Category: FYI


Southwest Fun Flying September 5, 2016

Pratt Brothers September 5, 2016

The Pratt brothers (Boris Karloff is on the far right)

The Pratt brothers (Boris Karloff is on the far right)

Pratt Brothers  great-aunt Anna Leonowens (of Anna and the King of Siam fame)

Pratt Brothers great-aunt Anna Leonowens (of Anna and the King of Siam fame)


William Pratt was born on 23 November 1887[3] at 36 Forest Hill Road, Camberwell, London, England.[4] Pratt himself stated that he was born in Dulwich, which is nearby in London.[5] His parents were Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His maternal grandparents were James Millard and Eliza Julia Edwards, a sister of Anna Leonowens (whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I). The two sisters may have had some Anglo-Indian ancestry.[6]

Pratt spent his childhood years in Enfield, in the County of Middlesex. He was the youngest of nine children, and following his mother’s death was brought up by his elder siblings. He received his early education at Enfield Grammar School, and later at the private schools of Uppingham School and Merchant Taylors’ School. After this he attended King’s College London where he took studies aimed at a career with the British Government’s Consular Service. However, in 1909 he left university without graduating and drifted, departing England for Canada, where he worked as a farm labourer and did various odd itinerant jobs until happening into acting.[7] His brother, Sir John Thomas Pratt, became a distinguished British diplomat.[8]

He was bow-legged, had a lisp, and stuttered as a young boy.[9] He conquered his stutter, but not his lisp, which was noticeable all through his following career.

William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff

Earl Granville September 5, 2016

Earl Granville   This is a gem we found on the #AtlanticCity boardwalk, remembering our #KoreanWarVeterans. Modern day wounded vets....we are very glorified and respected in todays society, and I'm grateful for that...Here's to our past warriors who may not have had that privilege. May you never be forgotten. ??#KoreanWarMemorial

Earl Granville
This is a gem we found on the #AtlanticCity boardwalk, remembering our #KoreanWarVeterans.
Modern day wounded vets….we are very glorified and respected in todays society, and I’m grateful for that…Here’s to our past warriors who may not have had that privilege. May you never be forgotten. ??#KoreanWarMemorial

Mapping Alaska September 4, 2016

Laurel Andrews: Alaska maps released this week are most precise ever


Alaska Public Lands Information Centers


Alaska Mapped and the Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative

Carol Swartz September 4, 2016

Carol Swartz is a member of the Alaska Women’s Network (AWN website updated soon, maybe next week).

Dana Stabenow: Introducing Carol Swartz

Courts & Sentencing September 4, 2016

A 21-year-old woman in the small town of Hawley, Pennsylvania is facing life in prison for selling heroin to a person who then died of an overdose. Brittany Ann Banscher is being charged under a new initiative that’s aggressively targeting heroin trafficking in Pennsylvania. It’s part of a growing number of states that are using “drug dealer liability” or “death by delivery” laws to stringently punish drug dealers. An earlier version of Pennsylvania’s law was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

Anna Merlan: Woman Charged Under ‘Death by Delivery’ Law With Selling Heroin That Led to Overdose



Comments Welcome:

Across the board sentencing crimes in the US, or each state?

Would that help eliminate disparate punishments and court costs?
For example:
After receiving a driver’s license should there be a standard sentence for all criminal acts while driving? Raise the legal age for driving to 18, they could then be sentenced as adults. First time offense equates to x punishment. Each re-offense for the same act doubles or triples the punishment.  Age, race and gender is not a consideration with the severity of the crime.

Is the reason for the crime a consideration for sentencing?  A crime of mercy such as  assisted suicide?

How does equate the crime to the damage of the victim? Age of the perpetrator and age of the victim(s). Physical and psychological damages?   Long term effects of the crime?

Right now my focus is on physical and/or mental cruelty.  if the act is posted on the internet, it can not be erased.  It is a perpetual hell for the victim.

Bullying is another criminal topic.

I am going to stop for now~

Semi’s Bad, Good and Almost September 4, 2016


Truck Driver Surprised To Find He Was Dragging A Car Down The Highway



Justin T. Westbrook: Terrifying Video Perfectly Explains The Purpose Of Runaway Truck Ramps


mxer: In CO, we’ve got one that goes nearly straight up! Judging by the video, there isn’t much control when you hit the gravel, making it butt clinching. Of course your truck is already out of control so you might already be in code brown.




DeliciousTurboSoup: Here’s a good one from today on the same exact ramp


drluccia:  If you use it, you also get to pay the cost of restoring it, get a ticket for losing control of your truck, and if your truck is company-owned, you’ll most likely get fired, again for losing control of your truck. If you don’t use it, you and numerous others just might die as your rig hurtles to the inevitable plunge off a cliff.



Ron Howard’s Beatlemania September 4, 2016

John Paul Titlow:  Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week

Rental Cars And Your Phones September 4, 2016

What happens when you rent a connected car? When you use the car’s infotainment system, it may store personal information. It may keep locations you entered in GPS or visited when travelling in the rental car – like where you work or live.

If you connect a mobile device, the car may also keep your mobile phone number, call and message logs, or even contacts and text messages. Unless you delete that data before you return the car, other people may view it, including future renters and rental car employees or even hackers.

What is your phone telling your rental car?
Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education


Alanis King: You Probably Shouldn’t Connect Your Smartphone To A Rental Car

Happy Birthday Google September 4, 2016

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, California. Together, they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its new headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex.[10]

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.