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So what did you get up to this weekend? My son and I climbed an active volcano. 

Long day, on the trail at 5:55, after waking to birdsong at first light (a little before 5). Made the rim at 10:30. The true summit is not where the trail leads and I suspect it's what in the frame below. But I wasn't walking up there. We were pretty beat and and still had to get back down. 

Couple things I learned (or confirmed): you can get lots of good data about your trip by allowing the camera(phone) to geotag your images. You obviously get exposure details but you also get map coordinates, including altitude, and even which way you were facing when you took the shot. 

But to do that you need to allow the camera(phone) to get GPS data and if you turn on Airplane Mode or otherwise turn off services that you don't need and will eat up battery life, you may not get these details. So what I did was turned off WiFi and cellular networking manually  and then toggled Airplane Mode on/off when I took a picture. You might want to to test this if you find this kind of thing useful. I find these details very helpful. 

So I know that this picture was taken at 2512.519231 m. Multiplying that by 3.28084 gives us 8243.173593 ft. 
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Both worthy efforts, +John Wehrle and +annie bodnar. My adventure had a little of those as well. 
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The company will abandon the pretense that its UK sales are consummated in Luxembourg and that the money floats in a state of taxless grace in the middle of the Irish Sea.
The company will abandon the pretense that its UK sales are consummated in Luxembourg and that the money floats in a state of taxless grace in the middle of the Irish Sea.
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How about WA? Microsoft too, while they're at it.
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Anyone who says there's nothing useful to be learned from games needs to think on this.
 
Think about this for a second.
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"Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed_not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims," Huckabee wrote. 

Keep that in mind when we're reminded of the endless hunt of Bill Clinton over his personal failings, which were consensual if disrespectful. 
Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday, a day after the reality TV star resigned his position as head of FRC Action. Springdale Police spokesman Scott Lewis said Judge Stacey Zimmerman ordered the 2006 offense report destroyed Thursday. Zimmerman didn't return a request for comment on Friday. "The judge ordered us yesterda...
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That's not a past-tense construction: they think you can impeach public servants who have left public service. 

The fever swamps run high this time of the election cycle…
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You really can do anything when you are ignorant
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Groping your sisters and other younger women? But the patriarchy will keep you safe.

More here: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/a-lot-of-republicans-who-want-to-be-president-got-their-picture-taken-with-a-child-molester/
Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 kid Duggar family, has resigned his post as executive director of FRC Action, the political and lobbying arm of the far-right Family Research Council, over multiple alleged molestation incidents which took place when he was a teenager. The Duggars, in the unlikely case you're not familiar with them, are the subjects of a long running reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, chronicling their lives as an evang...
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If you tell boys that women are property, this seems like a result we could expect, even predict. 
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One for +Ivan Sorensen 
Wanna take over the world with your metal but lack a kick-ass band name? Press the button and our evil, dark machine will construct a band name from hell.
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Yeeeees :)

"Butcher Weapons" was the first name generated and is metal as **
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"We've given them hope,’’ [Harris] Rosen said. “We've given these kids hope, and given the families hope. And hope is an amazing thing."

I think faith, hope, and charity are all part of this story. The recipients have hope but their benefactor had the faith and charity.

"Rosen, 73, began his philanthropic efforts by paying for day care for parents in Tangelo Park, a community of about 3,000 people. When those children reached high school, he created a scholarship program in which he offered to pay free tuition to Florida state colleges for any students in the neighborhood. In the two decades since starting the programs, Rosen has donated nearly $10 million, and the results have been remarkable. The high school graduation rate is now nearly 100 percent, and some property values have quadrupled. The crime rate has been cut in half, according to a study by the University of Central Florida."

