WA State Elections - Initiative 1501

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From an email - typical union dirty politics:

Initiative 1501 is about power and control, nothing more.
Initiative 1501 is probably the most convoluted initiative on the ballot this November. We hope you’ll read the entirety of this short article, as it is extremely important to be informed about this initiative and make the right choice when voting.

I-1501 alleges to help protect three classes of people against identity theft:

Seniors, disabled people, and in-home caregivers for these people. At first glance, this seems noble. Who would be against protecting vulnerable people against identity theft? Sadly, this initiative does virtually nothing to protect anyone against anything. On the contrary, it is a dangerous piece of legislation, cleverly engineered by lawyers and bureaucrats to help the largest monopoly in Washington – the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – maintain an iron grip on public information.

To understand why, we have to take a brief look at the back-story.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state-funded in-home providers (IPs) could not be considered full state employees, and therefore could not be required to pay union dues. Simple enough.

One big problem, however: The unions never told the IPs that they had the right to opt-out, for obvious reasons. Employees leaving the union would inevitably mean fewer dollars to line SEIU’s vast bank accounts.

Several watchdog groups, such as the Freedom Foundation in Olympia, realized that this was a scandalous way to do business, and called out the unions on their actions. The Freedom Foundation started a campaign to contact union members and inform them that they had the right to opt-out of paying dues, and could keep more of their own money.

Naturally, this didn’t set too well with union leaders, so they devised a way to prohibit organizations like the Freedom Foundation from contacting their members. This is where I-1501 comes in.

I-1501 makes contact information for these in-home providers exempt from public disclosure, and exposes these watchdog organizations to potential criminal prosecution. It is nothing more than a shady, last ditch attempt to keep people from understanding their rights. Additionally, there are already laws on the books to deal with the prosecution of identity thieves.

Make no mistake. I-1501 is about money and control, nothing more. It is only disguised as a protection for vulnerable people. In truth, it uses seniors and disabled adults as a convenient smokescreen – or battering ram, if you prefer – to hide and advance a much more perverse agenda: To deny people the choice to keep more of their hard-earned cash, and grow SEIU’s bargaining power.

Unions very much had their part in the workplace back in the 1900's through the 1940's but the times have evolved and the unions have not. Now, they are about political power and using the rank and file's dues to line their own coffers. These funds are used for political lobbying (federal violation of their 501(c)3 status) to gain power for the unions and not to benefit the enrolled workers. Time for them to die like the dinosaurs they are - another example of ideas that cannot stand on their own merit so they have to play dirty to get them enforced.

Nuclear power - first in twenty years

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We need to be building ten of these things per year - from the Tennessee Valley Authority:

Watts Bar Unit 2 Complete and Commercial
The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks.

“TVA’s mission is to make life better in the Valley by providing reliable, low-cost energy, protecting our area’s natural resources and working to attract business and growth—all priorities simultaneously supported by the completion of Watts Bar Unit 2,” said Bill Johnson, TVA president and CEO.

“Watts Bar Unit 2 is a key part of our commitment to produce cleaner energy without sacrificing the reliability and low cost that draws both industry and residents to our area.”

The $4.7 billion capital construction project was completed on budget. The unit now moves to working asset status.

Cheap power - if they built LFTRs, they would be even cheaper - no pressure vessel needed with these. All the politics about carbon and we still don't recognize that nuclear is the way to go.

Earthquakes on the brain

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An interesting metric from My Northwest:

Google searches prove devastating earthquake still top of mind in Washington
It’s clear that earthquakes are still top of mind for Western Washington residents.

One need only to look as far as the Google search bar to understand just how much interest there is.

As Estatly points out, “How to survive an earthquake?” is queried by Washingtonians in the Google search engine more frequently than any other state, including California. And that’s somewhat surprising, considering the fact that anxiety was high recently after a swarm of seismic activity prompted a warning of elevated risk for a San Andreas fault earthquake, and two faults were just found to be connected.

The search queries in Google were taken from the most common how-to questions over the past five years.

This is a good thing - preparedness begets survival and the more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be until relief arrives.

Memorial Service

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It was a nice one with about 200 people showing up. Carl was a high-school English teacher for much of his life and a lot of his former students were present. Carl was also in the Army so two soldiers presented the flag and his ashes and there was a 21 gun salute after the service.

Back home again - beef barley soup for dinner tonight and unload the trailer tomorrow.

