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FSogol

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I've been a member of DU for over 14 years, but now it is time for me to check out. The glee people on this site took over bashing Gov Northam is too much. EW Jackson, VA's version of a RW troll is being respected and his options considered while the Gov who expanded medicare to 800,000 citizens of my state (including an adult son) is bashed over a 35-year old indiscretion. I see DU as being infected by RW trolls and ratfuckers while the admins are largely absent. See 2016 if you don't believe me. While Northam was being bashed, threads appeared bashing Harris (she took a hard stance against Franken) and Booker (he's corporate) and promoted people who will never be elected in America such as Gabbard and Sanders. Their indiscretions are ignored. For what reason? Their unelectability? The members here that aren't RW trolls or ratfuckers are attempting to achieve some type of purity that will never happen due to mankind's flawed nature. People ar human and prone to mistakes. The rhetorical tools that attack people such as HRC, Franken and Northam will be turned on people like Kamala Harris and Justin Fairfax. It is only a matter of time. I refuse to help the RW and the PURE destroy people and our party. DU was a noble idea, but is a tool on the internet being used to ruin the Democratic Party, suppress the vote, and destroy decent candidates. I won't take part in this crap any longer. To my couple of friends here, so long, it was nice chatting with you. You know how to reach me if you want.

Journal Archives

Free Kitchens!

Tubby Johnston (from today's Story Corps on NPR)



In the spring of 1950, in upstate New York, 13-year-old Kay Johnston wanted nothing more than to play Little League baseball. But in those days, that was out of the question. Girls weren't encouraged to swing bats and throw balls.

Kay ran to her brother's room, got a pair of his slacks, put on a baseball cap and signed up as Tubby Johnston.
The alias was from a character in one of her favorite childhood comics, Little Lulu.
Tubby made the team. "Were you surprised that they called you?" Cy asks.

"No, I wasn't surprised at all," she says. "I knew I was good, and I had fooled them so far."
Still, Kay was scared that her cover would be blown, and she'd get pulled off the team. So after several practices, she went to the coach — and came clean.


Rest of the story here:
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/30/597960442/a-little-league-of-her-own-the-first-girl-in-little-league-baseball

Audio here:
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Ok Oregoners, I'll be in Portland for 2 days this May. What should

Mrs FSogol and I should do?

I know about Powells Books and yes, we are both Foodies. What food spots, breweries, and sites should we not miss? What should we see and do? Thanks in advance.

Thanks Democrats. The recent Omnibus Bill signed into law keeps the WaterSense program intact

The recent Omnibus Bill signed into law keeps the WaterSense program intact and fully-funded at approximately $3 million for the year. The voluntary partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies efficient and high-performing water consuming products.

It has been reported consumers have saved more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006.

“IAPMO and its many industry partners have worked tirelessly to show the broad support this important program enjoys,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO senior vice president of government affairs. “This coalition includes diverse voices — manufacturers, contractors, home builders, and environmental advocates; groups from across the political spectrum. For Congress to include such an explicit provision supporting WaterSense is a victory not only for U.S. business, but also for each homeowner who will continue to see water savings and ultimately lower utility costs.”

The bill also has the following funding provisions for water infrastructure improvements:

USDA will get $1.057 billion to upgrade rural water and wastewater infrastructure;

The Department of the Interior will get $196 million for the implementation of drought-related provisions of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act of 2016;

The EPA will receive $2.89 billion, an additional $300 million, in funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan funds, which helps state and local government fund water treatment and other infrastructure;

and

The EPA will receive new funding in the amount of $63 million for the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program that finances water infrastructure projects.


https://www.pmengineer.com/articles/93595-omnibus-bill-preserves-watersense-provides-water-infrastructure-improvements?id=93595-omnibus-bill-preserves-watersense-provides-water-infrastructure-improvements&ajs_uid=8443F3931723I7S&ajs_trait_oebid=3782E0258467B1M

Probably a good time for a repost: Conan O'Brien finds Dr. Ronny Jackson's tv ad

http://teamcoco.com/video/trump-s-doctor-has-his-own-tv-ad

Rusty Staub passed away at age 73.

Known as Le Grand Orange, he was the first star for the Montreal Expos, but was a well-know Met too. He played 23 seasons in the majors.

Why post about a ball player in GD?

