Animal’s Daily Ice Breakup News

Before I get into my gloating over spring in the Great Land, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians!

Now then: This is a bit of local news, but it’s significant in that it has to do with when the fishing starts, so here we are, discussing why the ice break-up here in some parts of Alaska may be a little late this year.

After a brief period of warm, springy weather, many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities plunged back into negative temperatures the second week of April.

“Even though it might not feel like spring is coming, it’s coming,” said Johnse Ostman, a hydrologist with the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center and the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

And with spring, and warming weather, comes river breakup.

“Breakup is complicated and changes every year, absolutely,” Ostman said. “And (when predicting breakup) we take into several different, measurable data points.”

One factor is snowpack – how it compares to previous years, and the “snow water equivalent,” or how wet the snow is.

Ostman said he and his colleagues primarily get that data from National Resources Conservation Service snow telemetry sites and monthly reports.

I can’t speak for the Yukon-Kuskokwim area; Alaska is a damn big place and that’s a damn long way away from here. But hereabouts the ice is leaving the streams pretty well now; Willow Creek looks to be mostly open and a tad farther north the Kashwitna is losing ice.  I haven’t looked at the Susitna itself or Sheep Creek yet, but it won’t be long now.

One of our main reasons for coming to Alaska was the fishing – and it won’t be long now!

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, Whores and Ale, Flappr, and The Daley Gator for the Rule Five links!

As someone once famously said, this is a big fuckin’ deal.  My boss over at RedState, Jennifer Van Laar, who by the way is one of the best investigative reporters in the business, busted commie-lib Democrat Ted Lieu wide open over campaign finance shenanigans – and Jennifer has the receipts.  ALL of them.  Check it out.

He’s still at it.

Since 2019, RedState has broken numerous stories about Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu’s potentially illegal habit of spending campaign funds on expenses that personally benefit him and his family, such as $10,000 to the Torrance Education Foundation, which sponsors his sons’ robotics team, $15,000 to his wife’s school board campaign, and a $50,000 contribution to the university at which his eldest son matriculated a couple of years later (Stanford).

Those stories garnered national attention, but he doesn’t care. He kept right on sending money from his donors to these causes, without his donors’ knowledge or consent. A review of FEC records shows that Ted Lieu for Congress has now donated $25,000 to Betty Lieu’s school board campaign and $17,000 to the Torrance Education Foundation.

Read it all. It’s a great portrait of a pol so deeply and fundamentally corrupt, that he could almost be a Clinton – or a Biden.

In any sane world, Ted Lieu would be looking at a prison term. But this is no longer a sane world, and Lieu has the best “Get Out of Jail Free” card in the world – a “D” after his name.

But then, if this was a sane world, at least half of Congress would be in the pokey.

There’s a reason these people, on relatively modest Congressional salaries, manage to grow monstrously rich while in office – and afterward.  It’s called graft and influence-peddling.  Ted Lieu is certainly guilty of this, and likely nothing will be done about it – shining light in these kinds of dark corners threatens the graft for everybody, and today’s breed of pols just can’t have that.

There is one political figure in recent history, though, whose net worth decreased while he was in office. That remains a fact regardless of what anyone thinks of the man himself – and his name is Donald Trump.

Rule Five Mining Road Friday

I am fond of using three words to describe Alaska: Vast, wild, and free.  Another big thing Alaska is, overwhelmingly, is roadless.  There are vast portions of the state that are accessible only by air, boat, or (in winter) dogsled.  There are also a lot of small “bush” communities out there – and a lot of resources, including not only gas and oil but also metals like copper and zinc.

Some of those metals are found in an area south of the Brooks Range, and now the Biden administration is stomping the brakes on a project to build a road into an area in a work known as the Ambler Road project, which will allow not only mining for those strategic resources but also recreational access.

The 211-mile-long Ambler Road was initially approved under the previous administration, which issued a 50-year right-of-way permit to build the road just days before President Donald Trump left office.

But the project has faced strong opposition from tribes in interior Alaska as well as hunting and angling groups who argue it will hurt subsistence resources, including caribou migration patterns and some of Alaska’s most important salmon and sheefish spawning streams. The industrial access road would cross hundreds of rivers and streams, 26 miles of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and the tribal lands of several Alaska Native communities — allowing for approximately 168 truck trips a day.

The area south of the Brooks Range—a patchwork of wetlands and densely forested wilderness—is one of the largest roadless areas in North America.

The many native communities in the area initially opposed the road, but now several of them have changed course – almost certainly because of the good-paying jobs that the mining development will bring to this remote Alaska plain.

The Tanana Chiefs Conference, which represents 42 villages in interior Alaska, many of which are near the road, sued the Interior Department in 2020 over its handling of the environmental analysis, arguing that it did not adequately address impacts to their way of life. Since the lawsuit was filed, though, three of the villages have switched sides and now say they support the road because of its purported economic benefits.

There’s a fair amount to deal with here.

First, I’m inclined to give the native communities a lot of slack here.  While they seem anxious for the jobs, and justifiably so, they are also concerned for their traditional lifestyles and, yes, the Ambler Road will bring not only mining development to the area but other kinds of development as well, including tourism and recreational users.

