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THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2008

Hailstorm smacks Spokane just before lunch...

Good afternoon, Netizens...It was the little thunderstorm who thought it could-- and did!A fast-moving thunderstorm just ripped through parts of Spokane in the last half hour. What made the storm of particular interest is that it hailed so much the streets near Montgomery in the…

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Police Blotter -- 08/21/2008

Good morning, Netizens...Seen and heard from the Spokane Police records online: Contact : Ofc Daddato #729Date : 8/21/2008Incident #: 08-253749Police Pursuit ends in safe effective PIT on I90 FWY On August 21, 2008 at 00:24 AM, Ofc E. Specht attempted to stop a reckless driver…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2008


Quote of the Day August 20, 2008

All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2008


Picture of the Day August 19, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's Picture of the Day we see what once might have been thought impossible, or at the very least improbable. Zoo visitors watch Arava, a disabled turtle, with a custom skateboard attached to her shell that helps her move, at the…

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2008

Iran Launches Satellite into Space...

Good morning, Netizens...Oh, REALLY? Here is a picture of the Iranian rocket just before it launched into space. TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it was ready to help fellow Muslim states launch satellites into orbit after it successfully put a dummy satellite into…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2008

What to do when it is this HOT!

Good afternoon, Netizens...According to the official weather station at Felts Field, it is 104 degrees. Although there is a 6 MPH wind stirring, no matter how you paint the picture, it is Hot! Hot! Hot! It really sucks to be out-of-doors with no way to…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 16, 2008

The new and improved Microsoft Office...

Good morning, Netizens...While for some of you this piece of recently-announced information may be unimportant. However, given the number of people whom I know regularly use Microsoft Office in the workplace, many of whom are experiencing portability issues between various versions of Microsoft Office documents,…

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Picture of the Day -- August 16, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In today's Picture of the Day, a displaced Georgian woman is helped up on the outskirts of Gori, northwest of the capital Tbilisi, Georgia. Western leaders engaged in intense diplomacy Friday to persuade Russia to pull troops out of Georgia, but regional tensions…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2008

Boats to sail from Cyprus...

Good evening, Netizens...This is the latest news bulletin from the two ships preparing to sail from Cyprus to Palestine I spoke of earlier last week. (Friday 15th August) Today I was intending to write about about practical developments, here in the waters around the Greek…

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Picture of the August 15, 2008 5:00 AM

Today's Picture of the Day is a simple reminder that we have reached the close of yet another week in the Community Comment Blog. This week has been marked for being free of contention, dissension or anger, and although each one of those divisive forms…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2008

Home Foreclosures Sharply Rise...

Good morning, Netizens...The news wires this morning are all citing a sharp increase in the number of American bank real estate foreclosures this morning, some stating the increase is as high as 55 percent in the month of July. California was first by number of…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2008

Duncan--death or prison for life?

Good evening, Netizens...I have completed reading the court transcripts of Joseph Duncan's appearance in court today. Simply reading U.S. Attorney Tom Moss's description of the heinous crimes that Duncan admits freely to having committed is enough to make a caring person lose their lunch, if…

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Picture of the Day -- August 13, 2008

The Persids are coming! The phenomenon, known as the Perseid meteor shower, occurs at mid-August and is caused by falling debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)(August 10, 2008)Tonight and tomorrow night are supposed to be peak meteor-sighting times, so get out from in…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2008

How do Gender benders line up?

I'll be happy to share my "girly side" if such a thread comes to surface.. There are indeed "True Males" and "True Females" at the second and third standard deviation out at each end of the Gender Bell Curve.... but most of us are "under…

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Lip Synching from China a Hit!

Good morning, Netizens...I stumble onto the strangest stuff at the oddest times. On the left in the picture is the picture-perfect girl, Lin Miaoke, 9, from a Beijing primary school, who became an overnight sensation for singing as the Chinese flag entered the stadium at…

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Quote of the Day August 12, 2008

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman. Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850),…

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2008

I am surrounded by stuff!

I have had to unload my desk at work to get ready to move to another, much smaller, cubicle on another floor. So, I came in this weekend and filled eight boxes of "stuff" from my desk. Half of it was work related, so I…

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The Demise of News is a Conversation...

Good morning, Netizens...This morning, perhaps out of habit, I reached for News is a Conversation which is no longer there, and in that moment, knew how important it has been to me and others. As most of you already know, “News is a Conversation” or…

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Picture of the Day --August 11, 2008

Good morning, campers...Members of a freestyle Motocross group Red Bull perform during a soccer match break in Oberhausen, Germany. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)(August 10, 2008)Today's picture might as well be called your Monday Morning Jump Shot. Yes, indeedie, hitch up your garters, sand down the old…

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Isaac Hayes dead at 65...

Isaac Hayes, the man with the incredibly huge baritone voice, has died late Sunday in Tennessee. Hayes laid the groundwork for disco and and his original composition “Theme From Shaft” won both Academy and Grammy awards. He was 65.With his muscular build, shiny head and…

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