Aaand it's dinner time

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Heading out to a local about eight miles away for a chicken burger and a couple pints of cider.

Starting to sprinkle - Monday through Thursday are actually looking really good with sunny skies to will be up here then to do more garage sale packing and moving stuff.

The rain let up

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Time to get my ass to work. Clearing stuff out of the barn and loading it into the van for the tool garage sale.

Now this gave me goosebumps

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Looks like I will be watching more than just YouTube videos next year:

Time to take action - President Trump

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Glad to hear this - from Newsmax:

Trump Promises to Rid Justice Dept. of 'Lingering Stench'
President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.

Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri Friday, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor, which was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by The Associated Press.

But Trump lashed out against what he sees as anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department, touting the firings he has orchestrated, unnerving many in federal law enforcement and sparking fears about the future of the special counsel's Russia probe, which Rosenstein oversees.

"You've seen what happened in the FBI and the Department of Justice. The bad ones, they're all gone. They're all gone," Trump said. "But there is a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too."

Reminds me of this quote: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

Lest we forget

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Wishing everbody a happy Hobbit Day

Great news - Iran and President Trump

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Great news from The Jerusalem Post:

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IRAN SANCTIONS WORKING
When President Donald Trump announced in May that he would abandon the Obama-era nuclear pact with Iran and impose new sanctions on the terror-supporting state, the reaction from the Liberal Left was as one might expect—horror. Pronouncements of gloom and doom were prolific. Trump’s move was called “misguided” by Mr. Obama. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J called the action a risk to “US national security, recklessly upending foundational partnerships with key US allies in Europe and gambling with Israel's security.”

Predictions included: Oil prices would rise dramatically and crush the US economy, and/or the allies who continued to support the Iranian regime would maintain trade practices giving Iran a sense of security and entitlement. Its nuclear program would be resurrected (had it ever died), and the entire world would be at risk. (When was it not?)

To the horror of President Trump’s detractors, thus far, none of these dire predictions have come to pass. Instead, like rats leaving a sinking ship, other countries have bailed on the deal with Iran. Oil prices have seen little variation, a sign of the president’s success and one the Democrats in Congress don’t wish to concede.

I ask you: Why in heaven’s name should the United States obsess over providing sanction relief for Iran? It is a Fascist state and Ground Zero for world terror. It funds and fuels the revolution in Syria, the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and Shi’a extremists worldwide.

And one exxample of the effect the sanctions (or threat thereof) are having:

For instance, Iranian oil shipments to South Korea, France, Austria, Japan, Greece and Spain have cut down on oil imports from Iran this year. Another 71 countries have plans to distance themselves from Iran. India had expressed its intention to halt buys from Iran, and has taken one step further—that of blocking payments to Iran for purchases of crude oil. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tightened the screws on Iran with his statement: “Purchases of Iranian crude will go to zero from every country or sanctions will be imposed.”

Never willing to retreat, Iran continues to produce oil and is storing it, not on land, but in tankers in the Persian Gulf just off its coastline. It will continue to be hampered, though, because international purchases are conducted in U.S. dollars which only serve to reinforce President Trump’s sanctions.

All Iran has to do is to denounce terrorism and allow free elections and the sanctions will fade away. Time for the overthrow of a brutal dictatorship.

Now this is interesting - prime numbers

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I am a bit of a numbers nerd and this is a really fascinating development - from Motherboard:

Researchers Discover a Pattern to the Seemingly Random Distribution of Prime Numbers
Often known as “the building blocks of mathematics,” prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians for centuries due to their highly unpredictable and seemingly random nature. However, a team of researchers at Princeton University have recently discovered a strange pattern in the primes’ chaos. Their novel modelling techniques revealed a surprising similarity between primes and certain naturally occurring crystalline materials, a similarity that may carry significant implications for physics and materials science.

What are primes?
Prime numbers are integers (whole numbers) that can only be divided by themselves or the number 1, and they appear along the number line in a highly erratic way.

