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Book Review: Tambora, The Eruption That Changed the World

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World By Gillan D’Arcy Wood This book discuses the events shortly before and after the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in present day Indonesia. The Mount Tambora eruption was an eruption with a Volcanic Explosiveness Index (VEI) of 7 out of 7 and was one of the most violent eruptions during the period of recorded history. The Tambora eruption ejected 9.8 cu. Mi. of ash into the atmosphere. As a basis of comparison the Mount Saint Helens eruption in Wa...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Book Reviews, Ireland, South America, Weapon, Dublin, Washington State, Great Britain, Western Europe, Midwest, Tambora, Mary, Isles, Mount Tambora, Northwest Passage


Ill. Judge Strikes Gun Ban in Chicago Suburb; Gun Group Declares Victory

Opinion An Illinois circuit judge has blocked the Village of Deerfield from banning so-called “assault weapons.” (Dave Workman) ILLINOIS – -(AmmoLand.com)- An Illinois Circuit Judge has issued a permanent injunction against a ban on so-called “assault weapons” in the village of Deerfield, a Chicago suburb, in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb declared it a victory against legislat...
Tags: Guns, Washington, Chicago, Washington State, Seattle, Illinois, Nra, U S Supreme Court, McDonald, Deerfield, Superior Court, Snohomish County, City of Chicago, Edmonds, King County, Glen Ellyn


Hotline newsletter: How to count NCAA Tournament units, Pac-12 matchups, transfer anarchy, live sports on Apple(?) and more

* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from March 20, has been made available in archived form … The Big Units The first Pac-12 game of the NCAA Tournament saw Arizona State beat St. John’s Thursday night. But let’s address the scoreboard that matters most to the nine Pac-12 teams not involved in March Madness. That would be the NCAA units, of course. The tournament accounts for...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Yahoo, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Stanford, Virginia, Sports, Alabama, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Arizona


Snohomish County Judge Says Lawsuit V. “Safe-Storage” Gun Law ‘Ripe For Determination

Opinion Snohomish County Judge Says Lawsuit V. “Safe-Storage” Gun Law ‘Ripe For Determination BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- A Snohomish County Superior Court judge will allow a lawsuit challenging a so-called “safe storage” ordinance in the City of Edmonds to proceed, ruling that all plaintiffs in the case have standing to challenge the ordinance as a violation of Washington State’s 35-year-old preemption law that placed sole authority for firearms regulation in the hands of the Legislatu...
Tags: Guns, Lawsuits, Washington State, Seattle, Nra, Legislature, King County Superior Court, State Supreme Court, Edmonds, The Foundation, Snohomish County Superior Court, Second Amendment Foundation, Farris, Gun Rights News, Preemption Laws, Alan M Gottlieb


Boeing 737 Max crashes

So two Boeing 737 Max airliners have nosedived and crashed during the past few months. Basically what happened in both these situations is that the plane's computer took over the controls and sent the plane downward; the pilots fought the computer but lost the battle. What could be more horrific? A few months sgo, on YouTube, I watched an Al Jazeera documentary entitled "The Boeing 787: Broken Dreams." It explains that Boeing has changed the way it builds airplanes. Instead of relying on tried-a...
Tags: Chicago, Weapon, Al Jazeera, Washington State, Boeing, Manmade and Natural Disasters


Washington: Voter’s Rights Under Fire

Opinion Washington: Voter's Rights Under Fire USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- For almost 60 years, the state of Washington has been the gold standard for straight-forward concealed carry licensing. Washington has had shall-issue concealed carry with no training requirement since 1961, and there has never been any sort of problem reported as a result of their simple law which requires a small application fee, a basic criminal background check, and fingerprints. No mandatory training. No local law enfo...
Tags: Guns, Microsoft, California, Washington, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Silicon Valley, West Coast, Washington State, Seattle, Boeing, Michael Bloomberg, Eastern Washington, State Legislature


Washington State parts ways with head basketball coach Ernie Kent

The Cougars went 11-21 overall and 4-15 in Kent’s fifth season in Pullman, finishing the year with the program’s largest ever loss in the Pac-12/10 Tournament – an 84-51 defeat to sixth-seeded Oregon Wednesday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Tags: News, Oregon, Sports, Kent, Washington State, Cougars, Cougar Basketball, Pullman, Mobile Arena, Ernie Kent


Report: QB Gage Gubrud suffers injury, could miss entirety of Washington State spring camp

Gage Gubrud’s first reps as a Washington State quarterback may be delayed by a few months. Through a source, The Spokesman-Review confirmed a Cougfan.com report that the WSU QB and Eastern Washington graduate transfer suffered a lower-body injury during the team’s Midnight Maneuvers training regimen and could miss the entirety of spring camp. According to […]
Tags: News, Sports, Washington State, Cougar Football, Cougars, Eastern Washington, WSU, Gage Gubrud


