WRITING: Tomorrow begins the writing challenge

NANOWRIMO tomorrow!

Argh!

Am I being overly optimistic at my modest abilities?

50k word novel in 30 days.

“Joan D’Arc”

(I am allowed to outline, but not write prior to the 01 November start!)

# Visit the farm
## Meet the girls Sue and Shaw
## Meet the boys “ugly” Douggie and “dreamy” Pete
## Food’s good
## Private time with Unk the Hunk
## Family dinner discussion
## Love the dogs
## Peaceful stream
## Thunderstorms

8

# Summer Vacation
## Please? May I?
## The Bus Ride
## “Her dog”
## Swiming
## Running
## Exploring
## Too much fun
## The Family comes to collect her
## Can’t stay
## Unk gives her a BOB!
10

# Collapse
## economic collapse
## bad few days
## crime
## break in
## retaliation
## bug out
## the drive
7

# Farming
## Cows
## Crops
## Smuggling
## Going to Church, nice lady and child
## Puppy love
## Brotherly love
## What is Unk’s business?
7

# Secession
## The Sheeple awake
## Tanks and mountains don’t mix
## Taxes and evasion
## Social security
## No welfare
## No Gooferment Skrules
6

# The Gentle War
## The Mixer
## Prostitution
## A garden party
## Sleep with my sister
## Exlax with your chocolate soda
## May I spit in your food?
## Chemical warfare
7

# UN Invasion
## Propaganda
## Order Number One
## Power control
## Water control
## Movement control
## Massacre
6

# Getting Nasty
## Dangerous to be out alone
## Taking middle fingers
##  Moonshine
## RPGs
## Tunnels
5

# The denoument
## Hearts ‘n’ minds
## Withdraw to the cities
## Starvation siege
3

# The Final Battle
## Ignore the feint
## Draw them in
## Your trump is trumped
## “They have stingers”
## Bang the gong slowly
## Blow the escape routes
## Rush the limo
## Killing kids ‘n’ cutting heads
## confession and sorrow
9

# Winning
## General Strike
## Peaceful & Violence
## Gandhi-like
## Political dispute
## The People sleep no more
## The new system
6

# Peace
## Romeo marries Juliet
## Royalists depart
## Trials in absencia
## The People’s Court
## Children
## Last visit to Unk’s watering hole
## Death
## Honor
## “Where have all the flowers gone”
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# Epilogue
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Now “no margin; no mission”.

There’s a fund raising component for this weird activity.

(If I’m the leading fundraiser, they will give me a writing course. I’m sure many of you would like that!)

Anyone who does kick in, I’ll send you my output. 

Why you would want it is beyond me?

Maybe if you kick in, I promise NOT to send it to you. (Ask my relatives who got one of my books as Christmas presents! Revenge. I can do it again this year.)

Laff.

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Last year, 75% of our income came from donors and fundraisers like you. Without you, we couldn’t have supported the 450,000 novelists, 80,000 students in our Young Writers Program, and 615 libraries in our Come Write In program who wrote with us last year. It’s why we want to shower you in gratitude; you will feel a pleasant glow, beginning…now.

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JOBFINDING: Enterprise Application Solutions Architect

Good evening John

We are opening a new senior level search for an Enterprise Application Solutions Architect.

This is a new opportunity that will partner with the Business Process Leaders and IT Solution Delivery team to create and manage an Enterprise blueprint.

Our client is a $4B publically traded company, in the Northeast, with 5000 employees both domestically and internationally that is dynamic and growing in this economy!

The successful person will have Enterprise level solutioning CRM, eCommerce, and immersive Digital/Brand experiences using Web, Mobile, and Mobile app technologies.

In addition they will need to have 3+ years experience in business/enterprise analysis including broad skills in the area of strategy mapping, capability & solution design, conceptual data and process modeling/design, and the use of EA frameworks such as TOGAF

Experience with Sharepoint Architecture a big plus.

Also, 8+ years of extensive experience planning and deploying either business or IT initiatives as well as experience with technology such as but not limited to, Oracle Fusion / Siebel, Hybris, Websphere, SAP, Adobe Marketing Suite, Mobile/App development tools, Coremetrics, and Sitecore.

This is a great opportunity with a great team in an outstanding company.

Please review the job spec and let me know who you might recommend that we contact for this opportunity.

Thank you
Dan

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HARDWARE: Changing my opinions …

This last upgrade to Mac OS X Mavericks appears to break stuff and change things.

