That overwhelming fracking problem?

All we’ve heard for the last decade is the overwhelming, undeniable, evidence points to the fact that fracking has caused an increase in earthquakes in central United States.

No one can possibly question this statement of fact or risk being taunted in the exact same manner one would have been if they had the audacity to question global warming.  You’re a flat-Earther, Moon landing denier, you’re mentally challenged.   Seriously:

Now, the upside to this rather simple explanation for the increased earthquake issue is something the very simple-minded could understand, stop fracking.

There.

Problem solved.

However, as with almost every hot-button politically correct issue of the last twenty years, the problem is not what the activists think it is, and therefore, their solution won’t solve the problem.

This, is apparently the actual, real, problem:

Likely cause for recent southeast US earthquakes: Underside of the North American Plate peeling off

That sounds a lot more ominous than “stop fracking”.  However, that’s because it is.  As with “global climate change”, the underside of the North American plate peeling off into the Earth’s core is not something man is going to “correct” any time soon.  Blaming it on corporate America, greed, or Republicans won’t stop it.  Passing some bizarro tax won’t stop it either.  It has occurred since the dawn of Man and will continue long after our generations are gone.  And, if it does stop, so will mankind.

As with “climate change”, we’ll just have to figure out how to live with it since it will never, ever, realistically, go away.

The reality of this one is a lot simpler than proving the reality of man-made global climate change.  With the collapse of the oil industry, the fracking industry is dying a very rapid death.

By the end of this year, fracking production will be next to nothing.

How many people want to take the bet that the earthquakes will stop?

1999

Gotta have this one on the blog:

Prince had toyed with the charts, and was becoming pretty popular on MTV and the like due to his provocative stage personna. However, it was the album 1999 that put him on top of the pop world. And, it was this song that got him there. 1999 was mixed and sounded absolutely perfect in any disco or dance bar. I have no clue how many times I danced to this song.

Twenty years later, my very young boy, when I started introducing him to music, asked me to play this video for him every time. That’s when I started relaxing as a parent.

Kasich and Cruz join forces against Trump

The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were coordinating their efforts in three upcoming primary states in an extraordinary attempt to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination before this summer’s convention.

Although it seems logical on paper, the big problem is this looks and sounds exactly like the conspiracy theory Trump supporters have been talking about for a year:  Kasich and Cruz will do whatever it takes to force a contested convention at which point the nomination will be handed to the candidate of the party’s choice.  The problem here is that is exactly what Kasich and Cruz are doing to keep any chance they have alive.

Kasich has nothing to lose.  He’s a lousy candidate.  He’s not exciting enough to get people to vote for him.  He realistically hasn’t won a single primary outside of his home state.  He really has no point of even being in the race at this point.  Seriously, he doesn’t.  This is his swan song.  This is the race he’ll be remembered for.  He won’t be a serious candidate for President in the future.  Especially by playing games.

Ted Cruz should have been smarter than to release this information to the general public.  After Colorado and Wyoming, where all of the delegates went to Cruz even though neither had a primary, it is apparent that Cruz is willing to rely on tricks of hand if popular votes won’t do it.  The majority won’t forget that.  After this race, my guess is, Ted Cruz is toast on the national level.  He’s not going to win this primary by any means, and people won’t forget how he tried to deny the popular vote and rely on establishment practices after running anti-establishment for a year.  He has already become what he has campaigned against.

The candidates colluding is not surprising.  It’s the only realistic chance they have left.  All they can do at this point is prevent Trump from getting 1,237 before the convention.  Being so open about it is stupid against a populist candidate like Trump.  How long do you think it took for Trump to turn it against them?

Almost as fast as it took to broadcast the headline.

 

Prince

If this year wasn’t going badly enough, now we’ve lost Prince.

I can’t even begin to try to list my favorite songs.  He had an overwhelming run that lasted a lot longer than most people think, and certainly was a lot deeper than most people know.  To try to list all his stuff in one post is impossible.  So, I’ll be popping songs on here as the mood strikes me.  And, I know it will.  First up, very recent performance:

You got Prince, filling in for Stevie Ray Vaughan, doing a David Bowie song.  This was a a cameo, possibly his last major one.  I get a rush when he appears.

If I were Nile Rodgers, I’d be very nervous tho.

OK, to start the Prince tributes, probably my favorite Prince tune of all time would be Erotic City.  It’s about as funked up as anything Prince would ever do.  It was released my junior year of college.  When we hit the clubs, if I found a babe that had at least three shots of tequila, and this song came on, I was set.  The chase was over. I owed a few good times to Prince.  That, I think, was his intent.

A lot of his songs were more fun, but this one just always stood out.  Without doing any real research, I always felt this one particular song was influenced by George Clinton.  Although it was obvious Prince was influenced by P-Funk, I always felt this song was the salute.  Many years later, George would return that salute by releasing his own version of Erotic City.  That’s actually the one I have on my phone.  But, either version is worthy.  Sheila-E would also release a version as well.

Just enjoy listening to it.

 

 

That Green Moon meme

First of all, let me get this off my chest, I hate memes. 99% of them are bogus. 99% of them are only there as click bait. If you you think you’re on top of the game because you forward every meme you stumble across, step away from the Webdream, this ain’t the place for you. Now that that’s clear, let’s move on to the latest garbage infesting Facebook, the green moon meme.

Now, according to this one,

“several planets are going to align”……

Let’s stop there for a second, shall we?  “Several” planets align every single day.

“Which will cause the Earth’s Moon”…….

How, pray tell, will tiny little dots in the sky, most of which are well beyond the Earth’s orbit, affect our Moon?  Get a pencil and paper, draw them real quick, then show us how they possibly could interfere with light that is coming directly from the Sun and hitting the Moon.  And remember basic physics still apply, NONE of those “several” planets actually emit any light whatsoever.  So, it’s got to bounce of that unnamed planet, reflect billions of miles back the Moon, and be strong enough to affect the wavelengths coming from the Moon.  That’s all.

Do yourself, and more importantly, all of us, a big favor, and fact-check your memes before pushing them on us.

And if you can’t seem to stop yourself from doing that, at least hold off on the planets aligning bull.  That will never, ever, impact anything.  All nine could align and nothing would happen.

But if you really want to look smart, DON’T SHARE MEMES.

Launch and Landing of Spacex Falcon 9

My God this is exciting stuff!

However, that excitement was dampened by this news:

The only thing that would be more exciting to me is if we could actually send a man into space and fix very expensive satellites.

You know, like we could before Obama was president.

March 17, 2016 Jupiter impact

This is just cool:

Jupiter is basically the solar sweeper.  We keep pondering what would happen to Earth after a major impact, Jupiter gets them all the time.  Although you’ll see some discoloring in the Jovian atmosphere, it never seems worse for the impact.  If it weren’t for Jupiter, Earth would get hit a LOT more often.  Life wouldn’t exist as we know it.  So, when you think astronomy’s not important, think again.

BTW, that video was shot by an amateur, John McKeon.  Pretty dang cool.

Comet P/2016 BA14

An insignificant, but fairly close asteroid, turned into a 3,000 foot wide comet, grazing Earth at a record close distance. Actually close enough for ground based telescopes to get some pretty neat images of it:

Which always makes me wonder, if we can’t really detect a half-mile wide comet grazing the Earth with any real idea of how big it is, which directly determines how big a threat it is to us, then MAYBE we should invest in technology that would allow us to do a better job doing that than, oh, guessing at life on planets billions of miles away.