Cell phone photo from Albuquerque goes global


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – From a cell phone picture to massive billboards around the world. A University of New Mexico student’s photo of Albuquerque’s iconic Balloon Fiesta is now part of a global campaign for Apple…

He said he got an email from the company expressing interest in using the photo as part of a new advertising campaign called, “Shot on iPhone 6,” to show off the phone’s camera capabilities.The campaign launched last month, featuring nearly 60 images taken by everyday iPhone users.   Almalki said Apple paid him a small amount for the use of his picture although he said he could not discuss the details…

The featured photo is mine, taken around 8am on 10/8/2014 (but not with an iPhone).

So You’re About To Become A Minority…


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, white people have another 30 years to enjoy being America’s majority race. But come 2045, the white population will make up less than 50 percent of the American population for the first time ever.  So what’s a privileged white person to do? Luckily for Caucasians everywhere, “The HuffPost Show” put together a helpful guide to ease the white transition into life as a minority.

Pretty funny 🙂

Man Kills Himself Holding ‘Tax The 1%’ In Front of Capitol


When 64-year-old Vietnam vet John Constantino burned himself to death on the DC Mall in October of 2013 I couldn’t stop thinking about this man and his act…

On the kind of beautiful sunny day when hope springs eternal, an older gentleman wearing a backpack walked over by the fountain in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC. And a sign. According to people who saw him, it said simply: “Tax The 1%” .

The police captain on the scene who addressed the news cameras eerily avoided the question, mumbling that it was “something about social justice,” as if he were annoyed to address any specifics. So we know nothing else. Not even a name was given. A dog run over by car might have gotten more respect and news coverage than this unknown man…


Capitol briefly locked down after suicide at West Front

Another Awesome Woman


Joan Cheever, a San Antonio woman, accused police of infringing on her religious liberty after authorities issued her a citation Tuesday for feeding the homeless. She may now face a penalty of up to $2,000.

“I have a legal right to do this,” Cheever told police officer Mike Marrota, Texas Public Radio reported. When Marrota asked what she meant, Cheever dropped none other than the state’s own Religious Freedom and Restoration Law.

“I have a law degree, I gave them memorandums of law telling them why they can’t do this,” Cheever told Mic…


Rotten eggs lead to prison sentences


An egg rancher and a top executive of his company have each been sentenced to three months in federal prison for knowingly distributing eggs infected with salmonella…

During the spring and summer of 2010, adulterated eggs produced and distributed by Quality Egg were linked to approximately 1,939 reported consumer illnesses in several states — a nationwide outbreak of salmonellosis that led to the August 2010 recall of millions of eggs produced by the defendants….

Prosecutors said that Quality Egg personnel had, for years, disregarded food safety standards and practices and misled major customers, including Walmart, about the company’s food safety practices.

Three months in jail for years of breaking the law.  Doesn’t seem like justice to me.

How the websites you visit can tell hackers where you are


So what can you do to protect yourself? Delete your browser cache on a regular basis — and Yaoqi also recommends you “Never give additional permissions to unfamiliar sites or open it for a long time” and “clear [your] cache after visiting a site with your credentials, e.g. online banking sites.” This still leaves users vulnerable while they’re actually visiting a website, though: even if you clear your cache immediately after finishing an online session, the cache remains full during the session…

Done 🙂