I TOLD You SO!

I TOLD YOU SO! (I have been writing @ The Other Shoe for 2 years) I felt this in my bones, I saw it in the division that has spread across our great land like a plague. THIS ‘New’ Republican party is NOT the one of ; Lincoln, Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan or Dole. At least so says Senator Bob Dole (retired):

“Bob Dole no longer recognizes the Republican Party that he helped lead for years. Speaking over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” he said his party should hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors until it comes up with a few positive ideas, because neither he nor Ronald Reagan would now feel comfortable in its membership. “[1]

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This is what I have been writing about here at Facebook and @ The Other Shoe. This Republican party is so radicalized and strained so far right that Republican LEADERS (of the past thrity years) do not recognize the party.

How do you know when you have gone too far? Now we KNOW.

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““It seems to be almost unreal that we can’t get together on a budget or legislation,” said Mr. Dole, the former Senate majority leader and presidential candidate. “I mean, we weren’t perfect by a long shot, but at least we got our work done.” [2]

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Ask ANY of my Facebook friends (and some of my BEST friends here are Republicans) and they will tell you without hesitation; “Yes, Danny Hanning regularly posts about his perceived shortcoming of the Republican party…”. No doubt many of my Facebook friends have blocked my posts and status updates for saying EXACTLY what Bob Dole had the courage and conviction of his beliefs to say on Fox. Now the cat is out of the bag, the truth spoken by one of their own standard bearers.

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Alas, I will not yet rest. I will continue to write, talk, and post about the sickness within this party. I will do my level best to post the direction that could be, the path not taken. For me, at least, this is a turning point. There is now hope for the future of this Grand Party. Now, I will wait and see. Will those who chastised me for speaking this before Senator Dole did, will they embrace the cold hard reality of the party they love? Will they be a part of change, or will they just dig their heals in and stick to their guns?

Thank you! 

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Oklahoma Needs Our Help – America Needs YOUR Help

There are a handful of things that I learned, that I still use daily, working in emergent care @ Long Beach Memorial Hospital. The single most important, and one that has stuck with me every since is the need for blood. Natural disasters always strain our nation’s limited blood supply. Did you know that since the 80’s (the discovery of AIDs contributed to this problem) the number of Americans that give blood has decreased regularly?

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““Donations are down more than 10 percent across the country,” said Stephanie Millian, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, told ABCNews.com. “We have almost half the amount of available blood on the shelves compared to last year.”[1]

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Just this time last year America hit a level of blood shortage that was nothing less than historic.

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“The American Red Cross today reported dangerously low levels of blood and platelet supplies, with 50,000 fewer blood donations than expected for the month of June. The Red Cross calls upon all those who are eligible to give blood to visit Red Cross or other collection centers to donate”[2]

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My Dear Readers I apologize but I am going to impose on you a task, a journey. The ultimate goal of this task/journey will bring you great happiness and a feeling of community and togetherness I have seldom found in this life. The first task? I want you to look up a Red Cross Donation Center near where you are, right now. I will help and make it easy, follow this link:

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Step One to Giving Blood & One Pint of Blood Savesa Three Lives.

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Enter your zip code and this site will display donation locations nearest you. Now; either write down this address or send it to your iPhone or Andriod via text message, print out the page with address/location information, or take a picture of the screen with your cell phone. Now, you are ready to go.

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Next, take a moment to view this video and read a little information about the whole process of donation (this only applies if you are a virgin [hehehe] to giving blood, veterans… why are you still reading and not driving?). Here is a link to get you started on preparation:

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That was a nice fun video. Now you are prepared, get to the donation center and help Save Three Lives!

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Now, for all of us (that for medical or other reasons cannot donate blood) I have an alternative. GIVE! There used to be a saying, on television, when I was a child. “Give freely and give often!” I cannot think of a better cause to exercise that frame of mind. Blood supplies in our great nation are embarrassing low. Out of all the industrialized nations America has the lowest emergent supply of human blood. One day, all too soon, the will be a Katrina or Oklahoma City and… we will listen to the news that night and hear these words; “For the first time in our nation’s history more Americans died, today, because of a lack of blood than from the ________ disaster. This is a dark day in American history.”

