Monday, October 20, 2014

A lot of Web sites featuring this climate news

The climate skeptics' nightmare is that the faux-pause, aka The Hiatus, will end.  Well, it really already has (see the quote at end).  But being calendrically-obsessed, we need an annual calendar year temperature record to certify this.

There are already admirable skeptic attempts to downplay the importance or impact of this.  But the fact is, with the Pacific barely in or just barely not in an El Nino state, setting a global temperature record is a big thing, because in 1998 the Pacific was in a gigantic El Nino state.  And as I and others have noted previously, the high temperature that year was about 0.2 deg C above the baseline warming rate over the past few decades.  So even considering the hiatus and all that, we have gone a couple years over a decade, and the global temperature has gone up 0.2 deg C, and here we are on the threshold of an all-time annual temperature record.  Right where, unfortunately, all the trends would put us.  And 0.2 deg C per decade is 2 degrees a century, well over thrice the rate of the 20th century warming.

No wonder the skeptics are fearful.  The general public, if they get this information properly processed, might realize en masse all the lies they skeptics have been telling and comprehend all the data the skeptics have been distorting.  There will be a sense of betrayal and even anger at the chumps they've been played for.  And then they will take refuge in the hope that scientists (and much more nuclear power) can bail us out of this sinking mess.

Hot News: 2014 on track to be the warmest year

"In fact, leaving aside calendar years, the period from October 2013 through September 2014 “is the warmest 12-month period that we’ve ever had on record,” Blunden told Climate Central."
Now that that is out of the way, the annual temperature record should fall next.

We need it to, to make the issues more obvious and to start to clear the obfuscated air that they have exhaled.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kelly, geez, your love life is making me dizzy

Kelly Brook, fresh off of breaking up with and telling off muscle man on-off boyfriend/fiance David McIntosh, got back with him, at least briefly.

This is very strange behavior.  I can think of a reason for it, but it's not a reason I should state publicly.  Probably shouldn't even think it.  But I have evidence for thinking it HERE.

Meanwhile, here's what was happening in LA.

Kelly Brook and David McIntosh reconcile for romantic dinner date just weeks after calling off engagement

In order to know more, we'd have to have the view at the HERE link.  Which I'd be OK with.

Posing for a comet close-up

While awaiting observations of Comet Siding Spring at Mars (can't find any yet), I must note these even closer close-ups taken by Rosetta.  It's only 10 km, just over 6 miles of course, away from the comet. That's a hair's-breadth in astronomical terms.

Now this has been done before, with an asteroid, by the NEAR mission.  But this is a comet, a primordial snowball, the stuff of legend and harbinger of woes.  Never has anything been this close to a comet (except when Deep Impact impacted).  So this is COOL, as in way-in-the-depths of outer space COOL.

Cometwatch at 10 km

Here's one of the close-up frames. Remarkable topography.  And lots of cometary boulders.

Lighthouse of the Week, October 19-25, 2014: Green Point Lighthouse, Newfoundland

I was astonished by the number of lighthouses Newfoundland has.  Look at this list:

Lighthouses of Newfoundland

There are a lot of good candidates, and I think I might do a three-week series.  So I just went to the image search and went with the first picture that really stood out.

The 'winner' was Green Point Lighthouse.  It's a pretty simple lighthouse, no keeper's house anymore, powered by solar-charged  batteries, but the picture caught my eye.

Green Point Lighthouse is near Port de Grave, on the southeastern peninsula of Newfoundland.  It's not far from Cape Spear, which is the easternmost point of North America, and which apparently has two lighthouses.  I'll probably do that one next week if I can figure out if it really does have two lighthouses. (Actually, yes, it does.)

This was the picture that made me choose Green Point Lighthouse this week.

by Robert Baker on Flickr (from his "Scenic and Other" album)

Two more:

Another angle on an erotic sonnet for October

This one ended up being a lot of fun.


I think myself desirable – and yet
repeated offers go unanswered. Still, 
I am persistent, wishing for a set
of parallel desires that would fulfill
a mutual correction, intersect-
ing where the angle and the curve become
acute and congruent, and we reflect
each other like a mirrored pair, the sum
of which is symmetry. For though we are
distinct, in this we are exposed, aligned –
embracing, facing, driving, striving – my spar
of crystal heat emplaced in its designed
entrancement, geometrically correct,
as hopes and schemes and nudity connect.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another reason Paul Ryan is out of touch, out to lunch

Paul Ryan thinks humans might not be the cause of climate change

One of the sharpest differences came when the moderator asked each candidate if he thought human activity is to blame for changes to the planet's climate. 
"I don't know the answer to that question," Ryan said. "I don't think science does, either."

He's right about not knowing the answer to the question, because he's a dunce.  But he's wrong about science.  Science knows what's responsible and how much of it is currently in the atmosphere making it happen.

What a shot! My mind is officially blown

The image below was taken by a camera on Philae, the little bug robot that is still attached to the Rosetta satellite.  At some time in the near future, Philae is going to detach and let the light gravity of the comet draw it down to its surface.  How they are going to control it to get it to land where they want to land is not something I currently know.  But they do.

Still, this image would be flat-out science fictional if it weren't for the somewhat astonishing fact that it's real.  Note the jet of vapor shooting out of the sublimating snowball.

Below that is artistic conception of what the release, descent, and landing of Philae might look like.  If it works.