Not for the better.

So, Apple has disappointed me. 

I now think they are in the same class as IOS7, Windoze, Linux, and Chromebook.

Each have their own advantages, disadvantages, and utility.

I really don’t know what I’m going to do.

Unfortunately, I just want to use the stuff to produce stuff. I don’t want to alpha test unless I volunteer.

Argh!

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RANT: “from my cold dead hands” is more that bumpersticker

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM, XXXX wrote:
http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/obama-gutting-military-by-purging-generals/

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Why torture me? I don’t like either party, or any pres. If martial law comes, “from my cold dead hands” is more that bumpersticker.

Remember:

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

and

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

I will give a good acount of myself — I’ll take at least one with me.

If every patriot takes one, then the will run out of bad guys before they run out good guys resisting.

Buy a gun!

REMEMBER

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

I’ll be on that “wall”. It may be like the Alamo. But better an honorable death, than life as a slave.

fjohn

—-

“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” Anonymous

Ferdinand John Reinke
… a proud Virginian since March, 2012

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MEME: Good riddance to home plate collisions

http://www.caintv.com/three-cheers-for-the-likely-en

Sports: Three cheers for the likely end to home plate collisions
Published by: Dan Calabrese on Saturday October 26th, 2013 

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I really don’t think anyone will miss the collisions – certainly not the catchers, who get banged up enough taking foul tips to the mask and the chest for nine innings. And as for the runners who get thrown out at the plate, and the third base coaches who decide to take a risk and send them, I guess their approach will need to be adjusted to reflect the fact that plays at the plate will now work like the rest of the game of baseball. And if it really bothers them that much, they can always try out for the NFL.

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Baseball isn’t football.

Football isn’t hockey.

Hockey is just a fight on ice.

Our society is sick with violence and, in sports, we need to change our thinking.

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GUNS: No P.F. Chang, Waffle House, or Buffalo Wild Wings for me

October 2013 • Issue No. 43

I Refuse to Support a Company that Doesn’t Support Me…
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER

Tim SchmidtI’ve been a regular patron of my local Buffalo Wild Wings for several years now, ever since they opened in late 2009.

Correction:

I WAS a regular patron of my local Buffalo Wild Wings for several years. That is—until they posted a sign banning guns on their premises. As you can imagine, I saw that sign and turned right back around. I never made it inside.

I did a little research and found that earlier this year, Buffalo Wild Wings corporate headquarters came under fire over their stance on concealed weapons in their corporate franchises around the country. They issued the following statement:

“Buffalo Wild Wings respects the right of individuals to carry firearms. One of our top priorities is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our Guests and we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in our company-owned restaurants. We regret any inconvenience this may cause but believe that this long-standing position is in the best interest of our Guests and our Team Members. This position may vary in independently owned franchised locations.”

Hold on a second. Best interest? I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe anyone knows more about my best interest than me.

The sad part is that this is just one example in a string of similar incidents. Other well-known companies across the nation have faced major scrutiny for their stances on guns.

You’ll likely recall how just last month Starbucks ignited outrage from the concealed carry community after calling guns “unwelcome” in their stores. The funny thing is, Starbucks also issued a statement saying they weren’t actually banning firearms and that customers who carry will not be asked to leave. As much as I don’t like their choice of the word “unwelcome,” at least they’re leaving the choice to carry in my hands—exactly where it should be.

My point in all of this is that if I let down my guard and continue to support a company that doesn’t support my rights, I might as well jump to the other side of the fence. You may think it’s an extreme move, but it’s the right one for me. You and I both know that any attempt to infringe on our right to protect ourselves and our families—even seemingly small attempts—are still dangerous.

I carry to keep my family safe—and if I can’t do that while out for some chicken wings, then I’ll simply take my business elsewhere. What will YOU do?
Take Care and Stay Safe,

 

Tim Schmidt
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
USCCA Founder

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As a responsible gun owner, I too am boycotting any business that has such a policy. 

Guess I better start a list:

  1. P.F. Chang
  2. Waffle House
  3. (adding) Buffalo Wild Wings

Did I miss anyone?

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GUN: District of Corruption Victim Disarmerment

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/24/d-c-businessman-faces-2-years-in-prison-for-possessing-unregistered-ammo/

THE D.C. GUN RAID YOU WON’T BELIEVE WITH AN ENDING YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO STOMACH
Oct. 24, 2013 9:26am Dave Urbanski

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When more than 30 police officers in full tactical gear descended upon the house of a successful Washington, D.C., businessman with no criminal record last summer, they were looking for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts,” The Washington Times reported.

