Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tanlines Thursday

Pretty sure I got this at Theo's. If not, I've gotten plenty more there.

So It's Trump!

With both Cruz and Kasich dropping out in the wake of the rout in Indiana, Donald Trump appears to have the path to the Republican nomination all but wrapped up.

I was never a Trump guy. I never watched his shows, I don't care that much for New York, and he's a quintessentially New York guy. His manner irritates me, but he can't be a dumb or wild as he seems.

My brand of conservatism is a somewhat socially liberal, not quite to the point of hard core libertarian, fiscally conservative, small government variety. Trump, to the extent that his views are clear at all,  is most definitely not a libertarianish fiscal conservative small government Republican. He's barely a Republican at all, although the rules in New York are slightly different, as witness Michael Bloomberg.

Given the original 16 or however many there were, I could have gone with either Rubio or Cruz. Rubio's amnesty was an issue, but his real problem was an inability to rise to the level of competition in the race. I like Cruz's consitutional expertise, and zeal on fiscal conservative matters, but wasn't quite as happy with his religiously driven social conservatism. Rubio settled the matter by dropping out before the Maryland primary, and I voted for Cruz, knowing full well that in the absence of a miracle, Maryland's electoral vote will go to the Democrat.

But we are down to Trump, and for all his failings, he's a better choice than the crook or the communist. Given a binary choice, I can't imagine voting for Hillary or Bernie. If Bernie wants to revert back "Independent" and run third party, I might send him a buck or two, though.

I hate to say it, but "Go Trump"!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Discharge to Begin in Potomac River Ash Ponds

Coal ash water treatment process ‘unprecedented’
The first discharge of treated water from Possum Point will occur Monday. Dominion Environmental Manager Jason Williams said this is the most “unprecedented” water treatment system he’s seen in his 15 years working in the environmental clean up business.

The work to treat the water has already begun, following approval from Virginia’s Water Control Board in January. It will continue through every day, 24 hours a day until April 2018. Two crews with 16 to 20 people will work to complete the work in shifts.

The water treatment system constructed on the hilltop is a massive network of tanks, pipes, pools, filters, and large bagged containers called Geotubes. The multi-step process is continually monitored each hour to make sure the water that’s being scrubbed of particulates not only meets state standards but exceeds them, as Dominion has promised to do.
Two third-party companies will be responsible for testing the water before it flows into Quantico Creek. The results of each week’s testing are to be posted to Dominion’s website each Friday. This state requirement is also “unprecedented,” said Williams.

New federal rules for the closure and capping of coal ash ponds across the U.S. enacted in 2014 prompted Dominion to move quickly on this project. Coal ash from five ponds at Possum Point will be moved into one clay-lined pond, Pond D. All water will be drained from Pond D and a cap will be placed over the remaining coal ash. The closure process is similar to closing a landfill.

A series of wells have been bored into the sludge in the final pond, known as Pond D. Once the pond’s surface water has been drained, these wells will help bring more water to the surface that had been trapped into the coal ash.

About 200,000 cubic yards of coal ash remain at Possum Point. The amount of water in need of treatment would fill 360 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Dominion will be responsible for monitoring the area around the closed coal ash pond for up to 30 years after the work is completed. Williams says the four other areas around Possum Point that once contained coal ash ponds will be restored to their original grade, natural vegetation replanted, and then monitored, but not quite for 30 years.

All of the work to treat and release the water is being conducted on privately-owned Dominion property. There was an increased police presence around the power station on Tuesday. A Dominion official said they were there because there had been unwanted “visitors” to the site in recent days.
This looks good to me. Time to git 'er done.

Mark, Ted, Prince, Fritz!

The list my mother used to go through when preparing to yell at me about whatever it was  I was doing wrong. Mark and Ted are my younger brothers, while Prince was not a rock star but a black and tan German Shepherdish dog that we adopted when I was 12. 

So what? From Duke University: Why we mix up the names of people in our family (and why we include dogs, and not cats)
“It’s a cognitive mistake we make, which reveals something about who we consider to be in our group,” says Duke University psychology and neuroscience professor David Rubin, one of the study authors. “It’s not just random.”

The new paper, based on five separate surveys of more than 1,700 respondents, appears online in the journal Memory and Cognition.

Many of the patterns didn’t surprise lead author and PhD student Samantha Deffler. One did, though. In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.

Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened. “I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.

“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”
As long as Georgia doesn't mix me up with Skye.

More on and Coal Country

Back to the Scooby van! Hillary to tour Appalachian coal country after she pledged to 'put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business' The coal country "apology" tour. Hillary Clinton Gets the Business in Coal Country -Protesters greet Democratic front-runner with taunts and insults. Well, she did say she wanted to put them and their employers out of business. And no, No, Hillary did not apologize for bragging about putting coal miners ‘out of business’. She said she was "taken out of context" and it was a "misstatement". Kind of like when Barack Obama was taken out of context for his mistatement "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can--it's just that it will bankrupt them". And miraculously, coal companies and going bankrupt, and power plants are shutting down. Can a "misstatement be taken out of context? But will it work? Once a Clinton Stronghold, Appalachia Now Trump Country.

