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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Right here!
Member since: Thu Feb 3, 2005, 01:41 PM
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Today is the anniversary of the first American traffic light, in 1916, in Cleveland.


It's the 101st anniversary of the first electric traffic signal system. On August 5, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, engineers installed a pair of green and red lights facing each side of a four-way intersection a simple experiment that has since shaped roads around the world, and is honored today in a Google Doodle.

In a technical sense, Cleveland's device might not seem all that impressive. It was actually preceded by similar temporary systems in London and Utah, and like the others, it was manually operated. Its chief benefit was allowing a policeman to sit in a booth next to the intersection instead of standing dangerously within it.

But this simple invention marks a key moment in the largely forgotten transformation of roads during the 20th century. For most of history, roads have been chaotic, shared public spaces, packed with horses, handcarts, merchants, pedestrians, and children. As much as any other invention, the traffic signal gave rise to the carefully controlled, highly automated thoroughfares we think of as roads today.

Why we needed traffic signals:

Horses, carriages, carts, streetcars, and pedestrians had been navigating busy intersections for years but they moved pretty slowly, which meant turn-taking and other informal driving customs generally worked fine.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 08:08 PM (3 replies)

Saw something very cool tonight!

My husband and I are on a driving trip into Central California for a few days; tonight we're in Cambria. There's an underground garage at our hotel, and when we drove in after dinner, I saw a wonderful sight!

The car next to ours sported a BERNIE 2016 bumper sticker!

I just could not stop grinning!

Now I have to get one too.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Aug 3, 2015, 11:05 PM (29 replies)

Great toon on gun violence by Margulies:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 11:31 PM (2 replies)

Just now, it was raining here in So Cal...so I took a picture...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 18, 2015, 04:46 PM (10 replies)

Wildlife--Southern California Style

This squirrel had the audacity to nibble on our Jacaranda tree, so I took his picture as payback!

Take that, squirrel!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 06:47 PM (22 replies)

Thanks to another member, I am now firmly in the Bernie Sanders camp.

Her unwavering support of HRC has caused me to realize that this is where I belong.

I have subscribed to this group, and I expect to post here now and then.

Go Bernie!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Jul 1, 2015, 07:50 PM (105 replies)

Today's LA Times: Keeping Tabbies.

All of it at the link:


Here's an excerpt:

By Jerome Campbell

Like the characters played by the actor who inspired his name, Pacino was no scaredy cat. The brown tabby had prowled the streets of Los Angeles, a drifter scraping for his next meal.

After the cat was turned in at an L.A. County animal services shelter, there was little hope that Pacino would be adopted. He was too distrustful, too fierce, too mean.

Then Melya Kaplan came along, looking for a cat with grit, street smarts and attitude.

Several hours after the customers and merchants have gone home and the lights are dim, the cats start their patrol in the Los Angeles Flower Market June 25, 2015. The Working Cats program is using unsocialized "feral" cats in a program to keep rodents away from the market.

The Working Cats program is using community cats in a program to rid the Los Angeles Flower Market of rodents. The cats dont kill the rodents they manage to repel them by their scent.

The 10-pound, 6-ounce cat would become the nighttime warden at the Original L.A. Flower Market, making sure rodents and other vermin didn't get out of hand. He's part of a group of tough cats recruited by an animal rights nonprofit to find homes in places that could use their hard-scrabble qualities. Along with another cat named DeNiro, Pacino would prowl the Italian side of the flower market. Of course.

"Mother Nature doesn't make mistakes," said Kaplan, executive director of Voice for the Animals. "We probably just haven't found a purpose for it yet."

As part of the Working Cats program, street cats like Pacino are rescued from animal shelters and sent to locations ranging from police stations, like the LAPD's Wilshire and Foothill divisions, to private homes, businesses and schools. Over the years, the program has placed about 500 cats in nearly 50 locations.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jun 27, 2015, 02:10 PM (5 replies)

I found this picture on Facebook, and it helped me. I hope it will help all of us...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 04:00 PM (8 replies)

GOP 'bubble' buster--today's LA Times by Patt Morrison, as she interviews Bruce Bartlett.

Bruce Bartlett has 24-karat conservative credentials. He worked in the Reagan White House, the George H.W. Bush Treasury Department, for former Texas Rep. Ron Paul and the Heritage Foundation. So when he saw Republicans doing things he believed damaged the brand, he said so, and was surprised to find himself first ignored, then struck from the rolls of the GOP talk-ocracy, and even fired from his think tank job. And that, he says, is the problem. Bartlett, who is now an independent, made headlines recently with a scholarly paper about Fox News. In it, he describes a media "bubble" that imperils the GOP by screening out ideas that challenge Republican orthodoxy in other words, those inconvenient truths.

All of it at the link:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 12:44 PM (5 replies)

From today's LA Times: Toilet to Tap.

It's a technology with the potential to ease California's colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say.

But there's just one problem the "yuck factor."

As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as direct potable reuse.

Unlike nonpotable reuse in which treated sewage is used to irrigate crops, parks or golf courses direct potable reuse takes treated sewage effluent and purifies it so it can be used as drinking water.

It's a concept that might cause some consumers to wince, but it has been used for decades in Windhoek, Namibia where evaporation rates exceed annual rainfall and more recently in drought-stricken Texas cities, including Big Spring and Wichita Falls.

All of it at the link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-toilet-to-tap-20150525-story.html#page=1
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon May 25, 2015, 01:30 PM (14 replies)
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