The Homeless problem

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Michael Ramirez understands it:


If you provide free shit, they will come and stay until it is all gone.

Now this is just reaching

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The Democrats are trying anything to ding the Orange Man - from liberal site Daily Caller:

NBC Fails To Mention The Democrat Who Entered Mar-A-Lago Alongside Epstein In 1992
NBC pulled a video from its archives and noted that President Donald Trump was partying with alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 1992, but failed to mention that the man seen entering the estate with Epstein is Democrat Tom McMillen.

Atomic Fungus offers this timeline of the events:

    • 1992: Trump seen "partying with" Epstein at Mar-a-Lago.
    • Somewhere between 1992 and 2008: Trump says he's a "great guy" and has known him 15 years.
    • Also somewhere between 1992 and 2008: Trump has Epstein tossed out of Mar-a-Lago for perving on an underage girl
    • 2008: Epstein arrested and given a gentle pat on the wrist. Trump ceases all association with him.
    • 2016: Trump wins election to Presidency
    • 2019: "Muh Russia!" fails and Democrats need something else, dredge up this.

Nothing there.

Quite the discovery - this is huge

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From The Times of Israel:

A ‘game changer’: Vast, developed 9,000-year-old settlement found near Jerusalem
An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement research due to its size and the preservation of its material culture, said Jacob Vardi, co-director of the excavations at Motza on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, “It’s a game changer, a site that will drastically shift what we know about the Neolithic era,” said Vardi. Already some international scholars are beginning to realize the existence of the site may necessitate revisions to their work, he said.

And the scale of the site:

Roughly half a kilometer from point to point, the site would have housed an expected population of some 3,000 residents. In today’s terms, said Vardi, prehistoric Motza would be comparable to the stature of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv — “a real metropolis.”

More at the site including some photographs. This is similar to the discoveries of Machu Picchu or Chichen Itza

Out for the day but first

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Big wildfire on Maui

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Heard about it today - 9,000 acres burned. Arson and they got the moke that did it - from Hawaii News Now:

Suspect arrested in Maui arson incident that triggered massive wildfire
Police officials on Maui have arrested a man suspected of starting a wildfire that burned more than 9,000 acres of land and forced temporary evacuations for some Kihei and Maalaea residents.

County officials say Holden Bingham was arrested just before 7:30 p.m. Monday evening on suspicion of first-degree arson.

The 28-year-old man, who has no local address, was released pending further investigation, but is still being held on unrelated arrest warrants, according to Maui County.

Bingham is a convicted felon who has previously been incarcerated at the Maui Community Correctional Center. He recently agreed to be interviewed by Hawaii News Now for a story on the conditions at the overcrowded facility.

Gotta love that last line: for a story on the conditions at the overcrowded facility

Hey, if you are in jail, you did something against society or one of its citizens. Jail time is supposed to be punishment and not three hots and a cot. They need to bring back hard labor - not chain gangs but I bet that if Mr. Bingham were made to clean up some of his mess, he might not be so cavalier in the future. Pay something back to society.

A stroke of genius - I bet the person who came up with this idea woke up at 3:00AM scrambling for a pencil and paper. One of those kinds of ideas:


Sigh - learning a new language

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A couple of projects I want to do with the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino rely heavily on the Python scripting language.

A couple years ago, I got pretty good with the Lua scripting language and really like it - compact and fast. Used in Adobe products as well as my fave video editor DaVinci Resolve as well as darktable (photo cataloging) and a bunch of other applications and utilities that I use.

Now Python seems to be the go-to language. Unfortunately, there are some libraries for Python that are not available for Lua so having to learn Python in the next month or three. Checked out the O'Reilly bible from the library: Learning Python, 5th Edition. 1,648 pages. Not like I am doing anything with my spare time...

From their website: Flash Drives for Freedom

Believe it or not, USBs are a significant form of sharing information in North Korea. Many citizens have devices with USB ports. So for many years, North Korean defectors have organized efforts to smuggle outside info into North Korea on USB drives to counter Kim Jong-un’s constant propaganda. But these groups were buying USB drives at cost with limited resources. Flash Drives For Freedom is a campaign that travels the world inspiring people to donate their own USB drives. As a collaboration between the Human Rights Foundation, Forum 280, and USB Memory Direct, Flash Drives for Freedom is significantly increasing the capacities of these North Korean defector groups.

