Cogs and Wheels

"One morning, I got up at dawn to enter a tunnel carved beneath the Staubbach Falls just outside town and gazed out through the torrent at the surrounding mountains while slowly being soaked by glacial spray. Who, I thought..."

"In the last parliament, a significant group of Labour and Conservative MPs felt the only escape from the tightening grip of militants in their party was to leave. They had the courage to put their careers on the line, to risk ostracism and put up with abuse. Some stood this time as Lib Dems, others as independents. They were wiped out. All of them. I suspect that those who stayed in the old parties have learned the value of obedience and cowardice."

"Uh-huh, I see. “Everything we see and touch is matter. For every matter particle there has to be an antimatter particle. During the Big Bang, antimatter was produced but what happened to it? Did it disappear over time?”

“We’re interested in the area before the Big Bang, when energy was high and that energy allows us to form fundamental particles. As we collide particles, it allows us to create ones that didn’t exist at this time – 13.8bn years back when energy was last this high.”

“Where the web was born.”

"So what’s the difference between the two? Patiently they explain. Antimatter is produced by lightning and cosmic rays, and is predicted by standard particle physics theories. Dark matter cannot be seen using light, which is why no one has found it yet. “Ah, I see,” I say..."

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/01/fun-physics-the-god-parti...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zALUv6PEwk

But the summer of 1816 was historic not only in a literary sense...  it was nicknamed “the Year Without a Summer.” In Switzerland, it was mid-June when the freakishly bad weather began — “an almost perpetual rain,” Mary recalled, with terrific thunderstorms rippling back and forth across the lake."

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/travel/lake-geneva-as-byron-and-shell...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H87yGvoCNHU

 

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"Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office.

The House voted on two charges - that the president abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress.

Nearly all Democrats voted for the charges and every Republican against."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50840934

"He told a cheering crowd: "While we're creating jobs and fighting for Sprouts, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-DZQ80vEVI&list=RDm-DZQ80vEVI&start_rad...

"The Earth's magnetic North has moved 1,400 miles since it was discovered in 1831."

The World Magnetic Model.

Oh.

"Looks like we just lost our connection with the North Pole. Santa's elves are working hard to fix it - stay tuned!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTDoOmc1OQ