Off for the day

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Coffee, post office, store and doctor's office - nothing bad and planning to keep it that way (getting the results from a blood checkup)

And that is it for the night

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Early morning = early night.

Heading over to YouTube for an hour or so - driving down to see T for a few days tomorrow. Bringing a laptop with so posting be sporadic but it will happen.

Our prayers go out to Mexico

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7.1 Magnitude earthquake close to Mexico City. The quake was deep so some of its strength is mitigated but still, first reports have about 200 dead and about 50 buildings collapsed.

A crack in the facade - Global Warming

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It is not happening fast enough to match the computer models. From the UK Independent:

Global warming may be occurring more slowly than previously thought, study suggests
Computer modelling used a decade ago to predict how quickly global average temperatures would rise may have forecast too much warming, a study has found.

The Earth warmed more slowly than the models forecast, meaning the planet has a slightly better chance of meeting the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Scientists said previous models may have been “on the hot side”.

The study, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, does not play down the threat which climate change has to the environment, and maintains that major reductions in emissions must be attained.

But the findings indicate the danger may not be as acute as was previously thought.

All of the global warming "research" has been based on the outcomes of various computer models. None of these are checked with archived data. They cannot hindcast - if you take historical data and feed it into these models, they will not output anything that matches reality. The output of these models do not agree with the measured data so it is the data that is continually being "adjusted"

Time to pull the plug on this scam before any more people get hurt with high fuel costs and stupid political decisions.

The whole thing is worth watching - this is what leadership looks like:

At 4:00:

It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those three beautiful pillars -- they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity.

The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations. The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

At 30:15: he starts talking about Cuba and Venezuela as a poster-boys for socialism:

That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom. My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.

We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.

The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.

And at 33:22 he drops the bomb:

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.  (Applause.)  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.  Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. 

Excellent speech - The White House has the full transcript here: Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Like I said, this is what leadership looks like. We could use a lot more of it in Washington.

Another great speech at the United Nations

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No transcript or video as yet but Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has the jist:

BOOM! Trump Slams Socialism At UN General Assembly — Faces Awkward Silence

President Donald Trump: The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (long pause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venuzela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

You could have heard a pin drop!

Delivering that kind of speech right in the heart of the most wretched hive of scum and villainy. Yesterday's speech was about reform and how the USA was contributing a disproportional amount of the UN's support. Maybe President Trump is eyeing the prime real estate that the United Nations building is currently occupying. After all, it would take eight years to pry them out of that location and to prepare a new site - in Venezuela or Zimbabwe.

Another day another dollar

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Woke up early as I have a meeting and needed to get a couple of things done first. Meeting is only five miles away so not a bad commute.

Surf for a bit, partake of some nutritional supplements and check email until I am ready to roll.

Overcast and sprinkling lightly but no appreciable accumulation through the night.

Time for YouTube

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Early day tomorrow so watching an hour of video and then upstairs to bed.

What happened in two words

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Michael Ramirez tells the whole story in two words:


Back home again

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Decided to run in to town today - got the paint for the coffee service counter. Had to go through a backup from an accident and the lines at Costco were unusually long so was about an hour late getting home again. Picked up some Chinese food so had that for dinner and will have it for leftovers tomorrow.

Early meeting tomorrow and I will want to have my serum caffeine levels appropriately elevated so planning to get up early - set the alarm.

Surf for a bit and then to bed...

Great speech at the United Nations

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President Trump addressed the UN Security Council and had this to say - from The White House:

Remarks by President Trump at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.

I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.

And of course, this one line (refering to his Trump Tower) is what all of the mainstream media are leading with. Perfect trolling on his part and they rose to the occasion. Here is the rest of the speech - it is a short one so I am including it all. Notice what he said that is not being covered by the mainstream media:

So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage.

On behalf of the co-host countries, I would like to also thank Secretary General Guterres for -- and you have been fantastic -- for joining us, and we affirm our commitment to the United Nations reform. And reform is what we're talking about.

I applaud the Secretary General for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent. We support your efforts to look across the entire system and to find ways the United Nations can better, and be better at development, management, peace, and security.

The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals. These include affirming the dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace. The United Nations has helped advance toward these goals in so many ways: feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many societies all across the world.

Yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment. But I know that under the Secretary General, that's changing and it’s changing fast. And we've seen it.

That's why we commend the Secretary General and his call for the United Nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy. We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world. In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process.

To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially. We also ask that every peacekeeping mission have clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating success. They deserve to see the value in the United Nations, and it is our job to show it to them.

We encourage the Secretary General to fully use his authority to cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems, and make firm decisions to advance the U.N.’s core mission. Further, we encourage all member states to look at ways to take bold stands at the United Nations with an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to ways of the past which were not working.

Mr. Secretary General, the United States and the member states present today support this great reform vision. We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary General. And I look forward to advancing these shared goals in the years to come, and it is a great honor to be with you today.

Thank you. (Applause.)

Emphases mine - the first two highlighted paragraphs were about cutting the bureaucracy and red-tape. Holding people accountable and rooting out corruption. The third paragraph was about how the United States was shouldering a much larger percentage of UN operating costs than any of the other member nations. President Trump is putting them on notice that this will be looked at very closely and we will be seeing what bang we get for our buck.

If they do not like it, they can always move to Geneva or Brussels. Or Venezuela.

Just topped 0.5" of rainfall

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Wonderful to have the rains come - the ground is so dry. I can hear the plants grinning.

Follow the money - Climate Change

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Not surprised at all - corruption everywhere. Sweet deals for those who are connected to the deep state. From the Miami Herald:

Plan to spend $1.5B in climate money includes union boost
California lawmakers gave a boost to a union looking to organize Tesla workers Friday as they approved a plan to spend $1.5 billion on environmental initiatives using money from the state's recently renewed program that charges polluters to emit greenhouse gases.

The spending is outlined in two bills now heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after they were approved on the last day of the legislative year, which wrapped up about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Much of the environmental money will go toward pay for incentives and rebates to promote a cleaner vehicle fleet, including passenger cars, commercial trucks and port equipment.

Up to $140 million is earmarked for rebates for people who buy clean vehicles, but that money comes with a catch. Under a provision requested by a labor union, state officials will have to certify that participating automakers are "fair and responsible in the treatment of their workers."

And this is just business as usual - circumventing the established rules and laws by the unions for their own benefit. Not for the benefit of their workers. This is about political power and not about better working conditions or higher wages.

The provision comes as the United Auto Workers pursues an increasingly acrimonious drive to unionize thousands of workers who assemble high-end Tesla electric vehicles at a plant in Fremont. It directs the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to come up with criteria for certifying that an automaker treats its employees fairly and responsibly.

The Legislature shouldn't insert in a labor dispute that should be handled by the National Labor Relations Board, said Carl Guardino at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a business group that includes Tesla.

A number of lawmakers, including Democrats, agreed, arguing the last-minute language shouldn't have been added to the bill. Still, both bills easily passed.

"We shouldn't be holding our environmental projects hostage," Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer said.

Unions very much had their place in history. Back when people did not move from one city to another, there was always a captive pool of workers and if someone objected to their salary or working conditions, there were always 50 people lined up to take over their jobs. Business owners knew and exploited this. Now, people can move to where the jobs are and labor unions (which represent about 5% of the working force so they are a very vocal minority) are falling victim to the late Dr. Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

The Iron Law of Bureaucracy
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

So unfortunately true...

Break and then back to work

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Came home to pick up some tools and get a bite to eat. Surf for a few minutes and then back to work.

Back to normal - sleep schedule

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Woke up reasonably early this morning - did go back to sleep for another hour but still, getting back to a normal sleep schedule.

Out for coffee, post office and spending the day working at the store.

Light posting tonight

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Been emailing T and surfing the internet - switching over to YouTube for the rest of the night. Want to get back to a 'normal' sleep schedule so an early bedtime for me.

Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass analyzes the report from the National Weather Service and comes up with some wonderful news:

La Nina and This Winter's Weather
I am always nervous about predicting the character of the upcoming winter's weather for a number of reasons. Seasonal forecasting skill is not good, with our long-range numerical models having very little skill past three weeks. Furthermore, our main seasonal forecasting tool with any skill, the relationship between El Nino/La Nina and local weather, only explains some of the interannual (between years) variation. In addition, the state of the tropical Pacific (which determines whether we are in El Nino, La Nina or La Nada) often changes during the spring/summer.

