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June 30, 2014


The Sheriff's Office reports:

Press Release: Child Endangerment
Agency: Hemet Station
Incident Date: June 29, 2014 Time: 5:00 PM
Incident Location: 31000 block of Pine Street, Garner Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Craig McDonald


On Monday, June 30, 2014, around 10:00 AM, deputies responded to a child endangerment call in the 31000 block of Pine Street , in Garner Valley. The reporting party advised she tried to put her two-year-old daughter to bed the previous evening but she would not fall asleep. Her daughter was talking rapidly, scratching her skin, could not sit still and was very agitated. Thinking there might be some medical issue with her daughter, the reporting party took her to a local hospital to be examined. Over the course of the evening, the examination revealed the child tested positive for methamphetamine in her system.

Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned that the child's grandmother, Cynthia Watson (51 years old from Aloha Oregon), was staying at the Pine Street address with the family. Deputies discovered that Watson had made a cup of tea the night before and placed methamphetamine in the tea to get herself high. At some point the cup of methamphetamine-laced tea was left unattended on a counter, when the two-year-old victim took the cup and drank some of the contents.

Watson was arrested for felony child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. Watson was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility, with a bail of $35,000.00. The two year old victim was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Follow the link above if you want to see a photo of the Oregon grandma.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | June 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

It Was 10 Years Ago Tomorrow

That Cassini settled into Saturn orbit and began to send back photos, a job that it is still doing today. Follow the link for sample images or go here.

Filed under Photography,Science | permalink | June 30, 2014 at 02:09 PM | Comments (0)

It Was 150 Years Ago Today

That President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act.

Filed under History | permalink | June 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM | Comments (0)

Emergency Workflow Chart

Work Flow After Nuclear Blast
This workflow chart comes from a 1956 Civil Defense pamphlet
and provides the most accurate description that I've seen of how things would be done after a nuclear attack. We all start at the top, happily going about our day when Ground Zero happens. Then we are shuffled between first aid stations, hospitals, and identification units until we end up at our final destination: Vital Statistics Registration.

The pamphlet's full title is Mortuary Services in Civil Defense and you can get a complete copy here.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | June 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM | Comments (0)

More About The FAA's Rules On Drones

Bruce Simpson shares his well informed opinion on the FAA's recent "recommendations" regarding UAVs.

Filed under Libertarianism,Photography,Technology | permalink | June 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM | Comments (4)

June 28, 2014

The Gate Opens

A video made at last year's Burning Man at the moment the gate opened at 6 PM on Sunday. This is something I've never seen.

Bear in mind that the speed limit of 5 MPH is very strictly enforced, which is why you see people driving the way they do. That yellow school bus, ignore it. It's not even on a road, so that tells me it's carrying gate volunteers or DPW people. It is not a bunch of just-arriving Burners who will be camping out in their merry yellow bus. It's just a bus.

The big square of neatly lined up vehicles next to the gate is a complete mystery to me. My first thought was that it is the punishment box for those fools who arrive early. They put you in there to intentionally delay you. I've heard of waits of an hour or longer. But they don't seem to make them wait very long in this video. So it just might be that if you arrive at the gate before 6 PM, but not very much before, they check your ticket and put you over until 6 PM just so they don't get too much of a build up at the gate. But why that would matter to them is a mystery to me.

Over on the opposite side of the entrance road is Will Call, which has only a few vehicles parked.

The gate will open at 10 AM this year, even though officially the event doesn't begin until 6 PM. Here's how BM phrases it officially: "The event itself officially starts at 6pm Sunday, August 24, and it's expected that participants use the earlier arrival time as opportunity to set up their camp infrastructure during the day." It sounds like they're trying to say that we can come in early, but we can only use that early time to build camp. Anybody having fun, appreciating art, making art, or playing music before 6 PM may be severely chastised.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | June 28, 2014 at 05:29 PM | Comments (0)

Colorado, Missouri

Based on the ruling earlier this week by the Tenth Circuit Appeals Court, Boulder County [Colorado] Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Colorado is in the Tenth Circuit.

