Dust devil…on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spotted this dust devil with one of its Navigation Cameras on Aug. 9, 2020…Taken from the “Mary Anning” drill site, this dust devil appears to be passing through small hills just above Curiosity’s present location on Mount Sharp. The dust devil is approximately one-third to a half-mile away and estimated to be about 16 feet wide. The dust plume disappears past the top of the frame, so an exact height can’t be known, but it’s estimated to be at least 164 feet tall.

As we explore this tiny corner of our solar system, sometimes we discover new, sometimes we find same or similar. As someone with a basic understanding of what should be high school-level science…would know.

They were traitors!

…America is the only nation today where those who fought a civil war against that nation are memorialized and even glorified with government approval and at the taxpayers’ expense. Those who support keeping Confederate monuments on public lands commonly make the argument that Confederates were Americans…

“The Confederates weren’t traitors — they were Americans!”

The response to this claim is the definition of treason which, as defined by Cornell Law School, refers to anyone who, owing allegiance to America, wages war against America. Every Confederate soldier was by definition committing treason. Are we then to have monuments to traitors, or fly their flag in places of honor?

RTFA for the other [simplistic] attempts made by defenders of the avowedly racist secession. More than simple, frankly, isn’t needed. One of those moments when it’s not complex to understand the law of the land.

Moral bankruptcy in the face of the pandemic

They are among the greatest victims of coronavirus, yet elderly people continue to be dismissed, despite growing evidence of the devastating effects the pandemic has had on them…

Earlier this week, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had heard people describing high Covid-19 death rates among older people as “fine.”

“No, when the elderly are dying it’s not fine. It’s a moral bankruptcy…”

WHO figures from last week show that almost 88% of all deaths in Europe were among people aged 65 and over. And almost half of all deaths linked to Covid-19 globally have taken place in care homes…

But despite vast numbers of elderly people dying of coronavirus — and a significant drop in the quality of life of many of those forced to self-isolate — the global response to the risks they face in the era of Covid-19 has often been chilling.

RTFA. I think it likely you already know this. Ain’t nothing wrong with reinforcing the point.