The College Admissions Scandal Is Peak White Privilege — & It's Nothing New

I went to one of the top public high schools in Washington State — and most of the students were rich and white. My family was middle-class; my mother is an immigrant, my father was raised in poverty, and neither inherited wealth. And though I did grow up with economic privileges that I don’t seek to deny, the degree of wealth that surrounded me in my youth baffled me. Many of the families in my community had boats (some even private planes) and summer homes. If one of my classmates received a ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, United States, Harvard University, Philadelphia, Bmw, Jackson, Washington State, Detroit, Tampa, Black, Butler, Philadelphia PA, Michael Butler, William Singer, Danielle Jackson


Teens should be able to get vaccines without consent from parents, say NY lawmakers

Teens 14 and older should be able to get vaccinated on their own, says a new bill in New York.Lawmakers were inspired by Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teen who fought to take vaccines against his mom's wishes.Anti-vaccination attitudes have been blamed for recent measles outbreaks. None Should kids who are old enough be allowed to make their own vaccination decisions? Such is the proposal being considered in New York, where a new bill would allow teens over 14 to get some vaccines without having t...
Tags: Health, New York, Medicine, Congress, Government, Virus, Public Health, Pennsylvania, Innovation, Population, Disease, Ohio, Illness, Vaccines, Washington State, Abc News


Cougars’ season ends with thud in historic loss to Oregon

Oregon rolled over Washington State 84-51 Wednesday night in the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history.
Tags: News, Oregon, Sports, Washington State, Cougars, Cougar Basketball


Oregon dominates Washington State 84-51 in Pac-12 opener

Ehab Amin scored 17 points, Miles Norris added 14 and Oregon rolled over Washington State 84-51 in the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Oregon, Ap, Washington State, Miles Norris, Ehab Amin


Washington state house passes Clean Fuels Standard

In Washington state, the House passed a Clean Fuels Standard (H.B. 1110) that would institute a low carbon fuel program by 2020. The program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below those same levels by 2035. Supporters share that the program will play a significant role in meeting the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. “Washington is poised to become a national leader in produc...
Tags: Washington, House, West Coast, Washington State, Producer News, Nbb, Oregon California, Columbia Canada, Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington House of Representatives, State Governmental Affairs, Shelby Neal


A Landscape Lewis and Clark Would Recognize Is Now Under Threat

Logging, mining and development loom over the Northern Rockies.
Tags: News, Obama, Montana, Oregon, Environment, United States, Wyoming, Idaho, Biodiversity, Interior Department, Forest Service, Yellowstone National Park, Barack, Trump, Lewis, Christensen


The Best Things to Do in Amiens, France on a Weekend Getaway

With so many things to do in Amiens, France, this city in the northern Hauts-de-France region makes a great weekend getaway from Belgium or a fun day-trip from Paris. Catherine shares everything you should do, see, and eat, in Amiens.  Many consider Amiens to be an exceptionally beautiful city. In fact, its nickname is “Venice of the North” thanks to the stunning floating gardens and well-developed canal district. While one could easily spend a day or two simply wandering around the city and s...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Unesco, Marseille, Paris, Belgium, Venice, Washington State, Notre Dame, Jesus Christ, Picasso, Marais Poitevin, Poitou Charentes, Normandy France, Jules Verne


No. 11 Washington State opens Pac-12 tournament against No. 6 Oregon, eyeing first conference tournament win in a decade

No. 11 WSU will need an upset win to notch its first conference tournament win in a decade.
Tags: News, Oregon, Sports, College sports, Washington State, Cougar Basketball, WSU


Best Olympic National Park trails

Set on Washington state’s massive Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park sprawls across more than a million acres, 95 percent of which has been designated as pristine wilderness. It has towering peaks, four different rainforests, over 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 73 miles of wilderness coast. With so much awe-inspiring territory, choosing from its 611 trails is a daunting task. Rest easy. These five off-the-beaten-path trails will help you beat the crowds and savor all that the Ol...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Hiking, United States, Washington State, National Park, Anderson, All, Moss, Valley, Highway 101, Arthur, Olympic National Park, Forest Service Road, Cedar Lake, Pacific Northwest Trail


When Sheriffs Say No: Disputes Erupt Over Enforcing New Gun Laws

Around the nation, local sheriffs and others have pushed back against new gun restrictions. “This is just a gun-grab measure,” said one New Mexico sheriff.
Tags: News, Gun Control, New Mexico, Firearms, Fla, Sheriffs, Parkland, Law and Legislation, Politics And Government, State Legislatures, Washington (State, Second Amendment (US Constitution, Shooting (2018


Washington State Considers Ban on Prohibited Possessors of Guns from Making Guns

Washington State Considers Ban on Prohibited Possessors of Guns from Making Guns Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- -In December of 2018, the Attorney General of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, a far-left Democrat, proposed strong prohibitions on the manufacture of 3-D printed guns. From mynorthwest.com: “This is common sense,” he told KIRO Radio.”Ghost guns are a real threat — because they’re made out of plastic, they can go through security at your Seahawks game or at your airport.” The proposed legi...
Tags: Guns, Washington, Department Of Defense, Arizona, Washington State, Seahawks, Bob Ferguson, AG, State Police, NICS, Washington State House, Washington State Senate, Gun Rights News, Ammoland TV, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch


Best Bets: College basketball conference tournaments take center stage

BEST OF THE WEEKCollege BasketballMarch 11-16Pac-12 Tournament, T-Mobile Arena, Las VegasWednesday, first roundUSC vs. Arizona, noon, Pac-12 networkColorado (19-11) vs. Cal (8-22), 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network.UCLA (16-15) vs. Stanford (15-15), 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network.Oregon (19-12) vs. Washington State (11-20), 8:30 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkTitle Game: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Baseball fans who chafe at the length of the regular season have nothing on college basketball fans. From the opening...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Washington, Oregon, Stanford, Boston, Sports, Sport, West, Soccer, Brooklyn, Wyoming, Arizona, Tiger Woods, San Diego, Long Beach


Washington State Governor & Presidential Candidate Threatens Gun Dealers

Opinion Washington State Governor & Presidential Candidate Threatens Gun Dealers U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Washington State Governor and Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee are sending threatening letters to gun dealers across the state. The Evergreen State recently passed some of the strongest gun control measures in the United States. This new law is known as Initiative 1639. It is so extreme that a lot of Washington State sheriffs and police chiefs are refusing to enforce it because of their o...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Washington, United States, John, Republic, Washington State, Nra, Inslee, Northern Virginia, Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson, Washington State Patrol, ATF, Supreme Courts, NICS


What the heck is the transfer portal, and how does it affect Washington and Washington State?

The transfer portal and a wave of immediate eligibility waivers have dominated the college football offseason. So what does it all mean?
Tags: News, Washington, Sports, Washington State, Huskies, Husky Football


Beavers down Cougars despite Robert Franks pouring in 37 points

Oregon State beat Washington State 85-77 to clinch a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.
Tags: News, Sports, Washington State, Oregon State, Cougars, Cougar Basketball, Robert Franks


How UCLA men’s basketball can earn a Pac-12 tournament bye

It’s been a month since the 22-point lead that got away and Kris Wilkes hasn’t forgotten. “We should have won,” sophomore Kris Wilkes said Tuesday of UCLA’s epic collapse against Utah on Feb. 9. “But it’ll be a good challenge and I think we’ll be up to it.” The home loss proves especially costly now as the Utes (16-13, 10-7 Pac-12) are one game ahead of the Bruins (16-14, 9-8 Pac-12) in the crowded Pac-12 standings. As the teams meet again in the regular-season finale Saturday in Salt Lake City,...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, PAC, College sports, Las Vegas, Washington State, Oregon State, Ducks, Usc, Ucla


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

An Avro Lancaster and a Boeing B-17. See item below. Good morningHappy International Women’s Day.I’ve been struggling this week to write a review on what, in the opinion of many main stream media reviewers, have now become the very best set of noise cancelling headphones out there.  As longer time readers know, I’ve been reviewing noise cancelling headphones pretty much right since Day One, way back in 2001.During that time, I’ve reviewed the original Bose Quiet Comfort, and then just about ever...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Science, London, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sony, New Orleans, Las Vegas


Cal dispatches Cougar women in first round of Pac-12 tournament

California defeats the Washington State women 77-58 in Las Vegas, ending their season at 9-21.
Tags: News, California, Sports, Las Vegas, Washington State, Cougars, Cougar Basketball


Washington State succumbs to Oregon, 72-61

Robert Franks scored 16 points with seven rebounds but Washington State lost 72-61 to Oregon.
Tags: News, Oregon, Sports, Washington State, Cougars, Cougar Basketball, Robert Franks


Will the SHTF predictions to be correct this time

Most people in my area are absolutely positive that everything is soon going to hell in a hand-basket. The signs are all here. In 1970, I was told that we were in big trouble and I believed it. I bought a case of "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" books and gave them away wherever and to whomever I could. I became a local chapter leader of the John Birch Society, with the Society library, and I did my part to try to show Congressmen and Senators that genocide was coming and that the Illuminat...
Tags: Russia, Society, Idaho, Weapon, Washington State, General Discussion, John Birch Society


GOP lawmake driven mad by bill that would decriminalize children who take naked photos of themselves, delivers a frenzied rant about anal sex on legislature's floor

Washington State is contemplating HB 1742, legislation that would end the practice of charging children who exchange consensual sexts with child porn offenses that can lead to prison and a lifetime on the sex-offender registry. The bill is very carefully crafted: it gives prosecutors the power to charge children who transmit sexualized images of other children aged 13-17 with misdemeanors, and continues to felonize any transmission of sexual pictures of children 12 and under. The statute i...
Tags: Video, News, Law, Washington, Sex, Religion, Gop, Washington State, Sexting, Brad Klippert, Klippert, HB 1742, South Central Washington Klippert, Rich Smith Slog