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Survived passing Redding (California) at 115F (46C) without event. Wouldn't be a great place for the car to break down for sure and our old car would definitely have melted down long before getting there.

I'm not going to pull the global warming card because Redding is known for being insanely hot but that is definitely the hottest temp I've seen including saunas!

Now north of Shasta it is only 99F. Positively frigid...

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Golf TDi. Awesome gas mileage and lots of fun.
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Good use of a Google 360 degree video to make a point and it works nicely with my Google Cardboard stereoscopic viewer for 3D effect.  

PS. You need to look at this on your phone for good effect, Google Cardboard for maximum effect (the poor man's Oculus Rift https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/)
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I have to keep thinking to myself - how is this still a thing?   How is an app to view a stupid document format suddenly a vector for viruses, key loggers and Trojans?   In this day and age why is any consumer computer product still downloading and executing code from the Internet that can gain access to any of the data and resources on that system?  Come on people, have you not heard of sand-boxing? 
A Google Project Zero researcher has revealed the existence of 15 vulnerabilities in the software, including critical issues and one exploit which may completely bypass all system defense.
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Back to the future... more than 220 years ago British soldiers think they have the rights to inspect Colonists home 24/7...
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Apparently Scalia thinks that just because something has been done wrong for 135 years doesn't mean its unconstitutional and that in this particular instance every nuance of marriage needs to be spelled out in a constitutional amendment for it to be something they can rule on.  Funny that when there isn't even a right to marry in the constitution.  Even if there was as we know with every other right they are not unlimited and those limits, like gun control get interpreted by guess who - the Supremes.  

So yes, to answer your statement  _"today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003."_

Darn tooting.  Kind of like slavery, it took way too long for society to grow up and do the right thing and it was a crying shame that the constitution ratified slavery in the first place - just what were they thinking?  Scalia would you dare to suggest the founders weren't actually dead wrong on that from day one?  

We'll forgive them, perhaps, with hindsight, but that's not any kind of heritage we should be celebrating. Commemorate (maybe), educate about, but not forget and sweep under the carpet pretending the whole sordid history of slavery and human exploitation in the USA never happened.  Pretending the equality isn't something that is wrong and they can not rule on laws against is just a continuation of a rank denial that oh my god, America is not perfect and perpetuation of the idea that people are not equal.  

Lets face it, if it wasn't for his and his people's love affair with god this whole thing would never have happened. The idea that gay people can't marry comes from his god, or at least peoples writing of what god's will allegedly is.  So there is no way that this state provided privilege of marriage should be dictated by your allegedly god provided antiquated notions of what is right and wrong - notions that endorsed slavery, rape, murder, ...

However thank god you were leading up the losing opinion.  Clearly what happened was gods will that it happened right because goodness know, if there was ever a time for millions of people to be praying for it to go they other way, this was it.  What can I say, god smiles on the righteous and this is a day I'm more than happy to engage in some shameless schadenfreude for your side's loss.
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Scalia broke his oath admittingly he should be gone - on grounds of dereliction of duty - and being cûlt induced in opposition to the constitution- call it senile Idc- just get him out he's a traitor.
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As I've said before, the thing about this "global revolt" is I don't see any of it from actual users of Uber.  Sure some people are boycotting Uber because of the general douchebaggery of it's executives, but it's not because they think the service sucks, is letting them down and is dangerous.  Sure their operation is not perfect, but with the number of drivers they have the actually number of problems we hear about are ludicrously small and expectations at set ridiculously high - far in excess of what anyone expects from existing taxi companies and lets not talk about taxi companies uniformly mediocre to abysmal customer satisfaction.  
Cities around the world are banning Uber because of its lack of safety measures and knowledge, while licensed cabbies protest at the unfair competition
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Amidst all the good news this week Huckabee shows that haters gonna hate. Unfortunately we are going to have to put up with a lot of blow hards like this sounding off about how their life is so much worse now because more people are enjoying the tenets of this country: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And it is so funny to hear then rant and rave about how this is only a 5:4 ruling and somehow it doesn't really count - I guess now they know how we felt when such a ruling made GWB president back in 2000.

I'm going to sit back and enjoy their futile efforts to get a constitutional amendment to nullify the ruling. 
Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said Friday in a statement that he would not “acquiesce to an imperial court” and its decision to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states.
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But it would be awesome if we could make him try it. He'd undoubtedly like it. Because deep down, I really believe that's where his hatred of all things gay stems from - self loathing.
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I really feel like the correct thing to do here is for them to default and let all hell break loose.  As has been said many times before the economy of Greece is like that of Rhode Island.  If the global banking system can't handle Rhode Island defaulting then what kind of trumped up half assed system is it?

Just like after the 2008 crisis the wrong thing to do is reward bad behavior - if Greece never could afford those loans in the first place then they never should have been made.  Those who allegedly have the money to throw around like this need to learn the lessons of risk.  After all interest rates are high because of the risk of default no?  And if Greece was never going to do any good with all that money to earn the ability to repay it why oh why did anyone push the boat out to loan to them? 
 
