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Oroville fish fall remains a mystery

A new and interesting ?fish fall? report comes out of Oroville, California this week. News stories conflict about what actually happened but here is the best report from a local news team. According to witnesses at the Stanford Avenue Elementary school in Oroville, just before noon, teachers and children noticed the playground area was strewn with small dead fish. The school administration had a person check the roof to determine if the fish had fallen and he reported ?dozens? on the roof. But no one saw the fish actually fall. The reporter for this story followed up with the nearby fish hatchery who said they had no delivery of fish that could account for it. But they believed it was a type of carp found in the bay, but not the nearby Feather River. So how the fish got there remains mysterious. But there are curious problems with this story that often crop up with such bizarre reports. I could find no reference that any samples were collected to determine the type of fish. But they do not seem to be unusual and there are many potential sources for the fish ? the Oroville reservoir, rivers, bays and streams, and a local hatchery. The timing of the event is unclear. The on-scene report says: It started out a typical Tuesday at Stanford Avenue Elementary school ? then just before noon, the campus was suddenly littered with fish. A later report from the same team says it must have happened overnight because staff noticed it Tuesday morning. And, there is this curious bit: But then, it started to rain fish again during school classes and recess, according to the schools librarian, Rachael Thompson. No one got a video. There were no security cameras that report capturing anything odd. And the neighbors haven?t contributed any corroboration in public. It?s explicitly noted by the on-scene reporter that no one saw them fall. So the report that it rained fish twice may be a misquote or misunderstanding. These mistakes get propagated leading people to assume something was observed when it wasn?t. Some reporting automatically linked in the above story to a ?cloud? that passed over. This also looks to be an assumption. There is no documentation for any storm event strong enough to do this. A Sacramento meteorologist says that there were some clouds and possible thunderstorms during this time that might account for some surface fish being blown a half-mile or so to the east from their water source. But this is still speculation. (Unfortunately, this station?s radar was out so they have no record of precipitation.) So, it is NOT clear when this exactly happened. The photographs are not even good and there was no available documentation of the extent of the fish fall. I?ve seen rumors that fish were found around the area, just not on the school campus, but this is all uncertain. The fish on the grass are in one piece but it?s odd that fish that landed on the hard surfaces are relatively intact. Could they have been frozen? Or was the fall not that far? I?m not convinced by the wind/waterspout idea of moving fish. It?s never been documented well enough to determine this mechanism really works. And, it doesn?t make a whole lot of sense. (I?d love to see it...

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How Rebecca Solnit Became Essential Feminist Reading

The opening scene of Rebecca Solnit?s essay ?Men Explain Things to Me? is, by now, a familiar one, not only because it?s repeated so often whenever Solnit is written about, but because it describes a type of encounter that has become, for most women, routine. At a party, a bloviating man approaches Solnit and, upon learning that she just wrote a book about early film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, begins to lecture her on a ?very important Muybridge book.? While ostensibly educating her, he assumes ?that smug look I know so well in a man holding forth,? she writes, ?eyes fixed on the fuzzy far horizon of his own authority.? The book he?s going on about is Solnit?s own. When this fact finally dawns on him, his face goes ?ashen.? THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS: FURTHER REPORTS FROM THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Rebecca SolnitHaymarket Books, 192pp., $14.95 Female readers who endured a lifetime of being similarly diminished, both in and out of academia, online and in person, in their homes and in their workplaces, greeted ?Men Explain Things to Me,? and Solnit?s essay collection of the same title, with a mixture of gratitude and glee. Lots of women have extensive knowledge on various topics, but few have written the books to prove it; here, at last, the offending man received and actually registered correction. The moment wasn?t simply resonant?it generated a host of new ways to describe sexism. The term ?mansplaining??a man talking down to a woman about a subject she knows as well as or better than he does?made its first known appearance on a LiveJournal blog one month after Solnit published her piece, and has passed into common use, along with ?manspreading??sitting with knees wide apart on a crowded subway?and other under-examined ?man-? behaviors. Despite her canny take on gender dynamics, Solnit did not exactly set out to become a prominent feminist figure. The author of 20 books and hundreds of essays, she didn?t make her name from years of blogging or op-eds on ?women?s issues,? which is partly why her writing retains a mercifully non-pundit-like quality. One year she releases a collection of environmentalist essays and the next, a biography of a nineteenth-century photographer. Aside from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, it?s difficult to think of a living writer who is quite so adored for her advocacy of women?s rights without having fashioned an entire career around it. Solnit was initially ?ambivalent? about the coinage ?mansplaining,? she told The Guardian, because she worried ?about typecasting men with the term.? It was only after a female student convinced her ?how much we needed this word, how this word let us describe an experience every woman has but we didn?t have language for? that she embraced it. The Mother of All Questions, Solnit?s newest collection of essays, reads like a second offering to the passionate contingent of female readers she never expected to have. This time, the book?s opening salvo confronts the way childless women are regularly called upon to justify their state, whatever they have otherwise accomplished. Solnit recalls giving a talk on Virginia Woolf: During the subsequent question-and-answer session, she?s stunned that the audience focuses not on ?the magnificent questions? posed by Woolf?s novels, but on a ?soporific and pointless detour? into whether Woolf ?should have had children.? It?s...

