February 21, 2021

Lies About White Supremacists and Mass Shootings

This from Willis Eschenbach:

Folks are continually harping on the idea of "white supremacists", although few people have actually met one in real life. One of the memes is that "white supremacists" are doing most of the mass murders in the US.

Not true. See the link below. There have been 78 mass murders in the US since 1998. White people are slightly under-represent ed among mass murderers, black people are somewhat over-represente d, and Middle Eastern people are way over-represente d.

In addition, in the 78 shootings, most had no political or racial motives. Only TWO were right-wing extremists/ racially motivated. Six were Islamic extremists. Six were Democrats/ liberals.

About three times as many were killed by pistols as by rifles ... so much for the "assault weapon" meme.

Another interesting fact: of the 696 people killed in the 78 shootings, 677 of them were killed in a "gun free zone", places where guns were forbidden.

So ... why all the hysteria about "right-wing extremists"?

Simple. It gives liberals someone to pin their hatred on.

Lots more of interest in the Excel spreadsheet, which you can download from the link below.

The False Narrative of White Supremacists Doing Mass Shootings

Tim adds:

I wrote about this a while back at American Thinker and later at Canada Free Press. In fact, as a percentage of the population Asians kill more people in rampages than anyone. Whites kill more in terms of numbers solely because whites make up the lion's share of the population. But there is plenty of death to go around. Blacks are usually lumped in with the general crimes as opposed to mass shootings even when they are mass shooting up the joint. And we don't really have good stats for Hispanics who are often listed as white or some variant or the crime is listed as "drug related" or whatnot.

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February 20, 2021

Fauci's Wing Man is Heroin Addict

Timothy Birdnow

I knew those people had to be on something very hard...

From the N.Y. Post:

Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience. He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin. He was just hired by Fauci's NIH to help design our nation's "health" curriculum.

"I snort heroin every day for work/life balance. There aren’t many things in life that I enjoy more than a few lines by the fireplace at the end of the day."

Carl's not just a daily heroin user - he also LOVES using MDMA and methamphetamine which bring him "intense feelings of pleasure, gratitude and energy. When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable.” Carl doesn't recommend mixing heroin & alcohol because then you die.

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Hot Air in Texas

This from Jim Church

As with Texas, MISO is currently relying almost entirely on coal, gas and nuclear power. If they had been operating with a quarter of the power from wind, as Texas was last week, I suspect that they would have been experiencing the same blackouts as Texas has had.

Midwest Have No Surplus Power For Texas

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What is White?

Timothy Birdnow

On Facebook Cornelius Carroll  made the following observation:

"Use this phrase if you are subjected to a mandatory Critical Race Theory session at work. They’ll tell you that you have to admit your whiteness. It’s the core of the classes!”





I’m not white. I’m fair-skinned and that has nothing to do with me as a person!



I replied:

What determines white? In the days of eugenics it was the 1% rule; if you had 1% non-European blood you were considered a mixed race person. I would dare say a DNA test would determine most Americans have some Indian or black or Oriental blood in them somewhere. So how do you admit you are "white" when by the old definition you may well not be? And if you have to be predominantly black or other ethnic minority to qualify, where does that leave people like Barack Obama who is half Irish and a quarter Arab? Or Kamela Harris who is half East Inidan and probably mixed race on her Jamaican side as well? Obviously being "white" has nothing to do with genetics but everything to do with cultural identification and personal attitude. And given the Left is always telling us how all cultures are equal why is being white any worse than being African American, or Native American, or Eskimo American, or Saami American or any other hyphenated American? And if it's not worse then why do they demand we admit to a privilege that does not exist? The fact is, there is minority privilege which is provable beyond "dog whistles" including multiple government programs such as Race Norming in hiring or Affirmative Action or special scholarships for minorities etc. Promotion and advancement is far easier for a minority who works hard and does the right thing than for the average white person. So why should a person who doesn't even know if he qualifies as white admit to privilge which he doesn't even know exists? (And if race is a function of self-identification than it is a choice, so why should a bad choice be the fault of those who do not make it?)

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Dems and Spiking Oil Prices

Timothy Birdnow

Look at this. It's a chart of oil prices since before and after election day.

Hat tip: Steven Schueler.

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Covid a Bad Flu Season

James Doogue

Remember When People Were Ridiculed For Claiming Covid-19 Is Just A Bad Flu?

Despite the scary media headlines and politician's speaches, the data shows the Covid-19 infection fatality rate is now on par with just a bad flu season. That's without a Covid-19 vaccine in play!

It proves we shouldn't wait for a vaccine to get back to normal. Even with just a voluntary vaccination program, the Covid-19 infection fatality rate could fall below seasonal influenza and we haven't stopped the world for that!

At the end of April last year France had the world's highest Covid-19 case fatality rate at 18.65%. [source removed]

Today, with good health care, and provided the patient is not medically fragile due to advanced age or multiple co-morbidities, most patients would be expected to survive Covid-19.

This dramatic turnaround in survivability is due to a number of factors including: (not in any order of priority)

1. Reduced median age of patients.
2. Early detection of infection.
3. Early Treatment of Patient.
4. A much better understanding of the virus.
5. A range of effective treatment protocols.
6. Prophylaxis treatments are being used widely.

Globally the current case fatality rate is 3%, well down from the rates above 10% early last year. This takes all deaths from all cases from January 2020.

We can get an idea of what the future likely case fatality rate will be by the time we stop bothering to report daily Covid-19 reports, when we look at current data.

There are an estimated 22.6 million active Covid-19 cases with just 0.4%, or 95,482 cases listed as serious. Some of the active cases will become serious , while most will recover, as will most of the serious cases.

It is therefore logical that the case fatality rate for Covid-19 from this point in time will be somewhere lower than the current number of serious cases at just 0.4%

There are plenty of 'experts' who warn against pointing to dramatically falling case fatality rates. They say a more deadly or more infectious strain of the virus might come along..

These are the same panic merchants who glibly lock-down the economy, destroying lives and livelihoods so they can claim they are keeping you safe.

According to the CDC, each year, on average, 5% - 20% of the United States population gets the flu. [source removed]

In the last 12 months or so, 28,523,524 people have returned positive Covid-19 results in the US despite a massive, free, testing campaign. That's not even 9% of the total US population.

According to the CDC in the US the flu has resulted in 9.3 million to 49.0 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010.

Covid-19 infections are well within this range. [Source removed]

It is estimated that the flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 hospitalization s each year on average.
[Source removed]

During the severe 2017-2018 flu season, one of the longest in recent years, estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu.
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In the US there have been 1,690,996 Covid-19 hospitalisation s and 505,309 Covid-19 deaths, since January 2020. [Source removed]

That is much more severe than the bad flu season of 2017-18 without question. But as can be seen from the graph below, even though the number of daily cases dramatically rose from September last year, the number of deaths increased only fractionally. Which means the infection fatality rate was dropping dramatically.

In one major review of the literature 71 studies were looked at around the world and calculated current Covid-19 infection fatality rates of between 0.0% and 1.67% with a median rate of 0.27%.
[Source removed]

The most recent data from the US estimates the seasonal influenza infection fatality rate at between 0.12% and 0.15%.
[Source removed]

Given continuing falling fatality rates for Covid-19 and improved treatments, we can expect the median infection fatality rate to fall further.

Based on the recent data and literature, Covid-19 is looking more and more like becoming as troubling as a bad flu. And that might be the worst case scenario.

Add to the equation that we have an annual influenza vaccination program which covers about 50% of the US population, and 65% of the Australian population which would help dampen the flu infection fatality rate, once a Covid-19 vaccine is introduced, we might even see Covid-19 infection fatality rates drop below that of seasonal influenza.
Or
After all, the claimed efficacy rate of Covid-19 vaccines is up to 95%. The efficacy of the seasonal influenza vaccine is between 45% and 70%. It's likely the infection fatality rate for both Covid-19 and seasonal influenza will close to around the aboiy0.

We need to drop the shackles of Covid-19 restrictions and learn to live with what is likely, just the latest, in many more viruses to come.

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Coal and Gas Needed to Keep Wind Turbines Going in the Colde

Timothy Birdnow

In Germany they heat the windmills to keep them turning during cold snaps.

See a PDF from Siemens here.

"Renewables" suck up a lot of power, be it in their construction, in the batteries used for storage, or in the backups. Now we know in warming their blades when it's cold. At what point do we simply chuck them as bad money after good?

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February 19, 2021

The Texas Two Step

Timothy Birdnow

Wonder why Texas is suffering blackouts? It's because they went with  wind and solar and tried to make up the balance when those "renewables" didn't work  with natural gas - and have no way to store it. Below is a graph showing the problem in a nutshell:

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Most of the electricity generated is coming from gas, but as you can see even that dropped way off even while the cold weather hit. You can't make something from nothing.

It's clear they have a problem storing the gas, at least in sufficient quantities. Coal is easy to store, and nuclear too. Renewables are very hard to store and so is natural gas. Oil is strangely absent from this, as oil is a rather common Texas commodity. Apparently they don't use oil for heating in the Lone Star State.

This shows what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket, which is what was done with gas here as it augments the foolishness of wind and solar, largely useless energy sources for mass consumption.

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Who knows more about climate and agriculture than Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg

Jack Kemp

Recently we were lectured on global warming by a Harvard freshman dropout named Bill Gates. Last year we were lectured about how easy it is to grow crops without specialized knowledge by a high tech graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology named Michael Bloomberg.

You know who knows more about both agriculture and the effect of climate on the earth than the both of them? It is a native Iowan Harvard graduate with honors in literature who, after not formally using his education for a number of years, successfully became a four term Republican U.S. Congressman from that state who learned a great deal about agriculture and championed that issue in Washington, a skill that got him reelected three times before he retired.

When this native Iowan first graduated Harvard, he tried his hand at acting on television. Cong. Fred Grandy was Assistant Purser Burl "Gopher" Smith on the Love Boat tv series in the 1970s. So I dare say that Gopher knows more about climate and growing seasons, soil erosion, etc. than either Bill Gates or Michael Bloomberg. Grandy was also formerly President of Goodwill Industries and a Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, When Grandy held that last position, I interviewed him in New York and posted it on the Aviary years ago - without mentioning to him his famous tv role.

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Biden's border crisis – here's what happened in record time, and where this will lead

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to wife Martha.

Since Aviary readers are intelligent, none of this will surprise you, especially since you're well aware that "a dumb-ass with a pen is infinitely more dangerous than a smart-ass with a Twitter account (wish I could properly credit that remark, but I DID receive it from my sister-in-law Nancy)."

Anyhow, from a recent Fox News article,

In the week leading up to President Biden’s inauguration, caravans of migrants began making their way to the United States fueled by his rhetoric. This is the direct result of the policies Biden preached on the campaign trail and the executive orders implemented in the early days of his administration.

Our Central American partners will only be able to hold the line on stopping these caravans for so long before efforts become futile.This is not hyperbole or alarmist talk but simply undeniable recognition that we are on the precipice of a full-fledged border crisis.

Biden wasted no time pulling out his pen and unraveling policies critical to our national security, border security and immigration enforcement. From pausing deportations, to halting border wall construction and ending the "Remain in Mexico" policy, the president slapped an "open" sign on our border–during a global pandemic.

Chastising commonsense policies that maintained the integrity of our territorial borders, while implementing sweeping executive actions to roll back these effective programs and policies, has reinvigorated irregular migration.

We don’t have to guess why they are coming. They have told us why.The very migrants who are traveling toward our southwest border and are poised to enter the country illegally have said in recent media interviews they were encouraged by Biden’s rhetoric and relaxing of Trump era policies.

We are already seeing frighteningly similar trends to those that led to the previous security and humanitarian crisis along the southwest border.Since October 2020, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) monthly encounters are mirroring rates not seen since the lead-up to the peak of the 2019 border crisis. In fact, CBP currently encounters an average of 3,000 individuals a day.

For context, Jeh Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security under President Barak Obama,said that during his tenure, 1,000 apprehensions a day was a "bad number." According to CBP, family unit apprehensions have more than quadrupled in just the past two weeks and are trending upward.

Border patrol agents in Texas have already been forced to reimplement "catch-and-release"–a sign of the seriousness of the surge.

The practice of apprehending, issuing a notice to appear, and releasing into the interior of the country is a pull factor for individuals crossing the border illegally. On top of that, those being released haven’t been tested for COVID-19. If this doesn’t scream crisis, I am not sure what does.

The situation at the border, combined with the raging pandemic, has created a perfect storm of security, humanitarian and public health concerns.

The rest of the article, which I commend to your attention, is here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-border-immigration-crisis-rep-john-katko

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Country Music in the Crosshairs by the Wokies

Timothy Birdnow

They were pushing that on television, the idea country music must be "more inclusive" and embrace minorities. Why? Considering how much we hear about "cultural appropriations" of black culture shouldn't whites be entitled to their own music? This is just a new form of cultural imperialism designed to erase the white man from the American culture. A pox upon Gill!

Grammy Winner Vince Gill Says Country Music Isn’t Just for Conservative ‘White America’

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Increase in Agricultural Output

Timothy Birdnow

This put the Malthusian ideas about mass starvation that were so popular in the '70's and '80's to shame. We now know that we can increase production through innovation and planning if we choose. The whole point of the mordern environmental movement is to reduce the world's population because (they say) it isn't "sustainable" and yet here we have proof that it very much IS sustainable.

"Did you know that total farm production nearly tripled between 1948 and 2017? Even as land and labor used in farming declined, innovations in animal and crop genetics, chemicals, equipment and farm organization have enabled continuing growth in farm output.” – USDA A Look at Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States, 1948-2017 #HumanProgress 🌽https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/03/05/look-agricultural-productivity-growth-united-states-1948-2017
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Tony Morley > ‎Human Progress:
"Did you know that total farm production nearly tripled between 1948 and 2017? Even as land and labor used in farming declined, innovations in animal and crop genetics, chemicals, equipment and farm organization have enabled continuing growth in farm output.” – USDA A Look at Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States, 1948-2017 #HumanProgress 🌽https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/03/05/look-agricultural-productivity-growth-united-states-1948-2017

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Babysitter Got Back

Timothy Birdnow

School Board Mocks Parents Who Support Reopening 'They Want their Babysitters Back'

Tough toenails. The school board and the teachers are paid by the parents and if the parents want them standing on their heads in the classroom they should oblige or find another job. Oh, and it was the Progressives who sold public education as babysitting. They were the ones who promoted longer school hours, summer school, after school programs, "latchkey kids" programs, school meals, etc. So now they don't like what they themselves fostered. Again, I say tough. They asked for it.

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February 18, 2021

A Radio Man and His Presidents

Dana Mathewson

Some of you may have watched the wonderful tributes to Rush Limbaugh on Fox News yesterday. One may wish that Rush had been able to see these while he was still alive.

There are many articles still being written, and more will be. Here's a thoughtful analysis of his influence in City Journal, that discusses how, from George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump, presidents have not been able to ignore him. Rather than excerpt it, I will just give you the entire link. It's not a very long article but it's worth your time to read it all.

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A Modest Proposal for Congress

Jack Kemp

A long while back, when John Bolton was acting U.N. Ambassador, I attended a discussion he had at a Barnes & Noble store in New York City. I suggested to Mr. Bolton that if the U.N. really believed their own statements about global warming and the seas scheduled to rise thirty meters, then why didn't the U.N. move its headquarters from the East River waterfront in New York (connected about twenty miles from the open Atlantic Ocean) to a new headquarters inland, located in Pittsburgh. Mr. Bolton chuckled at my sarcastic suggestion.

I now offer a somewhat similar suggestion to the U.S. Congress. If they believe that fossil fuels are so bad, then why don't the put solar panels on the roof of the Capitol and have wiring connecting the Capitol to solar panels making electricity in the Virginia countryside? I could make a similar statement about concerning wind turbines in Virginia but the Halls of Congress would also be a great source of hot air wind energy, although the turbines would be somewhat noisy and drown out the speeches in Congress (not a bad byproduct).

Why hasn't Nancy Pelosi started commuting from California to Washington on a solar powered airplane? They exist but are experimental and not as fast as a Boeing jetliner. And I could see Chuck Schumer and AOC working one of those hand carts on a railroad track that one sees in old movies.

But we all know that Congress will not take my suggestion because they live in a fantasy world, similar to that old joke about the economist stuck on a desert isle with a chemist and a physicist.

Three men were shipwrecked on a desert island along with crates of canned food and no can opener. The chemist found some plants which he boiled with the help of his cigarette lighter and made an acid that ate through the top of the food cans so he had what to eat. The physicist tied a rock with some vines to a branch and made a lever which he forcefully used to hit a food can, breaking it open to supply him with food. The third man, an economist merely made one of his standard theoretical pronouncements, "Assume a Perfect Economy" - and he died of starvation. Most of us Deplorables don't want to join with an economist or a politician in mouthing platitudes that may or may not become true in fifty or one hundred years while we and our families starve and freeze in the meantime.

Gee, I wonder if Bill Gates flies on jet planes or takes a bicycle on his trips to Washington, D.C., or elsewhere. Well, the bike may be in the cargo section of the plane he flies on.

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Don't mess with Ted Cruz

Dana Mathewson

Sen. Ted Cruz is under attack for flying to Mexico while Texas is facing severe winter weather and power outages. Cruz explained why he went there:

With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas.

If true (and I’m unaware of any reason to believe it isn’t), this is a complete defense to the attack on Cruz. Those who suggest that he was derelict in his duty as a Senator should explain what the Senator could have done to help his state, beyond having his staff in constant contact with officials, during the brief time he was on this trip.

As one emailer put it:

What the heck was Cruz supposed to be doing, taking a gas powered hair dryer to every frozen windmill in west Texas?

The reference to windmills calls to mind the debate over the degree to which wind farms are responsible for the Texas blackout. The New York Times rallies to the defense of renewable energy with this story called, "No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts.” The Times notes that wind farms make up only about 7 percent of the power mix this time of year.

