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  1. Well they're not going to order Fire Island to be abandoned. Maybe if a Super-Sandy wiped it off the map they might order it be left to go wild and stay uninhabited. Otherwise, best route is to make accommodations around the development. If sand on the backside is a thing, they should find edges of already existing sanctuaries to create more of these shallow flat sand areas. Really though, it may be one, or more likely a rapid succession of a handful, of Super storms wiping the coast clean until the government says no more re-building...some spots we're just going to have to let go. Ironically, it could be one unintended positive side effect of climate change...pushing humanity off coastlines globally.
  2. Guys... meant to post this earlier in the month... Carnival cruise polluting our oceans. Busted a second time now. Coughing up $20 mil, but they need to be kicked in the stomach...and hit in the pocketbook. continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction discharging oily waste dumping “gray water" allowing plastic to be discharged along with food waste falsifying compliance documents having cleanup teams visit its ships just before scheduled inspections. When wifey asks to go away on a cruise, tell her the car is packed and cruise to Mt. Rushmore. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Carnival pleads guilty to pollution, probation violations; cruise line fined $20M AP, Published 9:18 a.m. ET June 4, 2019 MIAMI – Carnival Corp. reached a settlement Monday with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct. Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz approved the agreement after Carnival CEO Arnold Donald stood up in open court and admitted the company’s responsibility for probation violations stemming from the previous environmental case. “The company pleads guilty,” Arnold said six times in a packed courtroom that include other senior Carnival executives, including company chairman and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison. “We acknowledge the shortcomings. I am here today to formulate a plan to fix them,” Arnold added. “The proof will be in the pudding, won’t it?” the judge replied. “If you all did not have the environment, you would have nothing to sell.” Carnival admitted violating terms of probation from a 2016 criminal conviction for discharging oily waste from its Princess Cruise Lines ships and covering it up. Carnival paid a $40 million fine and was put on five years’ probation in that case, which affected all nine of its cruise brands that boast more than 100 ships. Now Carnival has acknowledged that in the years since its ships have committed environmental crimes such as dumping “gray water” in prohibited places such Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and knowingly allowing plastic to be discharged along with food waste in the Bahamas, which poses a severe threat to marine life. The company also admitted falsifying compliance documents and other administrative violations such as having cleanup teams visit its ships just before scheduled inspections. Seitz at an earlier hearing threatened to bar Carnival from docking at U.S. ports because of the violations and said she might hold executives individually liable for the probation violations. “The concern I have is that senior management has no skin in the game,” Seitz said, adding that future violations might be met with prison time and criminal fines for individuals. “My goal is to have the defendant change its behavior.” Under the settlement, Carnival promised there will be additional audits to check for violations, a restructuring of the company’s compliance and training programs, a better system for reporting environmental violations to state and federal agencies and improved waste management practices. The agreement also would set Sept. 13 and Oct. 9 deadlines to create an improved compliance plan and make other changes, subject to fines of $1 million per day if those deadlines are not met. If a second round of deadlines are not met, the fines could go up to $10 million a day. Other proposed changes include a reduction by Carnival in the use of single-use plastic items across its entire fleet and creation of “tiger teams” meant to make improvements in the ships’ food and beverage systems and how waste is handled at sea. Seitz is retiring later this year and is turning over the case to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro, who jointly presided over Monday’s hearing. Three people who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations attended the hearing. Their attorney, Knoll Lowney, expressed skepticism that Carnival will keep its word this time. “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the rule of law,” he said. “Here we are again.”
  3. If you got the Rambler bottle version of the 1/2 gallon I think it's because they're phasing it out in favor of the jug format for both gallon and 1/2 gallon. I personally like the sleek design no handle rambler style. When I got it, I could only find it at Dicks. Just looked an REI has it in their outlet on line for $50 marked down from $70. I do like the gallon jug though. My ice maker leaks, and I catch the water with a 2 liter soda bottle I cut the bottom off. I come away with a big cylindric ice block every few days. When I go out for a day of yardwork I drop the block of ice in and am good for a long run. Love the little lid mag-ing on to the cover too. Much better then some annoying plastic retainer or something spinning around and ultimately breaking off. I hope they changed their approach to the lids. I think some of mine came with it, other not. Handles I get uncharge as it's not a necessary accessory, but lids much less so. With that said...$10 bucks for a plastic handle?...really?...2 cents in China and it feels like you're getting jammed a bit. And I did buy one of those too, for a friend. Gal with small hands likes big coffee for her commute, but can't get a good grip on the 30 oz tumbler. Just remembered I got a couple of their Colster's for beer cans somewhere. Those were worth it too. Far better then dopey soggy foam drink cozzie's.
