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Tropical Storm Chris – Day 3

Tropical Storm ChrisPosition: 32.5N 74.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Southeast [110°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↓.

Currently about 185 miles [ 315 km] South-Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Depression 3 strengthened to a tropical storm but is still stalled off the Carolina coast.

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 8, 2018   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Chris – Day 3

Tropical Depression Three – Day 2

Tropical Depression ThreePosition: 32.9N 75.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1014 mb.

Currently about 160 miles [ 260 km] South of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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, 2018   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Three – Day 2

Tropical Storm Beryl – Day 2

Tropical Storm BerylPosition: 13.1N 54.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↑.

Currently about 495 miles [ 795 km] East-Southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Martinique, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

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, 2018   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Beryl – Day 2

Tropical Depression Three

Tropical Depression ThreePosition: 32.6N 74.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1015 mb ↓.

Currently about 195 miles [ 315 km] South-Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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 6, 2018   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Three

Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane BerylPosition: 10.9N 48.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 95 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 10 miles [ 20 km].
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb.

Currently about 890 miles [1430km] East-Southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

The first hurricane of the season spun up late last night in the central Atlantic.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Dominica.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy.

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 6, 2018   Comments Off on Hurricane Beryl

Independence Day

John Trumbull's Signing the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

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July 4, 2018   2 Comments

Blogging Will Be Scattered

I have cataract surgery scheduled this week, so I may be off line a bit.

I wasn’t concerned by this, but then I lost my wallet on Wednesday and my printer died today, so the stars aren’t really in alignment. All this is not really more than annoying. I can afford the medical care thanks to Medicare, and the printer has worked well for 4 years. I didn’t travel two thousand miles to escape an existential threat only to have my children kidnapped by uniformed thugs employed by a supposedly civilized country.

My online time will be limited by putting 4 different eye drops in my eyes: a prednisone, an anti-inflammatory, an anti-fungal agent, and an anti-bacterial agent. The fun bit is that you are awake and get to watch them messing with your eye 😈

July 1, 2018   16 Comments

Happy Canada Day

La fête du
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Canada

Thank you for not yet building a fence along your southern or western border, and for brewing great beer.

This is the 151st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution Act of 1867.

Schedule of Ottawa events and some background.

July 1, 2018   2 Comments

Civil Society?

A nice piece of MSM criticism: Historical New York Times Tweets.

Even the Australian media has noticed that Trump lies about immigrants.

Trump attacks Harley-Davidson for making a logical business decision in response to Trump’s idiotic tariffs.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was upset because the owner of The Red Hen judged her on the content of her character rather than the color of her skin [with my apologies to MLK’s “Dream”]. She had to reap what she sows in every press briefing.

Update: They’re giving Sarah Huckabee Sanders Secret Service Protection. This is an outrageous waste of tax dollars.

June 26, 2018   8 Comments

Not Great

The Defense Department annouced Two military bases to house migrants.

Fort Bliss is a huge Army installation that straddles the Texas-New Mexico border near El Paso. Lots of space and lots of people near a city on the US-Mexican border. A very logical choice.

Goodfellow AFB near San Angelo, Texas is not that big, nor is San Angelo, and having civilians on the base bothers me. I was stationed there and know what goes on. Nothing on the base involves weapons, but people without clearances on base is a problem.

The thing is putting these facilities on military bases severely restricts access and eliminates oversight by state child welfare agencies. If access to current facilities is limited, it is nothing like the restrictions on these facilities. It is safe to assume that this is intentional.

June 25, 2018   13 Comments

The Insanity Continues

A woman from France visiting her mom in B.C. says U.S. Border Patrol held her for crossing into Blaine, Washington. A French citizen visiting her mother in British Columbia, Canada was detained by the US Border Patrol for illegally entering the US as she jogged on a beach. There are no barriers or signs indicating there is a border of any kind on the beach, but the woman was held for two weeks in a detention facility in Tacoma, Washington while her mother got clearance from Canadian officials to accept the “illegal alien” back into Canada.

They spotted her on CCTV. Why don’t they have a speaker on the camera to warn people about crossing the border instead of wasting time and money sending the Border Patrol out to pick her up and detain her.

The US-Canadian border is about 5,500 miles long with a minimum of man-made or natural barriers to indicate there is a border. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House was required to add a painted line cutting through the building to accommodate US paranoia/xenophobia.

For the majority of the 2,000 mile southern border there are natural barriers that indicate you are crossing a border.

June 24, 2018   2 Comments

You Can’t Make This Up!

From the BBC: Melania wears ‘I don’t really care do u?’ coat on migrant visit. That is what it says on the back of her jacket. This is an actual coat that is for sale, not sabotage by someone with white shoe polish at her border visit.

I am not going to say anything about Eva Braun visiting a Kinderinterniertenlager [child interment camp or kinlag] 👿

I will note the increasing use of “proffer” and “feckless”, which are certainly relevant to the Trump maladministration, as are malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance.

June 21, 2018   6 Comments

Litha

Today at 5:07AM [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 built 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.

June 21, 2018   6 Comments

It’s A Con

Trump has bought some time and reduced the pressure on the White House with his latest Executive Order. He has not altered the policy of wasting time and money on arresting everyone who is considered an illegal border crosser, only the method of holding them, i.e. families will now be held as a unit, instead of being separated.

It doesn’t appear that the thousands of children that have already been separated will be returned to their parents, nor is it clear that the government can do that even if they want to as there is no system in place designed to facilitate that. It might require DNA testing to pair children with their parents, and those resources aren’t currently available.

It seems that the aversion DHS Secretary Neilsen has to the word “policy” is because her agency is being sued by a woman who wants her child returned. Homeland Security has apparently already denied the existence of any “policy” in its court filings.

June 20, 2018   17 Comments