Coronavirus – One Big Flaw With Mass Quarantine

I want to touch base and elaborate on yesterday’s blog post concerning the Coronavirus.

I’m somewhat skeptical about an enforced mass quarantine working or at least here in the United States and this is why that is.

San Francisco has just announced a city-wide mass quarantine severely restricting movement for the next 3 weeks. San Francisco has one of the highest cost-of-living in the United States. If this is going to have a impact on people trying to get to work and well…. earn a living. This is gonna cause major problems in the near future.

This confirmed some of my fears seeing this tweet:

Source: @notsolillioness

I’m more fortunate than this woman here on Twitter as I own rather than rent. So no fear of eviction from me but I have electricity, groceries and various other things I pay every month. If what San Francisco is doing, becomes the new norm nation-wide then the government seriously needs to step up. Such as helping people with some type of Universal Basic Income or at least something.

That’s the big problem though, I don’t really seeing this happening in America or at least not enough of it. I live in one of the reddest states in the country so I’m not holding my breath on them. While Democrats control U.S. Congress and are currently introducing bills right now, I think Republicans in the Senate will likely block it. I hope I’m wrong.

This could put some people in a real shitty dilemma to choose between the quarantine or keeping a roof over their heads. Especially the case for individuals who work for themselves, where travel is essential to their job. We could see some serious confrontations in various parts of the world if people are hindered from earning a living. Leaders worldwide need to step up.

Looks like French President Macron decided to quit being a neo-liberal for once and did something that’ll actually help people.

France gets it. They see the writing on the wall and see what this could possibly lead to:

Source: @NorbertElekes

This 1895 video was restored in 4K

This 1895 video was restored in 4K and runs at 60 frames per second. It was taken at the La Ciotat train station by the Lumière Brothers. It’s considered one of the first motion pictures ever made. The 1st embed is the original while the 2nd has been restored. As a result the video plays in color and runs at 60fps!

Similarly I saw restoration video of Berlin taken right after the ending of WWII. This one however is more impressive given that the original is of lesser quality.

Many who were filmed probably didn’t understand the concept of motion picture. Or much less know they were being recorded in one of the first videos ever made. They’ve been deceased for a long time but yet their run-of-the-mill day is now forever documented. Also unaware of the fact that over a century later their day has been enhanced into 4K and being viewed by millions on the internet. Technologies they never dreamed of.

I posted a similar blog earlier concerning the historical moments involving photo and video. Anyone interested in reading that then click here.

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Restored into color and 60fps:

Right to Repair

Right to Repair laws needs to become a reality. It’s becoming harder to repair devices and thus increase longevity. This practice not only fucks over people’s wallets, it’s taking a terrible toll on the environment.

I’ll never forget a video posted by a friend where he had to take apart an entire laptop. This was just to replace a CPU fan that cost about $5 on eBay.

Louis Rossmann is a computer repair technician and posts some of his work on Youtube. Lately he has been traveling the country, speaking with state legislatures to get on board with this. Louis is going up against a lot of powerful lobbyists and he is people-funded too! Highly recommend you contribute to his patreon page as this endeavor could help a lot of people.

Washington state is now considering passing ‘Right to Repair’ legislation to combat this. Manufacturers aren’t going to make “repair friendly” devices in Washington only and then produce different devices for the rest of the country. This could have far reaching effects nationwide especially if more states get on board.

Here’s a video of Democrats and Republicans grilling a lobbyist who attempted to argue against Right to Repair. Very interesting

Why This Bernie Bro Doesn’t Think Impeachment is a Great Idea

My sentiment towards Trump is about as hostile as those who constantly call for his impeachment. However, I’ve shy’d away from backing this because I think it’s a tactical error. In fact, I recently had an exchange with someone who acknowledged the shortcomings of an impeachment. However, still insisted it had to be done anyways otherwise rules wouldn’t mean anything.

You’re suggesting rules currently mean something in American politics? LOL. You mean like when George W. Bush lied us into a war with Iraq? Yeah I don’t recall Dubya getting an impeachment for this. Plus, that was 16 years ago and there’s been plenty of time to charge both he and Dick Cheney for war crimes. And still…   *crickets*

If you play their crooked game you can get away with just about anything.

Now onto why I think impeaching Trump is mistake and it’s really quite simple. If impeachment is successful all that’ll accomplish, is he’ll be replaced with Mike Pence. In a lot of ways Pence is a more cunning version of Trump.