Donate a USB Drive
Mail in your USB drives or donate cash to purchase drives. Every dollar donated in cash is equivalent to one drive.

Drives are prepared
The USB drives are erased, logos are removed, and are filled with content proven to inspire North Koreans to disbelieve Kim Jong-Un's propaganda and take a stand. Content includes e-books, films, and an offline Korean Wikipedia.

Drives are smuggled in
The drives are smuggled into the country using many different methods. A healthy black market distributes the drives throughout North Korea. The majority of North Koreans have access to devices that can read USB drives.

I have a bunch at the farm that I was wondering what to do with. 1-2GB devices are not that useful any more.

Looks like it is going ahead full-steam. From their website:

Expansion Project
The original Trans Mountain Pipeline was built in 1953 and continues to operate safely today. The Expansion is essentially a twinning of this existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. It will create a pipeline system with the nominal capacity of the system going from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.

Sounds like a great project. Also good is that they can shut down one of the lines for inspection without impacting the other so the oil will continue to flow. Not bad - 66 years of continuous operation.

This reduces the cost of Canada's oil - of course the environmentalists oppose it.

The end-game of Fake News

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Produce Fake News, lose your (paying) audience. Nature abhors a vacuum so other media will fill the void.
From Townhall:

Matt Drudge's 'Future' Is Now Realized, And That Has Legacy Media Enraged
"Bringing these groups together is beyond irresponsible; it is essentially conducting a hate summit at the White House," the Southern Poverty Law Center proclaimed Monday morning regarding President Donald J. Trump's social media summit last Thursday.

Based off that line, you would think the president hosted KKK leader David Duke in the Rose Garden for a Sunday interview as if his opinions mattered. No, actually, that was CNN who did that in 2016, but President Trump did something far worse in the eyes of the Left -- he invited citizen journalists, bloggers, and humorous people who make memes to the White House. In doing so, the president sent a loud message to America that internet pioneer Matt Drudge's vision of the world has been all but finalized thanks to social media and the power of the internet. This has legacy media, and their allies like SPLC, terrified that they are losing their power over public discourse.

I have not read a newspaper or watched televised news for about a year. Too much bias.

Their best and brightest

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Glad they got these mokes rounded up and behind bars. From the Los Angeles Times:

An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats
One by one, the victims were lured to remote locations: an abandoned building in downtown Los Angeles, an empty rooftop in Hollywood, a quiet park in the San Fernando Valley.

Each was accused of a transgression against the notorious MS-13 street gang. Each would meet their end in a manner federal investigators described as “medieval.”

And their presence in this country:

Nineteen of the 22 defendants charged in the indictment had entered the country illegally in the last four years, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Several of the victims described in the indictment were also new arrivals to the U.S. from Central America, officials said.

Seal the border now. No more excuses. How much are the cartels paying Chuck and Nancy?

Wilson was basically the guy who let progressivism get started in the Democrat party. The majority of the ills today have their ancestry with his time in office. Here he is on the treatment of Blacks - from the National Postal Museum:

The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service
During Woodrow Wilson’s 1912 presidential campaign, he promised African Americans advancement. He stated, “Should I become President of the United States, [Negroes] [sic] may count upon me for absolute fair dealing and for everything by which I could assist in advancing the interests of their race in the United States.” Believing in his promise, many African Americans broke their affiliation with the Republican Party and voted for Wilson. He did not, however, fulfill the promises he made during the campaign to the African American community during his presidency. Less than a month after his March 4, 1913 inauguration, President Wilson’s Administration took the first steps towards segregating the federal service.

