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2001-03-06 00:00:00 
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2014-04-18 18:38:15
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Illegal Marijuana Dispensary On 3rd Street Shut Down  »  Ron's Log
Press Release: Drugs and Firearm Seizure Agency: Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force Station Area: Palm Desert Incident Date: 4-16-14 Time: 11:00 p.m. Incident Location: 66200 block of Third Street, Desert Hot Springs Details: On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, a Gang Task Force officer with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department was following up leads from a citizen report of possible drug sales from a residential neighborhood within the city. The Task Force officer arrested one local gang member for carrying a loaded and concealed firearm. Arrested was 18-year-old Nicholas Lee of Desert Hot Springs. Lee was booked into the Riverside County Larry D. Smith Correctional facility, located in the city of ...
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Posted:  4/19 2:38am
Wow. Just Wow.  »  Ron's Log
Oregon has a ban on same-sex marriage. Therefore, as surely as night follows day, the constitutionality of that ban is being tested in court . The photo above depicts a conference of some of the parties defending the ban. At the head of the table is, of course, the Attorney General. Along the left side are some attorneys from private organizations who are assisting the state's defense, while along the right are representatives of some of the parties who have filed amicus briefs. Or maybe it's the other way around. They look so much alike. Yes, indeed, my point is ...
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Posted:  4/18 9:55pm
Flowers In Joshua Tree N.P.  »  Ron's Log
After a little cross-country walking in Joshua Tree National Park my boots were transformed into giant, clumsy bees, transporting pollen hither and thither. I don't know if I successfully pollinated anything, but the bees don't know if they do either. The high desert area is flowering nicely. The photo above was taken not far from the western entrance in the town of Joshua Tree. I didn't travel down to the Cottonwood exit, so I couldn't observe how the low desert flowers are doing. This weekend all your National Parks have free entrance. No charge. Get out there. ...
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Posted:  4/18 10:39pm
Footnote To History  »  Ron's Log
Charles Cooper is the attorney who led the defense team for California's Prop 8. His practice is based in D.C. "He was named by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 best civil litigators in Washington." He was haunted throughout the proceedings by a comment he made when the Proposition 8 case was at trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. Walker asked Cooper how it would harm the state’s interest in encouraging heterosexual couples to marry and raise families if it also allowed same-sex couples to wed. "Your honor, my answer is, I don't know. ...
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Posted:  4/18 10:06pm
Of Moderate Interest  »  Ron's Log
Some company that makes, I think, carbon fiber bicycles with electric motors, I think (I'm not going to even bother to search for any clarification) has provided this video shot from a UAV of a couple of their bicycles in the recent CicLAvia on Wilshire Boulevard. You will see that what could be a pretty cool 60-second video becomes little more than beautiful tedium as the cyclists and the UAV (with, probably, a GoPro) cover no more than 3 blocks of the 6-mile event which went from Grand Avenue on the east to LACMA at Fairfax ...
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Posted:  4/18 11:12pm
Huffington Post Jumps The Shark  »  Ron's Log
I seem to recall that when The Huffington Post first appeared it had a fair amount of thoughtful and interesting material, although it was always a bit shy on the facts. Over time it has declined terribly and seems to have gotten down to the level of the worst of the British tabloids. Look at this. A phenomenon that is an exciting, but expected everyday occurrence at Burning Man gets blown into some pseudoscience mystery. Next week: strange lights seen over an Air Force base and rainbows too close to the ground. ...
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Posted:  4/18 9:35pm
Can't Wait To Share  »  Ron's Log
I'm just home from camping at Jumbo Rocks with Great Outdoors and want to share this photo of the very first desert tortoise I've seen in the wild: This was on a morning hike yesterday on no particular trail that was a loop going south from Jumbo Rocks and returning via Live Oak Canyon. Many more photos to come. ...
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Posted:  4/17 11:26pm
World's Tallest GoPro Photographer  »  Ron's Log
When the GoPro was invented they had no idea the amazing never-berfore-photographed things that would be brought to video. Animal mouths; flying with gulls, eagles and vultures; meteors falling; and now this: ...
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Posted:  4/17 10:22pm
Who Loves Train Travel? Silver Lariat To Roll Again  »  Ron's Log
You may recall that round trip train ride I took on the Silver Lariat in June 2013 from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Some photos are here. And here's the video I shot from the dome on the southbound leg. The Silver Lariat was built in 1948 and remained in service until 1980. It is now privately owned and in pristine condition. The trip by Great Outdoors is being repeated Saturday, June 7, 2014. I won't be going this time and there are still 3 seats to fill (out of a total of 48). ...
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Posted:  4/15 5:49am
Breaking Into Quadcopters Without Breaking The Bank  »  Ron's Log
If you have felt the urge to get up there and start shooting aerial videos and you want to go with the right equipment like a DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero3+ Black mounted on a Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal with live FPV (like this) and have done your shopping research, you too will have found that the whole kit is more complex and expensive than you may have thought. And maybe you found that one of the best deals is this kit at B&H which includes everything - even a hardcase (but no propeller guards) ...
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Posted:  4/15 5:14am
An Important Message About Unicorns  »  Ron's Log
You all recall, of course, this photo I got of a couple of unicorns at Burning Man last year. They are more relaxed after dark and, therefore, easier to find and photograph. But some other Burner has put a lot more energy into researching the unicorn at Burning Man: ...
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Posted:  4/15 4:34am
Bar Staffer Fired, Allegedly  »  Ron's Log
Fired from a bar in Philadelphia for an offensive message. And this was only a message. In front of a bar. And somebody got fired. No one seems to have come to the defense of the unnamed employee. "In no way does Bar-Ly condone domestic violence nor do we find it humorous," a statement read. "We are sorry to everyone who was offended." ...
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Posted:  4/14 9:23pm
Today In Ohio  »  Ron's Log
Judge Timothy S. Black in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio has has ruled that Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside of Ohio is unconstitutional. Ohio has a ban on gay marriage within the state and this decision has no direct effect on that (yet). This is, perhaps, not as big an advance as declaring the ban unconstitutional, but Judge Black's decision is worth a read. The emphasis was written by the judge, not added by me. The Obergefell ruling was constrained by the limited relief requested by the Plaintiffs in that ...
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Posted:  4/14 8:45pm
Instant Justice  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  4/14 9:28pm