Fall/Winter Weather

Yesterday afternoon was lovely. It was sunny with temperatures around 60°. It was great weather for raking leaves.

fall

Overnight the weather changed… We’re expecting a hard freeze tomorrow morning with lows in the 20s.

Snow

Rare Aurora Over Norway

2017 Northern Norway
Photographer, Phillip Halper. Published by Earth Sciences Picture of the Day

While we spend time counting who is kneeling and who is not kneeling, who is getting berated publicly by The Twit, who has resigned from the corrupt regime, we should remember than we all live on a spectacular planet. Do check out the EPOD link, in the summary description there is a link to an amazing video of the strongest solar X flare in a decade.

Another Blow to Food Safety

Codex

The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good thing.

The Codex Alimentarius, aka the “Food Code”, is a set of standards, guidelines and codes designed to protect food quality and safety. One example is the safe level of veterinary drug residues in meat and poultry.

Is the Trump regime again sidelining the food safety standards in the U.S.? That seems to be the case. The op-ed by Dr. Richard Raymond is well worth reading. Bit by bit our policy infrastructure is being pulled apart in insidious ways.

Are we emphasizing trade goals over food safety? Was the new USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs the first announced USDA nominee after Secretary Perdue?

The answer to both questions is yes, and is confirmed by the lack of an Undersecretary for food safety who might have advised against this move, and even campaigned in the halls of Congress to maintain the status quo, a status that had very high international respect.
Moving Codex Out of FSIS Will Boost Trade, Not Food Safety
Food Safety News, Sept. 21, 2017, by Dr. Richard Raymond

An Interview Not To Miss!

Trump
(cc) 2015, Michael Vadon

 

Solipsistic reality means that the only reality he’s capable of embracing has to do with his own self and the perception by and protection of his own self. And for a president to be so bound in this isolated solipsistic reality could not be more dangerous for the country and for the world.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on ‘A Duty to Warn’
Renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on the Goldwater Rule: We have a duty to warn if someone may be dangerous to others.
Bill Moyers, Sept. 14, 2017

Are Plants Producing More Sugars?

apples

New (and old) research suggest that the nutrient balance in plants is being upset by the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Plants use carbon dioxide much like we depend on oxygen. It looks like increased levels of carbon dioxide shift the balance of nutrients in plants with decreases in proteins and other nutrients and increases in glucose (sugar). This will have global implications since many people depend on a plant-based diet for protein. Even the bees are affected because the nutrients in pollen has changed. The relationship between increased carbon dioxide and plant nutrition is finally getting attention in the research communities. This may very well turn out to be a Big Deal.

The Great Nutrient Collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.
Politico, Sept. 13, 2017 by Helena Bottemiller Evich