Night Owl Special

May 30, 2011

This is just a reminder that I will be the featured guest on George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM show:

Eastern ….. 2 a.m. – 5 a.m. Wednesday June 1

Central ….. 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. Wednesday June 1

Mountain ….. midnight  – 3 a.m. Wednesday June 1

Pacific ….. 11 p.m. Tuesday May 31 – 2 a.m. Wednesday June 1

Tune in to see if I can put together a coherent sentence at 2 a.m.

 

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I’ll tell you, the combination of high-speed internet, and TED talks (http://www.ted.com/), and especially Hans Rosling, is a time-absorber of major proportions. Not a time-waster, at all, because it’s highly educational (and entertaining) — but it’s so addictive!

Then there is Rosling’s own site, www.gapminder.org. Try these.

http://www.gapminder.org/videos/ted-and-reddits-10-questions-to-hans-rosling/
http://www.gapminder.org/videos/hans-rosling-asias-rise-ted-india/

http://www.gapminder.org/videos/hans-rosling-ted-talk-2007-seemingly-impossible-is-possible/

Via a friend, from The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-link-between-climate-change-and-joplin-tornadoes-never/2011/05/23/AFrVC49G_story.html?wpisrc=xs_sl_0001

A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!

By Bill McKibben, Published: May 23

Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn’t mean a thing.

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This video really does live up to its name. One of the remarkably interesting TED videos of intelligent fascinating speakers with important messages. This one is so hopeful ! So many people seem to think that the world is getting worse. That isn’t what the data shows.

Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html

 

 

Interesting technique; interesting results, via SchwartzReport

A sample:

“A new study by Harvard researchers casts new light on the intermingling and migration of European, Middle Eastern and African and populations since ancient times.

“In a paper titled “The History of African Gene Flow into Southern Europeans, Levantines and Jews,” published in PLoS Genetics, HMS Associate Professor of Genetics David Reich and his colleagues investigated the proportion of sub-Saharan African ancestry present in various populations in West Eurasia, defined as the geographic area spanning modern Europe and the Middle East. While previous studies have established that such shared ancestry exists, they have not indicated to what degree or how far back the mixing of populations can be traced.”

Population genetics reveals shared ancestries in http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/hms-pgr052411.php

It’s just unbelievable, and keeps getting worse. The agricultural equivalent to nuclear snake-oil is genetic modification of crops, complete with little or no consideration of inconvenient facts that are dismissed as “side effects” or, more frequently, are left unrecognized, are denied, or are covered up.

http://www.bnet.com/blog/food-industry/mystery-science-more-details-on-the-strange-organism-that-could-destroy-monsanto/3052?tag=mantle_skin;content

This from Japan Today indicates that the tide is finally turning on the ridiculously unsafe and uneconomic use of nuclear power to boil water to produce electricity.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/sdp-adopts-plan-to-get-nuclear-plants-eliminated-by-2020

This was so obvious, so many decades ago, except to those whose rice bowl depended upon it not being obvious. This changed attitude would be a case of locking the barn door after the horse was stolen, if there weren’t all those other horses…

Worldwide we have hundreds of the damned things to close, either at the end of their natural lives, or after the foreseeable accidents still to take place — and in either case, there is the totally unsolved problem of how to safely dispose of those mountains of radioactive waste. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, not mountains, just hills, but deadly is deadly.

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