Detailed analysis on the EmDrive. Almost all of this is over my head, although the article is pretty straightforward. They delve into forces that might be causing the appearance of thrust. This sentence sticks out, “If either the EmDrive or Mach Effect Thruster is indeed genuine, then new physics is being discovered or old physics is being applied in a new, unfamiliar context.” I cling to this.
Global water crisis impending. Well, this is cheery news:
Inge de Graaf, a hydrologist at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, developed a new model simulating regional groundwater dynamics and withdrawals from 1960 to 2100. She found that California’s agricultural powerhouses—the Central Valley, Tulare Basin, and southern San Joaquin Valley, which produce a plentiful portion of the nation’s food—could run out of accessible groundwater as early as the 2030s. India’s Upper Ganges Basin and southern Spain and Italy could be used up between 2040 and 2060. And the southern part of the Ogallala aquifer under Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico could be depleted between 2050 and 2070.
No water. No food. Keep on fracking that Ogalla aquifer too. That will stretch it out.
Pitchfork’s Best Underground Garage Punk Albums of 2016. Pitchfork left me behind many years ago when it transitioned into avant pop or whatever the fashion was at the time. However, quite a few gems on this list that I was pigshit ignorant of on here. Most are more sloppy punk than the psychedelic garage rock I usually lean on. The inclusion of a New Orleans based band, Heavy Lids, is a surprise, although the song didn’t grab me this morning. Vanity might be my favorite discovery of the bunch.
John Gibler & Gabriela Jauregui in conversation about the disappearance of forty-three students in the Mexican state of Guerrero in September 2014. Connections are made to Ferguson and the Haitian Revolution. I need to remember these writers.
Jeb Lund’s favorite things he wrote in 2016. In retrospect, surprisingly Jeb Lund might be one of the vectors through which I stumbled into the black hole of Irony/ Leftist/ Dirtbag Twitter. He doesn’t interact with them much at all. I enjoy his writing and missed a few of this over the year.
David R. Bunch’s MODERAN is being reprinted by NYRB Classics. The VanderMeers pulled it off. Mumpsimus has a post expressing his feelings on Bunch being reclaimed from obscurity after first writing about Bunch over twelve years ago. I’ve never read Bunch. I’m just intrigued.
Trump praising Putin yet again yesterday for not retaliating isn’t unprecedented. Obviously he’s praised Putin before. He also praised Netanyahu when he was talking trash about Obama last summer. It’s not just Trump either. Remember that Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress about Iran in opposition to Obama’s policy towards Israel. Also, McCain palled around with Ukrainians criticizing the president while Obama was in talks with Putin. Trump’s obsession with Putin is dumb and dangerous, but I’m not seeing what the pearl-clutching pundits are seeing.
I don’t have much room to laugh at Democrats calling Trump’s action treason. Well, maybe. Back in the day, I obsessed on Cheney and the gang deliberately outing the identity of a CIA agent. Their reason for doing that was in retaliation for her husband calling into doubt their fabricated evidence of Iraq acquiring yellowcake uranium. I’m still not convinced that wasn’t treason. I’ve no love for the CIA, but federal officials actively abusing their powers to damage a federal agent, while possibly undermining and endangering other active agents seems kinda treasonous. That seems considerably more substantial than Trump calling Putin very smart for not reacting to Obama playing games to box in . Then again, as someone pointed out, even the Rosenbergs weren’t tried for treason. Let’s pretend that Trump is this utterly unique creature that has never been seen before.
Cleaning up and adding new RSS feeds is drudgery. It’s shocking how many dead blogs were in there, some abandoned many years ago. It’s weird to see how many names I recognized fled to Tumblr ages ago without my noticing.