By refusing to claim its success, feminism forfeits its legitimacy. Without legitimacy, feminism can maintain its hold on women only through manipulation, like threatening them with their own special place in hell if they don’t vote for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton is the ultimate fruit of the feminist movement, and if feminism were alive and well, she would be riding high on the support of female voters. But she isn’t. Women don’t like her. We, the beneficiaries of feminist gains, evaluate her character and accomplishments before we do her sex, and she comes up painfully short. Millennials, especially, are wildly unimpressed by her, breaking for Bernie Sanders en masse.
Speaking of equal pay, for almost no work, Chelsea Clinton's speaking fee: $65,000. Unbelievable. What has the girl done other than to be born lucky?

By way of Wombat-socho's "In the Mailbox: 05.03.16", Evi L Blogger Lady offers "Do The Democrats Still Have A Plan B?"

We don't deserve that. Take that either way.

Clinton allies fume over Sanders's vow to fight on. Bernie needs to run third party, like he claims to be. Despite losing yet another primary to the communist, the crook is ‘really focused on moving into the general election’
Clinton also detailed what it would take for her to release the transcripts of paid speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs and others, something Sanders has made an issue of. Clinton said she had nothing to hide in them, but that she would only release them if Trump releases as many years of tax returns as she has in addition to the transcripts of his own paid speeches.
If she didn't have something to hide, she'd be putting them out first, and challenging him to. Trump rips Clinton's 'bad judgment'. He has a point there, although I wish it were someone else making it.
Trump signaled last week that he would be using Sanders’s attack lines on Clinton, saying during a television interview, “When he said 'bad judgment' I said, 'sound bite!’ ”

“He said she suffers from bad judgment,” Trump said Monday, referring to Sanders. “It's true.”
. . .
“It's going to be so easy; it's going to be so great,” Trump said, adding “crooked Hillary, bad judgment” and mentioning her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

“It's also criminal, by the way, and a lot of bad things should happen, but we'll find out, we'll find out,” he said. “It's a very criminal act, lot of people have suffered greatly for doing much less.”
Kurt Schlicter offers this hopeful fantasy: Looking Back On How Donald Trump Beat Hillary Clinton.
Looking back 25 years ago to the election of 2016, it is clear that Clinton’s campaign team was badly mistaken when it thought that the vast middle of American politics would blame the Republicans for the violence outside the convention. Every pinko, commie, and socialist freak with a cause and a Soros subsidy descended upon Cleveland, and the ensuing chaos was supposed to show that Donald Trump brought violence and disorder in his wake. The Democrat lovefest to follow was supposed to provide a stark contrast, with Hillary bringing peace and blessed calm. But Americans didn’t see it that way.

In 1968, the Democrats showed themselves incapable of maintaining order in a Democrat city with a Democrat president. This time, it was a Democrat city and a Democrat president allowing their allies to violently assault their political opponents. “The cops, I love the Cleveland cops, but the mayor, the Democrat mayor of Cleveland, a very bad mayor, is ordering them to stand down,” shouted the nominee during his extemporaneous nomination speech. “Just like Benghazi! What is it with Democrats telling our beautiful military and cops to always stand down? Sad!” Of course, Trump had no evidence of any such order, but it sounded like it might be true and that was enough.
. . .
When Pennsylvania was called for Trump, Hillary was on her second bourbon. When Ohio went red, her consultants ran up to Bill’s suite and pulled him off an eager blonde campaign staffer to have him come downstairs and pry the bottle out of Hillary’s clutches. They hoped to keep her from completely embarrassing herself during her concession speech.

Bad News, Boys

Kate Upton engaged to Justin Verlander, who, if I'm reading this article at Althouse correctly, plays some game where guys hit a ball with a club and run around a square, or something silly like that. Sounds fun to play and slow to watch. Ann Althouse celebrates with a photo of Verlander, who looks fairly average to me. Instead, some video of Kate:

Good luck, kids.

French Attempt to Debunk Jewish Physics

Also on board the Soyuz will be Microscope, designed to test a key component in the theory of general relativity published by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. (READ: Space probe set to test Einstein's relativity theory)

The 130-million-euro satellite will probe – with 100 times more accuracy than has been possible on Earth – the so-called "equivalence principle," which says that a feather in a vacuum should fall at the same speed as a lead ball.
More specifically, the equivalence principle states that  "the gravitational "force" as experienced locally while standing on a massive body (such as the Earth) is actually the same as the pseudo-force experienced by an observer in a non-inertial (accelerated) frame of reference", or that there is no way to distinguish between gravity and acceleration without outside knowledge. Einstein was never able to prove it, but their numerical equivalency is the basis of general relativity.
The experiment will compare the motion of two different objects "in almost perfect and permanent free fall" aboard the orbiting satellite, according to France's CNES space agency, which financed 90% of the project.

If any difference in motion is observed, the equivalence principle would collapse – "an event that would shake the foundations of physics," it states on its website.

Such a result would suggest that Einstein's relativity theory may be flawed. This would be a great relief to physicists who have long struggled to explain why the theory cannot be reconciled with quantum physics, the other pillar of modern physics.

"We shall then know that Einstein's theory of general relativity is not the whole story of gravity – that there are other forces contributing to it," French physicist Thibault Damour told reporters in Paris last week.

"It will not mean that Einstein's theory is completely wrong – just incomplete," he added.
I'm betting on Einstein. So far, it's been a pretty good bet.