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Well sky watchers remember that NASA press conference that spoke of a relatively mild solar cycle 24 ?  I guess it’s all about the average.  We experienced 2 fairly strong flares today an M5.3 at at 1:50 UTC and a real jolt of the X2.1 at 22:20 UTC.

These flares shot off sunspot 1283 which is fortunately or unfortunately sitting almost dead center of the suns disk.  Preliminary reports do appear to show that both eruptions produced CMEs or coronal mass ejections which will most likely strike the earth.

Here’s the M5

The X flare

That’s some real dramatic music huh?

Namaste friends and keep looking up for sure.  We've had a pretty exciting week with the supernova and in a couple days time the CMEs from these flares should stimulate some fairly low latitude aurora displays.

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Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 11:37 AM PDT

Voters Still Love the President

by Adept2u

A very interesting poll analysis just out from TPM I wanted to share.  Now personally I don’t much care for polls, but since polls that seem to hurt the President get so much play I thought I’d present some data from a different frame.

We have also seen similar numbers over the last month, in the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls, in CNN surveys and in Quinnipiac. The question at this point is not if the President will see tough challenge, but given the economic numbers, how is it that he is still ahead of his potential GOP rivals?

The polls all provide an answer: Voters still like President Obama as a person, and indeed support many of his individual policies, and are therefore conflicted about firing him. His favorability ratings across many polls are higher than his approval ratings. Some have made the comparison between Obama and former President Ronald Reagan, who maintained high favorability even though he himself faced challenges on job approval. Reagan had a major dip in approval during his first term, only to win in a landslide in 1984 after the economy sped up.

But some of the real underlying trouble is in the President's numbers on other qualities than likeability. NBC/WSJ also rated a number of other attributes on a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the highest. On "having strong leadership qualities" the President rated a 5 or 4 from 42 percent of respondents, way down from the previous highs of his first two years in office. His rating on "being a good commander-in-chief" also suffered dropping to a 4 or 5 rating from only 41 percent, and on his "ability to handle a crisis" was down 14 points.

Yet, voters are not ready to blame the President directly for what happened with the debt deal, which has brought about historic ire from Americans toward Washington. In the same NBC/WSJ poll, respondents identified a clear villan in the debt ceiling debacle: Congressional Republicans. 30 percent thought they were to blame versus 13 who pointed to Obama. Even Congressional Democrats actually got more blame than the President, at 15 percent, which was the same percentage who blamed everyone involved. So despite a drop in a perception of the President's leadership qualities, data from the same poll shows that people aren't ready to believe those qualities have been the issue in Washington's problems.

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Talking Points Memo

TPM in their title described it this way.

Gosh, I wonder if the President knew that the actual mass of America would assign the blame for these debacles correctly.  That President of ours, he told us he would always bet on the fairness and intelligence of the American people and I thought he was crazy for thinking it.  I guess that's why he's President and we're not.

Oh and one more thing from TPM's analysis

Not only does Obama beat both Romney and Tex. Gov. Rick Perry in hypothetical matchups, the Republican field isn't particularly attractive as a group of candidates. The poll tested which GOP contenders voters would consider voting for in the 2012 general. Only Romney, who 9 percent said they were definitely ready to vote for and who 41 percent said they would consider, reached a combined 50 percent. Only slightly more people were ready for vote for Perry (11 percent) but less were considering him (33 percent), for a total of 44 percent. And Michele Bachmann has basically invalidated herself as a candidate with 58 percent of general election voters who wouldn't consider her at all.

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Wonder if there is anyway to, you know build on that kind of thing?

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Happy Sunday TWiUPians this week we have a nice long documentary.  Coming in at just over 3 hours we have quite the excuse to kick back and enjoy a nice long afternoon or morning in David Serada’s Evidence the Case for NASA UFO’s.

Evidence, the Case for NASA UFOs, is a 3 hour film about a 6-year scientific study David Sereda conducted at NASA and into the scientific community about UFOs that were appearing on NASA Space Shuttle Missions throughout the 1990s. Sereda presents this NASA footage and his remarkable discoveries in this two part series. He shows proof of intelligent craft through the process of elimination of other plausible phenomena; fundamental principles of faster than light technology and corroborating evidence found on the disc shaped objects; links to the supposed spacecraft and an identifiable star system. Starring David Sereda and featuring television and film celebrity Dan Akroyd

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Why I could give a dang about Gitmo, or the public option or whatever else has “progressive” panties in a bunch this week?

If you guessed it’s because say Republicans want to take my voting rights back to the 1950’s you’d be close.  If you said the Republicans lead Presidential candidates are a blend of racist idiots and full on idiots you’d be getting warmer, but if you want the real flavor here we go.

It’s because I live in a country where this is possible, and possibly going to market.

