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     As your humble scribe, I welcome you all to another edition of Overnight News Digest.

I am most pleased to share this platform with jlms qkw, maggiejean, wader, rfall, JLM9999 and     side pocket. Additionally, I wish to recognize our alumni editors palantir, Bentliberal, Oke,                   Interceptor7, and ScottyUrb along with annetteboardman as our guest editor.

                                            Neon Vincent is our editor-in-chief.


              Special thanks go to Magnifico for starting this venerable series.

Leading Off
Hungry for answers to the global food shortage

  Every six seconds a child on this planet dies of hunger. We've had industrial revolutions in the west and more recently in China and South Asia, yet we remain trapped in some previous century in that most basic of necessities; keeping the world population fed.
  Remarkably, the facts today point to yet another global food shortage just a few years after the food crisis of 2007-08, which ended only when the Great Recession curbed a debilitating upward spiral in prices of basic staples like rice, corn and wheat worldwide. As the world economy recovers, the prospect of another global food crisis looms large.

  The determining factors in famine are mostly man-made. They include civil war and political instability in many, if not most undernourished regions. Protectionism in affluent nations that removes the incentive for developing-world farmers to enhance crop yields in the hope of earning export revenue. A sharp decline in affluent-world donations of agricultural assistance to underfed countries. A growing scourge of crop failure related to global warming. And a ferocious debate between advocates of natural farming methods and those arguing for a new agricultural revolution based on genetically modified (GM) crops.

  "We have the economic and technical means to make hunger disappear," said Jacques Diouf, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization last month, in releasing a report showing that the number of people suffering from hunger crossed the one-billion threshold for the first time, in 2008 – a 10 per cent increase in global hunger in just one year.


World News
Russia battles huge far east flood - 20,000 evacuated

  Near Blagoveshchensk, the capital of the Amur region, the Zeya river is usually just a few hundred metres wide. But now, the water stretches more than 10km (6 miles) from bank to bank, covering streets and gardens in several villages.

  A small dam is still holding, protecting the city - but local residents say if the waters rise further, this might not be enough.

  Hundreds of people have been evacuated, but some have refused to leave their homes. They are camping out on rooftops, hoping to protect their possessions in case looting starts.

  The authorities have deployed thousands of troops and emergency personnel - and they are calling for calm. Experts suggest the flooding will not get any worse over the next few days, but the weather forecast promises more rain later this month. The flood waters are not expected to fully recede until September.

U.S. News
Final batch of President Nixon's tapes being released

  The final 340 hours of White House tapes former U.S. President Nixon recorded for his use are being released, the Nixon Library and National Archives said.

  The tapes cover April 9-July 12, 1973, the last months Nixon recorded his conversations in the White House and follow the period in which Nixon took responsibility for the Watergate scandal that brought down his presidency and during which the last U.S. troops returned from the Vietnam war, CBS News reported.
  The library said the tapes cover Watergate and other domestic issues, as well as foreign policy issues. The tapes also include recordings of Nixon's calls and meetings with world leaders and future presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. The conversations were recorded as Congress amped up its Watergate investigations.

  "I'm hoping we'll get to hear Nixon try to explain Watergate to Reagan and hear what Reagan says about that," Hughes said.

[Ken Hughes is a researcher with the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.]
Science and Technology
Terminator’ Arm is World’s Most Advanced Prosthetic

  The bebionic3 by RSLSteeper is a carbon-fiber myoelectric hand which is also made from aluminium and alloy knuckles. The bebionic3 moves by responding to muscle twitches in the upper arm. The prosthetic limb uses sensors to trigger one of 14 pre-programmed grips that mirror common human hand movements.

  The sensitivity is programmable, allowing the user to touch type on a computer keyboard, handle fragile objects like an egg and even use a computer mouse. Below you will find additional information on this remarkable device along with images and an amazing video that demonstrates the bebionic3′s capabilities.





Breaking Down the Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak

  Hemorrhagic diseases include both the bluetongue and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) viruses. Although the majority of confirmed-infected deer had the EHD virus, the bluetongue virus was also detected in Missouri. These viruses have indistinguishable symptoms, so we group them together for simplicity and refer to them as hemorrhagic diseases, or HD. Symptoms can appear similar to other diseases that affect deer, including chronic wasting disease (CWD). Therefore, it is important to notify the Conservation Department when sick or unexplained dead deer are found.

