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Updated August 14




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August 14

News Article of Interest

Donnell Fire Controversy Begins before Fire's Out


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Today's Fire Map (Facecrook)

"...create a piece of indirect line from Haypress to Kennedy Meadow that would be utilized for a planed firing operation to halt the spread of fire towards several structures and a resort."

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 FIRES OF 2018

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2018: The New Normal Emerges in California, July Hottest Month EVER sticky icon


The New Normal Emerging in California

July 2018 Warmest Month in California History; Unprecedented Early-Season Wildfire Activity Continues,
Weather West, August 9, 2018.


Early July Heatwave
"July 2018 was an extraordinary weather month across most of California. Early in the month, a searing heatwave brought all-time record heat to some locations in Southern California."

High Temp July
"...extreme heat receded somewhat during the rest of the month, temperatures never cooled back to anywhere near average, and the past 3-4 weeks have been punctuated by heatwaves that have broken countless daily temperature records."

Nighttime Highs
"...a number of more “subtle” temperature records have fallen this July, with all-time record warm overnight temperatures occurring across a majority of the state and “consecutive 100+ degree day” records falling through parts of the Central Valley. Death Valley apparently recorded the warmest single month officially recorded anywhere on Earth."

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How the Devils Straws is Really “Working:” Political Arrogance, Corruption, Lying, and Cheating sticky icon

Draining California Dry

How the Devils Straws-(Corporate Politics)-Really “Works”

Water Policy

California Focus: Colossal arrogance in the 'water fix' tunnels,
Hanford Sentinel, August 7, 2018.


Structural, Institutionalized Corruption

"...there is no part of government in this state more arrogant than the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California."

Bribed Politicians Bribe Other Politicians
"After substantial lobbying by Brown, the MWD’s governing board without a public vote this summer committed millions of its customers to pay a large share of the project’s costs."

Funding Private Profits
"...added water charges for millions of customers are pretty much assured."

Free Money
"Agricultural water districts in the San Joaquin Valley that stand to benefit most were reluctant to make similar commitments."

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2018, Hot Times in SoCal: Record Warm Waters off Southern California sticky icon


Hot Times in SoCal

Record Warm Waters off Southern California,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 8, 2018.

New Records in Water and Sky
"California has seen a range of natural extremes this summer, from heat waves to wildfires. The state can now add to the list record-warm ocean temperatures. On August 1, 2018, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography observed water temperatures of 25.9 degrees Celsius (78.6 degrees Fahrenheit) along the coast at La Jolla, exceeding the previous record of 25.8°C (78.4°F) set in 1931."

Scripps Pier Records Highest Ocean Temperature in its 102-year History

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2018: Green Water Widespread Across United States & Whole Northern Hemisphere sticky icon


Vast Summer 2012 Blue Green Algal Outbreaks across Northern Hemisphere

Three Reports: Western US, Northern Europe, Great Lakes and Florida


Green Water Widespread Across Western United States This Summer

Hot Weather, Land Abuses Fueling Algal Blooms in Western Waters,
Water Deeply, July 30, 2018.


"This summer has witnessed an explosion of algae problems in Western water bodies."

"Blooms are even popping up in unlikely places, such as high-elevation mountain lakes."

"No one knows precisely how often blooms occur because there is no monitoring of the problem on a national scale."

Environmental Working Group

"...EWG decided to gather their own data by recording how often algal blooms were mentioned in the news media...their resulting report, released in May, they documented 169 blooms in 2017 – up from 51 the year before."

EWG 2018 Blue Green Report

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Eco Crash News INDEX for January through May, 2018: Observing Our Rapidly Shifting Seasons and Ecosystems sticky icon






Updated Daily 

August 9,  2018


The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.


LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS: October through December 2017





August 9


Heat Dangers Rising, Many Will Suffer

Research Predicts Warming Climate Will Drive Thousands to ER

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Looking into the Mirror of Life III: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, 2018 sticky icon




Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.




August 10, 2018





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2018 News of Health Science, Fitness, the Human Past, Potential & Pitfalls for Backpackers sticky icon



Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

August 15


January 1, 2018:



Latest News Below


Earlier Health News
Health & Fitness News, 2015-2017



Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?


Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning." Field Conditioning is an advanced state of fitness where we are capable of moving and operating effectively across great distances over all types of terrain, at high or low altitude, in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions over extended time spans, under all seasonal conditions, while carrying the weight required to withstand these environmental conditions, feed ourselves well, and safely reach our goal. 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life II: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers sticky icon


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

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NEW ERA on our PLANET: Tracking the Anthropocene sticky icon

2015 through 2018

Nature is no longer in charge. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's a real piece of work. In any case, the greedy motivations of man have replaced the driving fertility of Nature as the leading force on this planet, and even the scientists have noticed. Which means it needs a name...


Done. I already named it, when I recognized the depth of our nasty effects a long time ago: The Scum-o-cene. We are leaving the spiritual and physical equivilant of a nasty bathtub ring on the Spirit and Body of Nature as humanity, "consumes" both.

I abhor and reject identification as a, "consumer."

Check out these next introductory articles, then we follow the general outlines of our re-modeling of this world.


The Scum-o-Cene: 
The indications of a new geological epoch marked by human impact are clear
 University of the Basque Country, 1-20-16.

The Blow-by-Blow Score:

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News of Fish, Water, Oceans, Ice, and People sticky icon

This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.


