Negan was right, “I’m bringing ORDER to this shit!” I seem to remember this above all else OVER the constant shit about how a society deals with, ‘The most vulnerable.’ Or as I call them, the people that would be culled due to inadequacy and weakness. Most people born with the inability to care for self would naturally die out and the strong would survive. Weak assholes liberalize the reason for non-producers to survive in a time of plenty because they are idiots who can’t live with themselves if they actually made the right decision about defective human animals. These people are eradicated on a natural level. If you cannot contribute to the village pot, you are turned out or driven out due to your uselessness. This is life as an animal in the real world.
Most stupid humans try to believe that they are beyond their animal origins and believe that overpopulation is not an issue due to bullshit asshole hubris believing that they are above the ecosystem of the basic animal. This is fucking crap! Humans have busted out of the ecosystem that they occupy resulting in unnatural results such as adjusting habitat situations resulting in elevated murder/crime statistics resulting from too many rats in the maze. We are an animal regardless of the religious communities opinions or dictates and the opinions of the assholes that believe we are better than the things that they allow to piss on their lawns.
We have problems that are going to kill us as a species related to the opinion that we are above the other mammals on our planet. Until we manage our villages like we do our rabbit hutches and hen houses, we are going to spiral out of control and kill each other trying to take resources to survive.
Hello America, today is yet another day that we can say, “Days without presidential embarrassment…..FUCKING ZERO! And counting. I had hoped to be a holdout to encourage folks to give him a chance, but he is proving himself a 1% asshole just like the rest of the Washington ilk! I am in the middle of the teeter totter. I balance myself in the middle while the angry children on the Left and Right try to knock each other in the dirt. My ass doesn’t end up there because I have found the mathematical perfect position of balance between two warring and extreme knee-jerk factions, none of them right but full of emotional conflict.
My position is to examine all of the facts and examine ways to solve complex problems, the Left and Right positions are examples of how children quarrel over a toy ending in the weakest one sustaining an injury while the winner gloats over the show of blood. It is very strange how the sociopathic Darwinist takes the position of peacemaker and caregiver of wounds in the midst of supposed normal folk who lust for blood at the enemy’s expense. I usually attempt to lead the religious zealot to the climate change believer and try to broker a peace and mutual understanding between them, me, the social Darwinist who believes that Eugenics wasn’t all bad and that death row inmates and lifers should face mandatory sterilization, believes that mediation could result in rational outcomes and the betterment of mankind in general…DUH!
The Donald is fucking irrational and deluded. He is busy not connecting with the majority of us as he stated he would! He is busy still fucking off at Mar-a-lago at our expense and fucking the local economy by causing a shutdown of all of the airport businesses due to restrictions related to Airforce One flying in their area of operations. Every commercial aircraft is grounded while The Donald’s plane is in the area! This is causing businesses to go bankrupt and the economy to take a downturn which is contrary to the message that he sent during his campaign of restoring the middle class. He isn’t for restoring the middle class, he doesn’t even install middle class friendly people to his cabinet. He elects those who have a strong dislike for those not in their country club and those who hob-knob with the 1%. You see, these assholes are not the 1%, not Donald, not his acolytes or his sycophantic fucktards. The 1% is unknown to us and multi-generational. These people operate above Donald and Bill Gates. These are the Billionaires that we know. The 1% operate above the law and don’t give a shit about the feeble every-day problems of the rich and the poor, they just pit them against each other to create a smoke screen for the constant fleecing.
The Donald was an answer to nothing that was supposed to be an answer to politics as usual. Now we have uncertainty and erratic bullshit over any balanced decision making resulting in a worry over whether or not Donald will kill us all. This dick cannot just shoot off his mouth and expect people to accept him as anything but ridiculous! Our President must respond with diplomacy and measured rhetoric before dropping a big assed bomb on any opponent. It’s like a chess game, not getting punched and reacting. This shit is gonna get us into something that the American people cannot extract themselves from for at least a decade, so pay attention people! Get the net and start being as afraid of this asshole’s policies as any other fair and balanced person!
