Apropos of nothing, except greatness perhaps. (via Yoshito Hinton)
There is a spectrum of issues that need to be addressed by our political system. But we can’t count on any of them to be addressed meaningfully in any one lifetime. Some issues are addressed meaningfully, but not always the ones you’d expect, not usually when you’d expect, and not always the most important.
Change in our system is excruciatingly incremental — generational, even — except when it’s not (e.g. gay marriage landslide over the last 2 weeks).
Punctuated generational incrementalism. Pick an issue and it could move in the next 3 months or remain stagnant for 30 years. There’s no way to predict it.
And, except for the weird moments of punctuated progress, issues move SO SLOWLY, if at all, because our system is designed to slow shit down.
Question is, then, is our system too slow? Is it unable to react to the modern interconnected world? And if it is, what then?
These Great Barrier Reef islands make me want to draw in the second eye.
PRAGUE, (SANA)- Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.
FYI, that “news organization” you’re quoting is the Syrian Department of Information. Not exactly reliable.
A few things:
- Everyone at the beach would get sunburns. Ozone is molecular oxygen and blocks the majority of UV light. Without it, we are toast.
- The daytime sky would get darker. With fewer particles in the atmosphere to scatter blue light, the sky would get a bit less blue and a bit more black.
- Every internal combustion engine would stall. This means that every airplane taking off from a runway would likely crash to the ground, while planes in flight could glide for some time.
- All pieces of untreated metal would instantly spot-weld to one another. This is one of the more interesting side effects. The reason metals don’t weld on contact is they are coated in a layer of oxidation. In vacuum conditions, metal welds without any intermediate liquid phase ().
- Everyone’s inner ear would explode. As mentioned, we would lose about 21 percent of the air pressure in an instant, equivalent to being teleported to the top of the high Andes (elevation, about 2,000 meters).
- Every building made out of concrete would turn to dust. Oxygen is an important binder in concrete structures (really, the CO2 is), and without it, the compounds do not hold their rigidity.
- Every living cell would explode in a haze of hydrogen gas. Water is one third oxygen; without it, the hydrogen turns into gaseous state and expands in volume.
- The oceans would evaporate and bleed into space. As oxygen disappears from the oceans’ water, the hydrogen component becomes an unbound free gas. Hydrogen gas, being the lightest, will rise to the upper troposphere and slowly bleed into space through.
- Everything above ground would immediately go into free fall. As oxygen makes up about 45 percent of the Earth’s crust and mantle, there is suddenly a lot less “stuff” beneath your feet to hold everything up.
To sum, it wouldn’t be pretty.
QUESTION: Would the volume of hydrogren released into the atmosphere as gas balance out the loss of oxygen? What would the overall pressure change be?
Photo of a person taking a photo of a person taking a photo of a standpipe outside Tumblr HQ. I don’t think there’s anything unusual about the standpipe.
jeez, that’s a 50 footer