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2010 October 31 — Why Now?
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A Couple Of Useful Maps

If you still don’t know where to vote on Tuesday, the Google Voter Info interactive map may help. You enter your home address and it provides a map to your polling place.

I checked my local polling place and it provided the correct solution. I live in a small town, so I expected it to fail, but it got it right. YMMV, especially if your local officials don’t publish accurate information in the first place. GIGO, any solution is only as good as the data input.

Another application that is running on Google maps is Right Wing Violence 6mos – Mar 15 – Sep 15, 2010. This is a limited to a single six-month period, but it gives you a feel for what is going on around the country.

If you whip up a mob, you have to expect mob violence.

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funny pictures-HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Remember the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: “Be careful out there.”

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Tropical Storm Tomas – Day 3

Tropical Storm TomasPosition: 14.2N 66.5W [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb ↑.

Currently about 215 miles [350 km] Northeast of Curacao and about 265 miles [425 km] South of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Tomas has been weakened by an increase in wind shear and dry air being pulled into its core.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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All Hallowed Evening

Jack o' lanternWhether you celebrate Celtic New Year’s Eve [Samhain], the evening before All Saints Day [Halloween], or the posting of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 [Reformation Day], have a happy one.

Wikipedia does its normally thorough job of covering all of the bases on the holidays that share October 31st.

These are my remembrances of Halloween.

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