People Send Me Things: Where Are Trumps Tax Returns?

Excellent point!

                                     During a recent Trump  stop, a heckler
                                    from the audience hollered, “Hey Trump,
                                    where are you hiding your tax returns?


                                    The Donald politely responded, “I’ve
                                    found a very secure place that I’m
                                    certain they won’t be found.”


                                    The insistent heckler, then shouted,
                                    “And just where is that, dummy”?


                                    The Donald smiled and said, “They are
                                    underneath Obama’s college records, his
                                    passport application, his immigration
                                    status as a student, his funding
                                    sources to pay for college, his college
                                    records, and his Selective Service
                                    registration.


                                    “What’s your next question?”

I used to post these items in the Rebane Rumination Sandbox, which has been transferred to another blogger, which I do not visit very often.  I will be posting more items that catch my interest on this blog.

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Sierra Nearing Record Water Year

According to the Sac Bee:

As of Saturday morning, the region accumulated an average of 87.5 inches of water across eight northern Sierra stations since the beginning of the season on Oct. 1, according to data from the California Department of Water Resources.

2017 Precip

The current record for the northern Sierra was established in 1982-1983, when the water year running from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 saw a total of 88.5 inches.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article143554154.html#storylink=cpy

The current forecast storm should push 2016-2017 into the record books. Stay Tuned. 

Posted in California, Climate, Drought, History, Local | 1 Comment

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Green Screen Review #25: ERC to Switch from VR to Promoting Cannabis

Nevada County Economic Resource Council to switch focus from VR to Cannabis

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) is adding another growth industry to their focus. Executive Director Jon Gregory plans to expand the ERC’s Initiative called “Royal Welcome” to the budding Cannabis industry. “The ERC can provide assistance in clarifying Government regulations, and to help remove barriers to success in the review and permitting processes. The goal is to help businesses through the maze of bureaucracy so that they can get up and running at the earliest possible time. Our goal is to ensure that businesses gain access to the full spectrum of services available,” the initiative reads.
MORE: https://yubanet.com/regional/erc-to-switch-focus-from-vr-to-cannabis/

It was only a matter time before VR reality set in and the realization that it was going to impossible for Green Screen Institute to compete with billionaires who have VR and AR visions and the dollars to make those visions real.  Cannabis is a worldwide recognized product of Nevada County.

We were traveling in rural Oregon and stopped at gas station and a skinny kid with a fuzzy beard came out to pump our gas. Where you from he said. “Northern California”, I answered. “Where”, he said.  “Grass Valley” I answered. “Wow,”  he replied. “My friends are down there to get some marijuana, the best there is, you cannot get any better.” Ellen and I were in France having lunch and our table companions were from Brazil. When we said we were from California and Grass Valley they recognized it as a place where high-quality marijuana is grown. But, they really want to talk about Bill Clinton’s sexual hijinks, not MJ.

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CA doubles down on stupid – Court OKs cap and trade, new fuel tax passed

From the LA Times:

California’s cap-and-trade program survives a legal battle in a win for Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists

A cornerstone of California’s battle against climate change was upheld on Thursday by a state appeals court that ruled the cap-and-trade program does not constitute an unconstitutional tax, as some business groups had claimed.
The 2-1 decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento does not eliminate all the legal and political questions that have dogged the program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-california-cap-trade-decision-20170406-story.html

This will continue to increase the cost of doing business in the state.

From the Sac Bee:

The state Legislature on Thursday passed a sweeping $52 billion transportation plan that will raise California gas taxes after leaders struck deals with wavering lawmakers to fund road projects in their districts.

The state Senate voted 27-11 and the state Assembly voted 54-26 – the bare minimum two-thirds margins required for a tax increase. The votes took place shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown met with Senate Democrats behind closed doors during a recess from the floor session.

The legislation will raise the money to pay for the plan over 10 years. It raises the base gasoline excise tax by 12 cents, creates a transportation improvement fee based on the value of a vehicle and raises diesel excise and sales taxes.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article143237054.html#emlnl=Todays_Top_Stories#storylink=cpy

Watch businesses will be motoring out of California faster than before as the cost business and cost of living continues to climb beyond reason,

Posted in California, Climate Change, Human Behavior | 4 Comments

California Drought Report #86: Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Drought OVER!

A deluge of wet weather this winter and unprecedented water conservation prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to end California’s drought emergency on Friday.

But Brown said he would maintain water reporting requirements and bans on wasteful practices like watering during or immediately after rains.

“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”

http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article143321754.html

It is rare that I agree with Governor Brown, but I do in this case. He is spot on the next drought is just around the corner. That has been the drought history of the Southwest, including California.

With the drought over, this will be my last report until the drought returns in two years. Stay Tuned!

Posted in California, Climate, Drought | 1 Comment

Earth Hour: Just Virtue-Signaling

Recommended post by Anthony Watts at WUWT

Earth Hour: A Dissent

by Ross McKitrick  

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Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics at University of Guelph, Canada.(Photo Credit Wikipedia)

In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour.

Here is my response.

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water.

Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases.

Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.

The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.

Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity.

People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off there too.

I don’t want to go back to nature. Travel to a zone hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes to see what it’s like to go back to nature. For humans, living in “nature” meant a short life span marked by violence, disease and ignorance. People who work for the end of poverty and relief from disease are fighting against nature. I hope they leave their lights on.

Here in Ontario, through the use of pollution control technology and advanced engineering, our air quality has dramatically improved since the 1960s, despite the expansion of industry and the power supply.

If, after all this, we are going to take the view that the remaining air emissions outweigh all the benefits of electricity, and that we ought to be shamed into sitting in darkness for an hour, like naughty children who have been caught doing something bad, then we are setting up unspoiled nature as an absolute, transcendent ideal that obliterates all other ethical and humane obligations.

No thanks.

I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something to be ashamed of.

Ross McKitrick

Professor of Economics

University of Guelph

Posted in Climate Change, Education | 1 Comment