I am on alert and am reasoning with the people that I can reason with. I am pissed about bullshit and complacency and ignorance and am well against it and need to warn others of the Donald’s idiocies. This fuck needs to NOT have 4 years of fucking us all. The Left needs to GIVE us a candidate like Sanders that we can use to fix certain things and veto others. Fix it and socialize education Goddammit! Get yer ass in gear! Donald is a loser!
ABOUT :: BIOGRAPHY
Carolyn Porco is the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassinimission presently in orbit around Saturn, a veteran imaging scientist of theVoyager mission to the outer solar system in the 1980s, and an imaging scientist on the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Carolyn has co-authored over 115 scientific papers on a variety of subjects in astronomy and planetary science and has become a regular public commentator on science, astronomy, planetary exploration, and the intersection of science and religion. Her popular science writings have appeared in such distinguished publications as the London Sunday Times, The New York Times, the Guardian, Astronomy magazine, the PBS and BBC websites, the Arizona Daily Star, Sky and Telescope, Scientific American, and American Scientist.
Carolyn’s research over the past 40 years has ranged across the outer solar system to the interstellar medium. The majority of her time has been spent studying the planetary rings encircling the giant planets and the interactions between rings and orbiting moons. In particular, she has been responsible for the discovery of one of the Neptune ring arcs; for elucidating the behavior of the non-axisymmetric rings and ring edges in the rings of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and for predicting in 1993 (along with then University of Arizona graduate student Mark Marley) that acoustic oscillations within the body of Saturn could produce specific wave features in Saturn’s rings. This prediction was verified 20 years later using Cassini observations, resulting in the first demonstration that planetary rings could serve as a seismograph and ultimately provide the means to improve knowledge of a planet’s internal structure.
Carolyn has also been responsible for leading the Cassini imaging team in a host of seminal discoveries on Jupiter and its ring during Cassini’s flyby of that planet in 2000/2001, and on Saturn and its rings and moons since the spacecraft’s arrival there in 2004.
In recent years, Carolyn has increasingly turned her attention to the study of Enceladus, the small Saturnian moon whose south polar region was found, in images taken by her Cassini team, to be the site of over 100 tall geysers of icy particles erupting from four distinct, deep fractures crossing the region. This and other Cassini findings point to a sub-surface, salty, organics-rich sea beneath the south polar terrain as the geysers’ source, making Enceladus home to the most accessible extraterrestrial habitable zone in the solar system.
Carolyn continues to be active in the presentation of science to the public as the leader of the Cassini Imaging Team. She is the creator/editor of the team’sCICLOPS website where Cassini images are posted, and she writes the site’s homepage “Captain’s Log” greetings to the public. Carolyn is a popular public lecturer and speaks frequently on the Cassini mission and planetary exploration in general. She has appeared at such renowned cross-disciplinary conferences as TED (2009, 2007) and PopTech (2006, 2005). She is the CEO and President of Diamond Sky Productions, LLC.
For the 1997 film Contact, based on the novel by fellow astronomer Carl Sagan, Carolyn served as the consultant on the main character, Ellie Arroway. In 2008, she was invited by J.J. Abrams, the director/producer of the 2009 release, Star Trek, to join the film’s production crew as a consultant on planetary imagery.
Carolyn was responsible for the proposal to honor the late renowned planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker by sending a portion of his cremains to the moon aboard the Lunar Prospector spacecraft. She also conceived of the epitaph, engraved on a thin brass foil, which accompanied the ashes to the moon.
Carolyn played instrumental roles in the taking of three iconic photographs of planet Earth from the outer solar system. She participated, along with Carl Sagan, in planning the 1990 “Portrait of the Planets” taken with the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which included the famous Pale Blue Dot image of Earth. Later with Cassini, she and her team took one of Cassini’s most beloved images of Saturn and its rings during the planet’s solar eclipse, with Earth visible in the distance. And she is the creator of The Day The Earth Smiled, an event that took place on July 19, 2013, when Cassini once again pointed sunward to image Saturn, its rings and the Earth. This time, however, a long-distance photo of Earthwas taken with the full advance knowledge of members of the public, who were invited to take part in a day of reflection and celebration of humanity’s place in the cosmos.
