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Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey

Lock 70, Oldtown, Maryland

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This  the  Lock  70  of  the  Chesapeake  and  Ohio  Canal  in  Oldtown,  Maryland.

Lockeepers House Oldtown MarylandInside Lock 70 Oldtown Maryland

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A New Report from PEN America Warns: Epidemic of “Fake News” Poses Looming Threat to Free Expression


The spread of “fake news” is reaching a crisis point, PEN America warns in its new report,  Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth. The comprehensive, 100+-page report evaluates the array of strategies that Facebook, Google, Twitter, newsrooms, and civil society are undertaking to address the problem, stressing solutions that empower news consumers while vigilantly avoiding new infringements on free speech.

Coming from the leading US free expression organization, the PEN America report argues that even though most “fake news” is protected by the First Amendment, its proliferation creates a flood of disinformation that imperils open expression writ large and demands a concerted response.

“Fake news is mendacious publication gone viral in the digital age,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, citing the organization’s 1948 Charter which commits PEN to “oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion…

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Ghosts: Creepypastas of the Week: Classics, Vol. 1 — (from The Ghost In My Machine)

Book 'Em, Jan O

Readers, here’s a potpourri of short paranormally weird tales!  Repost from The Ghost In My Machine.

Previously: “The Girl in the Drawing.” Let’s do something a little different today: Instead of looking at one longer story, let’s explore a couple of shorter ones — all of which are creeypasta classics. They’re some of the earliest and/or most well-known examples of the genre; in most of the cases, we don’t know who wrote them or where they originally appeared, but they’re true creepypastas in that they’ve been copied and pasted time and time again, and thus shared so frequently that they’ve become part of the very fabric of web culture.

via Creepypastas of the Week: Classics, Vol. 1 — The Ghost In My Machine

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One more minute

The Journey of My Left Foot (whilst remembering my son)

Saturday 21st October

To Frank

One more minute
Another hour
Just one day
Wish I had the power

One more minute
Another night
A little more time
I’d make it right

One more minute
Another chance
To hold you close
Your smile, I’d glance

One more minute
Another sunrise
A golden sunset
Please open your eyes

One more minute
To have you here
To make memories
I’d keep you near

One more minute
That’s all I need
To say “I love you”
Heartfelt indeed

One more minute
I’d say to you
“Never forgotten”
So precious, that’s true

One more minute
One more kiss
One more hug
Perfect bliss

One more minute
Those times we had
I’d say “Thank you”
My darling lad

One more minute
What I wouldn’t give
To have you back
So you can live

One more minute
To take it all in
Knowing that soon
Pain will…

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Poesy plus Polemics

wave “Breaker Wave” by Michael Lanka

they churn in the breakers

those pieces of me

that struggled the seas

from the Mediterraneum

pulled to this promising shore

madly tumbling truths

of identity scrabble

to find one another

rebuild themselves into

this newly flagged patriot

proud born and reborn of eagles

who guard great republics

on both ends of

history’s ocean

(originally posted October 2013)

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Israel Hits Syrian Artillery, Warns to Intensify Response

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Israel Hits Syrian Artillery, Warns to Intensify Response

Saturday, 21 October, 2017 – 09:30
File photo: An Israeli tank in the Golan Heights overlooks the Syrian village of Bariqa. Ariel Schalit/AP
Asharq Al-Awsat

The Israeli army attacked Syrian regime artillery on Saturday after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step up its response to stray fire from the country’s civil war.

The Bashar Assad regime controls only part of the territory on the other side of the line, with the rest in the hands of rebel groups.

But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian forces, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether it was deliberate or unintentional.

Israeli forces identified four hits from five rounds launched at the northern Golan from…

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