Wednesday, January 27, 2021

  WHERE SELDOM IS HEARD A DISCOURAGING WORD,            BUT THE TEMPERATURE'S ONE THOUSAND K

A  CLOUDLESS CLIMATE  AS EASY TO MODEL AS THE INSIDE OF A SODIUM  STREET LIGHT BULB

HARVARD GAZETTE
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


Cloudless,
Jupiter-like
planet discovered


BY Nadia Whitehead CfA Communications      January 22, 2021

The first Jupiter-like planet without clouds or haze in its observable atmosphere has been detected by astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA).

The findings were published this month in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Named WASP-62b, the gas giant was first detected in 2012 through the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) South survey. Its atmosphere, however, had never been closely studied until now.

Known as a “hot Jupiter,” WASP-62b is 575 light years away and about half the mass of our solar system’s Jupiter. However, unlike our Jupiter, which takes nearly 12 years to orbit the sun, WASP-62b completes a rotation around its star in just four-and-a-half days. This proximity to the star makes it extremely hot, hence its name.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Munazza Alam, a graduate student at the CfA who led the study, recorded data and observations of the planet using spectroscopy. Alam specifically monitored WASP-62b as it swept in front of its host star three times, making visible light observations, which can detect the presence of sodium and potassium in a planet’s atmosphere.

“I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t too excited about this planet,” she says. “But once I started to take a look at the data, I got excited.”

While there was no evidence of potassium, sodium’s presence was strikingly clear. The team was able to view the full sodium absorption lines in their data, or its complete fingerprint. Clouds or haze in the atmosphere would obscure the complete signature of sodium, Alam explains, and astronomers usually can only make out small hints of its presence.

“This is smoking gun evidence that we are seeing a clear atmosphere,” Alam says.

Cloud-free planets are exceedingly rare; astronomers estimate that less than 7 percent of exoplanets have clear atmospheres, according to recent research. For example, the first and only other known exoplanet with a clear atmosphere was discovered in 2018. Named WASP-96b, it is classified as a “hot Saturn.”

Astronomers believe studying exoplanets with cloudless atmospheres can lead to a better understanding of how they were formed. Their rarity “suggests something else is going on or they formed in a different way than most planets,” Alam says. Clear atmospheres also make it easier to study the chemical composition of planets, which can help identify what a planet is made of.

With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope later this year, the team hopes to have new opportunities to study and better understand WASP-62b. The telescope’s improved technologies, like higher resolution and better precision, should help them probe the atmosphere even closer to search for the presence of more elements, such as silicon.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE INDEED- IT'S GOD & DEMON VARIABILITY

 QUADRANT

When Smart People Get the Climate Crazies

"the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Action... made the perils of soaking the brain in green piffle obvious to all...

Changes  in  the weather  were once attributed to gods or demons, but no longer.  
Many  folk now assert  ad  nauseum  the developed world is the primary cause of most – if not all – atmospheric variability...

Yes, we can be saved from the sin of diurnal emissions...  if we have faith, change our values and get with ... Together For Our Planet evangelists, Extinction Rebellion zealots, Joe Biden and possibly some of NASA’s brainwashed climate kids..."

In a 2009 Quadrant essay, Kile told readers that Aztec climatologists grew wheat and  sacrificed wooly mammoths to the sun:

" The most comprehensive Aztec data set yet found... detail annual sacrificial numbers over the entire empire and relate them to crop harvests—predominantly maize, wheat and barley. The data set extends over 300 years, from the Early to Late Post-Classic Period.

Second, the remarkable second section contains nine depictions of sacrificial rituals involving mammoths. It establishes for the first time that Aztec awareness of climate change and its relationship to solar irradiance extends much further back than previously thought, possibly several thousand years"


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

      AMBASSADEUR DE CHOC : TRUMP SIGNS PARIS ACCORD

The Paris Accord has just been signed by the First Citizen of the new Principality of Mar del Lago.


The Memorandum of Agreement commits self-exiled former President Trump to replanting the Mar Del Lago miniature golf course with CO2-capturing bonsai trees, and apprentice climate diplomat Paris Hilton to trying to explain the 26th Congress of Parties to The Climate Hustler's Inaugural Ball, a socially distant post-Davos rave at the Trump Taj Mahal in Ibiza:


 Mar del Lago Micropotentate Prince Donald of Queens, holds historic document.