It’s the morning after the historic night before, and Greece and its creditors are considering their next steps after the country failed to make a €1.5bn payment due to the International Monetary Fund, pushing it closer to default, and its bailout ran out without agreement.
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I've long advocated for "rich text" features in Google+, this could turn it into a true micro-blogging service killer app.  Collections were a step in the right direction but not really addressing the lack of expression within posts.  

The other thing I'd really like to see them add is a feature for consumers of content - the ability to add RSS feeds, automatically turning them into something you can add to your circles.  

The two really go hand in hand.  If Google can handle "rich text" then Google could nicely reformat any posting from an external site to a simpler rendering, or at least a summary / preview of it for consumers kind of like they do for their Google News aggregation service.  

Then my life would be complete and I think Google+ would suddenly get such a boost in utility it would have users flocking to it again as a one stop shop.  The only thing it wouldn't have is people's close social circles that cluster on Facebook and you know what, I'm fine with that.  I'm happy to shoot over to FB to post stuff for my family and friends that I'd never think of publishing on G+.  Now that their photo service is also more FB friendly it is a whole lot easier to share my Android generated photos with FB friends. 
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Agree on both counts, particularly the part about the rich text editor. It gets annoying having to put asterisks around words to bold them, and it's hard to believe that Google can't come up with a better way to do that.
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""I guess you're fucking CLUELESS as to what powers the Supreme Court should have, or not have. I'm sorry that your selfish opinion on gay marriage and hatred of religion has blinded you the separation of powers in the Constitution. I sort of support gay marriage, but you dont go fucking up the Constitution because of it, you arrogant asshole. And no, I'm not religious and dont watch Fox news, either, so whats your fucking comeback? You have none. Fuck you."

Oh how I love "the Internet".  Should I feel proud to have engendered such a response to one of my posts, or just sad about how hateful some people are?  

I asked said person what their dream about what powers SCOTUS "should have, or not have" but so far.... crickets. Shocker! This falls exactly in line with Jon Stewart's skewering of Republican pundits tonight and their hatred of the opinion of "unelected justices" and oh my God how un-American is that?  I guess they just didn't read the constitution  plus it is ironic they are more than willing to accept those SCOTUS opinions as law and lets face it gospel when the SCOTUS majority swings their way.  

As ever with Republicans, it isn't that I disagree with them, it's their rank hypocrisy that I just cannot stand.  At least libertarians stand for something unequivocally and stand by their opinions and principles (well most do, discounting faux-bertarians who are just Republicans pandering to the libertarian base).  I may not agree with what they beleive but they are at least principled sons-of-guns. Republicans?  Not so much.
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I agree: "do you feel less married?"
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I agree it was four ninths a bad decision, should have been unanimous.  As I just posted, this is all down to whether you think religion should be dictating the law of the land, but that would be unconstitutional.  But hey, it's real progress that we now have a majority decision agreeing a certain bigoted set of religious beliefs should be tossed by the wayside.  

We'll have to check back in with this senator's "lots of friends" in a few years and see how many are now married.  Maybe it turns out that he didn't actually have a lot of them in the first place, or they weren't gay after all.  Then again he could be just talking about closeted pastors who always rally against gay marriage - some even threatened to set themselves on fire if it was made legal.
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Just mark my word, the first time one of these 2A OC fanatics goes off the rails in a WalMart and shots a bunch of people - then they will have a policy, everywhere.  The greeters will then get to greet and disarm incoming shoppers - leave your guns outside.  Eventually the greeter will be just a big ED-209 (from Robocop) installation.  Want to shop?  Drop your weapons - you have 3 seconds to comply. 3... 2.... 

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Open Carry Nuts Make Policing Harder
"“If I were in a situation where I’m in the store shopping with my family and I see an individual loading a 12 gauge, and racking it, I’m not coming to the conclusion this is good,” said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania. “While the actions of these two men are sanctioned by state laws, what they did negatively impacted our community.”"
An open carry gun nut in Mississippi is purposely going around and terrorizing citizens who are out shopping - and the cops can't do a damn thing about it.
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Considering the worryingly large number of videos on YouTube that come up when you search on Wallmart & shooting I am surprised that Wallmart do not already have a policy banning guns in-store. Of course, that would make selling them slightly problematic. 
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Science, it works bitches!

Prayer, not so much. Actually still waiting for even a shred of evidence in its favor beyond placebo effect.
 
DEAF MAN GAINS HEARING: D.C. Gotoufas, who went completely deaf at the age of 4, hears his wife's and daughter's voices for the first time thanks to new implants.

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Which makes scientists agents of god - take that science deniers!
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Most of my public posts are related to science, computer technology, and politics so these are mostly likely the kinds of circles you will add me to.

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