Here’s something you don’t see every day: a tornado on the surface of the sun. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory posted this stunning video, which shows the sun’s plasma sliding and spinning around in the star’s magnetic fields for 30 hours earlier this month.
Terry Kucera, a solar physicist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, told Fox News that the tornado might be as large as the Earth itself and have gusts up to 300,000 miles per hour. By comparison, the strongest tornadoes on earth, F5 storms, clock wind speeds at a relatively paltry (though incredibly destructive) 300 mph.
This morning on Face the Nation, Santorum trys to walk back his earlier comments about President Obama’s faith — and then trips and falls over them again:
Santorum, chuckling: “I accept that the President’s a Christian… I’ve repeatedly said I don’t question the President’s faith. I’ve repeatedly said the President’s a Christian, he says he’s a Christian, uh… but I am talking about his worldview, his, uh… the way he approaches problems in this country, and I think they’re different than the way that most people do in America.”
Remember, there’s only one candidate who Jesus is sponsoring in this election:
Judge not, lest ye be judged by Rick Santorum.
Did the stimulus work? A new video answers that question by looking at three broad, but important, indicators for the American economy. All three were in bad shape before the stimulus began, and all three turned around at almost exactly the moment the stimulus started. Coincidence?
Learn more at http://www.americanprogress.org
The three indicators discussed:
This Day in History: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internment Camps
On February 19, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 allowing the US military to create domestic exclusion zones and remove people from them.
“Within days,” the Los Angeles Times reminds us, “the military began removing all Japanese Americans and Japanese from the West Coast.
“Within months, about 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans – almost two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens –were moved to internment camps scattered through eastern California, Arizona and other Western States.”
The LA Times Framework blog has a great slideshow of the images they published at that time.
Sunday reflections (for those who need to reflect):
The opposition to contraception has, as I said, no scriptural basis. Pope Pius XI once said that it did, citing in his encyclical Casti Connubii (1930) the condemnation of Onan for “spilling his seed” rather than impregnating a woman (Genesis 38.9). But later popes had to back off from this claim, since everyone agrees now that Onan’s sin was not carrying out his duty to give his brother an heir (Deuteronomy 25.5-6). Then the “natural law” was fallen back on, saying that the natural purpose of sex is procreation, and any use of it for other purposes is “unnatural.” But a primary natural purpose does not of necessity exclude ancillary advantages. The purpose of eating is to sustain life, but that does not make all eating that is not necessary to subsistence “unnatural.” One can eat, beyond the bare minimum to exist, to express fellowship, as one can have sex, beyond the begetting of a child with each act, to express love. – Garry Wills
The newest shiny object that the GOP / Fox “News” team is dangling in front of its base of support is the religious “freedom” / contraception debate: Look! look over here! at social issues like birth control and abortion… Jeeeeeesus wants you to pay attention to this! But don’t look at the improving economy. Forget about that.
1) Obama Urges Congress to Reward Technology Companies That Keep Jobs in U.S. – President Barack Obama urged Congress to enact tax proposals that reward technology companies and other businesses that help create jobs in the U.S. rather than overseas. [...] Obama said U.S. businesses created 3.7 million new jobs over the past 23 months, adding, “Companies like Boeing are realizing that even when we can’t make things cheaper than China, we can make things better. That’s how we’re going to compete globally.” “No company should get a tax break for outsourcing jobs,” Obama said. He urged helping “manufacturers who set up shop here at home,” particularly technology companies. “And Congress should send me that kind of tax reform right away.”
2) American jobs coming back to America — Good News of the Day: Caterpillar Strikes Deal to Build Georgia Plant – Caterpillar Inc. said it chose a site near Athens, Ga., for a new $200 million factory that will employ about 1,400 people and make construction equipment currently produced in Sagami, Japan.
3) As a matter of fact, Rick Santorum IS holier than thou (and thou and thou…) – White House candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned President Barack Obama’s Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney’s Olympics leadership as he courted tea party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, “ground zero” in the 2012 nomination fight. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative policies, said that Obama’s agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” [Note: Santorum is 'courting' the bottom of the gene pool for political points (birthers, teabaggers, racists) and has the nerve to question a fellow Christian's values and beliefs? Maybe Santorum simply doesn't like that the President is a Protestant...]
Judge not, lest ye be judged by Santorum:
~ Santorum stands by statement that Obama’s theology not based on the Bible - Speaking to reporters after addressing a luncheon of the Ohio Christian Alliance, Santorum said that the “new low” in the campaign is represented not by his remarks about Obama’s beliefs, but by the Obama administration’s handling of the recent controversy over whether the national health care law’s mandated coverage of contraception applies to religious-affiliated institutions.
~ Santorum says Obama looks down on disabled, encouraging more abortions – Rick Santorum accused President Obama of requiring free prenatal testing in the health care plan he signed in 2010 because it would detect if children were disabled, encourage more abortions and save money.
4) “What’s wrong with state employees?” – Sen. Dennis Jones - Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plan to privatize all correctional facilities in 18 counties died in the Florida Senate yesterday. Despite having a 16 seat majority, a number of Republican senators joined the Democrats to vote it down. Idealistically all of those in opposition would be asking the same question asked by Senator Dennis Jones, but I’m sure at least some of them simply decided they did not want to follow Rick Scott off a cliff.
5) Worst of the Worst: Rob Walton, Walmart - Want to see who’s using their wealth to exploit the 99%? This series of 1-minute videos reveals the methods of the worst of the 1%. In 2007, according to the labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, the six Walton family members on the Forbes 400 had a net worth equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans.The Waltons are now collectively worth about $93 billion, according to Forbes. Watch how they take advantage of the 99%:
6) Melissa Harris-Perry: When union workers do well, ALL workers do better – I don’t know that the native son of Michigan can look past his own privileged upbringing to see that what he advocates is bringing all Americans down.
7) Class Warfare: Which Side Are You on? – The good news is that there is growing awareness among the 99 percent that they’ve been ripped off; that they’re engaged in a decades-long class war and their side is losing. As a result working Americans are in favor of raising taxes on the 1 percent. And there’s some evidence that the 99 percent are waking up to the problem of big money in politics, the problems caused by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The bad news is that this may not be enough to save our Democracy. Over the last 30 years, the United States has been looted. The rich and powerful, the 1 percent, have taken a disproportionate share of the economic gains that we’ve all worked for. As a consequence America is teetering on the brink of Plutocracy. To remedy this inequity and restore Democracy, fundamental changes must be made. [...] Barack Obama is not a perfect candidate but at least he is willing to talk about class warfare and to propose common sense steps towards economic justice. That’s a big difference from Mitt Romney who doesn’t think we have a class problem or issues with economic fairness and says of people who suggest this “[Its] about envy. It’s about class warfare.”
8) The state of Obama’s swing states - President Obama’s national approval numbers have risen steadily with the brightening economy, but he may be vulnerable in the swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election. Obama will likely need to win about half of the electoral votes supplied by Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire if he is to secure a second term.
9) Research on Deadly Bird Flu to Be Published in Full - The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, probably within a few months, despite recommendations by the United States that some information be kept secret for fear that terrorists could use it to start epidemics. The announcement, made on Friday by the World Health Organization, follows two months of heated debate about the flu research. The recommendation to publish the work in full came from a meeting of 22 experts in flu and public health from various countries who met on Thursday and Friday in Geneva at the organization’s headquarters to discuss “urgent issues” raised by the research. [See all posts on H5N1 influenza.]
This must have been a funny joke!