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Willful Ignorance

John Podesta responds to a Trump tweet with ‘Get A Grip’:

President Trump tweeted some unexpected news Friday morning from the Group of 20 summit underway in Hamburg, Germany: “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and CIA. Disgraceful!” Trump wrote.

Mr. Podesta points out that he was the Clinton campaign chairman and had no control over any DNC server. He was a victim in the incident. In addition Trump isn’t aware that the CIA doesn’t have authority in internal US investigations.

Putin is the only one at the meeting that might even care.

July 7, 2017   10 Comments

Le Tour 2017 – Stage 7

Tour de FranceTroyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges

Distance: 213.5 kilometers.

With a single Category 4 climb, Côte d’Urcy, this stage is another one for the sprinters who may be looking for a break after the fourth 200+ kilometer stage.

Marcel Kittel took his third stage in a photo finish with Edvald Boasson Hagen. I accept the decision of the judges of a 6 mm win, but it looked like a tie to me. In addition to the stage win, Kittel took the Green Jersey from Arnaud Demare. The general classificatio remained static, but the mountains beckon and change is on the way.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 28h 47′ 51″
Green Jersey Marcel Kittel ( Ger – QST – 101 ) [Green] 197 points
Polka Dot Jersey Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) [Polka Dot] 10 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 6 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Marcel Kittel ( Ger – QST – 101 )
Combative: Dylan Van Baarle ( Ned – CDT – 189 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – SKY – 009 ) + 00′ 12″
3 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 00′ 14″
4 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 00′ 25″
5 Richie Porte ( Aus – BMC – 041 ) + 00′ 39″
6 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 00′ 43″
7 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 00′ 47″
8 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 00′ 52″
9 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 021 ) + 00′ 54″
10 Rafal Majka ( Pol – BOH – 115 ) + 01′ 01″

The Rest of the Top 30:
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July 7, 2017   No Comments

Remnant Four – Day 2

Remnant FourPosition: 16.5N 52.5W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 25 mph [ 35 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1012 mb ↑.

Currently about 590 miles [ 950 km] East of the Lesser Antilles.

At 4PM CDT the NHC reports that the system has degenerated into a tropical wave. This is the final 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.]

July 7, 2017   No Comments