The power of this ejection would have raced across space to knock us back to the Dark Ages. It’s believed a direct CME hit would have the potential to wipe out communication networks, GPS and electrical grids to cause widespread blackout. The article goes on to say it would disable “everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps.” …
“According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.”
Whew! No worries now, right? Not exactly:
Physicist Pete Riley, who published a paper titled “On the probability of occurrence of extreme space weather events,” has calculated the odds of a solar storm strong enough to disrupt our lives in the next 10 years is 12 percent.
“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” says Riley. “It is a sobering figure.”
However, the CME that almost battered us was a bit of a freak occurrence as it was actually two ejections within 10 minutes of each other, plus a previous CME had happened four days earlier to effectively clear the path.
Sleep well, everyone.
I think not. How many times do we ignore threats and hope it doesn’t hit us?
Time to spend some of that money they keep printing on job-creating infrastructure improvements, don’t you think?
Another journalist questions why politics rather than science is driving debate on climate change, wondering, “Why are environmentalists and scientists so reluctant to discuss long-term increases in southern hemisphere sea ice?”
For years, computer simulations have predicted that sea ice should be disappearing from the Poles. Now, with the news that Antarctic sea-ice levels have hit new highs, comes yet another mishap to tarnish the credibility of climate science. Climatologists base their doom-laden predictions of the Earth’s climate on computer simulations. But these have long been the subject of ridicule because of their stunning failure to predict the pause in warming – nearly 18 years long on some measures – since the turn of the last century.
An adult chinstrap penguin jumps out of the sea at Port Lockroy, Antarctica
It’s the same with sea ice. We hear a great deal about the decline in Arctic sea ice, in line with or even ahead of predictions. But why are environmentalists and scientists so much less keen to discuss the long-term increase in the southern hemisphere? In fact, across the globe, there are about one million square kilometres more sea ice than 35 years ago, which is when satellite measurements began.
It’s fair to say that this has been something of an embarrassment for climate modellers. But it doesn’t stop there. In recent days a new scandal over the integrity of temperature data has emerged, this time in America, where it has been revealed as much as 40 per cent of temperature data there are not real thermometer readings. Many temperature stations have closed, but rather than stop recording data from these posts, the authorities have taken the remarkable step of ‘estimating’ temperatures based on the records of surrounding stations.
So vast swathes of the data are actually from ‘zombie’ stations that have long since disappeared. This is bad enough, but it has also been discovered that the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using estimates even when perfectly good raw data is available to it – and that it has adjusted historical records.
Is climate change real? Does Man have an impact on global weather? We should at least be given facts to decide, not politically-driven junk science.
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Jupiter’s famed Great Red Spot has long been a defining feature for the gas giant, attracting many an astronomer’s eye and more than a few NASA flybys. But recently, the spot has been shrinking. What was once a huge area almost 25 thousand miles across has shrunk to a bare 10K across.
Obama is making the preservation of the Great Red Spot a pivotal centerpiece in his Climate Change strategy:
What we see happening on Jupiter is nothing short of a cataclysmic change that is just as serious as the retreat of the glaciers and rising of the oceans here on Earth. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is smaller than at any point in history and the rate of shrinkage is accelerating; it may disappear altogether in as little as 17 years.
Just 400 years ago the Great Red Spot was 40 thousand miles across. Today, it is barely wider than the Earth. We cannot ignore the fact that the spot started shrinking as the industrial revolution began, and that the more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that Man produces the faster the Red Spot shrinks.
The fringes of the scientific community have proposed that solar flares are responsible for the heating of the Earth. But it is now apparent that Mankind’s activities are having a devastating effect that extends outside of our own atmosphere. It may very well be that the larger our carbon footprint, the more unstable the sun’s activities, leading to more solar flares and shrinkage of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
No longer is Mankind’s disregard for the environment limited to the Earth. We must end our quest for resource consumption, pursuit of technology and creation of a viable economy in order to save the entire solar system.
Indeed, another case of correlation equating to causation.
I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.
The above is an extract from an opinion piece in Time penned by the grandson of Jewish immigrants who survived Hitler, a Death March and a Siberian work camp before making their way to America with no money or understanding of English, yet met and built enough of a life together to hand down the work ethic that enabled Tal Fortgang to go to Princeton.
The story is both moving and inspiring. Read as Tal explains, "Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege."
In reaction to widespread demonstration of classic liberal intolerance, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down after less than two weeks on the job. His crime is a paltry $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, for which seven million Californians voted and successfully passed.
Oh yeah, and Eich also made campaign contributions in past years to Republican candidates such as Pat Buchanan.
The response from the larger public has been gratifying as Mozilla set a new company record today for online customer dissatisfaction:
The comments on their feedback page seem uniformly negative at the moment (mine certainly was).
Finally, Firefox meets firestorm: Mozilla clams up.
Liberals. Gotta love their consistency.
Poster shamelessly stolen from Ellysa Maye’s Twitter feed.
Forbes calls for impeachment of Obama, and makes a strong case for doing so. Read the whole article, but here is the money quote:
The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the concrete and we cannot ignore it.
Those who currently hold political office, and who want to keep our system of government, need to act now. Surely, rejection of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”
We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!” “Not ever!”
This isn’t the National Review. This isn’t the Heritage Foundation. This is Forbes.
Finally. Now let’s get some traction on this.
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