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Yesterday was calm and though cold with little sun the animals and I chalked it up as a good day.  We have had so much wind lately that when it is still it feels both ominous and charmed all at once. 

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Ten 2017 PHOTOS by RailPAC Photographers


Photos by Guest Photographers and Commentary by Russ Jackson

This trainset is number one of eight Stadler DMU FLIRT vehicles that will go in service “by the end of 2018” on the 27 mile Tarrant County TexRail commuter rail line between downtown Ft. Worth and Terminal B at the Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport, using the former “Cotton Belt” line.  Another project by Dallas County would complete the use of that line coming from the east, but it has a low priority currently.  (This December 12 photo by Russ Jackson…my latest.)

The City of Tallahassee, Florida, is still waiting to welcome Amtrak back after 12 years.  While a big boost to returning service to the Gulf Coast has been working for several years, nothing definitive has been forthcoming.  Negotiations with the CSX Railroad, owner of the rail line, are likely proving more difficult than expected.  (Photo by Anthony Lee)


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With the pointless removal of Net Neutrality — a proposition against which 22 million American objected this time around — they did it anyway. As if letting us have anything going for us offended our lords and masters.

We used to have an elected government. Now, we have vicious little kings in their nasty little domains, set up to take it all and give it to those who need it least from those who needed it most. From healthcare — at which they have not yet succeeded in depriving us, but wait for it — to the loss of net neutrality, the goal of this government is to collect taxes from the poor and shovel the money to the already-too-rich-for-their-own-good.

Our government at work

Meager? Our “working” government are a bunch of Scrooges who never saw a ghost. They will not rest…

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Fourteen Non Social Media Things You Can Do

I do #14 THEN #10


Blogmas: Day 14

When most of our life is happening around social media, it becomes difficult to keep up with the non social media life. We often are clueless about what to do for fun when social media is not included.

So, today I am going to share 14 non social media things you can do right now to maintain the right balance between the real and the social life.

  1. Paint
  2. Read a book
  3. Write
  4. Listen to music
  5. Drink coffee
  6. Go for a walk
  7. Spend time with family
  8. Cook food
  9. Declutter
  10. Sleep
  11. Explore the city
  12. Hit the gym
  13. Binge watch your favourite shows
  14. Catch up with the pending work which you have been ignoring since forever

I hope this list can help you have a wonderful experience with least social media involvement.

Have fun.


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HMAS Australia

WOW! A fantastic ship!

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HMAS Australia, imagery scanned from Navy Historic Archive

Possibly the ship with the most colorful World War II history was HMAS Australia, fondly known as “The Aussie”. The Aussie fought for almost the entire duration of the war. A county class cruiser commissioned in 1928 she was the second ship to bear the name of her country.

With the outbreak of WWII Aussie sailed for the Atlantic to begin her long wartime career that she was to fight on all fronts and against all enemies.  In September, 1940, she was in Operation Menace off Dakar, French West Africa.  Bombers of the Luftwaffe tried in vain to sink her whilst she was berthed alongside in Liverpool during the period when the city suffered its worst blitz. During her war service Aussie went everywhere.

n December 1941 when Japan entered the war Aussie became the flagship or Rear Admiral Crace, followed…

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“This is an Alert”

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11th A/B, still battle weary, at Lipa airfield 1945 11th A/B, still battle weary, at Lipa airfield 1945

Saturday, 11 August 1945, top secret orders were delivered to General Swing for the division to be prepared to move to Okinawa at any time. The division G-3, Colonel Quandt, called Colonel Pearson, “This is an Alert. Have your regiment [187th] ready to move out by air forty-eight hours from now.” Commanders throughout the 11th A/B had their men reassembled, even those on weekend passes had been found and brought back to camp. The lead elements left Luzon immediately. At 0630 hours on the 13th, trucks brought the 187th to Nichols and Nielson Fields for transport and they landed at 1645 hours that afternoon at Naha, Kadena and Yotan Fields on Okinawa. They would remain on the island for two weeks.

C-47s of the 54th Troop Carrier Wing  1945 C-47s of the 54th Troop Carrier Wing 1945

It would take the 54th Troop Carrier Wing two days to transport…

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Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning  

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Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning

 December 12 at 12:14 PM
President Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 5. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and…

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