42 dead in California wildfires

At Least 42 Dead in California Wildfires

Sadly, an additional 13 bodies have been recovered in California, which now means that the US states deadliest wildfire has now claimed a total of 42 lives, with these remains found mostly within the ruins of the town paradise, which is in northern California. This isn’t all though, as there are at least 228 people that are accounted as missing, with the fire having destroyed nearly 7200 structures with another 15500 being at risk of being destroyed by the Wildfires.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing, with the death count of 42 making it the states deadliest wildfire, with is surpassing the Griffith Park disaster, the previously deadliest wildfire that claimed 31 lives in 1933.

More than 300,000 Californian locals have been forced to flee their homes across California, with other wildfires such as the Woolsey fire to worry about also, which has damaged and ruined multiple beach resorts including Malibu, and taking the lives of at least 2 people so far.

For all the people affected, federal aid has been made available, with President Donald Trump declaring the wildfires a “major disaster”…

How Did People Die?

The town of Paradise as well as the areas surrounding the camp itself bore the brunt of the Camp Fire – the largest blaze – which started in nearby the forest on Thursday, with bodies being found within guttered cars that were overrun by the forest fire, as residents attempted to flee the fires overnight.

“I had to drive through the fire – it was awful. It was probably the most awful experience I will have in my life… It was traumatising, we will be traumatised for a long time. My whole community was traumatised – I can’t watch the videos anymore because I actually went through it.” – Sorrell Bobrink, a Paradise resident who was lucky enough to be able to escape the wildfires with her child.

The main victims who were not able to escape are believed to be individuals with mobility issues or elderly residents, who would find evacuating from the wildfires a lot more difficult.

Finding The Bodies

Efforts by forensic experts are being made to try to find more bodies within the areas afflicted with the wildfire, with cadaver dogs from the local police being employed along with mobile army morgues to aid in the finding and identifying of the people killed by this wildfire.  The fire itself has currently burned more than 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is nearly 25% contained, fire officials said.

How Will The South Be affected?

BBC News image showing the wildfires further south in California, with the Woosley Blaze being of note, the fire has consumed at least 85,500 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

BBC News image showing the wildfires further south in California, with the Woosley Blaze being of note, the fire has consumed at least 85,500 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

Overall, these wildfires are bad news, and we are all just hoping that they die down soon, else we see more death and destruction from the wildfires.

California Sued Over Net Neutrality Law

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of California by the trump administration earlier this week in what seems like an effort to get the newly signed net neutrality law, which was only signed a few hours to the filing of the lawsuit, removed.

The bill itself, which had the aim of bringing back the Obama error net neutrality laws and regulations, is the toughest net neutrality law to be signed to date, which may have been part of the reason the (almost) immediate backlash from the department of justice was to sue, claiming the bill completely goes against the idea of a de-regulated web.

“The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order,”  – Statement From Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

California is not the first state to pass a bill on net neutrality, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have also passed their own version of the law, but these were far less strict, and, at the time of writing at least, have not garnered the same sort of attention from the Trump administration as the California Bill has.

The state senator, Scott Wiener has gone on record to call Sunday a win for a free and open society.

“While the Trump administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what’s right for our residents,” – Scott Wiener, regarding net neutrality.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Comission, and well known advocate for the removal of net neutrality, has gone and voiced supports for the federal lawsuit, with him seeing the internet as an interstate information service, of which only the federal government can set policy on.

Ajit Pai - Well known advocate of removing net neutrality

Ajit Pai – Well known advocate of removing net neutrality, is very much against internet freedom, and very happy to hear California sued.

In January of this year, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 21 other states that shared her opinion, collectively pushed back against the repeal of the net neutrality bill.

“It’s a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, Regarding the net neutrality bills

Not everyone is on the side of California, and Ajit Pai is certainly not alone in his views against California pushing for net neutrality, with people such as Jonathan Spalter, CEO of the US Telecom Association coming out to say…

“Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all,”

Overall, we don’t know how this will proceed, and we can only wait to see the outcome.

Tougher Restrictions on Firearms Approved by California Lawmakers

After coming back to his desk from the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown found three bills on his desk from lawmakers in California that have called for even stricter restrictions on firearms, from a state already well known for having some of the toughest gun laws in the USA.

The bill was sent to Browns desk as a likely kneejerk reaction to the news that a gunmen opened fire at a gaming event, killing 2 people and injuring others, and then turning the gun on himself.

One of the bigger California news authorities “The Log Angeles Times” has reported some of the details within the bill, including the rule of making it impossible to get a gun with a lifetime ban if you have been legally been in psychiatric hold twice in a single year and/or if you have ever been convicted of domestic violence. The idea obviously being to ensure that people who are prone to harsh violence or are unstable mentally (which covers most school shooters since the unfortunate columbine massacre, especially the latter point) are unable to get a weapon that would easily allow them to cause harm to others, and even potentially themselves.

The bills also call for people who may be interested in a permit for a concealed weapon to have to go through eight hours of instruction as well as pass a live fire test before being granted the concealed weapon permit.

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill...

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill…

It is a well known fact that most Republicans opposed the conceal carry measure, and also oppose these new bills, warning that under the new bill, there is no limit on the amount of training a county can demand before giving you the permit, meaning that, in theory at least, they could give you unlimited training to essentially take the right away from you completely.

it IS worth remembering that California already has very strict gun laws, with those convicted of domestic violence currently facing a ten year probation and a five year ban for people who have been legally held in a psychiatric hold, with the new bill just making these harsher.

