Monday, August 31, 2015

Obama To Appear On Survival Expert's Show

During his upcoming visit to Alaska, President Obama will join survival expert Bear Grylls on an episode of his show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.  Grylls has been a member of the British special forces and had an earlier show named Man v. Wild.  If anyone has recently told Obama to take a hike, it appears that he intends to do exactly that.  Although I've never a fan of Obama, I hope that Grylls is the only bear that he runs into.

Read more at CNN, BBC News, USA Today and Variety.

UPDATE:  From Twitchy, PETA gives their reaction.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Links

Some things going on out there:

From CNN, New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie (R) promises that as president, he will "track undocumented immigrants like FedEx packages".  This begs several questions.  In order to start such tracking, don't we have to first find them, which according to some people, can't be done for all 11 million of them?  And if we can find them, wouldn't this enable us to deport them?

From Breitbart Texas, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman addresses the #BlackLivesMatter "rhetoric".

From Reuters, Sheriff Hickman states that Deputy Darren Goforth was "killed because of [his] uniform".

From Independent Journal Review, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke accuses President Obama of starting a "war on police".

From the Chicago Sun-Times, General Mills announces its goals for cutting greenhouse gases.

From Arkansas Online, the University of Texas has removed its statue of Jefferson Davis from its place near the university's clock tower.

From The Sun, a British  MI6 spy who was found dead five year ago had hacked into data on former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

From The Weather Channel, in a historical rarity, there are three Pacific hurricanes now in category 4.  (via End Time Headlines)

From US of Arn, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) faults Senator Dick Durban (D-IL) for supporting the Iran nuke deal.

From WQAD, a small plane crashes near Kewanee, Illinois.

From Middle East Online, for the first time ever, woman in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote in local elections.

From the Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker (R) thinks that putting a wall on the U.S.-Canada border "merits further review".

From Fox News, some Appalachian Trail hikers have been "behaving badly".  (Having hiked all of the Maryland part of the trail, and a few miles into both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, I naturally find this news rather disconcerting.)

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hundreds mourn for a 9-year-old girl killed in Ferguson, Mo.  (via ABC News)

And from the New York Post, a resident of the Hamptons, a very rich and very leftwing area of Long Island, has had to take extraordinary measures to protect his "Hillary For Prison" signs.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Migrants In Europe Helped By Smartphones

Here's an interesting story about the migrants traveling in Europe that came out in The New York Times three days ago, and was picked up by VDare a day later.  From the Times:
The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.
Among other things, the smartphones help them connect with traffickers.  Also from the Times:
On the Arabic-language Facebook group Trafficking to Europe, one trafficker offers a 50 percent discount for children under 5. The 1,700 euro price of the journey from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece, about $1,900, includes travel by car to and from each side of the border with a two-hour walk across.
Not only is a lot of illegal immigration going on, but there appears to be a pretty sophisticated network ready to support it, or at least make money off it.  So much for the stereotype of such migrants being poor or fleeing poverty.  Read the full story.

Migrants Die In Separate Incidents

Some of the invaders migrants trying to reach Europe or travel between its countries have seen their travels come to a grim end.

From BBC News, two boats carrying a total of about 500 people capsized near Libya.  So far, 82 of them have been reported dead, with around another 200 still missing.

From AOL, 71 migrants appear to have suffocated in a refrigerated truck abandoned on a highway in Austria.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Virginia Journalists Killed During Broadcast

Two journalists in Virginia were shot and killed while they were conducting an on-air interview this morning around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in the town of Moneta.  Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were employees of WDBJ, based in Roanoke.

I first learned about this horror at Hot Air, who provide links to WSLS and WDBJ.  You can also read more at The Epoch Times.

UPDATE:  The person being interviewed, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was also shot and hospitalized.  The suspect, identified as Vester Flanigan, shot himself near mile marker 17 on Interstate 66, and is reported to be in critical condition.  This would mean that he fled about 150 miles to the northeast after the shooting in Moneta.

