Friday, June 28, 2013

Wings of Life Trailer and Louie Schwartzberg

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you "Earth", "Oceans", "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee", comes "Wings of Life" - a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible - and increasingly threatened - creatures.

Louie Schwartzberg, This video was shown at the TED conference in 2011, with scenes from "Wings of Life", a film about the threat to essential pollinators that produce over a third of the food we eat. The seductive love dance between flowers and pollinators sustains the fabric of life and is the mystical keystone event where the animal and plant worlds intersect that make the world go round. Check out Gratitude, you're going to like the way you feel.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Future of Weather Forecasting

NOAA's GOES-R satellite will provide continuous weather monitoring.  It will add and renew the capabilities of the other operational GOES satellites. The GOES-R satellite will add new crucial features to weather forecasting technology that will increase tornado warning time and detect lightning like never before. It will be the primary tool for the detection and tracking of hurricanes and severe weather and provide new and improved applications and products for fulfilling NOAA’s goals of Water and Weather, Climate, Commerce, and Ecosystem.

This video highlighting the most important capabilities of the spacecraft. NOAA manages the GOES-R Program with an integrated NOAA-NASA program office organization, staffed with personnel from NOAA and NASA, and supported by industry contractors.

NASA Goddard 

Sea Ice Max 2013 

 After a record melt season, an Arctic cyclone and a fascinating fracturing event, Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year. 


IRIS Readies For a New Challenge

 NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission, a mission to observe a largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere that powers its dynamic million-degree outer atmosphere and drives the solar wind. In late June 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. 

IRIS will advance our understanding of the interface region, a region in the lower atmosphere of the sun where most of the sun's ultraviolet emissions are generated. Such emissions impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth's climate. 


Tracking a Superstorm 

 Hurricane Sandy's near-surface winds are visible in this NASA GEOS-5 global atmosphere model computer simulation that runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31, 2012. The model works by dividing Earth's atmosphere into a virtual grid of stacked boxes. A supercomputer then solves mathematical equations inside each box to create a weather forecast predicting Sandy's structure, path and other traits. The NASA model not only produced an accurate track of Sandy but also captured fine-scale details of the storm's changing intensity and winds. 


Tim Samaras was The Future

 This 2012 NASA video was done in connection with the GOES-R program. It features renowned researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras. Samaras, his son Paul, and his chase partner Carl Young passed away in Oklahoma on Friday, May 31, 2013, after they were overtaken by a multiple-vortex tornado. This video serves as a tribute to Samaras and his work.

NASA's Goddard Fleet


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spirit Moon of a Full Moon a Super Moon

Super Moon June, 22, 23-2013

An early list of "Indian month names" was published in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The American Boy's Book of Signs, Beard's "Indian" month names and from the Farmers' Almanac were:

January: "Wolf Moon" (this is the name of December in Beard's 1918 Book) also "Old Moon"

February: "Snow Moon", also "Hunger Moon"

March: "Worm Moon", "Crow Moon", "Sap Moon", "Lenten Moon"

April: "Seed Moon", "Pink Moon", "Sprouting Grass Moon", "Egg Moon" (c.f. "Goose-Egg" in Beard 1918), "Fish Moon"

May: "Milk Moon", "Flower Moon", "Corn Planting Moon"

June: "Mead Moon", "Strawberry Moon" (c.f. Beard 1918), "Rose Moon", "Thunder Moon"

July: "Hay Moon", "Buck Moon"

August: "Corn Moon", "Sturgeon Moon", "Red Moon", "Green Corn Moon",
"Grain Moon"

September: "Harvest Moon", "Full Corn Moon"

October: "Hunter's Moon", "Blood Moon"/"Sanguine Moon"

November: "Beaver Moon", "Frosty Moon"

December: "Oak Moon", "Cold Moon", "Long Nights Moon"

Enjoy this months Full Moon as it brightens your night and lifts your spirit as it rises 30,000 miles closer, a Super Moon.

Video uploaded by U Tube user MB Productions

Blood Moon a Hunters Moon

Photo by Daniel Ochoa De Olza AP

This was the first of four Lunar Eclipse starting in 2014. The four blood moon tetrad, falling on the same Hebrew holy days, is set to occur starting April 2014 – only the fourth time in the last 500 years.
Third Rock Radio

The dates are:

April 15, 2014 – Passover
October 8, 2014 – Feast of Tabernacles
April 4, 2015 – Passover
September 28, 2015 – Feast of Tabernacles

The video here is a time lapse of the first total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. The clip was produced by NASA and aired on RT with Griffith ObservatoryStreamed on Third Rock Radio, a radio station with new Rock discovery and what's happening at NASA.   "Now that's a cool combo." 

NASA Eclipse 



Blood Moon 4K 

A timelapse of the April 14-15, 2014 Lunar Eclipse. Shot in 5K on the Canon 1-DC with the Canon EF 800mm 5.6 mounted on a motorized 2 axis equatorial telescope system. 


