My New Hero

Way to Go, California At last, a governing person who hates bots as much as I do! California state Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how?
Bots are the body lice of the Internet.
Bots are stealth brain boring parasites.
Bots are the pliers and screwdrivers in the Devil's workshop.
Other than those, my opinions about bots are neutral.


Perhaps you have noticed, I have been honking this horn for a while, including "how to do it."
...To Save Our Country
50,000 Russian Bots... and Counting
Deliver the Coup de Grace!

The bigger Bot comment list.


The Common Uncommon Nighthawk Swarming over our humble mountain cottage.
Back in Bonham, Texas, we called them bull-bats. I'm not sure why. Oh yeah, they fly like bats and boom like bulls. (I've never heard the bull-bat booms, but I believe in them.)
*I have rarely seen them by the flock, a swarm of dozens. Mostly I see them in pairs or four or five at most. Tonight, after an afternoon of thundershowers, there was a nighthawk convention right over our bit of land. I grabbed my phone and started taking video. The bull-bats are just flickering spots mostly, but the clouds are cool.

Here's three and a half minutes of clouds with a few flickerings. Grab a beer and check it out.


*Nighthawk pix credit

China's Pharma Invasion

"Biotech*," the Growth Wing of Pharma Didn't know that? The Chinese certainly do
Some headlines and paragraphs spelling it out

Money is rushing into biotech at breakneck speed this year, and one part of the globe is accounting for much of the uptick: China. VC deals were teeming with Chinese investors in the first half of the year, with China-based firms participating in US biotech investment rounds worth $5.1 billion, according to data from PitchBook. For some perspective, that beats 2017's total figure of $4 billion — and we're only six months into the year.  ENDPOINTS NEWS**

Chinese funds participated in investment rounds in US biotech companies worth $5.1bn in the first half of this year, beating the $4bn in 2017, the first year of large Chinese inflows into the sector, according to PitchBook.
Financial Times🔐

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on the prowl for acquisitions in US and Europe The Chinese pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research centre in San Diego and acq…
New Secret Russian Troll Weapon Now being unleashed.   Guard Your Mind!

Just when you thought the master propagandists couldn't do more damage, they UPPED THEIR GAME.
Introducing the LIKE BOTS
Here's how they work...
  Troll #1 writes some hyperbolic comment ("All Californians are pedarists!")
                                   Bot #1 shoots out a nasty insult. ("Go back to your safe place, coward!")
                                   Bots # 2-10 starts "liking" the hyperbole.  Like, like, like, like, like, like......

      Now there is a full suite of deception: Fake troll statement; fake nastybot response; fake "likes"

        The reader, not on full alert for false propaganda tricks,  thinks, "Wow, a lot of people agree with that; it must be true! " He is deceived. Again. 

Careful what you believe. The tsunami of propaganda, riding the crest wave of BIG LIE technique, is already underway. It's the Russians, but it's also the …

OK, I Just Don't Get It.

Seven Republican Senators* in Moscow on the  4thofJuly What in the world?.....

My international sophistication (Yuge, I tell you) is boggled.  These worthies slipped over to Russia to do what?  Grease the skids for Trump's visit with Putin? Secretly urge even more pro-Republican election interference? Just wanted some real caviar?  Or as the author of this piece asked the questions:

 "Why are they there? How did they get there? Who invited them? What were the discussions? Did any of that link back to the things we know Bob Mueller is looking at?"
When you find out, please slip me the answers so I can look less dumb about this!

*  (and one Congressman)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) Sen. John Thune (R-SD)Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)


The Answer to My Ig-runt Question  From the Geology sub-Reddit
(It was all because of that sneaky  Upper Cretaceous
Thank you "v7x"

Even More
The fertile soil has origins in the Cretaceous Period, when the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico was much farther inland. Over millions of years, plankton that lived in the Gulf left behind exoskeletons rich in calcium carbonate—the accumulation of which resulted in the Black Belt’s chalk subsoil. As a result of all the calcium, the soil is very fertile and good for growing crops.
I truly appreciate the response.  Now we know. ("We" means quite a few of us'ns.)
MacGown, Brown and Hill
WHAT AM I SEEING IN THIS SATELLITE SHOT? Is It the... Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee "AgArc?"*
[Look at Google Maps, click "satellite" and look.] Go ahead, sweep around from east to west to north through these places:
ALA: Auburn, Montgomery, Selma, Demopolis, Gainsville, Demopolis
MISS: Brooksville, West Point, Okalona, Tupelo, Corinth
TENN:  Savannah
I see a huge "AgArc" centered on East Point Alabama**, don't you?

Zoom in and you'll see the light part that makes the arc visible is FARM LAND. That's why I call it an "AgArc." But at the proper distance - satellite distance - there is clearly a geologic thang that could be the remnants of a vast crater... or maybe a ripple in the rock from an immense shock wave.  WHO KNOWS?  That's a real question, btw. 
Seeing What I Wasn't Looking For
I was looking for geologic indications of the theoretical giant comet that (allegedly) hit the earth about 13,000 years ago and caused the Younger Dry…