  Hemorrhagic diseases are expressed in three different forms, with each causing a variety of symptoms. The three forms of HD are peracute, acute, and chronic (not related to chronic wasting disease) and dictate the length that a deer can survive. The peracute form progresses rapidly and causes death within a week after infection, which is the quickest of the HD forms. This form can cause swelling, or edema, when fluid accumulates in the head, tongue, neck, and lungs. Therefore, deer that die due to the peracute form often appeared healthy with very few clinical signs.


 The way HD affects a population can vary greatly based on the size and make-up (i.e., sex ratio) of the population and severity of the outbreak, which is often not fully expressed in changing harvest until two to three years following an outbreak. Typically, the year following an HD outbreak hunters harvest the same number of deer as before the outbreak resulting in a greater proportion of deer being removed from the population because the pre-season population has already been reduced due to hemorrhagic mortality, thus leading to population declines. The declines will likely be intensified due to the record-low acorn crop, subsequently making deer more vulnerable to harvest in heavily forested areas. Alternately, in some areas where local harvest rates are typically low, the additional HD mortality will have little affect on long-term population size.

Society and Culture
Meet Ron Finley

  Ron Finley is a man who will not sit still and watch a problem take root. Having grown up in the South Los Angeles food desert, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce. He knew what it’s like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato.

  In 2010, he set out to fix the problem. Outside his front door, that is. Ron planted vegetables in the curbside dirt strip next to his home. And quietly, carefully, tenderly started a revolution.

    “I wanted a carrot without toxic ingredients I didn’t know how to spell,” says Ron.

  His was an exceptionally creative, cost-effective and simple solution; however, it was also an act of spirited rebellion that led to a run-in with the authorities. The City of Los Angeles owns the “parkways,” the neglected dirt areas next to roads where Ron was planting. He was cited for gardening without a permit. This slap on the wrist did little to dissuade his green thumb. So Ron fought back. Hard. He started a petition with fellow green activists, demanding the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood – and then, the city backed off. This caught the eyes of creative leaders and media voices that lauded his courageous act of ebullient defiance. Ron has continued to share his story and vision with the world, giving a TED talk and planning many exciting ways to continue his involvement in mitigating Los Angeles food deserts.

  His dreams have been reshaped into a thriving garden of pumpkins, peppers, sunflowers, kale and corn. But more than being a guerilla gardener, Ron is a community leader. Determined to change South Los Angeles from food desert to food forest, he wants his actions to be educational, inspiring, and nutritious. He wants kids to grow up with the option of healthy food, instead of fried, fattening staples. He wants to sweep up and transform his street, his hood, the city of LA and communities everywhere.
Well, that's different...
Snapshots of Life Captured on Google Street View

[...] Jon Rafman’s ongoing Nine Eyes of Google Street View project continues to find fascinating glimpses of life, cityscapes and landscapes through the nine cameras (eyes) mounted to the tops of Google cars that are mapping the world. The ‘all-seeing’ eyes capture whatever moves through their frame every 10-20 meters.

  As Rafman explains:

     “The detached gaze of their cameras witness but do not act in history. Street View photography, artless and indifferent, without human intention, ascribes no particular significance to any event or person. Bereft of context, history or meaning, the only glue holding the Street View images together is geospatial contiguity. Such a perspective does not easily contain the sublime.”
Bill Moyers and Company: Encore Edition
Marshall Ganz, Rachel LeForest, Madeline Janis
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  •  Man Oh Man (15+ / 0-)

    Concerning your first article, Here`s what George Carlin has to say about that.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 09:02:46 PM PDT

  •  The Consequences Of A 12-Note System (14+ / 0-)

    This topic of musical plagiarism has been in the news recently, with One Direction stealing from The Who, Robin Thicke alleged to have taken from Marvin Gaye, and Katy Perry accused of plagiarizing Dillon Francis & Sara Bareilles.

