Off to the dump and then to the farm

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Done with lunch - heading out to the dump and then up to the farm. Passing through Bellingham on this trip.

Looks like Governor Brown of California agreed with President Trump on the problem of poor management of California's forests. From the Santa Cruz Sentinel of August, 2018:

Gov. Jerry Brown proposes easing logging rules to thin forests
Faced with the worst summer fire season in 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state.

The proposal — which has the support of the timber industry but is being opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups — would represent one of the largest changes to the state’s timber harvesting rules in the past 45 years.

The legislative session ends for the year next Friday. On Thursday, the details were still being negotiated by legislative leaders and the governor’s office behind the scenes and had not yet been formally introduced in a bill or put up for a vote.

“They are trying to get to some kind of a deal,” said Rich Gordon, the president of the California Forestry Association, a timber industry group. “They are looking at what can get done politically.”

If he was doing this as recently as last August, why did he hammer President Trump when Trump said the cause was poor forest management? He could have pointed to this legislation and say - I knew and I was trying.  A perfect out. But no, Brown had to play the Global Warming card and say that President Trump didn't know what he was talking about.

This is my surprised face - Chicken Pox

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From FOX News:

Chickenpox outbreak at North Carolina school with high anti-vaccination rate leaves dozens sick
At least 36 students at a North Carolina school with a heavy anti-vaccine population have been sickened following an outbreak of the chickenpox virus, health officials said.

The outbreak, formally known as varicella, hit Asheville Waldorf School in Ashville, according to a news release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services.

That can lead to Shingles later in life. How widespread is the anti-vax lunacy?

Of the school's 152 students, 110 have not received the chickenpox vaccine, the news outlet reported.

Yikes - do not forget that the initial study linking the MMR vaccine and autism was published in the British medical journal Lancet. It was subsequently retracted and the author had his medical degree stripped away for fraud. From a purely numbers standpoint, his sample size was only 12 children - pathetic size for any statistical calculation. No connection, no correlation. Pure bunkum.

A long but fascinating read - cults

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From Stella Morabito writing at The Federalist:

How To Recognize The Cult Mindset In Yourself And Others
“How many more Jonestowns and Wacos will have to occur before we realize how vulnerable all humans are to influence?” That is the key question of cult expert Margaret Thaler Singer’s excellent book, “Cults in our Midst.” Her work serves to prevent the tragedy of people being psychologically manipulated into blind obedience that harms and even kills. It should be required reading for everybody, because too many people are ill-prepared to resist undue influence and coercive persuasion.

In my retrospective of the Jonestown Massacre, I noted that Americans don’t seem to have seriously contemplated the harsh reality and consequences of coercive thought reform. It can easily destroy lives and rob people of the capacity for independent thought if we are not vigilant about how it works. Yet many are loath to admit that brainwashing is an actual reality to which we are all vulnerable.

A bit more - Stella gets in to the heart of her thesis:

The Cult of Political Correctness
Consider for a moment today’s culture, which is saturated with the constant agitation of political correctness. It rarely allows for any real discussion or debate without automatic vilification of those deemed politically incorrect. Sadly, this is especially true in the very place where there is a tradition of people expecting to engage in real debate: the college campus.

We can’t deny that political correctness has a lot of disruptive effects on discourse, such as inducing self-censorship that can cause us to feel socially and mentally isolated; manipulation of our basic fear of ostracism through the threat of smears; promotion of mob rule; and an authoritarian nature that promotes the power elites who use it.

Wait, those features are all rather cult-like, no? This acceptance of the anti-thought nature of political correctness is pretty much everywhere: 95 percent of the mass media promote it, 95 percent of celebrity culture promotes it, and obviously, on college campuses, the academics are 95 percent in compliance with political correctness.

You can’t deny that cult-like tribunals against “wrongthink” are pretty much everywhere––in the media, in celebrity culture, in our legislatures, among judges, in human resource departments all over the corporate world, and most obviously, on college campuses, where youth are scared to death of being ostracized for expressing a politically incorrect thought.

Consider also how many Americans mindlessly parrot the perceived popular opinion along with its empty talking points that are never up for debate. In fact, there’s very little debate happening today. When real debate happens, it gets shouted down or pushed into a corner of the internet dubbed the “intellectual dark web.” Increasingly, our minds seem to be operating in a dangerous state of isolation, especially with increasing censorship and control over our conversations by mass media and tech titans. How is such constant censorship not cult-like?

A long read but well worth your time - a lot to think about given today's culture and times.

