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  • CRS8 Comes Home - SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster 04-19-2016

    04/25/2016 11:15:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 13 replies
    USLaunchReport ^ | 4/19/2016 | USLaunchReport
    Links: SpaceX - CRS8 Booster at Port Canaveral 04-12-2016 CRS8 Comes Home - SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster 04-19-2016
  • Nearing affordable extraction of uranium from seawater which would unlock over 800 times current res

    04/25/2016 10:02:42 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | April 25, 2016 | Brian Wang
    Nearing affordable extraction of uranium from seawater, which would unlock over 800 times current reserves and with breeder reactors provide resources for billion years of current world power The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium—enough to meet global energy needs for the next 10,000 years if only we could capture the element from seawater to fuel nuclear power plants. For half a century, researchers worldwide have tried to mine uranium from the oceans with limited success. In the 1990s, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) scientists pioneered materials that hold uranium as it is stuck or adsorbed onto...
  • Google could be selling Boston Dynamics because even Google thinks these robots are terrifying

    04/10/2016 5:31:04 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Romain Dillet
    Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. isn’t happy with Boston Dynamics, its robotics subsidiary. According to a report from Bloomberg, Alphabet executives think that Boston Dynamics is unlikely to generate substantial revenue in the next few years and is hard to work with. Toyota or Amazon could be interested in acquiring Boston Dynamics for their manufacturing or warehouse operations. But even more interesting, internal messages at Google shows that the company itself is a bit scared by Boston Dynamics. We’ve all watched Boston Dynamics’ video last month with mixed feelings — there was a bit of excitement, sure, but also a...
  • Two Bigelow BA 330 modules planned by 2020 which combined would have 72% of the volume of the ISS

    04/09/2016 7:23:34 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | April 9, 2016 | Brian Wang
    Spacex and NASA just launched the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. As a precursor to larger space habitat systems, Bigelow said BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) could "change the entire dynamic for human habitation" in space. He hopes to have a pair of private space BA330 stations ready for launch by 2020. Companies- even countries - are clamoring to put their own experiments inside the empty BEAM, Bigelow said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. If everything goes well, that next commercial step could happen in perhaps six months. Compared to their volume-mass ratio, expandable modules offer more...
  • Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

    04/03/2016 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4/2/2016 | Emily Calandrelli
    Remember when Blue Origin made history by vertically landing a rocket after launching it into space? Remember when they reused that same rocket and then landed it again? Well, today Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, once again, launched that very same New Shepard rocket and successfully landed it for a third time. At 11:28 AM EST, Bezos announced the successful landing of the New Shepard suborbital rocket as well as the crew capsule that it was carrying into space. While the rocket will eventually be used for crewed missions, there were no humans on this flight. Unlike previous launches where the...
  • Concerns About Paul Ryan Emerging Out of Ted Cruz-Created Contested Convention

    04/03/2016 8:59:08 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 96 replies
    Brietbart News ^ | April 2, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In recent weeks, there has been increasing discussion about the possibility that House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% could emerge out of a brokered convention as the Republican nominee if the donor class is successful in denying Donald Trump the requisite 1,237 delegates. Just as Paul Ryan’s ascension to House Speaker represented a total repudiation of the GOP electorate by GOP lawmakers, Ryan’s selection as the Party’s nominee would similarly represent the donor class’s silencing of voters and voters’ views on immigration, trade, and foreign policy that have transformed the country and its role in the world. [...] Although Sen....
  • How one vote can change the course of history - Here is a recent example few comprehend

    03/31/2016 5:46:20 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 31, 2016 | Sundance
    The current U.S. Presidential Race, combined with House Speaker Paul Ryan at the helm of the DC legislature, provides an opportunity to highlight just how close passage of Amnesty law was in 2014. A passage that would have fundamentally, and irreversibly, changed the landscape of the U.S.A forever. The senate “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration reform bill, which included amnesty legislation was not blocked by Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Marco Rubio – it specifically passed the senate because of them, not despite them. A very insightful PBS documentary “The Immigration Battle” lays out exactly what took place during the...
  • Reminderl: Tonight is Civilization Hour"

    03/19/2016 11:40:47 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 26 replies
    Vince Ferrer ^ | Vince Ferrer
    Tonight environmentalists will be celebrating the middle ages when they intimidate cities around the world into turning off their lights for an hour. North Korea celebrates all year as usual. However I and many others across the world will be celebrating Civilization Hour, a tribute to science, hard work, and capitalism that has made the modern world a great place to live. If you can, please join me in leaving a light on in a tribute to civilization.
  • Lights Out: [Open thread for Halloween Ghost stories]

    10/31/2015 1:25:46 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 32 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 29, 2013 | David Sandberg
    A short film by David Sandberg: Lights Out
  • Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide?

