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George Takei on MSNBC at 2 PM to talk about Trump's "plan"

I wish they would stop calling it his plan. It's not a plan - it is a bigoted throwback to the fascism that should be left in the past.

Looking forward to what George Takei has to say. It can't help but to be a note of sanity in these crazy political days.

Workplace killings - the origin of the phrase "going postal"

People here seem surprised that someone would kill so many of their fellow workers as if that had never been done before yesterday. The phrase "going postal" comes from a series of workplace killings by postal workers during the 1980s and 1990s:

Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986
On August 20, 1986, 14 employees were shot and killed and six wounded at the Edmond, Oklahoma, post office by Patrick Sherrill, a postman who then committed suicide with a shot to the forehead.

Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1991
A former United States postal worker, Joseph M. Harris, killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, and killed her boyfriend, Cornelius Kasten Jr., at their home. The following morning, on October 10, 1991, Harris shot and killed two mail handlers, Joseph M. VanderPaauw, 59, of Prospect Park, N.J., and Donald McNaught, 63, of Pompton Lakes,
N.J. at the Ridgewood, New Jersey Post Office.

Royal Oak, Michigan in 1991
On November 14, 1991 in Royal Oak, Michigan, Thomas McIlvane killed five people, including himself, with a Ruger 10/22 rifle in Royal Oak's post office, after being fired from the Postal Service for "insubordination." He had been previously suspended for getting into altercations with postal customers on his route.

Double event in 1993
Two shootings took place on the same day, May 6, 1993, a few hours apart. At a post office in Dearborn, Michigan, Lawrence Jasion wounded three and killed one, and subsequently killed himself. In Dana Point, California, Mark Richard Hilbun killed his mother, then shot two postal workers dead.

Goleta, California, in 2006
Jennifer San Marco, a former postal employee, killed six postal employees before committing suicide with a handgun, on the evening of January 30, 2006, at a large postal processing facility in Goleta, California.
Police later also identified a seventh victim dead in a condominium complex in Goleta where San Marco once lived.

Baker City, Oregon, in 2006
Grant Gallaher, a letter carrier in Baker City, Oregon, pleaded guilty to the April 4, 2006 murder of his supervisor. He reportedly brought his .357 Magnum revolver to the city post office with the intention of killing his postmaster. Arriving at the parking lot, he reportedly ran over his supervisor several times. Subsequently he went into the post office looking for his postmaster. Not finding the postmaster, he went back out to the parking lot and shot his supervisor several times at close range, ostensibly to make sure she was dead. He then reportedly fired several more bullets into the supervisor's car.

Although "going postal" became the term for workplace killing: "Researchers have found that the homicide rates at postal facilities were lower than at other workplaces. In major industries, the highest rate of 2.1 homicides per 100,000 workers per year was in retail. The next highest rate of 1.66 was in public administration, which includes police officers. The homicide rate for postal workers was 1.48 per 100,000." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_postal#Analysis

This latest incident of American gun violence could NOT be terrorism. Farook and his wife could have been indulging in a family version of "going postal." The accouterments they selected - their outfits and the weapons - could just have been today's variation on a theme.

Wow - guest on CNN just labeled Trump's views as fascism!

On Ashleigh Banfield's show just now, guest Sally Kohn just detailed Trump's bigoted views and called them fascism. Then the discussion segued over into how what Trump says are lies. Banfield challenged Trump to put up a bounty for the first person to find the video of the "Muslims cheering in the streets of New Jersey."

Banfield was a news editor with MSNBC on 9/11/2001. She was on the streets reporting when the towers came down. She would have seen and would remember if there had been video of "Muslims cheering in the streets of New Jersey." She KNOWS there is not video and is calling Trump out on it.

As I typed this in the segment ended and Banfield again challenged Trump to put up a reward for anyone who could come up with the video Trump claims he saw.

No link - just now live on air.

Say sorry for the holidays

Temptations treats Christmas ad:

Mog’s Christmas Calamity

Has Mog joined the War on Christmas?

Ion Sancho retiring as Leon County Supervisor of Elections

Ion Sancho, the historic Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, has held the office since 1988. Sancho has been a national advocate for fair and verifiable elections for his entire tenure and has often been in the news for his efforts.

Ion Sancho announced in June that he would not be running for re-election.

June 16, 2015

Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Supervisor of Elections is retiring. Mark Early has filed to run for the Leon County Supervisor of Elections in 2016.

