Friday, May 26, 2017

That's a big fish, and there's about to be a big stink. Where are California's grizzly bears when you need them?

Scientists from the Marin Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences identified the whale as a sub-adult female. The scientists will return Saturday to perform a full necropsy, having taken preliminary skin tissue and blubber samples Friday morning.
Fluke markings on the carcass helped scientists identify the cetacean in the Cascadia Research database. This particular creature was first spotted off the coast of California in 1999 and has been seen at least 11 times since then. 

So, does it have a name, like Sylvia, or Hortense, or is it just some cold scientific deal like Whale A-79?
According to the Marine Mammal Center, about 2,800 blue whales live off the California Coast and are visible in the summer and fall. In 42 years, the center has responded to eight cases of washed-up blue whales, including a 65-foot blue whale that appeared on Daly City's Westmoor Beach in October.

Skills, he has them

Just your everyday fire evacuation in Russia


Fish simply don't stand a chance against sharks.

Jupiter's South Pole as seen by Juno, a massive swirly mess.

Friday Open Road

It would certainly do Yale and Harvard freshmen snowflakes a lot of good if they were greeted this way on the first day of college.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Penetrating Stare

Conrad Veidt (1893-1943) was a German silent/sound actor probably most remembered as Cesare the somnambulist in The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920).
Veidt was staunchly against the Nazi regime in his country and fled to the US with his Jewish wife at the time. Being a German in Hollywood, he guessed that he would be frequently cast in the roles of Nazis. He did not reject to playing these characters (e.g; Casablanca (1942) but vowed to only ever portray them if they were villains and shown in a negative light.

Skills, she has them

Fortunately, no one has yet been reported missing. Caltrans had been working for months to clear the span of Highway 1 of several smaller slides, even opening it certain times of the day to allow traffic to get through. But last week, crews pulled out of the area when more mud began to trickle down from the hills above.
“We’re glad nobody was there,” Cruz said. “It could have been really catastrophic if someone was around.”
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, acquired images of the area on April 20 and May 22, 2017. The center image, acquired by a multispectral imager on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite, shows the same location as it appeared after a previous, smaller landslide this spring. 
“This is a large slide preceded by smaller slides, which is not uncommon,” said Thomas Stanley, a geologist and researcher for NASA, in an email. “Much of the California coastline is prone to collapse, so it’s fortunate that this landslide happened in an unpopulated location.” In 2015, the Monterey County Environmental Resource Policy Department rated parts of the nearby coast as highly susceptible to landslides.
The latest landslide covered roughly one-third of a mile of the scenic route in 35 to 40 feet (10 to 12 meters) of rubble. The highway will remain closed for the foreseeable future, according to Caltrans.
Another view from a little closer.

Ah, Vino!

The next door neighbor just knocked on our door, sending the dogs into a barking tizzy.  He is a winemaker, has about ten acres right next to us, and dropped off two bottles he made, one white, one red.  We poured this one so fast he probably didn't even make it back to his own front door before we were drinking it!

And of course it isn't a zin, but the glasses were from the local Zin Fest in Lodi last weekend, and we  used them since our neighbor attended as well.  Yummy stuff.

The President of Croatia appears to have a bit of a crush on the alpha male.

Trouble with bears

An interesting take on Comey, the Clintons, and corruption

Who knows if it is accurate, but it makes a fascinating read.

A taste, but go thee hence and read it all, as they say:

Trump seizes the moment and acts. While Comey is in California, 3000 miles away and 7 hours from his office, Trump prepares a letter firing him (with Sessions and the Deputy AG recommendations attached). In the letter Trump states that he had been told 3 times by Comey that he (Trump) was not under investigation. The letter is hand-delivered to the FBI headquarters by DOJ officials to lock-down and seize everything in Comey’s office, including all surveillance files (“tapes”) of Trump and others. All of Comey’s files, docs, computers and “tapes” are taken to Sessions at DOJ. They are not taken to the Whitehouse or Trump, but to Sessions, who has every right to have them. Sessions can tell Trump that Comey had surveillance tapes of Trump that contradict what Comey has been telling Trump, and perhaps tapes of conversations with other swamp “conspirators.” But Trump does not have them personally or at the Whitehouse.
Comey learns he has been fired when the media broadcasts it in California. He had no idea it was coming and he is ticked. On cue, the Democrat politicians and media begin screaming about Trump’s “interference with the Russia investigation” in accordance with the plan to set up Trump for that charge. The Swamp wants to blow up the Russia narrative using Comey, and Comey is set to testify before Congress to try to hurt Trump by saying he was interfering with the FBI investigation. Comey intends to follow through with the plan to take down Trump.
But because of his brilliant timing on this, Trump has Comey’s files, documents and information safely with Sessions at DOJ. Trump sends out a “crazy” tweet that says: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.” 
The media and the politicians go crazy about the “inappropriateness” of this tweet. They accuse Trump of “taping” everyone at the WhiteHouse (forgetting that the Presidents phone calls with foreign leaders have been “taped” without his knowledge.)
Notice that Trump did not say he taped anyone, or that he has any tapes at the White House. It seem apparent that Trump is telling Comey that the DOJ (who has every legal right to possess it) has the surveillance information and files from Comey’s office, the “tapes” obtained and kept by Comey. Comey and all the Swamp Creatures understand the clear message… their plan has failed and Trump’s DOJ is now holding all the cards.
The whole Russia interference scheme crashes and burns. While the mouthpiece media, Hollywood and the insane fringe continue to scream about Russia and Comey being fired, the politicians who will soon be in the crosshairs of a legitimate (and ticked) FBI and DOJ are starting to fall strangely silent. Comey realizes all the leverage is with Trump and that he will be lucky if he is not added to the Clinton Death List because of his knowledge (better not take any baths near an electrical outlet or get on any airplanes).

Local college professor arrested in the Bay Area for attacking protesters with a bike lock.

Eric Clanton, a former professor at Diablo Valley College, has been arrested by Berkeley Police for allegedly attacking pro-Trump activists with a bike lock during rallies that took place on April 15.

Here's the video of the attack.  Notice how the professor sneaks up behind another person before striking, like the snake he is.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was 4chan, using the power of weaponized autism, that hunted him down and identified him in 2 days.

The U-lock attack took place at an Antifa event, dubbed The Patriots Rally, in Civic Center Park in Berkeley.

Internet users took to 4chan, the popular image-based bulletin board, to investigate and share their research on the attacker’s identity. They purported to identify a mask-free Clanton in photos from the protest that day, and compared those to the outfit, backpack, facial structure and shoes of U-lock attacker.

4chan users also found Clanton’s profile on the dating website OKCupid, where he wrote “I spend a lot of time thinking about REVOLUTION.”
His page at the local university.   I'm sure, like his parents, the local school is so proud that they hired this guy.  And he teaches ethics.  

 Now we'll see if the police and the DA have enough evidence to prosecute him successfully.

Shadow of a B-24 Liberator during a low level raid in Southern Burma

Yay, Katy! We knew you could do it!

Father's Day is coming

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hey, got any honey?

Chief Red Cloud (Makhpia-sha, or Maqpeya-luta) Oglala Sioux (Lakota) and his son Jack Red Cloud standing next to him. - 1900/1909

How to have fun with kids and teach them about independence.

Juan Brown, who's been doing some great videos about Oroville, posted this on taking his grandkids, I assume, on a local hike.  Super cute, and the landscape is a good example of foothill California.  Amazed they didn't run into a few nice snakes on that walk.

Apollo film set to music from Interstellar. Great combination.

Bear smells doughnuts, rips bumper off car in attempt to get them.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports Todd and Kim Robertson awoke early Monday to a black bear trying to break into their delivery vehicle.  Apparently the bear decided to start from the back and work forward
Police officer John McCartin says he smelled doughnuts standing outside the damaged vehicle.
He joked: "I guess if anyone is an expert about this, it's us."

Government run amok. This is in Australia. All up in your face and in your business. Revolution against this chit should be required of all free men and women.

Notice the false concern, the threat to fine you if you don't obey Leviathan, and the invitation to "Log your Jog."  Next, you'll be required to tell the authorities before you're allowed to jog at all, and pay a fee.

Finally, there are an additional four signs in the background.  More rules.  Likely more threats. And it isn't about liability. State authorities give themselves immunity from liability all the time.

Gleaming aeronautical beauty.

Lockheed A-12

I wonder what ever happened to this?


A bicycle strand beest