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Nakilat Takes Back 8th LNG Carrier

Qatar state owned shipowner Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya from Shell Trading and Shipping Company (Stasco) with effect from May 24, 2017, it said May 25.  The seventh carrier Onaiza came under Nakilat?s management last week. Thank you for appreciating great fact based news coverage and analysis on natural gas developments. To continue reading please sign in or subscribe. If you cannot read this article, it is because you are not yet a subscriber. Sign up today to read and access our substantial archive of content! (Not applicable to Global Gas Perspectives) Natural Gas World welcomes all viewpoints. Should you wish to provide an alternative perspective on the above article, please contact [email protected] Kindly note that for external submissions we only lightly edit content for grammar and do not edit externally contributed content.  more >>> seller...

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Bulgarian PM Borissov: ?We?ll buy new jet fighters when we?re ready?

Share this: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has hit back after President Roumen Radev, a former Air Force commander, publicly criticised him about his statements hinting at a possible delay of years in acquiring new jet fighters. While Bulgaria has received three bids to supply fighter aircraft, with a military expert committee ranking the bid by Sweden?s Gripen as top, Borissov and others in his government are showing scant urgency about proceeding with the long-delayed upgrade of the Air Force. ?Is the military going to consist only of fighters?? Borissov said on May 26. ?A year ago, President Radev, then the Air Force commander, said that the MiGs had to be repaired because they could remain in use up to 2028. Isn?t that what he said? ?That is why, in fulfilling his desires, relying on his highest competence in this subject, we have established last Friday ?Avionas?,? Borissov said, referring to the state acquisition of the military plant. Borissov said that the government would now spend a further 15 million leva on the factory to retrofit it and carry out overhauls of the MiG-29 and SU aircraft and helicopters there. He said that the Defence Ministry had not explained to him how they chose Gripen ?so quickly? one month after all military experts were replaced. Borissov was referring to the several changes of personnel in Defence Ministry positions at the time of the Gerdzhikov caretaker cabinet, which was in office until early May. Borissov said that he wanted to examine the matter because of the ?millions? it would cost taxpayers. Provisional estimates of the total cost of Bulgaria?s projected acquisitions ? the jet fighters, naval patrol vessels and armoured cars ? are somewhere between 2.5 billion and three billion leva. Borissov said that he had heard Radev talk about raising pensions, and payments to people with disabilities. He had heard everyone talking about how there should be higher salaries. At the same time, the head of the army wanted higher pay for military personnel, and the head of the navy wanted new ships. ?Instead of talking and creating some tension, it is right to get together and say that we have so much money, and by 2023 we need to put it into equipment. There?s going to be a Consultative Council on National Security, we?ll talk about these things,? Borissov said. Radev, as head of state, has called a meeting on May 30 of the Consultative Council on National Security, which brings together the head of state and head of government, key cabinet ministers, leaders of political parties represented in Parliament, and security and intelligence chiefs. The council is billed to discuss issues of national security, but it has not been made clear precisely what they will be discussing. Borissov said: ?Moreover, the airplane is not the most important thing in an army, but the ground forces. Not only for armored machinery, but also for the fleet and aviation. These are three generations of troops. That is how the money should be planned, to make it happen by 2023. Aircraft should be last.? In Brussels for a Nato summit on May 25, Radev ? commenting on Borissov?s statement about possibly continuing for 11 years to use the ageing Russian-made aircraft instead of acquiring Western-made fighters ? said that the...

