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Quora session with Hillary and Tim Kaine

Quora is an app/website where people congregate to ask and answer questions.

Barack Obama is also a member.


Vancouver skyline featured in Marco Rubio's 'Morning again in America' campaign ad

Source: Vancouver Sun

Marco Rubio, currently running third in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, must be hoping that scenic Vancouver can give him a push past frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

The Florida senator’s latest campaign ad, titled Morning Again in America, opens with three seconds of beautiful stock footage featuring our skyline and harbour.

“It’s morning again in America,” says the narrator as a tugboat zips through the water in front of familiar Vancouver landmarks like the Harbour Centre, One Wall Centre and Port Metro Vancouver cranes.

Read more: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2016/02/15/vancouver-skyline-featured-in-marco-rubios-morning-again-in-america-campaign-ad/

There's only one problem. The cityscape at the beginning is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

I've been there often. I recognize the funny looking observation tower in the middle.

Looking to adopt a cat

Lost two cats to old age over the past couple of years; Smokey, a Russian Blue tabby cross and Tyger, a brown/black Tabby.

Smokey was a feisty cat, who loved a good wrestle and terrorized the house with random attacks. Tyger was a huge old Tom. The dogs didn't know what to make of him 'cause he outweighed them and refused to be chased so they made him an honorary dog including frequent baths, which he seemed to enjoy.

Humane Society cats

I've met Foster and he reminds me of old Smokey. Smokey looks like old Smokey. Had a staring contest with Coach and he won. Tin man looks a lot like Tyger.

I'm scared. Maureen O'Connel said "Rand Paul" and "voice of reason" in the same sentence

Context: being interviewed by Julie Mason on Sirius' POTUS channel - The Press Pool concerning the Republican debate

Specifically she was noting that of all the candidates' wacko ideas on way to do about ISIS/L such as "carpet bombing", his were the relative voice of reason

Why are Republican Presidential candidates afraid of a brokered convention?

What is a brokered convection?

How do I change the oil filter on a Ram 1500 3.6?

The oil filter doesn't have a housing and looks like a tiny air filter.

Is Facebook acting up?

...more than usual?

I'm trying to get in on my iPhone and it wants my iTunes password, which it shouldn't need. If I go on from a browser it wants my phone number then 404's.

Ever noticed the difference between Republican and Democratic meetings?

Any meeting I've attended, you need at a minimum the agenda, the previous minutes and your papers for your contribution to the meeting. Likely you've got a refreshment and a laptop/PDA/notebook/iPad. The table is pretty much covered in crap.

Pictures of Democratic meetings look like that. Here's one of Kennedy and Mcnamara.

Then you see a photo of a Republican meeting.


My boss keeps telling me a messy desk is a sign of a messy mind.

An empty desk?

Scotland Legalises Marriage Equality

Source: Buzzfeed

Scotland’s first same-sex marriages are set to take place later this year.

The Scottish parliament on Tuesday voted to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by a margin of 105-18, with the first unions to be conducted in the autumn.

“I believe this bill will have a hugely positive impact on our society and on the health and well-being of LGBT of people in our country,” MSP Jim Eadie said during the debate. “Scotland now has one of the most progressive equal marriage bills in the world. Allowing the option of gender-neutral marriage ceremonies will provide genuine equality for all, including transgender people.”

“This is a profound moment in our nation’s history,” he added.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/scotland-legalises-marriage-equality

A New Virus Threatens Dogs: Circovirus

A New Virus Threatens Dogs: Circovirus

Canine patients were vomiting, experiencing bloody diarrhea, had high hematocrit values (a blood test), vasculitis (damage to blood vessels), fluid in the lungs, and profound weakness. Many died within days despite aggressive treatment. Other dogs survived after being severely ill. The Ohio state veterinary pathology lab couldn’t find a cause. August 2013 was turning into a deadly month for many unfortunate Ohio dogs. The tragedy was that no one knew why.

As the story spread on Facebook and Twitter, infectious disease expert veterinarians learned of the Ohio dogs and began to suspect a new type of virus might be to blame. The problem was, only one lab possessed the tools to diagnose the virus and it was in California. Veterinarians believed a relatively common type of virus found in pigs and birds known as Circovirus now posed a threat to dogs. An April 2013 paper published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases described similar symptoms in a sick California dog. Sadly, the California dog died after being kenneled for three weeks and contracting the virus. Other comparable deaths were investigated and canine Circovirus identified. Could this new dog virus be killing the Ohio dogs?
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