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A call for immigrant sanctuary on Cal campuses


With the Trumpster promising immediate mass deportations on taking the presidential oath, one California elected official is calling for a declaration of sanctuary for the state’s college and university campuses.

From the East Bay Times:

California’s public colleges and universities should be declared “sanctuary campuses” and protect law-abiding students from the threat of deportation, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote in a letter to leaders of Cal State, UC and the community college system.

“We must take urgent stock of current policies and vulnerabilities pertaining to the personal data held and processed by the University of California, to shield students from federal agencies under a Trump administration,” he wrote.

Newsom, who is running for governor, met with students Thursday at a UC regents meeting in San Francisco to discuss their concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of people who entered the country illegally.

Calls for sanctuary campuses are mounting across the state. Cal State Chancellor Timothy White announced at a CSU board meeting this week that unless forced to by law, Cal State “will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security or any other federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration law.”

Image of the day: An early evening sky in Paris


Captured walking after the rain near the Canal Saint Martin in Paris:

Nikon D200, 31 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/320 sec, f11

Nikon D200, 31 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/320 sec, f11

The reasons Trump is winning the White House


From Reuters, the results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll of people who had already cast their ballots this morning:

The poll of more than 10,000 people who have already cast their ballots in the presidential election showed a majority of voters are worried about their ability to get ahead and have little confidence in political parties or the media to improve their situation. A majority also feel that the economy is rigged to mostly help the wealthy.

The poll, which will be updated as additional responses are tallied and votes are counted throughout Tuesday, found:

  • 75 percent agree that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.”
  • 72 percent agree “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”
  • 68 percent agree that “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me.”
  • 76 percent believe “the mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”
  • 57 percent feel that “more and more, I don’t identify with what America has become.”
  • 54 percent feel “it is increasingly hard for someone like me to get ahead in America.”

Hillary is the consummate insider.Trump, the brashly self-declared outsider.

With Clinton, they’d be getting continuity, they very last thing they want. With Trump, disruption seems certain.

The mainstream media fail to inform the public of the real reasons they’re feeling used, and that left the field open to open to propaganda outlets bankrolled by a companies eager to whip up resentment of governments that are hindering their agendas.

Trump, rocketed to national stardom by a network reality show, found a new network to sponsor, a network whose newspaper chain specializes in celebrity flesh and sleaze [even to the point of getting editors and reporters criminally charged with illegal phone surveillance].

The Magic Christian is headed to the White house.

Los Angeles, awesome images of a city of lights


Joe Capra, a Los Angeles-based photographer has captured his city in a truly breathtaking time-lapse video.

We won’t say any more, except to urge you to watch.

From SCIENTIFANTASTIC:

PANO | LA

Program notes:

PLEASE WATCH FULLSCREEN IN FULL HD

Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.

Shooting panoramic timelapse was something I had always wanted to do. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to timelapse, and I wanted to do it proper, not by faking it by just cropping the top and bottom of regular timelapse shots. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly and get the images to stitched together correctly.

A couple years ago I was contacted by a client wanting some panoramic timelapse shots of LA. I told them I had tried it in the past and it did not work out to well, but that I am willing to give it another try. So I purchased some new gear and set out to my local testing locations in Malibu. The initial shots were successful so I continued shooting / testing for the next couple weeks. At that point I had acquired a few good test shots to show the client and sent them over to them. Long story short I never heard back from them about the project, but I kept shooting anyways. If it was not for that failed job/project I probably would have never got around to giving panoramic timelapse another try.

H/T to LA Observed.

Headline of the day: Turning their backs on HRC


From the London Daily Mail:

Selfie obsessed? Astonishing image shows entire crowd with backs turned to snap perfect picture of themselves with Hillary Clinton

  • Crowd of supporters were pictured taking selfies with Hillary Clinton
  • Photo has already been retweeted more than 20,000 times since Sunday
  • Twitter slammed ‘narcissistic ‘ generation and called the picture ‘sad’
  • Clinton had suggested the idea of the group selfie telling the crowd that anyone who wanted the picture to ‘turn around right now’
  • Photo of a similar campaign event from 2008 showed stark contrast
  • Supporters reached out for handshakes and autographs in older picture

Time to book your Northwest Passage cruise


Yep, the Northwest Passage, the impossible dream of early European explorers of an Arctic waters shortcut to Asia, is now open.

