About that global warming - France

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Isn't this planet supposed to be getting significantly warmer? That is what all of the computer models are saying. From the UK Guardian:

French winemakers deploy candles, heaters and helicopters to save vines from frost
Sharp spring frosts are damaging production in some of France’s most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, posing a threat to growers’ incomes.

Vineyards report temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7C (19°F), hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather, and growers fear a new cold snap could cause more damage.

They have been using candles, heaters and even the down-draught from helicopters to try to save crops.

“All areas of the Champagne are hit to very varying degrees,” said Thibaut Le Mailloux from the Champagne Committee (CIVC) industry group. “It’s too early to estimate the extent of the damage, but the frost impact is worse than last year’s”.

France’s total wine output fell 10% last year due to adverse weather conditions. Champagne was the worst hit, with the harvest down more than 20% on the previous year due to spring frosts followed by other problems such as mildew.

CIVC said that on average 20 to 25% of vine shoots had been destroyed in Champagne by Tuesday, against 14% last year. That estimate did not take into account potential damage from overnight frosts in the past two days.

The line "the frost impact is worse than last year’s" is especially chilling - not just weather, this is climate change. Getting cooler.

Back soon

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Heading out to the bank and running a couple of errands.

Nice and clear outside - fluffy clouds and sunshine.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Transgender patient sues Dignity Health for discrimination over hysterectomy denial
More than seven months after a Dignity Health hospital refused a hysterectomy to a Sacramento-area transgender patient, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday on his behalf.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Dignity discriminated against Evan Michael Minton, 35, a former state Capitol legislative aide, when he sought a hysterectomy as part of his transition from female to male.

A bit more:

The case pits the desires of transgender patients seeking sexual reassignment surgery against Catholic doctrines, which bar sterilizations such as hysterectomies in most instances.

And of course, he could have just gone to another hospital - which he did with Dignity Health's help:

“In general, it is our practice not to provide sterilization services at Dignity Health’s Catholic facilities,” said spokeswoman Melissa Jue, in an emailed statement last August. Sterilization procedures, such as hysterectomies or tubal ligations, she said, are permitted by Catholic hospitals only to cure or alleviate a “serious pathology and (if) a simpler treatment is not available.”

After Mercy San Juan denied the hysterectomy, Minton’s surgeon said Dignity Health officials helped her obtain emergency privileges at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, a Dignity facility that is not bound by Catholic doctrines. The hysterectomy was performed at Methodist in September.

Dignity Health went above and beyond to help Minton and this is the thanks he gives them? This was either a premeditated setup or the ACLU contacted him and proposed the lawsuit. They need to lose a couple really big cases - get themselves discredited and publicly humiliated.

Heh - so close

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Sorry for the poor image quality - best I could find on the internet:


Very cool idea

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From Hackaday comes this wonderful project:

We’ve often heard (and said) if you can’t hack it, you don’t own it. We noticed that [tmbinc] has issued a call for help on his latest project: developing new firmware and an FPGA configuration for the Rigol DS1054Z and similar scopes. It isn’t close to completion, but it isn’t a pipe dream either. [tmbinc] has successfully booted Linux.

There’s plenty left to do, though. He’s loading a boot loader via JTAG and booting Linux from the USB port. Clearly, you’d want to flash all that. Linux gives him use of the USB port, the LCD, the network jack, and the front panel LEDs and buttons. However, all of the actual scope electronics, the FPGA functions, and the communications between the processor and the FPGA are all forward work.

Why the Rigol? [tmbinc] says they are cheap, have decent hardware, and use parts that have accessible tool chains. Plus, the Rigol is popular among people likely to hack their scope. The Xilinx FPGA and the ARM processor are reasonably easy to work with using either open source or freely available tools.

The Rigols are a great little scope for the money - I bought one to replace a very old Tektronix and I love it (still keeping the Tek for backup - love it too). Going to keep tabs on this project as there is a lot of signal processing that could be done if you had access to the operating system - lots of great math libraries out there for Linux.

