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23 December 2010

drauma, Climate


I am a worker, a tombstone mason, anxious to pleace
averyburies and jully glad when Christmas comes his once ayear. You
are a poorjoist, unctuous to polise nopebobbies and tunnibelly
soully when 'tis thime took o'er home, gin. We cannot say aye
to aye. We cannot smile noes from noes. Still. ....

where in the waste is the wisdom?

Say it with missiles then and thus arabesque the page.

...And, speaking anent Tiberias and other
incestuish salacities among gerontophils, a word of warning
about the tenderloined passion hinted at. Some softnosed
peruser might mayhem take it up erogenously as the usual case of
spoons, prostituta in herba plus dinky pinks deliberatively
summersaulting off her bisexycle, at the main entrance of curate's
perpetual soutane suit with her one to see and awoh! who picks her
up as gingerly as any balmbearer would to feel whereupon the
virgin was most hurt and nicely asking: whyre have you been so
grace a mauling and where were you chaste me child? Be who,
farther potential? and so wider but we grisly old Sykos who have
done our unsmiling bit on 'alices, when they were yung and
easily freudened, in the penumbra of the procuring room and
what oracular comepression we have had apply to them! could
(did we care to sell our feebought silence in camera) tell our very
moistnostrilled one that father in such virgated contexts is not
always that undemonstrative relative (often held up to our
contumacy) who settles our hashbill for us and what an innocent
allabroad's adverb such as Michaelly looks like can be suggestive
of under the pudendascope and, finally, what a neurasthene
nympholept, endocrine-pineal typus, of inverted parentage with a
prepossessing drauma present in her past and a priapic urge for
congress with agnates before cognates fundamentally is feeling
for under her lubricitous meiosis when she refers with liking to
some feeler she fancie's face. And Mm. We could. Yet what need
to say? 'Tis as human a little story as paper could well carry,.....



The most extreme climate event of the modern era (the Cenozoic—65 Ma to the present) was the

Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum, which occurred at around 55 Ma. [1]

Apparently, deep-sea temperatures were warming gradually when methane hydrates (ice containing CH4) in seafloor sediments melted and belched massive amounts of CH4 into the atmosphere. [2] Addition of this greenhouse gas to the already high levels of CO2 (approximately 0.2%) triggered a
global warming of 5°C to 7°C over about 10,000 years. [3] Recovery was slow, taking over 100,000 years from the onset of the event.

Support for this interpretation derives from the gradual decline in 18O and 13C values during the Paleocene (evident in drill core samples from deep-sea bed sediments), interrupted by a precipitous drop in both measures;
the drop in 18O values reflects a temperature spike,
whereas that in 13C values reflects that the CH4 released from the seafloor was enriched in the lighter isotope, 12C.

The two other major climatic deviations that occurred during the modern era were
global cooling events, indicated by
positive shifts in 18O values. [4]

The first of these (the
Oi-1 Glaciation) involved the sudden growth of ice sheets on Antarctica at about 34.0 Ma (the Eocene–Oligocene boundary). This event inaugurated 400,000 years of glaciation and caused worldwide shifts in the distribution of marine biogenic sediments and an overall increase in ocean photosynthetic productivity (thereby increasing 13C).

The second climatic deviation (the
Mi-1 Glaciation) was a brief but intense glacial maximum that occurred at about 23 Ma (the Oligocene–Miocene boundary). By the end of Mi-1, ocean productivity (and 13C values) had again increased, and atmospheric CO2 concentrations had diminished to less than 0.03%.

The Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum, Oi-1, and Mi-1 events precipitated the loss of certain organisms and accelerated speciation of others. Of particular note are the
extinction of benthic protozoans (single-celled animals who lived in sea or lake bottoms) at the Thermal Maximum,

the appearance of baleen whales and decline of broadleaf forests at the Oi-1 Glaciation,

and the extinction of Caribbean corals at the Mi-1 Glaciation.

Although the isotope records and other geological evidence indicate climatic variation throughout the modern era, including numerous glacial and interglacial periods, no other events approach in magnitude the Thermal Maximum, Oi-1 Glaciation, or Mi-1 Glaciation.

So: Cold -> More ocean photosynthesis (dissolved gas? dust from deserts? or hot oceans = less life ??
Less broadleaf forests


[1] Zachos, J., M. Pagani, L. Sloan, E. Thomas, and K. Billups (2001) Trends, rhythms, and aberrations in global climate 65 Ma to present. Science 292:686-693.
[4] Zachos, J., M. Pagani, L. Sloan, E. Thomas, and K. Billups (2001) Trends, rhythms, and aberrations in global climate 65 Ma to present. Science 292:686-693.

This is an excerpt from the book Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines by Dr. Arnold J. Bloom and taken from UCVerse of the University of California.


Professor Bloom has created the definitive textbook on climate change.


Gay Soldiers,Kornet, Good books

Gay Soldiers

Seems a natural fit.
Invasion by Alexander's Macedonian Phalanx rather like a tour by a particularly nasty Gay dancing troupe. They arrive, set up a concert/battle in a field outside town entertain/kill a lot of young men, then leave the country soon after. If you're lucky they rename a town with a Girlie title ("Alexandria"?)


"On Dec. 6, a Kornet anti-tank missile fired for the first time in Gaza, hit an IDF tank and penetrated its outer shell. Luckily, the missile did not explode inside the tank. We're talking about a massive missile..." Ashkenazi
[massive? the system is carried by 2 blokes ... I trust thats not Ashenazi the pianist...]

While the tank crew was unharmed in the latest incident, the IDF did sustain casualties from the Russian-made Kornet during the 2006 Lebanon War. The Islamic armed group Hezbollah used it against IDF tanks, a Navy missile boat and a heavy transport helicopter and killed the entire crew aboard.
[the boat attack was from some big winged old-fashioned looking StoS missile, not a Kornet]
On Sunday, the IDF announced it plans to deploy tanks fitted with a new active armor protection system along the Gaza border,..
Deployment of the Me'il Ruach (Windbreaker) system is scheduled to begin in January...

Me'il Ruach (Windbreaker).. marketed ..under the name Trophy.

from ZE blogsite:
The tandem warhead is not intended to explode inside the penetrated vehicle, but to trigger the reactive armor and let the main charge to do the penetration, AFAIK. This is most probably is just bad journalism and what he meant that the penetration didn't cause fire or munition explosion inside the tank.
The IDF is going to deploy the 9th armoured Battalion to Gaza, which is the only Battalion so far to be equiped with the Trophy system.
It is a known fact that hamas got kornets and Metis AT missiles since 2006-7, so why weren't the 9th Bat deployed there ASAP after the upgrade is beyond me.
The trophy anti-atgm system can make tanks almost immune to ATGM's, but they cost 300,000 per kit, per tank. They also have 4 shots and then have to be reloaded manually. Thus, the IDF plans to equip, at the start, one brigade as a frontline 'speapoint' brigade to be the first in incase of a war with Hezbollah or Hamas. Later, other brigades would be equipped.
Trophy has an automatic-reload system, Iron Fist don't. Trophy cannot defeat tank kinetic sabot round, Iron Fist can. "/
Trophy,...detects an incoming missile and fires a projectile at it,
[some knd of 'metal storm'??]

Some confusion... Despite the above Chinese news report, Its unclear whether Kornets were used in Lebanon 2006. Russia hasnt admitted it, TelAviv hasnt officially confirmed? [wikip says yes]

2006 was peculiar: IDF semed not to use attack helicopters. Apparently they were freaked out by the loss of the 'heavy transport helicopter' If it was by a Kornet, then warfare has changed.
wikipedia 9M133_Kornet
Other suggestions were that HezB simply used a lot of older cheaper ATMissiles.
HezB had tiny video cameras all around the valleys? Important that it was valleys. On a broad plain, it wold be harder to saturate-attack tanks. Deep tunnels with re-inforced concrete were much safer than the Vietcong mud tunnels, which collapsed under heavy bombs.
'Iron Fist' an explosive projectile interceptor .. similar to a small mortar bomb,.. uses only the blast effect ..crushing the soft components of a shaped charge or deflecting and destabilizing the missile or kinetic rod in their flight. The interceptor is made of combustible envelope.. Without the risk of shrapnel [might even work, occasionally?]
All these protection systems can be overwhelmed. You need lots of cheap ATMissiles but.
You also need Tanks to be on known roads.
Seems to be some confusion about shrapnel" IronFist is great because it doesnt have any, Trophy has lots. Bad luck for Infantry nearby?


Jaron Lanier

likes USA, doesnt like Wikileaks, doesnt like anti-abortionists, seems traumatised that he missed out on EFF

It is often pointed out that Wikileaks didn't leak all the diplomatic cables it had, but only a small percentage that was filtered through traditional news organizations, as if this were a sign of deliberation and moderation.
But it did use all of the cables for blackmail. Encrypted copies were sent around the world, creating what is known as a "dead man switch." It was claimed that the encrypted cables contained genuinely dangerous information. Under certain circumstances the key would be released. Is this not similar to the case of the abortion doctors?

[ er .. well.. depends what side youre on JL ... its a thing called a Moral decision .. um ..
Doctorkilling = bad
=> revealing Doctors addresses = bad
=> revealing USAnian lies and deception = bad
is a tivially false syllogism]
I hope that Julian is not dissappeared, but if he is, I hope the "dead mans switch" works.

'deliberation and moderation' - gee Jaron, I guess thats having Old Joe Biden hold your hand while Hilary administers the waterboarding...

Wikileaks grew out of a forum hosted by John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I almost became one of the founders of EFF as well. I was at the founding meeting, a meal in San Francisco's Mission District with John, John Perry Barlow, and Mitch Kapor. What kept me out of EFF was a sudden feeling -- at that very meal -- that something was going wrong.

[Hey JL maybe they thought you were a tedious prick]
There was a fascination with using encryption to make hackers potentially as powerful as governments, and that disturbed me. I could feel the surge of ego: We hackers could change history. But if there's one lesson of history, it is that seeking power doesn't change the world. You need to change yourself along with the world. Civil disobedience is a spiritual discipline as much as anything else.

[ ha ha I hope JL gets a decent stipend from The Atlantic, and good luck with that 'spiritual discipline']

Good books

of 2010
Taylor, Jeremy :Not a Chimp: The Hunt for the Genes That Make Us Human
Wells, Spencer :Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Costs of Civilization Wells, Spencer
Finkbeiner, Ann :The Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe ..
Harman, Oren :>The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness Harman
McElheny, Victor K. :The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Kean, Sam
:Drawing the Map of Life: Inside the Human Genome Project

Hawking, Stephen & :The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life ..
Leonard, Annie :>The Story of Stuff:
How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-..
Foster, John Bellamy & :>Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on Earth ..
Collins, Francis S. :The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine ..

Mukherjee, Siddhartha :The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Mukherjee, Siddhartha

Stipp, David :The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution

Ferris, Timothy :The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature Ferris, Timothy

Vaillant, John :The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

Greenberg, Paul :>Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Costa, Rebecca :>The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction Costa, Rebecca

Stannard, Russell :>The End of Discovery: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable?..

Kelly, Kevin :What Technology Wants
Bellos Alex :Alex's Adventures in Numberland:..
Conniff Richard :The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth ..
Sacks Oliver Wolf :The Mind's Eye ..
Ball Philip :The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It
Sample Ian :Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle
Greenberg Paul :Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food..
Hyde Lewis :Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership
Wu Tim :>The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Winchester Simon :Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms..
Hiltzik Michael :Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
Whitty Julia :Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Fine Cordelia :Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference ..
Siddhartha Mukherjee :The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer..
Chivers C.J. :The Gun
Ancient Penguins

Waimanu manneringi and the slightly younger and smaller Waimanu tuatahi. .. from the South Island of New Zealand. The oldest fossils of Waimanu manneringi are an astounding 61.6 million years old ..
Climate was much warmer...Few large mammals ..Cretaceous extinction .. killed off many marine reptiles such as mosasaurs and plesiosaurs, as well as decimating sharks. This created an opportunity ..and penguins were among the first to take it. In fact, Waimanu.. plied the oceans long before the first fully aquatic whales and pinnipeds ..
[So I guess the oceans werent dead zones?]
During the Paleocene Epoch, the time interval when Waimanu appeared, climate was much warmer than today: average global sea temperature was about 6-8°C higher than today [10].
a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=five-things-you-never-knew-about-pe-2010-12-20 <">scientificamerican

10. Zachos, J., M. Pagani, L. Sloan, E. Thomas, and K. Billups. 2001. Trends, rhythms, and aberrations in global climate 65 Ma to present. Science 292:686.
tentacle arm

21 December 2010

Tetanus, Yew, Acai


On St Kilda 56 babies between 1855 & 1876 41 died, most from neonatal tetanus.. the midwife or bean-ghluine ( knee woman) used red fulmar oil to anoint the cut umbilical.. .. the oil stored for years in a goose stomach ... Rev Fidde halted this practice.. but the population had already sunk too low (?) .. the last 35 inhabitants evacuated in 1930

Bernard Dixon How Microbes rule the world 1994 (94 is a now a long time ago in biology)
Its clear why the UN calls ye olde midwives TBA (Traditional Birth Attendants) and reserves 'Midwife" for modern evidence-based practitioners

the BBC disagrees:

Recent research has suggested that the tetanus bacterium was not present in the oil at all, but in the soil.
The 8-day illness was thought to be the result of unhygienic living conditions, pollution by heavy metals and dioxins. It was eradicated after 1891 following the introduction of hygienic nursing practices. -
the Goose stomach may have been the reservoir for C.tetani
[8-day seems unlikely to be from soot]



Yew Wood

Churches in England are often near ancient Yew trees, older than the buildings...
Long-bow Yew timber was obtained from Spain and Italy, the English Yew wood was too britle.
The Long-bow itself couldn't be used in humid Mediterraen latitudes.
Heart for compressive strength, sapwood for tensle. Easier to mass produce than the Parthian compound bow (horn+, sinew...?)



Acai Extract Shows Brain Health Potential December 2010

.. autophagy ..controlled degradation of cells, .. berry extracts may enhance the process ..Center on Aging at Tufts U..

..... anti-inflammatory effects of acai extracts in microglia ... in rodents...acai pulp protected against.. including COX-2 and TNF-alpha.
The acai fruit is mostly found on the beaches of Brazil and Peru.
(Euterpe oleracea) is a species of palm tree ... . flavoring in tequila,
Dr Oz apparently pushed for weight loss..
'fruit of the moment' 2007 - it seems I have arrived late at this craze