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26 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Harbinger says:

    “Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-17/saudis-seek-30-solar-wind-projects-in-50-billion-pledge Saudi Arabia exports more oil than any other nation but consumes nearly 3 million barrels of oil a day, making it the seventh-highest consuming country in the world. The kingdom currently has about 200 megawatts of renewable energy capacity but now plans to increase that to 9,500 megawatts, or 9.5 gigawatts, by 2023. (By comparison, the U.S. had renewable capacity of about 141 gigawatts at the end of last year.)

    • Mike says:

      Last year, the National Academies published a report titled “Attribution of Extreme Weather Events In The Context of Climate Change” https://www.nap.edu/read/21852/chapter/1 which said that, although science can’t deliver an absolute verdict about what caused a specific heatwave or hurricane, it can tell us how much climate change boosted the likelihood or intensity of that event. In other words, science deals in probabilities, not absolute certainties. But as the science improves those probabilities get higher and higher. See for instance “Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 24, 2017) http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/04/18/1618082114

  2. Filmer says:

    An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre short film https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/04/an-ai-wrote-all-of-david-hasselhoffs-lines-in-this-demented-short-film/
    “Last year, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin released the stunningly weird short film Sunspring. It was a sci-fi tale written entirely by an algorithm that eventually named itself Benjamin. Now the two humans have teamed up with Benjamin again to create a follow-up movie, It’s No Game, about what happens when AI gets mixed up in an impending Hollywood writers’ strike.”
    News item (4/24/17): “WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization In Historic Turnout” http://deadline.com/2017/04/writers-guild-strike-authorization-vote-approved-wga-hollywood-1202076382/ “Film and TV writers are ready to take to the picket line next week, voting overwhelmingly to give their union leaders the authority to call a strike if this week’s final round of bargaining fails to produce a contract.”

  3. Walter Kurtz says:

    Eighty years after the bloody air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica that drove Pablo Picasso to paint a masterpiece, a new exhibition in Madrid highlights the enduring relevance of his depiction. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Picassos-Guernica-Stands-as-Lasting-Symbol-of-War-in-New-Show-20170426-0009.html
    The Times, April 28, 1937: “The Tragedy of Guernica : Town Destroyed In Air Attack : EYE–WITNESS’S ACCOUNT” http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/culture/picasso-guernica/

  4. Al Idrisi says:

    “Tomasz Stepinski used to be focused on Mars, mapping its craters algorithmically. Now the astrophysicist and mathematician is into his home planet, Earth. His latest project is an incredibly detailed map of the US that shows shifting racial diversity down to the neighborhood.
    The free map tracks racial diversity spatio-temporally by laying census data from 1990 to 2010 over detailed grids from NASA satellite maps. The method was recently publicized in the journal Plos One, and on April 27, Stepinski will present his work at the annual Population Association of America conference in Chicago.” https://qz.com/969306/an-astrophysicist-used-nasa-and-census-data-to-make-an-insanely-detailed-map-of-us-neighborhoods/ Interactive map @ http://sil.uc.edu/webapps/socscape_usa/

  5. Reality ✓ says:

    ● On 13 April the US dropped one of its largest non-nuclear bombs on a tunnel complex used by so-called Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan. The BBC’s Auliya Atrafi reports from where it was used on the weapon’s effects. (BBC) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39705128
    ● “The Honeymoon of the Generals” http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176270/
    ● “After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians” http://warisboring.com/after-moab-strike-no-word-on-the-fate-of-kidnapped-civilians/

  6. "Ch-ch-changes" says:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an Interior Department agency that manages 247.3 million acres of public lands, used to have a Flickr page that showed exquisite photos of our country’s wildest vistas, now it only provides images of oil wells, mining pits, and construction—the kind of development that stands to devastate the very places the agency exists to protect. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/blm-flickr-public-lands-oil-gas-drilling-photos

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