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Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 04:59 AM PST

A Texan is Saving Greece

by yuriwho

Irony? ........

Untill recently he was an obscure academic in Texas writing books about macroeconomics.....now he makes Angela Merkle's knees quiver. He is the 'Sexiest Man in Europe'

Follow below the firewhisp of delight for more
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Sat Jan 17, 2015 at 08:16 AM PST

God Save the Queen with Common Decency

by yuriwho

Brian May, the famous guitarist from the rock band Queen has started to engage the public in the UK with a new campaign centred around common decency.

As far as I can tell, it's a quest for democracy in it's original form and a fight against special interests. I'm interested to learn more and I already hit subscribe.

Here's the first video on the topic, more blow the fold.

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Mon Dec 08, 2014 at 09:03 PM PST

The New Media esp. Video Shorts

by yuriwho

As we move toward shorter communications (Twitter) both online and off (can I call you later?). Two short films have randomly gathered my attention. The first movie is about college life as a student that has room mates/house mates. I have had both. I am a veteran of the academic student life. First, I was an undergraduate co-op student which required moving every 4 months for 5 years, then I was a Ph.D. student which required for me: moving 3 times in 6 years. During my Postdoc years I did not need to move as I had finally reached harmony with my house mates and managed to stay in the same city while now attending a completely new UNI Environ. In fact our house was legendary within the local community and to our neighbours and the police (most of the above liked us). When I finally got an Academic job I only brought my girlfriend along (whom is now my wife).

The first short film I present is about living with other students. It speaks for itself and is pretty much spot-on with regard to housemate fights based on my vast experience:

This Is It from Alexander Engel on Vimeo.

The second film is much more disturbing in a Rod Serling kind of way.......however I think it is important to share. Here's the link to "The Landing"

THE LANDING - Short Film from Perception Pictures on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoy them both.

Cheers,

Yuri

p.s. I'm sorry that I am unable to embed these videos...I am hoping DK5 will fix these issues. So just click the links to watch.

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Justin Trudeau grew up on 24 Sussex Drive Ottawa (our White House). His Father was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979. Like his father, Justin is running under the Liberal Party flag. He supports legalization of maryjane, is anti war and pro-choice including assisted suicide (with regulations). He is young, currently 42. He recently released his first autobiography titled Common Ground.

Last night he launched his campaign for Prime Minister in 2015 with an hour long interview on the Canadian CTV show W5 (who what when where why).

Sadly I cannot find a way to embed this video but here is the link to the interview: http://www.ctvnews.ca/...

If you want to hear his version of his life, watch the interview and read his autobiography.

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Graphene won the Nobel Prize in 2010. A two dimensional lattice of sp2 hybridized carbon atoms with an extended Pi network that allows for the free flow of electricity within the plane of the layer of graphene. An electrical conductor. It was initially fabricated by sticking a piece of Scotch Tape to a piece of graphite and peeling off one layer of graphene at a time. Nobel Prize

Lets fast forward to now:

new uses for graphene and new ways to make graphene and stacked sheets thereof.

Heres an novel idea, lets stack two (or more) graphene sheets together in order to create the most high efficiency super capacitor ever known.

This has now been done.

Through research in Prof. Richard Kaner's lab (Chem and Biochem, UCLA), graduate student Maher El-Kady discovered an new way to make graphene and a way to stack in separated layers .....

a way to make super-capacitor batteries.

The Super Supercapacitor | Brian Golden Davis from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

I think this may be one of the best discoveries of the last century.

The big question is, can it be scaled safely into commercial batteries?

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Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:35 PM PDT

A dogs life in The Wild North

by yuriwho

This is video from an aboriginal Canadian who lives near Hay River in Canada's North West Territories. As part of his living, he's a trapper, so he may say things that offend animal lovers, However, he has a dog named Charlie Boy, and this dog hunts. I'd like to introduce you to the Charlie Cam. It's a dogs life.

Please thumbs up and like if you enjoy this.

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Warning, plot spoiler below for "The Shipping News", by E. Annie Proulx.