Never been politically correct. I can shut my mouth and do when needed but I refuse to buy into the groupthink that passes for intellegent discourse these days. People these days are slaves living on the progressive plantation. They think what their masters tell them to think, they say what their masters tell them to say, they do what their masters tell them to do. We will have an awakening at some point in the future and it will be a lot of fun to see. I think that the coming cycle of global cooling will be a wonderful wake-up clarion.

Just wonderful - the caravan

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Just what we need here, an activist Judge who ignores our Constitution - from The Washington Times:

Judge blocks Trump asylum changes: Caravan can demand protections even after illegal entry
A federal judge blocked President Trump’s new asylum crackdown policy early Tuesday, ruling that federal law allows anyone — including illegal immigrants who jumped the border — to demand protections once they reach U.S. soil.

The decision is a major dent to the administration’s efforts to derail the migrant caravan camped out on the U.S.-Mexico border, undercutting Homeland Security’s efforts to funnel those people to the legal border crossings.

Under U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar’s ruling, they can demand asylum no matter how they enter, and even if they don’t have a real claim, which the administration fears will restore the enticement to attempt to sneak in.

Let's check InfoGalactic - Jon S. Tigar:

Federal judicial service
On June 11, 2012, President Obama nominated Tigar to be a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, taking the seat vacated by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who took senior status on March 23, 2012.

Thought so. Of course, this ruling will be overturned by a higher court. Justice Tigar is just virtue signalling but this will take time and right now, we need to move quickly to stem the flood. Besides, the Judicial branch of the government has no say over matters of national security.

What a narcissist - President Obama

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This is unbelievable - from Breitbart:

Obama Suggests Trump Has ‘Racism’ and ‘Mommy Issues’
Former President Obama suggested that President Trump is not solving the world’s problems because he has “racism” and “mommy issues.”

Obama, who famously wrote an entire autobiography called Dreams from My Father as a means to work through his lifelong daddy issues, is certain we can solve all the world’s problems — “climate change, education, agriculture and so on” — quite easily because they are “not nearly as complicated as they are made out to be.”

A bit more:

The Daily Mail first reported the former president’s remarks from the Obama Foundation in Chicago on Monday and added that there was another dig at Trump:

And in another dig at Trump on Monday, Obama suggested the US was a better place before he was sworn into office.

In a conversation with author Dave Eggers, Obama also repeated his belief that if you could choose a time and place to be born, you would choose the US.

But he amended that thought and said: “You’d choose now – or maybe two years ago.”

There is no record of Eggers asking Obama why it would be so easy to fix the world and not the former president’s hometown of Chicago, where Obama spent more than a decade working as a community activist and legislator. Democrats have enjoyed unrivaled control of that city for decades. It is a place where nothing is stopping them from realizing their political goals, and, as a result, Chicago is a nearly bankrupt war zone.

Clueless and out of touch. Jimmy Carter is really happy now - Obama kicked him out of the running for the worst president.

Another day in paradise

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Heading out for coffee, post office, dump run and then up to the farm.

Frost on the ground but not as hard as before and the sky is overcast - got some weather moving in.

Looks like the stock market is making an overdue correction - four headlines this morning - clickable links to the stories:

It's called a bubble. These form, grow beyond sustainability and pop spectacularly. Nothing new.

John McAfee sums it up with this wonderful tweet:

Over to YouTube

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Heading over for 45 minutes of video or so - see what has been posted today. Been watching welding stuff, ham radio and other electronics and some music (how to, not MTV).

Go Spartans!

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The high school students here are known as the Spartans. From the Stanwood Camano News:

Spartans claim state FFA tractor driving title
Three Spartans teamed up to win the state FFA tractor driving competition Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Columbia Basin Technical Skill Center in Moses Lake.

Chris Whisman, Shawn Moyer and Jordan Koster placed first out of 44 teams from around the state. Individually, Koster finished third, Whisman took sixth and Moyer took ninth. FFA Advisor Darryl Main was their coach.

Participants completed an exam that tests their knowledge of tractor safety and operation, navigated their vehicle and trailer through an obstacle course, and participated in a team activity that challenges their problem-solving skills.

Very cool. That is the one thing I will miss when I sell the farm this spring and move down here permanently. Buttercup the Tractor. It is impossible to feel down when driving a tractor. There is an old adage that you never see a Harley parked at a psychiatrist's office. You can say the same for a tractor. Puts a smile on my face...

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrates her understanding of the structure of our Federal Government in this short video from a conference call:

The three BRANCHES are Legislative, Executive and Judicial - quite a fundamental error on her part.

