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15 years we've lived here and never seen a white squirrel. Today was the day!
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Hey Google, you need to fix this! OK, I get it, no point maintaining two photo services in Google Photos and Picasa. But ... you need to bring the Picasa capabilities over to Google Photos! Two key problems making the cut from Picasa to Photos (both of which I use today).

First - you need to continue support for name tags. Why would you drop this? Facial recognition is good in Photos but not as good as absolute name tagging from the person who took the picture! For those of us with tens of thousands of pictures tagged in Picasa, some being names, some being events or dates or places .. why not import those into Photos? 

Second - Picasa users can have very deep folder structures to organize their pictures. As an example, I have a folder called Family with sub folders for each family member or family gathering. How do I ever keep that organization in Photos without manually importing each and every folder, one-by-one, into a collection or album first? This would be a massive undertaking given the depth of the many folders people can have their photos organized into. 

I'm all for Google Photos but ... you need to provide the functionality that made Picasa so wonderful!

#Picasa   #googlephotos   #tags   #Folders   #conversion  
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Below is an email I got this morning about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and our right to know, as consumers, if what we are buying and eating has been genetically modified. I've been following this topic for quite a while and fully support our right to know what we are eating by simply requiring any GMO products to be labeled as such. This is not saying GMOs are good or bad but simply, that we as the people eating these products have a right to know and decide individually if we chose to eat, or not, genetically modified products. 

Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods.  Unlike most other developed countries – such as 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Here's a list of the countries that DO require such labeling. 

http://www.justlabelit.org/right-to-know-center/labeling-around-the-world/

As has become the norm in our congress, the push against such labeling is funded by Monsanto who is the primary corporation behind GMOs. Yes, our bought and paid for congress is again conforming to corporate pressures instead of the rights of us as their constituents. 

Please take a few minutes to read the email below and please seriously consider taking the extra two minutes to fill out the automatic petition to congress pushing for the labeling of GMO foods. THANK YOU!

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ALL HANDS ON DECK! This morning the USDA just approved a new GMO corn from Monsanto, while the U.S. Senate is working overtime to kill states' rights to label GMO - Take action now!

Dear Doug,

It's hard to believe the levels of deception that Congress and our regulatory officials at the FDA will go to, but in the past several weeks the FDA has approved GMO salmon and denied a citizens' petition by the Center for Food Safety submitted in March of 2012 that called for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

If this weren't bad enough, right now the Senate, with the support of both Democrats and Republicans, are scrambling to pass the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act by sneaking a rider into a must pass spending bill that would permanently deny states the right to pass GMO labeling laws and create a system that only allows for "voluntary" labeling of GMO foods.

We can't allow unlabeled GMOs onto our grocery store shelves. Add your name and let the FDA and your Senators know that you DEMAND labels on ALL GMO products >>

Incredibly, even as we fight for mandatory GMO labeling and basic transparency in our food supply, today the Obama administration has just approved another Monsanto GMO corn variety this very morning and given "preliminary" approval of yet another new GMO potato by J.R. Simplot. This is an outrage!

Even worse, rather than put 4 simple words, "Produced with genetic engineering", on food packages sold in the United States, leading American food companies are intentionally trying to deceive us even further by mandating that GMOs be considered "natural" under U.S. law. 

At the same time, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Associations (GMA) are promoting an intentionally deceptive solution that would allow these companies to continue to hide GMOs using a meaningless technological solution known as QR codes, which function like bar codes, and would only allow people with smartphones to see if their foods contain GMOs.

Currently, both Congress and our federal regulatory agencies are allowing GMOs to be rubberstamped like new flavors of Chiclets. Today, in America, we have a regulatory system that functions like the Wild West, with the FDA, EPA and USDA approving virtually any new GMO crop (and now animals) based on cherry-picked corporate funded cigarette science that allows corporations like Monsanto to submit their own in-house studies, while denying the health and safety concerns of hundreds of independently funded research scientists.

