Storm-Chasing-Traffic-Jam-Bob Davis Podcast 835

Summer Storms In The Midwest

Warmer weather in the Upper Midwest is most notable for severe weather. In addition all through the middle part of the US in the summer storms can be even more dangerous. Learn more in Storm-Chasing-Traffic-Jam-Bob Davis Podcast 835.

Storm Chaser

Meteorologist and Professional Storm Chaser Brian Saastamoinen joins the podcast from Midwest Intercept Now. For their Facebook page click here.

2019 Will Be More Active

Especially relevant is we all love a good storm. This year looks to be more active than past year’s in our neck of the woods. Brian will be chasing in southern Iowa and northern Missouri this weekend. For most people interested in this sort of thing, it all started with a childhood experience with a summer storm.

What Causes The Big Storms?

What are these big storms due to? How do they get started? What contributions are storm chasers making to safety and learning more about these dangerous weather systems?

Storm Chasing Traffic Jams In Oklahoma

Moreover with storm chasing becoming so popular, how do the professionals deal with literal traffic jams on roads during particularly dangerous tornadoes?

Your Money Shot May Kill You

Certainly with the advancement of technology everyone wants to get a money shot of a tornado. People don’t even realize they are risking their lives to take video on their phones. Saastamoinen chases with a full team of first responders and meteorologists. Even more, they always have escape routes and emphasize safety first.

Back Roads Are Packed

In addition in some places homes don’t have basements, so when local TV advises people to ‘take shelter’ they jump in their car to go to someone else’s house. As amazing as that sounds, it also puts lots of cars on back roads, trying to get away from the storm. At the same time chasers, professional and amateur are out there.

Safety First

Finally, it may seem unnecessary but I also asked Brian to review safety procedures. Take a look at this video striking Saint Louis airport and you’ll see why.

(Editor’s Note: Special thanks to my friend Jason Waldron at Cartridge World for his assistance on this podcast.)

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Walk and Talk Podcast

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here. First of all we have to deal with all the freaking out about the weather. There’s also a heavy vibe these days. I’ll break it down in Spring-Vibe-Sunspots-Thrones-Bob Davis Podcast 834.

Heavy News Vibe

Heavy stories abound these days in the news. From the battles between ‘Crazy Nancy’ and the ‘Stable Genius’ to taxes and spending. Most noteworthy in this podcast are a few corrections on recent podcasts and referrals to resources for podcast listeners and subscribers on some of the issues in the news.

Walk and Talk podcasts have rules. No preparation. No plan. Just walk. And talk.

Weather Freak Outs

Especially relevant for Memorial Day Weekend in Minnesota are complaints about the weather. It’s too cold. Too rainy. More importantly, the thing everyone seems to say. “I’ve never seen this kind of weather here before”.

I have.

Putting In The Dock and Freezing

In addition I’ll share some stories about putting in the dock on cold, misty Memorial Day Weekend mornings. It happened more than once. Meanwhile the rest of the country is in chaos. Tornadoes. ‘Death Ridge’ heatwaves and more. Cold and wet in the upper Midwest, Can we blame this on the solar minimum, coronal mass ejections from the sun and a weak magnetic field? Find out in Spring-Vibe-Sunspots-Thrones-Bob Davis Podcast 834.

Game Of Thrones Hysteria

Finally one thing that ‘got’ me this weekend is the hysteria about the final episode of HBO’s hugely successful drama “Game Of Thrones“. Not to mention the memes which ballyhoo the positive character traits of those who have “never seen an episode of G.O.T. Not one!”. It’s a TV Show people! Watching it or not doesn’t make you a better human being.

Going Back To The Soprano’s

In conclusion, after a rant about people being ‘triggered’ by mean bosses, I take a page from Tony Soprano’s book and suggest maybe we all need to toughen up.

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There Goes Your Tax Cut

How’s the price of gas these days? How’s the price of diesel? We pay nearly 3 dollars a gallon or more at the pump. Especially for diesel. Republicans always talk about lower taxes. Not Trump. The president wants at least a 15 cent per gallon increase in the federal gas tax. Find out why in Gas-Taxes-Republican-Hypocrisy-Bob Davis Podcast 833.

What The Lord Giveth, He Taketh Away

Most noteworthy is the existing 18 cent federal tax on gas and almost 25 cents a gallon for diesel. Even more, most state lawmakers want increases in their state gas taxes.

Drunken Sailors Fighting on The Dance Floor

Sure they take in a lot of money in Washington and the state capitol. In contrast states and the federal government actually spend piles of money. Not to mention your local town or city. For information about that, click here.

Bonding Bonding Bonding

I live in Minnesota. They’re not supposed to, but here politicians throw in bonding packages in just about every legislative session.

You Can’t Get There From Anywhere During ‘Construction Season’

The result? Bonding on bonding. Some projects fully funded, haven’t even been started. Even more, there’s so much construction people are tearing their hair out trying to get to work.

Gas Taxes – Not Just For Highways Anymore

Stadiums. Light Rail. Train Stations. Bus Lanes. Bike Trails. Subsidized bike rentals. Running paths. Signs. Talking Traffic Lights. Roundabouts. Federally compliant intersections and curbs. Sometimes projects finished a couple of years ago are torn up and redone. Notice there are no highways or roads in that list. We still need more money for all those highway projects too. Add Trump’s airports and bridges and it means tax increases. Corporations aren’t going to pay for it.

Five Floors of 1800 Dollar A Month Rentals and a Starbucks On Every Corner

Moreover subsidies for ‘affordable’ housing projects which are really five story condos and 1800 dollar a month rentals with a Starbucks on the ground floor everywhere. Funding for these projects are cobbled together from Federal Transit Authority money.

Thanks Taxpayers!

That is, your money. Learn more in Gas-Taxes-Republican-Hypocrisy-Bob Davis Podcast 833.

Republicans Love Lower Taxes, More Spending and Ballooning Deficits

Finally, as republicans ballyhoo their 2017 tax cut and campaign on lower taxes, they keep spending. In Minnesota they passed a five hundred million dollar bonding bill and a 48 billion dollar budget last week and they think they did a great job. This year the federal budget is 4.4 trillion. That’s a trillion more than Barack Obama’s average. The US Budget Deficit this year will be more than a trillion dollars. Our total debt is estimated at 22 trillion.

Buddy Can You Spare 67 Thousand Dollars?

The raw dollar amounts these governments take in will make you sick. Especially relevant is the fact that every American is on the hook for 67 thousand dollars in federal debt alone, and counting. Because despite the revenue, they keep spending more and more, whether they have a D or an R in front of their name. Sooner or later the piper has to be paid. Spending, whether it comes from tax collections or bonds, always ends up as a tax.

The Man Who Lost Billions Wants You To Pay For … Another New Airport

And here comes the man who built skyscrapers and lost billions doing it, Donald Trump. He wants to put his name on airports, subways and bridges we don’t need, and make us pay for it.

What would Ben Franklin say to the woman about our government today?

“It’s a Hypo-cracy Madam. If you can keep it”.

Why would you want to?

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