They begin as 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 and continue to appear intermittently all the way to infinity. However, the further along the number line you go, the more random the distribution of primes appears to be. The lack of any obvious pattern was best summarized by British mathematician R.C. Vaughan: “It is evident that the primes are randomly distributed but, unfortunately, we do not know what ‘random’ means.”

This is going to impact several diciplines as well as making it a lot easier to discover new primes - now we are using a brute force approach. Primes are very useful for cryptography. Link to the oroginal paper is here:  Uncovering multiscale order in the prime numbers via scattering

Another day, another pile of boxes

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Heading out for coffee, a bite to eat and then points north.

More later this evening...

And that is it for me for tonight

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Back from dinner, nothing catches my eye so off to watch some videos.

Heading up to the farm tomorrow to start packing for the garage sales. Looking forward to them - will be fun!

An upcoming project

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Been brushing up on my C++ coding skills and planning a project for the next year. I want to wire the Camano Island house for media and other things (printers, weather station, security cameras, etc...)

Just ran into the openHAB platform - looks really really good! Runs on a lot of platforms - Windows, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and it has support for a whole bunch (ie: 1,400 and counting) of devices. Open source so if yours is not there, write it, upload it and we are now at 1,401.

Three headlines

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Each is a clickable link to the original article:

Rosenstein is our Deputy Attorney General. Since Jeff Sessions missing (in)action, it is Rosenstein that does the job. When he was caught about being a member of the deep state, his handlers spun it as just a joke between friends. A bit of humor. A bagatelle.

When they reference the 25th Amendment they are specifically talking about Section 4

Section 4.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

So if the President has been determined to be off his rocker, the VP takes over. I do not think that the Democrats have thought their actions through - they are having a bad time now? Imagine what they would be dealing with under President Pense. He would rain down righteous fire and brimstone onto their sorry asses. It would be fun to see.

Good - put up or shut up

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And this from The Daily Caller:

KAVANAUGH ACCUSER’S LAWYER CAUGHT ON CAMERA: ‘WE ARE GOING TO RESIST’
Katz is representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s while the two were in high school.

The lawyer has numerous ties to the resistance against Trump, and was caught on camera at a protest in February 2017 after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the administration’s attorney general.

“We are going to fight back,” she told a reporter. “We are going to resist. We will not be silenced.”

Katz was identified only as a “protester” by ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The whole thing is dirty with a side of sour grapes.

Sucks to be you - Dr. Brian Wansink

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From Vox:

A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.
It’s every scientist’s worst nightmare: six papers retracted in a single day, complete with a press release to help the world’s science reporters disseminate and discuss the news.

That’s exactly what happened Wednesday at the journal network JAMA, and to the Cornell researcher Brian Wansink.

Wansink has been the director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab. For years, he has been known as a “world-renowned eating behavior expert.”

On Thursday, Cornell announced that a faculty committee found Wansink “committed academic misconduct,” and that he would retire from the university on June 30, 2019. In the meantime, Wansink “has been removed from all teaching and research,” Cornell University provost Michael Kotlikoff said in a statement. Wansink will spend his remaining time at the university cooperating in an “ongoing review of his prior research.”

Sheesh - JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) is the Mt. Everest of medical journals. A bit more about him:

Even if you’ve never heard of Wansink, you’re probably familiar with his ideas. His studies, cited more than 20,000 times, are about how our environment shapes how we think about food, and what we end up consuming. He’s one of the reasons Big Food companies started offering smaller snack packaging, in 100 calorie portions. He once led the USDA committee on dietary guidelines and influenced public policy. He helped Google and the US Army implement programs to encourage healthy eating.

And some of his "findings"

Thirteen of Wansink’s studies have now been retracted, including the six pulled from JAMA Wednesday. Among them: studies suggesting people who grocery shop hungry buy more calories; that preordering lunch can help you choose healthier food; and that serving people out of large bowls encourage them to serve themselves larger portions.