Granted there’s a lot of money in tourism, too; the small town of Talkeetna, not too far from where I sit as I write this, is heavily dependent on tourism; it is supposedly the town on which the fictional Cicely, Alaska of the television program Northern Exposure was based, and the main street is lined with eating places and gift shops specializing in native arts and crafts, along with the usual t-shirts and so on.

Even so: The natives live there. It’s their home. Just as I would expect to have some say in any major development project in our little corner of the Susitna Valley, I expect them to have some say in any development in what has been and still is their tribal land.

Bear in mind that tribal lands in Alaska aren’t like the reservations in the lower 48.  Most are managed by tribal corporations, they seem to be much more integrated into the mainstream of Alaskan life than the reservation residents in the 48.

But none of that excuses the Biden administration’s heavy-handedness here.  If there are problems with the permitting process, address them.  If the native communities have more to say about this, listen to them.  Slamming the door on a project that could be worth a great deal to these folks, in a decision that is almost certainly influenced by urban elite “environmentalists” who will never come within a thousand miles of the affected area, is just too much.

Animal’s Red Thursday News

We had a nasty scare last Saturday when Iran launched a bunch of drones at Israel; the drones were shot down, Iran blustered about “That’s all this time, but next time we’ll be really serious,” and the whole thing ended up being a tempest in a teapot.  Why the young people of Iran don’t overthrow these fossilized old assholes is beyond my comprehension.

Now then…

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Democrats probably should replace Biden at the convention – but this will bring about a 1968-level division in their ranks.  This will be seen as a rebellion, and who are they going to replace him with?  Kamala Harris, that cackling imbecile whose political career started with her atop Willie Brown’s penis?  Gavin Newsom, who has run California into the ground? They really don’t have any good options here.

And so…

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Animal’s Daily Recreational Use News

Before I get into this uplifting story, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.

Now then: If you’re using Viagra for “recreational purposes” (why else would you be using it?) you may want to re-think that.

It’s a big problem — and it’s growing even bigger.

Social media users are being bombarded with advertisements for easy access to erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis, along with affordable generics — and men hoping to improve their sexual performance are taking their chances.

That’s a hard no, Cleveland Clinic urologist Raevti Bole, MD warns.

Just because these medications are easier than ever to access doesn’t mean you should fall for the hype.

Recreational use of the drugs can carry significant risks, the pro warns.

Here’s why.

Recreational use, one would presume, is the use of Viagra and Cialis by men who do not suffer from erectile dysfunction (as opposed to electile dysfunction, last observed in November of 2020) and who are, instead, using it as a boost to something that’s already working – sort of a sexual turbocharger.

Viagra, Cialis and their generic equivalents are what are known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors.

They open up your blood vessels and can be used in a variety of ways, including the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, or urinary problems.

These days, they’re most famous for being so-called magic cures for erectile dysfunction, or ED. Popping a pill leads to increased blood flow, which means better erections that last longer.

I can vouch for this; Mrs. Animal, who has a chronic cardiac condition, takes a very low dose of sildenafil, which is Viagra’s generic name, as a vaso-dllator that allows her heart to work more efficiently.

In general, it’s not a good idea to take any prescription drug when it’s not needed, no matter how much one might want to impress a new gal with one’s prowess in the sheets.  However if someone insists on that boost, I do happen to know that Viagra, in Mexico, is an over-the-counter drug.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Daley Gator, The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Over at Unherd, we see a great argument that today’s vicious jihadis, like the ones that committed atrocities in Israel last October 7th, are actually worse than Nazis.  And, yeah, it’s a pretty good argument.

Jihadists are worse than the Nazis were, neuroscientist and podcaster Sam Harris has claimed.

Citing jihadists’ religious fervour and the popularity of Islamic fundamentalism among ordinary citizens of Muslim-majority countries, Harris warned that they posed a greater threat to humanity than the Nazis did.

“It’s Nazism plus religious fanaticism,” he said on a Wednesday episode of his podcast, Making Sense with Sam Harris. “Nazism plus an eagerness to be martyred, and to see their children martyred.” He continued: “There are many differences between Nazism and jihadism, but they only make Nazism look comparatively benign.”

Comparatively, of course; the Nazis were vicious, but today’s run of jihadis are even more vicious, even more uncivilized, and commit atrocities that would have made a lot of SS men dry-heave.

“The Nazis didn’t use their own women and children as human shields. That would have been worse. How could you have made Auschwitz worse? You could have given the guards a belief system that made them feel actual religious ecstasy as they herded innocent people into gas chambers. That would have been worse,” he said.

“And it would have been worse had these beliefs been central to the worldview of a majority of ordinary Germans, and therefore difficult to separate from their other religious beliefs that gave their lives meaning,” Harris said.

Israel seems to know how to handle these vicious jihadi animals – hunt them down and kill them.  Even in this process, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have exercised more than reasonable precautions to avoid the collateral injuries and deaths that have always been and always will be a part of war, and in this case, Hamas is making that difficult by literally using their own population as human shields.

This is not a war like many others. This is not a clash of civilizations. This war, one that Israel is fighting now but one that threatens to engulf the planet, is a war between the civilized and the uncivilized, and the uncivilized will not surrender or change their ways. It’s a horrible thing to contemplate, but it’s very likely this won’t end until the last jihadi and the last terror enabler that fund and equip them, are hunted down in their holes and killed.

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