Fake news again - Global Warming

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Don't these "reporters" do their homework? A two-fer:

First - from the UK Independent:

First ship crosses Arctic in winter without an icebreaker as global warming causes ice sheets to melt
A ship has made a winter crossing of the Arctic without an icebreaker for the first time as global warming causes the region’s ice sheets to melt.

The tanker, containing liquefied natural gas, is the first commercial vessel to make such a crossing alone during the winter months.

And a bit more - the company and the ship in question:

Belonging to the shipping company Teekay, the ship Eduard Toll made its way from South Korea to the Sabetta terminal in northern Russia in December.

Second - from Teekay itself:

EDUARD TOLL, TEEKAY’S FIRST ICEBREAKER LNG CARRIER NEWBUILDING, IS DELIVERED
Eduard Toll is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Yamal LNG project and Teekay’s first of six LNG Carrier Newbuildings contracted to service the project.

Recently, the vessel made history as it underwent the latest seasonal independent passage by a merchant ship on the Northern Sea Route.

A fitting legacy for its namesake: Baron Eduard Toll, a Russian geologist and explorer who dedicated his life to the discovery of the Arctic – and pioneered Russian Polar expedition.

The vessel was technically accepted in Korea at the beginning of December 2017 after successfully completing sea trials and immediately thereafter departed for her journey to Northern Russia.

Over the past month, she has transited via the Northern Sea Route, breaking ice 1.8 metres thick at speeds of five knots astern – and arrived at the Sabetta terminal ahead of schedule.

This marked a major milestone for shipping in the arctic as this was the first time a shipping vessel made independent passage, without the support of an ice breaker, during this time of year.

The ship did not need an icebreaker escort because of global warming, the Eduard Toll did not need an icebreaker escort because the ship itself is an icebreaker. Teekay figured it would be cheaper in the long run to build an LNG transport ship that was ice certified - saves the cost of the second ship and crew.

"Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent" was the Independent's author and he should be ashamed of himself - what a moron.

Just Sayin'

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Interesting news from the culinary world

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From The New York Times:

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking
Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with.

That’s what made the hill rice in Trinidad such a find.

The fat, nutty grain, with its West African lineage and tender red hull, was a favored staple for Southern home cooks during much of the 19th century. Unlike Carolina Gold, the versatile rice that until the Civil War was America’s primary rice crop, the hill rice hadn’t made Lowcountry plantation owners rich off the backs of slaves.

It didn’t need to be planted in watery fields surrounded by dikes, which meant that those who grew it weren’t dogged by malaria. You could grow it in a garden patch, as did many of the slaves who had been taken from the rice-growing regions of West Africa. This was the rice of their ancestors, sustaining slaves and, later, generations of Southern cooks both black and white.

A good article - just a bit more:

It is hard to overstate how shocked the people who study rice were to learn that the long-lost American hill rice was alive and growing in the Caribbean. Horticulturists at the Smithsonian Institution want to grow it, rice geneticists at New York University are testing it and the United States Department of Agriculture is reviewing it. If all goes well, it may become a commercial crop in America, and a menu staple as diners develop a deeper appreciation for African-American food.

Looking forward to trying it myself in a year or so. Fascinating story - well worth the time to read.

Life in San Francisco

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You could not get me to move there for all the gold in the world. From San Francisco's NBC affiliate:

Diseased Streets
How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

As the Investigative Unit photographed nearly a dozen hypodermic needles scattered across one block, a group of preschool students happened to walk by on their way to an afternoon field trip to citiy hall.

“We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know that those things are full of germs, that they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”

In light of the dangerous conditions, part of Orellana’s responsibilities now include teaching young children how to avoid the contamination.

The outcome of 54 years of Democrat rule. Last Republican Mayor SF had was George Christopher. The city could use another leader like him - it prospered when he was in office.

Busy day today

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Rekeying all the locks in the new house. Fun - I could have been a locksmith in another life. I like working with them.

Trish and a friend of hers came up for a visit and we went out to dinner. Surf for a bit and then YouTube.

And that is it for the evening

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Nothing is catching my eye out there. Time for some gratuitous YouTube watching and then bed.

The good news about sanctuary cities

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It concentrates all the illegals into one area. Talk about target-rich opportunity. From Breitbart:

212 ICE Immigration Arrests in L.A.: 195 Repeat Offenders, More Than Half Serious or Violent Criminals
Over the course of five days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers and special agents made the arrests and served 122 notices of inspection (NOIs) to businesses in the Los Angeles area of responsibility. This is in addition to notices of inspection issued to 77 businesses in northern California just weeks ago.

