Latest High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature: August 2017


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 31 July 2017

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Man and Nature 
Updated Daily

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS

LATEST HIGH SIERRA & NATURE GENERAL NEWS

 

LOST INTERNET
for
7 DAYS

ATT massive failure to provide reliable service
has knocked me offline for Seven Days Now!

August 11-18

I've just obtained a temp connection, so...

It is Time to Catch Up!

 

August 18, 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 MONTHS' NEWS

 

 

Roads:
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Road News

 

In the Sky

Observation Tools

 

  

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

 

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 to MID JULY BACKPACKER ALERT.

 

Day Length

August 20
13:25:33
Day length decreasing -2:12 per day.

August 1
14:04:20
Day length decreasing -1:49 per day.

 

Summer in the Skies 

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

 

N America Full Eclipse of the Sun,
on August 21, 2017; Earth-Sky.
Article Last Month

 

Current Observations

July 

 

Astro Observation Tools

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

All Trans-Sierra Highways
OPEN

Highways
4, 108 & 120
OPEN

 NOTE
Winter damage bringing lots of road work as exposed & accessible.
Check Cal Trans maintenance & repair work before departing... 

Fed: Tioga Pass Status

 

July 20

Reds Meadow Rd., shuttle open Friday,
Sierra Wave, July 19, 2017.

 

Last Month's Road News

  

   

 LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

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Of Note

August 13 Backpacker Alert 
ALMOST OVER
 

August 3 Backpacker Alert 
STATUS
Travel, Fording, & Heat Hazards in Effect

 

5/27: Woods Crossing JMT-PCT Bridge Down

Woods Crossing
UPDATE

August 1, 2017 
New Link: NEW LINK

New Story: 
Woods Crossing NOT damaged.

  

 

WEATHER, WATER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

Updated

Published

August 18

West Nile Disease
Serious Human Case, Too

West Nile positive mosquitoes trapped in Douglas County,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 16, 2017.

 

West Nile virus found in Nevada horses,
Lake Tahoe News, August 18, 2017.

Mosquito News

West Nile Information

High Sierra Mosquito Season

 

 LOST INTERNET
for
7 DAYS

August 11-18

Time to Catch Up!

 

August 18
for
August 15, 16, & 17

Vast Fire Hazard

Eldorado Forest implementing fire restrictions,
Lake Tahoe News, August 17, 2017.

 El Dorado National Forest Contact Information

 

 

Series of Sierra Fires 
Lightening & Just Heat Fires

Lightening Probabilities

Check Fire & Smoke Conditions before Backpacking the Sierra

CalFire

Inciweb Fed

 

 

Wawona

Yosemite Announces Closure Of Trails In South Fork Fire Area,
Sierra News Online, August 16, 2017.

 

 

Golden Trout Wilderness

Indian Fire & Smoke Update for August 17th,
Sierra Wave, August 17, 2017.

 

 

Whitney Portal

Water System Tests Positive for E. Coli and Total Coliform,
Sierra Wave, August 17, 2017.

  

 

Top of News

 

August 14

Climbing Fatality

Climber’s body recovered near Palisade Basin,
Sierra Wave, August 13, 2017.

 

 

LOST
Crystal Cave Road and the Generals Highway

Officials seeking information on missing hikers,
Sierra Wave, August 11, 2017.

 

Mountain Safety

 

 

West Nile
West Nile on the East Flank
Good Information for Hikers

Fifth positive sample found in Inyo for West Nile Virus,
Sierra Wave, August 11, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

 

Fire near Wawona 
Chilnualna Falls Trail

Fire ignites in Yosemite National Park, closes trail,
SF Gate, August 14, 2017.

 

 

 

August 12

SEASONAL TRANSITION
Tracking the New Normal

Storm Gate Forming?

Rain Potential Increasing

The annual expansion and contraction of the fat, warm Equatorial Belt of Atmosphere around the center of our planet times seasonal changes.

Here that translates into the creeping retraction of the NE Pacific High with the onset of Fall into Winter. Well, it did at one time, but not so much now, as increased heating has shifted the timing and movement of this event to later in the season, and changed the very character of the air in the High itself.

This Summer the High has travelled so far North as to cut off the usually moist Northwestern United States of Washington and Oregon from their typically plentiful rainfall for a record length of time, resulting in record-breaking Summertime temps and dryness across the whole Pacific Northwest.

Yet even today we can still see, and even feel, traces of these ancient broken patterns in the failed expectations of the plants, birds, and fish. It looks and feels to me like our great sector of the planetary weather system has reached one of its ancient seasonal transition points.

If the weather changes with our changing astronomical position is another question!

At this same point in time the NE Pacific High is finally moving far enough South to allow the first rains into the NW US for 52 days. The question for the Sierra is, "Will the NE Pac High move far enough South to let in Storms from the Northwest sweep down across the Sierra at all this Winter?"

Will the big "blocking ridge" pushing drought conditions through the drought Winters drop South, will the Arctic "chill down" enough to assume its traditional role in North American Winter-weather formation?

And, what about ocean temps across the Central Pacific... How are all these pieces going to come together?

Those are the questions that only our ongoing observations are going to answer!

We track all of these factors, except for Arctic conditions, on the High Sierra Weather Page.

