Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Obama bombs out on 60 minutes .

President Obama's weakness
leads to a heated 60 Minutes .
Who would have known that when you need a teleprompter on hand , you then  realize that you don't have it with you when you are getting a TV interview . Such a case with President Obama. President Obama was grilled on TV by the liberal media . President Barack Obama exchanged testy words with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday over Russian President Vladmir Putin and the Syrian conflict.Steve Kroft's handling of his "60 Minutes" interview of President Obama has drawn high marks from his media peers — much higher than those awarded to the commander in chief. (1)>> I often wonder did the liberal media wake up all of a  sudden ?  He is defensive and has absolutely no answers to tough yet very legitimate questions. He is exposed for the empty suit that he always has been.But it was Kroft's insistence that Obama explain his administration's plans for dealing with the brutal and (2)>> deadly civil war in Syria, which has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people, and displaced thousands more, that seemingly drew the most media commentary. Many said Obama appeared to be "irritated" and curt during that exchange.   What struck me most in the interview
I am in shock . Obama made
no "sense" ?
was when Obama blamed Putin for the failing economy of Russia, as if the US economy is exemplary under Obama. Everything Obama said on 60 Minutes was choppy and vary confusing . I had a hard time trying to make my self stay calm while listening to him. 
When asked about the effectiveness of his administration's strategy in the ongoing Syrian civil war, a defensive Obama admitted he was initially skeptical about training and arming moderate rebels against Syrian President Bashar al Assad -- a $580 million program the Pentagon pulled after generating only 60 trained fighters instead of the expected 5,400. Obama is
And no straight answer ....
getting totally used and pwned in Syria. He has had the CIA there for the sole purpose of unseating Assad with no jurisdiction to do it.
Now, the Syrian government invites Putin in to kill terrorists, and we complain???We are a complete laughing stock, and our Saudi friends are not happy. We know we have crazy leaders in our American system . You can't blame Mr. Obama being so  flip flopped , Obama had long ago suggested Invading Syria to remove Assad and push back Isis. The  GOP Congress threatened to impeach him if he did. So he backed off. Any perceived failure is strictly on the GOP's shoulders. They have obstructed everything he's tried to do for 7 years now. Obama's foreign policy has led to a direct face off with Russia in Syria and has put the United States in jeopardy of going to war with Russia. If war does ensue the devastation will be enormous.It's clear Putin has drawn the line on Obama and there's no possibility Putin will back down.Obama owns this perilous situation and should be condemned for. 

(1)>>the liberal media wake up all of a  sudden ? As far as the "political" wake up call that honor goes to Donald Trump. Here is what Mr. Trump said that I agree with : "Now they're supposedly hitting ISIS, which is a positive thing," Trump said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day," referring to Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS). “We just get bogged down in the Middle East and Russia will get bogged down in the Middle East," Trump added.Donald Trump wants to flip the U.S. strategy against ISIL on its head, drawing down the America's involvement in fighting the militant group in Syria in favor of a greater Russian presence.While most of his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a bigger military effort to destroy the group, Trump said the U.S. should reduce its already small footprint in Syria. And in Iraq, Trump said he would be willing to send round forces to fight the radical militant group.Donald Trump wants to flip the U.S. strategy against ISIL on its head, drawing down the America's involvement in fighting the militant group in Syria in favor of a greater Russian presence.While most of his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a bigger military effort to destroy the group, Trump said the U.S. should reduce its already small footprint in Syria. And in Iraq, Trump said he would be willing to send round forces to fight the radical militant group."Now let me just say this: ISIL in Syria, (Syrian President Bashar el) Assad in Syria, Assad and ISIS are mortal enemies. We go in to fight ISIL. Why aren't we letting ISIS go and fight Assad and then we pick up the remnants?" Trump said in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday on CBS.Alternatively, the GOP front-runner said the U.S. should let Russia take the lead in battling ISIL in Syria, where the Russian government is allied with the Assad regime."Russia wants to get rid of ISIL. We want to get rid of ISIL. Maybe let Russia do it. Let them get rid of ISIL. What the hell do we care?" Trump said. (2)>> deadly civil war in Syria. Netanyahu started all of this you realize? Wiki leaks showed that in 2006, the US was supposed to create turmoil in Syria for regime change and/or remove Assad so a puppet could be inserted. ISIS is "our" proxy army now as Assad could not be deposed as quickly as they envisioned. Now enter Russia, who is serious about removing ISIL and getting Assad back in shape to run his country, and notice Netanyahu is frantically running around meeting with Putin trying to put a strop to this. AIPAC is also busy here turning public opinion against Putin. It's amazing really.The United States is at war in Syria. An unauthorized war at the direction of Obama. There have been thousands of American fighter bomber attacks in Syria and hundreds of American missile attacks launched into Syria. Who the hell is Obama to decide that the duly elected president of a sovereign country has to be removed from office and makes an unauthorized war to bring about the removal.
Obama doesn't have any lawful authority at all to make war in Syria.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Exit McCarthy , Exit Paul Ryan. Speaker(s) of the House.