Unlike Trump, he is an experienced politician who doesn’t feel the need to make an ass out of himself on Twitter every morning. Pence will be able to command a lot more respect from the Republican Party. He’ll simply just pick up right where Trump left off & carry out his goals more competently too.

Oh and lets not forget all those center-right Republicans who don’t like Trump cuz he has a potty mouth on Twitter. Many of which are seriously considering voting for whoever gets the Democratic nomination in 2020. Suddenly those guys will warm up to a Prez Pence and will drift back into the GOP camp.

Secondly if Trump does get impeached, think of all those Trump supporters that neglected to vote in 2016. I guarantee you if he’s thrown out of office they won’t make that same mistake in 2020. They won’t be protesting but instead they’ll show up in record numbers on election day.

As much as I hate to say this, Trump is actually the perfect person to have in office right now. Because if Bernie Sanders gets nominated then simply put Trump is toast. During the 2016 primaries the polls consistently showed Trump as being the weakest polled GOP candidate against Bernie. That was one of many reasons why they didn’t want to see him nominated. Many polls now show Trump in an even weaker position if he goes up against Bernie in 2020.

A Bernie vs. Trump scenario is both the GOP and corporate Democrats worst nightmare!! Replace him with Pence, and Bernie will have a much more difficult time getting elected.

Look I’m not gonna lose sleep on whether the Manchild-In-Chief gets impeached or not. If he gets impeached… fine.. but I still think it’s a bad decision for the reasons mentioned above.

Massive Oklahoma Teachers Strike at State Capitol

There’s a massive teacher strike in Oklahoma over at the state’s capitol. They’re wanting the state legislature to increase teacher’s salaries and provide better funding for the state’s crumbling public school system. I wasn’t able to get a good picture but at one point I saw a protester’s sign that said some of his textbooks were older than his students.

Just to give you an idea as to how big the demonstration was I spent almost an hour driving around ’til finally finding a parking spot. LOL, cars were also parked on the side of neighborhood streets up to several blocks away.

 

Here’s a video recording visiting the area:

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Why I’m For Twitter’s 280 Character increase

On November 7th, 2017 Twitter announced they were increasing the character limit on tweets from 140 to 280 characters. The internet tends to be resistant to any kind of big changes so not surprisingly a lot of people complained. Personally,  I say that it is about time!

Twitter has never been the best place in sharing certain views, especially complex geopolitical situations and that 140 character limit can be extremely frustrating. There have been plenty of times where if that limit were increased just a tad bit it would’ve made my tweeting immensely easier.

So you might be asking yourself, if you want to elaborate on something further than just setup a blog and write about it there. That’s definitely a good alternative but unfortunately writing blogs can take awhile and sometimes you just don’t have the time to do that. For example, if you’re on-the-go then it’d be a lot easier to quickly express things in 1-2 tweets.

The old limit of 140 characters was roughly about 1.5 sentences and doubling to 280 now makes it up to 3. Really… you can’t be bothered to read up to 3 sentences? In my opinion if your attention span is that short, then perhaps the issue is less with Twitter and more with you? Just something to seriously think about it…..

Equifax’s Breach: 5 Things To Do About It

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Equifax had a major data breach as many of you are now aware of. If you’re wondering what can be done to prevent this breach from affecting you well here’s the news. If you’re among the 143 million people affected, then I’m afraid you are flat-out screwed! You cannot prevent something that which has already occurred. Hackers have managed to obtain names, addresses and in some cases even driver’s license and credit card numbers.

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Seeing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

I traveled to Beatrice, Nebraska to see a total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. It was difficult to film due to mother nature being difficult. Fortunately the clouds cleared a bit and stopped drowning out the moon’s silhouette.

Originally, I was going to see this in Pawnee City, Nebraska but they looked even worse on weather radar so I decided to stay put. I was gonna film this at a parking lot in Beatrice however when the eclipse was about 20 minutes away another small storm cloud formed right west of us. It appeared as if the storm cloud would be right on top of us during eclipse time. Judging by the looks on ppl’s faces, everyone had the exact same thought. So basically half the crowd (me included) decided to drive a few miles south, barely missing the storm. This is the first total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a 100 years and something I’ve always wanted to witness.

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Photoshop – Easiest Way to Blend Tutorial

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Here’s a method I’ve done in Adobe Photoshop that makes blending colors in images easy and looks real nice as well. You are going to use the smudge tool and create a custom brush preset in several steps down below.

 

Step 1:  Select the Smudge tool and at the menu bar click Window>Brush.

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