“If you want to have a loaded gun in public, you need to show that you know what you are doing,” Todd Gloria – Democratic assemblyman, regarding gun use.

The problem is, will this really stop gun crime, or just make it harder for American citizens to legally get a gun? As its well known that criminals will get their guns illegally to avoid them being tracked, and a large portion of mass shootings were done with an illegal gun, as in a stolen gun or one owned by someone else.  I feel this needs to be addressed over just making it harder for everyone else to get guns while sidestepping the actual problem…

Thousands Evacuated – Lake Elsinore Threatened by Wildfires

The holy fire, as dubbed by locals, is aggressively spreading, and more than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the fire for their own safety as over 19000 acres of forest, north of San Diego has been destroyed by this force of nature.

What is both interesting and very worrying though, is that this wildfire, which is one of the largest in California’s history, was actually man made…

The Fire-starter: Forrest Clark, a 51 year old male suspected of starting the fire after a decade old dispute with his neighbours.

The Fire-starter: Forrest Clark, a 51 year old male suspected of starting the fire after a decade old dispute with his neighbours.

The man, a 51 year old called Forrest Clark is strongly suspected of starting the wildfire over a dispute with his neighbours, with Orange County officials saying that Forrest had emailed the local fire chief (who himself was a volunteer) threatening that “this place will burn”, Forrest Clark was arrested on Tuesday outside his cabin home and is now in court for the charges of arson and a bail of 1 Million USD.

The fire shows no signs of stopping, and could in fact only get worse with the reported weather, with the gusty winds, dry plants and high temperature being the perfect conditions for a fire to spread, and fast. The fire is actually so large scale, that neighbouring states are now having the quality of their air lowered by the constant smoke bellowing from these wildfires.

18 wildfires, 600 fire fighters and 290,692 acres of land that has been burned in the Mendocino Complex Fire, with firefighters struggling to keep control of the fire and the fire chiefs expecting these wildfires to rage and burn for the rest of the month.

The fire is such a large scale problem, that even a bolstered fire team consisting of US Army Personnel, fire crews from other countries and even low risk criminal offenders are all having to help, just to keep the fire in control.

This holy fire, the machination of one, very angry, vicious and spiteful man, has put an entire state on its heels, unified all types of communities, and set a whole state ablaze, all for what? A decade old dispute with his neighbours… About what? We do not know…

John Kerry: The Last Great Tightrope Walker

John Kerry performed magnificently in the 2004 presidential elections. The great flip-flopper, as we so affectionately remember him, brilliantly [tip-toed] between the mainstream beliefs of Americans and the hardline left who control his own party. If you recall, it was only after Howard Dean was gaining momentum in the primaries as an anti-war candidate that Kerry was forced to start his flip-flopping career over the war he initially supported.

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Life in Iran

A Firsthand Look

Iran has been at the center of the political spotlight for sometime now, with the U.N. Security Council at a complete standstill as to how to act against its threat of a nuclear holocaust against the West and its allies (they’ll probably pass some economic sanctions and that will be about the extent of it). But before you get sucked into the hippie movement against any action our government may take against Iran let’s take a minute to consider the facts.

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Modern Conservatism Through the Marriage Amendment

As you know, the Congress recently voted on the marriage amendment. The Senate voted on it on June 8th, and it stalled there because four Republican Senators joined side with the Democrats on this issue. The House voted on it on July 18th, and it stalled there as well.
This reminded me of a book I recently read a book titled “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder;” it is written by Michael Savage, a conservative radio talk show host. In the book, Savage mentioned that “the conservative revolution is dead.” I frowned at it when I first read it. However, the recent developments in the marriage amendment issue have made me rethink about it and realize what he said might be the reality.

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California’s Crazy Gun Laws

One Gun is Never Enough

This past year has seen a bevy of attempts to change California’s firearm laws. Also, a tremendous legal victory has been converted into a significant real victory for gun enthusiasts. There are also big things on the horizon for California’s gun owners.
The biggest real improvement for firearm enthusiasts is that AR-15 and AK-47 clones are once again for sale in the state for the first time since SB-23 (California’s Assault Weapons ban) took effect on January 1, 2000. In Harrott v. Kings County, the California Supreme Court overturned the earlier Kasler v. Lockyer that expanded the 1989 Assault Weapons Control Act list of banned guns (the Kasler list.)

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They Woke The Giant

It was a conflict that officially lasted for 34 days. The widely televised Israeli incursion within Lebanon was a front-page news story for the month after the battles began. It all started July 12th, when Hezbollah gunmen captured two Israeli soldiers and took them to Lebanon. Israel immediately demanded their soldiers back, and when both Hezbollah refused to comply, and Lebanon made a mockery of trying to help, Israel decided military action was necessary.

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Welcome To UCSD

 

Warning Message to Incoming Freshmen

For those of you who are new here, welcome to UCSD, we’re glad to have you. We are the number one school for science and research in the country, and if you made it here, you most likely have a good head on your shoulders, or at least good grades and SAT scores. At UCSD, we get our coffee at the Grove, we work out at RIMAC, and we party at Geisel. Pizookies are our favorite dessert, we know that the cliffs is the best place around to watch the sunset, and we have a talking, a singing, and a silent tree in our forest. Also, at most universities, its safe to say that the students are crazy, and the professors and faculty must do all they can to keep the students in line. Here at UCSD, we like to mix things up a bit.

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