esoteric look at today

 An esoteric look at things today:  Scientist keep finding new continents, a few months ago they found Zealandia, not to be confused with... Zoolander. 


This past weekend they found Greater Adria in the Mediterranean which just might be, wait for it, Atlantis!  

This is good news for those of us who knew Atlantis was more than just a fictional myth.  

In other esoteric news, on this day in 1928 the Republican R. Babson said "if a Democrat is elected there will be a depression."  Of course, this scared the shit out of voters much as Republicans are scaring the shit out of voters today by calling Bernie Sanders a "Socialist"; and, back in 1928 it worked and so the democrat lost the depression and the Republican president Hoover cut taxes and ushered in our first great depression.  Lesson learned here:  vote for Bernie: f--kk em!

That's is for today boys and girls.

~ Dr TV Boogie


MOon TAlk

MOon TAlk

So you think you know all there is to know about the moon...

Think again.

This past Friday we just had a “micromoon.”  It’s when the moon is at it's farthest point away from the Earth.  Unlike the "Supermoon" which occurs when the moon is at perigee — its closest point to Earth.  When the moon is at perigee, it pulls the shit out of ocean tides as well as looks neat as shit.  The Supermoon is the "Vampire" moon you see in the movies.  

 So what's up with this "micromoon?"  

Micromoon is the opposite.  It occurs at apogee — when the moon is furthest from Earth — which can reduce the variation in spring tides by 2 inches.  The micromoon appears about 14% smaller than supermoons, and sometime seems dimmer, since the area illuminated by the sun appears 30% smaller.

What's this mean to you and me?  Well, less moon, less moon-type shit happens.  So, you probably won't even notice... or will you.  

 here are the traditional names for each month's full moon, starting with this month.

September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon

September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon
Amish people harvest corn in Maryland.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Over the millenia, this full moon has signified to farmers that it's time to finish harvesting corn and other crops for the winter. It sometimes occurs in October, but is always the moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
Because the harvest moon rises with the setting sun, it looks larger than usual. These bright moonlit nights give farmers a little extra time to harvest their crops.
The next ones: September 13, 2019; October 1, 2020

October: Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon

October: Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon
A man shoots at pheasants flying overhead during a pheasant hunt in Stokenchurch, southern England.
The leaves have fallen, the deer are fat, and animals are coming into the harvested fields to eat what's left of the grain. Historically, hunters took advantage of October to store meat for the winter.
The next one: October 13, 2019

November: Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon

November: Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon
A Canadian beaver chews through a tree in Gatineau Park, Quebec.
Wikimedia Commons
Beavers are preparing for winter, and so are trappers. This moon signaled trap-setting time, to catch beavers and secure a supply of warm furs before the swamps froze for the winter.
The next one: November 12, 2019

December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon

December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon
The moon sets behind a mountain at sunrise in Lake Louise, Alberta on December 2, 2009.
December has the longest, darkest nights of the year, and the moon sits above the horizon longer than usual. It's also cold.
Some Europeans and their descendants in North America called it the "moon before Yule."
The next one: December 12, 2019

January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon

In midwinter, the story goes, hungry wolves would gather outside villages in North America and medieval Europe, and howl deep into the night.
This one was sometimes called the "moon after Yule."
The next one: January 10, 2020

February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon

February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon
The full "Snow" moon rises above the Hudson River and the town of Irvington in Westchester County, New York on February 3, 2015.
Mike Segar/REUTERS
In North America, February marks the depths of winter ,when snow blankets the ground and food is hard to come by. Because it's a shorter month, some years February doesn't have a full moon at all.
The next one: February 9, 2020

March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urges sap to come out of a maple tree after he tapped it during an event to kick off maple syrup month at Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg, Massachusetts March 6, 2015.
REUTERS/Brian Snyder
The air is getting warmer and earthworms emerge from the ground, inviting the robins to return for the feast. Maple trees are ripe for tapping, and the crows' cawing heralds the end of winter. European settlers with religious calendars called it the Lenten moon.
The next one: March 9, 2020

April: Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon

April: Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon
Phlox flowers bloom in early spring.
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The pink moon is named for the pink phlox flowers burst with fresh blooms in spring. The grass sprouts, birds fill their nests with eggs, and fish swim upstream to spawn.
The next one: April 7, 2020

May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon

The flowers bloom in May, and it's time to sow crops again.
The next one: May 7, 2020

June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon

June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon
A family picks strawberries at the Legare Farm Stand in Calais, Vermont, Thursday, June 21, 2007.
AP Photo/Toby Talbot
Strawberries ripen for picking in June. Europeans dubbed this the rose moon, and other cultures called it the hot moon for the summer heat ahead.
The next one: June 5, 2020

July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon REUTERS/Toby Melville
Deer grow new, velevty antlers this month, and thunderstorms rage aplenty. For Anglo-Saxons, July was all about hay.
The next one: July 5, 2020

August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon

August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon
Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student Matt Balazik, gets ready to toss a 70-lb Atlantic sturgeon into the James River near Charles City, Virginia, October 8, 2010.
AP Photo/Steve Helber
Tribes of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain knew this was the best time to catch sturgeon, an enormous, hearty fish. Some people think the moon looks reddish this month in the heat.
The next one: August 3, 2020

Blue moons are like special bonuses, occurring every two or three years when a month or season has one extra full moon.

