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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Cosmic rays are bad–and they're getting worse. That's the conclusion of a new paper just published in the research journal Space Weather.

The authors, led by Prof. Nathan Schwadron of the University of New Hampshire, show that radiation from deep space is dangerous and intensifying faster than previously predicted.

The story begins four years ago when Schwadron and colleagues first sounded the alarm about cosmic rays. Analyzing data from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) instrument onboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), they found that cosmic rays in the Earth-Moon system were peaking at levels never before seen in the Space Age.

The worsening radiation environment, they pointed out, was a potential peril to astronauts, curtailing how long they could safely travel through space.

It was easy to miss, but OMB demolishes the GOP's deregulatory claims.

As it happens, though, we know something about the costs and benefits of federal regulations. In fact, Trump's own administration, specifically the (nonpartisan, at least for now) White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), just released its annual report on that very subject. (Hat tip to E&E.)

The report was released late on a Friday, with Congress out of session and multiple Trump scandals dominating the headlines. A cynical observer might conclude that the administration wanted the report to go unnoticed.

Why might that be? Well, in a nutshell, it shows that the GOP is wrong about regulations as a general matter and wrong about Obama's regulations specifically.

Those regulations had benefits far in excess of their costs, and they had no discernible effect on jobs or economic growth. read more

The UK would respond "robustly" to any evidence of Russian involvement in the collapse of former spy Sergei Skripal, Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are critically ill in hospital after being found unconscious in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The foreign secretary said he was not pointing fingers at this stage, but described Russia as "a malign and disruptive force".

Russia has denied any involvement.

Counter Terrorism Police have taken over the investigation from Wiltshire Police. But in a statement, the unit said the inquiry had not been declared a terrorist incident and there was no risk to the wider public.

Mr Skripal's relatives have told the BBC Russian Service that the former spy believed the Russian special services might come after him at any time.

His wife, elder brother and his son have died in the past two years, some in mysterious circumstances, the family believe.

Monday, March 05, 2018

President Donald Trump's aggressive push to reverse Obama-era policies is facing trouble in court. In recent weeks, federal judges have blocked the administration's attempts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), postpone a rule giving low-income families broader access to housing in wealthier neighborhoods, and delay an environmental regulation requiring oil and gas companies to reduce methane leaks. All of these Trump policy changes have hit the same stumbling block: Courts say the administration hasn't followed the proper steps in enacting them, citing a 1940s-era law that's become a key weapon in the legal battle over the president's agenda. Under that law, the Administrative Procedure Act, federal agencies are required to provide a reasoned justification for their policy decisions and offer the public an opportunity to weigh in when they are creating new regulations, making notable changes to existing rules, or scrapping them altogether.

A new group of companies suspended some of their YouTube advertising after finding out that ads were appearing over conspiracy theory videos peddled by radio show host Alex Jones on various InfoWars-related YouTube channels. According to a CNN report, companies including Nike, Expedia, Paramount Network, Wix, ClassPass, the Mormon Church, and the NRA have suspended ads on InfoWars channels after being made aware by CNN that their ads were running over conspiracy theory videos.

Many of the companies involved claim that they had no idea their ads were running over InfoWars content, and many say they used YouTube's advertiser tools in the hope of keeping their ads off such content. ...

This controversy comes after The Alex Jones Channel reportedly received a content strike from YouTube after promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming that David Hogg, a survivor of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was a coached "crisis actor."


Camel - Air Born

" ... Life takes you up, it brings you down ..."

@#8 ... Remind me again, Trumptards, how we should normalize relations with Russia. ...

Pres Trump does not want to normalize relations with Russia. Full Stop.

The relations he seems to want with Russia are anything but normal.

Interesting conversation on William's 11th Hour: www.msnbc.com

WILLIAMS: ... Congressman, looking back over the scope of this week, which is not
insignificant, we`re going to go into the some detail later in the hour.
What was the most notable event to you?

REP. DAVID JOLLY (R), FORMER U.S. CONGRESMAN: The national security
implications. ... And we can`t overlook the statements by Vladimir Putin that
just during this week, the head of Russia suggested that he has been able
to undermine nearly 30 years of American National Security Strategy.

And what did we hear from Donald Trump? We saw him not respond to Russia
but instead criticize Saturday Night Live in Alec Baldwin. ...

The Latest: Ex-Trump Aide Says He'll Probably Cooperate

...The Latest on former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, who has said he will defy a subpoena in the Russia meddling investigation (all times local):

8:30 p.m. [EST]

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg says that he'll probably end up cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller after all.

Nunberg has been giving television interviews in which he says he will defy a subpoena and refuse to appear before a grand jury.

In a reversal, Nunberg tells The Associated Press in an interview Monday night that, in the end, he's likely "going to end up cooperating with them."

Nunberg tells the AP that he's angry about being asked to share his email conversations with a long list of ex-campaign aides, and he says he doesn't think the subpoena is fair and that he'd like Mueller's team to narrow its scope of inquiry....

So long as we're posting poetry...

Nektar - It's All Over

Come tomorrow I'm going to
Be the one
That you will follow
Your world is so upside down 'cause
It's all over now

Take the high road and you'll
Take the low one
See it all through those passing hours
These moments seem so inside out
It's all over now
It's all over

See the daytime you've
Seen the darkness
I'm torn apart through those many changes
A feeling that you'll understand
It's all over now

See me walking and
Hear me talking I'll
Guide you all through those endless ages
Your world was so upside down but
It's all over now
It's all over

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