Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Baltimore Tradition Continues

Sunday's rain flooded the city's sewer system late in the evening, and an engineered structure at Charles and Lanvale streets released more than 10,000 gallons of raw waste into the Jones Falls in Baltimore to prevent backups, public works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said. Raymond called the sewage spill a "brief episode as a result of water infiltrating these old sewer lines."

The other major sewage dump, in the 1500 block of North Chapel Street in Broadway East, was leaking an estimated 10 gallons per minute Monday morning into storm drains that eventually run to the harbor, Raymond said. It had leaked more than 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage as of Monday, and while it was discovered late last week, Raymond said, the city has been unable to determine what caused it or how to fix it.

State and federal regulators in June agreed to give Baltimore another five years to repair and replace cracked and aging portions of its sewer system to prevent raw sewage from pouring into its waterways.
No hurry. . .  You can always blame the farmers for the dirty water.

Eyeball Update

For those of you interested in the progress of my eye (a review of the issue here), well, in one day, the progress has been nothing less than great, at least the view looking out. The gunk in the background has cleared to the point that I can at least count fingers, and large text on screens and TVs is starting to emerge. I can even begin to see the small text (like what I'm typing now) although actual letters are still obscured. I don't know how much of that improvement can be attributed to the steroid eye drops or normal processes, but I'm pretty happy with it. Hopefully by tomorrow this time it will be clean enough for the doctor to peer in and see what the heck happened.

The one interesting thing is a giant floater, that I think has been present since the last PVD, is all stained black by the blood cells that have become attached and embedded in it, and it swirls around in tatters, very much appear to look and act like the Dementors of the Harry Potter movies . . .

except for the inconvenient soul eating part. I would not be surprised at all if the person who conceived the Dementors had not experienced something similar.

I've Been Neglecting the Topic of . . .

Japanese weirdness. Here's some:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Culprit Found In Maryland Eagle Deaths

Inquiry Ending in Deaths of 13 Bald Eagles in Maryland
Federal wildlife officials say they're ending their investigation into who is responsible for killing 13 bald eagles found dead on Maryland's Eastern Shore earlier this year.
Neil Mendelsohn of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement that officials intend to close the case "in the near future" because of a lack of evidence linking anyone to the crime. Mendelsohn said in the statement Friday that the eagles discovered in February on a farm on Laurel Grove Road were poisoned. Necropsy results had previously ruled out disease.
Not all crimes are solved, not all criminals get caught.

Fresh Meat at

Are these half of the long-lost deleted "personal" emails that Hillary's lawyers deleted from her secret unsercured basement email server using search terms such as "Clinton Foundation" "CGI", "donor" etc? FBI uncovers 14,900 more documents in Clinton email probe. Yoga routines and Chelsea's wedding plans? Nope. Entreaties from donors for special access for the Secretary of State: Take it away, Ace: You're A-Gonna Not Believe This, But It Could Be That the Purely Personal Emails Hillary Deleted Were Work-Related
And also, graft related.

Is graft considered "personal" because the benefit accrues the Clintons' account?

Judicial Watch reports on the heroic efforts Huma Abedin went to to get favors for people who donated bigly to the Clinton Foundation.
Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.
The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.
The Abedin emails also reveal that Slimfast tycoon S. Daniel Abraham was granted almost immediate access to then-Secretary of State Clinton, with Abedin serving as the facilitator. According to the Clinton Foundation website, Abraham, like the Wasserman Foundation, has given between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The emails indicate that Abraham was granted almost immediate access to Clinton upon request...
See Judicial Watch for the emails in question, and other cases of Huma Abedin's Quick Fixer operation.
I would be stunned, except that I was expecting it. . . Clinton’s Campaign Manager Defends Foreign Foundation Money. and, well, duh: Clinton's economic plans likely to boost her corporate donorsMore than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. Well, of course, it was like a key to the back door.

Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court, ordered that the emails be released ASAP:
Under the likely timetable, the soonest the new emails would be released is October. The State Department released the original emails in monthly installments over nearly a year, through February, though it missed several court-ordered deadlines as its staff and other agencies scrutinized the documents for classified information.
Expect the State Dept to put scanning these emails behind the back burner.

Fellow traveler Colin Powell Says Hillary Clinton's 'People Have Been Trying to Pin' Email Scandal on Him. Which requires time travel, since she was using the private unsecured basement server to handle classified data for a year before she allegedly talked to him about it. He also specifically told her not to use it for classified data. Oooops! Too late. Did Hillary lie when she told the FBI about Powell's advice, or was she just a forgetful incompetent old lady? Clinton’s pathetic ‘Colin Powell made me do it’ defense
Clinton has been desperate for the moral cover of Colin Powell for her email arrangement since the scandal first broke last year. Now we’ve learned that Clinton told the FBI that Powell advised her to use private email as secretary of state at a dinner in 2009. This escalates Clinton’s email defense from, “Hey, Colin Powell did it, too,” all the way to, “Colin Powell made me do it.”

The Powell defense has given Clinton shills something to say on TV, but doesn’t make much sense.

While the former general used a private email as secretary of state, it was at a time when the department didn’t have a robust email system of its own. And he obviously didn’t set up his own private server.

After Powell left State, the department’s rules steadily got stricter about using official email for State Department business and preserving email records — and Clinton blew through them all.
My bet is that Lynch/Comey give her the benefit of being stupid. Apparent Army Opsec Brief Lists Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus As Examples Of Insider Security Threats. Loose lips emails sink ships embassies.

