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Posted on August 1 at 9:27 a.m.

Water is the issue - and it affects everyone, regardless of heritage, ethnicity, etc. The latter should not be used to cloud the issue.

"Exceptional Drought Blankets 58 Percent of California; Reservoirs Missing One Year’s Worth of Water
For California, the punishment just won’t stop.

Human warming and a climate change induced blocking pattern have withered California under record drought conditions for the better part of three years now. A vicious trend that worsened again in recent days with yet another jump in drought severity as exceptional drought conditions surged to cover a majority of the state.

Previous week’s values of 36 percent exceptional drought coverage rocketed to 58 percent in just one week. Exceptional drought is the highest drought category for the US Drought Monitor, representing the most extreme conditions in the measure. So most of the state is now sweltering under the nation’s worst drought category with the remainder covered by extreme and severe drought:

As a result, state supplies are being hammered. For, according to a report released today by the National Drought Mitigation Center, the state is “short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year.” In other words, if a year’s worth of rain fell over the state tomorrow, it would barely be enough to bring reservoir levels back to normal.

So far, drought effects have been mitigated, mostly through the above-mentioned reliance on ground water supplies. But it remains questionable how long such activities can continue. And despite even these efforts thousands of agricultural workers have been laid off amidst a 2 billion dollar loss for the state’s food industry.

As ground water and reservoir levels continue to drop, officials have grown more anxious to enforce conservation measures. To this point, fines in excess of 500 dollars have been levied for residents hosing sidewalks and driveways, for excessively watering their lawns, or for other water intensive practices. To this end, many municipalities have hired ‘water police’ to patrol neighborhoods and enforce water conservation measures."

Part of those conservation efforts should be NO MORE BUILDINGS. We have reached the limit.

On Chumash Propose 12-Story Hotel Tower

Posted on August 1 at 8:13 a.m.

There is over building in Goleta; there is traffic gridlock in Goleta; there is not enough water.
There is over building in the Valley; there is traffic gridlock in the Valley; there is not enough water.

I wonder what it will be like 50 years from now.

On Chumash Propose 12-Story Hotel Tower

Posted on July 31 at 7:01 a.m.

"Obama's Benghazi operation ran a rat line of weapons intended to reach Syrian rebels, but ended up in the hands of ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah."

Source, please - with real facts and evidence.

Otherwise, it is as valid as "His petticoat operation ran a fine line of brassieres and ladies' undergarments still hidden behind burkas today.".

On U.S. Helps Destroy Gaza

Posted on July 30 at 10:41 p.m.

More hot temperatures.

Note the comments:

How do the events of the last two years compare to what climate models were predicting for this early in the global warming progression?

robertscribbler / July 31, 2014
Not entirely. The temp climate models are pretty accurate once you account for PDO and other variables. Deep ocean warming is faster than expected. Arctic warming is a bit faster than expected. Atmospheric warming, overall, a limitless lower. Sea ice melt in the north is faster than expected. Sea ice growth in the south is mostly unexpected. Methane destabilization … Probably faster than expected but we don’t know enough to be sure.

Ocean stratification — faster than expected. Ice sheet destabilization — faster than expected.

Drought model predictions — about spot on. Fire model predictions — accurate. Jet stream changes — mostly unexpected.

Overall, it appears more heat is going into the Arctic, the oceans and the ice than expected and that, overall, the system is more dynamic than the base model summary. Model accuracy is key areas continue to make them useful tools for prediction but it’s fair to say that unexpected events outside the model description have arisen. It’s probably fair to say that such variance outside the base model tend may continue to arise, but that the model context, overall, has been an important, though not perfectly accurate predictor.

What’s funny was that the models were mostly right about drought progression. No-one really listened to the drought models because, well, they were among the worst future indicators. And now here we are.

On UCSB Researcher Examines 'Sixth Extinction Wave'

Posted on July 30 at 10:38 p.m.

Watch Sheldon Whitehouse Totally School His Climate Change-Denying Colleague

On UCSB Researcher Examines 'Sixth Extinction Wave'

Posted on July 30 at 9:22 p.m.

"The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has already captured the Iraq cities of Tikrit and Mosul, and is battling near the capital, Baghdad. The crisis has raised questions about U.S. reticence in Syria last year, when opposition forces - and some members of Congress - were pleading for active engagement and arms support amid mounting evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons against his own civilians.

"When you get farmers dentists and folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless opposition in Assad," Mr. Obama continued, "the notion that they were in a position to suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy. And I think it's very important for the American people - but maybe more importantly, Washington and the press corps - to understand that."

