Monday, January 18, 2021

"Solar Storms: A Threat from Space" from SW Documentary, discusses the Parker probe

CME of 23 July 2012

 DW Documentary Films presents “Solar Storms: A Threat from Space” (Jan 13, 2021), or alternatively. “A Puzzling Threat”,42 min.

The documentary starts out by discussing extreme disruption of the power grids that large solar storms can cause.  There is no explicit discussion of the Carrington event in 1859, but the consequences of the March 1989 storm on the grid in Quebec, especially the hydroelectric plant, is presented.

The overheating of large transformers could mean many areas would have prolonged outages, leading to food shortages, in the event of a major storm.  We missed the bullet in July 2012 and again in 2017 (a smaller storm).

Most of the documentary describes NASA’s planned Parker Solar Probe, which will revolved around the sun in the corona, at 6 million kilometers from the Sun’s “surface”.  The actual temperature in side the corona, which is sparse, is a few million degrees C. The bands of magnetic disturbance move quickly but actually double back on themselves as they move toward Earth.

The probe will pass Venus on the way.  At one time it had been contemplated to be slung around Jupiter.

The documentary did not claim that electronic components on Earth can be destroyed by a solar storm (they can by an E1-level EMP) as Anton Petrov did recently.

Picture: Embed from Wikipedia, NASA pd, solar storm in July 2012, click for attribution 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

New Yorker journalist Luke Morgelson's graphic video indoors of the Capitol Hill riot


July 4, 2016

Luke Mogelson reports in the New Yorker on the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021, with a 12-minute graphic video, in two segments.  The actual article is written by the New Yorker staff.  

CNN has shown the video repeatedly Sunday.

One of the most shocking is a scene in the Senate Chamber where a protester says, “Let’s form a new government.”  Then he asks, “where the f___ is Pelosi?”

The protesters were within 100 feet of Pence as Capitol police officer Goodman decoyed them.

They seem particularly upset with the lockdowns.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

CNN: "The Faces of the Trump Insurrection" publishes the faces of the intruders, and most wanted to be seen

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Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10 PM CNN presented “The Faces of the Trump Insurrection” with Anderson Cooper hosting.

Nicole Gaouette has a writeup on CNN.  

The documentary highlighted specific persons seen inside the Capitol and showed the charges against them.  For a few persons, it asked for the public to help.

The analysts at the end see the radicalization as progressive, and compared it to ISIS, where radicals were told eventually to stir up chaos at home.

Wikipedia: embed of Jan 6 protest gathering west entrance  click for attribution 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

"The Capitol Riots and BLM Protests Comparison"



The Capitol Riots and BLM Riots Comparison”, visual podcast on DarkHorse Podcast Clips, with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.

You can’t let everyone decide for themselves when to start a revolution, he says.

The speakers don’t see a lot of difference between the riots, except for the possible consequences.

He mentions a WSJ essay by Aaron Alexander Zubia, “The Founders’ Guide to Knock Down/Drag Out Fighting”.

There is the question of “who is right to listen to” (that is, my “privilege of being listened to”.)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

CNN: "The Trump Insurrection: 24 Hours that Shook America"

2021 storming of the United States Capitol 09 (cropped)


CNN Special Reports presents “The Trump Insurrection: 24 Hours that Shook America”, one hour, best link so far

The course of the event was even more dangerous than most of us knew.  One capitol policeman, black, led the protesters away from where members of Congress were.  However, it doesn't appear that many of the people who actually entered had firearms.  

Pelosi has already asked, what if Trump pardons all the “protesters”?

There had been discussions of bizarre ways to change the electoral votes at the last minute under duress.

One aim of the protesters was to destroy the electoral count certificates physically (Wikipedia). 

Why were Capitol Police unprepared for this, when they would have been all over a Black Lives Matter protest?

Wikipedia: embed of protest picture, click for attribution 

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Police Battle Trump Supporters: raw video from today

The Mall, from Monument, 2007

Here is a quick film ("Police Battle Trump Supporters, Raw Video" from today’s violence from the “Trump supporters” invading the Capitol by News2hare.

Note the intensity of the activity as "protesters" scale walls and overwhelm security forces to get into Capitol, and later roamed and even got into the Senate chambers as well as into Nancy Pelosi's office.

This disruption started around 2 PM after Ted Cruz had spoken in the Senate proposing his "commission" and lasted until about 6 PM when the curfew started.  Slowly, protesters were pushed out of the Capitol. 

I was at home today, getting repairs done and watched the whole thing, mostly on Fox.   

It’s OK to embed this but not to “rip” from it for other film, check the notes regarding licensing on News2Share videos. 

Update: Jan. 7

Ford Fischer explains what he saw to a local Massachusetts newspaper (he is a MA native) and it is shocking. He points out that Trump's 11 AM speech did not explicitly condone violence (the major media has not pointed that out). 

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Trump rally in Georgia declares "war" on the Constitution



Well, this recorded livestream of Trump’s rally in Dalton, Georgia on Monday night certain embeds a threat to freedom.

The law, the Constitution doesn’t apply to him?

He even threatened Pence.

I have to admit that he calling upon people to “fight”, something that others seemed to demand of me when I was a child, and I resisted.  I resented being forced to fight with people I didn’t like.

Of course, there came the Army, and the draft, in 1968.

Wikipedia embed, downtown Dalton, click for attribution