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Hi to all, I’ve been staying dry during the incredible rain storms we’ve been having out here in Yosemite NP. It’s been warmer than normal so it’s raining at higher altitudes and melting the snow quickly. There is flooding with some evacuations down the hill from here. Streams and rivers are swollen from all the run off. Here is a graph of the water flow in the Merced River at Pohono Bridge in Yosemite Valley. Note the values on the left side are not linear.
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Wow! Take care while you enjoy the beauty, eh?


Congratulations on the retirement and the long vacay in Yosemite jbob!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for checking in, I was already missing you. Good luck with all that rain!


Socialist groups see huge spike in membership as they join protests against US President Donald Trump.

Connor Southard had never been involved in political organising and had never been a member of a political organisation – until the election of the far-right US President, Donald Trump.

After that he joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

“As it became clear that the organised left was getting stronger and facing more formidable threats to its agenda … it was clearly time to get involved,” the 26-year-old writer from New York explained.

The far-right in the United States – and in Europe – has been energised by Trump’s victory and his Republican Party’s firm grip on both chambers of Congress.

“The only way to oppose this level of the malignant power [of Donald Trump] is to get organised,” Southard said. “This moment is radicalising a lot of people due to the levels of outrage and disgust. People all over the country are asking what to do. The answer in one word is: Organise.”

He learned about the DSA from friends and Chapo Trap House, a popular left-wing satirical podcast.

Since Trump’s electoral victory in November, socialist organisations have reported an explosion in membership and interest.


Jeff Weaver, appearing on “The Last Word”, talked about mobilization last night, something Our Revolution is doing (and he said other groups too). Unfortunately, I can’t find the free stream of it!


Good news! I’m debating between Dem Socialists and Independents if and when I leave the Justice Dems. When I think of Trump, I mostly just think, “Time flies.”

I march more for the camaraderie and the world audience, than anything Trump will change. If anything, these guys double down on their awfulness in response to us, although some of the legislators might be swayed from time to time if their position is threatened.


Some of my fave people on twitter are Dem Socialists as it’s turning out. I regularly see posting pics of their brand new DSA membership cards that just arrived in the mail. They tend to be young, smart, caring, funny and passionate people, which is why I chose to follow them.

The group, which officially formed in 1982 but has roots in the early-20th-century socialist movement, has experienced a renaissance of late. The LA gathering is one of the group’s largest in 25 years. And since last March, the DSA’s membership has nearly tripled, to more than 15,000 members, with 90 local groups in 37 states.

Relative to other political groups, the DSA’s numbers are still small, but the group is poised to become a leader in the national resistance against Trump’s administration, if it can figure out what to tackle first. The independent, member-funded organization has attracted a legion of social-media-savvy young followers at a time when progressives are feeling angry and disillusioned with the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. With its DIY ethos – members are encouraged to form their own chapters, organize niche committees and run for a position on its board of directors – the DSA offers get-your-hands-dirty activism as an antidote to what its members see as the corporate, stuffy fundraiser culture in Washington. But its greatest appeal – an egalitarian approach, combined with a desire to smash capitalism – may also prove to be its biggest challenge when it comes to having a lasting impact on U.S. politics.


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