Badass! August 31, 2016

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Every wrench sitting in a toolbox wants to grow up to become a tomahawk. That’s because the locked jaw of a wrench actually makes for a pretty perfect axehead after it gets heated and treated and, well, hammered into shape.

Casey Chan Forging a Badass Tomahawk from an Old Wrench Is Really Clever

 

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Casey Chan: Fun Video Edits Together Your Favorite Movie Characters Into One Awesome Bathroom Scene

 

Because a Man with This Beard Does Not Ride a Standard Bicycle

Because a Man with This Beard Does Not Ride a Standard Bicycle

Berlin’s Frank Dose has a Guinness World Record in his sights

 

 

Cathy Muñoz’s Compassion for Child Abusers August 31, 2016

Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological mistreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. It may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.

The terms child abuse and child maltreatment are often used interchangeably, but some researchers make a distinction between them, treating child maltreatment as an umbrella term to cover neglect, exploitation, and trafficking.

Different jurisdictions have developed their own definitions of what constitutes child abuse for the purposes of removing a child from his/her family and/or prosecuting a criminal charge.

 

Alaska has one of the highest rates of child abuse. Children can not vote, therefore they have no value for Cathy Alaska has one of the highest rates of child abuse. Children can not vote, therefore they have no value for Cathy Muñoz.

I believe Muñoz  “learning experience” is not to get caught doing anything to lose votes, which is one of top rules for politicians.

 

In her statement, Muñoz said she unintentionally caused pain to victims of sexual abuse, and said she’s been accused at times of being “too compassionate.”

“My mistake was not being more sensitive to the victims in these particular cases,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. “This has created a learning experience that’s going to change my life around these issues.”

Nathaniel Herz: Munoz retracts letters supporting leniency for sexual abuser, convicted mother

 

 

“A trial is not a search for truth. It is a contest and, often, one that produces no winners.”
Andrew Vachss

The Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection (LDICP) is the natural evolution of a collective anger, frustration, and disappointment. I believe all of us involved share those feelings, but here I speak only for myself.

LDICPInfo@gmail.com

Tel: 225-612-4916

Perception August 31, 2016

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Francis Bacon

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No one knows what he can do until he tries. Where there is unity there is always victory.
Publilius Syrus

The sum of all sums is eternity.
Lucretius

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

Slow and steady wins the race.
Robert Lloyd

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Clare Boothe Luce,
politician, diplomat and writer

“Routine shortens and variety lengthens time, and it is therefore in the power of men to do something to regulate its pace. A life with many landmarks, a life which is much subdivided when those subdivisions are not of the same kind, and when new and diverse interests, impressions, and labours follow each other in swift and distinct successions, seems the most long…”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

Shorpy August 31, 2016

May 1943. "Clinton, Iowa. Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western cleaning one of the giant freight locomotives." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

May 1943. “Clinton, Iowa. Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western cleaning one of the giant freight locomotives.” Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Getting his waybills, Conductor Cunningham telephones his yardmaster with the number of cars he has to handle and where the delivery is to be made." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

January 1943. “Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Getting his waybills, Conductor Cunningham telephones his yardmaster with the number of cars he has to handle and where the delivery is to be made.” Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

What Do I Know The Uncanny Valley, The Museum of Immigration History, and The Quai Branley Museum Part 1 August 31, 2016

[Dear Reader, have patience with me.  I’m trying to pull together a number of thoughts and experiences in an attempt to make sense of all this.  I’ve done a couple of posts that mention The Flâneur, Edmund White’s book on the Parisian pastime of wandering around exploring Paris in a relatively haphazard way.  I’m drawn to this idea – though I admit to also wanting to find greater meaning in my wanderings.  I’m toying with the idea of a fláneur, not necessarily wandering physically through Paris, but mentally discovering random ideas in no fixed location.  This particular wandering is triggered by a museum in Paris on the History of Immigration.]

The Uncanny Valley, The Museum of Immigration History, and The Quai Branley Museum Part 1

Elections Snafu August 30, 2016

Have you volunteered or worked at an election place?  Method you use to vote and why?

Electronically, absentee ballot or behind the curtains at the polling place?

 

Nathaniel Herz: Alaska elections director tells lawmakers: Division will fix ‘training gaps’

Over the course of nearly three hours, the panel of lawmakers, plus an audience made up almost entirely of Republican activists, staffers and party officials, pored over reports of election irregularities compiled by mainstream media outlets, as well as websites run by Suzanne Downing, the Alaska Republican Party’s spokeswoman, and Craig Medred, a paid consultant to the Republican-led Senate majority.

 

 

Information from the Alaska Division of Elections

General Information

The Division of Elections is looking for individuals to serve as election workers before, during and after Election Day. It takes hundreds of election workers to conduct an election. Election workers span the generation gap from high school students to senior citizens and mirror the amazing diversity of our state. Most important, election workers put a face on the election process and they make voters feel confident about voting. Without their time, energy and dedication, elections simply would not happen.

In Alaska, rural communities are in need of election workers and/or translators who, in addition to English, are fluent in speaking the local Alaska Native languages. Bilingual election workers are needed to provide language assistance to Alaska Native voters who have limited English proficiency. In the Kodiak area, bilingual election workers are needed to provide language assistance in the Filipino (Tagalog) language.

You will receive training prior to the election that will teach you everything you need to know.

 

Playgrounds in Anchorage & the Valley August 30, 2016

Are the Playgrounds & Vacant Lots you used still available?  If not, do you know what happened them?  I know what happened to the “chain” Vacant Lot Playground I used.  My 0-Lot Line was built on it.

 

Anchorage boasts 223 parks with 82 playgrounds: Some are in the middle of residential areas, and others feel like they’ve been manicured into the center of the wilderness. As you head north to Wasilla, Palmer, and Talkeetna, you’ll find even more playgrounds that take advantage of the unique assets of their locations. Here’s a list of our top picks.

Listing of “the best” playgrounds and parks in Anchorage:

 

(Colleen) Carlson, a former outdoor educator turned playground advocate, thought she knew Anchorage parks and playgrounds before she gave birth to James. Once she and her husband made the decision that she would stay home to raise their son, Carlson found it important for body and soul to get out of the house as much as possible, so she frequented her favorite nature-themed parks, then playgrounds, as James grew up. One week, she happened to meet the same dad at two different parks.

Erin Kirkland: Playing up Anchorage: New book reviews playgrounds of Alaska’s biggest city

 

Colleen Carlson:  133 Anchorage Playgrounds $16.95

 

What Do I Know? Pont Alexander III August 30, 2016

[NOTE:  All the pictures get sharper when you click on them.]
This reminds me to stop complaining about dragging around my Canon rebel, which takes much better pictures than my Canon Spotmatic, but doesn’t fit easily into my pocket.  Paragraphs like these help me figure out who I am and what I’m doing on this blog.  Though I can think of friends who would disagree, I don’t think I’m as obsessed – my attention is too scattered over too many things – but I do think about documentation of things and people that are often overlooked.  And as patient and tolerant as my wife is, I need to mind her needs as well as mine.

What Do I Know? Pont Alexander III