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Ferndale was a pleasant surprise with the its many Victorian homes/buildings dating back to the 19th cnetury and early 20th. This tiny village has no more than 2500 population.  Avenue of the Giants is a 2-lane giant trees-lined scenic drive plus its "drive-thru-tree." Need to explore of Eureka's Old Town next time. Had to use to cameras and settings differed in dates, thus sequencing got mixed up here.
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KILLING COLORED PEOPLE (Mostly Blacks in the USA):

Per tonight's CBS News, the Obama administration (2008-Present) has been occasioned by 14 murderous events so far. My impression is that all he did/does after such events is to use it as another ammunition for "gun-control," an argument that has grown old. Furthermore,Obama tonight alluded to other "advanced" countries not having such problems.

Maybe he was born just yesterday. Any lawful, responsible and thinking gun owner knows that guns themselves are not the issue. Guns/firearms are "neutral" things or tools It is the people themselves who can use them for good or bad/evil.

In our American society, despite the currently COUNTLESS city, county, state and federal laws restricting the ownership, transport and usage of firearms, these murders by laymen and supposed lawmen have occurred; and oftentimes if committed by white laymen/lawmen, lead to no trials or convictions. Such unjust outcomes reinforce the already institutionalized racism in American society and embolden the racist tendencies of the American mind.

Such racist tendencies all thanks to the incomplete teaching of American history and the neglect of critical thinking in our schools that have practically dumbed the American mind. Consequently, American racism strongly persists in our society; in addition, dure to our valued freedom of expression, etc. we still have the racial supremacist associations: KKK, White Council, neo-Nazi, etc. in our society.

Obama being a Black himself, knows and surely may have experienced what it is to be Black in America. He ought to be truthful and to confront and express more forcefully our reality -- that of a racist society. He should be bold to address the real culprit --our American society; and point to the imperative need to correct the ignorance or glossing-over of racism in our presentation and study of American history in all schools: those times in American history dealing with colored peole:  the Native Americans, Negroes/Blacks, Filipinos, Japanese, etc.

Though other whites from Europe (especially Eastern) underwent some racial prejudice from the WASPs (White Anglo Saxon Protestants), the fact that they have white skin, facilitated their acceptance/assimilation by the WASPs; and they in turn sometimes became racists too).

As to the relative absence of comparable and frequent violence in other modern societies, i.e. EU, let us be reminded that they have different societies form our American, without comparable violent history and culture. In my European travels since 1989, I never felt worried getting lost, arriving with my backpack or moving around even late at night or at dawn. Here in our American society, I confidently do so only with a gun within my reach.

Present Germany with its former Hitlerian-Nazi Aryan/White supremacist ideology practically disappeared after its defeat when 
the country and its people were made to critically think, learn and understand through its institutions, i.e. education, media, politics, etc. about its Nazi ideology and its historical legacies that were essentially alienating and inhumane. Thus, present Germany has become in practice is strongly anti-Nazi. but also democratic.

This is what the USA needs; but I doubt if it can materialize given our kind of politicians (even after 150 years since Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipation or 50+years of Lyndon Johnson's Civil Rights). It seems the racism embedded in the American Mind can not removed by legislation alone.
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THE WORKINGS OF OUR HUMAN BRAIN 

Understanding Einstein, how he operated. .How is a genius constructed? Short & Long-term memory, etc. Neuroscience. Cognitive Science. 
See inside Einstein's brain, learn how to boost your memory, meet people who became savants after an injury, and more. Watch online: How Smart Can We Get? from NOVA scienceNOW. On demand, streaming video from PBS
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Addendum: for months now, the corruption investigations against VP Jejomar Binay occupy the news headlines in our homeland. Throw in socail media too.  Given our history of continuing political past, we ordinary citizens in the street are left out only to fume, to vent out, to uselessly speculate and be given another ride by highly and possibly of "thieves accusing fellow thieves" in our halls of Congress, ad nauseam.

We native Filipino  citizens -especially us so-called educated ones- deserve such a show and national predicament because we do not know our own selves; and worse, probably do not even appreciate the need to know and understand. So we go our usual merry ways.
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Took this Barcelona-Madrid bullet train in 2012.  It was my first and gave me a very pleasant experience. Took less than 2-1/2 hours. I went to Barcelona from Madrid by bus, which was an 8 hours trip. Thanks for this viewing from the engineer's cockpit.
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An approach to the military and political history of the Philippines. Comparing two generations of graduates from the Philippine Military Academy - the classes of 1940 and 1971 - McCoy uncovers fundamental differences in their academic socialization and subsequent ascent to power.
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Spending a morning around the Old Town/GAMLA STAN and a neighboring island (SODERMALM).
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It can safely be said that past, present and future generations of us native Malay Filipinos were/are/will be conditioned in an atmosphere of fear of God (and of the church, i.e. hierarchy) and being recruited by Satan/Devil to hell of eternal damnation. Such fears have created in us a habit of mind, of conscious and/or unconscious self-censorship in our thoughts, way of thinking and action. 
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FROM THE "OTHER" SIDE

An annual event in Russia (former USSR) we in the USA or Philippines do not normally see or even aware of. Its 2015 celebration WW2 victory parade boycooted by most leaders of western (EU) and USA. 

With an open mind, we can appreciate Putin's speech, informative commentaries and even note his Russian Defense Minister making the (Orthodox) Catholic sign of the cross prior to entering the Square; it is a different world to the often westernized demonizing of its leadership and country.

Regardless of our preconceived notions, let us enjoy the parade show that featured vintage Russian WW2 uniforms and armaments to the present.
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Amazingly magnificent parade!  You're right....no idea of this event in Russia.  I like Putin's speech.  Really appreciate your sharing, Engr. Bert:=)
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AMERICAN CAR MUSEUM
Three weeks ago, my friend Narcy took me to this new (2012), amazing American car museum. A 4-story museum on an 8-acre campus displays cars, trucks & motorcycles in historic & tech exhibits. It is adjacent to the Tacoma Dome. Worth at least 4 hours visit.

https://plus.google.com/…/107750…/albums/6141655406218540977

If you have architectural/civil engineering design inclinations see also design of the museum buiilding:

http://www.americanlaminators.com/proj/lemay.html
http://www.seattleite.com/culture-dose-lemay-americas-car-…/
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Scandinavia's Largest Cathedral, Uppsala University -one of World's Top Universities and Uppsala's humongous, beautiful and historic cemetery.
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