But what did police find after they shut down the streets for blocks around Mark Witaschek’s Georgetown home, broke down a bathroom door with a battering ram and pulled his 16-year-old son out of the shower naked, pointed guns at the heads of Witaschek and his girlfriend, handcuffed them and then “tossed the place” for two hours?

Very little, according to the Times’ Emily Miller:

“One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition” — actually an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier that Witaschek kept as a souvenir.
“One handgun holster” — perfectly legal.
“One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition” — a spent brass casing.
“One box of Knight bullets for reloading,” according to police notation on the warrant. Except, Miller reveals, they aren’t for reloading — they’re for antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.
And after all that, in the wake of a raid which Witaschek estimates resulted in $10,000 damage to his house, he faces two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition, the Times reported.

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail, the Times noted.

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Argh!

DC is NOT a state. 

So why doesn’t the Second Amendment apply?

Hopefully this goes to Supreme Court for a slap down.

… but asking the Gooferment to rule against itself is not what a free people do!

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CLOUD: Buffer was hacked

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Too bad. This is a very useful tool for posting on Facebook.

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RANT: Obamacare ain’t “insurance”!

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/21/who-said-it-president-obama-or-an-infomercial/

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What a joke?

Billy Mays was more believable.

Consider the CONCEPT of insurance.

A bunch of people, who face the same risk, buy a “policy” that will pay if that event happens.

How is pre-existing coverage “insurance”?

I read somewhere that it’s like buying fire insurance after your house burns down!

Not even the Gooferment can refute economics!

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CLOUD: Cloud storage is not riskless

http://www.itworld.com/it-management/379660/how-boxcom-allowed-complete-stranger-delete-all-my-files

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Read this and tell me that the cloud is secure. Or that it should anchor your business model!

“Your” data? Don’t make me laff.

When things like POGOPLUG allow you to host your own cloud, WHY would you trust your data to an unpaid benefactor?

Even if you pay them, it’s no guarantee of permanency.

You have to take responsibility for your own “survival”!

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FUN: What a water bill

It’s no secret to those who know me that I have “night terrors”.

(A special form of “mental illness” that makes one crazy in the middle of the night!)

Last night’s was so funny.

I dreamt I received a Water Bill from the shore house where they subtracted my address in VA (i.e., 1641) from the house address (i.e., 51) to compute my water and sewer used. My “fright” was I was at the office and couldn’t make anyone see the error.

It was really funny.

Not so funny about the “cold sweat” and changing everything at about 3AM.

But now I can laugh about it.

… maybe that bisll is in the mail?

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Categories FUN

MONEY: Serious diversification

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/10/robert-wenzel/get-your-money-out-of-the-banks-3/

IT IS TIME: Move Your Money Out of the US Banking System
By Robert Wenzel
Economic Policy Journal
October 19, 2013

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It is time for serious diversification. Depending upon the size of your assets, there are different things that should be done. But almost everyone should have some cash and gold coins stored outside the banking system. Those with significant assets should begin international diversification now, while it is still possible. I don’t consider any country completely safe from the clutches of the US government so international diversification, among many countries, is also called for: Switzerland and Hong Kong for starters, but also other countries that are not known as tax havens, the USG has their claws into these countries, be creative.

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Time to store: water, beans, bullets, and bandaids … … not necessarily in that order.

Followed by bullion — nickels, silver, and gold.

Note: Not paper!

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FUN: Drink your pickle juice

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/yes-you-can-and-should-reuse-pickle-juice.html

Yes, You Can (And Should!) Reuse Pickle Juice
Katie Waldeck
October 19, 2013
3:15 pm

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Tossing out pickle juice is always a little sad — all that flavor, all that hard work down the drain! Sure, you can reuse pickle juice for your next pickling project, but there are plenty of other things to do with it, both edible and not! Packed with salt and vinegar, it’s no surprise that the stuff is great for recycling. Here are some ideas:

Cooking:

Flavor salad dressings and sauces. Use the pickle juice in lieu of vinegar in recipes.
Add it to mac and cheese!
Liven up soups.
Flavor bland veggies. Drizzle over some steamed or roasted veggies for a great flavor boost.
Lighter boiled potatoes. Add a generous dash of pickle juice to the the boiling water. The flavor works so well, you can skip all the fattening and unhealthy extras like sour cream, mayo, butter, and added salt.
Pickle-y cheese. Marinate soft white cheese in pickle juice for a great tangy appetizer.
Drink it! Try a pickletini. Seriously, it’s a real thing.

