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Dennis Wish
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California Professional Engineer (Structural), Blues & Fingerstyle Guitarist, Photographic Hobbiest
California Professional Engineer (Structural), Blues & Fingerstyle Guitarist, Photographic Hobbiest

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Self portrait on so much improvement you can make. Cleaned up some blemishes but crappie mood didn't help much. 
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Near Lake Villa Illinois. Taken during heavy winter storm in 2014 by my Step-daughter Lisa and enhanced with color brushes on B&W digital photo thank from Kitchen window off deck into yard. sepia tone added to provide reddish cast and reduce contrast. Shot on an iPhone 4s. 
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Seattle council passes $15 minimum wage ordinance. The city of Seattle becomes the first city to raise it's minimum wage to $15/hour. This will be done in gradual steps over the next seven years. If your fortunate to be living in Seattle, the news is wonderful. But let's not lose site of the fact that in a city where the cost of living and the monthly rent exceed most other areas of the country, workers will be better off but are still going to need two full-time workers to feed, house and clothes a family of four. Most estimates agree on a living wage of closer to $80k as the baseline to enter the middle class in Seattle. $100k annually to consider purchasing a small home. While the rise is well received, two people making about $30k a year (assuming unpaid vacations) will help the states economy but the real question become; "Will housing and costs to live in the Seattle begin to absorb the additional wage increase. Until we answer that question the increase, while well received today, may not mean as much in seven years as the cost of living rises in Seattle. Rent control anyone?

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Reference: THE LIE FACTORY" by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest published in Mother Jones Magazine 2004 issue 01 January/February issue

Dick Cheney will go to his grave defending his decision to invade Iraq ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/dick-cheney-iraq-war) and his claim that waterboarding interogation methods were not considered torture (supported by the leagle team hired by then Vice President Dick Cheney). As a progressive I caught on to Cheney's scam when I read a wonderfully writter article published in Mother Jones Magazine called "The Lie Factory" by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest. The entire complicated scam beginning with the actions that outted ex-CIA employee Valerie Plame who was engaged to ..."former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, had traveled to Niger on the CIA's behalf to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to purchase ..." Weapons grade Uranium. The article follows the coverup link all the way back to President Bush. To help the reader a flowchart was provided to show the path of lies through the White House organizational Chart. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the original flowchart online but the entire article can be found on www.motherjones.com and searching for either Robert Dreyfuss and finding the link for The Lie Factory" published in the January/February 2004 edition or trying http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/01/lie-factory .

I have never understood why this well written article has never been referenced on any of the Political Talk Shows on the Cable line up but as the in- fighting is now working against the last administration, set afire by the claimes of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) who today made the accusation that Dick Cheney was representing his own best interest by supporting the invasion of Iraq as a reason to recommed the no-competion contractural hireing of Haliburten Company (which Dick Cheney was the CEO for the previous five years before becomming VP) who had construction crews in the Middle East and were ready to name their own price to create an infrastructure into Iraq that would assist creating roads and moving supplies to and from troops as the Invasion started. For years Cheney has been accused of breaking the Conflict of Interest laws. (Ref: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/gries/howbushoperates/haliburton.html).



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