Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New Research on Striper Migrations

Well, I started looking at the Chesapeake Bay newsfeed, and the only one that caught my eye was NOAA announcing Four Fisheries Research Projects to Connect Chesapeake Bay Fish, Changing Habitat, and there, among the four was:

The University of New Hampshire’s project, “Leveraging Multispecies and Multiyear Telemetry Datasets to Identify Seasonal, Ontogenetic, and Interannual Shifts in Habitat Use and Phenology of Chesapeake Bay Fishes,” addresses synthesis and analysis of existing information that connects living resource responses to changing habitat, climate, and other environmental conditions. This project is recommended to receive a two-year total of $249,017.

Huh? What are we going to pay a quarter million for? (That's about one federal research quanta these days, and doesn't really go very far.) Anyway, I googled the title and got nothing, but this came up, a recent article in PLOS One on Striped Bass migration Differential migration in Chesapeake Bay striped bass by David H. Secor, Michael H. P. O’Brien, Benjamin I. Gahagan, J. Carter Watterson, Dewayne A. Fox

Abstract

Differential migration—increased migration propensity with increasing individual size—is common in migratory species. Like other forms of partial migration, it provides spatial buffering against regional differences in habitat quality and sources of mortality. We investigated differential migration and its consequences to survival and reproductive patterns in striped bass, a species with well-known plasticity in migration behaviors.

A size-stratified sample of Potomac River (Chesapeake Bay) Morone saxatilis striped bass was implanted with acoustic transmitters and their subsequent coastal shelf migrations recorded over a 4-yr period by telemetry receivers throughout the Mid-Atlantic Bight and Southern New England. A generalized linear mixed model predicted that ≥ 50% of both males and females depart the Chesapeake Bay at large sizes >80 cm total length. Egressing striped bass exited through both the Chesapeake Bay mouth and Delaware Bay (via the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal), favoring the former. All large fish migrated to Massachusetts shelf waters and in subsequent years repeatedly returned to regions within Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. Within this dominant behavior, minority behaviors included straying, skipped spawning, and residency by large individuals (those expected to migrate).

Analysis of the last day of transmission indicated that small resident striped bass experienced nearly 2-fold higher loss rates (70% yr-1) than coastal shelf emigrants (37% yr-1). The study confirmed expectations for a threshold size at emigration and different mortality levels between Chesapeake Bay (resident) and ocean (migratory) population contingents; and supported the central premise of the current assessment and management framework of a two-contingent population: smaller Chesapeake Bay residents and a larger ocean contingent. An improved understanding of differential migration thus affords an opportunity to specify stock assessments according to different population sub-components, and tailor reference points and control rules between regions and fishing stakeholder groups.

80 cm corresponds to about 31.5 inches, about the size that the stripers appear to disappear, this study seems to confirm that. Certainly, strippers bigger that that hang around the Bay in summer.

It also confirms that resident stripers have a far higher mortality than the stripers that leave the Bay and migrate up and down the coast, but doesn't deal with the question of why. Is it fishing pressure (certainly high in the Bay), or disease (also certainly a problem for fish in the Bay)? 

Beach Report 7/27/21

It was pretty warm and steamy today (87 F and 77 percent RH) so we decided to drive to the beach. As soon as we got out of the car we spotted this Osprey sitting on the pylon that marks the harbor.
I guess it was just too muggy to hunt. 
Don't let the appearance fool you. It was warm going.
A pretty good day for fossils, 37 shark's teeth between us and the usual other stuff, but nothing worthy a separate picture; however, harking back to yesterday . . . 
Georgia showed me this after we got off the beach. I know it's not much to look at, but after initially writing it off as a random concretion, I convinced myself it might be a cetacean ear bone, and I posted these pictures on the local fossil facebook group. Some of the responses:
Dolphin earbone. Should be diagnostic. Probably reworked from the Calvert formation; probably Xiphiacetus - very nice find!!!
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Nice find! This is probably Zarhachis or Pomatodelphis, or possibly Phocageneus! Regardless, it's a platanistoid and probably a platanistid.
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Related to the river dolphins right?
A reconstruction of Xiphiacetus


 

Something to Chew On

While we go to the beach. From Maggies Farm, Meet a guy who studies sharks


I guess we should be thankful Megalodon died out a few years back.

Election 2020: Still Talking Jan. 6 "Insurrection" Committee

Nancy Pelosi's hand picked totally objective 'Jan. 6 chose insurrection or else' committee is still the talk of the town, with the addition of never-Trumper Adam Kinzinger. At Da Caller Virginia Kruta, Pelosi Adds Adam Kinzinger To Jan. 6 Commission, Doubles Down On Ousting Jordan, Banks and (via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.26.21 ) The Victory Girls, Adam Kinzinger “Humbly” Joins Jan 6 Inquisition, and Ace goes for the throat with Nancy Pelosi Appoints Adam Kinzinger to January 6 Kangaroo Court, to Maintain The Illusion of Republican Participation; Kevin McCarthy Blasts the Move as Stocking the Commission With Leftwing Fish, "Hero."

