Not so nasty news March 29/30

Item #1: Images

Liberty is a fine thing.

Who is Jeff and why does he have nukes?
Jeff stands for ‘Joint Evaluated Fission and Fusion File’ (JEFF).
A part of the Nuclear Energy Agency

Item #2: A first world problem

Celery prices soar

Health food celebrities started a demand for celery juice. In Vancouver B.C., the price of a box has risen from$20 to $100 or more. A new crop isn’t expected to easy this burden until August.
Maybe they could use Cauliflower (there is green Broccoflower) and Fast Green FCF (aka Green Dye #3).
Or drink beer.

Item #3: A Tree Story
Not the tree ==>
of this story

Photo shows what trail crews often have to deal with.

Tipped over tree, stands back up

In our WTA trail-crew safety talks, we mention problem trees. It seems odd, but a fallen tree can stand back up. This is an issue if we have to cut and move one from a trail. The story here is of one that came back up without being disturbed.
In this story, a boy is in the hole where the roots came from.
He lived.

Item #4:

Good or bad (?), more electric autos are in our future. Current chemistry for EVs involves Lithium.
Li found in Western Australia
From Economics 101, we learn that demand influences price, and price influences supply. Or substitution: See Celery story! Not yet for Lithium, as far as I know.
Friday morning, an all-electric Chevy Bolt went by me on I-90. It was a nice blue color, but not as nice a blue as my Crosstrek. I had a good look, because she was going only a little faster than I was. Also, the smaller gas autos, as is mine, will go about 500 miles on a full tank. On and off the street for a fill-up takes 7 minutes. For us this may be the future. For some the future is now.
Better concept for a warmer place than we now live.

Item #5: Brineura
This is a new drug, the only medicine to treat Batten disease. News to you, too?


The nasty news: Brineura costs $850,000 per person for one year’s supply.
Tom Strahan, 6, was the first Australian to receive the drug called Brineura, when his family moved to Italy so he could be part of a clinical trial. That can’t be an easy thing to do.
Isn’t science and modern medicine astounding?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Friday March 29

John here: I had intended to do a Nasty News tonight.
However, I was informed that we were going to CWU to hear a Musica Antiqua concert.

The good news is that the hard rain of late afternoon is over.
The sun is shining, clouds and blue sky are nice.

I’ll get up Saturday morning and see if I can find good news.


Not so nasty news March 22

Item #1: ImagesMarch 21, 2019 looking at West Bar from the Mariposa Vineyard.
Two green dots, right at bottom, are near posts for wires; no vines shown. Orange dot on left is where the BNSF Railroad crosses over the highway between Quincy and Wenatchee. Red dots = road in cut. Beneath the string of yellow dots is the Columbia River, almost a mile away and 500 feet below the camera. The basalt cliffs are 1,000 feet high. The snow between the River and the cliff may be 20 or 30 feet deep, in (link) Giant Ripples

Item #2:Birds

While pruning vines, we see several types of things flying in or near our airspace. One of the pruners has an obsession with airplanes, so every aircraft low enough to be identified is explained to the others of us that don’t know.
Meanwhile, we see many birds, some welcome – some not – in the vineyard. We are on a south facing hillside, now sunny and warm. We have seen Harriers and Hawks, and the owner saw an Owl yesterday. Others did identify a large bird cruising (with set wings) over the edge of the planted rows.
Northern Harrier

This next link is a story of how such birds of prey are used to keep an upscale resort free of pigeons and their droppings.
Terranea Resort and a falconer’s playground

Item #3: Where’s Freddy

Lost, call 911

Police come to the rescue when Ryan calls 911 to report a lost teddy bear.
Officer Khari was trained to deal with a young boy with autism so all ended well.

But where had the teddy bear, Freddy, gone? They don’t say. Mystery.

Item #4: How very strange
Irony of Fate – The concept that the Gods are toying with humans for amusement by using irony.

Got chickenpox?

So I am not sure ‘irony’ is the correct word for a person advocating freedom of choice regarding vaccinations.
Massimiliano Fedriga, a leading anti-vaccination legislation figure and member of Italy’s far-right Northern League party has been admitted to hospital to be treated for chickenpox.
It is known this disease is often more severe in adults than in children, but having searched, I cannot find out why.

