Sunday, March 26, 2017

Asking the right questions


It's so rare for a politician to actually make sense, especially regarding the Middle East and the Syrian Fubar.




This is exactly what Anthony Zinni said prior to the illegal C.F. "W" perpetrated in Iraq.

Too many GREAT pix! :)


Cassini yet again. :)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed in on Saturn's A ring, revealing narrow, detailed structures that get even finer as the cameras' resolution increases. Even at this level of detail, it is still not fine enough to resolve the individual particles that make up the ring.

High-resolution images like this help scientists map the fine structure of Saturn's rings. Features less than a half a mile (one kilometer) in size are resolvable here. But the particles in the A ring typically range in size from several meters across down to centimeters, making them still far too small to see individually here.

Don't want this mission to end. Have to put in another. :)


The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Daphnis (5 miles or 8 kilometers across) orbits within the 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide Keeler Gap. Cassini's viewing angle causes the gap to appear narrower than it actually is, due to foreshortening.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Day into Night



A one day shoot going from day into night with shots of the LI Sound to a short nighttime trip to Bethel. Enjoy. :)

The Northwest Passage





The assault on Earth continues unabated.

Protecting our privacy


Now that congress has deemed that our privacy means nothing does not mean we can't defend ourselves. The NY Times has an excellent piece with links to great resources like Tor, a browser yours truly has used with great success.





Terrific article well worth reading. I learned a lot, you will too.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Without our permission


Truly excellent, the Verizon's of the world will soon be able to share our browsing data in order to sell ads without our permission, forever. What can possibly go wrong?



It gets better.


4th Amendment anyone? The corporate kleptocracy strikes again. The Water Thief looms. 


The image says it all.

Our eye in the sky






Combine this with NSA surveillance, AI and face recognition and we have a problem Houston.

I'll have one too :)


Now you're talking. :)


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trump was wiretapped



Well this is interesting. Not in love with Trump by any stretch of the imagination but Trump was, in fact, wiretapped if Nunes is telling the truth. End of story, for now.

Update: House Intel Chairman Nunes spoke to reporters when he left the briefing at The White House and had some more stunning things to say:

*NUNES: BRIEFED PRESIDENT ON CONCERNS OVER INCIDENTAL COLLECTION
*NUNES: `PRESIDENT NEEDS TO KNOW' THESE INTEL REPORTS EXIST
*NUNES: SOME OF WHAT I'VE SEEN SEEMS TO BE `INAPPROPRIATE'
*NUNES: TRUMP, OTHERS IN TRANSITION PUT INTO INTELLIGENCE REPORT
*NUNES: QUESTION IS IF TRUMP SHOULD BE IN THESE `NORMAL' REPORTS
And the punchline: there are "multiple FISA warrants outstanding against Trump" Nunes also told reporters:

Bloomberg's take is spot on.

The Intelligence Committee chairman is taking a risk in providing a measure of cover for the president. His committee is one of the congressional panels that’s supposed to be providing oversight of the investigation by the FBI and other agencies into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential campaign. Nunes -- who served on Trump’s transition team -- said the surveillance that picked up Trump’s associates wasn’t aimed at Russia.

Schiff said Nunes has to decide whether he’s going to lead the Intelligence Committee or “act as a surrogate of the White House. He cannot do both.” The Democrat said an independent investigation is needed to investigate Russia’s interference and any contacts between those around Trump and the Russian government.

Any questions?

Event Horizon


Another wonderful graphic, this time describing the event horizon of a Black Hole, the point of no return for all things related to matter, photons and all things inbetween. :)


Monday, March 20, 2017

Detecting Exoplanets


There everywhere. Here's how to find them.


The Worm Moon & The Ides of March



Changeable weather is the watchword for this short clip with wet and dry snow, biting cold and a clear night for the Worm Moon. The Ides of March were originally keyed to religious rites and, you guessed it, to the Worm Moon. Go figure. :)