Tuesday, September 15, 2020

11/3/2020 ...

 



Heather Cox Richardson's wakeup call regarding Trump and his push for cobbling together a coup if he loses the election on 11/3/2020 is a must-read without question.

Today’s big story is the growing threat of violence on the part of Trump loyalists in the administration, including the president himself.

On September 10, Trump’s friend and adviser Roger Stone appeared on Infowars, the show run by the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses before they testified concerning the ties of the 2016 Trump campaign to Russia, Stone publicly asked Trump to commute his sentence and, in exchange, promised to campaign for him.

A Stone backgrounder ...

Stone was a political operative for Richard Nixon—he famously has a picture of Nixon tattooed on his back—and was a business partner of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, now also a convicted felon. Stone calls himself a “rat-f**ker” — a term used by Nixon insiders to describe electoral fraud and dirty tricks — and was an instigator of the “Brooks Brothers Riot” that shut down the recount of ballots in Florida in 2000.

In July, Trump commuted Stone’s 40-month prison sentence, and now, apparently, Stone is holding up his end of the deal.

On Jones’s show, Stone said, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud meant that the only legitimate result of the election would be a Trump victory. (Remember: voter fraud is a myth.) He claimed that the ballots in Nevada were already “completely corrupted” and that they “should be seized by federal marshals and taken from the state,” especially the ones in Clark County, which leans Democratic. He suggested that former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) should be arrested.

Stone said that Trump should form “an Election Day operation using the FBI, federal marshals, and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections and if necessary to physically stand in the way of criminal activity.” Trump should also, he said, consider declaring martial law and then using that power to arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “the Clintons” and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity.”

A possible shit show for the ages looms.

GW yet again ...


Global Warming, a fact Agent Orange seems to deny with ever greater passion, is real, no matter what The Donald has to say about the matter.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Out of the blue



Out of the blue says it all regarding Venus, our hellish twin, equipped with 800+ degree temperatures and a toxic atmosphere comprising of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid 90 times denser than earth's, may harbor life as we know it, residing in her upper atmosphere if recent research finding's ring true.



Addendum - choice info about Phosphine :)

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Experimentation & then some ...


A quiet Get Toghether


Stepping Lightly


Relaxing before dusk


Seeds


Tough Guy


My 4-year-old GD: Strike a pose :)


My 4-year-old GD: It's all about DA feet :)


A 30's state of mind ...


Water Lines ...

The ghost in the machine/rev II



AI resides everywhere, running beyond the control of man due to real time requirements, now steps into the drone era with a elegant system able to be folded into a soldier's back pack without issue, equipped with sophisticated cameras, and ... at a later date, smart weapons configured as needs warrant.


Luckey says the drones can carry a range of payloads, including systems capable of jamming enemy communications or an infrared laser to direct weapons at a target. In theory the drone could be fitted with its own weapons. “It would be possible,” he says. “But nobody’s done it yet.”

Skynet's first weapons platform is here ...


Must admit, the damn thing looks very cool does it not?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Compare if you dare :)

Continents and Countries Compared from Visual Capitalist on Vimeo.

 Cool interactive map showing how economics interface with continents and countries.
Interesting to a fault.

For example ...

Surface Area: Does Size Matter?

When it comes to sheer land mass, Asia emerges on top with over one-third of the global surface area. On that front, it certainly has a little help from the combined forces of Russia and China, even as the former overlaps Eastern Europe as well.


Hothouse Earth ...



A hothouse earth is coming, predicted by the IPCC with the distinct possibility of temperatures rising 9-14 degrees Celsius by 2300, levels last seen 66-50 million years ago in the mid Eocene known as the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum. Comforting is it not?





It may be worse if the American Geophysical Union's findings are correct.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lightning of a different kind. :)


The best video yet courtesy Juno, the probe checking out Jove big time.

This animation takes the viewer on a simulated journey into Jupiter’s exotic high-altitude electrical storms. Get an up-close view of Mission Juno’s newly discovered “shallow lighting” flashes and dive into the violent atmospheric jet of the Nautilus cloud. The smallest white “pop-up” clouds on top of the Nautilus are about 100 km across. The ride navigates through Jupiter’s towering thunderstorms, dodging the spray of ammonia-water rain, and shallow lighting flashes. At these altitudes -- too cold for pure liquid water to exit – ammonia gas acts like an antifreeze that melts the water ice crystals flung up to these heights by Jupiter’s powerful storms – giving Jupiter an unexpected ammonia-water cloud that can electrify the sky. The animation was created by combining an image of high-altitude clouds from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft with a computer-generated animation.

It gets better.






Awesome to a fault. :)

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Dune


This may be the filmic version of Dune people have been waiting for for over 50 years as Herbert's great novel was the first true forway into ecology and SF at deep level. The look resembles Blade Runner 2049, which is a very good look indeed.