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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 26 2011

Hurricane Rina

Hurricane Rina storm force wind projections as of 7 AM EDT. Click image for latest form the National Hurricane Center

A tropical cyclone has sprung up just off the tip of the Yucatan peninsula which could pose a threat to Florida early next week.

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Oct 25 2011

Civics teacher facing charges for teaching students how to vote

A high school civics teacher in the state of Florida is facing serious consequences for, get this, teaching students approaching voting age how to properly register to vote. In an election. In a democracy. 

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Oct 25 2011

Nation’s largest solar panel company leaderless

Thin-film solar photovoltiac modules being installed ona roof. Click for more info on thin-film PV

Strange happenings at the nation’s largest solar panel manufacturer.

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Oct 25 2011

Is this Herman Cain ad for real?

I have no idea, especially given the odd events at about 40 seconds in. But I think it’s supposed to be legit.

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Oct 25 2011

The lesson of my medical bills: Why I’m a progressive

Last month I got hurt bad enough to spend several days in the hospital, during which time I got a bunch of expensive treatment and tests. The bills have started rolling in now and one of the larger ones had two numbers on it: the $13,000 and change I would have owed vs the roughly $5,000 the …

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Oct 24 2011

Perry has a tax plan

Governor Rick Perry has released some details of a flat-ish tax plan which critics say weakens Social Security, complicates the tax code and raises tax for the vast majority, but, to no one’s surprise, heavily favors the super rich and multinational corporations. One of the weirder features the plan creates a parallel tax code. That …

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Oct 24 2011

Because of course he is

Come on, Rick Perry, this is ridiculous:

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Oct 24 2011

Misty eye of the water serpent

This artist's concept illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation. Courtesy NASA/HSO

The translation of the constellation Hydra is Water Serpent, and astronomers now know the name is strangely appropriate for at least part of the formation.

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Oct 24 2011

That’s one cool brown dwarf

These two infrared images were taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope in 2004 and 2009. They show a faint object moving through space together with a white dwarf. The brown dwarf, named WD 0806-661 B, is the coldest companion object to be directly imaged outside our solar system. Credit: Kevin Luhman, Penn State University, October 2011

I don’t know what it is about brown dwarfs, but I just love these things. Maybe it’s the thought of a bunch of cold bodies wandering unseen, up to now anyway, through interstellar space: Luhman classifies this object as a “brown dwarf,” an object that formed just like a star out of a massive cloud …

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Oct 23 2011

Climate change and Watts watch

Anthony Watts announced he’s taking the weekend off. But TPM has the back story up on their front page with the header “Climate Change Deniers Abandon ‘Befuddled Warmist’ Physicist Who Came Around On Global Warming”. Specifically that’s Richard Muller, a UC Berkeley physicist who now seems to accept the consensus that the earth is indeed …

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