Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Sun has an eleven year sunspot cycle. A little over a decade. This cycle is due to reach a peak in 2013.

Sunspot Numbers

In 1610, shortly after viewing the sun with his new telescope, Galileo Galilei (or was it Thomas Harriot?) made the first European observations of Sunspots. Continuous daily observations were started at the Zurich Observatory in 1849 and earlier observations have been used to extend the records back to 1610. The sunspot number is calculated by first counting the number of sunspot groups and then the number of individual sunspots....

Considering we have all lived through cycles of the sunspots of the sun, it is safe to say we are used to it by now. I would not expect a civilized society such as our own would ever be completely unprepared for such emergencies as EMP. 

The Sun is predictable. It is something we can rely on. We don't have to worry about it as much as some seem to believe we do. 

A couple other things. Human Induced Global Warming is not caused by the Sun, it is caused by our own recklessness with the natural state of Earth. 

Other than that, we are expected to have a second Sun some day. Yes, it is predicted.

Below is an entry from Ingus at the blog section of "The Baltimore Sun."

That red star (click here) that marks Orion the hunters shoulder may explode in a type II supernova at any time.

Betelgeuse would become an intense white dot as bright as the full moon. It would not be safe to look at and it would turn the night sky blue.

It would not destroy our world but it could influence mutations and change the course of evolution.

Feb Astronomy

Now, I don't know about the mutant part. That one is a new one on me, but, Betelguese (Pronounced Bettle Juice) is considered close to Supernova and it will emit a different light. So, one day we may wake up and find a different pattern to Orion's shoulder and we'll know that Betelguese has breathed one of it's last breaths, so to speak.

This huge burp from the Sun occurred on July 12, 2012. We didn't get fried with an X1.4.

Betcha think this is a sun spot? Nope. (click title to entry - thank you)


This is the "Transit of Venus." Venus and Earth are comparable in size, so the transit of Venus is a good comparison in some ways to the size of Earth in relation to the Sun. Now, realize Earth is further away from the Sun in a place called, "The Habitable Zone" of our Solar System, so the size is actually smaller because of distance.

Venus and Earth Compared (click here)

Venus, the second planet from the Sun, lies, on average, 108 million km from the Sun, about 30% closer than the Earth. Venus is often referred to as our sister planet because of similarities in size, mass, density and volume. It is believed that both planets share a common origin forming at the same time out of a condensing nebulosity around 4.5 billion years ago.

Welcome to the real paranoia about our Sun. Those wanting control of the rest of their lives even seek to control the Sun's effect on Earth.

The Solar Electromagnetic Pulse.

It creates Zomby Invasions to be feared by all Preppers across Earth.

I mean for real. These guys are for real. (click title to entry - thank you)

You are about to enter the Twilight Zone of Coronal Madness.

This is Hurricane Daniel & hurricane Emilia in the Eastern Pacific this season.

Yes, that is the Baha Peninsula and the west coast of Mexico and the USA.

This film loop runs through a two day cycle. When the blue of the ocean gets dark blue it is nighttime and there is no sun overhead. But, when the blue starts to lighten again that is the sunrise and continued sun exposure of the Eastern Pacific.

Now, if one pays close attention at 0:10 through 0:11 and then again at 0:22 the 'direct sun rays' are reflected off the ocean. They will not only be reflected off the ocean they will be reflected off the ocean EXACTLY BENEATH the two hurricanes. And not just beneath the two hurricanes, but, beneath the two hurricanes and in a straight line.

I frequently refer to 'the direct rays of the sun' when I describe certain activities in the troposphere related to heat. Now, at least this shows exactly the intense nature of our sun over Earth. The hurricanes are due to water vapor and temperature. This clearly illustrates the tandem of hurricanes are a result of available water vapor at the level of direct solar rays.

The LIfecycle of the Sun - from nebula to black dwarf. (click title to entry - thank you)

Our sun has a name.


Sol is a yellow-orange, main sequence dwarf star.

Be grateful for that. Sol has about a billion or so years left before it gives us profound trouble. The kind of trouble no military armament is going to stop.

So, you probably believe our Sun is the center of every aspect of existence. You are wrong.

This is the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from Earth. 

The Sun is within the Milky Way, but, not at its center. The Sun actually rotates through its own orbit within the Galaxy. 

