Archive for August, 2011

Daryl not using her safe word yet..

She must have been a disciple of Al’s “the debate is over” mantra putting her casting couch contest winning body in harms way.

Daryl about to be bound and disciplined but still happy and smiling....

While Daryl was getting frisked the former Vice President Al Gore was actually elsewhere spouting off that:

“One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists”,

In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcast on UStream on Friday, Gore explained that in order for climate change alarmists to succeed, they must “win the conversation” against those who deny there is a crisis.

“Win the Conversation” Al, Al, Al what the hell happened to “the debate is over”? Did your lackeys get caught manipulating the data?

Al went on with this gibberish as an explanation:

“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,”

“My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

Just like when he invented the internet.

The former vice president then went on and recalled how society succeeded in marginalizing racists and said climate change skeptics must be defeated in the same manner. But Al is forgetting how we also marginalized “communists” or anyone that someone did not like in the McCarthy era by calling them a communist!

Al apparently thinks that if he just points the finger at his opponents and vilifies them with a label that we will shun them.  Debate over.

But we all know Al got a “D” in science only because the professors at the huge expensive Ivy League universities are not allowed to fail students. What we did not suspect is that he also did poorly in debate class. Please, an ad homonym (personal character) attack.

Al continued to spew:

“Secondly, back to this phrase ‘win the conversation,’” he continued. “There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won.”

“We have to win the conversation on climate,” Gore added. But Al failed to bring up how much he stands to profit from trading carbon credits if this global warming/climate change/man is bad foolishness gets put into law.

When Bogusky questioned Al’s analogy, asking if the scientific reasoning behind climate change skeptics might throw a wrench into the good and evil comparison with racism, Al did not back down as facts are not part of the “conversation”.

“I think it’s the same where the moral component is concerned and where the facts are concerned I think it is important to get that out there, absolutely,” Al said.

Of course morality and facts be dammed.  Al and his cronies are going to use personal attacks on all those scientists that have data proving them wrong and paint those scientists with a raciest / communist / baby seal killer brush.

Gore also took shots at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has schooled climate change alarmists on the presidential campaign trail, and at other politicians who dare to question the veracity of global warming science.

“This is an organized effort to attack the reputation of the scientific community as a whole, to attack their integrity, and to slander them with the lie that they are making up the science in order to make money,” Gore said.

This recent spewing from Al must be in response to Gov. Perry for publicly stating that he stood with an increasing number of scientists who have challenged the existence of man-made global warming threats.

In the last four years more than 31,000 American scientists from diverse climate-related disciplines, including more than 9,000 with Ph.D.s, have signed a public petition announcing their belief that

“…there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

Included are atmospheric physicists, botanists, geologists, oceanographers, and meteorologists.

In 2008 an international survey of climate scientists conducted by German scientists Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch revealed deep disagreement concerning two-thirds of the 54 questions asked about their professional views, with responses to about half of those areas skewing on the “skeptic” side and no consensus to support any alarm.

The majority did not believe that atmospheric models can deal with important influences of clouds, precipitation, atmospheric convention, ocean convection, or turbulence. Most also did not believe that climate models can predict precipitation, sea level rise, extreme weather events, or temperature values for the next 50 years.

A 2010 survey of media broadcast meteorologists conducted by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 83% believe global warming is mostly caused by natural, not human, causes. Those polled included members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association.

Additionally another survey published by the American Meteorological Society found that only one in four respondents agreed with UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPPC) that claims that humans are primarily responsible for recent warming.

A literature review of  928 scientific papers published on “global climate change” between 2004 and 2007 that appeared in a 2008 issue of Environment & Energy , reported that 31 (6%) of 591 explicitly or implicitly rejected the idea of consensus that more than half of warming over the past 50 years was likely to have been anthropogenic. Fewer than half endorsed consensus, and only 7% did so explicitly.

The statement that 97% of all climate scientists believe in anthropogenic global warming can be attributed to cherry picking from a very brief online survey of “over 3,000 Earth scientists” published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2009 that asked

“do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?”

