clark cable in black and white, graphene makes clean water from sea water, signal bridge black and white

Clark Gable

Clark Cable (William Clark Gable,February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960). I haven’t seen a poll, but I’m going to guess that he is best remembered for Gone With The Wind, a horrendous movie. If I had to pick a favorite it would be his last film, The Misfit (1961) in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe ( also one of her best films), Montgomery Cliff and the great Eli Wallach. A close second would be It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film ever to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing).  Also worth a look are Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Run Silent Run Deep (1958). He was married to Carole Lombard who died tragically in a plane accident.

This might be a real game changer in terms of survival rates for millions of the world’s poor and for international security issues, Lockheed Martin Corp finds method for cheap, clean water from seawater

A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue.

The process, officials and engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say, would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large enough to allow water to pass through but small enough to block the molecules of salt in seawater. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Because the sheets of pure carbon known as graphene are so thin – just one atom in thickness – it takes much less energy to push the seawater through the filter with the force required to separate the salt from the water, they said.

The development could spare underdeveloped countries from having to build exotic, expensive pumping stations needed in plants that use a desalination process called reverse osmosis.

“It’s 500 times thinner than the best filter on the market today and a thousand times stronger,” said John Stetson, the engineer who has been working on the idea. “The energy that’s required and the pressure that’s required to filter salt is approximately 100 times less.”

Access to clean drinking water is increasingly seen as a major global security issue. Competition for water is likely to lead to instability and potential state failure in countries important to the United States, according to a U.S. intelligence community report last year.

“Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources,” the report said. “Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate electricity.”

About 780 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water, the United Nations reported last year.

 Semaphore signals on signal bridge No. 7. South Station Tower No. 1 & Interlocking System, Dewey Square, Boston, Suffolk County, MA

 Semaphore signals on signal bridge No. 7. South Station Tower No. 1 & Interlocking System, Dewey Square, Boston, Suffolk County, MA.

Conservatives used to like – and probably still do and I just haven’t read it lately to call anyone concerned about the environment – Luddites. That seems ironic now since they are the ones fighting technological progress and a cleaner, better country for your children,  Report Shows Fox News Is Wrong About Green Jobs. Fox News has become the hipster channel, rational people only watch it ironically for laughs.

Another Football Player Accused Of Rape, Another Community Blaming The Victim. There are some crimes and social issues where there is some daylight for a little moral ambiguity. Rape,and certainly raping a minor is not one of them.


happy spring from henri manguin, the paranoia of the small arms race, time lapse earth

Flowers Henri Manguin (1915)

Flowers by Charles Henri Manguin (1915). Manguin (b Paris, 23 March 1874; d St Tropez, 25 Sept 1949) was a French painter.  He studied under Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from late 1894. He became friends with some notable fellow students, including Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, Jean Puy and Georges Rouault. They would all later be labelled the Fauves. They assumed that title after they exhibited together at the Salon d’Automne in 1905. There are so many paintings of flowers – many memorable ones by the Fauves, the Impressionists and Van Gogh – it is somewhat easy to dismiss them as minor works. Until one tries to create a painting like this.

The nuclear arms race might have had some merit at the beginning. Someone has a weapon that can destroy millions, if not the world. So you get one as a kind of insurance of mutual destruction, should one side decide to use one. Though not unlike Dr. Suess’s The Butter Battle Book, things went from marginal insanity to raging paranoia. The constant escalation of weapons in reaction to real, though largely imagined threats only recently ended. Though we may have the actual weapons for some time. That kind of paranoia has taken hold in the world of small arms. The cycle of fear that drives assault weapon sales

Fear is a major factor for many firearm purchases. Recent trends in gun sales suggest that many citizens are becoming more fearful: Gallup poll data suggest that Americans are more fearful, at near-record high levels, about big government, compared to big business or big labor. This fear overlays the long-term public fear of crime and terrorism.

Reactions to mass killings, particularly the shooting of first-graders at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, sparked a national debate about gun control. But that, in turn, has heightened fear about government’s role in regulating assault weapons, especially popular semi-automatic models like the AK-47 and AR-15 that are bought and sold throughout both the US and the world.

The cost of an ” AR-15s that, a year ago, sold for about $400 have lately been fetching $925, with some assault rifle models selling for $1,500 or more. Large capacity magazines that sold for less than $20 are now fetching $100.” The nuclear endgame made sense in it’s own morbid way. If the other side should use nuclear weapons – mutual destruction was assured.  In the small arms race, this gov’mint that people think they’re going to fight and win against, that is going to be a very lopsided and deadly end for the heavily armed anti-gov’mint side. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld let things go sideways in Afghanistan, but initially U.S. and allied forces cut through the opposition like a hot knife. They did in months what the old Soviet Union could not do in years with one of the world’s best tank forces. Do these frequently beer bellied tough talking AR-15 fetishists really think they’re going to survive if the same gov’mint forces comes for them. There is no light at the end of the small arms escalation. There will not be any equality of destruction on both sides.  A good example is the recent Christopher Dorner rampage and ensuing manhunt. He was doomed after he fired the first shot. Regardless of one’s views on the Occupy movement, were any of these anti-government paranoids paying attention to what happened to the protesters – who were in their own way protesting against both Wall St and the lack of action by the gov’mint. It is an understandable reaction to the threat of street level crime to own a gun. It might be mental overreach to see guns as magic.

Time-Lapse | Earth from Bruce W. Berry Jr on Vimeo.