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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
Home country: USA
Current location: DC
Member since: Mon Nov 10, 2003, 07:36 PM
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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.

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They Came To Oregon To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists

When They Came To An Oregon Town To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/oregon-fires-antifa-rumors



Gabriel Trumbly, a Portland videographer who has spent roughly 90 of the past 100 days capturing the protests, wanted to take footage of the forest fires raging in Oregon. So on Wednesday night, the 29-year-old Army veteran, set out with his partner, Jennifer Paulsen, 24, to see what was happening near her childhood home of Molalla, a town of 9,000 people known for its annual rodeo, the Buckeroo. Fires surrounding the town were so intense they had prompted a level-3 “GO NOW” warning to evacuate.

Little did they know when they arrived that Trumbly and Paulsen's presence would spark national rumors that far-left activists were starting fires across the West Coast.

After parking their car on the side of a road, the couple pulled on gas masks and shot video of towering flames. As they worked, they encountered people who had rigged a garden hose to a water tank in the bed of a truck and were trying to put out a fire in the driveway. Trumbly and Paulsen briefly spoke with them, as well as a driver who asked them if they needed any water.

Trumbly and Paulsen, both of whom spoke to BuzzFeed News by phone from Portland on Thursday, said the interactions seemed “normal.” They said the fire was moving quickly, so they didn’t stay long in Molalla. “We thought it was getting a bit dangerous, so we left,” Trumbly said.



They've been promoting paranoia for years. Dangerous people are coming to do bad things to you. Before it was immigrants. Now it's Antifa. People always think I'm an immigrant despite being born/raised in the USA. Anyone looking vaguely liberal can be Antifa these days. Some armed idiot might decide you are Antifa.

Why wildfires are turning skies a sinister orange

https://www.cnet.com/news/why-wildfires-are-turning-skies-into-a-sinister-orange/

Blue skies. Gray skies. Those are the colors we most commonly associate with our atmosphere. On Wednesday, things went wonky for the San Francisco Bay Area when the skies turned a freaky, disorienting shade of orange that made morning and afternoon seem like night.

The disturbing color shift was due to a plague of ongoing wildfires in California. Residents have been sharing photos on social media that look like they could have been taken on the set of Blade Runner 2049.

While it looked like the apocalypse had arrived, the National Weather Service offered a scientific explanation for the phenomenon. The NWS Bay Area office tweeted a satellite image of a thick layer of smoke over California and wrote, "This smoke is filtering the incoming energy from the sun, causing much cooler temperatures and dark, dreary red-shifted skies across many areas."

https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/1303757408678760448

NASA went into more detail on this type of occurrence while explaining red-tinted sunsets triggered by Siberian fires back in 2015. "The smoke particles from the fires allow sunlight's longer wavelength colors like red and orange to get through while blocking the shorter wavelengths of yellow, blue and green," the space agency said.

https://twitter.com/flySFO/status/1303762650917040128


Wildfires happen every year out west but it feels extra apocalyptic in 2020. It's that kind of year. People have been cracking their teeth with anxiety.

More photos at link
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Sep 9, 2020, 04:44 PM (6 replies)

DC to bridge digital divide with free internet for low-income students

https://wtop.com/dc/2020/09/new-dc-initiative-to-provide-low-income-students-with-free-internet-access/

D.C. started a $3.3 million initiative to bridge the digital divide and make sure low-income students have access to free internet now that schools are online virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A strong internet connection is a vital component to making virtual learning a success, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in launching the Internet for All initiative. Its goal is to provide free internet access for as many as 25,000 low-income students who attend D.C. Public Schools and the city’s public charter schools.

“During this virtual school term, we know how critical it is for all of our students to have internet access to successfully learn at home and stay connected to their teachers outside of the classroom,” Bowser said in a news release.

“This investment continues our commitment not only to supporting families during virtual school term, but also to building a more digitally inclusive D.C. in the long-term,” Bowser said.

The initiative will make broadband available to students at home. Broadband is more reliable and powerful than mobile MiFi devices or cellular connections. It will come into homes through Comcast’s Internet Essentials and RCN’s Internet First programs.


This is an important issue when everything is done online these days.
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Sep 9, 2020, 11:28 AM (6 replies)

The stock market thinks Joe Biden is going to beat Donald Trump

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/investing/joe-biden-stock-market-donald-trump/index.html

New York (CNN Business)The presidential election is only two months away and the stock market is soaring.

In theory, that should bode well for President Trump since a bull market has historically benefited the incumbent. But Trump is trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden in many head-to-head national polls.

Although the market's sharp rebound since March could be viewed as a sign that investors expect the coronavirus-induced recession to be brief, you need to dig deeper and look at how the recovery is unfolding.

