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The Dogtor Is In

This #DoctorWho  re-speciesing by tee-kyrin is lovely.  

(h/t +Jim McCloskey; original at http://tee-kyrin.deviantart.com/art/Dogtor-Who-438724166)
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Why gay marriage is doomed in the United States

Because it's being embraced in Europe. And everyone knows that if the Europeans are doing it, it would be Un-American to suggest we do it, too.

Any day now I expect to see bumper stickers saying "The Metric System: Gateway to Sodomy".
No silly contortions over whether to attend a same-sex wedding. Europe’s leaders are way past that.
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Their (meter) stick is bigger than our (yard) stick...
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Doom, gloom, and impending disaster at the Salton Sea

The proximate issue is water -- but the real issue is money, or the will to find it and spend it to fix a serious issue. The problem is, that will doesn't seem to be forthcoming, and probably won't be until everything's dead and toxic dust is billowing toward Los Angeles.
The Salton Sea, once a playground for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and ’60s, needs more water — but so does just about every other place in the state amid an epic drought.
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With a smile and a wave from Singapore

Or from the state with the same GDP as Singapore.
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+Joshua Alvarez That comment got even more amusing when I realized you are from Australia, not Texas. :-)
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Google, Photos, and Plus

Good and reassuring (for Google+ users) interview here regarding the future of Google's social media product. (TL;DR: Don't Panic.)

Oh, yeah, and some stuff on the new Photos app, which ... well, I will continue to make use of (as I did with Google+ Photos) to back up everything I take (now at larger sizes), but won't be overinvesting in curating of albums. Not for a while yet, anyway. 

(Not that I seem to be all that successful / timely in curating my photos in Flickr ...)

More on Photos: http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/28/google-photos-breaks-free-of-google-now-offers-free-unlimited-storage/
More on other stuff Google announced today: http://lifehacker.com/all-the-important-stuff-google-announced-at-i-o-2015-1707454800
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"But zey vere all BAD!"

Folk have been schadenfreudenly poking fun at Texas for being so conservative and yet so struck down by massive rain and flooding.  It turns out the answer is simple: only the evil parts of Texas were being smitten; all the virtuous parts avoided God's wrath.

Life is much easier, I guess, when you can attribute everything to God's favor or disfavor.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer took a call from "Rebecca in College Station, Texas" who shared her theory that the massive flooding taking place in Texas is God's punishment f
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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?

Are "Larks" (early to bed and early to rise) really better off than "Owls"?  Here's an interesting look at the evidence.

(Obligatory Disclosure: I am, by nature, a Night Owl, even if I force myself up at 5 a.m. every weekday. Given my druthers, I'd be a 10-to-2 person.)
Night owls are drunker, smarter, and get more bootybut morning types may be happier.
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Yet another division tearing this country apart

I speak, of course, about the Great Starbucks vs. Dunkin' Donuts Split.

I beg you -- think of the children.
It's easy to have strong feelings about the coffee shops near our homes
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+The Bruce, Mile High I personally blame Hippie School myself.
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What's in a name? A lot more guessable data than you think.

This is kind of fun, if not actually meaningful. For the record, I am not a Republican Drummer (or Mechanic).My age does fall into the broad range given, though.
You can predict a lot from a name – include a person’s age, state, job and political leanings
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David peaked in 1960, with a brief resurgence in 1980.  Interestingly, Dave had a brief peak in the late 1940s, with its last big peak in 1960 as well.
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And decrease the surplus population

The fine was the maximum OSHA could charge DuPont, a many-multi-billion-dollar company for multiple counts of negligence that led to the death of four workers.

Because, of course, Congress couldn't possibly beef up penalties for lethal safety violations. It might cause some job-makers to not make as many jobs for people to die in.
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Paying fines less than the cost of preventing the issue is just good business sense not a punishment.
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Are there any GOP politicians who AREN'T running for president?

Besides Mitt Romney, that is?

Dear GOP: You do not have to single-handedly compensate for the dearth of competition on the Democratic side of the ticket. Especially when the majority of the field is simply trying to out-zany each other with their appeal to the conservative base.
 
Former New York Gov. Pataki announces run for 2016 GOP presidential nomination

+Fox News: Former New York governor George Pataki confirmed early Thursday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president in a video posted on his campaign's website.

Follow updates: https://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2016-us-elections/
Former New York governor George Pataki confirmed early Thursday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president in a video posted on his campaign's website. 
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All told they're expecting about 20 candidates to officially declare, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few people who aren't on anyone's radar said, "Why the hell not?" and tossed in.

