Thursday, July 28, 2016

ATTN SERIOUS FISHERMEN! TARPON ALERT! GET HOLD OF CAPT. RICHIE NOW!



TARPON! They ain't much for eating but what a fighting fish! They're trying to get in Capt. Richie's boat now. Don't delay set up a trip! Below is all the info you need.

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Fishing Charters from St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island Georgia

The Tarpon in the Coastal Georgia area near Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island are reaching the peak season!

Droves of hungry, migrating Tarpon are found all over the outer bars and sounds during July and August each season around Jekyll Island Georgia.

The Tarpon here are gorging themselves on large size Menhaden bait fish, locally known as "Pogies". Incredibly large schools/pods of Pogies, by the billions engulf the open sound areas in Coastal Georgia and the Tarpon are waiting in the shadows as they corral and herd the gigantic bait schools exactly as they like to.. The Tarpon here often stay with or near the bait schools allowing them to eat at will, day or night.

The abundance of these bait fish allow for easy cast netting by the hundreds if needed, but the tricky part will always be.. How can I get these Tarpon to choose my bait from the other 3 billion just like mine?.. Well, that's the billion dollar question, no doubt about it!

Georgia Tarpon are some of the most difficult to catch, and getting them to bite is the absolute most difficult part of Tarpon fishing from Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island in coastal Georgia.

For the fishing trip of a lifetime and your best shot at catching a Trophy Georgia Tarpon, contact us anytime @ 912-275-5577.

Fish on!

Capt. Richie Lott
GA Sport Fishing Charters
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Navy Teams Up With Coast Guard To Build Polar Icebreaker


Lawmakers are urging the Coast Guard to lease foreign




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"It would take the Coast Guard more than a decade to build a new polar icebreaker. To try to cut that time in half, it's joining forces with the Navy's well-oiled acquisition machine.
The two services are standing up a joint program office after months of prodding by a California congressman who has called for the Coast Guard to put an icebreaker in the water as soon as possible, whether newly built or leased from another country.
"What I got out of this and the last hearing too — the Coast Guard doesn’t get it," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told Navy Times on Wednesday, following a hearing of the House Transportation Committee's Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee. "This is going to take massive pushes and changes, even more from Congress. It’s going to take the Navy kind of taking this over."
READ MORE AT  NAVY TIMES

OUR TAKE ON THE STORY: 
 The Coast Guard has a long and successful history of operating "Craft of Opportunity", vessels acquired through unusual methods, chartered, or transferred from the Navy or other services. For most of the 20th century only relatively small craft between 30 and 82 feet were built to Coast Guard specifications and design. The Hamilton Class high endurance cutters from the 1960s and the Island Class Patrol vessels of the 80s were rare examples of Coast Guard specified cutters from the keel up. Since the late 90s the Coast Guard has been designing and acquiring its own large vessels. Understandably the Coast Guard has become extremely attached to having a purpose built fleet. The service has not reacted favorably to Congressional pressures in terms of the nation's ice breaking capacity. This is simply unwise. Ice breakers are available and can be modified with mostly bolt on weaponry such as 50 cal. machine guns and special small boats to provide functionality for fisheries enforcement, border security, type missions. 

 The Congress is well aware that a Coast Guard cutter is a military and law enforcement vessel and doesn't just break ice. But ice breaking to facilitate commerce is a Coast Guard civil mission and vitally necessary. In the high arctic a vessel that can't break ice can't possibly provide support for the Coast Guard's border security, military presence, fisheries and exclusive economic zone enforcement missions. Certainly a "craft of opportunity" will not perform all of the missions as well as a Coast Guard designed from the keel up vessel would, but with bolt on additions a stout ice breaker could do well enough to establish an effective presence that we lack now under existing budget constraints.

 The statement by Adm. Charles Michel opposing both craft of opportunity and US NAVY acquisition participation that "The Coast Guard operates Coast Vessels"  and "This is not a pick up game for the Coast Guard"  is hardly in the spirit  of the service's motto , Semper Paratus, nor in keeping with its long history of success with craft of opportunity. We don't suggest a return to the bad old days of the Coast Guard having to provide services from ancient hulls nearing junk status. The use of craft of opportunity, joint acquisition, and similar programs to fill a rapidly growing and urgent national need in times of severe Naval / Coast Guard budget restraints does not endanger the Coast Guard's on going purpose built fleet acquisition. Delay in fielding Coast Guard crews to the High Arctic does endanger our rights in our High Arctic Exclusive Economic Zone, our border security, the fisheries we are responsible for protecting, and the growth of marine traffic in the region. 