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I do. Drink it that is. Maybe I like it because, like my LOVE of bacon, it served a need for a nutrient my body requires?

Maybe that’s the reason for my happy smiling disposition?

So many questions; so few answers.

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Categories FUN

RANT: Canceling so-called “guaranteed issue” policies

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/October/21/cancellation-notices-health-insurance.aspx&strip=1

Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes
By Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby
KHN Staff Writers
Oct 21, 2013

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Some Policies Targeted

Both Independence and Highmark are cancelling so-called “guaranteed issue” policies, which had been sold to customers who had pre-existing medical conditions when they signed up. Policyholders with regular policies because they did not have health problems will be given an option to extend their coverage through next year.

Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees.

They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California.

Insurers deny that, saying they are encouraging existing customers to re-enroll in their new plans.

“We continue to cover people with all types of health conditions,” saidHighmark spokeswoman Kristin Ash.

She said some policyholders who may have faced limited coverage for their medical conditions will get new plans with “richer benefits” and the policies “in most cases, will be at a lower rate.”

Paula Sunshine, vice president of marketing with Independence, said the insurer hopes the cancelled policyholders will “choose Blue when they decide on a new plan.”

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Wow, Big Insurance gets to dump their “losers” on the Taxpayers and get all the healthy youngsters FORCED to buy their over-priced products. What could be wrong with that?

Remind you of Wall Street!

Suckers!!!!

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RANT: google does evil!

http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-19-taylor-swift-google-heart-sign-patent-stolen#sthash.Xgu7pUf9.dpbs

Taylor Swift Heart Sign Stolen! Patented By Google!
10/19/2013 6:01 AM ET | Filed under: Legal Matters • Tech Talk • Taylor Swift • GIFs

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Is Taylor Swift going to have to stop using her iconic heart hands?

Taylor has practically trademarked the lovely bit of sign language over the years, but Google decided to do her one better and patent it! For realz!

Google patented the “heart-hand gesture” for use with their new Google Glass technology, allowing people to use the sign to “like” things they see through the lenses.

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Sorry, but how can Google “patent” something that is “prior art”?

Hope that I’m on the jury for that one!

They lose. (As well as all of the other stupid stuff that gets “patented”!!!)

Argh!

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CLOUD: Yahoo Mail Plus

Thanks for being a loyal Yahoo Mail Plus user!

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Argh! Now I can struggle with keep it active or drop it.

I am getting a “bargain”!

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TINFOILHAT: The Girl in the stairs

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/girl-on-the-stairs-refutes-p-c-jfk-narrative/

WND EXCLUSIVE
‘Girl on the stairs’ refutes ‘P.C.’ JFK narrative
Remarkable testimony dismissed by Warren Commission, Bill O’Reilly

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/girl-on-the-stairs-refutes-p-c-jfk-narrative/#ukdycVmq3xK96TzM.99

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The Girl in the stairs

Victoria Elizabeth Adams, a 22-year-old employee of textbook publisher Scott Foresman watched the JFK motorcade from the fourth floor of the Texas School Book Depository as it passed by.

After seeing the fatal head shot, Adams and co-worker Sandra Styles ran to the stairwell and raced down the stairs to the first floor, determined to get out the back of the building to see what they could find in the railroad yard behind the fence on the grassy knoll.

The key aspect of her testimony was that the stairway Adams took was the same stairway Lee Harvey Oswald would have had to have taken to get from the sixth floor to the lunchroom, where he was found by Baker and Truly.

Yet, Adams testified she saw and heard nobody else on the stairs at that time. She estimated the time between hearing the shots and leaving the window to head for the stairway was between 15 and 20 seconds. She estimated it took less than a minute to run down the stairs from the fourth floor to the first floor.

The problem was that Adams did not see Oswald passing her on the stairs; see testified she did not hear anyone else on the stairs when she was running down.

Investigative reporter Barry Ernest describes in his book “The Girl on the Stairs” his 35-year search to find and interview Victoria Adams.

When he finally found her in 2002, Adams repeated for him her story in person. She explained how various government officials, including the Dallas Police Department, had harassed her over her testimony.