    Here are some of the more notable instances that ended up in court:

    • Radiohead and The Hollies: You can't copyright a chord progression, but you can copyright a song's melody. Radiohead's "Creep" uses the chord progression from The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" in its verse and the melody from the song in the bridge following the second chorus of "Creep." The writers of "The Air That I Breathe" (Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood) noticed and sued Radiohead. Both Hammond & Hazlewood are now credited as co-writers of "Creep" in the liner notes of Pablo Honey.
    • Johnny Cash and Gordon Jenkins: Johnny Cash had to pay composer Gordon Jenkins $75,000 for using lyrics and melody from Jenkins' 1953 track "Crescent City Blues" in his much more famous "Folsom Prison Blues."
    • The Beatles and Chuck Berry: In 1973, Berry's publishing company sued John Lennon, claiming certain lines and melodies for "Come Together" were taken from Berry's 1956 track, "You Can't Catch Me." As part of the settlement, Lennon agreed to record three songs owned by publisher Morris Levy, including a cover of "You Can't Catch Me" for Lennon's 1975 covers album Rock 'N' Roll.
    • John Fogerty and John Fogerty: After Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up in 1972, frontman John Fogerty owed eight more albums to his label Fantasy Records. Fogerty gave up his Creedence publishing rights to Fantasy head Saul Zaentz in exchange for getting out of his contract, but was later sued by Zaentz, who claimed that Fogerty's song "The Old Man Down the Road" plagiarized CCR's "Run Through the Jungle." Yup, John Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing John Fogerty. Fogerty won the lawsuit.
  •  Deadly attack in Syria renews chemical arms claim (11+ / 0-)
    BEIRUT (AP) - The images showed lifeless children - wrapped in simple white cloths, their pale faces unmarked by any wound - lined up shoulder to shoulder in a vivid demonstration of an attack Wednesday in which activists say the Syrian regime killed at least 130 people with toxic gas.

    The Syrian government adamantly denied using chemical weapons in an artillery barrage targeting suburbs east of Damascus, calling the allegations "absolutely baseless." The U.S., Britain and France demanded that a team of U.N. experts already in the country be granted immediate access to investigate the claims.

    Videos and photographs showed row upon row of bodies wrapped in white shrouds lying on a tile floor, including more than a dozen children. There was little evidence of blood or conventional injuries and most appeared to have suffocated. Survivors of the purported attack, some twitching uncontrollably, lay on gurneys with oxygen masks covering their faces.

    Activists and the opposition leadership gave widely varying death tolls, ranging from as low as 136 to as high as 1,300. But even the most conservative tally would make it the deadliest alleged chemical attack in Syria's civil war.

  •  "You can't just vote your vagina." (9+ / 0-)
    Actress Susan Sarandon endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the New York City Mayor's race Sunday, saying the issues pulled her to de Blasio and away from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who would be the first female mayor of New York.

    “As a woman, initially I was interested in Quinn,” Sarandon said at a fundraiser Sunday night, according to Politicker. “It became clear to me that, you know as a woman, you can’t just vote your vagina.”

    The "Thelma and Louise" actress said she learned more about de Blasio from "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, who was also at the Sunday fundraiser.

    Sarandon, a political and social activist, said de Blasio's focus on education impressed her.

  •  Mubarak out of prison (11+ / 0-)

    NYT: Mubarak to Be Transferred to House Arrest

    Egypt’s military-appointed government ordered former President Hosni Mubarak transferred from prison to house arrest late Wednesday after a court said he could no longer legally be held behind bars.

    The order, announced by the cabinet, did not specify when the transfer would take place or where Mr. Mubarak would be moved, but said it could happen as early as Thursday. Mr. Mubarak, who led Egypt for 30 years, has spent the past 17 months in prison.

    Mr. Mubarak’s release from prison to a much milder form of incarceration injects a potentially volatile new element into the political crisis that has been convulsing the country in the six weeks since the military ousted the man who replaced Mr. Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.

    Mr. Morsi remains under indefinite detention in an undisclosed location with no access to legal counsel.

  •  Egypt military crackdown widens (10+ / 0-)

    Reuters: Fear returns to Egypt as state crackdown widens

    A climate of fear that kept Egyptians compliant during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak is creeping back into daily life, less than three years after the revolt that toppled him.


    While activists critical of the army-backed government are obvious targets for intimidation, now ordinary Egyptians also avoid the noisy, boisterous discussion of politics that was common between the fall of Mubarak and that of his Islamist successor on July 3.

    From mass arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders to the re-appearance of plain clothes enforcers on the streets of Cairo, a chill wind is blowing down the Nile.

    Many Egyptians lambasted Mursi's Brotherhood for economic incompetence and trying to grab excessive power during his year in power. But now the language is much more serious: the government accuses the Brotherhood of "terrorism" as it tries to crush the movement by rounding up hundreds of leading members.

