HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » n2doc » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 ... 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 ... 1285 Next »


Profile Information

Gender: Do not display
Home country: USA
Current location: Georgia
Member since: Tue Feb 10, 2004, 12:08 PM
Number of posts: 39,973

About Me

Environmental Scientist

Journal Archives

Toon: Eclipses

Toon: When It Rains, It Pours….

The Earth and the Galaxy from the ISS

Andreas Mogensen, Denmark's first astronaut in space, just uploaded this to his FB. The Milky rising below our planet. This is his last day on the ISS before he will return back to Earth.

(from reddit)

Dawn Takes a Closer Look at Occator (warning big image)

This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots.

The bright spots are much brighter than the rest of Ceres' surface, and tend to appear overexposed in most images. This view is a composite of two images of Occator: one using a short exposure that captures the detail in the bright spots, and one where the background surface is captured at normal exposure.

The images were obtained by Dawn during the mission's High Altitude Mapping Orbit (HAMO) phase, from which the spacecraft imaged the surface at a resolution of about 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel.


The new up-close view of Occator crater from Dawn's current vantage point reveals better-defined shapes of the brightest, central spot and features on the crater floor. Because these spots are so much brighter than the rest of Ceres' surface, the Dawn team combined two different images into a single composite view -- one properly exposed for the bright spots, and one for the surrounding surface.

Scientists also have produced animations that provide a virtual fly-around of the crater, including a colorful topographic map.

more at link

The Clinton Email Scandal, Day Infinity + 1


I've admired the work of Jack Shafer for a long time. Once, he was pretty much the only person at Slate who was worth reading with any regularity. And, by and large, his stuff from his new gig at Tiger Beat On The Potomac has been just as worthwhile. Which is why his sudden full engagement in The Clinton Rules today is such a disappointment.

Hillary Clinton did that to her most ardent supporters yesterday. After six months of indignant responses, classic stonewalling, legalistic prevarication, dismissive jokes and a sustained and coordinated counter-attack by her allies, she finally capitulated to critics yesterday, telling David Muir of ABC News that running a personal email account and server during her tenure as Secretary of State was a "mistake" and that she was "sorry about that." Compare this, if you will, to Bill Clinton's denial of an affair with Monica Lewinsky that caused scores of his supporters to prop up his lies until he ultimately folded.

This is just perfect. HRC gets badgered for an apology for a big honking nothing and then, when she gives one, God knoweth why and to whom, it not only is insufficient but a betrayal of her "most ardent supporters," none of whom, I would note, are quoted as having felt they were betrayed in any way. (And let me say for the record and for the sake of balance that Shafer nevertheless always should feel free to say anything he wants about Lanny Davis because, well, ick.) And there is a manifest difference between what HRC said and what her husband said as regards his affair. The affair actually happened. I am still at a loss at what the whole e-mail "scandal" is supposed to be about. However, a subparagraph of The Clinton Rules states that any opportunity to use the name "Monica Lewinsky" in anything written about the Clintons must be availed of. Minus-2 Mena Airport Frequent Flyer Points for failure to follow this rule.

Clinton has now conceded on national TV that the email story is not quite a nothing burger. It's actually a Royale With Cheese—maybe a Double Royale With Cheese and Pineapple. Nothing was "manufactured" and indeed, yes, some of the emails were deleted. In recognition of these facts, will these Hillary loyalists volunteer to return to the TV chat shows to acknowledge their errors? Better yet, will the shows revisit the issue to illustrate how Clinton's proxies attempted to roll them? Nah, but it would make great TV, wouldn't it?

Again, actually, the "e-mail scandal" remains a nothingburger until someone can tell me clearly what the real scandal is. The fact that it has been used as a hobby-horse for bored journalists and professional Clinton-haters is no surprise. (Indeed, some people predicted it, or something like it, more than a year ago.) If the apology is prima facie evidence of whatever the scandal is, then we've crossed onto the Great McCarthy Sink on our way to the borders of Kafkaland. The only "error" I see the "Hillary loyalists" as having committed is in underestimating the appetite for nothingburgers at various news outlets, especially The New York Times, which perfected the recipe back in the early 1990's under master chef Jeff Gerth. Again, I ask, what precisely is the scandal here?

As the Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf noted in a splendid follow-up to the Post account, two levels of political sleaze were revealed: First, the Clinton defenders sought talking points—rather than the truth—about the emails for use in their rebuttals; and second, when given none, some winged it on pure faith in their patrona.