When an astronomical season (the time between solstice and equinox) has four full moons instead of the normal three, the third one is a seasonal blue moon.
When a calendar month has two full moons, the second one is a monthly blue moon. That happens because the lunar month is only 29 days long, while the Gregorian calendar month is usually 30 or 31 days long.
The moon doesn't actually appear blue on these special occasions. The moon appears blue very rarely, regardless of its phase, when dust or smoke particles of a particular size cloud the atmosphere after forest fires, volcanic eruptions, or dust storms.
The next seasonal blue moon: August 22, 2021
The next monthly blue moon: October 31, 2020


Great News: A Conservative Republican finally acknowledges Climate Change!

Great News:  A Conservative Republican finally acknowledges Climate Change! 

That's right folks, one of the greedy bastards has come out and admitted what they all really know deep down inside but instead chose to earn a more profits off of the destruction of the planet.  Still, this is good news.  

Rep. Francis Rooney represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District, has written in The Agenda: 

It is well past time for Republicans to recognize the increasing costs and dangers associated with a changing climate. Scientific data empirically substantiates rises in sea and land temperatures which have materially increased over the past 20 years, increased acid in our air and seas, and rising sea levels, which have also increased velocity over the past 25 years. In the past few years, the U.S. alone has experienced record-breaking tornadoes and flooding, devastating hurricanes, and expansive wildfires. The doubling of the deep ocean heat content in the past 20 years portends significantly more severe storms and hurricanes in the future, creating more and more calls for “disaster relief.” 

 Unfortunately, that is just one voice, hopefully others will follow.  Here's a list of deniers, and if you are voting for them, you are part of the problem, not the solution, and as Buddha said, "Being part of the solution is the solution."

Okay, maybe Buddha didn't say it exactly that way. 

~~ Dr. TV Boogie

Top 10 Climate Deniers

Top 10 Climate Deniers

Doll factory. Creative Commons: Bousure
A colorful cast of characters has made a living out of denying the science of climate change. These so-called “experts” often start out their statements with “I’m not a climate scientist, but…” before launching into a series of carefully rehearsed talking points meant to confuse the public on the climate change issue. Many of them are well-paid operatives of organizations like The Heartland Institute, CFACT, and Americans for Prosperity, which take contributions from fossil fuel corporations — including ExxonMobil,the Koch Brothersand their company Koch Industries — who seek to delay or block any substantial government policy initiatives meant to curb fossil fuel emissions or hasten the rapid growth of cheaper, cleaner sources of energy like wind and solar power.
Below is a list of ten of the most prominent climate deniers working actively to mislead the public and delay policy action to address climate change.

James Inhofe Creative Commons

Sen. James Inhofe

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. According to Oil Change International, Inhofe has received over $2 million in political contributions from the fossil fuel industry. He once compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the Gestapo, and brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to ‘disprove’ global warming. Sen. Inhofe, author of the 2012 book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, once claimed on the Senate floor that “man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
Read more

Marc Morano Creative Commons, Toper Field

Marc Morano

Executive director of and communications director for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), an anti-science think tank that has received funding from ExxonMobil, Chevron, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars from foundations associated with Richard Mellon Scaife. Morano previously worked for Sen. James Inhofe and began his career with Rush Limbaugh.
Read more on DeSmog’s Denier Database

Chris Horner Creative Commons, TBA Productions

Chris Horner

Christopher C. Horner is a Senior Legal Fellow for the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) and a senior fellow for the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Horner has personally received funding from the coal company Alpha Natural Resources for legal counsel, as well as fossil fuel funding to his organization. He is a regular speaker at the Heartland Institute conferences. Read more

Myron Ebell Creative Commons, AFP California

Myron Ebell

Myron Ebell is the director of energy and global warming policy at CEI and director of Freedom Action, a “web-based grassroots activist organization loosely affiliated with CEI.” He is also the chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition, which describes itself as “focused on dispelling the myths of global warming.” Read more

