Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maybe there is sincere reasons why the Right Wing rather cause distraction than address the real issues.

How many times in the USA since this moment was the Late President Nelson Mandela said instead of this nonsense?

Americans are mindless sheep without reverence. And yes, nonsense. The USA is not at war in the Caribbean last time I checked.

Everyone can stop the hypocrisy now.

Americans traveling to Cuba in record numbers (click here)
HAVANA Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:50am EDT

(Reuters) - Americans are visiting Cuba in record numbers despite strict travel restrictions, joining the hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans who travel home each year, according to Cuban government figures published on Friday.
Just over 98,000 U.S. citizens visited Cuba in 2012, up from 73,500 in 2011 and twice the number compared with five years ago, (Hm? Five years ago? That was Bush wasn't it? I think the media has President Obama confused with the past president.) according to an online report by the National Statistics Office (www.one.cu).
The numbers do not include more than 350,000 Cuban Americans estimated by travel agents and U.S. diplomats to have visited the island last year. Because Cuba considers them nationals, they are not listed in its tourism statistics.
U.S. citizens are barred from traveling to Cuba without government permission under a U.S. trade embargo imposed half a century ago that can only be lifted by Congress.
The rise in U.S. visitors partly reflects a loosening of travel restrictions by President Barack Obama's administration and allow "people-to-people" contact aimed at speeding political change on the communist-ruled island 90 miles from Florida....
Domestic violence cases aren't ever straight forward unless there is physical evidence of abuse, beatings or murder that can be connected to the abuser. It is up to prosecutor to make the best case for the plaintiff.

Most women don't realize they are allowed to live WITHOUT fear. 

Women are often the person that absorbs the trials and tribulations in the family, especially if she is at the center of the household in a more traditional relationship.

But, women when they confront fear while in the company of their partner have just felt a warning sign. I've never feared beginning in the same room with anyone, not just a partner. So, the idea fear is part of the relationship and she has to accept whatever behavior her partner exhibits is completely wrong. The mind register's fear for real reasons and it should be respected.

Domestic violence is a tough situation to end and create a safe environment for women and children.

Abused women have a high recidivism rate, even if they have children, for a variety of reasons, including economic, religious, shame and family pressure to make the marriage work.

Not all women abused are married, but, some are and even include the wives of holy men. Seriously.

...A total of 66,759 individuals charged (click here) with a domestic violence offense from 2004 through 2006 in Washington State courts were included in the study, 41% of whom had conditions imposed at sentencing. Over 100 different types of conditions were used during the study period, which were then reduced to 14 condition categories....

...While Wooldredge and Thislethwaite (2005) found that the combination of jail and probation was related to higher recidivism compared to dropped charges for domestic violence misdemeanants, probation alone had the strongest impact on reducing recidivism of all the court dispositions examined....

I am not really surprised Samantha Scheibe changed her mind. This case is high profile and it carries a great deal of pressure to uphold the integrity of gun ownership in a state that is reckless with their legislation. The charges never had a chance.

George Zimmerman's Girlfriend Wants to Drop Charges, 'Be With Him' (click here)

Dec. 9, 2013

Volcker rule bars most bank proprietary trades

Governor Christie owes the people of Fort Lee an apology.

This is horrible. Some would like to think this was punitive as the Mayor of Fort Lee didn't endorse the governor in the past election. It matters that a personal vendetta actually takes place, but, whether it was an agenda of vendetta or simply poor management of states assets requires an apology.

It would seem a minor whodunit (click here) for a small suburb: On the first day of school in September, three access lanes leading from Fort Lee, N.J., streets to the George Washington Bridge were unexpectedly and mysteriously shut down. Cars backed up, the town turned into a parking lot, half-hour bridge commutes stretched into four hours, buses and children were late for school, and emergency workers could not respond quickly to the day’s events, which included a missing toddler, a cardiac arrest and a car driving into a building....

No one is laughing, Governor.

Children are crying and upset because their transportation to school is late and this was their first day of school. This may have been some kind of legitimate use of a New Jersey road, HOWEVER, for the lack of notice to the City of Fort Lee is inexcusable. It is simply is inexcusable. New Jersey usually has a well established infrastructure and can sometimes run itself. But, for a department to ignore notice to an entire city regarding a change of purpose of a road is at the very least negligent and/or a vicious attack on a Mayor who thinks for himself.

If this is any indication to the Christi Second Term, he might be looking at a recall election; whether it costs millions or not. Everyone whom this impacted deserves an explanation and people held responsible.