 We think its time for Adm.Michel and flag officers of similar mind set to place the nation's needs first and service preferences second. What has happened to the Semper Paratus attitude of the service's flag officer corps? We come into contact with the Coast Guard's modern day petty officer corps almost daily. They seem little different from past generations, following "the book" until it doesn't work, then innovating, adapting, and overcoming in order to complete the mission. The petty officer corps still seems to have that old Semper Paratus spirit in spades. Their unofficial motto is:

We the willing, led by the inept, serve the ungrateful.
We've been doing so much for so long with so little,
That today we can do anything with nothing. 

Buck up admirals and get your boatswain's mates , gunners mates, operations specialists, and machinery technicians to the High Arctic on the best rides you can get them now. Once there, they won't fail, but fail to get them there on time and you fail the nation!
See Also: MORE ICE BREAKERS COMING for an alternative acquisition idea.

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/07/14/navy-teams-up-coast-guard-build-polar-icebreaker/87078818/

RUSSIA STRIKES SECRET AMERICAN / BRITISH BASE IN SYRIA

FOX NEWS : July 22, 2016, AS POSTED TO MILITARY .COM

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RUSSIAN Su-27SKM, Photo by Dmitriy Pichugin, GNU Free Documentation License,
Story by Fox News, Read More at MILITARY .COM

"Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said.
Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still pursued a compromise.
The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact last week to target airstrikes against the al-Qaida affiliate in the region -- Nusra Front -- despite objections from the Pentagon and CIA. "
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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/07/22/russian-warplanes-reportedly-bombed-us-base-in-syria.html?ESRC=coastguard_160727.nl

Tuesday, July 26, 2016




Coast Guard Plots Long-Term Strategy for Increasingly Important Arctic Full article at THE SOVEREIGNTY PROJECT

USCG POLAR STAR (Photo USCG)

"The inhospitable Arctic could become a major area of contention between world powers in the coming decades. As new passages open it, it is up to the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure safe lines of shipping through those perilous waters.
This August, the Crystal Serenity, an 820-foot long luxury cruise liner with 13 decks and 1,000 passengers, will sail from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City. In an unprecedented feat, the Serenity will get there by taking a route that up until very recently has barely been navigable: the Northwest Passage."  READ MORE:


Thursday, July 14, 2016

NAMAZU ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN'S RELATIVE "SPICINESS"



Our Leading Maritime Analyst, THE GREAT NAMAZU

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If one believes the report in the April 2016 issue of Journal of Physical Oceanography the Arctic Ocean is about to "spice up". In Physical Oceanographer parlance warmer saltier ocean water is considered "spicy" while cooler fresher water is considered "minty". This is something of an oversimplification, both would taste "salty" if given the human taste test but it serves a purpose for scientific discussion; Below is the abstract of the referenced paper :

"Abstract
The contemporary Arctic Ocean differs markedly from midlatitude, ice-free, and relatively warm oceans in the context of density-compensating temperature and salinity variations. These variations are invaluable tracers in the midlatitudes, revealing essential fundamental physical processes of the oceans, on scales from millimeters to thousands of kilometers. However, in the cold Arctic Ocean, temperature variations have little effect on density, and a measure of density-compensating variations in temperature and salinity (i.e., spiciness) is not appropriate. In general, temperature is simply a passive tracer, which implies that most of the heat transported in the Arctic Ocean relies entirely on the ocean dynamics determined by the salinity field. It is shown, however, that as the Arctic Ocean warms up, temperature will take on a new role in setting dynamical balances. Under continued warming, there exists the possibility for a regime shift in the mechanisms by which heat is transported in the Arctic Ocean. This may result in a cap on the storage of deep-ocean heat, having profound implications for future predictions of Arctic sea ice."

 We think the operative word here is "possibility". Another set of  operative words in the abstract consist of "under continued warming". In a nut shell the scientist writing this paper don't know for sure if the natural heat budget mechanisms that they describe actually work the way they theorize, and if they do, the changes they predict require continued warming. In fact global average temperatures ceased rising some years ago. That doesn't mean that such things shouldn't be studied by academics, or that monitoring of conditions should cease. But it is high time that climate alarmists in the Main Stream Media (MSM) cease seizing upon every academic paper that comes out theorizing on what might happen in little understood geophysical processes, if warming continues. "Climate change deniers" is a term invented by climate alarmist.

