When the Computer Wore a Skirt – Americans: Tell Your Senators to #Stop S386

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American women were at the forefront of computer programming. Why are we importing workers from India for these jobs? Rather, India should hire Americans to make their space program successful.

Margaret Hamilton, lead Apollo flight software engineer, in the Apollo Command Module, NASA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton_(software_engineer)

Americans: It is urgent to call your Senators to Oppose S386. A diverse group of Americans – Women and Men, Black Americans, White Americans and some few Chinese Americans sent America to the moon. America has talent already, if the US government will only give Americans a chance again and stop using mass immigration to pull the opportunity ladder out from under its own people.

The Senate returns Monday and could vote at any time. SENATE BILL 386 LIFTS COUNTRY CAPS ON GREEN CARDS; DOUBLES COUNTRY CAP FOR FAMILY JOINING. It will destroy diversity because most immigration will be from the countries with the…

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The Greatest Threat to US Wildlife in General & Endangered Species in Particular is Immigration Driven Unfettered Population Growth

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The US Population in 1970 was 205 million
The US Population today is approximately 330 million and quickly growing
https://www.census.gov/popclock Births to American women have long been below replacement, meaning that this out of control growth is immigration driven.

From NumbersUSA: https://www.numbersusa.com
The Greatest Threat to Wildlife in General and Endangered Species in Particular Is Not Donald Trump’s New Rules PUBLISHED:   Tue, SEP 10th 2019 @ 7:22 am EDT  by  Leon Kolankiewicz
The Trump administration recently finalized new rules that it insists will “modernize” the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [1]. Unsurprisingly, environmental groups and their media allies are expressing alarm, while extractive industries aligned with Trump reassure the public that the new rules represent an improvement for everyone, not least threatened and endangered species.

Yet neither the Trump administration nor its harshest environmentalist detractors are willing to recognize or resolve the greatest threat to all wildlife in the United…

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Hurricane Dorian wracked sea turtles across heart of SC nesting coast

Bo Petersen bopete@postandcourier.com

Workers on Cape Island are sifting through the debris and shoveling away the sand moved about by Hurricane Dorian, trying to save thousands of loggerhead sea turtle eggs that might still be alive in some 500 nests.

Near the island, nobody knows yet the fate of another 500 or so nests on the various Sea Islands in the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, across the Santee Delta north of Charleston. State workers who are still repairing storm damage across the 24,000-acre preserve, can’t yet get to the remote islands.

“We have no idea how many (nests) we’ve lost, how many are just covered over (and) can be cleared and still hatched,” said Charlotte Hope, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources biologist.

Dorian — which didn’t do much environmental damage working its way up the South Carolina coast last week — tore into the North, South and Sand islands that are the heart of the acclaimed loggerhead turtle recovery effort in the Palmetto State and where the most nests are laid outside of Florida.

Those 1,000 unaccounted-for nests on Cape and the Yawkey islands are one-fourth of the nests in the state that hadn’t hatched before the storm.

SC’s Cape Island, key in sea turtle recovery, faces erosion and few management resources

The losses would be a bigger problem than just numbers. Because the nests were laid in the hotter summer months, the hatches would most likely be males — and most of the males to be produced in South Carolina this year.

That would be a particularly grueling legacy of the storm: adding to a new threat to reclaiming a species that is an emblem of the coast.

For more than a decade, concern has grown that more loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings are born female than male as the sand temperature rises in a warming climate, disrupting the species balance needed to reproduce.

The research here is still underway but it appears South Carolina is producing 80 percent females to 20 percent males, he said. When studies began a few decades ago, the sex difference was about 50-50.

Rising beach nest temperatures may become too hot for threatened loggerhead turtles in SC

An adult loggerhead is normally a 300-pound, 3-foot-long mammoth that crawls into the dunes each spring to lay eggs in nests that will hatch over the summer. It’s the species that lays nearly all the nests along South Carolina beaches and has become a beloved symbol of the natural coast.

The loggerhead is one of seven sea turtle species around the world and all of them are considered endangered or threatened.

The storm came closer to Cape Island near McCellanville than anywhere else, the slashing winds of its eyewall virtually on top of the beach, storm waves rolling in about 2 feet higher than high tide normally would — and enough to swamp the dunes where the nests lie.

On top of the storm surge waves, a deluge of 7.6 inches of rain fell on Cape Island, said Sarah Dawsey, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist who is the manager for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge where the island is located. The rain and the wash almost certainly drowned nests.

“Surprisingly, we still have turtle nests on the beach,” Dawsey said. “We are currently working on uncovering the remaining nests that got buried deep in sand.”

Link to ‘a jewel’

Dorian apparently did little damage to nests on the beaches in the state more to the south. Only two of 25 unhatched nets were lost on Folly Beach, said Teresa Marshall, of the island’s Turtle Watch group.

Mary Pringle, of the Island Turtle Team of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, said no nests were lost. In fact, a nest hatched the night before Dorian passed and another one Thursday night as the storm winds and rain settled.

Overall, nesting saw more damage from a run of king tides in August, Hope said. Now the concern is for the return of those higher-than-normal high tides, expected starting Sept. 25.
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While satellite and surface data indicate that the system does not have a closed circulation, it will bring heavy rainfall and Gusty winds to portions of the Bahamas through Friday