W.O.O.D. – 1 July 2019


This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:

and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

What’s Going On?


The Democrats had a debate with 20 Clown Car participants, none of whom seems able to do math, understand money, know what “expenses 10 times bigger than tax take” means, or have any touch with the reality of Working Americans at all. IMHO, the DNC have lost the plot. Tim Pool of Timcast “gets it”.

Then we have the absolutely guaranteed to make Middle America vote Trump in 2020 use of Communist Shock Troops in ANTIFA to creat “Black Block” violence toward anyone NOT a card carrying Alt Left SJW Party Member.



A black bloc is a tactic used by groups of protesters who wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items. The clothing is used to conceal wearers’ identities and hinder criminal prosecution by making it difficult to distinguish between participants. It is also used to protect their faces and eyes from pepper spray, which is used by law enforcement during protests or civil unrest. The tactic allows the group to appear as one large unified mass.[3] Black bloc participants are often associated with anarchism, anti-globalization movement or antifascism.

The tactic was developed in the 1980s in the European autonomist movement’s protests against squatter evictions, nuclear power, and restrictions on abortion, as well as other influences. Black blocs gained broader media attention outside Europe during the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, when a black bloc damaged property of Gap, Starbucks, Old Navy, and other multinational retail locations in downtown Seattle.

Clearly one simple thing to do to screw up their system is to just also wear all black. Wear their uniform and infiltrate when they become violent. As simple as a black hoodie in a black backpack.

But the Wiki is being cheap with the truth… NOT 1980s. And in true “truth inversion of the Alt Left” fashion, these Fascists In Training are decidedly NOT attacking Fascists, but anyone not far far left of Democratic Socialism.


Many people know that Black Bloc began in the late 1970s in Germany, and the Netherlands.

They point to what one presumes is a different version of history from some prior iteration of Wiki…


by Matthew Vadum
As a result, Antifa, which has been described as a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government, is responsible for “a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s.”

Reports of Antifa violence are everywhere, which is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has quietly designated Antifa as “domestic terrorists.” (Capital Research Center produced a three-part documentary series, America Under Siege, about Antifa and other political actors.)

Antifa is not a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat “fascism,” a political ideology whose definition academics have been arguing about for decades. The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist.

Despite the name, the movement embraces fascistic tactics.

Antifa has gained new prominence in the post-Obama era. They trace their roots back to Nazi Germany. Although they opposed the Sturmabteilung (SA), or Nazi storm troopers, like the SA they also used violence to intimidate political opponents and break up their meetings and rallies. It could be argued that the ideological distance between Antifa and the now-defunct National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP) or Nazi Party, is so slight it can be measured in millimeters.

Determining who funds Antifa is difficult because the movement is highly decentralized and consists of private individuals and loosely affiliated groups.

Journalist Lee Stranahan downplays the significance of funding to Antifa.

“While it’s been proven that funders like Soros and the Democrat Party have paid protest organizers and some protesters, groups like the violent Black Bloc [sic – black bloc refers to a set of tactics, not a group] typically aren’t motivated by money, but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires and thrill seeking.”

Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire George Soros has ties to Antifa through a group called the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ). Soros’s philanthropy, known at the time as the Open Society Institute, gave $100,000 to AfGJ ($50,000 in 2004 and $50,000 in 2006).

Acting as a fiscal sponsor, AfGJ gave $50,000 to Refuse Fascism, an unincorporated Antifa group. Fiscal sponsors are recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits that take in donations on behalf of unincorporated or small groups so that donors can deduct the donations from their taxes, charging the group receiving the donation a processing fee.

Refuse Fascism was created in the weeks after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The group’s goal was summed up in a slogan on its website: “It’s Fascism: Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!”

So why isn’t old Georgy Boy in trouble for promoting violence, RICO funding of corrupt organizations, etc. etc. Eh?

I fear this will get much worse before it gets better. IIRC, Portland is inside the 9th Circuit and they ruled that anyone has a right to concealed carry of firearms… I’d rather not see a minor army vs army event on our streets. Since these folks have been named a “Terrorist Group”, where’s the enforcement?