There are three highest offices in the UNITED STATES government . The President , the Vice President , and the (3)>> SPEAKER of THE HOUSE . It many not be royalty in a line of succession , but in a way the Constitution finds in case of any "emergency" who takes over the Oval Office . If the President and Vice President are rendered incapable  of their duty , that office is to be filled by the Speaker of the House . With the exit of John Boehner it left a serious vacancy . It has the GOP scrambling to replace Boehner . So , the best man in the (4)>> GOP / Tea Party brains should and could have been (1)>> Rep. Kevin McCarthy. That OBVIOUSLY the  problem is McCarthy is a (2)>> hardliner who emerged in California politics under former GOV. Schwarzenegger . The House Republicans are in a mess .  House Republicans are in a historic state of chaos, torn between two ideological poles with no clear sense of who will serve as their next leader, and no idea of their governing agenda with several legislative battles in the coming weeks.What I wonder here writing this at a late Saturday afternoon is, why are any Democrats jumping in to get the Speaker position? It's politically worrisome , that no one in either party would take on the job . Yet, the GOP is trying hard to throw in another hardliner
(5)>> Paul Ryan of of WisconsinThe courtship of Representative to be speaker of the House escalated on multiple fronts Friday, and Mr. Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, signaled that he was headed home to Wisconsin to reconsider his repeatedly stated position that he does not want the job. It's really interesting that the Republicans don't have at the moment a person . Here is another "theory" , This whole sequence of events has been Paul Ryan manipulating from behind the scenes, to get rid of Boehner & McCarthy, secure his (Ryan's) position as Speaker, and then set himself up as a presidential candidate ? Sounds politically creepy. The Republicans hold a substantial majority in the House. Therefore, on any given issue, the Republicans should prevail. However, for the last twenty years, the House Republicans have been a single issue party. Their issue is to eliminate the House Democrats from any role whatsoever. So long as they are successful on that issue, they don't care to pass any significant legislation. A group of about 40 hard-right House conservatives announced on Wednesday night that they would support Mr. Webster, making it clear that Mr. McCarthy would have had to accede to their demands as he struggled to assemble 218 votes over the next three weeks. (While only Republicans choose their nominee, a majority of the whole House, including Democrats, elects the speaker.)The Republicans who participated in the revolt were jubilant over the turn of events.That Republicans are having trouble finding a new speaker is not all that surprising considering the last several years.Being the Speaker of the House in 2015 means dealing with President Obama, who disagrees with Republicans on nearly issue, and the House Freedom Caucus, a band of very-conservative members who view any bill that Obama could sign as suspect and nearly every Republican leader as part of the hated establishment. 

(1)>> Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for House speaker, Rep. Renee Ellmers stood before her GOP colleagues Friday to denounce as “bats- -t crazy” rumors they were having an affair.Republicans had been inundated with daily emails from a GOP donor in Chicago, Steven Baer, claiming the two married legislators were romantically involved.In a closed-door meeting, Ellmers took the microphone to deny the allegation, calling it “bats- -t crazy.”McCarthy has brushed off the affair allegation. After announcing that he would not seek the speaker's post on Thursday, he was asked about Wednesday's cryptic letter from Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), which asked that "any candidate for speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public." I don't remember Clinton stepping down when he was actually caught red handed. I think maybe this guy is a bit more moral in comparison. At least if the rumor is true, he did the right thing, not like Clinton.(2)>> Just how difficult can it be to find someone in their midst who fits the bill to be speaker, someone who is xenophobic, homophobic, unkind to seniors, anti-women's rights, regulation-lite, white and male? Oh, and by the way, aren't these the same individuals who complain over and over ad nauseam about the Democrats wasting the taxpayers' monies? And what have they been doing for the past few weeks? (3)>> The Speaker is second in the United States presidential line of succession, after the Vice President and ahead of the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. Unlike some Westminster system parliaments, in which the office of Speaker is considered non-partisan, in the United States, the Speaker of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party's legislative agenda. The Speaker usually does not personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to members of the House from the majority party. The Speaker usually does not participate in debate and rarely votes.Aside from duties relating to heading the House and the majority political party, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and represents his or her Congressional district. (4)>> GOP.Maybe they should listen to the people whom they are supposed to represent and stop thinking about making headlines instead of doing the job that they were elected to do. Novel concept, I know but something that should seriously be considered. This is about the American people, not self involved politicians who don't bother to hide their disdain for the American people and the current President. Shameful. (5)>>Paul Ryan represents one of the absolute worst outcomes for conservatives.  There is nobody in modern politics whose record and true priorities are more divorced from their rhetoric and public perception.  Unlike McCarthy or some of the other choices, Ryan’s ascendancy to the speakership would be hailed as fresh change.  In fact, it would serve nothing more than putting the prettiest face on the ugliest policies. Just take a look at his Liberty Score for a rundown of some of the worst policies Ryan has supported. Despite being widely acclaimed as a social conservative and a devout catholic, Ryan was one of only 35 House Republicans to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  This bill infringed upon religious liberties and promoted liberal values, including the sexual identity agenda.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Let's talk about Gun Control.

Christopher Harper-Mercer had a arsenal of weapons,
certainly government agencies should
have seen a red flag . 
The 26-year-old man who walked into a writing class last Thursday armed with six guns, spare ammunition magazines and body armor to carry out the latest American mass shooting, had even more weaponry stockpiled in the home. He had over 14 weapons . In total, law enforcement officials confiscated 14 guns belonging to Christopher Harper-Mercer or his mother, Laurel Harper.Officials said the guns were all traced back to a federal firearms dealer and seven of the weapons had been purchased legally by Harper-Mercer or other family members over the last three years.According to multiple reports, the shooter’s mother boasted online about her arsenal and feared that gun ownership would soon be restricted. It's reminiscent of the Sandy Hook shooting .Media reports indicate the 26-year-old man who walked into his Umpqua Community College writing class on Thursday and killed nine was withdrawn and isolated — a profile similar to the 20-year-old gunman who shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The SAD but TRUE connection to these shooting is that we are told to believe that it's by another (1)>> " mentally ill person" . What's not being discussed  is that both these shooters had access to a horde(s) of weapons. (3)>>They are always white and "rich" kids .  That no investigative government agency noted to say that it's a red flag warning when somebody ( any American citizen ) otherwise buys weapons in mass quantities that something is not exactly "normal" . Who would guess? Now the aftermath come the ongoing "philosophical politicizing " on Capital Hill. In 1,299 words, at a press conference at the White House, the president never condemned the killings in Oregon. Before he spoke, officials confirmed that the shooter targeted his victims based on their religion. In 1,299 words, the president never called for religious tolerance.Before we knew who the gunman was or what his motive was, the president of the United States rushed to the podium to make the case for gun control. (2)>>  He even admitted he was politicizing it and that the shooting should be politicized.In his speech, the president said, “We talked about [gun control] after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston.” Here again for the 15th time (?) another mass shooting , and a vary frustrated President Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton's Plan ..

Less than one week after the deadly shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Hillary Clinton on  (4)>> Monday unveiled a series of gun control measures she would enact as president, including renewed calls for universal background checks and a crackdown on the sale of guns on the Internet. I agree with her ( to a certain point)  , that there needs to be some changes to how "how American's obtain weapons". I don't advocate "suspending 2nd Amendment rights" . Since that is such a subject that can't so much be changed since it affects other amendments to our Constitution , but enough is enough . Mrs. Clinton is right here when she said . On Monday, Clinton said her plan was filled with what she calls “common sense proposals” to combat what she described as an (5)>>  "epidemic of gun violence.”“People are quick to say that they offer their thoughts and prayers. That’s not enough,” Clinton said to the roughly 500 people in attendance. "How many people have to die before we actually act? Before we come together as a nation." In terms of interventions, neither tighter gun control nor arming our schools are likely to reduce mass shootings. Even expanded efforts at profiling would-be mass murderers or enhancing mental health services might be futile. Needless to say, these conclusions aren’t very encouraging and the authors end by suggesting that we ought to continue ineffective responses in any case because ‘doing something is better than nothing’ Do we have police officers that catch people doing illegal things? Do we have police officers who catch gang members buying and selling drugs, or buying and selling guns?  Simple mental health background checks could have prevent many shooters from buying guns legally. I think these two socially awkward shooters would have had a tough time buying guns illegally from "gang members" and other illegal dealers. Gun's in America in reality have put criminals above the law. Mrs. Clinton vowed : “I’m going to try in every way,” Clinton said Monday. “I am going to get those guns out of people’s hands.”Clinton last week also used the recent campus shootings to slam Republican lawmakers, whom she says "refuse to do anything" about mass shootings."We need to make every politician who sides with [the NRA] to look in the eyes of parents whose kids have been murdered," Clinton said. "The GOP counts on a dedicated group that scares politicians and says 'We will vote against you' ... So we will take them on. We took them on in the '90s; we're gonna take them on again."

