Tuesday, September 25, 2018


[Anybody who has had to deal with authoritarians should know they do not lead to good results.]
Sept. 24, 2018
The Myth of Authoritarian Competence
What trouble in Turkey reveals about the perils of strongman rule

Sept. 25, 2018
Humans are responsible for some of the wobble in Earth's spin.
Since 1899, the Earth's axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet (10.5 meters). Now, research quantifies the reasons why and finds that a third is due to melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland—placing the blame on the doorstep of anthropogenic climate change.
Another third of the wobble is due to land masses expanding upward as the glaciers retreat and lighten their load. The final portion is the fault of the slow churn of the mantle, the viscous middle layer of the planet.
It's important to realize that this wobble isn't the prelude to any sort of environmental calamity, Ivins and Adhikari said. It doesn't affect agriculture or climate in and of itself, and any small impact on navigational equipment is easy to correct for.

If it is just natural for men to assault women, and they can't help it, then they shouldn't be in positions of power. They should be confined to the home, or to reservations, or hobbled or something to restrict them.

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