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Cha Cha Changes …

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

Call it what you want, but it can no longer be “denied” by any rational being. The weather patterns are shifting over the objections of the right.

New Year’s Eve 12-31-19 – Anchorage Alaska

Temp +46 Light Rain

New Year’s Day 01-01-20 – Anchorage Alaska

Temp +08 10 inches Snow

24 hours

Now tell me the part about humans not having a part in climate change again.

And a Merry ‘fuckin’ Christmas to you too !

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

It was recently announced that as many as 670 jobs will be eliminated by Hilcorp in the BP buyout.

It seems these ‘adjustments’ always occur at Christmas. I know, it has happened to me before. Nothing makes a worker feel more valued than being told your services are of no use.

Don’t think the ones offered a position in the buyout are home free. They will be required to ‘apply’ (beg) to retain a position with the new owner. Historically this entails a reduction in pay and benefits.

I wouldn’t wish this on a dog.

Is it the end of the federal republic?

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

It seems that Russia ‘won’ the Cold War after all. Or maybe this is just payback for the debacle in Afghanistan we funded in the 80’s.

“el Presidente” has been impeached by the US House of Representatives for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ but Russia’s current leader Putin has come out in favor of “el Presidente” and a majority of Republicans in Congress have rallied to his defense and have stated they will not vote for impeachment no matter what evidence has been collected on his treasonous actions.

Think about that for a moment.

“el Presidente” is due to have a trial in the Senate but the Senate is held by Republicans and most of them are not going to even pretend to act as impartial jurors. Most are already on record stating they will acquit. So his pre-electon statement about ‘shooting someone at high noon on Wall Street and getting away with it’ is true. He holds himself above the law. How quick would an ordinary citizen called to jury duty be slapped with a ‘contempt of court’ citation if they said that in a court room?

It has been shown repeatedly that Russia manipulated the last US Presidential election with misinformation and the voters let themselves be led to where we currently stand. So-called ‘social media’ had a huge part in the spread of the misinformation by refusing to remove blatantly false items claiming ‘free speech’. How much money was funneled to Facebook and Twitter and why the fuck do people believe every fucking bullshit post as if it were sworn testimony? Evidently, yes, people are really that stupid.

Republicans were running around aimlessly in the past muttering, “bu bu but emails”. Now it’s, “bu bu bu but Ukraine emails”. What a bunch of sad moronic fools.

Russia controls the White House and by extension all Republicans currently in Congress.

Anyone still blindly supporting the White House and Congress without question is guilty as well.

However, things would not be much different if Clinton had been elected. The Clintons were engaged in a ‘pay to play’ scam of their own through their “non-profit foundation”. So we would still be up to our ass in shit. Russia manipulated the primary so the US voters were left with choosing between a “Giant Douche” and a “Turd Sandwich”. Neither one should be allowed to hold any public office. But I digress.

Russia played the US voters like a cheap banjo at a hoedown.

Is it any wonder that voter turnout is so low? The attitude is ‘why vote, it won’t matter anyway.’

Will the United States of America ever find its way beck into the light?

Get them cheap while they last

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

It would appear that the cost of vote from the Alaska Congressional Delegation has not kept place with inflation.

Now all it takes is an “endorsement” from the the White House. The least they could have done is hold out for cash and prizes such as one of the ever revolving Cabinet posts. Even VECO / Allen paid more.

Y’all remember VECO and all the legislators, state and federal, they bought right? I think the lowest bribe VECO paid was $1100 USD. You can buy a sitting US Senator from Alaska for just an “endorsement”. And it would appear that Alaska’s only congressman goes for less than that.

Sad

On the local front, ‘el Guv’ is using quotes fed directly to him from the Pebble mine owners. ‘el Guv’ is in turn feeding those to the current corrupt EPA in support of Pebble. So much for an impartial review and permit process. ‘el Guv’ has been Outside drumming up support and funds against the attempted recall by Alaskan voters. Evidently he couldn’t get enough bucks from actual residents of Alaska. You know, that place that he is supposed to represent. Let us not overlook that he has a few of the folks associated with the VECO deal working for him.

It would appear that “an oath of office” doesn’t mean squat.

When all the cosmic tumblers click into place …

Monday, November 4th, 2019

An allegedly ordinary alaskan won his lawsuit in the Supreme Court against the National Park Service. It cost over 10 years and a cool 1.5 million dollars to get the National Park Service to accept that ‘we don’t care how they do it outside’. Alaskan’s many times consider themselves above the law / rules or that the laws and rules do not apply to them.

Just ask them, they’ll tell you.

Seems the person in question was operating his hovercraft in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve even though it was against NPS (National Park Service) rules. He did it for years without getting caught. Alaska is big, you know. One day he was repairing a cable on his boat and was happened upon by a couple of NPS rangers who gave him a ticket and made him tow his boat out of the preserve. And he didn’t like being told what the rules were and that he had to follow them like everyone else.

Hovercraft float on a cushion of air and skim over water and ground without causing too much damage to the environment. Except the the noise. Ah, the noise. Nothing better than being way out in the puckerbrush where the loudest sound you hear is the wind in your ears and your heart beating. Then here comes some asshole either riding or being pushed by a great big-assed fan. The decibels are painful.

It is easy to understand why the NPS would want to keep the noise down.

But that was in conflict with the man’s belief that the rules don’t apply to him and his boat and his right to make as much fucking noise as he wants. After all, it’s wilderness. It won’t bother anyone.

That particular argument is a bit specious. What the case pivoted on actually was a rehash of the old ‘navigable’ waterway laws that go back to European origins. Basically, if you can get a boat with cargo up a river, then no one can stop you. They can keep you from getting out of the boat. You can’t touch land. But they can’t stop you.

Everything was fine until he got out of the boat.

So who owned / controlled the gravel bar he was beached on making repairs? The feds or the state?

Years ago in order to gain free access to the oil and mineral riches of Alaska a deal was made. ANILCA was one of those deals. Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. It was to dive up Alaska between the feds, the state, and the natives so they could start pumping oil from Prudhoe. But the language of the deal wasn’t clear and simple enough. There was enough ambiguity for lawyers to make a buttload of money off the confusion.
And they have, and they will continue to do so.

This could have gone down a much different path if everyone had been willing to be reasonable. NPS should have given the man assistance in getting his craft repairs and out of the preserve. Rules recognizing uniquely Alaska issues such as access to subsistence hunting and fishing would have gone a long way to heading this off. An Alaskan hovercraft rule with a decibel and craft size limit possibly with a open season would have prevented a 1.5 million dollar payday to the lawyers.

Now every knothead in Alaska thinks he can drive his boat, aircraft, ATV, or truck deep into the wilderness as they choose.

Airboats, hovercraft, ATVs, drones, snow machines, etc all detract from the unspoiled lands we have in Alaska. Noise does have an effect on the wildlife and should be limited. As an example, take a look at the Grand Canyon. Flight restrictions are in place due to rush of midair collisions and noise.

Beware what you wish for Alaska, that noise maybe from your neighbor and he thinks it’s OK for him to keep pumping out the db.

Given the current federal and state administrations at this time, it’s a wonder he didn’t get a cash settlement as well and approval to run monster trucks up the Charley River.