Changing the topic, the House Speaker needs to move into a budget soon or a continuing resolution. I am sure there were many unhappy over the past shutdown, but, at least they had notice.

September 30, 2013
by Scott Wise
However, (click here) many of the more than 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees there would be temporarily furloughed, Stephen Baker with the Fort Lee Public Affairs Office wrote in an email.
Other changes, according to Baker, include:
  1. Fort Lee’s commissary will remain open one full business day Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, to reduce the amount of perishables on-hand before closing, according to Defense Commissary Agency.
  2. All fitness centers except the MacLaughlin Fitness Center will be closed.
  3. All hunting on Fort Lee will be suspended.
  4. The privately owned weapons range will be closed.
  5. The Wednesday grand opening of a new Child Youth Center will be postponed.
  6. The annual Army Family Action Plan Conference scheduled here Tuesday-Thursday will be cancelled.
  7. These Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and facilities will be closed: Outdoor Recreation, Leisure Travel Services, Army Community Library, Picture Perfect Frame Shop, Adventure Park and Auto Crafts.
  8. Army Community Service programs such as Survivor Outreach Services and the Exceptional Family Member Program will be closed; limited financial counseling services will be offered.
  9. The Army Education Center will remain open with limited services.
  10. Passport processing and forms and records support services at the Solider Support Center will be suspended.
  11. Services at the new Training Support Center will be limited.
  12. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and U.S. Army Women’s Museum will remain open, but with reduced support for special services.

Republicans, always in a snit.


She knows how to build cars!

Guess who this is?

The first woman CEO of a major car company.

Thank you, GM. And she is a GMC veteran of 30 years and she knows how to build cars.

By Tim Higgins  Dec 10, 2013 8:46 AM ET

General Motors Co. (GM) plans to name Mary Barra (click here) to succeed Dan Akerson as chief executive officer, making her the first female CEO in the global automotive industry, a person familiar with the effort said.
CEO since 2010, Akerson, who turned 65 in October, plans to tell employees today that he will step down in January, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. GM is likely to announce the change publicly today, according to the person. Dave Roman, a GM spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
Barra, 51, whose career started on a factory floor as an intern more than 30 years ago, has been in charge of product development and quality of all GM cars and trucks for 22 months, fostering collaboration and wringing costs out of the supply chain....
December 10, 2013
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of north and west hemisphere (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

The weather system is rather tenacious.

The Infrared Satellite might make a better picture to realize the turbulence of this storm.

December 10, 2013
UNISYS Infrared Satellite of north and west hemisphere (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

The left side of both satellites exhibits what looks like a tornado. It is a high tropospheric storm which is causing Hawaii rain and wind. That same part of the system will become a vortex of the Arctic Oscillation and will continue to pull water vapor from the warmer tropics.

Last map update: Tue, Dec. 10, 2013 at 5:00:04 am HST

Small craft warnings on the southeast side of the islands.

There is precipitation expected all but one day this week. This isn't just a short rainshower, these are storms. It is unusual weather for Hawaii.

The part of this weather system causing problems in the Midwest to the east coast is due to the two fronts coming together primarily over Kansas.

The southern front is carrying heat and the northern from is cold. Therefore, weather bringing precipitation and wind all week.

State by State Look at Wintery Weather (click here)

The Associated Press
For days, temperatures have plunged across a large portion of the United States, accompanied by a storm system that's brought sleet, snow, ice or a combination of all three. The weather has been a factor in several deaths and has caused treacherous travel conditions and the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Citrus farmers in California's Central Valley dodged the brunt of the seemingly never-ending winter storm. They used wind machines over the weekend to prevent crop freezes when temperatures dropped into the upper 20s.

Utilities said more than 19,000 customers were without power early Monday in Maryland due to the wintry storm. Baltimore officials cancelled the mayor's annual Christmas parade Sunday because of snow and dangerous road conditions.

Massachusetts commuters faced a light covering of snow Monday morning. Much of the state experienced at least a dusting of snow, but that was expected to turn over to rain as the day progressed, with temperatures at about 40 degrees.

With all the cold weather, the temperatures aren't really that cold. The temperatures in this front maintains a majority of above zero temperatures. It feels colder than it is because of the high amount of water vapor in the storm.

Forecasters said Southern New Jersey experienced up to 11 inches of snow overnight, and motorists faced slippery conditions as rain replaced snow statewide. State police said two people died in a car crash on an icy Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County.

Parts of the state where temperatures are at or below freezing remain under a winter weather advisory because of the possibility of ice. The state Transportation Department treated highways with salt and imposed speed restrictions on some roads.

The rain was expected to taper off by Monday evening with the potential for light snow with cold temperatures on Tuesday.