After his playing days, Staub set to work on helping those less fortunate than he’d been in life, establishing the Rusty Staub Foundation, whose mission to this day is to “give children the opportunity to live full, happy and productive lives and to give aid to the hungry.” Established in 1985, the RSF has established pantries around New York City and, to date, has raised more than $17MM for like-minded organizations, per the RSF’s web site. Staub also established the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, which, as Madden notes in his column, has raised more than $112MM in total contributions since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Madden’s column provides a terrific, heartfelt look at Staub’s legacy both on and off the field and stands as an excellent tribute to a beloved baseball figure.


Rest in piece, Mr. Staub, you'll be missed.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/rusty-staub-beloved-mets-icon-dead-73-article-1.3902929
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/rusty-staub-passes-away.html

The worlds biggest tropical greenhouse under one roof will be built in France


Northern France is not the first place one would think of when looking to find tropical flora and fauna, but thanks to the recently unveiled Tropicalia project, that is exactly what hundreds of thousands of visitors per year will find.

Tropicalia, designed by Coldefy & Associates Architects Urban Planners, will be the world’s largest greenhouse under one roof once completed in Rang-du-Fliers – in Pas-de-Calais. The massive greenhouse will offer an immediate change of scenery to visitors who take the journey along its over one kilometer-long footpath that winds through dozens of animal, tree, and flower species.

The self-sufficient structure produces energy through the use of a double dome that creates a room where air is heated through a greenhouse effect. The building is designed to blend into the surrounding environment and is set partially in the ground to lower its height and impact. Its profile within the landscape is that of a small hill.

Construction of Tropicalia is scheduled for the first semester of 2019 with a planned opening in 2021.


https://www.bdcnetwork.com/world%E2%80%99s-biggest-tropical-greenhouse-under-one-roof-will-be-built-france?eid=240347864&bid=2050661




Geneva Motor Show Debuts 2 flying car concepts

This past month at the Geneva Motor Show, two car companies debuted their flying car concepts. Each took a different approach toward designing a vehicle for both land and air.




The Personal Air and Land Vehicle (Pal-V) Liberty vehicle has two seats, retractable helicopter blades, and is powered by a gasoline-fueled engine. The vehicle has a dual engine propulsion drive train, based on a two fully certified airplane engine from Rotax. The Pal-V Liberty is certified under both the EASA in Europe and the FAA in the U.S. The driver will need a pilot license to fly the vehicle.

On the ground, the speed range is 50 kilometers per hour up to 160 kilometers per hour (30 to 100 miles per hour). The top speed acceleration is just under nine seconds. The engine of 100 horsepower has a fuel economy of 7.61/100 kilometer with a range of 1315 kilometer (817 miles).




The Pop.Up Next from Airbus and Audi

The power of a driving vehicle with autonomous driving was also on display at the Geneva Motor Show. Airbus and Audi introduced the Pop.Up Next, the follow to the Pop.Up now with self-driving technology on the road that can vertically lift into the air like a helicopter.

The vehicle is a two-seat passenger that has a 60-kW (80-hp) electric powered sled for autonomous driving on the ground. The top speed is 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) and the 15 kilowatt-hour battery has a 130-kilometer (81-mile) range.


Whole article and more pictures here:

http://www.machinedesign.com/mechanical/sky-it-s-flying-cars?NL=MACD-001&Issue=MACD-001_20180323_MACD-001_545&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_b&utm_rid=CPG05000002209975&utm_campaign=16130&utm_medium=email&elq2=a9daf07e351c490397afa378104b1887

Anyone watch the Netflix original, Mute?

It is by Duncan Jones, who directed one of my favorites, "Moon."

It has been critically panned and ravaged by places like Rotten Tomatoes, but I think a lot of people missed the point.
Suporting actors Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux play a type of damaged Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John, two army surgeons who have gone awol from the US Army from a never-ending American War in New Kandahar. One is clear psychopath and the other, has worse problems. They aren't the main characters though, Alexander Skarsgård is an Amish Mute searching for his missing girlfriend in the seedier neighborhoods in near-future Berlin. Good performances, complicated story that is simple at its core, and much more left unsaid (record US Army defections). Well worth a watch, imo.


Anyone watch the Netflix original, Mute?

It is by Duncan Jones, who directed one of my favorites, "Moon."

It has been critically panned and ravaged by places like Rotten Tomatoes, but I think a lot of people missed the point.
Suporting actors Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux play a type of damaged Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John, two army surgeons who have gone awol from the US Army from a never-ending American War in New Kandahar. One is clear psychopath and the other, has worse problems. They aren't the main characters though, Alexander Skarsgård is an Amish Mute searching for his missing girlfriend in the seedier neighborhoods in near-future Berlin. Good performances, complicated story that is simple at its core, and much more left unsaid (record US Army defections). Well worth a watch, imo.


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