It can’t happen here? It did. Synagogue Shooter Gets Life Sentence in Plea Deal

America is full of deranged extremists. The American combination of toxic anti-Semitic thinking, the number of far right extremist groups and the easy availability of guns is  both the fuel and the match for this incendiary hatred.

Wall Street Journal 7.20.2021

A 22-year-old California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges in connection with a deadly attack at a synagogue in the San Diego suburb of Poway in 2019.

Just before the shooting, John Earnest posted a manifesto online in which he invoked anti-Semitic tropes to justify attacking Jews and admitted to trying to burn down the mosque.

Synagogue shooter II 7.20.2021.jpg

Killer’s victim Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60

Earnest admitted that he carried out the shooting that left one dead and three wounded on the last day of Passover because of his bias and hatred of Jews, according to the San Diego County district attorney’s office .

As part of a plea agreement, Earnest avoided the death penalty and agreed to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, the office said. He also pleaded guilty to arson at a nearby mosque.

John O’Connell, a public defender representing Earnest, declined to comment

Earnest opened fire with an AR-15 style rifle in April of 2019 at the Chabad of Poway. He killed Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and wounded three others, including an 8-year-old girl and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein who lost his finger in the attack.

After the shooting, Earnest fled and called 911 to admit what he had done, saying, “I just shot up a synagogue. I’m trying to defend my nation against the Jewish people” authorities have said.

Earnest still faces federal hate-crime charges, including the obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs using a dangerous weapon.

The district attorney’s offices said it consulted with the family of Ms. Gilbert-Kaye as well as the survivors of the shooting before accepting the plea deal.

“While we reserved the option of trying this as a death penalty case, life in prison without the possibility of parole for the defendant is an appropriate resolution to this violent hate crime and we hope it brings a measure of justice and closure to the victims, their families, friends and the wider community,”  the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/san-diego-synagogue-shooter-gets-life-sentence-in-plea-deal-11626819381?cx_testId=3&cx_testVariant=cx_2&cx_artPos=1&mod=WTRN#cxrecs_s

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge ghostly hum serenades nearby residents

We live a couple of miles away from the historic Golden Gate Bridge and have been intermittently serenaded for months by the hum of the natural music moving in our direction.

The sound comes through as a sharp high pitched whistle and definitely ads an interesting vibe to our quiet Richmond District neighborhood close by the Pacific Ocean.

There is always an opportunity for someone in San Francisco to make a statement. Now San Francisco State University graduate Nate Mercerau has put the ghostly hums to artistic use.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.19.2021

The relentless drone the Golden Gate Bridge makes on windy days is a nuisance to many Bay Area residents. But for Nate Mercereau, a musician who has written and produced songs for platinum-selling pop stars including Lizzo and Shawn Mendes, the racket — created when gusts blow through the bridge’s newish safety slats — is a source of inspiration in the key of C-major.

“Actually, the note the bridge makes seems to fluctuate depending on where you are standing,” Mercereau said. “It plays four notes pretty solidly. There’s an A, B, and a G that warble together and create the ominous part of the sound, and then there’s a high C that holds it all together.”

nate-mercerau-i-7.19.2020.jpg

Mercereau said the inspiration for the project, titled “Duets / Golden Gate Bridge,” came from an article in The Chronicle with the headline: “The Golden Gate Bridge ‘humming’ is driving people crazy. A team of engineers is working to shut it up.”

“This is like a full-circle moment for me,” he said, with a laugh.

The story prompted him to team up with his engineer, Zach Parkes, and spend two breezy days in May in the Marin Headlands, just north of the span. There, with Mercereau performing in a cove near an old military bunker, they recorded improvised duets with the much-derided, caterwauling hum of the bridge.

“Because there is so much negative attention around it, this seemed like an opportunity to look at it another way,” said Mercereau, a San Francisco State University alum who now lives far from the noise in the Los Angeles foothills.

While he expresses deep sympathy for the people who live near the interminable clamor — the result of a $12 million retrofit of the western sidewalk rail last year — he said creating a set of songs with the 88-year-old bridge as his only accompanist was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“It’s the largest wind instrument in the world right now,” Mercereau said.

Nate Mercerau III 7.19.2020.jpg
The fog flows through the Golden Gate Bridge

Using recording equipment powered by car batteries and surrounded by windscreens, Mercereau and Parkes managed to produce nearly eight hours of improvised music in the spirit of artists such as John Cage and Brian Eno.

