Great news from Baton Rouge station WBRZ:

Louisiana bars banks from $600M deal because of gun policies
Louisiana officials have blocked two of the nation's largest banks from involvement in a $600 million road financing plan because they have policies restricting gun sales by their commercial customers.

In a narrow 7-6 vote, the State Bond Commission refused to allow Citigroup and Bank of America to participate in the interstate highway financing work.

The effort to ban the banking giants from the road deal was led by Attorney General Jeff Landry and Treasurer John Schroder and opposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration.

Those pushing to exclude Bank of America and Citigroup from the financial work said by enacting firearm restriction policies for their corporate customers, the banks were violating Second Amendment rights.

Good - stand up to the bullies and they will back down. Very glad that I am not banking with either of these banks. Switched to a local credit union back in 2008 when the corporate meltdown happened and have been happy ever since.

Art show

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Just wow!  This area is not only beautiful, it has attracted a lot of amazing artists who live here and use the natural beauty as inspiration for their work. There are two artists associations: Camano Arts Association and the Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild. I had lived in Seattle for a number of years and became familiar with a lot of the local artists work - the stuff I saw today is of the same quality. Really wonderful.

Looking forward to becoming a member of this community.

Off for the day

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Coffee, post office, get some breakfast and then two art shows. Back to the farm tonight.

Another week of packing up stuff and shedding the hoard.

Interesting times - North Korea

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Looks like President Trump's work is coming to fruition - from FOX News:

China's Xi to make first official visit to Pyongyang for North Korea's 70th anniversary
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit North Korea next month, accepting Kim Jong Un's invitation to attend the country's 70th anniversary of its founding, a report said Friday.

Xi's visit to Pyongyang would be his first to the North Korean capital since 2012 when he took power, Reuters reported, citing Singapore's Straits Times.

Baby steps for sure but there is so much to overcome and these steps are very much in the right direction. Chalk another win up for President Trump - this is not a matter of the right time, this is a matter of the right leadership. A great leader does not need to be a popular one.

And that is it for the night

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Feeling a little sleepy so spending some time on YouTube and then to bed.

Two large art shows in Stanwood tomorrow so will visit those and then head back to the farm. I have given myself the deadline of December 31st to have it all cleared out. That is 136 days so should be a fairly easy target to hit. Do some needed maintenence on the property January through March and then put it on the market.

Anyone wanna buy a farm?

Good catch - from Zero Hedge:

Mexico Seizes Record 50 Tons Of Meth From Superlab
After locating a massive drug laboratory near the town of Alcoyonqui, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, personnel of the Secretariat of the Navy seized 50 tons of methamphetamine, allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel, in the most significant drug bust of this kind in the history of Mexico.

According to Sin Embargo News, the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) said the synthetic drug was discovered in a rustic laboratory and two separate underground bunkers. The military operation, which began on Thursday evening, involved roughly 50 troops. It was only until Friday morning was the size of the cache realized.

A military source said the camp, of about 500 square meters, was operated by the Sinaloa Cartel. The laboratories were divided into four sections for the preparation of chemical precursor or base, rest, reactors, and cooling. Within the rural compound, there was a building for at least 30 people, but military personnel did not find anyone during the operation.

Emphasis mine - someone in the military leaked news of the raid. SImple as that. A bit more:

The meth superlab in Mexico is very disturbing because ultimately it will end up in America’s inner cities and rural towns. The Centers for Disease Control estimates drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System has just reached a record of 71,568 Americans in 2017.

That is a 6.6 percent jump in overdose deaths over 2016 and represents a rapid deterioration of America’s inner core: The middle class.

Not just opioids. We need a wall now. This lab is gone but the chemists and suppliers are still out there and they are building a newer and bigger and better lab right now.

A couple of photos from today

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Meeting the local amateur radio operators and they are universally turning out to be a well educated fun group of people. Today's potluck picnic was no exception. Here are some photos of the event:


The event sprawled out over a fairly large area - probably about 50 people there.


