• Paris Air Show

    This year’s International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport finishes today, after one week of spectacular surprises.

    Perhaps the standout of many competitors is Aeromobil’s Flying Car […]

  • Colbert announces run for us presidency on russian tv. Absolutely fucking hilarious.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/06/24/stephen-colbert-announces-potential-2020-presidential-run-on-a-russian-tv-show/

    Next week’s shows will be historic.

  • bebimbob commented on the post, Science Sunday #52 1 week ago

    Thanks humphrey. Quantum entanglement is fascinating. Thumb nail version is that two particles are created that have a relationship, but neither have a defined state until at least one is detected. When one is forced into a state by being detected, the other automatically and instantaneously is forced into the other “related” state.

    The…[Read more]

  • How We All Got Here

    In roughly the time it takes for light to get from the Sun to the Earth, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains how the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to us safely ensconced […]

    • This article is above my pay grade but it seems to fit here.

      http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1052175.shtml

      A team of Chinese scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after travelling long distances.

      The experiment shows quantum entanglement, described by Albert Einstein as a “spooky action”, still exists at such a distance.

      This satellite-based technology opens up bright prospects for both practical quantum communications and fundamental quantum optics experiments at distances previously inaccessible on the ground, said Pan Jianwei, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

      The achievement was made with the world’s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS); also dubbed Micius, launched by China on August 16, 2016, and was published as a cover article in the latest issue of academic journal Science.

      Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in quantum physics, which is so confounding that Albert Einstein described it as a “spooky action at a distance” in 1948.

      Scientists found that when two entangled particles are separated, one particle can somehow affect the action of the far-off twin instantly.

      Scientists liken it to two pieces of paper that are distant from each other: if you write on one, the other immediately shows your writing.

      The mystery of quantum entanglement has been puzzling scientists since it was detected.

      Quantum physicists have a fundamental interest in distributing entangled particles over increasingly long distances and studying the behavior of entanglement under extreme conditions.

      • i LOVE this. such implications for our lives!

      • Thanks humphrey. Quantum entanglement is fascinating. Thumb nail version is that two particles are created that have a relationship, but neither have a defined state until at least one is detected. When one is forced into a state by being detected, the other automatically and instantaneously is forced into the other “related” state.

        The problem with entanglement is how does the first detected particle tell the other particle what its state must be, if they are separated by such a large distance that the message from the first detected particle would have to be communicated faster than the speed of light in the vacuum, something forbidden by the theory of relativity.

        It’s like the particles are separated in regular space, but right next to each other in some other as yet undetected space.

    • T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂 Thanks, bebimbob. I really like the deep sea stuff. Hopefully, idiotic human sapiens won’t be able to pollute it to death!! 🙁

    • David Suzuki explains rationally that as humans we should be working on the climate issue

      David Suzuki – For Thought: Hope for the Planet: Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas

      Talk given March 2016

      From Bruno Latour and other sources realized why this doesn’t work.

      It is so rational, how could anyone not accept this argument and charge off to address the most important issue in the history of earchbounds (Latour’s word for what used to be called humans)

      I have heard David say that his 30 years of climate activism has been a failure because he failed to stop the carnage of the earth. He was part of and/or led many successful actions, but the overall trend won the day and continues for the most part and is accelerated with republican rule.

      • correction, earthbounds, not the word earchbounds – that sounds like “lurch” but saying that is only an excuse for my typing error

        and why wouldn’t I want to rationalize my mistake rather than standing before you, naked, a failed typists and a failed speller

        God have mercy on me

    • Run, as always. Thx, beimbob.

    • Nazneen Rahman: ‘Science and music are mediums in which I create’:
      The scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research – and a singer-songwriter with two albums – reflects on her two loves and motivating forces

      As I am writing this, I wonder if I am forcing these connections, if they are a post-hoc construct that allows me to give a more pleasing answer to why I am both scientist and songwriter. But I have truly come to believe that, in me, science and music are different manifestations of the same need. A central deep desire to create new things – elegant, beautiful, new things. It doesn’t much matter if it’s a scientific discovery, a clinic protocol that makes things easier for patients or a song that tells a human story from a fresh perspective. When it works it feels amazing. Even when it doesn’t work, the journey is always paved with nuggets of enlightenment that feed into future creations.

      So what do I do?

