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Jim Fawcette
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Attended Michigan State University
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What do you mean the Bush43 White House stored 5 Million emails on the RNC servers and deleted every one of them? That's so yesterday ... :( 
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And hypocritical to complain about one and not the other. (In both directions.)
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Novak Djokovic Repeats Title at BNP Indian Wells Tennis

Nole beat Fed in the finals of IW for the second year in a row. Some great tennis. My photos are from the semifinal and final last weekend. Please click and mouse scroll to best see. 

#atp   #tennis   #novakdjokovic   #BNPParibasopen   #BNPindianwells  
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Should Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Be Prosecuted?

Two opposing viewpoints:

1) SF Chronicle says yes (embed link). "Desertion of duty may be the ultimate military offense. That’s why an investigation is warranted in the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post without explanation in 2009 and was captured by Afghan insurgents."

2) New York Times takes a more nuanced view. For example, I didn't realize that Berdahl was known to be psychologically disturbed before he enlisted, the military granted him a waiver anyway.  ( http://nyti.ms/1GwTRB7 ) "His attempt in 2006 to join the Coast Guard was short-lived; he was discharged 26 days into basic training because of concerns about his psychological state." 

And, it was clear to "... some of his comrades in Afghanistan, that he was emotionally distressed and at times delusional."

Reminds me of the Chelsea Manning data breach, where military management put a clearly, emotionally disturbed unstable young person in charge of enormous volumes of classified documents, lacking even rudimentary security, then are stunned when things go wrong. And, of course, there is zero accountability for the management that makes those bad decisions. 
[...] Bergdahl was on the front line of combat, making his decision especially significant and leaving his fellow soldiers vulnerable. The White House moved to swap him for the Taliban prisoners without consulting Congress, a move that a federal review agency said broke the law. Infuriated lawmakers in both parties said the freed prisoners could end up back in the fight, targeting U.S. military. For now, Bergdahl’s defense is that he was disil...
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Photos from BNP Indian Wells Tennis Last Week

Here's an assortment of photos I took at BNP's Masters 1000 event including Fed, Nole, Rafa, Sock, Raonic, Panetta, Lisicki, and Murray. Please click to enlarge and scroll through them. Any comments welcome. Well, most any, this is the Internet so Godwin's Law :) 

For tennis types, some amazing shotmaking. Nole' hit forehand- and backhand-swinging volleys back to back, yet lost the point. Don't think I've ever seen that before. The fly Fed forehand was part of a pattern of play with Fed hitting forehands out of his far backhand corner, then Novak changing directions so Fed had to sprint from one corner past the opposite sideline repeatedly to either slap squash shots or drive leaping forehands. Good stuff. 

For camera types: Nikon D810 with 300mm f2.8, some with 1.7 TC and 1.4 TC. A couple of the night picks with 70-200mm f 2.8

#ATP   #WTA   #tennis   #BNPParibasOpen   #BNPIndianWells   #rogerfederer   #novakdjokovic   #rafaelnadal  
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Wow this is great ,you catch them very nice .....R
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Why Republican Votes Count More than Democratic Votes

Another graphical way to represent the impact of gerrymandering, perhaps more effective than the byzantine, redistricting maps. 
 
The Vox piece below contains a number of graphs worth noting. The one displayed shows the number of Democratic votes it took to elect a House member for each Republican vote required. What this shows is that some states are very good at grouping Democrats into congressional districts so that in those districts most voters are Democratic whereas in the districts in which Republicans win the Republican wins by a smaller margin. This, of course, is grossly undemocratic  at the national level in that the House has far more Republicans than there are Republican voters. On the other hand, this is a somewhat dangerous game for Republicans. It means that a smaller change in middle voters will move a district from Republican to Democratic.

Many of the other charts are also worth looking at.
These charts should worry both Republicans and Democrats.
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End gerrymandering.
Move to proportional representation.
Do whatever it takes.
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OK, let's be candid here. The reason Microsoft outsources these full-time but not legally employee jobs is to AVOID giving benefits {as do Cisco, Facebook, Google}. That Microsoft now decides its vendors should give a small subset of employee benefits is not generous, it's a holding action to forestall more drastic change. If Microsoft truly wanted to be "moral" it would stop hiding full-time employees behind contractor status and give them full bennies, including stock options. 

Zero kudos. Doing the least it can get away with, and waging a good rear-action via PR. 
 
Kudos to Microsoft for doing this.
Microsoft says it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees doing work for the technology company paid time off.
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It's Religious Freedom to Discriminate Against Blacks Gays

There's nothing new about using religious beliefs to justify oppression of others. 

via +Mari Thomas 
 
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After <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>, many segregationists cited their own faith as justification for official racism. Ross Barnett won Mississippi's governorship in a landslide in 1960 after claiming that “the good Lord was the original segregationist."
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Milos Raonic from BNP Indian Wells Tennis

Canadian Raonic beat Rafael Nadal before falling to Fed in a tense semifinal. Milos played quite well and is showing improvement under new celebrity coach Ivan Ljubicic, including tweaks to his already awesome serve. He reached 150 mph, the fastest in the event, but more importantly moved the ball around from wide slices, to routinely hitting 143 flatter serves, to big kick, and a couple of serve-and-volleys behind 106 wide-and-short first serves. 

Also hits a huge, flat forehand running around clear to his doubles alley. Please click to enlarge my photos. 

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Our Right Wing Peeks Into Encryption and Doesn't Like it

I'm waiting for the law banning encryption, or maybe binary, or something .... 

Quote: "Every time I hear something, or something just pops in my head -- because I don't know anything about this stuff. If they can do that to a cell phone why can't they do that to every computer in the country, and nobody can get into it?

...If they, at their own will at Microsoft can put something in a computer -- or at Apple -- can put something in that computer [points on a smartphone], which it is, to where nobody but that owner can open it, then why can't they put it in the big giant super computers, that nobody but that owner can open it. And everything gets locked away secretly.

...This is a problem that's gotta be solved."
 
Top homeland security Congressjerk only just heard about crypto, and he doesn't like it.
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Spending Thousands of Dollars Worth of Water to Grow Hundreds of Dollars Worth of Almonds...

... in a desert, during a drought. 

Good post. Check out the graphic. 

Add to this the cost of the water, since Big Ag uses a mix of taxpayer-subsidized and free water at a fraction of the costs many cities pay. It's expensive to irrigate a desert. Yet, many farms still act like it isn't -- irrigating by spraying water into the air where most evaporates. And then there are the 2,000+ golf courses in California ... 
 
"In short, we are spending thousands of dollars worth of water to grow hundreds of dollars worth of almonds and that is truly nuts."
One of the most remarkable discoveries of economics is that under the right conditions competitive markets allocate production across firms in just that way that minimizes the total costs of production. (You can find a discussion of this remarkable property […]
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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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Do people really put "bragging rights" online? Hey, I was a National Merit Finalist ! ! Woo Hooo!
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MAP: Monthly Personal Disposable Income Around the World
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This map shows the difference in Monthly Personal Disposable Income around the world. Unsurprisingly, in Switzerland, Norway and Australia t

Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov? | WIRED
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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