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 1 
 on: June 23, 2017, 08:42:37 pm 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Donald
Really..I thought it was because he is a brain dead, demented socialist fuckwit😳

 2 
 on: June 22, 2017, 01:27:28 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Donald
😝
Yes the republicans won the elections...and Trump was voted president in a democratic election for how long...
Oh yes
FOUR MORE YEARS
SUCK IT UP AND ENJOY😛

Trump is doing a great job reversing all the stupid Obuma destruction of America and the world😜

 3 
 on: June 21, 2017, 11:35:40 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Here's some reading for you (I take you aren't too stupid to read?)....




from The Dominion Post....

Baffling questions posed at the checkout counter

By JOE BENNETT | 5:00AM - Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Shopping and the meaning of life…
Shopping and the meaning of life…

“How,”' she said, as I laid my groceries one by one on the black conveyor belt that would carry them gently from me to her, “how has your day been so far?”

Why me? was my first thought. Why had I been singled out for interrogation? I had come to buy groceries. I hadn't come to be questioned. But courtesy required a reply. And besides, once a question like that has been asked, it cannot be unasked. The mental cogs were already whirring. How indeed had my day been so far?

“Well…,” I said, stalling. It's a staple truth of philosophical inquiry that the simplest questions carry the greatest import, that everyday words probe deepest into the pink and quick of life. What is love? Who am I? Why is time? Great minds have wrestled with such questions down the centuries, and mostly lost the bout. How would Plato have handled this one? How would Jesus? More pertinently, how would I?

Was I wrong to detect a note of menace in “so far”, an implication that however rosy things might have been till then, they were about to get significantly darker? “So how has your day been, my friend,” chuckles the Mafia boss to the gagged and writhing underling who is tied to the sort of wooden kitchen chair that Mafia bosses favour in such a scenario, “so far?”

But no, surely not. This was a supermarket. I was the customer. How could there be menace? She scanned a brace of chicken thighs, thighs that I was planning to grill that evening in a slather of yoghurt, garlic, pepper, lemon juice and grated ersatz parmesan, a recipe of my own invention that you are welcome to try, feed to others and pass off as your own. Would it be fitting to make a little joke? “My day's been better than the chook's,” I might say.

But it seemed a cheap response. The chook's day had been no day. It had woken that morning dead. Some software program the day before had chosen it to be plucked from its brief life of captivity and overcrowding, to have its throat slit and its guts sluiced and its carcase dismembered and its amputated thighs strapped to a styrofoam tray to be sold to me, skinned and demeaned, for a buck and a half a piece. How had my day been so far? The question seemed almost cruel, mocking.

But what was she expecting? A single-word answer? How was I meant to compress eight hours of sentience into a single word, eight hours of the diurnal miracle of being? Those hours had been as various and shifting as the clouds of the sky. Take just the opening moments of the day in question. 6.30 in the morning and I'd been asleep, at utter ease, riding the V8 engine of my dreams, when the alarm went off. It was like being stabbed in the brain. It was everything I didn't want. It summoned me from glorious unconsciousness to the cold and dark of deep midwinter and a day without apparent point. How had that day been so far? Well, it had been cruel.

But then 10 minutes later I had coaxed the log burner to flame and I was feeling coffee filter down the route-ways of my flesh to kick-start mind and fingers, and life seemed possible once more. And half an hour later still the dog and I were down on the wharf and the light above the jet black hills of Banks Peninsula was pinkish green and all was frozen silence but for the plaintive mewing of the day's first gulls. How had my day been so far? What, for God's sake, was I meant to say?

I stole a glance at my inquisitor. No sign of fretting at my silence. She was just scanning groceries with the speed of skill and habit. And those groceries, I reflected, told a more honest tale than any words I might dredge up. There was bread and milk, plain food for the organism, to keep on keeping on, as we do without always knowing why. And there was wine for peace of mind of an evening, and dog food for a little love. How had my day been so far? Same as my life, really. Just look in the basket.

