Friday, November 16, 2018

A New Bay Boat

VIMS welcomes new research vessel
93-foot R/V Virginia enhances Bay science, extends research footprint offshore
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science community will officially welcome its new flagship research vessel—the R/V Virginia—at the Yorktown waterfront today. The public christening of the vessel is scheduled for April of 2019.

“This is a new day in marine research opportunities for VIMS,” says Dean and Director John Wells. “The Virginia is the most modern, most capable research vessel in its size class anywhere in the U.S., and will greatly increase our ability to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth and maritime stakeholders on both local and regional scales.”

Durand Ward, VIMS marine superintendent, describes a number of ways in which the Virginia provides an improved research platform. “The vessel has a large working deck, ample lab space, and much more comfortable berths” he says. “These will allow our scientists and crew to work more safely, and under harsher conditions, while staying at sea for longer stretches.”

The vessel’s lab space—500 square feet in total—is divided into a wet lab for processing samples within a protected area, and a dry lab for conducting experiments with sensitive instruments while underway. Its electrical and networking systems were designed to handle the torrents of data collected by today’s high-tech field sensors and lab instruments, and with an eye to the even more voluminous data streams expected for the future.

These features, along with the vessel’s engine and propulsion systems, combine to allow the vessel to operate more efficiently in terms of both fuel and cost.

“You don’t have to come back in every few days to refresh and refuel,” says Luckenbach. “You can get farther up the Bay, and farther offshore with fewer port calls.” Adds Ward, “the Virginia’s power plant—two Cummins QSK19-M diesels—will allow the vessel to operate most times with just one engine, allowing for huge fuel savings.”
I'll be hoping to see it out there.

Did a Greenland Meteorite Strike Cause the Younger Dryas?

Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier
A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenlandice sheet. The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.

The impact of the 10bn-tonne space rock would have unleashed 47m times the energy of the Little Boy nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. It would have melted vast amounts of ice, sending freshwater rushing into the oceans, and blasted rocky debris high into the atmosphere.

At 19.3 miles wide, the crater ranks among the 25 largest known on Earth and is the first to be found beneath an ice sheet. “You have to go back 40 million years to find a crater of the same size, so this is a rare, rare occurrence in Earth’s history,” said Kurt Kjær, of the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

Scientists first suspected a crater in 2015 when they spotted a huge depression in Nasa radar images of the bedrock beneath the Hiawatha glacier in north-west Greenland. Kjær, who passes a 20-tonne meteorite to reach his office every day, wondered if such a space rock might be the culprit. “It all snowballed from there,” said Joseph MacGregor, a senior scientist on the team at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
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So far it has been impossible to put a firm age on the crater, but its condition suggests it formed after ice began to cover Greenland about 3 million years ago. But the crater may have formed much more recently. The radar images show that while the surface layers of the glacier immediately above the crater look normal, deeper layers that are older than 12,000 years are badly deformed and strewn with rocks, with some lumps as big as trucks.

So, the Younger Dryas started about 12,000 years ago. When I saw this article I immediately thought about the possibility that it triggered the Younger Dryas, a thousand year cool period that occurred as the world was coming into the current interglacial.  Shockingly, I didn't get to that idea first: Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the time of humans
The news of the impact discovery has reawakened an old debate among scientists who study ancient climate. A massive impact on the ice sheet would have sent meltwater pouring into the Atlantic Ocean—potentially disrupting the conveyor belt of ocean currents and causing temperatures to plunge, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. "What would it mean for species or life at the time? It's a huge open question," says Jennifer Marlon, a paleoclimatologist at Yale University.

A decade ago, a small group of scientists proposed a similar scenario. They were trying to explain a cooling event, more than 1000 years long, called the Younger Dryas, which began 12,800 years ago, as the last ice age was ending. Their controversial solution was to invoke an extraterrestrial agent: the impact of one or more comets. The researchers proposed that besides changing the plumbing of the North Atlantic, the impact also ignited wildfires across two continents that led to the extinction of large mammals and the disappearance of the mammoth-hunting Clovis people of North America. The research group marshaled suggestive but inconclusive evidence, and few other scientists were convinced. But the idea caught the public's imagination despite an obvious limitation: No one could find an impact crater.