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I hope that day does not happen in our lifetimes, My Dear Readers. Let’s do our best to make sure it doesn’t. Therefore, if you simply cannot give blood. I want you to right now follow this (security assured) link to the Red Cross and GIVE! Give a dollar, give five, and just give.

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“Thank you!”

That came from the bottom of my heart, and the depths of my soul. Blood is life, people. You really have no idea… the importance… of a single act, of giving. I got ‘hooked’ here in Southern California. While working @ Long Beach Memorial Hospital (pictured below) I was made aware of the real, but hidden and unspoken, crisis America faces. And, from what I read in the news, it just seems to get worse and worse. We don’t give blood the way we used to, we Americans. My Dear Readers? I am recruiting YOU to help change that failing of our people.

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Long Beach memorial Hospital and Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach California.

Long Beach memorial Hospital and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach California.

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I charge you, not just open your mind to this problem. Open another person’s mid to this failing. Share, and share and share again. Only through this kind of action can we hope to alter this terrible shortage. Thank you. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your heart. Thank you for your mind. Thank you.

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Starving the Poor

This hits very close to home… my home.
“…the House version of the farm bill making would throw nearly 2 million people off food stamps, most of whom are working families with children or senior citizens. More than 200,000 kids would lose access to free school lunches, according to the group.” (NBC News see link below)
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Is there some lack of proper education on the part of Republicans? The market(s) crashed in 2008. Since then the Food Stamp roles have more than doubled. Is that a surprise to anyone? Poverty increases in time of economic collapse. Nobody is surprised, looking back at The Great Depression, that there were bread lines in every major city in America.

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We have, as a society and a people, moved passed making families with children stand in bread lines. Who is it, exactly, that wants to take the United States back to bread lines and poor houses? Social progress undone is evil winning and immorality replacing Christianity. Not since The Great Depression has hunger swept across America the way it is now. And this number will only grow if Food Stamp benefits are cut.

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America has fought hunger and poverty for the past three generations. Republican Presidents; Eisenhower, Nixon, and Regan all supported programs to feed the poor, the disabled, the elderly and vets. Literally every President since F.D.R. has supported feeding the hungry from the Federal level. It is a NATIONAL responsibility. When, again, did this change? When did this fundamental tenant of our society get overruled? Who is it that made this decision that the poor need go hungry when our debt is SHRINKING?

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Now two million Americans (including working poor families, they ARE WORKING FAMILIES) will be hungry? Just as a filter for this eventuality (if you do not act) 70% or Seven out of Ten Wal-Mart workers (that ring you up and help you in the store) will be without daily sustenance. Three out of ten college students will be without a proper diet.   Why?

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Now there are some that will say “What about the food banks and churches? Shouldn’t they carry the load? Won’t they help?” I will let a representative with the Food Research and Action Center (A Food bank monitoring group) answer that question:

 

        “James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, is working with food banks and organizations that focus on hunger issues to lobby Congress against slashing food stamp spending. For them, it is not a matter of politics or theories on the role of government, but a matter of getting people the assistance they need.

“People in the field know how much harm these cuts can cause,” said Weill. “Those who actually work with low-income Americans around the country know they can’t provide a sufficient amount of people with the help they need if these cuts take place.”

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So the short, and correct, answer is “No!” America’s churches and food banks are already stretched beyond capacity. Our social welfare safety net is in tatters, and the churches cannot assist further. No, this IS the responsibility of our Federal Government. So says President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

        Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final

sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”[1]

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President Richard M. Nixon had this to say about hunger in America:

 

        “That hunger and malnutrition should persist in a land such as ours is embarrassing and intolerable.”[2]

 

Now for President Kennedy on hunger:

“”The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.”[3] And ““There is only one rule by which to judge if God is near us or is far away – the rule that God’s word is giving us today: everyone concerned for the hungry, the naked, the poor, for those who have vanished in police custody, for the tortured, for prisoners, for all flesh that suffers, has God close at hand. We have the ability, we have the means, and we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth. We need only the will.”[4]

 

Now for President Carter:

“We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.”[5]

 

Now for President Clinton he acted on hunger: ‘Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act of 1993’[6]

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President George W. Bush on hunger in America:

“I also acted on this timeless belief, to whom much is given, much is required. We have been given a lot in our country. And it’s not only in our strategic interests that we deal with hunger and disease, it is in our moral interest that we do so, as well. In the Western Hemisphere, we expanded trade and helped our fellow democracies deliver prosperity and social justice to their people. And around the world, we built a coalition of more than 90 nations to fight terror and advance the cause of freedom in the great ideological struggle of our time. In short, we’ve made our alliances stronger, we’ve made our nation safer, and we have made the world freer.”

