(17) Pentax Aperture/Diaphragm Control Block Failures – PentaxForums.com

Hi Pentax users, I have put up a poll on Pentaxforums looking for users that have had “Aperture Block Failures” your input would be great!
Pentax Aperture/Diaphragm Control Block Failures
I am starting this thread in an attempt to follow up with Ricoh/Pentax with regards to how many camera models have been afflicted with “APERTURE BLOCK” or “DIAPHRAGM CONTROL BLOCK FAILURES” and if their camera was/has been fixed by Ricoh/Pentax.

If you have a camera that has failed please answer the poll question that affects your model, i.e. K1, K50 ,K70 and more!

If your model is not listed in the poll questions provided please post a reply with the “model & shutter count” at time of failure.

Please respond through the link on PentaxForums!


via (17) Pentax Aperture/Diaphragm Control Block Failures – PentaxForums.com


National security experts react to Trump declassification of Page FISA warrant – Business Insider

David Kris, the former assistant attorney general for national security and an expert on FISA, didn’t mince words when he reacted to the news.

“The release of FISAs like this is off the charts,” he wrote. “It is especially unprecedented considering that the FISAs have already gone through declassification review and the President is overruling the judgments of his subordinates to require expanded disclosure.”

Joyce Alene Vance, a longtime former federal prosecutor, largely agreed.

“Releasing FISA materials compromises national security,” she wrote. “Publicly releasing evidence during an ongoing criminal investigation is unprecedented.”

via National security experts react to Trump declassification of Page FISA warrant – Business Insider

American Farmers Are in Crisis so is the economy really doing as well as Trump says?

These are not isolated stories. As early as February 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted a decline in net farm income to its lowest level since 2002 (adjusted for inflation), with median farm income projected at negative $1,316. For well over a year, worries about a new farm crisis have rippled across rural America. The very term is synonymous with the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the agricultural economy, sending thousands of farms into foreclosure and shuttering businesses.

Grain and dairy farmers were beginning to see a repeat of the ‘80s as their prices dropped this spring — and then President Trump started a trade war. Retaliatory agricultural tariffs have kicked this new farm crisis into high gear. The president is offering $12 billion in farm aid to ease the pain, but neither those payments nor the farm bill being hammered out in Congress will substantially change the outlook for farm country. Ever since federal farm policy told farmers to “get big or get out” in the ‘70s, the push toward consolidation has created decades of slow-burning crisis for many farmers. The problem has some rural residents re-envisioning rural policy from the ground up.

via American Farmers Are in Crisis – Eater

My Canadian Opinion

President Donald J. Trump has once again used the office of President to grand stand before the world, either looking for approval or for his own parties gains this speech to Congress and the world took on a feel of exploitation of a grieving William “Ryan” Owens family.

Sourced from:FP

” One poignant moment, however, unintentionally revealed a great deal not just about what sort of leader the president is but how disengaged America’s political class has always been with the country’s more than 15-year war on terrorism. In an overt and calculated effort to deflect attention from a failed military operation, Trump turned to the widow of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in a Navy SEAL raid in central Yemen for which, earlier in the day, the president had shirked all responsibility.”

Sourced from:The Guardian

“I think in terms of effort, which means something, but I give myself an A+,” he told the ferocious interviewers on Fox and Friends on the morning of his big speech. “I think I get an A in terms of what I’ve actually done, but in terms of messaging, I’d give myself a C or a C+.”

Don’t be so hard on your messaging, Mr President. Your heroic effort has certainly been noticed around the world, in federal courts across the nation, and by the true measure of your success: on Saturday Night Live.

Unfortunately my American friends you have elected an American business man who thinks you can run a country the way you run a corporation. (too bad chapter 11 isn’t open for you now Donald)

In my opinion Mr.President YOU’RE FIRED!

Building a Stream Protection

Sourced from:OFFICE of SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT U.S. Department of the Interior

“The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has finalized the Stream Protection Rule to improve the balance between environmental protection and providing for the Nation’s need for coal as a source of energy. The final rule better protects streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provides mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment.”

Sourced from the White House:

What President Trump Signed

“LETTING COAL COUNTRY WORK AGAIN: Today, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation (House Joint Resolution 38) to stop the costly “Stream Protection Rule” from further harming coal workers and the communities that depend on them.”