Super Moon Nov 2016 

This was a live feed. 

SpaceImaging Keith


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Earth is You

Many of the astronauts aboard the ISS and one in particular, Coronal Chris Hadfield mentions "while orbiting the earth ever 92 min. one sees no borders" and being isolated from society while in space he felt closer to all of us.  He mentioned, "this is not just about me, we're all in this together".

Watching many of the flyovers put together by NASA and the crews aboard the ISS, how on earth does one person think that they're so special?  Be it money and or power just isolates that individual from the nature of things.  Hadfield mention some will never get it!  But for the ones who do get it,  we're here to serve not man but humanity as a whole and to be great stewards of the planet.

The Native Americans knew of this and explained it quite simply, care for the air you breathe and water you drink.  Tend to the land, you do not own it. Wow, I think that's where we miss the boat.  Ownership of our possessions builds borders and creates the me, me, me world, seeking reward for everything you do, meaning if there is no payment what's the gain? Like Hadfield said, some will never get it! 

This is a great planet and others like it (Goldilocks Zone) are too far away at this time to explore, the monetary system of today's world is not structured to support all life and with that, there is no luggage rack atop a Hurst.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

From: CSpan

Laura Donohue talked about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which issues warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included how it works, the appointment of judges and the role of the court when it comes to national security.

 This goes around the world and was implemented back in the Carter administration and has been going on for decades.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Death For Modern Times

Power, violence and mass death in middle ages and modern times undertake an entirely new task of analyzing, through comparison, the importance of power, violence and mass death in this century.  With today’s technology we can discover a plague earlier before it hits the masses. Violence is still present but not at the acceleration of mid-evil times, world wars and racism dominated the world at one time.

 Back in the day, it was hard to follow the money changing hands and like technology with truth media and the flow of information on the web one can easily see what the powers of humankind are controlling.  Power mostly controls violence which turns to wars, a prime example of this today is Syria. Syrians are being killed at an average rate of 5,000 per month, the U.N. said Thursday as it raised the overall death toll in the civil war to nearly 93,000, with civilians bearing the brunt of the attacks. It's all over the media and stepping back and looking at the condition which causes this civil unjust you see the tiller's at the wheel. 

 All over the globe, we see today the hand of death in our modern times, it can't hide it's ugly face anymore.  And as far as nature is concerned, well we have warnings in advance to head for higher ground or take shelter if people choose to do so, you have to monitor the weather today, she's deadly.  All eyes are on the death of modern times, keep a watchful eye and don't purchase from the tiller's of the wheel which would have your ship on the rocks. 



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

More From Fidockave213 May Review

Well, it seems hell has come loose.  May was a month of monster tornadoes and not just in the US.  All across the globe, we're witnessing huge changes in our weather.  Record rainfall of 10 inches, high winds, softball size hail, forest fires breaking out early in the season, massive floods, earthquakes from one corner of the globe to the next, volcanoes erupting and what's up with the sink holes!

On a cosmos note, the UFO sittings around the globe are off the charts,  I guess I should ask if you've have seen one lately?  Yeah, we're not alone out here to much distance between one rock and another to think we're the only one's Pod. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy 100,000 to 120,000 light-years in diameter containing 200–400 billion stars and that's where we live.  Kind of hard to imagine we're even alone in our own galaxy, maybe helps on its way but then again maybe only watching like your going to watch Fidockave213.


On a good note, though  Shell Oil is holding off plans of drilling in the Arctic. Shell’s announcement came as the Justice Department investigates 16 safety and environmental violations the Coast Guard found in late November on the Noble Discoverer, one of the company’s two Arctic drilling rigs. The other rig, the Kulluk, is the subject of a Coast Guard investigation into the circumstances of its grounding Dec. 31 off Alaska’s Kodiak Island. Shell has spent more than $4.5 billion on leases, ships and special equipment to drill off Alaska’s Arctic coast. Last year it became the first company in two decades to drill the petroleum-rich but sensitive region. Because of problems with its spill response equipment, the Interior Department wouldn't let the company drill deep enough to hit oil. Both rigs were able to drill only a partial well apiece. 

The company had hoped for permission to drill deeper this year but its series of setbacks made that questionable. Hydraulic Fracking is easier, that's not a new drilling technique, been doing this since 1960.  Just have to work on cleaning up the water we use to force the gas and oil out and GE is working on that for fracking does pollute the ground water.  Wonder how long it will be for this to show its face in North Dakota, yet another vid from Fidockave213  might be showing that.

Well,  no pun intended but wait on the weather and I'm not thinking long here that maneuvering around the ice caps for more oil exploration is in the near future because we are getting our feet wet. 


