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I just changed the song because drunky put the wrong song on...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cntsqw7XOF0

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You show respect, Sam! (But don't die over it...)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm8LGxTLtQk
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_lick

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Music Choice is pushing this for that...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BjBHBD42CI
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n-AbC6GK1Y

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There's something going with our best friend, Cam. He said that? WTF?!
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La0IJPt0t4Q

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You tired of the same playlist, Nash? Okay, here's some new talent...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJQYRzAoErc

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I'll get a photograph for you once I find my phone charger...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3eSEaV7Ah0

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Carpet is in! I tried to sneak the bed down, and after a police threat (yes, for real, Hank), they purchased another vinyl liner and agreed to a future purchase of a new, larger mattress, not to fuck on, but to place my computer on for ease of use. This will require several "meetings and conditiions." No new rules or conditions were set today, and I also negotiated an air conditioner option (which I don't really need because I like it hot, but it's good for bargaining...) I need to hook up the TV, and hook it to the computer, too...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw1t7OCESUw

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Change of subject. What's going on with Paul? He said he started taking anti-depressants, and then his Twitter went silent...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATvu5f9vE

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Oh shit, man!
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-77xulkB_U

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Here's a dream for you, Hank... I dreamed that in reality, I've designed way more computer systems than I know, that I don't fully understand what they do, and that I don't understand concepts like power consumption and am responsible for a number of "always on" systems that draw an enourmous amount of power. Umm... At least the shit worked... I'm thinking Pewd is the new "Complaint Department." (For real, I just had a computer power consumption dream in which I was responsible for the power consumption...) That's something from Pewd...


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Good morning!

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Logan caught this story. It includes a video filmed by a Navy pilot in San Diego, and the video shows what appears to be a UFO. The Pentagon had a 5-year UFO program that ended in 2012, and the Pentagon just released the video.

With regard to an alien UFO, this is something Alfie has brought up before, and he likes to know how to phrase responses to questions about aliens. So, "There are some standout cases such as a microorganism fossil found in a rock in Antarctica thought to have arrived on Earth after a big meteor hit Mars, flinging bits of Martian rocks toward Earth. There is a possibly credible video of what appears to be a UFO that was released by the Pentagon. And there is 'evidence for life' on Mars, such as the confirmed discovery of water and minerals that only form under wet conditions. But there isn't enough information available."

As for me, the UFO may not be alien. It may be some new weapon the Pentagon is developing. But if it were alien and was able to travel here faster than light, or if uses a propulsion system that defies gravity, it would raise questions about our understanding of physics. With more information, we may be able to fill in some holes that say "not enough information available" and re-arrange some of the stuff we know.

You should first assume that the propulsion system is advanced, but does not defy gravity, and that if it is alien, it is likely a robotic probe that took hundreds of years to get here, and will take hundreds of years get back.

In terms of defense, assuming it is alien, it's location near U.S. Navy assets suggests it may be gathering intelligence about our military, and it's maneuvers suggest it may be aware it is being watched.

It could also be a hoax.

All of that out of the way, I think they're saying, "Dude! It's an alien!"

If I was in college and liked NewsKing, I would follow up with caution (in other words, please someone else do this!).

- Read the article and watch the vid on CNN
- Watch the vid on NewsKing


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Disaster (Bomb) Shelters And Fallout Shelters

Local fallout shelter, DIY disaster shelter, underground condo complex, pre-made underground bunker for the house, DIY underground bunker for the house, or professional safe room? Which is right for YOU?


I have a degree in business. I have no problem with people selling this shit. But I will say one of the many reasons we pay taxes is so that nuclear, chemical, and biological disasters don't happen.

Some basics. A fallout shelter doesn't have to be underground. It's not protecting you from a nuclear explosion. It's protecting you from the "fallout" after the explosion. To my knowledge, there is not an underground unit that can withstand a direct hit from a big enough nuclear explosion, but there are some that can handle a direct hit from a smaller explosion. A shelter that tries to protect you from a direct hit is pointless, because you won't have time to get to it. What merchants of doom are selling now is "disaster shelters" that protect against chemical and biological weapons, can withstand an explosion 10 miles away, and serve as fallout shelters.

