907 Updates September 19, 2017

By Zaz Hollander: Accused killer of Palmer teen to stand trial alone

By Kyle Hopkins: Police investigating discovery of body reported by KTUU
By Travis Khachatoorian: Murder suspect out on bail during shooting, car theft
How many crime victims say SB91 is working for them or against them?
By Blake Essig: Pew Charitable Trusts urge lawmakers to stay the course on SB-91
By Leroy Polk: Suspect named, details released in murdered teenager investigation
By Samantha Angaiak: Municipal attorney explains health care costs transparency law to business leaders
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Alaska lawmaker charged with hunting violation
“I’ve been to court a few times, but not for anything of my own – ever,” Rep. Talerico said. “So there’s definitely a level of embarrassment that comes along with this. I can’t remember ever having a traffic ticket.”

Talerico says if he is found to have violated the law, “I’ll take whatever lumps I have coming to me, but not only will I know, but everyone else will know exactly where that boundary is as well, and that’s probably not a bad thing either.”

ByDaniella Rivera: ‘Dirty dancing’ ends South High’s homecoming dance early

Remember, if the city wanted the property, they would have resolved this and taken it. Worries about toxic contamination (oil, fuel, anti-freeze) from the vehicles?
By Devin Kelly: The saga of a junkyard in Anchorage’s Bear Valley enters a new chapter

Contractor status?
By DAN JOLING: Alaska to pay $2.5M to settle false claims in food program
By Cameron Mackintosh: New hi-tech air hangars coming to Lake Hood
By Heather Hintze: Harvesting Alaska: Akutaq (Eskimo ice cream)

By Associated Press: Portland man with high bid for Alaska ferry plans boat hotel

Images September 19, 2017

Freycinetia arborea
Published by Daniel Mosquin


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Somewhere in the galaxy.
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Burg Taufers, Valle Aurina, Italy
Castle Taufers
I love the shadows in the background and the difference in the levels between the fore -and the background.
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, nothing is more challenging!
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Quotes September 19, 2017

“The older you get, the more you realize that seeking approval of others is a total waste of time. Being at peace with God is the key!”
“Fill all the emptiness in your day with God instead of seeking approval of others. Then receiving love from others becomes the overflow.
“Stop bartering away your body, heart, energy and time, seeking approval of others.
“Seeking approval of others…Have you no mind of your own?!”
“Funny how my world improved immediately when I stopped seeking approval of others and began approving of myself.
“Courage requires that you follow your heart, do what is right and not be distracted by seeking approval of others.”
“Seeking approval of others is away to avoid how deeply we disapprove of ourselves.”
“Seeking approval of others is typically a good indication that we’ve been shortchanging our potential for greatness.”
“Why, as women, are we constantly seeking approval of others for everything we say and do?”

“Seeking approval of others and listening to the opinions that don’t resonate with you is detrimental to your happiness.”
“Seeking approval of others is not living.”

Kindle September 18, 2017

By Jon Land: Thrillers Roundup: Dark journeys and high-stakes dramas


Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
by Charles Henderson (Author)
The explosive true story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legendary Marine sniper in the Vietnam War.

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.

He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines—on their own ground. And each time, he emerged from the jungle having done his duty. His record is one of the finest in military history, with ninety-three confirmed kills.

This is the story of a simple man who endured incredible dangers and hardships for his country and his Corps. These are the missions that have made Carlos Hathcock a legend in the brotherhood of Marines. They are exciting, powerful, chilling—and all true.

The Easy Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Restaurant Favorites to Make at Home
by Hari Ghotra (Author), Vivek Singh (Foreword)
Dinner is a naan issue with easy Indian slow cooker recipes.

It’s tempting to reach for the take-out menu when you think about how long it can take to make your favorite Indian dishes at home. But you don’t have to spend your day in the kitchen to enjoy a home-cooked, traditional curry or masala. The Easy Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook gives you quick prep recipes for your slow cooker so that you can enjoy all of the spices that Indian food has to offer without wasting any time. Fire up your taste buds, not your stove, with the speedy and spicy recipes in this Indian cookbook.
No Witness but the Moon (A Jimmy Vega Mystery)
by Suzanne Chazin (Author)
On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision.

What begins as a tragic mistake takes an even darker turn when Vega uncovers disturbing links between the dead man and his own mother’s brutal, unsolved murder. Vega’s need for answers propels him back to his old Bronx neighborhood, where he is viewed as a disgraced cop, not a homegrown hero. It also puts him at odds with his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of a local immigrant center, who must weigh her own doubts about his behavior.

When a shocking piece of evidence surfaces, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Vega to put all the pieces together—and is willing to do whatever it takes to bury the truth. Only by risking everything will Vega be able to find justice, redemption, and the most elusive goal of all: the ability to forgive himself.
by Dean Koontz (Author)
On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…


Cold Cold Heart
by Tami Hoag
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 2)
by Tonya Kappes (Author)
In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried…After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding.

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.

Fire in the Stars
By Barbara Fradkin
On learning of a close friend’s disappearance, strong-willed aid worker Amanda Doucette takes her trusted dog and sets off into the challenging Newfoundland wilderness in search of answers. “Readers of Tana French and Deborah Crombie may want to investigate” (Library Journal).

The Mockingbird Drive
By A.C. Fuller
Disgraced journalist Alex Vane inherits a 50-year-old hard drive full of earth-shattering secrets — and quickly discovers that someone will do whatever it takes to get it back. “A talented new writer” (Robert Dugoni) delivers an explosive, twist-filled read!