President Trump - prison reform

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Good stuff - from FOX News:

Trump backs sentencing reform bill he says will give ex-inmates 'a second chance at life'
President Trump threw his support behind a bipartisan bill to reform federal sentencing guidelines Wednesday, which he said would "reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption."

"We’re all better off when former inmates can receive and re-enter society as law-abiding, productive citizens," Trump said in brief remarks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. "And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before."

The so-called First Step Act, the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, will boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses. In particular, the bill lowers the mandatory minimum sentence for non-violent repeat drug offenders from 25 to 20 years, reduces mandatory minimums for other crimes from 20 to 15 years, and makes no distinction between powder cocaine and crack cocaine.

Good - the draconian sentences do nothing to deter criminal activity. The conditions that promote criminal activity need to be addressed first. Also, an interesting bit of history:

The Senate package overhauls some of the mandatory sentencing guidelines that have been in place since 1994 legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. Trump made a point of mentioning that fact in his remarks Wednesday, adding that the Clinton-era guidelines "disproportionately hurt the African-American community." He also noted that several law enforcement organizations supported the effort, saying: "In many respects, we’re getting very much tougher on the truly bad criminals, which, unfortunately, there are many. But we’re treating people differently for different crimes."

There is not a one-size-fits-all way to deal with criminality. President Clinton's law tried to do this and failed.

The fires themselves are being gradually contained and there is heavy rain forecast for later this week but the shelters just got really nasty really fast - from the Butte County, CA website:

Norovirus/Gastrointestinal Illness in Butte County Shelters
The Butte County Public Health Department has been using public health measures to stop a gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreak in all monitored shelters. Since the shelters opened to house Camp Fire evacuees, 145 people have been sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea. As of Wednesday evening, there were 41 people experiencing symptoms at the following shelters:

    • Neighborhood Church: 179 total evacuees at the shelter, 21 currently experiencing illness
    • Oroville Nazarene Church: 352 total evacuees at the shelter, 10 currently experiencing illness
    • Butte County Fairgrounds: 142 total evacuees at the shelter, 9 currently experiencing illness
    • East Avenue Church: 200 total evacuees at the shelter, 1 currently experiencing illness

The number of sick people is increasing every day. Twenty-five people have been to the hospital for medical support. Staff serving the shelters have also been sick. The outbreak has been identified and confirmed by the Butte County public health laboratory to be the Norovirus which is highly contagious. Norovirus spreads through touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, close contact with someone who is infected, or eating contaminated food or drink.

You do not want to catch this disease - it passes within 48 hours or so but you are squirting from both ends and feeling pummeled all during that time. It hurts and in the confines of a contained population, it can spread like wildfire. Outbreaks are common on cruise ships.

Needless to say, prayers are going out to these poor people.

Looks like California's senators are trying to get their own judges appointed. From The Washington Times:

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris push White House for deal on judicial nominees
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both members of the Judiciary Committee, called on the White House Monday to make a deal to fill court vacancies.

The two California senators asked Pat Cipollone, tapped to be the acting White House counsel in October, to broker a deal over three 9th Circuit Court of Appeals positions.

“While we continue to oppose the slate of nominees the White House put forward on October 10, we remain hopeful that you will work with us to reach a bipartisan agreement in a timely manner,” they wrote.

They offered accepting Judge James Rogan, a Trump pick, as long as their choice — Judge Lucy Koh — is also confirmed. They also proposed that each party select a nominee from the other’s list to confirm.

'Scuse me but that is not constitutional. It is the job of the President to nominate a person for a Judicial post and the Senate votes to confirm by a simple majority. That is the way it is done.  The 9th Circuit Court is the most liberal and has had quite the history of having their judgments overturned by a subsequent Supreme Court hearing (over 75%). President Trump is trying to appoint Justices who will follow the letter of the law and the liberals are running around with their hair on fire.

Jim Acosta smackdown

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Sarah Sanders is a national treasure - from Breitbart:

Sarah Sanders Outlines Conduct Rules for White House Reporters
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders outlined new rules for White House reporters, after restoring CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass on Monday.

“We have created these rules with a degree of regret,” Sanders said in a statement.

She lamented that Acosta’s behavior at the president’s most recent press conference and subsequent lawsuit required the White House to set standards for conduct in place.

“We would have greatly preferred to continue hosting White House press conferences in reliance on a set of understood professional norms, and we believe the overwhelming majority of journalists covering the White House share that preference,” she said. “But, given the position taken by CNN, we now feel obligated to replace previously shared practices with explicit rules.”