Local Fallout Shelter:

You just go to a public school or other designated building.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Disaster Shelter:

This one is designed by me. No guarantees! You could put one in an apartment, though. It protects against radioactive fallout, chemical and biological disasters, and low direct exposure to radiation (depending on the options you choose; you can get it to withstand high direct exposure to radiation if you want). It can only withstand an explosion to the extent that the building you put it in can withstand an explosion.

There's a company that makes a home air filter that filters out radioactive dust like a cigarette smoke filter. Another company sells a water filter for your home that filters out radioactive dust in the water. I mean, if the bomb doesn't go off close enough to blow up your house, but goes off close enough to bring that radiation, why not sit tight?
- https://www.americansaferoom.com/shelter-in-place
- https://www.terravivos.com/secure/Vivos_Cleanstream.pdf

What they're filtering is radioactive dust. The only way to filter direct exposure to radiation (like an X-ray) is to build a room in your house with lead bricks. It takes 4 inches/10.2 centimeters of lead at a minimum to shield you against something big. But, you may only need lead sheets like the lead vests they give you when they X-ray your teeth at the dentist. Finally (well, I'm sure there's something I'm missing) there's "borated polyethylene." Plastic sheets treated with a substance to block radiation. That sounds the easiest. Let's go with that.

If you have an apartment, don't damage the drywall/sheetrock/gypsum board. It doesn't have to be a room without windows, but you'll have to put the treated plastic sheets (polyethylene is a plastic) over the windows, keep the windows closed, and (I think) block light. These treated plastic sheets are in rooms of hospitals and outpatient facilities where radiation is a concern.
- https://www.radiationproducts.com/borated-polyethylene
- https://www.radiationproducts.com/sheet-lead.htm
- https://www.radiationproducts.com/brickshtm

Turn off air conditioners and central heat and cover the vents and/or radiators. You can use a space heater (assuming you have electricity), but no A/C. Sorry. Remember not to suffocate in there. Leave a crack to the rest of your house. That's what the air filter is for (you can also hook up the air filter to vent out of a window, or through a hole you create in your wall to the rest of your house). For chemical and biological protection, venting the filter and not leaving a crack is best. Venting the filter will work especially well with the treated plastic sheets. I would vent to the rest of the house if you can make a hole in the wall, unless your house is borderline airtight. You'll need a window in that case.

If you seriously think you're going to get high, direct exposure to radiation, not just fallout dust and low direct exposure, you're talking major project...
- https://www.radiationproducts.com/oversize-shielding...

Underground Condo Community:

There's a company building "underground disaster shelter communities" around the world. They're like an underground apartment complex. There's one in the desert outside Barstow, California, and another one somewhere in South Dakota in a closed underground Army shelter from the 50's and 60's. It also appears there's one in Europe. I'm showing you the one in South Dakota. For $5000, you can get one with roommates. For $12,500, you can get a private/family shelter. You can make payments as low as $50/month, but it isn't clear that making payments will get you a spot if a disaster comes before you pay the full amount. There's also an accessory store. And if you don't want a shelter (or think it's 'tarded because you have to get to South Dakota), you can store your DNA for a one-time $30 fee. The picture below is of a family pod configured for 10 people.

- South Dakota shelters: https://www.terravivos.com/secure/vivosxpoint.htm
- Accessory store: https://www.terravivos.com/secure/gearshop.htm
- DNA vault: https://www.terravivos.com/secure/cryovaultjoinus.htm
- Crazy vid on home page: https://www.terravivos.com



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I pushed this socialogy/psychology post into the "Development Area" because people liked it, and it seemed to help people. I think if I skipped the song list, called this area the "Development Area" and made a title bar for it, and put it in the list of headings, I could actually move on and have the Blog looking nice again, as well as engage more in social media. It is, in fact, conceptualizing how my site has evolved, along with the amount of work involved, that keeps me from doing more with the site, and more with social media. On the other hand, moving slow gave us a "Development Area."

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FYnizimf0s


Put 'em together, and what have you got...?
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_cognitive_theory
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvcTI3ctK8o

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJy8VgB83OQ

The term you'll probably hear most is "break the cycle."

It's both, Nash. You are both a product of your environment, and an "influencer" of your environment. On a large scale we use these theories to try to end violence in countries; on a small scale we use them to stop abuse in the home. I know that's a negative way to look at it, but that's unfortunately what we're dealing with. There could be positive cycles, too, though.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_cycle_theory
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_of_abuse
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_of_violence

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Okay, I'm going to pick up this topic from one of the posts below because it's a semi-famous topic. What's super-famous is this scene. Everyone in the world knows this river from the movies. It's LA's concrete river.
- http://images1.laweekly.com/imager/u/745xauto/6027076...