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President Obama has acted in the war against hunger, much like President Bill Clinton did with : ‘President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Into Law’[7]
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Well, if you have read this far I have captured your attention, and maybe your heart. Right now you might be asking yourself “Yes, Danny, but what can I DO?!” If you are, KUDOS! What you can do to help FIRST? Look around your circle of friends. Be they are work, at church, in your neighborhood or your old friends found-again on Facebook. Reach out and offer help. Believe me when I tell you that right now all around you are people; good honest hard working people, genuinely hungry people that you can easily reach out and help.

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Contrary to some ill-willed rhetoric not all poor people are drug addicts or alcoholics. There are good and honest people that would love to work, but their disabilities make it impossible to work, or are incapable of living/working without a caregiver. Reach out and help. Put some food in a box and mail it, leave it at a door or take it to a food bank. Get involved in a local church or business group’s support of food banks.

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Lastly? :Let your voice be heard. Call or write your Congressman and Senators. (I have posted the phone information below) Need to find out WHO to write or call? Go here: Find Your Representative

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HERE is the number to get a hold of your Senator: United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121
HERE is the number to get a hold of your Congressman: To call your Member of Congress: US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
that was the same number… I am going to leave that there… see if anyone… 😉
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Taking food from the already hungry is just wrong. Today is SUNDAY, the Day of Sabbath. Will you make a pledge to help protect food for the poor and hungry?
Will YOU call your Congressman and Senator?  Will YOU reach out to someone you know is hungry or going without food? This level of hunger (One in SIX Americans depend on Food Stamps for all or part of their diet) demands Federal and grassroots action. It requires something from everybody. I stepped up to the plate and have spent four hours over two days preparing this article. I posted that I would be taking a break, but this issue would not let me rest. How about you, My Dear Readers?

Thank you for your time, your consideration and your efforts.

 

 

This article was inspired by the article linked below.
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http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/19/18307642-ax-hovers-over-food-stamp-program-as-costs-grow?lite

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The ‘Hollowing-Out’ of the United States Government

What do you (a Republican) do if the majority of Americans are against your policies to harm governance? You gain a majority in the Lower House and ‘Hollow-Out’ government from the inside, like termites.
It is time to get the termites out of governance. Time to make America ‘Exceptional’ again.
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And Update and Personal Information

My Dear Readers, I am pleased to announce that traffic here at the Other Shoe has increased dramatically over the past two weeks. And I really am overjoyed to see just how many people like to come and read what I’ve written what I share. I want to make everyone aware that the blog blog.com is not getting working properly on any consistent basis. I am really hoping that the people at that blog.com can get their problems fixed. Because, the majority of everything I’ve written for the past two years is at that blog

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I have a contemplated moving all the content from blog.com over to WordPress. However this would be for far too difficult for me to do at this time. This would entail moving not all of the videos images and pictures that I have saved at the main blog over to the new blog. It can be done, that’s not the problem. The problem is? Me being out of pain long enough to get it all accomplished. Because once you start a process like this you’re not able to stop till you’re done.

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If anyone out there, who is familiar with basic word processor or websites, is willing to give me a day’s worth of assistance I be happy to let you help me move my God will not yet. Barring that, I’m going to keep double posting at both locations. I now have traffic monitoring, known as Google analytics, monitoring both sites. This means that I am able to track all my traffic from both site and then combine the information.

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Would you, My Dear Readers, but leave that we are getting nearly 200 visitors a week? Well we are. And I am very flattered, My Dear Readers. I’m doing my best to keep up with content. Aye, there is the rub.

