Monday, June 29, 2015

QOTD, 06/30/2015

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
Charles Krauthammer
July 26, 2002

Overheard at work today...

"I identify as a Grouchy American, and I'm fed up with all you Smilists demanding that I adopt your lifestyle.

"Get off my lawn!"

Saturday, June 27, 2015

And Now For Your Field Day Wx...

Today being Amateur Radio Field Day, I thought I'd check the weather. Last year we about got drowned.

No chance of that this year...
 Warnings for Seattle and Vicinity, Washington | Weather Underground

Excessive Heat Warning
Statement as of 5:19 AM PDT on June 27, 2015

... Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 5 am PDT Sunday...

* timing... this afternoon through Saturday night.

* Locations... the greater Puget Sound region from Snohomish   County southward and the southwest interior. This includes
  Everett...  Seattle... Bellevue... Bremerton... Tacoma...    Puyallup...  Enumclaw... Olympia... and Chehalis.

* Temperatures... high temperatures this afternoon will reach the  mid 80s to mid 90s... and then will not drop below 80 in many
  areas until after 9 PM tonight. Today is expected to be the hottest day in this stretch of warm weather. Mid and high level
  clouds will move over the area later today which would slow the rate of cooling tonight. Temperatures in some areas may not
  drop below 70 until nearly 3 am Sunday morning.

* Impacts... during hot weather it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are more susceptible to
  the heat... stay inside in air conditioned areas. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars... as temperatures inside
  parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels. Remember to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible... reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work... the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9 1 1.

(But wait! There's more after the jump!)

Friday, June 26, 2015

GOAL Post 2015-Special-8

TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT:  Fri 6/26/2015 5:59 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post  2015-Special-8

Legislative Update from Olympia 26 June 2015


Right after I posted GOAL Post last week, it sounded like they had made a budget breakthrough.  Apparently that was a grossly optimistic view.  Republicans are standing their ground on a balanced, no-new-taxes budget, while Democrats continue to press for significant tax increases.  Budget negotiators claim they're getting closer, but no agreement yet.

Tomorrow is the 30th and last day of the second special session.  Unless lightning strikes overnight, we can expect a third special session to begin shortly.

Furlough notices have already been sent imposing a "partial" state government shutdown, effective July 1st (next Wednesday).

The only good news in all of this is that the firearm issue has not been raised.  The House passed a few bills in the past two days, but no impact on firearms.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

65 years ago...

The Brothers Memorial, Republic of Korea War Museum, Seoul
Photograph by D.W. Drang

This is my favorite photo of the US Korean War Memorial

Past Cluemeter posts on The Korean War: 

Associate Justice Scalia for Chief Justice!

I'd say President, but for who would be appointing his replacement...

"We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare" And Scalia's 20 Other Epic Burns

Dear Amazon Shoppers...

When sends you an email asking if you can answer someone's question about a product which you have purchased...

...If your answer is some variation of "I dunno"...

...Don't bother. You're wasting your own time and everyone else's.

Further, if the answer is a simple "yes" or "no", you might want to take the time to discover whether someone else has said the same thing before posting.

I know these emails make it sound like Joe Schmuckatello from Resume Speed, IA, is asking this question of you, personally, and you feel like you're ignoring the poor guy by just deleting when yu know you can't help him, but...

...You're not helping.

Stop Wasting My Time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Did I Really Hear That?


Yes, I did.

There really is an Official Shampoo of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Not good

Snowpack? What snowpack? State measurements show zero | The Seattle Times

So, you know, any jackass who thinks that Washington should be sending water to California, should just boldly go take a flying leap...

Woven into the fabric of our lives...

This is a neat article.

Instapundit » Blog Archive » VIRGINIA POSTREL: How Textiles Repeatedly Revolutionized Technology. Textiles are technology…

Mrs. Drang describes herself as a Fiber Artist. Spinning and dyeing, weaving (which she sometimes describes as tedious), a bit of knitting, sewing...

And, yeah, fiber arts (and technology) have been key in advances in human technology.