Lots of food - people brought their choice of protein to grill and also a side dish. I brought a good potato salad which Costco has started carrying recently and some hot dogs for me and whomever wanted any too.


There were a lot of radios in operation here - the guy on the right was setting up a digital station with a Linux netbook and a handheld walkie-talkie and the woman on the left was using a standard 2 Meter handheld to reach out to the island repeater.


The venue was a really nice small park on the south end of the island. Little stage for music and movies. Great store and deli next door.


Here is the pond - it is a natural spring and has been stocked with fish. It has also been a popular place for pet goldfish when the owner gets 'tired' of them. Aparently some of them are quite large.

All in all, a delightful summer day spent with good people.

Getting late - time for YouTube

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Heading over there for a while... Long but fun day tomorrow.

Another goblin meets his maker - a real charmer. From FOX News:

North Carolina kids fatally shoot man abusing their mother, police say
Two North Carolina children got ahold of a gun and fatally shot a man police said was assaulting and strangling their mother.

During the attack, Steven Kelley, 46, said he was going to cut the throat of Chandra Nierman, his girlfriend, and kill everyone in the home, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police said Nierman’s 12-year-old son obtained a gun, and her 15-year-old daughter used it to shoot Kelley in the chest twice.

Nierman’s 16-year-old daughter was injured in the shooting after a bullet grazed her leg. She’s since been released from the hospital, according to police. Nierman also “suffered significant bruises and contusions from the assault,” police said.

Sounds like the guy was a wonderful upstanding citizen:

Kelley was a convicted felon who had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from women in Indiana and Ohio, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

He also assaulted Nierman just days before his death, police said. Then, investigators said, he fired a gun inside the house multiple times “to threaten and terrorize Nierman.”

Police said they found multiple guns in the house and on Kelley’s body that belonged to him.

Authorities have said that no charges will be filed against the children as the shooting is considered “justified.”

Great news. Being a convicted felon meant that he was not allowed to posess guns of any kind. The Mom was a bit off  for dating this guy in the first place but it is good that the daughter stepped in to protect her.

Back home - busy day

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See what the internet faeries bring to me. Had a bite to eat at a local restaurant. The island amateur radio group is having an annual summer picnic tomorrow so heading out for that. Really liking this club - they are doing a lot of interesting stuff and some great people.

Got the bills in the mail and did some filing - fun stuff but now my desk is (relatively) clear.

Out for coffee and home to pay bills

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At the island today - had a great ham radio meeting last night and they are doing a picnic Saturday so staying here for that.

Paying some bills today plus running a couple of errands - maybe mow the lawn. Domestic bliss...

Never try to out-negotiate President Trump. From Breitbart:

China Buckles, Sends Trade Delegation to Washington to Seek End of Trade War
China and the U.S. are set to resume trade talks for the first time since June.

A meeting between the two countries, which would be between lower-level officials than earlier talks, would mark a breach in the standoff that has arisen since talks broke down in the spring. U.S. officials have repeatedly said they were open to new talks but insisted that China had walked away rather than offer serious reform.

It still is not clear if China’s delegation will carry with it a reform offer serious enough to stave off the Trump administration’s threat of former tariffs. The U.S. side will be lead by Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass.

Game Set Match in two months? Sounds like a win to me.

Great news from ABC News:

FDA approves first generic EpiPen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions.

The approval is part of the FDA's "longstanding commitment" to providing access to low-cost generic alternatives, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

"This approval means patients living with severe allergies who require constant access to life-saving epinephrine should have a lower-cost option, as well as another approved product to help protect against potential drug shortages," the commissioner said.

It is unclear how much the generic product -- manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals -- will cost. In August 2016, Mylan Pharmaceuticals was criticized for raising the price of a two-pack of EpiPens to $600.