  •  Man Oh Man (9+ / 0-)

    Is this a google sublime capture?

    <"Such a perspective does not easily contain the sublime.”

    Sublime Capture

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 09:18:34 PM PDT

  •  Obama against marijuana legalization (10+ / 0-)

    McClatchy: Obama isn’t high on changing federal marijuana laws

    President Barack Obama doesn’t support changing federal laws to legalize marijuana, though a prominent physician he once was said to want as his surgeon general says the drug has "very legitimate medical applications."

    White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that although Obama thinks that “targeting individual marijuana users . . . is not the best allocation for federal law enforcement resources,” he doesn’t “at this point advocate a change in the law.”

    Under federal law, all pot sales are illegal, with marijuana classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, in the same category as heroin and LSD. The administration’s stance on legalization is being viewed closely by advocacy groups and in the states of Washington and Colorado, each of which voted last November to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. Pot advocates say it will be impossible for the states to tax and sell the drug next year if the U.S. government doesn’t give them a pass on violating federal laws.


    Earnest said the administration’s position "has been clear and consistent for some time now that while the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that targeting individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation for federal law enforcement resources."

  •  America's West is burning (10+ / 0-)

    AP: More than 50 large wildfires burn throughout western US

    An out-of-control forest fire threatening more than 2,000 structures near Yosemite national park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western US on Wednesday.

    The remote blaze in Stanislaus national forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 sq miles and was only 5% contained, causing evacuations and threatening homes, hotels and camp buildings.

    The fire was among the nation's top firefighting priorities, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

    Fifty-one major uncontained wildfires are burning throughout the West, according to the center, including in California, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. More than 19,000 firefighters were fighting the fires.

  •  Manning to seek presidential pardon from Obama (12+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Bradley Manning to request pardon from Obama over 35-year jail sentence

    Bradley Manning will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon after he was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in prison for passing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks.

    The sentence was more severe than many observers expected, and is much longer than any punishment given to previous US government officials who have leaked information to the media.

    I doubt Obama will do anything for Manning.
    •  This video, I believe, took 5 years to produce (9+ / 0-)

      Lucas Martell is working on a new animated video, btw. Don't know when it might be completed.

      •  palantir (2+ / 0-)
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        palantir, emmasnacker

        very good animation.
        The pigeon in the video is interesting.
        Pigeons used to be trained to recognize orange like Dkos orange. That orange had become the universal color for life rafts or life vests.

        They would fly 4 of them in a housing under search planes for possible survivors lost at sea.
        The housing was divided in quadrants so a pigeon seeing an orange dot floating at sea would peck for a grain kernel alerting the flight crew as to the direction.
        As they turned towards that direction the next pigeon would peck upon seeing the speck of orange & the flight crew could then zero in on the position.
        It seemed that the eyesight of pigeons was so more acute than human observers though those observers required more than a corn kernel to stay alert.
        That is my little bit of trivia for this evening.

        Peck peck peck.

        Abush Zaradi

        Apart from that dumb monkey the narrative of the pigeons is true.

        I`m already against the next war.

        by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:33:25 PM PDT

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  •  NSA spies on Americans (9+ / 0-)

    McClatchy: Feds wrongly collected Americans’ emails in program aimed at foreigners

    The federal government collected tens of thousands of emails of Americans as part of a massive surveillance program to combat terrorism that was designed to target foreigners, according to secret documents declassified Wednesday.

    The violation was discovered in 2011 only after the National Security Agency had collected as many as 56,000 emails annually by Americans over three years.


    The court then ruled the program unconstitutional, forcing the NSA to change its practices and segregate collections most likely to contain Americans’ emails.

    John Bates, who was then the court’s chief judge, said in his ruling that it was the “third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program.”

  •  Median income rises but still 6% below 2007 level (8+ / 0-)
    Median household income has begun to recover over the last two years, but households still have not come close to regaining the purchasing power they had before the financial crisis began, a new study says.

    The study, issued on Wednesday by two former Census Bureau officials, suggests why many people remain glum even though the economy is growing and unemployment has declined.

