Need some more insulators for the fence so heading into a nearby town to get them. Waterboard meeting tonight and ham radio network after.

Back in a couple of hours - working at the store too.

Rain again

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Got another 0.2" last night - it is wet out there. Winter Weather Advisory for Mt. Baker - more snow. They have had 20" in the last 24 hours - great time for skiing!

Judge Jeanine Pirro - Paul Ryan

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I think I am in love. Great rant - totally spot on:

What makes it even better is this tweet a few hours before this aired:

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If you want to define the word "excoriation" - this is a good start. Time to go Paul.

Building a sound studio

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Excellent two-part article on building a personal sound studio. I am involved in a very similar project although much smaller in scope than Ed's - still, Ed posts lots of links to theory, materials for acoustic treatment and some great references.

Building a Dedicated Music Project Studio Control Room and Isolation Booth, Part One

Building a Dedicated Music Project Studio Control Room and Isolation Booth, Part Two of Two

Harbingers of spring

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Been noticing more and more of them - skunk cabbage is coming up in the marshes, the frogs are peeping at dusk, the trees are starting to bud, bulbs poking their heads above ground.

Driving back from shooting today, i saw a couple barn swallows orbiting around the critter barn. Very cool - another year is starting.

Off shooting today

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Our county is doing an Earthquake drill this April and our local prepper group is working with our local Fire Department on an excercise out here. There are several weak points in our infrastructure and I am heading out today to take some photos so we can make plans for the excercise - bridges out, buildings collapsed, etc...

The rain has let up but we have had about 0.4 inches in the last 24 hours so the streams and rivers will be pretty high.

Working for free exposure

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Nails it plus a classic from Harlan Ellison:

And from the master:

About California's snowfall

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We all know about the Oroville Dam and the intense rainfall - California has also had some problems with snow. From the Los Angeles Times:

Mammoth got so much snow this winter it called in the National Guard for help
Hey, Mammoth Lakes, add this group shot of the National Guard to your winter scrapbook.

Burdened with removing the 44 feet of snow that had fallen this season, the village of 8,200 called in the National Guard earlier this month to help cart 4,000 tons of it away. The five-day offensive, involving 17 air and Army troops, will be just one of the many memories in this winter of monster, record-setting snows.

The SOS — shovel our snow — was issued after the village and Mono County declared a state of emergency to seek help in handling the piles that lined homes and streets. A request for snow removal assistance was passed along to the state Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), which then called in the Guard.

Though not unheard of, it’s highly unusual for the National Guard to race to rescue towns socked in by snow.

Wonder what will happen next year. This snowfall still only comes to less than one half of what the record snowfall at Mt. Baker ( 1,140 inches or 95.0 ft) in the 1998-1999 season. That particular snowfall followed a large El Niño pattern the previous summer. Hmmmm...

From The Weather Channel (which has been beating out the National Weather Service for forecasts for my area):

El Niño's Odds to Return By Late Summer or Fall Increasing
The odds of El Niño's development by the late summer or early fall have increased, according to the latest output from forecast model guidance.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) officially declared La Niña's end in early February as sea temperatures have steadily warmed in the equatorial region of the central and eastern Pacific, and we're now in the neutral phase of the oscillation. Neutral means that neither La Niña or El Niño conditions exist.

As shown below, models currently suggest we'll be in the neutral category through the spring and into the early summer months (April-May-June, or AMJ), but after that, sea temperatures could be warm enough for El Niño conditions to take over.

More at the site - our greater than normal snow and precipitation was caused by last summer's El Niño - two in a row?

The Science march on Washington

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Classic Dunning–Kruger effect - they believe that because they are so smart in their own field, that they are just as smart in other fields - including march organization. From Stat News:

Science march on Washington, billed as historic, plagued by organizational turmoil
It may be the largest rally in support of science ever. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the Facebook group for the upcoming March for Science, and tens of thousands have offered to volunteer. Beyond a march in Washington, more than 400 cities worldwide will host simultaneous events on April 22 to repudiate science policies of the new White House and Congress.

Yet for all the excitement, STAT has found, plans for the march are plagued by infighting among organizers, attacks from outside scientists who don’t feel their interests are fairly represented, and operational disputes. Tensions have become so pronounced that some organizers have quit and many scientists have pledged not to attend.

What was billed as science advocates speaking with a unified voice, then, has instead surfaced long-lingering tensions within the scientific community.

