Friday, July 21, 2017

New York Prepares to Freeze in the Winter

While other states go along, NY says no to gas pipelines
Bulldozers have already cleared a swath through Pennsylvania for the interstate Constitution Pipeline, which is planned to ship natural gas 125 miles to energy-hungry New York City and New England from Marcellus Shale deposits in northeastern Pennsylvania. But work stalled at the New York border last year, when that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation denied a necessary permit for the project.
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The pipeline’s developer, a consortium of energy companies led by The Williams Co. Inc., has filed a lawsuit challenging the denial. The case, now pending before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is being closely watched as a bellwether that might influence other pipeline disputes.

Amid a nationwide boom in natural gas production, pipelines to transport the fuel to lucrative markets are being proposed and built all across the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed. The projects are running into fierce, though mostly futile, resistance from environmentalists, farmers and other landowners.
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“New York is fourth in the nation for natural gas use,” said Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton. “There has been tremendous support for this project. New York’s Southern Tier needs this opportunity.”

The pipeline would move 650 dekatherms of Marcellus gas, enough to power 3 million homes, Stockton said. Taps along the pipeline are being installed for local communities to use and for two of the largest employers in the area to access the gas.
Not being a resident of New York, I don't care if they choose to freeze, as long as they don't then try to move down here.


No Good Dead Goes Unpunished

For about 100 years, Conowingo Dam protected the Chesapeake Bay from vast amounts of sediment that washed down from farms in Pennsylvania and New York. Now that it is at capacity, and can no longer hold back the sediment, the usual suspects want to penalize the dam owners for all the good years it saved the Bay. An editorial from the Balmer Sun: Conowingo tango
That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for Mr. Hogan to help reduce water pollution from the Susquehanna. There certainly is. He might, for instance, force the owner of the Conowingo Dam — Exelon Corp. — to contribute money toward anti-pollution efforts. The goal might be to at least reduce “scouring,” the tendency for severe weather to stir up sediment deposits behind the dam and worsen the situation. While we don’t expect the company to dredge all of the millions of tons of sediment, it might be able to do enough to reduce this effect.
He could also, say, for example, put a punitive tax on newsprint sold to the public to raise money for dredging the pool behind the damn.

Reason #5614 That Trump Was Elected

The damage from Obama is even more than we thought: It's Much Worse Than We Feared

Below the fold, I lifted the text out of the follow-up tweets to save load time. Prepare to be really depressed:

Fish Pic Friday - Bonito

Brooke with a good sized Bonito
Beautiful in Spanish and Portuguese:
Bonitos are a tribe of medium-sized, ray-finned predatory fish in the family Scombridae – a family it shares with the mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel tribes, and also the butterfly kingfish. Also called the Sardini tribe, it consists of eight species across four genera; three of those four genera are monotypic, having a single species each.
Darcizzle with a Bonito

Bonito is an adjective that means "pretty" applied to males or masculine objects both in Portuguese and Spanish (Bonitais the feminine form), but it is unclear whether the name of the fish is related to this. However, it is said to be derived of the Italian "buono" and the Latin "bonus", meaning "good", probably referencing the great taste of the fish. 
Brooke with a Fat Albert
Confusing the issue further, the False Albacore, aka Fat Albert, aka Little Tunny, a similar shaped and size species, is often called a Bonito, too. Here's a guide on how to distinguish them.












The Bonita are widely thought to be excellent table fare while the False Albacore is not considered good eating by many fisherman on the East Coast. However see this rebuttal. I've heard their oil is indigestible and acts like Olestra. However, it is eaten by other cultures and thought to be good. Make your own best judgement.

A shark didn't mind the taste of Darcizzle's Little Tunny
A short quiz below. Bonito or Fat Albert?



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Failure Schadenfreude

via Theo's 
My goodness, one day, and the bin is mostly full again. Let's start with the usually perceptive Megan McArdle, brought to us as usual by Wombat-socho in "In The Mailbox: 07.18.17"Congress Achieves Bipartisan Failure on Obamacare:
On both a political and a policy level, this choice is sensible, even though it leaves Republicans in a tough place. The exchanges in many states have been troubled for years, and those troubles will now deepen as insurers wonder what the heck Obamacare is going to look like in a year or two. The only saving grace for Republicans is that if and when those exchanges fall into a deep decline, they will still be able to assign some of the blame to Democrats for their original sin in passing Obamacare.

