Category: Earth and cosmos

green issues, geology, geography, space, astronomy

Of ice and space

Remember the hi-tech space pod featured yesterday here?  There’ve been developments:

antarctic base

The British Antarctic Survey is to pull all staff out of its space-age Halley base in March for safety reasons.

The highly unusual move is necessary because the Brunt Ice Shelf on which the research station sits has developed a big new crack.

BAS officials say neither staff nor the base are in any immediate danger but believe it would be prudent to withdraw while the situation is assessed.

The plan would be to go back once the Antarctic winter is over, in November.More here ...

That word ‘lawless’ again

Judge Thwarts Obama EPA’s Lawless War on Coal

Here’s a radical concept: federal agencies created and empowered by congressional statutes have to comply with those statutes — i.e., they have to obey federal law — in exercising their power.

It is a rudimentary concept, of course, but one with which the Obama administration has appeared only vaguely acquainted throughout its eight years. Now, a federal judge in West Virginia is providing remedial instruction for the Environmental Protection Agency, and in the process, is derailing the administration’s war on the coal industry.

As Powerline’s John Hinderaker explains, Judge Preston Bailey has directed the EPA to comply with a straightforward statute that unambiguously requires the agency to evaluate the effects on employment of its plans to enforce the Clean Air Act.

I feel spring in the air, I feel better things coming.… More here ...

Dr. Jack Crenshaw

Aren’t movies just the absolute best these days – gee, they’re perfect. Sigh. Chuckles keeps his eye on them though [and for that I’m grateful] and sends this one about people taking 2.5 hours to do sums:

hidden figures

There’s more:

The PTB are telling us the movie Hidden Figures is a hit—and proof of the need for more non-whites in films [Hidden Figures Should Be A Diversity Wake-Up Call For Film, by Stacy Smith, Katherine Pieper, and Marc Choueiti, Wired, January 6, 2017].

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Another world

David Thompson apparently comes through, according to Chuckles. Looks like a Viktor Egyed to me. Either way, it seems a fine post:


That sort of thing was common in Russia too – lakes, rivers, old wooden shacks, old metal rowboat to ferry you over, creature from the black lagoon comes out. Rule of thumb was don’t swim in it – all sorts of diseases in there.… More here ...