Sad to say, scratch an academic and you find a progressive:

Jacquelyn Gill, a biology and ecology professor at the University of Maine, told STAT that she quit the organizing committee in recent weeks because of leaders’ resistance to aggressively addressing inequalities — including race and gender.

“We were really in this position where, because the march failed to actively address those structural inequalities within its own organization and then to effectively communicate those values outward, we carried those inequalities forward,” Gill said. “Some of these problems stem from the march leadership failing early on in its messaging.”

Hey Jacquelyn, this is not about your personal soapbox, this is about, you know, Science.

Much more at the site - shows you just how much partisan politics has infected the academic community. It used to be pure but is now a cess-pit.

I've got friends in safe spaces

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Spot on - over one million views:

Their storage dump at Balakliya went Ka-Boom - from Russia Today

Large munitions depot up in flames in Ukraine, nearly 20,000 evacuated
Thousands of people are being evacuated from Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, as a massive fire has broken out at a munitions depot, which is said to be the largest in the country. There are reports of explosions and shattered windows.

Chaotic scenes with hundreds of vehicles stuck in traffic jams were reported on social media after the Balakleya city administration ordered an emergency evacuation of most of the city.

Turning tables on the left

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It seems the conservatives have studied the liberals well - from Gavin McInnes writing at Taki's Magazine:

God Bless the Right-Wing Social Justice Warriors
“Invent a weapon,” Jordan Peterson said on Tuesday, “and your enemies will have it within one generation.” He was talking about Gamergate feminist Brianna Wu, who was learning the hard way that YouTube’s Restricted Mode was hurting the gays it was supposed to protect. You may be thinking, “Wu who?” right now, but you should be saying, “Woo-hoo!” because Peterson’s observation is profound. Not only are the bots turning on their creators, we are too. We’ve taken Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and turned it into our guidebook. We are the Social Justice Warriors now, and we’re way better at it than they ever were.

Right now, a man in a MAGA hat is suing a bar in New York called The Happiest Hour for booting him out solely because he loves Trump. Getting kicked out of bars is pretty common for people in MAGA hats above the Mason–Dixon line. The old right would venerate the entrepreneur and quietly take the high road out of the bar. Not anymore. Since the lawsuit was announced, Trump supporters have been flooding the bar. One MAGA woman was just paid $150 to get lost.

The new right wing does more than just get petty when the going gets rough. We appropriate. When you attack us, we turn it into a slogan. Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” made us into The Deplorables. Her “fake news” now defines all the news that lies about us. We even got her freaking out about a green frog. Since then, we’ve convinced them that everything from an “OK” gesture to a bobbing purple dove to a glass of milk is a secret Nazi code. It’s so easy to turn them into a dizzy Chihuahua frantically chasing his own tail that it’s almost cruel—almost.

Heh - much more at the site. Political Aikido - use the opponent's movement and inertia against them.

Twelve links - connecting the dots

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Great piece by John Nolte at The Daily Wire - all of the information was out there, it just took some effort to connect the dots:

12 Pieces Of Proof: The MSM Knew Obama Spied On Trump and LIED To Cover It Up
What I am about to present to you is what really happened. All the proof is linked below, but what I'm about to do is what I call "Revealing the Matrix," showing you the truth backed by incontrovertible fact and the media's own words. Not my words. Not President Trump's words. The media's words.

We're gunna cut through all the code, all the spin, all the fog, all the lies, and all the Coordinated Narratives used by our media to obscure Truth.

The media was having a field day and then, March 4th, 2017:

In fact, the media was actually having a big public party using Obama's spying. Hoo-hah here's a scoop! Whee-hee Flynn said this! Woo-woo palace intrigue! Ha-haaah here's what so-and-so said! Tra-la-la here's what so-and-so did!

And then on March 4, in a series of tweets that had the exact same effect as political nukes, Trump himself confirmed what the media had already told us, that the Obama administration had spied on him and his team. Trump's brilliance was focusing on the sleazy and illegal act of the actual spying. And this is when the media realized that all their ha-has and tra-la-las were about to backfire. Their Precious Barry was now at risk, and so the shameless cover up and lying began …

Suddenly, right around 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, the conventional wisdom and public knowledge that the Obama administration had spied on Trump, was surrounded by the media's semantic wagons which were manned by lying journalists armed with hair-splitting. I don't want to go through all that again, so you can read why Trump told the 100% truth in the first section of this piece. The bottom line, though, is this …

Trump accused Obama of spying on him.

