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Mount Nebo is the southernmost peak of the Rocky Mountains on the western edge of the range.  It anchors the big valley south of the Salt Lake Valley.  Coming from the South, it is the unmistakable and welcome sight that means that you, weary traveler, are at a major milestone.  For Salt Lake residents who have strayed south, it means "Welcome Almost Home."

OND is a community feature  on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary.  Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00AM Eastern Time.

OND Editors consist of founder Magnifico, regular editors jlms qkw, maggiejean, wader, Oke, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors palantir, BentLiberal and ScottyUrb, guest editor annetteboardman, and current editor-in-chief Neon Vincent.   We invited our readers to comment & share other news.

The news in general is a bit obsessed with a so-called New Year.  Annual reviews and roundups and lists abound.  It is my position that there are MANY new years in our mutual calendars, and while the media is focused on this one, I am not.  I will offer one year-end list, one that only I among the editors am likely to choose.

Top 5 Utah polygamy stories of 2012

Where else but Utah will you see this list?

There were developments in the UEP trust case, at the FLDS ranch in Texas and for the polygamous families on television in 2012. Here’s a list of the top five polygamy stories of 2012. You can discuss these stories more memories from 2012 on Twitter by following the tag #sltrib2012.

Djamila Grossman | The Salt Lake Tribune

Left to right: Kody Brown and his four wives, Janelle Brown, top, Robyn Brown, Christine Brown and Meri Brown, pose for a portrait at the Downtown Mariott in Salt Lake City, on Friday, September 24, 2010. The family are the main focus of a TLC reality show, which will start airing Sunday, Sept. 26.

5. Polygamy is a non-issue on the presidential campaign trail. • OK, I’m cheating from the start. One of the top stories was a non-story. Some Mormons feared the Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns would provoke insults and misunderstandings about their faith, including the history of polygamy. While there was some confusion about the Mormon position on caffeine, there was little-to-no talk about polygamy.

Now let's get on with the actual news.  

CONFLICT;  Syed Irfan Raza
Probe into Osama death PM likely to receive report this week

The much-awaited report of the investigation into the US attack in which Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed has been completed and is likely to be presented to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf this week by the Abbottabad Commission’s chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The report prepared in more than one and a half years is expected to generate a fresh debate on the killing of Osama in a 40-minute midnight air raid by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad on May 2 last year.

A private TV channel quoted Justice (retd) Iqbal as saying that the report had been completed and was likely to be presented to the prime minister on Monday.

However, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Shafqat Jalil said no meeting between Justice (retd) Iqbal and the premier was scheduled on Monday.

According to sources, the 400-page report contains the statements of more than 300 people and references to over 7,000 letters and other documents relating to Osama bin Laden.

I think of  this as an Oh Dark Thirty followup.  Or something.

Mail & Guardian; SAPA-AFP
AU to hold Central African Republic crisis talks as rebels advance

Their warning came as the head of the African Union preparing to launch peace negotiations.

AU chief Thomas Boni Yayi, president of Benin, is expected to travel to Bangui to try to initiate talks between the government of President Francois Bozize and the rebel coalition known as Seleka.

But a rebel spokesperson told AFP that Bozize's departure should be on the agenda, and that rebel forces have not ruled out entering the capital of the chronically instable country.

"Bozize intends to give battle in Bangui, and if the situation demands it, we will take action," Eric Massi told AFP by telephone from the Gabonese capital Libreville, while reiterating that the rebels were not currently planning to seize the capital.

Der Spiegel; Andreas Ulrich
Ineffective and Unsustainable: Failure Threatens Afghan Police Training Mission
The ambitious project of developing an Afghan police force, which was to operate at least according to the basic principles of its German counterpart, began 10 years ago and involved three phases.

Phase 1, training recruits, was completed long ago.

Phase 2, instructing the police officers in practical operations on location, was abandoned last year. German police officers -- at the time still under the protection of German soldiers -- drove through the country for hours to call on various police stations. Since they had to be back before sundown due to security concerns, there often remained very little time for training.

