Saturday, September 2, 2017

From atop his Dumpster fire...

From atop his Dumpster fire, raging Trump 'turning on people that are very close to him.'

Trump is choking. He bit off more than he can chew.

In the meantime Democrats fear PROGRESSIVES.

What did the TAX TABLE look like when America was Great?

We need to RESTORE an honestly progressive tax!

SOmething LIKE THIS (if not this) as a start:

In the meantime, the trumpster in the dumpster fumes that he does not get the credit he thinks he deserves from the media or the allegiance from fellow Republican leaders he says he is owed. He boasts about his presidency in superlatives, but confidants privately fret about his suddenly dark moods.

Both Trump and the rest of Team Garbage Fire are smoldering over their new chief of staff, a military man attempting to instill a bit of discipline inside their Dumpster.

Is Donald Trump’s new chief of staff already fed up with the president?

Trump is not stable.

Trump is not fir for office.

Trump is not cute.

Shiro is cute!

Above is a cooler day in Monterey.

It is so hot that nuclear reactors can no longer be cooled in many places (e.g. France, American South).

Every day, large reactors like the two at Diablo Canyon, California, individually dump about 1.25 billion gallons of water into the ocean at temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the natural environment.

Diablo’s “once-through cooling system” takes water out of the ocean and dumps it back superheated, irradiated and laden with toxic chemicals. Many U.S. reactors use cooling towers which emit huge quantities of steam and water vapor that also directly warm the atmosphere.

Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity.

Friday, September 1, 2017

From This Valley

they say you are going...

The basic proposition behind the science of climate change is so firmly rooted in the laws of physics that no reasonable person can dispute it. All other things being equal, adding carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere—by, for example, burning millions of tons of oil, coal and natural gas—will make it warm up.

That, as the Nobel Prize–winning chemist Svante Arrhenius first explained in 1896, is because CO2 is relatively transparent to visible light from the sun, which heats the planet during the day. But it is relatively opaque to infrared, which the earth tries to reradiate back into space at night.

Oceans absorb vast amounts of heat, slowing the warm-up of the atmosphere, yet they also absorb excess CO2. Vegetation soaks up CO2 as well but eventually re¬releases the gas as plants rot or burn—or, in a much longer-term scenario—drift to the bottom of the ocean to form sedimentary rock such as limestone.

It is also no surprise that James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been circulating a preprint of a journal paper saying that the outcome of global warming is likely to turn out worse than most people think.

Although the full impact of this temperature increase will not be felt until the end of this century (when humans will cease to exist), the point at which major climate disruption is inevitable is already upon us. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted,” the paper states, “CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 400 ppm [parts per million] to 350 ppm.”

The problem is that a conventional projection for how warm things will get come out of a calculation everyone knows is wrong. Called the Charney sensitivity, it estimates how much the global mean temperature will rise if atmospheric CO2 is doubled from its preindustrial levels, before people began burning coal and oil on a grand scale. But the Charney sensitivity is an oversimplification. The calculation does take into account some feedback mechanisms that can modify the effects of increasing temperatures on short time¬scales—changes in water vapor, clouds and sea ice, for example.

Using that record, Hansen concludes that even if the human race could maintain today’s level of atmospheric CO2 , sea level would rise several meters thanks to the disintegration of continental ice sheets. Moreover, he thinks disintegration may happen much faster than one might naively expect. “We didn’t have convincing data on this until we had the gravity satellites,” he says, referring to GRACE, a pair of orbiters that can detect tiny local changes in the earth’s gravitational field. “Greenland has gone from a stable ice mass in 1990 to accelerating ice loss.

Another big surprise is West Antarctica, where despite little actual warming, the ice shelves are melting.” As those partially floating ice shelves melt, land-based glaciers are free to slide more rapidly to the sea. In Greenland, meltwater from the top of the glaciers is evidently pouring down through cracks to lubricate the underside of the ice sheets, easing their flow out to the ocean.