Item #5: Hey, my car is going the wrong way

This is a story of a missing auto, just east of Vancouver, B.C.
Wrong Way Bentley

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news March 8

Item #1: Images

Item #2: Yes, there is a free meal
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is that part of North Carolina that hangs out into the Atlantic Ocean, a much visited narrow strip of sand. A famous place there is Kitty Hawk. West of Kitty Hawk is Albemarie Sound, extending inland toward Interstate 95, 115 miles west. A lot of folks use that too, but they don’t see very much.
The Highway is built on fill, and there is a 5 foot drop on either side, overgrown with trees. You see trees.
The water of Albemarie Sound ends at some point, meeting the eastward flowing Roanoke River, filled in by sediment, and interlaced with streams, swamps, ponds, and wildlife. Here is Bertie County.

Bertie County Sheriff’s Office was called to check out the interaction between a bear and other of the County’s business.
Bear finds breakfast on a garbage truck

The picture at the link has the bear under a net in such a way it is hard to tell whether it is a bear or a pig. That’s why I used a baby bear on a tree.

Item #3: Sounds above, bays below
This is a story about Theo, a black and white cat. But first:
I saw this story and looked at a map. That caused me to look up the difference between a ‘bay’ and a ‘sound’. In Item #2, Albermarie Sound is fronted by barrier islands that lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the water of the Sound. Such strings of islands make passage by large ships impossible, so towns along sounds are frequently small, and very locally oriented.
Bays have free flowing water out to the ocean, letting ships enter and leave. Often several towns will develop on a bay. They can have industry and port facilities. They become a transshipment point (entrepôt) between a hinterland and the world.
So we have Ipswich, perhaps England’s oldest town. Orwell Estuary is a bay, as is its connecting southern part – Holbrook Bay. The Ipswich dock has operated since the 7th century and the water flows into the North Sea after joining with the River Stour at Shotley. Also there is Harwich harbour at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port.
{ It is a good day when I learn something – instead of moving snow around.}
Now knowing of Ipswich, there is the story of – –

The Ipswich cat burglar Theo

. . . who steals the milkman’s money.

Now, answer this: Do you now, or have you ever had milk delivered to your house? As a kid, we did, and the mail was delivered to the front porch.

Item #4: On the Road
Today was a decent day for vine pruning, with sunshine. We worked in about 8″ of snow, but I have great boots for that. I wore them here for a couple of hours over 2 days, so all was good.

On the way home, I entered the Kittitas Valley and to the northwest about 40 miles from home there was a massive cloud. This was about 5:15 pm and a temperature of 20°F. I wonder what the temp was at the top of that cloud, with the wind shearing the top like an anvil?
Our place is just to the right of center, near the first set of hills. It is just a guess, but the cloud is in the direction of 9,400 ft. Mt. Stuart. [Taken with a phone, so not the best of photos.]

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news March 1

Item #1: Images

Item #2: News you can use

I don’t know how you can use this. Maybe a game of trivia.
a bunch of little hills

The page has related stories, below and to the right. One was about 500 million year old tunnels left by worms in the Burgess Shale – a place 350 miles northeast of us. I have a book someplace.

Another with video

Item #3: On the road
The road is called the Eyre Highway (National Highways 1 & A1) and goes across a part of Australia, west to east. It crosses the Nullarbor Plain, an almost treeless {no + arbor} part of southern Australia. Frequently The Nullarbor is expanded in tourist literature and web-based material to refer to all the land between Adelaide and Perth, but it is only about half of that distance. East and west of the Nullarbor, there are other biogeographic regions.
From looking up stuff for our “geography of wine” class, we learned that grapes are harvested in Western Australia and carried in refrigerated trucks across most of OZ – to make sparkling wine near Melbourne, by a French company.
So, now a man and wife, with a truck, and a drone have produced a photographic introduction to this remote highway.

Unique views of the Nullarbor

Item #4: A Learn-from Event

Wind hits tree / tree hits house
This photo is from Meadowbrook Blvd., in Cleveland Heights, OH – about 14 miles from where sister Peggy lives.
The small orange arrow (center, left) points toward 2 utility lines. The dark area outlined in orange shows decay thoughout much of the tree. Some of it seems hollowed out.
Unlike Angels, trees don’t live eternally. Trees grow old and get ailments, as this photo shows. Big trees are expensive to remove, especially near structures and power lines. It is still cheaper to have them taken down by a licensed service than it is to have one come down across your BMW or new kitchen, while you are in it.
See: How much does it cost?

This link starts with a scary scene:

Item #5: Tired of this
The month of February has been cold in Washington State. March is starting the same way. Last night and into this morning there has been a fog and the temperature is about 17°F. There is a white icy crust on everything. It is very pretty.
We are ready for it to be gone.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news February 22

Item #1: ImagesIt is a stretch to relate the above images to the phrase “penny dreadfuls” {cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom}, but I can imagine a dreadful story about either image. However, Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal used the term to describe the silly, petty, far-fetched, and often nasty claims that dominate the current sounds coming from the ‘swamp’ known as Washington D. C.
I did not know of penny dreadfuls, but found them here: [LINK] .