Is there a possible solution ?

Our Nation has had problems with gun's since it's  vary foundation . The Second Amendment was not just about rights for citizens to bare arms . It's was also about the nation having  to regulate a citizens militia in case of a foreign  invasion . And the 2nd amendment is also not gun-specific. It grants the right to bear arms. Times have changed , but not the words. For 200 years the vary United States has been a nation under the gun barrel . The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof offered some "data points" about the gun violence in the United States. One of them was: "More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history." We always have to turn the TV on , hear stories of shootings , Police shootings that permeate the news . Yes guns are out of control as much as certain people. Background checks are in every state already. No background check will keep some suicidal person from getting a weapon . I think the only solution is not to ban guns . I think we should have steps to ensure public safety with a new kind of regulation that requires a complete overhaul of every gun law ever written . There are first too many gun laws , and they differ from state to state . All the gun laws are failing . There should only be one federal law on gun control . Personally I believe that citizens should be allowed to have certain guns , that amount has to be limited to a point . I would consider that citizens should only own one fire arm . I agree with back ground checks . Owing any weapon comes with some responsibility , regulation and licencing . Most of all gun shops have to be regulated. This means that the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, also known as BATFE) has to DO IT'S JOB .Register any and all purchases. Document every round purchased and keep track of volume (because NO ONE needs 600 rounds from the internet unless their planning a thing). Liability insurance. Jail time for failure to secure. Standardized regulation across state lines, ending the net importer status for IN and other similarly unrestricted states. 

NOT ONE of these mass murderers is mentally ill, NOT ONE. When caught and put on trial, they act and are found COMPETENT to stand trial or take the cowards way out by demonstrating their personal knowledge of what they have done by killing themselves. THEY KNOW FULL WELL WHAT THEY ARE DOING. This, "its a mental health issue" bs is the NRA whitewash for protecting their bosses.The main difference between Nancy Lanza and Laurel Harper, besides the obvious racial one, is that Harper is still ALIVE to offer condolences to the families of the victims of her son's murderous spree.  Something she has still NOT done.  Perhaps because of her own culpability, she has left that dirty work to her ex-husband, who claims to have no knowledge of the 14 gun arsenal that mama and her baby boy had acquired in the two years since he last saw them.  Ian Mercer, on the other hand, would rather blame the guns than his son, the user of them. I wonder if Mr. Obama will visit with the perpetrator's mommy when he goes to grandstand in Roseburg, where, according to some news reports, he apparently will not get the welcome extended to him in Charleston. (2)>> 
But the president did not politicize the shooting in Virginia when it was a black, gay man who killed the reporters.The president did not politicize the shooting in Chattanooga when it was a Muslim radical who did the shooting.The president did not politicize the shooting of the Muslim family in North Carolina when it turned out the shooter was a gay-rights supporting atheist Obama voter. No, he and the political left ran from those stories as quickly as possible. “Look over there!!!” the media demanded. “Look at this story,” they declared as soon as the shooter did not mean the demographics that allowed them to press for gun control or talk about racism. (3)>> Rich White Kids. Mass shooters are almost exclusively white and male, but aside from that there is no one profile of the group. According to a Mother Jones timeline of mass shootings from the 1980s to the present, the majority of American mass murderers have been white males.  The most infamous young killers—the Columbine High shooters, Jared Loughner, James Holmes, and now Adam Lanza—share a common cultural theme and national narrative. “Deranged” loners who came from lower to upper middle class nuclear families, their murder sprees forever shattered white suburbia’s veneer of normalcy.  Over the past decade, the post-mass murder mantra has been grindingly familiar—“this couldn’t/shouldn’t/wouldn’t happen HERE, in our idyllic (white) suburban community.”  Catastrophic violence is implicitly marked as the province of the other, the inner city, the cesspit jungle where poor children (of color), according to GOP sage Newt Gingrich, have no work ethic and thus no “habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it is illegal.”What is troubling is also the immediate vague reference to the shooter having had some kind of a ‘developmental’ disorder without any real kind of evidence! (4)>> Clinton’s plan also calls for laws to prevent gun sales from going through without completed background checks (something currently dubbed a "Charleston Loophole”); legislation that prohibits domestic abusers and stalkers from buying and possessing guns; the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so that dealers and manufacturers are held accountable for negligence when crimes are committed with products they’ve sold. (5)>>There are over 300,000,00 guns in this country, in large part the result of the thuggish tactics of the NRA. I think we should impose the most draconian restrictions on gun ownership we can think of until we reduce that number to 20,000,000 or so. And don't talk about the Constitution to me- there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that says Americans have the right to own guns. the 2nd amendment. it's been grossly misinterpreted. America has shown it's to not worthy of that right. If one life is saved by new restrictions it's worth it. This stupid gun fetish is out of control. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

" The Waters of Mars."

Channels cut in the Martian surface as shot by NASA’s
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2011.
When the News story that (1)>> NASA was supposed to make a big announcement this week , I had a skeptical "ah ha" . I have heard this before . It's OLD NEWS for me , way out late . So is it exciting ?   NASA drummed up the idea that "life" was found on Mars. Leaving us guessing . It was close Yes,  (2)>>MARS HAS WATER on it's surface  ! It's a bit "briny" . How about having  a mixture of Chlorine , and acid . Sorry for my ridicule ,but NASA has known that Mars has water since the 1960's . Whatever what we might call "water" , it's not safe water for human consumption . As for "life" the implications of it might be astounding. That represents a shift in tone for NASA, where officials have repeatedly played down the notion that the dusty and desolate landscape of Mars could be inhabited today.But now, John M. Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science, talked of sending a spacecraft in the 2020s to one of these regions, perhaps with experiments to directly look for life.  .FINDING  liquid water anywhere in the solar system is a huge deal, because the evidence for it has been so limited, and life as we know it depends on liquid water. "Follow the water" has been an astrobiological mantra. This may seem slightly narrow-minded, in that one could imagine alien life of a completely different chemical nature, but even the most imaginative thinkers, such as Carl Sagan, were water chauvinists and carbon chauvinists. Of course, this isn’t the first time water has been discovered on Mars. We know that water is laced within Mars regolith; we know there’s water locked in Mars’ ice caps and below the surface; we know that Mars once possessed rivers, lakes and even seas. The last few years of discoveries by our Mars orbiter, lander and rover armada have revolutionized our understanding of Earth’s smaller neighbor. But this time NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has made comprehensive measurements of what appear to be seasonal flows of liquid water on a global scale on modern Mars.Scientists have long known that large amounts of water remain — but frozen solid in the polar ice caps. There have been fleeting hints of recent liquid water, like fresh-looking gullies, but none have proved convincing.

What kind of "water" on Mars Today?
(1)>> I didn't watch the full press conference, but I did the read the paper, and I skipped to the part you said was relevant and was able to see the relevant frame from the video (my connection seems to be shitting out right now).They report absorption lines in Figure 1 at 1.4 microns and 1.9 microns, consistent with the presence of liquid water, but I think they have better spectroscopic evidence of perchlorate salts. These were taken from fourrecurring slope linnae (which were also photographed in the visible spectrum). RSLs are streaks that form on downhill slopes during the Martian summer.Water being found on Mars does not mean that you can just drink the stuff . First of all the Planet Mars has a  (4)>>vary low atmospheric pressure . As an example our Earth mean surface pressure based on barometric readings  as about 1036 MB ( Millibars) , the lowest is on Mt . Everest which has been measure at 29,000 FT as 300 MB . Even at 300 MB water is stable , but boils , since Mt. Everest is at 29,000 FT it's often a vapor or ice . So Lets go to Mars , all most all the scientific probes have  measured  the surface Mars pressures between 6 to 11 MB . It depends on location ,  surface depth . The lowest Martian pressure is on  (3)>> MONS OLYMPUS at 78 ,000 FT and its scarcely 1 MB . So what does this translate to ? First is that 11 MB on Mars is equivalence to being at 100,000 FT on Earth . A human being would need a Oxygen and pressure suit just to survive .  So anything that's a liquid , like human blood and water boil . So what we know today about Mars is that most of the water that exists is mostly frozen , or in a vapor state . We have seen water ice clouds on Mars on a balmy day , Mars has many kinds of clouds . Although Mars is smaller, at 11% of Earth's mass, and 50% farther from the Sun than the Earth, its climate has important similarities, such as the polar ice
This intriguing image was taken by orbital probe HiRISE .Recurring slope lineae (RSL) are narrow (0.5-5 m), relatively dark markings on steep (25°-40°) slopes; repeat MRO/HiRISE images show them to appear and incrementally grow during warm seasons and fade in cold seasons.

capsseasonal changes and the observable presence of weather patterns. It has attracted sustained study from planetologists and climatologists. While Mars's climate has similarities to Earth's, including seasons and periodic ice ages, there are also important differences, such as much lower thermal inertia. Mars' atmosphere has a scale height of approximately 11 km (36,000 ft), 60% greater than that on Earth. Mars' dust storms can kick up fine particles in the atmosphere around which clouds can form. These clouds can form very high up, up to 100 km (62 mi) above the planet.[14] The clouds are very faint and can only be seen reflecting sunlight against the darkness of the night sky. In that respect, they look similar to the mesospheric clouds, also known as noctilucent clouds on Earth, which occur about 80 km (50 mi) above our planet. Of course, we’re all excited about finding liquid salty water on the surface of Mars. But any prospects of sending a rover or even humans to study these mini "rivers" might have to be dampened (sorry), owing to issues of contamination.The dark streaks known as recurring slope lineae (RSL) all but confirmed liquid water is present on the surface. Such regions, though, are likely to be designated "Special Regions" by the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). These are places where only a sterile lander would be allowed to visit as per planetary protection rules, keeping them safe from Earth microbes, and potentially ruling out manned missions or a rover like Curiosity. In April, scientists reported in the same journal that (5)>> perchlorate salts, like the ones in the new study, were "widespread" on the surface of our planetary neighbour and humidity and temperature conditions just right for salty
(6)>>brines to exist 
Martian weather and soil conditions that NASA's Curiosity rover has measured, together with a type of salt found in Martian soil, could put liquid brine in the soil at night .Perchlorate identified in Martian soil by the Curiosity mission, and previously by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission, has properties of absorbing water vapor from the atmosphere and lowering the freezing temperature of water. This has been proposed for years as a mechanism for possible existence of transient liquid brines at higher latitudes on modern Mars, despite the Red Planet's cold and dry conditions.New calculations were based on more than a full Mars year of temperature and humidity measurements by Curiosity. They indicate that conditions at the rover's near-equatorial location were favorable for small quantities of brine to form during some nights throughout the year, drying out again after sunrise. Conditions should be even more favorable at higher latitudes, where colder temperatures and more water vapor can result in higher relative humidity more often..Finding life in hidden reservoirs beneath the crimson sands of Mars would be revelatory. If the biochemistry of these microbes was the same as ours, we would suspect that rocks from long ago carried their ancestors to Earth. And that would mean .But if not, if we find life that’s unrelated to ours, then we’ll know of two worlds that have spawned biology – and will confront the unavoidable fact that the universe is teeming with living things.  I hope we're able to find some kind of life there. thatd be amazing and completely change the course of human history. of course there is life out there somewhere but to find it so close to home would be pretty cool

(1)>>  NASA’s press statement makes it seem that scientists have certain evidence of flowing water. They do not. What they have is chemical evidence that gives a strong suggestion of liquid water mixed with salts. More importantly, however, even if NASA was 100% certain that there is liquid water on Mars, it could not do anything about it. (2)>> In a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists identified waterlogged molecules — salts of a type known as perchlorates — on the surface in readings from orbit. Although Mars had rivers, lakes and maybe even an ocean a few billion years ago, the modern moisture is modest — small patches of damp soil, not pools of
standing water. (3)>>Olympus Mons. is a very large shield volcano on the planet Mars. By one measure, it has a height of nearly 25 km (16 mi).[3] Olympus Mons stands almost three times as tall as Mount Everest's height above sea level. It is the youngest of the large volcanoes on Mars, having formed during Mars's Amazonian Period. It is currently the largest volcano discovered in the Solar System and had been known to astronomerssince the late 19th century as the albedo feature Nix Olympica (Latin for "Olympic Snow"). Its mountainous nature was suspected well before space probesconfirmed its identity as a mountain. The typical atmospheric pressure at the top of Olympus Mons is 72 pascal, about 12% of the average Martian surface pressure of 600 pascals. Even so, high-altitude orographic clouds frequently drift over the Olympus Mons summit, and airborne Martian dust is still present.[17] Although the average Martian surface atmospheric pressure is less than one percent of Earth's, the much lower gravity on Mars increases the atmosphere's scale height; in other words, Mars's atmosphere is expansive and does not drop off in density with height as sharply as Earth's.(4)>> The Martian atmosphere is composed mainly of carbon dioxide and has a mean surface pressure of about 600 pascals (Pa), much lower than the Earth's 101,000 Pa. One effect of this is that Mars' atmosphere can react much more quickly to a given energy input than that of Earth's atmosphere.[38] As a consequence, Mars is subject to strong thermal tides produced by solar heating rather than a gravitational influence. These tides can be significant, being up to 10% of the total atmospheric pressure (typically about 50 Pa). Earth's atmosphere experiences similar diurnal and semidiurnal tides but their effect is less noticeable because of Earth's much greater atmospheric mass.Although the temperature on Mars can reach above freezing (0 °C (273 K; 32 °F)), liquid water is unstable over much of the planet, as the atmospheric pressure is below water's triple point and water ice sublimes into water vapor. Exceptions to this are the low-lying areas of the planet, most notably in the Hellas Planitia impact basin, the largest such crater on Mars. It is so deep that the atmospheric pressure at the bottom reaches 1155 Pa, which is above the triple point, so if the temperature exceeded 0 °C liquid water could exist there. (5)>> perchlorate. Perchlorate is, among other things, dangerous to the human body, capable of disrupting the basic functioning of the metabolic system. Mars also appeals because of the evidence of water we’ve found there, especially in the soil. The trouble is that water isn’t the only substance we’ve discovered in the dirt of Mars. In 2009, scientists responsible for the Phoenix lander reported that they had discovered a statistically significant sample of perchlorate within the soil of the “polygon-patterned northern plains of the Vastitas Borealis.” If you’re left wondering what on Earth this might mean, you’re not alone. One of the investigators would later claim that his team had to look up the substance to find out what, exactly, they’d discovered. (6)>>brines. Brine is a solution of salt (usually sodium chloride) in water. In different contexts, brinemay refer to salt solutions ranging from about 3.5% (a typical concentration of seawater, or the lower end of solutions used for brining foods) up to about 26% (a typical saturated solution, depending on temperature).Salt deposits over much of Mars indicate that brine was abundant in Mars's past.[11][17] Salinity lowers the freezing point of water to sustain a liquid flow. Less saline water would freeze at the observed temperatures.[11] Thermal infrared data from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on board the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter, have allowed the temperature conditions under which RSL form to be constrained. Liquid brine flows near the surface might explain this activity, but the exact source of the water and the mechanism behind its motion are not understood.[23][24] A hypothesis proposes that the needed water could originate in the seasonal oscillations of near-surface adsorbed water provided by the atmosphereperchlorates and other salts known to be present on the surface, are able to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment (hygroscopic salts)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Goodbye Mr. Boehner!

In MY Life time  . There were (1)>> 3 Speakers of the House that have had some not so minimal impact in American politics  . First as a young boy growing up in the Reagan era . I remember  it was  liberal Democrat and influential Thomas Phillip "TipO'Neill, Jr. who used to have great temper tantrums in Congress . Arguing, name-calling and throwing heated rhetoric around. Mr. O'Neill may seeded many generations ahead through six government shutdowns under Ronald Reagan  . That "curse" of Tip O'Neill may have incarnated into of then-Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker of the House.Who cased to much government dysfunction as a  (2)>>Tea Party favorite , that later the Tea Party movement its'self  gave Boehner the boot. Mr.  Boehner for the most of his hard rhetoric was too tight lipped , and every time he spoke at a press conference he sounded like someone who read from a scripted dialog . " We will repeal Obamacare ............". Just hearing him speak was bad enough , but he was so hard line, that even though  he may have had some points against President Obama , he actually made Mr. Obama look good . I remember when Mr.
IN the 5 years Speaker of the House ,
John Boehner had a lot to cry

Boehner said this about Obama,  (4)>> “No, because I believe that if the president continues to act on his own he is going to poison the well. When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself, and he is going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path. The American people made it clear Election Day. They want to get things done, and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”. Two years ago he wanted to impeach Mr. Obama . He failed . With the announced retirement of Boehner, we turn the page on five years of wasted conservative opportunity in the United States Congress.  For five years, Speaker Boehner has heard loudly and clearly from the people who gave him a Republican majority that they wanted conservative leadership. For five years, he has practiced surrender, capitulation, and compromise of conservative principles. He has repeatedly refused to use the “power of the purse” which gives the House the authority to defund so much that runs counter to conservative principles.  With a staggering majority in the House, he has behaved like the cowering leader of a minority party. BESIDES the CRYING . Of course, there's a history of Boehner crying. According to Politico, he's done it "during a tribute to golf legend Arnold Palmer, while listening to Irish music on St. Patrick's Day (Boehner is of German ancestry) and while singing "America the Beautiful," among other occasions." Of course he cried when he became Speaker of the House. NBC Philadelphia says Boehner's choked up at an unveiling of a Rosa Parks statue, during an event honoring the painter Constantino Brumidi. Boehner was kinda creepy , there were TMZ like reports that he is a alcoholic . The  purported alcoholism, (there’s even a blog called DrunkBoehner dedicated to chronicling his meltdowns)  Somewhere in between, Politico reported that Boehner had turned on the old barroom charm, jabbing a finger at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and said, “Go fuck yourself.” A longtime confidante of Hillary Clinton dismissed House Speaker John Boehner as "louche, alcoholic, and lazy" in an email to Clinton's personal account that was released by the State Department.  If that was enough , now I could see why Mr. Boehner resigned the Office of the Speaker of the house. This is of course an old story about John’s alleged affair, but I just love the title of the article: “John Boehner Sex Probe”Capitol Hill insiders and political bloggers have been buzzing about an upcoming New York Times probe - detailing an alleged affair that the 61-year-old married father of two had with pretty Washington lobbyist (3)>> LISBETH LYONS. As Boehner exits , there could be a ray of hope for Congress. Boehner, known for habitually smoking in his speaker office, announced last week he will resign at the end of October from his post and seat in Congress. Asked about his impending departure, Reid recalled his first meeting with Boehner. "I'm going to miss the cigarette smoke," Reid told reporters on Tuesday. "To remind everyone: The first meeting I had with John Boehner, I could tell he was nervous, so I said, 'Go ahead and light up,' and he did and he’s been lit every meeting I’ve gone to."

(1)>> The three Speakers of the House , namely Tip O'Neill. Nancy Pelosi who may not be all there , some have accused of being senile . Yes, of coarse Mr. Boehner.(2)>>This isn’t the first time Boehner’s friends Tea Party friends have expressed their frustration with his antics.  Back in late 2010, the Ohio Liberty Council blasted Boehner for his secret bid to do away with the Congressional Ethics Office. (3)>> DailyKos published a diary titled "Maybe it's time for the media to say what they know about Boehner", in which he told us of the alleged affair between John Boehner and Lisbeth Lyons, who is the Vice President for Government Affairs for the American Printers Association, as reported by The National Enquirer months ago.So where is the media follow up stories to the allegations of John Boehner's reported affairs? I know we can hardly expect John Boehner to launch a ethics inquiry against himself, but it sure would be nice to have an independent investigative media in this country that could do that kind of thing, wouldn't it? Is there a compelling tweet, or a blue stained dress, or even a wide stance that could act as proof of the claims against House Speaker John Boehner? (4)>> Mr. Boehner's ethics have long been questioned , Boehner has a history of unethical, behavior as a congressman, so it is curious why there was no investigation, or at least probing questions, into why in less than a year a project few knew existed was suddenly paramount to Boehner; or why within a year he suddenly was heavily invested in Canada’s tar sand. According to Boehner’s 2010 financial disclosure, he invested in seven different Canadian tar sand companies to the tune of between $15,001 to $50,000 in each of the foreign entities. All of the companies are in the tar sand oil industry that Boehner stands to profit handsomely from if KeystoneXL is built.