Friday, December 13, 2019

Poster Child ...


This wonderful illustration by the great Victor Juhasz for Rolling Stone shows just how craven and needy these people truly are. If this is not a poster child as to why we need term limits, then nothing else will serve as we have no say as to how this country is governed as long as this corrupt system remains in place with The Turtle as head cheerleader in an enterprise more loathed then the ever-present cockroach surreptitiously lurking in the shadows of almost any city apartment in America.

The fight to dislodge Donald Trump from the presidency has sparked unprecedented interest in the 2020 Democratic primary, drawing dozens of candidates, including no fewer than seven sitting senators. But the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important. Take it from Amy McGrath, the former Marine fighter pilot aiming to win McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat, who sees curbing McConnell’s power as essential to healing our republic. “He’s the epitome of Washington dysfunction, everything we hate about politics,” she says. “You cannot drain the swamp until you get rid of Mitch McConnell.” 

Truer words never spoken.


The guy on the left looks better without question.



Artistry to the max

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Crossing the threshold ...



BRT, as my loyal readers know, has talked often about the danger of methane, the greenhouse gas of green houses gases, an entity beginning to issue forth at ever increasing levels as the permafrost melts, thus releasing this most powerful of planet warming agents in biblical proportions.



The findings are contained in the 2019 Arctic Report Card, a major federal assessment of climate change trends and impacts throughout the region. The study paints an ominous picture of a region lurching to an entirely new and unfamiliar environment.

The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback

Scientists are alarmed that this earth, frozen for millennia, is now thawing. And the pace of the thaw is picking up.

Especially noteworthy is the report’s conclusion that the Arctic already may have become a net emitter of planet-warming carbon emissions due to thawing permafrost, which would only accelerate global warming. Permafrost is the carbon-rich frozen soil that covers 24 percent of the Northern Hemisphere’s land mass, encompassing vast stretches of territory across Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Greenland.


Channeling Thelma & Louise without question.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Blob ... for real


This is the blob for real ... 


What does this all mean? For starters ...


It gets "better".



Gaia has had enough, the reckoning for man is nigh as earth, as stated many times in BRT, doesn't need us as she will recover but us ... No one knows, do one? - Fats Waller.
Remember, this is just the beginning of the impact of Climate Change
as man moves further into the 21st century.

Monday, December 09, 2019

A CF of historic proportions ...

Two trillion (and counting), the Afghan initiative has been a CF of historic proportions. With this in mind, please read the NYTimes post and weep but note that this fubar, on top of W's excellent adventure in Iraq, Hillary's and Obama's Lybian soiree and Obama's and Trump's intervention in Syria, has cost the US a cool 8+ trillion (and counting) while leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake since 9/11/2001. 

Dazed and confused comes to mind here when contemplating this FUBAR of FUBARS.

Any questions?

A group of very powerful people should go to jail for this CF without question.



Channeling Nam & W's mis adventure in Iraq AKA Shock & Awe comes to mind here without issue.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

In the land of the blind ... :)



Portraits of a different kind ...





Yours truly often imagines just how dangerous and wonderous this world must have been as dinos ruled earth for over 250 million years, a length of time dwarfing the age of mammals without issue.  


The reason for this blurb centers on the superb piece in the NY Review of Books titled What Were Dinosaurs For? as said piece delves, in-depth, into the uneasy relationship of science vs. theology, issues Mark Twain described in incendiary fashion in his work titled Letters from the Earth.



In reading Twain, Waiting for Godot comes to mind as Godot never shows up ...


Endgame:


To yours truly, it's probabilities. We live in a quantum universe where there are no certitudes, just probabilities. This is why Camus' Myth of Sysiphus rings forever true for yours truly.

Read What are Dinosaurs For? as it is truly extraordinary in every sense of the word. :)

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Parker is stellar :)



The Parker Solar Probe is earning its pay in spades as new discoveries keep coming in as Parker continues it's ever closer orbits around the sun.

Cosmic dust, the remnants of epic crashes from which planets, stars, comets and asteroids were born after the Big Bang, is floating all over our solar system. It gets everywhere like glitter. Suspected for years by scientists, the dust-free zone is thought to be a region relatively close to the Sun where the dust would be roasted by extreme solar temperatures, which would eventually morph it into a gas and leave behind a clearer piece of sky. WISPR found that space dust in the proximity of the Sun starts to thin out at about 7 million miles away. As the probe approached, it saw even less dust at 4 million miles.

It gets better.

Parker imaged the corona during its first two ten-day perihelion passes, the perihelion being the point in its orbit closest to the sun. It had quite a view. While it could see things telescopes and satellites can see from further out in space and even from Earth, it was able to see the decrease in F-coronal light intensity that Howard and Vourlidas mentioned, which is indicative of a dust-free zone. If there are multiple dust-free or minimal-dust zones around the sun, then that means one thing—rings of dust in between.




There's more ...

Among the findings are new understandings of how the Sun's constant outflow of solar wind behaves. Seen near Earth, the solar wind plasma appears to be a relatively uniform flow – one that can interact with our planet's natural magnetic field and cause space weather effects that interfere with technology. Instead of that flow, near the Sun, Parker's observations reveal a dynamic and highly structured system, similar to that of an estuary that serves as a transition zone as a river flows into the ocean. For the first time, scientists are able to study the solar wind from its source, the Sun's corona, similar to how one might observe the stream that serves as the source of a river. This provides a much different perspective as compared to studying the solar wind were its flow impacts Earth.