RECORDS

Seattle Record,
Seattle Times, August 9, 2017.


Portland Heat Wave,
Oregon Live, August, 2017.

 

Top of News 

 

August 11

WEST NILE IN TAHOE  

SLT bird tests positive for West Nile virus
Lake Tahoe News, August 11, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

West Nile Information

High Sierra Mosquito Season

 

 

 

Wild Fire

 Why Are Fires Allowed To Burn In Yosemite National Park?
Sierra News Online, August 11, 2017.

 

Snow Analysis

No Snow Left? Aerial Surveys Show Eight Percent Still Remains In San Joaquin Watershed
KVPR, August 8, 2017.

 

Check the Killer Sat View

All Snow Analysis Tools

  

Snow by Sierra Watersheds

 

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August 10

Mountain Safety
National News

Capitol Peak, Colorado Climbing Fatality.

 

 

Series of Sierra Fires
Lightening Fires

Lightening Probabilities

Check Fire & Smoke Conditions before Backpacking the Sierra

CalFire

Inciweb Fed

 

Smoke

 

 

 Explosives Handling

Officials fine Squaw Valley over death of ski patroller,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 10, 2017.

Mountain Safety

 

 

 

August 8

Kings Canyon-Sequoia

LIGHTNING INCREASES CHANCE FOR SIERRA FIRES,
Kaweah Commonwealth, August 7, 2017.

 

MONSOONAL MOISTURE AND TRIPLE DIGITS PERSIST,
Kaweah Commonwealth, August 7, 2017.

 

Lightening Forecasts & Probabilities

See our weather tracking-analysis below

 

 

Around the Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Rim Trail a product of love, dedication and a ton of volunteer work,
Sierra Sun, August 8, 2017.

TRT

 

 

Top of News

 

 

August 7 

Weather Change

The Tropical Plume bringing high heat and humidity to the West Coast and Sierra has mostly passed. The vast troughs that linked up to move this moisture North have unchained. The monsoonal flows are once again moving in their traditional patterns located South and East of California.
Mostly, as there is still a huge tropical plume sitting off Baja California, and it is not assured that the strange movements of vast parcels of High Pressure Air far to our North, which suck this tropical moisture North, have ended. But we are at least getting a slight reprieve.

 

Background
Weather West

Status
Cliff Mass in Seattle

North Pacific
Weather Map

Steering Level
Weather Map

 

 

Big Weather

NASA tracking Tropical Storm Franklin,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, August 7, 2017.

The "engine" of North American hurricanes, the storm track coming across the Alantic from the Western Edge of the Saraha Desert, is and has taken unusual positions this season.

We've been tracking its manifestations and consquences.

Godzilla of Tropical Plumes, below.

I track the weather in our quadrant of the world most carefully. Yet each of the quadrants of world weather deeply affects one another. Behaviors and instabilities in one are typically seen in all, and all chained-up together with a degree of sophistication that escapes my observational depth, though I can see the outlines of these sophisticated relationships.

Initial Observations

The weather observation tools brought together on the Tahoe to Whitney Weather Page are designed to track these grand relationships as well as conditions on the ground now, and in the near future.

Tahoe to Whitney Weather Page

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

No Fire below 6000 feet

Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions,
Sierra News Online, August 7, 2017.

Camp and Cooking fires in designated areas only.

Call Forest or Park to ascertain current fire restrictions.

 

 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

SKEETER THREAT

More mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus,
Sierra Wave, August 4, 2017.

 

The Sheet West Nile Story, PDF, p.6

Skeeter News

Skeeter Avoidance Practices

 

 

HANTAVIRUS THREAT

Bodie
HANTAVIRUS STRIKES AGAIN,
The Sheet, August 5, 2017, p.1, PDF.

 

Hauntavirus
 

 

 

Top of Trail News

 

 

August 5

High Sierra Dangers

Sadness abounds with the news of more deaths on the Pacific Crest Trail,
PCTA, August 1, 2017.

See individual recovery reports below.

Mountain Safety

 

 

Check Fire & Smoke Conditions before Backpacking the Sierra

CalFire

Inciweb Fed

Smoke

 

 

 

August 4 

Godzilla of Tropical Plumes

Vast Tropical Plume Invades Western North America

The unusually strong cyclonic activity across the isthmus of panama during the last weeks created an Eastern Pacific Storm Generation Machine that churned out an amazing series of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Even after this storm generation phenomenon ceased, this unusual activity had moved tremendous amounts of tropical moisture North.

Track Recent Tropical Activity

Despite the mainstream media calling this weather "normal," it is not. We, being the Sierra, typically sits North of the edge of tropical moisture, only occassionally getting tropical remnants coming up from the monsoonal areas of South Texas and Arizona. Lost Angeles, being further South, would be subject to more tropical intrusions.

The increasing heat of the tropical oceans and atmosphere has expanded the bound of monsoonal tropical flows, and weather, and weather patterns far to the North of their traditional ranges.

OK, enough said about this, this introduction to yet another aspect of our "New Normal."

 

 

Series Of Lightning Strikes Starts Multiple Fires,
Sierra News Online, August 3, 2017.

 

 

More fires break out in Mother Lode: ‘Not all caused by lightning,’
Union Democrat, August 4, 2017.

