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Cloudiest Places on Earth Revealed in Stunning New Image

http://www.livescience.com/50824-cloudiest-places-on-earth-nasa-image.html



"No more cloudy days," The Eagles promise to a new love interest in the 2006 song of the same name. Keeping that promise might require going off-planet.

As a new NASA image reveals, the Earth is a cloudy place. According to the space agency, clouds cover about 67 percent of the Earth's surface at any given time, and less than 10 percent of the skies over the ocean are sunny and blue. Now, more than a decade's worth of data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite reveals where clouds gather and where skies tend to be clear.

The blue-and-white image averages daily cloud observations from the satellite between July 2002 and April 2015. It reveals a mostly hazy Earth with three especially cloudy zones.

These zones are linked to the global circulation patterns in Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA's Earth Observatory, in the mid-latitudes, polar air masses collide with Ferrel cells, which circulate air westward at high altitudes and eastward at the surface. These patterns cause air to rise around 60 degrees north and south of the equator, promoting the formation of clouds in these two zones. These same patterns push air downward between 15 degrees and 30 degrees from the equator, resulting in the cloud-free zones seen in desert areas such as Australia and northern Africa.

a few thoughts, if I may

1- It's so important to get effective treatment. You have the ABSOLUTE RIGHT, whether your treatment is free or costs an arm and a leg, to get effective treatment. That includes your medication and all therapies (individual, couples, family, etc).

2- Your doctor/nurse practitioner/PA/whoever prescribes your meds needs to take time to listen to you! If you have questions about your meds or side effects, please ask. Sometimes the info on the net is wrong and/or confusing.

3- My entire point is to minimize your suffering. Yes, mental illness/psych stuff sucks but it doesn't have to suck excessively. What's "excessive suffering" ? That's a good question to discuss with your doctor and/or therapist. Sometimes, sadly, everything that can be done is being done and one must cope as well as humanly possible.

Anyway... I hope I helped ONE person today. I know most of us already know what I said, but lurkers sometimes don't.

Have a wonderful day.

Walmart's 'Worst Nightmare' Competition Has Cashiers And Produce Clerks With $1 Million Pensions

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/09/1229983/-Walmart-s-Worst-Nightmare-Competition-Has-Cashiers-And-Produce-Clerks-With-1-Million-Pensions

WinCo -- a low-cost grocery store chain from Idaho -- is being described as Walmart's 'worst nightmare' in a recent Time Article:

Retail analysts say that the world’s biggest retailer has reason to fear a small grocery chain that’s based in Idaho and boasts a business model that allows it to undercut Walmart on prices.

So about that eye-catching Walmart quote. Those are the words of Burt Flickinger III, a widely respected supermarket retailing industry expert who works for the Strategic Resource Group. Flickinger was quoted in a recent Idaho Statesman story about WinCo, a chain of roughly 100 supermarkets in the western U.S., based in Boise.

“WinCo arguably may be the best retailer in the Western U.S.,” Flickinger says while touring a WinCo store. “WinCo is really unstoppable at this point,” he goes on. “They’re Walmart’s worst nightmare.”

Flickinger isn’t the only industry insider discussing WinCo and Walmart in the same breath. “While many supermarkets strive to keep within a few percentage points of Walmart Stores’ prices, WinCo Foods often undersells the massive discount chain,” the industry publication Supermarket News explained last spring.


more at link

Snapshots of celebrities hanging out together (27 Photos), DIALUP WARNING PIC HEAVY

http://thechive.com/2015/05/13/snapshots-of-celebrities-hanging-out-together-27-photos/

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Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen


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Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Nas and Timbaland


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Chuck Berry and Mick Jagger


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Eddie Murphy (looking like a badass) with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor


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Hugh Laurie, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch


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Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart sneaking a peek



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Warren Buffet showing off his tie to Jay-Z


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Jack Nicholson and the Monkees


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Famous best friends Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen



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James Brown with the Rolling Stones


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Slash, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper



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Tupac and KISS


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Mick Jagger fanning out on Andy Warhol



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Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood


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Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Annie Leibovitz and Amy Poehler




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Steve Martin and Don Rickles


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Old Spice Guy (Isaiah Mustafa) and the Most Interesting Man in the World (Fernando Lamas)



Of course, if you want to see all 27, just go to the link. Enjoy!

