Price of Liberty

A display of the nature of the American geopolitical machine. This blog is a collection of posts and news articles predominantly focusing on the West's setting sun. Check out the link portal below or scroll through the infinite multitude of posts. View my tag cloud. Some of these posts are apolitical and personal in nature.

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

This is actually more of a fascinating speech about the positive and negative ramifications of a geoengineered world than it is about climate change. He predicates his favorable position of mitigating the effects of climate change by suggesting that we can emulate the effects of a volcanic explosion (sulfur blocking sunlight).

But that’s not really the crux of his assertions: his real concern is that technological growth every year gives us more and more ability to manipulate the planet’s ecosystems and that eventually SOMEONE is going to do it. He is saying that we need to start talking about geoengineering instead of leaving it in the drawer as it has been for the past few decades (he references a few academic articles and government policy notes referring to the subject). 


Ancient Reflecting Pool


Ancient Reflecting Pool

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As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified by available records as named members of al Qaeda. This calls in to question US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last year that only “confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level” were fired at.


The Ringerike Style (c. AD 980 – 1070)

The Ringerike style grew out of the Mammen style during the first half of the 11th century. The style emerged at a time when the custom of erecting stone monuments was becoming more common and the style is named after a series of richly carved stones in the Ringerike district of Norway.

One can see that the Ringerike style has developed from the Mammen style, although there are a number of significant differences: the animals are thinner and more curvaceous; their bodies are no longer decorated inside; the eyes are almond-shaped instead of round; and the tendrils get thinner and longer. A fine grave-slab decorated in the Ringerike style was found in the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Viking ship Weather Vane with Eagle motif, Ringerike style, 11th Century CE. Heggen, Norway


The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

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Department Of Homeland Security, pls go

Before anyone asks, Statcounter.


April 2nd, 2011: Wachovia Bank laundered $378,400,000,000 of drug cartel money

June 4th, 2011: Bank Of America Will Pay $20 Million For Illegal Foreclosures On Active-Duty Soldiers

July 7th, 2012: The rotten heart of finance

July 17th, 2012: HSBC let drug gangs launder millions: First Barclays, now Britain’s biggest bank is shamed

December 19th, 2012: UBS LIBOR Traders Face U.S. Criminal Charges

February 6th, 2013: RBS To Pay $800 Million LIBOR Fine, No Criminal Charges

April 25th, 2013: Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

July 3rd, 2013: HSBC’s $1.9B money laundering settlement approved by judge

November 29th, 2013: Documents in JPMorgan settlement reveal how every large bank in U.S. has committed mortgage fraud

December 5th, 2013: Understanding the LIBOR Scandal

December 13th, 2013: Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke

March 18th, 2014: FDIC Sues 16 Global Banks For Roles In Manipulating LIBOR

April 7th, 2014: JPMorgan, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland caught in widening foreign exchange probes

May 27th, 2014: Ex-Barclays New York Trio Face Libor Charges in U.K. Court

July 1st, 2014: BNP Paribas Agrees to Almost $9Bln Settlement for Violating US Sanctions

July 1st, 2014: Finra fines Goldman dark pool trading unit $800,000

July 3rd, 2014: U.S. Bank Must Cough up $200 Million

July 14th, 2014: Citi Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Settle Securities Investigation

July 24th, 2014: Barclays Files Motion To Dismiss NY Attorney General Charges Of ‘Dark Pool’ Fraud

July 28th, 2014: "Reprehensible" Lloyds Bank Agrees To $105 Million Wristslap For Manipulating Libor

July 30th, 2014: Bank Of America Fined $1.27B For Countrywide Fraud

August 20th, 2014: Bank of America Expected to Settle Huge Mortgage Case for $16.65 Billion

August 23rd, 2014: Goldman Sachs To Shell Out $3.15B In Settlement Over Mortgage Bonds

September 29th, 2014: Elizabeth Warren Calls For Investigation Of NY Fed Over Secret Tapes

September 29th, 2014: Bank CEOs are the New Drug Lords, Rate-Fixing

September 29th, 2014: Bank Of America To Pay $7.7M SEC Fine For 2009 Accounting Error

October 1st, 2014: JPMorgan To Face US Class Action In $10 Billion MBS Case

October 1st, 2014: A quarter of all public company deals may involve some kind of insider trading


over the hills and far away, a misty mountain hop. photos by michal karckz

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Mapping the Light of the Cosmos

Figuring out what the structure of the universe is surprisingly hard. Most of the matter that makes up the cosmos is totally dark, and much of what is left is in tiny, dim galaxies that are virtually impossible to detect.

Image: The first image above shows one possible scenario for the distribution of light in the cosmos. Credit: Andrew Pontzen/Fabio Governato

This image shows a computer simulation of one possible scenario for the large-scale distribution of light sources in the universe. The details of how light (and hence galaxies and quasars) is distributed through the cosmos is still not a settled question – in particular, the relative contributions of (faint but numerous) galaxies and (bright but rare) quasars is unknown.

(New research from UCL cosmologists published last week shows how we should be able to find out soon.)

However, astronomers know that on the largest scales, the universe is structured as a vast web made up of filaments and clusters of galaxies, gas and dark matter separated by huge, dark voids. Observational astronomy is making strides forward in mapping out these structures in gas and light, but the smallest galaxies – less than a pixel across in the image above – might never be seen directly because they are simply too faint.

A Hubble image of a nearby faint dwarf galaxy (bottom image) shows the challenge involved in observing these objects even when they are in our galaxy’s vicinity.

These computer models are one way of trying to extrapolate from what we know to what is really there. New research from UCL now shows how we can also use future observations of gas to find out more about this elusive population of tiny galaxies.

This simulated image shows the distribution of light in an area of space over 50 million light-years across. The simulation was created by Andrew Pontzen of UCL and Fabio Governato of the University of Washington.

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Pittsburgh police really think they can just do whatever the fuck they want. I saw the officer pull up over the curb, turn his lights on, and then get out to shoot the shit with someone nearby.

I hope critical thinking becomes the next hot new meme.