Our solar system (click title to entry - thank you) is at the edge of a spiral arm called the Orion Arm, and is about two-thirds of the way from the center of our galaxy to the edge of the starlight. The Earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system of nine planets.

Our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, is 4.5 billion years old. Earth is the same age.

The age was calculated by Radiometric Dating. 

RADIOMETRIC TIME SCALE (click title to entry - thank you)

The discovery of the natural radioactive decay of uranium in 1896 by Henry Becquerel, the French physicist, opened new vistas in science. In 1905, the British physicist Lord Rutherford--after defining the structure of the atom-- made the first clear suggestion for using radioactivity as a tool for measuring geologic time directly; shortly thereafter, in 1907, Professor B. B. Boltwood, radiochemist of Yale Uniyersity, published a list of geologic ages based on radioactivity. Although Boltwood's ages have since been revised, they did show correctly that the duration of geologic time would be measured in terms of hundreds-to-thousands of millions of years....

While I am on the subject of Earth elements, I though the table of elements might be interesting.

Hydrogen is over 91 percent of the Sun's composition. It appears first in Earth's Table of Elements.

Helium is nearly 9 percent of the Sun's composition. It appears as the second element of Earth's Table of Elements.

That brings the composition at the photosphere to nearly 100%, yet there are so many more elements in Earth's table of elements other than "Rare Earth Elements." 

If one knows anything about the Table of Elements of Earth, it is obvious there are increases in the number of protons with each additional element in the table. Lithium has three while hydrogen has one and helium two. Beryllium has four protons and so one through the entire table. The protons are considered the atomic number to any of the elements. 

So, where did all this come from? If the Sun is primarily hydrogen and helium where did the rest of the mess come from?

It comes from heating and cooling. Intense heat as found in the center of the Sun and the center of the Earth is an oven that literally melts protons to combine with each other. Therefore, two hydrogens were thrown together, hence helium. And so on and so forth. 

There is no mysticism surrounding the elements, the Sun or Earth anymore. We don't worship the sun gods of the Greeks and Romans, but, seek to understand where and what we are in the universe we live.

The composition of the Sun is not very different than that of Earth.

What I mean by that statement is not that Earth is a fireball, but, containing the same elements as the Sun. Earth actually has more elements on its table of elements than the Sun. 

The physical composition of the Sun is the picture in this entry. It has a core the same as Earth, a radiation zone that could easily be the outer core of Earth, the convection which is placed where the lower mantle exists, the chromosphere which can be considered the upper mantle of Earth and the photosphere where the crust of Earth would exist. 

The table of elements (click title to entry - thank you) was constructed from analysis of the solar spectrum, which comes from the photosphere and chromosphere of the Sun. But it is thought to be representative of the entire Sun with the exception of the solar core because of the degree of mixing which takes place between the layers of the Sun's interior.

About 67 elements have been detected in the solar spectrum.

The Sun is a powerful part of our lives. Without the sun there would be no life in our solar system.

We go to Mars to learn more about our solar system, therefore learning more about ourselves. Who are we in this wide flung universe? Why is the entire notion of what is beyond us so romantic and sought after with a thirst for knowledge?

The Sun has been the focus of every human culture since time began, as recent as the Greek and Roman empires there were Sun Gods to be worshiped, but, never understood beyond the benevolent worship of the priest and priestesses.

Knowing the world we are a part is vital to survival. The study of meteors have led to insight regarding our vulnerabilities and ways, if any, to protect from them.

If people are to fear the sun enough to take up arms to defend from it, I sincerely believe the Sun needs to be understood, as well as poems and songs written to it.

It's Sunday Night

Louis Armstrong - That Lucky Old Sun (click title for Satchmo's website - thank you)

Up in the mornin', out on the jobWork like the devil for my payBut that lucky old sun has nothin' to doBut roll around Heaven all day
Fuss with my woman, toil for my kidsSweat till I'm wrinkled and grayWhile that lucky old sun has nothin' to doBut roll around Heaven all day
Good Lord, up above, can't you know I'm pinin'Tears all in my eyes?Send down that cloud with a silver linin'Lift me to Paradise
Show me that river, take me acrossAnd wash all my troubles awayLike that lucky old sun, give me nothin' to doBut roll around Heaven all day
Good Lord above, can't you know I'm pinin'Tears all in my eyes?Send down that cloud with a silver linin'Lift me to Paradise
Show me that river, take me acrossAnd wash all my troubles awayLike that lucky old sun, give me nothin' to doBut roll around Heaven, Heaven, HeavenOh, roll around Heaven, Heaven, Heaven all dayLet me roll around in Heaven all day

The Opposition Forces do not have assets to jail those captured. We have seen this in Iraq as well.

