Friday, May 9, 2014

Stormchaser's Tornado Video

Remarkable Tornado Video previously posted at Rambling Web Blog

Other Posts of Interest:

Impressive Lightning Photography

El Reno Oklahoma Tornado 2013

Footage of Severe Hail Storm

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hiking Southern New Hampshire

Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, NH features a popular summer camping spot. It is also is home to three of the most southern "mountain peaks." The quotes are there because at 1200 feet north mountain, the tallest of the three really doesn't qualify as a 'mountain,' but it's not a bad hiking hill. Along with South Mountain, Middle Mountain, and Round Pond, it's a nice spot particularly at off peak times.

Below is a pic of a turtle sunning himself at round pond. There is also rocking climbing/rock climbing training at Pawtuckaway, and not far from this spot.

Other Links of interest.

Photographs from Lake Louise Alberta, Canada

Carol Burnett Show Bloopers and Blunders

Funny Posts from Rambling Web

Nature and the Outdoors

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Women in Politics

From Wikipedia

Women's suffrage or woman suffrage[1] is the right of women to vote and to run for office. The expression is also used for the economic and political reform movement aimed at extending these rights to women and without any restrictions or qualifications such as property ownership, payment of tax, or marital status. The movement's modern origins can be attributed to late-18th century France.
Limited voting rights were gained by women in Sweden, Britain, Finland and some western U.S. states in the late 19th century.[2] International organizations were formed to coordinate efforts, especially the International Council of Women (1888) and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (1904).[3] In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation to extend the right to vote to all adult women. The women in South Australia achieved the same right in 1894 but became the first to obtain the right to stand (run) for Parliament.[4][5] The first European country to introduce women's suffrage was the Grand Duchy of Finland—then a part of the Russian Empire with autonomous powers—which also produced the world's first female members of parliament as a result of the 1907 parliamentary elections.

In most Western nations woman suffrage came at the end of World War I, with some important late adopters such as France in 1944 and Switzerland in 1971.[6]

For information on the current Equal Rights Amendment movement.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Issa Talks SOPA and Washington Technology to Mashable

Mashable's interview 5 Questions For Rep. Darrell Issa, SOPA Opponent and ‘Internet Defender’ provides an interesting look, not only at what stopped the SOPA legislation, but also how Washington deals with technology. Essentially they're behind the times, and for the few legislators who do have a grasp on current (or emerging) technologies political party is of little consequence.

When the technology community rallied together in opposition of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Rep. Issa was at the front lines of Congress fighting to kill the bill. And as a former electronics company CEO, he’s one of the few Congressman who seem to “get it” when it comes to technology (Fun fact: Rep. Issa lent his voice to the alarm system for the ultra-sleek Dodge Viper).

The debate around SOPA and other technology bills doesn’t divide neatly along party lines. Do you think technology issues are, in a way, bipartisan?

“Intellectual property and how we deal with that is always bipartisan … Sen. Wyden (D-Ore.) was particularly helpful in this entire debate, he brought his own version [of an intellectual property bill] to the Senate floor. [Rep. Jared] Polis [D-Colo.] was great to have as somebody else who knew the Internet and what it could do.”

You put the draft version of the OPEN Act online for the public to read and comment upon. Do you think that kind of transparency is the future of politics and technology?

“I do believe it is the future. Congress has to be willing to fund it. The Madison project had to be done at an external site because that kind of interactive exchange isn’t allowed under the House’s firewall rule, so we went to an outside storage facility.

“We don’t like to call the people who make the rules in the House and the Senate “Luddites,” but they’re pretty close. They’re very ultra-conservative on what (new technologies) they’re willing to adopt. Congress only went to Outlook Web a year ago — and it was still only a belt-and-suspenders type of access … our whole infrastructure is built around not getting hacked rather than getting access.

“The technology systems in the House are quite archaic, and if you’re dealing with members that have been around for a long time, it’s harder to adopt new platforms than if you’re in the private sector and more comfortable with new platforms. A big part of the House’s bandwidth is actually used for an off-site redundancy, which duplicates every one of our sites for Outlook and all of our servers. We use so much bandwidth for that, I’m still fighting to get (Voice over IP) telephones installed in the House.”

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday Delegate Count

Super Tuesday is here. There is sure to be plenty of delegate counting tonight. The New York Times has put together a sharp and handy delegate counter that visually shows where the race and the candidates are when it comes to delegates. It is certainly worth taking a look at particularly for those who like a visual approach to the math involved in the candidates getting to that 'magic number.'

NYT Delegate Counter

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Passing of a Political Activist

From people of all political stripes, people are remembering the political activist Andrew Brietbart...

From of Guy Benson of Mourning Breitbart

"Andrew was fearless. A reformed Leftist, he made a conscious decision to devote his life to fighting his former ideological brethren with every ounce of his being -- and never looked back. Throughout his lamentably truncated career as a professional political provocateur, his targets came to loathe him with a rage rarely seen, even in today's polarized climate. As I explained in my introduction of him at last year's CPAC gathering, Andrew had attained near-hero status among many conservatives simply for amassing such an impressive roster of enemies. He targeted Planned Parenthood for their noxious criminality, brought down ACORN over similar transgressions, and last year took out a sitting Congressman, almost single-handedly. Andrew's impromptu hijacking of Rep. Anthony Weiner's New York press conference remains one of the most surreal media events in memory.

He delighted in rattling liberals' cages. He relished attacking their sacred cows. And he never once shied away from a fight. In his CPAC speech just last month, Andrew claimed to have obtained old footage of Barack Obama that could impact the upcoming presidential election. So even in death, Andrew Breitbart will continue to torment the Left -- at least for a few more months. He wouldn't have had it any other way. What a loss. Rest in peace."


From the Huffington Post Andrew Breitbart Dead: Conservative Blogger Dies Suddenly At 43

"Breitbart came to be well-known for his work with the Drudge Report (he also played an early role with The Huffington Post), and would go on to found the Big Journalism, Big Hollywood and websites. He was also an author, columnist and ubiquitous commentator in the media.

People from all sides of the political spectrum paid tribute to Breitbart.

Shirley Sherrod, the USDA employee who was fired from her job after Breitbart released an incomplete video of her appearing to say she intentionally discriminated against white farmers —she was actually describing how she overcame such prejudices — sent her condolences.

"The news of Mr. Breitbart's death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning," she said. "My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart's family as they cope through this very difficult time."


Big Government Andrew Brietbart's own site remembered him with a quote from his book. In Memoriam: Andrew Brietbart (1969-2012)

"Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night."

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Voting in Michigan

Michigan proving too close too call...

From CNN - Tough talk testament to high stakes in Michigan primary

"The tough talk is indicative of the high stakes in Michigan. Romney has led nationwide polls off and on over the course of the campaign but hasn't been able to seal the deal. Santorum is the latest of Romney's rivals to challenge him for front-runner status by playing on conservatives' reservations about the former Massachusetts governor.

Santorum's hat trick earlier this month propelled him to a lead in national polls and a double-digit lead in Michigan two weeks ago. But he had a lackluster performance in last week's CNN/Arizona Republican debate and has fallen behind Romney in national polls and into a close race in Michigan.

Fifty-nine delegates are up for grabs in the two states vote but momentum will be the bigger prize.

"Mitt Romney's ferocious campaign against Santorum in Michigan is pivot point of the campaign," GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos said.

Both candidates have been spending most of their time in Michigan following the debate, and Castellanos says a Romney win there will greatly boost his campaign."

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