John then offers twelve links to stories in media outlets all of which corroborate the story that the Obama administration was wiretaping Trump and his Transition Team.

Line item number one:

1. Heat Street - November 7, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.

So let's stop for a moment to make a couple of things clear. The FBI reports to the Department of Justice, which at the time was run by Obama's highly politicized Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. The author of this piece, Louise Mensch, despises Trump, and if you'll look at the publication date, she dropped this supposed bombshell the night before the election, and did so for reasons I should not have to explain.

Eleven more at the site - there is a lot of information here and if President Trump and his administration wanted to, heads would be rolling and highly placed people would be spending time in jail. This story will break and when it comes out, it will be big. I hope they choose to send a message - there is a lot of corruption in both parties and it needs to be rooted out. Make America Great Again is Trump's rallying cry - time to start doing this for real.

And the rain is back

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Pouring down very heavily now - forecast for new precip is 0.10 to 0.25 inches. I will check the gauge tomorrow and see what we got.

Surfing the web and watching some more welding videos. Got a couple of projects that I want to do this spring and summer.

It will take a day or two to fully analyze what just happened today but I think that President Trump made damn sure that the failure of Speaker Ryan's compromise healthcare bill hangs solely around Speaker Ryan's neck and that he is out on his ear.

Good news if this is true - Ryan was never behind Trump, only coming on board when it was an inevitability and then, he was a pure RINO - Republican in Name Only.

Now that we have identified the people who supported Ryan and (possibly) who leaked President Trump's confidential communications to the press, it is time to clean house and start over again.

Done with dinner

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Started watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - the science is very hokey but it is fun fluff and there are a couple of seasons worth of shows to keep us entertained.

The Chinese food was excellent as usual - The Lucky Panda is not that much of a dine-in establishment. They have a couple tables in the front but no real ambiance - unless you happen to like looking at a large commercial kitchen which is fine with me. I have always enjoyed their take-out food though. Great for a quick sit-down lunch if you are in a hurry or you can get the food to go and walk across the street to the Kulshan Brewery and enjoy a pint with your meal.

Back home again

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Later than expected but got everything done that I needed to. Brought home some Chinese food and Lulu made a fresh pot of rice so dinner in a few minutes along with some television.

More spew in an hour or two...

On the road again

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Heading out to town - back around 4:00PM or so. Picking up some Chinese food for dinner tonight.

More posting later.

Obamacare - nothing much

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The Congress-critters are saying that they do not have the votes. I find it interesting that President Trump let Paul Ryan drive the formulation of this bill. Ryan was vociferously anti-trump at the beginning of the campaign. Is President Trump giving him enough rope to hang himself?

I read Art of the Deal a number of years ago and remember that Trump considers deals to be a negotiating process - vote something down, propose something else and see if that works - a Deal is an act of constant refinement towards a shared goal. Maybe we will see a decent healthcare plan in another four months or so.

From Ars Technica:

Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration
In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors also said that this search is validated by recently issued warrants.

The court filing, which was first reported Wednesday by BuzzFeed News, states that approximately half of the protesters prosecuted with rioting or inciting a riot had their phones taken by authorities. Prosecutors hope to uncover any evidence relevant to the case. Under normal judicial procedures, the feds have vowed to share such data with defense attorneys and to delete all irrelevant data.

"All of the Rioter Cell Phones were locked, which requires more time-sensitive efforts to try to obtain the data," Jennifer Kerkhoff, an assistant United States attorney, wrote.

Such phone extraction is common by law enforcement nationwide using hardware and software created by Cellebrite and other similar firms. Pulling data off phones is likely more difficult under fully updated iPhones and Android devices. John Adams, a former security official at Twitter, told Ars that older devices are likely more susceptible.

Good news - I hope they gather names and contact information and proceed to roll up this organization. This was not a peaceful protest, this was organised violence by people who were hired for the job. The rioters are criminals and need to be prosecuted.

Another day in paradise

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Slept in a bit today too - stomach still a little bit off. Heading into town after breakfast and coffee.

Got nothing tonight

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Nothing on the internet - surfing a couple of youtube sites - welding (specifically TIG) and blacksmithing as well as catching up on email.

A bit under the weather - had an upset stomach last night and been low energy all day today. Hope I am not coming down with anything...

About those peaceful immigrants

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From the Associated Press:

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child
A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday.

Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, 31, of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Thursday. His court-appointed attorney declined to comment.