    10/15/2015 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | October 14 2015 | Dr. Patrick Moore
    2015 Annual GWPF Lecture Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London 14 October 2015 My Lords and Ladies, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for the opportunity to set out my views on climate change. As I have stated publicly on many occasions, there is no definitive scientific proof, through real-world observation, that carbon dioxide is responsible for any of the slight warming of the global climate that has occurred during the past 300 years, since the peak of the Little Ice Age. If there were such a proof through testing and replication it would have been written down for all to see....
  • What the climate wars did to science

    07/08/2015 9:22:50 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    Matt Ridley's Blog ^ | July 5, 2015 | Matt Ridley
    For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on in laboratories so I can tell interesting stories. It’s analogous to the way art critics write about art, but with a difference: we “science critics” rarely criticise. If we think a scientific paper is dumb, we just ignore it. There’s too much good stuff coming out of science to waste time knocking the bad stuff. Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is...
  • SpaceX hopes third time a charm in landing historic booster rocket

    06/27/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Barnett
    Once again, SpaceX will try to recover a very expensive part of its rocket after launching it into space. If SpaceX succeeds in recovering the first stage of its rocket after its 10:21 a.m. ET launch on Sunday at Florida's Cape Canaveral, it will be a historical achievement. It will push space travel further toward a future in which people, satellites and other items can be inexpensively launched into orbit.
  • COW PEE AND TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS—YES, THEY ARE CONNECTED.

    06/11/2015 1:54:30 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 51 replies
    National Resources Defense Council ^ | 6/11/2015 | PERRIN IRELAND
    Biologists at Rocky Mountain National Park are connecting the dots between nitrogen pollution and unprecedented algal blooms in the park’s lakes. Here’s how it works. 1. Cows eat greens in pastures, which are grown using LOTS of fertilizer. 2. They pee and poop, as animals are inclined to do. The nitrogen-containing ammonia in their urine, however, can transform into an airborne particulate, ammonium nitrate. 3. This little particle floats along in the air, and under certain wind conditions gets carried north, over the park. When it rains or snows, the ammonium nitrate falls back to earth. 4. This has...
  • A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

    06/10/2015 11:16:38 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 40 replies
    IEEE/DARPA ^ | June 6, 2015 | IEEE Spectrum
    A selection of robots falling down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge. A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge
  • Islamic State calls on Muslims to “kill enemies of Islam, especially Shi’ites”

    05/31/2015 6:59:47 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 31, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Not that this has anything to do with Islam. “Islamic State’s Saudi branch calls for clearing Arabian Peninsula of Shi’ites,” Reuters, May 30, 2015: DUBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi’ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring centre has reported. Islamic State claimed two suicide bombings carried out on May 22 and May 29 on Shi’ite mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the bulk of the Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority lives. The attacks...
  • ‘We Will Gather Together Kurds And Arabs, Invade Jerusalem, And Create A One World Islamic Empire’

    05/26/2015 9:37:27 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 35 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    By Allah’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims. And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli, and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march together on the same path [to liberate Jerusalem].The amazing speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were given at the inauguration ceremony at the country’s 55th airport in Yuksekova district of southeastern border province of Hakkari, in which they made an entire declaration to the Islamic world, on their desire to conquer Jerusalem and...
  • Saudi oil minister: 'Fossil fuels doomed, we're switching to solar'

    05/24/2015 9:56:56 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 51 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN CONROY
    Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. "In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... so we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports. "Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that...
  • NCDC Blocks Access To GHCN And USHCN Data [Global Warming]

    05/01/2015 5:57:26 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Real Science ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steven Goddard
    The National Climatic Data Center has bragged for years about how they provide open access to the raw US and global temperature data. But as of today they have changed their name and blocked access to the data. As of today, they require a username and password. Apparently they are unhappy about being caught data tampering and committing fraud. Blocking access will make it easier for them to step up their fraud in the future. All of my temperature analysis is based on this no longer accessible data.We knew it was just a matter of time before they did this....
  • Al Jazeera America subject of $15M discrimination lawsuit

