Friday, August 17, 2018

        WE COME NOT TO BURY ENERGY RESEARCH, BUT TO
                             MAKE SURE IT'S STILL DEAD

Senator to ARPA-E pick: 'Why are you sitting here?'

President Trump's pick to lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy denied yesterday he was chosen to "put the nail in the coffin" for the Department of Energy branch, which is targeted for elimination by the White House.
Questions about the obvious split between Trump's budget request and the president's nomination of an ARPA-E director popped up several times at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider two DOE contenders.
At one point, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) asked Lane Genatowski, the ARPA-E director nominee, "Why are you sitting here?" considering the White House's push to zero out ARPA-E funding the past two budget cycles.
"You can't be two people. Do you support the president's budget, or do you think ARPA-E has an important mission?" King asked.
Genatowski answered he supported the president's budget but also wanted to become director, to put an oar in the water and "help it out."
"I guess, in my mind, I can hold both concepts, and they wouldn't be inconsistent. If Congress votes to appropriate money and authorizes money to be appropriated to run ARPA-E. The president signs the bill ... and I'd like to be the person [who] runs it," he said..
 Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) quizzed Genatowski about who vetted him for the position, and whether administration officials talked to him about plans to put ARPA-E "to rest" and "close it up."
"Not one minute," Genatowski said in response.
"The people who vetted me, I guess, picked me because they thought if it wasn't closed down, I could add something," 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

                                       IT'S ABOUT TIME  !

Scientists Want to Fly an Armored Warplane into Hailstorms
TO GO WHERE NO CAPE VULTURE HAS EVER GONE BEFORE
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN REPORTS : 
At the start of a three-day conference  hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to explore ways to reduce hail damage...   Andrew Heymsfield,  an  NCAR  senior scientist, said the lab has been in talks with the Navy to procure
a surplus Navy A-10 for research missions.
Known as the Warthog, the titanium-armored aircraft was used to attack tanks during the Gulf War with a nose-mounted gatling gun. The plane would be fitted with instruments and flown into large forming hailstorms to learn more about the internal workings of the most damaging storms.
The last plane that could do that was retired in 2002. The renewed interest in hailstorms is timely, experts noted, because last week a storm with softball-sized hailstones hit Colorado Springs. It injured 14 people and damaged about 400 cars parked at the local zoo. Among the victims was a cape vulture and a muscovy duck;

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

                                   THE INGLOURIOUS TWELFTH


INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING  THE START OF THE GROUSE SEASON, IN SCOTLAND  THE PRESIDENT STAYED HOME AND TOOK A POT SHOT AT A WINDMILL:

Monday, August 13, 2018

FROM A-CLASS PATRONAGE TO 1st CLASS DISINFORMATION

Why would a Center for Space Architecture not far from the Houston Oil Club want to persuade Newsmax readers that:
New evidence now updates and confirms a column I wrote in June 2014 that some or all of the highly publicized melting of western coastal Antarctic glaciers may be caused by seabed volcanoes rather than having much or anything to do with climate change... 
Geological evidence suggests that the Antarctic coastline which is now covered with ice was ice-free only 6,000 years ago.
Much more recently, in 1513, a Turkish sea captain named Piri Reis was able to chart open coastline waters. A 1922 article which appeared in a South Australia newspaper prudently observed, "We are now, it is believed, slowly approaching another warm epoch, when, if it becomes universal, affecting both hemispheres together, the ice will again melt, and the sea rise to its ancient level
WHILE THE PIRI REIS MAP SHOWS NO SUCH THING, AND THE SUBMARINE GEOTHERMAL ENERGY FLUX IS 100 TIMES TOO SMALL TO MAKE THIS RANT INTERESTING, BELL'S SPONSORS ARE ANOTHER  MATTER --  BEFORE THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE  HE WORKED FOR RYOICHI SASAKAWA:-