She'd done. This was it.

“Eftpos?” she said.

I nodded.

“Look…,” I said, as I tapped in the PIN, “I've tried, but I've found nothing to say. I'm sorry.”

She looked straight at me. “Have you got a good evening planned?” she said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/93862082

 4 
 on: June 21, 2017, 11:34:25 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Ah....Georgia....a southern state full of stupid Trump-voting, bible-bashing, gun-toting morons.

They'd vote for Lucifer if he stood on the GOP ticket.

Just like those folks from the Clutha-Southland electorate who will always vote for the Nats, even if the Nats candidate is a stupid little/young twat called Todd Barclay.

I bet you're one of those stupid shit-for-brains rightie twats too, eh?   

 5 
 on: June 21, 2017, 08:00:22 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Donald
Good to see the republicans have a good electoral win today, reinforcing the position of Trump as president😛

 6 
 on: June 21, 2017, 04:29:37 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from the Los Angeles Times....

Megyn Kelly infuriates Alex Jones and his paranoid, delusional fans

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PDT - Tuesday, June 20, 2017



PRIOR TO the Sunday night airing of her interview with rabble-rousing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Megyn Kelly was criticized by people who said she and NBC should not give a platform to such a dangerous demagogue. In my view, Kelly's decision to expose Jones to a broader audience provided an important service to the country.

Jones already is a big presence on the right. By some measures, his radio show and webcasts have an audience that has grown larger than that of the Los Angeles Times or The New York Times or The Washington Post. One person who follows his tirades with more than passing interest is President Trump. Jones has brought extremism to the mainstream in heartland America — and to the White House.

Jones fans are also some of Trump's most devoted supporters. Perhaps one reason they willingly believe the president's situational, elastic version of the truth is that they have already bought into the bogus twists on reality that Jones presents on his Infowars media platforms.

Kelly bore into Jones about his notorious, venal claim that the mass shooting of 20 schoolchildren and six school staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax. Jones' response was revealing. He would not admit he was horribly wrong. Instead, he displayed the classic mindset of a paranoid conspiracist who is unable to let go of the erroneous facts and dark speculation that harden in his mind into sick fantasy.

Jones is an aggressive, loudmouthed, puffy-faced nutcase who has made himself very rich by sharing his intentional delusions with anyone who will listen. What is deeply disturbing is that he has found a receptive audience among millions of Americans who give credence to his many crackpot ideas (for example, that President Obama is the global leader of Al Qaeda; that Hillary Clinton imprisoned children as sex slaves in a Washington pizza parlor; that the September 11th, 2001, attack was backed by elements of the U.S. government; that the government is trying to turn American kids into homosexuals using chemicals in juice boxes). In the world Jones describes and that his followers accept as real, not only are Democrats and the news media enemies and traitors to the republic, but so are establishment conservatives and many Republican leaders.

Prior to seeing Kelly's interview with Jones, I had checked out a column by veteran right-wing firebrand Pat Buchanan on an ultra-conservative website. Buchanan was railing about what he called a “civil war” between establishment elites and the Trump White House. The readers who commented on Buchanan's column apparently were not taking civil war as a metaphor. Fortified with the crazy stuff that has filtered into their brains from Jones and others like him, these folks quickly turned to remedies for the treason that they believe is being perpetrated all around them. Here are a few excerpts from their comments:

  • “It isn't going to be adequate enough to defeat the left. The left must be destroyed.”

  • “Oh I agree 101% that the left needs to be crushed completely, along with their Islamofacists. This is why I fail to understand why Hillary, Rice, Lynch are still free and why Obama hasn't been called to answer for his many scandals.”

  • “If the TREASONOUS TRIAD (Democrats, media, and academia) keep at it, the result will be blood in the streets… Where will our heroic police stand? Will they defend baby killers and perverts who wanted to watch their little daughters urinate?”

  • “The Republican Neocons are probably the worst of our enemies, not the leftists.”

  • “This whole situation is exactly why our Founding Fathers included the 2nd Amendment in our Constitution… NOT to protect us from foreign enemies, but domestic traitors.”

  • “It will not be just a class war but also a race war… We have brought this upon ourselves due to playing ‘equality’, ‘diversity’, ‘inclusionism’ and ‘multi-culturalism’.”

  • “Barrack Hussein Obama has cultivated his personal army of thugs. He brought them across our Southern Border, he released others from prison… These thugs are now in position all across our Nation to incite violence against Conservatives… They are vicious, vile and disgusting. They will do anything to try to antagonize the Right. These people represent all that is evil and they must be defeated.”

Judging by the reaction of Jones' fans to what they describe as her “hit piece,” Megyn Kelly has now joined the list of people who “represent all that is evil.” Nevertheless, I applaud her for giving her audience a glimpse into the minds of their fellow citizens by revealing the man who has gotten into their heads. All their flamboyantly militant rage may well just be loose talk, but the war metaphor is not random. Jones employed it himself when speaking to Kelly. He told her the election of Trump was just a beachhead. “The war has just begun,” Jones said.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-alex-jones-20170620-story.html

 7 
 on: June 05, 2017, 07:03:54 pm 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Donald
Hey sexy, where is everybody, why is it only the socialist  fuckwit left here?

 8 
 on: June 05, 2017, 06:58:10 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Donald
Yes, and some people are stupid enough to believe the hoax

 9 
 on: May 26, 2017, 06:31:40 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Can you get your head around this?   



from The Washington Post....

So much water pulsed through a melting glacier that it warped the Earth's crust

In melting Greenland, scientists detect a pulse of water and ice the size of 18,000 Empire State Buildings.

By CHRIS MOONEY | 12:02PM EDT - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rink Glacier on Greenland's west coast. — Photograph: John Sonntag/NASA.
Rink Glacier on Greenland's west coast. — Photograph: John Sonntag/NASA.

NASA SCIENTISTS detected a pulse of melting  ice and water traveling through a major glacier in Greenland that was so big that it warped the solid Earth — a surge equivalent in mass to 18,000 Empire State Buildings.

The pulse — which occurred during the 2012 record melt year — traveled nearly 15 miles through the Rink Glacier in western Greenland over four months before reaching the sea, the researchers said.

“It's a gigantic mass,” said Eric Larour, one of the study's authors and a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “It is able to bend the bedrock around it.”

Such a “wave” has never before been detected in a Greenland or Antarctic glacier. The total amount of mass carried in the wave — in the form of either water, ice or some combination of both — was 1.67 billion tons per month, or 6.68 billion tons over four months, according to the study, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters.

The study was led by the lab's Surendra Adhikari and co-authored by Erik Ivins.

“These solitary waves, they're fairly well known in rivers,” said Ivins, also a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Rivers can have inundations upstream where a lot of water is collected, and the water gets bunched up as it's going downstream and doesn't ever really flatten out. It just remains as this wave and continues down a river.”

However, the scientists don't know what the wave actually looked like or precisely what caused it — much of it was occurring below the surface of the glacier. They also don't know precisely what it was made of. “We are losing a combination of water and ice. We don't know what fraction,” said Adhikari.

The researchers were able to detect the wave only because a GPS sensor, located in a rocky inland area a little over 12 miles, moved 15 millimeters as the wave went by, pushing down on the Earth's crust and causing a deep indentation.

“The GPS can sense that,” Larour explained.

Richard Alley, a glaciologist at Penn State University who was not involved in the study, explained it this way:

“Find a bed,” Alley said by email. “Put a little piece of tape on the sheet.  Put your fist right next to the tape and push down, while watching the tape.  The tape will move down as you push down, and also will move horizontally toward your fist just a little. Put your fist farther away, and the tape won't move as much.  Push harder, and it will move more. While pushing down, slide your fist past the tape, and you'll see a pattern of vertical and horizontal motions of the tape.”

“A bed isn't exactly the elastic Earth, but that's sort of what this team did,” Alley continued. “They saw a ‘fist’ of mass sliding down the glacier past their GPS station, caused by extra meltwater.”

Adhikari provided this animation showing the direction of the GPS device's movement (and therefore that of the bedrock or solid Earth) as the bulk of mass went by:


An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to a nearby glacier mass change in the form of a wave. Ice mass change is portrayed by ice thinning/thickening (delta H), the centroid or fulcrum of mass anomaly is denoted by the star, and the direction of bedrock motion is represented by the arrow as measured at a GPS station (circle). As the glacier gains (loses) mass, the bedrock moves toward (away from) it. — Graphic: Caltech/NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
An animation showing horizontal bedrock motion in response to a nearby glacier mass change in the form of a wave. Ice mass change is portrayed by ice thinning/thickening
(delta H), the centroid or fulcrum of mass anomaly is denoted by the star, and the direction of bedrock motion is represented by the arrow as measured at a GPS station (circle).
As the glacier gains (loses) mass, the bedrock moves toward (away from) it. — Graphic: Caltech/NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


The wave occurred in the wake of a 2012 summer melting event that saw most of the surface of Greenland become covered with liquid water, and that still has not been surpassed by subsequent warm years.  The researchers suspect that some of that meltwater flooded beneath the ice sheet and then pulsed outward through Rink Glacier.

“It's really related to the deep interior of Greenland that's full of melt, and it’s trying to get rid of that melt through gravitational processes,” said Ivins.

The study also documented another, smaller “wave” at Rink Glacier in 2010, another major melt year.

Rink is far from the largest glacier in Greenland. It is about 3.4 miles wide at its front where it touches the ocean and a little over half a mile deep in the same location. Researchers have also shown that pulses of meltwater flow out from beneath the glacier in colorful silt-filled plumes, presumably through subterranean channels, which could be how some of this mass exited to the ocean in 2012.

The scale of the pulse, 6.68 billion tons, or gigatons, is still only a fraction of what Greenland contributes to the ocean every year in the form of water and ice. NASA has estimated that Greenland loses 287 billion tons annually at present (though it lost far more than that in the banner melt year of 2012).

Still, the research gives a sense of the tremendous magnitude of the changes occurring on Greenland, which is covered by enough ice to raise sea levels by over 20 feet if it were all to slide into the ocean.

And it pairs with other studies showing that the breaking off of large pieces from Greenland glaciers causes major earthquakes and that enormous lakes atop the Greenland ice sheet can vanish within hours into its depths.

The study also raises questions about whether more huge ice and water pulses will be seen as the Arctic continues to warm and Greenland to melt — and thus whether this is how a melting ice sheet exports its mass to the ocean.

But mostly, it's just staggering to contemplate.

If the analogy of 18,000 Empire State Buildings isn’t striking enough, the researchers offered another: The mass loss through Rink Glacier from the wave, they say, was equivalent to “150 million fully loaded 18-wheelers.”


• Chris Mooney reports on science and the environment for The Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/25/so-much-water-pulsed-through-a-melting-glacier-that-it-warped-the-earths-crust

 10 
 on: May 26, 2017, 06:31:11 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from the Los Angeles Times....

Encore cartoon: NASA climate science set adrift

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PDT - Wednesday, May 24, 2017



I'M ON a brief vacation in America's wide-open spaces, so I offer this updated version of a drawing done a few years ago when NASA's space shuttle program ended. At the time, the American space agency had no way to get to the International Space Station without hitching a ride with the Russians.

Now, NASA's work could be made more difficult by a very different problem: The Trump administration's proposed NASA budget eliminates money for gathering data about climate change, apparently because the president would rather not learn any inconvenient facts that get in the way of boosting the fossil fuels industry.

My lonely cartoon astronaut looks even more lonely today.


http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-nasa-science-20170518-story.html

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