Capt. Ed at Hot Hair, McCarthy: Pelosi handpicking 1/6 committee members to push "pre-conceived narrative". Well, duh! PM has the video, WATCH: McCarthy rips Cheney and Kinzinger as 'Pelosi Republicans', also WATCH: Psaki says Biden 'continues to support Speaker Pelosi's leadership' of Jan 6 committee.   AllahPundit at Hot Hair whines that McCarthy calls Cheney and Kinzinger  "Pelosi Republicans" for agreeing to join the January 6 committee and CNN is unhappy that a Growing group of GOP members wants McCarthy to punish Kinzinger and Cheney for joining January 6 committee, and Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media is happy but agrees, It's Time to Purge the 'Pelosi Republicans' as Tristan Justice at Da Fed reports Liz Cheney Is The Most Unpopular Republican In The Country (via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.26.21 ). Not a high bar. I credit Ann for actually stopping to think about it in "For too long, we’ve been pretending that Jan. 6 didn’t happen. Kevin McCarthy is technically my Republican leader. And to call members of Congress by childish names like Donald Trump used to do, I guess is just kind of par for the course."

They've accepted a role on the committee. Now, Kinzinger and Cheney need to step up and distinguish themselves. It's fine that McCarthy has laid down his insult. It's a default interpretation that represents what many of us believe, that the committee will not seek the truth but do the political work of the Democrats. I'm sure Kinzinger and Cheney would love us to trust them and to regard them as truth-bringers. But I want a fire lit under them. They'll need to rebut the presumption that they're "Pelosi Republicans."
It's a fine thought, but I'm not holding my breath. Nick Arama at Red State tells us what a  Congressman Reveals What He Said and Did to Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt "The first clip that I’ve seen involves an interview with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). He explains how he hugged the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt and told him that he “did what he had to.” Bulwark girlz Amanda Carpenter, whines about Trump’s Big Lie Litmus Test, "He’s playing kingmaker and enforcer."

"... greater than ISIS or al Qaeda or China or Russia, why do they need to manufacture a plot — and put in people's heads — the idea let's go kidnap Governor Whitmer? There should be tons of plots that they are detecting? That leads to the question people on your network and others have asked to the horror of the liberal sector of the corporate media, which is: What did the FBI know about the planning of the January 6 attack? How embedded were they in these groups? Because what happens is when these kinds of attacks happen, the FBI and the security state seize on them to say See? there are grave dangers, we need more money, more power, more surveillance authorities in order to keep you safe. And so if they are the ones driving it, it leads to the question of what those motives are."

Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.26.21, Mary Chastain at LI reports, Big Tech To Expand Joint Database On Domestic Groups, Focused On “Far-Right” Extremists. Using both a generous definition of "far-right" and "extremists." Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, PayPal and ADL Team Up to Disrupt 'The Financial Pipelines' Supporting 'Hate and Bigotry'. Sundance at CTH, Paypal Partners With Anti-Defamation League to Block Financial Transactions for Extremists and Hate Movements and The Intelligence Branch and Big Tech Say The Quiet Part Out Loud – Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google and Big Tech Writ Large Will Monitor Platforms and Report Extremist Content to FIVE EYES Intelligence  Network. Kurt Schlichter thinks It’s Fun Watching The Press Humiliate Itself.

 Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.26.21 at Louder With Crowder: Comedian Explains Free Speech Slowly Enough For Joe Biden To Understand,


Zach Vorhees at Town Hall thinks Trump’s Lawsuit Is Problematic for Big Tech but Anxious hopes that Conservative courts could rescue tech. Sadly, they might be right. 



At Da Signal, What to Know About How Those ‘Fugitive’ Texas Democrats Will Pay for Stay in DC. Spoiler, it won't be their money. At Weasel Zippers, (also via the Wombat)  Fleeing Texas Democrat whines  ‘Rural Cops’ Are After Us!… I hope so.

Stacy McCain identifies The #1 Cause of Anti-Semitism
If the Anti-Defamation League wants to do something to suppress anti-Semitism in this country, they would encourage Chuck Schumer to retire or, failing that, tell him to stop insulting Americans:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer berated 74 million Trump voters, saying at an event with Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side community leaders in New York that they voted for a “despicable,” “racist,” and “vile” man.
“How could 74 million people vote for such a despicable human being as Donald Trump?” Schumer asked in the video. “I don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, Democrat or Republican, he is a vile man.”
“He is dishonest, divisive. That’s what he loves to do. Just divide and have people fighting with each other. He’s a racist,” Schumer claimed. “And he always appeals to the dark side of human nature.”
Everything that Schumer said about Trump is twice as true of Schumer, who is and always has been one of the most dishonest and divisive people in American politics. The fact that New Yorkers would elect such a vicious scumbag to the Senate is a stain upon the reputation of New York.

Anxious is anxious, First look: Don Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunners.

Capt. Ed on Joe Manchin, Stunner: Most influential politician in Washington reconsiders retirement. Try it, you'll like it!

Tuesday Tattoos


Monday, July 26, 2021

Great Barrier Reef Doing Just Fine, Thanks!

 Peter Ridd via WUWT: Record Coral Cover Of Great Barrier Reef Shames Climate Alarmists, Media

The annual data on coral cover for the Great Barrier Reef, produced by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, was released on Monday showing the amount of coral on the reef is at record high levels.

Record high, despite all the doom stories by our reef science and management institutions. 
Australian Institute of Marine Science’s yearly long-term monitoring of the Reef

Like all other data on the reef, this shows it is in robust health. For example, coral growth rates have, if anything, increased over the past 100 years, and measurements of farm pesticides reaching the reef show levels so low that they cannot be detected with the most ultra-sensitive equipment.

This data is good news. It could hardly be better. But somehow, our science organizations have convinced the world that the reef is on its last legs. How has this happened?

 

One reason is that occasionally colossal amounts of coral are killed, mostly by cyclones, but also by the crown of thorns starfish and bleaching.

So the media, with its predilection for bad news, can be fed a regular diet of doom. Our scientists are always happy to oblige.

The quiet recovery is generally downplayed or ignored.

If it bleeds, it leads. Never mind whether it's true or not. 

Election 2020: The Red Queen Gets Another Pawn

Verdict first, trial afterwards, with a jury selected with convictions already set. First Mediaite reports JUST IN: Nancy Pelosi Says She’s Speaking to GOP Rep. Kinzinger About Joining January 6 Committee, and at Breitbart, Pelosi: ‘My Plan’ Is to Appoint Rep. Kinzinger to the January 6 Select Committee. Kinzinger is, of course, the virulently Never-Trump congresscritter from Illinois who voted "aye" in the second impeachment. Then, Hot Hair cites a Forbes tweet, Adam Kinzinger accepts Pelosi appointment to January 6 committee. Sundance at CTH, Nancy Pelosi Enlists Adam Kinzinger For J6 Committee to Re-elect Democrats, Giddy Kinzinger Thanks Pelosi For The Opportunity to “Serve” Her Needs

Both Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are likely to be destroyed in the 2022 republican primary election, so it makes sense for them to do as much damage as possible before they formally announce their party affiliation switch to Democrat; following Florida’s famous Obama hugger, Charlie Crist, and his career path.

and REMINDER, Ten House Republicans Who Voted to Impeach President Trump, and Links To Their Primary Opponents Who Need Support

The Peacock crows that Liz Cheney's role on Jan. 6 committee grows after GOP pulls participation. WaPoo says Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy. At NYPo, Miranda Devine thinks Nancy Pelosi’s on her last legs: Devine. At WaEx, Byron York's Daily Memo details: Democrats, double standards, and the Capitol riot committee;

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she barred Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks from the Capitol riot investigating committee because the two Republicans "had made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the committee." Pelosi said Jordan and Banks also "made statements and took actions that just made it ridiculous to put them on such a committee seeking the truth."

But what about Pelosi's Democratic choices for the committee? Might some of their statements and actions in the past impact the integrity of the committee? And have some of them said and done things that were so at odds with the facts as to make it ridiculous to put them on a committee seeking the truth? 
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Then there is another Democratic member, Representative Adam Schiff. As the ranking minority on the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff promoted the slanderous and unsubstantiated theories of the Steele dossier. For example, Schiff publicized a theory that Russia offered low-level Trump campaign adviser Carter Page potentially billions of dollars to influence Trump -- Schiff actually read the dossier's allegations aloud at an Intelligence Committee hearing. Schiff protested bitterly when his Republican counterpart on the committee, Chairman Devin Nunes, revealed that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party and that the FBI improperly used it to get a court-approved warrant to wiretap Page. Of course, the Trump-Russia special counsel, Robert Mueller, found no evidence to establish the claim about Page.

On the broader issue of collusion, Schiff claimed to have proof that it was true. There was "ample evidence of collusion in plain sight," he said. But the Mueller investigation, which had infinitely more resources than Schiff, plus full law enforcement powers, could not establish that collusion ever took place, much less that it involved anyone in the Trump campaign. Schiff devoted years to leading his party -- and much of the media -- on a wild goose chase, even before he was chosen by Pelosi to lead the first Trump impeachment, which failed to convict the president.

Could one argue that Schiff has made statements and taken actions that would impact the integrity of the Capitol riot investigating committee?

No one really expects congressional committees to be fair, but this one is ridiculous even by the standards of congress. 

Andrea Widburg at Am Think thinks she knows why There may be some method to the January 6 overcharging madness

Democrats, by likening those involved in January 6's Capitol fracas to the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Kristallnacht, and 9/11, all rolled into one, created a conceptual problem for themselves because even felony charges will result in short sentences. The resulting cognitive dissonance will make people question the overheated claims about January 6. My friend Anony Mee, however, may have figured out one of the more nefarious things that's going on with the extremist hysteria to justify those felony charges:
It occurs to me that there is a reason behind charging the January 6 trespassers with felonies. It's so they can never again own guns or, in some states, vote.

The BLM/Antifa rioters and their hench-looters, if they were charged at all, were mostly charged with misdemeanors. Only some of those who seriously injured someone else were hit with a felony. They can still carry guns and vote.

The homeless who commit felony after felony are only charged with misdemeanors, if charged at all, so their "right" to vote is never in question.

The feds are still hunting down everyone who can be identified as having been anywhere near DC so that they can take away their guns and their right to vote.

Green Glenwalt reports FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots. The Babylon Bee, FBI Discovers Building Full Of Dangerous Extremists Organizing Acts Of Terror Across Country. A building named after J Edgar.  At Am Great, Roger Kimball wonders if we are Losing Our Liberty All at Once?

Joseph Hackett, you see, is a 51-year-old Trump supporter and member of an organization called the “Oath Keepers,” a group whose members have pledged to “defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” (You can see how this ends already, can’t you?) The FBI does not like the Oath Keepers. They arrested its leader in January and have picked up many other members in the months since. Hackett came from his home in Florida to join the Trump “Stop the Steal” rally that took place on January 6. According to court documents, he entered the Capitol at 2:45 that afternoon. He left some ten minutes later, at 2:54. The next day, he went home. On May 28, he was apprehended by the FBI and indicted on a long list of charges, including conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and illegally entering a restricted building.

As far as I have been able to determine, no evidence of his destroying property has been made public. According to his wife, it is not even clear that he entered the Capitol. But he certainly was in the environs. He was a member of the Oath Keepers. He was a supporter of Donald Trump. Therefore, he must be neutralized. What about the Antifa and Black Lives Matter “peaceful protestors” who destroyed some $2 billion of property, killed or injured scores, and toppled countless public monuments? Take your time.

Dan Chaitin at WaEx reports a Pennsylvania senator to seek subpoenas for election audit. Another dangerous radical!

Letters were sent to Philadelphia, York, and Tiago counties earlier this month. Mastriano set a deadline of July 31 and threatened to pursue subpoenas if they did not comply, setting up a process reminiscent of the run-up to the GOP-led Arizona Senate's audit in Maricopa County. Some officials in these Pennsylvania counties already signaled they would not fully comply with the request as things stood.

 At Am Think, Jay Valentine says Want to See Election Fraud in 24 Hours? Send Us Your Data! "Voter fraud comes in many forms.  It is all over the place.  It is really hard for any citizen to see quickly, simply.  That's why it has worked so well for thirty years, especially in 2020." The Peacock whines that  Republicans increasingly look to ballot initiatives as way to enact voting measures, "Voting rights advocates say they fear the efforts in three states will prove successful and spread to others where such initiatives are legally possible." What! Republican want to vote on it? The dastards! Politico whines that Trump clings to false election claims at Arizona rally "The former president repeatedly hyped an ongoing partisan audit of poll results in Maricopa County." Nobody has ever hyped a partisan poll before.

At Am Think (again), Thomas Lifson calls it Fleebagger fail: Two fugitive Texas Dems return home while a third whines that Biden won’t meet with them

At Town Hall, Landon Mion reports that Democrat Sens. Klobuchar, Luján Introduce Legislation to Crackdown on Online 'Misinformation, otherwise known as information the contradicts the Democrat agenda.

Stacey Matthews at LI explains how NSA Confirms Unmasking Tucker Carlson, Gives Inconsistent Denial on Spying Allegations. I see how it happened. I just want someone to out the NSA officials who leaked it to the press. And speaking of Tuckuh!, Andrea Widburg reports that The man who accosted Tucker Carlson has an interesting background, working for an NGO that was a CIA front, once upon a time. 

The Monday Morning Stimulus


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Forget It Jake, It's Baltimore

Fox, Baltimore police requesting 100 federal officers to assist in fighting violent crime "Baltimore is on track to hit 300 homicides for the 7th year in a row."

The Baltimore Police Department is requesting federal police officers to combat violent crime in the city.

"The ask is for federal agents to come help us," Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison explained this week, according to WBAL-TV.

"Certainly, police officers will answer citizens calls for service. But I think what the bigger picture meant is federal agents will be on the streets of Baltimore. Not specifically patrolling, but on the streets helping, working side by side with police officers to help fight violent crime."

The federal government has yet to agree to the plan but it is believed that up to 100 officers, many from the ATF and U.S. Marshall’s office would be sent to assist Baltimore police.

It was also revealed via court testimony this week that Baltimore’s police department is facing a severe shortage of police officers. The department currently has 600 vacancies which includes 392 officers and 14 detectives.

Why, it was only April when Baltimore Mayor was proposing to move money away from the Police Department (defunding the police); Mayor defends his approach to shape Baltimore public safety budget "'We can responsibly reimagine our city budget so that the burden is not solely on police,' mayor says"

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott is defending his approach to shape the city budget when it comes to public safety.

