Sunday, January 31, 2021
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Life impacts the environment, the environment impacts life as interfependence rules due to the fact reality is quantum and certitude but a mirage.
All animals adapt to their environment. Even humans, self-isolating animals that we are, are shaped by our surroundings. Every one of us is interdependent with the environment that we inhabit—it shapes us as much as we shape it.
While the Buddhist notion of interdependence dates back roughly 2,500 years, we didn't understand how profoundly the environment affects biology until Charles Darwin. Now one of his theories, long known as the "wind hypothesis," has been shown to be true. It only took 165 years to verify his observations.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
In a recent video from Nature on PBS, you'll be able to get super close to resting Monarch Butterflies. As they wait for the temperature to rise, they huddle together to keep warm. Without disturbing any of the butterflies, they've managed to take close-up footage of the butterflies. The way they've managed to do this is by disguising a drone to look like a Hummingbird. As described in the video, hummingbirds are not a threat to the monarch butterflies, and for that reason they don't react to it at all.
Once the temperature rises sufficiently the butterflies take flight and the scene is simply magical. The butterflies are able to comfortably fly around and even land on the drone without being hurt. This is because the drone has been designed in a way to ensure it cannot harm the butterflies. As the narrator explains in the video, the drones moving parts have been shielded to keep them safe.
Excellent to a fault. :)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.
"the race was abandoned because of subsidence of the track"
Similar: collapse, caving in, falling in, giving way, sinking, settling
AKA: The collapse of aquifers ... happening all over the world due to overuse of planet earth
Using NASA satellite data on aquifer changes from 2003 to 2013, researchers from University of California Irvine published a study in Water Resources Research that shows 21 of the world’s 37 largest aquifers have passed the “sustainable tipping point,” meaning they are depleting faster than they recharge. Thirteen of the 21 aquifers cited fall into the “most troubled” category.
Most aquifers take thousands of years to refill, relying on snowmelt and rain to quench depleted reservoirs. But with climate change and drought pressuring parched communities, agriculture, and energy grids, reliance on groundwater is increasing, draining aquifers faster than natural systems can replenish them.
But scientists haven’t modeled global risks of subsidence—until now. To build their model, Sneed and her colleagues scoured the existing literature on land subsidence in 200 locations worldwide. They considered those geological factors (high clay content), as well as topology, as subsidence is more likely to happen on flat land. They factored in population and economic growth, data on water use, and climate variables.
The researchers found that, planet-wide, subsidence could threaten 4.6 million square miles of land in the next two decades. While that’s just 8 percent of Earth’s land, humanity tends to build big cities in coastal areas, which are prone to subsidence. So they estimate that, in the end, 1.6 billion people could be affected. The modeling further found that worldwide, subsidence exposes assets totaling a gross domestic product of $8.19 trillion, or 12 percent of global GDP.
The Ogallala Aquifer
The Ogallala Aquifer supports an astounding one-sixth of the world’s grain produce, and it has long been an essential component of American agriculture. The High Plains region—where the aquifer lies—relies on the aquifer for residential and industrial uses, but the aquifer’s water is used primarily for agricultural irrigation. The agricultural demands for Ogallala water in the region are immense, with the aquifer ultimately being responsible for thirty percent of all irrigation in the United States. The Ogallala Aquifer has long been unable to keep up with these agricultural demands, as the aquifer recharges far slower than water is withdrawn.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
No doubt about it, America's had some really marginal presidents as it seems we often choose mediocracies to run the place including some exceptionally inept and venial individuals as seen by Trump, Harding, Pierce and Andrew Johnson, among significant others. Various polls stay pretty consistent with the top 10 but variances do occur as one moves toward the bottom feeders like Buchanan, considered by many to be the worst until Trump came along.
With this in mind, yours truly's take on presidential rankings would put W near the bottom based on his disaster known as shock and awe, the worst strategic initiative this country has ever done, aided and abetted by the weapons of mass destruction lie. Lyndon Johnson and the nadir of Nam also comes to mind as this catastrophic endeavor also was started by the Gulf of Tonkin lie even though Johnson's push for civil rights via his Great Society programs elevates his status to some degree.
Douglas G. Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and a member of the advisory panel for C-SPAN’s Presidential Historians Survey, said that Mr. Trump “was a bad president in just about every regard.”
“I find him to be the worst president in U.S. history, personally,” Mr. Brinkley said, “even worse than William Henry Harrison, who was president for only one month. You don’t want to be ranked below him.”
12 Monkeys, a masterpiece for the ages, is highlighted in a wonderful and lengthy oral history piece in Inverse. Check it out. Worthwhile to the max.
According to a historical analysis conducted by Mr. Muro and others at Brookings, recessions such as the one we’ve been in are the times businesses are most likely to replace humans with automation. This happens because, when recessions hit, revenue falls faster than wages. The result is that automation goes from a nice-to-have to a perceived necessity for cash-strapped companies.
Even when the economy recovers, that automation isn’t going away, adds Mr. Muro. While in the long run automation increases economic productivity and creates more jobs, in the short term it can mean unemployment and worse jobs for those swept aside by it. There is also the chronic and worsening problem that America is experiencing ever-greater economic inequality despite increased productivity from automation.
When she gave talks a decade ago, says Dr. Knight, she told her audiences that the robot revolution was already well under way, only it was happening behind closed doors, in places like factories and warehouses. What’s different now is that the robot revolution is happening in public, and is therefore unavoidable, even personal. In our homes, our places of work, on our streets, in our skies, robots are becoming a part of our everyday lives as they have never before.
As stated before in BRT, it's different now.