 






JET & LIMO SERVICE TO THE CLIMATE HUSTLER'S INAUGURAL BALL 

FROM THE PARIS HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS

COURTESY OF THE

APRIL 16-17  2021
 Valet parking service by
THE MAR DEL LAGO
PRIVY CLIMATE COUNCIL





Tuesday, January 19, 2021

                              NEW DIRECTIONS IN TRUANCY


  •      Promstrejk for Klimatet


     
    IN CONVERSATION

These youth climate activists are voting — and think you should, too

Monday, January 18, 2021

       ANNALS  OF WOKE CLIMATOLOGY :  SOLARPUNK DRUID

GRIST CLI-FI

A rainbow and black solarpunk flag

Queer Solarpunk: 

Imagining The Future Of Climate Change From Beirut To Appalachia To Oceanside, California

by Shelley Streetby

Solarpunk Druid  article discussing the connections between solarpunk, queer organizing, and queer liberation. Solarpunk Druid is a queer pagan solarpunk blog.


We’re launching a fiction contest 

Come play with us...

 on Jan 12, 2021

Grist’s mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now... 

we’re embracing... inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk. 

Q. How did this whole thing get started?

A.In the spring of 2020, Fix convened a group of climate and justice leaders... Through a visioning exercise, we collectively charted out the next 180 years of climate progress... : 

  • A dissolution of political parties and borders. 
  • Reparations. 
  • The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. 
  • Restorative justice replacing prisons. 
  • Granting rights to the earth and non-human kin. 
  • Food sovereignty and heirloom seeds triumphing over monoculture farming. 
  • An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work. 
  • The pursuit of right relationships in all our systems and designs.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

                  CHILL, THEY'VE GOT US SURROUNDED

MARSHALL MCLUHAN'S ANOINTED SUCCESSOR P ENS A PAEAN TO FAMED  R&D  FINANCE GURU DONALD TRUMP  

Climate Change Needs an 
Operation Warp Speed

If the Covid vaccine push has proved anything, it’s that big government works.

CLIVE THOMPSON               DEAS  01.17.2021 07:00 AM

IN THE DISMAL early days of the pandemic, a vaccine seemed depressingly far off. Historically, the average time to develop a new vaccine was 10 years—far too long for our current emergency. But then something happened to shift things into overdrive: serious government action.

The White House and Congress created Operation Warp Speed... it was the critical push from governments (the US and others) that propelled the fastest vaccine mobilization in history.

It’s also an object lesson for our troubled time: When you’re facing a world-threatening crisis, there’s no substitute for government leadership.

This is worth reflecting on, because we’re surrounded by existential threats. 


SAME  AUTHOR, SAME MAGAZINE  2007:

How the Next Victim of Climate Change Will Be Our Minds

Australia is suffering... But what really intrigues Glenn Albrecht — a philosopher by training — is how his fellow Australians are reacting.

They're getting sad...

Albrecht has given this syndrome an evocative name: solastalgia. It's a mashup of the roots solacium (comfort) and algia (pain), which together aptly conjure the word nostalgia. In essence, it's pining for a lost environment. "Solastalgia," as he wrote in a scientific paper describing his theory, "is a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home...'"

Everyone's worrying about resource management and the spooky, unpredictable changes in the ecosystem. We fret over which areas will get flooded as sea levels rise. We estimate the odds of wars over clean water, and we tally up the species — polar bears, whales, wading birds — that'll go extinct.


     LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S THE CAPITOL STEPS

THIS 1-6 VIDEO SHOWS THAT FOR ALL THE MAYHEM, SOUND AND FURY, THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH ACTORS TO FILL THE COUP DE THEATRE  STAGE.

ON THE ADVICE OF THE HOUSE  PHYSICIAN,  ONLY 11 DEIGNATED MEMBERS OF EACH PARTY WERE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR OF THE CHAMBER TO CONDUCT THE CERTIFICATION OF THE ELECTORAL VOTE. 

HAD THE ENTIRE CONGRESS  BEEN PRESENT, THE  RIOTOUS INVADERS  WOULD HAVE BEEN OUTNUMBERED .