Earlier in the year it appeared that we would have a neutral (or La Nada) winter, but recently the waters of the tropical Pacific have cooled and the National Weather Service has released a La Nina Watch (see below).

And the upshot:

 OK, what does all this imply for the Northwest winter?  Generally cooler and wetter than normal.  More snow than average in the mountains.

Music to my ears - although summer is the biggest season for the store with all the campers and hikers staying in the area for days at a time, the winter ski season is not too shabby. A lot of people just head up the mountain, hit the slopes and then hi-tail it back home afterwards but a lot of them hang out for a day or two in the area and there is a large influx of people who move here for the entire winter - the skiing is that good. Nice to have a good snowfall for them to enjoy - last year was wonderful and we had record sales to show for it.

Very good decision for the EPA

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Nice to see this being decided once and for all - from the Washington Examiner:

EPA evaluating 'red teams' to challenge climate science despite hurricanes
The Trump administration is looking to create a "red team" to challenge the accepted science on climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on the Earth's temperature, but there is no timeline on when that exercise will occur even though it is "very important," according to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

The EPA administrator sat down with the Washington Examiner for an interview that included discussion of the proposed red team-blue team process that he says will open up a dialogue over the science behind global warming to see what is true and what is not.

"The red team-blue team is still being evaluated," Pruitt said. "I think it's very, very important. I think the American people deserve an open, honest dialogue about what do we know, what don't we know with respect to CO2 and its impact."

The Trump administration has been criticized in recent weeks by environmentalists and others for ignoring the effects of manmade global warming in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Although climate scientists are careful not to equate weather with global warming, they do say that the increased intensity of the storms is a result of a warmer planet.

But the Trump administration feels a need to test that. The red team/blue team process Pruitt wants to set up has been widely used by the military to test assumptions when it comes to an enemy's wartime capability. A red team would challenge the assumptions of the blue team.

Good news indeed - the science is NOT settled - those who say it is are putting forth a political narrative and not actual science. The use of Red Teams has an historical precedent and has been shown to be very effective - this is a perfect venue for a red team.

Back home for the day

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Got the top cut to size and glued up - work on it tomorrow once the glue has set up.

Started raining this afternoon - a light shower but promising to progress to a heavier rainfall later tonight. The earth is parched - this is truly manna from heaven.

Surf for a bit and then working on some projects at home - music room. Radio net later this evening.


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Kind of hard to glue up a top when you leave the glue at home. Helps to have the cordless driver there too :)

Just finished lunch and back to work!

Heading out for the day

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Slept in again this morning but not the 12-hour marathon I did yesterday. Needed the sleep!

Heading out for coffee and working at the store for a couple of hours. More spew later.

More smoke moved in yesterday - forecast to rain most of next week so that should help a lot.

And that is it for the night

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Heading over to the land of YouTube - try to be more productive tomorrow...

Some fun music videos

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From New Zealand artist Nigel John Stanford (website) Nigel also did this one from 2014 - Cymatics

Sincerest form of flattery

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From the New York Post's Page Six - a New York City celebrity site:

New York women are dropping thousands to look like Ivanka Trump
A New York plastic surgeon says that since the 2016 Republican primaries, he has seen a deluge of patients who want to look like Ivanka Trump.

Dr. Norman Rowe says that since last summer, up to 50 clients have asked him to give them the Ivanka look — which he describes as widened cheekbones, a slender nose and large eyes.

Dr. Rowe says that patients can spend between $30-40,000 to achieve the look with temporary fillers and Botox, or $45-50,000 for what he calls the “Permanent Ivanka” — a version achieved with cheek implants and rhinoplasty. “I never saw [anyone drawing inspiration from Ivanka’s face] before the primary,” said Rowe, “since the summer of ’16 . . . [it’s been] maybe four a month; one a week.”

And the number of people requesting a Chelsea Clinton makeover?

