Yikes - SpaceshipTwo

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From Virgin Galactic:

STATEMENT FROM VIRGIN GALACTIC
Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.

Sending our prayers to the pilots and their families.

Weaponizing the Government

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Stupid criminal - should have flushed

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From Albuquerque, NM station KOAT:

APD: Coke can, bathroom break tie man to burglary
Albuquerque police said a burglar did everything right to get himself caught.

Police said the suspect left behind two DNA clues.

Ramon Herrera is accused of taking $250,000 worth of jewelry while the victims were on vacation.

Before he escaped, police said he took a can of Coke from the fridge, drank it and left it along with his DNA. Police said he also used the toilet and didn’t flush.

All of that DNA was matched to Herrera, who was arrested and booked into the Bernalillo County jail. 

And the fact thatr his DNA was already on file shows him to be a repeat offender.

Nothing much tonight

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Working on some other stuff - music room and organizing

Got some equipment coming in mid-November so need to make space for it - building a cabinet.

Rain is coming down hard - I had to run into Bellingham this afternoon and it was unusually warm - high 60°'s - something is moving through...

Scattered power outages too.

Quote of the month - Thomas Sowell

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"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it."
--Thomas Sowell

Nice work if you can get it - Joe Biden

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From Time Magazine:

Joe Biden, Top Obama Officials Get Cheap Family Vacations at Federal Log Cabin
Vice President Joe Biden, his wife and 11 other family members spent four nights on vacation this August at a lakeside log cabin overlooking the snowcapped peaks of Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park.

The four-bedroom Brinkerhoff Lodge, where they stayed, is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Under a policy adopted in 1992, after controversy over VIPs using the cabin for vacations, the National Park Service banned purely recreational activities by federal employees at the property, restricting its use to “official purposes.” But in recent years, the park service has interpreted that same rule so broadly as to again allow senior officials to take cheap vacations in Grand Teton with friends and family.

While visiting the park, Biden held no events, kept no public schedule, and his staff initially declined to answer a reporter’s question about where he spent the night. Last week, after TIME uncovered documents confirming his stay at the lodge, Biden’s office said the Vice President planned to personally reimburse the park $1,200 for “renting the Brinkerhoff” for his family’s vacation.

And it gets better:

Biden is not the only senior member of the Obama Administration who has taken advantage of the Brinkerhoff in recent years for family vacations or getaways with friends. Records obtained by TIME through the Freedom of Information Act show that at least four cabinet-level officials, a deputy White House chief of staff and the director of the Park Service have made use of the lodge with friends and family since 2011.

    • Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson stayed three nights in 2011 with her husband, and five other people, including a person listed as a friend. She received a tour of a new air quality monitoring station, according to a park official.
    • Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood traveled there in 2012 for eight nights with his wife, his daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, two other adults and his son, Illinois State Sen. Darin LaHood. He attended the Department of Transportation grant award event, according to LaHood’s office.
    • Education Secretary Arne Duncan stayed there for six nights with his wife and children in 2013. He attended a nearby roundtable with tribal leaders and an event at a local school, according to the Department of Education.
    • Former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, who oversaw the National Park Service, stayed there with his family for three nights in 2011. His office did not return a call about the purpose of his visit.
    • Former White House Special Advisor Phil Schiliro also used the lodge for one night in August of 2011 with his wife and one other person. The White House did not return emails about the purpose of his visit.
    • National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, his wife, his son and his son’s girlfriend stayed for five days in August of 2012. The park service said he had official business on two of the five days. ” The director took personal time during the remaining days,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Under federal policy, family members may accompany government employees who travel on official business. “Family members’ travel costs and incidental expenses are not typically reimbursed by the federal government, although they may stay in the accommodations reserved for the traveling employee, as long as any additional costs incurred as a result of the stay are covered by personal funds,” wrote National Park Service spokeswoman Slayton.

It's not like they don't have any funds of their own.

Meet OSHbot

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Now, about that $15 minimum wage you wanted?

America's growing population

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Our population is getting larger and some companies are adapting. From Uncover Michigan:

Humanetics developing Overweight Crash Test Dummies
Plymouth, Michigan-based company Humanetics said that it has been manufacturing overweight crash test dummies to reflect growing obesity trends in the US.

