Thursday, 12/13/12, Public Square

The Geminid Meteor shower will peak between dusk December 13 and dawn December 14.  It will be visible all around the world in all time zones.


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16 responses to “Thursday, 12/13/12, Public Square

  1. wicked

    My question about the Geminid shower is if there’s a particular area of the sky or direction where those of us here in SW Kansas can see best. Anyone know? My daughter and I saw this last night on the news…which we rarely watch…and since I’m a Gemini, I’d like to see this. Wish we were living in the country again. We could grab blankets and lay out in the middle of the road. LOL

    • From what I’ve read, no, there isn’t a best direction. It seems this meteor shower will fill the sky. From one of the links I read:

      The best way to watch meteors is to bring along a buddy. Both of you watch different parts of the sky. If one of you sees one, shout out “meteor!” If you don’t know which way to look, don’t worry. Just let your eyes rove casually in all parts of the sky.

      Special equipment? Not necessary. You only need a dark sky, a reclining lawn chair and the warmth of a sleeping bag. A hot drink is also good. Just remember. Watching a meteor shower is not like turning on the television. You can’t expect to just look out the window, or simply step outside to see meteors. Your eyes take some 20 minutes to dark-adapt. If you’re serious about it, give yourself at least an hour of viewing time. Even the best meteor showers have lulls and spurts.

      Ten tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower

      • wicked

        Thanks, fnord! We’ll try to get out of the city, although I have to say that my backyard has a decent and fairly dark view. Let’s hope the sky is clear tonight. 🙂

    • This link has pictures so if you’re familiar with the night sky it might help —

      Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight; Comet Wirtanen may add sparks,0,505285.story?track=rss

  2. “We’re bringing back this industry that has been leaving the country. We’re putting it into the walls. I have a workforce that does not have car problems or babysitting problems. They’re always here and they’re always willing to come to work.”

    Prisons are not so much filled with rapists and murderers as they are with people arrested for drug and other non-violent offenses – disproportionately people of color – that only recently have been punished with lengthy terms of incarceration. Overall, more than 2.3 million people are currently behind bars, up 50 percent in the last 15 years, the land of the free now accounting for a full quarter of the world’s prisoners.

    The Justice Policy Institute found that the private prison industry grew by more than 350 percent over the last decade and a half. A driving force behind the push for ever-tougher sentences is the for-profit prison industry, in which Wells
    Fargo is a major investor in the GEO Group, the second largest private jailer in America. At the end of 2011, Wells Fargo was the company’s second-largest investor, and by March 2012, its stake had grown to more than 4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.

    • My personal belief is that our Puritan Christian ways are why we have such a penchant for punishing others. Please note – I said ‘others’.

      Puritans are also quite infamous for being the so-called religious that believes in – rules for thee, and NOT for me.

      Plus – pure and simple greed.

      • Puritan Christian heritage…….it still holds alot of sway, even today.

        Just ask the Native Indians how those Puritans repaid them for their compassion and sharing of their knowledge to survive in this new world.

        Yeah – that First Thanksgiving Story is quite the tale – huh? Until one learns what happened AFTER that fairy tale day.

  3. This would be one of the reasons Romney wasn’t elected. No one could ever figure how whether he held any values, and if he did what they were. It seems today’s republican congress critters do hold one single strong value — take care of the wealthiest, do all you can to help them gain even more wealth, after all they paid you well to do their bidding.

  4. wicked

    Here’s a story about our failing medical system.

    My TX friend’s 25-year-old son had 2 seizures yesterday. He’s never had one or anything even related to one. The first one happened at his work, and he was rushed to the hospital where they did a CAT scan and EKG and found nothing. A second happened later last night at home (he currently lives with his mom), and she called an ambulance to take him back to the hospital. After finding nothing in the EKG again, they wouldn’t keep him for the rest of the night and sent him home again, this time with some anti-seizure meds that only last “a little while.” All they could tell him was to see his primary care doctor, which he doesn’t have. He can’t see a neurologist without a referral. The ironic thing about this? His dad, who died 2 years ago from Parkinsons, was a neurosurgeon.

    • Finding nothing in an EEG or CT scan post-seizure where there is no prior evidence of seizure activity seems to not be unusual from my reading. I am led to believe that if a seizure occurs when the patient is undergoing an EEG can be beneficial in diagnosis. Thus, I’m reluctant to indict the entire system just on this occurrence.

      As wicked notes, the real issue here is the lack of a PCP. So much of our system is constructed around the model of a PCP, with referrals to a specialist therefrom needed (to ensure payment, among other things) for a patient to be seen (which, unfortunately not be particularly beneficial in the nascent stages). Thus, my interest in the Swiss system. Google is your friend here.

      I may have seen too many episodes of Mystery Diagnosis on Discovery Fitness and Health (Cox channel 251), but I have developed a sense that we, the consumers of health care, have developed unrealistic expectations of the health care system. There is a substantial portion of Art remaining within Medicine, notwithstanding the advancements of Science. The Art part can only be developed over time with the patient , which our current system discourages. I’ve no answer, but my thoughts are currently as set forth herein.

    • Inadvertent omission: ER doctors cannot be afraid to say “I don’t know” and the patient (and family) have to be able to accept that answer for the time being.

    • wicked

      Sorry, I do know the difference between EEG and EKG.

      I understand that those in the ER can only do so much. People have died because of the restrictions put on those who work in the ER. My point was that our health system sucks. We can thank insurance companies for much of that.

      • In a country as wealthy as ours – it is a crime – IMHO – that we do not have health care insurance for EVERYONE.

      • If Republicans are so gung-ho on denying health care to everyone – then why not have these churches take responsibility for some peoples’ health care needs?

        After all – I do not recall reading the Bible where Jesus charged to heal the sick. So – why not tie their tax-free status to how many people the church actually sponsors for health care?

      • wicked, I understood you likely entered a typo. indy, yes our current system is not defensible. As to churches, part of my tax reform proposal (when I’m Czar) will be to alter section 501(c)(3) to remove “religious” as one of the exempt purposes. No church doing charitable things, like set out in the Gospels, would have any reason to be concerned.

      • 6176 – you’ve got my vote if and when you become Czar