Sanders warned that if journalists continued to flout common decency at the White House, more rules would be created.

I love her smackdown - letting Acosta know that he spoilt it for everyone.

The rules in question:

(1) A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;

(2) At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;

(3) “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;

(4) Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

Seems perfectly reasonable to me and is what everyone (well, almost everyone) was doing all along.

Cleaned out the Augean driveway

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It was three full barrow loads and a partial fourth - done and stacked. Looks great. Have a fire going and it raised the room temp to 62°F - it is 51°F and falling so the fireplace is nice and efficient for heating the house. Until I get the foundation leveled and repaired, I am holding off on any other infrastructure work so the mini-splits will have to wait for another couple of months. There is a nice electric hydronic heating system but when I ran it on very low setting for a month, I was rewarded with a utility bill of more than $400. Heat pumps are the way to go!

Heading out for a couple of errands, a bite to eat and then back home for the night - driving up to the farm tomorrow after coffee, post office and dump run.

Classical reference in the title: Augean

Back to the farm today tomorrow

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The weather is so gorgeous here that I am spending one more day here - Lord knows I have enough projects to do.

Taking a lunch break (hummus sandwich and diet coke) and finishing off the firewood - about four more wheelbarrow loads to go. Got a nice fire going so the house is warm enough to paint the file cabinet (badly scratched and some rust) The fireplace has a huge masonry structure around it so once that heats up, it will radiate heat for a long long time. The back wall of it is one wall of the bedroom so it will be nice and cozy. That wall has sheetrock on it but tempted to peek behind and see what is there - brick would be gorgeous, cinder block not so much.

Supposed to be quite the storm moving in later this week - Thanksgiving will be a day of wind and rain.

Back to the farm today

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Heading out for coffee, post office and breakfast and then back home to do a couple hours work - trip to the dump, putting the log racks together and stacking the last of the firewood, painting a used filing cabinet I bought the other day and some paperwork.

Heading up to the farm later this afternoon for a couple of days sorting and packing.

And there is nothing on the internet

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YouTube for an hour or two and then an early bedtime. Picked up two more log racks at the farm store in town so spending tomorrow putting them together and finishing off stacking the firewood. Dump run too.

She is gone - from Florida's Sun Sentinal (lots of pop-up advertising):

Brenda Snipes submits resignation as Broward elections supervisor
Just hours after finishing a tumultuous election recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation, ending a 15-year tenure full of botched elections, legal disputes and blistering criticism.

And a bit more:

Norris-Weeks said she saw an early draft of the letter. In the version she saw, she said Snipes, 75, expressed a desire to spend more time with her family.

Emphasis mine - more like wanting to avoid prosecution. They should charge her anyway - what she did for fair and open elections is detestable. She was taking home about $150K/year for just showing up and being incompetent.

Ding dong...

And off to dinner

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Still have a bunch more firewood to stack - filled up two log racks so swinging by the farm store to get another - keeps the wood off the ground and makes it dry out faster. Looks way better too.

Farm tomorrow...

Another day on the island

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Heading out for coffee and then back home to clean the house, do a dump run and finish the firewood stacking.

Maybe head to the farm today if I get everything else done but probably head out tomorrow afternoon.

Gorgeous weather - clear skies. Hard frost on the ground this morning.

Nothing happening on the internet for now.

And it is YouTube

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Heading up to the farm tomorrow for another round of packing totes and toting them in to Bellingham.

Close-up magic

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I love it. This guy is incredible. Obviously, there secrets at play under the baize but the end result is pretty freaking awesome:

Eric has a YouTube channel - no website that I could find.

Nice work if you can get it

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From the Federal Government job website: FedBizOpps.gov:

Preparation and Distribution of Research Drug Products
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seeks capability statements from qualified Small Business organizations (NAICS code 541715, small business size standard is 1000 employees. For details of Small Business Size Standards, see http://www.sba.gov).

This is a SMALL BUSINESS SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE to determine the availability of ALL small businesses (e.g., 8(a), Veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), women-owned small businesses, and other small businesses) to fulfill the needs of NIH and NIDA for this future requirement.

Under the upcoming solicitation, NIDA seeks qualified organizations having capability to analyze and characterize various drugs of abuse including cannabinoids and other research chemicals. Organizations will be able to produce drug dosage forms, such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), methadone, morphine, and naltrexone pellets. Furthermore, they will acquire, develop, and produce marijuana and nicotine research cigarettes of varying strengths and specifications and maintain an inventory and supply of various DEA scheduled and unscheduled chemicals and drugs.

