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Fire & Flood

On Thursday a fire took off near Lake Isabella in Kern County, California. Wind and weather conditions frustrated efforts to contain it and the Erskine Fire has burned through 43,460 acres of grass and brush while destroying 150 homes and damaging another 75. An elderly couple died trying to escape the flames. The fire is only 40% contained.

On the other side of the US in West Virginia they are experiencing a 100-year flood event. Three counties, Nicholas, Kanawha and Greenbrier, were approved for Federal disaster assistance on Saturday. More counties may be added after a better assessment of damage. The official death count was 25 on Sunday. West Virginia Public Broadcasting has continuing coverage.

June 26, 2016   No Comments

Damn M$ To The Lowest Level Of The Hell Of Your Choice

I have been locating software to shift operations to my trusty XP box because in their push to make me upgrade my Win 7 laptop, they broke the Update function. I think I’m going to need to restore to my earliest restore point and start updating again. I’m back to May and it isn’t fixed. Their “repair tool” tells me Upgrade is broken, but they can’t fix it.

They probably broke it when they changed their “Upgrade to 10” campaign in May.

June 26, 2016   1 Comment

They Did It

Now all they have to do is figure out how to pay for it, because Scotland will probably split off thanks to this vote.

The BBC has extensive coverage including: “How do I tell the cats?” – the world reacts to #Brexit online. Edward Snowden noted before the count was completed: “No matter the outcome,#Brexit polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be conviced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.” Abe Lincoln put it this way: “You can fool all of the people some of the time; some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

My favorite response was from the Canadian highlighting the British Empire.

Six ways Brexit could hit Americans. Short term a good time for a vacation in Britain, but Brits probably won’t visit the US because the Pound is falling.

The vote is setting off a massacre of the leaders of political parties, as it should. What kind of fool does something like this to themselves?

June 24, 2016   5 Comments

The Clash

Brexit is giving me 1980s flashbacks – Reagan, Thatcher, and The Clash. The British punk rock band had one big hit: Should I Stay or Should I Go. This morning in Britain they are hand counting paper ballots to find the answer concerning the EU.

The last time I looked “Leave” was leading 50.1% to 49.9%, but they had only counted about 4.5 million votes and it is estimated that the winner needs 16.8 million. It will be hours yet.

June 23, 2016   6 Comments

Nice Little Third World Country

The BBC is reporting that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning the US over high poverty:

The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund’s annual assessment of the economy.

The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently.

It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.

The report also cut the country’s growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2% from a previous prediction of 2.4%.

Do the people in the Congress and Executive care that international organizations see the US this way?

June 22, 2016   2 Comments

He’s Baaack!

After looking at the people running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Florida, apparently a whole group of people decided that Marco “No Clue” Rubio who said he hated the job and had one of, if not, the worst attendance record in the Senate, has filed to run again.

On the Democratic side you have Congressmen Patrick Murphy [Blue Dog] and the ever entertaining Alan Grayson with the world’s worst collection of neckties.

It apparently occurred to Rubio that he was going to have to find a job and he panicked.

June 22, 2016   4 Comments

Tropical Depression Danielle – Day 2

Tropical Depression DaniellePosition: 21.2N 97.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 30 miles [ 45 km] West-Northwest of Tuxpan, Mexico.

The center of the storm is coming ashore just North of Tuxpan at 7PM CDT. The warnings have been canceled at 10PM CDT.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 20, 2016   No Comments


Today at 5:34PM [CDT] is the Summer Solstice, technically considered the “first day of Summer”, but the mid Summer by much of Europe.

Many Wiccans celebrate the day as Litha, while computer programmers honor their predecessors, the druids, who build the first solid-state computing devices, the megaliths, like Stonehenge.

The Slavs celebrate St. John’s Night, Иван Купала [Ivan Kupala], the battle between the White god [Белобог – Belobog] and the Black god [Чёрнобог – Chyornobog] for control of the Sun. The Black god always wins and the night begins to expand.

The sound track to the battle is Иванова Ночь на Лысой Горе [Night on Bald Mountain ] by Модест Петрович Мусоргский [Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky], which everyone should play very loudly.

Archæoastronomy tracks all of the important solar events, another of the many things I learned from Andante.

June 20, 2016   6 Comments

Tropical Depression Four

Tropical Depression FourPosition: 20.1N 95.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb.

Currently about 145 miles [ 230 km] East-Southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Laguna Verde to Rio Panuco, Mexico.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 19, 2016   No Comments

It’s Always The Same

Family and neighbors always seem to describe murderers as quiet people, nothing out of the ordinary.

I remember Thomas Mair’s Brother saying he was non-violent and non-political and then he appeared in court:

The man accused of shooting and stabbing British MP Jo Cox to death in a brutal street attack ranted against “traitors” during a brief court appearance on Saturday.

“Death to traitors, freedom for Britain,” 52-year-old Thomas Mair said when asked to give his name in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, the Press Association reported.

To be fair, he did let his subscription to the South African neo-Nazi periodical lapse, but he still had the books he bought from the US neo-Nazis and other Nazi mementos in his house. Then there is the totally illegal firearm and large hunting knife. The facts don’t seem to coincide with non-violence or non-political.

It should also be noted that Mr. Mair did help neighbors weed their gardens when not planning to murder Members of Parliament.

June 18, 2016   4 Comments

Orlando Holding Its Breath

NPR has a piece that covers the atmosphere in Mouse Town: Orlando’s Tourism Industry Hopes To Overcome A Nightmarish Week

This is the beginning of ‘the season’ when the majority of the tourist businesses make their big money and their workers can pay off their credit cards. The only thing left is for PETA to put out a video showing what they claim are SeaWorld employees throwing live kittens and puppies into the shark tank.

There are reports that the Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket the funerals. Now that would be a real shame … if they fell into the shark tank…

June 16, 2016   12 Comments

The Disease Is Spreading

Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack:

An MP has died after she was shot and stabbed in a “horrific” assault in her constituency, police have said.

Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire. A man was arrested nearby.

One eyewitness told the BBC they heard her attacker shout “put Britain first” at least twice beforehand.

This guy shot her three times and then stabbed her as she was on the ground. Other witnesses did not hear the “put Britain first”. Britain is having a referendum on leaving the EU [Brexit] on the 23rd, and Ms Cox has been campaigning to stay in the EU, but the voters will be making decision, not members of Parliament.

The shooter had a white baseball cap and in one photo was wear a camouflage jacket, looking more like he was from Alabama than Yorkshire.

The last time an MP was killed was in 1990.

June 16, 2016   2 Comments

EgyptAir Wreckage Found

The BBC is reporting that EgyptAir crash Wreckage has been found in Mediterranean

Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean last month has been found, Egyptian investigators say.

A statement said “several main locations of the wreckage” had been identified.

A deep sea search vessel had also sent back the first images of the wreckage, the statement added.

There was no indications that they have located the “black boxes”, but that search area has certainly been reduced to a more manageable size.

Update: They have located the voice recorder, and are still looking for the data recorder.

June 15, 2016   2 Comments

Orlando Again!

This time it was the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Disney World Resort, a two-year-old child was killed by an alligator.

Orlando and Orange County are going to have some burned out first responders.

June 15, 2016   No Comments