The Big Think

February 7, 2014

Epic Terrain

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 7:05 pm

Now this is impressive.

Homerville

Filed under: Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 4:48 pm

What would the Earth be like if it was the shape of a donut?:

“According to the laws of physics, a planet the shape of a donut, or toroid, could actually exist — but it’s extremely unlikely to ever form naturally. But what if an advanced alien civilization decided to build one? What properties would a toroid-Earth exhibit? And what would life be like?”

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Policy

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:55 am

Obamacare isn’t a train wreck, it’s a cancer:

“Covered California, the poster child for ‘successful’ Obamacare exchanges, has been misleading people looking for insurance by providing a ‘phantom list’ of doctors attached to their plans.

One guy ruined the plan after he purchased health insurance on the California exchange and then had the gall to call doctors to set up an appointment. His temerity drove him to call every doctor listed as in-network, and none of them were.

In the normal world, this would be called ‘fraud.’ In Obama’s America, it’s called a ‘snag,’ and on a national scale, the Obama regime labels it ‘Shut up, Fox News!’

After all, isn’t the goal getting everyone insured? Who cares if you can’t actually see a doctor or get health care, because everyone will get a terrific piece of paper that says ‘health insurance policy.’ Equality, at last — everyone’s got the same thing; namely, nothing at all.”

Oh, but it’s just partisanship causing the disagreements about the ACA. Partisanship and racism, right?

Meanwhile, the chorus of crickets from supporters on the left grows louder.

Uphill. Both Ways

Filed under: Travel — jasony @ 8:47 am

Breathtaking Photos of the Coldest City in the World:

“Oymyakon’s lowest recorded temperature was a frigid minus 71.2 C (minus 96.16 F) back in 1924. According to The Independent, wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face. This is just one of the more menial problems of the extremely cold weather.

Other adaptations locals have to make in their daily lives are more extreme than a short time of nearsightedness or farsightedness when stepping outside. The frozen ground makes it difficult for working indoor plumbing, so most toilets are outhouses. The bitter cold also makes it difficult to dig graves. The ground has to be warmed with a bonfire before a funeral. Locals use heated garages for their cars. Cars left outside need to be kept running, otherwise they will not restart. Planes cannot fly into the area in the winter. And of course the risk of frostbite is great after only a few minutes in the cold.

‘I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into minus 47 C,’ Chapple said. ‘I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips.'”

Wow. Some amazing pics at the link. I’d actually love to experience -96 degrees. Once. Outhouse in that weather? Not so much. You think the kid in Christmas Story had problems…

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