Got another rain front moving in - starting to come down fairly heavy.

Donald unchained

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Here is Donald unleashed - 16 minutes of pure fun:

Fun times ahead - James O'Keefe

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O'Keefe was the guy who sunk ACORN with the undercover videos - from PJ Media:

James O'Keefe Says Donna Brazile's Head May Be Next to Roll
Having already gotten Democrat operatives Scott Foval and Robert Creamer (Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's husband) to "resign" after the release of the first two parts of his recent sting, James O'Keefe just hinted that he's got bigger fish to fry:

Yes we do. Oh, we’re just getting started. @donnabrazile may be forced to resign next week after what comes out. https://t.co/dmAKlCgiEq

— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 20, 2016

The MSM has been dismissing the videos that sunk Foval and Creamer with weak nonsense about them being "low-level" and "unknown," despite the fact that Creamer is married to a member of Congress. If Brazile is forced to go, look for a lot of unfounded attacks on O'Keefe designed to distract. Brazile has her current job because her predecessor was forced to step down under scandalous circumstances. I would say "resign in disgrace," but Democrats really aren't embarrassed by their behavior.

Heh - I hope he has good security.

Sleeping in today

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There is a memorial service for a friend today at 2:00PM so puttering around the house and then going out to that. Doing a coffee run in a few minutes. Gorgeous day today - was forecast to rain but the skies cleared and the sun is shining. Lulu heard a moose this morning and saw a hummingbird.

Reserved for Leadership

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Latest from Michael Ramirez - absolutely nails it:


The mask slips - Hillary

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Only a few seconds but it speaks volumes - from last night's debate:

A new one from Moby

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Love his music - paired with a great animation:

Tip of the hat to James Gurney for the link.

Simon's Cat

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The latest one - The Monster

Now I want to go back to college again

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From The Denver Post:

North Dakota students learn how to build drone businesses
Instructor Matt Dunlevy probably didn’t have to remind his University of North Dakota students that they’d be sharing the airspace as they stood in a field preparing their drones for flight as the sun set one recent afternoon.

“Welcome to the drone business, where you will be eaten alive by bugs,” Dunlevy said, as the students swatted away mosquitoes.

What Dunlevy doesn’t expect, by the end of the semester, is for students in the new course to be eaten alive trying to make a living in the unmanned aircraft business. They are learning to fly drones, with the hopes of earning a Federal Aviation Administration pilot’s license, and are getting real-world business experience. At semester’s end, students will pitch their enterprise ideas to venture capitalists and executives in a “Shark Tank” style setting.

Makes a lot of sense - there is a big market for drones and there is a big gap between the hobby drones and the professional units. Image stability and quality vary widely and getting the shot that the customer wants versus what you think is best makes a big difference.

I am still waiting for the next level of technology - better weight capacity (being able to fly with better cameras) and the next advancement in batteries (longer flight time) before jumping into the waters.

This looks fun - People of Earth

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A new tranche of WikiLeaks

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And Gateway Pundit is on it but first this little bit of treason from last night's debate:

Hillary Clinton has a history of skirting the law.
Laws are for the little people.

She’s been accused during sworn testimony of disrespecting security agents and putting them in danger.
She abandoned her “friend” Ambassador Chris Stevens and left him to the Islamists who slaughtered him in Benghazi.

Tonight during the final presidential debate Hillary Clinton leaked more national security secrets.
Hillary said it took four minutes between the nuclear order and nukes flying.

And two WikiLeaks:

WIKILEAKS: Hillary Took Algeria Off Terror Watch List After Donation to Clinton Foundation


WIKILEAKS: Bernie’s Wife Jane BEGGED HIM Not to Endorse Hillary

Bernie endorsed Hillary because he thought he would get a place at the trough - Hillary does not operate that way. Bernie was a serious threat to her campaign so he will be politically eliminated.

Just checked and we have had just over one inch in the last 24 hours - it was 0.75" this morning and we got another 0.25" while we were doing the drill. It was raining buckets at times. Everyone was glad I brought the trailer...

And then there is this - from The Bellingham Herald:

Ski officials already pointing to early opening for season
Officials at Mt. Baker Ski Area already are anticipating an early opening based on snowfall predictions — and ski officials in British Columbia are hoping the strength of the U.S. dollar could send American skiers and snowboarders north of the border.

Duncan Howatt, general manager at Baker, is anticipating a promising 2016-17 season, based on forecasts for wet, blustery weather in November that typically translates to snow at the ski area.

“When this happens we tend to have a fairly early opening (at least by Thanksgiving), and then a lot of snow by Christmas,” Howat wrote this week on the ski area’s Snow Report website. Last weekend’s storm left a “light dusting at Heather Meadows,” but the ski area needs freezing levels to drop to get the 18 to 30 inches needed to open.

The ski area opened Nov. 19 last year, the only one in Washington state to open that early.

I have been saying that we have the potential for a record snow year this season. Mt. Baker had an epic snowpack in 1998-1999 and it was preceded by an epic El Niño. We just had another epic El Niño so...

Working in a gold mine

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I was reading about a local mine and ran into this description:

Mining at the ****  was not for the timid or faint hearted.

Meltwater from snowfields and glaciers above the mine poured through production stopes and raises 2 to 3 feet wide at a rate of 500 gallons per minute during the summer months. During winter months, avalanches shot by on both sides of the camp quarters. Labor turnover was as high as 96 percent in September 1921. Krom reported the following observation: “Labor turnover was so rapid that it required the proverbial three crews — one coming, one working, and one leaving — to keep the mine in operation. Not uncommonly, men arrived and departed without having worked one full shift.”

This is a gold mine that is in a nearby mountain. The mine's entrance is in Canada and is pretty much inaccessible now - most trails and roads have been washed out.

Well, if the economy goes to pot, I can still dig and I own a pick and a wheelbarrow - nice to know there is gold in these hills...

Our government and local farmers

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This sucks - central planning at it's most egregious - from Capital Press:

Congress mulls project to flood Washington farmland
Federal lawmakers may authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue a $451.6 million project to convert hundreds of acres of privately owned farmland into Puget Sound fish habitat, unsettling to a farmer who owns property vital to the government’s designs.

“It’s definitely, definitely in the back of my mind, all the time,” said Scott Bedlington, third-generation Whatcom County farmer. “I have to farm. That’s what we live off.”

The corps and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife propose to inundate 2,100 acres in Whatcom, Skagit and Jefferson counties, including by removing dikes protecting farms.

Restoring habitat is a nice idea and it plays well with the disconnected-from-reality urban voters but the habitat was disturbed and nothing we do can bring it back to what it once was. Some of the dam removal is good for restoring salmon runs but stuff like this is expensive and will do nothing major. It will remove the layer of flood protection that the levees give which caused them to be built in the first place.

Follow the money:

The corps and WDFW spent 15 years and $22 million developing the Puget Sound Nearshore Restoration Project.

The corps forwarded the plan to Congress last month. The plan calls for $293.6 million in federal funding and $158 million in state funding over about 10 years.

How about we put this towards reforming our education system. The Federal funding is just our tax dollars being misspent and the state funding is money that would be better served fixing infrastructure. Fish do not say thank you.

Back from the shakeout

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I was on the air at 8:30AM and the rest of my crew showed up shortly after. We had a search team (two CERT volunteers) and a Team Leader and a Scribe - two other CERT volunteers and a fellow ham radio operator. It was a lot of fun despite it raining buckets - I had a propane heater running in the trailer so we were damp but warm. One of our search temates was ill so our Scribe went along (CERT always uses a buddy system when searching). Two of the teams had two search teams.

The search team had envelopes with specific addresses on them - when they reached the address, they would open the envelope and report the damage scenario to our team leader using the hand-held "Family" radio sets. The team leader wrote this down on an Incedent Report sheet and handed it to us hams and we reported them to the operator at the fire hall. The operator there then reported the incident to the Whatcom Emergency Operations Center.

What will be interesting is that the EOC has duplicates of each "inject" so they can compare the message they recieved with the actual contents of the inject. If there is a difference, then our communication and reporting skills need to be practiced.

Our EOC has a facebook page with some videos of the goings on. They are also doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

Got up at 6:30 this morning - usually wake up around 10 or so so feeling a bit tired - probably take a nap later. The farrier is coming out to give Rockey his mani-pedi this afternoon.

Zero-dark thirty

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Heading out to the earthquake drill this morning - trailer packed, just packing lunch and getting ready to head out.

Should be fun except it is pouring down buckets (0.75 inches in the last 24 hours) and not due to stop until 11:00AM and the drill is scheduled to end at Noon. Got a propane heater for the trailer so we will be somewhat warm and dry.

That is it for the night

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Had dinner, watched an episode of Person of Interest (great show!) and heading out to the radio room to finish making the cables and programming the radios.

Because there is only so much front panel space for knobs and buttons, the radios are very menu driven with some functions requiring you to drill down four and five levels to reach a command. Fortunately, the radios have ports on them that connect to your computer's USB port and there is software that makes this a piece of cake. I use Chirp as well as some proprietary software depending on what I want to do.

Back to work - long but fun day tomorrow.

Another Podesta email

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From this email

On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:54 PM, John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com<mailto:john.podesta@gmail.com>> wrote:

I think Teddy's idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated.
On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections.


So the formality of registering to vote is too complicated for people? They just want to bring a bus full of people to a polling place, they show their drivers licences and vote and then get back onto the bus and head to the next polling place.

These people are so bereft of virtue that this is the only way they can win the vote - by cheating.

Curious - Citizens for Trump

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The website is either very very busy or is suffering a DDoS attack - I try to go there and see this:


Debate tonight

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Very interested but will probably catch it tomorrow - still have another hour or two work to do tonight.

Back to work

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Got the trailer all set - still need to make some cables and program the radios with the right frequencies.

Lulu has been busy in the kitchen (we both love to cook) making chocolate chip cookies for tomorrow as well as beef barley soup for the next couple of dinners.

Heading down to the store in a few moments to get some stuff for tomorrow.

More emails from WikiLeaks

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Classic Hillary obfuscation and outright lying - from Zero Hedge:

The Missing "Oh Shit" Link Revealed: Hillary Admits "I Asked That They Be Deleted"
Back in September we wrote about the circumstances leading up to the "Oh Shit" moment when Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks deleted Hillary's 30,000 "personal emails" (the full notes is here:  "The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena").  Within the original FBI interview notes, Hillary "stated she never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her e-mails to avoid complying with FOIA, State, or FBI requests for information."  Moreover, just last week, in sworn testimony provided to Judicial Watch, Hillary also denied asking for the emails to be deleted.  That said, a new email discovered in the latest WikiLeaks dump seems to offer a direct contradiction to what Hillary previously told both the FBI and Judicial Watch.

So which version is true?

    • FBI Notes: "Clinton stated she was also unaware of the March 2015 e-mail deletions by PRN."
    • Judicial Watch Testimony: "She believes that her personal e-mails were not kept, and she does not have any personal knowledge about the details of that process."
    • Private Talking Points (WikiLeaks): "As I said in March, I chose not to keep the personal ones.  I asked that they be deleted."

Before getting into the details, here is the background from the FBI notes on how Hillary's personal emails came to be deleted.

Lots more at the site - links to source materials. Hillary is quite the accomplished liar.

Our rigged elections

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A sobering article at The Daily Caller:

Soros-Connected Company Provides Voting Machines In 16 States
Smartmatic, a U.K.-based voting technology company with deep ties to George Soros, has control over voting machines in 16 states including battleground zones like Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Other jurisdictions affected are California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

Its website includes a flow-chart that describes how the company has contributed to elections in the U.S. from 2006-2015 with “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted.”

In 2005, Smartmatic bought-out California-based Sequoia Voting Systems and entered the world of U.S. elections.

According to Smartmatic’s website, “In less than one year Smartmatic tripled Sequoia’s market share” and “has offered technology and support services to the Electoral Commissions of 307 counties in 16 States.”

Among the “case studies” that Smartmatic lists on its website as examples of its work are Venezuela, where it has been facilitating elections since 2004 when it “won a bid to provide Venezuela with a reliable voting system.”

The very fact that they have been involved in Venezuela's elections should raise a big red flag. This kind of thing is easy to do if you have someone like Soros backing you - start up a shell company and then buy a company that has legitimate technology (Sequoia), lay off the Sequoia employees after you learn their intelectual property and then subvert the systems to your needs.

I do hope there is someone at Smartmatic with the courage to come forward as a whistle-blower. A copy of the source code would be easy enough to sneak out.

This just makes my blood run cold:

The chairman of Smartmatic is Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, who sits in the British House of Lords and on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. He was formerly the vice-chairman of Soros’s Investment Funds and even the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations when he worked as chief of staff to Kofi Annan.

