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Arecibo is getting decommissioned

NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301674#.X7afajgoo88.twitter

Following a review of engineering assessments that found damage to the Arecibo Observatory cannot be stabilized without risk to construction workers and staff at the facility, the U.S. National Science Foundation will begin plans to decommission the 305-meter telescope, which for 57 years has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, planetary, solar system and geospace research.

The decision comes after NSF evaluated multiple assessments by independent engineering companies that found the telescope structure is in danger of a catastrophic failure and its cables may no longer be capable of carrying the loads they were designed to support. Furthermore, several assessments stated that any attempts at repairs could put workers in potentially life-threatening danger. Even in the event of repairs going forward, engineers found that the structure would likely present long-term stability issues.

Well that sucks. Thanks again 2020.

Maybe we could seriously consider building a radio telescope on the far side of the moon now?

Tuesday deadline to apply for membership on Colorado redistricting commissions!

Do you have some time to help shape the next 10 years of Colorado politics? Willing to work for a modest per diem?

From Colorado Sun:
Colorado needs more people to help redraw political maps. And lack of diversity remains an issue.

Colorado officials anticipated a diverse group of more than 1,000 applicants would be interested in serving on each of two panels voters created to redraw electoral representation districts.

Instead, they got a fraction of that number and a group that does not reflect the diversity of the state. That sparse response has led officials and advocates to sound the alarm just days before Tuesday’s application deadline.
...
The underwhelming number of applicants is exacerbated by a lack of diversity among those who have applied. Amendments X and Y require the state commission to reflect “Colorado’s racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity.” But so far, both pools of applicants are disproportionately white, over the age of 60 and male.


Apply here! Deadline is Tuesday!!

https://redistricting.colorado.gov


[on edit: removed inappropriate comment about not applying if you're a white male over 60]
Posted by CloudWatcher | Sun Nov 8, 2020, 10:55 PM (0 replies)

Think the press is doing a good job?

So ... do you think the news does a good job of covering important stories? Or at least attempts to?

Want to get outraged over which news the MSM chooses to cover?

Here's some important numbers that might be of interest (sorry I don't have any disaster videos to attach):

So far there have been about 850,000 total deaths world-wide due to the coronavirus.
Just yesterday there were about 4,200 dead world wide.

Awful. Really terrible right? I agree. Governments should be falling from their mismanagement of this crisis.

But now notice this under-reported news:

There are about 9 million deaths a year from hunger and hunger-related diseases.

That's about 25,000 a day.

Every day.

Funny how we don't even really hear about it. Maybe a story once in a great while, but easily forgotten among the 24x7 torrent of useless trivia that is considered news today. Never focused or loud enough for us to comprehend and grasp the magnitude and the sheer horror that is ... not news.

Our so-called civilization leaves a lot to be desired.

Corona Virus Source
Hunger Source

Why should you trust *your* VPN???

VPN services sound like a great idea. Send all your traffic (encrypted) to a VPN server and they fan out to the internet at large. So someone snooping on your traffic (e.g. your ISP) won't see anything about you but traffic to and from your VPN.

But ... now you must trust your VPN provider, since they will have all your traffic flowing through them.

And a lot of VPN's are not local to the US. Many are hosted in unfriendly waters. They are obviously high value targets for state-sponsored (and random) hacking.

This article showed up today writing about several VPN services in Hong Kong. All of them advertise "no logs kept" ... and all of them are keeping logs. And even keeping them in publicly accessible places.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/17/ufo_vpn_database/

... seven Hong-Kong-based VPN providers – UFO VPN, FAST VPN, Free VPN, Super VPN, Flash VPN, Secure VPN, and Rabbit VPN – all share a common entity, which provides a white-labelled VPN service. And they were all leaking data onto the internet

... records of websites visited, connection logs, people's names, subscribers' email and home addresses, plain-text passwords, Bitcoin and Paypal payment information, messages to support desks, device specifications, and account info.


Security is hard, the fear is strong, and the combination makes VPN services a ripe field for fraud.

Is there room yet?

So let me get this straight ... on 4/7/2019 Trump famously tweeted: Our Country is FULL!

So ... now that he's killed off well over 120,000 of us by criminally mismanaging the epidemic ... is there room yet?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1115057524770844672

100,269 Dead

Over 100k dead now in the US from the virus [*]. That's about a 9/11 every day for over a month.

And with all the idiots we have following Trump, I think we'll be lucky to keep it under 200k before this is over.

Wrongful death lawsuits?

Are there any lawyers here? I am honestly confused why the owners of almost all businesses are not scared sh*tless over the prospect of wrongful death claims against them if they reopen before the virus is under control.

It looks like reopening too soon will cost an enormous number of lives. Do business owners now have the right to kill their staff and customers to make a profit? Or does the virus count as some kind of "act of god" that gives everyone immunity from being incredibly stupid and reckless with other people's lives?

In a just world, the politicians would be held culpable as well, but I can imagine how they'd have some protection from the consequences of their stupidity. But business owners? I don't get it.

All I can think of is that it's not been a focus of the news, and those few that do consider it assume that the almighty GOP will hold them blameless.

Deaths now at 20 times that from 9/11

9/11 had 2977 fatalities and over 6000 injured (*)

The US is at 60,757 deaths from Coronavirus now (*). And over a million cases with an unknown percentage of them facing serious long-term health problems.

The death count is over 20 times 9/11. Twenty times. And we're far from being done with the body bags.

We fundamentally changed our society and started two wars because of 9/11.

What will our response to this be?

Rejection of science deniers?
Realization that elections matter?
Admitting that good government matters?

Maybe even thinking that health care, housing and food are basic rights?
Perhaps rejection of greed, alternate facts and Fox News?
Noticing that we really are a society and we are all in this together?

Or will Fox News and the sociopaths in power win the day and the idiots will continue to have us by our throats?

WC Fields famously said "Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump." (*).

Perhaps this is enough for voters to notice we've all been played for chumps and suckers.

USA #1 ... USA #1 ... USA #1

Well Trump has done it. We had more new cases of Covid-19 yesterday (13,355) than any other country. Spain was #2 with 7457 new cases, and Italy #3 with #5210.

We're still #3 on total number of cases, but it's really close and another 24 hours and we'll be #1 there too!!

While we're currently only 5th on new deaths per day, I'm sure by this time next week we'll be #1 there too!!

Go USA!! Go USA!! Go USA!!

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus




Is this really needed?

Criminal Co-Conspirators

I believe we should all start referring to the GOP Senate by their proper titles: Criminal Co-Conspirators.

They are not just letting Trump off the hook for his criminal acts ... they all expect to benefit from his crime sprees.
Posted by CloudWatcher | Mon Feb 3, 2020, 03:31 PM (3 replies)
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