Since February 9th, the Seattle wastewater treatment plant has been dumping raw sewrage into the Puget Sound. From today's The Seattle Times:

Mechanical systems restored at West Point plant, but dirty water still flowing into Puget Sound
The West Point Treatment Plant is getting back on track after cleaning, repair and replacement of equipment destroyed in a catastrophic flood Feb. 9.

The effluent discharged to the Puget Sound still does not meet permit standards, but it’s getting cleaner. All damaged mechanical systems have been repaired or replaced.

Workers restored or rehabilitated a mile of tunnels, 151 electrical motors, two miles of insulation, 40 motor control centers, 125 electrical panels, 25 electrical transformers, more than 1,200 outlets and switches as well as sedimentation tanks bigger than football fields, and digester tanks.

Plant staff will continue fine-tuning the biological processes essential to secondary treatment.

The size of the spill:

The flood resulted in diverting 235 million gallons of untreated wastewater from the crippled plant — including 30 million gallons of raw sewage — into Puget Sound, and pouring hundreds of tons of partially treated solids for months into the Sound that normally would have been cleaned from effluent leaving the plant.

They are expecting to be back in full operation by sometime May - like I said, I'm not eating shellfish or seafood from Puget Sound any time soon...

Epic-level virtue signalling

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Virtue Signalling - from Infogalactic:

Virtue signalling is the expression or promotion of viewpoints that are especially valued within a social group, especially when this is done primarily to enhance the social standing of the speaker. For example, expressing a hatred of the right-wing newspaper Daily Mail might be an example of virtue signalling among the British left. The term is chiefly used by conservative commentators to criticize the expression of tribalistic socially progressive views on social media, but has also been used to describe analogous behaviour in other groups, such as pro-gun rights grandstanding among the American right, and by signalling theorists to discuss conspicuous piety among the religious faithful.

Here is a perfect example - from The Washington Free Beacon:

Yale Grad Students Go on ‘Symbolic’ Hunger Strike Where They’re Allowed to Eat
A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.

"Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away," the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. "We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating."

Yale doctoral students currently earn a stipend $30,000 a year, receive free health care, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full, according to Yale News. The university administration said in a statement that they understood the students concerns, but "strongly [urge] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so."

As it turns out, the hunger strike might not put anyone's health in peril. According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student, the hunger strike is "symbolic" and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.

Sounds like a tantrum that a three-year-old might throw. They want to use the shock value of "Hunger Strike" but do not feel like doing it on an empty stomach. Bunch of pansies...

Back home again

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Picked up the stuff I needed but still have to head back tomorrow for a quick run to the bank.

Met with some people from our county CERT program - developing a real team out here. Good thing to happen as there are a lot of things that can go wrong fire, flood, earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, long-term power outages, railroad derailments, etc... We are a long way from the population centers so outside of local first-responders, rescue could be many weeks away.

Off to town

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Finished lunch - critters are fed and fine. Probably get a bite to eat in town. Oh, and coffee first of all...

Unreal - the political dogma is strong in those people. From the Washington Examiner:

Former EPA employees find new gigs as Trump protesters
Former Environmental Protection Agency employees are finding new gigs as climate change activists ahead of this weekend's climate protest in Washington.

Nearly 800 former employees, some of them directors and senior staff, sent a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, White House officials and several others, blasting President Trump's "policy of denial" on global warming.

It is not a "policy of denial" if the warming is not happening. Look at the data, not at the computer models.

"As former employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we know that science is at the heart of the bipartisan progress our nation has made toward protecting public health and the environment," the letter read. "Yet as we mark the 47th Earth Day this month, the Trump administration and its supporters in Congress are turning their backs on science and what it tells us about the gravest environmental problem of our times — climate change."

So your precious rice bowl got taken away and now you are confused, hurt and stressed out. Welcome to real life - you now have to go and find a job in the private sector. I can understand why these people are in panic mode; they have zero usable skills.