G {whatever} Meeting

It happened in Japan. Only really big news was trump flew over to Korea and did a “Make Nice” with the North Koreans. He became the first US President in forever to actually step onto North Korean territory. YSM (Yellow Stream Media) entered a cacophony of “Just a PHOTO OP!!!” shouts. Not recognizing that Trump was saying to Kim that a) Trump was not afraid to step into his center of control. b) Trump was willing to take the first step. c) Toss down the trust gauntlet for a visit to the White House. (I’m willing to be under your control in your turf, so will you be willing to do the same? I trusted you)… d) Normalize the emotional relationship. Instead of “We are in an ongoing war with more guns pointed at you than anyone else in the world!” make it “Just 2 guys with stuff to work out, your place or mine?”.

Oh, and supposedly China was doing some “Make Nice” in their Trump meeting. Why? Oh, 17% drop in manufacturing in China, massive reduction in income, recession… All while folks in the USA have hardly even noticed… That’s what happens when you STOP shipping out $BILLIONS in unbalanced trade to a Mercantilist…


“God Only Knows” continues.

Has it fallen completely off the radar?

Will it resolve? Will anyone notice? Does anyone care anymore?

I saw an interesting set of videos by Indego Tourist (IIRC) that I’m going to post up in one set, later. It’s “the usual” of the rich not caring and the poor not able to change things. But useful for seing how to prepare for the AwShit should Socialism take root here.

Global Warming Push

This continues unabated. Despite FEET of hail in Guadalajara in June. Despite snow in the West and Chile having roads snowed under.

Sigh. I guess it will take 20 feet of snow in August in DC and across Europe… or maybe even that would not be enough.

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70 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 1 July 2019

  1. Pouncer says:

    There would seem to be a vacuum where a proposal or argument should be, regarding a US “nation building” effort in Central or South America. Something of the form:

    “We should attack the problem at the root cause, by eradicating the corrupt regime of X, (where X =El Salvador, Venezuela, whatever) and attract vibrant diverse shovel ready workers into a safer green zone to yadda yadda yadda)

  2. spetzer86 says:

    Any instance of “severe” weather, historically known as “weather”, is proof positive of Climate Change. Hot, cool, dry, or wet, doesn’t matter. It’s all “predicted” and “according to the highly accurate models”, regardless if the last prediction was for the opposite or that the models were recently adjusted to compensate for differences from observed.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Russia just had another submarine accident, news getting out that 14 Russian sailors died due to smoke inhalation due to a fire on board a Russian deep diving submersible in their territorial waters.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more on the sub incident and a related item that is a bit ominous if true.


    Debka apparently is an Israeli intelligence / security firm, likely connected in some way to high level intelligence sources in Israel. Have no idea about its reputation just stumbled on this when someone re-tweeted this item.


  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    This adds a bit of possible context

    The twitter verse is finally starting to re-tweet stuff and it is getting confusing. As usual there is probably a lot of confusion even at the top levels of command as these sort of things take time to sort out. A few are suggesting a US sub was sunk but at this time I submit we simply do not know and there is no point on expanding that idea until better info comes out.

  6. philjourdan says:

    That Russian sub is going to provide a lot of intrigue and questions in the next few weeks. Clearly it is not what the Russians claim it to be. But what is it? Look to minor players to bring out more clues. It will not be coming from the EU or US.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    When we run a “war game” it is an opportunity for their “hunter” types to test how invisible they can be. Unfortunately, if too invisible and in the wrong place you can get run over / into.

    I have no idea if that is at all what happened. Any fire on a ship is a big deal, and one on any submarine is a disaster. Could be as simple as the cook spilled the french fry grease and it caught fire…

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, a survey of various news services snd youtube channels is at best opaque on the submarine issue.

    It looks to me like much of it is bogus. Especially the notion of a US Sub being sunk off Alaska.

    Russia said the damaged sub is parked in their sub base over near Finland. One youtube fool was saying it could have gotten there under the ice as there is a path…

    Yeah, right, 3000+ nautical miles in, generously, 30 hours. 100 knts sub… After fire damage,

    You don’t take a damaged sub, short 14 sraff in the freezer, systems damaged by fire, for a few thousand knts under ice at high speed (and you can’t hit 100 knts anyway. Not even close.)