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

      QUACK DENOUNCES OPEN SEASON ON LAME DUCKS


At the White House, the Purge of Skeptics Has Started

January 12th, 2021 

Dr. David Legates has been Fired by White House OSTP Director and Trump Science Advisor, Kelvin Droegemeier


President Donald Trump has been sympathetic with the climate skeptics’ position, which is that there is no climate crisis, and that all currently proposed solutions to the “crisis” are economically harmful to the U.S. specifically, and to humanity in general.

Today I have learned that Dr. David Legates, who had been brought to the Office of Science and Technology Policy to represent the skeptical position in the Trump Administration, has been fired by OSTP Director and Trump Science Advisor, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier.

The event that likely precipitated this is the invitation by Dr. Legates for about a dozen of us to write brochures that we all had hoped would become part of the official records of the Trump White House. We produced those brochures (no funding was involved), and they were formatted and published by OSTP, but not placed on the WH website. My understanding is that David Legates followed protocols during this process.

So What Happened?

What follows is my opinion. I believe that Droegemeier (like many in the administration with hopes of maintaining a bureaucratic career in the new Biden Administration) has turned against the President for political purposes and professional gain. If Kelvin Droegemeier wishes to dispute this, let him… and let’s see who the new Science Advisor/OSTP Director is in the new (Biden) Administration.

AS THIS IS WASHINGTON, WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED MAY BE  MORE COMPLICATED :

Sunday, January 10, 2021

 VERY YOUNG REPUBLICAN EXPECTS CANCEL CULTURE RISE

[By] the operation of this mobocratic spirit... now abroad in the land, the strongest bulwark of any Government... may effectually be broken down and destroyed—I mean the attachment of the People. 

Whenever this effect shall be produced among us... the vicious portion of population shall... gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure.
And with impunity...



The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions:
Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois           
                                                    January 27, 1838
              

Friday, January 8, 2021

                                  CECI N'EST PAS UN COUP

 1981:  200 SPANISH POLICE  SIEZE CAPITOL ,  AND  HOLD  PARLIAMENT  HOSTAGE
 2021:  200  CAPITOL POLICE FLEE HOMICIDAL MOB OF COMIC CON RE-ENACTORS

CITY JOURNAL
THE  ROLEPLAYING  COUP
Bruno Macaes

What happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday was uniquely bizarre and unwonted, but perhaps not in the way it looked at first. It was not a coup,... llegal and violent the day most certainly was, but there was no question of seizing power by sending a cosplay gallery of motley characters to the Senate chamber...

I would not object to calling it a “coup,” though, and that takes me to what I find most interesting about the events. We cannot interpret them within the framework of the American political tradition. They are significant because they signal a more radical shift. While a literal coup would have a precise meaning within that tradition, what happened Wednesday leaves us speechless. 

Look at the most-shared photos from inside the Capitol. There is the one where a figure wearing a horned Viking helmet poses on the Senate dais while his companions snap photos. One lies pensively on the floor, seemingly on the phone. (The horned Viking turned out to be Jake Angeli, a professional actor.) In another, a gleeful insurrectionist sports a pom-pom woolen hat as he carries off a podium bearing the seal of the Speaker of the House.

 
Leninoid poseur shouting
 from Senate dais
  TWITTER PHOTO IGOR BOBIC
 I was also struck by the image of the mob outside wearing a clothing line emblazoned with “Civil War, January 6, 2021,” referring to the very production in which they were now playing a role. 

By the end of the evening, as the Senate reconvened in somber tones, the insurrectionists were spotted having cocktails in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt. Meantime, and as events on Capitol Hill developed, the Dow rallied 400 points to close at an all-time high. Not bad for a coup.

Would it be better to replace fantasy with a proper sense of the real world? Ideally, yes, perhaps, but we’re now seemingly past that. The real world is almost a figment.

We live surrounded by the Internet—we live inside it—and the institutionalized truth of the past has lost its hold...

James Madison argued in The Federalist that the way to break the violence of faction is to create a greater variety of interests and parties, so that a majority is not allowed to arise. The lesson remains valuable today, when the violence of fiction can be broken by multiplying its sources and, paradoxically, giving it freer rein — as Madison wanted to give faction a free rein, and was deemed mad for saying it. But a new James Madison and a new Alexander Hamilton would have their work cut out for them today because the institutional framework of the virtual society—a political theory of virtualism—still waits to be developed."

Macaes City Journal essay displays a familiarity with nations skilled in the art of the coup , the former colonies of Spain and Portugal ,especially, but he overlooks the theatrical semiotics of Wednesday's events in Washington.