Carolyn has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors for her contributions to science and the public sphere. She is the namesake of Asteroid (7231) Porco, which was named to honor her work in planetary science. In 1999, she was selected by the London Sunday Times as one of 18 scientific leaders of the 21st century, and by Industrial Week as one of “50 Stars to Watch”. In 2009, New Statesman named her as one of the “50 People Who Matter Today.” In 2010 she was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal, presented by the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public. And in 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space byTIME magazine.
-Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist just interviewed her and she is the most incredible person! Voyager, Cassini, Humanist of the Year, technical adviser on TWO of my favorite movies? This person has lived life to the fullest and is good without gods! What a refreshing interview.
Atheists are funny people, so caught up in logical thinking and free thought, so allied to evidence and proof that they sometimes fail to see the wonder in that which they know nothing of. I speak, of course, about the things that we know nothing of!! That which is a mystery, something without a human rationale or explanation if you will. Well bloody Hell, I guess that I’m speaking of that which actually lead me to atheism over blind faith; wonderment! The vacuous theist is always asking the non-believer what they could possibly see in rote science and absolute fact, I say that the expansive domain of science and the fact that it dangles the carrot of eventual explanation over my head causes me ceaseless awe! The constant discovery of astronomical phenomenon continues to generate thousands upon thousands of questions that set us on a constant quest for answers, and this takes time. This is time spent thinking and coming up with reams of information beyond ‘Gawd did it.’
Theists do not stop to think for one minute that the image that we are seeing in the telescope could actually be God for freethinking nerds! We see these discoveries in the skies and on Earth as giving us the incredible wonders that belief in God gives theists, we just happen to defer to proof over hearsay and myth. To us, the atheist nerds of the world, we see the myopic belief in deities as a cop-out for actual research that would take a closed-minded person outside the insular little box. Many believers would cite scientists that are believers, but we all know that since 90% of people are sheep and 10% are forward thinkers, there will be many educated ‘dumb’ people, as Bill Mahar says, that continue to hold onto baseless beliefs such as the belief in sky fairies.
I know that when I go outside on a cloudless night, I spend several minutes just staring at the expanse of the visible universe. I find awe in the breathtaking immensity of it all and of the wondrous light show that it puts on day after day. I am literally knocked over by the fact that it is so many billions of years old and that it will exist long after man has passed from this Earth. The sad and small-minded thing about belief is the tiny little thinking that man is actually important in all of this. Human beings keep inventing gods so that they can continue to convince themselves that they are somehow the center of this whole thing and that they are relevant. This is complete sentient foolishness brought on by a primitive fear of the dark and a desire to constantly create the need for oppression of one’s fellow beings. The wonder is in the discovery, not in the limitations of explaining things off to superstition through a myriad of faulty morally bankrupt gods. The minority, the 10% can’t even begin to describe these wonders that go beyond the closed-minded constructs of religion because the believer is too busy holding their hands over their ears to keep from actually learning something beyond theology. This isn’t ALL of the religious, but it is most. As long as one chalks up vastly incredible things to a God that couldn’t even share that the world was round to His closest confidants, a large portion of humanity will continue to resist the advances of science.
I am skeptical of most things. I am skeptical of many atheist agendas, mainly because as an atheist, I do not wish to lead others astray with false information. I wish only to expose foolishness where it exists, and to spotlight the need for more non-believers to come out of the closet. I wish to share the great relationship that I have with reason and to have others see the incredible wonders of human scientific discovery that I see now and will see in the future, science willing. I realize that there are Orwellian things that science will allow man to do, but I also am very well read in the historical horrors of religious conquest. Man is a fallible being and seems to always choose the path of least resistance, but when faced with religion and science; I choose that science be the dominant factor.