Trump: Appoint special prosecutor over e-mail scandal. Probably a safe call since the Obama Justice Department has no intention of allowing it.

Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for a dozen years. Huma Abedin Was Listed as Editor of Extremist Islamist Journal; Claims Her Name Was Just on the Masthead, But She Didn't Actually Perform Any Duties. She claims it was not a working position. Huma Abedin denies active role at radical Muslim journal.
A journalism major at George Washington University, Abedin, 40, was listed as “assistant editor” of the journal from 1996 to 2008, when her name was removed from the staff box and she went to work for Clinton at the State Department.

Her brother, who was an associate editor, and a sister, also employed as an assistant editor, are listed as staff members.

Abedin’s Pakistani mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, remains editor-in-chief.
If she'd held onto the post past 2008, she would have been a quadruple dipper, State Dept., Clinton Foundation, Holdings, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hillary Health Watch: Giuliani: Press ignores signs of Clinton's illnessRutgers University Professor of Medicine says Clinton should be assessed by an impartial panel of physicians. New York Times Tech Columnist Calls on Google to Hide Hillary Health Info, Sidney Blumenthal to #HillarysHealth "Hope you are resting comfortably", #HillarysEmails "Much needed rest" but then New York Times Tech Columnist Calls on Google to Hide Hillary Health Info.

Street Art Puts Leonardo DiCaprio and Hillary Clinton in Money-Laundering Machine and Leonardo DiCaprio Bows Out of Hillary Clinton Fundraiser

And random links:

Remember that 'Republican Woman for Clinton'? She's a healthcare lobbyist married to a Clinton operative - This happens way too often.

New Castle limits traffic on Clintons' Chappaqua road - Public road aren't for the little people.

Clinton campaign manager: Trump may be a Kremlin 'puppet' McCarthyism?

Imagine the Liberal Outrage If Those Naked Trump Statues Were of Hillary Clinton - eek - need brain bleach!

Well, she'll never be too thin either: Clinton camp sends out desperate plea for more funds

If You Only Read The New York Times And Washington Post, You Have No Idea The Soros Leak Happened, Partisan  information management.

American journalism is collapsing before our eyes It's been an empty shell for years.

The Joys of Aging: Part Quatre . . .

Yesterday, as Georgia and I were walking on the beach, I saw something I had seen before, and hoped I would never see again. Fine filaments of black in my vision, swirling around and breaking up into tiny discrete dots in my left eye. A hemorrhage from the retina into the vitreous humor.

I mentioned it to Georgia, who asked if I wanted to stop where we were (at the Calvert Beach ramp) and have her come and get me in the car. I said no, and by the time we reached the car, the streamers of fresh blood had stopped, and the tiny dots were all over the visual field in my left eye, but not so bad that I still couldn't see clearly. This is the same eye that had the tear several years ago, that was apparently lasered up and healed without further complications. Once home, I called the retina guys office, explained what had happened, and arranged for an 11 AM appointment this morning.

Georgia went out on an errand, and while she was gone a neighbor called to ask about something, and while I was on the phone describing the symptoms, the streamers started again, and kept going. In fairly short order, the back of my eye had so much blood in it, it was like looking out through a thin layer of lumpy oatmeal.

I called the retina guy's office again and explained, and they seemed to think that it was OK to take the morning appointment, and agreed to move it up to 8 AM, but said if it was truly a sight or blindness emergency I could go to Wilmer's Eye Institue (part of Johns Hopkins) in Baltimore on an emergency room basis. I was kind of upset at this. Once Georgia got home, we managed to call Wilmer's and talk to a doctor there, who very kindly heard me out (and didn't assume I was an idiot), and explained that, given the symptoms I was describing, in all likelihood I would sit there most of the night waiting to be seen, only to be told to go home and wait a few days to see if the eye would clear enough to see the retina and determine if they could repair the retina with a laser or if more work was necessary. Oh, and don't eat anything after midnight just in case they want to operate. . .

After a restless night, we kept the 8 AM appointment, and after dilation and a vision test, which I totally flunked (the left eye can see an arm move, but not fingers, and the right which has a cataract for which my prescription is a year out of date), the technicians (nurses?) took pictures in both eyes, and did an angiogram (injected dye into my arm, and took pictures the back of both eyes, looking for leaks and abnormalities). They admitted that seeing much in the left eye was impossible. Finally, the retina guy himself came in, poked and prodded and shone bright lights in both eyes, and did a retinal sonagram to look for retinal detachment, which he did not find, thank heavens.

So, the guy at Hopkins was right. The current line of therapy is steroid eye drops to help clear the blood. and to come back in two days to see if it's clearing without further bleeding. The hope is that the eye will clear enough soon to see what's really happening, and maybe laser it shut again. I'm to watch carefully for any signs of retinal detachment (fixed black areas in the vision field), which are the emergency situation. Even assuming the tear can be patched, it possible the so much "gunk" has leaked into the back that my vision may be permanently affected, and may even benefit from a "vitrectomy", the removal of the remaining vitreous humor in the eye, and replacing it with clean fluids, an operation that both doctors, and a friend who had one said is best avoided if possible.

What causes it? In the previous case I had, it was the posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) pulling on the retina that caused it. In this case, they won't know until it clears, or until they go into to clean up, but most likely it's either the older scar pulling on a blood vessel, or a fresh rip caused by the expanding PVD.

Morning Magic

I'm a little distracted today:

Hopefully I'll be back later to explain.