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Light Pillars over Alaska
Image Credit & Copyright: Allisha Libby
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160208.html

What's happening behind those houses? Pictured here are not auroras but nearby light pillars, a nearby phenomenon that can appear as a distant one. In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a Sun-pillar, a column of light appearing to extend up from the Sun caused by flat fluttering ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere. Usually these ice crystals evaporate before reaching the ground. During freezing temperatures, however, flat fluttering ice crystals may form near the ground in a form of light snow, sometimes known as a crystal fog. These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a Sun-pillar. The featured image was taken in Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks in central Alaska.
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I've seen this in Fargo on the way to high school early one morning in winter, pre-dawn.  It was near -30F that day, and the air was completely still.  The columns of light rose up from every bright light source, whether it was directly visible to me or not.  Super cool.
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The figures in the last graf are cringeworthy. 
Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers
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Funny thing is some restaurants’ lettuce is worse than what supermarkets throw out.
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Don't forget the mouseover. 
[[Two figures are walking.]] Woman: A man, a plan, a god's 'nam tables, nitrate, tar, tinsel, Batman's dog: anal Panama. {{Title text: I hope that somewhere in the world, "Panamax" is the last option on a "size" drop-down menu on a sex toy site.}} ...
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Oh! Tetraethyl lead in gasoline is poisoning us and brain-damaging our children? Well, okeh, we'll switch to tetramethyl lead; then everything'll be just fine! And while we're at it, let's be extra-safe by switching to menthol cigarettes and pink asbestos instead of the white kind. 
An alternative to BPA in plastic products speeds up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system, making it no safer than the previous chemical.
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Lead is still added to aviation gas, so every piston-powered aircraft that flies overhead is spewing bits of lead. 
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Go look at this. No, seriously: go look.
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Upcycling a church into a place that provides love and support?  AWESOME!
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Verrrry BEARDIFUL.
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It's funny because it's true.
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Ooh! Ooh! Have you seen the latest poll numbers? Hillary blah blah Sanders blah Cruz Rubio blah blah Trump blahbitty blah blah!
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Not if you're 14 years old!
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Wow, universal healthcare is so last century!
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Read this. EVs aren't cleaning up the air or reducing greenhouse gas emissions until the electricity grid won't be so dirty as it is now. And (duh) corn ethanol is filthy.
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FWIW, I pay extra for “100% renewable electricity.” Wind and solar. That said, obviously I know the power I get is the power I get and they don't spend special organically grown, free range, non-GMO electrons to my house.

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I use this post office at least once a month. I've never encountered even the slightest problem or unpleasantness with the staff or the service they provide. They've always served my needs and answered my questions efficiently, courteously, and professionally. Sometimes a lot of other people are using the post office at the same time, so I have to line up and wait my turn. I leanred how to do that when I was about four years old. While I'm waiting my turn, I can finish addressing my mail, I can fill out any necessary forms (usually kept stocked in good supply), I can peruse the packing materials and stuff available for purchase, I can mess around with my smartphone... ...or I can observe the behaviour of other customers. And I see a great deal of hair-raisingly bad behaviour from a great many customers. It tends to straddle the border between entitlement and racism. Racism? Yep. All the staffers speak perfectly understandable English, but many of them aren't white, and some of them speak with an accent. This post office serves some rather ritzy areas of Seattle, including Wedgwood and View Ridge. There are too many overprivileged people here, who regard themselves as _far_ too important to wait in line like a commoner or have to deal with, y'know, brown people. I'm sure their number isn't as great as just one such individual easily makes it seem (the fart-in-an-elevator effect). The snippy, huffy reviews of this post office are consistent with the snippy, huffy behaviour I see from customers at this post office. The simplest explanation is probably the correct one. The self-serve machine is kept in proper working condition. The supplies are kept stocked. The parcel drop-off bin and the mail dropbox are never jammed or otherwise inoperative. The floors are kept clean. The service hours are kept as posted. I just can't find anything worth kvetching about...except some of the customers.
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2013 was a difficult year for my car. Some dillweed tried to steal it, leaving it with a broken door handle, carved-up steering column, and sheetmetal damage. KP's fixed it fully and neatly. Then a few months later, some other dillweed kicked the car with a heavy boot or something, judging by what I saw when I went to drive it one morning. Again KP's did a super job to a high standard of craftsmanship. The work wa done on time, with clear communication and a functional courtesy car. My car came back to me cleaned and tidied inside and out. Obviously I hope never again to need auto body "dental" work—nobody ever looks forward to such a need—but if I do, I'm going straight back to KP's.
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