The mayor said Wednesday he will develop a task force to find ways to reduce the police budget over the next five years and create a plan to prioritize officers' efforts on reducing violent crime.

During an unrelated news conference Thursday morning, the mayor explained that his intention for the task force is to analyze the budget and move funding to other agencies, if needed.

Well, Baltimore is only #2 for murders, with 58.3 per 100,000 annually, compared to St. Louis at 64.5. Number 1 or bust! 

Moon Woobles, Chesapeake Faces "Climate Wreckage"

 First, from Sauron's Eye, NASA: Moon "wobble" in orbit may lead to record flooding on Earth

The new study from NASA and the University of Hawaii, published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change, warns that upcoming changes in the moon's orbit could lead to record flooding on Earth in the next decade.

Through mapping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) sea-level rise scenarios, flooding thresholds and astronomical cycles, researchers found flooding in American coastal cities could be several multiples worse in the 2030s, when the next moon "wobble" is expected to begin. They expect the flooding to significantly damage infrastructure and displace communities.

While the study highlights the dire situation facing coastal cities, the lunar wobble is actually a natural occurrence, first reported in 1728. The moon's orbit is responsible for periods of both higher and lower tides about every 18.6 years, and they aren't dangerous in their own right.

"In half of the Moon's 18.6-year cycle, Earth's regular daily tides are suppressed: High tides are lower than normal, and low tides are higher than normal," NASA explains. "In the other half of the cycle, tides are amplified: High tides get higher, and low tides get lower. Global sea-level rise pushes high tides in only one direction – higher. So half of the 18.6-year lunar cycle counteracts the effect of sea-level rise on high tides, and the other half increases the effect."

But this time around, scientists are more concerned. With sea-level rise due to climate change, the next high tide floods are expected to be more intense and more frequent than ever before, exacerbating already grim predictions.

So, we're going from normal to normal? Scary, indeed! Here in the Bay, with about 3 mm of sea level rise annually (between true sea level rise and settlement), that makes the water level about 58 mm, or 2.5 inches higher than the last time this happened. Hardly a catastrophe, although, if your property is low to the water, you might see instances of increased flooding. I look forward to looking for fossils with a slightly higher tidal range, though.

Next,  E&E News  Climate wreckage along Chesapeake fuels courtroom reckoning "Climate Wreckage"? Nothing alarmist about that headline, is there?

Foster, 63, has lived here on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay for nearly four decades. But he hasn’t shaken a sense of foreboding since 2003, when Hurricane Isabel slammed into the East Coast as a tropical storm, flooding his entire neighborhood.

The storm surge destroyed about 30 homes in Shady Side. Foster’s next door neighbor had her house excavated with a bulldozer after water caused the floor to collapse. Foster and his family went without power for a week and without running water for months because of damage to public wells.

“I certainly worry about the next hurricane. It’s not if, but when,” Foster said in a recent interview with E&E News in his front yard, which overlooks the bay. “Certainly the right trajectory would cause us some grief.”

Flag Harbor after Hurricane Isabel
Yep, Hurricane Isabel has a strong storm surge in the bay, particularly in the upper bay, where it "funneled up and concentrated at Annapolis and Baltimore. We had low houses flooded here too. 

Like Foster, state and local officials in Maryland are worried about the cost of protecting their communities against more severe storms and other natural disasters fueled by climate change. And they’re launching courtroom battles to force fossil fuel companies to foot the bill.

A growing body of research shows that climate change is making hurricanes stronger and more destructive. As humans continue to release more planet-warming greenhouse gases, the ocean is heating up. Warmer oceans hold more moisture, providing more energy for tropical storms as they move over land.

Actually, science shows no such thing. No significant change in hurricane and tropical storm number or intensity, although there are periods of higher and lower activity due to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO).

Hurricanes are just the most dramatic sign of human-caused global warming here on the Chesapeake Bay. Sea levels are also creeping upward by approximately 1 inch every five years — nearly twice the global average rate.

with the difference being caused by settling and water usage. 

For state and local governments in Maryland, addressing these climate impacts will cost millions of dollars. Anne Arundel County, which includes Shady Side and the state capital of Annapolis, expects to spend at least $237 million to elevate public roads and replace drainage pipes threatened by sea-level rise, flooding and storm surge.

To help fund these efforts, local officials are pursuing legal action against a major source of planet-warming emissions: Big Oil.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, a Democrat, sued more than two dozen oil and gas companies earlier this year over their contribution to — and alleged deception about — the dangers of rising global temperatures (Greenwire, April 27).

The lawsuit asserts that Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other oil supermajors misled the public for decades about the environmental risks of burning fossil fuels. It asks the companies to help fund climate adaptation projects to shield the county’s 530 miles of shoreline from rising seas and stronger storms.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, another Democrat, launched a similar legal challenge in February. His complaint notes that the city expects to spend at least $56 million on protecting the historic downtown area from flooding, as well as at least $45 million on constructing 4 miles of sea wall by 2040.

These are bullshit, money grasping lawsuits, designed mainly to shake down fossil fuel companies too afraid to fight the bad science in court, and face the wrath of public opinion. 


With nearly a 100 year record, sea level rise at Annapolis is roughly 3.7 mm per year, with no sign of acceleration due to increasing fossil fuel use.

Election 2020: SharpieGate Lives

A diverse lot for a Sunday Morning. Lets start with the As, as in Arizona, where the Western Journal has an AZ Audit Exclusive: AZ Senate President Confirms Ballots Were Printed on Wrong Paper, Allowed Bleed-Through. Remember the sharpie controversy? Turns out there might be something to it:

Speaking with The Western Journal on Thursday, Arizona State President Karen Fann confirmed that a number of ballots in the 2020 election were indeed printed on the wrong paper, allowing bleed-through which then invalidated those ballots. During a broadcasted state Senate hearing held on July 15 regarding the Maricopa County presidential election audit, Arizona senators revealed as much.
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“For example, we can go back to an actual public document that [Maricopa County officials] had on their website and they put out there and said, ‘We only use four types of paper for our ballots,’ and those ballots are — it’s a special kind of paper that has, I believe, it’s a titanium film on it, if you will, which actually prevent people from — from the ballots, from seeping through on the other side,” Fann told The Western Journal.

“Well, we know for a fact from the hearing last Thursday that there is a lot of ballots out there that they marked through, and images of them. So clearly, that was misinformation when they said we only use four types of paper.”

During the July 15 hearing, images were provided showing that some ballots did suffer bleed-through which, if the proper VoteSecure paper had been used, should have been impossible. According to Fann, Senate Republicans have affidavits from poll workers confirming that some polls “were not using any special paper.”

“As a matter of fact, if they ran out of paper, somebody was sent down to the nearest office supply store to pick up more paper. So that in itself is, okay, obviously, that’s not secure paper. Obviously, you’re going to have bleed-throughs,” Fann told The Western Journal.

So here's the trick. A ballot marked with a sharpie bleeds through, and then the machine refuses to read it, and the ballot goes on to "adjudication" where a county employee is free to decide who the vote was intended for. It's no secret that most county employees are Democrats. Were votes changed in adjudication? Only a comparison of the original ballots and the "adjudicated" ballots can tell. Guess who's resisting that comparison. 

Sundance at CTH reports (and has the vid) that Perfect – Arizona GOP Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, Who Killed Election Reform Bill, Destroyed by Audience, Booed and Run Off Stage "We need more of this!" Well, as they say, votes have consequences. And from PM, Trump targets Biden, Democrats and 2020 election at packed Phoenix rally

At Breitbart, Rep. Byron Donalds Shreds Democrat Argument on Voter ID: I Had an ID at 13, but via Fox, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. says voter ID requirements 'insidious' in talk with fleeing Texas Dems.

Speaking of the plague bearing Texas Fleebaggers, at Hot Hair, Karen Townsend reports Texas Democrats unravel - "I'm just pissed off" that Biden won't meet with them. Well, he's vaccinated, right? And again from Fox, Psaki refuses to give number of breakthrough WH Covid cases: 'Why do you need that information?' To embarrass you, thanks very much!

CNN claims Bumble match turns in January 6 suspect who allegedly whipped police. If he really whipped police, put him in jail, but like all CNN news stories, I take that accusation with a grain of salt. Video, or it didn't happen. Michael Walsh at NYPo, The FBI is made of snitches, often trapping Americans into committing crimes. I think we'll find many undercover FBI agents and snitches participated in Jan, 6. 

PM, NSA confirmed to have 'unmasked' Tucker Carlson in surveilled communications, "An NSA review confirms Tucker Carlson was unmasked in communications between two third-parties." And then leaked, which is how it got to Carlson, and other media figures. And speaking of Carlson, from Da Caller, ‘Settle Down, Son’: Tucker Carlson Laughs In Face Of Heckler Who Calls Him ‘Worst Human Being’ and Althouse reports The Lincoln Project celebrates intrusive rudeness by hailing the heckler. I guess it was Tucker's day to be Immanuel Goldstein. 

Da Caller takes notice of how the Media Helps Push White House Line On Social Media Censorship. I guess we're still pretending this is just about WuFlu. As Michael Barone reports from NYPo, Democrats condemn Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ but keep telling ones even worse ones themselves. And PM must have taken the brown acid, FLASHBACK: MSNBC hosts spread vaccine misinformation in order to slam Trump. At Creators Syndicate Barone reminds us Speech Suppression is Habit-Forming. At City Journal, JS Steele  discussed The New Censorship, "History shows the dangers of suppressing scientific debate—but social media platforms, using public health as a justification, are eroding free speech" as Twitter Temporarily Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene After Alleged Vaccine Misinformation (Da Caller)

Greene tweeted both Sunday and Monday that COVID-19 was not dangerous for individuals unless they were above the age of 65 and obese, The New York Times (NYT) reported. Greene also argued that “defeating obesity” would help fight the virus and that vaccines should not be mandated, according to The Hill.
Indeed, a bit of an overstatement, but that wouldn't get a lib banned. At NYPo Ben Shapiro thinks America’s silent majority must fight liberals killing freedom of speech. Quitting Twitter and Facebook would be a start. Da Beast is apparently happy that Even Dershowitz Took a Pass on Trump’s Big Tech Suit. Even if the fight is doomed, it's worth making the point. It's how the libs do it; keep hammering until they give in.

