Friday, December 02, 2016

It Ain't Over :)

Had to put this Garrison gem in to put the final nail in the Election From Hell for POTUS. :)

30 Trillion & Counting

The Anthropocene is alive and well, especially when seeing just how much stuff us rubes have created since this epoch has begun.

Humans have made 30 trillion tons of junk throughout modern existence. All that junk has a geological term: the technosphere, which is broken down into urban, rural, subterranean, marine, and aerial areas, Seeker reports. The goal was to quantify the scale and diversity of it all as published in a paper in The Anthropocene Review this week. The research took a lot of estimation and some hypothetical paleontology. The aerial technosphere alone, for example, holds almost one trillion tons of carbon dioxide created by human activity. But they broke it down much further than that. They called each object, like a cellphone, technofossils. Consider the cellphone: 6.8 billion phones have been made, but even those could be divided into subcategories or technospecies, like iPhone or Samsung (and then there are makes and models, too). By that example and others like it, they estimate categorizing everything would require billions of classifications. The researchers admit this is a broad stroke figure, but it’s, quite literally, a massive undertaking. They even suspect it is “bigger than the number of living species on Earth,” which is kind of a haunting thought to sit with.

Disquieting to say the least.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Tinkering with Reality/Series 1

Track 1

1 Pt. Perspective/Rev II


Fake Nooze

BRT has channeled Network and George Orwell ad nauseam as both sources spoke truth to power in ways not even contemplated in today's frenzy over fake news and the mainline press who portend to "know" the truth based on unsubstantiated and anonymous "sources" who tell us rubes where fake news comes from and how to "combat" it when one faces it.

Yours truly checked out propornot and Robert Perry is right, no verification regarding the sites purported to be purveyors of fake news is given other then copious bloviation, which means slander becomes a viable response to environments as questionable as this.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

HC 101

Congressman Tom Price, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, is more than just an armchair critic of Obamacare.

Not only would Price scrap the Obamacare insurance exchanges and the generous subsidies that make them work, he would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has benefitted millions of poor families and return the country to a system where private insurers have little incentive to cover high-risk individuals. During the past four years, more than twenty million Americans have obtained health coverage, and the proportion of Americans without it has fallen to a historic low: 8.6 per cent. If Trump’s real goal is to return to a market-based health-insurance system, with all the inequities and gaps in coverage that such a system inevitably entails, Price’s plan presents a possible blueprint for how to get there.

It gets better.

Price will arrive at HHS with a clear blueprint for what comes next. He is the author of the Empowering Patients First Act, one of the most thorough and detailed proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare. He’s the HHS secretary you’d pick if you were dead serious about dismantling the law.

This pick would suggest that Trump is serious about dismantling Obamacare and replacing it with a market-based alternative 

It would replace the law with a plan that does more to benefit the young, healthy, and rich — and disadvantages the sick, old, and poor. Price’s plan provides significantly less help to those with preexisting conditions than other Republican proposals, particularly the replacement plan offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

The biggest cut to the poor in Price’s plan is the full repeal of the Medicaid expansion, a program that currently covers millions of low-income Americans, which Price replaces with, well, nothing.

Endgame. Be young, healthy & wealthy or die, the "choice" is up to you.

Night Time Aerials +

Vincent Lafore is a master photographer as seen by this gem. Go to his site and be amazed. :)

Elmer Gantry circa 2016

Because I love the country, I always hope for success of every president as yours truly's welfare, along with the rest of the populace depends, in part, on said success, something becoming rather illusionry considering the quality of president the US has had over the past 50+ years, starting with Johnson and now, president elect Trump, who is charting, thus far, a path rife with hypocrisy, ignorance and corruption to the max, To this end, let's talk swamp and how the Donald tends to deal with it regarding his selection of incoming Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin along with his take on the banksters residing on WS.

It gets better.

Read both pieces in their entiriety to see why Trump is the real life version of Elmer Gantry to the max.

Glass-Steagall anyone? not a chance, not a chance in hell. 

Monday, November 28, 2016


A short clip showing transition from forest and field to a quick glimpse of a landmark in New Haven. Enjoy

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Great Turkey Escape 2016

The Great Turkey Escape Road Race has become a tradition in Redding where runners of all skill sets do a 5K or 3K to contribute to good causes. It's a lot of fun without question. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Creep Crawlies in more ways than 1. :)

Had to put this bad boy in. Appropriate is it not? Thanks Chuck for the bon bon. :)

Had to add another from Backchannel. :)

Happy T Day from BRT. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Late Fall ... in 3 Takes

Late Fall

Squirrel's Nest :)

Strange Interlude

Being Alone

Being alone is a good thing for yours truly as it gives this rube a chance to think, create (hopefully) and be at "relative" peace while not bothering friends and family about hangups and complaints that tend to ruin the unfortunates listening to such rants. Using this blurb as precursor, a very interesting piece from Big Think bears this notion out without question.

But ...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The Endgame for Cassini is nigh, a fact bumming yours truly big time given just how wonderful the Cassini mission has been with even more stellar science to come without question.

There is a Twitter-bot that randomly tweets out “NOOOOOOOO Cassini can’t be ending!” (with varying amounts of “O’s”). @CassiniNooo represents the collective sigh of sadness and consternation felt by those of us who can’t believe the the historic and extensive Cassini mission will be over in just a matter of months.

And next week is the beginning of the end for Cassini.

This graphic illustrates the Cassini spacecraft’s trajectory, or flight path, during the final two phases of its mission. The view is toward Saturn as seen from Earth. The 20 ring-grazing orbits are shown in gray; the 22 grand finale orbits are shown in blue. The final partial orbit is colored orange. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

BRT will put up a few prize pix from Cassini when the time comes to say goodbye.

VR/AR ... Coming Soon

VR without AR is an non starter.

We live in interesting times. - Robert E.

Another ML clip. Factoid, Light Field science is part of the equation here. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Leonard Cohen - 1934 - 2016

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.