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Harris Rosen went from a childhood in a rough New York City neighborhood to becoming a millionaire whose company owns seven hotels in Orlando, but his self-made success is not his proudest achievement. Twenty years ago, the Orlando, Fla. neighborhood of Tangelo Park was a crime-infested place where people were afraid to walk down the street.
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Seems to me we built that once and some of those who drank from it created vaccines and put men on the moon. But we let it fall into disrepair
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One 1992 telephone survey estimated that American civilians use guns in self-defense up to 2.5 million times every year – that is, about 1% of American adults have defended themselves with firearms. Now, 34% of these cases were in burglaries, giving us 845,000 burglaries stymied by gun owners. But in 1992, there were only 1.3 million burglaries committed while someone was at home. Two thirds of these occurred while the homeowners were asleep and were discovered only after the burglar had left. That leaves 430,000 burglaries involving homeowners who were at home and awake to confront the burglar – 845,000 of which, we are led to believe, were stymied by gun-toting residents.

Whoops.  

This is not unlike what I discovered when I heard the claim that someone prevented a crime with a legal gun every 13 seconds. 

86,400 seconds/day * 365 days = 31,536,000 
31,536,000 / 13 = 2,425,846.15 crimes interdicted by a gun.

Trouble is, when you look up crime stats at the DoJ, you can't find that many violent/property crimes, let along a number larger than that. And as in the example, you need that to make it work: you can't have a sample that's larger than your universe. 

Being skeptical is not disrespectful or wrong: it just means you want to understand the facts rather than repeat a lie. 

This book would probably be fascinating and maddening by turns, based on the examples chosen. 
The p value and the base rate fallacy¶. You've already seen that p values are hard to interpret. Getting a statistically insignificant result doesn't mean there's no difference. What about getting a significant result? Let's try an example. Suppose I am testing a hundred potential cancer ...
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Crime statistics are usually poor "best guesses" because there is no set reporting standards across all the various authorities and jurisdictions.

Also, the various methods of data collection lead to inaccuracies. Things like surveys, self reporting, and such can be hugely unreliable.

Its always difficult to get accurate data on crime and deviance. 
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How privilege works, step by incremental step…
A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.
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Also how we end up with so many cognitive pinheads in high positions in society..
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A Jackson County jury has ordered a debt collection agency to cough up nearly $83 million to a woman it mistakenly pursued to collect a credit card debt of little more than $1,000.

The jury found that Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC, one of the biggest debt buyers in the country, had acted maliciously in suing the woman, Maria Guadalupe Mejia, when the actual holder of the debt was a man with a similar-sounding name.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Joel P. Fahnestock earlier had stricken the company’s pleadings after it failed to comply with requests to hand over information in the case. 👈🏻 this is important…

“Obviously those are facts that could have been contested at trial, but we didn’t get an opportunity to do that,” [their spokesweasel] said.  See above re: "failure to comply…"

“The judge didn’t like the tack we took in dealing with discovery issues and said enough is enough, I find you guys liable, it’s over and we’re going right to damages,” McKeon said. “So we really didn’t get a chance to get into the substance of the case.” That tack being, failing to actually comply with discovery which would have made clear they had the wrong person…

I wouldn't be at all surprised if their decision to go after a $1000 debt was partly predicated on the details about the debtor that made them think they could intimidate them. Say, for example a Hispanic name in a given zip code or part of town. I don't see it being worth 15 months to collect $1000. Just sayin'…

I hope one of the legal websites gets hold of this, those are always a laff riot…
A Jackson County jury has ordered a debt collection agency to cough up nearly $83 million to a woman it mistakenly pursued to collect a credit card debt of
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Like the corrupt legal system, this is only one egregious case that gets finally brought to light.  There are undoubtedly thousands of other victims of this companies threats and harassment that just gave up and settled.  One of the ways these pukes do it, is attach your credit, so that if you ever want to buy a car or house or anything else, you have to resolve the ding on your credit rating first...
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As Adam Smith (that guy libertarians name but have never read) said, wealth is power. I would expect any self-styled "rational, moral advocate for freedom: to oppose the concentration of power that goes with concentrations of wealth. Arguments in favor of dynastic wealth (opposition to the estate tax), the unregulated purchase of access to and influence over electeds or unlimited political media buys do not support freedom or liberty: they argue for power concentrated in the hands of a few at the expense of the many. 

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