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Trump seeks defunding for the agency that would investigate this incident.

FY 2021 Budget & Appropriations for Chemistry

Link: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/federal-budget-for-science.html#csb

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $10 million, slated for elimination

The basics: CSB was created by Congress in 1990 “to investigate accidents to determine the conditions and circumstances which led up to the event and to identify the cause or causes so that similar events might be prevented.” Despite being slated for elimination by the Trump Administration, CSB's independent request for $13.1 million would allow it to continue operation with a 12.8 percent increase over FY20.

The impact on chemistry: Though different from the other agencies covered here, CSB plays a key role in the chemical enterprise. By investigating and widely reporting flaws in the process of chemical production (or in the case of universities, laboratory safety), CSB protects the lives of workers and prevents property damage. This year's request, like FY18, FY19, and Fy20, provides funding only to close down the Board. However, the last three years have seen Congress continue to fund CSB despite the Administration's requests for its elimination.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $7.74 billion, a 6.5 percent cut versus FY20

Department of Energy Office of Science (SC)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $5.8 billion, a 17 percent cut versus FY20

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $0 million, with the agency to be eliminated

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $38.7 billion, a 7.2 percent cut versus FY20

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $6.66 billion, a 27 percent cut versus FY20

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Proposed FY21 Budget: $737 million, a 29 percent cut versus FY20

STEM Education
NSF requested $930 million for EHR which would represent a 1 percent cut from FY20.
DOE Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists would receive $20.5 million for FY21, a 27 percent cut from FY20.
DoEd overall would receive a 8 percent cut versus FY20, with the following allocations for STEM-related programs:
Like in its FY19 request, the Administration has slated Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants—designed to augment state programs for a number of academic areas, including the sciences—for elimination in FY21.
The Administration requested $2.05 billion for the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which are sources of federal funding to states for postsecondary career and technical education, an increase of 59 percent over FY20.
Proposed for elimination are $2.13 billion from Teacher Training under Title II Supporting Effective Instruction Grants, $190 million from Title IV funding for Education Innovation and Research Programs, and $1.25 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers that support after-school programs. Each of these programs would be consolidated into the Elementary and Secondary Education for the Disadvantaged (ESED) Block Grant.

and, an older article that explains the function of the CSB.......

Trump's Budget Kills The Chemical Safety Board. Here's What It Does
Sam Lemonick, Former Contributor - Science
Mar 17, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/03/17/what-is-the-chemical-safety-board/#16ed76a7da32

.....Also on the list is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which investigates chemical industry accidents and makes safety recommendations.

If you’re like me, you maybe weren’t sure you’d ever even heard of the CSB when you saw the news that it was on the chopping block. With a $12 million annual budget, it’s a tiny agency. And it’s only been around since 1998. In that time it’s investigated some high-profile accidents, like the 2013 explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 and leveled a neighborhood.

If you are interested in samples of the CSB's highly professional work, go to YouTube and type in "CSB" in the search window.


IMO, our public needs to be made aware of the consequences of these budget cuts for the sake of our health and safety. In addition, these cuts will substantially reduce America's standing as an international leader in basic science, technology and chemical process safety.

By the way, “fixed ground monitors” in the fire service are large fire suppression nozzles permanently mounted on pillars, typically near high-hazard tanks and processes.


Excellent graphic, EarlG. Bookmarked.

Good ammo to use against the wingnuts........

New solution for today's issues....

This is why I need a dog.......

Love this picker - a new one for me.

I prefer clean, simple instrumental music without extreme distortion - mainly guitar - and this guy fits the bill using just a 4-string bass guitar.

Weightless - Aram Bedrosian

His main web page: http://www.arambedrosian.com/index.html

His web page of music videos: http://www.arambedrosian.com/videos.html

Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Aram began playing at 13 and developed his technique playing in progressive rock and funk bands. He studied composition in college while frequently performing live and recording with various touring acts all over the U.S..