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 I must say that you all have a voracious appetite for information, content, and pretty pictures. LOL not only have I been working hard on this blog the past two weeks, writing as often as frequent and for as long as I can, I’d been working around my house as well. This is left me in a great deal of pain and discomfort this weekend. Therefore, My Dear Readers this will be the only thing I’m able to post until Monday or Tuesday. I apologize for this lapse in content but I am just in so much pain and have over pushed myself more than I should have working around the house. However, in my efforts this week I now have a monitor on my bed so that I don’t have to move any computer to be able to write. Unlike before I will not have to lose move a table with a computer running a power supply and hard drives over to my bed, set it up, use it, and then put it all back up. Starting today I will just have to power on my notebook grab the wireless keyboard and mouse, my headset, and I will be able to write sitting comfortably and supported in bed.

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What this means, My Dear Readers, as it starting next week there should be a free flow of content and writing that will satisfy even the most voracious appetite. I hope this makes you happy, My Dear Readers, because I know it’s going to make things a lot easier for me and I’ll be a lot less pain.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your kindness, your support, your ideas, your ‘Likes’, your time, and everything that comes with you being My Dear Readers. The last two years here @ The Other Shoe have been just incredible for me. However, looking forward from this point; with the new text-to-speech software, the computer finally getting moved, and the new free monitor someone was throwing away, it looks like I’m going to be able to produce a lot more content and give you a lot more to read.

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I look forward to seeing you early next week I hope you take this chance to read somewhat of what I produced over the past 10 days there’s a lot that I’ve written since I came back. Until then I wish you good health, happiness, and wealth.

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See you next week.

 

 

Mid-May The Mars Report

Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to the Mid-May The Mars Report here @ The Other Shoe. It is a genuine pleasure to bring you this edition of The Mars Report. Reason? This is a special edition devoted to panoramic shots of the surface of Mars! This article has NO: rocks, drilled holes, tire tracks or self-portraits (well… maybe just one shot of the rover Curiosity… Have to give her props for what she does!). So without further adieu I bring you the plains and mountain of our sister planet, Mars.

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Panoramic of Mount Sharp from Rocknest

This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.

(Click on the images in this article to see the Full Sized Images)

(This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera. )

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This is a shot of Mount Sharp looking up from Rocknest. I tried to make ‘thimbnails’ of the larger iamges (they are quite large and in HD). Unfortunately, the blog would not accommodate the original size. Therefore, I have made the best of a bad situation and croped a middle size just for my blog and you My Dear Readers! 🙂

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Now, before we get to the beautiful panoramic images here is an overhead shot of the area Curiosity and we have been. The surrounding crater is Gale Crater and the center is Mount Sharp. There is no ‘scale’ here, but the mountain is larger and higher than Pike’s Peak in Colorado. So, here is the great overhead of our stomping grounds.

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Mountain Winds at Gale Crater

This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, which is where NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity’s Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS).

(Image made for showing thermal patterns gives up a great overhead view)

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Our next image is a low-level shot of Mount Sharp from the Rocknest area. This was earlier in the mission, about Sol say 54) and Curiosity is much further from Mount Sharp.

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Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover

This panorama is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called “Rocknest” in October and November 2012.

(This panorama is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called “Rocknest” in October and November 2012. )

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This next shot takes us a little further back in our adventure, like back in the beginning (August 8th to be exact). This is a 360-degree shot of Gale Crater wall, near the landing zone

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Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color

This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.

(This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera. )

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Well, My Dear Readers, we are coming to the end of this adventure to Mars. I cannot tell you how nice it was to have you drop by and spend a little while. I appreciate your time and the effort you make to ‘Like’ my articles and my Facebook page for The Other Shoe. I am trying to make a go of this blog and every ‘Like’ helps. Below you will find the very first panoramic 360-degree self-portrait of Curiosity. Even in the first weeks she was covered in a layer of dust.

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High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA’s Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.

(On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA’s Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager
(MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched
together to create this full-color self-portrait.)

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Nice shot, huh? Well I have to say that I have enjoyed this edition quite a lot. These are the images that I enjoy most, but realize that I need to share all the images I can and try and meet the visual needs of the most people. Be sure to share, if you enjoyed this edition, over Facebook and let your friends and family enjoy these great panoramic images from Curiosity on Mars.