The price of two EpiPens was about $100 in 2009. The brand name version is by far the most popular epinephrine auto-injector on the market.

It will be interesting to follow Mylan's stock prices in the next day or two. A 50ml bottle of Veterinary Epinephrine sells for $24. A standard adult EpiPen dispenses 0.3ml so your $24 will buy about  166 doses at just under 15¢ per dose. The Veterinary grades are just as good as human doses. Someone with a prized racehorse or bull is not going to be putting crap into their animal.

The deep state has a "firewall"

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And we just found out about it. From investigative reporter Sara Carter:

EXCLUSIVE: New Texts Reveal Steele Anxious Over Comey Testimony, Hopes “Firewalls Will Hold”
In March, 2017, two days before former FBI Director James Comey testified to lawmakers that the bureau had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign, former British spy Christopher Steele sent an urgent message to Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr hoping that “important firewalls will hold” when Comey testified.

The text message from Steele, who compiled the infamous unverified dossier on Trump, was sent on March 18, 2017, to Ohr and obtained by from a government source, familiar with the ongoing investigation.

Ohr was demoted twice by the Department of Justice for not disclosing that his wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the now-embattled research firm which paid Steele for the documents. Ohr has been deposed for questioning by the House Judiciary Committee and is expected to speak to lawmakers behind closed doors on Aug. 28.

Sara quotes the texts and explains who's who. This is something that needs to be reported on a wide basis. I think the weeks leading up to the midterms are going to see all hell breaking loose on all the right people.

RIP - Aretha Franklin

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What a voice. From her hometown newspaper - The Detroit Free Press:

Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Detroit star transformed American music
Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, has died, her niece, Sabrina Owens, confirmed to the Free Press. She was 76.

She died at 9:50 a.m. surrounded by family at her home in Detroit.

A family statement released by her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillip of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."

Always loved that restaurant scene from Blues Brothers:

Great cameos of Matt 'Guitar' Murphy as the husband and saxophone solo by Blue Lou Marini

And I got nothing

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Nothing catches my eye on the internet. Communist John Brennan got his security clearence yanked - great news. Another deep-state flunky looses his position.

Not just me - the smoke

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I knew that the smoke last year was really bad and I was thinking that this year was even worse. Turns out I am right. From Cliff Mass:

Seattle's Worst 24h Air Quality on Record
Air quality in western Washington is very poor right now.

Incredibly, in central Puget Sound it is probably the worst in the nearly two-decade observing record of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for any time of the year.

I have been here a long time and I have never seen anything this bad.

Very pervasive. It will be good when our government starts managing our wildlands properly.

And I'm back again

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Busy day with a couple more in the pipeline. Heading to the island tomorrow - meeting at 7:00PM and then back to the farm.

Surf for a bit...

Out the door

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Not much posting today - heading to the condo to do more sorting.

More spew later this evening.

And that is it for the night

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Nothing really catches my eye - head over to YouTube for a bit and then to bed. Long day tomorrow too.

Photographer Oleg Volk was visiting Europe recently and did an interesting photo essay of the homes and office there. He comes to a conclusion that is totally logical.

Because of all of the photos, I am not going to excerpt but just go here and read - worth your while: 

How safe is your area?
A simple visual indicator of crime levels.

Back home - long day

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Moving is a stone bi*ch - couple that to my deciding to use this time to finally clear out my parent's things, I am busier than I can remember. Lots of driving too.

At least I am now settled in at the farm and have a bottle of good red wine in front of me - that and whatever the internet pixies bring in for me.

Away from the computer for the day

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Working at the condo getting ready for the estate sale. Back to the farm sometime around 8PM or so.

Needless to say, minimal posting.

From John Lott writing at FOX News:

Here's the real reason Democrats are so scared about Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court
Democrats are getting hysterical about the prospect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh being seated on the Supreme Court. Most of their hyperventilating is nonsense.