Warming temperatures, Hansen says, not only increase the amount of meltwater on the surface of the ice but also increase rainfall. “Ice-sheet growth,” he says, “is a dry process. Disintegration is a wet process, so it goes a lot faster.”

The transition to large-scale glaciation in Antarctica began, the researchers estimate, when CO2 dropped to 425 ppm, plus or minus 75 ppm. Most of the ice should therefore disappear again if we reach that point—and if all of Antarctica’s and Greenland’s glaciers were to melt, sea level would rise many tens of meters.

Given Hansen’s eminence as a climate scientist, one might expect that his analysis would have triggered a general panic. And it has—but not among scientists. “This month may have been the most important yet in the two-decade history of the fight against global warming,” wrote journalist and author Bill McKibben in the Washington Post this past December.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Entering a New Phase

Forget Trump and Tonic! Donald Trump’s reelection committee entered into a new phase, the Death Spiral.

Texas voted for Trump. How is Texas doing?

Texas has taken it on the nose -- and chin.

You can't rebuild and donate to the CREEP. (committee to reelect the president). You either support your family and neighbors (socialism) or you support the royal family.

Just like Trump's cabinet, Texans are wading knee deep in sewage!

Priorities change.

The GOP entering its own death spiral after Trump and Republicans who voted for repeal and replace face reelection.

Remember when the GOP voted AGAINST hurricane relief for New England?

Oh moon... of Alabama, We now must say GOODBY!

by Bertolt Brecht and translated from German by Elisabeth Hauptmann in 1925 and set to music by Kurt Weill in 1927.

Donald Trump must be finding it harder than usual to maintain his delusional rosy mental state.

I think the Trump administration has been in a death spiral since day one. His chances of re-election has been seriously, and very negatively, affected.

Kushner's business switches to 'crisis communications' PR firm as Russian investigations heat up.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Harvey is a rabbit.

The National Weather Service announced 8/29.2017 that preliminary data indicates the all-time record for total rainfall from a tropical system in the continental U.S. was broken in Cedar Bayou, Texas -- about 30 miles from downtown Houston -- at 51.88 inches.

If confirmed, the record is .12 inches shy of the record for total rainfall from a tropical storm in the entire U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska. The storm, which dropped a foot of rain from Galveston to Beaumont overnight, according to meteorologists, is expected to continue in Texas until Wednesday afternoon.

HOUSTON (AP) - The rains in Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, reached 51.88 inches as of 3:30 p.m. That's a record for both Texas and the continental United States, but it doesn't quite pass the 52 inches from tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950 (before Hawaii became a state).

Million Dollar Homes.

The nation’s fourth-largest city is still being inundated by record-setting rain and floodwaters from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The National Weather Service has predicted that many areas in and around Houston could total more than 50 inches of rain before the storm ends.

“We are seeing wide spread flooding and this will likely expand and it will likely persist, as it’s slow to recede,” said the National Weather Service. Several fatalities have already been reported, and tens of billions of dollars in damage and loss have already occurred, officials said.

Hurricane Harvey has already dumped 9 trillion gallons of water on Texas and may leave much more before it returns to the Gulf of Mexico. Starting as a category 4 hurricane as it made landfall on Friday night, Harvey has been breaking weather records every hour—and is leaving some scientists wondering why it stalled over south Texas (God’s will) instead of moving cruising northward to Oklahoma and then to the Midwest as storms typically do.

Is climate change to blame for its atypical path of destruction? Well, a bit, according to climate researchers.

Global warming didn’t spawn Harvey it just made him more dangerous. But scientists are careful not to blame all of Harvey’s destruction on greenhouse warming. Houston's lack of rain-sponging green space and devil-may-care zoning laws—have probably made things worse as well.

“Hurricanes are hazards that are exacerbated by climate change,” says Katharine Kayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech. “But the actual risk to Houston is a combination of the hazard—rainfall, storm surge, wind, and vulnerability to the exposure." In Houston's case, vulnerability is particularly high. "It’s a rapidly growing city with vast areas of impervious surfaces," Kayhoe says.

