April and May 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 March 2017

April & May
of
2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

Last
Updated

May 31, 2017

 

April & May  HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS BELOW

April & May HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

 

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS: High Sierra News for June, 2017

LAST MONTHS' NEWS 

 

 

Caltrans: ALL High Sierra Highway Status 

High Sierra Roads & Highway News

 

 

In the Sky

Observation Tools

 

 

Of Seasonal Interest to Backpackers 

 

UPDATE

May 25
Memorial Day Opening Weekend Warnings
River and Terrain Dangers

 

Spring 2017 into Summer
PCT-Crest-line
&
High Flanks Trail Watch

We are observing the progress of this Epic 2017 Snowpack into the Spring Thaw using a series of tracking tools linked to below. This event will establish the timing and set the tone for this year's Sierra backpacking, not our plans, desires, or expectations.

 

Original April 1 Backpacker Alert, below.

 

The Backpacker's Calendar notes storms, snowpack and water content levels, and weather behavior and trends. Our Weather Page tracks all aspects of Sierra Weather and Conditions, including real time Ground Reporting Stations. Below find the News tracking everything affecting our approach to the trail. Finally, we draw everything together in our periodic Backpacker Alerts.

 

The value of local observations cannot be overstated. Thus the...

Observations and Wisdom of Cayenne

Let me know what you see.

 

TRAINING TIME 
Doing the JMT, PCT, TYT, TW?
If you are not training for the trip now you are an idiot. 

WHY? 

I Want Skittles! 

 

Dead Serious

High Sierra Weather

All Snow Reporting Tools

High Sierra Calendar

Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

HIGH SIERRA Mountain Safety Topics & Incidents

ALL MOUNTAIN SAFETY INCIDENTS

 

APRIL 1 BACKPACKER ALERT, below.

 

Day Length

May 29:
14h 49m
Day length increasing +1:13 per day.

May 2:
Day length increasing +2:03 per day.

Late April:
Day length increasing +2:13 per day.
See bottom-right of this page for local Sunrise-Sunset.

Early April:
Day length increasing +2:23 per day.

 

ALL TIME REFS

 

Night Skies

May

Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons,
Earth-Sky, March 2, 2017.

May 5

Peak of Eta Aquariid meteor shower,
Earth-Sky, May 5, 2017.


η–Aquarid meteor shower,
In the Sky, May 5, 2017.

 

May 1 

May guide to the bright planets,
Earth-Sky, April 30, 2017.

 

Mercury and Venus rise before thebSun.

 

Jupiter still high at midnight.

 

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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

 

Late April
Lyrid Meteor Shower,
19th-25th
Mars follows Sun into Western Sky

 

Winter Skies are Fleeting... Going, going, GONE.
Orion the Hunter and the Winter Circle.

 

 

Early April
Mars & Mercury follow Sun into Western Sky ,
setting just after sunset now.

 

Jupiter at Opposition.
Look up at Midnight.
Latest Hubble Image of Jupiter approaching Op., April 3.

Explain Jup Op, April 7.

Digital Chart Jup Op

Full Sky Chart


Watch for Venus before dawn,
Earth-Sky, April 4, 2017.

 

 

Upcoming
Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons,
Earth-Sky, March 2, 2017.

N America Full Eclipse of the Sun,
August 21, 2017.

 

Fermilab Virtual Telescope, all views

Current Star Chart and Sky Wheel for Field Use

The In-The-Sky.org Digital Star Wheel

Backpacker Planning & Study Constellation & Star Chart

 

All Astro-Phys, Stellar, & Atomic News

All Astronomical Data

All High Sierra Weather



Also of Interest
NASA Astro Image of the Day

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

AGU Blogosphere

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High Sierra Roads 

Highways 4, 108, and 120 closed for Winter.
MAP

May 25

Caltrans Works to Clear Sonora Pass,
Ledger Dispatch, May 25, 2017.

May 23

Yosemite access from Tioga Pass may not be clear until July as crews inch forward,
SF Gate, May 23, 2017.

May 17

As we set to swelter in temperatures near 100, Tioga Road workers muscle through snow,
Sac Bee, May 16, 2017.

May 12

Caltrans workers clearing Tioga Pass encounter 50-foot-high snowdrifts,
SF Gate, May 12, 2017.

 

One-Night Closure Of Big Oak Flat Road,
Sierra News Online, May 12, 2017.

May 10

Glacier Point Road In Yosemite National Park Opens.
Sierra News Online, May 10, 2017.

May 9

Local Transpo Sucks: 
TRPA gives Lake Tahoe regional transportation plan the green light,
Record Courier, May 6, 2017.

I expect to be hitch-hiking around Tahoe into the foreseeable future....

May 8

Latest opening for Monitor Pass in 13 years,
Record Courier, May 8, 2017.

Updates on East Flank mountain roads, passes,
Sierra Wave, May 7, 2017.

Price Tag for State’s Road-Wrecking Winter: $1.4 Billion and Counting,
KQED, May 3, 2017.

May 2

Yosemite Valley's Highway 120 Reopens After February Collapse,
Cal Public Radio, May 1, 2017.

May 1

Expect roadwork on Kingsbury through May,
Record Courier, May 1, 2017.

April 25

Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite Set To Re-Open,
Sierra News Online, April 25, 2017.

April 22

Coming in from the East 
No Passing Lane on Tioga,
The Sheet, April 22, 2017.

March 29
Snow Removal Begins
Glacier Point Road Closure In Yosemite
Sierra News Online, March 28, 2017.

March 14
Yosemite Road Work

March 12
Highway 41 To Yosemite Reopening

March 2
Big Flat Road Broken

Feb 27
Highway 140 Only Route Into Yosemite

Feb 23:
Highways 120 & 41 Damaged

Feb 17:
Whitney Portal Road Damaged & Yosemite Damage

Feb 13-14:
Highway 50 Closed

 

Tioga Road Closed for Season: 
Thursday December 1

Yosemite: Snow closes Tioga and Glacier Point roads for season,

 

All CalTrans High Sierra Road Status

High Sierra Road Opening HIstory

 

YOSEMITE ALERTS

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

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WEATHER,  WATER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

LAST
Updated

LATEST HIGH SIERRA NEWS

May 31 
Memorial Day Report

More
Memorial Day Mountain Safety Reports

Report from Sequoia
SNOW HINDERS HIGH-COUNTRY TRAVEL IN SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS,
Kaweah Commonwealth, May 30, 2017.

 

 

Report from Kern River
Memorial Day weekend on the Kern River is one of the deadliest in 24 years,
Bakersfield.com, May 30, 2017.

 

Good Fording Advice, Too:

Avoid a tragedy on the lake: Why swimming in Lake Tahoe is unique,
Mountain Democrat, May 31, 2017.


Forest Service offers safety tips,
Record-Courier, May 28.

  

May 30, 2017 
Memoral Day Report 

Deadly weekend on California’s Kern River: 3 dead, 24 rescued,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 30, 2017.

 

 

Kern River kills two over Memorial Day weekend as at least a dozen others are rescued from rough currents,
Bakersfield.com, May 30, 2017.

 

 

Where were all the people? American River nearly deserted due to dangerous conditions,
Sac Bee, May 29, 2017.

 

  

Woman rescued by helicopter after tumbling 30 feet near Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 29, 2017.

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety Forum

Mountain Safety Topics

Mountain Safety Incidents

 

 

On the Lighter Side

Guatemalan Insanity Pepper?

Man rescued after bad drug trip,
Record-Courier, May 26, 2017.

Did the coyotes tell him they were hungry?
The Simpsons episode 162

A fine example of very poor decision-making.

 

 

 

May 27

Memorial Day High Sierra Hazard Warning

 

 

PCT-JMT BRIDGE DOWN

Woods Crossing Suspension Bridge

Damaged bridges affect PCT/JMT and Rae Lakes Loop in significant way,
PCTA, May 25, 2017.

UPDATE
August 1, 2017

New Link: NEW LINK

New Story:
Woods Crossing NOT damaged.

 

Woods Crossing: Suspension bridge over Woods Creek
DOWN 

Master trail mechanic Marty Maine of Sequoia National Park, AKA, "Reaper,"
inspecting and recording repairs to Woods Crossing during 2009.

 

This is just the first of what are going to be many damaged trails, broken bridges, tree falls, washouts, and avalanches that are happening or being reveled as the snow pack receeds up-mountain.

EXPECT bad trail conditions and make your plans accordingly. Nature is the wild card, and IT has been dealing hands of destruction over these past years, and is topping-off this run of drought with a crazy Winter Snowpack and raging Spring Thaw.

Last year we were worried about fires. This year about drowning. We swing from one extreme to the other when our human "imbalances" are large enough to take-out Nature's Balances.

Expect, "Ma Nature's Wild Ride," to continue a bit longer than we behave irrationally.

 

 

 How to BYPASS
Downed Woods Crossing Bridge

Northbound on the PCT-JMT

1> West down Bubbs Creek from Vidette Meadow towards Roads End.

2> North up Woods Creek to rejoin PCT-JMT on the Northbound Shore of the downed Woods Crossing Bridge.

3> Continue North along Woods Creek towards Pinchot Pass.

 

Southbound

1> South past Woods Crossing to Bubbs Creek Trail, just a bit North of Roads End.

2> East up Bubbs Creek to PCT-JMT @ Vidette Meadow.

3> Continue South up to Forester Pass.

 

The Big Picture

30 Minute USGS Topo Map: Rae Lakes Loop & the JMT-PCT route.

 

Details, Details

7.5 Minute USGS Topos Map: Rae Lakes Loop & the JMT-PCT route

 

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May 26

Dangerous River, Stream, & Fording Conditions

Going into our valley’s rivers now is suicidal; they should be off limits,
Mod Bee, May 25, 2017.

 

 

Reprise: All Hazards Still in Effect

Dangerous Terrain & Fording Conditions

West’s super snowpack could be deadly summer hazard,
Reno Gazette-Journal, May 4, 2017.

 

 

May 25

Dangerous River, Stream, & Fording Conditions

Rapid snowmelt will continue around Lake Tahoe; flood advisory in effect in central Sierra Nevada
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 24, 2017.

 


Dangerous River

Kings River Closed
Below Pine Flat Dam

You won’t be able to cool off this spring in the Kings River,
Fres Bee, May 24, 2017.

 

 

Dangerous Terrain & Fording Conditions

West’s super snowpack could be deadly summer hazard,
Reno Gazette-Journal, May 4, 2017.

 

 

Snow-Ice Terrain Accident

Update: Missing Mt. Whitney hiker found deceased,
Sierra Wave, May 23, 2017.

 

 

May 18

Owens River Victim Recovery

Bellflower man found deceased in Owens River,
Sierra Wave, May 18, 2017.

Yet another drowning. Folks need to know that these high-river Spring Thaw conditions (that are picking up speed right now) already assure a desperate struggle for life itself if we fall in, or if we lose control during an ill-advised fording attempt.

All California River Forecasts, Stages, Guidance, & Plots

 

 

May 15

Mountain Rescue
Mount Whitney
IDIOT ALERT
Improperly geared and skilled hikers

 

Atop Mount Whitney and battling frostbite, these hikers sent out an SOS,
Fresno Bee, May 15, 2017.

Comments?
Cite Date & Topic

 

 

May 12

Water Rescue
Stanislaus River

The kayakers entered the Stanislaus River. They quickly found out it was a mistake.
Modesto Bee, May 11, 2017.

Accidents & Rescues

Mountain Safety Topics

 

 

May 10

Water Rescue
American River

Two rescued from American River,
Mountain Democrat, May 10, 2017.

