May 22, 2017 Trump Touches Orb

On May 22, 2017 NPR’s Colin Dwyer reported “Here’s The Deal With That Glowing Orb — And Plenty Of Notes On What It Isn’t.” American President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi touched a glowing orb to start a welcome video at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Nothing odd here. Just three guys touching an orb.

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May 21, 2017 Blumbers

Extra Edition

The president has left the country. He is probably looking for a place without extradition to the United States. Despite everything going on, we still need affordable education, healthcare, a cleaner environment, jobs etc.

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May 18, 2017 Justice Dept. Names Robert Mueller Special Counsel

On May 18, 2017, CNN reported that Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Mueller Special prosecutor,  “The Justice Department is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the growing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to associates of President Trump.”

According to NPR’s Jessica Taylor “As special counsel, Mueller will have full authorization to direct the Russia investigation, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump’s campaign and any other matters. He can only be fired by Rosenstein, only with cause, and with notice to Congress. He is authorized to prosecute federal crimes that may arise from the probe.”

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May 17, 2017 Conan In Comedy Court

On May 17, 2017, CNN reported U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartini ruled that comedy writer Alex Kaseberg’s case against Conan O’Brien will go to court about stolen jokes. When Milton Berle was accused of stealing jokes, he said he only stole the funny ones.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To sue over a tired comedic premise.

Two comedy writers walk into a bar and admit they have a drinking problem.

Knock knock. Who’s there? A judge with a court order.

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May 16, 2017 Frelinghuysen Forces Avelenda Out Of Lakeland Bank Job

On May 16 2017, NPR’s Nancy Solomon reported “N.J. Activist Says GOP Congressman’s Complaint Forced Her To Quit Her Job.” Saily Avelenda belongs to a community organization called NJ 11th for Change that opposes Donald Trump’s policies. She also worked for Lakeland Bank but resigned after U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen wrote a letter to one of the bank’s board of directors saying “P.S. one of the ringleaders works for your bank!”

Jordan Leibowitz of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said “It’s certainly troubling,” “Whether or not it breaks a criminal statute is one issue, but the very clear issue is that it appears that a member of Congress might be using his power to threaten someone’s employment because of their political activities.”

New Jersey is the kind of place that if somebody forces you out of job, they might just force you out of a job. Vote.

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May 15, 2017 Plastic Island

On May 15, 2017, NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported “Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island” about the Pacific’s remote Henderson Island. Halfway between Australia and South America, it is accumulating tons of trash every year. The island was featured in Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse” as a sensitive environmental indicator. No word if they accumulated DVDs of Gilligan’s Island, Lost, Lord Of The Flies, Mutiny On The Bounty or volley balls named Wilson.

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May 13, 2017 Battery Razor Blades

I needed a new battery for my flashlight. The flashlight cost five dollars. The battery cost $4.98, so I bought a new flashlight. It reminds me of the salesman who made more money selling razor blades than razors. Taking old flashlight and battery to the recyclers.

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May 11, 2017 Tesla Hits Roof

On May 11 2017, Tesla announced a new solar roof tile system costing about $46,000. The tiles look like normal roofing tiles and help charge a battery similar to the one for Tesla cars. Despite the cost, this system has its advantages. First, it is better for the environment. Second, if the power goes out in an emergency, you will still have electricity. The disadvantages might be if the tiles are damaged in a hail or windstorm, or if a tree falls down on it.

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May 10, 2017 Reporter Arrested Asking Questions

On May 10, 2017, NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported “West Virginia Reporter Arrested For Yelling Question At HHS Secretary.” On May 9, 2017, in a hallway of Charleston West Virginia Capitol building, Public News Service Dan Heyman asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if insurance companies would treat domestic abuse as a pre-existing condition under the newly proposed bill before Congress. He was arrested and held under $5000 bail. “This is what I’m supposed to do,” Heyman said. “I am supposed to go and find out if somebody is going to be affected by this health care law.””At the time of his arrest, Heyman says, he identified himself as a journalist by wearing his press pass and a “Public News Service” shirt.”

On May 3, 2017, Time magazine’s Lisa Marie Zegarra reported “Jury Convicts Woman Who Laughed During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing.” “Desiree A. Fairooz, a Code Pink protester, was removed from the Jan 10 hearing after she laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) stated that Sessions has an “extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law.” The jury on Wednesday also found guilty her parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds, according to the New York Times.”

An emperor with no clothes should have a thicker skin.

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May 8, 2017 Red State Shorter Lives

On May 8, 2017 NPR’s Rob Stein and Jessica Boddy reported “Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live” and “The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People’s ‘Deaths Of Despair” based on the research findings of Anne Case and Angus Deaton.  Today the rich become richer and the poor die sooner, by as much as twenty years. Less access to health care and steady employment in high poverty areas lead to higher mortality rates. The differences start during the 1980s when everyone had an average lifespan of 61.2 years. By 2017, the rich lifespan is 86.8 years, while the poor lifespan has not increased at all.