From NASA’s Earth Observatory:

BLOG Passage

From NASA:

In August 2016, tourists on a luxury cruise departed Seward Alaska and steered toward the waterways of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The excursion is one example of the growing human presence in an increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage—the famed high-latitude sea route that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In mid-August 2016, the southern route through the Passage was nearly ice-free.

For most of the year, the Northwest Passage is frozen and impassible. But during the summer months, the ice melts and breaks up to varying degrees. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured the top image of the Northwest Passage on August 9, 2016. A path of open water can be traced along most of the distance from the Amundsen Gulf to Baffin Bay.

“It was a warm winter and spring,” said NASA sea ice scientist Walt Meier. That means that the seasonal ice—ice that grew since the end of last summer, and the type found throughout most of the Passage—is thinner than normal. Thinner ice can melt more easily, break up, and move out of the channels.

A scattering of broken ice is visible just east of Victoria Island. “It looks pretty thin and disintegrating,” Meier said. “I think an ice-strengthened ship could get through without too much trouble.”

The open water this year flows along the southern route, or “Amundsen route.” It’s not unusual for the southern route to open up to some degree, as it is more protected than the northern route and receives less sea ice directly from the Arctic Ocean.

At some point in almost every summer since 2007, conditions along the southern passage have been fairly open. There have been exceptions; the second image shows the Northwest Passage on August 9, 2013, as observed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. Ice that year was relatively extensive. Turn on the image comparison tool to see the difference.

What’s left of the ice in 2016 is opening up fast. Meier expects that the Northwest Passage will open up completely in the next couple of weeks. Moreover, a strong Arctic cyclone appears to be approaching the archipelago. It could push the ice around and further open up still-blocked channels. Or, it could have the opposite effect and push in ice from the north.

Australia’s vital mangroves dying, climate blamed


From NASA’s Earth Observatory:

BLOG Mangroves

From NASA:

Satellite imagery reveals a severe die-off of mangroves along Australia’s northern coast. More than 7,000 hectares (27 square miles) of mangroves have dried up, research indicates. The tree deaths come amid high temperatures that have also been linked to massive coral bleaching and kelp forest deaths in the region.

These natural-color images were acquired on July 15, 2014, and July 20, 2016, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. They capture the extent of mangrove die-offs on a strip of beach along the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Notable tree loss occurred between November and December 2015, said Norman Duke, leader of the Mangrove Research Hub at Australia’s James Cook University. Between 5 and 25 percent of trees have died along more than 1000 kilometers (620 miles) of shoreline and fringing inlets.

There are few direct human pressures in this isolated region, said Duke. However, the die-off correlates with record-high daytime and nighttime temperatures in the region, according to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. From January through April, rainfall measured 41 percent less than average for that period—the lowest it’s been since 1961, the Bureau reported. The heat arrived on the heels of an unusually long dry season and a 20-centimeter drop in local sea levels that lasted for a month, said Duke.

“These factors coincided in the critical months…when habitat tolerances were at their limit,” Duke wrote in an email. He pointed to man-made climate change as a main cause.

Mangrove trees and shrubs grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes. A dense network of stilt-like roots allows them to thrive in shallow waters. It also provides shelter to many species of fish and turtles. And it helps shelter the dugong, a threatened species that is a relative of the manatee.

Mangrove forests fortify the coast, providing a buffer against storm surges by holding sand together with their roots and causing sediment to build up around them. Scientists like Duke worry that without the mangroves, Australia’s shores could become highly vulnerable to erosion, especially if tropical cyclones hit the region over the next decade.