 

 

Invasive Expansion

Leaf-eating moths causing problems at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 4, 2017.

Native to Europe and Asia, present since 1920. Exploding populations recently.

 

 

Top of Trail News

 

 

August 3 

Tropical Weather-Heat
Bringing Lightening Fires

Small fires continue to erupt in heat wave,
Union Democrat, August 2, 2017.

 

See August 3 Alert for weather info.

 

 

HIGH SIERRA
FIRE & SMOKE

Western US Smoke

Smoke Spreads Across the U.S. and Canadian West,
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY, August 4, 2017.

Check Fire & Smoke Conditions before Backpacking the Sierra

CalFire

Inciweb Fed

Smoke

 

 

 

August 2

Tuolumne Meadows Facilities Finally Open
Hurrah!

Campground And Services Now Open In Tuolumne Meadows,
Sierra News Online, August 2, 2017.

I can’t remember a later opening...

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
It's News if the Times Prints It.

A wet winter makes some California hikes more treacherous than usual,
Lost Angeles Times, August 2, 2017.

These safety issues and trail conditions were "the story" before all these people departed, before all these people got lost, injured, and killed by the crazy conditions in the Sierra Nevada this year.

The Times is "on it," after the threat has mostly passed.

I do not like the "LA-LA Land Times." California could do better without the 20 million idiots in Lost Angeles, and their corrupted media... much better.

Allowing, not stopping, LA from forming into a vast mega-city was a very big mistake.

Tahoe to Whitney
Initial
April 1
Backpacker Alert:
Tracking Conditions on the PCT
since anticipating this situation last Winter.

 

Mountain Safety 

 

 

Fires Until November?

Fire season could stay dangerous into November, experts predict,
Press-Enterprise, August 1, 2017.

 

 

Beware the Rattlers!

Rattlesnakes hunkering down in the heat,
Record Searchlight, August 1, 2017.

There are lots of rattlers in the Sierra Foothills.

Mountain Safety

 

 

Top of Trail News

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August 1

California Statewide Fire Summary
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nearly 6,500 firefighters remain on the lines of 17 large wildfires burning in California.

Very hot weather this week for northern California, particularly on Monday and Tuesday. Southern California will also see above normal highs, and most of the state will experience humidity levels in the teens. The potential for scattered thunderstorms will remain all week in the mountainous and desert regions across the state.

This will be the last Statewide Fire Summary until fire activity significantly increases.

 

June Lake Fire

Fire crews responding to Grant Fire,
Sierra Wave, August 1, 2017.

 

 

Dead Forests

Report: 80 percent of Tuolumne County homes at high or extreme wildfire risk,
Union Democrat, July 31, 2017.

High Sierra Tree Mortality

Trees

 

 

A Most Dangerous Year

Pacific Crest Trail hiker’s body found in Yosemite National Park,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, July 31, 2017.

 Mountain Safety

 

 

Tahoe Dangerous

Body recovered from Lake Tahoe believed to be University of Nevada, Reno football player Marc Ma,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 1, 2017.

Lake Tahoe can easily take us, but does not easily give up its dead. Ma was lost June 10, 2016.


Tahoe Dangers

Twain on Tahoe


Legends & Mysteries of Tahoe

The Biology of Drowning, PDF.

 

Mountain Safety

 

 

 

July 31 

High Sierra Fire Update

Detwiler Fire
90 percent contained

Update On The Detwiler Fire Monday 9 AM,
Sierra News Online, July 30, 2017.

"...is winding down from active fire suppression"

 

HIGH SIERRA
FIRE & SMOKE

Check Fire & Smoke Conditions before Backpacking the Sierra

CalFire

Inciweb Fed


Smoke

       

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

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GENERAL
HIGH SIERRA NEVADA NEWS
&
GENERAL NEWS
of
MAN & NATURE

Updated

August 19

Real Headline:
Public Utilities were "Privatized"
and
The Public Was Fleeced


Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer,
Ars Technica, August 18, 2017.

The rolling blackouts, outrageours pricing, and most especially the politicians and corporate press making excuses for the rolling blackouts and outrageous pricing were are children of the same mother: Corporate Ownership of our Politicians and our "Free" Press. 

The real source of the rip-off pricing and crappy service from our electrical, telecom, and cable systems are that vast irresponsible growth paired with "deregulation" and "privatization," allowed the massive looting of the American People and the damaging of these fundamental elements of our most basic infrastructure, our regional and local grids, our telecom and cable systems.

This privitization of these, our most fundamental resources rips us off and drains us for accessing Life's Basics resources. Now the corporate parasites are targeting our water and educational infrastructures. Health care provides them with an orgy of profits, while we live in the House of Pain.

Screwing us for the "basics" is a most fundamental compromise of our "General Welfare," wrought by the corruption and political bribery of a parasitic Corporate Class.

They can't screw us for the basics if they can't bribe our politicians, and corrupt our political system. We are empowered by our Constitution to regulate interstate markets through a democratic process. We do have a classic example of interstate commerece in the power markets, what we don't have is an example of democratic regulation.

Our democracy itself has been throughly compromised at the party and electoral levels by those very economic powers it is intended to regulate! That corruption, to state this as simply as possible, by the very forces to be regulated must be excised from our polity to properly regulate all of our interstate markets, not just the energy grid.

