Quantcast

Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 23 2011

Irene gaining steam, poses real threa to US east coast

Hurricane Irene 5 day track via NWS, click image for latest info

Hurricane Irene reached Category 2 status yesterday and may see further intensification today. The current storm track profile is shown above super imposed on next NOAA’s latest sea surface temperature data. Irene is forecast to track over water in the 28° to 30° C range (84° to 86° F) all the way to North Carolina. A …

Continue reading »

Aug 22 2011

Irene takes a bead on Florida & east coast

Irene's projected track as of 8 AM CDT. Click image for latest NWS updates

If I had to second guess expert storm forecasters, I’d guess — and please not the word guess here — that this storm will curve a little more quickly east than the center track shows and miss the Florida peninsula. Maybe some rain and wind to Florida’s space coast up through Jacksonville. If it does that, …

Continue reading »

Aug 22 2011

Science makes strange bedfellows

OK, when I wrote a few days ago that there wasn’t one idea offered by the Teaparty that hasn’t failed or won’t work, I was wrong. W-R-O-N-G. It turns out there’s an organization called Teaparty In Space that’s tracking government pork being divvied up under the disguise of NASA funding and who are enthusiastic about newspace. And they …

Continue reading »

Aug 22 2011

Libya may have a republic … if they can keep it

The vast majority of Libyans live on or near the coast

So went Ben Franklin’s famous line. I’m too lazy and rushed to look it up and see if it’s legit or part of the crazy history created by sociopaths to keep the gullible nut burgers in line. It applies either way, because Libya appears to be on the doorstep of national independence. Libyan rebels swept into …

Continue reading »

Aug 21 2011

Sinkholes on Mars

mro_pit_skylight

Man that’s cool. It’s a sandpit on Mars that seems to lead to an underground cavern. Phil Plait has the scoop: In the distant past, Mars was geologically active. Rivers of lava ran across the surface. If the surface of the lava hardens it can form a roof, allowing the lava underneath to continue flowing; …

Continue reading »

Aug 21 2011

Is there room for science in the GOP?

Anyone who’s watched politics over the last few decades in America has seen a powerful shift in the Republican Party away from science (And sanity in general) in favor of rigid hard-right ideology and magical thinking. Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and current long-shot GOP 2012 presidential contender, spoke out on that regrettable trend last week: …

Continue reading »

Aug 20 2011

They love me, they really love me

Image courtesy of Daily Kos' Saturdy hate-mail-a-palooze. Click image for more hate mail.

Every Saturday Daily Kos published some of the funnier hate mail we get. Markos calls it the hate-mail-a-palooza. One of the best began with Dear Liberal Fuckstick. But this one received last week may be be another instant classic: Bet your pretty pisseed off that Michelle Bachmann Won the Iowa poll?! you wanted to get your secret …

Continue reading »

Aug 19 2011

I’m living the Texas miracle

Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to run on jobs, presumably the same jobs conservative economic policies demolished, but we all know facts and direct inference hold no sway on what was once the Grand Old Party. It turns out that the job picture in Texas is not quite as rosy as Perry would like to …

Continue reading »

Aug 19 2011

A short history of the Teaparty

Via the always excellent Digby, a fascinating, in-depth pair of articles from a regular attendee of Teaparty functions in the upper midwest confirm what I’ve observed more loosely among several friends in Texas and Florida. The Teaparty was quasi-independent of traditional Republican culture war dogma, at first anyway. But no more. That movement is long …

Continue reading »

Aug 18 2011

Rick Perry thinks we’re teaching creationism in Texas?

A schematic of natural selection, one of the chief theoretical mechanisms explaining the observed evidence for common descent

This is going to be a fun election season. TPM is reporting Teaparty darling Rick Perry told a questioner in New Hampshire “”Here your mom was asking about evolution. And you know, it’s a theory that is out there — it’s got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our …

Continue reading »

Older posts «

» Newer posts