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October 12, 2017

Reverse Logic?

California has a new law that will increase the punishment for some crimes if they are recorded on video. Here's the business part of the new law: "667.95. In sentencing a person convicted of a violent felony listed in subdivision (c) of Section 667.5, the court may consider, as a factor in aggravation, that the defendant willfully recorded a video of the commission of the violent felony with the intent to encourage or facilitate the offense."

But those videos have been helpful in getting convictions and lengthening sentences. Why do we want to discourage that? I'm all for some additional punishment if the video is made public, but if it's not made public what's the reason for an enhanced sentence?

Filed under California,Public Safety | permalink | October 12, 2017 at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2017

New Twist For The Cadiz Water Project

It has been determined that the state owns a parcel of land that the pipeline would cross.

The parcel is a tiny piece of the millions of acres that Congress in 1853 granted to California for the benefit of public education. The state sold most of the so-called schools lands but still owns desert tracts controlled by the commission.

[State Lands] Commission spokeswoman Sheri Pemberton said the state never sold the 200-foot-wide strip because in 1910 California granted a railroad right-of-way over it. Now, the commission says Cadiz needs a state lease to use that portion of the right-of-way for the water pipeline.

Filed under California | permalink | October 9, 2017 at 07:44 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2017

Kansas City Fire, 1959

I was five years old at the time of this fire and I'm just hearing about it now.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | October 8, 2017 at 08:34 PM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2017

President Clinton Library

On my way to Tennessee I stopped in at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (4030)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1394)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1389)

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge viewed from the Clinton Library (1393)

The complete set of photos is here.

Filed under Architecture,History,Photography | permalink | October 7, 2017 at 06:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 4, 2017

Whispering Oaks

Over the last 10 days or so, I traveled to and camped at Whispering Oaks, a clothing optional campground in Tennessee. Some photos:

My Tent (4078)
My tent
. As you can see, nothing like Burning Man.

Near FIrst Meadow (4129)
At a far corner of the property
.

Ford Tractor in Second Meadow (4159)

Whispering Oaks (1471)
The central area of Whispering Oaks
.


Babbling Brook at Whispering Oaks, Tennessee.

More photos here.

Filed under Naturism-Nudism,Photography | permalink | October 4, 2017 at 08:57 PM | Comments (0)