Item #2: Don’t trust Phil

It has been chilly here, 13°F Friday morning.
Expecting slow warming, meaning still cold, until March 4th or 5th. We will have snow on the ground for quite awhile.

Item #3: ‘Missing Pilot’ flyover

Each weekend, the Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty writes obituaries for a few prominent individuals. This past weekend he wrote of a Navy aviator, Captain Rosemary Mariner. So I searched for a photo of her.

Here she is in front of a A-7 Corsair II, a carrier-capable jet.We need a word change here, but the US has a ritual called the “missing man formation” – in this case a missing pilot – (sometimes termed flyby or flypast). This is an aerial salute performed as part of a funeral or memorial event. Here is a YouTube video of the flyby over her burial, near Norris, TN. This included 4 planes and 8 female naval aviators.
You might need a tissue.

Item #4: What to call a Crinkly Leaf Cabbage.

Wallaby food!

Rosemary, from Jackeys Marsh, a remote hamlet in Tasmania, grew a cabbage large enough for her to hide behind. She helps with running the Forest Walks Lodge. Search on the web if you would like to go and stay there. Search Google Earth with that name and discover why it is claimed to be in “Meander Valley.” The term ‘meandering river’ gets the name from the Büyük Menderes River of southwestern Turkey.
This is an historically ancient region, with it being mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, written about 2,700 years before my birth certificate.

Since the early Greek period (the Late Bronze Age collapse, in the early 12th century BC), about the lower 25 miles of this valley has been filled in with sediments, now covered with fields and irrigation canals. Food!
Dozens of photos here, including travertine pools.

Oh, being a bit of a geographer, I digressed there. The subject is cabbage of the crinkly type.
Actually, these things have the name “Savoy”, for the region where it is believed to have originated – straddles the Alpine regions of Italy and France.
If you wish to know more: Harvest to Table

Item #5: Ice is in the news

When Nancy began at CWU she taught a class wherein students would write short papers and give a slide-show regarding an aspect of economic geography. One such story was of a Washington company that took barges to Alaska with various things in them. Not wanting to return empty, the company sought out something to bring back. Glacial ice was available – floating in the bay.
At that time the Japanese economy was doing great and the business folks there had lots of cash. They were willing to spend some on booze, with hard, clear, clean, and old glacial ice. So barges came back from Alaska to Puget Sound, ice was cleaned and packed into place-of-origin plastic bags and shipped to Japan.
Now comes this story from the other side of North America. Ice bergs are fetched from the cold water off the coast of Newfoundland, and brought to Port Union.

There, the Canadian Iceberg Vodka Corporation Link creates several styles of vodka.
The water from the melted-bergs is stored until needed. The current action is that of a thief. Someone stole enough of this fine old water to make 150,000 bottles of vodka.
Holy hooch!
Article here: brazen water heist

Ice story downunder

Also in the news is the story of a very large slab of ice about to break off (calving) from the Brunt Ice Shelf; location is the red dot on the right side of the map:The red dot is larger than the chunk about to detach, but it is claimed to be twice the size of New York City. I’ve no idea how large that is. However, someone thinks it would be great if NYC could break away and float into the Atlantic Ocean.
At this LINK there is information and a dual-photo set with a slider. There is a large white dot in the center and a vertical line. Use your pointer — on the dot — to slide the line left and right, from 1986 to 2019, and notice the crack in the ice. It has been lengthening for many years.
Awhile ago, a British research station was moved off this chunk to a safer location. Google Earth will bring up a map of Halley Research Station, Antarctica.

Item #6: Odd

Thursday afternoon
Our local (airport) weather station just reported the temperature as – well look at the Image. At home, just 5 miles from the airport our reading is 35°F. Their forecast high for today was 33°.
I need to shovel some snow. It is not melting.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news Jan 25th

Item #1: A place to call home

Miramichi is a place of about 17,000 hardy folks on the east coast of New Brunswick, Canada. That’s big enough to have a few police. It is also the same distance from the Equator, as we are here on the Naneum Fan (47° N.). In the N-S direction that is 320 miles north of New York City. Both places, it is cold and there is a bit of snow.
There is also this pretty pink donation bin for the Children’s Wish Foundation, for clothing.
I titled this item “A place to call home”, but it remains unclear exactly why people climb into these things. In Canada this seems to happening enough that it has become a national issue. A few people die; about two each year. Not this time, thanks to an observant police officer.
3:30 a.m. during a snow storm

Item #2: Lost & found


Some boso took 2 Humbolt Penquins from a zoo. That was in November. Apparently they were cared for by the 23 year old, so found in good health.
The writer and the police try to get cute: they were able to “find them after “putting our beaks in”, and it did not turn into a “cold case.”
In fact, the police got a tip.
The “cold case” bit appears to be a reference to the icy Antarctic home of many penguins. This type is from the west coast of South America, Peru & Chile.
It is nice that they have been found.