Quite a lot more at the article - they go into the problems with the papers - specifically p-hacking the statistics to yield results that were what the researcher wanted to find. Another example of this is Dr. Mann's (in)famous "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures. He finally released his math after more than a decade and to nobody's great surprise, you can feed random numbers into his analysis and generate hockey sticks.

Anyway, good riddance to bad science and he did the honorable thing by stepping down.

Quite the find - Galileo Galilei

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From Nature:

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition
It had been hiding in plain sight. The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei first set down his arguments against the church’s doctrine that the Sun orbits the Earth has been discovered in a misdated library catalogue in London. Its unearthing and analysis expose critical new details about the saga that led to the astronomer’s condemnation for heresy in 1633.

The seven-page letter, written to a friend on 21 December 1613 and signed “G.G.”, provides the strongest evidence yet that, at the start of his battle with the religious authorities, Galileo actively engaged in damage control and tried to spread a toned-down version of his claims.

Many copies of the letter were made, and two differing versions exist — one that was sent to the Inquisition in Rome and another with less inflammatory language. But because the original letter was assumed to be lost, it wasn’t clear whether incensed clergymen had doctored the letter to strengthen their case for heresy — something Galileo complained about to friends — or whether Galileo wrote the strong version, then decided to soften his own words.

And the letter's hiding place?

The letter has been in the Royal Society’s possession for at least 250 years, but escaped the notice of historians. It was rediscovered in the library there by Salvatore Ricciardo, a postdoctoral science historian at the University of Bergamo in Italy, who visited on 2 August for a different purpose, and then browsed the online catalogue.

“I thought, ‘I can’t believe that I have discovered the letter that virtually all Galileo scholars thought to be hopelessly lost,’” says Ricciardo. “It seemed even more incredible because the letter was not in an obscure library, but in the Royal Society library.”

Heh - I bet an army of people are fossicking around the library looking for any other letters of note. Interesting to see if anything else like this turns up...

Great story from Willis Eschenbach

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Willis has lived a wonderful life and occasionally posts stories on his blog: Skating Under The Ice Today, he writes about his time in Alaska in the mid-1960's:

Bars In Alaska
My first encounter with a bar in Alaska was when I went there in 1965 at age eighteen to make my fortune … riiight.

Along the way to not making my fortune in Alaska, I got my first job playing with a bar band. Of course, I was too young to drink and it was illegal for me to be in the bar at all, but nobody seemed to care … so why should I?

In Sitka, I got a gig as the rhythm guitarist and lead singer, complete with electric guitar, in a bar band which was usually composed entirely of what used to be called “Indians”. Columbus wanted to believe he’d gotten to India, so he called the locals “Indians”. This led to centuries of confusion, where people had to continually be asking “You mean Indian with a dot or Indian with a feather?” So they decided to change their name. Fair enough.

It’s not politically correct to call them Indians now, I know. These days, I’m a reformed cowboy, so I use a more modern name which reflects their actual heritage. I call them “Early Asian Immigrants”, to distinguish them from the “Later Melanin-Deficient Immigrants”. I don’t generally use the term “Native Americans”, though, unless a man insists on it. According to science, they’re no more native to the Americas than any human is, and that’s not native at all.

A really fun couple of stories.

Well damn - not aliens after all

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From El Paso station KTSM:

Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents
A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.

The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.

An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name is on the warrant.

The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography.

That is downright sick. From what I understand, people incarcerated for child pornography do not do very well among the prison population. Even criminals have a sense for what is right and what is wrong.

Slow walking - delay delay delay

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The Democrats do not have anything on Judge Brett Kavanaugh so they are delaying as long as possible hoping that they can extend the confirmation hearings until after the November mid-terms. If they regain control of congress, they can then sucessfully Bork Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Kavanaugh accuser's offer to testify about alleged sexual assault puts key Republicans in a bind
After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Emphasis mine - she was supposed to testify last Monday - three days ago and now they are trying to delay until next week. What happens there? Also, she carries a grudge, Kavanaugh's Mom ruled against her parents in a legal matter.