One hundred and ninety-five of the 212 arrested included convicted criminals, those who failed to leave the United States after being issued a final order of removal, and those who returned to the U.S. after being removed.

More than 55 percent of those arrested were serious or violent felons or had been convicted on significant or multiple misdemeanors. Their crimes include child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault.

Best and brightest - right... They would do well to enforce Federal Statute 1912.8 U.S.C 1326 - that statute has some serious teeth for habitual offenders. Time to use it.

Back home - I am stuffed

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My spaghetti sauce is a lot better than theirs but the place was great and the food was very tasty. Nice place for dinner.

Surf for a bit and then head over to YouTube.

And it snowed down here as well

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Down to the island getaway for a few days - working on projects. It snowed down here too. Nothing near the water but in the highlands coming in there is a good inch or so still on the ground.

Heading out for dinner at Jimmy's Pizza and Pasta - the parking lot is always full when I drive past so that is a good sign. Eating a low carb diet (and losing weight which is a good thing!) but every so often, a big plate of spaghetti is called for. Tonight's the night...

More posting when I get back.

Heh...

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Who ordered this?

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After a gorgeous few days at my new island home, I came back up to the farm to find several inches of snow on the ground. Woke up this morning to find another inch or two on the ground.

Out for the usual pavane of coffee, post office and store. Loading up some more tools and driving down later this afternoon.

Nothing much on the internet so heading over to YouTube for the rest of the evening.

Seriously - WTF Gibson?

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From the Nashville Post:

Gibson ‘running out of time — rapidly’
“Gibson Brands, Inc. today announced that the company made a $16.6 million coupon payment to holders of its $375 million, 8.875% senior secured notes due 2018.”

That simple statement issued a week ago — at all of 26 words, it’s less than a quarter the length of Gibson’s boilerplate company description that accompanied it — suggests a business-as-usual tone of a company taking care of its contractual commitments.

But the situation facing the iconic Nashville-based music instrument maker, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is far from normal: CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature. On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23.

Less than six months out from those crucial deadlines, the prospects for an orderly refinancing — Gibson has hired investment bank Jefferies to help with that — look slim, observers say. And the alternative scenarios look likely to sideline longtime owner and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

“At the end of the day, someone will take control of this company — be it the debtors or the bondholders,” Debtwire reporter Reshmi Basu told the Post this week. “This has been a long time coming.”

Sheesh - they are an American Icon. There is no need for them to have been that deeply in hock except for poor management. Annual revenues of more than $1 billion? Come on - this is no way to run a company.

Got a good photo later today

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Here is the view off my back deck:

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I had a lot of fun living at the farm and Maple Falls and Glacier are dear communities with incredible people but we will make new friends here and being near the ocean is where my heart is. Reconnecting with Trish over the summer has been a life-changing experience - she and I get along so well. Looking forward to the rest of our lives together.

And that is it for the day

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Heading up to the farm in a few minutes - picking up some tools I forgot this trip so just a short visit. Back down Sunday.

More posting tonight...

Slept in a bit this morning

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Heading out for coffee and a run to the post office. Trish and her our kids are heading up later today to check out the new house.

I will be working here and then heading back to the farm later tonight - pack up more stuff and back down here Sunday.

And it is off to YouTube for the evening

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Cable guy was here at 8:00AM, Window guys at 10:00AM and then I spent the rest of the day getting stuff to change the locks and some other stuff. Tired so watching a couple of videos and then crawling into bed. Got a camp mattress set up here - the inside of the house is covered in very dark imitation wood paneling so I am ripping that out, taking it down to the studs in places and bringing in a drywall contractor. Same for the carpet. The previous resident (the grand-daughter of the guy who built it) smoked heavily so the place needs to get all of the surfaces refreshed and aired out.

Announcement #2

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I was hoping to get some nice weather and take a photo but here goes. I am moving.

15 years on the farm were a lot of fun but it is just too much to maintain. I have literally hundreds of projects big and small stalled out in varying stages of completion. Time to do some serious downsizing and do just those things that give me joy. music, blacksmithing, photography, ham radio and electronics.

Trish and I will be married in a few weeks and she is a 4th generation Seattle native (yeah - one of them). We both love the ocean and we lucked out on an amazing piece of waterfront property in one of the San Juan islands. It needs work but we got it for a stupid-low price and the work needed is all stuff I have done before. Signed the papers yesterday and had the first of a horde of contractors visiting and compiling bids today. Got broadband internet to the house this morning at 8:00AM - much faster than at the farm - Gig v/s DSL.