    Looks most likely to me that there was a fire on the “research” / spy sub, they got it out and limped back to bsse NEARBY. I doubt they were very far from port in any case. IF they could make 30 knts for 30 hours, that’s 900 miles. I doubt they really could make half that. But that doesn’t get it very far from the base.

    So my position as of now is No US Involvement.
    No risk of engagement beyond the norm.
    The Russians just had a big oopsie.

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes folks are posting comments as if this scenario is confirmed and they know exactly what happened. That is simply not possible unless they were there and even then very very unlikely.

    In fact the US Navy may not even know what happened, it might take days to account for all our boats as they, by design rarely communicate and mostly operate in a listen only mode.

    It would be nice to be a fly on the wall but it is totally unreasonable to even expect for the general public to be told what is going on.

    When the Skipjack nuclear boat sunk the crew families were not even informed the boat had been lost until days after the Navy knew it has suffered a major casualty and was almost certainly on the bottom due to acoustic listen networks that allowed them to hear the implosion of the boat and pin point to a small area where it went down.

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just realized thanks to a comment on twitter I crossed the boat class with the boat name.
    It was the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) which was a Skipjack-class boat.

  11. Another Ian says:

    More Googleantics

    “Google’s Manual Interventions in Search Results”

    Link at


  12. tom0mason says:

    Stromboli volcano (Italy): eruption today kills at least one person. Unfortunately, today’s eruption has also claimed at least one life. According to news reports a tourist was killed by a falling bomb and another one was injured.
    Following the series of this afternoon’s large explosions at Stromboli Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued an alert of a volcanic ash cloud having reached up to flight level 300 (30,000 ft / 9 km altitude).

    The large eruption column from Stromboli’s eruption today rising approx. 5 km, and ash plumes from a pyroclastic flow down the Sciara. Image taken from neighboring island of Panarea, courtesy of Marco Ortenzi via twitter (@mortenzi)

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Heck of a photo.. Looks nuclear ;-)

  14. Ossqss says:

    Subs would be at the mercy of on board systems at depth. Just sayin……

    Think about it.

  15. Ossqss says:

    On the geological front. Many 6 plus quakes globally (that is all I get notifications on) over the last month. Have a peek.


  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the California tremblor

  17. Ossqss says:

    I wonder if that is a mistaken duplication of some sort. Only a couple minutes apart.

    Just popped the news on and they are predicting another quake in 15 min? That is odd.

  18. Ossqss says:

    Yep, they revised it. Ya think they could get a quake right the first time. DOH!

  19. E.M.Smith says:


    Looks like it’s out toward Mammoth Mountain / Long Valley area, away from the urban masses… that’s lucky.

    Something is up out there…

    Southern California has had: (M1.5 or greater)
    103 earthquakes in the past 24 hours
    164 earthquakes in the past 7 days
    385 earthquakes in the past 30 days
    2,804 earthquakes in the past 365 days

    The largest earthquake in Southern California:
    today: 6.4 in Searles Valley, California, United States

    Wonder if it was my “Spidey Sense” that had me wanting to make that “stock up the emergency supplies” run a few days back…


    and looking at emergency Rocket Stoves today:


    I do have a history of such “coincidences”…

    IIRC, that area is a “dormant” volcano field area. From about Death Valley down to the Gulf Of California (and really on up to Owen’s Lake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owens_Lake is a rift zone and you can pop a volcano or volcanic feature anywhere along it (including under the Salton Sea where there’s geothermal energy being extracted from near a lava-ish pool).

    So interesting place to be getting quakes…

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well that is just upstream from Palmdale so could be getting ready to unzip that southern end of the fault complex.

  21. H.R. says:

    Oooookay. Just finished the 4th of July cookout. I cooked my first ever Tomahawk Ribeye Steak. It weighed in at 3.44 pounds. I used the reverse sear method where you cook the steak on very low or indirect heat until internal temperature is about 125 (F)+/- and then you nuke it for the finish on as high as your grill can go. Here’s one similar to what I fixed.


