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Fake Photos

Posted by Mike on August 28, 2009

Ok it looks nice…. I’ll grant that.

I receive this photo in an e mail about once every two weeks…

It’s fake.

From anywhere on the surface of the earth the sun and the moon look roughly the same size. That’s why you can have a securedownloadsolar eclipse (when the moon moves between the sun and earth and blocks almost all of the sun….). Likewise a lunar eclipse would not be possible if the moon where actually this big.

This constructed “photo” makes the moon out to be so big it would probably spin the earth off into space with it’s colossal gravity. And notice the lighting…. The moon has sunlight hitting it while the sun is almost directly behind the moon… not possible….


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Wrong! Fox News Wrong again.

Posted by Mike on August 12, 2009

Don’t patronize this network.

They are the world’s foremost source of spreading false information. Check out this map for an example.


For at least the last 7,000 years Egypt has been over there to the left… straddling the Nile river… not where Iraq has been since who knows when.

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Dumbass kids with dumbass fireworks…

Posted by Mike on July 22, 2009

They say, sarcastically, that Democrats are just Republicans who haven’t been mugged yet…. Meaning that, I suppose, once you have tasted a little bitterness in life (or a lot) you tend to become more conservative and hard-ass about what to do with miscreants. On the other hand, if you understand charity and positive thinking, you pick yourself (and your family and dog) UP and move on… which is what these folks are doing.

Here is why fireworks are outlawed in more and more communities. It’s 6 pm June 30th, you are eating dinner and suddenly you notice your $2million dollar house is on fire and before you can say “oh poop” it’s gone… with everything in it. By the way, the air conditioning system helped out here by transferring the fire to every room in the house, including the crawl space… which might have made the fire worse than it needed to be. Had it been night time it might have killed everyone with smoke before the fire got them. Time for change in the electrical/HVAC codes.

And, yes, they caught the two juvenile neer-do-wells who did this.

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Life is Rich with Irony(s)

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

So, Sunday I am on my way to photograph a Shinto religious ceremony (the epitome of peace-loving, tranquil, harmonious religions) and this a-hole cuts me off and almost hits me so he can barge in on a right turn only lane he needs to be in but won’t wait for 2 other cars…. I am steamed and calling him bad names….

Next thing, I am laughing because this guy has provided me with the best entertainment I’ve had in quite a while….


To get the IRoNY part, of course, you had to be on the planet these week and know that Jackson just died a few days ago at age 50 from a drug overdose… He popped painkillers like candy. But to double the irony a guy who lived just like the bumper sticker said to do had just died 60 minutes prior to my seeing the sticker. An autopsy has revealed he was doing coke and numerous other drugs too. What a shame.


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San Juan Fox

Posted by Mike on May 11, 2009

If this guy hadn’t wiggled an ear as I drove by I wouldn’t have noticed this reddish ball of fur sleeping on top of a rock out in the open…

He waked up, looked at me, stretched, and then walked over to stare at me me up close and he eventually walked away with a blue berry bagel… hope he liked it.

He probably does OK since this island is over run with rabbits… but he has to compete with eagles who like them too.

6AM with a 300mm on a 5D.  Do you think the last fox is part Black Lab?

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Shinto in the Spring

Posted by Mike on April 27, 2009

You need to be tough to hop into a nearly freezing river in the spring…

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After People… everything has it’s time.

Posted by Mike on April 27, 2009

Everything has a lifespan to it.

There is this TV show now called “After People”. They could have filmed it with no special effects at my childhood home north of Everett, WA.

It’s kind of hard to watch your childhood home slide from being a brand new house in 1946 to a Meth Lab in 1999 and then get boarded up, torn down, and buried someplace.

I kind of think I know how folks in ghettos like Detroit feel. This happened to a whole city, almost.

This didn’t need to happen. Blame the lawyers. Two of them (Mickie and Michael Jarvill) stole the farm from my dad as he was dying from Leukemia in 1997. Altogether, before they went to federal prison in 2002 they had stolen about $12 million dollars (or more) from all kinds of people and companies.

The Washington State Bar Association was embarassed enough to pay out nearly $300,000 in crooked lawyer compensation monies to some of their victims.

They created Ponzi scheme business parks and skimmed off the money for personal ski trips to fancy resorts. They sold a woman a $500,000 house… only they didn’t give the owner the money… or even tell the owner they were selling it… There were other lawyers too… (my brother calls them “bloodsuckers”) who were involved.