Proponents of a Younger Dryas impact now feel vindicated. "I'd unequivocally predict that this crater is the same age as the Younger Dryas," says James Kennett, a marine geologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, one of the idea's original boosters.

But Jay Melosh, an impact crater expert at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, doubts the strike was so recent. Statistically, impacts the size of Hiawatha occur only every few million years, he says, and so the chance of one just 13,000 years ago is small. No matter who is right, the discovery will give ammunition to Younger Dryas impact theorists—and will turn the Hiawatha impactor into another type of projectile. "This is a hot potato," Melosh tells Science. "You're aware you're going to set off a firestorm?"
The Younger Dryas likely played an important role in the settlement of the New World by paleo- Amerindians. Clovis culture seems to have been established over wide areas of the North American by the time of the Younger Dryas, and disappeared afterwards.

Russiagate: Mifsud and More

Big news this morning on the Mysterious Mr. Mifsud front. He's still alive and willing to testify before the Senate: “Spygate” Figure–Suspected to be Dead by DNC–Willing to Testify Before Senate
A lawyer for the Maltese professor who told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton says his client will testify in front of the Senate.

BuzzFeed reports that Stephan Roh, attorney for Professor Joseph Mifsud, wrote in an email that Mifsud “is to testify in front of the US Senate — we are working towards his appearance.”

Lawyers for the Democratic National Committee wrote in a September court filing for their Russia lawsuit that they believed Mifsud was “missing and may be deceased.”

According to the Daily Caller, an attorney for Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee reached out Roh on Oct. 24, hoping to obtain an interview with Mifsud. The mysterious professor hasn’t been seen in public since November 2017, after Papadopoulos entered a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
The DNC was hoping he was dead, so he couldn't testify how he set up Papadopuolos and behalf of the FBI and the CIA, ultimately in service to the Clinton campaign.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: Trump: Don’t Forget That Mueller Probe Is A Total, Raging, Screaming Witch Hunt

Witches are small game compared to presidents. But he has a point, they've gone of on a tangent trying to indict anyone who supported Trump. WaEx: Trump's written answers for Mueller fire up talk of a secret subpoena fight
President Trump’s legal team is preparing to give written answers n Russia questions to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to news reports — adding fuel to speculation that Trump is secretly fighting a subpoena to compel his testimony.

The theory that Trump is appealing an order requiring in-person testimony is guesswork, largely based on a journalist overhearing a conversation that connected a mysterious court fight to Mueller's investigation — and the latest reports arguably support either side of the debate.
So they got nothing. Being a journolist is easy. Just make up some shit. Ace: McConnell Blocks Grandstanding Flake's Unconstitutional Bill to Make Mueller Unfirable
Someone needs to invent a robot that will just follow these guys around patting them on the back and cooing, "You're so brave and special," so that they will stop making spectacles of themselves.
US judge refuses to toss Mueller probe case against Russian firm owned by 'Putin's chef'
A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss the indictment of a Russian firm accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding part of a Russian effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election. Concord Management and Consulting - owned by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian businessman known as "Putin's chef" because of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin - had asked to dismiss the case, saying prosecutors "made up a crime" to criminalize election trolling and political speech.

In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected that argument, saying prosecutors properly charged Concord with conspiring to obstruct the lawful functions of the U.S. government by evading foreign election and lobbying disclosure requirements and concealing its interference in the American political process. The company is accused of using a far-reaching fraudulent social media campaign to influence the election.

"Concord's concerns amount to a single attack: that the government has charged Concord based on conduct that is not illegal," Friedrich wrote. "But Concord cannot escape the fact that the course of deceptive conduct alleged is illegal." Friedrich added: "The key question . . . is not whether the defendants' agreed-upon conduct violated [disclosure laws] - or any other statute - but whether it was deceptive and intended to frustrate the lawful government functions" of the Justice and State departments and Federal Election Commission, which regulate foreign involvement. "At this stage, that is more than enough," she said.
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Separately, the decision by the federal judge Thursday contained a caution to prosecutors.