The question of federal segregation was first discussed in high administration circles at a closed cabinet meeting on April 11, 1913. At the Cabinet meeting Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson argued for segregating the Railway Mail Service. He was disturbed by whites and African Americans working in the Railway Mail Service train cars. The workers shared glasses, towels, and washrooms. He said segregation was in the best interest of the African American employees and in the best interest of the Railway Mail Service. Burleson’s ultimate goal was not only to make the railway lines “lily white” but to segregate all government departments. President Wilson replied to Burleson by saying that he had made “no promises in particular to Negroes [sic], except to do them justice.” He argued that he “wished the matter adjusted in a way to make the least friction”. While President Wilson expressed no direct objections to Burleson’s segregation plans, support came primarily from other cabinet members.

Shortly after the April 11 cabinet meeting, cabinet members Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo and Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson segregated employees in their departments with no objection from President Wilson. Segregation was quickly implemented at the Post Office Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Many African American employees were downgraded and even fired. Employees who were downgraded were transferred to the dead letter office, where they did not interact with the public. The few African Americans who remained at the main post offices were put to work behind screens, out of customers’ sight.

Much more at the site and full citations for all of the claims. It is about racism - just not what they tell you. The idea that President Trump is a racist is pure psychological projection on the part of the Democrats. They have nothing on him so they resort to flinging poo with the hope that some of it will stick.

Wonderful news - Fast and Furious

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F&F was a really stupid idea from the Obama administration - let Mexican cartel members and criminals buy guns from US sources and then track the guns to see where they go. This was stopped when Border Agent Brian Terry was brutally murdered with one of these guns. Obama stonewalled but justice is prevailing - from The New York Post:

The scandal in Washington no one is talking about
The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history.

A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.

Fast and Furious was a Justice Department program that allowed assault weapons — including .50-caliber rifles powerful enough to take down a helicopter — to be sold to Mexican drug cartels allegedly as a way to track them. But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.

Only the scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

Great news - let the sunlight in, find out who was responsible and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The majority of those guns are still out there. People will die.

Modest earthquake this morning - from the USGS Earthquake center:

M 5.4 - 227km W of Bandon, Oregon

No Tsunami warning at this time

This is where the big one will happen - these Mag 9 quakes happen every 300-500 years and the last one happened in January 26th, 1700 - 318 years ago.

And that is it for my day

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Had a bite to eat and then one beer - feeling very sleepy. It was not the first Tuesday of the month so very simple radio network. Reception was really good - minimal static. Sometimes it is almost unintelligible - we are communicating throughout Western Washington and the net control is South of Tacoma near Fort Lewis (Camp Murray)

Time for a bit of YouTube and then to bed. Cleaning house tomorrow - laundry and vacuum. Radio meeting Thursday and then up to the farm for a few days.

Heh - 100% spot on

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Saw this over at Kim DuToit's - a daily read for me:


These mokes are nothing but a bunch of clueless socialist useful idiots.

Up and at 'em

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Heading out in a few minutes - coffee, post office and then to the Fire & Rescue building for today's radio net.

Fun stuff and really great people.

And I am outta here

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Got to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tomorrow early.

Just sayin' - guns

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Great little list at Grouchy Old Cripple:

Is Logic the same thing as common sense?
1 – Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving.
Maybe it’s time to raise the age of Smart Phone ownership to 21.

2 – If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry, USA.

3 – The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement.

4 – Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you’d know it.

5 – When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle.

6 – The NRA murders 0 people and receives $0 in government funds.
Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually.

7 – I have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms.
While we’re at it, let’s do the same when it comes to immigration, Voter I.D and Candidates running for office.

8 – You don’t need a smoke detector; that’s what the fire department is for.
Now…if you think that sounds stupid, you know how I feel when you say I don’t need a gun.

9 – Folks keep talking about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and probably has a trillion rounds. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use.

Now tell me, how do you think that’s going to end?

Of course - Kamala Harris

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From USA Today:

Kamala Harris took money from law firm that represented Epstein on same day she blasted it
Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual abuse “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.”

Yet the same day, Harris’ husband headlined a Chicago fundraiser for her presidential campaign that was hosted by six partners of that firm – Kirkland and Ellis, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press.

Heh - the Democratic roster for the 2020 Presidential Elections is nothing but a circus clown car.

Not at all "into" social media. I still keep meaning to delete my faceb**k account (have not yet) but I have not logged into it for many many months. I think it is really sad when parents use tablets as baby sitters for their kids - an easy fix now but serious problems in a couple of years.

