Being at the very last end of this spinning ball of time zones (though a tiny bit ahead of Hawaii…), I know I’m usually “late” on such global things compared to many of the folks out there. I’m trying to be a bit more “timely” this time (though I’ve already missed Australia and New Zealand… hope you guys got the party started right!)
With that, it’s time to say goodby to 2016 (and in some ways ‘good riddance’…) and hello to 2017.
Last year had a lot of interesting twists and turns, and hopefully 2017 will be a bit more sane. We’re free of the Democratic Party Yoke in Washington DC for at least a couple of years. Just have to worry about the ‘firelighters’ and ‘bomb throwers’ on their side disrupting things; and about what new ‘insta-grievance-group’ Soros will push on the world now that BLM and Occupy have been a bit of duds.
Only 3 more weeks of Obama Tantrums and Punchbowl Pissing to go, then he can fulfill his destiny as Sidewalk Supervisor and ankle biting yapper…
We’ve lost a lot of name actors this year. It’s not been a good year for Hollywood. I will only note that we lost both Princess Leia (and her mom Debbie Reynolds) and R2D2… TCM Turner Classic Movies runs a memorial spot each year showing the Names that have moved on that year. I recommend it, even if saddening.
“Climate Science” data fudgers suffered a big setback. Australia has given many ‘walking papers’ and Trump is set to do the same in the USA. Britain is headed for the door in the EU, so might also catch clue enough to dump their insane energy policies. (If the political winds are not enough, the sudden turn to cold and icy will likely drive the point home…)
The sun took A Big Nap, and now the atmospheric height has shortened as the mix of UV vs Visible vs IR has shifted to the red end (about 10% less UV) and though TSI has stayed near steady, the distribution of where the energy goes is ‘way different’ between UV (Stratosphere and deep ocean) and IR (prompt evaporation of water surfaces, rapid convection to space radiating levels over land). This squashing has also spread out the Polar Vortex, sending deep chills and snow into land masses from Central to Southern to Siberian Asia, parts of the EU, and nearly down to Texas in North America. Reports are that South America and New Zealand / Australia are having odd cold excursions too. A few more years of that and the nutbars pushing the Global Warming nonsense might just realize how foolish they look…
Only 20 more years of it until a bit of warming returns…
On a more positive note:
For Christmas I was given a set of Whisky Stones. These are 2 cm or so cubes of what looks like basalt. Placed in the freezer, they are used instead of ice cubes to cool the glass of ‘water of life’; thus avoiding dilution. Tested once, and pleasantly different from either “neat” or “on the rocks” (which, in this context, is an odd expression as it means ‘on the ice’ when the alternative is actual rock…)
So I’ll be giving them a slightly more extended trial, starting at about 9 PM Pacific, with the helpf of a bit of Speyburn 10 year Highland Single Malt. A very nice drop of which not nearly enough survived the first test of the ‘whisky stones’ ;-)
May 2017 continue the political trends set in motion in 2016, and may “climate science” learn how to do actual science and avoid “political science” as the winds of change get stronger.