Not addressed was which human activities any affirmative answer would be linked to, such as: CO2 emissions, and land use changes including agriculture, urbanization and deforestation. Nor was it clear what the question meant by “significant contributing factors” — whether it was intended to mean that they were statistically measurable, catastrophic, or quite plausibly, even desirable.

The notorious, poorly done, endlessly reported AGU survey excluded a broad spectrum of important scientific disciplines, including solar scientists, astronomers, meteorologists and physicists.

NOTE:

Of 10,000 contacted,

about 3,000 replied to the ambiguous question,

and of those, 82% answered yes.

Then of these, the researchers considered only a small subset of just 77 who had been successful in getting more than half of their papers recently accepted by peer-reviewed climate science journals, and found that 75 of them answered yes.

Can anyone say; you can lie with statistics?

As scandalous ClimateGate e-mail records reveal, research proposals and reports not premised on dangerous anthropogenic climate change face stiff funding and publishing obstacles.

SO; of the more than 10,000 who were contacted and the 3,000 who replied, the purported “97% consensus” was based upon just 77 cherry-picked respondents and represented only a narrowly-defined scientific population.

Well so much for scientific consensus!

What about the majority opinions of those who will ultimately determine results of the next presidential election – the voters? Whom do they trust most on climate science matters?

While Rasmussen polls since May 2010 indicate that people are about equally divided on whether human activity or long-term planetary trends are “to blame” for global warming, the majority don’t trust climate science very much at all.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American adults shows that 69% think it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data in order to support their own theories and beliefs.

This is up 10% since December 2009. Included are 40% who say it is very likely, while 10% are undecided.

Fifty-seven percent believe there is significant disagreement within the scientific community, up 5% from late 2009.

So maybe Governor Perry would do well to use this to latest Gore-ism to school him on some science and the scientific process.  It appears he could use it.

Daryl Hannah arrested at White House protest – CNN.com.

Swedish police have detained 31-year-old Richard Handl in Ängelholm in western Sweden after he contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.  The man was interested in experimenting with the bits from an old smoke alarm and some materials he had purchased through the mail to see if he could produce a heating effect.  He reportedly has an ongoing interest in the field of nuclear physics and had safe guards in place such as geiger counters to measure any radiation levels from the smoke alarm parts.

Richard began his experiment some six months ago and has reportedly been open about his plans to construct a nuclear reactor in his apartment in the small Swedish coastal town, maintaining a blog of his nuclear adventure.

After inquiring with authorities Handl was told that somebody would be sent to measure the levels of radiation in his flat.

“When they came they had the police with them. I have had a Geiger counter and have not detected a problem with radiation,” Yet Handl was arrested by the police and taken in for questioning.  Since police could not understand anything scientific they kept all the bits and pieces Richard had collected and released him.

Richard told the newspaper that had he succeeded in building a nuclear reactor, generating any power would probably have proved beyond him.

“To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself,” Richard has said.

He is reported to have spent around 6,000 kronor ($950) on his project and after all his equipment was seized in the raid, he has confirmed that in the future he intends to focus on the “theoretical” aspects of nuclear physics.

Innovation is again triumphant.

Pope’s astronomer prepares for UFO disclosure by both recognizing that others exist and dismissing God’s “intelligent design” of man.

Guy Consolmagno, one of the pope’s astronomers, said “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” and that he would baptize an alien “Only if they asked.” and that “he would be ‘delighted’ if intelligent life was found among the stars.”

“Aliens might have souls and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them”, Consolmagno has said.  He also dismissed intelligent design as “bad theology” that had been “hijacked” by American creationist fundamentalists.

Of course the Supreme Pundit must question if the aliens are only hermaphrodite homosexuals that only breed with their children and then only in public how is the church going to handle all that ruckus in the pews?   I suppose that the church would have to “convert” them and show them the error of their ways……

Big pharma companies KNOW where to test is where there is prevalence, and here we thought it was Puerto Rican women that were good for the booty call….