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I look forward to your next visit, and hope that today finds you and your loved ones well. Take care, and remember… ‘Like’ and ‘Share’. 😉

The Mars Report

Welcome back My Dear Readers to the newest edition of the Mars report here at the other shoe. This week I bring you a selection of images showing what curiosity is doing on Mars. We all know that curiosity is on Mars, primarily, to find water without water life cannot survive. Therefore to find water on Mars cements hope for finding some kind of life on Mars.

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Curiositry Self-portrait

A self-portrait of Curiosity taken by the Mast CAM.

(Curiosity Self-Protrait)

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Above we see a self-portrait of Curiosity. This was created by combining a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Cam (not pictured… it took the shot) on the Curiosity rover. It was taken on February 3, 2013.

 

 Our second image of the day is going to be one of educational value.[Oh, hurrah hooray this should be fun…] The images I share with you here at the other shoe are altered prior to being released to the public. Our first image is split into three parts. The image on the far left side is the raw image that JPL receives from curiosity. The middle image is processed using color calibration to show a natural color.  The image on the far right is created DEA’s using the white balancing. This color calibration presupposes there is an item that is why somewhere in the entire horizon.

 

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RAW/Natural/White Balanced image from Curiosity

(RAW, Natural and White Balanced Image)

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Our next image was taken on September 2 2012 and shows a ‘bluish-black rock with white crystals’. The rock remains unnamed and is made of an unknown substance. The rover did not take samples of this rock, but did imaging of the surface.

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Bluish-Black Rock with White 'Crystals' on Mars

Bluish-Black Rock with White ‘Crystals’ on Mars

(Bluish-Black Rock with White Crystals)

 

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Our next two images need a little science course precursor. If you took advanced science classes you might have learned about neutrino absorption of different materials. Water has the unique characteristic that it absorbs neutrinos more than other substances. This is the basis of the DAN (dynamic albedo of neutrons) device on the Mars Curiosity rover. The image below was taken with this instrument.

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DAN Imaging Prior To Drilling

DAN Imaging Prior To Drilling

(DAN Imaging of Keystone by Curiosity)

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Our next image shows the drilling done in the same area.

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Dust from Mars Drilling - Tailings and Discard Piles

Dust from Mars Drilling – Tailings and Discard Piles

(First Holes Drilled By Curiosity on Mars)

(From the NASA/JPL web site)

This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded after other portions of the sample had been delivered to analytical instruments inside the rover. The image was taken by the telephoto-lens camera of the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument in early afternoon of the 229th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (March 29, 2013). The site is on a patch of flat rock called “John Klein” in the “Yellowknife Bay” area of Mars’ Gale Crater.  Each of the drill holes is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. The one toward the top of the image was drilled on Sol 180 (Feb. 6, 2013) as a “mini drill” preparatory test. That test went to a depth of 0.8 inch (2 centimeters) without collecting any rock powder. The nearer hole is from the first rock-drilling ever to collect a sample on Mars. Curiosity drilled this hole 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep on Sol 182 (Feb. 8, 2013).  Analysis of the collected John Klein rock sample by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments inside Curiosity produced evidence of an ancient wet environment that provided favorable conditions for microbial life, including elemental ingredients for life plus a chemical energy gradient such as some terrestrial microbes exploit as an energy source.  The sample processing and delivery tool on Curiosity, called the Collection and Handling for In-situ Martian Rock Analysis, or CHIMRA, put the collected powder through a sieve to screen out particles larger than 0.006 inch (150 microns) across, and then delivered portions of the sieved material to the instruments. After delivering a few portions for analysis over the course of several weeks, CHIMRA released both the material that had not passed through the sieve and the leftover sieved material, dropping them in two piles near the drill hole on Sol 229 (March 29, 2013). In this image from a few minutes later, the unsieved material forms a mound to the left of a line between the two holes and the leftover sieved sample material forms a mound to the right.  The image has been white-balanced to show what the rock material would look like if it were on Earth. View the two unannotated versions, white-balanced and raw color (showing what the rock material looks like on Mars to the camera.) 

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That was rather technical, and I was just not up to rewriting the science. 😉 Therefore, this has caught you, and I, up a little on what has been happening on Mars since I stopped posting updates. I will go through more pictures and the mission time line to see if there is anything more. I do know that NASA/JPL lost communications with Curiosity for a period of weeks, ending last week. There was a problem with the memory in the main computer and the only time they had communications was when the backup computer was updating.

