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What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?
High-pressure systems over Alaska and Greenland, Samenow added, are "allowing the jet stream to dive south over the U.S. and also for this polar vortex to drop south with the jet stream."

For a more visual image of what's happening, though, we suggest an analogy offered by science writer Andrew Freedman, who spoke with Morning Edition's David Greene.

"This is air that is circulating the Arctic," Freedman said. "In the last couple of days, it's sort of become lopsided sort of like a figure skater that has extended their arms and then tripped.

"You know, when a figure skater pulls their arms in, they spin tighter and tighter and faster and faster. But when they put their arms out, they are a little bit slower and a little bit more wobbly and more prone to fall or stop skating at the end of their routine.

"What's happening now is that a piece of it is down on the other side of the globe, but a piece of it kind of got lopsided and came down on top of us."

Great explanation with good links. Yes, the vortex appears to be a child of global warming.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 03:58 PM (5 replies)

Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Power Station

Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Power Station

The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the workings of the stars in our galaxy.

The crux of the new development is a highly ingenious and robust superconducting cable system. This makes for a remarkably strong magnetic field that controls the very hot, energy-generating plasma in the reactor core, laying the foundation for nuclear fusion. The new cables are far less susceptible to heating due to a clever way of interweaving, which allows for a significant increase in the possibilities to control the plasma. Moreover, in combination with an earlier UT invention, the cables are able to withstand the immense forces inside the reactor for a very long time. The increased working life of the superconductors and the improved control of the plasma will soon make nuclear fusion energy more reliable: the magnet coils take up one third of the costs of a nuclear fusion power station. The longer their working life, the cheaper the energy will be. The research is a project within the context of the Green Energy Initiative of the University of Twente.

Cost-effective clean energy Project leader Arend Nijhuis: 'The worldwide development of nuclear fusion reactors is picking up steam, and this breakthrough leads to a new impulse. Our new cables have already been extensively tested in two institutes.' Mr Nijhuis has been invited for a new collaboration with China and expects that the UT system will become a global standard. The world's largest nuclear fusion reactor, ITER, is under construction in Cadarache in France, and is expected to start operation by 2020, as a joint project of the US, EU, Russia, India, Japan, South Korea and China. However, China and South Korea have also initiated their own national large-scale nuclear fusion projects, in which the UT technology can be incorporated.


Perhaps this will finally make the dream of fusion a reality and make fission obsolete.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jan 2, 2014, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

Filubuster Crack Whore adicts forced to go cold turkey

without a single judicial nomination they can snort.

You gave um hell, Harry.

Good on ya.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 06:00 PM (4 replies)

Does reforming the filibuster remove a Senator's right to put a hold on any nomination.

Granted, from the Senates own site at Senate.Gov, they admit there is no actual rule in place.
Senate Legislative Process
The practice of "holds" (requests by senators to party leaders to delay floor consideration of legislation or nominations), which is nowhere recognized in Senate rules or precedents and about which little is known with respect to its origins, has become a prominent feature of today's Senate

But it has been used often to stop a nomination. Will Republicans go nuclear with this procedural tool to stop the government from governing? Stay tuned for next week, next month, next year.

Harry, you have the power, make the filibuster go away.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:20 PM (6 replies)

We must not kid ourselves into thinking that Christie hasn't got a shot at the White House

In almost every election, Republicans nominate what they see as the sensible moderate in sheep's clothing. Romney won the "electable" meme and became the nominee against the teaparty clamoring for a "Real Conservative." (NOTE - a Teaparty "Real Conservative" is the person who sounds sane to the crazies.) McCain won the "electable" meme and the nomination in 2008. Bush won the "electable" meme in 2000, and the White House, with that "Compassionate Conservative" lie while running against Bill Clinton's zipper, with the help of criminal acts and the Supreme Court.

As long as there are enough Republicans who want someone they think is electable by the independent center right voters, he will win the "electable meme." If an open crazy like Cruz wins the nomination, the Republican party will have completed its Wiginization and will be gone by 2020, replaced by a party that keeps its screaming crazies in a box.

This is why Christie is the most dangerous Republican in the current race. He is capable of looking normal to the independent, non-aligned voters in the center, many of whom are Republicans who were left without a party by the shifting definition of "Conservative" and the drive for ideological purity.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Nov 6, 2013, 10:20 AM (48 replies)

The Hillary-lujah Chorus

Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

For the next Clinton President reigneth.
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

For the next Clinton President reigneth.
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

The Wife of Bill Clinton
Is become the President of our Land,
And mother of Chelsea, And mother of Chelsea;
And she shall reign for four years and four,
For four years and four, four years and four,

Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents, :|
And President of Presidents,
And She shall reign,
And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents,
And President of Presidents,
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents
And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah!

(Brought to you by the Droppings Behind the Horse Foundation.)
Reposted from another thread.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 09:16 PM (4 replies)

Exceptionalism!

If we are an Exceptional Nation
Do we not then have Exceptional rulers
Who sit their Exceptional arses
Upon an Exceptional throne
Supported by Exceptional companies
Led by Exceptional executives
That deliver Exceptional profits
To their Exceptional 1% investors
While the Exceptional masses
Wallow in Exceptional mystery
For the Exceptional scraps
Tossed them by Exceptional leaders
Of their Exceptional nation.

Agnosticsherbet
10.31.2013
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 02:33 PM (1 replies)

Milestones to an exciting plot.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Oct 30, 2013, 09:05 PM (6 replies)

Psychologists Propose Horrifying Solution to PTSD in Drone Operators

Psychologists Propose Horrifying Solution to PTSD in Drone Operators
Drone operators often kill their targets from a continent away, but studies suggest that even thousands of miles of distance cannot mitigate war's devastating psychological effects. But just wait until you hear how researchers propose preventing PTSD, alcohol abuse and thoughts of suicide in drone operators.
The latest issue of GQ features a stunning read, written by Michael Powers, about former Air Force drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant and his military service. One of the first pilots to speak out about his experience with the drone program, Bryant paints a frightening portrait of death-dealing from a distance, and the psychological trauma wrought by his nearly six-years of service as a drone operator.

It's a captivating read one definitely worth reading in its entirety but we were particularly struck by the section exploring Bryant's PTSD diagnosis, which he received just a few months after his heavy conscience led him to leave the Air Force:

***CUT***

These effects appeared to spike at the exact time of Bryant's deployment, during the surge in Iraq. (Chillingly, to mitigate these effects, researchers have proposed creating a Siri-like user interface, a virtual copilot that anthropomorphizes the drone and lets crews shunt off the blame for whatever happens. Siri, have those people killed.)


I think that putting Siri in charge of all that death and destruction is wrong headed an, ultimately, will fail. The article reveals evidence that it isn't necessary to be there in the middle of it when the shit comes down. People sitting at a computer terminal in Nevada receive a "moral injury" when placed in these situation. Telling Siri to blow up those people will extract the same toll as operating the drone, guiding the missile, or putting a bullet through he head of another person. War is ugly, but it is part of what we are. Even our nearest relatives, Bonobos and other great apes, fight wars. When a war is necessary, putting these layers of insulation between the soldier and the act will just make unnecessary wars more likely.

If we don't perceive a high cost to an endeavor, we don't think about it quite so much.

If we must fight, then everybody should fight. Every citizen should pay the cost.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:40 AM (56 replies)

Here Lies Fox

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:57 PM (0 replies)
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