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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

The Mostly Virtual March For Life Will Still Cause Street Closures In D.C.

https://dcist.com/story/21/01/27/march-for-life-street-closures-dc/

The annual March for Life is taking place virtually this year due to the pandemic and heightened security around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection. While organizers are telling participants to stay home for the event, they are still hosting a smaller rally and march in D.C. on Friday with a handful of anti-abortion speakers, performers, and elected officials.

The rally will begin at 12 p.m. ET and be streamed on the March for Life website, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

Though smaller than usual, the planned march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building – marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade — is still going to create traffic delays and closures.

The Metropolitan Police Department said drivers should anticipate street closures in the following areas:

The National Mall
L’Enfant Plaza
John Marshall Park
Union Station
The U.S. Capitol grounds

Freezing rain makes for slick Tuesday morning commute in DC area

https://wtop.com/local/2021/01/rainy-tuesday-could-make-for-slick-morning-commute-in-dc-area/

Freezing rain and sleet coated area roads with ice Tuesday morning, but will be followed by rain in the afternoon as temperatures pick up.

But the upward temperature trend won’t last.

Here’s what you need to know.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of the region through Tuesday morning. These regions include:

Parts of Loudoun and Fauquier counties in Virginia until 7 a.m.
Parts of Montgomery, Howard, Harford and Frederick counties in Maryland until 10 a.m.
D.C.; parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland; and Fairfax and Arlington counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia until 9 a.m.

Parts of the northern suburbs saw light freezing rain and sleet overnight, while those in the south mostly received some light rain and drizzle.


I saw plenty of ice last night. I'm sure it only got worse overnight.

How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service

https://www.vox.com/recode/22243799/post-office-delays-postal-banking-usps-reform

In November, on the day that networks called the election for Joe Biden, cheering crowds stopped mail trucks in the streets of New York City to thank postal workers for delivering more than 135 million mail-in ballots on time during a pandemic. Now, in Washington, DC, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are trying to pull off a different sort of feat: saving the United States Postal Service.

Without help from the federal government, the Postal Service could run out of cash later this year. Such a financial crisis would mean laying off workers, limiting service, and worsening delays — and delays are already so bad that holiday cards mailed in early December are still being delivered in late January. In the long term, Congress could decide to privatize the Postal Service, fulfilling one of the Trump administration’s ambitions but likely denying service to millions of Americans.

While it sounds a bit odd at first, an increasingly popular idea to fix the agency’s financial woes is to give it more jobs to do. In other words, to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis, the Postal Service needs to rethink its very existence.

“There needs to be creativity and other things the post office can do, when it’s done its mission of binding the country together,” Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), told Recode. “So we’re very keen on all sorts of expanded services.”
...

Put differently, even if Congress pulls through with a bailout and ends the prefunding mandate mess, the Postal Service still needs to evolve to survive. The Save the Postal Office Coalition, which includes 300 groups, including the APWU, MoveOn, and Color for Change, came together not long after DeJoy joined the agency and is calling for $89 billion in emergency relief for the agency in President Biden’s first 100 days. It’s also pushing for Biden to appoint a “postal czar” who favors postal banking and reform-minded leaders to fill the four open seats on the USPS Board of Governors, which Trump had left empty in the final months of his presidency. If Biden fills all the seats, Democrat-appointed governors would make up a majority of the board, giving them the power to remove DeJoy from office and reshape the Postal Service’s role in American life.


The article is mostly about postal banking. There are ways to remove DeJoy and put in someone who will do the job correctly through appointing governors to the board.

Demi Lovato - Lovely Day (Live at Joe Biden's Inauguration event "Celebrating America") - January 20




Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day

The Truth Behind Indian American Exceptionalism

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/01/the-making-of-a-model-minority/617258/

Many of us are unaware of the special circumstances that eased our entry into American life—and of the bonds we share with other nonwhite groups.

