Since when is anything that Meghan McCain says of any importance to anyone…???

… Since when is anything that Meghan McCain says of any importance to anyone…???

Meghan McCain Just Compared Trump to the Founding Fathers While Defending Mistress Payout

This is a stretch.

By Martin Cizmar / Raw Story

April 12, 2018, 8:04 AM GMT

The office and residences of Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen were raided Monday, as investigators probe possible illegal behavior including possible illegal campaign donations.

But Trump defender Meghan McCain and other Republicans are seeking to spin this topic into morality—so as to excuse the president’s immoral behavior.

“In 1791, Alexander Hamilton paid off his mistress’ husband,” she said. “Paying off mistresses has been going on since literally the birth of our Democracy.”

The View’s Sonny Hostin put things into perspective, by focusing the issue on the possible illegal behavior.

“I am such a traditionalist, as many people know, and I am so offended by these allegations of love child, and sleeping with a porn star when your wife just had a baby—and people should care about it,” she said. “But people should also care that these may be illegal campaign contributions used to conceal these affairs so as to influence the outcome of the election, because if people know about all of this stuff maybe they wouldn’t have voted for him.”

McCain quickly derailed the conversation by turning it back to morality so she could defend Trump’s affair with a porn star months after his wife gave birth to their son.

“I’m not surprised by this? Who’s surprised by this? The idea that he possibly impregnated someone, slept with a million women—we know this about President Trump,” McCain said


That percentage changes depending upon how the questions are asked, when, where and by whom…

... That percentage changes depending upon how the questions are asked, when, where and by whom…

About half of Americans support single-payer health care

But that support diminishes when people are asked to consider the well-worn arguments against it.

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Tragically indicates the degree to which humans have trashed mother-nature … think she won’t retaliate…???

…Tragically indicates the degree to which humans have trashed
mother-nature … think she won’t retaliate…???

A sperm whale found dead in Spain had 29 kilos of plastic in its stomach


Wonder where your plastic bags go? Yeah.Scientists have discovered 29 kilos of plastic in the stomach of a sperm whale, which washed up on the southern coast of Spain in February.During an autopsy of the 10-metre-long male whale, experts from the El Valle Wildlife Recovery Center uncovered plastic bags, a jerry can, and several pieces of rope and net.After full examination, the experts agreed that the sperm whale had died because it could not expel the plastic it had swallowed.They theorised that the …
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TRUMP epitomizes

…TRUMP epitomizes an uncontrollable ego… and the “kicker” we have a Congress afraid to contain him…

The Definition of a Fascist? Trump thinks any attack on him is an attack on America

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Democracy is a buzzkill for tyrants READ MORE»

path to become irrelevant … and we have succeeded

…Since LBJ leadership fiasco in Vietnam to Trump … America has been on a path to become irrelevant … and we have succeeded…

How America Became Irrelevant to the Rest of the World

By Guy T. Saperstein, Kelsey Abkin, Independent Media Institute

Trump’s “America first” policy is unconvincing, but what makes it truly dangerous is his accompanying erratic pronouncements. READ MORE»


Another “feel-good” from Arizona water gurus who never define IMMEDIATE…

…Another “feel-good” from Arizona water gurus who never define IMMEDIATE…

As Arizona Nears Record Low Snowpack, Water Managers Urge Caution, But Not Panic



Apr 09, 2018…by…Casey Kuhn, KJZZ


The Salt River Project (SRP) puts on an annual water expo, and this year’s featured a pile of cold, wet, white powdery stuff on a hot sunny day in Tempe.

SRP Hydrologist Andrew Volkmer put snowshoes on two young boys while their guardian looked on.

This is the first time they’ve worn snowshoes, they said, and their guardian said someone might need to explain to them first what snow is.

Volkmer’s job today is to explain exactly what snow is, and why it’s so important for the state’s water supply.

“You guys want to measure some snow while you’re in them?” he asked.

“Yeah,” they said in unison.

Volkmer plunges a hollow aluminum tube into the waist-high snow pack simulator. He pulls it out and looks at a slot in the pole with a ruler on it. That shows how deep the snow is. Then, he puts it on a scale and weighs it; that shows how much water would be in the snow once it melts.

This is the same process used everywhere snow is measured, weighed and recorded to calculate the eventual runoff when it melts.

Volkmer was happy to explain it to people of all ages. One group, Zarena Brotestante and her mother, were wide-eyed as they learned how the snow melts to become the water they use.

“And then we use that to run into our models to determine how much is in our reservoirs,” Volkmer said. “And that gives us a good idea of where our reservoir levels are going to be at the end of winter.”

“Oh wow,” Brotestante said.

Right now, SRP reservoir levels are 61 percent full. Not great, but not terrible either, according to SRP Surface Water Resource Manager Charlie Ester.

“We’re actually in pretty good condition,” Ester said.

