If you had to choose today… Feel free to name someone from your wish list in your comments.
I clipped in the last paragraph. It’s pretty frightening. Ten to one? Or worse? Look at this exact point the only check against this imbalance is the middle and the left raise about the same amount of money. Long term we must have legislative relief on this. That means a President steps up and presses hard. Probably not Pres. Obama but the next one. Link I said above think 2016.
The Democratic operative guessed that at this point, Republicans may be taking in 100 corporate dollars for every one that reaches Democrats. “We don’t really know — it’s at least 10-to-1.” She added, “The truth is Democrats don’t get much [501(c)(4)] corporate money, and that’s because their interests often aren’t aligned. I’d gladly have c4s shut down — that would be a huge boon for us.”
Will a moderate republican with a widely scorned surname have a ghost of a chance? Stay tuned.
“You give him credit for facing his critics and getting out of the bubble of fundraisers and policy speeches,” said Kellyanne Conway, who is managing CPAC’s straw poll. “I don’t think he’s necessarily entering hostile territory, but it’s a less natural habitat for him.”
Carefully watching will be handicappers in the Republican donor and consultant communities who will measure just how far Bush goes to ingratiate himself with conservatives, and whether he is still willing, as he said months ago, to “lose the primary to win the general.”
“A lot of the more centrist speakers are going to face some pretty tough questions,” said Brett O’Donnell, one of the GOP’s top debate coaches. “But folks who consider themselves introverts usually are more comfortable and perform better when they’re carrying on a conversation with the crowd.”
They never learn.
The report comes from The Associated Press, which dug deep into the congressman’s records and activity in order to uncover the truth about his spending habits.
Schock took more than one dozen flights above donors’ planes, travel worth more than $40,000, since the mid-2011s, the AP found. It was through examining the EXIF data of Schock’s Instagram photos that these details were uncovered.
The AP tracked Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock’s office and campaign records.
Just a hateful law. Bet this guy never traveled abroad.
Need to use the restroom in Florida? Be sure to bring your birth certificate.
Florida state Rep. Frank Artiles just proposed a bill that would jail people for using the “wrong” restroom. This just isn’t right.
This bill is designed to target transgender people but could also impact gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and parents.
Laws like this one lead to more discrimination, harassment, and even violence against transgender people, an already marginalized community.
Mr Hawking and most religious leaders would agree. Why does poverty beget violence? Connect the dots from that stone age club, to bronze weapons, to steel, then explosives, then guns, and now nuclear weapons with global reach. Strategic arms deals can only reduce a part of this. Gun control can only have an effect in those limited circumstances.
Resolve our aggression, our willingness to harm one another and every weapon including the bare fist becomes far less dangerous. Gun control? sure. Nation to nation peace deals ? Excellent. Reduce poverty, another step forward. But as we do all those things, we have to come back to our primitive nature and overcome it.
Aggression is the human race’s biggest failing and it “threatens to destroy us all”, Stephen Hawking has said, urging people to be more empathetic.
Professor Hawking spoke at the Science Museum while giving a tour to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah, who beat 10,000 international entrants to win a special trip to London, in which he is shown the sights by celebrity guides. “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” the astrophysicist said. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”
The human quality the scientist would most like to magnify was empathy. “It brings us together in a peaceful loving state.”
In what’s turning into a public relations headache for the solar industry, news has emerged that a recent test of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada resulted in some 130 birds catching fire, when they flew into an area of highly concentrated solar energy.
As KCET’s Rewire is reporting, the incident happened last month, but the news is only emerging now. According to Rudy Evenson, Deputy Chief of Communications for Nevada Bureau of Land Management in Reno, the birds were likely drawn to a glow created by the concentrated solar energy above the project’s sole tower.
As noted by E&E reporter Phil Taylor, plants like this one are a huge problem for birds. He describes the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a similar but larger plant in California’s Mojave Desert:
The 45-story “power towers” shine with sunlight reflected by 350,000 heliostat mirrors spread across an area four times the size of New York’s Central Park. Receivers atop the towers heat to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water to turn turbines that crank out 392 megawatts — power for more than 100,000 houses.
Okay, seems pretty bad. But wait, there’s more, um information that is. Turns out this is a trivial addition to human caused bird carnage. Well humans as in big tall buildings and then of course our furry overlords. Our cats kill a billion birds without generating any electricity at all. Mee-owch!
However cats are not covered by the migratory bird treaty.
So what happens to birds whose nesting areas become coal mines? Or oil fields? Or if we just make sure the homes energized with this electricity have no cats or tall buildings we get a net gain in the bird safety game. OTOH we do now have the planets biggest bug zapper.
Gotta admit without Photoshop or something just like it digital images and perhaps the web as we know it would be a far colder boring places of text and little art.
Today marks the 25 year anniversary of Adobe Photoshop being launched and changing the way we see the world. Here’s a look at how Photoshop started and how far it has come in the past two-and-a-half decades.
The birth of the software can be traced back to 1987, when developer Thomas Knoll created a simple pixel imaging program called Display. It was able to display grayscale photos on a black-and-white monitor.
Soon, Thomas partnered with his brother John to add features to the software for processing digital image files. In 1989, Adobe took notice and struck a deal with the Knoll brothers to license the software. After renaming it Photoshop, Adobe started shipping the first version of the now-iconic program on February 19th, 1990.
Renowned Magnum and National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey offers this sweet 40-second tip on how you can protect the theft of your camera gear. It’s pretty simple: you just need to be wise about how you wear your camera bag and knowledgable in the art of judo.
Now I’m thinking it might not be smart to hold on to the would be robber. If that were on the street one might want to drop that guy onto the pavement and scurry away. Sand is a lot kinder than concrete.
Other suggestions of my own include going out with a wingman and being very aware of ones surroundings along with ways to depart before or as trouble happens. One more thing to add-Your gear is not worth your life. Once confronted at a disadvantage, give it over, de escalate as possible. Escape as uninjured as possible.