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CaliforniaPeggy's Journal
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January 30, 2016

I have been reading over on DU2--Specifically, my bookmarked posts.

And I ran into a problem.

When I got to the Lounge section, the bookmarked posts were nowhere to be seen. The list just stopped. All the other forums are there.

I realize DU2 is not a priority for you, but I do like to read my old posts now and then.

I hope you can help. It would mean quite a lot to me, being a sentimental person.


January 25, 2016

This video is a compilation of 30 years of speeches by Bernie Sanders. It is worth watching.

Beware the anger of a patient man is the saying that comes to me now. Bernie has been very patient--40 years worth of patience. Now he's angry and now is his time, and ours.


January 24, 2016

I'm giving serious thought to learning how to use RAW files.

I've seen the quality of those photos and I want mine to look that good.

But I have doubts. I'm a slow learner and I've never mastered the manual part of my camera, the Nikon D3200. I mostly use the auto/no flash setting on the little dial. And I have gotten some really good photos with that.

But I want more.

Are there any books that any of you would recommend? Or any sources of information on how to shoot in RAW?

Any help you feel like passing along would be great!

Thanks in advance.

January 8, 2016

Ronald Brownstein on 6 keys to who will win in 2016:


Scroll down the page to read his column.

An excerpt:

1. Who wins the battle for con­trol of the Re­pub­lic­an Party?

Once again, the GOP is di­vid­ing between white-col­lar, cen­ter-right “ma­na­geri­al” voters and “pop­u­list” voters drawn from the over­lap­ping circles of work­ing-class whites and evan­gel­ic­al Chris­ti­ans. When those two blocs have di­verged be­fore, the man­agers’ pref­er­ence (think John Mc­Cain in 2008 and Mitt Rom­ney in 2012) has usu­ally pre­vailed. But this year, no can­did­ate has con­sol­id­ated the ma­na­geri­al wing, and the race’s two front-run­ners are anti­es­tab­lish­ment pop­u­lists re­ly­ing mostly on blue-col­lar (Don­ald Trump) or evan­gel­ic­al (Ted Cruz) voters. Many party strategists fear that neither can­did­ate could win the gen­er­al elec­tion. The primar­ies will de­term­ine if the GOP’s ma­na­geri­al main­stream can unite to seize the nom­in­a­tion, or if the party will leap in­to the un­known with Trump or Cruz.

2. Can Demo­crats re­as­semble the “co­ali­tion of the as­cend­ant?”

That’s the term I coined in 2008 for the groups that un­der­pin the mod­ern Demo­crat­ic elect­or­al co­ali­tion: mil­len­ni­als, people of col­or, and col­lege-edu­cated, single, and sec­u­lar whites, es­pe­cially wo­men. Those groups are grow­ing in the elect­or­ate, and if Demo­crats can turn them out and main­tain their re­cent ad­vant­ages among them, Re­pub­lic­ans could win the pres­id­ency only by amass­ing daunt­ingly high mar­gins among all oth­er whites. But it re­mains to be proven wheth­er Demo­crats can en­er­gize those groups as ef­fect­ively as they did with Pres­id­ent Obama on the bal­lot. Po­lar­iz­ing pro­pos­als from the GOP front-run­ners could help mo­tiv­ate them, but front-run­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton draws sur­pris­ingly tep­id rat­ings from some of these con­stitu­en­cies. One re­lated wild card is the con­tin­ued ten­sion between Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans and mostly Demo­crat­ic big-city may­ors over poli­cing prac­tices. This could de­press black turnout from its re­cord high when Obama ran.

January 6, 2016

After the rain...

Sometimes there is a rainbow...

And then there's the sunset, with these orange clouds:

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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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