Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture
Jul24

Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture

I don’t seem to getting much response from my political or science posts so how about another picture.  I explained the history and my relationship with Balch Creek Canyon here in case you missed...

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Moving Left
Jul24

Moving Left

It use to be common knowledge that as you got older you became more conservative.  At 68 I am at the leading edge of the baby boomers.  I became politically active during the Vietnam war- I was an Eisenhower/Rockefeller Republican back then.  During the Nixon years I changed my registration to Independent.  Although I didn’t like Jimmy Carter I didn’t vote for  Ronald Reagan.  His supply side economics has proved to be a...

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Near Miss
Jul24

Near Miss

In July of 2012 the earth had a near miss, a huge coronal mass injection barely missed the earth.  Such an event did hit the earth in 1859. Before July 2012, when researchers talked about extreme solar storms their touchstone was the iconic Carrington Event of Sept. 1859, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington who actually saw the instigating flare with his own eyes. In the days that followed his observation, a series of...

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Working Less
Jul23

Working Less

People can be critical of France and Germany’s   reduced work weeks and lower retirement ages but they really don’t know why they did it.  They did it to reduce unemployment – when people work fewer hours and retire earlier more people are working.  We have reached a point where there are more people who need jobs than there are available jobs.  Some of this is because of outsourcing but also because of automation...

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Another Picture
Jul22

Another Picture

It would seem that people are burnt out when it comes to politics and foreign affairs.  My last few posts here that had little to do with politics got a far greater response than those that did.  I have made no secret that I consider the years I lived in Munich, Germany some of the best years of my life.  Yes, Bavarian food, except for the sausage and sauerkraut was for the most part terrible.  But Munich had some of the finest...

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Quote of the Day
Jul22

Quote of the Day

Here is the quote of the day from ~Kung Fu Monkey: There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. I have read and reread Lord of the...

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Where People Live
Jul21

Where People Live

This is interesting, half of all Americans live in 146 of 3,000 counties in the US. Using Census data, we’ve figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. This may explain much of the political polarization in the US...

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Hospitals And Medicaid Expansion
Jul21

Hospitals And Medicaid Expansion

It’s no secret that Texas hospitals were lobbying Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature to expand Medicad coverage under the ACA – they didn’t.  It’s also no secret that hospitals are closing in states that didn’t expand Medicaid coverage.  Forbes has a rundown: Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare’s Medicaid Deal While record numbers of Americans sign up for the...

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Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon
Jul21

Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon

I have already posted a couple of pictures from Balch Creek Canyon in NW Portland here and here.  What I haven’t told you is that I grew up a block away from that canyon.  In the summer my friends and I would pack a lunch after breakfast and take off into the canyon on exciting and almost mythical adventures.  Yes, there were dangers but dangers was what made it an adventure.  There was an occasional black bear or even a cougar...

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James Garner: Comedic Macho Man
Jul20

James Garner: Comedic Macho Man

James Garner has died at 86.  He was a rare hybrid – a comedic macho/tough guy. Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reported on Sunday. Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured...

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Some Summer Beauty
Jul20

Some Summer Beauty

There are indeed some beautiful things in summer.  One of them is the swallowtail...

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Another Picture and some Factoids
Jul19

Another Picture and some Factoids

Many of the landmarks in the Pacific Northwest were named with English translations of the native American names.  One such is what is now known as Mt. Washington.  It was originally known as squaw tit and from the picture below you can see why.  There are several others that have been “cleaned up”.  In the Columbia River Gorge we have Roster Rock which was originally known as Cock Rock.  Now it looks nothing like a...

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Cool Down
Jul19

Cool Down

Well the heat wave seems to be over for awhile and I am thankful.  We had a one day break last Sunday when several bands of thunderstorms moved through but they were high base thunderstorms so there was no rain.  As a result we have wild fires all over the states of Oregon and Washington.  They are predicting some light rain for tonight and Sunday morning and perhaps some heavier rain in the middle of next week which is rare in July...

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Still Looking Forward To Fall
Jul18

Still Looking Forward To Fall

We have had a cool down but I’m still looking forward to fall.  The picture below was taken at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in...

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Looking Forward To Fall on Many Fronts
Jul17

Looking Forward To Fall on Many Fronts

After many days of hot weather I find myself looking forward to fall.  In addition to more moderate temperatures I won’t be awakened by squawking crows at 5 in the morning. I’m also hope we will have a fall when it comes to world affairs as it seems the entire world is coming apart like I have not seen since the end of the cold war. Jet was ‘blown out of the sky’ IDF starts Gaza ground offensive None of this is good news...

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You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)
Jul14

You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)

This was good to see. Rick Santelli is CNBC’s equivalent of Sarah Palin so I really enjoyed seeing his fellow CNBC corespondents taking him on. If you’re at all familiar with CNBC’s Rick Santelli, you know he almost never appears on the network without a shoutfest ensuing. The financial commentator — long considered the godfather of the tea party movement for his 2009 remarks — tends to battle with his colleague Steve Liesman...

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Disease Ridden Children – Really?
Jul14

Disease Ridden Children – Really?

The Central American kids arriving in Texas are likely to be better-vaccinated than children in Texas. With thousands of children from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, an old plague is once again sweeping the country—the fear of the diseased immigrant. “Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don’t even know what all diseases they have,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)said recently. “Our health care systems can’t...

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Crude Oil Prices Going Down
Jul13

Crude Oil Prices Going Down

Now that the Kurds have control of the oil in Northern Iraq and the Shia continue to control the oil in Southern Iraq the crude oil price is going down after a dramatic rise after the ISIS incursion. To get the WTI oil price, please enable...

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1994 – The Year The Internet Came Of Age
Jul13

1994 – The Year The Internet Came Of Age

I think it was in 1994 that I first installed a modem in my very slow PC and signed up with America On Line.  Via Andrew Sullivan, Leon Neyfakh thinks that 1994 was the year that the internet became a major part of our lives not just a tech curiosity. The Web had existed for a couple of years as a kind of insiders’ tech experiment, and the Internet had been around longer. But it was 1994 when the world pivoted, and fast. The number of...

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Good Bye Miami
Jul12

Good Bye Miami

One of the bastions of climate change denial is Miami, Florida.  Ironically it may be one of it’s first victims.  Not everyone in the area is in denial, the South Miami mayor recently referred to Senator Marco Rubio as an idiot. Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) views on climate change have apparently not won him any favor in Miami. Experts say that sea-level rise could easily reach six to ten feet by the end of the century, which...

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