Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Annapolis Tries to Buy It's Way Out of Pollution Problems

And the Annapolis Gazette doesn't approve: Stormwater cleanup shortcut shouldn't be OK'd
County officials say they are unable to fix such pollution from 5,862 acres of impervious surface — streets, parking lots, driveways and other hard surfaces that don't absorb rainwater — within Anne Arundel's boundaries by 2019. That's the deadline to meet the cleanup goal set in the county's stormwater permit, and for a new one from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The county has the money and a list of projects, but will fall as much as 2,000 acres short of getting those projects designed, approved and completed.

So instead, county officials want the state and the EPA to be flexible and accept improvements in wastewater treatment — in the works for the last decade and paid for with another fee — toward as much as 40 percent of the goal. This idea is known as nutrient trading.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is working on guidelines for a nutrient trading program, essentially signing off on the concept. Ben Grumbles, the MDE secretary, calls this approach "flexible and cost-effective."

We don't agree.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was right to call the idea a "fundamentally flawed" approach that doesn't "move the ball on stormwater pollution."
I support the idea of nutrient trading, at least if geographic coverage is sufficient that no area bears unwanted pollutions as a result. Except, maybe cities, and they deserve it. However, I can't see the point of trading relatively cheap nutrient clean up, for relatively expensive stormwater cleanup. If the idea is to reduce problems in the Bay, both need to be addressed.

Urban areas are leading the drive to demand Bay clean up. Make them pay their fair share.

A Slow Day at Clinton.com

A rather meager, random, and not too exciting collection of links today, The biggest news was the self outing by Jeff Rovin as Hillary's fixer on Sean Hannity's show last night (I didn't watch). There's nothing really thrilling here, just confirmation of what we long suspected; the Clinton marriage is an "open" sham of political convenience, with both parties taking liberties (Hillary had an affair with Vince Forster), and that he paid off problems and journalists. Why did he come forward? An attack of conscience maybe. . .
“The New York Times has become the National Enquirer, and the National Enquirer has become The New York Times,” Rovin said. “We’ve got to set the world right again.”
Restating the obvious, How Clinton has relied on handful of mega-donors for her $1billion campaign - with a fifth of her haul coming from just 100 people or unions. Just five mega-donors and their wives are responsible for one in every $17 dollars that have been spent on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. To reinforce that Facebook COO In Leaked Email: I Still Want Hillary To Win Badly. To be sure, she has more than mere money to offer.

Bloomberg goes on about Clinton’s Florida Secret Weapon: New Puerto Rican Arrivals.  They’re with her: Illegal immigrants go door-to-door on behalf of Hillary. Would any serious nation permit this?
As Democrats scream at the top of their lungs about Russia trying to interfere with the American election it’s ironic to see them actively working with non-citizens to alter the results of that very same election.
Could Hillary Clinton start a world war? Sure as hell she could – and here’s how. The pantsuit that launched a thousand missiles?

How the Clinton campaign planned staff diversity Quotas, of course. A wikileak that does't directly involve Hillary: Obama Team Kept List of Muslims For Top Jobs, Excluded Non-Muslims, of course.

National Review reviews how Hillary F. Clinton Curses Those Who Keep Her Safe. And she thinks much the same of the American public. Deplorable and irredeemable.

Bernie Supporters Should Vote Trump Because Hillary Will Reinforce Dynastic Globalism. Probably true, but their not really voting with their reason, they're voting with their emotions.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO–Paula Jones Relives Bill Clinton’s Alleged Sexual Assault: ‘He Asked Me to Kiss It’. But Trump said "P$ssy"!

Andrea Mitchell Snoozing Through Hillary’s Speech? To be fair, she's probably heard it a thousand times by now. Although that voice isn't exactly soothing.

Now this is interesting: Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist and organizer who disrupted GOP primary campaign events. The enemy of my enemy may not be a friend, but he may be an ally.
Black has resurfaced recently as one of the people featured in undercover video from the Project Veritas group. In the video, he claims to work for the Democratic National Committee. Though he does not appear on their payroll, his bio at Democracy Partners credits him with "working closely with the Democratic National Committee" during the 2012 election cycle. Black in the video says he helped organize protests in Chicago that led to Trump's cancellation of a rally there in March.

