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Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Last post by Sigmetnow on October 19, 2017, 07:08:55 PM »
In this age of anti-science in the U.S., here's a win for science in the state of New Mexico:

Facing Public Outcry, New Mexico Restores Evolution and Global Warming to Science Standards
Students will learn the age of the Earth, too.
New Mexico’s public education agency announced late Tuesday that it would restore references to evolution, global warming, and the age of the Earth that had been stripped out of the state’s proposed science education standards. The reversal comes after an outcry by teachers, scientists, students, and others—the culmination of which was a day-long public hearing on Monday in which scores of people spoke out against the draft standards. ...
Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« Last post by Sigmetnow on October 19, 2017, 06:54:39 PM »
Elon Musk tweeted:
Second boring machine almost ready. Will be called Line-Storm, after the poem by Frost. "And be my love in the rain."
Image below.
Consequences / Re: Qué se ficieron ?
« Last post by sidd on October 19, 2017, 06:45:45 PM »
DuPont and C-8 poisoning:

"Our calculation shows that even if DuPont managers could have forecasted all future legal liabilities, they would have preferred to pollute as long as they thought that the probability of getting caught was less than 19%. Given the extreme set of unlikely events that led to the payment of heavy legal fines, and given the fact that other C8 users (like 3M) have escaped such heavy legal liability, we conclude that at that time polluting without abating was a reasonable bet by DuPont’s decision makers. Thus, it was value-maximizing for DuPont to pollute..."

The rest / Re: Ukraine, Nazis and western support
« Last post by sidd on October 19, 2017, 06:42:09 PM »
The guy is an equal opportunity looter, grabbed billions from PrivatBank, while the auditor(PwC) turned a blind eye. PwC lost their license in Ukraine after that.

Now he is involved in another shady deal being dragged throu UK courts.

Just another crook.


Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017/2018 freezing season
« Last post by A-Team on October 19, 2017, 06:37:53 PM »
Right. ESRL is primarily interested in making forecasts whereas we are primarily interested in archival initial state time series because short-term predictions have such a limited shelf life. The idea here was to finish scrolling through all their precipitation products to see which are worth scripting (Panoply --> ImageMagick --> cloud --> forum) into hindcasts + today + forecast time series.

The ESRL web site presents this one well enough, though too large to display well here. It might be of heads-up interest should more moisture-laden storm sweeps north from the Caribbean again this fall. However ice thickening takes place on a much slower time scale, so daily comings and goings of the insulating blanket of snow are of less interest than mean snowpack.

While it's hard to see the thermal relevance of blowing ankle-deep snow to bottom ice formation rates, maybe it will be knee-deep by late winter and suppress early melt pond formation through reflectance.

There being little purpose in simply replicating daily changes in NOAA's web site, the question becomes where we can 'add value'. Among the many opportunities explored in previous posts (eg SMOS-ESRL thin ice hybrids), are combined time series across the three ESRL (and other) archives.

These can be seasonal: the forecast below combines an open water property with a sea ice measure, namely temperature. That product diminishes in utility along with residual exposed water later in the fall. Salinity is another option; it mixes SMOS bulk ice salinity with that of ESRL open water. That too is seasonal since UH SMOS availability is melt-limited.

Note the Chukchi north of the Bering Strait is still far too warm for ice to form. That stayed open to mid-December last year. The map also shows a pronounced intrusion of warm surface water in the Yermak Plateau area north of Svalbard. Spurious open water is shown around CAA islands which are very difficult to get at accurately with gridded data (UH AMSR3 3.125 km is a better option there).

Technical note: these are easy to make since 'not sea ice' on the sea ice layer provides a pixel-perfect cut-out allowing any open water characteristic to show through. As long as the data sources are both available to Panoply as netCDF files, Gimp will receive the maps in perfect co-registration with compatible and operable palette legends. This readily scales to times series via tile 'n' slice.
The rest / Re: Russiagate
« Last post by TerryM on October 19, 2017, 06:29:13 PM »
With Soros from the left and Bannon from the right...

Only someone steeped in and blinded by right wing ideologywould make the claim that Soros and Bannon are two sides of the same coin.

Soros is a hedge fund manager and philanthropist who has donated billions toward his Open Society Foundation, an organization that exists to promote democracy and human rights around the globe. Bannon is the self-proclaimed leader of the alt-right, and is the darling of racists, sexists, xenophobes, and anti-Semites everywhere.


1) The two men are nearly polar opposites, but that doesn't mean they're both equally extreme or equally moral. Soros wants to better humanity; Bannon wants to hurt humanity. So, please, stop with the lazy false equivalency.

2) Thought most would have figured out by now that shouting "Clinton! Soros" in an attempt to divert and distract attention away from Trump's involvement with Russia's subversion of the 2016 election isn't going to work. And it's definitely not going to work with Robert Mueller.

 Soros appeared on my radar when the "color revolutions" began popping up like wildfires after a drought. I've a personal aversion to sweeping governments into power without a ballot box in sight. Soros paints himself as of the left, which is the political side I adopted before I was old enough to vote, but my left attempts to win by bringing better ideas and better governance to the table. My left attempts to gain power through the ballot box, while his "left" attempts to gain power in spite of voter preference.

I've made exceptions over the years. Batista had to go, and Cuba is no democracy. It is however the one place I've been where the effects of good governance shine through the endemic poverty that I chose to believe is the product of American sanctions and ill will. The plight of the poor Cuban doesn't compare with the plight of a poor Mexican, or, dare I say the plight of the poor in Michigan.

If these ramblings appear as the thoughts of a right wing firebrand, your compass needs to be boxed. The fact that Soros backed Clinton doesn't exonerate Soros, it just reflects badly on Clinton. If Hannibal Lecter ate vegan 6 days a week, he'd still be known as a cannibal for the one day he ate meat. If Soros promotes get out the vote programs 6 days a week, he'll still be known as the guy who brings down governments through rioting.

Consequences / Re: Qué se ficieron ?
« Last post by sidd on October 19, 2017, 06:29:00 PM »
As i posted in another thread, the Sackler family is one of the prime movers here.

The rest / Re: The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out
« Last post by sidd on October 19, 2017, 06:27:24 PM »
Follow the money. The Sackler family is behind Purdue Pharma and the opiod crisis. They are now exporting the model internationally. Tjose oligarchs are equal opportunity oligarchs, they have no problem buying legislators of any color.


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« Last post by Pmt111500 on October 19, 2017, 06:20:09 PM »
Thanks <Susan Anderson> for filling me in what an utter nest of rats the republican succession to the throne is. Kingly decrees (aka. executive orders against democracy will fly from the throne room indefinitely until one of your three legislative organizations is safe from these. Add to that the supreme court will do it's most to drive in opposition to any sensible policies. I'd say your country could use an age limit to some of your offices. Let's say 70. The boy Drumpf could do it in a slight of hand, but he can't as some think he's 72 and not 12 like he truly is.
The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« Last post by Buddy on October 19, 2017, 06:19:31 PM »
You won't have to worry about Pence as long as Donnie is out.  Pence will be right behind him.
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