Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I am proud of them.

The policies of the USA cannot be set in ideology. It simply is not possible. Nearly 319 million count on the policies of this country to make it through day to day and save to grow wealthy when owning a home, enjoying life in the USA today and saving for a retirement with meaning and purpose.

The people have to come first and politics second. If missteps lead to failure of the USA economy and the health of the people, we won't have a secure sovereignty.

March 14, 2017
By James Hohmann
  • ...“The top line numbers are alarming,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). (click here) “These kinds of estimates are going to cause revisions in the bill, almost certainly. I don’t think that the bill that is being considered now is the bill that ultimately will be the one that we vote on in the Senate.”
  • "Can't sugarcoat it. Doesn't look good," said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), per Politico. "The CBO score was, shall we say, an eye-popper."
  • “Let’s say the CBO is half-right; that should be cause for concern,’’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), per the Boston Globe. “So rather than attacking the CBO as the exclusive way of moving forward, I would think the prudent thing for the party to do is to look at the CBO report and see if we can address some of the concerns raised.”
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) cited the CBO number as another reason to slow the whole process down. “I don’t think Americans care whether this bill passes by Easter or Memorial Day,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt this morning. “I think that people in Congress often get tunnel vision, and they focus on the next 24 or 48 hours and what’s going to happen with this legislation, and passing a bill and not solving a problem."
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) told one of our reporters that it’s understandable fewer would have coverage because there will no longer be a mandate. But the Senate majority whip added that Republicans in his chamber will “obviously” want to “improve those coverage numbers” all the same....
New youngster at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refugee (click here) with friend.

PI Day

Updated: 6:14 AM Eastern
Originally published: 6:00 AM Eastern

March 14 (click here) is recognized across the math world as Pi Day, thanks to the resemblance of the date "3/14" to the first three digits of mathematics' most famous constant. While not an official federal holiday, Pi Day was enshrined by the House of Representatives in a ceremonial 2009 vote.

Of course, the number Pi goes beyond "3.14" and never ends. There are all sorts of interesting patterns concealed in the first few trillion digits, give or take, but there is no constant rule governing the sequence of digits. That means just about any stretch of numbers you're looking for is probably in there somewhere.

Like, say, your birthday. To verify this, we wrote a program to scan the first million digits of Pi and identify the first instance of all 366 days of the year, represented like "314," with the month followed by the day ("704" for July 4th for example, or "1225" for Christmas Day"). The program found the final date — Dec. 3, or "1203" — beginning at the 60,873rd digit. Enter your birthday or any other date below and we'll show you how deep into Pi you have to go to find it....

Is everyone paying attention? The allies are busy..

March 14, 2017
By Brad Lendon

The US, Japan and South Korea (click here) sent a pointed message to North Korea on Tuesday, dispatching high-tech missile defense ships to the same area where Pyongyang fired four missiles just eight days ago.

Aegis warships from the US, South Korea and Japan began exercises Tuesday to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the US Navy said in a statement.

The US Navy called the two-day drills "a trilateral missile warning informational link exercise."

"The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to trade communications, intelligence and other data among the ships in the exercise," a statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet in Japan said....

Everyone having fun yet? More than 78 airline flights cancelled due to storms. "Everyone give Wall Street a pity party...UHhhhhh, poor Wall Street."

Current Temperatures Map (click here)
14 Match 2017
1:30 (1330) PM GMT

March 12, 2017
By David Swanson

A potentially record-breaking winter storm (click here) appeared likely to strike the Philadelphia region Monday into Tuesday, bringing about a foot or more of snow to the area and potential blizzard conditions to New York City and coastal Connecticut, the National Weather Service said Sunday....

14 March 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of North and West Hemisphere (click here for 12 hour loop)

Ten day forecast for Juneau, Alaska (click here)

High today in Juneau, Alaska, along the Alaskan Coast is 37 degrees F. with rain.

There is a heat transfer system on the east coast of North America that moves hot water vapor from the ITCZ, or what exists of it, to the Arctic Circle.

14 March 2017
GOES East Water Vapor satellite (click here for 24 hour loop - thank you)

California on the west coast of North America is experiencing a high pressure system. The heat transfer system off the ITCZ is moving across Hawaii, coming up to the high pressure system and then north to the Arctic Circle.

14 March 2017
by City News Service

Los Angeles — The day after the start of Daylight Saving Time, (click here for 12 hour loop temperatures will climb into the 90s in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, forecasters said.
The high will be 92 degrees Monday in Woodland Hills, 91 in Saugus and 90 in Burbank, according to the National Weather Service. Woodland Hills is forecast to hit 90 on Friday, but Saugus and Burbank will remain in the 80s through Saturday.
Elsewhere, temperatures will be in the 60s, 70s and 80s today.
The above-normal heat is the result of a strong ridge of upper-level high pressure that has been parked over the region for several days, pushing down the air and, in this way, causing it to warm up.
In spite of the heat and some wind, no wildfire warnings have been issued. The consensus is that, after heavy rains earlier this year, what is usually dry vegetation constituting highly combustible fire fuel is now suffused with enough moisture to stave off high risks of wildfire, according to NWS meteorologists.
Daylight Saving Time began at 2 a.m. Sunday, turning clocks an hour ahead and resulting in the “loss” of an hour. The time change makes for darker mornings and lighter evenings.
Today’s forecasted high temperatures in Los Angeles County are:
Burbank: 90
Downtown L.A.: 85
Lancaster: 83
Long Beach: 74
North Hollywood: 87
Northridge: 91
Palmdale: 81
Pasadena: 89
San Gabriel: 86
San Pedro: 72
Santa Clarita: 91
Torrance: 67
Van Nuys: 90
West Covina: 90
Whittier: 85
Woodland Hills: 92


Besides throwing 24 million Americans off health care, bringing the federal budget down by $334 billion by 2026, the USA economy will suffer and the healthcare infrastructure will collapse.

Why go there? So a handful of billionaires can pay less taxes and eventually become trillionaires.

No one mentioned a reduction in the national debt either. Why? Because the Middle Class and poor will still be paying for it.

2026 is only nine years away. Funding for healthcare infrastructure growth and maintenance is planned over ten and twenty or more years. The additional construction, MRI, Catscans, hospital beds, surgical suites and labs now under way all have yet to be paid for. What does the US economy run on, sunlight? No, cold hard cash and the Republicans want to pull billions in government spending out of circulation every year. The collapse of healthcare will drag the US economy into another huge recession without taxes to rescue it. Good luck with that!