Ryoichi who ? Here's THE INDEPENDENT 's charming obit of Larry's late patron: 
 The last of Japan's A-class war criminals has died 
 In the land where most people do their utmost to pass unnoticed, Ryoichi Sasakawa stood out as a monster of egotism, greed, ruthless ambition, political deviousness and with a love of the limelight equalled in his time only by his fellow right-winger Yukio Mishima
In 1931 he started publishing the right-wing National Defence magazine and founded the Kokusui Taishu-to (Ultra- Nationalist People's Party). In 1932 he became the leader and organiser of the nationalistic Volunteer Air Corps. Sasakawa and his followers adopted black Fascist-style uniforms, and eventually the party had 23 branches all over Japan. This gave Sasakawa a chance to show himself off in the style of his heroes Mussolini and Hitler...
SASAKAWA WITH MUSSOLINI, 1939
when Japan formed the Manchukuo government, he and his right-wing associates immediately muscled in on ... the opium trade, buying the drug from Manchurian, Mongolian and Middle Eastern sources and transporting it to Shanghai... 
When MacArthur's GHQ ordered him to report to Sugamo Prison on 12 December 1945... He was so delighted to be designated an A-class criminal that he arrived at the prison one day early... preceded by a brass band blasting out the "Gunkan Battleship March". 
He became obsessed with the project of introducing motorboat racing (and gambling) to Japan when he got out of Sugamo. This provided funding for international scholarly exchange, academic surveys and guest forums graced by leading intellectuals ... his hangers-on wanted him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize"

Postscript:  In 2005  the FOIA surfaced  Sasakawa's Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal dossier ,which was updated until his death

Sunday, August 12, 2018

              TOSS ANOTHER SPOTTED OWL ON THE BARBIE





Firefighters monitor the Blue Cut Fire as flames scorch a hillside near Wrightwood, California, August 17, 2016. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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All the usual leftist suspects – CNNWaPoSen. Kamala HarrisGovernor Moonbeam – are trying to blame... Donald Trump for the wildfires ravaging California.

But guess who is really to blame…
That’s right: the usual leftist suspects... the culprits are all those environmental campaigners, eco lobbyists, green NGOs, lawyers and politicians responsible turning California and the Pacific Northwest into a gigantic fire hazard...
In the name of saving the environment these eco-fascist ideologues, Gaia-worshippers, bandwagon-jumpers, hucksters, virtue-signallers, anti-capitalists and brain-dead bleeding hearts have actually helped to kill it...
 Their misguided, misanthropic, junk-science-driven policies have actually claimed human lives...
As well as killing people, these greenies have also killed jobs, communities, local economies; they have killed wildlife and trees that need never have been destroyed on such a scale.
These greenies have blood on their hands... But finally, the United States has an administration with the insight and the will to take on these monsters – 
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is a shining example of this new breed

Friday, August 10, 2018

                          THE MEDIEVAL WALRUS PERIOD?

A NEW MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD CONUNDRUM:
FORGET CLIMATE CHANGE --  
DID THE NORSE ABANDONED GREENLAND AFTER 
HUNTING OUT THE MAINSTAY OF THEIR FOREIGN TRADE?


Open Access

Ancient DNA reveals the chronology of walrus ivory 

trade from Norse Greenland

Bastiaan StarJames H. BarrettAgata T. GondekSanne Boessenkool
"Less can be said about the end of the Greenland colony based on the evidence here. Is the absence of sampled (or known) European finds of walrus rostrums from the fifteenth century evidence for the end of trade? Is the single, sixteenth-century western clade specimen an example of the last, isolated, Greenland export, or is it a redeposition of an earlier find? These are classic challenges of archaeological interpretation. Nonetheless, it is a conspicuous observation that Greenland may have been the exclusive supplier of walrus ivory to Europe between the 1120s and the fourteenth century. The demise of Norse Greenland would therefore have reduced European supplies of this raw material, whereas a decline in demand would have undermined Greenland's social and economic organization. Whatever other factors may have been influential—from the Little Ice Age [97100], to gradual out-migration [99,100], to the impact of the Black Death (1346–1353) on European markets [2,96]—the cessation of trade in walrus ivory must have been significant for the end of Greenland's Eastern and Western settlements. Greenland is often discussed as a general example of both human resilience and vulnerability in the face of environmental and economic change [98,101104]. Thus, the implications of this study—that the influence of ecological globalization for the Greenlandic Norse started small yet became paramount—extend far beyond medieval Europe."

             NEXT TO PRUITT, HE LOOKS LIKE VANNEVAR BUSH

HANG ON TO YOUR GOOGLE GLASSES:
AFTER ONLY 600 DAYS,  THE WHITE HOUSE HAS FOUND  A SCIENCE ADVISOR
 THAT ACTUALLY  DOES SCIENCE 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

                   BEVEGED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED :
               MILKING ALMONDS FOR ALL THEY'RE WORTH

In California restaurants that cater to the carbon-offset classes, almonds have gone the way of foi gras. Growing the nuts in the midst of drought is absurdly water intensive, and their irrigation entails hefty CO2 costs-- if growing one almond takes a gallon of water, what does it take to put a gallon of almond milk on a Wholefoods shelf?

