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John-Paul Zajackowski
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Interesting! But... single speed with a fixed cog or a freewheel sprocket? What about going up or down hills?
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Thoughts from Boston +Michael Harman?
 
Undeclared martial law, dancing to terrorists' tune, ... and we applauded
I think I'm one of the few people disturbed and unhappy by how the manhunt was run in Boston and by how few people even questioned if any of this was legal.  Or what precedent we just set.

The media, who should have been loudest in questioning these actions, used the polite term "lockdown" to describe what was an undeclared martial law.  When you shut down all transportation, close businesses, tell citizens they must remain inside their homes, and bring in the armored vehicles - that's martial law.  When you search people's bags and demand their ID because they are walking on the street - that's martial law.  When you "ask" people for "consent" to search their homes by sticking your foot in the door and using intimidation and fear - that's martial law.  Taking a US citizen into custody and not reading him his rights and interrogating him without right to council AND planning to use what he says in court - is far past martial law.  

A pair of terrorists do a heinous act and we oblige them with wall to wall 24 hour coverage.  We magnify the effects of the act by forcing a major US city to completely shut down.  We further do the terrorists job for them by spitting on the 4th and 5th, (and possibly 6th) amendments in the name of public safety.  Hell, we didn't just dance to the terrorists' tune, we added an orchestra.

I have no problem with the police, FBI, SWAT officers.  They, for the most part, were trying to be as polite and focused as possible.  They put their lives on the line and one of them didn't make it.  If there was a manhunt for a very violent criminal taking place in my area and the police showed up and politely asked if they could search my home for the suspect, I'd most likely let them.  If authorities asked me to stay off the streets so they could more easily locate a dangerous criminal, I'd most likely comply.  What I object to is how the city officials pretended to ask for voluntary actions on the part of citizens, but their actions made it plain it was anything but voluntary.  I object to doing the terrorists' job for them by shutting down an entire city, causing more disruption and fear than the original act caused.  I object to the passive way we now accept voiding our rights, as in Boston or at any airport or our online data (CISPA passed the House, did you know that?), because the government tells us that's what we must do to be safe.  The Patriot Act, Kill Lists by our President, Drone attacks, suspension of Due Process ... and now martial law in our cities?  Is this another step along the path of The New Normal? 

Every citizen is protected under the constitution, no matter what they have done or what person the authorities are searching for, or we are no longer the United States of America.  The terrorists won this round (again) and we helped them and then applauded.

And want to know the sad kicker to this string of events?  The 19 year old suspect wasn't found through these illegal actions.  He was found by a homeowner who went out to check his property after the undeclared martial law was lifted.  

More photos here, tell me this is what we really want? :  https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=600&q=boston%2C+searching+homes&oq=boston%2C+searching+homes&gs_l=img.3...1510.10557.0.11148.25.17.1.7.3.0.99.1223.17.17.0...0.0...1ac.1.9.img.tOue-7cTe40#imgrc=_

EDITED TO ADD: Just a note - this post hit "What's Hot" which should be relabeled as "Here come trolls".  If you troll or flame your post gets removed.
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China chooses Ubuntu huh?
Hear that +Anya Bender ?
And +Michael Harman ?
 
Awesome news for the Ubuntu community, brought to you by yours truly and of course +OMG! Ubuntu! :)
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Sounds about right...
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#BAFact: Light from the edge of the Sun’s face takes over 2 seconds longer to reach us than from the middle.

Our Sun is big. Very, very big. How big? Think of it this way:

We see the Sun as a disk in the sky. Of course, it's actually a sphere, and we see the hemisphere facing us. That means the center of the Sun's face is closer to us than the edge, because it sticks out toward us. The difference in distance from the Earth to the center of the Sun's face, versus the distance from the Earth to the edge, is pretty much equal to  the radius of the Sun: about 700,000 kilometers (430,000 miles).

A beam of light, the fastest thing in the Universe, moves at 300,000 kilometers per second. That means that light from the edge of the Sun takes a little over two seconds longer to reach us than light emitted from the center of the Sun's face!

In other words, when you look at the face of the Sun (and don't do so without adequate protection) you're not seeing all of it at the same time.  _You're seeing the edge of it two seconds in the past compared to the middle_. 

That's how huge the Sun is.

-[Edited to add: This #BAFact  was inspired by +Wil Wheatonhttps://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/244360986709065730 ]_
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Hahahaha! Just throw it in here! I'm a ghost
 
We used to pull drive-through pranks all of the time as kids. But we had nothing on this guy:
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The end of the year is here, so I put together a gallery of my favorite photos I've shot. This post is from all of my music photography from 2012. I've really enjoyed 2012, and I hope 2013 will bring much more enjoyment and opportunities. I extend the same wishes to all of you!


#livemusic   #concertphotography   #musicphotography   #musicphotographer   #washingtondc   #dc   #dcmusic #nye   #newyear  #2012 #yearinreview   #yearinreview2012  
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I used to climb at Sport Rock until Vertical Rock opened up. After my first climb I fell in love! It is not overcrowded, parking is a LOT easier, and most of all the staff is not only nice but incredibly friendly and you can tell everyone there loves the sport of climbing and just wants to share their love with everyone that comes in! The gym is large, with both small and tall walls, and a really great bouldering wall. The best part... you hardly ever have to wait in line to climb a route or a problem.
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