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A mappy farewell.

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Just when I thought I could peek at the news this evening without rolling my eyes afterward....

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Trump has Judiciary Committee staffers sign nondisclosure agreements and not tell their bosses they were working on the immigration ban. Is that even legal??

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Physics and I didn't get along when I was a young undergrad. It's people who can explain it so well, like this scientist, who have encourage me to love physics today.

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Veterans Stand for Standing Rock: 2000+ veterans are traveling to North Dakota to help draw attention to the actions of the U.S. government agencies, private companies, local police, and hired militia-type security people against the Standing Rock Sioux, who are protesting the routing of an oil pipeline through their sacred sites and watershed.

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Sourdough! +Sean Lally posted his sourdough efforts, and that nudged me into trying my own. I live at 6,000' elevation, so I needed something that would work at high altitude. I used this recipe:

My first effort at creating a starter from scratch turned out yucky. I had to hold my nose when taking it to the compost pile. Not sure what I did wrong, but my Dad looked at it, and said, "Throw it out."

Second effort: It never really got all bubbly/frothy/spongy like
it's supposed to (? is it supposed to?) but it did develop "hooch" on top and smelled all beery, so I declared it to be good, and started in on a loaf. It took a lot of flour to make it into the correct consistency, and I ended up with a massive loaf.

For my first-ever foray into making sourdough bread from scratch, I think it turned out well. It tastes very lightly "sour" - and I like my sourdough really sour - so I'll have to experiment. I should have split the loaf into two, because the center is just a bit doughy while the outside is crusty. Next time, it will be much better!

If I could post smells here _ (note to Google: when will we be able to post smells??) _ you would be able to tell how good it is. Yummmm!
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A very classy lady, Gwen Ifill, just died of endometrial (uterine) cancer. If you have any of the warning signs, get yourself checked out!

Here's a map showing the impact of this cancer around the world:

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Study says: we are severely lacking in media literacy; corporate media self-censors to avoid discussion of dark money in corporate media.


BE PREPARED! Know the law in your state, and know what you will vote for. We're not just voting for a President – there will be all sorts of other elected offices and ballot questions on your ballot; those vary depending on where you are in the country. You can generally look up a sample ballot for your address, read over the questions, and think about how you want to vote. The other ballot questions typically cover local laws and taxes, so they will impact your life perhaps more than the Presidential election. There are usually voter guides prepared with the pros and cons for each ballot question; find one of these which is non-partisan (not prepared by a party, but simply a list of questions and answers regarding each item).

ID REQUIRED? Some states require ID to vote, and some don't. In the contentious election climate we're in right now, it's probably smart to take ID with you, just in case. Even if you don't have the correct ID with you, in most states you can vote on a provisional ballot. LOOK UP THE LAW in your state: Stay calm, stay polite, don't freak out, even if you are challenged.

SOMEONE OBNOXIOUS IS BOTHERING YOU / TAKING YOUR PHOTO / ASKING FOR ID and they're not an official poll worker? Stay calm, stay polite, don't freak out. You have the right to be there, and to vote, and to be free of harassment. Ignore them if you can. If it's a poll worker being obnoxious, contact your local county election board. (LOOK IT UP before you go!) If that doesn't work, you can try the Secretary of State for your State (LOOK IT UP before you go!) and if that doesn't work, call the ACLU Voter Protection Hotline: 877-523-2792 or 1-866-OUR-VOTE or tweet to @866OurVote. Document what you can (name and a pic of them), the time and date.

YOU'RE IN LINE WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE? You are still allowed to vote. Don't let someone bully you into leaving the line. Don't let someone who might look like a poll worker tell you that you can't vote. Know the law in your state (LOOK THEM UP!) and have a print-out with you if you can, or take notes, or email it to yourself so you can pull it up on your phone, or take a picture of the law on your screen with your phone – something – so you have proof.

SOMEONE TELLS YOU THAT THE POLLING PLACE MOVED OR IS CLOSED, OR THAT ELECTIONS ARE ON A DIFFERENT DAY? That's most likely a big fat lie. Don't believe them. Again, LOOK UP THE LAW so you know what's up. Write down your polling place address, your County election officials phone number, the State elections bureau phone number, and the ACLU phone number, and take them with you. If anyone hassles you, start calling, and just keep on going up the chain of command until you get the correct answer, which is, “You have the right to vote, and here is your polling place: XYZ Whatever Street.” Stay calm, stay polite, and insist on your right to vote.

Look up your County's Election Bureau phone number, write it down, take it with you.
Look up your State's Election Bureau phone number, write it down, take it with you.
Take the ACLU's Voter Protection Hotline number with you (877-523-2792 or 1-866-OUR-VOTE)
Look up your State's current voting laws. Don't trust third-party websites for this – go to your State's official website to find the info. Print out the rules, or somehow get a copy to take with you (email to yourself so you can see it on your phone; take a picture of the webpage with your phone; something)
Look up your sample ballot and know who and what you will vote for in advance. This takes the stress out of what might otherwise be a stressful day.
Educate yourself, if you have some more time, at the US Election Assistance Commission: .
Share this info with your friends and neighbors, and offer to drive them to the polls if they can't get there on their own.

Thank you for #voting !
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