E. Annie Proulx, one of the great Canadian writers, wrote a book called "The Shipping News" which was about the culture and people of the Maritimes (Eastern Canada, think Newfoundland and Nova Scotia). Great book, I'll never forget it. It was even made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey as the protagonist 'Quoyle', although I highly recommend only watching the movie after you have read the far more vibrant book itself. From one review:

Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) lives a pointless existence as a newspaper inker who has the unfortunate luck to fall for Petal (Cate Blanchett), a good-lookin' ne'er-do-well if there ever was one. She marries him, uses and abuses him and, finally, takes off with their daughter, Bunny (Alyssa Gainer). Quoyle learns that his frequently unfaithful wife died in a car crash, but not before she sold Bunny to a black market adoption operation for $6000. Stricken, but with his daughter back, Quoyle is convinced by his Aunt Agnis (Judi Dench) to come back home to Newfoundland in Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's best-selling novel, "The Shipping News."
Blockquote from Reeling Reviews

How does this relate to the unending saga of the Carnival Cruises vessel "The Triumph" which became famous for being stranded in the gulf with the toilets backed up and the owners deciding that the passengers could wait to be towed to port?

This is truly a cursed vessel. Apparently, yesterday, it broke free from it's moorings in Mobile, Alabama and bashed about destroying other things, some news outlets are reporting one person dead or missing, and some property damage.

Which brings me back to the Shipping News, and my favourite (Yes grammar Nazi's, I'm Canadian and this is how we spell the Queens English, or at least thats what my spell checker says) and most memorable chapter therein, Chapter 13, "The Dutch Cringle".........(I'm sure this story was saved for a chapter with the number 13 associated).

I thinks it's time now for a moment of silence...........................................................................................................
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In "The Shipping News", Quoyle has landed a gig as a newspaper reporter for a small town coastal Maritime paper "the Gammy Bird", and has been blessed with writing about the shipping news (all things Marine) even though he's a landlubber with no marine knowledge. He stumbles through his job until he is blessed with the story of "Tough Baby".

Here's a link to most of that chapter from Google Books.

In the novel, 'Tough Baby', is a Dutch barge yacht that was built for Hitler during WW II as a pleasure vessel, akin to a mini-Titanic in opulence. With teak decks, an oak hull, and mahogany fixins, it was a pleasure craft for and of the 0.1%.

As the story goes, "Tough Baby" was moored in Bar Harbor, Maine during hurricane Bob. During the hurricane the boat broke free of its moorings and bashed about the harbour. Being so solidly built, it pulverized 17 boats into matchsticks and destroyed 12 beachhouses, docks and boathouses...... A truly cursed boat.

As this boat was moored in the local harbour near Killick-Claw, Quoyle penned an article for the 'Gammy Bird" titled: "Killer Yacht at Killick-Claw" which made him a legendary reporter to the locals, since everyone knows that the town of Killick-Claw is named after one of the Wooden arms of a Killick. According to the Newfie dictionary, a Killick is made from a stone and pliable sticks to anchor small boats and nets.

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Here's a very simple song written back in 67 by Paul McCartney in the heat of the moment in the studio in response to others in that studio, the song is titled "Hello, Goodbye". It was released in the US on the 'Magical Mystery Tour' Album and later in the UK on the Blue Album.

Here are the lyrics, augmented with my notes (in bold italics) regarding their relevance today.

You say yes, I say no.
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no.
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello

the general inability of republicans and democrats to communicate productively with each other

I say high, you say low
You say why and I say I don't know, oh no

We disagree yet again for no real reason

You say goodbye and I say hello
(Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbye) hello hello
(Hello Goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
(Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbye) hello hello
(Hello Goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye
(Hello Goodbye) I say hello

Why why why why why why do you say goodbye goodbye, oh no?

Sandy Hook

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello

You say yes (I say "yes") I say no (but I may mean no.)

Rape, Jerry Sandusky, Wide stances

You say stop (I can stay) and I say go go go (till it's time to go ), oh no no

Global Warming

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello hello
Hellooooo

Seems we are unable to communicate

Hela hey helloa
Hela hey helloa Cha Cha Cha
Hela hey helloa Whooo
Hela hey helloa Hela
Hela hey helloa Cha Cha Cha
Hela hey helloa Whooo
Hela hey helloa Cha Cha
Hela hey helloa

make noise in hopes of communication

Hope you enjoy the song:

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Our second show on Fukushima will be airing today (Dec 17, 2012) at 6pm EDT, 3pm Pacific on Netroots Radio. The website for the SciTech with Yuri and Rick show can be found at http://scitechradio.com complete with links to additional information, our previous podcasts and extended interviews where available.

