sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, June 2, 2019

GOOGLE's Mischief

Multiple news outlets, and different reports plainly state that the Department of Justice is planning an antitrust investigation into the world’s most popular search engine: Google.

Google has been under scrutiny for allegedly skewing its results, often to favor liberal interests and to the detriment of conservative interests. Google has denied those claims.

Google is a subsidiary of the politically-active company Alphabet. 

Alphabet has given millions of dollars political contributions to Democrat Hillary Clinton through its employees and Political Action Committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. As such, Alphabet was a top donor to Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator ($1.6 million) and also the top donor to Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign ($1.6 million).

Alphabet was also the top donor to Democrat Bernie Sanders’ failed presidential bid in 2016 ($361,408). Alphabet, contributed more than $3.2 million to Hillary Clinton’s political campaign through its employees and PACs. As Bernie Sander’s top donor, Alphabet contributed $361,408 to that campaign in 2016. (Source: Center for Responsive Politics)
Alphabet is not listed as a donor of significance to presidential campaign of Donald Trump, a Republican, in 2016.
Alphabet reportedly raked in nearly $137 billion in revenue in 2018. Google reportedly controls more than 70% of the search engine market.

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What's Happening in Antarctica?

Until now, scientists didn't have a sound understanding of Antarctica, and the processes underway that influence ice melt, etc. It turns out that there are two separate continental bodies under the ice. This article provides an overview of what the scientists found.


(LINK) In a study published today in Nature Geoscience a team of scientists, including glaciologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, detail how they discovered an ancient geologic structure under Antarctica’s largest ice shelf and describe how the ice shelf’s stability in future climates depends on local processes occurring in summer near the ice front.

Ice shelves form around the edges of the Antarctic ice sheet where it flows into the ocean, and their presence slows down the flow of ice from the rest of the massive ice sheet behind them. With a multi-institution interdisciplinary team, the four-year ROSETTA-Ice project assembled an unprecedented view of Antarctica’s largest ice shelf, in the Ross Sea. Ross Ice Shelf, which is larger than California, helps slow the flow of about 20 percent of Antarctica’s grounded ice into the ocean — equivalent to 38 feet of global sea-level rise.

ROSETTA-Ice scientists found that ancient tectonic activity at the dividing line between East and West Antarctica has created a significant difference between the seafloor on each side of the line, with a much deeper ocean on the East Antarctic side. That shields much of the grounding line of Ross Ice Shelf from exposure to melt-inducing warm water.

“To understand Antarctica and how it works we need to consider the ice, ocean, atmosphere and geology, and how they interact across various distances and timescales,” said Helen Amanda Fricker, a glaciologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co-author on the study. “ROSETTA-Ice is a great example of how an eclectic, interdisciplinary team can come together to look at a complex system and really shift our understanding of how it works."

The scientists approached the Ross Ice Shelf much like explorers visiting a planet for the first time. They faced the key challenge of how to gather data from a huge region, where ice that is frequently more than a thousand feet thick prevents traditional ship-based surveys of the seabed. The solution was IcePod, a system designed to collect high-resolution data across the polar regions. IcePod was developed at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and mounted on a cargo plane. Its instruments measure ice shelf height, thickness and internal structure, and the magnetic and gravity signals of the underlying rock.

Each time the team flew across the ice shelf, the IcePod’s magnetometer (which measures Earth’s magnetic field) showed a flat and almost unchanging signal until, halfway across the ice shelf, the instrument came alive, displaying large variations much like the heartbeat on a cardiogram. When the team mapped their results, it became clear that this “heartbeat” always appeared in the middle of the ice shelf, identifying a previously unmapped segment of the geologic boundary between East and West Antarctica.

The team then used IcePod’s measurements of Earth’s gravity field to model the shape of the sea floor beneath the ice shelf.

“We could see that the geological boundary was making the seafloor on the East Antarctic side much deeper than the West, which affects the way the ocean water circulates under the ice shelf,” said Kirsty Tinto, the Lamont research scientist who led all three field expeditions and is lead author of the study.

Sunday Sermonette

Grace

We all need it every hour of every day, and a lack of that spirit in our lives leads to an empty despair that can't be compensated for with money, things, power or anything else.  I'm not preaching, just offering an opinion and this blog is opinion heavy.

Your thought of the Day

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated than by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

Virtue Signaling

Does polling Democrats lead to accurate information? No
"There is a preference (among leftists) to lie about their own views to virtue signal. In other words, they know it's wrong to not want black candidates or to dislike gay candidates. Even choosing women over men, while considered virtuous by many liberals, is still a prejudicial position that many will claim not to support even as they do." (Commenterama Politics) 
Some believe that the Democrat party is more 'normal' now than it will become. They contend that the Dems have not hit bottom as they become the party of angry white women (heavily weighted by lesbians). The thesis runs that Democrats, a party of angry white women, want white women in power by a large number. Blacks want blacks in power, but no one else does and angry white women don't  spend much time worrying about what anyone else thinks. True or false? You read the tea leaves and decide for yourselves.

A Nasty Princess?

Told of Dutchess Meghan’s Markle-Windsor's barbs by The Sun, Trump insisted it was the first time he’d heard them. He said: “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

Meghan didn't make good on her 2016 racist promise to move to Canada if President Trump won the presidency. Only a racist would threaten to move to white Canada instead of Mexico or to Africa. The fact that she 'married up' and left the US is apparently not enough to keep from slamming her president (she still holds joint citizenship).

While there are disagreements with the British Royals on issues such as the climate change hoax, the US still has a firm bond with the United Kingdom/Great Britain.

Distraction

The theme runs this way: President Trump will declassify a lot of filthy little secrets about the Obama Administration and its efforts so spy on the Trump campaign (not artfully).

To distract from that the Democrat controlled house will try to impeach President Trump so that the disclosures about the actions of the deep state will be masked by endless hearings.

How will all that work out? I cast the runes the same as the rest of you do. 

But I will say that my sense is that General Clapper will go under the knife first and that he will blab all that he knows.

The Scope of D-Day (June 6)

The D-Day Anniversary is coming and you'll read a lot about it. I've been a part of large military operations but nothing close to D-Day. And I've been in an abattoir, but nothing like the scope of Omaha Beach. I don't know how you live through that and remain anything like normal. Men did, and men didn't. It's certainly something you'd live with, and men have. The Greatest Generation.


And how would it be as a German Volksgrenadier, standing in a trench protecting an emplacement there and watching what's coming? A sobering sight.

Is Reincarnation Happening?

Daily Timewaster (h/t) has a theory.