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A NOTE TO MY KIDS
from the you-know-you're-getting-close-to-Portland-when dept.

If my motorhome EVER starts looking like this, you have my advance permission 

-- Hell, you have my advance direct orders --

to put me in one of those Gawd-awful nursing homes forthwith, and never feel a pang of guilt about doing it!
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Sure thing!
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Yesterday, I shared this with a small number of folks who know this kitty.  This is a re-share to the world for +CATURDAY (=^・ェ・^=), curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Shantha Marie Fountain and +Khrystiane Friedli 

This is Pookie, who has lived with me for five+ years now.  She's a longhair who suffers from the summer heat, so each spring she gets her hair done and ends up looking like a little lion for most of the summer.

She loves the outdoors and loves to go exploring outside.  Since we live in an RV and roam the Western half of the US, she gets lots of opportunities to do so.  At the moment, we are camped at a mountain lake in Oregon, where she went out exploring yesterday with her Human following along with camera in hand.  Following is a fanciful account of the event.
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A strange creature, seen around the campground this morning

It looks like a very small lion, but acts like a honey badger.  Was seen checking mouse squirrel holes and surreptitiously sniffing around at everything.

Forest rangers say it's a Pookus Megacutus, a very rare species.  Only one known to exist, actually.
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FINALLY!  +Dave Wise's strange beer fetish explained!

It has always been an item of curiosity to me why it would matter to Dave, supposedly a Libertarian, that the rest of us prefer beer that actually tastes good.

Here, an economist explains it all.

Interesting that if all the rest of us actually did switch to drinking that stuff that's been sitting in the spittoon that Old Granny pissed in a couple of months ago -- he'd have to switch to something even worse.

Which would be a problem for him.  I don't think anyone makes a beer that's worse than that stuff he drinks. 
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HAH HAH !!! Wait a minute, I LOVE beer that explodes xD
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VERY bad news for Jeep owners...

Remember the old "If Microsoft made cars" joke?  It goes like this:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.  You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.

For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Well, future Jeep owners, prepare for the worst.
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"The system monitors wear and tear, so the line that produces the iconic Jeep Wrangler never goes down". That sounds like something my IT department said once ... Also MS based, I might add. 
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An interesting perspective.

There is much to disagree with here (although I do not), but also much food for thought.

FWIW, the author is the son of the late Tonie Nathan, the first woman to get an electoral vote as a candidate for Vice President of the United States (Libertarian Party, 1972).

And apparently he knew Ayn Rand, though he has never confirmed that to me.  This is just so you get some idea where he's coming from in this article.
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One of the most important initiatives of our time.

Both of the major U.S. political parties are filled with corruption.  Ending the two-party system of Government in this country is essential to regaining our liberty.

This is one small step toward that end.
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Also...to once and for all end cronyism......an Amendment to separate the economy and state.

Maybe we could get the Republican party to pass it without reading it......so they can then find out ...."what's in it"....like the Democrats do. Lol.

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Black Canyon Campground, Willamette National Forest
Near Oakridge, Oregon

My latest  #photosphere .  Click on it to step inside and look up (especially up!), down and all around.
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Thank you, everyone, for all the plus-ones and reshares.  It warms my heart.
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Tent camping area

As before, it's a photosphere.  Click it to step inside and look up, down, and all around.
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
RV camping area

Here's a #photosphere  (click on it to step inside and look around) that I shot a year and a half ago, then I forgot I had it until a few days ago.  

I have one more from the tent camping area; it is problematic and will take a while to complete.
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And here is the rest of the secret: https://plus.google.com/104930232989034708266/posts/A6AUkpZEtLe +ashish kumar
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To all my friends & family who aren't following my professional photography page:

Here is the start of something I started working on last fall:  a geological photo essay up through the layers of rock in the Colorado National Monument.  There will eventually be ten photos in the series.
 
The Liberty Cap Trail
in the Colorado National Monument

This "index photo" begins a ten-shot series on this remarkable trail, believed to be the most difficult in the Monument.  It is also a remarkable geology lesson.