Phase 3 is currently underway: Afghan police officers train Afghan recruits while the Germans monitor them. They correct mistakes and give suggestions. Based on the methodology and didactics of the German police school, it is hoped that the Afghans can train uneducated men to become good officers in just eight weeks.

Like all German police officers in Mazar-e-Sharif, Alex is living at Camp Marmal, the headquarters of the coalition troops in northern Afghanistan. The ISAF military base is one of the safest places in the country -- a well-equipped artificial world with shops, cafeterias, gyms and pool tables. Private security guards stand at the gates, while soldiers patrol outside the compound. A zeppelin floats in the sky, jam-packed with cameras and surveillance electronics.

The opening of this article uses sport as metaphor.  

Al-Jazeera; LiveBlog
Brahimi says Syria 'must be' solved in 2013

The international peace envoy for Syria says the situation in the country was deteriorating sharply but a solution was still possible under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.

Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday the state would collapse without a solution, reiterating warnings that the country could turn into "hell" or a new Somalia.

"I say that the solution must be this year: 2013, and, God willing, before the second anniversary of this crisis," Lakhdar Brahimi said at a news conference at the Arab League in Cairo, referring to the start of the uprising in March 2011.

"A solution is still possible but is getting more complicated every day," he added. "We have a proposal and I believe this proposal is adopted by the international community."

Brahimi is the joint UN-Arab League envoy charged with trying to mediate an end to a conflict that has killed at least
44,000 people.

"The situation in Syria is bad, very, very bad, and it is getting worse and the pace of deterioration is increasing," he said.


New Zealand Herald; Joanne Brookfield
Fourth ship joins whaling protest

About 120 crew members from more than 20 countries, most of them volunteers, will join Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson in his latest bid to halt the whaling.

In an attempted counterattack, the Japanese whalers - in the shape of the Institute of Cetacean Research and the Kyodo Senpaku company - have taken legal action.

A court order issued by the ninth circuit court of appeals in the US on December 17 enjoined Sea Shepherd, Watson and anyone "acting in concert with them" from physically attacking the Japanese vessels or coming "any closer than 500m".

Gavin Carter, the whalers' Washington-based PR representative, says the order is to "ensure safety at sea".

Watson does not see it that way. "They are saying they are trying to protect their people from us. We've never injured any of them.

"They destroyed a US$1.5 million boat and almost killed six of our people," he said, speaking from the Steve Irwin at an undisclosed location. "[Yet] they didn't have to answer for it, they didn't have to pay compensation for it, they destroyed it and got away with it."

There's a new 4th ship.  And some cloak & dagger intrigue.  

elephanttheageAttribution: The Age Staff

The Age; Jeffrey Gettleman
Notorious poacher now leads a fight to save Africa's elephants

ARCHERS POST, Kenya: Julius Lokinyi was one of the most notorious poachers in this part of Kenya, accused of single-handedly killing as many as 100 elephants and selling the tusks by the side of the road in the middle of the night.

But after being hounded by his village elders, he made a remarkable transformation. Lokinyi stopped poaching and joined a grassroots squad of rangers - essentially a conservation militia - to protect the wildlife he once slaughtered.

Now he gets up at dawn, slurps a cup of sugary tea, tightens his combat boots and marches off with other villagers, some of whom had never picked up a gun before, to fight poachers. From Tanzania to Cameroon, tens of thousands of elephants are poached each year, more than at any time in decades, because of Asia's growing demand for ivory.

Scientists say at this rate African elephants could soon go the way of the wild American bison.

But in this stretch of northern Kenya destitute villagers have seized upon an unconventional solution that, if replicated elsewhere, could be the key to saving thousands of elephants across the continent, conservationists say.

While this is certainly welcome news, I also hope for some progress on the demand side for animal products.  

Delhi gang rape victim's answers to police could be a crucial dying declaration

MUMBAI: Legal experts say that the evidence left behind by the victim of the Delhi gang rape victim who lost her battle to survive the brutal crime appears to be the strongest and most crucial in the form of a dying declaration in the case to nail the accused.

With the police having invoked the murder charge on Saturday against the six accused after Nirbhaya breathed her last in a Singapore hospital less than a fortnight after her brutal gang rape on a moving bus from which she was thrown out, it is now their task to expedite the filing of the chargesheet in the case and take it to trial, said lawyers. The police must set a deadline for completing the probe so that the trial takes off soon.

I am tempted to include this story in the Conflict section.  

South China; Reuters in Beijing
China manufacturing activity at 19-month high

The pace of activity in China’s vast manufacturing sector hit its fastest rate in December since May last year, a survey of private factory managers showed, with a sub-index for new orders pointing to continued strength in the new year.

The final reading for the HSBC Purchasing Managers’ Survey rose to 51.5 in December, well above the final reading of 50.5 in November and the preliminary reading of 50.9 published in the middle of the month.

November marked the first time in more than a year that the survey crossed above 50 points, the line that demarcates accelerating from slowing growth.

The survey results fit with a growing consensus that the Chinese economy revved back up in the fourth quarter, after growth slowed for the seventh consecutive quarter to 7.4 per cent in the third.

I know this seems dry - I found it interesting because it speaks to worldwide economic growth.  And the use of resources.  

Hürriyet Daily News; Ümit Enginsoy
Turkey to buy two logistical support ships

The Turkish Navy is scheduled to purchase two locally built logistical support ships, a senior procurement official said over the weekend.

The ships will be deployed to the southeastern Mediterranean and to the eastern Black Sea, two important regions, the significance of which is growing for Turkey.

The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), the procurement agency, released a request for information for 12 of the country’s largest shipyards, and the reply time was delayed until Dec. 19. Now the SSM is evaluating the reply bids for the program.

The ships will have a large fuel section and communications equipment, the procurement official said. “It will be quite easy for us to manufacture the two logistical support ships.”

Syria may not be the end of Turkish military issues; The Erdogan government continues to increase capital investment.



KPBS; City Wire Services
San Diego Can Now Have Redevelopment Funds For Some Projects

The state Department of Finance has reversed previous rulings and will allow the city of San Diego to use leftover redevelopment funds to pay for construction projects benefiting homeless and low-income families, the City Attorney's office announced today.

The decision means that the city's general fund -- which covers basic government costs such as public safety and library -- won't have to bear a cost overrun on the Connections Housing project, a permanent shelter for the homeless at Sixth Avenue and A Street, or the price of building an affordable housing development at Ninth Avenue and Broadway.

The state abolished redevelopment agencies last year and now decides whether leftover funds can be spent on projects that were already in the planning stages. State finance officials had not only rejected redevelopment funding for Connections Housing and the affordable housing project, but also for paying off construction bonds for Petco Park and a previous expansion of the San Diego Convention Center -- along with a potential future stadium for the Chargers.

In the audio version, it sounded like kind of a shell game, surrounded by California budget cuts and Federal disarray.  I am hopeful the homeless and poor will benefit.


Salt Lake Tribune; Nate Carlisle
Driven by suicide, gun deaths are increasing in Utah

Guns — or people firing guns — are killing more Utahns than they used to, and injuries from bullets are costing Utah more money.

Data from the Utah Department of Health show gun deaths from 2007 to 2011 were 23 percent higher than from 2001 to 2005.

Guns are expected to kill more Americans than cars do by 2015, according to a recent report by Bloomberg News using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but Utah is ahead of the trend.

For 2007 to 2011, the Utah Highway Patrol reported an annual average of 263 automobile fatalities. In those same years, the Utah Department of Health says Utah averaged 271 gun deaths annually.

Of those, suicides accounted for 84 percent of gun deaths, the health department says, a slight increase from the years 2001 to 2005.

