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Every Kid in a Park
This year America's National Parks are free for families of a 4th grader. How cool is that?
via +Modern Hiker 
Every Kid in a Park. You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. How it works. Fourth graders. This is for you! Explore Aztec dwellings. See a waterfall taller than a building. Get your pass. Learn our nation's history. Go fishing. Parents ...
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Awesome. Hopefully people will take advantage of this.I think it should also say no gadgets allowed while in the park.
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4-5 Degrees
Forget slasher films...drug resistant bacteria and global freaking warming are scary. 
 via +Daniel Swain's twitter feed  at https://twitter.com/Weather_West
Without prompt, aggressive limits on CO2 emissions, the Earth will likely warm by an average of 4°-5°C by the century's end. How big a change is that? [[The panel shows a temperature scale.]] In the coldest part of the last ice age, Earth's average temperature was 4.5°C below the 20th century ...
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Politics is a professional sport. It has winners and losers. It has seasons filled with rampant, often baseless speculation. It has masterful plays. It has career-ending injuries. It has a daily highlight reel. It has major and minor leagues, and recruitment between the two. It has teams, complete with owners. Former players become the anchors and talking heads dissecting the next crop of aspirants. And so on.

It is not a sport I follow, and I tend not to post on it because I've found that 99.9% of the online political discussions you have with near- or complete strangers are completely aggravating and pointless, and if I'm not willing to engage on it, then I really shouldn't be opening my fucking mouth.

But it's not because I don't care. I don't follow politics because very little of it -- almost nothing in fact -- has to do with governance. Those who enjoy it do so because they're being entertained (by its sport-like qualities), although they tell themselves that all the strutting and fretting really does amount to something.

Bullshit.

The best description of politics I've ever read was penned by the British classicist and moral philosopher Bernard Williams (one of my superstars) in a paper titled "The Politics of Self-Deception", extended quote linked and excerpted below:

"If we were deeply participant citizens, then each of us would have an immediate interest in truth in politics. But we cannot all be, and few of us want to be, and in this situation the fact that our institutions of education and communication, in particular the nature of the media, are not well designed for the discovery and
transmission of politically relevant truths may seem less to the point. What they are better designed for, besides selling things, is certain kinds of entertainment."

(Now go read the whole thing.) https://plus.google.com/+RickWayne/posts/aBcxvoGJSC2

I am frequently heard to say I care less for truth than for understanding. You can weigh yourself against understanding, whereas Truth -- pillar of the universe -- neither budges nor reveals Itself no matter how many facts you heap on your side of the scale.

So let me be clear. After the last midterms, I broke my self-imposed political silence to write this little ditty:
https://rickwayneauthor.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/on-the-rationality-of-disenfranchised-non-voting/

"On the Rationality of Disenfranchised Non-Voting" specifically to address the claims, offered with grade school zeal, that the Pavlovian yanking of a lever connected to nothing was somehow a moral obligation.

Voting is a right. Voting well is a responsibility. The fact is, despite what you were taught in civics class, you only irregularly count, even when you regularly vote.

Now is one of those times.

Recently the media establishment has turned against this season's Cinderella players, a situation wonderfully reported in this article shared by +citizen j:
http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_empire_strikes_back_the_media_political_elites_campaign_to_destroy_bernie_and_trump_and_restore_order/

"The Empire Strikes Back" by Andy O'Hehir, who makes the wonderful -- and correct -- observation that politics is a species of culture, not the other way around.

Be wary of what they're selling.

I'm just going to set this picture right here.
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+U.S. Dive Travel Network Rick has come pretty close to how I'm feeling about politics this year, except...I have a greater feeling of dispair. That's not useful. Choosing the lesser of evil (fish guts) is still smart and necessary, but dammit, can't we do better than this?
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Dismaland
I hope this comes to California at some point.
 
Banksy has released an official trailer for Dismaland and it's subversively creepy - https://youtu.be/V2NG-MgHqEk

"Street artist Banksy has released the official trailer for his Dismaland “bemusement park” art installation that recently opened in the resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The exhibition will only be open for five weeks, closing on September 27, 2015."

"The artist added that many of the works require 'audience participation': “A dead princess is only complete when surrounded by gawping crowds with their cameras out or the opportunity to photograph yourself pulling an amazed expression when a killer whale leaps from a toilet.”

#Banksy   #Dismaland  
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Bring it on, Bring it on
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+Casey Schreiner​ responds to LA Times Article on the status of the San Gabriel Mountains Monument

Because facts are better than sensationalism. Low expectations in mainstream media confirmed.
 
The L.A. Times ran an article yesterday titled “In the San Gabriel Mountains they’re asking: What monument?” In it, the author Louis Sahagun opens with this description of the San Gabriel Mountains: “Visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains can be forgiven…
The Times ran an article suggesting the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument wasn't improving fast enough - but they didn't explain how long this process
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So did I!!!
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Date |. Data |. Scale |. Source |. Control | Now « – ‹ – › – » ⊕Grid□ – ▷. Mode | Air – Ocean – Chem – Particulates. Height | Sfc – 1000 – 850 – 700 – 500 – 250 – 70 – 10 hPa. Overlay | Wind – Temp – RH – WPD. Overlay | TPW – TCW – MSLP – MI – None. Animate | Currents – Waves ...
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Fennics are just so adorable.
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Well Google...
...I just turned off the What's Hot part of my stream and I imagine it will stay off until after the election. Your algorithm won't allow me to filter the results and I like my blood pressure to remain low. 
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To properly describe my irritation? You may be right +John Ward 
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Semi-random Act of Kindness
Help teachers get the basic supplies they need to teach the next generation. There are many ways to help, this is one. (voting is another)
Our fourth annual school supply drive is back!
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how to label this. Model train spiral thingy. The video is both longer and shorter than it should be.
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I asked my daily chat group to make a list of things to help me here and this is what they came up with. I think it's pretty good:

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question. I want to flesh out my G+ profile with a list of words that describe me. What would you use to describe me?

· Enthusiastic Lego Aficionado – I have a plethora that I store in my son’s room

· Desert Sherpa of the West – I’m more comfy in the desert 2 miles from car in August than in Downtown LA

· Hermit in training – see above

· Zen Fatherhood Trainee – emphasis on trainee

· Hopeful explorer – this surprised me, but it is true

· River Tramp – no not that river, the other one.

· Most Likely to Fall Down a Mountainside....trying to save his GPS - <nodding>

· Reluctant urbanite...because it's where the WiFis are – ugh, rite!

· Jeep Whore – cause what a Jeep really is…is freedom.

· Nerdasaurus – that’s where all the action is

· !!! yes that :) – yup, it’s twoo

· Bird feeder filler – I have four. I sit on the porch and watch them instead of tv.

· Parakeet wrangler – he did whistle the storm trooper death march for a couple days.

· Cat serf - pwned (I have a hamster too. Don't tell them)

· Future Owner of an Awesomely Obedient and playful border collie – yes please

· Denier of Caffeine (though he keeps coming back for more) – the black cat next to the black dog in the corner

· Fake Ass Green Tea Drinker (see above) – Fake ass Chai drinker lately.
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