UPDATE 2:  Hot Air has now linked a live blog by The Washington Post.  According to an entry timed at 1:58 p.m., the suspected shooter has been pronounced dead.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Sights In Western Colorado

To conclude my most recent travelogue, I have a few pictures from places in Colorado where I made a brief stop.  In Fruita, there is a welcome center just off exit 19 from Interstate 70.  Across a parking lot from the welcome center is the Western Slope Vietnam Memorial Park, which is easily spotted because of its mounted Army helicopter.
More on this memorial may be found at Pauahtun and Roadside America.

Crayfish Species Named After Edward Snowden

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who might be a hero, freedom fighter or traitor depending on whom you talk to, has been given a new namesake, a species of crayfish native to the Indonesian part of New Guinea, the Cherax snowden.  Specimens of this animal have previously been mistaken for members of another crayfish species.  The crayfish has a dark blue body with orange on parts of its extremities, and thus does not physically resemble Snowden.  Whether any have been found leaking secrets has not been reported.

Read more at Sci-News, UPI, The Washington Post and Time.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Some Sights In Eastern Utah

The entrance to Arches National Park is just off U.S. Highway 191, a few miles north of Moab, Utah.  Between the park entrance and Moab is the junction of U.S. 191 and Utah State Route 128.  From the junction, U.S. 191 goes northwest, while Utah 128 goes northeast, both of them eventually connecting to Interstate 70.  Most of Utah 128 follows the Colorado River on its east side.  About 30 miles north of its southern end, the road goes over a bridge and onto the west side of the river.  After a few more miles, Utah 128 and the Colorado part company, with the road proceeding northward across a relatively flat area before coming to a T.  Turning left keeps you on Route 128 and after a few more miles, takes you to I-70.  Turning right puts you on an unnumbered road which also goes to I-70, after passing through the remote town of Cisco.

Much of Route 128 along the Colorado is in a canyon.  There are also some rock formations along the road, such as these, about two miles south of the bridge.

Black Monday Links

The stock market, already having taken a beating last week, opened today with some big losses.  Here are some stock market stories and other things in the news:

From Fox News, the Dow-Jones opened over 1,000 points down, but as of 9:50 a.m., has a net loss for the day of 611 points.

From The Street, the S&P 500 undergoes a correction.

From WUIS, a live blog of today's stock market action.

From CNBC, as the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P all suffer losses, the New York Stock Exchange invokes Rule 48.

From Zero Hedge, Rule 48 is invoked.  The site also shows the text of this rule.

From Bloomberg Business, stock trading will pause for 15 minutes if the S&P goes down by 7% before 3:25 p.m.

From International Business Times, the "Fab Five" tech stocks all get crushed.

From The Jerusalem Post, European stocks suffer large losses.

From Market Watch, since last Wednesday, the Euro has made up half of its year-to-date loss against the dollar.  (Good thing I visited Europe two months ago instead of last week.)

From The Vancouver Sun, in a survey, economists believe that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year.

From The Washington Times, presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) not only enjoys good poll numbers, but bad poll numbers among those who attacked him.

From CBS Chicago, mosquitoes in McHenry County, Illinois have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

From BBC News, a huge chunk of ice has broken off Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier.

From io9, data collected in 1995 provides evidence that rogue waves exist.

From AOL, the three Americans and one Briton who stopped the attack on a train travelling to Paris were awarded France's Legion Of Honor medal.

From MyChamplainValley, who indicate CNN as their source, what we know about the train attack suspect.

From National Review, in Big Technology, Americans need not apply.

From Yahoo News, Guatemalan President Otto Perez, accused of corruption, refuses to resign.

From The Washington Post, ISIS destroys another ancient structure in Palmyra, Syria.

From Reuters, convicted theater attacker James Holmes will be formally sentenced in a three-day hearing that begins today.

And from The Washington Free Beacon, voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania oppose the Iran nuke deal by 2-1.  (What their congresscritters think of the deal is another matter.)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back To Arches - Part 2

After viewing Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch in the Devils Garden area of Arches National Park, as told in Part 1, I got back on the area's main trail and hiked to the viewing area of Landscape Arch, one of the park's most famous arches.  There's a long sloping area that goes under and behind it, leading up to an alcove.