That last statistic has caught the attention of the Utah Department of Health and a statewide

Pythagorean Theorem, hands-on.  I found science.
Infographic: Sleep  This is kind of sciencey too.  
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  •  news tips (39+ / 0-)


    this is the last photo i moved from my camera to my flickr.  the kids' outfits are waiting for the 7pm church service christmas eve.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:50:08 PM PST

  •  As admirable as their mission may be... (13+ / 0-)

    Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherds are probably the most inept activists I've ever seen.

    •  the article seemed (8+ / 0-)

      so excited for them.  

      there is a great deal of inept-ness in many activists ;-)

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:08:53 PM PST

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      •  Have you ever watched "Whale Wars"? (8+ / 0-)

        I don't think Paul Watson gives a shit about any of the people under his "command." He has no problem letting them put themselves in serious danger (by illegally boarding sovereign ships) or get indefinitely imprisoned in foreign countries.

        And I doubt they've saved a single whale in the 5 years the show has been airing.

        Also, the damage/destruction of the Sea Shepherds' ships is almost definitely their own fault... they pull these crazy maneuvers and head into dangerous weather all the time on Paul's orders.

        •  no, but i have heard about it (6+ / 0-)

          and he wouldn't be the last leader to not care about his followers.  

          although it is bizarre that Paul Watson would want to be on a show that showed his ineptness and callousness.  

          Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

          by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:17:14 PM PST

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        •  Well there is a long tradition (1+ / 0-)
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          of direct action. Paul Watson seems no different to many who have gone before him.

          The Japanese Whale fleet has failed to meet its quotas for several years in a row. This may be because they are poor whalers, and it might be that Sea Shepherd have had some effect ... I have no real way of knowing why the fleet is having to run at such enormous losses.

          I have also no idea why the fight has to be conducted by civilians, when the Japanese are clearly breaching the law.

          Where are the sanctions??

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          by twigg on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:12:08 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for this great post, jims qkw. (12+ / 0-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:00:47 PM PST

    •  my kids loved The Snowmen (6+ / 0-)

      they didn't understand it hardly at all, but they loved it.  i don't know if they love it for its own sake, or because i love it.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:12:09 PM PST

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    •  Samuel L. Jackson Wanted To Be On "Breaking Bad" (8+ / 0-)

      From The Playlist:

      Jackson randomly told us an 'Avengers' anecdote that involved "Breaking Bad." Both productions shot in New Mexico ("They shot in the studio right across from us in Albuquerque"). Jackson had hoped to walk into a shot in costume and order some chicken from Pollos Hermanos, but he said none of the producers would allow him. "I just wanted to order a three piece and really freak people out," he chuckled. "Then people would be going, 'Wow, was that him?"
      Of course if Jackson had gotten his way, that would mean that "Breaking Bad" would arguably exist in the Marvel Universe with the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Spider-Man.
      •  IOW... (6+ / 0-)

        He wanted to fuck with the best show on TV for his ego's gratification.

        I like Samuel L. Jackson, but he seems really full of himself sometimes.

        I remember a few years ago his official website claimed he was the highest grossing actor ever, mainly by virtue of his having appeared in the "Star Wars" prequels.

        •  Over At Deadline..... (5+ / 0-)

          They have a new interview with Jackson as part of his promotion of 'Django Unchained,' where he says flat out that he should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Jules in 'Pulp Fiction,' and Martin Landau didn't deserve to win for playing Bela Lugosi in 'Ed Wood.'

          Jackson’s history with Tarantino goes back 20 years to Reservoir Dogs. He read for a role with Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender but didn’t even realize Tarantino was the director at that time. “I thought he was just a really bad actor. I was like ‘damn, these dudes are horrible’. I look like I was overacting or they have no judgment of what’s good and what’s not,” he recalls.  He didn’t get the part but ran into Tarantino some time later at the film’s first screening at Sundance and was told the director was writing a role for him in something else. That turned out to be 'Pulp Fiction' in 1994 and the role that won Jackson his only Oscar nomination to date. He lost to Martin Landau’s Bela Lugosi in 'Ed Wood.' When I asked if he thought he should have won instead Jackson was refreshingly candid.