      I think, at my core, I am a creative, though it would be perplexing to many if I started to describe myself this way. Science and music are the mediums in which I happen to create, undoubtedly an unusual combination. But maybe only because we are relentlessly conditioned, from an early age, to believe we must choose whether we are in the science or the arts camp. People from the “arts camp” routinely tell me they were hopeless at science, sometimes apologetically, sometimes as a badge of honour, a mark of their creativity. Likewise, scientists worry that any proficiency in creativity might be interpreted as a deficiency in objectivity, the bedrock of science. It seems our society has lapsed into considering activity in the sciences and the arts a zero-sum game. It is not.

      What would happen if we stopped constraining ourselves and our children in this way? If we embraced and fostered fluid boundaries between the sciences and the arts? If many more people were able to cross freely in and out of both worlds, successfully and unapologetically?

      I believe science, art, individuals and society would reap countless benefits.

  • Over at C99, there is a report that TOP is purging Bernie supporters. I don’t know if that is true, but their site traffic has declined 100% since Sept 2016 and 33% since April 2017. No wonder they keep sending me emails begging for money.

  • Empathy

    Author Dan Goleman speaks with eloquence about the three kinds of empathy, and how these human qualities, in various admixtures, inform today’s leaders.  As I watched this video, it was hard not to […]

  • From the Comey prelim statement, Trump is obviously concerned with the hookers in Russia thing, so I am going with it being true.

  • Popular Science Cassini Retrospective

    Popular Science has put together an amazing retrospective collection of images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.  It’s just one web page, so it will probably blow out […]

    • wi59 replied 3 weeks ago

      @Bebimbob How funny, the techno babble of Star Trek is becoming reality. To me its a matter of time before SiFi becomes reality in todays world. Also Bebimbob Number 52 coming up for an anniversary of sorts –THANKS!!! for what you do-keep it going.

    • yes, thanks, Beimbob! Love space stuff and images.

    • Extra great Science Sunday post for #50 @bebimbob!

      Love the space stuff, those photos are nuts (can’t wait to show hubby later).

      I saw that bit about the gravitational wave:

      Albert Einstein hypothesized these ripples in the fabric of space-time a century ago. Now scientists have detected them for the 3rd time, from distant black hole collisions.

      http://earthsky.org/space/astronomers-detect-gravitational-waves

      But I loved the video clip you included!

      The ‘mind-reading’ story was very interesting. Since I was a teenager, just beginning to study the brain, I realized that this sort of thing was only a matter of time. I love how they frame the ability to “read” a person’s mind within the context of how it might provide better images of an eye-witness’s account of a crime. I’m pretty sure that won’t be the main use of such a tool.

      Thank you for all of your work putting this together!

  • Macron, in English:
    Make the world great again.

  • I wish California could/would secede.

  • Trump has pulled the plug on the Paris Climate Accord.

    What a fat, flatulent monster.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mfSJ6tKly8%5B/embedyt%5D

     

    Macron is a classy guy.  Reminds me of JFK.

    • California Governor weighs in.

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/335998-ca-gov-paris-decision-misguided-and-insane-trumps-gone-awol

      California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) ripped President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord Thursday, calling the president “misguided and insane.”

      “Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course,” Brown said in a statement.

      “California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field ready for battle.”

      • http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/336007-california-washington-new-york-team-up-on-climate

        Three liberal states are teaming up to fight climate change in response to President Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

        California, Washington and New York, which together account for a fifth of the country’s economy, say they’re committed to upholding the goals of Paris despite Trump’s pullout.

        “The president has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said in a joint statement from himself and the other two states’ governors.

        “I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy — not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.

        The three states are already some of the most progressive in policies regarding greenhouse gas emissions and aim to lead the world on fighting climate change.

        • https://www.curbed.com/2017/6/1/15726376/paris-accord-climate-change-mayors-trump

          The 61 mayors who previously pledged to ignore President Donald Trump’s climate change policies have upped their commitment after he announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord: At least 61 cities are adopting the historic agreement themselves.

          The group of mayors, who represent 36 million of Americans and some of the largest U.S. cities, outlined a plan to align with the other 194 nations that adopted the accord.

      • I wish California could/would secede.

    • Here is another reaction.

      Trump blames China and India as part of his decision making process.

    • Of course Bernie had something to say about this!