Concord's attorneys, led by Eric Dubelier, had argued that Mueller's office "made up a crime to fit the facts they have," seeking to invent a way to police "what people say on the Internet." The government could not show Concord knew or willfully avoided disclosure requirements, Dubelier added, calling them vague.

Friedrich said that while there was "plenty" of evidence of deceit - including "impersonating U.S. people and entities online, using stolen identities to hide the source of online payments, using computer infrastructure to evade detection, and destroying evidence" - the difficulty for the government would be connecting that deceit to existing federal disclosure laws. "The government may ultimately have to prove that the defendants agreed to a course of conduct that, if carried out, would require disclosure" to the Federal Election Commission or Justice Department, Friedrich said.
538: Democrats Can Help The Mueller Investigation Now. But They Also Might Make Things Worse. Yeah, what are the chances of Congress making something worse? Statistically, about 97%.

About the Sessions firing, and Whitaker's hiring, Walter M. Shaub Jr. at Salon whines This Is the Saturday Night Massacre It’s just happening in slow motion. WaPoo: Warner presses for Whitaker recusal Calls for Whitaker recusal intensify. But just in case they're sincerely worried: AP source: Mueller probe to go on, Whitaker tells Graham.

Vice News: Acting AG Matt Whitaker worked for a company that hawked “time travel” technology and other insane products and democrat lawyers defend socialism, which works about as often as time machines and kills millions of people.

And what can you say about Michael Avenatti's current woes? EBL has a roundup at Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested for Domestic Violence in Los Angeles

Red State: BREAKING. Michael Avenatti Discovers Being Tried In The Media Is A Bad Thing. What, you mean PT Barnum was wrong? Never-Trumper AllahPundit wonders Was Avenatti Set Up? Could be, but it couldn't happen to a better person. PJ Media: Michael Avenatti Blames Pro-Trumper for Arrest: 'I Am Coming for You Jacob Wohl aka Surefire'

JIM TREACHER: What’s the Italian word for schadenfreude? I’m pretty sure it’s “Avenatti.”

Copy-Paste Error Reveals Assange Already Facing US Indictment Regardless of how you feel about Assange, the fact that the US accidentally reveals it's own secrets in a court filing is pretty ironic.

SJWs Seek Destruction of Victoria's Secret

Just say no:

And then, of course, he was forced to recant:

They'll never be satisfied: She Quit Her Victoria’s Secret Job Over Exec’s Trans Insult
Jocelyn Ratzer had just finished her second day at Victoria’s Secret when she got the news that would make her quit.

Leaving her morning shift at an Orlando shopping center on Saturday, the 24-year-old salesperson spotted an interview with Ed Razek—the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company—that made her feel sick. In an interview with Vogue, the executive dismissed the idea of casting trans or plus-size models in the company’s annual fashion show, saying the controversial procession of scantily clad models was meant to be “a fantasy.”

"It's a 42-minute entertainment special. That's what it is," Razek said. "It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute.”

Ratzer, who is queer and plus-size, said the comments left her “disgusted.”
So she's not exactly the target audience.
“I was incredibly uncomfortable,” she told The Daily Beast. “I felt like I was in a compromising position to be working in a place that didn't want somebody like me representing their brand, or somebody like my trans allies.”

She wasn’t alone. Hundreds of women posted about their disappointment and anger with the company over the weekend, using the hashtag “Boycott Victoria’s Secret.” Trans models took to Twitter and Instagram to share their dismay, and one fashion editor even called for Razek’s firing. The frustration extended to former Victoria’s Secret models like Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss, who posted on their Instagram stories about respecting trans rights.
Don't ask for unemployment pay.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

RIP Roy Clark

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.

Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. Started in 1969, the show featured the top stars in country music, including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, as well as other musical greats including Ray Charles, Chet Atkins and Boots Randolph. The country music and comedy show's last episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.
Pickin' and grinnin'. I'm not sure even he believed he was that good.