It turns out a basket of stocks that could fare well in a Biden presidency have been outperforming the overall market — as well as a portfolio of stocks that might benefit from a second Trump term.

Blue stocks vs red

According to data from Strategas that was shared with CNN Business, a group of infrastructure, renewable energy, pro-globalization, health care and cannabis stocks are up more than 10% since early June.

This so-called Biden or blue list includes companies like Granite Construction (GVA), Tesla (TSLA), First Solar (FSLR), chip giant Broadcom (AVGO) and the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG), which owns several top German stocks.

The bet is that these companies might thrive if Biden wins and pushes for the United States to rebuild highways and bridges, wean America off oil and restore fractured trade relations with China, Japan, Europe and other global economic leaders.


Republicans are good for tax cuts to help "job creators". Democrats are good for creating actual jobs. Hoping enough voters in enough economically disadvantaged swing states have wised up to this by now.
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Sep 2, 2020, 01:36 PM (5 replies)

How 'Cobra Kai' went from obscurity to No. 1 on Netflix

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/31/media/cobra-kai-netflix-youtube-red/index.html

New York (CNN Business)After languishing in relative obscurity on YouTube Red, the "Karate Kid" spinoff "Cobra Kai" has become one of the fastest-rising series on streaming. That's the power of Netflix.

The digital series, which stars much of the original cast of the 1980s "Karate Kid" movies, debuted three years ago on YouTube Red, the site's subscription service now known as YouTube Premium, and ran for two seasons.

It won critical acclaim, and even a couple of Emmy nominations, but it lacked a big audience.

Netflix announced in June that it scooped up the rights to "Cobra Kai" as YouTube Premium shifted away from scripted original content.
The first two seasons landed on Netflix on Friday, and quickly shot up to No. 1 on the platform's trending ranks.


I watched both seasons over the past few days and loved it. There is a lot of 80's nostalgia and ridicule of modern day culture. But the main thing is how relatable many of the characters are. They're not clean cut heroes and villains in this series. It shows the complexity of human nature and differences in perception, and how good/bad coaching can completely change a student's life. And I can't be the only person who relates to Johnny Lawrence's need to be badass while everyone around you calls you a worthless bum.

Cobra Kai Never Dies

Anyone here watching it?

Joe Biden delivers statement on Kenosha riots

D.C. police, protesters clash again near Black Lives Matter Plaza

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-police-protesters-clash-again-near-black-lives-matter-plaza/2020/08/31/e918c9c6-eb31-11ea-ab4e-581edb849379_story.html



Police moved in on dozens of protesters in the District early Monday, deploying a chemical irritant in the crowd and tackling some demonstrators as officers moved quickly to clear Black Lives Matter Plaza.

It is unclear why police moved in on the crowd.

The irritant, which was deployed shortly after midnight Sunday night, sent dozens of protesters dispersing from the corner of 16th and H streets NW. Police in helmets and riot gear were deployed along H Street outside of Lafayette Square.

The large sound of the deployment could be heard for blocks. Smoke from the police munitions could be seen wafting in the air.

https://twitter.com/nu1wcf/status/1300288980433469440

Two units of bike officers had pedaled into Black Lives Matter Plaza to descend on demonstrators, and clear the intersection at I Street. Officers were seen tackling fleeing demonstrators and swinging their bikes at people as they appeared to take several protesters into custody and shove others away from the plaza.

Officers were seen slamming people against parked vehicles and pinning others against the sidewalk. Other officers formed a line with bicycles and continued to shout orders to clear the area.


After the March on Washington on Friday some protesters decided to stick around for some reason on Saturday, Sunday, and into this morning. These unorganized protests in many cities have gotten out of control and it doesn't seem productive for these people to continue.

Sneak Peek of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library



2020 isn't all bad if MLK library is reopening soon after renovations. A lot of good construction work has been done all over DC during quarantine.

Hurricane Laura forecast: northern Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic next in storm's path

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/08/27/forecast-hurricane-laura/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-high_forecast-1210p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans



After bombarding coastal areas of southern Louisiana with wind gusts up to 130 mph and a storm surge over nine feet, Hurricane Laura is sweeping northward through the state while also spreading over Arkansas. The storm will then dash through the Tennessee Valley and the Mid-Atlantic from Friday into Saturday.

Damaging winds and flash flooding are likely even as the hurricane weakens into a tropical storm by Thursday night and eventually to a depression on Friday.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern time, the storm was centered about 55 miles southeast of Shreveport, La., briskly headed north at 16 mph. It still contained maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Alexandria International Airport had recently recorded a wind gust of 86 mph.


More images at link. It should be in the DC area Saturday.

"State Fair" Lemonade - Best Lemonade Ever - Food Wishes



I always loved the lemonade at fairs and wondered how it was so much better than what I make at home. I was today years old when I found out why.

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