Why did such an environmentally responsible city do that? Well, LA grew rapidly. There was a tiny river, and homes and businesses went up next to it. But every now and then, it would flood. The problem got worse as more and more of LA got paved, leaving less ground for rainwater to soak into. So, they paved the river. It works! No more floods! It looks weird, though, and in hindsight probably wasn't the best way to handle the environment. So, what now?

They're fixing it up, and turning it into a greenway. It's going to be a nice outdoor space. Part of me wants to say, "Hopefully they don't fix all of it... It's famous and movies would be boring..." But here we go!
- http://lariver.org/blog/visit-la-river

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[I wanna work on this post and get the details...]

A friend of mine bought me some V.S.O.P. brandy yesterday. I looked up what V.S.O.P. means: It means "Very Superior Old Pale." It has to do with how the product is aged, and what's in it. But I kept going, and came up with a bit of info about liquor...

- Whiskey: Spelled "whisky" in Europe, Canada, and probably some other places, it's been likened to "distilled beer" because it's made from grains. In Germany, in addition to whiskey, they also have straight up distilled beer, called "bierschnaps."
- Bourbon: Whiskey made in America
- Scotch: Whiskey made in Scotland

- Rum: Liquor made from sugarcane and/or molasses

- Vodka: Very pure liquor that can be made from grains, potatoes, or fruit, though usually grains or potatoes are used. It is distilled in a way that gets rid of most impurities, so it doesn't matter if you make it from grains, potatoes, or fruit. It's the closest liquor to pure ethanol, but it is sold at a lower strength (it's ethanol + water, and really is that pure; you can even use industrial ethanol to make it).
- Gin: Vodka with juniper berries added during the process, although the process is different from vodka.

- Brandy: Liquor made from fruit. Usually grapes are used. If you can think of whiskey as "distilled beer," you can think of brandy as "distilled wine."
- Cognac: Brandy made from specific grapes in a certain region of France
- Armagnac: Brandy made from specific grapes in a certain region of France

- Tequilla: Liquor made from the blue agave plant.

- Liqueur: Any of the above mixed with flavorings. It gets weird here because you have products like Jägermeister, which is an herb liqueur. It isn't clear what that means. Can alcohol be distilled from herbs, or are herbs just used for flavor? In any case, there does not appear to be such a thing as "herb liquor." You'll be directed to "herb liqueur," suggesting alcohol cannot be made from herbs.
- Schnapps: A word that describes many liqueurs.

So let's test out the guide! What about "corn liquor?" I'd say corn is a grain, and corn liquor doesn't taste like vodka, so corn liquor must be a whiskey. Corn liquor is sold in jars and packaged to look "homemade." It is supposed to suggest a time when people made liquor at home, especially during prohibition in the U.S. When prohibition was lifted, these products still circulated "in the country (countryside)." In reality, corn liquor is manufactured in a licensed industrial facility. You're buying the look of the packaging. The ATF will come to your house and kill you if you try to make your own corn liquor... from all that corn on your farm?

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This vid is designed to work with this article:
- http://www.ocsmag.com/2016/02/13/mytube-build-your-own-youtube...

It's about how to create your very own social media video service, similar to YouTube, on your personal or business web site. And it's not affiliated with YouTube! It is free if you know how to get it on your server. I'll do a write up later 'cause I wanna make this a permanent post... (Basically, I didn't wanna fuck with the NewsKing server, so I turned my computer into a server. It works...)

CHECK OUT THE VID!!!
- my_youtube.mp4


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Alright, Chris B. I don't know if you were there for me and Sam's "getting to the top" adventure. But this has been an ongoing theme. I just now figured out that an old FLV on the 2008 Blog no longer plays (at least on this computer). It's pre-HTML5. And this is exactly why backward compatibility is important. I assumed everyone had seen it. It's probably time to bring it to the front again, too. So, now it's an MP4, and will be a new post on the Blog.

I don't know if there's a top, Chris B. But my experience with it is that it looks like this vid. The vid is a clip called "The Ediface Sequence," and it's from a longer vid called Why Man Creates by Saul Bass. The clip was used to open the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting series The Western Tradition, hosted by Eugen Weber.