  Here at the Namazu School of Climatology we believe that climates change, its what they do. Sometimes they change fast, indeed almost instantly, and other times very gradually.  Human activity could drive climate change but so far all of the industrial exhaust since the dawn of the industrial revolution is less than the ash put into the atmosphere by the last eruption of Mount St. Helena, which did have a temporary effect on global weather. At the Namazu School we don't believe that periodic reoccurring weather cycles indicate a climate change.  The fossil record indicates that climate incorporates many different short and longer term "weather cycles" varying in temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Interestingly the referenced paper above indicated that while an increase in "spiciness" of the Arctic Ocean might initially lead to more open water and less surface ice, continued "spiciness" could eventually lead to an increase in surface ice. Might the researchers simply have discovered the mechanism that drives fluctuations in surface ice coverage on the 5, 10, and 100 year cycles? Let's see, warming of average Arctic seawater temperatures leads to "spicier" water, which in turn leads to less surface ice, but if the condition continues for a protracted time, ice cover actually increases. Sounds like a weather cycle to us and not another reason to suspect dramatic climate change. But then again as a former demigod I can only base my observations and opinions on 3,000 years of experience. There are probably a good 50 years of actual comprehensive weather records for the High Arctic.

Namazu




Friday, July 8, 2016

"DOUGHNUT HOLES" IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

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 The Gulf Of Mexico is nearly surrounded by sovereign states which have carved nearly the entire water body into Exclusive Economic Zones under recognized International Law . But under the law as written this leaves two widely separated "doughnut holes" of  unregulated areas in the Gulf. These may pose unacceptable risks to the adjacent coastal states which are addressing the issue of how to dispose of remnants of the commons in virtually enclosed waters.
Gulf of Mexico “doughnut holes”


The Gulf of Mexico has two gaps or “doughnut holes” where national jurisdictions overlap. (Courtesy  US Bureau of Energy Management, US Department of Interior, and the US State Department)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CHINA NEEDS MORE BABIES TO AVERT ITS' COMING DEMOGRAPHIC CRASH



"Wealthy and Happy Baby", Artist: Zhang Guiying, 1982,  (British Library) 

CHINA IS EXPERIENCING A SORT OF "BABY BOOM" , BUT IS IT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE? 

 According to China's official Xinhua News Agency, obstetric and pediatric wards in Beijing are filled to capacity. Beijing alone is reported to be expecting over 300,000 births this year. But decades of the strict government enforced limits on family size have taken a toll. This year's 300,000 births mark an increase of roughly 20 percent over previous years since family size became formally regulated.  Official estimates are that about 22 million babies will be born nationwide in China during 2016. But it still may be too little too late to avert a population crash.

 The new year of 2016 started with a relaxation of China's national regulation of one child per family. The Dragon now allows two children per family. The Commie government touts the easing of the rule  as a key to a nationwide increase in the birth rate. Unfortunately not many serious thinkers outside of official Commie circles think this is going to be enough of a policy change to actually increase the birth rate sufficiently to halt a now manifest rapid decline in the population. Try to imagine a China which is not the world's most populous nation and largest market. A lot their economic power and other "soft power" goes down the drain. This is one of those unintended consequences of central planning and loss of individual freedom that goes with it. 

 Most experts on demographics believe that China's population is aging rapidly and will soon start to shrink. The statisticians of the United Nations predict that China's population will max out around 2028 at about 1.42 billion people. Some Chinese demographers estimate the peak population to occur as soon as 2020. All seem to agree that by 2200 China's population will be just over one billion at best. 

 China is finding it difficult to increase the fertility rate. The zero population growth propaganda has taken hold of China's society. While quite a few families found the one child policy invasive, intrusive, and offensive, the society as a whole has enjoyed higher standards of living per family with smaller families. China's child bearing population has not exactly been running out conceiving that second baby. It is thought that subsidies when offered only accelerate births that were already planned and hoped for. A shrinking and aging population comes with many effects, few are good for a growing economy and society.

 If the visibly approaching population bust occurs, China will be surpassed by India as the World's most populous state.  The hope and belief of many Chinese Commie officials that China will become the world's largest economy will be dashed on the harsh rocks of low fertility. The conventional wisdom has been for decades that China would soon over take America as the world's largest economy, probably by a factor of more than double the U.S. gross national product.  Privately some Chinese economists factoring in the "baby bust" no longer believe that China will ever match the economy of the United States. At the moment China has an aging population but that population is four and half time that of America. If the "baby bust " isn't reversed soon, by the end of this century China will only be about twice the population of the United States. 


Before China reaches that particular low point in population the United Nations demographers assert that India will surpass China in population as early as 2022.  If this occurs as predicted, it will mark the first time in three centuries, and probably in all recorded history that China was not the world's most populous nation. The coming population crash in China is just one of the unintended consequences of China's Communist penchant for central planning and aversion to basic human freedoms.  As we approach the election of a new chief executive here in America the words of central planner Hillary Clinton should be kept in mind by every voter:

"We are going to take some things from you for your own good "
Well don't be surprised, she and her husband Bill have both received funds from the Chinese and are quite enamored of their system as is the present occupant of the white House.  A Hillary electoral victory would bring us into the 9th year of a series of looming demographic disasters that are a direct result of Democratic party policies and the personal visions of such globalists as the Clintons.