WARNING THIS IS A TRAILER FOR A VIDEO GAME OF SLAVERY IT IS PATENTLY DISGUSTING

That’s right ladies and gentlemen coming to you in the spring of 2012 is Slavery the game.  Now could this be an elaborate internet troll?  I certainly hope so.  I hope the corporate names in this YouTube would never allow their images to be attached to such a product, but you know what?  Not only do I normally not get snark, but with what has been going on in this country, from deadbeat dad congressmen calling the President names to the Speaker of the Peoples House taking instruction from racist radio personalities I guess I’m hooked.  Seems plausible to me.

I don’t care if it’s Teabaggers, or “Progressives” things are fundamental to me, I got a grandbaby coming, so if you’d like you can get in line so I can tell you what little of a damn I give about the ozone in the face of this.  I’m feeling kind of froggy so let me jump on what lie you have to tell about the debt negotiation or how punched you poser fake hippys think you are.  I’d like to discuss your stinking betrayal because this nation sent a bunch of Republicans to the congress that was running on hate of the Black man.  You think freaking Richard Nixon was a better “progressive”?  The man who would have aborted the interracial President, then I have to think of my little interracial grandbaby.

You think I’m scared to be called an idiot in the face of that?  Then you are the dumb motherfucker.

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Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 12:00 PM PDT

Thank You Madam Librarian

by Adept2u

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I wanted to give a shout out to a woman that I don’t even remember the name of, but I remember what she did.

I was about in the 4th grade and my teacher was reading the class the Beverly Cleary book The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and she wouldn’t read it fast enough.  I went to our local library told the librarian the story, and she checked it out for me.  I suppose she must have noticed how fast I read it for how fast I brought it back, and she let me know that Beverly had written other Ralph stories and she gave them to me to check out.  She must have noticed how fast I brought them back because then she introduced me to Tolkein.

I’ve been able to read for entertainment since, and although I don’t give full credit for that to the librarian she sure helped.

I don’t know.  As we’re in the internet age of instant access to information and our local libraries are under such assault for their funding and continued existence something just made me want to acknowledge a lady from the past and a profession I hope to see go into the future.

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Namaste friends and fellow sky watchers there is a very exciting event taking place this weekend and for the next 7 or so days.  

On the weekend of September 3-4, 2011 – if you live in the northern hemisphere – you’ll have an opportunity to witness what the ancients might have thought was a “new” star – a star that pops into view suddenly where no star was before. We today know it as an exploding star, or supernova. You will probably need binoculars to see the supernova … but still. It’ll be cool.

Astronomers believe it may become the brightest Type 1a supernova of the last 30 years. And you can see it with an ordinary pair of binoculars.

1. Which way do I look? The supernova is located near the familiar Big Dipper pattern in our skies. At this time of year, the Big Dipper can be found in the northwest in the hours after sunset.

2. What time of night? Don’t wait too late at night, or the Big Dipper will have set below your northwestern horizon.

Visit EarthSky.org for the full story and how to find it

Now if you can’t watch the video make sure to visit the link for instructions on how to find it.

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Sky Watching 1a shows how to find Polaris may be helpful in this pursuit

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Namaste TWiUPians isn’t that an interesting little nugget.  According to MUFON the Mutual UFO Network the largest private UFO tracking organization in the world more people are reporting UFOs during the Obama Administration.  MUFON has a very cool reporting system where you can leave your written impressions, upload any videos or photographs captured, and it has a “tracker” that displays the reports obtained in real time.

"Over the past year, we've been averaging 500 sighting reports a month, compared to about 300 three years ago [67 percent]," MUFON international director Clifford Clift said.

"And I get one or two production companies contacting me every week, wanting to do stories on UFOs."

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I haven’t taken the time to find out if UFO sightings increase in Democratic administrations, but I don’t know.  I seem to recall the President making some pointy UFO jokes at Donald Trump.  Come to think of it he liked making an I’m from Krypton and my father is actually Jor-El joke before too.

I will never hide the truth because it’s uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and don’t know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why.  President Barack Obama, National Archives, May 21, 2009

Hey want to see me criticize the President?  You know you want to.  Release the UFO files Mr. President and the next time a citizen asks your representative a question about the subject make sure he has a real answer outside of I don’t know and some vague promise of transparency.  

Let’s take the jump on this post but don’t come down on it, that could be painful.

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Um Congressman, you want to produce a diary about this?

Former Bush administration official David Welch and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) are singled out as allies of the now-deposed Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi, in documents found in the building that used to house Libya's intelligence headquarters, Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports.

The story is from Talking Points Memo, but the person who broke it is from Al Jazeera

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Howdy gang and welcome to a drip dry edition of Sunday at the Movies.

