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You may not realize this, but #comcastcable  provides free vegetable garden pruning when they make a service call!

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We had a comcast wire dangling with open contacts in our backyard.  The techs came to fix it, and in the process they ripped a big pumpkin vine in half.  I'm not sure how this happened -- The vine was 10 feet from the wire, so I think they were just too lazy to step over it or walk around and just kicked it to the side in order to get through.  Who the F does that?  I was on the phone so I missed my opportunity to run after the truck screaming at them.
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You should inform Comcast that YOU are from the Pumpkin Capital of the World and then prove it.  Ask wtf does that!  Then demand free lifetime Comcast service.
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http://www.salon.com/2014/06/24/a_swat_team_blew_a_hole_in_my_2_year_old_son/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

This is one heart-rending anecdote.  I encourage you search for [radley balko] and read any of his long-form articles with data about the awfulness of turning the "war on drugs" into a literal militarized war.
That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse
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I actually knew about that map, but I think it's no longer updated consistently.  most of the data is really old.
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The ACLU has a wrap-up video on the NSA stories from the last year, and  including my widely quoted comment on their activities.

As usual, the views expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer.

I wish I could say that after a year of revelations, my opinion has changed, but if anything the story is worse every day.

A civil society requires its powerful institutions be kept in check, and be held accountable to the people. Secrecy should be an interim measure, not a modus operandi that results in a colossus built on pilfering the private secrets of citizens. 

So yeah, fuck these guys.

#nsa  
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After spending half an hour digging a rhizomatic weed out of my new backyard, I ended up reading about this:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pando-the-trembling-giant
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I adore the open space in California that this article derides. We live 10 minutes from horses and cows.   I'd rather we tear down single family dwellings and rezone to high rises.

http://californiapolicycenter.org/california-vs-texas-in-one-chart/

Even though I am very sympathetic to the idea housing is undersupplied in CA, I didn't believe this claim, because it's just too outlandish.  However,  I found the raw data from the government, which shows that basically for all types of housing california (population 38M) builds less than the one city of houston (population 5.8M)

http://www.census.gov/construction/bps/txt/tb2u2013.txt
http://www.census.gov/construction/bps/txt/tb3u2013.txt
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I was posting the article more for the incredible but apparently true statistic they were citing.

I felt compelled to say I didn't agree with the open space stuff.  But, to be fair, the quote in italics is by Thomas Sowell, who is an economist in palo alto at the hoover institution, so I assume he's pretty familiar with the area.
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I like having an iPod strapped to my wrist. 360 is too hipster
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wow.

'The basic premise of the theory was that human habitation and agriculture through homesteading effected a permanent change in the climate of arid and semi-arid regions, making these regions more humid.'
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'an example of the logical fallacy that correlation means causation. The theory was later refuted by climatologists and is now definitively regarded as pure superstition.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_follows_the_plow
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T-60 min. Watch #DragonV2 unveiled LIVE from SpaceX’s Headquarters at www.spacex.com/webcast.
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This is a fantastic article about bay area housing.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/14/sf-housing/
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..
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Seattle FTW
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