Oh, go ahead, read the details here:

Glaxo HPV vaccine protects women from anal cancer: study | Reuters.

Most women seek out others to commiserate with or that make them feel better.  The ones that feel better often put the other down for not living like they do. Or the ones that feel better are a crutch that the other leans on and sucks off of thus making the stronger feel better.  The below are typical “toxic” friends according the In Gloss.

The “Narcissist” – 65 percent of people have endured an egomaniac pal.

The “Chronic Downer” – 59 percent of people have a friend that is overly needy and emotionally draining.

The “Critic” – 55 percent of people have become friends with someone that is overly critical.

The “Underminer” – 45 percent of people have a friend that delivers backhanded compliments.

The “Flake” – 37 percent of people have a friend who is reliably unreliable.

What In Gloss failed to include are the “friends” that poisons the others relationship with their partner so they will be as big a loser as they are. (hubby basher)

Or the friend that sleeps with the husband of the other and then poisons the relationship. (hubby banger)

via Do You Have Toxic Friends? 84% of Women Do! | Health & Wellness | fitGLOSS.

DRACO may cure nearly any viral infection

This could be the biggest discovery of our time in medicine. SP

Not to be a content thief.. but I am including the entire MIT post here….

Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.

Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.

The microscope images above show that DRACO successfully treats viral infections. In the left set of four photos, rhinovirus (the common cold virus) kills untreated human cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right). Similarly, in the right set of four photos, dengue hemorrhagic fever virus kills untreated monkey cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right). | Enlarge image

In a paper published July 27 in the journal PLoS One, the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.

The drug works by targeting a type of RNA produced only in cells that have been infected by viruses. “In theory, it should work against all viruses,” says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory’s Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group who invented the new technology.

Because the technology is so broad-spectrum, it could potentially also be used to combat outbreaks of new viruses, such as the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, Rider says.

Other members of the research team are Lincoln Lab staff members Scott Wick, Christina Zook, Tara Boettcher, Jennifer Pancoast and Benjamin Zusman.

Few antivirals available

Rider had the idea to try developing a broad-spectrum antiviral therapy about 11 years ago, after inventing CANARY (Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields), a biosensor that can rapidly identify pathogens. “If you detect a pathogenic bacterium in the environment, there is probably an antibiotic that could be used to treat someone exposed to that, but I realized there are very few treatments out there for viruses,” he says.

There are a handful of drugs that combat specific viruses, such as the protease inhibitors used to control HIV infection, but these are relatively few in number and susceptible to viral resistance.

Rider drew inspiration for his therapeutic agents, dubbed DRACOs (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers), from living cells’ own defense systems.

When viruses infect a cell, they take over its cellular machinery for their own purpose — that is, creating more copies of the virus. During this process, the viruses create long strings of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which is not found in human or other animal cells.

As part of their natural defenses against viral infection, human cells have proteins that latch onto dsRNA, setting off a cascade of reactions that prevents the virus from replicating itself. However, many viruses can outsmart that system by blocking one of the steps further down the cascade.

Rider had the idea to combine a dsRNA-binding protein with another protein that induces cells to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell suicide) — launched, for example, when a cell determines it is en route to becoming cancerous. Therefore, when one end of the DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of the DRACO to initiate cell suicide.

Combining those two elements is a “great idea” and a very novel approach, says Karla Kirkegaard, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University. “Viruses are pretty good at developing resistance to things we try against them, but in this case, it’s hard to think of a simple pathway to drug resistance,” she says.

Each DRACO also includes a “delivery tag,” taken from naturally occurring proteins, that allows it to cross cell membranes and enter any human or animal cell. However, if no dsRNA is present, DRACO leaves the cell unharmed.

Most of the tests reported in this study were done in human and animal cells cultured in the lab, but the researchers also tested DRACO in mice infected with the H1N1 influenza virus. When mice were treated with DRACO, they were completely cured of the infection. The tests also showed that DRACO itself is not toxic to mice.