Malloch-Brown’s resume includes stints as vice-president of the UN World Bank and in British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet.

In addition to a close relationship with Soros, Malloch-Brown has worked with consulting firms that are well-connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton. He was an international partner with the Sawyer-Miller consulting firm and was a senior adviser to FTI Consulting.

That company needs to be disolved and scattered to the winds. Salt the earth.

Limiting the EPA

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Great news from the Beckley, West Virginia Register-Herald

Federal judge rules in favor of coal companies in EPA battle
A federal judge in West Virginia ruled Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must comply with a federal code requiring the agency to evaluate the impact of its air pollution regulations on jobs.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey agreed with Murray Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries that the EPA's actions have caused harm to coal mining communities.

“In this case, the plaintiffs have alleged that the actions of the EPA have had a coercive effect on the power generating industry, essentially forcing them to discontinue the use of coal," the ruling said. "This Court finds these allegations sufficient to show that the injuries claimed by the plaintiffs are fairly traceable to the earlier actions of the EPA."

The EPA argued any injury caused to the plaintiffs would only be traceable to earlier EPA actions, not the failure of the EPA to conduct evaluations of job loss, but Judge Bailey disagreed.

The civil action suit said the plaintiffs combined employ more than 7,200 workers and comprise the largest underground coal mining operation in the U.S. The plaintiffs allege the EPA's actions have caused a reduced market for coal, which has threatened the economic vitality of the companies and their employees.

Good!  It is time to punch back twice as hard on those who would demonize coal. Raw, it is dirty and when burned in an uncontrolled manner will release a lot of toxins. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the heyday of the steel mills and the atmosphere was palpably dirty. There are now clean ways to use coal. No reason to limit its use - it is abundant and cheap.

Back home again

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Printed off a fundraising letter for our local preparedness group. Surfing for a little bit and then out to the radio room - making some extra cables for tomorrow - be prepared. Checked all three car batteries and they are just fine - trickle charging. Getting an updated forecast in 45 minutes or so and plan from there. Programming the radios to the operational frequencies.

Packing up the trailer

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Heading out for coffee, do some printing for a local group and then back home to pack up the equipment into my box trailer. Supposed to be pouring down rain all day tomorrow so wanting to operate in a comfortable spot.

More posting later.

At the debate tomorrow

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Heh - from Page Six:

Obama’s half-brother will be at Vegas debate cheering for Trump
President Obama’s Kenyan-born, half-brother Malik will be in the audience in Las Vegas Wednesday night when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in their third and final debate.

Malik — an American citizen who lives in Washington, DC, when he’s not in Kenya — says he will be a guest of Trump, the Republican nominee he supports for president.

“I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik told The Post.

“I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik,” Trump said. “He gets it far better than his brother.”

Obama has a rather large extended family and he treats them like dirt - a bit more:

Malik, who is three years older than Barack, said he last saw his sibling in August 2015 after the president had visited Kenya.

“I went to the White House to say hello. I paid a courtesy call,” he said. But it wasn’t a very warm and loving reception.

“As usual, it was a hands-off kind of thing, very businesslike, very formal,” Malik said.

The problem is that Malik is one of the little people, not a ruling elite. Now if Malik worked for Goldman Sachs or Facebook, that would be a different story entirely.

Back from meeting

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The digital group did a bulk purchase of Northwest Digital Radio's Universal Digital Radio Controller or UDRC (PDF file). I picked up three of them as I want to tie my old weather station into the network, have one in my truck and have one for messaging at home. They fit onto a Raspberry Pi computer so you have a complete digital system for about $80 total plus a radio. Got a nice discount through the bulk buy so the price was right.

Spending tomorrow getting the box trailer ready for the Great Shakeout. I scoped out the school where we will be setting up - a couple good places but they are fenced off so we will need to get the gate opened. There is a small parking lot (20 spaces) but it is for faculty and will probably be pretty full - no room to manover my trailer so using that space is moot. The place I do want to park is a paved play area but Thursday morning is forecast to be dumping rain so unless the students are amphibious, we should have that space to ourselves.

Surf for a bit and then to bed.

Off to town in a little bit

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Scoping out my location for the Great Shakeout on Thursday morning, stoping by the tool rental place to extend the freezer dolly rental time and go to the bank.

Have a Digital Radio Group meeting tonight so back sometime around 9:00PM

Raining pretty hard - 24 hour rainfall is a bit under a half inch. Our main river is running about twice average - good, we can use the water.


