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Russ Steele
Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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Bill Tozer @08:40PM Please post warning, put down coffee cup before reading. Almost dropped mine on the keyboard.
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Well Brad@10:04AM, you my be right. The Lake of the Pines Home Owners Association may not be a hot bed of liberal rule enforces, like CARB, Cal EPA, and the Democrats in the California Legislature. Just some rigid bureaucrats who are incapable of applying come common sense. The neighbors are not concerned, why is the Home Owners Association Administrator? There has to be some pressure being applied now, as his building hobby has been going on for over decade. Why is his hobby an issue now? Are the rules being applied uniformly, or as Mr. Kocher claims used to target people? With all the national focus, lets see how our local media covers the story and the how the Home Owners Association responds.
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Dennis Kocher who lives in Lake of the Pines was on Fox News this morning. He is claims that the manager is not administering the CC&R rules equally. His 15 nearest neighbors have written letters of support. Now Vet Units across the land are coming to his support. Lake of the Pine rules and their application is getting some national attention. His neighbors are not complaining, it is the management who according to Kocher, who has never even visited his home has decided he is running a business. His defense, he is running a hobby out of his garage. The Lake of Pine claims it is a business which is forbidden in this closed community. Looks like closed minds at Lake of the Pines. This is not the kind of public exposure that Nevada County needs.
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Ellen and I went to see America this afternoon before it closed up shop and left town. We went to the late afternoon show, and there were 19 people in the theater, all gray hairs above 50. One person jumped up at the end of the show and declared "God Bless America" to loud applause from the audience. There were two twenty somethings in the theater before I took my count, but they left after about 3 minutes, must have gotten in the wrong theater. We give the movie two thumbs up. Well done, kept our interest. plus I learned some history that was not taught is school. I am looking forward to reading the book and exploring some of the issues in more detail. Recommend everyone see the movie, even our lefty friends, as Bono said "it is not a matter of right or left, it is a matter of right and wrong.
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Correcting for population size, Washington DC has 0.8 shootings per year per 100000 which make Wash DC one of the worst for mass shootings, followed by Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada and California. However, help is on the way in Washington DC. DC Gun Carry Ban Struck Down. “In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.”
Mark Steyn on America: Dinesh D'Souza has a new movie out called America: Imagine A World Without Her - but we don't really have to "imagine", it's happening before our eyes. Nothing difficult and complicated about it: in this decline and fall, the Emperor simply went fundraising.
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Buzz builds for Brown ’16 Will a Brown Presidency be good for California? Your thoughts?
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EPA Admits to Senate that CO2 Regs Not About Pollution Control On Wednesday, before the Senate EPW Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had this priceless quote regarding the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations (italics added): “And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units.” This gaffe could come back to bite the EPA. The Endangerment Finding was all about the negative effect of “carbon pollution” on the environment. Now we find out “this is not about pollution control”? Clear demonstration of how the liberal mind works, tell the people on thing, but do another.
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Bill@0p:18AM Well up to a point. You wrote: President is the most powerful voice on the planet and when you telegraph a message, people listen. Well, it is just words unless the President can follow them up with action. How many "Red Lines" did Obama draw? I content that there are not many people who are paying any attention to Obama these days other than the adoring left, the poor and the uninformed, as he has squandered his moral authority, including in the current crisis as more children pour into the country. In the end actions are more powerful than words and we have a leaders that cannot lead and abhors action. His only skill is reading a teleprompter loaded with words that someone one on this lefty socialist staff wrote.
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While the local left is having a small cow over the State of Jefferson initiative coming to Nevada County, a plan backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six states has gained enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the plan's backers say. A Twitter account belonging to the nonprofit Six Californias tweeted on Monday that "#SixCalifornias will be submitting signatures in Sacramento tomorrow for placement on the November 2016 ballot. Stay tuned for coverage!" Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign, said it's gathered more than the approximately 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, Reuters reported. My guess is that the libs in State government will find a way to toss out enough signatures to disqualify the initiative. Stay Tuned.
