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Gender: Male
Hometown: Atlanta, Gerogia
Home country: USA! USA! USA!
Current location: Tampa, Florida
Member since: Wed Sep 7, 2016, 06:45 AM
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About Me

Alias - HABanero(passion) E-9-1-1(career, retired telco engineering) HHC 3rd Bde, 2nd Inf Div, Korea DMZ HHC 197th Bde, 3rd Army, Ft. Benning Ga

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Next monthly contest suggestions

I have scanned both threads from previous contests in an attempt to find something different.

First concept is a favorite of mine, and that is 'bokeh', the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

Next, 'frame/frames', could be trees framing a scene, picture frames, carpentry, or millions of other subjects

'Bodies of Water'

'Rain/Spring Showers'



I set the time limit to 2 weeks, if it becomes apparent less time is needed, we can just go!

It's about sanity!

I want to introduce myself because I plan on participating more with great photographers as we have at DU, my sanity requires it. The political situation has me teetering on the edge with fear for our country and photography is my escape.

My first camera was purchased on the DMZ in Korea in 1970, a Minolta SRT-101. The second camera was my Nikon F2 in the mid '70s when I did the arts and crafts show circuit in Florida and Georgia for a few years until my day job took over my life and I just stopped taking pictures. During that time, film died and I did without a camera until 2015, when I bought a Nikon Df which allowed me to use my old lenses with a digital camera. I got my old groove back, so purchased a Nikon D750, and time allowing, am taking photos again! I’ve never been a professional, only doing the shows and some portraits and other work for friends.

The photo that won “Repetition” was at Tarpon Springs Fl. and taken with my old F2, probably on Ektachrome, judging by the color balance. Last year’s summer seasonal 3rd place, storm on Tampa Bay was taken with my Df at Ft De Soto Park Fl.

I have some ideas for the next theme and will put those in a poll soon!

Thanks to all who support these contests!

I googled "Obama's Oscar"

spewed covfefe all over my screen


a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.


The United States and its allies should take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market, US Attorney general Bill Barr said Thursday.

"There are only two companies that can compete with Huawei right now: Nokia and Ericsson," Barr said in a speech on the Chinese economic threat.

Pirro hitting the sauce again


Michael McFaul

Uhh... judge? ... the prosecutor in a real trial always argues that the defendant is guilty.

Jeanine Pirro

Prosecutor Adam Schiff says @realDonaldTrump is not innocent! Way to go Democrats. No presumption of innocence, no constitutional guarantees. Welcome to America under Democrat rule.

RMD Age (for Some) Pushed Back to Age 72

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019. This month it was unexpectedly included in an appropriations bill passed by the Senate on December 19, 2019 and signed into law the next day.

Right now, those with traditional IRAs have to start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) by April 1 following the year in which they turned 70 ½. The SECURE Act, recognizing that people live longer, pushes back the age at which you have to start taking RMDs. Starting in 2020, you may begin taking them by April 1 in the year following the year in which you turn 72.

TRANSLATION: If you were born on or before June 30, 1949, you won’t be able to delay until age 72.


Interesting read: How the right sold out to Russia

Now that Rep. Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee have opened an investigation into the Russia affair, and President Donald Trump has darkly warned in his State of the Union speech that “America will never be a socialist country,” it seems timely to recall a long-forgotten tale of revenge over unrequited love, in which members of the Koch family, which had helped build Joseph Stalin’s oil refineries, found their investments nationalized and themselves embittered.

In 1925, Fred C. Koch joined his MIT classmate Lewis E. Winkler to found the Winkler-Koch Engineering Company in Wichita, Kansas. After losing patent infringement lawsuits to more established oil and gas companies, they sought business overseas. Between 1929 and 1932, during Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan, Winkler-Koch built 15 thermal cracking units for Stalin, turning crude oil into gasoline.

Jane Mayer, in a book that grew out of a 2010 article in The New Yorker, an unauthorized assessment of the Koch family’s spending habits, “Dark Money” (2016), quotes Gus diZerega, a “former friend of Charles Koch”: “As the Soviets became a stronger military power, Fred felt a certain amount of guilt at having helped build them up.”

Perhaps. But that did not stop Winkler-Koch, in 1934, from providing engineering plans and overseeing construction of a huge oil refinery near Hamburg under the direction of Adolf Hitler, whom Fred Koch approached directly, purportedly greeting him with: “Heil Hitler.” The Winkler-Koch factory became a major source of fuel for the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) and the mechanized tank and motorized attack forces that powered the Blitzkrieg into Belgium, Denmark, Poland and France. The factory was destroyed by Allied bombers late in the war.


Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns t


The Current War Trailer (2019) Movieclips Trailers



History lesson

I can't wait to see it. Being an old telephone man and dealing with DC powered telephone offices (48v) with batteries the size of refrigerators supplying thousands of amps to huge telephone switches and now placing a 9Kw system of solar panels(29) on my roof, the difference between Edison and Tesla is astounding.

Dick's Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million of guns, CEO says

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack wants you to know he is not anti-Second Amendment. He is, however, against having his stores associated with any more mass shootings.

So, he took guns off the shelves.

And, to keep them off the streets, he destroyed them. Lots of them.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’” Stack said in an interview with CBS News.

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