A real choirboy:

Authorities said that Alvarado-Ventura had been in the home with the child late Tuesday night before going to a nearby bar, where he argued with a woman over a marijuana deal and then stabbed her in the parking lot. The woman, who was not identified, suffered a collapsed lung, police said.

He then returned to the apartment where the child lived, police said. When the child's mother returned home from work at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, she discovered injuries to her child and argued with Alvarado-Ventura. During that argument, he stabbed the woman, Krumpter said.

He needs to spend his life in prison - in El Salvador, his home nation.

Bugging President Trump

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As the fake news dissipates, the real news surfaces:

Just wonderful - Wikileaks release

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From Wikileaks - Vault 7:

Dark Matter
Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

Compelling reason to run Linux on a machine you build yourself. All your Macs are belong to us to borrow a classical allusion.

Lazy day today

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I hearby proclaim this to be a national day of sloth.

Seriously slept in and have not even been out for coffee yet. Headuing out now - stop at the store and check the mailbox.

A very good word - the people on the streets these days are being bought and paid for by employees of rich white men and neither the employees nor the r. w. men will ever answer to the violence these poor stooges will be arrested for. These pwecious widdle snowflakes are being bought and paid for without their comprehension. Chattel.

From Anonymous:

I do not think that anarchy is a useful tool but I really respect the people behind Anonymous - they are able to see the societal problem and they stay on point. Their computer security is excellent too - got some good people working for them. Their credo starts at 4:55

The new Festival Wynd pedal

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I am a member of a facebook group for music modifying pedals - fuzz boxes, phasers, wah-wah, etc... Design and Construction. Someone posted about this one - looks great except for that little switch on the far right:

Actually a real product from these people: DEIODE Home-Fried Effects

Shows you how in tune I am with the world of air travel - this was news to me. From The Seattle Times:

Alaska will fold Virgin America brand within two years
Alaska Air Group said Wednesday it will eventually drop the Virgin America brand name, a decision that may test the loyalty of Virgin customers who prized the airline’s hip and irreverent sensibility.

Seattle-based Alaska, which late last year completed its $4 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America over the protests of founder Richard Branson, said the change will be made “likely sometime in 2019.”

The company said in a statement that the combined Alaska Airlines “will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe.”

The two are a good fit - both companies think outside of the box (to use a marketing buzzword). Alaska started in the 1930's with one plane flying out of Anchorage and quickly expanded to 22 aircraft. A fun pioneering history. Virgin America is a real newcomer - founded in 2004 with its first flight in 2007. Sir Richard Branson is sad to sell but he will make a lot of money - one estimate is $786 Million (Alaska Air is paying $2.6 Billion for the line)

Ho Li Crap - Kazu Kokubo

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From Snowboard Magazine:

Every time we see new footage from Kazuhiro Kokubo we are blown away. In Kazu’s most recent full part from the Union movie, STRONGER and remixed for Casio’s G-Shock MUDMASTER GWG-1000-1A9ER Watch, Kazu destroys everything from massive cliff drops to road gaps and spines. Buckle-up prior to watching, this isn’t your average backcountry edit.

More on Kazuhiro at Infogalactic - turned Pro at age 11

From Starving the Monkeys - the author was attending a food trade show to help a friend launch a new product.

No Fructose Corn Syrup
At the trade show last week, no outside food or beverages were allowed. Instead, vendors inside were giving food and beverages away to promote their products to the attendees. Because our family had stopped drinking sugared beverages a long time ago, I asked the show operators if we could bring in water. The operators said no, that there would be vendors with water in the show. Sure enough, two major soft drink makers were there, and had a high percentage of their own bottled water brands. It turned out that this high percentage wasn’t high enough.

Now, remember, that all the food and drinks inside were free, so what happened next was as much a pure scientific experiment in choice as is possible. With all the boutique options available from both vendors, plus a large number of coffees of all types, slushies, cappuccino, refrigerated fruit mixes, you name it, from smaller vendors, the one thing that ran out first, in about three hours, was simple bottled water. One stand nearby was practically shoving out high fructose slushies at people. Most people who accepted them took a polite sip, and then tossed the rest into the trash. Many people examined the ingredients (HFCS was on the top of the lists of most vendors, I checked) and made a face. The trash cans turned into slushie and sugared coffee soup.