The wolves are not just guarding our hen houses, they are, and have been systamatically looting them for well over a century now.

 

 

 

August 18

LOST INTERNET
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August 11-18

Time to Catch Up!

 

 

August 18
for
August 15, 16, & 17

High Sierra History

Three Rivers Power History

Southern California Edison performs aerial inspection of Mineral King dams,
Kaweah Commonwealth, August 14, 2017.

High Sierra History

 

 

Vegas & Arizona Sigh of Relief

US: 'ZERO' CHANCE OF COLORADO RIVER WATER SHORTAGE IN 2018,
AP, August 15, 2017.

 

 

LA: Just Nasty
Corporate Growth Machine Catches Fire

Dumpster of Life Fire

Fire in Los Angeles River burns itself out,
La-La Times, August 14, 2017.

 

 

Water & Ice

Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts,
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, August 17, 2017.

 

 

Greenland ice flow likely to speed up: New data assert glaciers move over sediment, which gets more slippery as it gets wetter,
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY, August 16, 2017.

Fish & Water News

 

 

Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters,
TUFTS UNIVERSITY, August 15, 2017.

Watch out for the Green Water

 

 

All you know are Wrong

Russian scientists deny climate model of IPCC,
TOMSK POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, August 15, 2017.

 

Fish & Water News

 

 

Astro Science

Supermassive black holes feed on cosmic jellyfish,
ESO, August 15, 2017.

 

Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes,
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

International team of researchers redefines cosmic velocity web,
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, August 14, 2017.

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

Top of News

     

August 14

End of Water

Groundwater Depletion

Farmers Propose Novel Solution to Fight Over Groundwater in Nevada,
Water Deeply, August 14, 2017.

Just a hint: The market will not solve problems the market created.

Fight over Nothing Left

 

Earlier Groundwater Articles

 

Fish & Water News 

 

 

Dept of Duh

SCIENCE SAYS: FAST-MELTING ARCTIC SIGN OF BAD GLOBAL WARMING,
AP, August 14, 2017.

 

 

DEVIL'S STRAWS

"a giant experiment"
in
Hubris and Folly

California WaterFix and Delta Smelt,
California Water Blog, August 13, 2017.

Fish & Water News

 


Deep Space
In my pocket

National Ignition Facility recreates the interior of heavy stars,
Ars Technica, August 7, 2017.

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

Geology

World's largest volcanic range may lurk beneath Antarctic ice,
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, August 14, 2017.

 High Sierra Geology News

 

 

Health and Fitness

Arthritis on the rise,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, August 14, 2017.

 

 

Evidence on cannabis for chronic pain and PTSD,
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, August 14, 2017.

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

Top of News

 

 

August 12

Total Solar Eclipse 9 Days Away,
In the Sky Report.

 

More eclipse info articles

 

 

 

August 11

Lake Tahoe Cooking

Record Heat in 2016 Broke Lake Temperature Records Too,
Circle of Blue, August 10, 2017.

Tahoe’s Sad State

Blood Money

Fish & Water News

 

 

Watching The Beauty Slip Away

Lake Tahoe Analysis
"Monitoring the Ongoing Change"

Scientists launch underwater robot in Lake Tahoe,
Sierra Sun, August 11, 2017.

 

 

Dangerous Mountains
Deadly River
Won't Give up its Victims

Thai families, media fume over delays recovering students’ bodies from Kings River,
Fresno Bee, August 10, 2017.

 

 

Ring of Fire

With 8 threatening volcanoes, USGS says California deserves close monitoring,
SF Gate, August 11, 2017.

 High Sierra Geology News

 

 

Stealing Water
The Low Price of Evil NOW
&
It's Unpayable Future

Southern Californians, here’s how much your water bills could rise to pay for Delta tunnels, Sac Bee, August 10, 2017.

Our corporate “leadership” will grow the population and their costs far beyond these initial estimates once you let these thieves directly tap-in to Northern California’s water. The act of building these tunnels itself is completely irresponsible, to support and expand the already grossly irresponsible growth that has already terminally damaged our state’s ecology, and our global climate.

Stop this wildly irresponsible population growth now. We need to improve the quality of life in our state, which the last fifty years of irresponsible domestic and international growth has smashed down to third world status. Oh, and the rich, our "corporate fascists," have used the "profits," of that growth, the stolen wealth of the American Middle Class, to make themselves richer and more powerful than the German nationalist Nazi fascists were... 

"Mission Accomplished."

.. before their evil brought Germany and themselves down.

Sounds Familiar?

It should. They are the same people and the same systems, the only difference being that our American Corporate Fascists (Craps and Repugnants) have replaced the "pure blood" of German National Fascism with the pure greed of the international system of corporate fascism.

Our American Corporate Fascists are "multicultural," as we can see from the "rainbow flag" of multi-colored dictators, generals, emirs, and royal families that we support with our wealth, power, and our arms around the world.

 

Last on Twin Tunnels Costs

Major Corruption

Major Future Problems Assured

 

Fish & Water News

 

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August 10 

Industrial Sierra History

Central Sierra Historical Society Launches Mobile App,
Sierra News Online, August 4, 2017.


Central Sierra Historical Society,
A Museum Without Walls.