After earning a reputation as a first-class pro bassist he released his debut album of emotionally resonant and technically dazzling original unaccompanied solo pieces. It quickly earned glowing reviews and worldwide attention; leading to co-billings with Buckethead, Joe Bonommassa and other world-class artists as well as numerous endorsements.

Also a highly sought-after bass instructor in Vermont and worldwide, he is the resident bass faculty member at Johnson State College, the founder of the Burlington Music Dojo musical collective in Vermont, and a contributor to the Bass Players United online community. He also still does frequent session work and regularly performs live with drummer Jon Fishman of Phish.


"Poonado" makes me think of tRump when he speaks or tweets.

That's why I never listen to him.

Thanks for the informative article that informs us on another important ecosystem, SL8. Another interesting factoid:

Whales' alimentary tracts also produce ambergris, a fatty lump created to coat and pass squid beaks along with all the other excreta. Only shat out by some whales, and killing others through intestinal blockages, ambergris is an underground and little understood commodity valued as a status symbol and (for its unique and binding scent) component of traditional perfumes, fetching $1,000 to $5,000 or more per pound.


Like a breath of fresh air. This lady is really good with light and depth of field.

I hope she can enter some of these in photography contests.

Thank you, Amaryllis!...........

Here's where you can observe the flood gauges.....

National Weather Service
River Observations

Link to map: https://water.weather.gov/ahps/region.php?rfc=lmrfc

Note the gauge legend to your right showing the color and shape scheme for the gauges.

You can zoom in and out to more easily locate gauges using the "+" and "-" tabs or just use your mouse wheel, and you can drag the map anywhere you like using your mouse cursor.

Just hover your mouse over each gauge to see a pop-up window showing current and predicted levels. The red dot near Jackson is gauge JAMC6 on the Pearl River and it's currently at nearly 36-ft. and predicted to go to 38-ft. by tomorrow afternoon.

You can observe other areas of the United States by selecting a different region in the selector panel at the upper right of this page, such as "Ohio River" which covers my area.


The best way I can fight this bullshit is to contribute.....

my meager periodic amounts to:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU): https://www.au.org/

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): https://www.aclu.org/

Reviewing these web sites, I see both organizations are already on top of this Constitutional abuse. I'm sure there are many other good orgs like these that deserve our support as well.

This clearly represents another way the ultra-wealthy right-wing is beating us to death by having to keep their ass in court over issues that should be non-starters. For those of us of limited means, these contributions could be instead going to support dozens of Democratic Party candidates around the nation or to charities that help the poor.

KY rant done......

LOL. Westminster Kennel Club history.

I'm not particularly a fan of show animals and in no way an expert on dogs, but after posting some photos of the big Westminster Kennel Club annual dog show, I found this history quite amusing:

Club History

Link: https://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/about-sensation/history

In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.
“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field.
In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.


Rare sighting of lynx family crossing road in Manitoba

From original article.....

Canada driver captures rare sighting of mother lynx and her kittens
The wild cats which are larger than bobcats spend much of their life hidden in thick forest and are rarely seen in groups

Leyland Cecco in Toronto
Fri 14 Feb 2020

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/canada-driver-captures-rare-sighting-mother-lynx-kittens

It is one of Canada’s stealthiest predators, so spotting a single lynx is rare enough for travelers in the country’s hinterland. But a driver in the western province of Manitoba recently managed to capture on video an entire family of the wild cats as they crossed the road.

Shaun Kirchmann was travelling along Highway 6 from Grand Rapids to Winnipeg, when a silhouette close to the treeline caught his eye. The Manitoba Hydro employee pulled over to the side of the road, hopeful the shape he had spotted would move closer into view. Moose and deer are common sights along much of the country’s highway systems, and wolves and coyotes can occasionally be seen too.

But Kirchmann was shocked as a mother lynx and her five kittens emerged from the trees, cautiously padding through the snow towards the highway.

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