    04/29/2015 9:12:13 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/2015 | HADAS GOLD
    A former employee of Al Jazeera America is suing the network for $15 million, alleging that a manager with close ties to top executives discriminated against female employees and made disparaging remarks about Jews and Israel. Matthew Luke, who started with the network in 2013 ahead of its launch as supervisor of media and archive management, filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday. In it, he alleges that Osman Mahmud, who rose through the ranks to become Luke's supervisor as senior vice president of broadcast operations and technology, removed female employees from projects, excluded women from emails...
  • Saudi Arabia reveals design for Ł67BILLION megacity, built in the middle of the dessert

    04/17/2015 5:42:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    IBC World ^ | March 21, 2015 | IBC World
    The King Abdullah Economic City, or KAEC (pronounced ‘cake’), will be slightly larger than Washington DC and home to approximately two million residents. Covering 70 square miles, the metropolis is costing ÂŁ67 billion ($100 billion) and lies 100km from Jeddah, the commercial hub of the kingdom, near the Red Sea. The late king had pinned his hopes for his country’s future on the new-build, although at the moment it resembles a dusty building site dotted with cranes and work is not likely to be completed for ten years, at least. So far 15 per cent has been built, as public...
  • VIDEO: Yesterday's Spacex Falcon landing attempt

    04/15/2015 5:06:04 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 46 replies
    Spacex ^ | Aptil 15, 2015 | SpaceX
    Here is the video: SpaceX CRS-6 First Stage Landing
  • SpaceX 'Go' for Dragon Launch, Rocket Landing Try on Monday

    04/12/2015 11:45:21 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Howell
    All systems are go for the Monday launch of a SpaceX Dragon space capsule carrying NASA cargo the International Space Station on Monday (April 13), a mission that will also include a novel reusable rocket landing attempt. SpaceX is slated to launch an unmanned Dragon spacecraft atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It will be SpaceX's sixth of 12 delivery missions for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract for resupply flights. Current weather forecasts predict a 60 percent chance of good conditions for Monday's launch try....
  • Lights out in Australia as Earth Hour kicks off

    03/28/2015 9:27:46 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 40 replies
    Sentry Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Anonymous
    The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails on the nearby Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks about Australia have been switched off for the international climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour. Millions are expected to take element around the world in the annual event organised by conservation group WWF, with hundreds of properly-recognized sights including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Seattle Space Needle set to plunge into darkness. "It is almost like the point vanished," stated Tony Jennings from Earth Hour right after standing below the Harbour Bridge as the lights went off at eight:30pm...
  • SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

    03/15/2015 11:50:06 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | March 14, 2015 | Lain Thompson
    Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace has been showing off the latest addition to the International Space Station: an inflatable module that will be used as a lounge and test facility in orbit.The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is a 13ft by 10ft inflatable capsule that will be lofted up to the ISS as part of a SpaceX resupply mission on September 2, weather permitting. The 3,000lb unit will be attached to the ISS for two years and give the crew somewhere new to stretch their legs. The BEAM uses multiple layers of high-tech fabric to keep the air in and micrometeorites and...
  • Fossil Fuels Keeping More Than 200 Million Americans From Freezing Today

    02/22/2015 9:19:44 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Real Science ^ | 2/22/2015 | Steven Goddard
    The US is experiencing an historic deep-freeze with much of the country more than 20 degrees below normal. Most of the people in America would be freezing right now without fossil fuels. The government responds by lying about the temperature, trying to make energy prices skyrocket, and doing everything they can to cut off the supply of fossil fuels. Obama: My Plan Makes electricity Rates Skyrocket
  • SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket/DSCOVR @ 6:05 pm ET

    02/10/2015 1:14:01 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Space.com ^ | 2/10/2015 | SPACE.com staff
    SpaceX and NASA/NOAA will now attempt to launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory mission (DSCOVR) Tuesday (Feb. 10) due to a poor weather forecast for the launch attempt planned for Monday. The satellitewas expected to launch from Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sunday (Feb. 8), however, an abort occured just over 2 minutes before launch due to an issue with the Air Force's ground radar system. Officials expect to launch TUESDAY at 6:05 p.m. EST (2305 GMT). You can watch the launch mission live in the window below via NASA TV starting at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT)
  • SpaceX Next Landing Attempt Tonight

    02/08/2015 12:55:51 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    Vanity | Feb 7, 2015 | Vince Ferrer
    Spacex's next launch, and next landing attempt, is today at about 6:00.
  • Chasing SpaceX, Europe Endorses Ariane 6

    01/16/2015 11:21:46 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    InnerSpace ^ | 12/3/2014 | Stewart Money
    This is not how you design a rocket : ESA Ministerial Meeting Seeking a defense against the market disruption being wrought by SpaceX and its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters, European space ministers voted yesterday to formally endorse the Ariane 6 project. The move came after Germany dropped its long running call to proceed with the Ariane V ME before moving on to a new booster. Hours after the meeting, the new industry partnership Airbus Safran, which will build the new booster, was formally announced. The Ariane 6 will come in two configurations. Both will feature a cryogenic two...
  • Elon Musk shares images of the failed Falcon 9 landing

    01/16/2015 7:15:08 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 74 replies
    Mashable ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Stan Schroeder
    SpaceX's recent attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform in Florida was unsuccessful, but there were no visuals to tell the full story — until now. The company CEO Elon Musk shared four images from the failed landing on Twitter, in a response to Oculus VR CTO and game developer legend John Carmack. SEE ALSO: SpaceX comes close, but fails to land rocket on ocean platform While the image quality is far from perfect, Musk's descriptions help explain what happened to the rocket during landing. Before impact, the rocket's fins ran out...
  • Photos: SpaceX’s rocket landing platform back in port

    01/13/2015 10:41:30 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | January 11, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX’s ocean-going rocket landing pad — dubbed the autonomous spaceport drone ship — is back in port after a Falcon 9 rocket booster crashed on the platform during an experimental flyback maneuver following Saturday’s successful liftoff with supplies for the International Space Station. Under tow from a tugboat, the 300-foot-long Marmac 300 cargo barge arrived at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida on Sunday afternoon. The images below show it in the St. Johns River near Dames Point Bridge. The first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket completed a series of maneuvers to fly back to the barge from the...
  • Two Real Military Projects that must be merged - Robotic Sharks and combat lasers

    01/08/2015 8:32:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 11 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | January 8, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Wired reports that the Navy has a working robotic shark.It is five feet long and nearly 100 pounds, is about the size of an albacore tuna but looks more like a shark, at least from a distance. It’s part of an experiment to explore the possibilities of using biomimetic, unmanned, underwater vehicles, and the Navy announced it wrapped up testing of the design last week. The robot uses its tail for propulsion and control, like a real fish. It can operate in water as shallow as 10 inches or dive down to 300 feet. It can be controlled remotely via...
  • Back to the Future Countdown Clock

    01/01/2015 2:48:48 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    http://www.october212015.com/ ^ | Jan 1, 2015 | Vince Ferrer
    2012 had that crappy Mayan calandar, and got us all worked up over nothing. But 2015 might be a cooler year. Its only 292 days until Marty McFly arrives from 1985 in Back to the Future II. Back to the Future Day Countdown Clock There WILL, oddly enough, be a hoverboard available. And Marty's shoes: Nike Promises 'Back to the Future II' Style Power Laces
  • 2014 Tornado Season Limps Towards Sub-Normal End

    12/02/2014 3:40:52 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 42 replies
    NOAA ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Vince Ferrer
    Against predictions, tornado count is once again below average, as it has been for the last several years. BONUS: Hail also below normal:
  • Drill baby drill won't lower gas prices [2011]

    12/01/2014 8:45:35 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 33 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | April 25, 2011 | Steve Hargreaves
    Every time gas prices reach record highs the call goes out for more oil drilling. This year it's no different. "The Gulf is ready to get back to work to help create jobs and lower gasoline prices," Washington Republican Doc Hastings, head of the House Natural Resources Committee and a big proponent of more drilling, said last week.The problem is this: While increased oil and gas drilling in the United States may create good-paying jobs, reduce reliance on foreign oil and lower the trade deficit, it will have hardly any impact on gas and oil prices.
  • Oil’s plunge to buoy global economy: A $1.3-trillion boost to consumers Add to ...

    12/01/2014 4:29:43 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Michael Babad
    The collapse in oil prices since the summer will affect Canada’s economic growth, the value of its exports, and the revenues of various Canadian governments. But it’s also a plus for the global economy. Let’s try to put a real number to that: The outlook for the global economy is “much brighter” with Brent crude at $70 (U.S.) a barrel, just shy of where it stands today, compared to June’s $110, said Julian Jessop of Capital Economics in London. “Roughly speaking, the $40 fall in the price of oil represents a transfer of annual income of around $1.3-trillion from oil...
  • Saudis risk playing with fire in shale-price showdown as crude crashes

    11/30/2014 9:20:33 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 30, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Saudi Arabia and the core Opec states are taking an immense political gamble by letting crude oil prices crash to $66 a barrel, if their aim is to shake out the weakest shale producers in the US. A deep slump in prices might equally heighten geostrategic turmoil across the broader Middle East and boomerang against the Gulf’s petro-sheikhdoms before it inflicts a knock-out blow on US rivals.
  • Quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

    11/29/2014 10:40:03 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 26 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 29, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    The mellow 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ends Sunday (Nov. 30), marking another year without major hurricanes hitting the Eastern United States. It has been a record-breaking nine years since a Category 3 hurricane (or stronger) made landfall along U.S. coastlines. The last was Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (Sandy was not a hurricane when it hit the northeast in 2012). The United States has never recorded a nine-year period without a hurricane touching its shores. The prior record for the longest stretch, from 1861 to 1868, was set during the Civil War, according to Colorado State University climatologists.
  • SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 boot December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

    11/25/2014 3:44:13 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 24 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Octiber 27, 2014 | Next Big Future
    Elon Musk spoke at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's 2014 Centennial celebration. The October 22-24 Centennial Symposium featuring some of the most illustrious names in aerospace reflecting on past achievement, celebrating today’s innovative research and education, and offering their perspectives on what lies ahead. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his company will make a first attempt to land the booster stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform during the upcoming ISS resupply mission. If the attempt is successful, the company plans to refurbish and reuse the booster stage, making spaceflight history and paving the way for...
  • The Obama Plan for Executive Action on Foreign Tech Workers

    11/22/2014 10:56:21 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Upon Closer Inspection ^ | November 21, 2014 | Dr. Norm Matloff
    Though the main attention on Obama’s speech on immigration last night will be on his plans for the unauthorized immigrants, he definitely included provisions regarding foreign tech workers, specifically regarding H-1B, employer-sponsored green cards and the F-1 foreign student visa. His proposals have something for the employers, something for the foreign workers, but nothing to help American workers. In this post, I’ll explain the proposed changes and their likely impact, and also discuss what executive action a labor-friendly president could have taken. From my point of view, the President’s plan has three major elements: Granting work rights to spouses of...
  • A Teacher in Raqqa, Living Under ISIS Rule

    11/22/2014 6:10:06 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 5 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | 11/18/2014 | Ahmad Khalil
    In its takeover of eastern Syria, the Islamic State, or ISIS, has reformed every aspect of society according to its strict interpretation of religious law. The reform of the education system has been especially intense. ISIS has banned any trace of the secular curriculum that used to be taught in local schools. Residents say they have burned old schoolbooks, which were considered a violation of divine law. Some students have fled ISIS territory to regime-held areas, seeking ways to continue their studies in the system they’ve always known. Others who’ve stayed behind are subject to the ISIS education system, shaped...
  • Shocker: Top Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

    11/22/2014 11:38:11 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 131 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | November 22, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”. “At the start of RE < C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope … Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.” http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/what-it-would-really-take-to-reverse-climate-change There is simply no...
  • Corps Closes Upper Mississippi River at St. Paul Due to Ice

    11/20/2014 5:38:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | November 20, 2014 | Anonymous
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, locked a final tow on the Upper Mississippi River Thursday, shutting the navigation channel down for the season because ice conditions on the river are becoming difficult for vessels to navigate. Traditionally, the last tow heading south of Lock and Dam 2 has marked the unofficial end of the navigation season for the Twin Cities portion of the St. Paul District, the Corps said. The navigation season started April 16. The spring start was the second-latest start to navigation in the district's history, the Corps said, as ice thicknesses in Lake...
  • Meet Jill Upson

    11/16/2014 9:56:35 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 13 replies
    Don Surber ^ | November 15, 2014 | Don Surber
    So who the hell is Jill Upson? She is from California and 11 years ago, her husband's job had the family relocate to Jefferson County, West Virginia. “When we got to this area, I just fell in love with it, and I just decided I’m done, that’s it, I’m going to stay here," Jill Upson told Liz McCormick of West Virginia Public Radio. "And so he continued to receive orders, and move every two years, and I still stayed put. He’s been all over the place, but I stayed and raised my children in Jefferson County.” She was apolitical until...
  • Ice Visible on Lake Superior Weeks Ahead of Schedule

    11/16/2014 10:21:04 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Dan Peck
    Cold temperatures and snow across the Great Lakes in November is certainly nothing out of the ordinary, but this morning, a layer of ice was visible on parts of Lake Superior in Ashland, Wis. While this may not seem unusual given the current stretch of unseasonably cold temperatures, it is actually several weeks earlier than normal.
  • One-on-One: Francesca Borri Shares a View of Aleppo from the Ground [Syria]

    11/12/2014 4:35:59 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 1 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | November 10, 2014 | Francesca Borri
    Francesca Borri, an Italian freelance journalist, started covering Syria in May 2012. She spent almost two and half years reporting from Aleppo, living among Syrian civilians for much of the time, and she embedded with the Islamic State in 2013. "It’s starving, Aleppo ... it’s so exhausted that missiles strike, and people continue to live amid the rubble," she wrote in a haunting reflection from her time on the ground. In Aleppo, an eight-year-old girl told her, “The only anti-aircraft system here is rain. The only shelter is luck.” Francesca spoke to Syria Deeply about writing from Aleppo as...
  • After Toppling Ex-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Tea Party Favorite Cruises to Victory

    11/06/2014 4:13:10 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    David Brat, the Republican who unseated ex-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June, cruised to victory Tuesday night, according to multiple news outlets. Brat, who faced off with Democrat Jack Trammell, won the race for Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Despite both teaching at Randolph-Macon College, the two presented a different vision for America’s future while courting voters. Brat rode a wave of tea-party backed support to a stunning upset of Cantor last summer and is favored to win the heavily Republican 7th Congressional District in central Virginia, which includes the Richmond-area suburbs. Brat repeatedly played up his role as an...
  • Some New Perspectives on the Age Discrimination Issue in Tech

    11/02/2014 1:58:31 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Upon Closer Inspection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Norman Matloff
    The national engineering accreditation agency requires that curricula provide students with some exposure to ethics. My department decided to fulfill this requirement by teaching our own, in-house ethics course, and it’s my turn to teach it. I’m taking the theme of ethical decisions the students may need to address as future engineers, engineering managers, tech entrepreneurs and so on. As you can see from the course reading list, I’ve chosen age discrimination as one of the topics. This generated an especially lively class discussion, including on a couple of points that I believe are new to the tech age discrimination...
  • [Video of group of Arabic speakers chatting in Arabic with English subtitles ] Just came out leaked

    11/01/2014 6:05:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Eretz Zen YouTube account via Shoebat.com ^ | November 1, 2014 | Eretz Zen YouTube video account on Walid Shoebat's site
    The video was published by the campaign titled “Raqqa slaughters silently”, a concerned advocacy group which reveals news coming out of the Syrian province of Raqqa today Saturday. The video shows ISIS openly admitting that the establishment of a “slave market” to sell women with one of them saying “Booty market today … today is the market for ‘ “what your right hands possess”. “What your right hand possess” is strictly the sex trade as one can find from the Quran, the chapter of women 4:3. The ruling of Sharia allows it. (see notes below from Islam Question and Answer)...
  • Walking as a woman in Syria

    10/31/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Anonymous ^ | Anonymous woman
    French Report: Syrian Woman Secretly Films Life in Raqqa under ISIL A Syrian woman agreed to carry a hidden camera to film how life is like inside Syria's northern city of Raqqa, which has been under the control of the Islamic State (aka ISIL or ISIS). The report was aired on France 2. It shows some French women who decided to move indefinitely to Syria while abandoning their previous lives in France.
  • Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003: Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases

    10/29/2014 10:47:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    Federal Register ^ | April 4, 2003 | George W. Bush
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the "Secretary"), in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases, the following communicable diseases are hereby specified pursuant...