High Sierra History 

 

 

History of 395

 Get your ‘Tales’ at Mammoth Lakes Library,
Sierra Wave, August 8, 2017.

 

 

Health & Fitness

Is That You, Dr. Moreau? 
CRISPER TECH UNLEASHED

 

 

The Weather has Already Changed

The Tropics are Here

 

 

The Diseases in California have Changed with the Weather

The Tropical Mosquitoes and their Diseases are Here, too.

 

 

Astro Physics and Space

Eclipse Ionosphere Observations

Vast Supercomputer Galactic Models

4 Earth-sized planets found at nearest sunlike star

Perseid Meteor Shower

 

 

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

 

 The FERC FARCE

Panel Weighed Oroville Spillway Failure in 2014 — and Called It Unlikely,
KQED, August 9, 2017.

INEXCUSABLE.

Why?

The
2005 "Smoking Gun" report

 

Last Oroville News
Propaganda Failure

Cannot trust FERC

 

 

The Green Spot
Symbol of Bribery

Oroville Dam's Green Spot: Innocent Pool Or Big Problem?
CPR, August 9, 2017.


Last Green Spot News

 

 

Corporate Growth Machine of Death
Consequences

Poisoned Water 
TCP
"...the proposed standard is not economically feasible"

California’s Plan to Tackle a Carcinogen Widespread in Water,
Water Creepily, August 10, 2017,


Our corporate masters never pay the initial costs of doing business itself, being decent wages, benefits, and conditions, medicine and educations for the families, let alone for consequences of the crimes they commit while doing “business.”

Their system of criminal “state” subsidized labor has looted our country’s middle class and our environment to provide our corporate aristocracy with unprescented luxury, power, and profits, and they are not going to give-up these crimes, nor the luxury and power that come with them, let alone pay for their past damages, after working so hard to steal so much from so many.

That would void the point of these activities, to drain our wealth for their own power, wealth, and profits.

This is not a failure, it is "Mission Accomplished." Now we are going to pay the costs of reparing the damages from these crimes.

No Problem for Them: They have paid and are paying the Dems and Repugnants a lot of money for those dispicable profits, and the power and wealth that comes from cheating our country.

Let's deport all these traitors and invaders together, the corporate masters along with all their illegal slaves and all their bribed supporters in both the corporate parties.

That will fix the problem at its sources.


Earlier TCP News

Fish & Water News

 

 

We are being Poisioned

Questions Remain?
WTF is wrong with our "free press?"

Interview: Questions Remain About Possible Groundwater Contamination From Oil Production, KVPR, August 8, 2017.

Jerry Brown and the Craps are a totally owned subsidiary of Corporate America.

Democraps are Poisioning Us

 

Democraps are Poisioning Us

 

 

Top of News

 

August 9

Political Water

California's Largest Water Supplier Says Federal Water Bill Goes Too Far,
Capital Public Radio, August 7, 2017.

Previous,

Great Repugnant Water Ripoff

The Repugnants
Rape our Land for Bribes and Laugh

Bribed Repugnants are Killing Us

So are the Bribed Democraps in Califorigner.

The cold, dead fingers of the corporate state must be peeled from the neck of our democracy. We will only have a healthy polity, people, and environment after corporate bribery is outlawed.

Organized Greed is the greatest clear and present danger to our country and environment, and must be shattered and scattered to the winds.

 

 

Recovery?
The Seasons Continue to Change

Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal,
CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE, August 9, 2017.

Just like what we're seeing here & now. Continuing high temps continuing to stress trees receiving adequate water.

Interestingly enough, I wrote on July 27 that the wet, tropical Winter we just experienced did not actually end the "drought," in that the progression of heating and changes in weather patterns continued unabated through last Winter, but most importantly, that it was these new patterns themselves that swept huge amounts of tropical moisture North last Winter.

 

The New Normal

 

 

 Cooking Along, Singing a Song

Report confirms 2016 was another warm year,
WILEY, August 9, 2017.

"...2015 and 2016 were clearly warmer than any other year in the record."

“...the two warmest years on record for global temperature.”

 

 

Look What fell out of the Family Tree

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry,
THE LEAKEY FOUNDATION, August 9, 2017.

 

  

The Corporate Growth Machine of Death
Results... 

Science report: Who gets hotter, wetter with climate change,
AP, August 9, 2017.

 

 

Hard Sciences Today

New Class of Stars: "BLAPS"

Solar Science Advances: Coronal Heating

Real Transformative Glass?

 

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

Top of News

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August 8

Kill More Birds Program

Feds to give states more flexibility in "protecting" wild bird,
SFCrate, August 8, 2017.

The quotes on "protecting" are mine, as they are really giving more flexibility in, "killing," not protecting wild birds. I don't think they were trying to be ironic, but they succeeded!

The corporate press' word selection is soooo predictable: Killing is Protecting, Poverty is Luxury, War is Peace... and so on. A citizen needs a "decoder ring" to make sense out of today's corporate press headlines.

Or have read Orwell extensively...

 

 

Celestial Space
Partial Lunar Eclipse
August 7-8

Not Visible-But here’s the Pics

See it! Full moon and partial eclipse,
Earth Sky, August 7, 2017.

 

 

Welcome to the Fourth World

From toilet water to drinking water,
Capitol Weekly, August 8, 2017.