FYI September 18, 2017

1838 – The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden.
The Anti-Corn Law League was a successful political movement in Great Britain aimed at the abolition of the unpopular Corn Laws, which protected landowners’ interests by levying taxes on imported wheat, thus raising the price of bread at a time when factory-owners were trying to cut wages.

Corn Laws
The Corn Laws were taxes on imported grain designed to keep prices high for cereal producers in Great Britain. The laws indeed did raise food prices and became the focus of opposition from urban groups who had far less political power than rural Britain. The corn laws imposed steep import duties, making it too expensive for anyone to import grain from other countries, even when food supplies were short. The laws were supported by Conservative landowners and opposed by Whig industrialists and workers. The League was responsible for turning public and elite opinion against the laws. It was a large, nationwide middle-class moral crusade with a utopian vision. Its leading advocate Richard Cobden, according to historian Asa Briggs, promised that repeal would settle four great problems simultaneously:

First, it would guarantee the prosperity of the manufacturer by affording him outlets for his products. Second, it would relieve the ‘condition of England question’ by cheapening the price of food and ensuring more regular employment. Third, it would make English agriculture more efficient by stimulating demand for its products in urban and industrial areas. Fourth, it would introduce through mutually advantageous international trade a new era of international fellowship and peace. The only barrier to these four beneficent solutions was the ignorant self-interest of the landlords, the ‘bread-taxing oligarchy, unprincipled, unfeeling, rapacious and plundering.'[1]

The League was founded in 1838 by Richard Cobden and John Bright. Cobden was the chief strategist; Bright was its great orator. The League was controlled by a handful of rich sponsors. The main tactic of the league was to defeat protectionists at by-elections by concentrating its financial strength and campaign resources. The idea was that it would gain nationwide publicity from a handful of election campaigns every year. The strategy resulted in numerous defeats, which the League blamed on the tyrannical power of the landlords. The tactic also required very expensive subsidies so that League supporters would have a 40 shilling freehold and thus become enfranchised. In any case the League had no capability of contesting 150–200 seats in a general election. Furthermore, Peel neutralized the League’s strategy by ramming repeal through Parliament without a general election. [2]

The League marked the emergence of the first powerful national lobbying group into politics, one with a centralized office, consistency of purpose, rich funding, very strong local and national organization, and single-minded dedicated leaders. It elected men to Parliament. Many of its procedures were innovative, while others were borrowed from the anti-slavery movement. It became the model for later reform movements.[3]

The League played little role in the final act in 1846 when Sir Robert Peel led the successful battle for repeal.[4] It then dissolved itself.[5] Many of its members continued their political activism in the Liberal Party, with the goal of establishing a fully free-trade economy.


1779 – Joseph Story, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1845)
Joseph Story (September 18, 1779 – September 10, 1845) was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845. He is most remembered for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee and The Amistad case, and especially for his magisterial Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, first published in 1833. Dominating the field in the 19th century, this work is a cornerstone of early American jurisprudence. It is the second comprehensive treatise on the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and remains a critical source of historical information about the forming of the American republic and the early struggles to define its law.

Story opposed Jacksonian democracy, saying it was “oppression” of property rights by republican governments when popular majorities began (in the 1830s) to restrict and erode the property rights of the minority of rich men.[1] R. Kent Newmyer presents Story as a “Statesman of the Old Republic” who tried to be above democratic politics and to shape the law in accordance with the republicanism of Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall and the New England Whigs of the 1820s and 1830s, including Daniel Webster.[2] Historians agree that Justice Joseph Story reshaped American law—as much or more than Marshall or anyone else—in a conservative direction that protected property rights.[3]

He was uniquely honored in the historical Steven Spielberg film Amistad when he was portrayed by retired Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court Harry Blackmun. Justice Blackmun portrays Justice Story reading the Supreme Court’s decision in the case in which the film was based, and for which Justice Story was most widely remembered, United States v. The Amistad Africans, et al. This is the only time in known film history that an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court has portrayed another Associate Justice.

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By Matt Novak: Man Who Saved the World From Nuclear Armageddon in 1983 Dies at 77
Petrov reasoned that if the Americans were going to launch a first strike they’d send more than five missiles, despite the fact that they could still do an enormous amount of damage. He also believed that since the alert system was relatively new it seemed likely that it could be sending a false alarm.
Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian: Станисла́в Евгра́фович Петро́в; 9 September 1939 – 19 May 2017)
List of nuclear close calls

By Julie Zhuo: Addressing executive swoop-ins
By Bob Mayer: Survival Essentials for Under $50
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By Gary Price: Reference: A Selection of Recently Published or Updated Data-Rich Reports Available on the Web
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By Casey Michael: How Russia Created the Most Popular Texas Secession Page on Facebook
By Danny Bittman: Combating Sexism in Tech With Honesty: The Impact of Upload’s Silence
By Gregory Sadler: How Difficult Is It To Find An Aristotelian Friend?
The friendship of the good, however, is not predicated on profiting off each other, nor on simply passing time by having fun. Instead, your friend respects you for both who you are as a person and the way that you live. It is a mutual respect — one in which you do not deprive, condemn, or belittle one another. Rather, you push each other to be your best selves not for personal gain but for your friend’s sake. This friendship is not selfish, or clingy, or exploitative; it is a friendship of equals. You don’t just accept who they are, you celebrate it.
By Harry McKracken: Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code
Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most.


September 19, 2017:
By Brian Boone: Ye can celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with these authentic pirate words, me hearty (8 GIFs)