Great news - drug dealers

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Make the price a lot higher - from CNBC:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlines when to use death penalty on drug traffickers
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued new guidance to federal prosecutors on how to apply the death penalty to numerous drug-related crimes.

Sessions advised federal prosecutors to utilize laws permitting capital punishment as a viable sentence, both in violent and non-violent cases.

In the memo sent to U.S. attorneys Wednesday morning, Sessions said that some of the "appropriate cases" to seek the death penalty include murder related to racketeering crimes, gun deaths occurring during drug trafficking crimes and murder related to criminal enterprise.

The memo also encouraged prosecutors to pursue capital punishment in cases involving "dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs."

The laws are already on the books: The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (PDF) — that Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed in 1994. 60,000 drug related deaths in 2016 as compared to 36,252 firearm related deaths in 2015 (no listing of suicide v/s murder). In 2015, there were 57,567 deaths from poisoning.


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Ran some errands this morning and back home to work - taking down some old paneling and starting in on some popcorn ceiling. Probably asbestos so kitting up with a mask and tyvek bunny suit.

Had a late breakfast at the Farmer's Cafe - the place came highly recomended but they were in the process of moving when I first went to try them so they were closed. Today's meal was excellent and nice people working there. Lots of cars parked outside - a good sign.

The weather is nice - cool temperatures and light clouds but that is forecast to change in a few days.

Good riddance - Austin bomber

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Taking the easy way out - from Yahoo/Associated Press:

Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in
The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.

The suspect's motive remained a mystery, along with whether he acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and wounded four others.

It will be interesting when they find this a**hole's background - wonder who he voted for in the last election.

About that Uber fatality

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It seems that both of the people involved had quite the interesting history - from the London Daily Mail:

Convicted armed robber who was behind the wheel of self-driving Uber when it killed pedestrian as she wheeled her bike across a road
This is the driver who was behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber car when it hit and killed a pedestrian - in a mugshot taken when she was serving a felony sentence for attempted armed robbery.

Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was the 'safety driver' of the automated Volvo when it hit Elaine Herzberg, 49, on Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona.

She had two felony convictions when she was hired by Uber for its self-driving car trials in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

Her January 2001 conviction for attempted armed robbery led to a five-year sentence of which she served more than four years, being freed in November 2004.

And to make this story even more of a 2018 social train-wreck:

At the time she was known as Rafael and identified as male. It is not known when she transitioned to female.

And the victim:

Victim: Elaine Herzberg, 49, was homeless and had a string of drugs convictions when she was killed walking in front of the Uber self-driving car on Sunday night

Life in this era.

Feeling the love - New York City

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Looks like decades of liberal policies are taking their toll. From the New York Post:

Nearly every NYPD cop hates Mayor de Blasio
The vast majority of NYPD cops hate Mayor de Blasio, according to a police-union survey.

An overwhelming 96 percent of the 6,000 cops who responded to the poll have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association survey found.

As for specific complaints against the mayor, 97 percent said de Blasio has created an environment where criminals feel emboldened, while 95 percent said he has established an environment that is combative to police.

When asked what they liked “most” about de Blasio, 66 percent responded, “nothing.”

Ouch! Maybe the good citizens of Gotham will start voting for someone who has a track record of good leadership instead of someone who speaks well and gives away free government cheese. Like the Russian proverb goes: "The only place you find free cheese is in a mousetrap."

A bit of a dystopian article at FOX News - not at all surprised though:

Retail Apocalypse: 24 big retailers closing stores
Some of the United States’ most prominent retailers are shuttering stores in recent months amid sagging sales in the troubled sector.

The rise of ecommerce outlets like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has made it harder for traditional retailers to attract customers to their stores and forced companies to change their sales strategies. Many companies have turned to sales promotions and increased digital efforts to lure shoppers while shutting down brick-and-mortar locations.

And their list (just a few excerpted from the list of 24):

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • American Apparel
  • Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
  • CVS
  • J. Crew
  • J.C. Penney

No surprises there except for CVS. A&F has been sliding downhill ever since they tossed out the basic ideas implemented 125 years ago by David T. Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch when the store filed for bankruptcy in 1976. The new incarnation has been selling crappy overpriced clothing to peolpe who do not know any better and they are paying the price for it.

Too many business are trying to suceed by following market trends. Funny thing - if you offer a high quality product at a fair price, the world will beat its way to your doorstep. Witness stores like Zappos, Amazon, Costco, Nordstrom, etc...


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Got an owl hooting across the street. Lovely sound! The land across from the house is very swampy - this is causing some drainage problems (being fixed this spring) but makes for a wonderful wildlife habitat.

