California Drought Conditions Were Preventable

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In December 2014 NBC Nightly News reported on a massive amount of rainfall that fell in a 24 hour period. In Southern California it was 8” or more in spots.LA River

During the broadcast an NBC reporter interviewed Fritz Coleman, a Southern California Weathercaster for KNBC who stood aside the swelled Los Angeles River and said: “All of our water – we sit and watch it run down the L.A. River and we go – see ya.” The reporter then claimed that in fact “85% of all the rain water that falls in Southern California is wasted.” It is not collected or diverted. It is allowed to simply run out to sea.

And why is that? Well of course – it’s radical environmentalism and the extremist policies they push, with the aide of their willing accomplices in the California State House and Governor’s Mansion.

Just as they do nationwide to our energy sector – forcing the closure of hundreds of coal plants, not allowing drilling on federal lands or permitting the construction of nuclear plants, these environmentalist wackos have all but caused the drought conditions in California.

No, they didn’t cause the actual drought. To my knowledge they are not gathering in field to perform a no-rain dance, but the policies pushed for decades by these loons have certainly caused the conditions we see today. read more

Earths Plates Don’t Move Like We Thought

Back when dinosaurs were just starting to skulk, Earth had just one giant land mass, a supercontinent that scientists call Pangea. pangea2It broke up about 200 million years ago, and since then its fragments—riding on chunks of crust called tectonic plates—have been gliding, merging, and splitting their way into their present—temporary—positions. Now, geoscientists have unveiled a computer model that maps the details of that tectonic dance in 1-million-year increments—practically a frame-by-frame recap of geologic time. It shows that the plates speed up, slow down, and move around in unexpectedly short bursts of activity. It also suggests that researchers may have to rethink what drives much of that incessant motion. read more

Daredevil Biker Traverses Cliff

This breathtaking video captures the moment a cyclist traverses an almost-vertical rock face to conquer the world’s most dangerous trail – before making a return journey.

Michal Kollbek was filmed defying gravity as he made his way over the famed White Line in Sedona – a near impossible route carved into a rock in Arizona.

The stunning one-minute clip was filmed using a drone flying overhead and sees Polish rider Kollbek gradually make his way along the path with Red Rock State Park seen in the background.

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Death-defying: Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park

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The Backyak Modular Watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week’s Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show’s most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. As its name suggests, it’s a kayak that can hike to water’s edge on your back. But it’s also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck.

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Viruses May Have Helped Our Brain Cells Evolve

But for years, this was dubbed junk DNA with no real use, and was considered to be a side-effect of evolution – until now.

New research suggests that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took an ‘increasingly firm hold’ on how cells work, and they may have made brain cells in particular more active and dynamic, ultimately making us smarter.

DNA from retroviruses (HIV pictured) make up around five per cent of our genetic makeup, but for years, this was considered to be a side-effect of evolution. New research suggests that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took hold of how cells work, and may have made brain cells in particular more active and dynamic

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Rare Ice Halo in New Mexico

A rare ‘ice halo’ was seen above New Mexico has as the arctic blast continued to make its way across the country, causing temperatures to plummet below freezing in dozens of cities.

The optical phenomenon was captured by Texan photographer Joshua Thomas above the town of Red River – which has experienced sub-zero temperatures throughout the last few days.

The variety of rings and arcs in the sky are formed by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere during the cold weather.

It comes as weather forecasters predict the cold snap will continue into next week and could even reach parts of southern Texas.

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Stunning: This ice halo was captured above Red River in New Mexico has temperatures plummeted across the country 
Stunning: This ice halo was captured above Red River in New Mexico has temperatures plummeted across the country

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Deepest Water Fish Found

A new record has been set for the deepest fish ever seen in the world, at an incredible depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 meters).

The snailfish was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and breaks the previous record by almost 1,640 feet (500 metres).

The finding was part of an international expedition that also found many other new species at the extreme depths.

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Aberdeen University researchers have set a new record for the deepest fish ever found (shown in red ring). It was spotted 26,722ft down in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Called a snailfish it has a ghostly tadpole-like body and no scales. It is seen here swimming with crustaceans

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Giant Croc Hits the Beach

Amazing images have been emerged of the moment a mammoth saltwater crocodile shattered a dead sea turtle’s shell out on a remote beach in the Northern Territory.

Ranger Dani Best first discovered the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle washed up on shore two weeks ago, killed by a ghost net.

She cut the endangered species out of the net and placed a wildlife monitoring camera, which captured a number of animals coming in for a free feed.

But the footage also showed the powerful pressure of a crocodile’s bite as it crushed the outer layer of the turtle in order to gain access to the meaty goods.

Amazing images have been emerged of the moment a saltwater crocodile shattered a dead sea turtle's shell out in a remote beach in the Northern Territory

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Doomed Washington Seaside Home

This is the shocking moment a family’s Washington beachfront house toppled into the ocean during a violent storm that has caused many more homeowners to fear for their properties.
The white-and-red vacation home was captured on video sitting precariously on the edge of a grassy embankment after high winds, rain and rough seas eroded the coastline at North Cove.
Seconds later, it started to topple forward, before plummeting over the edge and into the ocean with a loud crash. As it fell, its chimney snapped, landing in the stormy water several meters away.

Before: A beachfront house rests on the edge of an embankment in North Cave, Washington,  during a storm

Before: A beachfront house rests on the edge of an embankment in North Cave, Washington, during a storm

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography.

The 35-year-old ‘scientist with a camera’ is leading a global whale shark research project, showcasing nature’s beauty in his spectacular underwater photography and documenting his mission to save some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

Pierce learned to scuba dive at university and instantly fell in love with what lies beneath the ocean, travelling the world to encounter remarkable species and highlighting their plight in his series of impressive snapshots.

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography

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