According to the source, Black coordinated with Breitbart via email, phone and in person, including when he dressed up as a robot and trolled Marco Rubio’s events. The relationship was described as very friendly. An article subsequently published on Breitbart featured video footage of a physical confrontation between Black and Rubio's New Hampshire campaign chairman.
But it's Politico, and I don't trust them.

And the regular linkerage from Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 10.24.16"Hillary Walking Dead ClintonFormer State Department IT Official Refuses To Answer Questions About Hillary’s E-Mail – Over 90 TimesAmid E-Mail Scandal, Clinton Ally Paid $600K To FBI Investigator’s Wife, The Most Damning Revelation From James O’Keefe And WikiLeaks – Indifference, “Barring Something Completely Out Of The Blue, Like Hillary Being Involved In A Murder, I Don’t See How He Wins”, Proof Hillary Clinton Disclosed Classified Details Of Bin Laden Raid In Secret Wall Street Speech, Of Course They Did, What Happened To The FBI’s Integrity?

Whew! That's a Relief!

Telegraph – the “end of coffee” climate scare story which has been circulating recently has just been exposed as nonsense by a new study from Exeter University.
No evidence climate change boosts coffee plant disease
Fears that climate change is promoting a fungal disease which can devastate coffee crops may be unfounded, research by the University of Exeter suggests.
Media reports have linked coffee leaf rust – also known as CLR or roya – with climate change, but the new research finds “no evidence” for this.
Researchers tested the hypothesis that “the weather was responsible for a recent outbreak of CLR in Colombia and that climate change increased the probability of weather conditions favourable to CLR”.
 Yet another false alarm. A (Not Quite) Complete List Of Things Supposedly Caused By Global Warming
The paper, published in Royal Society journal Philosophical Transactions B, concluded: “We find no evidence for an overall trend in disease risk in coffee-growing regions of Colombia from 1990 to 2015, therefore, while weather conditions were more conducive to disease outbreaks from 2008 to 2011, we reject the climate change hypothesis.”
Colombian coffee production fell by about 40% from 2008-11, and this decline has been linked to a severe CLR outbreak across Colombia and neighbouring countries.
 Do you think these people ever read the fable of the Boy Who Cried Wolf?
Dr Dan Bebber, lead author of the University of Exeter study, said there was a “perfect storm” of factors favourable for CLR at that time, including weather conditions and a decrease in fertiliser use due to price rises during the 2008 financial crisis.
“Farmers weren’t treating coffee bushes as they normally would, and this was probably one of the factors that led to the rise in CLR,” he said.
“The climate at the time was conducive to CLR but there had been earlier periods of similar conditions when there wasn’t an outbreak.”. . .
Read more: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_548830_en.html
Although I am rather looking forward to coffee grown in West by God Virginia.

The Great Rhode Island Yoga Pants Protest

Can we talk about that Rhode Island yoga pants protest for a moment?
This was one of those throwaway stories which cable news uses for a lighter break between the pressing coverage of politics and war, but it represents a disturbing trend which is getting completely out of hand. In case you missed it, a man in Rhode Island named Alan Sorrentino recently penned a letter to the editor of his local paper on the pressing subject of women wearing yoga pants. Alan sent in his largely tongue in cheek missive to The Barrington Times (a newspaper with a circulation of 5,000), complaining that the workout apparel was tacky and ridiculous, best suited for the confines of a yoga studio, and not something to be worn by women over the age of twenty.
You don't look a day over 70
 Don't worry girls, I won't judge you for wearing yoga pants past 20.
The result? Death threats, vulgar voice mail and a wave of outrage on local social media accounts which resulted in hundreds of women showing up in front of his house to protest. (Fox News)
Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yogapants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous.
Alan Sorrentino said the response to his letter to the editor, printed in The Barrington Times on Wednesday, has been “vicious” and that he’s received death threats. He maintained the letter was meant to be humorous.
But organizers said even if Sorrentino’s letter was meant to be a joke, the message is clear.
“Women are fed up with the notion that we have to dress for people’s visual pleasure,” said Jamie Burke, parade organizer.
 Hey, nothing wrong with yoga pants!
Pretty funny, huh? It’s the sort of popcorn story which gives cable news anchors a reason to chuckle and guffaw, play interviews with the activists and make a few fashion jokes. But Sorrentino took it pretty seriously. His life was disrupted and he’s been turned into a villain, all over a note which he admits he wrote as, “a humorous break from the current political campaign rhetoric.” Now he’s become a symbol of female oppression. And to top it off, Alan is gay and owns yoga pants himself.
Be careful what you wish for. Here's a News Flash: Feminists Hate Men