I close this for all science geeks everywhere by saying that when I need to experience awe, I turn to images from the Hubble, not to the empty promises of unfounded myth. If there is a chance that some would be insulted by this than I would direct future visitors to the ‘About’ page which explains that this site is for those who think for themselves and exercise logic and reason over superstition, and that I do not exist to rub salve on the wounds of those offended by things that they don’t agree with.
- In one of the nearest big galaxies, M82, a rare type of supernova exploded
- Meg Urry: Its uniform luminosity makes it valuable in measuring cosmic distance
- She says finding supernovae has led directly to the discovery of dark energy
- Urry: We are seeing this light 11.4 million years after the real explosion
Editor’s note: Meg Urry is the Israel Munson professor of physics and astronomy at Yale University and director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
(CNN) — The other night, as I sat in the telescope operation room at the Keck Observatory in Waimea, Hawaii, preparing with colleagues to measure light from some of the most distant galaxies known, the phone rang with startling news.
An exploding star had been sighted in M82, one of the nearest big galaxies. The “supernova” (as such stellar explosions are called) was a special, rare “Type Ia” — the kind that led to the Nobel-worthy discovery of dark energy.
Type Ia supernovae have happened in our galactic neighborhood only three times in the last 80 years. Like astronomers around the world, we were excited to be at a world-leading telescope, where we could collect new information about this rare event.
The new supernova, SN2014J, is 11.4 million light-years from Earth, a mere stone’s throw in cosmic terms. The previous record-holders were found in 1937 (14 million light-years away) and 1972 (16 million light-years away).
Supernovae occur at the end of a star’s life when its furnace runs out of fuel. Because gravity then overcomes the star’s ability to remain puffed up, there is a violent collapse, followed by an explosion that produces radioactive elements such as nickel and cobalt. Most of the light we see from a supernova is emitted as those radioactive elements decay, so the brightness falls sharply over a period of weeks.
Incidentally, all the iron in your blood came from the decay of radioactive nickel manufactured in a stellar explosion. So most of the atoms in your body were once in the interiors of stars.
Because supernovae change brightness very quickly compared with galaxies (months compared with billions of years for galaxies), we quickly diverted the Keck telescope from our intended targets to SN2014J. Our galaxies will look the same another night, but the supernova won’t.
Amazingly, a professor and his students at the University of London Observatory had discovered SN2014J well before it reached its peak brightness.
“The weather was closing in, with increasing cloud,” said professor Steve Fossey. “So instead of the planned practical astronomy class, I gave the students an introductory demonstration of how to use the CCD camera on one of the observatory’s automated 0.35-meter telescopes.”
Deciding to look at M82 was almost pure luck — there were fewer clouds in that direction, and the galaxy was pretty and bright. But Fossey quickly noticed M82 didn’t look right: It seemed to contain a bright new star. He realized this might be a supernova and, together with his students, worked feverishly to rule out other explanations (such as a flaw in the camera or an asteroid in our galaxy appearing to pass by M82). In short order, the discovery of the new supernova was confirmed, and the e-mail alerts and notifications began.
Tom Wright, one of the students, said, “One minute we’re eating pizza, then five minutes later we’ve helped to discover a supernova. I couldn’t believe it.”
The only supernova that’s more extraordinary is SN1987A, which was discovered in 1987. It is in a tiny satellite galaxy orbiting the Milky Way, about 160,000 light-years away and 70 times closer than SN2014J.
Here’s an analogy for the vast distances across which we see supernovae: Imagine if 1987A were on the back porch. Then SN2014J would be just down the street; a garden-variety nearby supernovae would be in the next town, and the most distant supernovae would be over in the next state.
Space is very empty — there are only a few big galaxies near us. On average, the distance to the nearest big galaxy is about 100 times its size. But space is also huge, and there are billions of galaxies.
In an ordinary big galaxy such as the Milky Way, one supernova — of any type — happens only every hundred years or so. But since there are so many galaxies in the universe, millions of supernovae go off every year. From Earth, we can see hundreds of these.
One recipe we can use to find a supernova is to take pictures of a few hundred galaxies, repeat a few weeks later and look for the difference. The supernova will look like an overly bright star compared with the galaxy in which it lies.