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May 7, 2017 Blumbers

Post-Existing Condition

This week the GOP controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to the Senate designed to take away many of the protections of Obamacare. Contact your Congressional representatives and Senators by phone, letter and email and let them know how you feel. In particular, they want to insurance companies to charge people more for pre-existing conditions for less coverage. Last Monday, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel talked on his show about his son’s heart surgery and how nobody’s life should depend on how much money they have. Last Tuesday, CBS’s Stephen Colbert agreed with him, saying health care is a basic human right. Even the president thinks that Australia has better universal health coverage than we do. I know many people are alive today because of Obamacare. Let’s have Medicare for all. Otherwise a pre-existing condition can quickly become a post-existing condition.

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May 6, 2017 Australian Medicare

On May 5, 2017 MSNBC reported on the president’s meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The president said Australia had a better health care system than we do. In Australia, it is called Medicare and is available to all.

Senator Bernie Sanders laughed out loud when he heard Trump’s comment to Turnbull. ‘The President has just said it, that’s great,’ Sanders told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. ‘Let us move to a medicare for all system that does what every major country on earth does: guarantee health care to all people at a fraction of the cost per capita,’ Sanders said. ‘Thank you Mr. President, we’ll quote you on the floor of the senate.’…”

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May 3, 2017 Hundred Pounds Of Kitty Litter

A cat lover got coupons for five twenty pound bags of cat litter. She loaded a hundred pounds of cat litter in the trunk of her sedan. On the way home there was an accident, the car was struck in the back and forced into the truck in front of it. The cat litter in the trunk absorbed the impact and  its weight raised the front of the car like it was popping a wheelie. The officer said it probably saved her life. Clip your coupons and hug your cats.

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May 2, 2017 Jimmy Kimmel Says It

On May 1, 2017 ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel talked about universal access to healthcare after his newborn son almost died from heart failure. “We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all,” he said. “You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”

“Whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us, people who are meeting about this right now in Washington, understand that very clearly,” Kimmel said.

“Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.”

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May 1, 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: May 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Using a Wiki-style Tool for Customer-facing Documentation

Speaking: Rachel Sienko

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: May 4, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Website to WordPress

Speaking: Jane Olivera

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: May 10, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Minimalist Writing for Maximum Communication

Speaking: Bruce Poropat

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: May 15-7, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Information Development World

Topic: Bringing the Summit Home 2017

Speaking: Scott Abel and many more

Venue: Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

May 15, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Kaizen You! (Or Continuous Learning for You and Your Team)

Speaking: Stacey Seronick

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: May 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Bringing the Summit Home 2017

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue:  Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707

Date: May 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Write The Docs Conference Evening Social

Speaking: This location is shown only to members so become one!

Venue: Probably New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: May 17, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: The Editor as Collaborator

Speaking: Lori Meyer

Venue: Salesforce, 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Field Trip to the Bay Model

Speaking: Pat Lufkin

Venue: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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Apr. 29, 2017 JoAnn Hackos Retired?

On Apr. 29 2017, I got a message that JoAnn Hackos of Comtech and CIDM had retired. I have covered her events for years, with pictures going back decades. I consider it an honor that we are both STC Fellows. Her last event apparently was at last week’s CMS/DITA North America  Conference in San Diego,  called “Nightmare on collaboration street” with her and Casey Jordan. I learned a great deal from Hackos, like how to build a network to carry on your mission long after you are gone.

As for me, I absolutely, positively will not stop.

Note: Howdy Longmonties!

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Apr. 28 2017 Cassini Spacecraft Saturn Pictures

On Apr. 29, 2017 the Planetary Science Division at NASA’s Deep Space Network at the Goldstone Complex in California’s Mojave Desert released astounding pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft of weather on Saturn. For fun, I recommend watching the video and listening to Stevie Wonder’s song “Saturn” or Les Baxter’s “Saturday Night On Saturn.”

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Apr. 27 2017 United Settles

United Airlines has reached an agreement with 69 year old man beaten up in Chicago last week. I assume the passenger will be flying in his own jet after this.

NPR’s Jim Kane reported “The increased compensation puts United in line with rival airline Delta, which announced days after the forced removal in Chicago that it was increasing its maximum compensation for passengers giving up seats to nearly $10,000, up from $1,350.”

Let me get this straight, airlines will pay you $10,000 not to fly on their planes? Do they still beat you up?

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Apr. 26, 2017 Real Encino Man

On Apr. 26, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought.”  San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Tom Deméré found evidence of human tools at a mastodon site. Uranium-thorium dating technology indicates the site may be 130,000 years old. Until now, most experts thought humans did not arrive in North America until 15,000 years ago. The evidence consists of stone tools, bone fragments and a screenplay for NBC’s Law and Order.

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Apr. 22, 2017 American Airlines Baby

On Apr. 22, 2017 CNN reported “An American Airlines employee allegedly took a stroller from a woman boarding Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas Friday, and knocked her with it while she held a baby in her arms.” Gee, elderly doctors, mothers with babies, what is going on with airlines these days? What if we all stayed home until this straightened out? If Flying was a restaurant it would have closed a long time ago.

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Apr. 21, 2017 Britain Quits Coal

On Apr. 21, 2017 the BBC reported Britain’s National Grid will not use coal to generate electricity for twenty-four hours. Their government  discouraged using coal and encouraged conservation, smart grid technology and alternative sources like wind and solar. It can be done.

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