    I watched a couple of videos on grilling them because those Tomahawk steaks are not cheap. It seems that the reverse searing method is preferred as a steak like mine was about 2.5″: thick.

    I also made shucked sweet corn grilled directly over the flames and mmmmmm! was that ever good.

    I made the Scot-immigrant mother-in-law one of her special request burnt-to-a-crisp-too-well-done-for-souls-in-hell-hockey-puck hamburgers which she said was cooked to perfection. The whole family gave up on fixing (ruining) steaks for her years ago. PETA would have every right to picket any steak cooked for her; cruel & unusual.

    There was deviled egg potato salad, which I took a pass on, and some sliced tomatoes (not from my garden… yet) but I did have about a 3/8″ sliver of strawberry shortcake.

    Oh boy… yummmm!

  22. Power Grab says:

    On C-SPAN I found the President’s Independence Day celebration. They’ve got a nice men’s chorus singing the theme songs of the armed forces and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I didn’t see it from the beginning, but I’m glad I found it when I did.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, the humanity!!!


    ‘Smell of bourbon fills the air’ as massive fire engulfs Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky
    By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer

    A Jim Beam warehouse caught fire late Tuesday in Woodford County, Kentucky, after severe thunderstorms moved through the region. Firefighters struggled to contain the enormous blaze, in part due to the large amount of alcohol in the debris.

    “The smell of bourbon fills the air near the fire at a Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County,” local photojournalist Ryan Hermens said in a tweet.

  24. jim2 says:

    Not a volcano, but still …

    The world’s tallest active geyser — whose major eruptions shoot water more than 300 feet into the air — is known to be unpredictable. But if there was ever a year to witness Steamboat’s spectacular surge of water, this might be it.
    We’re just over halfway through 2019 and the Steamboat Geyser has already erupted 25 times, according to the US Geological Survey. That puts it on track to surpass last year’s record of 32 eruptions — the largest number ever recorded in a year. The record before that was 29 eruptions in 1964.


  25. Power Grab says:

    The most recent earthquake at Ridgecrest CA (7.1 magnitude) is showing a depth of above ground. Some others that are smaller and also near that location and time are also showing depths of above ground.

    What’s up with that?

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like they got hit pretty hard


  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    Quite a list here, 7.1 occurred at
    MAP 7.1 2019/07/05 20:19:52 35.766N 117.605W 17.0 17 km (11 mi) NNE of Ridgecrest, CA

    Just north north east of China Lake Naval test station 84 miles east north east of Bakersfield.



  28. Larry Ledwick says:


  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wave pool from the earth quake

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    A few more pictures and links, some roads got trashed by the quake

    Ho hum earthquake for most because of the location, if centered in a built up area could have been a much bigger deal. Will take time to do the damage assessment to figure out what infrastructure was damaged.

    Some of those road fissures can be temporarily bridged with those steel plates used during construction to temporarily cover trenches, but the deep underground infrastructure like pipe lines will be a bigger problem to cope with.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    Earthquake magnitude graphic

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

  33. Another Ian says:

    ““Trump has played the incredible trick of making the liberals seem to come out against the 4th of July” ”


  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on how Hong Kong protesters communicate for supplies needed at the front of the protest.


    Shut down cell phones or networks people will find other ways to message.

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L: (Per signals)

    Folks forget that the Roman Empire was effective in controlling vast areas by two major systems: 1) Roman Roads (that folks do remember) let them move their army anywhere, fast. 2) Roman Flag Towers let the Central Authority know where to move the army and did it very very fast. (This one folks forget about)

    With a combination of signal fires and flags, they would communicate a message from tower to tower to tower to Rome far faster than anyone else could communicate in that era. The same idea was carried forward into the ship-to-ship communication with flags that helped the British Empire dominate and is still used today by the USA (and others).

