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by DubiousForever
Aug 16, 2012 | 230 views | 5 5 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
What do you think about Mitt Romney's refusal to release his tax records?
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August 16, 2012
ROTFL @ MOR.on!

A Chance Of Rain?
by DubiousForever
Aug 16, 2012 | 162 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
From The National Hurricane Center: 

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE...THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION SEVEN...HAS EMERGED OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE AND CONTINUES TO PRODUCE DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT...THE PROXIMITY TO LAND WILL LIKELY LIMIT SIGNIFICANT ORGANIZATION OF THE DISTURBANCE. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE AGAIN DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TO NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH.
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August 16, 2012
Keep coming this way...

Mitt Romney On Taxes.
by DubiousForever
Aug 16, 2012 | 389 views | 7 7 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Some things just don't wash...
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August 16, 2012
Yes, but not if it came from Salty.

The Day In Politics.
by DubiousForever
Aug 16, 2012 | 232 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Easily decided.
Easily decided.
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Mittsy.
Mittsy.
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Pauly.
Pauly.
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Actually it's "Failure to Launch".
Actually it's "Failure to Launch".
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Sometimes it's like shooting fish in a barrel...LOL!
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August 16, 2012
I am more concerned about the remarks from Ann Marie Antoinette Romney in which she told Americans to shove it if they want to see more tax returns. Who does she think she is? Doesn't she look guilty and admit as much when she talks about possible ammunition that would be used if the tax returns were releases?

If the Romney's didn't do anything wrong, then why do they continue to hide their tax returns? They must be afraid that we are going to learn that the Romney's are entitlement queens.


Medicare Myths.
by DubiousForever
Aug 15, 2012 | 326 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Top six myths about Medicare

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48680968

This is an excellent article concerning the facts and myths about Medicare.  Unfortunately, this NATIONALLY published article by Mark Miller from Reuters will not pass the Bee-Pic filter.

Fear not, simply click the link and be enlightened.

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August 15, 2012
Thanks for posting. The Romney/Ryan camp is already out there spreading lies and fear.

Superheroes?
by DubiousForever
Aug 15, 2012 | 299 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Incognito.
Incognito.
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Alfred.
Alfred.
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How they see themselves.
How they see themselves.
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How everyone sees them.
How everyone sees them.
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In the minds of the GOP...LOL!
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August 15, 2012
There is nothing ambiguous about it.

Kitteh Komputing.
by DubiousForever
Aug 14, 2012 | 286 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Kitteh is logical.
Kitteh is logical.
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Because the Internet is full of kittehs...LOL!
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August 15, 2012
Actually, that is supposed to be live long and pawsper. LOL!

The front page needs more cat blogs.

Postcards From Mars.
by DubiousForever
Aug 14, 2012 | 295 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Curiosity's low-gain and high-gain antennas in this view looking northeast at the rim of Gale Crater.
Curiosity's low-gain and high-gain antennas in this view looking northeast at the rim of Gale Crater.
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The science target: Gale Crater with its central peak, Mt. Sharp, in the center.
The science target: Gale Crater with its central peak, Mt. Sharp, in the center.
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From arstechnica.com By Dave Klingler

Tomorrow is a big day for Curiosity, because JPL's engineering team can start checking out the Mars Science Laboratory's instruments, having finished loading Curiosity's surface-optimized software over the last 4 sols.

Over the past few sols, JPL painstakingly reprogrammed both of its cpus' radiation-hardened, electrically erasable programmable read-only memory, or EEPROMs, with new operating systems, testing each one carefully to make sure nothing went awry. The software was uploaded to Curiosity en route to Mars, so it's been waiting for the initial post-landing instrument checkouts to be completed.

We're well into Curiosity's Characterization Activity Phase (CAP), the month-long process of testing each and every portion of the rover. Now comes the instrument checkout with the new software. Curiosity's instruments will each be turned on to make sure that data comes back looking the way it should. The Alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) and Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument will both be powered up, APXS for a second, 20-minute test, DAN for the first time. DAN has an active and passive mode. In active mode DAN is capable of firing neutrons, but for now DAN will only be tried in passive mode. The Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence instrument will get a checkout as well. Curiosity's radiation assessment detector (RAD) has already been powered up for several days.

