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Politics / Climate change
November 22, 2013, 07:22:22 AM
Climate change is not a concern.

We are in a cool inter-glacial:

The temp has not risen in 17 years:

What are we worried about again?
Radio and Podcasts / Art Bell channel on Sirus
November 17, 2013, 11:09:11 AM
Hopefully Somewhere in Time can die and now that Sirius has both Art and Coast they can start an Art Bell channel with all the old Somewhere in Time shows and Art on 4 nights a week, plus streaming.

One can dream.
Radio and Podcasts / Alternatives to Art
November 10, 2013, 09:02:11 AM
Many have focused on radio hosts that could replace Art completely, instead I will focus on some podcasts and the like that I like, and listen to instead of radio without Art (and now maybe even after Art "returns"):

Instead of Michiu Kaku:

Podcast Starstuff out of Australia that covers the latest Astronomy news.
Podcast Naked Astronomy, much the same from Cambridge, monthly.
Podcast Into Tomorrow which covers the latest in consumer electronics (who need CCrane)
Radiolab and Big Picture Science can also be good.
I am not a fan of Kaku's own webcast and hate Neil deGrasse Tyson
Paranormal - Conspiracy - UFOs - Etc. / GUEST REQUEST
October 05, 2013, 06:49:33 PM
Who would be the best guest for making people think?  I say Judith Curry.  She is the Head of the Atmospheric Science Department at Georgia Tech and thinks that global warming scare is not so well thought out.  She runs a great site on it:

I really think it is all the sun:

Controversial, but Art could bring it home big-time. (No pressure Art.)
Random Topics / Where did you hear about Dark Matter?
October 05, 2013, 06:39:49 PM
Art asked us to tell him this.

I heard about it on an advert on XM, likely on SiriusXM FC (soccer channel).  I did a triple take and had to ask my wife if I heard what I just thought I did.  I immediately added internet to my account.
What an idiot fake this guy is, acts like he makes these logic based decisions with background as a stand up comic and seems to lack basic education.  I remember when he was on POTUS channel trying to act smart but he had to call his brother for basic political facts.

AWFUL!  Give Art the whole channel.  Buy the old shows from Premiere, and make an Art Bell channel.
Random Topics / Anyone elses SiriusXM app down tonight?
October 05, 2013, 12:19:11 AM
Mine says the service is down.
Great new paper and interview and when and how extinction events occur on earth. 



Art would have a blast with this topic.

"The timing of some major extinction events on Earth coincides with the solar system's journey through Milky Way's spiral arms, suggests a new study.

The research, published on the pre-press website, supports the idea that mass extinction events were not always random.

The Sun spends 50 to 60 per cent of its 220-million-year journey around the galaxy passing through its spiral arms, says study co-author Dr Jonti Horner of the University of New South Wales.

"These are regions of higher than average density, where there are more stars and molecular gas and dust clouds," says Horner.

"It could be argued that the increase in the number of stars encountered as the Sun moves through a galactic arm, can trigger gravitational perturbations, sending comets from the Oort cloud towards the inner solar system, where the Earth is."
What does finding water on MArs mean?  What are the life scenarios for current and past life and the probabilities from real NASA folks.

Maybe mix in some folks from Mars Curiosity like the Mohawk guy.
Kaku for about two hours on what a meltdown is and th risks.  Then a guest (maybe with Kaku) on what is actually happening at the plant today and if they have any chance of winning.

I heard they are planning an ice barrier under the plant so huge it has never previously been contemplated.
He gives meaning to my insomnia, goodbye Starstuff and boring science podcasts!

Welcome back Art.
I'll be watching

"Democrats showed significantly greater activity in the left insula, a region associated with social and self-awareness. Meanwhile Republicans showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala, a region involved in the body's fight-or-flight system. These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk.

In fact, brain activity in these two regions alone can be used to predict whether a person is a Democrat or Republican with 82.9% accuracy. By comparison, the longstanding traditional model in political science, which uses the party affiliation of a person's mother and father to predict the child's affiliation, is only accurate about 69.5% of the time. And another model based on the differences in brain structure distinguishes liberals from conservatives with only 71.6% accuracy.

Random Topics / How did the cops f'up this bad?
February 08, 2013, 12:01:26 AM
Two women out delivering newspapers shot in their truck because the police thought it was the cop killer.  OK, mistaken identity, but...other reports state the cops said the truck matched the description of the killer's truck.  Really?  They riddled a Toyota with bullets, the killer drove a Nissan.  Look at how many shots they took at that truck! Luckily, both women injured but alive. 

Really?  Really? This is what policing has come to...

Paranormal - Conspiracy - UFOs - Etc. / Raw milk
January 14, 2013, 03:37:09 AM
People who drink raw milk have never been to a farm.  These are not idyllic farms where animals are milked by hand.  These are operations where hundreds or thousands of females are milked a day, where these femals come in from a muddy field where the cow has laid or walked in mud that includes their own feces, the udders are given a quick disinfecting wipe and hooked up.  Aint no way this is sterile.  The cow is machine milked through a huge system of pipes that are not sterilized to manufacture instructions as that costs money.  Drinking raw milk would be akin to drinking raw water, meaning water from puddles.

This was Ian's topic last night, maybe he is getting more like George.  Too bad.
If we use website traffic as a proxy for radio ratings (lets face it, radio ratings are made up as much as scientifically developed and Premiere is the worst liar going):

George is not driving any increase in ratings over the last couple years, and there may be an erosion in listeners:

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