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This is going to hit a vital organ: Trump’s bottom line

On Friday, three well-known charities — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen — announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump’s Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.

The three joined a growing list of nonprofits that have severed ties with the exclusive, Trump-owned resort. Others include the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society.

This is the price you pay for hanging out with Nazis and the KKK. The media had a fit when Hilary Clinton pointed out that many of Trump’s supporters were deplorable, but they had to kill someone before the media believed it.

August 19, 2017   No Comments

Remnant Harvey – Day 3

Remnant HarveyPosition: 14.3N 71.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 22 mph [35 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 135 miles [ 215 km] North of the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia.

At 4PM CDT Harvery has weakened to a tropical depression.

At 10PM CDT Harvey degenerated to a remnant low. This is the final NHC advisory.

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.]

August 19, 2017   No Comments

Tropical Storm Harvey – Day 2

Tropical Storm HarveyPosition: 13.7N 64.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Currently about 345 miles [ 555 km] East-Northeast of Curacao.

At 7AM CDT the center of the storm is between Barbados and the Windward Islands.

At 1PM CDT all watches and warnings were cancelled.

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

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August 18, 2017   No Comments

Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm HarveyPosition: 13.0.0N 57.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Currently about 140 miles [ 230 km] East of Barbados.

The Hurricane Hunter aircraft report that PTC Nine has become Tropical Storm Harvey.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica.

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

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August 17, 2017   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Gert – Day 6

Post-Tropical Cyclone GertPosition: 44.8N 46.0W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 39 mph [63 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Minimum central pressure: 985 mb ↑.

Currently about 860 miles [1390 km] East of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The storm has become post-tropical. This is the final NHC advisory

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

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August 17, 2017   No Comments

Hurricane Gert – Day 5

Hurricane GertPosition: 40.1N 58.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 37 mph [59 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [190 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 967 mb ↓.

Currently about 410 miles [ 665 km] Southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

At 4PM CDT Gert strengthened to a Category 2 storm.

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

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August 16, 2017   No Comments

Protecting Your Brand

Trump values his ‘brand’ highly and charges a lot of money for people to use it on hotels and golf courses. His wife sued a tabloid over an article she felt was damaging her ‘brand’. His daughter was upset by the effect his running for President had on her ‘brand’.

Other people also protect their brands.

Tiki Brand, a small company with less than 100 employees, wanted everyone to know that it didn’t approve of the use of its products in the march on the University of Virginia. They had no problem saying they don’t like Nazis.

Trump’s response has led to the exit from his manufacturing council of Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, who was then attacked on Twitter by Trump. He was followed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. This was followed by the exit of Scott Paul, head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

Go Daddy protected its brand by giving The Daily Stormer [Der Tägliche Stürmer in the original German] 24 hours to find a new host after the sites scurrilous comments about the victim in the terrorist attack in Charlottesville. The article was deemed a violation of terms of service.

The site transferred to Google, but Google not only dumped it, they cancelled its domain registration based on the terms of service for an anonymous registration.

Both Dylann Storm Roof and Thomas Alexander Mair were fond of The Daily Stormer.

Chap behind Godwin’s law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: ‘By all means, compare them to Nazis’

Mike Godwin, creator of Godwin’s law, has rescinded his own rule for those outraged by vile fascists marching the streets of Virginia, USA, at the weekend.

In other words, it’s OK to call these un-American white supremacists exactly what they are: “By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you,” Godwin said on Sunday evening.

Update: Trump reverts to his inner fascist and defends the Nazis again.

August 15, 2017   24 Comments

Hurricane Gert – Day 4

Hurricane GertPosition: 34.8N 70.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [035°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 979 mb ↓.

Currently about 360 miles [ 580 km] West-Northwest of Bermuda.

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

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August 15, 2017   No Comments

Hurricane Gert – Day 3

Hurricane GertPosition: 31.2N 72.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 986 mb ↓.

Currently about 445 miles [ 720 km] West of Bermuda.

At 10PM CDT Gert became the second hurricane of the season.

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

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August 14, 2017   No Comments

Are You Having Fun Yet?

I hope the people who voted for Teump enjoy having all of the vermin in this country come and strut around like they own it.

Charlie Pierce is really bummed out because like most people with more than two working brain cells, he knew things like Charlotteville were going to happen when Trump was elected.

Digby points out that Trump doesn’t really have any reticence when it comes to complaining about people and organizations that annoy him, but he won’t say anything negative about Nazis and other white supremacists. These are people that would have no problem with including the Kushner family in their ‘final solution’, but he has them as advisors in the White House.

I was trying to identify one of the flags at the demonstration and came across the Political Flags of Extremism site, three pages of flags of whackoes from all over the world. Handy resource in the era of Drumpf, the SCROTUS.

August 13, 2017   15 Comments

Tropical Storm Gert – Day 2

Tropical Storm GertPosition: 28.8N 71.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb ↓.

Currently about 485 miles [ 785 km] West-Southwest of Bermuda.

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

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August 13, 2017   No Comments

Tropical Depression Eight

Tropical Depression EightPosition: 25.3N 70.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb.

Currently about 260 miles [ 415 km] Northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas.

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

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August 12, 2017   No Comments

Cognitive Dissonance

Drumpf calls up the governor of Guam to tell him that the threat of being nuked by North Korea could BOOST TOURISM?!. Drumpf also says that he is behind Guam ‘1000%’, although he really meant ‘8000 miles’.

Last night a group of Alt Right/Neo-Nazis dressed in chinos and polo shirts marched on the University of Virginia campus at Charlottesville after dark carrying tiki torches and chanted “Jew will not replaces us” and “Blood and Soil”. In the original German, Blood and Soil [Blut und Boden] was the motto of the Nazi Ministry of Food and Agriculture. It comes from the title of a book advocating eugenics and living in the rural areas. If that is what the marchers were actually advocating they need to do a lot more marching and lift some weights after they switch to jeans, chambray work shirts, and seed or tractor company baseball hats. [They looked like the guys who man booths at trade shows.]

At today’s main event things turned tragic: Charlottesville: One killed amid violence over US far-right rally. A human being was murdered and dozens injured by an individual using a motor vehicle. The act was recorded and there is no chance of it being anything other than an intentional terrorist attack on the people opposing the alt-Right/neo-Nazi/KKK rally.

August 12, 2017   2 Comments

Dealing With Dingbats

Via Charlie Pierce, Drumpf on Putin at his press conference:

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.”

Via Media Matters, Fox News anchor says the the media is showing a double standard by expecting more of Trump than from Kim Jong-Un 😈

I wonder – if I was a North Korean general responsible for the demonstration of force by firing four missiles to land off Guam, I would scheduled it a week or so later to give the ship with the four explosive charges that would indicate success time to reach the area off Guam. Four missiles would be fired from North Korea, and then there would be four explosions in the sea off Guam. The record of North Korean success is not great, and Kim will definitely get upset if the missiles fail.

Wait, you’re saying, won’t intel know that the launch and the explosions are unrelated? “Fake News!” just like the White House…

August 10, 2017   2 Comments