She produced for Ernest a 1964 letter her attorney had written to L. Lee Rankin, the chief counsel for the Warren Commission, complaining that someone had made changes in her deposition, altering her meaning.

She explained to Ernest that she left Dallas after the assassination because she was seeking to disappear.

“Remember, though, I was a very young woman at the time (22 years old) and believed in my government,” she told Ernest. “Because of the strange circumstances and discounting of my statements, my multiple questioning by various government agencies and the Warren Commission’s conclusions, I lost my starry-eyed beliefs in the integrity of our government. And I was scared, too. I was a young lady alone with no family or friend support at the time.”

Reviewing with Ernest her testimony as published in the Warren Commission volumes, Adams insisted her testimony had been altered.

“The freight elevator had not moved, and I did not see anyone on the stairs,” she insisted to Ernest.

When Ernest asked her why the Warren Commission never called Sandra Styles to testify, Adams speculated, “Looking backwards I think they didn’t want to corroborate any evidence.”

Yet, the record is clear. There is no photograph showing Lee Harvey Oswald on the sixth floor during the JFK shooting, and there is no testimony from anyone who worked in the building to suggest that he was there either.

The Warren Commission dismissed Victoria Adams, saying she must have come down the stairs later than she estimated – enough later that Oswald had already passed by.

But absent the strained explanation, the evidence points to the conclusion that Oswald was in the lunchroom of the Texas School Book Depository when JFK was assassinated, not on the sixth floor in the “sniper’s nest” where the Warren Commission insisted he had to have been.

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Sorry, but repeating the Warren Commission fabrication, is not what I would expect from O’Reilly.

This is a national disgrace.

I wonder if short of the Pearly Gates will we ever know the truth.

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HARDWARE: Crony Capitalist Microsoft subtly restrains trade

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-linux-basemosaic-ubuntu-parity,24519.html

Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature Due to Windows
By Kevin ParrishOCTOBER 3, 2013 1:28 PM – Source: Softpedia 
The reason seems a little contradictory.

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Softpedia points to a Nvidia Developer Zone forum post revealing that the company has removed a specific Linux feature as of the v310 drivers due to the Windows platform. A BaseMosaic user on Ubuntu 12.04 noticed a change in the number of displays that can be used simultaneously after upgrading from the v295 drivers to v310.

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Yet in v295, the Ubuntu user was able to get four monitors up and running. So why was BaseMosaic altered to support only three monitors instead? Nvidia explains. “For feature parity between Windows and Linux we set BaseMosaic to 3 screens,” said “Sandpit” of Nvidia’s Linux team.

What’s interesting here is that Nvidia’s proprietary Windows driver has features not found in the Linux drivers, but the company will remove specific Linux-only features for “parity.” The comment indicates that the three-screen limit has nothing to do with a degradation of quality when using four screens, but a possible Microsoft request/demand.

Nvidia’s driver documentation states that BaseMosaic can be used to extend a single X screen transparently across all of the available display outputs on each GPU.

“This is like SLI Mosaic mode except that it does not require a video bridge connected to the graphics cards,” the notes read. “Due to this Base Mosaic does not guarantee there will be no tearing between the display boundaries. Base Mosaic is supported on all the configurations supported by SLI Mosaic Mode. It is also supported on Quadro FX 380, Quadro FX 580 and all G80 or higher non-mobile NVS cards.”

It will be interesting to see if Nvidia returns four-monitor support back to its Linux drivers, given that the reason for removing the feature seems a little contradictory.

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Yeah, dumbing down the free market competitor is fair. But don’t do the something equivalent to the big guy.

Nvidia is taking a gamble.

Hope they pay for that decision.

Personally, I have placed them on my “Toshiba” list. Technology I will never buy. (Toshiba sold the US Navy sub quiet propeller design to Red China.) 

Like my “Jane Fonda” list, I have a very LONG memory.

Hope you all do too!

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RANT: “Phony” ceremonies

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/11/pentagons-stunning-admission-govt-has-held-phony-ceremonies-to-honor-fallen-u-s-soldiers-for-years/

GOVERNMENT
PENTAGON’S STUNNING ADMISSION: GOV’T HAS HELD ‘PHONY’ CEREMONIES TO HONOR FALLEN U.S. SOLDIERS FOR YEARS
Oct. 11, 2013 11:03am Billy Hallowell

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The Pentagon has admitted that dramatic repatriation ceremonies held at a Hawaii base have been fabricated to make it appear as though flag-draped coffins holding the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers were arriving that very day from old battlefields, NBC News reported.

