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Turning The Corner

We have indeed turned the corner on COVID-19. It happened in late August or early September. Unfortunately Trump, “De Mentis” of Florida, “Noclue” of South Dakota et al. didn’t ask for directions and turned the wrong way. With mask and social distancing requirements imposed by major retailers and sane government officials, we had been on a downward slope until that point.

You may remember the demand to open schools, and threats to funding if there weren’t in-person classes. Schools are the nations daycare centers for low-paid workers getting back to work. Colleges and universities apparently needed to open to provide live sports TV on Saturday. This resulted in the increase in the spread of cases that every infectious disease expert predicted, following the jump start in the upper Mid West caused by the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. As was commonly said by my elders when I was growing up- “You can buy them books, but they’ll just eat the covers and use the rest for toilet paper.” (Most people waited until after they had read the book before using the pages for toilet paper to the time of COVID.)

October 25, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Zeta – Day 2

Tropical Storm ZetaPosition: 18.1N 83.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb.

Currently about 260 miles [ 420 km] Southeast of Cozumel.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

The storm is wobbling with no specific direction as it gets stronger.

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

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October 25, 2020   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Epsilon – Day 7

Post-Tropical Cyclone EpsilonPosition: 48.6N 38.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 46 mph [74 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 450 miles [720 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb ↑.

Currently about 675 miles [1090 km] East-Northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

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

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October 25, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight

Tropical Depression Twenty-EightPosition: 18.9N 83.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↓.

Currently about 240 miles [ 380 km] South-Southeast of the western tip of Cuba.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel.

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

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October 24, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 6

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 41.3N 56.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 24 mph [39 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 380 miles [610 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 960 mb ↑.

Currently about 400 miles [ 645 km] South-Southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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

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October 24, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 5

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 36.5N 62.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [355°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 355 miles [575 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↑.

Currently about 330 miles [ 530 km] North-Northeast of Bermuda.

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

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October 23, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 4

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 32.6N 61.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 240 miles [390 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb.

Currently about 190 miles [ 300 km] East of Bermuda.

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

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October 22, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 3

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 29.6N 60.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph [185 kph].
Wind Gusts: 125 mph [200 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 345 miles [555 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 953 mb ↑.

Currently about 310 miles [ 500 km] Southeast of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

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

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October 21, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 2

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 28.5N 56.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [310°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 345 miles [555 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 987 mb ↓.

Currently about 545 miles [ 875 km] East-Southeast of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

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

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October 20, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Epsilon

Tropical Storm EpsilonPosition: 25.3N 55.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb.

Currently about 750 miles [1210 km] Southeast of Bermuda.

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

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October 19, 2020   No Comments

Do The Research Before You Write

Michael Tomasky wrote an article in the New York Times telling Democrats how to deal with Republicans. I was featured by Mustang Bobby and Athenae. Tomasky suggested that Republicans had some regard for John Stuart Mill.

The Victorian Web covers one of my favorite quotes from JSM:

In reply to an attack made upon him by Sir John Pakington for calling the Conservative party “the stupid party,” Mill, admitting the phrase to occur in his Representative Government, went on to say, “I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. Suppose any party, in addition to whatever share it may possess of the ability of the community, has nearly the whole of its stupidity, that party must, by the law of its constitution, be the stupidest party; and I do not see why honorable gentlemen should see that position at all offensive to them, for it ensures their being always an extremely powerful party.

Mill also favored women’s suffrage, which is not exactly in favor with the current Republican Party.

BTW, the link to Considerations on Representative Government is to Gutenberg so you can read it for yourself to see if there is any intersection between J.S. Mill and Republicans.

October 18, 2020   3 Comments

It’s A Holiday

It’s the second Monday in October, so it is Thanksgiving Day / Jour de l’Action de grâce in Canada. Have a happy one.

The US Federal government has decided to call it Columbus Day, even when it isn’t on the 12th of October which was the second Wednesday in 1492. But it’s okay that the holiday can be on the wrong day, because Christopher Columbus [AKA: Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóbal Colón] didn’t find what he was looking for and identified what he did find incorrectly. The important thing is that a large area of the map got changed from “here be dragons and sea serpents,” to “here be gold and cannibals” and no mention was made of the oppressive heat, mosquitoes, or hurricanes.

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October 12, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Depression Delta – Day 7

Tropical Depression DeltaPosition: 33.1N 90.8W [10AM CDT 1500 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [035°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb ↑.

Currently about 65 miles [ 105 km] North-Northwest of Jackson, Mississippi.

This is the last Public Advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

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

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October 10, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 6

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 30.6N 92.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↑.

Currently about 70 miles [ 110 km] Northeast of Cameron, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from east of High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Cameron to the mouth of the Pearl River , including Vermilion Bay, and Lake Borgne.

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

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October 9, 2020   No Comments