Monday, 12/20/10, Public Square


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11 responses to “Monday, 12/20/10, Public Square

  1. I’m thinking of setting my alarm. I don’t stay awake this late, but there’s no reason I can’t sleep before and after and still get a look at this event.

    For those in the Central time zone:

    The moon will put on a three-hour show early Tuesday, slowly disappearing, turning copper red, and reappearing.

    The red part — a full eclipse, with the Earth’s companion orb covered by the Earth’s shadow — is expected to last from 1:41 to 2:53 a.m.

    The shadow will start to creep across the moon at 12:32 a.m. and disappear at 4:01.

  2. wicked

    That video is totally awesome.

    I read about the eclipse yesterday. What an amazing thing to happen in our lifetime.

  3. itolduso

    Just something to think about, and maybe encourage the younger folks
    State of Kansas 2010 census data
    Median Income
    1 Mission Hills $243,553
    2 Lake Quivira $136,563
    3 Eastborough $134,659
    4 Leawood $127,162
    5 Fairway $89,066
    6 Bel Aire $80,723
    7 Prairie Village $77,274
    8 Olathe $75,807
    9 Rose Hill $75,167
    10 Andover $74,500

    Percentage of College Graduates

    Mission Hills 51.5%
    2 Fairway 43.5%
    3 Leawood 43.0%
    4 Eastborough 40.4%
    5 Prairie Village 37.5%
    6 Overland Park 35.7%
    7 Roeland Park 34.4%
    8 Lake Quivira 33.9%
    9 Lenexa 33.8%
    10 Westwood 31.6%

    • wicked

      I obviously live in the wrong part of the state. 🙂

      I wonder if they’d let me park my tent in Mission Hills, until the money starts rolling in…

  4. itolduso

    Yeah , me too. I need to move, apparently.

    • Really bad move! Now ‘we the people’ can be relegated to the bowels of the net — the one place that we used to enjoy equality…

    • Al Franken, US Senator, Minnesota, says:

      As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it’s a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.

      Mobile networks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless would be able to shut off your access to content or applications for any reason. For instance, Verizon could prevent you from accessing Google Maps on your phone, forcing you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it costs money to use and isn’t nearly as good. Or a mobile provider with a political agenda could prevent you from downloading an app that connects you with the Obama campaign (or, for that matter, a Tea Party group in your area).

      It gets worse. The FCC has never before explicitly allowed discrimination on the Internet — but the draft Order takes a step backwards, merely stating that so-called “paid prioritization” (the creation of a “fast lane” for big corporations who can afford to pay for it) is cause for concern.

      It sure is — but that’s exactly why the FCC should ban it. Instead, the draft Order would have the effect of actually relaxing restrictions on this kind of discrimination.

      After all, just look at Comcast — this Internet monolith has reportedly imposed a new, recurring fee on Level 3 Communications, the company slated to be the primary online delivery provider for Netflix. That’s the same Netflix that represents Comcast’s biggest competition in video services.

      Imagine if Comcast customers couldn’t watch Netflix, but were limited only to Comcast’s Video On Demand service. Imagine if a cable news network could get its website to load faster on your computer than your favorite local political blog. Imagine if big corporations with their own agenda could decide who wins or loses online. The Internet as we know it would cease to exist.

    • Senator Franken warns Americans the rules being proposed will not protect net neutrality, but instead will kill it!

      The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has the power to issue regulations that protect net neutrality. The bad news is that draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski don’t do that at all. They’re worse than nothing.

      The FCC will be meeting to discuss those regulations, and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable.

      Although Chairman Genachowski’s draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.

      For many Americans — particularly those who live in rural areas — the future of the Internet lies in mobile services. But the draft Order would effectively permit Internet providers to block lawful content, applications, and devices on mobile Internet connections.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    LOL it was bad enough when all the kids lived in Wichita every time the weather was bad I either called or waited to hear from them. Now do you know what the weather is in Germany… I do.
    Son, daughter-in-law and grandkids are now in a hotel in Frankfurt awaiting for a flight out in their morning to come back to the U.S. If their flight is not cancelled!

    Yesterday I knew the weather in Washington State, my oldest son was flying back to Kansas.

    Heee Life was so much simpler when I only had to be concerned with the weather in Wichita but still one kid living there.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    Watched Dylan today and one of his guest said something out of the clear blue sky.
    The guest believes that President Obama is intending to cut Social security!

    That the renewing of the tax cuts is a menthol to use to justify the cutting of S.S.
    To justify the cutting saying it has to be done because of the deficit and Government running out of money?