Monday, June 3, 2013

Twistex Tim Samaras

Tim Samaras, 55, his son Paul, 24, and Carl Young, 45, of Twistex (Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment) who were scientist and storm chasers were killed in a violent tornado Friday 5/31/13 in El Reno Oklahoma a EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 mph. Tim is known as no cowboy when it comes to storm chasing and certainly with his son and collage Carl in the field with him.  Reports have it that the tornado was a wobblier and changed course and speed suddenly.  Tim was found in his truck with the seat belt still buckled, Paul and Carl were in a second vehicle which the both of them were pulled from the tornado and one of them was found a 1/2 mile from the vehicle.

Tim Samaras
     "He's mostly going to be remembered as somebody who tried to help save lives," Jim Samaras told Reuters, saying his brother had done a lot of research and innovative work with probes and other instruments placed in the path of twisters to gather data.

 ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee knew Tim Samaras well and said his death was a reminder of the power of the storm. "Out of all storm chasers he doesn't take chances, he's the one that puts the probes in the path of the tornado to learn more about them. He is not, you know, a young gun running around making bad decisions, so I am so sad and shocked, it is such a loss for the community," Zee said of Samaras.

Samaras holds the world record for "measuring the lowest barometric pressure drop (100 millibars) inside of a tornado that destroyed the town of Manchester South Dakota, on June 24, 2003." Samaras also built a special probe equipped with cameras that "are able to look inside of a tornado safely." The probe allowed Samaras and Young to document the tornado from different angles and speeds when they deployed the device in the path of a twister on June 11, 2004, near Storm Lake Iowa. Just last month, Jim Cantore hit the road and chased tornadoes with the renowned storm chaser, Reed Timmer, one of the stars of “Storm Chasers” on Discovery. The Samaras team was also featured on the documentary series that ran from 2007-2012.

Tim, Paul and Carl
 “This is a huge loss,” Cantore said on The Weather Channel on Sunday. “He’s right up there with other pioneers,” he added about Tim Samaras. Cantore explained that he has studied the maps and diagrams of the deadly tornado and is surprised “that many more didn’t perish.” Cantore’s fellow meteorologist, Mike Bettes, was in the thick of things on Friday night, covering the tornado outbreak for The Weather Channel. He and two others were injured when their storm-chasing vehicle was picked up by a tornado and thrown about 200 yards. Oklahoma's Medical Examiner on Sunday put the state's death toll at 13, including four children. Authorities in neighboring Missouri said there had been at least three deaths on Friday in flooding triggered by the violent storms.

Terry Garcia, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society said Samaras was "a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning in the field in an effort to better understand these phenomena."

 From Tim Samaras, "The "cop" we were quite concerned about was actually the local EM for the area. We spoke with him the following day, and he was kind enough to allow us to tour the damaged areas and assist/conduct a damage survey. Very glad he was okay!"

Twistex Team Truck
 "The National Geographic Society made 18 grants to Tim for research over the years for field work like he was doing in Oklahoma at the time of his death, and he was one of our 2005 Emerging Explorers. Tim's research included the creation of a special probe he would place in the path of a twister to measure data from inside the tornado; his pioneering work on lightning was featured in the August 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine," Garcia said in a statement. "Though we sometimes take it for granted, Tim's death is a stark reminder of the risks encountered regularly by the men and women who work for us. This is an enormous loss for his family, his wide circle of friends and colleagues and National Geographic."

Samaras's Truck was virtually  destroyed by the tornado 
In his final Twitter post on Friday, Samaras said, “Storms now initiating south of Watonga along triple point. Dangerous day ahead for OK – stay weather savvy.” Tim truly recognized the danger of his work, but was dedicated to his mission.

Meteorologist and weather spotters tribute to Twistex Team 
After the news broke Sunday, hundreds of meteorologist and weather spotters worked together to make the three victims' initials appear on weather radar. These guys were the best we had and it shows.

Videos uploaded by U Tube user TeamTWISTEX

Paul Samaras Ptsamaras 

Tim Samaras Thunder Chase 

Now meet the man, 

the scientist the engineer, who many have come to admire. You will see and feel this man's true passion in his work.

R.I.P. Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young. Thank You Team Twistex for helping all of us!

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

More Twisters for Oklahoma!

It hasn't been two weeks and several tornadoes struck Oklahoma once again! Gov. Mary Fallin told ABC News that there were power outages, flooding and flipped trucks on interstates amid apparent tornadoes. "We're really concerned about the people that are on the highways," Fallin said, noting the worst of the storm hit during the evening rush hour. "It hit during a time when people were getting off work," Fallin said. "They knew the storms were coming in, so people were going home."  This actually all started Wed. May 29th, 2013

The jet stream has come down from the north and slammed into the moist Gulf air which created a massive storm front from Oklahoma to Detroit with severe storm fronts on the leading edge. This is huge I've never seen a leading edge extending so far from the south to the north just unreal! It's pounding and dumping large amounts of rain as it passes.

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