Jeb Bush encountered a chorus of boos and an organized walkout by hostile conservatives at a conference Friday, a stark reminder of the challenges facing the former Florida governor as he attempts to seize front-runner status in his potential Republican presidential primary run.
Bush gamely stuck by his call for a more inclusive tone, taking the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to urge his party to reach out to voters who have been turned off by Republican policies.
Calling himself a “practicing, reform-minded conservative,” Bush emphasized some of the conservative legislation he pushed during his eight years as governor. But he devoted about half of his 20 minutes of remarks to his more moderate positions on immigration and education, which are drawing strong opposition from the GOP’s right-wing base.
Let’s be clear: The planet is still getting hotter. The so-called pause, or hiatus, in global warming means the rate of temperature rise has slowed. The average global temperature is still going up, but in the past 10 to 15 years it hasn’t been going up as quickly as it was in the decades before.
Although the ongoing increase is trouble, a slower rate is preferable. The question is: Why did the slowdown occur—and how long will it last? We now have an answer. Three well-known climate researchers have combined actual temperature readings from 1880 to 2010 with a slew of climate models and have concluded that the slowdown is caused by the timing of two large ocean cycles, known as the Pacific multidecadal oscillation and the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation. And their analysis, published online today in Science, suggests that the slowdown will end in the next few decades.
The temperature of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, particularly the upper layers, goes through natural cycles of warmer and cooler, driven by large circulations of water across these and the rest of the world’s seas. Warmer and cooler periods can last several decades. The analysis shows that usually, when the northern Pacific is warming, the northern Atlantic is cooling, and vice versa—offsetting one another in their impact on atmospheric temperatures in the northern hemisphere. But the cycles, and their magnitude, don’t match exactly. For the past decade, the magnitude of northern Pacific cooling has been greater than that of northern Atlantic warming, resulting in a net slowdown in temperature rise, according to an email sent to me by Byron A. Steinman, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, who led the new study.
Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 667 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about “scientific controversies,” died in the Senate Education Committee on February 26, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired. Of the five antiscience bills introduced in 2015, only Missouri’s House Bill 486 is still alive.
The sole sponsor of Oklahoma’s SB 667 was Josh Brecheen (R-District 6), who introduced similar legislation in three previous legislative sessions. Brecheen’s SB 1765 in 2014 — virtually identical to SB 665 in 2015 — was opposed by the National Association of Biology Teachers and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, as well as by the grassroots Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.
—Irregularities in Earth’s upper atmosphere can distort GPS signals
—Scientists are studying these irregularities to help overcome their effects on communications
When you don’t know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance. You may not realize that, especially at high latitudes on our planet, signals traveling between GPS satellites and your device can get distorted in Earth’s upper atmosphere.
Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick in Canada, are studying irregularities in the ionosphere, a part of the atmosphere centered about 217 miles (350 kilometers) above the ground that defines the boundary between Earth and space. The ionosphere is a shell of charged particles (electrons and ions), called plasma, that is produced by solar radiation and energetic particle impact.
The new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, compares turbulence in the auroral region to that at higher latitudes, and gains insights that could have implications for the mitigation of disturbances in the ionosphere. Auroras are spectacular multicolored lights in the sky that mainly occur when energetic particles driven from the magnetosphere, the protective magnetic bubble that surrounds Earth, crash into the ionosphere below it. The auroral zones are narrow oval-shaped bands over high latitudes outside the polar caps, which are regions around Earth’s magnetic poles. This study focused on the atmosphere above the Northern Hemisphere.
“We want to explore the near-Earth plasma and find out how big plasma irregularities need to be to interfere with navigation signals broadcast by GPS,” said Esayas Shume. Shume is a researcher at JPL and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and lead author of the study.
If you think of the ionosphere as a fluid, the irregularities comprise regions of lower density (bubbles) in the neighborhood of high-density ionization areas, creating the effect of clumps of more and less intense ionization. This “froth” can interfere with radio signals including those from GPS and aircraft, particularly at high latitudes.
The size of the irregularities in the plasma gives researchers clues about their cause, which help predict when and where they will occur. More turbulence means a bigger disturbance to radio signals.
This is what happens when a party is led by a gaggle of immature grand standers who think that a series of double dog dares amounts to sound strategy.
Two hours before a midnight deadline, Congress has narrowly averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for one week, setting up another funding showdown for next Friday.
Hours before a midnight deadline, the House easily approved a one-week extension of the funding. The vote was 357-60. It required two-thirds of members’ support to pass.
President Barack Obama later signed the bill.
The move means that DHS will not experience a shutdown at midnight, but it also fails to resolve the impasse created when the House initially lashed together the agency’s budget and so-called “riders” that would gut the president’s immigration proposals. Some House conservatives said that Obama’s actions are unconstitutional and must be stopped - even at the cost of a DHS funding lapse.
The one-week funding vote came after an embarrassing defeat for House Speaker John Boehner earlier Friday. The House failed to pass a three-week extension of the funding as fifty-two Republicans and almost all Democrats voted against the measure. Conservatives called the stopgap bill a cave to the White House because it did not address immigration; Democrats derided it as a temporary solution and vowed not to “bail out” Boehner by giving him enough support to get the bill over the finish line.
To control its citizens’ access to the Internet, China uses the “Great Firewall of China” to block DNS requests passing through the nation’s closely monitored gateways to the outside world. Those DNS requests used to be sent to fake IP addresses. Now, some go to real IP addresses — with disastrous consequences.
[Craig] Hockenberry was only the latest unfortunate site administrator to experience an ugly side effect of the Great Firewall, known as DNS poisoning. A brief explainer: When you type a URL into your web browser, it is converted into a numeric IP address by a domain name server (DNS). Often these are run by internet service providers or companies like Google, but in China they are run by the government—specifically the Ministry of State Security, which is responsible for operating the Great Firewall (often referred to as the GFW).
When a Chinese internet user attempts to visit a banned site such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter, the GFW reroutes the request. For a long time it sent users to non-existent IP addresses, but lately, for reasons unknown, it has been sending them to seemingly random sites like Iconfactory, which are quickly debilitated by the massive inflow of data.
The surge to Hockenberry’s site on Jan. 20 preceded a major internet disruption in China on Jan. 21 that was conclusively caused by GWF DNS poisoning, according to greatfire.org, a group that fights Chinese internet censorship. Much of the internet was inaccessible to Chinese users for several hours as most of the country’s web requests—equivalent to hundreds of thousands per second—were redirected to a single IP address, used by Dynamic Internet Technology, a small US company that helps users circumvent the GFW. The company’s president speculated that DNS rerouting was not an intentional attack on his company, but rather the result of human error.
So, in other words, the Great Firewall can instigate, whether by accident or design, a Dedicated Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on an outside IP address.
“Fellow space traveler” High praise indeed coming from Buzz.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, a fellow space traveler because he helped make the journey into the final frontier accessible to us all.
Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character.
While the late Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man,” as we began our exploration of the Moon back in July 1969, is ageless, so, too, is Spock’s iconic “live long and prosper,” a phrase that also spans time and space.
It brought out the Vulcan in all of us; that, for me, translated into a peaceful progression of exploring the vastness of outer space for all mankind.
Nimoy’s quite logical and always calm Spock struck me as an ideal person to have with us onboard a spaceship headed into the unknown. I also admit to being jealous of how much room was available on the USS Enterprise — far from the cramped quarters allotted space travelers of past, present and future!
From Conservative Reason, on the anti-Obamacare sheriff’s GoFundMe page to cover his own medical expenses:
It’s being called ironic, and proof that the ACA is a necessary evil. But in fact, it’s the exact opposite. Sheriff Mack took advantage of his personal liberty and chose not to purchase health insurance. But is he in trouble? No, he’s doing fine. As of this writing, he’s raised more than $17K in one month.
Good to hear that he’s doing fine.
Sen. Mark Kirk made a plea to his Republican colleagues on on Friday after the Senate passed a yearlong funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
“Hopefully we’re gonna end the attaching of bullshit to essential items of the government,” the Illinois Republican, who’s up for reelection in 2016, told reporters in the Capitol.
“In the long-run, if you are blessed with the majority, you’re blessed with the power to govern. If you’re gonna govern, you have to act responsibly,” Kirk said.
This sort of opinion is common in congress but rarely expressed, especially so close to re-election. After House majority leader Eric Cantor lost a primary for expressing concerns about the need for rational behavior it seems that nobody is willing to take command any more. The GOP congress has become Lord of the Flies.
Is this the GOP self-destructing?
Sauce: GOP Senator: We Need To Stop Putting ‘Bullshit’ In Essential Bills —-from TPM
Fails to look in the mirror and see the irony
Just like any other conservative, if you scrape the veneer you find a blue nosed bible thumping zealot under the camo, beard, and grime.
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson pivoted Friday from defending religious liberty to bemoaning the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, which he described as “the revenge of the hippies.”
“You lose your religion, according to John Adams, and there goes your morality. We’re almost there,” Robertson said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., where he accepted the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment award. “I hate to admit I got my facts from the CDC the day before yesterday—110 million, 110 million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness.”