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In the daylight, I discover that high schoolers rioting had broken one of the gates to my apartment complex, but didn't come in when our complex's security arrived.
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Map of known looting/damage.

It's not Ferguson or LA riots, but it has gotten out of hand.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-map-mondays-violence-20150427-htmlstory.html
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just yesterday morning, Al Jazeera was reporting hat there had only been a little minor damage and that the protests were nothing like many in the American media were making it out to be. There was some protests; but overwhelmingly peaceful - a few got violent and that was it. The family and community leaders were asking for peace and calm as they prepared for the funeral.  I guess the agitators that want violence had time to get organized and in place by the yesterday afternoon. We certainly have to deal with some problem; this isn't productive - no matter how exciting rioting can be. Dicks.

They are saying it was very limited areas that went out of control - still some pockets of screaming at cops and some pockets of sane citizens outside picking up the trash and cleaning up.

I guess I could head over to certain networks and learn why this is Obama's fault, if i get bored.
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Eerily quiet in Baltimore... No cars, no people. It's only eight, but it looks like three in the morning outside.
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CNN and BBC says the vast majority of the fire and violence was centered around a high school and spread from there. Again, primarily teens. The cops were exceptionally restrained to avoid exacerbating things by any images of them "roughing up kids."  But, both are stressing that the majority of the protests were peaceful, respectful, and nonviolent.
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Great video. Bottom line is high fructose corn syrup isn't worse for you than sugar... but it's cheap and added to a lot of things.

The only pace the video misses is when it says we should cut back on sweets. Read labels -- even non-sweet things have a lot of sugar added.
So, What's the big difference between sugar and high fructose corn syrup? For the answer, check out this enlightening video from our friends over at Reactio
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+Jimmy Brokaw I would prefer to shift the debate to positive labelling.  For example, if I feel strongly about my food safety, and the environmental impacts of transport-heavy global food production, and the need for some morality in agriculture, I could choose to spend my coins on food that was labelled "Organic" and "Fair Trade" and was accompanied by a geographic statement of production location.  I try to do that anyway, but additional labelling of those positive aspects, IF they are rigidly described and the products are inspected for compliance, would be helpful.

The California special interest fear-mongering via the carcinogen warning labels is completely laughable.  The very air of all California conurbations is so bad that every door leading to the outside should be so labelled.  Every tap should also be labelled given the lack of surety in the water supply.  We could start a whole new thread about the California law-making process if we want a good laugh... 
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Thanks +McDonald's​ for miseducating our youth. No, planes do not fly because air travels faster over the top of the wing than then bottom. Can you tell me why the air travels faster, rather than just arriving later at the other side? Or perhaps more easily, how could a plane fly upside down?

Or heck, how does your paper airplane with flat wings fly?

Our children deserve better than "well, it's what I remember being told as a kids so it must be true." Even NASA publicly agrees that this myth hurts education:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/wrong1.html
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Mass-produced Burger-making < aeronautical engineering...
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Worth noting that these protests have gone violent, and I've seen some of the violence from my window, but the media is continuing to blow it out of proportion. Most of the city is not in flames, and we've still only seen two dozen or so stores looted.
 
The truth is you had 10,000 plus people come together in unity in support of the fight for justice for Freddie Gray. While the numbers vary, 100 or so were the ones you saw acting up on the news and the 35 persons who were arrested were the ones you read about. But reporting that won’t bring in the ratings that attract a heavy advertising revenue.

+Black Westchester​​ #Baltimore #FreddieGray 
"A number of protesters were concerned that Baltimore—nicknamed “Charm City”—was being treated unfairly in the media after the trouble on Saturday. Baltimore was not out of control,” said Karen DeC...
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This is what happens when bad cops become arrogant with power.
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I joined Uber and tried it out for the first time last night. It was a lot cheaper then a taxi, the guy was nicer, the car was nicer, and I can't imagine taking taxis again. For those in Baltimore, an Uber from Fells Point to Mount Vernon cost me $7.21; it's normally a $12-$17 cab ride. I think I might have been the last in my social circle to switch, but just in case I wasn't, here's an incentive:

Use promo code lj71s and your first ride is free, up to $20. Oh, and I get a free ride, too. :-)

https://www.uber.com/invite/lj71s
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I tried über and it was a complete mess.
They must have improved their service since roll-out time or they'd have gone bankrupt.
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Engaging in the local political process by participating in a community meeting to try to stop proposed parking restrictions in my city.