Toward the later years in Iraq the Brits took on local militias. They were described as wolves coming into the street when the sun went down. They would seek out people in the immediate area they believed to be enemies to their purpose and kill them. They took few prisoners even though they had control of police buildings. 

Once the jails filled up with a few people their only options were to kill those they found. What was once considered benevolent by the people, became dangerous and unpredictable. Any opposition to their will were considered enemies. There was no formal process, there was simply death squads. The Brits took them on in order to hand control over to the citizens. 

The killing of Assad's military is due to this same type of dynamic. There is little they can do but seek and kill. They don't have court systems, they have arms. They don't have assets, they have their pure will to carry out their resistance. That is why the opposition forces appear to be inhumane. For a military to carry out justice they need the assets to make it happen and they don't. It is cruel but it is the way it is in Syria.

There is the option of moving them to the border for capture by the Turks, perhaps, but the militias are usually not that well organized to begin with and they usually lack trust. However, there are those in the military that have left Syria in opposition to Assad. They joined the rebel forces. The idea is that if soldiers from Assad's military are captured they may be valuable and could be an asset to the movement if spared and taken to a place where they can turn against their President rather than killing them.


updated 8/12/2012 2:56:51 PM ET

Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said on Sunday....

The Right Wing is lying about Social Security. Something needs to be done, but, the timeline has a SOURCE.

It ain't just a number, it's a contract.

...After 2020, Treasury will redeem trust fund assets in amounts that exceed interest earnings until exhaustion of trust fund reserves in 2033, three years earlier than projected last year. Thereafter, tax income would be sufficient to pay only about three-quarters of scheduled benefits through 2086....

Those are the facts, so when Right Wingers state the fund is in trouble in 2023, that is ten years before the actual date stated by the actuaries.

And let's be clear, the reason the trust fund is reaching its limit by 2033 and not 2035 or 2036, IT IS BECAUSE OF BUSH ECONOMICS that lead to the economic collapse of 2008. There is no other reason SSI is in trouble. The tax increases to the wealthy are more than appropriate considering the damage done to our financial infrastructure.

There was huge damage done to our entitlements by the economic collapse of 2008. Just because benefits to recipients didn't change doesn't mean nothing changed. The collapse of 2008 was not simply a collapse of our economy, it was a collapse of the USA infrastructure of its entitlements. Shortening payments by 2 to 3 years is not a joke, it is not a minor issue. 

DO NOT WELCOME BACK THE SAME OLD POLICIES THAT CAUSED THIS, allowing Paul Ryan to attack the system for the sake of political fodder. This IS the highest and more immoral insult to the American people, their entitlements.

DO NOT PLAY WITH THIS! These payments to our elderly is not just a life line it is a right, an entitlement, a promise and the baseline to the USA economy. 

The Romney Ticket loses its moral standing on entitlements with their position to expand on hardship of the American people. The SSI Trust Fund should have a high priority in preserving its structure and should be one of the first places interest growth should be noted in the USA economy. If the interest rates grow to the SSI Trust Fund the more solvent the fund and the less change has to occur. Right now the economic plans of the Republicans does nothing to expand the solvency of SSI. Everyone should be demanding plans for the expansion of the solvency of SSI, not cuts. That means tax increases. 

Could it be Romney just wants Ryan out of the legislature? Romney needs to submit his own budget plans to the electorate.

It would seem as though Romney likes to take things out of contents and now he has an entire stump speech based on lies. 

In Romney's stump speech he is definitely not connected to the realty of the fact the President's plans for rebuilding the nation's infrastructure is vital. He is another 'pie in the sky' ideologue.

Mitt Romney needs to ask himself how many small businesses result from government contracts? 

Their precious USS Wisconsin was not possible without government funding and contracts. I mean when do these people ever connect with reality? Never? They continue to be elected on ideals and not reality?