That’s all because of planning. Ester said SRP plans 11 years ahead for water supply.

However, this year’s snowpack has been severely dry. Ester said without late-in-the-season snowstorms, the 2018 total runoff from that snowpack could be one of the driest on record in 105 years.

“While we’re increasing the amount of groundwater we’re going to use this year that’s not because this year is dry,” Ester said. “We’re looking out to next year. What if next year is just as severely dry and maybe even worse?”

Water Comes From Snow In High Country

The winter snow in Arizona’s high country melts and goes into the Salt and Verde Rivers. SRP has dammed up those rivers to fill reservoirs, which are managed and sent through canals for city use. Since there is less than half of the snow melt amount typically flowing into those reservoirs, Ester said the company will use more groundwater as a supplement.

Ester said everyday water users don’t have to worry about cutbacks now. But, he said, water in the desert is a luxury.

“We have enough water to use but not to waste” Ester said. “We should treat every drop of water like it’s a precious resource — because it really is.”

Ester said it’s also important to educate Phoenix-area residents to where their water comes from because so many people that live here are from somewhere else.

"The Valley of the Sun has such a dynamic population," Ester said. "So that means people are coming from all over the United States and hopefully they knew where their water came from in those places but it’s more than likely not going to be the same here."

Most of the Valley’s water starts 100 miles away as snow falling in the mountains near Pine, east of Camp Verde where U.S. Department of Agriculture engineer Travis Kolling drives an all-terrain vehicle to get to a testing site.

“The was actually an old forest road,” he said on the ride up.

That old forest road ends and the evergreen trees grow tall and thick where there’s practically no snow.

Finally, sparkly white patches appear closer to the site and the snow crunches underfoot.

Kolling and his partner are with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in Arizona. They went from spot to spot collecting data. Their boots sank into the snow and the shallow pack today is another example of how dry this year has been.

“Usually we have to wear snowshoes for this,” Kolling said, laughing.

His partner jotted down the inches of snow before Kolling poured it into a bag for weighing.

“This is our official snow survey Walmart bag,” he said.

Last year was a wet winter, but this year looks like drought conditions again.

“It’s pretty low,” Kolling said. “Normally this is the peak snowpack, and it’s already melting out.”

Arizona’s snowpack this year is far below normal at 28 percent of the normal snowpack as of March 1.

Report: Western Snowpack Shrinking Due To Climate Change

Collecting snow data is a low-tech test that’s been practically the same since measurements began in the 1920s. That makes for an appealingly standard data set for scientists like Director of Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University Philip Mote.

“The number of trends going down a lot relative to [the data’s] variability were much much greater than what you expect by chance,” Mote said.

Mote led a study that found the Western snowpack across the board is declining due to climate change. Arizona showed more of a decrease than most.

Mote’s not sure why Arizona stands out, but overall the reasons for less snow and therefore less water runoff on average are those warmer surface temperatures.

“Indeed the warming trends we have observed are the culprit in the decreases in snowpack that have been observed,” Mote said.

Mote ran the weather data through a model twice: once with observed climate warming trends and again without those trends. Only the climate change simulation mirrored real-life snowpack numbers.

Water managers like SRP’s Charlie Ester will keep worrying about water supply, like they do every year.

“I don’t think we need to be worried now at this point. But managing water is always — ” Ester paused. “There’s that uncertainty of climate. And we don’t know what the future’s going to bring.”

Unless a major snowstorm comes through, it’s likely that the snow and the runoff are going to be near record lows again.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between public radio and TV stations in the West, and part of ongoing Colorado River coverage in partnership with KUNC in Colorado.



Can technology solve Arizona’s water woes?


Arizona Public Media, KAWC Yuma & KJZZ Phoenix

In Yuma, Ariz., the Colorado River is not what it was. For thousands of years, its raging water deposited rich soil in the delta, creating one of the most verdant agricultural areas in the world. Today, the river flow is 1 percent of what it was a century ago, but agriculture continues to thrive. In Part 2 of the "Lifeblood of the Desert," Arizona Public Media partners dig into how the area’s No. 1 user of river water survives. The answer: technology.



What ‘new normal’ means for water in the West

Water Deeply

Although it’s typical in the West to have big swings in precipitation from year to year, what has concerned scientists lately is that even good years are no longer producing the kind of runoff seen historically. It’s even prompted a group of scientists to call for a new language to describe the conditions they’re seeing. This "new normal” may look more like “aridification” than drought.


restricts abortion and then compounds this

… Arizona restricts abortion and then compounds this by choosing to turn its back on those children it demanded be born denying them adequate education, health care, mental & emotional care … and a meaningful life…

…Welcome to life in “dark$$$” owned Arizona…

Arizona Bill Places New Restriction on Abortion

Women in Arizona must now fill out a questionnaire before receiving an abortion.

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