I encourage everyone to participate in the political process... It's what makes a democracy great.
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The feds came up with that crap?
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The most frequently asked weather question is answered.
I get asked a lot of weather questions. What do you think is the most frequent? No, its not about the impacts of global warming. And what the probability of precipitation really means. The most frequent question is: What is the difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny?
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More knitting goodness.
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I had no idea.
When you bite into a Thin Mint, you probably aren't wondering where it comes from.
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Sacrilicious. Good thing Keebler makes grasshoppers all year round.
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Naval Officer
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Skiing. Computers, especially hacking/security, Linux, Android. Homebrewing. Juggling.
Employment
  • Ski Liberty
    Ski Instructor, 2012 - present
  • US Navy
    Lieutenant Commander, 2000 - present
  • Summit at Snoqualmie
    Ski Instructor, 2007 - 2012
  • Ski Liberty
    Ski Instructor, 2005 - 2007
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Baltimore, MD
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Ellensburg, WA - Mount Vernon, WA - Westminster, MD - Augusta, GA - Pensacola, FL - Martinsburg, WV - Atlanta, GA - England - Germany - Shrewsbury, PA - Glen Burnie, MD - Sugar Grove, WV - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Skier, Juggler, Hacker.
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It's Jimmy.  I've got a lot of circles because people know me for different things.  You might think of me as a professional skier, computer hacker, board game enthusiast, or one of a number of other things.  Doesn't matter, if you know me, add me.

Circles, circles, circles.  I've got a lot of circles.  Most of them are private and you'll only get in if I want you in.  But a couple are optional -- let me know if you want in or out.  These include:

Skiing -- If you care about my ski adventures, ask and I'll put you in.
Curling -- Ditto for curling.
Memes -- Funny stuff.  Not intellectually inspiring.
Politics -- Controversial stuff.  Not open to coworkers, family, or narrow minded people.
Photography -- If you want to see pretty pictures I take regardless of topic, ask for this.
Gaming -- Interested in board and card games?  Join this circle.
Brewing -- Homebrewers and professional brewers, even people who don't brew, as long as you're interested in posts about beer.
Investing -- Discussions about investing and individual companies.
Bragging rights
First man to ever juggle flaming torches while skiing down a double-back diamond. Been defenestrated since 2003.
Education
  • Concord University
    eJD, 2010 - present
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Material Science and Engineering, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Maryland University College
    Information Technology, 2002 - 2007
  • London Central High School
    1992 - 1995
  • Bad Aibling
    1989 - 1992
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James Brokaw, LordHedgie
Great wings. Hours have changed and now closed on Sundays.
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I came in with a flat a year ago... They replaced the tire, but didn't tighten the lugs sufficiently and the wheel came loose two days later. They reimbursed me what I paid another mechanic to fix it, so I gave them another shot when I needed new winter tires. What should have been a simple install took two days; after for hours of work they told me to go buy hub centering rings. I went to another mechanic who informed me the wheels didn't use hub centering rings, and they finished the job the next day. For all my hassle and time, they offered seven dollars off the overpriced road hazard warranty... Very nice people, but not technically competent. I'll be going elsewhere from now on.
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Public - 5 months ago
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Had carryout several times. Every single time at least one thing would be wrong, even when we ordered by the number. The food is good, the hours are great, and the prices are unbeatable, but I'm amazed how often they can mix up different dishes.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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I stopped in for lunch around 11am on a weekday. The good was good; not amazing, but certainly good for the price. We were served by the "Restaurant Manager", however, who rarely visited our table. She was curt, unfamiliar with the beer selections, brought the wrong salad dressing, and basically looked like she'd never worked in a restaurant before. No plans to return; there are places in this neighborhood with food just as good and service that actually make you want to come back.
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Public - 10 months ago
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