  4. I swore off PG a while back. The color has come back to my face and the sun shines every day now. Regarding their marketing....True dat. Just remembered I have tickets to see Rolling Stones at the Meadowlands. (Concert delayed June to Aug due to Mick heart surgery...he's fine...just did first show in Chicago this week.) BUT...I digress. I just remembered receiving an email promoting Rolling Stones branded Yeti gear. The ultimate marketing team up. Cause if you know the stones and buy their stuff... OMG you constantly get emails for Stones gear. So logically...Yeti Stones! Check it... That Yeti Roadie 20 is normally $200 bucks. It can hold a 12 pack on ice. Rolling Stones edition?...add $150 !
  5. This is the bottom of the 64 oz (1/2 gallon...but Rambler bottle style not jug style) I used to pound in tent stakes. I also etch my name in the bottom of all them with a dremel to keep them from getting "lost" so easy.
  6. My Yeti collection lest anyone think I don't like their stuff. I do wish they would include the mag slider lid as original equipment with all their mugs. I get that it's neat/profitable for them to charge another $10 bucks on top of the already premium price for the drink ware people paid...but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth that I'm getting played a little bit. Still...they have good s**t, so I grumble and keep buying.
  7. It is incredible if you think about. Coolers have been around forever. Who would ever think you could re-invent such an old and established category and get people to happily fork over the price of a refrigerator for an ice chest. Gotta love it. Almost as good as bottling free water and getting people to pay for it...actually better as there's real value with Yeti and I think bottle water is just BS and actually detrimental in terms of packaging. PS- I still have a low-end blue plastic Coleman with white top I remember rushing into a K-mart to get for beer at one of the beach houses my friend's and I got in the early '90's. We drank that thing down and "made it happy" again so many times. Top is all slashed up from bait knives, but otherwise the thing still fine. Hinges fine. Drain stopper still on it. Can't get rid of it. So many memories, and I feel great every time I use it and think about how much mileage I got out of that 14 dollars.
  8. Like most of you, I want the species to survive, but struggle with all the reduced fishing access. Good news is Plover numbers seem to be rising as an unexpected positive side effect of Sandy. "Last year, 486 pairs of piping plovers nested along the shores of New York and New Jersey, approximately 10 percent of which did so on Fire Island. If current trends continue, the two states may soon reach their recovery goal of 575 breeding pairs set out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service." Perhaps restrictions will ease. __________________________________________________________ The New York Times, By Annie Roth, June 21, 2019 The wrath of Hurricane Sandy’s powerful winds and violent storm surge left considerable damage across New York and New Jersey in October 2012. But for one tiny bird, the cataclysmic storm has been a big help. “Hurricane Sandy was really good for piping plovers,” said Katie Walker, a graduate student in wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech. The piping plover is a small, migratory shorebird that nests along North America’s Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. The species, which is listed as endangered in New York State and threatened federally, has been the focus of intensive conservation efforts for decades. But on one island that was heavily damaged by the big storm, the piping plover population has increased by 93 percent, Ms. Walker and colleagues reported in the journal Ecosphere this month. The finding highlights how major weather events can benefit wildlife on barrier islands that humans have engineered to resist storm damage. Fire Island, a 32-mile-long barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island that is popular with vacationers, was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy. The storm washed sand and seawater across the island, flooding homes, flattening dunes and breaching the island in three places. Sand deposited from Fire Island’s oceanside onto its bayside created a number of new sand flats. Some areas were also breached by seawater but most were filled by the Army Corps of Engineers shortly after the storm as part of the recovery effort, and to help make the island better able to withstand future storms. For the threatened birds, this was great news. Piping plovers like to nest on dry, flat sand close to the shoreline, where the insects and crustaceans they feed on are easily accessible. But over the past century, coastal development and recreational use of shorelines have vastly reduced the amount of waterfront property available to the sand-colored shorebirds. Ms. Walker and her colleagues analyzed aerial photographs of Fire Island taken before and after Hurricane Sandy and discovered that the storm, and the coastal engineering