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Cookie Monster ponders the mysteries of food

It is weird that we cook bacon, yet bake cookies...

Cookie dough is the sushi of deserts...

Time for a Separation between Koch and State

From Lalo Alcaraz

"In Iowa, nowhere for O’Malley to go but up"

If there is any good news for former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley in the latest poll out of Iowa, it is this: More than eight out of 10 likely participants in the state's 2016 Democratic caucuses don't know enough about him to say whether they view him favorably.

That means that O'Malley, who has been weighing a possible presidential bid for at least the past two years, should have lots of opportunities to convince people of his merits when he travels to the early nominating state in March.


Whole article by John Wagner of the Washington Post here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/26/in-iowa-nowhere-for-omalley-to-go-but-up/

My 2 cents: O'Malley's campaign is clearly stalled. IMO, he should reject what his advisers are telling him and announce now.
This would give him some media attention which could kick start his campaign. Make his events public and force the media to cover him on a daily basis. Set up some town hall meetings type with local candidate. Have Q&A sessions on college campuses. His problem is he is virtually unknown outside of the Mid-Atlantic and didn't capitalize during the Democratic National Convention with his speech. Gaining a spotlight to push his views would help him, he is a likable candidate with good ideas. Mother Jones has called him the candidate with the best environmental record.


Gov, call me. I'm available.

Bill O'Reilly's job is secure. Firing a Fox News host for lying would be like firing a Food Network

host for cooking." - Frank Conniff



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Are you ready for Ambulance Drones?

How do you improve emergency medical response times in ever crowded cities? A team of graduate students in the Netherlands think drones could be the answer. Alec Momont, a graduate student at TU Delft in the Netherlands, has shared details of his completed masters thesis outlining a concept for an ambulance drone capable of delivering treatment in emergency situations, even indoors. “This drone emergency service would complement existing services (ambulances, police and fire departments) with aerial on-demand support,” Momont said in his thesis report.

Essentially a flying toolbox, the first prototype drone is capable of delivering an automated defibrillator (AED) to the point of care along with real-time instructions and communication with a emergency care professional to guide the layperson through the process. AEDs are the same type of defibrillators seen in gyms, malls, and other public places because they can be easily used by bystanders. Once someone has dialed 9-1-1 (or 1-1-2 in the Netherlands) a drone would be dispatched to their location by an operator where it would provide supplies, as well as real-time video and audio support from an emergency professional.




Whole article from Chris Wiltz of Design News here:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=275552

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Home Sweet Dumpster: How to Transform a Trash Bin Into a Sustainable Living Space



Wilson is living in the Dumpster by choice. He came up with the idea to transform a Dumpster into a residence two years ago to explore the idea of sustainable living in smaller spaces, and to understand what a human being really needs at home to feel comfortable, he told Design News. “It really came out of really wanting to spice up the conversation both in the classroom and general society about not only living on less but sustainability, education, and small houses,” Wilson, in a slight southern drawl, told us in an interview.


Wilson said he has “a lot better life” since moving out of that house and into his Dumpster palace. “You think about all the things that happen when you compress your stuff,” he said. “Right now with consumerism we’re all ‘stufficated’ (with) all the time spent organizing, washing, moving that stuff around. That’s all gone away.”

Having a smaller house also forces people outside to interact with their community and nature, inspiring more potential for collaboration or creativity. It also reduces time spent on practicalities like cleaning and maintenance. “I can paint my entire interior faster than most people can clean their house,” Wilson said.

Moreover, since the Dumpster is on the university campus, no longer does Wilson need to commute to campus in a car, saving time, money, and vehicle emissions. “My commute time has gone from 35 minutes to one minute and 35 seconds,” he said.


Whole article by Elizabeth Montalbano, of Design News here: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=276112&page_number=1

Senate Bill #1 - Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Think about it. Everything going on in the world, everything going on in this country, and the GOP picks a bill that chiefly benefits a foreign oil corporation as the most important bill. The pick Keystone as the vital bill to try and push through first.

Words cannot describe the pure shittiness of the GOP and their ilk.
Mitch McConnell should be laughed out of office.

An (In)Complete Field Guide to American Extremists

From Brian McFadden

No mention of Elizabeth Warren & Elijah Cummings on Morning Joe this morning?

Very supportive of the Obama administration, very critical of the GOP led Congress.
http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/elizabeth-warren--dc-can-help-the-middle-class-403455043742

Anyone starting seeing the Koch Industries commericals on TV?

Saw one watching the Big Term Channel (college BBall) the other night. Pretty -worthy
Guys on Harleys talking about how much America is helped by the Kochs.
Seems like they are trying to improve how poorly their name is being received in certain segments of the US.
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