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Dam Failure

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I just saw a news item saying a warning was issued for a portion of Northern Calif. that a dam is close to bursting. It is calling for evacuations. At the bottom it says "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" repeated three times.

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Columbia

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Tomorrow, Feb. 1st, is the 14th anniversary of the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia over Texas in 2003. The shuttle's left wing was damaged by foam falling from the external tank fittings. The damage allowed reentry heat to enter and destroy the left wing, causing the shuttle to disintegrate. Disintegration actually started over California. Killed were:

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Patreon - Too Successful?

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This started out as a comment on another blog, but I didn't want that person to feel as if they had been singled out for attention. This is something that has been on my mind for awhile now.

It wasn't that long ago I only knew one person with a Patreon. At last count a few months back there were over 30. A few are set at $1.00 but most have a $5.00 minimum. A small number are higher. So I figure my monthly contributition to the people I really feel I should donate to is close to $150. A month. Ouch!

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Challenger

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Something about this block of days on the calendar. Saturday, Jan. 28th, is the 31st anniversary of the mid-air destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. Extra attention was being paid to this flight as it was the inaugural flight of the Teacher In Space Program. A series of interactive lessons broadcast from the shuttle by teacher/payload specialist Christa McAuliffe meant that schools across the country were watching the take-off.

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Apollo 1

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Tomorrow, Jan. 27, is the 50th anniversary of the launch pad fire that killed the Apollo 1 crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. What was supposed to be a routine systems test became a funeral pyre when a flash fire fueled by the pure oxygen inside the Apollo roared through the capsule interior. Subsequent investigations revealed significant design flaws and faulty procedures. This resulted in a complete redesign of the Apollo capsule and revamped rules and regulations.

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Transgender Hotline Founder Detained

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Transgender Suicide Hotline Founder Detained At Border

The founder of a transgender helpline has been detained in Arizona at a random immigration checkpoint. When the van was stopped last Wednesday night, TransLifeline founder Nina Chaubal was detained.

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Christmas Weather

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Here it is, Christmas Day, and we're going to have our typical Christmas Day weather.

At 6am the temp is 65F, the humidity is 90%, and the wind is from the southeast at 22mph gusting to 29mph.
Today's Forecast: 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, some possibly severe. There is a low risk of tornados.

Is this a great state or what?!

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Getting a strange error message when posting a comment just now.

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My comment seems to have posted just fine.

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Real Stories without endings

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Stories without endings. I live in a city with a major state university. Listening to my scanner today there was a call for a welfare check. People were reporting a girl on the parking garage at the union that seemed out of it. She wouldn't respond to people and she had 'an odd look in her eyes'.

The university police responded to the garage and the first one on the scene reported she was standing on the top rail of the top deck of the garage. A fall from there would be three stories down to concrete.

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ISO Story

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Seeing the latest chapter of Kelly's Story reminded me of a similar story I've lost track of. An elderly veteran with a penchant for keeping things interesting is offered a chance at rejuvenation with the understanding that he will become a teen girl. She is adopted by her psych and enrolled in high school like any normal girl her age. It doesn't take long before she makes her new life interesting. Beating up bullies in the mall and at school gets her attention the government would rather not have.

Anybody?

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Damn 503!

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I just wrote a six paragraph comment, took me a good 15-20 minutes and several tissues. Rechecked and ready to go, I hit Preview. What I got back was that damn 503 error. When everything came back it goes without saying (but I'm going to) my piece was gone. As I wrote it from the heart and in the right mood I know I won't be able to rewrite it.

It was just after midnight CST, and if my memory serves me correctly it happened at about the same time a couple of days ago.
Is there a set time for this to happen?

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ISO Story

Reading about an accident locally where a little boy was run over while riding his bike and dragged under the car. It reminded me of a story about a little boy that was run over by an elderly neighbor. He's in bad shape but docs have to wait for his parents to return from England to get permission to basically perform SRS on the boy. The parents are caught up in the 9/11 aftermath with no flights being allowed in or out of the country. But it seems our little boy has some ideas of his own!

Anybody?

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Some Decency In The Porn World

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Ran into this on fb. The day after Alexis Arquette died, a former boyfriend of hers started hawking a sex tape to various media sources. The porn media mega site xHamster paid $25,000 for it, and after insuring there were no other copies out there, destroyed them. I'm never going to be doing business with them, but isn't it nice that there are people out there willing to do the right thing even when it costs them a large chunk of money?

Thank you, gentlemen.

http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/news///203824

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Stories Reposted

For anybody is interested I have had my stories reposted. I was planning on reworking some to correct flaws and mistakes readers pointed out, but I just decided "Hell with it!" and asked Erin to make them available. Feel free to look them over and post a comment asking for clarification or to report problems.

I recommend these stories to start with. They best reflect where I'm at currently. Warning! These are not feel-good stories and may upset some. I urge you to exit right away if you find them upsetting.

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Random Solo

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I noticed that "Random Solo" has suddenly appeared at the top of the LH column. I thought I had all of that turned off. Is there anyway of turning it off again?

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That kind of weekend

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Well. it seems that several people are having that kind of a weekend, so I might as well throw another log on the fire.n I spent a good portion of early Sat. morning in the local ER. When it was all done with it seems I had a rip-roaring infection so they put me on a fresh bottle of saline to which they added a metric shitload of antibiotics and a hypo of morphine. While the antibiotics are probably the key to my long term health the morphine sure was nice!

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In Memorium

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Today is the first of three sad anniversaries for NASA. On this day in 1967 a flashfire during routine preflight testing of the Apollo 1 spacecraft took the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.

Tomorrow, Jan. 28, is the 30th anniversary of the Challenger shuttle disaster.

And Feb. 1, is the 13th anniversary of the Colombia disaster.

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The Transgender Murder Crisis

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I've run across some articles that may be of interest to everybody. Apparently this last year saw a record number of murders of transgender people.

The Transgender Murder Crisis: Why Were There So Many Killings in 2015?

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New Choices?

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I dropped in today, first time in several days and saw this "Recent Status" added to my left column. It didn't look like anything I needed and the LH column is getting too long as it is, so I opened "My Account" and edited things.

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The Princess

Okay, I followed a comic "The Princess" about a young transgender girl over on the drunkduck website. Well, that site apparently ceased operations in July/August. I've been checking back from time to time with no luck.

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T-Giving Tradition

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If somebody has already posted this I apologize, but listening to this has become a Thanksgiving tradition for me. So without further adieu, follow this link to hear Alice's Restaurant Masacree by Arlo Guthrie, with the lyrics as video.

Alice's Restaurant

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Survivor?

I wasn't really ready for this when I found it on Facebook, but I think it needs to be widely shared and read. The author has done what I never could do, and expressed it well.

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