Accidents & Rescues

Mountain Safety Topics

 

 

 

Merced River
WARNING

Merced River in Yosemite is rising again. Flooding expected Wednesday,
Fres Bee, May 9, 2017.

 

 

East and West Forks of the Carson River
WARNING

Flood advisory issued for this week,
Record Courier, May 6, 2017.

 

All California River Forecasts, Stages, Guidance, & Plots

Current
San Joaquin-Merced Stages

 

Comments
Cite Date & Topic 

 

 

May 8

Low clearing bringing potentially cold overnight temps

Mosquito Threat Rising

High Sierra Rescues & Accidents

High Sierra Safety Topics & Incidents

 

 

WARNING:
CLEAR SKIES BRING COOL TEMPS

 

Lost Day Hiker

Search Continues For Missing Man In Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, May 8, 2017.


Drowning

KAWEAH RIVER CLAIMS LIFE OF WOODLAKE TEEN,
Kaweah Commonwealth, May 5, 2017.

 

 

 May 5

Weak STORM WARNING.
Light sprinkles across North Sierra last night.

Lows East of Sierra look set to draw tropical moisture across Sierra for next couple of days out of the Southwest. Weak snow-rain precip through Monday.

Run the Snow and Rain Weather Models

 

 

May 4

EXTREME FORDING-WATER DANGER
FIVE DROWNINGS SINCE APRIL 15
After a third body is pulled from Tule River, sheriff wants to close river access,
Fresno Bee, May 3, 2017.

High Sierra Rescues & Accidents

High Sierra Safety Topics & Incidents

 

 

May 3 

Avalanche

HIKER INJURED IN AVALANCHE,
Kaweah Commonwealth, May 1, 2017.

 

 Topic
Avalanches

Incredible Avalanche Dangers

I warned of serious layering of the snow on Jan 20 2017, writing a note called, "January 2017 Assesment," especially "Danger-Danger" where I specifically warned of the potential for these dangerous Spring avalanche conditions building across Winter. Here they are.

Comments
Cite Date & Topic  

 

 

Equipment Failure revealing Improper prep & gear for journey?

Cause of death released for man found at Eagle Meadow,
Union Democrat, April 27, 2017.

High Sierra Incident Log

 

 

 May 2

May 2 Snow Survey Reading:
Sierra 195% of May 2 Average
Specifics Below

 

 

TWO FATALITIES 
Reported April 24

One Avalanche-Fall, the other a Water Accident

Two deaths, one on Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia-Kings National Park,
Sierra Wave, April 24, 2017.

More Info on May 1, below

 

High Sierra Safety Incidents

Mountain Safety Topics

 

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Starting
April 1

STANDING
EMERGENCY ALERT 
April-May Backpacker Alert

Why?
Huge Snow Pack on Sierra Crest

> Very Difficult High Sierra Travel Conditions <

April Snow 20
REPORT

VAST SNOW PACK
on 
SIERRA CREST

189 % of Average

 

April 28 Update
2 ACTIVE BACKPACKER ALERTS

MASSIVE SNOW PACK: Travel Conditions Hazard
HUGE THAW COMING: Travel-Fording Conditions Hazards

COLD HAZARD:  PASSED 

STORM CONDITIONS

 

Spring Thaw Conditions

Week of April 16 to 22

Week of April 23 to 29

April 28
WARMING UP:
Getting Soggy.

 

Resources 

Weather Page

ALL Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

Latest TW Snow Warning & Backpacker Alert,
Original April 1 posted below

April 19 Backpacker Alert Notes-Updates

April 20 Backpacker Alert Notes-Updates

Comments

All 2017 Backpacker Alerts

 

 Whiteblaze AT 
and the
PCTA 
posted April 1 TW Backpacker Alert:

 

Whiteblaze

PCTA

 

 

 

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May 31

Memorial Day Mountain Safety After-Reports

 

 

The Ultimate Black Box

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI.
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
MIT Tech Review, April 11, 2017.

 

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

Oroville Dam Safety Update?
The Feds Say Nothing!

Except their expert, "focused on human factors while helping to develop
protocols for investigating dam failures and incidents."

Dam Safety Org,
May 26, 2017.

Wow. How do you, "focus," on decades and decades of political corruption that have gutted and asset-stripped a WHOLE COUNTRY? Answer me that. Oroville is the tiny tip of the vast iceberg of our completely looted infrastructure.

It is time to throw all the corporate-BRIBED bums of both parties right out of office and into the street. That would be each and every one of them...


Last Oroville News

FERC said Oroville was OK…

FERC is TOTALLY CORRUPT: remember ENRON?

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun.”

Oroville is institutionalized corruption

More Oroville Links 

 

 

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

  REVIEW  New News
about

Anthropocene .....McGill says everything is OK!

Trees ..................What's really best for the trees?

Fish ....................Pickled and boiled

GEO News .........Classic Slide

Health and Fitness ...Antibiotic Great Hope Appears

Water Markets? ........Al seems a bit cranky...

 

 

May 30 

 

Memorial Day Mountain Safety After-Report,
in
High Sierra Mountain Safety Forum

 

Life of Birds


Nesting bald eagles cause temporary campground closure in Eldorado National Forest,
Sierra Sun, May 27, 2017.

Earlier

Bird News

 

 

A HUNDRED Million Dead Tress?

Some Sierra residents wanted the tree cutting to stop. One community didn’t,
Fresno Bee, May 29, 2017.

Earlier

Trees

 


Fool's Market of Fools

Three Reasons Why Water Markets May Be Damaging the West’s Rivers,
Water Deeply, May 30, 2017.

The "market," more precisely the unrestricted growth of population driving, "markets," created our problem. All such problems are value and ethically based, not economic. The constant seeking of economic solutions to environmental and ethical problems that are essentially driven by our greed and irresponsibility reveals the true, deeper source of all our problems: We don't even recognize them!

It is the greed and desire for wealth and power, not the general welfare of our citizens served through democratic institutions that is the power and motivation controlling all decision-making in our country, including the, "markets." This power is the core of our interlocked environmental, social, political, and economic problems.

The forces of organized greed and corruption control our money, our markets, and our politics. They seek to control our "water," as they have held education, medicine, money, and energy under private control with public subsidy. Hey, I'm no frigging commie, or marxist, or even a socialist. I'm a simple, "General Welfare" American

It is this corrupt relationship between wealth, power, and politics allows the American body politic and environment to be drained at will, and not for our basic mutual needs, while maintaining a global system of dictators, kings, emirs, and other forms of tryanny dedicated to the brutal explotation of all resources, human and Natural.

We've got a pretty good rendition of the, "forces of evil," running the show here, rather than having our government serving the Natural Rights & General Welfare of our CITIZENS.

That ship sailed a very long time ago, Mr. Rockefeller...


Climate Destruction News

 

 

Climate

Save the Mountains? Save the Forests?

Death to the Mega Cities

'Heat island' effect could double climate change costs for world's cities,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, May 29, 2017.

Putting so many folks in one place in so many places was ill-thought. Continuing to stuff them in is plain stupid.

 


Health and Fitness "Market"

More Costs of Corruption:

Household chemicals may impair thyroid in young girls,
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, May 30, 2017.

How the hell did these chemicals get into our food and packaging? The Chem industry bribed politicians into accepting our posioning, that's how. They own us.

Are you reading about this in the corporate press? I wonder why not… no I don’t...


My Fellow “Test Subjects.”

 

 

The Ultimate Costs of Corruption

Da Climate

Marine species distribution shifts will continue under ocean warming,
NOAA NORTHEAST FISHERIES SCIENCE CENTER, May 26, 2017.

Climate News: Its Folding like a Lawn Chair...

Fish, Rivers, Water...

 

 

Amazing Nature

Off the Ground and Into the Trees

Fossil skeleton confirms earliest primates were tree dwellers,
YALE UNIVERSITY, May 30, 2017.

 


Trees to Sky!

The Ties that Bind

Hotspots show that vegetation alters climate by up to 30 percent,
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE, May 29, 2017.

Trees

 

 

 

So Many Problems
One Source

Forest Service women: We faced assault, mistreatment, retaliation if we complained,
Fresno Bee, McClatchy, May 30, 2017.

 

The body of the story above comes to a much different conclusion than its headline, but controversy is click-bait, as they say today.

The body of the story, and the survey it was based on seems to imply real leadership problems in the Park Service, of which we've explored below.

I have a simple approach to life: Good Will. I want the “best,” outcomes that suite the potentials of all people of Good Will (NO CHEATERS) involved. In terms of jobs and job relations, that comes down to objective standards, and finding the best person that meets them. Period.

We meet those standards or we don’t, while treating each other with good will the whole time.

Other folks have other goals in life, which typically involve imposing their individual values, their personal will, and their own self-interest upon the folks subject to their power and influence. Government positions are notorious for attracting such folks.

We’ve really got to be aware that there is a deep, powerful corruption, an actual physical structure created by our desire, by our greed really, which in turn generates a psychological dynamic underlaying, motivating, and poisioning virtually all federal, political, and corporate leadership structures in our country. The one serves the other in a mutually-reinforcing system of physical and psychological corruption.

We will continue to see these leadership problems because we can't grow healthy plants in poisioned soil.

Our society will continue to reliably produce federal, political, and corporate jackasses as long as our material resources are enslaved to our greed, rather than our good will. Our sustained kneeling at the alter of greed has really damaged our knees, hearts, and heads.

We will lose the use of all three if we don't unbend our knees, stand up, and shake the greed out of our hearts, heads, and right out of our corrupted, "leadership." 

The Fruits of the Tree of Evil are Death, and all that jazz...

 

On Religion

 

Leadership Problems

 

 

May 28

Memorial Day High Sierra Hazard Warning

 

 Planatary 

A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene,
Ars Technica, May 28, 2017.

The Human Affect

Anthropocene

 

Connecting Sky with Earth
Lightening

This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning.
If hit by lightning, there’s a 9 in 10 chance to survive—what are the lasting effects?
Ars Technica, May 28, 2017.

All Lightening Information

Mountain Safety Topics: Lightening

 

 

In the Sky

Two big asteroids to pass safely,
Earth Sky, May 27, 2017.

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

May 27

El Dorado County

Plenty of eagles nesting this year,
Mountain Democrat, May 26, 2017.

Bird News

 

 

May 26

Extreme Water Hazards
Fish & Man

Fish
California, Oregon governors request salmon disaster declaration,
Times Standard, May 25, 2017.

Our last forty years of growth killed them, and unbalanced all of Man and Nature.

Fish News

 

 

Man
Going into our valley’s rivers now is suicidal; they should be off limits,
Mod Bee, May 25, 2017.

 

Dangerous Terrain & Fording Conditions

West’s super snowpack could be deadly summer hazard,
Reno Gazette-Journal, May 4, 2017.

 

Summer? Not in the mountains,
Record Net, May 25, 2017.

 

 

FYI

A 3D Look at the 2015 El Niño,
NASA, May 26, 2017.

 

2015 Backpacker Calendar

All El Nino Information

 

 

 

May 25

 

Dead Trees and Dollars  

Governor’s Revised Budget Slashes Millions From Tree Mortality Funding,
Sierra News Online, May 23, 2017.

A million dead trees?

See Trees, "Let Me Set the Stage."

 

Mountain Safety
Snags

 

 

Caltrans Works to Clear Sonora Pass,
Ledger Dispatch, May 25, 2017.

High Sierra Highways & Roads

 


Yosemite expecting busy Memorial Day weekend,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 24, 2017.

How big too big, how many is too many?
This Many

 

 

Summer Delayed?

Lingering snow delays installation of Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park,
Press Democrat, May 23, 2017.

Also see
Trans Sierra Highways

 

 

Life in LA LA Land

70 billion gallons a year:
Research in Los Angeles shows water loss,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, May 24, 2017.