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Plovdiv District Court sentences man to four years in jail for Tobacco Town warehouses fire

Share this: Plovdiv District Court sentenced Lyubomir Danchev (44) to four years in jail on May 25 2017, finding him guilty of having caused the August 2016 fire that gutted former warehouses in Bulgaria?s second city?s architecturally historic ?Tobacco Town? precinct. Exiting the court, Danchev, who had been homeless for some time at the time of his arrest soon after the blaze, continued to insist that he was not guilty. The ?Tobacco Town? buildings after the fire. Photo by podtepeto.com. The judicial assessment was that the total damage to the warehouses in the blaze was more than 11.7 million leva (about 5.98 million euro). Danchev was ordered to pay 7689 leva for the costs of the pre-trial proceedings and 1370 for court expenses. The time he has been in custody since August 21 2016 will be deducted from his sentence. The court heard that the fire began in a building owned by Ripa Ltd and spread to three other buildings, two of which were monuments of culture. The Tobacco Town precinct in Plovdiv dates from the early part of the 20th century, when the Bulgarian city was a key point in the lucrative Balkan tobacco trade. In a separate incident earlier, another tobacco warehouse was the subject of an attempted demolition, which left it substantially damaged and resulted in criminal charges, including against the now-dead chief architect of Plovdiv of the time. The court?s verdict is subject to appeal in the Plovdiv Regional Court within 15 days. /Panorama Comments comments From Bulgaria more...

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MUFON under fire for PA director?s absurd racist rant

The Mutual UFO network headquarters issued a ?non-pology? saying they can?t police people?s personal views after PA Director, John Ventre, posted a racist rant on his personal Facebook page about a Netflix series. Note the five ?likes? on this post. UFOlogy is dominated by conspiracy ideas and run almost entirely by older white men. From following the history of flare-ups in the MUFON community, it?s clear they have problems across the board. Blatant racism might just come along with the crowd. The stench of pseudoscience is also all over the nonsense in the FB post by Ventre which consists of several outright untruths. That seems to be a recurring theme for some high-profile UFO researchers ? promotion of ideology through pseudoscience and conspiratorial ideas. The avoidance response by MUFON HQ, written by Jan C. Harzan, Executive Director, is not going over too well. Ventre has been ?censored? by MUFON and removed from some features. The comments reveal that several people would like him gone completely and for MUFON to outright disavow this ugly sentiment. Back in September, MUFON revealed they are trying to ?rebrand? their org. Good luck. That?s a lot of stink to be removed. Thanks to Lance Moody for the tip.???????-Additional information or comments can be sent to [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @doubtfulnews Please share! ? Like this: Like Loading… News New on the...

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Bulgaria Air launches shiny new website

Share this: Bulgaria Air, the flag carrier of Bulgaria, just relaunched its website. The nice and shiny looking site contains a lot more information, it is more comprehensive than the old site, and booking flights seems to be easier. In addition, Bulgaria Air has added more offers, including rental car reservations and insurances. In the past decade and a half, but especially since it has been owned by Chimimport Inc., the company was completely refurbished. During the early years of the new millennium, the fleet was extremely old, while the service was problematic, to say the least. At the same time low cost airlines were kept out of Bulgaria during those times. Today, Bulgaria Air is a modern airline with a fleet of two Airbus A319 and three A320, as well as four Embraer 190 aircraft, which are being inspected at Lufthansa Technik, and with an improved service. Like most other national carriers in Europe, the airline is under pressure due to the low cost competition. In 2016, Bulgaria Air performed 4,675 flights, while transporting 1.246 million passengers, slightly less than in 2015. The overall revenue decreased by 10 percent, which, compared to other national airlines in Europe, seems harmless. With its many partners, the Bulgarian carrier offers hundreds of flight destinations on all continents, while on its own, Bulgaria Air has 23 destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Within Bulgaria, they fly from Sofia to Burgas and Varna. Bulgaria Air?s new website can be reached here. Picture by Bulgaria Air Comments comments Go to website here the...

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The Self-Incrimination of Donald Trump

Pool/Getty Images On episode 56 of Primary Concerns we take a broad look at the scandal engulfing the Trump administration, and those who face the most jeopardy. May 23, 2017 A lot has changed in the two months since former chief Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller joined us to discuss the FBI?s investigation of the Trump campaign?s role in subverting the 2016 election: President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstine appointed Comey?s friend, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation as Justice Department special counsel; and a large number of leaks points to the likelihood that Trump himself has attempted to obstruct justice. With the similarities to Watergate mounting, we brought Miller back to the program to reassess the scandal and where the investigation might lead. Further reading: Cato?s Julian Sanchez argues a narrow focus on direct collusion, which may not have happened, risks obscuring all kinds of hypothetical wrongdoing that may be just as bad or worse. Democrats shouldn?t run away from the word ?impeachment? just because Trump did impeachable things so early in his term. Open this link Click...

