Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wildfires

Trump was right: California’s forests have been grossly mismanaged. BY JOE DENHAM
Excerpt: Why do I care? I have spent a great deal of my life caring for the land. I spent two years working as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. I spent two years working as a firefighter for Cal Fire (then it was the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection, before the word forestry became politically incorrect). I have worked as a river guide for the San Joaquin River Parkway. I have worked as a forester under contract to PG&E. In addition to other studies I have a forestry degree from Reedley College. I have managed my own rangeland. I have consulted on the management of various types of open space for fun and profit. I still have many friends who work in wildland firefighting. Some of these people got into this line of work because of me. A few years ago we lost a friend who was fighting a wildfire. My son is currently in a fire academy and hopes to follow me and his grandfather into wildland firefighting.

Rick Scott leading Bill Nelson by 10,000 votes in Florida Senate race, official results show

Rick Scott leading Bill Nelson by 10,000 votes in Florida Senate race, official results show

Book Recommendation


Prudent Decision Making in an Imprudent World: Better Decisions at Home and Work by Patrick Gould

https://www.amazon.com/Prudent-Decision-Making-Imprudent-World/dp/0313372314/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542564086&sr=1-1&keywords=Prudent+Decision+Making

This is one of those terrific books I wish I had read 50 years ago (but it didn’t exist!). It is one of those books you wish everyone would read. But with 25% of our population saying they didn’t read one book in the last year, most wouldn’t understand it if you tied them down and read it to them. They are what Dr. Gould would call “grasshopper people.” It should certainly be read by business executives, political office holders and policy makes and military officers. Gould lays out how to make prudent decisions in many areas, not the least of which is funding your retirement. (A lesson too late for a great many people.) I like to think that I’ve made pretty good life decisions, the three best being to join the Marine Corps, the run for the Massachusetts Senate and to marry my wife. Deciding not to run for reelection after five terms was a good decision as well. Most, but not all of my job decisions have been good. But I’m not aware of a rigorous analysis of them before hand. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have made better decisions if I had had the benefit of this volume. I recommend it without reservation.

Dem in 2020

DEMOCRATIC 2020 CANDIDATE WANTS GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED ‘SOCIAL CREDIT’ SYSTEM COMPARABLE TO CHINA’S
Excerpt: In addition to the social credit system, Yang’s platform also calls for paying every American a universal basic income of $1,000 a month and government-sponsored journalism. (Very scary stuff. Perhaps Mr. Yang would prefer Communist China....Very Big Bro.--Barb)

Wildfires

AS CALIFORNIA BURNS, JERRY BROWN TAKES HEAT FOR VETOING 2016 WILDFIRE MITIGATION Bill
Excerpt: "Two years later, Moorlach said the state agencies and utilities have made little progress in mitigating the risk of wildfires faced by communities across the state."“Well they’ve been working on it for like eight years and they haven’t gotten it done. This is really simple stuff,” Moorlach said. “Utilities are just sort of hanging onto the money.” ...Brown has largely framed wildfires as the product of man-made global warming. On Sunday, Brown said “those who deny” global warming contributed to the fires. (BS. All ways for CA government to soak $$ off carbon/oil products with its versions of cap-and-trade...and God forgive them, wanting federal disaster funds. Sick. --Barb)

Sounds like Trump

TIJUANA MAYOR DENOUNCES ‘HORDE’ OF CARAVAN MIGRANTS, CALLS FOR SWIFT DEPORTATION
Excerpt: Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said Thursday that caravan migrants arriving by the hundreds are no longer welcome, an increasingly common sentiment among residents of the Mexican border city. Gastelum described the caravan of Central American migrants as a “horde” that has been infiltrated by criminals who now threaten the community, in an interview with Milenio Television.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Stop victim-blaming Egypt’s Copts

