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He’s Dead, Jim. Leonard Nimoy, 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played the iconic Star Trek character Spock, has died at age 83.  His was a remarkable life and career.  He appeared in countless television and movie roles, including in Combat, The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and even Get Smart.  He narrated In Search Of, which was a great program.  He also had a sense of humor about himself, voicing his animated self on The Simpsons a couple of times.  Nimoy was also a Veteran, serving as a Sergeant in the US Army in the late 1950s.

He lived long, and he prospered.  RIP Spock.

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Look out below!

A couple of interesting stories in the past few days. First, a 500-lb meteor believed to be from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter entered the Earth’s atmosphere over western Pennsylvania. The fireball could be seen in Ohio, West Virginia, and New York as well. Meteorite fragments might be found around Kittanning, PA.

Second, Manuel Moreno-Ibàñez of the Institute of Space Studies (CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona, Spain has a new model that predicts when meteors become fireballs and where meteorites may land.

Last but not least, Craig alerted me to the Spaceweather report of “the re-entry and breakup of a Chinese rocket body, specifically stage 3 of the CZ-4B rocket that launched the Yaogan Weixing 26 satellite in Dec. 2014.”

Photo taken by Donny Mott, Spirit Lake, Idaho.

Photo taken by Donny Mott, Spirit Lake, Idaho.

Looks like anything that survived re-entry landed in Canada.
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Public Service Announcement

I’m guessing early half of 1990’s? Sinatra and Nelson sang together on the Duets II album in 1994, so I would think this was released around that time.

Thanks for the thumbs up, gentlemen.

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Retroactive Global Warming!

The Daily Telegraph has a none-too surprising article on how the climatologists have adjusted recorded readings to fit the Global Warming panic meme:

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

…Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

Nothing screams “scientific validity” like changing recorded results to fit a hypothesis.   When the bleeding-heart tree-huggers ask with such self-righteous indignation how we could possibly doubt “climate science”, you would do well to share information such as this with them.  And just who is leading the charge to re-write the weather data from yesteryear?  Why, it is the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

Homewood checked a swath of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken.

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GISS Raw Data

GISS "Adjusted" Data

GISS “Adjusted” Data

And it isn’t just South America.  Other “adjustments” have been made on existing and recorded data sets in other areas of the world.   Adjustments that is so severe that major climatic events are erased from the records.   Iceland faced severe economic impact from extreme cold weather from about 1965 to 1971, with a dramatic drop in agriculture and fishing.

…in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Traust Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.

So there you have it.  According to the Global Warming panic mongers, the rather traumatic times of extreme cold, so indelibly etched on the memories of Icelanders, didn’t really happen.  It was instead, insists Global Warming alarmists, merely a recording error.

Note to tree-hugging liberals:  When you become outraged at our skepticism about “anthropogenic climate change”, and consider us to be “flat earthers” for not buying into the politically profitable nonsense that is man-caused global warming, try to understand why we think you are brainwashed and lemming-like nincompoops for pledging allegiance to anti-capitalist politicians whose “scientific methods” would not be accepted by a tenth-grade chemistry teacher.   The same politically-driven ideological crap “science” was once heaped upon me as a school boy when the dire prediction was of a coming ice age.   The solution to which was the same socialist wealth-redistribution malarkey that will now halt the fictitious Global Warming.

Here’s hoping your Prius gets stuck in a snow bank on the coldest day of the year.

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Inside the Soviet space program

Thanks to Ricochet for finding the free e-book translation of the memoirs of Boris Chertok. This four-part series covers Boris’ 60-year career, from reverse engineering the V-2 to Sputnik to losing the Moon race to building space stations. I’m looking forward to reading it. Start with Part 1 here to download the pdf.

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New bone growth therapy to be tested in space

Astronauts aboard the ISS and scientists stationed on Earth will study a bone-forming molecule called NELL-1 and assess its ability to promote bone formation and protect against bone degeneration.

“A group of 40 rodents will be sent to the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule, where they will live for two months in a microgravity environment during the first ever test of NELL-1 in space,” states NASA’s chief scientist for the ISS, Dr. Julie Robinson….

The team hopes that the research project will allow them to learn more about preventing bone loss and osteoporosis. In particular, they hope the study will provide new insights into how to heal and rebuild the type of large bone defects that occur in wounded military personnel.

from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288390.php

The big target is preventing or healing osteoporosis, but the comment about wounded veterans caught my eye. I thought this was worth sharing.

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What a difference a decade makes

In cleaning up my office, I found “The New Age of Exploration: NASA’s Direction for 2005 and Beyond”.  Now that it’s 2015, let’s see what we accomplished and what died on the vine.
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The first thing to remember is that the Space Shuttle was still grounded at the time and would not fly until July 2005.  Administrator Sean O’Keefe talked about President Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration, begun in 2004 and cancelled by Obama.  O’Keefe was already planning on leaving NASA and “move on to other challenges.”

Some of the long-term objectives listed were.
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