The researchers are now testing DRACO against more viruses in mice and beginning to get promising results. Rider says he hopes to license the technology for trials in larger animals and for eventual human clinical trials.

This work is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the New England Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, with previous funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Director of Defense Research & Engineering (now the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering).

via New drug could cure nearly any viral infection – MIT News Office.

State health officials Friday issued an alert about the deadly amoeba Naegleria fowleri, found in the silt at the bottom of most Florida lakes and rivers, AFTER suspecting it infected 16-year-old Brevard County resident Courtney Nash.

As if this has not been in the news:

Lake Havasu

and many others

on the Wikipedia site…

via Amoeba brain infection: Brevard girl suffers amoeba brain infection – Orlando Sentinel.

Forget the right to assemble peacefully, communicate with other citizens at will, first amendment rights, or even the idea that you will be able to call 911 or a loved one when needed. The cops and some dumb ass manager decided to silence all cell phones instead of have to deal with a possible gathering of folks that may protest against this dumb ass manager.

As The Late Great George Carlin has said “any time you want to see if you have any rights just Google 1942 Japanese Americans” … and for a special perk do it with images selected.

Those cell sites are under the control of the fools that have hijacked our government and their low IQ thugs.

They are not under your control of the control of your wireless provider! You Pay and BART maylet you play!

San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway system stifled potential station protests this past Thursday by turning off underground cellular service at select BART stations from around 4 pm to 7 pm that day in an attempt to prevent protest organizers from communicating and organizing via mobile devices.

That move evokes thoughts of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s government-dictated cellular disruptions were used to try and prevent Egyptian protesters from organizing in a similar fashion this recently.

BART officials are sticking with the story that the shutdown was intended to keep its service running and subway riders safe.

Thus the rights you have can be suspended any time someone thinks they may somehow, possibly, in the future, through some chain of events, cause something to happen that they could use to scare people with; like safety.

“A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators,” says a statement on BART’s official site.

OK so lets put that in perspective:

A civil disturbance during (Pick any fucking time) at (pick any fucking place)  could lead to (overcrowding, hostilities, high noise levels, excessive body odor, groping, etc.)  and unsafe conditions (the great unsafe word)  for (citizens,  customers, pets, wildlife, fixtures, undocumented sex workers, homeless men, innocent SCHOOL children, nurses, police, fire, janitorial workers, employees and demonstrators).

There is a template for any PIO to justify anything…..

According to officials, BART’s method for blocking cell phone signals didn’t involve any kind of signal jamming–which could run afoul of the Communications Act of 1934, a measure that expressly forbids “maliciously interfering with the radio communications of any station licensed or authorized under the Act…” I guess they do not consider disabling a licensed station as “interfering”.

They simply interfered with a contracted agreement between you and your wireless provider keeping you from using your cell phone for emergency services and rendering you powerless against any threat.

The official decision to cut service was a two-pronged effort by BART police and Sherwood Wakeman, BART’s interim general manager. BART officials indicated that the organization itself has the power to, and did, turn off the wireless signals IT provides for transit riders. BART is a wireless provider?  I call bullshit.

“Ultimately, I’m the one that implemented it,” said BART deputy police chief Benson H. Fairow in an interview with SF Appeal. “It was certainly run through channels. A lot of thought went into this.” (thus his ass is not on the line) SP

Nevertheless, most sane people and the Supreme Pundit contend that the act of shutting down cellular service in an effort to prevent protests – the first time BART has done so in its history – was wrong on its face.

Michael Risher, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, has written in a blog post. “All over the world people are using mobile devices to organize protests against repressive regimes, and we rightly criticize governments that respond by shutting down cell service, saying it’s anti democratic and a violation of the right to free expression and assembly … Are we really willing to tolerate the same silencing of protest here in the United States?”

Apparently the TV watching Pussys in the Bay area are….