 

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This has been resolved with the main computer shut down completely and the backup computer being designated the (now) main computer. NASA has made clear that they intend to fix the problem with the memory in the main computer and are not at all comfortable with loosing their redundancy with the loss of use of the main computer. I am hoping that this is temporary problem and not a physical problem with the random access memory component in the main computer. If that were the case, Curiosity would completely, and permanently, loose its redundancy capabilities and that would greatly reduce the kind of science performed by Curiosity and decrease the volume and quality of imaging. That would majorly suck for The Mars Report!

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Our next two images are from the Shaler Outcrop in the area Glenelg. The first image is of the outcrop itself.

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shalewr outcrop in Glenelg

shalewr outcrop in Glenelg

(Shaler Outcrop @ Glenelg)

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This last shot is a White Balanced color corrected image of this same area in Glenelg, the Shaler Outcrop.

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Natural Color Photo of Shaler

Natural Color Photo of Shaler

(Natural Color Image of Shaler Outcrop in Glenelg)

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Well, My Dear Readers, that brings us to the end of another edition of The Mars Report here @ The Other Shoe. Be sure to ‘Like this article (if/since you like it) and ‘Like’ our page at Facebook (The Other Shoe @ Facebook).

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Thanks for dropping by and for your support.

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ENJOY!

 

Crossover of Content – The Other Shoe @ Blog Dot COM

Welcome back My Dear Readers! This is a short article to make you aware that I have copied all the content from The Other Shoe @ Blog dot com to this site at Wordpress  Now, or within the next few days, there should be all 150 articles (that I have written over the past two years) here at Word Press. Most of this content is time sensitive and will therefore have little bearing on today’s issues. However, I feel it’s best to have a backup of all my written material here at Wordpress.

 

My Dear Readers if you see something wrong with earlier content, like missing pictures are garbled text, please drop me an email so that I can correct this site. Right now I’m busy working on the Mars report for Saturday, May 10, 2013. I hope to see everyone here tomorrow to look at the images and read about Mars. Thank you so much for dropping by. And as always, enjoy!

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The Other Shoe @ Blog.com

The Other Shoe @ Blog.com

No Great Loss…

No Great Loss!

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Angus Burger

Mc Donald’s Angus Burger

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Today the corporate offices of Mc Donald’s Restaurants announced that they will no longer be serving the 1/3lb ‘Angus’ burger in its stores.

“A bit of bad news for all you beef lovers out there: McDonald’s said Thursday that it’s cutting one-third pound Angus burgers from its menus in the U.S. as beef prices hit all-time highs.” (From NBC news)

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This comes as not great loss to me because they never tasted that good. I have tried, several times, to garner a taste for these burgers, to no avail. I am happy to see that American beef prices are on the rise. I cannot tell you how many times I have been forced to listen to clap trap about how ‘President Obama is bad for beef… beef prices are at an all time low (lie)…’ and similar distasteful rhetoric. Now the cow is out of the barn; beef prices are on the rise and the ‘Angus’ burger has gone to the place Carl’s Jr. ‘Where’s the beef?’ lady went. Good riddance.

Thanks for dropping by and reading.

ENJOY!

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April Traffic Report – End Of

            Today I am going to post some information and charts covering the traffic here @ The Other Shoe.  First, this information is just for this site, here at blog.com. I am working to get the traffic reports from my mirror blog @ Word Press.  Just at the end of last month, did I finally the the other other shoe registered with google analytics and Bing. Honest, I just started this blog to vent a little, politically, and keep stir crazy at bay. I never really intended for this to be commercial. ‘The best laid plans of mice and men’ apparently applies to middle-aged men and their rats. Now, on to the article… stay tuned till the end (or skip there if you are @ work) I have something personal/important to say.

 

 Keep in mind this is only a half of a month in genuine traffic. I did not return, with any regularity, to The Other Shoe until April 15th. It wasn’t a great month, My Dear Readers. I remember the reports, back in August and September 2012, where I had one thousand hits and regular readers in South Korea and India. I do not know if I will physically be able to do that, again. I really want to write on a regular basis… if only there was another another author here @ The Other Shoe! Still there are enough visitors for us to get some helpful information to improve this blog.

