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Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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Back in history, in the bad old days when the Green Gang of Four were dispensing Agenda 21 from the Rood Center, CABPRO and other conservative got Measure D on the ballot. Measure D would have required an economic analysis of all changes to the General Plan and the implementing land use regulations. Measure D failed, in part because of how County Council had written the ballot measure description. The wording just begged for a NO vote. We tried to get the wording changed to more neutral language and the Judge said no. If my only information has been the ballot description, which was the case for most voters, I would voted NO. So, the wording on the ballot is vital when dealing with the low information voter. Since the local left cheered on the BOS and the Judges decision on Measure D, I have little, er no, sympathy for the pro measure S folks. What goes around, comes around.
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Quote of the day: SO I GUESS NOBODY’S LAUGHING AT CLINT EASTWOOD’S “EMPTY CHAIR” BIT ANYMORE: Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings. He wanted the job, he just does not want the responsibility of the job.
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Mother Jones has story about communities attempting to return their MRAPs HERE. But some agencies have found the process of getting rid of unwanted military gear next to impossible. Agencies can't return or trade equipment without Defense Department approval, and because the Pentagon technically still owns the equipment, they can't sell it. According to interviews with state officials running point between the Pentagon and police, the Defense Department prefers to leave equipment in circulation whenever possible. "It's a low-cost storage method for them," says Robb Davis, the mayor pro tem of Davis. His town is trying to shake its MRAP. "They're dumping these vehicles on us and saying, 'Hey, these are still ours, but you have to maintain them for us.'" I told Sheriff Royal that he would rue the day he accepted his MRAP. There was no logistic support chain procured for MRAPs, yet he has to maintain the vehicle for the military. He cannot sell it, he cannot scrap it. He is stuck with it until he can find another community to take it off his hands.
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Sierra College use to be the regional SBDC for Nevada County, now they are not even answering the phone.
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Those interested in global warming my find this article on the Maunder Minimum and the impact of cosmic rays at the Next Grand Minimum worth a read, especially since scientist are predicting one of the lowest solar activity periods over the next 20 years. Details at the Next Grand Minimum:
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I have some thoughts on Socialist Economics Development Coming to the Region here:
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Gregory at 8:58PM Great find. Looking forward to the American Physical Society press release.
Quote of the Day on 60 Minutes: Obama says “the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office.” But the people “don’t feel it.” What is wrong with you people, why do you keep disappointing our poor confused President, he is trying so hard to make the real world fit his socialist model and you just keep failing him. How sad. /sarc off
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Long Valley Caldera rattled by more than 1059 earthquakes in latest seismic swarm September 2014 – CALIFORNIA – The Long Valley Caldera is experiencing a large seismic swarm. As magma moves through the earth, it displaces and fractures rock along the way. This movement causes earthquakes that can be recorded with seismometers at the surface of the earth. Seismic monitoring is the most used technique for volcano surveillance. Volcanic earthquakes often provide the initial sign of volcanic unrest. Their signals differ from typical, tectonic, earthquakes because they tend to be found at depths shallower than 10 km, are small in magnitude (< 3), occur in swarms, and are restricted to the area beneath a volcano. Harmonic tremor, or volcanic tremor, is the name for the continuous, rhythmic seismic energy associated with underground magma movement. At Long Valley Caldera, there are currently 61 seismometers that make up the seismic network used to determine earthquake location and energy of movement with time.
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The linked chart has always intrigued me, leading me to wonder about the potential connections between declining solar sunspot activity and increased volcanic activity on the planet. When you look at this linked graphic one is left wondering is there is a connection, is there a highly complex communication path between the the earths inner pool of molten lava and the reduced energy of the magnetosphere due to the declining number of sunspots? We are experiencing a very low sun spot cycle and vulcanism seems to be increasing. Seems is the key word, I do not have any data. Why are there so many large eruptions listed on the graphic during cold periods on the earth? The cold seems to be linked to fewer sun spots. Yet, during the periods of low sun spots, there are more major volcanic eruptions that impact the climate. This might be a chicken and egg problem, which produced the cold, the reduced sunspots or the extensive volcanism? Looking at the graphic, one might conclude the cooling started before the increased number of major volcanic eruptions. That brings us back to the question, are they linked by some highly complex communication process, like other complex communication paths in nature. Does fewer sunspots and a cooler climate signal increase vulcanism? Look at the chart again.
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Investigation: Do you know of anyone in Nevada County that attended the People's Climate March in New York, riding the special train, or the Oakland People's Climate Rally. More details the true nature of these marches HERE.
