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Russ Steele
Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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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: http://www.theunion.com/news/12972488-113/debate-measure-location-nevada
Scott@09:09PM Right on! Well said! Problem is that Paul does not understand one sentence of your post. He is still looking under the blanket for the perfect world that exists only in his head.
Walt@03:58 It is only an X-1 flare. An X-6 and above and one needs to worry about your electronic devices and the power grid. I got a warning on my cellphone at 10:56AM this morning.
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I wonder how many millions of gallons of water is stored in the flooded mines under Grass Valley? According to this article in The Union the water can be effectively processed: The City has been successfully treating Drew Tunnel flows and has been working with Regional Water Quality Control Board, amongst other agencies, to resolve this issue for many years … Public health is not endangered from the Drew Tunnel flows, because the contaminants in the flows are aesthetic issues (i.e. taste, color, and odor), and the City’s WWTP (waste water treatment plant) is effectively removing these aesthetic issues during the treatment process and prior to discharge of treated effluent to Wolf Creek. Grass Valley maybe sitting on a great reserve supply of water in dry years, even if the libs will not let us dam the rivers.
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Even during the long term droughts, there were individual years that exceed the average flow in the Sacramento River. However, those years are fewer and farther apart. You can see the historic flow of the Sacramento river here: http://sierrafoothillcommentary.com/2014/01/23/long-term-river-flow-droughts/ While you are there look at the huge flood years including 1330, which far exceeds that of the 1861-62. We need to develop the storage capacity to capture the flood years and save the water for the dry years.
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Jeff P writes This is funny, listening to RL Crabb and Russ Steele reminisce about their tolerance for the out-of-towners, including the “gays.” They wear their ignorance on their sleeves. But here’s the real issue for our western county: How is it going to grow when the local media ridicules the newcomers? I do not remember making any recordings? It hard to listened when there are no recordings. More professionalism from the former editor of The Union.
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Opps Should read: "The probability is for a. . ."
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RL Crabb@9:44PM According to the The West With Out Water author Dr. B. Lynn Ingram in an interview: LI: A team of researchers have analyzed past and present climate change and shown that there is a 50 to 60 percent chance of a 35-year drought occurring in the West. There is a link to the full interview at Sierra Foothill Commentary I highly recommend the book. California has had 35 year droughts, 200 year droughts over the last 10,000 years. It also has had catastrophic floods. In 1861-62 the valley flooded 20 feet deep from end to end. I also worry about a mega-flood hitting the region, as we’ve seen every one to two centuries. The last one was in 1861-62, and filled the entire Central Valley (350 miles long and 20 miles wide) with water 20 feet deep. This was caused by 43 days of rain from atmospheric river storms. The history of California climate is chaotic, with droughts and floods. We are living in a 200 year period of relative calm that will not last. The sun, the ocean currents and the Jet Stream control the climate. These cyclical chaotic processes often over lap and cause long term climate changes. Sun Spots are in decline and could vanish for 20-30 years, Pacific PDO is cold for 20-30 years, Atlantic AMO is turning cold, Arctic and Antarctic ice is growing and this combination has not happend for 200 years. Things are going to change, we just do not know how, more drought, huge floods, all are possibilities. Our political leaders in Sacramento are preparing the state for anthropogenic global warming, that is not happening and has a very high probability of not happening over the next 20-30 years given the emerging solar and ocean current activities. The probability if for a cooler and dryer earth for the next 20-30 years. Are you prepared?
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Joek@04:34PM I was born in Nevada City to a family that has been in Nevada County since the 1862s, and I take some offense to your crass comment about "if the hippies hadn't moved up here people would still be marrying their cousins." This was not the mountains of Appalachia, it was a mining town of hard working folks that weathered the first Depression quite well, and sent many young men off to fight WWII. When the men left to fight the Great War the women in the Community stepped up to the challenge and kept things running smoothly. The region has had good times and bad times. When the mines were operating and the lumber was being harvest times were good. When the mines closed in the 1950s, and the lumber industry collapsed in the 1960s and 1970s there were some hard times. I was not here during the great hippy invasion from the Haight, having joined the Air Force and was making my own life, however my family was here for a year in 1974 when I was in South East Asia. The family chose to come to Grass Valley and Nevada City as I had a grandmother, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles and plethora of cousins living and working in the community. One Uncle served as the Mayor of Nevada City and he also served as the Fire Chief for a time. One aunt was a school teacher. There was a solid functioning community in the 1970s and the hippies were viewed with some interest, as they were living in caves and tents along the Yuba River, but they were never the driving force in the community. However, some the aging hippies are solid business people in Nevada City today. Many of the San Francisco arrivals were committed gay couples that made great contributions to the preservation of Nevada City, before AIDs became a serious health issue for them. They brought money and culture to the community. There has always been a strong core in the community, the "good old boys and gals" that the lefty bloggers like to denigrate today. Many of those families are still with us today, silent leaders in the community. The ones that get things done without a lot of public posturing. One of my favorite memories of the 1940s was the Summer Ball Games. Each town had a team and they came each Saturday to play in Pioneer Park. My Aunt Dode was the life guard at the pool in Pioneer Park, we swam every day in the summer, arriving when the pool opened and went home when it closed. Life could not have been better.
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Gregory, Make it legal and regulate it like booze and then let the market determine the best use.
Gregory, Cotten production is in decline in CA due to the fact it requires a lot of water. Rice fields are fallow due to the lack of water and rice farmers are switching to nut trees and drip irrigation due to the lack of water. No idea about Strawberries and Orchids. We are not talking about 500% increase is Strawberries and Orchid production.