To Green dismay and Vegan ire, Big Beef's legal and regulatory muscle is pushing back against the proliferation of non-mammalian milk brands as a cultural phenomenon, demanding  the M word  be struck from cartons and bottles of emulsions not just of almonds, but soybeans, cashews, oats, algae, hemp and flax. 

Despite rising sales of milk of the poppy on HBO, the threatened ban has sent PBS' soy-swilling punditry into a swoon: what else can white vegetable fluids in cartons be called ? 
The answer may lie in Middle English.

As the Norman word 'bevrage' from boire, the French verb 'to drink' long ago morphed into the beverages we drink today, the next neologism could be :




IF  BEVEGE  DOESN'T  SOUND VEGAN  ENOUGH,

TRY  A  NEW VEGERAGE  TODAY! 




NOW WITH NEW EXTRA VOWELS

TODAY'S FORECAST: DETERIORATING ISOLATIONIST FRONT,
                 WITH  OCCASIONAL  SCATTERED  FASCISTS



IS YOUR CLIMATE MODEL BREEDING BOLSHEVIKS?
"The future looks fiery and dangerous. Hot on the heels of Trump, fake news and the parlous state of the Brexit negotiations, despair is in the air...a cascade of catastrophe, with melting permafrost releasing methane to ratchet up global temperatures enough to drive much of the Amazon to die off, and so on in a chain reaction around the world that pushes Earth into which there is no return. Civilisation as we know it would surely not survive. 

As a research scientist in this field, I can give some nuance to the headlines...we are on track to transform Earth this century...
without cooperative internationalism the problems will exacerbate, leading to a lock-in of a deteriorating, isolationist, fascist future.

The future is up to us if we act collectively and engage in politics. To quote Antonio Gramsci: “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will...the future is the politics we make today.

               T SHIRTS FOR WATTS & WORRAL WATCHING


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

   THE FAULT IS NOT IN OUR STARS, DEAR BRUTUS, BUT IN
              GREAT CAESAR'S TASTE IN METEOROLOGISTS

Archaeology Magazine
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
ONTARIO, CANADA—Economic historian Cornelius Christian of Brock University thinks the assassinations of Roman emperors could be linked to decreased rainfall and lack of food for the Roman military, according to a Live Science report. Christian compared ancient climate data collected in a previous study from fossilized tree rings in France and Germany—the Roman frontier—with records of mutinies and emperor assassinations.
Rainfall predicts assassinations of Ancient Roman emperors, from 27 BC to 476 AD.
When rainfall is low, Roman troops starve, and are more likely to mutiny.
Lower rainfall predicts more troop mutinies.
More mutinies predict more assassinations of Roman emperors.

Economics Letters

Volume 171, October 2018, Pages 79-82

Shocks to military support and subsequent assassinations in Ancient Rome

Abstract

A dictator relies on his military’s support; shocks to this support can threaten his rule. Motivated by this, we find that lower rainfall, along the north-eastern Roman Empire, predicts more assassinations of Roman emperors. Our proposed mechanism is as follows: lower precipitation increases the probability that Roman troops, who relied on local food supplies, starve. This pushes soldiers to mutiny, hence weakening the emperor’s support, and increasing the probability he is assassinated.

 THE PENGUINS  ALSO WANT US TO SEND  GUNS AND MONEY

NATURE CORRESPONDENCE 
08 AUGUST 2018

Glacier geoengineering needs lawyers too

HE'S READY TO TAKE THE CASE 

Proposals such as those of John Moore and colleagues (Nature 555, 303–305; 2018) for Antarctic glacier geoengineering understate the legal challenges presented by the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). This system is crucial to Antarctic governance, but faces considerable geopolitical pressure (Nature 558, 161; 2018). It is essential that any activities affecting the Antarctic ecosystem properly engage with the ATS from the outset.

Antarctic geoengineering proposals would not “require global consent” as Moore et al. state, but instead would need the approval of the 29 consultative parties to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty...

Geoengineering that affects marine ecosystems might also require separate permission under the 1982 ATS Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

Any discussion of geoengineering in Antarctica needs to preserve and strengthen Antarctic governance, not weaken it. This is a task for international lawyers...


Nature 560, 167 (2018)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05877-