Wasting away in Margaritaville Maple Falls

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Got about 10% accomplished of what I had planned for today. Oh well. Back home after a run into Bellingham and dinner at a new restaurant that opened here. Burger was overcooked and dry - I will have to ask if the cook was smashing it because that is what comes to mind.

Back home now - surf for a bit, watch some YouTube videos and then to bed. Need to accomplish more tomorrow to compensate for my excessive slackage today. Heading down to Seattle Wednesday and had three projects I wanted to bust out before then.

Late start to the day

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Woke up and rolled right over again and went back to sleep.

The usual coffee, post office and working at store. Back home to work on stuff here.

Heh - quote of the day

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There is an Icelandic advice columnist who writes at the Reykjavík Grapevine - tonight, this was one of her comments (the question was about dating and manners):

What Icelandic guy took you on a date? I didn’t even know that was a thing Icelandic people did? I thought we just stayed over at each other’s houses until someone got pregnant?

Time to switch to wine

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Getting downright cool outside - got the furnace ticking over keeping thing at 70. Been re-configuring my Roku box adding some new channels and getting ready for the long winter nights. Tacos came out very well - comfortably stuffed.

Time to switch to YouTube and open a bottle of wine - slept in this morning but still feeling a bit tired. Spent some time working in the sun today and it was wonderful.

Done for the day - tacos for dinner

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Finished what I wanted to today so time to call it quits. Going to get out the pressure cooker and do some flank steak - put it in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes with a splash of water, cup of salsa, some dried onions, garlic and salt and pepper and it makes great shredded beef. Flank steak is tough if you don't cook it right but it is very flavorful. Pressure cooker works great and is fast.

Litehouse sells a wonderful freeze-dried garlic and onion and some herbs that reconstitute well and taste fresh.

Kudos to our local Fire Department

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From Firehouse:

WA Firefighters Perform Difficult Rope Rescue at Remote Waterfall
An injured hiker was rescued late Wednesday in a difficult rope rescue operation on a cliff face at remote Racehorse Falls, fire officials said.

"This was straight down, vertical," about 40 to 50 feet, said Chief Jerry DeBruin of Whatcom County Fire District 14.

DeBruin said the man, who was 20 to 30 years old, fell about halfway down and landed on a ledge, injuring his shoulder and possibly his chest.

Details about the victim's injuries were withheld because of medical privacy laws, but DeBruin said the man wasn't critically hurt. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Racehorse Falls is a 139-foot fan-type waterfall in a steep, narrow gorge carved by Racehorse Creek, according to the website Aaron's Waterfall World. The falls plunge in a series of steps to a deep pool.

The call to 911 was placed at 9:30PM so it was pitch dark for the rescue. The people out here are professionals - very happy to know that they are here for us. T and I were at a meeting in the District 14 firehall a few days ago.

Chilling - from the Toronto Sun:

Canada now investigates 'climate denial'
It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984.

Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group.

A bit more - the complaint:

The complaint was filed by Ecojustice on behalf of six “prominent” Canadians, including former Ontario NDP leader and UN ambassador Stephen Lewis.

It accused three groups, Friends of Science, the International Climate Science Coalition, and the Heartland Institute of making false and misleading claims about climate change, including that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide, and that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.

When it launched its complaint in December, 2015, Ecojustice told the National Observer it would press the Commissioner of Competition to refer the matter to the Attorney-General of Canada for “criminal charges against the denier groups”.

Political groups and well connected politicians - not a scientist in the bunch. A perfect example of what happens when a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation (abbreviated as Quango) gains political power and is able to influence governmental operations. These mokes are not elected, have zero accountability for their actions and have no real scientific basis for fact.  Yet, they are able to block and persecute three organizations that operate on a science-based/data-based manner.

Want to know how to fix what is wrong with government? Getting rid of these groups would be an excellent start.

Back home again - meat loaf for lunch

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Costco has been selling prepared dinners and their meat loaf is really good - not greasy at all. Did that for dinner last Wednesday and reheating a slice for lunch.

Working on a couple of projects at home - music room and radio room electronics bench.

Glorious day today

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Temps in the mid 60's and clear skies. Got down to 33.6°F last night so the clear cold mornings are on their way - this place gets some amazing Indian Summers. Favorite time of the year.