The four tracks that made the album are simply titled “Duet 1,” “Duet 2,” “Duet 3” and — you guessed it — “Duet 4.”

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/music/how-one-musician-recorded-a-series-of-duets-with-the-golden-gate-bridges-ghostly-hum

Senate Republicans trot out 32 year old news to cut down Land Mgt. nominee

It’s worth remembering that Republican legislators and regulators during the Trump regime tried to destroy and weaken every environmental law and regulation.

Now that the current Administration is trying to act as a good steward for America’s natural resources the Republicans are engaging in every slash and burn tactic at their disposable to disrupt.

Excerpted from Montana Free Press 7.18.2021

Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources issued a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday urging him to rescind his nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

The letter’s signatories, including Montana Sen. Steve Daines, say Stone-Manning made “false and misleading” statements to the committee about her involvement in a tree-spiking incident that led to an investigation and two convictions.

The tree-spiking incident has surfaced at various points in Stone-Manning’s career, including when she was chosen by former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to lead the state Department of Environmental Quality. The Montana Legislature questioned her about the incident and ultimately approved her appointment.

Last month Bullock told the Associated Press that Republicans on the Senate Energy Committee were grasping at old news to try to sink her nomination.

“She helped send a guy to prison 30 years ago when she was a college kid,” he said. “It’s never been a secret at all.”

Steve Bullock, Tracy Stone-Manning
Tracy Stone-Manning (left) was named in 2012 by Gov.-elect Steve Bullock to run the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, in Helena, Mont. Stone-Manning has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead an agency that oversees about a quarter-billion acres of public lands in western states.

Jon Tester, Daines’ Democratic counterpart in the Senate, was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Stone-Manning’s nomination. He described her as “somebody who exhibits uncommon common sense, somebody who has two ears and one mouth and acts accordingly [and] someone who is a critical thinker, thinks reasonably and promotes reasonable decisions” when introducing her before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources June 8. His support of her nomination appears to be unchanged by his Republican colleagues’ letter.

Prior to her post with the DEQ, Stone-Manning worked for Tester, first as a regional director and later as a state staff director and senior advisor.

A July 15 statement from Tester’s office says, “Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has devoted her life to advocating for the public lands that drive our economy and serve as the backbone of Montana’s outdoor heritage. Tracy will bring Montana common sense to the Bureau of Land Management and serve as a collaborative, nonpartisan steward for our public land as well as the thousands of good-paying jobs that rely on them. I look forward to her confirmation.”

CONSERVATION GROUPS RALLY AROUND NOMINATION

Tracy Stone-Manning III 7.18.2021.jpeg

A number of conservation organizations voiced their continued support of Stone-Manning and expressed frustration with Daines for attempting to nix her nomination.

Montana Conservation Voters Executive Director Whitney Tawney described Stone-Manning as an outdoorswoman, conservation professional and demonstrated leader. She said Daines’ “partisan attacks are an affront to all those who enjoy our public lands and want to see them managed with balance and transparency.”

Missoula’s Jock Conyngham, who’s worked with Stone-Manning in a number of capacities, including as a fellow Montana Conservation Voters board member, said Barasso and Daines are distorting her involvement in the tree-spiking incident and are only presenting “part of the picture.”

He said he’s always been impressed by Stone-Manning’s perspective and careful consideration of tough issues.

In 1989, while attending the University of Montana, Stone-Manning sent a letter to federal officials saying that trees in the Clearwater National Forest had been spiked, and that “a lot of people could get hurt” if logging in the forest proceeded. Tree spiking involves hammering a metal spike into a tree to discourage logging. Contact between a chainsaw or sawmill blade and a spike can seriously injure the operator.

Four years after Stone-Manning wrote the letter, she testified before a federal grand jury in Boise, Idaho, against two friends who were convicted in the tree-spiking case. She said she’d mailed the letter at the request of one of those friends, and to prevent people from getting hurt. She received immunity in exchange for the testimony and was never charged with a crime.

https://montanafreepress.org/2021/07/15/republican-senators-ask-biden-to-nix-stone-manning-blm-nomination/

Pandemic update: Disease experts warn: ‘The world needs a reality check’

The Covid-19 pandemic is still with us, despite an ongoing rush by many people to resume life as normal. 

This information is timely and needs to be taken seriously.

In the San Francisco Bay Area people are being encouraged to once again wear masks indoors.

Excerpted from The Washington Post 7.17.2021

The variant first identified in India last year is now dominant in the United States.