As of right now, it appears that BART riders will have to suffer through that, and more. Although BART issued the following LIE in its statement that it, “accommodates expressive activities that are constitutionally protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Liberty of Speech Clause of the California Constitution,” BART also used its statement on the cellular shutdown to clarify the exact kinds of speech that is not allowed within stations. (which of course includes saying that BART sucks.)

“No person shall conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms,” reads BART’s statement.

We can only suppose that means T-shirts with slogans, talking, hand gestures, grimaces, dancing, laughing, or reading subversive literature.

And this criminal wants to finish college and then apply for his U.S. citizenship so he can get his diploma before taking the risk of being deported if his citizenship application is denied. WTF are we going to do about this?

via Illegal Immigrant Interns at State Capitol | NBC San Diego.

ETF Fund Flows: GLD, SPY Lead Creations

Here are a couple of more spots to put your money in physical gold ETF’s

ETF Fund Flows: GLD, SPY Lead Creations.

Where to put your money

Given the current economic scenario, bullion-tracking products like iShares Gold Trust(IAU_) and SPDR Gold Trust(GLD_) will be the best options. Both of these funds are backed by physical stockpiles of gold.

via 3 Safe-Haven ETFs for S&P Cut – TheStreet.

“A man whose female partner has greater contact with some of his (friends) than he does is about 92 percent more likely to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection than a man who has greater access than his partner does to all of his (friends).”

Basically if she is flirting with his friends he does not want to poke her anymore.  (Just let her go… NEXT!)

via Do wives cause husbands’ sexual problems? What new study says – HealthPop – CBS News.

What Happened to Obama?

Enough  monkeys with enough typewriters can by chance write a great novel it is said.  So it is that enough articles in the NYT and at some time one can actually make some sense.  The article after the jump is a editorial piece that is at least ok.  But it still lacks what it claims is lacking in the subject of its words.  That is naming the villain and doing something about it.

This country voted in a slacker that had no experience, capability, understanding, ability, or drive.  Because that is all it was presented with……

What Happened to Obama’s Passion? – NYTimes.com.

I know, let’s now make a comedy about a journalist  getting kidnapped and beheaded in some Muslim country.

What F#(^!*& fool thought this movie plot would be funny?

We know of one family of an ex- pizza delivery driver that won’t be watching the upcoming comedy “30 Minutes Or Less.” You see Brian Wells of Erie, Pa., died when a time bomb collar he was forced to wear exploded after he robbed a bank. The plot of 30 minutes or less is similar to Wells’ story.

Studio officials are sticking with the story that they did not know about Wells, although they acknowledged that the screenwriters were vaguely familiar with his story.

Vaguely Familiar my ass. SP

The writers haven’t commented on the situation.

Yep now we just have more cowards being enticed by this publicity doing the same to fine young girls:

Collar bomb case resolved in Australia.

So, if I start blogging about how to do terrible acts and get away with them will that be funny?

Sunspot and Global Cooling update

This is the most important thing you will read this year.

I have to include the entire article from Sky and Telescope here as a way to record it.  The few folks that follow this blog may know that the Supreme Pundit keeps track of what the sun is doing and is a follower of the data gathering on the gravitational center of the solar system vs. the suns activity.  The information below presented recently is a smoking gun for  global cooling.

So why is the mass media not reporting on this? I know, do you?

Is the Sunspot Cycle About to Stop?
June 14, 2011
by Jay M. Pasachoff and Alan MacRobert

Among the 320 solar physicists who have gathered for a conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico, word is buzzing about a claim that the 11-year solar-activity cycle, which some of them have spent their lives studying, may be on the verge of a drastic change.
At the meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division, four scientists affiliated with the National Solar Observatory have posted three papers showing separate evidence that the solar cycle may be about to flatten right out.

In a press conference Tuesday morning (June 14th) they predicted that the current solar Cycle 24, which began about three years ago, will produce only half as many spots as the previous one. And, said Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory, Cycle 25 “may not actually happen.”

Cycle 24 is predicted to peak in 2013. Cycle 25 would normally be expected to peak around 2024.

