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And Meanwhile Here on Earth…HillaryCare Redux

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2007

Michael Tanner takes an initial look at a pattern far scarier than what we’ve discovered on Saturn’s North pole.

And, for a little more on HillaryCare 2.0, here’s Rich Lowry.

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What the Heck Is This?

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2007

Somebody tell me what would cause a near perfect hexagon in the cloud patterns of Saturn?

Saturn Hexagon.jpg

Here’s NASA’s “explanation:

This nighttime view of Saturn’s north pole by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard Cassini clearly shows a bizarre six-sided hexagon encircling the entire north pole, in one of the first clear images taken of the north polar region ever acquired from a unique polar perspective.

The hexagon feature was originally discovered by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft in 1980, but those historic images and subsequent ground-based telescope images suffered from poor viewing perspectives. In the new infrared images, the strong brightness of the hexagon feature indicates that it is primarily a clearing in the clouds, which extends deep into the atmosphere, at least some 75 kilometers (47 miles) underneath the typical upper hazes and clouds seen in the daytime imagery by Voyager. Thick clouds border both sides of the narrow feature, as indicated by the adjacent dark lanes paralleling the bright hexagon.

Well, that was helpful, wasn’t it?

So, maybe the aliens are doing some mining?
Guess I’m listening to a little too much late night radio. Sigh.

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Warning: Global Warming May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2007

Don’t laugh.

But I suspect another warning sign will be added to packs of cigarettes. It will probably read something like this… Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking directly affects Global Warming, which is ALSO hazardous to your health. You think I’m kidding?

A coalition of environmentalists, state officials and pension-fund managers is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure that investors get more information from oil companies, insurers and other publicly traded companies about how global warming might affect their bottom lines.

The group, which includes California Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Controller John Chiang, said it would submit a petition to regulators today seeking stringent disclosure of the potential risks and rewards from climate change.

“Climate risk cuts across every industry in every part of the world,” Lockyer said. “There’s certainly a growing awareness of the importance of these disclosures.”

Warning! Investing in Exxon Mobil may cause Global Warming.

It’s only a matter of time.

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