Ah, and yet another Clinton Rule comes into play. In this situation, there is not a major politician alive who would not coordinate the response of his surrogates before sending them out into the world to mount a defense. There hasn't been a campaign in a century that would not have acted in the same way as the Clinton campaign has. However, because it is the Clintons, and because the Clintons invented every political tactic, fair or foul, in the history of man, what is commonplace political practice is in their hands "two levels of politicial sleaze."



Osama bin Laden got what he wanted: 9/11 and the birth of the national security state

Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that?

Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters. Fourteen years of a culture of fear in America, of endless alarms and warnings, as well as dire predictions of terrorist attacks. Fourteen years of the burial of American democracy (or rather its recreation as a billionaire’s playground and a source of spectacle and entertainment but not governance). Fourteen years of the spread of secrecy, the classification of every document in sight, the fierce prosecution of whistleblowers, and a faith-based urge to keep Americans “secure” by leaving them in the dark about what their government is doing. Fourteen years of the demobilization of the citizenry. Fourteen years of the rise of the warrior corporation, the transformation of war and intelligence gathering into profit-making activities, and the flocking of countless private contractors to the Pentagon, the NSA, the CIA, and too many other parts of the national security state to keep track of. Fourteen years of our wars coming home in the form of PTSD, the militarization of the police, and the spread of war-zone technology like drones and stingrays to the “homeland.” Fourteen years of that un-American word “homeland.” Fourteen years of the expansion of surveillance of every kind and of the development of a global surveillance system whose reach — from foreign leaders to tribal groups in the backlands of the planet — would have stunned those running the totalitarian states of the twentieth century. Fourteen years of the financial starvation of America’s infrastructure and still not a single mile of high-speed rail built anywhere in the country. Fourteen years in which to launch Afghan War 2.0, Iraq Wars 2.0 and 3.0, and Syria War 1.0. Fourteen years, that is, of the improbable made probable.

Fourteen years later, thanks a heap, Osama bin Laden. With a small number of supporters, $400,000-$500,000, and 19 suicidal hijackers, most of them Saudis, you pulled off a geopolitical magic trick of the first order. Think of it as wizardry from the theater of darkness. In the process, you did “change everything” or at least enough of everything to matter. Or rather, you goaded us into doing what you had neither the resources nor the ability to do. So let’s give credit where it’s due. Psychologically speaking, the 9/11 attacks represented precision targeting of a kind American leaders would only dream of in the years to follow. I have no idea how, but you clearly understood us so much better than we understood you or, for that matter, ourselves. You knew just which buttons of ours to push so that we would essentially carry out the rest of your plan for you. While you sat back and waited in Abbottabad, we followed the blueprints for your dreams and desires as if you had planned it and, in the process, made the world a significantly different (and significantly grimmer) place.

Fourteen years later, we don’t even grasp what we did.

Fourteen years later, the improbability of it all still staggers the imagination, starting with those vast shards of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, the real-world equivalent of the Statue of Liberty sticking out of the sand in the original Planet of the Apes. With lower Manhattan still burning and the air acrid with destruction, they seemed like evidence of a culture that had undergone its own apocalyptic moment and come out the other side unrecognizably transformed. To believe the coverage of the time, Americans had experienced Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima combined. We were planet Earth’s ultimate victims and downtown New York was “Ground Zero,” a phrase previously reserved for places where nuclear explosions had occurred. We were instantly the world’s greatest victim and greatest survivor, and it was taken for granted that the world’s most fulfilling sense of revenge would be ours. 9/11 came to be seen as an assault on everything innocent and good and triumphant about us, the ultimate they-hate-our-freedoms moment and, Osama, it worked. You spooked this country into 14 years of giving any dumb or horrifying act or idea or law or intrusion into our lives or curtailment of our rights a get-out-of-jail-free pass. You loosed not just your dogs of war, but ours, which was exactly what you needed to bring chaos to the Muslim world.



Friday TOON Roundup 4 - The Rest





National Geographic


The Issue

9 11

Friday TOON Roundup 3 - Refugees need homes because we helped destroy theirs

Friday TOON Roundup 2 - Crazy is Fundamental

Friday Toon Roundup 1- Trump trump trump baked beans trump spam trump trump

Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 ... 1285 Next »