Blaming the NRA

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Pot meet kettle - all that is wrong with the Broward Florida Police Department summed up in one infographic:


Island living

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Up on the island now - calm seas and high tide. Looking like a gorgeous sunset in about ten minutes.

My two dogs are very happy to be back from the kennels - they are well treated there but still, there is no place like home...

Still feeling a bit tired so surf for a bit and then an early bedtime.

On the road again

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Spent the last couple days in Seattle - heading on the road to pick up my two dogs and then a couple of days working on Camano Island. Back to the farm after that - got a very busy spring planned. Should be a lot of fun but a lot of hard work too...

Nothing much to post today

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Woke up a couple of hours ago - slept for about ten hours. Neither of us like flying that much.

A wonderful trip and a great time with my dear new bride but it is very good to be back home again.

The Eagles have landed

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We returned from our honeymoon late tonight - 12 days in Hawaii

Pictures will be posted in a few days - back to work for this kid. Camano and Country.

We will be taking a vacation from our vacation for the next couple of days - more posting tomorrow.

The Shape of Water

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Trish and I just saw it - wonderful film. Great story and the sets are incredible.

Managing to avoid the St. Patrick's day festivities so far.

Want access to our government? Donate some cash to one of the many foundations out there - the Clinton Foundation has fallen into disfavor but there are a lot of other institutions out there. Here is the story of one of them from the New York Post:

Inside the shady private equity firm run by Kerry and Biden’s kids
Joe Biden and John Kerry have been pillars of the Washington establishment for more than 30 years. Biden is one of the most popular politicians in our nation’s capital.

His demeanor, sense of humor, and even his friendly gaffes have allowed him to form close relationships with both Democrats and Republicans. His public image is built around his “Lunch Bucket Joe” persona. As he reminds the American people on regular occasions, he has little wealth to show for his career, despite having reached the vice presidency.

One of his closest political allies in Washington is former senator and former Secretary of State John Kerry. “Lunch Bucket Joe” he ain’t; Kerry is more patrician than earthy. But the two men became close while serving for several decades together in the US Senate. The two “often talked on matters of foreign policy,” says Jules Witcover in his Biden biography.

So their sons going into business together in June 2009 was not exactly a bolt out of the blue.

But with whom their sons cut lucrative deals while the elder two were steering the ship of state is more of a surprise.

Read the whole thing - the level of corruption is stunning. Got the book reserved at my local library - looks like a fascinating read.

Used to use their paints all the time - locally made and excellent quality. Met Walter a few times. From The Seattle Times:

Longtime Seattle paint supplier Daly’s ends in the red
Longtime local home design store Daly’s Paint and Decorating has closed its doors in Seattle and Bellevue, leaving unpaid debts and nearly $87,800 in customer deposits for orders that have gone unfilled.

An attorney for the company laid blame for the company’s demise at the feet of the usual suspects: “Digital shopping and big box stores rule,” said Tom Olson of law firm Helsell Fetterman.

A bit more:

No one answered the phone at Daly’s Seattle store on Stone Way North – where founder Walter Daly set up shop in the late 1940s. A recording directed people to the company’s website, which reads:

“Dear Customers, ​Daly’s is closed. Thank you for 80 colorful years in Seattle and 57 in Bellevue. ​It was our pleasure to work with so many of you over the years.”

Sad to see them go - a Seattle institution. Website is here: Daily's Paint

Oopsie - a little retraction

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Seems that President Trump's new CIA Director did not run a secret prison in Thailand - from the original source of this fake news -  Pro Publica:

Correction: Trump’s Pick to Head CIA Did Not Oversee Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah
On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret “black site” in Thailand in 2002.

The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended.

And this retraction has been covered by all the major media outlets - NOT...

Nothing much today

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We are working on some other stuff. More posting tomorrow or Saturday.

Happy Pi Day

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Today is 03/14

It is also the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein's birthday

Forcing people to purchase Russian natural gas - from The Daily Caller:

Here’s Why Russia Is Delivering Loads Of Natural Gas To This Deep Blue State
Massachusetts’ anti-fossil-fuel policies are the primary reason why the state has relied on natural gas imports from a Russian oil company the Department of State sanctioned during the Obama-era.

Officials in Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire blocked financing in 2016 for the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have helped the state weather an energy crunch this winter. The state’s decision to rely principally on green energy hiked gas prices and forced it turn to Russian oil imports.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concluded in 2016 that “no new pipelines are needed” and that we “can maintain electric reliability through 2030 even without additional new natural gas pipelines” Healey also joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into ExxonMobil’s alleged willingness to hide internal documents about climate change.