What you need to understand is that there is a bipartisan selling out of American democracy and food safety to the highest bidder, and in this case, your basic right to know what's in your food and how it's produced are up for sale. The good news is we've built a powerful citizen-led movement that has passed GMO labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and we need your help to defend these historic victories over Monsanto and the GMA's corruption of our democratic institutions.

Stop Monsanto's desperate plan to kill states' rights to label GMOs! - Tell your Senators and the President: “I support GMO labeling!” Every voice counts!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_1599_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act2/?t=8&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPl 

Our regulatory system is so broken that just last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was forced to revoke its recent approval of the controversial chemical Enlist Duo, which is a super-toxic chemical combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D designed to be sprayed on Dow Chemical's 2nd generation GMO corn and soy, which are widely know as Agent Orange GMOs.

Unbelievably, the EPA only revoked Enlist Duo because it learned that Dow Chemical had not shared basic safety information regarding the ‘synergistic effects’ between the product’s two active ingredients, glyphosate and 2,4-D, which could result in greater toxicity to non-target plant. The EPA only learned of this new information because of a lawsuit against them, when the information came to light nearly a year after the agency's approval of the new Agent Orange GMO crops.

Ironically, the same giant food and chemical companies that are fighting to deny us our basic rights to label GMOs in America, already label them in 64 other countries around the world.

We need all hands on deck to stop the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act and convince your Senators not to violate states' rights and kill GMO labeling and allow GMOs to be labeled "natural"!

Don't let Monsanto continue to corrupt our food and our democracy - it's time to protect America's family farmers, communities & the environment! Every voice counts!

Click here if you support labeling genetically engineered foods! Don’t let Monsanto get away with continuing to undermine our democracy write the rules behind closed doors. 

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_1599_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act2/?t=11&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

This fight is about transparency, freedom of choice and democracy! Who writes the rules in America? Us or Monsanto? It's time to make a stand, this could be our last best chance to win labeling.

Please share this alert with family and friends you know who may be concerned, we need all the comments we can get and every voice counts!

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave Murphy
Founder / Executive Director 
Food Democracy Now!

Sources:

1. “USDA Announces GE Corn Deregulation”, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, December 4, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1553?t=13&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

2.  “USDA Announces Preliminary Extension of Deregulation to GE Potato”, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, December 4, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1554?t=15&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

3. "The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling", Huffington Post, November 18, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1555?t=17&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

