sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Science Tuesday

If you're a flat-Earth conspiracy person, you may want to simply ignore the fact that Earth's magnetic north is shifting far faster than expected. It has been known that the Earth’s magnetic pole moves over time since James Clark Ross’ measurements in the Canadian Arctic in 1831, but recently the field has shifted faster than expected — so fast, in fact, that it threatens to interfere with navigation systems around the world.
The movement of the Earth’s magnetic field is described by the World Magnetic Model, which is used by navigation systems of all kinds from the GPS on your phone to the complex navigation systems used by ships at sea. The most recent version of the model was released in 2015 and should have been satisfactory until its scheduled update in 2020, however, the magnetic field has moved so quickly that an update is required sooner than that.
Scientists believe that the shifting magnetic field is due to liquid iron within the planet’s core moving around. There was a particularly strong geomagnetic pulse in 2016, where the magnetic field temporarily accelerated under South America. Could this impact the climate? NO says global warming experts. It's all about mankind (and the desperate need for more taxes).

Meanwhile, in France

On 12 January in Paris, thousands of protesters marched noisily but mostly peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris. Police arrested 156 "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) in Paris, some for carrying objects that could be used as weapons, police said. Riot police used water cannons on a break away group neat the Arc de Triomphe.

By nightfall, there had been no looting or burning of cars as seen in previous weeks and traffic circulation had resumed around the Arc de Triomphe area. 

Large demonstrations were reported in Toulon, Bourdeaux, Strasbourg and Bourges. 

The Interior Ministry estimated that there were a maximum of 84,000 demonstrators nationwide. That is an increase over the more than the 50,000 who marched in protest last weekend. 

In Paris, the ministry reported 8,000 demonstrators, more than in the past two weekends, when authorities tallied just 3,500 people on 5 January and only 800 on 29 December.

On 13 January, French press published a long letter by President Macron in which he announced a three-month national debate to try to end the “yellow vest” unrest, He pledged to listen to new ideas.

A long letter to protestors probably will miscarry especially since Macron wrote that he will not change his policies. The outreach effort is clumsy.