Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This is from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s omnibus opposition to the motions to dismiss his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 231-6Words have meaning. Consider the word youth.

youth n. \ˈyüth\ : the time when a young person has not yet become an adult.

Brett Kimberlin’s first felony conviction was for perjury when he was 19 years old. That might be stretched to qualify as during his youth, although a 19 year old is legally an adult. It’s not a series of crimes.

He was convicted of a series of crimes beginning in 1979 with his drug smuggling conviction. He was 25 years old, old enough to serve in the House of Representative, and clearly not a youth.

Brett Kimberlin is one of the clumsiest liars I have ever dealt with. He makes Joe Isuzu seem to be a pillar of probity.

#Loser.

The Collapse of the Ruble/The Collapse of Putin


Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov have post over at Bloomberg dealing with the mutual collapse of the ruble and possible slide of Putin’s internal credibility.

The meltdown of the ruble, which has plunged 18 percent against the dollar in the last two days alone, is endangering the mantra of stability around which Putin has based his rule. While his approval rating is near an all-time high on the back of his stance over Ukraine, the currency crisis risks eroding it and undermining his authority, Moscow-based analysts said.

This strikes me as very dangerous.

Read the whole thing.

The Milk Way’s Magnetic Field


The_magnetic_field_along_the_Galactic_plane_node_full_image_2This image looks like it was lifted from something by Van Gogh. The pastel tones and fine texture remind me of the brush strokes on one of the artist’s canvases. In fact, the picture is a visualization of data from ESA’s Planck satellite detailing the interaction between interstellar dust in the Milky Way and the structure of our Galaxy’s magnetic field.

Between 2009 and 2013, Planck scanned the sky to detect the Cosmic Microwave Background, the oldest light in the history of the Universe. It also detected significant foreground emission from diffuse material in our Galaxy which, although a nuisance for cosmological studies, is extremely important for studying the birth of stars and other phenomena in the Milky Way. One of the foreground sources at the wavelengths scanned is cosmic dust, a minor but crucial component of the interstellar medium that pervades the Galaxy. It’s mostly gas, and it is the raw material for stars to form.

These interstellar clouds of gas and dust are shepherded by the Galaxy’s magnetic field. The dust grains tend to align their longest axis at right angles to the direction of the field. As a result, the light emitted by dust grains is partly polarized. It vibrates in a preferred direction. From these and other similar observations, scientists found that filamentary interstellar clouds are preferentially aligned with the direction of the ambient magnetic field, suggesting a strong role played by magnetism in galaxy evolution.

The color scale of the image represents the total intensity of dust emission, revealing the structure of interstellar clouds in the Milky Way. The texture is based on measurements of the direction of the polarised light emitted by the dust, which in turn indicates the orientation of the magnetic field. The arrangement of the magnetic field is more orderly along the Galactic plane, where it follows the Galaxy’s spiral structure. Small clouds are seen just above and below the plane, where the magnetic field structure becomes less regular.

Image Credit: ESA / Planck Collaboration.
Acknowledgment: M.-A. Miville-Deschênes, CNRS – Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris-XI, Orsay, France