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How the Androids Took Over the Alien Franchise

Mark Rogers. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. The machines dominate the latest installment in the space-horror franchise, taking it in a new thematic direction. May 23, 2017 Monster, machine, and man: together they plot the Alien franchise?s territory. Each corner of the triangle is not a type, but a unique interpretation. Ellen Ripley is no ordinary human being: She holds a jawline full of emotion, and sweats like she is crying tears through her skin. The alien is not just a monster, but a sculpture of wet beauty whose jaws punch through people and whose blood melts the instruments we use to survive. Those tools are special, too. The metal objects in Alien movies are factory-industrial. Chains and trucks and big digger-like gadgets creak and groan, clanking bells tolling for the dead. And then there are the androids. Every installment in the Alien franchise takes its energy from the interactions between humans, technological thought experiments (space travel, androids, reproductive science), and the alien itself. Every movie orients itself around a different combination of these three. Alien: Covenant is a sequel to 2012?s Prometheus, which itself was a prequel to Alien. But although this movie brings us another female lead in the tradition of Weaver, Winona Ryder, and Noomi Rapace (Katherine Waterston, who plays Daniels), Alien: Covenant is not about the human heart, let alone a woman?s. The android at the center of the two most recent movies is played like a violin by Michael Fassbender, and he is the point at which the weight of Alien: Covenant falls. As the android wakes from his android sleep, a figure towers behind him. It is a replica of Michelangelo?s David with his feet sunken into the floor and his head poking into the ceiling. The effect is of a figure that we can only see from ankle to neck: a beautiful but injured superman. The android is invited by his creator, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), to choose for himself a name, and thus the villainous robot David is born. He loves Wagner from the start. A little later, in space, another android cares for a shipful of human beings. On the Covenant, a crew and colonization force drift in hypersleep as the android Walter tends to them. Walter looks just like David, but he speaks like an American newscaster instead of a British fin-de-siècle cocktail party host. He is a later synthetic of the same techno-lineage. Mark Rogers. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. After a galactic mishap throws their colonization mission off course, the Covenant decides to follow a beamed message to a nearby planet. There, for reasons I will not spoil, Walter comes face to face with David. The latter android is an eighth-generation synthetic, invented by Weyland to assist in his hubristic mission to discover the creators of mankind, far out in space. Are these two androids relations, or iterations of one another? What?s the difference? Are these two androids relations, or iterations of one another? What?s the difference? However we might categorize their relationship, they are marked with different cultural codes. Alone in his shadowy cave, the place he calls ?this dire necropolis,? David sings ?The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo.? That nineteenth-century music hall ditty was also sung by Peter O?Toole, also into an...

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European Jewish Congress: Tenev?s Nazi salute should serve as a caution against working with ultra-nationalist parties

Share this: The episode in which a now-former Bulgarian deputy minister was pictured giving a Nazi salute should serve as a caution for European governments and mainstream political parties against working with ultra-nationalist parties, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said. Pavel Tenev resigned as deputy minister of regional development and public works amid a furore over the photograph, which he claims was taken as a ?joke?, of him giving the Hitler salute to effigies of Nazi officers at a museum in Paris. Tenev was nominated to the post from the quota of the United Patriots, the grouping of nationalist and far-right parties that is the minority partner in the Boiko Borissov coalition government that took office in early May 2017. ?The fine line between many ultra-nationalists in Europe and neo-Nazis was once again exposed after this photo of Deputy Minister Pavel Tenev emerged,? Kantor said. ?This is part of a worrying trend of mainstreaming the far-Right, but an important reminder that their inspiration and ideology is still hate, xenophobia and intolerance.? ?I hope this episode serves as a caution for European governments and mainstream political parties against working with ultra-nationalist parties,? Kantor said. In Bulgaria, Jewish organisations earlier strongly condemned the episode and reported comments (which he denies making) by United Patriots co-leader and deputy prime minister Valeri Simeonov. The Bulgarian Jewish organisations said that it was inappropriate to joke about the Holocaust. /Politics Comments comments Blog – News more...

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