Humanetics has been the pioneer in crash test dummies segment since the 1950s. But now, the company's crash test dummies are undergoing a makeover, which will represent thicker waistlines and large rear ends of Americans.

The new model of Humanetics has been developed after studies found that 78% of obese drivers are more likely to die in a car crash.

Some more:

Dummies have traditionally been modeled on a person weighing about 167 pounds with a healthy body mass index (BMI).

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a person having a BMI of over 30 is considered obese.

The new super-sized dummies are based on the measurements of a 273-pound person with a BMI of 35. Chris O' Connor, CEO of Humanetics mentioned that since one -third of the Americans are now either overweight or obese, according to CDC, they need to find a way to make cars safer for everyone, regardless of size.

He said, "An obese person has more mass around midsection and a larger rear which pushes them out of position. They sit further forward and the belt does not grasp the pelvis as easily".

The larger dummies are expected to become available to manufacturers for use in testing sometime next year. Humanetics has also been developing an age-appropriate dummy to better reflect our aging population.

I did not know that the fatalities increased that sharply.

Our CDC and Ebola

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Things are just getting better and better - from the New York Post:

CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola
Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

A bit more - Dr. Nass again:

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”

Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.

“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said.

The CDC did not respond to a request for comment.

We are so screwed if this gains a foothold. Glad I do not live in a large city anymore.

Some voting funnies - a two-fer

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First - from Project Veritas: Multiple NC Campaign Workers Willing to Aid Non-Citizen With Felony Kay Hagan Votes:

Second - from Bryon Preston at PJ Tatler:

Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland
An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.

It is a federal crime to cast votes if you are not legally eligible to vote. Non-citizens, whether in the country legally or not, are prohibited from voting in most local and all state and federal elections. Yet the VVA investigation found that hundreds of non-citizens have been voting in Frederick County, Maryland. One in seven Maryland residents are non-U.S. citizens.

“The lawsuit is the equivalent of the lookout spotting the iceberg ahead of the Titanic,” state Del. Pat McDonough told the Tatler. He added that the group’s investigation found a voter fraud “smoking gun.”

As the administration sits back and does nothing.

Waking up!

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But I guess that posting this makes me RACISS!!

So typical of this administration - divide everyone so there is no unified opposition.

 

Wanted to make sure everyone knew how to handle the new tech...

A tip 'o the Stetson to Gerard

Someone goofed big-time

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This lawsuit will be interesting to follow - from the Las Vegas Sun:

Jury selection begins in case of flawed Strip hotel tower
The Harmon Hotel tower was designed to soar 48 stories over MGM Resorts International's massive CityCenter complex, offering hotel guests and condominium owners unparalleled views at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Instead, work stopped halfway in 2008, after inspectors found that steel used on the first 26 stories wouldn't support the remaining 22 floors.

While general contractor Tutor Perini Corp., its subcontractors and the casino company fought over who was to blame, the rest of the glitzy and glassy $8.5 billion development opened in 2009 on the CityCenter site.

On Tuesday, six years after problems were found, jury selection began in Nevada state court for a massive breach-of-contract trial with as much as $500 million at stake for the casino company that never opened the flawed hotel and condominium tower and the contractor.

Someone really goofed - it will be interesting to see who and how. I cannot imagine buying steel that wasn't rated to the engineering specs.

Voting in Moline, Il

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From Breitbart

Putin's speech

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Vladimir Putin gave a speech October 24th at the eleventh meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. This meeting was held in Sochi and Putin's speech was worth noting. Of course, none of the main-stream media is covering it.

From Club Orlov:

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over
Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill's “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.

There were ten take-away points made - here are the first five:

1. Russia will no longer play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. But Russia is prepared for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, are based on fairness and take into account the interests of each side.

2. All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. And the entity that destroyed them has a name: The United States of America.

3. The builders of the New World Order have failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built is not just Russia's decision, but it is a decision that will not be made without Russia.

4. Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.

5. Russia has no intention of going fishing in the murky waters created by America's ever-expanding “empire of chaos,” and has no interest in building a new empire of her own (this is unnecessary; Russia's challenges lie in developing her already vast territory). Neither is Russia willing to act as a savior of the world, as she had in the past.

What he said. Did Secretary of State John F. Kerry relay these points to Barry? Thought not. Is Ketchup even aware of them? Thought not.

The Donald on Obama's dealing with Ebola

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Not a peep from domestic media - the London Daily Mail covers it though:

'You're going to see a whole new kind of hell to pay if they catch it': Donald Trump says it's 'morally unfair' for Obama to send soldiers into Ebola hot zone
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump blasted President Barack Obama on Tuesday for his handling of the Ebola crisis overseas, telling MailOnline that putting servicemen and women in close proximity to the deadly virus is 'morally unfair to the soldiers, and to the soldiers' families.'

The perennial Republican maybe-candidate said in an interview that exposure to Ebola is inevitable for the hundreds of U.S. military personnel serving in Liberia.

And it may be only a matter of time, he predicted, before men and women in uniform contract the disease – which kills between 50 and 70 per cent of its victims.

'You're going to see a whole new kind of "hell to pay" if they catch it,' Trump said.

The guy is intellegent and is not afraid to speak his mind.

The stupidity - it burns! Ebola edition

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Talk about willful blindness - from the Organic Consumers Association:

Ebola Can Be Prevented and Treated Naturally-so Why Are These Approaches Completely Ignored?
With Ebola panic taking hold of the country, we hear very little about the natural ways to prevent the disease or treat the patients.  This becomes even more important when you consider that these natural ways are less expensive and can often be self-administered. In addition, they often build up the immune system, and people susceptible to Ebola are more likely to have compromised immune systems.

As we discussed last month in our article on Ebola and natural remedies, the "Catch-22" of drug economics-that no one will spend the exorbitant sums needed to run clinical trials if the product can't be patented and turned into a huge money-maker-practically ensures that natural treatments will be ignored.

The status quo in which government creates and protects drug company monopolies was always outrageous. Now with the threat of major and deadly pandemic in sight, it is completely unacceptable. It is essential that voters become aware of what is going on behind closed doors in Washington so they can speak up and move the political system-before millions of lives are needlessly lost and our economy also dealt a savage blow.

In our earlier article, we discussed how silver has been used as an antimicrobial for thousands of years and has the ability both to attack viruses and to inhibit their transmission. We also showed how intravenous vitamin C would be a tremendous benefit to patients in hospitals and clinics who have already contracted Ebola.

Wrong on so many different levels. If Ebola were a bacterial infection, I could possibly make the case for some kind of 'natural' cure but Ebola is viral. There is no known agent that can kill a virus during a viral infection. We can develop a vaccine that will boost the bodies own antibodies to prevent the virus gaining foothold and there are drugs that limit the bodies ability to shed new viruii -- but -- once the infection is underway, there is nothing that can kill the virus. To imply that some 'natural' agent can do this is downright criminal and un-ethical.

I am all for seeking out cures in the 'natural' realm - I am currently taking Elderberry tincture to ward off a cold - but Vitamin C to cure Ebola? Just no...

Just wow

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Surfing at 1,000 frames per second - hit the full screen button. Shot by Chris Bryan.

From the New York Post:

CBS goes to ground over claims it buried anti-Obama stories
CBS honchos stuck their heads in the sand Monday rather than address a former veteran reporter’s memoir that revealed how the network routinely canned stories it perceived as anti-Obama.

Everyone from network CEO Les Moonves to “Evening News’’ anchor Scott Pelley to former “Evening News’’ Executive Producer Patricia Shevlin ignored repeated phone calls and e-mails from The Post seeking comment on the bombshell claim by ex-CBS investigative ace Sharyl Attkisson.

In her new book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” Attkisson charges that CBS higher-ups quashed her reporting on the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, as well as reports on the federal “Fast and Furious’’ gun-running scandal and the president’s ObamaCare debacle.

Moonves failed to answer repeated phone calls or an e-mail seeking comment.

Why am I not surprised at this.

Sharyl's book can be found here at Amazon: Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington

Fight for your right

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