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May 26, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

Natural Disasters and Aftermaths


The above image, Asian Distress is also available as a Desktop Background

Today's song is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, released in 1973.

The recent typhoon damage in Myanmar and large earthquakes in China, demonstrates how difficult it is for nations to rescue people and repair extensive damage from such catastrophes. There are predictions that a large earthquake here in California would be equally devastating.

I doubt that areas so effected will ever return to their prior conditions. We have an example in New Orleans that demonstrates my statement. The costs and the risks associated with repeat disastrous events limit the return to normalcy as it was previously experienced. A new reality slowly replaces the expectations to make "things whole as they were before." Those that realize that new "normalcy" have a head start on making new lives for themselves.

I don't know what China will do as the years unfold with respect to the areas suffering the most extensive damage and loss of life from their earthquakes. I think they will express the policy that a new vision will be undertaken. The old will not be restored and only the new and changed approaches will be worked on going forward. If they are successful in that approach, it will signal a difference with how that nation accepts change as opposed to how we here in America persist in the belief for full restoration of the past.

If China takes such a path, I hope they are successful.

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Today is a day here in the United States that we pay homage for all who served in the military of our country throughout its history. Without their sacrifices, our nation would have ceased to exist long ago. That risk for our loss of freedom remains in the present and future and is only mitigated by the continuing sacrifices of our military personnel.

I thank those in uniform who served, and serve today and tomorrow.

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I published four new Desktop Backgrounds, in addition to Asian Distress, displayed near the top of this page:

24" iMac Thumbnail Image Title
Feathers
Rainbow Wave
Quandary
Embolism

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Yesterday I watched live on NASA TV streamed via Quicktime, the successful landing sequence on Mars, of the Phoenix Mars Mission lander. It used a new landing propulsion process that they will improve upon for even heavier payloads in the future.

I love space science projects like this! I've been a follower of U.S. space missions since the U.S. first manned-space flight by Alan Shepard on May 5, 1961. I listened to that historic event live on my 8-transistor radio in my Caldwell Elementary School classroom.

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This is a wonderful projection for Apple.

Maybe that projection is supported by the continued winning of coveted design awards?

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Here's a great source for business solutions using Apple products.

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More proof that Microsoft sucks. As if we needed more proof. :-;

Users want open-standards, not proprietary standards. Maybe, by God, Microsoft is finally getting religion? I'm not holding my breath.

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I'm not too surprised to see that SUV values are plummeting. If less SUV's are on the road, the roads will be safer, in my humble opinion (shared by so many) because many of those driver's will have to drive smaller cars.

Massive cars like SUV's make too many drivers feel like they can recklessly drive 100 mph on freeways and still be safe in a crash, while endangering so many other drivers on the road. Maybe one day SUV's will only be in museums, being an example of another failed foolish idea of transportation gone from the scene.

Some think the auto dealerships that carry those SUV's are already museums. LOL!

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Found on the web links for May 25, 2008 [ Link since removed ]

Don


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