Samsung 88" Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV, only a paltry $22,997.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889355006

It better give me a bath and cook me dinner for that price!

Bike path poop bandit strikes again

http://www.ourquadcities.com/story/d/story/bike-path-poop-bandit-strikes-again/69816/XG4qDLcUyEWVFjG8FT7euQ



Neighbors say someone has been going to the bathroom on the path for at least two years.
and now a sign telling people to "stop pooping on the bike path" have been stolen. One of the signs still remain on the trail. The person responsible has not yet been caught.

"First of all I kind of laughed, you know, but I just think that that has got to be gross, Why somebody would do that is beyond me.I would probably just go around it and then report it to the nearest village. I carry quite a few things on my bike, but nothing to handle something like that", said Joe VanHoutte, a regular on the bike trail.

Hampton authorities do not wish to comment at this time.


Old news but... yea

Sometimes I think I should do a regular segment like Andy Rooney did....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Rooney#A_Few_Minutes_with_Andy_Rooney

I loved that part of 60 Minutes. Yes, I know, Andy had his very bad moments too.

I have to fight against that curmudgeon tendency. Keep ant hills ant hills!

How Tornadoes Form and Why They’re so Unpredictable

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150511-tornadoes-storms-midwest-weather-science/



More than 70 tornadoes were reported over the weekend in the Midwest and Great Plains of the United States, killing at least three people, with at least ten more still missing and significant damage in Arkansas and Texas.


More tornadoes are expected in the coming days. The fierce storms can happen at any time of year but are most common in May and June in North America, when atmospheric conditions tend to be most right for their formation. Tornadoes remain deadly and relatively unpredictable, despite recent advancements in weather science.

Here’s what scientists do know:

A tornado, or twister, is a violently rotating column of air that extends between the Earth's surface and a cloud, usually a cumulonimbus cloud. Most tornadoes last for less than ten minutes, says Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma.

more at link

Racist Police Emails Put Florida Cases in Doubt

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/us/miami-prosecutor-reviews-cases-of-police-officers-who-sent-racist-emails.html?_r=0

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office is combing through more than 150 criminal cases of black suspects arrested by Miami Beach police officers who wrote or received racist emails, the latest in a series of high-profile episodes around the nation that have raised troubling questions about the relations between the police and the communities they serve.

Two ranking officers at the Miami Beach Police Department sent about 230 emails that contained racist and sexist jokes and pornography from 2010-12, Chief Dan Oates announced Thursday. A former police captain, who had been demoted to lieutenant, was fired, and a major retired before the investigation was made public.

Fourteen other officers received the emails, the police department said.

The episode, which follows the release of racist or homophobic emails in Ferguson, Mo.; San Francisco; and Fort Lauderdale, adds another level of discord to the often-strained relations between the police and minority groups. Officers in Edison, N.J.; Seattle; Baton Rouge, La.; and Casselberry, Fla., have also been fired or disciplined over racist text and email messages, a wave that some experts believe indicates a culture in which officers are comfortable expressing racist views.

Ok English majors, English grammar people and everyone else for that matter....

Look at this paragraph from Microsoft. Is it clear to you ?

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.


from: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/15/genuine-windows-and-windows-10/

Part of it is clear to me. It's just a bit confusing to me.

I first saw this here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/microsoft-clarifies-non-genuine-windows-licenses/0a081193-8f2a-466b-9a3e-969d0f923835#LastReply

eta: OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer (i.e. a company like Dell)

eta2: I was really just asking a grammar (?) question. Honest.
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