Mind of Dan: Total Eclipse of the sun

On my way to Oregon, apparently on Monday morning a thing in the sky is going to pass in front of another thing. -via XKCD

Mind of Dan: Tumour Update

On May 16th 2017, I had my 25th and final radiation treatment. I am not certain if it was the radiation, the anti-anxiety medication which causes drowsiness, or the lack of sleep caused by the anxiety that the anti-anxiety medication left behind, but throughout the whole treatment period I was completely exhausted. I would wake ...

Mind of Dan: Bring Water

via XKCD

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book review: Private Places, Public Spaces: a woman at home in the world, by Lucina Kathmann

This is a collection of 22 non-fiction essays, written over a period of 20 years, some of them previously published. Some of them are based on the author’s long involvement in PEN International. One such essay is “The suffering word: cases of repression of women poets in Mesoamerica”, in which she documents massacres of the ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Seven Mexican journalists murdered in first half of 2017

Mexico continues to be the one of the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. Martín Méndez Pineda of Acapulco tried to get asylum in the US, but after being detained for 100 days in not-very-good conditions, he gave up and returned to Mexico. He is not safe there. Patricia Mayorga of ...

Mind of Dan: The Paris Agreement withdrawal

John Oliver gives a great summary of why Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement makes absolutely no sense Or as David Roberts puts it: An agreement cannot be both nonbinding and draconian (Spoiler: Paris is the former) Early on in the speech, Trump said: “Thus, as of today, the United States will cease ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book review: One Life, by David Lida

David Lida is an author who found a home for himself in Mexico 25 years ago. He tells the story of his first visit to Puerto Escondido, when he started wondering what life is like for the Mexicans who live a few blocks away from the centre of town. Thanks to the Lockett v Ohio ...

Mind of Dan: If we could overturn global warming … how exiting would that be?

What drives scientists? – Richard Alley’s Golden Nugget h/t Variable Variability

Mind of Dan: This is science; it is not something to toy with

It is not something to say I chose not to believe e-mc2; YOU DONT HAVE THAT OPTION! When you have an established scientific emergent truth, it is true whether or not you belive in it and the sooner you understand that the faster we can get on with the political conversation about how to solve ...

Mind of Dan: Radiation treatment 1 of 25

I started my 25 Radiation treatments today. 1 down and 24 to go.

Mind of Dan: The very definition of willful ignorance

Chair of House Science Committee Says the Journal ‘Science’ Is Not Objective

Mind of Dan: I am getting radiated

The hope is that the radiation will stop the growth of my tumour. It wont’t, however, remove it. The success rate is roughly equivalent of the success rate of surgery (90%), and there is a greater chance of not loosing function on the left side of my face and keeping whats left of my hearing ...

Mind of Dan: Remember a simpler time…

… before the EPA

Mind of Dan: Hans Rossling

Hans Rosling, one of the most enlightening science communicators, passed away last week. It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured ...

Mind of Dan: The Greatest Story Ever Told

The greatest story ever told ended today: Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma. McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with ...

Mind of Dan: I Have a Tumour…

I have a tumour; the good news is that the doctors believe it is benign. The bad news is that while it may be non-malignant it definitely isn’t benign (at least not by any reasonable definition of benign). I have a facial nerve schwannoma. It is a slow-growing, rarely malignant tumour growing around my left ...

Mind of Dan: Republican ‘elder statesmen’ officially call for a carbon tax

This is exceedingly good news! Yes these elder statesmen Republicans aren’t elected members of the government, and yes it will be difficult to convince elected Republicans of the importance of climate change, but this is what a first step looks like. In fact once you get past the knee jerk reactions, a revenue-neutral carbon tax ...

Mind of Dan: Hatred doesn’t stop at the border

After the horrific events at the Mosque in Quebec it is worth remembering that hatred doesn’t stop at the border. The suspect in the deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque was known in the city’s activist circles as an online troll who was inspired by extreme right-wing French nationalists, stood up for U.S. President ...

Mind of Dan: Things not to do on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump Bars Refugees and Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries. In an executive order that ...

Mind of Dan: This is what the politicization of science looks like

For a while now, those who deny climate change (like the majority of elected Republican officials) have complained that climate science has been politicized and therefore cannot be trusted. The evidence for this has always fallen apart under the most superficial of scrutiny. Yet less than a week into the Trump presidency we have a ...

Mind of Dan: The pipeline opponents have to keep on winning forever, while those trying to build them only have to win once

The opponents of the Keystone XL and other pipelines have to keep on winning, forever, while those trying to build pipelines, or similar projects, only have to win once I said those words 4 years ago, and sadly it looks like I was right: President Trump signed an executive action today to push forward the ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe

The Valle de Guadalupe, located in Baja California between Ensenada and Tecate. Is Mexico’s primary wine-producing area. The first commercial winery on the scene was Domecq in 1972. L.A. Cetto and Santo Tomás are two other major producers with national distribution in Mexico. However, a map of the valley shows 54 of them, and I ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Sea Shepherd society protecting endangered marine species in the Sea of Cortez

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships M/Y Farley Mowat and M/Y Sam Simon are in the Sea of Cortez (a.k.a. the Gulf of California) for Operation Milagro III. The purpose of Operation Milagro III is to protect two endangered species, the totoaba fish and the vaquita porpoise. As the name implies, this is the third ...

Mind of Dan: Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro was the best Dictator the Cubans ever had, But Cubans deserve better than a dictatorship.

Bob Broughton's Blog: Central American migration in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro

Children riding The Beast “La Bestia” (The Beast) is an unofficial name applied to freight trains that start in Tapachula, Chiapas, and go to Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, or Matamoros. These trains have for many years served as the transportation method of choice for poor people of Central America migrating to the United States. This method ...