Federal health officials sounded an alarm Friday about a surge in U.S. coronavirus infections fueled by the twin threats posed by the highly transmissible delta variant and a stagnation in efforts to vaccinate as many Americans as possible.

During a White House briefing, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the seven-day average of coronavirus infections soared nearly 70 percent in just one week, to about 26,300 cases a day. The seven-day average for hospitalizations has increased, too, climbing about 36 percent from the previous seven-day period, she said.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization epidemiologist, was in her Geneva office last weekend preparing for a keynote address when a simple phrase came to mind. She had been pondering the dismaying rise in coronavirus infections globally during the previous three weeks, a reversal of promising trends in late spring. The surge came as people across much of the Northern Hemisphere were moving around again in a suddenly freewheeling summer — as if the pandemic were over.

Dr. Van Kerkhove wrote in her notebook: “The world needs a reality check.”

Van Kerkhove’s subsequent comments on Twitter pointing out the lack of social distancing drew predictable flak from the social media trolls, something she has gotten used to in the past year and a half. But she is not an outlier. Around the world, scientists and public health officials fear that the world’s protracted battle against the coronavirus is at a delicate and dangerous moment.

The highly transmissible coronavirus variant called delta is present in all 50 states and is already dominant in many parts of the United States.

Modeling shows the variant now accounts for 51.7 percent of all new infections in this country, five times the prevalence four weeks earlier, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ending July 3.

“Although we expected the delta variant to become the dominant strain in the United States, this rapid rise is troubling,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday during a White House news briefing.

In some parts of the country, she said, delta is even more widespread. For example, in parts of the Midwest and upper mountain states,including in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa, the CDC’s sequencing of infections suggests the new variant may account for about 80 percent of cases.

The good news, Walensky said, is all three coronavirus vaccines authorized in the United States offer strong protection against severe disease and death from covid-19. Preliminary data from several states over the past several months suggests that 99.5 percent of covid-19-related deaths occurred among unvaccinated people, she said.

3 Delta variant 7.17.2021.jpg

What is the delta variant?

The delta variant, also known as B. 1.617, was first detected last year in India, where it has been ravaging the nation and has since spread to dozens of other countries, upending plans for a return to normalcy.

Delta has several lineages with slightly different sets of mutations. One of those — B. 1.617.2 — is also now the dominant coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom, where it accounts for the vast majority of all covid-19 cases in that nation.

 

Health experts describe delta as the most “fit” variant of the coronavirus. That means it’s likely to outcompete other variants to infect more people with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, said Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease expert at the University of California at San Francisco. “It’s the one that is most likely to latch onto cells in a host, and it attacks that host better than the other variants, because it can replicate itself better.”

Why is the delta variant a concern?

Early research suggests the delta variant is about 50 percent more contagious than the alpha variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom and became the predominant variant in the United States during the spring. Alpha was already about 50 percent more transmissible than the original variant of the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.

2 Delta variant 7.17.2021.jpg

Was Richard Sherman’s behavior that abnormal for a pro football player?

Liz Heidhues 7.16.2021

Richard Sherman is disgraced.

But was Sherman’s behavior that abnormal for a professional football player?

The rate of domestic violence among NFL players is higher than expected for their income level, which could suggest that these athletes are indeed more prone to domestic violence.

A survey of 252 nationally reported criminal cases in one year that involved athletes found that about 14% of the athletes involved were professional football players. This compared with 7% professional baseball players and 6% of professional basketball and ice hockey players.

“They’re (elite football players) trained to be aggressive and somewhat violent on the field, that’s the nature of the game and that’s how they became important players. And sometimes it is difficult for athletes to turn that off when they go back to their regular lives,” said Stanley Teitelbaum, a Ph.D Clinical Psychologist and author of “Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols and Illusions and Disillusions”.

Richard Sherman X 7.15.2021.jpg
Seattle – Jan. 19, 2014. Richard Sherman denies 49ers Super Bowl berth.1st & 10 at SEA 18 (0:30 – 4th) (No Huddle, Shotgun) Colin Kaepernick pass deep right intended for Michael Crabtree INTERCEPTED by M.Smith (R.Sherman) at SEA 0. Touchback.

Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers NFL football star Richard Sherman needs to deal with the consequences of his belligerent rampage early last Tuesday morning in Redmond, Washington. He is charged with five misdemeanors, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, or gross misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year.

After driving his SUV in a drunken rage through a construction zone and crashing his vehicle, Sherman ended up at his in-laws’ house in a suburb in Washington.

As Sherman tried to break down the front door of his in-laws, his father-in-law had to spray his face with pepper spray through the partially broken-opened door.

When the police arrived, they could not subdue Sherman because of his massive size, brute strength, and belligerence.

The police officers could not use a Taser because of their concerns about igniting whatever chemical Sherman’s father-in-law had sprayed him with.

The officers ended up on relying on man’s best friend to subdue raging Richard Sherman. They released a police dog, who bit Sherman on the ankle, and the officers were then able to wrestle Richard Sherman to the ground and take him into custody.

Photo above: Richard Sherman accompanied by his wife Ashley Moss enters King County courtroom for arraignment 7.16.2021

Ex-49er Richard Sherman arrested for burglar; DUI, hit-run charge possible

Here is today’s story of someone who should have excellent communications skills running afoul of the law.

Richard Sherman. Professional football star. Stanford alumnus. Member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and graduate in the Class of 2010 with an undergraduate degree in communications.

  • Police say Sherman crashed SUV and attempted break-in
  • Felony burglary charge has domestic violence component
  • Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback is currently a free agent

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.14.2021

Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to break into the Redmond, Wash., home of his in-laws after fleeing a single-car crash that left his vehicle seriously damaged, authorities said at a news conference Wednesday.

Sherman, who spent the past three seasons with the 49ers (photo above) and is vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee, is in custody at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, facing charges of burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest and malicious mischief. He was booked at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday and has been denied bail.

Richard Sherman III 7.14.2021
Richard Sherman in happier times visiting young patient in hospital
Sherman also faces possible charges for driving under the influence and hit-and-run, according to the Washington State Patrol. He must see a judge before bail is set, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said at the news conference; Sherman is expected to appear in King County District Court on Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The burglary charge stems from Sherman’s attempt to gain entry to the house in Redmond, according to Lowe, and the domestic violence component is because of his relationship with the occupants, his wife’s parents. The malicious mischief charge is for causing damage to the door, Lowe said. None of Sherman’s family members was injured in the incident.

Sherman and his in-laws engaged in a verbal altercation before police arrived, according to Lowe, who said officers responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call at 1:49 a.m.

Sherman initially was amicable with the officers, Lowe said, but resisted when they established probable cause and told him he would be taken into custody. Sherman tried to walk away from the officers and accelerated his pace, according to Lowe, who said the officers then deployed a K-9 team to gain custody of Sherman.

Sherman and two officers suffered minor injuries, Lowe said; contact with the dog left Sherman with a minor laceration to his lower leg and ankle area.

Rick Johnson, state patrol trooper and public information officer, told The Chronicle that his agency will present the DUI and hit-and-run charges to the King County prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to proceed.

Richard Sherman II 7.14.2021.jpg
Richard Sherman with his original team Seattle Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll on left

The sequence of events began shortly after 1 a.m., when the State Patrol received a 911 call about a one-car collision in a construction zone in Redmond. The vehicle struck a concrete divider, Johnson said, left the scene and was abandoned in a parking lot near the 148th Avenue exit of eastbound State Route 520.

The impact left the vehicle with at least two tires popped, according to Johnson. He said a check of the license plate revealed it was registered to Sherman.

Johnson said the State Patrol was granted a search warrant for a blood test for suspected impairment. Soon thereafter, he said, State Patrol troopers arrived at a nearby residence looking for Sherman, and they assisted Redmond police in making the arrest.

The initial 911 call came from a construction worker who witnessed Sherman’s vehicle leaving the scene, according to Mead.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/49ers/article/Former-49ers-cornerback-Richard-Sherman-arrested-16314299.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sherman_(American_football)

“Ma’am, this is a f—ing emergency. I need officers here now!” footballer’s wife.

Former San Francisco 49er and Stanford alum Richard Sherman was released from jail following his arrest earlier this week on a variety of charges. He must appear in Court on Friday. His troubles may just be beginning as the King County District Attorney decides which criminal charges to pursue.

Sherman’s actions are exacting an extreme toll on his family as the above photo of his wife Ashley Moss in Court earlier today clearly shows.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.15.2021

Former 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was released from custody Thursday, hours after audio emerged of a 911 call in which Sherman’s wife said he drank two bottles of hard alcohol and threatened to kill himself late Tuesday night.

A caller to Redmond police dispatch said Sherman was “on anti-depressants and had been drinking,” the report said, and one of the occupants of the house “bear-sprayed” Sherman.

Richard Sherman VII 7.15.2021.jpg
Richard Sherman at Stanford graduation 2010

At one point, Sherman’s wife Ashley Moss told the dispatcher that Sherman was leaving. Moss can be heard repeatedly and frantically shouting, “Richard, please stop!” Moments later, she told the dispatcher, “Ma’am, this is a f—ing emergency. I need officers here now!”

Sherman was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly trying to break into the Redmond, Wash., home of his in-laws. The incident occurred after he fled a single-car crash, authorities said, that caused significant damage to his 2016 black Mercedes.

King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai found probable cause for four alleged offenses: second-degree criminal trespass, third-degree malicious mischief, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. The first two charges carry a domestic violence designation because they occurred at the home of relatives.

Richard Sherman V 7.14.2021
Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai looks on during Thursday’s hearing for Richard Sherman at King County District Court.

Greenland. Prospectors for new oil and gas – Forget it. “Future does not lie in oil”

Fossil fuels.  The biggest contributor to global warming and climate change.

Greenland is one nation which has decided to take climate change seriously.

In my hometown San Francisco, as in the rest of America, most people take climate change seriously only as something to talk about over a cafe latte.

The danger of climate change is a clear and present danger, provided it doesn’t impact the fossil fuel consuming car owners ability to drive their vehicles anyplace at anytime.

No single issue gets San Franciscans more bellicose than having their right to drive their car questioned.  Perhaps this international City which likes to think itself as progressive should check out Greenland for some inspiration.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 7.16.2021

Prospectors for new oil and gas reserves in Greenland can forget it: The arctic island government plans to stop issuing new licenses, saying it takes the “climate crisis seriously.”

Greenland’s natural resources minister Naaja Nathanielsen said the environment and climatic impacts of further oil and gas extraction had been assessed as being “too high” when weighed against potential financial gains, and was therefore being stopped.

Greenland II 7.16.2021.jpg
Natural resources minister Naaja Nathanielsen said the step was made based on ‘climate considerations, environmental considerations and economic common sense’

And, not issuing further exploration licenses was a “natural step,” because Greenland took the “climate crisis seriously,” according to the vast Arctic island’s Cabinet led by Prime Minister Mute Agede.

“The future does not lie in oil. The future belongs to renewable energy, and in that respect we have much more to gain,” the cabinet said, stressing sustainable farming of its natural resources such as fisheries stemming from Inuit traditions.

Energy minister Kalistat Lund said Greenland was experiencing “the consequences of climate change in our country every day” and took ” climate change seriously.”

Its parliament, the Naalakkersuisut, was working to attract new investments “for the large hydropower potential that we cannot exploit ourselves,” Lund said.

“This step has been taken for the sake of our nature, for the sake of our fisheries, for the sake of our tourism industry, and to focus our business on sustainable potentials,” added Nathanielsen.

For the climate, but also down to scant scope for profit

However, the report also noted that the exploration work done in recent years suggested low profitability on most of the identified oil and gas reserves, with some even likely to cost more to extract than it would be worth.

Oil and gas exploration since the 1970s involved Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Eni but drilling came up largely dry — despite US Geological Survey and Danish estimates of oil along Greenland’s west coast and gas off its east coast.

Greenland III 7.16.2021.jpg
An iceberg grounds in north-western Greenland. Retreating ice could allow access to billions of gallons of oil

Greenland has issued four existing hydrcarbon licenses to two small companies, it cannot annul these as long as the companies continue operations at the sites.

“My understanding is that the [exploration] licenses that are left have very limited potential, Greenpeace Nordic’s general secretary told the weekly Danish tech-magazine Ingenioeren.

Arctic melting attributed to climate warning has also focused speculators on Greenland’s minerals, despite its current 85% ice sheet cover, anticipating that extraction might become easier with time.

But since April’s snap elections and a change in government, with Agede’s Inuit Ataqatigiit party taking power after a campaign with a heavy focus on natural resource policies, political bids to limit such activities have started to pick up pace.

Currently drafted in is parliament is a bill to ban in the future “preliminary investigation, exploration and extraction of uranium.”

Vast island with partial independence from Denmark

Greenland, populated by just 57,000 people, mainly around the capital Nuuk, has long sought more independence from Denmark.

The world’s largest island spans 2,166,086 square kilometers (836,330 square miles), slightly larger than Saudi Arabia or Mexico or Indonesia.

https://www.dw.com/en/greenland-stops-oil-and-gas-exploration-climate-costs-too-high/a-58294024

San Francisco’s ideologically charged politics ensnares its wildlife

Liz and Lee Heidhues 7.14.2021

Photos:  Liz

San Francisco’s ideologically charged politics ensnares even its wildlife denizens in an endless Darwinian battle for survival among competing interests.

The automobile established dominance in the city by claiming almost exclusive access to public space.

2 Raccoons.jpg
Raccoons on the move by Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park

The Motorists’ vitriolic and emotional refusal to adapt stymies progress to limit automobiles and exposes deeply ingrained turf wars over who has the rights to the City’s public spaces.

36-red-tail-hawk.jpg
Red tail hawk atop a tree on car free JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park
37-red-tail-hawk.jpg
Red tail hawk takes flight from tree on car free JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Despite gains by livability and climate advocates – such as The Great Walkway along the Pacific Ocean, Car Free JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, and Slow Streets in strategic neighborhoods – automobiles dominate San Francisco. The intolerable congestion and noxious pollution from automobile overuse flies in the face of climate change and smart growth.

28 Duck attack
Seagull competes with Mallard ducklings for food at Spreckels Lake

The street fight over sustainable urban living trickles down to the least political of San Francisco’s denizens – its urban wildlife.

Most climatologists agree that humans are increasing the rate of the Earth’s warming by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Burning fossil fuels, such as overdependence on cars to get around in San Francisco, is causing carbon dioxide (CO2) to build up in the earth’s atmosphere, where it causes warming by trapping the sun’s rays.

27 Gopher kill II26 Gopher kill.jpg

Heron sneaks up on gopher

Climate warming is causing a sea level rise. The planet’s oceans rise in proportion to global changes in temperatures. As the Pacific Ocean rises around the peninsula of San Francisco, coastal habitats of urban wildlife will be wiped out.

The Western Monarch Butterfly is disappearing right in front of our eyes in San Francisco. Its population has dropped to a new record low in 2021. (Bay Area county’s western monarch butterfly population hits record low, only 200 counted. SF Gate, Amanda Bartlett, Jan. 2021)

30-butterfly.jpg
Tiger swallowtail butterfly. Last seen in backyard – 2018

The Western Snowy Plover resides most of the year along Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Though Snowy Plovers currently do not breed in San Francisco due to a loss of habitat, they still are in the sliver of wilderness at Ocean Beach.

As sea level continues to rise, the Western Snowy Plover will run out of habitat to live in. The rising water will push Western Snowy Plovers towards the urban developments along Ocean Beach that do not contain sand dunes and, therefore, are unsuitable for the birds’ survival.

 

 

12 Horse13 Horse

Friendly horse at Bercut Equitation Field in Golden Gate Park

I invite car owners to exit their automobiles and transit the city as I do – a sustainable urban traveler – using your feet, a bicycle, public transit, or other non-car means, to get around.

You may be surprised when seeing our urban wildlife close-up and not from the silo of an automobile, which disconnects you from the planet and its wildlife.

Here is my own investigative photo montage of San Francisco’s urban wildlife.  

32-spider-kill.jpg
Hungry spider (left) wraps up Monarch butterfly for dinner
23-canadian-geese.jpg
Canadian goose gives Liz the Eye
16 Crow on plank
What a mouthful!

 

15 Crows on the stairs
Bread and water
10-squirrel-with-food.jpg
Urban squirrel gets tidbit from Liz
19-rufus-hummingbird.jpg
Rufus hummingbird on backyard perch
4-raccoons.jpg
Raccoon creeps up on Liz
16 California scrub jay with prey 7.5.2021
Scrubjay aka “Scrubber” brings Lee a gift
34 Crows on Bladerunner day.jpg
Crows on Blade Runner Wednesday – September 2020 at San Francisco Legion of Honor fountain
21-downy-woodpecker.jpg
Downy Woodpecker pecks away
Downy woodpecker pecks away in Golden Gate Park
Monarch butterfly ensnared in spider’s web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euro Cup 2020: Italy are the champions of Europe! First time since 1968

The Euro Cup came a year late due to the Pandemic. It’s never too late for Italy which wins its first European championship in 53 years beating England on penalty kicks at a packed house in Wembley Stadium, London

Breaking News 4.15.2019

The Guardian 7.11.2021

RESULT: Italy 1-1 England (aet; Italy win 3-2 on penalty kicks)

17:54

Euro Cup XIV 7.11.2021.jpg
Rome was in delirium in the wake of Italy’s dramatic victory