Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
When he was asked why he would not remove his hat he said, "those men didn't remove their head wear, I shouldn't either". It was explained that this was their attire and their religion. Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God, so that his oath was under God so just as good as his religion.
Well, the DMV people didn't know what to do, they spoke to supervisors and called Sacramento. Alex was told, after an hour, that he could wear his hat for the picture and if there were any problems they would let him know and he could appeal their decision. He told them if there was a problem he WILL appeal it. Alex feels no one has more right to display their head gear than a Veteran or active service person.
When he left several employees at the DMV clapped quietly for him. He has spoken to a few other Veterans and they plan to do the same.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards. But when they began to pull away the old boards, they made a startling discovery
Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards - untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday. Here, a November calendar rolls into December. A turkey marks the celebration of Thanksgiving.
A multiplication table gives us a glimpse into the curriculum and methods taught in 1917, techniques perhaps lost in the passage of time. When regarding a wheel of multiplication, Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman, "I have never seen that technique in my life."
But Oklahoma City school officials aren't just shocked by what is written, but how it is written. Penmanship like this is clearly a lost art. This board reads, "I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all."
Within each of the four rooms, the subject matter and lessons mirrored one another - indicating, as an Oklahoma Public School Twitter caption reads, "aligned curriculum in 1917."
And though the boards' style and subject matter might be unfamiliar to younger folks, they certainly resonate with older generations. Principal Kishore told The Oklahoman what it was like to show her 85-year-old mother the boards: "She just stood there and cried. She said it was exactly like her classroom was when she was going to school."
But these boards actually predate Principal Kishore's mother by 13 years. Two dates were found on the boards: November 30, 1917, and December 4, 1917.
Some of the writings and drawings were done by students, while others were made by teachers - but I'm not always clear whose is whose.
Regardless, the work is a striking look into days long gone. While reading the boards - like this one listing "My Rules To Keep Clean" - the past comes alive in a very personal way.
English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, "It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago. it's like you're going into a looking glass into the past."
Built in 1895, Emerson High School has seen many renovations and improvements throughout the years - but nothing like this has ever been discovered.
When removing old chalkboards in the past, contractors have only found broken pipes and wires, so this is a shocking surprise. Oklahoma City and the school district are now working to preserve these beautiful boards.
Hopefully, the spirit of these teachers and their students will be enjoyed for many years to come. Who knew that scribbles on a chalkboard could become such a precious piece of history.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
With cyberattacks resulting in hundreds of millions of leaked records and over $1 billion stolen in 2015, you might think people are starting to get wise about online security.
And you would be wrong.
Password management application company SplashData released its fifth annual report of the "worst passwords" that people can use, based on data it analyzed among 2 million passwords leaked by hackers in 2015.
The number one worst password — and the same one from 2014 — was "123456." In the number two spot was "password," which was also in the same spot on the list as last year.
Some other new passwords showed up, such as "login," "welcome," and "passw0rd." There were quite a few Star Wars fans out there as well, since new entries also included "starwars," "solo," and "princess."
But it's important to note that these choices are incredibly easy for a hacker to guess. Many of the most common passwords are loaded into software designed to crack accounts that run through a text file dictionary, trying each one, or combining words together.
So if your password is on the list, you should change it immediately.
"We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, in a statement.
Here's the 25 worst passwords of 2015:
1 - 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
2 - password (unchanged)
3 - 12345678 (Up 1)
4 - qwerty (Up 1)
5 - 12345 (Down 2)
6 - 123456789 (Unchanged)
7 - football (Up 3)
8 - 1234 (Down 1)
9 - 1234567 (Up 2)
10 - baseball (Down 2)
11 - welcome (New)
12 - 1234567890 (New)
13 - abc123 (Up 1)
14 - 111111 (Up 1)
15 - 1qaz2wsx (New)
16 - dragon (Down 7)
17 - master (Up 2)
18 - monkey (Down 6)
19 - letmein (Down 6)
20 - login (New)
21 - princess (New)
22 - qwertyuiop (New)
23 - solo (New)
24 - passw0rd (New)
25 - starwars (New)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
- Bring old sneakers back to life.