And it was the usual cast of characters:

Environmentalist groups like and Greenpeace are organizing online campaigns to oppose every new coal, oil, and natural-gas project in the country. Greenpeace, for one, has etched out the position that the only good fossil fuels are the ones that are left in the ground. The Sierra Club, meanwhile, claims the U.S. is ready for 100 percent green energy.

A bunch of clueless statist morons. Let them live in wattle and daub huts if they want to. Do not try to force us to do this too.

Just heard about this group - they are studying a very important subject. Check out The Urban Freight Lab:

Urban Freight Lab
The Urban Freight Lab (UFL) is a living laboratory comprised of:

    • Retailers;
    • Urban truck freight carriers;
    • Technology companies supporting transportation and logistics;
    • Multifamily residential and retail/commercial building developers and operators; and
    • The City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Lab members act to improve the management of both public and private operations of urban goods delivery systems by engaging in strategic applied research and identifying priority problems for future research projects.

A bit more:

Final-50-Feet Research Project & Goals
The UFL’s first task is pilot testing promising low-cost and high-value actions to optimize operations of the Final-50-Feet of the urban goods delivery system. The Final 50 Feet is shorthand for the supply chain segment that begins when trucks pull into a parking space and stop moving—in public load/unload spaces at the curb or in an alley, or in a building’s loading dock or internal freight bay. It tracks the delivery process inside buildings, and ends where the customer takes receipt of their goods.

Interesting. Urban planners like to "nudge" people into living in smaller apartments and condos and drive smaller cars. They take away road space and hand it over to bicycle riders and "traffic calming" devices - roundabouts, serpentine streets and extending the sidewalk out into the roadway.

This has the immediate effect of reducing traffic but they overlook the fact that big trucks need to have access so that they can deliver food and materials to the people living there. This lab looks interesting.

Of course not - Russia

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From FOX News:

Nunes: No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, But 'Clear Links' Between Clinton Campaign & Russians

Stick a fork in it - there is no story there, never was.

You can virtue signal all you want - don't expect your customers to agree with you. From Reuters:

Dick's Sporting expects strict gun sales policy to weigh
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc, a U.S. retailer of camping supplies, sporting goods and guns, on Tuesday warned that its decision to tighten gun sales could weigh on 2018 results.

Shares of the company, which missed fourth-quarter revenue estimates, were down nearly 5 percent at $31.

It will be interesting to see if they quietly pivot back in a few months.

Thought he was going to live forever

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Steven Hawking - from The Washington Post:

Stephen Hawking, physicist who came to symbolize the power of the human mind, dies at 76
Stephen W. Hawking, the British theoretical physicist who overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos and become a globally celebrated symbol of the power of the human mind, died March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.

His family announced the death but did not provide any further details.

He is at peace and sailing the stars that he loved so much.

Current political stuff

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Clearing some links here:

From the Jerusalem Post - a story about a monumental meeting of the minds:

Israeli officials meet Qatari, Saudi and UAE counterparts at White House
Israeli national security officials sat around the same table on Tuesday morning with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, discussing a dire humanitarian situation unfolding in the Gaza Strip.

The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, as well as Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is publicly recognized for the first time.

The Trump administration planned the meeting over the course of several weeks and released a list of attendees the morning of the summit, which also included officials from Egypt, Jordan, Canada and various European countries.

The palestinians have not advanced the cause of peace for 40 years so it is time to do it without them. Arafat was a KGB operative - read your history.

Second - T Rex is out. From Reuters:

Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo
U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Tillerson was used to being top dog - not the personality you want for Sec. State. Good move.

Looks like the "palestinians" are being snubbed - great news. They can sit at the adults table if they clean up their act and stop the terrorism. From Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Palestinian attendance unclear at White House Gaza conference
The White House will hold a conference on the humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will attend.

President Donald Trump's "administration believes that deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza require immediate attention," US special envoy Jason Greenblatt said in a statement announcing the conference.

A bit more from US special envoy Jason Greenblatt:

"The challenge will be determining which ideas can be realistically implemented in light of the fact that the Palestinians of Gaza continue to suffer under the authoritarian rule of Hamas."

Sadly, so true - they bet their livelihood on a terrorist organization and are now much worse for Arafat's decision.

Stick a fork in it

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From Reuters:

Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections
U.S. House Intelligence Committee Republicans said on Monday the panel had finished investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, and found no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow’s efforts to influence the vote.