 

Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years,
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, May 24, 2017.

 

 

Long View of Plains Water

The high plains aquifer: Can we make it last?
GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, May 23, 2017.

 Climate Destruction News 

 

 

Health & Fitness

Balance of Pain & Pleasure

Rethinking exercise: Replace punishing workouts with movement that makes you happy,
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, May 23, 2017.

Though the above article targets older women, this is an issue for all humans, as it involves the "pain-pleasure" balance of "engagement." Everyone makes this "calculation," each from their own experience and perspective. 

This comes down to a "meaning of life" issue for each individual. What degree of pain in the pain-pleasure balance is acceptable? For what pleasure, or "benefit?"

I must switch our attention to the time and consistancy factors. Practices, or exercises that were once painful and difficult becomes stimulating-even necessary-as our experience evolves as we spend more time doing it. What we thought difficult or even impossible becomes achievable if we approach it properly.  

Starting with great asperiations is fine if we don't bite off more than we can chew.

Start not with what you think you should do, but what you can do while still enjoying it.

Training for the Tahoe to Whitney does not begin with the whole trip. It begins with a few short steps that gradually become more and more miles every day, week, and month until we can finally hike 15 miles with the same degree of pain and discomfort we experienced when we started our program.

This approach just takes time, consistancy, and I find that experiencing a very basic joy when moving through Nature helps a lot.

 

Pain & Pleasure & High Sierra Backpacking

I can get you there quick or slow...depending on the price in pain you're willing to pay

 

 

Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned, study finds,
STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, May 24, 2017.

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

Bees Still Taking a Beeting

Nation's beekeepers lost 33 percent of bees in 2016-17,
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, May 25, 2017.

The wild bees do not have human support...

Bee News

 


AMAZING NATURE
The "Hive" Mind?

Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, May 23, 2017.

 Nature is much more, "honest," and "honorable" than mankind. We did not invent, "scruples," mankind invented lying. Dogs and bears don't lie, mankind does

Nature is the source, the fountain of honesty, within which man built his house of lies.

Just beeing honest.

Bee News

 

 

Cultural "Eyes?"

Power of Perspective
You don't see what I see?
KYOTO UNIVERSITY, May 23, 2017.

 

 

Stars Don't Dance... and Rocks don't Float

How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks,
DOE/LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY, May 23, 2017.

Geology News

Dancing Stars across a Song of the Ripping Sky

 

 

Two Ways to Open the Black Hole

Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, May 25, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

 

 

May 23

Water Accident-Drowning

Rivers swollen from melting Sierra Nevada snowpack claim another life in the Central Valley,
LA Times, May 23, 2017.

 

 

Trans Sierra Highways

Yosemite access from Tioga Pass may not be clear until July as crews inch forward,
SF Gate, May 23, 2017.

Trans Sierra Highway News

 

 

May 22

Keys to the Top of the World:

High Sierra Health & Fitness
How the Tibetans Do High Elevations

I guess we are not all the same... despite what the idiots babble...

Yes, we Americans have all equally had our rights stolen, well, almost all, assuming I'm speaking to the 99% vs. the 1%, here on Tahoe to Whitney.

In three words: We've been burned.

Despite that equality of being ripped-off we all share, we are not all endowed with equal skills, strength, smarts, nor DNA. Again, I say this despite knowing that a whole lot of folks want "inherent equality" to be true, and it is what they want to believe, and they get very mad at anyone who defies their religion of inherent equality.

Well, fuck that, and fuck them.

Despite their desires for the kind of weird biological  "justice" they seek, the fact remains that we are all made entirely differently by Nature, despite how desperately certain folks all demand each and every one of us to each be, and each believe the exact same bullshit.

Which is amazing, as a quick look around shows folks are endowed with a wide range of skils, assets, and liabilities in a wide range of combinations. I know this as a backpacker. There are more important questions than, "did your god make us equal?"

I really don't care about that, as curious a person as I am. What's important is:

Are Americans equal before the Law?

Only theoretically.

If I was a, "babbling biological-equality idiot," I'd shoot for getting regular Americans legal equality before the law before I took a shot at proclaiming that all humans are endowed with equal physical and intellectual assets.

I'd work on fixing man, before I got all up in Nature's face.

IN fact, only one of those two inequalities cited above can be fixed, so I'd keep my goals confined to the realm of the possible.

 

Genetic Expression and Potential
Now, none of the above can be seen as anything but a confirmation that every genetic reflection of Nature is also the biological equilavant  of a key fitting a lock.

Those common types within every race are the modern, the current answer to Nature's never-ending question of, "what works?" Those would be the contemporary expression.

 

Real Diversity
Diversity is not "trans-cultural."

Nature's Diversity  is the range of "genetic answers" within each racial group that allows them to accodomate radical change. The individuals in the tropics that have the ability to survive cold. The individuals in the artic that have traits allowing them to survive the heat.

Each group has within them a range genetic solutions that do not just cover the contemporary conditions, but act as an insurance policy against radical changes.

The Basics
The Nature of Reality and Experience on this planet have many, many expressions. The racial, cultural, and genitic divergences of Mankind are nothing more than the differing reflections of the diversity of mankind reflecting the HUGENESS of the Nature of Reality on this planet.
We are merely aspects of  IT, each displaying or disgracing our bit of ITS magnificance and diversity. Nature molded the various elements of Mankind each into a specifc reflection of various aspects of both the diversity of its physical reality and expressions of its essential spirit.

Yeah, and I'm an old, white, western. male, redneck American son of a bitch.

 

This trajectory of Nature, its "creation" of Mankind, and, Its,  "cultural creation" of our various races and cultures was and is moderated by the decisions of the participants, since we first seized that ability to make decisions.

But aside that, we humans would, each in our specific grouping, each one be the best reflection of the Big Spirit on that part of the planet, but for our vile personal and publically-shared corruptions. We're perfect, aside that.

We just have to tell other people what to do, what's best for them, and steal their shit while doing it.

We, as races and individuals, are all living reflections of the living differences in the Natural Realitiy around this world. We are the living reflection of the differences in the weather, terrain, and web of life, all being physically and culturally expressed.

We are the Keys to Nature's Lock.

Folks everywhere will tell you, "We are the humans, the living reflection of the spirit of life here," if you know who to ask. And they will show it to you.

Can you answer that question?

I can, and I'm an old, white, western. male, redneck American son of a bitch, but I know what's important, and have long eyes for looking at it. The problem is looking at our social structures is like a trip through a spiritual sewer. Filthy and Painful.

We are not a culture that reflects Nature, but that destroys it. We are not a culture that cherishes culture, but that prostitutes them all to brutal self-gratifications.

I use the phrase, "Nature has created mankind" above, with trepadation. Nature would never do something that bad. Only our own decisions could bring us to where we are today. Today the spiritual and physical influences of man far exceed those of Nature on the reality of the vast majority of humanity and on the physical reality of Nature around our whole planet.

We made plutonium, not Nature. But Nature made us possible. We decided what to  do with those possibilities.

 

Face Cakers 

 

The Bottom Line
The goal of Tahoe to Whitney is to break as many folks out of the social box of self-defeating material and consumer, "gratifications," and get them into the infinite flow of Nature's symphony of endless action, reflection, pain and pleasure.

As strange as it sounds, pleasure needs "pain," to exist.  Then, it needs pain to be valid in its existance.
The reason is that without the other, neither exists.

The validity of their "experiences," as highs of pleasure and lows of pain, depends on the validity of the forum from which they emerge.

You may think there's no difference. I would be proud to die reaching to stop my friend from slipping off a cliff, while I'd be ashamed dying by walking innattentively into a moving car.

Or let's just say we took a wide range of broken bones from the cliff or the car. I'd be proud of the cliff breaks and ashamed of the car.

 
The spirit of the physical "arena" and intellectual interpretation within which they were are born and live defines the nature and validity of all pain, pleasure, and experience, speaking broadly. Your motivation defines the character of the pain and pleasure you experience.

You can be an idiot, selfish, or sensible.

 Your destination can only reach "one" station:
Gratification Station, The experiences of Pain and Pleasure

The differential is that each mirror, every reflection of the spirit of Naturec starts their trip from their own point of personal motivation, gross or pure. The Laws of Nature allow any motivation. Though there are real short odds that the real crazy motiviations will succede over the short term, though.

The only difference between the gratifications of good and bad people is not their end, which will always be the same, "pains and pleasures," but where they started. Greed and selfishness typify evil folks, the mutual protection of each of our rights characterizes good motivations in my Book of Goods and Evils.

Simply stated, Good builds the sophistication and power of the Spirit of Life, Evil diminishes IT.

 

This is how backpackers either open up endless potentials on the trails into Nature before ever hitting the trail, or close them down. You cannot go to a place your mind's eye cannot see, a place your motivations cannot feel.

Plus, you cannot go anywhere that does not exist, for you crazy-ass folks... 

 Thinking about it deeper, this kind of "open mind," can lead un preparied backpackers into great trouble by creating unrealistic optimism in the face of danger. Many folks conceptions about what Nature is and how it works simply do not exist. It can and will bring you to the mountaintop, then kill you, if you are not ready.

So, idealistic illusions about getting there must be squelched, replaced by realistic plans to get there. Nature is as harsh as beautiful, and we must be ready and able to balance both.

 

Later News
June 19
Each Human Unique

 

Realistic Plans

High Sierra Backpacking Gear

High Sierra Backpacking Fitness

High Sierra Backpacking Navigation

High Sierra Backpacking Skills

 

 

SEARCH

Search Continues For Missing Coarsegold Man,
Sierra News Online, May 19, 2017.

High Sierra Safety Incidents

 

 

HIGH SIERRA TREE MORTALITY
Big Time Tree Die-Off  -DANGEROUS SNAGS-  Emerging Out of the
Receeding Snow Pack

In Calvaras County: See High Sierra Tree News

 

 

Salmon, Native Fish in California going Down for the Count

Article, notes, and references in the Fish News

 

 

Health of Lake Tahoe 
Decline in Lake Tahoe clarity,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 19, 2017.

Previous Tahoe Lake News

Also See
News of the Human Affect

 

 

FERC said Oroville was OK...

Are ‘potential Orovilles waiting to happen’ at other spillways?
Sac Bee, May 21, 2017.

All the infrastructure across America is falling apart. We as citizens, and our country as an infrastructure for its citizens, have both been "looted," asset-stripped, really, by our corporate overlords and their willing minions. I have one question.

Can we trust any of them, they who have accepted huge bribes from the interests profiting from our dams?
No, we cannot. Not as long as they are on the take, not as long as they and their parties are wholly-subsidized corporate subsidaries.

 

 Let’s look at Oroville Dam's recent history

2017 “autopsy:” (before Oroville declared a "Secret")
Incompentence or corruption? Both?


2005 Report, “Smoking Gun.”

OMG:
Oroville Political Incompentence & Corruption, "A State Secret!?"
 

Can FERC be Trusted?
NO
FERC is a historically totally corrupt and corrupted institution
 

Last Oroville News

Oroville a product of Political Ambition, Political Corruption, & LIES

 LEGASY
We will continue to be used and abused by our corporate elite and their minions until we end their ability to buy and sell politicians of both political parties.

Until then our Nation's National Resources, both Human and Physical, will be stolen, abused and pissed-off for the profits and pleasure of the corrupt.

If we don't fix this because we have and hold American Values, because it is the right thing to do, we are going to see that one pissed-off Mother Nature and a a whole lot of pissed-off Americans will eventually clean this mess up.

And the longer we wait, the more pissed-off both will be.

 

 

May 21

Can't Hide from Mother Nature

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault suffers breach from permafrost melt,
UPI, May 20, 2017.

