‘Dirt Is Good’: New Book Explores Why Kids Should Be Exposed To Germs

"After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided to find out what's actually known about the risks involved when modern-day children come in contact with germs.

"It turned out that most of the exposures were actually beneficial," Gilbert says. "So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor — if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it.""

The Truth about Traditional Ammunition

"In recent years traditional ammunition has come under increased attack from anti-hunting groups. As such, when misinformation related to traditional ammunition surfaces, NSSF believes it must set the record straight. Let’s do that now:"

"With very limited exceptions, such as waterfowl and possibly the California condor, where, in the latter case the evidence of a causal connection to spent ammunition fragments is far from conclusive, there is simply no sound scientific evidence that the use by hunters of traditional ammunition is causing harm to wildlife populations. In the case of raptors, there is a total lack of any scientific evidence of a population impact. In fact, just the opposite is true. Hunters have long used traditional ammunition, yet raptor populations have significantly increased all across North America — a trend that shows no sign of letting up. If the use of traditional ammunition was the threat to raptor populations some make it out to be, these populations would not be soaring as they are."

"Furthermore, it is the excise tax dollars (11 percent) manufacturers pay on the sale of ammunition – the very ammunition some choose to demonize – that is the primary source of wildlife conservation funding in the United States and the financial backbone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The bald eagle’s recovery, a truly great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition. Not surprisingly, recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent."

"Needlessly restricting or banning traditional ammunition absent sound science will hurt wildlife conservation efforts – efforts such as those that aided recovery of the Bald Eagle – because fewer hunters will take to the field, thereby undercutting financial wildlife management resources. Alternatives to traditional ammunition are not economical. The higher costs associated with this ammunition will price many everyday consumers out of the market. This is evidenced by the low 1 percent market share of metallic nontraditional ammunition –neither its higher cost, performance or benefits are justified."

Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners

"Those seeking to challenge a pipeline frequently run into roadblocks. Before mounting a case in court, opponents must first appeal to FERC, which, by law, has 30 days to act. Yet records show commissioners routinely fulfill this obligation by granting themselves more time to issue a final ruling, leaving the challengers in limbo. Meanwhile, FERC allows pipeline companies to move ahead. By the time opponents get to court, construction can be well underway — or finished."

Good morning! Welcome to warmest part of summer with temperatures expected to reach 84 degrees with dewpoints in the upper 60s. We expect hot and muggy summer weather all week. The muggy weather ends Friday around 11 pm.

The sun will set at 8:29 pm with dusk around 9:02 pm, which is 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for thunderstorms and 76 degrees. The dew point will be 69 degrees.  Hot and humid. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 55 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 35 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 3am. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 6pm. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1939.

On this day in 1944, Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320. Also on this day, another deadly tragety. In 1981, A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.

Today I will call about getting the brakes checked. It will give me some piece of mind and avoid annoyance when I’m creeping in Ithaca traffic. I’m sure there will be plenty of stop and go there. I think it will be a simple enough job that an ordinary brake shop should be able to fix it. I have one I’ve gone to in the past on Central Avenue, and they should be fine. Annoying that I need more work after replacing the brakes last fall, but sometimes things need to be adjusted or mud got into them or some bull shit. It’s about keeping things well maintained.

Next week at this point I should be in the Finger Lakes, hopefully just finishing up breakfast and getting ready to visit the pool. It will be nice to be spending time at the pool, relaxing and hiking the gorges. I’m bringing my kayak so I’ll be able to do some paddling too. I will lock it up in the campsite I’m undecided if I will go down to Presque Isle for its festival or not but if the weather is nice that’s always a fun way to cap off the week.

Tonight I plan to wash my truck and maybe vacuum out the inside and do some cleaning before my trip. I also have to return some library books and may be clean some of the camping gear. I want to put some superglue on the camp storage box so it stops coming apart. And some miscellaneous things.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Mutts Day when the sun will be setting at 8:16 pm with dusk at 8:47 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, drizzle, fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 71 and 63 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 98 back in 1917.