How cool is that?

Friday, December 06, 2019

Of waves & power ...



Nature's raw power, relentless and without morality, simply makes one stop and be amazed, something seen in spades with Chris Bryan's extraordinary video titled Mocean ...

“MOCEAN” is an incredible short film by Chris Bryan that captures the raw power and beauty of waves. All images where shot using a Phantom Flex 4K camera with Leica Summilux lenses and Bryan’s custom underwater housings.

To whit ...

I love filming in the ocean more than anything, it’s not just a job, it’s a passion. And sometimes it’s nice just to document waves without surfers riding them. The feeling of jumping off the rocks in the dark by myself just to capture the very first rays of light hitting the ocean without another soul in sight is unexplainable, it’s one of the most amazing feelings ever, it’s like my own personal therapy.

And to realize that you’re the only person on this planet that got to witness these rare moments of absolute beauty as they happen is a really special feeling.

Yes indeed.

War is a Racket/Rev XX ...


War is a Racket, a no BS essay detailing the raison d'ete for war, written by Major General Smedly Butler, the only two time Congressional Medal of Honor Winner, comes to mind here as he's right, the end product of this dreadful enterprise are the dead and wounded while the weapons makers and  banks who finance this racket, profit, no matter what the cost may be.  With this being said, cluster bombs, manufactured by the millions, show, in no uncertain terms, why war is the vilest enterprise of all.


WTF??? Read the rest of the NYTimes piece to see why Buttler's essay rings true.



Thursday, December 05, 2019

Wired to the max ...



Wired to the max ...

Skynet looms ...


BRT has posted many blurbs about autonomous weapons,  an AI-driven tech becoming commonplace given just how little money it takes to build lethal hardware not imagined just one year ago.



Ask the Houthis how effective this tech was against the Saudi oil refineries.



Skynet looms ...




End game: We have already lost control because we don't know how the AI driving the tech works.

Interesting is it not?



The Terminator doing backflips et al ...

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Of Ice & Snow


Dividing Line


Snowbound


Channel Crossing :)


Of ice & snow


Channeling Stuben


'Tis the season


Sunday, December 01, 2019

Prelude to Winter


Reflection 2Step


Prelude to Night


Winter Solstice


The Wolf Moon

Sleepwalkers et al ...


Sleepwalkers is an excellent Wired podcast series depicting man's changing view of AI and what it means to the world. Needless to say, BRT has written copiously about the same tech as it's the right and interesting thing to do without question. 


As yours truly has said for years, It's all about the money ...

A guilty pleasure ... Gahan Wilson :)

A wonderful cartoonist died this week, Gahan Wilson, who was a guilty pleasure of yours truly for many many years. :)





Gahan Wilson | RIP

Over a thousand years ...


Over a thousand years, Venice more than just survived by working with nature to safely remain above the waters but no more thanks to GW, combined with corruption and ineptness at historic levels.






The Blob


Remember the 1958 SF flick, THE BLOBa fearsome alien creature not only indescribable and indestructible but also cannot be stopped? Well, to this rube, Amazon's the 21st-century equivalent as it is everywhere, relentless to the max and impacting the world in ways unimagined just 5 years ago.

BALTIMORE — Another big Prime Air 767 takes off from Baltimore-Washington International Airport — where Amazon’s shipping last year eclipsed that of FedEx and U.P.S. put together — and wheels above the old industrial city. Below, the online giant seems to touch every niche of the economy, its ubiquity and range breathtaking.

To the city’s southeast stand two mammoth Amazon warehouses, built with heavy government subsidies, operating on the sites of shuttered General Motors and Bethlehem Steel plants. Computers monitor workers during grueling 10-hour shifts, identifying slow performers for firing. Those on the floor earn $15.40 to $18 an hour, less than half of what their unionized predecessors made. But in Baltimore’s postindustrial economy, the jobs are in demand.

Near the Inner Harbor are the side-by-side stadiums of the Ravens and the Orioles, where every move on the field is streamed to Amazon Web Services for analysis using artificial intelligence. Football players have a chip in each shoulder pad and baseball players are tracked by radar, producing flashy graphics for television and arcane stats for coaches.

And this excerpt from the NYTimes piece is just part of Amazon's reach into Baltimore.


The original. :)

The end of the world ... for us


The end of the world has begun as nothing is being done regarding climate change and nothing will be done due to overpopulation, resource depletion, environmental degradation and endless war as nations cannot get their act together to work together to remedy this most dire situation in any way, shape or fashion.


The production gap is largest for coal, of which Australia is the world’s biggest exporter. By 2030, countries plan to produce 150% more coal than is consistent with a 2℃ pathway, and 280% more than is consistent with a 1.5℃ pathway.

The gap is also substantial for oil and gas. Countries are projected to produce 43% more oil and 47% more gas by 2040 than is consistent with a 2℃ pathway.

Remember, earth DOESN'T NEED US. Click here for the report, it will warm the cockles of your heart.