4. “EPA does about-face on new weed killer”, Omaha World Herald, November 30, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1556?t=19&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI
Studies show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods. Yet for twenty years we have been denied that right. Join the Just Label It campaign to urge Congress and the FDA to implement national GMO labeling.
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This super-delegate game adds no value that I can see, only a way for the DNC to manipulate the process. Why is it the popular vote can't just select a nominee?
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Bummer - while a fan and user of Google Photos, I still used Picassa regularly. 
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Exactly, no tags come over to Photos and theres no way to move whe folders as collections. For example, I have a vacation with a separate sub folder for each vacation. No way to have each come over as an album out collection and no way to even move three entire vacation folder.
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Sunday Night - Harvest Moon, Super Moon and a total lunar eclipse!
This Sunday Sept. 27 the Super Moon will slip completely into the earth’s shadow for 72 minutes, creating a total lunar eclipse.
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40 years ago yesterday, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here was released. Amazing to me the vinyl hasn't worn out on my copy. Sounding great this morning.
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Very disappointed. As repeat customers of Huntleigh Tavern and Traprock, (who own this restaurant as well) we expected a similar experience from Urban Table when we stopped by for Brunch today. Though seated quickly, the service was otherwise very poor and the food was equally as bad. Both my Seared Tuna sandwich and my wife's Turkey burger with avocado and tomato were dry, lacking flavor, and were served on a multigrain roll that tasted as if it was a day-old. Further, it was much too much bread for the limited portion of filling in the sandwiches. We had a Bloody Mary when we got there,but since our food took almost 40 minutes, we wanted to order another. Our server however was nowhere to be seen for quite a while so we sat with empty glasses for over 15 minutes until I finally had to ask a bus-boy to get our server. Then the sandwiches finally arrived but he drinks took another 10 minutes so we had no beverage with our food. As I said, very disappointing, especially given our many experiences as Trap Rock and Huntleigh.
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reviewed a year ago
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reviewed 2 years ago
Celebrated Father's Day there last week with my wife, daughter, and her boyfriend. It was also my daughter's birthday so a double-special day and she chose Cucharamama which she had been to once before and really enjoyed. Now having been there myself, I can see why. Food is very good with lots of variety and the service from hostess, to waiter, to supporting wait staff were all very attentive without being overbearing. The appetizers and all the main dishes (yes, I sampled each of our party's meals!) were all very good. A great meal and overall very good experience.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
The Pluckemin Inn used to be one of my wife and my favorite restaurants. We've been going for 10 years and each and every visit was as spectacular as the time before. Sadly, this is simply no longer the case. When we started going years ago, David Felton was Executive Chef. Food was excellent, presentation was excellent, wine pairings were always spot on. We loved this place. David left in 2009 to become Executive Chef at Natirar and we were sceptical that food quality would remain so high. We were pleasantly surprised upon our next visit as the new Executive Chef, Juan Jose Cuevas, not only kept things to perfection, we think the food was more adventurous and even better. Juan Jose did an excellent job! But earlier this summer we had dinner at "The Plucky" again and both my wife and I noted it just wasn't it's usual stellar quality. We also noted that many of the wine pairings were the same as our previous visit though the tasting menu had changed to more summer traditional fare. The next day, I looked online and noted that Juan Jose Cuevas was no longer Executive Chef having been replaced by Andrew Lattanzio. This past Friday night, good friends of ours took us to celebrate my birthday at The Pluckemin Inn as they knew it was one of our favorites. We were greeted quickly, table for our reservation was ready on time, and we were seated upstairs. Having looked at the tasting menu online earlier in the day, we already knew that all four of us would be partaking along with the wine pairings. I could go into each course of the meal and tell you why it was not the perfection we had become accustomed to. I could tell you why we felt the service was only 'good' as opposed to the higher ratings we'd always offered in the past. I could tell you that three of the five paired wines were the same ones we had tasted now three meals in a row. But instead I'll just say, the mediocre meal earlier this summer was not a fluke as this meal and overall dinning experience was just 'good'. It was not The Pluckemin Inn experience we had enjoyed for so many meals and years before. And while we don't mind paying what fine dining demands these days, we do mind paying those prices for the lesser quality food and service that sadly now seems to be what the Pluckemin Inn is offering.