Daily Archives: June 3rd, 2009

St. Ronnie’s ghost, our Police State and the ever moving Earth

St. Ronnie Raygun visits his wife:

The former US First Lady, Nancy Reagan, says she still “sees” her husband Ronald, and talks to him.

She told Vanity Fair magazine: “At night time, if I wake up, I think Ronnie is there, and I start to talk to him… And I see him.”

Mrs Reagan, 87, also spoke about how much she still missed her husband, who died in 2004.

And she mentioned that the present First Lady, Michelle Obama, called for advice on running the White House.

Mrs Reagan’s suggestion was to hold more state dinners – the Reagans held more than 50, compared to just six while George W Bush was in office.

“Just have a good time and do a little business. And that is the way Washington works,” she told the new first lady.

Must be he doesn’t appear to Rush Limpballs, Newt Gin-Grinch or Glenn Pecker Becker, I haven’t heard any of those clowns bragging about getting a visit from the Gipper to get his blessings.

Perhaps that should tell the GOPers something?

Ronald Reagan ‘appears to Nancy’

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More ‘this will happen to you’ if you don’t obey department:

A traffic stop for speeding in Travis County, Texas, led to the Tasering of a 72-year-old great-grandmother by a deputy. Feisty Kathryn Winkfein apparently so frightened the law-enforcement officer when she “used some profanity” and “got violent” that he felt it necessary to subdue her with a potentially dangerous jolt of electricity.

Winkfein was reportedly doing 60 in a construction zone where the posted speed limit was 45 when she was pulled over. She was ticketed but declined to sign the ticket, leading the police officer to place her under arrest lest civilization collapse for want of the surrender of a penny’s worth of ink.

At this point, the stories diverge. According to Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain, Winkfein cursed and refused to cooperate. She says nothing of the sort occurred. “I wasn’t argumentative, I was not combative. This is a lie,” the woman told a news reporter for Fox 7.

More and more these assholes are using ‘taserings’ of helpless victims to get the message spread across the country that ‘messin’ with da laww’ won’t be tolerated.

Well, guess what, it’s just going to get more folks angry and next time the ‘offender’ might not be so helpless.

Texas cop Tasers great-grandmother

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Earth is moving away from the Sun?

Russian dynamicists Gregoriy A. Krasinsky and Victor A. Brumberg to calculate, in 2004, that the sun and Earth are gradually moving apart. It’s not much – just 15 cm per year – but since that’s 100 times greater than the measurement error, something must really be pushing Earth outward. But what?One idea is that the Sun is losing enough mass, via fusion and the solar wind, to gradually be losing its gravitational grip (see Astronomical unit may need to be redefined). Other possible explanations include a change in the gravitational constant G, the effects of cosmic expansion, and even the influence of dark matter. None have proved satisfactory.

Small tides

But Takaho Miura of Hirosaki University in Japan and three colleagues think they have the answer. In an article submitted to the European journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, they argue that the sun and Earth are literally pushing each other away due to their tidal interaction.

It’s the same process that’s gradually driving the moon’s orbit outward: Tides raised by the moon in our oceans are gradually transferring Earth’s rotational energy to lunar motion. As a consequence, each year the moon’s orbit expands by about 4 cm and Earth’s rotation slows by 0.000017 second.

Okay, I get that. But isn’t that a good thing?

According to a previous article in New Scientist, we would need to move Earth away from an expanding Sun anyways in a couple of billion years, assuming there’s baseline humans, or other intelligences living here still.

Why is the Earth moving away from the Sun?