The committee Republicans said they agreed that Russia sought to influence the election by spreading propaganda and false news reports via social media. However, they disputed the findings of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation that Moscow sought to aid Trump, who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

If anything, the Russians were in Hillary's thrall but we knew this from day one. I would love to know how much taxpayer money was spent on this boondoggle...

She will never do this - it would destroy her myth. From the New York Post:

Elizabeth Warren refuses DNA test to prove Native American heritage
Sen. Elizabeth Warren batted down calls for her to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said of her ancestry on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

She lied and used her "Indian" heritage to get minority admission to Harvard University Law School rather than doing it on her own scholastic merit. Pants on fire... I would love it if one of her staffers pulled a used Kleenex out of her wastebasket and send it in - expose the fraud once and for all.

Knock me over with a feather! From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Jimmy Carter on North Korea: ‘It’s good we’re going to be talking to them’
Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that “while I don’t agree with everything that President Trump has done, I think it’s good that he’s decided to go” meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“If we could avoid a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, that would be a wonderful achievement,” Carter, 93, told his Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. “It’s good we’re going to be talking to them.”

Good - people are waking up to the idea that strong leadership is good for the entire planet, not just those people in the red states.

Another day of sloth

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We get to enjoy another hour of daylight - this is the turning point for me for the transition from Winter to Summer. Finally getting usable light in the evening.

Nothing planned for today but will be spending some quality time away from the computer. Gorgeous clear and warm weather!

Work stress relief - Voodoo Doll

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An interesting alternative to work related stress from Mental Floss:

Bad Day at Work? New Study Finds a Voodoo Doll of Your Boss Might Be the Most Effective Way of Getting Even
Anyone who has ever had a boss has undoubtedly butted heads with that person and knows that it can make for an awkward vibe in the office. While it would be easy to let your resentment fester and possibly affect your work performance, scientists have a better solution: Get a voodoo doll.

As ScienceAlert reports, a new study published in The Leadership Quarterly found that when employees feel mistreated in the workplace, stabbing pins into a voodoo doll of their boss can be an effective way of managing the situation (and certainly a much better solution than stewing in anger). The study, led by psychologist Dr. Lindie Hanyu Liang, an assistant professor at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, found that engaging in "symbolic retaliation" against one's boss after perceived mistreatment eased participants' bitterness.

Slept in late again

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We both slept in late again - going for a drive later today running some errands but that all that we have planned for the day. Spending some mellow time with my new wife.

Slept in late

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We were both tired and slept in late this morning (long day yesterday). Had coffee at home and heading out later today.

Seems there is a link between a troubled Seattle coffee store and a porn star recently in the news.

First - from The Seattle Times:

Tully’s suspends store operations for lack of coffee
Tully’s Coffee is closing its retail stores temporarily because they lack the coffee to continue serving customers, according to a company memo sent to managers Thursday afternoon.

“At this time we have very minimal coffee left in stores. Our goal is to have Opus, Bostwick, Clyde Hill and New Main operational for (as) long as we can tomorrow, but by end of day today all other retail business is temporarily suspended until coffee deliveries resume,” said an email from Tully’s project director, Krystal Tonning.

A bit more:

Tully’s has shrunk steadily in the past couple years. Late last year, it permanently closed several stores including one on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue East, after lawsuits seeking back rent.

The latest setback at Tully’s comes as Michael J. Avenatti, who bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013.

How do you run out of coffee in Seattle???

Second - also from The Seattle Times:

Owner of Tully’s Coffee in Seattle is also Stormy Daniels’ legal counsel
The owner of Seattle’s shrinking Tully’s Coffee chain made the rounds of national TV shows Wednesday to discuss his porn-star client Stormy Daniels and her lawsuit to invalidate a $130,000 “hush agreement” about her alleged sexual relationship with President Donald Trump.

Yes, you read that right.

Michael J. Avenatti, who lambasted Trump and his aides Wednesday for trying to keep Daniels quiet, is the same pugnacious lawyer who in 2013 bought the Tully’s Coffee shops in bankruptcy court and has landed in disputes with Boeing, various local landlords, and the powerful Keurig Green Mountain coffee conglomerate that actually owns the Tully’s name.

You say pugnacious - I say a**hole. The guy has to be smart to achieve that level of power so I wonder what he is doing running a Seattle icon into the ground. Money laundering comes to mind. Fitting that he would be an actor in the latest celebrity attack on our President.

PDF format - a history

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Fascination history of the Portable Document Format - a brilliant idea. From Motherboard:

Why the PDF Is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for the average person.

Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who may not be the average person, but who runs into issues with the PDF just like the best of us.

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s most recent indictment of Manafort noted how the lobbyist and his colleague, Richard Gates, collaborated on modifying a PDF document by converting the document into Word format, changing an amount in the document, then changing it back to a PDF.

