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Dubious by DubiousForever
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Curiosity Landing.
by DubiousForever
Aug 03, 2012 | 274 views | 2 2 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

- From The Washington Post by Emi Kolawole

The Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land in the early morning hours of  Monday, Aug. 6.

If you’re wondering just how big a deal the Curiosity mission is, The Post’s Marc Kaufman captures the significance and drama of the anticipated landing.

First, the takeaway superlative for the landing: It “will be the most complex and hair-raising in planetary history.” And for the mission? It is, writes Kaufman, “the most ambitious, the most costly ($2.5 billion) and the most high-stakes mission ever to another planet.”

Other superlatives include the fact that Curiosity is the largest and  heaviest human-made object to land on Mars, a critical step if humans are ever to visit the planet. Curiosity is also the first rover to search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet — the first since the Viking Missions of the ’70s.

As you’ve probably gleaned by now, for NASA followers and fans, to say nothing of the casual observer, the mission is a must-see event. You may be thinking, “That’s great, but where can I watch it?”

NASA’s coverage of the event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night and go until 4 a.m. Monday morning. The landing itself is scheduled for 1:31 a.m. Monday. Unlike the hour-by-hour video coverage of SpaceX’s historic docking with the international space station, don’t expect gorgeous panorama shots of the planet surface immediately after landing. Curiosity will not feed back video as it goes through its “seven minutes of terror” landing sequence. Instead, NASA’s live coverage will center around non-video telemetry. The first images to reach Earth will be low-resolution black and white images after the rover has landed. The high-resolution, color images are expected to be beamed back 48 hours later, after the main mast deploys.

Patience may be the name of the game when it comes to photos and video, but it’s not for social media, on which NASA is very active. The agency’s Twitter account has over 2.5 million followers. And the Curiosity landing has its own twitter account, @MarsCuriosity, hashtag, #MSL and Facebook page. NASA also has a number of live-streaming channels on U Stream. For those looking for breaking news, NASA plans to broadcast news of the landing across platforms, with watch parties happening at a number of NASA locations. If you can’t make it to any of those and you live in New York, however, NASA’s live coverage will be broadcast on the Toshiba screen  on the main Jumbotron in Times Square.

Yes, folks, this is that big of a deal.

Of all the coverage of Curiosity, however, my favorite outline  comes from NASA lead scientist  John Grunsfeld during an Aug. 1 interview on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Colbert’s joke that Curiosity’s 14-minute communication delay is shorter than NBC’s tape-delayed Olympics coverage aside, the interview is a nice summation of what to expect from Curiosity.

During the interview, Grunsfeld walks through the “seven minutes of terror” and makes a “bold prediction,” saying, “the Curiosity rover is going to discover nothing on Mars. ... It’s not going to discover a thing.” But, continued Grunsfeld, “people on Earth, the scientists on Earth are going to discover all kinds of incredible things. We’re just going to love it. It’s going to be two years of amazing science.”

And those two years all start Sunday night and hinge on seven critical minutes.

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LiberatedWoman
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August 03, 2012
Thanks for providing us with more left wing media bias from the Washington Post. Good job!

The Flying Fickle Finger Of Fate Award.
by DubiousForever
Aug 03, 2012 | 367 views | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week's dubious winner is the Bee-Pic's blog site filter.  Protecting us from words like c r a z y and K o c h and of course articles from JPL.  Congratulations!
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August 04, 2012
And lest we forget, F-A-U-X.

Tropical Storm Ernesto.
by DubiousForever
Aug 03, 2012 | 299 views | 4 4 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Updated August 3, 2012 10:45AM CST

000 WTNT45 KNHC 031454 TCDAT5

TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO DISCUSSION NUMBER   8 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052012 1100 AM AST FRI AUG 03 2012

DATA FROM A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE AND RADAR FROM MARTINIQUE SHOWED THE SMALL BUT WELL-DEFINED CENTER OF ERNESTO MOVED WESTWARD JUST SOUTH OF OR OVER ST. LUCIA EARLY THIS MORNING. BASED ON THE AIRCRAFT AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS...THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS SET AT 45 KNOTS. THESE WINDS ARE CONFINED TO A SMALL AREA NORTH OF THE CENTER.  FAST-MOVING TROPICAL CYCLONES TYPICALLY DO NOT STRENGTHEN MUCH AND IN FACT...LATEST SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE LITTLE CHANGE IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE CYCLONE. 

ERNESTO IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST OR 275 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS EMBEDDED WITHIN A FAST EASTERLY FLOW SOUTH OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE. THIS STEERING PATTERN SHOULD KEEP THE CYCLONE ON A GENERAL WESTWARD TRACK FOR THE NEXT 2 TO 3 DAYS. BY THE TIME ERNESTO REACHES THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN...THE STEERING FLOW IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN AND ERNESTO IS FORECAST TO SLOW DOWN. THE COMBINATION OF LOW SHEAR AND HIGH UPPER-OCEAN HEAT CONTENT IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA WOULD FAVOR SOME INTENSIFICATION...AND ERNESTO IS FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA.  THE OFFICIAL FORECAST FOLLOWS THE INTENSITY CONSENSUS...BUT ONE SHOULD NOTE THAT BOTH THE SHIPS AND LGEM INTENSITY MODELS ARE FORECASTING A STRONGER HURRICANE.

MOST OF THE TRACK GUIDANCE IS IN PRETTY GOOD AGREEMENT THAT ERNESTO WILL BE RACING WESTWARD ACROSS THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL CARIBBEAN DURING THE NEXT 2 TO 3 DAYS. AFTER THAT...TRACK MODELS DIVERGE CONSIDERABLY AND SOME MODELS KEEP ERNESTO ON A MORE WESTWARD TRACK...WHILE ANOTHER GROUP TURN THE CYCLONE MORE TO THE NORTHWEST...DEPENDING UPON HOW THE MODELS DEPICT THE STRENGTH OF RIDGE TO THE NORTH. NEVERTHELESS...ALL INDICATIONS ARE THAT ERNESTO WILL BE MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IN 4 TO 5 DAYS.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  03/1500Z 13.7N  62.3W   45 KT  50 MPH 12H  04/0000Z 13.9N  64.9W   45 KT  50 MPH 24H  04/1200Z 14.4N  68.1W   50 KT  60 MPH 36H  05/0000Z 15.0N  71.2W   55 KT  65 MPH 48H  05/1200Z 15.5N  74.5W   60 KT  70 MPH 72H  06/1200Z 17.0N  80.0W   65 KT  75 MPH 96H  07/1200Z 18.5N  83.5W   75 KT  85 MPH 120H  08/1200Z 20.5N  87.0W   80 KT  90 MPH

$$ FORECASTER AVILA

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August 03, 2012
Rumors are circulating that the Republicans are hoping for a hurricane to hit Tampa so that they won't have to nominate Willard.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120803/POLITICS01/208030434/RNC-organizers-readying-Fla-heat-hurricanes?odyssey=mod

Tea Party: Thank You for Your Insanity.
by DubiousForever
Aug 02, 2012 | 434 views | 6 6 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Since the filter on this blog site is so inconsistant, go to this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-m-granholm/tea-party-thank-you-for-y_b_1731336.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

It is getting to the point that trying to post without getting an "ATTENTION!"  "There is a problem with your post!",  due to words like K O C H is rediculous.

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August 02, 2012
But, but, but that means with the engagement with Saltpork is over?

Random Poll.
by DubiousForever
Aug 02, 2012 | 320 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Who carez.
Who carez.
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The Fickle Finger Of Fate.
The Fickle Finger Of Fate.
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Notz afraidz.
Notz afraidz.
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Supper Time!
Supper Time!
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What is your opinion of the Tea Party?
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August 02, 2012
I don't think that they actually care about taxes that much. I would elaborate more, but somehow all of my responses are being blocked by Jason's filters. LMCBO!

Mitt's Trip.
by DubiousForever
Jul 31, 2012 | 340 views | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Clearly lacking.
Clearly lacking.
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United Kingdom.
United Kingdom.
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Israel.
Israel.
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Poland.
Poland.
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In summation...
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July 31, 2012
Sorry LW. To quote Rick Perry, "Oops."...LOL!

You Were Always On My Mind.
by DubiousForever
Jul 31, 2012 | 342 views | 2 2 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Drop box.
Drop box.
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Sigh...
Sigh...
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On the hunt.
On the hunt.
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Go forth my minions...LOL!
Go forth my minions...LOL!
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Who would have thought so many activities could focus on one particular thing?...LOL!
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July 31, 2012
http://vimeo.com/18222641

Warning: Prepare to adjust the volume. Note that this version may be annoying to rednecks.

Blue Moon.
by DubiousForever
Jul 31, 2012 | 332 views | 2 2 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The month of August will provide two full moons.  The first is tomorrow August 1 and the second will be on August 31.  Enjoy!
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July 31, 2012
Ominously this is happening in a month with both national political party conventions.

Republican Trolls 100% Anal Retentive.
by DubiousForever
Jul 29, 2012 | 500 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Yeah, that's them...LOL!
Yeah, that's them...LOL!
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A new study from the Scientific College of Holistic Medical Understanding of Conservative Knowledge (SCHMUCK) shows that a full 100% of individuals who identified themselves as Republican and as an active internet troll/blogger were found to be anal retentive. Dr. Henri Shisterberg who headed up the research team summed it up this way, "The impaction rate is quite great leading to obese size." "However", Dr. Shisterberg concluded, "the use of laxatives has been found to be beneficial with the only side-effect being the spewing of feces rather than being full of it."
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The Real Reason Rural Republican Conservatives Support Romney.
by DubiousForever
Jul 29, 2012 | 437 views | 3 3 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Romney Sheep.
Romney Sheep.
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The Attraction.
The Attraction.
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The Plan.
The Plan.
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Wait!...He wants to WHAT?
Wait!...He wants to WHAT?
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From the Scientific College of Holistic Medical Understanding of Conservative Knowledge(SCHMUCK)-

The Official Description of the typical Romney sheep is as follows: Head wide, level between ears, with no horns nor dark hair on the poll. Eyes should be large, bright and prominent and the mouth sound. Face in ewes full, and in rams broad and masculine in appearance. Nose and hooves should be black. Neck well set in at the shoulders, strong and not too long. Shoulders well put in and level with the back. Chest wide and deep. Back straight and long, with a wide and deep loin. Rump wide, long and well-turned. Tail set almost even with the chine . Thighs well let down and developed. The face should be white, and the skin of a clean pink colour. Ribs should be well sprung. Legs well set, with good bone and sound feet. Sheep should stand well on their pasterns. The fleece should be of white colour, even texture and a good decided staple from top of head to end of tail and free from kemp.

"There appears to be a physical attraction." reported Dr. Henri Shisterberg.
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July 29, 2012
Sheep don't lie!

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