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Internet speeds at the new Velik household are pretty good.
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I got 160 down last time I checked.  At one point I upgraded my modem and doubled my download speed, but it's grown 3x since that point, which is surprising for sure.  Sadly it is in no way symmetric -- only about 12-15 up.
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Mr Floatie?  Dumping raw sewage into the ocean without treating it?  Oh no, it can't be, not on the Ecotopia shores of the Salish Sea ...
Seattle's tourism board wants to boycott the scenic Vancouver Island city, which still dumps its raw sewage into the ocean.
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I am kinda nutty on my marine life though. I could easily become a Green Peace'r .
I didn't explain myself well on the marine life "nutter". 😊

I agree. Keeping our waters clean does go across party lines! We all want healthy environments and water.

Damn Canucks. They should be ashamed of themselves. 
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Nightmares are made of this.  Man's inhumanity towards man takes many forms.  This evil is one, a contemporary slaughter of the innocents.
 
I honestly don't even know what to say. 
The organization that has released six videos exposing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts has released a new undercov
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So it turns out that there are no edit distance unicorns.
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At one point the very notion of a ruling class was anathema to Americans.  Now it's discussed as an ordinary fact, a fixture in the landscape.

To this ruling class, the rest of the country is sometimes an annoyance or obstacle, sometimes a source of necessary funds or votes, but always the “other” — not our kind, dear. Too ignorant, too unpolished, too unconnected to the right institutions and pieties to really count. With ruling-class Republicans having more in common with ruling-class Democrats than with the people they rule, it’s unsurprising that, as Codevilla predicted in a later essay, millions of voters feel orphaned. Democracy doesn’t do much for technocratically set policy that always seems to reflect ruling-class preferences, and people feel they’ve lost control of their own fates.
His rise is a symptom of an increasingly isolated and tyrannical elite.
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He's trolling ... hard and pushing them around because of his currently high polling numbers.  He's a braggart.  Oh he wants to be an insider, if he doesn't consider himself one already.
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Is it or isn't it?  Either or both.
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Likely the artist received a grant for his/her outstanding talent.
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Writing Prompt:

Scanning the back yard at your new house for the former owner's dog leavings ...
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Water condensed on my Gin and Tonic and ran down into a growing pool ringing the glass on the table top.  The sun stabbed at my eyes from behind the neighbor's trees, inviting me to shade them, only to mock me with its lingering oppressive heat.  The day had been long, hot, and suffocating, but the 324 square feet of fescue that comprised my new kingdom was finally cut neatly, in two directions, and trimmed.  

"Do you think we should send it registered mail?"

"Absolutely - I want that SOB to know where it all came from.  Every last one."

The small cardboard box rattled as she stretched a screeching swatch of packing tape over the top.  Retribution would be had, delayed, at a distance, only in my minds eye, but gloriously confirmed by the receipt from the post office: package delivered.  Several packages, actually.  

I sipped my drink.  My wife really was a genius.  It was her suggestion to include my old sneakers, now liberally greased and caked with the last present Mr. Simms dog had left me, just three days ago, probably in the early hours, just under the edge of the deck, shaded from the sun, kept fresh by two days of rain.  And the G&T was much more enjoyable without the smell of dog crap lingering in the sultry air.  *Much* more enjoyable.
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Missed this earlier,  HP dials back expectations.  Turns out details of manufacture for even pre-production chips hasn't been worked out fast enough.

Still, this week’s climb down is not a complete surprise. Fink used the timeline below as recently as December 2014, predicting that memristor memory would “sample” in 2015 and be “launched” in 2016. But a few months later, in February of this year, he told me that sampling was most likely in 2016–an estimate that HP’s manufacturing partner SK Hynix would not confirm. Microelectronics experts I spoke to said that it looked to be challenging to make reliable memristors in large, dense arrays as needed to make a memory chip.
Plans by Hewlett-Packard for computers based on an exotic new electronic device called the memristor are scaled back.
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Intel is getting into the faster permanent memory game too.  Will they beat out HP's plans for "The Machine" ?

The sluggish speed of data storage compared to the pace at which processors can work on data has become a significant bottleneck on the capabilities of computers. Several large computing and chip companies have invested heavily in promising new data storage technologies, but none has yet borne fruit. Intel’s Optane drives are based on a technology called 3D Xpoint, developed in collaboration with the memory chip company Micron.
Intel says the technology is affordable enough that Optane drives will be made available next year for uses ranging from large corporate data centers to lightweight laptops. Rob Crooke, a general manager on Intel’s memory project, predicted that they would improve gaming, supercomputers, and data analysis. “We expect to see breakthroughs in personalized medicine, in business analytics to allow companies, cities, and maybe countries to run more efficiently,” he said.
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Unrealized and squandered potential, it's tragic really.  Social, economic and government institutions matter.  They matter a lot.
We should all worry about a great power’s failure to convert on its knowledge, says MIT’s Loren Graham.
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Great article, +Michael Velik! But it misses a few important points. One, there has never been real capitalism in Russia. Before the revolution, it was a peasant country. The commonly accepted motto of a merchant was "You can't sell without cheating". After the revolution, every initiative was punishable, and an attempt to open a private business was listed in the Soviet criminal code as an especially grave crime, more grave than premeditated murder. Add to it the habitual drunkenness at literally every social level, work ethics that would disgust a welfare recipient and tendency to blame foreigners and foreign countries for everything that goes wrong. If you ask me, Russia deserves itself. 
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EPA cleanup crew makes matters worse, spills mine waste water from abandoned mine into nearby river. Fishing, boating, swimming there ... well don't bother.  Wonder how this will affect those local water supplies and everything else downstream.
The city of Durango and La Plata County, Colorado, have declared a state of emergency after a crew accidentally released mine waste into the water.
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Just as other polluters, like BP for example, were prosecuted and held responsible for their accidents that led to spills, so should the EPA.  Colorado and New Mexico ought to investigate this.  Congress ought to look into this.  It certainly falls into their oversight powers and duties.

Unfortunately it will be the taxpayers that will end up paying for it.
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Took a walk at lunch down to Lake Union ... Floatplanes!!
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Seaplanes  : )
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