When Hayhoe and others scientists look at the storm itself, they see a hurricane that has been able to keep one foot on the gas pedal while still connected to the gas tank. Warmer water means more water vapor available to power the hurricane, and Harvey’s fuel source—the Gulf of Mexico—is unusually warm right now, thanks to global warming and an unusually hot August in the gulf.

Gulf ocean temperatures are 2.7 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above average. “That provided a deep, warm pool of water used as fuel,” says Dalia Kirschbaum, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who studies hurricane hydrology. Harvey used this hot spot to shift from a tropical depression to a category 4 hurricane in just 48 hours.

In just a decade, the sea surface temperature of the gulf region has risen from 86 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State. Mann said that a relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron equation tells us there is a roughly 3 percent increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming—almost 1 degree Fahrenheit. That means 3 to 5 percent more moisture in the atmosphere in the Gulf region near the south Texas coast. So Harvey has a bigger tank of tropical moisture that it has been dumping on land.

Over the weekend, Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, looked at the rainfall data from Harvey and did a few calculations on its landfall at Rockport, Texas. He calculated that Rockport would get a foot of rain about once in 1,000 years, based on the average climate of the past 38 years. But taken in the context of the past three years and recent high temperatures, the odds increased to about once in 250 years. For all of southeast Texas, the probability of getting that foot of rain has increased from about once in 100 years to about once in 25 years.

Why the change? First, the Gulf water is warmer. Second, while rainy tropical cyclones like Harvey aren’t more frequent, the high-level winds that usually push them out to sea or north to Oklahoma have stopped blowing.

“We don’t know why the winds have collapsed," says Emanuel, "and it’s too early to connect it to anthropogenic (man caused) climate change." But the effects are clear: the collapse of these winds over south Texas started in 2010 and have remained absent—a time during which Houston has been hit by numerous disastrous storms that have flooded the city.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Before taking the stage at the Phoenix Convention Center, Trump watched the sparse crowd gather from a waiting-room television. Gigicos had arranged the rally in a large room with a large part of the floor space left empty.

Trump grew angry at how the empty space would look on television.

Trump brags about his YUGE crowds, but videos showed that the crowd was much smaller in real life than the 15,000 attendees Trump claimed showed up — far fewer.

A side-by-side comparison of the crowds at Barack Obama (2009) and Donald Trump's (2017) respective inaugurations reveals that Trump's crowd isn't as large as he boasted it would be.

Trump is a bully - he can hand it out but not take it...

Trump HIRES PEOPLE to cheer for him. It is no secret!


OUT damn spot! Hire more people. Hire more claquers.

Upstaged by Harvey

Trump, the "look at me, mommy" boy does not like being upstaged.

If harvey is where tha attention is, then harvey is where the trumpster in the dumpster is going.

Face it. Trump is not very bright - even among dim candles. He lives in a world of one - where he alone, is everything.

He knows haw to tell a bigger lie!

Between the 14th hole and the 15th tee, Mr. Trump installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating “The River of Blood.”

Laughing at Trump.

Laughing out loud at Trump.

But, back to Harvey. Tropical Storm Harvey had drifted to the Texas coastline Monday morning. Some areas of the Lone Star State could see storm rainfall totals exceeding 50 inches.

The old colors couldn't reflect rainfall totals in Texas. Just how much rain has fallen so far? The rainfall totals are all staggering – assuming they’ve been drinking Trump Vodka.

Texans are not calling Harvey "An act of God!" I am.

A batch of Fundies done been flooded out!

The rainfall will continue for at least four days, complicating Trump’s planned visit to the region on Tuesday, with recovery efforts stretching (years) well into the unknown future.

Trump is already the least popular president in modern history. Prematurely declaring “mission accomplished” in Houston will come back to haunt him. Trump said he timed his pardon of Joe Arpaio to coincide with the deadly weather event to utilize high TV ratings to bring more awareness to his pardon.

“I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally – the hurricane was just starting,” Trump boasted.

Because he was the most unpopular politician in modern polling, it was vital for Donald Trump to broaden his base of support after he took office. But seven months into his term, there is no sign it will ever happen.