 

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
"Doomsday Vault"
WIKI

 

 

But You Can Hide from Public Responsibility and Accountability

Rule of Law?

Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act?
Sac Bee, May 21, 2017.

 The state does not act because they are owned by these bribers of politicians and parties.
 

The state does not act because our Rule of Law has been throughly corrupted from Creation to Application by Systamatic Political Bribery. That's Why.
Oh yeah, I forgot interpretation. They got the judges bribed-up real good too, so our system can be honestly said to be corrupted from Election to Law Creation, to Application of Law, to the Interpretation of Law.

I'd call that bribery controlling our polity from "A to Z."

We here in California have whole classes and races of people that are above the rule of law, as long as their crimes serve the profits of the corporate elite.

They are all operating on a "higher" law, apparently, which is that they only obey the demands of their own self-interest. It is a system of mutual greed operating in Califoreigner, not mutual American values controlling politics in our state or in our country today.

They have pushed the idol of greed up for all "Americans" to worship, as our unifying principal. It is NOT.

I ask you which one represents, "America?" Mutual Greed or Mutual Constitutional Values?

The corporates and their minions have given their answers:
They have mutually put themselves above our Laws and our Values.

Do we today carry and represent the values of our constitutional forefathers, or the greed of the Robber Barons who Killed their Country? Look around you. Answer honestly. Their values do not operate in America today.

 Our country, and every aspect of its environment are screwed, if we don't fix this...

 

In conclusion, apparently Water was not made for "fighting and drinking," as says the historic addage, but for stealing, if we follow the lead of today's "political leadership."

 

 

 

May 20

Testing the "Space Seeds" Theory of Life
Early Tanpopo mission results show microbes can survive in space
,
GeoSpace, May 19, 2017.

My observation is "it," Life, grows everywhere it can create, beg, borrow, or steal a space to grow itself within.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

 NATURE BEATS MAN

Two Geology Stories-Articles: 
Campi Flegrei
A Modern Mount Vesuvius?
To Blow or Not to Blow?

 

 

MAN BEATS NATURE

Three "Man beats Nature" Articles

 

 

May 19

Spring Thaw Flood Alerts Begin

Warm temperatures prompt flood alerts,
Record Coruier, May 18, 2017.


Selected High Sierra River Forecasts, Bulletins, & Guidance Plots

 

 

Flower Alerts Too

Lake Tahoe gears up for epic wildflower season,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 19, 2017.

High Sierra Flower Power Forum

Trees

 

 

Spring Festivities Begin

 West Flank

Parade kicks off jumping frog weekend,
Union Democrat, May 18, 2017.

East Flank

Mule Days: No Chairs until the Parade

 

 

Really Bad News

Aedes aegypti
Single, Double, and triple threat

Zika-chikungunya-dengue 
Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus could simultaneously transmit other viruses,
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, May 19, 2017.

 

Aedes aegypti also carries West Nile,

And Yellow Fever

West Nile Carriers
Mosquito species in which West Nile virus has been detected, United States, 1999-
2012
, CDC, pdf.

More about West Nile

 

 

Aedes aegypti is only one, albeit a bad one, of a whole raft of terrible vectors and pathogens brought here by radical climate change. You can now catch tropical mosquito-borne diseases all the way up to Vancover, Canada, along the West Coast of North America.

The situation requires a rethink of my already ironclad mosquito policies . I have plans for everything, I can attest to the accuracy of research and reports that DEET is loosing effectiveness

 

Mosquito News

Health and Fitness

 

 

Local Mosquito Threat High

East Flank

Carson Valley will be buzzing,
Record Coruier, May 18, 2017.

 

So will the
West Flank

Sacto & The Big Valley

To "FEMA level" mosquitoes?

 

 

 

May 18 

A Defense of the Reality of Time
Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin.
To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry. Quanta, May 16, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

Too Much, Too Big, Too Fast:
Then Comes The Drought

You could fill Shasta Lake 7 times with farm groundwater lost during state drought,
Sac Bee, May 17, 2017.

We have already grown much too large, and are pushing as much "growth" as possible as our state is growing much warmer and drier. The light we see at the "end of the tunnel," at the end of this phase of our drought, is the collision between the divergent trends of our irresponsible growth vs. Nature.

As I've said before, "don't bet against the house."

Earlier Groundwater Article

Recent Book

The Real Deal

 

The "Demand-Side" damages pointed out in the article above are only the tip of this "iceberg," of our environmnental abuses, with the vast corruption of building the water infrastructure itself composing the main body and bulk of environmental destruction, political corruption, and just outright greed.

Oroville Nightmare

Jerry and Generations of Corruption

We've Been JERRY-JACKED!

 

 

Same Irresponsibility, Different Place

Reckoning Ahead for Arizona as Water Imbalance Grows on Colorado River,
Water Deeply, May 18, 2017.

 


Our Future Leaders

California fraternity faces charges after trees cut down,
AP, May 17, 2017.

Like our forests do not have enough problems with our current leaders.

Trees

 

 

Maybe this Will Help Trees in the Future

How to Get Kids Involved in Your Hiking Adventures,
Whiteblaze, March 12, 2017.

Backpacking Kids is a great transfer of culture, values, and skills that I've considered one of the duties of Tahoe to Whitney, to get the next generation into the High Sierra.

A Few Thoughts on Transitions

Backpacking Kid Forum

 

 

A Great Read 

HITCHHIKING, BUS CONNECTIONS AND RIDE-SHARING in the Sierra Nevada,
markskor, High Sierra Topix, April 9, 2017.

Also See
High Sierra Public Transportation Resources and Information

 

marcskor, AKA, "Ansel:"

2016 TM Store

marcskor High Sierra Gallery

2013 in TM

 

 

 

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May 17

Big winter will bring late fire season,
Record Courier, May 17, 2017.

 

 

Dam fine in June Lake,
The Sheet, May 14, 2917.

 

 

“It’s hypocritical for Brown to call himself a climate leader”

Gov. Brown clashes with environmentalists over fracking,
SF Chron, May 16, 2017.

The Browns have "Led" us into a damaged environment & broken polity.

Specifically,
Phone Companies, Wastewater onto crops & into wells; Bribed, Boned, & Owned by BIG OIL


"The Bottom Line"

Jerry is the fly our shit feeds...

 

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Rising Up against these Forces of Bribery and Corruption

Ranch and wildlife fears could sink Nevada water bill.
Reno Gazette Journal, May 16, 2017.


The Developers, AG & Mining Corporations have already stripped our land nearly bare-naked through buying and selling "our" politicians.

 

 


Trans Sierra Highways 

Open? "June or even July"

As we set to swelter in temperatures near 100, Tioga Road workers muscle through snow,
Sac Bee, May 16, 2017.

Trans-Sierra Highway News

 

 

Lake Tahoe 
Tahoe Science Logbook: Big winter may mean more algae growth in Lake Tahoe,

Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 16, 2017.


Tahoe Filling and Full

 

 

 

The Real Deal

Report: California salmon, steelhead, trout species face extinction within next century,
Times Standard, May 16, 2017.


See Fish Disaster links Below

 

 

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Inner & Outer Spaces

Small Fields

Destruction of a quantum monopole observed,
AALTO UNIVERSITY, May 17, 2017.


Wiki

 

Big Fields

NASA's Van Allen Probes spot man-made barrier shrouding Earth,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, May 17, 2017.

With Cool Video

A thought: Could a VLR-frequency "shield" be created to protect astronauts traveling from Earth, to say, Mars, from the dangers of solar and cosmic radiation? Or would the power requirements for generating the VLR be too great?

OK, how about this: radio waves constrained within a magnetic field using captured particles as an energy source?

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

 

Geo Space
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction,
TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, May 17, 2017.

Geology News

 

 

 

Feathered Friends
Good grief! Losing a friend brings wild birds closer together,
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, May 17, 2017.

Bird News

 

 

 


Plants call 911 to help their neighbors,
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, May 16, 2017.

Trees

 

 

 

May 16 

Report: California fish face more extinctions unless trends change,
Mercury News, May 16, 2017.

See Below, May 2

Fish News

Climate Destruction News

 

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Health

Nitrogen oxide from diesel vehicles killed a lot of people in 2015, study says.
Ars Technica, May 16, 2017.

Health and Fitness 

 

 

SPACE SCIENCE

How hard did it rain on Mars?
ELSEVIER, May 16, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

May 15

IDIOT ALERT
Volunteers struggle to keep Tahoe graffiti-free,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 11, 2017.

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Sigh:
Jerry & Family & Company
Generations of Corruption

Corporate California:
A Monument to Greed, Hubris, and Cheating

‘Lethal arrogance’? Oroville Dam crisis sprang from Pat Brown’s towering ambition,
Sac Bee, May 14, 2017.


Tahoe to Whitney long ago identified this arrogance, greed, and corruption perverting our polity, and our dire need to end this evil to protect our Environment, let alone the most fundamental honor & ethics of our Nation.

That's all we've got remaining, as our health, wealth, environment, and rights have all aready been compromised.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

 


References
Last Oroville Story

"How to Create a Disaster"


Essay:
We've Been Scammed


List of Oroville Links


Jerry is a Corrupt Jerk
He, his family, and his political system, "sells" our Health, Safety, and National Wealth to the Highest Bidders:
&
That's Not The American Citizenery. "Our" polity serves our Corporate Aristocracy, their servants, and lackys. In a word, it serves greedy cheaters.

There is only one solution: Fix our Democracy. No more cheating. End the bribery. No more "contributions" by folks who cannot vote in an election, and equal contrib limits for billionairs and bakers in every election in our nation. 

 

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Shifting
Observations & Experiences

Bird Migrations & Precip Patterns Changing in Sierra 

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring,
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, May 15, 2017.

 

Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, May 15, 2017.

Climate Destruction News

 

 

 

 

May 12

High Sierra Road News

 

 

California got more snow this winter than past 4 total,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 12, 2017.

Track this record Winter since Nov of 2016 to the present on the Backpacker's Calendar

 

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Should Be Mandatory:

Bear box loan program launches on South Shore,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 12, 2017.

Bear News

 

 

 

May 11 

Summer's Coming

Half Dome Permit Fee Increases Takes Effect Summer 2017,
Sierra News Online, May 11, 2017.

 

YARTS Bus Service Resumes On Highway 41 For Summer,
Sierra News Online, May 11, 2017.


More
Yosemite Accomodation & Transportation

 

 

How to Create a Disaster:

Oroville Dam: What state’s forensics team has found in first analysis,
Sac Bee, May 10, 2017.

Quote:
"lack(s) analysis of the institutional deficiencies that allowed the problems to persist"

No, they ignore them, or declare institutional corruption a constitutional right or a state secret. Corruption is very, very profitable:


Previous
No Trust in Dam Managers

Oroville Debacle Article

List of Oroville Links

 

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Mule Days in Bishop
Wait for Mule Days Parade day to place chairs on route,
Sierra Wave, May 11, 2017. 

 

 

GOOD NEWS BEARS

Cornell researches black bear boom in New York,
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, May 11, 2017.

Bear News

BAD NEWS BEAR

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into bear shooting near Lake Tahoe continues,
Sierra News Online, May 11, 2017.

Incident

 

 

SCIENCE 

Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth,
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, May 11, 2017.

ISSUE:

“The Supernova Kill Zone,”

“Big Rock from Space,”

along with

Super-Volcanos and Humans:

(Which term above is different from the others?)


Answer, & Comments Invited through this New Format

 

 

TOP

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS ABOVE

 

 

Water & Clouds!
A watery exoplanet of unexpected composition -- and perhaps origin,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, May 11, 2017.

More 
Astronomers find water in the atmosphere of a warm, Neptune-sized planet,
Ars Technica, May 11, 2017.