After the water ran out, it still didn’t make any difference. All of that HFCS crap was still considered more or less undrinkable. People would open up some boutique thing, take a few swigs, and then toss the rest. It was a blood-bath. They literally could not give that stuff away. We wound up sneaking out of the venue every so often and chugging a couple of pints of distilled water we bought at Walmart by the gallon. I budget about a gallon per day per person on trips and then we stock up when we arrive at the target location. We refill our bottles from those gallon jugs just for the convenience. We also stop at Zaxby’s  on trips and get chicken strips. We like drinking water there because the filtration on their soft drink machines is awesome, and top off our cups before leaving. There’s a pattern here, somewhere.

In the face of all of that zero-cost market data from the trade show, it would be completely astonishing if these major brands didn’t start making soft drinks with real sugar instead. Any brand that did this would probably take off like a rocket. Until they do, plain old water is going to continue to be the growing #1 beverage of choice.

There is hope yet. My favorite soft drink is Mountain Dew Throwback - the original formula and made with real cane sugar. You can definitely taste the difference.

Three years ago today - Oso

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A tragic landslide happened three years ago today. From The Bellingham Herald:

Three years later, families, officials and scientists wrestle with lessons learned from Oso landslide
Deborah Farnes looked forward to the day she would testify about the March 22, 2014, Oso landslide that killed her husband, Tom Durnell, while she was away at work at a hospital in Everett.

She hoped to share her grief over the loss of her spouse and 42 other people, and the anger that followed as she learned – for the first time – about the scope of the hazards posed by the hillside that came crashing down during that awful spring day three years ago.

“I wanted this to go to trial, and for this information to be made public. That there was this danger that existed,” Farnes said. “ I didn’t know about that until after everyone died, and it was too late.”

The trial was forestalled by $60 million in settlements reached just before the Oct. 10, 2016, scheduled start of opening arguments. But the years of legal sparring that led to that resolution put a spotlight on landslide risks in the Pacific Northwest, and the uneasy interplay between scientists who have the knowledge to assess that potential and government officials who must decide what – if anything – to do to protect the people who may live in harm’s way.

The civil case, involving 29 plaintiffs, some with multiple claims, had loomed as one of the largest tort cases in Washington history. It was brought by Farnes and other survivors who alleged that the state and a timber company – Grandy Lake Forest Associates – had taken actions that increased the risks of a catastrophic slide and failed to inform their neighbors in Steelhead Haven along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish about that potential.

The instability of the land was already known and there had been talk about buying the residents out and having them re-locate:

“If you are dealing with landslide hazards … you at some point, implicitly or explicitly, have to decide what level of risk is acceptable, and most decision-makers have to rely on people like me in order to do that,” said Dan Miller, a geomorphologist who wrote some of the early reports warning about Oso’s deep-seated landslide formation. “So what kind of information are they getting?”

1999 study prepared by Miller for the Army Corps of Engineers cited the potential for a catastrophic failure of what was known as the Hazel Landslide formation, and a 2000 study for the corps listed buying out the residents of Steelhead Haven as an option to reduce the risks of loss of life.

And the whole valley is unstable:

Since the slide, new research has documented a history of more than 200 other deep-seated landslides along a 15.5-mile stretch of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish that includes the Oso site. Many occurred from a few hundred to a few thousand years ago, and some had enough power to move across the river.

“The valley’s geomorphology shows that it is capable of failing in a big catastrophic fashion, but predicting where it will fail is not easy,” said Sean LaHusen, a University of Washington researcher, a co-author of the study that was published this year in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

I already had my amateur radio license but it was Oso that prompted me to get more involved with Emergency Communications and CERT. Our own little hamlet has its share of risks - volcano, earthquakes, lahar, landslide, forest fire. That and we are at the end of a long and thin supply line - anything that disrupts traffic for more than a couple of days and people will start running out of food and supplies.

Quite the find - Shipwreck

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From Haaretz:

Crusader shipwreck, gold found by diving archaeologists in Israel
The long-lost wreck of a crusader ship and sunken cargos dating to the 13th century C.E. have been found in the bay of the crusader stronghold city Acre, in northern Israel.

Gold coins dating to the destruction of the crusader bastion in 1291 C.E., when the Mamluk Sultan of Egypt stormed it in a struggle to wrest the Holy Land from the crusaders, were also found in the water by the archaeologists, led by Dr. Ehud Galili and Prof. Michal Artzy from Haifa University.

Meanwhile, on land in Acre, an excavation led by Haifa University's Prof. Adrian Boas has found the long-lost headquarters of the Teutonic Order on the eastern side of the city, outside the Ottoman walls.