Environmental Wackos Applying Influence September 24, 2014 A powerful cohort of Silicon Valley firms are bolting from the American Legislative Exchange Council following a renewed spurt of public outrage over the conservative group's views on climate change. Facebook announced late Tuesday it would likely end its affiliation with ALEC next year, joining a recent wave of tech companies seeking divorce from the controversial organization, which has drawn heated ire from left-leaning public-interest groups for years. Just a day earlier, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announced plans to cut ties with ALEC, accusing them of "just literally lying" about climate change. Add Yelp, Google and Microsoft to the list of companies that are supporting the warmers by not funding conservative organizations who refuse to buy into the anthropogenic global warming religion. Would you buy products from a company that supports bad unproven science like anthropogenic global warming. Science that cannot be validated by observational science!
Climate Movements Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda. Zombie writes at PJMedia: Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a “People’s Climate Rally” in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger “People’s Climate March” in New York City on the same day. Wait — did I say communists? Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration? Well…no. At the New York event, many people noticed that gee, there sure are a lot of communists at this march. But in Oakland — always on the cutting edge — the entire “climate change” movement at last fully, irrevocably and overtly embraced communism as its stated goal. Any concerns about “optics” or operating in “stealth mode” were abandoned. The “climate change” “crisis” is now nothing but the latest justification for “total revolution” and getting rid of capitalism forever. Photo evidence at the this LINK
At the UN Obama went on a non-scientific rant about the pseudoscience of manmade climate change according to a report in Breibart News. “In America,” he said, “the past decade has been our hottest on record” – neglecting, of course, to mention that according to Christopher Booker of the UK Telegraph, “The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record.” Obama continued with his litany of alarmism: floods, wildfire seasons getting longer, droughts, rainstorms. “Worldwide,” Obama concluded, “this summer was the hottest ever recorded – with global carbon emissions still on the rise.” In the United States, however, better technologies are stanching the rise of carbon emissions – while 2013 saw a rise in American carbon emissions, America saw a steady decline in CO2 emissions from 2006 on, thanks in large part to recession. That process, by the way, works in reverse as well: purposefully cutting carbon emissions can destroy economies. Reminds me of JoeK's comment: "The only people who still deny climate change are the uninformed, misinformed, and ideologically handicapped." It appears to me that President Obama falls into the the "uninformed, misinformed, and ideologically handicapped" category.
JoeK@10:01AM You wrote this butt stupid remark in the post above: The only people who still deny climate change are the uninformed, misinformed, and ideologically handicapped." We are not denying that the climate is changing, it has been doing that for billions of years, since the planet was formed and humans arrived. Humans have been recording temperature changes since about 1850. On the other hand the ice core records go back about 800,000 years. In the period between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago, Earth's climate was warmer than today, and their were few humans around to influence that climate change. The real climate change issue is that you and your fellow lefties are claiming that humans are responsible for the most recent climate change due ot CO2 emissions. A study of rising temperatures along the U.S. West Coast during the past century are almost entirely the result of natural forces — not human emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a new study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More details HERE. Recent studies have show little correlation between CO2 emissions and temperature change, even the climate models have been proven wrong by the historical record. What factual evidence can provide that humans are responsible for the most recent warming since the 1900? Can you explain the pause in climate change over the past 17 years, while CO2 emissions have continued to increase. Where are your cherry picked facts?
Huh? Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lamented that there were no current laws on the books to punish global warming skeptics. . “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under,” Kennedy told Climate Depot in a one-on-one interview during the People’s Climate March. The interiew was conducted for the upcoming documentary Climate Hustle. Kennedy Jr. accused skeptical politicians of “selling out the public trust.” “Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under.” Facts do not matter, if you do not believe the bad science, you could go to jail. Yea, the Pope used to put people in jail for being nonbelievers when science challenged the churches dogma.