We became the “Fourth World” when we allowed "our" “First World” corporate leadership use the Third World to smash the American middle class into third world poverty. "Mission Accomplished."

Now we get toilet water.

Last Toilet Water News

Toilet Water for Your Thoughts

Blowing past the Limits of Irresponsible Growth

 

Fish & Water News 

 

 

Water Made Dangerous 
by
Political Talking Empty Heads 
Corrupted Fools in Office, running Water Agencies, "Reporting" the News...

Oroville Dam: Mayor’s emails during spillway crisis under scrutiny
East Bay Times, August 7, 2017. 

Our fantastic leadership:  ‘What should I say and how should I say it.”

 We cannot trust a system based on bribery and corruption to protect us, our rights, or our assets.

Cannot trust the Dam itself I:
“Baked-in” Corruption from the start.

 

Cannot trust the dam itself II,
Corrupted Regulation and Monitoring.

 

Cannot trust FERC

 

 

"Water Tax"

Local entities oppose funding sources for drinking water bill,
Times Standard, August 7, 2017.  

 

 

Fighting Over Nothing Left

Plan for San Joaquin Valley Reservoir to Recharge Groundwater Draws Concern,
Water Deeply, August 8, 2017.

 

Fish & Water News 

 

 

Top of News

 

August 7

Weather Cooling a Bit

See Trail News, above.

 

 

Health & Fitness 
Just because it is legal does not mean it’s safe

Marin, other U.S. water supplies targeted by advocacy group over safety,
Marin Independent Journal, July 5, 2017.

 

 

The Bacterial World

With genetic morph, a weird type of anthrax has emerged—and it’s on a rampage,
It’s killing wildlife in African rainforests and may wipe out some chimp populations.
Ars Technica, August 7, 2017.

 

 

Amazing Nature

Women have more active brains than men,
IOS PRESS, August 7, 2017.

 

 

You are what your grandmother ate: Intergenerational impacts of prenatal nourishment,
FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETIES FOR EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY, August 7, 2017.

 

 

Molecule in human saliva has potential for wound healing,
FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETIES FOR EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY, August 7, 2017.

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

Oceans, Waters, & Fish

The ocean's fastest shark is being threatened by over fishing,
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, August 7, 2017.

 

 

Australian teen chewed and bloodied after bizarre ocean feeding frenzy,
Ars Technica, August 7, 2017.

 

Fish & Water News

 

 

Never Ending
Costs of Corruption

$1 Billion Worth Of Claims For Oroville Dam Damages Filed With The State Of California,
Capital Public Radio, August 4, 2017.

Last Oroville Debacle

Costs? How about basic citizen safety? 

 

 

The Trees

Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation,
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, August 7, 2017.


Afforestation with non-native trees alters island soils,
UNIVERSITY OF GUAM, August 6, 2017.

 Trees

 

 

The Stars

Giant Eye on the Sky

China built the world’s largest telescope, but has no one to run it,
"Most astronomers in the United States do not like to work abroad,."
Ars Technica, August 6, 2017.

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

"Soil formation takes geologic time"

Defunct ski areas: Why healing is so hard.
Mercury News, August 7, 2017.

 

 

High Sierra History

Industrial Sierra

Vestiges of Amador—Preserving a Rarity - The Kennedy Tailing Wheels,
Part II – Finishing the Wheels & Building the Dam,
Ledger Dispatch, August 6, 2017.

Kennedy Mine Tours 

High Sierra History

 

 

Invasion

Calaveras sheriff to illegal growers: stay out of our county,
August 3, 2017.

Foreign cartels and gangs destroying our county. Greed, cheap labor, and criminals everywhere...

 

Top of News

 

August 4

Godzilla of Tropical Plumes

Vast Tropical Plume Invades Western North America, see trail news, above.

 

 

Water & Sky

DROUGHT SPREADS AND INTENSIFIES ACROSS US NORTHERN PLAINS,
AP, August 3, 2017.

 

 

 Pacific Northwest Baking

Western Heat Wave Breaks Record Highs in Oregon and Washington,
Weather Dot Com, August 4, 2017.

 

 

Pacific Northwest “Smoking Hot”
Smoking Like a Brisket

SMOKEZILLA Versus the Heat Wave,
Cliff Mass, August 2, 2017.

 

 

 

Tropical Transport System
Changing

 70-year record shows long-term trend in atmospheric river activity along U.S. West Coast,
AGU Blogosphere, August 3, 2017.

El Nino Effect

The Tropics Are Here

All El Nino Tracking Information

 

 

Rivers of Corrupt Political Money Flowing

California politicians lured by easy money, but somebody must eventually pay,
Sac Bee, August 3, 2017.

Oroville bond floating to cover disaster costs caused by corrupt political deferrals of Oroville's maintenance costs by its down-stream benefactors. Those "benefactors" bribe our politicians. Those politicians build them vast projects with our money, defer their maintenance costs to expand profits, then bail-out their bribers when things inevitably go south.

Corporate participation in politics must end.

 

 

Water

Democraps are Killing Us
So are the Repugnants

How Much Drinking Water Has California Lost to Oil Industry Waste? No One Knows,
KQED, August 3, 2017.