Item #3: another bird

At the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, a pigeon sat on the edge of a water fountain. The rest is history.

Need a drink

I never liked drinking out of the fountains in school hallways.
Years ago our school had terrible tasting water, and likely it had lead and other great things in it. Maybe Radon. Would explain a lot.
Plastic bottled water seems to be the in thing, anyway.

Item #4: cat & baby

The short note to this photo says: “ Baby was crying while I was in the bathroom but suddenly stopped. I came out to find this.

Comments are interesting

We’ve a lack of experience – no babies.

Item #5: A pizza story

I did work making and selling pizza (1961- 1965).
We made it in large rectangular pans, cut 7 X 4, so 28 pieces.
If asked, we put pepperoni on after it came from the oven.
It sold for 15 cents a square.

Still like pizza, and pizza stories.

A man of religion came upon a group of boys
and asked what they were up to.
They were having a contest, one said. The teller
of the biggest lie would win the last slice of pizza.
The preacher commented
“At your age I would never have thought of telling a lie.”
And one of the boys said “I guess he wins the pizza.”

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news Jan 18

Item #1: Up the tree.
This is a variation of “Up the creek without a paddle.”
Location is on the south coast of Great Britain, north of the Isle of Wight and Solent Strait, and between Southhampton and Portsmouth. The area at Portsmouth has been occupied since Roman times, was the greatest naval port at the height of the British Empire, and the first ever place to set up a production line (to make pulley blocks), and thus makes this the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
See: Portsmouth Block Mills

One would expect to find smart and resourceful folks in a setting like this. The young lady, Maria Parry, of this story didn’t get the message. Harry, her tabby cat went up a tree. You should be able to guess the rest.

Where’s the lady?

Item #2: In her spare time
Claudia Weber is from the Bavarian countryside town of Moosburg, along the River Isar, 25 miles northeast of Munich.
She works in Munich, and that became the source of her creation – a knitted scarf.
Public transportation doesn’t always run on time. Claudia responded with a “rail-delay-scarf” or in German – Bahn-Verspätungsschal.
scarf of many colors

After a year the scarf grew to over four feet long, with each color indicating a delay of a different length. It was sold on Ebay to raise money for a charity.

Item #3: Super blood wolf moon
There will be a total Lunar eclipse this weekend. To unpack the verbage, “wolf” indicates a January happening, “blood” means it will have a red or copper color tint; and “super” means the size of the moon will be larger than average.
The next one will be Jan. 31, 2037. I’ll be 93 and will toddle out in my slippers to view it. Seriously!
Most of the U. S. is going to have rain, snow, or just plain old clouds. Oh well.
On the bright side, many Lunar eclipses (and there are lots of them) put on similar shows, so this really isn’t a big deal.

Item #4: This seems odd
21% of Canadians won’t go outdoors if there’s no Internet.
I assume this is mostly about cell-phone reception, but the report wasn’t clear.

Item #5: Vaccines by Drone

This comes from a small island in the nation of Vanuatu.
It’s a story that makes me think of the science fiction write Arthur C. Clarke. {2001: A Space Odyssey, and much more}
There is Clarke’s 3rd law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
In the photo (from a video), a white drone magically delivers vaccines to a place called Cook’s Bay, a small, scattered community that does not have a health center or electricity, and is only accessible by foot or small local boats.

In the previous comment, Canadians won’t go outdoors. The folks in Cook’s Bay might find going into a Toronto skyscraper equally daunting. They do have simple frame houses, but they live, work, and play outside. This story claims locals sometimes have to walk for days to receive medical necessities.
That’s where the modern technology of a drone enters the scene.

Swoop Aero drone delivers

Item #6: Can you swear like a sailor?
Over the past couple of weeks there have been foul expressions used by women in Congress that my mother would not have approved of. As well, it appears some other folks are not too happy with this.
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news January 11

Item #1: Calvin and Hobbes
The story of C & H

This is about a book about the comic strip and its author. I have looked at many of the strips, but never knew the history. It was published for 10 years, then stopped. Worth a read.
The creator of C & H, Bill Watterson, showed that when Calvin looked at Hobbes he saw a six foot tall tiger. It was not a play-thing, but a real talking tiger.

