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History / 25th Amendment is in Play
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 02:07:46 PM »
President StrangeLove may be shown the door  :coffee:

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Far Out Newz / Official Clif High Thread-Fully Loaded Woo-Woo ed.
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Crypto's, Antarctica, Dogon, etc....

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SUN ☼ / Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Last post by RE on Today at 01:04:08 PM »
Now at the airport with my butt parked on a bench outside security.  I'm not going in until a couple of hours before flight time.  My spot is right next to an electrical outlet and the bathroom, and I have food to eat and water to drink.  The FREE WiFii works out here as well as inside of security, so there is no reason to check in yet.

I got my raw videos loaded to Google Drive so Surly can download them if he wants to, and I'll probably spend the rest of the day getting started on an article for next Sunday Brunch on the Last Great Adventure to the Path of Totality of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼.

One of the surprises for the trip was that I ALMOST BROKE EVEN on the T-shirts!  :icon_sunny:  I figured this was just an advertizing gimmick for SUN☼ and would be a complete money loser like the Coffee Cups I did up for the Convocation in SC last year.   I charged a really high price of $30/shirt, and the concession at the campsite took $5/shirt, so I netted $25/shirt.  Out of the 20 shirts I had printed, 13 sold for a total of $325.  My costs including the screen production was $335, so only a $10 loss!  :icon_sunny:  The remaining 7 shirts were given away, one each to me, K-Dog & Brian, 1 each to 3 of the Next Generation of K-Dog's son & friends who were at the campsite with us and 1 to the Tow Truck driver who picked up the Mercedes outside of Butte where we rescued K-Dog at a Rest Area.

Overall, the Last Great Adventure to the Path of Totality of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ was a raging success on almost every level, and the trip was Blessed I think by the Finger of God.  I came soooo close to cancelling on it the day before when I felt as though I was at Death's Doorstep and the Grim Reaper would win this race and come to collect me as the counselors did when I tried to make my run for Woodstock from Summer Camp.  Not this time.  RE won this race with the Grim Reaper.  :icon_sunny:


 By admin23 August, 2017Insights and Research

Rare United Nations Warning—Signals Potential Civil Conflict In America

A UN Committee tasked with combatting racism on a global scale has issued an ultra rare “early warning” for the United States citing ‘alarming racism’ trends. This rare signal often preludes the potential for civil conflict.

In the past 10-years, the early warning has been issued in Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.

The United Nations Committee on the Eliminations of Racial Discrimination has called on high-level politicians and public officials of the United States to condemn “racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and through the country”.

Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said:

    We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred

As per UN News Centre:

    In a decision issued under its ‘early warning and urgent action’ procedure, the Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, stated “there should be no place in the world for racist white supremacist ideas or any similar ideologies that reject the core human rights principles of human dignity and equality.”

Let’s take a moment to gain another perspective from Los Angeles Times writer Jesse Walker asks in an Op-Ed: Are we headed for a second civil war?

    Not inconceivable? That’s a low bar. It’s certainly possible to imagine America returning to the violence of the 1960s and ’70s, and beneath the overwrought language, that’s what some — though not all — of these civil war prophets seem to have in mind. But a near-future war with two clear sides and Gettysburg-sized casualty counts is about as likely as a war with the moon.

      These “new civil war” stories frequently take a bait-and-switch approach. They invoke the violence at demonstrations like the rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, where a man reportedly sympathetic to Nazism drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman. In the same breath, they discuss the broad divisions separating “red” America from “blue” America. If you flip quickly between small violent clashes and big political disagreements, those big disagreements will look bloodier.

Conclusion: It’s clear that the United States is being purposely divided. The United Nations is clearly playing into the hype of issuing an early warning that has only been issued for third world countries in the past 10-years. In our opinion, the continued division in America will only be achieved through more events such as Charlottesville that will polarize the sheep into the streets for slaughtering.
Far Out Newz / Azozeo's News-FEMA National Shelter System Database
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 09:44:23 AM »

The Black Vault

The FEMA National Shelter System is a coordinated nationwide database of emergency shelter information where thousands of profiles of potential shelter resources, as well as virtually any type of facility associated with the care of disaster survivors, are maintained. FEMA, working in partnership with the American Red Cross, used lessons learned to develop a new easy to use system that includes operational data to assist emergency management professionals in times of disaster and for planning purposes. The system has the ability to track virtually any type of facility used in response to disasters.