The WikiLeaks interruption?

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Finger pointed right at John F. Kerry - from the Gateway Pundit:

BREAKING: Secretary of State John Kerry Demanded Julian Assange’s Internet Be Cut Off
Secretary of State John Kerry demanded the Ecuadorian Embassy in London cut off Julian Assange’s internet be cut off.

Wikileaks tweeted the development on Tuesday.
McClatchy reported:

Wikileaks said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia.

Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to the internet cut over the weekend.

The FARC negotiations are just the cover - the Podesta emails were getting a little too close for Hillary's minders liking.

I am surprised that someone hasn't just parked a truck outside the Embassy with a high-power WiFi transciever - the internet was designed to route around damaged links. Wonder if they physically took Assange’s computer away.

And then, there is Hillary's reaction to an earlier WikiLeak - from TruePundit:

Clinton’s State Department was getting pressure from President Obama and his White House inner circle, as well as heads of state internationally, to try and cutoff Assange’s delivery of the cables and if that effort failed, then to forge a strategy to minimize the administration’s public embarrassment over the contents of the cables. Hence, Clinton’s early morning November meeting of State’s top brass who floated various proposals to stop, slow or spin the Wikileaks contamination. That is when a frustrated Clinton, sources said, at some point blurted out a controversial query.

Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, “walking around” freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States.

Quite the story and say what you will about it being The Enquirer - don't forget that they were the ones that broke the Monica Lewinsky story as well as the John Edwards story. From the National Enquirer:

Hillary Fixer Breaks Ranks: I Arranged Sex Trysts For Her — With Men & WOMEN
Hillary Clinton is a secret sex freak who paid fixers to set up illicit romps with both men AND women!

That’s the blockbuster revelation from a former Clinton family operative who is sensationally breaking ranks with his one-time bosses to speak to The National ENQUIRER in a bombshell 9-page cover story — on newsstands Wednesday.

“I arranged a meeting for Hillary and a woman in an exclusive Beverly Hills hotel,” the man, who was hired by the Clintons, via a Hollywood executive, to cover up their scandals, told The ENQUIRER.

Heh - the mud-slinging is just beginning. Time to make a big bowl of popcorn and sit back and enjoy the show.

RIP - Leo L. Beranek

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You may not have heard of him but he has influenced your life more than you realize - from The New York Times:

Leo Beranek, Acoustics Designer and Internet Pioneer, Dies at 102
Leo L. Beranek, an engineer whose company designed the acoustics for the United Nations and concert halls at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood, then built the direct precursor to the internet under contract to the Defense Department, died on Oct. 10 at his home in Westwood, Mass. He was 102.

His death was confirmed by his son James.

Dr. Beranek taught acoustic engineering at Harvard and M.I.T. for more than three decades after World War II, conducting research there that laid the groundwork for acoustic advances with wide social impact, including noise standards for public buildings and airports. But one of his most notable achievements was well outside the field of acoustics.

In 1969, the company he helped found, Bolt, Beranek & Newman, won a contract from the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to build the first computer-based network, which came to be called Arpanet.

By demonstrating the ability to share data and messages through vast computer networks, Arpanet, a product of government-sponsored research, paved the way for the creation of the internet. Among its many breakthrough achievements, his company sent the first email message that used the @ symbol, in 1972.

A fascinating life - I was very fortunate to have met him a few times when I was living in Boston and working at the public aquarium there BB&N designed the new auditorium that was built when I was working there. They are based in Cambridge (neighboring town across the Charles River).

So true...

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A quick heads up - Shakeout

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Major General Bret Daugherty talks about the importance of building a preparedness kit as well as a promotion for the Great Washington ShakeOut:

Digital music - piano player rolls

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A great 1980's video tour of a company that makes player piano rolls - they are still in business: QRS Music Technologies

I love the Apple ][ still cranking away. Iffen it ain't broke...

Too damn true - admin/password

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From CommitStrip:


More rain today

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About a quarter inch - the ground is getting nice and soaked and rivers are at normal stage. Rain is forecast for the rest of this week too - time to plant garlic next sunny day.

Planning for the Great Shakeout coming up this Thursday - going to be raining so I will take my box trailer. Pack a table and some chairs and operate in comfort. WA State is up to one million participants for the event.

Chicken tacos for dinner tonight.

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