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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Sanitation crews are working hard to dispose of six months' worth of garbage from a community the size of Wahpeton or Valley City. The mountains of debris need to be moved before the spring thaw occurs.

Making a dent in the immense amount of trash being hauled out of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp is being hindered by the weather. All the garbage that was left behind is now frozen into massive chunks of junk.

In a month, all this trash could become toxic.

"Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy," says Tom Doering, Morton County Emergency Manager.

It's estimated it will take 250 trucks filled with litter to clear the camp. read more

Thursday, February 02, 2017

A speech at UC-Berkeley by the tiresome Breitbart News bigot/provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night was cancelled after anti-free speech protesters became violent, throwing fireworks, setting fires and pulling down police barricades. "This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley," said Mike Wright, a member of Berkeley College Republicans, the group that invited Yiannopolous. "It's sad." The protest became violent around 6 p.m. when dozens of masked anarchists emerged from a crowd of peaceful demonstrators who had made the argument that hate speech isn't free speech.


"Anyone who wants to reference the climate during time periods when human society didn't exist as an argument that climate change isn't a problem is a moron."

We in the aviation biz use what we refer to as standard atmospheric conditions as a basline for planning and operations. That baseline is 29.92 inches of mercury and 59F/15C. And that's a pretty decent representative of conditions over the last several hundred years. But at various times, the earth has been much hotter, and much colder. And unless there is some compelling scientific argument suggesting that the earth's climate has naturally stopped changing for some reason-that changes are due solely to human activity, it's a reasonable expectation that it will get hot again. And then it will get cold.

If you want to make the argument that humans are only able to acclimate within a very narrow window of atmospheric conditions, that's OK, but hopefully you're smart enough to know that this will entail interrupting the natural climactic cycles that occur here on earth. Finding a scientific solution that basically serves as a giant thermostat for the planet.

But here's the problem with that solution-different temps provide different benefits to different people, depending on where they live on the planet. Warmer temps would result in the higher latitudes becoming more temperate and arable, like they were in the past. So if the Russians were to design the global thermostat, they would likely set a temp that was most beneficial to them, even if it turned Nevada into a green space or drowned out many low lying islands. On the other hand, the same piece of equipment developed in a coastal area might be tuned to maximize shoreline, even if it caused Russia to be covered by a glacier and the northern latitudes to be smothered in ice.

Temperatures are going to change, whether man is here or not. And if we can't survive outside of the narrow window our species has already experienced, then we're already destined for extinction.

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