California Wildfires Were 100 Years in the Making

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I think all would agree that the California wildfires have been a tragic loss to life and property. The devastation caused has been

Prescribed Burn

nothing short of catastrophic. Video and pictures of the town of Paradise should cause anyone’s heart to sink.

However, this is not a disaster born of natural causes, but human-caused, and most of these wildfires could have been mitigated if not prevented all together, should the State of California and the federal government have heeded decades old warnings.

The federal government, for a century or so, has been taking various States’ forested lands in order to prevent mining, logging and “urban sprawl.” There goal is to keep these forests as pristine as possible, unaltered by human hands.

In February, 2018, California’s Little Hoover Commission published an 82 page report entitled “Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada.” read more

WND Exclusive – THE POLITICIZATION OF HURRICANE MARIA

On Aug. 28, 2018, the Atlantic published a piece declaring: “A Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Finally Knows How Many People Died.”

The subtitle adds: “A new, definitive study from George Washington University finds that almost 3,000 people lost their lives – and highlights the government’s failures before and after the storm.”

No bias there, right?. But to which government are they referring? Well, since the Atlantic.com leans decidedly left, we can guess which government, or more succinctly, which administration.

But what should first jump off the page is that GW University had to do a study to determine the figure. And the figure is deceiving at best. President Trump is correct to discount the 3,000 person mark. read more

Let us Praise the Hawaiian Price Gougers

This is another lesson in Economics 101. And one that the government should meddle in. I discussed this very topic last year in a video podcast. You may view it here. It’s in segment 2 which begins at about minute 19:25. Or you read my article regarding the same here.

from IBD:

‘Price Gouging’ In Hawaii Should Be Thanked, Not Cursed

Hawaii has taken a hit from Hurricane Lane, with an estimated 40 inches of rain and flooding in several areas. It’s an old story: Already, claims of price gouging for everything from propane to airline tickets have emerged. Should Hawaiians curse the gougers? No, they should thank them.

That might seem strange, but it’s true.

First off, let’s concede there are no doubt businesses that are technically breaking Hawaii’s anti-emergency gouging laws, which forbid stores from raising prices on food, water, ice, gasoline, cooking fuel, batteries and generators, chemicals or building materials during a declared disaster or emergency. read more

Economics of Bacon and Natural Disasters

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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You may have noticed that the price of bacon is off the charts. I know I have. It appears to have basically doubled in the last months. Why?

It’s simple – supply and demand. Over the last few year demand for everything bacon has skyrocketed. It seems bacon is in everything. There is Maple Bacon ice cream for dogs. There are bacon cream Oreos, bacon flavored gumballs, bacon mayonnaise, bacon toothpaste and Amazon sells Lester’s bacon soda. I love bacon, but ick!

In February, Business Insider explained the effect the demand for bacon has had on the industry.

The country’s supply of frozen pork belly — the meat used to make bacon — fell from 53.4 million pounds in December 2015 to 17.8 million pounds in December 2016. That’s the lowest level the nation’s pork reserve has been at since 1957, according to US Department of Agriculture data. “Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” Rich Deaton, the president of the Ohio Pork Council, said in a statement highlighting the data. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.”

What we’re witnessing are naturally occurring market forces at work – basic economics – supply and demand, and why the cost of bacon has increased so much. As demand outstrips supply, prices naturally increase. If it didn’t, soon there would be no supply left. The free market, left to its own devices, devoid of government meddling, will then re-balance itself, allowing supply to catch up with demand. Bacon will then return to more reasonable prices.

Put it this way. You go to store to purchase something. For this scenario, it doesn’t matter what it is. Luckily, you happen upon a store offering the product at 50% off. Why? read more

Video Podcast – Pastor for Reproductive Rights – Price Gouging Can be Good

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A Female Methodist Reverend claims she was “moved by Scripture” to become an abortion advocate. She says her interpretation of the Bible called her to join the pro-abortion movement.

No one likes price-gouging – especially during times of exceptional need, as in the case of Hurricane victims. I argue that these pirates who jack up prices of goods and services actually perform a needed service to the desperate evacuees. read more

Please Help – My Friend Lost Everything in the Flood

09-06-17: John is back to work. Thank heavens is office made it through. He says keeping busy helps.Still reeling. He wanted to thank everyone for their generosity.

I want to make another plea to donate. We are close to the $1000 goal I set. I really want to get there for John.

 

**Update**

09-05-17: Spoke with John today. Needing money, he told me he was able to sell both his pickup truck and his motorcycle for a combined total of $3800. That was all the salvage guy would give him. Let’s help John. Please donate.

What would you do for a friend in need? And not just one in need – but a friend who has lost everything?

I told John when I started this for him I would be shameless and persistent to try to help him. So I’m asking again. I know everyone reading this can afford to give at least $5. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Please click on this link and donate.

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Thank you for those who have stepped up so far. I’ve been in constant contact with John and he needs our help.

Please give what you can and tell your friends.  Please Donate by clicking this link.

**Update**
9/1/17: John just told me his home will not be habitable  for at least 120 days. Here are just some of his possessions. A total loss!
My friend John Slaughter lives (or lived) in Kingwood Texas – northeast Houston. The area was devastated. From a distance (I live in New Hampshire),I promised him I would do what I can, so I’m asking for your help.

