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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history

Here’s an astonishing statistic; more than 30pc of all government debt in the eurozone – around €2 trillion of securities in total – is trading on a negative interest rate.

With the advent of European Central Bank quantitative easing, what began four months ago when 10-year Swiss yields turned negative for the first time has snowballed into a veritable avalanche of negative rates across European government bond markets. In the hunt for apparently “safe assets”, investors have thrown caution to the wind, and collectively determined to pay governments for the privilege of lending to them.

On a country by country basis, the statistics are even more startling. According to investment bank Jefferies, some 70pc of all German bunds now trade on a negative yield. In France, it's 50pc, and even in Spain, which was widely thought insolvent only a few years ago, it's 17pc.

Not only has this never happened before on such a scale, but it marks a scarcely believable turnaround on the situation at the height of the eurozone crisis just a little while back, when some European bond markets traded on yields that reflected the very real possibility of default. Yet far from being a welcome sign of returning economic confidence, this almost surreal state of affairs actually signals the very reverse. How did we get here, and what does it mean for the future? Whichever way you come at it, the answer to this second question is not good, not good at all.

So, who will be the first to "break the buck" in the US?...



Would the anthropogenic Global Warmists please wiggle off, stage left?...

Global warming hasn't happened as fast as expected, according to a new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records. The research claims that natural variability in surface temperatures over the course of a decade can account for increases and dips in warming rates.

But it adds that these so-called 'climate wiggles' could also, in the future, cause our planet to warm up much faster than anticipated.

The study compared its results to the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

'Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now,' said Patrick Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University. 'But this could change.'

The Duke-led study says that variability is caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors. They claim these 'wiggles' can slow or speed the rate of warming from decade to decade, and exaggerate or offset the effects of increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.

If not properly explained and accounted for, they may skew the reliability of climate models and lead to over-interpretation of short-term temperature trends.

I'm just now viewing "Now You See Me" for the first time. Haven't read any particulars...

It begins with a card trick. The actor holds up a deck of cards, faced toward an audience, asks a member of the audience to choose a card they see as it flashes by and he quickly flips thru them, displaying them, twice.

He asks, do you have a card? She says, "Yes." What th' Hell, the image filled the screen in a close-up, I also decided on a card. He fans them out and asks, "Do you see your card?" She says, "No." Nor did I see my card.

He then throws the deck up into the air, and as the cards fly every which way, the windows in an office building some distance away light up in a representation of the card... which IS her card and MY card!

That "what the HELL?!" moment was followed by my doing a quick search online, followed by a sigh of relief that I don't have to to run away and join a circus.. not for THIS reason, anyway.

I'll leave it up to you what do do now, no spoilers from me...

How long before Hillary is no longer a contender for the Democratic primary?...

You've heard of lasers and quasars, how about blazars? No, not a Chevy...

There’s a list out there somewhere of the most extreme things in the Universe. Blazars must certainly be on that list. Astronomers used to think that blazars were variable stars, but strangely, they didn’t change in brightness in any predictable way. But then in the 1970s astronomers realized that these objects were actually millions of light-years away. They were outside our galaxy, and yet they were so bright they outshone all the rest of the stars in their galaxy.

So what is a blazar? Simply put, it’s the core of an active galaxy, where the galaxy is oriented face on, so a relativistic jet blasting out of the galaxy is oriented directly towards the Earth.

All large galaxies seem to contain supermassive black holes. There are times when these black holes are actively feeding on infalling material. In fact, so much material tries to get into the black hole that it backs up into an accretion disk around the center of the galaxy. The gravitational pressure is so extreme that the material heats up to millions of degrees and becomes like a star, emitting a tremendous amount of radiation. The rapidly spinning black hole generates a powerful magnetic field that whips up the material into jets that blast above and below the black hole. Material caught in these jets is accelerated nearly to the speed of light and fired out for hundreds of thousands of light-years.

When we see a blazar, we’re looking at an actively feeding galaxy face on. Furthermore, one of the relativistic jets is oriented so that it’s pointed directly towards us, and we can see the radiation emitted by both the black hole and the jet. Even though these blazars can be as far as 9 billion light-years away, they’re still detectable by Earth-based instruments. Now that’s bright.

Re-emphasizing: "Material caught in these jets is accelerated nearly to the speed of light and fired out for hundreds of thousands of light-years."

Blazars can accelerate large quantities of gas and dust, MATTER, to just below the speed of light. The amount of energy that takes is... a very great deal..

Is EPA About To Relax Radiation Protections From Nuclear Power?

Both proponents and opponents of nuclear power expect the Environmental Protection Agency in coming months to relax its rules restricting radiation emissions from reactors and other nuclear facilities. EPA officials say they have no such intention, but they are willing to reconsider the method they use to limit public exposure—and the public’s level of risk.

At issue is a 1977 rule that limits the total whole-body radiation dose to any member of the public from the normal operation of the uranium fuel cycle—fuel processing, reactors, storage, reprocessing or disposal—to 0.25 millisieverts per year. (This rule, known as 40 CFR part 190, is different from other EPA regulations that restrict radionuclides in drinking water and that limit public exposure during emergencies. Those are also due for revision.)

“We have not made any decisions or determined any specifics on how to move forward with any of these issues. We do, however, believe the regulation uses outdated science, and we are thinking about how to bring the regulation more in line with current thinking,” said Brian Littleton, a chemical engineer with EPA’s Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.

Proponents of nuclear power want the EPA to abandon the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) model of radiation risk, which holds that the cancer risk from ionizing radiation is proportional to the dose. Based on LNT, regulators and many scientists consider any additional exposure to ionizing radiation, however small, to increase cancer risk.

The New Horizons space probe to what was then labeled a "planet," Pluto, arrives there this July...

... after a years-ago launch. It is the fastest-traveling space probe ever, achieving 45,000 mph, about 12 miles per second, passing the orbit of Jupiter in a little over one year.

Pluto is now classified as a "Dwarf Planet" residing in the Kuiper Belt, along with an unknown number of TNOs (Trans-Neptunian Objects)...

I was looking for a sequential table of elements as produced in the collapse of a supernova...

...and found that Earth's plate tectonics activity is driven in part by energy produced by element U238.

First here...

Then here...

I knew of the former, but NOT of the latter...

Will Hillary do as well with Blacks as did Obama?

Springboarding off a similar poll...
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