Thom Yorke Is the Human Embodiment of Satan and All Evil... Somehow, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has become the human embodiment of Satan and all of his vices, according to a declaration by Christian fundamentalist group Generation for God. The strange tweet from the group, which also declares activities like homosexuality, marijuana smoking, and atheism as sins, pegs Yorke as representative of 8 deadly vices.
These vices, in turn, are employed by Satan to control and destroy individuals. The list of vices pegged to Yorke’s face include things like ‘Atheism,’ ‘Drugs’ and ‘Disobedience to God’s Law,’ which Yorke may indeed be guilty (we’re not sure). Others are more of a stretch, but include: Pornography.Witchcraft and tarot.Avarice.Idolotry.Unforgiveness. The choice of Yorke remains an epic mystery, though the tweet is quickly gaining steam among Radiohead (and Yorke) fans. Adding to the intensity is a ‘heat map’ effect on the singer’s face, which could make any mug into an evil menace.
Here’s the full tweet.
Pat Robertson: Satan Inspires Liberals To Lie About Donald Trump (And Me) Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson defended GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump over his recent comment that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, nothing could be done to prevent her and her judicial nominees from doing away with gun rights unless “Second Amendment people” stop them. Robertson blamed liberal monitoring groups for the uproar, alleging that they twisted Trump’s remarks, before he himself went ahead and altered Trump’s remarks to make them more benign. The televangelist told co-host Wendy Griffith that he feels for his “buddy” because he has been the victim of similar hit jobs from Media Matters and People For the American Way. (Right Wing Watch is a project of People For the American Way). “I sympathize with Donald Trump.
“Out of context, twist it around, and then throw it out, ‘Robertson just said,’ and around the world,” Robertson continued. “So they’re doing to Trump now.
New Mind-blowing Experiment Confirms That Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It. According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, a particle’s behavior changes depending on whether there is an observer or not. It basically suggests that reality is a kind of illusion and exists only when we are looking at it. Numerous quantum experiments were conducted in the past and showed that this indeed might be the case. Now, physicists at the Australian National University have found further evidence for the illusory nature of reality. They recreated the John Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment and confirmed that reality doesn’t exist until it is measured, at least on the atomic scale. Thought-provoking findings Some particles, such as photons or electrons, can behave both as particles and as waves. The results of the Australian scientists’ experiment, which were published in the journal Nature Physics, show that this choice is determined by the way the object is measured, which is in accordance with what quantum theory predicts.
“It proves that measurement is everything.
Songs and Lit. Today's temperatures at the North Pole are scaring scientists around the world. The North Pole is famous for many things. 24-hour darkness, polar bears, and of course, being the home of Santa Claus. One thing it's definitely not known for, though, is balmy, casual, "Hey, how cold is it? Do you think I need a light jacket? " type temperatures. The north pole is freezing. It's one of the coldest places on Earth. In fact, it's sometimes colder than Mars.
The frozen ice-ball where Matt Damon lives. But according to scientists, a storm the likes of which few have ever seen is about to raise north pole temperatures to as high as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. That's about 50 degrees warmer than usual and is, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus, "absolutely terrifying. " It's always comforting when a scientist uses the words "absolutely terrifying. " This magical button delivers Upworthy stories to you on Facebook: The biggest reason behind that terror?
Also, if the continental ice sheets in that region start to melt, sea levels everywhere could quickly rise to dangerous levels. Why 2015 may be remembered as a transformative year for how we get energy. Construction takes place at Roha Dyechem solar plant at Bhadla, north of Jodhpur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images) The United States is on track to shut down a record amount of coal-fired power plants in 2015. At the same time, it has installed a record amount of new solar energy capacity. The past year, in other words, hints at a historic transition for the U.S. energy sector. From dramatic price plunges for oil and natural gas to the significant emergence of industrial batteries for energy storage, 2015 was on a momentous course even before the world came together in Paris to agree on steps to reduce global warming.
While it’s not always a simple story, the overall tenor of these changes is clear — Americans are moving into a world that will get less of its energy from fossil fuels, that will embrace clean or low emission sources of electricity and that will write this into policy. The change didn’t begin in 2015 — and won’t happen overnight. U.N. Video Makes Visible California's Unseen Natural Gas Disaster. More than two months after a Southern California natural gas leak began spewing as much as 128,000 pounds of planet-warming methane into the atmosphere every hour, the source of the rupture has been located, officials said Monday. But California regulators and Southern California Gas Company executives say it could take several more months to plug the leak, prompting some environmentalists to compare the blowout to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rupture, which began Oct. 23 at the company’s huge underground natural gas storage facility 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles, has forced the evacuation of some 1,700 homes in nearby Porter Ranch. As of Dec. 22, the leak had emitted an estimated 1.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to a report from the California Air Resources Board. Unlike the petroleum that fouled the beaches and waters of the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon spill, natural gas is invisible. Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks | Environment.
Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned. The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives. The millions were routed through two trusts, Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Donors Capital caters to those making donations of $1m or more.
Whitney Ball, chief executive of the Donors Trust told the Guardian that her organisation assured wealthy donors that their funds would never by diverted to liberal causes. By definition that means none of the money is going to end up with groups like Greenpeace, she said. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences | Table of Contents — November 28, 2015, 373 (2055) Have we hit "the end of the fossil fuel era"? Not even close. The Paris climate deal is, potentially, an important first step toward addressing climate change. But some of the headlines have been wildly overstated, saying the treaty marks the "end of the fossil fuel era.