That atmospheric river

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Four days ago, I posted about a very large atmospheric river that was headed our way. Fortunately, it headed to our south and we just got a few showers - less than 0.1"/day. We have been getting a lot more rain starting last night with 0.23" in the last 24 hours. The rain has stopped for now but things are very wet.

Heading into town today to meet with someone and pick up a couple things for other people out here.

They finally got all of their images and videos in one central place - from Ars Technica:

Finally, NASA has its universe of images in one happy, searchable place
When the Internet came along in the 1990s, like a lot of government agencies, NASA kind of scratched its head and wondered what to make of all this freely shared information. But unlike a lot of other agencies, NASA had a trove of images, audio, and video the general public wanted to see. After all, this was the agency that had sent people to the Moon, taken photos of every planet in the Solar System, and launched the Hubble Space Telescope.

So each of the NASA field centers—there are 10 of them—began digitizing their photo archives and putting them online. Johnson Space Center in Houston, for example, had thousands of images of space shuttle astronauts training and flying in space. Kennedy Space Center had launch photos. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory had planets, rings, comets, and more. Unfortunately, these images were spread across dozens of NASA.gov sites, with no good way to search the different databases.

"It was, to be honest, pretty frustrating because you had to have a lot of knowledge about NASA itself to know where a particular image might be," said Rodney Grubbs, imagery program manager for NASA. The space agency made some efforts with commercial companies in the 2000s to organize its image collection, Grubbs said—but mistakes were made. "It did not result in something that helped us," he said.

A few years ago, NASA tried again, working with a company called InfoZen. The challenge wasn't quite up there with landing humans on the Moon, but consolidating 140,000 images, videos, and audio files that existed in more than 100 collections was not exactly a simple challenge.

The website is here: https://images.nasa.gov/

Going to spend a lot of time here - this puppy is deep and wide...

All that rain - they had just finished clearing Highway 101 in Mendocino County (gorgeous stretch of road). From the North Coast Journal:

101 Closed Until at Least Next Week; Rain Forecast to Return
Caltrans is estimating a possible reopening of U.S. Highway 101 sometime mid-to-late next week and is warning travelers to expect detours of up to seven hours until the roadway can be safely reopened.

The initial slide that closed down both lanes north of Leggett on April 16 was followed a few days later by another that dumped as much — if not more material — than the first one, according to Caltrans. Special equipment is being airlifted into the area next week.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is forecasting another storm system to move into the area on Monday and Tuesday with 1 to 3 inches of rain expected in Del Norte and Humboldt counties and a half-inch to 1 inch of rain in Mendocino County.

The second slide was caught on video by Wendy Kornberg:

Ho Li Crap - that is a lot of dirt...

I thought it had died and gone back to whatever level of Hell it was spawned from. From The Daily Wire:

Leftist Researcher: Teachers Should Stop Requiring Standard English From Minorities, Too 'Oppressive'
In typical patronizing fashion of the Left, a white female undergraduate researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Erika Gallagher, is arguing that learning and using proper English within school walls is too challenging and "oppressive" for black and brown students, who should instead be allowed to use "any form of English " they feel "comfortable with," like Ebonics, or African-American Vernacular English.

This, my friends, is what you might call "the soft bigotry of low expectations."

Gallagher, whose so-called "research" was based almost entirely on interviews with just three "student leaders from marginalized groups" on campus, found that minorities being expected to learn and use proper English was oppressive; one student said such an expectation “is the biggest form of cognitive dissonance that exists." Formal English, concluded the undergraduate researcher, is exclusionary of marginalized groups.

I am not surprised that Ms. Gallagher teaches at University of Wisconsin-Madison - that place is about as nutty as it gets - sort of a mid-west Berkeley, CA

More on Ebonics here

From Portland, OR station KPTV:

Deputies ID wanted man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping girl in Milwaukie area
Deputies have identified a wanted man accused of breaking into a Milwaukie-area apartment and sexually assaulting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

Investigators are searching for 48-year-old Santiago Martinez-Flores.

