NatGeo Article: Hidden Streams Under Cities Are Exposed to Light of Day [VIDEO]

by Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic (Published November 25, 2014)

WASHINGTON—A small stream gurgles under a historic stone bridge, once used by Revolutionary War patriots to transport supplies. For more than a century, the bridge was bricked up, the stream beneath it just a dry, eroded channel.

As in many places, this tributary of the Broad Branch stream had been forced underground around the turn of the century, through a program designed to rid Washington, D.C., of surface water. At the time, malaria was a major killer, and cities around the world were draining any kind of standing water or “swamp,” out of both a fear of mosquito-borne disease and a desire to create more land for development.

[READ ARTICLE HERE: Hidden Streams Under Cities Are Exposed to Light of Day.]

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“There is a big difference between racism & prejudice…”

“There is a big difference between racism & prejudice…” ~ Annette Gray (11/25/2014)

Annette, this is an important statement. While I don’t think it’s possible to be racist without being prejudiced, it is entirely possible to be prejudiced without consciously being, or meaning to be, racist.

For many people, prejudice is something subconsciously visceral; it’s possible to feel a prejudice for a moment before your higher faculties come into play and over-rule it.

Prejudice is not just about race. It can be related to politics, nationalism, music, or almost anything else. This is not to say that prejudice can be less injurious than racism, but I think that true racism is more about conscious intent, making ‘true’ racism closer to evil.

As I see it, part of the function of racial integration in our communities, schools and places of business is to acclimate all of us — but especially our youngsters — to world with many different kinds of people who look, sound, believe, dress and perhaps even smell different, and not seeing or feeling anything remarkable about that. This is a multi-generational endeavor, and the only path to success will require multi-generational effort.

#ThinkwingRadio: Weds, NOV. 26, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). TOPIC(s): Engagement In The Public Sphere. GUESTS: Prof. Bruce J. Martin, Rogelio Rodriguez, Raymond Perez, Darnell Sullivan [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-11-26_2200, RHETORICAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

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Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

GUESTS: (More complete biographical info on my guests are below Source links.)

  • Rogelio Rodriguez is a 20 year old college freshman attending Lone Star College.
  • Raymond Perez is currently a sophomore at Lone Star College – North Harris.
  • Darnell Sullivan, after attending Missouri Valley College on a football scholarship, returned to Lone Star College–North Harris where he is majoring in marketing.
  • Professor Bruce J. Martin (Lone Star College-North Harris)

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ARTICLE: Designers Building Roadways That Generate Solar Power, By Zoë Schlanger / November 17, 2014 1:47 PM EST

I always wonder about photovoltaic (PV) cells. How much generating capacity degradation occurs over time due to dirt and grime accumulating on the cells’ surfaces? How important is it to keep them clean, and how clean? If you install them on a sloped roof, cleaning is hard and dangerous (and potentially expensive) enough; even worse to 2, 3 or 4-story roofs.

When you talk about parking lots and roadways, the problem becomes orders of magnitude greater: Tire detritus, oil and grease drippings from vehicles, dust and dirt washed out of the skies and the adjoining soils.

I’ve never understood how or if these things are calculated into life-cost, investment payback and/or energy efficiency.

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Go to article: Designers Building Roadways That Generate Solar Power, By / November 17, 2014 1:47 PM EST

Having E-Mail Synch Issues with Outlook 2010? Try This Download and Solution

I’ve been having a frustrating problem with my IMAP/MAPI email connector from Outlook 2010 to MSN/Hotmail/Outlook.com since about Oct. 26-28, 2014. I can receive mail from MAPI, but cannot send. For sending I have to use POP3. This is a really awkward work-around.

From my searches, this appears to be a very common issue, and there is no definitive solution I can find. If you know of an effective fix for this problem, please let me know ASAP. I’ll do the same here if I learn of a ‘fix’ that does the job.

As of 11/13/2014, the most recent version I can find of the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector is Ver. 14.0.6123.5001. (The tricky part is that when you go to Properties/Details, it says Ver. 14.0.6119.5001, but when you install it, Control Panel/Programs and Features claims it’s Ver. 14.0.6123.5001. (Outlook 2013 does not require this connector, so it’s entirely possible that this 2012 update is the last they made.)

I suggest that you DO NOT try to ‘repair’ your existing connector.

The suggested fix is to close Outlook; remove the version of Outlook Connector you’re using now (using Control Panel/Programs and Features), and install this newest version (link below). Open Control Panel/Programs and check the version. Then open Outlook and see if it fixes your problem.

I just tried this, and it stops giving me error messages, but still doesn’t send email from MAPI. But it may help you, so I post it here.

I’ve included an ‘open’ link, so you know it’s officially Microsoft.

Use an Outlook.com account in Outlook

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-an-Outlook-com-account-in-Outlook-068a728a-721f-4206-8076-c4e4820676b0?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

To use an Outlook.com account (formerly Hotmail) together with Microsoft Outlook 2010 [or 2003 or 2007], you must first install the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector.

#ThinkwingRadio: Weds, NOV. 12, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). GUESTS: CALLERS! YOU! TOPIC(s): OPEN FORUM (Some possibilities listed below) [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-11-12_2200, OPEN FORUM

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Please note We will be pre-empted on Weds., 11/19, but will return on 11/26.

Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

TONIGHT’S TOPICs May Include: 

  • Rosetta Mission Probe May Have Rebounded Off Comet, By Stav Ziv 11/12/14 at 5:25 PM (NEWSweek.com)
  • Obamacare enrollment for 2015 starts Saturday.
  • Remember Ebola? We’ve gone from “All Ebola, all the time” in the news to, “Ebola? That still out there?”
    • We need what CNN used to be, and we need CNN HLN to be what IT used to be.
    • Stories disappear because there’s only so much you can put in a half hour or hour of news.
  • Why can banks write off fines on the income tax? Can you?
  •  RightwingNews:
    • The wrong ‘Loretta Lynch’
    • Net Neutrality costs jobs??
  • Net Neutrality: What took Obama so long? Does his party have to get smashed in elections before he acts decisively?
  • Impeachment: If the GOP wants to impeach Obama, let’s talk about the DoJ sending Bush/Cheney to the Hague. I’m sure they would be welcomed with open arms.
  • Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraud: What’s the difference?
    • Don’t stop property taxes or Homeowners Insurance costs: This is not always made clear
    • Leaves heirs with debt issues: Taxes and reverse mortgage debt (FROM WEB SITE: Taking out a reverse mortgage can jeopardize your ability to leave your home to your heirs. If this is a priority for you, think twice about a reverse mortgage.)
    • FROM WEB SITE: Are you on a fixed income with no other assets? If you don’t have much income, a reverse mortgage might not be the best option for you. If you take out a reverse mortgage loan and then have trouble paying your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance, you could face foreclosure.Reverse Mortgages: Good or bad
  • “Underbanking”: What is it and why does it matter?
  • Organ Transplants: Why the dearth of donors?
    • Stop using the word “Harvest”
    • Some participants indicated that they wouldn’t donate the organs of their next of kin if his or her heart were still beating, even if they were proclaimed brain-dead.
    • due to a belief in the afterlife and the concern for maintaining body integrity.
    • Others can’t shake the “ick” factor. Defined by researchers as “a basic disgust response to the idea of organ procurement or transplantation,” a 2011 study in Scotland found that non-donors reported higher levels of the ick factor and concern with body integrity than donors.
    • Distrust of doctors; maybe too anxious to ‘harvest’. (The only word not explored in the article.)
    • WAYS OF PROMOTING ORGAN TRANSPLANT DONATION
      • “Opt out” instead of “Opt In”.
      • Top-of-List for donors and their families.
      • In-Network donations (like a private “Donor’s Club”)

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Thumbnail Reviews: “Gotham” and “The Flash”

Superheroes are always ‘made for TV’, and there are almost always some around on the nets.

As a science fiction and fantasy fan, I’m always ‘up’ for some good make-believe and I sample, but I’m hard to hang on to as a viewer.

I like “The Flash” (aka, Barry Allen) okay, and it’s showing some promising twists. It’s lo-calorie fun, but it’s not must-see TV for me. Tom Cavanagh plays an interesting, creepy Dr. Wells who is not what he seems. The pilot shows Barry Allen’s mom dying in some sort of weird indoor cyclone. For those familiar with old “Flash Comics” canon, it looked like [SPOILER ALERT POSTED IN WHITE TEXT] she was somehow killed by ‘Reverse Flash’, a character who is costumed in yellow with red trim. (The reverse of Flash’s red with yellow trim.

I can only watch so much DVR in one day, though, and we’ll see if “The Flash“continues to make the cut for me.

“Gotham”, though, is … Amazing! A prequel in the Batman legend focused on then-detective James Gordon, it’s dark, intense, smart, well-acted and well-written. All the starring roles are well-cast (some better than others), and even the small parts are competently acted.

Sean Pertwee is the darkest “Alfred the Butler” you’ve ever seen. He’s definitely one of the ‘good guys’, but they’re hinting at a past. I’m starting to bet on UK Special Forces

A standout is Robin Lord Taylor, and this may turn out to be his role of a lifetime; a tough thing when you’re still a young actor. (His age is not disclosed in his bios, but I would guess middle-ish 20s…Unless that’s what he WANTS us to think!)  Taylor has created a Penguin character that is uniquely engaging; an obvious psychopath that you still find yourself wanting to like. (That is, after all, what successful psychopaths do.) This is the first time that I have ever found the Penguin to be something other than a ridiculous character. Others have said that Taylor’s Penguin is the dark, bloody heart of “Gotham”, and I agree.

If Taylor doesn’t get at least an Emmy nomination, then TANJ! (Or as Larry Niven often notes in his books, There Ain’t No Justice)

I don’t think  that “Gotham” will be triaged from my DVR any time soon.

#ThinkwingRadio: NOV. 5, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). GUESTS: CALLERS! YOU! TOPIC(s): The ACA/Obamacare sign-up period is coming Nov. 15 [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-11-05_2200, OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT IS COMING FOR 2015

Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast.

Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

TONIGHT’S TOPIC: Getting ready for the 2015 enrollment period for ACA/Obamacare.

  • QUESTIONS WHICH MAY COME UP:
    • Where can I find help and guidance for this important and sometimes confusing decision?
    • Who qualifies?
    • What are “Life Changes”?
      • Why do they matter, and how do they affect your application for health coverage?
    • What information will you need to provide?
    • How and where do you apply? (See links below for some info)
    • What does it cost?
      • Who is entitled to premium subsidies?
    • If employer health insurance coverage is available to one of more individuals in my home, how does that affect uncovered members of the family?

GUEST: Noe Rincon, Regional Organizing Lead for www.getcoveredamerica.org in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. “I’m very proud of the work we did in the first enrollment period, but many people still need the basic information they need to Get Covered and Stay Covered.”

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