Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Can you remember a worse start to a presidency?

I can't. And it's not because I disagree with most of what Trump has proposed in the past twenty-six days. For someone with no government experience (and apparently little real significant management experience) to issue fiats without testing them beforehand with at least one or two people with substantive government experience says a lot about his management skills. His time management skills are also shaky. How can he waste time complaining about companies dropping his daughter's line of merchandise? For someone whose finger is on a nuclear bomb to conduct a review of an enemy's actions in public boggles the mind.

I wonder how those who voted for him feel now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oh, to be a cop in Boston

The city's highest paid employee, a police officer, made $403,000 last year - $58,600 in overtime, $121,900 for police detail work, and a one-time retroactive check for $92,500 that he received last year after an arbitrator ordered the city to give detectives a hefty pay raise over a six-year period. His regular pay was about $92,500. His boss made $245,300, the mayor $175,000. Twenty-two other policemen made over $300,000. More than 500 detectives made between $200,000 and $300,000. Almost all of the top 100 earners for the city were policemen.

Salmon crossing the road in Vancouver

From a fellow Duncaster resident

Monday, February 13, 2017

Letting the public in on a President's discussion of North Korea

North Korea tested a missile Saturday. Trump and his aides discussed the issue near the dining room at Mar-a-Lago. A guest at the resort took photos of the meeting and published them on Facebook. The photos included the paperwork that was probably being discussed.

Oliver is back

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Advice on the Drug Wars

Cesar Gaviria, President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994, has some advice for Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Phillipines:
"Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse."
"Locking up nonviolent offenders and drug users almost always backfires, instead strengthening organized crime."
"Not only did we fail to eradicate drug production, trafficking and consumption in Colombia, but we also pushed drugs and crime into neighboring countries."
"Tens of thousands of people were slaughtered in our anti-drug crusade."
"Many of our brightest politicians, judges, police officers and journalists were assassinated. At the same time, the vast funds earned by drug cartels were spent to corrupt our executive, judicial and legislative branches of government."
"They started making positive impact only when they treated drug use a social problem and not a military one."
"Real reductions in drug supply and demand will come through improving public health and safety, strengthening anticorruption measures — especially those that combat money laundering — and investing in sustainable development."

Many of these points could apply to us.

A visitor

‘‘Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes’’, said a woman in India. She had to go to four hospitals before she found out what "it" was.

It was a live cockroach sitting in the skull base, between the eyes and close to the brain. It took 45 minutes to get it out. It was still alive.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

An ice shelf is cracking

An ice shelf, which develops from runoff from glaciers, provide structural support to the glaciers that rest on land. If a shelf collapses, the glaciers behind it can accelerate toward the ocean. Scientists are reporting that a major ice shelf (the fourth largest) in the Antarctic (called Larsen C) has grown 17 miles since December. The crack in Larsen C now reaches over 100 miles in length, and some parts of it are as wide as two miles. The tip of the rift is currently only about 20 miles from reaching the other end of the ice shelf. Once the crack reaches all the way across the ice shelf, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.