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Tropical Storm Franklin – Day 2

Tropical Storm FranklinPosition: 19.1N 87.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [310°] near 14 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 995 mb.

Currently about 75 miles [ 125 km] East-Northeast of Chetumal, Mexico.

The storm should be coming ashore on the Yucatan Peninsula in the next few hours.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Belize City northward to the border of Mexico and the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Sabancuy.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz.

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 7, 2017   No Comments

Tropical Storm Franklin

Tropical Storm FranklinPosition: 16.4N 83.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb ↓.

Currently about 100 miles [ 155 km] North of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/ Honduras border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Belize City northward to the border of Mexico and the coast of Mexico from Campeche to Sabancuy.

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 6, 2017   No Comments

Good News

From CNN: “Martin Shkreli, who gained national notoriety two years ago for jacking up the price of an AIDS drug, was convicted of securities fraud Friday for mismanaging two investment funds.”

He won’t believe it until he hears that door go ‘clang!’

August 4, 2017   4 Comments

The Fox

Vicente Fox, the former President of Mexico, is in the news for dropping an F-bomb on a live CNN broadcast. He really dislikes Drumpf and has a series of videos on YouTube calling Drumpf out for the “wall” and statements about Latinos. Drop his name into the a search engine and they pop up. most of them are funny if you aren’t a Republican.

It is really annoying that the Prime Minister of Canada is fluent in French and English; the President of Mexico is fluent in Spanish and English; but the President of the United States is only fluent in gibberish.

August 4, 2017   2 Comments

Things Are Getting Serious

The Wall Street Journal [via Crooks & Liars and Charlie Pierce] has reported that Robert Mueller has empaneled a second grand jury for the probe into Russian interference in the US election. There is an existing grand jury in Virginia that was empaneled earlier for the part of the probe that involves Michael Flynn.

The new jury was empaneled in Washington DC, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a third jury wasn’t empaneled in New York City at some point in the future. Mueller’s hires make it obvious that he is following the money, and that means the New York/New Jersey real estate market.

August 3, 2017   14 Comments

Busy

I have been busy learning how to use my new flashlight, level, compass, calculator, magnifying glass, camera that also includes a phone. I’m also cleaning up and reformatting some data for a long-time [decades] client, so I avoided a lot of things.

It was nice to see that almost two-thirds of the country figured out what a loser Drumpf is – Trump Approval Lowest Ever: “President Donald Trump plunges to a new low as American voters disapprove 61 – 33 percent of the job he is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.”

August 2, 2017   8 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Emily – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone EmilyPosition: 30.9N 78.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [020°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1012 mb ↑.

Currently about 235 miles [ 375 km] Northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

At 4am Emily is back over water, off the Atlantic coast of central Florida.

At 10pm Emily transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone after interaction with a front. 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 1, 2017   No Comments

Scaramucci Out?

My BBC alerts just told me that Scaramucci has been removed as White House communications director. He gave up his business and his wife filed for divorce to get this job. He caused Sean Spicer to resign and got Reinhold [Reince is a nickname] Priebus axed, and now he’s gone in 10 days.

The Guardian and CNN have chimed in the same news. Could be real, or just another ‘fake news’ operation by the White House, or General Kelly is taking his new job seriously.

Update: The Harvard Law School alumni directory lists Scaramucci as “deceased”. That’s cold. It was just a job.

July 31, 2017   10 Comments

Tropical Storm Emily

Tropical Depression EmilyPosition: 27.5N 81.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [095°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb ↑.

Currently about 35 miles [ 60 km] West of Vero Beach, Florida.

Last night this was an area of interest in the Gulf. At 10am it is approaching the mouth of Tampa Bay. At 1pm the storm was inland Southeast of Tampa. At 4pm the system was downgraded to a depression and all watches and warnings were cancelled.

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

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July 31, 2017   No Comments

Novices In Political Office Are Worthless

Ryan Zinke was the freshman Congresscritter from Montana when Drumpf picked him for Secretary of the Interior. There is no logical reason for him to do something as stupid as making threats against Lisa Murkowski, the senior Senator from Alaska, for her votes on the tax cut/’healthcare’ bills that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate. He did it anyway and Senator Murkowski reacted: Lisa Murkowski Cancels Key Interior Hearings After Ryan Zinke Threatens Her.

She is the chairperson of the Senate committee that holds hearings on Interior Department jobs, and the subcommittee that must approve the Interior Department’s budget. Zinke’s SEAL training isn’t going to do him much good against a woman who shoots and dresses out moose and brown bears. He should have done some recon before making a move.

July 27, 2017   11 Comments

How To Save DoD Money

The BBC research shows:

Some US media outlets have questioned the spending justification. The Washington Post drew attention to an analysis that the US military spends almost $42m (£32m) a year on the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra – several times the total estimated cost of transgender medical support.

The Obama-era policy had included a provision for the military to provide medical help for service members wanting to change gender.

Rand predicted that the inclusion of transgender people in the military would lead to a 0.13% increase in healthcare spending – approximately $8.4m.

Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC noticed that two fewer trips to Mar-A-Lago would cover transgender military costs.

Imagine how much we could save if Trump stayed in the White House and started doing his job…

July 27, 2017   No Comments

Unit Cohesion?

On the 69thanniversary of Truman ending segregation in the military, Trump bans transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Serving transgender members of the military are unaware of any problems that need to be solved.

Some wonder if it’s about a recent Tucker Carlson show linking trans people with child abuse, while others wonder if it was caused by a split in the House Republican caucus over medical services for trans members of the military.

If Trump had discussed this with the military, the Pentagon wouldn’t have been so totally unprepared to deal with questions from the media. This was proclaimed in a tweet, and has no real power until it shows up as an executive order, but has already reduced readiness and disturbed unit cohesion over an issue that people assumed had been settled.

July 26, 2017   13 Comments

Busy

I’m replacing my cellphone and wasting a lot of time evaluating alternatives. I started the search seriously after the end of le Tour, and eliminated a lot of the possibles by the lack of information on products. If they really had something worth buying they would make information available.

It is a bit sad that John McCain made one the last acts of his public career to return to Washington over the advice of his doctors to cast the deciding vote to push forward a bill to throw millions of people off their health insurance. Of course, like his father, John hasn’t spent a second of his life, from his birth in a military hospital, without taxpayer funded health coverage.

July 25, 2017   13 Comments

Le Tour 2017 – Stage 21 et fini

Tour de FranceMontgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées

Distance: 103 kilometers.

After champagne and a 45 kilometer ride to Paris there are 8 laps on a course laid out on the Champs-Élysées.

Dylan Groenewegen just managed to hold on and deny André Greipel a third win of this stage. Simon Yates took the White Jersey, a feat his twin brother Adam accomplished last year. The Jerseys remained stable during a tour characterized by the loss of major riders due to accidents.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 86h 20′ 55″
Green Jersey Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) [Green] 370 points
Polka Dot Jersey Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Polka Dot] 169 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 7 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Dylan Groenewegen ( Ned – TLJ – 163 )
Super Combative: Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) [Red numbers]
Φ Luke Rowe ( GBr – SKY – 008 ) + 04h 35′ 52″ [La Lanterne Rouge]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 00′ 54″
3 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 02′ 20″
4 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 02′ 21″
5 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 03′ 05″
6 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 04′ 42″
7 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 06′ 14″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 08′ 20″
9 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 08′ 49″
10 Warren Barguil ( Fra – SUN – 143 ) + 09′ 25″

The Rest of the finishers:
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July 23, 2017   2 Comments