Saturday, June 24, 2017

Julian Assange pens a searing critic of the Democratic Party.

Why the Democratic party is doomed:

1. The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party's narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party's base and its relationship with the public. Without the "We didn't lose--Russia won" narrative the party's elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé. The collapse of the Democratic vote over the last eight years is at every level, city, state, Congressional and presidential. It corresponds to the domination of Democratic decision making structures by a professional, educated, urban service class and to the shocking decline in health and longevity of white males, who together with their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. comprise 63% of the US population (2010 census). Unlike other industrialized countries US male real wages (all ethnic groups combined) have not increased since 1973. In trying to stimulate engagement of non-whites and women Democrats have aggressively promoted identity politics. This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group. Consequently in response to sotto-voce suggestions that Trump would service this group 53% of all men voted for Trump, 53% of white women and 63% of white men (PEW Research). 

Read the rest at the link.

Thunderstorm over Texas

Quqortoq, Greenland

Some scale if you look for the jeeps up on top.

Rusty crater in Iceland.

Who needs water?

Black Beauty

He meant it when he said he was flying to the beach

Acid Trip Beetle

Fun with lava in Hawaii

Thermal pictures taken June 21st reveal that a hot crack spanning much of the width of the lava delta at the Kamokuna ocean entry on the big island of Hawaii. These cracks are common on lava deltas, and suggest sagging and instability at the front of the delta.  At some point in the near future, the seaward part of this new delta will tumble off into the sea and down the underwater side of the island, which is very steep off shore here.

Kilauea Volcano's Kamokuna ocean entry is fed by lava that erupts from the east flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone. It travels from the vent to the ocean via a lava tube, marked in places by fume emanating from the tube roof.  

Below, a view of the Kamokuna lava delta and the lave structure encasing the lava stream as it emerges from the mouth of the lava tube in the face of the sea cliff.

This is the same place where a few months ago a rare stream of molten lava emerged and poured out into the sea like a fire hose.  Now it is enclosed in hardened lava and building the delta seen above, which periodically gets too top heavy and breaks off into the Pacific.

The Art of Speed

The 9 sqm (97 sq ft) Alpine shelter “Bivak II Na Jezerih” in Triglav National Park, Slovenia by Darko Bernik of AO Architecture.

North Dome, Yosemite Valley, Thomas Hill, 1870

Josie Norris, 75 yr old cattle rancher (October 1947)

A great gadget for people with pools. After all, who wants to swim in a pool with dead critters on the bottom?

Who's ready for the weekend? I'm ready for the weekend.

12 billion gallons of water pour into Lake Tahoe amid Golden State heat wave

That's a staggering amount of shining, pure water, and resulted in the lake level rising four inches since June 16.
That rise occurred while intense heat increased evaporation rates from the lake's surface. What's more, water managers have been releasing water from the lake into the Truckee River for the past 120 consecutive days to make room for snow-melt runoff. 
"It's not typical to spill at all," says U.S. District Court Water Master Chad Blanchard. "It's only on the big years when you have to release water."
Water Master?  Now that's a job title for a manly man.  I'll bet Chad has a booming voice, tats and a beard, but certainly no bun.  He probably has so many guns he needs two safes.

 Photographer David N. Braun captures the beauty of winter at Lake Tahoe in March 2017.

Straddling the California–Nevada border, Tahoe is the sixth largest lake in the United States, an outdoor playground for people around the world, and the main water source for the Reno-Sparks area in Nevada, as reported previously on SFGATE. The renowned ecological wonder is fed by 63 tributaries that drain 505 square miles known as the Lake Tahoe Watershed. With a vast surface area of 191 square miles, Tahoe requires an immense amount of water to fill, especially because roughly 100 billion gallons of water evaporates annually.
Now, we should investigate how this water flow affects downstream water storage at Pyramid Lake, another big, if less well known desert lake, which is fed by the Truckee.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hélie Denoix de Saint Marc

On the left here, he was a French résistant during the war before being arrested and deported to Buchenwald; having survived the camp he joined the Foreign Legion, fighting for 15 years in Indo-China, Suez and Algeria before taking part in an attempted coup to overthrow Charles de Gaulle.

The Nose Knows

Straight Up

4th of July gear

Grandkids love this stuff.

Ute man wearing a fringed buckskin coat with bells over a print shirt. - 1880/1910

Friday Open Road

They tried everything at least once.

The McDonnell Aircraft Corp. XF-85 Goblin, the smallest jet-propelled fighter ever built, was a “parasite” designed to be carried by a B-36 bomber. If the host ship was attacked, the Goblin would be launched from the bomb bay to protect it. The Goblin was egg shaped and its wings — swept back 37 degrees — could fold upward. It had no landing gear and was launched from the bomber. It was then recovered using a hook and a retractable trapeze under the parent airplane. For emergencies, the Goblin had a steel skid under the fuselage and small runners on its wingtips.
It was named the Goblin because company founder James McDonnell had previously decided to name the company’s jet fighters after supernatural creatures. The Goblin followed the Phantom and the Banshee.
The tiny fighter was stable, easy to fly and recovered well from spins. However, hooking the Goblin in flight to its bomber’s trapeze was difficult. Its first fully released flight was on Aug. 23, 1948 at Muroc (now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.). Lowered by the trapeze from the mother ship — a Boeing EB-29 nicknamed “Monstro” — McDonnell test pilot Ed Schoch released the Goblin and made three unsuccessful attempts to reconnect the X-85 to the trapeze, but the small jet was buffeted wildly by the larger jet’s turbulence. On the last attempt, the Goblin hit the trapeze with such force that the canopy was smashed. The pilot managed to make a belly landing using the Goblin’s skid on a dry lakebed.
Ultimately, only three of the seven flights of the Goblin resulted in successful connections with the arresting trapeze. The test program was canceled in 1949, and the Goblin never flew from a B-36. Docking had proved too difficult. But by that time, the Goblin was no longer needed. In 1949, the Boeing KB-29P, with its flying boom aerial refueling system, had solved the problem of long-range fighter escort for bombers.
McDonnell built two prototype Goblins, and one joined the collection at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The designer of the Goblin, Henri de Raynbeaux - Flambeaux, on his way home from the McDonnell Aircraft Development Center.

Nice - I want one.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Since when was it illegal to harvest roadkill?

It’s not as rare as you might think.
About 20 other states also let people take meat from animals killed by vehicles. And advocates say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.
Washington state began allowing the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses a year ago.
In Pennsylvania, people can take deer or turkeys that are killed on the road if they report the incidents to the state Game Commission within 24 hours.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown signed the roadkill measure with little fanfare last week after lawmakers passed it without a single “nay” vote.

Hot tubbing done right

I suspect that's a sauna in the background.  Perfect, if so.

Penguins under the ice

Hold my beer and watch this....

Shoshone, Wyoming, circa 1870. Photo William Henry Jackson.

For no particular reason, the Pacific Ocean near San Diego

Cool, and salty

A young John Glenn poses next to the tail of his damaged F-9 Panther. His aircraft was hit with more than 700 pieces of shrapnel, earning him the nickname "Magnet Ass" from his fellow fighter pilots.

Amy Irving, Carrie Fisher, and Teri Garr during Thanksgiving Party at Sibils in New York City - November 21, 1977

Seen behind The Donald at his Iowa rally

Is that a midwest farmer's daughter? 'Cause she's making me feel alright.