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Summer solstice, or
there goes the sun.
of thoughts on this Northern Summer Solstice, 2015, as the sun starts its
journey back south.
This may be the longest day of the year
for the N. Hemisphere, but it ain't the hottest. If there is one thing the
solar system has a lot of, it's inertia, and that includes thermal
inertia. It takes time for the surface temperatures of something as
huge as Earth to fully adjust to the annual changes in position of the sun
relative to the Earth's axis. For the US, for instance, the day with
the highest average of high temperatures is July
24, almost exactly a month following the longest day.
It is also, not surprisingly, the day with the highest average low
temps. IOW, Jul24 is the hottest day. Of course, this is an historical average, check your local
weather service for temps near you.
The American Declaration of
Independence was signed on July 04, 13 days after the 1776 summer
solstice. July 04 is also the day that Earth is as far away from the
sun as it gets all year. While the N. Hemisphere collects more solar photons
on a per day basis during the northern summer, on an hourly basis it is
collecting fewer because the distance from the photon source is
greater. IOW, an hour at noon on a beach near LA in December will do
more for your tan than an hour on the same beach in July, assuming, of
course, you're wearing a bikini both times. All of this is a result of
the Earth's orbit being not quite circular -- just a tad elliptical.
To my friends in Australia and New Zealand, where the
night is long, I would like say: Here comes the
How does Huffington Post avoid a trademark lawsuit?
all know that HuffPo is poorly written, poorly edited,
gratuitously purulent, and directed mostly at women with
sexual/gender-identity problems and too much time on their
hands. It is, in a word, America's version of the UK Daily Mail -- and
almost as successful. But I do like the way HuffPo's "Dikipedia"
articles really take the mickey out of some real, well . . .
What fascinates me is how they keep from getting their
panties sued off by Wikipedia for the disgusting way they have
misappropriated the Wikipedia icon. And even the name "Dikipedia"
is close enough to "Wikipedia" that a mediocre trademark
attorney could probably pound HuffPo into the turf.
Yeah, it seems to me that HuffPo needs to
place itself among its own Dickipedia dicks, which begs an interesting
question: Can a woman be a dick?
So . . . that's what the sanctions against Russia are
the dirty dealings that led to the bloody Ukranian Euromaidan protests that
brought about the overthrow of Russian-puppet Viktor Yanukovich last
year, there is little doubt now that the violence was promoted by the
CIA. I mean, just look at the way CIA head John Brennan suddenly appeared in Kyiv
like a rabbit out of a hat, even
while bullets were still flying. Forbes.
Within months Crimea, which is where a huge Russian naval base is and
which has always been pro-Russia and did not want to be a part of the
Ukranian lurch toward the West, voted to join Russia. A referendum was
held and the treaty of accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation was
signed on Mar18.2014. Even before the treaty was signed Obama
was signing executive orders to put in place economic sanctions against
Russia and suddenly -- poof!! -- the world was back in the Cold War.
If you're like me, the whole Ukrainian
thing never made complete sense. Why did elements in Kyiv suddenly
want to align with the EU to the point of staging a revolt, and where did
all the backing come from for the protests? Why were Obama and the
boys working so hard to isolate and intimidate Russia, who, after all, had
some very serious economic and military interests in Ukraine? And why
has opposition blonde bombshell, Yulia
Tymoshenko all but disappeared from the Western news since
her dramatic release from prison? The breakdown in the US-Russia
relationship was particularly puzzling given the number of world problems
the US and Russia were taking on together. So what's up with all of
this? Well, last week John
McCain cleared things up for us.
Recall that McCain was a
supporter of the Maidan rebels from the git-go, which is hardly
surprising. He has been pushing Obama to supply Kyiv with arms.
Last week McCain and Republican fellow-ghoul Tom Cotton were in Kyiv
while the Senate passed a bill for $300M worth of military gear to Ukraine.
While he was there, according to Russian
news sources, McCain promised that the US would be in a
position to start supplying Ukraine and Europe with natural gas within two
years. How convenient! A supply of energy just when they were
having difficulties with Putin, who supplies most of what they
OK, well, we know that
anything that has to do with US foreign policy has to do with gas/oil,
whether how to obtain it or how to sell it, so I guess this is whole Ukraine
mess is making sense now. Thanks, John.
Incidentally, have you noticed
how Obama, Kerry, and the USG spin machine have gone absolutely silent on
the accusations that Russians shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
last year? What that silence tells you is that the Russians didn't do
it, the USG knows the Russians didn't do it, and the proof that the Russians
didn't do it is sufficiently clear that the USG can no longer maintain the
spin without coming across to the world as out-and-out liars.