Sunspots have fascinated astronomers and the public ever since Galileo and others discovered them in 1613. They proved to come and go in an 11-year cycle, and they later proved to be only the most visible indicator of the Sun’s overall magnetic activity. This activity includes powerful solar flares and coronal mass ejections that bombard Earth and its environs with protons and gusts of solar wind — causing auroras, radiation spikes that can harm satellites, and magnetic turbulence that can wreck electric power systems.

The solar cycle is still full of mysteries. In particular, sunspots disappeared almost completely from about 1645 to 1715, an event known as the Maunder Minimum . Measurements of the carbon-14 that’s created on Earth by cosmic rays (whose arrival is modulated by the Sun’s magnetic field) show that the solar magnetic cycle did continue at a weak level even during the Maunder Minimum of sunspots.

The question on everyone’s lips at the meeting was whether this could be starting to happen again. At the press conference, the researchers explained the three suspicious signs.

1. The Next Jet Stream Is Missing

Frank Hill uses a technique known as solar seismology, or helioseismology , to see what is going on deep inside the Sun. Hill has long noticed a slight variation from the general pattern of the Sun’s rotation at a depth 7,000 km below the surface. This “torsional oscillation” shows up as matching east-west zonal currents, or “jet streams,” in each hemisphere. Sunspots and other surface activity appear above the jet streams. The streams begin each solar cycle at high latitudes and move equatorward until the cycle ends, as illustrated below.

Deep zonal flows
Deep “jet streams” some 7,000 km below the Sun’s surface move from high latitudes (left) toward the equator as each solar cycle progresses. The streams (red) play an important role in generating the surface magnetic field; sunspots and active areas tend to emerge above them.
National Solar Observatory

The streams themselves get going well before surface activity begins. Hill’s data show that the streams for the recently-begun Cycle 24 first appeared (at high latitudes) all the way back in 1997, when the sunspots of Cycle 23 were still getting under way at lower latitudes.

Similarly, now that we’re seeing spots of Cycle 24, solar seismologists should see the startup of the jet streams that will cause Cycle 25. But so far, there is no trace of them in either hemisphere, as shown in the data plot below (see the right-hand corners). They’re three years overdue.

The next jet stream isn’t happening.
The observed latitudes of the deep jet streams (red and yellow) are plotted from year to year. New streams typically form at about 50° latitude (as happened in 1998 for Cycle 24), long before they cause sunspot outbreaks about a decade later. The new jet streams for Cycle 25 should have formed up in 2008 but haven’t started even now; see the right-hand corners. Will Cycle 25 happen at all?
National Solar Observatory

Moreover, the streams for Cycle 24 moved from high to low latitudes more slowly than those one cycle earlier. This slower movement exactly matched, and presumably explains, the surprising delay in the start of the cycle we are now seeing. Hill concludes that with the next high-latitude stream completely absent, the necessary precursors for a new cycle are missing and we may have no next cycle at all, or at least a greatly reduced one.

2. The “Rush to the Poles” Hasn’t Happened

Richard Altrock, a civilian Air Force research scientist at the National Solar Observatory’s Sacramento Peak Observatory, spoke next. He has long observed the solar corona, the Sun’s extremely hot outermost atmosphere, which is shaped by magnetic-field loops rooted in the Sun’s interior.

In the previous three solar cycles, the corona at high latitudes has performed what Altrock calls a “rush to the poles” when each new jet stream has begun forming deep below it. But this time, the event failed to occur.

Normally this phenomenon wipes the Sun clean of the previous cycle’s magnetic traces, allowing the north and south magnetic polarities on the solar surface to switch between each 11-year cycle, as has always happened. (Thus the real solar cycle is about 22 years long, not 11, since only after 22 years are the north and south magnetic poles back where they started). No one has modeled what the Sun will do if this cleanout fails to occur.

3. Sunspot Magnetism Is Steadily Weakening

Lastly, Matthew Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory showed their measurements of the average magnetic fields in the umbras (dark centers) of sunspots since 1999.