After her accepting the appointment to Nancy Pelosi's Jan. 6 Star Chamber, Newsmax is thrilled that Ad Brands Liz Cheney a 'Clinton Republican'. Much like Hillary she owes her political success to a male relative, not to her own innate skill at politician. 

Ice Cream Sunday


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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Annals of the Biden Crime Family

 Another DIY edition, first highlighting the latest corruption involving first son Hunter Biden

Want Proof That Hunter Biden’s ‘Art’ Sale Is An Influence-Peddling Scam? – Issues & Insights

Hunter Biden, Con Artist - American Greatness

Hunter Biden Selling Art to Anonymous Buyers Is Genius-Level Corruption - Peter Schweizer: 

Psaki Overlooks Potential Undue Influence To Defend Hunter Biden's Art Meetings

ROFL: Acclaimed Artist Hunter Biden Expected to Meet With Potential Buyers Prior to 'Anonymous Sales' – RedState

Carlson: Hunter Biden 'Can Do Literally Whatever He Wants -- As We've Seen, He Definitely Has'



And a more general area of terrorist nominees and miscellaneous corruption:


A dozen of Biden’s national security nominees are on hold in the Senate

Biden's Supreme Court Commission Appointee Justified Looting in CNN Op-Ed. - The National Pulse

Biden Taps Son of Top Dem Donor for Product Safety Post

Report: Biden Nominee Edited Radical Ecoterrorist Newsletter

Special Agent Speaks Out: Biden Nominee Was Coconspirator in Ecoterrorism Case

Former investigator describes Tracy Stone-Manning as 'vulgar, antagonistic' member of Earth First! extremist group – HotAir

Biden's Pipeline To Nowhere: It'll Build Back Russia Better

Biden Tried to Silence the Ukrainians but They're Exposing the Threat He's Created – RedState

Communist China's Huawei Hires Democrat Lobbyist Tony Podesta

China Works With Biden Administration to Target Former America-First Trump Team With Sanctions - The Last Refuge

Biden DOJ: No need to investigate Cuomo over nursing home deaths – HotAir

The Dreaded Misery Index Is On The Rise Under Biden – Issues & Insights

Joe Biden’s Misery Index Rises - American Greatness

Inflation heads to double digits. Democrats smile - Don Surber: 

Beach Report 7/24/21

On our way past the harbor today, we caught this Green Heron posing on a dock line
A Swamp-Rose Mallow growing along side the harbor.
The wide showy flowers of Rose-Mallow signal the start of summer, as they bloom profusely in moist areas until September. Each flower is open for only a day, but they follow sequentially over time. The bloom is a larger version of okra, cotton or hollyhocks which are also members of the mallow family. The flowers are usually white or pink, but may be a pale yellow. All have a red or maroon center and a projecting column of stamens.
It was partly cloudy and in the upper 70s, with humidity starting to build back in. Despite a relatively high tide we managed 28 teeth, none spectacular, a drum's tooth, a crab claw and a piece of sting ray barb. It being Saturday, there were a fair number of people at the beach, and Skye got her due number of pets.
The Great Blue Heron seems to have adopted Whitey's favorite rocks as it's hangout. 


Election 2020: Democrat Commits "Insurrection", Media Yawn

Starting with the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.22.21 (Evening Edition), which gives us Mary Chastain who reports More Voters Want Congress to Probe BLM Riots Than Jan. 6, "Over 60% of people in every racial group prefer the BLM investigation." But way more journolists and Democrat politicians want to pin Jan. 6 on Trump and Republicans, so guess what will get investigated. Also, at Victory Girls: Fired January 6 DEA Agent Lured By FBI?. An infuriating story, if true. Angelo Codevilla wonders Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt’s Killer the Medal of Honor? "If the killing of the Air Force veteran in the Capitol on January 6 was a salvific act, why hide the killer? Why not celebrate him?" At Gateway, Jim Hoft, has BRAVO! Greg Kelly Airs Photos of All of the Jan. 6 Political Prisoners Still in Gulag without Trial. Julie Kelly at Am Great  helps A January 6 Detainee Speak Out "He corroborates accounts from other detainees, including reports of abuse by prison guards, inedible food, and zero access to the outdoors, religious services, or physical activity." At Front Page, Capitol Breacher Gets 8 Months, "Conservatives go to prison; leftists go home."
Contrast the treatment of the non-violent Hodgkins with what happened when Islamist-socialist Linda Sarsour and her band of screaming protesters disrupted another official proceeding in 2018, in this case the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“At least 227 demonstrators were arrested between the start of the nomination hearings on Tuesday and the end of testimony on Friday, according to the U.S. Capitol Police. Most of those charged this week with disorderly conduct, crowding or obstructing paid fines of $35 or $50,” NPR reported at the time.

