Category: FYI


FYI September 16, 2016

John Tausig has raised $20,000 (so far)

Dan Boyle (818) 209-1692
Sapna Kumar (818) 487-7455
Kayaker Determined to Help his Mother and Uncle Battle Multiple Myeloma Completes 600-Mile Washington to Alaska Trip
Paddling a self-made kayak from Bellingham, Washington and through British Columbia’s Inside Passage, John Taussig reached land’s end in Ketchikan late evening on Wednesday, Sept. 14.  His Paddle to Battle Multiple Myeloma journey, which weaved through a maze of islands starting at the Puget Sound in Washington State and extending along the British Columbia Coast to the Alaska Panhandle, so far has raised more than $20,000 for the IMF.


Viknesh Vijayenthiran ‘The Grand Tour’ starts November 18, 2016


FYI September 15, 2016

Mark Sullivan: The iPhone 7 Plus’s Dual-Lens Camera, Tested By An Award-Winning Photojournalist


Bryan Menegus: Apple Is on a Moderation Rampage After Porn Was Found in iOS 10


When I was taking legal courses in college a male student posed questions including these two: protecting anonymity and financial concerns such as child support.
No clear answer on either.
Christina Farr: She Found Her Biological Father On Ancestry And 23andMe


Patrick George: Ford Finally Confirms It’s Moving All Small Car Production To Mexico


I did receive a call from Carolyn Blashek, thanking me for my donations of music cd’s, etc.
Operation Gratitude Wish List and you can request a care package!  Know a service member deployed in harm’s way? Sign them up here and we will send a care package filled with 50+ items, wrapped with love & good wishes.


Ammonia ingredient might be a concern.
Itch-B-Gone by Moem in homehealth


FYI September 14, 2016

Damned if you do, damned without your pension if you don’t?

West Virginia cop fired for not killing a man with an unloaded gun
By Radley Balko
Even the rare cop who gets fired often gets to keep his pension. Mader won’t be getting one.

Paul Watson: Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt


William Turton: You Can Now Buy a Weaponized USB Stick For $55

USB Kill 2.0 Demonstration Video


Harry McCracken YouTube Is Building Community—And It’s Not Just About Video


Ainsley O’Connell: How Google Is Schooling Apple And Microsoft In The Battle For America’s Classrooms

Shorpy September 13, 2016

The Detroit River circa 1906. “Detroit Oak Belting Co. and Michigan Stove Works.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


1924. Washington, D.C. "Rock Creek Park. Miss Katherine Wren and Norvelle Munford." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

1924. Washington, D.C. “Rock Creek Park. Miss Katherine Wren and Norvelle Munford.” Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

FYI Universities, Ivory Towers and Common Sense? September 13, 2016

College Rape
The victim(s) are raped physically and mentally, then raped again by the authorities.  Would it be appropriate to have victims of rape and/or parents of raped children in authoritative capacities at colleges?

What about rating a college, and the city as to how fair they are to both the victim and accused?

Stassa Edwards: After Richmond Student Writes Viral Essay About Her Rape Case, the University Calls Her a Liar

Cecilia Carreras referred to her rapist as “Richmond’s Brock Turner,”

On Thursday, Carreras responded with another post headlined, “Richmond, all I wanted was for you to say sorry. But instead you called me a liar. So, here are the receipts,” also published in the Huffington Post. In the post, Carreras provides screenshots of emails between her and Richmond dean, Daniel Fabian, as well as transcripts from a preliminary Title IX hearing in which Fabian acknowledges that the alleged rapist changed his story multiple times.

“No one denied, however, that [my rapist] penetrated me without consent,” Carreras wrote. Rather, she alleges that Fabian argued that the length of the assault was justified because he, “thought it was reasonable for [the accused] to penetrate you for a few more minutes if he was going to finish.”


In 2006, The Duke University Lacrosse Team of Durham did not receive fair treatment.

In 2007, Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans sought unspecified damages and called for new criminal justice reform laws in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Durham. (See below)

Falsely Accused of Rape
The Duke lacrosse case was a 2006 criminal case in which three members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team were falsely accused of rape. The case evoked varied responses from the media, faculty groups, students, the community, and others. The case’s resolution sparked public discussion of racism, media bias, and due process on campuses, and ultimately led to the resignation and disbarment of the lead prosecutor, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong.

In March 2006, Crystal Gail Mangum, a black student at North Carolina Central University[1][2] who worked as a stripper,[3] dancer and escort, falsely accused three white Duke University students – all members of the Duke Blue Devils men’s lacrosse team – of raping her. The rape was alleged to have occurred at a party held at the house of two of the team’s captains in Durham on March 13, 2006. Many people involved in or commenting on the case, including District Attorney Nifong, stated or suggested that the alleged rape was a hate crime.[4][5][6][7]

In response to the allegations, Duke University suspended the lacrosse team for two games on March 28, 2006. The following week, on April 5, Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign under threat by athletic director Joe Alleva, and Duke President Richard Brodhead canceled the remainder of the 2006 season.

