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Tropical Depression Seventeen

Tropical Depression SeventeenPosition: 11.8N 28.2W [ 4:00AM CDT 0900UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 330 miles [ 530 km] Southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

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

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September 19, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Peter – Day 2

Tropical Storm PeterPosition: 18.0N 53.5W [ 4:00AM CDT 0900UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↓.

Currently about 630 miles [1015 km] East of the northern Leeward Islands.

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

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September 19, 2021   No Comments

Avast Ye Lubbers

Pirate

It’ll be double rations of grog all around in the galley as ye throw the pasta and pesto down your gullet for the final day of Pasta Week, on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Arr…
Belay that! ‘T’would be better done by swilling lambrusco directly from the flask!
Arr…

September 19, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Sixteen

Tropical Depression SixteenPosition: 16.4N 53.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 670 miles [1080 km] East of the northern Leeward Islands.

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

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September 18, 2021   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Odette – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone Storm OdettePosition: 39.1N 65.1W [ 4:00PM CDT 2100UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1001 mb ↓.

Currently about 385 miles [ 625 km] South-Southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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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September 18, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Odette

Tropical Storm OdettePosition: 36.4N 71.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb.

Currently about 265 miles [ 430 km] Southeast of Cape May, New Jersey.

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

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September 17, 2021   No Comments

Happy Independence Day

Día de la Independencia
Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Mexico

¡Viva México!

Some background on 16 de Septiembre and El Grito de Dolores.

September 16, 2021   No Comments

Holy Pasta Week

Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Day of His Noodly Appendage

The holiest of holidays for Pastafarians, is of course the birthday of His Most Holy Prophet, Marco Polo (b. Sept 15, 1254), who brought the word of his Noodly Appendage back from the East. As Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th, this five-day period constitutes Holy Pasta Week, during which spaghetti is consumed liberally. With a nice Chianti until the last day when it’s grog for all.

September 15, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Nicholas – Day 3

Tropical Depression NicholasPosition: 30.0N 94.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↑.

Currently about 15 miles [ 20 km] West-Northwest of Port Arthur, Texas.

“Hurricane Nicholas made landfall near 1230 AM CDT (0530 UTC) on eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles (15 km) west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas.”

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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September 14, 2021   No Comments

Hurricane Nicholas – Day 2

Hurricane NicholasPosition: 28.4N 95.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb.

Currently about 20 miles [ 30 km] Southeast of Matagorda, Texas.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Port O’Connor to Freeport.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from North of Port Aransas to Sabine Pass.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to Sabine Pass including Galveston Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Matagorda Bay.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Texas from Freeport to San Luis Pass.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Sabine Pass, Texas to Rutherford Beach, Louisiana.

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

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September 13, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Nicholas

Tropical Storm NicholasPosition: 22.5N 95.5W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb ↓.

Currently about 260 miles [ 415 km] South-Southeast of the Mouth of the Rio Grande.

The storm has lost its steering current at 7PM CDT and is just meandering in the Gulf.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from the Mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island and the coast of Mexico from Barra el Mezquital to the U.S./Mexico border.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass including Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Matagorda Bay.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to Freeport.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Texas from East of High Island to Sabine Pass.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the coast of Texas from the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Aransas; San Luis Pass, Texas to Rutherford Beach, Louisiana, including Galveston Bay; Baffin Bay and Corpus Christi Bay.

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

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September 12, 2021   No Comments

General Welfare

Preamble of the Constitution of the United States:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

You can’t “insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare” with an epidemic raging through your population.

Our first President knew that before the country actually existed: George Washington and the First Mass Military Inoculation

On the 6th of January 1777, George Washington wrote to Dr. William Shippen Jr., ordering him to inoculate all of the forces that came through Philadelphia. He explained that: “Necessity not only authorizes but seems to require the measure, for should the disorder infect the Army . . . we should have more to dread from it, than from the Sword of the Enemy.” The urgency was real. Troops were scarce and encampments had turned into nomadic hospitals of festering disease, deterring further recruitment. Both Benedict Arnold and Benjamin Franklin, after surveying the havoc wreaked by Variola in the Canadian campaign, expressed fears that the virus would be the army’s ultimate downfall. ¹(Fenn 2001, 69)

¹Fenn, Elizabeth. Pox Americana: the Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001. 370 p.

Vaccine mandates have been challenged before: Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905):

Justice John Marshall Harlan delivered the decision for a 7–2 majority that the Massachusetts law did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment.[2] The Court held that “in every well ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand” and that “[r]eal liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own [liberty], whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others.”

Shapiro at First Draft with The man who lived by the river and I with In other words use the old joke to highlight the concept:

God works in mysterious ways,
His wonders to perform.

William Cowper’s poem “Light Shining out of Darkness”

Speaking of which Leviticus 13:45 recommends wearing masks and social distancing for disease control.

If you don’t want to take the minimal measures required of a citizen, hie thee to the wilderness and let the society return to normal. You are getting people killed and spreading disease so you won’t be “inconvenienced”.

September 11, 2021   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Larry – Day 12

Post-Tropical Cyclone LarryPosition: 54.0N 48.2W [10:00AM CDT 1500UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 48 mph [78 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 310 miles [500 km].
Minimum central pressure: 963 mb ↓.

Currently about 550 miles [ 880 km] North-Northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

All warnings and watches have been cancelled.

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

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

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September 11, 2021   No Comments

In Memoriam

September 11th, 2001

NYC, VA, PA

In the intervening years we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars, trampled on peoples rights, created huge new government bureaucracies, and can’t respond as well as the third world to a natural disaster.

It seems like we are constantly being told that every new group that appears anywhere is capable of another 9/11 attack, so what is the point if we are no safer?

Richard Clarke: “Your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you failed you. And I failed you. We tried hard. But that doesn’t matter, because we failed. And for that failure, I would ask, once all the facts are out, for your understanding and for your forgiveness.

September 11, 2021   No Comments