The lesson here with this double standard on official proceeding-disrupting appears to be that conservatives who do it go to prison, but leftists who do it go home. Many of the people arrested in connection with January 6 are still rotting in jail awaiting trial.

Essentially, what Hodgkins did was trespass and demonstrate without permission on the Senate floor where he stood for 15 minutes waving a pro-Trump flag and taking selfies.

Speaking of which, I wonder how this "insurrection" case will be handled; aren Townsend at Hot Hair, Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at voter rights protest... irony ensued and at NYPo, Georgia Democratic congressman arrested in voting rights protest (my bold).

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and eight others were arrested Thursday after they took part in a voting rights protest that illegally blocked the door of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill.

Johnson, 66, who has represented a majority-African American district east of Atlanta since 2007, tweeted that he was “protesting against Senate inaction on voting rights legislation & filibuster reform.

Lock him up and throw away the key until all the Jan. 6th protestors have been sentenced.

Politico reports ‘Deadly serious’: Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6, "The speaker has made overseeing an investigation of the deadliest attack on the Capitol in two centuries into a core mission." Kerry Picket at WaEx, House Republicans could target Liz Cheney's committee assignment, for playing Nancy Pelosi's foot soldier. "In early July, when Cheney's name first surfaced as a possible across-the-aisle appointment by Pelosi, McCarthy told reporters, “I’m not making any threats about committee assignments. But you know how Congress works.”"

Stu Cvrk has another A.U.D.I.T. of Elections: Grassroots Pressure Begins to Pay Off. Lot's there, wade through it if you're interested in potential election fraud. Twitchy, Doug Logan from Cyber Ninjas releases a statement on the alleged missing 74,000 ballots in Maricopa County

At Breitbart, Poll: Most Arizona Republicans Believe Audit Will Show Trump Won State. And that is what Democrats fear, another asterisk for President** Biden. 



And something to make you go hmmm from Joe Hoft at Gateway Pundit, Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) Is Being Sued for Secretly Permitting Internet Access on Election Machines, essentially admitting that most current voting machines can wirelessly connect to the internet.
In a strange series of events, the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) is being sued for updating its policy and allowing voting machines to include Internet access. These policy changes were discussed in private with voting machine companies and silently passed by the EAC without required public debate.

Also, WE CAUGHT THEM: Arizona’s Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Lied – EAC Updated Website after Gateway Pundit Report Discovered Their Auditors Were Uncertified

Newsbusters, MSNBC Doubles Down On Biden’s Lies About GOP Voting Laws

Stacy McCain, Fact Check: Were 2020 Polls ‘Rigged’? Is There Even Any Need to Ask Anymore?. Most polls are always rigged. Usually, early on, they are way optimistic on Democrat prospects, hoping to depress Republican turn out. As the election get closer, they veer a little closer to the truth, hoping not to look too bad when the election actually occurs. This was a weird election by any standards, and they didn't even bother trying to really sample the population.

Cutie Pavlich at Town Hall, says It's Official: The NSA Unmasked Tucker Carlson

Three weeks after Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the National Security Agency of reading his communications, the agency has confirmed he was unmasked.

"The nation’s top electronic spy agency found that Carlson was mentioned in communications between third parties and his name was subsequently revealed through 'unmasking,' a process in which relevant government officials can request the identities of American citizens in intelligence reports to be divulged provided there is an official reason, such as helping them make sense of the intelligence documents they are reviewing," the Record reports.

Twitchy, ‘Entirely unacceptable’: Fox News rips the NSA over a new report that says Tucker Carlson’s name was unmasked

The Democrat Texas -> D.C Super Spread event is coming along nicely;  PM, Psaki refuses to provide number of 'breakthrough' cases of COVID in the White House and sundance at CTH, Psaki Refuses to Give The Number of Vaccinated White House Staff Who Contracted COVID: “Why Do You Need That Information?”  "Can you imagine the backlash if President Trump’s spokesperson gave that answer?" So you are free to presume it's running rampant. 

Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.22.21 (Evening Edition), Behind the Black has Today’s blacklisted American: Democrats introduce Senate bill demanding companies censor social media, in other words, you and me. Breitbart, Republicans Demand Answers on White House ‘Censorship Program’ with Facebook. Yeah? Good luck with that. 

McMorris Rodgers tweeted, “@POTUS, please provide a list of EVERY social media company you are working with to CENSOR content your administration deems as ‘disinformation.’”

She added, “Please produce any written policy or plan outlining your administration’s censorship program.”

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