The new system also includes an enhanced GIS mapping function that will allow emergency management professionals to see in real time, shelter locations, critical infrastructure, flood plains, fault lines, and other geospatial elements.

Additionally, FEMA is working to ensure the system is interoperable with the Red Cross National Sheltering System and several other commercial emergency management programs, allowing data to be shared between systems, eliminating the need to enter data in multiple applications. This system is available to emergency management professionals with a demonstrated need for this information. Use of the system is free of charge and accessible from any internet connection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition to general population shelters, the system includes:

    Medical shelters, shelter-in-place locations (SIP)
    Household pet shelters, kitchens
    Points of Distribution (POD’s), warehouses
    Warming, cooling, and respite centers
    Embarkation, Debarkation, and Reception processing sites
    Any type of shelter or facility related to the management of the people affected by the

SUN ☼ / Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Last post by RE on Today at 09:29:16 AM »
I'm sitting in the airport hotel room waiting another hour for the shuttle over to the Alaska Airlines terminal at 10:30.  My flight isn't until 6PM tonight, but they only run 4 shuttles/day from this El Cheapo Red Lion Inn ($59/night, cheaper than the Bates Motel in Dullard), and besides you have to check out by 11AM anyhow.  So I will spend the rest of the day sitting on my crippled ass in the airport instead of the hotel room.  It doesn't make a difference as long as there is an internet connection and a bathroom, I am good anywhere to wait.

I did a lot of sleeping since I got here, but I also got a few more photos edited, and I am now also uploading some of the video I shot to my Google Drive account so Surly can download the original files if he wants to make a combined presentation with his stills and my video.  One of the files is really big so I am going to try to get the whole thing loaded on somebody else's WiFi Bandwidth.   ;D  If I can't finish it here, hopefully I can finish it on the Spokane Airport Wi-Fi while waiting for the plane.

Besides getting some photos edited, I also unloaded all the SD Cards into my computer and recharged all the batts on the cameras, so they are fresh and ready for the rest of the trip and further projects in the future, although I have nothing left in the Bucket List anymore so I don't know what they might be.  I m doing slightly better with the eating, I had some eggs and a sausage patty this morning at the hotel FREE breakfast, and I ate some potato skins and a yogurt yesterday.  Except for my legs, I feel much better than last week.  However, it is getting much harder tolift my legs to get in and out of cars.  I'm worried I will have trouble with this when I get home and am on my own again.

OK, I will probably make another update while wating in the airport.  K-dog is going to pick me up at the other end in Seattle for another day together, so the Last Great Adventure to the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ is not quite over yet.  :icon_sunny:


A burning forest in Apui, Brazil, this month. Some ecologists wonder if they can slow extinctions by reconnecting fractured habitats with small corridors of forest.

In the 1980s, an ecologist named Thomas Lovejoy conducted an unusual experiment in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. As loggers moved in with chain saws to clear trees for cattle pasture north of Manaus, he asked them to leave untouched several small “islands” of forest to see how the animals within them fared.

The results were unsettling. Even in the largest protected forest fragments, 250 acres in size, the number of bird species living beneath the canopy declined by half within 15 years. The smaller isolated populations were far more likely to succumb to disease or climate fluctuations or demographic bad luck than a larger population would have.

That experiment helped establish a grim rule of thumb among biologists: When a species becomes isolated in a small disconnected patch of habitat, unable to breed with larger populations elsewhere, it runs a much higher risk of going extinct locally. And since many of the world’s forests are increasingly fragmented, carved up by roads and farms, it seems inevitable that many species within those remaining patches will soon vanish forever.

But in recent years, some ecologists have asked whether they can help stave off an extinction crisis by, in effect, running Dr. Lovejoy’s experiment in reverse. The idea is to link together the world’s remaining forest islands by planting small corridors of trees between them, allowing native birds, mammals and plants to spread between the fragments, mingle with their brethren and become more resilient against extinction threats.

In a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, released Monday, scientists tried to quantify how this “wildlife corridor” strategy might be used to slow extinction rates in two biodiversity hot spots, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania.

“We’ve known for a while that fragmentation elevates extinction rates and that these corridors can help,” said Clinton Jenkins, an ecologist at the Institute for Ecological Research in Brazil and a co-author of the study. “But we wanted to take that data and figure out what we’d actually gain by putting these forests back together.”