The link below will take you to pictures of the People's Climate March: It was a fund raiser for Avaaz and according to this report: Investigative reporter Cory Morningstar has connected the dots between the organizing groups, and Avaaz, the global online activist outfit modeled on MoveOn, and institutions like the World Bank and Clinton Global Initiative. Morningstar claims the secret of Avaaz’s success is its “expertise in behavioral change.” Excerpt #1: Here’s what seems to be going on. Avaaz found a lucrative revenue stream by warning about climate catastrophe that can be solved with the click of a donate button. To convince people to donate it says we need Occupy-style actions. When the moment comes for such a protest, Avaaz and 350.orgblocked it and then when it did get organized, they pushed it out of sight. If you go to People’s Climate March, you won’t find any mention of the Flood Wall Street action, which I fully support, but fear is being organized with too little time and resources. Nor have I seen it in an Avaaz email, nor has anyone else I’ve talked to. Bill McKibben of began promoting it this week, but that may be because there is discontent in the activist ranks about the march, which includes lots of Occupy Wall Street activists. One inside source said, “It’s a branding decision not to promote the Flood Wall Street action. These are not radical organizations.” Excerpt #2: Sources say Avaaz and is footing most of the bill for the People’s Climate March with millions of dollars spent. Avaaz is said to have committed a dozen full-time staff, and hired dozens of other canvassers to collect petition signatures and hand out flyers. Nearly all of’s staff is working on climate marches around the country and there is an office in New York with thirty full-time workers organizing the march. That takes a lot of cheddar. While the grassroots are being mobilized, this is not a grassroots movement. That’s why it’s a mistake to condemn it. People are joining out of genuine concern and passion and hope for an equitable, sustainable world, but the control is top down and behind closed doors. Everyone I talked to described an undemocratic process. Even staffers were not sure who was making the decisions other than to tell me to follow the money. It’s also facile to say all groups are alike. Avaaz is more cautious than, and apparently the New York chapter of, which is more radical, is at odds with the national. Excerpt #3: One source said the December 2013 email from Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel about climate change was a goldmine. It was headlined, “24 Months to Save the World.” It begins, “This may be the most important email I’ve ever written to you,” and then says the climate crisis is “beyond our worst expectations” with storms and temperatures “off the charts.” Then comes the hook from Patel, “We CAN stop this, if we act very fast, and all together. And out of this extinction nightmare, we can pull one of the most inspiring futures for our children and grandchildren. A clean, green future in balance with the earth that gave birth to us.” Telling people there is 24 months to save the world is odious, as is implying an online donation to Avaaz can save the planet. The same overblown rhetoric is being used for the People’s Climate March: It’s the biggest ever. There is “unprecedented collaboration” with more than 1,400 “partner” groups in New York City. Everything comes down to this one day with the “future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history.” Just send money and we can change the climate in 24 months.
Below is a list of active volcanos as of June 2014. However, it does not include underwater volcanoes.   Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy)   Kilauea (Hawai’i)   Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea)   Manam (Papua New Guinea)   Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu)   Ambrym (Vanuatu)   Colima (Western Mexico)   Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala)   Fuego (Guatemala)   Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania)   Erta Ale (Ethiopia)   Barren Island (Indian Ocean)   Nyiragongo (DRCongo)   Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia)   Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia)   Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia)   Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia)   Sangeang Api (Indonesia)   Semeru (East Java, Indonesia)   Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia)   Slamet (Central Java, Indonesia)   Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia)   Ubinas (Peru)   Reventador (Ecuador)   Shiveluch (Kamchatka)   Karymsky (Kamchatka)   Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia)   Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan)   Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands, Japan)   Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan)   Erebus (Antarctica) This list does not include the hundreds of thousands of underwater volcanoes that no one is even monitoring. One survy by Hillier & Watts found 201,055 submarine volcanoes. It is estimated that as many as 3.5 million undersea volcanos exist and about 130,000 are active. This does not include the plethora of smoker vents on the volcanic ridge tops. We just do not know how much CO2 that volcanos produce every year. The lastest guess is about 600 millon tons per year, by Mike Burton, of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. The average car in the US produces about 11,000 to 12,000 pounds per year. Or, about .5 metric tons. Or, equal to 1,200 million cars, if I got the math right.