Meanwhile, St. Louis, Missouri, Mayor Francis Slay is doing a Gavin Newsom and issued four marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday. Missouri is not in the Tenth Circuit, but the Mayor probably figured that at least one of those court decisions applied in the St. Louis area.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | June 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

June 26, 2014

The Visibility Of Tuesday's Vandenberg Launch Could Be Good

Tuesday's [July 1] early morning launch of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg AFB remains on schedule. The Delta is slated to lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 West at 02:56:44 PDT (09:56:44 UTC), the start of a 30-second launch window. Following liftoff, the rocket will rise vertically for several seconds, and then slowly pitch over and head southward. Several minutes later, the Delta should place NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite into a polar orbit.

Since the launch occurs on a moonless night, the event could be visible to the naked eye for hundreds of miles - perhaps as far away as portions of Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico.

Just before liftoff, the Delta's first stage liquid propellant main engine and three strap-on solid fuel rocket motors will ignite. Observers in outlying areas (15 to 75 miles away) may see a flash on the horizon from the direction of the pad, a few seconds of darkness, and then a rising orange orb or "star." The brightness and color of the Delta at this point will be largely due to the solid fuel motors' brilliant orange flame.

At T+ 1 minute 4 seconds, the solid rocket motors will burn out and the first stage will be powered solely by its liquid propellant main engine. Since the liquid propellant engine produces a dimmer, colorless flame compared to the solid rocket motors, the Delta will drop in brightness and resemble a moving white star.

Late into the first stage burn, observers in dark locations may see a tenuous, elongated or jellyfish-like, exhaust plume from the main engine. At T+ 4 minutes 24 seconds, the first stage main engine will cut off and the vehicle will disappear.

Several seconds later, the second stage will ignite and the rocket will continue its gradual climb into orbit. For most naked eye observers, however, the second stage burn will probably be invisible.

The visibility of the launch will depend almost entirely on the weather. During the warmer months of the year, the weather in central and southern California is fairly predictable. During the pre-dawn hours, the coast and areas several miles inland are usually plagued by fog or a layer of low clouds that extend up to about 1,500 to 2,000 feet (457 to 610 M) above sea level. However, at the same time, California's interior tends to be clear.

Although the naked eye is adequate for viewing the launch, optical assistance will provide a better view. Binocular are good, but tripod-mounted binoculars are even better. An astronomical telescope will give the best view and may provide a dynamic, surreal light show.

To view the launch, find a location that is as high as possible, has an unobstructed horizon, and is far from city lights. Perhaps the best place to watch would be a spot in the coastal mountains or hills parallel to the rocket's flight path and high enough to be above any coastal low clouds.

If you plan to drive to the mountains for the launch, allow yourself plenty of time to get there and drive very carefully. Mountain roads are dangerous and careless driving or parking can lead to tragedy. Also, be aware of your surroundings after you get out of your vehicle. I once had a small rattlesnake slither by me as I waited on top of a mountain to view a launch.

For further information about viewing Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches, go to the following Web page:


I think camping on the peak of Mt. San Jacinto would give a satisfactory view.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley,Science | permalink | June 26, 2014 at 08:36 PM | Comments (0)


Turns out GoPro is being traded on NASDAQ, not NYSE, so no closing bell, but there were GoPro cameras present, nonetheless. The stock reached $31 today.

Filed under GoPro | permalink | June 26, 2014 at 02:50 PM | Comments (0)

My L.A. World Naked Bike Ride Photos

This slideshow is made up almost entirely of photos shot with my GoPro mounted on the back of my helmet, so extremely little thought or skill was involved. All I had to do was keep my head from falling off. Enjoy not only the cyclists, but the changing Los Angeles streetscapes. The ride was a little over 16 miles long.

No music added. Please add your own.

Here's the website for next LA WNBR.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism,Cycling,GoPro,Naturism-Nudism,Photography | permalink | June 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM | Comments (0)