Golden Lion Tamarin, Leontopithecus rosalia, endangered species, Atlantic Forest, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

In the stretch of Atlantic Forest north of Rio de Janeiro, home to the endangered golden lion tamarin, a bright orange primate, the researchers identified 20 areas where corridors could be planted — small forests just six-tenths of a mile wide — to reconnect existing habitats. Doing so, they found, would create more than 500,000 acres of continuous forest and slow the predicted rate of extinctions.

On average, the populations in the connected forests were expected to survive 13 times as long as they would in isolated forest fragments.

While the paper largely depended on modeling, this work isn’t entirely hypothetical. One of the co-authors, Stuart L. Pimm, an ecologist at Duke University, has been working since 2005 to build actual wildlife corridors linking scattered patches of Atlantic Forest through his nonprofit, Saving Species.

Although the newly built corridors need to be studied in more detail, Dr. Pimm said, early signs are encouraging.

“We’re already observing golden lion tamarins passing through, which means they’re less likely to be isolated, they can meet tamarins elsewhere, and local populations are less likely to wink out,” he said.

The authors make the case that such corridors would be relatively cheap, costing an estimated $21 million to $49 million to reconnect fragmented forests in Brazil and Tanzania.

Such corridors, they note, may also help plant and animal species adapt to climate change by making it easier for them to migrate to cooler habitats and higher elevations as temperatures rise.

“The idea we wanted to get across is that reconnecting these landscapes doesn’t cost all that much if you’re smart about it,” Dr. Jenkins said. “You don’t have to bring back the forest everywhere to create a lot of positive benefits.”

Daniel Simberloff, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who was not involved in the study, cautioned that the research relied heavily on debatable modeling assumptions. Because threatened species decline over many decades, it is difficult to assess the full benefits of corridors directly.

The Amazon rainforest in the Jamanxim National Forest which has been illegally slashed and burned stands next to a section of virgin forest in Novo Progresso, state of Para, Brazil.

It can take several decades for replanted corridors to blossom into lush forests that birds feel comfortable traveling through, the authors noted. Given that many species are predicted to disappear from their fragments in less than a decade, even a well-designed corridor may prove too little, too late for some.

More broadly, Dr. Simberloff argued that overhyping the benefits of corridors may mislead people into thinking “we can make a meaningful contribution to conservation on the cheap,” when larger-scale efforts to protect and rebuild forests may ultimately prove necessary to save their native species.

But Nick Haddad, a conservation biologist at North Carolina State University who has studied wildlife corridors extensively but was not involved in the study, argued that corridors can slow extinctions in the short term while larger efforts get underway.

“This paper offers good evidence that you can get a lot of bang for the buck with corridors,” he said.

Still, building wildlife corridors is not always easy, Dr. Jenkins said. It often requires buying farmland and painstakingly regrowing forests, keeping out invasive grasses and preventing fires. In some areas, conservationists may need to build large forested bridges over highways to allow species to pass through.

“You can’t just go in and plant trees and walk away,” Dr. Jenkins said. “The key to making these corridors work is often to make sure local people are involved and committed to taking care of them.”
“Stopping this study is a ploy to stop science in its tracks and keep the public in the dark about health risks as a favor to the mining industry”

    WASHINGTON (The New York Times) – The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining.

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which was conducting the study, said in a statement Monday that they were ordered to stop work because the Interior Department is conducting an agencywide budgetary review.

    Last year, West Virginia officials asked the Obama administration to look into the health effects of mountaintop mining, a technique used to extract underlying coal.

    The National Academies assembled a 12-member expert committee to assess “new approaches to safeguard the health of residents” living near the mines.

    “Mountaintop removal mining has been shown to cause lung cancer, heart disease, and other medical problems,” said Representative Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. “Stopping this study is a ploy to stop science in its tracks and keep the public in the dark about health risks as a favor to the mining industry, pure and simple.”

WASHINGTON, 21 August 2017 (NAS) – In an August 18 letter, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement informed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that it should cease all work on a study of the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia. The letter states that the Department has begun an agency-wide review of its grants and cooperative agreements in excess of $100,000, largely as a result of the Department’s changing budget situation.

The National Academies will go forward with previously scheduled meetings for this project in Kentucky on August 21-23 -- which are allowed to proceed according to the letter -- and encourages the public to attend open meetings in Hazard and Lexington on August 21 and 22. The National Academies believes this is an important study and we stand ready to resume it as soon as the Department of the Interior review is completed.  We are grateful to our committee members for their dedication to carrying forward with this study.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.