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Over View One

(Overview Part One)

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This is an over view of the traffic report from Google Analytics. Google analytics is a free service from Google you just need to set it up at the site linked above. I was absent from this blog from mid November until mid April the next year. I looked at the traffic reports for those months, and it is a flat line with the regular blip. A handful of people just kept coming back and seeing if there was anything new posted. That would be you My Dear Readers. I did notice. However, I am happy to report that once I started posting, again, the traffic came back quickly. Already I am experiencing weekend traffic of 20’s per day. That is not a bad (re)start for my blog after being dormant for five months. I am happy to see My Dear Readers return.

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Over View Page Two

(Overview Part Two)

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These first two images are an over view of the traffic between April 7th, 2013 and May 7th, 2013. For the most part, the hills and valleys directly correspond to the days I have new content posted, and when I do not. [You should see the traffic reports from the five months I was gone. Looks like a ‘flat line’ from a heart monitor.] As well, a majority of returning readers drop by for a short visit during the week. Then they will come back on the weekend, read several pages, and stay for up to an hour. [My Dear Readers, I have never allowed ads on my blog. Previously, I only allowed ads for my funding campaigns. After the first of next year that may well have to change. I will keep you posted] Next I am going to show you the breakdown of traffic according to where our blog Readers live!

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international-readers- page views

(Visitor Breakdown – Page views)

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.Three readers have dropped by my blog from the country of Cyprus.

 

cyprus-wikipedia

(Map Showing the Location of Cyprus)

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A super sincere ‘Shout-Out!’ to my readers from Cyprus!! I am actually making reading about your country, and current events there, a priority for future reading. Look for an article based on that reading soon.

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Further, I have one reader from Hong Kong (“Hello, Eddie Lo!”), one from Germany and two from unknown. Think out of all this information, that has me creeped out the most. Where in the world is ‘unknown’? But this is a good start for a content source that was just MIA for five months. Yes, I am going to explain that repeated phrase… a little, soon. In order for me to capture more of the foreign audiences I need to be posting very late at night and very early in the morning. This was not a problem during the Power Chair and Moving assistance campaigns on Indiegogo. I has not getting much sleep at all, for three months. So, I garnered more of these international audiences because my posts would be appearing as Newly Posted; on the blogs, in RSS feeds, on Google, and @ the blog sties themselves. I just may recapture this same audience in a month or so.

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 new-vs-returning-viewers

(New or Returning Readers Status)

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The chart above shows the traffic broken down by either New Reader or Returning Reader. From this breakdown, I take heart. I am very happy to see that more of my traffic is returning readers to new readers. This cannot continue, I need to expand my readership and I really need to do that last week. [My Dear Readers you can help me by sharing my Facebook posts, ‘Liking’ my article or Facebook page or telling friends at work and family. Thank you!] I am not gravely concerned, at this time, that readership is not expanding. Some tell me that my ‘numbers are upside down…’. We will keep an eye on these numbers in the future.

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engagement

(Engagement)

This number is ‘Right side up’, for the most part. People stay longer at my blog. If you look at the stats on page turns, you see that people read more than one article and turn two or more pages. This will greatly help when I move to an advertising format. I am personally happy that people like to read more, not less, of what I write. *blush*

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frequency-and-recency

(Another breakdown of International Readers)

 

 

So, My Dear Readers are in; America, Mexico, Alaska, India, Hong Kong (Hi Eddie!), and Eastern Europe. I have a lot of area to expand, and nothing would make me happier!

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browser-and-os

(Broken Down by Browser & OS)

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This image shows that Microsoft Internet Explorer is the most used browser (that tells me that I have a more mature audience), but there is a lot of app views of my pages. This means that some of you, My Dear Readers, are reading my works via your iPhone or Android. Thank you for mobile reading my work. 😉

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visitor-flow

(Visitor Flow)

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Our last image for the day shows the flow of our visitors once they arrive here @ The Other Shoe. This looks good, to me. I can improve, one way by getting help with my site design to improve the traffic flow and visitor retention. This helps me understand I need to read more and reach out and ask for help, from people that may know this information already.

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That brings us to the end of today’s work. I hope that you are happy that you dropped by. Thank you, My Dear Readers, for everything you do.

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ENJOY!

 

Otrazhenie

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