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Wall to wall Cloward-Piven, yet again. Cloward-Piven is now a staple of leftist electoral campaign strategy, overwhelm the existing institution to create an atmosphere for transformational change. We were warned, America is going to be transformed. The crisis was planned.
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Does anyone know where the Lefties are holding their parties this year? Were do they hold their conservative hate rallies ? Behind the Vets Hall in Nevada City? On the Banks of the Yuba? Safeway parking Lot in Grass Valley? Dog run in Condon Park in Grass Valley? Why not schedule them at Western Gateway Park in PV also, then we would have the balance the Pelline is looking for. My goodness, it seem to me the people falling down on the job are the Lefties for not providing the proper balance and using the Park also.
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Jeff's ideas of free speech is to make sure there are no conservative thoughts or ideas, which are contrary to his progressive religion, to ever appear on his highly moderated blog. His mind to too small to hold contrary ideas that are in conflict with his progressive religious beliefs, his small mind threatens to short circuit. The only cure is to eliminate any contrary conservative ideas before they modify any of his brain cells. Swoosh!
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Barry@03:45PM You might want to check this out, there were no members of CABPRO on the commission that I could ID. I talked to a committee member and Kirk was not on the committee.
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Liberal Media Fail to Report Soros Funding Linked to New EPA Regulations By Sean Long The liberal media love to hate the Koch Brothers but are far less enthusiastic about connecting George Soros’ billions to liberal policies. On July 6, Coral Davenport of The New York Times revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations on power plant emissions were largely inspired by the work of environmental activists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The broadcast networks have not mentioned the NRDC connection to the new regulations, and even the Times ignored that liberal mega-donor Soros has bankrolled the NRDC. The Times called the EPA regulations “a remarkable victory for the National Resources Defense Council” for developing the “novel” framework that the EPA would adopt, but they also failed to mention the more than $1.7 million in Soros-funding the group received since 2004 ($1,771,893). On June 1, the EPA unveiled drastic limits on carbon emissions, mandating steep emission cuts within 16 years. While emission limits weren’t a new idea, the EPA plan “sets different limits for each state and allows states the flexibility to meet the standards by picking from a menu of policy options,” according to Davenport. Davenport traced this innovation back to a specific 110-page proposal, written by two lawyers, David Doniger and David Hawkins, and energy policy expert, Daniel Lashof. All three individuals work with the NRDC, though Lashof only advises the organization since he joined left-wing billionaire donor Tom Steyer’s Next Gen Climate America in March. In February, Steyer pledged $100 million to pressure politicians on climate issues. Few media outlets covered the Times’ revelations about NRDC’s involvement. None of the broadcast news programs brought it up. In fact, ABC, CBS and NBC news programs have ignored the EPA regulations since June 2. . . . EPA Regs bought and paid for by George Soros. Go figure!
Computers and automation algorithms are going to expand over time. If You Don't Think Robots Can Replace Journalists, Check Out This Article Written By A Computer Earlier this week we reported on Narrative Science, an artificial intelligence company whose product, Quill, can turn tables of data into a natural language story that you can read as if it were a newspaper article. The benefit here is that the software near-instantaneously renders numerical data as much more digestible units of understanding — words — without requiring any human supervision. Read the whole computer generated article and see if you think it was written by a computer HERE.
The questions for high school students is, "What are your skill sets" Facebook high school interns earn $6K per month “The race for talent is so insane in Silicon Valley that companies like Facebook are now hiring high school students for their summer internships. Even before they can shave on a consistent basis, interns in Silicon Valley can make $6,000 a month, according to job-search site Glassdoor,” San Francisco Chronicle.
Walt04:13PM The Low Caron Fuel Standard is projected to raise fuel prices between 10 to 40 cents per gallon. Some scare mongers, say it could be as much as $1.00 a gallon or more. We will find out 1 Jan 2015. This is in addition to the Cap and Trade cost increases. Bottom line California will have higher fuel prices than neighboring states, who will soon be recruiting CA business.
