Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cad, Card, Cosmos, and Blue eyed wonder

In My Opinion
Our presence in Iraq and Afganistan is helping no one but the terrorists.
The sooner we get out, the less damage we will have caused.

Bush ducks thrown shoe. 12/14/08

In a sign of lingering anger over the war that will define the Republican president's foreign policy legacy, an Iraqi journalist shouted in Arabic "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog," and hurled his shoes at Bush.

Throwing shoes at somebody is a supreme insult in the Middle East.

"It's like going to a political rally and have people yell at you. It's a way for people to draw attention," Bush said. "I don't know what the guy's cause was. I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."

If He Only Had A Brain

8 years of willful ignorance and stupidity have left the world in shambles, but George Bush feels secure. Of course, he is oblivious to the real world.

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and Cheney have been playing war with real weapons that are still getting real people killed in Iraq, and George Bush publicly states; "I don't know what the guy's cause was."

I think that Obama's first actions as president, on January 20th, should be to pull the plug on the war, apologize to the world on behalf of America, for having let an imbecile be in charge for the last 8 years, and arrest those crooks who took advantage of Bushes stupidity to, "legitimize", their criminal actions.

Christmas is Just Around the Corner

Santa card, 2008

I drew up a Christmas card to mail this year. Thank you Sue, for reminding me that I can draw cards, too. I have a few printed up, waiting for me to write something clever on Santa's sign before I mail them. In the event that I fail to come up with just the right quips in time to mail them before Christmas, I have posted the image above, so you can write your own.

Plasma in Solar Wind

Plasma being deflected by Earth's magnetosphere.
For sometime, scientists have thought that our magnetic field protects us from solar superstorms.

As plasma from a superstorm interacts with Earth’s magnetosphere, it can trigger spectacular displays of the Northern Lights, called auroras, interfere with communications between satellites and airplanes traveling near the North Pole, and interrupt global positioning systems and our power grid.

We Have a Plasma Shield

Hard to read graphic from Science Digest 12/14/08
The inner region of Earth’s magnetosphere contains a low-density mixture of hot and cold plasmas, which include the ring current, the plasmasphere, and the radiation belt.

The plasmasphere is a donut-shaped region of the inner magnetosphere. During space storms, the plasmasphere is squashed and pressurized by the solar wind, forming a long tail called the plasmaspheric plume. The plume particles are picked up and further energized by the solar wind. When they re-enter the magnetosphere, they supply the majority of energetic protons that affect the magnetosphere’s main phase pressure during a superstorm event.

So the next time you are viewing the northern lights, you can tell your friends that it is caused by the plasmaspheric plume, energized by the solar wind, and recaptured by the Van Allen belt.

Blue Eyes A Recent Development

Here's looking at you, kid.

Acording to a recent study of blue eyed people from Denmark, Turkey, and Jordan, scientists have determined that blue eyes were introduced in Europe, about 10,000 years ago. DNA markers unique to blue eyed people lead back to one prolific individual with the iris mutation, who introduced it to the brown eyed European population.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;
Hard Day On The Planet
Ball Of Confusion
What The World Needs Now

All You Need Is Love

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