Saturday, July 26, 2014

Illegal Immigration


For John, BLUFWhere did all those people come from?  Nothing to see here; just move along.



If you want to see what unrestrained illegal immigration looks like, go shopping at the Hannafords on Rogers Street in Lowell this afternoon.

A normally tranquil grocery with a couple of checkout lines, it was a madhouse.  All the checkout lines were in use, as well as the "help desk" at the north end of the front of the store.  They are restocking as they went.  I saw a skid of frozen ice cream in the middle of an aisle.  I picked up the small bottles of Caffeine Free Diet Coke right from the guy restocking the shelves, who had just arrived in the soda aisle.

Because there so many "foreigners", there were maps at the store entrance, explaining the store.  And, people in red Hannaford T-Shirts walking around answering question—and they were busy.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Market Basket thing is a mess, and that forcing Author T out was a mistake.  And that is from the effectiveness and long term profitability angle, not even counting all the good that Artie T has done for this and other communities.  On the other hand, there are lots of ways this Market Basket shoot-out can go and many of those are not good ways.

By the way, if anyone knows where the Sorbet is, please leave a comment.  No joy on the Sorbet during my trip through the store this afternoon.  And I had a guy in a red T-Shirt helping me.  Everything else was right where it was supposed to be.

Regards  —  Cliff

Missing Light in the Universe


For John, BLUFOne suspects there is a lot we don't know about science, but think we do.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From that font of knowledge for those interested in science but without the time to read the scientific journals, there is a Popular Mechanics article about missing light in the universe.  The article is "PM/AM: The Universe is Missing Light—A Lot of It" and the authors are Ms Kathryn Free and Mr Darren Orf

Because nothing travels faster than the speed of light, and some light is missing, this article has taken from the 11th of July of this year to get to this blog post.

Here is the link to the Press Release from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Here is an extract from the Press Release:

Something is amiss in the universe.  There appears to be an enormous deficit of ultraviolet light in the cosmic budget.

Observations made by the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, a $70 million instrument designed by the University of Colorado Boulder and installed on the Hubble Space Telescope, have revealed that the universe is “missing” a large amount of light.

“It’s as if you’re in a big, brightly lit room, but you look around and see only a few 40-watt lightbulbs,” said the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Juna Kollmeier, lead author of a new study on the missing light published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.  “Where is all that light coming from? It’s missing from our census.”

The research team—which includes Benjamin Oppenheimer and Charles Danforth of CU-Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy—analyzed the tendrils of hydrogen that bridge the vast reaches of empty space between galaxies.  When hydrogen atoms are struck by highly energetic ultraviolet light, they are transformed from electrically neutral atoms to charged ions.

The astronomers were surprised when they found far more hydrogen ions than could be explained with the known ultraviolet light in the universe, which comes primarily from quasars.  The difference is a stunning 400 percent.

Strangely, this mismatch only appears in the nearby, relatively well-studied cosmos.  When telescopes focus on galaxies billions of light years away—which shows astronomers what was happening when the universe was young—everything seems to add up.  The fact that the accounting of light needed to ionize hydrogen works in the early universe but falls apart locally has scientists puzzled.

Ah, yes, where is all that light?

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

New Voting Locations in Lowell


For John, BLUFSometimes Government does listen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Yes, we have a Press Release from the Lowell Election Commission.  The subject is the listing of the new polling locations.
LOWELL, MA (July 25, 2014) On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the City of Lowell Election Commission voted to relocate eleven of the City’s twenty polling locations.  These changes will ensure that polling locations are handicap accessible and compliant with state regulations.  The City of Lowell Election Commission collaborated with the City of Lowell Disability Commission, neighborhood leaders and community organizations to provide the best possible polling locations for the voters of Lowell.  The Election Commission will continue to make improvements to polling locations to guarantee student safety, equal accessibility and increased voter participation.

The City of Lowell Election Commission would like to thank our new community partners including Lowell Housing Authority, Lowell Telecommunications, D’Youville Life and Wellness Community and the Iglesia Cristiana De Rstrcn Church.

All residents’ impacts these changes will be notified by mail prior to Election Day.  Below is an updated list of all polling locations throughout the City of Lowell.