Sweat stains? Make-up marks? Food splotches? All gone. (Make sure you turn your phone off first.)
Get rid of the evidence that you eat lunch at your desk every day. Food stains and fingerprints disappear before the power of the magic eraser, making even white ones look brand new.
Remove tarnish from your silver pieces – it works on flatware, too! – and clean and polish your gold ones.
Sometimes the most traditional uses are the best ones of all.
Now that you’ve tried using your Magic Eraser on everything on this list, are you itching to see what else it can clean? We understand! Check out Pure Wow’s original list for even more ways to use this safe, versatile tool.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Interesting pictures and the 'extremes'
Where is the world's hottest place? ........... guess before you check the answer
Death Valley National Park .... The highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Death Valley National Park on July 10, 1913.
Where is the world's coldest place? Another guess...
East Antarctic Plateau ... On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.
Where is the world's most populated city?
Shanghai ... At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.
Where is the world's least populated city? (the picture is the clue)
Vatican City ... With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.
Where is the world's wealthiest city?
Tokyo, Japan .. That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.
Where is the world's poorest city in the poorest country?
Kinshasa, Congo .... it is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion. Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.
What is the Highest point in the world? (this one is easy)
Mount Everest ... Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.
Where is the lowest point in the world?
The Challenger Deep trench .. It is the lowest known natural point in the world at 35,797 ft below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only 3 people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.
What is the most photographed place in the U.S.?
Surprise: the Guggenheim building in New York... Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. The strange winner is this building in New York City. Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.
Where is the wettest spot on Earth? (and it's not the Amazon!)
Mawsynram, India... In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year, and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest.!
Where is the driest spot on Earth? it's not the Sahara!
The Atacama Desert ... The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest. This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.
What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?
Yuma, Arizona ... In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.
Where is the most expensive city to live in? (it's not in the U.S. thankfully)
Singapore... This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014. Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK ... (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).
Where is the least expensive city to live in?
Mumbai, India .... At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014. For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai. A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.
What country consumes the most food per capita?
The overweight United States .... We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each. Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.
Where is the world's oldest city?
Damascus.... There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city. However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.
Which is the youngest country in the world?
South Sudan ..... The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world to-date.
Which is the world's most visited city?
London ... After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city (according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index). The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually, generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.
What is the world's least popular country?
Iran .... On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.
Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?
San Pedro, Honduras ... This city averages over 3 murders a day. The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.
Which country consumes the most caffeine in the world?
Sweden ... The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue. The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).
Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol?
Belarus... In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year. That's a lot of booze.
Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?
The Netherlands By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen in the Netherlands. About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists. However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.
Where is the world's most energy efficient city?
Reykjavik, Iceland ... All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.
Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?
Monaco... According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.
Which country has the shortest life expectancy?
Sierra Leone .. On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years. The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.
What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of their living conditions?
Nigeria ... By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.
Which city has the highest average IQ?
Hong Kong ... There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, at an average of 107 points per person. *However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government. So these results are questionable.
Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use?
Seoul, South Korea Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection. Seoul, Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, (including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, Seoul, South Korea is the champion of internet-connectedness. With 10,000 government supported free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise. As of 2013, South Korea has the fastest average internet connection in the world at 21.0 Mbit/s according to the report State of the Internet published by Akamai Technologies, which is over 40% faster than the next fastest country, Japan, whose average internet speed is 12.9 Mbit/s.
Wasn't that interesting!!!! I'll bet you learned something new. I sure did.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
No part of it makes any sense.
The story is that two river patrol boats – bristling modern-day incarnations of the Vietnam swift boats – were navigating south from Kuwait to Bahrain. At some point, via some means, the two boats, with their contingent of five sailors each, surrendered to the Iranians.
Two accounts have been offered as to how that happened. The first was that one of the vessels lost its engine and that they both then drifted into Iranian waters. The other was that the two boats had been operating fine, but inadvertently navigated into Iranian territory.
Simply put, they got lost.
Neither account seems possible.
First off, if one of the boats broke down, and the sailor aboard trained to tend the engine couldn't fix it, the other boat would merely take it in tow and they would proceed on their way. That is not a novel maritime undertaking.
The second scenario – oops, we got lost – is even less likely. It turns out that navigation and navigation equipment are kind of a high priority for the Navy. Boats don’t get lost. Highly technical navigation equipment on both boats would have told crew members exactly where they were.
And in the unlikely event that both boats lost all electronic navigational equipment, and the compasses lost track of magnetic north, there is the simple fact that sailing from Kuwait to Bahrain pretty much involves nothing more complex than keeping the shore on your starboard side. And should you lose sight of shore, and can remember that the map has safety to the west and danger to the east, you’d think that the position of the sun in the sky or the fact that prevailing winds in the Persian Gulf in the winter are northwesterly, would somehow have allowed our sailors to find the Saudi shoreline instead of Iranian waters.
And all of that presumes that these two boats were operating alone in the open seas, which they presumably were not. There is, in fact, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group operating in the Persian Gulf.
The USS Harry S Truman owns the Persian Gulf these days, and the significant American military presence in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – lands immediately proximate to the waters where our sailors were operating – makes us the biggest dog on the block.
And we’ve got radar and helicopters and airplanes and stuff like that.
And if an American vessel breaks down at sea, or strays from course, under those operational conditions, there are a lot of American assets that would both notice the problem and be able to offer relief.
Yet no one did.
We’re supposed to believe nobody radioed a couple of inexplicably lost boats to ask where they were going? When one of them supposedly broke down, a carrier battle group had no means to come to their assistance?
That makes no sense.
It’s completely unbelievable.
So is the apparent conduct of the sailors in the face of a supposed challenge by the Iranian military.
If one of the vessels was disabled, as is claimed, and hostile craft are approaching, bringing with them the prospect of capture and captivity, don’t you put all 10 sailors on the able boat, sink the disabled boat, and race the bad guys back to international waters?
From the Iranian video, it looks like two or three bass boats and four guys in mismatched uniforms, with a couple of AK's, captured two far-larger and better-armed American boats, both of which were bristling with mounted machine guns.
Here’s a fact: When you're kneeling on the deck of your own boat, with your hands clasped behind your head, and some guy’s shouting at you in terrorist language, things didn't go right.
And yet, that’s exactly what supposedly happened here. Ten American sailors, successors to Captain James Lawrence, are on their knees next to their unfired guns, in the face of a smaller and less well-armed opponent – with little American flags snapping in the breeze.
This is not the stuff of Commodore Perry and Admiral Farragut.
And you wonder whose call it was.
How far up the chain of command did they have to go to find the cowardly lion who ordered this genuflection before a bunch of savages? Did this get bounced all the way to the Pentagon, or the Situation Room? Which secretary of what made the decision not to put a squadron of naval aviators above those two boats to keep the camel jockeys at bay?
It is shameful, a worldwide embarrassment for the nation and the Navy.
And it is topped off by an obsequious videotaped apology, and pictures of our sailors, captive in hostile hands, the female with a towel over her head.
The President can ignore this.
But we can’t.
We got pasted. We got humiliated. We showed either weakness and incompetence. And unfortunately either one only invites aggression against us.
It is inconceivable that you could find 10 Americans willing to surrender themselves and their equipment without a fight. It is not plausible that any young man or woman entering into the naval service would willingly kneel on the deck of a combat-capable ship.
Somebody told them to give up.
And that somebody, and the philosophy he represents, will be the death of us.
Bob Lonsberry © 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
New Releases Include:
Herman's Hermits --- Mrs Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker
Ringo Starr --- I Get By With A Little Help From Depends
The Bee Gees -- - How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?
Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
Johnny Nash --- I CAN'T See Clearly Now.
The Commodores --- Once, Twice, 3 Times To The Bathroom
Procol Harum--- A Whiter Shade Of Hair
Leo Sayer --- You Make Me Feel Like Napping
The Temptations --- Papa's Got A Kidney Stone
Abba--- Denture Queen
Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
Lesley Gore--- It's My Hormones and I'll Cry If I Want To
And Last but NOT least..
Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception.
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