In reality, the remains had already been sitting in American labs for months. The planes were also defunct and non-operational, so the notion that they carried the bodies back to the U.S. is an impossibility.

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they sure fooled me. And I am <past tense synonym for urine output> off!

sorry, but I think the Congressman from the district, the Senator, and the President should be there when the remains return.

if that means “no golf” that day, then “tough <synonym for excrement>”!

Argh!

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RANT: My “concerns related to Syria” were to have the USA myob

Dear Mr. Reinke,

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your concerns related to Syria.

 

Since the April 2011 start of the Syrian conflict, more than 100,000 people have died, at least two million Syrians have become refugees according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and approximately five million Syrians are internally displaced. Based on the evidence that I have seen as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the evidence presented in the UN Chemical Weapons Report on Syria, I believe that there were chemical attacks in Syria, and that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attacks, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime. The use of chemical weapons clearly violates international norms and rejects international agreements banning the use of chemical weapons.

 

This grave attack, which United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has called “a crime against humanity,” requires a strong international response. We need to send a clear message that this kind of atrocity cannot be repeated, and those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable. I support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

 

On September 14, 2013, the United States and Russia agreed to a “Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons,” which creates a series of conditions for Syria to meet its stated obligation to give up its chemical weapons. It takes into account the Syrian government’s decision to apply to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which bans the development, production, stockpiling and use of these weapons. Syria is one of only five countries that has neither signed nor acceded to the CWC, and a specific condition of the U.S.-Russia framework is that Syria will accede to the CWC and commit to provisionally apply the Convention prior to its entry into force. Under the framework, international inspectors must be on the ground no later than November with an initial on-site inspection complete by the end of November. The Framework targets the complete elimination of chemical weapons material and equipment for the first half of 2014, and provides that if Assad fails to comply, this issue is referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

 

The adoption on September 27, 2013, by the full UNSC of a resolution that will ensure the Syrian regime’s compliance with its pledge to give up and destroy its chemical weapons is the most significant action by the Security Council since the start of the conflict in Syria, and I support this positive step. We should give this diplomatic route a chance to succeed as long as it is backed up with a credible use of force for non-compliance. Despite this positive trajectory, key issues remain. Implementation will be a challenge, and the Syrian government must meet tight deadlines. The international community, and the U.S. in particular, will need to verify Syria’s commitments, and inspectors must have unfettered and safe access to all chemical weapons sites. As past experience in Iraq has shown, this is not guaranteed, and we should continue to support longer term international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria by political means.

 

As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I have closely watched the crisis in Syria unfold over several years. I will continue to work to support international resolution of the Syria conflict that respects U.S. interests and the challenges we face at home and abroad today.

 

Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov.

 

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

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A fat lot of good it did?

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INSPIRATIONAL: The second arrow

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAtlantic

Earlier that day, our meditation teacher had suggested we avoid what she called the “Second Arrow.” In a classic sutra, the Buddha had said that if someone shoots you in the foot, don’t pick up the bow and shoot yourself in the foot again. Don’t make your suffering worse, in other words, by arguing with what’s so. That’s a Second Arrow. Accept pain. Don’t criticize yourself, or others, for feeling pain: that is a Second Arrow. Don’t regret what cannot be changed, or try to predict what cannot be known. By throwing their complex machinery into the path of death, my father’s doctors had shot my parents with a Second Arrow. And by trying too hard to shield my parents from suffering, I might be shooting myself—and them—with a Second Arrow as well.

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FUN: 10 Questions

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Pizza!

 

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Taylor Swift’s Mary’s Song

 

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.” – Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

 

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

Chicks ‘n’ Wings on Monday nights

 

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

White wash

 

What is your favorite form of exercise?

Walking when I have to

 

 

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

Monday morning and getting back to work. It’s my version of “golf”.

 

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

Flying. (its the TSA and the confined space)

 

What is your favorite body part?

On me? Brain! It makes all things possible. On women? Breasts.

 

What sound do you love?

The bell of mindfulness. Close second is rain.

 

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FUN:I live comedies!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2660806/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

MOM 

has Allison Janney and an uncredited appearance of Dahrma’s mom, Mimi Kennedy @mimikennedyfans.

… …

have to see but with these tow funny women, I put it on my DVR.

Maybe I’m confused!

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