Finding one supernova in several hundred galaxies is equivalent to staring at one galaxy for several hundred years.
M82 is an unusual galaxy because it has a high rate of star formation. That’s why two other supernovae were found in M82 as recently as 2008 and 2004. But they were not the special Type Ia supernovae. Because we have a good idea of how much light is emitted by Type Ia supernovae, the brightness we observe is a direct indicator of the distance to the host galaxy. This makes Type Ia supernovae incredibly valuable for measuring cosmic distances.
Careful observations of Type Ia supernovae across the universe were essential to measuring the expansion history of the universe over billions of years. This led directly to the discovery of dark energy, a sort of fifth fundamental force that is now one of the most important unknowns in physics or astronomy.
The reason Type Ia supernovae are special is their uniformity. Basically, they all explode at about the same mass, so they are all roughly equally luminous. Better understanding the physics of that explosion and the effect of local galactic environment will make Type Ia supernovae even better “standard candles” and improve our understanding of the properties of dark energy and the cosmological evolution of the universe. The more data we can get, and the closer the supernova, the better the calibration.
We are lucky that SN2014J was discovered about two weeks before it will reach its maximum brightness, rather than after. For the next week or so, the data will get better as the supernova gets brighter.
On Tuesday night, it was reported to be 11th magnitude (astronomer units), which is about 100 times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye. But it should get at least 10 times brighter, with a maximum around 8th magnitude — not visible to the naked eye but certainly discernible with a good pair of binoculars.
M82 lies far north in the sky, in the constellation Ursa Major, near the Big Dipper, above the Dipper’s bowl and about a third of the way over toward Polaris, the North Star. So if you can see the Big Dipper and the North Star, take a shot at seeing one of the most unusual supernovae in your lifetime.
Of course, you can’t get too excited about the timing. We see this light 11.4 million years after the explosion happened, because of the time light takes to reach our galaxy. So it was a really special time in M82 11.4 million years ago.
I am an atheist BECAUSE I see wonder in the world. I refuse to limit myself with myth and superstition and choose to let my mind wander the stars in wonderment! Creation explains nothing wondrous, it just aligns it with a religious belief system that is so limited in the eyes of the universe as to be almost myopic. During the past few days I have had a little bit of a sparring contest with a christian apologist who sees religion with the eyes of a scientist. This person actually believes that belief in Jesus expands the mind rather than limits it. Anyone who has truly studied the bible knows that 90% of christians DO NOT know their own bible and the atrocities contained therein. These people only know of the feel good stories of the love and benevolence of ‘The Lord.’
I see ‘The Lord’ as a crutch for the weak and a mass delusion resulting from early indoctrination, not the eye opener to the known universe. My take on it is that if ‘He’ was so almighty then so many little children would not be in slavery around the world, dying of cancer or getting killed in school shootings. As I see it, ‘The Lord’ is sitting on his hands if ‘He’ truly exists or he simply does NOT exist! I chose the latter due to the overwhelming LACK of evidence for “His’ existence! The universe is currently being probed by telescopes and other instruments that reveal HUGE holes in the Creationist belief and give us facts everyday attributed to actual science.
If you want wonder, listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson on the universe and it’s many incredible aspects. If you want to be limited by superstition, then go to your local church where the uninformed attribute these things to an invisible Sky Fairy that they cannot even summon for an interview! Continue to believe that the most powerful being in existence who can do ANYTHING requires the supplication of us primitive human beings! The concept of this is sooo disturbing that it borders on committable mental illness!
I WANT wonder, and the way that I receive it is to delve deeper into the known sciences and learn what thousands of geniuses have written in hundreds of thousands of papers published over the years. When I was in the church, I learned how to limit the scope of my inquiry and narrow it to the illogical explanations of religious nature. I now look at the universe without the blinders of the people that tried to exterminate freethought and forward thinkers. I have loosed my mind upon the still unexplained parts of the scientific realm and eagerly await the answers to come! That which I definitely know, is that the quest will NOT lead back to religion or ‘GOD.’