In a desperate attempt to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate, the Democrats are making wild claims that abortion would be banned, people would be dying in the streets, and the president would gain immunity from investigation and prosecution if Kavanaugh joins the nation’s highest court.

Time for a reality check. Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the facts about the judge who President Trump has nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

And the reason:

The Democrats fear the fact that Kavanaugh is very smart, very articulate and very persuasive. So while he isn’t going to roll back liberals past victories, it means that he will prevent their future ones by being able to convince other justices at times to come around to his viewpoint and side with him on some decisions.

And judges who can write powerfully worded decisions – as Kavanaugh has proven he can – are more likely to be cited in other judges’ decisions, which grants them even wider influence.

As a result, Kavanaugh would pose a threat to Democrats who believe the Constitution can be twisted like a pretzel to justify their belief in Big Government, with a heavy regulatory hand reigning supreme over individual constitutional rights.

Consequently, Democratic will do whatever they can to keep Kavanaugh off the high court.

Much more at the article - John has a lot of backup for his thesis.

Are they really that stupid?

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From Gallup:

Democrats More Positive About Socialism Than Capitalism
 For the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year -- lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.

And the numbers:


Sickening - do they not read their history?

This could be a Nobel and fame and fortune if it is real and reproducible - from Cornell University:

Evidence for Superconductivity at Ambient Temperature and Pressure in Nanostructures
Despite being a low temperature phenomenon till date, superconductivity has found numerous applications in diverse fields of medicine, science and engineering. The great scientific interest in the phenomenon as well as its practical utility has motivated extensive efforts to discover and understand new superconductors. We report the observation of superconductivity at ambient temperature and pressure conditions in films and pellets of a nanostructured material that is composed of silver particles embedded into a gold matrix.

Ho. Li. Crap. If this pans out, a lot of things will be changed.

Senator Fauxcahontas - racist

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From the Worcester, MA Telegram:

Police chiefs, headed by Dudley’s Wojnar, blast Sen. Warren for remark on ‘racist’ criminal-justice system
Police chiefs in Massachusetts have responded angrily to a remark by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the American criminal justice system is “racist ... front to back.”

Ms. Warren, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, was speaking before an audience at historically black Dillard University in New Orleans Aug. 3 when she delivered what she called “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist ... I mean, front to back.”

Ms. Warren cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete.

The Massachusetts senator’s remarks drew a strongly worded response from the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Dudley Police Chief Steven J. Wojnar.

“Labeling the entire criminal justice profession as ‘racist’ spreads false and damaging information about our members,” Chief Wojnar wrote in an Aug. 7 letter to Ms. Warren.

“When our elected officials make generalized and inflammatory statements about our entire profession, without any information to back their position, it creates further hostility toward our officers and can damage the positive relationships with our residents that we have worked long and hard to establish,” the chief continues.

This is not to say that there is not racist police officers but they are a huge minority. Senator Warren addressed the entire criminal justice system  and not individual members. She is practicing Identity Politics and is pandering to her ideological base.

Speaking truth to power - Russia

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Judge Jeanine Pirro is spot on:

Gun control in the news

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Just perfect. From The Federalist:

Former Gun Control Candidate Charged With Shooting Her Campaign Treasurer
Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgia’s 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. The allegations of murder follow Collins’ advocacy for “responsible” gun control laws during her campaign. WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation “to protect the community.”

Police found Cain’s body in Collins’s apartment with a gunshot wound. Cain did not come in to work last Tuesday, prompting deputies to check in on him. Police estimated that he was dead for roughly a week.

Collins turned herself in to police on Saturday, shortly after the body was found. The two were reportedly living together and may have been married.

Again, it is the person - not the gun.