[...]

As Kevin Williamson says, "when 7 percent of your expected power represents 40 percent of your lost power, that is a significant fact.”

Good article. It's found here: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/02/uses-and-abuses-of-texas-power-outages.php

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Chicago schools face nightmare as Illinois pushes progressive politics

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to Martha Mathewson

I suspect Chicago's not alone in this, nor is Illinois. Minnesota's schools are nothing to write home about either -- assuming the kids can write.

While I was shooting B-roll footage on the South Side of Chicago, a young man approached and asked what I was doing. I explained I was gathering footage for a short documentary on the new "Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards" that the Illinois Board of Education had approved and was on the verge of being ratified by the Illinois General Assembly. He boiled it down to, "A documentary on education?" He then told me that he had been kicked out of two high schools and never graduated. His mother worked two jobs to provide for him and his sister and he never learned how to read.

As a parent of two children, I asked him how this was possible. Didn’t his teachers in the Chicago Public School system know that he couldn’t read? He shrugged and asked me if I had any work to give him. He was in his mid-20s, looking for work in the middle of an icy, sunny day. I told him I was sorry and that I was leaving for the airport in two hours. Used to these kinds of turn-downs, he grinned and said it was all right. He then pointed to a mural on the side of an abandoned building and said that would be a good shot.

I set up the camera and thought of how far this man’s world was from the new standards that the education leaders in Illinois believed would uplift Blacks and shrink the performance gaps between Whites and Blacks. While most people certainly would have no issues with teachers being "culturally competent" and "responsive" to students, what struck me when I first read the new standards was there was no mention of the word "merit." These new standards would require teachers to subscribe to "progressive values" and "hold high expectations in which all students can participate and lead as student advocates or activists." (The rule-writers recently changed "progressive" to "inclusive" but every aspect of the new standards reflects progressive politics.) How would these "high expectations" help this young Black man out looking for work?

"Progressive values" indeed. They don't want people who can read, they want people whom they can boss around -- people who will be dependent upon the government for everything.

The article is here: https://www.foxnews.com/us/chicago-schools-illinois-progressive-politics-teaching-standards-inclusive

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Report: NYC Waitress Delayed COVID Vaccine Over Fertility Concerns And Got Fired For It

Dana Mathewson

We all know that the restaurant business is suffering greatly from restrictions brought on by the COVID pandemic. But some owners are not helping themselves. This restaurant owner is making things difficult for his staff. Apparently, everything is either his way or the highway.

A New York City waitress was fired after she expressed hesitation about taking the COVID-19 vaccine without knowing the effects it might have on women who are trying to get pregnant.

According to a report from the New York Post, management at Brooklyn restaurant Red Hook Tavern dismissed 34-year-old Bonnie Jacobson after she refused to get the vaccine "immediately” under her boss’s mandatory orders because she wanted to see more research about its compatibility with fertility.

"The way I see it, getting the vaccine is for me. It protects me. If I am not getting it, it’s my choice, and I’d only be hurting myself,” she said, a view that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports for expectant mothers. The CDC also says currently that the COVID vaccine is "unlikely to pose a risk for pregnant people.”

Frankly, I'm with her. The CDC hasn't turned out to be the most trustworthy outfit.

Jacobson added that while she "fully supports” people getting vaccinated, she chose "not to get the vaccine because there just isn’t enough data or research at this point on its effects on fertility.”

Bingo! There's a lot we don't know about the vaccines yet. And don't bother to ask Dr. Fauci about them.

Despite the restaurant’s policy providing vaccine exemptions to people whose "personal health or disability prohibits you from obtaining this vaccination,” Jacobson was still booted to the curb after working a 13-hour shift, in a "shocking” and "hurtful” decision by her employers, considering her commitment to working throughout the pandemic.

I greatly hope this lady finds another job, with a more caring and compassionate boss, soon!

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Mount Etna in Italy erupts twice in 48 hours, photos show

Dana Mathewson

Teams in Italy worked to clean up the area surrounding Mount Etna Wednesday after the volcano spewed lava, ash and volcanic stones.

Municipal teams largely anticipated activity from Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Authorities shut down areas around the crater Tuesday, but the activity still forced the temporary closure of nearby Sicily’s Catania Airport.

This article is largely a photo essay, and the photos are spectacular. Mother Nature is flexing her impressive muscles here. https://www.foxnews.com/science/italy-mount-etna-erupts-twice-48-hours

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Please be Patient with the Aviary

Timothy Birdnow

Folks it's going to be hit or miss for the next couple of weeks. I have some stuff on my plate that will tie me up quite a bit.

Please be patient.

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