Steve Milloy Creative Commons

Steve Milloy

Steve Milloy was most recently the Director of External Policy and Strategy at Murray Energy Corp, which claims to be the largest privately-owned coal producer in the United States. Milloy is the publisher of the websites, a former columnist for Fox News, co-creator and manager of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, an adjunct scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the president of the business consulting firm Steven J. Milloy, Inc. Milloy is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute. Steve Milloy has been associated with the major American tobacco companies since at least 1997. Read more

Patrick Michaels Creative Commons, John Locke Foundation

Patrick Michaels

Pat Michaels is the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the conservative Cato Institute. Michaels is a regular commentator on climate change issues on Fox News and Forbes and contributes opinion articles to US newspapers and has written several books critical of climate change science and the risks of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Michaels once estimated that “40 percent” of his funding comes from the oil industry. Read more

Bjørn Lomborg Creative Commons, Simon Wedge

Bjørn Lomborg

Bjørn Lomborg is a political scientist, economist and the founder and president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC). Lomborg is the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, two books that downplay the risks of global warming. Lomborg is a regular critic of renewable energy and claims that fighting global warming is too expensive to warrant taking action. He also advocates for the expansion of fossil fuel usage in developing countries, particularly natural gas fracking, and claims “there is a lot of positives to global warming right now.Read more

Matt Ridley Creative Commons, Ian Smith

Matt Ridley

Viscount Matthew White Ridley is a Conservative hereditary peer in the British House of Lords, a science writer, journalist, author, and advisor to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). He was a strong advocate for the “Brexit” campaign to pull Britain out of the European Union. Ridley benefits financially from coal mining on his family’s land, advocates for expanded gas fracking and criticizes renewable energy technologies. “I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made and will continue but I no longer think it is likely to be dangerous…” Ridley says. Read more

Christopher Monckton Creative Commons, Don Irvine

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Walter Monckton, the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchely, is a former British politician affiliated with the UK Independence Party. He holds a degree in classics and a diploma in journalism. Monckton claims that “global warming will not affect us for the next 2,000 years, and if it does, it won’t have been caused by us.” He once led a Tea Party crowd in a call-and-response that “Global warming is? BULLSH**T.” Read more

Fred Singer Creative Commons, Iuf Berlin

Fred Singer

Siegfried Frederick Singer (S. Fred Singer) is a former space scientist and government scientific administrator, and founder of the denial organization Science & Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). Leaked documents obtained by DeSmogrevealed that Fred Singer received $5,000 a month from the Heartland Institute. Singer claims, “Climate change is a natural phenomenon. …since 1979, our best measurements show that the climate has been cooling just slightly. Certainly, it has not been warming.” Read more

Roy Spencer Creative Commons

Roy Spencer

Roy W. Spencer is a research scientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and self-describes as a climatologist, author, and former NASA scientist. He has received funding from the coal company Peabody Energy to testify at a Minnesota state hearing on the impacts of carbon dioxide. Spencer’s position on climate change is: “There’s probably a natural reason for global warming […] We will look back on it as a gigantic false alarm […] The Earth isn’t that sensitive to how much CO2 we put into the atmosphere. I think we need to consider the possibility that more carbon dioxide is better than less.” Read more



Message in a bottle: good news!

Okay, this happened this past June but you and I didn't hear about it because, well, no one died.  That's right, it was a good-news story and so why bother.  Well, here at Good News, we do.  

It seems that:

Curtis Whitson and his family were days into a scenic, Father's Day weekend trip in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park when they got trapped at the top of a 40-foot waterfall in the Arroyo Seco Canyon.

Whitson told the Washington Post he hiked the same route seven years ago and descended the very same waterfall by rappelling down a rope attached to its side. But this time, there was no rope!

That's right, they were stuck, low on rations, and without help probably would have had to resort to cannibalism -- eating worms and bugs is cannibalism to this vegetarian.  

So, stranded miles from the nearest campground and without cell service, he wrote an SOS note on a bar order pad his girlfriend apparently brought to keep score playing card games: "We are stuck here at the waterfall. Get help please." He put the note in a green water bottle, carved "help" into its side, and tossed the message downstream. 

And so they were rescued and the rest is history.  (Read full story here.) 

And in other good news... I'm looking...  I'll get back with you. 

~~ Dr. TV Boogie


Age is a state of mind.

Indian woman, 73, gives birth to twin girls

That’s right people, a woman at the age of 73 gave birth to twins.  So, stop thinking you’re old.  Stopping obeying their lie that life is over after forty.  For most of us, it begins at forty. 

Get your head together.  

~~Dr. TV Boogie

Why "Black Lives Matter" matters!

When I was in a rock band at 19, we wrote a song called: There's Nothing New Under the Sun: It's all been done.   How true it is....

Thanks For Being!

Thanks For Being!