Breakthrough Drug for COPD now available…

Breakthrough Drug for COPD now available…
Boehringer Ingelheim will offer a savings card that will allow most eligible patients to get Stiolto Respimat at no cost for 12 consecutive months, depending on their insurance provider. The savings card will be available in the Stiolto Respimat patient brochure, as well as on

Automatic bug repair | MIT News

Insanely beautiful…

System fixes bugs by importing functionality from other programs — without access to source code.

Subsidence in California’s Central Valley

Land subsidence in California… 1977… today it’s down another 30 feet

This photo shows the approximate location of maximum subsidence in the United States, identified by research efforts of Dr. Joseph F. Poland (pictured). The site is in the San Joaquin Valley southwest of Mendota, California. Signs on pole show approximate altitude of land surface in 1925, 1955, and 1977.

In this case, excessive groundwater pumping allowed the upper soil layers to dry out and compress and compact, which is by far the single largest cause of subsidence. Soil compaction results in a reduction of the pore sizes between soil particles, resulting in essentially a permanent condition—rewetting of the underground soil and rock does not cause the land to go back up in altitude. This results in a lessening of the total storage capacity of the aquifer system. Here, the term “groundwater mining” is really true.

Link to USDA Subsidence California

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Wind Turbine Blades Arriving in Duluth

Jon Dyess Fine Art Photography

The HHL Volga arriving in Duluth with a load of very long turbine blades beneath some dramatic Lake Superior clouds.

CNN Mistakes Dildo-Covered Flag at Pride Parade for ISIS Flag


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Drought Map for June 23rd 2015

Aurora over Red Wing by Gary Johnson in Republican Eagle

Red Wing Republican Eagle “Here is a photo of the northern lights on Monday Night/Tuesday morning. This is a 15 second exposure, with a 10mm lens. This photo was taken from Levee Park at about 12:15 a.m. Photo by Gary Johnson”

Teach Me To Dance… Jesse re Grexit… Played Like a Bouzouki …

We have a deal!

No really. This time we do have a deal. Uh, we think.

And the cry went forth, and Very Serious People breathed a sigh of relief, the Greek people continued to take their euros out of the banks, and the markets rallied. Again.

In the usual opera buffo, the Greeks accidentally sent the wrong terms last night. And then sent the correct terms this morning, too late for the powers that be to adequately consider them. But just in time for the markets to open and for the Western world to celebrate.

In the terms it appears that Syriza has put a toe over its ‘red line,’ causing some to bubble over with calls of premature capitulation. Huzzah!

It is hard to handicap this kind of game, when you really do not understand the objectives and the nature of it, and use all the wrong sources to discover what is really happening.

More likely they disappointed first, brought the markets and the worried ministers to the brink, again, and then gave them terms that were not satisfactory, but much harder to dismiss.

Sometimes their strength is their weakness, and your weakness is your strength, if you know how to play the game.

Keep in mind that there is no ‘deal’ yet, but Greece is wearing down the opposition and fraying their nerves fairly well. And under duress they may take a deal, get their house in order as best they can, but in the Greek manner, continue the fight from the hills and the islands.

After all, when is a default not a default? If it is delayed a year, involving a larger amount? Believe me when I say that this dance is still in early days, and the band is still getting warmed up.

Life is not so boring these days. Some day I would like to share some ouzo or grappe with these fellows and have a good talk, share some war stories. High stake negotiations are always interesting.

And in their love of life, Greece is teaching northern Europe to dance. I am sure that Germany would like to take off their suitcoats and learn. But not everyone can yet hear the tune clearly.