Stop victim-blaming Egypt’s Copts
Excerpt: Following Friday’s attack on two buses and a microbus in Egypt’s Minya governorate, killing at least seven Coptic Christians and injuring 16 others, both domestic and international media have deployed subtle and not-so-subtle forms of victim-blaming in their coverage. Egyptian media highlighted the poor condition of the road on which the attack took place and speculated about lack of security, which had been debated in the months preceding the attack. Member of Parliament and journalist Mostafa Bakry, on his show Haqa’eq wa Asrar (Facts and Secrets) on Sada al-Balad, praised the efforts of the Egyptian military and security forces, saying, “No one says that police presence is lacking — they are everywhere. But this group went on roads away from security checkpoints to reach the monastery. Terrorists came along mountain paths and waited for them.” International media largely situated the attack within a context of Coptic Christians’ presumed wholescale support for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime. Such narratives not only attempt to posit the attack as an isolated or exceptional incident, but also reduces Copts to homogenous supporters of a regime that provides them with “special protection,” and yet perpetuates their continued exclusion, persecution and death.

Hezbollah

Hezbollah Is Ramping Up South of the US

solar minimum



Solar minimum. Not on ABC, NBC or CBS, PBS, CNN, MSNBC.... They mention it--but not what it is doing or is capable of doing! --Barb

The cities

Why do major American cities seem to have tighter and more strict gun laws than rural and suburban areas? by Jeff Dege

Friday, November 16, 2018

Basta La Vista, Baby. By JONAH GOLDBERG

Basta La Vista, Baby. By JONAH GOLDBERG
Excerpt: The single most exhausting feature of the Trump era is the soul-crushing humorlessness of so many Trump critics and Trump defenders. For many Trump critics, particularly but not entirely on the left, everything is a crisis of existential proportions. For Trump defenders, any criticism of Trump is a direct attack on his supporters. I usually understand where it comes from, I think. Trump does represent a serious stress test not just for conservatism and “democratic norms” but also for many of the assumptions that liberals held dear about the arc of history. Few things are scarier than being knocked off the horse of your teleology. It’s a bummer when you think you have a rendezvous with destiny, and you end up waiting for Godot. For Trump defenders, it requires incredible effort to keep yourself convinced that he’s the man you want him to be rather than the man he actually is. Orwell was right when he said, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” But the opposite is often true as well. It is incandescently obvious that Donald Trump is not the world’s best negotiator or an honest person, among other glaring truths. But for people either emotionally or professionally invested in Trump, any admission that the Trumpian eminence front is a put-on is a threat of one kind or another. Maintaining the fiction that the emperor’s new clothes are glorious and resplendent takes a lot of effort, too.

Florida Dem Officials Sent Out Altered State Forms to Obtain More Votes After Election Day.

Florida Dem Officials Sent Out Altered State Forms to Obtain More Votes After Election Day. Democratic election officials gave voters a false deadline in an attempt to count late votes.
Excerpt: Florida Democratic officials intentionally sent false information to voters in a last-minute attempt to drive up the number of absentee ballots for Sen. Bill Nelson (D.) in his tight race for reelection. USA Today’s Florida network obtained an email showing Florida Democrats engaged in a statewide effort "to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline." Those altered forms gave voters a false deadline to send in their absentee ballots, in the hopes a judge would allow those ballots to be counted.

Reasons Trump might not run in 2020 by S.E. CUPP

Jonah Goldberg: Midterms set the table for a crazy 2020 race

Jonah Goldberg: Midterms set the table for a crazy 2020 race
Excerpt: But the fact remains: The GOP had the worst midterms since Watergate. Democratic gains among young people, the college-educated and, in particular, suburban Republican defectors were historic and will have long-lasting consequences. The GOP coalition is shrinking and aging. The Democratic coalition is growing and getting younger.

Disney World Caved to Union Wage Hike Demands, and Guess What Happened?

Disney World Caved to Union Wage Hike Demands, and Guess What Happened?

‘Vote Early, Vote Often’: Did ‘The Chicago Way’ Move North to Wisconsin?

‘Vote Early, Vote Often’: Did ‘The Chicago Way’ Move North to Wisconsin?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Florida


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

the future

NO DARPING MATTER
Excerpt: BULLETS that never miss, super soldiers with extreme strength and robot warriors capable of rising up against humans may sound like the stuff of science fiction… but the truth is that they have all already been developed.  (This is a fascinating look at some already-invented, but not-yet deployed, technology that could impact the battlefield. Link may not be live. Ron P.)