    Although median annual household income rose to $52,100 in June, from its recent inflation-adjusted trough of $50,700 in August 2011, it remained $2,400 lower — a 4.4 percent decline — than in June 2009, when the recession ended. This drop, combined with the 1.8 percent decline that occurred during the recession, leaves median household income 6.1 percent — or $3,400 — below its level in December 2007, when the economic slump began.

  •  The Science of Breaking Bad (8+ / 0-)

    The Straight Dope: A Q&A with the Prof behind the Good Science in Breaking Bad

    Since 1983, Donna J. Nelson has taught some 10,000 students as a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Her research extends to characterizing carbon nanotubes and examining carbon–carbon double bonds every which way and even promoting chemistry education as a means to increase the number of chemists and chemical engineers in the workforce.

    On her 31-page, single-spaced CV, one item that leaps out is the notation of her role as a science consultant to the smashingly popular cable TV show Breaking Bad.  Nelson decided to help the show’s writers when she read in Chemical & Engineering News that they were looking for expertise to ensure accuracy of the dialogue and plot devices related to chemistry. Since then she has gone on to suss out answers to questions such as how much meth you could synthesize with 30 gallons of methylamine using the P2P meth recipe.

    •  palantir (0+ / 0-)

      Although I was never a meth user I remember some of my cooker friends showing me gallons of P2P an oily yellowish concoction.
      I remember that Ether was needed & spark-less motors.

      I pretty much hated meth users as I always thought they`d brought violence into my peace & love world.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:42:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kagan: SCOTUS not "technologically sophisticated" (8+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Kagan says supreme court justices don't email – but do play video games

    Supreme court justices lead largely private lives, but at a talk in Rhode Island on Tuesday, Elena Kagan shared a few details about how her fellow justices communicate with each other. They do so, it turns out, with ivory paper memos instead of email, just as they did when she was a clerk in 1987 and, well, probably not that much differently than they did in 1897, either.

    "The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people," said Kagan, who at 53 is the youngest member of the Supreme Court. She added that while clerks email each other, "the court hasn't really 'gotten to' email." However, she also said the justices have foregone fancy papers to experiment with at least one trapping of modern life: video games.


    But she said that while justices seek help from younger employees, they also try to learn on their own. Kagan said that in her first year on the court, the justices were working on a case about the sale of violent video games to children and decided to immerse themselves in the topic by playing some undisclosed videogames on their own.

    "It was kind of hilarious," she said.

    Yeah... hilarious.
  •  God 'told' Ratzinger to quit papacy (8+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Ex-pope Benedict says God told him to resign during 'mystical experience'

    The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a "mystical experience".

    Breaking his silence for the first time since he became the first pope to step down in 600 years, the 86-year-old reportedly said: "God told me to" when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens.

    Benedict denied he had been visited by an apparition or had heard God's voice, but said he had undergone a "mystical experience" during which God had inspired in him an "absolute desire" to dedicate his life to prayer rather than push on as pope.

    •  Magnifico (2+ / 0-)
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      Magnifico, side pocket

      Well there you have it.
      The next saint in waiting.
      Why did he" break his silence"
      Did god come around again?
      Did benedict mention if god`s voice sounded male or female, or if it was that booming voice from "above"
      When will they stop with this poo poo.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:49:07 PM PDT

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  •  Fukushima 'serious' danger (8+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Fukushima warning: danger level at nuclear plant jumps to 'serious'

    Japan is to issue its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a half years ago.

    The new warning, expected on Wednesday, comes only a day after the nuclear watchdog assigned a much lower ranking when the plant's operator, Tepco, admitted about 300 tonnes of highly toxic water had leaked from a storage tank at the site.

    The Nuclear Regulation Authority has now said it will dramatically raise the incident's severity level from one to three on the eight-point scale used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for radiation releases. Each single-digit increase in the scale actually represents a tenfold increase in the severity of a radiological release, according to the IAEA.

    The NRA on Tuesday classified the leakage only as an "anomaly" on the IAEA scale but now considers it a "serious incident".

  •  Calling No Witnesses, Defendant Rests Case (7+ / 0-)
    KILLEEN, Tex. — Months after deciding to act as his own lawyer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan declined to present a defense in his military trial on Wednesday, passing up an opportunity to counter hundreds of witnesses and pieces of evidence prosecutors have used to persuade a jury to find him guilty of murdering and wounding dozens of unarmed soldiers in 2009.

    . . .

