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GSR 2013 run climaxes at 9,200 feet: The back story (with movie)
Aug 7th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Challenging roads,

scenic splendor,

 captured on camera

To read Part I of this saga click here.

Christopher Kulikowski rides behind me in a fast downhill sprint along 9 Mile Canyon Road into the Owens Valley from Kennedy Meadows. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

THE SOUTHERN REACHES of the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 Gay Sport Bike Riders annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
This year’s event began Aug. 1 in Los Angeles (and San Francisco).
On Aug. 2, the group of 15 riders stopped at least twice on the way to the 9,200-foot summit at Mt. Sherman Peak to savor the majesty of the environment, to breathe in the fresh Alpine air, to recharge with the energy of nature’s beauty.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposes major banking overhaul

‘CO-SPONSORS’ NEEDED TO AVOID ANOTHER FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has, with three co-sponsors, introduced major new legislation that might just help avoid another financial meltdown like the one in 2008.
A bill she calls a “new 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to once again separate ordinary banking from the high-risk activities that broke our economy” needs our support.
A way to take action is included.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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SCHADENFREUDE: Rupert Murdoch has a problem

IT’S NOT PETER PAN, BUT IT HIS SOON-TO-BE EX-WIFE WENDI
Wouldn’t it be fun if the Murdoch’s had to do battle ¬– just like Michael Douglass and Kathleen Turner did in the classic movie “War of the Roses” – in a public court of law over their dissolving marriage?
Murdoch’s third – and soon to be EX – wife has hired a new lawyer, and The New York Times headline suggests the case may soon “turn messy.”
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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A RARE DAY: Enjoying 2 favorite sports in 1 day (Part II)

CRUISING OFF THE COAST OF L.A. ON A LUXURY YACHT
There are few better ways to spend a summer’s afternoon than lazing on the deck of a 40-foot luxury yacht a mile or two off the beaches of Santa Monica Bay in Southern California.
On Sunday, for about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day.
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POPE ON GAYS: too little, too late (with video)

WHAT WILL THE CHURCH DO TO REVERSE MILLENNIA OF BIGOTRY AND HATRED?
The latest attempt by the Pope at window dressing is far too little, far too late.
After millennia of denial, the leader of the Catholic Church has finally acknowledged the existence of gays among the flock.
But the history of the institution he leads has already been written. And it is not a pretty story.
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A RARE DAY: Bicycling in the morning, sailing after noon (Part I)

Southern California is famous for its outdoors sports offerings. What’s not so well known is how – if you wish – you can combine them on the same day!
On Sunday, it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day as about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club enjoyed this rare combination of two fabulous sports in one day.
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Bradley Manning: A grave injustice has been done

This is a sad day for the U.S., the American people and the freedom of the press in the self-described bastion of free speech.
Bradley Manning still could spend much of the rest of his young life in prison. He is only 26 years old.
He is an American hero for bringing to the world’s attention the misdeeds of the U.S. government under the worst president ever.
Get In the (K)now here now.


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