Knarfs Knewz / Alaska’s Permafrost Is Thawing
« Last post by knarf on Today at 07:25:51 AM »
Go to the website for this article and is REALLY well done!!
Vice President Pence struck a somber note Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends” when he was asked about the removal of Confederate statues. “It’s important that we remember our past and build on the progress that we have made,” Pence said, arguing for putting “more monuments” up instead of taking existing monuments down. But if Pence is really committed to Americans developing and maintaining a strong, genuine sense of our history, then he should rule against statues that distort our past.

When America’s white nationalist movements chose to rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville last weekend — and one of their number allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and wounding 19 more — they forced a long-developing debate about monuments and memorials to the history of the Confederacy and its aftermath into a new and dramatic phase. It has become virtually impossible to deny that the monuments are exactly what the white nationalists take them to be: symbols of white supremacy.

[The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy]

At the same time, a different and more high-minded meaning is often ascribed to statues, busts and various public spaces named for Lee, Jackson, Jefferson Davis and many others. According to some, like Pence, who argue for keeping the monuments where and as they are, to remove them would be to forget or erase part of American history, however painful.

As a lifelong reader of plaques, visitor of monuments and walker of battlefields, I suppose this kind of argument is aimed at people like me. The raising of monuments to protagonists of whatever cause is a poignantly human task, however bad the motives. And it becomes more poignant as time changes its meanings. The arch of Titus in Rome commemorates the destruction and despoiling of the temple of Jerusalem — a massive act of violence celebrated to display the power behind the violence. But, by now, no crime could be reassessed or redressed by pulling it down: It has become part of ancient history, which we preserve without prejudice to its meaning.

Yet when Americans sympathetic to preserving the monuments of the Confederacy talk about preserving history, I can’t help but think about the history we have not taken any similar care to preserve, let alone celebrate.

Take Fort Pillow. You can only get to Tennessee’s Fort Pillow State Park if you really mean to. Well off the highway north from Memphis, past the state prison, it sits near the end of a state road that outran a pretty solid national cellphone carrier’s data network. So I discovered last year when I visited the site, home of a 1864 Civil War battle that ended in a massacre of the fort’s heavily black garrison. I visited out of historical interest in, and a kind of civic piety for, the battle and its aftermath. It caused such an uproar that Congress investigated the massacre and President Lincoln suspended prisoner exchanges. And, I admit, I came with a deeper curiosity: I wanted to see how the massacre was commemorated.

It’s a dignified but modest site in which layers of historical interpretation survive, one on top another. Its main thoroughfare is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, the commander of the forces that committed the atrocities and, after the war, founder of the Ku Klux Klan. When the park was established, Forrest was still a hero of the Confederacy — wily, aggressive, giving no quarter, but not remembered as a monster. A later generation of installations preserves the events of the massacre with a painfully balanced, understated approach. The more modern visitor’s center is clear that many Union troops were killed during or after their surrender, with black soldiers making up a greatly disproportionate share of the slain. They are remembered by name in a small but solemn commemorative display. A marker indicates that Fort Pillow has been a national historic site since the 1970s, over a hundred years after its dead were heaped in a mass grave below the earthworks. Sometimes historic memory looks like a massive bronze statue on a pedestal. Sometimes it looks like a small, modest plaque on a remote, overgrown hillside.

The truth is that there is a great deal of history we have chosen, or allowed ourselves, to forget. The Fort Pillow garrison, I learned, consisted not only of whites and former slaves together, but Northerners and southern Unionists together. While Forrest’s statue stands tall in Memphis, his bust keeps watch at the state capitol and his name graces numerous schools, the names of those who opposed him at such terrible cost remain obscure. This was not an oversight. It was, and is, intentional. Attempts to paint a more complete picture of Ben Tillman, the violent post-Reconstruction governor and senator, at his monument at the South Carolina state house have been rebuffed over the last few years. The monument to the people who lost their lives resisting him is, like Fort Pillow, much newer and far away. History, like the people who inherit it, inhabits neighborhoods of more and less prominence.

Just as white America never sustained any attempts at justice for the freed people and their descendants, there has never been a true public accounting of the history that took place around and against those nobly mounted men of bronze. Any argument to preserve them in their places of honor and prominence, however earnestly protective of “history,” must first acknowledge that their very presence served to help people not to remember but to forget. Until that forgetting is undone, they will never do anything else.
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