    • http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/06/01/the_weather_channel_s_response_to_trump_s_paris_agreement_pullout_was_potent.html

      The Weather Channel’s home page greeted the news with every ounce of righteous outrage it deserved. Its top nine stories—the whole page, on a normal-sized screen—were all devoted to the topic. Two of them covered Trump’s announcement. The other seven methodically explained, in words, pictures, and hard data, exactly why it was so misguided, and why it matters so much.

      On cable TV, the Weather Channel itself treated the news with similar gravity, if rather less drama, breaking from its regular programming to offer in-depth coverage and analysis of the climate news. Contrast that with the coverage on Fox News, which trotted out such noted climate experts as former UN Ambassador John Bolton and Rep. Mike Lee of Utah to pooh-pooh the Paris Agreement and downplay the threat that global warming poses.

      The Weather Channel is hardly a bastion of left-wing activism: It’s based in Atlanta and caters to an older, conservative-leaning audience. But the network has concluded that climate change poses a threat that transcends partisan politics. Accordingly, its coverage on Thursday was not explicitly political. Rather, its stories illustrating the damage climate change is poised to wreak—and, in many cases, is already wreaking—amounted to a potent, science-based refutation of the notion that the threat is overstated, far-off, or hypothetical. They include a stirring feature on a doomed New England wilderness; news stories on California’s already-receding coastline and the stunning, imminent crack-up of an Antarctic ice sheet; and an analysis of how the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement is likely to worsen all of these problems and more.

    • LOL

      http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/calling-earth-a-loser-trump-vows-to-make-better-deal-with-new-planet?mbid=social_facebook

      n a dramatic announcement from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Donald J. Trump pronounced the planet Earth a “loser” and vowed to make a better deal with a new planet.

      “Earth is a terrible, very bad planet,” he told the White House press corps. “It’s maybe the worst planet in the solar system, and it’s far from the biggest.”

      Trump blasted former President Barack Obama for signing deals that committed the United States to remain on the planet Earth indefinitely. “Obama is almost as big a loser as Earth,” Trump said. “If Obama was a planet, guess what planet he’d be? That’s right: Earth.”

      When asked which planet he would make a new deal with, Trump offered few specifics, saying only, “The solar system has millions of terrific planets, and they’re all better than Earth, which is a sick, failing loser.”

      Trump’s remarks drew a strong response from one of the United States’ NATO allies, Germany’s Angela Merkel. “I strongly support Donald Trump leaving the planet Earth,” she said.

    • Macron, in English:
      Make the world great again.

    • From Robert Reich:

      https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

      In his announcement today, Trump claimed the Paris accord would cost the U.S. 2.7 million jobs by 2025.

      Absolute rubbish. Know the facts, and spread the truth.

      1. The evidence Trump referenced is from the pro-business American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pure baloney. As its own authors wrote in a footnote, the research “does not take into account potential benefits from avoided emissions,” and “the study results are not a benefit-cost analysis of climate change.” (See: http://accf.org/…/…/2017/03/170316-NERA-ACCF-Full-Report.pdf)

      2. That study also assumes energy prices will stay the same in 2025 as they are today, even though the cost of renewable energy has been dropping rapidly.

      3. Nor did the analysis take into account the potential health benefits, according to the study’s lead author, Sugandha D. Tuladhar. Nor positive job effects of slowing down sea-level rise.

      4. Last year more than twice as many people were employed in the solar sector than in coal mining, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (See: https://energy.gov/…/2017%20US%20Energy%20and%20Jobs%20Repo…)
      4. Between 2010 and 2016, solar grew by over 20 percent every year, according to the Energy Department finding. In many states, growth was even stronger.

      5. The renewable energy sector today is not only creating more jobs than fossil fuels, but also has a larger “multiplier effect,” a measure of ancillary economic benefits, according to a recent economic analysis. Whereas $1 million spent on fossil fuels supports the equivalent of 2.6 full-time jobs, the same amount supports more than 7 jobs when spent on wind or solar energy.
      Solar and wind energy,

      6. in their current phase, wind and solar are more jobs-intensive than oil. The entire Keystone XL pipeline only takes about 50 workers to maintain, according to the company that created it. (See: http://www.sciencedirect.com/…/article/pii/S026499931630709X)

      To Trump, truth is relative and facts are an alternative. In the real world, truth is truth and facts are facts.

      • And more from Mr. Reich:

        Other whoppers in Trump’s speech on withdrawing from the Paris accord:

        1. “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.”