In 1978, several years after leaving India and coming to Texas, my parents decided to move out of our middle-class neighborhood in southwest Houston. Our new home, a few miles away, was a custom-designed contemporary structure on a one-acre lot in the exclusive Piney Point Village, population 3,419, a community that vies for the title of “richest city in Texas.” We had a swimming pool and a three-car garage, where my dad, an immaculately tailored allergist, parked his silver Cadillac and my mom parked her ivory Mercedes. We had, quite clearly, arrived.

Like countless other immigrants, my parents had come to the United States, in 1969, with little cash in hand. Within a few years, my devout Hindu mother, orphaned at an early age, had switched from a sari to tennis skirts and was competing at Houston’s swankiest clubs. My father, who hadn’t owned a pair of shoes until he was 10, was buying season tickets to the Houston Symphony, where he promptly fell asleep during every performance.

Our world was filled with Indian doctors and engineers. We never stopped to ask why their entrance into American society had been so rapid. We simply accepted that their success was a combination of immigrant pluck and the right values: Indians were family-oriented, education-oriented, and work-oriented.

There was a term for our place in the country’s racial order: model minority. The concept is generally traced to a 1966 article in The New York Times Magazine by the sociologist William Petersen, which focused on Japanese Americans; the basic idea was extended to other Asian Americans. Of course, the notion of “model minorities” comes with a flip side—“problem minorities.” The terminology took on life at a time of intense social unrest: race riots across the country, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the emergence of Richard Nixon’s racially charged “southern strategy.” Many Americans were losing what faith they may have had in the possibility of racial equality.

Washington Gas fined $750,000 in case connected to deadly 2016 explosion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/washington-gas-fine-flower-branch/2020/12/21/e502b034-43cb-11eb-a277-49a6d1f9dff1_story.html



Washington Gas has been ordered to pay a $750,000 fine for failing to notify officials it had not replaced mercury gas regulators such as the one blamed in a deadly 2016 explosion in Silver Spring, Md. The utility pledged more than a decade ago to replace all of its indoor mercury gas regulators, but never did.

In proceedings before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the utility said it decided to focus on addressing a surge of natural gas leaks instead. Washington Gas argued that its pledge to replace the regulators was a “plan” rather than a “commitment.”

The commission disagreed and found that Washington Gas should “at a minimum” have notified the commission that it was not honoring its commitment, said the order issued Friday.

“At no time did [Washington Gas] inform the Commission that it was addressing these leaks at the expense of its commitment” to replace the regulators, the order said.

The fine was based on the number of days over many years that the utility failed to file required annual reports on the replacement effort. The order also accepted a plan by the utility to replace its indoor mercury regulators within about six years.


This was a pretty scary story when it happened. I have gas heat/stove but I'm sure a few folks moved to apartments with electric after this.

Giant Wooden Xylophone in Japanese Forest Plays the Notes of Bach's Cantata 147

https://mymodernmet.com/forest-xylophone-bach/



Imagine walking through the woods and then suddenly hearing the calming melodies of Bach playing in the distance. That’s exactly the type of magical scenario that creative director Morihiro Harano and his team at Mori Inc. created in 2012. The company collaborated with carpenter Mitsuo Tsuda and sound engineer Kenjiro Matsuo to create a giant xylophone in a forest that plays a special wooden symphony.

Elevated above the forest floor, the huge xylophone was installed in the woods of Kyushu, Japan. It comprises hundreds of different-sized pieces of wood, each of which plays a different note when struck. In a video showcasing the instrument, a wooden ball is placed at the start of the xylophone, which descends at a slight angle. As the ball rolls freely down, it hits each wooden panel and plays the notes of Bach’s Cantata 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

The beautiful sounds are entirely authentic and unaltered. What you hear is simply the raw recording of the wooden instrument and the surrounding natural environment. The mesmerizing video was created for Japanese telecommunication company Docomo as a commercial for its Touch Wood SH-08C handset—a wood-encased phone. It’s not only a great ad, but it also showcases the creative team’s incredible talent for engineering.

Check out the video below, plus a behind-the-scenes look at how NTTDocomo: Xylophone was made.





Thought this was pretty cool.

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