

Thanks for Professor Williams educating me that there is no such thing as “settled science”.

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INTERESTING: AAA has a contest, but the missed an opportunity

Thursday, June 4, 2015

https://www.facebook.com/AAAMidAtlantic?sk=app_234658916574732

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LIFE IS JOYOUS. IT’S MESSY. IT’S SURPRISING. MOSTLY, IT’S YOURS.
THROUGHOUT IT ALL, THERE’S ONE NAME YOU CAN COUNT ON, AND IT’S PRONOUNCED TRIPLE-A. SHARE YOUR AAAHH! MOMENT AND YOU COULD BE A WINNER. IT’S EASY.

Just click ‘Enter Now!’ below to get started. Upload a photo depicting your favorite AAAHH! Moment – good, bad, funny – it’s up to you! Next, add a clever caption, fill in the remaining fields, click ‘Submit’ and you could win cool prizes like free gas, theme park passes or free movie tickets!

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SO I did.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), they never gave me a chance to capture my creation.

I was going to send to my “usual suspects”.

IT would have had their logo on it.

SOOoo they missed a chance to expand their “mind share” and possibly their market share.

Dumb!

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INTERESTING: Don’t “roll your own will”

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I heard a sad tale of woe.

Fellow did his “own” will with Legal Zoom.

When I was told that the son had the original will, I just KNEW there would be trouble. Most attorneys INSIST that you leave the original will in their vault for safekeeping. 

All was fine and dandy until he “corrected” it.

Note that if he had NOT had the original, he couldn’t have spoiled it. 

Now the fun begins.

It may be that the fellow that died will be declared “intestate” (i.e., no will). 

And the state law will divide his assets.

Probably not the way he planned.

AND, for sure, there will be extra costs (i.e., legal fees, court fees, insurance bond, extra lawyer, billable hours).

ALSO, if he had NOT screwed it up, his son could have been the executor and “saved” the 15% fee. Now that’s up for grabs.

Getting your will done by a good lawyer is NOT that expensive and certainly not as expensive as a mistake.

Argh!

No one to blame but the fellow who thought he knew what he was doing.

Argh! I hate when “amateurs” try and do “brain surgery”. It’s a common thing on Wall Street, but didn’t expect it of this individual. 

[Note to self: Remember this blog post.]

http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com/2010/05/24/legalzoom-vs-lawyer-what-you-dont-know-can-hurt-you/

“Yes, the advice of an attorney costs more. But eighty percent of people who fill in blank forms to create legal documents do so incorrectly. Are you going to beat the odds? Are you willing to take the risk?”

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INTERESTING: Houses on stilts

Sunday, May 31, 2015

http://www.nj.com/education/2015/05/remembering_hurricane_sandy_tcnj_launches_oral_his.html

Powerful stories: TCNJ launches Hurricane Sandy project

By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on May 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM, updated May 24, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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Building something bigger

The hurricane ripped a wall off the Beach Bar in Seaside Heights, the popular boardwalk restaurant where the Garofalos worked and owned the food concession. The owner of the building never rebuilt after the storm and the Garofalos remain involved in an ongoing legal dispute over their business losses.

The family opened a new business, Silver Bay Bagels in Toms River, and are still repairing the storm damage to their house. As they were interviewed for the oral history project, they were preparing to move out temporarily so the house could be lifted six feet and put on stilts, like many in their bayside neighborhood.

The Garofalos said the hardest part of Hurricane Sandy has been dealing with the red tape and bureaucracy as they navigated insurance claims and government programs to find money to rebuild. They said they hope their story shows historians the lasting impact of the storm on ordinary families.

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As I strolled around Seaside Heights, I saw many buildings being raised or completely rebuilt on stilts.

They are big robust “trees”.

My concern is “how long do they last”?

How long does a utility pole last and they are not under load?

Termites?

Exposed to the weather?

My guess is twenty years. My house, that I affectionately call “my white elephant”, didn’t suffer any major damage due I attribute to being built on three rows of cinder block as a foundation.

It’s been that way for probably eighty years.

No way those “stilts” will last eighty years.

Than what happens.

Will it be it’s own version of Sandy as the house come crashing down?

I think that’s an interesting question.

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INTERESTING: Bear climbs tower for eggs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150521/cell-tower-news/tower-bear-and-the-sting-of-indifference-tag8

Cell Tower News: Tower bear 
BY JARAD MATULA ON MAY 21, 2015

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Bear climbs tower for eggs

We’re all doomed. The large hairy killing machines known as bears are now bringing their endless appetites off the ground and into the skies. O.F. Mossberg & Sons captured this surprising video of a bear that managed to climb an electrical tower to feast on eggs in a nest. In the video you can see the mother bird flapping around the bear, obviously unhappy about what is taking place.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve covered a bear on a tower site, that time the bear was on the ground. With this latest development it seems like only a matter of time before climbers are working on a tower and looking down to find a bear dozens of feet in the air after their lunch.

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Probably, like climbing a tree, but easier. 

A nest in a tree is, imho, harder that a nice regular tower frame.

Guess it’s just one more adaption that the bears have made.

Like the one in north Jerzey, that figured out how to open the ‘bear proof’ garbage cans by throwing them against the garage doors. Scratch one can and one grade door on EVERY house on the block!

Laugh.

And we think we’re so smart!

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