Going to have Murphy Auction sell off everything I do not want at the farm and then list it later this fall. Trish is also an artist and we have a lot of common interests so we will be setting up a studio in the garage and I will be bringing in a small shed for my forge and welding.

Found out that the nearby town has a really good Mexican restaurant - ate there tonight.

Cool archaeology find in Mexico

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A city the size of Manhatten - from the UK Guardian:

Laser scanning reveals 'lost' ancient Mexican city 'had as many buildings as Manhattan'
Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate.

The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft.

The time and wavelength of the pulses reflected by the surface are combined with GPS and other data to produce a precise, three-dimensional map of the landscape. Crucially, the technique probes beneath foliage – useful for areas where vegetation is dense.

Earlier this month researchers revealed it had been used to discover an ancient Mayan city within the dense jungles of Guatemala, while it has also helped archaeologists to map the city of Caracol – another Mayan metropolis.

A bit more - talking about the scope of the city:

“That is a huge area with a lot of people and a lot of architectural foundations that are represented,” said Fisher. “If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations up there, which is [about] the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan.”

The team also found that Angamuco has an unusual layout. Monuments such as pyramids and open plazas are largely concentrated in eight zones around the city’s edges, rather being located in one large city centre. According to Fisher, more than 100,000 people are thought to have lived in Angamuco in its heyday between about 1000AD to 1350AD. “[Its size] would make it the biggest city that we know of right now in western Mexico during this period,” said Fisher.

There is so much that we simply do not know about our history. Amazing find!

Back home again

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Very long day - need to unload truck. Posting more in 30 minutes or so.

Working at home

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Heading out for coffee and a trip to the Post Office - more later.

Announcement

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I had promised the second announcement yesterday but have been neck deep in other stuff. Want to get a good picture too. More later!

Words of wisdom

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From Charlie Munger

“Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.”“Acknowledging what you don’t know is the dawning of wisdom.” “People are trying to be smart—all I am trying to do is not to be idiotic, but it’s harder than most people think.”

Good news from the swamp

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From The Washington Free Beacon:

Dem Rep Predicts Pelosi Will Not Be Party Leader in 2019
Democratic opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has been increasing both in public and behind the scenes in recent months, and now even some of the minority leader's supporters predict she will soon step aside.

Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) told the Atlantic he expects Pelosi to step down from leadership next year, no matter who wins the House.

Great - there have been enough videos of her slurring her speech, making horrendous mistakes and generally being clueless to make me wonder why this has not happened five years ago.

And that is it for the night

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Long day tomorrow - meeting someone North of here and then starting in on a fairly large project. Fun stuff!

Good news - a prevented school shooting

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We dodged the bullet out here - from The Everett Herald:

Everett student had a plan: ‘I’m learning from past shooters’
A would-be school shooter in Everett bought inert grenades, hid a military-style rifle in a guitar case and carried out an armed robbery to fund an elaborate plot to kill his classmates, according to police.

The grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor, 18, found alarming journal entries Tuesday at her home on Holly Drive, according to reports filed in court. She called police. An officer pulled O’Connor from class at ACES High School to arrest him.

“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting,” he had written in the journal. “I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletives) away.”

O’Connor wrote that he wanted the death count to be as high as possible so that the shooting would be infamous, according to court papers. He went into detail about building pressure-cooker bombs, activating inert grenades and deploying explosives for maximum casualties.

This guy was just another fscking loser: "so that the shooting would be infamous"

One thing that we could do is never ever release their names or photos. This is mental illness and these mokes are getting their rocks off by being bad. Do not give them any publicity or fame.

An interesting idea regarding food stamps

President Trump is promoting a very interesting change in the Food Stamp program - from American Thinker:

Why does replacing food stamps with food so anger liberals?
President Trump has proposed replacing some food stamp grants with actual food.  This has curiously enraged liberals, who you would think would be delighted to see "hungry" people getting food.

The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.  Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits.

But if you like your supermarket, you can keep your supermarket, right?

Under the proposal, which was announced Monday, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month – just over 80 percent of all SNAP recipients – would get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package."  The package was described in the budget as consisting of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans[,] and canned fruit and vegetables."

Ed has this comment to this paragraph:

Douglas Greenaway, president of the National WIC Association, echoed that sentiment. "Removing choice from SNAP flies in the face of encouraging personal responsibility," he said. He says "the budget seems to assume that participating in SNAP is a character flaw."