I’ve set up a GoFundMe page on his behalf:

I spoke with John on Tuesday. He said he was relatively dry but areas around his neighborhood were flooded. He was fine.

Wednesday afternoon I messaged John to ask how he was holding up. I was expecting him to say all was well – that the water was receding and he dodged a bullet. I did not expect what I heard.

His answer stunned me: “Not good,” John wrote. “Got evacuated by boat, lost everything. Trying to sort out a vehicle to drive and a place to live. Can’t get within two miles of my place.”

He also wrote: “Thank you very much for rescuing people” – that he’ll never forget the guy in the rescue boat from St Louis. “Thanks to all of you! HE had no idea what time it was or how long he’d been working…”

Please help – click on this link!

Like me, he’s a single dad with a daughter and two dogs. All are fine – or as fine as one can be in these circumstances.My friend is homeless. They have nothing and can’t get in to try to salvege. I’m doing what I can, but I need help.
Things got a lot worse!Please donate what you can to help John pick up the pieces.All the money donated will be used by him to purchase whatever he and his family needs – which is pretty much everyything.

WND Exclusive – JE SUIS SELF-ABSORPTION AND HATRED

While immeasurable numbers of our fellow citizens are suffering the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, tone-deaf leftists are celebrating the end of summer at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

The festival lasts for 10 days and runs through Labor Day. Oops – according to the website, it is not a festival, but a “community.” The irony is that as a literal wall of water was bearing down on Texas, a wildfire and dust storm almost canceled the non-festival festival.

Yet the self-indulgent set would not be deterred. They fought their way through and made it to Burning Man. Yay! read more

Don’t be Fooled by Big Labor Disaster Fund

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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For the past few days, I’ve heard Public Service Announcements warning me to look out for charity scams.

It seems every time there is a large-scale disaster something like this happens. Crooks and scam-artists come out of the woodwork, or crawl out of the holes they reside in, to prey, both on the less-fortunate, and also the more fortunate than didn’t suffer the disaster.

They set up phony charities and clean-up services and begin making phone calls to kind and unsuspecting Americans. So prevalent have these scams become, that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as multiple State governments, has even felt the need to set up a fraud alert website.

Normally I’m not big on advertising anything having to do with the feds, but this one is informational only. I’m an advocate for a hands-off government and buyer beware, but in the case of a disaster this massive, I guess I’m okay with it. read more

Yellowstone Super-Caldera Has Deformed

As small earthquakes continue to rumble around the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, scientists have revealed new evidence of the changes going on beneath the ground.

A new map from the US Geological Survey shows how the ground around the Yellowstone caldera has deformed over the span of two years, as the quakes release uplift-causing pressure, allowing the ground to sink back down.

This activity is typically linked to changes in magma and gases deep below the surface – but for now, the experts say there’s no cause for worry.

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In the map above, a bulls-eye shaped section of uplift can be seen at the Norris Geyser Basin, where the ground has risen roughly 3 inches. And, an elliptical subsidence can be seen in the Yellowstone caldera, with the ground dropping about 1.2 inches

EARTHQUAKE SWARM 

The University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations (UUSS) have been monitoring the activity since it began June 12.

A total of 1,562 quakes have been recorded so far at Yellowstone since the swarm began.

Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50 per cent of the total activity in the Yellowstone region.

Although the latest swarm is the largest since 2012, it is fewer than weekly counts during similar events in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. 

Tremors were recorded from ground level to 9mi (14.5km) below sea level.

Seismic activity could be a sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano, although this is impossible to predict exactly

The map, created by USGS geophysicist Chuck Wicks uses data from June 2015 and July 2017 to show how the region around Yellowstone has changed.

In the map, the colourful rings show the changes in the ground’s elevation as seen by a radar satellite, according to USGS.

A bulls-eye shaped section of uplift can be seen at the Norris Geyser Basin, where the ground has risen roughly 3 inches.

And, an elliptical subsidence can be seen in the Yellowstone caldera, with the ground dropping about 1.2 inches.

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No – Pacific Islands are not Disappearing Due to Global Warming

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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“Rising sea levels are eating away at small Pacific Islands and will eventually turn their inhabitants into climate refugees.” So say the climate “experts.”

Allow me to channel my inner Andy Rooney. Did you ever notice that in order to be a “climate expert,” one must first believe in man-caused global warming. Just an observation.

New Scientist reports  that “Over the past 60 years the sea has risen by around 30 centimeters locally, sparking warnings that the [Funafuti] atoll is set to disappear.

Now may I ask a question? How do sea levels rise “locally?” The experts claim that the ocean rose “locally” by 30 centimeters. These islands, or atolls, sit in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Picture the Pacific as a giant bathtub. There are no walls or barriers in the tub segregating the water. After you finish filling the tub to a certain level, someone asks if you can just raise the level of water by 30 centimeters (about 12 inches) “locally,” at one end and not the other. Please tell me how this is done, save for a local storm or swell, which would of course subside. It defies the laws of fluid dynamics.

But as has been occurring more often of late – actual data doesn’t support the claims that these islands will disappear. Quite the opposite. read more