The red line traces the path of the trail; the red numbers are the locations of photos that will be posted in this series.  The green letters are geological formations, roughly equivalent to the letters that geologists use in their special maps.

The story began 70-80 million years ago when the uplift occurred that pushed all these layers of rock straight up and formed these cliffs.

The dark bench (X) is the 1.4- to 1.7-billion-year-old Proterozoic basement that underlies all but a tiny sliver of Colorado.  It is the same rock in which the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is cut.  Atop it lies the deep-red, crumbly Chinle formation (C) which is about a billion years younger:  in between the two, about a billion years of sediment is missing.  Geologists call this an unconformity.

Atop the Chinle is several hundred feet of Wingate formation (W) sandstone, which is the stuff of the Monument's spectacular cliffs.  The top layer in the photo is the Entrada formation (E), also sandstone.  Above the Entrada, but absent in this view because it all weathered away in this part of the Monument, is the Morrison formation (M), which is the layer in which all of the dinosaur bones are found.  However, if you look at the bottom of the photo, you can see that we are standing on Morrison formation rock.

Between the Wingate sandstone and the Entrada sandstone is a thin layer, only a few feet thick, of the very hard (it's like concrete) rock of the Kayenta formation (K).  The only part of it that is thick enough to see in this photo is the Liberty Cap itself (the K at the top) and a piece of Kayenta rock right in front of us at ground level that was dragged upward from below the ground as the cliffs were being uplifted.  The latter is called a hogback, and we'll see it up close later.

I have hiked this trail only once, and have never been to the Liberty Cap:  the end of the red line is where I became too frightened and turned around.  But it changed my life:  I got curious about that hogback and started looking things up.  And I learned, and learned, and learned some more.  Now, everywhere I go, I look up and realize, "Oh, that's Entrada sandstone."  Or "Oh, this looks like the Chinle formation."  

It's knowledge that really deepens one's appreciation for the American West, which is why I've endeavored to post all of this.

#geology   #colorado  
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Hoo boy.  I don't rip on Christians very often -- because, having been one of the worst, I don't really have any room to talk.

This is one of the exceptions to the rule.

So, let's review:

A lunar eclipse only happens during a full moon.

Passover is tied to... a full moon event.  As is Sukkot (aka Feast of Booths / Feast of Tabernacles).  Because -- get this! -- the Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar!

So, for the next two Passovers and the next two Sukkots, we'll have a lunar eclipse!  What a coincidence!  A sure sign of the Apocalypse!

Why don't we just blame it all on Global Warming while we're at it?

Some people can be SO dumb...

#bloodmoon   #endtimes   #apocalypse   #tinfoilhat   #flatearth  
A rare "blood moon tetrad" will arrive with the start of a total lunar eclipse, beginning late on Monday evening--or, on the East Coast, early Tuesday morning. The eclipse, in which the full moon will be darkened by the earth's shadow, will coincide with the Jewish festival of Passover. In a bizarre, rare calendrical coincidence, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in October will also feature a solar eclipse--as will both Passover and Sukkot next year ...
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Holy Book that explain about solar system is Al Qur'an
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Fine-art photographer, Linux sysadmin
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  • Semi-retired
    Photographer, 2012 - present
  • Cricket Communications
    Linux Sysadmin, 2012 - 2012
  • DirecTV
    Linux SysAdmin, 2012 - 2012
  • IBM
    Linux SysAdmin, 2010 - 2011
  • Broadcast Music Incorporated
    Linux SysAdmin, 2007 - 2009
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  • Northwest Christian College
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Libertarian who doesn't go "full Rothbard;" Objectivist who doesn't go full Peikoff
Introduction
Books that changed my life (in order):

Walden Henry David Thoreau

The Gospel According to John  New Testament

Women Who Love Too Much  Robin Norwood

Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand
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Wrote the first open-source-related legislation to be introduced in the US. HB 2392, Oregon, 2003 session
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  • Miskatonic University
    Necronomicon, 2013