Monday, October 24, 2016

Just What is a Urban National Marine Sanctuary?

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is trying to have the Baltimore Canyon declared the US's first Urban Nation Marine Sanctuary. What does that mean?
The National Aquarium on Monday announced it is seeking the public’s support in its effort to nominate the Baltimore Canyon off the coast of Ocean City as the nation’s first Urban National Marine Sanctuary.

The Baltimore Canyon, a 28-mile long and five-mile wide submarine canyon off the coast of Ocean City lies at the center of the resort’s multi-million dollar fishing industry and contains fragile deep sea corals rarely seen anywhere in the world along with habitat for countless species of marine life. The National Aquarium has launched a petition drive to have it designated as the nation’s first Urban National Marine Sanctuary, presenting a unique opportunity to connect an urban population to the ecological treasure using cutting edge deep sea exploration technology.
That sounds like gibberish. What are you going to do bus Baltimore residents out to the canyon, so they can gaze on open ocean without much distinguishing features? All the action takes place below the surface.
“The Baltimore Canyon is not only a fascinating ecosystem, but also a natural classroom and living laboratory that we can use to expose our children to a new world, our next frontier,” said National Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer Kris Hoellen. “We hope that with a groundswell of support from our community, we can designate this untapped aquatic treasure as our nation’s first Urban National Marine Sanctuary. It is time to invest in our deep seas and in Baltimore.”
 The actual Baltimore Canyon is 50 mile out to sea, and, in any event, is closer to Delaware than  Baltimore City.
Created millions of years ago, the canyon offers unprecedented ecological and educational value, according to the National Aquarium. In addition to protection from man-made threats, the National Aquarium hopes to gain special recognition for the Baltimore Canyon as the first Urban National Marine Sanctuary offering a groundbreaking opportunity for the public to connect and engage with the deep sea. The National Aquarium hopes to create a virtual high-tech system to connect discoveries from researchers in the canyon back to scientists, students and institutions on the mainland.

The National Aquarium is in the first states of the designation process with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Marine Sanctuaries. The first step is the petition drive to gain public support for the designation although the process could take as long as three years. If NOAA deems the Baltimore Canyon worthy of the designation, other steps would include an environmental impact assessment after which a series of public hearings would be conducted.
What would it mean for the canyon itself?
While a national marine sanctuary designation for the Baltimore Canyon could limit or prohibit some activities, it is not expected to curtail recreational fishing, which is vastly important to the resort’s economy. According to the petition released on Monday, not only would fishing not be prohibited, but would be encouraged if the Baltimore Canyon received the designation.
I note they carefully said recreational fishing, not commercial fishing. The canyons are noted as gamefish hot spots, for billfish and tuna.
. . . While the potential designation of the Baltimore Canyon as an Urban National Marine Sanctuary on the surface does not appear to impact fishing and other recreational uses, it would prohibit offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. The federal government had included a vast section of ocean off the mid-Atlantic coast as a potential lease area for private sector offshore drilling, but backed off that proposal last year. However, the mid-Atlantic does remain a potential area for controversial offshore seismic testing for oil and gas reserves. In addition, it is uncertain at this point what a designation would mean for the future offshore wind farm off the resort coast.
Probably not the best area for wind power, but I wouldn't mind if it were banned. I would be surprised if oil exploration were allowed on the Atlantic coast in my lifetime.
While an Urban National Marine Sanctuary designation for the Baltimore Canyon does not appear to impact fishing and other recreational uses, it certainly bears monitoring. Earlier this fall, the Obama administration designated a vast area the size of Connecticut off the coast of Cape Cod as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the first of its kind in the Atlantic. Marine National Monuments are far more restrictive than national marine sanctuaries. The long-range plan is to phase out all commercial fishing in the marine national monument off the coast of Cape Cod although recreational fishing will still be allowed.
I would expect similar regulations a few years down the road.