This created something called a paper trail, bolstering Mueller’s case against Manafort.

It's not often, of course, that the PDF gets this level of notice. The PDFs origin story is a bit more boring than that of the MP3, which was built around the contours of Suzanne Vega’s unaccompanied voice on “Tom’s Diner,” and the ZIP file, which came to life in a brutal legal battle that was egged on by the whims of BBS users.

But the PDF still has a story, and that story is that of a format that promises to be even more valuable in the decades to come. Here's why.

“What industries badly need is a universal way to communicate documents across a wide variety of machine configurations, operating systems and communication networks. These documents should be viewable on any display and should be printable on any modern printers. If this problem can be solved, then the fundamental way people work will change.”

John E. Warnock, the cofounder of Adobe, discussing his thought process around the need for a simple document format in an essay revealing the existence of The Camelot Project (which is, of course, in PDF format). Warnock, who was also responsible for helping to develop Adobe’s bedrock PostScript document scripting language, noted that PostScript and its sister language Display PostScript was too heavy for most computers being made at the time he wrote his essay, around 1990. “The Display PostScript and PostScript solutions are the correct long-term solution as the power of machines increases over time, but this solution offers little help for the vast majority of today’s users with today’s machines,” he explained.

A great read.

A two-fer from Don Surber

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Don is a retired (40 years in the trade) newspaperman living in West Virginia. His blog is a dialy read for me. He brought these two news items to my attention this morning.


Another 1,000 jobs added thanks to Trump's tariffs
First, U.S. Steel announced it would re-open a a steel mill in Illinois thanks to Donald John Trump's decision to slap a 25% tariff on Chinese steel.

Republic Steel said move over, buddy. We are re-opening our plant in Lorain, Ohio.

And this doesn't begin to count the ancillary jobs that will be created - finishing the raw product (machine shops, welding, fabrication, etc...) as well as the jobs to support the workers (grocery stores, house building, school teachers, etc...)


We already have 12,000 tariffs
To hear Never Trumpers (and a few Trumpkins) tell the story, Donald Trump is the first president since Hoover to impose a tariff on imported products.

But Gus Lubin of Business Insider in 2010 reported, "The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected. So are obscure items like live foxes."

From a 4.8% tariff on live foxes to a 350% tariff on tobacco, America protected its industries in 2010.

Tobacco is very important to the states and federal government. Smokers cough up more than $15 billion a year in cigarette taxes. Government must save Big Tobacco, even as it demonizes it.

Tariffs are a shell game. Literally. We slap a 131.8% tariff on unshelled peanuts. With shells, the tariff is 163.8%.

Imported French jam, chocolate, ham, European meats, truffles, and Roquefort cheese are among those products that come with a 100% tariff.

This is a matter of perspective - President Trump is re-negotaiting NAFTA. We got screwed the first time around. Time to get a more favorable treaty this time.

And that is it for today

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Working on some stuff here in Seattle and then we are going out for dinner.

More posting tomorrow.

Got it backwards - California

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Governor Brown is an idiot of the highest order - from The Sacramento Bee:

Trump ‘basically going to war’ with California, Jerry Brown says
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday slammed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for "initiating a reign of terror" against immigrants in California.

Sessions on Tuesday filed suit against the state over three new laws, passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally, that he argues violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution and interfere with federal immigration enforcement.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy," Brown said. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand."

Hey Jerry:

#1) - you got it backwards, and
#2) - you started it.

End of story...

Didn't take a scientific paper to tell you this but here it is - from Science:

The spread of true and false news online
Lies spread faster than the truth
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.

We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Emphasis mine - that is interesting but not unexpected. Classic cast of Cognitive Bias.

My Mom's family is from Erie and I spent a lot of time there as a kid. Seems that Al Gore must be visiting as they are getting record levels of snow. From the NOAA NCEI Climate twitter account:

With 156 inches between December 2017 and February 2018, Erie, Pennsylvania, set a new record for most winter snowfall:  #StateOfClimate #PAwx

Some video:

News from California - water

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California is running out of water so they are planning to do this - from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Recycled water from sewers coming to California taps
Water that once coursed through city sewers may soon find new life coming out of your home faucet.

New regulations approved Tuesday by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water.

The regulations specify the percentage of recycled water that can be added and how long it must reside there before being treated again at a surface water treatment facility and provided as drinking water, according to the Water Board.

California has plenty of water. What they lack are places to store the winter snowpack and rains until they are needed during summer. They used to build dams but then the environmentalists got into the picture.

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