Now, a former Air Force general, a retired Air Force colonel, a former FAA executive, and other credible witnesses are stepping forward to reveal something that nobody would believe: first-hand encounters with UFOs.

They'll tell their stories in SECRET ACCESS: UFOs ON THE RECORD, a two-hour special premiering Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on HISTORY.

The film features in-depth accounts by people who are willing to risk their jobs and reputations to speak out about their extraordinary experiences, such as former Arizona Governor Fife Symington III; Nick Pope, former head of the British Defense Ministry's UFO Investigative Unit, and others.

Commentary is provided by investigative journalist Leslie Kean, author of the NY Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, who spent ten years studying the UFO phenomenon and bringing together high level sources from around the world.

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This video is a nice compilation of some of the best known and documented cases, but there’s nothing new to a TWiUPian.  It was well put together and entertaining, and it had a bit of pre sell in the media that was interesting.

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Howdy TWiUPians and welcome to your weekly out of this world round up.  I have several stories I want to talk about this week, so strap into your command module and let’s lift off.

The most interesting batch of sightings in the past week comes from the lone star state and old Laredo.  Now for those of you familiar with UFO history you’ll remember that Laredo was famous for a chase and crash report back in the late 40’s

The Laredo, Texas UFO Crash is a case in which at least two U.S. military aircraft allegedly chased a 90-foot-diameter (27 m) silver disc-shaped unidentified flying object (UFO) across Texas before watching the object crash approximately 30 miles (48 km) south-southwest of Laredo, Texas on July 7, 1948. U.S. servicemen were reportedly dispatched from a nearby military base to cordon off the UFO crash site until a special U.S. retrieval team arrived to examine the wreckage and carry it away to a military base in San Antonio, Texas. Supposedly, the badly burned body of a non-human entity was recovered from the crash site.[1]

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This video shot a Pro 8 News viewer allegedly shows a light some say is coming from a UFO.
The light that seems like an ordinary star shone brightly over Laredo around four Tuesday morning.
Its the second night in a row its been spotted.
Witnesses took to the Pro 8 News facebook page posting details of what they saw.
One person said the light seemed to stay in one spot.
Another said he and his wife saw it between two and four a.m.
It was a bright white light and turned to two, then back to one.
Witnesses say it was flying around the south Laredo area, then flew back up to central Laredo towards loop twenty and then back around and down highway 83 before it disappeared.

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Well it looks like we have two shaking coasts now and believe me your brothers and sisters  on the west side feel your fear and apprehension even if some of us are teasing you for tripping over a 5.9.  Not me even after having been through several of them they still make my anus pucker so tight you could turn coal into diamonds up there.

Go check your water heater.  Those things hop around in an earthquake so much so that we have laws stating they have to be strapped to something solid.  They come loose from their gas supplies and the potential for leaking is great.

If you smell gas, turn off the gas from your house supply and under no circumstances turn it back on yourself wait for the gas company.

Got introduced to that lizard brain didn't you?  Nothing like feeling the entire earth move to get you in touch with your instincts.

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Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM PDT

RIP Nick Ashford

by Adept2u

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Oh no.   I just saw that Nick Ashford has died, and didn’t see any notice around mentioning his passing.  It seems he had been suffering from throat cancer although his cause of death remains unknown.

One of the primary songwriting and producing teams of Motown, Ashford & Simpson specialized in romantic duets of the most dramatic kind, professing the power of true love and the comforts of sweet talk. In “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” from 1967, their first of several hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, lovers in close harmony proclaim their determination that “no wind, no rain, no winter’s cold, can stop me, baby,” but also make cuter promises: “If you’re ever in trouble, I’ll be there on the double”

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They also continued to write hits for other people. “I’m Every Woman“ was a hit for Chaka Khan in 1978, and later for Whitney Houston on the soundtrack to the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” In 1996, they opened the Sugar Bar on West 72nd Street in Manhattan, where they often presided over open mic nights. Recently, they received a songwriting credit on Amy Winehouse’s song “Tears Dry on Their Own,” which contains a sample from “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Besides his wife, Mr. Ashford is survived by two daughters, Nicole and Asia; his brothers Paul, Albert and Frank; and his mother, Alice Ashford.
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Ashford & Simpson toured throughout their career, their harmony and vocal interplay illustrating the passion of their lyrics and of their life together.

“When Ms. Simpson sits down at the piano and begins to sing in a bright pop-gospel voice, unchanged since the 1970s,” Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote in a review in 2007, “she awakens the spirit and tosses it to Mr. Ashford, whose quirkier voice, with its airy falsetto, has gained in strength from the old days. Soon they are urging each other on. By the time their romantic relay winds to a close, both are sweating profusely, and the audience is delirious.”

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So long Nick so smooth.

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