As you might imagine, installing seismic sensors on the ocean floor isn’t an easy task. Recently, however, scientists were able to detect seabed seismic activity using something that was already down there – a fiber optic telecommunications cable.
by: Brent Smith
Seattle’s homeless – slash – feces problem:
A lot of major cities have this problem. Crap and drug needles all over the streets, sidewalks – everywhere. And it’s a constant battle about how to get rid of it.
Well, in Seattle, the thought is to power wash the crap into the street storm drains and wash it away. Sounds like a reasonable and economic solution – right?
Well, one city councilman in Seattle says that they can’t use hoses to wash away the crap, because it will bring back memories and images of when racists used fire hoses to put down blacks in the South.
How about a little something on Climate Change:
Notice that literally no one is calling it global warming anymore. Think that’s by accident?
Climate Change is one of the only true constants. If the public would just use their brains, they would realize this and then figure out that this whole scare is nothing but politically and financially motivated. And believe you me, it is scaring people.
But if man disappeared tomorrow, the climate would just go on changing like it’s done since Earth developed a climate.
The Sun would continue to do what it does, the Moon’s orbit will continue to shift, the continents will continue to move, ocean currents will continue to shift, as will wind patterns. All contribute to an ever-changing climate. And there’s not a thing we can do to stop or prevent it.
Experienced divers swimming off the coast of California have noticed something out of the ordinary in the past few years – a small, black-and-white striped fish unlike any other in the region.
The barred knifejaw, also called the striped beakfish, is normally found in Pacific Ocean waters surrounding Asia.
And while it might be the most conspicuous, scientists say it’s not the only non-native species that’s ended up in this area thousands of miles from home.
A recent study identified nearly 300 Japanese coastal marine species that ended up on the wrong side of the ocean after the massive tsunami generated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan back in 2011.
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
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.”
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…”
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.