(video) ‘Distant Shores’ Sailing Series: How They Do It — One of my favorite shows!!!

I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being able to see about half of the 130 episodes in high def on TV. It’s a great way to see the world and experience the sailing life; though, I’ve travelled much of the world in real life too.

They show part of the Syria episode here. They had a blast there, finding the people to be very friendly, and the country was very modern, and not a religious state — which many Americans don’t know.

Seeing what the Mossad and CIA have done to Syria since then, by supporting the terrorists to topple Assad, has been very sad for me, knowing they didn’t do anything to US, nor did Assad gas his own people, which was a Mossad/CIA manufactured lie.

And this created much of the refugee crisis too.

This is a great series that is especially nice to watch during our dull, colorless, long winters in Alaska.

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How to make a Million Dollar Sailing Video!

Records Show Gov’t Knew of Dangers of Oroville Dam for YEARS — Did Nothing to Fix It!

I wonder how many other warnings have gone unheeded, regarding issues of all kinds.

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From: steemit.com

Records Show Govt Knew of Dangers of Oroville Dam for YEARS — Did Nothing to Fix It

Nearly 200,000 people had to be evacuated from the floodplain beneath Oroville Dam, when an earthen emergency spillway threatened to disintegrate under the sheer volume of floodwater putting pressure on the structure — the exact scenario federal and state officials were cautioned about over a decade ago.

But they didn’t heed the warning.

“Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored with concrete, rather than remain as an earthen hillside,” reports the Mercury News.

That motion was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the groups found Oroville Dam — the tallest in the United States and completed in 1968 — did not meet modern safety standards. Heavy rains and flooding, they said, would overwhelm the primary concrete spillway and force waters over the emergency spillway — but the volume could erode the earthen chute and inundate communities nearby.

Worse, such an extreme event could cause failure, or “loss of crest control.”

…bowing to budgetary and financial concerns — didn’t listen.

“FERC rejected that request….

“A filing on May 26, 2006, by Thomas Berliner, an attorney for the State Water Contractors, and Douglas Adamson, an attorney for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, discounted the risk. It urged FERC to reject the request to require that the emergency spillway be armored, a job that would have cost tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars.”

Officials blew off concerns as hyperbolic since the earthen spillway had been designed to accommodate 350,000 cubic feet per second, and — in extreme circumstances — could safely sustain heavy damage without being completely destroyed. …

“The emergency spillway meets FERC’s engineering guidelines for an emergency spillway. The guidelines specify that during a rare flood event, it is acceptable for the emergency spillway to sustain significant damage.” …

Those who warned of the dangers in 2005 saw their fears nearly come to fruition.

“We said ‘are you really sure that running all this water over the emergency spillway won’t cause the spillway to fail?’” Ron Stork of Sacremento’s Friends of the River told the Mercury News. “They tried to be as evasive as possible. It would have cost money to build a proper concrete spillway.

“I’m feeling bad that we were unable to persuade DWR and FERC and the Army Corps to have a safer dam.”

Eric See, California Department of Water Resources spokesman, denied reports there had been any lapse in safety at Oroville Dam, despite reports of the over-decade-old warning to FERC.

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Why is Modern Art so Bad? — For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? • Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed • “Let’s celebrate what we know is good, and ignore what we know is not!”

Why is Modern Art so Bad?

BUSTED BY CAMERA: CNN Caught Handing Out Questions at Cruz-Sanders Debate

REPORT: CNN CAUGHT HANDING OUT QUESTIONS AT CRUZ-SANDERS DEBATE

Report: CNN Caught Handing Out Questions at Cruz-Sanders Debate

CNN was caught handing out an apparently edited question to a member of the audience “clarifying” what to ask Ted Cruz during the debate Tuesday night with Bernie Sanders about the future of Obamacare. 

The question, read by Carol Hardaway is as follows:

“I have multiple sclerosis but could not afford insurance – without the treatment or medications I need, I had problems with walking, with my speech, and my vision. When the affordable care act was passed I moved from our home state of Texas because they refused to expand Medicaid to Maryland and within 2 weeks I started receiving treatments through Medicaid and am now well enough to work as a substitute teacher.”

“Senator Cruz, can you promise me that you and the Republican leaders in congress will have – actually have a replacement plan in place for people like me who depend on their Medicaid? In other words, I like my coverage, can I keep it?”

The email is from a Gmail account, with the subject line “Your Question,” as the picture shows.

This isn’t the first time CNN has been caught “managing” questions from the audience.

Just last October, WikiLeaks revealed that CNN commentator and former chair of the DNC Donna Brazile funneled questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of a major Democratic primary debate. She was fired as DNC chair and let go as commentator shortly after the revelations came to light.

A month later, WikiLeaks again revealed that CNN was caught asking the DNC to prepare questions for Wolf Blitzer’s interview with then-candidate Donald Trump…

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LOVE in the Midst of Chaos – WORD of Encouragement: Romans 13:8-10

Beautiful!