Listed in the specifications:

Manufacture standardized marijuana cigarettes within a range of varying concentrations of delta-9-THC and analyze strength and stability of them at various intervals while having the capability to maintain a secure shipping facility and to ship marijuana cigarettes to research investigators.

Heh - get paid by Uncle Sam for rolling joints... No mention of salary or compensation.

From Breitbart:

Broward’s Brenda Snipes Searches Her Office for Over 2,000 ‘Missing’ Ballots
Embattled Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is personally overseeing the search within her headquarters here for purportedly missing ballots to account for the 2,040-vote discrepancy in the number of votes cast in her county during the Midterm Elections.

The discrepancy came in the difference of total votes registered from the initial machine count and the results from the machine recount numbers reported earlier today.

Ms. Snipes is either the living embodiment of Hanlon's Razor or highly corrupt - either way, she needs to be removed from her office and if the latter,  jailed.

Hanlon's Razor? From InfoGalactic:

Hanlon's razor is the following aphorism"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity". It recommends a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for a phenomenon (a philosophical razor).

A logistic mistake - the caravan

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I would not want them camped out in my back yard either - from Monica Showalter writing at American Thinker:

That one little thing the caravan organizers got caught flatfooted on...
Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the open-borders group that organized the migrant caravan, has had an easy time of it, racking up propaganda victory after propaganda victory as its group snaked through Mexico.

They put the tiny number of women and children in the group up front for the news cameras with the media obliging them to create the perception that the entire group was just women and children fleeing gangs instead of largely military-aged unemployed young men.

They brazenly waved the Honduran, Guatemalan, Mexican and Salvadoran flags in a bid to signal they aren't looking for 'mercy' from the U.S., they consider entering the U.S. a matter of right as nationals of those countries.

They busted down the gates of Mexico's southern border to signal to the world that Mexico's efforts to enforce its own border are utterly useless.

They kept the group together when there were signs it was splitting apart, the better to retain their power of numbers in order to make demands.

They got the Mexican authorities to feed, house, bed, medicate, and escort them throughout their journey to the U.S. border, signalling their clout over that sovereign nation. And it helped that like revolutionaries swimming among fishes, as Mao used to say, they got the Mexican locals to offer aid as well in the hopes that the group would continue on their way away from them.

The list goes on. Arriving in Tijuana, they hopped the border fence and danced around in plain view of U.S. lawmen, daring them to stop them, presumably through opening fire, and then when they didn't, they racked up another propaganda victory by exposing U.S. powerlessness to stop them. After that, they hopped back into Mexico with no consequences.

There's just one thing they didn't calculate for: The rage of Tijuana's locals, whose anger is growing at the prospect of migrants camping out all over their city streets and neighborhoods, bringing crime, garbage, homeless encampments and disorder. Here's a screengrab from KGTV and you can see the whole confrontation at this link here:

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Tijuana is a pretty orderly and prosperous place in Mexico, much more so than Mexico's impoverished south (where Mexico's government cordially invited the migrants to settle), and the prospect of caravan migrants setting up camps for months in TJ as they await to be processed for their fake asylum claims into the U.S, is bringing about the same reaction you'd expect to see from the Rancho Bernardo or La Jolla areas of San Diego, were the thousands of migrants to set up camp there instead.

Heh - sucks to be you Pueblo Sin Fronteras - you spent everyone's money (Paging Mr. George Soros - Mr. Soros to the White Courtesy Phone please) organizing this caravan but you have no exit strategy. Now, the lives and well being of several thousand people are at risk and the ball is in your court.

Back from dinner

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A plate of tacos. Good food for a cold night. They make their own sauces so especially tasty.

Long day today - no geese though

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Had enough stuff down here to take to the condo so loaded up the van and headed North after coffee and post office. Needed to stop at Hardware Sales so that made for an afternoon. Drove South on I-5 and took the HWY 20 exit to drive into Burlington to get some stuff from the welding store. Took the back roads and traffic was really bad - slow. This was around 2:00PM or so.

Turns out, getting off I-5 was a smart move - from Seattle's KOMO News:

6 hurt in massive 23-vehicle pileup near Mt. Vernon
A massive Saturday morning pileup involving nearly two dozen vehicles injured several people and clogged traffic on I-5 near Mount Vernon.

The crash happened near northbound exit 224, just south of the scene of the fatal shooting that occurred earlier Saturday morning.

Trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol said 23 vehicles -- including a semi-truck -- were involved in the crash. The investigation is in its early stages, but it appears a semi carrying 80,000 pounds of gravel was heading southbound when it crossed the median and started the pileup.

Bobby Grace and Peter Franssen were sitting in traffic when they saw a semi heading "way too fast" in the southbound lane.

"It was bumper to bumper traffic, and then all the sudden it was like the semi just flew over the whole median and there was dirt everywhere," Grace said. "So much dirt, it was like a sand storm. It was astonishing. I can't believe it happened."

More at the site - glad I got off the freeway when I did. Anyway, to get back on to I-5 I had to go over an overpass and I saw that traffic was flowing freely in both directions so I got on and drove down a couple of exits to Mt. Vernon and got onto Beaver Marsh Road. I was there at the same time as last Thursday when I saw all the Snow Geese but where there were several hundred birds all flying around, there were only about 20 already settled in for the evening. The light was incredible but there were so few birds, I did not even stop to take a still photo.

Stopped at the library to return a book and request a couple more (reading the Nathaniel Drinkwater series) and now home. Heading out for dinner in a few moments.

Nature did throw me a bone - when I went outside into the back yard, there was the cutest family of three otters playing about 15 feet off the shoreline. They were looking at me and the dogs but went back to getting dinner - there is a fairly large shellfish bed off my back porch. Going to have to keep one of my cameras by the back door for such events.

A gorgeous day on the island

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Woke up to a hard frost on the ground and clear blue skies. Looks like I am on for a wild goose chase later today. We start to get good light around 3:00PM which is when the snow geese start to look for nesting spots for the night. Will be driving up to the Skagit River flats with my video camera - should be fun and a nice break from all the moving.

Heading out for coffee and post office now - a trip to the dump is on for today as well as finishing stacking the firewood and building the stand for my belt grinder.

And it's YouTube

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More posting tomorrow...

About that blue wave

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A couple of stories - first from Zero Hedge:

Gillum's Dramatic Decision To Un-Concede Didn't Work Out As He Expected
Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum may regret his decision to un-concede to his GOP opponent Ron DeSantis, after the final tally netted Gillum just one additional vote

Last week Gillum took his previous concession to DeSantis off the table, announcing "I am replacing my words of concession in an unapologetic call that we count every vote," after DeSantis led by just .41% of the vote, or around 33,600 votes out of more than 8 million votes cast.

"The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount," reports the Sun-Sentinel. The former Tallahassee mayor stopped short of filing a lawsuit to try and force the recount to continue, however despite picking up just one vote - Gillum still hasn't conceded despite what appears to be an insurmountable lead by DeSantis.

And then from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Abrams ends run for governor against Kemp
Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp and planned to launch a voting rights group to file “major” litigation challenging election policies.

As state officials prepare to certify the vote, Abrams acknowledged the law “allows no further viable remedy” to extend her quest to be the nation’s first black female governor. But she laced her speech with biting criticism of Kemp, whom she accused of leveraging his role as the state’s top elections official to suppress voters.

“I will not concede,” she added, “because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”

And this (and Broward County) is just a fraction of the bullshit that they will try in 2020.

Again, the Democrats have nothing to run on so they are forced to cheat. We really need to deny them this. Positive Voter ID - you need to show positive photo ID when buying a beer or an airplane ticket, why should voting be any different.

Back from dinner

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Very clear night - very cold. Down to 39° and dropping. Sure to be hard frost on the ground tomorrow morning. Weather Channel has it down to 33°.

Nice and clear tomorrow for the wild goose chase. Driving up to the farm for a few days tomorrow after filming.

Creepy porn lawyer in the news

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Michael Avenatti is not having a very good couple of months. I wrote about his last couple of problems - domestic violence arrest and several judgments against him for over $4.8 million dollars: Creepy porn lawyer arrested for domestic violence

Now, this little bit from the Los Angeles Times:

Judge affirms order evicting Michael Avenatti’s law practice from office in Newport Beach
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, lost a last-ditch appeal Friday to block the eviction of his law practice from its Newport Beach offices.

In a brief hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Judge Robert J. Moss affirmed his Oct. 22nd order that Avenatti and his staff vacate their ocean-view suite in a building across from the Fashion Island mall. He ordered them to leave by Monday.

Avenatti’s longtime law firm, Eagan Avenatti, skipped $213,254 in rent payments due over four months, leading the landlord, the Irvine Co., to sue for eviction.