The average magnetic field strength in sunspot umbras has been steadily declining for more than a decade.
National Solar Observatory

Penn and Livingston find that since about 2000, the average field strength has declined from 2,500 or 3,000 gauss to about 2,000 gauss now. They expected Cycle 24’s spots to appear with rejuvenated field strength, but they didn’t. The average magnetic field in the centers of sunspots has continued a more or less unbroken decline, as shown here.

Where the field is less than 1,500 gauss, spots do not appear at all. If the current trend keeps up the Sun would cross this line around 2022, after which its face would be blank.

Effects

If the coming solar maximum is weak and the next one is even weaker, a lot of people will heave a sigh of relief.

“Space weather” experts have been warning that satellites and the power grid are insufficiently hardened against major solar outbursts even as the world grows ever more dependent on high-tech infrastructure (Sky & Telescope, February issue cover story). The three new findings may mean we have less chance of losing crucial satellites or major parts of the power grid in the coming years.

Then there’s the perennial question of whether solar activity affects Earth’s climate. The Maunder Minimum corresponded to the “Little Ice Age” — a global cooling of about 0.2°C on average but as much as 1°C or more in unlucky parts of Europe (Sky & Telescope: March 2009, page 30). So, could a long-duration quiet Sun work against global warming, even if just a little?

Hill said that he is “an agnostic” on whether solar activity can influence temperatures on Earth. “I have not seen enough evidence to know either way,” he said. “But if Cycle 25 does not occur, we will have a splendid opportunity to find that out.”

Penn agreed that it would be an “excellent opportunity” for research. Altrock did not have an opinion on any possible climate effects, nor did Livingston.

Reality Check

Is this radical prediction premature? “They may be right,” says David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. But he points out that we have only a few cycles or less of the data that the prediction is based upon, and the cycles before the last one were stronger than average. The record of umbral field strengths goes back only about a single cycle. “As for myself, I’m going to wait until we see more of Cycle 24.”

Hill says he finds the evidence “very compelling.” Penn says he looks forward to being able to “study the entry phase into” a Maunder Minimum event if that’s what’s coming. But he and others note that we don’t yet know whether the first signs of Cycle 25 are simply being delayed.

In any case, astronomers will be watching the Sun’s behavior now with a good deal more interest.

Swiped from HERE

Jay Pasachoff is an astronomy professor and Sun specialist at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts

Don’t call it a recession

Lately, everyone seems to have his own prediction for whether we’re entering a double-dip recession. This is a conversation that frustrates Ken Rogoff to no end. Rogoff, is co-author, with the Peterson Institute’s Carmen Reinhart, of “This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.” And when Rogoff hears economists talking about recessions and double-dips he wishes they would have read him more closely.

“The whole mentality of thinking of this as a recession leads to bad forecasts and bad policy,” he says. “It’s just not the right framework.”

Recessions, he argues, imply a very particular economic phenomena: a business-cycle recession, in which the drop is quick, and the recovery is usually similarly swift. That is not what we’re in. That is not what financial crises are. And mistaking one for the other has, in his opinion, cost us a fortune.

Financial crises are about debt. Lots of it. The period after a financial crisis is marked by consumers trying to dig out from under a mountain of borrowed money. You can accelerate that process, but it’s hard to do.

Rogoff has suggested we call this period the “Great Contraction” in order to distinguish it from more normal recessions.

“Debt de-leveraging takes about seven years. That’s the essence,” she says. “And in the decade following severe financial crises, you tend to grow by 1 to 1.5 percentage points less than in the decade before, because the decade before was fueled by a boom in private borrowing, and not all of that growth was real. The unemployment figures in advanced economies after falls are also very dark. Unemployment remains anchored about five percentage points above what it was in the decade before.”

Reinhart focuses on the housing market, where much of the debt is concentrated. “I ultimately think we have to wind up with some form of debt forgiveness,” she says.

Just try putting this up in your cubicle at work next to your pinup calendar.

Is this not demeaning to women?  Using tits and ass to get people to look and read the message?  Who knows if the femi-nazis will attack PETA for such a blatant sexist vile insult to upstanding women.  Let’s see what kind of double standard exists here…..

The Queen of England and thus Australia claims 42% of Antarctica as its own, though the international community doesn’t recognize that claim.

Now, the Lowy Institute for International Policy has issued a policy brief that urges the nation to stop thinking of Antarctic as a national security issue.

Raymond Johnson discovered he is ineligible for the Medicaid program that covers treatments for breast cancer because he is a man. Johnson is uninsured, and in order to afford the treatments, his patient advocate suggested he look into a federal program that could help. But a stipulation lies with receiving those funds: you must be a woman.

Breast cancer in men is about 100 times less common than in women, but there are still about 2,140 new cases a year, according to the American Cancer Society. And each year, 450 men die from breast cancer. But that did not matter to the femi-nazis that pushed through the laws that only benefit women.  Die filthy men, die.

I wonder what Jezebel has to say about this?

via Raymond Johnson Denied Federal Aid For Breast Cancer Because He’s A Man.

What Is Rarer Than Gold?

Gold really isn’t all that special. There are far more useful elements out there. And several are even rarer than gold. (I should note that the following list is limited to elements within the Earth’s crust because, let’s face it, no one is going to search any deeper than that, and asteroid mining is out of the question for now.) All of these, like gold, are noble metals, meaning that they are resistant to corrosion.

USGS graph of elements raiety vs. atomic number

Gold is rare in the Earth’s crust, but several elements are even rarer (credit: USGS)

Platinum (Pt): Most familiar for its use in jewelry, platinum is more often used in the systems that control vehicle emissions in our cars. Other uses include electronics, spark plugs and in drugs to treat cancer.

Palladium (Pd): Palladium is similar to platinum in both appearance and in use; it appears in vehicle emissions equipment and electronics. It’s also a key component in fuel cells.

via What Is Rarer Than Gold? | Surprising Science.

Understanding Vitamin D Cholecalciferol

The high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol (pronounced koh·luh·kal·sif·uh·rawl) in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D—a fact that has profound implications for the natural human condition.

Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.

Vitamin D’s influence on key biological functions vital to one’s health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health.

You can read the article below but little is given on the actual levels that are safe or dangerous and at what levels is it effective.  For Vit D this is a little more complicated than the typical LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of the population).  Below are some graphs to help explain:

The first is the amount that can cause problems such as calcifying your muscles causing them to turn into bone like structures… No Kidding.

You can click on the graph for a larger version.

The next graph is the one that will show the blood levels that are effective against several diseases.

Now last is the graph of the amount of  that enters your blood from a dose D2 and it’s decay over the following hours.  Please note that these graphs are all for D2 but the recommended type of D is D3.

So the current recommended dosing is 6000 IU to 10,000 IU twice a week of vitamin D.  So get some D into your body, get your blood levels checked, but most important of all make sure what you are taking is the D3 version.

Triple That Vitamin D Intake, Panel Prescribes – WSJ.com.

Scientists pinpoint how vitamin D may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s

“Our findings demonstrate that active forms of vitamin D3 may be an important regulator of   immune activities of macrophages in helping to clear amyloid plaques by directly regulating the expression of genes, as well as the structural physical workings of the cells,” said study author Mizwicki, who was an assistant research biochemist in the department of biochemistry at UC Riverside when the study was conducted.
According to the team, one of the next stages of research would be a clinical trial with vitamin D3 to assess the impact on Alzheimer’s disease patients. Previous studies by other teams have shown that a low serum level of 25–hydroxyvitamin D3 may be associated with cognitive decline. It is too early to recommend a definitive dosage of vitamin D3 to help with  Alzheimer’s disease and brain health, the researchers said.
The study was funded in part by the Alzheimer’s Association and by the National Institutes of Health.
From HERE