Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"US Spring Forecast"--Suspicious Observers (3 min.)
The outlook is for more cold and snow in the Eastern U.S. Also, a brief discussion of some climate articles indicating that (1) there is a large body of cold water in the Arctic that could spell a colder climate for Europe, and (2) climate modelers have severely underestimated the cooling effect of clouds.


Case No. 2: Penetration Is Important, but It’s Complicated
            The 17-year-old young man presented to my clinic complaining of penile discharge. He was found to have good old-fashioned Chlamydia — the “Clap” in the Vulgar Tongue. His medical history reported a gunshot wound, so I inquired as to the details.
              About six months prior this young man had run afoul of his drug dealer. When confronted with his inability to pay for some illicit pharmaceuticals, the unlicensed pharmacologist terminated their professional relationship with a single .22 LR to the head.
                The round impacted at the medial aspect of his left eye, tracked along his skull base, and exited just to the left of his spine, leaving him minimally inconvenienced overall. He healed completely without surgery and even retained his vision. Thankfully we got his newfound STD treated so that he could go forth and spread his seed yet further.
                 Wind, the most common cause of avalanches, can load snow 10 times faster than snowfall. Add the weight of just single skier or snowmobile to this and damages to the buried weak layer occur rapidly; not in a couple hours, but in a couple tenths of a second. According to the U.S. Forest Service National Avalanche Center, avalanches are responsible for more fatalities in our national forests than any other natural hazard.
                    The last 10 winters in the U.S. saw an average of 30 fatalities due to avalanches. These deaths are not limited to extreme athletes in remote stretches of mountain ranges.
                       Snowmobilers and backcountry tourers are the most likely to be involved in an avalanche. But anyone—hunters, hikers, and people just driving through the mountains—can be caught in an avalanche.
                        One of the biggest myths surrounding avalanches, often perpetuated in movies and on television, is that noise can trigger one. This is simply not true. It takes an extremely loud concussion, like that of a mortar shell used by trained snow mitigation teams to break a slab loose, to cause an avalanche. What really causes the snow to let loose are people.
                Yet the Saturday fiasco, and the explosion of emotion that ensued, revealed that a culture of preparedness will only go so far in protecting the Aloha State from the ravages of nuclear war. It was also a raw reminder of Hawaii’s geopolitical role in the United States—a role that, for many in the kingdom-turned-territory-turned-state, is a source of deep resentment.
                As if not being part of the United States would change the strategic importance of the Islands, or reduce the threat to them. 
                  About those "Third World s***holes" . . . allegedly described as such by President Trump:  allow me to say, I've been in far too many of them for comfort.  They are precisely as described:  s***holes.  They smell of s***.  All too often, the food tastes of s***, and/or is prepared in circumstances so unhygienic I have no doubt whatsoever that it is actually full of s***. 
                    Interestingly, Europeans seemed the most outraged about the alleged statement, yet I saw at least one story reporting on Britons upset over the crime rates in the UK being compared to those of s***hole countries, such as the Congo. (The UK does have an overall violent crime rate higher than any other European or Anglo country--including the U.S.). If those countries are so great, why would the English object to the comparison? 
                            Berlin fears the European Parliament's planned amendment to the so-called Dublin Regulation could see many more refugees settling in Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
                               The Dublin Regulation requires people seeking asylum to register in the first EU state they enter, and for that state to assume responsibility for processing their claim. But if the proposed reform is passed, responsibility could shift from the arrival state to the EU country where any of the applicant's relatives live.
                                Under such a change, "Germany would have to accommodate significantly more asylum seekers," said an Interior Ministry memo, quoted by Der Spiegel. Any caps on refugees would be "nullified," the memo added.
                          In other words, the immigration was fine as long as Germany could force other countries to bear the burden, but not so wonderful if Germany, itself, has to be accountable for its invitation to the third world to move on in.

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