This is local government the way it should be.  The People spoke up, the rules were reviewed and action was taken in an open meeting.

Regards  —  Cliff

WardPrecinctLocationAddress
11Father Norton Manor, Lowell Housing Authority137 High Street
12Reilly School115 Douglas Road
13 Reilly School115 Douglas Road
21Pollard Memorial Library401 Merrimack Street
22Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC)246 Market Street
23Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC)246 Market Street
31Bailey School175 Campbell Drive
32Bailey School175 Campbell Drive
33Morey School114 Pine Street
41Morey School114 Pine Street
42Flanagan Development, Lowell Housing Authority580 Chelmsford Street
43Rogers School43 Highland Street
51McAvinnue School117 Mammoth Road
52Fr. Morrissette Manor, Lowell Housing Authority111 Hildreth Street
53Greenhalge School149 Ennell Street
61McAvinnue School117 Mammoth Road
62Bruyere Gardens at D'Youville975 Varnum Avenue
63Bruyere Gardens at D'Youville975 Varnum Avenue
71Senior Center276 Broadway Street
72Senior Center276 Broadway Street
73Senior Center276 Broadway Street
81City of Lowell Health Department341 Pine Street
82James Daley School150 Fleming Street
83James Daley School150 Fleming Street
91Fr. Morrissette Manor, Lowell Housing Authority111 Hildreth Street
92Robinson School110 June Street
93Robinson School110 June Street
101Iglesia Cristiana De Rstrcn Church53 Blossom Street
102Faulkner Street Apartments, Lowell Housing AuthorityFaulkner Street
103St. Anthony's Parish Hall920 Central Street
111Shaughnessy School1170 Gorham Street
112J.G. Pyne School145 Boylston Street
113J.G. Pyne School145 Boylston Street

Friday, July 25, 2014

Drudge Changed Everything


For John, BLUFI think Matt Drudge gave small voices a bigger megaphone.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Well, InfoWars, from Mr Alex Jones, doesn't have the gravitas of The Old Grey Lady, but he may be on to something with his piece, "How Matt Drudge Changed the World".  His sub-headline is "A monumental sea change challenging the global elite and corporate media".  His lede is typically provocative:
The establishment’s iron-fisted grip on media and information dissemination was irrevocably transformed when Matt Drudge launched his website in 1995.
Regards  —  Cliff

Reporter Tom Ricks Drifting in His Own Pool


For John, BLUFSome write to provoke.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



At an Althouse blog post Thursday morning was a comment on the article by Reporter Tom Ricks, headlined "Why Am I Moving Left".  The sub-headline was "I used to be right down the middle.  But America’s changed, and so have I."  The venue for publication was Politico.

The Ricks lede:

In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward.
Frankly, I think it is just Tom Ricks playing the contrarian card, to see what will happen.

In the comments at the Althouse post was this little jewel:

Blogger john said…
Before national elections NPR always sends their intrepid reporter up to a small town in New Hampshire where she finds a group of "staunch republican" women who nonetheless will vote democrat this time because of the vile rightward shift of the GOP.

I look forward to those news broadcasts in the fall.  When I hear them I know Christmas is coming soon.

7/24/14, 12:23 PM

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Obama vs. Romney on Russia


For John, BLUFThis is a test.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



This is really a test for me to see if I can embed a video.  For you it is a chance to relive history as we contemplate an emergency meeting of the Russian Duma.



UPDATE:  It seems to work.  Nice.

UPDATE:  Romney, a man ahead of his time.  Russian artillery reported to be firing into Ukraine.

UPDATE:  No, I don't think Gov Romney should run again.  The Conservatives are distrustful of him because he is a Mormon.  And the Progressives sure don't trust him, because he is a Mormon.  That soft discrimination that is left over from 150 years ago.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Freedom to Publish?


For John, BLUFFreedom sometimes dies slowly.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Over at the [Right Wing] newspaper, The Washington Examiner, is an article that suggests the Federal Election Commission is tinkering with the idea of a Free Press.  In that the FEC came about its position indirectly, from what it did not do, it is a little confusing, but it is worth thinking about.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff