sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Twisted Education Values

It's interesting to see the mindset of twisted liberal educators - who don't want police officers on campus?
(Fox-Phoenix) He's not the type of armed man on campus you'd expect parents to be concerned about -- but apparently a police officer dropping off his daughter at school was just too scary for some parents in Mesa. 
And the school principal actually called that officer to ask him not to wear his uniform on campus ever again. 
The officer, who works for the Coolidge Police Department, is a parent of a kid that goes to Entz Elementary School in Mesa. 
The request made by school officials to not wear his uniform and gun on campus shocked and upset a lot of people. 
All Scott Urkov did was drop his daughter off at Entz Elementary School. Little did he know that what he was wearing that day would lead to a call from the principal.
The Mesa School District needs to require that Gregory S. Reid, the school principal of Entz Elementary School go on  40 hours of police ride alongs. If he doesn't, maybe Reid could find a government job in the Obama Administration pimping ObamaCare or some other progressive goofball program. 

I recall a situation in California many years ago when the infamous California Supreme Court Justice, Rose Bird was asked why people had so many locks on their doors. Bird said that it was because they feared the police. That is the problem with the deluded "progressive" mind set.

And who does this petty principal believe will come to save his wide rear end if something bad happens on campus? You can reach Principal Reid at 480-472-7300.

Winning Hearts and Minds

Who Governs Mexico? In this blog, I don't suggest that organized crime governs all of Mexico, but they certainly have regional influence, often equaling or exceeding the influence that the government offers. Cartels routinely make micro-loans to small businesses and offer low interest and generous repayment terms for the purpose of winning hearts and minds. As noted below, that's not all that they do. It hasn't made the Mainstream Media  - but it's worth noting that in the wake of Hurricane Ingrid, the Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo, CDG) was the only organization providing aid to victims in Tamulipas and specifically in the City of Aldama. 

Yes, they have their own logo.
According to media reports, and my own sources on the ground, CDG convoys transported and handed out tons of food supplies, including water, rice, flour, milk, juice, cookies, canned food, and even beer, to inhabitants of the region that were isolated as a result of the hurricane. Tropical Storm Manuel, which simultaneously struck Mexico, added to the hurricane's damage; the storms forced thousands to flee and killed more than 100 people, including a number of children. 
As Reuters explains it, “Hurricane Ingrid [...] brought heavy rains to Mexico's Gulf [...] coast [...], causing landslides and flooding," and left many rural areas inaccessible after roads washed away. 
The CDG delivered the supplies through waterlogged highways and dirt roads. According to Proceso, the lack of response by the federal and state government to provide aid to affected communities in Tamaulipas led the CDG to start its own recovery efforts. A video uploaded to social networks on September 22 allegedly by the CDG shows footage of pick up trucks transporting and distributing supplies to the victims. The video titled "Gulf Cartel Aiding Aldama, Tamps" (Cartel Del Golfo Apoyando Aldama, Tamps [sic]) alternates between footage of images from the CDG's hurricane relief efforts and messages such as, “CDG distributes supplies in Aldama, Tamaulipas Mexico,” “Help, something that neither politicians nor governors have done,” and “They take care of people with no interest.”  (the [embarrassing] video was removed from YouTube...)

The released video generated discussion, not just because a criminal organization is aiding and assisting a population in need, but also because it is doing so in place where federal and state government agencies that have not provided the disaster relief the damaged villages require. The comments posted under the video on YouTube and other social media sites exemplify the frustration and confusion among Mexicans. "How is this possible," one comment reads, "that a criminal organization with such impunity can move among the communities in which government agencies should be present?" 


“Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel drench Mexico.” Reuters. September 15, 2013. 

Redacción. “Cártel del Golfo reparte toneladas de despensas a afectados por ‘Ingrid’ en Tamaulipas.” Proceso. September 22, 2013. 

“Cártel del Golfo reparte despensas a damnificados en Tamaulipas.” Univisión. September 22, 2013. 

“Cártel del Golfo ‘dona’ víveres a damnificados de Tamaulipas.” Terra Noticias. September 22, 2013.

What's the Weather Like?

I'm affiliated with the space program in a shirt-tail sense because the Ashima Group (that I'm affiliated with in their devices division), and more particularly, Ashima Research designed the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) that is on Mars now as a component of the Mars Science Laboratory. The Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB), a joint center of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas - Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (CSIC-INTA), built the weather monitoring station that Ashima designed and it was contributed by the Spanish government as part of the European Space Agency's contribution to the effort. More on Mars climate.
Kepler 7B (left) Jupiter (right)

So it has been with some interest that I've been following the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system develop. Kepler 7B is a Jupiter like world that has been the focus of efforts from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes. The technical paper is online at:

The planet is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps of planets orbiting other stars, but this is the first look at cloud structures on a distant world.
"By observing this planet with Spitzer and Kepler for more than three years, we were able to produce a very low-resolution 'map' of this giant, gaseous planet," said Brice-Olivier Demory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Demory is lead author of a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. "We wouldn't expect to see oceans or continents on this type of world, but we detected a clear, reflective signature that we interpreted as clouds."
Kepler has discovered more than 150 exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, and Kepler-7b was one of the first. The telescope's problematic reaction wheels prevent it from hunting planets any more, but astronomers continue to pore over almost four years' worth of collected data. Kepler identified planets by watching for dips in starlight that occur as the planets transit, or pass in front of their stars, blocking the light. This technique and other observations of Kepler-7b previously revealed that it is one of the puffiest planets known: if it could somehow be placed in a tub of water, it would float. The planet was also found to whip around its star in just less than five days.

Kepler's visible-light observations of Kepler-7b's moon-like phases led to a rough map of the planet that showed a bright spot on its western hemisphere. But these data were not enough on their own to decipher whether the bright spot was coming from clouds or heat. The Spitzer Space Telescope played a crucial role in answering this question.

Like Kepler, Spitzer can fix its gaze at a star system as a planet orbits around the star, gathering clues about the planet's atmosphere. Spitzer's ability to detect infrared light means it was able to measure Kepler-7b's temperature, estimating it to be between 1,500 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 and 1,300 Kelvin). This is relatively cool for a planet that orbits so close to its star -- within 0.06 astronomical units (one astronomical unit is the distance from Earth and the sun) -- and, according to astronomers, too cool to be the source of light Kepler observed. Instead, they determined, light from the planet's star is bouncing off cloud tops located on the west side of the planet.
Reference: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2013, September 30). First cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from­/releases/2013/09/130930210823.htm