A fascinating article - goes into a lot of the history. Use the Google Trick if the page does not load and asks you for a subscription.

How about that economy? From Investor's Business Daily:

California's Carl's Jr. Says So Long, Golden State
To hear Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, you'd think that taxes can go up to 60% or even 80%, and businesses and investors will just ... pay up. But the growing number of businesses stampeding out of high tax areas suggest that they're very wrong.

We got more evidence of that this week when CKE Restaurants, the corporate parent of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.

Hardee's will move its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri, to Nashville, Tennessee, one of America's fastest growing states.

Oh, and did we mention that the state has no personal income tax?

Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. move puts more egg on the face of California and the political class in Sacramento. Hamburger fast food chain Carl's Jr. was founded in California and for years has been headquartered in Carpinteria, California. The highest income tax rate in California is 13%, so moving to Tennessee, where the tax rate is zero, will save the company millions of dollars on taxes a year.

Yes, we know that CKE's official line is that the firm is relocating because it has less need for office space as it consolidates operations. But the company executives say this with a wink. Tax savings are a big factor, as is the stifling regulatory environment on the left coast, where businesses are treated like villains and rich people as cash dispensers for big government programs. It's not a coincidence that CKE's CEO Andy Puzder has been one of the leading critics of high taxes and onerous rules in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.

As the great Margaret Thatcher once said: The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

Governor Moonbeam should review the fable of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

With all the scrutiny that Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is getting, it is interesting to look at the scrutiny that Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg received at her Confirmation Hearing. The previous link is a C-Span video of whole procedure - four hours long. The fine folks at the Judicial Crisis Network have distilled this down to one minute of Judge Ginsburg waffling and the Democrats letting her skate.

Judge Ginsburg declined to answer questions on more than 60 occasions during her hearings. Double standards anyone?
Tip of the hat to Gerard for the link.
Judicial Crisis Network has a good backgrounder: The Ginsburg Standard and the Schumer Double Standard

And the day begins

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Finished breakfast and heading out for coffee, taking some photographs for the upcoming earthquake drill and stopping in at the store.

Working at home this afternoon.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is profoundly liberal / progressive. Based in San Francisco it has the distinction of being one of the most overturned courts in the United States. In 2012, the US Supreme Court overturned 86 percent of the rulings it reviewed from the 9th

That makes this that much more curious - from Tyler O'Neil writing at PJ Media:

Five 9th Circuit Judges Eviscerate the 'Fundamental Errors' in Ruling Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban'
Five judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals went out of their way to denounce the "fundamental errors" in the February decision of a three-judge panel which effectively stopped President Donald Trump's first executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, attacked as a "Muslim Ban." The five judges denounced the panel's ruling as a "clear misstatement of law," and argued that they had an "obligation to correct" it for the record.

"We are judges, not Platonic Guardians. It is our duty to say what the law is, and the meta-source of our law, the U.S. Constitution, commits the power to make foreign policy, including the decisions to permit or forbid entry into the United States, to the President and Congress," the judges declared. They argued that the panel's February ruling constituted clear judicial activism which undermined the separation of powers.

Very cool - welcome to reality folks! I love that line: We are judges, not Platonic Guardians

Ideology and partisanship have no place in the courtroom. Glad to see that some of the judges realize this...

Immigrants in Maryland

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A twofer.

First - from FOX News:

New details emerge in alleged school rape of teen by illegal immigrants
New, brutal details emerged Monday in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a Maryland high school by two male students, at least one of whom was in the country illegally.

The unidentified student at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md. was violently raped, sodomized and made to perform oral sex in a campus bathroom stall by the two males, according to court records.

Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 a.m. last Thursday.

Alleged? The a**holes streamed it live on Facebook.

Second - from the Washington Examiner:

Maryland moves to be 'sanctuary state’
Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a "sanctuary state," drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week.

The Democratically-controlled House of Delegates voted 83-55 to OK the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act. Generally, it would bar state and local law enforcement from helping federal immigration officials seeking illegals, including requests to detain inmates for deportation.

Good God! Talk about being a clueless ninny. All the Dems are interested in is holding on to their power and getting more votes. Do they not see the writing on the walls. 2018 is going to be very 'interesting' for them when they find themselves out of office. Good riddance.

Aaaand that is it for the night

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Heading upstairs. Been having some sleep issues the last couple of days and slept well last night but had really strange dreams so heading upstairs to see what tonight will bring.

Working at home tomorrow plus running a couple local errands and a project or two at the store.

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