She has nothing. The Democrats have nothing. Hence, their only strategy is to obfuscate and delay.

Museum Day - very cool

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Great idea - from The Smithsonian:

Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday
On Saturday, September 22, more than 1,500 museums will open their doors for free as part of Museum Day. Organized by Smithsonian magazine, the annual event includes free admission to museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states. Participating museums range from large, popular institutions like the Zoo Miami to quirky and fascinating specialty museums, like the National Barber Museum in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Visitors are allowed to download one ticket per email address, and each ticket provides free general admission for two people.

Great idea - couple museums in the local area so I might check out one of them.

Great meeting tonight

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They do the procedural stuff first and then a member or visitor will do a 30-45 minute presentation. Tonight's covered stuff I already knew a bit about but really fleshed in some details so I enjoyed it a lot. Had over 40 people there. Finally starting to connect people's names and faces to their on-air call signs.

Doing a hop and a skip around the internet to see if anything happened - probably spend the rest of the evening looking at videos.

Paid some bills, brought the accounts up to date and now heading out for a bite to eat and the ham radio meeting.

More much later if I don't get distracted by YouTube...

And I am back on the island again

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Back to the condo to pick up another load and picked up a very nice check from the people who ran the estate sale - more than I had thought.

Now that the condo is empty, I will be bringing things in from the farm and staging themed garage sales. Brewing (have a fairly large SABCO RIMS system (an older version of their Brew-Magic) and about 30 Cornelius kegs as well as the usual fermentation vessels, incubator for yeast culturing, kegerator and jockey box and a five gallon crab cooker still.

I will also do a tool sale with all my surplus tools and blacksmithing, machining and welding equipment. Using this time to sell my older and unused stuff and will use the proceeds to buy modern equipment - there has been quite the revolution in welding units using solid state circuitry to control the arc. Much lighter and more stable.

Also a technology sale - old camera stuff, optical stuff (lenses, microscopes, etc...) electronics (oscilloscopes, test equipment, computer parts), synthesizer and electronic music - clearing out the old stuff I no longer use or that I have upgraded. I have some gorgeous Tektronix scopes but I also have a great little Rigol that has better bandwidth and talks to a computer.

And finally a culinary sale with the last of the household kitchen plus a food trailer, commercial kitchen wares and various outdoor burners and griddles.

It feels so good to be getting rid of all of this (and the money doesn't hurt either)...

Heading out for coffee

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And the usual - spending today going through old paperwork. Ham radio meeting tonight - thought it was yesterday. Got my internal calander off by one day...

Number three is out - Project Veritas

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From their website:

The Deep State Unmasked: Federal Employee Admits to Breaking Rules Every Day
Project Veritas has released the next in a series of undercover reports which unmask the Deep State. This report features a Government Accountability Office (GAO) employee and self-proclaimed Communist actively engaged in potentially illegal political activity. Natarajan Subramanian is a government auditor for the GAO and a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA).

Metro DC DSA is a socialist group that works to advance progressive issues in the Metropolitan DC area. Subramanian’s political activism may directly violate federal statutes as well as the “Yellow Book” rules which apply specifically to government auditors.

O'Keefe usually has a bunch of these videos in the can before he starts releasing them. It will be fun to see the future ones.

Project Veritas releases a second video

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A couple of days after the first video was released, a second one is out:

Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.”
Project Veritas has released the second installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The first report in this series featured Stuart Karaffa, who admitted to engaging in political activism on behalf of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) while working at the Department of State. The Department of State issued a response to the video stating that they are investigating the matter.

Today’s video features Department of Justice paralegal Allison Hrabar reportedly using government-owned software and computers to push a socialist agenda. Also featured is Jessica Schubel, the former Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last Obama administration.

Both Schubel and Hrabar make admissions revealing that federal employees appear to be using their positions inside our government to resist or slow the Trump administration’s policies. It appears some laws have been broken in the process.