California is facing serious long term drought. I did not see any menton of waters usage in the discussion of Measure S. According to researchers a single pot plant consumes 6 gallons of water per day. Measure S significantly increase the number of plants that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Six plants consume 36 gallons per day, 1,080 gallons a month. 100 plants consume 600 gallons at day, 18,000 gallons a month. A single person uses about 90 gallons a day or 2700 gallons a month, and two person households about 150 gallons per day due to sharing. Or, 4,500 gallon per month. 100 plant consume the same amount of water as 4 two person families. Where as 600 plants consume about same amount as 24 two person families. Now multiply that by 100 pot truck farms of 600 plants in Nevada County and we have some serious water usage, that could affect up to 2400 families. With California facing a long term drought, water is going to be critical. Increasing grows by 500% of is going to consume more water, water that maybe needed by humans to survive in Nevada County if the forecast long term drought becomes a reality. Increasing a huge number of water hungry plants in Nevada County does not seem to be a good drought survival strategy.
Here are some photos of Burning Man 2014, this is what we all missed. Huh? http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/09/burning-man-2014/100802/
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Bush Did It President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama. First the president said the situation in the Middle East is "scary," according to a transcript of the event released by the White House. "I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after wave ofupheaval, most of it surrounding the Middle East. You’re seeing a change in the order in the Middle East. But the old order is having a tough time holding together and the new order has yet to be born, and in the interim, it’s scary." Then he told the Democratic donors not to worry because measures put in place by Bush and Cheney "make us ... pretty safe." This is not going sit well with Paul Emory and his lefty friends. Now the real question is, are we really safer with a nearly open southern boarder?
Paul@10:32 I was not pleased about the Sheriff's MRAP and told Sheriff Royal directly at a Republican Luncheon, I am not sure what blogs that he reads. George has written about the militarization of the police and I have commented on those posts in opposition. If you are reading my blog you would have discovered that I am not a real fan of the BOS leadership right now.
Bill, Do not go down Paul Emory's road to BDS. We all end up arguing about staff we cannot change. It is history, it over, it cannot be changed, but it does take us off the subject of this post, which is part of Paul's strategy.
Bill Geltz writes in the Washington Free Beacon The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists. “Domestic extremist violence continues to be unpredictable and, at times, severe,” the report states. A copy of the unclassified, 60-page National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, dated Aug. 14, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It warns that the threat of domestic-origin extremism was moderate in 2013 and will remain so for this year. More details in at the Washington Free Beacon HERE. The Government refused to recognize the problem.
Walt, After erupting for 3-4 hours, the eruption on Iceland has stopped. Next phase?
Iceland volcano is erupting. More details and photo at http://sierrafoothillcommentary.com/2014/08/28/a-fissure-eruption-has-started-in-iceland/
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The California water issue is going to be with us for next 20-30 years. The amount of rain and snow the state gets is determined by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation or PDO, which is currently in a cool phase. When the PDO is negative or cool the West is Dry. These dry periods are often interspersed with El Niño events, which produce more rain and snow in the Sierra. These El Niño events occur about ever three to seven years, providing drought relief during cool PDOs. However, they will most likely not re-fill our reservoirs to capacity. This is the best case scenario, the worst case is that the sun spots continue to decline and disappear allowing development of a long tern La Niño Southern Oscillation, cool waters in the Southern Pacific. An extended ENSO would produce very dry conditions across the West. A long term ENSO could also inhibit the El Niños which are critical to replenishing the water in our reservoirs. The result could bring droughts lasting as long 200 years, depending on the length of the next solar grand minimum. We know from the paleoclimatology records that California has had 200 year long droughts in the last 10,000 years, and it possible to have more of these long term episodes. We also know that California has had some sever floods, that filled the Sacramento Valley like a bathtub with a blocked drain. The last one was in 1861-1862, and from the paleoclimatology records we know these floods happen about every 150 years. We are due! Bottom line, the long term climate is chaotic and we need to adjust. Prepare for the worst!
Earthquakes are rocking Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. Iceland’s Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight. Stay tuned things can get real ugly. Air survey today saw dips in the glacial ice.
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Brad@08:58AM The Bloomberg article does not give a break down by social structure. Was all the gain in the upper class, or spread across all classes? Consider this: From 2000 to 2012, American workers as a whole had a tough time, as population grew much faster than new jobs and many people gave up looking for work. There was one major exception: jobs paying $100,000 to $400,000 (in 2012 dollars). This is what I call America’s new prosperous class. Many of these workers have an advanced degree. They no longer struggle, but they continue to work because their wealth is far from adequate to support their lifestyles. The number of prosperous-class jobs soared to 10.8 million, an increase of 2.1 million since 2000. That is almost 10 times the growth rate of jobs paying either more or less. Most astonishing is how much of the overall increase in wages earned by the 153.6 million people with a job in 2012 went to this narrow band of very well paid workers: Just 7 percent of all jobs pay in this range, but those workers collected 76.9 percent of the total real wage increase. - See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/#sthash.f2nWLCWI.dpuf
Lt Col Ralph Peters on "The Kelly File" “I think he [Obama] sincerely expected that his personal charm would work on the whole world including Islamic terrorists, that he just put our military on ice and said some nice things about Islam, that the terrorist threat would go away.” This only works if you are real god, not someone who thinks he is God!
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From the update graphic, I think we can conclude that household net worth was highest during the George W. Bush Presidency and declined during the Obama Presidency? Right?