 

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

HEALTH


Corporate Press

New safety risks detected in one-third of FDA-approved drugs,
Wa Po, May 9, 2017.

 


Alternative

New study: FDA-approved drugs are dangerous,
Jon Rappoport's Blog, May 11, 2017.

 


On Topic

FDA Watchdog Speaks Out on Dangerous Drugs and Docs,
Sidney Wolfe to deliver annual SPH Shine Lecture tomorrow, March 2014.


More Information
Fact is, our System is Corrupted by Wealth and Cannot be Trusted

Endless Corruption

My Fellow Test Subjects

 

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Off Topic

Who in Europe drinks the most?
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, May 11, 2017.
 

 

 

May 10

Glacier Point Road In Yosemite National Park Opens.
Sierra News Online, May 10, 2017.

 

 

Merced River

Merced River in Yosemite is rising again. Flooding expected Wednesday,
Fres Bee, May 9, 2017.

All California River Forecasts, Stages, Guidance, & Plots

Current
San Joaquin-Merced River Stages

 

 

Our System is Broken:
Ethically and Physically

Mayors: California not operating damaged dam safely,
AP, May 10, 2017.


The American political system no longer operates by its own stated democratic ethics, nor by a legitimate democratic process. Our democracy, and our most fundamental principals have been subverted by greed and compromised by corruption. The creation, construction, operation and funding of Oroville is by and for the profits of our corporate elite at the expense of the wealth, health, and ultimately the safety of our citizens.

This greed has compromised our government and now compromises our fundamental safety.

We will continue to be in etihical and physical danger until greedy people and corporations can no longer buy & bribe "our" politicians, until American political parties are no longer wholly-owned subsidiaries of Corporate America. We, and our whole Natural World, will not be safe until the political parties, politicians, and the whole American Government are dependent on the will of American citizens, rather than the bribes of the corporate class.

You think Oroville is bad? These are the same folks running the Dept of Defense!

 

Last:
Oroville Dam a Secret! 
Shuussh, Nature might be Watching, & she's the ultimate "domestic terrorist!"
Well, besides "our" politicians...

 

Comprehensive Oroville Coverage:
Follow the succesive links through the above link Back in Time:

List of Oroville Links

Essay
Oroville: A Symbol of Corruption

 

 

SCIENCE! 

Proving Einstein right using the most sensitive Earth rotation sensors ever made,
SPRINGER, May 10, 2017.


In other words, our universe is moving, "that-a-way," with us, our planet spinning within it. That is our "frame."

These scientists will test if the spin of our planet is affected by the momentum of the universe's "frame."

Does the spin of our planet draw some of the energy out of the inertia of the universe itself as it spins?

 

 

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Surf's Up on Io

Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, May 10, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Field Conditioning

High levels of exercise linked to 9 years of less aging at the cellular level,
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, May 10, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

 

May 9

20,000 free sandbags available in Inyo County,
Sierra Wave Media, May 8, 2017.

Why:
The Coming Deluge

 

 

East and West Forks of the Carson

Flood advisory issued for this week,
Record Courier, May 6, 2017.

 

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Fight over Past and Future Density

Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, May 8, 2017.

 

 

Another Batch of "Climate Refugees:" Our Natural World

Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations,
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT KNOXVILLE, May 8, 2017.

Trees

 

 

A new hominin species

Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from,
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, May 9, 2017.

See "humanlike" thinking, below

 

 


"induce non-ordinary states of consciousness:"

Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sports,
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, May 9, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

 

Local Transpo Sucks: 
TRPA gives Lake Tahoe regional transportation plan the green light,
Record Courier, May 6, 2017.

I expect to be hitch-hiking around Tahoe into the foreseeable future....

Also See
Sierra Roads

 


Noise pollution from gas compressors changes abundance of insects, spiders,
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, May 9, 2017.

Spider & Insect News

 

 

 

May 8

One Person's Bear-able is another's Un-Bearable

 

NDOW biologist sues Bear League over online attacks,
Sierra Sun, May 7, 2017.

 

 

Bear dies after officer mistakenly shoots near Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 7, 2017.

Bear News

 

 

The Age of Extremes

 Merced River to start receding in Yosemite, but some flooding still possible
Fres Bee, May 6, 2017.

 

The East Flank

LADWP preparing for ‘massive runoff,’
Sierra Wave, May 7, 2017.

 

Latest opening for Monitor Pass in 13 years,
Record Courier, May 8, 2017. 

 

Updates on East Flank mountain roads, passes,
Sierra Wave, May 7, 2017.

 

Both Flanks

Price Tag for State’s Road-Wrecking Winter: $1.4 Billion and Counting,
KQED, May 3, 2017.

 

1 bil damage estimated in Feb

High Sierra Road News

Previous

High Sierra Road Openings History

 

The Deluge  

How Wet Weather Impacted California’s Groundwater Deficit
Water Deeply, May 8, 2017.

 

  

The Corporate Growth Machine of DEATH Needs More Food

It's Greedy Surge is Eating all the lands, waters, fishes, and fertility of our State and Planet…

‘These fish are in a bad way.’ How many more will die because of the Delta tunnels? 
Sac Bee, May 7, 2017. 

 

They will kill all of them (and us) for their "profits."

 

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PROTECTIONS FOR 27 NATIONAL MONUMENTS MAY BE CURTAILED, CUT
AP, May 6, 2017.

 The Nation our ancestors found has been damaged beyond recognition. A couple of monuments does not alter our nation's trajectory. Just our emotions...  We polish the "monument," to Nature while we kill its Mother...

 Hypocracy is Irony's evil twin.

 

 

Urban Nightmare:
Grown into the Mountains

Volunteers remove 500 pounds of trash from Spooner Summit near Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 7, 2017.

Politicians are packing in the people & over-development, we are living in a rising tide of TRASH, while the politicians are packing out the CASH.

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The Old World is Dead 
Our perception is far behind the Times

Don’t let the super bloom fool you, climate shifts are changing local landscape
Desert Sun, May 1, 2017.

 

Two things
NEVER TO DO
:

 1> Never feed the Animals in Natue.

 2> Never feed the Corporate Growth Machine of Death in American Society.

 

One eats "food," the other lives on your emotions of Greed & Desire. 

 Climate Change News

  

 

FAKETURE

Expert rock climbing routes recreated indoors using 3-D modeling and digital fabrication,
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, May 8, 2017.

Pretty soon we can eliminate Nature altogether. We will. We will be surprised we cannot live without it.

 

 

 

The Ultimate Tool

'Humanlike' ways of thinking evolved 1.8 million years ago, suggests new study,
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, May 8, 2017.

The Ultimate Tool

 

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May 5 

The drought is over. So why is California’s wildfire risk growing?
Sac Bee, May 5, 2017.

All that dead timber in the Sierra is now being cured & dried...

 Snow melt puts Merced River above flood stage in Yosemite National Park,
Fresno Bee, May 4, 2017.

Much more runoff to come. The question is, "how?" Though complex, the basic answers boil down to: Fast or Slow? This in turn, depends on the weather, which affects how the melt will affect and carry all that dead timber and dislodged terrain.

 


EXTREME MOSQUITO THREAT 

 

Mosquitoes surge after rain and heat in Northern California,
Sac Bee, May 4, 2017.

Also See
Mosquito News

Health and Fitness

 

 

Oroville Dam Repair Plans Secret

Nature Might Discover our Plans!
Is Ma Nature a Damn Foreign or Damn Domestic Terrorist?

Dam Terrorists!

Or is this just a bunch of Dam Bullshit the corrupters of our government hide behind?

It is the latter.

By "corrupters of our government," I mean the corporate entites we see financing the operations of both political parties and all of their candidates, both directly, and nowadays, indirectly, through "superpacs."

As if "pacs" were not enough. Now we have, "superpacs." I am so proud.

 

Oroville Dam: The latest on spillway repairs – and what state won’t tell us,
Sac Bee, May 4, 2017.

Previous Oroville News

 

 

May 4 

EXTREME FORDING-WATER DANGER
FIVE DROWNINGS SINCE APRIL 15
After a third body is pulled from Tule River, sheriff wants to close river access,
Fresno Bee, May 3, 2017.

 

 

A Vast Snow Pack on the Sierra Crest

Squaw Valley in Tahoe to remain open past July 4 for first time,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 3, 2017.

 Earlier Squaw
 Saw this Vast Snow in Feb


The rest of the ski resorts face different issues

 

 

A Vast Spring Thaw Impends
Where heat records were tied or broken in Central Valley,
Sac Bee, May 4, 2017.

 

 Access All High Sierra Snow Reporting Resources

Access Selected River Forecasts, Stages, & Plots

 

 

Sierra bighorns on ledge of breakthrough,
SF Crate, May 3, 2017.

 

 

Zika Comes
NEXT
As Did West Nile, and as are Dengue and the Tropical-disease carrying Aedes Mosquitoes, along with bark blights and beetles, none of which should be here.


Zika virus could cost United States billions of dollars,
PLOS, May 4, 2017.


Aedes japonicus


Aedes aegypti


Zika in America


Predicted Zika “Hotspots” in US

 

Also See
Mosquito News

 

 

Saturday in Mammoth 
Dehydrating Not Just for Backpacking! Workshop,
Sierra Wave, May 2, 2017.

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May 3

 

A Preview of the Upcoming Spring Opening


Lassen Forest campgrounds closed due to storm, drought damage,
Chico ER, May 2, 2017.

This is the first report of what is going to be a long list of road, camp, and facilities closures that are going to be triggered by the vast snow, its powerful thaw, and the huge amount of drought killed trees this Spring's Thaw is going to bring down everywhere, and especially into the rivers and creeks.

This is going to be a royal mess.

Many trails, fireroads, and bridges are already damaged, but hidden under the vast snow pack. Others are still to be damaged by the fury of the impending thaw, and this one is going to have a furious stage & state.

1 bil damage estimated in Feb.

I would not be surprised if weather, temp, river flows & precip records of all types continue to be broken through this Spring as they were during all this last Fall and Winter.

My advice is to, "Expect the Unexpected" during these crazy times.

Contact your local Forest and Ranger District for good information before venturing out.

High Sierra Forest, Trail, and Camping Contact Information

 

 

A brutal winter leaves behind mountains of mess,
Union Democrat, May 2, 2017.

 

 

Questions, answers and a bit of scorn for DWR at Oroville meeting,
Chico ER, May 2, 2017.


Last Oroville News:
Our Incompentence and Corruption is a “State Secret?”
That’s rich…

 

 

May 2

Facing extinction: California fishes,
California Water Blog, April 30, 2017.

More below

Fish News

 

Why extinction?

CA 2X Too Big

California's population rose to 39.5 million in 2016,
KPCC, May 1, 2017.

Ca is the poster-child of irresponsible greed-driven growth stripping Man and Nature BARE.

 

 

Current Snowpack Report
VAST
Percent of Average for
May 2.

North Sierra: 198%

Central Sierra: 201%

South Sierra: 178%

Ca State Average: 194%

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

 

Last Readings:

April 20

April 1

March 27

March 1

 

Tracking 2017:
The High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar for 2017

 Start from November of 2016

 

 Access All High Sierra Snow Reporting Resources

Access Selected River Forecasts, Stages, & Plots

 

 

Yosemite Valley's Highway 120 Reopens After February Collapse,
Cal Public Radio, May 1, 2017.

High Sierra Roads, above.

 

 

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The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution,
Quanta, May 2, 2017.

 

 

CERN points giant magnet at the Sun to look for dark matter particles,
Axions don't show up yet, but that doesn't mean they're not out there.
Ars Technica, May 2, 2017.