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LOVE in the Midst of Chaos – WORD of Encouragement: Romans 13:8-10

(video) SEASONS of NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure in 8K

One year of planning, one year of shooting, and four months of post-production is a lot of time to spend on a single timelapse, but photographer Morten Rustad‘s creation SEASONS of NORWAYmakes a good case for the old saying: good things come to those who wait.

Well, maybe “wait” isn’t quite right: more like “hike.” Good things come to those who hike. To capture his 8K masterpiece, Rustand travelled a total of 20,000 Km (not all on foot, but still…) and filled up 20TB worth of hard drive space with 200,000 photos from his Sony A7r II, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, and Canon 5D Mark III.

It was, in short, a mammoth undertaking that set Rustand in front of some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth—all of them, as it happens, in Norway. (PetaPixel)

SEASONS of NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure in 8K

(video) Anchorage sports dome collapses under snow – 6 blocks from our house

This is only about 6 blocks from our house, and is said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world.

I know many are extremely fond of it because of the activities done there, so it’s a great asset to Anchorage, but I must say the bright white color is an annoying distraction when trying to photograph the mountains from where I often walk. They could have made it green like the smaller one on the Seward Highway.

I’ve heard that anywhere from 12.5 – 14 inches of snow fell. It was just barely below the top of our snowblower’s scoop. I only remember this much snow falling in one period once, and remember it well because we were deicing a 747 freighter, but the snow was falling so heavily that we ran out of time on the first try, and had to do it a second time: deicing and anti-icing (two steps), the only time I remember that happening.

On the way home, after working the midnight shift, I remember driving down unplowed Postmark Dr., and my Eagle Talon’s front end was punching through the snow, shooting some onto the windshield.

The dome collapse story:

Detailed article and video from KTVA: ‘Profound sadness’: Board chair, athlete react to Dome collapse

How to Keep the Snow off a Dome

The Dome Has Collapsed!

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Published on Jan 22, 2017

The Dome has collapsed from heavy snow load overnight. The Dome was evacuated Saturday afternoon when the roof began to sag. There were no injuries reported at the time of the collapse.
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From their website (http://thedome.us) : At 180,000 square feet, The Dome is officially the largest sports complex of its kind on the planet. Held down with pipes and cables plunging 40 feet into the ground, supported by pressurized air, The Dome houses a 400-meter USA Track & Field certified track, full-size soccer field, full-size football field, weight equipment, batting cages and much more.
Snow and wind sensors automatically increase or decrease pressure and temperature of The Dome, keeping it at 15 to 17 lbs of air pressure per square inch, creating an hyperbaric chamber.

(music video) RED HOT SONG! ‘In Jesus’ Name’ @ OneThing 2016 — “God is fighting for us, pushing back the darkness / Lighting up the kingdom that cannot be shaken / In the name of Jesus, enemy’s defeated / And we will shout it out, shout it out”

I watched much of the conference, especially the worship sessions. Much of this is so so, but the end is wonderful!

From the last worship session at IHOP’s OneThing 2016, New Year’s Eve.

The song, “In Jesus Name” @ 1:37:05 is HOT HOT HOT!!!

I need to learn this song! Full lyrics below video. Cue it up to 1:37:05!

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God is fighting for us, pushing back the darkness
Lighting up the kingdom that cannot be shaken
In the name of Jesus, enemy’s defeated
And we will shout it out, shout it out

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New Year countdown @ 1:35:30
In Jesus Name @ 1:37:05
RED HOT @ 1:39:55!!!

Happy New Year Onething 2016 with David Forlu, Jaye Thomas, and Chris Tofilon

David Vega

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In Jesus’ Name

Songwriters: Israel Houghton & Darlene Zschech

God is fighting for us, God is on our side
He has overcome, yes He has overcome
We will not be shaken, we will not be moved
Jesus, You are here

Carrying our burdens, covering our shame
He has overcome, yes He has overcome
We will not be shaken, we will not be moved
Jesus, You are here

I will live, I will not die
The resurrection power of Christ
Alive in me and I am free in Jesus name
I will live, I will not die
I will declare and lift You high
Christ revealed and I am healed in Jesus name

God is fighting for us, pushing back the darkness
Lighting up the kingdom that cannot be shaken
In the name of Jesus, enemy’s defeated
And we will shout it out, shout it out

13 inches of weekend snow boosts Anchorage into record books

Nice to see!

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From: KTVA.com

13 inches of weekend snow boosts Anchorage into record books

January 23, 2017

…Anchorage has received 23.8 inches of snow so far in January.

That’s the second highest total for the start of a calendar year since records began being taken at the airport in 1953. …

A large chunk of this year’s snowfall total came last weekend, when 13 inches were reported at the Anchorage airport.

For the entire winter season, Anchorage has had 44.3 inches of snow by Jan. 23, just a couple of inches off what is considered normal.

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