WashPo contributor Mohammed al-Houthi pictured with rifle in past interviews

WashPo contributor Mohammed al-Houthi pictured with rifle in past interviews
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/11/11/WaPo-columnist-Mohammed-al-Houthi-pictured-with-AK-47-in-past-media-interviews.html
Excerpt: Al-Houthi is implicated in issuing directives for killing more than 26 Yemeni journalists, while there are 16 journalists until this day in detention centers. (ah, the pro-freedom of the press, anti-gun WaPo. ~Bob)

Climate Scientists Discover Error in Major Ocean-Warming Study

Climate Scientists Discover Error in Major Ocean-Warming Study
Excerpt: Two researchers have been forced to issue a major correction to a recent study indicating oceans have been warming at a significantly higher rate than previously thought due to climate change. The paper, published October 31 in the scientific journal Nature, suggested ocean temperatures have risen roughly 60 percent higher than estimated by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But, after errors in the authors’ methodology were identified, they realized their findings were roughly in line with those of the IPCC, after all. The researchers’ alarming findings were uncritically reported by numerous mainstream-media outlets but Nic Lewis, a mathematician and popular critic of the consensus on man-made climate change, quickly identified errors.

Wisconsin company gives employees handguns for Christmas

Wisconsin company gives employees handguns for Christmas
The pic the local paper put on it is of an auto, not a revolver. Figures. ~Bob

Florida

Report: Florida Dem Organizer Called Voters to Fix Rejected Mail-In Ballots after Election Day

#HimToo

Michael Avenatti arrested on suspicion of domestic violence: LAPD
Excerpt: Michael Avenatti, a frequent President Trump critic and the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges, police confirmed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WWI

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—100 years ago by Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Nonetheless, World War I strangely ended with an armistice—with German troops still well inside France and Belgium. Revolution was brewing in German cities back home. The three major Allied victors squabbled over peace terms. America’s idealist president, Woodrow Wilson, opposed an Allied invasion of German and Austria to occupy both countries and enforce their surrenders. By the time the formal Versailles Peace Conference began in January 1919, millions of soldiers had gone home. German politicians and veterans were already blaming their capitulation on “stab-in-the-back” traitors and spreading the lie that their armies lost only because they ran out of supplies while on the verge of victory in enemy territory

Did the end of the Great War come too soon? by David Reynolds

Did the end of the Great War come too soon? by David Reynolds

the revolution is starting to eat it's young. Or vice versa.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate-Change Protest in Pelosi’s Office
Excerpt: Progressive representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made an appearance Tuesday at a protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for more action on climate change. (Or we could follow Pelois's advice and use "clean natural gas instead of fossil fuels." ~Bob)

WWI

WWI: Goodbye to all that, again. Niall Ferguson.
Excerpt: To my 19-year-old son, World War I — which ended 100 years ago yesterday — is as remote an event as the Congress of Berlin was to me when I was his age. To my generation, World War I was not quite history. My father’s father, John Ferguson, had joined up at the age of 17 and fought on the Western Front as a private in the Seaforth Highlanders. He was one of more than 6 million men from Great Britain who served. Of that number, 722,785 did not come back alive. Just under half of all those who lost their lives were aged between 16 and 24 — a fact that never fails to startle. John Ferguson was one of the lucky ones who made it home. But — like more than 1.6 million other servicemen — he did not return unscarred. He was shot through the shoulder by a German sniper. He survived a gas attack, though his lungs suffered permanent damage. My grandfather’s most vivid recollection of the war was of a German attack. As the enemy advanced, he and his comrades fixed bayonets and prepared for the order to go “over the top.” At the last moment, however, the command was given to another regiment. So heavy were the casualties in the ensuing engagement that my grandfather felt sure he would have died if it had been the Seaforths’ turn.

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Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House. Trump just tore it down.

Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House. Trump just tore it down.
Excerpt: For years, some Democrats said gerrymandering was an insurmountable roadblock to the House majority that couldn’t be cleared until after the 2020 census. Then along came President Donald Trump. House Democrats steamrolled Republicans in an array of districts last week, from those drawn by independent commissions or courts, to seats crafted specifically by Republicans with the intention of keeping them in the GOP column. The overriding factor: a Republican president who political mapmakers could not have foreseen at the beginning of the decade. Trump altered the two parties’ coalitions in ways that specifically undermined conventional wisdom about the House map, bringing more rural voters into the GOP tent while driving away college-educated voters. The trade worked in some states. But it was a Republican disaster in the House, where well-off suburbs, once the backbone of many GOP districts, rebelled against Trump in 2016 and then threw out House members in 2018..

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Psychology of Anti-Semitism

The Psychology of Anti-Semitism
Why is prejudice against Jewish people so often expressed in sudden waves of virulent, even exterminatory attacks?

Germany: Syrian doctor rapes four patients at Danube-Isar Hospital and gets away with suspended sentence

Germany: Syrian doctor rapes four patients at Danube-Isar Hospital and gets away with suspended sentence

Kill Jews

London rally for Jews killed in Arab countries disrupted by men shouting in Arabic about killing Jews

Progressive Politics Are Not Really Progressive.

Progressive Politics Are Not Really Progressive. By Victor Davis Hanson
https://amgreatness.com/2018/11/11/progressive-politics-are-not-really-progressive/?utm_source=Hoover+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=b770520431-HDR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21b1edff3c-b770520431-72863337
Excerpt: Some progressives lamented the apparent defeat of radical progressive African-American candidates such as gubernatorial nominees Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Florida’s Andrew Gillum by blaming allegedly treasonous white women. Apparently white women did not vote sufficiently en bloc in accordance with approved notions of identity politics tribalism. According to this progressive orthodoxy, being female, gay, or minority trumps everything else. But, of course, no one believes in such mythical notions of solidarity, least of all progressives themselves. White women were expected in Michigan, for example, to vote against a sterling African-American senatorial candidate John James, whose résumé was far more impressive than his victorious opponent, incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow. There was no such thing as minorities on the collective barricades when it was a matter of defeating California congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, first-generation child of refugees, Asian, female, former Stanford student body president, and Yale MBA in her singular bid to unseat a seven-term white male Democratic incumbent. (Maybe we should call them "The Regressives." ~Bob)

Why Are Feminists So Scared of Female Individuality?

Why Are Feminists So Scared of Female Individuality?
Excerpt: At some point it will happen. I don’t know when, but I imagine it has to be sooner rather than later. At some point there is going to be a mass revolt amongst women who are simply fed up with shrill progressive voices deigning to speak on behalf of all females. To be fair, I recognize that there are a significant portion of politically engaged women who willfully choose to follow the commands of racists like Linda Sarsour, sexists like Jessica Valenti, and sexual abusers like Lena Dunham. They find a sense of identity and purpose in “the cause,” and so even when their consciences tell them something seems morally repugnant, even when their intelligence warns them something is off, even when their instincts tell them to head for the hills, they dawn the pink caps, hold up perverse signs, and cheer profane rants because they’ve come to believe that anything else betrays the sisterhood.

GOP in 2020

70,000 Problems for the GOP, Plus Texas
Excerpt: In 2016, seventy thousand people put Donald Trump across the finish line. He lost the popular vote, but Donald Trump rode into the White House with the votes of seventy thousand men and women who voted for him in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He's got a problem. What worked for him then is no longer working. Sure, President Trump has overwhelming and amazing loyalty from Republicans, but Republican votes alone cannot get a man into the White House. The President requires a host of unaffiliated and independent voters. Those voters are walking away. Look at the aforementioned states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Those three states that put the President in the White House have seen a blue wave sweep across their Governor's Mansions and other races. Republicans in the House of Representatives from those states have been hurt.

She's BAAAACK!

Longtime Clinton Adviser Guarantees Hillary Will Run in 2020
But will the DNC fix the nomination for her this time? ~Bob

Veterans' Day