Especially nice as the kids are back in school so we do not get as many tourists and the cold weather kills off most of the flying insects so hiking the trails is wonderful. Clear skies, no tourons and especially no skeeters and black flies.

Heading out for the usual - coffee, post office and the store. Unloading some MDO at the store for the coffee service I am building this weekend.

And off to YouTube

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Done surfing for the night - heading over to YouTube. Working on a couple of projects at the store over the next few days. Picked up some stuff for that in town today. Now that school is in session, we do not get the volume of vacationers cruising through and this remains our "slow" season until the ski area opens up. We know this and budget for it - this is the time to do remodeling and other projects.

Signs and portents

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An interesting theory and easily verified - from SHTF Plan:

Do 40,000 Lightning Strikes Over Southern Cali Point To A Mega Quake On The Horizon?
A volatile storm has ignited a slew of 40,000 lightning strike in southwestern California. The strikes have hit Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties – all between September 10-11.

The electric storm was most active on Sunday with an amazing 5,000 lightning bolts in the area over a three-hour period. NWS Los Angeles took to Twitter to report the tremendous display. The intense storm brought plenty of lightning to the Golden state’s southern region, but almost no rain.  The greatest rain total of .44 inches at Sudden Peak on Sunday. By Monday morning, heavy showers, thunderstorms, and 35-mph winds were reported in eastern Los Angeles County.

But now conspiracy is swirling around this fascinating and unique electric storm.  Strange lights and electrons acting oddly seem to have been appearing either before or during major earthquakes –  like the recent 8.2 magnitude quake in Mexico. Could these lightning strikes be a sign that  California’s mega quake is on the horizon?

That would have been fun to see - I love a good lightning storm. We will seee what happens in the next week or so. Like I said, easy to verify.

What an idiot

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Kim Jong-Un just fired another missle  - passing over Japan. Time for him to be taken out. From the London Daily Mail:

North Korea launches ANOTHER missile over Japan in the Pacific as regime taunts the world - and this time Seoul swiftly retaliates with its own test
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis branded North Korea 'reckless' after they launched a missile over the Japan and - sending millions of people into Japan into a panic on Friday morning.

From Yahoo News/Agence France Presse:

'Missile launch, take cover': Japan's terrifying wake-up call
"Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground."

To the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, that was the terrifying loudspeaker message that jolted millions of Japanese awake in the early hours as North Korea blasted its second missile over the country in less than a month.

I am surprised that we do not have a submarine stationed offshore to take down each missile as they are fired. Blast them out of the sky - render them impotent as a power.

Long day - back home

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Had one of the ham radio meetings tonight. This one is for the Emergency Communications group and we always do training for each meeting - tonight was digital communications for Search and Rescue activities. A lot of fun and always something new to learn.

Time to change into my jammies and open a bottle of wine - long day today so a short surf.

Even more on those Pakistani IT guys

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From The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server
A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.

Emphasis mine - this is a huge potential for bribery and espionage. That the government of Pakistan (and by default, Iran, Syria, etc...) would know the private communications of our congressmen is unreal. There should have been checks and balances. They should have seen the traffic going to DropBox's IP space. The 45 members of Congress are all of the Democrat persuasion.

Not just Seattle - from The Daily Caller:

At Least 11 Mayors Accused Of Child Sex-Related Crimes Since 2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after a fifth man publicly accused the Democrat of molesting him as a child.

But Murray isn’t alone. At least 11 then-current and former mayors have been accused of child sex abuse-related crimes since 2016. The allegations range from child porn to physical abuse. The alleged victims were as young as four years old.

Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson resigned earlier this month after being arrested on child porn charges. Nelson has a decades-long history of alleged sexual misconduct involving teenagers and children. The child porn charges marked the fifth such accusation against Nelson, the Times Union reported, including allegations of rape and sodomy.

Disgusting. When you run for office, you need to be held to higher standards than the average citizen. You are their representative and if you can't control your urges, you have no right to govern other people.

Another day in paradise - coffee &c

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T is up for a few days - we went out for coffee and brought her around the store to meet some more of my employees.

Drove around for a bit and now home - BERT meeting later tonight. Meatloaf for dinner - that and a salad. Heading in to town tomorrow.

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