This is big.

From Bloomberg:

FBI, DOJ Plan Redactions Despite Trump’s Document Order
President Donald Trump has demanded the “immediate declassification” of sensitive materials about the Russia investigation, but the agencies responsible are expected to propose redactions that would keep some information secret, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are going through a methodical review and can’t offer a timeline for finishing, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive matter.

This is my surprised face. NOT! The deep state is slow-walking this until the November mid-terms hoping for a Democrat majority in Congress. This whole thing will just fade away if that happens. A bit more - and yes, Crooked Hillary is deep in the middle of it:

Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attacked the FBI and Justice Department for relying partly on a dossier on Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in order to get the warrant on Page. They contend that Justice and FBI officials didn’t fully disclose that Steele was paid in part by Trump’s rival in the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton.

Some people need to spend some serious time in jail - these actions are criminal and corrupt.

Funny thing about retirement.  Spent much of the day at the Condo boxing up the penultimate load of my Mom and Dad's papers. One more file cabinet to go. Sorting them on the island - have a bay window with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Keeps me in a nice head-space when dealing with the mounds of paper.

Got all sorts of mundane stuff from 1960's on up and nestled in them are the occasional letter from someone famous or cool photo or $100 bill so I need to be methodical.

Got some good tunes playing, a nice view to look at and taking my time. Start putting some of this on eBay next.

And that is it for the night

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YouTube and bed. Took a couple Benedril to cut the itching from the skin infection so feeling nice and drowsy.

Now that the back-story came out, the accuser of Judge Kavanaugh is back-pedaling as fast as she can. Two headlines with links:

I really hope that DiFi's little bit of theater at the confirmation hearing blows up in her face at the mid-terms.

On the island for a few days

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Brought down another load of Mom's papers to go through. The Estate Sale went really well with about 95% of the items selling. No word on the final tally but looking forward to a nice fat check in a few days.

The staph infection came roaring back two days ago - spend this afternoon at the walk-in clinic for another course of antibiotics. Stronger and longer this time. Been dealing with this since the end of July and this is just going on too long.

See what the internet faeries have to offer tonight...

Back at the farm

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Pouring down rain - excellent as it has been incredibly dry this summer but lousy as I was planning to work loading up the van with stuff for the garage sale. Oh well - I have a rain coat and pants, just don't like it.

grumble...

Aaaand it is off to the Tube of You...

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That is it for tonight - tired and busy day tomorrow

Quite the back-story in fact - a case of sour grapes. From MEDIAite:

Brett Kavanaugh’s Mother Presided Over Foreclosure Case Involving Accuser’s Parents
The woman behind the letter accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, has naturally been herself the subject of much news since her name was made public on Sunday. Among reports coming out, Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham tweeted a story a short time ago that says Ford’s parents were defendants in a case that was presided over by Brett Kavanaugh’s mother, of whom he has spoken at length during confirmation hearings.

Judge Martha G. Kavanaugh was the judge for a foreclosure case in 1996 in Maryland, according to the site, which contains mostly embedded tweets from a single Twitter user but also two screenshots from Maryland’s case search site.

Those shots outline a case involving Ralph and Paula Blasey, Christine Ford’s parents, that was presided over by Judge Kavanaugh.

Ingraham tweeted the story on Monday without follow-up. The suggestion of promotion this story, of course, is that recent allegations of sexual misconduct may be some sort of revenge play by Dr. Ford. There is no evidence yet that the past foreclosure decision had any impact on allegations, but we can be certain to hear more about it in the coming days.

Emphasis mine - indeed... Sour grapes writ large. Potential case of libel in the offing...

Spending a day or two at the farm

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Boxing stuff up and loading the van - getting ready for a trip to the island. The Ham Radio group has a meeting this Wednesday so planning to be there for that.

More spew this evening - heading into Bellingham.