 

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

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Health & Fitness

 

The science of 'hitting the wall,'
CELL PRESS, May 2, 2017.

 


'Exercise-in-a-pill' boosts athletic endurance by 70 percent,
SALK INSTITUTE, May 2, 2017.

More Info

 


Weight loss can slow down knee joint degeneration,
RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA,May 2, 2017.


More on Health & Fitness Page
Health and Fitness

 

 

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  May 1, 2017

 

Happy May Day, Hippies, Commies, Religious & Marxist Traitors,

According to our Constitutional Revolution each individual citizen, and subsequently our government, are each assigned the fundamental duty to mutually defend their fellow citizens' rights, not the dictates of Marx, the Pope, or the Dow.
According to our Constitution, sovereignty, or the power of definition and its enforcement, lays with each citizen, not Marx, God, the State, or the Dollar.

They, being each citizen as individals, and broadly speaking, if we employed this philosophy around the world, as individuals within each of their diverse societies and states, would each and every one collectively strive to reflect and protect this mutual defense of each other's most fundamental private right.

Here that's the right of, "each to their own," and our duty to mutually defend the different private uses of our mutually-shared rights, while deciding public questions through the democratic process.

Today we protect neither private nor public rights.

Today we see the corrupt influences Marx, the Pope, and the Dow constantly interceeding in the political process itself, with each telling the rest of us what they "have" to do. Marx, the Pope, and the the Greed of the Dow are all terrible dangers to both man and Nature, not to mention our most basic American Rights & Principals our Constitution and Bill of Rights define & defend..

So I especially send out a Happy May Day to those bowing to our Natural Source, not to Marx, the Pope, or Greed, to those who strive to understand and protect each and every of ITS amazing human, natural, and physical manifestations.

IT would be the Spirit of Life, which is what May Day Celebrates.

 

Thus, I do "May Day," in its "original package," not as a love of labor or capital, but a labor of love for Nature. The common theme of this generation's spirit is the debasement of both Labor and Nature, while they praise both. Calling this generation ironic is generous.

As May Day draws my atttention to the source of fertility in Nature, it also calls my attention to the dynamic forces within humanity that destroy it. Ironic, again.

 

 

Protecting the Mokelumne River benefits landowners as well as the public,
Ledger-Dispatch, , May 1, 2017.

 


Expect roadwork on Kingsbury through May,
Record Courier, May 1, 2017.

 

 


Both below orginally posted on April 24

YOUNG WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING INTO THE KAWEAH RIVER,
Kaweah Commonwealth, May 1, 2017.


CLIMBER FALLS TO DEATH ON MOUNT WHITNEY,
Kaweah Commonwealth, May 1, 2017.

High Sierra Mountain Safety News

 

 

 

US Forest Service Issues
IDIOT ALERT
Hike around Lake Tahoe: Most backcountry trails still covered with ‘a lot of snow,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 29, 2017.

(Really? A lot of snow? I've had a backpacker alert up since April 1)

 

 

Alex Note:
The water managers have managed to lower all their reservoir-dam levels. An Amazing Feat. I did not think they could-would do it. But yet, I still hear, in my "minds ear," the dam managers saying, "we tried," on June fifth, when so many dead trees have clogged-up and dammed-in evey high Sierra drainage and watershed, every dam and reservoir, and the melt is not half-way begun.

At that point in time they will be estimating when each watershed's debris dam breaks, and the resulting chaos spreads into that portion of the valley beneath.

I would call that the, "worse case scenario."

Unless the Tropical Transport Mechanism opens up again, and warm tropical rains assist our already epic impending Spring Thaw.

That would be the "worse case scenario."

And, ironically, it is, and has been on the "table" of our outcomes all Winter and Spring. This threat will only recede when the snows gently melt into placid runoff flows.

My heart and soul say that's not going to happen, and we are going to see some crazy flows. Maybe the huge snowpack and continious tropical flows all season long have jaded my perspective. But, all said, I never bet against the house, and that's what we've done. 

Nature always wins in the end.

 

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May guide to the bright planets,
Earth-Sky, April 30, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 


April 30, 2017

State Reports First West Nile Case of 2017, Kings County,
April 28, 2017.

California confirms first human West Nile Virus case of 2017,
Mercury News, April 29, 2017.

Skeeter News 

Health and Fitness

 

 

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April 28 

The Sheet, pdf.
April 29, 2017.

P. 4

Latest Tioga Opening in History: JULY 1

"The latest opening date on record
for the pass occurred on July 1, 1998.

Snowpack measurements in Tuolumne
for April 1 of that year were 156 percent
of average. This year, The National Park
Service reports that snowpack at Tioga
pass was at 213 percent of average as
of April 1"

Recent Sierra Highway Closure History

Tioga Road Closure History

 

The Sheet,
April 29, 2017.

Mountain Safety, P.6.

"15,397 permit
applications to climb Whitney in 2017.
Of those applications, 35 percent were
awarded their first choice of dates
(most fell between July and August),
and 65 percent of applicants were unsuccessful
or pulled their applications.
The lottery for a permit to hike
Mt. Whitney is open from February
through March for the following year.
Climbers often plan trips months to a
year in advance.“

“If you swing by to get
a permit at the Eastern Sierra Visitor
Center right now, you will be advised
that winter mountaineering skills are
needed, including route finding, avalanche
skills, the ability to use ice axe/
crampons,” said Schweizer. “We also
advise that Whitney is not a mountain
to learn on, and that it deserves the
respect of mountaineers.” Schweizer
said she and other staff are spreading
as much information about winter
conditions as possible via social media
and information provided at visitor
centers, so that people who pulled
permits for May and June understand
how much snow is out there. “I have
received numerous calls from people
thinking they will be in Mammoth
in May for a Pacific Crest Trail thruhike…
I imagine that many May and
June permits will not be claimed,” said
Schweizer. "

April 1 Backpacker Alert still in Effect!

 

Keep Tahoe Blue column: Protecting a national treasure since 1957,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 28, 2017.

 

Our Incompentence and Corruption is a State Secret?
Ha, they both appear to be PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE to Me...

Another Oroville Dam document is sealed – for now,
Sac Bee, April 27, 2017.

Last Oroville news, below

 

 

 

Corruption is an Expensive Problem...

The West has a tricky, expensive water problem – and even solving it is controversial,
McClatchy, April 27, 2017.

more

 

 

April 27

West Flank 

Yosemite: Most Water Ever Recorded, Still 100 Inches Of Snow,
Sierra News Online, April 27, 2017.

 

 

100 Million Dead Trees: A Danger That Persists Long After the Drought,
Water Deeply, April 27, 2017.

Trees

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

East Flank

East Flank Road Access
North, South, Sabrina Lakes, Palisades, 
Updates from Caltrans, ‘State of the Inyo,’
Sierra Wave, , April 27, 2017.


More below

 

 

Cycles of Life

Mono Lake Seagull Production unit in production and under protection,
Monologue, April 21, 2017.

 

 

Five High Altitude Genes

Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes,
PLOS, April 21, 2017.

 

Evolution of War Horses 2500 years ago

Scythian horse breeding unveiled: Lessons for animal domestication,
FACULTY OF SCIENCE - UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, April 27, 2017.

 

 

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April 26 

West Flank
Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite Set To Re-Open,
Sierra News Online, April 25, 2017.

 

 

East Flank
‘The State of the Inyo’ for general trout opener
,
Sierra Wave, April 26, 2017.

Tasty fundrasier – Spring Barbecue for Eastern Sierra Music Festival,
Sierra Wave, April 23, 2017. 

 

 

Incredible discovery places humans in California 130,000 years ago,
Date is a whopping 115,000 years earlier than previous findings of humans in the Americas.
Ars Technica, April 26, 2017.

Last Research:
15,0000 Years Earlier

 

 

In 1984
Failure is Success!

Who Could Expect Less from Such a Corrupt Government?

State’s Water Chief: Despite Crisis, Oroville Dam’s Emergency Spillway ‘Worked,
KQED, April 25, 2017.

What a jackass. Failures at all levels almost led to  a catastrophic disaster, and has imposed massive costs, risks, and ongoing dangers. Only an idiot would characterize this as a successful piece of either political or physical infrastructure.

It is neither. It is a scam in action.

Burned Again; "mission accomplished!"

 

 

DWR & Oroville only "Worked" in Secret:

Editorial: Oroville is a model of how NOT to deal with a flood emergency,
Mercury News, April 24, 2017.

Open records show the Oroville Dam was and is a political, a planning, and a maintaience failure which all  lead up to a disaster management failure on the cusp of the crisis their previous failures caused. 

 

Now We Get Burned Again:
Fixing Oroville Dam will cost hundreds of millions. Who should pay the bill?
Sac Bee, April 25, 2017.

First, Who made the money and who spent it? Huge well-connected Developers and Big Corporate Ag profits have been subsidized by public infrastructure we pay for and they profit from. Why? They bribe the politicians.

The past is prologue for the future. We will see Jerry and the Feds run to the aid of their corporate sponsors by making sure they do not pay the bills for their profits. That's why they bribe the politicians.

 

See Last Oroville News, below

 

Tahoe Rim Trail Association launches new website,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 21, 2017.

 

 

April 24

TWO FATALITIES 

One Avalanche-Fall, the other a Water Accident

Two deaths, one on Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia-Kings National Park,
Sierra Wave, April 24, 2017.

High Sierra Safety Incidents

Mountain Safety Topics

 

 

A Park or a Zoo?
Over 5 Million Visitors To Yosemite In 2016 Boost Local Economies,
Sierra News Online, April 20, 2017.

 

 

Yosemite Seeks Public Input On Bridalveil Fall Rehab Project,
Sierra News Online, April 24, 2017.

Yosemite Park Planning

 

 

CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app,
Cal Fire, PDF, April 17, 2017.

App Store or Google Play.

 

 

Lake Tahoe filled to the brim for first time in years (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 21, 2017.

 Earlier: Watching Tahoe Rise, March 17

Tahoe back to Natural Rim, Dec 16, 2016.

 

 

The Henhouse Wolves' Crocidile Tears:

What went wrong at Oroville? Congressional Democrats demand answers.
Sac Bee, April 21, 2017.

They know exactly what went wrong, as they are vital cogs within this corrupted system. Let me cut to the point of the Oroville story: Corrupted politicians allowed a dam to be built and maintained on the cheap to pad the profits of their bribers.

In California the corporates bribe the Democrats. They did it.

And, here we are, watching pot call kettle black. It’s as simple as that.

Extensive Oroville News Links Below

 

 

Offshored and Immigrated into Poverty...
We've Been Robbed...
The fading American dream: Economic mobility has nearly halved since 1940,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 24, 2017.


Our country’s human, natural, and economic resources have been asset-stripped by our corporate elite and their political minions. This forty year old party of greed’s over now, and the only way they have been staying rich and in power since 2007 has been by printing themselves up lots of our money at ZERO PERCENT INTEREST and increasing our public debt.


And They Ride us Like a Horse into a Dark Future


The economic elite still call the shots for financial policy,
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, April 24, 2017.

They will use peasant labor here and there.

 

Mammoth Mountain Sold!
Mammoth Times, April 13, 2017.

 

 

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April 23 

Lyrid Metor Shower

Dominic Ford, In the Sky,
"The Lyrid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 23 April 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 19 Apr to 25 Apr." 

 

Before dawn, Lyrid meteors and Venus!
Debra Bird's Earth-Sky.

April 22

Coming in from the East

No Passing Lane on Tioga,
The Sheet, April 22, 2017.

Note dude's warnings about treacherous Spring Conditions.
Another Caltrans team is working in from the West.

 

 

April 20

The Hits Just Keep Coming! Well, record after record...