Clinton.com Incites Violence?

The big news today out of Clinton.com is the Project Veritas video which basically shows the Clinton campaign illegally coordinating with the allegedly independent group, with the side benefit of causing violence at Trump rallies which the media can then blame on Donald Trump, and that Hillary Clinton was personally involved: Rigging the Election – Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Involvement

Or as Ace puts it: Community Organizer Bob Creamer Caught on Video Admitting He Illegally Coordinates With Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC. In general, I'm against campaign finance laws, including this one. But if they're going to be enforced, they need to be enforced on both sides. Althouse notes Robby Mook's sleight of hand about the Democratic operatives who manufactured violence at Trump rallies. He doesn't exactly deny violence, he just says it might have happened before they got paid by the DNC. Also note that he doesn't exactly deny doing it, he just denies that evidence exists. "You got nothing on me, coppers!" Also amusing, Robbie Mook's response when Chris Wallace asks him if that if Wikileaks emails showing CRIMINAL behavior by Hillary and her campaign is not okay, what about using Trump’s stolen tax returns ? ? ?

Back in the world of the original email scandal, the Wall Street Journal find an interesting link between the Clintons and an upper level FBI official involved in the email investigation: Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife. $467,000 worth of quip pro quo.  McAuliffe’s SuperPAC paid $500,000 to campaign of wife of FBI official overseeing Hillary email investigation. Or Twitchy: Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe and the FBI have a $467,500 headache on their hands.
The quick and dirty summary is that Gov. McAuliffe’s super PAC donated the $467,500 in a failed attempt to elect Dr. Jill McCabe to the state senate in 2015. She lost the race to the incumbent Republican, but shortly after the election her husband — Andrew McCabe — was promoted to Deputy Director of the FBI and one of his jobs was an “oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
Meanwhile Clinton State Department IT Official John Bentel Takes Fifth Amendment During Judicial Watch Deposition. Previously claimed not to know of Clinton's private server until it made it into the news.

More Wikileaks:WikiLeaks Exposes Plot to Discredit Clinton Email Investigation; Emails show top Senate Democrats and Clinton camp conspired to smear State Dept. watchdog. Why would anyone honest want to work with these bastards? WhiteHouse EmailGate Damage Control and More Pay to Play. Of course the Whitehouse was involved in the cover up. EMAIL: Podesta asked ‘How bad is her head?’ Sort of depends on whether you're asking on an emotional, a policy, or a health perspective. Wikileaks Raises Questions on When John Podesta, Russia Stopped Doing Business. Late in 2014, if it's not ongoing behind the scenes. One leak with particular importance to today's questions, New Podesta Email Exposes Playbook For Rigging Polls Through "Oversamples". Place not your faith in polls. New emails show Clinton camp worried journalists would notice ‘huge’ gender pay gap at Clinton Foundation. Worried about journalists? Now that there is downright hysterical. McClatchey explains How Clinton emerged from WikiLeaks hack largely unscathed: Doubt, delay, distract. This doesn't help: The Wikileaks List: At Least 65 MSM Reporters Were Meeting with and/or Coordinating Offline with Top Hillary Advisors. The Incestuous Left and Those Who Provide Cover for them. Interesting stuff at Politico's Live Blog: Mook ripped Clintonworld's 'secret investigations' into consultants, Clinton aide discussed Trump ‘swift boat’ project, Huma Abedin on Clinton-Gore relations: ‘No love lost’ . . .

