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Texas governor deploys Texas State Guard to stave off Obama takeover. There must be an election coming up...
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Texas' GOP governor is sending the Texas State Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it's just a cover for the president's plan to put Texas under martial law.
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Hope springs eternal...

"In 1845, the Republic of Texas was admitted to the Union via a Joint Resolution of Congress. The citizens of Texas approved an annexation ordinance and new constitution on October 13, 1845, formally integrating Texas into the United States on December 29, 1845.

However, on February 23, 1861, citizens of the Texas voted overwhelmingly to secede from the United States.

The Republic of Texas feels that Texas remains an independent nation and that American actions in the American Civil War have resulted in an illegal military occupation of Texas." (Wikipedia)


Oy! Secede already! 


#texas  
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The magnitude 8.6 quake lurking in Nepal's future:
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The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal’s capital city could be overshadowed by larger future earthquakes along the Himalayas, scientists say.
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The time has come to ban climbing on Everest - tell the self-absorbed thrill seekers to take their circus and stay home.
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Agreed. But surely there are more mindful ways to support the local economy. In this innovation-obsessed moment, imagine if a fraction of the effort devoted to hauling people up Everest was devoted to creating a sustainable tourism model for Nepal that truly supported the locals and didn't trash the environment.
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A cute salamander paddling around in our dog's water bowl this morning - couldn't resist a quick pic bef releasing!
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I wonder what details in this picture call for the "cute" descriptor?
Is it the large eyes, the upturned "smiling" jawline, the palmate "hands"?
Something must be overcoming the cool serpentine, shiny/slimy skin and bare tail.
Of course, I agree with your description and emotional response. But it is interesting to speculate why.
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Stewart Brand on rethinking extinction (extinction events are the wrong problem to worry about): http://bit.ly/1bj2W4v
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Frustrated Windows user "executes" his computer...eight bullets into the CPU. Police cite him, suggest he buy a Mac next time: http://bit.ly/1DA3SYS
When ctrl + alt + delete doesn't work, just shoot the darn thing. That's what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his computer outside and got the revenge most of the rest of us only dream about.
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Justifiable homicide.  No jury will convict.
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oh now... now Streetbview is tailing me... so much for privacy...
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last time i was in Amador County there were multiple BING cars in the area - so i'm sure my car is now in bing somewhere
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Fury at Disney over layoffs, offshoring IT jobs: http://bit.ly/1bhJswT 
At the end of last October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs.
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here's the money quote:

"... U.S. Department of Labor, wrote back last week and told the lawmakers  that large H-1B using firms "are not prohibited from displacing U.S. workers" as long as they meet certain conditions, such as paying each H-1B worker at least $60,000 a year."

So that's a salary cap sounds like it to me.  Gee when Apple + bunch of tech companies tried to effect something like that, they got sued...
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Yikes! Chinese scientists use CRISPR to create 1st genetically modified human embryos: http://bit.ly/1DpBmdc 
Rumours of germline modification prove true — and look set to reignite an ethical debate.
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Long Now Foundation is looking for a new tech lead: do you want to build a system to last 10,000 years? http://longnow.org/jobs/#techlead
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wild video of massive earthflow near Novosibirsk, Russia (prob a coal mine waste dump failure): http://bit.ly/1PdqaYG
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Huge PG&E gas line explosion near fresno -- apparently not near houses:  #fresnoGasExplosion http://bit.ly/1GVfQ6k 
Southbound lanes on Highway 99 near Fresno have reopened after a large gas explosion shut down all lanes of the freeway Friday afternoon. 
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Impressive - reminds me of some flares in Saudi Arabia
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I shovel smoke for a living in Silicon Valley. More on me at: http://www.saffo.com/
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