And (wait for it) buried in paragraph seven:

Detectives said he has a long criminal history dating back to 1994. He was last known to have been deported to Mexico in March 2001 after serving two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections. But somehow, police believe he made it back to Oregon.

Portland being a sanctuary city and all that - he was probably on food stamps and welfare too - taxpayer dime.

Sanctuary Cities

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A reaction on the judge striking down President Trump's ruling - from The White House:

Statement on Sanctuary Cities Ruling
Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation. Federal law explicitly states that “a Federal, State or Local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” 8 U.S.C. 1373(a). That means, according to Congress, a city that prohibits its officials from providing information to federal immigration authorities -- a sanctuary city -- is violating the law. Sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, block their jails from turning over criminal aliens to Federal authorities for deportation. These cities are engaged in the dangerous and unlawful nullification of Federal law in an attempt to erase our borders.

Once again, a single district judge -- this time in San Francisco -- has ignored Federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country. This decision occurred in the same sanctuary city that released the 5-time deported illegal immigrant who gunned down innocent Kate Steinle in her father's arms. San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands. This San Francisco judge's erroneous ruling is a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering the worst kind of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and putting thousands of innocent lives at risk.

This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping. But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States.

Next stop - the US Supreme Court. And this delightful report from the Washington Examiner:

Exclusive interview: Trump 'absolutely' looking at breaking up 9th Circuit
President Trump said Wednesday that he has "absolutely" considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions.

"Absolutely, I have," Trump said of considering 9th Circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House. "There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous."

The hippies tears will be copious.

Heh - ESPN got very political and all Social Justice Warrior-y with their broadcsts and the general public responded with a resounding Meh... From the Los Angeles Times:

ESPN lays off Jayson Stark, Jay Crawford and about 100 other on-air personalities and writers
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant struggles to adjust to profound changes in how viewers consume sports news and entertainment.

Unlike past rounds of cutbacks, Wednesday’s layoffs targeted prominent on-air personalities, including former athletes Trent Dilfer, Danny Kanell and Len Elmore. Studio anchors, including Jay Crawford, and stalwart reporters Ed Werder, Jayson Stark and Dana O'Neil also were ousted. ESPN declined to provide names of their workers who were affected, but dozens announced their dismissals on Twitter.

Good bye - if we want sports information, we generally do not want it served with a lardon of politically-correct commentary. We get more than enough of that from the mainstream media as it is.

Good news - education

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Trump is pulling the Federal Government out of the education business. From The Washington Times:

Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials.

The order, dubbed the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems a overreach by the federal government.

“For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less,” Mr. Trump said. “My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”

He said that previous administrations had increasingly forced schools to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington, but his administration would break the trend.

Very good news - to understand why, you just have to look at this graph from The Cato Institute:


From The Daily Caller:

Congress Asked To Eliminate $270 Million A Year In Solar Subsidies
Conservative groups wrote a letter to Congress Tuesday asking lawmakers on the appropriations committee to eliminate a solar subsidy program worth $270 million.

Conservatives want Congress to pull funding from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, citing recent investigations that found the program provided subsidies for rooftop solar power.

The letter calls SunShot the “ground zero of the solar subsidy machine,” arguing that it gives out millions of dollars in subsidies through net metering programs. Such programs force utilities to buy the electricity from rooftop solar panels at up to six times the market price, effectively forcing non-solar residents to pay more to maintain the grid.

Good - we need to spend our money on real energy solutions instead of the warm and fuzzy experiments that have been promising renewable energy in just five years for the last thirty years.

Nuclear is the way to go especially Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors - no waste problems, operates at atmospheric pressure so no containment ve$$el needed and absolutely walk-away safe.