He's right: participating in SNAP is a character flaw. No one should be on SNAP for years. Get a job! As for removing choice discouraging personal responsibility, just the opposite. If you want a choice of what food to buy, get a job!

The reports of SNAP abuse are many - between selling the value of the card to store owners to beneficiaries buying luxury items like soda pop and steaks. Doing this would streamline the program as these boxes can be mass produced and distributed and it would cut out a large part of the abuse.

And some good news for once

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Most scientists are dystopians and Malthusian in their outlook. Scary "predictions" get attention from the unscientific crowd and get more grant money. Nice bit of news from The Washington Post:

A Harvard professor explains why the world is actually becoming a much better place
In his bestseller “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker described the decline of violence in the world. In his new book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” Pinker builds a persuasive case that life is getting better across a host of measures. Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education interviews Pinker below.

Looking at the news, we often think things are getting worse and worse. However, in your book, you make the powerful and deeply researched argument that things are actually getting better. Can you please explain this conundrum?

Pinker: Think about it: If you arrived in a new city and saw that it was raining, would you conclude, “The rain has gotten worse”? How could you tell, unless you knew how much it had rained before that day? Yet people read about a war or terrorist attack this morning and conclude that violence is increasing, which is just as illogical. In fact, rates of war have been roller-coastering downward since 1946, rates of American homicide have plunged since 1992, and rates of disease, starvation, extreme poverty, illiteracy and dictatorship, when they are measured by a constant yardstick, have all decreased — not to zero, but by a lot.

But even if civilization is improving from a birds-eye view over the long-term, things can get still worse for many years in the short-term, right?

Pinker: Progress is not the same as magic. There are always blips and setbacks, and sometimes horrific lurches, like the Spanish flu pandemic, World War II and the post-1960s crime boom. Progress takes place when the setbacks are fewer, less severe or stop altogether. Clearly we have to be mindful of the worst possible setback, namely nuclear war, and of the risk of permanent reversals, such as the worst-case climate change scenarios. … Of course life is bad for those people with the worst possible lives, and that will be true until the rates of war, crime, disease and poverty are exactly zero. The point is that there are far fewer people living in nightmares of war and disease.

A thoughtful interview - lots more at the site. Going to have to put in a request for his books at my local library...

The Great Race - 1965

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This wonderful movie came up in conversation today - here is the pie fight scene - pure slapstick:

Our Prayers go out to Florida

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Another mentally ill person with known prior issues - from the Miami Herald:

17 dead, former student in custody after school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High in Broward
An American nightmare unfolded Wednesday afternoon at a North Broward high school after a former student came onto campus and opened fire, killing 17.

Details are beginning to emerge amid a flurry of police activity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where students puzzled at the sound of a fire alarm going off just before dismissal were launched into a panic when gunfire punctuated the din. As teachers and students fled hallways and hid under desks, a former student who teachers and parents say was known to be dangerous came onto campus and unloaded, leaving a trail of bodies and stunned confusion in his wake.

Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, has been taken into police custody. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is reporting 17 dead, and is still working to clear all the buildings at the massive school, home to about 3,200 students.

Prior issues?

A teacher at the school told the Miami Herald that Cruz, 19, had been identified as a potential threat to fellow students in the past. Math teacher Jim Gard says he believes the school administration had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz had made threats against other teenagers in the past and that he should not be allowed on the campus with a backpack.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said Gard, who said Cruz had been in his class last year. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Nutcases like this are looking for a reaction - if they just get a stern warning, they will always escalate until an event like this. Not saying that this could have been prevented but he certainly could have used some serious counseling instead of a warning and prohibition. Now we have to deal with another round of calls for gun control. Stupid people suck.

St. Valentine's Day

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I had mentioned that there are two announcements to be made in the next couple of days.

Item the first: Trish and I spent this St. Valentine's day ordering a wedding cake. We are getting hitched on March 3rd at her Mom and Dad's house - very small and low-key ceremony. This ain't our first rodeo so keeping things intimate and small.

Announcement number two late tomorrow afternoon.

Avalanche control to our North on the TransCanada Highway near Revelstoke:

Down to Seattle

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Heading down to Seattle in a few hours - spending time with Trish. A couple of announcements in that regard - more in a few weeks.

Bringing the new laptop with so posting will continue later this evening.

Interesting move in video photography

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From Nikkei Asian Review:

Foxconn eyes digital film sector as smartphone demand weakens
Major iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, said on Sunday that it plans to team up with premium camera maker RED Digital Cinema to make professional-quality and affordable film cameras for the general public, while expanding into the manufacture of semiconductors for displays and cameras.

