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Chuck Mauthe
Attended Sewanee, The University of the South
Lived in Chattanooga, Tn
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Yeah. Those numbers are real. A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015. Sinc...
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off we go, into the wild blue yonder!
 
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Beautiful Long exposure of traffic signals in fog

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You can capture images by zooming in on the reflections in people's corneas. Holy crap, I thought that only worked on TV cop shows. 
“ In Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections, British psychology researchers Rob Jenkins and Christie Kerr show that recognizable images of the faces of unpictured...
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Two and a half weeks ago, I took this picture, not remembering the anniversary that was coming up. This is bomb loading pit #1 at the north airfield on Tinian – where Little Boy was loaded onto the Enola Gay for her flight to Hiroshima, 70 years ago today.

To visit this site is simultaneously somber, and peaceful, and uplifting. Somber, because you are standing at the physical point of full handoff, where the physics team put the device in the hands of the bombing team that would take it to its final destination. If, like me, you came up as a physicist, living in the complex shadow of the Manhattan Project – where many of the modern ways of doing science took shape, but also where physics first drank full deep from the chalice of human life and death – you might also have dreamed of coming to this place, imagined it and wondered about it all your life.

Peaceful, because it is hard to describe the quiet there. The glass shell you see over the bomb pit – broken, I might add, for several years – is the only concession the entire site makes to preservation or to making a "monument." The north airfield isn't treated with the reverence of a historical site; it's an abandoned airfield, and you can simply drive onto it, and if your suspension is good enough and you have an adequate machete you can explore any parts of it you want. Tinian is a quiet and very beautiful place.

Uplifting, for two reasons. First, because the place itself is so beautiful, as are the people who live there. Tinian is about the size and shape of Manhattan, but with only about 5,000 inhabitants, almost entirely locals, who have a deep attachment to making their island as good a home as they can. And second, because of the strange way in which the memory of war passes, both here and throughout the Northern Mariana Islands. On Saipan (just a short hop north), there are numerous monuments to the tremendously bloody battles and atrocities which happened there during the war; but the gun emplacements which were abandoned in place have long since rusted. 

In Israel, where I come from, there are many places where gun emplacements have been abandoned. There's a good little café called Coffee Annan up on the Syrian border, built atop an old bunker. There, you know that someone has taken a careful survey of all of these sites, and knows to the hour how long it would take to bring them back up to operation. On Saipan, the guns and the bunkers had passed the point of no return more than a generation ago; the war was gradually fading into the past, consumed by the relentless advance of the Boonies.

You can see below a photograph of a Japanese tank on one of Saipan's northern beaches. A papaya tree has started growing in its engine compartment.

So today, on this somber anniversary, I think back to the ways in which things have changed. We somehow survived the rest of the 20th Century without another world war, and without the annihilation of a large percentage of humanity. We've entered a new world beyond the Cold War, now, one with new threats and opportunities. The calamity which threatens us most directly – the one most likely to destroy civilization – is now not a war, but shifting climates, the collapse of water supplies and ecosystems. Old memories are fading (I used the word "Kremlinology" in a work e-mail just a week ago, before realizing that many of my colleagues are too young to remember what it means), even as old threats all too often remain real. (Is our culture of racial violence that different than it was 150 years ago?)

I don't have any clear lessons to offer today, 70 years after the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. The changes in the world between then and now are too complex for any short answer.

But I think about the tank, and the papaya tree, and I have some hope.
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Mike Pence Signs Bill, surrounded by Antigay Bigots. and tweets it

There is no excuse for passing Taliban Laws in AMERICA!
This bill is similar to ones used by the Nazis to authorize discrimination against jews and minorities.
This bill does the same thing.

A jewish Republican in georgia added an anti-discrimination Clause to the recently proposed similar Religious-hate law in GA.
It killed the Bill.
< GA Jewish Republican  Kills Nazi-Bill http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/03/27/georgia_legislators_admit_religious_liberty_bill_is_about_discrimination.html?wpisrc=obinsite >

A photo (pictured above) that the governor shared from the private ceremony this week when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act includes among the crowd three well known antigay lobbyists. All three are listed as part of GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project — a list of pundits it warns news networks against booking as guests because they're extremist on LGBT issues.

A user on Twitter zoomed in on the image and found the trio, then shared an image of his own with a pretty straightforward message: "When Mike Pence tells you SB101 isn't anti-gay, he's lying." It used the GLAAD information to make the point, and GLAAD shared it via its own social media.

EDIT Indiana's Bill IS DIFFERENT from older RFAs: its says Corporations are People, and Corporations have the right to religiously discriminate
< https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/99KJLXv3P1T >

EDIT: I am sorry to anyone who was Notified 2x.
G+ didnt let me remove names 

#NoHate       #Indiana       #PoliticalReform  
A closer look at who attended a private signing ceremony finds some cheerleaders for discrimination.
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a little higher, please?
 
Nautical Tentacle Porthole Lamp

Insanely cool and perfect for all sea lovin' octopus lovers.

This unique nautical wall lamp is handmade and painted to order. Lifelike and life-sized, it will light up your room as well as spark a conversation. The porthole latch serves as a light switch and the vintage 40 watt Edison bulb is included with the piece. 

The standard light socket will work with any general purpose light bulb; however, a 40 watt bulb is recommended. Each item is hand crafted and made to order. Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. Lamp is approx. 18 inches H with bulb.

#lamp   #nautical   #octopus  

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I'm an unreformed hippie and a liberal Southerner
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I'm a liberal Southerner, who's been in software development since computers used core memory, and started browsing the world via FidoNet, BBSs, and 2400 baud modems

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With more than half a century under my belt, i still believe, as Katherine Hepburn said, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
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  • Sewanee, The University of the South
    Undecided, 1973 - 1975
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Computer Science, 1977 - 1979
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