Anyway, from the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Association of Screen Time and Depression in Adolescence
Key Points
Question What is the association of various types of screen time and depression in adolescence?

Findings In this cohort study of 3826 adolescents, a within-person association, based on repeated measures, was found between social media and television use with symptoms of depression in adolescence.

Meaning Use of social media and television in adolescents may enhance symptoms of depression and should therefore be taken into account when developing preventive methods.

Importance Increases in screen time have been found to be associated with increases in depressive symptoms. However, longitudinal studies are lacking.

Objective To repeatedly measure the association between screen time and depression to test 3 explanatory hypotheses: displacement, upward social comparison, and reinforcing spirals.

Design, Setting, and Participants This secondary analysis used data from a randomized clinical trial assessing the 4-year efficacy of a personality-targeted drug and alcohol prevention intervention. This study assessed screen time and depression throughout 4 years, using an annual survey in a sample of adolescents who entered the seventh grade in 31 schools in the Greater Montreal area. Data were collected from September 2012 to September 2018. Analysis began and ended in December 2018.

Main Outcomes and Measures Independent variables were social media, television, video gaming, and computer use. Symptoms of depression was the outcome, measured using the Brief Symptoms Inventory. Exercise and self-esteem were assessed to test displacement and upward social comparison hypothesis.

More at the site - 3,800 samples over four years is good statistics. I know several people who are glued to their screens and it is not just adolescents that have this problem.

I am a poster child for computers - dropped out of college when the first ones became available - but I have never been "owned" by them. I turn them on. I use them. I shut them off and do something else - read a book, talk with people either in a tavern or on the radio.

Pedo Epstein in the news

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Interesting development - from The Daily Beast:

Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Saudi Passport in Safe
FBI agents found “piles of cash,” dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport in Jeffrey Epstein’s when they raided his Manhattan mansion last week, prosecutors revealed Monday.

The passport was issued in the 1980s and gave a residence of Saudi Arabia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said. It was not issued under Epstein’s name but did have what appeared to be a photo of him.

The safe’s contents were disclosed during a bail hearing at which prosecutors—and accusers—argued that Epstein is a flight risk and should be kept locked up until his sex-trafficking trial.

Flight risk indeed - keep him under lock and key until the whole thing comes to light. A lot harder for the Clintons to put out a hit on him. (Or anyone else.)

And back home again

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Burrito, a couple beers, some reading and I am a happy camper. Back home with an early bedtime - emergency radio network tomorrow morning. Surf for a bit first.

So that explains it

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It was Arkancide:


Wonderful fisking of a paper linking wildfires with global warming. From A Chemist In Langley:

Why Confounding Variables Matter – On that UVic study attributing the 2017 Extreme Fire Season to Climate Change
One of the downsides of my investigation of evidence-based environmental decision-making being a hobby, is my real life often gets in the way. This means I am not always able to comment on every interesting paper when it comes out. One such example is the paper that came out in January from the University of Victoria titled Attribution of the Influence of Human-Induced Climate Change on an Extreme Fire Season. The paper has been a topic of intense conversation but very little critique. It is repeatedly cited by activists who have not read it, but feel the conclusions:

that the event’s high fire weather/behavior metrics were made 2–4 times more likely, and that anthropogenic climate change increased the area burned by a factor of 7–11.

help their political narrative. I keep expecting to read a serious challenge of its results because it has a really obvious flaw that essentially eliminates its usefulness in quantifying anything; but I haven’t seen one to date. I am surprised because once you see how it treats confounding variables it is impossible to take its quantification seriously. In the rest of this blog post I will provide an explanation for this statement.

Much more at the site. ACIL proceeds to name four variables that are key actors in wildfire formation and were ignored in the paper. It is almost like they were trying to cherry-pick their data to fit some narrative. Or something.

The storm

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So true:


Gregorian Voices: Early Roman Catholic Church Song Generator

You can order an MP3 file with your settings if you are a Patreon. Nice stuff to run in the background.

Back to work

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Working from home today - bills and paperwork. Had a late lunch and getting back to work.

Ebola on the move

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Not good - from the London Daily Mail:

Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to a new city where one MILLION people live in the epidemic that has killed 1,600
Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.

The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak.

He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers 'including the sick', the country's health ministry said on Sunday.

Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were 'low'.

Yikes - the pastor had come from Goma which means that not only the pastor but there is the Goma parishioner. Depending on how long the pastor was there, he could have been contagious which means that the other passengers on that bus may well be infected.

This is a very nasty plague and it is spreading.

Capitalism in the news - India

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From The Hindu:

India lifted 271 million people out of poverty in 10 years: UN
India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as “assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition,” a report by the United Nations said.

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) was released on Thursday.

The report said that in the 101 countries studied — 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income - 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”, which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence.

Some numbers:

In 2005-2006, the population in India living in multidimensional poverty stood at about 640 million people (55.1%) and this reduced to 369 million people (27.9%) living in poverty in 2015-16. India saw significant reductions in number of people who are multidimensionally poor and deprived in each of the 10 indicators over this time period.

India reduced deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16, child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%, people deprived of cooking fuel reduced from 52.9% to 26.2%, deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%, those deprived of drinking water reduced from 16.6% to 6.2 %.

Further more people gained access to electricity as deprivation was reduced from 29.1% to 8.6%, housing from 44.9% to 23.6% and assets deprivation from 37.6% to 9.5%.

Cutting the number of poor people in half in just ten years. Socialism would never do that - it requires a large central government. What we are seeing is capitalism spread throughout the entire system. The corner store, the cook with a food cart, the shoemaker getting a new sewing machine. The rising tide floats ALL boats.

China needs us a lot lot more than we need them. From Russia Today:

China threatens to sever ties with any US firm linked to selling weapons to Taiwan
The Chinese foreign ministry has warned that American firms would be banned from doing business in China if they are involved in any arms deals with Taiwan.

“In order to safeguard national interests, China will impose sanctions on US companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan,”foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Monday. “The Chinese government and Chinese companies will not cooperate and do business with these US firms,” he added.

Answering reporters’ questions, Geng said the details about such companies and the timeline of any penalties against them will not be disclosed at present.

Beijing warned Washington last week “not to play with fire” and to cancel a planned $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan, accusing the US of interfering in China’s domestic affairs.

And a bit of background:

The planned arms sale would violate Beijing’s ‘One China’ principle, which views Taiwan as an integral part of China.

Relations between Beijing and Taipei have deteriorated since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the island’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in May 2016. China suspects her of seeking formal independence with support from Washington.

We have all seen the ineffectvie "Free Tibet" bumperstickers in liberal cities. In reality, if we sent in our military and liberated Tibet, all the progressives would run around with their hair on fire. Narrative versus reality again.

Now China is getting more insistent about Taiwan being a part of their worker's paradise and Taiwan is having nothing to do with it. China needs the revenues that the Taiwanese companies are getting. Given the choice between Chinese and Taiwanese machine tools and parts, the Taiwanese are profoundly better for not that much more money.

EU GPS satellites down

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Curious - from ZD Net:

EU's GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage
Galileo, the EU's global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.

According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as "not usable," while the other two are listing a status of "testing," which also means they're not ready for real-world usage.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, has not published any information in regards to the root of the outage, which began four days ago, on Thursday, July 11.

On that day, the GSA published an advisory on its website alerting companies and government agencies employing the Galileo system that satellite signals have degraded and they "may not be available nor meet the minimum performance levels."

Yikes - GPS is used for a lot more than just positioning. I have several applications that I am running that use GPS for timing - the WSPR transmitter for one. To lose this service would shut down a lot more than people's navigation. Emergency 911 calling on cell phones for one.

Another shake

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An aftershock to the July 12th 4.1 Mag earthquake. From the USGS:

M 2.5 - 3km W of Monroe, Washington

Nothing much else to report.

Sticking it to Russia - oil

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Russia is a cash-poor nation. Their only real source of hard currency is their oil exports to Europe. From Marine Link:

U.S. Oil Makes it to Ukraine, a blow to Moscow
U.S. crude exports are gaining traction in Europe as even Ukraine turns into a significant consumer of American barrels at the expense of Russian supplies amid heightened U.S. political pressure on Moscow and problems over contaminated Russian oil.

Ukraine this month received its first ever barrels from the United States, according to Refinitiv Eikon flows data, as the tanker Wisdom Venture unloaded 80,000 tonnes of Bakken crude in Odessa on July 6 for the Kremenchug refinery, the port said.

Russia often struggles to export oil from the Black Sea via the narrow Turkish Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits due to congestion, making the arrival of the U.S. crude into the Black Sea from the Mediterranean even more extraordinary.

The oil was sold by BP to Ukrtatnafta, sources said, adding Ukrtatnafta will receive a further similar amount of U.S. crude around July 24, and more purchases were likely in August.

Yeah - President Trump and Vladimir Putin were in collusion. Riiiiggghhhhtttt... Trump is drinking Vlad's milkshake and there is not a thing that Pooty-poot can do about it.

A fun day - Highland Games

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Went up there this afternoon and had a wonderful time. The sheep dog trials were a blast - the battery on my video camera was flat and the charger and spares are still up at the farm so no videos. Here are a couple of examples from the 2008 Portland, OR Highland Games:

Jen had an Australian Kelpie and a couple of times, we took him down to Ewe-topia near Fort Lewis south of Seattle. Buster loved it but he was a bit too old to really start training.

Anyway, hung out there for a bit, got a bite to eat and my nightly two pints so back home. Surf, videos, then bed. Supposed to be attending a meeting either tomorrow or Tuesday. Radio network Tuesday morning.

Time for YouTube

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Got a meeting sometime Monday or Tuesday (four people - haven't coordinated yet) as well as the Emergency Communications drill Tuesday morning so staying down here for a couple more days.

Feeling sleepy so watch a video or three and head to bed.

Fun day today

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The air show was a lot of fun. This is not the big Arlington Fly-In in mid-August - planning to attend that as well.

Here are a few photos:



20190713-air03.jpgSaw this bumper sticker. It would be nice for Local and State politics as well:

20190713-air04.jpgThe Highland Games were a lot of fun as well - planning on going there tomorrow as they are doing a major sheep-herding competition. It is a real treat watching the dogs and the sheep. Bringing my video camera.

20190713-hg01.jpgBurrito and a couple of beers for dinner and back home again.

Recieved a network tap today ($20 from Amazon) so will be looking at just what the cellular local hot-spot is doing with my network. I had been looking at some software to analyze the traffic - so far have darkstat Observium and  Nagios installed on one of my Linux boxen but really looking at WireShark - there is a windows version as well as the Linux so will try both flavors and see what happens.

AOC gets Trumped

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2:02 of perfection:

Some fun to our South - Tacoma

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From the New York Times:

Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police
The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island, Wash., continued throwing lit objects at buildings and cars, the statement said.

“One car was fully engulfed in flames,” said Officer Loretta Cool, a spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department. “He was also trying to ignite a big propane tank but he was not successful.”

Officers arrived around 4 a.m. and called out to Mr. Van Spronsen, who was wearing a satchel and had flares, the statement said. Shots were fired that resulted in his death, though Officer Cool could not say whether he had opened fire.

More at the NYT but nothing about Mr. Van Spronsen's political leanings. From paragraphs eight, nine and ten from this article in the Seattle Times:

Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s for about 20 years, described him as an anarchist and anti-fascist, and she believes his attack on the detention center was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.

“He was ready to end it,” Bartley said. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs … I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”

She and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail “just saying goodbye.” He also wrote what she referred to as a manifesto, which she declined to discuss in detail but predicted would be taken by authorities.

Buried below the fold that the guy was an anarchist, a fascist and wanted to commit suicide by cop.
And yes, there was a manifesto. There is always a manifesto with these whacked-out nut-jobs.

Outta here for the day

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Coffee, post office, dropping off two books at the library and then heading North for the Port of Skagit's Community Aviation Day. This is in conjunction with the Heritage Museum of Flight that I had visited last May. Then, it is off to the Highland Games for a couple hours celebrating my Celtic roots.

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