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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, May 20, 2013
Summary:More news from Yahoo on Monday: The company is revamping photo-sharing service Flickr
and is also opening a New York office.
Yahoo’s already had a busy Monday, what with that little $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition, but the company had a few more announcements to make at a press conference Monday afternoon in New York. It’s revamping its photo-sharing service Flickr , which has largely been left to languish since Yahoo acquired it in 2005. “We want to make Flickr awesome again,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said.
Flickr is getting three big updates. All users will get 1 terabyte of photo storage for free. The photo service’s interface is also being redesigned to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, Jan 14, 2013 10:00 AM EST
It may seem hard to believe, but for decades the organization helped write federal laws restricting gun use
By Steven Rosenfeld, Alternet
The NRA once supported gun control.
This article originally appeared on AlterNet
For nearly a century after, its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association was among America’s foremost pro-gun control organizations. It was not until 1977 when the NRA that Americans know today emerged, after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented widespread distrust against government—if not armed insurrection—emerged after staging a hostile leadership coup.
In the years since, an NRA that once encouraged better markmanship and reasonable gun control laws gave way to an advocacy organization and political force that saw more guns as the answer to society’s worst violence, whether arming commercial airline pilots after 9/11 or teachers after the Newtown, while opposing new restrictions on gun usage.
It is hard to believe that the NRA was committed to gun-control laws for most of the 20th century—helping to write most of the federal laws restricting gun use until the 1980s.
“Historically, the leadership of the NRA was Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 13, 2013
It’s only “deadly” if it’s misused or abused.
And yet, the idea is an excellent one because it limits potential for misuse and abuse by fraud.
NYC Seeks to Curb Painkiller Abuse With Hospital Limits
New York City is seeking to curb abuse of potentially addictive and deadly painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin with new limits on how widely the drugs should be prescribed.
Emergency departments at New York’s public hospitals will only prescribe a three-day supply of opioid painkillers, won’t refill lost or stolen prescriptions and shouldn’t prescribe long-acting versions of the drugs, according to voluntary guidelines the city issued today.
The move is aimed at
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
For many – if not most – people, communication issues and law are a complete mystery. They just want their #*@^$%! cell phones to work. That’s all.
But here’s a thumbnail sketch of why your service sucks, no matter your cell phone carrier.
In the beginning of cellular, it was once called “wireless” – it still is by insiders – and there was the “A” carrier, and the “B” carrier. The “A” carrier was the wireless carrier, while the “B” carrier was the wireless carrier for the landline company, which in most cases was BellSouth, which was gobbled up by AT&T.
The two carriers operated on different frequencies, but within the same bandwidth.
Then, cellular grew. It grew so much it needed more bandwidth. So, the FCC allocated more airwave “space” for cellular frequencies.
That was where the problems all began.
The Federal Communication Commission has regulatory purview and authority over all communications in the United States. And instead of telling the carriers that they had to adopt a common standard, they allowed each and every carrier to different technology and standards to build their networks.
Some built networks along major highways, such as Interstates. Others, concentrated on small local areas, while yet others adopted strategies that focused upon large markets like major cities. And yet none of them collaborated, and each one did their own thing.
The landline telephone in your house has one standard. Not several. As well, the routing it uses – that is, the wires that carry the signal – are invisibly routed to the end users. So, if a wire is knocked down, or damaged by digging, the signal is re-routed through another node – all which is invisible to the end users – and the call continues. That is called “redundancy,” and there are at least two back-ups to such system, which is called “dual redundancy.”
That is NOT SO with wireless.
If a signal from a cellular telephone to a cellular tower is broken, there is no recourse. The call is dropped/disconnected. And often times, once that call is dropped, neither the caller, nor the party being called can reach each other – even if one party is using a landline phone. (We’ve all gone through “cellular dead zones,” right?)
However, IF the FCC had mandated that all cellular carriers adopt a unified standard of signal transmission, they could’ve also required those same carriers to share cellular tower space. As it is now, competing cellular companies DO NOT share tower space with each other – which is why it’s possible to see cellular towers nearby, but not have any quality signal (if any) in many cases. The reason why, is that it’s not the tower for the cellular carrier you use. Too bad, eh?
Truth be told, the United States is at least 15 years or more behind the rest of the world when it comes to cellular communications. For example, in South Korea, the people in that nation have nationwide WiFi and have been watching teevee on their cellular phones for quite some time. Not so in the United States.
I refer the reader to the previous remark.
F.C.C. Details Storm-Related Cellphone Problems
October 31, 2012
The New York Times
By EDWARD WYATT and BRIAN X. CHEN
WASHINGTON — For all of the modern communications that keep people connected, cellphones rely on an age-old technology that has repeatedly demonstrated its own instability during emergencies — electricity.