        False. Under the Paris agreement, each country publicly declares how much it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what it will do to get there. In fact, China has actually taken steps to stop building coal plants. China has cut its use of coal three years in a row.

        2. “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount.”

        Misleading. Tackling climate problems depends on taking a series of incremental steps to reduce carbon emissions. Pulling out of the Paris agreement would require even bigger future reductions.

        3. “At 1 percent growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand. But at 3 or 4 percent growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts.”

        Baloney. Economic growth stems from population growth and improvements in productivity. Neither of these factors will drive 3 percent or 4 percent growth in the U.S, regardless.

        4. “India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours.”

        Rubbish. The Paris accord doesn’t even mention the word coal, nor does it do anything to put a global moratorium on coal. Each signatory sets its own goals and has to report on its progress. India has committed to reduce emissions 33 to 35 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.

        We have a president who will say anything. Anything.

        Know the facts. Spread the truth.

    • US Climate Action Network Members React to Trump Paris Announcement

      http://www.usclimatenetwork.org/us_climate_action_network_members_react_to_trump_paris_announcement

      It a long list so I will only quote a few of them.

      “Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a crushing affront to Americans and a brutal blow to U.S. standing in the world. But let’s be sober about what really changes now. Even before Trump, and despite the best efforts of President Obama and John Kerry in Paris, this nation’s response was unconscionably weak and slow. Trump’s intransigence is a national disgrace, but it won’t weaken the resolve of American cities, states, companies, and communities committed to climate solutions. It won’t dissuade the rest of the world from moving forward. And it won’t stop the clean energy revolution. KC Golden, Senior Advisor, Climate Solutions and 350.org Interim Board Chair.

      “Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is not conservative, it’s just boneheaded. President Reagan lead the world in addressing a global climate threat, ozone depletion, by pushing through the Montreal Protocol treaty, whereas Trump shrinks from such challenges. It is a stark contrast.” David Jenkins, President, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

      “Perhaps no sector is more vulnerable to climate change than agriculture. The President’s decision to turn his back on global efforts to address climate change will hurt farmers in the U.S. and around the world. It is inexplicable and in willful denial of the urgent challenges already facing farmers and rural communities.” Ben Lilliston, Director of Climate Strategies, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

    • Trump Inc and his cohorts are truly disgusting about this major issue.

    • New York Daily News front page June 2 2017

  • The blue whale is up to 100 feet in length. Brain fart! Fixed it.

  • Juno Polar View

    NASA has just released images from Juno, its current Jupiter mission, as it passed from pole to pole over the gas giant.  The above image, which looks like a spectacular modern art […]

    • The Jupiter image made me think of Salvador Dali.

      http://www.salvadordali.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/slider-2-dali.jpg

    • Sadly Trump isn’t the only climate sceptic. His administration and many Republicans give him plenty of company. Mother Nature sheds a tear!

    • The blue whale is up to 100 feet in length. Brain fart! Fixed it.

    • Another impact due to lack of effort regarding climate change.

      https://sg.news.yahoo.com/great-barrier-reef-bleaching-worse-first-thought-015736045.html

      Coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists said Monday.

      The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) World Heritage-listed reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures during March and April.

      Initial aerial and in-water surveys showed 22 percent of shallow water corals were destroyed in 2016, but it has now been bumped up to 29 percent and with the reef currently experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of bleaching, the outlook is grim.

      “We’re very concerned about what this means for the Great Barrier Reef itself and what it means for the communities and industries that depend on it,” Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) chairman Russell Reichelt said.

      “The amount of coral that died from bleaching in 2016 is up from our original estimates and, at this stage, although reports are still being finalised, it’s expected we’ll also see an overall further coral cover decline by the end of 2017.”

    • Concerning Blue Whales…
      Blue Whale Found Dead On Northern California Beach Likely Struck By Ship

      79-foot female suffered blunt force trauma and several broken bones.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/blue-whale-ashore-california_us_592a5c56e4b0df57cbfc0dc9

    • T and R bebimbob. The videos are fascinating. Hope you and yours are enjoying a safe and fun long weekend. I just don’t feel patriotic today with cheetosbrain and mob running/ruining things. 😦

  • Received another begging email from TOP. Wants $5 from me. I guess that’s what happen when your volume goes down 50% because you sold out.

    I would send him 5 bags of feces, but then I would have to spend some money on postage and expend some effort.

  • Ovarian Bioprosthetics

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    • Thank you for this. It is quite a cross section of interesting material.

    • wi59 replied 1 month ago

      The Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded. Thanks, Global Warming

      Since this is a science thread thought this might be interesting. Read on at

      The Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded. Thanks, Global Warming

    • As always, intriguing!

    • Danger from EMF – electronic magnetic fields — cell phones, etc.

      There is a low power progressive radio station in Columbus OH. I have heard somethings about EMF on the station as I drive around, but Martin Blank was interviewed yesterday.

      I didn’t realize that EMF damages the cells. The double helix is a coil and can interact with an EMF.

      EMF are all around us.

      I assume this guy is for real. A couple of Ph D.. speaking around the world, associated with Columbia university, etc.

      He wrote a book Overpowered: The Dangers of EMF …

      Here is a 3 min video of him

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ijs5lrebacInternational Scientist Appeal on Electromagnetic Fields Martin Blank PhD May 11 2015

      On my youtube page, there were several links. They depend on your history, but here is a longer speech he made. I have not listened to it.

      A long speech from March 2015. Sound is marginal
      Cellular and Molecular Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, by Dr. Martin Blank

      He wrote the book Overpowered because academics didn’t take him seriously

  • Huffpost and Twitter reporting that Trump gave code word level intel to Russians in oval office meeting.

    Translation: “please like me.”

    Meanwhile, nazis in VA are telling us that Russia is our friend.

  • Baby Big Bird

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  • The Coming Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017

    On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse across a vast swath of the continental United States.  The eclipse will cross the US diagonally, from […]

    • effects of climate change – severe kidney disease

      shocking article about workers in agriculture contacting severe kidney disease – the leading cause of hospital deaths in El Salvador is kidney failure

      scientists trying to find out what is going on and current hypothesis is severe dehydration

      killing off species doesn’t get enough attention

      killing off ice also doesn’t get enough attention

      killing off the climate of the Holocene, the current geological epoch of the last 10,000 years doesn’t get enough attention

      killing off humans – well, that might get needed attention

      Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly epidemic

      A mysterious kidney disease is striking down labourers across the world and climate change is making it worse. Jane Palmer meets the doctors who are trying to understand it and stop it.

    • Synthetic Retinal Implants is certainly positive news…just a shame that their use is 5 to 10 years away. I would think that research & testing like this could be expedited.

    • T and R, bebimbob! 🙂

    • what wonderful DNA HIV news. imagine that might be applied to other deep viruses….

  • Last Call for Cassini

    All good things must come to an end, the saying goes, and that applies in equal measure to one of the best space missions ever, the Cassini mission to Saturn.

    After 20 years of […]

    • I look forward to your weekly informative series. Thanks again.

    • Lets hope the waxworms breed like rabbits. LOL

      • Let’s hope this gets wide attention.

        If I still had MSM, I might see if I could get a group of us to write in to shows like Morning Joe. We did it for Obama, to rectify falsehoods in 2008, and I swear, some of the time, they responded and even said it was in answer to emails. Maybe not often, but still, you never know.

    • Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group

      main reason: demographics, so many young people to reproduce

      That article was on Juan Cole’s web page. He wrote a book in 2014 — title of the book in the NY Times book review

      Youth Tsunami in Arab World:
      ‘The New Arabs,’ by Juan Cole

      The review was published in 2014. Most of the material may have been written in 2013 and earlier before Egypt later, and Turkey in real time, went down the drain.

      You can see from this Cole’s optimism. I was optimistic after a trip to Turkey about 4 years ago subsidized by the Gulan inspired followers who are not considered terrorists by the new dictator in Turkey

      From NYT book review

      “The New Arabs” focuses not on Iraq, but on the Arab Spring, and in particular on the role that youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya played in bringing down the authoritarian regimes in those countries. “Young people are the key to the rapid political and social change in the Arab countries that have been in turmoil since 2011,” Mr. Cole writes, arguing that members of this “Arab Generation Y” are more literate than their elders, more urban and cosmopolitan, more technologically savvy and less religiously observant than those over 35. Echoing what the veteran Middle East reporter Robin Wright wrote in her 2011 book, “Rock the Casbah,” Mr. Cole contends that “a new generation has been awakened” and that a positive new historical dynamic is taking hold.