(Actually, I'm kind of hoping someone does, because not a single one of the 20 is a viable candidate.)
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It's hard to fight drought when we pay people not to

Federal agriculture subsidies are encouraging continuation of drought-unsustainable agriculture in the American West. Not the solving the problem will be politically simple or economically painless -- but not facing the problem means it's just going to get worse.
The federal subsidies that prop up cotton farming in Arizona are just one of myriad ways policymakers have refused to reshape laws to reflect water shortages throughout the Colorado River Basin states.
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Welfare reform for farmers looks like a thing that needs to be done.
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Husband, father, writer, gamer, diplomat, theist, civil libertarian, tech fakir, pointy-haired manager, traditionalist, Coloradoan, wordsmith, reader, blogger, magpie, nice guy.

I write about politics, religion, my particular geeky pop culture kinks (SF, Fantasy, Comic Books), and whatever other shiny objects attract my attention from moment to moment.
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Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Have Made America’s Drought Crisis Worse
projects.propublica.org

The federal subsidies that prop up cotton farming in Arizona are just one of myriad ways policymakers have refused to reshape laws to reflec

Morning People Vs. Night Owls: 9 Insights Backed By Science | Co.Design ...
www.fastcodesign.com

Night owls are drunker, smarter, and get more bootybut morning types may be happier.

Google researchers create amazing timelapses from public photos
www.engadget.com

There are a zillion digital photos in the public domain and scientists have just figured out something very cool to do with them. A team fro

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
www.rawbw.com

An exceedingly amusing story by Larry Niven about the Superman's procreative challenges.

Court rules search of businessman's laptop at border 'unreasonable'
www.pbs.org

A federal court has ruled that the government's search of a traveling businessman's laptop at the California border was unreasonable and vio

Patrick Advisers Blast Abbott's Pre-K Plans, by Jay Root
www.texastribune.org

Lt. Gov. ;Dan Patrick's grassroots advisers are blasting Gov. ;Greg Abbott's plan to enhance pre-kindergarten programs, a move sure to incre

What’s So Bad About Gluten?
www.newyorker.com

Millions of people have sworn off wheat, but there’s little science to support them. Michael Specter investigates.

The Secret Message in Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch
mashable.com

President Lincoln never knew the hidden message he carried with him every day.

Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun
koin.com

A man carrying a concealed weapon said "I like your gun, give it to me."

Dynamite embroidered cloth patches that tell it like it is
boingboing.net

Artist Mitch O'Connell has posted his astonishingly large collection of 1970s embroidered patches. I hope somebody starts making them again!

Colorado AG says all 64 clerks must issue same-sex marriage licenses
www.denverpost.com

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday said all 64 county clerks must begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the U.S. Supr

Deep-seeded vs. deep-seated
grammarist.com

Deep-seated = deeply fixed firmly in place. Deep-seeded is a misspelling.

Keurig coffee sued for $600M by Ontario-based Club Coffee
www.cbc.ca

An Ontario coffee roaster and grinder is suing U.S. giant Keurig for anti-competitive behaviour, claiming it is keeping the price of single-

Many lovely items, esp. the cinerary urns. But it's all organized very poorly (and there's an excess of cinerary urns on display). The display cards are all in Italian, but of wildly varying styles. Worth a visit while in Volterra, but maybe not the key thing to see there.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Decent "diner" fare. Good shakes, passable chili fries. Could use with a bit more cleaning attention to the dining room.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Entrees were very good, but a simple off-menu drink was bungled and the caesar salad was too deconstructed for its own good. Service was nice but not as helpful as it should have been.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Food was excellent, as it has been on previous visits. It, and the extensive wine list, are pricey, but worth it. The service was good for the first 2/3 of the meal. We'd come in at 5:15 (we had 6p reservations but made it into town early). While the restaurant was mostly empty, the service was nicely attentive. As our meal was wrapping up, though, some larger parties came in and the restaurant filled up -- at which point it took about 25 minutes, from ordering, for our after-dinner coffees to appear, etc. So, definitely worth visiting, but try to avoid crowded times.
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Tasty (if overpriced) margaritas, and good (if not spectacular) carne asada and appetizer sampler. You could definitely do worse than to dine here, but I suspect you could probably do better, even if it truly is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We were a large dinner group, most of us there for the first time. The waitstaff was very helpful and supportive. The food selection was broad, and everyone seemed to enjoy what they got. I'd go back again.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The wine was good (if not fabulous); the service was friendly (if not knowledgable), the shareable food platters were excellent; the ambiance was terribly noisy (wish we'd eaten on the front porch). Like Randy, we found the wine flights (reds) were overchilled. They were much better once they'd warmed up.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago