Bearing Sea and North Sea

The Bering Sea, from our TV program Deadliest Catch you got to see some great footage of the Bering Sea.  Also Russia and the US share the waters of the Bearing Sea where as for the landings from Alaskan waters represents half the U.S. catch of fish and shellfish.  Commercial fisheries catch approximately $1 billion worth of seafood annually,  while Russian Bering Sea fisheries are worth approximately $600 million annually.

From Wikipedia:

The Bering Sea supports many species of fish. Some species of fish support large and valuable commercial fisheries. Commercial fish species include 6 species of Pacific Salmon, Alaska Pollock, Red King Crab,Pacific cod, Pacific halibut, Yellowfin Sole, Pacific ocean perch and sablefish.

The Bering Sea ecosystem includes resources within the jurisdiction of the United States and Russia, as well as international waters in the middle of the sea (known as the “Donut Hole”). The interaction between currents, sea ice, and weather make for a vigorous and productive ecosystem.


Fish variation is high, and at least 419 species of fish have been reported from the Bering Sea.  The Bering Sea is home to some of the world’s most interesting wildlife.  This sea supports many endangered whale species including Bowhead Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Sei Whale, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale and the rarest in the world, the North Pacific Right Whale.  Other marine mammals include walrus, Steller Sea Lion, Northern Fur Seal, Beluga, Orca and Polar Bear.  The Bering Sea is very important to the seabirds of the world. Over 30 species of seabirds and approximately 20 million individuals breed in the Bering Sea region.


Most scientists believe that during the most recent ice age, sea level was low enough to allow humans and other animals to migrate on foot from Asia to North America across what is now the Bering Strait.  This is commonly referred to as the “Bering land bridge” and is believed by some though not all to be the first point of entry of  humans into the Americas.

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North Sea

Historically, the North Sea has featured prominently in geopolitical and military affairs, particularly in Northern Europe but also globally through the power northern European actors projected worldwide during much of the Middle Ages and modern era.  The North Sea was the centre of the Vikings’ rise and subsequently, the Hanseatic League, the Netherlands, and the British each sought to dominate the North Sea and through it to control access to the markets and resources of the world.  As Germany’s only outlet to the ocean, the North Sea continued to be strategically important through both World Wars.


Due to the heavy human populations and high level of industrialization along its shores, the wildlife of the North Sea has suffered from pollution, overhunting, and overfishing. Flamingos, pelicans, and Great Auk were once found along the southern shores of the North Sea, but went extinct over the 2nd millennium.  Gray whale also resided in the North Sea but were driven to extinction in the Atlantic in the 17th century Other species have dramatically declined in population, though they are still found. Right whales, sturgeon, shad, rays, skates,salmon, and other species were common in the North Sea until the 20th century, when numbers declined due to over-fishing.  Other factors like the introduction of non-indigenous species, industrial and agricultural pollution, trawling and dredging, human-induced eutrophication, construction on coastal breeding and feeding grounds, sand and gravel extraction,offshore construction, and heavy shipping traffic have also contributed to the decline. 

The OSPAR commission manages the OSPAR convention to counteract the harmful effects of human activity on wildlife in the North Sea, preserve endangered species, and provide environmental protection.  All North Sea border states are signatories of the MARPOL 73/78 Accords, which preserve the marine environment by preventing pollution from ships.  Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands also have a trilateral agreement for the protection of the Wadden Sea, or mudflats, which run along the coasts of the three countries on the southern edge of the North Sea.

Oil and gas

As early as 1859, oil was discovered in onshore areas around the North Sea and natural gas as early as 1910.  Although the production costs are relatively high, the quality of the oil, the political stability of the region, and the nearness of important markets in western Europe has made the North Sea an important oil-producing region.  The largest single humanitarian catastrophe in the North Sea oil industry was the destruction of the offshore oil platform Piper Alpha in 1988 in which 167 people lost their lives.

Besides the Ekofisk oil field, the Statfjord oil field is also notable as it was the cause of the first pipeline to span the Norwegian trench.  The largest natural gas field in the North Sea, Troll gas field, lies in the Norwegian trench dropping over 300 metres (980 ft) requiring the construction of the enormous Troll A platform to access it.

The price of Brent Crude, one of the first types of oil extracted from the North Sea, is used today as a standard price for comparison for crude oil from the rest of the world.  The North Sea contains western Europe’s largest oil and natural gas reserves and is one of the world’s key non-OPEC producing regions.

The North Sea is Europe’s main fishery accounting for over 5% of international commercial fish caught.  Fishing in the North Sea is concentrated in the southern part of the coastal waters. The main method of fishing is trawling.  In 1995, the total volume of fish and shellfish caught in the North Sea was approximately 3.5 million tonnes.  Besides fish, it is estimated that one million tonnes of unmarketable by-catch is caught and discarded each year.

In recent decades, over-fishing has left many fisheries unproductive, disturbing marine food chain dynamics and costing jobs in the fishing industry.  Herring, cod and place fisheries may soon face the same plight as mackerel fishing, which ceased in the 1970s due to over-fishing.   The objective of the European Union Common Fisheries Policy is to minimize the environmental impact associated with resource use by reducing fish discards, increasing productivity of fisheries, stabilising markets of fisheries and fish processing.

Major features:

For the most part, the sea lies on the European continental shelf with a mean depth of 90 metres (300 ft).  The only exception is the Norwegian trench, which extends parallel to the Norwegian shoreline from Oslo to an area north of Bergen.  It is between 20 and 30 kilometres (12 and 19 mi) wide and has a maximum depth of 725 metres (2,379 ft).

The Dogger Bank, a vast moraine, or accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris, rises to a mere 15 to 30 metres (50–100 ft) below the surface.  This feature has produced the finest fishing location of the North Sea.  The Long Forties and the Broad Fourteens are large areas with roughly uniform depth in fathoms, (forty fathoms and fourteen fathoms or 73 and 26 m deep respectively). These great banks and others make the North Sea particularly hazardous to navigate, which has been alleviated by the implementation of satellite navigation systems.  The Devil’s Hole lies 200 miles (320 km) east of Dundee, Scotland.  The feature is a series of asymmetrical trenches between 20 and 30 kilometres (12 and 19 mi) long, 1 and 2 kilometres (0.62 and 1.2 mi) wide and up to 230 metres (750 ft) deep.

Fish and shellfish:

Copepods and other zooplankton are plentiful in the North Sea. These tiny organisms are crucial elements of the food chain supporting many species of fish.  Over 230 species of fish live in the North Sea. Cod, haddock,whiting, saitheplaice, sole, mackerel, herring, poutingsprat, and sandeel are all very common and are fished commercially.  Due to the various depths of the North Sea trenches and differences in salinity, temperature, and water movement, some fish such as blue-mouth redfish and rabbitfish reside only in small areas of the North Sea.

Crustaceans are also commonly found throughout the sea. Norway lobster, deep-water prawns, and brown shrimp are all commercially fished, but other species of lobster, shrimp, oyster, mussels and clams all live in the North Sea. Recently non-indigenous species have become established including the Pacific oyster and Atlantic jackknife clam.

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Google Earth and Catlin Seaview

Well if you like Google Earth you will enjoy Catlin Seaview.  In a partnership with Google, the global insurance company Catlin Group Limited and nonprofit Underwater Earth launched the Catlin Seaview Survey.  For the first part the team is capturing images along The Great Barrier Reef of Australia.  The Catlin Seaview Survey camera is equipped with a depth range of zero to 100 meters and can capture thousands of 360-degree underwater panoramas. When these images are stitched together, people will be able to choose a location and go for a virtual dive.

Once all mapping with the Catlin Seaview Survey is done, there will be roughly 50,000 panoramas that will be accessible on Google Earth and Google Maps.  A YouTube channel will also be dedicated to the project that will include live streams of the expedition team from the ocean floor.

Catlin Seaview

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Sign of our Times- Father Shoots Laptop

This will be the best video for the times we are living.  The clip here is about Tommy Jordan and his daughter  Hanna,  he found a post on Facebook she had posted to her wall.  Well I guess pop wasn’t happy about the remarks in a letter she wrote and had blocked her folks from seeing it.  Dad got to it anyway and his reaction was to kill the laptop so there won’t be any more posting.  Can be tough sometimes caring for the one you love,  guess that’s way they call it tough love.

A quote from Tommy, “Today was probably the most disappointing day of my life as a father and I don’t know how to correct the situation.  Since I can’t seem to make any headway with my daughter on Facebook, I chose instead to remedy the problem permanently”. 

Damn that was a nice laptop!

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Parenting Continued

My daughter Hanna still hasn’t learned her lesson. Well she’s got another learn comin’.

Barely Political makes a sequel to the 45 slaying of the lap top, written by Mark Douglas, Bryan Olsen, and Todd Womack.    When you have the hottest viral craze of the year who needs material?

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Just a Phone Conversation

This is a life long friend of mine Chris Plante, his show airs on AM 630 WMAL out of Washington DC.  Now many would say that this man is opinionated but who isn’t when your right.  I can tell you this, that Chris Plante takes his job very seriously and while doing that he makes it entertaining.  Chris has come up the ranks as a journalist and now with his own show which was canceled at one point; his following grows.  It was his listening public that convinced the radio show to get him back on the air.

None to sorry either, for the performance out of Chris is never a dull moment.  Talk radio is a tough industry always needing material and a good guest to move the show forward.  You will find that type of atmosphere in his show, also I can tell ya that Plante is on your side and none to fear for what toes he might step on.  That’s how he carries himself and the way he works.  You know,  Andy Rooney said that a journalist has to tell the truth.  You will hear the truth on Chris Plante’s show and he’ll fight you for it.  Not only that but just listen to this take on the show and the guest is tearing at Chris.  What does Plante do?  That’s right keep the show rollin and entertaining.

This is someone calling into the show so simple, but how to make it entertaining?  Let Plante take the call!

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You , Me, Him in that order.

The Chris Plante Show

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Media Bias

Main stream media, Plante’s view on what your listening to.

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Alfred Hitchcock with U2 Vertigo

Wow, one of civilizations greatest film directors Alfred Hitchcock.  Most critics find Vertigo his best film.   This restoration has been around since 1996 Under the sponsorship of Universal Studios, Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, the same team behind the restoration of such large-format films as Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus and My Fair Lady have spent the past two years painstakingly rebuilding, layer by layer, what is essentially a brand new 65 mm restoration negative.

Dan Slusser, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Universal Studios recalls: “We were faced with the simple question of do we let this great film go forever or do we bring it back? And we felt that it made both emotional and economic sense to give a new generation a chance to see something truly beautiful.”

“We’re in the business of snatching great films back from the brink of extinction. The negative had gotten to the point where if we didn’t restore Vertigo now, it would have been too late,” says Robert Harris. “Without this effort, no one would ever again experience Vertigo,  for the glorious first time or a still-awed tenth, as it was intended to be seen.”

One bone of contention regarding the 1996 restoration was the decision to re-record the foley sound effects from scratch (to allow Dolby-quality mixing for surround sound and stereo).  Harris and Katz wanted to stay as close as possible to the original: “It was our intent to re-mix the original music tracks with dialogue culled from the old mono and new Foley and effects tracks, which were to have been created following Mr. Hitchcock’s original notes”.  That was the intent.  It is not what occurred, the studio having made the decision to re-invent the track anew.  Harris and Katz sometimes added extra sound effects to camouflage defects in the old soundtrack (hisses, pops, and bangs); in particular they added extra seagull cries and a foghorn to the scene at Cypress Point.  The new mix has also been accused of putting too much emphasis on the score at the expense of the sound effects.  The 2005 Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection contains the original mono track as an option.

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U2 – Vertigo

Well since Alfred got updated, what better mix to go alone with the restored version of Vertigo then Bono.  This is a great tune that came out almost 3 years ago not to mention the video!  Where else are you going to find a mix like this? That’s right Pod, Hitchcock with U2 welcome home,  you can feel good about one thing here for sure and that is by turning it up!   Half the experience at this site is volume.  It’s all for the experience. 

Always Enjoy The Show

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U2 Site 

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Fly Over Refurbished

While were waiting for the Orion program to lift off, NASA’s Expedition Teams have been recording the fly over from the  ISS. The team at Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center have produced an HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered cut of this spectacular view of our home.  Also Bitmeizer does a nice job of editing and adding a powerful sound track.

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Where You May Live

Fly up the Gulf along the East coast through the Plain States.  Is that you? Kind of cool to see your town from here.  Also here is the Aurora Borealis along with the capture of the Comet Lovejoy. Filmed by Commander Dan Burbank aboard the ISS.

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Mallory Everton Provo, UT Girlz

Came across this and thought it’s a nice mix from the song California Gurls by Katy Perry.  Mallory Everton is from Portland Oregon and resides at the time in Provo Utah.  C. Jane is accompanying her in this song, recorded at Studio With No Name.

I looked at this young ladies songs and found this to be the best and I do believe it is the first studio recording.  Be that as it may this gal has talent, not only that but seems to have a comedic character about herself you can see this in some of her vids.  I’ll tell ya something Miss Everton, you and C. Jane get back in the studio and work on your song Cry me a River I Need.

Mallory Everton

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Ice Melt

Let NASA explain this!

From NASA:

Using satellite measurements from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), the researchers measured ice loss in all of Earth’s land ice between 2003 and 2010, with particular emphasis on glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica.

