Mid-day Music Break: U2 at Glastonbury – I Will Follow | Verum Serum

Mid-day Music Break: U2 at Glastonbury – I Will Follow | Verum Serum.

Mid-day Music Break: U2 at Glastonbury – I Will Follow

John on June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Pretty good performance of a really old song:

This song is at least 31 years old. Here’s a video of the band performing it in 1980 on a UK TV program:

Wow, Adam’s ponytail and glasses look is really not working for him.

Incidentally, U2 had been on TV several times before this, but only in Ireland. Their first TV appearance there was in 1978.

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Video: Occupy Santa Cruz Working to Clean Up Its Act After Feces Story | Verum Serum

Video: Occupy Santa Cruz Working to Clean Up Its Act After Feces Story | Verum Serum.

Video: Occupy Santa Cruz Working to Clean Up Its Act After Feces Story

John on November 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

The Santa Cruz occupiers have denied having anything to do with the 200lbs of human feces found about a 1/4 mile from their camp, but in this video from a local News station one of the occupiers admits there has been a serious problem with sanitation at the camp, which until a few days ago had just one porta-pottie for 100 or more people:

Again, it’s not proof that Occupy Santa Cruz is responsible, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to see a possible, even likely, connection, i.e. campers with limited facilities that fill up quickly, human waste dumped nearby.

This was a local story until the Mercury News covered it and VS helped bring it to much wider attention. Now it’s possible that attention could play a role in the city’s decision whether or not to allow Occupy Santa Cruz to continue campingin the park:

Santa Cruz city council is set to discuss the Occupy encampment at Tuesday’s closed session city council meeting.

Given the laundry list of problems, including the poop, Santa Cruz should follow the lead of New York, Oakland and other big cities and remove the camp.

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Lech Walesa Unveils Reagan Statue in Warsaw: “Without Reagan There Would Be No Poland” | The Gateway Pundit

Lech Walesa Unveils Reagan Statue in Warsaw: “Without Reagan There Would Be No Poland” | The Gateway Pundit.

Lech Walesa Unveils Reagan Statue in Warsaw: “Without Reagan There Would Be No Poland”

Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, November 21, 2011, 3:01 PM

Lech Walesa told a crowd in Warsaw today that there would not be a free Poland without Ronald Reagan. Walesa made his remarks during the unveiling of a statue in Warsaw of the late American president on Monday.

The News reported:

The former Solidarity leader said that “as a participant in these events,” it was “inconceivable” that such changes would have come about without the last American president during the post-1945 cold-war era.

Walesa added that thirty years ago, it seemed that the fall of the communist system would not be possible without a nuclear war.

The bronze statue of Reagan has been installed not far from the American Embassy, on Ujazdowskie Avenue, one of the capital’s most picturesque thoroughfares.

A statement from President Barack Obama was read out to the guests attending the ceremony, which said that: “The location of this monument is a fitting reminder of the close ties between the American and Polish people, and a tribute to the strong support the United States gave Poland during its long struggle to free itself from communist rule”.

The three-metre high monument, designed by sculptor Wlaydyslaw Dudek, depicts Reagen nicknamed ‘the Gipper’ making his famed 1987 speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

During the Berlin address Reagan called on his Russian counterpart, President Gorbachev, to “tear down this wall.”

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search | mother, search, adult – The News Herald

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search | mother, search, adult – The News Herald.

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

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A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.

“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, said she could not comment on specific cases to protect the privacy of those involved.

“The TSA works with passengers to resolve any security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner,” she said.

Weber’s mother entered the airport’s security checkpoint in a wheelchair because she was not stable enough to walk through, Weber said.

Wheelchairs trigger certain protocols, including pat-downs and possible swabbing for explosives, Koshetz said.

“During any part of the process, if there is an alarm, then we have to resolve that alarm,” she said.

Weber said she did not know whether her mother had triggered an alarm during the 45 minutes they were detained.

She said her mother was first pulled aside into a glass-partitioned area and patted down. Then she was taken to another room to protect her privacy during a more extensive search, Weber said.

Weber said she sat outside the room during the search.

She said security personnel then came out and told her they would need for her mother to remove her Depends diaper because it was soiled and was impeding their search.

Weber wheeled her mother into a bathroom, removed her diaper and returned. Her mother did not have another clean diaper with her, Weber said.

Weber said she wished there were less invasive search methods for an elderly person who is unable to walk through security gates.

“I don’t understand why they have to put them through that kind of procedure,” she said.

Koshetz said the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security.

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” she said.

Weber filed a complaint through Northwest Florida Regional’s website. She said she received a response from a Homeland Security representative at the airport on Tuesday and spoke to that person on the phone Wednesday.

The representative told her that personnel had followed procedures during the search, Weber said.

“Then I thought, if you’re just following rules and regulations, then the rules and regulations need to be changed,” she said.

Weber said she plans to file additional complaints next week.

“I’m not one to make waves, but dadgummit, this is wrong. People need to know. Next time it could be you.”

It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency | Watts Up With That?

It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency | Watts Up With That?.

 

It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency

“Experiment” on the US power grid will change the way some clocks and other equipment function.

A 60 hertz sine wave, over one cycle (360°). The dashed line represents the root mean square (RMS) value at about 0.707 Image: Wikipedia

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The AP has released an “exclusive” story concerning the nationwide “experiment” that will be conducted on the US power grid.  The experiment will relieve the power providers from the duty of regulating the frequency of power on the line.

Normally the power stations condition their power to a frequency of 60 cycles a second, a frequency that many old clocks use to maintain their time.  With the new standard, or lack of standard, these clocks will stop keeping time properly.

But the problem is more than that.

First, we have this gem from Joe McLelland who heads the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (from AP article):

“Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?” McClelland said. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.”

… forgive me for not getting warm fuzzies from this.  Likewise,  Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, had this to say (AP Article again):

“A lot of people are going to have things break and they’re not going to know why,”

So, we have what appears to be an untested, for the hell of it, “experimental” major change to the US electrical grid coming in a few weeks and those in charge aren’t really sure how it will work or if it may break something?

Not only is this what a LAB is for, but it is also something that the Federal Government should be TELLING people about in advance, and not in an AP “exclusive” press release