Law reform:
In 2007, Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans sought unspecified damages and called for new criminal justice reform laws in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Durham.

Claire Ballentine and Samantha Neal: Where are they now?
A look at the main characters involved in the lacrosse case


Is this censorship or common sense? How does having high profile alumni  and/or  faculty in a radical, criminal negative light affect a school?   Does it make a difference if a school is named after a historical figure?
University of Oregon to remove former KKK leader’s name
The University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to strip the name of former Frederic Dunn from a campus dorm because of his past as an “exalted cyclops” in the Klu Klux Klan.


























FYI September 10, 2016

Patrick George: Holy Shit Watch This Car Dangle From A Parking Garage Live
David Darrow – comment: How is this still going on??? Seriously give a redneck a case of Busch Light, a 100′ of cable and a come-along and it will be done in 20 minutes.


Daniel Terdiman Now Celebs, Athletes, And Companies Can Interact With Their Followers On Facebook Live
That’s changing today, with the launch by BlueJeans Networks’ Primetime service for Facebook Live. Already a tool used by prominent companies like Facebook, The Players’ Tribune, the Sundance Film Festival, TED, as well as celebrities, athletes, and political figures such as Sheryl Sandberg, Drew Brees, David Ortiz, Chelsea Clinton, and others to broadcast things like internal town halls or all-hands meetings, Primetime now works on Facebook Live. That means the live streams can be seen, and interacted with, by anyone on Facebook.


Justin T. Westbrook: I Still Have No Idea What Clarkson, Hammond, And May’s DriveTribe Website Will Be


Arlington Is No Longer Closed to the Women Pilots of World War II


Mrs. Harmon, who died in April 2015 at age 95, had been a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, a first-of-its-kind Army unit made up of women who flew planes and trained men to do the same during World War II.

That experience was so central to Mrs. Harmon’s life that after she died, her family found a letter written on cream-colored WASP stationery and left inside a fireproof file box, with a final wish.

“I would like to be buried in Arlington Cemetery,” she wrote, adding later, “Even if there are no ashes left, I would like an empty urn placed at Arlington.”

One of the Woman Pilots of World War II Has Finally Been Laid to Rest at Arlington

FYI September 9, 2016

A Luna-tic Tip: “The Secret to Success in Life”
Originally published December 11, 2012

Here it is, folks, in paragraph one. The secret of success in life is to force yourself to leave your comfort zone. Think about it:

“I can’t find a job!”

– – – Move to Williston, North Dakota.

“I can’t find a nice girlfriend in any of the bars”

– – – Join a volunteer group where you’re all helping others for free.

“I hate it when my friends say I’m fat!”

– – – Follow Dr. Gott’s NO FLOUR NO SUGAR diet.

“My son’s in his 20s and refuses to leave home.”

– – – Hand him an application to work at McDonalds, and kick him out.

“We don’t have the money to send our kids to college.”

– – – Then see that they learn a trade, even if they must work for free.

“I want to write a book but I have no time!”

– – – Get up at 5 a.m. like I do. (Still alive at 85.)

“I don’t know what my purpose is in life!”

– – – Contact JJ Luna. (You won’t like the answer.)   =================================


(Proofreaders no longer needed.)

Readers of Bestselling fiction wanted

In the early 2000s I wrote several novels but did not publish them. Now, however, I plan re re-write one of them. If you are an avid reader of authors such as John Grisham, Robert B. Parker, and/or John D. McDonald, and would like to give me an opinion of several different opening chapters, please contact me.  No cash involved, sorry!

Jack Luna
J J Luna


An experiment with removing gender from job applications makes the case that bias influences hiring.
Tech companies should be interested in diversifying, said Annie Ryan, Speak With a Geek’s director of diversity and inclusion. Research has shown that diverse teams lead to diverse thinking and better problem solving.

“If you’re coming up with a new technology,” Ryan said, “you want to make sure it’s most applicable to the widest amount of users, so that anybody in the world can pick up your technology and have it be relevant to their lives. The best way to do that is to bring in different perspectives to the creation process.”

Erin Carson: When tech firms judge on skills alone, women land more job interviews


We’re building an internet that protects privacy, starting with email.


Debra Lynn Dadd Live Toxic Free


WASP Elaine Harmon

Honored to be in Washington DC to witness WASP Elaine Harmon being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Will likely be lots of national coverage. Check out this podcast for some background on the women if you are interested.

Honored to be in Washington DC to witness WASP Elaine Harmon being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Will likely be lots of national coverage. Check out this podcast for some background on the women if you are interested.

Chickens & Campers


Walk-in open air chicken coop by hubertofliege in homegardening



Great idea for a camper!


How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance by ambercollective in outsidecamping