Better known for Hee Haw:

Math Error Calls Global Warming Study into Question

Ooopsy! We'll start at Watts Up With That: Scientists Admit ‘Mistakes’ Led To Alarming Results In Major Global Warming Study
The scientists behind a headline-grabbing global warming study did something that seems all too rare these days — they admitted to making mistakes and thanked the researcher, a global warming skeptic, who pointed them out.

“When we were confronted with his insight it became immediately clear there was an issue there,” study co-author Ralph Keeling told The San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday.

Their study, published in October, used a new method of measuring ocean heat uptake and found the oceans had absorbed 60 more heat than previously thought. Many news outlets relayed the findings, but independent scientist Nic Lewis quickly found problems with the study.

Keeling, a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, owned up to the mistake and thanked Lewis for finding it. Keeling and his co-authors submitted a correction to the journal Nature. (RELATED: Headline-Grabbing Global Warming Study Suffers From A Major Math Error)

“We’re grateful to have it be pointed out quickly so that we could correct it quickly,” Keeling said.

In a statement posted online Friday, Keeling said “the combined effect of these two corrections to have a small impact on our calculations of overall heat uptake.” However, Keeling said the errors mean there are “larger margins of error” than they initially thought.
Their first error was pretty basic. The statistics on a simple linear regression was simply wrong. From Lewis:
Figure 1 shows how my 0.88 per meg per year linear fit trend (blue line) and Resplandy et al.’s 1.16 per meg per year trend (red line) compare with the underlying ΔAPOClimate data values.
Figure 1. ΔAPOClimate data values (black), the least squares linear fit
 (blue line) to them, and the linear trend per Resplandy et al. (red line)

Assuming I am right that Resplandy et al. have miscalculated the trend in ΔAPOClimate, and hence the trend in ocean heat content (OHC), implied by their data, the corrected OHC trend estimate for 1991–2016 (Figure 2: lower horizontal red line) is about average compared with the other estimates they showed, and below the average for 1993–2016.
They should have been able to see that error from looking at the figure. The data just don't have as much slope as they claim. It makes you wonder who calculated it, and how it was calculated.

The other error is less obvious; they miscalculated the error estimate of the their warming estimate, and made it seem much more significant than it would have been, had it been accurate.
On a corrected basis, I calculate the ΔAPOClimate trend uncertainty as ± 0.56 per meg yr−1, more than three times as large as the ± 0.15 or ± 0.18 per meg yr−1values in the paper.[xxi] This means that, while Resplandy et al.’s novel method of estimating ocean heat uptake is useful in providing an independent check on the reasonableness of estimates derived from in situ temperature measurements, the estimates their method provides are much more uncertain than in situ measurement-based estimates, and are consistent with all of them.
I'm not surprised that got past peer review.  Error estimates can be tricky and a busy reviewer is not likely to check that math, but the data look sufficiently variable that one should be suspicious of  error bars that seem tighter than the data warrant.

But good for Keeling for owning up to the errors.

Dominion Debates Coal Ash Costs

Report details the cost of recycling coal ash in Virginia
Dominion Energy said in a long-awaited report on Wednesday that it would cost billions of dollars to recycle Virginia’s toxic coal ash or move it to lined landfills, an endeavor that customers would pay for over several years.

Environmental groups and some lawmakers said the cost would be well worth the effort as some aging storage facilities leak chemicals or potentially lay vulnerable to hurricanes.

“This report shows that we can solve this problem forever and create some jobs while we’re at it,” said Democratic state Sen. Scott Surovell, whose northern Virginia district includes a coal ash site near the Potomac River.

“Most people I know don’t want to have hexavalent chromium, arsenic and lead in their rockfish,” Surovell said.
Hexavalent chromium does not accumulate in fish (it's too reactive), arsenic is converted to a non-toxic organic compound, and lead is simply not a serious problem in coal ash.
Coal ash is heavy metal-laden waste leftover from burning the fossil fuel to produce electricity. States such as Virginia have been sorting out what to do with the material, which has traditionally been stored in ponds or unlined landfills.

