Monday, September 21, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Capital


Capital, the movie, educational to the max, explains, in eloquent fashion, why inequality becomes the death knell of nations if allowed to continue indefinitely, something happening in the US 24/7. We are in trouble but we already know that, right? 





Am reading the book as we speak. :)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The end of the beginning


The end of the beginning of climate change is here as GW gathers steam to impact the future of mankind in manifest ways, thus kicking off the start of forced migration of a most pernicious kind.

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.

 


Elysium


On the surface, Elysium is an action SF flick starring Matt Damon but the flick is more than that as it centers on a dark future, driven by climate change, greed and inequality of a most pernicious kind.


Says it all IMHO.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

4.669


Universal constants combined with the laws of physics help define the fundamentals of reality. Speed of light, PI - 3.1416, the ratio of the diameter to the circumference of a circle, the two laws of thermodynamics and E = mc2 — means "energy equals mass times the speed of light squared." It shows that energy (E) and mass (m) are interchangeable; they are different forms of the same thing are just some well-known examples of why this notion rings true. 

Check out the video. You will learn something. I know I have. :)




4.669 resides ... everywhere.

The Logistic Map


Benoit Mandlebrot's fractal is known all over the world but very few know its source as Chaos quietly connects the tiny as per Quantum and the vast as per Relativity ... and yes, the Logistic Map equation, as depicted by this amazing video, will change how one views the world. :)


The Mandlebrot Set

The logistic map connects fluid convection, neuron firing, the Mandelbrot set and so much more. Fasthosts Techie Test competition is now closed! Learn more about Fasthosts here: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/veritasium Code for interactives is available below...

Animations, coding, interactives in this video by Jonny Hyman 🙌

References:
James Gleick, Chaos
Steven Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos



May, R. Simple mathematical models with very complicated dynamics. Nature 261, 459–467 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1038/261459a0

Robert Shaw, The Dripping Faucet as a Model Chaotic System

Pendulum, orbits, water flows, etc, etc, Chaos resides everywhere, including in BRT. :)



For example ...


End result ... initial conditions rule ...



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Smoke & Mirrors II


Another gem from Vilhjálmur Ingi Vilhjálmsson shows, yet again, in indirect fashion, the smoke & mirrors nonsense both political parties are dumping on us rubes as America moves ever closer to its version of Armageddon vis a vis 11/3/2020. In this piece titled Smoke and Mirrors II, the focus in on the Repugs with Agent Orange careening from one lie to another in hopes of getting re-elected, a thought most disconcerting to say the least. Said convention began on 8/24/2020 with a list of marginal individuals that truly boggles the mind. 

To whit.

Endgame ... and I need to take a shower, now.

Evolution102



In Evolution 101, BRT discussed the incredible skull diversity of Frogs, in this blurb its bird skull variation even though their theropod ancestors seems to have had a decided edge in that department based on recent findings.

To whit.



It all centers on flight ...


Awesome. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

They want it bad ...

and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it bad so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you, sooner or later, 'cause they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club - George Carlin: The Real Owners ... 

And now, Wall Street is making it's play to make it happen, aided and abetted by the Orange Turd residing in the White House.

The Trump administration is pushing dramatic changes to the American retirement system that will benefit Wall Street but push average citizens into plans that are riskier, less profitable, and loaded with high and hidden fees.

In the past two months, the Trump’s Labor Department has introduced two pending changes to deregulate vulturous private equity firms and multi-trillion dollar retirement managers like Vanguard, Fidelity, and BlackRock. A third proposed change would restrict retirement investments with an underlying environmental, social, or governance mission — mainly to boost the struggling fossil-fuel industry.

If finalized, the result will be death by a thousand cuts to Americans’ diminished retirement nest egg, amounting to an all-out Wall Street looting of American retirement.

Pushing this through is Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia — son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 

George Carlin was right. They want it bad.


The Memory Hole ...



Seems Xi's bent on deleting Mongolia as an entity by replacing Mongolian with Chinese
 in all their schools.  Time frame ... 3 years.


Combine this with ubiquitous surveillance 24/7 on all of China points to the fact Xi wants to create 1984 for real. 

 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Pumice ... manna from heaven :)


Recycling and replenishment, just two of the ways nature continues to remain forever mysterious to us rubes continue unabated. This time, it's a huge floating raft of pumice generated by an underwater volcano floating toward Australia, bringing needed nourishment to the Great Coral Reef.


It gets better.





Another short clip depicting details about the pumice raft. Stellar without question. :)


Manna indeed. :)