More on the Laffer Curve

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I had posted earlier today about President Trump's wonderful tax cuts and gave a side reference to the Laffer Curve. The New York Times has a nice article:

Arthur Laffer’s Theory on Tax Cuts Comes to Life Once More
A white cloth napkin, now displayed in the National Museum of American History, helped change the course of modern economics. On it, the economist Arthur Laffer in 1974 sketched a curve meant to illustrate his theory that cutting taxes would spur enough economic growth to generate new tax revenue.

More than 40 years after those scribblings, President Trump is reviving the so-called Laffer curve as he announces the broad outlines of a tax overhaul on Wednesday. What the first President George Bush once called “voodoo economics” is back, as Mr. Trump’s advisers argue that deep cuts in corporate taxes will ultimately pay for themselves with an explosion of new business and job creation.

The exact contours of the plan remained murky and Mr. Trump will not produce a fully realized proposal on Wednesday. But what the president has called a tax reform plan is looking more like a tax cut plan, showering taxpayers with rate reductions without offsetting the full cost by closing loopholes or raising taxes elsewhere. In the short run, such a plan would add many billions of dollars to the national deficit. Mr. Trump contends that it will be worth it in the long run.

“The tax plan will pay for itself with economic growth,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary and main architect of the plan, told reporters this week.

Good - make the cuts deep enough and the economy will boom. Cut regulation, cut taxes and stand back.

A new music group

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From the intarwebs:

There's this new band named 1023MB
They haven't had any gigs yet.

Talk about spoiling it for everyone - from The Gateway Pundit:

Portland Cancels Annual Avenue of Roses Parade After Antifa Terrorists Promise to Rush Parade and Beat Republicans
The “Antifa” far left Communist group has managed to get an entire parade and carnival canceled in Portland because the Multnomah County Republicans were going to be in the parade. 

The communists threatened to riot, loot, assault people at the parade. The festival people decided to cancel the entire weekend of activities, which was going to be this weekend due to the threats of violence by the leftist group.

The Antifa group promised to rush the parade and drag away the Republicans.

The Repubicans response was excellent and to the point:

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) has for many years participated in the Parade, and calls upon the Mayor, the Police Chief, and the District Attorney to take action against this criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot and disorderly conduct in violation of Oregon law. “Under former Mayor Charlie Hales,” said James Buchal, MCRP Chair, “the City allowed this cancer of lawlessness to grow to the point where its leaders are now bragging, like some sort of comic book characters, that ‘the police cannot stop us’. But this is no laughing matter. The participation of political parties in public events like the Parade is not only an American tradition, but also reflects the most fundamental constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly.”

The road to fascism begins with armed gangs of thugs using violence to shut down opposing points of view. The question now is whether the City of Portland will be complicit in such conduct. We hope the City’s new leadership has the courage to respond to these threats appropriately.”

Emphasis mine - very true words. These people have been allowed to act out illegally for way to long - it has given them the idea that their actions are allowed by the government. This is a perfect time to punch back twice as hard. Something to remember when reading the history of the Democrat party:


Same as it ever was - Nepal

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They need a President Trump to run things for a while - from the Nepali Times:

Building back unsafe
Gongabu, the neighbourhood where most concrete structures collapsed in Kathmandu in the 2015 earthquake, is back to business as usual: dancers perform in dimly-lit bars, sex workers wait for clients outside, and migrants from the nearby bus terminal stroll on sidewalks.

But a Nepali Times investigation has found that Gongabu is also back to the illegal construction that resulted in so many fatalities here two years ago.

When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Central Nepal on 25 April 2015, it was mostly brick and clay buildings that collapsed while the majority of concrete structures stayed intact. However, here in Gongabu it was the multi-storey concrete blocks that pancaked, killing 160 people in this locality alone. Most of them were young migrant workers waiting to fly out, and a few were miraculously rescued after a week.

An expose in this paper in 2015 showed that those buildings had weak foundations and the owners had added extra floors illegally after bribing officials.

The area was a Village Development Committee until December 2014, which meant builders here did not need to follow the 1993 construction code. Now, Gongabu is in the new Tokha Municipality, and there are strict guidelines for concrete structures. But only on paper.

Rope, tree, some assembly required. Time to clean house.

Coffee and back home

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Working at home today - feel the need for an early afternoon boost though. Check in at the store and the post office too.

From The New York Times:

White House Proposes Slashing Tax Rates for Individuals and Businesses
President Trump on Wednesday proposed sharp reductions in both individual and corporate income tax rates, reducing the number of individual income tax brackets to three — 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent — and easing the tax burden on most Americans, including the rich.

The Trump administration would double the standard deduction, essentially eliminating taxes on the first $24,000 of a couple’s earnings. It also called for the elimination of most itemized tax deductions but would leave in place the popular deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions. The estate tax and the alternative minimum tax, which Mr. Trump has railed against for years, would be repealed under his plan.

Arthur Laffer - paging Mr. Laffer to the white courtesy phone please...

Seasons change

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I live in an area with definite seasons - Summer, Fall, Winter and Construction. Got this little bundle of joy from the WA State Department of Transportation:

Ski season wraps up, construction season moves in on SR 542
GLACIER – The season of fresh powder, first tracks and weekends at the hill has wrapped up along Mount Baker Highway and now the construction season is sliding in.

During the break between ski seasons, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Strider Construction will begin work on a fish passage project on State Route 542 west of Glacier. On Monday, May 15, crews will start work where Hedrick Creek flows under the Mount Baker Highway at milepost 32.

It is good that our infrastructure is being well maintained. A lot of this is driven by the tax revenues that the Mt. Baker ski area pours in to the State coffers but still, we have been having major projects on SR 542 every year. A definite impact on our Summer tourism. Why drive to Artist Point when the traffic is being screwed by construction?  The ski season is a major boon to our economy but it is the summer season that is the major economic driver for our area - people coming up to spend days at a time, camping, hiking, etc...

Too cute - goat yoga

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I had seen photos but here is the video:

There website is here: Jenness Farm

Not science, politics being manipulated to make a few people very rich - from The Daily Caller:

Al Gore’s New Group Demands $15 Trillion To Fight Global Warming

Hey Al - STFU - your fifteen minutes elapsed a long long time ago you pompous windbag.

A bit of local interest

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Glacier is a town about eight miles East of where I live. From The Bellingham Herald:

Why were skulls found on a property near Glacier? The sheriff’s office is searching for answers
After the discovery of two human skulls, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office investigators are combing a property west of Glacier for more clues.

Undersheriff Jeff Parks said people living on the property in the 9100 block of Mount Baker Highway found the skulls over the weekend and reported them to the sheriff’s office on Monday.

The property, which began as a homestead, has belonged to the same family for generations, Parks said. Family members told deputies that a man who once lived there and has since died was known to collect skulls, Parks added. He had no further information as to why the man kept the skulls.

The sheriff’s office is not treating the property as a crime scene, Parks said, but crews are still searching for anything that could become evidence of a crime.

“We just want to err on the side of caution and do a thorough search of the area,” he added.

Parks could not say how long the search would take, adding, “We’re done when we’re done.”

This was blowing up on Facebook as I was heading out this morning. I am very familiar with the property and the person in question. He is chuckling in Heaven.

Critters taken care of so out for coffee and then working at the store for a bit - patching some holes in the asphalt parking lot. In to town for a meeting and will be having dinner.

More posting later this evening...

Oroville Dam - the post mortem

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Three preliminary reports are supposed to be published sometime today. Juan Browne has been releasing some great videos all throughout the disaster.

Cats and Boxes

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Do not know what it is but cats and boxes have a definite affinity. Here is Simon's Cat:

But the science is settled

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I love it - from The Daily Caller:

Bill Nye Freaks Out After Scientist Schools Him On Climate Change
Comedian Bill Nye accused CNN of doing a “disservice” to its viewers for inviting a well-respected physicist on Earth Day to argue about the legitimacy of man-made global warming.