After the landlord won the case last month at a one-hour trial that Avenatti skipped, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice at the law office ordering the firm to vacate the premises by 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Avenatti requested a reprieve that won him a delay until Friday’s hearing, which he also did not attend.

He knew the gravity of what was happening and still blew off the two hearings? What a bozo.
Tip of the hat to Don Surber for the link to this wonderful story.

This is my surprised face - The Caravan

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A filmmaker has embedded with the caravan of supposed refugee families and discovered the truth - from Legal Insurrection:

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz: The Caravan is ‘Highly Organized,’ ‘Paid for by a Number of Organizations’
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz traveled to Mexico and mingled inside the caravan headed to America. He revealed his findings to Tucker Carlson (emphasis mine):

“What we do know is this thing cost millions and millions of dollars. The mainstream media, and there are so many layers [of] onions to peel back, it’s hard to know where to begin. One of the lies the fake news if you will, media is trying to propagate is the fact that all this weird organic thing and all the water and the food and medicine, all dropped from … manna from heaven. It’s bologna. It’s all highly organized. It’s paid for by a number of organizations, we don’t know exactly where the money is coming from.”

A bit more:

The Daily Wire provided a transcript (emphasis mine):

“The caravan is a giant group of people that emanated, for the most part, in Honduras and are heading up to the U.S.,” Horowitz explains. “A lot has been said about this caravan, so I decided to go down, check it out for myself, and figure out what is the reality versus the fiction.”

Horowitz took his crew down to the base camp for the caravan in the southern state of Oaxaca, which he describes as “an area of Mexico which is riddled with narco-crime and cursed with extreme poverty.”

“Despite the framing of the caravan as being full of women and children, the reality on the ground is quite different. Approximately 90 to 95% of the migrants are male,” notes Horowitz, over footage of rows and rows of men.

And:

“There’s a massive logistical effort underway, akin to moving an army,” he explains, over footage of all of the manpower and resources required to keep the caravan operational. “And it’s clearly costing someone millions of dollars for transportation, food, water, medicine and services that are being provided for members of the caravan.”

It’s a supply chain that’s being delivered by an army of trucks, which are all necessary to keep this enormous group moving forward,” he continues over video of trucks filled with supplies and transport vehicles crammed with migrant men.

This is classic Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the system and in the ensuing turmoil, try to take it over and install your own apparatchiks. The greasy fingerprints of the deep state are all over this.

Great news from the United Nations

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From Bridget Johnson at PJ Media:

Haley Announces Flip from Longstanding U.S. Abstention on Golan Heights Resolution to 'No'
For the first time, the United States plans to vote "no" today instead of abstaining on an annual United Nations resolution slamming "continued Israeli military occupation" of the Golan Heights.

In past years, the resolution has called upon Israel "to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan and in particular to desist from the establishment of settlements."

It also calls upon Israel "to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and from its repressive measures against the population of the occupied Syrian Golan."

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations cited as the reasons for the change from abstention to "no" the "resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis."

Good - finally showing some backbone. Syria attacked Israel in 1981. The war lasted six days and ended with Israel being spectacularly victorious. They captured the Golan Heights fare and square but the palestinians and their sponsors in Syria are still chafing. They want it back.

Here is one article from 2005 that shows how intelligent the palestinians are - from NBC of 09/13/2005. Israel had just ceeded a bunch of land on the West Bank - giving it to the palestinian leaders for their use:

Looters strip Gaza Greenhouses
Palestinians looted dozens of greenhouses on Tuesday, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.

American Jewish donors had bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza for $14 million last month and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority. Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put up $500,000 of his own cash.

Palestinian police stood by helplessly Tuesday as looters carted off materials from greenhouses in several settlements, and commanders complained they did not have enough manpower to protect the prized assets. In some instances, there was no security and in others, police even joined the looters, witnesses said.

They want their own state? Let's give it to them. Plasma is a state.

Back home - no wild goose chase today

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Woke up to diffuse cloudy sky with a miserable flat light. Not what I want for photography so ran a few errands and did some work around the house.

The clouds burned off about an hour ago with gorgeous warm directional light but it is a bit too late to go shooting geese today - by the time I got up to the Skagit flats, they would already be bedded down for the night - I want to film them swarming around as they settle into their nesting areas.

These conditions were forecast yesterday so I was expecting them - tomorrow is forecast to be clear so will finish stacking the firewood, head up to the flats around 2:00PM or so and then wait for the good light.

Coming up on my new (to me) van's 30K service - I used to own them and drove them a lot when I lived on the East coast. They are very easy to maintain so will be doing this service myself instead of paying the dealership a lot of money. I will have them do the big one at 60K miles but I can do the intermetidate ones for about 1/3rd the cost and it only takes an hour.