A few images from Curiosity's memory have been downloading over the last few days, despite the fact that no new science has been done yet. JPL would like to empty Curiosity's 2GB memory and make room for more pictures. The image below (2nd image), looking southeast toward Mt. Sharp, shows mesas and buttes in the foothills of Mt. Sharp, with artificially-colored patches of sand in the foreground lying atop basalt rock. The mountain itself, the central peak of Gale Crater, is unfortunately cut off. These pictures were programmed before Curiosity actually arrived; new ones will be taken in a few sols to show the peak.

In addition to what's come out of Curiosity's post-landing checkout, there was a strip of images downloaded from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera. These images have been better-centered on Curiosity's location, now that we know more accurately where Curiosity is (3rd image).

JPL's Ashwin Vasavada pointed out a series of new overall firsts for the Mars Science Laboratory mission: the first ever panorama of Gale Crater, the first measurements of high energy radiation on another planet, the first movie of a spacecraft landing on another planet, the first images from a focusable camera on another planet, first images of an ancient Martian river channel. Those Martian river channels were first spotted by Mariner in 1979; we've waited 33 years to see them close-up.

During the Tuesday press conference, JPL's MSL avionics chief engineer Jim Donaldson quoted Alfred North Whitehead, who once wrote, "Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them." He was talking about the evolution of thought that was necessitated within JPL by the design of the rover's electronics. Curiosity has roughly 1.2 million logic gates arrayed over several Field Programmable Gate Arrays. JPL engineers who had worked on the roughly 20,000 gates apiece for Cassini and the Mars Exploration Rovers were initially flattened by the size of the job for Curiosity, which required new management practices, new tools, new thinking and ultimately more engineers. Eventually, although the probe was delayed, JPL was able to rise to the challenge.

One new capability Curiosity has, a "dream mode", allows the rover to do several things while it's sleeping. In its sleep, Curiosity can turn heaters on and off, monitor vehicle health and in general prepare for the next sol's activity. The new mode allows things to take place in a way that keeps most systems quiescent and saves power for the next sol.

On Sol 13, a few sols from now, JPL will relay commands to turn each one of the rover's wheels in place. When that's done, two sols later, Curiosity will take its first drive, advancing a few meters, turning to reverse so that it avoids backing into unseen territory, and then moving back to its original spot.

Shortly after that, Curiosity will have about a two week window to do science before the engineering team reclaims the rover for a few more days to finish instrument checkout and test the arm. The rover will begin moving toward Mt. Sharp and ascend through the clay and sulphate layers at its base. The science team will be forced to choose one of six paths that have been identified through the buttes.

Or maybe not. A few hundred meters in the wrong direction, Curiosity seems to have landed next to some alluvial fans that suggest water flow. This kind of dilemma was completely expected by the MSL science team; they knew they'd see things once Curiosity landed that would force them to consider (and reconsider) roads not taken.

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August 15, 2012
Interesting article

Today In The GOP.
by DubiousForever
Aug 14, 2012 | 463 views | 8 8 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Campaign Theme.
Campaign Theme.
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The Real Reason.
The Real Reason.
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Friends With Benefits.
Friends With Benefits.
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BWG's.
BWG's.
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The latest from the GOP.
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laselva
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August 15, 2012
I'm sorry hellfire and jackbox. My last posting was full of typo's. I'll do better, just no more LOLOLOL's and I'll be good.

Another Reminder.
by DubiousForever
Aug 13, 2012 | 484 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Tonight at 7PM CDT it's the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Oakland Raiders.  I am unavailable, leave a message.  Go Cowboys!
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August 13, 2012
You can drop that $100 off at Jason's office. Jason, donate that $100 to a deserving, non-political, cause. Thanks.

Dubious

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