Our quiet sun - sunspots

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Sunspots make for a good proxy of solar output. They are visible with modest equipment and the more active the sun is, the more sunspots dod its surface. Here is the data from the last couple of years - the number of days are days without any visible sunspots:

2018 total: 131 days (58%)
2017 total: 104 days (28%)
2016 total: 32 days (9%)
2015 total: 0 days (0%)
2014 total: 1 day (<1%)
2013 total: 0 days (0%)
2012 total: 0 days (0%)

We are heading into a period of global cooling. This last happened during the Maunder Minimum (1645 to 1715) - sunspots were exceedingly rare at that time too. Lots more information at the Maunder Minimum link.

The conditions in Puerto Rico

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They are still in horrible condition ten months after Hurricane Maria - the problem is corruption, not the supply chain. From The New York Times:

Containers of Hurricane Donations Found Rotting in Puerto Rico Parking Lot
At least 10 trailers full of food, water and baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Maria were left to rot at a state elections office in Puerto Rico, where they broke open and became infested by rats.

Radio Isla, a local radio station, posted a video Friday showing cases of beans, water, Tylenol and other goods covered in rat and lizard droppings.

The Puerto Rico elections commission offices had been used as a collection center for goods donated from around the country for victims of the devastating hurricane that struck the island last year. For weeks, hurricane survivors lacked running water and electricity. Widespread power failures and a severe diesel shortage kept stores, restaurants and banks closed, making it difficult for people to purchase groceries.

This is just one example. You get the officials that you elect - they need a President Trump of their own. I have been there a couple of times - gorgeous country and really nice people.

Finally - Strzok is fired

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Took them long enough - from FOX News:

FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed
FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired.

Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility to remove him.

President Trump responded with this tweet:

Strzok is guilty of several felonies - when will he be arrested?

Another day, another 2¢

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At the farm for the next couple of days. Heading out for coffee, the store and back to pack.

I hate moving. I love the new place but...

Whole lotta shakin' going on - Alaska

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Big cluster of small earthquakes in Northeast Alaska today - from the U.S. Geological Service:


This looks interesting - Air Help

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From their website:

Claim compensation for your flight delay or cancellation
Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to as much as $700 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, canceled or overbooked within the last three years.

They take 25% of whatever compensation you receive and you do not have to lift a finger.

The state is going into debt to counter a theory. From Santa Barbara, CA station KEYT:

California first to sign Green Bond Pledge to fight climate change
California finance officials are taking greener steps to battle climate change blamed by many for the state's chronic, devastating wildfires.

California is the first state to sign the Green Bond Pledge that creates a bond market to finance eco-friendly, carbon-free infrastructure improvement projects.

California is facing an estimated $400 billion funding gap over the next 10 years for infrastructure improvements.

The Green Bond Market is seen as a financing tool for alternative, carbon-free and environmentally friendly infrastructure and capital improvement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

"We know that our wildfires are becoming faster, they're becoming more intense", said California Treasurer John Chiang who signed the Green Bond Pledge on Tuesday, "we need to make sure we come up with the proper financing to build infrastructure so that Californians can protect themselves."

$400 billion funding gap and they want to shuttle this money to "green" causes? How about paving the roads - driven on I-5 recently? I did a few years ago and it is one big pothole.

The wildfires are not becoming faster - they are a direct result of poor management. Management by sound-bite and not management by science. Here is a great video on the problem:

Nothing like sticking it to the taxpayer while funding something that has no real effect - it only sounds good on television. There is great evidence that we are heading into a period of cooling similar to the little ice age or Maunder Minimum.

Now this is interesting - corn

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From The Atlantic:

The Wonder Plant That Could Slash Fertilizer Use
For thousands of years, people from Sierra Mixe, a mountainous region in southern Mexico, have been cultivating an unusual variety of giant corn. They grow the crop on soils that are poor in nitrogen—an essential nutrient—and they barely use any additional fertilizer. And yet, their corn towers over conventional varieties, reaching heights of more than 16 feet.