that followed it, increased the amount of suitable habitat for plovers by roughly 50 percent. “It’s not surprising,” said Jonathan Cohen, assistant professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who was not involved with the study. “When storms like Sandy flatten dunes and scour away vegetation, they create open sandy areas where plovers can lay their eggs.” For the past three years, the majority of new and returning plovers chose to nest in habitats generated by the storm. And now, for the first time in nearly a decade, Fire Island’s population of piping plovers is growing. “Hurricane Sandy was obviously very catastrophic for human infrastructure on Fire Island, but on an ecosystem level, it worked wonders,” said Ms. Walker. Barrier islands like Fire Island are known as early successional habitats, which means they require regular disturbance events to keep their ecosystems in check. Under normal circumstances, Fire Island would experience disturbance events on an annual basis. However, engineers have gone to great lengths to stabilize the island, and now only powerful storms like Sandy are able to have a significant impact on the island’s ecosystem. “Barrier islands are very dynamic systems, they don’t stay the same from one year to the next. The species that inhabit them there are adapted to these changes, so if we try to keep these systems static, we are going to lose these species,” said Dr. Cohen Last year, 486 pairs of piping plovers nested along the shores of New York and New Jersey, approximately 10 percent of which did so on Fire Island. If current trends continue, the two states may soon reach their recovery goal of 575 breeding pairs set out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “If reproductive output remains high and plovers continue to nest in these regions, the population will continue to do well, but it definitely will hit a point where it’s going require another large scale disturbance event, another storm,” said Ms. Walker.
  9. I think that's a little unfair. Fact is they were started by a couple fishermen in Texas looking for a bullet proof cooler to fish the coast there. Check their website. I think they're "jumping the shark" a bit with deck chairs and $50 non-insulated double walled dog bowls. I do, however, have every size and model drink container they make except wine cups...which are again a little shark jumpy. All drink things well thought out and over engineered. Magnetic slide covers, gallon jug screw lid magnet's to top of container, etc. Tough stuff. I engraved my name in everything and have used the 64 oz to pound in tent stakes. Bottom is all dinged up, but it's all still functional. Insulated coffee mugs with mag slide top keep coffee hot for a long time while reading morning paper. I think their soft back pack cooler is an awesome way to carry a heavy load in somewhere. I tested, and you can sit on those soft coolers without blowing a zipper...and zippers don't leak. Not sure how they manage that. I just hope they maintain that premium quality they came out of the gate with as they expand the product line so quickly. People will pay premium price for rock solid stuff...if they slip, however, people will think they're getting taken and flee. I think a lot of the stuff is stuff you wouldn't necessarily buy for yourself, but which makes a great gift idea for wife/girlfriend/kids. No guy is going to open "Yeti" anything and be bummed. No "oh tube socks / tie" when you get a Yeti.
  10. Believe me, I know. I really wanted a Yeti at one point, but you have to go up in size substantially to get one that can fit anything. At that point you enter "Too heavy territory." I'd get it if I spent extended periods out hunting. My other thought was that it could be good when I car camp out fishing. Car gets roasting inside and Yeti could beat that. Ultimately went light and less expensive knowing I'll have to throw a bag of ice in the Coleman extreme more quickly than if I'd gone Yeti.
  11. Exactly. Yeti's great, but how many of us need a coffin sized cooler capable of holding ice for 7 days? This question has been asked many times before, and I've personally explored it. Believe it or not, Coleman Extreme comes up as the best bang for the buck. Yeti and the other premium brands are better, more durable, and will hold ice for slightly longer, but they do cost quite a bit more. The other thing to watch is weight and interior capacity. To achieve that durability and long ice retention, those "super-coolers" are over engineered thick and heavy. In addition to being heavy, this also means you have to get a really large cooler to have interior space actually capable of holding a sizable amount of stuff. I was looking at RovR that REI was selling recently to address the weight issue. They don't sell crap. It was like a Yeti with wheels. I saw it at their flagship store in DC which is what put it on my radar.
  12. It's true. So bad it almost could be considered a hate crime.
  13. That’s what I do. Z27 with both a bail and double roller. 3 screw easy swap.
  14. Not mine. Just like it.
  15. ^^^^^^^^^^^ Nice.