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Monday, April 18, 2016

If you were alive during March 2016, and I'm betting you were, you witnessed U.S. history.

One stunning feature from the March 2016 temperature map was just how universally warm the month was. Every one of the 357 climate divisions across the contiguous United States and Alaska ended up - at least - in the "warmer than normal" category. That's harder than it sounds: it means each of those divisions ended up in the top third of their own histories.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Something was amiss in Arizona on Tuesday. As Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the state's Democratic primary, thousands of voters were left out to dry, with shuttered polling places, endless lines, and widespread reports of disenfranchisement.

In Maricopa County, which includes the capital Phoenix, voters waited up to five hours to cast a ballot after the County Elections Office slashed the number of polling sites from 200 in 2012 to just 60 this year. As the state's most populous county, this amounted to more than 20,000 voters for every available polling location.

There were other issues too. A number of polling places reportedly ran out of ballots while four locations in Tucson received bomb threats forcing at least one to evacuate.

The disenfranchisement did not escape the attention of others, either, including Sanders himself.

"It's a national disgrace that people have to wait hours to cast a vote in any election."


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Check this out guys. This is Dalton managing his deer.

www.youtube.com

"They also cull out overpopulation that leads to starvation and disease."

False

Deer respond to a cull with increased fertility, producing more twins and triplets, and more female fawns that will further increase the deer population.

If you really cared about the deer population you would know there are many non-lethal methods available.

Communities relying on lethal methods to manage deer create a public safety issue and provide only a short term solution, requiring a perpetual killing program - the cull. Although degraded habitat is a major cause for the decline of the U.S. deer population, suburbs often provide excellent deer habitat. Deer are edge dwellers, living at the interface of the meadow and the thick forest. A lush suburban habitat can support more deer, the carrying capacity, than a forest. Communities wanting fewer deer can reduce the carrying capacity (see figure above) using fences, deer resistant landscaping and repellents. Careful use of dogs or other deterrents can replicate the effect of a predator in a natural environment, keeping deer on the move and restricting their access to food. Examples of non-lethal approaches, news below for contraception, sterilization, and relocation. A ban on feeding deer is often a first approach, sometimes a required approach.

The result of a cull is a future, perpetual negative cash outlay for communities and lots of slaughtered deer.

www.deerfriendly.com

Examples of the Perpetual, Annual Cull

"I think there is a threshold on extreme water depth where even the rarest marine life can exist."

I think you are thinking of the limit to fish. Which in 2014 was 8145 m down. Not sure if that record has been broken yet. But, it turns out life can be found almost everywhere.

"Setting the final record at 8,143 m, was a completely unknown variety of snailfish, which stunned scientists when it was filmed several times during seafloor experiments."

schmidtocean.org

I am no expert on deep oceanography by any means (though I do love the subject). Scientists used to think that life diminished the deeper you went. Turns out there is life all the way down and even deeper (into the sediments). The life that clusters around the thermal vents is amazing in itself but it appears life is everywhere even in the so called "dead" zones.

"It now seems the deeps are teeming with life. In late 2014, Jeffrey Drazen of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in Honolulu led an expedition to the Mariana Trench. His team used five remotely-operated vehicles to explore the deepest parts of the trench, as well as along the trench walls. He was surprised by the amount and diversity of life on the walls of the trench."

www.bbc.com

And what is really exciting about these discoveries of life in the deep oceans with no sunlight and extreme cold and extreme pressures is that discovering that life can be so abundant in these extreme environments means that Jupiter's moon Europa, which also appears to have an ocean, may also turn out to be teeming with life.

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