      Mr. Cole’s book focuses on “left-liberal youth living in towns and cities” who played a crucial role in toppling the regimes of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya. By focusing on these countries — as opposed to, say, Syria, where the government has cracked down on protesters with horrifying brutality, or Bahrain, which has imprisoned or detained growing numbers of its most vocal opponents — Mr. Cole stacks the deck in favor of his belief in the ability of Middle Eastern millennials to shake “a complacent, stagnant and corrupt status quo” and change the world.

      Continue reading the main story
      He glosses over the difficulties of actually implementing democratic change and ensuring civil liberties post-revolution. Just last month, in part of a crackdown on news media freedom, an Egyptian judge sentenced three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network to at least seven years each in prison — without making public any evidence.

      I was poking around Juan Cole’s web page and this might be of interest. He put up and translated a web page on

      Kahlil Gibran Page

      Kahlil Gibran was among the most important Arabic language authors of the early twentieth century. He also went on to become a famous author and artist in his adopted country, the U.S., especially by virtue of the phenomenal popularity of his 1923 The Prophet

    • Home to World’s Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker to End All Subsidies

      good news story – profitable much sooner than expected

      • Thanks bebimbob and Don m for a great diary and comment links! T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂 Another YUGE obstacle in getting obstinate Americans on board with facing climate change is overcoming their beliefs in the Christian Bible. All the nonsense about the Rapture, Second Coming, Endtimes, etc. is truth to these marks. As trained and educated as I am in literature and psycholinguistics, I have no answer to a very bad and dangerous problem!

        • Orlbufcan – you might be interested in this

          Rhetoric is related to regular linguistics

          Here is a rhetorical analysis of Obama’s 2006 speech to The Hamilton Project set up by his buddy Bob Rubin. The analysis is done by one of the main players on Naked Capitalism. He uses a color coded scheme to code his statements.

          Who SELECTED Obama? I am serious. Why is the only senator at the kick off of this neo liberal project when Obama was a junior senator???

          Obama at the Hamilton Project, 2006: “This is not a bloodless process.”

          In the article there are links to the same kind of analysis of his 2013 inaugural address

      • More of these people would be awesome. Such good news when this happens, as they tend to be the most fervent for the cause!

    • I am not onto Science today but into political science. Catlin Johnstone’s take on the DNC’s evidence in the crooked primaries trial in Florida:
      View story at Medium.com

      • Another article on DNC that claims that they can do whatever they want

        If You Want to Know What the Democratic Party Is, Just Ask Their Lawyer

        Headlines from the article in bold in original

        The Democrat Party Has No Obligation to be Democratic

        Nobody Knows What a Fair Election Means

        Nobody Knows Who a Democrat Is, or What the DNC Is

        The Courts Can’t Hold the Democrat Party Accountable for Anything, Ever

        so the DNC atty explains who they are

        So we have an association whose membership is indeterminate, yet nonetheless can order its affairs by whim. Seems odd. And why the heck are we entrusting the election of any public official to these guys if the public can’t hold them accountable for how they run elections?

        Conclusion

        It seems to me that a party that brands itself “Democratic,” even if a private association, ought to “order its own affairs” in a democratic fashion. The Democrat Party lawyer disagrees. Again, I find this wonderfully clarifying.[3]

        Oh, and if we have any readers who have the necessary expertise to comment on the case, that would be great!

        UPDATE Assume all the DNC”s arguments as prevented by Spiva are true. What then would a hostile takeover of such an entity look like?

        • I’m more and more thinking hostile takeover is not possible. They’ve drawn too many McResistance people into their web.

          However, I’m staying in until I’m proved wrong or 2020, whichever comes first. Platform committee meeting tomorrow evening. 😉

      • This is really good, CPat!

        And like I always keep pounding on, now that TPTB are complaining about hacked machines, can we get rid of them, too? Please????

        As Caitlin sez, rather than be honest, they’re admitting all kinds of stuff that proves that we don’t have a democracy. Or as Trump would say, Sad! Bad!

    • Awww, R.I.P., Cassini.

      And i just love the idea and the sound of dark matter–the mysterious depths, so to speak.

      As always, thanks, beimbob

    • I learn something new each week. Thank you, our own scientist who can help explain in layman’s terms or point us to great explications of complex science problems.

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