Item #2: She survived
“We will not stop until we find out the cause.”

This story has two videos: 1 is the fall, repeated several times; 2 is the clean-up.

Item #3: Got coffee?
Make art. I’m not looking for a hobby. You might be, so think of using other liquids with or instead of coffee. Colors might be nice. Natural pigments often fade with time. Expect to do some experimentation.
The image here is of white blocks with the image on the surface. The main one has an outline of Washington State overlain with two trees.
Within the text there is a link to his site ‘Coffee on Canvas’.

Item #4: Got chickens?
Central Saanich is the area, north of Victoria, B.C. where you will also find the Butchart Gardens, a much visited tourist attraction. Being a “central” place, there must be others, and in fact there is an entire Saanich Peninsula. Apparently this is the region that certain native people consider to be where they emerged, that being the meaning of the word Saanich. It is a very nice place, and if I emerged there I’d likely still be there.
With European settlement, the district began as a farming community, and many hobby farms, along with a handful of small working farms and vineyards, still exist. In recent decades, the area has seen increasingly residential development.
Perhaps this helps explain why there is a flock of 60 or so chickens with origin unknown, running around and laying a few eggs. The news article ends with the hypothesis that the hens are past their prime, and were turned loose because the owner did not want to deal with them.
I’ll guess this question will be resolved.
Eggs in Central Saanich

Item #5: Got snow?
We have snow on the ground but none in the forecast. Maybe a week from now that will change. With the ground cold and the air cooling at night, we get fog. This isn’t serious “don’t drive” sort of fog, but it seems to make the temperature “feel” a lot colder.
Central Europe just got a load of snow. I sometimes exchange info with a person from England. He went to Austria and is now stranded in a ski-town. Claims there is plenty of Apple Strudel so he wasn’t complaining.
Meanwhile, back in the States, air in the western plains seems to be getting set to send storms from western Missouri to the Appalachians and the eastern coast. Some of this is fairly far south and will cause a mess if the snow depths are near the high side.
We lived in Cincinnati during two winters. I think it was the end of January storm ( 1967 Blizzard ) that I remember. This report is from Chicago where 16.4 inches fell in one day. In Cincy we got 10 inches. Cincy did not have the plows, trucks, and crews to deal with snow. People abandoned vehicles in the middle of streets. Having come from a small town where snow was expected, the small town hardly slowed down. Cincy was shut down.
So, for any in the path – Got Apple Strudel?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so nasty news – Last of 2018

Going to a New Year’s Eve party without wearing a tracking device is just asking for trouble.

Item #1: Images
This just out:
People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee live longer than those who abstain. The study also found that people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than underweight folks. The bad news is that living past 90 is bad for your health.

Item #2: Images
An ad with a dog, shows a Boxer running from left to right and
launching into a Christmas tree. Note the red base. After the tree – with base – is flattened, the dog wanders off and comes back dragging a 2nd (?) tree without a base. My first question was, How did they get the dog to jump up and into the tree? Tree bases usually are filled with water. This one isn’t. And did they use two trees, or just one? And which was filmed first, the one knocking over the tree, or the dragging of the tree?
Ad failed. I don’t even know what they were selling.

Item #3: Are you subpar?

The photo shows a metal cabinet for storing liquids that can catch fire. Note the top word is “flammable” and the next word is “inflamable” with 1 ‘M’. Then next, with 2 ‘Ms’ and below all that is (in black) the first spelling again.
The problem isn’t with the cabinet maker, but with the general population. Words can be tricky.

Another example: If you are “earthbound” are you a space traveler heading toward Earth, or are you on Earth’s surface and stuck there?
Or consider “subpar.” If you are playing golf, that’s a good thing. If it is your pay-scale, that’s not so good. If someone or something is “sanctioned” – is that good (approved) or bad (penalized)?

This issue arose this week when a politician in England “tabled” [presented for formal deliberation] a motion in Parliament. In the Congress of the USA, to table a motion means it will not be deliberated, not soon, and maybe not ever.

You can read all about this stuff, here: Dueling meanings

Item #4: Zeya and Ila

I’ve mentioned the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo’s Red Pandas. The latest is that they went for a bit of an unplanned romp that the news describes as an escape. That is a stretch, but it is a fun story.
Escape !

Item #5: For folks that like animal stories

from Canada, 2018

Item #5: A Sun story
The year ends with no Sun Spots.
However, there was a hole in the sun’s atmosphere that allowed a stream of solar wind to head Earth’s way, and is expected to buffet Earth’s magnetic field for the next 24 hours. There may be more auroras.
The solar wind is a stream of charged particles. No danger

And that, for this year, is the not so nasty news.