    BTW, spouse and I both do American Sign Language. At a “deaf coffee event” it is fun to watch folks having a conversation across a room. Distance does not determine with whom you can talk, but visual sight lines do. Some times at large noisy (hearing people) events, I’ll be talking with someone and over on the other side if the room, the spouse will give the “are you ready to go?” sign… so a semi-private communication through the noise and clutter…

    As I’ve said many times: You can not block communications, you can only slow the baud rate… (or sometimes bit rate).

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, I did a quick sample of some news shows on The Day and it was very clear what the Approve Narrative was: Trump exploiting military. Trump using military for personal political gain. Trump militarizing a parade. etc. etc. France 24 has managed to drive me away by going all TDS since Macron got in. They used to have some decent news. One of their shows has a bald guy (from the Daily Beast? something like that) who does NOTHING but bitch about Trump and snipe).

    What was amazing to me was watching the parade, it was exactly like 100 I’ve seen before all across America. Marching bands. A few honor guards and some blocks of troops doing rifle drills. I grew up with that every year in my home town. Then the Blue Angles fly overs were something we had ever year here at Moffett Field (until Google bought it…)

    So trump was Honoring The Military through the whole thing. Pride in America stuff. And all the negativity from The Left just looked like Dissing the Military and the USA in general. All it did was harden my distaste for them and steel my resolve to work against them ever getting power.

    On NPR today one poor sot was trying to recover a little bit of reputation by saying that Trump did a statesman like speech and without all the usual rousing the rabble with chants of “Lock Her Up!” or such and completely spoiled the effort. “Damning with faint praise” is still damning. Then topped it off with “completely out of character” and “unlikely he can do it again” as approximately what was said.

    They have no idea how much it offends the rest of us to have them busy pissing on the parade of the honored… and crapping on our Traditional Holidays…

    @Per The Quake:

    I’d actually thought of saying “A 6.x? It might be a pre-shock…” but didn’t. Oh Well. One set of prescience points down the tube ;-)

    ANY time there’s an out of the blue 5-6.x quake, it can be a pre-shock to the main event. Make sure your “quake kit” is outside and your water storage is full. Keep things that way for a week or so. (Long time readers here will remember me saying things like “Checking my quake kit and preparedness stuff” after some 6.x quake somewhere on the West Coast. That’s why.

    WHERE this quake is located worries me. That’s a spreading zone / rift zone. Usually we get a sliding motion along the San Andreas and related faults. Essentially the Pacific plates moving north / North America plate moving south, relative to each other. There’s been a long duration of quiet on those plates at that boundary. Now this.

    This is not a “sliding sideways” zone, it is a ripping apart zone. IF the plate motions have changed direction, that could be a Really Big Deal. For one thing, there’s a set of mountains near where I grew up, the Sutter Buttes
    that WERE a 6000 foot tall volcano that just popped up through the broad flat central valley floor. Nowhere near all “the usual” volcanic features and mountains. For decades I wondered “Why there?”. Eventually (after a few geology classes) found out that California moves sort of in blocks. The spreading zone from the Gulf of California up through the (below sea level) Salton Sea / Death Valley / Owens Valley etc. eventually at about Mono Lake / Lake Tahoe hits one of those block edges and runs back to the coast (where it picks up again and eventually merges into that Cascadia Fault Zone that will eventually destroy Seattle and Portland…)

    Those block edges are presently held closed by the sliding pressure of the plates in opposite directions. This is also why volcanoes down near L.A. (out into the Mojave) have not popped up. (But DID in the past tens of thousands of years ago).

    IF (and it is a very big IF) the pressure N/S on those blocks has slackened and we are in more of an unzip rifting motion now, we can get (as we have had before in geologic history…) volcanoes anywhere along that line up from the Salton Sea to Lake Tahoe, along the block edges through the Sutter Buttes area (and The Geysers / Geyserville over by the coast in trendy Napa Wine Country…)

    It has been about 6 million years since the Buttes formed, and they have eroded down to about 2000 feet now, so it isn’t like this is a common feature. You MUST keep geologic time in mind thinking about this stuff. It might never happen again, ever. OTOH, were it starting Right Now, we might not notice for a few thousand more years. (Or it could start smoking tomorrow…)

    IIRC, the last volcano in the area east of Los Angeles (on the road to Phoenix) was about 9,000 years ago. (Just yesterday by geologic scales). Further north, Mount Lassen popped off about 1914 and Mt. Shasta grew a big cinder cone next to it (that you can see from the freeway as it goes right past it) at the same 9,000 years ago time:

    The point being that IF (again, a very big IF) we transitioned from compression N/S on those E/W blocks that make up California into some kind of torque or worse, rifting along that rift line: This State can pop and has popped volcanoes from Los Angeles up the length and even in the Central Valley and including places like Lassen and Shasta.

