Solar Sailing into the Time Warp!

9 Apr 2009

Hello Sailors!
 

 
With black boat hull paint under the fingernails and scrubbing a soon to be gleaming white deck,….
 
…. with steady southerly breeze in the hair, a warm spring sun on the back and a brilliant blue sky above ….
 
…..one’s thoughts turn naturally to …..
 
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Musical accompaniment:
Faith of the Heart: an enchanting song of the possibilities of human achievment…
“…I will see my dream come alive at last…
… I can do anything…..
….I will touch the sky….
….I can reach any star..”.
Star Trek Enterprise Intro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPn-lTytfGo&feature=related
or even
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXx3hgBvako&feature=PlayList&p=5DFDE7163CFD64AF&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=55
 
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…. Solar Sailing in Space!
 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/nanosail_feature.html

A four-quadrant solar sail system

 
 
 
 
 
 http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/Sailing_on_Sunbeams.html
“Later this summer NASA will attempt to deploy and operate the first spacecraft in low Earth orbit propelled only by the power of sunlight.” That one failed … but we are not giving up.. no way!

 
 
http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Solar_Sail_Update_New_Opportunities_999.html
 
Any good spacecraft has to find it’s own fuel in space, like sailing boats today.
 
With all that sunlight streaming by out there….

….. the planets ….
https://artzone.daz3d.com/azfiles/gallery/p2/k6/5bk2no3f0zlzperds3i17vo0o6ov6q-full.jpg

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/26jun_nanosaild.htm
 
…..and the stars…..

 

…. are just waiting for our touch.

 
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Meanwhile ….. down here on Earth …. 
 
Yep, you guessed it …”Those Crazy Greens” are down in Antarctica again.
http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/2009/04/wilkins-ice-shelf-collapse/?cp=all 
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Time Warp (the other song you get as a bonus )

The Time Warp & Sweet Transvestite (the rocky horror picture show)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_jzsWofTY4
[Not to be shown to the children!
We don’t want them copying what we were doing in the 1970s! Don’t we???
God forbid!]
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Now, from one side of the world
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7984054.stm
…to the other ….
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/global-warming/fears-for-future-after-antarctic-dam-breaks-away-20090406-9uwm.html
…they are shouting:
“The Wilkins Ice Shelf has collapsed” … again.
Melting away: The Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica is in the final stages of collapse.
What do you mean: “again”? 
That’s right…AGAIN … didn’t they mention that in “The Media”.
 
Yes sir-ee. The Wilkins Ice shelf collapsed in 2008, 2006, and 1998 …
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/24/ice_shelf_collapse/
“There is nothing new either about massive outbreaks of icebergs from ice shelf collapses. In November and early December 2006 icebergs were visible on the ocean horizon from high hills near Dunedin, New Zealand. The early voyages to Australia reported icebergs in similar latitudes to Tasmania and as far north as close to the Cape of Good Hope, while in 1868, one ship reported a sighting off Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. In 1894 an iceberg was sighted in the western southern Atlantic in Brazilian latitudes.”
http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20090407-Ice-shelf-hype-detracts-from-the-real-issue-government-inaction.html
 
Could the Wilkins Ice Shelf be detaching because of … dare I say it … Natural Causes…like:
a) Volcanoes nearby?
http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v1/n2/abs/ngeo106.html
b) Strange Geography?
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-03/ps-wai031709.php
c) More snowfall?
http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2008/2007GL032529.shtml
 
But wait! (says my funnily suspicious skeptical mind)… what else is happening in our fun world of politics today???
Oh? What is Hillary doing on the Wilkins Ice Shelf???

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2009/2009-04-06-03.asp
JACKPOT!!!
“With the collapse of an ice bridge that holds in place the Wilkins Ice Shelf, we are reminded that global warming has already had enormous effects on our planet, and we have no time to lose in tackling this crisis,” she said.
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2009/2009-04-06-03.asp
Ah-HA!
 
Obama-Hillary-Antarctic Treaty-Peter-Wilkins Ice Sheet…that makes sense..in a crazy sort of way
Science by Political Press Release, again!
 
“Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.”
– Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)

You may have thought an action movie star Governor of California was a bit “different”…
well…please meet Australia’s new Environment Minister: Rock Star Peter Garrett!
    
http://paradigmoz.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/peter-garrett-flag.jpg
Aussie’s always do it better!
[Good music though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10BbpGKLXqk&feature=related
 
Well…what does Peter think about the Wilkins Ice Sheet?

“Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says there is no doubt the recent collapse of the Wilkins Ice shelf in Antarctica is the result of climate change.”
 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/07/2536710.htm?site=local

Well Peter, I say, …

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/garrett_and_the_death_of_reason/

… 2009, 2008, 2006,1998, 1894, 1868…O-oh…
It looks like our Greens are caught in a….
 
Time Warp again!
 
“…it’s just a jump to The Left”
 

It’s astounding, time is fleeting,
Madness takes its toll,
But listen closely, not for very much longer,
I’ve got to keep control..

Let’s do the time warp again…

 
Have a great Easter Break!
 
Solar-Sailing-out-of-the-Time-Warp Brady

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