          “Yes I do. I really don’t know many people who can not only remember 'Ed Wood' but remember what Martin Landau did in it,” he said but added he was told it was more of a life achievement kind of award. “You know they were saying ‘Martin’s been nominated a few times and you’re going to be around for a while. Don’t worry.’ I was thinking I didn’t know it was a thing where if you get nominated for a few times you automatically get one. I thought it was supposed to be about impact.”

          •  Jackson was good in "Pulp Fiction".... (4+ / 0-)
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            but I think that was more a function of the excellent writing (which rightfully won the Oscar).

            Acting-wise, Landau was better in "Ed Wood."

            •  I Have To Give Jackson This..... (4+ / 0-)
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              He makes his roles memorable, even in shitty movies with shitty writing.

              Take for example his part in the 'Star Wars' prequels. Like the prequels themselves, his part is not written well at all, and if it was any other actor I don't think anyone would remember it at all. I think that's true for his parts in movies like 'Deep Blue Sea' or 'Unbreakable' too.

              And I remember him from movies even before he hit it "big." He was great in 'Jungle Fever' as the crackhead brother of the main character.

              •  Well, that's part of the problem, IMO... (4+ / 0-)
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                And, I suspect, part of the reason why the producers of "Breaking Bad" wouldn't let him appear in a scene.

                He's always "Samuel L. Jackson as..."

                •  amos and andrew seemed quite natural him (1+ / 0-)
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                  with nick cage and
                  possibly some of Sam L's personna hype and screen personna inadvertently perpetuated as projects cliche along bankable paths.

                  i(my)ow: I think he's a fine powerful actor and not near alone in pro narcissism of that industry. as difficult it is to wield a self in that career, i'm forgiving of what I can tolerate to achieve performance.

                  dense, hunh?

                  we should ask how he feels re whales

                  also ask if he noticed travolta, plummer, roth, rhames, thurman, etc

                  clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

                  by renzo capetti on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 11:28:24 PM PST

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  •  Polygamy Is An Interesting Issue (8+ / 0-)

    At first blush, my reaction is let people live their lives any way they want as long they aren't hurting anyone else. But in practice, we've seen too many times some asshole in a compound surrounded by 12 women, some of them barely of legal age, in a quasi-cult. Even the family documented in "Sister Wives," which is a somewhat normal dude surrounded by four women who consented to the union, sometimes depicts how the relationships in that marriage are in many ways "unfair" to the women involved.

    Beyond the religious concept of marriage, the legal purpose of marriage is the state recognizing the union of two people in having joint financial responsibilities & social rights. In other words (& in pure secular, legal terms) it's a partnership contract between parties given force by recognition of the state. However, the state sometimes has the authority to say some contracts are inherently unfair or unworkable. The fact that people might enter into a contract voluntarily makes no difference, since there are people crazy/stupid enough to pay usury interest rates. The state can set laws that prohibit those sort of loan-shark rates in contracts (well, except in Delaware).

    Especially contracts that would be ridiculously hard to adjudicate in a court of law. For example:

    • Arguing what is & isn't community property between two people divorcing can be tied up in court for years. Now imagine a divorce that involved 5 people or 7.
    • What if a husband or wife with no living will falls into a vegetative state? The husband says she would not want to live in that state, but another party to the marriage says "no" to shutting off life support. Who do we listen to?
    • What about child support or alimony? Do all members of the union pay child support, or only the father/mother involved with conceiving the child? Or do some pay more than others & how do we determine the percentage?
    •  or not of legal age at all (4+ / 0-)
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      whose mothers told them to stay sweet and obey the "prophet"  

      i am guessing that most of the ~10k in polygamous relationships in and near utah are more like Cody Brown and less like Warren Jeffs.  

      they actually have a convention.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:13:45 PM PST

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  •  Good work jlms qkw ... (8+ / 0-)

    You found interesting stories. The polygamy issue is an interesting one.