One well know legal leech (Mark Honeywell) was representing Jarvills and my dad at the same time. He was literally helping one client steal money from another client to pay his invoice to the Jarvills. Hope he rots someplace for doing that…. We caught him. He had to recuse himself, only to be replaced by the incompetent boob (Larry F. Brown) who swiped even more money and refused to tell us anything.

The barn was built about 1914 according to the inscription in the concrete water tank out back. Other buildings were built later. The milking parlor was built about 1969 or 70. The swimming pool was brand new in 1968… the year I left to go to college.

It looks like a horror movie now after the bozo the lawyers rented it to (Curt Van Putten) became a serial car thief, chop shop operator, race car driver, meth addict, meth manufacturer, alcoholic, illegitimate father of numerous children without paying child support, and eventually inmate at a couple of prisons. He was one of the biggest meth dealers on the west coast according to the Rolling Stone article in about 2000 or so. Granite Falls High School personnel I spoke with called him “Curt the Cook”.

Currently, the only residents are large owls in both barns. The neighbors have started using the property as their garbage dump… the bums!

Eventually, it will all be gone… and so will we.

2013 update:

United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District Of Washington

Snohomish County Gun Trafficking Group Indicted

Felons Sold More than 50 Firearms to Undercover Agent

July 10, 2013

Four members of a gun trafficking conspiracy based in Snohomish County, Washington are under arrest after being indicted by the grand jury for illegally selling more than 50 firearms to an undercover investigator, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  HEATHER CHANCEY, a/k/a HEATHER LEE SLATER, 34, of Marysville, Washington, is charged in 14 counts of a 20 count indictment for gun and drug crimes.  MARK JENKINS, 53, of Marysville, Washington, is charged in four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and JAMES MICHAELS, 37, of Marysville, Washington, and CURTIS VAN PUTTEN, 43, of Marysville, Washington, are each charged in one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The four were arrested this morning and will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 1:30 today.

“These defendants, convicted felons, were selling dozens of high powered firearms with no sales record and no concern about where these guns would end up,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “Our region has seen too much heartache come out of the end of guns.  Law enforcement will continue to work together to stop the illegal flow of guns into our communities.”

According to the indictment, on multiple occasions between October 2012 and January 2013, HEATHER CHANCEY and her coconspirators sold guns to an undercover law enforcement agent.  Most of the sales occurred in the parking lot of the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, Washington.  Some of the sales occurred in other parking lots of businesses in Marysville or Arlington, Washington or at a Marysville residence.  CHANCEY was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a 2001 conviction for methamphetamine possession.  Some of the guns she possessed and sold in this case include: two sawed off shotguns and 13 regular shotguns – some with no visible serial numbers; 21 rifles – some with obliterated serial numbers; and four handguns.  CHANCEY is also charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  JENKINS, who has a prior felony conviction in Oregon, is charged with illegally possessing five rifles and two handguns.  MICHAELS has a 2000 drug possession conviction, and is accused of illegally possessing a rifle. CURTIS VAN PUTTEN has prior convictions for drug possession and possession of stolen property and is alleged to have illegally possessed three rifles.

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Man with a Mission

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2009

Jeff Jackson’s “office” is a rat infested, smelly,
dangerous place. It’s where you throw the stuff you
don’t want to think about anymore: garbage, compost,
Jackson works with one eye over his shoulder as he
wrestles containers weighing up to 700 pounds over to
his waiting truck. Two guys passing through the alley
just minutes before were fighting, drunk, and one
used the space behind the dumpster as a toilet.

Jackson has a daughter in school. He works to support her just like lots of other folks do. But Jeff has another burden… He needs to spend 12 hours week tied up to a kidney dialysis machine so he can stay alive. He believes that if he underwent a transplant operation he would no longer be able to work and would lose his job and ability to care for his daughter.

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House with a view

Posted by Mike on April 15, 2009

West Seattle has the best views…

This was not a long photo shoot but I did some extra work on the files to soup them up a bit…

These photos are part of a story Angies List Magazine had me shoot on a computerized house (pantry, vacuum, lawnmower, door locks, motion sensor, entertainment center, robotic dog, security, cameras, heat/airconditioning). Check out the June issue for the story.

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Faces of Dialysis

Posted by Mike on April 9, 2009

At the new Kent clinic people get life saving treatment.

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At the open house in June, 2009, the organization provided this big poster:

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