Monday, November 2, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web -- November 1, 2015

Eugène Ferdinand Victor DelacroixNature morte aux homards (1826-27)

Senior officials at Metrojet, the charter company that operated the aircraft, sounded definitive in their insistence that the plane and crew were faultless. They spoke at a packed news conference in Moscow.
    “We absolutely exclude the technical failure of the plane, and we absolutely exclude pilot error or a human factor,” Aleksandr A. Smirnov, a former pilot and the airline’s deputy director for aviation, said.
      Mr. Smirnov said that the crash could have been caused by “an external impact on the plane,” although he did not endorse the theory of a terrorist attack either, saying that the investigation would have to determine the cause.
        A new NASA study found that Antarctica has been adding more ice than it's been losing, challenging other research, including that of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that concludes that Earth’s southern continent is losing land ice overall.
          In a paper published in the Journal of Glaciology on Friday, researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland in College Park, and the engineering firm Sigma Space Corporation offer a new analysis of satellite data that show a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001 in the Antarctic ice sheet.
            That gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
            • Juxtaposition This: 
            • Bill Gates is truly a man of faith: "Gates is on a solo global lobbying campaign to press his species to accomplish something on a scale it has never attempted before. He wants human beings to invent their way out of the coming collision with planetary climate change, accelerating a transition to new forms of energy that might normally take a century or more. To head off a rise in average global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels—the goal set by international agreement—Gates believes that by 2050, wealthy nations like China and the United States, the most prodigious belchers of greenhouse gases, must be adding no more carbon to the skies." --from "‘We Need an Energy Miracle’: An Interview With Bill Gates"--The Atlantic. What would such an effort accomplish? You might want to look over my review of The Collapse of Complex Societies Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. 
            • "WALK away your bingo wings: How simple changes to the way you walk could cut your flab by 15 per cent"--Daily Mail. A review of the WalkActive program.
            • "'In the long run our system will collapse'"--The Local (SE). Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, argues that other EU members need to do more to help out with the refugee crises. Of course, that is one of the elements of sovereignty: other nations aren't responsible for helping you. If Sweden's government believes it has too many refugees, the solution is to expel them, not whine about it.
            • I think I recently linked to BYU's "An Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage," (PDF), which sets out estimates of the amount (and types) of food to store per person for one year. Here are a couple other links from BYU that might be useful:
            • "Food Storage for Collage Students"--some advice on storing emergency supplies for when you are in a dorm or shared apartment.
            • "Research On Food Storage"--A list of the research published by members of the Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Science department. A few are print only citations, but most of them have hyperlinks to the articles.

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