Power systems failures throughout the Northeast have been the main culprits in the shutdown of more than 20 percent of the cell tower sites in 10 states, causing millions of lost calls on Wednesday, government and industry officials said.
Slow progress was made in restoring some services. Federal Communications Commission officials said that the percentage of cell tower sites not working in the storm-damaged areas declined “by a few percentage points” as of Wednesday morning, down from about 25 percent on Tuesday.
Wired broadband and cable television systems remained out of service for Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Like many, I’ve read a few stories, and seen a few pics from the landing of Hurricane Sandy on the United States Eastern seaboard.
Honestly, it’s difficult to go throughout the day not hearing at least one story about the extreme climatic conditions that’ve been wreaking havoc for thousands of miles, stretching North into Canada and South into the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee & North Carolina from the hurricane’s epicenter located in the New York City & New Jersey areas.
Though unlike many, I’ve not stayed glued to the weather news or developments.
Extreme climatic events in remote affected areas – unusually early and deep snowfall, including heavy rain – have accompanied this unparalleled severe weather event. Yet one of the odd things about this storm, is that – as hurricane strength is measured – it’s not a powerful storm.
Hurricane measurements grade storm intensity according to wind strength, and Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, October 11, 2012
North Dakota oil output at new high in August: regulator
NEW YORK | Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:43pm EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil production in North Dakota accelerated in August, jumping by 3.6 percent from July levels to top the 700,000 barrel-per-day mark for the first time in the state’s history, data from the state Industrial Commission showed on Wednesday.
The state’s August oil output rose by nearly 25,000 barrels-per-day from the previous month and hit just above 701,000 bpd, fast approaching volumes from OPEC-member Qatar, which produced 770,000 bpd in August.
Most of this was from Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
One must understand the audience to whom Mr. Archibald writes his Birmingham News OpEds.
They’re the same ones who found hometown favorite criminal Richard Scrushy – monikered as “America’s First Oblivious CEO” – “Not Guilty” of violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, who to date, remains the solitary individual ever charged with its violation. Alice Martin, then Federal Prosecutor for the Northern District of Alabama, who failed to obtain a guilty verdict in the case, could have moved the trial to New York City – home of Wall Street – or “in Washington, D.C., or in New York City where pecuniary intricacies are understood,” but rather chose Birmingham, Alabama as the trial venue. John C. Coffee, professor of securities law at Columbia Law School, accurately said of the case, that “much of the information was over their heads” and jurors were “sick of trying to understand evidence that was beyond them.”
This remark – right, or wrong (but mostly right) – remains true for Alabama:
Citizens in the state are “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.“
In context of course, historically, one should recognize Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 5, 2012
Many states and individuals complain about budget items, but few ever discuss the booming private prison industry in this nation – a Wall Street-traded for-profit prison system supported by tax dollars… a corporate welfare program if ever there was one.
A key paragraph is this one: “Although states spend significant amounts of money on criminal justice—it’s second only to Medicaid in state budgets—the vast majority of those costs go toward prisons, with limited emphasis on preparing prisoners for life on the outside. The costs of incarceration include an annual $82 billion spent on corrections nationwide, including millions for oversight of parole systems overseeing the 75% of prisoners released short of their full sentences.”
From Prison to a Paycheck
Instead of training and counseling, Newark is trying work first—with promising results
Former inmate Hector Morales at work; the Office of Reentry in Newark, N.J., intervened to help him. He says he was tired of being a bad role model for his kids.
Hector Morales might not seem, at first, to be an American success story. At age 50, he works the graveyard shift—7 p.m. to 5 a.m.—at the back of a garbage truck, part of a three-man crew that lifts and loads 80,000 pounds of waste each night in New York City. It’s his first job in years. The native of Paterson, N.J., a high-school dropout, still owes more than $9,000 in child-support payments to the state of New Jersey.
Former inmate Hector Morales at work; the Office of Reentry in Newark, N.J., intervened to help him. He says he was tired of being a bad role model for his kids. Katie Orlinsky for The Wall Street Journal
But compared with Mr. Morales’s situation a year ago, his story is a success.
Then, he was completing a five-year sentence at the Northern State Prison in Newark, N.J. The former heroin addict has spent, by his own estimate, 18 years behind bars, mostly on drug-related charges. Today, Newark-based Action Carting, one of the largest commercial disposal firms operating in New York, considers Mr. Morales to be a model employee and a good prospect for promotion if he completes his plan to get a commercial truck driver’s license. Currently, he’s on track to earn more than $60,000 a year, including overtime. Every week, part of his check goes to pay off his child-support debt.
Part of the change is due to Mr. Morales’s own attitude. “I got tired of being in jail, tired of officers controlling my life, tired of being the wrong kind of role model for my children,” he says.