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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Having been customers of the Ryland Inn before it's sudden demise in 2007, my wife and I were pleased to hear it had reopened but were quite skeptical that it could be of the quality we had enjoyed in years past. I'm glad to say, that skepticism was unfounded and we had a fantastic dining experience there last night. Upon arrival, one has the choice of self-parking or taking advantage of the valet service at the front door. As we entered the restaurant for our 6:30 reservation, we were greeted and seated promptly. Our main waiter greeted us within a couple minutes with menus and wine list in hand, pre-dinner drinks arrived quickly, and fresh warm rolls were added to our bread plates. As a Gin & Tonic drinker, I enjoyed that beverage with the Ryland Inn's self-crafted tonic, which was very good, while my wife sipped a Martini. For appetizers, my wife had the Composition of Autumn Squash while I had the Spanish Octopus. The Autumn Squash was excellent with the only observation being that the pumpkin seed crisp that accompanied it could have been more flavorful. My Spanish Octopus was stellar. And while I realize not everyone is an octopus eater, if you ever wanted to try it, this is the place to do so. Having narrowed down the wine list to three choices, I asked the sommelier for his opinion of the three. Without doubt, he chose one over the other two and no, he did not pick the most expensive of the three. In fact, although all were priced closely, he picked the least expensive noting he had recently sampled this wine and thought it was one of the best wines he had recently tasted. He was right. This 2005 Muga Rioja "Prado Enea" was excellent. For entrees, my wife had the Long Island Duck while I dined on Horseradish Crusted Salmon. Both dishes were plated and presented well, cooked to perfection, and tasted fantastic. Accompanying our entrees we had Creamed Spinach and NJ Corn & Polenta as side dishes. These too were cooked and seasoned perfectly and were so good, I found my self scooping more and more onto my now empty plate even though I was fairly full at this point. This also speaks to the portion size of the sides which was plentiful. Our entrees cleared, we sat chatting, sipping our wine, and both noted that while attentive and there to pour what remained in our decanter just as our glasses were almost empty (a positive), there was absolutely no pressure to order deserts or turn the table. In fact, not until our wine was almost gone did they even hand us the desert menus. I found this quality of service top-notch. Able to sit, talk, digest, and enjoy our wine without any pressure was the pinnacle of the stellar service we had received all evening from the entire wait staff. And kudos to the wait staff for their attentiveness and professionalism throughout our meal as poor service, even with great food, would never bring us back a second time. Dessert didn't disappoint either. We shared a cheese board featuring local chesses with fruits, roasted nuts, and honey accompanied by a Sauterne and 20 year old Port - also both very tasty. In case you hadn't come to this conclusion yet, this was one of, if not THE top dining experiences we've had in many years. The Ryland Inn is back ... and in a more stellar way than it's previous incarnation.
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reviewed 2 years ago
My wife and I had to be in Madison for an appointment at 7PM. We drove up after work from central NJ ahead of time hoping to find somewhere for a bite to eat. Courtesy of an open parking spot right in front of Rob's Bistro, we parked, looked at the menu posted in the window, and opted to try. Glad we did! Food was very good, service was very good, and given we were only the 2nd table at the time we arrived, but that the place had filled in by the time we left, it's clear others care for Rob's as well. Appetizers - My wife had a mixed greens salad with lemon-herb vinaigrette while I enjoyed a Poisson Platter consisting of Smoked Tuna, Smoked Trout, Vanilla Bean Salmon Gravalax & Salmon Roe. OK, I know not everyone likes smoked fish but if you do, this plate was outstanding with special mention of the Gravalax.Mains - My wife enjoyed a seared duck breast with orange scented pearl barley. Thankfully she offered me a taste before the plate was completely gone. Given she often does not finish an entire main, that says plenty. I kept with the fish theme and enjoyed Sole A La Grenobloise - sole with a lemon caper parsley brown butter accompanied by small white (peeled) potatoes, and green beans. It was excellent! Yes, I too shared a piece with my wife, who as a foodie herself, confirmed the rating. All in all, an excellent and unexpected find. Well done +Robert Ubhaus!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
My wife and I went here last night for the first time. We loved it! Got there at 6:30, not too busy, by 7:00, almost every table was taken. Our waitress Stacy was helpful with recommendations from the menu, clarifying what a couple items were, and more than efficient at her main purpose. Portions were generous as our eyes proved bigger than our stomachs. A shared grape leaves platter to start was excellent, cheese stuffed grilled calamari appetizer was my favorite dish of the night. A special shellfish appetizer with shrimp, mussels, clams was fresh and delicious. The two large slices of toast that came with it made enjoying the broth a bowl cleaning pleasure. mains consisted of a Dorado filet (fish) for my wife and a shrimp and artichoke risotto for me. Both were excellent though I admit, some risotto is in my refrigerator waiting to become lunch today. Though we did not order dessert, the chef/owner Xristos Stamataros came to our table to see how our meal was and provided a complimentary bowl containing two scoops of homemade gelato - one chocolate, one pistachio. For a couple that had no more room for dessert, that bowl went back to the kitchen empty as well. Very nice dining experience, will absolutely make this a regular. Prices from low teens to mid twenties, lots of choices from salads, to meats, to the fresh daily fish (on display as you come in), and of course traditional Greek choices one would expect to see. Highly recommended!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago