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My page is devoted to Science, Rationality, Skepticism, and the Cosmic Perspective.
My page is devoted to Science, Rationality, Skepticism, and the Cosmic Perspective.

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The anti-intellectualism that has been a mainstay of the conservative movement for decades also makes its members easy marks. After all, if you are taught to believe that the reigning scientific consensuses on evolution and climate change are lies, then you will lack the elementary logical skills that will set your alarm bells ringing when you hear a flim-flam artist like Trump. The Republican “war on science” is also a war on the intellectual habits needed to detect lies.

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Charts, graphs, and other quantifiable scientific data on climate change have made countless appearances in news feeds and journals. But there is still a significant number of people who remain uninformed and divided on the subject. Why? Because people don't respond well to numbers; they need stories that they can relate to. Global warming is already disrupting millions of human lives, and it's sad that this is what it takes for us to finally admit there's a problem.

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If you intend to comment on or share a post, read more than just the headline.

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Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

Weather permitting, anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk

Some recommendations!

Cell phones don’t take eclipse video! And plan to have your safe eclipse-viewing glasses within reach for before and after totality. Just before totality, if you have a good view of the horizon, look west to see the approaching shadow. After totality, look east low on the horizon for the departing shadow.
During totality, look for stars. You should be able to see the star Regulus in the solar corona or the stars of Orion.
During totality, we may see moving bands of shadows, like on the bottom of a swimming pool.

NASA created a specific website to provide a guide to this amazing event, including eclipse safety. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.
Go to>> https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Further reading

► 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: A Guide to Totality on August 21, 2017>>
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/total-solar-eclipse-august-2017/

► Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here Are the Best Live (Video) Streams>>
https://www.space.com/37736-total-solar-eclipse-2017-live-streams.html

► Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21>> https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html

► Xavier Jubier's Interactive Google Map of the 2017 Eclipse>>
http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

► Weather for America's Eclipse by Jay Anderson and Jennifer West>> http://eclipsophile.com/americas-eclipse/

Gif source>> https://nasa.tumblr.com

#SolarSystem, #TotalSolarEclipse2017, #Earth
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Read the Draft of the Climate Change Report

Trump probably doesn't want you to read it

"A final draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public but was obtained by The New York Times, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years. AUG. 7, 2017"

Report: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/climate/2017/climate-report-final-draft-clean.pdf

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I'm 30, educated, physically fit, but if I were not an American already, Trump would not let me become one.

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The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.

“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.

The authors note that thousands of studies, conducted by tens of thousands of scientists, have documented climate changes on land and in the air. “Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change,” they wrote.

Continue reading at the link.

Just spent 15 minutes watching news clips from early 2016 during the presidential race. It made me happy to recall a time when Trump was not the president. Those were good days...
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