Paid Volunteers at People's Climate March Craigs List: Looking for volunteers to pass out flyers at Climate March (Midtown) Years Of Living Dangerously, an Emmy Award winning television series about climate change, currently seeks a few volunteers to pass out flyers during the People's Climate March on Sunday, Sept 21st. Time: 11:00am Payment is $50 per volunteer. Please send a short email about why you'd like to volunteer with the Years of Living Dangerously team during the Climate March. Confirmation and specific details will be given upon receipt of email. Anthony Watt's writes: "That movie was such a bomb, they are reduced to “paid volunteers” handing out fliers on street corners at $50 each." I wonder how many of the other marchers were "paid volunteers"? If you remember many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were also paid volunteers. The left has a history of using rent a mobs for their protestes. Paid Volunteers at People's Climate March
At a pre-People Climate March Rally last night Capitalism was in the crosshairs as Socialism was promoted at the opening event. Socialism was praised and promoted to raucous applause by the hundreds in attendance at the People’s Climate March event on September 20, featuring organizer Bill McKibben, author Naomi Klein, socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The event, held at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, was titled “THE CLIMATE CRISIS: WHICH WAY OUT.” The event was permeated with socialist literature with the Socialist Alternative newspaper prominently on display. Mark Morano reports from the meeting, after the activists were warn not to talk to him: When Kshama Sawant, a socialist who won a seat on the Seattle City Council, noted she was the first socialist elected in decades, the church erupted in applause. “A socialist world that will deliver a high standard of living for all,” Sawant said to applause. Sawant ripped the current economic system: “The market is God, everything is being sacrificed on the altar of profits,” Sawant declared. “We must bring giant corporations into public ownership. You cannot control what you don’t own,” she added. Senator Bernie Sanders ripped Fox News Channel: “We all know what Fox TV does not know. Climate change is real,” he said to laughter. Sanders declared the “debate is over.” “This is the planetary crisis of our time.” “Unless we address global warming this planet will be even more unstable than it is today.” [Sanders also faced a momentary protest from the crowd for his supporting “war.” Activists unfurled a big banner in front of Sanders while he spoke.] founder and march organizer McKibben called global warming the ‘greatest crisis.’ “This is the biggest problem that humans have ever been up against,” he declared. McKibben warned of an apocalyptic future of human caused global warming. “The science of climate change is dark and hard,” he said and warned of 8 or 9 degree F [temperature rise] before the century is out.” McKibben also promoted an Occupy Wall Street type climate event for Monday. (See: Climate march will feature ‘a 300-foot-long banner that reads ‘Capitalism = Climate Chaos – Flood Wall Street’) (Also see: Flashback 2013: Bill McKibben is not what he seems to be) Also featured on the panel with McKibben was author Naomi Klein, author of the new book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate”. See: Warmist Naomi Klein: ‘Capitalism is irreconcilable with a livable climate’ – Facing climate change head-on means changing capitalism & See: Warmist Naomi Klein: ‘Dealing with the climate crisis will require a completely different economic system’ During the panel discussion, Klein was asked: “Even if climate change issue did not exist, you would be calling for same structural changes. Klein responded: ‘Yeah.’ Following the panel, Climate Depot asked Klein if she would support all the same climate “solutions” even if the science was wrong. “Yes, I would still be for social justice even if there was not climate change. Yes, you caught me Marc,” Klein answered sarcastically as she abruptly ended the interview. [Also see: EU Commissioner: Global Warming Policy Is Right Even If Science Is Wrong ] Klein told the activists she recommended “weaving this [climate] movement into all of our movements.” Klein also singled out Climate Depot’s Marc Morano during her panel presentation, noting that “climate deniers and Heartland Institute people like Marc Morano, who is here tonight…” Klein noted that the “ecological clock is ticking.” “We are dealing with an existential terror,” she added. Now you have a view from the other side of the issue. It is not about the climate it is about Socialism. Much more HERE. Side note: When Mrs Clinton's name was mentioned the crowd erupted in boos and cat calls.
Read Koonin's article at breakfast table this morning at the Windmill Inn in Roseburg, and was composing a response in my mind as we drove home. You exceed my mental composition by a wide margin. Well Done. More comments after the car is unloaded.
Quote of the week: The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop. “Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.” If you think of it not as a program to eliminate poverty, but as a voter-farm for Democrats, it’s been fairly successful, though. Glenn Reynolds. Now you know were the black hole for your tax dollars is, a failed war on poverty. This black hole has not gone away and it is still farming votes for Democrats.
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From WUWT: World leaders not coming to Obama's Climate Conference: Eric Worrall writes: The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama and UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon, in addition to becoming a bit of a punishment round for national deputy leaders. Aussie PM Tony Abbott today defended his decision not to hop on an earlier flight to America, so he could attend the UN climate conference in New York, because he has more important matters to attend to, such as running the country. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also indicated they likely won’t attend the summit. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has indicated he will not be attending. Even Angela Merkel, President of über green Germany, will not be attending the UN climate summit. Of course, things would probably have been totally different, if the summit organisers had guaranteed that attendees would definitely not have to sit through any more boring climate presentations by former Vice President Al Gore.
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I found that having pre-agreed on definition of terms was vital to any productive discussion or analysis. The left and right, pro and con, the for and against, all use the same terms, but hold different meanings for those terms. We used to call it a data dictionary, and common set of agreed on definitions and conditions. You might need to expand your list of definitions.
The Union sponsored debate on Measure S is cancelled. The parties could not agree on a location. More here: