Icy Saturday Reading


Seen from an aircraft, a 400-foot-wide waterfall drains off the Nansen Ice Shelf into the ocean Wong Sang Lee/Korea University of Science and Technology

SCIENCE SEASON IN Antarctica begins in November, when noontime temperatures at McMurdo Station climb to a balmy 18 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun hangs in the sky all day and night. For a researcher traveling there from the United States, the route takes time as well as patience. The easiest way is to fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch, New Zealand—a journey of 17 hours, if you’re lucky—and then to McMurdo, a charmless cluster of buildings that houses most of the southern continent’s thousand or so seasonal residents and both of its ATMs. McMurdo isn’t the end of the line, though. Often it’s just a pass-through for scientists hopping small planes to penguin colonies or meteorological observatories farther afield.


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22 Responses to Icy Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    An icy start to the morning, perfect for the Winter Holiday Season.


  2. Micki says:

    Conservative Weekly Standard to shut down

    The Weekly Standard, a primary voice of conservative Washington that found itself out of step with the Trumpward turn in the Republican Party, is ceasing publication after 23 years, its owners announced Friday.

    The cause of death was financial, ideological or personal, depending on who was doing the telling.

    The magazine’s parent company, Clarity Media Group, cited a steep decline in subscriptions and revenues. But editorial leadership had clashed with ownership in some instances over its critical coverage of President Donald Trump.


  3. Micki says:

    Widespread power outages up in my neck of the woods last evening and over night…but my power stayed on.



  4. Den says:

    Nero fiddled while Rome sank.


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    Weather the same here every day except for some minor sun days. Right around 20°. At least there’s no snow on the ground.


  6. °¿º Carol says:

    Firefox has been opening up when I boot up my computer in the morning, been doing that for maybe a month. There are a few days it didn’t do that, but then it resumed. Yes, I went looking thru their program to disable it doing that, nothing to click on.

    I next tried msconfig, START UPS, Firefox NOT in the damn list. Why can’t anything be simple for god’s sake? Had to go googling.

    I finally found something that worked, but it was scary to try it. I hate tampering with the inners of technology I don’t understand.

    Prevent Firefox from starting automatically

    In the address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I accept the risk! to continue to the about:config page.
    Search for toolkit.winRegisterApplicationRestart and double-click on it to set its value to false.

    Nervous as I was, I gave it a try. Who would think you had to put a command in the spot in your browser where the URLs are, the address bar, but I did it. Took me to another google page, nothing.

    Tried it again and boom, the “this might void your warranty!” popped up, filling the entire screen. I proceeded, searched the very extensive list and found toolkit.winRegisterApplicationRestart. Nothing to click on, I clicked on where it said TRUE. Reread the helpful blurb, oh! Double-click. I did that and set its value to FALSE.

    I was scared, but I got out of there and rebooted the computer to see what would happen. Firefox stayed put until I opened it. HOORAY! I’ve had a few odd things happen, like when I click on Outlook Express, a window under my browser, it would blow up to full monitor size. That could have been me, but time will tell if I’ve created any other issues by making that “toolkit” false.


    • Den says:

      Might want to check your internet connection to see if it is set to start when your computer is booted up. Mine Wi-Fi switched to automatically connect somehow.

      Control Panel, Network and Internet, Manage Wireless Networks, right click on each network, select; Properties on each, Connection tab; uncheck; Connect Automatically, close all windows, no need to restart but you will need to manually connect to the internet. My machine was mysteriously turning on and running, the drive light flickering when it should have been sleeping, something was coming through and running stuff, Event Viewer was missing time too, fishy, so now I connect manually and it disconnects when I close the lid. I figure it was Russians or Chinese on fishing expeditions, I suspect I am not alone.


      • °¿º Carol says:

        Yikes, I don’t want to have to wade thru your advice, I hope Firefox stays parked from now on until I open it. I’m getting too old for this tech shit, makes me a nervous wreck. Alas, having to fight with a computer has always made me a nervous wreck. I think it’s a little worse now though, lol.

        I’ll save your advice though, for the future I hope never comes.


  7. Micki says:

    By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough
    Dec. 15, 2018
    WASHINGTON — The decision by a federal judge in Texas to strike down all of the Affordable Care Act has thrust the volatile debate over health care onto center stage in a newly divided capital, imperiling the insurance coverage of millions of Americans while delivering a possible policy opening to Democrats.

    After campaigning vigorously on a pledge to protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions — a promise that helped return them to the House majority they had lost in 2010 — Democrats vowed to move swiftly to defend the law and to safeguard its protections.

    On the defensive, Republicans campaigning this fall promised that they too backed the health law’s protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. But the Texas ruling illustrated the fruits — and possible perils — of their long-running campaign, stepped up in the Trump era, to remake the judiciary through the confirmation of dozens of conservative judges, including two appointees to the Supreme Court….

    And on it goes….


  8. Den says:

    Deport all the Repugs!!


  9. David B. Benson says:

    So off to Shopko only to discover that the pharmacy is closed so I had to go over to Rite Aid for the prescription refill; 60 minutes. Then over the Bishop Blvd hill to the Birch & Barley; 90 minutes. Guess I’ll have the prescriptions moved over to Safeway being more convenient and nicer.


  10. Den says:

    Salt hero:


  11. Den says:

    How to build a trump tower:


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