The total global ice mass lost from Greenland, Antarctica and Earth’s glaciers and ice caps during the study period was about 4.3 trillion tons (1,000 cubic miles), adding about 0.5 inches (12 millimeters) to global sea level.  That’s enough ice to cover the United States 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) deep.

“Earth is losing a huge amount of ice to the ocean annually, and these new results will help us answer important questions in terms of both sea rise and how the planet’s cold regions are responding to global change,” said University of Colorado Boulder physics professor John Wahr, who helped lead the study.  “The strength of GRACE is it sees all the mass in the system, even though its resolution is not high enough to allow us to determine separate contributions from each individual glacier.”

About a quarter of the average annual ice loss came from glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica (roughly 148 billion tons, or 39 cubic miles).  Ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica and their peripheral ice caps and glaciers averaged 385 billion tons (100 cubic miles) a year. Results of the study will be published online Feb. 8 in the journal Nature.

Traditional estimates of Earth’s ice caps and glaciers have been made using ground measurements from relatively few glaciers to infer what all the world’s unmonitored glaciers were doing.  Only a few hundred of the roughly 200,000 glaciers worldwide have been monitored for longer than a decade.

One unexpected study result from GRACE was that the estimated ice loss from high Asian mountain ranges like the Himalaya, the Pamir and the Tien Shan was only about 4 billion tons of ice annually.  Some previous ground-based estimates of ice loss in these high Asian mountains have ranged up to 50 billion tons annually.

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Wilkins Ice Shelf

“I’ve never seen anything like this before — it was awesome. We flew along the main crack and observed the sheer scale of movement from the breakage. Big hefty chunks of ice, the size of small houses, look as though they’ve been thrown around like rubble — it’s like an explosion.”

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Geophysical Research


JGR Oceans

Observed sea ice extent in the Russian Arctic, 1933–2006: 

We present a time series of sea ice extent in the Russian Arctic based on observational sea ice charts compiled by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI).  These charts are perhaps the oldest operational sea ice data in existence and show that sea ice extent in the Russian Arctic has generally decreased since the beginning of the chart series in 1933.  This retreat has not been continuous, however.  For the Russian Arctic as a whole in summer, there have been two periods of retreat separated by a partial recovery between the mid-1950s and mid-1980s.

The AARI charts, combined with air temperature records, suggest that the retreat in recent decades is pan-Arctic and year-round in some regions, whereas the early twentieth century retreat was only observed in summer in the Russian Arctic.  The AARI ice charts indicate that a significant transition occurred in the Russian Arctic in the mid-1980s, when its sea ice cover began to retreat along with that of the rest of the Arctic.

Cutter Healy

Ice may be retreating but Nome Alaska along with Russia and Europe are experiencing record cold and snow since a 100 years ago.  The Russia Tanker Renda was cut out of the ice 110 miles south of Nome.  The Coast Guard Cutter Healy conducting the escort of the tanker vessel Renda on a mission to deliver fuel and prevent a potential energy crisis in Nome, Alaska.  At some point I’m sure the Northern routes will open to more shipping lanes and drilling for oil but I would not mothball The Cutters’ just yet!


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Psycho Siri (The modern day Hal)

From Andrew Films, a young man from Arkansas creating short films.  Today’s market is tough but build it and they come is a prime example of this young man’s You Tube channel with over 6 million hits.  He’s leaving college for now to focus on his You Tube Chanel.

The story line in the vid is a good one.  Like in the movie 2001 Space Odyssey, Hal turns on Dave as here Siri (an iPhone)  goes psycho on the boys’ to get what she wants.  Want an idea how social media works?  First you need to be popular that takes time and creation, some sort of entertainment and he quotes, “Creating short films for your viewing pleasure”.

Go after your dream go with your gut and by all means share the media; how else are you going to get noticed.  Popular is popular, that’s where social media works you can down load it!

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Dogs are better than people

I’ve been working with dogs for some time now and I’ll tell ya, they can learn anything that nature allows them to do.  If you mix their work with food you will be successful in training.  Nothing more these hairy butt biscuit heads love more than you is food.  Making the training fun is also a big part of their success.  I can remember any pup I trained would whine as we pulled into the field because they knew where they were and what is coming next, a good time.

This is more entertaining than most shows on TV.  “This video was shot in one take, no cuts or editing – and both dogs had a wonderful time.  The hand coordination was not preplanned – since everything was up to the dogs – but we both intuitively acted on the feeling of the dogs movement, plus we could hear from the “waitresses” comments, what the dogs were doing”.  Nono, a Golden Retriever on the left and Sia, a Danish Broholmer.

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