Tuesday, November 15, 2016
We had blinders on
Thought that Trump would be defeated; and completely out of touch when it came to number, passion, and impact of Donald Trump's supporters.
List of of likely Cabinet appointees reflects Trump is wasting no time in in rewarding those whose support made him the winner. The list includes the usual suspects, extremists salivating at the prospect of beimg empowered to follow their agenda.
With both Houses of Congress under Republican control, Trump administration would be in strong position to weaken or rescind legislations passed under previous administrations. And new legislations would be pushed to enable special interest groups to achieve their goals. There is nothing to stop them. The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in 2010 lifted restrictions on financing of political campaigns.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Corte Madera, CA, - Budget Inn
Truly, a motel from hell.
On Friday (September 11, 2015), a friend and I decided on booking a room at Budget Inn because of the location -- nearness to Muir Woods where we wanted to hike the next day.
As the saying goes: Caveat Emptor
The fact that Budget Inn is not listed in CSAA Tour Book should have triggered an alarm. To our regret, we ignored the fact; Thought that all we needed was a clean room for one night.
It was a mistake for which we have badly suffered.
- The room (No.114) had broken furniture, and not very clean.
- Bed bug bites began to manifest themselves next morning.
- Itchy, red spots became noticeable and became progressively worse.
- After returning home, a google search revealed many previous reports about this particular establishment.
unaware of the situation.
Marin County Health and Human Services Department.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
America, America - A Country Awash in Guns
Sorrowing Lies My Land
Headlines about gun violence -- deaths and injuries from gunshots -- have become regular features. Inescapable.
- NEWSER) – It's the worst kind of synchronicity: A websitethat tracks mass shootings in the US had logged 203 through Wednesday. It hasn't caught up with last night's rampage in a Louisiana theater, but when it does, that will be No. 204—and yesterday was the 204th day of the year, notes the Washington Post. The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced tool from an anti-gun forum at Reddit calledGuns Are Cool, and it defines "mass shooting" as incident in which at least four people were shot. Not all of the incidents resulted in deaths.
DC's Summer of Gun Violence
NRA: "Guns don't kill people, People Do".
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Go Charlie, Go
Friday, July 18, 2014
Young Men With Horns and Guitar
Victoria BC - July 3-6, 2014
Nikhil Ghosh, Palo Alto, CA, trombone, tenor
Cyrus Bhiladvala, Victoria BC, alto sax
Simon Farintosh, Victoria BC, guitar
Rowan Farintosh, Victoria BC, tenor sax
|Jazz on July 4th at Bastion Square, Victoria BC © Musafir|
|Buskers warming up © Musafir|
|“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” |
― Bob Marley
|From the left: Nikhil Ghosh, Cyrus Bhiladvala, Simon Farintosh, Rowan Farintosh|
|Admiring dad Rustom Bhiladvala © Musafir|
|Beaming Bhaskar Ghosh, a mean tabla player himself © Musafir|
Why Do People Who Fish Have a Tendency to Despoil the Environment ?
A recent day at Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon, drove home the point that when it comes to leaving a mess behind the Oregonians are no better than those who fish in California.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
A Hike Up to Monument Peak (Ed R. Levin County Park, Milpitas, CA)
Great views, especially for those who walk up the trail. Sandy Wool Lake is stocked with trouts. Play area for kids.
Lack of shade trees on the trails makes hiking unattractive in the warm weather. For hikers, Spring is the best time to explore the trails. Wild flowers in abundance add to the pleasure.
On Sunday, April 27th, a friend and I decided to hike up to Monument Peak (elev. 2594'). We had been to the park a few times in the past but never attempted going all the way up. Sunday was a great day for it. Mild temperature; sunny and clear sky. The landscape a lush green after recent rains. Not a switchback trail, so going up felt strenuous at times. Encountered few other hikers. We found no marker (signage) at the top!
Before entering the park, we drove on the winding Calaveras Road (popular with bicyclists) for a few miles to look at Calaveras Reservoir.
|The yellow patches are fields of wild mustard © Musafir|
|Beginning of the trail © Musafir|
|Old farm and stable © Musafir|
|Blue Dick © Musafir|
|Picnic lunch off the trail © Musafir|
|Venus Lilly (also known as Thorny Lilly) © Musafir|
|Poppies and Chia (Salvia columbariae) © Musafir|
|Trudging up Monument Peak Trail © Musafir|
|The park is popular with hang glider pilots who use the service road to access launching pads. © Musafir|
|Sandy Wool Lake © Musafir|
|Blazing Star © Musafir|
|Grazing area © Musafir|