Cosmos, Corn and Climate Change

Personal I am a bit tired and sore this morning; today will be an easy, somewhat short swim with lots of drills and different strokes. It seems to me that I have a “tipping point”; a point at which the longish walk moves from “routine” to “hard”. That appears to be right about 17 miles (around 4 hours).


As usual, the astronomy photo of the day is awesome:

Click on the smaller photo to see the larger one at the site, which also provides explanation.

Climate Change and Corn
The Illinois Climatologist Jim Angel gave a warning about the early warm temperatures we were experiencing; he mentioned that April frosts might be a problem for crops. He also pointed out that a warm March has been historically followed by a cool April, though he gave the usual disclaimers.

Well, according to the New York Times, we are seeing these effects AND might continue to see them in the future. Keep in mind that “corn is king” in states like Illinois; but if our weather gets more volatile, we might see corn production move to Canada.

April 23, 2012 Posted by | astronomy, climate change, energy, environment, Illinois, north america, Peoria/local, science, walking | Leave a comment

Former Bush Adviser Hubbard Weighs in on Tax Cut Debate | PBS NewsHour | Sept. 22, 2010

In the first of several conversations on whether Bush-era should be extended, Gwen Ifill speaks with Columbia University’s business school Dean Glenn Hubbard, who helped craft the cuts when he served as an economic adviser to President George W. Bush.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Former Bush Adviser Hubbard Weighs in on Tax Cu…, posted with vodpod

September 23, 2010 Posted by | bush-era, business & economy, deadline, Democrats, extension, glenn hubbard, gwen ifill, jim lehrer, newshour, north america, poor, Republican, rich, tax cuts | Leave a comment