Virginia lawmakers so far have put on hold Dominion’s plans to close its largest coal ash ponds by leaving them in place and putting a cover over them.

The General Assembly also mandated the report that Dominion released Wednesday. It focuses on the viability of recycling coal ash as well as hauling it away and other solutions. Coal ash can be useful for projects that involve anything from concrete to wallboard.

Dominion’s report said that one company could take on all of the work for as little as $2.8 billion. Costs would grow to as much as $5.6 billion if multiple companies are hired.

The cost of Dominion’s original plan, which includes leaving the facilities in place, could be as much as $1.9 billion, Dominion officials said previously.
These people don't really want to help the environment. They simply want to hurt the energy industry. At this point, the ash is best left where it is. Any attempt to move it will risk more release than simply keeping it confined as best possible.

Resounding Russiagate

It's a big one today, so let's get started.

First, on the Whitaker appointment, Torturer in Chief (I kid, I kid) John Yoo claims Whitaker’s Appointment Is Unconstitutional. I'm suspicious of what any GWB guy has to say about Trump. Mark Levin takes Laurence Tribe to school on Whitaker appointment.

Look, reasonable people can differ. Let's get down to it, and litigate it.

CNS News, Acting AG Whitaker: 'Special Counsel is Required' To Investigate Clinton Foundation
Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general of the United States and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, said in a 2016 interview that there is enough evidence "in the public domain" to warrant the appointment of a "special prosecutor" to investigate the Clinton Foundation. He added that the Foundation was "clearly a pay-to-play situation" where if you gave money to the Foundation, you got "preferential treatment" at the State Department, which was headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013.

Hillary Clinton's emailing of classified documents through her private computer server was a "serious" problem, but the "real ballgame" is "where Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment," said Whitaker in an Aug. 25, 2016 interview with Breitbart News Daily.
Hmmm.  DOJ New Benghazi Probe: Five Hillary Clinton Emails That Led to Amb. Chris Stevens DeathJudge could put the squeeze on Hillary Clinton for testimony on emails

AP: Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he won’t vote to confirm judicial nominees unless GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.

Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware went to the Senate floor on Wednesday and tried to bring the legislation up for a vote. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected. McConnell has said that the legislation is unnecessary because he believes Mueller won’t be fired.
Sadly Sinema may be an improvement. At least she's not pretending to be a Republican.

AP: Mueller isn't done with former Trump campaign aide Gates
according to a new court filing from the special counsel's team. Prosecutors say they're not ready for Gates to be sentenced because he is continuing to cooperate with "several ongoing investigations." And they're asking a federal judge to give them until mid-January before they have to give another update about his case.

The filing confirms that the investigation will extend into next year as Mueller continues to probe Russian election interference and any possible coordination with President Donald Trump's associates.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller: Mueller Grand Jury Witness Accuses Clinton-Linked Prosecutor Of Conflict Of Interest
An attorney who appeared as a witness before the Mueller grand jury is accusing the special counsel’s office of a conflict of interest because one of the prosecutors involved in the special counsel’s case has worked for Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation. Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2.

“[Rhee’s involvement] was not disclosed to me prior to my testimony, and I find this to be deeply troubling and certainly Ms. Rhee should be recused or removed from the investigation,” Nixon told TheDCNF.

Recusals related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe became an issue after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Nov. 7.