    These are NOT extinct volcanoes. (Heck, not even dormant, really. 9000 years is, in geologic time scales “happening now”…)

    So getting 7 sized quakes in the rifting valleys area is a big deal. IMHO.

    While I HOPE it is just settling of some strike / slip block and “nothing unusual”, if it starts to be a pattern, well…. then you start a smokers and volcanoes watch.

    FWIW I’d expect Mexican volcanoes in the Gulf of California area to show more activity as a precursor event. Their’s are generally more active and recent, and I’d expect them to get more active and “do something” first in a renewal of rifting.

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  37. jim2 says:

    Time to boycott world finals women’s soccer!!

    U.S women’s soccer team forward Megan Rapinoe said Saturday that she believes that “not many, if any” of her teammates would visit the White House if they win this Sunday’s World Cup final against the Netherlands.


  38. E.M.Smith says:

    To boycott it, I would have to know it existed….

  39. Ossqss says:

    You don’t see something like this from the NHC very often.


  40. Another Ian says:

    “Valentina Zharkova on the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum”


    Via a comment at Jo Nova

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well it is July 6 and it finally reached 77 Deg F this afternoon about 5:30 this afternoon. Dew point is 54 Deg F which is very high for the Denver Metro area and we are under a sever thunderstorm watch. The July 4th weekend weather wise has pretty much been a bust with gray overcast skys and cooler than usual temps.

    Yesterday was 3 deg F below normal for the date and I expect today to be about the same when the numbers come out, especially if we get the heavy rains we had yesterday (including large hail up and down the front range yesterday with some storms producing ping pong ball or larger hail)

    So I definitely feel we are having a cooler than normal summer so far. By this time of the year we should be seeing high temps in the mid to upper 80’s and occasional 90’s as we near peak temperatures of the year in late July and early August.

    Last month the climate tally came out like this:

    {going to try to format this so word press does not screw it up too bad using “code” tag and padding}

    YEAR: 2019
    LATITUDE: 39 52 N
    LONGITUDE: 104 40 W

    1 .... 73 .... 49 .... 61 .... -2
    2 .... 81 .... 49 .... 65 .... 2
    3 .... 82 .... 50 .... 66 .... 3
    4 .... 78 .... 50 .... 64 .... 0
    5 .... 78 .... 50 .... 64 .... 0
    6 .... 81 .... 54 .... 68 .... 4
    7 .... 86 .... 55 .... 71 .... 6
    8 .... 78 .... 47 .... 63 .... -2
    9 .... 63 .... 42 .... 53 .... -12
    10 .... 78 .... 42 .... 60 .... -6
    11 .... 78 .... 49 .... 64 .... -2
    12 .... 73 .... 53 .... 63 .... -3
    13 .... 86 .... 49 .... 68 .... 1
    14 .... 85 .... 58 .... 72 .... 5
    15 .... 79 .... 50 .... 65 .... -2
    16 .... 83 .... 49 .... 66 .... -2
    17 .... 75 .... 49 .... 62 .... -6
    18 .... 71 .... 51 .... 61 .... -7
    19 .... 83 .... 50 .... 67 .... -1
    20 .... 82 .... 53 .... 68 .... -1
    21 .... 67 .... 49 .... 58 .... -11
    22 .... 65 .... 45 .... 55 .... -15
    23 .... 65 .... 44 .... 55 .... -15
    24 .... 80 .... 50 .... 65 .... -5
    25 .... 83 .... 51 .... 67 .... -3
    26 .... 90 .... 56 .... 73 .... 2
    27 .... 94 .... 53 .... 74 .... 3
    28 .... 96 .... 60 .... 78 .... 7
    29 .... 96 .... 66 .... 81 .... 9
    30 .... 94 .... 62 .... 78 .... 6
    AV.... 80.1 .... 51.2