Nye, who is well known for hosting a children’s TV show in the 1990s, scolded CNN’s “New Day Saturday” panel Saturday for pitting his environmentalist pedigree against the climate skepticism of physicist William Happer.

He also suggested the 24-news channel should instead drown out people like Happer with 98 scientists who believe in man-made global warming.

“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said after the Princeton University academic suggested that it is a “myth” to believe that carbon dioxide is a pollutant causing widespread ecological destruction.

And what did the good Doctor Happer say that upset Bill so much:

“Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” he added.

He went on to say that Nye’s views on science are backward. Science is based on observation, Happer said, “[a]nd if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less.”

True - CO2 is basically plant food - at one time our atmosphere had up to 9,000ppm (compared to today's 450ppm). Nye is a partisan hack - he has no understanding of the science. His skill is being funny on television.

What a way to go - I love it!

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From the London Daily Mail:

Three ISIS fighters 'are killed by rampaging wild BOARS' near Iraqi farmland
Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.

The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims.

They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.

Denied entrance to heaven and their 72 white raisins of exceptional purity.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders
BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.

The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

Sounds like BART has a deferred maintenence problem:

Six of the nine cars on the train had working surveillance cameras, and BART police were viewing video from those cars as well as station cameras, Trost said.

“We are in the process of pulling all surveillance video, and we will share with Oakland police, Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Housing Authority to see if they can help identify the minors,” Trost said. “We have had success with sharing images of juveniles with this group and identifying and making arrests in the past.”

Emphasis mine - and this little gem:

The incident presents another challenge for BART, which hired a new police chief last week. The agency has struggled to contain fare evaders and is in the midst of installing surveillance cameras in train cars after The Chronicle reported that most of the existing cameras were decoys.

Most of the cameras were decoys? Seriously WTF! A perfect example of civilization in an entitlement era.

The Best Korea - heating up

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Now this would be an interesting briefing to watch - from the UK Telegraph:

US Senate summoned to the White House for North Korea briefing, as China’s Xi Jinping urges restraint from Donald Trump
President Donald Trump will take the unusual step of summoning all 100 senators to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on the continued concern over North Korea.

The senators will be briefed by Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, and James Mattis, the defence secretary. Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will also speak to the assembled politicians.

And, while top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.

I'll post a link if it shows up on C-SPAN

French politics

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Looks like the elites have their panties in a twist - good! From Breitbart:

Lefty French Mayor Calls Residents ‘A***holes’, Quits After His Town Votes for Le Pen
The left wing mayor of the northern French town of Annezin, Daniel Delomez, has announced his resignation after residents in his town voted for anti-mass migration Front National leader Marine Le Pen.

Delomez called the result of the first round of the French presidential election “catastrophic” as Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron advanced to the second round. The reason for his resignation, according to the mayor, was that he felt it was a waste of his time serving people he referred to as “arseholes”, L’Avenir de L’Artois reports.

Ms. Le Pen received a massive 38 per cent of the vote in the small town located in the Pas-de-Calais region, a Front National stronghold.

As they say: Don't let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you. Over 1,100 comments - some good points including this one:

Marine Le Pen hasn't won any position yet, and already she is cleaning France of Leftists!
Good job. :)


Wound up heading in to town after all. Took care of a couple of things including looking at display stuff for the store as well as picking up a bunch of asphalt patch. With the freezing weather this winter, the parking lot is looking a bit ragged. Got a radio meeting tomorrow and then at home for the rest of the week.

Turned out to be a nice day today - just squeaked up to 60.8°F and partly cloudy skies with sunshine. Picked up a Costco chicken so having that for dinner with some bok choi and guacamole - trying to cut down on carbs - been slowly gaining back the weight I had lost.

Nothing much this morning

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Coffee and then working at home - might do a quick run into town; need some stuff for a store project but I have a radio meeting in town tomorrow so will probably concatenate the two trips.

Actually nice out - sunny and partially cloudy. Forecast is for rain but not this morning...

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