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Pearl Harbor Day.

wheeler_field_pearl_harbor-2Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which launched the United States into World War II. It is not that we like remembering the devastation, the death and injuries that this attack caused, but rather we remember the sacrifices of the men and women during that period of time to keep us a free nation.

Even more importantly, we remember that there are people and countries who seek to end the United States and the freedoms we enjoy. It can be argued that in many ways, the US was caught with its pants down on December 7, 1941, but it is never the getting knocked down that matters.

What matters is how you get back up.

Today there are enemies of the US who seek to kill our nation, our freedoms, and our people. We should meet them with the same resolve that came out of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.
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America’s Socialist Origins.

As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving which in part is founded on a feast of thanks held by the Pilgrims, it may be good to look back and see how those Pilgrims believed in a form of socialism, and how that economic system worked out in the end.

Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.

(Courtesy Prager U.)



Is Organic Food Worse For You?

An interesting, balanced discussion on whether “organic” food is worse or better for you than “inorganic” food.

Should you be eating organic food?




Oops.

Via our friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove, comes this:

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock opened a congressional hearing by reading a Washington Post article detailing the “unheard of” impacts global warming had on the Arctic ecosystem.

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and some place the seals are finding the water too hot,” McClintock read in a Wednesday hearing, adding that reports “all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone.”

McClintock went on, then asked President Barack Obama’s top climate adviser Christy Goldfuss if “this the crisis you’re referring to?” — referring to a new guidance her Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) staff issued on accounting for global warming impacts of federal agency actions.

“It is a crisis we’re trying to address,” Goldfuss said, totally unsuspecting of what was about to happen. “I’m not familiar with that specific report…” Goldfuss added.

Turns out, Goldfuss should have been familiar with the report as it has been out awhile.
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7 Weird Things That Happen Before You’re 7.

Watch. Marvel. Learn.

Kids are weird. They eat mud, talk to bugs, and stick things up their noses… but the changes kids go through as they grown out of infancy and into childhood are even weirder!




Microsoft Changes Time Frame To Rollback.

Windows_10_build_10565 If you are like us, you may have waited until the last few days prior to July 29 to update your Window 7 or Windows 8 based system to Windows 10 using the free update offer from Microsoft.

We ware not big fans of the amounts of data Windows 10 is sending back home from users nor are we big fans of updates being mandatory. We don’t think it is any business of Microsoft what we search for, what apps we install, etc. What makes the data more insidious is that Microsoft is using the data to send your computer ads based on what you do. In other words, if you search for “cats,” be prepared to see ads on cat food, cat medicines, etc.

Yeech.

As we said, the mandatory updates bothered us as well. We have been in the home PC game from the beginning and have seen far too many updates to operating systems as well as other security updates “brick” systems making them impossible to use. We have never installed updates within the first few days of a release and we would never recommend to any of our clients to do so. The history of catastrophic failure is there.

With Windows 10, the ability to install updates on your own timing went away. All updates are installed now whether you want them or not. We understand the reasoning behind making the updates mandatory because too many people never updated their systems which posed risks. Just because others didn’t take updates seriously doesn’t mean that we didn’t and should now be forced to risk our systems crashing.

Yet with the offer to update to Win10 for free, we looked at saving money down the road for future computer builds where we would have to pay for a copy of Win10 and we don’t like spending money on things like that if we don’t have to.

So with the offer to try out Win10 for 30 days and then be able to roll it back to our old operating system if we hated it, we took a chance and updated. The update was fairly painless except Win10 killed (and we mean murdered) case mounted USB ports.

And it killed them: two USB 2 ports and two USB 4 ports dead. Why the operating system would look at USP ports that are connected to the motherboard via a cable is beyond us, but it did.

Still, we figured that we’d get new drivers for the motherboard and go from there. It would be a pain in the butt, but we would do it.

Then the other foot hit.

Microsoft announced an “Anniversary Update” that would go out starting August 2, 2016. The update would make Cortana mandatory. The update would collect even more data.

With that coming down the tubes, we decided that we had had enough. We weren’t going to keep Win10 around and in a few days, planned on removing it.

Then this article from PC World came into our mailbox:
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Muck U.

Unless you have been living under a rock or outside of this area, you know that muck in the Indian River Lagoon is a real issue with lasting impacts.

But how much do you know about muck, its causes and solutions?

Stepping up to the plate is Dr. John Trefry.

Dr. John Trefry is a chemical oceanographer and professor at Florida Institute of Technology. He was a co-discoverer of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean in 1985 and has sampled super-heated (400°C, 750°F) vent fluid from many locations including the East Pacific Rise and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Dr. Trefry also has been carrying out biogeochemical studies in the Arctic for the past 18 years with the challenge of identifying impacts from global climate change versus regional human activities. Dr. Trefry was the medalist of the Florida Academy of Sciences in 2002, served for eight years on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee, and has been a long-term associate editor of the journal Marine Chemistry. He has presently stepped up his long-term research efforts to address the plight of the Indian River Lagoon.

On May 11, 2016 Dr.Trefry gave a lecture he called “Running Amuck: Our Six-Decade Legacy to the Indian River Lagoon.”

We have a different name for it: “Muck U.”

The video is 34 minutes long and gives an overview of muck (“black mayonnaise”), its composition, some solutions and what you can do.

It’s well worth your time.




Will This Trick Your Brain? (Color TEST)

Ever wonder how your eyes see color? Or why a banana looks different on a cell phone than in real life? Or maybe you wondered sometime why there aren’t many green flowers.

This video may help you answer those questions and more.




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