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Bwoglines: Groundhog Day Edition

Fingers crossed this fucker doesn’t see his shadow.

Happening in the World: Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is running for reelection essentially unopposed – his only opponent is one of his own supporters. Potential political rivals have been sidelined, jailed, or threatened with prosecution. President Trump has described el-Sisi as a “fantastic guy”. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: Speaking of the Trumpster: President Trump is anticipated to approve the release of the controversial congressional memo everyone’s been talking about. The memo claims that special counselor Robert Mueller’s initial probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was influenced by a dossier underwritten by the Hillary Clinton campaign, thus biasing his investigation. Despite concerns from law enforcement and intelligence officials about confidential information included in the memo, House Republicans are likely to make its contents public on Friday. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Mayor / known marmot murderer Bill de Blasio is skipping the Staten Island Zoo’s Groundhog Day event for the second year in a row. In 2014, de Blasio dropped the groundhog – real name Charlotte – and she was found dead days later. Mayor Bloomberg, meanwhile, was repeatedly bitten by the groundhog. So maybe this change is for the best. (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Battle of the Bands is happening tonight at 8 pm in Lerner Party Space. Seven student groups are competing to be the opener for this year’s Bacchanal.

Overheard: “Elon Musk and my father are good friends.”

Tinder Pickup Line of the Day: “Do you smoke pot? Because weed be cute together.”

Fun marmot pic via Max Pixel.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Cause of recent extreme weather? x8.2 solar flare 12:06 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2017
    Fred Seitz Marchal Instute studies predicted it. Google now curates and censors them off the net.

    Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years
    National Geographic Feb 23, 2011

    Global Warming Gives Science Behind Nuclear Winter a New Purpose
    N Y Times CLYDE HABERMAN APRIL 3, 2016

    NASA Says Nuclear Warfare Could Reverse Global Warming
    Casey Chan 2/26/11 SCIENCE

    Fujii, Yoshiaki J Atm & Solar-Terrestrial Physics. April 2011, Vol. 73 Issue 5/6, p643-652 This study suggests

    that the cause of the stagnation in global warming in the mid 20th century was the atmospheric nuclear explosions

    detonated between 1945 and 1980.

    Science News, Vol. 111, No. 25 (Jun. 18, 1977), p. 389
    Now there is direct evidence that indicates sunspot activity affects terrestrial weather, which occurs far beneath

    the ionosphere in the troposphere. Two physicists from the University of California at Berkeley reported at the

    American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington that solar flares caused a dramatic increase in worldwide

    thunderstorm activity. During August 1972, Robert Holzworth and Forrest Mozer

    Sid Perkins Science News, Vol. 159, No. 3 (Jan. 20, 2001), pp. 45-47
    Not only do solar storms influence day-to-day weather, but longterm, subtle variations in solar activity drive

    Earth’s climate, scientists propose.

    FAIRBRIDGE, R.W., 1998. El Nino not Unpredictable Research, SI(26), 52-63. Royal Palm Beach (Florida), From a

    total of 113 El Nifios, 1525-1998, “super” primary framework provided by the phasing of tree-ring analyses. This

    galactic cosmic ray flux by planetary dynamics, e.g. the 208.5yr cycle matching returns match solar flare cycles,

    e.g. the 8.93667yr 2.172yr QBO cycle

    Penrose Memorial Lecture. Variations in the Sun and Their Effects on Weather andClimate
    Walter Orr Roberts
    Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 123, No. 3 (Jun. 18, 1979),pp. 151-159
    The vertical lines are drawn where all the severe High Plains droughts occur, back to about 1850, in a study by

    James Marshall. There is a striking association between the drought dates and the dates of the sunspot minima after

    the negatively plotted maxima. The region that is principally affected by these droughts is the region of the Great

    Dust Bowl of the mid-1930s. And this is the area covered by the most severe droughts over the period 1931-1970.

    The Sun’s Influence on the Earth’s Atmosphere and Interplanetary Space
    J. V. Evans Science, New Series, Vol. 216, No. 4545 (Apr. 30, 1982), pp. 467-474

    Solar Variability and Meteorological Anomalies
    Richard A. Craig Geophysical Directorate, U.S.A.F.
    Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 79, No. 4,Conference on the Sun in the Service of

    Man (Jul., 1951), pp. 280-290

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