     It seems to me it is most popular in cultures that do not respect women as individuals. Polygamy is common among the Taliban for example.

    This is an old article dating back to the bad ol' days of Dubya. I can understand why the Mormon church didn't want the issue discussed.

    While sitting on his Texas ranch pondering the state of women's rights around the world, George W. need not look as far as Afghanistan. In his "W is for Women" campaign Bush argued that under the Taliban, a regime once supported by the American government, women's rights in Afghanistan were in peril: Afghani women had lost their right to education, their right freedom of movement, and their right to basic health, to name a few. Review of Andrea Moore - Emmett's God's Brothel, by WHRNet Staff, December 2004

    In Utah slightly northwest of the Bush homestead the effects of fundamentalist Christianity on women have a terrifyingly similar resonance. In many parts of Utah, within the various extremists sects of Fundamentalist Christians, women are denied education, they are forced to marry at a young age, they are victims of horrific cycles of abuse- physical and emotional, and they live in absolute poverty dependent on the state or their spouse for support.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:22:52 PM PST

    •  it was the delhi gangrape (6+ / 0-)

      that i nearly moved into the conflict zone.  

      while the arc of history may bend toward justice, it seems women are ever more likely to be totally disregarded in so many places, times, and cultures around our world.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:30:13 PM PST

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      •  men hurt/kill women outrageous epidemic (1+ / 0-)
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        Noticing, framing, reporting, discussing, addressing, legislating, opposing, are great steps, tho, and the topic cause is on the move and not as hidden/ignored.

        clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

        by renzo capetti on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 11:37:26 PM PST

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  •  please excuse if a repeat to the thread (6+ / 0-)

    Lindsay Graham: I Will Destroy America’s Solvency Unless The Social Security Retirement Age Is Raised

    Coriolis Effect: a plane headed from Miami (where the Earth's rotation is more pronounced) to New York would end up in the Atlantic Ocean if the pilot ignored the effects of the Earth's rotation.

    by anyname on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:32:54 PM PST

  •  Mount Nebo isn't my landmark in Utah (7+ / 0-)

    It's Mount Timpanogos, which marks the road from Provo up to Heber and then to Park City.  That's what greets me as I leave from PC to take my mom to L.A.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:45:50 PM PST

    •  silly you! timp is the landmark (4+ / 0-)
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      after you come out of the fog from n. of beaver, all the way to fillmore and more north, to see mount nebo!  

      i have actually never been on the nebo scenic loop.  but i have challenged my children to have a small adventure in every county.  

      plus, south of nebo, all the way to cedar city, there are endless mini-summits of 6k+ feet driving my sinuses insane.  

      and the road is delightfully fast.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:55:03 PM PST

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  •  Thank you! (6+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:32:39 PM PST

  •  Cool lady, like her subject. RIP Ms. Lopez. (2+ / 0-)
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    Benjamin Franklin expert, Claude-Anne Lopez, dies at 92

    Author, scholar, and editor-in-chief of Yale University's Franklin papers died Friday at her New Haven home at the age of 92...

    In the 1950s, she began her work at Yale's Franklin Papers as a secretary, transcribing letters in French. She faced many challenges on her to way becoming a top expert on one of America's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, Kate Ohno, her associate editor at the Franklin Papers, told the New Haven Register...

    "She worked her way up the ladder against all odds and made a career for herself that was widely acknowledged and respected," Ohno said.

    According to The AP, Claude-Anne Lopez specialized in Ben Franklin's private life, and she wrote a handful of books about him. Her first was Mon Cher Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of Paris.

    Imagine the letters!

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 11:03:28 PM PST

  •  If I had several wives, (1+ / 0-)
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    my shrink would be really surprised. My partner would be especially upset.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 11:26:38 PM PST

  •  Ah good old Mount Nebo. Someday I hope to go on (0+ / 0-)

    this bike ride in the area.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:09:51 AM PST

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