Obama was hammered fro the farmers, dentists remark.

On U.S. Helps Destroy Gaza

Posted on July 30 at 9:11 p.m.

"Obama running weapons out of Libya" .... you have to be kidding. Did you get that from WND.

I have read many tweets from Syrians and other interested Arabs, blasting Obama for not arming the rebels. I think the rebels would know that they are not getting any arms from the US. Why do you think McCain had photos ops with Syrians about Obama not helping. Please note that NATO has not helped, either.

I believe the following is true - there are US people on the ground that provided non-lethal equipment to vetted rebels. That there are US people on the ground training the rebels.

---- June, 2014
Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to approve $500m to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels, in what would be a significant escalation of US involvement in the conflict.

The White House on Thursday said it intended to "ramp up US support to the moderate Syrian opposition ... to help defend the Syrian people, stabilise areas under opposition control ... counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement".

The funds would allow the US military to "train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition," said John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.

At no time, would the Obama admin be involved in gun-running from Libya.

a) He got US oversight out of the Libya conflict as fast as possible, and handed the prosecution to NATO. Remember all the jabs about "leading from behind".

b) He has been opposed from the start to arming the rebels in any manner, because of the dire consequences that resulted from the arming those in Afghanistan, that later morphed into Al Qaeda.

c) The Syrians and other Arabs such as Libyans who wanted to help - in fact, some of them got involved - know that the US has not helped with arms, and they have complained loudly and often. It is just conspiracy nutcases like WND etc, who concoct these fanciful yarns.

On U.S. Helps Destroy Gaza

Posted on July 30 at 8:22 p.m.

People who follow libertarian philosophy do not usually run as Libertarians. Look at Ron Paul and Rand Paul.

"Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's new running mate, has been hailed as the closest thing to a libertarian on the Republican ticket since Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). "Ryan is going to be very attractive to the broad libertarian voters," the Cato Institute's David Boaz told Buzzfeed."

Most Republicans are free market Libertarian-leaning. The Tea Party certainly is 100% Libertarian.

They are elected as Tea Party or Republican congress members.

The famous Fed chairman, Alan Greenspan, was a die-hard Ayn Rand and Libertarian follower.

I thought the above was common knowledge.

On We All Need Health Care Now

Posted on July 30 at 3:57 p.m.

As long as there is money in politics, and as long as it comes mostly from Libertarians, rational, humane healthcare will never happen.

Ironic, % coverage is going up in all states except for those that opted out of ACA.

On We All Need Health Care Now

Posted on July 29 at 6:55 p.m.

"The last two weeks the Pollinator Stewardship Council has received reports of bee kills at the end of the almond bloom. A meeting with EPA was held by Pollinator Stewardship Council, American Honey Producers Association, and the American Beekeeping Federation, Monday, March 24 in Los Banos, California to discuss the pollinator losses during almond pollination. More than seventy beekeepers attended in person and on a conference call.

Bees were released from almond pollination, and beekeepers began to see the effects of a tank mix that caused dead adult bees, and dead, dying, and deformed brood. A poll taken of the seventy-five beekeepers at the meeting showed 80,000 colonies damaged: 75% of them severely damaged. Additional reports place an average loss of 60% of hives in almonds were impacted. Of that 60%, 40% lost adult bees and had dying brood, 20% of the hives were dead completely. These losses were experienced by beekeepers who wintered in California, as well as those who brought their bees into almonds from southern states.

The meeting addressed the bee kills in almonds, and the new label language for foliar applications of clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and the two new products tolfenpyrad and cyantraniliprole. The majority of the meeting addressed the damages beekeepers suffered from a tank mix that included an insect growth regulator (IGR) and a fungicide. The tank mix was applied “per the label.” However, the IGR has decimated the ability of beekeepers to make splits for the next crop pollination, to breed queens, or to make packages of bees. Many beekeepers expressed grave concern that the tank mix was applied in one area, but honey bees from other orchards, under another grower’s pollination contract received damaged due to drift, and foraging range. Some of the bee damage was not evident until truckloads of bees returned to their southern homes. The effects of fungicides and IGRs were delayed just enough beekeepers did not realize the impact until their hives were released from pollinating almonds. Research has shown fungicides are detrimental to pollinators.

"A poll taken of the seventy-five beekeepers at the meeting showed 80,000 colonies damaged: 75% of them severely damaged. " That is 80,000 colonies not 80,000 bees.

Interesting fact: there is no organic honey in California. That is because bees fly wherever they want.

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