Check out the vid!

- why_man_creates.mp4

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Trying to sort of narrow in on the direction that seems popular for all the stuff I put up yesterday. These two stories are related, and I thought they were interesting. For different reasons, though. I left the TTIP post up. It'll probably need to be a permanent post.

1) I'm pretty sure I read somewhere else that McDonald's had invested in this product, too. It wouldn't surprise me. McDonald's also helped start Chipotle. But apparently this company has really nailed the taste and texture of chicken, and done it so it's suitable for vegans. And you can have it now instead of waiting for the cultured meat version (I really think a lot of the cultured meat effort, but they need to get products out to us...).
- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives...

2) This is a look at the market environment. This company has an apparently good product with wide distribution. It's vegan mayo that supposedly nails the taste of regular mayo. They are (or were) being sued by Unilever, maker of America's best selling mayonnaise brands (Hellmann's and Best Foods). Unilever is a huge company. They make everything from soaps to chewing gums. Anyway, the article is from 2014, and Just Mayo hasn't changed their name or logo...
- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/business/unilever-sues...

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I supported the TTIP (US/EU Trade Agreement) in a blog post back in 2013. I said the following (all that I knew at the time) about problems with the agreement:

"Of course, there are some concerns. Concerns over agriculture are currently at the forefront of talks. One of these concerns involves the U.S. so far supporting genetically modified plants, while the EU does not. However, it is likely problems related to agriculture can be solved by simply leaving agriculture out of the agreement. There are other areas for concern as well, but the two sides have been meeting for over a year to assess whether some of these points can be resolved so that no single issue, industry, or interest group can sabotage the talks, as has happened in the past."


They did a horrible job, and my stamp of approval is still on it. And there are a lot more issues surfacing. I'd say industry has sabotaged this. I'm withdrawing my support until the issues are resolved to my satisfaction. And I think people know where I stand on the issues. I agree with the video. Check it out!

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4OQeekSD6s

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They have this, Swifterrs, but I haven't tested it or anything. I bookmarked it when you asked for it. I'll add it to the list of shit I'm supposed to do.
- https://obsproject.com/forum/threads/guide-how-to-stream-to-youtube.4333

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This was a bigger hit than I thought... I should redo the sleep post. And if you like NewsKing catching the details for ya... Uhh... Cultured meat... (You know this boy have good taste!)

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I read on Reddit about these new solor panels. It got me thinking about a post I did in 2009. There's a picture of a roof shingle that doubles as a solar panel. A "solar shingle." I thought it would look better on people's houses than solar panels. I did a Google search back in 2009, but there was no such thing as a solar shingle. So, I just put the picture there (it's a Photoshopped shingle roof) and said nothing. Well, now the solar shingle is here. Did I invent it? No. It was invented in 2005 and wasn't practical yet...

The idea is that they look good and the whole roof matches. (Some companies are doing half the roof, with thin stuff overtop the regular shingles. Put that on the back part of the roof, okay?) I want the whole roof to match, even if they're not all solar shingles (you could throw in some matching "dummy shingles" if you don't need it all solar).

So, this company is doing the whole roof, and it looks good. The only one with a decent webpage to see the potential, as well as the aesthetics.
- http://energysystems.meyerburger.com/en/products/in-roof

Anyway, I read a few of my old posts, too. It's like I'm talking to a more conservative audience. Trying to change someone's mind. Not the confident style I have now. That's what happens to everyone, though. That's why the election is important. You'll be sitting at a bar or hanging out with friends and suddenly realize there's no one to talk to. And where now they laugh and nod in disbelief, if their party is in power, they yell at you and insult you. So your style changes...

Sam suggested I pull the old vids, and I think I'm gonna do an edit spree, too. Just change it a little... Like, on that post, the conservatives at the time were all about whether Obama was an American. So, I went after Rupert Murdoch for being Australian. (If you wanna make the mental leap, that makes Fox News Australian. It's a writing trick. I said it was Australian-based, as in the mind of Rupert Murdoch. I didn't say it was based in Australia.) Anyway, I could clean shit like that up. I dunno. I have to cut the grass...

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Okay, so that's it for now... Let's make tomorrow about at least getting the tabbed songs on the list, and starting to fix what I can on Twitter and YouTube...
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