" That's awfully premature. Oil, gas, and coal still make up about 86 percent of the world's energy supply — a fraction that has barely budged since 1997. Until that drops sharply, we can't really declare the end of the fossil fuel era: Yes, there are some genuinely hopeful signs that this is changing. Robert Wilson puts it vividly: "Fossil fuels continue to dominate new energy infrastructure. It will take massively ambitious measures to halt these trends and shift toward cleaner energy. That means (roughly) deploying 1 gigawatt of carbon-free power every single day for the next century — the equivalent of opening a large nuclear power plant around the world every day, or raising 1,500 wind turbines every day. This isn't impossible, at least not in theory. Gwynne Dyer: Coasting toward climate change disaster. They made some progress at the annual December round of the international negotiations on controlling climate change, held this year in Qatar.
They agreed that the countries that cause the warming should compensate the ones that suffer the most from it. The principle, known as the Loss and Damage mechanism, has no numbers attached to it, but it’s a step forward. The only step forward, unfortunately. In the first phase of these talks, which concluded with the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, the emphasis was on “mitigation”; that is, on stopping the warming by cutting human emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases”. That made good sense, but they didn’t get anywhere. Fifteen years later, emissions are still rising, not falling. So gradually the emphasis shifted to “adaptation”. Well, there are no such plans in most places, so the emphasis has shifted again, to compensation. Is The Earth F**cked? Before you accuse me of sensationalism in the choice of today's title, let me quote from the Slate story Scientists Ask Blunt Question on Everyone’s Mind.
Many of us have wondered at some point in almost precisely these terms: “Is Earth F**ked?” Let us disambiguate Werner's question. The Earth is not "fucked" intrinsically in the sense that our planet is a fucked place and always has been. This beautiful planet is a paradise in a cold, inhospitable Universe. Therefore we are necessarily led to the following conclusion— The Earth is not "fucked' in any sense. And our inescapable conclusion leads to a revised title for Werner's talk, which might have been called Why are humans fucking up the Earth?
With the subtitle And what, if anything, can be done about it? When we frame things this way, these questions become true scientific questions, amenable to hypothesis formation and empirical confirmation or falsification of those hypotheses. And now, let's get back to the Slate report. What’s NASA Hiding? Funds Study That Predicts How The World Will End, Then Washes Its Hands Of The Research AnonHQ.
Technology In March 2014, a new study partly-sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center found that modern civilization will collapse in mere decades unless humans reduce inequality and shift to renewable resources. The scientists created a NASA-funded new cross-disciplinary model – Human And Nature DYnamics or HANDY – on climate change to compare an egalitarian society, an equitable society, and an unequal society. According to The Guardian, the study came to a conclusion that history is replete with evidences that advanced, complex civilizations are susceptible to collapse.
Its authors claimed that HANDY offered a highly credible wake-up call to governments, corporations, business and consumers to recognize that policy and structural changes are required immediately to avoid societal collapse. The study further investigated factors, which may be most closely linked to civilizations’ downfalls, including population, climate, water, agriculture, and energy. But what about the study? BP’s maximum fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is cut by billions | Business.
BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7bn under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, several billion less than feared. Federal magistrate Carl Barbier ruled on Thursday that the size of the spill from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the worst offshore spill in US history, was smaller than the government had claimed. He said that it amounted to 3.19m barrels, well below the government’s estimate of 4.09m barrels, which could have led to penalties of up to $17.6bn. US-listed shares of BP rose about 1% to $36.20 in after-hours trading as investors worried about the size of potential penalties breathed a sigh of relief.
Under a ruling of gross negligence, Barbier issued in September, BP could be fined a statutory limit of up to $4,300 for each barrel spilled, though he has authority to assign lower penalties. A simple negligence ruling, which BP sought, caps the maximum fine at $1,100 per barrel. BP lawyers are expected to argue for a small fine per barrel. Corexit, Oil Dispersant Used By BP, Is Destroying Gulf Marine Life, Scientists Say. From TakePart's David Kirby: Three years ago, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon began leaking some 210 million gallons of Louisiana Crude into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. government allowed the company to apply chemical “dispersants” to the blossoming oil slick to prevent toxic gunk from reaching the fragile bays, beaches, and mangroves of the coast, where so much marine life originates. But a number of recent studies show that BP and the feds may have made a huge mistake, for which everything from microscopic organisms to bottlenose dolphins are now paying the highest price.
After the spill, BP secured about a third of the world’s supply of dispersants, namely Corexit 9500 and 9527, according to The New York Times. Of the two, 9527 is more toxic. When BP began spraying the Gulf, critics cried foul. Not surprisingly, BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley defended use of the dispersant. But many scientists, such as Dr.
Kolian’s team has done studies of their own to alarming results. Chemicals used in oil spill cleanup made Gulf disaster worse. An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Afterward, disaster response officials decided to drop chemical dispersants from airplanes over the site. Their hope was that these dispersants would break up the oil, making it easier for bacteria to consume the mess. Looks like that plan failed. Discovery reports: A newly published study led by University of Georgia scientists, in which they simulated the Gulf’s conditions in the laboratory, has found that in some cases the dispersants actually can inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade oil spills.The study found that the dispersants didn’t help assist the growth of natural hydrocarbon-degrading Marinobacter, or increase the rate at which the microorganisms consumed the oil, either in deepwater or surface environments.
This isn’t the only problem with dispersants. In other words, this was one solution that made a very bad problem even worse.