A team of researchers led by Alan Bennett from UC Davis has shown that the secret of the corn’s success lies in its aerial roots—necklaces of finger-sized, rhubarb-red tubes that encircle the stem. These roots drip with a thick, clear, glistening mucus that’s loaded with bacteria. Thanks to these microbes, the corn can fertilize itself by pulling nitrogen directly from the surrounding air.

The Sierra Mixe corn takes eight months to mature—too long to make it commercially useful. But if its remarkable ability could be bred into conventional corn, which matures in just three months, it would be an agricultural game changer.

What a wonderful example of mutualism - the bacteria get their own little environment and the corn plant gets its nitrogen. They did this ethically too - nice touch:

Crucially, the Davis team involved the Sierra Mixe community throughout their research. They also established legal agreements with the Mexican government to ensure that any benefits from their research—and its subsequent commercialization—would be shared with the community, under the auspices of the Nagoya Protocol, an international framework intended to thwart bio-piracy. Alejandra Barrios, the director of biosafety and biodiversity at Mexico’s environmental agency, repeatedly praised the approach on Twitter, calling it “great work” and a “win-win solution.”

This discovery has wide-ranging inmplications for other crops as well. Nitrogen is a key element for plant growth (along with CO2)

A bit of a haircut - President Trump

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Every little bit helps - from Market Watch:

Trump proposes clawing back $15 billion in federal spending in single-largest ‘rescission’ package
President Trump will propose cutting $15.4 billion in federal spending on Tuesday, relying on a rarely used executive budget power to ease deficit concerns raised by conservative Republicans.

And a bit more:

Describing the proposed cuts as the single-largest so-called rescission proposal in U.S. history, a White House official said more than 30 programs would be cut overall if Congress approves the measure. The cuts also include a $4 billion reduction in a loan program intended to improve vehicle technology that officials said has not been used since 2011.

And the proposal recommends clawing back $107 million from a “technical assistance” fund in the Hurricane Sandy recovery package approved by Congress in 2013, more than $250 million in unspent money from the Ebola virus outbreak and unspent funds for Medicare and Medicaid pilot programs in the Affordable Care Act.

As usual, the liberals are whining that their rice bowls are being taken away:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, indicated in a statement Monday night that her party would push back. “These Republican rescissions show the hypocrisy of a GOP Congress that insists on tight budgets for children and families while handing enormous, unpaid-for giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest,” Pelosi said.

The people served by these organizations are still going to get help. What this rescission does is to cut back on the administrative side of these bureaucracies. Make them accountable and efficient. People like Pelosi want bloat - this allows them to have more power and to give more people government jobs.

A bit of rain

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Near Camano Island the valleys are very broad and flat. We got about a half of an inch of rain this afternoon (and some thunder and lightning too!) - this precipitation is reflected in the flow of the Stillaguamish River:


This was the gauge near Arlington, WA will a good ten miles before the river reaches the ocean. I will take a look tomorrow at the Stanwood data to see what it shows.

A shift in popular culture - the Media

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Seems like all aspects of media are going through some rough changes. From The New York Post:

The September Issue is dead
In years gone by, the September issue was the Super Bowl of fashion magazines.

Fat with ads and glossy shoots cherry-picking the best looks of fall — the most important season in the fashion calendar — the annual issue heralded the pinnacle of a magazine’s influence and success.

Days before the issue hit newsstands, usually in early August, executives from Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour and W would brag about the thickness of their telephone book-sized glossies. They’d boast of the “thud” the issues made when dropped on a coffee table. The louder the thud, the more powerful the magazine.

Now that thud is more of a whimper.

“The September issue means nothing anymore,” said Sam Shahid, founder of branding, advertising and design agency Shahid & Company. “You used to hold that magazine in your hand. It takes you to a place — that’s what a magazine used to do. Now they are all doing the same thing. There’s no imagination there. It’s just pure product, it’s pleasing the advertiser.”

Looks like print media is on the way out. These things are often cycles so who knows, it may come back to life in another 20 years or so. Hey - check out this new thing. It's called Paper!

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