Early works in the elections office. He is currently the manager of voting systems of Leon County. He's the programmer for ballots and voting machines.
Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho is endorsing {Mark} Early. He says Early is the one who ensures that everybody's vote has counted properly over the last 20 years.

Sancho says, "The technology required to manage a modern-day elections office is incredible. Quite frankly, Somebody with an engineering degree, somebody with experience and understanding to know when a vendor is filling them with hot air and when a vendor is telling the truth is necessary."http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Leon-Co-Supervisor-of-Elections-Endorses-Candidate-to-Take-His-Place-307692931.html

After he endorsed one of his staff members, Mark Earley, as a candidate for supervisor of elections in the 2016 election, his position on the Canvassing Board was questioned - http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/16/sancho-endorsement-make-step-board/28827189/

Now a Democratic candidate, Alan Williams, has declared for the office - http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Alan-Williams-to-Run-for-Leon-Co-Supervisor-of-Elections-330338421.html

While I have met Alan Williams and like him, I think I will go with Ion Sancho's endorsement for the office. Sancho's priority has always been to ensure verifiable elections and I doubt that he would endorse a candidate who would not have the same priority.

Kentucky - Hundreds turn out to rid mosque of graffiti

There are a lot of good people in Kentucky that want to get rid of the bad! Some good news to offset the Kim Davis types.

Hundreds turn out to rid mosque of graffiti
Allison Ross and Alton Strupp, astrupp@courier-journal.com 4 p.m. EDT September 18, 2015

Hundreds of people turned out Friday afternoon to clean up anti-Muslim graffiti left on the Louisville Islamic Center.

The center, 4007 River Road, was defaced this week by vandals who left slurs in red paint on the white walls. The graffiti included "Stop terrorism" and "Moslems — leave the Jews alone."

Instead of expressing anger, members of the mosque asked on Friday that the vandals come forward and help clean up the graffiti. They said they would welcome them and invite them to learn more about their religion and their mission.

Mayor Greg Fischer, speaking at the event, said, "There is a lot of extremism in the world today. But today I'm seeing a lot of extreme love and support and I love it."

More: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/09/18/hundreds-turn-out-rid-mosque-graffiti/72388502/

Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun

Sept 09, 2015
Contact Katherine McAlpine, 734-763-4386, kmca@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR—Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched rooftops and vehicle surfaces.

Now, by borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed solar cells that can have it both ways.

"The design takes what a large tracking solar panel does and condenses it into something that is essentially flat," said Aaron Lamoureux, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering and first author on the paper in Nature Communications.

Residential rooftops make up about 85 percent of solar panel installations in the U.S., according to a report from the Department of Energy, but these roofs would need significant reinforcing to support the weight of conventional sun-tracking systems.

More: http://ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/videos/23109-inspired-by-art-lightweight-solar-cells-track-the-sun

What really scares me about Kim Davis

Her position does not just issue licenses and records documents. Her office is in charge of elections, taxes and the county's finances.

First off, I think that puts too much power in one person's hands. The county clerk will know everything about every person in the county - marital status, mortgages, tax obligations, everything that has to be recorded in that county. While much of it may be publicly accessible records, some may not. I'm not familiar with Kentucky's laws on public records. In Florida most of that information is public but the control of the various aspects of a Kentucky county clerks job are separate in Florida counties.

If by some perverse legal loophole Kim Davis is let out and allowed to run the county clerk office again, what other rights might she deny on the word of her god? While the focus has been on her denial of the right to obtain marriage licenses she could abuse any other aspect of her office to deny rights to any group the voice in her head tells her to. If she wins the right to use her office to inflict her religious views on other citizens, the potential for abuse and denial of rights is unlimited.

Do the unions keep a history of strikes?

In scanning my grandfather's negatives, I came on four photos of what appears to be a strike. Very laid back images - two guys sitting under a beach umbrella and one is holding a sign that says:
Swift Co. Employees on Strike.
I. C. W. U.
Local No. 38
A. F. of L.

If they of the same vintage as the other photos in this group this would have been about 1951, probably in Agricola, Florida. My grandfather was a manager of the phosphate mine in Agricola that was owned by Swift & Company.

He may have been taking pictures to send back to corporate headquarters. Or he may just have been taking pictures since he had for decades. Yesterday I also scanned pictures that seem to be of his training in the Army Corp of Engineers in 1918. Most of those are of them blowing things up.

If the union(s) involved would like digital copies of the pictures, PM me. Eventually I will be posting nearly all of the photos I am scanning online but right now I don't have these ready. But I would like them to get to interested parties for history's sake.
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