    Major Hasan, 42, has been charged with 45 counts of murder and attempted murder in a shooting rampage inside a medical deployment center at the Fort Hood base here on Nov. 5, 2009. He admitted to the jury in his opening statement at the start of the trial on Aug. 6 that he was the gunman. According to prosecutors and previous statements Major Hasan has made both in and out of court, he was motivated by two desires — to avoid deployment to Afghanistan and to kill as many soldiers as he could as part of a jihad to protect Muslims from American military aggression.

  •  "You can't eat a blue ribbon" (9+ / 0-)

    Oregonian: Oregon man grows 21-pound cabbage, here's his secret

    Harry Erwert, of Hillsboro, gripped the colossal leafy cabbage between his hands, taking slow, steady steps through his garden... Erwert's 21-pound Flat Dutch cabbage is the largest he has ever grown in his 50 years of gardening.


    He prefers growing his own cabbage because of the sweet taste. Plus, the large cabbage come in handy for the copious amounts of sauerkraut Erwert likes to make.


    Erwert knows his large cabbages are rare, but he doesn't care to enter them in contests like the county fair.

    "It would be such a waste!" Erwert said. "After all, you can't eat a blue ribbon."

  •  gesture (with video) (5+ / 0-)

    "Put your elbow in a little bit," suggests Mark Tepper, the VP of sales and marketing at PH Technical Labs, a small technology company that is set to release the smartphone-connected watch I'm wearing and attempting to use. This is a prototype: The actual watches won't be out until December, and will retail for $249, $199, or $169 depending on whether buyers select a basic black, leather, or titanium model.

    With a few more adjustments, I'm able to hear PH Technical Lab's president, Shariq Hamid, loud and clear on the other end of the line, no earpiece or headset required. The "HOT Watch," as the device is called, has a tiny directional speaker that bounces his voice off my cupped hand and into my ear. To end the call, I simply wave my hand goodbye.

    Smartwatches currently on the market, like Pebble and Sony's Android-powered watch, don't have speakers or microphones. HOT Watch aims to be the first that actually allows you to make private calls without fishing a phone out of your bag first. Like the smartphones through which it makes the calls, the watch also displays info like calendar updates, text messages, weather, and stock quotes on a touchscreen. It has a three-day battery life (seven, if you don't talk much).

    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:05:15 PM PDT

  •  novelist (1+ / 0-)
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    A friend of mine registered their story premise for a fictionalized crime novel, scene of the crime DC.: says this is helpful organization

    Guide to the Guild
    Table of Contents
    Welcome to, the official script and screenplay registration service of the Writers Guild of America, West and world's number one intellectual property service.
    Since 1927, the Writers Guild of America, West Registry has been the industry standard in the creation of legal evidence for the protection of writers and their work. When you register your script prior to submitting it to agents, managers, or producers, you document your authorship on a given date should there be unauthorized usage.

    The WGA, West is the home to nearly 12,000 of Hollywood's leading TV and screenwriters, but you do not need to be a WGAW member to use this vital Guild service. Registration can be used as a supplement to a U.S. copyright, and it's fast, easy and convenient to register online.

    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:19:16 PM PDT

  •  30 weird wedding cakes (1+ / 0-)
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    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:33:43 PM PDT

    •  anyname (0+ / 0-)

      Disgusting & Incredible is my choice for first prize.
      Runner up would be the Steam Punk one.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04:00 PM PDT

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      •  wedding should be fun (1+ / 0-)
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        not boring... so much money is spent on them; 50 % get divorced (so much money is wasted getting them dissolved)

        If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

        by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:06:57 PM PDT

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      •  Appears to be spam. (0+ / 1-)
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        This diarist has posted the same comment about the writers guild in one of Hunter's diaries, not related in topic at all.

        Are you sure you want to tip these comments?

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:24:17 PM PDT

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        •  hey you toad (0+ / 0-)

          I've never posted writer's guild anywhere on dkos that I can remember but if my memory is failing me LOOK whoever the hell righteous troll YOU ARE

          I've registered story premise with them years ago; they were very helpful

          If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

          by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:57:18 PM PDT

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          •  recent ex who you are (0+ / 0-)

            If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

            by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:03:22 AM PDT

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          •  This (0+ / 0-)


            Is where you posted the identical comment.

            It's at the bottom of Hunter's diary about Iowa Reoublicans. It was so out of place that I glanced around and saw the same comment here.