Surf for a bit and then out for Mexican.

Heading out for the day

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Coffee and post office and then get some breakfast - planning to finish stacking the firewood and want a little ballast in my belly.

Got some paperwork to do and also do some more work on the stand for my new belt grinder. Got the design figured out so time to start cutting and welding.

Last night's meeting was a good one - tired so went right to bed when I got home.

Our variable sun - global cooling

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I have been saying for a long time that the whole campaign demonizing carbon dioxide and seeking to limit industrial development is a political manouver and not a scientific one. Our climate is naturally variable and to think that us humans can have a significant effect is pure blind hubris. We are simply do not have that big a footprint.

Now it seems that our sun is entering a major period of coolinng off and the effects are becoming very obvious - here are a couple instances:

From NASA's Space Weather:

The Chill of Solar Minimum
The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun’s ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding.

“We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”

And, wonder of wonders, Dr. Mlynczak is talking about actual observed data and not the output of some dodgy computer model:

These results come from the SABER instrument onboard NASA’s TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air 100 to 300 kilometers above our planet’s surface. By measuring the infrared glow of these molecules, SABER can assess the thermal state of gas at the very top of the atmosphere–a layer researchers call “the thermosphere.”

Much more at the site - this is some very well thought out and interesting science.
Next up - from Boston MA station WBZ:

Will The Snowiest Decade Continue?
Despite the snow blitz of 2015, many baby boomers still insist that, overall, we don’t get the harsh bitter cold and deep snowy winters like we did in the good ole days.

Weather records prove that just isn’t the case and despite the ongoing claims that snows are becoming rare and hurting winter sports, this millennium has been a blessing to snow lovers and winter sports enthusiasts.

Just as the Saffir-Simpson and Fujita Scales were devised to categorize hurricanes and tornadoes, the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) was created by Paul Kocin and Louis Uccellini of the National Weather Service to rank high-impact Northeast storms. This scale has 5 categories including extreme, crippling, major, significant and notable. In addition to meteorological measurements, the index uses population information which provides an indication of a storm’s impacts on society. The NESIS scores are a function of the amount of snow, the area affected by the snowstorm and the number of people living in the path of the storm. The aerial distribution of snowfall and population information are combined in an equation that calculates a NESIS score which varies from around one for smaller storms to over 10 for extreme storms.

And here is the NESIS chart. Each bar represents ten years starting at 1958 to present:

20181116-nesis.jpg

Finally, it is not just cold in the Eastern USA - from David Middleton writing at Watts Up With That:

Antarctic temperatures recently plunged close to the theoretically coldest achievable on Earth!
This story was previously discussed here at WUWT… But, why wasn’t this headline news in the Washington Post, New York Times, etc.? Yes… That was a rhetorical question.

Ultralow Surface Temperatures in East Antarctica From Satellite Thermal Infrared Mapping: The Coldest Places on Earth
T. A. Scambos, G. G. Campbell, A. Pope, T. Haran, A. Muto, M. Lazzara, C. H. Reijmer, M. R. van den Broeke
First published: 25 June 2018

[…]

Plain Language Summary
The lowest measured air temperature on Earth is −89.2 °C (−129 F) on 23 July 1983, observed at Vostok Station in Antarctica (Turner et al., 2009, https://doi.org/10.1029/2009JD012104). However, satellite data collected during the Antarctic polar night during 2004–2016 reveal a broad region of the high East Antarctic Plateau above Vostok that regularly reaches snow surface temperatures of −90 °C and below. These occur in shallow topographic depressions near the highest part of the ice sheet, at 3,800 to 4,050‐m elevation. Comparisons with nearby automated weather stations suggest that air temperatures during these events are near −94 ± 4 °C or about −138 F. Ultracold conditions (below −90 °C) occur more frequently when the Antarctic polar vortex is strong. This temperature appears to be about as low as it is possible to reach, even under clear skies and very dry conditions, because heat radiating from the cold clear air is nearly equal to the heat radiating from the bitterly cold snow surface.

The paper in question can be found here: Ultralow Surface Temperatures... Dr. Middleton then goes on to cite two other papers on low temperatures in the Antarctic.

Global cooling is at our doorstep and there is little we can do about it. When I think of the billions of dollars that have been completely wasted on this - money that came out of our wallets and could have been put to better use (electricity and clean water in 3rd world villages for example) it makes me sick.

Time for dinner and a meeting

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