A storm system that blanketed Pennsylvania with several inches of snow began to leave the state Monday morning. The flakes changed to rain in Philadelphia, making for slushy streets downtown. City schools were expected to operate on a normal schedule, and transportation officials said regional rail was operating on or close to schedule.

March 23, 2013
Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica

An ice shelf (click here) is a thick plate of ice attached to a coastline on one side and floating over the ocean on the other side. Many ice shelves fringe Antarctica, including the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, which underwent a series of breakup events in 1998, 2008, and 2009.
Just as earthquakes can sometimes leave landscapes more prone to future quakes, the breakups on the Wilkins Ice Shelf left it vulnerable to further disintegration. In addition, the sea ice that had long pressed the shelf up against the coastline moved out, putting the remnants of the shelf in direct contact with open water. Ocean waves went to work on the ice, and in early 2013 the fracturing continued.
Acquired March 23, 2013, this high-resolution image from the WorldView-2 satellite shows a portion of the Wilkins Ice Shelf and a large assemblage of icebergs and sea ice just off the shelf front....

I've discussed this before. Earth's warming actually causes the atmosphere to be colder before it gets hotter. The reason is because large losses of ice RELEASE cold temperatures as they melt. The ice releases those cold temperatures in order to melt. The air temperatures and it's effect on weather will cause counter intuitive ideas about the Climate Crisis. How is it so cold, if Earth is warming? 

World Record Cold Reported in Antarctica (click here)

...Try 135.8 degrees F below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.

A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature, as recorded by satellite. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.

The old record, as measured by thermometers, is -128.6 degrees, set in Vostok, Antarctica, in 1983.

Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is "50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota."...

Within in this blog are records of temperatures across Antarctica. The recording on the blog was on a daily basis in most instances. The coldest temperatures were noted at Vostok, the Russian station on the high ice. The coldest recorded on this blog over years of observation was 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/09/4680775/state-by-state-look-at-wintry.html#storylink=cpy
A reading of 135.8 degrees F below zero was measured in Antarctica, using remote sensing from satellites.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/09/4680775/state-by-state-look-at-wintry.html#storylink=cpy
These frigid temperatures Antarctica is experiencing is due to the loss of large amounts of ice. It is the Austral Summer in Antarctica. By all rights, the southern hemisphere should be recording warmer than usual temperatures. However, it is the complete opposite with Antarctica because of the release of cold from it's melting ice.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/09/4680775/state-by-state-look-at-wintry.html#storylink=cpy

These are the current temperatures in Australia. The highest in the northwest of the continent is 36 degrees C or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The coldest daytime temperatures is the south island of Tasmania. It is 16 degrees C or 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is still autumn in Australia, winter begins December 21, 2013. Those are very warm temperatures in Australia for autumn temperatures. Tasmania is not very far from the Antarctica coast. 

I think that is the most proof anyone needs to understand the Climate Crisis is real and complicated.

The New Zealand Herald's videos never translate well here, but, it worth listening to.

WeatherWatch: (DEC 09) Sunnier weather returning (click here)

10:50 AM Monday Dec 9, 2013
There are still a few rain clouds circling New Zealand but higher pressure this week and weekend means many areas should be drier. A few showers will pop up here and there, mostly western and southern areas of the South Island – but a few northern areas may see a few showers too. Driest areas look to be inland, east and north eastern regions. While we can’t yet see Christmas Day the weather pattern leading up to it will be similar to what we’ve had over the past 4 weeks.
"...crazy weather all around the world...."

Emeritus Archbishop Desmond asked us to carry the spirit of Nelson Mandela with us.

...Tutu said (click here) the world must not mourn his old friend's death, but rather celebrate his life and example.
"He emerged from that crucible of suffering and being dehumanised, breaking rocks... sewing post office bags, working in the quarry," during his 27-year incarceration under the apartheid regime's racial laws.
"But instead of being consumed by hate and a lust for revenge, (he became) a stalwart for reconciliation... and forgiveness."
The moving gathering ended with singer Johnny Clegg performing the track "Asimbonanga" he had written for Mandela in 1976.
The title means "We've never seen him" and refers to the long years Mandela spent in jail when all images of him were banned....

Both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela are Nobel Laureates.

10:21PM GMT 09 Dec 2013

...The 82-year-old, (click here) who together with Mr Mandela actively fought for peace and human rights in South Africa, called for other leaders to follow in his footsteps.
"I don't know, there are not very many heads of states who would so easily say 'I am sorry' and I hope that not only we, but our leaders, would emulate him," he said....