sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Old Lizzy

Elizabeth Warren

She is seventy years old, has been a US Senator since 2013, she has a BS from the University of Houston and a JD from Rutgers. She's a sometimes Native American, when it suits her, and at other times she self-identifies as a white woman from Massachusetts. She's married to a person who identifies as male and white...that's way too much privilege for me to accept.  She dances poorly (Sean Spicer, who is no Fred Astaire, can dance circles around her), and was once the only (self-identified) Native American professor at Harvard, teaching something like Native American Studies - but I don't know for sure and don't care to look it up. My point is that she is no dunce and she's peddling snake oil (again).

I just heard her on a news talk show promising ONLY to raise taxes on US Corporations, and she's going to slam it to them. Maybe 90% taxation. That will show those greedy suckers!

The talking heads never asked her who OWNED US Corporations, and that corporations are in the business of either passing on costs or going out of business. Of course not. She's a Democrat. She doesn't get questions other than, "how's your cat?" and "do you you think you can beat Irish Bob and the Butt Guy?"

I really hate snake oil, which is also referred to as cow droppings out in Rural America.

Mail: Strange Matter

LSP - A super massive star teetering on the edge of collapse? I know this is an astrology post but my mind goes to Washington DC, curiously.
If Irish Bob was to be elected, there would be people outside of the White House with torches, staves and pitchforks. I think that things are going along well in the Age of Trump. What is there to complain about other than fake news, the climate change hoax and the fraudulent Russia Collusion affair (which is to say, the same thing)?
WSF - Way beyond my comprehension.
It's easier to just say that as things get smaller, many of the laws that we're comfortable with that explain the universe break down and things get really weird. Neutrons (and all particles of their class) are made up of still smaller particles that we know a little bit about - but not that much. And there's a super massive star a long way away made up of something - and it may or may not be neutrons. 
But the only place that atoms heavier than Iron are made are inside of those weird, super massive stars. And sometimes they collide and spew that heavy metal out. Think of that the next time you look at a chunk of gold.
LindaG - It is a neat discovery; even if I don't understand it all.
Nobody really understands it. It's strange matter and weird science. We're lucky to live on a rock that's not too hot and not too cold near a star that is stable and that we have a moon at just the right mass and distance to churn up the molten core of the planet so that tectonic plates an float on the magma and give us a way to subduct carbon rather than keeping it in the atmosphere.  
But apparently after 3.5 billion years, because of cow farts and backyard BBQ's, it's broken now and we only have 10 years left to live. Sic transit gloria mundi.
P. S. - Al Gore said that we had ten years left to live, thirteen years ago. Somehow the liberal forgot that.
Jules - I was searching
You were on a mission
Then our hearts combined like
A neutron star collision

And that’s about the limit of my neutronic knowledge. 
Is that a haiku? I know that some things are haikus and some are not, thus endeth my understanding of the essence of art philosophy, which is a beautiful thing. If a guy was trying to write the same thing he'd use mathematics and would say that the, 'angle of the dangle is equal to the heat of the meat.' But (people who self-identify as) guys are like that...simple souls. Food, sex, sleep and adrenaline :^/ 
Coffeypot - What amazes me is the time in light years. The first beams of light started its trip to earth around 2600 BC. I cannot comprehend, in my peabrain, that kind of distance. That is the marvel of space.
If you don't look into the sky and say, "how great Thou art," I think that you're missing something. 

Strange Matter



Green Bank Observatory Summary: Astronomers have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of existence, approaching the theoretical maximum mass possible for a neutron star.

Neutron stars are the compressed remains of massive stars gone supernova -- are the densest "normal" objects in the known universe. They are also the source of all of the heavy elements (including gold, uranium, etc.) on our planet. 

Many mysteries remain about the nature of the interior of neutron stars. Do crushed neutrons become "superfluid" and flow freely? Do they breakdown into a soup of subatomic quarks or other exotic particles? What is the tipping point when gravity wins out over matter and forms a black hole?

AND this particular star may not even be a neutron star (when referring to its size). It could be a boson star or a quark star or something even more exotic. (see exotic stars) Neutron stars do teeter on the edge of collapsing into black holes, which we know very little about beyond almost a grade-school understanding of things like spin rate/momentum and event horizon. 

Neutron stars are also pulsars. Same with some black holes (Quasars - quasi-stellar objects). Pulsars get their name because of the twin beams of radio waves they emit from their magnetic poles. These beams sweep across space in a lighthouse-like fashion. Some rotate hundreds of times each second. Since pulsars spin with such phenomenal speed and regularity, astronomers can use them as the cosmic equivalent of atomic clocks. Such precise timekeeping helps astronomers study the nature of spacetime, measure the masses of stellar objects, and improve their understanding of general relativity.

In the case of this binary system, which is nearly edge-on in relation to Earth, this cosmic precision provided a pathway for astronomers to calculate the mass of the two stars.

And so it goes.