Lost? The correct question would be, "How Much Drinking Water has been ""Poisioned,"" or ""adulterated,"" by Oil Industry Waste before being allowed back into the chain of human consumption by corrupted politicians?

That would be the question.

Dems have destroyed the state of Califoreigner every way they possibly can. They, the Dems, are a fully-owned subsidairy of Corporate America. Ca Dems will do literally anything to our state and country to advance corporate profits, including the vast irresponsible growth that is the spearpoint of poisioning, killing, and simply defrauding and degrading both our Natural Environment and our Citizens.

So are the Repugnants, but they have had little power in Califoreigner for decades, so the Dems have shouldered the “heavy-lifting” required to advance corporate evil in Califoreigner.

This behavior will continue to damage every aspect of our environment and our ives until the ability of our corporate aristocracy to buy and sell politicians is ended.

 

Last

Pushing the Limits of Irresponsible Growth

Fields of Poverty and Pollution

TCP in Valley Water

 

Earlier

Roundup

Cell Phone EM

Wastewater into Wells

Waste-watered Crops

 

The Situation

My Fellow Test Subjects I

My Fellow Test Subjects II

Bribed Politicians, Corporate Wolves

Bad Regulation

 

Fish & Water News

 

 

Repugnants Lead Charge in House

House-passed bill would eviscerate state water, environmental laws,
SF Chron, August 3, 2017.

Dems lead corporate assualt to destroy nature at state level, complimented by the Repugnants’ efforts in the house. They all make such a fine team. They all work for exactly the same corporate "sponsors."

Earlier efforts

 

 

Top of News

 

August 3

Fire & Smoke Reports

See Trail News, above.

 

 

Cooking Off The Lies

Temperatures rising,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SANTA BARBARA, August 3, 2017.

The Lies

 

 

RED ALERT

Seasons' Timing and Character Rapidly Changing
Week per Decade

Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, August 3, 2017.

Water, Air, and Fire have all changed

Heavy duty shit way above my pay grade is happening to the great forces of this planet. We can measure the size of things, of changing temps and times on land, in water, and in the air. But, we seem blind to the actual destructive potential to the Web of Life when these forces are pushed out of alingment.

This rate of change presages vast ecological changes on the way to significantly less global fertility.

Climate Destruction News

 

 


Ghosts of the Past

New dust sources from a shrinking Salton Sea have negative ecological and health impacts,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - RIVERSIDE, August 3, 2017.

"A shrinking sea will reduce the quality of life of the residents within the Imperial Valley and other downwind regions."

Salton Sea Status

 

 

WATER

Even LA Won't Steal This
And they steal everything

Company’s plan to sell Mojave Desert groundwater opposed by L.A. water officials,
Desert Sun, August 1, 2017.

 

 

Runoff from Ogalalla

The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen,
NPR, August 3, 2017.

 

 

Devil's Straws

Opinion: Twin tunnels project jeopardizes stability of your water rates,
East Bay Times, August 2, 2017.

 

Fish & Water News

 

 

CULTURE

Beyond Carlin

Swearing is a sign of the times,
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, August 3, 2017.

 

 

New, Longer View of Humanity

Evidence mounts that the first cities are much older than we thought,
Dramatic new hypothesis could change the way we understand human history.
Ars Technica, August 3, 2017.

 

Top of News 

 

 

August 2

Tahoe Policy, Planning, & Spending
A basic outline

$94.6M invested in Tahoe’s environment in 2016,
Lake Tahoe News, August 2, 2017.


Recently in the Tahoe Basin

State ‘O Da Lake

 

SOL REPORT
Tahoe in Deep Trouble

 

Too Many Folks

Tourist Trash

 

 

Water, Fish, & Oceans 
Big Changes in Water on Land & Sea


Sea

Update on the Larsen-C iceberg breakaway,
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, August 2, 2017.

Last
Berg at Night

Mother of All Bergs

 

Sea 

Draining the Ocean's Web of Life 
From the Bottom-UP

New NOAA Fisheries research reveals ecosystem cascades affecting salmon
NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION, August 1, 2017.

Salmon Destruction News 
Extinction

Fish & Water News

 

 

 Land

The Great Water Ripoff

House Bill Redirects River Flows From Fish to Farms,
Water Deeply, August 2, 2017.

The forces of organized bribery and corruption move against man and Nature.

 

 

Land

The Rich Run, & Rape Our Country
And laugh about it

Nunes and Valadao joke about Westlands’ water grab. We’re not laughing,
Sac Bee, July 28, 2017.

Corporate-Bribed Politicians:
(Both parties)
This System of Bribed, Cheating Thieves
are 
Enemies of all Americans, Mankind generally, & the Natural World.

 

 

Everything

Theives Emporium

Biggest Bribers of California Legislature
You can steal or buy anything in Califoreigner, including politicians, the law and citizenship.


These 100 interest groups spent the most trying to influence California officials,
Sac Bee, August 1, 2017.

Our natural world, justice, and our honor as citizens are all screwed as long as greedy corporations control politics and law through open bribery. These are the leading cheaters of this era of cheaters.

We don’t even have enough shame to hide our corporate corruptions, but consider corruption as “democracy.” Corruption is not democracy. It is corruption.

No policies directly confronting the roots and basis of our ecological disaster, no effective environmentalism can or will happen until we fix our corrupted democracy.