 This should also give pause to Democrats who want to cheer “Obamacare is saved!” Obamacare is now in worse shape than ever. And Obamacare was not exactly in good shape before. Obamacare was, in fact, wheezing and sweat-soaked every time it had to walk from the couch to the fridge.

Time has not been kind to its individual market provisions, and now even more regulatory uncertainty surrounds the program. While Republicans deserve some of the blame for this state of affairs, Democrats cannot evade a much fuller measure of responsibility, because most of the program’s problems are congenital, not lifestyle-induced.
He also brings us Powerlines:  The Senate Repeal & Replace Fiasco

Senate GOP, White House Point Fingers After ObamaCare Repeal Collapse, Of course. As long as they have fingers, they'll point them. Democrats Will Soon Regret That Republicans Failed To Repeal ObamaCare. Nah, It's not like they care about actual results, it's just about how it sounds.  “It’s An Insane Process”: How Trump And Republicans Failed On Their Health-Care Bill. The Senate has insanity built into the process. Byron York: No surprise: On Obamacare, GOP senators don't do what they don't want to doRush On Health-Care Implosion: The Senate Is Now Being Run By Three Female Leftists. That may be a little strong. But just a little.

There is one other maneuver left and I’m far from the only person to bring it up. Mitch McConnell can pull the last supports out from under the bridge and go full nuclear. Get rid of the sixty vote requirement for any and all legislation. And then just repeal Obamacare (you can still put an end date on it of six months or a year or two if you really wish) and be done with it. It’s not as if the legislation doesn’t already exist. In an era where we’ve grown used to bills which are longer than an encyclopedia, this March Mo Brooks submitted a bill that was exactly one sentence long.
“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,”

Boom.

So what happens after that? It’s pretty much Armageddon. The media will sell the public on the idea of the GOP no longer simply pushing Granny off the cliff in her wheelchair, but actually burning her at the stake. The GOP will probably lose a massive number of seats in Congress next year and Trump would more than likely wind up being a one term president. But there would be a couple of other possible effects as well. For one thing, the GOP would have kept its promise. And for another, even if some of the “goodies” from Obamacare went away, insurance premium costs might start coming back down as competition increased and more options became available. That might not seem so bad after a while.
Hmmm.  From today's "In The Mailbox: 07.19.17", Don Surber argues that Trump can kill it with his pen and phone: Trump can dump Obamacare. Or there is the "let it die" option:  After Deciding to 'Just Let Obamacare Fail,' Trump Again Lobbying for Healthcare Bill.  Flogging a dead ass, Trump to Senate: Cancel Your August Recess and Get Obamacare Repeal Done.
Too late for now, but worth remembering next time: HHS analysis finds Cruz amendment lowers premiums, boosts enrollment. But as you might expect, the CBO estimate on Obamacare repeal projects 27 million people to "lose coverage" by 2020. Of course, the CBO projection of how many people Obamacare would enroll have never even been close. They do predict it would cut deficits by $476 billion between now and 2026. A worthy goal.

Reason #5613 That Trump Was Elected

Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini announced Wednesday that more than 15 alleged members of MS-13 – including six juveniles – have been arrested for five murders this year in Suffolk County.

He says the majority of the arrests were made on July 13 and the rest were made in "recent times."

Commissioner Sini says those arrested are accused in the Jan. 30 shooting death of 29-year old Esteban Alvardo Bonilla at a bodega in Central Islip, as well as in the April murders of four young men in a Central Islip park.

"Everyone involved in the bodega [shooting] is in custody. We made unbelievable progress in bringing all the perpetrators of the quadruple [homicide] to justice. The investigation remains active," says Sini.

Ten people have been charged in the quadruple homicide, including the six juveniles. Federal prosecutors have said two girls lured the four young men to the park in a premeditated setup. More than a dozen MS-13 gang members then allegedly surrounded them and attacked them with wooden clubs, knives and machetes.
Lovely. I can see why Democrats want open borders.

Thursday Tanlines







My own tanlines are coming along quite nicely, thank you; I have a dark "V" running down my chest from two days spent fishing in an open necked shirt, and the lines on my knees and ankles are quite well defined. Well then, how about some more celebrity tanlines?