            If you can't remember back two hours ago, that's my fault?

            I did not HR that comment as spam. I didn't HR this one either. I made a statement about things APPEARING to be spammy.

            Your HR of me is totally out of line.

            All you had to do was look at your last few comments and lob a quick explanation.

            As for the link you plucked out of context, what does that prive exactly? I was joking around l with someone that I have a good relationship with (note the smiley faces, term of endearment, and the fact that we jokingly call each other by our UIDs, which is a little fun thing just between us).

            So it proves what exactly? I have no clue.

            You clearly posted something twice, including once where you didn't intend to. It looked like spam in that location. I asked a question.

            I misunderstood your post. You mis-posted. We both made mistakes.  I am willing to apologize for misunderstanding.

            But only one of us tossed a donut and resorted to name calling.

            © grover

            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:44:24 AM PDT

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            •  ahaaaa right (0+ / 1-)
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              yeah I did post it the first time in the wrong diary... then posted it here after that;

              oops cheers to no editing after the fact ; jeers to you smuck for nasty tempered visit..... get lost!

              troll somewhere else

              If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

              by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:53:42 AM PDT

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              •  You made a mistake, anyname. Why be so rude? (0+ / 0-)

                grover made a mistake too - but grover's comments were calm and informative, while you slapped an HR on him, and wrote two really rude comments.

                I'm HRing your for being persistently dickish. If you remove your HR from grover's comment, I'll remove mine from yours.

                "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

                by Brecht on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:48:06 AM PDT

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        •  grover (1+ / 0-)
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          I have responded to this commenter for months.
          He has always been up front with me & I`m saying this in his defense.
          I hope you are wrong.
          I always read his interesting contributions to the science diaries in the nightly OND`s which I have participated in for years.
          I would like to thank you for your concern on my behalf & you know I`ve never had a problem with you since I rec many of your comments, but I believe this is uncalled for.
          I do hope this is resolved asap for all of our sakes.
          Thank you.

          If anyone looks at my history, it is one of humor, fun & images.
          I stand by my reputation on line & in real life.

          I`m already against the next war.

          by Knucklehead on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:57:54 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for your comment. (1+ / 0-)
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            I never doubted YOU directly, of course.

            Looks like both of us made mistakes.

            I apologized.

            I got HRd by your friend.

            So it goes.

            Have a good evening (morning?) Knucklehead.

            © grover

            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:09:40 AM PDT

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  •  knucklehead (0+ / 0-)

    so decent of you to acknowledge my random rambling posts tonight, I'm thinking about family member just beginning to plan a wedding, successful partnership couple of 10 years taking the plunge; I may not be able to attend if like this evening with fever and chronic medical symptoms going turbo, I'm planning on catering the wedding cake ( one of them) whatever happens googling for good ideas I'll see what still looks good in the morning or morning after then decide; it's fun not having point post on OND with stream of conscious areas of interest; I feel I'm one of here;

    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:22:43 AM PDT

  •  beneath the surface (0+ / 0-)

    invisible quantum subconscious visitation

    (cause, blocked teevee signal, effect,attacked by microwave - point purple poetry by Al Gore)

    "Well, it’s not unusual to find big political shifts that take place beneath the surface before they’re visible above the surface. "

    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:34:21 AM PDT

    •  leno (0+ / 0-)
      "Were you sad to learn that Al Gore and his wife, Tipper — I was. I was a little sad about that. Yeah, according to the report, the two are 'separating amicably after a long process of careful consideration.' You know, even his divorce is boring." –Jay Leno
      "Would you have ever guessed that Bill and Hillary would turn out to be Washington's happiest married couple?" –Jay Leno

      If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

      by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:42:37 AM PDT

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  •  This happened yesterday (0+ / 0-)

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:10:31 AM PDT

  •  man oh man (0+ / 0-)

    hope you'll excuse little out-burst on the thread;  nervous system 'circuits' are out of wack; 36 hours  could not have any food at all didn't dare try, now on soup and frozen yogurt my household getting back to normal  ..... coming out of the fog just felt urge to take a bite out of tormenting commentor..... passer-by shouldn't  have messed with recently confined to sick bed unwell person .... it's too tempting to knock them over with cane or run over laddie/lassy with the wheelchair.... my sweetness soured by recent illness;

    If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

    by anyname on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:24:22 AM PDT

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