This 2005 study of GCM modeling practices, apply titled Seductive Simulations? Uncertainty Distribution Around Climate Models, by Myanna Lahsen, was the final nail in the coffin of AGW for me. It convinced me that general circulation models had no scientific merit in the global warming argument. Models were interesting but proved nothing. ABSTRACT This paper discusses the distribution of certainty around General Circulation Models (GCMs) – computer models used to project possible global climatic changes due to human emissions of greenhouse gases. It examines the trope of distance underpinning Donald MacKenzie’s concept of ‘certainty trough’, and calls for a more multi-dimensional and dynamic conceptualization of how uncertainty is distributed around technology. The certainty trough describes the level of certainty attached to particular techno-scientific constructions as distance increases from the site of knowledge production, and proposes that producers of a given technology andc its products are the best judges of their accuracy. Processes and dynamics associated with GCM modeling challenge the simplicity of the certainty trough diagram, mainly because of difficulties with distinguishing between knowledge producers and users, and because GCMs involve multiple sites of production. This case study also challenges the assumption that knowledge producers always are the best judges of the accuracy of their models. Drawing on participant observation and interviews with climate modelers and the atmospheric scientists with whom they interact, the study discusses how modelers, and to some extent knowledge producers in general, are sometimes less able than some users to identify shortcomings of their models. My favorite quote from the study is this one: “In climate modeling, nearly everybody cheats a little.” Here is a link to the full study:
Interesting caller on the Tom Sullivan radio show today, from Texas, who was from Mexico, a legal immigrant according to the caller. He is upset with the illegals and said there was some rampant fraud going on . Many crossing the border are Mexicans who are calming to be from Central America so they will not be sent back to Mexico. Claims that are almost impossible to verify, even of the Border Patrol was interested in finding out. That may explain the large numbers suddenly appearing at the border. Short walk from Mexico, long walk from Central America.
We send good conservative kids off to college and they come back leaning sharply left and we wonder what happend. Here is one good reason: Young America’s Foundation has surveyed the required reading programs for incoming college freshmen nationwide and found that, over the past three years, none of the colleges have assigned a conservative-leaning book. None of them. Young America’s Foundation surveyed the top 50 schools as noted by Forbes, and “found that many of the ‘required’ books only offered left-wing perspectives on topics such as race, feminism, socialism, inequality, and wealth redistribution.”
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Gary Smith@07:10AM Check his out and then take a statistic class.
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What goes around, comes around: Germany to spy on USA for first time since 1945...
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Earthquakes swarms happen all around the world where fracking is not present. Recently there was a swarm of small earthquakes north of Reno. Officials say there were 17 earthquakes centered in an area about two miles east of Sun Valley, beginning Sunday at 12:25 a.m. The largest quake registered at a 1.7-magnitude around 3 a.m. There was no reports of damage. The Seismological Lab says earthquakes of this size are usually too small to be felt. In an announcement on its website, the Seismological Lab says: "With the occurrence of earthquake swarms there is a small increase in the likelihood of larger potentially damaging events. The Nevada-eastern California has a history of large earthquakes and citizens should always consider taking steps to prepare for potentially damaging earthquake ground shaking. Earthquakes are unpredictable and can occur at any time." Here is one in Alaska, were there is no fracking: A bizarre “swarm” of earthquakes in recent weeks around the northwest Alaska village of Noatak is confounding scientists and unsettling residents who last felt a good shake more than 20 years ago. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck just after 4 a.m. Monday marks the fifth quake of exactly that size measured near the village since April, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. Hundreds of aftershocks, some measuring magnitude 4 or greater, have also rippled through the area. Or how about his in swarm in Maine, no fracking here: AUGUSTA, Maine -- A series of small earthquakes has been affecting the Bucksport-Searsport area in the past few days, beginning with events on April 30, according to Maine Geological Survey officials. As many as 30 very small events -- called a swarm -- have occurred, all measuring less than 2 on the Richter magnitude scale, said Dr. Robert Marvinney, Maine state geologist and director of the Maine Geological Survey, under the Maine Department of Conservation. "This swarm may continue for several days, but there is no need for alarm," Marvinney said. "This type of swarm has occurred before in Maine. While local residents may feel these earthquakes, because they occur only a few miles below the surface, they are well below the magnitude 5 threshold at which damage might occur." Earthquake swarms happen all around the world were there is no fracking. One has to look at the total world population of earthquake swarms, and then calculate the probability that this Oklahoma swarms was cause by other factors than those created the total population of swarms.