In this weeks show we discuss in detail the initial events that lead to the meltdown of reactors 1,2 & 3 as well as the spent fuel pool in Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan during March & April 2011.

We also explain in detail the different types of radiation (α,β,γ), how they cause damage depending on the mode of exposure and we explain the meanings of the myriad different units used to measure radiation. We plan to tie together all the information we have discussed in these first two shows on Fukushima in our 3rd Fukushima show where we will be discussing the expected effects of the radiation released and the threats of ongoing danger from the radioactive materials still present at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

I will update this diary with a link to this podcast on Stitcher when it becomes available between 7 and 8pm eastern today.
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Here's how to listen:

In iTunes, our live stream is listed as Netroots Radio under the Radio Tab in the News/Talk Radio section.

Tune in on our TuneIn.com Page by Clicking This Link to our Player page.
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We have followed Daily Kos Radio over to Stitcher!  You can listen to podcasts online or listen on your Smart Phone by Clicking This Link and DL'ing the Free Stitcher app! After the app is installed on your Smart Phone search for "Netroots Radio."  Simple as that!

Here's how to Listen...

Just Click the Play button on our SHOUTcast™ Player to listen to the show!



Click This Link to Open our Popup Player instead, to surf while you listen.
When the page opens click the "Netroots Radio" Link to pop open the Player.

Or click This Link to Listen on your iTunes or Media Player

Tune In on your iPhone by Clicking This Link and DL'ing the TuneIn.com app!
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After installing the app Search for Netroots Radio and add to your TuneIn Favorites.
Simple as that!

Cheers,

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We discuss the newest chemistry results from the SAM instrument (Sample Analysis at Mars) of the NASA Curiosity Rover in the introductory segment. Short answer: organics detected, not certain of origin.

The main part of the podcast is about Fukushima and we located a Canadian-Japanese person who lived through the earthquakes, tsunami and radiation fallout and is currently separated from his family, trying to make a living in Japan. Here we get the human story and next week we plan to discuss the science behind the Fukushima disaster.

So, with no further ado, here's episode 2: SciTech with Yuri and Rick EP2

Cheers,

Yuri

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We have started a brand new Show on Netroots Radio called "SciTech with Yuri and Rick". Both Rick and I are Science oriented Canadians who also care about US Politics. In our first show we introduce ourselves, we discuss the topics we will be covering on a regular basis and then we do a deep dive into the Chemistry of the Mars Rovers. The Mars Talk starts at about 16 minutes into the podcast if you want to fast forward to the Mars info, the Mars Chemistry discussion runs for 40 minutes..

I have a fair amount of humility, but I know that I know more than just about everyone outside the mission team, so I'm sharing what I know with you. If you like Science and Technology and topics like the Mars Rovers, we have the podcast you will like on the topic of Mars. We also have expertise regarding Fukushima which we will be talking about in the next week or two.

Our Radio Program Airs live on Netroots Radio Mondays at 6 pm eastern daylight time, 3 pm pacific and you can find our podcasts on Stitcher shortly thereafter.

Here is a link to our first podcast. I'd appreciate some feedback to figure out how to make the show better.

Our first podcast can be found here: Mars Curiosity Podcast

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Our new show about Science and Technology will be going live on Netroots Radio at 3pm pacific/6pm eastern today. Your hosts Yuri (thats me) and Rick (Hatamoto here on DKos) will be doing this as a weekly show.

Podcasts will be available later today on Stitcher just search for Netroots Radio to find podcasts of original content shows from Netroots Radio.

UPDATE: You can find our podcast of the show here.

Our first episode gives an introduction to the two of us, we discuss some of the recurring topics we will be discussing regularly and we go into some detail about the Mars Science Laboratory AKA 'Curiosity'.

Although todays NASA press conference at the AGU meeting in San Francisco was a little disappointing given the hype and speculation, it's actually not far from what I expected. It's too soon for them to show any interesting chemistry data. I expect to see that data when they reach the clay soils on the mountain in the center of Gale crater.

I'll update this diary with a link to the podcast when it becomes available.

Let us know what you thought of the show once you have listened to it.

Cheers,

Yuri

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