Bob Woodward (remember him?) Clinton Foundation Is "Corrupt" And Clinton Didn't Answer The Questions. Ross Douhat at the NYT: The Dangers of Hillary Clinton. Think You Know How Bad the Clintons Are? I think I do, but I want to make sure you do. THE NEW YORKER ENDORSES HILLARY CLINTON and Althouse asks Why does The New Yorker's endorsement of Hillary Clinton praise something it recently published a piece rejecting? And yet another strike against her. Could a President Clinton heal a divided nation? I think it highly unlikely. She might not make it worse quite as fast as Obama. Clinton Is a Threat to the 2nd Amendment -- and the 1st. Progressives don't like freedom to oppose them, either verbally or with guns. Hillary’s open borders ‘dream’ is a nightmare for workers.

Hillary campaigns at early voting location — in violation of NC law? Laws are for little people and Republicans.

Jessica Drake
We're at war, but let's talk about sex: Glenn Reynolds, OK.  Gay Republicans Explain Why They Are Proudly Supporting Donald TrumpPorn star (Jessica Drake) launched sex shop one day before Trump allegations. I wonder if she got a cash boost?
The porn star who claims Donald Trump forcibly hugged and kissed her — then offered her $10,000 for a romp — launched her online sex shop just one day before leveling the allegations.

Wicked Pictures performer Jessica Drake is hawking dozens of sex toys, lubricants and porn videos — including her explicit “Guide to Wicked Sex” series — through the new site.
10K? It must be nice to have money to waste.

A never-Trumper converts: Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump
Hillary hasn’t changed either. At least not in who she is – a corrupt, self-serving liar willing to do or say anything to win and/or sell out to the highest bidder. There isn’t enough Saudi Arabian money in the Clinton Foundation to get me to vote for someone who got rich off “public service” and a “commitment to helping the poor.”
. . .
The media needs to be destroyed. And although voting for Trump won’t do it, it’s something. Essentially, I am voting for Trump because of the people who don’t want me to, and I believe I must register my disgust with Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Flack Calls Benghazi Heroes “The Four Guys,” Mike Pence Can’t Keep Silent The people have no sensitivity. From porkies to whoppers: over time lies may desensitise brain to dishonesty. And no one tells more lies than Clinton and her crowd. Hillary breaks into bizarre, fake laughter over her ‘stamina’. The uncanny valley. Hillary Clinton has run a stunningly boring campaign. Is this really our first female president? Only if we don't stop her.

Shot: Shockingly, the New York Times attempts to justify Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Two-Faced
Chaser: Kaine on Hillary Pursuing TPP After Election: ‘You Never Close the Door’
Hangover: Hillary’s supporters are expecting an immigration fight. Senate Dems not so sure

Twins Come Out for Trump over Tramps

A pair of former Playboy cover models have emerged to defend Donald Trump amid a hurricane of female accusers who claim he made unwanted seuxal advances toward them during the past 30 years.

The 'Barbi Twins' – Shane and Sia, the first twin sisters to pose nude for Playboy – told DailyMail.com in a series of emails that they first met the Republican presidential nominee in January 1993.

They inhabited a world of nude models and Playboy mansion parties at the time, the sisters, now 53, recalled, and saw one woman after another 'falling all over him.'

But through it all, they insist they never saw him grope or kiss anyone even as he fended off advances from one woman after another.

 'While I never want to dismiss a woman's claim of sexual abuse, in our personal experience we saw no indication that Donald Trump would do anything like that.'

'On the contrary,' she wrote, 'he was a perfect gentleman to us, and to all of those other beautiful women that were all over him.'

Shane said she and her sister don't plan to vote for Trump in November. She had hoped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would emerge as the Republican nominee.

'My first choice for president was "Little Marco," someone Trump made fun of,' she said. 'And now we are voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. So we have nothing invested in saying this.

'Trump had a trashy mouth on "Access Hollywood" and "Howard Stern," but we saw him in so many situations with tons of gorgeous women where he was a total gentleman.'
Seriously now, if Trump were everything all these women say he is, wouldn't you expect him to hit on that, if only for the challenge of it?