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Steven Frisch@01:49Pm From National Review on Line: Approximately 40 immigrants in detention at one center in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego Sector have active cases of scabies, a source tells National Review Online, and they could soon be spreading it to the general public. A Border Patrol agent who helped process illegal immigrants at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station on Sunday tells NRO that the 40 immigrants infected with scabies arrived on a plane that landed July 4, carrying about 140 immigrants total. The agent says the people at FEMA who are responsible for doing the medical screening of the immigrants before they’re transferred to California should be fired. “Management’s more concerned about processing and getting rid of them as quickly as possible than looking at decontamination,” the agent says. “And [the released illegal immigrants] go out in the community, get on the public transportation, go where they need to go, and it could result in another infestation of scabies being spread everywhere.” But the San Diego Sector was already dealing with a scabies outbreak when the latest batch of illegal immigrants arrived. Two agents at the Brown Field Border Patrol Station developed rashes on July 3 after processing illegal immigrants from Texas, according to a letter obtained by NRO written by Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613. Zermeno confirmed the veracity of the letter and the facts contained therein to NRO. The immigrants that spread the disease to the agents arrived on the buses that were blocked from entering the Murrieta station last week by local residents, he said. The first agent to contract the illness told Zermeno he was asked to do the medical screening of all detainees before releasing them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The agent thought he got sick while observing several people with open sores, Zermeno wrote in the letter to Paul Beeson, the San Diego Sector’s chief patrol agent. “[The Border Patrol agent] is not a trained medical professional but did the best he could do,” Zermeno wrote. “He was not told about any precautions to take such as decontamination of himself and uniform.” As a result, the agent who became ill exposed the agent he carpools with to scabies, and put his wife and two small children at risk of contracting scabies too, the letter explained. Scabies is an infestation by a mite that burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs, according to the CDC. My emphasis In the letter, Zermeno notes that Beeson had said FEMA personnel had already conducted health screening on the individuals transferred to California, but that EMT agents in California discovered “several” people with active cases of scabies and other illnesses. “We do not know exactly which detainee was infected and processed at Brown Field that resulted in the agent contracting this disease,” Zermeno wrote. “We suspect that they could have been already transferred to ICE custody and may have already been released in the surrounding communities.” The letter reported that other Border Patrol stations in the San Diego sector were not properly disposing of contaminated bedding. At the Chula Vista station, agents left contaminated bedding in open paper bags with signs taped to them that said, “SCABIES!!!!!! Do NOT Move until after 7/5/14 1600.” Zermeno wrote that the sheets should instead be placed in sealed plastic bags, and recommended that disposable blankets be used instead of wool ones. He asked that agents involved in the transportation, processing, and medical screening receive disposable overalls and be provided a facility where agents can decontaminate before departing the processing area. “Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue[s] to ignore recommendations,” Zermeno wrote. “I request that your staff not down play this incident and call it an isolated incident.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told ABC News the Central Americans surging across the border are family members who do not present a threat. “These are family members, these are not gang members, these are not dangerous individuals,” Kerlikowske told ABC. “I think that we all need to work through this problem together as Americans.” Border Patrol officials at the Chula Vista and Brown Field Stations were not immediately available for comment.