Those moves come as the Taiwanese company is building facilities to make large-scale display panels in the U.S. and China. It is seeking new revenue sources to compensate for weakening smartphone demand. It wants to reduce its business dependence on Apple, which accounts for more than 50% of its sales. Foxconn assembles iPhone mobile phones and MacBook computers among other products for Apple, but profit margins are razor thin. The manufacture of more electronics equipment and components could improve the company's earnings.

"We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes," Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou told reporters in Taipei following the company's annual employee party before the Chinese New Year. 8K ultra-high definition resolution has become the benchmark standard for digital television and cinematography.

Emphisis mine - Ho. Li. Crap. And this will only foster more competition from other vendors driving the prices down even further. Fun time to be alive! A tricked out RED 8K is around $30K - to have the same image quality in a $10K camera will be a gamechanger. Not something that most people will own but cheap enough to rent for a week or two for a given project.

Back home again - long but fruitful day

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Did some business, had another (different) business meeting, bought a camera lens I had been looking for (10.5mm fisheye for landscapes and astrophotography), picked up a half-cow from the processing plant, got a bit to eat in town, drove home, loaded the freezer with said half-cow.

Time to crack open a bottle of wine and kick back with some YouTube videos after a quick read of the Internet...

Long day today and tomorrow

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Running a bunch of errands today and driving down to Seattle tomorrow for a few days.

Got a new (to me) laptop so will keep in touch - just not as much.

Found on Facebook - cute

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From United Press International:

Top U.S. railroad official resigns after moonlighting reports surface
Heath Hall left his position with the Federal Railroad Administration after reports surface that he also was working as a public-relations consultant for the Madison County, Miss., sheriff's office.

Hall, appointed to the FRA in June, had pledged on a federal ethics form that his firm wouldn't be active while he worked at the department, yet the firm continued to collect payments from Madison County between July and December.

Hall became the FRA's acting chief after being appointed deputy administrator in June, overseeing a $1.7 billion budget and 760 railroads. Last summer, he was seen twice in local media reports as a Madison County, Miss., sheriff's department spokesman.

Last month, Hall took an extended leave of absence for a family emergency, but DOT officials said his departure is now permanent.

Again, the FRA needed leadership:

Hall's departure comes at a time when the agency needs a key leader after recent crashes including four fatal Amtrak crashes since December. Last year, railroad deaths mounted to 828, the highest in a decade, according to FRA data.

If this is how the government runs an administration, I am so looking forward to government run health care...

Thanks Barry

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First, the backstory from InfoGalactic:

Iran – U.S. RQ-170 incident
On 4 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government announced that the UAV was brought down by its cyberwarfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it, after initial reports from Western news sources disputedly claimed that it had been "shot down". The United States government initially denied the claims but later President Obama acknowledged that the downed aircraft was a US drone and requested that Iran return it.

Barry "requested that the return it" - what a putz! What should have been done:

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney criticised Obama's decisions on the drone, saying that, after the aircraft went down, the president should have ordered an air strike within Iran: "The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it. You can do that from the air ... and, in effect, make it impossible for them to benefit from having captured that drone." Instead, "he asked nicely for them to return it, and they aren't going to".

Fast forward to a few days ago - from The Times of Israel:

Iranian UAV that entered Israeli airspace seems to be American stealth knock-off
The Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli Air Force early Saturday morning appears to have been a relatively new stealth model whose design was stolen from an American unmanned aerial vehicle that was captured by Iran in 2011, according to aviation analysts.

On Saturday night, the Israel Defense Forces released photographs of the destroyed Iranian drone, which further enforced the view that the Iranian drone was a stealth model known as a — Thunderbolt, in English. These images joined video footage distributed by the army of the moments before the drone was shot down.

Quite the legacy you built for yourself Barry. You will go down in history as the worst president in the US.
Fail, fail and more fail.

Very cool news - also space related

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From The Washington Post:

The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows
The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.

The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post.

“The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time — it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the document states. “NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

Considering the great track record that companies like SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Blue Origin. Bigelow Aerospace, and Virgin Galactic are having (just to name a few), this is a great idea. Also, something that the Never Trumpers will fail to tell you is that 2024 is the scheduled end-of-life for the International Space Station - it was never intended to be in orbit for any longer than that. Turning it over to private enterprise is perfect.

A few headlines to make my point:

I rest my case.

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