His success says much about an unusual intervention by Newark. In April 2009, with the help of Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 23, 2012
The title says it all.
But the title doesn’t explain why.
Read on for more understanding.
On the FaceBook page of Loyola University New Orleans, a photograph was posted of a… well, here it is. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, February 5, 2012
“Mr. Bloomberg announced a plan to reduce homelessness by no longer giving homeless families priority in public housing.”
Makes absolutely ZERO sense. Right?
It’s kinda’ like ending hunger by ceasing to feed the hungry.
How or why?
Because they eventually die.
But, ’tis true.
In a New York Times story by Alan Feuer published, February 3, 2012 entitled “Homeless Families, Cloaked in Normality,” Mr. Feuer wrote “In 2004, Mr. Bloomberg announced Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, October 30, 2011
In a YouTube video entitled “Peter Schiff nails Wall Street Protesters,” Peter Schiff asks one of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators the following question – verbatim: “Wouldn’t you like to get in the 1%? You don’t want more money?“
By asking that question, Mr. Schiff makes a very critical error. In fact, it’s a very simple one to understand. Not everyone will be the 1%. By adding more to the category identified as “the 1%,” it suddenly becomes more than 1%.
As the video progresses, Mr. Schiff continues rhetorically down that deeply and fundamentally flawed path, so that by the end of the video, the conclusions he infers from the statements he makes seem to make reasonable, rational and logical sense. They are, however, founded upon logically flawed premises.
I posit that most viewers would not even casually consider such a blatant problem.
Video follows the break. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 24, 2011
Doubtless, if you’ve been paying any attention to news – either online, broadcast or print – you’ve had to at least heard something about the Occupy Wall Street movement. And no matter where you fall along the political spectrum – arch-conservative, neo-conservative, raging liberal, classical liberal, Austrian liberal, middle of the road, pragmatist, mash-up, federalist, states rights, moderate, or any conglomeration of the above, or even none at all – you certainly have some opinion – good, bad, or indifferent – about the message, the messengers, and the movement – no matter what you may hold to be true about it.
The movement has also spread to various cities throughout the United States, including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and other areas. None, however, have had as much action and publicity as the New York City movement.
The movement is innervated by Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Is this not the height of arrogance?
Wall Street executives,
tell show us how you ~REALLY~ feel!
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, October 1, 2011
John Adams, 1823–24, Second President of the US. Painting by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828).
Perhaps you’ve read the previous entry in this blog. If not, I encourage you do so.
For several reasons, not the least of which are that what you’ll read in the conclusion of this entry speak overwhelmingly to the issue addressed by the protestors.
Following is an entry I made in another forum, the content of which – as I considered it – was worthy of a separate post.
Your thoughtful commentary is encouraged.
I particularly like your earlier remark, and found it quite erudite. To wit, and to clarify, it is this one: “I believe in capitalism, Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, May 28, 2011
The world learned of musician poet/author Gil Scott-Heron‘s death via Twittter from his manager Jamie Byng.
His voice was one that demonstrated a strong sense of outrage over social injustice, and will be sorely missed.
Early in his life, his parents divorced where they lived in Chicago, and his mother moved him to Jackson, Tennessee where he was raised by his grandmother Lillie Scott.
He first came to public renown through his recording “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which was a semi-prophetic commentary upon the times in which we now find ourselves.
Known for Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Simply type the words “Alabama tornado” into any search engine and there’ll be hundreds, if not thousands of entries returned. Add to those words “April 27, 2011″ and not only will your search be further refined, but you may gain a whole new perspective on the destructive forces of nature.
Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave in Tora Bora for the last several years, or were recently buried at sea, you’ve probably read or heard about the hundreds of tornadoes that struck throughout North and Central Alabama, bringing with them resultant death, and widespread destruction.
Sure, we’ve all heard jokes about Alabama, Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Late American Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Robert Johnson, a Negro, died at the tender young age of 27, in 1938. There are less than 50 recordings of his, of which historians are aware. Among musicologists, researchers and others, his performances are considered treasures and remain the subject of great debate, even today.
If Robert Johnson’s mother were alive today, living in New York City and in the prime of her childbearing years, the flower of her youth, and were to become pregnant with him today… Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, January 3, 2011
Previously in this blog, I’ve written negatively critical remarks of Apple Computer‘s actions, predominately on
issues problems associated with the iPhone 4 and iOS 4.
Now, it seems that many more folks have something else to legitimately gripe about.
Again, please don’t misunderstand my intentions; from Day One, I have been an ardent fan of Apple Computer products, and I remain to this day (this entry and all entries in this blog have been composed on an Apple computer, or iPhone) an Apple computer afficionado. Yet, my enthusiasm does not preclude my criticisms of the company’s products or practices.
Read on… Read the rest of this entry »
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