Among the reasons that Democrats have called for Whitaker’s recusal are his comments criticizing the Trump-Russia probe as well as his work in 2014 on a political campaign for Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign official who testified before the Mueller grand jury as a witness in 2017.
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“I find it astonishing that there are cries for the recusal for Mr. Whitaker when I know that I was personally interviewed on behalf of the special counsel by an attorney, Jeannie Rhee, who was Hillary Clinton’s and the Clinton Foundation’s personal attorney not one or two years prior to her joining the special counsel,” Nixon told TheDCNF.
WSJ: Mueller Probes Possible Witness Intimidation by Roger Stone
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing whether former Trump adviser Roger Stone tried to intimidate a witness who contradicted Stone's account of his relationship with Wikileaks, the Wall Street Journal reported. Stone had previously said he was in contact with Wikileaks during the 2016 presidential campaign, but he has since claimed he was exaggerating. He has also said most of what he knew about Wikileaks he learned from radio personality Randy Credico, an assertion Credico has disputed. An irate Stone threatened Credico in emails to "sue the f--" out of him, saying he was a "loser a liar and a rat," the Journal reported. Wikileaks released purloined Democratic emails in 2016 that damaged Hillary Clinton politically.
Again, threading dangerously close to abridging the first amendment. Stone should be free to say what ever he wants. Threatening to sue is well within the bounds of free speech. Could this be because Mueller's other story about Stone is falling apart? Bombshell Text Messages Support Roger Stone’s Claims About WikiLeaks Backchannel
Text messages released on Wednesday appear to support Trump confidant Roger Stone’s testimony that a New York radio show host was his source for information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Julian Assange has kryptonite on Hillary,” Randy Credico wrote to Stone on Aug. 27, 2016, according to text messages that Stone provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“You are not going to drag my name into this are you,” Credico wrote on Sept. 29, 2016, suggesting that he was worried that Stone would identify him as his source for public claims he was making about WikiLeaks’ plans.

“[B]ig news Wednesday,” Credico wrote on Oct. 1, 2016, days before WikiLeaks began releasing emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “Now pretend u don’t know me.”
And yet Mueller/Weissman have evinced no evidence of indicting Credico, whose testimony so far seems at odds with the evidence. Funny that Credico is a liberal talk show guy.

And in the greatest of cosmic karma coming back to bite story of the week, Stormy Daniel's creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence, Confident He'll Be Exonerated (TMZ).
Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We're told her face was "swollen and bruised" with "red marks" on both cheeks.

Our sources say the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, but there was another confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.
WaEx: 'She hit me first': Michael Avenatti arrested for domestic violence. Via Insty:
Ace has a funny series at Women's March Chapter: We Don't #BelieveAllWomen When It Comes to St. Michael of the Blessed Right Hook

Believe it or not, the left is suddenly declaring, as if in one (nearly) unified voice, that #BelievingAllWomen is sooooo October 2018.

Brett Kavanaugh wants to know if they waited for all the evidence in hiscase, or if the allegation was enough.

After all, a woman -- the victim -- did swear out this police complaint.

Something that Dr. Blasey of the incorruptible hippocampus never bothered to do.

First Snow!

This seems early. The weather reports had us pretty solidly below the rain/snow line, but the county treated the roads yesterday anyway. I don't think it will amount to anything

Skye, of course, wanted to get right out and enjoy it.

Pink's Spouse Goes Full On Vigilante

Carey Hart is making it clear that he is not afraid to exercise his Second Amendment rights against looters.

While families in Malibu are busy fighting off flames, the former motocross star declared he would defend properties affected by the Woolsey Fire against thieves.

Pink's husband took to Instagram Tuesday to post a picture of a dozen gun-wielding men – dubbed the "P.D.C. Posse" – standing in front of a sign that reads, "Looters will be shot on site." Hart commented under the picture that he is not one of the masked men, adding they are "a group of locals I used to live by."

"There have been sightings of looters breaking in to homes. Well, if you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into Malibu," Hart captioned the controversial black-and-white picture.

I support this, but I wonder if the other sidewalk socialists in entertainment and Hollywood do as well.
Pink is an animal-rights activist and a prominent campaigner for PETA, contributing her voice toward causes such as the protest against KFC.[148] In conjunction with PETA, she criticized the Australian wool industry over its use of mulesing. In January 2007, she stated that she had been misled by PETA about mulesing and that she had not done enough research before lending her name to the campaign.[149] Her campaigning led to a headlining concert called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide) in Cardiff, Wales on August 21, 2007. In 2015, she posed nude for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur", campaign.

Pink is also outspoken about LGBT rights and supports same-sex marriage.  In October 2012, Pink stated that she doesn’t define her sexuality saying, “I never felt the need to.”