NOAA: 2nd Hottest March on Record. When Was the last Below Average Month??
AGU Blogosphere, April 19, 2017.

 

VAST SNOW PACK
on 
SIERRA CREST

189 % of Average

 

 

On the other end of our Spectrum of Crazy
(That would be our instant shift from Drought to Flood)

Why ski resorts close when there’s still tons of snow,
Reno Gazetter-Journal, April 19, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

 

WAY too Much Light at Night:
New global map of Earth at night, (Video)
Earth Sky, April 14, 2017.

On YouTube

NASA
Featuring Darkness in the Night Skies.
Can you find any?

 

 

Soda Makes You Stupid? 

Is soda bad for your brain? (and is diet soda worse?)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, April 20, 2017.

It’s Just Getting you Ready for the Kill Shot

Diet drinks and possible association with stroke and dementia,
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, April 20, 2017.

It gets better? 

Sugar adds Fat 

Overfat” 

Aspartamane may prevent weight loss 

"The Key": Balance in motion over time & space

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

ASTRO WONDERS

Magnatar Madness 

A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery
After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.

Previously

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

April 19

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found.
Sac Bee, April 18, 2017.

See refs below next article.

 

Are We Ever Safe?
Not from Nature, but
FROM OURSELVES, from Our Own Leaders?
AP EXCLUSIVE: MANAGERS MADE ERRORS IN HANDLING OF DAM CRISIS,
AP, April 19, 2017.

California: Better lucky than honest or smart.

Earlier Oroville Information

Corruption, Costs, and Risk: All Are "State Secrets"

Oroville a symbol of corruption: Faulty from its Corrupt Inception

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun" Public DANGER Ignored for Expanded-Extended Profits

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

Analysis: Oroville a Symbol of a Completely Corrupted Political System, Our Corporate Elite is Corrupt

 

 

STOP HITTING YOURSELF:
20% !
Study on impact of climate change on snowpack loss in Western US
DOE/LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, April 18, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

TYPICAL MAN

Hazardous chemicals go unregulated in routine oil and gas operations,
PSE HEALTHY ENERGY, April 19, 2017.

 

AMAZING NATURE

What's for Dinner? You!

Sea scorpions: The original sea monster,
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, April 18, 2017.

 

 

First evidence for higher state of consciousness found,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, April 19, 2017. 

 

Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water?
HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY, April 17, 2017.

 

 

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April 17

California tribes fear abysmal salmon run may trigger public health crisis.
Sac Bee, April 14, 2017.

Earlier

Long Decline

 

Whoa

Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

Going Buggy

Lyme disease imposes large cost on the northeast United States,
YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, April 17, 2017.

Health and Fitness

Mosquito News

 

Science

Creating time crystals,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, April 17, 2017.

Earlier

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Science of Graft...

Bids for Oroville Dam repairs top state estimates; $275.4 million the lowest,
Sac Bee, April 15, 2017.

See below...

April 14 

California’s water chief says he may release Oroville Dam documents after trying to keep them secret,
Sac Bee, April, 13, 2017.


History
Who is Jerry Brown?
Previous
Corrupt Govt Uses “Terror” to hide corruption & incompentence.


Why?
Oroville Dam is a POS

WHY?
Brown, Bribed Pols Will Kill you for BRIBES:

Phone Companies

Wastewater into Wells

No problem, trashing our water

No problem poisioning our crops

Brown’s Big Bribes for Big Oil

Brown Owned by Oil, we Boned by Oil

 

NASA confirms two moons in the Solar System are venting oceans into space,
Ocean Worlds Exploration Program could find life on icy moons in the 2020s.
Ars Technica, April 13, 2017.

Watch the geysers blow...

 

LATEST
Astro-Physics & Science

Jupiter Moon Europa

Echos of Authur C Clark

Our Moon’s Birth

Our Moon’s Orbit

 Original article below

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

April 13 

California expects new water-year record to be set this week,
Mercury News, , April 13, 2017.

 

Very Irresponsible Growth
Nearly two billion people depend on imported food
Researchers show empirically: When population pressure increases, food is imported,
April 13, 2017.

How many live below our future shoreline?

Sea-level rise in California could be catastrophic, study says,
SF Crate, April 12, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

ENDANGERED RIGHT WHALES DELIVER FEWEST BIRTHS IN 17 YEARS,
AP, April 12, 2017.

 

SwRI scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, April 13, 2017.

Watch the geysers blow...

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

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April 12 

Salmon Season Slashed
Commercial salmon season slashed by lingering California drought impacts,
Mercury News, April 12, 2017.

See
Yesterday

April 7

April 6-5

Long Decline of Salmon

 

CORRUPTION causes, then hides behind TERROR
Jerry Brown’s administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records,
Sac Bee, April 11, 2017.

Who is Jerry Brown?
Last:
Corrupt Govt Uses “Terror” to hide corruption & incompentence.

Why?
Oroville Dam is a POS

WHY?
Brown, Bribed Pols Will Kill you for BRIBES:

Phone Companies

Wastewater into Wells

No problem, trashing our water

No problem poisioning our crops

Brown’s Big Bribes for Big Oil

Brown Owned by Oil, we boned by Oil


Brown's Legasy:
Transformed California from the best place for
Working Class Living into a Third World Corporate State.


Federally:

FERC

Traitors fighting for last scraps…


We need a New Environmentalism. One that cleans up the political corruption that is the heart, soul, and source of our Ethical Meltdown. An ethical breakdown that has compromised our democracy and smashed our ecology. Sucked them both dry...

Institutional and individual moral failure by corrupted scumbags like Brown and his corporate dem co-conspirators are the real cause of our Environmental Destruction. We will not fix our environment without first "fixing" our corrupted politicians, such as Brown, and ending their evil, institutionalized political web of deceit, cheating, bribery, and corruption.

People who give, take, or work in a system of bribery are evil. This must be fixed.

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

 

HEALTH

US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants,
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 12, 2017.

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NATURE

Warping the Web of Life
Are wolves becoming domesticated again?
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, April 12, 2017.

Leading animals down the wrong "trail," being the trail of our trash & destruction.

 

SCIENCE

The Current Line Up
The most accurate measurement of rare meson decay confirms modern physics,
THE HENRYK NIEWODNICZANSKI INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 12, 2017.

Cool subatomic Event Tracker

Find in the article above the best simple explanation of sub atomic particles, which I pulled out and printed in the Astro-Phiz News.

 

 

Dark Matter Effects
Waterloo researchers capture first image of a dark matter web that connects galaxies,
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, April 12, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

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April 11 

 

‘A cultural tragedy’: Karuk Tribe cuts salmon harvest to 200 fish,
Times Satndard, April 10, 2017.

I've met a few of those folks. Tough folks. Good folks. Been screwed over for a long time.

See below

Fish News

 

 

Another Cultural Tragedy:
National Level Jackass
Probe faults Yosemite’s ex-superintendent for style, but absolves him of gender bias, McClatchy, April 10, 2017.

Existential Crisis
I have been repeatedly informed by reliable long, long time Yos Fed employees that Neubacher was a jackass of jackasses, a true world-class leader of jackasses among jackasses. He set the tone and rhythm by which all the lesser Federal Jackasses in Yosemite brayed and stamped, and acted like the vain egotistical asses that many of them are... (my apologies to the exceptions)

Neubacher was the god of asses among asses.

Our whole system has lost its ethical compass. As Neubacher’s management “style” so clearly expresses, only our "leaders" egos, vanity, and pride exceeds their greed and corruption as their most common expressions of our "excpetional" national character.
This disgusting behavior is common among our “leaders” in government, politics, and business. They are personally and publically corrupt.

That must change. Ego, greed, and corruption are not exceptional in history.

Neubacher’s behavior is typical of how our corporate politicians and our corporate elite treats the common folk when they are out of the public eye and cover of the fawning, lying tongues of the corporate press. Our “leaders” are disgusting, abusive, power-seeking cheaters.

Then the corporate press tells us how "wonderful" they are. No, they are not.

Our whole country needs a major reform. We must make a major resolution to accept no more cheating or cheaters, no more bribery or bribers. Simply stated, we must each of us make sure that no one's self-interest is above our mutual legal, political, and constitutional obligations to each other.

This means we must put our mutual obligations to each other and our constitutional principals before our private religions, our private relations, and our private material self-interests. Country before corporation or corporate party.
Without this basic mutual public obligation, this mutual respect one for another's private rights, all of our private religions, relations, and interests become subject to whoever has the greatest power to impose their values upon the rest of us. Today this has led to whole groups of people who clearly put themselves far above our most basic rules of law.

That never works out well.

We become subject not to justice, but to the vanity, pride, and ego which are the unstoppable byproducts of our political system of greed-fueled bribery and corruption. This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in today. We find ourselves led by braying jackasses at every level of popular culture, politics, of our society and economy.

None of this is hidden. The bribery, corruption, and cheating making this possible are done right out in the open, right in front of us. We are now shameless as well as shameful.

We have a sound basis of ethics in our constitutional system. We just need to operate by its principals, rather than cheat them.

 

 

Drought & Flood 
Flood Valley fields: Farmer incentives would pump up aquifer recharge,
Fres Bee, April 7, 2017.

What Fresh Hell Sinks & Floods the Valley? Subsidence

 

 

NPR BOOK REVIEWS
'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary,
NPR, April 11, 2017.

Poor NPR Yuppies are supposedly our "free press," at exactly the same time our corporate aristocracy has built up a vast Corporate Growth Machine of Death that's eating whole ecosystems around our planet.
In the meantime, NPR and the corporate press speak to our growing eco-disaster as if it's in a vacuum. It's like they refuse to look at the causes, the inception and source of this vast continuing swath of destruction; our wildly irresponsible growth, as they put a concerned look on their faces and refuse to recognize or identify the dynamic sources of this damage in the consumer culture they front for. And now the consequences of their own actions scare them! Awww! Poor greedy idiots.

 

 

SCIENCE 

Whoa, Gravity Pauses the Mag of Electro-Mag? 
OK, Cool.
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
,
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, April 11, 2017.

  

 

The accidental discovery of LSD,
(video) AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 11, 2017.

 

 

Exacerbating the replication crisis in science: Replication studies are often unwelcome,
FRONTIERS, April 11, 2017.

I just don't know who you are anymore, science!

See Sighence, earlier 

Astro-Phys & Science News 

 

 

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April 10 

 

FISH
A Grim Forecast for Klamath River Salmon Worries Tribes and Fishing Fleet,
KQED, April 7, 2017.

Earlier

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HEALTH
Bugs
Some bed bugs show early signs of resistance to 2 common insecticides,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 10, 2017.

 

 

Oh-Oh
Concern growing for brain-invading worms, spread by slugs and rats
,
Ars Technica, April 8, 2017.

"Karma Bugs" are everywhere, and they are spreading. They are the true "agents of change" that you can "believe in," for they are the real creations of our own actions, not the nonsensical materialistic dreams of cheaters.

"Karma Bugs" are the invasive diseases and the invasive mosquitoes carrying them. They find form in drought and flood. They are the blights, they are the massed climate & bioligical assualt troops our radical changes to our planet have unleashed across all part of the Earth, and they are coming to, if not already disrupting, an Eco System near you.

All of Nature's Forces have been stirred up by our unrelenting greed, and now they are all moving in new ways. Enjoy.

Health and Fitness

 

 

Bees
Swarm of bees in Las Vegas kills dog, injures people not long after similar Ceres attack,
Sac Bee, April 8, 2017.

Killer Bees

Bee News

 

 

PG&E Loses Gas without Fracking:
THEY BLOW UP TOWNS...
Potentially explosive methane gas mobile in groundwater, poses safety risk: U of G study,
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, April 5, 2017.

