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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/29/2014

29 October 2014 at 9:24:48 AM

Donkey doing really well. Hub saw him out in the field playing with the deer yesterday. When I fed him last night, looked like the swelling from the geld is down all the way. 

Going to work on an RSS aggregator for the side bar today and tomorrow. For years, Somervell County Salon was part of Lefty Blogs, an RSS Aggregator for Liberal and Progressive (Left) blogs on the internet, with a view to providing a way to display, read posts and encourage others to read those posts. The Lefty Blogs site broke a few years ago, I believe due to spammers, but the aggregator still worked anyway. In the last few months, even the aggregator stopped. I see that Wordpress has a bloglist plugin that shows the favorites, along with the most recent post (saw this in two of my favorite blogs, and but I don't use wordpress. Some years ago I had made my own RSS aggregator that essentially went out, grabbed the most recent post from a list, and stuffed the info into a SQL table, which I then went back and did a select from to display.

Texas Railroad Commission has some new rules, including checking FIRST before putting in a waste disposal well to see if ther has been earthquake activity in the proposed area.

In the past year, about three-dozen earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.0 or higher have struck communities atop North Texas' gas-rich Barnett Shale. Some quakes were strong enough to crack home walls and foundations. Most of the quakes hit months ago, though three of them – accompanied by thunderous booms – rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September, waking some residents from sleep. A 2.2-magnitude quake shook an area outside of Irving earlier this month.

Drilling areas in South and West Texas have also seen an uptick in quakes. That includes a 3.2-magnitude tremor that hit Atascosa County, just south of San Antonio, on Sept. 10.

As a growing body of research links the drilling of disposal wells to earthquakes, those affected — including the North Texas mayors of Azle and Reno – initially criticized what they described as a slow and disjointed response from the Railroad Commission.

In April, the agency hired a seismologist to study the issue and help shape the latest rules.

Love this. You're not entitled to your opinion You are only entitled to what you can argue for.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.

AT&T being sued by the government about the so-called Unlimited data. I KNEW IT!!!!  You have unlimited data but your performance will STINK.

AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company -- slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

The Federal Trade Commission filed its complaint against AT&T Mobility on Tuesday, charging that the telecom giant failed to adequately disclose to customers that it would reduce data speeds if they went over a certain amount of data use in a billing cycle. The practice, known as throttling, slowed web browsing, GPS navigation or streaming videos.

Giant tortoise made a giant comeback

Who's the latest to try to put on Dead Reagan's mantle? Oh, yeah, poor thug  Rick Oops Perry. Makes you wonder whether ALL the Republican wanna be's are going to copy Reagan's speeches and try to comb up their hair in the same way. Incidentally, I'll be glad when Rick Perry is no longer governor and moves off to California. We all need a clean break from him. 

Amy Poehler on feminism

This discussion — the media discussion of who is and isn’t a feminist — is yet another example of the media attempting to divide us, to take us and split us apart, and our view among each other,” said Poehler. “So it’s like, ‘She said she was, she said she wasn’t, now she is, now she’s not, she made her one.’ It’s just bullsh-t. It’s yet another attempt to get us to talk shit about each other, for people to bait you into [responding to] ‘What do you think about so and so?’”

First of all, it’s none of my business what they they want to say or do — that’s what feminism is. And also, what you believe or say at 20 is different at 40, is different at 60. I think as women, we need to continue to constantly celebrate what we have in common and share, and stop letting this society focus on how we’re different. It’s really frustrating. Yet again, the topic of feminism is another example of people cooping it, taking it out of our hands, and we have to kind of take it back.

 Kent Hovind (Doctor Dino) hit with another contempt charge.

CSE and the park were the focus of Kent’s tax problems which earned him a long sentence in federal prison.  He considered the ministry to be tax exempt and had taken a vow of poverty.  He considered the people who worked there to be missionaries and paid them in cash without filing payroll tax returns.  In his criminal prosecution, the greatest number of counts was for something called “structuring” – systematically keeping cash deposits and withdrawals below $10,000 to avoid currency reporting requirements.  The New York Times just ran a story on a variety of people who, perhaps innocently, ran afoul of the structuring rules and were subject to civil forfeiture, although not criminal prosecution.  The civil liability of Kent and his wife Jo Delia Hovind for income taxes is a separate issue.  Since the IRS could not tell who’s money was who’s, and the Hovinds apparently did not file at all, they were whipsawed – each being taxed on the whole amount.  Here is a rundown of my coverage of their travails up to this point.  When last we checked in, Kent , nearing the end of a long sentence was hit with another criminal charge for contempt of court arising out of a filing that was made in connection with federal seizure of CSE property.

Oh, this is good. Not. Verizon starting a new technology news site in which reporters are BANNED FROM WRITING ABOUT AMERICAN SPYING or NET NEUTRALITY. Yeah, don't have to wonder why.



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