2018 Water and Fish News

June 2015
December 28, 2017

Last Updated
December 28, 2017:


Nestle Water Heist Update

State DWR & NPR Discover Theivery, Yawn, Don't Care, Will Issue Permit




December 24

The Great Water Ripoff Advances

SoCal will Grow at All Costs to Man & Nature



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Looking into the Mirror of Life sticky icon

Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

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Inital Report: Donnell Fire Threatening Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness Areas

Initial DONNELL FIRE Report
August 5, 2018

Highway 108 Corridor Just West of Clarks Fork Road

Threatening Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness Areas



Donnell Fire


Statewide Fire Map: Donnell Fire

Backpacking Trails & Maps



Latest Order

Mandatory Evacuations along Highway 108
Clarks Fork to Kennedy Meadows
August 4, 2018:

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Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018: Two Articles: Sweden Shrinking, Europe Frying


The Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018

Two Articles: Sweden Shrinking, & Europe Frying

1>Sweden Shrinking

Sweden's Highest Peak Melts Away as Record Temperatures Hit Arctic Circle,
Time, August 3, 2018.

Main Points

Arctic Circle Heatwave
"A summer heatwave in the Arctic circle has claimed a victim in Sweden’s highest point, a glacier on Kebnekaise mountain in the north of the country."

"Melting fueled by the heat has caused the peak to lose 13 feet in height."

"Just a month ago, the glacier reached 6,893 feet above sea level. At the latest measurement on Tuesday, it was just 6,879 feet is now no longer the highest point in the country."

“We know that it has melted because it is very hot."

Arctic Circle at 90F
"Northern Europe has been sweltering in a heatwave that scientists fear is a result of climate change. Banak in Norway, over 350 miles into the Arctic Circle, reached 90 degrees on Monday."



2>Euros, and even the Northern Euros, are Baking

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HEALTH & STATUS of LAKE TAHOE: 2018 State of the Lake Report


2018 State of the Lake Report

IN HOT WATER? Lake Tahoe sees decreased clarity, highest ever surface water temps in 2017,
Sierra Sun, August 2, 2018.

Introduction to the Destruction of Lake Tahoe
The external, environmental factors that are clouding and warming Lake Tahoe’s waters are accelerating, not diminishing. Where we are “at” right now is just one step along a much longer path to a much warmer, wetter climate, where the majority of our annual precip will fall as rain, rather than snow.

High Sierra Forest Succession
These climate changes are being accompanied by, triggering really, what is looking like a great High Sierra forest succession. It looks to me like we’ve created a situation where the climate and weather no longer suit the contemporary stratification of forests on the West Flank of the Sierra, and they are in the process of transforming into forests that are better suited for the new, emerging hotter climate. Tree Mortality and Fire are the method of succession.

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ASTROPHYSICS & SUCH: Things that Go Boom in the Night, 2018


Things that Go Boom in the Night: Dept of Big Rocks

Meteor Explosion Over U.S. Military Base: Fireball Packing 2.1 Kilotons Of Force Detonates Near Base Thule,
Inquisitr, August 3, 2018.

“Perplexing media reports state that a mysterious meteor has penetrated Earth’s atmosphere on July 25, exploding over a U.S. military base stationed in Greenland.”

“…managed to slip past the early-warning radar at Thule Air Force Base and remained unnoticed until it disintegrated some 43 kilometers (26 miles) above the base...”

“...the detonation unleashed an energy of about 8.8 trillion Joules, equivalent to the explosion of 2,100 tons of TNT. ”

That's 2.1 Kilotons.

"Luckily, the U.S. personnel stationed at Thule Air didn’t mistake the meteor explosion of an incoming nuke, otherwise the bolide might have sparked a nuclear war," 

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2018 Fields Medal Award Winner Peter Scholze


The Newest-New Math

A Master of Numbers and Shapes Who Is Rewriting Arithmetic,
Quanta, August 1, 2018.

2018 Fields Medal Award Winner

Peter Scholze

"...30-year-old Scholze was awarded the medal (the Fields Medals — mathematics’ highest honor) at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, making him one of the youngest Fields medalists ever. His award cites “the revolution that he launched in arithmetic geometry...”

"...developing a unified theory called prismatic cohomology, which envisions these different cohomologies essentially as bands of light in a cohomological rainbow."

A Fascinating Story

"...profile of Scholze from June 28, 2016..."

"Scholze’s key innovation — a class of fractal structures he calls perfectoid spaces — is only a few years old, but it already has far-reaching ramifications in the field of arithmetic geometry, where number theory and geometry come together."

"...perfectoid spaces are hard for other researchers to grasp..."

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Scripps Pier Records Highest Ocean Temperature in its 102-year History


Hot Times in SoCal

San Diego's Scripps Pier records highest ocean temperature in its 102-year history,
San Diego Union Tribune, August 2, 2018.

"...sea surface temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla hit 78.6 degrees on Wednesday, the highest reading in the pier’s 102-year history, according to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography."

"...broke the previous record of 78.4 degrees, which was set in 1931."

"The institute has been taking sea surface temperatures there since August 1916 as part of its scientific research."

Weird Times

"Southern California coastal waters have been anomalously warm since the beginning of 2014, when we experienced a marine heatwave."

“This event was popularly known as ‘the blob’. The following year, during 2015-2016, we had one of the strongest El Nino’s of the the last few decades and the local ocean continued warming."

“Since then SoCal waters are still anomalously warm — that is the water has not returned to temperatures that were normal in the previous seven years."

“The warm waters are posing a challenge for lifeguards, who’ve had to watch over enormous crowds.”


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