 

 

How ‘Incompetent Rock’ Led to the Oroville Dam Crisis,
KQED, April 7, 2017.

Not Incompetent Rock
Incompetent & Corrupted Politicians & Political Parties have asset-stripped our society, economy, and environment. Oroville and the changing weather driving our water system into the ground are products of our own irresponsible, corrupt behaviors.

Cheaters dominate our society, and this has damaged everything.

 

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April 7 

 

Oroville Disaster May Have Been Caused by Weak Soil Under Spillway,
Water Deeply, April 7, 2017.


Oroville Dam repairs will be long, complicated. Here’s a look at who might do the work.
Sac Bee, April 6, 2017.

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WATER IS FOR FIGHTING
Stop LA Any Way
Mighty L.A. water agency wants a share of Valley’s Sites Reservoir – and is willing to pay, Sac Bee, April 6, 2017.

 

Children of the Sierra
Delta could be designated state’s first national heritage area,
Record Net, April 6, 2017.

 

The ‘last generation of salmon fishermen?’
Times Standard, April 6, 2017.

 

Letter calls for approval of fishery disaster funds,
Times Standard, April 5, 2017.

 

Salmon in long, long decline.

 

 

 

More Emotionally Honest, if not Intelligent:
You spy with your little eye -- dogs can adopt the perspective of humans,
UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE -- VIENNA, April 7, 2017.

 

April 6 

 

More Snow for the Pack
Northern Sierra is now only 5 inches from wettest water year on record,
SF Chron, April 6, 2017.

  

 

More Fuel for the Fire
How will rainy winter affect fire season? More summer grass fires, officials predict,
San Berdo Sun, April 5, 2017.

The drought's fire-land scars and its bumper crop of drought-killed Sierra trees through all the Western Flank Forests are going to come out of the melting snow as vast rafts of moving terrain. Then it will catch on fire... well, we better hope we don't get warm rains.

Where is all of this strange, extreme weather all Coming From? It's a clear reflection of us...

 

 

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Blob Mom
Scientists link California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, April 6, 2017.

The Blob

More Blob


Big Changes Just STARTING
The Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 6, 2017.

LAND, SEA, & AIR,
MA NATURE'S WILD RIDE:
Buckle up! Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence,
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 6, 2017.

 

 

Salmon Getting Pounded
State panel may make river fishing closure permanent,
Record Searchlight, April 4, 2017.

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Terrestrial Corruptions
Don't Trust them a BIT:
DWR excavating Diversion Pool under emergency federal permit,
Chico ER, April 5, 2017.

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The Bees are Screwed:
To save honey bees, human behavior must change,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 6, 2017.

Our history and current behavior shows we don't change our behavior for anyone or anything, even to save each other or ourselves... We cannot restrain ourselves enough to even save ourselves, when our own, "self-interest" is involved. The bees are feeling the same forces of humanity that are driving all of Nature towards a general extinction event.

 

Genes key to killer bee's success,
UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, April 5, 2017.

KIller Bees In Northern California

 

Neonicotinoids detected in drinking water in agricultural area,
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 5, 2017.

 

House fly mortality by artificial sweetener: Starvation, not toxicity,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 5, 2017. 

 

 

April 4

There's a cost to 'bee-ing' too smart, U of G professor finds,
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, April 4, 2017.

Why keep learing when it is not effective? As the article alludes, these practices are examples how life "stores" many attributes or, “solutions,” that may not be perfect to solve today’s problems.
But these alternative attributes or, “solutions” provide a useful range of alternative strategies to deal with environmental changes. Smart bees could be an vital asset in shifting scenarios. Thus the “standard” bees, and life generally, creates and maintains a range of potential solutions, of variations to deal with variations in our changing environment.

Life forms and keeps a range of tools and backup plans at the ready, even when it's using just one. So do smart backpackers...

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Intelligence Applied
Scientists capture video of dolphins risking death to eat octopus,
Ars Technica, Arpil 4, 2017.

 

 

Tracking the Bear 
Yosemite National Park tracks journey of bears online,
Press Democrat, April 3, 2017.

Keep Bears Wild Bear Tracker

Bear News

 

 

Tracking the Bloom
Hunting “Peak Bloom” in a California Desert,
NASA Earth Observatory, April 3rd, 2017.

  

 

Animal species you might not know inhabit the Tahoe region,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 4, 2017.

Animal, Plant, Bird Identification Links

Living Things Forum

 

 

SKEETER ALERT
Expected, and this will worsen before improving
Flooding causes explosion of mosquitoes in Stanislaus County; districts to seek FEMA, funds, Mod Bee, April 3, 2017.

Mosquito News 

 

 

Hate you Later, Bro...
Berkeley’s homeless Hate Man dies at 80,
SF Chron, April 3, 2017.

 

 

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April 3 

 

Weather Note
Clear. Big Highs moving inland, East on to & over Coast of California.
Big Low forming in Gulf Alaska.
CREST WARMING UP,
Alley between Low & High for Tropical Moisture Transport opening up.

Substantial blast of precip heading our way in 4-5 days. Question is, how warm will it be? 
Warm rains across the crest bring disaster.

Calendar the Progress of the Storm

Weather Page

Rain

Weather Maps

 

 

FLOODING DANGER RISING AS VALLEY SINKS:

LAND-WATER-FLOODING
Swiss Cheese Valley
Melting snowpack and sinking land threaten Valley communities with flooding,
Sac Bee, April 1, 2017.

Getting that sinking feeling? Good. Your Valley is sinking.

 

The Big Melt: Here it comes; most reservoirs should be fine,
Recordnet, March 31, 2017.

 

A more realistic assesment: 
March 8 Weather Possibilities & Future Flooding Prospects 
The KEY Question:
Where Will the High Go?

For Much More Info,
See
Climate Change News.

 

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Watching a Lifetime of Decline
Unprecedented delay in California abalone season shuts down North Coast in April,
Press Democrat, April 1, 2017.

Salmon taking a beating, too.

 

 

Dept. of Life is Amazing

Tiny plankton wields biological 'gatling gun' in microbial Wild West,
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 3, 2017.

SEA & AIR CONNECTIONS
Close connection between deep currents and climate,
HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR OCEAN RESEARCH KIEL (GEOMAR), April 3, 2017.

 

 

 

HEALTH
Low-calorie sweeteners promote fat accumulation in human fat,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 3, 2017.

"Low-calorie, artificial sweeteners appear to play havoc with the body's metabolism"

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Bad Sugar

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Don't Worry, my fellow "Test Subjects!"
Pyrethroid pesticide exposure appears to speed puberty in boys,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

This "effect" will be "offset" by the Estrogen in the BPA & BPS!
See the next two articles below.

Wiki

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April 1

Dickiebird, Accident and Conditions, PCT, Fuller Ridge Mile 178-190,
Whiteblaze, March 24, 2017.

High Sierra Mountain SafetyL Accident & Rescue Log

High Sierra Mountain Safety: Threats 

 

2017
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
April 1.

N Sierra: 147%

Cen. Sierra: 175%

S Sierra: 166%

Ca State: 164%

 

Specific Depth Readings

High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar 

 

More

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

Last Readings:

March 27

March 1

 

General Notes
on
Spring Conditions
&
"Open" Spring Conditions?

NOT THIS YEAR:

HUGE PACK ON THE CREST

Typically,
"It Depends."
Conditions on the ground each year, NOT a date on the calendar, determines our gear and skills requirements.

Spring has been clearing mountain trails earlier and earlier over the the last twenty-five years, and especially the last seven years.

THAT TREND DIED THIS YEAR

CONDITIONS ARE CRAZY ON THE GROUND:
DEEP, DEEP SNOW ON SIERRA CREST
RAGING RIVERS COMING SOON

Bottom Line
No snow skills? No snow gear?

NO GO!!

NOTE
As of April 6 these already difficult terrain conditions are being compounded by
MOUNTAIN STORM CONDITIONS.

 

SPRING THREATS ON FULL DISPLAY
April 1, 2017
BACKPACKER ALERT
The most important topic of this date is the massive snowpack on the Sierra Crest and the extreme danger it poses to PCT hikers. The dangers of High Altitude Snow Travel will soon be supplemented by very dangerous fording conditions when this snowpack begins to thaw.

These conditions require skills, gear, and fitness to assure any level of safe travel as of this date. Undercutting and safety along the banks of creeks emerging from snow cover is currently increasing, as will the difficulty of travel conditions increase as the pack softens under the increasing heat of Spring.

Extremely difficult travel conditions will soon shift from hard snow that defies traction to wet snow offering no foundation. We will shortly transition from barely clinging to the mountain-side to sinking up to our waists with each step. As Spring progresses cold mornings will bring the former condition, warm afternoons the latter.

The same temp shift driving the changing character of the snow pack will soon drive even the highest river fords to levels unsafe for fording, and make the major rivers raging torrents of destruction. These temp shifts change the character of the Sierra.

The snowpack itself will become sopping wet, saturating anything and anyone in contact with it. These are the times that hikers without sufficient insulation can find cold combining with exhaustion to degrade decision making as well as technical execution & style to create very dangerous situations. I see Wet, cold, and tired PCT hikers surrounded by a sea of deep, wet, energy-sucking snow divided by an endless series of raging torrents of typically tiny High Sierra creeks surging like rivers, each supercharged by Spring's mighty flows.

The trails will be flowing like creeks, when we get down to them. And they will lead to the mighty rivers, which will be downright scary, once this massive snow pack begins to melt in earnest.

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April 1 Backpacker Alert Page

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Dept. of Our Population & Planet are Vast Test Subjects:
Gender and Liver Confusion

Early-life BPA exposure reprograms gene expression linked to fatty liver disease,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Because these endocrine disruptors are ubiquitous in the environment, a large portion of the population may be affected by developmental reprogramming."

No Kidding? Flooding our environment with "endocrine disruptors" has "reprogrammed" kid's development? Wow, I wonder what that would do to a vast population...

Ultimately I believe we are seeing the results of this particular "experiment" bringing the rise of a tremendous amount of gender confusion, the “metorsexual,”and uni-gender bathrooms, so far.

 

“BPA FREE”
Test Results Coming in After Public Exposure:

Exposure to BPA substitute, BPS, multiplies breast cancer cells,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Hopes for a safer..BPA" coming to naught as testing AFTER PUBLIC DEPLOYMENT shows BPS is also a powerful endocrine disruptor. Who would have THUNK that? 

Perhaps we should test these chemicals BEFORE we test them on the public? No, that would get in the way of profits, and those profits are what bribes our politicans, who keep the "profits" fat & flowing by preventing rational safety regulation in all aspects of American life.

Crushing your lives is very, very profitable.

Also See

Household chemicals may impair thyroid in young girls

Pyrethroid pesticide exposure appears to speed puberty in boys

 

Later News on BPA

How The Plastic Threat Operates

Research reveals how estrogen regulates gene expression,
Baylor College of Medicine, August 24, 2017.

The issue with BPA, the chemical that softens plastic, is that it "exhibit(s) estrogen-mimicking, hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers."

These properties disrupt gene expression during childhood development, which I believe has made a significant percentage of our population into Test Subjects for how varying doses of BPA during childhood development affects sexual development. Metrosexual, anyone? Trans-genderism? Dude-like chicks and chick-like dudes, none of which "know" what bathroom to use...

 

Health and Fitness

 

SIGHENCE
How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions,
Ars Technica, April 1, 2017.

Define Sighence (Guide)

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Downstream Implications
Why Oroville Dam’s woes could cut into California water supplies,
Sac Bee, March 31, 2017.

 

Earlier Oroville Information

Corruption, Costs, and Risks

Oroville a symbol of corruption

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun”

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

Analysis

 

 

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