 

 

Top of News

 

 

Sea

Second Lowest Count Ever

110 salmon counted on Salmon River; tribe says new research could lead to protections,
Times Standard, August 1, 2017.

Fish & Water News

 

 

 Land

Draining the Land
Long Term "Asset-Stripping"

Loss of 350 miles of Great Plains streams causing changes in aquatic food web,
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, August 2, 2017.


We’ve almost finished allowing corporate agriculture to export the Ogallala Aquifer. Our corporate program of “endless growth” is almost finished stripping all natural and human resources to the bone. Not just here in the US of A.

The abuse of the Ogallala is based on exactly the same type of political corruption that's allowed a few very rich folks and their corporations to fill their bank accounts, only at the cost of collapsing and polluting the water table under the San Jouquin Valley and the whole Mid-West. It's the same "program" applied in two different places.

This is greed-driven institutional corruption, bribery, draining our people and lands. They drain our land using armies of ultra-cheap state-subsidized illegal labor.

That's what's been going on for the last fifty years.

No problem here, move along. Our sustained policies of using industrial agriculture to rape our planet, drain its waters, pollute the skies, and filling the land with mega-cities filled will millions of greedy consumers is normal, acceptable behavior. Move along. Just business as usual in the Corporate Growth Machine of Death.

This is not Sparta.

This is Mordor.


Ogallala Aquifer Wiki

"Some estimates indicate the remaining volume could be depleted as soon as 2028."


Valley Aguifer

Swiss Cheese Valley

Valley Sinking

Fields of Poverty and Pollution
&
The Poverty Machine

 

Climate Destruction News

 

 

Health & Fitness

The Great Diet Mystery
Starvation Longevity

It's not just what you eat, it's what's eating you,
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY, August 2, 2017.

An amazing interelationship between environment (smell,taste, & work), the digestive system, cellular activity, and aging.

Now think about what “triggers,” or drives these relationships. The basic parameters are “calories in” and “calories out,” being the calorie demands of the environment (work) vs. calorie availability/input (fuel). These factors are under the control of the individual in most first-world countries, being how much they choose to eat and exercise.

Most modern Americans eat a lot and do very little work. This has proven to be deadly.

Now, “science” is making a big deal because folks who control their diets and work live longer. I refered to it as the, "The Great Diet Mystery," above.

Science is amazing. I sometimes wonder what I would do without it. I already knew the “moral” of this story before science explained the “mechanics” of why common sense and wisdom "work."

I see this situation, this relationship between food, activity, health, and aging as a classic “chicken and egg” situation. Neither outcome came "first," as one type of behavior almost always leads to the just and proper physical and metabolic consequences.

High Sierra Backpacking tunes the mind, body, and spirit for the most ideal balances between food and work, between action and consequence, and finally, I believe this personal enagement is necessary for healthy balance within every human, and between each of us & Nature Itself.


Smelling FoodScent Activated metabolic processes?

The KEY

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

Health, Fitness, & Booze
Moderation Beneficial

For white middle class, moderate drinking is linked to cognitive health in old age,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO, August 1, 2017.

 Health and Fitness

 

 

Health, Fitness, & Climate

Risk to Europe's most dangerous pathogens revealed,
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, August 2, 2017.

We have already seen epic spread of diseases and their vectors.

Climate Destruction News

 

 

New Era of Starvation

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions,
HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, August 2, 2017.

Climate Destruction News

 

 

 We've Been Poisioned

Catalysts developed at Carnegie Mellon efficiently and rapidly remove BPA from water,
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, August 2, 2017.

My Fellow Test Subjects I

My Fellow Test Subjects II

Bribed Politicians, Corporate Wolves

Bad Regulation 

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

Top of News

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August 1

Western Canada Burning

Wildfires continue to beleaguer Western Canada,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, August 1, 2017.

 

 

Suit and Counter suit

Bear activist sues Nevada officials over ‘terrorism’ remark,
Reno Gazette-Journal, August 1, 2017.

Previously
Tit for Tat

Bear News

 

 

Space Geology
Spinning Ball O' Fire

ESA, NASA's SOHO reveals rapidly rotating solar core,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, August 1, 2017.

Differential roatation from surface to core.

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

 

 

 

Terestial Geology
Active Pacific
"Are You Ready to Rumble?"

New images from under Alaska seafloor suggest high tsunami danger,
Waves could travel far across Pacific,
THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, August 1, 2017.

 High Sierra Geology News

 

 

Our Decimated Ecology

As Salmon Season Opens, A Reminder Of Drought's Lasting Effects,
Capital Public Radio, August 1, 2017.


Salmon Destruction News 
Extinction

Fish & Water News

 

 

The Business of Mountains
An Empire of Snow and Rock?

Mammoth Lakes

It’s official – Mammoth Resorts acquired; Mark Brownlie new COO,
Sierra Wave, July 31, 2017.


West Tahoe

Sale closes on deal to combine Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, KSL, Intrawest, and Mammoth Resorts as one company, Sierra Sun, July 31, 2017.


Mammoth Sold
April 2017

 

 

Tahoe Rakes in the Green

Lake Tahoe South Shore casinos wrap up year $15.3 million in the black,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 1, 2017.

 

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Fire & Smoke Reports

See Trail News, above.

 

 

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