The last few centuries of political history teach that much can be done with a coup de theatre, from an incendiary attack on a Capitol, occupied or empty, to a mass march that accelerates into a cavalry charge led by the unhinged. 

The genre of misadventure that began with Cardigan’s Light Brigade and Custer’s Cavalry, has reached its apex in a Commander in Chief badly educated in the art of war. One whose  highest pre-Presidential rank was Chief Cadet of a Pay-for-Play Hudson Valley military reformatory across the river from Sing Sing. His most illustrious classmate was  New York mafia don John Gotti.

On Wednesday, this wannabe Rough Rider  dispatched a mixed corps of Comic Con and Braveheart re-enactors to a charge  not up San Juan Hill, but the Capitol steps. This brigade-sized crowd of couch potatoes  made it over the top in large measure because it was spearheded by  a platoon or so of fit former soldiers, wall climbers and rugby players with  initiative enough to exploit the scaffolded Capitol fa├žade as what it was: a treasure trove of siege materiel.  

Armed with sections of wrought iron railing and crowd fencing that hey  deployed as scaling ladders and battering rams they turned  the marble clad inaugural rostrum  into a paintball assault course of farcically low difficulty. 

Some few of their followers broke bones in the attemp, but those indisposed to climb the crude ladders simply took the stairs and wheelchair ramps. The Capitol is less a fortress than a stage set for public celebration, and as such it  proved about as defensible as an opera house.

As the most touristed building in town- a fair fraction of the nation’s high school graduates have been photographed on those steps, the Capitol has few exterior secrets. Routes to its unbarred windows could be scouted by joining the anonymous crowds of selfie takers that festoon the building’s exterior, or casing the joint during business hours at the invitation of any one of hundreds of  constituent-friendly representatives

Once the march was in motion, the crowd fractionated by walking speed-  the fit fatigue-wearers soon outdistanced a majority whose conception of the art of the siege wasforged by binge-watching Vikings and Game of Thrones

Those wanting to play the point of the spear got their wish by double timing to locations, presumably mapped beforehand,  where a hundred pounds of cold iron swung in unison by a squad could  demolish windows designed to stop bullets rather than battering rams and  SWAT team tactics. A few hours later the nation saw the Senate’s architectural defenses fall as fast as a drug dealer’s front door. Some of this bravado was clearly 'Roid Rage: beside pumping architectural iron. the perps fatally bludgeoned  Capitol Police officer Brian Sicnic with a heavy   metal fire extinguisher. 

Until en masse the arrival of armed backup for the Capitol Police from the FBI, Secret Service and ultimately the National Guard, many of the invaders seemed overwhelmed by their surroundings. A few embarked on acts of vandalism or pillage, but most got out their cell phones and started taking selfies like  provincials agawk in the lobby of some not very grand  Trump hotel. Thousands of pictures  were posted on Twitter by marchers seemingly unaware of their new status as accessories to murder, pillage, and breaking and entry , or the counterattack brewing in the secure subterranean reaches of the complex-- there is , after all, a private subway system and a commisary fit to feed an army down in the legislature's hundred acre basement.

Perhaps most bizarre was the sight of hundreds of rioters forming an orderly self-organized crocodile between the velvet guide ropes that ordinarily steer tourist traffic across the cavernous Rotunda. Now, as in the days of the Praetorian Guard,  the Capitol's intimidating  architecture may do more to move visitors to gravitas than the presence- or absence- of its guardians. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

                          HOCKEY STICKISTS ASSAULT CAPITOL

      NATIONAL GUARD AUTHORIZED TO RETALIATE:


REASON  reports: 


" Thousands of President Trump's supporters surrounded the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon ...

Some carried hockey sticks, flag poles, and wore riot gear. The police were frequently overwhelmed, and deployed tear gas. The air was thick with it, and the considerable winds caused clouds of the stuff to blow over the crowds..."

                   EARTH  TREMBLES & TEXAS WEEPS AS
         AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE  VICIOUSLY &
     UNCEREMONIOUSLY STRIPS AWAY SACRED LANDSLIDE

THOUSANDS ON K-STREET FEARED DEEPLY SHOCKED 
AS TRUMP TWEETSTORM INUNDATES API: 
Business leaders once allied with Trump 
now  condemn  him  for stoking violence