The internet is empty

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Just the usual rhetoric and fake news. Time for some videos - see if anyone posted any more content.

At the farm for the evening

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Driving into Bellingham to clean up with the estate sale people (it went really well) and then spending the next few days up here boxing stuff up to take to the island. The new (to me) van drives like a... truck but it is solid, in great shape and will serve me well for this move.

Surf for a bit and then to bed. Been driving a lot these last couple of months - 15K miles - it all adds up.

On the road today

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Usual routine - coffee, post office, dump, the condo to check on the remains of the Estate Sale and then to Maple Falls for a few days. More boxing and maybe a few runs down to Camano with the new van.

Lest we forget - Typhoon Mangkhut

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Hurricane Florence is not the only big storm on our planet. Typhoon Mangkhut is dealing devastation to the Philippines and China. Three headlines with links:

Prayers going out to these poor people. The casinos will be fine - they were built to withstand this sort of weather. The people who make their living on the water - fishing, transport - not so much. Rebuilding will take a long time. President Trump's fault of course...

And we still do not know - solar telescope

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I first posted about its mysterious closing on the 12th of this month. Science is reporting yesterday that they still do not know what prompted the closing:

Remote solar observatory remains closed after mysterious evacuation
Nobody is quite sure what’s going on at the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, which was quickly and mysteriously evacuated on 6 September amid reports of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe, and has remained closed. The manager of the mountaintop site, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), today released a statement saying the observatory “will remain closed until further notice due to an ongoing security concern.”

In the wake of the shutdown, Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News: “The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.” Facility employees are similarly in the dark. “We have absolutely no idea what is going on,” says Alisdair Davey, a data center scientist at the National Solar Observatory (NSO). “As in truly nothing, which in itself is just weird.” Messages left with the FBI field office in Albuquerque were not returned.

The writer concludes with this:

While the actual nature of the security issue remains unresolved, the tight-lipped nature of the authorities is only driving more interest. “The mystery is more intriguing than what the ultimate explanation is likely to be,” Aftergood says.

True that!

With all the money they are throwing at their homeless issue and their crumblinng infrastructure, it is nice to see that California has enough cash on hand to do something like this - from the Los Angeles Times:

'We’re launching our own damn satellite' — Gov. Jerry Brown says California will go to space to fight climate change
Gov. Moonbeam is finally sending California into space.

Jerry Brown closed his climate summit in San Francisco on Friday with a dramatic announcement: California will launch its own satellite into orbit to track and monitor the formation of pollutants that cause climate change.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” Brown said in prepared remarks. “This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint — and stop — destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.”

Emphasis mine - that sounds a little too ominous for my liking. Pinpoint and stop? Shades of Orwell.

Hurricane Florence - fake news

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Two great examples of fake news on the Hurricane Florence reporting. From Anthony Watts

First:

Hilarious! @weatherchannel reporter fakes intensity of #HurricaneFlorence wind – gets caught
You can’t make this stuff up. The Weather Channel typically sends a reporter to hurricane landfalls to file live reports. Hurricane Florence is no exception. However, in this case although it appears in the video the reporter can barely stand up in the wind, but when the camera zooms out, his fakery is revealed.

Funny video - the reporter is standing, leaning to one side braced with all his strength and in the background, two guys are talking a pleasent stroll unaffected by the wind. Scroll down for the second video - much better quality

And Second:

Another #fakenews video @CNN Anderson Cooper hypes #HurricaneFlorence flooding – meanwhile firefighters spoof TV news
Yesterday we reported on the hilarious antics of Mike Seidel of The Weather Channel in his performance trying to stand up in wind while others strolled casually by in the background. That video has gone viral. Here’s another example of how media tries to make the storm look worse than it actually was.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper was reporting live on the scene on a flooded road. And for effect, he stands in a ditch at the side of the road, about 3 feet lower.

A couple of still photos taken from a different perspective shows what they were doing. Be sure to scroll down to watch the firefighter video - they had a lot of fun with this...

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