    DPTR FM NORMAL: -1.8
    HIGHEST: 96 ON 29,28
    LOWEST: 42 ON 10, 9

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    That worked pretty good should have inserted padding in the column headings but the point of this chart is the several days that were 10+ degrees below normal in June, and an over all average departure of -1.8 deg F. for the month of June 2019.

  43. cdquarles says:

    What are you talking about? That kind of thing is fairly common in June or July. Old mid-latitude system stalls out. Tropical system forms on its tail end and goes north. More likely to happen over LA or TX, but known to happen in FL/AL/MS, too.

  44. tom0mason says:

    I find it interesting that there’s a tendency for the two areas were persistent blocking high pressures sets-up — over Greenland and over the Alaskan area, are just where the gravity is below normal —

    Just a strange correlation? Something and nothing?

  45. Another Ian says:


    Have a read of the section here on

    “Lowering Standards: Increasingly, becomes clear that NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA-GISS) on Broadway in New York City is becoming more of a political entity than a scientific one. A NASA press release announced:”


    Maybe be prepared for a sudden intake of breath

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf as we get into the tropical storm season.

  47. H.R. says:

    Like Chic Filet and every other boycott the Regressives try, this is gonna backfire. Home Depot is on their list.


  48. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, thanks for that! I’d been drifting toward buying more stuff at Lowe’s… but now I’ll have to shift all my buying to Home Depot for a while ;-)

    BTW #2: Spouse shared a ‘meme’ the morning. Seems Starbucks asked a group of 4 cops to finish up as some other customer had “complained” that they “didn’t feel safe” with the cops there. The meme is two cops bent over in laughter and the caption reads “Starbucks just called. They are being robbed.”….

    Did I mention I’ve Moved On from Starbucks?


    Pete’s Coffee is in some ways better coffee. Just sayin’…

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, in our family restaurant, no cop ever paid for coffee… Meals, yes, but the coffee cup was a bottomless “thank you”… Dad tried to give them free donuts with the coffee, but they refused as that crossed some policy limit. I presume since coffee is often provided for free at all sorts of businesses / events it had some exemption.

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile under hidden bugs in soft ware we have this little item.

    View at Medium.com

  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    Possible new source of actual news – they say they want to do real journalism.
    Might be worth checking out periodically.

    Tracy Beanz is one of the best alternative journalists on twitter, if she is a regular contributor should see some quality work.


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  53. llanfar says:

    @Larry uninstalled and prevented recurrence of Zoom on my work MBP this morning. And I love @tracybeanz

  54. H.R. says:

    @Larry L – I don’t have a Mac, but if they have the ability to see through the blue painter’s tape I have over my laptop’s camera, we have bigger problems ;o)

  55. E.M.Smith says:


    ALL my family and close associates have tape or a spot band-aid over the camera. It is sort of a badge of clue ;-)

  56. philjourdan says:

    @HR – The regressives already boycott Home Depot! As well as Lowes and every other hardware store! Those stores are for people willing to do some work. Show me a regressive that does that!

  57. H.R. says:

    @philj re regressives – LOL! You have a point. Home Depot won’t see even a small blip in sales.

    I don’t suppose a lefty boycott of the auto parts and accessories stores would have much of an impact, either. Or Smith & Wesson… or… Tractor Supply… or… the National Shooting matches at Camp Perry… or… NASCAR… :o)

  58. llanfar says:

    @EM can’t cover the camera as we are a dispersed squad. Meetings are over Slack or WebEx – with camera included.

  59. jim2 says:

    I tried white electrical tape over my laptop camera. I could see a shadow through it, so replaced it with black electrical tape, plus the white on top of that.

  60. rhoda klapp says:

    I’ve stuck a 1-cent coin over the camera suing blu-tack. Let them try to see through that.

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